Joy in the park 2023

Stevie G.

Stephen James Smith, Jinx Lennon and Stevie G are amongst the latest artists to be announced for this year’s Joy In the Park, joining The Frank & Walters, Karen Underwood and Aoife Scott for this year’s festival in Fitzgerald’s Park on Sunday, July 23rd.

The Joy Sylvie Stage returns for this year’s event, bringing a fresh eclectic vibe to the afternoon with internationally acclaimed Dublin poet, Stephen James Smith headlining the spoken word. Stephen has performed worldwide over the past 20 years from Ballydehob to Bangkok and will be joined by Emmet O’Brien, Bubba Shakespeare, Jim Crickard, Rosalin Blue with Stan Notte as MC.

A regular at all the major festivals and one of Ireland’s music pioneers, Red FM DJ Stevie G will be spinning the decks, bringing a sound-system of hip-hop, soul and afro-beats during the afternoon, whilst Jinx Lennon, one of Ireland’s most iconic underground artists, deals with social issues through his honest, gritty, funny and up-lifting punk folk commentary-based songs.

Returning for its second round, Ringo: Music Bingo, the world’s greatest Comedy-Music-Intro-Game-Not-Quiz, will host a round of family movie theme tunes as well as some classic pop songs. The Joy Sylvie Stage also welcomes this year, the Cork Headway Choir. A service for adults with Acquired Brain Injury, the choir has been a positive part of rehabilitation, improving memory, mood, speech and simply the love of it.

In partnership with Cork Mental Health Foundation, Joy In The Park is a celebration of life, whilst highlighting the importance of minding our mental health and well-being through bringing the community together and finding our Joy.

Joy In The Park is a free event for everyone and is able to take place because of the financial support provided by a number of institutions. Funding confirmed to date include HSE Cork & Kerry Community Healthcare, HSE Cork Connecting For Life Programme, Cork City Council’s Arts Office, Cork City Council, Minding Creative Minds, Shine A Light and Cork Mental Health Foundation.