A new event, the VINYL Festival, is to take place on the weekend of 5-7 May at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, in Dublin, Ireland. The festival aims to celebrate popular music as “the cultural generator of the 20th century”.
This three-day VINYL Festival will feature specially programmed talks, panel discussions, curated collections, music performances, album playbacks, art exhibits, pop-up stores, signings, and equipment showcases. The various events will each make special use of the RHK’s expansive grounds and infrastructure, from the magnificent Great Hall and Baroque Chapel to its cloistered, cobblestone courtyard. Tickets for the event are due to go on sale on Thursday, 29 March.
In this its inaugural year, VINYL will play host to Snow Patrol, who will present an exclusive playback of select tracks from their forthcoming album Wildness in the company of broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman.
Geoff Barrow, in conversation with acclaimed Irish actor Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), will discuss his career in music, from assisting Massive Attack during the making of Blue Lines to forming Portishead, and subsequently soundtracking films for Ben Wheatley (Free Fire) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina).
Noel Hogan (co-songwriter with Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries) will reunite with producer Stephen Street to reminisce about the making of the band’s debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Shane MacGowan, in conversation with Stiff Records’ Dave Robinson, will consider his favourite records and how they have shaped him as one of the great chroniclers of our age.
Chrissie Hynde will chat with journalist Pete Paphides about The Pretenders some forty years on, whilst Bob Geldof will discuss the early days of the Boomtown Rats, punk/pop success, international fame, and why he will always be a musician. Tracey Thorn will discuss her music and writing career in the wake of her latest critically acclaimed album, Record. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans will wax lyrical about the nature of vinyl and music with Sharon Horgan.
Aslan will reflect on their own debut album, Feel No Shame, released some thirty years ago, whilst legendary guitarist Scott Gorham will discuss Thin Lizzy’s meteoric rise to prominence, the band’s abiding legacy, and their charismatic lead singer Phil Lynott.
Influential Singer-songwriters Billy Bragg and Peggy Seeger, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys and The Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde are also among the luminaries feature at the event.
Exclusive exhibitions at the VINYL Festival will include James Lavelle’s ‘Daydreaming With UNKLE’, Vaughan Oliver’s ‘Walking Backwards’, Peter Boettcher’s ‘Photographing Kraftwerk’, and Rory Gallagher’s vinyl collection as assembled by the guitarist’s brother, Donal.
Across the three days of VINYL there will also be a Tower Records pop-up store stocked with the back catalogues of our various attendees along with hard-to-source special editions and books, whilst long established Irish hi-fi store, Cloney Audio, will be onsite showcasing their specialist audiophile systems.
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