The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is set to return for its 11th installment in 2012 and this year brings with it another exceptional year in terms of international jazz and blues and showcasing local and up and coming talent. The event officially marks the start of the summer making it the perfect location for music lovers everywhere to visit for an activity filled May Bank Holiday weekend.
This year’s event will take place on the 3rd-7th May and will mark the start of a series of celebratory events for the city of Derry~Londonderry as it prepares to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013.
This year’s festival will attract some of the biggest names in the jazz industry including international performer Van Morrison, and festival favourite, the soulful Ruby Turner, who is one of many jazz legends swinging into town to be part of the weekend of musical celebration. Other events taking place as part of the festival include the Guinness Jazz Trail, an open air market, outdoor gigs and performances and a range of fringe events for all the family.
The festival is a firm favorite on the local music scene and is successfully making a name for itself across Northern Ireland and beyond as it grows in stature and attracts audiences from across the country to experience up and coming jazz talent, international artists and local performers. Since its inception the festival has steadily broadened its scope to include jive, swing, boogie, dance, rhythm and blues in addition to traditional and more mainstream type jazz. The festival is a true reflection of the cutting edge of musical talent in the city and offers the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience at first hand the city’s reputation as a young, vibrant city on the cusp of new opportunities and celebration.
The festival is synonymous with getting everyone involved and creating a real buzz and energy across the city. It has a broad appeal, attracting audiences from all ages and musical tastes with a strong family friendly focus and the ability to get the city to its feet with a scorching blend of musical sounds.
Don’t take our advice however, why not come and see for yourself? There’s no excuse, all you have to do is take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend and indulge in a selection of the finest music performances and weekend break offers in the capital city of festivals that is Derry~Londonderry.
Festival Dates: 3rd May – 7th May
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Website Link - http://www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com/