Shane MacGowan, Chrissie Hynde, Gruff Rhys, Cillian Murphy, Martin Freeman, Snow Patrol, Bob Geldof and Billy Bragg are just some of the names on the line-up for a brand new music-themed event taking place in Dublin this May.
VINYL will run at Dublin's Royal Hospital, Kilmainham from May 5th - 7th and will see public interviews, live performances, exhibitions, panel discussions, album playbacks, pop-up stores, signings and more happening in the grounds and buildings of the RHK.
Some of the events taking place can be seen below:
Snow Patrol will present an exclusive playback of select tracks from their forthcoming album Wildness in the company of broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman;
Shane MacGowan, in conversation with Stiff Records supremo Dave Robinson, will consider his favourite records and how they have shaped him as one of the great chroniclers of our age;
Chrissie Hynde will chat with journalist Pete Paphides about The Pretenders;
Bob Geldof will discuss the early days of the Boomtown Rats, punk/pop success, international fame, and why he will always be a musician;
Geoff Barrow, in conversation with acclaimed Irish actor Cillian Murphy;
Tracey Thorn will discuss her music and writing career in the wake of her latest critically acclaimed album, Record;
Tim Burgess of The Charlatans in conversation with actress Sharon Horgan;
Noel Hogan of The Cranberries in conversation with producer Stephen Street;
Aslan will reflect on their own debut album, Feel No Shame;
Legendary guitarist Scott Gorham on Thin Lizzy’s meteoric rise to prominence;
James Lavelle on Mo’Wax Records and his time in the UNKLE collective;
DJ, producer, and remixer, Andrew Weatherall will discuss his groundbreaking work with Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, New Order and My Bloody Valentine;
Ed Piller (of Acid Jazz Records) in conversation with actor Martin Freeman on their mutual love of mod subculture;
Simon Raymonde, bass guitarist and keyboard player with the sadly defunct Cocteau Twins, will discuss the history and development of his Bella Union record label;
Talks by Billy Bragg and Peggy Seeger;
Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals in conversation with Huw Stephens;
Irmin Schmidt of Can in conversation with the writer Rob Young;
Musician, performance artist and writer, Cosey Fanni Tutti will recount tales from her critically acclaimed memoir Art Sex Music.
There will also be exclusive exhibitions including James Lavelle’s ‘Daydreaming With UNKLE’, Vaughan Oliver’s ‘Walking Backwards’, Peter Boettcher’s ‘Photographing Kraftwerk', and Rory Gallagher’s vinyl collection as assembled by the guitarist’s brother, Donal.
Phew! It all sounds pretty amazing, if you ask us. There are more additions to be made, but tickets go on sale from usual outlets this Thursday, March 29th at 10am.