From the Kingdom of Kerry to the Kingdom of Lesotho

With over 57% of the population living on less than $1 a day, Lesotho, the landlocked Kingdom in the middle of South Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the World.

Over a quarter of the population are infected with the AIDS virus which has wiped out an entire generation. Life expectancy is a miserable 42 years, the lowest in the World.

These people urgently need YOUR help.

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Action Lesotho was founded in 2005 in Kerry. Originally known as Twinning the Kingdoms, it grew into a national organisation and was renamed in 2010. In the early days, the organisation was run soley by volunteers, in both Lesotho and Kerry, who focused mainly on building classrooms and community centres and providing humanitarian aid to orphans.

Thanks to generous funding from Irish Aid and IMPACT Trade Union, Action Lesotho expanded and now employs 10 full time and 6 part time Basotho employees all led by the dynamic Pippa Kearon, the in-country representative of Action Lesotho.

The core objective of Action Lesotho is to break this cycle of poverty by providing the Basotho people with the skills needed to access employment, grow their own food and help meet the humanitarian needs of the most disadvantaged in their community.

Action Lesotho works on 4 key projects; Agriculture, Healthcare and Nutrition, Skills Development and Enterprise Development.

Action Lesotho HQ in Mapotsoe is a hive of activity. Each day Action Lesotho runs a Breakfast Club feeding 70 + children who would otherwise go hungry with crops that are farmed as part of the Agriculture project. Any additional food is distributed to those who cannot take care of themselves and are part of various Healthcare projects. Women are taught sewing, weaving and craftwork in the hopes of developing cottage industries that will make them self sufficient.

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On Thursday, February 9th, Action Lesotho will be running a benefit night ‘For and About the People of Lesotho’ in the Rose Hotel in Tralee at 8PM. Featuring music, crafts, a slide show and a talk by special guest Pippa Kearon, the night will be a celebration of the work that Action Lesotho do.

Come along and support this wonderful organisation and make a difference to the World’s poorest people.

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Happy Hour – November 16th

Making a welcome return to the airwaves this week after a couple of weeks off due to werk. Thankfully, a Minion has been hired and I’m back with a bang.

First Dates, Monday Channel 4, 9PM.

As usual we spent far too much time talking about First Dates. The fact Ian watches this AND has admitted it on live radio is still a source of amusement and obviously blows a serious hole in his Indie Rocker cred. Anyway, without spoiling the whole episode, it was a good ‘un. First up was Sophie and Adam. All I can say is OUCH! And I thought it was all going so well.. Next were the token older couple Meguel and Kevin, neither of whom looked their age and both of whom were sporting some questionable tan. It was all very nice and plesant and Kevin is a serious DILF so the episode is worth watching for that fact alone. Annie and Barry, aside from sharing their names with the main characters in a children’s readers, they also left the country in tears. On a side note, don’t go all XFactor on us Fred. I can’t cope with this level of emotion on a Monday evening! Poshie Masie was back for another go after her previous date ended with her match kindly informing her that he wanted to bang as many women as possible and sew his seed in her (seriously!) Things went much better this week with James, surely a cousin of Jedward with that quiff.

 

Gig Guide

Hudson Taylor play the Bailey Allen, Wednesday November 16th.

Sample Answer play the Roisin Dubh, Saturday Novemebr 19th. Use the code SAMPLE at check out to get 50% off your ticket (yurt)

Wyvern Lingo play the Roisin Dubh, Saturday, November 26th.

Coronas play Seapoint Ballroom, Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th.

And, the last EVER Fight Like Ape Galway gig is next Thursday in the Roisin Dubh, November 24th.

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And finally, months and months ahead of time, our Way Too Early Picnic Predictions

Ian reckons Tribe Called Quest, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foals, Hozier, Blink 182, Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie T, Bloc Party.

And, under strict instructions not to cheat, here are my guesses

Alt J, Jerry Fish, The Eskies, Coldplay, Jenny Greene, MK, King Kong Kompany, David McWilliams, Hanna Wants, The Libertines, Picture This.

Incidentally, EP early bird tickets finish TODAY, so if you haven’t already gotten yours, get them.

You can catch the show in it’s entirety here:

And finally, the tracklist from the show:

1. One More Chance by Bloc Party
2. Inhaler by Foals
3. LoveCats by The Cure
4. Can’t Keep Checking My Pulse by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
5. Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow
6. Take me Out by Franz Ferdinand
7.Always on my Mind by Pet Shop Boys
8. Good Boy by Sample Answer
9. Corpses by Saint Sister
10. Crouching Bees by Fight Like Apes
11. Ants by Ham Sandwich
12. Come Get Your Love by Redbone
13. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards by Tame Impala
14. Rabbit Hole by Jamie T
15. Time for Heroes by The Libertines
16. Youth by Glass Animals
17. Ampling Amp by Yeaslayer
18. Can I Kick It by A Tribe Called Quest
19. Next Year by Two Door Cinema Club
20. Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground

The Long and Windings Road

This evening on the HumpDay Happy Hour we were lucky enough to get to chat to the lead singer of Limerick folk-rockers Windings, Steve Ryan or Shane Ryan as I called him for a good thirty minutes before he had the grace to message me and tell me his name was Steve. Cringe.

Anyway!

Having been on the go in one shape or another since 2005 and having gone through more personnel changes than the Sugarbabes we got right to the crux of it with Steve who, fortunately, has been there since the beginning. He began by telling us about starting out on the Windings road (geddit?) as a solo act in 2005. At this stage, he didn’t actually have any other band members so he simply played all the instruments himself. Impressed yet? Following the release of his/their first album he slowly recruited members at a steady rate of about 1 per annum and by 2011, Windings were performing as a 5 piece. However, change was soon afoot. In Steve’s own words;

‘Our guitar player (Liam) left to go do a doctorate in Lisbon and then the new guy (Gary) left but then the old guy came back and now he plays base. He was demoted.’

We touch briefly on their last full length album, I am not the Crow, which, incidentally, was nominated for a Choice Music Award back in 2012. Bet you’re impressed now though? We comiserate, about 4 years too late, and Steve jokes about being bitter and getting the acceptance speech he never got the chance to use tattoo’d on his wrist. According to him their sound has evolved a lot since then.

‘Each album has been different for better or for worse’, he explains, ‘people who loved the first album just openly told me that they didn’t like the second album… this is 11 years later if I was still making the same album, still writing the same songs I’d be pretty miserable.’

The current line up of Steve, Patrick, Mike, Brian and Liam are back with a vengance with their new album Be Honest and Fear Not due for release on September 30th on Out on  a Limb Records. Brimful of emotion with some of the most powerful lyrics to date (check out Ambivalance Blues), it’s hard to believe that the entire album was recorded in just 3 days with the help of Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers). This album ebs and flows masterfully covering a whole spectrum of human emotion coupled with some hard hitting lyrics and sweet melodies. In Steve’s own words, ‘I wouldn’t have it any other way’.

Windings are playing a number of dates around the country. You can find all of this info on the Flirt FM Happy Hour Facebook page or indeed on the Windings Facebook page.

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Thanks so much for chatting to us Steve and best of luck with it. We’ll be seeing ye in the Roisin Dubh on Nov 10th!

Here’s the tracklist for the rest of the Happy Hour

Phil Lynott Old Town

Walking on Cars 2 Stones

Talking Heads This  Must be the Place

Windings You’re Dead

Nelly Just a Dream

Delerentos Forget the Numbers

Wombats Give me a Try

Picture This Take my Hand

Moby Why does my heart feel so bad

Florence + the Machine Cosmic Love

Behind the Scenes: Cooper goes to College

Last Tuesday, Today FM’s Matt Cooper took his show The Last Word on tour, broadcasting live from Aras na MacLeinn in Galway. Myself and some other Flirt FM staff went along to help out and here’s what went down behind the scenes of Ireland’s most popular drivetime show (besides the Flirt FM Happy Hour, obvs!)

When we first arrived, Matt was sat behind a giant branded Today FM screen like the all-powerful Oz. Did Matt Cooper have stage fright, we wondered? The screen was quickly moved into position behind the man himself, almost as if he could hear our thoughts. Maybe he had more in common with the Great Oz than we realized. Expect something different indeed!

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The theme of the show was all things Galway and, in true Galway fashion, Supermacs, the Arts, Connacht Rugby and Buckfast were all hot topics of conversation from the wide range of guests, panelists and contributors on what was truly a jam packed show.

Coinciding with the release of the World University Rankings in which NUIG jumped 22 places and was the only Irish University to move up the rankings, the timing for this live broadcast could not have been better. The beginning of the program saw Matt discussing the implications of cuts to University funding with Caroline Loughnane, Academic Secretary at NUIG and Prof. John Boland, Dean of Research at Trinity College. Next up was Natalie Treacy, Sinn Fein Counsellor in Castleknock talking about the shortage of beds in Beaumont Hospital for those with Acquired Brain Injuries and malignant tumours before talk turned to mobile phone apps that aid safer driving, surely a glaring oxymoron?

As we ushered the audience in to take their seats during the news, word filtered through that all round sound man and owner of Supermacs, Pat McDonagh, had kindly brought along some pizzas and the night was off to a flying start! Comedian Bob Henegan, originally a Mayo man and now a member of the largest ethnic group in Galway kept the crowd well entertained as he discussed with NUIG PHD Psychology researcher Elaine Byrne whether Galway was deserving of it’s “friendliest city” moniker. While Elaine waxed lyrical about the native’s genuine and sincere interest in the “stuff of other people’s lives” and the “evocative and magical experience of the Arts Festival”, Matt was quick to draw comparisons between herself and one-man Galway promotion machine Uachtaran na hEireann, Michael D. Henegan was quick to counter with a sharply observed spiel about the inevitable “mushroom cloud of dreadlocked hippies” descending on Eyre Square each Summer to “find themselves” playing bongo drums and juggling balls. I won’t spoil the ending but it’s well worth listening back to and you can find the link to Matt’s podcast below. Bob Henegan will be back for the Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival in the Roisin Dubh on 25th October.

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The shortage of accommodation, entrepreneurship in Galway and the opening of the Portershed were all up for discussion before the Students v Lecturers quiz (the Lecturers pipped it by a single point) To round out the show, some of the Rabbo Direct Pro12 winning Connacht Rugby team popped in for a grilling following their defeat to the Glasgow Warriors last weekend. Music-wise, Achill singer-songwriter Graham Sweeney and the kinda acapella group the Testostertones hit all the right notes and had the crowd tapping along with them.

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As aspiring radio presenters, it was hugely interesting for us to get a glimpse of exactly how much work, research and co-ordination goes into a single show. Listening to the radio it’s easy to forget that there are a whole team of researchers, sound engineers and runners scurrying around like ants to ensure the whole thing ticks over nicely. The Last Word team were slick and efficient and everyone knew precisely what their role was. It was definitely a lesson in organization and I’m sure we all picked up a few tricks that we’ll be bringing home to Flirt FM for future reference.

Thanks to Matt Cooper and all the team at the Last Word for having us!

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Flirt FM staff pictured with Matt Cooper, The Last Word on Today FM in NUIG

 

The Jacket off your Back

So, there’s a video doing the rounds. You know the one. It’s been clogging up my Facebook newsfeed since Monday and, honestly, I’m pig sick of it.

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Kevin Kelly, organiser of the charity the Jacket off Your Back, posted the video in question which has since been viewed more than 242,000 times and has well over 1,000 shares. In it, it shows one of the campsites at last weekend’s Electric Picnic. The revellers have long since cleared out leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Two lonely volunteers are slowly folding a tent. The caption? “Omg the smell of piss, drink and muck is unreal, it looks like Idomeni without the refugee”.

Stand by for a serious rant.

There are several things that I take issue with here. First and foremost, in this age of gender-neutral, refugee friendly, sex positive, PC gone mad-ness how DARE this man compare the EP campsite to Idomeni. The refugees in this Greek camp are fleeing war, famine, disease and disaster. At worst, the crew in Stradbally are slinking home with sore heads and soggy wellies.

Secondly, the ingratitude is staggering. He’s biting the very hand that feeds him. In the Irish Times article above, Kelly claims that “I didn’t mean to offend anyone – these are people we will be relying on for support in coming years”. In total they collected over 300 tents and several thousand sleeping bags which will be distributed to homeless people all over Ireland. Last time I checked, 300 is better than none and I’m confident if I was sleeping on the side of the road, I’d be very glad of a slightly less-than-perfect tent or sleeping bag come December.

But what galls me the most are the comments on the video. Sure, there’s no denying the place is like a war zone but let’s look at a few things before we go bashing the “filthy young people” wandering around “ripped to their tits on drink and drugs” and the “disposible society” that we live in.

Firstly, I wonder how many of the people commenting on the video were actually in Stradbally at the weekend and how many are just keyboard warriors looking for another bandwagon to hop on? Thought so. For anyone who was actually at Picnic they will know how poorly organized it was in terms of waste disposal/recycling/general eco-frendliness. Granted there is an eco-friendly campsite, but what about the others? When we arrived and set up camp, a girl wandered over offering us a clear plastic bag for cans and recyclables. One bag. Among 10 people. While we’re not full blown alcoholics, that bag was filled well before midnight on Friday. And where were we even supposed to put these bags of rubbish? The bin, I hear you say. What bin was this I wonder? The food outlets in the campsite barely had a bin not to mind any kind of skip that people could lob bags of rubbish into. And for the dedicated do-gooders, I don’t know too many bus drivers who would allow a sopping, stinking tent back onto their bus, do you?

If people are slow to take their black bin to the kerb outside their house, what makes you think they’ll drag bags of recyclables across 3 campsites? Picnic could take their cue from Townlands Carnival. For every two bags of rubbish filled and returned to the recycle point, punters were given €10 back on the cost of their ticket. Punters, not volunteers. If they incentivise recycling, I guarantee the uptake would be huge. People snarkily commenting about the lads over at the Euros and the videos of them picking up cans need to wise up too. Sure, they were doing their bit but so were hundreds, if not thousands last weekend in Stradbally. They just didn’t go around making videos for the world to see. Camping in a mucky field, picking up soggy sleeping bags just doesn’t attract the same headlines as beer bottles in Bordeaux.

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Photo taken in Charlie Chaplin Campsite.

Secondly, the weather forecast last weekend was atrocious and boy did it deliver. It lashed rain for most of Saturday and much of Sunday night too. The walkways through the campsites and leading towards the main arenas were knee deep mud in many places and anyone foolish to camp within the vicinity of a walkway woke to a deluge of mud and flood. Naturally, these tents were abandoned well before the campsites closed. For the organisers part, they had plenty of warning that the weather was going to be less than ideal. What action did they take? None. At Indiependence, a plastic path was laid running right through the campsites all the way to the main stage. At Life Festival, boggy areas were covered with bark and at Knockanstockan sawdust saw off the worst of the weather. Electric Picnic tickets are by far the most expensive of the lot and yet, not one thing was put in place.

My next point is the toilets. Althought they were miles better than previous years, one toilet block per campsite (especially the bigger campsites like Jimi Hendrix and Oscar Wilde) is simply not sufficient. I would dread to think about the bum to toilet ratio over the course of the weekend. Honestly, if I had the apparatus to pee standing up you better bet I’d be going by the nearest fence rather than the toilet blocks.

And as for Kelly’s comments that the place smelled of “piss, drink and muck”, cop on. You put 55,000 people in a field cutting loose for a weekend, what do you expect? Eau de Parfum?

I was at last weekend’s festival and apart from one lonely a4 poster asking for tents to be donated to Syrian refugees I didn’t see one other single bit of advertising. If Kevin Kelly was serious about collecting his donations, he should have started advertising months ago. In all the coverage in the run up to the weekend I knew all about the stage times, the line ups, the new look Rave in the Woods and had heard all about the secret room in the Heineken Sound Atlas but I did not once see mention of a tent donation scheme. There was definitely room for a Jacket off your Back tab on the ticker tape running along the head of the Electric Picnic website. What was to stop him highlighting the issue long before any wellies set foot in Stradbally? Was it Roy Keane that said fail to prepare, prepare to fail?

But what irritates me most is the smug older people up on their soapboxes. It’s easy to say that it’s all the young people who were previously burning out tents at the shit show that was Oxegen that are the problem but the demographic of Electric Picnic includes plenty of families, pensioners and parents alike. You can’t tar us all with the one brush. We brought our tents home, dried them out and will dust them off and reuse them for festival season 2017 as did most of the campers around us, young and old alike. I’d like to see some pictures of Feile Trip to Tipp in 1990s or Puck Fair in Killorglin and see how clean they were left when the crowds left. I have my suspicions that we have not moved on as far as we’d like to think.  Electric Picnic has carefully cultivated an image of being an artsy, ethical, family-friendly festival but there’s no denying that this is no longer strictly the case. I think that the organisers need to take a look at how they can tackle the issues highlighted in the video and, in the meantime, Leave Those Kids Alone.

The E to P of Electric Picnic 2016

 

It’s now t-37 and a half hours to Electric Picnic and it’s offficially time to get excited.

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Below is the E to P of Electric Picnic, stage times, site map, weather foreceast and a few other nuggets that should streamline the whole weekend. So switch the dial to 101.3 FM and join us for 2 hours of wall to wall EP.

First off, the good folks at the Irish Times have been kind enough to drop some stage times my way and I’ve been good enough to copy and paste them here for you guys…

COMEDY TENT

SATURDAY
20.15-21.00 Dylan Moran
19.35-20.05 Reginald D Hunter
18.55-19.30 The Rubberbandits
18.30-18.50 Aisling Bea
18.00-18.25 Colin Murphy
17.35-17.55 Kevin McGarhen
17.05-17.30 Eric Lalor
16.25-17.00 Deidre O’Kane
15.55-16.20Colm O Regan
15.20-15.50 Dublin Comedy Improv
14.55- 15.15 Danny O Brien
14.40-14.50 Colm Tyrell
14.10-14.35 Damian Clarke
13.45-14.05 Fred Cooke
13.30-13.45 Andrew Stanley

SUNDAY
20.10-21.00 David O’Doherty
19.35-20.05 Abandoman
18.45-19.20 Al Porter
18.15-18.40 Joe Rooney
17.45- 18.10 Chris Kent
17.15-17.40 Patrick McDonnell
16.45-17.10 Karl Spain
16.20-16.40 Ian Coppinger
15.55-16.15 Kevin Gildea
15.25-15.50 Rory O Hanlon
14.55-15.20 John Colleary
14.40-14.50Ashlee Bently
14.15- 14.35 Alison Spittle
13.45-14.10 Gearoid Farrelly

SALTY DOG STAGE

FRIDAY
02.30-3.45 Salty Dog NoStars play Bowie
01.35-02.15 Pete Pamf Sextette
24.25-01.15 Stomptown Brass
23.15-24.00 Third Smoke
22.00-22.55 Swords
20.45-21.35 Bronagh Gallagher Band
19.25-20.15 Five by Five
18.10-19.00 These Charming Men present The Queen is Dead
17.05-17.50 Buffalo Sunn
16.00-16.45 Rob Walsh Band
14.00-16.00 Will Softly

SATURDAY
02.50 – 04.00 Le Galaxie Soundsystem
01.35 – 02.30 RSAG
24.25-01.15 Eskies
23.00-24.05 The Pale
21.55-22.40 Ross Breen
20.40-21.35 Square Pegs
19.30-20.20 Prison Love
18.40-19.10 Gavin Glass
17.25-18.15 The Portside Hootenanny
16.10-17.05 D Riculous Allstars
15.00-15.50 Leila Jane and the Healers
14.00-14.45 Sion Hill
13.00-13.45 Trinitones
12.00-12.45 Love for Arthur Lee presents Forever Changes

SUNDAY
01.35-03.00 Kormac
24.25-01.15 New Secret Weapon
23.20-24.05 Manden Express
22.10-23.00 Mongrel State
20.55-21.50 Cronins featuring Shane MacGowan
19.30-20.20 Mick Pyro & The Dublin Blues Cartel
18.15-19.10 David Kitt
17.10-18.00 Aine Cahill
16.05-16.50 My Fellow Sponges
15.05-15.50 Emma Lou & The Agenda
14.05-14.50 Old Hannah
13.00-13.50 Dr Strangely Strange
12.00-12.45 Aidan Kavanagh‘s Sunday Morning Dishgo

RED BULL TROPICAL GARDEN

FRIDAY
01.30-03.00 Colm K
23.30-01.30 Fish Go Deep
21.30-23.30 Timmy Stewart
18.30-21.30 KC
16.30-18.30 Galactic Beat Club
14.30-16.30 Discotekken
12.00-14.30 Ciara Brady

SATURDAY
23.00-03.00 Mr. Scruff
20.30-23.00 Phil Boyle
18.30-20.30 Nialler9
16.30-18.30 Sim Simma
14.30-16.30 This Greedy Pig
12.00-14.30James Hannan

SUNDAY
01.00-03.00 New Jackson
23.00-01.00 Billy Scurry
21.00-23.00 Stevie G
19.00-21.00 Donal Dineen
16.30-19.00 Hubie Davison
14.30-16.30Mr Ray
12.00-14.30 Dave Fear

JERRY FISH ELECTRIC SIDESHOW

FRIDAY
23.30 Fire Show with RealTa Circus
Past Midnight-01.00 The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow feat. Jeremy Hickey aka R.S.A.G
01.00-04.00 Kelly Ann Byrne + Billy Scurry

SATURDAY
00.00-04.00 Johnny Moy + Mulljoy + Special Guests
23.00 -00.00 The Strypes
22.00-22.45 Gavin James
21.00-21.45 The Frank & Walters
20.00-20.45 The Academic
10.15-20.00 Special Guest DJ
18.30-19.15 EngineAlley
17.45-18.15 Le Boom
17.00-17.30 Wob
16.1516.45 The Outer Limits
15.30-16.00 Weenz
14.45-15.15 The Vincents
14.00-14.3 Foxjaw
13.15-13.45 Ceili All-Stars
12.00-13.00 House of Yoga feat. Get Down Edits

SUNDAY
01.00-02.00 End of the World Party
00.00-01.00 The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow
23/00-23.45 The Blizzards
22/00-22..45 Exmagician
21.00-21.45 Bitch Falcon
20.00-20.45 Relish
19.15-19.45 Veda, Regina, Pixie & Sngelica – stars of Witchy Wednesdays @ the George – present Drag, Sex & Rock ’n’ Roll
18.30-19.05 Interskalactic
17.45-18.15 Mariachi San Patricio
17.00-17.30 Barq
16.15-16.45 Orchid Collective
15.30-16.00 Ivy Nations
14.45-15.15 Craig Gallagher
14.00-14.30 White Cholera
13.15-13.45 Absolutely Yo
12.00-13.00 House of Yoga

TRENCHTOWN

FRIDAY
01.00-03.30 Dirty Dubsters w/ Kwasi, Mango, RV, Jago & Deemas j
23.55 -00.45 After The Ibis
22.50-23.40 Gangsters
21.55-22.35 Jafaris
20.10-21.40 Jameire
18.40-20.10 Dub Foundry & Ranking Fox
16.40-18.40 Junior Spesh
14.40-16.40 t woc

SATURDAY
01.30-03.30 Ras Kwame & Serocee
23.25 -01.25 Worries Outernational
22.20 -23.10 Adeniyi Allen Taylor & the Afrobeat Orchestra
21.15-22.05 The Bionic Rats
20.10-21.00 The Hacklers
19.05-19.55 Johnny Pluse & the Stormtroopers of Love
17.20-18.50 Word Up Collective
16.15- 17.05 Skazz
14.30-16.00 Rub A Dub Crew
13.00-14.30 An Galar Dub

SUNDAY
02.00-03.30 Cian Finn
00.45-01.45 Ajo Arkestra
23.30-00.30 Wob! (Sambass Set)
22.15-23.15 Andrew White
21.10-22.00 The Service
20.05-20.55 The Little Beauties
19.00-19.50 Dah Jevu
17.15-18.45 Tom Beary & MC Little Tree
16.20-17.00 Bevin Rimson
14.05-16.05 Tim Timmah

GLOBAL GREEN Village Hall

FRIDAY
01.00 Start The Dance. featuring RobotRock and DJ Dave Caffrey till late
23.20 Phases DJs
22.40 Cinema
21.50 Wastefellow
21.00 Jem Mitchell
20.00 WEAVE

SATURDAY
23.20 Hip Hop Hooray. featuring Re.Raw, Gin n Juice, Rosko til very late..
21.40 Caz9
19.50 Voices Rising. Spoken Word
19.00 Cult Called Man
18.10 The Witch Trials
17.00 Reconnecting With Nature – Panel Discussion
16.15 Swords
15.20 CreamDream
14.30 Anna-Mieke
13.30 Community Energy – Panel Discussion
13.10 Community Power – Screening
12.00 Yoga

SUNDAY
02.15 Ben Live/DJ Set – Breaks, jackin house, trap and dubstep
21.40 Last Train to Skaville. featuring Rub A Dub, Pressure Drop DJs and The Service
20.00 Atlantic – Screening and Discussion
19.15 The Savage Jim Breen
18.20 Black Bank Folk
16.00 The Show Must Go On – Panel Discussion
17.00 Pop Icons. Sing Along Social for GOAL
15.00 David Keenan
14.10 I Am Niamh
13.20 Sarah Buckley
12.00 Yoga

CASA BACARDÍ

FRIDAY
22.00-00.00 Huxley
20.00-22.00 Hercules & Love Affair (Dj Set)
18.00-20.00 Stevie G
16.00-18.00 Stephen Manning

SATURDAY
00.00-02.00 DJ Deece
22.00-00.00 Nicky Siano
20.00-22.00 Horse Meat Disco
18.00-20.00 Krafty Kuts
16.30-18.00 Get Down Edits
15.00-16.40 Groovement Soul
13.30-15.00 Modern Magic
12,30-13.30 4wrd Grad

SUNDAY
22.00-00.00 The Magician
20.00-22.00 Disco Bloodbath
18.00-20.00 A-Skillz
16.00-18.00 Kelly Anne Byrne
14,00-16.00 Ghostboy
12.00-14.00 Christian Homan

Irish music blogger and all around sound man Nialler9 has gone one better and put together a clashfinder which is every inch as good as it sounds tracking all stages across the weekend and identifying those eye watering clashes where harsh decisions have to be made and friendships are won and lost. You can check it out at the link below and you can check him out on the Saturday at 6.30 at the Red Bull Aca

http://clashfinder.com/s/electricpicnic2016/

And, because this is a one-stop-shop, here’s the site map which is pretty similar to last year. If it ain’t broke and all that.. One notable addition, however, is a lake that punters will be allowed to swim in which nicely segways onto the next point the weather forecast. If hurricane Gaston hits, the whole site will be a flippin lake. Someone take one for the team and bury a statue of the Infant of Prague in the front garden, stat!

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Aaaaand the weather forecast, although it doesn’t make for plesant reading so might be best to just disregard that.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/ie/stradbally/210204/weather-forecast/210204

If you’re wondering what to pack, I did a handy “10 things to pack for a Festival” post a little while ago so you can check that out for some #inspo. It’s probably the only piece of writing since my thesis that has been so well researched! HA!

As for myself and Ian, we hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! Here’s the full playlist for this evening’s EP preview show and you can always listen back on Soundcloud. Tune in next week, Wednesday 6-8 PM on 101.3 for the post-Picnic analysis.

Happy Picnic y’all!!

Pixies Here Comes Your Man

LCD Soundsystem Dance Yourself Clean

1975 The Sound

Walking on Cars Two Stones

The Shins New Slang

The Shins Caring is Creepy

The Shins Simple Song

Ezra Furman Take off your Sunglasses

James Bay Let it Go

The National Fake Empire

The Blizzards First Girl to Leave Town

New Order Blue Monday

Sample Answer Good Boy

Picture This Take my Hand

Little Hours It’s still Love

The Lightening Seeds Pure

Bell X1 Rocky Took a Lover

Phosphorescent Song for Zula

Oh Wonder Without You

The Shins Phantom Limb

Lana del Ray Summertime Sadness

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The ins and outs of #Indie16

INDIE 16 Official Aftermovie

While I’m sickened I didn’t manage to make a cameo in the official aftermovie, I have to say what a weekend! I didn’t count the amount of times it was mentioned but with the layout of the stages, the campsites and the massive lineup, Indiependence is rapidly becoming a better Oxegen.

We arrived quite late on the Friday evening so, in spite of all my talking, we missed Saint Sister. There was a mad dash to get the camp set up as quickly as possible and our Girl Guide training certainly paid off (thanks Mom!).  The tent was up in jig time and we headed for the Main Stage just in time to hear the end of the Strypes and were in poll position for Bellx1.

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Bell x1 playing the Main Stage, Friday.

I have a particularly soft spot for Bellx1 and after everyone absolutely raving about them at the Galway Arts Festival I was really looking forward to seeing them at Independence. They sounded amazing live and I was thrilled to see the first big crowd of the festival out to support a homegrown act. A good chunk of the set was taken up with newer material that fans were less familiar with and lead singer Paul Noonan did a lot of talking inbetween, some of it quite rameish-y, so it was a welcome respite when the band played some of their better knows hits and their Bowie tribute had the place rocking and rolling in fitting fashion. After Bellx1 we headed for the Craft Beer Shed and this proved to be the find of the weekend. It was relatively quiet on Friday but by Sunday evening, word had spread and there was barely room to swing a cat. All that and the fact the rain held off meant we were off to a flying start!

Saturday afternoon was mainly spent BBQing up a storm in the carpark with the Boys Across the Road aka the most prepared campers in Europe. They had a mini-fridge in the Jeep, a portable BBQ and plenty of grub so we were happy out. The only fly in the ointment was security informing us on the way out of the camp (1 PM approx) that there would be no alcohol allowed in after curfew.. at 2PM and none allowed in at all on Sunday. This led to a flurry of frantic phone calls to friends of ours who were on the way and others who were not due until later in the evening. Obviously, music fesitvals are about much more than booze but I thought this was an inconvenience and should probably have been highlighted better before the event to give ticket holders arriving late a fair chance. However, I’m sure that security had their reasons and seeing as the festival went off without a hitch, I’m happy enough with that.

Eva, who tagged along with me to the festival decided that Picture This were playing on Saturday  so at 5PM she rounded up our campsite and frog marched us to the Mainstage. It was actually Neon Wolf who were playing (Picture This were Sunday) but the boys were excellent in any case so what harm. We spent the rest of the evening shuffling between Pleasure Beach, Hudson Taylor and Little Hours but when 9 o clock rolled around we were firmly planted in the Main Stage for Walking on Cars and the Kooks. The boys from Dingle were showstopping. The sound was absolutely perfect and I think the majority of the packed to capacity tent had goosebumps for the duration of their set. A tough act to follow but the Kooks were well able, belting out the classics they had the crowd singing along to favourites like Ooh La and She Moves in her own Way. Both were definite highlights for me. We caught a brief part of the Blizzards as we passed and, with the stages winding down, it was time for another trip to the Craft Beer Shed and the 80s v 90s. The place was heaving and we definitely danced our little cotton socks off Saturday night.

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Neon Wolf (NOT Picture This) playing the Main Stage, Saturday.

Sunday we were a lot slower out of the blocks and took it fairly handy. We spent the day catching up with friends and the ghosts of festivals past, which is one of my favourite parts of festivals and definitely the reason I spend my weekends trekking around the country. Consensus in the campsite was that the Saturday night had been a resounding success and everyone was looking forward to Picture This and Editors.

I spent a lot of Sunday evening at the Red Bull Stage or the Techno Tent as I rebranded it and had an absolute ball. I also managed to catch then end of the Editors set so I was one happy bunny. In keeping with tradition, we finished the night in the Beer Hall watching a 6ft man with ‘auburn’ hair bust a move to a Michael Jackson mashup and if that doesn’t sum up a great weekend, I don’t know what does.

Overall, we had a smashing weekend. The festival was really well organized, the night security staff were fantastic, as were all of the volunteers. Music-wise, it was great. After 4 years of trying to see Walking on Cars perform I finally ticked them off the list, ideal! Would I change anything? More toilets, but shur don’t I say that after every festival. Well done to all involved, really looking forward to what #Indie17 has in store.

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