A. Smyth has been producing and releasing music for over 10 years, most notably with his last band Vann Music.

The pressures that surrounded these experiences of success and the impact this had on his career inspired him to write ‘Into The Darkness’ – “sacrificing the past and present in order to carve out some future hope.”

The track will be released on January 12th and is from his forthcoming debut album.


A. Smyth plays Tramline on Saturday, January 13th for The Big Gig as part of First Fortnight festival.

Posted on January 9th, 2018

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Friends of those affected in Berkeley’s tragedy last month have got together and put on a fundraiser for students who have been left with life-changing injuries after the accident.

The gig takes place the The Academy, across all its floors on Thursday July 23rd and will feature Nicky Byrne as MC and loads of bands and DJs including:

The Fontaines
Dublin Gospel Choir
Jessica Smith
Heroes in Hiding
Knights of Leon
I’m Your Vinyl
Kurtis Wade
Vann Music
Neon Atlas
Shane Gillen (magician/illusionist)
DJ Deece

Tickets are €25 on sale now from Ticketmaster with the option to donate extra through the purchase. There is a Go Fund Me page setup for anyone who cannot attend but who would like to make a donation.

Facebook event

Posted on July 3rd, 2015

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VANN MUSIC have been releasing songs that fall between synth-pop, ’80s-rock and electro since they appeared on the Irish scene.

With a new EP on the May on March 7th called Running, ‘Boy’, a new track from that release finds the band find a new pace in their music that is slower, more anthemic and definitely the kind of song that could perk up the ears of Kodaline fans along with the cooler kids.

The EP was produced by Stephen Hague who indeed worked on a lot of ’80s records like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, new Order and Pet Shop Boys.

Tour dates

March 7th – Dublin Button Factory
March 12th – Galway Roisin Dubh
March 13th – Waterford Shortts
March 20th – Belfast McHughs
March 27th – Cork Cyprus Avenue
April 10th – Limerick Dolan’s

Tickets available at www.vannmusic.com/shows

Posted on February 3rd, 2015


Forbidden Fruit Festival is only a few weeks away when it takes over the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham on Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st.

The music lineup looks like this so far (comedy lineup), with a bit more to be announced:


The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, The Young Knives, Vann Music.


2ManyDJs, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), Brian Deady

Here’s a Spotify playlist of most of the acts playing for your preview listening and perusal.

Nialler9 x Forbidden Fruit Spotify Playlist

  1. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’
  2. Thundercat – ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’
  3. Public Enemy – ‘Public Enemy No. 1’
  4. Flying Lotus – ‘Stonecutters’
  5. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  6. Dillon Francis feat. TEED – ‘Without You’
  7. Gold Panda – ‘We Work Nights’
  8. The Flaming Lips – ‘Free Radicals’
  9. Fuck Buttons – ‘Olympians’
  10. Klangkarussell – ‘Sonnentanz’
  11. Brian Deady – ‘Actually’
  12. Warpaint – ‘Keep It Healthy’
  13. Wild Beasts – ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’
  14. Bell X1 – ‘I Will Follow You’
  15. Kid Karate – ‘This City’
  16. The Range – ‘Metal Swing’
  17. Vann Music – ‘Life In Real Time’
  18. Nils Frahm – ‘You’

Posted on May 12th, 2014


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Forbidden Fruit today announced their first lineup for the first day of the festival Saturday May 31st with more names announced for Sunday June 1st tomorrow.

Hitting The Royal Hospital grounds of Kilmainham this Saturday will be:

The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, The Young Knives, Vann Music plus more to be announced later.

Ticket prices:

Early bird: 1 day €49.50 | 2 day €99.50
General: 1 day €59.50 | 2 day €110.00

Tickets plus fees available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on March 12th, 2014


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The best new music/artist picks of the last week. As published in today’s Day & Night Magazine. Follow Day & Night on Twitter and Facebook.

I Have A Tribe

A live member of Slow Skies, Patrick O’Leary strikes out on his own with ‘Monsoon’, a piano lullaby with a gorgeous chorus and subtle electronic touches that lift it out of the ordinary.

All new artist picks… →

Posted on August 16th, 2013

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