Ana­log does Dublin’s docks again, this time at a price

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The Ana­log fes­ti­val re­turns to Dublin’s dock­lands in July with per­for­mances from Hal Will­ner’s Rogue’s Gallery, Tor­toise, Efterk­lang, Taraf de Haidouks and many more.

The fes­ti­val kicks off on July 18th with the Euro­pean pre­miere of Rogue’s Gallery, fea­tur­ing a cast of singers yet to be an­nounced.

Will­ner was re­spon­si­ble for the Came So Far for Beauty trib­ute to Leonard Co­hen, and his Rogue’s Gallery album of sea shanties and pi­rate bal­lads fea­tures Bono, Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave, Antony, Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Gavin Fri­day and dozens more. Tor­toise and Efterk­lang per­form on July 19th, while Ro­ma­nian gypsy orches­tra Taraf de Haidouks are the main draw on July 20th.

A new stage, Ana­log Stu­dio, has been added this year and will fea­ture Jo­hann Jo­hans­son and Che­quer­board (July 18th), Silje Nes (July 19th) and oth­ers.

Ana­log cu­ra­tor Gary Shee­han from Note Pro­duc­tions said last year’s de­but “showed that peo­ple have a real ap­petite for some­thing dif­fer­ent de­liv­ered in a nice way in the mid­dle of town. It proved that there is a niche for a pro­gres­sive mu­sic event in Dublin.”

This “run­away suc­cess” al­lowed Shee­han to go deeper and wider with his book­ings for this year.

“The pro­gramme is a com­par­a­tive jour­ney be­cause we’re putting quite dif­fer­ent mu­sic to­gether. It’s big­ger and more di­verse than last year, but all the artists are re­ally se­ri­ous and strong, as op­posed to be­ing new just for the sake of it.”

Un­like last year, most of this year’s shows will not be free. Tick­ets cost ¤49.95 for Rogue’s Gallery, ¤30 for Tor­toise and ¤10 for the Ana­log Stu­dio shows.

“We wanted to be able to of­fer more mu­sic, do some com­mis­sions and raise the stature of the bands in­volved,” says Shee­han, “and we had to raise some ex­tra in­come to do that.”

“We’ve set what we con­sider to be very fair ticket prices so we can of­fer a whole lot more than we of­fered last year. The event is still hugely sub­sidised, but we were keen to avoid the ob­vi­ous beer spon­sors, which would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the event”. www.analog­con­



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