Joy In The Park 2023



2023 delivered another stellar line up with headliners, The Frank and Walters, one of Ireland’s best loved and most recognizable alternative Indie Irish bands in the past three decades. They were joined by legendary singer/songwriter John Spillane, Cork’s own soul queen, Karen Underwood and her band, award winning traditional folk artist, Aoife Scott and ska favourites, Pontious Pilate & The Nail Drivers.


The Mad Hatters’ tent featured some of Ireland’s finest grass roots artists including Elly O’Keeffe, Hank Wedel, Victoria Keating & Aine O’Gorman, Leah Sohotra & Martin Leahy, ADT (Alan Tobin), Clare O’Mahony and Sophie Coyle.


The Joy Sylvie Stage is all about words, beats, banter and vibe. 

2023’s stage brought a fresh eclectic feel to the afternoon with internationally acclaimed Dublin poet, Stephen James Smith headlining the spoken word. He was 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 was 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, dealt 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, hosted a round of family movie theme tunes as well as some classic pop songs.

The Joy Sylvie Stage also welcomed 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

Circus Ring

Families were spoilt for choice with a full programme of entertainment throughout the afternoon including the Circus Factory with their Circus Disco, giving families the opportunity to learn some nifty circus tricks, whilst street performance world champion and a master at “showing off”, Cork Circus Factory’s own living legend Captain Cormac also performed his circus tricks during the afternoon.


The Wellness Haven created a space of serenity and well-being with a number of sessions that took place throughout the afternoon for all ages.

Nestled near the fountain, The Wellness Haven offered a series of sensory and mindful activities throughout the afternoon including:

Meditation for children, teens and adults with Kelsang Drolma from The Cork Meditation Centre.

DRUMFit with HSE Cork & Kerry Community Health Action Zone


Bringing the living room outside, the Couch Sessions invited the public to join them for an afternoon of chat, jamming and banter in partnership with Minding Creative Minds.

Rose Garden Session. Open Irish Traditional Music session hosted by Julian Halpin & friends and players welcome!

Minding Creative Minds Presented ‘Broaden Your horizon As A Creative’

A career focused panel conversation moderated by Cork’s own Mary Crilly of Safe Gigs, who was joined in conversation by a number of panelists talking about their own careers including:

Poet, writer, performer, playwright, and educator Stephen James Smith,

Comic, actor, voice-over artist and radio presenter, Laura O’Mahony,

Musician, community artist, illustrator and gardener Sophie Coyle,

In Bloom Agency owner, artist agent, event booker, promoter & musician Brian Hassett.

Minding Creative Minds is Ireland’s first 24/7 (32 county and our Irish overseas) wellbeing support programme for the entire Irish creative sector.

James O’ Flynn explores experiences of homelessness, addiction, mental health difficulties and recovery. Joined by his band, The Claddagh Rogues, he shared his story and the music that brought him through his journey