THE Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival is returning to Cork this September, with a host of musicians performing and hosting talks.
Two years ago, Cork city was taken over by Sounds From A Safe Harbour, which is curated by Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, The National band members Aaron and Bryce Dessner, playwright Enda Walsh and Mary Hickson.
The three-day festival, from September 12 to 14, sees musicians perform at events that are mostly free throughout the city. In an announcement, organisers revealed the first acts to perform at the third instalment of the festival later this year.
Damien Rice will perform at Cork Opera House with special guests including Voice Works choir, which is led by Gemma Sugrue, who has performed alongside Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Orchestra previously.
Also playing at the Opera House is Canadian singer-songwriter, Feist, who will be visiting Cork for the first time as she continues to tour on the back of the release of her latest album ‘Pleasure’.
The final performance at the Opera House will see a host of artists come together to celebrate the life of Lhasa de Sela. Lhasa died after a battle with breast cancer in 2010 and to honour her music Andrew Barr of the Barr Brothers, Bryce Dessner, Dustin O’Halloran and more will take to the stage and perform covers of her songs together.
Last time the festival brought The National and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to Crane Lane for a spontaneous and free show, while another intimate event saw Cillian Murphy sit down with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National to discuss music with a small audience at The Roundy. Cork Opera House played host to Lisa Hannigan, The National and Bon Iver with all the shows selling out almost instantly.
Tickets will cost €35 for Damien Rice, Feist and LHASA at Cork Opera House and go on sale on Monday, May 27 and can be bought directly from Cork Opera House.