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.
Friday 11 July 2014, 14:39
American prog-metal giants Mastodon have announced a show at the Limelight in Belfast on Thursday 20th November. This show is part of the European leg of the tour in support of their sixth studio album ‘Once More Round The Sun’, released in June.
Due to popular demand, Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit will be relocating their Belfast gig from the Empire Music Hall to Mandela Hall in Queen’s Students Union. The new booking will take place on Wednesday 17th September.
Duke Special will be bring his 78rpm DJing ‘Duke Special Gramophone Club’ to the Sunflower Public House in Belfast on Friday 25th July. With a vintage vibe, Duke will be going through various retro musical styles such as 1920s Jazz and the rock and roll of the ‘50s.
Following on from this, he will be performing alongside the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Saturday 26th July. There he will play a selection of songs from songwriter Harry Nillsson, as well as some of this own tracks.
Wednesday 9 July 2014, 12:44
BBC Northern Ireland’s monthly arts and culture series ‘The Arts Show’ has announced that it is searching for new up-and-coming young talents to be featured in a special episode of the show entitled ‘The Arts Show: Introduces’, which will be available on BBC iPlayer later this year.
The programme makers are looking for ten-minute short films from young creators, expressing their connection to Northern Ireland. A variety of different genres are being sought after, including short dramas, animation, music videos and documentaries. The closing date for short films is Wednesday 1st October.
‘The Arts Show: Introduces’ will also showcase new presenters on the programme, with applicants being asked to submit a two-minute show reel of their work. Submissions for presenters must be in by Thursday 24th July.
Those applying to be featured on the programme must be aged 17-25.
For more information, including full terms and conditions, visit bbc.co.uk/artsshow.
Wednesday 9 July 2014, 11:31
Guinness Amplify programme for emerging musicians
has launched; Including live shows in pubs
across Ireland, free studio days to record or rehearse and workshops with experts
from the world of music, to help unlock the potential of new talent.
The Live event will offer musicians the chance to perform to audiences over 5 weekends in Autumn 2014, musicians will be invited to play live in Leinster (11-14 Sept), Ulster (18-21 Sep), Connacht (25-28 Sep), Munster (2-5 Oct) and Dublin (9-12 Oct).
There will also be spot appearances in unknown locations from well-known musicians, including Kodaline...
Tuesday 8 July 2014, 15:48
On this week’s ATL, music blogger Niall Byrne a.k.a. Nialler9 was down the line from Dublin to have the usual back-and-forth with Rigsy on some brand new tracks.
Adebisi Shank - Big Unit
Rigsy: “I can only imagine the fun when they first listened back to this track...”
Niall: “What a way to herald their return.”
Spies - Moosehead
Niall: “You can really start to hear the ‘80s influence.”
Rigsy: “A band of teenagers that sound like this is really hard to get your head around.”
Phayon – City Lights
Niall: “I might play this on my own show someday.”
Rigsy: “Lovely stuff…”
God Knows + mynameisjOhn – Standard
Rigsy: “What a tight flow…”
Niall: “It has a confidence and skill to it.”
Dreams of Elysian – I Can Still Hear Your Whispers…They Linger
Rigsy: “It is really engaging, well thought-out, wonderfully produced…”
Niall: “I’d be interested to hear this track with vocals.”
Le Galaxie – Humanise
Niall: “They’ve become the premier party band in Ireland.”
Rigsy: “There’s something about this that really stands out…”
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