YOP and ERRORIST at Ballina Arts Centre - Visit North Mayo

YOP and ERRORIST at Ballina Arts Centre

North West Alternative Music Club Presents:


The dictionary describes transformation as “a marked change in form, nature or appearance.” YOP are the embodiment of that definition, transforming from the raw punk past (SHITHäTT and Alps) to a more understated present. Where the Ballina duo used to rely on “bang bang heavy heavy” to entertain, they now use subtlety and repetition to draw in their audience, mixing traditional instruments with synthesizers and programmed drums to produce their self-proclaimed kraut-punk. 

Late last year they got their first outing at the live-streamed event Spilt Milk. Fans watching on YouTube and TikTok described the performance as “hypnotic and danceable”, with comparisons to the likes of Kraftwerk, Big Black and the Happy Mondays.

Expect the pair to draw on all their years of gigging experience to make this, their first full live performance, an enduring evening. 

J.F. Donnelly, a.k.a. ERRORIST, is a Portadown born, Ballina blow-in, who has been involved in the Irish punk scene for a number of years. Following the disbandment of his previous outfit, SHITHäTT, the Northerner decided to drop the screaming and shouting for a different type of giving out about life. Having grown up in a politically charged climate listening to hip-hop and folk, whilst constantly writing bad poetry about whatever was bothering him, he figured he may as well combine their elements as a way to combat the banality of his late-stage capitalist existence, as well as have a bit of craic and get out of the house for a while. He theorizes that there is a common link between the worlds of folk, punk and hip-hop, and thus his style reflects an amalgamation of the components of each; or to put it more simply, he doesn’t know what he’s doing and is probably doing it wrong. Hence the name.


Ballina Arts Centre