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Daithí, Ships, Bantum & Susan O’ Neill (SON) head up Music Minds 2020 for a weekend of live music and panel discussion this month

Daithí, Ships, Bantum & Susan O’ Neill (SON) head up Music Minds 2020 for a weekend of live music and panel discussion this month

Luke Sharkey

One of the most exciting additions to the Irish music festival ecology in 2019, Music Minds is returning to Doolin this year between January 17th and 20th.

The festival boasts an inclusive ethos, incorporating live performance, panel discussions and aspects of musical education. In this sense, it’s a unique phenomenon on the Irish music calendar, one which should strongly interest aspiring composers, producers and industry heads as well as the general public eager for merriment and live performance from some of the nation’s top talents.

Daithi - In My Darkest Moments (feat. The Sei) - Official Video

The calibre of this year’s lineup speaks for itself. Music Minds 2020 is headlined by Daithí, just months after the release of his superb L.O.S.S. LP. He will be performing a full live set alongside some esteemed guests as well as participating in some of the various chat-show styled panel discussions which will be taking place throughout the weekend.

Choice Music Prize winners Ships will also be performing a live set, hopefully previewing some of their highly anticipated new material and there will be a live set from Susan O’Neill aka SON who also sings with King Kong Company.

All Will Be - Ships

While the whole festival takes place at the Hotel Doolin, this year’s chat-show styled panel discussions have been moved to the Barn adjacent to the main building. It’s clear that attention to detail has been a key philosophy in curating the discussion lineups. Highlights include a long-form discussion surrounding the highs and lows of the Irish music industry which is chaired by Homebeat’s Emmet Condon and IMRO Chairperson Eleanor McEvoy. A panel, which will dedicate itself to the best methods of promoting music in rural Ireland, stands out as a unique learning opportunity for so many emerging musicians throughout the country.

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Looking for even more details on some of the unique events Music Minds is hosting for it’s 2020 festival? Niall covered them in-depth here.

    Full lineup


  • A Dog Called Money 20:00
  • Shakalak 22:30:12:30
  • Solkatt album launch 12:30-02:00

  • Saturday

  • Ableton Production With Bantum 11:00-18:00
  • Resolume Visual Mapping with A-Li-ce 11:00-18:00
  • Introduction To Pure Data Programming 16:00-18:00
  • Daytime Panel Discussions In The Barn

  • Mastering Masterclass 13:30-14:30
  • The Irish Music Industry Clinic Presents 14:45-15:45
  • Leo Abrahams Masterclass 17:00-18:00
  • IMRO Panel Discussion 18:30

  • Saturday Evening Show In The Barn

  • Susan O’Neill aka SON 20:00-20:45
  • Ships 21:00-22:00
  • Bantum With Guests 22:15-23:15
  • Daithi With Guests 23:30-00:30
  • Homebeat DJs 00:30-2:00

  • Sunday

  • Promoting Music From Rural Ireland 11:00-13:00

Tickets are priced at €45+ for the full weekend’s events or €27+ for both evening’s gigs. Grab them here.

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