Cork: Quarter Block Party 2019!

Laura Duff

Quarter Block Party is a three-day music and arts festival on North and South Main Street, Cork City, taking place from 8th to 10th of February, 2019.

2019 will host the fifth edition of the festival.

Quarter Block Party is a socially engaged, community-focused festival, which supports the role of contemporary arts and culture, in the urban landscape of Cork City, supporting artists who are socially active, and artists with a collaborative nature. Based across the Historic Quarter of Cork, the festival presents local, national, and international artists, in venues of all shapes and sizes.

The fifth edition of Cork’s Quarter Block Party is set to return 8-10 February 2019, and to launch the programme, the team threw a party at The Roundy, on 14 December, featuring a stellar line up; soulful pop songwriter Laura Duff, Dublin’s finest Music City, and Cork’s psychedelic duo, Elaine Howley and Cathal MacGabhann, on the wheels of steel.

The grassroots festival asks the artists and audience to consider their own perspective of the urban area, and wider city centre, and to reflect. They support often overlooked artists, and aesthetically difficult practices, while presenting in spaces and landscapes which are themselves often overlooked.

The purpose of QBP is to act as collaborative catalyst between the artistic community of Cork, the stakeholders of the Oldtown and Historic Spine in Cork City, presented through the curation of the QBP Programmers.

QBP includes all disciplines from theatre, dance, performance art, music, socially engaged interventions, discussions, and happenings.

Taking to the stage to celebrate the launch event were:

Laura Duff, winner of the Paul Clancy Songwriting Award in 2015, who hails from Limerick, but spends most of her time in Cork, where she is studying music in UCC. Laura has supported the likes of Dublin duo, Hudson Taylor, Róisín O, Christof Van der Ven of Bear’s Den, and esteemed British singer-songwriter, Lewis Watson.

Laura and her band released their debut single, Up to You, recently, with the second single, The Other Side, released in December.

Listen to Up to You here:

Also at the Roundy on 14 December was Music City, the new project of Irish musician, Conor Lumsden, inspired by the pop classicism of Big Star, the heart-on-the-sleeve rawness of The  Replacements, and the glitter of T-Rex.

Listen to Music City’s recent single, Pretty Feelings:

Also on the night were the frontline duo of much-lauded psychedelic rock band, The Altered Hours, Cathal Mac Gabhann and Elaine Howley on the decks.

Keep an ear out as Quarter Block Party will soon be announcing the full festival line-up, which will include Fat Blokes, Le Boom, Lords of Strut, Éisteacht Collective, Colm O’Brien and more.


Tickets for the festival are on sale now.



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