Townlands Carnival Reveal Full Stage Times
Jul19

Townlands Carnival Reveal Full Stage Times

Townlands Carnival taking place this weekend (July 21-23) at Rusheen Farm, Macroom have released their full stage lineups. Headliners include Jeru The Damaga, Brushy 1 String, Krafty Kuts, Hermitage Green and King Kong Company along with an exciting lineup of cutting edge artists from the worlds of performance and dance music. Townlands Carnival are also pleased to support Irish acts with some of Ireland’s rising stars set to take to the stage over the three day festival including Sillke, Le Boom, Jack O’Rourke and James Or. The festival has also created an enticing lineup of spoken word in The Village Green featuring talks by Cork Loves Music, and performances from Lords of Strut and The Rubberbandits. Campervan tickets are about to sell out but make sure you don’t miss out and be the envy of your friends by availing of a bell tent from Silk Road Tents or flash the cash for an Airstream. Physical tickets can be purchased at any of the following locations: JC Murphy’s Bar (Macroom), Organico Cafe (Bantry), Toonbridge Cafe, Bunker Vinyl (Cork), Siopa Gan Aimn (Cork), Shire Bar (Killarney), Spin Dizzy Records (Dublin) Tickets are available for €140 +BF from www.townlandscarnival.com...

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10 Things to see at Townlands Carnival
Jul17

10 Things to see at Townlands Carnival

Townlands Carnival returns for a third year to Rusheen Farm this weekend, July 21-23, with headliners Jeru the Damaga, Brushy 1 String, King Kong Company set to take the stage over the three day event. Here at Musician.ie we compiled 10 things to see at this years Townlands Carnival 1. King Kong Company are bringing the Buckie to Rusheen Farm with a show full of noise and rumble. 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). 2. Limerick comedy/hip hop duo The Rubber Bandits a satirical stage and television act, have performed throughout Ireland, the UK and the US with shows at events such as Electric Picnic, Oxegen and the Bulmers International Comedy Festival. 3. 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. 4. Slamboree is a live band with a Smörgåsbord of circus performers, daredevils and entertainers fusing bass-driven beats with live orchestra, guitars, percussion, loops, visuals, brass, accordian, pyrotechnics and circus. 5. The Cirque Du Freakout Big Top will be parking up at Townlands Carnival 2017. Bringing with it the great LIZAÏA who will present to you its most enchanting dances, acrobats, musicians, dishevelled and introduce to you Rosa the great fortune-teller. Let yourself be bewildered by our most crazy magicians, dissimulating in their sleeves their diabolical tricks. The festival will be in full swing with new attractions. Try your luck, test your strength and abilities in the funfair. The merry electronic fanfare will play through the day, its most beautiful tunes, accompanied by dirty bass, for demanding music lovers. Don’t be afraid! Let yourself be surprised, and fall into the universe of Le Cirque Du Freakout. 6. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, a genuinely unique and courageous underground artist fights to rise up from obscurity into the pages of history This is Andrew Chin—a.k.a. Brushy One String—the son of the late great Freddie McKay, one of Jamaica’s most renowned artists. Brushy has reached the hearts of many through the power of original song,With a soulful voice and infectious guitar melodies, Brushy “soothes souls and rough hearts” as he continues to perform from Jamaica to a worldwide on his one string guitar. 7. Theatrical walkabouts roam the Townlands breathing new life into...

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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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Le Galaxie, Stiff Little Fingers and more bound for The Great Irish Beer Festival
Jun27

Le Galaxie, Stiff Little Fingers and more bound for The Great Irish Beer Festival

The Great Irish Beer Festival returns to Cork City Hall this August for the second annual event, taking place from Thursday August 24 – Saturday August 26. This year’s music programme over the three days will see Stiff Little Fingers, Le Galaxie, Rebel Rebel – The David Bowie Experience, The Band Anna, Fire & Water and Audible Joes ensure each day ends with a suitable bang. Following last years hugely successful inaugural event, The Great Irish Beer Festival will feature 24 Irish craft brewers and one distillery; each bringing a unique flavour to the festival. The Great Irish Beer Festival will prove a treasure trove of information, food pairings and knowledge for aficionados and newcomers alike. Lectures will take place over the weekend at City Hall including ‘Learn How To Brew’ with the Lee Valley Brewing Club and discussions led by Chris O’Flynn of the Malting Company of Ireland among others. Run by the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork in association with Tom Keating Presents, this year’s festival aims to build on the initial footprint and establish The Great Irish Beer festival as one of the country’s finest live music and brewing events – diverse in both its participants and audience. Advance day tickets are €13.50 for each day/evening from Tickets.ie or €15 on the door. Thursday August 24 Stiff Little Fingers Audible Joes Doors 7pm, Concert 7.30pm – 10pm   Friday August 25  Le Galaxie The Band Anna Doors 4pm, Concert 6pm -10pm   Saturday August 26 Rebel Rebel -The David Bowie Experience &  Fire & Water Doors 12noon , Concert 6pm – 10pm...

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Townlands Carnival Reveal More Headliners
May16

Townlands Carnival Reveal More Headliners

Townlands Carnival 2017 adds yet more acts and stages to its eclectic lineup. Taking place the weekend of July 21-23, at Rusheen Farm Estate, Macroom, Co Cork. Townlands Carnival are thrilled to reveal new headline act Hermitage Green. The Limerick 5-piece have built a dedicated legion of fans since forming in 2010 thanks to their captivating live sets. Their unique arrangement of instruments sets them apart as a truly original offering of Irish Music. Having signed to Sony Music Ireland and with the release of their album Save Your Soul Hermitage Green have shown they are here to stay.   Already announced are headliners Bushy One String, Krafty Kuts, MC Dynamite featuring an exciting lineup of rising Irish talent with Jack O’Rourke, Le Boom, Shookrah and Sillk.   Brooklyn rapper Jeru Da Damaja is also confirmed to play the festival, bringing with him a back catalogue that includes acclaimed Hip Hop album The Sun Rises In The East.   Headlining the Sub Atomic stage, Bristol-based producer Om Unit brings some of the most innovative Drum and Bass sounds to Rusheen Farm Estate.   Housed in a big top tent, Cirque de Freakout is a crazy burlesque circus consisting of trapeze, comedians, giant puppets, live video mapping and a world of upbeat exotic music, from Balkan beats to Tropic to Gypsy Punk to Klezmer. It’s hosted by three of the finest impresarios; Dj Kyem, Al-Jive Mestizo and Maximilian Magic, complete with a sprawl of Steampunk funfair games to immerse festival goers in the Freakshow theme. Music is interspersed with cabaret performances featuring Les Freres Zeugma, Le Molecule Frendleyks, Marcel Bouffard & the Family, DJ Spoilt Bastard, Moonanga, DJ Tibobo, DJ Sadou, and DJ Trooblemaker.   The Village Green Area is a diverse community of artists, musicians, activists, slam poets, craft workers, farmers, environmental technologists and foodies who aim to build community spirit whilst keeping carbon emissions to a minimum. This green edge of the festival will showcase musical acts, offer healthy food and drink options and host discussions on topics that affect us all. Craftcamp offers interactive craft experiences for children and adults. Earthmatters will set the stage for discussions on social and environmental issues in an open and light hearted way. The Village Hall will be home to an eclectic mix of musical acts, DJ’s, and comedy featuring Scene of the Rhyme led by Cormac Lally as well as TED style talks and panel discussions. Shake off a fuzzy head from the night before with morning yoga and join the debate in what was voted last year’s favourite area. With more acts from the worlds of Dancehall, Grime, Drum and...

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Clonmel Junction Festival presents exciting programme for summer festival
May15

Clonmel Junction Festival presents exciting programme for summer festival

Clonmel Junction Festival is set to bring a diverse and unique programme to County Tipperary this summer. Carefully curated around the theme of the Black Sheep, festival goers will have the opportunity to experiment as well as experience something new and completely different when the festival takes place the week of July 3-9th.   One of the most sought after shows in Ireland and the only Irish performance in 2017, CJF17 will present the award-winning Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Teac Damsa  a magical adaptation of one of the most famous of all ballets, Swan Lake.  Michael Keegan-Dolan  has forged a searing new vision for the beloved tale, creating a world of magical realism, powerful imagery and potent storytelling, rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland meet. The Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds has created a new score that combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences.    The extensive music programme will feature This is the Kit, Martin Hayes and David Power, Lankum (formerly Lynched), Crash Ensemble and Sam Amidon, Kate Ellis and Yuki Numata Resnick, Talos, Aine Cahill, AE MAK, R.S.A.G., Daithi and much more.  CJF17 will present The Cave, three intimate music events in Mitchelstown Cave on July 7/8/9.  Featured in this series are Peter Broderick, Loah, Jesca Hoop, Rosie Carney, Marc O’Reilly and Brigid Mae Power.   Compagnia TPO from Italy bring their wonderful family show Kindur – The Adventurous life of Icelandic Sheep. Telling the story of the sheep through three dancers who involve the audience and encourage them to become part of the flock, it promises to be a truly immersive show for both children and family.   The Black Sheep Artist-in-Residency programme will feature knitwear designer Katie Hanlan, visual art organization Lay of the Land, graffiti artist James Earley and Ireland’s premiere contemporary music group Crash Ensemble.  Over the course of the week, these incredible artists will create work that responds to the theme and the landscape in Clonmel.     At the weekend, festival goers will find a 12-foot Gramophone by Donnacha Cahill – audio-visual sculpture – moving around the town and surrounding areas.  Audiences will be able to interact with the steel Gramophone, weighing over a tonne at various locations and can receive updates on it’s location by following our social media channels    Joanne Condon of Kyle Lane (furniture upcycling company) will create an outdoor installation entitled Balloon Herd, that will see buildings around Clonmel decorated with large-scale balloon installations.   Yvonne McGuinness returns to the well to perform with her new piece, exploring themes of femininity, ritual and relationship to place.  Working with dancer Liv O’Donoghue and the guardian of the well David Flannery, the artists combines real and fictive performances and stagings that create an immersive installation at Scot’s Church.  ...

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