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10 bands to see at Townlands Carnival this weekend

1.

Post-Punk Podge and the Technohippies

Friday, 10.15pm, Rising Sons Stage

One of Limerick’s best kept musical secrets, envelope-clad Post-Punk Podge continues cementing his name as a must-see live experience, alongside co-conspirator Dr. Asparagus Montague. Last seen causing unmerciful amounts of wreck at Body & Soul, after bring profiled in this very organ.

2.

HappyAlone

Friday, 1.30am, Rising Sons Stage

Having hit Ireland’s Spotify Viral 50 with last year’s single ‘Colours’, headlining the Friday of the Rising Sons Stage is the latest in a series of milestones for the Cork indietronica/post-pop trio.

3.

Spekulativ Fiction

Saturday, 5pm, Rising Sons Stage

A harbinger of doom and turmoil, Spekulativ Fiktion channels his worldview into starkly honest boom-bap hip-hop. New EP Effigies released in January via Limerick label The Unscene, with Clare wunderkind Mankyy on production.

4.

Katie Kim

Saturday, 6.45pm, An Sibín

With a Choice Prize nomination under her belt for 2016 album Salt, Waterford singer-songwriter Katie Kim has spent the past decade spinning ethereal tales that honestly take on struggles, internal and external.

5.

Sister Sledge

Saturday, 8.30pm, Main Stage

Synonymous with the commercial development of disco, investing the genre with elements of soul, the legendary Sister Sledge bring their songbook of all-time classics to TLC, including ‘We Are Family’, ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’ and ‘Lost in Music’.

6.

RÍRÁ

Sunday, 2.30pm, Main Stage

The original Irish MC, and one of the pioneering Scary Éire group, RíRá is still doing it all these years later, and enjoying the respect that comes with laying the foundations for the current golden age of the genre in Ireland.

7.

Kíla

Sunday, 5.45pm, Main Stage

Trad fusionists Kíla have been busy as usual in recent times, but touring has centred on the 21st anniversary of breakout album Tog É Go Bog É, continuing a seemingly unending graft of gigs around the world.

8.

General Levy

Sunday, 9.30pm, Main Stage

In spring 1994, jungle MC Levy was approached by independent label Renk Records to collaborate with producer M Beat. The resulting track, ‘Incredible’, was unleashed that June and after causing a massive storm on the underground, went on to be licensed to London Records, subsequently achieving UK top-ten status.

9.

Chancer

Sunday, 5.45pm, Rising Sons Stage

Dublin math-rockers Chancer have quietly been part of the genre’s quiet second wave, emerging in a post-Richter math scene with a healthy balance of the hefty and the angular, alongside a healthy dose of pop-culture grin-inducement.

10.

Bicurious

Sunday, 8.45, Rising Sons Stage

Erring more on the side of latter-day ASIWYFA than Chancer’s Adebisi-esque pop deftness, Bicurious’ festival-sized math-stompers are a perfect way to close off your TLC proceedings.

Townlands Carnival happens this weekend at Rusheen Farm in Macroom, Co. Cork. Tickets are still on sale, over at townlandscarnival.com

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