Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation is a special concert taking place at the National Concert Hall as part of the rejuvenated St. Patrick’s Festival on March 18th.

With a focus on hip-hop and spoken word and curated by Aoife Woodlock, Music Producer of Other Voices, the line up includes Nialler9 Irish album of 2016 Rusangano Family, Dublin’s soul pop trio Hare Squead, London alt-rap MC Kojey Radical, young pop-funk artist Katie Laffan along with spoken word from ‘My Ireland’ poet Stephen James Smith (which inspired this night), Abby Oliveria; the formidable Emmet Kirwan (Heartbreak, Dublin Oldschool, RIOT); Colm Keegan, John Cummins; 16 year old Natalya O’Flaherty; Felispeaks and Sarah Clancy.

Surprises are also to be expected on the night. Tickets are €18 but I have a pair of guestlist passes to giveaway on Nialler9. Enter below before March 10th.

Win tickets to see Young Blood at St. Patrick's Festival feat: Rusangano Family, Hare Squead & more

Posted on March 2nd, 2017


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St. Patrick Festival have announced two gigs to take place around the holiday that will feature new and contemporary Irish talent from March 16th to 19th.

Both take place on Saturday 18th March at 8pm.

Young Blood

The Beat and Voices of our Generation @ National Concert Hall

Featuring musicians, poets, storytellers and rappers: Rusangano Family, Hare Squead, Kojey Radical and Stephen James Smith. (€18)
Tickets from NCH

Music For 18 Machines

@ St. Patrick’s Cathedral

One of the gig highlights of 2016 was Simon Cullen and Somadrone’s reimagining of Steve Reich’s minimal 1976 piece Music for 18 Musicians using 18 synthesisers instead of 18 musicians. (€18). Tickets from St. Patrick’s Festival

Posted on January 4th, 2017


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Hare Squead have dropped their third single of 2016 after ‘If I Ask’ and ‘Long Way To Go’.

‘Herside Story’ is taken from Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock’s Supernormal EP, and has a summery R&B vibe to it, to counteract the current winter situation. Hear the song via the video by Jack O’Flynn. The track was produced by Felix Joseph and the band.

Download / Stream

Posted on November 21st, 2016


Hare Squead dropped their major label debut single in June and since then the Dublin trio have been making their moves into the UK and Europe music consciousness via a support tour with Dua Lipa.

‘Long Way To Go’, their second single on Columbia Records, is typical of the alchemic soul pop that rappers Tony Konstone, E-Knock and singer Jessy Rose made their name with.

The song is out now on Download and Stream. It was co-produced by Moon Willis (WSTRN, Raye) & Hare Squead at Chocolate Factory The video was directed by Ed Moustafa and shot by Ben Doyle.

Hare Squead tour dates

14.10.16 – AB Main Hall, Brussels, Belgium
15.10.16 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17.10.16 – Vega Small Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
19.10.16 – Heimathafen, Berlin, Germany
20.10.16 – Mojo, Hamburg, Germany
22.10.16 – Kantine, Cologne, Germany
24.10.16 – Gibson, Frankfurt, Germany
25.10.16 – Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
28.10.16 – Tunnel, Milan, Italy

Posted on October 14th, 2016


Pumarosa have been confirmed for a Whelan’s show on October 31st. The UK indie rock band are playing Electric Picnic bit this will be a decent headline show. Tickets are €15.50+ fees on sale August 24th from Ticketmaster.

Hare Squead are playing a headline show at Button Factory on Wednesday September 28th. Tickets are €13 +fees are on sale this Thursday at 10am from Ticketmaster.

Rapper Bishop Nehru who has collaborated with MF DOOM is to play a gig in the Academy Green Room on Tuesday October 4th. Tickets €18.35 +fees on sale Friday August 26th at 9am from Ticketmaster.

James Vincent McMorrow is releasing his album We Move on September 2nd and on Wednesday September 14th the man will perform live at Tower Records Dawson street with a Q&A after with Irish Times’ Tony Clayton-Lea. It starts at 6:30pm. To get in, you have to pre-order a copy of We Move on CD or LP from the site or in person in the Dawson Street branch between now and September 13th.

Read my How How Music Works piece with James’ manager at Irish Times.

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival has added shows from Adrian Crowley, The Vespertine Quintet, Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and The Redneck Manifesto as part of the festival taking place from 15th-18th of September this year.

The Redneck Manifesto play Sunday 18th September and it looks like it may be a free show.

Nite Jewel is playing The Grand Social on September 15th courtesy of u:mack & Skinny Wolves. Tickets are €15 + fees and here’s the Facebook event. Here’s Nite Jewel’s recent song with DAM FUNK:

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

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Anyone interested in new music in Ireland will have been keeping an eye on Hare Squead.

It was October 2014 at Hard Working Class Heroes when I first saw Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock play live and their R&B-swerved into electronic pop / rap style was something that has not really existed in Ireland to the level that Hare Squead were clearly on their way too.

Last year, the trio signed to Sony/Columbia Records in the UK and when a band who are still figuring out their sound sign to a major there’s always the worry they will be pushed into the tested formula box.

‘If I Ask You’, the band’s first single for the label suggests otherwise. It’s a song that they’ve been playing live for those two years, and in recorded form, it bangs, a confident track that has an eye on a Shazam chart but doesn’t sacrifice anything that the band have built up.

The song is up on download & streaming sites.

See Hare Squead live support De La Soul at the Olympia on June 16th, at Castlepalooza & Longitude.

Posted on June 3rd, 2016


Happenings and Nialler9 are teaming up once again for a series of Friday afterwork gigs under the Minimum Maximum banner happening at the outdoor amphitheatre at the Civic Offices at Wood Quay in the city over three Fridays in August and September. Each gig is €5 on the door and runs from 6:30pm to 9pm. The first one is next Friday!


I Have A Tribe
Stomptown Brass
Saint Sister


Katharine Philippa


+ Guests to be announced.

Facebook event

Full info and links on

These are non-alcoholic events – please do not bring alcohol onto the premises as it jeopardises the opportunity to put a gig on in public spaces in future. Thank you. With thanks to Dublin City Council.

Posted on August 19th, 2015


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Hard Working Class Heroes have announced their lineup for this year’s edition taking place on the weekend of october 1st to 3rd in The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Academy, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Hangar. Tickets are on sale now from €20 + fees per night or €45 for three nights.

The festival will also include talks, mentoring sessions, speed sessions, a tech convention and more. The festival is sponsored for the second year by HMV Ireland with help from The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC. 500 bands submitted applications. The 100 below were chosen. I was one of the judges who are drawn from the local and international music industry.

Delighted to see Rusangano Family, Carriages, Elephant, Bitch Falcon, Hare Squead, Joni, Pleasure Beach and I Have A Tribe in there.

Ailbhe Reddy
Atlas Moon
Bad Sea
Bitch Falcon
Buffalo Sunn
Buffalo Woman
Callum Orr
Comrade Hat
Corner Boy
Dear Desert
DVO Marvell
Elastic Sleep
Electro Sensitive Behaviour
Everything Shook
Fergal O’Connor
Florence Olivier
Frankenstein Bolts
Half Of Me
Hare Squead
Heroes in Hiding
Hot Cops
I Have A Tribe
Jennifer Evans
Johnny Stewart
Katie Laffan
Lie Ins
Lilla Vargen
Maija Sofia
Maud in Cahoots
Me Auld Flower
Mere Moths
Miles Graham
My Tribe Your Tribe
Neon Atlas
New Pope
New Valley Wolves
Not Monsters
Oh Boland
Old Hannah
Patrick Freeman
Pine ¶he Pilcrow
Pleasure Beach
Róisín O
Rusangano Family
Ryan O’Shaughnessy
Saint Sister
Sample Answer
Slow Skies
SlowPlace LikeHome
Staring At Lakes
The Altered Hours
The Fontaines
The Journals
The Man Whom
The Soft Look
Third Smoke
This Other Kingdom
Tiz McNamara
We Raise Bears
We, the Oceanographers

Posted on August 11th, 2015


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Having recently revealed some of the smaller goings on at the festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle including Wonderlust, Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns Theatre, Body Holidays 1970’s style holiday camp, Pagoda Stage, Port Royal Jamaican village and more, today Body & Soul revealed Tree Haus, a new stage curated by Homebeat for the festival on the summer solstice weekend of June 19th to 21st.

Focusing on the best of contemporary Irish music and culture, you can expect performances from My Tribe Your Tribe, Buffalo Woman, Carriages, Planet Parade, Liza Flume, Ghosts, Slowplacelikehome, Hilary Woods, Skelocrats, Little Xs For Eyes, Elephant, Hare Squead, Bantum, Nubus, Justin Grounds & Pearse McGloughlin (Idiot Songs), Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery x Ryan Vail), Hare Squead, Nova Collective, Feather and Ben Bix, Participant, I Have A Tribe, Nubus, Margie Lewis, SignA, Idiot Songs, Skelocrats, Tomorrows, Taste DJs, Somadrone, Lyttet, Leo Drezden and Lasertom.

Also featuring on that stage, kicking off the Saturday and Sunday will be Vinyl Love, where DJs and musicians alike will be playing selections from their 7″ collection.

Posted on May 28th, 2015


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