Two-day festival of filthy foreign rhythms and diabolical airs – Down With Jazz takes place in Dublin’s Temple Bar this bank holiday weekend.
This is the third instalment of Down With Jazz, a music festival with a dose of history. It harks back to the anti-jazz movement of the 1930s in parts of rural Ireland which culminated in De Valera’s 1935 Public Dance Halls Act.
In 2014 it’s again renounced – jazz is the order of the day and there’s also a diverse mix of funk, electronica and chamber pop – those filthy foreign rhythms. Down With Jazz certainly promises to be different.
To get in the spirit of the era there will be porter on tap, oyster trading, a spirit of rebellion and hip-swivelling will be encouraged. The line up includes the legendary Tommy Halferty Trio, electro quartet OKO (pictured above), modern-trad group Ensemble Ériu and Booka Brass Band – an Irish group inspired by the New Orleans’ Hot 8 and Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
Down With Jazz conincides with the release of Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, which depicts the life of the only Irish deportee at this time. So do your homework on the festival’s background and get to the cinema tonight – then tear things up in the spirit of rebellion over the weekend.
Meeting House Square, Dublin, 31st May – 1st June, 7.30pm. Tickets €10 per night, €20 for weekend. The after party takes place in Sweeney’s Bar, Dame St. on Sunday, 1st June.
Meeting House Square
All images courtesy Down With Jazz Facebook page