Line Up 2020

HERMITAGE GREEN
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HERMITAGE GREEN

Hermitage Green has been touring sold-out shows right across the globe, entertaining fans with their epic performance and irresistible stage presence throughout the Middle East, Australia, North America, United Kingdom and Ireland. Selling out iconic music venues and performing for thousands of people at some of the biggest festivals, this five piece folk-rock band has had the chance to share the stage with incredible artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, Tom Odell, Gavin James, Sigrid, The Riptide Movement, The Trews and others. Their latest EP, Gold & Rust, was produced alongside Grammy award winner Matt Lawrence (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons) in world renowned Rockfield Studios in Wales where Hermitage Green’s new recordings share company with the likes of Queen, Robert Plant and many others. A new record will be released in 2020.

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KORMAC (LIVE)
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KORMAC (LIVE)

One of Ireland’s most sought after producers, DJs, and originators of live club performances, Kormac returns to the stage for summer 2020 performing brand new material and remixes of his acclaimed releases. A versatile producer with two full albums and well over 20 million streams under his belt, Kormac has collaborated with everyone from Irvine Welsh to DJ Yoda to the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He’s also recently remixed artists like Jafaris, Saint Sister and Loah.
Kormac will be taking his specially crafted audio-visual set to Vantastival, where he controls sound and visuals from his setup on stage while welcoming live collaborators on stage throughout. Expect an immersive audio-visual experience, aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

“One of Ireland’s most exciting and innovative musicians”-Hot Press
“One of Irish Dance Music’s most inspirational and unique producers”-The Star
“Kormac exhibits the most personal energy of any act so far, relentlessly riling up everyone in earshot and bopping more ardently than most of the weekend’s crowd. The LED wall behind him and his drummer displays an expertly crafted series of visuals that dumbfound everyone further. Ultimately, Kormac steals the night…”-The Irish Times

spotify.com/kormaclive

BITCH FALCON

BITCH FALCON

After exploding onto the alt-rock Irish music scene in 2014, Bitch Falcon quickly established themselves with intense performances on the live circuit. The snarling vocals and pulsating riffs of lead singer and guitarist, Lizzie Fitzpatrick tear open a new space and sound for Bitch Falcon in Irish rock music.
The band’s hard-hitting debut single ‘Wolfstooth’ encapsulated the raw energy of their live shows and brought the band to a wider national audience. During 2015 and 2016, Bitch Falcon’s evolving sound fused together the strongest elements of rock, grunge, metal, hardcore and melodic electro-pop. Follow-up singles ‘Syncope’, ‘TMJ’, ‘Clutch’ and ‘Of Heart’ registered this development and garnered increasing critical acclaim for the band in Ireland and the UK. The trio have shared the stage with an impressive array of international acts including Fucked Up, Torche, Girl Band, Sleeping With Sirens, The ZZZ’s, Fontaines D.C. and Les Butcherettes.
Bitch Falcon’s popularity has seen the band pack rooms across Toronto, Montreal and LA, but the UK in particular has developed a serious appetite for them.

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FEHDAH
Fehdah

FEHDAH

Spiritual daughter of Erykah Badu and Oumou Sangare, Fehdah is a future-afro soul vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, on the frontline of an emerging Irish hiphop and electronic music scene. An eclectic songwriter who draws on her love of Wassoulou music in forging an entirely new take on electro-soul.
Following the success of her debut EP, Like No Other, premiered by Aaron Byrd on LA radio station, KCRW in 2017; Fehdah has shared the stage with Grammy nominated artists such as Nai Palm at KOKO in London, Thundercat at Vicar Street in Dublin, Hiatus Kaiyote, Taylor McFerrin, Kamaal Williams with IAMDDB, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Tank and the Bangas. She has since delved deeper in the direction of the title track of this EP, producing a pioneering sound that she describes as “Sahelian-Electrosoul”.
Fehdah is making waves as a producer since the release of her debut remix of, This Heart by Loah, last year.

“Fehdah is crafting her own genre” – Gal Dem
“‘Butter Fly’ finds Fehdah on propulsive form, channelling touches of instrumental grime with the likes of Lafawndah and Little Dragon. The vocal pairing plays to each sister’s strengths, Loah’s enveloping range weaving around Fehdah’s own urgent verses”. – The Quietus
“Afrofuturist electrosoul worthy of many respins” – The Irish Times

soundcloud.com/musicbyfehdah
spotify.com/fehdah

THE BONNY MEN

THE BONNY MEN

After forming in 2011, The Bonny Men shot onto the scene with their critically acclaimed self –titled debut album “The Bonny Men”. They immediately became known as a band with a unique sound and “electrifying” stage performances. In 2015, their second album “Moyne Road” went to Number 1 in the Irish music charts, and the band went from strength to strength, performing regularly on television and radio programmes. With their new and upcoming Third Album “The Broken Pledge”, The Bonny Men have taken all of their collective experience of the music and have shaped an album that will walk the fine line between Traditional Irish music with a new and vibrant sound, all underpinned with the unique driving arrangements that The Bonny Men are known for.
Individually, each member of the 7 piece brings their own taste and style to the band, which has allowed The Bonny Men to constantly develop and improve with every performance. Over the past number of years, the band has evolved musically, figuring out and finding a sound that is their own, which involves a foundation in Traditional Irish musical tunes and melodies coming from the blend of Pipes, fiddle and flute, surrounded by the driving force of pulsating accompaniment of guitar, bouzoukis, bodhrán and keys, all of which is evident in their new album. Overall, the band has always been confident in their abilities to deliver excellent performances across many stages, and have grown together as a dynamic and entertaining band. Not veering away from the Traditional Music, The Bonny Men are known as a band that has the ability to take the music from its Traditional home and give it a new lease of life, enhancing and breathing new life into long lost and hidden tunes.

spotify.com/thebonnymen

THUMPER
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THUMPER

Eurosonic’s top pick of 2020, THUMPER catapulted into 2020 unleashing a brand new lively single, ‘Ad Nauseam’, streaming from Fri 28th Feb. 2019 saw them release three singles “(You’re Bringing Me) Down”, “In My Room” and “AFL”, all of which received extensive UK radio support from Steve Lemacq, Huw Stephens, Daniel P. Carter, Kerrang! Radio & Radio X, as well as several Spotify playlists including New Music Friday, The Rock List and even a feature on E4’s Made in Chelsea.
Last summer THUMPER released their debut EP “Out of Body Auto-Message” (produced by Daniel Fox of Girl Band) to a sold out show in Dublin’s Lost Lane, before embarking on a 3 month festival tour which included key slots at Primavera (Barcelona), Knockanstockan, Body&Soul, Electric Picnic and many more. The latter half of 2019 saw the band complete their first headline tour of the UK, inc sold-out shows in London and Bristol, before finally returning to Dublin for their second homecoming sell-out of the year in The Grand Social.
This year anticipates rampant success for Dublin’s noise-pop sextet, from performing at The Netherlands infamous Eurosonic festival, alongside a headline UK tour, topped off with performances across Belgium, Germany and France.

“Two drummers making an epic noise on stage. Such a huge band. Really really massive sound. This is Thumper right now with ‘In My Room’ !” – Abbie McCarthy, BBC Radio 1
“A sonic thrust impossible to ignore”- Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times
“In Dublin, it’s been thrilling to witness The Murder Capital, Fontaines DC, and THUMPER to see who can be the most viscerally thrilling both on stage and on vinyl” – Hot Press Magazine
“Bubblegum pop hooks and ragged guitar noises collide on THUMPER’s bratty, frenetic punk rock.” – Q Magazine
“the group have been conjuring a storm with a roaring indie rock sound that’s sharp, punchy and damn right epic” – Tap The Feed, Bristol, UK

spotify.com/THUMPER

THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES

THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES

The Wood Burning Savages are a provocative fast-paced punk rock band from Derry City, Northern Ireland. Proudly wearing 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, Future of The Left and Queens of the Stone Age.
In 2018 the band self released their proclaimed debut album ‘Stability’. That album went on to beat out Snow Patrol, Ash, Bicep and many others to win the NI Music Prize for Best Northern Irish Album of the Year, the first ever rock act to do so. Stability featured the singles ‘We Love You’, ‘Living Hell’, ‘Purple Heart’ and ‘I Don’t Know Why I Do It To Myself’. Frontman Paul Connolly describes ‘Stability’ as:- ‘A collection of songs about a working class furious at years of empty promises from billionaire Tory MPs who have no insight into everyday life. It’s an album about how these empty promises lead to empty factories and fill job centres with disillusioned people stuck in a cycle of patronising and humiliating Steps To Work schemes.’
The band has been lauded for their frenetic live shows winning Northern Ireland Live Band at the Year at the NI Music Prize 2018. Each night they serve up a full-blooded cocktail of breakneck guitars and frenzied anthems. 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.
Having played the BBC Introducing tent at Glastonbury, the band went on to play riotous sets at festivals throughout Ireland and beyond, performing in Scotland, Poland and Germany. Their music has even been embraced by the world of wrestling with Philadelphia grappler ‘The Product’ David Starr selecting ‘We Love You’ as his entrance theme! They’ve been championed by BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland, BBC Radio 1, RTE 2FM and have recently played in session for BBC 6Music and Dublin’s Today FM.

soundcloud.com/thewoodburningsavages

THE CLOCKWORKS

THE CLOCKWORKS

The Clockworks have a strong, punchy dynamic, brilliantly drawing on intense post-punk influenced music to soundtrack snarling kitchen sink observations.
Having been signed to Alan McGee’s record label ‘Creation23’ immediately after their move to London, the quartet already have a brilliant array of live gigs under their belt, with festival appearances at Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, the Galway International Arts Festival, as well as Brighton’s much admired new-music-championing ‘Great Escape Festival’. Along with this, the band have made way into radio, so far appearing on SiriusXM, Alan McGee’s very own show @ Boogaloo Radio, and even having their track played over the ‘Goals of the Week’ on Sky’s esteemed Soccer AM – along with many more!

“The best rehearsal I have seen since the 90s with Oasis is The Clockworks. What a band…” – Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus & Mary Chain)
“They are so immediate, and so necessary, it’s impossible to deny them.” – Travellers Tunes
“Their music and stage presence is reminiscent of The Clash and Madness. A heavy beat contrasted with bouncing lyrics – their tracks are clever and memorable.” – This Feeling
“The Clockworks are turning into one of Galway’s biggest success stories… they’re a gritty, honest, energetic punk band.” – This Is Galway

soundcloud.com/theclockworksband

DEA MATRONA

DEA MATRONA

Dea Matrona are a rock group who formed in 2018, their mutual love of classic rock and their enthusiasm for churning out music has captured the hearts of audiences across Ireland with some of their Facebook videos reaching up to 560k views. They played a three day stint at The Cavern Club in Liverpool each to a packed out audience and have also put on headline shows in Whelans and in Love & Death (Belfast). They have supported acts such as Feeder and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Don Felder (Eagle’s Guitarist) commented of the girls ‘Pretty damn good girls, you got it!’

soundcloud.com/deamatrona

SUGARWOLF

SUGARWOLF

Derry/Belfast based quartet Sugarwolf are no strangers to the DIY graft of the Irish and UK rock scenes – Led by front woman Emma Gallagher, the band previously secured a reputation as one of Ireland’s most exciting rock outfits and plan to continue to do so. Sharing the stage on tours with the likes of Fightstar, Black Peaks, Queen Zee, Employed To Serve and Skindred helped earn the band the reputation as one of the best live acts in Ireland and over the last few months have gained the support and endorsement deals with Jägermeister, Orange Amps and Ruach Music. This year has already been exciting for the band having released their debut single followed by a number of tours and festival appearances across the UK & Ireland and have since been picked for the BBC’s ‘Future Headliners’ series. Citing influence from the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Wolf Alice and Lady Gaga their diverse and uniquely organic brand of rock looks fixed to set them apart from the park of rising hopefuls in 2019/2020.

soundcloud.com/SUGARWOLF

ELEPHANT

ELEPHANT

Elephant (a.k.a. Shane Clarke) hails from Dundalk, Co Louth. He has released two critically acclaimed albums to date. The avant-garde folk of “HyperGiant” and the 80’s inspired romance-synth pop of “88”. Shane is back in the studio again and producing number three… this time with a nod to his most musically formative decade, the beloved 90’s.
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 retelling of the debut album 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, BC Camplight and slots at most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul and two trips to Dingles Other Voices music trail.

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LōWLI

LōWLI

Hailing from Galway, and with a sound that can’t be tied down; Roisin Lowry is Lōwli: an exhilarating artist whose music marries ‘beautifully arranged melodies’ (Tony Clayon-Lea, Irish Times) with ‘haunting, angelic vocals’ (Hotpress). Lōwli’s debut EP, ‘Feathers’, was produced by Christian Best (Mick Flannery, Jack O’Rourke) at Monique Studios. Its hibernal, otherworldly feel comes to life through Lōwli’s beguiling voice; and nearly a year on, is still a release to brace yourself for. Even so, ‘Feathers’ is just the first taste of ‘a performer with a keen sense for the dramatic twists and turns’ (Jim Carroll). Undeterred by losing her voice for several weeks, Lōwli captured her latest release, ‘Worlds Above Us’, in a single live take at Camden Recording Studios last summer. The result is a fluid instrumental arrangement uninhibited by pretension, and layered in melodic nuances. Inclusions on the Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Vantastival and Sofar Sounds lineups, and nods from several Ones to Watch listings are just the first steps in Lōwli’s journey: which is already proving to be an immensely exciting one.

soundcloud.com/lowlimusic

OSCAR BLUE

OSCAR BLUE

2019 was a hugely promising year for 21 year old Irish songsmith Oscar Blue. His year began with two headline shows in Whelan’s and The Sound House and later featured a Main Stage appearance at Indiependence in Cork. However, with Spotify success (of over 1.8 million streams) proving the artists potential for exponential growth on a global scale, Blue has equally demonstrated his ambition to share his music further afield. In July he played a headline show at the renowned New York City venue Rockwood Music Hall. With every sunset comes a sunrise and the latter months of 2019 were spent planning a 2020 of even greater horizons for Oscar Blue, with new music and an improved live show imminent.

spotify.com/OSCARBLUE

PURSUED BY DOGS

PURSUED BY DOGS

Visceral, rousing and affecting – Pursued by Dogs’ live performances have earned them a formidable reputation with their high-impact shows and unique splicing of edgy electronica with yearning indie songwriting. Their debut album was released in May 2018 to rave reviews with journalists describing it as “euphoric”, “sophisticated”, “glorious”, “superb” and “unique”. Their now legendary appearance at the world-renowned Other Voices festival in Dingle, Co. Kerry was followed by a sold-out album launch show at The Button Factory in Dublin and the band finished 2018 with a sold-out show at the intimate Studio 10, overlooking Dublin’s Grafton Street. This past year, Pursued by Dogs played a high energy set to a packed tent at All Together Now festival in Waterford and supported Aiken Promotions shows such as Ian Sweet and Cub Sport.

soundcloud.com/pursuedbydogs

KYOTO LOVE HOTEL

KYOTO LOVE HOTEL

Kyoto Love Hotel are an Irish electronic pop duo from Tipperary formed during the summer of 2018. The duo have released two singles entitled ‘Still’ and ‘Shapes that Bond You’, the latter described by Clash Magazine as an art-pop venture ‘definitely worth tracking down’. The last year has seen Kyoto Love Hotel perform at some of the biggest and most important festivals and showcases across the island of Ireland. Most notable are recent slots at Other Voices, Electric Picnic and Ireland Music Week. They are set to release their debut EP in early 2020.

spotify.com/KYOTOLOVEHOTEL

ACCIDENTS IN THE WORKPLACE

ACCIDENTS IN THE WORKPLACE

Accidents in the Workplace were formed in 2016 in Dundalk. Since hitting the live scene, a string of captivating performances at festivals and renowned venues across the country has earned them a reputation of being a must see act.They have played support to the likes of The Strypes and Jerry Fish in Dublin and join US rap-rock group Crazytown as well as making several festival appearances including two performances at N.I.’s Sunflowerfest before travelling to Aranmore Island for a headlining slot at Swell Festival. While 2019 was largely spent away from the live scene honing an edgier sound and writing new material for an upcoming EP, Accidents’ performed two huge outdoor shows in their hometown of Dundalk to an audience of thousands on each occasion. Accidents’ debut single “How?” was released in March 2017 and received rave reviews and airplay on RTE 2FM, 2XM and was BBC Introducing’s “Track of the Day”. Their most recent release “The One You Love” featured on Nialler 9, Joe.ie, Hotpress’ song of the week and was chosen in Remy’s top 25 Irish singles of 2018.

soundcloud.com/accidentsintheworkplace

DREAMING OF JUPITER

DREAMING OF JUPITER

Dreaming of Jupiter’s sound incorporates a number of different influences from Electropop to Funk, RnB and Trip Hop in such a cohesive way it feels as though they have created a genre all of their own. It’s groovy, it’s atmospheric, it’s soulful and it’s different. Renowned for their energetic and honest performances, the sheer musicianship and faithful recreation of the complex electronic textures that exist in their recordings, makes for an incredible live show. This is a real live electronic band not to be missed. The band has been praised for their live performances across Ireland and many locations in Europe including London, Madrid and Frankfurt. Festivals such as ‘Electric Picnic’, ‘Body and Soul’, ‘Castlepalooza’ and world famous ‘Musikmesse’ have seen the ambi-groove trio on their stages. The band released their debut EP in October 2018 and performed to a packed out Button Factory in Dublin among many other venues, following its release. The EP, which consists of 4 tracks, has received very high praise amongst the music industry and fans alike, and has been played on national Irish Radio stations such as 2fm, 98FM and Dublin City FM and also German stations such as AFK Max, RBB Radio and DFL. Throughout the Summer of 2019 the band have been consistently writing and preparing their latest material, set for release in spring 2020.

soundcloud.com/dreamingofjupiter

JAILBIRDS

JAILBIRDS

Following the release of their 2016 debut EP “BREAK THE SILENCE” which saw the band gain instant airplay in numerous countries such as Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as features in esteemed publications such as “Classic Rock Magazine”, the band were signed by Golden Robot Records ( Dizzy Reed of Guns n’ Roses, Kings X, Skid Row, Rose Tattoo) which led to their debut album ‘The Great Escape’ release on July 5th. This Summer saw the band performing shows in France, Switzerland and a very special Bloodstock Open Air performance in August, which was their first UK gig. Having shared stages with Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, The Answer and Anvil, Jailbirds are eager to begin work on the follow-up to ‘The Great Escape’ and getting on the road to a club near you.

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SUN MAHSHENE

SUN MAHSHENE

Sun Mahshene are Ireland’s premiere psych-indie rock band. Weaving a perfect storm of shoegaze guitars, memorable melodies, and insightful lyrics, they are a must see live experience. They draw upon their years of experience to deliver incredible live shows, including appearances at Ireland Music Week 2019 and high-profile support slots where they turned heads and gained new fans. With their colourful psychedelic live show, they will soon be a headline act in their own right. Releases to date include a self published EP, followed by three critically acclaimed singles on Reckless Records IE. They were officially playlisted by Spotify, and have received national and international airplay.

soundcloud.com/sun-mahshene

BLUSHING BOY

BLUSHING BOY

Blushing Boy is the moniker of Ella Naseeb and her band. Combining indie rock, brooding dream pop and eerie soundscapes, Blushing Boy make music with a creative approach and a noir sensibility. Naseeb channels nostalgia, pop culture and wit to tell her stories in layers, through deft lyricism, evocative artwork and explosive live performances. Featured by Hot Press as one of their ‘Hot For 2020’, by The Last Mixed Tape in ’10 Emerging Artists in 2020’, and by Whelan’s Ones to Watch 2020 showcase, with an upcoming London date for Sofar Sounds and their sophomore single ‘Lolita’ set for release in March, they have a busy and exciting few months ahead.

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KINGDOM OF CROWS

KINGDOM OF CROWS

Kingdom of Crows is an evolving project of Dublin multi-instrumentalist Stephen Kelly. What were demos soon became songs and the band released their first album ‘The Truth is the Trip’ in 2015. The second album ‘Despondency’ was released fully in 2017. The band has played at Vantastival, Body & Soul and Electric Picnic. After a short hiatus where life got a bit hectic, they will be back with new music in 2020. They were also recently signed to the international label Rehegoo (who joined forces with Quincy Jones in January 2019 to cultivate new unheard bands)

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GREENSHINE

GREENSHINE

Christy Moore described family trio Greenshine as: “…the sound of a family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song,” – a fitting tribute to a family who has made music their life. The band is known for their striking harmonies, excellent musicianship and the quality of their songwriting which has seen successive singles ‘The Girl in the Lavender Dress’, ‘Dandelion Seed’ & ‘Don’t Mind if I Do’ reach the top spot on the RTE Radio 1 Airplay Chart while their song ‘Brother’ (written with Cormac O Caoimh) from their latest critically acclaimed album ‘Family’ reached No. 2. ‘Family’ was recently made Album of the Week on BBC Ulster’s Late Show and also on KCLRfm’s Ceol Anocht and Greenshine were named Euro American Chart’s “Ones to Watch”. Noel and Mary of the band were commissioned to write a song to commemorate the 40th year of The Cork Folk Festival which they considered to be a huge honour. Greenshine have played live on Today With Miriam O Callaghan, Today with Seán O Rourke and RTE’s flagship Arts show Arena. Mary & Noel are noted session musicians having worked on the recordings of The Republic of Loose, Christy Moore, John Spillane etc.

youtube.com/greenshine

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. The 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. Molto Vivo return to Vantastival in 2020 for a Main Stage slot having won the Firestone Road to the Main Stage competition in 2019!

“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

youtube.com/moltovivo

NIX MOON

NIX MOON

Nix Moon are hard to bracket because they mix mash and fuse different genres ranging from reggae to jazz and from rock to swing. They’ve never had a hard approach or rules on how they should sound, they just write and what comes out, comes out.
They have been hibernating for the last year preparing for what is sure to be an amazing album. The album was recorded after the band won the Vantastival and Firestone Battle of the Bands in 2018. This opportunity saw Nix Moon record in the prestigious Grouse Lodge Studios. In the run up to the album release, due in April 2020, the band have, and will, release more singles. They have already released ‘Ceremony’, an alternative rock song about spirituality and the soul and ‘Grab That Person’, a lighter song with a disco feel mashed with a ‘hip hop’ (gooey) centre. The band have played gigs supporting ‘Fontaines DC’ in McKenna’s Bar, Monaghan in December and Toshín in the Spirit Store in February, and will host their own album release tour, around the country, in April.

soundcloud.com/nixmoonmusic

TOSHÍN

TOSHÍN

Since 2016, Toshín have been refining their sound to the point at which you see them today. Fronted by Tosin Bankole, the energetic 8-piece draw on influences such as Tank and the Bangas, James Brown and Aretha Franklin to refine their jazzy, poppy sound. Themes of feminism and the female experience take centre stage in their music, with songs such as ‘Girl Go Off’ and ‘Boy Listen’ proving popular among their Dublin fanbase. Original songs and covers to form an electrifying live show not to be missed!

soundcloud.com/toshin

VARO

VARO

Varo are Lucie Azconaga and Consuelo Nerea Breschi, a fiddle and vocal duo who perform traditional songs and tunes with arrangement influences from the baroque and classical traditions, weaving around the melodies with harmonies, drones and countermelody, often in collaboration with bouzouki player Frank Tate, singer/fiddle player Helen Diamond and more recently singer Niamh Bury. 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. Lucie and Consuelo have also been involved in other projects, such as Landless, the Lisa O’ Neill’s Band, Ye Vagabonds, The Morning Tree, Alasourse, The Nomadic Piano Project.

soundcloud.com/varo
youtube.com/varomusic

ZAPHO

ZAPHO

Ele Breslin, a.k.a Zapho, is a 25 year singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist from Rathfarnham, Dublin. Zapho writes the kind of smart, svelte electro-pop/soul songs that arrive only from an intuitive understanding of the form. While scarcely tolerating what passes for mainstream pop these days, she nonetheless aims “to make my songs as catchy as possible, with loads of hooks that can be memorised easily and which are relatable and universal.”
Her songs are skillfully produced and expertly performed, lush and lively tunes that reference Zapho’s “deepest, darkest thoughts and desires, and everything else in-between that I’m not brave enough to, or wouldn’t, do.” e electro-pop/soul songs that arrive only from an intuitive understanding of the not Zapho has supported Cathy Davey and Picture This and secured festival spots at EP, Body and Soul, and Knockanstockan. She is an active songwriter producer on the Dublin scene, writing for a number of promising female fronted BIMM bands.

soundcloud.com/zaphomusic

BLIND POETS

BLIND POETS

Beautiful song-writing, skillful musicianship and five exceptional voices form the Blind Poets. Gorgeous traditional arrangements, which are rooted in Celtic Folk but unafraid to cross genres without compromising their ethereal tone. It is no exaggeration to say Blind Poets are doing something wonderful and new in the world of Irish music. Picture a cross between Fleetwood Mac and The Gloaming.

youtube.com/blindpoets

THE LOVE BUZZ

THE LOVE BUZZ

The Love Buzz, purveyors of psychedelic punk and all things heart pounding, are well known for their epic gigs in Cork since the trio got together in 2017. After their debut EP ‘Candy Flip’ in 2019 plus Irish and UK tour dates, Kieran Hurley (vocals/guitar), Aidan Lynch (bass) and Henry Love (drums) are now looking forward to 2020 with more tours, a busy festival season and a debut LP.

breakingtunes.com/thelovebuzz

MUNKY

MUNKY

Munky are 4 former emo kids who went back to the 70s on a quest to become the world’s greatest disco band. Playing since 2017, their music is an energetic and idiosyncratic blend of punk, psych-rock and funk grooves, intricate & expansive post-punk epics to light hearted trashy funk jams. Their live shows have earned them a passionate following. They’ve toured around Ireland, UK and Europe, most recently opening for the legendary Meat Puppets. Their debut EP ‘Un, Deux, Trois, Cat’ was produced by Dan Fox (Girl Band) and Dan Doherty (Fontaines D.C).

spotify.com/munky

KAPLIN

KAPLIN

Kaplin are a Dublin/Donegal band whose first release after a long hiatus is the In Your Shoes ep that came out in November 2019. Kaplin’s debut single “Papa Don’t Preach No More/Your Lover’s Bed” was described by Hot Press as a cross between Mark Lanegan and Calexico. The single got them invitations to appear on RTE’s music show “When Under Ether” and supports with artists such as American Music Club, Gallon Drunk and Howe Gelb. They went on to release their debut full length “Devastating Ways” to much acclaim. Now with a new line-up and the In Your Shoes ep in tow, Kaplin will beat their second album number into submission and land it on your ears in 2020.

breakingtunes.com/kaplin

CHERYM

CHERYM

Serving up their own unique recipe of pop rock, Cherym are a three-piece from Derry. The trio’s identity was born of a joint love of Garage Rock, Pop Punk and a desire to be the biggest band in the world. Their self released debut EP earned them nominations for both ‘Best Single’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ in the 2018 NI Music Awards. The band released their latest single ‘Super Queens’ in January 2019, and are currently working in the studio on their second EP, which is due for release 2020. The trio embarked on their first headline tour of UK/IRE in November 2019.

cherym.bandcamp.com

REEVAH

REEVAH

Derry based Americana, folk artist Reevah (AKA Aoife Boyle) grew up surrounded by music and art – her mother is an artist and her father is a musician. Her acclaimed debut EP ‘Hummingbird’ was self-released in June 2018 and aired on RTE Radio One and BBC Introducing amongst numerous others. She has supported acts such as SOAK, Lisa Hannigan, Wyvern Lingo, and Duke Special and has played at various events such as Other Voices, The Ruby Sessions, Output Festival, BBC Fringe Festival and Stendhal Festival. Recently, Reevah was one of the first NI recipients of the Help Musician’s ‘Do it Differently’ funds that will support a full band headline UK and Ireland tour in support of her next E.P ‘A Different Light’ which is due for release in April 2020. Reevah also just been awarded funding from the Arts Council NI and the National Lottery to begin recording her debut album in 2020.

soundcloud.com/reevahmusic

SIVE

SIVE

Sive is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist recently dubbed ‘one of the most inspiring and exciting artists of our time’ by FemaleFirstUK. Following a successful crowd-funding campaign, she released her album ‘The Roaring Girl’ to critical acclaim in 2017. Since then she has toured across Ireland and beyond, sharing stages with the likes of Lisa Hannigan and Cathy Davey and winning a slot on Other Voices. Last year Sive began working with Veta Records and released her latest EP on the label in May 2019. After an Irish tour, including a sell-out EP launch in Dublin, Sive is currently in the studio working on her next record.

soundcloud.com/sivemusic

LIAM GEDDES

LIAM GEDDES

Liam Geddes is a singer-songwriter from Ballina, Co. Mayo, but has been based in Dublin for the last number of years. His smooth vocal sits atop a gritty pop production. Liam, like many others, has had a long road in finding his place within the music industry but has cemented his place in the Irish music scene as one of the most exciting new artists. Recent times have seen his latest single playlisted on 2fm with unrelenting national radio support from other major stations like Today Fm where he was made ‘Homegrown Hero’. The Mayo man finished up his 2019 tour in Monroes, Galway among other dates in NYC, Boston and Dublin. He has been selected for the prestigious SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas, in 2020.

spotify.com/liam-geddes

LAYTHA

LAYTHA

Laytha (formerly known as Taobh Eile) consists of Niamh Carney (vocals) and Philana Nolan (guitar, vocals), two cousins from Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh. With tight harmonies accompanied with an acoustic guitar, they describe their sound as indie Irish folk. Their EP has given them some wonderful opportunities so far including a live performance and interview on BBC Radio Ulster on Mickey Bradley’s Art Show as well as the band’s first festival performance at Beanstock. We are excited to have found them in the early days of what is sure to be an exciting music career, and look forward to seeing them at Vantastival 2020!

spotify.com/laytha

BRÍ

BRÍ

Brí is an Irish singer-songwriter based in Dublin. Upon the release of her debut single ‘Low Supply’, Brí received high praise from a multitude of reputable blogs and radio. From making her debut at the ‘Ruby Sessions’, selling out her first headline show at ‘Whelan’s’, to playing festivals such as RiverFest alongside Chasing Abbey and Hudson Taylor, Brí is an up and coming artist to watch out for. Selected to perform at MxT2019, Brí was among an incredible line-up including Ailbhe Reddy, Sylk and Fallen Lights and is already striving high for 2020 with more releases, shows and plans of an Irish tour underway.

brimusicofficial.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/brianamusic

SPRINTS

SPRINTS

SPRINTS are a post-punk four-piece hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Combining raw, honest lyrics with raucous guitar-driven melodies, they’re a ferocious live act with a unique rock sound. Recently released their debut single which was championed by Dan Hegarty and selected as 2FM’s Song of the Day. Followed by a sold-out show in Bello Bar, SPRINTS have recently caught the attention of both Aiken and MCD, securing major support slots and cementing themselves as ones to watch for 2020.

breakingtunes.com/sprintsmusic

CHRIS WILSON

CHRIS WILSON

From Swords, Co Dublin. Debut Ep out in Jan 2020. Chris Wilson on guitar plays a beaten up martin with skill. A beautiful voice and powerful when needed. Aine Ni Loingsigh from Cobh Co.Cork plays her cello with style and you can hear her Classical and traditional training melt together.

soundcloud.com/chris-wilson

FUTURE WEST

FUTURE WEST

Future West is the musical outing of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Francis Watters. Commencing its current form in Summer 2019, Watters has carefully moulded a once loud, harsh, abrasive sound into something more delicate yet upbeat while still maintaining relentless honesty in his thought provoking lyrics. Recruiting a two piece live band and brandishing an acoustic guitar, a synth and a speaker full of beats, loops & samples live, Watters & Future West deliver to you, their own unique brand of chill indie/electro bedroom pop.

breakingtunes.com/futurewest

THE CACKS

THE CACKS

This seven piece band were born out of a road trip to New Orleans. Hailing from Drogheda, Bettystown, Mornington and Laytown, they have a wide variety of musical styles as the members are all from different bands with completely different styles of music. Traditional, folk, acoustic rock, alternative and roots might start to explain their style. Each member is a multi instrumentalist which only adds to the styles of the music being created, plus seven strange personality disorders make for an entertaining encounter any time you see these buckos! A mutual love for creating and playing music and having a great time while doing just that, is what keeps The Cacks going!

soundcloud.com/thecacks
youtube.com/thecacks

HEADTRIP ACOUSTIC PROJECT

HEADTRIP ACOUSTIC PROJECT

Headtrip Acoustic Project is a trio of musicians that met playing their music in the streets of Dublin, Ireland. Since then, they started mixing their influences creating a unique style and atmosphere. Their music is a journey, telling stories throughout the sounds. Headtrip Acoustic Project is busking and gigging around Europe with guitars, cajons, handpans, didgeridoo, percussions… Connecting with people from all around the world who resonate with their work, expanding their Headtrip Family.

soundcloud.com/headtripacousticproject

INSIDEAWAVE

INSIDEAWAVE

Utilizing elements of indie, dream pop, and alternative rock as their canvas, INSIDEAWAVE create colourful music with modern twists. While having performed extensively on the Dublin independent music scene, critical response to their singles finds them broadening their audience internationally. In 2019, a memorable live show and an extensive catalog of unreleased material make them one of indie rock’s hidden gems. Following their win of Nova Discovered 2018, a competition run by Radio Nova aimed at finding the best in Irish unsigned music, they have worked with producers such Cormac Butler & Gavin Glass coupled with festival appearances at Whelan’s ‘Ones to Watch’ and Forbidden Fruit 2019.

breakingtunes.com/insideawave

KELSO

KELSO

Kelso are a 5 piece Indie/pop band based in Dundalk, Co. Louth, After forming early 2018 and swiftly releasing their debut EP in 2019, Kelso are set to head into 2020 with a series of single releases followed by EP number 2. Characterised by cutting guitars, heavy melodic content and a driving rhythm section. Influences include: The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, New Order, Bloc Party.

kelso2.bandcamp.com

RED SUN ALERT

RED SUN ALERT

Red Sun Alert are an up and coming post-hardcore band from Cork City, Ireland, that bring you a mixture of just about everything you want from modern heavy music. The female fronted band combines harsh vocals with raw guitar riffs and math rock influences. The four piece strives to impress not just with their music, but also with their live shows. They aim to create an all inclusive environment and promote women in heavy music at their concerts. You want to let loose? Go to a Red Sun Alert show. The band have recently released their second ep, ”Red Sun Alert.”, which you can find on all streaming websites.

redsunalert.bandcamp.com

LUGOSI

LUGOSI

Lugosi are a Dublin based heavy rock band, fusing the styles of punk and stoner music with an engaging performance style and lyrics permeated by a singular humour. With influences ranging from Misfits, Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu and Clutch, coupled with a love of the macabre, Lugosi’s original songs range in subject matter from alien vampires, American Indian legends, horror and witchcraft. A sonic Ed Wood movie, delivered through the medium of rock ‘n’ roll.

spotify.com/lugosi

SKINNER

SKINNER

Skinner is a 22-year-old DIY slouch rock musician based in Dublin who writes, records and produces songs about growing up and overcoming a dirt-flecked 21st century existence. The DNA of no wave and post-punk acts like The B52s, James Chance and the Contortions and ESG through to alt-rock touchstones Pixies and Morphine combined with an talent for grunge-nodding self-production and pockets of elevated instrumentation is oozing from Skinner’s music.
Skinner released his five-track debut EP Gunge on February 14th and today has released Sometimes My Brain Is Goo, a song that “highlights the importance of equality within a relationship.” The song received its radio premiere on RTE 2FM with Dan Hegarty.
The Gunge EP also features previously released songs Slouch and Headroom, which has received airplay from KCRW, BBC Across the Line and 98FM’s John Barker. Skinner was chosen as one of Nialler9’s top Irish acts to look out for in 2019. Skinner and his band have performed at festivals like Quarter Block Party in Cork, Arcadian Field in Dundalk and the Galway Fringe Festival.

spotify.com/skinner

THE FINNS

THE FINNS

The Finns are primarily the two Finn brothers Hugh and Ciaran with drums and bass added to the now 4-piece lineup since their 2019 appearance in Vantastival’s acoustic Glass House Stage. They entertain audiences worldwide with an exciting rootsy folk sound of original songs with impressive harmonies, banjo, guitar, harmonicas, bouzouki on a bed of driving drums and tasty bass lines. The songs are catchy and have a refreshing honesty with a huge likability factor about them with gaining international recognition with big success in songwriting competitions. The brothers played many gigs in 2019 with slots at Electric Picnic, Vantastival, The Folly, Portlaoise Tradfest, supporting Dropkick Murphys, Sharon Shannon, and Bagatelle, and headlined the world famous Whelan’s in Dublin. They toured the USA extensively throughout 2019 and have secured gigs in New York, LA, New Jersey, Boston and Nashville for 2020 already. There’s a new album currently in the works expected to be released in the Spring 2020 which will be the band’s second album after the successful debut album Creations.

soundcloud.com/the-finns

THE NAMES OF ENEMIES

THE NAMES OF ENEMIES

Formed in 2016 in Cork, Ireland … A dirty Rock’n’Roll band full with the ugly and the pretty crashing in the same car… We are The Names of Enemies

soundcloud.com/thenamesofenemies

SUN.SET.SHIPS

SUN.SET.SHIPS

Sun.Set.Ships are a three-piece electronic indie band from Monaghan, Ireland. Mixing the world of analog and digital synthesizers with electric guitars, drum machines and mean vocals, they find themselves in an almost 1980s twilight with a modern twist. They are currently working on the release of their 2nd EP, due to be released in Spring 2020.

spotify.com/sunsetships

THE STONECOLD HOBOS

THE STONECOLD HOBOS

Hailing from Drogheda, Co Louth, this four piece rhythm ‘n’ blues outfit have been a regular fixture on the festival scene in Ireland since 2014. The band have self-released two critically acclaimed albums on the ‘Bandcamp’ label and are currently working on several recording projects including a live concert CD. The group consists of siblings Martin Cummins (vox/guitars) and Noel Cummins (harmonica), with Shane O’Brien and Mac Thedrummer (bass guitar, drums) completing the line-up. Dubbed “Boyne Delta Blues’, the Hobo’s are often lauded for their contemporary yet authentic sound. Their live show is noted for its energy and spontaneity.

stonecoldhobo.bandcamp.com

TRACY GALLAGHER

TRACY GALLAGHER

Mayo born singer-songwriter Tracy Gallagher’s blend of rich, haunting vocals and a sharp and catchy song-writing style has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life and earned her a rightful place amongst Ireland’s finest emerging indie folk artists. Poetic lyrics with threads of love, loss, pain and hope, weave a rich and intriguing tapestry, which captures the attention of the audience and holds it. World travels, huge life changes and personal adversaries have all influenced her story-telling and outlook on life and are evident in her song-writing. Her folk driven songs mix poetry and music together seamlessly and leave the listener with that wonderful ‘chill’ after an artist has managed to move you. Tracy launched her debut EP ‘The Fallen’ in February 2020.

soundcloud.com/tracygallaghermusic

SKINS F.C.

SKINS F.C.

By distilling the raw energy of late 70’s punk and the riff-heavy indie-rock dance floor sounds of the 00’s, Skins F.C. have crafted their own original in your face style rock’n’roll. Based out of Abbeylane Drogheda. Formed in 2017, Skins F.C. line up is: David Coffey // Vocals Alan Maher // Guitar Joe Kelly // Lead Guitar Emmet Murphy // Bass & Vocals Paul Campbell // Drums & Percussion

soundcloud.com/skinsfc

OCTOBER FIRES

OCTOBER FIRES

October Fires have been described as large scale indie-folk, haunting and eclectic with a distinct and individualistic sound. Their music is continually inspired by the season, with its unique blend of beauty and eeriness, darkness and light. Since the band released their first radio single ‘Pray’ in June 2018 and their debut EP ‘Everybody Knows in October 2018 they have been greeted with numerous glowing reviews from Hot Press, Nialler 9. Remy, The Last Mixed Tape, Barry Gruff, featured in Joe.ie song of the day and have had steady Irish radio play.

breakingtunes.com/octoberfires

FYNCH

FYNCH

FYNCH is a 23 year-old hip-hop artist hailing from Drimnagh in Dublin. The rapper is a co-founder of Dublin record label Burner Records alongside Marcus Woods, Local Boy, Sick Nanley and ARBU. FYNCH has found his footing in lacing mouthful flows over a variety of beats. FYNCH’s themes vary to football-based bars which embrace hip-hop braggadocio to heartfelt anthems that hinge on stories of self-deprecation and self-doubt, all whilst painting a picture of the world around him. His debut EP ‘Bookies Pens & Loose Ends’ was released to acclaim in October 2019.

soundcloud.com/fynchmusic

SUSO YOUTH CHOIR

SUSO YOUTH CHOIR

SUSO Youth Choir are an extraordinary group of young people who work really hard and sing original versions of pop songs from the last few decades

soundcloud.com/susoyouthchoir

CURSED MURPHY VERSUS THE RESISTANCE

CURSED MURPHY VERSUS THE RESISTANCE

Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance: a mash-up of punk poetry, cinematic guitar soundscapes, noise rock and big beats, featuring Cursed Murphy, aka writer and performer Peter Murphy, guitarist Dan Comerford, and a four piece drum squad made up of the Gangnus sisters Rebecca, Tamara and Jasmin, and Kevin Dillon.

soundcloud.com/cursedmurphy breakingtunes.com/cursedmurphyversustheresistance

DÜRTBÜRD

DÜRTBÜRD

Dürtbürd are a ‘durt-rock’ 4 piece based out of Leixlip consisting of Johno Leader (Bass), David McDonald (Guitar), Phil Donnery (Drums) and Jimmy Deface (Vocals).

youtube.com/DÜRTBÜRD

EASY TIDE

EASY TIDE

Easy Tide are a 3piece diy garage band from Navan. Active since 2010, they record all our own stuff. They have been described as a very loud energetic act with a sound similar to The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.

soundcloud.com/easytide
youtube.com/easytide

FREEDOM 35S

FREEDOM 35S

Freedom 35’s are a 4 piece Organ Driven Instrumental Funk/Soul/Groove outfit. They released their debut album ‘Obsessive Complusive Groove Disorder’ in 2019 on Vinyl, CD and Download via their own label. Groove Disorder Records. They have supported such acts as Booker T. Jones, Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings and also The Strypes. 2020 will see Freedom 35’s embark on a UK and European tour whilst also gearing up to record and release their 2nd album.

soundcloud.com/freedom-35s

ANNIE JUNE CALLAGHAN

ANNIE JUNE CALLAGHAN

Annie June’s sound lies somewhere between a theatrical folk fuelled skirmish and an angel haunting from behind the ancient wallpaper. Holding a mirror up to the stranger corners of life, exposing & liberating the madness and vulnerability.

soundcloud.com/annie-june-callaghan

FIELDS

FIELDS

FIELDS is an Irish band, based out of Dublin. Their sound is innately inspired by the character of the Irish heartland – a sleepy and often maligned region, which is wide awake with spirit and charm, bursting at its borders with plots of parochial divide, understated romanticism and quiet malaise. Combining powerful synth-driven melodies, carefully-entwined harmonies and captivating guitars, the band bring energy and ambience together to make for a compelling journey. They release their debut record in February 2020, and will be embarking on an Irish tour in support of its release.

soundcloud.com/fields

ELLYD

ELLYD

ELLYD (Elaine Doyle), who hails from West Dublin, has toured throughout Ireland and Europe and has played some of the biggest festivals and venues including Electric Picnic, Indiependence, The Ruby Sessions , Vicar Street, The Olympia Whelan’s(One’s to Watch 2019) and The Button Factory. She has recently finished an autumn tour, with many of the dates being sold, and supported The Riptide Movement at the Olympia and Aslan on a number of their big tour dates.

spotify.com/ellyd

WOLFPACK CIRCUS

WOLFPACK CIRCUS

Watch out for Wolfpack Circus as they make their way around the Vantastival site with their jungle-themed performers in full costume and body paint. On Saturday and Sunday Wolfpack Circus will be found performing extraordinary feats of ribbon spinning, dynamic flexibility and partner acrobatics in a fully produced interactive circus show!

NITS

NITS

NITS are a collective focused on performance art to the backdrop of electronic dance music. NITS are wingless insects that spend their entire lives on the human scalp , they feed exclusively on human blood and make art/tunes x

facebook.com/NITS

FANCY DAN AND THE RENEGADE RASCALS

FANCY DAN AND THE RENEGADE RASCALS

Fancy Dan will provide the music while his band of renegade rascals perform a 45 minute sunset acrobatic and fire show, lighting up the skies and taking your breath away with their display of fire poi, fire hoops and fire breathing.




   

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CULTURE VULTURES

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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 & Sunday on the Firestone 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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