Young Hearts Run Free: No Idle Day Festival, October 10th-12th

No Idle Day, the Young Hearts Run Free collective’s festival of music and music writing will take place around Dublin between 10th & 12th October A last minute update from YHRF:

Hello everyone,
bear with us, we’re a bit dilapidated with tiredness – we can’t believe that it’s already almost the weekend, and the beginning of our first festival.

Thanks so much, all of you who have booked in advance, and helped to spread the word, it means a lot.
We are encouraging people to book ahead if possible, as some of our capacities are quite small -it’s all there on the NCH and websites.

Our event with Bill Drummond in Marsh’s Library has now sold out, and our weekend tickets are almost sold, but Bill is going to be on our walking tour at 11.30am tomorrow, as well, and we have a few tickets left for that, if you wanted something a little different to go to as you roll out of bed on a Saturday morning. I mean,who doesn’t want to “Knit & Natter” with Bill Drummond?

As for the other events, well, we hope you’ll be coaxed to come along. Tonight is our launch event. at the Concert Hall, with so many great No Idle Day contributors, like Pat Collins, and mostly EVERYONE else on the programme (nearly), and our tiny aftershow is going to be at MVP, Clanbrassil Street.

Well, how can you resist the wondrous, dapper Jonny Trunk in the equally dapper environment of Molloy & Dowling opticians? Jonny is fresh from the launch of the amazing book he has edited, with a foreword by Stewart Lee –

Let’s NOT channel Bagpuss this weekend, but more the less tired – Professor Yaffle, and then revert to Bagpuss Monday!

At City Assembly House! With Byrds, The Smiths and more biographer Johnny Rogan, and Serge Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons, and it’s her birthday Saturday! And Howe Gelb will be popping by. And she’ll also be doing a musical performance – her first time doing so in Dublin! And there’ll be cake. And Dungarvan and 8 Degrees beers, wine, and other bits. All in an amazing space. And Grogans for a nightcap.And Adrian Crowley, Jet Setter, Katie Kim and SURPRISE guests.

Delicious brunch from Aoife McElwain of Forkful served 12.30pm – 3.30pm at the Bello Bar, and fantastic artists like John Osborne, performing his award-winning show about John Peel, radio, and records – John Peel’s Shed, ““Genius…A comic highlight. If you ever need to explain radio’s sustained popularity to someone, suggest they listen to John Peel’s Shed” – The Guardian, and “Shy and awkward but with a keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life, Osborne sits somewhere between Tom Wrigglesworth and Daniel Kitson, which a very good place to sit. I could have listened for hours” – ★★★★★ The Independent, and ““Beautifully-written, funny and poignant… Just as John Peel’s records changed his life this lovely, simple, beautifully executed show has enriched ours” –★★★★★ The Scotsman.

Then brilliant comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog, wonderful musical guests The Dudley Corporation and Barry McCormack, DJ sets by Nialler9 and James Byrne (Any Other City), and SURPRISE guests.

We repair to Anseo, Camden Street, for more DJ sets from festival contributors, around 8pm.

DO COME – look at this sweet video our friend Sorcha Kenny made – we particularly like the awkward, slow, dance bits down the middle of the room 🙂 – let’s do some of that this weekend!

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Supporting the Simon Community

Young Hearts’ Siobhán Kane says:

We wanted to try and highlight the great craft in not only making independent music, but also writing about such music and musicians. We wanted to try and celebrate great craft in all its forms, with some people who have been doing it well, some for a long time, and some for a short time – and doing it on their own terms, most importantly. And celebrate some of the people that help disseminate musical culture, from writing about it brilliantly – like Sylvie Simmons, to putting out “hidden gems” of records – like Jonny Trunk. And basically we want to raise a good amount for the Simon Community, in an interesting way, and weave our own little narrative amid the city walls on 10th – 12th October, and hopefully create some great memories, and a sense of a community.

The full festival lineup is:

Friday October 10th

Sound and Vision / Life Has Surface Noise – Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
Filmmaker Pat Collins discusses his work, with screenings of some of his short films, followed by Life Has Surface Noise, an exploration of the importance of music, with; Jim Carroll, Bill Drummond, Siobhán Kane, John Osborne, Johnny Rogan, Sylvie Simmons, Peter Toomey, Jonny Trunk and surprise guests.

Saturday October 11th

Old Town
– Marsh’s Library
An afternoon with the brilliant artist Bill Drummond, writer Colin Barrett, singer Niamh McCormack and surprise guests.

When You Love Music As Much As We Do – City Assembly House
An evening celebrating some of the best international writing on music, and some of the best Irish music, with hosts Siobhán Kane and Daragh O’Halloran, joined by music writers Johnny Rogan and Sylvie Simmons, and musicians Katie Kim, Adrian Crowley, and The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, with surprise additions.

Hidden Gems: The Beauty of Odd Records – Molloy & Dowling’s Opticians
Join record label owner and vinyl obsessive Jonny Trunk, and music enthusiast Peter Toomey, as they take you on a musical journey of some of the hidden gems they have found on their crate-digging travels.

Walk Away Renee – Musical Walking Tour
A musical walking tour, with surprise musical guests, exploring the musical heritage of Dublin city.

Sunday October 12th

Heaven In The Afternoon – Bello Bar
An afternoon of a Forkful brunch, made by Aoife McElwain, a performance of the award-winning John Peel’s Shed by John Osborne, comedy-music trio Foil, Arms & Hog, and local musical heroes, The Dudley Corporation, Barry McCormack, Nialler9, James Byrne (Any Other City), and surprise guests. Brunch and coffee/tea is included in the ticket price, with a full bar also available.

Capacity for all of these events will be extremely limited – so book early. Weekend tickets are available for €60 and include admission to Young Hearts’ annual Christmas event – Yule – which this year takes place on Saturday 6th December, at the CO-OP in Newmarket Square.

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