Please note online tickets are sold out for tonight's Therapy Sessions, there will be a limited number of tickets available on the door.


Therapy Sessions, a beloved staple of the festival, with its eclectic nights of music and spoken word returns!

Acclaimed spoken word poet Stephen James Smith returns to MC and programme the spoken word element. Special guest music curators include HamsandwicH, well known for their incendiary live performances so who better to programme the music selection for this year for the Jan 10th show while the ever excellent Mango X Mathman return to the festival to curate the Jan 17th show!


James Crickard is a poet who writes in a camp, entertaining style that explores personal experiences and LGBT themes. In 2019 he was selected by Poetry Ireland for the inaugural Versify series, and was awarded with intensive workshops from industry professionals and performed to a sold out show in Dublin Fringe. (Jan 10th Therapy Session)


Bohdan Piasecki is a poet from Poland based in Birmingham. A committed performer, he has taken his poems from across the UK, to Tokyo clubs, German airfields and Paris tramways. (Jan 10th Therapy Session)


Stephen Murphy from Leitrim is well known for putting a finger on the pulse of the issues the Irish face today through a weaving of words. His youtube performances are greatly anticipated and his poem Was It For This? went viral and is also known for making Gerry Adams cry. grew up on Dublin’s northside and works as a community and youth worker. 

Geoff the Poet is a Dublin Poet, Painter, Playwright, and Performer. Geoff Finan partnered with First Fortnight and the Eastern Region Traveller Health Network to explore issues around identity and mental health in communities of Traveller men, culminating in a very special performance of the poem Gloke- the creative outcome of this project


New acts announced Dec 20th for Jan 10th Therapy Session includes:

Tebi Rex

Having staked their claim with a succession of well received tracks, 2018 saw Tebi Rex establish themselves as one of the leading names on the Irish music scene. The singles 'Men Are Trash' (making both the UK and Irish Viral Top 50 charts) and 'Peggy's Bus'; debut EP Welcome To The Darkest Year Of Our Adventures; collaborations with the likes of Eve Belle; triumphant festival appearances at Longitude, Electric Picnic, Indiependence and Other Voices; being named as one of RTE 2FM's Rising acts for 2019 - all contributed to an incredible year for the duo. Making their first UK appearance with two shows at The Great Escape, three singles - including ‘Financial Controller’, remixed by Watsky collaborator Kush Moody, and Irish radio hit ‘I Never Got Off The Bus’ - have led to the release of their debut album The Young Will Eat The Old. Praised by the likes of The Irish Times, Dan Hegarty, The Line Of Best Fit, Hot New Hip-Hop and Today FM, the record has been acclaimed as one of the domestic releases of the year

Laurie Shaw

Laurie Shaw was birthed from the sea foam of the River Mersey but brought up in the mountainous regions of County Kerry. He has recorded over 83 albums since his time as a teenager in Kenmare at his make-shift studio in his parents' home. His music explores youthful abandon, small towns, disintegrating relationships and secret love affairs. Shaw's most recent opus is 'Helvetica', an exploration of the geography, history and social standing of Britain and his own personal relationship with the country. Lyrically, he is influenced by Northern wordsmiths like Jake Thackray and Jarvis Cocker. Often, Shaw explores specific genres through his various side projects, be it an alternative 1960s (Felted Fruit), visceral DIY garage rock (Foolish Mortal) or the history of Indie (The Pelms). Live, he is backed by his band The Magic Flutes, an assemblage of some of Cork City's finest musicians



CMAT is the stage name of Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, a pop star who lives in Glasnevin with her grandparents. Her influences include Dory Previn, John Grant, Paris Hilton, XTC and KFC. Currently, she recovering from an AliExpress addiction, and in 2020 will release her debut EP - a collection of songs that deeply reflects her love of all things superficial


More acts to be announced!

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