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October Nights

October 20 @ 12:00 am - October 22 @ 12:00 am

As October signals 'the end of Harvest' and fading light, what better excuse for a coming-together than a music festival to brighten the corners? So yes, that's the October Nights Festival at Ballina Arts Centre on October 20th & 22nd. Thursday, October 20th: Brigid Mae Power Alannah Thornburgh Graham Sweeney Saturday, October 22nd: Babylamb Seamus Fogarty Uppbeat The Masterplan Never comfortable with the blasphemous 'predictable' accusation, we've put together a line-up for the ages featuring folk songs, queer pop, hyperpunk & hard rock. Thursday (Oct 20th) features the acclaimed country- folk singer Brigid Mae Power. The Guardian described her voice as an ‘instrument that raises the everyday to a near-mystical realm’. Brigid has strong Mayo roots and has previously played Other Voices, All Together Now and Green Man Festival among others. Swinford native and harpist Alannah Thornburgh - a two time RTE folk award nominee - deftly weaves between ancient airs and tunes from the Irish, American Appalachian and jazz traditions. It's the hotly tipped Achill guitarist Graham Sweeney - just ask Luka Bloom or Declan O'Rourke - who opens proceedings on the night. Saturday (Oct 22nd) again, summons some of the best talent with Mayo DNA for an uncompromising night. We’re celebrating diversity, ambition, do-it-yourself attitude and those brave enough to say what needs saying. Queer pop band Babylamb - feat. members from Foxford & Castlebar - have the likes of Hot Press gushing with praise. We welcome Domino Records & Swinford’s London-based alt-folk hero Seamus Fogarty to sing songs about nuns and table-tennis. London based, Westport native Uppbeat (Finn Costelloe) brings the heavy, rap and hardcore sounds of hyperpunk to Ballina for a rare Mayo performance. His 2021 track ‘Exhale’ has already surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify. It's down to Ballina's own hard rockers The Masterplan to bang some heads for the opening set on our final night. Music. Two nights. October. Simple. That’s October Nights Festival. Mark your calendar! October Nights is curated by Ronan Quinn in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre. The Local Live Performance Programming Scheme is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and administered by Mayo County Council. Links Babylamb on Spotify Uppbeat on Spotify

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