Elbow, Skinny Living, Denise Chaila and Jesca Hoop confirmed for Other Voices Ballina 2020

On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020, the Other Voices Festival returns once again to the gorgeous town of Ballina, Co. Mayo. The 225-year-old ancient walls of St. Michael’s Church in the heart of the town, will come alive with two very special nights of incredible music performances from both Irish and International artists while being recorded for TV in front of a live audience. 

This year, Moy Valley Resources IRD is thrilled to stage Ballina International Music Festival, with Other Voices returning to the town for their second visit to the North Mayo capital.

Headline acts

Just announced for the weekend are the anthemic ELBOW, the formidable four-piece SKINNY LIVING, spoken word artist and rapper DENISE CHAILA and last but not least, from California, the exceptionally talented singer-songwriter and guitarist JESCA HOOP. With even more superb acts yet to be announced, including the Other Voices Music Trail, this is sure to be one very special and memorable weekend in Ballina town next month. 


This is a unique and special opportunity for music lovers to witness unforgettable performances from stellar international artists playing in such an intimate church setting. The essence of Other Voices is about stripping it back to the musician and the audience which creates an amazing experience for both the performer and the listener and that’s where the heart of the festival lies.  

Tickets for St. Michael’s Church

Tickets for the St. Michael’s Church TV recording performances cannot be purchased and will be given away through competitions in national and local radio, press and online. All ticket competitions will be announced in advance at www.othervoices.ie

The Music Trail

Beyond St Michael’s Church, the Other Voices Ballina Music Trail will feature more than 30 free gigs taking place in various venues across Ballina over the Other Voices Festival Weekend. The Music Trail will feature an exciting and diverse line-up of performers, musicians, DJs and bands, raising the roofs of pubs and venues across Ballina on February 28th and 29th. Guaranteed quality new sounds for all ears and 100% free to enjoy. Venues and acts performing on the Music Trail will be announced in the coming weeks.

How to get on the Music Trail

Calling all PERFORMERS! From 2020 onwards, Other Voices have a brand new rolling submission policy for musicians who are interested in performing at Other Voices events throughout the year. Whether you are a band, a singer-songwriter, a rapper, DJ collective or duo, you are invited to apply for a chance to play. To get the ball rolling, if you are interested in submitting your act for consideration for Other Voices Ballina 2020, all you have to do is apply HERE but you need to get in quick as the application closing date is Friday 24th January at 5pm.

Live Streaming of church gigs around town

While getting your hands on a ticket for the Other Voices TV recordings can be like finding a Golden Ticket, fear not, Other Voices Ballina festival-goers won’t miss a beat from the Church, as the Other Voices Live Streaming in partnership with Virgin Media sets up throughout the town. Music fans can enjoy all the happenings in St. Michael’s Church, at multiple locations throughout Ballina. With huge screens, high definition audio-visual and close proximity to a freshly poured pint, screening venues will be a massive hit during the festival. Grab a stool, sit back and relax. 

This year, the concerts will be streamed live to the big screen in Ballina Arts Centre – perfect for families or people looking for a quieter setting in which to really immerse themselves in music.

Paul Higgins, Director of Consumer at Virgin Media said: “It’s fantastic that locals and visitors to Ballina will be connected to Other Voices through Virgin Media as Ireland’s fastest broadband network, including live streams of performances from St. Michael’s Church to venues across the town. Virgin Media’s superfast broadband is powering a town that has a thriving digital and creative appetite to do things differently. The introduction of this level of broadband connectivity and speed is another great example of local people working with key partners like ourselves to showcase the benefits that broadband delivers socially and economically for the benefit of the entire community.”

Ireland’s Edge

IRELAND’S EDGE, the multi-disciplinary creative event series also returns to Ballina to the Jackie Clarke Museum on Saturday 29th February. The event will bring together a compelling range of voices spanning diverse disciplines and sectors. Activists, entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, writers and artists consider some of the existential questions facing Ireland in this time of mass disruption, innovation and change. Contributor line-up and ticket information to be announced shortly. 

Ireland’s Edge Ballina is supported by Intel Ireland and Hollister ULC. 

Other Voices Ballina 2020 is made possible with the support and partnership of Mayo County Council, Moy Valley Resources, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership, Department of Rural and Community Development, LEADER, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ, Mayo.ie, Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Mayo North Promotions Office, Wild Atlantic Way, Creative Ireland Mayo, Tesco Ireland, Virgin Media, Ballina Arts Centre, The Jackie Clarke Collection, Music Generation’s Core Youth Music Hub and local hotels, pubs and businesses.

About the Artists

Over three decades, lifelong friends ELBOW have created one of the most remarkable stories in British contemporary music. Elbow’s history now encompasses seven studio albums, a long list of awards and a place in the roll-call of great British bands. With albums including, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’and a plethora of anthems including ‘Lippy Kids’, ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘Mirrorball’. Having always had such a fierce legion of Irish fans – this is sure to be a very special show.   

SKINNY LIVING have earned themselves a reputation as a formidable live band, with the hard grafting four-piece lead by passionate vocals from singer Ryan Johnston. Reaching millions of streams online for their steady stream of singles including ‘Why’, ‘Fade‘ and their stunning video for their track ‘Let Me In’ has had over 1.8m+ on YouTube. 

Rapper, singer and poet hailing from Zambia and based in Limerick DENISE CHAILA will roll into Ballina this February. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to her remarkable personal story. Her debut EP ‘Dual Citizenship’, with its stirring spoken-word piece on identity and heritage, brought her artistic talents into clear focus. Denise is an electric and charismatic performer who has captured audiences at her live shows. 

American folk singer JESCA HOOP will be joining for what promises to be a very special performance. Hoop’s captivating voice paired with her charisma makes her one of the most interesting voices and storytellers of her generation. Her latest album Stonechild is an album for the lovers of songcraft and with five albums under her belt and numerous collaborations with the likes of Iron and Wine, Mark Knopfler and her early mentor Tom Waits, she is an exceptional talent, We can’t wait to hear her ethereal voice within the atmospheric walls of St. Michael’s Church. Take a look at her beautiful video for ‘Pegasi’.

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