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Delving into our young people’s programme

Spilt Milk Festival has, from its inception, been committed to specific programming for young people with the presentation of performances and art that caters to their sensibilities. Events aimed at young people include an all ages concert for ages 12+ and the window exhibition ‘Our World in a Window’.

The music strand which commences on Friday 19th November features a youthful edge of performers including RTE Folk award nominee Alannah Thornburgh, folk artist Branwen, electro DJ Ngoni Egan, DJ and producer Syn, synth-pop band Messyng and genre-blending three-piece Patty & Selma amongst many others.

Kicking the music programme into action on Friday 19th November at Zero Gravity Skatepark is an all-ages, alcohol-free show featuring two of the country’s most exciting live acts: north Kerry bedroom pop band Messyng and ravy-electro punk from Rising Damp real name Michelle Doyle. 

Messyng is a North Kerry bedroom pop band composed of childhood friends. Together they craft a blend of house, electro, breakcore & early 2000s pop with more hooks than a fishing tackle box. Rising Damp uses drum machines, synths and spoken word to create music to be danced to. Her energetic performances involve effect-laden howling vocals and propulsive rhythms.

 A special concession ticket of €5 is available to young people under the age of 23 and is on sale now from

In association with Sligo Leader Partnership‘s SICAP programme, 50% of capacity is reserved for young people from socially excluded groups who can avail of a free ticket allocation which are being distributed via Sligo Intercultural Project and Cranmore Community Co-operative.

Event Details:
Date: 19th November, Time: 5-7pm, Venue: Zero Gravity Skate Park

Our World in a Window’, a window exhibition featuring the animations and mechanised artwork produced by 49 children in 18 counties in Ireland as part of Helium Arts remote ‘Distance Creates’ programme. In Spring 2021, children aged 9-12 living with long-term health conditions explored the world of animation guided by Helium Artist Chelsea Canavan. From tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations, the children’s stories have come to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.

The project origins date back to the onset of the pandemic, when the Helium Arts programmes were adapted to digital and postal formats to allow many vulnerable young people to practice their creativity from the safety of their homes. The goal was to offer respite during these difficult times of social distancing, and support their mental health.

Event Details:
Date: Friday 19th – 21st November, Time: 10am-6pm, Venue: Pulled Screen Print (viewing from the street)

Featured in the music programme

  • Syn and Ngoni Egan play The Model on Friday 19th November
    • Genre is a meaningless affair to Syn, her high-intensity DJ sets make this immediately apparent through her recontextualisation of standard dance-floor tropes. From Swedish Raptor House to Americanised brostep, Syn takes bold risks on the dance floor which have been proven to pay off. Every moment behind the decks is an opportunity for her to flex her imagination and through her command of the floor, take the club-goer on a journey into her nightmare fantasy world
    • Ngoni Egan is an Irish DJ/Producer based in Rotterdam. He has released on labels such as Thrust collective, Winthorpe Electronics and Patrúin with many more releases scheduled. His productions have led him to sharing stages with the likes of Dave Clarke, Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray and Perc as well as being a regular on the Irish festival circuit with his impressive Live sets.
  • Patty & Selma play The Model on Saturday 20th alongside Silverbacks and Cormorant Tree Oh
    • Patty & Selma are a genre-blending experimental 3 piece from Cork. Influenced by everything ranging from harsh noise and drone to shoegaze, dreampop and pop culture.
  • Alannah Thornburgh and Branwen play The Model on Sunday 21st November at 3pm
    • County Mayo native, Alannah Thornburgh, is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer with a focus on traditional Irish harp. Alannah’s music explores her family’s musical heritage, reimagining ancient airs and tunes from the Irish harping and American Appalachian and Jazz traditions.
    • Raised on a diet of salty sea air and sideways rain in the West of Ireland, Branwen‘s live performances involve storytelling, an array of unmusical objects employed as instruments, as well as actual instruments including loop pedals, banjo and guitar. Her work is imagination centric and is inspired by mythology and folklore from home and around the world.

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