It’s good news for music lovers, once again they’ll be able to enjoy their fill of top quality entertainment for free this May Bank Holiday, courtesy of the Guinness Free Jazz Trail.
It’s the 11th year of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, and as ever the programme is jam-packed with a whole host of musical performers who will take over the city’s pubs and clubs for four days of revelry, from May 3-7. All you need to do is put on your glad rags and show up.
And with over 300 artists to choose from, it gives music enthusiasts the chance to sample a little bit of everything, from the sultry sounds of Mirenda Rosenburg, to the toe tapping tunes of Gay McIntyre.
This year sees a return of many festival favourites, including John Leighton, Cat Scratch Fever, the Jiveoholics and Les Swingin Lovers.
And among the highlights for 2012 are much anticipated performances by London based trio Troyka, Kitten and the Hip, a new band with a full brass section and accompanying DJ, and Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods, to name but a few.
Over 90% of all the acts appearing this year are free, courtesy of sponsorship support from Guinness, and Barney McCann, Key Account Executive; Guinness, said: “The Festival is so successful and over the course of the past decade has established such a wonderful reputation that we are always proud to be a part of it. The Guinness Free Jazz Trail is now established as an essential part of the Festival bringing great musicians and fantastic music to venues in Derry for free.”
Mayor of the city Alderman Maurice Devenney said he welcomed the launch of the free jazz trail: “Once again we have to thank Guinness for adding to the accessibility of the event and providing the opportunity for so many people to join in the festival for free.
“Their support since the festival first started 11 years ago has been integral to its success.”
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