The National have announced the second round of special guests to play their Donnybrook stadium shows next Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June 2018 which includes John Grant, Cate Le Bon and Preoccupations.

The line-up now looks like this:

Friday 15th June 2018

John Grant
Lisa Hannigan
Jay Som

Saturday 16th June 2018

Cat Le Bon

Tickets for The National live at Donnybrook stadium Saturday June 16th are now sold out.
Tickets for Friday June 15th priced at €76 are on sale now through & usual outlets

Posted on February 27th, 2018


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Elbow will play the 3Arena, Dublin on Saturday 24th February 2018 with very special guest John Grant.

The artists recently collaborated on a re-recorded version of a song Elbow’s Little Fictions album.

Tickets priced from €59.50 + fees go on sale this Thursday, 12th October at 9am from Ticketmaster.
Special guest is John Grant.

Posted on October 10th, 2017


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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

Nialler9 Weekly playlist


Purity Ring – Asido

Can you believe it’s been five years since the Canadian duo released their debut album? To mark the occasion, Purity Ring dropped this new song with Mike Oldfield bells and their trademark electro pop shades for a once-off single.


Susanne Sundfør & John Grant – Mountaineers

Norwegian Susanne Sundfør is a songwriter, producer and singer who has released five albums so far but who has recently taken a step up recently by signing to Bella Union for her sixth Music for People in Trouble in August 25th. Now, that label’s biggest name has contributed vocals to this song from the album and he contributes his deep baritone in reverb to a choral duet that builds into something much more forceful, swirling and unexpected. Sundfør plays The Sugar Club on Saturday October 7th.


Bullion – ‘Spin2Glory’

Uk producer Bullion dropped a new three-track EP recently but my highlight from it is the driving Lindstrom-esque electronic guitar and disco buzz of ‘Spin2Glory’.


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – ‘An Intention’

Smith’s EARS album is my de facto ambient album to turn to to get work done to but that’s not a slight, it’s an effective backdrop for passive listening but there’s a lot to pay attention to as well. ‘An Intention’ is the first track from her followup –The Kid and continues her beguiling ambient electronic explorations.


Boy Harsher – ‘Motion’

A dark slice of hypnotic Factory Floor-esque coldwave from Massachusetts duo.


Palms Trax – ‘Honey Lemongina’

The fourth release in Dekmantel Record’s 10th anniversary celebratory EPs features this gem.


Skott – ‘Mermaid’

After a run of great singles, the Swedish artist Skott slows things down for a modern pop ballad.

3 New Music flavours:

All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.

Posted on July 27th, 2017

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TXFM is going off air for good on Wednesday (tomorrow) this week.

Back in March, it was announced that the station’s owners did not renew the licence for the station and it would cease at the end of October. Wednesday the 26th to be precise I finished my show in June.

One of TXFM’s remaining daytime presenters Claire Beck is a huge John Grant fan, so much so she played Queen Of Denmark, live in full as her album pick this week as part of the station’s closing programming.

Today though, she was surprised live on air when JG walked in to the studio unannounced and wished her well with some flowers. The pair then had a lovely chat (after the initial shock).

The best quality version:

Here’s the Facebook live video:

You can listen to the interview in full about here at about 15 minutes in (after the Sultans Of Ping).

Posted on October 25th, 2016


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The Welsh musician Gwenno is among the artists who have participated in a round of remixes of John Grant’s ‘Voodoo Doll’, the singer’s new single from third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure and one that has received a video treatment before Grant returns to play Iveagh Gardens on July 9th.

Gwenno and Peski Kid’s remix keeps the original’s creepy voodoo vibe and spaces out the mix making an uplifting take on it.

Remixes are also coming from Anna Meredith, Black Devil Disco Club, Satellites and Wrangler.

Gwenno’s pretty good lads:

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

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After two shows in Vicar Street this week, John Grant has been announced to return to Dublin for an outdoor show in the Iveagh Gardens on July 9th next year. Tickets on sale this Thursday at 9am from Ticketmaster & outlets nationwide. JG did an hour takeover on TXFM yesterday and played some cracking tunes. Listen here:


Wilco will also headline the Iveagh Gardens the following night July 10th. Tickets are €50 on sale Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster & outlets nationwide.

Posted on November 11th, 2015


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John Grant’s new album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure comes out on Friday worldwide.

It’s currently streaming on the Guardian’s website but Ireland being such a hotbed of support for Mr Grant (upcoming tour dates) that a vinyl version is going to be coveted by many.

Nialler9 has teamed up with Music Zone and Gilded ALM to giveaway a double vinyl version of the album. Music Zone is an independent music shop based in Douglas in Cork with a solid vinyl selection which offers a 48-hour delivery service on anything in their shop including John Grant. So even if you’re not near a record shop, Music Zone can help you.

To enter to win the competition, use the Gleam app below and the 5 winners will be announced on Friday morning.

Double vinyl versions of John Grant’s new album

Posted on October 5th, 2015



Next week, John Grant will release his third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure and along with two sold out tour dates in Dublin’s Vicar Street in November, news comes today that other Irish cities won’t be left out.

Grant will play three shows in Ireland in January.

Wednesday 27th January – BELFAST – Mandela Hall (£25)
Thursday 28th January – CORK – Opera House (€32)
Saturday 30th January – GALWAY – Seapoint (€30)

Here’s recent single ‘Dissappointing’ feat. Tracey Thorn.

Posted on October 1st, 2015


The new single, ‘Disappointing’, from John Grant’s forthcoming album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure immediately sounds fresh for the singer, with a bassline that comes across like Axel F’s Beverley Hills Cop theme that gives way to some light funk chords before Grant’s consuming baritone which reels out a large list of things – rollercoasters, trombones, french horn sections, ancient trees – all of which are disappointing compared to the object of Grant’s affections.

Verse two has Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn joining in on the listicle lyrics as the synthesizer-shake and doo wop backing vocals grow amidst the song. It’s a typically idiosyncratic lyrical and sonic mix from Grant.

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will be released 2nd October on Bella Union.

Grant plays two dates in Vicar Street on November 9th and 10th.

Posted on August 13th, 2015

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John Grant’s third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure has been announced for release on October 2nd

The press releases references synthesizer merchants John Carpenter and Bernard ‘Black Devil Disco Club’ Fevre and suggests the album will be a mix of Grant’s electronic pop side and his ballad side. Guests include Tracey Thorn, Amanda Palmer and Banshees’ drummer Budgie.

The album was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent). “I wanted to get moodier and angrier on this record, but I probably had a lot more fun making it,” says Grant.

“‘Grey tickles’ is the literal translation from Icelandic for ‘mid-life crisis’, while ‘black pressure’ is the direct translation from Turkish for ‘nightmare’,” Grant who now lives in Iceland and is fluent in German, Russian and now, Icelandic.

Here’s the album trailer:

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure tracklisting

1. Intro
2. Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
3. Snug Slacks
4. Guess How I Know
5. You & Him
6. Down Here
7. Voodoo Doll
8. Global Warming
9. Magma Arrives
10. Black Blizzard
11. Disappointing
12. No More Tangles
13. Geraldine
14. Outro

John Grant European tour dates

Thursday 5 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa
Friday 6 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa
Monday 9 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Tuesday 10 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street
Thursday 12 November – LONDON – Hammersmith Apollo
Friday 13 November – BRIGHTON – Dome
Sunday 15 November – PARIS – La Cigale
Thursday 17 November – BRUSSELS – Botanique
Wednesday 18 November – AMSTERDAM – Melkweg
Friday 20 November – LUXEMBOURG – Den Atelier
Saturday 21 November – ZURICH – Kaufleuten
Sunday 22 November – MILAN – Fabrique
Tuesday 24 November – COLOGNE – Buergerhaus Stollwerck
Wednesday 25 November – HAMBURG – Uebel & Gefahrlich
Thursday 26 November – BERLIN – Postbahnof
Saturday 28 November – AARHUS – Voxhall
Sunday 29 November – COPENHAGEN – Store Vega
Tuesday 1 December – GOTHENBURG – Pustervik
Wednesday 2 December – STOCKHOLM – Sodra Teatern
Friday 4 December – OSLO – Cosmopolite
Saturday 5 December – BERGEN – Logen
Sunday 6 December – STAVANGER – Zetlitz

Posted on June 23rd, 2015


John Grant announced some European tour dates in November and December that includes a date at Vicar Street in Dublin on Monday November 9th.

Details are below and tickets are €32.50 + fees on sale Thursday morning.

Tour dates

Thu 5 Nov Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland
Fri 6 Nov Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland
Mon 09 Nov Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
Thu 12 Nov Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, Uk
Fri 13 Nov Brighton Dome, Brighton, Uk
Tue 17 Nov Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Wed 18 Nov Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Fri 20 Nov Den Atelier, Luxembourg
Sat 21 Nov Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland
Sun 22 Nov Fabrique, Milan, Italy
Tue 24 Nov Buergerhaus Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany
Wed 25 Nov Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany
Thu 26 Nov Postbahnof, Berlin, Germany
Sat 28 Nov Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark
Sun 29 Nov Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tue 01 Dec Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
Wed 02 Dec Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden
Fri 04 Dec Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway
Sun 06 Dec Zetlitz, Stavanger, Norway

Posted on May 19th, 2015


Iceland Airwaves today, in their own unique style announced the latest artists to play the festival in Reykjavík from November 4th – 8th.

They are:

Björk, John Grant With The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Father John Misty, Hundred Waters, La Priest, Låpsley, The Pop Group, Sóley, Bubbi og Dimma
Agent Fresco, Mammút, Sea Change, Vök, Emmsjé Gauti, Ho99o9, Ylja, AmabAdama, Muck, Hekla.

The Björk and John Grant show tickets will be give out on a first-come-first-served basis. A second Bjork show will take place on Tuesday November 3rd at Eldborg in Harpa.

Already announced:
Ariel Pink, Asonat, Batida, BC Camplight, dj flugvél & geimskip, East India Youth, Fufanu, Gus Gus, Hinds, Jagya, Teitur Magnasson, M-Band, Júníus Meyvant, Mourn, The OBGMs, Operators, Perfume Genius, Pink Street Boys, Tonik Ensemble, Weaves, Young Karin

Tickets are available here.

Posted on March 19th, 2015


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This weekend sees the fifth year of Body & Soul’s own festival that started as an enclosed area at Electric Picnic. Every year, reports from Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath have been positive and mostly, sunny.

I’ll be there Saturday, at 2pm for the State of Music talk FYI with these sound folks. Here are the latest stage times.

Here’s the 10 essential tracks from the festival lineup this year with some extra in the playlist for the late-night crew.

Listen on Spotify.

1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

The newest track from Dan Snaith, is the sound of lush electronic music with a psychedelic bent. As proved over the years, Caribou sets are often the highlights of festivals and Body & Soul have saved the best to last on Sunday night.

2. Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’

An excuse to get down to the festival on the Friday night, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s electronic art-rock blues show with its giant mirror backdrop is one of the best shows of the year. Don’t miss.

3. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’

A humble bear with an addictive past, John Grant has redeemed himself through his art and his searingly honest and often, funny songs.

4.Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’

While the newest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us is all downbeat and lush, it’s the older electro dance tracks that do the best live, like this stomper from 2005’s Supernature.

5. Max Romeo – ‘Chase The Devil’

When the sun shines and the vibe is right there’s nothing better than bouncing to a bit of nice discerning reggae. And who better than the Jamaican legend who was sampled by The Prodigy on ‘Outer Space’?

6. Gary Numan – Metal

Somehow a man singing a song about about an android who wishes to be human at a festival called Body & Soul makes some sort of perverse sense.

7. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’

From last year’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album comes this dazzling eight-minute slice of organic breathing digital dance track.

8. Lasertom – ‘No Play’

Dubliner Simon Cullen’s space-disco project is a perfect 4pm stage opener on the Saturday. Time to boogie.

9. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Lanza collaborated with producer Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys on an album of ethereal R&B electro. Keep Moving is the most upbeat track from it, perfect for a Ballinlough Castle setting.

10. Mount Kimbie –’Made To Stray’

One of the best tracks of 2013, the skittering percussion-featuring ‘Made To Stray’ manages to walk a fine line between sprawling electronic epicness and headphone ambience.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify with 10 extra tracks from artists playing.
As featured in the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine every Thursday.

Posted on June 19th, 2014


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Well this is cool. The eloquent and witty singer-songwriter/lyricist John Grant will host a special live show on TXFM on Friday June 20th, ahead of his appearance at Body & Soul Festival that weekend.

Grant takes over the airwaves for two hours from 3pm – 5pm to play his selection of tracks that day.


I also host a show on TXFM every Thursday at 10pm which you can listen back to via these playlist posts.

Posted on June 4th, 2014



Goldfrapp, Caribou, John Grant, Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Buraka Som Sistema, Nick Waterhouse, East India Youth, Young Wonder, Jessy Lanza, King Kong Company.

That’s the first perfectly formed lineup for the Body&Soul Festival’s fifth year on Summer Solstice Weekend June 20th-22nd, 2014 Ballinlough Castle in Meath.


Camping tickets are in 5 price-tiers this year with the first 3 now sold out. Limited tier 4 tickets are €129.50 fees included.. Tier 5 tickets will be available from 31st March at €139.50 plus fees included.

Full ticket links are here and combined event and bus tickets, Sunday tickets, easy installment and travel tickets are available from March 31st.

Posted on February 27th, 2014

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