Young Hearts Run Free Festival for the Simon Community

| October 8, 2014 | Comments (0)


Young Hearts Run Free is a Dublin-based collective who put on unique music and literary events in aid of the Simon Community. They are holding their first ever festival, No Idle Day, Friday 10th-Sunday 12th October in venues across Dublin.

The festival is made up of eight diverse events over the three days.

Festival highlights will include an evening with acclaimed music writer, and author of seminal books on The Smiths, and The Byrds Johnny Rogan, and biographer of Serge Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen, Sylvie Simmons. Sylvie will perform songs from her new album, soon to be released on Light in the Attic records, and will be joined later in the evening by producer and musician Howe Gelb. Irish musicians Katie Kim, Jet Setter, Adrian Crowley and some surprise guests will also be performing.

Bill Drummond of KLF fame will give the world premiere of his performance lecture “How To Sell Your Soul To The Devil”, as well as bringing his knitting initiative to the morning walking tour, and there will be a chance to listen to the founder of Trunk Records (celebrated amongst many other things for releasing the soundtrack to The Wicker Man.) The National Concert Hall will be home to a double-bill of events, a talk with film maker Pat Collins (dir. Silence), and an exploration of favourite records with Jim Carroll, Donal Dineen, Eamonn Doyle, and many other No Idle Day festival contributors.

Sunday afternoon will be spent with John Osborne and his award-winning theatrical presentation John Peel’s Shed – this year is the 10th anniversary of the passing of the revered DJ. The event will also feature contributions from Nialler9, James Byrne (Villagers, Any Other City), and Foil, Arms & Hog, and The Dudley Corporation among others, with brunch provided by Forkful (Aoife McElwain).

No Idle Day will draw to a close with DJ sets from festival contributors on the Sunday night in Anseo.

Festival events will take place in venues including the National Concert Hall’s Kevin Barry Room, Marsh’s Library, Bello Bar, and Molloy and Dowling’s Opticians.


Tickets can be purchased from (And for Friday events at the National Concert Hall, from


Friday 10th October

7.30pm-10.45pm         Part I – Sound and Vision

Discussion with Pat Collins

`                                   Part II – Life Has Surface Noise

Exploring favourite records with Jim Carroll, Donal Dineen, Bill Drummond, John Osborne, Johnny Rogan, Sylvie Simmons, Ed Smith, Peter Tooney, Johnny Trunk and others.

Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, 15 euro

11.00pm-late               A Little Green Rosetta

DJ sets from No Idle Day contributors

Surprise location, Free

Saturday 11th October

11.30am-1.00pm         Walk Away Renee

Musical walking tour with surprise musical guests

Surprise location, 10 euro

2.00pm-3.30pm           Old Town

Bill Drummond, writer Colin Barrett, singer Niamh McCormack, prosecco and cake.

Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, 10 euro

4.30pm-5.30pm           Hidden Gems

The beauty of old records with Johnny Trunk and Peter Toomey.

Molloy & Dowling Opticians, 18b Kildare Street, 10 euro

7.30pm-11.00pm         No Idle Day

An evening with music writers Johnny Rogan and Sylvie Simmons reading and talking about Leonard Cohen, The Byrds, and much more. With performances from Katie Kim, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and Adrian Crowley.

City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, 20 euro

Sunday 12th October

12.00pm-6.00pm         Heaven In The Afternoon

An afternoon with John Osborne performing John Peel’s Shed, Foil, Arms and Hog, Nialler 9 and others, with a brunch provided by Forkful.

Bello Bar, Portobello Harbour, 20 euro

8.00pm-late                 End Comes Too Soon

Final DJ sets by No Idle Day contributors, free

Anseo, Camden Street Lower, Free

Tickets can be purchased from (And for Friday events at the National Concert Hall, from

Young Hearts Run Free was set up in 2008 to promote the creative community in Ireland while raising funds for the Simon Community, one of Ireland’s homeless organisations. Since then they have organised over thirty events and raised well over 20,000 euro. They have had contributions from people ranging from our President Michael D. Higgins to John Grant from Roddy Doyle to Dónal Lunny. They put on events in unusual spaces and have been on hillsides in Howth, pubs, churches, galleries, basements of office blocks, and private homes.

For further information:


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