Saturday 22nd October, 7.30pm
As October signals 'the end of Harvest' and fading light, what better excuse for a coming-together than a mini-festival of music to brighten the corners?
So yes, that's the October Nights at Ballina Arts Centre on October 20th & 22nd.
Never comfortable with the blasphemous 'predictable' accusation, we've put together a line-up for the ages and all ages.
Saturday (Oct 22) again, summons some of the best talent with Mayo DNA for an uncompromising night. We’re celebrating diversity, do-it-yourself attitude and those brave enough to address real and present social issues.
Queer pop band Babylamb are a five piece based in Galway but with strong Mayo roots. Beat-maker Rian Stephens is from Foxford while drummer Sam Armstrong is from Castelbar.
One of Hot Press’ #HotFor2021 artists, Babylamb’s lyrics examine queerness, gender, and the political and social dimensions to being young in Ireland.
They have released three singles: Bodyright, Icky, Mister Magic.
Producers like SOPHIE, and prolific lyricists like Joni Mitchell are among their influences.
Expect a sound that embraces shameless four-on-the-floors, expressive synth lines, big vocals, bubble-gummy bass and a surprise or two!
Media like Nialler9, The Last Mixed Tape and respected composer & Aosdana member Roger Doyle have already sung their praises.
We welcome Swinfords London-based alt-folk hero Seamus Fogarty to sing songs about nuns and table-tennis.
Signed to one of the UK’s coolest independent labels, Domino records (Artic Monkeys, Bonnie “Prince” Billy etc.), the Mayo man has released three albums to great acclaim.
Seamus first played Ballina in 2012, opening for Freddie White in Ballina Arts Centre. He has since performed at Other Voices, Ballina in 2018 as well as Electric Picnic and many of the best known Irish and UK festivals.
His performance at October Nights is one of his only concerts in Ireland in 2022 as he works on a new album, scheduled for release in 2023.
London based, Westport native Uppbeat (Finn Costelloe) brings the heavy, rap and hardcore sounds of hyperpunk to Ballina for a rare Mayo performance. This is a full band performance with Peter Carry, Lucas Lundgren and Patrick O'Donnell joining Costelloe on stage.
Uppbeat has scored five number one’s in the Irish iTunes charts as well as featuring on records with superstar DJ John Gibbons. He has been featured in a number of Editorial Spotify playlists such as “New Dance Rising, Misfits 2.0 and XYZ”. His 2021 track ‘Exhale’ recently surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify. His latest single High Voltage, was released in September, with the video filmed in Mayo.
It's down to Ballina's own hard rockers The Masterplan to bang some heads for the first set on Saturday.
Formed in 2018, they include in their ranks Craig Whelan (vocals/ guitar); Kieran Reddy (drums); Edward Fair (bass/`vocals) and Eamon Naughton (Lead Guitar). They have so far released two singles and two EPs.
The band were a featured act on Ballina Arts Centre's ‘Music Makers series’ (Season 2/ Episode 1), an online performance showcase of original music, featuring some Mayo’s established and upcoming acts.
Influences include The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fleetwood Mac, Arctic Monkeys, Slipknot, Enya, Thin Lizzy, so expect sparks to fly!
Music. Two nights. October. Simple. That’s October Nights. Mark your calendar!
Supported by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and administered by Mayo County Council.
Admission: free, but booking essential. Booking: 096 73593 or ballinaartscentre.com
Note: (Maximum of 4 tickets per person)