The Kildare duo Michael Hopkins & Andrew Lloyd aka Planet Parade will release their debut album Mercury on Friday.
The duo have impressed me lots over the last few years and Mercury marks their first album card with shimmering artful synth-pop imbued with ambience and tropical sunny grooves. Have a listen to the album now, featuring previous singles ‘Face To Face’, ‘Cardiac’ and ‘Blue Sky’.
Have a first listen right here first:
MERCURY – Track List
1. Face to Face
2. Top of the Heap
3. Blue Sky
4. Mute Swan
5. Jump Ship
6. Begin Again
8. Cold Blood
9. History Lesson
10. Sweet Claire
11. In The Dark
Groove Festival takes place in Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July (same weekend as Castlepalooza), and while the headliners aimed at an older audience than most with the likes of The Blades, The 4 of Us, Ocean Colour Scene and Neville Staple Band playing, Turning Pirate have put together a stage of newer acts worth checking out.
The Hop House 13stage will feature sets from David Kitt, TooFools, Sample Answer, Planet Parade, The Young Folk, Barq, Zaska, Swords and Anderson among them.
The Academic and Elm are also playing the main stage. Tickets from €49.50 for a day pass + fees.
Another New Year’s Eve @ Killyon Manor, Meath (From €48.50 + bus transfer)
[Manor Party] a dining & dancing extravaganza with Tongue in Chic, Nova Collective, Lumo Club, Tim O’Donovan, Singalong Social and more. Food by Keith Coleman (The Fumbally).
Bitch Falcon, Wolff @ Sin É (Free)
[Rock] Free gig with the BFers and Wolff (formerly Johnny Stewart)
Masquerave @ Hangar (€10+, 9pm)
[Dance ] Kaily // Dan Stritch // Mark Gill // Jade Carney and more.
Hidden Agenda & Subject: NYE @ The Grand Social (€15, 9pm)
[Electronic/rock] Girls Names, New Jackson, Terriers, Barry Redsetta, DJ Deece, John Heckle, Tr One, Sias, Galactic Beat Club and Sim Simma’s Terrace.
How to enter free entry comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Having recently revealed some of the smaller goings on at the festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle including Wonderlust, Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns Theatre, Body Holidays 1970’s style holiday camp, Pagoda Stage, Port Royal Jamaican village and more, today Body & Soul revealed Tree Haus, a new stage curated by Homebeat for the festival on the summer solstice weekend of June 19th to 21st.
Focusing on the best of contemporary Irish music and culture, you can expect performances from My Tribe Your Tribe, Buffalo Woman, Carriages, Planet Parade, Liza Flume, Ghosts, Slowplacelikehome, Hilary Woods, Skelocrats, Little Xs For Eyes, Elephant, Hare Squead, Bantum, Nubus, Justin Grounds & Pearse McGloughlin (Idiot Songs), Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery x Ryan Vail), Hare Squead, Nova Collective, Feather and Ben Bix, Participant, I Have A Tribe, Nubus, Margie Lewis, SignA, Idiot Songs, Skelocrats, Tomorrows, Taste DJs, Somadrone, Lyttet, Leo Drezden and Lasertom.
Also featuring on that stage, kicking off the Saturday and Sunday will be Vinyl Love, where DJs and musicians alike will be playing selections from their 7″ collection.
Minimum Maximum in Block-T on Friday night was one of the best Nialler9 gigs yet. The no advance warning on the lineup made for a special occasion and our limited capacity was sold out by 9pm as the first band took to the stage.
That band, Planet Parade, played their first gig in four years with a six-piece that showcased a new sound that traced a line between electronics and indie. It was an impressive performance of confidence and musicianship; with the recently featured songs sounding fully formed and another closing track, featuring a Paul Simon summery vibe.
In the middle, there was an energetic performance from a Limerick rap group that have put on two of the best sets I’ve seen this year. Friday night was another one. God Knows + Mynameisjohn were a high-flying, high-kicking, never-resting, fast-spitting, hype-getting, crowd-moving, always-giving joy. Check out their Rusangano Family album, one of the best of the year.
Despite a visit from the guards to the venue, who kept the party on hold for a while, we continued with a set from a band who last played to thousands of people at Electric Picnic. Le Galaxie showed how far they’ve come with a set of all new songs, which are growing in stature before they’re released. It was a powerhouse of a set, and watching them from so close up, it was fascinating to see just how good of a band they’ve come over the years. So much fun. You can win tickets to their next Dublin gig here.
Thanks to all who came down and trusted in the secret lineup experience. Special thanks to Grace, Dave, Laura, Nick, Susan, John, Stefano and all of the crew in Block-T for being such a sound bunch of people to work with. Check back here for more Minimum Maximum events in the near future or on the Facebook page. Photos by Colm Moore.
While they first appeared in 2009 as a much more indie-rock affair, Michael Hopkins & Andrew Lloyd have spent four years working on their music, and have come up with a more nuanced mature and individual sound. The band play a rare live set on Friday September 26th, tbc
Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.
500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).
Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.
A Lazarus Soul
Carried By Waves
Cloud Castle Lake
Death In The Sickroom
God Knows + mynameisjOhn
His New Atlas
I have a tribe
I’m Your Vinyl
little xs for eyes
Maud in Cahoots
Me & My Dog
Me Auld Flower
Red Queen Contest
Sleep Mc Evox
Tell No Foxx
The Black Sea Fleet
The Boxing Plot
The Hard Ground
The Late David Turpin
The Loafing Heroes
The Run Ons
The Shaker Hymn
The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.
Planet Parade returned with two great new tracks earlier this year promising more. Here is more from Kildare’s Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd in the form of ‘Before & After’, a track with synth-delay notes, brittle percussion and a fine vocal delivery that leaves a wash of nice sounds over your ears.
Kildare duo Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd, Planet Parade, released a couple of EPs of taut indie music back in 2009/2010. Four years is a long time in music and the musical partnership have been pursuing even more lithe song arrangements of late, quietly slipping out two tracks that showcased a very different sound.
Those songs, recorded in their apartment in Maynooth, ‘Prick’ and ‘You And The Devil’ are gentle, intimate affairs. ‘Prick’ unlike the title is a slow rolling track that uses its synth, guitar and drum machine base as a mood-setter for the hushed vocals that doesn’t disturb but will get under your skin. ‘You And The Devil’ is equally hushed and reminscent of inc.’s no world album.
Hopkins and Lloyd say there’s no plans for any releases and that these two songs are out in the world now to see what happens with a view to doing some live shows down the line. More songs are forthcoming.