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DDR’s Alternating Current festival marks 5 years of the station broadcasting with a celebration of music on the fringes

DDR’s Alternating Current festival marks 5 years of the station broadcasting with a celebration of music on the fringes


Community radio station Dublin Digital Radio has announced a festival spread of radio programming and in-person events under the banner Alternating Current, to celebrate their fifth year broadcasting.

Alternating Current runs from October 26th to October 31st and will showcase: “Ireland’s other music traditions. Weird, eerie, noisy, loud, lamenting…”

This inaugural festival is a celebration of the networks that converge on ddr., an ode to the airwaves as a space of commune and solidarity during crisis, while also being a response by the station to a wide range of artists that are each exhaustive experimenters in their own right.

16 artists have been commissioned to make new work for broadcast and the overview looks like this:

Beginning October 27th on listen.dublindigitalradio.comthe Alternating Current programme features specially commissioned radio works and audiovisuals from Jennifer Walshe & Wobbly, Rachel Ni Chuin, Renee Helena Browne, The Digital Druids and Last Eden.

In-person events will take place at newly rejuvenated The Complex space on Halloween weekend with a series of 3-hour concerts followed by an afterparty in a secret location.

Saturday October 30th

RESTART – Aonghus McEvoy :: Sharon Phelan :: Jane Deasy

Ctrl Alt Delete – Dreamcycles :: Natalia Beylis :: Bootang :: Celaviedemai

Night Time (Secret Location)

Belacqua + More tbc

Sunday October 31st

UNDERTOW – Jenn Kirby :: Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh :: Fixity

SAMHAIN – Fulacht Fia :: Lighght :: Dreamgirls

Tickets will be sold individually per concert and will be on sale first to Dublin Digital Radio Patrons. You can sign up to Dublin Digital Radio’s Patreon – Tickets are extremely limited and are limited to 2 per person.

Tickets for concerts are priced at €12 for Patrons, €15 for non-Patrons.

Tickets for the nighttime event are €8 for Patrons, €12 for non-Patrons.

All events are to be livestreamed on

“Alternating Current highlights the focus of Dublin Digital Radio; to amplify the wide many music scenes in Ireland. We are in the privileged position of being an intersecting point of so many different musical styles, forms of experimentation, creation and exploration, and with Alternating Current we get to celebrate that, bring together artists from many different stylistic backgrounds and see our underground culture thrive before our eyes through new radio pieces, live performance, and a much-anticipated return to a space we can all dance in.”

Declan Synnott

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