Tomorrow night sees the inaugural Generator Live series take place in The Generator Hostel in Smithfield with a great new music lineup of Katie Laffan, Daithí, Cut Once and Beach playing live. Tickets are free and the other good news is that Generator have a whole load more planned.
I talked to Generator’s event co-ordinator Mark Ward about it.
Generator hosted a Boiler Room recently – how did that go?
The Boiler Room event at Generator was an opportunity for local artists to showcase their music in a unique setting to an intimate crowd of 100 people. The event was a great success in terms of highlighting Generator Dublin as a venue which supports local artists, designers and musicians through collaborative projects.
Friday will be the first Generator Live gig? What is the aim of the series?
The aim of the series is to allow emerging Irish artists a platform to showcase their talents. We believe there is a void in the in the live music scene for this type of event and there is a demand from live music fans to see more upcoming talented artists perform.
What do you hope to achieve?
Our goal is provide a platform for these emerging artists to showcase their talents and raise awareness of them through these events. We will help raise the awareness of these acts with promotion of events with media partners, online publications and our social media assets. Our event this Friday is attracting interest from music agents and professionals within the music industry. We hope that the acts performing at Generator Live will generate interest from industry professionals and therefore help develop their music careers.
What about the setup for the gigs – where and what’s the vibe?
Generator Live will take place every 6-8 weeks at Generator Dublin, Smithfield Square. If you want to watch and experience exciting new Irish artists performing live in an intimate music venue free of charge, this is for you.
With so much good Irish music about, how did you go about picking the acts for the first gig?
We have teamed up with local booker Ed Porter who has vast experience within the Irish music scene to develop a line up which reflects the genre of music we are focusing on for this particular event.
Who are your favourite Irish new acts right now?
Wyvern Lingo, Otherkin, Walking on Cars, Gavin James, Sinead White, Mmoths
What else is the Generator offering at the moment?
Generator hosts events seven nights a week for its in-house international guests and local customers. The venue features a café, bar, screenings, live music venue and cinema room. It is truly a multifunctional venue which is used for a wide range of events from vintage markets, sports screenings, corporate events, yoga, live music & DJ events.
With the recent focus on Smithfield as an area in flux, what does The Generator bring to it?
Smithfield has recently become an area which is the next ‘in place’ to work, live and hang out. It’s an exciting time in the area with the development of DIT Grangegorman and the influx of new ventures. It’s great to see the a surge of positive interest in the area. Smithfield is a unique place in Dublin with its large open public space. I feel that the square hasn’t been used for its true potential but with time, exciting new events will become more common in this space.
For more on The Generator in Dublin hit up their website.