Spilt Milk Festival 2023

Fri. 17 Nov. – Sun. 19 Nov. 2023
Weekend Pass €35 / €17.50 (u21s)

Individual event tickets also available.

The Model & Binder are delighted to announce the fifth edition of Spilt Milk Festival, Sligo’s annual festival of music, art, and film. This year sees the biggest programme to date with over 20 scheduled performances and events encompassing experimental, electronic, and folk artists including Moundabout, Elaine Howley, Natalia Beylis, Cáit, Rising Damp along with art installations, screenings, and workshops, within the unique settings of The Model, Sligo, on 17, 18 and 19 November.

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Spilt Milk 2023 is commissioned by The Model, with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Failte Ireland, Sligo County Council and IMRO.



at The Model, Doors 7pm

7.30pm — Some Remain
8.30pm — Natalia Beylis
9.20pm — Fiend
10.10pm — Rising Damp


Pulled Studio

12.00pm — Seven Wonders of Sligo by Faerie Lord: Zine launch
1–7pm — BRRR BRRR BRRR Record & Tape Fair

Serious Business

3.00pm — Secret Sonic Cinémathèque

at The Model, Doors 6.30pm

7–10pm — Loose on the Streets video installation by Karen Browett

6.45pm — Nimf
7.15pm — Coolgirl
7.45pm — Mohammad Syfkhan
8.30pm — Crying Loser
9.15pm — Moundabout
10.00pm — E The Artist
10.30pm — Cáit


at The Model

12–2pm — Junior Jam: Den Building workshop and performance with The Clumsy Giantess
12–2pm — Suminagashi workshop with Ruth Clinton

at The Model, Doors 3 pm

3.15pm — White Sage
4.00pm — Dream Alfalfa
5.00pm — Elaine Howley

Pulled Studio

2–4pm — BRRR BRRR BRRR Record & Tape Fair

Programme of Events


Fri. 17 Nov. 6.30pm, €15

The opening night of Spilt Milk kicks off with a blistering blend of punk, hardcore and experimental music. The line-up features festival debuts for Sligo four-piece Some Remain and Galway-formed Fiend. No stranger to Spilt Milk, Natalia Beylis performed in 2019 with BB84 and provided an audio piece for our 2021 Idir walking trail. She returns to play solo in 2023, her live performances are known for seemingly incongruous sounds layered atop of each other to spawn strange juxtapositions and garbled parallels by exploring the sonic potentials of found objects, cassette tapes and field recordings. Rising Damp return to Spilt Milk as three-piece band, their sound fuses experimental music, EBM and post punk. Known for their unconventional performances, their songwriting delves into subjects as diverse as brutalist architecture, cannibalism, and thought-provoking themes of corporate metaphor and innovation.

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Sat. 18 Nov. 3pm

Venue: Serious Business

After their rapturous reception at ArdVoltas the Secret Sonic Cinémathèque return to Sligo as part of the Spilt Milk festival. Joined by local luminaries Owen Kilfeather and Tara Baoth Mooney, the group will be performing live part-improvised soundtracks to an eclectic selection of film clips.

Secret Sonic Cinémathèque is an events series, where an ensemble of musicians create rolling live scores for short silent films, playing a live and semi-improvised soundtrack that interprets the narrative and visual elements of the film material. Each musician serves as band leader for a score for a chosen film, and at least one further final short film, chosen by the audience by means of a vote on the night for a particular style or genre of film, and previously unseen by the group of musicians, is scored live, sight-unseen, by the ensemble, by means of finalé.

Andrew Mooney is a musician, band leader, sound designer, improviser and composer dwelling in the wilds of West Wicklow. He's lead sound designer for DEEP VR, a cutting edge breath based virtual reality project, as well as lead sound designer on an amazing VR experience named The Shape Of Us, where he uses ambisonic recording, as well as traditional sound design techniques. You can see him play live with AMOON — a mostly instrumental band producing sonic vibration to tap your foot to — and Secret Sonic Cinémathèque – writing and performing contemporary scores for old silent films.

Diarmuid MacDiarmada is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Sligo. He is a veteran of the Irish music scene and a founder-member of the ArdVoltas Arts group. He is currently making music and art in a number of projects including the Secret Sonic Cinematheque.

Andrew Edgar is a creative technician and audiovisual practitioner. His practice is broadly collaborative, and includes creative projectionism, video mapping and lighting design. He has been providing production support, custom live visuals, projections and lighting installations for a variety of events and performances for over a decade. Since 2016, with Secret Sonic Cinemathque, he takes on production and projectionist roles, as well as playing the part of the ensemble's master of ceremonies.


Sat. 18 Nov. 7–10pm

Take a riotous ride with artist Karen Browett and friends, exploring life after lockdown. A personal and playful video piece saturated in the punk aesthetic.

Loose on the Streets by Karen Browett
2022, Super 8, 17 mins

This film revolves around themes of re-integration after the recent extended periods of isolation during covid. The work looks at anxieties, desires, boundaries and social strangeness. Karen is fascinated by the characteristics and mechanisms used by animals to signal warning and attraction, wondering how life would be if humans could adopt some of these aposematic behaviours, chameleonic changes and puffed up displays. Loose on the Streets playfully suggests a world where this behaviour exists. The film was shot on Super8 and hand processed. Through Karen’s multimedia approach to her work, by creating off the wall characters, making wild costumes, homemade soundtracks, set design, Letraset title cards and more, this short film offers the viewer an invitation into a fully tactile new world. Karen’s inspiration comes from the pure excitement of the process itself and the physical act of making, which is always accompanied by a heavy dose of noise, crackle, chaos, punk spirit and DIY.
Karen Browett is a multi-media artist with a grounding in printmaking. She began in screen print fifteen years ago in order to make merchandise for her bands, leading her to work as a print studio technician, commercial printer and tutor alongside her visual arts practice. In 2016 she opened her own independent screen print studio. Karen’s work is guided by a love of analogue processes and DIY ethos. Karen graduated from the MA ARC program through IADT (First Class Hons) in January of 2021 and was awarded the Bursary award by The Arts Council in late 2022. She has been chosen as the ‘Emerging Artist Residency’ recipient at The Darkroom, D7 from April to September 2022 and as a Future Labs resident artist at DAS Belfast from September 2022 to March 2023. Karen is currently enrolled in Art and Ecology at NCAD.


Sat. 18 Nov. 6.30pm, €25

Saturday night sees a night of eclectism and wild tonal shifts over two-stages. We are delighted to bring Moundabout, the collaborative project of Paddy Shine (Gnod) and Phil 'Langero' Masterson (Los Langeros/Bisect/Damp Howl) to Sligo. Their sound is like ethereal megalithic folk desert mantras if such a thing existed. Arklow’s NIMF unearths inner meaning in her music,  portraying the uncanny through ætherphone, retrogressive sample use, and electroacoustic soundscapes. Mohammad Syfkhan is a singer and bouzouki player originally from Syria, now based in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. He blends songs and music from various traditions from the Middle East and North Africa to create his own blend of ecstatic party music.

Elsewhere, expect no-wave weirdness from Cork’s Crying Loser, Coolgirl blends found sounds with heavy synthesizer melodies, while Nigerian-Irish atmosphere artist E the Artist’s performances are a cacophony of multicultural harmony and dissonance. The night will culminate with a high energy DJ set from Cáit; highly regarded for their fun atmosphere, as well as for their sensitivity and attunement to dancers, Cáit’s selections are sentimental, while always forward thinking; blurring the lines between past and present in exciting ways.

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Sun. 19 Nov. 12pm – 2pm
Workshop & Concert

General admission (ages 6+): €10 (includes up to 1 adult and 2 children)
Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

A fresh instalment of Junior Jam returns for Spilt Milk 2023, our dedicated event which introduces experimental music to young audiences. This outing sees a special performance from The Clumsy Giantess, the collaborative persona of interdisciplinary artist Tara Baoth whose work encompasses sound, performance, textiles, drawing, and video. Mooney’s work moves around sound, spoken-song, and spindly line drawings which she often makes while writing new material.

For this year’s event, we invite young explorers into their own fun, sensory space starting with a den-making session and then relax inside their own creations to a performance from The Clumsy Giantess.

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Sun. 19 Nov. 12 – 2pm
Workshop, €5pp

An introduction to suminagashi, the art of Japanese paper marbling, with artist Ruth Clinton. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

Suminagashi or “floating ink” is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink which yields beautiful and surprising patterns, ranging from simple to complex. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century. Artist Ruth Clinton will guide participants in the technique of creating this beautiful marbling effect, opening up the door to endless possibilities of application. A relaxing and fun activity to unwind to as the festival draws to a close.

Ruth Clinton is an artist and musician living in Sligo. For over ten years she has shared a contemporary art practice with Niamh Moriarty, as well as pursuing a solo painting and videography practice.

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Sun. 19 Nov. 3pm, €10

The final performance of Spilt Milk offers an opportunity to unwind on a dreamy Sunday afternoon with three artists all making their festival debuts.

Elaine Howley is a Cork based vocalist, musician and producer notably of The Altered Hours, Crevice and Howlbux. Her work features collages of analogue processes and experimental soundscapes which create a rich and immersive experience. Her debut solo album The Distance Between Heart and Mouth was released in 2022 to widespread acclaim and she has since performed solo on tour in the UK, Ireland and Europe throughout 2023

White Sage is the solo experimental project of Andy Walsh (little gem records/little gem band/ GODHATESDISCO/ I HeartThe Monster Hero). Dreamwave music to ride your bike to. Experimental spacewave for astral projecting yourself to the surface of other realms, within and without.

Dream Alfalfa are a band from County Sligo formed in 2022 by Milo Cummins and Hugh McSweeney. Their sound, influenced by funk, post-punk, jazz and folk, often incorporates catchy synthesizer lines, sliding fretless bass and soul-inspired piano. Though the group began as a way of developing demos written by Cummins, the band often performs these compositions in loose arrangements, pairing them with spontaneous improvised passages.

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BRRR BRRR BRRR Record and Tape Fair

Sat. 18 Nov. 1 – 7pm &
Sun. 19 Nov. 2 – 6pm

Venue: Pulled Studio

The BRRR BRRR BRRR Record and Tape Fair will pop up at Pulled Studio over two days with live DJs, original pressings and secondhand deals, celebrating independent record shops, labels and producers on the island of Ireland. A must for any crate-diggers!

Sponsors & Partners

Spilt Milk 2023 is commissioned by The Model, with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Failte Ireland, Sligo County Council and IMRO.