Vinyl Festival returns to Dun Laoghaire

by Rebecca Ryan

Dun Laoghaire will be the home of The Vinyl Festival for the second year in a row.

The event host a collection of talks, panels, DJ sets and live performances which celebrate the importance of music and the vinyl record.

The line-up of special guests include Horslips, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty/This is England), Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), Noel Hogan (Cranberries), Mary Coughlan, radio presenters Dave Fanning and Tom Dunne, and many more.

43 years on from recording their Horslips Live album in Dún Laoghaire’s old Pavilion, Johnny Fean, Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart from the band are coming back to the town for two concerts as part of the festival.

They will play two nights on November 1 and 2 in the Pavilion Theatre.

Liam O’Maonlaí will discuss the writing and recording of Hothouse Flowers’ 1988 debut album, People and will play a few live tracks on piano as well as a couple on vinyl.

From 1985’s ‘Tired and Emotional’ through to last year’s ‘Live & Kicking’, – Mary Coughlan has been at the very centre of Irish blues and roots music for 35 years. Mary will be looking at the records that have shaped and accompanied her life and the memories that instil in her

And Guitarist, producer and founder of the Cranberries, Noel Hogan will be discussing ‘In the End’ – the band’s final album released after the death of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan.

Festival Director Neil Goodman told Dublin Gazette they want to promote the cultural hear of Dun Laoghaire.

“This year’s festival once again promises to be haven and a heaven for music-lovers and vinylphiles, alike.

“We want to promote the cultural heart of Dún Laoghaire through events that will entertain and excite.

“This year’s festival has the added appeal of two live concerts by the legendary Horslips (who have re-released a limited number of two of their albums on vinyl exclusively for the festival) as well as a DJ set from Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen and must-see events such as Jah Wobble in discussion and demonstrating bass technique as well as Liam O’Maonlai discussing Hothouse Flowers’ album People and playing a couple of tracks on piano too.”

The Vinyl Festival will take place in a number of select locations around Dún Laoghaire from November 1st to 3rd.

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