City of Derry Jazz Festival favourites The Jive Aces have pulled out of several gigs for this year’s event.
While the ever-popular band will be returning to the city to perform at the opening of the festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend, they have been forced to cut short their stay due to “filming commitments”.
The Jives Aces management agent informed Derry City Council, who organize the festival, that the Jive Aces will only be performing at the official Jazz Festival opening party on the Thursday, May 3 and later that night at Da Vinci’s Hotel. Ian Clarkson, lead singer of the Jive Aces, said: “We were gutted when we found out that the filming we were doing clashed with our favourite festival, we look forward to it all year. We are really glad that we could work out to still come and open the Derry festival, especially as this is our tenth year. We have recommended a great band to replace us and hope all our friends in Derry will understand. The BBC actress Rebecca Grant will also guest with us and we will give Derry a great show as usual.”
Oonagh McGillion from Derry City Council said that while it was disappointing that the Jive Aces were not able to perform for the duration of the festival she was confident their replacement act – The Regular Joes – will prove popular. Ms McGillion added: “This year’s festival promises to be a great success and we hope the Derry audiences will enjoy the performances by the Regular Joes.”