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Cork Jazz Festival will not go ahead this year

By Sarah Finnan

July 4, 2020 at 10:33am

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Organisers have made the sad decision to cancel this year's Cork Jazz Festival.

The latest in a long line of other cancelled events, organisers of the annual Cork Jazz Festival have confirmed that it will not go ahead this year. Due to take place over the October Bank Holiday weekend, the festival is estimated to be worth over €30million to the local economy.

A highlight on the city's events calendar, the festival draws throngs of people each year. Making the announcement online, a statement released by festival organisers reads:

"As a result of COVID-19 and current Government restrictions on indoor and outdoor activities, with the requirement for physical distancing, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Committee regrets to confirm the cancellation of this year’s Festival.

We know that this announcement will be disappointing for music fans, artists, publicans and the wider Cork community but their health and safety is our number one priority. We look forward to bringing back a strong, exciting and memorable Festival in 2021. "

Commending the team for their "responsible leadership", An Taoiseach Micheál Martin took to Twitter to express his disappointment at the news.

"Like many many others, I’m very disappointed that Cork Jazz Festival has been cancelled because of Covid-19, but it is the right thing to do. Solid and responsible leadership in the interest of public health being shown by the team."

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