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first published in @The Evening Echo 2014-2-7

Between the 16th and 19th of February The Pavilion are holding the fourth edition of their annual Dirty Weekender, ahead of their very busy schedule of gigs and DJ sets Ronan Leonard spoke with Joe Kelly, one of the owners of the venue and the main organiser of the festival. He quickly laid out the mini-festival’s history, “the Dirty weekender came into place 4 years ago when we decided to put a weekend together in February around Valentines night. A bit of a twist on the love vibe with some Dirty beats.”

This year’s line up features a lot of collaborative events, but the concept of Dirty Weekender has a very central root of linking Cork based artists and organisers to the venue as Joe explains, “the Pavilion runs it but this year we have teamed up with Floating Joints (an 8 hour DJ & live performance event that is held upstairs and downstairs concurrently, this will be the eighth time the event will be happening, on previous occasions the venue has been full by 9pm) on the Thursday; Revelation Sound and World Bass culture (a bill of many different Raggae and Dub acts) on Friday and FeelGoodLost (an audio/visual production house, best known for making the video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’, which has had over 1,500,00 views on YouTube) on the Sunday. Three great groups of Cork folk pushing things forward with sounds and visuals.”

Joe gave a lowdown on some of the acts they have performing, “on Thursday we have Meltybrains? and New Jackson (aka David Kitt), in our opinion two of the most exciting live acts in Ireland now. Aim, formerly from the Grand Central stable (the iconic mid to late 90’s record label who released many of the definitive tunes people would have heard in the back bar of Sir Henrys and Lebowskis) returns to Cork with Niko on the Friday with Stevie G in the bar. On Saturday night we will be giving the Irish debut to HNNY, an upcoming Swedish producer making great house tunes. A bit like Dana might say, we’ve all kinds of everything!”

The weekender line up reflects the ethos of the venue, as Joe continued, “we’re always trying to find the best in creative new and upcoming talent whilst also bringing ‘name acts’ that are feasible for a venue of our size. It is quite a balancing act, luckily we have people like Mike Skinner of The Streets coming soon, and also Kurt Vile and loads of other acts that keep pushing the boat out.”

Joe recognises that there is a wider issue that hampers the Dirty Weekender, “the problem with Cork is we have a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the country with regards to closing time. People want to travel but also they want to have fun, Cork is a great city with great people and an island at its centre. It has all the potential to be a great festival hub but at the moment we lag behind many other Irish destinations.”

Full gig and booking details of the Dirty Weekender can be found at

Ronan Leonard nominates 5 acts to keep an eye out

New Jackson
(Thursday 13 February. Upstairs, Free before 10pm, €5 afterwards)

In recent years David Kitt performs his more electronic led music under the name of New Jackson, he spoke enthusiastically about his return to the Pavilion, “I always get the sense the Cork is a place for music fans. From back in the old Lobby days right up to Plug’d Records, you see people who are really obsessive about music, and the longer people live in Cork the more they adapt between all the different types of music on offer. Most of my friends who have left Ireland say one of the things they miss most is how much we love music, and Cork is a hotbed of that. There are many years where I play more in Cork than Dublin”

(Friday 14 February. Downstairs, free all night, 11am til 2am)

This vinyl only DJ set will feature the Evening Echo’s Stevie G alongside Aim, some will know him from his remix work with Ian Brown, Lil Kim and Saint Etienne. On the night he will be playing selections from across his huge record collection. He will also be joined by Niko, from Aim’s record label Atic Records, who will be performing vocals over some of Aim’s original work.

Dublin AfroBeat Ensemble
(Saturday 15 Feb. Upstairs, free before 21:30, €5 after)

For many (not just me) this group’s performance in The Pavilion during the Jazz Festival was a musical highlight of 2013. The high energy 12 piece band have members from Armenia, Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Italy, Ukraine, Nigeria and Ireland, and play either the music of Fela Kuti or else original work inspired by him.

(Saturday 15 February, Upstairs, €8 in advance, €10 on the door 11pm)

Pronounced “honey”, according to many HNNY is probably the hottest producer of dance music to come out of Sweden since ABBA. He first sprang to attention with a reedit of Mariah Carey in 2011, Joe Kelly (the chief programmer of the Dirty Weekender) summed up what to expect “put HNNY in a DJ booth and you’ll hear an expertly mixed set of underground club music new and old, with fond memories of the old school and a steady gaze set on the future of dance music.”

Malcolm Garrett
(Sunday 16 Feb. Upstairs, free from 5:00pm)

Joe Kelly explained the connection between that led to this one off talk by this iconic designer, “Brendan Canty of FeelgoodLost met Malcolm down in West Cork with Simon from, collectively we felt it would be a good idea to broader the weekender beyond just great music. Malcolm designed album and conceptual artwork for the likes of Kraftwerk, Magazine, Buzzcocks, Duran Duran and Simple Minds to name but a few. Thankfully with vinyl sales on the up at least people are re-connecting with the notion of design on a record. Malcolm will discuss his work in design and typography as well as his experiences in the music industry with Simon in a free public talk.”


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