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Darkness to light.

Trust the plan.



Loner DeluxeWinters Last Fire

What you may need to know…

01. Loner Deluxe is the nom-de-beats and solo folktronica project of Rusted Rail Records man, Keith Wallace.

02.…like a blend of Godspeed, Four Tet, glitchy little electronic sound effects, haunting fairground music, Boards of Canada and a kinda strange psyche folk version of My Bloody Valentine“, said the dearly departed Road Records at one point.

03. Winters Last Fire, is the lead song on the project’s newest ‘digital cassingle’ Snowed Under, released this past January. Animated sci-fi visuals courtesy of Galway’s Tiny Epics.

04. The song was selected as part of An Taobh Tuathail Vol. 7 by RnaG tastemaker Cian O’Cíobháin, alongside tunes by Sufjan Stevens and Nils Frahm, among others. Good company.

05. Snowed Under is the winter-themed sequel to previous digital cassingle (which is a nice concept for small groupings of songs that don’t quite feel like a “proper” E.P., in fairness) The Coast is Clear.

Verdict: We might be a bit past winter but this is still music to come home and put on a cup of tay to…

Loner Deluxe


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.