Hard Working Class Heroes festival has added a second round of international conference attendees for this year after their first list a few weeks ago. Coming to the festival to see some new Irish music are: Martin Hewett, On The Beach Ryan Leas, Stereogum Claire Southwick, Primitive Management MMF UK Erika Elliott, City Parks, SummerStage Andrea… Read more »

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

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With applications from over 400 artists closing last week, Hard Working Class Heroes festival has today unveiled its first round of industry delegates for its fifteenth edition this September. Among the names announced are: New Yorker music scribe John Seabrook; SXSW’s UK/Ireland programmer Casper Mills; The Great Escape head programmer Adam Ryan; Eurosonic team member Oskar… Read more »

Posted on July 19th, 2017

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The annual South By Southwest Festival takes place in Austin in March and is the world’s biggest showcase of new music. As such, there’s not much better places to see new bands even if it’s debatable if 75% of the thousands of bands going there should actually bother. SXSW is for bands with traction, with… Read more »

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

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The music industry showcases continue to roll on with Eurosonic in Gronigen in Holland and SXSW in Austin Texas coming up in January and March respectively. As part of the second wave of announcements for SXSW, Rusangano Family, Girls Names, Enemies, Saint Sister and September Girls are in there among the international acts like Nao,… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2015

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South By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry festival behemoth in Austin, Texas where deals are made and bands are lapped by for gigs and the next stage of their careers, is well into announcing its hundreds of bands to play the festival in March. In among them, is a healthy dose of Irish acts who… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2015

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Chris Hanna and Gemma Dunleavy aka UNKNWN have come out behind the shroud and were very much in focus at recent appearances in NYC and SXSW Festival. This short documentary by SixteenPixels follows the pair in America on that trip, ahead of their forthcoming EP on Champion Sounds Recordings, the preview of what I’ve heard has… Read more »

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

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If you weren’t already aware of the significance of South By SouthWest (SXSW), the shorthand goes like this: thousands of bands and artists at all levels in their careers come to Austin, Texas for a week in March after the tech industry has done its business the week before. They come to SXSW to be… Read more »

Posted on March 24th, 2014

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Last night was the first official night of SXSW Music and Capitol subsidiary Harvest Records put on an impressive night of their artist roster including Young & Sick, Arthur Beatrice, Glass Animals and The Preatures. Most of the crowd present were there for Jillian Banks’ and her brooding atmospheric R&B. Her set was damn impressive…. Read more »

Posted on March 12th, 2014

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Update: Damien Rice, Cian Nugent and Kid Karate added. The music industry’s standard bacchanalia that is South By Southwest (SXSW), has announced its third round of bands to play and among them are a lot of the Irish acts confirmed to play the Austin festival during March. They are: Cian Nugent Damien Rice Dott Foy… Read more »

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

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Here’s video proof of why Death Grips’ Boiler Room SXSW show was one of my best of the festival. Their 32 minute set was delivered from the middle of a warehouse and it was a gut punching thrilling set which featured giant pills, MC Ride goading and inciting the audience in his rapid lunatic style,… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2013

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…and some not so good ones ones. When I’m asked why I go to Austin for South By Southwest, the answer is basically: to see as many new bands as possible. The festival features over 2000 bands playing over 10 days so I try take in as much as I can. You can see/read myself,… Read more »

Posted on March 21st, 2013

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This year was my fourth South By South West and before I left for Austin, I was apprehensive about the festival’s status as a relevant music event in its 26th year. Over 2,000 bands visit the Texas capital to try and advance their careers and I wondered why they bothered anymore? Was there actually worth… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2012

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SXSW is like a suspension of normal reality when it comes to gigs, events and festivals. That goes some way to explaining how I ended up curating the lineup for a St. Patrick’s Day gig at The Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel. We had six great live sets from six of the best new bands around,… Read more »

Posted on March 20th, 2012

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A special Patrick’s Day event, live from Austin – Nialler9 SXSW day party kicks off TODAY at 1pm local Austin time (6pm Irish time) in conjunction with guys and gals of The Hype Machine in their amazing Hype Hotel venue (which also includes free drink, free tacos & massages – what is up you guys?)…. Read more »

Posted on March 17th, 2012

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