Other Voices returns to Dingle’s St. James Church from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December and the first names have been announced for the TV show / mini-festival.

Perfume Genius (Seattle, USA), Songhoy Blues (Timbuktu, Mali) & Aine Cahill (Cavan, Ireland) and the IMRO Other Room artist Katie Laffan has been announced to play in Kerry in December.

It’ll be OV’s 16th year in Dingle, where all their activity began.

The show have also launched the eir Other Voices Open Call 2017, which gives one Irish artist a slot at IMRO Other Room during the Festival in December and for the subsequent broadcast. This year, the prize is augmented with all travel to and accommodation in Dingle for the duration of the Festival, three days in a recording studio with a top engineer, the production company and budget to create a music performance video, along with practical music industry mentoring from the eir Other Voices team.

The eir Other Voices Open Call, supported by RTE 2FM, is an invitation to artists across Ireland, who produce all genres of music, to submit one track to the eir Other Voices team for consideration. Entries are now open at www.othervoices.ie/content/open-call and will close at 6pm on September 22nd, 2017. Last year, more than 900 acts applied for one performance slot at the IMRO Other Room.

Posted on September 13th, 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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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

Nialler9 Weekly playlist


Ardyn – ‘Together’

The new single from English duo is produced by Tourist and has a lovely soft-rock Fleetwood Mac vibe in the chorus. One for the re-spin.


Jafaris – ‘If You Love Me’

One of four tracks released today on Dubliner Jafaris’ new EP Velvet Cake. ‘If You Love Me’ is the instant standout for me, from a talented young man who is on the up.


Mix & Fairbanks – ‘Girls’

Mix & Fairbanks are two young Kildare producers and DJs Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly who in a short time have been nailing electronic disco productions in a live setting, via DJ edits, remixes and mixes.

‘Girls’ the Mix & Fairbanks song from the EP is an absolute dancefloor stomper, a synth-rush tune that melds the bouncing pinging synth of ‘Inspector Norse’ with a Daft Punk style vocoder robot vocal. I can’t stop playing it and I’m going to be playing it all summer long.

Along with other Newbridge, Kildare crew, they feature on the 045 Recordings EP out now and launching at Lumo this Saturday


Joe Goddard – Home (Morgan Geist remix)

A remix of a highlight from Joe Goddard’s album released today by Metro Area’s Morgan Geist. The sample is from Brainstorm’s ‘We’re on Our Way Home’ , which Goddard says he found on tour in his Electric Lines playlist.


Soulé – ‘Good Life’ (Mark McCabe remix)

A dancefloor rework of Soulé’s recent ‘Good Life‘ single by the one and only Mark McCabe. Soulé dropped a new single last week and plays Future Proof #3 in Bello Bar on May 25th.


Overcoats – ‘Smaller Than My Mother’

A highlight form my leading album of the week. A reworked version of an old song that shows how far these New York ladies have come in their career.


Songhoy Blues – ‘Bamako’

Light Afro funk from the Malian band’s new album Résistance
on Transgressive Records to be released June 16th. Iggy Pop features on the new album.

3 New Music flavours:

All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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The Great Escape, the new music industry-focused event in Brighton that takes place in May 19-21st has announced 100 bands of its 450 to play the festival.

Additions include:

Michael Kiwanuka, Inheaven, St Lucia, Songhoy Blues, Fatoumata Diawara, Blossoms, The Big Moon, Bleached (pictured), Iglooghost, Lady Leshurr, Band Of Skulls, Mabel (daughter of Neneh Cherry), Little Hours, Postaal, Mumdance, Yorkston Thorne Khan, Chastity Belt, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic Vhs?, Diet Cig, Postiljonen and more.

Oh Wonder, Shura, Mura Masa, Saint Sister and more were previously announced in December.

Full list:

A J Tracey / Actor / Alec Benjamin / Alice Phoebe Lou / Anna Meredith / Anna Of The North / Anteros / Anthonie Tonnon / Ariana & The Rose / Astrid S / Avelino / Babe / Band Of Skulls / Banners / Beaty Heart / Black Peaches / Bleached / Blossoms / Bo Rocha / Callum Beattie / Cameron Ag / Catholic Action / Causes / Chastity / Chastity Belt / Cigarettes After Sex / Coves / D Double E / Dead! / Depresno / Diet Cig / Dolores Haze / Dreller / Egyptian Blue / Elf Kid / Elifantree / Fatoumata Diawara / Frisco / George Taylor / Georgie / Grumble Bee / Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic Vhs? / Her / Iglooghost / Inheaven / Jacob Collier / Jain / James Canty / Jammz / Joseph J. Jones / Jr Green / Kate Jackson And The Wrong Moves / Khruangbin / Kiko Bun / K-X-P / Lady Leshurr / Lewis Del Mar / Little Hours / Logan Sama / Lusts / Mabel / Mai Kino / Makeness / Man & The Echo / Matthew Logan Vasquez / Michael Kiwanuka / Mossy / Mumdance / Muncie Girls / Nadia Reid / Nadia Rose / Ouzo Bazooka / Pink Oculus / Postaal / Postiljonen / Rømans / Royce Wood Junior / Ruth Koleva / Ry X / Samm Henshaw / Shannon & The Clams / Songhoy Blues / Søren Juul / Spring King / St Lucia / Stephanie Rainey / Sudakistan / Teleman / Ten Fé / The Big Moon / The Prettiots / Tim Vantol / Transviolet / Type Two Error / Uniiqu3 / Viola Beach / Vitamin / Wesley Gonzalez / William Singe / Willie J Healey / Yorkston Thorne Khan / Youth Club /

The 10 best bands I saw at The Great Escape 2015


Posted on January 27th, 2016


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It must have been the oncoming rush of festival season and this weekend’s Body&Soul Festival that resulted in a fresh sense of urgency about snapping up tickets as on Saturday, Electric Picnic sold out.

Opium Rooms’ 1st birthday will be celebrated with two shows from Hollywood’s Sound Nightclub resident Lauren Lane and house and disco Dublin producer Krystal Klear on Friday July 17th and Saturday July 18th. Each gig is €10 +fees from Resident Advisor and Ticketmaster.

After a triumphant main stage set at Body&Soul, Mali band Songhoy Blues have been announced for a headline gig in Whelan’s on Wednesday October 21st. Tickets €22 + fees on sale this Thursday @ 9am.

Bethany Cosetino and her band Best Coast will return to Ireland to play a show in The Academy on Saturday October 31st. Tickets €23 + fees go on sale this Wednesday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

Posted on June 22nd, 2015


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20,000 people absconded to the pleasing seaside town of Brighton, less than an hour from London this past weekend for the 10th year of The Great Escape Festival, the new music weekender where industry and the public alike are drawn to sets from 400 bands over three days,

Brighton is a perfect-sized town for a new music festival and its clientele who lap up the artisan coffee shops, pubs, markets and restaurants of the area in between the sounds. With so many bands playing, there were naturally lots of music missed, whether it was due to schedule clashes or queues (lots of queues, the only downer of small venues hosting budding acts). Not listed below but highlights for many I talked to from the weekend were the Death Grips-style metallic aggression of Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror), the big voice of Seinabo Sey, the little voice of Lapsley, the young developing voice of Aurora, the lyrically set George The Poet, the line-down-the-stairs and around the-block forming All Tvvins  and an afternoon rave with old favourites Le Galaxie.

Here were my top 10 sets witnessed at the festival.



“Hi hi howdy howdy hi hi / while everyone is minus you can call me multiply”.

At the XL Recordings showcase, following sets from Liverpool youngster Lapsley and the French Cuban twins Ibeyi, Shamir Bailey, the 20 year old Las Vegas singer keeps the youthful energy going with a voice that is as androgynous as it is star-filled. With a small but thumping full-band providing the live versions of his house and disco percussive debut album Ratchet, Shamir shines. With a speaking and singing voice as high as helium, the move to pitch down his backing vocalist’s lines to a deep growl is a shrewd one, providing contrast to his airy voice. It’s not all new disco/house bangers as there’s room for the slow moving ‘Darker’ with Shamir loosening his dreads and mingling in the crowd.

He plays Electric Picnic later this year.

First time seeing @shamirbailey. The dude slays #tge15

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The formidable live reputation of Dubliners Girl Band meant they arrived to play The Great Escape in two contrasting venues – one, the Corn Exchange a 1000+ capacity venue and the other, Bleach a basement club. Both venues had lines down the block. I saw the former where the band’s industrial spoken screech rock music had no problem filling the venue and impressing first-timers. A set without ‘De Bom Bom’ and ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’ was brave but it was short. For Girl Band to really slay their debut, they need two or three more marquee tracks to rival the almighty juggernaut of ‘Lawman’.

#tge15 @girl_band raising a Vicar street sized venue rn.

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Slaves pic by Mike Burnell 2015-4067
If escapist poptimist punk music can capture the UK zeitgeist, Slaves might be the band to do in in a second-time Tory government landscape. Slaves are a band who apply the same economy of scale to their music as Royal Blood. There’s two of them and they look like they wandered on stage from the set of This Is England close-shaved and making a pounding almighty racket.

There’s not room for politics though, Slaves have their hearts set on festivals and are occupied by silly things – sasquatches, a mantaray (at one point, there’s a guy on stage dressed as one) and asking the crowd what their favourite biscuit is. It’s ‘Cheer Up London’ that marks them out – a cheeky shouty song about dreary city commuters. It might be entertaining enough to get them on the upper echelons of the festivals for a summer. The rest remains to be seen.


No Now, the debut album from Clarence Clarity is a schizophrenic all-cards-in genre shuffle with a warped electronic music at its core. Live, it’s thankfully not one guy on a laptop as the recorded versions are surpassed with multi-channel sensory overload. In the low-hanging basement of Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, the band playing these songs sound more like the psychedelic Tame Impala carving up Clarence’s (or whatever his name is) own compositions.


Jack Garratt is so talented you’d nearly be worried for his future career. The guy has a soulful voice that he can control with ease. He plays a mean bluesy guitar riff. He plays drum machines with the poise of Whiplash’s J.K Simmons snapping his band into shape and he does it all at once. At times during his engaging pin-drop performance at the VEVO party at Wagner Hall, Garratt was doing too much of the above at once, to the point to where it was a bit more showboat than showcase.

Still, when he doesn’t overcrowd his productions like on ‘The Love You’re Given’ and ‘Chemical’, he wields a powerful sound that moves the crowd in more ways than one.

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Posted on May 18th, 2015


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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment- ‘Sunday Candy’
  2. Songhoy Blues – ‘Soubour’
  3. Princess – ‘Black Window’
  4. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  5. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy)
  6. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Ryderz’
  7. Young Fathers – ‘Rain Or Shine’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’ feat. Amy Rose
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  10. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  11. Not Squares – ‘Oops Said Hi’
  12. Le Galaxie – ‘Tell me Twice’
  13. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’

Part Two 

  1. JUCE – ‘The Other One’
  2. Chvrches – ‘Dead Air’
  3. Wolf Alice – ‘Bros’
  4. Ham Sandwich – ‘Broken (Start Over)’
  5. Calm Candy – ‘Tunnels’
  6. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  7. Flying Lotus – ‘Dead Man’s Tetris’ (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
  8. Outkast – ‘Aquemini’
  9. Roots Manuva – ‘Like A Drum’
  10. Kelela – ‘Guns & Synths’
  11. George FitzGerald –  ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)’ [feat. Lawrence Hart]
  12. Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
  13. Amber Run – ‘5AM’
  14. Cinema – ‘Horizon’
  15. D’Angelo – ‘Betray My Heart’
  16. Lakker – ‘Oktavist’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

This week’s album of the week is Johnnie Common’s Trapped In Amber and we’ve debut plays from Honningbarna, Girlpool, Songhoy Blues, Tobias Jesso Jr and Father John Misty.

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Part One

Part Two (not available right now)


  1. St Vincent – Bad Believer
  2. Honningbarna – Prinser av Sarajevo
  3. Girlpool – Jane
  4. Songhoy Blues – Irganda
  5. Caribou Vibration Ensemble – Bowls
  6. Zola Jesus – Go (Blank Sea)
  7. How To Dress Well x TALA – The One (How To Dress Well’s Version)
  8. Purity Ring – Push Pull
  9. Villagers – The Waves (Psychemagik Remix)
  10. Jonnie Common – Shark
  11. Father John Misty – Chateau #4(in C for Two Virgins)
  12. Jape – This Chemical Sea
  13. Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give A Fuck
  14. Twin Shadow – To the Top
  15. The War On Drugs – Suffering
  16. Tobias Jesso Jr – Hollywood
  17. Jessica Pratt – Jacquelyn in the Background
  18. Natalie Prass – Christy
  19. Björk – Stonemilker
  20. Aphex Twin – Sams Car
  21. Fantastic Mr Fox – On My Own Ft. Denai Moore
  22. KAYTRANADA – Drive Me Crazy (feat. Vic Mensa)
  23. Joey Bada$$ – No. 99
  24. Flying Lotus Feat. Angel Deradoorian – Siren Song
  25. Halos – Dust

Posted on January 30th, 2015


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