With a new album on the way, Sting has good reason to celebrate and it’s probably why he treated himself to an action packed weekend in Cork
Sting (born Gordon Sumner) will release his 11th studio album The Last Ship later this year – it promises to be an elegy to the shipbuilding culture of his native Newcastle.
When he’s not in the recording studio, Sting is on the road. And Cork City was lucky enough to host him during their series of summer Marquee concerts. He brought his Back to Bass show to Cork City on July 1st and the entire city experienced a collective swoon for the former member of The Police.
So what does a Grammy award winning super-star get up to when he’s in Cork?
An Englishman in West Cork
Did he trash his hotel room? Or go on a wild night out? Nah, this is Sting we’re talking about. He’s one of the most chilled out men on the planet. And when in West Cork, the singer visited one of the county’s most idyllic locations: Kinsale.
It was just another ordinary day in this gorgeous fishing village…until Sting rolled into town. Kinsale is a harbour town famous for its rich history and fresh seafood, so naturally he headed for award-winning restaurant Fishy Fishy Café.
Inside, Sting graciously chatted with locals while sampling some tasty Irish seafood. He even received a most peculiar present…a pair of red boxer shorts! The briefs were in memory of a heroic Cork boxer named Jack Doyle. When owner Dave O’Connor heard Sting was in Kinsale, he spotted the PR opportunity of the century. Rumour has it Sting was spotted wearing them on stage.
Always got time for a song
After charming the entire population of Kinsale, Sting returned to Cork City. Traditional Irish music is part of the cultural fabric here, so it’s no wonder he headed straight for a trad pub.
The trad session was in full swing in Cork bar Sin É. Locals mingled with tourists and a group of musicians were filling the room with music. As the penny dropped, they realised international megastar Sting was in their audience.
One of the musicians plucked up the courage to ask Sting for a song and he was more than happy to oblige. The star sang a version of the song I was brought to my senses and after a moment of awe-induced silence, the pub broke into wild applause.
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Of course, Sting is no stranger to Ireland. He can trace his heritage back to his grandmother who was, naturally, from County Cork.
Sting, if you’re reading this (and let’s face it, chances are he is!) we suggest swinging by your beloved Cork City again in October.
Why? Because the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is set to transform the city into the music capital of the world. The cream of the jazz crop is headed for the rebel city and many of the shows and concerts have free admission.
Deirdre Smith, director of the festival says, “Cork is the perfect size for a jazz festival – the venues are all beside each other and everyone is Cork is proud of the event. The streets will be packed with locals and visitors enjoying the music together.”
Chic and Nile Rogers, Soul II Soul and Courtney Pine are just some of the jazz all stars playing. And it’s not just jazz. Psychedelic rockers Primal Scream will unleash their raucous live show and ethereal indie legends Efterklang are on the bill, too. Deirdre says, “We’ve got over 400 music sessions in over 60 venues this year. It’s the eclectic variety of music on offer that attracts visitors. We’ve got music for all jazz tastes.”
There are music workshops, street performers, free gigs… you name it. It’s possibly the best weekend of the year for Cork City.
So take it from us Sting, you don’t want to miss this!