Bray Jazz Festival 2024

Late Night @ The Gallery

As one of the host venues of the festival Mermaid Arts Centre are delighteed to have partnered with Bray Jazz Festival once again to bring a range of events including the newest addition to the programme - Late Night @ The Gallery.

We want to keep the good vibes rolling into the night with our new late night lounge. Picture this: casual, intimate events in our Gallery space following the 8pm headline shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The best part? No tickets required! All festival attenders are welcome each evening, however our gallery space is a little smaller than the main auditorium so it will be first come, first served. Worry not - the bar will open and fully stocked and the music will carry through the space. Late Night @ The Gallery are not formal seated perfomances so feel free to stay for a while or stay for the evening.

This new innovation is made possible through the support of The Arts Council as part of their Late-Night Events Pilot Scheme. This support has allowed us to keep the doors open and the music flowing into the night. "The scheme aims to promote a vibrant cultural ecosystem in Ireland that thrieves after dark." - Minister Catherine Martin TD.

The Late Night @ The Gallery events are also very kindly being supported by Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company and Powerscourt Distillery.


A homecoming gig for a great new trio of Irish players who have made their homes overseas – in Vienna, Berlin and London respectively.

Saxophonist Matthew Halpin, bassist Simon Jermyn and drummer Darren Beckett have all built impressive music careers and resumés on both sides of the Atlantic, and return home here to play what they describe as “twisted groove-base compositions, fuelled and directed by improvisation.”

Matthew Halpin is Professor of saxophone at Music University Vienna where he now lives. Perhaps best know in his native Ireland for his work as a member of the celebrated ‘Roamer’ quartet, he released his debut solo album ‘Agreements’ in 2019, and was supported in the project by a stellar line up of musicians, organist Kit Downes included.

Electric bassist Simon Jermyn is now based in Berlin. He spent many years in New York, where he worked with an array of great players including Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock, and as a member of drummer Jim Black’s Smash and Grab. He’s also a member of Roamer alongside Matthew Halpin.

This new trio is completed by London-based Belfast-man Darren Beckett, a drummer to the stars who has played with Lauren Hill, Madeleine Peyroux and has toured the US as drummer with The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers.

Getting home? We have you covered.

Bray Jazz are providing a (limited availability) subsidised late night bus service home from these shows. To find out more about the transport options available, heading northbound and southbound from Bray, click on the link here.

Please note that there are planned works due to take place in the Dart line throughout the bank holiday weekend which may impact your journey getting here. For full details see Iarnród Eireann (Irish Rail).

Kindly supported by The Arts Council