Line Up 2019

KING KONG COMPANY
King Kong Company King Kong Company

KING KONG COMPANY

In 2012 a group of friends in Waterford got together and decided that they’d write one track a month for a whole year, releasing the music along with an accompanying video on Youtube as they went.
King Kong Company set about their task and actually managed to hit the target, 12 tracks and 12 videos in 12 months, making some new friends along the way. The band’s plan had always been to finish out the year long project and celebrate with a one-off hometown gig. At this gig they’d play all twelve songs they’d written that year, and that would be that, back to coin collecting and bird watching. Tickets for that one-off gig went on sale and promptly sold out. The KKC crew got a taste of more from that experience and decided they’d play just one more one-off gig. They turned up at the Body&Soul stage at Electric Picnic and it felt like everyone who had ever watched one of their videos over the previous year had turned up too. The ground shook, the band were overwhelmed, people danced off the roof of the sound tower, it was the stuff of legend. King Kong Company have been doing just one more one-off gig ever since. Unsurprisingly it seems Buckfast ice-cream is somewhat addictive.
King Kong Company’s sound is based on a standard rock foundation with guitars, drums, keys, vocals and some brass, but built on this foundation is a superstructure of electro mayhem, underscored with tubby rumblings.

kingkongcompany.com

AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM
Afro Celt Sound System 2019 - credit Todd Beltz

AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM

Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System is a European and African based collective which has forged a reputation for energetic, uplifting shows. Winners of the Songlines 2017 Best Group award, they combine folk traditions of different cultures in a unique and innovative way.
Afro Celt Sound System have invited three other large collectives to join them on their 8th studio album, Flight, released last November, and by doing so, shine a spotlight on migration, with a particular focus on refugees. These include the Amani Choir whose music director Emmanuela Yogolelo came to England from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has a refugee background. The album also features Stone Flowers, the band supported by Music Action International, a charity who helps transform lives affected by war, torture and armed conflict through music and song, alongside the Johannesburg based African Gospel Singers.
The album also references the environment and is in part inspired by ECC Records owner’s Simon Emmerson and Mark Constantine’s shared passion for bird-watching. Flight is perhaps Afro Celt Sound System’s most overtly political album and draws from Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Ríoghnach Connolly and Emmanuela’s work within the refugee community of Manchester and across the north west of England.
“richly layered album … multicultural thought and motion at its finest” – Daily Mirror
“captures the exhilaration of their live shows……its spirit and invention are unflagging and uplifting” – Observer
“a meditation on the forces of migration….The voices really do take flight” – The Sunday Times (Culture)

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SHARON SHANNON
Sharon Shannon

SHARON SHANNON

Sharon Shannon, the button accordion player from Co Clare, Ireland has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, and Shane MacGowan among others. Sharon grew up in a rural community and was part of a family that all play musical instruments and traditional Irish music. However, her career took an massive upward trajectory when in the late 80s she was asked to joined the seminal rock band The Waterboys.

Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is best known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. In her latest studio album, Sacred Earth, there are Irish influences, of course, but these are cheerfully mixed in with often unexpected styles from around the world, including – for the first time – Africa. Sharon has perfectly mastered an African/Irish crossover. But Sacred Earth is more than this: musical elements from the classical world, the Shetland Fiddle Tradition, Hip Hop, country and blues all conspire to make this album a ground-breaker.

“Sharon Shannon has had a remarkable and adventurous career. Sacred Earth is a rousing reminder of why she is still so unique.” – Robin Denselow

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WALLIS BIRD

WALLIS BIRD

Irish artist Wallis Bird has been enrapturing audiences for over a decade. Nominated for a Choice Music Prize at home in 2017, she’s also been making big waves in mainland Europe. The same year saw her win the 2017 Deutsche Musikautorenpreis – a national award chosen by composers and awarded to their peers – a huge achievement for a non-German. Now based in Berlin, Wallis released her fifth studio album ‘Home’ in September 2016 on Mount Silver Records / Caroline International, and has been touring relentlessly all over the world since its release. The ‘Home’ tour encompassed over 70 shows, with Wallis playing to audiences across Europe, Japan & Australia. On the Australian leg of the tour, Wallis gained a new fan in American artist Amanda Palmer, who tweeted repeatedly to her million-plus followers to go and catch a show. Her irrepressible energy on stage is one of her trademarks; even the Irish Times once noted it could ‘kickstart an entire economy’. In 2016, she played a 12-hour free gig in aid of refugee charities in Berlin, even finding enough strength to play an encore. Never your average troubadour, Wallis already has two Meteor Awards (National Irish Music Prize) to her name, as well as a previous Choice nomination, and has toured with the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Billy Bragg, The Gossip & Emilliana Torrini. Though you might not catch another 12-hour show anytime soon, you can be sure that few can enchant an audience the way she can.

“The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy.” – The Irish Times

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JOIN ME IN THE PINES

JOIN ME IN THE PINES

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter David Geraghty has been a driving force behind Bell X1 since the band’s inception 20 years ago, through seven studio albums, four of which went straight to No.1, extensive world tours, as well as opening for acts such as U2, Ed Sheeran, Tori Amos and Snow Patrol.

Geraghty’s solo debut ‘Kill Your Darlings’ (2007) was received with critical acclaim and was followed up in 2009 with the equally evocative ‘The Victory Dance’. David has been short-listed for accolades such as the Irish Meteor Award and the Choice Music Prize. In recent years he began composing music for Film and TV (productions that starred Aidan Gillan & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor). In 2014 Geraghty released his third solo album ‘Inherit’; but this time under the new project title ‘Join Me in the Pines’.

2018 marks a new chapter and the release of a very different sounding JMITP. The new material is move away from the brooding dark folk of previous work and embracing instead joyous music with flashes of Prince, Bowie, Numan, Nile Rodgers.

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LISA O’NEILL
LISA O'NEILL - 2018 by Claire

LISA O’NEILL

Lisa O’Neill from County Cavan is an Irish songwriter like no other. Her roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre. On her last album, Heard a long gone song, she sets her remarkable incisive voice against impressionistic instrumental back-drops, like Margaret Barry colluding with the Dirty Three or some such meeting of minds. Lisa is not shy of collaboration, and her performances across Ireland, Europe and beyond have featured many great musicians of all ages and traditions. In January last year, she joined a stellar cast of great songwriters and musicians to celebrate the birthday
of Shane McGowan at the National Concert Hall. In the same year she accepted an invitation from the National Gallery of Ireland to respond to works in the Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art exhibition, which resulted in another spellbinding performance. In April she put together a critically acclaimed show for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin with writer Pat McCabe, and musicians Ian Lynch (Lankum) and Cass McCombs.
Over the years she has quietly built a reputation for herself on the Irish and international scenes and now has a growing following with her unique folk sound, strong song-writing and distinctive voice. Her debut release ‘Has an Album’ was followed in 2013 by Choice-nominated ‘Same Cloth Or Not’. Her third album Pothole in the Sky was released to critical acclaim and is filled with tension and emotion, contextualizing themes of love, loss, heartache and sorrow today through referencing tales from the past with beauty, honesty and defiance. Lisa’s latest release on the Rough Trade imprint River Lea, Heard A Long Gone Song has garnered huge acclaim. It has recently been Choice Nominated has a 5/5 star review from the Guardian on release and a coveted ‘Best Folk Album of 2018’ from the same publication.

“At a time when sameness threatens to drain the world of charm and surprise, Lisa O’Neill stands tall for difference, as an outlier with a mission to frame the world as she sees it and to perform it accordingly. Her voice is her own. No small achievement.” The Irish Times

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CRY MONSTER CRY
Cry Monster Cry Cry Monster Cry

CRY MONSTER CRY

Change is inevitable. It’s the very essence of music. Tempos, rhythms, dynamics. Rising, falling, swelling and settling like the tide. Following on from the success of their debut album, Rhythm of Dawn, released to critical acclaim, Cry Monster Cry is embracing change.

Their latest single Citadel still holds the signature elements that Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin have become known for; warm fraternal harmonies, thoughtful, unadorned instrumentation, evocative lyrics and beautiful melodies, but a visceral, more measured approach is also now apparent. Recorded in the wilds of Donegal under the watchful eye of producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Bell X1, Luke Sital-Singh) the song presents a level of honesty and maturity that is new for the band.

Cry Monster Cry has come a long way since releasing their debut EP The Fallen in 2012. The last two years have seen the band performing on television (The Imelda May Show, Other Voices) to millions of international viewers, as well as playing a string of sold out shows across Ireland and Europe. Now the brothers are setting off on a new musical voyage, showcasing a conviction that has been sculpted through live performance and the bond felt between musician and audience, and a close-to-the-bone artistry that has been forged over time. Hopes, fears, successes, failures, love, anger, sadness, it’s all present.

“(Rhythm of Dawn is) a hugely accomplished debut album, marking out a real new talent” – RTE Ten

“A bewitching record” – Hotpress Magazine

“Rich harmonies… exceedingly likeable” – The Sunday Times

“Insular, thoughtful and poetic. Totally addictive and alluring” – Pure M Magazine ****

“Weaves its way into your affections” – Irish Daily Mail

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DAVID KEENAN
David Keenan

DAVID KEENAN

David Keenan is an Irish songwriter, a young Artist who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.

Creating an inner world through narrative songwriting while leaving the door slightly ajar for us to enter and act out scenes, His live shows have been described as visceral, spiritual and communal events where Keenan moves between a one man and his guitar monologue to fronting a band whose sound only acts as a carrier for the songs further solidifying their intent. Advocating expression through all forms, dressed in the clothes of an out of work revolutionary his debut album is to be let loosed in 2018.

“Not just another young lad with an acoustic guitar, Keenan is the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down.”

Having been asked to play alongside the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard David is fast becoming one of Ireland’s most talked about young Artists.

davidkeenan.ie

THANKS BROTHER
THANKS BROTHER 2019

THANKS BROTHER

Grit-pop duo Thanks Brother is comprised of Róisín O, who has enjoyed great success as a solo act since her debut album ‘The Secret Life of Blue’, and John Broe, formerly the writer and singer with Irish band Miracle Bell. They began writing songs together in 2014, originally for a Róisín O solo album, however realising that there was an undeniable creative chemistry when writing, they embarked on the collaborative project Thanks Brother at the beginning of 2018.

The band’s unusual name comes from a chance encounter that took place at a concert in Ireland, where the duo met one of their screen heroes, actor Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Three Billboards), whose brief response to a gushing Broe’s praise was simply, ‘Thanks Brother’.

The duo has just released its first single of 2019 ‘We Caught It’. It is a slice of anthemic pop, describing magic moments of lost inhibitions. Co-produced and mixed by Grammy Award winner Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran) the songs crisp production highlights O’s powerful vocals, evoking shades of Florence and The Machine and HAIM.

Thanks Brother plan to embark on a UK and Irish tour in March/April.

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WE CUT CORNERS
We Cut Corners

WE CUT CORNERS

WE CUT CORNERS are guitarist/vocalist John Duignan and drummer/vocalist Conall Ó Breachain. The band released their 4th album, IMPOSTORS, in October 2018

The duo have carved out a unique place in the Irish music scene with their eclectic mix of songs, ranging from angular pop and garage rock, to wistful indie-folk, consistently coupled with their unique lyrical deftness. The result is weird and wonderful, abstract at times, and brilliant. The dynamic drum/guitar combination, and the blending of powerful, unique vocal harmonies is principal to their success, live and on record.

The band’s first three albums were all nominated for the CHOICE MUSIC PRIZE for Irish Album of the Year.

What the Irish press say about the new album:

‘Brave, bold and genre-bucking’, Hot Press

‘Beautifully textured, thematic and visceral’, Sunday Business Post

‘The best display of their versatility yet’, The Sunday Times

‘A surging, exploratory triumph’, Golden Plec

wecutcorners.net

JUST MUSTARD
Just Mustard

JUST MUSTARD

Just Mustard are a 5 piece band from Dundalk, Ireland. Crafting their own unique blend of noise, trip hop and electronic influenced music, they released their debut album ‘Wednesday’ to critical acclaim earning a nomination as album of the year in the 2018 Choice Music Prize. Following some highly regarded sets at Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes and 2 nationwide tours in 2018 – Just Mustard will be touring extensively throughout Ireland, UK & Europe in 2019.

“Their debut album ‘Wednesday’ is a two-toned masterpiece, flipping from hypnotic, smoky vocals to screeching industrial noise on the fly.” – NME

“Just Mustard is one of the sweetest bands we’ve found recently.” – Revolver Magazine

“Despite its caustic mood, Wednesday is a swirling atmosphere-heavy thrill-ride.” – Irish Independent

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THE YOUNG FOLK

THE YOUNG FOLK

Since their initial discovery by Pixie Pace Records on the award-winning folk compendium released by ARC Music, The Young Folk are filling venues both at home in Ireland and abroad.

They are fully committed to expanding their fanbase overseas and are rapidly becoming national favourites in The Netherlands with told sold out tours which included the infamous Paradiso in Amsterdam. They have also performed extensively in the UK, France , Germany, Scandinavia, USA and Australia. Along the way, TYF have bagged support slots for Midlake, Lisa Hannigan, The Waterboys and Imelda May to name a few, They have also featured at Manchester’s Whiskey Sessions alongside I am Kloot, Gomez, Badly Drawn Boy, British Sea Power and Jon Allen.

TYF have also been hailed as fan festival favourites, The last two years have seen them perform at Kansas City Folk Festival and Folk Alliance International in USA, Belgium’s Dranouter Festival, Australia’s Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival and Blue Mountain Festival, Germany’s Black Sheep Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival and Cornbury Festival in the UK, Ireland’s Electric Picnic as well on numerous occasions for live TV appearances on Ireland’s RTE’s Saturday Night Live, TV3’s Ireland AM and Nick and Simon’s The Dream [The Netherlands]. In the UK the band was requested by special invitation from the CEO of Vintage TV for a live session performing Way Home from The Little Battle [2014] alongside Fairground Attraction. Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins ranks as their most notable fan to date after he organised numerous performances at a private function at his residence.

“One of the most promising Irish bands for decades” – Simon Redley, Maverick (UK)

theyoungfolk.com/music

THE LATCHIKOS

THE LATCHIKOS

The Latchikós’ sound is heavy with wild fiddle playing, driving Gaelic beats and comical lyrics which combines to give new sound in the colourful tapestry of World music. Well-known virtuoso violinist, popular television personality, and front man from the YouTube and chart hit song “No Privatisation – Irish Water, Irish Nation,” Aindrias de Staic delights with master storytelling and theatrics. Aindrias is accompanied by talented musicians – each accomplished entertainers in their own right. The wonderful rapport they have on stage is extraordinary.

“… A demented Trad trio whipping an already frothing crowd into a frenzy … highlight of the festival … The Latchikós had steam coming off bald men’s heads.” – The Irish Times

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ROE
ROE ROE

ROE

Winner of ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize, ROE is 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Derry (Ireland), Roisin Donald. Laying down her unique brand of self-styled “Grumpy Electro-Pop”, she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond.

Kicking off 2019 being featured on BBC Radio 1s “Introducing Tips for 2019” and RTE2FMs “Rising” list, as well as supporting Snow Patrol on their arena tour around the UK, ROE will be heading to Austin, Texas to perform at the world famous SXSW festival in March before playing her first ever Irish headline shows in April.

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JINX LENNON
Jinx Lennon

JINX LENNON

I’ve been doing Jinx Lennon since 1999 performing everywhere from Rathlin to Reykjavik .In terms of the Irish music scene im at the edge of the Solar System watching scenes come and go just telling it the way it is hoping to uplift a few heads with my Border Schizo Cosmic Folk Sound type tunes. The Jinx Lennon sound can be heard in the new play by Mikel Murfi ‘Kicking all the Boxes’ recently performed in London Vault Festival.

“Grow A Pair, a track from Lennon’s latest record of the same name, must rank as the call-to-arms of the festival. Lennon’s trauma themes for idiot times were just what the crowd in this tent ordered – caustic, inventive, insightful, and funny as fuck.” – GoldenPlec live review 2018

“Grow a Pair!!! again confirms Lennon as one of the most idiosyncratic and singular talents in this country. Jinx is never afraid to sing in his own accent, or address the personal and political, and every shade of grey in between, while empowering the listener throughout the whole beautiful process.” – Eamonn Sweeney, Irish Times

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PILLOW QUEENS
Pillow Queens

PILLOW QUEENS

Having first come together in the autumn of 2016 on the basketball courts of a Dublin city park, the four members of Pillow Queens, soon realised that making music together would be an equally productive group activity. Cathy plays guitar and sings. Rachel plays drums and sings. Pam and Sarah swap guitar , bass and lead vocal duties. Within a few months they’d released their debut EP, Calm Girls, titled in an ironic nod to the bands anxious nature. The three songs dealt with themes of despair, crisis of self and distrust. The closing Wonderboys “an attempt to put into musical form the feeling you get when your eyes roll back into your head when faced with toxic masculinity.” The songs quickly found their way into the hearts of new fans in the local underground DIY scene, and even onto BBC 6music playlists, with Steve Lamacq calling them “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”. By the summer of 2017, the band were touring the UK and performing on festival stages.

Pillow Queens second EP, State of the State, will be released on March 9th 2018 on UK DIY label Specialist Subject.

While taking influence from artists from contemporary US DIY indie & punk scenes (such as Mitski, Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Cloud Nothings), Pillow Queens stay true to their Irish heritage, using Dublin colloquialisms in their lyrics and singing in thick Irish accents.

pillowqueens.com

RUNABAY
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RUNABAY

Founded in the Glens of Antrim during the stormy winter of 2014, runabay are six musicians who through a passion for musicality, innovation and melody have been writing and recording ever since.

A two-time 2018 ‘Irish Artist of the Week’ on Today FM, runabay is at the forefront of fresh, new music in Ireland, a sound which has undeniably been shaped by the beautiful coastline which surrounds the Glens of Antrim and is felt through the swooping melodies and poignant lyrics. The band produce a mature, experimental sound that leaves the listener hanging on the intricate guitar riffs, euphoric three-part harmonies and haunting cello.

“This is absolutely beautiful…simply gorgeous from Runabay” – Ed Smith, Today FM

“They get better with every release” – KCLR 96FM, Roddie Cleere

“I really like this band” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM

“Thoughtful, strumming guitar songs that will appeal to fans of José Gonzalez” – Hot Press

“The real deal” – Culture Hub NI

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BICURIOUS
Bicurious

BICURIOUS

Bicurious are Gavin Purcell and Taran Plouzané; a confused, loud, instrumental and experimental two-piece from Dublin, Ireland and Brest, France.
Formed in September 2016, they have now played gigs all over Ireland and France, with plans to tour even more in 2019, at home and especially abroad.
Renowned for their crazy live shows which feature mosh pits, head-banging, riff sing-a-longs, and sometimes even vegan cake, they have rapidly built a loyal fanbase in Dublin and Ireland as a whole.
Their fans have shown their loyalty by funding most of the band’s début EP through crowd-funding and a packed-out fundraiser gig in Sin É, Dublin.
Recording guitar loops live, they build huge soundscapes; ranging from math-rock inspired riffs to jazzy chord progressions.
While Bicurious’ songs can often feature samples of political speakers, which aim to highlight injustices and crises in Ireland, occasional appearances from guests such as Samuel L. Jackson and Donald Trump are not unheard of. All of this is facilitated by Gavin’s drum sample pad; the unofficial third member of the band.

“Go see Bicurious as a matter of urgency, and wear heavy-heeled footwear” – The Best of Music And Film (Remy)

“We feel the most fitting description is totally intoxicating, mosh-pit enticing, very tasty headbangery. ” – Knockanstockan

“As an instrumental band they keep their audience engaged with intricate, luscious riffs and sweet melodies while packing in a thrilling heavy dose of mosh ready ferocity” – Indie Buddie

“A very mushroom friendly band” – Buttenpusher DIY (Nottingham, UK)

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WOB!
WOB!

WOB!

WOB! is a Serbian/Irish drummer, electronic music producer and DJ. With a healthy amount of critical acclaim under his belt (including from The Irish Times, Hotpress and Nialler9), WOB! vigilantly mixes a classic UK D&B sound with touches of synths and harmonic vocals reminiscent of his Mediterranean experience. Currently on a mission to bring chill out vibes, feature local singers and showcase Ireland’s beautiful scenery, WOB! can be found behind the drums performing liquid D&B music with a 4pc band.

“New single ‘Where I Wanna Be’ oscillates along like a more inspired Disclosure, or Euro House without the cheese. On the surface, it might just seem like another shiny pop-laced piece of House, but Djollie’s commitment to cultural integration and artistic collaboration (particularly with female artists) makes us think that he’s ahead of his game.” – We are Uncollective

“WOB! is clearly 100% adept to incorporating the ground-breaking sounds first unleashed by the likes of St. Germain, Portishead and Sneaker Pimps, trip hop mashed eloquently with house beats. Dubh Lee’s vocal though, is pristine in its slow treacle pour on top of ‘Where I Wanna Be’, it’s a horrendously perfect fusion of two individuals complimenting each other in the most natural way.” – REMY

“WOB! brings this scintillating drum/bass house electronica to the fore, and we are smitten. With his 4 piece band, the Serbian-Irish music producer and DJ makes doing life, a whole lot exciting and chill. The focus of vibes and vibrant colors, pan the skies in this single ‘Where I Wanna Be’, as you fall, and fall hard for this scenic travel in sonic iridescence.” – Come Here Floyd

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MODERNLOVE.
Modernlove

MODERNLOVE.

Drogheda based outfit who are crafting some seriously catchy upbeat indie and alt-pop anthems. Formed in 2014, Modern Love. have played support slots to the likes of The Academic, Apella and Hudson Taylor and have earned a firm following to their ethereal and energetic live shows. They are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut EP – Dislocate – to be released in the coming months.

Modernlove. won the Firestone Battle of the Bands Competition to headline the Firestone Stage at Vantastival 2018.

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THE SILKEN SAME

THE SILKEN SAME

Following the release of a self-titled album, the Galway duo formerly known as Mossy Nolan have had a re-spray, a re-tune and have changed their name to The Silken Same. The sound you will recognise but they have a few fresh ideas that will surprise you now they’re sharing the writing experience.

Weighted by loss, energised by wonder, it’s a nuanced, mature record. For the band it’s reflective of the years that have passed since their last release and the personal growth therein.
Like their contemporaries Seamus Fogarty and Lisa O’Neill they decamped to Grammy Award winning David Odlum’s Black Box studios to commit these new ideas to record. In a converted farm building, deep in the French countryside, the stone walls and wood ceilings were the perfect environment to capture the sound of two well acquainted musicians playing live in a room.

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JAXSON
JaXson

JAXSON

JaXson is the brainchild of Wexford singer-songwriter Luke Jackson.
Luke has been slowly climbing the ladder ever since he began playing under the moniker, JaXson, in January 2017
Some of his early highlights include played to a packed crowd at Vantastival 2018, supporting Little Hours in Waterford & landing a slot on the RTÉ 2FM Play The Picnic Stage at Electric Picnic!
JaXson released his single, ‘We Were Born’, on 14th September, 3 days after a live version aired on Today FM’s Lost In Music.
The track has been supported by Irish radio ever since and has received rave reviews from a number of blogs & magazines and was selected for Spotify’s ‘A Breath of Fresh Éire’ playlist as well as being pushed heavily on Discover Weekly & Release Radar.


“He strikes a chord with contemporary neuroses and the worrying demand for self-perfectionism that has been spurred by social media.” – Hot Press Magazine

2019 started with JaXson being chosen as one of Golden Plec’s ‘Plec Picks’, Ones To Watch for 2019 as well as announcing some support shows with Paddy Casey, Hudson Taylor & Alternative Liverpool band, SPINN.

New music is on the horizon and on March 29th, JaXson will play a headline show Upstairs in Whelan’s for SOMA Indie Clubnight.

For more information, go to www.jaxsonsound.com

PANIK ATTAKS
Panik Attaks

PANIK ATTAKS

Hailing from Dublin, Punk Rockers ‘Panik Attaks’ consists of – Rob Walsh (Cold Comfort), Mick Pyro (Republic of loose) Trevor Keogh (New Secret Weapon) Alex Harvey (Thumper) and Rian Trench (Leo Drezden, Solar Bears)

The band are fresh out of the studio after recording their Debut E.P, which will be released over the coming months. The first of which being a video for ‘Psychotic Delusions’ released on 21/11/2018 but It’s at their live shows when you can really come to terms with what this stellar line-up is capable of.

Sounds like – Misfits/Wire/Idles

After The session – Grand Social -“Panik Attaks are an outstanding band who are showing a lot of promise for 2019”

The minor fall the major lift -“Dublin Thrash/Punk supergroup Panik Attaks break the door down with punchy new single ‘Psychotic Delusions’.”

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FARAH ELLE
Farah Elle Farah Elle

FARAH ELLE

Farah El Neihum, known as ‘Farah Elle’, is a singer-songwriter, whose distinctive music reveals something of the beauty in the ephemeral everyday. Farah has eclectic influences, including Arabian echoes from her Libyan background. Based in Dublin, she moved to Ireland with her family as a newborn child. Her ethos as an artist is to spread positivity, compassion, creativity and growth into our society. Farah also runs creative coaching sessions and workshops using music, poetry and movement to improve self-expression, performance anxiety, emotional intelligence and integration. Farah Elle performs a combination of solo & full band shows regularly. She is currently working on her debut album; which is a concept album, due to be released in 2020. In the meantime, her single ‘Silk’ is available on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Some of her other work and collaborations, such as “Oh Honey”, a feature with American Hip-hop group CunninLynguists, and “Feel It Out” (a collaboration track with BANTUM), are also available on Spotify.

« … the ethereal Farah Elle, whose demure, pixie meet Audrey Hepburn persona, won the crowd over. Working her inner Freddie Mercury with plucky, Queen-like piano and ethnic music influences, the distinctive singer stood out as an act to watch out for.” – Hot Press Magazine

“Farah Elle’s brand of alt-pop forgoes the use of much instrumentation; her ambling melodies are propped up solely by her distinctive half-sung-half-spoken vocals and the interesting ways in which she draws upon her Libyan heritage and Irish upbringing.” – GoldenPlec.com

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FOX JAW
Fox Jaw

FOX JAW

Limerick quintet, Fox Jaw, return to form with their brand new single ‘Madeline’, a modern strutting alt-rock groove anthem with hints of a New Romantics past. The new single comes accompanied by a full Technicolor audio visual experience shot and directed by the band’s drummer, Shane Serrano. The music video follows the misadventures of a sexual predator and his prey, while paying homage to the cinematic styles or Tarantino and Rodriguez.

Recorded at Ballyhane Studios with engineer Art O’Laoire, mixed by Mike Gavin et Even Audio and Mastered by Richard Dowling at Wav Mastering (David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Interpol). Once described as ‘a modern band with an old soul’, Fox Jaw have a swaggering trend-shaking growl, that always keeps things sweet and melodic with an honest collection of dark pop songs. With hundreds of shows under their belts, 10 Singles, 5 Vinyls Releases, 2 Studio Albums, 2 EPs, 1 Live Album, countless festival appearances, TV appearances, Magazine Covers, Music Video Awards, Album Of The Year Awards, and only one flat tyre … Fox Jaw have been bringing their signature brand of rock and roll to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 12 years.

“Majestic full-band rock with a distinct Irish touch.” – Nialler9 (IRL)

“Oscillating between bluesy hymns dripping with bass lines and good old-fashioned rock’n’roll-around-in-the-mud, Fox Jaw are punchier and sassier than your grandma after several cheeky sherries … Fox Jaw represent the future of Ireland alternative rock bands.” – Itcher Magazine (UK)

“Songs that they can happily bring anywhere, and win audiences with ease … They’ve carved out a sound that stays away from anything else that’s around right now.” – Dan Hegarty / 2FM (IRL)

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I’D FIGHT GANDHI

I’D FIGHT GANDHI

With a mix of soaring vocals and aggressive rap, I’d Fight Gandhi was a force to be reckoned with, a serious rock outfit from Dundalk with influences noticeably include Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Stuck Mojo, System of a Down, Tool and Deftones.

Making their live debut in September of 2009, I’d Fight Gandhi went on to create a rapidly growing fanbase from their impressive live shows. The band recorded a 7 track debut EP entitled “We The Damned” which features a collaboration with Lord Nelson of US rap/rock legends Stuck Mojo.

I’d Fight Gandhi played at the first ever Vantastival back in 2010, and at several other Vantastivals before going their separate ways with individual music projects. They are getting back together this year just for our 10th anniversary festival!

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GHOSTS OF MEN
Ghosts of Men

GHOSTS OF MEN

Nicely heavy, dancey, two piece alt-rock from Essex.

Sometimes described as a pair of naredowells with the combined mental age of 7, sometimes hailed as geniuses of the genre, it’s fair to say these two throw themselves into every performance with passion, humour, style and sheer power leaving a lasting impression wherever they go.

The last 4 years have seen Ghosts Of Men take to over 100 festival stages and countless UK venues, sign a record deal, release 3 EP’s and an Album as well as 4 cutting edge music videos, constantly building an army of fans Europe-wide along the way.

“Like a two piece Queens of the Stone Age if Queens of the Stone Age were entirely composed of Morecambe and Wise” – Stuart Turner BBC Radio

“Ghosts of Men’s record is a mix of gloriously filthy blues and Desert rock. Their live show is an explosion of anarchy with a devilish wink. These chaps are playing some kind of impish prank on the world. But don’t worry, they want you to be in on it too. This is my favourite festival band for good reason.” – Stuart Blakeledge 103.9 VoiceFm

“I love having Ghosts Of Men’ on the show. Powerhouse performers with such a feel for the brilliant music they play and a growing army of fans.” – Tony Fisher, Head of Music, BBC Essex.

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SYLK
SYLK

SYLK

SYLK are a female noir-pop duo based in Dublin, Ireland. Laced with an underground aesthetic SYLK are industrial, bass heavy and lyrically dark. It is the blend of these elements that create SYLK’s signature darkwave sound, which compliments their energetic live show where they incorporate intensive visuals. From analogue synths, distorted baritone guitar riffs & a multitude of soundscapes created from manipulating Taylor’s vocals, SYLK (Taylor & Bebhinn) take a DIY approach to their art. You will find them in a dark neon-lit bedroom creating and producing music about what they feel and music about what they don’t feel.

SYLK’s 2019 release ‘All In Ur Head’ FT Daragh Locke is the first of many for 2019 and has gained mainstream radio play from RTE 2FM (track of the week & track of the day), 98FM and Today FM and described as JOE.IE’s song of the day as a ‘dark brooding banger of a track’.

“Something tells us SYLK have an insatiable desire to infiltrate our airwaves and crawl under your skin. Y’know, we might just let them.” – Goldenplec

« These girls have been steadily carving a name for themselves on the circuit with their gothic electro /coldwave sounds and visually catching live show. Their use of lights create a fitting atmosphere for their ethereal set” – Hot Press Magazine

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PARADOX
Paradox

PARADOX

Paradox are an Alternative Rock band from Cork formed in 1997 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac. The early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90’s. The band have released 4 albums to date. Their debut album ‘Circle of Growth’ was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Paradox have toured both Europe and the US playing alongside the likes of Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife.

A music video for track ‘Mr. Bureaucracy’ was shot in 2012 which was nominated for ‘best song’ at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
2018 saw the release of their single ‘All Life Matters’ along with a new music video which went on to win ‘Best Music Video’ at the Disappear Here Film Festival in Donegal and also was nominated at the Kerry Film Festival and the Indie Cork Film Festival. New music from the band is expected for 2019.

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TOPSO
Topso

TOPSO

Topso returned to the scene in 2018 after 2 years spent in their home built studio perched on a hill in Co. Kildare. From there, the 4 former members of “The Barley Mob” spent a defining period creating a new and unique sound where they explored their creative appetite for grooves, melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

Their debut EP release in June 2018 delivers four tracks which carry a message of overcoming fears, doubts and anxieties to rediscover their love of playing live and connecting with an audience . Engineered and recorded by the band during a period of reflection and reform, they used their know how from years of live shows to capture their raw live energy.

“A triumphant return, you could even call it topso if you wanted. Expect big things from Topso as they release new music.”

“..but for us the headliner came hours earlier. The Barley Mob are a true rarity: reggae isn’t exactly storming the fort of the Irish music scene, but there’s far more to this impressive grouping than a clever play on words.” – AU Magazine – Vantastival 2012 review

“Never before has Ireland produced such a unique band” – Music and Everything.com

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NAOISE ROO
Naoise Roo

NAOISE ROO

Naoise Roo has been making waves on the Irish music scene since the release of her debut album Lilith in 2015. She deals with themes of heartbreak, desire, and female identity and stylistically ranges from powerfully emotional indie rock to delicate ambient electronic and visceral hard grunge – while still remaining strikingly unique. This year will see her release a new EP inspired by painful struggles and personal reflection delivered with the same unflinching honesty that made people take note of her first record. Her live shows are an eclectic mix of unabashed screeching guitars and stripped back vulnerability.

“Full of drama and unpredictableness with vibes of Nick Drake and Patti Smith'” – Rigsy, Across The Line, BBC Radio Ulster.

“The album’s genre-spanning promises of ambient electronica, indie rock and burlesque could well show Lilith to be one of the great Irish breakthrough albums of 2015. Certainly this early on, her output is reminiscent of the kinds of qualities that made the likes of Angel Olsen’s incredible 2014 LP Burn Your Fire For No Witness so special.” – Stevie Lennox, The Thin Air.

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THE BONNY MEN
The Bonny Men

THE BONNY MEN

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.

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LITTLE DOVE
Little Dove

LITTLE DOVE

Originating in Los Angeles, Little Dove played their first show on April 7, 2013 at the Viper Room with frontwoman Vanja James and drummer Dylan Cooper. Recording their first album LIVE in a single day, the band released their debut record a mere two weeks later. That album was selected by Nic Harcourt as a featured artist for his radio show, and was played in 6 major US cities, as well as garnering airplay in the UK and France. In 2016, the opening track from that debut album, “Misery” – was featured on Season 6, Episode 9 of the HBO TV show Shameless. Vanja relocated to her hometown of San Diego in early 2016, and kept the band going with a different lineup, featuring Kyle Areford on Bass, and Ryan Lee Schilawski on drums. Most unique to the band’s live lineup is their two left-handed players: Vanja on left-handed guitar and vocals, and Kyle on left-handed bass. In January of 2016 the band began constructing their own small recording studio – it was completed in spring of 2017, and Vanja set out to learn pro-tools for the purpose of being able to self record and produce the band’s sophomore release. Most currently special guest drummers and touring drummers have included Chris Dimas (Bleeker), Matt Tecu (Cat Power), and Damon De La Paz (Vandals/Fenix TX/Blink 182). Little Dove’s approach to making this record falls in the footsteps of bands like Pigface – with different special guests appearing on each track.

“Over-all an impressive debut and with a proper recording contract and money pushed their way, god only knows what they could produce if this is anything to go by. ” – Music Mafia UK

“Get rid of any mental ideas that Little Dove are a twee folk band destined for Radio 1’s Breakfast Show. Your frontal lobe could not be further from the truth. This rocking female-fronted getup are an awesome grungy, glitchy heavy rock group underpinned by a trashy home-made drumkit.” – Never Enough Notes UK

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REBEL PHOENIX
Rebel Phoenix

REBEL PHOENIX

Rebel Phoenix is a rapper from Dublin who has been well respected in Irish hip-hop for a number of years, since his first release, R.E.B.E.L, in 2014. His status as one of the leaders in the Irish urban scene continues to grow due to the originality and quality of his music. Having secured an 0-1 artist visa after a stint in New York, he now splits his time between the US and the Emerald Isle.
Rebel Phoenix’ gigs are energetic and memorable experiences. His versatility is impressive and concertgoers can expect thought-provoking and inspiring lyrics impeccably delivered over everything from the haunting beats in his latest and widely lauded single ‘Limitless’ to the Southern-inspired trap production in ‘Off The Books’.

Fans of Freddie Gibbs, Nas, Nipsey Hussle and Wu-Tang Clan will love Rebel’s music.

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SICK LOVE
Sick Love

SICK LOVE

“ We want our songs to have more punch than a prom night ”

SICK LOVE deliver a high-energy, no holds barred rock show all wrapped up in the most anthemic songs. Described by Hot Press magazine as “ defiantly pushing against the grain of indie and folk bands in Ireland ”, they broke through with sold out shows as well as festival slots at Electric Picnic and Indiependence. The band were quickly marked by many as ones to watch, with the Irish Times preaching they are “ set to join the Super League of Irish rock bands ”.

SICK LOVE are no stranger to the gritty, do-it yourself Irish music scene. Having risen from the ashes of former band Sub Motion that relentlessly worked through changing line-ups and sounds that crafted a name for themselves following a number of successful self-released tracks and a series of support slots ( Crazy Town,The Strypes, Fangclub, Otherkin )

The band are set to release their debut single “Are You Ready”. The track was recorded live in Herbert Place Studios, Dublin with James Darkin at helm ( Kanye, Will.i.am, Rihanna, Hozier ).

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THE CRAYON SET
The Crayon Set

THE CRAYON SET

This Dublin-based 6 piece specialise in catchy, alternative pop. The band released their debut album in April 2013. It was produced by Nick Brine (Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals). Single ‘No.1 Fan’ received airplay on Today Fm and BBC Radio 6 amongst other stations and a number of tracks featured on Irish TV programmes. Its follow-up, ‘Lost Languages’ was produced by Gavin Glass and released in 2017. The album was a move away from the indie pop of their debut and was in part a homage to many of their favourite ‘Americana’ artists. A number of tracks were play-listed on Irish radio stations. Musician.ie made it their album of the year. The Crayon Set are an exciting live band and have played many of the top Irish festivals and venues. Their dynamic live shows feature tight vocal harmonies, instrument swapping and occasionally some giant inflatable crayons …

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

“Pop music at its glorious best” Joe.ie

“I’m finding it difficult to summon up worthy praise for this delicately beautiful album .. our album of the year”. Musician.ie

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BEAUTY SLEEP
Beauty Sleep

BEAUTY SLEEP

Beauty Sleep’s music is born of the friendship of its three members share. The Belfast natives met first by chance at a mutual friend’s party. While chatting, Cheylene, Ryan and Aimee discovered a powerful shared creative bond. Overcome with the rush of inspiration only the prospect of a new project instils, the group decided to seize the moment and focus their energy into forming a new band. Enter the lush dream-pop Beauty Sleep makes today.

Their strong releases have been bolstered by the band’s high energy live performances, which the group view as another avenue for communal celebration of music and dance. Apart from regular gigs in their native Belfast, Beauty Sleep have recently graced stages at Electric Picnic, Other Voices, The Great Escape and supported the likes of All Tvvins and Pleasure Beach.

With the endless possibilities of the new year at hand Beauty Sleep have decided to release their long-awaited debut LP ‘Be Kind’ on May 17th. The album pays homage to looking forward with fresh and vibrant sounds for the bands to explore.

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BAJJNA
Bajjna

BAJJNA

Bajjna is a Reggae band based in Dublin Ireland. Bajjna are receiving really good response from music lovers, Radios and other media that has inspired them to continue making more music. The band name Bajjna was taken from a Bengoli word “Bajna” means Rhythm, Strum, Drum, Performance and when someone play an instrument that produce a sound called “Bajna” as well. The reason behind “Bajna” spelled with double -JJ- “Bajjna” because the additional -J- is taken from Jamaica & Jah to show love and Respect to the country where Reggae music was found.

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TANJIER
Tanjier

TANJIER

Tanjier are an indie-pop band. They take inspiration from the likes of The 1975, Sigrid, and LANY. Recently, they sold out their headline Dublin gig and supported the likes of Le Galaxie, Sorcha Richardson, and The Slow Readers Club. They have brought their live show to the likes of Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit and Other Voices. Tanjier are Mick Killen, Ronan Lynch, and Tommy Buckley. Mick and Ronan have known each other since attending school together, aged 4. Their teenage years were spent playing music together in various bands. Tommy met Mick at college in Dublin and the two formed a Tanjier which Ronan joined soon after. Their last two singles Lights and Crave have amassed over 300k streams. They were selected as Today FM’s ‘Irish Artist of the Week’, 2FM’s ‘Fresh on Fridays’, Spin 1038’s ‘One to Watch’. Their latest releases were featured on Spotify playlists like New Music Friday, The Pop List, and Alt-Pop.

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GHOST ACCUSER
Ghost Accuser

GHOST ACCUSER

Existential lyricism, cathartic grooves, gritty Alt Rock sound. Ghost Accuser formed in 2015, drawing influences from post punk, alternative rock, new wave and grunge. Their debut album Empty Orchestra, recorded in Loop Studios was released in 2018. The band features Joey McGowan guitars and vocals, Martin Fagan bass, Mike Newell drums and vocals, Felix Meehan guitars and vocals.

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AMY MONTGOMERY
Amy Montgomery

AMY MONTGOMERY

The first thing that grabs your attention about Northern Ireland singer songwriter Amy Montgomery (apart from her Bohemian look) is her raw and beautiful voice honed from relentless busking throughout Ireland. Her vocals seem to channel the spirit of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick whilst also acknowledging her all time favourite Alanis Morissette. Working with well know NI producer/songwriter/musician Michael Mormecha, her first single Dangerous blissfully blends gently strummed acoustic guitars with soaring string arrangements and rich electric licks.

Dangerous picked up plays across BBC Radio Ulster and spot plays on Bob Harris’s Radio 2 show. New single Constitution (available from September 28) picks up the mantle and will surely secure more daytime plays and playlist additions in the coming weeks.

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PRAIRIE DAWGS

PRAIRIE DAWGS

The Prairie Dawgs started out as a Country Duo & like the rodents of the famous expansive prairies of Dublin soon multiplied to the 7 pce Folk n Roots act they are today! The Dawgs quickly established themselves on the live scene by setting up the much acclaimed Tumbleweed Love Sessions at the Cobblestone!

In 2009 they released their eponymous debut album which was lauded as “A Winning Proposition” by Eamonn Carr (Horslips, Evening Herald, Hot Press). “proper rootsy folk music composed to make you feel good about life!……….with wonderful vocals, strings and harmonies” In 2011 The Dawgs retired to a rural location in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains to record their follow up “Halfway to Poughkeepsie” a new collection of finely crafted songs with refined lyrics and close vocal harmonies. The collection includes ballads, blues, stomps, and folk blues performed with characteristic flair by the multi-instrumental 7 piece. With a nod of the hat to Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Tom Waits, and Ella Fitzgerald, the influences are many, but the sound is totally unique to the Dawgs.

“Halway to Poughkeepsie” was released in June 2012 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody, Spotify and many other top online stores. Their last album “Time Is” was released in November 2016 and they now propose 5 new songs never played before !

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GRAHAM SWEENEY
Graham Sweeney

GRAHAM SWEENEY

Graham Sweeney is a singer-songwriter from Achill Island, Co. Mayo. His distinctive sound arises from a blend of traditional guitar playing, percussive finger-tapping and rhythmic vocal melodies. He is influenced by many different styles of music and his inspiration comes from a wide range of sources, from English literature and poetry to the characters he comes across in daily life.

Over the past few years Graham has toured with Declan O’Rourke, supported Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery and Damien Dempsey, and played hundreds of solo gigs at venues all over the country. He also recorded and released his first album, Closing Time. Graham has played at several festivals including Electric Picnic for four years running, Body and Soul, Another Love Story, Vantastival, Spirit of Folk, Ballinamore Free Fringe, The Secret Village Festival and Battle for the Lake.

“A very talented, original young songwriter with all the trademarks of a great career ahead.” – Declan O’Rourke.

“Best new guitar player I’ve heard for years.” – Luka Bloom

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SEA HIGH

SEA HIGH

Sea High, performing with Off Key Collective, is a rising young artist and songwriter who found his roots in folk music, but later grew to embrace electronic and hip hop elements creating a unique blend of homegrown Irish hip hop and spoken word. Tackling themes on love, life, politics and social issues Sea High is insightful and challenging, yet smooth and easy listening. With his debut EP, “VAGARY”, recieving critical acclaim, nationally and internationally, and gigs all over the country, Sea High is back with a new album and a new show! Catch Sea High rocking Vantastival alongside Key Low and with Odd Numbers on the decks for a raw, original take on hip hop and spoken word.

It looks like it’s Sea High season!!!

“Fantastic, conscious hip hop” – Nialler9

“Sea High knows how to bring cool, powerful heat” – RhymeJunkie

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THE HIGH LIFE
The High Life

THE HIGH LIFE

Originally the songwriting vehicle of Daithi McGahon & Phil Dowling, The HighLife have announced plans to continue touring in 2019 after the untimely passing of co-founder Phil Dowling in October 2018.

Driven by the need to spread their message, Daithi now steers the band into a post-psychedelic direction, concentrating on the progression of the sound. Niall Gregory on drums and percussion lays the foundations for groove-laden tracks that build into choruses which demand the audience to rise up and celebrate!

The HighLife released their debut studio album ‘By The Swings’ in 2017, an accumulation of works that show the depth of their songwriting ability. Tracks like ‘Up Now Baby’ and ‘By The Swings’ express great sensuality and emotion, whilst ‘Slavery’ touches on a powerful message that outlines the political beliefs of the band, “we’ll rise!” The band are currently writing their second studio album scheduled for release in late 2019.

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TAU
TAU

TAU

TAU’s newest offering TAU and The Drones of Praise, following TAU TAU TAU (2016) leaps to life from its very first track, offering an empowering manifesto that lays their weapons on the table for all to see: TAU filter out the cacophony and confusion of the current way of living which weaves the listener directly to the heart of things. It offers studious ruminations of the invisible crossed with the wall-of-sound psychedelic drone arrangements that are at the very core of the project. After celebrating their (first) release in venues and festivals all over Europe, including coveted performances at Le Guess Who Festival, Liverpool Psych Fest and Levitation Angers as well as plays and recognition on BBC 6 with fans in Cerys Matthews and Tom Ravenscroft, TAU have matured their sound. TAU and The Drones Of Praise is a yawp into the darkness, formulating new medicine with old roots. It will be released on February 4th 2019 on their own label DRONES OF PRAISE RECORDS.

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GRÁINNE COTTER
Grainne Cotter

GRÁINNE COTTER

Grainne Cotter is a Pop-Jazz alternative artist to look out for this year as she hits the Irish and UK circuit with her new Music Single and Video “Shadows”. Gráinne stems from a background of a variety of genres with musical experience a plenty. She is a Clare native, fiddle player and professional singer-songwriter who accredits her powerful lyrics to her Parisian adventures, travel and life experience. Having derived from an Irish music Family she was very surprised to discover a love of Jazz and song composition in University, and was given the opportunity to study in Berklee College Boston for a summer. Having returned to Ireland from a summer in Paris, Gráinne moved to the culture hub of Galway and set up a talented group who then assisted her in her ambition of creating her first album of work “Tides”, which was released last year. Following her release of her Album TIDES several of her tracks have been added to the RTÉ 1 recommended playlist and she has had the immense pleasure of performing at festivals such as The Other Voices, Electric Picnic and Féile na Bealtaine. She looks forward to the release of her new single and video “Shadows” on March 19th which was filmed in the stunning scenery of Connemara.

Gráinne will be holding her Irish Tour in April/May.

“It is clear to see that there is no lack of female talent in Ireland”-John Creedon, RTE.

“Absolutely beautiful. Just Wonderful”-Pat Kenny, Newstalk.

“There is something about it”- Mary Whelan, Lyric FM

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MAKINGS
Makings

MAKINGS

The unique, dance floor-filling sound of Makings can be described as electro-rock laced with rap. In January 2019 they hit the year running via a headline show at Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch’, giving them an opportunity to grace the main stage of the legendary venue. In February they launched their EP, also in Whelan’s, and embarked on a German tour taking in Berlin, Hamburg and Kiel. They are currently working with Grammy Award winning mixer Jim Lowe (Stereophonics) on new material of which they already released the singles ‘Blackhole’, ‘Pulse’ and ‘Beck N Call’.

Between 2016 and 2018 they released their debut album and toured internationally makings appearances at Vantastival (IRL), Swell Festival (IRL), YouBloom Festival (IRL), Lechlade Music Festival (UK), The Monarch (UK), Proud Camden (UK), The Balor Theatre (IRL) and many other venues around UK and Ireland. Making name for themselves as a powerful live band and with many more releases in the pipeline, the group expect 2019 to be their biggest year yet!

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MOLTO VIVO
Molto Vivo

MOLTO VIVO

They say that music is the art of rule breaking, and nothing could be more true for this alternative rock band, Molto Vivo. Quickly rising in their local music scene, the artists behind Molto Vivo have earned their reputation as a talented band to look out for. This three piece, made up of Mattie Bell on Vocals and Guitar, Rae Sofley on Vocals and Bass Guitar and Jordan Dickson on drums combines grunge, rockabilly, classic rock, punk and theatrical composition to provide a well rounded and distinct style. Described as ‘The Pixies met Green Day and had a baby!’ and ‘the most important, vital and entertaining band in Belfast ever, bar none’ by upcoming Derry legends The Wood Burning Savages.

“Their music crunches, shouts and inspires. Their big tune [of 2018] ‘Brainwashed’ is the wake-up call we need.” – Mirror NI

“Rumbling grunge dynamics, some personal politics and a deal of pop nous” – Daily Mirror

“’Brainwashed’ hurtles smartly like the Breeders classic, ‘Cannonball’.” – Daily Mirror

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MYTH
Myth

MYTH

MYTH are a four-piece alternative rock band from Dublin. Their music consists of low end rhythmic harmonies, fatback beats and haunting vocal melodies. They draw inspiration from artists of all genre & it can be heard within their sound. Which is a mixture of Jefferson Airplane, The Cranberries, Fleetwood Mac & Paramore.

“A distinctive mix of low harmonies, fat back beats and haunting vocal hooks”.” HOT PRESS

“Heavy, pondering, instrumental, you never know which MYTH is going to show up” REMY

“A fusion of classic rock elements and 90s grunge.” HOT PRESS

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SCALLY
Scally

SCALLY

Described by Hot Press as “Energy, balls and pure rock n’ roll” Scally writes and co produces all his own songs. Scally’s songs have been credited for being rooted in working class ideologies – unemployment, teenage pregnancies, drink and substance abuse and crime, whilst also critiquing wider social issues such as homelessness, sex & gender liberation, privatisation of the media and the refugee crisis. Scally’s band – The Dirty Rats – decorate these messages with intricate licks and flicks, groove filled grandeur for a true rock n’ roll experience likened to Arctic Monkeys and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Scally has also been gaining notoriety for his on stage antics with his penchant for balaclavas, megaphones, nakedness, whisky drinking and crowd surfing with many likening him to Anthony Kiedis and Iggy Pop.

“Energy, balls, pure rock n’ roll” (Hot Press)

“More energy than a Duracell Bunny on speed…..everything you can imagine when you think of rock n’ roll” (Indie Buddie)

“Sure to blow the cobwebs from your mind” – John Loftus (8Radio)

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KUDOS
Kudos

KUDOS

Dream Electronic Pop duo KUDOS (sisters Sophie and Laura O’Keeffe) are currently promoting their debut album ‘Perfect’ which entered the Irish Independent Charts at number 8 on February 15th, 2019.

Originally from Cork, the album was recorded on the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic where they have been living since 2014. Described by Nialler9.com as ‘sun kissed atmospheric pop’ the album captures island vibes, adventure and energy.

Mastered by Pete Maher, (Katy Perry, U2, Rolling Stones, Oasis, Lana Del Rey, Kelly Clarkson) various tracks are garnering radio play around the country.

From a musical family, Sophie and Laura who play piano and guitar are equally comfortable playing their songs acoustically or performing electronically. Prior to leaving Ireland they won the Wesley national duet singing contest and Sophie also attended the world famous Berklee College summer programme in Valencia.

KUDOS are completing a video for each track on the album, five of which are on their youtube channel alongside their regular blog, ‘Not So Perfect’

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STOLEN CITY
Stolen City

STOLEN CITY

Stolen City are a Dublin-based three-piece who pride themselves on their fun, energetic performances.

Since the release of debut E.P Stolen City two years ago, the young band have worked tirelessly to make their mark on Ireland’s independent music scene, with their upbeat pop-rock sound. Hearing their song`s “Cupids Daughter”, “Last Night” and “Let Her Go” play on stations such as iRadio, Spin 103.8 and Classic Hits 4fm and iRadio was a surreal moment for the band and has pushed them to work even harder on delivering music to an even higher standard. Their main mission is to bring a change to the music scene “We see a big disconnect between bands and their fans nowadays, It’s as if once people get famous they can forget where they came from, We want to make sure that never happens to us and hope if we lead by example people will follow”.

Comprising of lead singer Sean McGrath, guitarist David McCabe and drummer Ian Bailey, 2018 was a particularly successful year for the trio that saw them gig across Ireland, everywhere from iconic venue Whelans to Stradbally’s Electric Picnic. Last summer (2018) also marked their international debut as they took to the stage at German festival Rock an der Eider. With a focus on their existing loyal following, the lads have concentrated on growing their audience further, releasing thought-provoking and creative music videos to promote their singles and are keen on using their various social media platforms to keep all updated on both their work within the music scene and the firm friendships that exist within the band. A quick glimpse at the band’s social platform numbers gives an idea of their steady, but growing, success: their video for song ‘Faces’ has over 70,000 impressions while their Facebook page has almost hit 3,000 fans.

Building on last year’s momentum, Stolen City are determined to continue their hard work to increase their following and gain further interest. With three major events already lined up – Indiependence, Sult Festival and Vantastival – and plans in the making for further headline gigs, as well as new music, the band are more than ready to earn their place on a national, and international, platform.

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DON’T FEAR THE NATIVES
Don't Fear the Natives

DON’T FEAR THE NATIVES

Don’t Fear The Natives are a six-piece alt-rock outfit from Buncrana, Co. Donegal. After a triumphant gig with Welsh giants Feeder, their debut ‘Stupid Heart’ romped into the iTunes Top 20 on the day of its release.

DFTN are winning admirers with their blistering guitar rock, drawing on classic influences as diverse as The Beatles, Stone Roses, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Blondie and many more. Their Stupid Heart E.P. showcases the band’s differing styles, from full on bliss-rock, to delicate, laid back songs familiar to fans of their online Youtube series, the Folkswagon Sessions.

To date, Stupid Heart has been featured Track of the Week on many local and national stations with Don’t Fear The Natives featuring on global radio across the UK, Canada, US, and Australia.

Stupid Heart reviews

“A song that really, really grabs you!” Amazing Radio, UK

“Cracking debut release!….definitely ones to watch!” Hot Press

“Crunching guitars reminiscent to The Cranberries Zombie…a really strong debut offering” The Irish Jam, London

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THE BURMA
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 of the 80s and 90s, The Burma’s jangly guitars and bouncy basslines make for refreshingly melodic songs. In 2019 The Burma will play some of their biggest shows to date including the likes of The Liverpool Feis, Vantastival, the Doolin Folk Festival and many more on the Irish and British festival circuit. Expect to see some exciting new releases from The Burma this year too!

“Anyone in fear that the conveyor-belt of winning guitar bands might be slowing down would be well advised to check out The Burma 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

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

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THE LAST VINCI
The Last Vinci

THE LAST VINCI

The Last Vinci is Alex Vinci; a heavy rock melodic artist from Cork, Ireland. He released his debut Album “THE LAST VINCI” on November 2014, releasing singles/Videos such as “FOLLOW YOUR ORDER”, “FREE FROM YOURSELF” and “NO PLACE TO HIDE” that was part of “The Last Vinci – Live from the Studio” recorded after an extensive tour supporting the Album release around Ireland, italy, Uk, Switzerland, Latvia and Lithuania. Alex is also part of the alternative/stoner-rock power duo ORDER OF THE MESS, well known for their heavy, chaotic and punishing low frequencies performance, releasing on June 16th 2018 their debut album “To Rock, Life, Love”, followed by an intense Summer Tour including SEA SESSION, TOWNLANDS CARNIVAL, ITALIAN FUSION FESTIVAL, ARCADIAN FIELDS and INDIEPENDENCE FESTIVAL. TLV is now set to return during 2019 with a new EP (spring 2019) touring back around Ireland with his heavy, furious and melodic set.

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DONAL QUINN

DONAL QUINN

Following a string of releases and BBC 6 Music plays – described by Hot Press as “sounds quite unlike anything else we’ve come across” – Drogheda-based indie artist Donal Quinn releases brand new single ‘Do You Like Spicy Food?’. Do You Like Spicy Food?, live favourite at gigs, was recorded in Black Mountain Studio, Dundalk. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and all other digital distribution outlets.

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SOPHIE COYLE

SOPHIE COYLE

Sophie Coyle 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, Luka Bloom and Gentry Morris. In 2010 her spine-tingling gothic-folk song, “Delirium” was used in the soundtrack to the Irish/ UK horror film “Spiderhole”. Among other festivals she has played the Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Feile na Bealtaine, Fiddler’s Green and the Drogheda Arts Festival. Originally from Galway, she now lives in Dundalk with her husband Jinx Lennon and two year old daughter Rose. Her debut album “Blame Me For The Storm” was released in February 2018.

“Whether she’s conjuring up magic or brewing up something darker, Coyle’s voice and narrative takes charge on the assertive Blame Me for the Storm.” – Irish Times

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RACHEL GRACE

RACHEL GRACE

Rachel Grace is an up and coming Wexford-born singer-songwriter. She is a proudly homegrown independent artist, and from a young age, has been self funded since she first started writing and producing music. She’s been described by her followers as a unique young lady with a powerful observation on life and the voice of an angel. No stranger to the stage, she has supported internationally renowned artists such as Wallis Bird, Don Mescall, Keith Plunkett, Larry Kirwin, Brian Deady and Deni Bonet. Fresh off the bat from winning Wexford Has Talent 2018, she released her EP ‘Routes’ in May. It has been played on radio stations across the country, earning her the spot of Artist Of The Week on Beat Fm. In July she was a festival favourite at Free Fringe Fest 2018 and in September of last year, she performed on Natashas Living Food Emporium Stage at Electric Picnic 2018.

“The rising star of Rachel Grace”-Don Mescall Singer/Songwriter

“Filled with professionalism beyond her years, it’s an enthralling listen from beginning to end”- Listen to Discover’s David Croker speaking about her single, You Don’t Know

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THE TWISTED SISTERS
The Twisted Sisters

THE TWISTED SISTERS

Hailing from the fair County of Armagh, though formed in a galaxy far far away, The Twisted Sisters are festival specialists who deliver an invigorating show, a zany original eclectic band of fun loving hallions whose high energy impactive act cranks the craic up to 90 with a unique style of tunes married to jocular lyrics! Ambassadors for mega craic, and experts at sharing an abundance of love and laughter through their music and spirited performance, The Twisted Sisters thrive on the buzz of raising the vibration in entertaining the crowd and themselves, engaging and uplifting the audience with their infectious high energy. Having the craic is the cornerstone of their culture and music, having major fun elevating the vibe into another dimension is their aim! “If laughter and craic are the cure then The Twisted Sisters are surgeons!”

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TAILOR BIRDS
Tailor Birds

TAILOR BIRDS

Electric violin, live looping, foley art and all things good, this is music to sooth the soul, warm the spirit, and ignite your passion. The Tailor Birds sound is all about the vibe, building an audience that is as diverse as much as it is one. 2019 sees the launch of ‘the breakout tour’, a 7th European tour, for international artist, Tailor birds, and Sophie, the creator and force behind this music, is thrilled to be headed to Vantastival, as part of a huge run of shows this summer.

Described by many as mesmerising, the future of folk music, this is dream folk at its’ heart. Vantastival will see the launch of 5th record, ‘Where will we go to break free form the Crows’, showcasing tracks from soon to be recorded album no.3.

Currently based in Australia but spending a lot of her time in Europe, the music is inspired by the people she meets, and the stories she hears, whilst on the road. A completely self made artist in her own right, this music is about the hopes and dreams of us all, connecting people to something good again, in a world that is constantly changing.

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SURIKA
Tailor Birds

SURIKA

Surika is a singer songwriter from the enchanted town of Dingle, Co.Kerry. Her most recent formal release, ‘Track no.4’ in August 2018, explores the complexities of observing and accepting “unjust” loss.

Although Surika’s sound has continued to develop, her underlying style continues. Her songs sound effortless, yet heartfelt, with a strong poetic edge. Each one accompanied by a varying arrangement and array of instruments. Surika continues to work her live performances and recording new music with bassist Damien O’Neill among others, or in her own words shes “playing music and drinking tea”.

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GEMMA BRADLEY
Gemma Bradley

GEMMA BRADLEY

Gemma Bradley embraces her favourite aspects of Pop music and meshes them with the finest, hand-picked sounds from R and B and Soul music. Taking inspiration from her mother’s record collection, including the iconic vocal prowess of Amy Winehouse, the distinguished rhythms of Bob Marley and the avant-garde creativity of Izzy Bizu, Gemma has created her own distinctive style of sweet and delicious authentic, Contemporary R and B Pop music.

Gemma’s music is emotional, passionate and beautifully written suffusing a mature and intelligent song-writing craftmanship with catchy ear-worms and melodic hooks that reverberate and echo in your sub-conscious, all under-pinned with a mesmerising voice with enough hidden power to halt a high-speed train.

Gemma’s debut single Berserk has earned her the title of winner of the 2018 Christie Hennessy Song Contest. Gemma has wasted no time in adding to her impressive repertoire to delight her eager and ever-expanding following by recently announcing the release of her catchy new single Hollow Heartbeat.

Her distinctive sound has piqued the interest of a number of radio DJs as far away as WPPM in Philadelphia as well as earning her several slots on BBC Introducing and RTE shows.

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EIMEAR
Eimear

EIMEAR

Eimear is a singer songwriter from Kildare. Formally the front woman from well known Irish band Fox.E and the Good Hands she released her first solo album in November 2018 to a sold out theatre. This album is raw and honest an deep and beautiful and sad. There is massive connection to the human condition and massive depth to this work. Since the album launch Eimear has been doing support for Jack L and Mary Coughlan on their theatre shows. Her tracks have haunting melodies, powerful vocals, lots of story telling and great lyrics.

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FINNIAN
Finnian

FINNIAN

Finnian is a songwriter from Dundalk, Ireland. Over the last number of years he has toured extensively throughout his home country and Europe. He recently supported David Keenan on his Irish Tour and is preparing to release the first single ‘Even Flow’ from his fourthcoming album Under The Influence on March 26th 2019.

Finnian started out as a folk based singer- songwriter renowned for a strong and dynamic vocal. He has been praised by peers in the industry and audiences throughout Ireland and Europe for his honest, clever and thought provoking lyrics and although playing as a solo acoustic based artist is something that he thoroughly enjoys and executes with a passion and energy that has received critical acclaim he decided to add another dynamic to his music.

Just over a year ago he put together a band of greatly accomplished musicians in their own right and submerged himself in the hunt for a new sound. Something that would merge lyrics and music more consistently.

His first full album ‘Under The Influence’ due for release in Summer 2019 is the embodiment of two years of hard work and is a hugely ambitious yet solid projection of that sound he was searching for. Nine tracks Recorded to tape it is a throwback to 70’s style production and yet has a completely contemporary vibe, produced by Peter Baldwin of Blackmountain Studio. It was mixed by Grammy award winning engineer Ben Kane (D’Angelo, The Roots, Nora Jones, Emily King) and Sees him collaborate with some of Ireland’s finest talent including Jess Kav of Barq and Booka Brass to name a few.

“I have deep admiration & love for those who truly embody the song Those who step within and deliver a story with absolute honesty and truth, Finnian is one of these few. I’ve witnessed him opening his lungs and filling a room with his cavernous voice, narrating his stories with passion and sincerity. When he sings I believe him and it’s that believability that holds my attention” – David Keenan

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REVEREND JM’S PANIC WORSHIP

REVEREND JM’S PANIC WORSHIP

Reverend JM’s Panic Worship are a band who defy categorisation. Performances are always engaging, drawing upon dark subject matter, tempered by a singular style of humour. They describe themselves as alt.gothic.jazzabilly.country.fusion and this melange of genres is about as accurate as one can get with the written word. Instrumentation includes guitar, drums, bass, tea chest bass, washboard, theremin, fiddle and other homemade and found objects. They have been quiet for a while as they have slowly worked on their difficult third album and are pleased to bring some of this material to Vantastival’s ten year celebration.

“This band are truly original. They’re one of a kind and they blow me away every time I see them. Ireland’s best kept secret” – Sonic Circus Ireland

“Dark, playful melodies wind out of an assembly of unexpected instruments, played with initimate know-how. A second-to-none act” – YouBloom

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COSCÁN
COSCÁN

COSCÁN

COSCÁN is a four piece contempary Trad band based in Slane, Co. Meath, playing a unique and exciting style of Trad. Having toured extensively they have released their third self penned album Firedance, themed around ancient sites and historical tales from Counties Louth and Meath. From celebrations of sun worship at ancient sites like Newgrange to tunes about Millmount in Drogheda and Mornington, their music draws deep inspiration from the history of both the Royal and Wee Counties. Their live shows are high octane trad.

Their first video, which has over 1.3m views, was released after Vantastival’18 and their second video has just been released in time for Vantastival’19. Celebrating 21 years, COSCÁN are continuing to gather fans worldwide through their music and videos.

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THE MARTYN TRAVIS BAND

THE MARTYN TRAVIS BAND

Martyn Travis is a the son of a fisherman and a folk singer whose music is strongly influenced by a life filled with music, boats and fishing.

“His alternative folk music maintains a wonderfully distinct musical presence, one that is a treat to listen to.” HEATH ANDREWS, MUSIC CRITIC 106VIC Radio, New York.

“Pour me a pint of Martyn Travis, a songwriter trading in a tasty line of pungent upful songs.” JACKIE HAYDEN HOTPRESS

“Martyn Travis has created an Irish Folk record that stands out from the crowd. ”AMERICANA UK, the home of Americana, alt-country and alt-folk

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KLOÉ

KLOÉ

Kloé is a singer-songwriter based in the wilds of Co. Donegal, with a long-standing relationship with Vantastival. She last performed for us in 2011 so we are delighted to welcome her back this year to bring her sweet folk melodies to the Glass House Stage.

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OJO

OJO

Ojo are Jimbo Dowling on guitars and baritone ukulele, 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.

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ROSCO FLANAGAN

ROSCO FLANAGAN

Rosco Flanagan is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dublin. He brings to you a collection of acoustic assurance & doubt, torchlit melodies, bluesy thoughts, upbeat confusion, organic vibrations… and almost everything in between.

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SHANE JOYCE

SHANE JOYCE

Shane’s musical career began with busking on the streets of Kilkenny city, where he was picked up one dreary winters day by bass player Brian McGrath. Brian had been looking for a singer for his new band and soon Americana/folk group ‘The Midnight Union Band’ was formed. With the band Shane continues to tour and put out records.

To date Shane has toured Ireland, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland and also supported Irish favourite’s Mick Flannery and Brian Deady.

In Jan 2018, Hot Press Magazine announced Shane as one of their ‘one’s to watch for 2018’. Shane’s latest album, ‘The Sadness Of King Joyce’, was released on April 9th, 2018.

soundcloud.com/shanejoycemusic

BAYONETS
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

THE ROOMKEEPERS
The Roomkeepers

THE ROOMKEEPERS

The Roomkeepers were brought together by a shared desire and passion for the craft that is writing and playing music. The band centres around Eoin Matthew Mc Cabe (lead vocals, guitar, and piano), a veteran of the trade with decades of experience both at home in Ireland and overseas, whose playful, artistic energy stems from a singular vocation which is evident to all who witness him play. Formed in early 2012 in Drogheda, Ireland, the group further builds on the talents of Derek Mc Cluskey (drums, backing vocals and keys), Albin Lindeborg (bass and guitar) and Mary Mc Guinness (piano, vocals and percussion). In this formation they bring to life a distinct, layered and complex sound, which Mc Cabe describes as ‘everything from melancholy to hopeful.’

The varied abilities of all members give the band plasticity, allowing for shifts between sounds and instruments, thus transcending narrow classifications of style and genre.

The songs they produce resonate with movement, transition and emotion: the raw materials of all of life’s journeys.

theroomkeepers.com

NIAMH REBEKAH
Niamh Rebekah

NIAMH REBEKAH

Niamh Rebekah worked as stage crew at Vantastival 2018 and will join our decor crew this year. This multi-talented woman is also a singer-songwriter who has recorded with musicians such as Gavin Glass and Andreas Szalai.

THE FINNS
The Finns

THE FINNS

All the way from humble Rathdowney in rural Laois, The Finns are creating some of most exciting music in Ireland right now off the back of the release of their debut album, Creations. The album reached a huge No.14 the Overall Irish Charts, a massive achievement for an independent band, and has consistently fired out incredibly popular songs. There has been a strong list of achievements and awards since officially forming in 2017. To name just a few, being a finalist in the SongDoor International Songwriting Competition this year with their original uplifting track “Freemind”, having a Top 10 song with “Queen Of Camden Street” in the International Women’s Freedom Song Contest 2019, having their hugely popular single ‘My Home Town’ feature on an TV advert for Creative Ireland and RTÉ last year, winning the national busking competition, the Busker Fleadh, in 2017, and headlining big gigs at the Cobblestone, Dublin, and the Crane Lane Theatre in Cork, amongst many others.

The Finns exhibit a strong understanding of producing high quality songs and their live set has been admired by some of the biggest names in the Irish music industry and across the waters allowing them to tour Europe and America extensively. Some gigs to look out for in 2019 will see The Finns supporting Dropkick Murphys in Boston, USA, and playing in Whelans and Electric Picnic.

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BAWN
BAWN

BAWN

Bawn is a singer, songwriter born in Dublin, Ireland. Currently based in Vancouver, Canada, Bawn takes influence from a lots of different music genres, yet has his own unique acoustic sound.

Having performed as a drummer in many bands over the years, Bawn has play numerous venues in Dublin such as The Button Factory, Whelans, The Academy, Opium Rooms and festivals such as Castlepalooza and Trinity Ball. Bawn is no stranger to the stage, however he is now taking time to perform original solo songs in different venues around the city of Vancouver.

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LITTLE OAK
Little Oak

LITTLE OAK

Described by the Irish Times as “astute indie-folk” with “late night fire crackling tunes” and “characterful songwriting”, Little Oak’s albums are a must listen. Her second album, Breaking Light is her latest release and is available across the online musical spectrum.

Little Oak is Dublin based singer/songwriter Doireann Ansbro. She is a powerful performer and has gigged around Ireland and the world, including festivals such as Electric Picnic.

The new album is a collection of intimate, honest and soulful songs that offer the listener a tour through the last few years of her life. It takes on the weighty themes of life’s purpose, love, how to heal from heartbreak and find a sense of home, hope and belonging in a world that seems fractured and disconnected.

Since recording her first album in 2005 with then band One if By Sea, Doireann Ansbro has been writing, singing and performing alongside her career in human rights. Her first album as Little Oak, Dark Falls, was released to wide acclaim in 2012.

littleoakmusic.com

KELSO
Kelso

KELSO

Kelso are a 4 piece Indie/pop band based in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Formed in 2017, with a Debut EP set for release in early 2019. Characterised by cutting guitars, heavy melodic content and a driving rhythm section. Influences include The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, New Order and Bloc Party.

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THE SAMBA MAMMAS
The Samba Mammas

THE SAMBA MAMMAS

Grabbing the buzz of the drums and mixing it with the bread and butter love of life being a parent in the magic town of Drogheda provides. AKA Therapy on a Monday morning.

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FAT PABLO
Fat Pablo

FAT PABLO

Fat Pablo are a six piece neo-psychedelic space band from Dublin. Taking influence from 60’s psych rock, modern hip-hop and post-punk, they have created a sound that is akin to bands like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Grizzly Bear & King Krule. 

An underbelly of hip hop inspired bass and drums, psych guitars, a body of synth and cinematic visuals create a compelling space for Dave Barrett’s lamenting soulful vocals.

The band take great consideration in creating an audio-visual experience for the listener. Dedicated artist, Ross Ryder, works closely with the band during the writing process to build bespoke aesthetic narratives for each song.

After a year of experimentation and recording, the band are set to release a body of work throughout 2019.

“New single ‘Shambala’ is an extra-sensory, trans-dimensional return, one in which sound, production, songwriting, and visuals are all connected. The release is one of their boldest yet, opening in gentle, sparse territory before building into something supreme.” – CLASH MAGAZINE

“Debutants they may be, but every element of this poised and triumphant step into the fore is performed masterfully, with this being a perfect introduction to a powerful body of work set to release throughout 2019.” – Rough Digital UK

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MUSIC GENERATION LOUTH
Music Generation

MUSIC GENERATION LOUTH

Music Generation Louth is a music service for the county that aims to help children and young people up to eighteen years of age access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area. It is led by Co. Louth VEC and is part of Music Generation, a new national programme for music education.

Some of the musicians involved in the programme will open the Firestone Stage at Vantastival on Saturday 1st June.

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SUSO COMMUNITY CHOIR
Suso Community Choir

SUSO COMMUNITY CHOIR

Suso Community Choir will wake us all up on Sunday morning at 12.10 on the main stage!


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CULTURE VULTURES

Culture Vultures is a ‘salon’-themed pop culture event curated and hosted by Tony Clayton-Lea, a blend of words and music, something a little bit different for the curious festival goer to experience.

Culture Vultures makes regular appearances at Irish music and arts festivals as well as popping up at bespoke events.

Culture Vultures is scheduled for 4pm Saturday on the Main Stage at Vantastival.

Tony Clayton-Lea is an Irish freelance journalist/writer/editor who writes mostly on music, pop culture, film and travel. He writes frequently for The Irish Times, specifically for its Arts pages and its weekly music/movies/pop culture supplement, The Ticket. He also contributes regularly to the arts/book pages in the Sunday Business Post Magazine.

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