Is Canalaphonic set to expand in 2016 and beyond?

Pure M can exclusively reveal that organisers of the festival are in talks with various bodies about not just expansion, but transforming the boutique festival into something much bigger, think taking over the entire city in a relatively short time frame. There are also rumours of a major sponsor on the cards, but for now, those are exactly that – rumours. Needless to say, we’ve done some investigation.

For those of you who don’t know, Canalaphonic exploded onto the festival scene in May of this year, to a tremendous reception. The idea? – to get the talent Dublin City and Ireland can be proud of into one place and to create something truly outstanding. We were on the ground covering both days out in Portobello/Rathmines, taking in one of the best festival atmospheres money can’t buy. All you have to do is glance back through the archives on the Pure M site and you’ll understand what you missed, if you missed it. For those of us who were there, we need no reminding. With sets from the incomparable Gavin Glass, The Hot Sprockets, Nella Dwyer, The Shades, Amano, and a tonne of other award-winning ensembles, nobody would refute the fact that Canalaphonic nailed the brief in its debut outing.

With all of that in mind, you can imagine our intrigue when we saw this…


and decided some leg work needed doing.

We have it on good authority that the Canalaphonic people have been talking with a number of familiar names – the likes of Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, and Tourism Ireland. These talks are reportedly about not just investment into the cause, but making it the biggest music showcase in the country over the coming years, with the scope of spanning canal to canal in the near future. The beauty is, if things go according to plan, that any pub, club, or square within the greater Dublin city centre area could potentially become a venue, playground, or festival hub, making the new Canalaphonic a beast not to be trifled with.

In 2016, Canalaphonic is set to kick off in September, bigger, bolder, and more ambitious than ever. With the Leinster Cricket Club in the middle of Rathmines with a capacity in the region of 5,000 – said to be the main venue, in addition to a number of smaller stages in the immediate vicinity, bigger is definitely off the checklist. The incomparable Whelan’s, as well as upwards of 25 others reported to be hosting. Ambitious, check. Now all we can do is hold our collective breath to see who’s on the billing, but we’re guessing they’ve got bolder covered, too.

Are you as excited as we are? Of course you are.