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Cork Jazz Festival

The Cork Jazz Festival will take place from Friday 25th – Mon 28th October 2024. 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. Guests staying at The Metropole Hotel Cork have complimentary tickets to the Jazz Festival Club included in their stay.

Tickets will be available in late summer 2024. Keep an eye out on our social media accounts for updates or sign to our Jazz Festival Club newsletter below to be the first to know when tickets go on sale!

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 Stays

Don’t want to miss one minute of the Jazz Festival Weekend excitement? Stay at the original home of Cork’s Jazz weekend this October and experience the magic at The Metropole Hotel. Our Package includes:

  • 3 nights Bed & Breakfast in our signature rooms
  • Signature Cocktail on Arrival
  • 3 Course Dinner on one evening
  • Access to the Jazz Festival Club within the hotel
  • Car Parking throughout your stay

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. 

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