The festival, now in its 16th year will offer music lovers a fantastic programme of live music between 27th April and 1st May and is one of the region’s most anticipated and talked about social events of the year.

We will welcome back a number of festival favourites and welcome for the first time, a variety of hotly tipped Jazz acts from across the globe. Organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the Jazz Festival features live music acts at over 70 venues and featuring over 200 musical acts during the Bank Holiday weekend.


Imelda May to headline City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival

Date: 30th April 2017
Venue: Millennium Forum
Time: 8pm
Admission: £27.50 - £35

The extremely talented Irish musician, producer and singer/songwriter Imelda May this year takes the headline spot at the City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival as she launches her new music, which many will have seen when she performed her lead track Black Tears at the Jools Holland ‘Hootenanny’ special over New Year. May will feature as the headline act at the five day festival on Sunday 30th April at The Millennium Forum. The festival is an annual celebration of jazz and big bands featuring artists from all over the world and welcoming more than 40,000 revellers over the bank holiday weekend.

As she prepares to bring her new album (described as a ‘new direction for May’) to the festival in late April, Imelda, when asked what her audience should expect, said, ‘This is me. I always loved the Fifties rockabilly style but there was a point where I felt I was almost dressing up as Imelda May. It was as if I was getting into character for a gig. And I didn’t want to do that anymore. Life changed. I love the albums I made before. They were honest to the person I was. But that was then … and this is now.’

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