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7 highlights from this weekend’s Beyond The Pale Festival

7 highlights from this weekend’s Beyond The Pale Festival

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Beyond The Pale Festival returns for its second year at Glendalough Estate this weekend, with an expanded site and some big festival names you can rely on for a memorable time.

Along with firm festival favourites Grace Jones, Hot Chip, Pillow Queens, Little Dragon, Maribou State, For Those I Love, Flight Facilities and Jon Hopkins to name a few, here’s the Nialler9 picks* of the weekends.

Full festival info below. Stage times here.

* There’s also a Lumo Club DJ set on the Sunday night so keep an eye out for that one.

1.

Leftfield

Saturday June 17th, Main Stage

My experience of seeing Leftfield live in the early 2000s is still among my favourite live gigs of all-time. There’s a live rip on Youtube from Homelands 2000 that is among the best live festival sets from an electronic act you will hear anywhere, building city-sized rhythms out of their classic early albums Leftism (1995) Rhythm & Stealth (1999).

Of course, Leftfield has had lineup changes and a long time away since then. Neil Barnes (with Adam Wren replacing Paul Daley these days) returned to releasing albums after 16 years with 2015’s Alternative Light Source along with last year’s This Is What We Do.

Their set this weekend at Beyond The Pale is guaranteed to feature the classics ‘Afrika Shox’, ‘Release The Pressure’, ‘Song Of Life’ and the mighty ‘Phat Planet’.

2.

Joy Orbison

Friday June 16th, The Big Romance Stage

It would have been hard to imagine such a feat a few years ago but Joy Orbison has arguably surpassed his elevated early reputation for making post-dubstep classics like ‘Hyph Mngo’, since he returned to releasing music of late.

Whether it’s 2021’s Still Slipping Volume 1, his debut long-playing collection of music, or recent loosie singles that have touched on dub techno, UK garage, and 2-step, Joy Orbison has once again become an essential artist when a new tune drops.

3.

Jockstrap

Friday June 16th, Selective Memory Stage

Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye are Jockstrap, an avant pop band known for their eccentric electronic pop music. The London based duo released the debut album I Love You Jennifer B last year, brandishing their unique music style, and live shows have a fearsome reputation too.

Did you know? Georgia is also a member of Black Country, New Road, and she met Taylor at the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama where they studied jazz and electronic composition so that helps explain their whole vibe.

So strange and weird, I love it.

4.

Oneohtrix Point Never

Saturday June 17th, Selective Memory Stage

The experimental electronic composer Daniel Lopatin is equally at home in a listening hall, a music studio or a festival stage, such is the artist’s ability to straddle the line between ambient experimentalism and populist electronic music.

Whether it’s collaborating with Rosalia or Elizabeth Frazer, producing music for The Weeknd, FKA Twigs, David Byrne or concocting a liquid score for the Safdie Bros’ Uncut Gems, the Brooklyn composer does it all on his own terms.

5.

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul

Saturday June 17th, Selective Memory Stage

The Belgian-based duo make fun electronic bops that address cultural appropriation, racism, social media vanity, post-colonialism and political correctness, as heard on last year’s Topical Dancer.

The 2022 debut album was co-written and co-produced with Soulwax, and released on their label Deewee, and is a fine collection of pulsing prismatic synthesizer jams.

Having seen them live way back before the big pause in 2020, this will finally be the pair’s debut Irish performance.

6.

Squid

Sunday June 18th, Selective Memory Stage

English wiry post-punk band Squid just released their second album O Monolith on Warp Records last week. With Dan Carey on the boards of both albums, Squid’s music has a restlessness that more often now, gives way to exploration of their form. Whereas before there was a pent-up energy, Squid now often allow for the space for more breathing room, allowing a more expansive unmoored version of the band to emerge.

7.

Horse Meat Disco B2B Luke Una

Sunday June 18th, The Big Romance Stage

Representing two of the best UK DJs to ever do it, pairing the disco dons of Horse Meat Disco with Homoelectric co-founder Luke Una for a B2B is a perfect way to setup the last night of Beyond The Pale. Big tunes galore.

See Also

Beyond The Pale info

Info direct from the festival:

TICKETS

Weekend camping: €245
Sunday Tickets: €99.50 – On Sale Now

Under 12’s Tickets available for €59 in conjunction with a parent or guardian holding a weekend camping ticket.

GETTING THERE
Beyond the Pale is at Glendalough estate, just 30 minutes from south Dublin,
Marathon coaches be providing a bus service running from Custom House Quay in
Dublin City Centre, starting at 11am on Friday June 16 th , it will return on Sunday night at 11pm and Sunday night/Monday morning at 1am or Monday morning from 11am.
Return tickets are €35 available to buy from Marathon.

DRIVING
A new festival entrance this year, follow these simple instructions

  1. Enter Roundwood, Co Wicklow into you4 Sat Nav
  2. Follow the Festival Signage
  3. Entrance Via Oldbridge

ALCOHOL ALLOWANCE
Campers can bring 1 case of Beer (24 Cans) or 2 bottles of wine, 1 x Litre of Spirits
Glass bottles and mirrors are not allowed there will be strict checks at the entrance to ensure the allowance is being adhered to.


PARKING
Parking is allocated as close to the entrance as possible which is only a mere 10-minute walk from the Campsite. Parking is free and we strongly recommend carpooling where possible.


OPENING TIMES
The festival site opens at 12pm on Friday, with music starting in the main arena at 4pm. The campsite will close at 12pm on Monday June 19th


STAGE TIMES
The stage times and day to day breakdown are here.

FESTIVAL APP
Official festival app by WOOV. Available on Apple Store, Google Play.

IS THE FESTIVAL FAMILY FRIENDLY?
The Beyond The Pale Festival is an over 21’s event, there is family camping and under 12 children Tickets are available to purchase from our website.

FOOD & DRINK
There will be an array of Food onsite with some top Irish food names cooking over the weekend including Happy’s, Órale, Bish Bosh, The Big Blue Bus, Little Dumpling, Kerala Kitchen and lots more. Also craft beer from Whitehag and crafty cocktails. Bars are card only.


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