Royal Hospital Kilmainham will play host to a unique event this May bank holiday as Vinyl brings huge actors an musicians alike to the venue for coversations and performances.
Event organisers say VINYL “is our salute to all such things, an immersive theatre of the mind comprising musicians, producers, designers and filmmakers specially convened to celebrate the rich history and enduring legacy of vinyl, its landmark recordings and key personnel, the groundbreaking labels and studios that fostered such talent, with contributions and insights from some of its most perceptive champions.”
Talks, panel discussions, curated collections, music performances, album playbacks, art exhibits, pop-up stores, signings, and equipment showcases are some of what you can expect from the first event of it’s kind in Ireland.
Snow Patrol will present an exclusive playback of select tracks from their forthcoming album Wildness.
Shane MacGowan, chats to Dave Robinson of Stiff Records, to consider his favourite records and how they have shaped him.
Chrissie Hynde will chat with Pete Paphides about The Pretenders forty years on, whilst Bob Geldof will discuss the early days of the Boomtown Rats, punk/pop success, international fame, and why he will always be a musician.
Geoff Barrow, in conversation with acclaimed Irish actor Cillian Murphy, will discuss his career in music, from assisting Massive Attack during the making of Blue Lines to forming Portishead, and subsequently soundtracking films for Ben Wheatley (Free Fire) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina).
Tracey Thorn will discuss her music and writing career in the wake of her latest critically acclaimed album, Record. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans will wax lyrical about the nature of vinyl and music with his good friend and all-round comedic Renaissance woman, Sharon Horgan.
Noel Hogan (co-songwriter with Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries) will reunite with producer Stephen Street to reminisce about the making of the band’s debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Aslan will reflect on their own debut album, Feel No Shame, released some thirty years ago, whilst legendary guitarist Scott Gorham will discuss Thin Lizzy’s meteoric rise to prominence, the band’s abiding legacy, and their charismatic lead singer Phil Lynott.
Exclusive exhibitions at VINYL will include James Lavelle’s ‘Daydreaming With UNKLE’, Vaughan Oliver’s ‘Walking Backwards’, Peter Boettcher’s ‘Photographing Kraftwerk’, and Rory Gallagher’s vinyl collection as assembled by the guitarist’s brother, Donal.
The inaugural Vinyl festival presents the people who made the records that would define not just a number of eras but also their respective cultures.
So if it sounds like you’re kind of event pencil in the 5th of May to the 7th and get ready to soak up conversations from your favourite creatives in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
As if the current line-up wasn’t enough, more additions will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9am on ticketmaster.ie.