The annual Culture Night where buildings, museums, galleries and more open their doors to the public for the night is happening tonight. Here’s a selection of  music highlights of Culture Night events happening in Dublin. All free. 1. Sing Along Social The Amphitheatre, Wood Quay My wife Aoife McElwain’s pop culture singing party / zero-commitment… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

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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. 1. Air The… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2017

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On August 26th, Studio Barnhus’ Axel Boman (Talaboman) and Belfast electronic galactic funkateer Space Dimension Controller are in Dublin for a 3-hour B2B night at the Pygmalion. So Axel in Stockholm, Jack SDC in Belfast and Niall in Dublin fired up Skype and had a chat about how they know each other, what makes for… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2017

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Headstuff’s No Encore podcast has a series with Kieran McGuinness of the band Delorentos that revisits a year in Irish music since 1980 and asks a panel of guests to weigh up the most notable albums of that year. It can be a fascinating delve into the history of Irish music particularly as a lot… Read more »

Posted on July 26th, 2017

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Following events in London, NYC and Austin, Other Voices travelled to Berlin last week for its first German excursion as part of Tech Open Air interdisciplinary festival. The evening took place in Kreuzberg’s renowned Riverside Studios, just a stone’s throw away from the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The studio is the working… Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 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… Read more »

Posted on July 12th, 2017

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In a bid to encourage myself to run more regularly, I’ve been focusing more on the soundtrack to my fitness while running so I’ve decided to share it here with you guys. So in effort to increase the commitment, here’s the start of a new Spotify playlist series, the Running Workout Playlist. It’ll be updated… Read more »

Posted on July 12th, 2017

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Diolmhain Ingram Roche is the young artist behind Wastefellow, a experimental electronic project that has graced these pages in the past. ou can catch his live show this Friday at RHA’s Hennessy Lost Friday Summer Instalment alongside Ships, DJ Hula Hoops and much more. – WIN TICKETS here. Here, he shared his current favourite tracks… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2017

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If you’re flying Aer Lingus in July look out for my profiles piece in the Cara in-flight magazine on six new Irish music acts doing the business and likely to continue doing so on planes all month. Featured are profiles of Loah, Rusangano Family, David Keenan, Áine Cahill, Le Boom and Saint Sister. The photos… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2017

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We’ve got the Body & Soul Festival stage times, the playlist and how here are the recommendation for 12 acts to see in Ballinlough this year featuring 9 acts & 3 DJs you must see. Friday 1. Anna Meredith Friday, Main Stage, 10pm I have zero idea what the live show from Scottish composer Anna… Read more »

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

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One of the arguments that you’ll often hear from male DJs and producers in response to the call for more female acts on festivals and stages of the music world is that women have the same opportunities as men so therefore they must either – a) don’t like music b) don’t have the desire to… Read more »

Posted on June 14th, 2017

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2017 was my third visit to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival and my first since 2011. What has changed in that time is an increase of punters (around 35,000 each night) but also an expanded festival site at Parc del Forum. That meant more room for dance music and more room for the larger stages. And… Read more »

Posted on June 7th, 2017

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Since appearing with Tethered Bones, an emotional electronic ballad three years ago, Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has been refining and developing that style with every release. Now, on his debut album, produced by Ross Dowling, French makes the case that patience is a virtue for building slow-moving anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar,… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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Artwork: Donough O’Malley/The Public House for Nialler9. Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops and its stock returns on Saturday April 22nd  There are the usual list of exclusive once-off releases that may feature in the shops. Here’s a full list of records stores participating in Ireland and below you’ll find the special events and… Read more »

Posted on April 19th, 2017

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Super Extra Bonus Party were a party band when there was a dearth of such things in Ireland. They didn’t care about genre, they mashed indie with hip-hop, with electronics, with folk with whatever. They put on high energy live shows with an MC rapping in Portugese and made on a dancing sesh happen at… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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