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On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020, Other Voices Festival returns once again to the gorgeous town of Ballina, Co. Mayo. The 225-year-old walls of St. Michael’s Church in the heart of the town, will come alive with two very special nights of incredible music performances from both Irish and International artists while being recorded for TV in front of a live audience. 

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St. Michael's Church

Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter DAVID GRAY, Kildare rapper JYELLOWL, new dreamy, alternative-pop music from SODA BLONDE, rising songwriter from Derry JC STEWART and guitar-led four piece from York THE HOWL & THE HUM have all been added to the previously announced stellar line-up of the anthemic ELBOW, the formidable four-piece SKINNY LIVING, spoken word artist and rapper DENISE CHAILA and last but not least, from California, the exceptionally talented singer-songwriter and guitarist JESCA HOOP for the second edition of Other Voices Ballina on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020. 

This is a unique and special opportunity for music lovers to witness unforgettable performances from stellar international artists playing in such an intimate church setting. The essence of Other Voices is about stripping it back to the musician and the audience which creates an amazing experience for both the performer and the listener and that’s where the heart of the festival lies. Tickets for the St. Michael’s Church TV recording performances cannot be purchased and will be given away through competitions in national and local radio, press and online. All ticket competitions will be announced in advance at www.othervoices.ie

While getting your hands on a ticket for the Other Voices TV recordings can be like finding a Golden Ticket, fear not, Other Voices Ballina festival-goers won’t miss a beat from the Church, as the Other Voices Live Streaming in partnership with Virgin Media sets up throughout the town. Music fans can enjoy all the happenings in St. Michael’s Church, at multiple locations throughout Ballina. With huge screens, high definition audio-visual and close proximity to a freshly poured pint, screening venues will be a massive hit during the Festival. Grab a stool, sit back and relax. 

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The Music Trail

Beyond St Michael’s Church, the Other Voices Ballina Music Trail will feature more than 30 free gigs taking place in various venues across Ballina over the Other Voices Festival Weekend. The Music Trail will feature an exciting and diverse line-up of performers, musicians, DJs and bands, raising the roofs of pubs and venues across Ballina on February 28th and 29th. 

The Other Voices Music Trail will be in full swing throughout the weekend. Pubs and venues dotted across the town will be brimming with free performances from a whole host of genres.

Drummer, producer, rapper and winner of the Other Voices IMRO Open Call 2019, Alex Gough will join us in Ballina. Galway songwriter Maija Sofia will play a collection of songs from her RTE Choice Prize nominated, debut album ‘Bath Time’, exploring the female experience throughout art, history and folklore. Rusangano Family band member, MC God Knows brings his electrifying energy to Ballina, his performance will also feature Citrus Fresh who delivers on a wave of Irish cloud-rap plus Hazey Haze, and some very special guests. Dublin artist Kynsy, fuses elements of indie, rock and electronic music. She has already been highlighted as one of 2FMs Rising Artists of 2020 and her live performances have clearly marked her out asone of Ireland’s most exciting new talents.

Farah Elle's alternative pop sound is influenced by an eclectic taste of genres; from Hip-Hop to R&B and ska, while featuring Arabian echoes from her Libyan background, powerful lyrics from Dublin hip hop artist Nealo, for your pop fix, check out artist Rushes with his soulful, silky vocals - here’s a taster with his track Wave. Expect a high-energy, no holds barred rock show from Sick Love, Dublin quartet Autre Monde create art-rock, electro-pop. Raw and captivating vocals from Amy Montgomery, experimental rock from Percolator, old-school soul, funk, and pop from Uly. Hailing from Galway, Roisin Lowry is Lōwli: an exhilarating artist with ethereal melodies as seen in her song Fallow. Folk fans are in for a treat with traditional folk singer and multi-instrumentalist John Francis Flynn followed by Armagh singer DANI who takes inspiration from Irish traditional melodies. Growing up on Achill Island, Graham Sweeney blends Irish folk with irresistible rhythms with his latest track The Quiet Man selected as Tune of the Week on RTE Culture.

Bell X1 guitarist David Geraghty aka Join Me In The Pines, alternative folk singer Joel Harkin, MOBO Award-nominated jazz drummer David Lyttle joins forces with rising star jazz guitarist Joseph Leighton. Indie folk comes from Glens of Antrim sextet Runabay, multi-instrumentalist Anna Mullarkey mixes folk, jazz and electronica. Get your fix of folk-pop from duo Elkin, Cork collective Shookrah serve up synth-grooves and alternative R&B, post-punk and psychedelia comes from Belfast's Junk Drawer. Originally from Mayo, it’s indie pop artist Lydia Ford, then some neo-soul with an electronic edge from Dublin native Nnic. Raw and raucous post-punk from Dublin band Sprints, followed by Nordie indie band Ports, rapper and spoken word artist Murli is one-third of Limerick’s Rusangano Family. Squarehead create garage pop and last but not least, Dundalk folksters The Mary Wallopers exude raw energy, think the Clancy Brothers meets John Lydon! 


The series of free gigs will take place in the following venues and the full day to day line-up will be announced the week of the Festival: The Loft, T Breathnach’s, An Sean Sibin, An Bolg Bui, Harrisons, Paddy Macs, Bar Square, Tarbh 47, The Cot and Cobble, Vincy’s Bar, and Shambles. 

All those planning to attend Other Voices Ballina should register for free in advance and exchange tickets for festival wristbands at the Other Voices Ballina Hub. All festival-goers who collect wristbands from The Hub will have the opportunity to win a multitude of great prizes including tickets to St. Michael’s Church, signed Other Voices Ballina posters, Other Voices merchandise, and lots more. Entry to all Music Trail events is on a first-come, first-served basis.



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Ireland's Edge Ballina 2020

IRELAND'S EDGE, the multi-disciplinary creative event series also returns to Ballina to the Jackie Clarke Museum on Saturday 29th February. The event will bring together a compelling range of voices spanning diverse disciplines and sectors. Activists, entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, writers and artists consider some of the existential questions facing Ireland in this time of mass disruption, innovation and change. 


Register for Ireland's Edge Ballina here


Other Voices Ballina 2020 is made possible with the support and partnership of Mayo County Council, Moy Valley Resources, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ, Mayo.ie, Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Mayo North Promotions Office, Wild Atlantic Way, Creative Ireland Mayo, Tesco Ireland, Virgin Media, Ballina Arts Centre, The Jackie Clarke Collection, Music Generation’s Core Youth Music Hub and local hotels, pubs and businesses.


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Our Coasts, Our Voices feature marine environment workshops and games for little ones and grown-ups alike. Taking place on Saturday 29th in The Library, Ballina. The first workshop is Indoor Coastal Fun (10:00 - 10:45) which involves a host of games & explorations of our coastal ecosystems - fun, interactive, and very child-friendly! (4+)

Our Rhythm, Our Climate, Our Voices (11:00 - 11:45) is a workshop fusing rap and drumming led by MC God Knows and Murli of Rusangano Family for children (4+).

Using music and spoken word to explore our waterways, coastline, ocean and marine life. The artists and children will collaborate with Little Rainbow Family for a live spoken-word workshop performance. No registration needed just drop in on the day.


Tickets for the St. Michael’s Church TV recording performances cannot be purchased and will be given away through competitions in national and local radio, press and online. We'll be listing competitions here as they appear.

Other Voices Music Trail draw

Western People 

Moy Valley (closed) 

Mayo News (closed)


Mayo North (closed) 


Moy Valley Resources 

Western People Facebook

Mayo North Instagram (ends 20th Feb)

Ballina Arts Centre