Once Upon a Time Back West returns to Galway this February 8th-11th. The festival will feature music, comedy and club culture across four venues in Galway’s West End.

Line up includes:

Thursday 8th February

Le Boom @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
Oisa D’Preto Massino @ Massimo (Free)

Friday 9th February

Daithí, Slow Place Like Home, Elaine Mai, Paddy Hanna @ Róisin Dubh (Free)

Glenn Wool, Karl Spain @ Róisin Dublin – Upstairs
Rowdy Brothers @ Massino (Free)
Mix and Fairbanks @ The Blue Note (Free)

Saturday 10th February

Franz Ferdinand@ Leisureland
Andy Zaltzman @ Róisin Dubh
110th Street @ The Blue Note (Free)
DJ Mac @ Massimo (Free)

Sunday 11th February

Sing Along Social @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
John Conneely Inc. @ Róisin Dubh
The Blue Notes @ The Blue Note (Free)
Jade and The Goodies @ Massimo (Free)

Posted on January 24th, 2018


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Smithwick’s 10° West in Achill is a New Year’s Eve experience offering something different for your NYE.

Spend time on the Mayo island for the turn of the year, with yoga, cycling and hiking in the daytime and music in the evening in the heated Keel tent curated by Homebeat with:

Accommodation on the island is basically gone at this point but there are people who accommodation (sold separately) and no tickets, this is for you.

To enter the competition for two tickets – sign up to the mailing list AND email [email protected] with 10 Degrees West as the headline. You must be a member of the mailing list and have emailed to be eligible. The draw happens on Friday morning and the winner will be contacted then.

Posted on December 19th, 2017


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In my opinion, the best New Year’s Eve celebrations are the ones that take out to somewhere new, away from the norm and away from huge crowds.

So Smithwick’s 10° West is a perfect opportunity to do just that. Smithwick’s is putting on an alternative celebration for those who are looking for something different to do with their New Year’s Eve and it involves spending time on the beautiful Achill Island in Mayo.

Homebeat has curated a lineup of music that includes our own Lumo Club, Daithi, Talos, Stomptown Brass and Sing Along Social by night in the heated Keel tent. There will also be acoustic and pop-up performances in the pubs too.

By day, there is yoga, cycling and hiking hosted by Pure Magic.

Tickets are priced from €45 which includes two daytime activities, access to the Keel tent and a complimentary pint of Smithwick’s. Accommodation is separate to the ticket fee but B&Bs, holiday homes, guesthouses and hotels are available.

Posted on November 16th, 2017


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Our planned trip to West Cork this weekend has been affected by Storm Ophelia. Connolly’s of Leap has been left without power, water, comms. Roads closed. So we’re going to reschedule this til 2018. Good luck with cleanup Sam and locals.

After two brilliant years of monthly nights in Dublin’s Tengu, the club night I co-run Lumo is having a couple of birthday bashes in Dublin and Cork. On Saturday October 21st, we’re taking Lumo to West Cork for the first time and Connolly’s of Leap, a haven for music that we’ve been itching to get back to since this epic 2013 party.

Joining us in Leap will be inclusive singing party and commitment-free choir Sing Along Social pop battle roadshow & electro pop stylings of Caz9. Tickets €15 from the Dice.FM app, available for free on iOs or Google Play.

About the lineup:

Lumo Club

Lumo Club is a monthly house party in a club with no restrictions on genre run by DJs Nialler9, Simon Roche and Gavin Elsted. Now celebrating its second birthday, Lumo has been to festivals and venues all over Ireland, from Body & Soul in Ballinlough and Metropolis in Dublin, to Other Voices in Dingle. It’s missoin is to be an open club night where you will dance with friends, old and new. Lumo takes place monthly at Yamamori Tengu in Dublin and at once-off parties at festivals who value fun and dancing.

Expect everything from Arthur Russell to Anderson Paak, Beastie Boys to Bruce Springsteen , Phil Collins to Caribou, Fatima Yamaha to Fleetwood Mac, Grimes to George Michael, Kate Bush to Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem to La Bionda, Onyeabor to Outkast, Prince to The Prodigy, Robyn to Ryan Paris, Steely Dan to Soulwax and Talking Heads to Todd Terje.
Listen to live sets and mixes from Lumo:

Sing Along Social

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir hosted by Aoife McElwain, designed for people who can’t really sing. It’s for the singers who were told to mime in other choirs or kicked out of karaoke bars for being off key. You don’t need to practice. You don’t even need to know the words. It’s about caterwauling along to some gas songs in the company of friends and strangers. Good singers welcome, too.They’ll be pitting some pop royals against each other in the ultimate Pop Royalty Battle. Think Whitney vs Mariah, Fleetwood Mac vs Abba and Prince vs Queen. Good singers are welcome, too, but this is more about a collective karaoke of craic than a solo performance opportunity.


Caz9 is an electro pop singer-songwriter from Dublin whose energetic live performances have been gaining attention since the launch of her debut EP in early 2017. ‘Phase II’ garnered praise for it’s vocals and production values, with RTE Culture describing it as ‘disco music for modern times’. Caz9 has been busy performing and promoting the EP, live and on the airwaves, throughout 2017. Meanwhile back at the lab, Caz9 has been writing, developing and collaborating on new tracks to bring to the masses in 2018. Having turned to music production little over a year ago, Caz9 has created an electro pop soundscape of heavy synths and layered vocal harmonies which she explores with a sweet sensual voice. Her singer songwriter background is evident in the musicality and poetic lyricism of her songs, but it’s the slow beats and brooding bass lines which make this storytelling to dance to.

Posted on October 12th, 2017


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Whoop. Beatyard, the festival by the sea just announced its headliners for the August bank holiday weekend in Dun Laoghaire and they include a rare live set from Air and a Mark Ronson Dj set.

Here is how the lineup looks including previously announced artists.

  • AIR
  • Mark Ronson [ DJ Set ]
  • Bananarama
  • Toots and The Maytals
  • Candi Staton
  • Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers Live
  • Mood ii Swing
  • Romare [ Full Live Band ]
  • Rusangano Family
  • Katie Kim
  • Kíla
  • Horse Meat Disco
  • Fish Go Deep
  • BARQ
  • Mama Kasbah
  • Famous Eno
  • Venus Dupree
  • Sing Along Social
  • Mike Black
  • Steve Egri
  • Conor L
  • Drawing with Don Conroy

Festival areas

Eatyard Dublin’s favourite street food market with 50+ food areas, demos, food competitions, workshops and the Bernard Shea Flea Market in there too.
Gamesyard Board games, computer games, & real life sports & games for adults & kids
Brewtonic Bars dedicated to craft beer, whiskey, rum, gin & fine wines.
Banteryard with Jim Carroll – Talks, Panels & Debates
Studioyard Art, Design, & Tech Installations.
Boatyard Get your Nautical boogie on, literally, on the water with  boat parties. Lineups TBA….
Kidsyard – Dedicated Arts, Design, Music & Games Area for Parents & Kids. And a Daddy nappy changing contest.


Tickets are down to the last 1000 for 2 for 1 price which means €30 per day or €89 for the weekend.

Posted on March 16th, 2017


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