Dingle ‘Other Voices’ content to appear on Xbox and MSN channels

2 Dec 2009

The Other Voices TV series which features exclusive performances from St James’ Church in Dingle by acts such as Snow Patrol, Bell X1, The Magic Numbers and Fionn Regan is to appear on both MSN and Xbox Live as part of a deal between RTE and Microsoft.

The Other Voices series will kick off this Saturday night and will also be seen as a showcase for Irish technology company Intune Technologies’ ground-breaking new technology with a live, high-definition transmission of Snow Patrols’ performance in the church.

Commenting on Microsoft’s support for Other Voices, Microsoft Ireland MD Paul Rellis commented: “We firmly believe that embracing innovation in all its forms, across all sectors of the economy and society, is the route to economic recovery for Ireland.

“The approach taken to the Other Voices Festival by the team involved is a perfect example of innovation in practice and is an example of how we can continue to rebuild Ireland’s reputation both at home and abroad. This is an example of the Smart Economy in action.

“Over the course of the year ahead Microsoft and Other Voices will work together to help bring the ’Dingle performances’ to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.

“We look forward to exploring how we can leverage our MSN and Xbox channels to help distribute this content, and also spread the message about the innovative things that are happening in Ireland. We are delighted that our technology can play a key enabling role in this ambition,” Rellis said.

The eighth instalment of Other Voices will take place in St James’ Church in Dingle, Co Kerry, from this coming Saturday, 5 December, through to Wednesday, 9 December. Tickets to each performance sold out within minutes of going on sale last week.

Schedule of performances

Saturday 5 December:               Snow Patrol and Ollie Cole

Sunday 6 December:                 Bell X1, The Magic Numbers, The Antlers and Villagers

Monday 7 December:                Megafaun, Imelda May, The Lost Brothers and The Brothers Movement

Tuesday 8 December:               Brett Anderson, The Temper Trap, Jesca Hoop and Fionn Regan

Wednesday 9 December:         Richard Hawley, The xx and Speech Debelle

On Thursday, 10 December, Other Voices’ Other Room, the platform for showcasing the best in new Irish music, will be recorded in a private session in Dingle. Those to be featured in the Other Room in this eighth series will be Valerie Francis, 202s, The Chakras, O Emperor, James McMorrow and one other Irish act to be announced.

By John Kennedy

Photo: The band Snow Patrol.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years