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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The Great Irish Beer Festival is back for its 2nd annual event this week at Cork City Hall
Aug24

The Great Irish Beer Festival is back for its 2nd annual event this week at Cork City Hall

The Great Irish Beer Festival returns to Cork City Hall this week for the second annual event, taking place from Thursday August 24 – Saturday August 26.   Following a 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, as well as an excellent live music programme over the weekend that 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.   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.   “We’re delighted to be welcoming these fantastic Irish brewers back to Cork again this year and equally as happy to be providing some great entertainment for festival goers over the weekend,” says Shane Long from The Franciscan Well. “Both professional and home Brewers will be onsite to show the public how to brew. We have also had a large number of enquiries from brewing enthusiasts from outside Ireland which is really encouraging and means the word about The Great Irish Beer Festival is spreading. We’d encourage people to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.”   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 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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