Two years since its inception, Sounds From A Safe Harbour returns Leeside with a cross-cultural programme guaranteed to make this four day eventer a runaway success.

Returning for its second outing, SFASH 2017 has some serious big hitters on board in the form of Lisa Hannigan, Bon Iver and The National. Cincinnati’s finest have just released their seventh album, Sleep Well Beast, and its a testament to the festival’s standing within the music industry that the US rock band have elected to kick off their world tour from the banks of the Lee.

National twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner will also form part of the curation team alongside festival director Mary Hickson, Cork actor Cillian Murphy and playwright Enda Walsh. In fact, so invested are the Dessners in this event that they have roped in a cohort of their musician pals to perform at the festival.

The festival programme also includes a series of ‘conversations & words’ featuring a diverse line-up of speakers and hosts including journalist/muso Donal Dineen, author Kevin Barry, photographer/filmographer Brendan Canty (Talos, Lisa Hannigan) and oh, those Dessner dudes again!

Aside from the wondrously gifted, lark voiced Lisa Hannigan, the tricolour will be kept flying across the four days by the likes of Wyvern Lingo, This is How We Fly, Rosa Nutty, Saint Sister, Soulé  and Iarla O’Lionaird who’ll be joined on stage by Steve Cooney. This eclectic selection of artists will ensure that even those with the most diverse tastes will be catered for with genres from RnB funk to fiery folk in the mix.

And just when you thought we were done with all things Dessner, artist/poet/dancer Jessica, will herself present a creative project streetside. Other events to tickle your cultural fancy are Crash Ensemble featuring (ahem) Bryce Dessner and Andre de Ridder in the Everyman Theatre (Friday) while over at the bespoke Triskel Christchurch cinema on the Saturday there’ll be a treat in store for filmics in the form of The Possibilities Are Endless.

Last but most certainly not least, the DervSwerve toptip for SFASH are Icelandic experimental adventurers amiina, tracts of whose rather splendid Fantomas festival-goers can submerge themselves into. Staying on the Icelandic theme, renowned artist Ragnar Kjartansson is exhibiting at the Crawford Art Gallery.

Sounds from a Safe Harbour runs from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th September across multiple venues in Cork City and its surrounds.

The festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork Co Co and Cork School of Music.

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