New Announcements for Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2018
Mar14

New Announcements for Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2018

Following the announcements of The Waterboys (August 16) and Paul Young (July 19) for this summer’s Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, the famous Dublin racecourse this week reveals the next three artists set to play the 8-week racing and music festival. Hudson Taylor (June 21), Keywest (July 26) and Smokie (August 9) join a fantastic line-up for one of Dublin’s fastest growing and most exciting nights out. From busking on the streets of Dublin in their early days, to sold out shows in Ireland, the UK and Europe, Hudson Taylor have been one of this country’s great success stories in recent years and they are welcomed back to Bulmers Live at Leopardstown for a show on Thursday June 21. Brothers Alfie and Harry began 2018 with a brand new track ‘Run With Me’ following lenghty touring of their debut album, Singing for Strangers. They release a 5-track EP at the end of March on Rubyworks, Feel It Again ahead of their Leopardstown show this summer. Keywest are also no strangers to Dublin’s streets and venues, having built up a huge following in recent years with a brilliant live show and the Number One album, Joyland. Smokie, meanwhile, have racked up platinum albums across Europe in a career that has spanned over four decades. Probably best known in this country for their gigantic hit single ‘Living Next Door to Alice’, Smokie have played in stadiums around the world, to a staggering 500,000 people in Kiev’s main square to places as far flung as Ulan Bator, Mongolia, where they sold out two nights in the capital’s 40,000 capacity stadium. The Thursday evening performances will be preceded by a top class card of horse racing and a wide selection of hospitality options are available. The ‘Summer Bundle’ at only €33  includes admission to the racing & concert, a welcome drink, €10 Food Voucher and a €5 tote bet. À la carte style dining is available in the 1888 restaurant at €75pp. For group bookings the SummerParty’ is ideal where you have a table reserved for the evening overlooking the racetrack and a three course meal for only €70pp. For Tickets go to www.leopardstown.com or call the Leopardstown ticketline on 01 289 0500. Advance Ticket price of €17 available until 31st May 2018. There are also discounts for advance group bookings available...

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Paul Young announced for  Bulmers Live at Leopardstown
Feb26

Paul Young announced for Bulmers Live at Leopardstown

Multi-platinum selling singer, Paul Young, has been confirmed to play Bulmers Live at Leopardstown on July 19. One of the UK’s finest ever soul voices, Paul Young released 14 Top 40 hits during a stellar period in the 80s, scoring number one singles and albums in both the US and in Europe. Young really came into his own with a formidable accomplished solo debut album, No Parlez, released in 1983 that included the chart-topping single ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’, which maintained the number one spot for most of that summer, followed by the huge international hit ‘Come Back and Stay’. With the release of his second album, The Secret of Association and the success of the single ‘Every Time You Go Away’, his status as a world star was confirmed. Over the years, Young has continued to perform with various collaborators and with his band Los Pacaminos, touring globally to audiences of fans worldwide. After a lengthy absence of recorded material, Young released an album of vintage soul songs in 2016 called Good Thing produced by Arthur Baker and began a lengthy period of tours and festival appearances. Paul Young is the second artist announced for this summer’s Bulmers Live at Leopardstown shows, following The Waterboys who will play at the famous Dublin racetrack on August 16. Now in its 9th year, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown has established itself as Ireland’s premier racing and live music event, bringing superb international acts to the racecourse over the years. Sister Sledge, The Human League, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Johnny Marr, and Happy Mondays have lined up alongside some of the best live Irish acts of our times, including The Boomtown Rats, Hot House Flowers, The Coronas and Ash. Every Thursday evening, the performances will be preceded by a top class card of horse racing and a wide selection of ticket options available for everyone from the great value ‘Summer Bundle’ at only €33  which includes admission to the racing & concert, Bulmers drink, festival food option & €5 tote bet to the ‘Pavilion Party’ where you have a table reserved in a premium suite overlooking the racetrack and a three course meal for only €70. For Tickets and hospitality options – go to www.leopardstown.com or call the Leopardstown ticketline on 01 289 0500. There are also discounts for advance group bookings available online. Follow on Facebook – Leopardstown Racecourse, Twitter @Leopardstownrc, Instagram @LeopardstownRC & Snapchat @LeopardstownRC for updates and exclusive competitions. Use hashtag...

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Primal Scream join Walking on Cars & Jake Bugg as Indiependence headliners 2018
Feb21

Primal Scream join Walking on Cars & Jake Bugg as Indiependence headliners 2018

UK indie legends, Primal Scream, are the latest headliner added to Indiependence Music & Arts Festival, taking place on August Bank Holiday Weekend at Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Co Cork this summer. They join a growing line-up that already features Walking on Cars, Jake Bugg, Cast, Le Galaxie, Sigala and a whole new cohort of stand out Irish talent.     Primal Scream have released some ground breaking albums (Screamadelica, Vanishing Point, XTRMNTR) over an amazing career that has seen the band meld garage rock to psychedelia, indie pop to electonica, in a constantly evolving collective with a huge Irish fanbase. INDIE18 offers up its annual top class Irish and international mix and today announces more excellent acts alongside an already top class bill.     Back with their first album in four years, Delorentos return to Deer Farm, with other INDIE favourites And So I Watch You From Afar and Little Hours, while INDIE18 sees Circa Waves, Sam Fender, Aine Cahill, Ryan McMullan Bad Bones, DAY_S, LOAH, Ailbhe Reddy, Marc O’Reilly, Roe, Fontaines DC, Brass Phantoms, True Tides, Inhaler and Thanks Brother all joining the bill.   There’s high quality accommodation at INDIE18 with the arrival of Pink Moon Camping, offering a variety of comfortable sleeping options; complete with hot private showers, ‘posh toilets’, fresh water and sinks. Tickets are also on sale for the INDIE VIP Garden, which offers a secluded chill out area with private bars and entertainment.    Tickets have been selling fast for INDIE18 with several tiers for the fesitival already sold out. Other acts already announced for Deer Farm include King Kong Company, HamsandwicH, Mylo, Everything Everything, Tom Grennan, Wild Youth Le Boom and The Blizzards. Weekend Camping Tickets are currently available.     Now in its 13th year, 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. There are more announcements in store over the coming months! Ticket...

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The Waterboys announced to play Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2018
Feb09

The Waterboys announced to play Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2018

Following hot on the heels of a hugely successful Dublin Racing Festival featuring a host of entertainment including Damian Dempsey, Vogue Williams, Stockton’s Wing and more, Leopardstown Racecourse is thrilled to launch the 2018 Bulmers Live at Leopardstows Summer Series by announcing the headline act – The Waterboys.   Now in its 9th year, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown has established itself as Ireland’s premier racing and live music event, bringing superb international acts to the racecourse over the years. Sister Sledge, The Human League, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Johnny Marr, and Happy Mondays have lined up alongside some of the best live Irish acts of our times, including The Boomtown Rats, Hot House Flowers, The Coronas and Ash.   Joining this stellar list of names this summer will be a band very dear to hearts of Irish music lovers over the decades, The Waterboys. Mike Scott was already a legend before he moved to Ireland to record and release the iconic album, Fisherman’s Blues. Already his album This is the Sea, with its international hit ‘The Whole of the Moon’ had marked Scott as an inspirational songwriter for his generation, but with Fisherman’s Blues, The Waterboys almost single-handedly revived an interest in Irish traditional music not seen for a couple of generations.   Staking out bold, new territory with fresh approaches and inspirational collaborators has been the defining factor of Scott’s creative flow. Their new album Out Of All This Blue – the band’s twelfth and first double album – is perhaps the most brilliantly daring and accomplished reinvention of The Waterboys to date. The Waterboys will play the concluding event for Bulmers Live at Leopardstown on Thursday 16th August however, there are seven other events starting on 7th June and running through June, July & August which will feature a fantastic line-up and will be released over the coming weeks. Now a favourite fixture on Dublin’s summer calendar, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown combination of live music with horse racing has proven a winning mix with those looking for great festival vibes and a Thursday night’s outdoor entertainment. As always, the performances will be preceded by a top class card of horse racing and a wide selection of ticket options available for everyone from the great value ‘Summer Bundle’ at only €30 which includes admission to the racing & concert, Bulmers drink, festival food option & €5 tote bet to the ‘Pavilion Party’ where you have a table reserved in a premium suite overlooking the racetrack and a three course meal for only €70. Tickets available...

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First Acts Announced for Townlands Carnival 2018
Jan24

First Acts Announced for Townlands Carnival 2018

Townlands Carnival 2018 is set to bring it up a notch this summer with the announcement of UK legends Leftfield as the festival’s first headliners set for Rusheen Farm, Co Cork, this July. The hugely influential UK pioneers are set for a classics inspired DJ set and will be joined by Irish festival legends-in-the-making King Kong Company, along with a Ghetto Funk Takeover featuring Stanton Warriors, JFB, WBBL & Ghetto Funk Allstars. To say that Townlands Carnival has left an impression on the Irish festival scene is an understatement. Bringing together Music, Art, Circus and Carnival, the team is dedicated to bringing fans a weekend of escaping the norm and exploring the bizarre in all its incantations. Back in the wooded fields of Rusheen Farm, the festivities are set to take place on July 20 – 22. Now in its fourth year, the purpose-built Townlands’ village becomes a home for the weekend; bringing together a celebration of artists from all disciplines and expertise. Five stages, each dedicated to a heady mixture of reggae, hip hop, folk, rock and dance music, give a platform for both established and up and coming acts against a theatrical and visually inspired backdrop. With a surge of positive feedback since last year’s event, the ethos and dream of the Townlands Carnival team has come to life – managing to conjure an inclusive community over one weekend that has something for the entire family; theatrical escapades, fancy dress and interactive art installations – all the while bringing fans of multiple genres together with a stellar lineup. Townlands’ journey continues this year as it is joined by renowned dance music influencer, Leftfield, for a proper schooling in electronic music by innovator Neil Barnes. Leftfield released one of  the biggest dance albums in history, Leftism, and Barnes has been described as being part of “the single most influential production team working in British dance music”. Townlands is also partnering up with UK label Ghetto Funk and the takeover will bring their unique variety of funked up basslines and breakbeat madness to the Carnival. A multi-award winning label, agency and event crew who have raised the bar honing the sounds of the UK into a new hybrid Ghetto Funk sound. On the bill include Stanton Warriors, revered for “crafting a deeper, bass-driven sound, turning heads across all genres.” Alongside them three times UK DMC Champion JFB joins the takeover. Having been described by Fatboy Slim as “the thinking man’s Grandmaster Flash” and being resident scratch DJ on BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank show in 2013/2014, there’s serious hype in store. WBBL joins the crew too and after touring...

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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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