Derry’s An Culturlann was packed with music lovers yesterday for the launch of 2013’s City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival programme - and this year the internationally acclaimed festival boasts a distinct Vintage theme!
Almost 300 acts and performers will descend upon the city when the festival rolls into town from May 2-6, promising a May Bank Holiday to remember. Spanning a staggering 80 venues over five days, the Jazz Festival will, as always, attract legions of visitors to the city.
Speaking at yesterday’s launch, the Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell, described the festival as a signature event for the city and one that showcases the city at its very best.
“With nearly 300 events, the wealth of international, national and local talent that will descend on the city’s venues over the May Bank Holiday is incredible,” the Mayor said. “It is hoped that the blend of this year’s programme will further reinforce this city’s position as a key music destination.”
Derry City Council’s Elaine Griffin agrees that this year’s festival will be an unforgettable experience.
“We do have a vintage theme this year courtesy of the City of Culture. All the festival favourites will be back too, so it will be fun-filled festival all round, and of course, the sun is going to be shining all over the Bank Holiday weekend!”
Sumptuous music was provided at the launch by Ursula McHugh and Co and local jazz legend, Gay McIntyre. Headliners include Soul Rebels (New Orleans), described by Rolling Stones Magazine as ‘Utterly uninhibited hip-hop hybrid, not to be missed’; UK Jazz Musician of the year – the Neil Cowley Trio, who is also the UK City of Culture’s musician in residence; Pink Martini (Portland, Oregan) who have performed at such salubrious events as the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards. Also performing are The Puppini Sisters who have performed alongside Michael Bublé and will be bringing their intoxicating mix of music and style to the Grand Vintage Ball on Saturday, May 4.
One of the many highlights of this year’s festival is sure to be the Vintage Fair in the grounds of Ebrington Barracks on May 4, where vintage enthusiasts of all things retro can browse and sample the food, fashion, design, music and culture of bygone days.