Cork Jazz Festival
The Metropole Hotel Cork
GUINNESS FESTIVAL CLUB
This year the Cork Jazz Festival is celebrating it's 40th Birthday and as the home of the Cork Jazz Festival since 1977 we are excited to announce that the famous Guinness Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel in Cork will once again play host to a top range of diverse artists and music on several stages throughout the Jazz Festival weekend.
Fans of jazz, funk, swing, groove, blues, and dixieland will be well catered for, with an exciting mix of Irish and international acts.
Patrons may move from stage to stage to enjoy the special atmosphere and excitement of the Festival Club.
THE METROPOLE HOTEL
The famous Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel is one of the biggest attractions at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. For four days and nights it becomes the heart of this blockbusting event, offering fans a wide variety of jazzy sounds on up to five stages.
In fact, the Jazz Festival was founded on an idea created by Jim Mountjoy, the then Metropole's marketing manager, way back in 1978. Since then the hotel has hosted many of the greatest names in jazz and jazz-related sounds and has helped the festival to grow from strength to strength.
Big names such as Ronnie Scott, Georgie Fame, Roy Hargrove, Blossom Dearie, Lonnie Donegan and Roy Ayers have graced the Metropole stages over the years along with dozens of hot bands including The Jive Aces, the Dutch Swing College and The Jazz Crusaders.
It's the range of top bands and sounds on offer that bring the fans in the Festival Club doors – with an exciting mix of jazz, blues, funk, groove and swing from all corners of the globe on the Metropole menu.
For 2016 the Metropole music mix has been upgraded in tandem with the growth of the overall Jazz Festival – where over 40,000 fans are expected to enjoy the Jazz Festival experience, many of whom will head to their favourite venue, the Festival Club.
International bands head up the Metropole line up this year with huge interest in The Clubs Band from New York, the return of the Blues Brothers band and Britains' The Committed band plus the tasty sounds of Razzberry Jam.
Other US stars such as the Tara O'Grady band and the Princeton University's Roaring 20's group will perform alongside superb bands from France, Germany, Holland, and Italy. Many popular jazz groups from all corners of Ireland make up the glorious mix that is the Festival Club this year.
There is something for everyone at this colourful jazz party including a special afternoon show for children on Saturday and Sunday, (Oct 29th & 30th) - admission free. This show will feature tunes from the movies and TV and will delight the many children who attend the Festival Club with their parents in the afternoons, a longtime Cork tradition at the event.
The Metropole is the place to be this October Bank Holiday weekend so make sure to book your Cork Jazz Festival room and event package now.
It's going to be a swinging affair, from noon to late night at this historic venue.
Read why The Metropole Hotel is the place to be for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, what an amazing weekend.
'Got ourselves and our car checked in about noon on the sunday by a very helpful young lady.The place was alive with people enjoying the atmosphere. Did some walking around and found live bands in a number of places. Great music,food and craic.The hotel itself offered us everything. Happy smiling staff everywhere, we must mention Nicola in the dining room, gorgeous smile! All in all a memorable stay. Of course couldn't fault the weather either which made getting around all the easier!'
Review from maureenharrington04 via TripAdvisor.