Townlands Carnival.. Last chance to grab Tier 3 tickets!

With just under 3 weeks to go, Townlands Carnival is rapidly shaping up to be the shindig of the Summer down in Cork.

Last week saw organisers adding some stellar new acts added to what is already a foot-stomping lineup. King Kong Kompany, Lords of Strut, Mescalito, Cian Finn, Humans of the Sesh, Gary Fitz, Niall Power, Sarah Beth, Jamie Behan and Big Daddy Can among others join festival heavyweights  like Hermitage Green, Le Boom, Dynamite MC, the Rubberbandits, Stomptown Bass, Jack O’Rourke, Hvmmingbyrd and Cula Bula to name but a sprinkling.

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Stage times for the Sibin Stage and the Main Stage can be found here with more to follow in the next few days so keep an eye on Twitter!

With ticket prices due to increase tonight at midnight, weekend passes with camping are €125 + BF for the next 30 minutes. Tickets can be puchased in person at the following locations; JC Murphys Bar (Macroom), Organico Cafe (Bantry), Toonsbridge Café, Bunker Vinyl (Cork), Siopa Gan Ainm (#Cork), Shire Bar (#Killarney) and Spin Dizzy Records (Georges Arcade #Dublin)

Fingers on the triggers folks..

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Happy Hour: Body&Soul

Howdy,

From all reports it sounds like the weekend was a thumping good ‘un!

I said in 2016 that Body&Soul was the one festival I was for sure targetting this year but, yet again, work conspired to prevent me having a life at the weekends and B&S passed me by.

Next year. And I mean it this time!

Here’s a link to last week’s show, the Body&Soul Happy Hour special with full tracklist below.

Enjoy!

xo Malley

Happy Hour Body&Soul Special

Tracklist:

Metronomy – The Look

Too Fools – Touch

Vitalic – Waiting for your Touch

La Femme – Time to Wake up 2023

Bonobo – No Reason

Birdy Nam Nam – Absesses

Shookrah – Cliches Pt 1 & 2

Parcels – Overnight

Loah – This Heart

Happy Hour with Fallen Lights

Together since 2014, Cody, Graham, Jay and Joe make up Irish indie-pop outfit Fallen Lights who were kind enough to join me in studio ahead of their gig in Buskers, full interview is available here. On a side-note, I did ask where the name came from, hoping they would say an indie band name generator on Facebook but instead I got a garbled story about an altercation with a light after a gig. Mmmhmm.. drink taken I’d say!

Hailing from Mullingar and Waterford, the lads count Gavin James and Hudson Taylor among their fans and maintain that everyone in the music industry in Ireland is up for pints and fairly sound. They should know, having supported everyone from Paddy Casey to Ham Sandwich to The Academic and most recently the Blizzards on their comback tour in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Comparisons with the likes of Picture This and Walking on Cars are inevitable but Graham maintains Fallen Lights have a more ballsy, in-your-face sound. “it’s like indie-pop with a punch, electric-indie-pop-rock”.

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2017 has been a busy one thus far. The new single Pricetag is out now and available for  download on itunes. There is also a 5 single EP in the pipeline for later in the year and the lads have just announced details of a headline show in Whelans in Dublin, tickets here. And, as recently as last night have thrown their hat in the ring for Eurovision 2018.

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As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve embarked on a 32-county 32-day Mind your Mind tour, with one gig per county per day, in aid of mental health charity Inspire. Inspire are a 32-county mental health service providing a range of supports in the areas of disability and mental health; day support, supported housing, floating support and advocacy services as well as training programmes in third-level colleges and universities across the island of Ireland. This idea of a 32-county service is the main reason behind the epic roadtrip the boyos now find themselves in the middle of.

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It’s no secret that mental health is a huge issue in Ireland, especially among young men who, according to the National Suicide Research Foundation are 5 times more likely than their female counterparts to die by suicide. It’s this demographic that Fallen Lights are hoping to tap into and help to break the stigma of mental health. As Graham said, if they can reach out to 1 person at each gig, that’s 32 lives saved over the course of 32 days. Not all superheroes wear capes.

In terms of minding their own mental health, the lads admitted that they are all in a fortunate position of working with their best friends and that others might not be so lukcy. In the close confines of the tour bus it’s hard to keep secrets and if someone is having a bad day, they all step in to lift the mood again. “since we’re practically living in a van for most of the year, we’re kind of forced to talk about our feelings and we act as our own mental health guidance.”

Looking ahead to the future, Fallen Lights have just announced details of a headline gig in Dublin but they won’t be stopping there and are delighted to be featuring in this year’s Electric Picnic line-up. No strangers to the festival circuit, the lads are really looking forward to returning to the stage in Stradbally. “electric is such a great place for everybody to get togehrt. We got a good crowd, not just friends and family people hearing the music from afar and and just walking towards us. We got a good reaction on social media then, we were buzzing so we’re just mad to get back there”

For anyone affected by issues raised, the Samaritans are available 24/7 at 116 123 free of charge.

Check out the full interview here with full tracklisting below. Special thanks to Station Manager Paula Healy who produced.

xo Malley

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Happy Hour with Fallen Lights

Tracklist

  1. James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
  2. Ailbhe Reilly – Loose
  3. Fallen Lights – Price Tag
  4. Fallen Lights – You and I (live)
  5. Loah – This Heart
  6. Rory Gallagher – Bad Penny
  7. Peter Doherty – Last of the English Roses
  8. The National – The Last Time
  9. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
  10. Bloc Party – Flux

 

Life After Life

Does such a thing exist?

Apologies for the delay in banging this one out. I’m sure you can understand that it takes a decent amount of time to get the brain back in gear after a wild weekend in Belvedere. Yop Westmeath!

We left Galway in torrential rain on Friday evening. Biblical stuff until we reached Athlone, the Equator of Ireland, where the sun was streaming down. Fake tan intact, we unpacked in Belvedere Gardens, threw up a tent and headed for the stages to catch the last 15 seconds of Eats Everything. Patrick Topping was up next. Mixed reviews on this one. Chatter on the campsite was that he wouldn’t mix cement but the District 8 tent was packed to capacity and everyone was groovin’. Alan Fitz took things up a level closing the stage and we stepped out halfway. We wandered to the Main Stage and our timing was perfect as we got there just in time to hear Format B banging out Chunky. Yurt. We wound up staying for DJ EZ who was fantastic in a really cheesy way. Think 6AM at a house party breaking into the Golden Oldies vault. If you put a gun to my head I’d be hard pushed to remember a single track but I know they were good because according to Fitbit I was bopping till the wee hours.

Patrick Topping @ Life Festival 2017

Saturday was filthy, both in terms of the music and the weather. It rained all day and all night and things got a little bit warpy. Looking at the videos on Tune Drop it looks like the stages were absolutely bopping, especially Boots and Kats on the Toast Stage and their dawn rave. The kept the crowd rocking as the sun came up, or at least attempted to, over the lake.

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Lake Stage @ Life Fest 2017

In a slight change to schedule, Ricardo Villalobos played in the District 8 Tent on account of the rain. He was immense but much better suited to a later time slot. It’s hard to give him 110% at 1PM in the day. Maya Jane, the Queen, delivered in spades down on the Mainstage and Get Down Edits were a very tasty addition to the day. Duke Dumont closed the Main Stage on Saturday, banging out all the big hits although we opted for the covered Index Stage instead.

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Like I said, things got warpy. Tent, Saturday, Life 2017.

Sunday got off to an early start and an early finish with Nina Kravitz taking to the stage at around half 10. Sunday day disappeared Down the Rabbite Hole but the sun shone, the gazebo parties were hopping and the craic was had so, all in all, happy fucking days. Hard to believe how fast the weekend zipped by but congrats to all involved in delivering another stellar Life Fest! Festival season 2017 is off to a flying start and definitely looking forward to the next few weeks and months.

As the fella said, YOP WESTMEATH.

xo Malley

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Techno Fan.. gettit? Life 2017

Happy Hour: Life Festival Special

Drumroll……

Festival season is firmly upon us with Life Festival bringing proceedings to a whomping, stomping start this weekend.

As always, the organisers have pulled out all the stops in terms of lineup with a stellar installment of headliners like Patrick Topping, Eats Everything, Nina Kravitz, Format B, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Gorgon City and Maya Jane Coles taking to the stages across the three days.

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Line-up, Life 2017

Belvedere House and Gardens again plays host to the festival in what is certainly one of the most picturesque locations in the country for a big dirty rave. If this heat wave we’re promised ever materialises, sunset at the lake will be spectacular! Last year was an absolute scorcher so praying for more of the same for this year. Unfortunately the forecast for Saturday isn’t looking too fresh but, we live in hope!

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MK playing the Main Stage, Life 2016.

This leads us nicely to last night’s Happy Hour Life Special. The second hour got pretty loud and I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a fair amount of groovin’ in studio. Tracklist is below and here’s a link to the Mixcloud, give it a listen and let me know what you think.

For anyone still looking, weekend tickets (Tier 4) are still availible on Tickemaster. Get ’em here Tickets

For those of you making the pilgrimage to Mullingar, see yaz at the Lake Stage

xo Malley

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View at the Lake Stage during Ben Klock, Life 2015.

Tracklist

Maya Jane Coles Won’t Let You Down

Format B Chunky

Format B Vivian Wheeler

Rudimental Lay it all on Me ft Ed Sheeran

Eats Everything Dancing Again

Alan Fitzpatrick We Do What We Want

The Magician Sunlight

Gorgon City All Four Walls

Sunil Sharpe Magpie Science

Bjarki I Wanna Go Bang

Get Down Edits Pleasure

 

5 quirky Irish music festivals you NEED to get to this Summer.

It’s probably the hipster in me talking but there’s definitely an appeal to going a little bit off the beaten track this summer, especially in terms of festivals. Maybe it’s the shorter lines at the portaloos or the bragging rights when you ‘discover’ an as yet unheard of act or maybe you just like things that are a little bit left of centre. Whatever your reason, here’s a list of my top 5 quirky Irish festivals.

5. Castlepalooza

Set in the grounds of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Castlepalooza is a hidden gem in what will be festival-packed August Bank Holiday weekend this year (a nod to Indiependence and the Galway Races.) Complete with a moate and castle, Castlepalooza has some of the most impressive camping options you’ll find anywhere this summer! Watch out also for the restored 17th century castle which throws open the doors and allows punters to use the toilets! With a wide ranging line-up including Oh Boland, Hvmmingbyrd, Farah Elle, Spud Gun, Le Boom and an impressive comedy set up boasting comedians like Deirdre O’Kane, Fred Cooke, PJ Gallagher among others this boutique festival promises to be another excellent outing.

Tier 3 weekend camping tickets are available via Ticketmaster and priced at €139 + BF

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Castlepalooza Main Stage, 2015.

4. Live on Air

Until David McGowan hauled a decommissioned Boeing 747 to his Quirky Nights glamping site, I’d never even heard of Eniscrone, Co. Sligo. Determined to capitalise on the popularity of the ‘Big Yoke’ and put Eniscrone firmly on the map for once and for all, McGowan is launching Live on Air, a new mixed-genre festical which takes place on May 26th and 27th. The lineup has a distinctly homegrown flavour with acts such as the Riptide Movement, Hothouse Flowers, Wyvern Lingo, Meltybrains? Hermitage Green, Moxie, Disco na mBo as well as recent Choice Music Prize winners, Rusangano Family, all featuring.

Weekend camping tickets, priced at €100 are now sold out but day tickets are still available via Eventbrite.

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3. Ériu – Irish Decompression (June 9th – June 11th)

Dubbed as Ireland’s Burning Man, that sets the bar remarkably high for this festival. Details are sketchy and with performance submissions still open, there are few lineup details. However, if the hype surrouding this gather is to be believed this is a weekend not to be missed. Based around the 10 principles of Burning Man, one of which is participation, there is a heavy emphasis on community and volunteering. Only 500 tickets are sold, with ticket revenue funding the cost of running the festival. This year’s decompression takes place in Stradbally from June 9th – 11th and further details can be found on the Facebook event page.

Low income tickets are available via Eventbrite.

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2. Beatyard (August 5th & 6th)

Beatyard has been knocking around for the past couple of years but this year’s lineup has certainly propelled it to the forefront of my mind. Eh, Mark Ronson anyone? This 2 day event takes place in Dun Laoghaire and the theme is nautical boogie. It’s an urban festival so perfect for those who are fond of their creature comforts and don’t fancy the rough and tumble of actually camping. The lineup has plenty to be excited about with the aforementioned Mark Ronson appearing alongside the likes of Rusangano Family, Horsemeat Disco, Candi Station, Bananarama, Fish Go Deep and Kila.

Weekend tickets are available for €89 + BF via Eventbrite with single day tickets priced at €59.

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1. Townlands Carnival (July 21st – 23rd)

Nestled in amongst the byroads of Macroom, Townlands Carnival is Cork’s best kept secret. With an extensive collection of stages and props that a festival 5 times its’ size would be proud of, Townlands becomes its own utopia for the weekend. Mimicing an old saloon town, complete with swinging doors and shuttered windows, stages are nestled behind elaborate facades that would not look out of place in Acme Acres. The Irish-inspired Sibin stage is home to a number of homegrown rising stars while the other stages play host to a huge variety of musical genres; everything from electronic to techno to reggae to folk is catered for. The hugely diverse lineup attracts people from all walks of life and creates great vibes around the campsite. This year’s line up includes Hermitage Green, Stomptown Bass, Jack O’Rourke, Rubberbandits, Neon Atlas, Le Boom and many more to be announced.

Tier 2 tickets for Townlands Carnival are priced at €105 + bf.

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Jerry Fish playing the mainstage at TLC in 2016

Happy Hour Guaranteed Irish ☘

In honour of our patron saint, Patrick, or Patty depending on your pronunciation (lawl) I decided to do a Guaranteed Irish Happy Hour Special this evening. ☘

Honestly, with the huge range of Irish talent this was not as daunting at all as first feared! Check out the playlist below if you don’t believe me. Although, fair warning, I snuck a bit of cheese in there when I thought no-one was looking.. *cough Westlife.

My personal highlight was resurrecting the classic ‘There’s a Whole Lotta Loving’, the debut and possibly only single from short-lived pop sensation Six. It’s 15 years old this year by the way, just to make you feel every inch of your age. I vividly remember queuing for well over 4 hours outside Roxy Records to meet Six. This was one of several encounters including sneaking backstage at their gig in the INEC and nearly collapsing when we found their dressing room AND (brace yourself, this part is especially cringe!!) giving them no, PRESENTING them, with a calendar that my best friend Aoife and I had spent painstaking hours creating. I think we also learned their dance routine for a talent competition but my memory is hazy about that. We might have just learned it for the craic…. Good times!

Anyway, just to bring this kicking and screaming into 2017, Evoke.ie conveniently put together a ‘Where are they now?’ article to celebrate the anniversary of the single. Sinead, the girl from Cork went on to become Mayor of Cobh while Emma, the blondie Limerick lady with the wild curly hair, her career reached the dizzying heights of co-presenting on Den TV with Socky the Sockmonster. Andy briefly managed another band before selling his soul and going into finance while Liam had the dubious job of being Jedwards’ road manager. Jesus. Sarah, the girl who was drafted in last minute when She Who Shall Not be Named was fucked out now works for BBC Radio 4 and last, but not least, Kyle ‘ridiculous yellow jumper’ Andrews. He spent a brief period working for Screentime Shinawil, the company who produced Popstars (all a bit cosy, isn’t it?) before returning to NI to work for a documentary firm.

The fact that they are all still in touch and still going to each other’s weddings makes my heart very happy indeed. Spoken like a true superfan 😉

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Here are all of Six at Kyle’s wedding in 2014

Here’s the tracklist for the rest of the show and don’t forget you can listen back to the whole thing in all it’s glory over on Mixcloud. Until next week, peace!

An Emotional Fist – Celebrate

Mundy – Mexico

Duke Special – Last night I nearly Died

Hozier – from Eden

Hermitage Green – Jenny

BellX1 – Eve, the Apple of my Eye

Windings – A Better Place

Thin Lizzy – Dancing in the Moonlight

The Sawdoctors – How I feel about You

Picture This – Take my Hand

Jack O’Rourke – Dreamcatcher

Westlife – When You’re Looking Like That

Coronas – Heroes or Ghosts

Six – Whole Lotta Loving

Luke Kelly – Raglan Road

Hothouse Flowers – I Can See Clearly Now

Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club – True Friends

Saint Sister – Corpses

Aslan – Crazy World

Little Green Cars – Better Day