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On Saturday, July 8.

From noon ’til late.

In Grangecon, Co. Wicklow.

The one-day festival Simma Down will take place. To wit:

Features include live music, workshops, talks, DJs, MCs, art, games, spoken word, locally brewed beer, BYOB, fresh food and beautiful surroundings.

There will be three main areas – a live music barn, a DJ yard, and a big front lawn for games, workshops and activities. Local food & drink suppliers will be promoted on the festival site, alongside a special collection of artists and performers. The event is also family friendly.

Tickets include private bus transport from Dublin to the festival site, and back to Dublin once it’s all over.

Tickets: €55 / €65 + booking fees

But tickets here

Any excuse

Thanks Tadhg


Alan Currie writes:

“Early on Saturday morning, I decided to shoot the sunrise over Greystones and surrounding area in Co Wicklow, Ireland. I was lucky enough that the forecast fog didn’t appear.

Only hampered by three very friendly labrador dogs which appeared and I had to more or less wrestle them to stop them from walking in front of the camera.

When I checked the footage the only thing that invaded the scene during the incident was my backside. I’ve edited that part out for your convenience, enjoy!”

Music by Aaron McClelland

Alan Currie Photography (Facebook)


Enemiesannounce split and details of final long-player

What you may need to know…

01. Last time we checked in with Wicklow math/pop quartet Enemies, they’d put out single Play Fire and were gearing up for the festivals.

02. Unfortunately, the band announced this week that they’ll be winding up operations at the end of the year, calling it a day after the completion and release of their final album.

03. Streaming above is itsallwaves, the second single from the album, entitled Valuables. Releases on digital, CD, vinyl and cassette on December 9th via Topshelf Records.

04. Their farewell show will be their biggest ever, when they play Vicar St. in Dublin on December 18.

VERDICT: Another sad loss to Irish music in recent times, albeit a band that leaves a rich and varied body of art behind them, and arguably one of the cornerstones on which Ireland’s math/post-rock scene was built.


Photo: Niall O’Kelly


Enemiesplaying ArcTangent festival in August

What you may need to know…

01. Wicklow math-rock four-piece Enemies have been knocking about for the bones of the past decade now, making all manner of bright and fanciful noises. They’ve toured the world in the process, including sold-out shows in New York and Tokyo.

02. Currently resident on Topshelf Records, the band were formerly part of the much-missed Richter Collective, on which debut album We’ve Been Talking was released. Follow-up effort Embark, Embrace is arguably one of the best Irish records of recent years.

03. Streaming above is the video for most recent single Play Fire, taken from their upcoming third LP. Directed by Finn Keenan, it’s a fairly handsome piece of cinematography.

04. If you’re hankering for more, they did a live session for Chicago music channel Audiotree in April. Stream it in full, along with interviews, here.

05. Next appearing at ArcTangent, Europe’s leading fest for all things instrumental, noisy and/or in odd timings, happening August 18-20 in Bristol. Among the frankly insane line-up are fellow Irish soundscapers Alarmist.

Verdict: Play Fire represents a turn to broader strokes and a poppier feel. It suits their more blissed-out moments of old, and this next LP might well be the one that puts them in front of a wider audience.



God is an Astronautrescheduled Dublin date & Cork date

What you may need to know…

With a career spanning nearly fifteen years and nigh-on grandfather status in the post-rock genre, Glen of the Downs’ favourite sons God is an Astronaut have continued to evolve and innovate.

02. One of the country’s most successful musical exports of the past two decades, the band last year announced a new deal with metal label Napalm Records, and subsequent worldwide touring.

Their most recent album, Helios/Erebus, is streaming in its entirety in the widget above, and available for download on its own, or in a frankly fantastically-priced bundle alongside the rest of their discography to date.

04. Before heading to North America throughout September, the band have two Irish shows: a rescheduled date for Whelan’s in Dublin on July 2nd, and Cork’s Cyprus Avenue on the 23rd.

Verdict: A phenomenal band that carry over all of their spacey, yet intricate sonic adventuring to their live show. Seldom seen in these parts anymore, and unmissable when they are.

God is an Astronaut