Derry will once again be the place to be for the May bank holiday weekend as the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival returns with five days of live music from April 27 to May 1.
With the official line up now confirmed, expect a wide variety of local and international performers as one of the biggest live music events in Northern Ireland welcomes world renowned artists such as Imelda May and Hot Chocolate for a fantastic weekend of entertainment.
Sponsored again by Diageo, the festival will feature music performances throughout the city and district with opportunities to follow the ‘Guinness Free Jazz Trail’ and take part in workshops and education programmes as Jazz comes to the community.
With the exceptionally talented Irish musician, producer and singer/songwriter Imelda May taking the headline spot at this year’s festival, she will launch her new music to a local audience at the Millennium Forum on Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1, setting the standard high for the rest of the weekend.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock on launching the programme said, “This City of Derry Jazz Festival continues to grow year on year. Those planning to attend this year are in for a real treat as our events team have produced a very exciting programme of musical performances.
“This year’s event will once again excite the musical taste buds of audiences with a wonderful programme featuring a blend of classic and contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, swing and boogie-woogie. As the city comes alive to the sounds of jazz, swing and blues they’ll be performances by a host of big names including Imelda May, Hot Chocolate, The Dream Band, Hugh Buckley, Liane Carroll, John Leighton and Linley Hamilton, to name but a few.”
One of the highlights of last year’s festival, the Speakeasy Bar at the Playhouse will also be making a welcome return, transporting those who enter back to the 1940’s with music by Billie Holliday.
Andrea Campbell, festival and events officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council added, “The festival and events team at council are excited to officially launch this programme and we are very pleased with the line-up. I’m sure this will appeal to not only our dedicated jazz audience who attend year in and year out but also to a wider audience, as there’s plenty of entertainment on offer for families and music lovers of all kinds.”
The full programme is available online at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com