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Other Voices returns to UCC

29 Aug 2023
UCC President Professor John O’Halloran and Philip King of Other Voices with UCC students Gobnait Kiely and Stephen Kennedy. Picture: Clare Keogh
  • Picture This, Niamh Regan, Sekou and more to perform.
  • Ticket Lottery to Other Voices at UCC is live now.
  • UCC Amplified Open Call - chance for music acts to play on the Dingle Distillery Music Trail.

University College Cork’s riverside campus will again be the backdrop to the sounds of the best household names and emerging artists, as the university hosts Other Voices for a second time this September.

Taking place on Thursday 28 September, and hosted by MayKay, this year’s event will continue to celebrate the phenomenal breadth and diversity of Irish music right now. Following the huge success of last year’s Other Voices ‘Bringing It All Back Home: UCC’, this year’s collaboration promises another evening of artistic brilliance and unmissable performances taking place live and online.

Chart-topping pop-rock group Picture This, Choice Music Prize nominated singer-songwriter Niamh Regan, Cork’s own alt-rock six-piece Cardinals and critically acclaimed Ballymun hip-hop-jazz collective Bricknasty are among the first Irish acts to be announced. The event will also feature a soaring Other Voices debut from Sekou - the 18 year old rising star of UK soul with more artists to be announced soon.

2022’s inaugural event captured the imagination of music fans around the world with outstanding live sets from Cork’s own Cian Ducrot who this month topped the charts in Ireland and the UK with his debut album Victory, Mercury Prize nominee SOAK, industry favourite Biig Piig and many more.

This year’s intimate performances will be captured across UCC’s campus with the historic Aula Maxima once again being transformed into the main stage, with other locations including the The Glucksman Gallery and Honan Chapel set to host an eclectic melting pot of sounds, with performances being livestreamed to the world via the Other Voices’ YouTube.

Music fans have a chance to attend with a limited number of golden tickets by entering a public lottery at this link, while additional tickets will also be made available through competitions in the coming weeks.

Beyond the livestreamed performances, homegrown talent will take centre stage with the ‘Other Voices of UCC’ warm up concert taking place in The Hub from 1pm - 3pm.

Continuing its mission of celebrating what’s about to happen, the ‘UCC Amplified’ initiative will give one lucky act the opportunity to play at ‘Other Voices of UCC’ and follow in the footsteps of Dermot Kennedy, Fontaines D.C., Pillow Queens and more by performing on the Dingle Distillery Music Trail line up at Other Voices this December. Full details on the submission process are available here.

Other Voices Founder Philip King said: "We are delighted to bring Other Voices back home to University College Cork and to build on the success of last year's wonderful outing on the most beautiful campus in the country. The music will be just wonderful with a really special appearance by Picture This in the Aula Maxima before they headline two huge shows in the 3 Arena in October. Our mission at Other Voices has always been to celebrate what's about to happen and the musical life of UCC will be celebrated across the campus with performances in The Honan Chapel, The Glucksman Gallery and The Aula Max. We are grateful to UCC and to Bank of Ireland for the opportunity to deepen and strengthen our relationship with the University and to enhance and enrich the student experience."

UCC President John O’Halloran said: “Other Voices at UCC is a window into our beautiful campus and a celebration of creativity. We’re delighted to welcome Philip, MayKay and the Other Voices crew back to UCC this September. Last year’s event was a joyous occasion that brought wonderful music to our campus and showcased UCC around the world, with thousands tuning in from countries across the globe. I also want to thank Bank of Ireland, without whose generous support this event would not happen.”

This collaborative livestream is made possible through the partnership of South Wind Blows, Other Voices, and UCC, with the generous support of the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, as well as Bank of Ireland.

“Bank of Ireland are proud to continue their partnership with UCC and Other Voices in supporting access to cultural events on campus and on line. The 2023 line up for Other Voices guarantees a fantastic evening for those attending at UCC or tuning in from around the world. Bank of Ireland wishes everybody involved the very best of luck,” stated Ian McMorrough, Director - Area South, Bank of Ireland.

Irish and international music fans can watch the performances for free on Other Voices’ YouTube and Facebook platforms fans can set a reminder now.

Follow UCC and Other Voice’s social channels at #OVUCC for updates on Other Voices at UCC.


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