Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings rising stars Kaia Kater & Lavinia Mancusi to Cork in January
Jan09

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings rising stars Kaia Kater & Lavinia Mancusi to Cork in January

Now in its ninth year and well established as one of Ireland’s best Winter Festivals, The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns in January 2018, with another fantastic and eclectic mix of artists and events centered around the festival hub at The White Horse.   Rising star of the Canadian folk scene, Kaia Kater, supports Wallis Bird on Thursday January 25. Based in Tornoto but spending a lot of time in West Virginia Kaia Kater’s old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report. Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music the space where tradition and innovation intersect.   Sunday January 28 will see an afternoon show, featuring trad maestros Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn and Derek Hickey with special guest, Italian folk and world music star, Lavinia Mancusi. At the age of seven she began studying the violin at the Popular School of Music of Testaccio with Maestro Massimo Pastorello. In 1997 she won the Special Jury Prize for the violin of the “Arturo Toscanini” Competition. Over the years she studied the violin with masters such as: Carlo Cossu, Tiziana Mangione (first violin of the Rome Symphony Orchestra), Marco Fiorentini, and Antonio Fraioli. Since 2006 Mancusi has incorporated popular music into her repertoire and worked with Nando Citarella as part of Tamburi del Vesuvio. She is currently the voice and violin of Medfree Orkestra, with whom she recorded the album “Pensiero Mediterraneo” (2012) and “Background” (2014), and of the Takadum Orchestra by Simone Pulvano, with whom he recorded the album “Takadum .. .suoni at the border “(2013) and” Addije “(2015). Returning to the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival is Irish Times’ journalist, Tony Clayton-Lea, as he brings a mix of lively debate, interesting interviews and live performances to The White Horse on Saturday January 27, with Culture Vultures, while that night, Cork legends Rubyhorse are set to bring brand new material to the venue that night. The band are set to release new tracks in 2018, with shows in Ireland and the US, where they had a billboard top 20 hit with ‘Sparkle’ and appeared on the David Letterman Show, Conan O’Brien and Good Morning America.   Meanwhile, the festival takes a step away from Ballincollig for a show at Cork Opera House, where The White Horse Guitar Club bring Kentucky and Tennessee roots music to a new level with an ensemble of guitarists drawn from widely varying backgrounds.   Bringing the festival to close on Sunday night, The Niall McCabe Band will launch a new...

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Forbidden Fruit reveal 8 more acts for June 2018
Dec18

Forbidden Fruit reveal 8 more acts for June 2018

Bulmers Forbidden Fruit signals the start of the summer festival season.  Forbidden Fruit have already announced some great acts for a very special Bank Holiday Monday line up – The War on Drugs, Grizzly Bear, Thundercat, Warpaint, Spoon and Superorganism. Now they’re ready to reveal some of the incredible acts coming to play across the weekend for the 8th year of Dublin city centre multi-stage music and arts festival in the beautiful grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art for June 2-4. First up, get ready when the unbelievable Justice take to the stage. This French duo are master deconstructors of techno, pop, R&B, electro, funk, metal – and whatever else takes their fancy. Their first record in 2007 established them as one of France’s most vital musical exports – or ‘French electro juggernauts’ (Billboard). Their second LP, 2011’s Audio, Video, Disco gave fans a bombastic aural wallop with classic 70’s rock flourishes that owed as much to Queen and Yes as it did Frankie Knuckles or Prince. They released their 3rd record Woman this time last year- featuring slap bass workouts, glistening synths, gut shuddering electro and shiny slices of disco pop magic. It’s been over ten years since Justice have hit these shores. Don’t miss one of the best live specticles electronic music has to offer. Bonobo and his band will be joining us, for his biggest Irish show to date. Bonobo’s rise has been stealthy but unstoppable, and Si Green, the man behind it all, is now one of the biggest electronic artists of our time. As a DJ and with the Bonobo live band, he’s now played to millions of people across the world in shows and festivals, and each album has been bigger than the last with 2017’s Migration hitting the top ten in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium and getting untold press coverage everywhere. During this rise, he also achieved the rare feat for a British dance artist of breaking America – and not with the kind of high-octane shock-tactic rave beats and audiovisual spectaculars that characterised the EDM explosion, but with subtle, emotional, ambiguous and musicianly work that demands long and deep immersion. He creates ‘chilled-out but emotively beat-driven sounds that call on funk, hip-hop and plenty in-between. Organic and woozy, captivating and atmospheric, never does his music make more sense than in the live arena.’ (DJ MAG) We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Southern Californian MC Vince Staples defies categorisation. His critically acclaimed debut LP Summertime ‘06 hit the best of the ‘best of’ lists in 2015. He followed up with the forward thinking Big Fish Theory, which was described as...

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It Takes A Village Tickets go on sale December 7
Dec06

It Takes A Village Tickets go on sale December 7

Ever fancied being at a festival, hidden away from the world, in a secluded setting on the edge of the Atlantic… with a roof over your head? This coming April, there’s something happening in Cork that will change the way people think about festivals in Ireland. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of April, It Takes A Village takes over the idyllic and pastoral surroundings of Trabolgan, East Cork. It Takes A Village offers 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village. With your booking including accommodation and unlimited access to a huge variety of entertainment onsite it’s a residents only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday. First acts announced feature an abundance of eclectic electric acts: Young Fathers – Andrew Weatherall – Talos – Fujiya & Miyagi – Brian Deady – The Altered Hours – LE BOOM – Oh Pep! – Donal Dineen – John Daly Music – Bitch Falcon – Nialler9 – Anna Mieke – Seamus Fogarty – Cian Finn – Sunday Times! – Strength N.I.A – Lilla Vargen – MynameisjOhn – Ryan Vail – Kevin Barry – Sim Simma – Bocs Social… with many more artists and activities still to be announced. The village will feature three main venues, as well as a multitude of pop-up stages all over the 120 acre site. The swimming pool, with its wavemaker, slide, hot tub, and balmy conditions will host some steamy tropical party tunes from supreme DJs on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with some amazing aquatic audio and synchronized sounds. All leisure activities at Trabolgan like go-karting, archery, 5-a-side soccer, zip line, climbing walls, crazy golf, and par 3 golf, will operate during the daytime over the weekend. The festival will also host some talks and walks around the Roches Point and Trabolgan area for those interested in a bit of history and a stroll. Expect big sound, killer lighting and top live performances. Wordsmiths, MC’s, raconteurs and poets will be dropping rhymes and reason; art installations will be popping up, down, and around, the wooded valley on site; great food will be brought to you by some savage stalls and food trucks from only the finest local producers in the rebel county. It Takes A Village will be a home away from home with a musical soundtrack covering a broad palette of tastes, styles and rhythms. It’s a place to meet and make new friends whilst having modern conveniences, comfort and never being more than two minutes walk from your new home! Ticket prices range from €185 – €265 (including booking fee) per...

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First Acts Revealed for Indiependence 2018
Dec06

First Acts Revealed for Indiependence 2018

Indiependence Music & Arts Festival has dropped an early Christmas present for fans by revealing the first names of what will be a bumper INDIE18 at Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, next summer. Some of Ireland’s biggest and best live acts join an initial announcement that features some new faces for INDIE and some old friends. Walking on Cars have cemented their place as one of this country’s most successful bands since playing the Beer Hall at INDIE14. They head up a strong Irish contingent that already features Le Galaxie, King Kong Company, HamsandwicH, The Blizzards, Le Boom, Wild Youth and 1000 Beasts. The UK’s thriving indie scene has been raided and welcomes some new names to INDIE18 that include Jake Bugg, Mercury Prize nominees Everything Everything, Brit Pop legends Cast and one of the UK’s hottest rising stars, Tom Grennan. Meanwhile, INDIE18 will feature artists with strong Ministry of Sound ties with debuts from Sigala and Mylo. Mylo has remixed tracks from Scissors Sisters, Amy Winehouse, The Killers and The Knife to name a few in recent times while Sigala’s track ‘Easy Love’ hit Number 1 in the UK singles chart and has amassed over 300m views on YouTube alongside ‘Sweet Lovin’’. All Early Bird Tickets have already sold out for INDIE18, with three-day camping tickets now on sale for €139 and VIP Indie Garden tickets on sale for €179 from www.tickets.ie. “We will be announcing a lot more acts in 2018,” said organiser Shane Dunne, “but wanted to give Indie fans something to look forward to before Christmas. Thanks to everyone who has bought tickets so far and we look forward to sharing some really big names with you in the new year.” Since the 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...

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Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings more exciting and eclectic artists to Cork in January
Nov29

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings more exciting and eclectic artists to Cork in January

Now in its ninth year and well established as one of Ireland’s best Winter Festivals, The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns in January 2018, with another fantastic and eclectic mix of artists and events centered around the festival hub at The White Horse. One of Ireland’s most invigorating female performers of the last decade, Wallis Bird, gets proceedings under way on Thursday January 25, joined by a rising star of the Canadian folk scene, the 22-year old Kaia Kater. The following evening at The White Horse will see multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams’ bring a touch of Americana to the festival. They released their acclaimed eponymous debut in 2015, after seven years of playing in Levon Helm’s band. The duo were frequent guests with Phil Lesh, Little Feat, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, and are renowned for bringing to the stage the crackling creative energy of a decades-long offstage union. Irish Times’ journalist, Tony Clayton-Lea, brings a mix of lively debate, interesting interviews and live performances to The White Horse on Saturday January 27, with Culture Vultures, while that night, Cork legends Rubyhorse are set to bring brand new material to the venue that night. The band are set to release new tracks in 2018, with shows in Ireland and the US, where they had a billboard top 20 hit with ‘Sparkle’ and appeared on the David Letterman Show, Conan O’Brien and Good Morning America. Sunday January 28 will see an afternoon show, featuring trad maestros Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn and Derek Hickey with special guest, Italian folk and world music star, Lavinia Mancusi. Meanwhile, the festival takes a step away from Ballincollig for a show at Cork Opera House, where The White Horse Guitar Club bring Kentucky and Tennessee roots music to a new level with an ensemble of guitarists drawn from widely varying backgrounds. Bringing the festival to close on Sunday night, The Niall McCabe Band will launch a new album with support from Rowan. Further news on festival workshops, discussions and more great artists will be announced in the coming weeks. “We’ll have much more to announce in January” says festival organiser Joe Carey, “but felt that we would whet music lovers’ appetites before Christmas with what is in store for Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018. We’re looking forward to welcoming back Music in Community as part of the festival programme as well as a lots of workshops and sessions throughout the weekend”. All tickets on sale now...

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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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