01 May 2015, 8pm til late

May Day

May Day marks an important date in the ancient Irish calendar, an important date in the worker’s calendar and an important date in the Model’s history – where we re-opened after our most recent phase of renovations. We plan an access-all- areas massive celebration from 8 til late featuring a host of Ireland’s most exciting emerging & cross disciplinary artists.


The Model is celebrating May Day this year by holding a massive access-all-areas celebration from 8 pm to 2am.
Co-curated by long term friend of The Model, Donal Dineen, the evening will feature a myriad of exciting emerging and leading Irish artists from various disciplines.

Live music by Katie Kim, Chequerboard, Conor Walsh, Somerville, Myles Manley; fire performance by Galway based company Realta; The Hidden Channel present first time screenings of work by London-based Irish artist James Kelly; DJ’s Turn it On, The Melted Lady, DJ Barra, DJ Flesh.

Visuals, DJ, MC Donal Dineen.

The Gallery Cafe serving hot food & a selection of craft beers & wine throughout the night.

A massive celebration – and early bird tickets are only €10. Get your tickets early and come celebrate with us!

Katie Kim is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs atmospheric and ethereal, alternative folk-rock using a loop station, classical and electric guitar. She has recorded two studio albums, Twelve (2008), and Cover And Flood (2012), and composed a new score for the 1928 French film The Seashell And The Clergyman. Katie has performed with illustrious Irish artists such as Halves, The Waterboys, David Kitt, and Ed Harcourt.

Chequerboard is the nomme de guerre of Irish musician John Lambert who blends classically tinged acoustic guitar with glitchy electronica. Delicate, detailed and emotionally charged the songs are often underpinned by found sounds and intercut with textured samples.

Conor Walsh is a “minimalist piano / electro acoustic composer from the west of Ireland.” Drawing on a range influences from Aphex Twin to Chopin to Tool, Walsh’s minimalist ambient pieces have been described as “ heart-stopping” by Celina Murphy in Hotpress Magazine. James Hendicott of AU Magazine called his live performances “genuinely spellbinding”.

Myles Manley is an idiosyncratic, unconventional, English-born, Sligo-raised, Dublin-based, singer-songwriter. His work is both comic and tragig, wistful and profound. “Without a hint of exaggeration, Manley is currently one of the best singer-songwriters in the country and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world knows it” said Brian Coney of Across The Line on BBC Radio Ulster.

*Somerville *“On stage, Somerville is unassuming and captivating, vulnerable and in control” (Una Mullalley, Irish Times). Maria Somerville is following on from a successful 2014 festival circuit that included gigs at Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, and Hard Working Class Heroes. With a voice that floats above an intricate sonic landscape, Somerville will grace The Model with her unique songwriting talent this May Day.

Hidden Channel presents film screenings of the work of artist James Kelly: James Kelly is from Dublin. His film They Could Not Know What They’d Eaten explores the remnants of ancient Celtic festivals in modern Europe, and is particularly resonant for the May Day Celebrations. James has screened works at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Harwick, 2014, and Adam Chodzko selected his work for the Associate Members show in LIMBO, Margate, in 2015.

Turn It On Sligo’s Knights of the Round Tables, Simon Hunt and Mark Willis, made a name for themselves at the Friday Night Social, in The Model, Sligo, and with a phenomenally successful residency every Friday in Furey’s Pub, Sligo, & with a newly established event on Saturday nights in The Venue, Strandhill. They’ll be spinning an eclectic, cross-genre, mix of vinyl delights. Guaranteed to get you in the groove.

The Melted Lady aka Kate BH has been spinning her brand of tunes for the past nine years. Blending Disco, Nu Disco, Edits and funk she will always bring an element of fun, interaction and shenanigans to any event. Having played at Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, The Button Factory, The Waterfront Festival and with residencies in Electric Cork, Voodoo Rooms she is really grooving out a name for herself as a maestro of hip wiggling. Also, she’s the presenter of The Last Mixed Tape show.

DJ Barra On the decks for over a decade, DJ Barra is well known to Sligo audiences, and has played some of Ireland’s biggest festivals including Electric Picnic. Expect a broad range of styles from vintage curios to modern classics, and some upbeat world music mixes with Afro and reggae rhythms.