Reg­is­tra­tion fee is brought in for ‘Other Voices’ fest

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PEO­PLE who wish to see gigs in the prime venues on the Other Voices Mu­sic trail in 2018 will have to regis­ter on­line be­fore­hand and pay a €30 fee.

The week­end of mu­sic has be­come a much an­tic­i­pated fea­ture of mid win­ter in Dingle over the last 16 years.

In recent years the or­gan­is­ers have stretched the sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties to in­clude a day-long Mu­sic Trail, while ‘Af­ter Dark’ has ex­tended the ac­tiv­ity into the night. And out­side of mu­sic, Other Voices now in­cludes the Ire­land’s Edge Con­fer­ence, which draws to­gether prom­i­nent thinkers, pol­icy-mak­ers, in­no­va­tors, com­men­ta­tors and artists to dis­cuss per­ti­nent top­ics, and mean­while an aware­ness event is staged in co-op­er­a­tion with Clean Coasts.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the reg­is­tra­tion fee, which fol­lows from Eir’s de­ci­sion to end their spon­sor­ship deal, has re­ceived a mixed re­ac­tion. For the past 15 years all events at the week­end event were free but Daniel Mc­Carthy of Mc Mc­Carthy’s Bar in Dingle is sup­port­ive of the in­tro­duc­tion of a reg­is­tra­tion fee.

The reg­is­tra­tion fee of €30 is lim­ited to gigs in An Chonair, Nel­lie Freds, Mc­Carthy’s, all other gigs will re­main free of charge this year. The or­gan­is­ers, with the back­ing of Dingle’s busi­nesses, have put to­gether a number of in­cen­tives - those reg­is­tered will be en­tered into a draw for tick­ets to the con­certs in St. James’s and vouch­ers for food es­tab­lish­ments around the town are up for grabs.

Due to the large de­mand for seats at the venues - some of which can ac­com­mo­date as few as 50 peo­ple - en­try to the venues is not guar­an­teed to those who regis­ter, but will be al­lo­cated on a first come ba­sis.

The or­gan­is­ers, who em­ploy a crew of 100 pro­fes­sion­als over the week­end con­tinue to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for up and com­ing mu­si­cians look­ing to break into the mu­sic scene. They have put out an open call to any un­signed mu­si­cian or band to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion, those se­lected will per­form at other Voices 2018. En­tries will close on Thursday, Novem­ber 11. For fur­ther de­tails on this and other week­end ac­tiv­i­ties visit their web­page, www.oth­er­voices.ie.

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