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.

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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.


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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

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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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Whoop. Beatyard, the festival by the sea just announced its headliners for the August bank holiday weekend in Dun Laoghaire and they include a rare live set from Air and a Mark Ronson Dj set.

Here is how the lineup looks including previously announced artists.

  • AIR
  • Mark Ronson [ DJ Set ]
  • Bananarama
  • Toots and The Maytals
  • Candi Staton
  • Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers Live
  • Mood ii Swing
  • Romare [ Full Live Band ]
  • Rusangano Family
  • Katie Kim
  • Kíla
  • Horse Meat Disco
  • Fish Go Deep
  • EMBRZ
  • BARQ
  • Mama Kasbah
  • Famous Eno
  • Venus Dupree
  • Sing Along Social
  • Mike Black
  • Steve Egri
  • Conor L
  • Drawing with Don Conroy

Festival areas

Eatyard Dublin’s favourite street food market with 50+ food areas, demos, food competitions, workshops and the Bernard Shea Flea Market in there too.
Gamesyard Board games, computer games, & real life sports & games for adults & kids
Brewtonic Bars dedicated to craft beer, whiskey, rum, gin & fine wines.
Banteryard with Jim Carroll – Talks, Panels & Debates
Studioyard Art, Design, & Tech Installations.
Boatyard Get your Nautical boogie on, literally, on the water with  boat parties. Lineups TBA….
Kidsyard – Dedicated Arts, Design, Music & Games Area for Parents & Kids. And a Daddy nappy changing contest.

Tickets

Tickets are down to the last 1000 for 2 for 1 price which means €30 per day or €89 for the weekend.

Posted on March 16th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month. Listen to the continuous playlists on Spotify, Apple Music & Soundcloud.

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Posted on February 1st, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify.

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Posted on December 2nd, 2016

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After a month’s hiatus hampered by illness and cancellations, Loose Joints is back. The new hosted by Nialler9 and Sally Cinnamon talking to people about the music they love: old and new.

On this episode, Aisling Rogerson, cofounder behind what I’d consider the best café in Dublin joins us. The Fumbally started a few years ago as a humble café in a post-recession space and it’s only grown to incorporate Wednesday night dinners, occasional events and the Fumbally Stables next door where they host workshops, yoga, dinners, events and talks.

Listen in as we pick some new music from all three of us and ask Aisling to pick out some special considerations. Inevitably, the chat turns to Simply Red once more.

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Download: Loose Joints Podcast #4: Aisling Rogerson (99MB, 1hr 35mins)

Tracklisting

  1. New Music Pick: Sally:
    Sinkane – U’huh
  2. New Music Pick: Aisling:
    Mikael Seifu – How To Save A Life (Vector of Eternity)
  3. New Music Pick: Niall:
    Saint Sister – Tin Man
  4. Aisling: A song from a band who you think are massively underrated:
    Khruangbin – A Calf Born In Winter
  5. Aisling: A song that would make you cry / emotional:
    Alice Coltrane – Turiya And Ramakrishna
  6. New Music Pick: Sally:
    Romare – Je T’Aime
  7. New Music Pick: Niall:
    A Tribe Called Quest – Black Smasmodic
  8. New Music Pick: Aisling:
    iZem – Agua Viva (feat. Nina Miranda)
  9. Aisling: A song that reminds you of good times?
    Barrington Levy – The vibes is right
  10. Aisling: Your guilty pleasure?
    Simply Red
  11. New Music Pick- Aisling:
    Karl Blau – Fallin’ Rain

Loose Joints #3: Emmet Kirwan.
Loose Joints #2: Oisin Davis.
Loose Joints #1: Aidan Kelly.

Special thanks to Sean Corcoran for facilitating recording.

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Youtube | Soundcloud

The chart

  1. Julio Bashmore – ‘Rhythm of Auld’
  2. Made In Heights – ‘Panther’
  3. Oh Wonder – ‘Dazzle’
  4. House Of Spirits – ‘Holding On’
  5. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  6. Run The Jewels – ‘Early’ Feat. Boots
  7. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’ (Peaking Lights remix)
  8. Boot & Tax – ‘Fusci’
  9. K.Stewart – ‘Close Enough’
  10. Billie Black – ‘I Don’t Need Another  Lover’
  11. Sylas – ‘Shore’
  12. Romare – ‘Roots’
  13. Loah – ‘Cortége’
  14. iamamiwhoami – ‘Chasing Kites’
  15. Portable – ‘Surrender’
  16. Kiasmos – ‘Looped’
  17. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Chimes’ Remix
  18. Floating Points – ‘Nuit Sonores’
  19. George Maple – ‘Vacant Space’
  20. Niia – ‘Body’
  21. Jessica Pratt – ‘Back, Baby’
  22. Hugh – ‘One Of Those Days’
  23. God Knows + MynameisjOhn Feat. MuRli – ‘Grand Job’
  24. Speelburg – ‘Kline’
  25. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Sunday Candy’
  26. Deers – ‘Between Cans’
  27. Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Ruckus In B Minor’
  28. Meltybrains? –  ‘IV’
  29. Giraffage – ‘Tell Me’
  30. Lxury – ‘Pick You Up’

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Posted on December 2nd, 2014

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See this page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks.


1. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’

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A Frank O’Hara-sampling 10 minute beaut on Permanent Vacation.

David Kitt’s New Jackson is following up his recent Made It Mine EP on Permanent Vacation with another on the label. Having A Coke With You is a three-track release with two tracks ‘Alone OK Alone’ and ‘Player Piano’ sticking close to the established New Jackson sound of synth-lead electronic house music.

The title track is a different beast. Across ten minutes it sways from wistful keys, horns and bass to a shuffling string and piano electronic panorama. It’s even more fun than going to San Sebastian as the song’s sampled speech suggests, taken from the Frank O’Hara poem from which the title is drawn.

New Jackson plays the Major Problems showcase in Opium Rooms with Terriers, February & Mars, Get Down Edits and Barry Redsettaz on Saturday. You can win tickets to it in this week’s gig guide.

The EP is released next week on 12″ and digital.


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Posted on November 10th, 2014

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