Author: Ria Burke


On the last rainy Friday of July, the excitement in the air is tangible as the crowds descend on Mitchelstown ready to start the weekend which has come to be known to serial festival-goers as the best of the summer. Indiependence Music & Arts Festival, now in its 10th year, has solidified itself as one of Ireland’s top festivals boasting an eclectic line-up mix of popular and unknown Irish and international acts, an incomparable festive atmosphere and all against the stunning backdrop of the Galtee Mountains.   FRIDAY Once the afternoon’s drizzle has passed, the arena starts to fill...

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  Wyvern Lingo – Saturday 20:45 @ Big Top Stage The Bray trio have been making waves in the music industry both in Ireland and abroad since the release of their debut EP ‘The Widow Knows’ last year. Fresh from touring the US with Hozier, Wyvern Lingo’s eclectic mix of catchy hooks and intricate harmonies are sure to win them a legion of new fans following their appearance this weekend! Wyvern Lingo – Used (Official Video) The Academic – Sunday 17:50 @ Main Stage Despite having only left school in recent years, The Academic have all the live performance...

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The Geddes ‘Human’ EP Launch at Whelan’s.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’ve more than likely heard of The Geddes by now. Since the release of their début single ‘Frontline’ in November 2014, The Geddes have held a steady presence on Irish radio, helped along by them having been chosen by UTV group radio (FM104, Q102, Galway Bay FM) as their ‘Select Irish’ track at the beginning of this year. The Dublin-based band have since been working hard writing and recording their début release. I went along to the launch of their ‘Human’ EP in Whelan’s on the 29th of May. Thanks to the...

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One to Watch Wednesday: Reuben James

Reuben James Garcia, better known as Reuben James, is a young rapper, songwriter and poet originally from the Philippines but based in Dublin. Hot off the release of the first single from his upcoming EP ‘The Art of RJay’, I caught up with Reuben to talk about the music that inspires him. Not just a talented rapper, Reuben James is also an extremely wise and deep thinker with a dedication to his craft to rival that of any majorly successful artist. Our chat was interesting to say the least, here’s how it went. Which artist/band has influenced your music...

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One to Watch Wednesday: SPINES

SPINES are, without contest, Dublin’s hottest all-girl rock band at the moment. Despite the fact that all four band members are sitting their Leaving Cert exams this June, they have been making big waves in Dublin’s rock scene of recent, playing such esteemed venues as The Mezz and The Workman’s Club. I spoke to lead vocalist and songwriter Ciara Lindsey about the band’s music and the music that inspires them! Which artist/band has influenced your music the most? “The Arctic Monkeys have definitely had a huge influence on my music. Their lyrics are so clever and the stories behind...

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