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Thousands swing by for 14th City of Derry Jazz Festival

04 May 2015

The 14th annual City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival has ended on yet another high note with music lovers thronging the banks of the Foyle during the May Bank Holiday weekend for a fabulous feast of rhythm, blues and brass.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, congratulated everyone involved in making the event a success in particular the Council’s Festivals and Events team who organized it and all those involved in supporting the hugely popular music event. More than 60 venues across the city staged an impressive 250 gigs featuring all the Festival favourites and a host to new talents from April 30 – May 4.

Mayor Cllr McCallion said: “There was simply no better place to be over the weekend and the atmosphere in the city was electric from start to finish. Bars, hotels, restaurants, theatres and shopping centres were packed to the rafters over the course of the five day event. It’s been fantastic to see so many visitors flocking to the city to soak up the Jazz Festival’s distinctive atmosphere and hospitality together with the Jazz enthusiasts from our own city and district.

“The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in our events calendar and, we’re also really proud to say that it has become one of the leading Jazz festivals in the country.”

Mayor Cllr McCallion added that it was great to see so many community-based Jazz events taking place during the Festival, with local schools also getting involved in the celebrations.

There were many highlights during the weekend as the top Jazz musicians in the business entertained the crowds with both outdoor and indoor performances, with the headline act Jamie Cullum and special guests, the choir from St Mary’s College, set to bring the festival to a dramatic close this evening with his debut performance in the Millennium Forum.

Karan Leonard, Festivals and Events Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said she was also delighted with the success of this year’s Jazz Festival, which was sponsored by Diageo.
“It’s been another wonderful festival and we’ve been delighted yet again to attract Jazz artists of the highest calibre. It’s hugely important that we all continue to support this type of festival which plays such a vital role in boosting our local economy by attracting business and investment to the city and district.

“Our annual Jazz Festival attracts a huge influx of visitors to the city keen to savour the superb musical entertainment on offer during the May Bank Holiday weekend and we wish to thank everyone who supported us by attending the event.”

You can check out some of the pictorial highlights of the five day music extravaganza on www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com and on our Facebook page DerryJazzFestival.

Further press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Marketing and Communications Section, Tel. 028 7137 6504