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.

They are:

  • Sigrid
  • Playboi Carti
  • Alma
  • Rejjie Snow
  • Iamddb
  • Jesse James Solomon
  • Durand Jones & The Indications
  • Kojaque
  • Mango X Mathman
  • Le Boom
  • Soulé
  • Erica Cody
  • Day_S
  • Tebi Rex
  • Laoise
  • Jyellowl
  • Jafaris
  • Flynn
  • Sequence

Red Bull Music Stage

Friday, 13th July:
Stevie G, Krystal Klear, Eve, Cailin, Sarah Mooney

Saturday, 14th July:
Boots & Kats, Dj Deece, Jack Thompson, Long Island Sound, Staxx Lyrical

Sunday, 15th July:
Solardo, Ghostboy, Kettama, Ciara Brady, Justyna Koss

Sunday tickets are now on sale too at €69.50 
plus fees.

Day by dat Breakdown

Friday 13th July:

J. Cole
Post Malone
Joey Badass
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Princess Nokia
Stevie G
Krystal Klear
Sarah Mooney

Saturday 14th July:
Travis Scott
Tyer, The Creator
Lil Pump
Rejjie Snow
Playboi Carti
Big Shaq
Jesse James Solomon
Mango X Mathman
Erica Cody
Dj Deece
Boots & Kats
Jack Thompson
Long Island Sound
Staxx Lyrical

Sunday 15th July:

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
J Hus
The Internet
Kali Uchis
Jacob Banks
Durand Jones & The Indications
Le Boom
Lilla Vargen
Sorcha Richardson
Ciara Brady
Justyna Koss

Posted on May 18th, 2018


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This week’s episode features Aoife McCann and Dan McIntyre from AE MAK talking about being accepted to Festival Republic’s ReBalanced programme – a new initiative that aims to address the gender imbalance in the music industry. Dan meanwhile, discusses his just-announced acceptance to the Red Bull Music Academy later this year in Berlin.

Niall and Ellen also talk albums of the week from Young Fathers, Fickle Friends, Soccer Mommy and Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock. There are tracks of the week from Sigrid, BARQ, Fenne Lily, Sofi Tukker and The Voidz (Julian Casablancas interview with Vulture mentioned.)

We also talk the Electric Picnic lineup, the return of Block Party and Spotify’s new urban playlist.

Feedback so far has been really positive since we kicked back into the podcast gear so if you like what we’re doing please like and subscribe and leave a review on iTunes. It helps us get noticed by the podcast gods.

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Tracks of the week:

Sigrid – Raw
Sofi Tukker – Baby I’m A Queen
The Voidz – Aliennation
Barq – Sassy Mouth
Fenne Lily – On Hold

Albums of the week:

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else
Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Lockout
Soccer Mommy – Clean

Closing Song: Casisdead – Pats Earrings

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Previous podcasts in this series:
Podcast #004: Jape on creativity and procrastination
#003: Quare Groove, Caroline Rose, RIP State Magazine
#002: Nialler9 Podcast – Rejjie Snow, Christian Tierney, All Together Now
#001: Wyvern Lingo. Black Panther & more
Nialler9 Podcast: One More Flourescent Rush
Nialler9 Podcast 3: Lumo live set
Nialler9 Podcast #2: Halloween Synths
Nialler9 at Night #1

Posted on March 22nd, 2018


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The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.3k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).


Fenne Lilly – On Hold

20-year-old Bristol-based Fenne Lily is releasing her debut album On Hold on April 6th. The title track as a follow on from ‘What’s Good’ and ‘Three Oh Nine’ retains the emotional sentiment to be felt from her music and is a response the warmth from world that she felt while at a low point in life.

She plays The Sounds House, Dublin on April 15th. Tickets priced at €13+ are available from ticketmaster.ie.


Solregn – NorthSea

Electronic trio Solregn remain somewhat of a mystery as a band but their track ‘NorthSea’ however speaks volumes for itself, an upbeat dance track with rhythmic sonics and harmonising vocals that would be a fitting soundtrack for watching a summer sunset with friends.


Sigrid – Raw

Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid’s latest track ‘Raw’ is reflective of its name and presents her angelic qualities as a pop star even further with pure vocals and an infectious melody.

Sigrid plays a sold out show at The Academy this Friday March 23rd.


Art School Girlfriend – Moon

North Wales native Art School Girlfriend who is signed to Paul Epworth’s record label Wolf Tone released her debut EP Measures last year. ‘Moon’ is a glowing pop track that bears emotive qualities with an underlining infectious and recurring synth melody.


Perel – Alles

Berlin-based producer Annegret Fiedler or Perel is releasing her Hermetica EP on April 20th. ‘Alles’ is the second track from the new EP and features an extraterrestrial electronic production melded in a sombre tone with vocal deliveries auf Deutsch.


Sir -D’evils

Darryl Farris is the Californian R&B singer-songwriter Sir who shares the same record label as Kendrick Lamar and SZA on Top Dawg Entertainment. His latest EP November came out in January. ‘D’evils’ from the new album features an intro that samples ‘Billy Boyo’s One Spliff a Day’.


Seinabo Sey – I Owe You Nothing

‘I Owe You Nothing’ is the first release from Swedish singer-songwriter Seinabo Sey’s since the release of her debut album Pretend in 2015. The track is rich in textured electronic qualities that incorporates a dark yet soulful energy and gospel qualities.

Posted on March 21st, 2018


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Electric Picnic’s 2018 lineup has begun and it’s shaping up for Stradbally for August 31st to September 2nd this year.

  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Massive Attack
  • N.E.R.D
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ben Howard
  • St. Vincent
  • King Krule
  • George Ezra
  • The Kooks
  • Jungle
  • Wolf Alice
  • Chvrches
  • Nina Kraviz
  • Cigarettes After Sex
  • Friendly Fires
  • Garbage
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Benjamin Clementine
  • Sigrid
  • Jessie Ware
  • Jorja Smith
  • Mount Kimbie
  • Tom Misch
  • The Blaze
  • Stefflon Don
  • Peggy Gou
  • Yxng Bane
  • Field Music
  • Alexis Taylor
  • Sevdaliza
  • Lucy Dacus
  • La Femme
  • Inner Circle
  • Jordan Rakei
  • Raye
  • Gang Of Youths
  • Nilufer Yanya
  • Scarlxrd
  • Yellow Days
  • Hak Baker
  • Tom Tripp

No David Byrne or Lorde or Arctic Monkeys there as may be expected. It’s a festival lineup that reflects where Longitude was at a couple of years ago, with little room for a big heritage act (do Garbage or N.E.R.D. count?).

So far, the festival has confirmed that Red Bull, Three, Heineken, Bacardi, Electric Ireland and Just Eat area are back. No word on Body & Soul or other Voices yet but Mindfield, Trailer Park, Salty Dog, Jerry Fish Sideshow, Trenchtown, Comedy, Theatre of Food, Hazel Wood, Anachronica, Transmission and Global Green will return.

Electric Picnic festival director Melvin Benn are is also introducing the Rebalance programme to the festival which will aim to to redress the gender balance of music festivals after a lot of criticism was drawn last year for the lack of female representation.

So far that means for early campers on Thursday night there will be an all-female comedy night curated by Emily O’Callaghan. AE MAK were recently part of the Rebalance programme which offers female musicians studio and costs covered and more along with festival slots. So expect more of that to come.

Tickets are bound to sell out very soon.

Posted on March 15th, 2018


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The last acts announced to play for the cameras at  play St. James’ Church in Dingle, Kerry have been announced and include Sigrid, Isaac Gracie & Hudson Taylor.

So that means those lucky enough to have access to the church on the the weekend get to see this:

St. James’ Church – Day by Day


  • Aine Cahill
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Isaac Gracie
  • Perfume Genius


  • Songhoy Blues
  • Sigrid
  • Loyle Carner
  • Mount Kimbie


  • Django Django
  • Wyvern Lingo
  • Hudson Taylor (Acoustic)
  • Booka Brass
  • Lankum

Meanwhile the IMRO Other Room looks like this (it’s free in)

  • Maria Kelly
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Katie Laffan
  • Le Boom
  • Katie Kim
  • Pillow Queens
  • Rosborough
  • Slow Riot

There’s also the Music Trail (I’m Djing on Friday night), Banter talks, After Dark and Ireland’s Edge.

Don’t forget – if you are planning to travel to the eir Other Voices Festival you should register at www.othervoices.ie to receive tickets that can be exchanged for Festival wristbands in Dingle. All those who register in advance will be entered into draws for tickets to the St. James’s Church TV recordings. Gigs in some of the Music Trail venues will only be accessible to those who have registered and collected a Festival wristband. Registration for wristbands is free and all events at the eir Other Voices Festival, are free but subject to capacity.

Posted on November 28th, 2017

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The best European showcase for new artists, Eurosonic, has announced the first 31 bands for their 2018 edition in Groningen in the Netherlands, who are drawn from 25 countries including Denmark, the focus country.

First names (chosen by)

Alice Merton (de) – ARD
Ana Curcin (rs) – RTS/Radio Belgrade One
Drops & Points by Pascal Schumacher feat. Maxime Delpierre (lu) – LUERSL/100.7
Giorgio Poi (it) – RAI/Radio 2
Housewives (gb) – BBC Music
Isac Elliot (fi) – YleX
Janice (se) – SR/P3
Jardier (si) – RTV/Val 202
KONOBA & R.O (be) – RTBF/ Pure FM
KYTES (de) – ARD
L.A. (es) – Los 40 Principales
Makree (lv) – Latvijas Radio 5
Max Fall (md) – MDA/Radio Moldova Muzical
meisterjaan (ee) – ERR/Raadio 2
Mörk (hu) – MTVA/Pet?fi Radio
Naaz (nl) – NPO/3FM
Peter Kernel (ch) – RSI/Rete Tre
Phlake (dk) – DR/P3
Saint Electrics (bg) – BNR
SANDOR (ch) – RTS/Couleur 3
SEVEN (ch) – SRF3
Sigrid (no) – NRK/P3
Sonar (pl) – Polski Radio
Soulé (ie) – RTE/2FM
Tamino (be) – VRT/Studio Brussel
The Magnettes (se) – SR/P3
Theo Lawrence & The Hearts (fr) – Radio France
TT Syndicate (pt) – RTP/Antena 3
Úlfur Úlfur (is) – RUV/RAS2
YONAKA (gb) – BBC Music

Delegate Registrations
Conference registrations for Eurosonic Noorderslag can be purchased on the festival’s website. Festival tickets will go on sale later in the year.

Posted on September 20th, 2017


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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen’

Kieran Hebden returns to the relative calm of his early work with this minimally-pitched track that lets a string instrument become the main focus.


Arcade Fire – ‘Signs Of Life’

Now that Everything Now has arrived, it’s clear it’s a bit of a patchwork of an album and there’s something freeing in one of the biggest bands in the world creating an album that doesn’t sonically all fit together so easily as their previous albums. Case in point – ‘Signs Of Life’ which has street sirens that herald handclaps that feel close to Blondie’s ‘Rapture’, drums that sound like they were tuned by DFA and there’s the DNA of Talking Heads in that rhythm.

The former Odd Future anarchist shows some depth with his new album Flower Boy, hinting at his sexuality and his true character with kaleidoscopic, soulful and psychedelic jazzy productions that keep things moving for his best release yet. The diptych of ‘9/11 / Lonely’ encapsulate the album’s smoothness while exploring Tyler’s lone wolf tendencies.


HAIM – ‘Ready For You’

The Haim aisters’ return with their own brand of Fleetwood Mac-style soft rock, ’60s girl-group sways, early 90s pop/rock and Shania covers. Second album highlight ‘Ready For You’ plucks up an ’90s rhythm in the style of George Michael, the title song’s bass and drum combo keep things rolling in the Peach Pit, Haim should be too sickly sweet but their pop conjuring act is too good to dismiss.

Dublin label Orange Tree have established their Afro edit credentials with just 3 vinyl releases and it’s on that third release that Kildare duo and Nialler9 favourites Mix & Fairbanks turn up the heat to a considerable level with an Afro blasting slice of carnivale rhythms that nearly loses the run of itself in the build until those horns bring us back into focus. This is a blast.

23 year-old self-taught violinist, vocalist and producer recently signed to Stones Throw illuminates with ‘Come Meh Way’ a folk, violin and R&B vibe of a tune.

Since the release of her must-have debut album Empress Of has collaborated with Blood Orange and Pional and released a once-off single that instantly became a personal favourite ‘Woman Is A Word.’

I had written earlier in the year that we were hopeful for a new album this year and new song ‘Go To Hell’ is the strongest indication yet, bright Robyn-esque track that features Lorely Rodriguez doing a tropical percussive pop vibe while having a ‘go-to-hell’ singularly minded disposition.

Mura Masa’s debut album has guests like Damon Albarn, Christine and the Queens, Bonzai, NAO, Charli XCX, ASAP Rocky and Desiigner on it but it’s the returns to his old friend, the Irish/London vocalist Bonzai whostands out thanks to a rubbery bassline and her convicted delivery.

SZA’s CTRL continues to dominate my listening since its release and this song’s subtle melodies and beat keeps me coming back.

A dark slice of hypnotic Factory Floor-esque coldwave from a Massachusetts duo.

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Posted on August 2nd, 2017


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Longitude 2017 is decidedly more hip-hop, pop and R&B based than previous years. Take away Mumford & Sons and there’s not a lot of what you’d normally see on the lineups at Marlay Park. That’s cool, music festivals should change with tastes and generations – Oxegen tried to be everything to everyone and that couldn’t last. Longitude is somewhat a replacement for that festival, without the ugly scenes, campsite and mud. Longitude has become a young people’s festival because it’s one of the few that lets in those younger than 18. That’s important. I went to Witnness and Oxegen every years since I was able to and the bands and music I saw there shaped my life and the friends I have, so next time you feel like giving out about the amount of young people around you at a festival, remember that was you once. Probably.

Anyway, New music is what Nialler9 is all about so that’s what we’re talking about here with my 6 acts to see at the festival, whatever age you are, this weekend. So our rule here is a realtively new act, who hasn’t played here before or much, or a local act very deserving of your attention, and attention this weekend.

Stage times and info here.


Loyle Carner

Friday, Heineken Stage, 16:30pm

I’ve heard great things about Loyle Carner’s live set from the Workman’s Club earlier this year and his conscious UK rap style is one that I have come back to regularly since the release of his album Yesterday’s Gone earlier this year with ‘No CD’ the standout. Watch him bring his Mum onstage at Glastonbury last month.



Saturday, Whelan’s Stage, 15:30pm

It was the Jools Holland performance that gave me the shivers and convinced me of this young Norwegian’s talent. Her debut song ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ has been on regular repeat since and I do indeed, love her vibe on the track – a confident happy-go-lucky demeanour, a fiercely resolute fuck you to the subject of the song. Live is where she brings the sentiment to life too. I would go to Longitude just for that song tbh.


Mix & Fairbanks

Friday, Red Bull Woodlands stage, 21:15pm

Kildare up and comers Gary O’Reilly and Rob Smyth aka Mix & Fairbanks skills as DJs playing disco and house edits and classics started them on their path and they recently got into making their own tracks to whopping effect. Next up for them, is a featured track on Orange Tree Edits Vol 3 but for now, their own song ‘Girls’ should be the soundtrack to the summer, if I had my way.


Mick Jenkins

Saturday, Heineken Stage, 18:30pm

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins released two solid mixtapes The Water(s) and Waves in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Last year, his The Healing Component debut followed and took love as the answer for society’s woes. A live Jenkins show is a hip-hop set with soul.



Saturday, Main Stage, 2pm

Winning the BBC Critics Choice is recent years has been a curse rather than a blessing but the London R&B artist has got fans and momentum building despite that fact with Stormzy features and independent-minded pop anthems. This will be her Irish debut.



Saturday, Heineken Live Your Music, 5:30pm

Soulé is one of the most promising new artists in Ireland and whether she’s singing over soul, ’90s house, 2step, garage or R&B rhythms, there’s a pop streak in her songs that is hard to ignore. Read a recent interview about her life so far.

Posted on July 12th, 2017


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My favourite songs of the past month.

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The top songs of the month

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My highlight of Primavera in a set with a naked drummer and singed body hair is also the cheeky Canadian who makes sweet delicate jams like this one from his excellent new album This Old Dog. Antics aside, the songs speak for themselves.


Baba Stiltz – Can’t Help It

A rising act on Axel Boman’s Studio Barnhaus label, ‘Can’t Help It’ draws you close with its intimate lyrics pitched in a style suited to the dancefloor.

This Afro disco dancefloor track comes from a surprising source – the blind Malian couple known as Amadou & Mariam. The pair always had a capacity for soaring transformative melodies so it’s nice to hear them bring that with extra heat on their first track in five years ‘Bofou Safou’. The title takes its name from the the Malian nickname given to a young man who would rather party, dance and dress up than work.

The atmosfolk duo of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty continue to charm even if they’re causing trouble with a song that expands their palette in subtle ways and keeps their melodious intent intact.

“The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions,” says Morgan.

There are any number of songs that could have been here from James’ surprise album True Care but ‘Holding On’ is the one I keep coming back to.

Sure, we’ve all heard this by now but this is my pitch for Pop Song of the Summer. Plus, she does a mean acoustic version as seen on Jools. I played this a lot in May.

An analogue night-time construction with a graceful intimacy, as in the rest of the album From Night To Night, David Kitt’s full-length electronic side-project New Jackson comes up trumps. This is a nice segue if you’re only familiar with his solo material under his own name.

Caribou’s Dan Snaith returns to his Daphni side-project with a low-slung percussive groover that dropped as part of a forthcoming Fabriclive mix.


Everything is Recorded – Close But Not Quite

XL Recordings boss Richard Russell returns to his roots to make music with Sampha and a Curtis Mayfield sample. Read this great profile of the man from The New Yorker.

Throw shade and shake the shudder away with a highlight from New York dance-punk party band !!! (chk chk chk)’s new album. A Primavera Sound favourite.

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Posted on June 8th, 2017


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Sigrid, Michael Kiwanuka, Songhoy Blues and Torres are among the 34 names added to Iceland Airwaves this year in Reykjavík.

Taking place from 1st – 5th November 2017, in Iceland this year, it’ll also expand to the Northern Icelandic city of Akureyri for the first time.

Fleet Foxes will play two special shows during the festival too and the the current Icelandic Minister of Health, Óttarr Proppé is in one of the bands just added – HAM.

  • Alvia Islandia
  • Án
  • Andartak
  • Bistro Boy
  • Bonzai (UK)
  • Cold
  • Deep Throat Choir (UK)
  • GDJYB (HK)
  • Gordi (AU)
  • For a Minor Reflection
  • Futuregrapher
  • HAM
  • Mikko Joensuu (FI)
  • Michael Kiwanuka (UK)
  • Frank Murder
  • Octal Industries
  • Ohm
  • Oðinn
  • Ozy -DJ set
  • Púlsvídd
  • Röskva
  • Sigrid (NO)
  • SiGRÚN
  • Songhoy Blues (ML)
  • Subminimal
  • Tappi Tíkarrass
  • Thor
  • Torres (US)
  • Une Misère
  • Vagabon (US)
  • Vector
  • Yagya
  • Nilüfer Yanya (UK)

Previously announced:
Arab Strap / Ásgeir / Sturla Atlas / Auður / aYia / Be Charlotte / Between Mountains / Soffía Björg / Billy Bragg / Childhood / Benjamin Clementine / Cyber / Halldór Eldjárn / Exos / Fleet Foxes / Emmsje Gauti / GKR / ГШ/Glintshake / Glowie / Gróa / Gurr / Aldous Harding / Hatari / Hildur / Hórmónar / Hugar / Alexander Jarl / JFDR / Jo Goes Hunting / Gunnar Jónsson Collider / Káryyn / KÁ-AKÁ / Kontinuum / Korter í Flog / Lonely Parade/ Ljósvaki / Ama Lou / Mahalia / Mammút / Kælan Mikla / Milkywhale / Daniel OG / Omotrack / Kelly Lee Owens / Phlegm / Lido Pimienta / Pink Street Boys / RuGl / Shame / Stefflon Don / Sycamore Tree / Tófa / Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist / Xylouris White / Guðrún Ýr

Tickets are available priced £173 + fees.

Insider guide?

Posted on June 6th, 2017


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Longitude added a loads of rap and pop names to the festival today including Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Earl Sweatshirt,  G-Eazy, Sigrid and Dermot Kennedy among them.

  • Young Thug
  • Gucci Mane
  • G-Eazy
  • Leon Bridges
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • JP Cooper
  • Mick Jenkins
  • Dave
  • Ray BLK
  • Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Witt
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Sunflower Bean
  • Palace
  • Youngr
  • Sigrid
  • Aine Cahill
  • HVOB & Winston Marshall
  • Gill Landry
  • Karen Elson
  • Bitch Falcon
  • Wild Youth

Already announced for this year’s festival are headliners The Weeknd, Mumford & Sons and Stormzy 

Weekend tickets €189.50 / Two Day Tickets: €129.50 / Day tickets €69.50
All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee
Subject to licence
Tickets available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online at www.ticketmaster.ie

Posted on May 5th, 2017


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