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eir Other Voices returns to Kerry this December 1, 2 and 3, clocking up the 16th installment of the world-renowned TV series recording sessions that reverberate around St. James’ Church in Dingle, later edited and broadcast on RTE2 and around the world as Other Voices, Ireland’s longest running music TV series.

Over the years a dynamic, eclectic, free music and arts festival has flourished alongside the TV recordings in Dingle, broadening the musical offering, introducing spoken word, artistic and theatrical elements, taking the eir Other Voices experience beyond the tiny capacity of the Church sessions and bringing it to the thousands of music fans from home and abroad, who brave the mercurial winter weather of the Wild Atlantic Way to immerse themselves in a weekend of glorious musical diversity.

To announce eir’s second year of title sponsorship of the Festival, Dublin electronic all-stars and eir Other Voices veterans Le Galaxie took to the stage at Tramline, Dublin last night, Tuesday 12th September, performing a rip-roaring gig for gathered music fans. Former Fight Like Apes frontwoman May Kay, now an intergral part of the Le Galaxie line-up, and herself an eir Other Voices alumni, is also a presenter of eir Other Voices, a triumvirate that features the BBC’s Annie Mac and Huw Stephens. 

Oisin Masterson, eir’s Head of Brand and  Marketing, along with Aoife Woodlock, Music Producer for eir Other Voices, enthusiastically confirmed the second round of partnership on eir Other Voices Festival 2017. In addition, eir has evolved the sponsorship significantly further this year with the launch of the eir Other Voices Open Call 2017, which will make possible the opportunity for one Irish artist to earn a hugely coveted performance slot at the IMRO Other Room during the Festival in December, transmission of that performance on the RTE TV series, along with further music-career support from eir including all travel to and accommodation in Dingle for the duration of the Festival, three days in a recording studio with a top engineer, the production company and budget to create a music performance video, along with practical music industry mentoring from the eir Other Voices team. 

Commenting on the launch of the eir Other Voices Open Call, Oisin Masterson, Head of Brand and Marketing, eir, said: “The eir Other Voices Open Call is reflective of what we stand for as a brand – making it possible for people to realise their ambitions and become part of something big. This is a unique opportunity, as eir Other Voices is synonymous with fostering and showcasing the very best of Irish talent and to be part of this would be a career highlight for any artist. We are delighted to once again join the Festival as a principle sponsor and support the event and its visitors with the technology that makes sharing such great content easy. The eir Other Voices Festival has a special place in our hearts, as it does for so many, and we are excited to be part of this.”

Aoife Woodlock, eir Other Voices Music Producer went on to announce the first three acts to perform in St. James’ Church: the challenging, intimate and tender sounds of Seattle’s Perfume Genius desert punk/blues band Songhoy Blues from Timbuktu, Mali and Cavan’s Aine Cahill, a truly unique writer and performer with Glastonbury and Electric Picnic performances already under her belt at the age of 21. Also confirmed on the night, the news that Dubliner Katie Laffan, Electric Picnic’s Best New Artist 2017, The Irish Times Ticket Awards, fresh from the Other Voices Stage at Electric Picnic, is the first act announced to play the IMRO Other Room at eir Other Voices 2017.

The eir Other Voices Open Call, supported by RTE 2FM, is an invitation to artists across Ireland, who produce all genres of music, to submit one track to the eir Other Voices team for consideration. Entries are now open at www.othervoices.ie/content/open-call and will close at 6pm on September 22nd, 2017. Last year, more than 900 acts applied for one performace slot at the IMRO Other Room. The new eir Other Voices Open Call will add authentic value by supporting the chosen artist on their journey to Dingle and beyond. eir’s additional investment wil enable the artist to travel, record music and shoot a video.  

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Key points:

  1. You need to be at least 15 and if under 18 you’ll have to get your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent before signing up to the eir Other Voices Open Call.
  2. Entries are open to applicants from the Island of Ireland
  3. You can submit one audio visual recording of original (non sampled) songs written by you – the tracks have to be owned/controlled by you throughout the world (and any samples need to be cleared) but it’s okay if you have a publisher for your songs.
  4. ​Each recording needs to be submitted via a url. For the purpose of this competition this is limited to YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud. Please note that it is an advantage to submit a live recording, but not essential.
  5. ​Your recordings and compositions will be promoted on the Other Voices websites and affiliate websites and your submission to the eir Other Voices Open Call indicates permission for Other Voices to do so.
  6. Your recordings and compositions will be promoted on the eir websites, affiliate websites and eir social media channels and your submission to the eir Other Voices Open Call indicates permission for eir to do so.
  7. ​A selected panel from Other Voices will generate a shortlist of approximately 20 submissions from the total amount of submissions
  8. ​This shortlist of approximately 20 submissions will be given to an external panel to select the final four submissions to go for public selection
  9. ​At the end of the voting process the most popular submission will be invited to perform in the IMRO Other Room 2nd December 2017. Dates of travel TBC.
  10. ​You must be available to travel to Dingle to take part in the filming of Other Voices between 1st – 3rd December 2017.
  11. In addition to the filmed performance in the IMRO Other Room for broadcast on RTÉ the publicly selected band will be also receive the following benefits courtesy of eir:
    • Three days in a recording studio with a top engineer
    • The production company and budget to create a music performance video
    • Travel to & Accommodation in Dingle for the eir Other Voices weekend
    • Practical music industry mentoring from the eir Other Voices team
  12. Throughout the competition you will be required to engage in promotion of the eir Other Voices Open Call. You will be required for press and PR activations and be available prior and during the eir Other Voices festival to create content with a production company to share via the eir social media channels.
  13. Other Voices rights are entirely non-exclusive and there’s no tie-in. You always retain control of your recordings and songs. Other Voices and eir will use your tracks and songs in promotion which will be licensed by you gratis as part of the submission process.
  14. As part of your performance in the IMRO Other Room you will be required to sign a broadcast release agreement (in the format as attached here) and you confirm your agreement to same by your submission to the Other Voices Open Call

Important Dates:
Dates are subject to change at the discretion of Other Voices/South Wind Blows

Launch of the eir Other Voices Open Call for submissions

eir Other Voices Open Call closes at 6pm
Entries received after this time cannot be considered

Judging process of the eir Other Voices Open Call begins
Lobbying of judges in this process will result in immediate disqualification
The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Four shortlisted eir Other Voices Open Call acts are announced and made available for preferred public selection online
Details of where this public selection will sit and terms and conditions are as yet to be announced

eir Other Voices Listeners Choice public selection process closes
Selections made by the public after this date and time (to be announced) cannot be considered
An independent adjudactor will tally the public selections received

eir Other Voices Listeners Choice is announced

Enter the Open Call Now


Over seventy gigs and talks over the festival weekend will, as always, be completely free. All those who have registered in advance will have their names entered into a draw to win tickets to St. James Church. 

Gigs in the following venues on the Music Trail will only be accessible by those who have registered and collected their wristband:

 An Diseart // An Chonair // The Dingle Brewing Company

An Lab // Nellie Freds // McCarthy’s

Registration on Eventbrite is free. Please remember - registration on eventbrite does not guarantee access. Capacity is limited across all venues, so entry on the night will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands in the The Hub. More information about ticket exchange and event access will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Register Here