Our funders:


South Dublin County Council

Music Generation South Dublin

Music Generation Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

The Arts Council

Meath County Council

Kildare County Council

Creative Ireland



Alternative Entertainments


Rua Red Arts Centre   Tallaght   Dublin 24

01-4520611   087-9572468

Company Registered No. 185949

Charity No. 20051266

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SubSounds is a music collective, open to young people aged 14 - 18yrs with a passion for song writing, music composition and/or music performance.


It is developed and managed by Alternative Entertainments in partnership with CONTACT Studio and Music Generation South Dublin. Its SubSounds:Tallaght strand runs annually from October to April and is based in RUA RED Arts Cenre, Tallaght. The participants work with professional musicians, host their own gigs, record a CD at the close of the programme, and take part in a variety of performances in the County throughout the course. Course sessions take place every Wednesday evening & participants are chosen on the basis of application.


Its SubSounds:Schools strand works in 7 secondary schools in South County Dublin. Participants compose, record and release 2 singles per school between September and May, with performances in December and May each year.


Participants work on individual and group projects over the six-month period and, along with recording their work in the studio, they take part in an end of year performance in The Grand Social, and produce an album that is recorded in Studio 1 in Windmill Lane Recording Studios. A team of mentors, made up of experienced musicians and music industry professionals, will deliver the main body of the course. Various supplementary talks and workshops will be given by industry-professionals in some of the areas listed above. Each participant will finish the series having created, recorded and performed new work. Their album is released on Alternative Entertainments Records and available on Spotify, iTunes, Baby and other online music sites.

The course explores the following areas:

• Songwriting

◦ Crafting an idea into a song lyric.

◦ Song structure and form

◦ Song arrangements

• Music Tuition

◦ Instrumental and Vocal Workshops

◦ Basic notation and score

◦ Singing Techniques

◦ Study and Career Paths in Music and Related Fields


• Music Production/Post Production

◦ Sequencing a song arrangement

◦ Studio Recording Techniques

◦ Studio Performance Techniques

◦ Post Production Processes i.e. Mixing, E.Q., Compression, FX.

◦ Composing Music for Film and Other Media

◦ Live Sound Performance techniques


Our main SubSounds collective runs from October to April with sessions in RUA RED Arts Centre on Wednesday evenings, and during the midterms in October and February. The group is selected through an application and interview process. Application forms are accepted from late August, with interviews taking place in RUA RED in mid-October. Application Form is now available at http://suburbansounds.squarespace.com/application-form-20192020.

Contact us at southdublinsubsounds@gmail.com for more details.

SubSounds 10-Year Celebration Concert

This October 18th we will be celebrating 10 years of SubSounds projected with a reunion gig in The Civic, Tallaght. Past participants will perform, showcasing how their musical journey has progressed since leaving the programme.  


Martin Moran, the Music Development Manager of Alternative Entertainments, began to develop the programme when he noticed a lack of facilities for musical education for the youth in the area, ‘young people didn’t have access to professional mentors or affordable spaces where they could rehearse or compose. I wanted to change this and give young musicians the opportunity to be educated and to improve as musicians. Alternative Entertainments had previously set up rock schools and workshops in the Tallaght area so I wanted to carry on that tradition. From this SubSounds was born’. 


Megan McGarry is a student of the programme for the past 3 years, ‘For me SubSounds made me realise how much I actually love music and everything that comes with it. I’ve had so many amazing opportunities that would never have happened if not for the help of SubSounds. I came in knowing little or nothing about music. Over my three years in the course I’ve learned guitar, drums, bass and have surprised myself time and time again with how my songs and lyrics are constantly improving. I’ve made friends and memories for life. I am forever grateful for SubSounds’. 


On October the 18th SubSounds will celebrate. Mentors will perform with past and present students. It will be a fantastic night of music, creativity and friendship. 


Tickets are available to buy from the Civic Theatre Box Office for €7.