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A festival for the emigrated?

Sure why not.

Ronan McGuire writes:

A friend and I started a little festival on an Island last year because of a very Irish problem – we wanted to get our friends who have emigrated back in one place for a weekend!

We’re running it again this year. It’s on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, County Galway this September 1st-3rd.

It’s a hell of a party with great people in really remote place. Last year artists such as CLU, Gemma Dunleavy and Frank Sweeney joined us (video above). Details on this year’s event at links below….

Hot Sauce Festival (Facebook)

Hot Sauce Festival

Right Here Right Now

A Cork festival, with Cork bands, at the Cork Opera House, for all the people. April 28th-30th.

Writes Edel Curtin:

Right Here, Right Now is a brand new music festival presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlans Live Promotions from April 28th – 30th, celebrating the vibrant, eclectic music scene in Cork City. Featuring over 20 different artists, the festival is a unique snapshot of a time and place through the lens of the city’s artists.

This festival brings together some of the finest acts and musicians in the bustling music community around Cork, from brash bands, to balladeers, from sweet soul, to rock and roll, with a full concert orchestra thrown in for good measure! One of the highlights of the weekend sees Jack O Rourke and band perform his critically acclaimed debut album Dreamcatcher with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, directed by John O Brien and featuring special guests Strung and Anna Mitchell.

Full line-up, including Broadsheet featurees Shookrah and The Shaker Hymn, as well as tickets, available here.


Applications are open for BARE in the Woods 2017, and the protocol for artist applications is a little different this year for the boutique festival, with mobile video platform MobStar getting in on the action.

Michael Carr writes:

The acts upload a video to the BARE in the Woods category through the MobStar app, which in turn are reviewed and the selected acts will then play at various BARE events throughout 2017.

Additionally, acts who are chosen to play at BARE events via the MobStar app will have their music reviewed by music industry mentors.

Until then, there’s the documentary Fleadhed (trailed above, showing next Monday on RTE1), filmed at this year’s festival, where Polly O’Sullivan entertains hip-hop innovators The Sugar Hill Gang.

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The Metropolis festival is on next week in Dublin’s RDS, providing a weekend of music, art, installation and conversation, plus plenty cool pre-parties and an afterparty for each night of the fest.

On the music end, Stef Edwards writes:

The Main Hall will see the likes of the incredible Miss Grace Jones, Moderat, Jack Garratt, The Sugar Hill Gang, Sura and more taking to the stage – and a very special performance from the Trinity Orchestra paying tribute to David Bowie.

Why not check out The Shelbourne Hall to take in DJ Shadow at the Opening Party, or Groove Armada’s DJ set, Cyril Hahn, Girl Band, Booka Shade live, New Jackson and many more?

The Serpentine Hall features an awesome line up of acts from Clams Casino, Mall Grab, Floating Points DJ set, Fakear and Jessy Lanza, while over in our Industries Hall, we’ve got the very best in Irish DJ collectives. These guys have been putting on the best parties across Ireland and will be spinning their favourite tunes across the weekend. Come and dance to DJs from Hidden Agenda, Sense, Bedlam, Abstract, Lumo, Telephones, Bodytonic, District 8 and many more.

In addition: the world’s largest mirrorball, Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds exhibition, bespoke stage designs, an audiovisual REPEAL installation in conjunction with an interactive petition, eats from restaurants around Dublin, craft beers, and more.

Tickets are on sale now.



Icelandic airline WOWair is to run from Cork Airport, effective from May of next year, led by a Cork-Reykjavik service at €60 each way.

Sez the blurb:

Iceland’s low-cost airline will operate flights to Iceland, the US and Canada from May 2017.
The new service will operate direct scheduled flights to Reykjavik from Cork Airport four times per week and will allow passengers to connect to major US and Canadian cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC , Montreal and Toronto.

Good times.

Cork Airport


Ten-Year Story.

The 2006-2016 story of one of the best indie festivals in the land – KnockanStockan – which lit up in Blessington Lakes, Co Wicklow every July.

On a break next year but returning in 2018, the festival and Little Beast Films put this film together to reflect on the last decade of independent music.

In fairness.


Free this evening?

The programme for IndieCork film and music festival hits the streets of the real capital  city today, with a launch happening at 5.30 at Rising Sons Brewery in the city centre.

The festival is in its fourth year, and boasts a wide-ranging programme of films in short and feature-length, as well as a rake of new music.

Get ’em while they’re hot, also available in ones and zeroes.



The full day-by-day schedule of Hard Working Class Heroes festival (Thursday, October 6 to Saturday, October 8 in Dublin venues) has been revealed in a handy video, breaking days down by venues and times.

Thus spake the blurb:

HWCH 2016 will take you on a musical jaunt around Dublin City north and south dipping in and out of exciting spaces including creative hub Chocolate Factory on King’s Inn Street, and Japanese hidden gem Tengu.

In addition, the iconic City Hall will play host to a selection of stripped back performances from artists on the Friday and Saturday night of the festival. Presented in partnership with Dublin City Council, HWCH are excited to witness this historic venue meet the cutting edge of new Irish music.

Kicking off a three-year project to build audiences between Ireland and Iceland, HWCH are delighted to welcome Wesen and aYia this year.

Iceland Airwaves Festival booker Grimur Atlason will also be in attendance as part of our international industry delegation…

More details here.

Hard Working Class Heroes


Life Festival
May 27th-29th, Belvedere House & Gardens, Co. Westmeath

Ireland’s leading electronic festival heads into its eleventh year (with requisite hashtag – on point, as the kids say) with an assortment of Irish and international heavyweights, including 2manyDJs, Laurent Garnier, Mano LeTough, Blawan, New Jackson and more. Early bird tix are all sold out, but weekend passes are available at the fest’s website.

Liiiiife, looooove’s greatest rewaaaaard



June 3rd-6th, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

An unabashedly DIY, family-run fest in the Co. Kerry village of Killorglin, K-Fest‘s lineup is still in the confirmation stages for this year. With a mixture of music, visual art, drama, spoken word and family entertainment, the door is wide open for applications across all genres and mediums.

Keep DIY culture going in the Kingdom.


Forbidden Fruit
June 3rd-5th, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

Forbidden Fruit leads with an electronic-heavy line-up this year, including bill-toppers Underworld and a Groove Armada DJ set. Aussie psychedelia monolith Tame Impala makes an Irish appearance following his world-conquering Currents LP’s success, while erstwhile math-rockers Battles continue their comeback.

Must… not… make… in-cider references…


Body & Soul
June 17th-19th, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath

Possibly the most quietly impressive of this year’s summer lineouts, Body & Soul returns with Santigold, St. Germain, Floating Points, Badbadnotgood, and Mercury Rev at the top of the bill. Meanwhile, just look at the Irish talent: Rusangano Family, Bitch Falcon, Talos and Saint Sister among others. Final-tier tickets are still on sale – get ’em while they’re hot.

Mind yer body & soul.



July 1st-3rd, Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Last week saw Castlepalooza announce its first round of headliners just as the election frenzy descended upon the media, and the job’s a good’un with Caribou, Villagers & Jurassic 5 headlining. The undercard is peppered with rising propositions, too, including Ireland’s finest psychedelic rock band, The Altered Hours, newly-folky troubadour Cian Nugent, and post-rockers Overhead the Albatross. A strong opening salvo.

Hassle in the castle



Townlands Carnival
July 8th-10th, Leades House, Rusheen Farm, Macroom, Co. Cork

A summer weekender addition to Cork’s bustling festival schedule, Townlands Carnival enters its second year with five stages, family activities, camping options, and more. Irish alt-rock man turned crooner Jerry Fish and Natty & the Rebelship headline. Dáithí, Talos, Saint Sister, The Altered Hours and Young Phantom round out an intriguing initial line-up. Tier 2 tickets available now.

Carnival atmosphere


July 15th-17th, Marlay Park, Dublin

Hip-hop’s undisputed king, Kendrick Lamar, and The National headline a heavyweight bill that sees Jamie XX, Father John Misty, Roisín Murphy, Tyler the Creator, Courtney Barnett and Action Bronson appear over the weekend’s proceedings. All Tvvins head up the Irish offering, alongside Otherkin, Pleasure Beach, and Saint Sister.

Aw, yeah, fuck the judge.


July 22nd-24th, Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow

Ireland’s most doggedly independent weekender celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, with tickets for the weekend still available alongside a handful of Sunday day passes. Family-friendly shenanigans abide, with art and other activities all over the campsite. The musical line-up is still under wraps for now, but in keeping with Knockstockan tradition, it ought to feature Irish independent music’s best and brightest.

Can anyone think of a music pun that involves the word ‘knockin”?



26th and 27th of August, Cork City, Cork

Cork city centre’s ridiculously packed annual calendar of festivals continues apace with the announcement of the second annual 96/1 (pronounced ’96 over 1′). Last year saw 96 bands sprawl out into traditional and non-traditional venues and spaces around the island area of the city in one night, with all performances for free. This year sees the idea spread over two nights, with submissions for bands now open at the email address in the banner.

I suppose a ’96 Quite Bitter Beings’ reference would be inappropriate.