Other Voices Dingle 2022 opens today, marking the 21st year of the popular music festival in the west Kerry town.

Some of this year's headline acts include Paulo Nutini, Loyle Carner, Sorcha Richardson, Inhaler, Pauline Scanlon, and John Francis Flynn.

Concerts will be held in the intimate venue of St James' Church, a 200-year-old building in the heart of the town, with limited seating for just under 100 people.

The concerts will be recorded for broadcast later in the year on RTÉ’s popular Other Voices series. The special concerts will be streamed live on Other Voices social media.

While the little church is the heart of the festival, the town is hosting a packed programme of music events throughout the weekend.

This year’s festival will be the largest since its inception 21 years ago with more than 80 gigs will take place in 16 venues across the town.

Concerts will be held in the intimate venue of St James' Church

All 3,000 wristbands for the Dingle Gin Music trail were sold out last week. More than 7,000 people are expected to make the music pilgrimage to west Kerry this year.

Local publican and gig host John Benny Moriarty said the festival provides a significant boost to the local economy.

"It's huge really. Pubs, restaurants, B and B’s, self-catering – they all benefit. At this time of year the town should be dead, but walk the streets here this weekend and the place will be buzzing.

"There is also the spin-off of the profile and following that Other Voices has. It’s great marketing for Dingle, not just in here Ireland but internationally," he said.

Organised in tandem with the music festival is 'Ireland’s Edge' a two-day conference that brings together business people, politicians, artists and social commentators to discuss a range of issues central to Ireland’s current and future story.

The theme of this year’s conference is The Good Life/Slí Bheatha and speakers will include Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, journalists Carole Cadwalladr and Aoife Moore, and authors John Kampfner and Séamas O’Reilly.

Director Philip King said the conference offers an ideal opportunity for creative people from different backgrounds to engage with one another on topical issues and formulate new ideas for the future.

"The creative class, the people who make intellectual property, the people who make something out of their own heads and their own imaginations and transmit the abstract in to the tangible are going to be key players in the story of Ireland as we graduate from an old FDI (foreign direct investment) into a new way of being," he said.

While the emphasis at Other Voices is very much on the music, the festival will also provide a platform for other art forms.

The secluded gardens of An Díseart, the Centre of Spirituality and Culture, will be transformed into a series of spaces for the arts.

Arts director Áine Ní Chíobhain said the aim of the initiative is to allow attendees "to take a breather from the music".

She said: "The gardens will be home to a series of art installments, which will be illuminated by night.

"We’ll also host poetry readings, music performances, film projections. We want to create a place of peace and tranquility for music followers, a place where they can take a rest."