Banter to the left, Banter to the right
It’s set to be a busy few weeks in the Banter department with various discussions on pop culture to tie in with the Darklight, Hard Working Class Heroes and DEAF festivals. Next Saturday, September 26, it’s “Final Scratch Me Arse” …
Next Saturday, September 26, it’s “Final Scratch Me Arse” with two pioneers of Irish clubland, Tonie Walsh and Paul Webb, shooting the breeze about the very early days of Irish clubland. Both characters have enough tall tales to tell to keep us going all night. This will take place in the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street), doors open at 8.30pm, the discussion begins at 9pm and admission is free. Both Tonie and Paul will be DJ-ing at the Shoebox Disco at POGO afterwards.
On Saturday October 10, Banter moves uptown to host 2019 AC: After Copyright, a Darklight discussion with Anna Troberg, the Vice Chairman of the Swedish Pirate Party. Running on a platform for copyright and patent reform, the Pirate Party received 7.1% of the vote in the recent European elections in Sweden, securing the party its first seat in the European Parliament. At present, The Pirate Party is the third biggest political party in Sweden and its meteoric rise has inspired a number of similar parties with the same name and goals in a number of EU countries, including Ireland. “Expect a lively discussion from first principles about how the creative landscape might look 10 years hence, addressing the hot button topic of the hour”. The venue is the Maldron Hotel in Smithfield, proceedings commence at 1pm and admission is €10.
On Saturday October 17, it’s the On the Record Presents at the Hard Working Class Heroes night in the Twisted Pepper. Aside from eight great bands playing in the main room, there will be a Banter upstairs. “Meet the new media cats” will see Niall Byrne (Nialler9 blog, State magazine and the Irish Independent’s Day & Night magazine) and Una Mullally (UnaRocks, the Sunday Tribune and Soundcheck) joining me to poke around in the Venn diagram between blogs, Twitter and the established media. That discussion begins at 8.30pm and admission to it is free.
Finally (for now), there’s the Banter discussion at DEAF 2009 on Saturday October 31 on “90’s v 00’s electronic music in Dublin” with Francois, Sunil Sharpe and myself having a bit of a chat. Again, it starts at 8.30pm in the Twisted Pepper and admission is free.