Ex-'Love/Hate' star Aidan Gillen swaps mean streets for 'dream gig' in Dingle

Aiden Gillen pictured in Dingle, County Kerry on Friday

IT has the nation enthralled, but actor Aidan Gillen has revealed he hasn't even seen the new series of 'Love/Hate'.

The Dublin-born actor who played gang leader John Boy Power in the first two series exited the show dramatically last year when his character was shot dead.

Gillen is known to audiences worldwide from high profile television series like 'The Wire' and 'Game of Thrones'.

But he says that when he is back home he prefers to keep it low key.

And he's back in Dingle this weekend for his "dream gig", presenting the Other Voices festival.

Now in its 11th series, Other Voices is probably the most intimate music festival in the world. Its venue, the 200-year-old St James's Church is Dingle, holds less than 100 people and yet each year it attracts some of the biggest names in the music world.

This year the line-up includes Dublin band Villagers, The Strypes and Blue Nile frontman Paul Buchanan.

Past performers include Amy Winehouse, Joss Ritter, Jarvis Cocker, Florence and the Machine and David Gray.

"It's one of the best shows of its kind with the added attraction of being quite low key itself but there's nothing low key about the performances on it," added Gillen.

"People like to come here because it's relaxed, because it's just about music and performance and the thing between them and the audience. When bands play here you can see that they're freed up and playing to the best of their abilities."

The live performance is streamed to a number of venues on Main Street, Dingle and this year, for the first time, Sunday night's gig will be broadcast live on RTE Two television.

Meanwhile, Eve Macklin, who plays 'Love/Hate' gangster's moll Georgina, says she almost gave up on an acting career before being offered a part in the drama.

"It's been tough . . . I've been slogging away and working my way up because I started at the very bottom.

"Love/Hate is shot so quickly that you have to have your wits about you because there's no time to make mistakes.

"It's a cliche, but it really is go, go, go."

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