Longitude Festival is fast approaching this weekend in Marlay Park and while you already probably know the big draws you’re going to see whether it’s Haim, Disclosure, Ben Howard, Massive Attack, Rudimental, Hozier or Chvrches, like last year, here are my recommendations for five acts per day to see that are lesser known but equally… Read more »

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Posted on July 16th, 2014


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Check out the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine today for this week’s Spotify playlist – Thursday’s is a Longitude special. Listen to the Spotify playlist A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Check The Rhime’ The sound of lazy summer days in the sunshine, Q-Tip and Phife Dogg go laidback to a simple beat. On point Phife. Patrice… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2014


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We’ve reached the half-way point of the year while at one time making a half-year list was pure clickbait, today there’s so much music out there, I find I need to digest and list them sometimes to make sense of my year so far. As with last year, here are my top 25 albums of… Read more »

Posted on June 27th, 2014


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If you’re going to make it in pop, you better have a good hairdresser. Just ask Brian May, Gene Simmons, Aretha Franklin, Busta Rhymes and Stevie Nicks. Here are ten of my favourite hair icons in music. Check out the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine today for this week’s list of Summer Jams. Listen to the… Read more »

Posted on June 26th, 2014


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Body & Soul 2014 by Colm Moore

Body & Soul is the most beautiful festival in Ireland. It helped that the weather made everything and everyone look their best but beyond that, the attention to detail in the stage construction, the installations, the random sculptures, the Midnight Circus stage; everything was made with love or set in a place like the walled… Read more »

Posted on June 25th, 2014


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A handpicked selection of some of the best festivals, gigs and events coming up in the next three months this summer… Body & Soul Festival @ Ballinlough Castle Co. Westmeath (€139 / €55 for Sunday) Friday June 20 – Sunday June 22 A growing reputation as the best boutique festival in Ireland that draws in a… Read more »

Posted on June 18th, 2014


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Forbidden Fruit  by Colm Moore

Colm Moore took his camera down to Kilmainham where he caught pics of The Flaming Lips, Warpaint, Flying Lotus, ASIWYFA and more at Forbidden Fruit. I didn’t make it in for all the weekend but I enjoyed the visual show from Flying Lotus but I came away thinking he really needs to step up his… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2014


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The LA label Stones Throw has held a high watermark in the quality of its musical output in the world of hip-hop, and in its latter years, beyond the fringes of rap, into punk, electronica, outsider music and jazz. It has been consistently referenced into the fabric of posts on this site, since I started…. Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2014


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Saturday picks | Sunday picks | Stage Times | Spotify playlist Forbidden Fruit is upon us. As requested by some, here are my 10 tips for bands to see to get the most out of your weekend in Kilmainham. Plus, stage times and a Spotify playlist. Enjoy your weekend and check the gig guide for… Read more »

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Posted on May 28th, 2014

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