Cork Jazz Festival

The Metropole Hotel Cork


The 2018 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will take place from Friday 26th to Monday 29th October 2018.



The famous Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel is celebrating its 41st edition and will once again play host to a top range of diverse artists and music on several stages throughout the Jazz Festival weekend.

For the 41st edition the hotel welcomes back our exclusive linkage with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club from London’s Soho – the world’s most famous jazz club. Watch out for that very special Ronnie Scott ambience at the Metropole featuring top class jazz to suit all tastes.

And fans of swing, funk, 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 in this special celebratory year.


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 2018 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.

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. 

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