Cork Jazz Festival
The Cork Jazz Festival will take place from Friday 27th – Mon 30th October 2023. The Jazz Festival Club at The Metropole Hotel is the most popular event at the Jazz Festival.
Tickets to the Jazz Festival Club are highly sought after for this sell-out event. Tickets will go on sale in late summer. Guests staying at The Metropole Hotel Cork have complimentary tickets to the Jazz Festival Club included in their stay.
Please note this event is for over 23s only. Access will not be granted and refunds will not be issued to anyone under this age.
Jazz Festival club tickets
Tickets will go on sale in late Summer/early Autumn 2023.
Tickets are non-refundable. This is strictly an over-23s event. Attendees must present a valid form of ID on the evening.
Jazz Weekend Breaks
Cork Jazz Festival Schedule
Jazz Festival Dining Experiences
Please note dining experiences are not yet available to book. They will be bookable from late summer/early autumn 2023.
An intimate jazz experience. Champagne arrival with a four-course dinner in our Riverview Restaurant, accompanied by live jazz performances. Includes access to the Jazz Festival Club on the night of dining.
An intimate jazz experience. Prosecco arrival with a four-course dinner in our Riverview Restaurant accompanied by live jazz performances. Includes access to the Jazz Festival Club on the night of dining.
Jazz & Dine
Enjoy a four-course dinner in our Riverview Restaurant accompanied by live jazz performances. Includes access to the Jazz Festival Club on the night of dining.
How it all began...
The history of the Jazz Festival in Cork
The Cork Jazz Festival was founded in 1978 at The Metropole Hotel in Cork. Our then Marketing Manager Jim Mountjoy conceived the notion of a jazz festival to bring life to the hotel on a quiet October Bank Holiday weekend. The first Jazz Festival was held here at our hotel and with acts in the Opera House and Everyman Theatre. Tickets were one pound and fifty pence and the festival was sponsored by John Player. The Metropole hosted jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Ronnie Scott and Herbie Hancock. Fast forward to 1982 when Guinness replaced John Player as the sponsor and extended to over 100 concerts and the introducing the Guinness Jazz Trail which saw 15 city centre pubs and venues engage for the first time. Now, years later, the Jazz Festival brings over 40,000 visitors to Cork every year. The Metropole Hotel is still the home of Jazz in Cork and our sell-out Jazz Festival Club is the place to be for the long weekend.