After a successful inaugural year, Quarter Block Party, presented by Makeshift Ensemble and Southern Hospitality Board, returns to North and South Main Street, Cork City, on February 5-7, 2016. The likes of Elastic Sleep and Altered Hours starred on last year’s music programme and this second installment looks like being just as exciting. Here’s the list of who has been announced so far – apparently there are more music acts to be announced, as well as the full theatre and performance programme.

Acts announced so far:
Spook of the Thirteenth Lock present ‘Lockout’
Bitch Falcon
Daniel Knox
Chris Power
Stevie G presents a J Dilla special
Donal Dineen
Laurie Shaw
Paddy Hanna
Duende Dogs
Alex Petcu
Steven Sharpe and the Broke Straight Boys

Here’s a Soundcloud playlist of most of the acts:

It’s a doozy of a lineup. Headlined by the Spooks’ Lockout event, which will be only the show’s second outing, and the first in Cork, “the band will be joined by an electric guitar orchestra, bringing this unique sound into the world of contemporary Irish traditional music in the stunning venue of St Peter’s Church (formerly Cork Vision Centre)”. Bitch Falcon are one of the hotly tipped Irish acts for 2016 as they reach back to the early 90s for a raucous grunge sound. Other highlights for me include Lakerama (Graeme S and Senita) and Sillk, both of whom should also feature on many tips for 2016 lists. The beguiling singer-songwriter Somerville, the soul/blues duo Basciville, the workaholic Laurie Shaw, Popical slacker Paddy Hanna and Joni, whose song ‘Running’ was one of the defining sounds of Web Summit, all ensure that Quarter Block Party should be a must-go for music fans.

And if that’s not enough, then read this, from the press release: “Quarter Block Party ‘15 was founded in unusual events in unexpected spaces, and rooted within the community of North and South Main Streets, and this year sees an expanded and inclusive community event programme. One of the aims of the festival is to provide a legacy – an ongoing improvement of the North and South Main Street area. This year sees the beginning of this in ‘Welcome to Paradise’, with the creation of a permanent mural in Paradise Place by up and coming artist Peter Martin. Creative activities like gardening can have significant positive effects on mental health, and so ‘A Growing Conversation’ invites you to have a relaxed cuppa and a chat before taking part in a spring gardening workshop in the Basement Resource Centre. Going international this year, the EBC-Project is a conversation of three cities Eleusis (Greece), Budapest (Hungary) and Cork around the past, present and possible future of abandoned manufacturing sites. This project is developed in collaboration with Motus Terrae (GR) and Placcc Fesztival (HU) with parallel conversation events happening in the two cities creating invisible links to Europe. The Festival will also provide an opportunity to play the unique instruments of the Central Javanese Gamelan, an ensemble of instruments consisting of gongs and metallophones, an experience not to be missed. Storytelling workshop Shop Around the Corner aims to start a process of sharing and artistic exchange between the traders serving the neighbourhood and other active members of the community.”

Ticket info for Quarter Block Party 2016:
Weekend ticket:
€35 + booking fee (Includes priority booking for all events as part of the festival, excluding Spook of the Thirteenth Lock)
Weekend ticket + Spook of the Thirteenth Lock: €40 + booking fee (Includes priority booking for all events as part of the festival including Spook of the Thirteenth Lock)
Spook of the Thirteenth Lock: €12.50 + booking fee; ‘Lockout’ – St Peter’s Church, Saturday, February 6