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Culture | Preview: Acts to see at this year’s AKA Festival

AKA acts to see.

The programme for the 2016 Alternative Kilkenny Arts (AKA) has just been launched for the second year, which will offer a fringe series of events to the annual Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Running 28 July  – 14 August,  a diverse, alternative programme of music is taking place across the city. Some highlights include; Cleere’s Theatre hosting David Kitt, Nick Kelly, The Casey Sisters, The Whiskey Kings and international acts Dom Flemons, August Wells, Yorkston Thorne Khan.  Other venues hosting events include Billy Byrnes,.Brewery Corner, Ryans, Home Rule Club, The Pumphouse, and Ballykeefe Amphitheatre.

The visual strand features a vast selection of local and national art and craft with exhibitions in venues across Kilkenny. Fans of theatre, comedy and spoken word will also be introduced to performances such as Devious Theatre’s new production “The Hellfire Squad” in The Watergate Theatre (28-30 July)


The Hellfire Squad

Devious Theatre’s newest offering is a riotous, rip-roaring action comedy about a squad of mismatched assassins assembled by Michael Collins in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising.

Watergate Theatre / 28-30 July / €12 / 8pm nightly

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August Wells

August Wells is a musical project created by Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger in New York.

Griffin is the former creative mind behind the groups, Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver and Favourite Sons. John Rauchenberger, a New York pianist who has played with among others, The Favourite Sons, Maggie Estep and Daniel Carter.

Cleere’s Theatre / 29 July / 9pm

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Jack Colleran better known as MMOTHS, is an Irish electronic musician. In 2011, he began making music on his laptop using a demo version of Ableton Live, releasing the demo on SoundCloud a week later under the stage name MMOTHS.  Having released a number of tracks on SoundCloud, MMOTHS was approached by and then signed toLos Angeles music label SQE Music.

Brewery Corner / 31 July / 9pm /  Pre sale tickets €12 from Rollercoaster Records & Brewery Corner. €15 on the door

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David Kitt

David Kitt is back with a solo show, performing many of his much-loved songs as well as new tracks from his eagerly awaited forthcoming seventh album – his first since 2009’s critically acclaimed “The Nightsaver”.

Cleere’s Theatre / 5 August / 9pm

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Rusangano Family

Rusangano Family is made up of God Knows, MuRli and mynameisjOhn.  2 MCs and 1 DJ.  Based in the West of Ireland, the trio have been steadily building their own unique brand of dynamic bass-led music that owes little to genre cliches and style restrictions.  Despite their diverse cultural backgrounds, the group operates first and foremost as a family unit.

Brewery Corner / 6 August / 9:30pm / Pre sale tickets €12 from Rollercoaster Records & Brewery Corner. €15 on the door

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Nicky Anthony graduated from WIT in 2012. He has since worked on privately commissioned paintings and drawings. “Icons” is Nicky’s first solo exhibition. The body of work in this show is a collection of portraits inspired by past and present day ‘Icons’ of the music and film industry.

Bosco’s Cafe, Watergate Theatre / 4-14 August / Free

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For a full rundown and ticket details about what’s happening in Kilkenny over the festival, visit