It’s the vinyl countdown to junkie’s haven

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DUBLIN is set to be a record lover’s haven with the Dun Laoghaire Vinyl Festival back for a second year. The festival will take place over three days from November 1 to November 3 in a selection of venues around Dun Laoghaire including the LexIcon Library Studio, the National Maritime Museum, the Pavilion Theatre, and the Lighthouse.

There will be two live gigs featuring Johnny, Barry, and Jim of Horslips on November 1st and 2nd in Pavilion Theatre and Line of Duty star Vicky McClure’s DJ set in the Lighthouse on the night of the 2nd.

Newstalk’s Tom Dunne will be playing tracks from The Beatles’ Abbey Road and discuss its legacy as a celebration of its 50th birthday.

The festival will also see a variety of talks and the line-up includes Leslie Dowdall, Damian O’Neill & Michael Bradley (The Undertones), The Cranberries’ Noel Hogan (discussing the band’s latest and final album, In the End), authors Stuart Cosgrove, Geraldine Quigley and Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, as well as directors Richie Smyth and Kevin Godley examining the relationship between video and vinyl sales.

Irish Record Fairs will be on site on Saturday and Sunday, so there will be plenty of opportunity to go crate-digging!

Brian O’Flaherty and Neil Goodman, directors of the festival, said: “A mutual love of music, the excitement at the return of an old format that many felt was gone and a wish to celebrate it in our local community – these are the reasons we created the Dún Laoghaire Vinyl Festival in 2018.

“This year’s event will be even bigger and more varied, with something for audiophiles of all ages and musical tastes: from punk to soul, from recording to sleeve design – with vinyl, the music is only part of the story.”

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