Thursday 31 July 2014, 18:52
The line-up for this year’s Body&Soul presence at Electric Picnic has been announced. In their own area of the festival grounds, set across three stages, the line-up includes tUnE-yArDs, Girl Band, Altered Hours and Sleep Thieves, as well as installations and exhibits for the now sold out Co.Laois festival.
Belfast-based label Champion Sound Recordings are to host a night on one of the Body&Soul stages on Sunday 30th August. This night will serve as a showcase for their full roster: Ryan Vail, Contour, Ghosts, UNKNWN, Talkboy and Replete.
Tuesday 29 July 2014, 15:29
On Monday night’s show, regular contributor Niamh Hegarty spoke with Rigsy all the way from Cork about some new tracks.
Delorentos – Right To Know
Rigsy: “A band that we’ve played a lot in the last few years…”
Niamh: “This is such a great track.”
Kate’s Party – Welcome To Seahaven
Niamh: “I think the album as a whole is a great accomplishment for them. They released it themselves…”
Rigsy: “DIY kind-of…”
10 Foot Clown – I Stand Corrected
Rigsy: “This has really, really grown on me…”
Niamh: “I actually love the bassline…”
Adebisi Shank – World In Harmony
Niamh: “It’s a testament to how good they are that they can reinvent themselves.”
Rigsy: “They sound like a band having a bit of a laugh…”
Give Us The Sky – Waste Me, Drain Me
Niamh: “I can see a track like this doing so well…”
Rigsy: “It’s worth checking out.”
Bantum – Oh My Days
Rigsy: “For me, the production is what makes it…”
Niamh: “Her lyrics kind of match the production.”
Tuesday 29 July 2014, 14:58
Friday 25 July 2014, 14:25
For the sixth consecutive year, Culture Night Belfast returns to the city this autumn.
Centred around the Cathedral Quarter, the night aims to ‘brighten the corners and illuminate the spaces and places of Belfast’ with performances, talks, tours, as well as family-oriented activities.
The night itself is set to take place on Friday 19th September with all events free to attend, however there will be numerous extra events right across the city from the 15th – 21st September under the ‘Culture Night Xtra (CNX)’ banner.
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 17:05
The line-up for Electric Picnic now includes 23 newly-announced acts. Among those headed to Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois for the weekend-long festival are the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Bombay Bicycle Club, The 1975, Hozier, Cathy Davey and Le Galaxie. They will be joined by headliners such as Portishead, Outkast, Blondie and Simple Minds, amongst others. Electric Picnic will take place from Friday 29th – Sunday 31st August.
English singer/songwriter George Ezra has announced a gig at Limelight 1 in Belfast on Tuesday 14th October. He will there to promote his debut album ‘Wanted on Voyage’, with support from Rae Morris. Also, post-punk outfit Eagulls are headed to Limelight 2 on Wednesday 22nd October.
South of the border, renowned Scottish alt-rockers The Jesus & Mary Chain are to hit the stage at Vicar Street on Thursday 31st July.
Finally, Interpol have added a second date to their appearance at the Olympia Theatre next year. They will now be playing on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th February 2015.
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 15:58
Local music scribe Chris Jones joined Rigsy in the ATL studio for this week’s ‘New Tune Disco’.
Girl Band – Lawman
Chris: “It’s a magnificent racket.”
Groom – I’ve Never Been In A Real Fight
Chris: “Very literate, storytelling indie pop with a lot of urgency.”
Rigsy: “It’s a good sound for sure.”
No Matter – Postpone
Rigsy: “Really catchy, lots of fun, no mucking about…”
Chris: “They know exactly what they’re doing.”
Cashier No. 9 – 42 West Avenue
Rigsy: “What a track, what a band…”
Chris: “They’re making their comeback in August…”
Tell No Foxx – Pure
Rigsy: “Beautifully-presented, dark and moody production.”
Chris: “It’s the kind of music you need a strong voice to carry and they’ve got that.”
Augustus and John – Crosslines
Chris: “Really lush, blissed-out quality to it.”
Rigsy: “It’s lovely…”
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 15:08
Mark McCambridge from Arborist called into ATL HQ to talk us through The Making of...the new Arborist single 'Border Blood'.
Monday 21 July 2014, 14:02
Donal Dineen, The Ambience Affair, SlowPlaceLikeHome
Greenroom Live, Letterkenny.
Friday 18th July
Tonight, Letterkenny’s Greenroom Live is the venue for Bluestack Records presenting an evening of live performances from two of their artists, The Ambience Affair and SlowPlaceLikeHome. With Donal Dineen compering the evening and delivering a DJ set, the night ahead looks promising. The intimate, welcoming venue gives the feel that this is the place for music lovers to gather. In keeping with the venues chilled-out vibe, the start time is commanded by the crowd who trickle in later than the scheduled...
Friday 18 July 2014, 12:59
Check out our PODCAST where the ATL team pick some of their fav home grown music from the first six months of 2014 including:
Hot Cops – We’ve been huge fans of them since ‘Kenzie’s Farmhouse’ arrived in the Introducing Uploader in April. Their influences include Pavement, Deerhunter, Pixies, Yuck, Dinosaur Jr and Cloud Nothings - not a bad start for sure.
SlowPlaceLikeHome – Donegal-based musician &
producer Keith Mannion. He has upcoming performances at Stendhal and
Castlepalooza and is releasing his debut LP Romola in August 2014.
Freak’s – Four piece band hailing from Strabane. They called by ATL Towers in May to tell us about the ‘Making of’ their band and how their single ‘Number One’ came about – check it out HERE.
To listen to our past ATL Introducing...New Irish Music Podcasts click HERE.
Thursday 17 July 2014, 13:18
The Jammboree Festival kicks off on Friday 18th July in Londonderry until Sunday 20th July, in the Playhouse and Sandinos. The Clameens, PORTS, and Ego the Jackal are among the many acts who will be playing over the weekend in Derry.
Stage times for Castlepalooza 2014 have also been announced. Held in Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Ireland, from 1st to 3rd August – bands will include We Cut Corners, Daithi and Slowplacelikehome – who has just released his second single Luna – from his debut LP Romola, due out on August 11th 2014.