Participant – playing Hard Working Class Heroes festival.
What you may need to know…
01. Participant is the nom-de-plume of Co. Dublin ambient/indie singer-composer Stephen Tierney.
02. Releasing debut E.P. Bit Slow in 2014, the Irish gigging/festival grind and accolades from the Irish music press swiftly followed. Last year saw the release of sophomore extended-player Content.
03. Streaming above is Leave Me Here, released back in March of this year.
04. Participant is among those lined up for Hard Working Class Heroes this October, from the 6th to the 8th, across various Dublin venues.
VERDICT: The most admirable aspect of Participant’s brittle, gentle sonic sensibilities is the discipline and effort into maintaining such minimalism. Such care rich reaps rewards for those that bear with it.
Naoise Roo – Playing Galway and Hard Working Class Heroes fest
What you may need to know…
01. Dubliner Naoise Roo’s star has been on the ascendant, with a heavyweight voice to bear heavy subject matter.
02. Debut long-player Lilith released last year on bespoke tape label Little L Records, and quickly established herself and her band, going on to share bills with the likes of Elastic Sleep, and circumnavigating the Irish festival scene.
03. Streaming above is the bare-bones, single-shot video for For You, taken from Lilith.
01. The Dubliner formerly known as ProFound has been making waves in Irish hip-hop in recent times.
02. Seemingly oozing with a new confidence since changing his pseudonym, Jafaris is no slouch outside the sphere of hip-hop and spoken word, appearing in Sing Street and writing scripts in his own right. Accompanying Hare Squead on tour and navigating the Irish festival grind has fine-honed his live presence.
03. Streaming above is the video for Lucid, released last month, and shot/edited by Gorilla and collaborators.
A Daft.ie ad for a one-bed flat on North Circular Road, Dublin, in May
On RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, hosted by Keelin Shanley, RTÉ journalist Brian O’Connell spoke to a third-year female student from the west of Ireland who is studying nursing in Trinity College Dublin.
Explaining her struggle to find a place to rent, she said:
“I was fortunate to have a place until May of this year, when I was in the middle of my exams, and my landlord sold the place so I was only given two weeks’ notice. So, in the middle of my exams, I’d to go find new accommodation.”
“Looking for accommodation in Dublin is like selling your soul to the devil. A lot of places are €600-plus a month and, if you’re lucky enough to find a place that’s less than that, it’s not really appropriate for living in.”
“[One place she saw was]… a double room in an apartment and, in the kitchen, the owner of the flat slept on the couch. And you weren’t able to lock your bedroom door because the bathroom was in the bedroom [en suite]… it was €600 a month for that one.“
Meanwhile, on that Rent A Room scheme, which is organised by UCD Students’ Union, TCD Students’ Union and Daft.ie and where homeowners can earn up to €12,000 a year tax free by renting out a room to students, Mr O’Connell said:
“There is an issue that students have been highlighting with me and it was that, if the room is not self-contained, for example, if it’s not a separate bedsit or a converted garage say, then you have very few rights as a tenant. You’re not covered by tenant legislation, if you simply rent a room in someone’s home.
“A tenant can refer to the Small Claims Court if you have an issue but you’re not covered by the PRTB and a lot of students were saying to me that was putting them off because they could be asked to leave at kind of a week’s notice and they’d very little tenancy rights…”
Fortune’s Wheel is a documentary feature film about Bill Stephens, an ordinary young man in 1950s Ireland with an extraordinary ambition: to become an international circus star.
It is also a love story about Bill and his young and beautiful wife Mai, from East Wall. Their double act, Jungle Capers, Bill Stephens and Lovely Partner, was a series of death-defying feats with a troupe of lions and dogs designed to thrill audiences in the circus tent and on the stage.
With this act they hoped to break free from the suffocating reality of Irish life, but things went terribly wrong when, in November 1951, one of their animals escaped.
The story gained national and international attention at the time, but it is only now – after 60 years of silence – that two families and a community have come together to tell the story in full.
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW – New single and big gigs announced for October
What you may need to know…
01. Dubliner James Vincent McMorrow is a world-travelled troubadour and songwriter, possibly in scarce need of an introductory piece at this stage.
02. New album We Move is up for pre-order now, following on from much-fancied sophomore LP Post-Tropical, which led McMorrow around the world and to sold-out shows in Sydney Opera House, Choice Music Prize nominations, and getting sampled by hip-hop oligarch Drake.
03. Streaming above is the video for first single Rising Water, directed by Freenjoy and according to McMorrow, documents “the things we tell ourselves to move through loss”.
04. Big gigs announced to launch the record include Galway’s Black Box on August 5th, and Dublin’s National Stadium on August 7th.
VERDICT: Wonderfully barebones, cathartic synthiness that bodes well for the upcoming LP.
Whimsical post-hipster fantasy or capitalist booze hub in the sky?
Hospitality Ireland reports:
Plans submitted by OCS Properties to Dublin City Council are proposing the addition of a new ‘rooftop destination’ to Clery’s department store, which will see it host a series of bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces, as well as the creation of a new boutique hotel on Earl Place.
This new rooftop destination will be available for day and night-time use according to the developers. Other changes will see the department stores facade adding a number of ‘Juliette’ balconies to sit about street level, the staircase being restored to its original condition and the renovation of its famous tea rooms.
The store will see its ground, lower ground and first floors used for retail and its upper office floors being available for letting.