The xx

For a different take on Electric Picnic, I went down to Stradbally with photographer Mark Duggan who shot a series of artist portraits on-site with the xx, Villagers, Heathers, The Jezebels, Young Wonder, The Cast Of Cheers, Milagres, The Staves, Croupier, Le Galaxie, Nightwave and Nanu Nanu.
See the full gallery…

Posted on September 5th, 2012


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My highlights and a few lows from the ninth year of the festival…

Another one down. Electric Picnic’s ninth year passed over the weekend and with that grand number came a feeling of a festival moving on, in terms of audience, lineup, and setup. While the Stradbally festival is not an institution it is beginning to get to the point where it feels there’s a generational changing of the guard afoot. Anecdotal and actual evidence from friends and acquaintances before, after and during the festival suggested that generally speaking, those hardy Picnic goers who have gone in previous years were less interested in attending, as whole groups of friends opted out in favour of their bank account, another festival, a trip abroad or a quiet weekend. The lineup overall also suggested a generational change too. A few acts like Ed Sheeran, The Killers, The Vaccines, and Dakota 66 would be better suited to Oxegen but obviously with no edition of that festival this year they ended up at EP, there was still plenty of variety overall.

There was also a sense beforehand also that the festival needed to make some changes to justify the €230 ticket price and there were enough modifications to keep things interesting – the addition of the Trailer Park stage, more non-music programming, the Algorythm stage in the forest, the new stages in the Body & Soul area. Personally, I’d love the main site layout to be changed around a bit as I’m pretty confident after eight years I could find each of them with my eyes closed but hey, maybe that’s a small thing on my part.


Posted on September 3rd, 2012


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Le Galaxie
Le Galaxie

Oh, how far they’ve come and what a joy it is to watch their progress. The first time I became aware of Le Galaxie they were a band called 66e and they were playing the Boom Boom Room on Dublin’s Parnell Street which was closed down shortly afterwards due to underage boozing or the like. That was around 2006/2007 maybe and that carnation showed some promise but nothing close to what Le Galaxie has come to be – a party-starting late-night live dance music band – one of the only of its kind in Ireland (personally I would like to see this country produce more upbeat live party music for late nights).

Listen to the EP…→

Posted on July 11th, 2012



Paulo Gonçalves photo
Paulo Gonçalves photo

Grimes and Chairlift Forbidden Fruit photos by Paulo Gonçalves.

If there’s anything this weekend reminded me, it’s when it comes to festivals, you don’t have to travel to get the experience. With Bloom in the Park taking up a large space in the Phoenix Park to Forbidden Fruit in the Royal Hospital Gardens in Kilmainham, the green west part of the city was home to many more people’s weekends than normal, an encouraging display of the sentiment that the city is there for us to use.


Posted on June 5th, 2012


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Camden Crawl Dublin
Following the announcement of the London Camden Crawl, the good news after last week’s venue closures is that there’s a new music festival in town.

The Meteor Camden Crawl Dublin is happening on May 11th and 12th in 15 different venues between Camden Street and Temple Bar. 100 international and Irish bands will play at the inaugural Dublin festival which has been running in London since 1995.

The initial lineup includes:
Clock Opera, D/R/U/G/S, Le Galaxie, LaFaro, Lemonada, Becoming Real, We Are Losers, Jogging, Dutch Uncles, Lethal Dialect, Tieranniesaur, little xs for eyes, Alarmist, Hands Up Who Wants To Die, Laura Sheeran, Last Days of 1984 and Melodica Deathship. More names will be announced.

Tickets which will offer unlimited access to all venues for a weekend are €40 or €25 per day (plus booking fees) on sale today from Entertainment.ie, Ticketmaster, Tickets.ie, Wavtickets.com and HMV stores across the country. (more…)

Posted on February 16th, 2012


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