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  1. ATL's Track for the Day #5

    Tuesday 2 September 2014, 10:34

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    Freak's Across the line brings you a new, recent, or interesting track we think you should hear.

    #5
    Tuesday 2nd September, 2014
    Freak's ‘A Minute More’

    They Say – “'A minute more' was written by our guitarist Pete and brought to practice not long after. Once we had heard it, we knew the sentiment behind the song and the direction we wanted to take it. Although it has a more serious set of lyrics compared to previous releases, a minute more is still very much a happy and groovy pop song. Influences include Barry Manilow and Celine Dion.”

    We Say – “'Number One' still ranks top five in our favourite new tracks of 2014, so the bar was set pretty high for a follow up. But 'A Minute More' suggests strength and depth for the Strabane pranksters, with it's ludicrously singable hook and cute, if strangely poignant lyrical content. Two from two!”



    Freak's will be playing Alley Theatre, Strabane this Friday, 5th September.

  2. REVIEW: Sunday at Electric Picnic 2014

    Monday 1 September 2014, 21:55

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    Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival
    Stradbally Hall, Co.Laois
    Sunday 31st August

    Electric Picnic We've barely got settled before Sunday's first special moment. Ham Sandwich have been awesome throughout their Electric Arena set - welcoming and sweet, the gorgeous 'Illuminate' and 'The Naturist' perfect for the morning (well, afternoon) after the night before. But it's during the set closer 'Ants' that things get a little teary. Singer Niamh Farrello has spotted her little sister Amy in the crowd. Next thing Amy is onstage, spontaneously duetting as giant balloons rain down on a huge, arena-ramming crowd. Things like this only happen at Electric Picnic.

    Neneh Cherry at Electric Picnic On the Rankin Woods stage, Neneh Cherry is an altogether different prospect. With just two musicians onstage, the delivery is minimal and futuristic. It's an admiral approach for an artiste whose latest record was her first in almost twenty years - but perhaps a little too challenging. A reworked, updated version of 'Buffalo Stance' eventually turns up to save the day.

    Next door on The Cosby Stage, Drenge have an equally minimal set up but are comparatively rather fun. Their scuzzy brand of two-piece rock and roll is far from unique these days...

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  3. ATL’s Track for the Day #4

    Monday 1 September 2014, 11:57

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    Go Swim #4
    Monday 1st September
    Go Swim 'Off the Trail'


    They say – “'Off the Trail' was written and recorded in our drummer Stefan's attic studio. We wanted to try and get across our live energy into the studio tracks as much as possible. Our aim was to create that punchy punky girl/boy vocal which we have become known for, over a real catchy memorable riff then completely turn it on it's head with an almost sweet soulful breakdown. The song itself is influenced by our everyday, sometimes mundane lives and is about picking yourself up, staying positive and getting on with it when something knocks you down. As it developed it seemed to speed up more and more and rather than this being a deliberate act on our part, it was more down to the fact that we were playing it as quick as possible in order to escape the human inferno that is Stef's attic!”

    We Say – “It's been faintly annoying just how consistent Go Swim have been the last few months - their combining quantity and quality has given us a few playlist issues. Can you stop being so good lads, and give other bands a chance?! Here's another absolute belter from the superb 'Animal' EP, a frantic guitar workout that recalls Bloc Party...

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  4. REVIEW: Electric Picnic, Saurday 2014

    Sunday 31 August 2014, 16:18

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    Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival
    Stradbally Hall, Co.Laois
    Saturday 30th August

    Chic feat., Nile Rodgers At Electric Picnic, one becomes engulfed. Music surrounds you, every nook and cranny of the festival seemingly home to a stage, some of which you can’t find on the map. On day two ATL makes a pact to get some exercise - properly exploring this magical site, digging up and checking out as many bands as humanly possible (bonus points if they're Irish), taking in what the inevitable festival clashes allow.

    Spies at Electric Picnic Our first stop is The Little Big Tent and Spies. This alarmingly young Dublin five piece should probably...

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  5. REVIEW: Electric Picnic, Friday 2014

    Saturday 30 August 2014, 17:25

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    Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival
    Stradbally Hall, Co.Laois
    Friday 29th August

    Body & Soul at Electric Picnic 2014 ATL returns to Electric Picnic, the Co. Laois festival that rounds off the summer of outdoor-live music in Ireland.

    It's Friday and the weather en route to Stradbally is questionable, at best. There's beautiful countryside out there, somewhere through the rain. As we get closer to the festival though things start to improve.

    Blondie The sky above the main stage is almost completely blue as Blondie take to the stage. The sun is out, yes! As the tempo of 'One Way or Another' increases so too does the movement of...

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  6. ATL's Track for the Day #3

    Friday 29 August 2014, 11:40

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    Treehome Across the line brings you a new, recent, or interesting track we think you should hear.

    #3
    Friday 29th August, 2014
    Treehome ‘Keep Our Loving Discrete’


    They say – “Keep Our Loving Discrete" is most definitely our most poppy track in comparison to our other material, that side of Treehome for me is inspired in a big way by John Mayer, whereas the other side of Treehome is influenced by Hip-hop, funk and soul artists (Chic, Gil Scott Heron, Snarky Puppy) which maybe doesn't come across so much in this track.  We put a lot of hard work into the track and we hope it displays our pop sensibilities...

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  7. Review Sunflowerfest 2014

    Thursday 28 August 2014, 16:51

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    Sunflowerfest
    Tubby's Farm, Hillsborough
    Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August 2014

    Sunflowerfest 2014 From flowers in multi-coloured hair, to tie-dye t-shirts and barefoot campers. Now in its fifth year Sunflowerfest has always revelled in an atmosphere of serenity and a slower pace of life. Taking place over a long hazy August Bank Holiday weekend, there are upwards of eighty acts to take in across five different stages. We rendezvous at a church with other fellow campers on the Friday evening, all it takes is a zip up a tight country road in a mini-bus and it’s time to take in some blossoming local acts.

    The Bonnevilles at Sunflowerfest 2014...

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  8. Culture Night Programme Launches

    Thursday 28 August 2014, 15:39

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    Culture Night Belfast iBroad.jpg The official launch of Culture Night 2014 has taken place today at Garfield Street. The event, which is in its sixth year, will take place on Friday 19 September throughout Belfast.

    The night will run from 4pm-late, and will include over 250 events, including ‘tasters, tours, talks, trails, demonstrations, activities, gigs, recitals, screenings, interventions, altercations and interactions.’

    One of the main musical attractions of Culture Night 2014 will be a late night performance by UNKNWN in St. Anne’s Cathedral.

    Alongside the official Culture Night on 19th September, there will also be other events taking place around Belfast from the 15th – 21st September as part of ‘Culture Night Xtra (CNX)’.

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  9. ATL's Track for the Day #2

    Thursday 28 August 2014, 11:41

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    Freak's Across the line brings you a new, recent, or interesting track we think you should hear.

    #5
    Tuesday 2nd September, 2014
    Freak's ‘A Minute More’

    They Say – “'A minute more' was written by our guitarist Pete and brought to practice not long after. Once we had heard it, we knew the sentiment behind the song and the direction we wanted to take it. Although it has a more serious set of lyrics compared to previous releases, a minute more is still very much a happy and groovy pop song. Influences include Barry Manilow and Celine Dion.”

    We Say – “'Number One' still ranks top five in our favourite new tracks of 2014, so the bar was set pretty high for a follow up. But 'A Minute More' suggests strength and depth for the Strabane pranksters, with it's ludicrously singable hook and cute, if strangely poignant lyrical content. Two from two!”

    Freak's will be playing Alley Theatre, Strabane this Friday, 5th September.

    Read more about ATL's Track for the Day #2

  10. Electric Picnic - Main Stage Times, Other Voices Stage + OXJAM Stage

    Wednesday 27 August 2014, 15:22

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    Electric Picnic 2014 For those heading to Electric Picnic this weekend, you may be interested in the stage times for the Main Stage.

    Main Stage:
    Friday:
    5.00pm – 5.30pm Tvvins
    6.00pm – 6.45pm The Strypes
    7.15pm – 8.15pm Blondie
    9.00pm – 10.15pm Foals
    10.45pm – 12.00am Pet Shop Boys

    Saturday:
    12.30pm-1.30pm: Trinity Orchestra
    2pm – 3pm: The Stranglers
    3.45pm – 4.45pm: Wild Beasts
    5.30pm – 6.25pm: Hozier
    7.00pm – 8.05pm: Bombay Bicycle Club
    8.45pm – 9.55pm: Paolo Nutini
    10.35pm – 11.50pm: Portishead
    12.30am – 1.45am: Chic

    Sunday:
    1pm-2pm: Dublin Gospel Choir
    2.20pm-3.20pm: The Wailers
    3.50pm-4.50pm: Sinead...

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