The last acts announced to play for the cameras at  play St. James’ Church in Dingle, Kerry have been announced and include Sigrid, Isaac Gracie & Hudson Taylor.

So that means those lucky enough to have access to the church on the the weekend get to see this:

St. James’ Church – Day by Day


  • Aine Cahill
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Isaac Gracie
  • Perfume Genius


  • Songhoy Blues
  • Sigrid
  • Loyle Carner
  • Mount Kimbie


  • Django Django
  • Wyvern Lingo
  • Hudson Taylor (Acoustic)
  • Booka Brass
  • Lankum

Meanwhile the IMRO Other Room looks like this (it’s free in)

  • Maria Kelly
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Katie Laffan
  • Le Boom
  • Katie Kim
  • Pillow Queens
  • Rosborough
  • Slow Riot

There’s also the Music Trail (I’m Djing on Friday night), Banter talks, After Dark and Ireland’s Edge.

Don’t forget – if you are planning to travel to the eir Other Voices Festival you should register at to receive tickets that can be exchanged for Festival wristbands in Dingle. All those who register in advance will be entered into draws for tickets to the St. James’s Church TV recordings. Gigs in some of the Music Trail venues will only be accessible to those who have registered and collected a Festival wristband. Registration for wristbands is free and all events at the eir Other Voices Festival, are free but subject to capacity.

Posted on November 28th, 2017

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The best European showcase for new artists, Eurosonic, has announced the first 31 bands for their 2018 edition in Groningen in the Netherlands, who are drawn from 25 countries including Denmark, the focus country.

First names (chosen by)

Alice Merton (de) – ARD
Ana Curcin (rs) – RTS/Radio Belgrade One
Drops & Points by Pascal Schumacher feat. Maxime Delpierre (lu) – LUERSL/100.7
Giorgio Poi (it) – RAI/Radio 2
Housewives (gb) – BBC Music
Isac Elliot (fi) – YleX
Janice (se) – SR/P3
Jardier (si) – RTV/Val 202
KONOBA & R.O (be) – RTBF/ Pure FM
KYTES (de) – ARD
L.A. (es) – Los 40 Principales
Makree (lv) – Latvijas Radio 5
Max Fall (md) – MDA/Radio Moldova Muzical
meisterjaan (ee) – ERR/Raadio 2
Mörk (hu) – MTVA/Pet?fi Radio
Naaz (nl) – NPO/3FM
Peter Kernel (ch) – RSI/Rete Tre
Phlake (dk) – DR/P3
Saint Electrics (bg) – BNR
SANDOR (ch) – RTS/Couleur 3
SEVEN (ch) – SRF3
Sigrid (no) – NRK/P3
Sonar (pl) – Polski Radio
Soulé (ie) – RTE/2FM
Tamino (be) – VRT/Studio Brussel
The Magnettes (se) – SR/P3
Theo Lawrence & The Hearts (fr) – Radio France
TT Syndicate (pt) – RTP/Antena 3
Úlfur Úlfur (is) – RUV/RAS2
YONAKA (gb) – BBC Music

Delegate Registrations
Conference registrations for Eurosonic Noorderslag can be purchased on the festival’s website. Festival tickets will go on sale later in the year.

Posted on September 20th, 2017


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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen’

Kieran Hebden returns to the relative calm of his early work with this minimally-pitched track that lets a string instrument become the main focus.


Arcade Fire – ‘Signs Of Life’

Now that Everything Now has arrived, it’s clear it’s a bit of a patchwork of an album and there’s something freeing in one of the biggest bands in the world creating an album that doesn’t sonically all fit together so easily as their previous albums. Case in point – ‘Signs Of Life’ which has street sirens that herald handclaps that feel close to Blondie’s ‘Rapture’, drums that sound like they were tuned by DFA and there’s the DNA of Talking Heads in that rhythm.

The former Odd Future anarchist shows some depth with his new album Flower Boy, hinting at his sexuality and his true character with kaleidoscopic, soulful and psychedelic jazzy productions that keep things moving for his best release yet. The diptych of ‘9/11 / Lonely’ encapsulate the album’s smoothness while exploring Tyler’s lone wolf tendencies.


HAIM – ‘Ready For You’

The Haim aisters’ return with their own brand of Fleetwood Mac-style soft rock, ’60s girl-group sways, early 90s pop/rock and Shania covers. Second album highlight ‘Ready For You’ plucks up an ’90s rhythm in the style of George Michael, the title song’s bass and drum combo keep things rolling in the Peach Pit, Haim should be too sickly sweet but their pop conjuring act is too good to dismiss.

Dublin label Orange Tree have established their Afro edit credentials with just 3 vinyl releases and it’s on that third release that Kildare duo and Nialler9 favourites Mix & Fairbanks turn up the heat to a considerable level with an Afro blasting slice of carnivale rhythms that nearly loses the run of itself in the build until those horns bring us back into focus. This is a blast.

23 year-old self-taught violinist, vocalist and producer recently signed to Stones Throw illuminates with ‘Come Meh Way’ a folk, violin and R&B vibe of a tune.

Since the release of her must-have debut album Empress Of has collaborated with Blood Orange and Pional and released a once-off single that instantly became a personal favourite ‘Woman Is A Word.’

I had written earlier in the year that we were hopeful for a new album this year and new song ‘Go To Hell’ is the strongest indication yet, bright Robyn-esque track that features Lorely Rodriguez doing a tropical percussive pop vibe while having a ‘go-to-hell’ singularly minded disposition.

Mura Masa’s debut album has guests like Damon Albarn, Christine and the Queens, Bonzai, NAO, Charli XCX, ASAP Rocky and Desiigner on it but it’s the returns to his old friend, the Irish/London vocalist Bonzai whostands out thanks to a rubbery bassline and her convicted delivery.

SZA’s CTRL continues to dominate my listening since its release and this song’s subtle melodies and beat keeps me coming back.

A dark slice of hypnotic Factory Floor-esque coldwave from a Massachusetts duo.

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Posted on August 2nd, 2017


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Longitude 2017 is decidedly more hip-hop, pop and R&B based than previous years. Take away Mumford & Sons and there’s not a lot of what you’d normally see on the lineups at Marlay Park. That’s cool, music festivals should change with tastes and generations – Oxegen tried to be everything to everyone and that couldn’t last. Longitude is somewhat a replacement for that festival, without the ugly scenes, campsite and mud. Longitude has become a young people’s festival because it’s one of the few that lets in those younger than 18. That’s important. I went to Witnness and Oxegen every years since I was able to and the bands and music I saw there shaped my life and the friends I have, so next time you feel like giving out about the amount of young people around you at a festival, remember that was you once. Probably.

Anyway, New music is what Nialler9 is all about so that’s what we’re talking about here with my 6 acts to see at the festival, whatever age you are, this weekend. So our rule here is a realtively new act, who hasn’t played here before or much, or a local act very deserving of your attention, and attention this weekend.

Stage times and info here.


Loyle Carner

Friday, Heineken Stage, 16:30pm

I’ve heard great things about Loyle Carner’s live set from the Workman’s Club earlier this year and his conscious UK rap style is one that I have come back to regularly since the release of his album Yesterday’s Gone earlier this year with ‘No CD’ the standout. Watch him bring his Mum onstage at Glastonbury last month.



Saturday, Whelan’s Stage, 15:30pm

It was the Jools Holland performance that gave me the shivers and convinced me of this young Norwegian’s talent. Her debut song ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ has been on regular repeat since and I do indeed, love her vibe on the track – a confident happy-go-lucky demeanour, a fiercely resolute fuck you to the subject of the song. Live is where she brings the sentiment to life too. I would go to Longitude just for that song tbh.


Mix & Fairbanks

Friday, Red Bull Woodlands stage, 21:15pm

Kildare up and comers Gary O’Reilly and Rob Smyth aka Mix & Fairbanks skills as DJs playing disco and house edits and classics started them on their path and they recently got into making their own tracks to whopping effect. Next up for them, is a featured track on Orange Tree Edits Vol 3 but for now, their own song ‘Girls’ should be the soundtrack to the summer, if I had my way.


Mick Jenkins

Saturday, Heineken Stage, 18:30pm

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins released two solid mixtapes The Water(s) and Waves in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Last year, his The Healing Component debut followed and took love as the answer for society’s woes. A live Jenkins show is a hip-hop set with soul.



Saturday, Main Stage, 2pm

Winning the BBC Critics Choice is recent years has been a curse rather than a blessing but the London R&B artist has got fans and momentum building despite that fact with Stormzy features and independent-minded pop anthems. This will be her Irish debut.



Saturday, Heineken Live Your Music, 5:30pm

Soulé is one of the most promising new artists in Ireland and whether she’s singing over soul, ’90s house, 2step, garage or R&B rhythms, there’s a pop streak in her songs that is hard to ignore. Read a recent interview about her life so far.

Posted on July 12th, 2017


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My favourite songs of the past month.

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The top songs of the month

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My highlight of Primavera in a set with a naked drummer and singed body hair is also the cheeky Canadian who makes sweet delicate jams like this one from his excellent new album This Old Dog. Antics aside, the songs speak for themselves.


Baba Stiltz – Can’t Help It

A rising act on Axel Boman’s Studio Barnhaus label, ‘Can’t Help It’ draws you close with its intimate lyrics pitched in a style suited to the dancefloor.

This Afro disco dancefloor track comes from a surprising source – the blind Malian couple known as Amadou & Mariam. The pair always had a capacity for soaring transformative melodies so it’s nice to hear them bring that with extra heat on their first track in five years ‘Bofou Safou’. The title takes its name from the the Malian nickname given to a young man who would rather party, dance and dress up than work.

The atmosfolk duo of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty continue to charm even if they’re causing trouble with a song that expands their palette in subtle ways and keeps their melodious intent intact.

“The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions,” says Morgan.

There are any number of songs that could have been here from James’ surprise album True Care but ‘Holding On’ is the one I keep coming back to.

Sure, we’ve all heard this by now but this is my pitch for Pop Song of the Summer. Plus, she does a mean acoustic version as seen on Jools. I played this a lot in May.

An analogue night-time construction with a graceful intimacy, as in the rest of the album From Night To Night, David Kitt’s full-length electronic side-project New Jackson comes up trumps. This is a nice segue if you’re only familiar with his solo material under his own name.

Caribou’s Dan Snaith returns to his Daphni side-project with a low-slung percussive groover that dropped as part of a forthcoming Fabriclive mix.


Everything is Recorded – Close But Not Quite

XL Recordings boss Richard Russell returns to his roots to make music with Sampha and a Curtis Mayfield sample. Read this great profile of the man from The New Yorker.

Throw shade and shake the shudder away with a highlight from New York dance-punk party band !!! (chk chk chk)’s new album. A Primavera Sound favourite.

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Posted on June 8th, 2017


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Sigrid, Michael Kiwanuka, Songhoy Blues and Torres are among the 34 names added to Iceland Airwaves this year in Reykjavík.

Taking place from 1st – 5th November 2017, in Iceland this year, it’ll also expand to the Northern Icelandic city of Akureyri for the first time.

Fleet Foxes will play two special shows during the festival too and the the current Icelandic Minister of Health, Óttarr Proppé is in one of the bands just added – HAM.

  • Alvia Islandia
  • Án
  • Andartak
  • Bistro Boy
  • Bonzai (UK)
  • Cold
  • Deep Throat Choir (UK)
  • GDJYB (HK)
  • Gordi (AU)
  • For a Minor Reflection
  • Futuregrapher
  • HAM
  • Mikko Joensuu (FI)
  • Michael Kiwanuka (UK)
  • Frank Murder
  • Octal Industries
  • Ohm
  • Oðinn
  • Ozy -DJ set
  • Púlsvídd
  • Röskva
  • Sigrid (NO)
  • SiGRÚN
  • Songhoy Blues (ML)
  • Subminimal
  • Tappi Tíkarrass
  • Thor
  • Torres (US)
  • Une Misère
  • Vagabon (US)
  • Vector
  • Yagya
  • Nilüfer Yanya (UK)

Previously announced:
Arab Strap / Ásgeir / Sturla Atlas / Auður / aYia / Be Charlotte / Between Mountains / Soffía Björg / Billy Bragg / Childhood / Benjamin Clementine / Cyber / Halldór Eldjárn / Exos / Fleet Foxes / Emmsje Gauti / GKR / ГШ/Glintshake / Glowie / Gróa / Gurr / Aldous Harding / Hatari / Hildur / Hórmónar / Hugar / Alexander Jarl / JFDR / Jo Goes Hunting / Gunnar Jónsson Collider / Káryyn / KÁ-AKÁ / Kontinuum / Korter í Flog / Lonely Parade/ Ljósvaki / Ama Lou / Mahalia / Mammút / Kælan Mikla / Milkywhale / Daniel OG / Omotrack / Kelly Lee Owens / Phlegm / Lido Pimienta / Pink Street Boys / RuGl / Shame / Stefflon Don / Sycamore Tree / Tófa / Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist / Xylouris White / Guðrún Ýr

Tickets are available priced £173 + fees.

Insider guide?

Posted on June 6th, 2017


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Longitude added a loads of rap and pop names to the festival today including Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Earl Sweatshirt,  G-Eazy, Sigrid and Dermot Kennedy among them.

  • Young Thug
  • Gucci Mane
  • G-Eazy
  • Leon Bridges
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • JP Cooper
  • Mick Jenkins
  • Dave
  • Ray BLK
  • Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Witt
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Sunflower Bean
  • Palace
  • Youngr
  • Sigrid
  • Aine Cahill
  • HVOB & Winston Marshall
  • Gill Landry
  • Karen Elson
  • Bitch Falcon
  • Wild Youth

Already announced for this year’s festival are headliners The Weeknd, Mumford & Sons and Stormzy 

Weekend tickets €189.50 / Two Day Tickets: €129.50 / Day tickets €69.50
All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee
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Posted on May 5th, 2017


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