The Boutique Festival In The Back Of Beyond Packing A Bombastic Artistic Punch

The Ballydehob Jazz Festival takes place across the village of Ballydehob, gateway to the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Since its inception in 2007, the Ballydehob Jazz Festival has grown in size and stature. Shortlisted for best West Cork Festival in 2019, each May Bank Holiday weekend the village hosts over 40 live music and dance performances that range from big name concerts to small workshops; from lively pub gigs to intimate side shows and a healthy dose of fringe attractions to compliment.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival recent headliners have included bands from New Orleans (Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns) (Stephanie Niles), Paris (Jack & Jills Swing Band) USA (Lake Street Dive) & Berlin (The Good Night Circus). Each year Ballydehob welcomes thousands of visitors to join the infamous Ballydehob New Orleans Jazz Funeral Parade, as well as hosting an international swing dance program.

It is perhaps no wonder that such an amazing event emerged out of this improbable corner of the world. Ballydehob, in West Cork has long been a mecca for artists from all over the world. This ambitious music event is run entirely by volunteers – an eclectic gang of music lovers and festival buffs who share a vision to promote the arts and entertain the masses.

While we will not be taking to the streets this May Bank Holiday Weekend or piling into venues to watch live music, Ballydehob Jazz Festival have been working hard to plan events so we can celebrate the Community, the Art and the Music that makes this the best small festival in the West!

Ballydehob Jazz Festival has against all the odds this year rolled out another outstanding festival programme featuring some of Irelands finest contemporary Jazz artists .

2021 Festival

The May Bank Holiday Weekend events will be the beginning for the Ballydehob Jazz Festival this year, as public health restrictions ease, the BJF plans on presenting an outdoor contemporary dance events as well as the infamous New Orleans Jazz Funeral Parade later in the year. It’s of the great importance to us that we celebrate and honour the lives of all those lost throughout the last year nd give them the send-off they deserve.

All planned events will go ahead at the appropriate time, and will be in line with government guidance and public health legislation.

Contact | Artistic Director | Joseph O’Leary |

BJF was the inspiration and work of local resident John Fagan and a small community group. The event grew in size over the first two years however John decided to step down in 2010 and a new committee was formed. John sadly passed away in 2017 and we are eternally grateful for his vision, passion for developing and promoting what is now an annually anticipated event.
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