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Corner boys are up your street.. Corner to kickstart First Fortnight at The Button Factory.


Next to December, January is probably the least gig-filled month of the year. But that's not to say there aren't any unmissable gigs.

Case in point: On Saturday night you can catch We Cut Corners, Booka Brass Band, I Have A Tribe and a DJ set from the Le Galaxie boys all under the one roof, courtesy of the good folks at First Fortnight.

The charity-based organisation have been organising stellar two-week long arts festivals during the first fortnight of the year since 2012.

And if putting on amazing shows wasn't enough, they have done so with the express aim of challenging mental health prejudice.

Since they established themselves in 2009, First Fortnight have been at the forefront of challenging mental health stereotypes in Ireland.

They have evolved into a mental health service provider and established the First Fortnight,Centre for Creative Therapies in 2013.

The centre currently employs two psychotherapists providing art-therapy for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental ill-health in Dublin. Also, they put on kick-ass gigs.

Just look at tomorrow night's headliner, We Cut Corners. The Dublin-based duo dropped one of the finest Irish albums of the year back in April with their sophomore effort Think Nothing.

We here at Beat towers are big fans, and I have a sneaky suspicion that if anyone is to pip the holy trinity of Hozier, James Vincent McMorrow or The Gloaming to this year's Choice Music prize, it will be these guys.

The Choice judges evidently agree, with the duo picking up their nomination on Wednesday.

Booka Brass Band are another act who've been earning their platitudes in droves this year.

A massive hit on the festival circuit in 2014 with their jazzy take on pop classics, the band are now evolving past their good-time covers aesthetic and producing batches of pumpe-up brass anthems.

Meanwhile I Have A Tribe emerged as one of the brightest new sounds on the Irish scene over the past year.

The solo project of Slow Skies' Patrick O'Laoghaire deliver spacious, moody electro-tinged folk that has been earning rave reviews - not least from the likes of Anna Calvi, who took O'Laoghaire on tour throughout Europe last summer.

He's been working on his forthcoming debut EP with Villagers' Conor O'Brien and Anna Calvi and PJ Harvey producer Rob Ellis. Saturday's gig provides an excellent chance to get an early glimpse of the beguiling musician.

Of course First Fortnight is not just limited to gigs. Over the weekend there will also be theatre productions, comedy and spoken word events in venues around Dublin.

We Cut Corners headline First Fortnight at The Button Factory, Temple Bar tomorrow night, tickets priced [euro]12. For a full rundown of events visit


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2015
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