The ever popular Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has been cancelled for 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The popular Jazz Festival which takes place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend each year has been running since 1978. This year, 2020, sees the first time in over 40 years where the festival has been cancelled.

Noted jazz musicians such as: Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Cleo Laine, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Gerry Mulligan, Stéphane Grappelli, Sonny Rollins, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Gregory Porter, Billy Cobham, Damon Albarn have played at the Cork Jazz Festival.

The event promotors issued the following statement on their social media platforms yesterday; Due to COVID-19 and current Government restrictions, we regret to confirm the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will not take place in 2020. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 for a triumphant return.”


Speaking to the Irish Times, A Diageo spokeswoman said: “Guinness was very proud of its 42-year heritage of jazz in Cork and was fully committed to continuing to support the Festival Committee, its local Cork trade customers, and the local and international artists involved in creating an exciting 2021 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.”

The festival is set to make its return in 2021.

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