Preparations were today well under way for the 14th annual City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival, which kicks off next week.
The festival will run from Thursday, April 30 through until Monday May 4, with hundreds of musicians expected to perform in Derry over the five days.
During the May Bank Holiday weekend, indoor and outdoor venues including local theatres, bars, shopping centres, restaurants and city streets will host a broad range of musicians from right across the world.
The festival is being headlined by singer/ songwriter, Jamie Cullum, who will perform at the Millennium Forum on Monday 4th May.
Highly acclaimed homegrown talent such as Gay and Paul McIntyre will be performing at the festival, while Derry Jazz Fest veterans such as the Jive Aces, Harry Connolly, Ricky Cool and the In Crowd, Derry Jazz Quartet, The Roaring forties, Cat Scratch Fever and Mission Impossible will all be returning.
Among the wide programme of events in and around the festival are free Jazz In the Community jive and swing dance classes on 23rd April and 30th April at the Gasyard Drum from 2pm to 4pm.
There is also ‘Kids Love Jazz 2’ taking place on Saturday 2nd May from 12pm to 2pm with Surestart Edenballymore at the Gasyard Centre Marquee.
This event will focus on Music, Movement and Fun and everyone Welcome.
The Palais Swing Band will perform at Ardnashee School on Sunday 3rd May from 1pm to 5pm, and they will be joined by Paddy Nash, School Rock Band, Central Drive. Admission £5.