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ALS 2020 | CANCELLATION STATEMENT

Dearest Friends & Lovers, 

So, here we are.

We have tried as hard as we could, to wait as long as we could to face this moment.

We have not done so out of blind optimism, but being small and somewhat nimble, we hoped that by giving ourselves as much time as we could possibly muster, we might just have been able to plot a clear path out of the current thicket of events, and into the wide clear glade of our dreams – Another Love Story 2020.

However, the recent clarification from the government stipulating a max capacity of 500 people for events in August, coupled with the ongoing uncertainties around the COVID-19 situation, mean that it is clear for us to see at this point in time that we have to face the disappointing, if somewhat unsurprising fact that we cannot go ahead with ALS 2020 as planned – and so the festival is cancelled for this year.

At this stage you are all beyond aware of the circumstances at play here, they hardly need repeating.

The overriding facts are that – coupled with ongoing restrictions and uncertainties around COVID-19 (which have huge implications for the practicality, viability and vibe of running an event like ALS) the very large and pressing reality for us is that we cannot proceed entirely safe in the knowledge that we could do so safely for our attendees, and equally as importantly for our crew, artists, and the community who live in Killyon Manor and in its wider surrounds.

We are, of course, hugely disappointed.

ALS is the cornerstone of our year – the bright beam of light around which the rest of the year’s shadow’s dance.

And doubly so as we had such a great edition planned for ALS 2020 -last year felt like a step up for us, it gave us such a huge boost of energy, and we were so looking forward to building further on that vibe.

We know this is a disappointing announcement for many of you also, we know so many of you were looking forward to that first post Lockdown party, and have held your plans in the hope that we would get to go ahead as planned.

We want to thank you for your unwavering support and patience over the last few months.

From our side, beyond this summer – ALS is a small independent business run by a small but hugely dedicated team who pour their hearts into the festival each year.

The scale of the festival is so important to the feeling of the ALS experience, but it also means that we have neither a large war-chest, nor large corporate backers – so cancelling the festival has some very real financial implications for the festival and the team.

ONWARDS

It has been a strange and troubling few months on so many levels, even beyond COVID -19 we recognise that there are issues at play far greater than the lack of festivals this summer.

So overall we have to say that the main feeling here is one of genuine thankful appreciation for all the amazing year’s we have spent together to this point.

Though we will desperately miss the electrifying bolt of love lightening that we get from hosting you all at The Manor, we have so many truly amazing memories to sustain us through the strange winter of this COVID summer and beyond – no matter how long that runs.

We are looking forward to returning to Killyon Manor next August 13th – 15th for ALS 2021.

Never before have our twin totems of ‘Together Is the Most Important Thing’ and ‘Love Wins Out’ been more needed, or so apt.

We hope everyone is doing ok out there, and we can’t wait to dance with you all again.

Soon, we hope.

Huge Love,

ALS x

(Info on carrying your ALS 2020 ticket over to next year’s event, refunds, and donations can be found here: anotherlovestory.ie/untilnextyear)

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Millie Egan

“My strategy for embracing this way of life without turning into a complete cave cretin is dressing up every day in ‘nice’ clothes instead of my usual workshirts and painty tracksuits” – Millie Egan

SONG #1

MELANESIAN CHOIRS

‘JISAS YU HOLEM HAND BLONG MI’

‘Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blong Mi’ hymn sung by a Melanesian choir. This is my favourite song. I listen to it most mornings the way some people get up and take vitamin and mineral supplements. I listen to it and it feels like golden sunshine washing over me. It’s my soul supplement.

 

SONG #2

JOHN CALE

‘PARIS 1919’

This song sounds like a crisp winter morning when you’re drinking coffee from your favourite cup and the air by the windows is cold (shout out to single glazing) and the light outside is still pale and milky and full of promise. It’s also got some very rousing strings and uplifting chord progressions that make me feel ready for a revolution. My quarantine outfit of a big vintage man’s overcoat also adds to this feeling. I mostly join in for “you’re a ghost la lala lala lala lala” bits.

SONG #3

KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES

‘PRAY FOR LIL’

I love King Khan and this just happens to be the song of his I listen to the most, followed closely by Born To Die, but I thought the name of that one might be a bummer in the plague times. I start listening to these kind of tunes in the afternoon to shake off any midday malaise that may have crept up. This is usually the catalyst for the dancing to begin.

 

SONG #4

FUNNEL OF LOVE

‘THE DETROIT COBRAS’

I love Wanda Jackson’s voice on the original but I prefer the rougher guitar on this cover. This marks the continuation of my bedroom quarantine dance party. Twist those shoulders, wiggle those hips.

 

SONG #5

JUN MIYAKE

‘LILLIES OF THE VALLEY’

I first heard this piece in ‘Pina’, the Pina Bausch documentary, and I became obsessed with it. It suits my late night pottering style- rustling around like a possum, perhaps painting and drinking wine, often looking for mischief. I’ve listened to it at least once a day in quarantine. I find it inspires dance moves like in that old Guinness ad with ‘Guaglione’ by Pérez Prado.

Jay Skelly

“We can do this! Exercise when you can, eat well, check in with yourself and if you are alone and feel down, reach out. There’s people who love you, don’t forget that!” – Jay Skelly

SONG #1

NEW ORDER

TRUE FAITH ’94

I love this track…I grew up in the days when MTV was actually Music Television and this reminds me so much of my childhood with my bro and sis playing it out in the living room! The good ol days!

SONG #2

FLEETWOOD MAC

‘THE CHAIN’

The Chain – Nothing else to say…

SONG #3

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

‘THE TEST’

Another reminder of my teenage years and I’ve never had a piece of music give me a rush and make the hairs stand on the back of my neck as much as this, it’s just beautiful to me and something to get your dance on to! Its so uplifting, almost shamanic and just lovely!

SONG #4

PRINCE

‘CONTROVERSY’

This track is timeless! Today it’s still got the spotlight in the things we talk about and in the things we are fighting to make better! I played this a few years back in a b2b2b with ALS loveens, Emmett and Neil and its something ill always remember, amazing times.

SONG #5

FLOWERS AND SEA CREATURES

‘THE SITTING ROOM – MANO LE TOUGH REMIX’

My final selection is a remix from Mano Le Tough that never leaves my DJ crate as its one of the first tracks I heard when I moved to Berlin 5 years ago, its special to me. It’s a lovely little groover that has a certain calmness to it but the that BIG MOOG BASS just gets inside your very soul. Powerful stuff!

Neil Flynn

“I’ve been making lots of music – that’s therapy in itself, getting out for runs and generally staying fit, eating good food and drinking wine helps.

Also taking responsibility for my own actions gives a sense of control in this situation and of course is helping in the bigger picture which is what’s needed. Stay safe folks” – Neil Flynn

SONG #1

DJ HEALER

I’M ALRIGHT’

Listen Loud – If there’s ever any time you should take my advice, this is it – I’ve listened to this track on repeat since we found ourselves in the current new world. Everything Will Be Alright!!!

SONG #2

DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE

‘IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD’

I’ve been cooking a lot & with that drinking some red wine – You couldn’t choose two better greats to accompany that floaty evening vibe.

SONG #3

KAREN DALTON

‘ARE YOU LEAVING FOR THE COUNTRY?’

I discovered Karen Dalton many years ago in Berlin and I felt like it was a voice I had been missing in my life up to that point, An unsung hero I think, she never quite got the platform she deserved until she was gone. She was also half Cherokee/ Irish, There’s magic in that. Powerful stuff.

SONG #4

FONTAINES D.C.

‘BOYS IN THE BETTER LAND’

After moving back to Ireland after 10 years away and my first time to Dublin. The Fontaines DC are a band I can feel in the air as I buzz around. I also would aspire to have some amount of punk in me.

SONG #5

KATIE KIM

‘THE FEAST’

I think Katie’s music is extremely special and her attitude too, Humble & Powerful. I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with her on some of my singles which has been an honor for me.

Tom Ryan

“There’s no blueprint for adapting to this situation. Best thing I can say is to try to take time to relax, breathe, and appreciate the things all around us. This time will come to pass and the seeds of a better tomorrow are already being sown.” – Thomas Ryan

SONG #1

SUEÑO LATINO

SUEÑO LATINO (PARADISE VERSION)’

Probably one of the definitive Balearic house anthems and really a defining track of the early rave scene. Brings up memories of dancing on warm summer nights, being totally lost in music and early mornings with the sunrise.

Produced by Andrea Gemolotto, one of the pioneers of the Italo House scene in 1989, it’s based on a loop from Manuel Göttsching’s masterpiece E2-E4 from1984 with a Spanish female vocal over the top. Pure bliss.

SONG #2

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

‘SPACE TALK (HYPER SPACED MIX)’

Produced by Joey Negro in 1990 it’s a mixture of Italian piano-house, deep, dubby US house, and Detroit-esque strings. There’s also a great use of a little Loleatta Holloway vocal sample and some nice little techy touches, not to mention the great bit of uplifting piano at the end.

A really well produced tune especially for its time and it still sounds super fresh today. You could call this a house tune, a garage tune, whatever you want. Back in its day this was a rave tune. And a proper beaut at that.

SONG #3

RICHIE RICH

‘SALSA HOUSE’

This early Ibiza anthem rocked the open-air clubs of the late 80’s, and brings a huge smile every time I hear it. In 88 and 89, pirate station Centreforce FM in London was the radio station I listened to a lot and they played this one non-stop.

One of the main defining tracks of the UK Summer Of Love, it always transports me to another time and place every time I hear it.

SONG #4

DEBBIE MALONE

‘RESCUE ME’

Rescue Me was played at all the early UK Raves like Energy, Sunrise, Weekend World and clubs I raved at like Labrynth and Dungeons in east London. The groove on this one is so good it’s like you can channel all that original energy and positivity.

The Richie Rich dub was the sound of summer, wafting across country fields and banging out from indoor clubs and sound systems everywhere

SONG #5

JOE SMOOTH

‘PROMISED LAND’

Written and arranged by Joe Smooth with vocals from Anthony Thomas, Promised Land is an all-time vocal house classic from 1987, and a huge end of the night tune in many a club back in the day. Lights on hands in the air vibes.

This is on constant repeat play for me these days. Uplifting and with all the feels, we’ll make it to the promised land!

Another Mix Series 003

Round three of our series of mixes recorded live from the hallowed walls of The Shift Shack comes to you from Nialler9.

Nialler cut loose during the small hours of Saturday at ALS ’19 with a selection of tunes that kept the shack nice and cosy – as it should be.

Niall Byrne (a.k.a Nialler9) is the writer at the helm of the most-read Irish music site Nialler9.com, where he writes about new music. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
He can also frequently be found DJing around Dublin city including Lumo, a monthly club night or hosting Nialler9-curated music events.
His DJ sets feature melodic electronic music with a penchant for current anthems and a curve-ball classic.

Another Love Story is consistently my favourite of the summer festivals.
In these isolating times, it’s those kinds of experiences I’m yearning for – DJing, dancing, chatting and hanging with pals til the early morning. The Shift Shack’s tiny setup means that you can play anything you want as there’s always a squeeze of people going for it.
This hour started with me not knowing where I was going with the tunes and ending up on a big bicep-flexing ’80s Italo / fun buzz before going on some big piano house / Jon Hopkins buzz and then into the euphoric That’s The Way Love Is by Ten City.
Love. Love. Love.”

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TIMMY TRA

“All I can say is everybody stay strong, lookout for those less fortunate, and look forward to the mother of all parties when this is over” – Timmy Tra

SONG #1

RUDDY SIMBAL

‘A SO THE SYSTEM WORK’

This track just makes me feel care free.

SONG #2

JEFFREY TURPIN AND HIS FRIENDS

‘CINNAMON SUNS’

If your in the mood to party then this is the track! Always a spirit lifter!

SONG #3

LEO’S SUNSHIPP

‘GIVE ME THE SUNSHINE’

Ah here! As it says, just gimme the sunshine…

SONG #4

LATYRX

‘LADY DON’T TEK NO’

Love this track a real rump shaker… Having a wiggle right now!!!

SONG #5

LYN COLLINS

‘ROCK ME AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN’

This has been in my record box since day one… Just a classic!!

PETER LAWLOR

‘There will be a time in the not too distant future where all of this will be a distant memory. So for now, we all just need to do our bit.” – Peter Lawlor

SONG #1

TOWNES VAN ZANDT

WAITIN´AROUND TO DIE’

As grim as the title may be I’ve found myself going back to this song, and this particular performance the last few weeks. I love Townes’ guitar playing and also his storytelling. I could have picked his performance of ‘Pancho and Lefty’ from the same documentary, but this is a really powerful and intimate performance to an audience of two.

 

SONG #2

CIGNOL

‘MODULARITY’

 

I’ve been finding it difficult to listen to any kind of dance music the last while, but this has been one that keeps creeping into my listening habits. One of the most consistent and best producers for the last decade in Ireland.

This is his latest release on the always great Distant Worlds label. The track really builds nicely over the course of its 7+ minutes running time. It literally ticks every box for me personally. Lush pads, acid, 808 and Cignol’s typical ear for melody. Every release from him is buy on sight at this stage.

SONG #3

GARIES

‘WHAT A ROOM’

I could’ve picked any tune from the new EP, but this is a good a place to start as any. Gareth and David make really unique sounding tunes when they team up.

There’s a rawness to the production and a really fun improvisational feel to their music that is missing from a lot of dance music. When they make music together it sounds like two friends jamming away on some machines and ultimately just having a bit of fun. The fact that it’s really good is an afterthought.

SONG #4

CLAIRE O’BRIEN

‘WE WILL BE ONE’

Full disclosure, the label I run released this. Still, I find myself going back to this EP a lot. We usually release dance music as well as experimental ambient stuff, so this was a bit of a departure from that.

Claire’s vocal performance and lyrics are the centrepiece throughout, accompanied by Neil’s production. In particular, the line “needing no one else”, seems to be apt for all our current quarantined states.

AL FEENEY

“These words of wisdom may buck against how most people currently perceive their situation – but – “The biggest mistake you can make is thinking you have time”… And don’t forget to breathe.” Al Feeney

SONG #1

MARANTA

‘YOU PLAYED IT OUT’

It as been a melancholy year so far me, on top of everything that is going on at the moment, this one is just one of the more recent (there has been so many) beauties that the late great Andrew Weatherall turned me onto.

SONG #2

ANDREW WEATHERALL

‘DISAPPEAR – DUNCAN GREY REMIX’

… and this is just a great one from the man himself.

SONG #3

VIAGRA BOYS

‘COMMON SENSE’

These guys were unquestionably my EP highlight last year. I enjoyed it all the more as I saved the day with some very last minute dynamic on the spot problem solving to ensure the gig happened!

Here they are pleading for a little “Common Sense”, an important ask for the times we are in. More from these guys later…

SONG #4

LANKUM

‘THE PRIDE OF PETRAVORE’

Lankum! I just love this album and band so much, trad and cool are not words that gel easily together, but lankum do it effortlessly with this immense call to battle! I love it!

SONG #5

VIAGRA BOYS

‘LICK THE BAG’

 

Viagra Boys again. This time they have forgotten the plea for common sense and just want to plunge headlong into hedonism! One for when the good times roll again!

MARION RUKAVINA

“I am hoping that we are all gonna be on the other side of this soon. I can’t wait to be dancing and sweating again in room packed with beautiful humans” – Marion Rukavina

SONG #1

THINKING OF YOU

‘SISTER SLEDGE’

This song is so smooth and cheerful. It just makes me sing and dance along, while extending ‘thinking of you’ to all my loved ones.

SONG #2

GRACE JONES

‘PRIVATE LIFE’

My all-time favourite of Grace Jones,. It’s so badass. Also, maybe best bassline ever, who knows?

SONG #3

BROADCAST

‘MESSAGE FROM HOME’

Trish Keenan’s vocals are so comforting and kind. I listen to Broadcast a lot at the moment, so it was hard to just pick one song, but here you go.

SONG #4

DJ KOZE AKA ADOLF NOISE

‘WAS IST ZU VIEL ZEIT?

Koze’s alter ego Adolf Noise is asking the right question these days: what is too much time? Just think about it.

SONG #5

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

‘OUT OF TOUCH’

Time for some soul searching. BIG tune.

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MARGIE JEAN LEWIS

“This is a time to grieve, to sing, to meet your neighbours, to offer help, to connect, to share, to expand, to evolve, to observe nature, a time to escape to imaginary worlds and bring some joy from there back into this one.” – Margie Jean Lewis

SONG #1

AOKI TAKAMASA + TUJIKO NORIKO

‘FLY VARIATION’

Feeling like digging here because in this time of crisis, I’m feeling like being cocooned with music that is as familiar as my teenage obsessions. So I’ve gone for 5 early influential tracks on me as a musician. As in, 5 tracks I’ve listened to mannnnnny times and that I still return to for the magic they possess.

I listened to Tujiko Nuriko obsessively the year I finished high school and Fly Variation has repeated on me ever since. I think at the time I felt the song understood me more than i could understand myself, despite the fact it was all in Japanese.

SONG #2

MEI SARASWATI

‘ETHER IMAGININGS’

A song I found on Soundcloud by mistake and thence became my bedroom dancing theme music for about a year. This was me at 27. I like Mei Saraswati’s vibe, she obviously had a lot of other things going on, so much so that she never released anything. Think I connected with her on that alone… 😉

SONG #3

EMPRESS OF

‘TRISTEZA’

Just a perfectly gorgeous track. It moved me then and it moves me now. I think soothing Portuguese is all we need.

 

SONG #4

HOLLY HERNDON

‘CHORUS’

A genius in full flow. Also one of my most listened tracks of 2014….

 

SONG #5

KARA-LIS COVERDALE

‘GRAFTS’

I don’t think I’ve listened to any 22 minute track as many times as I have this one. For me, this is a happy sunny Summer lounge room in Dublin, listening with the windows open, sitting in the windowsill for a long time watching birds flying around the Rathmines dome and looking real close up as the sun shone through miniature explosions on the surface of my sparkling water. Do yourself a favour and and take some mushrooms before listening.

 

Margie and Sharon’s Floral instalation at ALS19

Photos : Steve Battle

STEVE MANNING

Steve Manning runs Hidden Agenda and Dublin’s own Big Romance – one of our favourite haunts in the city. Steve has blessed us with his eclectic mix of dance music selections Love Stories passed.

Over the last decade, Hidden Agenda have cemented themselves as one Ireland’s most dynamic event brands. HA helped found Metropolis Festival and have hosted artists such as Run The Jewels, Nicolas Jaar, Mos Def, Flight Facilities, Todd Terje, Jay Electronica, Kelis, DJ Koze, David August and many more.

SONG #1

WILLIAM ONYEABOR

ATOMIC BOMB

A firm favourite in the Big Romance and has closed out many a late night parties. It’s taken from the “Who is William Onyeabor?” compilation album released by Luaka Bop, which is a record label set up by David Byrne. The whole compilation is ace.

SONG #2

ARTHUR RUSSELL

WONDER BOY

Earlier this year, my girlfriend and I hosted an Arthur Russell night with Peter Broderick in the Big Romance celebrating the album ‘Iowa Dream’ and I love this track from that album.

SONG #3

NICK DRAKE

RIVERMAN

Nick Drake was reluctant to perform live or be interviewed and this meant he never achieved commercial success (he died aged 26). The 1998 documentary A Stranger Among Us is worth a watch .

SONG #4

SEAL

KISS FROM A ROSE

This song is a constant earworm and hopefully it is now stuck in your head.

SONG #5

CYBER PEOPLE

VOID VISION

An uplifting Italo banger that I played at ALS last year. One for the disco fingers and a staple in most of my DJ sets.

ÉNA BRENNAN

“Simple things like cooking, cleaning and the daily Irish Times crossword have kept me going and I check in with my family every few days to see how they are all getting on! ” – Éna Brennan

SONG #1

MASSIVE ATTACK

‘THE SPOILS FT. HOPE SANDOVAL”

I love the slow pace and swell in the strings in this track (arranged by film/theatre composer Dan Jone). The last two minutes are a bath for the ears.

SONG #2

SUFJAN STEVENS

‘THE PALM SUNDAY TORNADO HITS CRYSTAL LAKE’

This is probably my favourite song in the world under 2min. I wish I’d written that chord sequence.

SONG #3

ALDOUS HARDING

‘THE BARREL’

Aldous is wonderfully weird. Her spoken BV in the final choruses of this track give me a lot of joy.

SONG #4

ENYA

‘CARIBBEAN BLUE’

Enya is a goddam national treasure. Hard to even choose which song to pick. Go listen to them all, at once.

SONG #5

ABBA

‘MAMMA MIA’

Closing with a banger for all those who have, like me, found themselves going slightly insane singing and dancing to Classic FM whilst cooking/cleaning.

GERRY DALTON

“Following my bliss led me to the Another Love Story tribe – so to all my brothers and sisters of the tribe, I send love and light.” – Gerry Dalton, ALS Lighting Guru

SONG #1

HOSH & 1979 FEAT. JALJA

‘MIDNIGHT’

This is my Covid19 Anthem Track!

SONG #2

SPACE MOTION

‘RIGHT ON’

Brilliant remix of an old skool house classic originally by Silicon Soul. Invokes memories of clubbing at the start of the millennium.

SONG #3

MARK TARMONEA

‘THE TRIBE’

I love the deep analogue Techno sounds and the haunting vocals with a very shamanic message to consider in these times of uncertainty.

SONG #4

DER DRITTE RAUM

‘HALE BOPP (BORIS BREJCHA REMIX)’

A recent excellent remix by Boris Brejcha of a very old classic German techno track from ’98 which was originally released to celebrate the appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp in our skies. I vaguely remember dancing to the original in a forest somewhere in Wicklow.

SONG #5

N’TO

‘TRAUMA (WORAKLS REMIX)’

A truly epic melodic track, this 10 minute masterpiece from 2 of Hungry Music’s best producers brings you on a healing trance journey through the deep melodies of this track. As a Shamanic practitioner I often use trance dance as a meditative healing experience.

Distant Listening 03 : Claire Beck

Claire Beck is one of the most recognisable figures in the Irish music scene today – Claire’s voice has been heard across the airwaves on Phantom, TXFM and most recently Today FM for what seems like forever – a steady and always popular champion of brilliant music and sunny vibes.
Beyond this, Claire is also a great DJ – providing some of the standout moments at ALS over the past number of years – her sets in The Ballroom at ANYE 18 & 19 were particularly notable – where she really caught the mood of the room with signature panache on both occasions, but Claire is truly a music lover and a master at sharing that passion. 
All in, Claire is one of our very favourite people, and a real champion of all we do – we caught up with her in her unique isolation staton of her barge home. 

Claire Beck here. I’ve been honoured to be a regular performer at ALS/ANYE over the past couple of years. Some of my favourite festival moments, both on stage DJing and off getting lost with friends, have happened at The Manor.

Hi Claire! How have things chaged for you workwise since this all kicked off?

I’m usually running around between a music manager role, DJ gigs, event planning, and prepping for radio shows. Everything is on hold/gone at the moment except for the radio show, which I’m so grateful to still have. It’s a blessed outlet in a sea of strangeness.

I’ve turned it into a ‘mud free festival on the radio’ since lock-down began. It’s beautiful and bizarre getting messages and pictures from people, all dressed up, at home listening.

And away from work?

When I’m not traveling into studio to do the show (with my official letter for checkpoints tucked into my pocket like a secret agent), I’m spending the lock-down at home on my houseboat.

Listening to heaps and heaps of music is my number one activity (as usual). Baking, planting, knitting… if you can think of a ‘things to do on a houseboat’ stereotype, I’m probably living it right now.

I’m missing my friends, my mam and my Nana, who turned 89 during the week – but I’m grateful that they’re healthy.

“I’ve decided to embrace the times where my creativity, energy and optimism feels boundless, and forgive myself for the times when it’s blocked.

What do you hope comes from this experience?

When this all started, I had a burst of creative energy and was fully embracing this new normal, the time and space to make things. Then after about a week, this burnt out and I felt utterly lost.

I was looking online and seeing my peers seemingly churning out effortless work while I was stuck, feeling dreadful.

However, I quickly realised that we need to be very, very gentle with ourselves during this surreal time. We’re not robots and this obsession with productivity needs to stop.

It’s easy to scroll online and think ‘everybody is being so productive with this time, and I’m wasting it’. I’ve decided to embrace the times where my creativity, energy and optimism feels boundless, and forgive myself for the times when it’s blocked.

My top tip: forgive yourself, take the morning off to watch Netflix if you need to.

SONG #1

INNER CITY

‘BIG FUN’

“We don’t really need a crowd to have a party”. I think this song will be my lasting memory of hosting my radio show during lock-down (Saturday SoundSystem, Today FM 9pm-midnight, tell your friends pls).

Usually people get in touch to say they’re getting ready to go out. But now, its screen shots of virtual hangouts and shout-outs to friends all over the world. It’s also a banger, in fairness.

SONG #2

BICEP

‘ATLAS’

Last week was so surreal and time so non linear that I kind of … forgot that new music gets released? It was a real treat to get the first new music in three years from Belfast’s finest. I’m looking forward to playing this to a festival crowd as soon as possible.

 

SONG #3

SHURA

‘ELEVATOR GIRL FT. IVY SOLE’

I was already a Shura fan but even for her, this track is sensational. A giddy story of two women on a first date, in a breezy 90’s tinged RnB style and it’s divine. A queer love story shouldn’t stand out as remarkable but here we (still) are.

SONG #4

PATAWAWA

‘JUST NOT WITH YOU’

I’m a sucker for a live disco band and this young three piece from the UK are right up my alley. I’m not going to tell anyone how to suck eggs but if they were to play at the next ALS I would be thrilled!

 

SONG #5

TEDDY PENDERGRASS

‘LIFE IS A SONG WORTH SINGING’

You generate the power to decide what to do with your life’. This tune never fails to give me a (gentle, loving) kick in the arse when I need it and make me feel positive again. We will get through this.

Another Mix Series 002 – Lil’ Dave

Round two of our series of mixes recorded live from the hallowed walls of The Shift Shack at ALS19 comes to you from Ireland’s favourite Berlin based Maeve messer – Lil’ Dave.

Dave Redmond (AKA Lil’ Dave) has been one of the defining characters on the Irish dance music landscape for many years now. His energy and enthusiasm as  a DJ, promoter, and party organiser has lately been channelled into a career as an agent with international booking agency Sweat Lodge in Berlin, and in particular his key role in the rise of Irish label Maeve.
Dave is a firm festival pal, and has been a regular at ALS over the past number of years. This mix catches a little bit of the magic spark he always  brings to proceedings.
The Shift Shack is a coal shed full of excited faces. It’s an intoxicating atmosphere that made me feel butterflies, especially when you have to follow Sara Miller bringing the house down. I loved every second of this hour, mistakes and all, it was a tiny contribution to an excellent weekend.
 
Another Love Story continues to be the best, the alchemy is perfect. At a strange time in life this reminded me of a highlight of mine. This recording is overdriven and a bit wild in parts, just like that Friday night. Shouts to Kev and Neil for surgically bringing the recording back to life! 

Big ups all you Lovers, we’ll be back in the manor brighter and better than ever before long, but for now, pour a drink, light it up, time for a good ol’ party X “

 

Distant Listening 02 : Robbie Power

Robbie Power is one of the original and dearest members of the ALS crew.
Truly a renaissance man if ever there was one, Robbie splits his time between his home in Waterford, and a career in copywriting which allows him the flexibility to travel for large parts of the year, before returning to Ireland for the festival season.
Rob stepped up to become our Site Manager at ALS19, looking after a burley and grizzly crew of makers and doers who are responsible for creating and maintaining much of the infrastructure needed to transform the verdant grounds of Killyon Manor into a festival site – no easy task!
This aside, Robbie is equally adept chatting amicably about music or philosophy at the back of The Shift Shack mid boogie, and all with a trademark measured calm which sets him out as one of the very best we’ve got.

Hey Robbie, how’s it going? Can you tell us how you are riding out the storm?

Robbie Power here present and accounted for. Myself and the lovely Anna (ALS Decor) are ‘Coronavoiding’ in the beautiful Dunmore East having only returned from winter in Asia a couple of weeks ago.

We’re extremely grateful to have been able to find this hidy-hole on such short notice. I’ve got a copywriting biz (wordflow) among other things and Anna works in textiles which is extremely ‘on brand’ if you know Anna!

How are you finding all of this?

We are grateful to be extremely lucky people and like many of us, are really having no ill effects from current circumstances besides maybe a few less sheckles in the account. …coping is only about being aware of that.

We are grateful to be extremely lucky people and like many of us, are really having no ill effects from current circumstances besides maybe a few less sheckles in the account.

coping is only about being aware of that.”

SONG #1

Handsome Boy

‘The Truth’

Handsome Boy modelling School were a little ahead of their time in terms of building a sound through genre bending collaboration. The riff from the old standard ‘Coffee Cold’ along with the Roisin Murphy vocals get me every time.

SONG #2

THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA

‘ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN’

I Have been a huge fan of the cinematic since very early on and this collaboration with Roots Manuva always bring you on a journey. Credit to Roots for bringing vocals that somehow match the emotion of the orchestra.

SONG #3

LHASA DE SELA

‘DE CARA A LA PARED’

I was given a Lhasa Album years ago, just before I spent a few months driving around Europe where she would often be the soundtrack. Sadly she died of cancer only a few years later. I’ve never learned what these lyrics mean, the conveyed emotion is so powerful you just don’t need to know.

 

SONG #4

KATIE KIM

‘FAKE YOUR DEATH’

I have the pleasure of knowing Katie, but her music leaves me in no doubt that I would be a fan even if that wasn’t the case. I may even be a bigger fan, we’re all begrudgers down here! This song so succinctly conveys the feeling of having enough of it all (to me anyway), yet ironically is so beautiful it could probably bring someone back form the brink!

SONG #5

SWEET TEA

‘AFTER LAUGHTER (COMES TEARS)’

This song serves as a reminder that there is no escaping the vicissitudes of life, however it does swing both ways. There might be tears after laughter, but there will surely be laughter after the tears.

Distant Listening 01 : Ailbhe Reddy

Ailbhe Reddy is a contemporary singer songwriter from Dublin.
Her steady rise as a voice of note and particular complexion has marked her out as one of our favourite artists at ALS over the past number of years, performing at ALS ’17 and ’19.
Ailbhe’s songwriting is matched by her dry humour, and a sense of resilience that was put to the test during an unlucky downpour at ALS ’19 which made her performance on Further Afield a little tricky. 
But typically then, as with our chat below, Ailbhe just gritted her teeth and got through things admirably, winning the crowd over as always. 
www.ailbhereddy.com

Hi Ailbhe! Can you tell us how you are riding out the storm?

I’m currently recording demos in my sister’s house during this period of isolation. It’s pretty peaceful and I tend to forget what’s going on until I leave the house to go to the shops!

How are you finding all of this?

I’m okay, obviously it’s all a bit mad but I’m very fortunate that I have a cosy warm place to stay and lovely people to spend time with. I miss my family and friends who I can’t see but it will make me appreciate them all the more when we see each other again.

“I guess my advice is – don’t feel like you have to be making the most of this, you don’t have to be super productive and come out of this with loads done. If watching Netflix and going for walks is your buzz, do that.

Can you share one thing you’re doing to navigate these current tricky waters?

The way I’m dealing with it is just splitting my time between feeling useful (whether that’s a home DIY project or admin I’ve been putting off for months) – and doing things I enjoy like writing music and sitting around chilling out and watching TV.

What do you hope comes from this experience?

I guess my advice is – don’t feel like you have to be making the most of this, you don’t have to be super productive and come out of this with loads done. If watching Netflix and going for walks is your buzz, do that. Take it a day at a time and try focus on some of the positives, we rarely see this level of community spirit and people binding together. Seek solace in that, because it’s fairly spectacular.

“Take it a day at a time and try focus on some of the positives, we rarely see this level of community spirit and people binding together.

Seek solace in that, because it’s fairly spectacular.”

SONG #1

ANDY SHAUF

‘MARTHA SWAYS’

It’s just a very relaxing and peaceful song. Also reminds me of the last few hours of a long night out, something I won’t experience for a while.

SONG #2

BIG THIEF

‘MARY’

I love this song and Big Thief. It reminds of lonely long drives at all hours to and from Donegal last summer, while I was recording an album.

SONG #3

CHRISTIAN LEE HUTSON

‘NORTHSIDERS’

Just a sweet nostalgic tune about friendship, what’s not to love?

SONG #4

SHARON VAN ETTEN

‘SEVENTEEN’

More nostalgia, that’s clearly the buzz I’m on right now.

SONG #5

JULIA JACKLIN

‘PRESSURE TO PARTY’

Always makes me want to dance and sing along. Saw Julia Jacklin play live in the Button Factory a few months ago and it was beautiful. The whole set was flawless, especially this tune and a cover of Avril Lavigne’s ‘I’m With You’.

 

Photos : Zoe Holman

ALS 19 : Getting Here!

GETTING HERE

Driving:

  • M4 ­ From Dublin.
  • Take exit 10 (Kinnegad) off the M4.
  • Follow the overpass over the motorway and towards Kinnegad town.
  • On entering Kinnegad town take the IMMEDIATE RIGHT at JC DONNELLY’s PUB (Signposted TRIM R161) .
  • Follow this road for approx 9kms to Killyon townland / village. (10/15 mins journey) (passing through Hill Of Down en route).
  • Once in Killyon townland / village, pass the church on the left and continue for 1 km.
  • After 1 km Killyon GAA club is on your left , and a white Gate Lodge house on your Right.
  • Take the LEFT TURN into a gate / long driveway.
  • You are here!!

Click here to see the journey in Google Maps!

The Love Bus:
Departing Dublin from 5.30pm – 6pm Friday – as it fills up (YES! We are putting on an earlier bus to cater for more numbers this year). The bus ticket also entitles you to the return journey, departing Killyon Manor at 7.30pm Sunday evening. Book your tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a seat! More info here.

Cycling
The splendid Royal Canal Greenway, in combination with rail (nearest station Enfield, 15km) or bus (nearest stops Clonard 7km and Kinnegad 10km) services, makes quite the entrance! This is a lovely way to arrive and experience the beautiful, gentle countryside nearby. A fantastic thing to encourage friends and colleagues to do that are able.

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ARRIVING AT ALS

Have your tickets at the ready to speed up the security process when entering the driveway. Drop your gear off in the General Campsite then park your vehicle in General Parking. Go to the Welcome Desk with your ID and ticket, printed or on your phone, to collect your wristband. Please keep the following opening times in mind.

Gates:
FRIDAY 4PM – 11PM | SATURDAY 10AM – 11PM | SUN 10AM – 8PM

Welcome Desk:
FRIDAY 4PM – 11PM | SATURDAY 10AM – 11PM | SUN 10AM – 4PM

Festival Arena:
FRIDAY 6PM – 4AM | SATURDAY 10AM – 4AM | SUN 10AM – 8PM