THE fifth edition of Cork’s Quarter Block Party will return from February 8 to 10, 2019.
To mark the occasion, organisers are throwing a launch party at the Roundy on Friday, December 14 with a stellar lineup of Laura Duff, Music City and Cork’s psychedelic duo Elaine Howley and Cathal MacGabhann.
Quarter Block Party is a socially engaged, community focused festival which supports the role of contemporary arts and culture in the urban landscape of Cork City. Based on Cork’s oldest streets, the festival presents local, national, and international artists, in venues of all shapes and sizes.
The purpose of QBP is to act as collaborative catalyst between the artistic community of Cork, the stakeholders of the old town and historic spine in Cork City, presented through the curation of the QBP programmers. QBP includes all disciplines, from theatre, dance, performance art, music, socially engaged interventions, discussions and happenings.
Taking to the stage to celebrate the launch event are Laura Duff, winner of the Paul Clancy Songwriting Award in 2015. From Limerick, Laura spends most of her time in Cork where she is studying music in UCC.
She has supported the likes of Dublin duo Hudson Taylor, Róisín Ó, Christof Van der Ven of Bear’s Den and esteemed British singer-songwriter, Lewis Watson. Laura and her band released their debut single “Up to You”, recently, with the second single “The Other Side” to follow in December.
Also at the Roundy on December 14 is Music City, the new project of Irish musician Conor Lumsden which is inspired by the pop classicism of Big Star, the heart-on-the-sleeve rawness of The Replacements and the glitter of T-Rex. And finishing out the night will be the frontline duo of much lauded psychedelic rock band The Altered Hours, Cathal Mac Gabhann and Elaine Howley on the decks. Tickets are on sale now via uticket.ie for €10 and will also be available on the door at Plugd Records on Friday, December 14 at, 9pm.