Townlands Carnival, now in its fourth year and growing exponentially, continues to bring the big-weekend feel home to Rusheen Farm just outside the town, with UK legends Leftfield confirmed as the first headliners for July 20-22, with a DJ set from the outfit’s Neil Barnes, alongside box-wearing rabble-rousers King Kong Company, and an incursion from UK bass label Ghetto Funk, featuring Stanton Warriors, three-time UK DMC champ JFB, WBBL & Ghetto Funk Allstars.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be back in 2018 and are excited to begin a partnership with Rising Sons Brewery this summer,” says festival organiser, Sam Beshoff. “The response to Townlands 2017 was phenomenally positive and as well as bringing back many of the features that proved to be a hit already, we are hoping to add some new treats for our followers this July.”
The festival’s ‘village’ layout returns across five stages spread throughout the woods and fields of Rusheen Farm, and encompasses plenty of non-musical activity also, including spoken word, circus, and family-friendly activities. The Village Green, which includes the Village Hall, Big Bubbles Kids Area and Craft area, returns this year as workshops, talks and performances are hosted by some of the country’s most passionate community development professionals, while the usual rake of ‘glamping’ options are available this year, if you’re feeling flathúlach.
Belfast electronic festival AVA Festival has added some names to the conference part of its programming of workshops, panels and sessions in association with Output Belfast including Jeff Mills, Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, R&S Records founder Renaat Vandepapeliere, Native Instruments, Moxie, New Jackson and Resident Advisor.
Also lined up are panel discussions exploring the relationship between music and film with Sony’s main video commissioner Elizabeth Doonan, Good Vibration’s Glen Leyburn and a panel exploring the maximization of an artist output through utilising digital platforms, radio and royalty collection services, with Onloop founder & DJ Moxie plus more.
The Outlook Area includes Four Four Magazine will hosting a panel comparing and contrasting Northern and Southern Ireland’s licensing legislation and This Greedy Pig will facilitate discussion around the relationship between music makers and video directors. On top of this, industry leaders discuss the future of electronica, with Resident Advisor Head of Ticketing Saoirse Ryan.
The conference is free to attend for all those that register. See the night-time lineup below:
AVA Festival takes place in T13 Titanic Docks in Belfast on June 2nd and 3rd. Weekend tickets are £60.
After the announcement of Forbidden Fruit night earlier this week, the city festival has announced new names for the June Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
Leftfield DJ Set
Detroit Swindle B2B Gerd Janson
White Collar Boy
Brame & Hamo
Hidden Agenda DJs
Bruce Willis DJs
Hidden Flux Djs
Day tickets for Forbidden Fruit are priced €59.50 including booking fee through Ticketmaster.ie and outlets nationwide. Weekend tickets are priced at €119.00\
Body & Soul have added some names to the festival on Summer Solstice weekend today.
New additions are: Leftfield – who have a new album on the way but are no longer a duo. Blooms – young R&B electronic music from London-based Irish lady. Big Jelly – Nine-piece Galway outfit playing Ska and rocksteady Ensemble Eriú – Irish trad with contemporary jazz twists. The Latchikos – political songs, blues harmonica, spoken word and fiddling The Eskies – folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty Portherhead – Irish traditional and folk music with the raw soul of the blues
The Bulmers Lounge featuring Slap & Tickle, Lords Of Slut, The Tullamore Rhymers Club and The Centre Of The Universe.
It was 1999 the last time Leftfield released an album. The duo of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley released two classic albums in Leftism and Rhythm & Stealth.
Daley didn’t return when the Leftfield name was brought back to life to play festivals (Barnes is DJing as Leftfield at the upcoming BD Festival) but however, there is a new Leftfield album on the way called Alternative Life Source and it will feature TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Ofei, Sleaford Mods and Channy Leaneagh of Poliça.
That all sounds very much like the standard of The Prodigy and the Chemical Bros ten years ago roping in guest stars for a full-length. I don’t know how to feel about it. For now, the one track we do have ears on ‘Universal Everything’, is a pulsing techno monster that sounds a lot like Modeselektor. How do we feel about Leftfield returning? 👍 or 👎
Sea Sessions said they were done with announcing their lineup for the festival in Bundoran, Donegal on 27th-29th June 2014 when they added Kelis and The Strypes two weeks ago, but they’ve found room for a few more with a Leftfield (DJ set), Beardyman, Little Matador and The Disconauts, The Vincents, DJ Keith Marshall and DJ Rez Lowe added too.
That adds to a lineup that includes Flight Facilities, Erol Alkan, Ella Eyre, Drenge, The Minutes, Walking On Cars, DJ Yoda and more.
Tier 1 tickets for the event are now sold out. Tier 2 tickets are on sale now at €99.00 plus fee for a full weekend pass including camping.
Forbidden Fruit Festival has revealed its initial lineup which takes place at the Grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Sat-Monday) across five stages.
Sat 2nd June: Leftfield, Bloody Beetroots, Booka Shade, The Field, Factory Floor, Bear In Heaven, Le Galaxie, Toby Kaar.
Sunday 3rd June: New Order, Death Cab For Cutie, The Rapture, Death In Vegas, Modeselektor, Austra, Atlas Sound, Rarely Seen Above Ground, Grimes, Kool Thing.
Monday 4th June: Wilco, Beirut, James Vincent McMorrow, Mazzy Star, Andrew Bird, Field Music, Julia Holter, Windings.
More to be announced.
Early Bird Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 22nd February 2012 at €45 per Day /€85 for Two Day ticket and €110 for the Weekend. General Tickets will be priced at €49:50 for one day / Two Day Ticket: €89.50 / Weekend Ticket: €115
The festival will also have comedy stages, food markets, craft, fashion stalls and more. Gates 2pm-10.45pm daily.
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.
Not a whole lot of things happening for the Bank Holiday weekend apart from Life Festival in Mullingar where Joker, Ricardo Villalobos, Mad Professor and more play for a seemingly pricey €136. Back in the city, it’s the Beatyard Weekender with the likes of Andy Votel, Rubberbandits, Caspa, Howard Marks and more in the Twisted Pepper. During the week, there’s Band of Horses, the Leftfield reunion (with only one member mind) and the brilliant Sam Amidon (highly recommended).
On Thursday, Hotflush Recordings boss Scuba is playing Salt at Twisted Pepper. Worth checking out especially if you’ve heard his Triangulation LP. I’ve got two passes to giveaway to the gig – send the answer to the question – “What is the name of Scuba’s record label?” to [email protected] before Wednesday night to win.