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BBC To Broadcast Other Voices 20th Anniversary Special This Friday

March 16, 2022

This Friday, to honour twenty years of Other Voices, BBC Four will broadcast a sixty-minute special film celebrating the history and foundations of Ireland’s most internationally acclaimed music festival and television series.

Presented by renowned Irish broadcaster and former BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Macmanus, this special film will feature new performances from Sam Fender, Sigrid, Orla Gartland, Dermot Kennedy, Villagers, Kay Young and John Grant and will include never-before-seen interviews with some of music’s brightest stars.

These extraordinary intimate performances were captured in the tiny Church of St James in Dingle last November as part of Other Voices’ twentieth-anniversary celebrations.

Produced by South Wind Blows, ‘Ireland’s Greatest Small Music Festival: Other Voices’ will also open the Other Voices vault, sharing some remarkable archive performances from the past two decades including legendary sets from BRIT award winning Little Simz, Mercury Prize award winner Arlo Parks and an iconic ‘Courage’ performance by Fontaines D.C. who release their highly anticipated third album ‘Skinty Fia’ this April and who also picked up ‘ Best Band In The World’ at the NME Awards this month.

This sixty-minute film will air on BBC Four on Friday 18 March at 10pm and comes ahead of the transmission of the twentieth series of Other Voices which hits RTÉ 2 later this Spring.

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“Other Voices is communion. It is the rhythm and flow of a long conversation. It is the surprise of a tear running down a cheek. It is songs carrying us away and then bringing us back to each other. That is the heart of the matter.” – Annie Macmanus, Other Voices Presenter

“It has been so exciting to produce this film for the BBC and share some magical musical moments located in the Church of St James, in the town of Dingle in one of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in western Europe.” – Philip King, Director of Other Voices

“I’m delighted to bring this wonderful festival to a UK television audience. There is something very special about Other Voices, the town of Dingle and the church of St James that hopefully we have captured in the programme. It’s that magic which has kept this tiny festival at the top of the agenda and a must play for artists across the UK and Ireland for the past twenty years.” – Rachel Davies, Commissioning Editor for BBC Music

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