BanterYard at The Beatyard (143, July 2016)

Over the last few years, one of the best things about the Banter series has been the opportunity to programme stages at festivals, but we’ve always wanted to involve other crews and collectives and the opportunity arose with The Beatyard. Say hello to BanterYard, a weekend of talks, pow-wows and interviews from Banter, Dublin InquirerNu.EthicalSlow:SeriesThe Makers StoriesThis Greedy Pig and the Psychology Society of Ireland’s SIGMAC group at Dun Laoghaire harbour on Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31. Here’s the line-up



Saturday July 30

1pm – Human Behaviour

Presented by Claire Howlin, Brendan RooneyDerek Laffan and Nicola Hamilton from the Psychology Society of Ireland’s SIGMAC group. How do we engage and interact with technology, mass media communication, art and fiction? A delve into the psychology of virtual reality, Eurovision and dance.

2pm – The Attention Economy

What does it take to stand out in a world engulfed in a batlle for attention? Slicing and dicing the creative ideas required to deliver digital ideas that engage and resonate with Dave Morrissey (Facebook), Aaron Chalke (Mediaworks) and Cara McAuley (Starcom)

3pm – Ethical Is the New Black

Presented by Nu.Ethical. A discussion about how fashion reflects societal change, the unsustainability of the fast fashion industry, greenwashing, changes in our shopping habits and how to disrupt fast fashion featuring Dominique McMullan (Irish Times fashion writer), Rosie O’Reilly (Creative Director at Re-dress and founder of We Are Islanders), Annique Van Niekerk (sustainable fashion designer), Rebecca Winckworth (founder of White & Green Fairtrade Cotton brand), Yvonne O’Callaghan (SIPTU) and Ali Kelly (Nu.Ethical). Nu.Ethical will also host upcycling workshops all weekend at Banteryard.

4pm – The Creative Block

What happens when a creative hits a wall and can’t work out what comes next? The ins and outs of how to see design from conception to completion with Steve McCarthyDeclan O’DonnellFuchsia Macaree, Rob Mirolo and Roisin Agnew discussing their version of writers’ block and the good and evil of procrastination in the creative process.

5pm – Blindboy Boatclubf9494c363a87b2a39890993499be869f.jpg--anarchy__blind_boy_boat_club_of_the__bandits__who_have_been_signed_up_to_itv__picture__alan_place_fusionshooters_A conversation with a Rubberbandit about art, politics, surreality, Limerick, sex, fish fingers, music, religion, health, fashion and other matters

6pm – I Just Wanna Make Everyone Dance Together



After his performance at The Beatyard, Danny Wang talks music past, present and future

Sunday July 31

12.30pm – Deep Breaths

Presented by The Makers Stories. Ann Lowney talks to Peter Walsh, the Tipperaryman who has been freediving since 2001 and involved in classical voice training since 2003.

Both hobbies demanded huge efficiency and control of the diaphragm so he undertook six years of research into developing a science based educational programme of learning how to breathe efficiently.

Peter has since launched Tri-Logic Rhythms and now teaches breathing efficiency for wellness and performance to athletes, singers, actors and those with performance anxiety or public speaking difficulties.

1.30pm – Slow On the Weekend

Presented by Slow:Series. Thanks to technology and a move away from traditional 9 to 5 careers, the modern worker can potentially work all day, every day. So how can we install boundaries during our downtime?

Aoife McElwain, food writer and host of slow:series will be joined by Ronan Hession(civil servant and musician), Michelle Darmody (owner of Cake Cafe and Slice) and Leisha McGrath (organisational psychologist), who will share their stories of how they’re learning to protect their free-time and slow down on the weekend.

2.30pm Better together: are Irish publications ignoring their readers?


Presented by Dublin Inquirer. Publications are finding new ways to use technologies to work with their readers — through collaborative projects, by asking them what they want journalists to cover, by realising that they can be allies in story-telling. But how well are journalists and publishers in Ireland engaging their readers? How do both sides see the relationship? And could harnessing the opportunities that new technologies offer help to foster a new era of public-interest journalism in Ireland?

A discussion with award-winning investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty, Dublin Inquirer managing editor Lois Kapila, DCU School of Communications PhD researcher and Institute for Future Media and Journalism member Niamh Kirk and Banter producer and Irish Times writer Jim Carroll

3.30pm – Eddie Otchere

Presented by This Greedy Pig. An interview with storied hip-hop photographer Eddie Otchere, a man with a who’s who portfolio of hip-hop and urban music culture kingpins and queenpins.

4pm – Playback

Presented by This Greedy Pig. An exploration of Irish music videos from conception to production as leading videographers Tony Kearns, Feel Good Lost’s Brendan CartyHugh O’Conor and Dave Tynan talk to Mike Donnelly about the process, importance, and relevance of the music video and preview some of their latest works

5pm – Sell, sell, sell with Mattress Mick

The life and times of the most unique salesman in the business


6pm – By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you

george-clinton-webAre you ready for George Clinton? Because he’s ready for you. Before he brings the house down at The Beatyard, the Funkadelic and Parliament bandleader drops in with tales of the funk and the far side.

(All times subject to change)

The future of streaming (142, July 2016)

A week does not go by without a plethora of stories on the music business beat about streaming. There’s no doubt that streaming is here to stay and, indeed, it’s fair to say that there are a lot of other developments coming down the tracks in the not too distant future.


To mark Three’s recent partnership with Deezer (the mobile network are offering its Irish customers a six- month free subscription to Deezer Premium), Banter will be hosting a speclal discussion about the future of streaming with Christian Harris(managing director of Deezer UK and Ireland), Eoghan McDermott (2fm DJ) and Angela Dorgan (CEO, First Music Contact).

The details: the venue is the 3Arena and the date is Thursday July 28 (6.30pm). Admission to the event is free and you can register for it here.

A conversation with Danny Fields (141, July 2016)

It’s not possible to talk about Danny Fields without dropping a lot of names around the place. He’s the colourful dude of whom the New York Times said “you could make a convincing case that without Danny Fields, punk rock would not have happened.” He’s the man who was signed and managed Iggy and the Stooges, signed The MC5, managed The Ramones and worked in various roles with Jim Morrisonthe Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers. And that’s just the bands: there are also connections with Andy Warhol’s Factory scene, his time as a writer (books on Warhol actress Cyrinda Foxe and Linda McCartney) and radio DJ on New Jersey’s WFMU.


He’s the subject of the rather brilliant Danny Says, a documentary by Brendan Toller on Fields’ life and times which was one of the hits at SXSW Film last year.

Fields recently published “My Ramones – Danny Fields”, a book about the band he managed from 1975 to 1980. Containing over 250 photos of the band as well as commentary by Fields, the book is published by First Third Books in a strictly limited hard back edition of 1300 copies.

The details: Banter’s conversation with Danny Fields takes place at The Chelsea Drugstore, (South Great Georges St., Dublin 2) on Wednesday July 13. Doors open at 6pm and limited tickets are available here.

Does Dublin need a night mayor? (140, July 2016)

The issue of a night mayor for major cities is something which has come up again and again this year. It was the subject for a fascinating panel at SXSW earlier this year and it’s also something which is finding its ways into discourse leftright and centre.

The point being made again and again is that if a city is serious about making the most of its nightlife, it stands to reason that they should also be serious about making sure there’s someone there to implement and oversee a proper strategy. Given that Paris, Zurich, Toulouse, Groningen, Amsterdam and Nijmegen already have a night mayor, is it time for Dublin to join them?

dublin-night-time-scenes-2-752x501As part of the ongoing Event Talks series from Banter and Eventbrite, we will be examining if Dublin needs a rep at city council level to represent night-time activity, how a night mayor might work, what it might mean for events organisers, the popularity of the concept amongst local policy makers and how it could be made happen. Our panel for this event is Richard Guiney (CEO DublinTown, Dublin City’s Business Improvement District), Niall Byrne (Nialler9) and Roisin McVeigh (Cheap TrickFrock Advisor and Totally Dublin).

The small print: Event Talks on Dublin’s night mayor will take place at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 2 on Tuesday July 12. Doors open at 6pm and the event commences at 6.30pm. Admission is free and tickets can be booked here.

This is the third in the Event Talks series of event-related talks and conversations from Banter and Eventbrite to be held in the city over the coming months. You’ll find the video from the Event Talks event on festival trends and the reports which provided the talking points for the science of events discussion here.