With the preparation for festival season well and truly underway, everyone’s news feeds are inundated with artist announcements. Today, Moira Calling have released a lineup which stands out from the crowd.

Based in the town of Moira Co. Armagh, Moira Calling is a music and arts festival with a passion for all things local. Running for the third year in a row, the two day festival prides itself on it’s family friendly and community driven approach.

This years lineup boasts an impressive array of domestic talent sporting a diverse mix of sounds and styles. Electronic producer Ryan Vail is headlining playing with the Arco String Quartet on the Friday. Also in the mix is folk singer Joshua Burnside, Belfast-based hip-hop artist Jordan Adetunji and many more. All of which are based in Northern Ireland, a dedication to local talent not many other festivals can claim.

Here’s the list in full:

  • Ryan Vail + Arco String Quartet
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Owen Denvir
  • Jordan Adetunji
  • Marsicians
  • Vokxen
  • Hunkpapa
  • Rews
  • Beauty Sleep
  • The Led Farmers
  • Outlya
  • Tuskany
  • Runabay
  • Bernadette Morris
  • Loughshore Choir
  • Moria Primary School Festival Singers

The festival takes place on the 7th and 8th of September. Weekend and Day tickets are on sale now. Friday tickets for Ryan Vail and Arco String Quartet are £12.50 while Saturday for the main lineup is £30 plus fees.

Posted on May 4th, 2018

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Castlepalooza have announced their second round of acts for this year’s festival which takes place from August 3rd to 5th in Charleville Castle, Tullamore.

The 25 new artists added to the line up include:

  • A.Smyth
  • Akora
  • Baba
  • Beauty Sleep
  • Bon Voyage & Arveene
  • Colin O’Shea
  • Deborah
  • Dublin Ukelele Collective
  • Heroes In Hiding
  • King Bones
  • Melts
  • Molly Sterling
  • Paddy Hanna
  • Pins
  • Proper Micro NV
  • Pursued by Dogs
  • Roe
  • Slow Riot
  • Slow Place Like Home
  • Showfur
  • Silverbacks
  • Tanjier
  • The Ocelots
  • Third Smoke
  • True Tides

For the first lineup announcement see the previous post here.

Weekend tickets are available from €109 with no camping or €139 with camping.

Posted on March 12th, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

1.

The Altered Hours – Over The Void

Cork-based five-piece band Altered Hours are signed to Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre’s label A Recordings Ltd. ‘Over The Void’ is a hazy psychedelic-rock track that will set you in a reverie.


2.

Beauty Sleep – The Falling Back

Belfast Three-piece indie-pop band Beauty Sleep’s latest release ‘The Falling Back’ is dreamy electro-pop track with graceful harmonies.


3.

Kojaque – White Noise

Dublin rapper Kojaque revealed the first track from his Deli Daydreams project on label Soft Boy Records earlier in the year which follows the life of a deli worker over eight tracks. His latest release ‘White Noise’ is dedicated to the poet and musician Paul Curran.


4.

Ryan Vail – As It Tears

This is the second release from Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail’s Distorted Shadows album which is out this April. ‘As It Tears’ is a deep-electronica vibe track with haunting vocals.

His album launch takes place at Dlight Studios on March 29th presented by Homebeat. Tickets priced at €9+ are available from Eventbrite.ie.


5.

Outsider YP – Just Us

Outsider YP is a hip-hop artist based in Cork City and his new track ‘Just Us’ is a tale of jealousy and being ignored by a crush or potential lover. The track is the lead single from his EP Sadboy Ultra which will be released later this year.


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Rebekah Fitch – A Love So Crazy

Northern Irish alternative-pop singer Rebekah Fitch’s latest track from her new EP Broken Mind deals with in-depth issues such as psychological turmoil and discovering love. The track is infused with powerful vocals throughout that evoke emotions equally as strong.


7.

Search Party Animal – Get Hitched

Formerly known as Bagels, the now four-piece Search Party Animal released their debut single ‘Evergreen’ last year. ‘Get Hitched’ is the latest release from them and sticks to their acquired upbeat experimental electro sound.

They play Whelan’s on March 9th. Tickets priced at €15+ are available from Ticketmaster.ie.


8.

All The Luck In The World – Contrails

This is the latest release from Wicklow natives Neil Foot, Peter Kelly, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr or All The Luck In The World from their album A Blind Arcade which is out this Friday, February 23rd.

They play The Workman’s Club on April 19th.


Posted on February 22nd, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


1.

Tribal Dance – Flongo

Math rock makes a return to the Irish music scene! Tribal Dance reminds me of all the Richter Collective gigs, the music of Not Squares and Cap Pas Cap that had a big hold on what was going on in the country 10 years ago. ‘Flongo’ is this Dublin trio’s debut single and features the rhythmic tautness of early Foals with a bassline in a rush to the finish.


2.

Ye Vagabonds – Go Where You Will

Carlow brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn have spent the last few years growing their audience via support slots with Glen Hansard, Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan. Their debut self-titled album was released last Friday and features this gorgeous resonant lilt.


3.

Beauty Sleep – ‘Until We See The Sun’

Belfast dream-pop trio take things up a notch with an indie-disco track that for the second time this week, harks back to indie of another era, this time when Kitsuné reigned the blogosphere.


4.

New Portals – Sober

Ruth and Michael Aicken are a Belfast couple who know how to write a catchy tune. On Sober, they take inspiration from the Sober For October campaign (Ocsober surely?) which advocates abstaining from alcohol for the month and the song is a celebration of the opposite of most pop songs in that regard.


5.

GaniyuTLG x Plant Food feat. Skilyt- ‘Nandos’

The rapper and producer team up again after their excellent ‘Shivers’. Like the chicken restaurant of the title, this is a grimey and experimental joint. Wait, what?


6.

JyellowL – ‘Bulletproof’

The Word Up Collective artist JYellowL impressed with ‘Cold In The Summer’ but ‘Bulletproof’ shows a new artist developing with even more confidence. It’s taken from his new EP launched on Friday.

“The song is a testimony of my own life experiences. Where I’ve shown tenacity and resilience in my everyday struggles and experiences. The EP is intended to inspire strength of will – an attribute I pride myself on. My experiences are a testament to the fact that we will all face hard times, failure and mockery but the way to get through those times is to adopt an bulletproof mentality. It’s not just music, it’s a mindset”.


7.

Laura Ann Brady – Lie

The zither and autoharp-playing musician follows up her tempestuous single Masterpiece with a brighter and beguiling track.


8.

Badhands – ‘Waves’

The solo project of Dan Fitzpatrick came about after the absolution of The Mighty Stef Band last year. Fitzpatrick was previously a member of the Last Tycoons. An album, Predictable Boy is in the can with inspirations drawn from Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Villagers and Leonard Cohen.

The album’s first single ‘Waves’ is a flourishing folk tribute that is inspired by the experience when Dan and brother Jamie swam out to sea to scatter their father’s ashes near their family home in Glastule. Next gig? Workman’s Club on November 11th.


9.

Elaine Mai – When I Go

A new video from Paul Mahon from the Mayo artist’s recent EP arrived the same week Elaine Mai headlined the Workman’s Club. Of the video Elaine says – “This video was shot at a lake about a ten minute walk from where I grew up in Mayo. It’s an amazing place to get some perspective, reconnect with nature and clear your head. It was the perfect place to shoot the video for this track which is about recognising when you’re not okay and then trying to take the steps to make things better.”


10.

Proper Micro NV – Oblivious

Rory Hall continues his neo-soul electronic journey with a track from his recent EP Colours. I’m looking forward to hearing where this Limerick singer and musician goes next.


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Posted on October 23rd, 2017

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Fresh from The Great Escape, The Belfast three piece Beauty Sleep return with a new single ‘All In’ showcasing Ryan McGroarty, Cheylene Murphy and Aimee Williamson’s dream-pop aesthetic and the lead track from debut EP Nature Will Eat Me.

‘All In’ has some sonic toughness beneath its sweet surface.

Previously: ‘Living It Right’ / ‘The Dark’

Posted on May 24th, 2017

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Æ MAK have announced a series of dates to coincide with an upcoming single called ‘I Walk, which they will play as a seven-piece band.

The gigs will take place in April and May and include:

22 April: The Chestnut, Birr (Free)
27 April: The Sugar Club, Dublin with Laoise and our own Lumo Club

13 May: The Mac, Belfast — with Beauty Sleep (£12.50)
24 May: Roisin Dubh, Galway – Free in

Get tickets from their website.

‘I Walk’ will followup the band’s EP (listen here) from last year and here’s a preview of the song out on April 3rd.

Posted on March 7th, 2017

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Nialler9 & PRS for Music are team up to cohost four of Ireland’s brightest new bands at the evening showcase at Output Belfast Conference & Showcase with Generator NI on February 16th in Belfast’s The Dirty Onion. The show is free in and a part of the evening showcases of gigs featuring lots of new bands around the city.

Our night at The Dirty Onion features:

LE BOOM

Rising electro party-starters. 8.45pm


New Portals

Belfast Electronic pop duo. 9.45pm

Photo: Leah Carroll


Beauty Sleep

Dreamy indie pop trio. 10:45pm

Photo: Olga Kuzmenko


Jealous of the Birds

Indie-rock and folk-pop music from Naomi Hamilton and band. 11.45pm


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Bands lined up to play the free showcase around the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast also include Silences, Chanele McGuinness, Hot Cops, Brash Isaac, Callum Stewart, Ryan Vail, Gross Net, Junk Drawer, Malojian, Robyn G Shiels, Autumns, The Wood Burning Savages, David C Clements, Carriages, Robocobra Quartet, Sullivan & GOld, Making Monsters, Touts, Larks, Susie Blue and more.

Hosts include Nialler9, Smalltown America Studios, The Thin Air, Chordblossom, The Greedy Pig, Homebeat, State, Voodoo, Help Musicians, Quiet Arch, PRS, IMRO, Sentric, The Nerve Centre, The Oh Yeah Centre, Primitive Sound and many more.

More info on the daytime and schedules.

Posted on February 6th, 2017

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Here’s a fine new track from a new Belfast band.

Beauty Sleep are a three-piece made up of Ryan McGroarty (Wonder Villains / A Bad Cavalier), Cheylene Murphy (also of Pleasure Beach) and Aimee Williamson.

Debut single ‘The Dark’ has shades of Phoenix, Beach House and occupies the dreamy end of the guitar pop spectrum.

The single is release on February 19th and the band play Bar Sub on Friday 26th February as a single launch party.

Posted on February 4th, 2016

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