Jazz Festival hits the right note

Jazz Festival hits the right note
Lamarotte Brass Band at the The 42 nd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Picture: Clare Keogh

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Cork over the past three nights to take in the sights and sounds of the annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which has been described as the biggest one yet.

Thousands of jazz acts took to stages across the city and parts of the county as hundreds of events and gigs took place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Sunny Autumn weather played its part too as thousands of people took to the city streets to attend events in the region.

Speaking to The Echo, Philip Gillivan, president of the Cork Business Association, said the numbers in attendance at this years event appeared to surpass that of 2018.

“It’s been incredible.

“It never ceases to amaze me the way that the crowds come out in force for the Jazz,” he added.

“It’s a huge part of our year, probably the biggest event in the calendar and I think that’s the same for a lot of businesses across Cork.” Adding to that sentiment, publican Benny McCabe said:

“It’s a credit to the city, the quality of the gigs and people.

“The crowds seem to be well up on previous years.

“It’s great to see the city enjoying itself in the Autumn sun - there’s been no trouble, everyone is just happy and enjoying themselves,” he added.

“Whatever about the quality of the acts, the quality of the people has been through the roof.”

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