Snow Patrol gig in Dingle marks a world first

Snow Patrol: Dingle gig will see the world's first use of optical burst switching to deliver a live high definition broadcast.
Snow Patrol: Dingle gig will see the world's first use of optical burst switching to deliver a live high definition broadcast.

THE world's first use of 'optical burst switching' to transmit a live performance will take place in Dingle at the weekend during the recording of a Snow Patrol concert for the forthcoming 'Other Voices' TV series.

Optical burst switching means InTune Networks will show the Snow Patrol concert, live in High Definition in Benners Hotel, where people will also be able to pick up the concert live on their personal devices, laptops, phones, etc.

Snow Patrol fans will welcome the live link to the hotel because, even though the concert venue in St James's Church is just across the road, it has a very limited capacity.

According to Intune this will be the first step in creating a next generation smart and green communications infrastructure for Ireland.

Meanwhile, as Dingle gears up for another round of the Other Voices music series recordings and live gigs in St James's Church the promoters have finally confirmed the line up of acts which will perform.

Aside from Snow Patrol, these include ex Suede frontman Brett Anderson and Mercury Music prize winner Speech Debelle. UK indie songstress Florence and the Machine will also make an appearance, though due to promotional commitments in the UK, Florence won't be appearing as part of a live show but will record a private acoustic performance and interview with presenter Annie Mac which will be included in the TV series.

Tickets for the eighth instalment of Other Voices are like gold-dust once again this year, selling out within minutes of going on sale last week.

The final line-up is as follows; Saturday December 5, Snow Patrol and Ollie Cole; Sunday December 6, Bell X1, The Magic Numbers, The Antlers and Villagers; Monday December 7, Megafaun, Imelda May, The Lost Brothers and The Brothers Movement; Tuesday December 8, Brett Anderson, The Temper Trap, Jesca Hoop and Fionn Regan and Wednesday December 9, Richard Hawley, The XX and Speech Debelle.

On Thursday December 10, Other Voices 'Other Room', the platform for showcasing the very best in new Irish music, will be recorded in a private session in Dingle. Those to be featured in the Other Room in this eighth series will be Valerie Francis, 202s, The Chakras, O Emperor, James McMorrow and one other Irish act that is yet to be announced.

"This event and its transmission using world-first technology is a great example of Ireland as a land of creativity, innovation and inspiration and has the further benefit of establishing small sustainable enterprises which create sustained economic value in the region," said Aidan Pender, Fáilte Ireland's Director of Strategic Development.