While Mumford & Sons wouldn’t be my favourite band by ANY stretch of the imagination, they have been using their status wisely with Ben Lovett having recently opened the Omeara venue in London, their involvement in Communion Music label and collaborations with artists like Baaba Maal.

That status advantage is going one further now with Mumford & Sons announced that not will they play Longitude and Latitude Festival this summer but they are curating a stage which will feature Baaba Maal, Jack Garratt, Glass Animals, Lucy Rose and more.

It may also feature Maggie Rogers, Sohn, Lemon Twigs and Declan McKenna as this video suggests but we’ll know very soon, as more Longitude news expected later today, as Latitude was announced in full with The 1975, Fleet Foxes, Goldfrapp, Placebo and more.

Posted on March 1st, 2017


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I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.

It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.

I’m DJing at the Red Bull Tropical Garden at EP on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Download links:

More? Here’s an Electric Picnic Spotify playlist with a song from every artist playing

Nialler9 Electric Picnic Mix 2016

  1. Lynched – Father Had A Knife
  2. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  3. Nao – Inhale / Exhale
  4. Muro Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Glass Animals – Youth (Instrumental)
  6. John Talabot & Pional – Destiny (Dubtool)
  7. Jessy Lanza – Keep On Moving
  8. Todd Terje – Alfonso Meskedunder (Deetron remix)
  9. Prince Rama – Bahia
  10. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
  11. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Chemical Brothers remix)
  12. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Prins Thomas remix)
  13. Shit Robot – End Of The Trail
  14. New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
  15. Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK remix)
  16. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good mix)
  17. Gene Dudley Group – Inspector Norse
  18. Super Furry Animals – Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)
  19. Animal Collective – Brother Sport
  20. Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme

Posted on August 26th, 2016


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If ‘Life Itself’, Glass Animals’ first album single since 2014’s Zaba was any indication, the band were moving from atmospheric indie R&B into a sound that incorporated it but was more dynamic and bombastic.

New song ‘Youth’ confirms that path, it’s practically a weird hip-hop beat with the band’s whispered pop layers on top. The accompanying video by Neil Krug follows on from the ‘Life Itself’ one.

How To Be A Human Being is released via Caroline International / Wolf Tone on 26th August.

The band play Dublin on October 29th at the Olympia but the show is sold out.

How To Be A Human Being’ tracklisting:

1. Life Itself
2. Youth
3. Season 2 Episode 3
4. Pork Soda
5. Mama’s Gun
6. Cane Shuga
7. Premade Sandwiches
8. The Other Side Of Paradise
9. Take A Slice
10. Poplar St
11. Agnes

Posted on July 26th, 2016


Glass Animals are to play The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Saturday October 29th 2016.

Tickets are €23.50 inclusive of booking fee and restoration levy and go on sale at 9am this Friday, June 10th from Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie.

The band’s second album How To Be A Human Being will be released via Caroline International / Wolf Tone on 26th August.

ZABA was a Nialler9 favourite.


Posted on June 7th, 2016



I always felt that Glass Animals’ slow vaporous textures were totally suitable for a rap track (and R&B as they’ve proved) and now it’s come to pass.

Glass Animals and Joey Bada$$ have collaborated on a track called ‘Lose Control’. The track is released today as part of Glass Animals’ Fresh Fruit series and was made on day off in a studion in Brooklyn, New York over the course of 12 hours in August after the two acts heard they had mutual respect for each other.

They also made a Spotify playlist together.

Posted on October 6th, 2015

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Argentinian-born NYC-based singer Valerie Teicher’s last track as Tei Shi was one of my favourites of last month. ‘Bassically’ is a dark pulsing noir-pop song of the highest order.

By contrast, ‘See Me’ takes it slow, luxuriating in a creaking groove with Teicher’s vocal pushing a gentler disposition. The track, fittingly as it sounds like it, was produced as a trio with Dave Bayley of Glass Animals, Gianluca Buccellati and Tei Shi.

For anyone in the NY/Montreal/Toronto, these are Teicher’s upcoming dates:

Tour dates

11/13 – U Street Music Hall – Washington DC w/ GEMs
11/15 – Babys All Right – Brooklyn NY w/ Yumi Zouma
11/17 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto ON w/ Seoul
11/19 – M For Montreal

Posted on November 5th, 2014

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  • Sails @ Button Factory (€10)
    [Irish/folk] Launch of single debuted here last week.
  • Kate Bush Irish language tribute @ The Grand Social (€15)
    [Tribute]  Caitríona O’Leary  will perform the very best of Bush’s songs, transcreated into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock with band.

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Posted on October 14th, 2014


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After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.

St. Vincent

St Vincent St Vincent

Foals crowd


Kelis dances during ‘Trick Me’


How to dance to Mogwai




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Posted on September 4th, 2014


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More Electric Picnic coverage including stage times and more info.

1. Glass Animals

Sunday, Body & Soul main stage, 10:30pm

One of my favourite new bands of the year. I first encountered the Oxford band at SXSW and they were an impressive live act. Since then, their ZABA album has established them as purveyors of quality ambient indie R&B.

More reading: Album review: ZABA.

2. FKA Twigs

Hypnotic and hyper-visual electronic R&B music made by Londoner Tahliah Barnett, a dancer and young ambitious artist. Her debut album LP1 is an intimate, lustful and personal portrait and live, she picks up a microphone like few others.

More reading: Album of the week post.

3. Jungle


Nostalgically-charged sunshine soul from two English dudes. ‘Busy Earnin’ is one of the songs of the year, obviously.

4. I Have A Tribe


Sunday, Body & Soul main stage, 7:15pm

A member of other bands including Slow Skies, Patrick O’Laoghaire’s debut solo EP showcases an artist at home between balladeering and experimental sounds who has the song always in mind.

5. Kaytranada



One of the most prolific and promising electronic producers around, his remixes for AlunaGeorge, Disclosure and Janet Jackson are certified funky floorfillers and his original material shows off a finger-snapping, head-nodding R&B and hip-hop influence. He’s recently signed to XL too.

More reading: Download a ZIP file of Kaytranada originals, remixes and edits.

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Posted on August 26th, 2014


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Body & Soul have announced their lineup for the imminent Electric Picnic festival at the end of August and it’s another doozy lineup of acts across three stages. Only €229.50 weekend tickets are left but there is a serious lineup including the full list below.

Playlist of additions:

Body & Soul man stage

Young Fathers
Perfume Genius
Kate Boy
Francois and The Atlas Mountains
Oum Shatt
Glass Animals
Olof Arnalds
Alice Boman
Dermot Byrne
Florian Blancke & Brendan O Regan
Join me in the Pines
I Have A Tribe
Jon Gomm
Tommy KD
C.R. Avery
Girl Band
Altered Hours
Buffalo Woman
Donal Dineen
Ronan O Snodaigh & The Occasionals
Sounds of a System Breakdown
Viking Project
The Careers
Sleep Thieves
Grounds For Invasion
Youth Mass
Susan O Neill & The Low Standards


Shanti Celeste
P Disconaut
Chris Farrell
TR-One [live]
UNKNWN [live]
Ryan Vail
Shane Mannion
Donal Dineen
Adultrock [live]
Gilbert Steele
Sol & Louche
Mikey Joyride Soro

EarthShip Line Up

Maud In Cahoots
Ruff Chuff Live Crew
Come On Live Long
Leo Moran & Anto Thistletwaite
The Tav Jam Band
Joe Fury & The Hayride
Punch Face Champions
Willow Sea & Guests
Aindrais De Staic & The Latchikos
Attention Bébé
Stevie G & the Deep South Soul Soundsystem
The Eskies
Simi Crowns
Noelie McDonnell & Band
i am niamh
Polyphonic X
The Amazing Few
Sinead White
The Ground Will Shake
Floor Staff
Eileen Keane
Malcolm London
Symphonic Funk
Mikey and The Scallywags
Strange Boats
The Cold Draw
Louisiana 6
Shay Cotter and the New Blues
Analogue Wave
In The Willows

Posted on July 30th, 2014


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Since Glass Animals appeared on my radar last year, what has most impressed me about them, was their ability to create vaporous textures for their songs to live in. On the surface, they are an indie band but as their collaborations with Chicago’s Jean Deaux and their single ‘Gooey’ shows, they’ve more in common with the rise of electronic R&B than any Oxford rock luminaries – Radiohead or Foals, for example.

ZABA, the band’s debut album pushes their atmospheric agenda into a cohesive release. Their M.O. is slinky minimal pop, not a million miles from Alt-J, but more exotic and worldly than their counterparts. But they do share a common parlance in how they translate their traditional band setup into an otherworldly place.

‘Black Mambo’ uses guitar scrapes and unfurling bass and keys against simple drum hits for ambience, ‘Pools’ has a tropical R&B feel and ‘Hazey’ has a percussive soulful R&B lean. Rhythmically, the album stays minimal, with Dave Bayley’s hushed R&B vocals a constant and the production qualities of Timbaland are favoured over anything that specifically places the band alongside their aforementioned peers. ZABA is more exotic than that.

It’s hard to know specifically what Bayley’s singing about so cryptically – but he says the lyrics “tackle the humanisation of nature and human interference with nature”.

Tropical rainforest vibes are also alluded to in the title, taken from singer Bayley’s favorite childhood story, William Steig’s The Zabajaba Jungle.

Executive production by Paul Epworth with Bayley producing ensures that level of aural consistency, meaning ZABA which is likened to “a backdrop of man-made wilderness,” according to the band directly, is awash with ambient and alluring songcraft.

Listen to ZABA on Spotify. / Buy from their site.

Posted on June 6th, 2014



21 bands were added to Electric Picnic today:

Blondie, Sinead O’Connor, Mogwai, James Murphy, Kelis, Neneh Cherry, The Horrors, Duke Dumont, Twin Shadow, Ham Sandwich, Clean Bandit, Drenge, The Orwells, Glass Animals, Wolf Alice, The Districts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Vaults, Benjamin Booker, Moko.

Playlist of additions

That adds to the previously announced acts including Beck, Portishead, Outkast, Foals and more as per the poster:



Until July 4th midnight
€194.50 weekend tickets

From Midnight, July 4th
€229.50 weekend tickets
Campervan Tickets are €60
Tickets are available from ticketmaster.ie

Previously: See Electric Picnic in GIFS from last year.

Listen to Nialler9 as a playlist

Posted on May 13th, 2014


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