Dublin’s musical heritage and vibrant music scene are the inspiration for a brand new music festival, MusicTown 2015 taking place from April 10th – 19th across the city. Organised by Dublin City Council, it’s a celebration of all music, created and enjoyed in Dublin. Tapping into our lyrical, musical and storytelling culture, its eclectic programme will thrill all ages and interests across 10 days. The full programme will be launched in March but tickets for some events are now available on www.musictown.ie .

Dublin has long been known for its tradition of musical innovation and MusicTown will continue this tradition, by surprising and inspiring, through a packed programme that includes everything from classical to trad, rock to world percussion, and everything in between. The programme ranges from ‘Barrytown Meets MusicTown’ a literary and musical journey of music and written word that inspired Roddy Doyle when writing his Trilogy to Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo Del Tempo e del Disinganno’ performed by the Opera Theatre Company in Christchurch Cathedral.

Concerts, talks, workshops and walks, will make the music of Dublin accessible to all. Whatever their taste, the festival wants to encourage people to experience new genres of music or journey deeper into their preferred music of choice. It aims to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of Dublin’s ‘music-makers’ – composers to lyricists, to conductors, singers, musicians and producers.

Commenting on the new festival, MusicTown 2015 Director Ray Yeates said: “Music has always been the great unifier; each and all of us have a special connection to music, no matter what our favourite genre is. This is a fresh approach in recognizing the significant role of music in the city. I’m delighted that Dublin now has a new festival to look forward to, one that showcases the many different strands of music our city produces. It’s about discovery, exploration and education, challenging people to experience all types of music. It will unify the city, bringing together different artists in an unexpected but exciting way that will, in turn, sow the seeds for a 2016 festival that nurtures opportunities for collaboration across musical genres and other areas of the arts.”

MusicTown 'Barrytown Meets MusicTown' Glen Hansard April 12th @ Vicar Street.jpg
MusicTown ‘Barrytown Meets MusicTown’ Glen Hansard April 12th @ Vicar Street.jpg

The city itself will not just be the backdrop to the festival; Dublin will be its muse and be brought to life with performances programmed in unexpected locations and against iconic landmark properties. Highlights include:

‘Sound of Silents’ is a programme of silent films from the IFI Irish Film Archive made in Dublin between 1897 and the 1970s accompanied by a series of improvised scores performed by six leading musicians working between the fields of Irish traditional, improvised and electronic music. The event will feature performances by Seán Mac Erlaine (woodwind/electronics), Seán Carpio (percussion/guitar/loops), Jack McMahon (turntables), and Shane Latimer (guitar/electronics), fiddle player tbc, in the IFI on Friday 10th April.

Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo Del Tempo e del Disinganno’ will be performed by the Opera Theatre Company in the historically significant and beautiful Christchurch Cathedral on April 10th.

‘Choice Cuts presents Hank Shocklee’, founding member of Public Enemy and ground-breaking hip hop producer, will feature in a Q&A session and DJ set at The Sugar Club on April 10th.

First Music Contact presents ‘Breaking Tunes Music Trail’, on April 11th and 18th which will take participants on a walking tour of Dublin discovering a myriad of nooks and crannies where various artists from the breakingtunes.com stable will perform 20 minute, unplugged pop-up gigs.

·’Barrytown Meets MusicTown’ is a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Barrytown Trilogy’, the featured book for Dublin City Libraries’ Dublin: One City One Book Choice 2015. On April 12th in Vicar Street the music and written word that inspired Roddy Doyle during the periods of writing his famous trilogy in the mid 80s will be celebrated. Voices will come together from the worlds of theatre, film and music and confirmed to participate so far are Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey, Aslan, Peter Coonan, Paul Mercier, The Trouble Pilgrims, Cait O’Riordan, and Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

· ‘Dodeca Cycle’ at City Assembly Hall, South William Street from April 16th – 18th will see music and technology come together in a novel, interactive musical installation, allowing 12 people at a time to create their own musical loops.

·’A Touch Of Frost’ featuring Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto and Sibeluis’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor will be performed by outstanding young clarinettist Julian Bliss and conducted by leading young conductor David Brophy in the National Concert Hall on Friday 17th April.

·’The Isle is full of Noises: Shakespeare’s Music’ at St. Werburgh’s Church on Sunday 19th April will see the Gregory Walkers perform a foot-tapping, irreverent journey through a top twenty of Shakespearean songs for all members of the family.

More acts to be announced in March 2015. Follow @musictowndublin and www.facebook.com/MusicTownDublin for updates.