This should be fun.
The full line-up for Quarter Block Party has been announced, with more than 50 music, art and theatre performances set to take over North and South Main streets in February.
Joining previously announced O Emperor and Percolator is an array of fuzz rockers and indie experimentalists like the infectious Pillow Queens, who cite BBC6’s Steve Lamacq as their newest fan. Tandem Felix list Sparklehorse and Wilco as key influences, while The Sunshine Factory are a Neo-Psychedelic band from Cork, pulling from varying influences spanning from shoegaze and krautrock to post-punk and noise-heavy psych.
Among the other acts primed to help you blast away your January blues from February 2nd to 4th, 2018 are Yenkee, a six-piece pop band formed from the lo-fi bedroom recordings of Cork artist Graham Cooney and six-piece psych, rockabilly band Lowlek.
Presented by Makeshift Ensemble and Southern Hospitality Board, Cork’s unassuming Old Quarter will, for the fourth year running, become the centre of the city’s entertainment world. Hawkbastard, Rory Francis O’Brien, Cal Folger Day, Davy Kehoe, Robbie Kitt, Andy Wilson & The Toys, Bad Bones, Fuzzy Hell, Pale Rivers, Damsel, Elaine Malone, HEX, Postcard Versions, God Alone and PowPig; a teen rock band from Limerick are elsewhere in the line-up.
Late night grooves will be provided by DJs Ben Bix, Dim The Lights, and Stevie G who will also be presenting a Vinyl Love event in SOMA café on Tuckey Street, while Irish comedian Alison Spittle brings her acclaimed show Worrier Princess to Cork too (an absolute must).
Slumber at Triskel Christchurch is one of two very special midnight shows focusing on new collaborations, with other unique venues, including St. Peter’s Church, Spailpín Fánach, and AMP on Hanover street also opening their doors alongside a range of pop-up and public art events in shops and outdoor spaces.
Radio Mná, the second show produced by Quarter Block Party for Triskel Christchurch, will celebrate Irish female artists in their individual and collective landscapes, while in Hyperfruit, Norwegian choreographer and dancer Ludvig Daae and Swedish film maker Joanna Nordahl research how our close relationships are distorted or glorified when the main communication takes place online.
Michigan born Nic Gareiss will return to Cork to show Solo Square Dance, a one-person percussive dance performance commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act, which banned citizens from dancing in homes; taking place in a home off North Main Street.
There’ll also be a photo exhibition by Mad About Cork, who have been documenting their volunteer street art and guerrilla gardening projects, while Jack Crotty, The Rocket Man, will present Counter Culture talks about the meeting of art and food and Hannah O’Sullivan will invite people to a Radical Banner Making Workshop.
Weekend Passes (a very reasonable €45), Day Tickets (€25), and tickets for O Emperor (€15), are on sale now here.