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  • Ireland Music Week announce first industry representatives

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    Irish Music Week 19 (formerly Hard Working Class Heroes) have announced the first round of international industry peeps joining them for the conference.

    It is one of the largest gathering of music industry professionals from bookers to labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here in Ireland. It takes place 1st – 5th October 2019.

    The first batch of International representatives including our very own Phil Taggart are:

    • Adam Ryan – The Great Escape
    • Almudena Heredero – Primavera Sound
    • Debbie Ball – Create Spark
    • Dev Sherlock – SXSW
    • Ellie Rumbold – Partisan Records
    • Javier Lopez – Reed MIDEM
    • Jeff Bell – Partisan Records
    • Kees Van Reijen – IMPALA
    • Lisa Hresko – A2IM
    • Michael Lambert – Wide Days
    • Mikey Rishwain Bernard – M for Montreal
    • Oskar Strajn – ESNS
    • Philip Taggart – Slacker / BBC Radio1 / Hometown Records
    • Ralph Christoph – c/o pop Festival and Convention
    • Rev. Moose – Marauder
    • Sindri Ástmarsson – Iceland Airwaves

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  • Here comes Le Boom

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    Irish electro-indie-house-pop duo and just all round beautiful people, Le Boom announced for this years Reading & Leeds Festival BBC Introducing Stage. 

    Known for emitting pure energy at their gigs, it will be exciting to see them fill the stage and charm a new wave of fans. Le Boom will play Saturday, Reading and Sunday, Leeds. They're in good company among Introducing favourites like Olivia Nelson, Alfie Templeman and Kid Kapichi. 

    The 1975 will headline Reading on the Friday (August 23) and Leeds on the Saturday (August 24). Foo Fighters will close Reading on Sunday (August 25) after topping the bill at Leeds on Friday. Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots will co-headline on Reading Saturday and in Leeds on the Sunday.

    For the full line-up and more details head to:

  • Tropic like it's hot with Villagers

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    Any song featuring a chorus of six flugelhorns *automatically googles flugelhorn* is worth a listen. The word flugelhorn itself is well, just magical and evokes a sense of childishness, most of us have probably forgotten.

    Villagers’ new single ‘Summer’s Song’ makes you feel like you’ve been hugged by your favourite summer holiday and transported back to a caravan in Bundoran, with a 99 dripping down your fingers. It’s a trippy, joyful ode to sunshine and happiness. As expected from Conor O’Brien, the simple melody and blend of glorious sounds take you on a journey to past and future.

    With a video animated by Joe May and illustrated by Patricio Bauzá that implores you to get up, walk out the door, and to just ‘climb the sunlight one beam at a time,’ Conor makes you love summer as much as Olaf from Frozen.

    And for those who know, that is one fine compliment.

    Watch the video here. 

  • Pascal's Back Birches!

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    Pascalwillnotsurvivethis – Treetops

    Everybody knows that the summertime is when you finally crawl out of the darkness, and get back out there to reconnect with the outside world. Or that’s the plan, anyway. And if that’s proving to be difficult for you, allow Northern Irish troubadour Pascalwillnotsurvivethis to take you on a journey through some lush forests in his new single, ‘Treetops’.

    A bed…

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  • Broadening Borders

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    It’s difficult not to have noticed the collaboration between Ryan Vail and Elma Orkestra while they’ve been gearing up to release their ‘Borders’ project. Already an intriguing collaboration, it hasn’t stopped Elma Orkestra (AKA Eoin O’Callaghan) and Ryan seeking out and teaming up with the legendary Moya Brennan from Clannad, for upcoming Dublin and Belfast performances, to celebrate the launch…

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  • Guess who's back? Back again...

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    Celtronic celebrates its nineteenth anniversary this June with five days and nights of music events, workshops, recording projects and more across Derry city from 26th – 30th June.

    The festival opens with dance music veteran Phil Keiran and the Ulster Orchestra, combining the beauty of classical and pure energy of dance music. This year's Saturday night party begins with Derry's finest Or:la, at…

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  • 'YOU' are in for a treat

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    It’s always a special moment when Kit Philippa releases new music. Always considered, always encaptivating and always KP, the brooding intensity and souring melodies brings us back every time.

    The video, made by Bold Puppy Productions (Walking On Cars, Kodaline), may not seem like a barrel of laughs to begin with but stick with it, we promise you’ll have joy in your heart by the end of it.

    KP has…

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  • It's not all ROE-ses with new single 'Girls'

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    We’ve all been guilty of losing ourselves in the moment; passing opinion as truth, posting filtered photos as perfect portraits, creating a persona or reality that appears - on the surface - to be truth, in the hope that audiences don’t pay enough attention to question. With ‘Girls’, Roe does just that, putting herself in the very moment she awakens from naivety and starts to realise her own…

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  • Other Voices takes back the city

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    If you were to try and explain what Other Voices was to someone who had never heard of it, you wouldn’t get very far. They’d think you’d dreamt up some odd vision of a world where good things happen, and people do things not because of any other reason than it sounds like a fun thing to do.

    The Duncairn Arts Centre in North Belfast gets it though. And although the venue doesn’t hold 200 people, a…

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  • More acts announced for Stendhal 19

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    The Stendhal line up is already looking pretty amazing, and they’ve announced a load more of ATL favourites across the weekend. We’re excited!

    Talos, Ciaran Lavery, New Pagans, Sister Ghost, Jordan Adetunji, Kitt Phillipa and Cormac Neeson, to name just a few, will be joining Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra, ROE, Cherym and Hunkpapa, for what is going to be a brilliant weekend of local music.

    Topping…

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