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
You just have to get there to know the feeling.
With just three weeks (!!) to go we are delighted to make a raft of extra additions to this year’s carefully curated collection of live artists, djs & performers across the weekend :
#ALS19 will feature the sleek soundscapes of Penelope Trappes, the bold brass of Stomptown Brass, and the mysterious troupe of minstrels Cabaret YOKO & The Lonely Heart’s Club Band.
Adding to the movers and shakers throughout the weekend – the softest of landings from Cabin in the Woods, the gloriously sparkling disco & drag of Amo Glamo & Candy Warhol, sets from Mic U (Eve), Colin Devine, Graham Smyth, Sarah Peters & more.
As well as a series of classic albums presented listening party style over those gorgeous Hatchett Sound Furniture speakers by The Big Romance.
A full announce of Other Occurrences to come early next week too !
That’s all she wrote kids – weekend tickets to ALS 2019 are now fully sold out!!
This is year six for us – we’re planning our biggest and best festival yet – so we’re so excited to welcome you all to the Manor in just a few weeks!!
You can still grab some Sunday tickets over at the ticket section of this website – www.anotherlovestory.ie/tickets
More announcements and plans to come – but for now, thanks so much for all the support!
We are so delighted to announce ‘KINDRED’ – the truly special Young Hearts Run Free strand of the programme at this year’s festival, which runs in and amongst the pastoral grandeur of Killyon Manor, Aug 16th – 18th.
Young Hearts are a loose collective of kind souls and minds, spearheaded by the irrepressible one woman wonder of cultural connectivity & curation Siobhan Kane.
Siobhan has been running YHRF as a platform for cultural happenings for 10 years now (!) – and incredibly does so entirely for the direct benefit of The Dublin Simon Community who will be supported by proceeds from ticket sales and collections at ALS this year.
The YHRF programme has become a cherished and unique part of ALS – truly an event within the event – hosting a wonderfully rich collection of thinkers, doers, singers, talkers & movers in the intimate parlour rooms of The Manor – The Front Room & The Library.
This year’s programme builds on what has come before with an eclectic mix of all that is good & interesting in Ireland & beyond – including, as is tradition, some very special guests & luminaries :
TALKS & PRESENTATIONS in The Library from
Kevin Barry | Brian Cross (B+) | Banter w/ Jim Carroll feat. Karl Whitney & Sarah McKenna | Ian Maleney | Maria Somerville | Alasdair Roberts | Peter Toomey & more.
MUSIC in The Front Room by
Oh Boland | Lux Alma | Cian Nugent | Alasdiar Roberts | Participant | The Hedge Schools | Mother Tongues by Dennis Cassidy | Aoife Nessa Francis | The Dinah Brand | Chris Barry’s Boys (Super Group!) | The Plastic Ormo Band (Super Group!!) Scott Walker Tribute (Super Group!!!) | THE YHRF FOLK CLUB w special guests| YHRF DJs & MANY MORE SURPRISES !!!
KINDRED is presented with the very kind assistance of the Arts Office of Meath County Council.
My Love Story is our annual short film series chronicling the lives and passions of the the people who make Another Love Story what it is.
Clonakilty resident Toby Hatchett has been creating his stunning hi fi, and often sculptural soundsystems in his West Cork workshop, and luckily for us bringing them to ALS for a number of years now.
Each soundsystem is the perfect marriage and realisation of his passion for design, craftsmanship and hi fi sound – their presence at the festival has elevated the sound and appearance of our stages far beyond any standard sound installation could hope to.
They add a richness of atmosphere in any room they grace, and become as much a part of the performance as any act.
Toby has a long history of working on and devising divilment at festivals as a producer and dj – his My House venues and parties – run by a tight crew led by his wife Jess – are a trademark collection of irrevent craic, brilliant music, incredible design and sound. They are very often, literally the life and soul of the party.
Festivals are fleeting, ephemeral occurrences – so much of what happens behind the scenes goes by so fast and un noticed – so My Love Story looks to document the passions and stories of the people, like Toby, who make Another Love Story happen.
My Love Story feat. Toby Hatchett was produced with huge thanks to Bold Puppy Films.