Acts go DEAF in fes­ti­val fundraiser

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The an­nual Dublin Elec­tronic Arts Fes­ti­val (DEAF) will take place from Oc­to­ber 21st to 31st, and The Ticket can ex­clu­sively re­veal two high­lights of this year’s pro­gramme. Lo­cal act Twin Kranes will launch their de­but al­bum at the fes­ti­val, where they’ll be joined by David Holmes and Andy Vo­tel. “New Spa­ces for Mu­sic” will see a se­ries of gigs will take place in un­usual spa­ces around Dublin, such as train sta­tions and shops. The full pro­gramme will be an­nounced in Septem­ber, but artists al­ready con­firmed in­clude Mode­se­lek­tor, Chris­tian Vo­gel, Sur­geon and Hyp­notic Brass En­sem­ble.

The eco­nomic cli­mate has seen DEAF 2009’s Arts Coun­cil fund­ing re­duced, and the fes­ti­val is, as yet, without a spon­sor. In or­der to gen­er­ate funds, a gig will take place at Tem­ple Bar’s Meet­ing House Square on Au­gust 21st. Eight bands, in­clud­ing The Jimmy Cake (be­low), Dark Room Notes, Spilly Walker and Pa­trick Kelle­her, will play from 6pm on­wards. Tick­ets are ¤10 and on sale now.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Karen Wal­she said that the gig was a ne­ces­sity in this, DEAF’s eighth year. “But we’re re­main­ing up­beat about this year, and em­brac­ing the pos­i­tive side,” she said.

Arc­tic Mon­keys drum­mer Matt Helders has crit­i­cised the Ivor Novello Awards panel, say­ing that their de­ci­sion to award The Ting Tings with the ti­tle of Best Al­bum cheap­ened the ti­tle once held by his own band.

The Water­boys, Lisa Han­ni­gan, Fred, Vil­lagers and Si Schroeder are among the acts play­ing at to­mor­row’s Cork x South­west fes­ti­val in Sk­ib­bereen. Tick­ets are still on sale. Blur fans who missed their re­cent gigs may not get a chance to see their idols again. Da­mon Al­barn said that if the band con­tin­ued, the “same prob­lems” would oc­cur, and that he didn’t want to “ruin” what they’d achieved this sum­mer.

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