Words: Dray Morgan
The Wicklow-based alternative arts festival has released their bill of more than 400 performers spanning over six areas ranging from cabaret to workshops to “late night mayhem”.
Beyond The Pale is back for round two after seeing success last year. Initially announcing acts such as Thundercat, Jon Hopkins and Oneohtrix Point Never, they have just released the extensive lineup on their arts programme. From comedians to contemporary artists, the sheer range on display of activities available at Beyond The Pale is impressive.
Eccentric group Acid Granny have cemented themselves as almost urban legend status in Dublin. Their trolley-wielding antics, combined with experimental electronic music and topped off by the occasional costumes have been confirmed to be present in Glendalough in June.
Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss is bringing her show If These Wigs Could Talk to Beyond the Pale, as she looks back at her activism, iconic moments and more.
Elsewhere, Collective +353 are presenting The Revengers Tragedy. “The concept involves making a drill mixtape out of a 16th century play.” explained Kevin Keogh, Co-director alongside Arnell Thompson. They will be performing in the Artworld Renegades area. An unexpected and exciting collaboration building off their appearance at last years rendition of the festival.
Beyond the Pale’s artist-in-residence this year is the acclaimed Leah Hewson, who has created the playful gorgeousness of large-scale pop-art piece Kin Connection II. Kev Freeney presents Lucid Link, an immersive installation intertwinin music, visual art and nature. Lisa McCormack, known and loved as jewellery creator Capulet & Montague, creates her first sculptural piece Throwing Shapes to catch and reflect fabulous festival moments.
When the night approaches, Beyond The Pale have you covered with their Late Night Mayhem area. Highlights of this include Mother, who has gained a reputation as one of the most popular queer nights in Dublin. Expect music and dancing into the early hours.
Beyond The Pale takes place 16-18 June. Tickets available here
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