Galway International Arts Festival have announced its lineup for mid-July and it includes a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh. Music-wise Brian Wilson was already announced for the Absolut Big Top while Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Passenger, Gavin James, The Coronas, and Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Dance Anthems are on the bill.
A lot of the music events take place at Roisin Dubh and there’s some sweet gigs lined up including a rare James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds event.
Another Love Story, the boutique little festival of music, art, fun, talks and installations by Homebeat & Happenings in Killyon Manor, Meath has announced its first list of acts for this year’s festival from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August.
Overhead The Albatross
This Is How We Fly
I Am The Cosmos
Margie Jean Lewis
Let’s Set Sail
My Fellow Sponges
Attention Bebe’s Big Top Sundown Rave Up
NCH Gamelan Orchestra
The Another Love Story Soundsystem Massive
DJ Hula Hoops
Sing Along Social
My House Djs
The Thin Air Djs
The Shift Shack
The Front Room
The Library by YHRF
The Big Stretchy
For Conor This Must Be The Place
My House presents : The Great Western Ballroom
More lineup additions, antics, food and more to be released.
Tickets (Includes regular weekend camping): ALS ’17 Tier 1 €100 [SOLD OUT] ALS ’17 Tier 2 €135 [SOLD OUT] ALS ’17 Tier 3 €155 [SOLD OUT] ALS ’17 Tier 4 €185
Boutique Camping (does not include weekend ticket): 4M Tent (sleeps 4) €265 5M Tent (sleeps 6) €380 6M Tent (sleeps 8) €550 Bed & bedding extra if required. Please see website for full details
Other Details No Sunday camping – event runs 19.00 Fri Aug 18th – 19.00 Sun Aug 20th. Under 12’s go free accompanied by adult 12-18 year olds are not permitted Dogs Free! (it’s a dog’s life)
Out of the trembling darkness, a glimpse, a sharp intake of breath, the impatient softness of the sudden clasp of joined hands. All that has happened falls away, all that is yet to come stretches infinitely into the inescapable certainty of fate. Faster, faster. Spinning, spiraling, Over and under, Straight on till the break of dawn. Together is the most important thing.. #ALS2017
Drake’s new “playlist” dropped on Sunday and while those semantics suggest streaming services are going to have a bigger impact on big names over the strategy large artists, More Life is also freeing for Drake the artist. I wasn’t a big fan of Views as the quality just wasn’t there for me, but here in the “playlist” format Drake it at his best bringing in guests like Giggs, Skepta, Jorja Smith, Kanye, Quavo, Sampha and Young Thug across a release that has some of his best production work with Nineteen85’s production a standout (full credits). The run from ‘Passionfruit’ to ‘4422’ is as solid as Drake has got, and while his lyrics are often plagued by his woes, he’s left enough of them off for More Life to shine. Also ‘Blem’ features Lionel Richie.
Favourite tracks: ‘Madliba Riddim’, ‘Get It Together’, ‘Blem’.
This debut album from the Swedish musician Joel Wästberg reminds me of Caribou, Bibio and Paul White. Digging A Tunnel weaves hip-hop rhythms, soul, jazz, pastoral folk, bagpipe and harmonica samples, handclaps, clarinets and sax. It’s all in the mix, resulting in an textured album of polychromatic exploration. If Beck was from Gothenburg and still making music in a lofi way perhaps.
Favourite tracks: ‘Digging A Tunnel’, ‘In The Midst’, ‘Falcon’
Taking her cues from her label boss Daniel Avery in one hand, the UK producer Kelly-Lee Owens’ album’s sound is dominant with pulsing synths and techno percussion on songs like ‘Evolution’, ‘CBM’ (colour, beauty and motion as a schematic feels apt) and ‘Arthur’. On the other hand, there’s a deep ethereality in her songs a her repeating vocal lines work like mantras across the tracks including ‘Arthur’ and the slow synth-pop of ‘Keep Walking’. Elsewhere it’s the methodical chug of John Talabot that is conjured on ‘Lucid’ and ‘Bird’ and Jenny Hval guests on ‘Anxi’.
One of Iceland’s brightest talents, Jofridur Ákadóttir has made music with Samaris and Pascal Pinon, Gangly among others. A prolific musician and maker at only 22, Brazil is her debut solo record that is characterised by JFDR’s brittle electronic ambiance, folk roots and intimate vocals. She also plays The Sugar Club on Saturday in Dublin, which you can win tickets for in the guide. Go to that, then come to Lumo after.
Laura’s sixth studio album in nine years finds her embracing an increasingly folk and singer-songwriter maturity. Semper Femina is a celebration of women.
‘I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; “it’s not a man, it’s me,” says Marling. “I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself’.
Favourite tracks: ‘Wild Fire’, ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, ‘Soothing’.
Fancy a weekend pass for you and a friend to each show? Email [email protected] with ST JOHN’s PRIORY in the Subject line along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. The draw closes tomorrow at noon.
After Iceland’s thumping victory of England last night in the Euros, all eyes are on the minnow of the country (300,000 people) heading into the unchartered waters of a quarter final place.
Iceland’s music has had a strong reputation over the last twenty years with Bjork, Sigur Ros, Of Monsters & Men, Gus Gu and Iceland Airwaves capturing the hearts of music lovers.
This month, musicians of the capital of Iceland Reykjavik are coming to Iceland for a tour including JFDR ( Jófríður of Samaris & Pascal Pinon) courtesy of Feel Good Lost and MDR Recordings (Colm O’Herlihy recently took up a position in Reykjavik as studio manager for the Bedroom Community label). Other artists include Wesen, Kreld and Indridi while Talos will represent the Irish on tour. Below is a mixtape of the artists playing and the dates include:
July 19th: JFDR, Talos, Indridi @ D-Light Studios, Dublin with Homebeat July 20th: JFDR, Talos, Indridi @ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork July 21st: Wesen, Kreld @ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork July 21st: JFDR, Talos, Indridi, Asta Fanney @ St. John’s Priory, Kilkenny with KPB July 22nd: Reykjavik Party @ Connolly’s of Leap, West Cork
Talos and Jófríður are also playing a Feel Good Lost night in Mitchelstown Cave on July 10th. Look out for a JFDR mix on Nialler9 tomorrow.