PICK OF THE WEEK
OTHER VOICES For some people, December doesn’t just mean thinking about buying presents for your loved ones (oh, any old thing you have to hand will do, thanks); it also means that Other Voices rolls up yet again in the rather beautiful Co Kerry town of Dingle. Now in its 14th year, Other Voices has firmly established itself as a crucial addition to the Irish and international music calendar, but it’s also more than just a music festival.
Describing it as a community event would sound hokey if it weren’t for the fact that for once in the year barriers between artist and public aren’t so much broken as simply not erected. You can prop up the bar with someone you’ve seen on the stage at either St James’ Church or any one of the Music Trail venues around the town. And there’s no need to fret if you haven’t got a ticket for the church gigs – these shows are streamed live into quite a few pubs, most of which are (whisper it) far more comfortable than sitting on a church pew for two hours.
Music? It’s here (including Damien Rice, Delorentos, Young Fathers, Jessie Ware, Wild Beasts, and plenty more). Chat? It’s there (Banter Sessions helmed and hosted by yer Irish Times man Jim Carroll). Good, cool vibes? Everywhere, people – absolutely everywhere.