Castlepalooza have announced the first bands and comedy acts for this year’s festival in Charleville Castle, Tullamore from August 4th to 6th this year (the festival moves back to its original dates this year).

Announced today are:

  • Wild Beasts
  • Girl Band
  • Waze & Oddysey
  • I Have A Tribe
  • Shit Robot
  • David Kitt
  • Lumo Club
  • Heroes In Hiding
  • King Bones

Also announced is the first names for the Laughter Lounge

  • PJ Gallagher
  • Deirdre O’Kane
  • Kevin McGahern
  • Colm O’Regan

More to be announced including the Sunday headliner. Lumo Club will play on the Sunday night.

Day tickets from €59 and weekend tickets from €119.

Posted on February 14th, 2017

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David Kitt released his first album in in his own name in in eight years on New Year’s Day . His seventh album The Nightsaver came out in 2009.

Yous is an understated record, a singer-songwriter record in the vein of his early work. He is accompanied mostly by guitar and the violin and voice of Margie Lewis with some underpinnings of electronics. It was recorded at home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation (with some additional production by Karl Odlum). Other contributors include Dunk ‘Sunken Foal’ Murphy, Michelle Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and Robbie Kitt.

A cover of Fever Ray’s ‘Keep The Streets Empty For Me’ is included as is an acoustic version of his ‘Make It Mine’ song from his electronic project New Jackson. First listen standouts include ‘Cling Film’, ‘Like Lightning’ and ‘Still Don’t Know’.

Listen here:

Yous was mastered at Abbey Road and will be released on Bandcamp for one week only, as it will get a proper label-release in September on one of Kittser’s favourite labels. Read an interview with David in the Irish Times with Tony Clayton-Lea.

Posted on January 2nd, 2017

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  • Slick Rick the Ruler @ The Sugar Club (€32.50)
    with live band. A member of Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew/ old school hip-hop.
  • Hinds @ The Academy (€17.50)
    Charmingly sloppy indie-rock band from Madrid.
  • Kate Tempest @ Whelan’s (SOLD OUT)
    UK rapper and spoken word artist. 
  • Glen Hansard and Friends @ Vicar Street (€35)
    Glen and friends as it says. Second show this week.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (€6, 9pm)
    Acoustic club: secret guests this week.

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  • CUAR & Danny Diamond @ Royal Society of Antiquities, 63 Merrion Square (€15, 4:30pm)
    Cuar is an ensemble led by Neil Ó Loclainn that explores composition and improvisation within the framework of irish traditional music.
  • Beardyman presents: MC Leen & Rob Lewis (Cello) @ The Sugar Club (€20)
    UK beatboxer and live band make up audience songs.

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Posted on November 29th, 2016

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Tuesday November 22

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  • Jess Glynne @ 3Arena (€40+)
    UK dance/pop
  • Wayne Shorter quartet @ National Concert Hall (€35+)
    Respected Jazz performer with band.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (€6, 9pm)
    Acoustic club: Heroes In Hiding, Farah Elle, Luke Wade, David Costello

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Monday November 28

  • We-Bloom @ The Workman’s Club (Free)
    new music showcase: Soulé / Melina Malone / Erica Cody
  • Glen Hansard @ Whelan’s (€35)
    Full band show.

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Posted on November 22nd, 2016

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Tuesday November 15

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  • ABC @ Olympia Theatre (€45)
    80s UK pop – Poison Arrow.
  • Dinosaur Jr @ Vicar Street (€30)
    90s alt-rock.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (€6, 9pm)
    Esmé Patterson // RUTH // Laura Elizabeth Hughes // Luke Clerkin

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  • Design And Violence After Dark @ Science Gallery (Free, booking essential)
    Naoise Roo, Wastefellow and more
  • Squarehead, Me and My Dog @ The Grand Social (€8)
    Rare headline set from the indie-rockers.
  • TLMT Lost Tapes: Paddy Hanna, Beauty Sleep & Montauk Hotel @ Bello Bar (€5)
    The Last Mixed Tape’s new series of live music
  • Ensemble Ériu @ Belvedere House, Dublin (€10)
    Trad/folk. The “Imbas” Tour
  • Oddsocks @ The Sound House (€10)
    Groove-filled four-piece from Sligo
  • KRS One @ Voodoo Lounge (€25+)
    90s NY rapper and originator.
  • EDEN @ The Academy (SOLD OUT)
     Irish boy on Justin Bieber’s management is already huge.
  • Tom Misch @ The Workman’s Club (€15)
    UK rap/electronic/soul. Reverie EP.
  • Ryan Elliott @ Tengu (€10, 10:30pm)
    DJ /producer on Berghain’s house label Ostgut Ton.
  • Secondcity @ Opium Rooms (€12, 11pm)
    House and techno. Kaily, George Feely, James Hannan
  • Dixon[email protected] Wigwam (€15, 10pm)
    Sold out. Waiting list.
  • Basecamp (Live), Bad Bones (Live) & Eve @ Wah Wah Club (€8+, 11pm)
    Hidden Agenda presents  Irish debut of Nashville dance trio.

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  • Paul Simon @ 3Arena (€76+)
     American Songwriting legend.


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Posted on November 15th, 2016

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  • Lordi @ Button Factory (€26)
    Finish novelty rockers

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  • St. Germain @ Olympia Theatre (€36.50)
     French world electronica.
  • Danny Brown @ The Academy (€26.50)
     Warp Records alt-rapper of note.


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Posted on November 8th, 2016

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The third annual Emigrant Disco returns to Dublin’s Tengu on Friday 23rd December for the first time.

Conceived as a gathering of those who had to leave Ireland post-crash as a way of reconnecting and celebrating “like it was 2008.”

This year’s lineup is a doozy with live sets from John Daly, Shocko alongside DJ sets from David Kitt, Handsome Paddy, Calvin James (Syrias Vibes – donate), John Mahon (Telephones), Jon Averill (Shock World Service), Dave McDonagh (Bixon) and more to be announced.

Tickets on sale now from Eventbrite and you can use the code “nialler9” to get 20% off.

Posted on October 18th, 2016

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David Kitt will release his first solo album in seven years on January 1st 2017. The singer-songwriter has spent much of the last few years operating as electronic producer New Jackson but his focus will return to his original focus when Yous is released digitally on New Year’s Day.

As part of the build-up, David will play some live gigs on an Irish tour in support of the album.

Yous was mastered at Abbey Road and will be released physically on vinyl for Record Store Day  in April 2017. Half of the record was recorded at home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation and the rest recorded live to tape in Inchicore with Sean Coleman with Kitt on guitar and accompanied by Margie Jean Lewis (vocals and violin).

There will be a special printed album cover for sale at the shows in November with a download code for a special mini album of out-takes and acoustic recordings of older songs.

Tour dates

November 10: The Sugar Club, Dublin
November 17: Wexford Arts Centre
November 18: Shortt’s Waterford
November 19: Roisin Dubh, Galway
November 25: Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
November 26: Connolly’s, Leap, Cork
November 27: Levi’s Bar, Ballydehob, Cork
December 2: St. Luke’s, Cork city.
Tickets on sale now.

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

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Gig announcement updates for this week.

Also announced: All Tvvins, Ham Sandwich, and St. Germain.


The programme for the Alternative Kilkenny Arts (AKA) was announced this week. The festival running from July 28th – August 14th aims to feature alternative creative work. Music wise, that means David Kitt, Mmoths, Rusangano Family, Nick Kelly, August Wells, Yorkston Thorne Khan, Dick Valentine of Electric Six, Mixtapes From The Underground, Frankenstein Bolts and Andy Irvine in venues such as Cleeres, Brewery Corner, Set Theatre and Billy Byrnes.

My wife, Aoife McElwain’s Sing Along Social: Icons edition which recently was a highlight at Body & Soul Festival is there on August 14th. There’s visual art, theatre, comedy and spoken word lined up too. Check the Brochure.


Also announced this week for Electric Picnic:

Anachronica – The Generator in the Woods is a new area in the woods as suggested, themed on a forgotten city with dilapidated buildings (sounds like Glasto’s Block 9?) with “recycled materials,everyday objects discarded from previous generations, salvaged and adapted to turn cogs, pull levers and drive belts, which all connect to other strange mechanical apparatus. Steam hisses and blows out of exposed holes and cracks as the whole mechanism grinds methodically.”

Occupying the area in the afterhours once the main arena is drawing to its conclusion from 10pm will be DJs including:

Friday September 2nd: All City Records Presents kick proceedings off with Subject Dublin’s Lee Kelly, Daire and Sonel and Frank B.

Saturday September 3rd: District 8 Presents taking over the decks: Cailin, Aeron and Rift B2B and Nathan Jones.

Sunday September 4th: Cork’s Sunday Times Presents: Gilbert Steele, Kenny Hanlon and Sunday Times DJs.


Laurie Anderson has been lined up for a residency as part of National Concert Hall’s Perspectives Series 2016/2017 alongside Wayne Shorter Quartet and Chris Thile.

• Wayne Shorter Quartet – 22 November 2016, 8pm
• Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) – 21 March 2017, 8pm
• Laurie Anderson Residency: The Language of the Future to include three new and exclusive performances – 13, 14, 15 May 2017

TICKETS ON SALE Friday 22 July 2016, 10am
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie


’90s nostalgia ahoy! Nada Surf play the The Grand Social on Wednesday 2nd November. Tickets €17.50 including booking fee on sale Friday July 22nd from Ticketmaster.


Biffy Clyro play the 3Arena on November 26th. Tickets €46.05 + fee, on sale Friday at 9am


Kevin Rowland is in town on Friday August 5th to play a DJ set alongside DJ Dandelion in The Grand Social.

Posted on July 21st, 2016

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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.

More info on the festival at the Groove site.

Posted on April 18th, 2016

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On Saturday April 16th, I am putting on a gig as part of Musictown, the festival celebrating music talent and culture in the capital of all genres by Dublin City Council.

It’ll be a part of the Minimum Maximum series of special events in unique spaces and it will take place in the Dublin Food Co-Op in Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 (previous places have included Monster Truck Gallery, Block T and Wood Quay Amphitheatre).

On the night, there will be a lineup Irish emerging talent and established artists featuring:

David Kitt, I Have A Tribe, AE Mak and more.

Following his nationwide solo tour that included a sold out Whelan’s date, David Kitt will be playing songs from his revered albums past along with new ones from his forthcoming seventh album due this year. Patrick O’Laoghaire’s piano-based missives under the I Have A Tribe name brim with emotion, honesty and storytelling. New duo AE Mak, Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon are influenced by tUnE-yArDs and Anita O’Day and perform with an emphasis on rhythmic vocal lines and harmonies. More artists to be confirmed.

The event is BYOB. Early bird tickets are sold out but late birds are on sale now priced at €20+.

Posted on March 16th, 2016

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After last year’s inaugural Musictown event, the celebration of music talent and culture in the capital of all genres by Dublin City Council is back for ten days from April 6th to 17th this year.

Highlights include:

 

Purchase Tickets for the Nialler9 BYOB event on April 16th on EventBrite.

Posted on March 7th, 2016

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Following last week’s preliminary announcement of Richard Hawley, Lapsley and more for Other Voices this year, the TV show and event in Dingle between Friday 4th – Sunday 6th of December, has announced more this week.

Making their trip to the main room at St. James Church also are:

Low, Jack Garrett, Keaton Henson, Glen Hansard and The Academic.

The Irish acts of the IMRO Other Room are:
Gavin Glass, Saint Sister, Talos, Bitch Falcon, Hawk with another TBC from the viewer’s choice from the open call.

For those heading to Dingle for the weekend, who may not get tickets, fear not, there’s a load of music happening for free in the pubs and venues of the town as the CPL Music Trail is back with 45 live acts including:

David Kitt, Sorcha Ni Bhriain, Declan McLoughlin, My Tribe Your Tribe, Eve Belle Mongoose, Chanele McGuinness, Hannah McPhilimy, Johnny Stewart , Hare Squead, Marc O’Reilly, Rusangano Family, Conor Walsh, Shookrah, Chapter 2, Slow Moving Clouds, Maria Kelly, Sample Answer, Callum Orr, Bad Sea, MKAI and Rebecca Collins

Listen to the first Other Voices podcast.

Posted on November 16th, 2015

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Florence And The Machine’s new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful just dropped and so did two dates for Belfast and Dublin as part of her European tour. The dates are at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on Wednesday 9th and Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday 10th September.

Tickets £39 / €45+ respectively on sale Friday.

Full tour dates:

09/09 Odyssey, Belfast
10/09 3 Arena, Dublin
12/09 Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
14/09 SSE Hydro, Glasgow
15/09 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
17/09 Capital Arena, Nottingham
18/09 Arena, Manchester
19/09 Genting Arena, Birmingham
21/09 Alexandra Palace, London
22/09 Alexandra Palace, London
24/09 Alexandra Palace, London
25/09 Alexandra Palace, London


Still kind of hard to believe but NY El-P affiliated dark rap duo of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, responsible for one of the best albums of all-time – Cold Vein, Cannibal Ox are playing the Button Factory on July 7th. They released a new album Blade of the Ronin a few months back but let’s be honest, the appeal is the old classics here.

Tickets €20+ on sale from Ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets.

Cold classic:


Young Hearts Run Free are running a special event in Martello Tower in Sutton this Sunday called Portal of Discovery billed as “an afternoon of readings, song, storytelling, comedy, and food, with some of Ireland’s most interesting creative people.” It features comedian Fred Cooke, actor, director, and playwright Gina Moxley, spoken word champion, and poet Stephen James Smith, and featuring music by The Evertides, and Dylan Tighe, a radio presentation by Sounds Alive and more. Tickets €20.50+.


After a couple of sold out solo shows, David Kitt is going around the country playing acoustic shows this summer, culminating in a show in Whelan’s in October. The dates are:

Thursday, 06 August – The Red Door, The Bridgebrook Arms, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Tickets €10 plus booking from venue & Eventrbrite.Doors: 8.30pm
Friday, 07 August – Unitarian Church, St. Annes, Wexford. Tickets: €12.50. Doors: 8pm
Sunday, 09 August – The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tickets: €12.50. Doors: 8.30pm
Thursday, 13 August – Roisin Dubh, Dominic Street, Galway. Tickets: €15 plus booking. Doors: 8.30pm
Friday,14 August – Debarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork. Tickets €10. Doors: 8.30pm
Saturday, 15 August – Levi’s Bar, Ballydehob, Co. Cork. Tickets €10. Doors: 7.30pm
Sunday, 16 August – Coughlan’s Bar, Douglas Street, Tickets €15. Doors: 8.30pm
Friday, 21 August – Katie Daly’s, Gorey, Wexford. Ticket: €15. Doors: 9pm
Friday, 24 October – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Tickets: €15 plus booking. Doors: 8pm

He’s also playing Mitchelstown Cave in July.


Halloween is a long way away yet but that stick this in your calendars.

Devil’s Night Disco will feature some of the darkest horror music around with a fully-seated sets from returning Italian soundtrack masters Goblin playing music from the films Suspiria & Profondo Rosso, along with I-F, The Horrorist (Live), Umberto (Live) , Everything Shook more. It happens in District 8 on October 30th. Tickets on sale soon.


J. Marinelli is a raw punk musician who is coming to Dublin for a show on the Summer Solstice weekend for a show at The Barricade Inn on Parnell street on Friday June 19th with support from the Former Soviet Republic & Gross Net.

Posted on June 8th, 2015

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The Mitchelstown Cave gigs are always a unique and special experience. Who wouldn’t want to go to a gig 200 feet underground unless you’re an extreme claustrophobic? It’s actually quite calming.

Cork Opera House announced the three gigs taking place and they are on sale now but very limited. They are:

Line Up:

Friday 17th July – David Kitt and Margie Jean Lewis
Saturday 18th July – Lisa O’Neill and Slows Skies
Sunday 19th July – This is the Kit and Jack O’Rourke

Tickets are on sale from the above links from €35 each.

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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