- 21 Aug 18
The inaugural edition of Other Voices in the beautiful Mayo town will see performances by eight renowned Irish and international acts.
The charismatic, eclectic, multi award-winning Conor O’Brien’s Villagers, Egyptian – Belgian breakthrough artist Tamino, and Memphis, Tennessee indie songwriter Julien Baker have been announced to join Little Green Cars, Seamus Fogarty and Maria Kelly in the hallowed halls of St. Michael’s Church, Ballina this September 28th and 29th for the Other Voices Festival live TV recordings. The inaugural edition of Other Voices in the beautiful Mayo town will see performances by eight renowned Irish and international acts, filmed in front of a live audience in the ancient chapel, and broadcast as part of the Other Voices TV series on RTÉ in early 2019. The final two Church acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the St. Michael’s Church TV recordings will be split into four ‘concerts’ – Part 1 and Part 2 on Friday September 28th and Part 1 and Part 2 on Saturday September 29th and will only be available through competitions in local and national media, event partner outlets and through Other Voices social media from next week onwards. In keeping with Other Voices’ 17 year-long tradition, artists for each Church concert will only be announced the week of Other Voices Ballina. All ticket competitions will be pre-announced on www.othervoices.ie and Other Voices social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In Local Voices, running alongside the Church recordings over the weekend, the Music Trail will explode into life with more than thirty bands performing free gigs across a multitude of venues in the town including An Bolg Bui, Auld Shebeen, Breathnach's, The Loft, Emmett’s Treffpunkt, Paddy Macs, Bar Square, Brennan's Lane, Vincy’s Bar and Ballina Presbyterian Church.
The first slew of acts to be announced for these free concerts range from punk to pop, folk to electro and include the sublime, woozy psychedelia of Lurgan artist Malojian, the pop hooks, lush synths and drum machines of Derry’s Roe, along with the morose charm and sardonic wit of Dublin’s Paddy Hanna. Ballina bound music fans will uncover the luscious harmonies of Galway’s Dott, Scottish/Irish baroque pop three-piece Gaze is Ghost and Mayo-born, Dublin-dwelling electro-queen Elaine Mai. Also on the Ballina bill, Nordie pop punk noise merchants Cherym, Kildare hip-hop poet JyellowL, the delicate soundscapes of Meath man and Come on Live Long member Robert John Ardiff and the synth laden guitar riffs of Belfast band Beauty Sleep. Rounding out the first wave of Music Trail announcements, are EHCO, the new electro project from former Enemies man Eoin Whitfield, the rich lyrical folk sounds of Ballina/Dublin duo Pembroke and the glistening guitars and punchy beats of Dublin’s Montauk Hotel.