Our now-weekly check-in with Dublin Digital Radio brings with it another eclectic selection of on-demand auditory treats and a packed weekend schedule (see above), ahead of the station hitting the road this weekend.
Writes DDR member Brian:
Week 16 has been good and busy for us here at DDR, with plenty of new shows starting and preparations for our first festival appearance at Quarter Block Party well underway.
Some highlights of the past week (embedded above) include Underneath The Orange Tree with host James Rogers and Graham Dundon bringing soulful grooves and afrobeats to the DDR Studio. Check out their first record, dropping soon. ELLLL continues her fine form following the release of her Romance EP with an hour and a half of tough beats, atmospheric techno and bass while Brian Coney of The Thin Air delivered his weekly mixed bag of oddities for his show Death Culture Blues.
Looking ahead to the weekend we are broadcasting from Cork City on Saturday with interviews, live performances and a bit of messin’ in Plugd Records from 2-6pm (your writer included – Mike), before we take over Gulpd Café to play records from 9pm-12am. On Sunday, Shivers radio returns from 5-8pm and Aidan Hanratty brings the ambient and drone vibes from 8-10pm.
Listen here, live or on-demand.
We’re out of punny headlines featuring the word “Quarter”, so we’ll get straight to it: acrobats/performance messers Lords of Strut have been added to Quarter Block Party in Cork, the weekend after next.
And will perform in a bistro!
Famous Séamus (above holding Seantastic) will back in town on Saturday February 4 at 7pm, and are cooking up a storm. To wit:
What if Lords of Strut were not the dancing acrobatic legends we know today, but were two unknown brothers working for their uncle Tony, in his Bistro on North Main Street? The brothers spend each day of their week serving Tony’s customers, while they dream of becoming the greatest dancers that ever lived…
The fantastic comedy duo Lords of Strut have devised a site-specific show set in Tony’s Bistro, North Main Street. Lords of Strut will be serving a high energy, spandex fueled, comedic soap opera. Heavily peppered with hilarious dance routines and spicy melodrama; take a seat and have a full helping of Strut!
QBP info and tickets
The Cork Quarter Block Party festival’s second round of acts has just been announced, following on from their announcements before the Xmas break.
Among the additions are YMLT-endorsed noisemakers Le Boom, Wastefellow, ooSe, Dowry and Myles Manley, as well as Not Earth, Ganglions, Super Silly and a bunch more.
Also added to the bill – the return of zero-commitment choir The Sing Along Social, Cork hip-hop legend Stevie G’s Vinyl Love night, and Bum Notes Dragaoke.
The live art portion sees the addition of absurdist third-wave feminist performance piece SNAKE TALK, and a DJ set/performance in The Rave Space, assembled by UK performance artist Will Dickie, while the street art/public engagement bill is added to with Alternative Routes, a sculptural installation on Coleman’s Lane; Volxkuche, a community dinner party, and circus artist Darragh McLoughlin’s live performance in the now-former Dunnes’ Stores shopping centre, exploring the space and with it themes of the current property and rental crises.
All happening February 3rd-5th on North and South Main Streets, Cork.
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.