The October bank holiday weekend is almost upon us which can mean only one thing – the Cork Jazz Festival. There’s always a great buzz on the streets and plenty of music – and possibly some alcohol – to go around. Below are some of my recommendations for Thursday to Sunday, though they are but a fraction of what’s on offer. From the Sextant to the Everyman to the Triskel, loads of places should be packed with punters and musicians alike. There are loads of ‘Jazz Camp’ classes happening at the CIT School of Music over the weekend, too, usually during the day. Check out all the events here. Keep an eye – and ears – out for three street bands marching around all weekend: the nine-piece Beat n Blow from Berlin; Lamorotte Jazz Band from the Netherlands; and the New York Jazz Band from, er, obviously, Yorkshire. For a comprehensive look at the weekend, go see G-man’s gig guide. For those looking for actual jazz music over the weekend, Gulpd has you covered. And Hobo Convention also has some tips, including the Sextant using the yard of Carey’s Tool Hire to put on a mini festival.


Thursday, October 23:
East India Youth @ Cyprus Avenue, 9pm. Tickets €15

Ian Whitty & The Exchange, Coughlan’s, 9pm. Tickets €8


Friday, October 24:

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Ensemble Ériu and Sounds of the Nordic Islands @ Triskel Christchurch, 8pm. Tickets €10

Delorentos @ Cyprus Avenue, 9pm. Sold out

Fight Like Apes @ The Bróg, 10.30pm (free)

Saxy Lady Boys @ The Oliver Plunkett, 11pm (free)


Saturday, October 25:
Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble @ Deep South, 6pm (free)

The Frank & Walters 25th anniversary show w/ The Minutes and Rubyhorse; plus the Renegade Brass Band @ Cork Opera House. 8pm. Tickets €25

Jake Clemons @ Cyprus Avenue, 8pm. Tickets €17.50

The Hot Sprockets @ The Bróg, 8pm (free)

The Strypes @ the Savoy, 8.30pm. Tickets €22.50

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators @ Bodega, 9pm (free)

Dimman and Cape Grace @ Triskel Auditorium, 11pm. Tickets €10

Saxy Lady Boys @ Imperial Hotel, Midnight (free)

Booka Brass Band @ the Metropole, 12.30am (free)


Sunday, October 26:

Niall McCabe @ Bodega, 2pm (free)

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Stevie G @ Deep South, 3pm (free)

Booka Brass Band @ The Oliver Plunkett, 5.30pm (free)

Sunday Times DJs w/ New Jackson @ the Sextant, from 4pm

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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and Lee Fields and the Expressionists @ Cork Opera House, 7.30pm. Tickets €27.50

Kila @ Cyprus Avenue, 8pm. Tickets €15

Carmen Lundy and Ginger Baker @ The Everyman, 8pm. Tickets €35

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Sleep Thieves and Slow Skies @ Triskel Auditorium, 11pm. Tickets €10