A day after publicly announcing their festival’s support for the Yes vote, Longitude have added 33 acts and the Red Bull Woodlands Line Up to the sold out festival in Marlay Park in Dublin from July 13th to 15th.
Sunday tickets are now on sale too at €69.50 plus fees.
Day by dat Breakdown
Friday 13th July:
J. Cole Migos Post Malone Khalid Joey Badass 6Lack Alma A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Princess Nokia Bas Jafaris Day_S Laoise Flynn Jyellowl Stevie G Krystal Klear Eve Cailin Sarah Mooney
Saturday 14th July: Travis Scott Diplo Tyer, The Creator Giggs Sigrid Lil Pump Rejjie Snow Playboi Carti Big Shaq Mabel Kojaque Soulé Jesse James Solomon Mango X Mathman Sequence Erica Cody Dj Deece Boots & Kats Jack Thompson Long Island Sound Staxx Lyrical
Sunday 15th July:
Solange SZA Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals Sampha J Hus The Internet Kali Uchis Ibeyi Jacob Banks Iamddb Belly Naaz Durand Jones & The Indications Le Boom Lilla Vargen Sorcha Richardson Solardo Ghostboy Kettama Ciara Brady Justyna Koss
Le Boom have released a new Late Night edit of newest single ‘Coma’ just in time for some “cans by the canal” or the festival season. The edit of the track was made by Le Boom’s Christy’s Leech and is suitable for club play. The new single has over 56k plays on Spotify since its release last month.
The track is available as a free download via Bandcamp.
Declaration of interest: I am the manager of the band.
Upcoming tour dates:
May 5 Feile na Bealtaine, Dingle, May 11 Central Arts, Waterford May 12 Mullingar Lane Club, with Mix & Fairbanks, Mullingar May 17 The Great Escape, Brighton May 26 Purple Room, Drogheda May 30 – June 2 Primavera Sound, Barcelona June 2 Fever Pitch Music Festival, Galway Airport June 3 K-Fest 2018, Killorgan, Kerry June 22 Body&Soul Festival. Meath July 27 Sunflowerfest, Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough, NI July 28 Caribou afterparty with Lumo Club, Roisin Dubh, Galway August 4 The Beatyard, Dun Laoghaire August 5 Indiependence, Cork
Electro-pop duo Le Boom, Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon, are a band that I was so impressed with in the last year or so, that I’m now involved with them in a management capacity. It made sense for me, I loved their music and wanted to help beyond merely featuring their track on the site.
So, with the business out of the way, here’s a first listen to the band’s new single ‘Coma’, their first since November’s ‘Don’t Need It Now’, dropping this week ahead of their sold out show in the Button Factory on Saturday night with support from Cinema and Lumo DJs.
‘Coma’ is one of those live favourites from the band’s set and drops ahead of upcoming appearances at The Great Escape, Body&Soul and more Irish dates as listed below.
Le Boom Tour Dates
April 7 Button Factory late show (sold out) April 14 It takes a Village, Trabolgan Apr 26 Music Cork, Cork May 5 Feile na Bealtaine, Dingle, May 11 Central Arts, Waterford May 12 Lane Club, Mullingar (with Mix and Fairbanks) May 17 The Great Escape, Brighton May 26 Purple Room, Drogheda May 30/June 1 – Primavera Sound Pro, Barcelona June 2 Fever Pitch Music Festival, Galway Airport June 3rd K-Fest 2018, Killorgan, Kerry June 22 Body &Soul, Westmeath June 30 Mother Pride Block Party, Dublin July 27-29 Sunflowerfest, Hillsborough August 4th The Beatyard, Dun Laoghaire Aug 5th Indiependence, Cork Aug 11 Stendhal, Limavady, Derry
BD Festival returns to Glendalough House, Co. Wicklow for its 11th year on Good Friday, and with the no-alcohol rule on that day law now repealed, it’ll be the first time the festival has an actual bar.
The festival has grown from a 400 capacity party to a 4000=capacity festival and the stature of the electronic and dance artists have grown along with it.
Boots & Kats
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.ie and are currently priced at €45.00 + €4.50 Fee
A bus service will be operated from Dublin and details of this will be released in due course on the Facebook page. Limited parking will be available along with a taxi drop off point.
A bass-heavy banging club track from New York City and Seoul-based producer Kathy Yaeji Lee off her new EP2, which kicks off with bilingual Korean and English vocals.
Khruangbin – Maria Tambié
Texas psychedelic trio Khruangbin provide us with this soulful funky track. This group have been making a name for themselves with their live performances mixing “60’s Thai funk, 70’s Persian rock music, and 80’s Algerian symphonia”. They have an extraordinary ability to mix old sounds into something that sounds fresh and new.
This is the first song in eight years from Super Extra Bonus Party. ‘Switzerland’ is a fresh reminder of a band who have multi-genre influences so to that end, the song has indie-rock guitar riffs, synthesizers, electronic percussion and a first for the band, vocals that come from the band’s own members.
Electronic pop duo Le Boom have a solid live reputation but now, their recordings are starting to catch up. On only their second single, the band establish their infectious energy – built on bright instrumentation, melodic vocals and dancefloor dynamics.
DOI: Niall Byrne AKA Nialler9 is the band’s manager.
Wolf and Moon – Garden Of Potential
Germany folk duo Stefany June and Talk Show Host AKA Wolf and Moon present this atmospheric track ‘Garden Of Potential’ provoking gentle emotion. I’m glad that these two met at a house party in Utrecht, in The Netherlands. Both possess unique voices that together make for an ambient musical match.
Rosie Carney – Winter
True to the title, ‘Winter’ from Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney paints an picture through gentle folk atmospherixs. Carney’s vocals are hauntingly beautiful and she says of the song:
“Winter is a confessional song written about knowing when something is over. It’s inspired by the brutally honest truth experienced when realising something is coming to an end regardless of whether or not that’s what you want. It captures the true cold essence of winter which can be felt when letting go.. It was, of course, written in the winter.. The instrumentation and production were very much inspired by the cold and bare landscapes around me. Everything is raw and minimal.”
The Paul brothers, Jai and A.K. are back with this new track ‘Evil’ which was written by a track written by A. K. Paul with vocals from London based Ruthven, who is apparently a firefighter from Lewisham. The track is in typical Paul brothers’ style – synthesized electronic pop of the off-kilter kind.
Nabihah Iqbal – Zone 1 to 6000
Formerly known as Throwing Shade, London-based Nabihah Iqbal shares her new song from her debut album ‘Weighing of the Heart’. The song is inspired by the poetry of by poetry, William Blake and Matthew Arnold and the experiences of living in a big city.
“It’s also about figuring out a pathway – whether that’s pursuing what you want, or being stuck in a rut and compensating for routine and monotony by acts of escapism.”
English brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson or Ardyn last two singles ‘Together’ and ‘Throwing Stones’ had influences of the classic music of Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush. They return to that sound on ‘Bloom’, with catchy synthesizer beats and elegant sibling harmonies.
Frankenstein Bolts – Night Whispering
Wexford duo Frankenstein Bolts dreamy folk track ‘Night Whispering’ is the second release off their album Aglow & Spark which was released earlier this year. This track has a very soothing lullaby feel to it.
Since appearing as a duo under the Le Boom name last summer, Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon have quickly become one of the most sought-after new acts in Irish music.
Their electronic house-pop is a rush, it starts dance parties. Between Leech’s falsetto and Mallon’s manic percussive energy, there’s an infectious buzz in their music.
Last August, the band released their debut single ‘What We Do’ and in the intervening months (with only a remix in the meantime), I’ve watched them do great things on live stages from Body & Soul to Cork’s Cyprus Avenue and Quarter Block Party, to Electric Picnic and beyond at Latitude, Hard Working Class Heroes. Castlepalooza, Sea Sessions and Indiependence to name a few. It convinced me to help them out and start managing the band*.
‘Don’t Need It Now’ is a live favourite from the past year. It’s a song that has that same melodic playfulness as their debut single with an added rhythmic toughness and swerve. The band have many more on the way in 2018 and they have a sold out show next Friday in Whelan’s with Mix & Fairbanks on November 24th. This song will be released on streaming platforms very soon.
*I’ve never managed a band before because it just didn’t feel right but the more I talked to Christy and Aimie (and they did ask me twice), the more I was convinced to get onboard. I write about music on Nialler9 to promote music I love, and managing the band feels like another step in embracing that promotional aspect in a positive way.
It’s festival bank holiday weekend and that means there are 3 major music festivals happening in Dublin, Cork and the Midlands (four if you count the smaller Arcadian Field in Bellurgan). Here are 10 recommendations for acts and performances I would see if I was at all of Beatyard, Castlepalooza & Indiependence.
The Beatyard, Sunday
The soundtrack to the end of the chillout phenomenon when Moon Safari, the band’s debut of French electronic pop was released in 1998, this French duo went on to create a body of work that incorporated ’80s synth experimentalism and a very particular retro French style of studious songwriting. They’ve not played here in a long time (last reference I can find is from 2001) so this will be a rare sight. To a lesser extend, see Morcheeba who play before them.
Sunday @ Castlepalooza
Marcus Lambkin is known as the Irishman who disco infiltrated DFA Records and there’s a good reason for that. The man has talent in creating propulsive electronic music that crosses the boundaries between disco, house and techno and still has a pop edge.
Saturday @ Castlepalooza, Sunday @ Indiependence
Christy Leech & Aimie Mallon are a party band who make music that moves between house, pop and electro and they’ve been building a great live reputation in the past year. They are one of the hottest tickets on Irish festivals so it’s no surprise with only one single out, they’re playing at the late end of the festival bills this weekend.
Friday @ Castlepalooza, Sunday @ Indiependence
One of the best live bands to come out of the UK in the last 10 years. Their albums may vary but they are a singular proposition, creating intricate imaginative indie-rock. Live, their drummer is one to watch as he’s a subtle master.
Saturday @ Beatyard
Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers is an electronic music pioneer and this is his first ever live show in Ireland so that counts for something. Most recently, he was sample by Kanye West on ‘Fade’.
Saturday @ Beatyard, Sunday @ Indiependence
BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past and are establishing their own rap-tinged soulful R&B jazz sound under a genre they’ve coined as “agrosoul.”
Saturday @ Beatyard
A full live band set from a producer who has mined American folk music for sampling purposes but has worked them in a more textured way than Moby. His two recent Love Songs albums were excellent releases and the prospect of a full live band has the potential for a Bonobo-style live show.
Sing Along Social
Saturday @ Beatyard
Full disclosure. The ringmaster of Sing Along Social is my wife Aoife but I’m not the only one who agrees that Aoife has hit upon a great concept that as you can see below works very well at a festival. Sing Along Social like karaoke en masse but there are no stars showing off, it’s a guilt-free choir where everyone sings together, it’s a singing party where you could be singing Mariah’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ in June, TLC, ABBA, Enya, Beach Boys or Journey. At Beatyard, the theme is Seaside vs. the City. And watch out for the craic attack of Bingo Loco before hand.
Sunday @ Castlepalooza
A rising talent from my hometown of Newbridge, CO. Kildare, Peter Fleming’s electronic project left a mark with a full album of instrumental cosmic electronica but he’s since been embracing a sound draws from more upbeat tempos, retro electronic pop styles and vocals.
Saturday @ Indiependence
This young Cork lass based in the UK makes pop music in the vein of Florence and keeps her accent intact. Combining Scandinavian pop dynamic productions with her Emerald hear made for some suave pop. I put her on the TV show Striking Out earlier this year in my other job as music supervisor and that got her a lot of traction if I do so so myself. Live, she’s a charmer too.