Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: Macy Gray, The Charlatans, Pillow Queens, Gilles Peterson, John Carroll Kirby, Dorian Concept, Corinne Bailey Rae & more announced

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has announced its lineup for this October bank Holiday weekend from Thursday October 26th to Monday October 30th.

Announced as part of the Jazz for its 45th year are:

  • Macy Gray
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Morcheeba
  • Matthew Halsall
  • Kurt Elling
  • The Charlatans
  • Pillow Queens
  • Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • Gilles Peterson
  • Fred Wesley, former band leader of James Brown
  • Jenny Greene
  • Judi Jackson
  • Moondiver
  • Jar Jar Jr
  • Dorian Concept
  • John Carroll Kirby Ensemble
  • Uly
  • Hailu Mergia
  • Muva of earth 
  • Luke Una

This year the Jazz will feature more ticketed events at v and venues of Cork like The Everyman, The Triskel, Live at St Lukes, Cyprus Avenue, Cork City Hall, a larger music trail, boat trips and city performances. Full list announced below:

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 7th July, at 10:00am on

More to be announced in the coming weeks.

Concert dates and venues.

Thursday 26th October

Macy Grey, Cork Opera House, 8pm

Hailu Mergia, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Friday 27th October

Kurt Elling, The Everyman, 6pm

Matthew Halshall, The Everyman, 10.15pm

Adam Ben Ezra, Triskel Arts Centre, 6.30pm

Morcheeba, Cork Opera House, 12am

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Cork Opera House, 7pm

The Charlatans with very special guests Pillow Queens, Cork City Hall, Time TBA

Saturday 28th October

Matthew Halsall, The Everyman, 2pm

Kurt Elling, The Everyman, 6pm

Muva of earth – Tawiah – Vega Trails, Live at St. Luke’s, 8pm

Amaro Freitas, Triskel Arts Centre, 6.30pm        

Kevin Ingram Trio, Triskel Arts Centre, 10pm

Jerrome Paxton, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Moondiver, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Luke Una, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Judi Jackson, The Metropole Hotel, 10.30pm

Sultan Stevenson Trio with special guest Denys Baptiste presented by Music Network, Triskel Arts Centre, Time TBA

Tony Hadley (ex Spandau Ballet) & Band with special guests, Cork City Hall, 7pm

Jenny Greene & Special Guests, Cork City Hall, Time TBA

Sunday 29th October

Corinne Bailey Rae, Cork Opera House, 7pm

Fred Wesley & The New JBs, The Everyman, 6pm

John Carroll Kirby Ensemble – Dorian Concept, Live at St. Luke’s, 2pm

Bixiga 70, Live at St. Luke’s, 8pm

Jarjarjr, Support from Uly, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Giles Peterson, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Jerrome Paxton, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Hanna Weinmeister violin; Anja Lechner cello; Anna Gourari piano, Triskel Arts Centre, 2.30pm

ECM at Triskel 2023: DOUBLE BILL with Oded Tzur Quartet & Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Triskel Arts Centre, Time TBA

Mack Fleetwood, Cork City Hall, 7.30pm

Cyprus Avenue will once again play host to the Jazz After Dark DJ Sessions. World renowned broadcaster & DJ, Gilles Peterson, who’s played a pivotal role in supporting forward-thinking underground music globally and beyond over the past three decades will take to the decks at the Cork venue.

This year will also see headline acts once again at Cork City Hall, curated by Tom Keating, featuring Djs Jenny Greene, Mack Fleetwood, Tony Hadley and more to be announced.

After its resounding success last year, the Cork Jazz Boat will also return for 5 different jazz tours and performances along the harbour.

“This year, we’re bringing in bigger acts, we have more venues and more ticketed shows at each venue. We’re also extending the Guinness music trail throughout Cork City’s vibrant venues, bars and restaurants, which provides a platform for local artists and an immersive experience for festival-goers.”

Festival Director Mark Murphy

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and longest running events on the Irish music calendar. Last year, the festival hosted over 1000 musicians and world class jazz greats from more than 20 countries, and a Guinness Music Trail in over 72 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotel venues across the city, Douglas and Kinsale.

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