City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival

Londonderry/Derry, 27 Apr 2017 - 01 May 2017

Contact Details

98 Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7NN

Now in its 15th year, Derry~Londonderry will 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 throughout the city and district from 27th April to 1st May. The Jazz Festival features live music acts at over 70 venues and featuring over 200 musical acts over the Bank Holiday weekend.

With the official line up now confirmed by organisers, Derry City and Strabane District Council, expect a wide variety of local and international performers, dance and all that Jazz as one of the biggest live music events in Northern Ireland welcomes world renowned artists such as Imelda May and Hot Chocolate to the North West for a fantastic weekend of entertainment.
Among the popular acts returning to the festival this year are Red Stripe Band, The Jive Aces, Ricky Cool & the In Crowd, Greggi G & His Crazy Gang, Cat Scratch Fever featuring Western Valley Hot Club, Bluez Katz, Harry Connolly Band, Jaydee Brass Band, Jiveoholics, Wild, Velocity Brown & The Hot Rods, Kings of Rhythm, Les Swinging Lovers, Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam and many more.

Guinnes Jazz Trail
The festival will feature music performances throughout the city and district with opportunities to follow the ‘Guinness Jazz Trail’ and take part in workshops and education programmes as Jazz comes to the community.

Headline Act
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 30th April and Monday 1st May, setting the standard high for the rest of the weekend.

Jazz Hubs
With Jazz at the core of the festival, The Playhouse and Bennigans Bar have been confirmed as ‘Jazz Hubs’, where dedicated followers of jazz can enjoy some of the finest world class performances.

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Performance times



£5 - 27.50