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Published on September 30th, 2021 | by Brian Coney


Spilt Milk Festival Announce 2021 Line-Up

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Spilt Milk makes its return to Sligo for its third edition from 18th – 21st November, 2021. Coming a year on from its online event Transmission last November, organisers are delighted to announce the festival will return as an in-person series of live shows, installations, film screenings and workshops across four days and nights.

As with previous installments, Spilt Milk have once again delivered an eclectic, carefully-curated bill that reflects the scope of forward-pushing music and art in Ireland today. On Thursday, 18th November, the festival launches with a zine workshop and an audio-visual trail.

On Friday 19th November the music strand will kick into action when Zero Gravity Skatepark will host an all-ages, alcohol-free show with two of the country’s most singular propositions: north Kerry bedroom pop band Messyng and genre-warping Dublin musician & visual artist Michelle Doyle aka Rising Damp (pictured above). In association with Sligo Leader Partnership’s SICAP programme, 50% of capacity is reserved for young people from socially excluded groups.

Later on Friday, The Model is taken over by a stellar, palette-spanning bill. Headlined by Cork DJ, producer, and a co-founder of Flood label, Syn, the show will also feature fast-rising Dublin DJ, producer, and founder of collective/club night Lepton, Ngoni Egan, Donegal experimental electronic auteur Aengus Friel aka Shammen Delly, School Tour wielding cold casio wave from Mt. Errigal., and Sligo-based Warmer Climes the latest synth-noise incarnation of Taf Hassam.

Saturday takes three live performances in venues across the town. As well an unmissable solo set by Woven Skull’s drummer Willie Stewart, aka Worship My Panther, celebrated saxophonist and sound-artist Cathal Roche will also perform at The Yeat’s Building.

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Saturday’s headline show at The Model is another gem. Following Patty & Selma, and Dublin multi-disciplinary artist & musician Mary Keane aka Cormorant Tree Oh, Dublin five-piece Silverbacks top the bill. Taking in new material and tracks from their Choice Prize-nominated debut LP, Fad, it’s sure to be a typically blistering set from the band.

Newly formed Poor Creature, a project from Ruth Clinton (Landless) and Cormac MacDiarmada (Lankum) along with Dublin experimental folk artist Branwen take over The Model on Sunday afternoon, bringing the music programme to a close.

“Spilt Milk is about coming together to enjoy adventurous music and art in the comfortable surroundings of a small town,” said Spilt Milk festival co-founder Edel Doherty in a statement. “We’re excited to finally get back to in-person events and are looking forward to welcoming and seeing both familiar and new faces in Sligo this November.”

“Our music line-up features young, compelling and forward-thinking names in Ireland’s rich and varied music scenes,” Doherty continued. “We’re proud to programme with inclusivity and diversity at our core which we heartily believe will lead to deeper and broader shared cultural experiences.”

Tickets for most Spilt Milk live gigs go on sale tomorrow, Friday, October 1st, at noon from And some are free. Each concert is ticketed separately. Attendees will be required to show proof of immunity (EU Digital Vaccine Cert or Certificate of Recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months).

Check out the full line-up below.

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