Friday 2nd through Sunday 4th February will see Cork city’s Old Quarter come to life again after a quiet winter, as North and South Main Streets play host to Quarter Block Party 2018. Having established a track record in pop-up concerts and performances everywhere between Barrack Street and Shandon Street, the festival takes revellers to every nook and cranny of the city’s historic spine, engaging them with the streets and sights with the help of some of the most vibrant and vital forces in Irish arts.

The music programme is first out the gap with big reveals, with Waterford quintet O Emperor heralding their return by opening this year’s festival, presenting their first new material in a while live in the process, alongside airings of their sunny, psych-pop gems of recent years. Also on the billing: Waterford shoegazers Percolator, having released debut album Sestra via Albert Twomey’s Penske to great acclaim from these and other quarters before gigging around Ireland and France in the spring.

Irish comedienne Alison Spittle brings her 2017 acclaimed Dublin Fringe Festival show Worrier Princess to Cork, and Quarter Block Party are set to present an Irish debut of Gerro, Minos and Him, a  dance piece from Cork’s sister city, Rennes, France. The piece explores three men thrown into an empty room, who embark on a surreal journey for themselves and the audience, the games are playful, dangerous, and as touching as they are absurd.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, with weekend passes at €45, day tickets at €25, and tickets for O Emperor alone going for €15, all from uticket.ie For more information visit quarterblockparty.com.