King Kong Company to take to Townlands Carnival stage
Jul11

King Kong Company to take to Townlands Carnival stage

Irish festival legends King Kong Company and recent Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, Lords of Strut, have been added to a growing line-up at this summer’s Townlands Carnival, taking place at Rusheen Farm Estate in Marcroom, Co Cork on July 21 -23. They join some amazing live acts already announced for the festival, including Hermitage Green, Brushy 1 Sting and Jeru The Damaga After tearing down the tent at Glastonbury 2017 King Kong Company bring to Townlands Carnival some inimitable “21st century swagger” (Irish Times), whose “live shows are events, built from sweat soaked late-night electronic buzz and rumble” (Last Mixed Tape) and who were recently crowned the Best Irish Live Act 2016 (Pure M Awards). Meanwhile, Cork’s favourite spandex-wearing duo are on a mission to change the world with dance. Lords of Strut make an exhilarating addition to a diverse and highly charged line-up in the Village Hall. Also on the bill, Cork Loves Music promises an impressive panel of speakers to talk music and the ever-changing industry.   Townlands Carnival are also excited to reveal that Stevie G and Andrea Williams Dancers are bound for this year’s Main Stage, promising an exciting live show played out to Hip Hop, Dancehall, Jazz and RnB beats. Set amongst the ancient trees of Rusheen farm in an old tin barn is Townlands Carnival’s best kept secret, The Sibin; showcasing an eclectic line-up of live music acts from the hauntingly beautiful to the stompingly danceable.   Hosted by Worries Outernational and featuring Cian Finn, Solo Banton, Wynton Kelly Stevenson and Flipside Selekta the Riddin Shack with its Jamaican Reggae Dub Dancehall style is sure to prove popular at TLC.   SubAtomic boasts some of the most innovative acts from the worlds of Grime, Baseline, Dubstep and Techno including OM Unit, Wriggle, Meadbh O Connor, Clu, Shreiken, Jamie Behan and Warren Knowles.   Goat Shed returns and this time the goats have company! From the depths of the underground, creatures from Ireland’s wilderness have joined us for one animal rave. Come join these raving beasts, stamp your hooves and shake your tails to the wild rhythms and banging tunes at the Goat Shed with sets from P-Hocto and Gary Fitz and takeovers from Humans of the Sesh. Release your inner creature and rave with the best and weirdest of them! Grown ups and kids are invited to dance to the rhythm with Dead Cool Songs silent disco or embrace their inner Sherlock Holmes for the Digital Scavenger Hunt. Alternatively, film buffs and music lovers alike can relax and join CineCeoil for a programme of films that document Ireland, her landscapes and musicians. Ronan...

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Bobby Green tracks the evolution of The Strypes on their new album
Jul11

Bobby Green tracks the evolution of The Strypes on their new album

Review by Bobby Green I’ve waited for a while before reviewing this album. I make no secret that The Strypes are one of my favourite bands, and when one of your favourite bands release a new album it’s always the best album you’ve heard that year. There’s so many superlatives I wanted to throw at this album, so much I wanted to say about the band themselves. I’ve been a fan for ages and watched from debut album explosion to impressive second album and again I find myself debating with my friends their sound for the next album and what we would like from them. I’ve never known a rock n roll band to have so much exposure in my generation, and with social media and the musical landscape as it is right now there has never been a time when a band has been as close to its fanbase. But what we want and what we get can be to very separate things. Spitting Image kicks off with a Dr Feelgood feel but then unravels into a sound reminiscent of so many influences but never plagiaristic. They are still raw, still energetic and exciting but at the core still fantastic songsmiths. Where Spitting Image doesn’t push any boundaries it is a joy to hear The Strypes at this stage of their journey delivering some quality tunes. I’ve heard and read some critiques suggesting that it’s not as good as Snapshot, but you never forget your 1st kiss, and I like my romances to mature a little bit over time. This is the sound of a band enjoying where they are right now and confidently striding along in their career.  But this game moves pretty fast and now they are established their next move will always be their most important one, while all the time being only as good as your last album. And with Spitting Image I think we may be getting the last of this type of album from The Strypes for a while, the experience, experiments and lifestyle will soon be their influences. They will have to reinvent themselves as they grow as a band, like all great bands do, and I believe The Strypes to be a great band. They have the most exciting years ahead of them, both as young men and as musicians and it’ll be hard for them to ignore these things when writing good honest rock n roll, and they are true believers in the art form....

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