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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Townlands Carnival Launch Party. Win Tickets
Apr27

Townlands Carnival Launch Party. Win Tickets

Townlands Carnivals returns to Macroom for a third year of vivid performers and eclectic music acts. The festival are about to launch their Tier 2 weekend camper tickets on May 3 with an announcement of new acts added to the already tasty lineup.   To mark the announcement and new tier Townlands Carnival are bringing a taste of their SubAtomic venue to Limerick’s Social & Co with Skirmish and Output hosting a launch party  Expect big beats on a tasty sound system.   Performing on the night are two of Ireland’s most exciting DJ’s: P-Hocto & Warren Knowles. Dublin born DJ and producer Peadar Ó Brádaigh, AKA PHocto, had been circling the Irish electronic scene for a number of years but is now to be found across the pond in London city. A vinyl fanatic, Peadar separates himself from the masses by playing a killer selection of new and old tracks across the various styles of techno, electro and bass heavy music that most appeal to him. Dark and deep, weird and wonky, glitched out and sublime or simply pounding, one thing is for sure, you won’t find any filler here.  A regular DJ at Jerome Hill’s infamous “Don’t” nights, Peadar has supported some big names in the underground Techno and Bass circuits, both at home and abroad. Artists like: Neil Landstrumm, Paul Birken, Ancient Methods, Lakker, King Cannibal and Sunil Sharpe to name but a handful. He recently completed a degree in Sonic Arts at Brunel University and is now busy working away and refocusing on his own productions once again.   Warren Knowles is no stranger to anyone who’s been wearing the dance floors at techno gigs over the last 10 years. His first club experience like many other Cork dj’s was at the legendary Sweat nights in Sir Henry’s. His first break came when he got accepted for the Red Bull Music Academy in Dublin and got a set at in:flux’s famous techno night in the Kitchen Nightclub. Soon after they started a night in the Pav nightclub in Cork, and he was asked to be resident for the duration of their nights in the city where he warmed up for the likes of Umek, Justin Robertson, Darren Emerson and Billy Nasty to name but a few. Involved with setting up the Oil Baron’s Ball in the Pav, which had a nomadic existence moving onto Maas, and after that Sir Henry’s he then went on to became resident of Cork’s legendary Electric Underground. He’s also been nominated for best resident at the Irish Dance Music Awards twice! With EU he warmed up for acts such as...

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Ian Whitty & The Exchange return with new release and Right Here Right Now live show
Apr23

Ian Whitty & The Exchange return with new release and Right Here Right Now live show

  Ian Whitty & The Exchange follow up on the success of their recently released album Cash Crop with the double-A side single ‘Rodeo’ / Tattoo Rings’. They return to the live circuit after a storming appearance at Quarter Block Party, with a slot at the upcoming ‘Right Here Right Now’ festival at the Cork Opera House April 30. ‘Rodeo’ is a healthy thousand miles from country music yet is a fitting title for a single that unfurls a scathing, rapid-fire commentary on society brimming with witty imagery and intricate anecdotes. On the flip side, ‘Tattoo Rings’ is an inversion to ‘Rodeo’s cynicism where we find a tale of earnest idealised young love spun out over rippling guitar and shimmering piano. This double-A side is the follow up single to Bottom Line, a song that captured the imagination of Irish media whilst enjoying plenty of daytime airplay on national and regional stations, spending 8 weeks on the RTE Radio 1 recommends playlist. Released at the end of 2016, Cash Crop, saw Ian Whitty delve deep into his imagination drawing stories both personal and reflective to create characters for a body of work that not only reflected Whitty’s experiences up to this point but also Irish society.   Ian Whitty & The Exchange play Right Here Right Now festival on April 30 “Rodeo/Tattoo Rings” is released on Whimsical River records  May 5....

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Indiependence Reveal Day X Day Breakdown
Apr19

Indiependence Reveal Day X Day Breakdown

Indiependence Music & Arts Festival has announced its Day X Day breakdown for this summer’s festival, taking place at Deer Farm Mitchelstown, Co Cork, on August 4 – 6.   The festival is also delighted to announce a new partnership with IMRO that will see the Irish Music Rights Organisation host the IMRO Big Top Stage at INDIE17.   Tickets have been selling fast for what looks to be another 10,000 capacity sold out event at Deer Farm with headliners Tom Odell (Friday), The Coronas (Saturday) and Manic Street Preachers (Sunday) proving a massive hit with INDIE lovers. The line-up also features some fantastic live acts in All Tvvins, Sigma (DJ), Frank Turner, Hermitage Green, Brian Deady, The Riptide Movement and We Cut Corners also featured on the bill.   “Indiependence’s reputation as one of Ireland’s leading music festivals continues to grow year on year, attracting music fans from throughout Ireland and beyond. We are delighted to be sponsoring the IMRO Big Top Stage this year which will showcase some of the finest new talent from Ireland and we look forward to welcoming an exciting line-up of musicians to Mitchelstown this coming August”, says Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO.   Long-regarded as the Irish music festival most in touch with rising Irish artists, INDIE17 is also set to host acts such as Raglans, Ryan Sheridan, Coumbia Mills, Stomptown Brass, Overhead the Albatross, Stephanie Rainey, Fangclub, Talos, Craig Gallagher, MindRiot, Jack O’Rourke, Hope is Noise, Orchid Collective, Hawk Lion, Barq, Le Boom, Jonny Rep, Eve Belle, Super Silly, Dagny and many more.   Set in the foothills of the spectacular Galtee Mountains, Indiependence has steadily grown in size since 2006, attracting festival goers from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe and seeing the festival increase in size to a sold-out 10,000 capacity event in 2016,   In addition to some of the best Irish and international music acts, INDIE17 will soon be revealing a strong Comedy, Spoken Word and Dance line-up to Deer Farm, while the recently added INDIE VIP Garden and Mitchelstown Music Trail are set to return in 2017.   Early Bird Tickets for INDIE17 sold out within 24 hours and subsequent ticket tiers – which remained at 2016 prices – also sold out in record time. Tickets currently on sale are:   3-DAY WEEKEND CAMPING – €119 VIP INDIE GARDEN UPGRADE – €50 Day tickets priced €52.50 on sale Friday April 21st at 9am   Tickets are available online at www.tickets.ie with a limited amount for sale at Mitchelstown Post Office.   Further line-up announcements will be coming soon, so check out www.indiependencefestival.com and www.facebook.com/INDIEPENDENCEFEST/ for updates and further information.   See INDIE16:...

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Another Love Story reveal first acts
Apr12

Another Love Story reveal first acts

Taking place over the weekend of August 18-20 Another Love Story returns to Killyon Manor for a fifth year proof positive that there is another way to do a festival, to promote Irish music and to engage people. Festival organisers have revealed the first acts scheduled to appear at the Manor and the list is exciting. Including Katie Kim, Overheard the Albatross, JFDR, This Is How We Fly, I am The Cosmos, Bantum, ELLLL, Replete, Wry Myrrh, Ailbhe Reddy, Tomorrows, Buffalo Woman, Hillary Woods, Margie Jean Lewis, Wastefellow, Carriages, Beach, Let’s Set Sail, ooSe, Saint Caoilian, My Fellow Sponges, Doubtlands, Attention Bebe’s Sundown Big Top Rave Up, Ncl Gamlan Orchestra. With a line up of exciting DJ’s and other areas this years events promises to not only live up to past years but perhaps surpass expectations. For tickets and more information go to...

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Music Cork Reveal Music Showcase
Mar31

Music Cork Reveal Music Showcase

The inaugural Music Cork will be showcasing a small selection of new Irish artists in a series of shows over two days, combining the newest talent and some of the best acts emerging from the Irish scene.  It is now confirmed that on Thursday 11th May, showcases will take place in Cyprus Avenue, Crane Lane, Triskel Christchurch and The Old Oak.  There will also be a special show on the opening night, Wednesday 10th May, in Cork Opera House. The artists and venues announced today include a Nialler9 curated Cyprus Avenue showcase featuring Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom, Lyra. A Triskal Arts Centre show will be curated by IMRO and presents Cry Harridan, Jafaris, Little Hours, Super Silly. Music Cork organisers present a showcase in The Crane Lane Theatre with acts Alex & Echoes, BARQ, Rob Burch. The final announcements for these shows and the full lineup for The Old Oak and Cork Opera House are also coming soon. Taking place over three days in May, Music Cork will create a unique opportunity in Ireland to listen to some of the best industry professionals talk about their work and experiences, see the best new talent perform and enjoy plenty of opportunities to network with speakers and delegates over three days of intimate social gatherings and shows. Music Cork has already confirmed a wealth of industry speakers for the event, including Key Note Speaker, Darcus Beese, President of Island Records. In addition to Darcus, Music Cork will also welcome Mike Smith MD of Warner/Chappell and Rob Stevenson Executive Vice President of Republic/Casablanca. Music Cork will also bring together agents of the calibre of Geoff Meall (UTA / Muse), Steve Zapp (ITB / Biffy Clyro) and Josh Javor (X-Ray / Coldplay), alongside people who understand publishing like Martin Toher (B-Unique) and Tommas Arnby (Locomotion).  Other speakers include manager of Kodaline and Stephanie Rainey, Ricardo Zambak,  Adam Barker, Director of Business Affairs for Universal Music UK, Rebecca Allen, Managing Director of Decca and Marc Robinson, Managing Director of Globe. “We aim to provide an opportunity for some of the best new Irish artists to be seen by the highest possible calibre of international industry professionals”, said Jim Lawless, one of Music Cork’s organisers. In addition to this, there will be opportunities for attendees to network with some of the industry’s top minds on the Music Cork Pub Crawls, at Networking Breakfasts and during Friday’s Networking Day Trip – more details on these to follow. Early Bird Tickets priced €110 plus booking fee are almost sold out with full details available on MusicCork.com Further information and ticket details can be found...

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