Now, two other gig showcases have been revealed and they look like this:
@ Triskel (curated by IMRO) – Cry Harridan, Jafaris, Little Hours, Super Silly
@ Crane Lane (curated by Music Cork) – Alex & Echoes, BARQ, Rob Burch …plus final act to be announced very soon
@ Cyprus Avenue (curated by Nialler9) – Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom, Lyra …plus final act to be announced very soon
The final announcements for these shows and the full lineup for The Old Oak and Cork Opera House are also coming soon.
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.
Early Bird Tickets priced €110 plus booking fee are almost sold out with full details available on MusicCork.com
Yesterday, I revealed the full lineup of acts for the church at Other Voices, now here’s the full music trail list of acts, which are the events that are free and open to the public throughout the day and after the main gigs.
The previously announced artists are below. New are:
Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers)
Moon Looks On
Nialler9 DJ set
Search Party Animal
Stephen James Smith
We Were Giants
+ Special guests
Yes, that’s a lot and it adds to the existing acts below. All Free. I’ll be DJing on the Friday night after the main event.
New single ‘Bear’ was written by singer Jess Kav, after her mother passed and deals with loss and growing up. Musically, it’s got a jazz rhythm with Kavanagh’s moving vocals exploring the aftermath of loss singing “what do we do when the buildings fall?”. The song has a beautiful coda.
The single is launched in The Bowery in Rathmines next Thursday November 17th with support from Soulé. As it happens, I’m DJing after too.
After announcing their arrival with ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’, an alternative R and B track, that self-described “agrosoul” tag is going to make much more sense after hearing BARQ’s ‘That Thing You Love’.
BARQ say the track is an “a very aggressive song about meditation,” that has more prominent and eclectic jazz, rock and soul influences than previously detected. The big vocals Jess Kav maintains control among the unusual time signature and discordant guitar style.
‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’ was picked up on Spotify new music playlists in the UK and Brazil (as well as Nialler9’s new Irish music playlist of course), and BARQ are playing lots of festivals this summer: Longitude, Indiependence, Groove, Body + Soul, Canalaphonic, Bray Jazz, Carlow Arts Festival, with more to be announced soon.
‘That Thing You Love’ was mixed by Scott Halliday and Mastered by Andrei Eremin (Hiatus Kaiyote, Chet Faker).
The Gloaming / Santigold / St Germain / Hudson Mohawke / Floating Points (live) / Mercury Rev / Neon Indian / Girl Band / BadBadNotGood / Wolf Parade / Sun Kil Moon / Junior Boys / David August / Cassy / Optimo / Gold Panda / Mbongwana Star / Ibibio Sound Machine / Tanya Tagaq / Slow Magic / Jambinai / Ho99o9 / Ninos Du Brasil / NAH / Brian Deady / Bleeding Heart Pigeons / Rusangano Family / FJAAK / EMBRZ / Bitch Falcon
ON THE WOODLANDS STAGE
Holly Macve / Talos / Saint Sister / Elm / TooFools / Forrests / Mario Batkovic / Daithí / Somadrone / Myles Manley / Plutonic Dust / Loah / Ocho / Aine Cahill / ÆMak / Elephant / We Eat Electric Light / Ailbhe Reddy / Ollie Bell / Niamh Regan / PRESENTED BY MUSIC NETWORK: Séamus Begley, Catriona McKay & Chris Stout / OKO / Christine Tobin / Bangers and Crash Percussion Trio / The Carducci Quartet / Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor & Zoë Conway
ON THE PAGODA STAGE
Daniel McDermott / PolyGlove / BARQ / Auxiliary Phoenix / The Ocelots / Joni / Tracy Bruen / Katie Laffan / Shrubs Duo / Farah Elle / Feather / Apollonia Tribal Bellydance / Floating Ballroom / Publicity Machine / Johnny Rayge / El Grey / Roisin El Cherif / Candlelit Tales & Infinity Program: The Story of Eithlinn / Marangvla A&V / Arash
Second Nature area
Body&Soul announced a new area called Second Nature featuring the Woodlands stage described as:
“…an enchanted menagerie of lush music, contemporary performance, immersive, nature-based art and Zen-like pockets of peace, nestled among the centuries-old oaks, pines and ash trees of Ballinlough Castle’s forest. This otherworldly woodland cocoon takes Body&Soul back to its lo-fi roots, celebrating ideas, intimate moments and the beguiling indulgence of chilling out.”
The Woodlands stage will be housed in this area and the stage itself, custom-designed by Christy Collard. is built from repurposed timber from the previous main stage (which also gets a facelift).
Second Nature will be more intimate and feature as well as the music programme: The Sanctuary, Solas Bath House, the Pagoda Stage (lineup above), art installations, theatre and performance, interactive experiences and documentary-filmmaker Myles O’Reilly’s area Arbutus Yarns (which will feature spoken word poet, Stephen James Smith, musicians Anna Mieke Bishop, Rhob Cunningham and Mossy Nolan).
The Light House Cinema with a pop-up cinema taking over our Sanctuary Healing area by night. From 9pm till 1am, their programme is packed with music, gas craic and timely tributes, with a special screening of Prince’s Purple Rain, alongside Stop Making Sense, Labyrinth, The Life Aquatic, The Big Lebowski and a Sing Along screening of Grease.
Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara in association with Anu Productions will present their immersive production Anu Productions will present their production Rebel Rebel, directed by Louise Lowe. The specially commissioned immersive production Every Morning I Wake and Seem to Forget which will take participants on a mystery journey through the festival grounds, as they participate in an unfolding story. Created and conceived by theatre producer Matt Smyth and director Hugh Farrell, this immersive experience blends interactive theatre with the magic of a festival where anything can happen.
Every Morning I Wake and Seem to Forget which will take participants on a mystery journey through the festival grounds, as they participate in an unfolding story. Created and conceived by theatre producer Matt Smyth (Anu Productions, Dead Centre) and director Hugh Farrell, this immersive experience blends interactive theatre with the magic of a festival where anything can happen.
Canalaphonic will return to Rathmines later this year on on 23rd and 24th September this year.
The festival will take place in the venues and shops of Rathmines, along the canal in Dublin city and this year, it will include an outdoor venue at the 5,000 capacity Leinster Cricket Club. Whelan’s,The National Concert Hall Quarter’s “Vaults” and Opium Rooms will also be used as venues.
Music wise, the full lineup of 120 acts is yet to be revealed but the following will be featuring:
Rocstrong, The Eskies, Zaska, Mongrel State, Barq, Mongoose, White_Mice, The Word Up Collective, Mother Mooch, Late City Edition, Fox E and the Good Hands, Travis Oaks, Homebeat Events, T.A.S.T.E and many more to be announced.
The festival is the result of a collaboration between Dublin City Council’s South East Area Office and Abner Browns Barbershop, supported by Fáilte Ireland, Clancourt Group, WaterwaysIreland, Dublin City Council Arts Office, IMRO, Heineken, McGarrell Reilly Group and Rohan Holdings.
A launch happens in Copan Rathmines this Thursday with with live music from Barq and Word Up Collectives’ Damola.
Groove Festival takes place in Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July (same weekend as Castlepalooza), and while the headliners aimed at an older audience than most with the likes of The Blades, The 4 of Us, Ocean Colour Scene and Neville Staple Band playing, Turning Pirate have put together a stage of newer acts worth checking out.
The Hop House 13stage will feature sets from David Kitt, TooFools, Sample Answer, Planet Parade, The Young Folk, Barq, Zaska, Swords and Anderson among them.
The Academic and Elm are also playing the main stage. Tickets from €49.50 for a day pass + fees.
BARQ are a new Dublin band making Alt R&B music or “Agrosoul” as they describe it and fronted by the familiar face of Jess Kav, who in the last few years has sung with Kodaline, Jape, Hozier and appeared on Lethal Dialect’s 1988. Not to mention fronted bands Tongue In Chic and Gin’n’Juice too.
Kav started BARQ with Stephen McHale (Weird Glitches, Loah, Lethal Dialect), Tommy Gray (Monster Monster, Zaska) and Neil Dorrington (Ryan Sheridan, Damien Dempsey) and ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’ is a good opening gambit for the band.
The tightness of a thoroughly experienced live band is heard in the production, and the song has a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu in a psychedelic R&B rock style. Jess Kav’s bellowing soul voice shines through.