Sounds from a Safe Harbour 2017
Two years on, Sounds from a Safe Harbour returns to Cork City for it’s second incarnation, set to take place in venues across Leeside, from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th September.
Curated by Bryce & Aaron Dessner of The National, Mary Hickson, Cillian Murphy and Enda Walsh, the festival will be a spectacular weekend of music, dance, visual art, and conversation, with a plethora of free events to explore. Collaboration and shared experiences are strong themes in the festival, and the use of intimate venues throughout the city will create immersive experiences for audiences to enjoy.
In a unique and unified gesture, many of Cork City’s artistic venues will participate in hosting the festival events including Cork Opera House, The Everyman Theatre, Crawford Art Gallery, St. Peter’s, Wandesford Quay Gallery, and Sirius Arts Centre. The extensive music programme will take residence in the many venues across the city, such as St. Luke’s, River Lee Hotel, Coughlan’s, Cyprus Avenue, Crane Lane, Reardens, The Roundy, Callanan’s, Electric, BDSM, The Poor Relation, The Oval, The Sextant, Henchy’s, and The Hanover.
The festival opens at 8pm, Thursday 14th September, with a spellbinding headline show at Cork Opera House: Lisa Hannigan, the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra & Aaron Dessner. Performing arrangements by Bryce Dessner, Andre de Ridder, Cormac Curran, Timo Andres and conducted by Andre de Ridder.
On Friday 15th, Justin Vernon brings his band, Bon Iver, to play to a sold-out audience at Cork Opera House, for what will be an incredibly special night. Some very special guests from Cork and further afield may make an appearance here too!
Having sold out in a matter of minutes, lucky ticket holders will get to experience The National’s first live performance of their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast, on Saturday 16th at Cork Opera House. The five piece from Ohio are no strangers to Cork, having wowed thousands of fans at Live at the Marquee back in 2015. Expect high energy, dark new sounds, and surprise guests.
Ireland’s leading contemporary classical music group Crash Ensemble will perform works by Linda Buckley, Bryce Dessner, and a world premiere from Emily Hall, with text by Enda Walsh, all under the one roof, at the Everyman Theatre, on Friday 15th. Presented by Bryce Dessner, Crash Ensemble will be joined on stage by Kate Manley, The Cork School of Music Capella Lyrica choir, and special guests. The night will be opened by Cillian Murphy, with a new collaboration between Cillian, Enda Walsh, and Bryce and Aaron Dessner. The following day, Crash Ensemble will present the last installment of their groundbreaking 20th Anniversary music project, CrashLands, premiering two new pieces on Spike Island, Cobh, at midday.
In collaboration with Live at St.Luke’s, SFSH presents Fionn Regan on Friday 15th. Fionn will play music from his new released album, The Meetings of the Waters. On Saturday, the unique vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird & dynamic guitarist Steve Cooney, take to the stage, joined by special guest Radie Peat (Lankum). And Sunday will see the ‘atmosfolk’ duo Saint Sister with support by the Nordic / Irish traditional sounds of Slow Moving Clouds.
The Coughlan’s Live programme presents the album launch of This is How we Fly - traditional music raising delightful questions as to the place, potency and possibilities of old music in a new environment; Ye Vagabonds - brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who are now a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland; and Mona Lo, a new project by David Kitt and Margie Lewis.
At Cyprus Avenue, join Amiina for their latest adventure, Fantômas, originally composed as a live score to a silent masterpiece from 1913. On Saturday, experience the soulful, passionate and haunting Wyvern Lingo, with the first taste of their upcoming debut album. Sunday sees a new project by Peter Broderick, interpreting the songs of his long time hero Arthur Russell.
Nialler9 is also onboard to help curate an extensive Heineken Free Music Trail to appear in venues throughout the city, this programme includes: New Jackson, Soulé, Rosie Carney, Saint Caoilian, Sorcha Richardson, Rosa Nutty, Rowan and many secret events which will be released closer to the time on the SFSH social channels.
Watch performances from world class dancers dotted around the city’s corners, as Jessica Dessner presents Space for the Liberty Muse: 4 colours, 4 dancers, 4 performances and 4 bands. Look out for the different colours appearing on the Heineken Free Music Trail.
In visual art, sit back and savor a screening of a film by Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson, Guilt Trip, in collaboration with the Crawford Art Gallery; witness a multichannel sound and video installation by Robert Curgenven at Wandesford Quay Gallery; or hop on the train to Cobh to find What Passes Between Us, work by Padraig Spillane in the Sirius Arts Centre. Illustrator John Rooney will present an exhibition of portraits entitled Unfinished with the festival’s accommodation partners The River Lee.
An exciting line up of free conversation events presented by Creative Ireland are also taking place around the city, this will include Last Night a DJ Saved My Life with Donal Dineen and Kevin Barry, a series of ‘In Conversation’ events with Cillian Murphy, Cork Loves Music, Loose Joints Podcast and more.
And it’s all about being curious for this one... Become part of an event that promises to be like no other: EAR DEN, the secret listening club in 26 Washington Street. 5 hours: 4 floors: 7 experiences. Audiences will be treated to a secret line-up of very exciting artists, topped off with lunch served by a special guest chef. Tickets for EAR DEN are onsale now from Dice[dot]fm.
All this and so, so much more. Expect a bundle of surprises along the way.
Tickets are on sale directly from the venues and venue websites. Visit the link below for more, or follow the festival on social media for updates.
Sounds from a Safe Harbour 2017 is supported by Heineken Ireland, River Lee Hotel, Creative Ireland, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Arts Council and many more.
Published on 31 August 2017