Musictown has returned to Dublin city this year with a new configuration and a single venue and weekend programme.
This year’s Musictown offers “a snapshot of what is happening culturally amongst innovative artists across generations” and takes place from July 27th to 30th at The Complex warehouse space in the city.
MusicTown welcomes three guest curators this year – the Improvised Music Company (IMC), Dublin Digital Radio & Crash Ensemble.
The full line-up of artists is:
- Anna Mieke
- Adrian Crowley
- Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy
- Aoife Wolf
- Junior Brother
- Paddy Hanna
- Elaine Malone
- Crash Ensemble
- Emmy Shigeta
- Izumi Kimura
- Ria Rua
- I Dreamed I Dream
- Ian Nyquist
- E the Artist
- Carole Nelson Trio
- Michael Buckley Quartet
- Paddy Keenan (accompanied by John Francis Flynn & Alan Burke)
- Poor Creature
- Iona Zajac
Early-bird tickets for all events are on sale now via www.musictown.ie/listings Full price tickets will not exceed €15, with no hidden fees.
More on the curators:
The IMC have specialised in all things jazz and improv since 1991. As part of this year’s weekender, the IMC will be launching their exciting new venue The Cooler, a former Fyffes banana-ripening unit housed in The Complex building, amidst the fruit and vegetable market area of Dublin’s North inner city.
Crash Ensemble return to MusicTown with three really special and highly intimate performances in the Gallery space. Crash are one of the great treasures of Irish music, imaginatively.
Dublin Digital Radio is a wholly independent and subscription-funded award-winning online community radio station pumping out alternative music, art, and politics since 2016. As long-time supporters of experimental and left-of-field music and local scenes, they curate a special afternoon on Sunday which features three very unique artists.
“We invited IMC, DDR and Crash this year because, in creative terms, they are essential services who have been contributing diverse ideas and precious resources to the music landscape in Dublin for many years. The overall programme is our attempt to freezeframe what is happening culturally amongst innovative artists across generations.”
“In previous years we’ve had more sprawling programmes, but this year, as music in Dublin rapidly spreads its wings post pandemic we wanted to offer a more intense snapshot of what it looks like. As our identities as performers, producers, as people change, so too does the framework by which we identify music. We are gradually transcending traditional genres. As the rigid identities that once dictated music dissolve we are experiencing a new level of diversity. Each of the 30+ artists performing over the weekend will present their own personal and unique genre, an expression of their story, their dreams and struggles.”MusicTown Creative Director, Leagues O’Toole
MusicTown is a Dublin City Council Arts initiative programmed and produced by Foggy Notions. Original artwork by Paul Guinan.