We're thrilled to reveal the first wave of artists lined up to make the musical pilgrimage to West Kerry this December to play the Dingle Distillery Music Trail. Featuring many of the island’s rising stars and firmly established acts; some serious talent has been curated to play for you next month.
Joining us next month will be Kilkenny indie-pop duo 49th & Main, who recently shared their B.O.A.T.S. mixtape full of dance-driven anthems via Counter Records. Limerick band Anna’s Anchor, fronted by Marty Ryan, will provide indie tunes from their new album The Merries, while Belfast-based, Offaly-born musician Aoife Wolf is set to bring her searing psych-folk soundscapes to the Dingle Distillery Music Trail.
Also joining us on the Music Trail this year is Donegal alt-pop act Aonair, who infuses the sounds of lush ‘80s music into their own electronic production, with rich results. Dublin band BIG LOVE have delivered sweet, melodic pop since first emerging with ‘Lily’ in 2021, while Belfast punks Chalk have proven themselves as one of Ireland’s most visceral live acts - recently performing in West Wales as part of Other Voices Cardigan.
Cork native Chubby Cat is bringing her empowering brand of contemporary pop to West Kerry in December, having relocated to Belfast and released a steady stream of attention-grabbing singles that fiercely break the mould over the last two years. Acclaimed Armagh singer-songwriter Conchúr White will also make his return ahead of the release of his dreamy debut album Swirling Violets in January via Bella Union.
We’re over the moon to have Limerick-born artist Elaine Malone in our midst, having turned Cork’s DIY scene on its head in recent years with her brilliantly expansive psych-rock material. Filmore! will be stopping by to perform energy-packed experimental tracks from his new self-titled EP, after first lighting up the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2022 with the solo project. Northern Irish folk sensation Joshua Burnside is taking a few days out of writing his third album in Paris to bring his lush, genre-blending tunes to Dingle. In contrast, Irish punk band M(h)aol will surely cause a riot in style with songs from their boundary-pushing debut album Attachment Styles.
We’re delighted that Donegal musician Megan Nic Ruairí (also a member of family band Clann Mhic Ruairí, BIG LOVE and Bláth na hÓige) has been added to the bill, armed with stories of love and self-exploration - plus Belfast-born artist Morgana, the solo project of Saint Sister’s Morgana MacIntyre. With a debut album in the works and tour dates booked, her effervescent foray into pop is garnering deservedly huge buzz.
The stage is set for the Other Voices return of Choice Music Prize-nominated Dublin rapper Nealo, who is gearing up to release his second album November Medicine this month. Hotly-tipped Irish-Cuban artist Qbanaa is making her West Kerry debut. Based in Dublin, the ‘One to Watch’ performer’s versatile discography evokes soul, jazz, Latin, drum ‘n’ bass and contemporary pop elements.
Supporting The Scratch on tour in recent weeks, Really Good Time bring the noise (and the matching boiler suits). Catch them in all their art-rock greatness on the trail alongside R&B/hip-hop talent Sweetlemondae, whose pop anthem ‘Turn The World’ was chosen as the feature track to RTE’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Meltybrains? member and gifted composer Brian Dillon will perform under his solo moniker The Line as part of the Dingle Distillery Music Trail, after working with the likes of Denise Chaila, Talos, Loah, Emmet Kirwan and more over the last decade.Irish-Ghanaian act Winnie Ama may be inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, but her form of neo-soul, disco and jazz is as forward-thinking as it gets. The Belfast artist has opened for Macy Gray and Sister Sledge, so her Dingle set will surely be unmissable.
Last but certainly not least, Dublin electro-noise quartet YARD are bringing all-consuming, intense tracks to the Music Trail for a fully immersive experience.
The stage is set for the Other Voices return of Choice Music Prize-nominated Dublin rapper Nealo, who is gearing up to release his second album November Medicine
This year’s Music Trail, presented in partnership with Dingle Distillery, will feature over 80 live sets from more than 50 of Ireland’s magnetic new voices, who will be taking over some of Dingle’s legendary venues - with a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure!
Weekend wristbands priced at €85 plus VAT and booking fee go on general admission sale today at 12pm via Eventbrite. These wristbands will give you access to every show along the Music Trail, on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales will be limited to four per person, with many more artists and the full day-to-day schedule to be released in the coming weeks.
“Dingle Distillery is proud to work alongside the cultural icon that is Other Voices,” Elliot Hughes, Managing Director of Dingle Distillery, says of this year’s anticipated edition.
“Every year, Other Voices showcases the best of Dingle as well as the best of Irish music; whether it is the small, intimate gigs at the Church, watching up-and-coming artists playing across the many fantastic bars in the town or even watching artists perform in a small, artisan, working Distillery. We cannot wait for another unforgettable weekend.”
There's lots more big news on the way from Other Voices HQ, including details on The Church, Banter, Ireland's Edge, Cogar and more - stay tuned!
Other Voices 2023 is made possible with the support and partnership of Reed, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Tourism Ireland, RTÉ, Dingle Distillery, Kerry County Council & IMRO.