Line Up 2018

LE GALAXIE

LE GALAXIE

Le Galaxie have established themselves as Ireland’s #1 live dance act with their brand of thundering electro, bursting to life with shimmering cyber-synths and pounding techno rhythms. The debut album, 2012’s LASERDISC NIGHTS II, was voted #1 Irish Album of the Year by Entertainment.ie.
Mixed in LA by former DFA Records house engineer Eric Broucek, 2015’s LE CLUB combined their signature sound with stunning female guest vocals Elaine Mai, MayKay & Senita Appiakorang. The album was written and recorded in tandem with the bands relentless live schedule, including sellout shows in Ireland’s world famous Olympia Theatre, Midem, CMJ, MONDO, Benicassim, Lovebox, Eurosonic, among literally hundreds of other shows.
Frequent collaborator MayKay went full LE GALAXIE in 2017, just as the band signed both a US record deal and an extension to their US publishing deal with Reservoir Music. The band’s third album PLEASURE, produced by Swedish pop mind BLENDE, is Le Galaxie’s dream of a truly great studio dance record made manifest. The titular first single PLEASURE was teased in 2017, with a full US and Europe album release in March 2018 to coincide with their SXSW assault and more.

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THE STUNNING

THE STUNNING

The Stunning formed in 1987 in Galway, Ireland. They had their first top twenty single a year later and two more top ten hits before their debut album ‘Paradise in the Picturehouse’ hit the number one spot in 1990 and stayed there for 5 weeks. The band’s diverse musical influences of alternative rock, soul, blues and country resulted in a eclectic mix that audiences loved. They toured constantly for seven years in Ireland, the US and the UK, releasing a second number one album in 1992, followed by a live album in 1993 before splitting up a year later to pursue other projects. In 2003 the band reformed to promote the re-issue of their debut album and embarked on an 18-date tour which turned out to be one of the highest grossing tours in Ireland that year. Around 30,000 people turned out to see them perform in their old hometown of Galway city in the summer of 2012. ‘Brewing up a Storm’ has become an unofficial anthem and their debut is consistently voted one of the best Irish albums of all time. The band are on the road again and with new singles receiving extensive national radio play and new album “Twice Around the World” due for release this March, The Stunning are taking the country by storm all over again.
“”‘Brewing Up A Storm’ is still one of the greatest Irish singles ever released and in our humble opinion should replace the dreadful ‘Ireland’s Call’ as our other anthem for International Rugby games.” — Joe.ie
“The Stunning pretty much did it all first time around, in this country at least. Paradise In The Picturehouse, their debut, was the first Irish debut album to go to number one and stayed there for five weeks.” — Hot Press Magazine
“The Stunning were the biggest band in the country; tracks such as Brewing up a Storm, Heads are Gonna Roll and Half Past Two are still alternative anthems.” — The Irish Times

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RSAG

RSAG

Rarely Seen Above Ground a.k.a Jeremy Hickey is a Irish multi-instrumentalist who has gained the reputation as one of Europe’s leading drummers.

He’s been hand picked by various international acts including Grammy Award winning Xavier De Rosnay (Justice) and Cosmo Vitelli (I’m A Cliche label) as well as leaving an explosive trail on festival circuits at home and abroad.

R.S.A.G. has been making waves since 2008 as one of the countries most talented solo artists with his organic, electronic, percussive sound. Live he experiments with a virtual band while his drums, vocals and sampler are mixed with an array of hypnotic imagery and silhouettes projected on-screen.

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THE HOT SPROCKETS

THE HOT SPROCKETS

Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some Indie Soul and you are somewhere close to the cosmic vibe of The Hot Sprockets, five blood brothers from Dublin City, drawn together by their mutual love of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Performing live, the Sprockets’ take-no-prisoners, white hot, bone-breaking approach has lit a fire in men and women of all tastes and flavours, captivating audiences with numerous successful tours across the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe.

Their inherent ability to get the party started wherever they go has led them to take stage at festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Latitude (UK), Kansas City Irish Fest (USA), Eurosonic (NL), Zwarte Cross (NL), Ebrovision (ES), Fuzion (DE), Indie-Week Toronto (CAN), Electric Picnic (IRL) and countless others around the globe.

Volkswagen, Heineken, AIB (Allied Irish Banks), Bulmers (aka Magners), and Today FM are among some of the companies which have used their songs for major ad campaigns, both in Ireland and further abroad. They have also been featured on National TV countless times here in Ireland and have graced TV stations in the USA, Europe, UK, and Australia.

With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Honeyskippin’, and Brother Nature – the second of which shot straight into the top 10 of the National Irish Charts – the Sprockets are gearing up towards the release of their third album “Dream Mover”, due out on April 6th 2018.

Produced and recorded by Dave “Skip” Christophers, and mixed by Charlie Russell (Jamiroquai, Kasabian, The Strypes), listeners can expect to hear an earthier soulful psychedelic side to the Sprockets. Sonically, this album marks a huge leap forward for these independent rockers!

Having already unleashed “Right Spots” – the first single off their eagerly awaited third album – and with two more singles and corresponding videos on the horizon, anticipation grows, as Dream Mover is due to have audiences revelling in the classic hooks and sounds the Sprockets are cherished for.

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LOAH

LOAH

Loah is Sallay-Matu Garnett, an artist of Irish / Sierra Leonean origin who grew up between Ireland and West Africa.

She’s embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of genre-bending Afro-soul which she calls “ArtSoul”. In what has been a phenomenal first couple of years in action, she has released several stunning singles/videos (“Nothing – from the debut EP This Heart – “The Bailey”, “Cortege” and “Take It” with Irish producer Bantum) and co-written with Hozier “Someone New”) amongst others.

She’s sold out numberous headline shows in Dublin and abroad, appeared at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Longitude, Cork Jazz Festival, Sounds From A Safe Harbour and the Dublin Fringe Festival, the CCI in Paris and performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Glen Hansard in the National Concert Hall, Dublin Castle and Vicar Street.

Having just made her first US appearances at SXSW and New York, she released her long-awaited debut EP This Heart in June 2017 along with a string of high-profile festival appearances and a winter Ireland and UK tour.

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THE BONNY MEN

THE BONNY MEN

Since forming in January 2011, The Bonny Men quickly and deservedly became the most talked about and exciting acts to emerge in the Irish trad / folk music scene. Upon releasing their highly acclaimed debut eponymous album in October of that year, the band quickly established themselves as the hottest ticket in Irish Music. The Bonny Men have played at some of the most prestigious festivals across the globe, with the reputation for electric performances delighting audiences across Ireland, France, The U.K., Denmark, India, Indonesia, Italy and Zambia.

2015 saw the release of the band’s second album “Moyne Road”. Again, this proved to be a roaring success, reaching no. 1 in the Irish Music charts again receiving rave reviews from critics… ” Moyne Road is a scintillating album that alternates driving , high octane instrumental sets with thoughtful and characterful new songs composed by the band members themselves”- The Living Tradition.

Comprised of seven individuals, each masters of their own instruments, with titles among them including multiple All-Ireland Champions, World Bodhrán Champion, and a recipient of the prestigious TG4 “Young Musician of the Year”, The Bonny Men generate a powerful sound that encapsulates the very soul of traditional music. Singing a mixture of original and contemporary folk songs, laden with creative harmonies, and playing sets of tunes bursting with explosive energy, their music always delivers. With clever and intriguing arrangements, never shy of character or personality, every Bonny Men gig is a musical experience from start to finish.

“The Bonny Men create a dynamic sound that captures the essence of traditional music at it’s best” — Bosca Ceoil, TG4

“A reputation for electric live performances with an energy reminiscent of the legendary Bothy Band” — Hot Press

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MARC O’REILLY

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MARC O’REILLY

With gritty sonic depth, Irish songwriter Marc O’Reilly attacks his muse with a bipolar verve that swings from reflection to sheer riotous joy. Backed by the tightest band in Christendom, rare and beautiful songs slam into wild blues fragments and effortlessly back to clean vocal harmonies.

Marc has released two critically acclaimed albums to date, ‘Human Herdings’ and ‘My Friend Marx’ and has established himself as one of the most exciting artists within the folk/blues genre gaining comparisons with artists such as John Martyn and Bon Iver.

Marc has toured all over Europe including appearances at major festivals like Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Beautiful Days, Boardmasters, Shambala and Dranouter. He has also played in the US appearing at the Live in the Vineyard Festival in Napa, California.

His alter-ego side project with his brother Pierre, the electro-pop duo ‘R’, recently receieved excellent radio support for their debut single ‘Change’ from tastemakers such as Steve Lamacq (BBC 6music), Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and Paul Mcloone (Today FM) and reached Number 1 on the Amazing Radio Chart.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Marc has also provided vocals on 3 tracks for the new album by MOBO winning act Karios 4tet which was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, has received 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and Guardian and has led to the recording of a live BBC Maida Vale session for the Jamie Cullum Show on BBC Radio 2.

“O’Reilly crafts his eclectic sound with no hint of affectation and imbues it with the kind of purity of emotional expression that proves genuinely moving in its sincerity.” – next2shine.com

‘Great unsigned artist with soul and heartfelt emotion by the truckload’ – Recordoftheday

‘Spectacular Talent’ – Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2)

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MARLENE ENRIGHT

MARLENE ENRIGHT

Marlene Enright’s solo debut showcases her passions and influences. Written and recorded over a year, the result is a melange of the heavy grooves of RnB, the warmth and nostalgia of great folk songs and the richness of thickly layered harmonies. It is the sound of modern roots music, evolved as it has over decades to something that is unmistakably 21st Century, while still carrying echoes of the past. The title, Placemats and Second Cuts, a line from the outro of the album’s closing song, is fitting for this album offers depth and introspection.

Says Enright, “Hindsight has made me realise that it’s a much more self-reflective album than I initially realised. It speaks of self-doubt, dancing the fine line between feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling totally lost at sea, indecisiveness, the battle between strength and weakness, passion and apathy, belonging and isolation and self-acceptance.”

Enright’s work has captured the imagination of Irish media over the past 12 months with the release of the album ‘Placemats & Seconds Cuts’ which has included a prestigious nomination for the RTE Choice music prize ‘Irish Album Of The Year’ and follows the success of singles ‘123’, ‘Alchemy’, ‘Underbelly’ and ‘When the Water is Hot’. This singer’s star steadily rises as Ireland embraces her unfeigned confessional.

“.the lyrical musings of Enright’s debut outing provide a solitary undercurrent that flows right underneath the surface of Placemats and Second Cuts. This is where the real strength of the record lies, in the songwriting and how the production, performances and Enright herself bring all these elements to the fore” — The Last Mixed Tape

“brilliantly played and superbly produced…ambitious, free-flowing alternative pop songs….a seriously accomplished debut album” ****The Irish Times “Enright’s solo album Placemats And Second Cuts is a rich release…harmonies, organ-lines, spacious arrangements, rolling rhythms and Enright’s voice which carries a magnetic swirl and focus to it.” — Nialler 9

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ENGINE ALLEY

ENGINE ALLEY

Kilkenny band Engine Alley are now celebrating nearly 30 years of psychedelic pop having initially emerged in 1989. Renowned for their energetic live performances, singer Canice Kenealy, guitarist brother Brian Kenealy and bassist best pal Eamonn Byrne cut through the prevailing grey of early 90s Dublin with their colourful, flamboyant take on post punk surreal rock. They released their debut LP, A Sonic Holiday, in 1992, a record that was awarded Hot Press Album of the year and is regularly acclaimed as among the best ever Irish albums. Infamy, In a Different Kind of Way, Mrs Winder, Beautiful and Song for Someone are some of the myriad perfect compositions they left in their wake as well as their equally fine second album Shot in the Light (1995). Still active as a spontaneous live attraction with their ultimate drummer Paul O’Byrne they have retained their timeless sense of humour and are a closely-knit musical whirlwind. Expect all the hits, misses and more.

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CORNER BOY

CORNER BOY

Corner Boy’s music blends together traditional Irish instruments and folk progressions with contemporary musical themes, all of which gives Corner Boy its distinctly energetic sound juxtaposed with a haunting narrative.

‘Combining traditional instruments with catchy folk melodies, Corner Boy are one of the strongest new contenders in Irish music.’ — Irish Independent

‘Exuberant. It’s hand clapping, foot stomping stuff with more rousing choruses than a pub full of balled singers. Rootsier down-home baroque folk of the fleet foxes variety’. — Hot Press

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ELEPHANT

ELEPHANT

Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke has, of late, taken a turn from the quiet looping soloist into a full band foray. Showcasing a dynamic re-telling of the debut album and more that can get a little to a lot louder than what Elephant listeners might be used to while still retaining the nuance and intimacy of the solo set. Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say… Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom.

Elephant has rightly garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him performances with Martha Wainwright, Alexis Taylor, Lisa Hannigan and slots at most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul, Indiependence and two trips to Dingles Other Voices.

Waiting Game (single – May 2017) Song of the week – Irish Times, Nialler 9 “‘Waiting Game is Elephant’s best work to date. “ Song of the week -The Last Mixed Tape

Mirrors (single – Aug 2017) Song of the week – Irish Times, Nialler 9 “the track finds the songwriter expanding his sound palette beyond the more serene dream-folk music, in a way that is unexpected and brave.” The Last Mixed Tape

“If Elephant’s sophomore album is filled with tracks as adventurous and enjoyable as ‘Mirrors’ it will be back to back successes for the Dundalk artist.” Remy

“As natural and honest an album as we’re likely to hear this year…Elephant’s debut is something very special indeed.” 9/10 – The Last Mixed Tape

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NIX MOON

NIX MOON

Nix Moon, a 5 piece band that dabble with multiple genres, combining complex rhythms, a range of harmonies and genuine lyrics, draw their influence from progressive rock, jazz, folk and indigenous songs. Originating from Dundalk, the band was formed by David Joyce and Jonathan Fahy who compiled the band with college friends Daire Stanley, Darragh Brannigan and Gavin Murphy. They choose the name Nix Moon after the name of one of Pluto’s moons. Their sound has been compared to ‘Grizzly Bear’ and ‘Jeff Buckley’. Over the last three years Nix Moon have featured at several ‘big name’ Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan and B.A.R.E in the woods, while regularly selling out IMRO’s 2016 best venue in Leinster, the Spirit Store. Their debut ep, ‘Soul Traffic’, released in the summer, featured in Remy’s Music and Film Top 20 and Muso’s Guide Top 5 Irish EP’s of 2016.

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THE TRAGEDY OF DR. HANNIGAN

THE TRAGEDY OF DR. HANNIGAN

Yes, the Tragedy of Dr Hannigan. The tragedy in question being this poor individuals very existence being the manufactured monster of two evil genius morons. You see, Dr Hannigan is the bastard child of one Mr Tony Wright & one Mr Dean Stevens. Mr Tony Wright, known to the Police (Sting etc) as VerseChorusVerse, is the founding ex member of ASIWYFA. He downed his instrumental chops some years ago now and dived head first into songcraft & penning ill advised band bios. His last release was 2015s, Say & Do, which charted at Number 1 on Amazon & Number 19 on the UK album charts. How? We’ll never know. Somehow this idiot has a book to be published soon too. Wonders never cease.

Mr Dean Stevens, evil genius producer & multi-instrumentalist mangler, known to Sting & his mates occasionally as Deany Darko, is the other maniacal yet willing contributor to this musical maelstrom. He is the slider/fader pusher mastermind behind capturing the gargantuan talents of acts as diverse as Thomas Leeb to Sabrejets, amongst many others. Neither of these individuals should ever be approached from any direction. Barring maybe above. MAYBE. The Tragedy of Dr Hannigan is their warning to the larger world. What is the one thing that one should do with a Tragedy? Why, to learn from it of course. Don’t do as these malevolent snake oil salesman have done to the embattled and poor lost soul of the tragic Dr Hannigan. Sacrificed to save their own souls through his own creation. But oh my, do they know how to jam.?Get on board, turn it up & enjoy.? If not for you, for The Tragedy of Dr Hannigan.

“Traipsing a tightrope between Alabama 3, Tom Waits & Grinderman; this is not music for those of a nervous disposition. This is music to get arrested to, music to ask forgiveness to… this is The Tragedy of Dr Hannigan” – Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1 ?“Meaty, beaty, big & bouncy; this is blues power with a proper Rock n Roll heart…Epic”?– Ralph McLean, BBC? “The Tragedy of Dr Hannigan will certainly grab your attention…the latest guise of Tony Wright; watching his career unfold is fascinating. Constantly evolving and experimenting; long may this continue”?– Dan Hegarty, RTE

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THUMPER

THUMPER

2017 saw THUMPER tour the festival circuit relentlessly – ripping up Castlepalooza, Arcadian Field, Electric Picnic, Other Voices & headlining Friday of Hard Working Class Heroes.

2016’s “Magnum Opuss” was featured in the top 10 EPs of 2016 by Last Mixed Tape, REMY and District, with single ‘Dan The Man’ featured in The Thin Air & District Magazine’s top 100 songs of 2016. Now having completed their 4th offering (which was produced by Girl Band’s Dan Fox), and with a national tours with Fangclub, Bitch Falcon & The Strypes inbound, THUMPER show no sign of slowing down…

“A couple of lauded EPs has seen their reputation rise but it’s live that THUMPER’s name is spreading fast… THUMPER has quickly become one of the most exciting live bands in Ireland. They leave an indelible mark in your memory after a performance” GoldenPlec

“New, exciting, revolutionary, and outright inspiring” — IMPOSE Magazine

“This summer should see THUMPER become unstoppable” — State.ie

“Creatively they are a band that refuse to stand still.” — REMY

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NEON ATLAS

NEON ATLAS

Neon Atlas are a Cork-based alt-indie outfit that have been drawing a lot of attention from local and national media of late. They are currently preparing for the release of their third album with the single ‘Move in Circles’ playlisted on 2FM, the album will be the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Graffiti Reality’ which according to critics ‘packs a serious musical punch’ – being nominated for several awards in Ireland, and attracting attention from both the UK and US. Neon Atlas have drawn comparisons with Silver Sun Pickups, Teenage Fanclub, and Weezer.

“Oozes with Tim Wheeler-like melodies and weezer-esque riffs…..the LP shines thanks to super- slick production……. packs plenty of punch.” — HOT PRESS

“Ring is a captivating vocalist and the band have a finely tuned sense of melody”. — IRISH INDEPENDENT

“Neon Atlas have cooked up a batch of warm, fuzzy pop tunes with enough songwriting chops to keep even the most hard to please music listener interested. The Cork band have a future as bright as their music”. — GOLDENPLEC

“Hard to beat a solid, catchy riff – and that’s what helped bury this one into our brains. Fantastic drumming and a sneering vocal also played their part in a pretty relentless three minutes of indie-pop gold.” — BBC ACROSS THE LINE

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THIRD SMOKE
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THIRD SMOKE

Third Smoke are an Irish indie rock band that specialise in delivering performances of raucous gang vocals and sweat. Expect a live show built on controlled mayhem, powerful vocal interplay and the chaotic swapping of instruments by a tight knit group of multi-instrument.

“Excellent new Irish music from Third Smoke – Their brand new single ‘Man Made Fire’ is an epic salvo from one of our most interesting bands.” Ed Smith, Today FM

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SLOW PLACE LIKE HOME

SLOW PLACE LIKE HOME

Slow Place Like Home is the music of producer/musician Keith Mannion.

Based in the forests of Donegal, in the North-West of Ireland, he has already released a series of EPs and a debut album ‘Romola’ in 2015.

The following year saw him self-release the double A-sided singles ‘Tiger Lilly’ & ‘Friday’ on special edition limited 10″” vinyl. Having played with such acts as, Dan Deacon, Squarepusher, Perfume Genius, Day Wave, Ezra Furman, Moodoïd, Prince Rama, Glass Animals and Pantha Du Prince, Mannion’s sophomore album was released on October 20th, 2017 on Galway’s Strange Brew Rekkids. He, along with band are currently touring extensive live dates.

“Sumptuous offerings, from a candid, yet bizarre musical source, Mannion twists the knife with his three-dimensional hooks” — NME magazine

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WOLFF

WOLFF

A busy port town in Ireland’s South East is the last place you’d expect such a fearless, dark & raw sound to emerge from. With the respective birthplaces of blues & grunge situated thousands of miles away, location becomes a mere fact of conscious reality once you let yourself in. Creating in a dimly-lit basement during twilight hours under a shroud of solitude, the songs seem to come from somewhere else. This is his world, one of primal reactions, of pure instinct, a world which has been painted using the darkness in which it was created.

Blending the power & fire of traditional blues with trashy garage rock riffs & in-your-face vocals, WOLFF strikes a shadowy figure. Like the lyric says ‘You can sleep when you’re dead & done’ and it looks like this beast is just waking up.

WOLFF has played major festivals such as Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Light Colour Sound, Spiegeltent Festival, HWCH, as well as opening for acts like The Strypes, Hozier, Hermitage Green, Otherkin, Augustana, Jamie Lawson & Post Modern Jukebox.

“Bold guitar laden riffs steeped in bluesy goodness but with huge sing along choruses that makes you wanna get down and dirty.” — Rock ‘N Load

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THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES

THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES

Formed in Derry City, Northern Ireland, The Wood Burning Savages are a fast paced punk rock band, who proudly wear the rebel spirit of their hometown on their sleeves. With pulsating riffs and a sharp political edge, they are often compared to Manic Street Preachers, The Clash and Queens of the Stone Age.

The band has been lauded for their frenetic live shows, each night serving up a full-blooded cocktail of breakneck guitars and frenzied anthems. Led by enigmatic frontman and songwriter Paul Connolly – with each track The Wood Burning Savages share gritty real life tales of disillusion and indignation, giving a voice to a generation more marginalised and divided than ever before.

The Wood Burning Savages kicked off 2017 with a string of shows supporting fast rising rock acts The Amazons, VANT and Fangclub, alongside a hometown show with cult Irish guitar heroes And So I Watch You From Afar. Having played the BBC Introducing Tent at Glastonbury, the band have went on to play riotous sets at festivals throughout Ireland and beyond, taking in festivals in Scotland, Poland and Germany.

This year also saw their music be embraced by the world of wrestling with Philadelphia grappler ‘The Product’ David Starr selecting ‘We Love You’ as his entrance theme!

“Ferocious intelligence, primitive abandon and excoriating tendencies! In troubled times, the world needs punk rock heroes – The Wood Burning Savages are punk rock heroes!” Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster

“A tirade of virtuosic musicianship that needs measurement on the Richter Scale.” Hot Press

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MINDRIOTmt

MINDRIOTmt

After a packed year in 2016 that had every thing from the release of their critically claimed Album “Brothers”, to a string of tour dates and festival appearances which held a headline stage slot at Indiependence 2016 and being hailed as one of the acts of the weekend by the Irish Examiner “unapologetic, unrelenting, and unmistakably fun”. MINDRIOTmt rounded off 2016 with the release of a new single “Speak”, the charity single in support of Pieta house, went straight to No.1 in the google play and iTunes rock charts.

2017 didn’t slow down in any way as Tony, Steve & Mike made their way around the Irish radio stations and kicked of their Irish Tour in March and a special guest support slot with the Canadian acclaimed artist Devin Townsend on both his Irish tour dates in Belfast’s Limelight and Dublin’s Academy, and then another string of Irish Festival appearances including a return to Indiependence festival last August. MINDRIOTmt having just finished an Irish tour with British Glam rock giants the Darkness, who they supported on the Irish leg of their European tour announced, The band has now taken the acclaim of gaining a nomination in 2 categories for the 60th Grammy awards through San Francisco based record label and BMI Label Publisher Rian Music for the single “Speak” for Best Rock Song and Song of the year.

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GRAND

GRAND

GRAND is a melting pot of influence ranging from Blues to Ska, Reggae, Swing and on toward Punk, Gypsy Folk and Irish Folk. Phil Kermode provides the main vocals, whilst every other member of the band sings backing vocals. Peter Barnett (Double Bass) Daniel McEvoy (Snare & Percussion) & John Hand (Cajon) drive the group forward with pounding groove & rhythm. Robin Matthews (Banjo) & S’le Jinx Ryan (Fiddle) add a twist of folk to the group, switching between chords and melody just as seamlessly as they switch from traditional to more modern styles. On the top sits the screaming trumpet of Kiefer Wilton, providing the main lead in place of the typical rock-band lead guitar.

“The band can only be described as joyful from the outset with their gypsy infused Jazz taking you back to vintage Prohibition times. They refuse to be pigeon-holed into a genreÉ You may not be familiar with Grand yet, but you might be hearing a lot about them shortly. We challenge you to find a band more infectious than this genre bending Jazz band.” Hot Press Magazine – Electric Picnic 2016

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VULPYNES

VULPYNES

Don’t let looks deceive you, for a 2 piece band Vulpynes make a lot of noise.
Expect a fusion of low end riffs, melodic hooks, snarling vocals and a visceral rhythm section.
For the past 18 months Vulpynes have been tearing up venues and festivals with their fiery and relentless wall of sound. Hailed for their stirring and motor driven live performances, Vulpynes have garnered a wide fanbase in both Ireland and abroad.
Their recent signing with UK punk rock label Headcheck Records and plans to tour the UK, Germany and beyond suggests 2018 will be their busiest year yet.

“What a treat to get to see this duo over here – their songs are perfect, slick pop punk bangers, these two are really going places. A pair of absolutely delightful musicians, oozing professionalism and positivity, hopefully other promoters are pricking up their ears and getting in touch with this band quicksmart!” – Loud Women, UK

“Drawing on their pair’s influences in punk and ‘90s alternative rock, Vulpynes are a blast to experience live. Their songs are simple constructions of gritty riffs, pummelling drums and unreservedly punkish vocals that bring to mind the likes of L7 or Hole” – GoldenPlec

“This duo take no prisoners as Kaz’s drumming ruthlessly pummels through each track while Maeve’s strong fierce vocals resounds over the ruckus like a powerhouse” – IndieBuddie.com live review

“Dublin grrrl punk duo Vulpynes are not your everyday kind of band. With their sound referencing everything from the Stooges to Pretty On The Inside era Hole, they pack a punch and plenty of attitude.” — (5 Star review – Grrrls With Guitars – UK)

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NO OIL PAINTINGS

NO OIL PAINTINGS

With a variety of influences from rock to outlaw country, a bottomless passion for making music and the talent to do so, No Oil Paintings have grown together and developed their own sound – a raucous alternative guitar & banjo-driven folk with an edge of darkness. The band strives to use typical folk instrumentation to create something a little more wild than the music often associated with the genre. With a variety of influences from rock to outlaw country, a bottomless passion for making music and the talent to do so, No Oil Paintings have grown together and developed their own sound – a raucous alternative guitar & banjo-driven folk with an edge of darkness.

No Oil Paintings members switch and share vocal leads – each member playing to their own strength and bringing their own style to the songs they shepherd, whilst still remaining quintessential No Oil Paintings, and rising together in the unique blend of four-part harmonies for which the band have become known.

“A beautiful EP. Evocative and dynamic, masterful in its expression and songwriting.” — Steven Donnelly, Blackstaff Music

“No Oil Paintings proved their ability to use all of their resources to produce quality music that would fit perfectly in festivals” — Marie Sauvé, Chordblossom

“Their four part harmonies produce a moving, incredible sound” — Aaron Cunningham, Chordblossom

“Think less Earl scruggs, more Jack White” — Ryan Bentley, Our Back Yard

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MEGACONE
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MEGACONE

Megacone are a 6 piece instrumental band from Wicklow/Westmeath/Dublin.
The band are best known for their triple lead guitars, flute and energetic live show, Megacone combine strong, memorable melodies with addictive grooves and ambient soundscapes.

“Jewels of the emerald isle prog scene” — Prog Magazine, April 2016

“Megacone are a young, exciting band that seem to be willing to challenge the boundaries of instrumental music and bring their own fresh feel to it.” — Goldenplec

soundcloud.com/megacone

DREAMING OF JUPITER

DREAMING OF JUPITER

Dreaming Of Jupiter are a 3 piece band from Dublin City formed by Zoë Gough, David Levins and Sam Oye. The band’s sound, which crosses genres, has been described as an elegant blend of melodic pop with electronica, new soul and trip hop. Following the release of their second single and accompanying music video in April 2017, Dreaming of Jupiter had a busy summer playing at numerous festivals around the country including Castlepalooza, Sea Sessions and Sunflowerfest.

“The Dublin trio create smooth funky grooves in the Chic/P-Funk style, delivering chugging staccato guitar riffs and bouncy basslines while also exploring laid-back electro with hints of London Grammar, all tied together with a powerful soul vocal.” — Goldenplec.

“Since bursting onto the scene last year, Dublin ambi-electro 3 piece Dreaming of Jupiter, have exploded in a way most bands can only dream of in such a short space of time – and it is very clear to see why.” — Hot Press

soundcloud.com/dreamingofjupiter

CALLOUS CROWS

CALLOUS CROWS

Callous Crows are a wild and loud two-piece band from the Kildare/Offaly area. From gritty and powerful vocals to winding ”roller coaster” guitar riffs; Neil McDonnell pulls you into another world of weird and wonderful, yet surprisingly pleasurable hooks and riffs you’ll be singing for days. With all of this madness comes a thick layer of groove and rhythm underneath your feet, that you can’t help but move to, with Eimhin Murphy behind the drums.

Their first release was in October of 2015; a 4 track EP that launched them into the Dublin scene. Now as of 2017, they have fans all over the country and all over the world and have reached such places as Canada. U.K, Belgium, Germany via Radio & Shows. After 2 years of shows with frenzy of live energy it is clear this is a band you will want to see.

“For fans of loud guitars and crunchy riffs, Kildare duo Neil Mc Donnell (guitar/vocals) and Eimhin Murphy (drums) may be just the ticket Tracks like “Palinoia” (below) show a duo fast getting to grips with just what they can produce with a wack of guitars, percussion and that bluesy holler of a voice.” – Jim Carroll (Irish Times on the record)

“Their sound is uniquely unlike any other act on the scene right now and deserves as well as demands to be heard” – Dave C (Gigonometry Dublin)

callouscrows.bandcamp.com

CUA

CUA

John Davidson, Shane Booth & Ros O’Meara bring together dynamic and contrasting instrumentation and vocal arrangements. The group have an expansive acoustic soundtrack blending guitars, fiddle, bouzouki, percussion and 3 part harmony arrangements to create a world music folk styling that the group call Atlantean. cua have steadily built a reputation and following for their engaging, passionate and highly original performances. The cua live experience has been compared to the intricacies of Planxty melodies combined with the harmony skills of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

“The overall sound is characterised by swirling, muscular textures and powerful vocals. Though acoustic, at full pelt, it can even get raucous. One highlight was ‘King and Queens’, a song about ‘how the rich get fat and the poor get beaten’ that makes clear the historical interests and social conscience of this thoughtful, intelligent band.” — Edward O’Dwyer reviewing Limerick Fringe 2017

soundcloud.com/cuamusic

DJ MARK G

DJ MARK G

Mark G (King Kong Company’s frontman and drummer) takes to the decks to lash out an irresistible mix of funk, soul, reggae, ska and electro. These tunes have been carefully selected to oil the hinges of your inhibitions, and blow the doors off your cupboard of restraint. Mark G is well trained in the art of kick starting a session. Prepare to dance… a lot!

KING BONES

KING BONES

King Bones are a well dressed 6-piece from Dublin. Their 4 track debut EP includes the single ‘Who’s Got The Drugs’.

The video for ‘Who’s Got The Drugs’ was directed by Isaac Broe & Roisin O and filmed by Dara Munnis, and shot in one continuous take.

“post-punk disco live band feel..on-point backing vocals, guitar funk and a live percussive rhythm that fills the track” – Nialler9

“sounding like somebody emptied the contents of Chic into a blender before you managed to clean The Fall from the blades…we love it” – State.ie

“one of the best acts currently emerging on the Irish scene” – Unsigned & Independent

breakingtunes.com/itskingbones

VARO

VARO

Varo is a fiddle, vocal and bouzouki trio. They arrange traditional tunes and songs, by weaving around the melodies with harmonies, drones, and countermelody, to create new avenues for the tunes to go down.

Lucie, from France, and Consuelo, from Italy met in 2015, after moving to Dublin to pursue their love for Irish traditional music, and immediately started a fruitful collaboration. They travelled to Ireland along different musical paths, Lucie from jazz, classical music, and French folk, Consuelo from Irish trad, folk, and world music. They were then join by Belfast bouzouki and mandolin player Frank Tate.

The influences in their playing and singing are many: from baroque and medieval music to the inspiring traditional Irish music scenes of Dublin, and from the singing of Sandy Denny, Ann Briggs, June Tabor, Maddy Prior, Dolores Keane, to name but a few.

Lucie, Consuelo and Frank are also involved in other projects, such as Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The Morning Tree, the Lisa O’ Neill band, and The Nomadic Piano Ensemble. They have both performed extensively in Italy, France, Ireland, and the UK.

soundcloud.com/varo-dublin youtube.com/watch?v=te6ALq7H36I

SONNETS & SISTERS

SONNETS & SISTERS

Based in Dundalk, Ireland, the band’s name, Sonnets and Sisters, reflects the dreamy lyrics present in their original compositions while also attempting to encapsulate the family type bond which exists between the members. Their music is hallmarked by haunting harmonies intertwined with powerful and catchy chorus lines which sweep the audience along in a sea of airy optimism. The band are currently concentrating on releasing new music, due for release in 2018, and extending their fan base with highlights being performances at Vantastival Festival 2017, Body & Soul Festival 2017 and the Oxjam Tent and Body&Soul stage at Electric Picnic 2016 to name a few. They also recently performed on ‘The Joe Show’ with JOE.IE.

“Dundalk folk-pop band Sonnets and Sisters’ music is inspired by other young bucks Little Green Cars and the pastoral harmonies of Fleet Foxes.” — Nialler9 for the Irish Times

sasmusicireland.bandcamp.com

EMMA LANGFORD

EMMA LANGFORD

Emma Langford’s distinct voice blends Irish lilt with folk and jazz. Her guitar work delicately complements an intuitive sense of melody; Langford has woven a sound which Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”. Wry and insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanour create an engaging live presence.

“Absolutely stunning!” – Ed Smith, Today FM

“music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… an enduring piece of work.” – ??? The Irish Times

“One of the most talented people to ever come out of this city. Great songwriter” – the Rubberbandits

“Langford has confidently laid out ten reasons why she has the creative edge needed to stand out from the rest” – Goldenplec

“A breath of fresh air… Very easy on the ear.” – Phil Coulter

“…a songwriter of great depth and personal soul searching and a voice to match.” – RTÉ Lyric FM

“the album twinkles with just enough style and sense of self to separate it from the pack” – The Last Mixed Tape

emmalangfordmusic.bandcamp.com

WALDORF & CANNON

WALDORF & CANNON

Alternative duo from Derry & Donegal born in 2015. Live, Waldorf plays a Farmer Foot-drum Kit, Danelectro guitars, Hohner Harmonicas and sings. Cannon plays a Danelectro 58 Longhorn bass and sings.

Together they create a unique alternative sound heavily laden with stirring harmonies and catchy hooks often sharing and swapping lead vocals during a single song. Influenced by Pixies, CCR, Nirvana, Devo, Motorhead, Fugazi, RATM, Link Wray, Little Walter, Beck etc…

spotify.com/artist/2yYOamxkhBXoD9NpuJoFrP

JUST MIKEY

JUST MIKEY

The rapid-fire lyrics and acerbic wit of rapper Mick Lennon float atop the soulful vocals of lead singer Adam Collins and beats produced by guitarists Bam Ryan and Ben McGinn, drummer Cathal Carolan, bassist Tom Forde and keyboardist Neil Buckley.

Fresh from playing a Friday night slot on Electric Picnic’s Bandstand, the lads returned to the studio to put the finishing touches on a new EP, due for release early 2018. The EP will be tracked and mixed in Clique Studios by the talented Dave Prendergast (Overhead the Albatross, Lethal Dialect, Kodaline). 2018 promises to be a busy year for the lads from Laytown…

“We love Just Mikey! Songs with a message. It’s time to open your mind to everyday reality” – Tara McGuinness, Electric Picnic Bandstand.

“Speaking their mind with no shame” – dublinconcerts.ie

justmikey.com
soundcloud.com/just-mikey-946736084

LEMONCELLO

LEMONCELLO

Laura Quirke (guitar, vocals) and Claire Kinsella (cello, vocals) started performing together while studying music and languages in Maynooth University, Ireland. Harmonious vocal melodies simply accompanied by cello and guitar, lend a sincere and honest rootsy sound, borrowing from wide range of influences, traditional and alternative. The result is music described by Remy’s Music Blog as “soothing for the soul”.

In their relatively short life-span, LemonCello have played a sold out show in France at the beautiful Musée de La Piscine in Roubaix, supported Irish folk hero Damien Dempsey, played several music festivals across Ireland. LemonCello’s debut EP, “Stuck Upon The Staircase” is set to be released April, 2018.

“From a personal perspective I find LemonCello to be a rare wonder on the Irish music scene right now… LemonCello are one of those acts, they are musicians who would be just as at home during the golden era of traditional folk as they are in 2017… Essentially they are pulled across decades, their sound stretched like elastic, ready to bounce back to either end of the spectrum, not with a snap, but gently.” Remy’s Best of Music and Film blog

soundcloud.com/lemoncelloireland

LOWLEK

LOWLEK

Lowlek are an Alternative-Rock band from Cork City.

Existing originally as an anonymous solo outfit, the now seven-piece band have evolved hugely in recent years. With an eclectic musical style they draw on elements of psych, rockabilly, and bar-room & crooner ballads, with an emphasis on effects and lo-fi synth sounds.

They pride themselves on their unique visual style, with self-made audio-visual elements playing a huge part in their live set.

“The band call themselves an ‘Alternative-Funk collective’ they indeed rocked us but more so with their psychedelic grunge that has a seriously 70’s funk edge…they left the stage with their swanky spacey sound swimming around our heads. If alt-funk with a psychedelic edge is your thing go follow Lowlek” Dublin Concerts

“Lowlek reveal that they’ve only recently formed, but you could certainly never tell from this assured performance. Playing a classic rock style of music, the band are charismatic and confident. With varied instrument use, including a chunky, retro sounding synth and a trumpet, the act’s foot-tapping songs are delivered with a charismatic assurance that is a pleasure to watch as well as listen to.” GoldenPlec

lowlek.bandcamp.com/album/slap-begone

MAKINGS

MAKINGS

Makings are a four piece electro-rock band who mangle modern electronic sounds with traditional music instruments creating a wall of sound that’s danceable, melodic and contemporary. Since the release of their debut album in 2015 they have toured internationally playing shows all over the UK and Ireland which culminated in festival slots at ‘Vantastival’, ‘Swell Festival’ and London’s ‘Blogtober Festival’ in the summer of 2017. Presently they are working tirelessly putting the finishing touches to their highly anticipated second album, which is due for release in March 2018.

makingsmusic.com

OJO

OJO

OJO are Jimbo Dowling on Guitars and Baritone Ukelele, Stephen O’Kelly on Handpan and percussion. Both are from North Dublin.

Jimbo and Stephen jammed for the first time in 2016 by chance and a session and knew they were on to something, and they were gigging by the start of 2017. A friend recorded them in February 2017 and a video went viral which gave them a kick-start. They were writing and gigging throughout last year.

facebook.com/OjoDublin
youtube.com/watch?v=p8aMf1fKRf0
youtube.com/watch?v=VJ3JHrT-76E

LOWLIGHT GATHERING

LOWLIGHT GATHERING

2017 winners of the “Best Newcomer” Award at the Pure M Awards in August 2017 and Nominee for “EP of the year” at the same awards. Monaghan based 5 Piece who have played support to the likes of Ryan Sheridan, Hot House Flowers, Riptide Movement and The Magic Numbers. 2018 will see them beginning work on their debut album.

“Young Hearts EP marks the band out as one to watch” Nialler 9 in The Irish Times

“A brilliant debut EP and a great starting point for the lads from Monaghan. These guys will be making waves across the country and hopefully another EP or album are on the horizon” Street Ceol

“like any great painting, you marvel at its beauty rather than the amount of colours used to create such art. I am so impressed with this debut EP by Lowlight GatheringÓ Musician.ie

soundcloud.com/lowlightgathering

MOLLY STERLING

MOLLY STERLING

Molly Sterling (19) is a young Dublin based singer-songstress, whose emotively led alt-pop music takes on a dark and deep direction, reflecting an artist maturing and a songwriting style which gives a clearer sense of who Sterling is. She possesses a sonorous vocal influenced by and reminiscent of the likes of Lana Del Ray and London Grammar’s Hannah Reid. Along with her new band that now includes a rhythmic section of cello, drums and guitar, Sterling’s latest single ‘Plain Static’ is just the first hint of what this artist can do. With appearances already at Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes, Output, Whelans Ones to Watch, Sofar Sounds Dublin and IMRO First Cuts under her belt, she is an artist worthy of keeping an eye on.

“Although Sterling is only beginning her career, the song has a maturity to it far beyond this early stage of the artist’s development and establishes the songwriter as a definite one to watch. One can only hope this direction is further explored in future, but for now ‘Plain Static’ is a sure sign of things to come.” — The Last Mixtape

“Musically (and at times vocally) her debut single echoes Sigur Rós, in particular in the latter half when the piano is joined by the sad hum of cello and trembling bass drum. Few singles will leave as powerful and long-lasting an impression on listeners this year, there’s a desperate and relatable sadness and Sterling connects with us so well through her vocal and vivid lyrics.” — Remy’s Best of Music and Film blog

breakingtunes.com/mollysterling
youtube.com/watch?v=bMkV_pc8-vI

NEOMADIC

NEOMADIC

NEOMADiC are representative of a new generation, young Irishmen of multicultural heritage drawing inspiration from their experiences and beyond. They tackle subjects of diversity and the familiarity of the daily grind, but there is something more alternative to NEOMADiC’s music. They reveal their unique songwriting chops with their brand of trippy, escapist imagery and a trademark ‘cosmic’ vibe. Their intelligent lyricism is delivered with a flow and an attitude that tugs at the early nineties’ Naïve Tongues collective of NY.

In their own words “Kid Cudi, A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar, Nas and Flatbush Zombies are a few artists we listen to. We wanted to make a project that was different to all the trap stuff out nowadays“

“The jazzy influence of 1990s New York hip-hop can be heard on tracks such as Savage and Languid Flowz, which blend scratchy samples and off-kilter rhythms to keep heads nodding. Meanwhile, the lyrics engage in a stoned mysticism only achievable during the darkest hour of the night.” — The Irish Times

soundcloud.com/neomadiic

SELK

SELK

SELK (Anna Jordan and Dennis Cassidy) formed in 2012 with the intention of creating a stripped back vocal and drum ensemble, and have been garnering much attention on the back of their live performances, but with long-player Beast under the SELK moniker, a creative identity to be reckoned with has been copper-fastened. With Cassidy the anchorman and drummer of Dublin’s jazz and hip-hop collective Mixtapes from the Underground, Jordan a unique vocalist and composer, the results are apart from much of what you’ll hear elsewhere in the country at the moment.

“’Broken Bodies’ is gorgeously layered with exceptionally catchy xylophone tones accompanied by Jordan’s comforting vocals… There is a sharp intellect at work here ‘You move in Waves’ is an eerie tense operator that’s broken by a soothing confident voice…. … an atmospheric, evocative, and at times, sinister collection. BEAST is well worth grappling with.” Hot Press

soundcloud.com/selkmusic

SILENT INTERLUDE

SILENT INTERLUDE

Silent Interlude are an Indie-Ambient band, combining soft and heavy tones to create a unique sound. Having burst onto the Irish scene in 2015 they found themselves going from playing the Mercantile to Whelans to Electric Picnic all within 8 months of forming. Having spent the last year writing and recording an album with producer Séan Hurley, they will be releasing this in early 2018, with plans to tour and play shows extensively both in Ireland and the UK.

“Silent Interlude have crafted quite a thrilling body of work here. Its cinematic scope, accomplished execution and diverse range of moods mean that it makes for a consistently captivating listening experience.” Dave Simpson – Pure M

‘Full of atmosphere and sentiment this band offers a delicious equilibrium of relaxation and intensity.’ Jeanette Rehnstrom – Avant Music Port

“This year Silent Interlude has taken Dublin’s indie world practically by storm. In less than a year since the group’s formation they’ve managed to release an EP and were featured in this year’s Electric Picnic lineup, a stunning feat for any fledgling band. With a sound that moves between indie tones, folksy feels, and heavier metal rock vibes, Silent Interlude have taken three different styles of sound, meshed them together, and made them their own.” Corey Fischer – University Observer

breakingtunes.com/silentinterlude

SUN MAHSHENE

SUN MAHSHENE

Lead by Nathan Henderson, Sun Mahshene is a collective of musicians from Dublin. Their melodic hooks mixed with fuzz and grit delivers a sonic wall of sound. They merge their wide influences to create a fresh take on the alternative underground scene with an emphasis on dark-tinged psychedelic rock & roll. In order to create the ethereal, mammoth sound, the band employs an arsenal of three guitarists to maximum effect.

“Top band” — Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis)

“Utterly delectable and deeply psychedelic” — Primal Music Blog

“They have the potential to hypnotise and mesmerise” — GoldenPlec

“Be prepare for them to leave your ears ringing with joy” — Hot Press Magazine

sunmahshene.bandcamp.com

THE BURMA

THE BURMA

The Burma are an indie rock n’roll band based in Cork City. Influenced by the American Indie scene of the early 2000’s and British guitar bands such as The Smiths, The Burma’s jangly guitars and bouncy basslines make for refreshingly melodic songs. In the last year The Burma have supported acts such as The Strypes, The Academic & Ryan Sheridan.

“It’s sun-kissed, California-driving music – yet it’s relevant, and it’s fresh.” — GoldenPlec

“Anyone in fear that the conveyor-belt of winning guitar bands might be slowing down would be well advised to check out this Cobh quintet before writing any epitaphs.” — Hot Press

“A new Cork band with a great sound. It won’t be long before they are headlining gigs themselves” — Joe.ie

soundcloud.com/theburma

THE SICK AND INDIGENT SONG CLUB

THE SICK AND INDIGENT SONG CLUB

THE SICK AND INDIGENT SONG CLUB began as an unplanned collaboration between ex-punk/alt-country stalwart Gary Fitzpatrick and Scottish chanteuse and ukulele hero Angie McLaughlin and the band expanded as Shane McGrath, Christian Volkmann, Gerry Fitzpatrick, and Sheila Sullivan joined together for a Monday night hooley every week upstairs at the Ha’penny Bridge Inn. Between them they have shared bills and stages with the likes of Pokey LaFarge, Kris Kristofferson, Green Day, Iggy Pop, I Draw Slow, Therapy? and Hordac’s Horde. Currently they are celebrating the release of their third studio album Shinbone Alley, a collection of sea songs and shanties.

thesickandindigentsongclub.bandcamp.com

VERNON JANE

VERNON JANE

A collection of expressive and eclectic musicians based in Dublin. Vernon Jane live and breathe for their craft. Live shows are where they flourish, taking influence from every bit of musical and visual beauty around them. Emotive and memorable music for the senses, the term pysch-jance is the only genre that suits their insatiability.

“If you’ve seen Vernon Jane live, you’ll know two things.
Thing 1 – that Vernon Jane are an incredibly raucous, unhinged, powerful presence when performing live.
Thing 2 – they just don’t give a fuck.
When the two things come together, they create a feeling that not many other Irish bands on the live or festival circuit can match. The band barrage you with a wall of well-crafted, woven noise.’” – Golden Plec

“Hurt me, the final track, is nothing short of a defibrillator to the senses. It’s a dark shot in the arm, but one that perfectly establishes the bravery of the band, unafraid of ending the journey with a sullen and almost violent tone, as opposed to the typical “happy epic ending”. And while you think that’s all the track has to offer, Vernon Jane flawlessly blend in one of the danciest B sections of the EP. It’s as if Kim by Eminem ran into a wall of funk and jazz.“ — Pure M magazine referring to the last track on Vernon Janes 1st E.P

“Holy moly! Don’t you dare sit down, gang, this is important. Dublin Jazz-Punk (or, psyjance as they like to call it) collective Vernon Jane are here to kick the living daylights out you and your loved ones and teach you a lesson while they’re at it.” — The Thin Air

vernonjane.bandcamp.com

MY FELLOW SPONGES

MY FELLOW SPONGES

My Fellow Sponges are an independent band from Galway, Ireland. Four capable musicians were able to build up a steady following in Galway and beyond for their energetic live shows and imaginative videos.

Their sound, a result of collaboration between fine musical personalities, incorporates elements of minimalism, folk, bossa and more recently synth-heavy electro. With influences that include: Kate Bush, Devendra Bahnhart, Joanna Newsom, Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Django Django.

“My Fellow Sponges are as bizarre as they are brilliant in their peculiar sonic way — that on any given song can include ukulele, glockenspiel, harmonium, banjo, flute, drums. On stage, this progfolk Arcade Fire-on-acid sound can extend to include a brass band playing, as well as mime artists, dancers and actors in excelsis” — Barry Egan, independent.ie

myfellowsponges1.bandcamp.com

JAXSON

JAXSON

JaXson is the brainchild of Wexford-born singer-songwriter, Luke Jackson.

When you go to see JaXson live, expect power, expect energy, expect a surge of electricity to be charged into the room the minute he hits the stage. His powerful voice, combined with the experience and talent his band provide, creates a passionate performance like no other. Songs such as “Remember My Name” and “Burn” leave the crowd begging for more. JaXson’s wild, high energy live performances have helped him burst onto the Irish music scene in 2017 and he released his stunning debut single ‘All I’m Fighting For’ in October. The single was recorded and mixed by renowned producer, Darragh Nolan at Asta Kalapa Studios in Gorey.

“… his voice defiantly caught the attention of the audience right from the very first line.” — Danni Fro Photography, Whelans, Feb. 2017

“..the best I’ve heard in about 4 or 5 months” — Ger Murphy (Ruby Sessions, Body & Soul, Other Voices)

“..one of the most promising acts in the country…” — Abner Brown

“The track ends in a crescendo of sound that I can only imagine being very impressive in the live environment.” — Ciaran O’Brien, The OB

soundcloud.com/jaxsonsound

OSKI BRAVO

OSKI BRAVO

The Dublin-based five piece who released their debut EP last October are back with their follow-up release “Silent Movies Man”.

Their 2016 self-titled release garnered comparisons to “the warmth of early REM, Idlewild, Juniper, the Frames, King Creosote, Damien Rice, Bellx1 and Revelino”.

Formed only the previous year, Oski Bravo have been keen to get as much material written and recorded as possible and May 2017 saw the release of the band’s second EP “Silent Movies Man”.

The first single from taken from “Silent Movies Man” is the song “Cracked but Intact”. This brisk and catchy tune mixes the light with the dark, a theme which runs throughout the new EP. Sweet but eerie, the verses warm the ear as an Eleanor Rigby’-like cello hints that all may not be what it seems, before rising towards the chorus. The chorus then explodes in a melodic downpour dripping with 1950’s pop.

Welcome Home, this months follow-up single was very nicely summarised by Tom Dunne “This is beautiful”.

Songs from their debut release drew reviews such as: “the track builds to a glorious crescendo and demonstrates the flourishing maturity of this group”. and: “I’m almost embarrassed by how many times I clicked back to the start of the song as soon as it finished”.

Summer 2017 kicked off with the EP release in Dublin’s Stage 19 (formerly the Tivoli Backstage) followed by a number of performances at Dublin’s Bloom in the Park and YouBloom festival weekend with further dates throughout July and August.

breakingtunes.com/oskibravo

COSCÁN

COSCÁN

COSCÁN are a 4 piece band from Slane, Co. Meath who write and perform our own music in the traditional form but with our own style. We are delighted to announce our new CD album FIREDANCE. This has been inspired by the landscape we live in – The Boyne Valley here in Ireland. Each track has a story which we delight our audiences, especially the track “ The Flame of Slane” which is a 4 part piece inspired by St. Patrick and the Hill of Slane, not forgetting all the other tracks written and recorded, like Millmount Morning and Mornington Dawn.

COSCÁN will play a rousing set in the bar at 5pm on Sunday at Vantastival.

soundcloud.com/coscan-FIREDANCE

VIDEO BLUE

VIDEO BLUE

Video Blue is a project by Jim O’Donoghue Martin. Embracing ambient electronica and guitar driven alt-pop, all of the music is recorded in his east London bedroom. The 2016 ‘Disco Nap’ single, which was released on 7” vinyl is available in stores such as London’s Rough Trade and Dublin’s Tower Records. Video Blue was also selected to play at Hard Working Class Heroes 2016, and named by the Irish times’ Jim Carroll as one of his 3 picks. Summer 2017 saw performances throughout the UK & Ireland notably Castlepalooza and Oxjam. Debut album ‘Love Scenes’ is out now.

videoblue.bandcamp.com

SPEKULATIV FIKTION

SPEKULATIV FIKTION

Spek is a Cork based rapper and beat maker working on the doomy side of hip hop. He has warmed up heavyweights including Danny Brown, Immortal Technique and Shabazz Palaces. This years highlights include performances at Indiependance, Townlands Carnival and warm up duties for UK legend, Jehst.

Spek and collaborator, Mankyy, recently received the 2017 IndieCork Music Award for their upcoming EP along with their continued collaboration and contribution to underground hip hop in Ireland, and their honest and personal interpretation of an art and music movement that has become a vital part of Irish youth culture in recent years .

‘A poet with no fear when it comes to pushing boundaries and mixing genres, and that’s what makes his sound so unique.’ – BBC Ulster

soundcloud.com/spekulativ-fiktion

WAKING ANDROID

WAKING ANDROID

Waking Android sees the coming together of two well known figures in the Belfast hip-hop scene, dsgrace & Kronus.

Bonding over a taste in the same beats and boozing it turned out they were the catalyst each other needed and after moving in together work began on what would become Waking Android. Officially formed in October 2016 with two tracks rushed together in time to perform a joint set at Portrush hip-hop event GYRO3 the pair never looked back and set to work on crafting their debut EP, Adrenochrome.

After trailblazing live events all over the country in the lead up to the release, Adrenochrome arrived in July 2017 to much fanfare across Irish hip-hop and beyond. Always only intended as a precursor to something bigger the pair are certainly not resting on their laurels with work already underway on the full length follow up which is penciled in for an Autumn 2018 release.

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BRAIN DONATION

BRAIN DONATION

Brain Donation are a 3 piece powerhouse of hard hitting, no nonsense alternative rock. Their close harmonies, grungy guitar, sucker-punching bass lines and heavy dance beats produce an enormous sound that could drive even the most miserable of men to dance. Having played together in various other bands on the Irish music scene, this trio got together to create something new and fun. In 2017 they toured Eastern Europe and recorded a new EP that will be release early Summer 2018. Their debut EP and Single ‘Wigs are available on Spotify, iTunes and all other major online outlets.

“Brain Donation are definitely worth keeping an eye on. They have been tearing up the Irish rock scene with their raucous live performances and this first effort hits the mark perfectly.” Streetceol.com

breakingtunes.com/braindonation

CHINESE NEWSPAPER

CHINESE NEWSPAPER

Chinese Newspaper is a three-piece fuzz pop band based in Dublin.

“It’s all very unhinged and raucous but in a clearly very tight and honed manner. It’s got that off the cuff easiness that is actually rather difficult to pull off correctly.” — Overblown.co.uk

soundcloud.com/chinese-newspaper

CROJAYN

CROJAYN

Crojayn are an alternative style blues based rock band from the People’s Republic. If you’ve not heard of them yet you very soon will. Their explosive sound is like dynamite to the senses and will leave you trembling with excitement. They formed in September 2013, at the ages of 13 – 15 and have been honing their craft ever since. They have remained a self-managed band releasing their début eponymous EP in August 2015 to critical acclaim, building on their following they completing their first ever Irish tour in 2016 where they supported “The Strypes” picking up even more fans along the way and now. A second blistering 4 track EP “Sun House” was released in 2017.

“their sound is worthy of the world stage” — Musician.ie

soundcloud.com/crojayn

DR. MINDFLIP

DR. MINDFLIP

Dr. Mindflip delivers a hefty dose of what Synthesis Magazine called “avant-pop…with teeth” – a masked, mysterious 4-piece oozing out chamber pop with a dark, jazzy edge.

Since 2013, the good doctor has released 4 EPs on the American netlabel blocSonic – garnering an international cult following. Over 25,000 downloads and plenty of encouraging feedback has kept the experiment rolling along nicely, with a meaty live band slithering together in early 2016.

Their live show, complete with costumes, improvised music and theatre, fictional narratives and rituals unique to each gig, has gone down a storm during their relatively short time together. Dr. Mindflip has performed at the AKA Fringe festival (Kilkenny), the inaugural Rather Gather festival (Waterford), Whelan’s Ones to Watch (Dublin), and numerous quirky venues around Ireland.

Their dangeously extravagant full-length debut was funded successfully on Kickstarter – raising 315% of its target. Mastered by a Grammy award-winning engineer, Roominations: An Unofficial Parody is a trip deep into the heart of a cinematic catastrophe – a psychedelic rock opera based on the worst movie ever made – and will be released independently later in 2017.

“Dr. Mindflip’s music features the perfect compromise between his enormously inventive arrangements and conventional music structures. “A Garden Of Fools” is a superb and successful attempt at combining unique and artistic songwriting with joyful listenability.” – Jamsphere.com

“Dr. Mindflip is one of those artists for which the word creativity seems to have been created. Sometimes melancholic, sometimes agitated, but always intriguing, his musical world will get you to colourful and hypnotic places.” – Jamendo

drmindflip.com

EXILES

EXILES

Hailing from Ireland’s balmy south-east, this synth trio joined forces in 2015, driven by a love of all things 80s. The band’s influences are diverse – From Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon, right though to St. Lucia, All Tvvins and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon 2. Exiles crafted their four track debut EP Red Lights in Camden Recording Studios under the expert guidance of producer Ross Fortune. Released in September 2016, it is an exploration of life, love, fast cars and escaping expectations. Receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews, the EP immediately garnered the attention of Today FM (Dermot & Dave, Louise Duffy), 2FM (Conor Behan) as well as regional stations Beat, KCLR and RedFM. Bolstered by a series of successful gigs throughout Ireland, airplay soon followed across the UK, and as far away as Sydney, Moscow and LA. Exiles are headed back to the studio with a fresh repertoire of road-tested tracks due to drop in Jan 2018.

Hot Press Magazine ‘Hot For 2017’
Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch 2017’
Dublin Concerts ‘Irish Band Of The Week’, Aug. 2017
Today FM’s ‘Homegrown Hero’ on Dermot & Dave, Sep. 2016
Nialler9’s ‘New Irish Music’ Songs Of The Week, The Irish Times x 2
No.2 on TL80s Synthwaves Top 10, July 2016 4.9 Stars

“Red Lights is an exceptionally immersive collection of throwback tunes. Scintillating synths conjure up their own little world of bright lights and drop tops“ Hot Press

“Exiles clearly just want to have fun and make people dance, and they do both of these things with ease… an unashamedly carefree and fun-filled approach” GoldenPlec

“Some of the best music I’ve heard all year” – Electronic North
“Super-polished synth-pop reverie…..grin inducing stuff“ – Broadsheet.ie
“80’s synthpop music porn, Exiles also incorporate such a varied number of styles from the era” – Remy’s Music & Film

spotify.com/artist/2QGAFPgXYJYJmvOcUu4HV8

FUZZ GIGOLO

FUZZ GIGOLO

FUZZ GIGOLO is a 5 piece Lo-Fi RnR band who, together with a healthy mix of tantalising recognisables, deliver a set of self-penned tunes that will have you rocking your socks solid, and tingling long into the thereafter. Likened to a cocktail of Deacon Blue and The Beautiful South with a twist of Ian Dury doing a Joe Cocker, shaken not stirred, and labelled refreshingly vibrant, melodically crafted, upbeat and contagiously energetic, oozing “Live Appeal”.

“What a band, brilliant” — Dermot Lambert, RTE 2XFM
“They Graced it” — Firestone Music Tour, Vantastival 2017
“One of the Standout Acts from 2016 – no quibbles” — Garageland

breakingtunes.com/fuzzgigolo

FXY

FXY

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MAIJA SOFIA

MAIJA SOFIA

Irish songwriter Maija Sofia spent her childhood in rural Galway but now lives between Dublin and London. Recently appearing on the cover of the Irish Independent Review as one of Ireland’s young ‘future makers’, she writes evocative, dark folk songs with a strong anarchist backbone.

She has toured relentlessly across the UK and Ireland, opening for the likes of Julien Baker, Joan As Policewoman, Goat Girl and Mutual Benefit, and has performed at the major Irish festivals such as Electric Picnic, hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.
Appealing to fans of PJ Harvey, Cat Power and Joanna Newsom, Sofia’s music blends devastatingly poetic lyrics with raw electric guitar and a dark sense of humour. She is currently recording her debut album.

“Maija Sofia is a true ingenuity of the current generation of folk and forthright musicians.” — The Thin Air, 2017

THE SOUTHERN FOLD

THE SOUTHERN FOLD

Formed in south east Ireland by Kilkenny native Emlyn Holden in 2014 and joined by Dubliner Laura Hand as co-vocalist the following year, The Southern Fold began gigging in earnest performing a number of self penned songs in the alternative Folk / country-blues vein.

“This is pretty much as good as anything America can come up with, so what the hell? Americana it is, and well worth hearing. The Southern Fold have been earning quite a reputation on the local live music circuit over the past eighteen months, well justified on the basis of this very impressive six track mini album.”

thesouthernfold.bandcamp.com

INES KHAI

INES KHAI

Ines Khai is a Guadeloupean singer based in Dundalk, county Louth. She is first a performing artist, always happy to share her songs live on stage. She has created a solo repertoire with only guitar and voice, singing an intimist story about crossing oceans with beautiful creole words and melodies. Come join this journey!

“Things take an upward turn with songstress Ines Khai, whose finely wrought vocal is effectively embellished by the subtle but resonant backing of two members of Zil’ Oka. The sparkling timbres produced by percussion, whistles, bells and conch shell weave a rich fabric around yearning melodies fringed by syncopated guitar chords. Sung in creole, the pieces speak of anything from affairs of the heart to the rigours of daily life, and visibly connect with the audience.” Jazzwise Magazine

ineskhai.bandcamp.com

THE DEEP FUNK PROJECT

THE DEEP FUNK PROJECT

The Deep Funk Project formed through a mutual love of instrumental funk with a pinch of jazz. They play instrumental funk, with influences including The Meters, The Crusaders, The J.B.s, Morrissey-Mullen and Billy Cobham.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9cnmaEkwy0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MSjxESeXkY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1coDxrcmPI

ONE HORSE PONY

ONE HORSE PONY

Experience original Alt-Roots and stompin’ Blues rhythms from Ireland’s deep south.

“‘Blue When I Go’ is a must-listen.” – Hot Press Magazine
“We thought we were at church!” – Jimmy Carter, Blind Boys of Alabama
“This is an amazing live band.”- John Creedon, RTÉ

Chart toppers and roots virtuosi One Horse Pony are veterans of Electric Picnic, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, the Kilkenny Roots Festival, main stage at Townlands Carnival, Indiependence and more, they’ve shared stages with musical royalty such as The Blind Boys of Alabama on their travels.

Celebrating their own original roots music, One Horse Pony showcases acoustic virtuosity and potent vocal harmonies allied to brain-melting high-octane mayhem, for live shows which have to be seen (and felt!) to be believed.

breakingtunes.com/onehorsepony

MODERNLOVE.

MODERNLOVE.

Modernlove. are a four piece indie pop/rock band from Drogheda. They have been playing together for 4 years and are greatly influenced by the likes of Prince and Michael Jackson among other 80’s bands. These influences can be heard through the use of synthesizers and electronic sampling in their music. Their live performances include playing support for The Academic and Hudson Taylor as well as performing their own gigs across numerous college venues such as Maynooth and Limerick universities.

THE SKINS

THE SKINS

Formed in Drogheda in 2017 The Skins are a fresh 5 piece band that by distilling the raw energy of late 70’s punk and the riff-heavy indie-rock dancefloor sounds of the 00’s have crafted their own original in-your-face rock’n’roll.

KID COY

KID COY

Kid Coy are a pop/rock duo hailing from Dublin. Formed in 2012, they are comprised of Tom Doyle (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Dermot O’Neill (Vocals/Keyboards). Kid Coy’s Debut Album was released in 2014 with new Music planned for release in 2018. Kid Coy’s debut single ‘Sun God’ was released online on the 21st of February 2014 and received extensive airplay on Irish Radio from stations such as 2FM, Today FM, Phantom FM, Galway Bay Fm, Dublin City FM, Red FM and many more from across the country. Sungod was selected as number 10 in Unsigned and Independents top 10 international singles of 2014 with their debut album Resolute receiving a 10/10 review by Unsigned and Independent Magazine.

“Shimmering with moments of harmonic beauty the album showcases the group’s ability to structure an engaging record that gives glimpses of real promise from the band, with more emphasis on creating more dynamic and tonal aspect to their sound Kid Coy can create something very special.” — The Last Mixtape

soundcloud.com/kid-coy

JEJUNE

JEJUNE

Five young musicians from entirely different musical backgrounds, each adding an element of their own personal taste to the music that they create as a unit.

ÒLast night Jejune hit the stage full of ambience hosting Canalaphonic this weekend, these guys are young & hot, & this is why their music embodies our city’s ever vibrant music culture. Their unique live set armed with hot vocals, picking away like a fervent busker, as Daniel pounds his boots on his homemade stage with a growl like Cobain is a one-of-a-kind artist, and one we’re overtly thrilled to be sharing with you. Big shout out to Luca, Rory, Matt & Sean. What a lovely bunch of musicians whose hard work & with real talent that mirrors, when they perform live on stage.Ó Mike Brough, RTE

breakingtunes.com/jejune

SUSO YOUTH CHOIR

SUSO YOUTH CHOIR

SUSO Youth Choir is made up of young people aged between 15-20. They rehearse weekly and work really hard to build confidence, showcase talent and develop musicality. They love to perform and inspire people to embrace their creativity!

soundcloud.com/user-817783881

THE REBEL SOULS

THE REBEL SOULS

The Rebel Souls are the ultimate reggae / roots / rock / ska band hailing from the fine city of Dublin. Roaming the Irish live circuit for over a year since the current line-up prevailed, The Rebel Souls consist of Luke Duffy (Vocals), Mossy O’Shea (Guitars), Wes Gibson (Bass), Eric Cunningham (Drums), Tom Foy (Scratch), and Jason Douglas (Saxophone).

Influenced by the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, The Specials, UB40, Mighty Diamonds, The Gladiators and many more, The Rebel Souls are a unique force to be reckoned with on the Irish music scene, having previously shared the stage with The Wailers live at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

The Rebel Souls’ debut EP ‘Saro Wiwa’ was released in July 2012.

THE GREAT OKWARDO

THE GREAT OKWARDO

This six piece band were born out of a road trip to New Orleans. They hail from Drogheda, Bettystown, Mornington and Laytown. They have a wide variety of musical styles as they all hail from different bands with completely different styles of music. Traditional, folk, acoustic rock, alternative and roots might start to explain our style. Each member is a multi instrumentalist which only adds to the styles of the music being created plus their strange personality disorders make for an entertaining encounter any time you see these buckos!

The Great Okwardo will play a rousing set in the bar at 5pm on Saturday at Vantastival.

soundcloud.com/thegreatokwardo

BEATRIX NOVA

BEATRIX NOVA

Beatrix Nova is a 16yr old singer songwriter who is one to watch in the Irish music scene. She has already had a top 20 hit in the Irish charts and has been lucky to perform with Glen Hansard, The Riptide Movement and Fox.E and the Good Hands. An inspired song writer, she has already released her first EP and is currently recording her second.

breakingtunes.com/jejune

EJ O’REILLY

EJ O’REILLY

EJ O’Reilly is a folk singer/songwriter whose music stems from a childhood growing up in the countryside paired with a great deal of American television. Combined with time spent living in Belfast, Glasgow and London, the resulting music takes a look at modern life in an aged Folk/Americana sound. His songs range from upbeat, downbeat, talking of the city, the countryside, of love, loss and some comical ones too. On hearing EJ live you will reflect and enjoy some of the simpler things in life.

ejoreilly.bandcamp.com

SOPHIE COYLE

SOPHIE COYLE

Sophie Coyle’s hypnotic voice effortlessly delivers stories carved in her own lore, conjured by her own unique lyrical dynamism. Her songs are charmed with a rare and seductive magic. These dark enchantments have seen her play support for a host of celebrated artists such as legendary Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan, Mundy, John Spillane, Ger Wolfe and Luka Bloom. In 2010 her spine-tingling gothic-folk song, “Delirium” was used in the soundtrack to the Irish/ UK horror film Spiderhole. She lives in Dundalk with her husband Jinx Lennon and baby Rose and released her new album “Blame Me for the Storm” in February 2018.

soundcloud.com/sophie-coyle

BAYONETS

BAYONETS

Bayonets is a solo and occasionally collaborative venture created by Kerry musician and songwriter Vinnie Flynn. His style is a mix of alternative rock, indie, blues and folk. His set hints at a beloved dark thread with an interesting twist. Every track hums with a sense of pure originality and haunting intrigue. Vinnie is currently busy in the studio recording his album. His debut single’ Slow Burning Fire’ was released on Friday June 2nd 2017 with Hot Press Magazine and has recently made Joe.ie’s song of day. The track is also getting regular radio play on RTE’s 2fm. The single is available across all major platforms.

soundcloud.com/bayonetsmusic

TRACY GALLAGHER

TRACY GALLAGHER

Tracy Gallagher is an Irish singer-songwriter based in Dublin. Her folk driven songs range from soft and melodic to an often haunting sound. She blends her ethereal, angelic vocals and smooth progressions with a sharp and catchy songwriting style in a way that really calls attention to the lyrics in her songs. Tracy spent most of 2017 gigging up and down the length and breadth of the country and is due to release her debut EP “The Fallen” in 2018.

soundcloud.com/tracygallaghermusic

youtube.com/watch?v=tacwt4HJtHI

HIDDEN STILLS

HIDDEN STILLS

Hidden Stills are Wicklow natives Mildred Fox and Christian Hind. After playing in a cover band for the past couple of years, the duo started writing and performing original material at the start of 2017. Hidden Stills have created songs of reflection, close harmonies and interesting melodies which are at times dark and introspective. Performing primarily as an acoustic duo (2 voices, 2 guitars) the duo are currently preparing to record their first collection of songs.

breakingtunes.com/jejune

KILLIAN O’DRISCOLL

KILLIAN O’DRISCOLL

Killian is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Dublin. He picked up a guitar for the first time at 15 and did his first live gig just over a year ago. He combines raw heartfelt lyrics with melodic tunes and a powerful voice. He released his debut self funded EP Full Stop.. earlier this year and quickly hit no. 1 in the singer/songwriter charts on iTunes. He briefly knocked Ed Sheeran off top spot which is no bad accolade! Definitely one for the future as he goes from strength to strength. His acoustic live shows are not to be missed.

open.spotify.com/album/2gx3uK8ocvMtpQAAMyI6ie

DAVID ROONEY

DAVID ROONEY

In 2016, David Rooney began recording his debut album ‘Bound Together’ with Declan O’Rourke as co-producer. With some of the finest musicians in the country, led by jazz drummer Conor Guilfoyle, the result was a genre defying collection of songs that draw from folk, jazz, and country, all played with more than a little soul.

The album ‘Bound Together’ by David Rooney is available now on Spotify and iTunes.

“There isn’t a single track out of place and it all flows smoothly. ‘Bound Together’ is a sublimely soulful piece of work that sounds comfortingly familiar, yet is still somehow fresh and unique” — Hot Press Review 2017

facebook.com/DavidRooneyMusic

MUIREANN MCD

MUIREANN MCD

Muireann represented Ireland this year in Junior Eurovision. She’s an 11 year old singer-songwriter who has opened for Mundy and ASLAN. She has a unique a quirky style and is a bit of an old soul. You may just catch her do a set in the Enchanted Garden kids’ area too!

youtube.com/channel/UCxYChJuMlWwL3IVs1ow-Krg

DON’T FEAR THE NATIVES

DON’T FEAR THE NATIVES

Don’t Fear The Natives are the next chapter in the musical journey of vocalist Claire McDaid and songwriter/guitarist Denis Kelly, their debut performance at the Glasgowbury Music Festival, followed acclaimed initial releases and performances, winning over fans, DJ’s and music journalists alike.

The Donegal duo’s first release ‘Hot Pumps’ led to their ‘Best New Artists’ feature on Today FM’s ‘Breakfast Show’, and was soon followed by ‘James Bond’ and ‘Give It All To Me’, gaining significant airplay nationally, plus many ‘Single Of The Week’ accolades.

Taking inspiration from the likes of The Beatles, The Stone Roses, and PJ Harvey, to weave their own unique sound; blistering guitar-rock, harmonies, and regular forays into stripped-down bare acoustics, as witnessed on their massively popular online series ‘The Folkswagon Sessions’ which sees Claire and Denis drive a Volkswagen Camper to beautiful locations around Donegal, before doing an acoustic session ‘on the spot’!

“..delivering 10,000 volts with each song..” Daily Star

“…think Hot Chip and MGMT. catchy, thumping tracks !” Goldenplec.com

” sleek and sexy, disco-bomb pop !” Irish Mirror

soundcloud.com/dont-fear-the-natives

OFF KEY COLLECTIVE

OFF KEY COLLECTIVE

Started by a group of students in Dundalk I.T.’s Music Production course, The Off-Key Collective, or OK, is group of producers, rappers, singers and musicians with a passion for creating real, home-grown music. The Collective is entirely self-sufficient; they record their own music, shoot their own videos, and promote their own content. Resident OK artists Sea High and Key Low will be performing songs from their collective mixtape, produced by RED J, and from Sea High’s solo EP “Vagary” , produced by Odhran O’Brien, that is due for release very soon.

youtu.be/KrIzVGlAcm0

SUSAN O’NEILL AKA SON

SUSAN O’NEILL AKA SON

Susan O’Neill (aka SON) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Since completing her Debut Album “found myself lost” in Sun Studios Dublin, Susan has been touring the far corners of the world with a show that is not to be missed, both her solo act and two piece combine a collection of instruments that include a range of guitars, harmonicas, trumpets, loop pedal stations that are fused with powerhouse vocals. Her performances really can only be given its true credit when witnessed Live. Susan is surrounded by music and performs with rock band band Propellor Palms. She also joins the amazing and very energetic festival favourites King Kong Company for their Live Gigs, Studio Sessions and Festivals, with her addition of trumpet and frighteningly stark vocals she helps bring the stage alight with her presence. Her extraordinary talent has allowed her the privilege of supporting and sharing stages with widely loved acts including Paddy Casey, Alabama 3, Mundy, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Damien Dempsey, Riptide Movement, Maverick Sabre, Darkness, Mánran & Kíla, Paul Brady, Ham Sandwich, Mark Geary, Ryan Sheridan, Sharon Shannon,The Wedding Present, Wyvern Lingo, Mick Flannery.

The list of stages, festivals and events that Susan has the pleasure of playing continues to grow as she has recently just finished tours of New York, United Kingdom, Denmark & Holland. Also in the early part of 2018, Susan took her show even further afield to Australia and New Zealand.

soundcloud.com/susan-o-neill

2018 LINEUP SCHEDULE

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