A rocket-powered blast through 10 years of pop culture – which will probably cover all you needed to know about the last 10 years but couldn¹t fit on a Tweet – with Richie ‘Jape’ Egan, Nadine ‘Sunday Business Post/Phantom FM’ O’Regan and Bodytonic’s Trevor ‘Tayor’ O¹Shea. November 2009 (no recording, which is probably just as well)
A head-to-head with Dublin techno kingpins Francois (repesenting the 1990s) and Sunil Sharpe (repping the 00s) about which decade produced the most thrilling sounds and nights out in the capital city. The rumble in the Dubland jungle! The thrilla on Middle Abbey Street! The no-holds-barred heavyweight bout of the season! In conjunction with the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF). October 2009.
Niall Byrne (Nialler9 blog, State magazine and the Irish Independent¹s Day & Night magazine) and Una Mullally (UnaRocks, the Sunday Tribune and Soundcheck) poke around in the Venn diagram between blogs, Twitter and the established media. In conjunction with Hard Working Class Heroes. October 2009.
A keynote discussion with Anna Troberg, the Vice Chairman of the Swedish Pirate Party, who received 7.1% of the vote in the 2009 European elections in Sweden and secured the party its first seat in the European Parliament. A lively discussion from first principles about how the creative landscape might look 10 years hence, addressing the hot button topic of the hour. A Banter Uptown event in conjunction with the Darklight festival. October 2009.
The first our Banters for the ravers with two pioneers of Irish clubland, Tonie Walsh and Paul Webb, shooting the breeze about the very early days of Irish clubland. Yes, there was life before Sides DC came along. September 2009.
Dylan Haskins (Hideaway House, Exchange Dublin) and Niall McGurk (Hope Promotions) discussed alternative all-age gig spaces in Ireland and the politics of doing gigs in gaffs, church halls and community centres. The discussion was preceded by a screening of Roll Up Your Sleeves, Dylan’s documenary about DIY culture and alternative ways of organising, working and thinking which is now out on DVD. August 2009
Paul McLoone (Today FM) and The Golden Maverick (Power FM) were the talking heads as we put the past, present and future of Irish music radio under the microscope. It was the very first Banter too – and we even remembered to record it.