Sorca McGrath and Simon Cullen have been making music as Ships for the last five years. As both a creative duo and real-life partners, they have imbued their synth-disco music with genuine exploration of human feeling. The ‘Ships’ in the title also represents some suffixes using the title – ‘relationships’, ‘friendships’, ‘scholarships’. There’s connection at the heart of their creativity.

Prior to 2017, they’ve released songs that have ably glued an emotional heft to their dynamically constructed synth-pop on songs ‘Places’, ‘You’re Gonna Feel It’, ‘Space Inside’.

With Precession, Ships have taken all that guardianship, heart and knowledge and have made one of my favourite albums of the year. Songs for the mind and body. The album is one of the most beautiful and dynamic sounding records you’ll hear this year. Its production is detailed with lots of little sonic treats that easy to pick up on but hard to create.

Ships’ established sound that engulfs synth-pop, disco, cosmic disco and vintage electronica is in its DNA. There’s groove, space, funk and glittering disco balls in its fabric. Whether its the gleaming disco-funk of ‘All Will Be’, the deep peaks of ‘Around This World’ , the booming electro of ‘None Of It Real’ or the hazed ’80s billowing ‘Another Way’, these songs demand rotational spins. Friends Rian Trench (Solar Bears), Ross Turner (I Am The Cosmos) and John Cowhie (Goodtime) help out.

Key to their success are the vocals by McGrath and Cullen, which gild these songs deeper in stature. Cullen glides across the psychedelic space-rock of Tame Impala-esque ‘I Can Never’ and McGrath’s brings a connective touch to the album synth-disco highlight ‘Where We Are’.

Precession is bound to be one of my records of the year. Support the artists.

They’re selling a handmade gatefold vinyl worth your money.

Posted on April 28th, 2017



Body&Soul has added more acts to the festival in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from June 23 – 25th.

Additions include:

RÜFÜS – Australian dance outfit
Kelsey Lu – Brilliant cellist
Brooke Bentham – Newcastle indie-rock
Lyra – Cork electro-pop
Ships – Dublin synth-pop duo
I Have A Tribe – piano-folk pop

Pagoda Stage:

Ryan Vail – electronic contemporary composer
Auxiliary Phoenix Trio – Jazz and hip hop fusion
Dowth – synth drones and samples
PrYmary Colours – electronic pop
Wastefellow – electronic experimentalism

Reckless in Love:

On Friday – irregular ‘pop-up party’ Alice will feature Byron Yeates and his rotation of residents, oscillating between hardware-heavy analog sets, dreamy house tracks, balearic beat downs and experimental electronics from Automatic Tasty, Breen, Cáit and Eoin Ryan.

Saturday – festival favourites Homebeat curate a night of choice selectors and contemporary beat-makers from across the country. Kicking off with left-field gems from the Homebeat DJs there’ll be sets from Lumo Club, DIP DJs, Major Problems DJs, Neil Flynn (Lossless), Bantum, ELLL and John Daly.

Sunday – Berlin-based label maeve will unleash a surprise line-up that is primed to bring the festival to a spectacular close.

The 2017 Art Trail

Dublin-based collective Algorithm have created an otherworldly portal in the form of their Space Mandala; a vortex that undulates with colour and wills the viewer to relinquish their sense of self and dive headfirst into a shifting and uncertain future. Fusing architecture, engineering and art, Rae Moore has created the Funicular Folly, an explorable terrain that uses light brickwork to create an alternative tent structure that’s begging to be climbed. As festival-goers make their way around the grounds they’ll be greeted by surprising, twinkling, provocative and inspiring pieces from artists such as Felix Power, Jane Groves, Jason Kearney and our resident land artist Christy Collard to name but a few.

Line up: Metronomy / Vitalic / Lambchop / Sleaford Mods / Mykki Blanco / Austra / Optimo20 / La Femme / Sinkane / Birdy Nam Nam / RÜFÜS / Hundred Waters / The Moonlandingz / Songhoy Blues / Tiggs Da Author / Anna Meredith / Formation / A Tribe Called Red / Kelsey Lu / Idiotape / Mammút / King Kong Company / Parcels / Brooke Bentham / Mario Batkovic / Elaine Mai / DBFC / Ailbhe Reddy / TooFools / Weval / Avalon Emerson / Mr TC / Æ Mak / The Bug ft. Miss Red / Loah / Kelly-Anne Byrne / Shookrah / Sing Along Social / Ships / Ollie Bell / Le Boom / Lyra / Jinx Lennon / Barq / Katie Laffan / Joni / I Have a Tribe / John Conneely Inc.

Posted on April 20th, 2017


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One of my favourite Irish bands of the last five years, the disco synth-pop band Ships, Simon Cullen (Music For 18 Machines, Lasertom) and Sorcha McGrath (Wounded Healer) have been carefully toiling away on their debut album for a number of years and now it’s all ready to drop on May 1st.

I’ve heard it. It’s so good. Precession will be up there with one of my favourite albums of the year.

‘All Will Be’ is one of the upbeat highlights from the album (the second teaser after ‘Around This World’), a synth-pop banger with McGrath’s earworm vocals and Cullen’s production lifting it to the next level. I’ve been listening to this non-stop for the last couple of weeks. So good.

Precession, as a title is “reflective of the subtle shifts over a long arc of time and the album represents an extract of our own experiences within that. Along the way, songs have come and gone, some have come back again and we’ve landed on a collection that we feel represents where we are as musicians and as humans in the world as it is now.”

Ships – Precession Tracklist

1. Golden Rule
2. Around This World
3. I Can Never
4. None of it Real (Featuring Ross Turner on drums)
5. All Will Be
6. Another Way (Featuring John Cowhie)
7. Where We Are (Featuring a solo from Rian Trench)
8. Round and Round
9. Nothing But

The vinyl is available to preorder from Bandcamp.

The album will be available from all the usual digital download and streaming services from May 1st.

Posted on March 23rd, 2017


Do you like synths?

Music for 18 Machines is a reimagining of Steve Reich’s minimal 1976 piece Music for 18 Musicians on its 40th anniversary and is a co-present between Note Productions and Synth Eastwood and was conceived by Simon Cullen (Synth Eastwood, Lasertom, Ships) and he will be joined on stage in the performance by Neil O’ Connor (Somadrone).

The pair will utilise 18 synthesizers on stage.

M18M rehearsal

Again, do you like synths?

Reich’s work is a blueprint of the minimalist movement – an exploration of pattern and process which morphs into a psychoacoustic experiment that posits the question ‘what happens when a group of musicians are asked to perform like machines?’

Music for 18 Machines reverses this process somewhat and seeks to coax an expressive and emotive performance from 18 electronic instruments triggered by a single sequencer.

The show will also feature artist Anthony Murphy (Shadowlab) who has created a new illustrative interpretation of the processes and patterns embedded in the work.

The date for diaries is the 15th of September 2016 at the Button Factory in Temple Bar. Tickets are €15+fees from UTicket.

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Posted on July 13th, 2016


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Dublin duo Ships, Sorca McGrath and Simon Cullen have been working on their debut album in their home studio Kimmage with their two cats Jackson and Frankie for the last year. With the album nearly completed, Ships not wanting to merely release digitally are aiming to put some thought and care into a physical gatefold vinyl package for the album with designer Dave Darcy.

The band are releasing the album themselves. They are looking for €6000 to cover pressing (€2k), gatefold sleeve (€500), artwork, design, printing (€1500); mastering (€1k) and video (€1k). Check out the rewards and page for Fundit and send them some money.

Donate on Fundit.

Posted on July 5th, 2016


Ships, consisting of Sorca McGrath and Simon Cullen are one of my favourite Irish bands. Through tracks like ‘Space Inside’ and ‘You’re Gonna Feel It’ and a sound that engulfs synth-pop, disco, cosmic disco and vintage electronica, they’ve carved out a space of their own.

The pair have been working on other projects though lately, Sorca as Wounded Healer and Simon as Lasertom. Today marks a re-steering of the focus onto Ships who have a full=-length album forthcoming they want you to know about and support through a crowdfunded campaign – more on that below.

‘Around This World’ is indicative of the attention to detail, production chops and songwriting that Ships are capable of – growing from a atmospheric funk rhythm to a glittering synth journey.

We thought about all the people who have taken the time to tell us that they’d like to hear it and wondered was there a way to make that possible. We’ve decided to put it to the people through crowdfunding, anyone who wants it can get it directly from us. We don’t know if it will be successful or not, but we’re ready if it is, and we’d be delighted. We’ve been working with Dublin printer and artist Dave Darcy, of One Strong Arm, devising the artwork and we’ll keep you posted when we’ve submitted the campaign for approval. We’re playing live at the end of June and July, where we’ll be trying out some album tracks, if you want to check out what you might be getting into!

You can catch those songs live at the Interlude Festival at the RHA Gallery on June 25th and The Beatyard in Dun Laoghaire 30th/31st July.

Posted on June 8th, 2016


Interlude Festival took place last October in the RHA Gallery and this year it’s back and expands to three days over five gallery rooms with an outdoor block party, outdoor courtyard and three stages, food garden, cinema & record store plus a craft beer bar and a cocktail bar. Interlude happens from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June.

Lined up for the event is:

  • Lisa Hannigan
  • Dimitri from Paris
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Crazy P
  • Booka Brass Band
  • Interskalactic
  • exmagician
  • CC Brez
  • Ships
  • Sample Answer
  • TooFools
  • Kelly-Anne Byrne
  • Buffalo Woman
  • Alison Limerick
  • Billy Scurry
  • Donal Dineen A/V set
  • David Kitt DJ set
  • Cian O’Ciobhain
  • Sally Cinnamon
  • The Disconauts
  • Bon Voyage

Nialler9 will be curating a stage on the Sunday which will include Cian O’Ciobhain, Bad Bones and more.

A limited number of early bird weekend tickets for the festival go on sale this Wednesday at 9am priced €49 plus booking fee from General Weekend tickets priced €69 plus booking fee will go on sale this week from and outlets nationwide.

Posted on April 12th, 2016


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Ships are one of my favourite Irish bands of the last few years. They have released one of my favourite songs of the last few years and I always enjoy their live shows. While the band are taking their time in the release department and are busy with other things, Sorca McGrath has been working on a new music project of her own.

Wounded Healer is an attempt by McGrath to channel her own creativity through the music process, from writing the music to producing, to recording to mixing. More spacious and slower than Ships, the Wounded Healer EP comes out on This Greedy Pig’s label The Pig’s Ear. Watch Sorca and her friends perform the EP’s first track ‘Panic About Love’ in the National Concert Hall’s rehearsal space.

“The Wounded Healer moniker represents the rupture and repair we need to heal, learn and allow new things to emerge. Embracing words that both repel and attract me, it’s an effort to accept the light and shadow side of myself. I see so much polarising in the world around us, with such a concentration on making a villain of the ‘other’, so I want to embrace both sides to begin the process of understanding that we are all these things. These songs are about noticing these patterns and making changes from within.”

The three-track EP is now on Bandcamp, iTunes and more

Posted on September 28th, 2015

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Vinyl Love is an idea started by Stevie G who ran it at the recent Quarter Block Party.

The idea is simple: DJs playing 7 of their favourite 7 inches all day.

I thought the day looked like fun so I asked him could we do the same in Dublin, except this time for a special cause. The Marriage referendum is taking place on May 22nd this year and I wanted to do something to raise money for Marriage Equality.

Having just got married myself, I think it’s unjust, unfair and indecent that two people can’t get married because of their gender/sexual orientation and the Marriage Referendum is our opportunity equalise that right for all Irish citizens.

So, Vinyl Love is a celebration of love and vinyl taking place two months before the vote on Sunday March 22nd on the rooftop of the Odessa Club. We’ll go all day from noon til the early hours of Monday morning.

There will be over 20 DJs and music lovers lining up to play 7 of their favourite 7 inches including:

Kelly-Anne Byrne (TXFM / Today FM) / Discotekken / Paul McLoone (Today FM/The Undertones) / Hidden Agenda / All City Records / Mother Club / Sally Cinnamon / Choice Cuts / Young Hearts Run Free / Nialler9 / Stevie G / Adultrock / Gib Cassidy (Elastic Witch & Girls Names) / Sweatbox / Una Mullally / le cool Dublin / State Magazine / Ships and more.

Facebook Event

Entry is free with suggested donation on the door. All money raised will go to Marriage Equality.

If you can’t make it you can donate directly.

Poster by the awesome Ronan Kelly.

Posted on February 25th, 2015


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Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish Albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 

The results of your favourite Irish songs are in.  It was a breakthrough year for a few Irish acts this year namely Hozier (duh),  The Riptide Movement, EMBRZ and God Knows + MynameisJohn. Established acts or artists who have been around a while like James Vincent McMorrow, The Riptide Movement, Girl Band, SOAK, Cloud Castle Lake and Le Galaxie stepped it up.

The addition of ‘Cavalier’, ‘Red Dust’ and the ubiquitous ‘Take Me To Church’, which placed highly last year were a result of their mainstream success. You might have heard it online last year but the latter in particular was everywhere, becoming the most virally streamed track on Spotify of 2014 in the entire world.

2014 has shown that Irish acts through their deals in the industry have forged paths and made careers for themselves while writing great tunes. This can only be a good thing for 2015 as the world continues to look to this small Ireland for music. The only thing needed now is more governmental recognition of this talent. How about it?

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

Readers’ Top 30 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’
  4. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  5. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  6. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
  7. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  8. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  9. Jape – ‘The Hearts Desire’
  10. The Riptide Movement – ‘All Works Out’
  11. The Gloaming – ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’
  12. Ships – ‘Space Inside’
  13. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  14. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Red Dust’
  15. SOAK – ‘Blud’
  16. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  17. All Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  18. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  19. little xs for eyes – ‘Love Gets Lost’
  20. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  21. We Cut Corners – ‘Best Friend’
  22. Le Galaxie feat. May Kay – ‘Carmen’
  23. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’
  24. Paddy Hanna – ‘Join The Army’
  25. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’
  26. Daithi – ‘Have To Go’ feat. Jesse Boykins III
  27. Delorentos – ‘Show Me Love’
  28. God Knows & Mynameisjohn – ‘Standard’
  29. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  30. SlowPlaceLikeHome – ‘She Comes In Colour Stereo’

Spotify playlist

Youtube playlist

Posted on December 19th, 2014


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In association with


As is my annual tradition, the Nialler9 Readers’ Poll in association with Tower Records is back for its ninth year. Once again, I’m looking to find out what Irish albums and songs didn’t leave your stereo, phone, playlists and beyond. I also want to know what gigs, remixes, club nights and more floated your boat in 2015. There are prizes too courtesy of Tower Records, Dawson Street, Dublin and more..

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


Nialler9’s top 25 Irish albums of 2014

  1. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – Rusangano Family
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  3. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  4. Lethal Dialect – 1988
  5. Hozier – Hozier
  6. Seán Mac Erlaine – A Slender Song
  7. We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
  8. Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
  9. Daithi – In Flight
  10. Shit Robot – We Got A Love
  11. Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night 
  12. Paddy Hanna – Leafy Stiletto
  13. Hands Up Who Wants To Die – Vega In The Lyre
  14. Sea Pinks – Dreaming Tracks
  15. Deaf Joe – From The Heights Of A Dream
  16. I Heart The Monster Hero – Rhythm & Pals
  17. Windings / LandLovers –  Split LP
  18. SlowPlaceLikeHome – Romola
  19. The #1s – The Number Ones
  20. Adrian Crowley – Some Blue Morning
  21. Rhob Cunningham – The Window and Day
  22. Ginnels – A Country Life
  23. So Cow – The Long Con
  24. Women’s Christmas – Too Rich For Our Blood
  25. Jennifer Evans – Works From the Dip and Foul

Nialler9’s top 50 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  4. Clu – ‘Mirrors’
  5. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  6. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’
  7. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – ‘Standard’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  9. Rocstrong – ‘Go Head’
  10. UNKNWN – ‘Devil’
  11. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  12. Planet Parade – ‘You’ll Be Sorry’
  13. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  14. Dear Desert – ‘Give it Up’
  15. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  16. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  17. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’
  18. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  19. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  20. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  21. The Casanova Wave – ‘New Sensation’ (feat. Biggles Flys Again)
  22. Gaze Is Ghost – ‘Revolvere’
  23. Lethal Dialect x JackKnife J – ‘Headstrong’
  24. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad’
  25. Augustus and John – ‘Crosslines’
  26. Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  27. Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You’
  28. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  29. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’
  30. Bicep & Hammer – ‘Icebowl’
  31. little xs for eyes’ ‘Love Gets Lost’
  32. Loah – ‘Cortège’
  33. Floor Staff – ‘The Guest’
  34. Sea Pinks – ‘Dream Happening’
  35. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  36. The #1s – ‘Heartsmash’
  37. Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
  38. The Hard Ground – ‘Deep in Green’
  39. Revin Goff – ‘Salthill’
  40. Shookrah – ‘Woman’
  41. Spies’ – ‘Moosehead’
  42. We Cut Corners – ‘Every Thief’
  43. Sleep Thieves – ‘City Of Hearts’
  44. SOAK – ‘Blud’
  45. Daithí feat. Jesse Boykins III – ‘Have To Go’
  46. The Minutes – ‘Cherry Bomb’
  47. Sissy – ‘No Mickey on the Mouse’
  48. Costello, Captain Moonlight, Linco, Reece, and Temper-Mental MissElayneous – ‘The Art Of The Clash’
  49. Imploded View – ‘Flutter Funk’
  50. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’


Posted on December 11th, 2014


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A special afternoon slump-fighting Spotify playlist for the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine and you right now. This appears in today’s newspaper.

Future Islands


The Baltimore synth-poppers preach positivity.


Can’t Do Without You

My song of the year brings guaranteed good vibes.

Say Lou Lou

Games For Girls

What disco sounds like in 2014.



The bassline is fuel for the creative brain.

Le Galaxie


Do it now, discover how, do it now.

The 2 Bears


One of Hot Chip and his mate puts across a compelling case to work your ass off.


The Heart’s Desire

The brand new single from the Dubliner wants to do well today.

Ryn Weaver


A future pop star in waiting gets all those negative feelings out.


Space Inside

There’s nothing like a good beat to get your feet going, courtesy of Dublin duo Simon Cullen and Sorcha McGrath.



Super cool Norwegian electronic pop.

Listen at Spotify

Posted on November 27th, 2014

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A few weeks ago Generator NI announced Output’s daytime  series of talks with names like Andrew WK and Tom Robinson taking part. Today, they’ve announced the series of free night gigs for which Nialler9 is teaming up with Belfast magazine The Thin Air in the Black Box with Dublin electronic disco tune of the year contenders Ships,  Derry noisy pop man Autumns, Dublin electronic duo Contour, and Cork’s gazey-rock band The Altered Hours. Our amazing poster is by Stephen Maurice Graham.

But that’s not all that’s on, there are also names like Best Boy Grip, Slowplacelikehome, Ryan Vail, Rosie Carney, Team RKT, Silences,  Katharine Philippa and two go bands – Go Swim and Go Wolf among others playing on 10 stages that night. You can register for daytime events at

Night Lineup

Venue / time 8pm 8.30pm 9pm 9.30pm 10pm 10.30pm 11pm 11.30pm Hosts
Black Box Café Slow Place Like Home Ciaran Lavery Ryan Vail Ports Electric Mainline / Smalltown America Music
Black Box Autumns Ships Contour Altered Hours The Thin Air / Nialler 9
White’s Tavern Lipstik Lizards White Male Actors Team RKT Further Education Colleges / Broken Melody Records
Duke of York In An Instant Callum Stewart Hurdles More Than Conquerors Old Fang / Sentric
The Harp Bar Amanda St John Bernadette Morris Owen McGarry Triona Carville IMRO / Real Music Club
Oh Yeah Centre Go Swim Goldie Fawn Travis is a Tourist Oh Volcano Friday Night Mashup / PRS
The Spaniard Jessica Doherty Best Boy Grip Rosie Carney Janet Devlin Nerve Centre / Honeycomb – Creative Works
McHugh’s Jess Edlin Katharine Philippa Robocobra Silences Big Space Studio / SARC
Aether & Echo Viola Dust The Clameens Go Wolf David C Clements Generator NI / Third Bar
Voodoo Exit Pursued by Bear Joshua Burnside Michael Mormecha Emerald Armada FourAcre Music / Forfey
The Sunflower Farriers Meb Jon Sol Robyn G Shiels Arborist Folk and Tumble / Start Together Studios


Posted on September 30th, 2014


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Ticket giveaways this week:

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Friday August 1



  • Castlepalooza @ Charleville Castle, Tullamore (€129 for moat camping, day tickets sold out) An eclectic lineup of Irish and international bands with Norman J, Andrew Weatherall, Ships, We Cut Corners, Gruff Rhys, Summer Camp, Gilles Peterson. Stage times.
  • Indiependence @ Mitchelstown, Cork (€99 for weekend camping, €49 Friday/Saturday ticket) Indie and pop leaning festival featuring Tom Odell, Walking On Cars, Tvvins, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Vann Music Stage times.

  • Mobb Deep @ Voodoo Lounge (€25.40) [Rap] Yes, that Mobb Deep in Voodoo.
  • Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill with RTE Concert Orchestra @ National Concert Hall (€11-€38) [Trad/orchestra] The Gloaming’s   fiddle and guitar duo return.
  • Sisters @ Whelan’s (€10) [Alt-rock] 80s and 90s alt-rock/noise-pop. 
  • C Ó D E D @ The Sugar Club (Free, 9pm) [Showcase] Códed aims to put the spotlight on the producers who populate the underground electronic Irish music scene. Tutorials included
  • Pintapalooza @ The Pint (€10)
    [Battle of the bands] Judges include Niamh Farrell( Ham Sandwich) and Dee Reddy( TXFM 105.2 FM)
  • Daniel Martin Moore @ The Workman’s Club (€10) [Folk] Kentucky folk singer / Mountain Dew sound man.
  • Alabama 3 acoustic @ Whelan’s (€19) [Country/gospel/delta blues] The original 3-piece and soul singer  Aurora Dawn.
  • Legend: The Bob Marley Experience @ Button Factory (€15) [Reggae] Musicians who played with The Mighty Diamonds, The Original Wailers, Dennis Brown, Rankin Roger, The Beat, Burning Spear, Desmond Decker, Musical Youth & more.
  • Legends Of The Old Skool @ The Academy (€20, 11pm) [Old-school] Feat. Livin Joy, Shena of JX & Mark Kavanagh
  • Late Nite Tuff Guy @ Button Factory (€10, 11pm) [Dance] Disco/funk/dance/house from Aussie DJ.
  • Abstract Present Route 94 @ Opium Rooms (The Village) (€10/€15, 10pm) [Dance] 3 Rooms with Southpaw, Abstract DJs and current house music boyo.
  • Abstract presents David August @ Pygmalion (€10-€15, 10pm) [Dance] The house producer’s rescheduled date.
  • MUD: Funkadelic Present LTJ Bukem @ Twisted Pepper (€15, 10:30pm) [Drum and bass] D&B dance DJs.
  • Torque present Shane Linehan @ Pacino’s (€10, Midnight) [Dance] House, disco and techno with Al Murphy, Vampyre Cyclist Ensemble and Shane.

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  • Castlepalooza @ Charleville Castle, Tullamore (€129 for moat camping, day tickets sold out) An eclectic lineup of Irish and international bands with Norman J, Andrew Weatherall, Ships, We Cut Corners, Gruff Rhys, Summer Camp, Gilles Peterson. Stage times.
  • Indiependence @ Mitchelstown, Cork (€99 for weekend camping, €49 Friday/Saturday ticket) Indie and pop leaning festival featuring White Lies, Delorentos, The Sultans Of Ping, Horse Meat Disco, Hudson Taylor and more. Stage times.

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  • Castlepalooza @ Charleville Castle, Tullamore (€129 for moat camping, day tickets sold out) An eclectic lineup of Irish and international bands with Norman J, Andrew Weatherall, Ships, We Cut Corners, Gruff Rhys, Summer Camp, Gilles Peterson. Stage times.
  • Indiependence @ Mitchelstown, Cork (€99 for weekend camping, €49 Friday/Saturday ticket) Indie and pop leaning festival featuring Public Enemy, Hozier, Fun Lovin Criminals, Lisa O’Neill and more. Stage times.

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Monday August 4

  • Breakfast Club @ The Dark Horse Inn (€TBA, 7am) [Early club] Ben Start, Johno Oflaherty, Con Allen & Cian Coburn , Shaun Darcy/small>
  • Sim Simma! [email protected] Twisted Pepper (6pm, Free) [Reggae, dancehall and Afrobeat] Richie Kaboogie and T-Woc

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Posted on July 29th, 2014

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Unfortunately, the gig tonight will NOT GO AHEAD. The venue has been prohibited from putting on any further events due to complaints and fire officer issues. We’re going to look at rescheduling it for a few weeks time if possible as 300 people had bought tickets and it’s just not possible to find a venue with 400+ BYO capacity at such short notice. If you’ve bought tickets, you will be offered a refund shortly. Let your friends know. 

Next Friday, July 25th, Mother and Nialler9 are teaming up for a special event in Moxie Studios as part of the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular celebrations.

The Last Days Of Disco will feature live sets from Dublin electronic synth-disco band Ships, Sligo’s disco and funk-indebted electronic live band Dioscó na Mbó while DJ sets will come from Mother DJs, Kelly-Anne Byrne (TXFM/Today FM/Burnin’ Up club) and me, Nialler9. The night will honour the renaissance of disco in Ireland in a celebration of rise and demise (and rise again?) of disco.

The gig will be a BYOB event, and Hunt and Gather will be dressing the venue. It starts at 10pm and goes til late. Tickets are €15 each from

Facebook event page | City Spectacular info page.

Posted on July 25th, 2014


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