22 Nov 2021
One of Ireland’s most revered music festivals is turning 20 this year and is celebrating with a stellar line-up of performances live and online.
From 25–28 November, Ireland’s most westerly town, picturesque Dingle in County Kerry, will stage the twentieth Other Voices festival, welcoming the brightest Irish and international performers to what has become for many artists, a hallowed space.
Once again, the 200-year-old Church of St James will be the venue for a series of intimate performances, promising songs for the head and the heart, while the IMRO Other Room will showcase rising musicians.
Among the artists performing are Villagers, Damian Dempsey, Sigrid, Fontaines D.C., John Grant, Kay Young, Houseplants, Aimée, Sam Fender and Gemma Dunleavy.
For those lucky enough to get tickets the event will be a magical experience. The good news for everyone else is that all of the performances at the Church of St James and the IMRO Other Room will be streamed live to venues across Dingle and will also be available to view free of charge on the Other Voices’ YouTube and Facebook.
Over the years Other Voices has attracted some of the most influential contemporary voices in the music industry including Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol, Elbow, Rufus Wainwright, Jarvis Cocker, Damien Rice and Ellie Goulding.
The intimacy of the venues, particularly the Church of St James, and the relaxed welcome of the locals have made the event a favourite for many performers and spectators alike.
Alongside the main shows, a brand-new strand of live events has been especially created for the twentieth celebration; Other Voices Present will feature ten live shows at An Díseart and The Hillgrove, with three artists performing at each show.
The Other Voices mix also includes mind tingling conversations from Ireland's Edge. ‘Altered States / Idir Eatarthu' will explore themes of disinformation, data privacy, climate change, the housing crisis, cultural identity, place and much more in the company of some of Ireland’s, and the world’s, foremost thinkers, innovators and artists. While the live event is sold out the livestream will be available on the Other Voices’ YouTube on 30 November and 1 December.
While Other Voices is a wonderful reason to visit Dingle, there are many others too. The vibrant town has a friendly bohemian vibe, while the peninsula on which it sits boasts spectacular wild Atlantic scenery and over 6,000 years of history.
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