Cáit Dj Set @ Open Ear '17

As the finale of the festival started to close in on us, Cáit Fahey took to the stage of a packed tent on the Sunday night for the penultimate Dj set of the festival. Rave stabs and breakbeats collide with electro funk, acid squelches and the odd techno classic, priming the dancefloor for the end of the festival in fine, fine style.  


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January 19, 2018

Paudi Ahern Dj Set @ Open Ear '17

Paudi Ahern went straight on to our list of djs to book the minute we started planning Open Ear 2017. Though he had been lying somewhat low in terms of gigging over the last few years, he is still without doubt one of our favourite djs and in our opinion one of the best in the country. He closed out Saturday night with a 2 hour set that effortle...

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December 20, 2017

Open Ear '18 Weekend Passes Now on Sale

Just in case you missed our post on Friday, you aren't mistaken, the first batch of Weekend Passes are on sale NOW for Open Ear 2018! We'll be unveiling our line up and location(s) in the new year and we'll be continuing to update our archive later in the week with another exclusive recording from Open Ear 2017. But until then, this is your chan...

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December 18, 2017

Open Ear weekend passes on sale next Monday morning!

Yes, yes folks, this coming Monday, the 18th of December, we will release the first batch of weekend passes for next year's festival! We're super hyped about Open Ear 2018, our line up and location(s) are coming together nicely, of which we'll have much more details of early in the new year...For now though we are giving you the opportun...

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December 15, 2017

Automatic Tasty Live @ Open Ear 2017

As already promised we will be serving up a selection of recordings from the 2017 edition of Open Ear over the coming weeks and months, in preparation for next years event. This week its the turn of Automatic Tasty, the charismatic wicklow wanderer whose all encompassing lets-pack-everything-and-the-kitchen-sink live hardware sets have become a ...

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December 07, 2017

Open Ear Merch!

Over the last few months we’ve had a bunch of you good people asking about some of the clothing and merch we had on sale at the festival this year. Your queries did not fall on deaf ears! We’ve just launched a big cartel page where you can get yer hands on new editions of our jumpers, alongside peak & beanie hats, tote bags and tee shirts. I...

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November 30, 2017

Hello again!

It’s kinda hard to believe that it has been 6 months since we decamped to Sherkin for the second edition of Open Ear. And so as the leaves turn to gold and gently float to the ground while the evenings close in around us, what better time to start revisiting some past memories and also start looking to the future…

First off, we want to sa...

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November 24, 2017

Dj PCP - Open Ear '17 Dj Mix

Okay then! We are pretty much ready to go here on the site and we are excitedly waiting your arrival. So boot up and strap yourselves into for a journey into the mind of Dj PCP to accompany your own journey to Sherkin Island. 

PCP has put together a mix that touches on the EDM and wave inflections of No Waving and October, some wise words...

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June 02, 2017

Things n' Stuff

Clothing and Footwear

Just like at any festival we all wish for the sun to be splitting the rocks, and we know we had it rather special on the island last year but this is Ireland and this an outdoor festival so we do advise that you pack for all occasions. The festival site is very small and we do have plenty of covered ...

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June 01, 2017

Some thoughts on Open Ear by Jonny Dillon aka Automatic Tasty

Many of you may know Jonny Dillon under his alias of Automatic Tasty, who has for nearly ten years now been releasing his personal and idiosyncratic take on electronic dancing music. But Jonny also works in the National Folklore Collection in UCD, one of the world’s largest repositories of folkloric material. With this in mind we asked Jonny to ...

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June 01, 2017