We revisit some of the magical moments from our ALS 2020 Online buzz – It Just Wasn’t Meant To Be – kicking off with Wicklow wizard – Jonny Dillon.
Jonny Dillon is a musical polymath in the truest sense – perhaps better know under the relentless rhythms of his Automatic Tasty techno project, here Jonny makes his ALS bow in the genteel setting of The Library which is so well suited to his stunning solo guitar project – Songs For A One String Guitar.
A Message From Lockdown Land II :
Hi again friends – firstly, thanks so much for all the support and positivity over the past few days – it really means so much to us.
We really can feel how much you all want this to go ahead, it’s so heartening, we really hope it does too.
However, these continue to be unprecedented times, and we are reacting to this day to day, as you all are too.
Despite the ray of optimism from the recent announcement, we do want to underline the note of caution from our message on Wednesday – things are still pretty uncertain here.
With that in mind, we have decided to pause remaining ticket sales to #ALS2020 until we know a little more.
All remaining tickets will be made available firstly to those who have been with us before.
This isn’t an exact science – but possibly being the only party in town shoots you up the charts it seems – so it’s the fairest way we can think of looking after those who have supported us along the years first and foremost, SHOULD we get to proceed.
ALS is a small vibe – space is always limited regardless of the situation – so we ask for your understanding in this.
Our refund policy as outlined still stands for all ticket holders of course.
We also want to be careful not to encourage people too far into the idea that we are in a position to take such liberties for granted just yet.
On that front – we also want to do our part in underlining the importance of sticking to the restrictions in place at the moment – our actions now, will in many ways lay the ground work for what is possible in the future.
Thanks again for all support and positive vibes, we’re sending them back your way good souls!
More news as we have it,
Huge Love &
Stay safe out there,
A check in from Lockdown Land :
We are greeting yesterday’s announcement by the government on events with cautious optimism for all things Another Love Story | 2020.
We have long said small is beautiful, and maybe, just maybe, our dedication to creating a festival experience at a more personal scale might just pay off in this instance.
So, since ALS falls within the 5,000 capacity threshold set by the government, as it stands, we are hopeful of proceeding with #ALS2020 from Aug 14-16th as planned .
However, it would be remiss of us to take this as a certainty, and not to keep a weather eye on events as they continue to unfold.
We know we are all not out of the woods yet by any means, and the safety and well being of the ALS community at large is always first and foremost in our minds.
Should events worsen, or restrictions change again – as is still possible – and should we have to cancel, we want to make clear that in that event ticket holders will be given the option to :
1. A full refund
2. Roll ticket over to ALS2021
3. Donate to the festival
On that note, we want to wish our friends and colleagues in the festivals which have been forced to cancel their programme’s our commiserations and support.
We have been sitting on our first line up announcement for the past few weeks, so news on that, and more, in the coming days.
But, for now, we press on, carefully watching where our feet thread.
Stay safe and well out there.
Love Wins Out x
How is it goin’ Toby? Can you tell us how you are riding out the storm?
I’m currently holed up at home in a nice field just outside of Clonakilty in West Cork.
How are you finding all of this?
Honestly my day to day is not that different as I live quite a isolated existence normally anyway holed up in my workshop here at home. I am starting to relish the real slow down though and the new pace of the days. All the ‘real’ work is on hold and the deadlines are gone.
“I’m hoping that some of this calmness and lack of urgency will stick when this all recedes.”
What do you hope comes from this experience?
It’s quite liberating to just do the things you want to do, days are now a mix of work on the house, cooking new things, box sets, walks and Wine. I’m hoping that some of this calmness and lack of urgency will stick when this all recedes.
Anna Mieke’s Album Idle mind was my favourite release last year and it’s still never far from the turntable. The production and mix sounds stunning on Vinyl through the quite large Speakers we have in the living room…it’s food for the soul to have her wonderful voice soaring through the gaff!
‘LOVE IS STRANGE
My favourite McCartney number of all time. Simple, gentle and incredibly groovy…savage Drums! Always makes me nod my head and smile.
‘THE SEASON/CARRY ME’
I just love the incredibly deep and complex production of this track…it’s a slow banger.
‘ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART – ANDREW WEATHERALL MIX’
Since he passed I’ve listened to this track so much…it’s nice and long, a two in one deal! Superb drum intro, savage bass line, super dubby. My favourite of his remixes. Makes me smile every time!
‘CHAKANA COSMICA (ULISES REMIX)’
I just recently heard this and it’s been on repeat ever since (thanks Aisling R!) Perfect bpm for the lock-down… Deep, intricate with an absolutely banging kick drum sound. It really deserves some volume and then try not to stay still!
Kobina is electronic musician Seán Arthur. He aims to pull together diverse and often disparate strands to create a uniquely textured and emotivesound.
His 2013 debut release “Ahome E.P.” and follow up in “Sentinel Island E.P.” released in 2016, were received enthusiastically, with prominent reviews from Goldenplec, Nialler9, The Last Mixed Tape, and others.
Seán has joined us as a performer at ALS three times across the years.
Hey Seán. How are you getting on these days?
I’m currently holed up in my apartment in Amsterdam. I’ve trying to take the quarantine to work on some projects that took the back seat to “paying” jobs over the last while. I’m pretty fortunate that I’ve been finding the space and time pretty manageable overall.
“People are here for one another, make use of that.”
What do you hope comes from this experience?
I think it helps when you have no expectation on what you should be doing in this time. If you want to do nothing, do nothing. Look after yourself, stay inside. People are here for one another, make use of that.
Ironically, the Japanese ambient artist wrote this album on an iPhone while commuting from the peaceful Saitama to chaos in Tokyo for his job. Ironically for album written in transit, I find it washes over with much needed stillness during this period of weird nervous energy.
‘GRINNIN’ IN YOUR FACE‘
I’ve spent a lot of time digging through my blues record collection. I find a lot of comfort in Son’s voice. Blues and Jazz has always helped slow me down and pay attention.
‘THE GONO LINE‘
New Jackson is a national treasure. This song was one of my favourites of last year and his work is criminally overlooked in Ireland by the mainstream. I love the weird off kilter beat, it leads you in one direction, and the surprises you with most incredible melodic switch.
‘YELLOW IS THE COLOR OF HER EYES‘
Love this song. Such a exposed, melancholy, and rewarding listen. Some nice production touches, and interesting guitar lines to help steer it clear of becoming corny.
PRESCRIBE DA VIBE
This is such a banger. When I’m trying to get a bit of a buzz going in the apartment during this time, this track is the way to do it. The muffled chopped vocals are reminiscent of Blawan’s Getting Me Down edit but the garage beat that switches up through this track interesting enough to justify repeat plays.
We kick off our series of mixes recorded live from the heaving and unique walls of The Shift Shack with pt. 1 of a hi energy vibe from ALS stalwarts Neil, Omar & Emmet bringing a close to Another amazing night in what is perhaps the world’s greatest tiny dancefloor.
Neil & Omar are part & fabric of the ALS crew – there from the start in both friendship & deed.
Neil Flynn is Waterford born, but only recently retuned to these shores after a decade long adventure in sound and vision in Berlin.
Neil’s talent as a producer of deeply atmospheric house and techno, and his commitment and passion as a DJ have seen him play as far away as Australia and Brazil in between regular appearances in Berlin and here in Ireland.
Neil is an integral part of the ALS family and is guaranteed to provide many of the weekend’s highlights both inside and outside the decks.
” A wild, sweaty & imperfect set from the wild & sweaty Shift Shack – it’s hard to describe the energy in that room, this set might help – My favorite place to play & here sharing it with 2 of the best – my 2 feet are rarely ever on the ground at one time. Rave 2 De Grave x “
Omar Suardy is without doubt one of the most consistent and knowledgeable DJs we have ever come across.
Growing up in New York, and spending many years ingrained in the scene in Miami has gifted Omar with a signature style – he’s the king of the effortless smooth groove.
As you can hear, Omar is equally at home in rooms big or small, but his set in The Ballroom at ALS’17 remains the high watermark for those walls.
” The shift Shack! The happy place, so many great smiles, such great energy. So grateful to be spend time in this room with great friends. truly one of the best musical experiences any human can have. “
Omar & Neil are joined here, as is tradition somewhat, by ALS chief messer Emmet – as always relishing the chance to put down the walkie talkie for a few precious moments, and to round out the final hours of Saturday night at ALS amongst friends in The Shift Shack.
Hello Friends & Lovers,
It has taken a little while to gather our wits to post here, but this a message primarily and fundamentally to say that we sincerely hope you are all doing ok out there where ever you are.
These are strange and unsettling times. Events are happening at a scale which is hard to comprehend, but which, in a very basic sense, only serves to underline just how lucky we all have been to spend those magic, carefree & heart-filled moments at The Manor, and beyond, together.
i. ALS 2020
To those of you who have already bought tickets for Another Love Story 2020 – firstly, thanks so much for your support.
We are hoping that we are on the right side of the time line here, and that #ALS20 will still happen as planned in August. We are continuing to plan accordingly.
However, as we all know, nothing is 100% certain at this moment in time, but we are fixing our beady little eyes and all of our will on that point on the horizon, and hoping that our little gathering will be a part of the collective release from this testing time – a light at the end of the tunnel.
We’ve been working on our most dynamic and exciting line up yet, and we were just about ready to press go before all of this escalated – so news on that coming very soon.
Should things change, we will of course let you know.
ii. FESTIVAL PEOPLE
We want to especially send out a note of solidarity to all our friends, colleagues in the festival and arts world. So many of our crew, artist friends, and fellow festival organisers, especially fellow independents, are facing a very difficult & disappointing time.
We are thinking of what we can do to help, and we’ll be back with some news on that soon also.
iii. SOCIAL DISTANCING – DO IT!
For what little influence we have, we would also like to urge you all to adhere to the guidelines for Social Distancing – and to double up on the message that we ALL have a crucial role to play in the outcome here, basically from here on in, you can’t be too cautious.
Sending huge love to you all, and to all of those dear to you.
LOVE WINS OUT
off we go ..
ALS returns to the glory of ALS Manor for Another weekend of unrivalled intimacy and fun, inside and amongst the fabled welcoming grander of our 18th century manor home from August 14th – 16th 2020.
As is by now tradition, ALS presents a carefully thought out line up for local and international artists who perform amongst the backdrop of Killyon Manor’s exquisite grounds and grand spaces.
ALS strives to genuinely present an alternative to the ubiquitous big field festival experience – with a commitment to small scale, and an attention to detail which makes for a magical experience.
General Release Tickets are on sale NOW.
ALS19 | OTHER OCCURRENCES
When we first laid eyes on The Manor we knew in our hearts and souls we had found our home for all things Another Love Story.
ALS is of course, a music festival first and foremost, but from day one the idea and design has been to hold a celebration not only of music, but to create a space that allows the full fruits of the talents of our friends to shine – and most of all to create a weekend event that promotes moments of peace and restoration right alongside the inevitable and celebrated party!
From the beginning in 2014 The Library has hosted some extraordinary moments of conversation and song, and this year is no different as YHRF‘s beautifully pitched ‘KINDRED‘ programme brings some incredible voices to the parlour rooms of The Manor – with recently Booker Prize long listed writer Kevin Barry holding court and spinning records, one man polymath Brian Cross – know better as B+ , author Karl Whitney and more lending their learned minds to proceedings with music from the likes of Oh Boland, Lux Alma and a succession of Super Groups – The Plastic Ormo Band, Chris Barry’s Band and of course, the now infamous YHRF Folk Club will excite and sooth you into the night – watch out for the most special of special guests appearing here.
One of the GREAT charms of Killyon Manor is the tiny cinema room deep in its heart – ‘Roland’s Cinema D’Amour‘ which this year host the likes of multi faceted rolling Cabaret show – The Brown Bread Mixtape, a brilliant history of sampling ‘Scratching The Surface‘ by Graham Smyth, and each evening our friends in Blackwater Gin are hosting a ‘Classic Movie & Gin‘ in that gorgeous little space.
As we have gently expanded through and beyond the walls of The Manor and into the surrounding area The Mellow Meadow‘s SAOI Hot Tubs, ambient incense vibe Moon River, Bosca Beatha Sauna, Massage Tent and of course the run away success story of 2018 – The River (Raver) Deck have given Lovers a space to relax and spend some real quality time with pals away from the hustle and bustle of all the fun around The Manor.
Spend the morning in The Meadow with a Mindfulness class, a musical Yoga programme and ease your way through the day surrounded by the stunning native woodland and the soft gurgling of The River Deel.
Travelling on from The Mellow Meadow you cross over into the equally magic Island Woods – an outcrop of gladed woodland with a mysterious ruin cosyied away at its heart. This small ruin has become ‘For Conor’ our yearly dedicated space to the memory and musical legacy of festival friend Conor Walsh who played with us a number of times. This space hosts some programmed and some pop up moments throughout the weekend – broadly inspired by the spirit of the music that Conor made – this year we have the talents of producer Kobina and contemporary composer Paddy Mulcahy playing special sets in that most atmospheric of space. Watch out for some other special moments here throughout the weekend.
One of the things we’re most proud of is the myriad of little bits we manage to pack into our little festival weekend – this year our ALS Divilment Dept. will be on hand to make sure the level of craic is kept up at all times, culminating in the riotous sports day The Love Olympics – which returns with a very special theme for 2019 – ‘Deep Space Killyon‘ – set those phasers to Love.
There’s more asides – meet the match of your dreams with To Wit : To Woo , watch the All Ireland in the most unique of settings for The Shift Shack Sunday Game, and above all else – stroll the grounds of our glorious home Killyon Manor – it’s ours for the weekend to explore.
This, and more awaits at #ALS19