Derry City & Strabane - Imelda May back by popular demand at City of Derry Jazz Festival




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Imelda May back by popular demand at City of Derry Jazz Festival

28 February 2020

News that sensational Irish singer Imelda May is to make her return to the City of Derry Jazz Festival has been warmly welcomed, with a special performance announced for the Millennium Forum on May 7th.

The talented musician, producer and singer/songwriter wowed audiences here back in 2017 and will take to the stage once again as one of the main highlights of this year’s programme, which runs from May 7th – 11th.

The Dublin born star has said she is looking forward to making her return to the city after the rapturous reception from music fans on her last visit to the city. Her versatile blend of blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz won over the crowds and this year’s performance promises to be just as polished.

Welcoming the news, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Michaela Boyle, said this it was the icing on the cake for this year’s programme.  

“It’s fantastic to have Imelda May returning for this year’s festival,” she declared. “She has a huge following in the city and region and her last performance here was truly exceptional, so I know she will be a huge draw.

“Coupled with music legend Van Morrison, this year’s programme is shaping up to be one of our best, it’s a real celebration of the finest Irish talent. Tickets to see Imelda May go very quickly so make sure you get yours as soon as possible. This will be one show you do not want to miss!”

Organisers are currently putting the final touches to the programme for what will be the 19th outing for the internationally acclaimed City of Derry Jazz Festival which attracts upwards of 70,000 revellers to the city each year.

This year’s headline act is Sir Van Morrison, who will perform in the Millennium Forum on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May. Other popular acts returning to the Festival will include Jumpin Up!, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Michael Janisch, Red Stripe Band, The Roaring Forties, Heavy Beat Brass Band and Jaydee Brassband.  The festival also welcomes some fresh new faces, including the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazz legend Keyon Harrold and Torsten Goods.

Tickets for Imelda May’s show are now available at the Millennium Forum Box Office on 028 7126 4455 priced at £39.50 or online at