Life Festival are adding to the already announced lineup of Fatboy Slim, Bugzy Malone, Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati B2B by adding Armand Van Helden’s first show in eight years, a debut for Amelie Lens and others like Mall Grab, Fatima Yamaha and more.
The festival takes place in Belvedere House, Westmeath from May 25 to 27th. Here are the acts added:
The National Gallery of Ireland has undergone an extensive renovation over the last six years as outlined in the Irish Times, and can be seen via Totally Dublin and The Thin Air and the video below.
The first major exhibition to take place in the gallery is an exhibition of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer entitled Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry and opens Saturday.
I’m DJing at the launch tomorrow of the exhibition in the Gallery and the organisers asked me in the spirit of inspiration to reflect in a playlist and the music played some modern Dutch artists. So here’s a playlist of my favourite Dutch music of an electronic persuasion including Fatima Yamaha, Tom Trago, Young Marco, Kraak & Smaak, David Douglas, Palmbomen, Martyn, Weval, Steffi, Doctr, Laserdance, Legowelt and brand new selections Parc, CUT_ and Klangstof.
For advance ticket booking for the upcoming exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at The National Gallery of Ireland, go to Nationalgallery.ie. Entry to the permanent collection is free.
The video explores the identity of a Fatima, creator and subject of the music.
Fatima Yamaha is not only the creator of this music, she is also the subject of it. Each song explores the concept, the life, the joys and struggles of a girl born between worlds. Born between ages. Too many words might upset this delicate self-exploratory cycle.
Some Love Invaders remixes also dropped in the past week by Breakbot, Redinho and Africans With Mainframes.
It also arrived at the right time for the Dutch producer who was releasing an excellent full-length Fatima Yamaha album in November – Imaginary Lines.
So Saturday night’s set at District 8 courtesy of Hidden Agenda and Subject also completely arrived at the right time.
Not only was Bron’s set full of killer tunes from that album – ‘Sooty Shearwater, King of Migration’, ‘Love Invaders’ and ‘Borderless II’ immediately spring to mind, and not only did he follow a set from D1’s Eamonn Doyle in a nod to the Fatima Yamaha’s connection with Dublin, there was this.
That dancefloor was absolutely stuffed and the place erupted for ‘What’s A Girl To Do’, with an entire room of people singing along to the synth-line of the track.
How to enter free entry comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Dublin venue District 8 has become the go to place to see visiting international dance and electronic acts with the closure of the Twisted Pepper last year as a venue.
For the upcoming season, a coterie of bookers:Subject, Archetype, Hidden Agenda alongside Bodytonic, Bedlam & Connection have a lot of events coming up including gigs to look forward to from Kerri Chandler, Karenn, Skream, Fatima Yamaha & Jackmaster on the same night, Axel Bowman, Marcel Dettman, Ejeca, Ame, Daniel Avery, Kolsch and The Magician at the end of this month.
Even in death, David Bowie remained an artist. The Starman’s parting gift to the world, we wouldn’t find out for three days, was the release of his 25th album Blackstar, on Friday.
His lifelong producer partner Tony Visconti wrote today: “His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.”
A lush, rich jazz-inspired experimental rock album, it will hereafter be viewed as a poignant closing statement, which is how Bowie intended it to be. The signs were all there – on Blackstar he sings “something happened on the day he died,” On ‘Lazarus’ he sings “look up here, I’m in heaven.” The videos for the tracks point towards a final transformation, in a career defined by them.
On the album track ‘Dollar Days’, the melancholy consumes the song and Bowie hints at explicitly saying what we now know. “I’m dying to / Push their backs against the grain / And fool them all again and again.” That now reads as “I’m dying too.” Bowie was always chasing, always pushing, always seeking. “If I never see the English evergreens I’m running to / It’s nothing to me / It’s nothing to see,” he sings.
When artists release albums close to their death, the “late style” of the release adds extra resonance, as in J Dilla’s Donuts. On Blackstar, Bowie is always aware of his imminent death. He spent 18 months with cancer before he lost, yet he remained in control of his own artistic destiny. Bowie remained a music maverick, the magician who orchestrated his final departure in his art.
With last year’s list-topping To Pimp A Butterfly universally-acclaimed as one of the albums of 2015, Lamar is showing us there’s much more to come. 2016 will see a lot more live shows around the world from the Compton rapper, yet he’s already showing us he’s not content to rest. In an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show last week, Lamar debuted an untitled new song.
The jazz-lead rap style from TPAB is in effect, but there’s a searing energy in Lamar’s delivery, as he weaves an unstructured freestyle rap that feels like it could go anywhere at any time and in its five minute running time he talks of his career, his fear of the police, a black woman’s life choices, desire, his inspirational time in South Africa, his money-enriched life and his community. By the time, his raspy voice is intensely bellowing “You ain’t gotta tell me that I’m the one / Yes, I am the one,”, there’s little doubt that Lamar is a rapper at the top of his craft and only improving.