Knockanstockan Festival happens this weekend in Blessington Lakes and here are four bands and one DJ to check out per day.
Friday, The Burrow, 9pm
Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon met while studying music at BIMM. Their debut track ‘ I Can Feel It In My Bones’ takes influences from the energetic pop of tUnE-YarDs, African harmonies and jazz singer Anita O’Day. Live, they are a bright and bubbly melodic pop outfit.
Friday, The Burrow, 8pm
A newly formed band they may be, but BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past. BARQ takes its cues from a love of soul, R&B and Radiohead. Debut track Gentle Kind Of Lies introduces their “Agrosoul” and rides a neo-soul groove with a fierce attitude and a touch of class.
Friday, Dimestore, 2am
Five years on from the first time I caught a Toby Kaar live set and he remains one of the most engaging electronic performers in the country. This year, he finally released a debut EP and the tracks on it give a flavour of what to expect from his live set: emotive cut-up Hud Mo-style electronic (‘SnapDragon’), Madlib-style beats (‘Fowl’) and hyperactive dayglo productions (‘Like Sapphire’).
Friday, Animal Barn, 11pm
Carlow brothers Diarmuid and Brían make Traditionally-rooted folk music with harmonies, fiddle and guitar. They’ve recently toured Europe with Glen Hansard and supported Villagers. The pair are currently recording their debut album so this is will make for a nice restorative break for both audience and band alike.
Sally Cinnamon & Donal Dineen
Friday, Caravan Club, Midnight
Two of the best in the business going back to back. Swell.