The first 15 acts have been revealed for the Other Voices Ballina Music Trail.
They include Runabay, Lydia Ford, Join Me In The Pines, Shookrah, The Mary Wallopers, and many more.
The exceptional lineup for the second edition of Other Voices Ballina on February 28-29 includes Elbow, Skinny Living, Denise Chaila and Jesca Hoop at St. Michael’s Church in the heart of town for two nights of incredible music while being recorded for TV in front of a live audience.
Tickets for the St. Michael’s Church TV recording performances cannot be purchased and will be distributed in competitions on national and local radio, in print and online. All ticket contests will be pre-announced on www.othervoices.ie and on Other Voices social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Festival partner Mayo County Council will also host competitions on Facebook and Twitter, in tandem with their brand’s Mayo.ie social media channels.
As is the long-standing tradition, the performers for each church concert night will only be announced during the Other Voices Ballina week.
Along with the church recordings, the musical trail of other voices will be in full swing throughout the weekend. The pubs and venues dotted around the city will be full of free shows of a multitude of genres.
The top 15 Ballina artists this year are: Bell X1 guitarist David Geraghty, aka Join Me In The Pines; alternative folk singer Joel Harkin; MOBO Award-nominated jazz drummer David Lyttle, who teams up with rising star jazz guitarist Joseph Leighton; indie folk sextet Runabay by the Glens of Antrim; multi-instrumentalist Anna Mullarkey mixing folk, jazz and electronics; folk-pop duo Elkin; the Cork Shookrah collective serving synth grooves and alternative R&B; post-punk and psychedelia from the Junk Drawer in Belfast; independent pop artist Lydia Ford, originally from Mayo; a little neo-soul with an electronic touch from Nnic, from Dublin; raw, rowdy post-punk from Dublin Sprints; the independent Ports group of Northern Ireland; rapper and spoken word artist Murli (one-third of the Rusangano family of Limerick); bubblegum pop with Squarehead; and last but not least, members of Dundalk folklore, the Mary Wallopers, giving off raw energy – think the Clancy brothers meet John Lydon!
The free concert series will take place at the following venues and the full lineup will be announced during the week of the festival: The Loft, T. Breathnach’s, An Sean Sibin, An Bolg Bui, Harrison’s, Paddy Mac’s, Bar Square, Tarbh 47 , The Cot & Cobble, Vincy’s Bar and Shambles.
Anyone planning to attend Other Voices Ballina must register for free in advance and redeem tickets for festival wristbands at the Other Voices Ballina Hub. Any festival-goer who collects bracelets from The Hub will have the chance to win a host of great prizes, including St. Michael’s Church tickets, Other Voices Ballina posters, Other Voices merchandise and more. Admission to all Music Trail events is on a first come, first served basis.