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OTR’s nibs: Valentia Island festival, No Way Back, Forza Italia, Down With Jazz, Banter On the Liffey and the Summer Social Weekender

Island life: Nancy Whang is set to play Valentia Island Festival

Wed, Aug 7, 2013, 11:51


Who’s up for some island hopping? The Valentia Island Festival returns to (doh) Valentia Island, Co Kerry from September 13 to 15 with some heavyweights on the bill including DFA pair Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang, David Holmes, Jape, Forrests, Bronagh Gallagher, Heathers, Daithi, RSAG, Young Wonder, The Mighty Steff, Elevens, Billy Scurry, The Disconats, Stevie G, Barry Redsetta, David Kitt/New Jackson, Donal Dineen, Hilary Rose, Cat Dowling, Elaine Mai, Ghost Estates, Paudi Cronin and others. Ttickets now on sale here ranging in price from €60 to €129. Here’s what it looked like last year for the event’s debut

No Way Back is an event helmed by Mary Nally (Drop Everything and the writer of this ace OTR guest post back in January about why she’s not leaving the country) and John Leo Gillen (Factory, Galway) which will take over a vacant space in Galway on August 17 and turn it into an one-off buzz inspired by the mess we’re in. Acts on the No Way Back slate include Frank B, Ger Z, Ghostboy, John Daly, White Collar Boy and others. Tickets are €25 or €20 and the venue, like all the best parties of old, is to be announced.

The Summer Social Weekender is a three night hurrah at Dublin’s Grand Social next weekend with acts like Sounds of System Breakdown (Friday, 8pm, admission €5), White Collar Boy (Friday, 11pm, admission €5) and the amazing Generationals (with support from Tandem Felix and Ana Gog, Saturday, 8pm, €5) playing at the venue. The weekender ends with the Summer Social Saucy Sundays (Sunday, 5pm, admission free) featuring Odd Socks, Lorcan James Band, Cronin, Jericho, Leading Armies and Bronagh Keogh. You can also catch Generationals next weekend on their short Irish tour at Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, Co Cork (Sunday), Pavilion, Cork (Sunday) and Bourke’s, Limerick (Tuesday). Here’s “Put A Light On” to whet your appetite

The Grand Social is one of the venues for this Thursday night’s Banter on the Liffey jolly, with three Banters in three venues across the Liffey. We start the night in the Vintage Room in the Workman’s Club at 7pm with Today FM ledge Tony Fenton talking about on life on and off the wireless. We then head across the river to the Grand Social Ballroom for 8pm(ish) with artist Fergal McCarthy on how the Liffey has informed his work. The night comes to a close in our spiritual home at the Twisted Pepper at 9pm(ish) with Sam McGrath from Come Here to Me tracing the history of some of Dublin’s most infamous music venues. Admission to all chats is free of charge.

The best press release which arrives into our in-box every month comes from the Forza Italo dons thanks to its mondo mondo mix of Italo, Dublinese and strangulated English. Their biggest show to date will be at Button Factory, Dublin on Wednesday August 14 with a live concert from Simonetti Horror Project, featuring Claudio “Goblin” Simonetti and his band performing a host of horror and giallo scores from flicks like Suspriria, Tenebre, Dawn of the Dead, Creepers, Demons and many more. Support comes from School Tour and Stefano Galvino. Tickets now on sale at €24.50 a pop.

Discerning big smoke music fans rejoice: Down With Jazz is back. The bijou, boho gathering returns to Dublin’s Meeting House Square from September 6 to 8 with performances from 20 Irish acts including Yurodny, Nigel Mooney, BUTTER, Hugh Buckley, OuterSpaceways Inc, ZoiD and many more. A weekend pass is €25 and a day ticket is a tenner and can be purchased here. You can hear the radio documenary about the 1930s’ anti-jazz campaign which inspired the festival here.