Other Voices, the mysterious, revered music series that has elevated its birthplace of Dingle to cult status, will arrive in Derry in February. Not only that, it seems we form one part of a unique trio of events - Other Voices Dingle, Derry and London.
Two Derry acts have already been announced as part of the coveted bill for Other Voices - Soak and Django Django - with promises of more local artists being announced in coming weeks.
The recording of this world renowned music television event will take place in St. James’ Church, Dingle, Co. Kerry on December 1, 2 and 3 this year, heralding the beginning of a vast musical adventure.
The music trail will then head north in February 2013 for a three day residency at Derry’s Glassworks on February 8, 9 and 10, celebrating the city’s eminent status as the first ever UK Capital of Culture.
As if that isn’t enough, organisers will then journey eastwards in April, bringing Other Voices to the heart of East London for the first time, produced in association with the Barbican.
In keeping with a musical tradition nurtured in Dingle over ten years, this three-part Other Voices road trip will showcase the most influential voices in contemporary music – established artists and bands from across the globe performing alongside the ever burgeoning wave of emerging talent. Old friends will make a return visit and new friendships will be forged.
One of those returning to the fold will be Neil Hannon, former frontman for The Divine Comedy, who will perform at Other Voices in Derry next February.
“As an alumni of Other Voices Dingle, it was lovely to receive an invite to appear at Other Voices Derry. Not least because Derry~Londonderry (the city that dare not speak its name) is the city of my birth! It is also the UK City of Culture next year which I am keen to show my support for,” says Hannon.
Californian Other Voices veteran Jesca Hoop will also make the journey to Northern Ireland.
“I am genuinely excited to play Other Voices this year and am so happy to be invited to play in Derry,” says Hoop. “I played Other Voices Dingle a couple years back and I can honestly say that it was my years highlight!”
The full line-up for each Other Voices adventure will be unveiled in the coming weeks however the producers have confirmed that artists scheduled to make the pilgrimage to Dingle this year include Villagers, Paul Buchanan, SOAK and The Unthanks.
Meanwhile, the Derry line-up will include Hannon, Hoop plus Django Django, Marina and the Diamonds and many more.
These unique events in Dingle, Derry and London will be gatherings of exceptional live music, once-off collaborations and intimate musical conversations, connected together by the spirit of Other Voices, but each with its own unique accent and sense of place.
At the heart of the story is the union of voices: showing that music pays no heed to boundaries or borders.
Other Voices Dingle, Derry and London will continue to applaud originality and embrace divergence and in doing so, create three very special and authentic celebrations where music remains at the heart of the matter.
The Other Voices triangle will forge a new chapter in the musical narrative of these three locations, bringing together a swathe of musical genres and generations, from downright dirty rock’n’roll gangs to celestial traditional music-makers, cutting edge electronic kids to proud warriors of world sounds.
Information on ticketing, artists and events will be released shortly. To stay up to date with announcements please log on to: www.othervoices.ie and follow them on Facebook (Other Voices) and Twitter (@othervoices).