Vantastival, which is a campervan-themed festival in association with Volkswagen taking place from June 1st to 3rd at Beaulieu House & Gardens in Drogheda has announced its first line up.


It’s always good to hear new music from Jeremy Hickey aka Rarely Seen Above Ground but more commonly listed as R.S.A.G.

‘Meet You There’ is the Kilkenny drummer and multi-instrumentalist’s new song and it continues the run of one-off singles that have featured his music growing in scope and direction, most obviously in texture and tone here, with strings, a more commanding vocal and a relentless hurtle rhythm.

‘Meet You There’ is inspired by the work of scientists attempting to understand the composition of black holes.

The visuals in the video for ‘Meet You There’ are created by long-time R.S.A.G. collaborator Paul Mahon a.k.a Geppetto.

‘Meet You There’ is out April 28th.

Posted on April 5th, 2017

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Also announced this week:

Former Throwing Muses’ musician Kristin Hersh is to play a solo Irish tour that goes to Spirit Store, Dundalk on November 1st, to Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on November 2nd, The Triskel Cork on November 3rd (€22), Roisin Dubh, Galway on November 4th (€23) and Dolan’s, Limerick (€24) on November 5th. Tickets via Ticketmaster or venues.

Kiasmos play a DJ Set at Wah Wah Club / The Grand Social next Saturday night Oct 29th.

Dublin’s newest venue The Bowery in Rathmines opened its doors this weekend (it’s a lovely spot), and Badly Drawn Boy is the first of the new announcements with his first Dublin show in 10 years. The date is Sunday 18 December and tickets for the show priced from €22.90 plus booking free are on sale Friday 21 October available from Ticketmaster outlets and online at and the venue website.

A new indie club SOMA hits Whelan’s from next Thursday night and features live sets from Thumper, WOLFF and a DJ set from residents Otherkin. It’s free in.

Kilkenny’s multi-instrumentalist R.S.A.G. has lined up a post-Christmas show at The Sound House (in The Wiley Fox) on Eden Quay on December 28th.
Support on the night is fellow Kilkenny man The Kilo 1977. Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday (€10) at 10am. General (€15). Doors 11pm ’til 3am.

Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) + Rostam (Vampire Weekend) recently made an album together and now Leithauser will be touring it with a group that includesStephen Patterson (Drums), and Gregory Roberts (Bass) with occasionally, Rostam. His tour hits The Workman’s Club, Dublin on 12 March 2017. Tickets priced €22 + fees on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.

I can’t stop listening to the latest Young Marco song so it’s good to see he’s playing Wigwam on November 26th.

It also features in my new mix:

The Last Mixed Tape hosts Lost Tapes featuring Paddy Hanna, Beauty Sleep & Montauk Hotel on November 18th in Bello Bar.

Cork’s Southern Hospitality Board presents The Sudden Club Weekender in December including gigs from Rusangano Family, Altered Hours and Rozi Plain all at the Kino, Washington Street.

The Sudden Club : Rusangano Family + BantumFriday 9th December, 7.30pm
Price: €16

The Sudden Club: The Altered Hours + The BonkSaturday 10th December, 7.30pm
Price: €13

The Sudden Club: Rozi Plain + The Shaker Hymn + Anna Mieke BishopSunday 11th December, 7.30pm
Price: €12

Weekend ticket for all shows are available for €36 and physical tickets available shortly from Plugd Records, Tobin Street.

As part of the Bram Stoker Festival next week, A Breaking Tunes Music trail featuring bands like Participant, Cult Called Man, Basciville, New Pope, Exploding Eyes and more are playing in cafés and shops across town over two days.

Brian Deady has added a second date in Whelan’s next week.

I Am Niamh is playing a headline show on December 9th in Bello Bar, Dublin.

Soulful Dublin singer Jesse John Heffernan plays his first headline live show at The Bello Bar on December 3rd.

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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New music from Jeremy Hickey aka Rarely Seen Above Ground is always welcome around these parts.

The Kilkenny multi-instrumentalist, drummer and singer last tracks ‘I’ll Be There’ was a moody shape-shifter and ‘Don’t Move So Fast’ had a Suicide-esque groove. This new song ‘Leave A Light On’, further pushes his palette in new directions.

A production collage of brass, vocals, buzzing synth and guitar set to Hickey’s ever present effervescent percussive chops, the song is officially released tomorrow Friday April 29th and trails his forthcoming third album. Producers Leo Pearson and James Darkin helped out on his latest tracks.

Download from iTunes.

Posted on April 28th, 2016


This Saturday night, as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in conjunction with Hard Working Class Heroes, I have curated a special French/Irish event featuring two leading lights of their respective countries.

Quoi De Nuef? is a once-off debut performance between Kilkenny drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Rarely Seen Above Ground (R.S.A.G.) and Parisian DJ, producer and label owner, Cosmo Vitelli.

Billed as Teleoke, the performance will utilise synths, software, hardware, samplers, drums and vocals in a special live never-heard before show. Tickets are €10 from Dublin Theatre Festival but the first 150 people with Hard Working Class Heroes wristbands get free entry. The doors are at midnight. I will be DJing in the Garden all night too dropping some French classics in there too.

Jeremy R.S.A.G. has spent a lot of time in France in the last few years recording and playing with Vitelli’s Bot’Ox band and Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay when not playing his own significant material.

Vitelli is a French club institution having played regularly at Paris Clubs since the start of the French touch movement. He has remixed the likes of Daft Punk, Etienne De Crecy and more. He has played Boiler Room and released records by Simian Mobile Disco and Yuksek among others.

Facebook event

Here’s some footage of Jeremy DJing with Vitelli’s Bot’Ox band:

Posted on October 1st, 2015


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Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival  happens this weekend in Bundoran, rechristened Fundoran for those who make the trip to the edge of The Atlantic to what will probably be a sunny haven of surf, sand and tunes. Here’s my guide for who to catch at the festival and if you want more on Sea Sessions hit Vodafone Centre Stage, your festival resource this summer for news, tickets and performances all summer long.

So how about taking the hassle out of who to see? Just follow Nialler9’s guide.



The drummer from Kilkenny is much more than that one-man job as Jeremy Hickey does it all – makes the music, produces the tracks and plays it all. Live, he stays behind his drumkit flanked by visuals of his virtual self and still manages to look like he’s doing everything all at once. It’s that workmanship that has got him noticed by the likes of Bo’Tox and Xavier de Rosnay of Justice in France as the go-to guy for live beats.

The Minutes

There aren’t many classic rock’n’roll bands around these days but these Dubliners are definitely in the top tier of the pack with their visceral take on garage rock and rock’n’roll. Second album Live Well, Change Often saw the band become a European tour staple picking up fans across the continent along the way. As a result, these lads are primed and ready to give you a sweaty rock show at all times.

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Posted on June 16th, 2015


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Update: Lamb, Jape and Jennifer Evans now added.

Body&Soul are once again trying their hand at a off-site party at IMMA after last year’s Halloween ball.

ÉRIU is billed as a contemporary celebration of an age-old tradition (ÉRIU is the goddess of Ireland) and will take place on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, 16th March.

Music in three rooms comes from R.S.A.G, The Máirtin O’Connor Band and Katie Kim (The Great Hall curated by Donal Dineen), Subplots, Margie Lewis, and Landless (Baroque Chapel) with DJ Tonie Walsh in the Vaults,

Visuals come from Guerrilla Shout and there’s also a limited capacity two-course Wild Irish feast beforehand by Katie Sanderson (Living Dinners, Dillisk) and Keith Coleman (The Fumbally).

Drinks options include a Bulmers bar, an O’Brien’s Wines tasting tent and a cocktail bar. The dress code ‘Excessive/Transgressive’.

Tickets on sale now are €32.50 for regular tickets early bird, then €39.50. If you want to do both the meal and the event it’s €69.50.

Posted on February 23rd, 2015


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Vantastival 2015 has unveiled its first names for the festival to take place in Bellurgan Park, north of Dundalk, from 1st to 3rd May and it includes Dublin indie rockers Delorentos and Welsh rap chancers Goldie Lookin’ Chain.

The lineup

Delorentos – Goldie Lookin’ Chain – Jinx Lennon – R.S.A.G. – Rackhouse Pilfer – The Flaws – Cry Monster Cry – Bunoscionn – The Crayon Set – Black Svan – I’m Your Vinyl – Tecimerico – Corner Boy – Rudy Trixx – The Bonny Men – The Bionic Rats – Plutonic Dust
Temper-Mental Misselayneous – Tell No Foxx – Elephant – The Blood Red Mountain Band – Silent Noise Parade – Cfit – The Hardchargers – We Raise Bears – Let’s Set Sail – Brett Newski – Graham Sweeney – Kate O’callaghan – Cpnhgn – Remedy – Travis Oaks – Foreign Affair & Dabinett – Elm – Val Normal – Podracer – We Were Giants – This Other Kingdom – Beached Whales – Bunk – Featuring X – Na Tonnta – The High Life – Words That Burn – Red Moon Bayonets – Naoise Roo – Tiny Vinyls – The Twisted Sisters – District Daze – Kingdom Of Crows – Evil Presidentes – Red Temple – Resin – Majestic Bears – The Pox Men – Christian Collins – We Are Athletics – The Brown Notes – The Well Dressed Hobos – The Rollers – Sarah Gleeson – Grand – Nix_Moon – Richard Richard

Tickets are now on sale at €95 for three nights camping, available from

Posted on February 17th, 2015


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B.A.R.E. In The Woods the festival, that started up last year in Portarlington, Co. Laois, will return for a one-day outing on Saturday June 13th to Garryhinch. The festival has announced its first 12 acts which feature a few international names like Mt. Wolf.

They are:

Jon Gomm / Mt. Wolf / Pikachunes / Interskalactic / R.S.A.G / The Eskies / Nanu Nanu / Yes Cadets / Ghosts

Sounds Of System Breakdown / Sleep Thieves / David Browne Murray

Tickets are on sale now for €30-€40 (Camping) from

Posted on January 15th, 2015


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Jeremy Hickey has spent most of 2014 not working on his own music, mostly in France, with Justice’s Xavier De Rosnay and Bot’Ox but also with Jerry Fish, Geppetto and Cat Dowling.

Under his own project, R.S.A.G., he gave us the moody shape-shifting ‘I’ll Be There’ earlier this year.

‘Don’t Move So Fast’ is the second song from his forthcoming third album due in 2015. The song, says Hickey, is “a reflection on the digital age and on our ever decreasing attention spans.” To that end, it luxuriates in the groove, building more like a live dance track with subtle rhythms, bass and percussion leading the way, while Hickey’s vocal recalls the whispered stab and suck of Suicide.

R.S.A.G. plays Central Hall, Waterford on Friday December 5th and at the Grand Social, Dublin on Friday 12th.

Posted on December 3rd, 2014


Jeremy Hickey has been dividing his time between France and Ireland of late, playing with the French electro band Bot’Ox and most recently, with Justice’s Xavier de Rosney and DVNO’s Mehdi Pinson.

While we await the outcome of that meeting, Hickey is returning to R.S.A.G. for his new album later in the year, the first fruits of which, ‘I’ll Be There’, displays a more electronic-focused style than his previous percussive sound of live alternative rock instrumentation and percussive funk.

“For this track I wanted it to sound somewhere between Caribou, Four Tet and DJ Shadow. With the female vocal adding a ghostly entity whispering menacingly,”

The video is by Geppetto.

Posted on May 27th, 2014

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Tuesday March 11th

  • Beyoncé @ The O2 (€82-€100 with fees)
    [Pop] The Mrs. Carter World Tour. She might be Queen Bee but those tickets are expensive. 

Wednesday March 12th

Thursday March 13th

  • Stiff Little Fingers @ The Academy  (€22)
    [Rock] Classic Belfast punk rock band.
  • Corner Boy @ Whelan’s  (€8)
    [Indie-pop] Wexford band on the up.
  • PAWS @ The Workman’s Club  (€9)
    [indie-rock] Glasgow three-piece rockers.
  • I Heart The Monster Hero @ The Grand Social (€7)
    [Indie] “Tromatizing trippy fist pump inducing shout out loud fun school music”

Friday March 14th

Saturday March 15th

Sunday March 16th

Monday March 17th

Posted on March 11th, 2014


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It’s been a while since renowned Irish DMC champion DJ Tu-Ki released some mixes and longer still since he tackled someone else’s music in a remix format.

Here, he gets his hands dirty with R.S.A.G’s ‘You Want More’, from Jeremy Hickey’s most recent Rotate EP, taking the track’s rhythm and roughing it up nicely. It’s a free download too.

Previously: Sunken Foal’s remix of the track.

Posted on October 31st, 2013

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Jeremy Hickey’s music has always been difficult to describe, let alone categorise. But where others’ indefinable music can be a wash of styles without substance, the discography of R.S.A.G. has always been brimming with musical inventiveness and purpose. With Hickey being primarily a drummer both on record and live, a lot of the appeal comes from his gift for creating a wide array of unique rhythms. It’s on that constant foundation that Hickey has been experimenting with and over with other instruments in the last five or six years.

The Rotate EP collates the three previously released tracks the moody ‘Broken State’, the motorik ‘Faltered’ and the machine-like ‘This Winding Sheet’ with three new ones. ‘Open’ is an expansive starry instrumental first track which introduces a great heady bassline and vocal whispers, ‘You Want More’ unfurls with atmospheric strings/synthesizers overhead while hushed vocals singing “I’ve told you all my secrets but you want more”, while the closing title track ‘Rotate’ has a creepy synth crawl to its rhythm.
Listen to the EP →

Posted on July 12th, 2013


Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Hickey aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, more commonly abbreviated to R.S.A.G. has a new single and video coming out. ‘Broken State’ is a hypnotic layered track which Hickey says is “a mood driven piece in which I’ve tried to interpret a number of different feelings involved in human endeavor, to the soundtrack of dub, electronic and orchestral percussive sounds.”

It suggests the third R.S.A.G. album will be a more nuanced listen than previous albums. The album is forthcoming and an EP is before that too. Previously, R.S.A.G. released the single ‘Falter’, has been playing with French band Bot’Ox and collaborating with Jerry Fish. You can catch him live next at Body & Soul.

Check out ‘Broken State’ via the Myles O’Reilly video:


Posted on June 4th, 2013

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