Festival Blog Thur 11 Sep to Sun 14 Sep 2014

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Festival Fringe Fun – Talent Galore, Battling Bands and Crafty Miners. And all that before the official opening!

The weeks before any festival tend to be hectic, and this is the same for us on the Soundwaves organisation committee. Details for more than 30 events had to be confirmed and cross-checked with nearly as many event organisers, venues confirmed, time slots filled, photographs got, the brochure (which you hopefully have found in your letter box by now – if not, there should be some in SuperValu and Eurospar and other such places around Skerries) finalised and the website revamped… as you can see, busy times! (Do remember we’re all volunteers…)

The organising committee and the 2014 brochure.
Some of the organising committee and the 2014 brochure.

And then there was the Festival Fringe Fun! The events that traditionally happen before the official launch of the festival… like the Schools Programme, where local artists work with children from the various primary schools in Skerries to prepare the displays for our Night Parade (Sun 28 Sep, starting at 7 p.m., Community Centre). And like the Skerries Got Talent auditions, the Battle of the Bands and the launch party for the (by now) annual Minecraft Project! (See below for some impressions of these three events.)

In the meanwhile, it’s up everyone to choose what events they’d most like to go to … just a quick warning: Get to our ticket office (Skerries Tourism, Thomas Hand Street, open Wed to Sun 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or online to our website soon to get your tickets, as some events might book out soon!

The 2014 Soundwaves Ticket Office, open Wed to Sun 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The 2014 Soundwaves Ticket Office, open Wed to Sun 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

We’ll be reporting here on the Festival Blog on an ongoing basis, so do subscribe to the blog… and if you have any comments on any of the events – do send them to us at skerriessoundwaves@gmail.com and we might include them

Skerries Got Talent

A steady stream of kids from 1st class to well into the upper years of secondary school came to the Little Theatre last Thursday (11 Sep 2014) to audition for a spot on the Skerries Got Talent Matinee and Finals on Sun 20 September. They sang, danced, played a variety of instruments, and the judges had a hard time deciding on the final line-up for the Matinee / Finals… but here it is, the following acts will present themselves to the judges and the live audience next Sunday (and tickets are booking fast):

Primary Category

  • Alice Brannigan
  • Jessica Pacera
  • Muireann McDonald
  • Lola Cody
  • Grainne O’Reilly/Niamh Holland
  • Luke Carr
  • Georgina Byrne & Toya Butler
  • The Funky Leprachauns (Cliona Mullarkey, Niamh Finn, Sophie Cody)

Secondary Category

  • Kate Lambkin
  • Emma Quinn
  • Eva Campbell
  • Alex Mahon
  • Ross McCarney
  • Kelly Brassington
  • Kate O’Kelly
  • Emer O’Sullivan

Congratulations to all who took part in the auditions, and especially to the ones who are coming back on Sunday! Their judges in the Final will be Amy Fahy, pianist and piano teacher with a fresh Masters in Music; Jason Philbin, fiddler, singer, guitarist & session musician, known from his time with Goats Don’t Shave, and Orlagh O’Neill, music teacher at Lusk Community College and member of a local girl band A-OK and the Blondie tribute band Atomic. A great line-up of judges and finalists for a great event! Don’t miss it!

Battle of the Bands

Every year, Debbie from the Soundwaves team gives young rock bands the chance to play in a well-organised gig, with proper light and sound. Not to mention the sounds coming from the live audience! The prize is a spot on the famous Rock Trailer during the Soundwaves Street Party, Sun 28 September, Strand Street, close to the church.

MC S Cummins
MC Séamus Cummins

The organiser writes: would like to thank Alice, Luke and Ciaran for being judges on the night, and not forgetting the wonderful and funny SEAMUS CUMMINS, MC for the night – BUT MOST OF ALL Soundwaves says THANKS to those who came and supported the bands. Come back again on the 28th,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!”

This year’s contestants  were:

1.Sir Psycho
4.Virgin Converters
5. Zorse
6.Vicinity Overtone
7.Reckless Avenue

And here are this year’s Battle winners, Reckless Avenue, and the runners-up, Vicinity Overtone, in action during tonight’s Skerries Soundwaves Battle of the Bands.

Vicinity Overtone
Vicinity Overtone
Reckless Avenue, 2014 Winners, Soundwaves Battle of the Bands!
Reckless Avenue, 2014 Winners, Soundwaves Battle of the Bands!

Make sure to come to the Rock Trailer on Sun 28 September to catch them!

Party Time for Skerries Minecrafters – Soundwaves Online Project Off to a Great Start

Over fifty children and two dozen adults spent last Saturday afternoon (13 Sept) in the beautiful airy halla of Skerries Educate Together, launching this year’s Soundwaves Minecraft Project in style. After a quick look back at last year’s project, and the awesome buildings created by players then, the new world was introduced, questions were answered (and fed into the online FAQs, too).

After that, the party-goers were busy at Minecraft crafts, a Minecraft Build-Off, a mini-Minecraft-Lego Competition (results next Sunday), and most of all chatting to each other about (mainly) Minecraft things (and munching on hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches, popcorn and other goodies provided). No wonder this party was sold out in a couple of days!

Lego Minecraft pieces
The Mini-Minecraft-Lego-Competition Results will be announced on Sun 21 September as part of the Lego Minecraft Cookery Competitions and Exhibitions, 2 to 5 p.m., Community Centre!

Most excitement was probably created around the two laptops where 16 Minecrafters in total tried to beat each other and the clock. Amazing what can be done in only 3 minutes when you’re trying to outbuild the person next to you! The next rounds and the finals will take place next Sunday, 21 September 2014, from 2 p.m. on during the Lego Minecraft Cookery Competitions and Exhibitions in Skerries Community Centre. That is where, at about 4.30 p.m., the overall winners of the online competition will be announced, too.

This year, there will be three age groups, and a choice between Skerries or Fantasy in each: 3rd class and under, 4th to 6th class, 1st to 3rd year. There are quite a few in the oldest category – and from what can be seen online in the first day and a half of building, the standard is going to be very high this year! Any questions please contact the Soundwaves Minecraft team at soundwavesminecraft@gmail.com

Do you have an our or two to spare, and would you like to be a volunteer at one or more of our events? Send an email to our Volunteers’ Coordinator, Natasha Isabelle, asking her for a list of the events for which we could use some extra people! 🙂

 Photographic Credit: Paul Enright (1st), David Diebold (2nd), Michael McKenna (all others)