The Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series is a series of live gigs across Ireland featuring two of Ireland’s best bands, Le Galaxie and BARQ, performing the songs and score of their respective favourite soundtracks.

Le Galaxie have reimagined songs and the score from Francis Ford Coppolla’s classic war movie Apocalypse Now including The Doors’ ‘The End’, ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ and new pieces for existing scenes like Saigon and Kurtz Compound.

BARQ have reinterpreted the classic soundtrack from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction including Misirlou, ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’, ‘Jungle Boogie’ and ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’.

Each date is €15 entry via smithwicks.eventbrite.ie with a free pint of Smithwick’s at the bar and I’ll be DJing after BARQ’s gigs while Sally Cinnamon is DJing with Le Galaxie.

Le Galaxie performing Apocalypse Now supported by Sally Cinnamon

Friday 13th October – Whelan’s, Dublin
Friday 10th November – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Friday 24th November – Black Box, Belfast

BARQ performing Pulp Fiction supported by Nialler9

Tuesday 17th October – Dolans, Limerick
Thursday 2nd November – Opium Room, Dublin
Friday 3rd November – Fiddlers Creek, Sligo

I’ve made a Spotify playlist of great movie songs to mark the occasion.

Posted on September 26th, 2017

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The second annual Great Irish Beer Festival has announced its musical line-up for this August at Cork City Hall, headlined by, among others, Dublin synth-poppers Le Galaxie and Ulster punk legends Stiff Little Fingers.

Following last year’s inaugural event, The Great Irish Beer Festival will feature 24 Irish craft brewers and one distillery; as well as a music programme that sees its headliners joined by Leeside pop/folk outfit The Band Anna, Fire & Water and Cork punk-rockers Audible Joes. Saturday night August 26th will be headlined by David Bowie tribute act Rebel Rebel.

Le Galaxie, headlining on Friday August 25th, have been gigging intermittently since the release last year of debut full-length Le Club via Universal Music Ireland; while Stiff Little Fingers, headlining on Thursday August 24th, led by legendary lead singer Jake Burns have been continuously serving up the classics to a devoted following.

A joint production of The Franciscan Well brewery and local promoter Tom Keating, the GIBF is looking to continue its expansion to a staple of Cork’s festival and music calendars. On the craft beer end of things, lectures will take place over the weekend at City Hall including ‘Learn How To Brew’ with the Lee Valley Brewing Club and discussions led by Chris O’Flynn of the Malting Company of Ireland among others.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming these fantastic Irish brewers back to Cork again this year and equally as happy to be providing some great entertainment for festival goers over the weekend,” says Shane Long from The Franciscan Well. “Both professional and home Brewers will be onsite to show the public how to brew. We have also had a large number of enquiries from brewing enthusiasts from outside Ireland which is really encouraging and means the word about The Great Irish Beer Festival is spreading. We’d encourage people to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.”

Day tickets for each day are available at tickets.ie. Information on stage times, etc. is available from greatirishbeerfestival.ie.

Posted on June 27th, 2017

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Castlepalooza is one of the nicest little music festival in Ireland and this year’s festival has just added a load of acts for Tullamore Castle from Friday August 4th to Sunday August 6th.

Joining the lineup are:

  • Le Galaxie
  • Denney
  • Hiva Oa
  • Liza Flume
  • Oddsocks,
  • Bad Sea
  • Bitch Falcon
  • Daithí
  • Dublin Ukulele Collective
  • Dreaming of Jupiter
  • Floor Staff
  • Hot Cops
  • Ivy Nations
  • Mywoollyhat
  • Prymary Colours
  • Dip Djs
  • RSAG
  • Third Smoke
  • Tiz McNamara
  • Wastefellow
  • Elaine Mai
  • Seo Linn

DJ additions on the Friday and Saturday night in the Courtyard courtesy of Bedlam and Abstract are:

  • Al Murphy
  • Arman Giorgio
  • Bruno Grecchi
  • Beat Division
  • Bedlam DJs
  • Betty Jiminez
  • Boots & Kats
  • Charlie Garrett B2B AJ
  • Chasing Abbey
  • Daser B2B Mark Gill
  • Deadwax
  • Denney
  • Dylan Higgins
  • Fio’n’Jio
  • Fintan Lalor
  • Heroes in Hiding DJ Set
  • Killthedjs
  • Karl Guest B2B Aiden Thompson
  • Mark Byrne
  • Minisoul
  • Pat Hyland
  • Sarah Mooney
  • Sally Cinnamon

Day tickets from €59 + fees, weekend from €129 + fees.

Posted on June 6th, 2017

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Mother and THISISPOPBABY will mark Ireland saying yes to Marriage Equality two years ago with a once-day YESTIVAL in Tivoli Theatre on Friday May 19th.

On the lineup is Dimitri From Paris, Le Galaxie (new single here), Mother DJs and THISISPOPBABY’s End of the World Tea Dance, their first show since Riot featuring Scotty the Blue Bunny, Bourgeois & Maurice, Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat, Lockie Chapman & Timmy Matley (The Overtones) & The She.. More to follow but tickets are on Eventbrite from €20.

But, you can win a pair of tickets right here until May 10th. Just enter below.

Tickets to Yestival

Posted on April 27th, 2017

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Just a week out from its release on April 21st and two weeks since it was debuted here, Le Galaxie have debuted a video for their new May-Kay-featuring single ‘Pleasure’.

Directed by Sam Hooper, the video features bodies in tactile pleasure and paint.

Le Galaxie are playing a Beatvyne gig on Wednesday April 19th in their studio which holds 30 people. 2000 people have already applied.

They also play:
Saturday 29 April – Drogheda Arts Festival
Saturday 19th May – Yestival

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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Mother and THISISPOPBABY have announced the first names for the one-day event to mark Ireland saying yes to Marriage Equality.

Yestival takes place in Tivoli Theatre and will feature music from Dimitri From Paris, Le Galaxie (new single here), Mother DJs and THISISPOPBABY’s End of the World Tea Dance, their first show since Riot. More to follow but tickets are on Eventbrite from €20.

Posted on April 11th, 2017

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Do you know Le Club?

Le Galaxie’s second album cemented the band’s rep as the best party-starting electro band in the country so their forthcoming third album on Reckless Records is feverishly anticipated by those who enjoy fun.

While we have to wait a bit longer in the year for that, ‘Pleasure’ the first single from the album is out on April 21st on streaming and download and features production by Blende and additional vocals by May Kay who will feature on the third album to come.

‘Pleasure’ is a banger of Le Galaxie proportions: expect no less:

Le Galaxie’s appearance on the Other Voices: Electric Picnic special, is broadcast in Ireland on RTÉ2 tomorrow, Thursday 30th March.

Posted on March 29th, 2017

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Northern Ireland’s only three-day music and arts festival Sunflowerfest has announced its first acts headed for Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough from 28th – 30th July 2017.

Under the theme of A Parallel Universe, the following acts are playing:

  • 
Rubber Bandits
  • King Kong Company
  • Beans on Toast
  • Electric Swing Circus
  • Le Galaxie
  • Malojian
  • Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
  • OR:LA
  • Ryan Vail
  • Too Many T’s
  • Ben Cutler
  • Brién
  • Chinooq & Stayin Low
  • Chris Hanna
  • Chris Keys
  • Citizen Nobody
  • Clockwork
  • CM88
  • Collate
  • Cursed Sun
  • Damola
  • Daz
  • Decomposing in Paris
  • Dream Awake
  • Electric Octopus
  • Emma Lou & The Agenda
  • Farah Elle
  • GRAND
  • Henry Cluney Band
  • Jason Young
  • JC Williams
  • Jika Jika!
  • Lavengro
  • Le Boom
  • Lock Horns
  • Montauk Hotel
  • Mr Mur
  • Oh Boland
  • Paper Dogs
  • Petty Youth
  • Ponyhawke
  • R51
  • Roisin El Cherif
  • School of Rock
  • Single by Sunday
  • Stormzone
  • The Crawling
  • Themm
  • Twisted Sisters
  • Ubblahkan
  • Warriors of the Dystoteque
  • Zlatanera

Sunflowerfest has gained a reputation as a fine independent music festival and features 6 stages of music, interactive arts and some of the finest food NI has to offer (Boojum and more) – all while keeping a close check on environmental impact – via eco-friendly camping options including 100% recyclable, pre-pitched cardboard tents (weighing a sturdy sixteen kilograms sothey won’t blow away).

Tickets

Tickets for Sunflowerfest start at just £74.95 (includes 2 children, aged 15 and under) and £64.95 for students. Additional bands, artists, and activities will be announced via Sunflowerfest’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
Online Ticket Portal – Paylogic
https://sunflowerfest.co.uk/tickets/

The theme of A Parallel Universe means a focus on futurism with festival organiser Micgael Magowan saying:

“Since 2002, over 7000 native trees including beech, birch, ash, alder, willow, hazel, and oak have been planted on-site. “The festival’s electronic music venue ‘The Moot’ and the festivals picturesque Pond Stage were crafted 5-years ago from renewable pine logs.

 We strive to foster a sense of community and connection both during the festival and at Tubby’s Farm generally. While visiting the festival, people from all walks of life can enjoy yoga, meditation, interactive and educational workshops as well as inspirational talks from individuals who share creative and eco-friendly interests. We’re proud to share our home in the countryside – a collective, beautiful, piece of heaven on earth. We are just the caretakers for the generations to come. 
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Posted on March 20th, 2017

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Other Voices aired last night (watch it here) and featured Gregory Porter, Sample Answer, Pixie Geldof and Cry Monster Cry. Among the highlights was Le Galaxie’s performance of ‘Put The Chain On’ live from St. James Church. It’s no mean feat to get the entire audience out of their seats (there are cameras everywhere which you wouldn’t be wise to be in the way of ) but Le Galaxie were the first band in the last 7 years to make it happen.

Episode Five
Thurs 2nd March // 23:30
Margaret Glaspy
Girl Band
Rusangano Family
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh And Cormac Begley.
Fangclub

Posted on February 24th, 2017

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Future Sounds is a new indoor festival weekend taking place at the INEC Killarney on February 3rd next month.

Playing the venue that night will be:

  • All Tvvins
  • Le Galaxie
  • King Kong Company
  • Little Hours
  • John Gibbons
  • Dashka

The night is brought to you by the INEC and Spin South West. Tickets €28 available on Ticketmaster. For more info check out INEC.ie or SpinSouthWest.com

Win a weekend away

But, if you’d like to win tickets to the gig, accommodation in the Gleneagle Hotel onsite to the INEC and B&B for two, enter via the Gleam app below.

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Posted on January 6th, 2017

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Ding Ding Dingle. The 15th edition of Other Voices in the Kerry town is only a week and a bit away and that means the announcement of more acts and activities to the festival/TV show/ December getaway for music fans.

After the first names were revealed for the church/ the IMRO other room and the music trail we now have more names revealed:

  • All Tvvins
  • Imelda May
  • Rusangano Family
  • Saint Sister
  • Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley
  • Le Galaxie

That’s not all of course, the organisers have announced a Music Trail West – a music event featuring live music around the Dingle Peninsula on the Saturday, a vinyl artwork exhibition and Ireland’s Edge, a related conference.

The St. James’ Church recordings will be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Dublin born/London made DJ and broadcaster Annie Mac and Fight Like Apes’ May Kay. eir will stream the St James’ Church performances live to ten venues across Dingle town.

Finally, you can win tickets to Other Voices today right here.

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

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Fresh from Electric Picnic, Le Galaxie have announced a late night Halloween Party at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Bank Holiday Sunday October 30th.

Doors will be at 11pm and special guests are Plutonic Dust. Tickets are €24.40+ fees and ar on sale at 9am this Friday, September 9th from Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie

This year, Le Galaxie haven’t had any new music but their tunes have been getting out there on Home & Away and on the latest Virgin Media ad (I worked as music supervisor on the ad with Avant Music Port)

Posted on September 7th, 2016

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For the last couple of years, I’ve been compiling an up to date playlist of modern Irish music to celebrate and coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, I wanted to do something more to date and to roll it out across the year to coincide also with my weekly Irish Times column of new Irish music and as a companion to the general New Music playlist.

So today, I’m launching my New Irish Music weekly playlist which will be regularly updated. Because Irish music isn’t just for Paddy’s Day.

Join over 500 other listeners for fresh listens to new Irish music. There are songs from artists who have received support from Nialler9 in the last year or so from Brian Deady, Shit Robot, Roisin Murphy, Burnt Out, Saint Sister, I Have A Tribe, Le Galaxie, Rusangano Family, Come On Live Long, Daithi, Jape, Bitch Falcon, Pleasure Beach and many more.

The focus is on Irish music happening now, emerging and trending. I want this to be the definitive collection of new Irish music throughout the year in one place which I’ll be featuring as it comes on the site. Subscribe below.

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Posted on March 14th, 2016

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