Spike – Dublin’s intimate, alternative cello festival – is back, with online and in-person events over three days, 11th-13th February. As ever, Spike is about bringing audiences and world-class musicians from home and abroad together to enjoy, celebrate and explore the cello in different ways and across multiple genres. This includes two nights in Dublin’s iconic Pepper Canister Church featuring artists including internationally-renowned Blues cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnston; an event with Twitter sensation Patrick Dexter from his cottage in the west of Ireland; live cello performances popping up across the city; specially-commissioned improvised pieces created by four composer-cellists; events for children, and a chance to relax with a blissful hybrid of yoga and cello.

Adrian Mantu

Providing a platform for new and experimental music, Spike offers a place of inspiring exploration for new audiences and experienced musicians alike, and concerts will include premieres of new work by Irish composers Sam Perkin and Anselm Mc Donnell.

For more details and booking info, see spikecellofest.com