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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TICKET - Tony Clayton-Lea

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.

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