entices you to enjoy Other Voices

Posted in Connect on September 26, 2018.

Other Voices Ballina

28th & 29th September 2018


Other Voices at St. Michael’s Church

Other Voices Music Trail at various venues

Food Fleadh at Military Quarters

Ireland’s Edge Ballina at Jackie Clarke Museum

Local Voices Ballina at Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to be the main partner in securing the internationally acclaimed Other Voices to Ballina Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September. Throughout its past 17 years in residency in Dingle Other Voices has brought huge tourism and international interest to the town and the entire Slea Head region, we are excited to have delivered this incredible opportunity for the people of Co Mayo, to be part of a festival that captures the interest of so many throughout Ireland and around the world.

The two days of music and entertainment will include performances that will recorded for the RTE TV series from incredible hugely popular artists such as Maverick Sabre and Sam Fender joining Villagers, Little Green Cars, Tamino, Julien Baker, Seamus Fogarty and Mayo’s own Maria Kelly at St. Michael’s Church over the Festival weekend. Joining the line-up will be the 2FM Rising Stage Line-up including Dublin hip-hop-grime trailblazers Mango x Mathman, Tebi Rexan an alt hip-hop duo from Maynooth and Inhaler a 4 piece rock band from Dublin.

I’ve enjoyed the Other Voices series over the years and admired the quality of production and the wonderful performances. To have that same show arrive to the banks of the river Moy for one exciting weekend is a wonderful opportunity for Ballina. Mayo is a county of culture, artists, performers and of impressive landscape, I have no doubt that those who visit us for the weekend will be inspired and invigorated, just as the people of Ballina will be by this festival. I entice people to come to Ballina for the Other Voices weekend, to watch the performances from St Michael’s Church streamed exclusively live in the many venues around the town, along with live performances from local up-coming artists. It is going to be a very special weekend.” Michael Smyth, Chairperson of Ballina Municipal District

Many of Mayo’s burgeoning and diverse music talents will be represented on the Other Voices Music Trail, we ask people to support the local talent by attending their performances in will run across a multitude of venues, bars, pubs and clubs throughout the town. Foxford’s finest, alt-rockers The Kerbs, Achill Island singer songwriter Graham Sweeney, piano-laden, quirky pop from Mayo-born/Dublin based Laura Ryder and wave-making Westport hip-hop poet Uppbeat to the Local Voices element of the festival. With many, many other bands and artists on the line-up this weekend is a music feast like no other to ever have been in Co Mayo!

Speaking of taking Other Voices on the road to Mayo, Tina O’Reilly Other Voices Producer says: “We’re delighted to bring Other Voices and Ireland’s Edge to Ballina. St. Michael’s Church will be a fantastic back-drop to two nights of unforgettable performances by artists from home and abroad. It will be something new for Ballina, the TV recordings are a very different vibe to a regular concert. It’s intimate, personal and something very special. The line-up in the Church is eclectic, the big hitters like Villagers and Little Green Cars and then those ‘I was there when…’ performances by new, emerging artists like Sam Fender and Julien Baker. Other Voices is a platform for new talent, for discovering new music and new sounds. It’s always difficult capacity wise when recording for TV, we know the demand outweighs the capacity, so we’ve partnered with Virgin Media in order to live stream all the Church happenings to large screens in the Music Trail venues.

This ensures that everyone can enjoy these very special musical moments. Then of course there’s the Music Trail – more than thirty incredible bands doing free gigs throughout the weekend across the town. If you love new music, this is the place to be, dropping in and out of gigs, grabbing a bite to eat at the Food Fleadh. Just make sure to register online for a wristband – it’s on – and then collect it at the Other Voices Hub on O’Rahilly Street. There’s loads of chances to win extra goodies once you’ve collected your wristband. The TV shows we make here in Ballina will be broadcast next year on RTE 2 and we’re looking forward to not only showcasing great new music, but also illustrating the vibrancy and beauty of Ballina town to viewers in Ireland and worldwide.”

Food Fleadh Ballina, Co. Mayo makes a welcome return for its fifth year and with an expanded four-day programme planned from Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30 to coincide with Other Voices. This year’s expanded programme sees a renewed focus on the Moy Estuary and local seafood offerings, as well as live cooking demonstrations, children’s cookery classes, food and art inspired workshops celebrating a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way in North Mayo.

Gerry Luskin, Chair of Food Fleadh “Over the four days the Food Fleadh we are delighted to include seafood foraging trips incorporating a Killala historical tour with certified guide Denis Quinn of Wild Atlantic Cultural tours. Suitable for all ages, the trips will incorporate a walk to Bartra Island, where attendees will forage for cockles, mussels and samphire, returning afterwards to Killala to cook up their catch. Connacht Whiskey Company will offer Discovery Tours outlining Ballina’s unique distilling process, while the world-famous Clarke’s Salmon Smokery opens its doors to share its story of 70 years and the secret to sumptuous smoked salmon.

New this year is the Courtyard Trilogy Experience, as Dillon’s Bar and Restaurant, Luskin’s Bistro and the Everest will team up to offer a three-course food trail adventure, featuring a specially created menu celebrating Irish, Indian and Nepalese food fusion across the three venues.  Its going to be a weekend featuring the finest food’s drinks and music Ireland has on offer!”

Ireland’s Edge Ballina, an extension of Ireland’s Edge, the renowned annual culture and creativity conference, will be a mixture of debate, performance and discussion that aims to contribute to the positioning of Ireland, particularly rural Ireland, as a viable, dynamic location and environment for world leading developments in creative technology industries.

Local Voices Ballina is a two-day series of creative talks and seminars will take place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th in the Ballina Arts Centre. Talks include Getting the Show on the Road with John Kennedy discussing working behind the scenes with Other Voices and touring with U2. The Diffusion Lab taking people through every stage of getting your music out there, yourself! Other talks include How We Tell Our Story, a discussion of the design and branding of Other Voices and how to develop multi-platform content with Mollie King and Anna Job.

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council said: “Other Voices is a special kind of festival, it has captured the hearts of Irish and international audiences for years. It combines the celebration of music and the celebration of place like no other music event in Ireland and we are honoured that the intimate setting of St Michael’s Church has been selected as a host venue for Other Voices. The people of Ballina and County Mayo will extend the warmest of welcomes to the artists and the Other Voices team, as much as we will to those who come to experience Other Voices in County Mayo.”

Other Voices Executive Producer Philip King said: “All of us were delighted to accept the invitation to bring Other Voices to beautiful Ballina in Co. Mayo. We have strong connections with the county, Other Voices producer Tina Moran is a Westport native and, in a way, producing Other Voices in Ballina is bringing it all back home for us.”





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