One of the core components of First Fortnight, the Therapy Sessions have once again attracted some of Ireland’s brightest musicians, poets and writers. This year the festival extends its arm to Britain to draw in Birmingham poet Polarbear (Steven Camden), whose filmic style and musical flow have led to gigs from Kuala Lumpur to Glastonbury and seen him become one of the most well respected spoken word artists in Britain. He’ll be joined by a batch of wordsmiths curated by the acclaimed Stephen James Smith. Hailing from Galway, Belfast and London they include Electric Picnic favourite Marty Mulligan, Colin Hassard and Strabane’s Christopher McLaughlin.

On the musical front the ever-brilliant Mark Geary returns to First Fortnight; rising songstress Laura Elizabeth Hughes showcases the stunning voice that has generated 750,000 hits on YouTube;and Pearse McGloughlin & Justin Grounds will bring their project Idiot Songs to the festival. Many more special guests are to be added over two unmissable nights!

Spoken Word
Marty Mulligan
Stephen Clare
Polarbear Steve Camden
Mark Geary
Laura Elizabeth Hughes
Ger Kelly