Dun Laoghaire Vinyl Festival Returns For A Second Spin

Following the success of its 2018 event, the much anticipated Vinyl Festival returns to Dún Laoghaire from November 1- 3, promising once again to be an unmissable experience for music fans and vinyl record aficionados.

The festival will take place in a selection of venues around Dún Laoghaire, including The LexIcon Library Studio, The National Maritime Museum, The Pavilion Theatre and The Lighthouse. It will involve a collection of talks and discussions relating to all aspects of vinyl recordings – from writing, recording, producing and performing, down to examining sleeve design and liner notes. The importance and significance of vinyl records in our culture today will also be explored.

Highlights of the festival look set to be two live gigs featuring Johnny, Barry & Jim of Horslips on November 1 and 2 in the Pavilion Theatre (43 years on from recording their Horslips Live album in Dún Laoghaire’s old Pavilion). Meanwhile, Vicky McClure of Line of Duty and This is England fame will host a DJ set in The Lighthouse on the Saturday night.

Another event likely to garner interest is Newstalk’s Tom Dunne playing tracks from the Beatles’ Abbey Road and talking about its recording and legacy as it celebrates its 50th birthday. Liam O Maonlaí will also be in attendance discussing his band the Hothouse Flowers’ debut album, People. He will also be playing some of its tracks on vinyl, as well as live on piano.

The festival brings together a wide selection of talent including international musicians, writers and filmmakers. All will take part in a series of discussions, and play a selection of their own favourite vinyls.

The line-up also includes Leslie Dowdall, Damian O’Neill & Michael Bradley (The Undertones), The Cranberries’ Noel Hogan (discussing the band’s latest and final album, In the End), Mary Coughlan, authors Stuart Cosgrove, Geraldine Quigley and Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, as well as directors Richie Smyth and Kevin Godley examining the relationship between video and vinyl sales. Established radio DJs Dave Fanning, Tom Dunne, Peter Devlin and Dan Hegarty along with journalists, Roisin Dwyer and Nadine O’Regan, will act as moderators and interviewers for the discussions.

Meanwhile, organisers say Irish Record Fairs will be on site on Saturday and Sunday, providing plenty of opportunity to go crate-digging. Speaking about the festival, directors of the event Brian O’Flaherty and Neil Goodman said in a statement: “This year will be even bigger and more varied, with something for audiophiles of all ages and musical tastes: from punk to soul, from recording to sleeve design.”

Tickets for the Vinyl Festival start at €10. Further information can be found here.

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