04 May 2018
The City of Derry Jazz Festival got off to a fantastic start yesterday evening as a whole host of top local talent took to the stage at the Guildhall and venues throughout the city for the first in a five night musical extravaganza. The Festival runs right through the Bank Holiday weekend, May 3rd – 7th, with hundreds of free gigs taking place. Headliner Van Morrison will play two sell out gigs at the Millennium Forum on Sunday and Monday night, but don’t worry there’s plenty of other events on the Jazz Trail to enjoy.
A whole host of new talent joins the regular Jazz Festival favourites this year, including the hot jumpin’ rhythm and blues band The Revolutionaires, Dinosaur, Kaz Hawkins, and one of the UK’s most authentic New Orleans style brass band The Heavy Beat Brass Band.
Other new attractions include the Jessica Radcliffe Quartet; Barrence Whitfield from Boston’s Rumble Club; an eight-piece ska/reggae band from London called The Dualers; Irish jazz and folk singer, Mary Coughlan; the Swing Cats, Darren Beckett Trio and much, much more.