Early Bird tickets for Indiependence go on sale
Nov02

Early Bird tickets for Indiependence go on sale

Following a sold-out stomper at INDIE17 this summer featuring headliners Manic Street Preachers, Tom Odell and The Coronas, Indiependence Music & Arts Festival has announced tickets will go on sale this Saturday November 4, with INDIE18’s first acts set to be revealed next month.   Since its first festival in 2006, Indiependence has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest and most loved events, drawing international acts like Basement Jaxx, Public Enemy, De La Soul and Editors to play alongside the best names in Irish music, in the scenic foothills of the Galtee Mountains.   “We’ve managed to grow the festival over the last few years into a 10,000 capacity event, while avoiding increases in costs to our fans, making INDIE the best value for money festival in the country,” says organiser Shane Dunne.   “We’ve never rested on our laurels and want to make 2018 the biggest and best INDIE we have had yet. This will see us increase the price of our normal 3-day Camping Ticket by a small amount, but as always, fans will have plenty of opportunities to buy their tickets at lower prices than most festivals, so don’t leave it too late!”   Tickets prices for INDIE18 are as follows:   Super Early Bird 3-day Camping Ticket – €109 Early Bird 3-day Camping Ticket – €119 3-day Camping Ticket – €139   Tickets will be available online from Tickets.ie and regionally from Super Valu and Centra outlets with the Tickets.ie logo. Tickets will also be on sale from a special Pop-Up Shop in Mitchelstown from The Yard Bar on Saturday, where there will be free teas and coffees, some food and DJs with entry to a raffle for VIP upgrades!...

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Video of the Day: Penrose “Better Man”
Oct24

Video of the Day: Penrose “Better Man”

Penrose are a 5 piece band put together by Darragh Mc Grane and can now be described as a solid Indie Pop band with catchy uplifting indie songs and anthems that have “attitude” and stick in your head. Mixing the pop sensibilities & harmonies of The Beatles / ELO, the snarling vocals of Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of Oasis. The band mixes their 60’s and 90’s influences bringing them together and putting a modern feel and attitude to the music they create. Penrose have just released “Better Man” with a single launch in Whelan’s November 18th. The video shot by Anthony White sees the band make some dubious life decisions and ultimately face the consequence of their actions. Lead singer Darragh Mc Grane says he wrote the song “directly after a long night of being out till all hours and I had a realisation looking at my new born baby girl that I needed to sort myself out and be a better father to her.” Live Dates: 18th Nov Whelans  – BETTER MAN Single Launch 9th Dec Powerscourt Shopping Centre – Simon Community Charity Gig 29th Dec Vicar Street – Supporting...

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Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly’s “Enemy Of”
Oct24

Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly’s “Enemy Of”

Marc O’Reilly does not sit on his laurels. With several critically acclaimed side projects to his name the Waterford native is releasing new material with a new album in the works. Blending blues and folk with something a little bit sonic and bit magical. Marc has just released “Enemy Of”. The track is now available worldwide and is taken from Marc’s forthcoming new album ‘L’etre Politique’ which is scheduled for release in Feb 2018. Marc will be promoting the release of ‘Enemy Of’ with a full band show at Whelans in Dublin on Thurs 26th...

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Reviving Bobby Green’s faith in the album meet The Crayon Set’s new release
Oct23

Reviving Bobby Green’s faith in the album meet The Crayon Set’s new release

  Review by Bobby Green It’s not often I’m lost for words, but after hearing Lost Languages I’m finding it difficult to summon up worthy praise for this delicately beautiful album.  It plays upon your heart strings early on, laying you down and lulling you into a tranquil sense of ethereal warmth with glowing embers lighting up your soul. And just when you think it’s safe to just – let – go ‘ATTACK’ slaps you about your face and wakes you up reminding you that your full attention is needed. There’s been so much nonsense written by modern journalists about the death of the album, but I believe that these lazy blaggers honestly have no love for their job because Lost Languages is very much alive and with so much diversity flowing from my speakers it’s impossible not to fall in love with The Crayon Set, but ultimately fall in love with this album. “Closed Lines”,  “I can’t say No”, “O’Connell Street” are songs that tell a story together, on an album. In a world where even the people we are supposed to trust with our art are telling us we don’t have the attention span to appreciate the creative beauty of an album, Lost Languages reminds us of how wonderful this art form is.  This isn’t a wake-up call, far from it, but never underestimate the power of a gentle whisper. This is an album of real beauty, something not only they should be proud of but an album that Dublin should be proud of. I only wished it was on vinyl because something this good deserves it. My problem with CD’s or MP3’s is you don’t build a relationship with the art, perhaps this is where my earlier complaint about journalists has its roots. With vinyl you commit to the music because of the ritual of how you listen to that format. Because this is an album you want to get to know better, you want to spend more time with it and have a connection beyond the digital play button. Lost Languages lives, breathes, and has a pulse. It holds your attention as well as your...

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If really good alternative rock is your thing then Bobby Green recommends Deep Sky Objects
Oct21

If really good alternative rock is your thing then Bobby Green recommends Deep Sky Objects

  Review by Bobby Green Alternative Rock has become a bit of a dirty phrase over the last few years with so many bands not quite knowing where they are or where they are going, knocking out mediocre music hoping for mainstream attention. At the core of any great music, be it folk or pop or rock with the many sub genres within each category there has to be truth. And for quite a while now there has been nothing much to believe in. But as transgloble underground told me, ‘Watch The Sky, Keep Looking’ Deep Sky Objects are a Cork based 3 piece consisting of Kevin and Thomas O’Brian providing guitars, drums and vocals while DD Foley thunders in with the bass so sharp you’ll be in danger of slicing up your ear drums if you play them too loud. This impressive EP came out last month but is getting a ‘hard’ release on CD so much has been the demand. The 5 tracks on offer here could all have been lead singles, if this is the quality they are delivering at this moment in time then an album should launch these lads stratospheric. This music is for a mass market, but unlike a lot of the stuff on offer right now these songs have meat and bones on them that’ll make your balls tingle. I love the production here, it’s so crisp and defined. When the album is ready, and with the right campaign Deep Sky Objects should have no bother achieving even greater...

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Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey
Oct20

Bobby Green recommends the Magic of NC Grey

Review by Bobby Green As the days turn into nights on these autumnal months the darkness brings with it a chill that needs to be kept at bay. Fires are lit, and soundtracks are chosen to accompany the soft crackle of the fire while the burning embers dance their way up the chimney.  On these long cold nights we sometimes call upon some old friends for company. Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane’s Love Supreme alone has kept me warm for a whole winter such is the strength of its magic. But now there’s a new Magic, a voice from Dublin based singer NC Grey that takes me back to old loves so much so that it feels like I’ve known her voice all my life. This debut EP will have you swaying just like your mamma used to. If you love old school jazz and R&B swathed in soulful beauty with a voice as crisp as a summers morning then Magic is the must have EP this autumn to keep you warm on these long cold nights, It feels like NC Grey has poured everything into these 4 tracks showcasing her vocal talents and song writing ability. She seems to have a Sade like ability to tell a story so beautifully that she could sing the phone book and you’d still think it was a wonderful story. Magic is out now. NC Grey is most certainly one to look out for in 2018, but I fear these tiny shores wont be able to hold her for much longer afterwards.  Catch her while you can, this star is about to...

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