An exciting blend of old and new at Other Voices

Last weekend saw Derry once again host the unique music event, Other Voices which is traditionally held in Dingle, West Kerry.

Other Voices (OV) returned for a second year after enjoying a memorable celebration during city of culture.



The Glassworks was the stage once more for the main acts. For the many who didn’t win tickets the Glassworks performances were filmed for TV and streamed live on RTE iplayer and The Guardian website. Derry was broadcasted to the whole world, and of course all the bars around the town!

The Music Trail showcased around 60 further artists all weekend from early afternoon onwards. From Best Boy Grip at 3pm on Saturday afternoon in St Augustine’s Church, to Sive in The Cake Shop at 3.30, and The Clameens late at night in Sandinos, there really was a venue and a band for everyone.

On the main stage, Public Service Broadcasting were an exciting blend of old and new. ‘Teaching the lessons of the past via the music of the future’, with the help of old broadcast audio, guitars and drums.

Foy Vance delighted, Colm Mac Con Iomuire mesmerised, and Bellx1 showed off their latest album with an energetic performance that saw Paul Noonan at piano and David Gerarty, drums change positions mid song.

Saturday night was rock, and ear plugs were handed out at the door. Walking on Cars from Dingle took to the stage. They set the scene with more mainstream rock. The much anticipated Little Matador were next. Side project of Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly, this band looked the part, played much harder rock and didn’t disappoint. There was an air of expectation and perhaps trepidation around The Amazing Snakeheads from Glasgow. The singer strutted and circled, a threatening ball of angry energy. He simmered in his silk shirt and spat out the words while gesturing for the amps to be turned up constantly.”