Niall’s favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Boygenius

Me & My Dog

Three rising North American songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus have combined their powers as Boygenius and my, is it a potent collaboration. ‘Me & My Dog’ is the highlight, drawing on the strengths of each, with Bridgers taking lead on a son. It’s a track that achingly moves from young love to heartbreak (“I wanna hear one song without thinking of you / I wish I was on a spaceship / Just me and my dog and an impossible view”) and does so with tones of country, melodic folk, indie and singer-songwriter strands.

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Blood Orange

Charcoal Baby

Dev Hynes’ fourth album as Blood Orange explores identity through the prism of living as a minority and how depression and a sense of self affect it. It’s a considered and thoughtful album and is arguably a part of a the new movement of black music culture that includes Solange and Frank Ocean, artists that are exploring identity through social and political lenses, while drawing from R&B, jazz, soul and pop.

‘Charcoal Baby’ is indicative of that shift and Negro Swan as a whole in that it is a realistic look at a sense of self. “When you wake up / It’s not the first thing that you wanna know / Can you still count / All of the reasons that you’re not alone?” Hynes sings with his trademark shimmering haze and nuanced production. The guitar riff is the hook that brings you back. Hynes has found his place in the music world that he alone occupies while exploring his place in the world at large.

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Robyn

Missing U

The queen of melancholic dance music is back. The Swedish artist hasn’t released a solo track in eight years so the appearance of ‘Missing U’ was hotly anticipated by many who have known or got to know her charms. Robyn plays to her strengths – make uplifting cascading pop music for the club that aches with loss and pain. For Robyn, the way to get over something is always to work it out on the dancefloor in a sweet release.

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Jungle

Heavy, California

The video for ‘Heavy, California’ dropped just before August begun and it rightly shone a light on the song itself (it was nearly lost in the daily new music deluge), elevating it with Jungle’s trademark dance moves video style. As a result, the song was one that was constantly in rotation over the month. Their album For Ever drops on September 14th.

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Shakedown

At Night (Shakedown Galactic Boogie remix)

There’s not a bad remix on offer in the official release of the ‘At Night’ remixes. Peggy Gou does an acid take, Tiger & Woods go tougher than their usual, Purple Disco Machine goes for big-room funk bass, but it’s the Moroder-esque take from the original artist that has been a constant for Nialler9 this month.

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Ailbhe Reddy

Shame

The Dublin-based indie artist Ailbhe Reddy has been moving from strength to strength, as evident on ‘Shame’. The track With R&B inspired programmed drums and lush vocal treatment, especially on the repeated chorus line, the track is the artist’s most up-tempo to date. Thematically, Reddy tackles the stigma surrounding mental health, especially that of depression. The artist has stated that “Shame is the word that sums up so much of what holds people back and keeps people down. A pre-cursor for my own experience of struggling with depression and feeling afraid to talk about it.”

Tickets for Reddy’s Whelan’s gig on the 23rd of November are on sale now at €16.35 here.

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Nilufer Yanya

Baby Luv

With Turkish, Bajan (of Barbados) and Irish blood, Yanya’s music sits between soul and indie, the former drawn from her undulating voice, the latter from the guitar that often accompanies it. The mix means that the three EPs in Tanya’s discography aren’t too polished but have an intimate quality that draws you in. ‘Baby Luv’ is a conflicted song about an ex-lover and the anguish is palpable. The chorus asks “Again, again, again, again / Do you like pain?,” repeatedly, before Nilüfer offers a way back. “You’re still beautiful / I could watch you comb your hair / call me sometime.”

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Marissa Nadler

Blue Vapor

A singer-songwriter favourite, Nadler is an artist who pops up regularly with a tuneful track that draws you into her atmosphere. ‘Blue Vapor’ is a pre-release single from her new album For My Crimes out on September 28th.

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Gabe Gurnsey

Night Track

An album of the week on our recent podcast, the Factory Floor man’s debut solo record is a fine collection of dancefloor tracks drawing from disco, pop, new wave, no-wave and suitably for an album that is called Physical, it feels less like Factory Floor to be used as an escapist thing and as more of tactile corporeal soundtrack. The narrative of the album is – concept alert – a recreation of a night out but you can safely ignore that loose theme and enjoy tracks like the Chk Chk Chk / Knife-esque darkness of ‘Night Track’.

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Clairo & Cuco

Drown

19-year-old singer-songwriter Claire Cottrill made her name on Youtube-posted dream pop music and has recently started making moves to larger stages via collaborations with Rejjie Snow, SG Lewis and Cuco. The latter track ‘Drown’ is a love-crazy duet and expands her sound in a pleasing way. Clairo plays The Academy, Dublin on Sunday September 16th.

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Empress Of

When I’m With Him

Lorely Rodriguez is one of my favourite artists. Her growth has been rapid and natural, growing from alternative alt jams to a hook-filled pop without sacrificing her identity (today’s subject). Her forthcoming album Us is out on October 17th and ‘When I’m With Him’ is blissful pop on its own terms. Dev Hynes, DJDS and Pional, all recent collaborators help out on the album that is almost entirely self-produced.

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Fia Moon

Settle Down

Dublin-based artist Fia Moon stands out with her stellar vocal performance, which is simultaneously coarse yet soft; it glides effortlessly over the prevalent arps and chimes within this track. With clear pop influences and R&B lacings, the song is a lesson in pop perfection. Proving that sometimes less really is more.

13.

Soulé

Don’t Hold Your Breath

Dublin-based R&B artist Soulé has been a little quiet on the new music front this year. Her last studio release came in 2017 with ‘What Do You Know?’. Just before the weekend began the artist released ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’, her latest single. The track has a considerably stronger EDM and contemporary-pop influence than previous releases. Coming in at just over three minutes long, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is a sleek electronic single. Distorted vocal repeats, rounded bass frequencies and slow filter sweeps give the track its distinctive vibe. – Luke Sharkey.

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Tirzah

Holding On

Tirzah is a London artist who has been knocking around the fringes since 2013. August saw her finally release her debut album Devotion, written and produced in collaboration with long-time friend and collaborator Mica Levi. It’s a brittle and lucid R&B record about love and desire that operates with its own cadence. ‘Holding On’ sounds like an interpretation of Moby’s Porcelain made with discombobulation in mind.

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Posted on September 5th, 2018

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Ailbhe Reddy has been having a phenomenal year.

The Dublin-based indie folkster has been moving from strength to strength, beginning with the release of the melodramatic pop ballad ‘Nothing To Doubt’, one of our favourite Irish releases of the year.

Following on from that, Reddy announced her biggest headline show to date, performing at Whelan’s on November 23rd.

Now, the artist has released ‘Shame’, her newest single. The track is the artist’s most up-tempo to date and features the highest production value too.

With R&B inspired programmed drums and lush vocal treatment, especially on the repeated chorus line, the track has plenty of radio appeal.

Thematically, Reddy tackles the stigma surrounding mental health, especially that of depression. The artist has stated that “Shame is the word that sums up so much of what holds people back and keeps people down. A pre-cursor for my own experience of struggling with depression and feeling afraid to talk about it.”

Tickets for Reddy’s Whelan’s gig on the 23rd of November are on sale now at €16.35 here.

Posted on August 16th, 2018

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Dublin-based singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has today unveiled plans for a gig in Whelan’s on the 23rd of November.

Having spent much of 2017 touring domestically and internationally, including a performance at Glastonbury, Reddy marked the beginning of 2018 with the release of ‘Nothing To Doubt’. The superb indie track sees the artist embrace a more embellished electronic production than what had been featured on her 2016 EP Hollowed Out Sea. 

With a ton of positive reception, critically and publicly, the Whelan’s gig could be your last chance to catch Reddy in such an intimate setting.

Tickets are on sale now from the Ticketmaster site at €16.35 including booking fee.

 

Posted on July 2nd, 2018

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Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has been developing her sound for over two years now. With her 2016 Hollowed Out Sea EP accumulating over one million streams in its first year she is an artist who has found her own ground in the industry.

Last month she teamed up with Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly for the release of ‘Threads’ which they co-wrote together.

Her latest release as a follow up to her last single ‘The Tube’ introduces a more experimental sound to her music with a catchy electro-jangle featuring on ‘Nothing To Doubt’, yet her rousing indie-folk sound still remains prominent.

The track was produced by Willie Weeks who has worked with artists such as Matt Redman and Passion achieving US Billboard number ones.

Ailbhe plays New Sounds In An Old Place with Roe at John The Baptist Church in Drumcondra which has now been rescheduled to March 23rd as a result of the weather. Tickets priced at €15 are available from Eventbrite.ie.

Posted on March 1st, 2018

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Last Thursday,  Homebeat launched their Spring 2018 programme with a sold-out show by Maria Kelly and guests in the Fumbally Stables in Dublin 8.

The building, which was originally constructed in the 1750s, and is used by The Fumbally Café team next door for events and workshops has retained some of its original features and the night offered an intimate candlelit setting for suitably intimate performances.

Wicklow native singer-songwriter Anna Mieke opened up the night, who some of you may recognize from the latest episode of This Ain’t No Disco. Anna’s voice embodies tone similar to that of Lisa Hannigan with elements of folk, trad and blues that sets her apart. For her second song, she presented a bouzouki, which she explains was purchased in Greece while she spent a summer there before ending up at a festival in a small town in France where she saw riot scenes of blood and tear gas. ‘Aurillac’, the song that encapsulates a strong sentiment of her experience.

With no music officially released yet, Anna Mieke is certainly someone to be excited about, with a fresh depth of talent and a traditional storytelling ability incorporated into her music. Anna Mieke takes you on a journey to where she has been and where she may yet to be.

As Maria tuned her guitar on stage the hum of conversation from the crowd was quickly reduced to a sharp silence with the first strum. Maria made her music debut with two years ago with ‘Before It Has Begun’ via Vita Records, an angelic love song that she wrote when she was 15. Tonight, she previewed some of the new material that she has been working which incorporates themes such as mental health and social anxiety. Maria’s songwriting ability can create a space of reflection that resonates, and her multi-toned vocal style compliments this intrinsically.

In celebrating the release of new track ‘Threads’ last week, Maria was joined by special guest Ailbhe Reddy with Anna also returning to offer backing vocals. Maria invited the audience to record the performance on their phones with the aim of making a 360 video from the night. All three voices harmonised each other with elegance, and commanded a sense of attention within the room.

For information on more Homebeat events over the next few month check out their Spring programme here.

 

Photos: Grayce Leonard.

Posted on February 20th, 2018

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Glasdrum are back with the third instalment of New Sounds In An Old Place featuring Dublin-native singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy and Derry-native electro-pop artist Roe on Friday March 2nd in St. John the Baptist Church Drumcondra.

Tickets priced at €15 euro are available from Eventbrite or at Cregan Library, DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra (cash only).

Posted on February 19th, 2018

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Mayo-native singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has teamed up with Dublin-native Ailbhe Reddy on new track ‘Threads’ which is out on February 16th via Veta Records.

After touring together last year both artists realised that they have very similar influences and style of music. The track was co-written by Maria and Ailbhe from unfinished material they both had and deals with the emotions attached to being in a relationship with someone who is not showing full commitment.

“We just continued with this theme of someone having one foot out the door and how heartbreaking that can be to experience” says Reddy

Their voices compliment each other eloquently and effortlessly with and instrumentation on the track that seeps out further emotion. Both artists having the ability to captivate attention through their honest and open form of music.

Maria is playing a sold out show at the Fumbally Stables this Thursday February 15th.

Posted on February 14th, 2018

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A Co-Present Christmas is a compilation of Christmas songs put together by Dwayne Woods who hosts the Irish music radio show The Co-Present on Dublin Digital Radio.

The 15-track compilation will donate all proceeds to Pieta House ,  and features songs from Villagers (White Christmas), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Have Yourself A Merry Christmas), Ailbhe Reddy (Stay Another Day), Jack O’Rourke & Graham White (The Power Of Love), Columbia Mills (Blue Christmas), Marlene Enright (Auld LAng Synge) and I Have A Tribe doing his own Christmas song.

The compilation is available on Bandcamp for purchase and CDs will be available from December 8th at Tower Dublin (Dublin), Classified Records (Dundalk), Steamboat Records (Limerick), Plugd (Cork), OMG at Zhivago (Galway) and Record Room (Sligo).

Live gig

A live launch is happening on Saturday December 9th at Drop Dead Twice, Francis Street, Dublin 8 where we will sell physical copies of the album and see performances from contributing artists, Session Motts, Junior Brother, Columbia Mills, I Have A Tribe, Tanjier and more. Tickets for the live event cost €10.00 and are available from Dice Ireland via the event page.

A Co-Present Christmas Tracklisting:

  1. Hvmmingbyrd – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. Villagers – White Christmas
  3. Montauk Hotel – 2000 Miles
  4. Elephant – River
  5. Session Motts – Oh No It’s Xmas!
  6. Jack O’Rourke ft: Graham White – The Power Of Love
  7. Maria Doyle Kennedy – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  8. Cloud Castle Lake – Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
  9. Lemoncello – Walking In The Air
  10. I Have A Tribe – I Have A Tribe Christmas Song
  11. Ailbhe Reddy – Stay Another Day
  12. Tanjier – Merry Christmas Everybody
  13. Columbia Mills – Blue Christmas
  14. Junior Brother – Oh Holy Night
    Marlene Enright – Auld Lang Syne

“Christmas is a time of year when friends and family come together and enjoy each others company. Unfortunately, for some, it is a time of remembrance for
those we have lost and for others a time of loneliness and sadness. We at Pieta House are trying every day to break the cycle of suicide and self-harm and to comfort those who have lost a loved one.

This album, from the first note to the last chorus, signifies a great hope. Pieta House strives for an Ireland where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Finally to everyone involved with the album we extend our gratitude, that you have given your time and energy to help those who need our services and to know that you are changing lives.” Pieta House.

This project is sponsored by Herbert Place Studios and Yangaroo Music Ireland and Atlas Language School. All media inquiries to Dwayne Woods : [email protected]

Posted on December 1st, 2017

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Ailbhe Reddy has announced an Autumn tour of Ireland and the UK which will follow her busy summer of festivals as outlined below. Her tour will take in Belfast, Galway, Cork, Dublin, Liverpool, Bristool and London.

In the meantime Ailbhe also has a very busy festival season ahead of her –

16th July – Latitude Festival (UK)
29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
19th Aug – Groove Festival (IRL)
20th Aug – Another Love Story (IRL)
3rd Sept – Electric Picnic (IRL)
16th Sept – Head for the Hills (UK)

Autumn Tour

18th Oct – Belfast – Black Box
19th Oct – Galway – Roisin Dubh
20th Oct – Cork – Cyprus Avenue
21st Oct – Dublin – Whelans
27th Oct – Liverpool – Philharmonic (UK)
28th Oct – Bury – The Met (UK)
29th Oct – Leeds – Oporto (UK)
30th Oct – Shrewsbury- Henry Tudor House (UK)
1st Nov – Bristol – The Canteen (UK)
2nd Nov – London – St Pancras Old Church (UK)

Tickets now on sale for all gigs.

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Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Latitude Festival has grown to become one of the biggest in the UK with 15 stages and 750 acts on the schedule for the festival from 13th – 16th July in Henham Park, Suffolk.

The final acts were just added to the list including the BBC Music Introducing Stage and notable acts include Pumarosa, Skott and Beth Orton.

The Solas stage will host some familar Irish names to visitors of this site including Talos, TooFools, Rosie Carney, Ships, Le Boom, Ailbhe Reddy, Seamus Fogarty, David Keenan and Brian Deady.

Also playing that area are Dutch indie-pop Klangstof, the intense 4AD performer Aldous Harding, Swedish rising duo Geowulf, Danish band Lowly and singer-osngwriter John Smith.

Posted on June 19th, 2017

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Ailbhe Reddy released a video for the highlight from her new Attach To Memory EP, which is now out.

The video for ‘Fingertips’ features the singer getting smeared and groped with paint. It’s gross.

Ailbhe plays the Nialler9 Homebeat Future Proof gig tonight also featuring Soulé and Le Boom, in association with O’Haras Beers.

Ailbhe’s new songs have been added to the Nialler9 Irish Music Spotify Playlist. Follow it here.

Posted on May 25th, 2017

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This Thursday May 11th at the Music Cork conference and showcase, I’m hosting a showcase of emerging and personally-recommended Irish artists at Cyprus Avenue.

We have rising upcoming Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy (8.15pm), Cork pop artist Lyra (10.15pm), electro-pop partystarters Le Boom (11.15pm).

Just announced: Cork singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke (9.15pm) and a Kormac AV set (12.30am).

The showcase gigs are free but limited so if you want a wristband for Cypress Avenue for guaranteed entry, drop me a line.

Other showcases:

Wednesday May 10th @ Cork Opera House – The Coronas, Callum Stewart, Talos, Columbia Mills
Thursday May 11th @ Triskel – Jafaris, Cry Harridan, Super Silly, Little Hours
Thursday May 11th @ Crane Lane – Rob Burch, Alex & Echoes, Barq, Fangclub
Thursday May 11th @ Old Oak – Bad Bones, Ryan McMullan, Heroes In Hiding, Gypsies On the Autobahn, Audible Joes.

Music Cork is a new conference and showcase event taking place in Cork city from this Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th May. Here’s an interview with Shane Dunne about it.

Featuring talks from industry professionals at The Clayton Hotel throughout the daytime, announced speakers include: Darcus Beese, President of Island Records, booking agents Geoff Meall (UTA / Muse), Steve Zapp (ITB / Biffy Clyro) and Josh Javor (X-Ray / Coldplay), publishing like Martin Toher (B-Unique) and Tommas Arnby (Locomotion).

Tickets are available from €110 for the conference.

See schedule and other showcases.

Posted on May 9th, 2017

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HomeBeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beers proudly continue Future Proof – a series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

Future Proof #3 returns to the warm surroundings of Bello bar, and features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment.

Buy early bird tickets

Thursday May 27th @ Bello Bar with:

Ailbhe Reddy

Indie folk songstress who is seriously on the rise. Check out her new EP.

LE BOOM

Catchy and energetic electro pop duo who know how to rock a party.

SOULÉ

Fast emerging nu-soul talent with three great pop singles under her belt.

Tickets : €8 (early) €10 (reg) €13 (late)
Doors 8pm

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Complimentary tasty O’Hara’s for the first in!

Poster: Ruan Van Vliet.

Posted on May 4th, 2017

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The Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy is currently excelling at this music thing. Building on last yer’s debut EP Hollowed Out Sea and January’s once-off single ‘Relent’, Reddy has released a new EP which gets a first listen through Nialler9 today.

Attach To Memory features four tracks (and one edit) of recent songs recorded in a form that closely mirrors her full live-band live setup. From the taut indie-folk style of ‘Fingertips’ to the catchy highlight of ‘Disconnect’ and the slow expressive ‘Never Loved’, Reddy’s voice remains the magnetic force at the centre of her craft.

The EP is released through AWAL/Kobalt on 24th May and Reddy is very busy on the live front including The Great Escape, Body&Soul and two Nialler9-related shows at Music Cork on May 11th and Thursday May 25th at Dublin’s Bello Bar at Future Sounds #3 with Soulé and Le Boom (tickets on sale for that later today). Subscribe to Nialler9 events for more.

Tour Dates

27th April – Dingle, Feile na Bealtaine Festival
29th April- Waterford, Spraoi ( Sold Out )
3rd May – Galway, Roisin Dubh
5th May – Leap, Connolly’s
6th May – Ballydehob, Levis Bar
10th May, Dundalk, Spirit Store
11th May – Cork, Cyprus Avenue ( Music Cork Festival Showcase )
12th May – Belfast, The Mac
13th May – Westport, The Clock Tavern
19th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Festival (UK)
20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Festival (UK)
24th May – London, The Slaughtered Lamb (UK)
25th May – Dublin, Bello Bar
26th May – Coughlans, Cork
21st June – Paris, Centre Culturel Irlandais (FR)
25th June – Body & Soul Festival, Ireland
8th July – Clonmel Junction Festival, Ireland
29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
18th Aug – Another Love Story Festival, Ireland
19th Aug – Groove Festival, Ireland
24th Sept – Berlin, Auster Club (GER)

Posted on April 24th, 2017

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Ailbhe Reddy was the winner of the IMRO Other Room public vote for Other Voices and that meant she got to be featured on the show and play a set in the back on An Chonair in Dingle. Reddy is a rising talent so the win caught her at a good time, having recently sold out a Sugar Club Dublin show and a London gig, there’s much more to come from Ailbhe this year.

Watch previous performances from Choice Music Prize-winning Rusangano Family, All Tvvins, Le Galaxie and Rejjie Snow.

Other Voices meanwhile has 3 shows left in the series starting this Thursday night with an Austin special.

Austin Special One
Thurs 16th March // 23:30
Willie Nelson
Margo Price
Cage The Elephant
Sweet Spirit
Dale Watson
Iarla O Lionard
Conor Oberst

Austin Special Two
Thurs 23rd March 23:30
Mumford And Sons
Wild Child
Carson Mchone
Asleep At The Wheel
Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Aoife O Donovan
Gregory Porter

Electric Picnic Special
Thurs 30th March // 23:30
Le Galaxie
Holly Macve
Heathers
Word Up Collective
Karl Blau
Dr Dog
My Sweet Beloved

Posted on March 14th, 2017

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