BD Festival returns to Glendalough House, Co. Wicklow for its 11th year on Good Friday, and with the no-alcohol rule on that day law now repealed, it’ll be the first time the festival has an actual bar.

The festival has grown from a 400 capacity party to a 4000=capacity festival and the stature of the electronic and dance artists have grown along with it.

  • Kerri Chandler
  • The Magician
  • Boots & Kats
  • Perc
  • Fleetmac Wood
  • Bingo Loco
  • Smash Hits
  • Le Boom

Tickets

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.ie and are currently priced at €45.00 + €4.50 Fee

Getting There

A bus service will be operated from Dublin and details of this will be released in due course on the Facebook page. Limited parking will be available along with a taxi drop off point.


Posted on February 1st, 2018

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Once Upon a Time Back West returns to Galway this February 8th-11th. The festival will feature music, comedy and club culture across four venues in Galway’s West End.

Line up includes:

Thursday 8th February

Le Boom @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
Oisa D’Preto Massino @ Massimo (Free)

Friday 9th February

Daithí, Slow Place Like Home, Elaine Mai, Paddy Hanna @ Róisin Dubh (Free)

Glenn Wool, Karl Spain @ Róisin Dublin – Upstairs
Rowdy Brothers @ Massino (Free)
Mix and Fairbanks @ The Blue Note (Free)

Saturday 10th February

Franz Ferdinand@ Leisureland
Andy Zaltzman @ Róisin Dubh
110th Street @ The Blue Note (Free)
DJ Mac @ Massimo (Free)

Sunday 11th February

Sing Along Social @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
John Conneely Inc. @ Róisin Dubh
The Blue Notes @ The Blue Note (Free)
Jade and The Goodies @ Massimo (Free)

Posted on January 24th, 2018

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Indiependence has announced its first names for the festival on Deer Farm, Mitchelstown in Cork from August 3 – 5 2018.
And they are:

  • Jake Bugg
  • Everything Everything
  • Walking on Cars
  • Le Galaxie
  • King Kong Company
  • HamsandwicH
  • The Blizzards
  • Le Boom
  • Sigala
  • Cast
  • Mylo
  • Wild Youth
  • 1000 Beasts
  • Tom Grennan

All Early Bird Tickets have already sold out for INDIE18, with three-day camping tickets now on sale for €139 and VIP Indie Garden tickets on sale for €179 from www.tickets.ie.

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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Le Galaxie are hosting a Christmas party in The Academy, Dublin on Friday December 8th.

Special guests on the night include Le Boom, who are fresh from their sold out headline show in Whelans last week and Dublin hip-house trio Bon Voyage.

Tickets are €30 from Ticketmaster but I have two tickets to giveaway which you can enter for by emailing [email protected] with your name and ‘Le Galaxie Christmas Party’ as the subject line.

Le Galaxie are set to release their third album Pleasure in March 2018.

Posted on November 28th, 2017

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Mother’s New Year’s Eve party in The Hub will feature a live show from Le Boom who just played their first sold out headline show in Whelan’s on Friday*.

Mother DJs Ruth Kavanagh and Ghostboy will also be on the decks to ring in 2018 on the night.

Tickets priced at €10+ are available now on Eventbrite. Tickets priced at €15 will also be available on the door.

The band’s new single ‘Don’t Need It Now‘ is out now and featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.


* As stated last week, I manage the band.

Posted on November 27th, 2017

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


1.

Yaeji – Raingurl

A bass-heavy banging club track from New York City and Seoul-based producer Kathy Yaeji Lee off her new EP2, which kicks off with bilingual Korean and English vocals.


2.

Khruangbin – Maria Tambié

Texas psychedelic trio Khruangbin provide us with this soulful funky track. This group have been making a name for themselves with their live performances mixing “60’s Thai funk, 70’s Persian rock music, and 80’s Algerian symphonia”. They have an extraordinary ability to mix old sounds into something that sounds fresh and new.

Catch them in Whelans on Sunday March 4th.


This is the first song in eight years from Super Extra Bonus Party. ‘Switzerland’ is a fresh reminder of a band who have multi-genre influences so to that end, the song has indie-rock guitar riffs, synthesizers, electronic percussion and a first for the band, vocals that come from the band’s own members.


Electronic pop duo Le Boom have a solid live reputation but now, their recordings are starting to catch up. On only their second single, the band establish their infectious energy – built on bright instrumentation, melodic vocals and dancefloor dynamics.

Their gig in Whelans this Friday is sold out but you can catch them at Church, Cork with Daithí on November 30th.

DOI: Niall Byrne AKA Nialler9 is the band’s manager.


5.

Wolf and Moon – Garden Of Potential

Germany folk duo Stefany June and Talk Show Host AKA Wolf and Moon present this atmospheric track ‘Garden Of Potential’ provoking gentle emotion. I’m glad that these two met at a house party in Utrecht, in The Netherlands. Both possess unique voices that together make for an ambient musical match.


6.

Rosie Carney – Winter

True to the title, ‘Winter’ from Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney paints an picture through gentle folk atmospherixs. Carney’s vocals are hauntingly beautiful and she says of the song:

“Winter is a confessional song written about knowing when something is over. It’s inspired by the brutally honest truth experienced when realising something is coming to an end regardless of whether or not that’s what you want. It captures the true cold essence of winter which can be felt when letting go.. It was, of course, written in the winter.. The instrumentation and production were very much inspired by the cold and bare landscapes around me. Everything is raw and minimal.”

7.

Ruthven- Evil

The Paul brothers, Jai and A.K. are back with this new track ‘Evil’ which was written by a track written by A. K. Paul with vocals from London based Ruthven, who is apparently a firefighter from Lewisham. The track is in typical Paul brothers’ style – synthesized electronic pop of the off-kilter kind.

8.

Nabihah Iqbal – Zone 1 to 6000

Formerly known as Throwing Shade, London-based Nabihah Iqbal shares her new song from her debut album ‘Weighing of the Heart’. The song is inspired by the poetry of by poetry, William Blake and Matthew Arnold and the experiences of living in a big city.

“It’s also about figuring out a pathway – whether that’s pursuing what you want, or being stuck in a rut and compensating for routine and monotony by acts of escapism.”

Another track, ‘Eternal Passion‘, was released at the same time.


9.

Ardyn – Bloom

English brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson or Ardyn last two singles ‘Together’ and ‘Throwing Stones’ had influences of the classic music of Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush. They return to that sound on ‘Bloom’, with catchy synthesizer beats and elegant sibling harmonies.

10.

Frankenstein Bolts – Night Whispering

Wexford duo Frankenstein Bolts dreamy folk track ‘Night Whispering’ is the second release off their album Aglow & Spark which was released earlier this year. This track has a very soothing lullaby feel to it.

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

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Since appearing as a duo under the Le Boom name last summer, Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon have quickly become one of the most sought-after new acts in Irish music.

Their electronic house-pop is a rush, it starts dance parties. Between Leech’s falsetto and Mallon’s manic percussive energy, there’s an infectious buzz in their music.

Last August, the band released their debut single ‘What We Do’ and in the intervening months (with only a remix in the meantime), I’ve watched them do great things on live stages from Body & Soul to Cork’s Cyprus Avenue and Quarter Block Party, to Electric Picnic and beyond at Latitude, Hard Working Class Heroes. Castlepalooza, Sea Sessions and Indiependence to name a few. It convinced me to help them out and start managing the band*.

‘Don’t Need It Now’ is a live favourite from the past year. It’s a song that has that same melodic playfulness as their debut single with an added rhythmic toughness and swerve. The band have many more on the way in 2018 and they have a sold out show next Friday in Whelan’s with Mix & Fairbanks on November 24th. This song will be released on streaming platforms very soon.

Le Boom Tour dates

November 24th Whelan’s Late show, Dublin
November 30th Church, Cork with Daithí
Dec 2-3 Other Voices, Dingle
More to be announced soon.

*I’ve never managed a band before because it just didn’t feel right but the more I talked to Christy and Aimie (and they did ask me twice), the more I was convinced to get onboard. I write about music on Nialler9 to promote music I love, and managing the band feels like another step in embracing that promotional aspect in a positive way.

Posted on November 16th, 2017

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It’s festival bank holiday weekend and that means there are 3 major music festivals happening in Dublin, Cork and the Midlands (four if you count the smaller Arcadian Field in Bellurgan). Here are 10 recommendations for acts and performances I would see if I was at all of Beatyard, Castlepalooza & Indiependence.

1.

Air

The Beatyard, Sunday

The soundtrack to the end of the chillout phenomenon when Moon Safari, the band’s debut of French electronic pop was released in 1998, this French duo went on to create a body of work that incorporated ’80s synth experimentalism and a very particular retro French style of studious songwriting. They’ve not played here in a long time (last reference I can find is from 2001) so this will be a rare sight. To a lesser extend, see Morcheeba who play before them.


2.

Shit Robot

Sunday @ Castlepalooza


Marcus Lambkin is known as the Irishman who disco infiltrated DFA Records and there’s a good reason for that. The man has talent in creating propulsive electronic music that crosses the boundaries between disco, house and techno and still has a pop edge.


3.

Le Boom

Saturday @ Castlepalooza, Sunday @ Indiependence

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Christy Leech & Aimie Mallon are a party band who make music that moves between house, pop and electro and they’ve been building a great live reputation in the past year. They are one of the hottest tickets on Irish festivals so it’s no surprise with only one single out, they’re playing at the late end of the festival bills this weekend.


4.

Wild Beasts

Friday @ Castlepalooza, Sunday @ Indiependence

One of the best live bands to come out of the UK in the last 10 years. Their albums may vary but they are a singular proposition, creating intricate imaginative indie-rock. Live, their drummer is one to watch as he’s a subtle master.


5.

Larry Heard

Saturday @ Beatyard

Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers is an electronic music pioneer and this is his first ever live show in Ireland so that counts for something. Most recently, he was sample by Kanye West on ‘Fade’.


6.

BARQ

Saturday @ Beatyard, Sunday @ Indiependence

BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past and are establishing their own rap-tinged soulful R&B jazz sound under a genre they’ve coined as “agrosoul.”

7.

Romare (Live)

Saturday @ Beatyard

A full live band set from a producer who has mined American folk music for sampling purposes but has worked them in a more textured way than Moby. His two recent Love Songs albums were excellent releases and the prospect of a full live band has the potential for a Bonobo-style live show.


8.

Sing Along Social

Saturday @ Beatyard

Full disclosure. The ringmaster of Sing Along Social is my wife Aoife but I’m not the only one who agrees that Aoife has hit upon a great concept that as you can see below works very well at a festival. Sing Along Social like karaoke en masse but there are no stars showing off, it’s a guilt-free choir where everyone sings together, it’s a singing party where you could be singing Mariah’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ in June, TLC, ABBA, Enya, Beach Boys or Journey. At Beatyard, the theme is Seaside vs. the City. And watch out for the craic attack of Bingo Loco before hand.


9.

Cinema

Sunday @ Castlepalooza

Cinems

A rising talent from my hometown of Newbridge, CO. Kildare, Peter Fleming’s electronic project left a mark with a full album of instrumental cosmic electronica but he’s since been embracing a sound draws from more upbeat tempos, retro electronic pop styles and vocals.


10.

LYRA

Saturday @ Indiependence

This young Cork lass based in the UK makes pop music in the vein of Florence and keeps her accent intact. Combining Scandinavian pop dynamic productions with her Emerald hear made for some suave pop. I put her on the TV show Striking Out earlier this year in my other job as music supervisor and that got her a lot of traction if I do so so myself. Live, she’s a charmer too.

Posted on August 3rd, 2017

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If you’re flying Aer Lingus in July look out for my profiles piece in the Cara in-flight magazine on six new Irish music acts doing the business and likely to continue doing so on planes all month.

Featured are profiles of Loah, Rusangano Family, David Keenan, Áine Cahill, Le Boom and Saint Sister.

The photos are by Tristan Hutchinson. Special thanks to Lucy White in Cara.

Read it on Issuu from page 46.



Posted on July 4th, 2017

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Latitude Festival has grown to become one of the biggest in the UK with 15 stages and 750 acts on the schedule for the festival from 13th – 16th July in Henham Park, Suffolk.

The final acts were just added to the list including the BBC Music Introducing Stage and notable acts include Pumarosa, Skott and Beth Orton.

The Solas stage will host some familar Irish names to visitors of this site including Talos, TooFools, Rosie Carney, Ships, Le Boom, Ailbhe Reddy, Seamus Fogarty, David Keenan and Brian Deady.

Also playing that area are Dutch indie-pop Klangstof, the intense 4AD performer Aldous Harding, Swedish rising duo Geowulf, Danish band Lowly and singer-osngwriter John Smith.

Posted on June 19th, 2017

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This Thursday May 11th at the Music Cork conference and showcase, I’m hosting a showcase of emerging and personally-recommended Irish artists at Cyprus Avenue.

We have rising upcoming Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy (8.15pm), Cork pop artist Lyra (10.15pm), electro-pop partystarters Le Boom (11.15pm).

Just announced: Cork singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke (9.15pm) and a Kormac AV set (12.30am).

The showcase gigs are free but limited so if you want a wristband for Cypress Avenue for guaranteed entry, drop me a line.

Other showcases:

Wednesday May 10th @ Cork Opera House – The Coronas, Callum Stewart, Talos, Columbia Mills
Thursday May 11th @ Triskel – Jafaris, Cry Harridan, Super Silly, Little Hours
Thursday May 11th @ Crane Lane – Rob Burch, Alex & Echoes, Barq, Fangclub
Thursday May 11th @ Old Oak – Bad Bones, Ryan McMullan, Heroes In Hiding, Gypsies On the Autobahn, Audible Joes.

Music Cork is a new conference and showcase event taking place in Cork city from this Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th May. Here’s an interview with Shane Dunne about it.

Featuring talks from industry professionals at The Clayton Hotel throughout the daytime, announced speakers include: Darcus Beese, President of Island Records, booking agents Geoff Meall (UTA / Muse), Steve Zapp (ITB / Biffy Clyro) and Josh Javor (X-Ray / Coldplay), publishing like Martin Toher (B-Unique) and Tommas Arnby (Locomotion).

Tickets are available from €110 for the conference.

See schedule and other showcases.

Posted on May 9th, 2017

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I’m a big fan of 12″ extended remixes – the kind that were prevalent in the eighties and that most of the great pop songs of the era have. Think of extended versions made for the dancefloor of Madonna’s ‘Into The Groove’, Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ or Womack & Womack ‘Teardrops’.

Kildare duo Mix & Fairbanks know the value of a good club edit (and a great debut single) and so too, it seems, do Le Boom. The electro-pop pairing of Christy Leech and Aimee Mallon turned heads with their brilliant debut single ‘What We Do’ and now with summer 2017 approaching M&F have given that tune the extended 10-minute remix treatment before more new material arrives later this year. Catch Le Boom at the Nialler9 Music Cork show on Thursday (comment below for a guaranteed entry wristband) and on May 25th at Bello Bar in Dublin for Nialler9 and Hoembeat’s Future Proof with Ailbhe Reddy and Soulé.

Mix & Fairbanks meanwhile play Vinyl Love for Repeal this Sunday as well as BARE in the Woods and Life Festival.

There’s also a radio edit of the remix too:

Catch Le Boom live festivals this summer including: Forbidden Fruit Festival, Body & Soul, Sea Sessions, Townlands Carnival, Truck Festival (UK), Sunflower Fest, Castlepalooza and Indiependence

Digital release: Wednesday 17th May.

Posted on May 9th, 2017

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HomeBeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers proudly continue Future Proof – a series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

Future Proof #3 returns to the warm surroundings of Bello bar, and features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment.

Buy early bird tickets

Thursday May 27th @ Bello Bar with:

Ailbhe Reddy

Indie folk songstress who is seriously on the rise. Check out her new EP.

LE BOOM

Catchy and energetic electro pop duo who know how to rock a party.

SOULÉ

Fast emerging nu-soul talent with three great pop singles under her belt.

Tickets : €8 (early) €10 (reg) €13 (late)
Doors 8pm

Facebook event

Complimentary tasty O’Hara’s for the first in!

Poster: Ruan Van Vliet.

Posted on May 4th, 2017

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Castlepalooza already announced the first bands and comedy acts for this year’s festival in Charleville Castle, Tullamore from August 4th to 6th this year and here are the latest acts added.

  • Thumper
  • Le Boom
  • Frankenstein Bolts
  • Wolff
  • Aik J
  • HVMMINGBYRD
  • Oh Boland
  • Apella
  • Farah Elle
  • Participant
  • Rosa Nutty
  • Cinema
  • Beach
  • Damola
  • Phare
  • Nimino
  • Spud Gun
  • Video Blue
  • Show Fur
  • Tu-Ki
  • Lumigraph
  • Barry Redsetta
  • Apres Ski
  • Boca 45
  • Pete Isaac
  • Baz Hickey
  • Let’s Sail
  • Phare
  • Robocobra Quartet
  • Beauty Sleep

Tier 2 camping tickets are currently now €119 (€109 without) and price goes up on Monday 17th April.

First announcement.

Posted on March 28th, 2017

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