Rudimental, Roots Manuva, Everything Everything, Hannah Wants and many more acts have been announced for Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran, Donegal this year which takes place from the 22nd to the 24th of June.

Also featuring:

  • Dusky
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Walking On Cars
  • Hudson Taylor
  • Le Galaxie
  • Fekky
  • The Blizzards
  • Versatile
  • DJ Yoda
  • Wild Youth
  • Greg Wilson
  • Stomptown Brass
  • Fabio
  • Ryan Mc Mullan
  • The Hot Sprockets
  • DJ Deece
  • David Keenan
  • Willie and The Bandits
  • Slow Place Like Home
  • Waldorf and Cannon
  • Amber and The Bear
  • Marc O Reilly
  • Get Down Edits
  • DJ Mek
  • Brave Giant
  • New Valley Wolves
  • Elaine Mai
  • The Clandestinos
  • 1000 Beasts
  • Vernon Jane
  • Thumper
  • Alan Finan
  • Colin Perkins
  • A Different Animal
  • Order of The Mess
  • Ciara Brady

Tickets are available from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and Priced from €109.90 for 3 days and €134.90 including 4 nights camping. There’s also limited day tickets available from €49.50 and Surfers Bar (VIP) upgrades from €50 extra.

Posted on February 1st, 2018


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Roots Manuva’s planned gig at the National Concert Hall tomorrow night (Wednesday August 10th) has been cancelled on medical grounds.

Ticket holders for this event will be automatically refunded by the National Concert Hall.

The National Concert Hall and the artist would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Get well and fit Rodney.

Posted on August 9th, 2016


Warpaint & Roots Manuva are lined up to play two separate gigs at the National Concert Hall this summer, Roots Manuva on Wednesday August 10th (€35) and Warpaint on Tuesday August 23rd (€32).

Cool. It will be Warpaint’s only gig of the summer and a Roots Manuva gig in NCH is a once-off for sure.

Tickets on sale now – Warpaint / Roots Manuva

Posted on June 3rd, 2016


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After their two Dublin gigs last week, Massive Attack have dropped a new Ritual Spirit EP on Virgin/EMI today featuring 4 tracks of collaborations with their old pal Tricky, Roots Manuva, Azekel & Young Fathers.

It’s the first of two EPs to be released this year with an album to follow. Ritual Spirit EP has been written and produced by Robert del Naja and studio collaborator Euan Dickinson. A second Massive Attack EP, written and co-produced by Daddy G, will be released in the spring.

Here’s the video for the dark moody Tricky track, directed by Hiro Murai and starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes:

The EP in full is on Spotify and iTunes:

‘Ritual Spirit’ EP track list:

1. Dead Editors (Massive Attack & Roots Manuva)
2. Ritual Spirit (Massive Attack & Azekel)
3. Voodoo In My Blood (Massive Attack & Young Fathers)
4. Take It There (Massive Attack, Tricky & 3D)

Only last week, the band launched the Fantom app – a sensory music player that remixes and reforms songs uniquely using a variety of environmental variables including location, movement, time of day, heartbeat and the integral moving image camera.

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

The songs

  1. Majical Cloudz – Silver Car Crash
  2. Katie Kim – Foreign Fleas
  3. Bicep & Hammer – Dahlia
  4. Percussions – Digital Arpeggios
  5. Jamie xx – Loud Places (John Talabot remix)
  6. Girl Band – Paul
  7. All Tvvins – Darkest Ocean
  8. Lapsley – Hurt Me
  9. FKA Twigs – In Time
  10. Beach House – Space Song
  11. Enemies – Play Fire
  12. Planet Parade – Blue Sky
  13. Dr. Dre -Genocide feat. Kendrick Lamar
  14. John Grant – Disappointing feat. Tracey Thorn
  15. Kwamie Liv – Pleasure This Pain feat. Angel Haze
  16. Zomby & Wiley – Step 2001
  17. Rizzla – Iron Cages (feat. Odile Myrtil)
  18. Transviolet – Bloodstream
  19. Roots Manuva – One Thing
  20. Chvrches – Leave A Trace (Four Tet  remix)
  21. Paradise 100 – Heat.Wav
  22. Tirzah – Make It Up
  23. Jamie Woon – Sharpness
  24. Cruising – You Made Me Do That
  25. Boots – Aquaria feat. Deradoorian
  26. Rosa Nutty – Fine Print
  27. TNLYF – Reflect
  28. Donnacha Costello – Farewell
  29. Gwilym Gold – I Know, I Know
  30. Battles – The Yabba

Listen on Spotify

Posted on September 9th, 2015


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Between this weird and wonderful patois wonk of ‘Facety 2:11’ featuring a beat from Four Tet and the B-side, ‘Like A Drum’, featuring production by Machinedrum, our Rodney Smith could be at the start of a rejuvenation period.

Rodney Smith is arguably the greatest rapper ever to emerge from British shores. Over five albums of sonic invention, which, like all great hip-hop records, ran the gamut between funky fun and sharp-eyed lyrical incision, he’s carved out space for rappers in the UK, and become one the iconic voices in hip-hop from anywhere.

Smith describes the tune as ‘a wee spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of “doing because we can’t help ourselves…””

The single is out on 12” via Ninja Tune on May 4th.

Posted on April 21st, 2015

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There’s always a worry that a talented rapper such as Roots Manuva will only be remembered for his greatest hit, in Rodney Smith’s case ‘Witness The Fitness’.

In my opinion, his last great album was 2005’s Awfully Deep though 2008’s Slime & Reason has its moments and 2013’s ‘Stolen Youth’ was a return to form. But it’s good to hear a Roots Manuva track with production by one of the best. Four Tet provides a weird “boat race”-featuring rhythm for Smith on ‘Facety 2:11’ (Facety is patois slang for being rude). The end result is a weird and wonky tune that makes Smith sound vital and current too.

The B-side features production from Machinedrum too so it may not be a one off for the album to come.

The song is on iTunes and vinyl.

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

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The small festival B.A.R.E. In The Woods is returning for its second year, near Portarlington, Co. Laois on Saturday June 13th.

Earlier this year, they announced the first 12 acts to play.

Today they’ve added 20 more:

Roots Manuva
Mr Williamz
Dan Shake
John Blek & The Rats
Dirty Dubsters
King Modo
Dah Jevu
The Radioactive Grandma
Dem Fools
Val Normal
Little xs for eyes
Overhead The Albatross
The Hip Neck Blues Collective
Slackers Symphony
Fox E & The Good Hands
The Cardinal Sins
Catlovers London
Funkadelic Dublin

Tickets from €30 -€50.

More info at their website.

Posted on March 18th, 2015


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The Insomniax debut EP The Love She Wants EP went under the radar the first time around I posted about them despite the high calibre of urban London sounds and Roses Gabor on guest vocals. For the current remix EP, Kai Gama and Dr Sydney Velvet drafted in the Rooty Toot Manuva for a special version of the EP standout ‘Friday Comes’. Hang around after in the playlist for Willows’ Bobby Evans and Swede:art remixes too.

Posted on December 11th, 2012

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Some recent new album streams for your listening pleasure. The Glasser album is spinning now for me. Sounds superb so far.

Deerhunter Halcyon Digest @ NPR

Glasser Dream

Abe VigodaCrush
Abe Vigoda – Crush by Popfrenzy

Fever Ray – Dazed Digital mixtape

Roots Manuva Meets Wrong TomDuppy Writer

Four Tet – FACT Mix 182

Posted on September 20th, 2010


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New mixtape from Rollie serves as a nice stopgap between Afterparty Babies and what comes after it. It collates his remixes with some of his collaborations (including a sneak peek at a new Bonus Party track).

01 – Roll With The Winners (Prod. Herve & A-Trak)
02 – The Cansecos “Rise Up” (Cadence Weapon Mix)
03 – Pretty Girls Make Raves (Prod. Stuffa, Mapei and Sinden)
04 – Mini T.V.’s (Chad Vangaalen Cover, Live ft. Final Fantasy)
05 – Sailboats Are White “SAW” (Cadence Weapon Hi-Speed Edit)
06 – Sally Shapiro “He Keeps Me Alive” (Cadence Weapon Mix)
07 – Bad Graffiti (Prod. Murge)
08 – Roland Pemberton III “Rupture Vers Le Haut”
09 – The Morning After (Prod. C-Sekshun)
10 – RJD2 “Sweet Piece” (Cadence Weapon’s Ladykiller Remix)
11 – Kennedy Curse
12 – Kid Sister “Damn Girl” (Cadence Weapon Remix)
13 – Shout Out Out Out Out “Coming Home (We Do Acid)” (Demo)
14 – Busdriver “Sun Shower” (Cadence Weapon`s Raleigh Remix)
15 – Junior Bloomsday “Your Perfect Gene” (ft. Cadence Weapon)
16 – The Wet Secrets “The Chinball Wizard” (Cadence Weapon’s Samir-Themed Remix)
17 – House Music Medley (Bird Peterson, A1 Bassline, The Cansecos)
18 – Super Extra Bonus Party “Radar (Demo)”
19 – Roots Manuva “Buff Nuff” (Cadence Weapon Tuff Mix)
20 – The D.B. Buxton Revue “Sex With My Ex” (Cadence Weapon’s No Sex Mix)

Cadence Weapon – The Morning After

Roots Manuva – Buff Nuff (Cadence Tuff mix)

Download the mixtape/ Name your price @

Posted on January 19th, 2009

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Hot Chip continue their task to remix every artist under the sun with this sped-up, squelchy rework.

Now a dilemma…
Gigs on the 1st November – Why? or Roots Manuva?

I’ve seen Why? twice and Alopecia is probably my favourite album this year. On the other hand, I’ve never seen Roots Manuva ever. That sort of answers it doesn’t it?

Roots Manuva – Let The Spirit (Hot Chip Remix)

Posted on October 16th, 2008

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