Probably my favourite time of the year is of course, Corks famous Jazz Weekend. 4 days of pure music, alcohol and serious craic.
The Cork Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held in Cork City every year since 1978. The festival is Ireland’s biggest jazz event and attracts hundreds of musicians and thousands of music fans to the city each year.
The Cork Jazz was founded by the manager of The Metropole Hotel in 1978, just one bank holiday weekend he decided to have a weekend of Jazz, which then appealed to so many people, thus the Jazz Weekend was born and has been ongoing ever since. I still haven’t been to a gig in the Metropole during the Jazz Weekend but next year I must!
This year was just amazing, as in I would 100% relive it again. On the Friday, I went out with a few cousins of mine. We went to the Oliver Plunkett, which really never fails to have good music. As i was fairly intoxicated I can’t remember much, but all I know is that the atmosphere was immense and we met so many people that travelled over just for the Jazz.
The Saturday then was also brilliant but the night was a let down for me, probably because I was hungover to fuck! I went out early that day and went to see a band that my brother and I see every year called ‘One Horse Pony’, a very bluesy band. We went to see them in a pub called ‘Sin É’ which is rather small so the gig itself was way more intense and personal as the members of the band were able to engage with us more. It was extremely enjoyable and as always they never fail to entertain me. If you’ve never seen them check them out on Youtube and try to go see them, their so passionate even in the way they play its amazing and also they’re probably the happiest people ever!!
Saturday night then, I was absolutely exchausted as I’ve practically been living in town. So a couple of my friends and I went to quite a few places and of course retreated back to the Oliver Plunkett. We actually saw Rob Strong from the Commitments, he was unreal! It was so packed and busy I couldn’t even breathe, but it was still enjoyable enough although we got home fairly early.
Sunday is probably the best night to go out for the Jazz! It was the BEST night for me and my friends anyways! We went to the Thomand Bar to see a really jazzy band called the Swing Cats (extremely hot pianist) They were really good and just made us all dance and sing. We also made great friends with some British and Canadian people out the front and sat and laughed with them for the night, it was hilarious.. such a good night! We all kept trying to harmonize with the song Barbara Ann. When I looked at my snapchat story the next day I actually couldn’t stop laughing! Then of course we retreated back to the Oliver Plunkett until about 3 o’ clock! I can’t remember much of being in the Oliver Plunkett though haha! The only problem with going out on the Sunday is that we spent like an hour trying to find a taxi home, not even exaggerating we had to walk halfway home at like half 4 in the morning to get a taxi, plus it was raining! I have never seen town so busy, there was litreally like thousands of people just on the streets looking for taxi’s too. We were incredibly lucky to get a taxi to be honest, it was scary!
My hangover was way way to bad to go out on the Monday, as in its Thursday now and I still feel dead from the weekend! Anyone coming to Cork on a holiday or anything NEEDS to experience how good the Jazz Weekend is, like I can’t stress enough how good it is! This time last year, I could not wait for this years jazz weekend and now I can’t wait until next years Jazz haha!
Hope you enjoyed my post, I’ll link ye to a few acts that I saw over the weekend!