ACTOR Aidan Gillen will be back in Dingle for the return of the Other Voices music series on December 1, 2 and 3. Already confirmed for this year's line-up are Mercury Prize nominees Villagers, legendary Blue Nile frontman Paul Buchanan, Derry breakthrough artist SOAK and eclectic indie folksters The Unthanks.
An evening curated by Aaron Dessner from The National featuring LA rockers Local Natives plus a number of special guests has also been added to the bill and breaking Irish band Kodaline will return from the UK to perform at St. James' Church. The Strypes (from Cavan) will also bring their retro stylings to Dingle's rock'n'roll chapel along with acoustic trio The Staves.
Other Voices also provides a platform for emerging musicians and bands in the IMRO Other Room slot and, this year, music fans will an opportunity to have a say in the selection.
Artists are currently invited to submit a YouTube video (it can be a video or a still image with audio) via the submission form on the Other Voices website - OtherVoices.ie - and they will be featured on the 'Other Room Open Call' which will no doubt be viewed by music fans across the world. Artists have until next Monday, November 19, to submit their link.
Entries will be whittled down to a shortlist of about 20, which will then be handed over to a music industry panel from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK to select a top three. Other Voices fans will then have a few days to ' like' their favourite artist on the Other Voices YouTube Channel and the most popular will take a slot at the IMRO Other Room in Dingle.
"Each year, we are inundated with a wealth of incredible young artists wishing to take part in the IMRO Other Room," said series editor Philip King, "it's a wonderful opportunity for us to support and nurture fresh new music and a great chance for emerging artists to be seen and heard by a significant global audience."
A limited number of tickets for Other Voices will be made available via various media outlets and online platforms in the coming weeks. However, those travelling to Dingle without tickets, will be able to enjoy performances streamed live from St James Church to some of the town's pubs.