Other Voices Returns to Derry~Londonderry
Derry~Londonderry is confirmed to host the acclaimed television music series in Feburary 2014 after a memorable sojourn in the City of Culture
World-renowned music television series Other Voices has revealed that Derry~Londonderry is also on its itinerary for a second visit, following the hugely successful inaugural Other Voices weekend earlier this year in the UK City of Culture.
Other Voices will strike out for Derry~Londonderry in February 2014, stopping off to record music and musings on February 7 – 9. The stunning Glassworks building will once again play host to a galaxy of national stars, all of which will be streamed live to a number of local venues.
The Banter Sessions and the IMRO Other Room will also be filmed, and the hugely popular Other Voices Music Trail will run in venues and spaces across the city, bringing the spirit of Other Voices to neighbourhoods and communities across the Derry City Council area.
Actor Aidan Gillen will once again host the show, presenting the recordings and events in both Dingle – Other Voices' spiritual home – and Derry~Londonderry. Already scheduled to perform in St James’ Church on the Dingle leg of the Other Voices gathering are David Gray, Hozier, Lisa O’Neill, Mogwai, Patty Griffin, John Grant, Ausgier, Agnes Obel and Lulu James.
The line-up for Derry~Londonderry remains firmly under wraps and will be announced just after Christmas. Philip King, series editor, spoke of the return to Derry commenting: 'This year we had a remarkable experience in Derry. We met really talented musicians and production people, forged a suite of partnerships with CultureTech and heard just great music.
'We are delighted to return to Derry to nurture and develop the relationships established. We have an opportunity to build an enduring legacy over the next three years, share our knowledge and learning with the city and establish a renewable and refreshable resource making this singing city audible and visible the world over.'
The Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín welcomed the news: 'Other Voices is one of those unique and special events that leaves a lasting impression. It offers the full musical package and provides experience for performers and back stage people alike.
'It captured the spirit of City of Culture 2013 and I am so pleased that it has agreed to return to Derry in February even bigger and better than before, and expanding their music trail to communities surrounding the city centre as part of my Department’s approach to strategic development of the North West of Ireland. It’s an event not to be missed.'
During the Other Voices visit to Derry~Londonderry earlier in the year, emerging local acts Little Bear and Soak shared the stage with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Neil Hannon and Savages. A highlight of the City of Culture year, it was the first time that Other Voices had broadcast live from north of the border.
Other Voices is supported by DCAL, Derry City Council, RTÉ, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, IMRO, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Tickets, once again, will be free and can be won through various online and media competitions, so keep an eye on the brand new Other Voices website. Stay up to date with announcements Facebook and Twitter (@othervoices).