Distorted Perspectives brings left field into view    

Distorted Perspectives brings left field into view    
Declan Mageenews@donegaldemocrat.comTwiter:@dgldemcorat.com

For the third year running Donegal will play host to a range of left field musicians in what is becoming one of the most exciting musical events in the county.

Distorted Perspectives will take place at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny this weekend.

The organisers say the festival exists to bring experimental international music acts, who normally wouldn't make it outside of Dublin, to an Irish regional town.

The aim has proved successful over the last two years with psychedelic rock and electronica acts from Germany, Japan and the U.S. coming to Letterkenny. 

Joint funded by Donegal County Council, Earagail Arts Festival and the Arts Council, this year's festival promises more of the same and its success is attracting punters from Dublin, Belfast, Derry and Sligo to complement local music enthusiasts.

BC Camplight from Philadelphia, New York singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis, Leeds band Hookworm and Dublin act Twinkranes, are among the highlights of this year's festival. 

Local involvement will be provided by Letterkenny band Captain A and the Commercials Monsters and  Ballyshannon electronica act SlowPlaceLikeHome. 

Jeremy Howard, programmer at the Regional Cultural Centre and one of the founders of the festival, said its inception was aimed at psychedelic rock but it has opened up to different styles of music that wouldn’t normally get a chance to come to Donegal. “t’s slightly more experimental things that wouldn’t be as financially successful in a smaller town and might only exist in big cities. We have got to the stage now that we are booking groups that they might not be able to get sometimes in Dublin and we have promoters in Dublin ringing us and asking could they put on a second night and bring them to Dublin. So it's funny having Letterkenny on the map when it comes to experimental and psychedelic groups.

“It’s great seeing their touring videos. Whey the dates pop up it's: Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, New York, Letterkenny, London, Manchester.”

Eoghan Holland of Captain A and the Commercial Monsters, said the festival provides opportunities for local acts that would not have been conceivable before. “Two years ago I would never have got a support slot like this in Letterkenny, with Jeremy Lewis and BC Camplight. It is the best slot we have ever been given and to get in in our own town is the big benefit.”

Distorted  Perspectives takes places from Friday April 29th to Sunday May 1st. Tickets  from An Grianán Theartre box office on (00353) 074 91 20777 or regionalculturalcentre.com