The first wave of acts for the third annual Quarter Block Party festival has just been announced over on their Twitter.

Cork City’s North and South Main Streets will be taken over again from February 3rd to the 5th, for a full weekend of independent music, conversation, street art and performance, courtesy of Makeshift Ensemble and the constituents of the recently-retired Southern Hospitality Board. Events this year will take place in, among other venues, St. Peter’s Church, An Spailpín Fánach and the Triskel Arts Centre.

Announced on the music end are Limerick weirdo beats don Naive Ted, singer-songwriter Ian Whitty, psych/ambient project Sky, Horse and Death, glitchy electronica purveyor Wastefellow, and Cork improv/ambient semi-supergroup Crevice.

International dance pieces get their first Irish airing, with Melanie Jame Wolf discussing stripping and the questions around it in Mira Fuchs, while Allie Hankins explores the dissonance between love and sex in Now Then: A Prologue. Resident artists have been invited to interact with the street as in previous years: this year will feature a Poetry Machine, a ladder-making workshop, a community dinner party and a marshland nature tour.

Our own Nialler9 will be in for a live chat as part of his How Music Works series, while Cork’s GASH Collective among others will be offering DJ Workshops.

Weekend tickets €35, more info here.

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