MusicTown 2020

Concerts, masterclasses, collaborations and workshops from April 5-19

MusicTown is back for a 2-week musical celebration, this year MusicTown seeks to explore our sense of place and our connection to spaces, through an eclectic mix of live performances for all ages. From 5th – 19th April,  this annual showcase of all genres of music being played in Dublin will see artists from across the musical spectrum gather to create unforgettable musical moments and celebrate 7 years of MusicTown. MusicTown Jr returns for the festival duration and presents a specially curated programme of events for children, encouraging music lovers of all ages to take part.

The Dublin landscape is ever changing with increased development and real estate often dictating the value of space in our city. In this environment live music venues may feel like precarious entities, hustling for their very existence. One of the major questions facing the Irish music scene at the moment is what is happening to our venues? Where does live music go? Can anywhere be a venue?

Against this backdrop MusicTown put out a call to artists and organisations to submit their proposals for performances or events for the 2020 festival around this theme of place. Today, Dublin City Council unveiled the first highlights of the festival and programmer Leagues O’Toole explained that “This year we invited producers and artists to submit ideas for events that looked beyond the orthodox and accepted locations for live music. At a time when it feels like Dublin’s cultural spaces are under siege, we thought it would be interesting to see where people could perceive live music being performed. The response include a graveyard, educational centres, a Victorian house, a fire brigade training centre, the Pro Cathedral, community centres, and St Patrick’s University Hospital. As in previous years the events will be inclusive, and collaborative across a multitude of artistic disciplines.”

Festival Highlights 2020