This sounds like a pretty cool gig – a party inspired by the mess we’re in, the organisers of No Way Back are dubbing it. The press release explains it: “Taking a Nama-fied block of Celtic concrete and filling it with some of the most inspiring live acts in the country, the best DJs and the top party throwers and goers No Way Back turns things back around.” There’s a bowling alley, arcade, and “a dancefloor in a plastic jungle with a waterfall on the side”. They continue: “This is literally a playground with an electro disco twist. It is a glimmer of neon light in a country of overcast shite. No Way Back is curated by Mary Nally (Drop Everything) and John Leo Gillen (Atelier 1991). Part of the generation emigration that are sticking around to create a different kind of BOOM. Bringing together a creative team to develop an entire experience. Working with design studio me&him&you on the look and identity. Developing a west of Ireland-inspired cocktail bar with the talent behind the restaurant Ard Bia at Nimmos. And picking some of their favourite music providers, lighting and set designers they hope to build a legendary memory from an ugly reminder. It sounds pretty tacky, it definitely looks super tacky but it’s craic tack and feels pure classic. They know they’re not going to change the state of the nation by throwing a party, but for a night they can make the effort to transform what’s wrong into celebration of what’s right.”
So yeah, safe to say that raison d’être made me pay attention. It helps that No Way Back have put together a pretty cool lineup for the party, too. Frank B and White Collar Boy are the two acts that jump out at me, because I’ve been following them for a while. The other acts set to play No Way Back are: Ger Z, Ghostboy (mother), John Daly, Sally Cinnamon, Stanley, Byron & Eoin. The curators of the party are Mary Nally, the founder, director and curator of Drop Everything, a contemporary culture event on Inis Oírr; and John Leo Gillen, who founded the creative space Factory in Galway in 2011. It all takes place on Saturday, August 17. You can buy tickets for the event here now – early bird tickets are €20, standard tickets are €25 – though the venue has yet to be announced. The poster for the event is below.