The programme of free events at the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival has launched in the city yesterday.
More than 90 percent of the events at the festival, which begins next week, will be free as part of the Free Guinness Jazz Trail.
Over 60 venues will welcome hundreds of performers from across the world for a massive free celebration of music, and fans of jazz, swing, blues, soul, and even rockabilly will be flocking to the city for the most popular event of its kind in the country.
Elaine Johnston from event sponsors Diageo Northern Ireland, said the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival marked the beginning of a great summer season for local business. “We’re delighted to once again be associated with what is such a positive event in the social calendar, and a showcase for the fun and exciting city that Derry has become, which was so apparent during its term as UK City of Culture in 2013,” she said.
“Last year broke the record with 38,000 people turning out to enjoy the event, and experience the fantastic hospitality which is always on offer in venues throughout the city. The bars will be buzzing with local talent and international acts and we hope that even more music fans from all over Ireland and beyond will support the festival this year. I would urge everyone to pick up a Free Guinness Jazz Trail brochure and join the ultimate talent trail this Bank Holiday Weekend,” she added.