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12 live acts you must see at @ All Together Now Festival

12 live acts you must see at @ All Together Now Festival

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OK, OK, OK. It’s now truly festival week. It’s only four days until the fields of Curraghmore House at All Together Now festival are filled with festival people for the first time in three years.

The festival has promised that the traffic chaos from a number of years ago has been addressed, with a number of provisions including a new road, a new entrance, a revised traffic management plan, early entry tickets and more traffic staff on the grounds.

The stage times are all live on the app on Apple and Android phones too.

All going well, many of you will be down on Friday afternoon, and all set up and ready for some live music.

What follows is the list of 11 acts playing the festival that we really really can’t wait to see (and 1 cheeky addition).

We’ve had a look previously at 8 unique experiences at the festival, along with the dance and electronic acts and our Irish favourites, but the below list is the definitive list – if I met you in the street and you asked what I was going to at All Together Now, it’s is the following acts, organised by day…

Friday

1.

Dry Cleaning

Friday, 8:15pm @ Something Kind Of Wonderful

London band Dry Cleaning are among the finest of the trending crop of “sprechgesang” spoken singing style of alt-rock music that has risen up of late.

That’s down to the interplay between band and “singer” Florence Shaw. With the music, referencing classic post-punk and alt-rock acts like Sonic Youth, The Fall and Gang of Four (and released on 4AD), Shaw’s spoken word lyrics and delivery are performed with a dry wit, a non-sequitur pattern, that allows forms of dialogue that become quotable hooks, drawn from everyday mundanity and imagined overheard snatches of conversation.

Live, Shaw cuts an eerie presence that only heightens the band’s unique sound.

2.

Self Esteem

Friday, 10pm @ Something Kind Of Wonderful

One we’re looking forward to quite a lot.

You’ve heard us go at at length on the Nialler9 Podcast and on the site about Rebecca Lucy Taylor and the songcraft and lyrics on her second Self Esteem album Prioritise Pleasure last year.

And why not? A superb album from a shining songwriter and magnetic lyricist who as a “WOMAN-IN-HER-THIRTIES” has recalibrated herself from a member of an inoffensive indie-band to a frontwoman of a a big pop project with heart and smarts, conveying the quietly radical learnings of “doing the work” to become a more honest, true person to yourself and others.

And, Taylor has written that large on stages with big stage productions and a dance troupe supporting her and her songs of encouragement. Fresh from being nominated for a Mercury, this will be her biggest Irish set yet.

3.

Gilla Band

Friday, 11.45pm @ Something Kind Of Wonderful.

After the Whelan’s residency earlier this year, Gilla Band (fka Girl Band) felt firmly on a new and present path.

The announcement of a new album, Most Normal, in October, means that their All Together Now set will feature brand new songs from the band like ‘Eight Fivers’, a distilled take on the band’s wry industrial rock music.

There are few bands like Gilla Band, and it’s nice that one of the best live rock bands in the world, are one of our own.

There will be moshing.

4.

Moving Still

Friday: Moving Still @ Ping Pong Disco, 10pm / Saturday: Nooriyah b2b Moving Still @ Jameson Circle, Midnight to 2am

Shorthand: Arabic electronic bangers by an Irish producer.

Moving Still is Jamal Sul, an Irish producer with a penchant for creating electronic jams inspired by his Saudi heritage. He also has a fine line in modern edits of classic refound records of the 80s disco era from the Arab world, and has releases on Dark Disku, Orange Tree, Nail Shop and more.

As you can see in the video below, from last year’s Nialler9 gig in Lucky’s, Sul utilises live synths and riffs this richly-detailed sonic palette into fully-fist pumping dance music from across the continents.

5.

Sean Johnston b2b Cian Ó Cíobháin

Friday, Jameson Connects: The Circle, Midnight

Kerry’s Cian Ó Cíobháin is one of the finest selectors in Ireland, having built his experience from years on Galway’s clubbing scene, and broadcasting his long-running radio show An Taobh Tuathail on RTÉ RnaG since 1999.

At All Together Now, a tasty prospect awaits as Cian teams up for a back to back with another fine selector in the form of Sean Johnston from A Love From Outer Space, a club night that Johnston ran with his influential clubbing partner Andrew Weatherall at the James Connects: The Circle stage.

6.

The Mary Wallopers

Saturday, 5pm @ Something Kind Of Wonderful

This Dundalk trad band shouldn’t need any real introduction to anyone who clung to music during the pandemic. Their live streams from their gaff were a life raft for many of us, and the folk trio have gone on to light up stages all over the shop, even to the Queen’s country.

5pm is a perfect time for a rousing sing song with the Mary Wallopers at a festival I reckon.

7.

Nabihah Iqbal

Saturday @ Road To Nowhere, 11pm

Currently filling in for Giles Peterson on BBC Six Music, while holding a NTS residency, Nabihah Iqbal is the British Asian producer, musician, DJ and ethnomusicologist formerly known as Throwing Shade.

A recent DJ set at Yamamori Tengu wasn’t afraid to play some well worn dancefloor classics like the Magick Edit Allstars’ edit of Billy Paul’s ‘The Music’s Getting Stronger’ among some open-hearted dance music.

Nabihah Iqbal is one of those considered, deep-knowledged selectors and the prospect of a good two and half hours of her choices on Saturday has us excited for more.

8.

Sally Cinnamon

Saturday, Belonging Bandstand @ 1:30am / B2B Tara Kumar @ Jameson Connects: The Circle, 10pm

Dublin buzzer and top Dublin DJ Sally Cinnamon knows how to keep a party going on the decks. And it’s only right that All Together Now would recognise her wealth of knowledge and experience by giving Sally the closing slot on Saturday at the Belonging Bandstand.

Get a watch of her recent set at Lumo Club in Tengu on the live stream, or hit up her mixes on Mixcloud or Soundcloud for more.

9.

Denise Chaila

Sunday, Main Stage, 7pm

Denise should be top of your must-see list at All Together Now.

The Limerick MC has blown up in a big way since it was last possible to traverse the fields of Curraghmore.

Ed Sheeran remixes and support slots? Tick. ✅

European and international recognition? Tick ✅

A big main stage festival set this weekend with the Narolane crew? Tick. ✅

10.

Caroline

Sunday, Some Kind Of Wonderful, 3pm

Eight piece London band caroline, might be the perfect tonic for a sore head on Sunday afternoon in Portlaw this weekend.

The band released their self-titled album on Rough Trade earlier this year, and their sound is somewhere between Belle & Sebastian and Black Country, New Road, with further influence informed by midwestern ‘emo’ guitar music, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and dance music.

11.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Sunday, Main Stage, 10pm

There’s an argument to be made that one of the biggest draws of All Together Now, alongside Nick Cave, Underworld, Groove Armada and Jungle, are Australian psych rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

A band as prolific as their name is long (with 20 studio albums in 10 years), King Gizz are known for constantly releasing albums of music rooted in psychedelic rock but not afraid to take diversions into metal, synth pop, blues-rock, boogie or acid-rock.

Live, the band rarely play the same set of songs meaning at their five sets at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this summer, their five sets featured no repeats.

So roll the dice this Sunday…

12.

Nialler9

Sunday, Belonging Bandstand, 1am / Saturday with Lumo Club, Belonging Bandstand, 3pm

I couldn’t let this list slide without a plug for my Belonging Bandstand closing set on Sunday night. I am planning a big one for the end of the festival.

I’ll let the tunes speak for themselves as per the recordings below. What do I play when I’m asked? Electronic disco, big twisted pop jams and euphoric dance music. See my Spotify DJ playlist.

And of course, Lumo Club DJs are playing the same stage on the Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 5:30pm so join myself, Gavin Elsted and Simon Roche for more party vibes. I can’t wait.

Here’s a mix of all All Together Now artists I put together.

All Together Now

Tickets are currently priced at €235 including booking fee.

See alltogethernow.ie for full info.