5 top tips for Townlands Carnival

With mere hours to go, things are reaching fever pitch down in Macroom ahead of this years’ Townlands Carnival. The festival, which is a heady mix of music, arts and good old fashioned carnival antics returns to its’ spiritual home in Rusheen Farm this weekend for 3 fun-filled days. This year’s theme is Carnival Through the Ages, think costumes, think circus freaks, think funky reggae reggae vibes and you’re on the right track. Read on for my 5 top Townlands tips.

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  1. Fancy dress

Like any good circus, Townlands Carnival is all about the audience participation. The theme of this year’s festival is Carnival Through the Ages so it’s finally time to ditch the Disney onesie and break out that sequinned jacket and top hat that would make Marion Fossett blush. Or, if you’re fresh out of ideas the good folks of  TLC team are running ‘Get Your Freak On’ costume creation sessions on Saturday and Sunday 2-5 to create new, funky costumes or jazz up existing headpieces, masks and other bits and bobs you’ve gathered along the way. Judges will be prowling the festival on the look out for the most daring, brazen and colourful costumes and a King and Queen will be announced at Sunday’s Parade. Could it be you?

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Some non-winning costumes from 2016

      2. The Parade

This leads me nicely onto my second tip.. The Parade. Each year as the festival draws to a close, a spectacular parade of freaks and fools winds its way around the festival site, before the dramatic creschendo; an awesome fireshow with pyrotecniccs, acrobats and other carnival folk. If this video doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, check yourself for a pulse.

3. The Sibin Stage

Make absolutely sure and certain to spend some time in the Sibin Stage. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s like a fairy vomited glitter and pink all over one small corner of the festival and it’s absolutely glorious!! Plus, there are some serious acts to be found lurking there over the course of the weekend. Cula Bula and HvmmingByrd on Friday, Neon Atlas on Saturday and Cork City Samba on Sunday to namedrop but a few.

Sibin Stage, TLC 2016

      4. Shake your ass at the SubAtomic Tent

Looking for some serious beats to wiggle your bum and fist pump till you can’t fist pump no more to? Look no further. Last year this little stage was a pressure cooker with relentless techno booming out of the speakers for hours on end. Expect more of the same this weekend with Meadbh O’Connor, Sweet Tooth, Jamie Behan, Sully, OM Unit and Dan Sykes all doing shifts on the decks. Protip, it also has a roof so if the weather is being uncooperative you can always retreat to the techno bunker.

5. Do something different

Make this year the year you finally go to morning yoga, or a Ted-style talk, or a dance workshop, or any workshop for that matter! This year, the  Village Green is pulling out all the stops with Master Crafts men and women offering Blacksmithing , Basketry, Leatherwork, Felting, Wood and Stone Carving, Candle Making, Spinning, Green Wood Working, Jewellery and Ceramics across the festival. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’ll also have live music, healthy food and drink options and a series of discussions on important subjects  like making Townlands a more sustainable festival, for a community-led future that works.

Still not sure what to expect? You can find a round up of last year’s shenanigans here. And, if you’re having trouble packing, there’s a handy guide on what to pack for an Irish festival here.

Have a great weekend lads!

xoxo Malley

 

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Happy Hour July 5

Well, aren’t ye spoiled rotten, a soild hour of all new music for yer Wednesday!

After a couple of quiet months, I’m delighted to see Kodaline back with some new music. Their latest single ‘Brother’ dropped on June 23rd but it’s the video that’s the real show stopper. Directed by Stevie Russell, the man also responsible for the High Hopes, All I Want and Honest videos, this one is a serious tear jerker!

They have yet to announce a release date for their third album, which is due out later this year but earlier this week it was revealed that they are set to pay tribute to Ciara Lawlor, a fan who passed away tragically last year at their Marlay Park gig,  in one of the tracks.

No spoilers, but check out the video for Brother here

Here’s a link to this week’s show and be sure to tune in next week for some exciting Townlands Carnival news!

xoxo Malley

Chinatown – Liam Gallagher

No Diggity – Chet Faker

Brother – Kodaline

The Look – Metronomy

Streets Been Talking – Kele Okereke

Clocks – Coldplay

Guilty Pleasure – The National

I Love You, Sadie – Wyvern Lingo

In Love With a Psycho – Kasabian

Take it Out on Me – Old Pink House

Felicity – Night Cafe

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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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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Indiependence: Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail.

Last weekend I went to Knockanstockan in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Of the 200 odd acts that played there I’d say I managed to see about 3 and a half. Of course, I really go to Knockanstockan for the craic and meeting people plus this year I was volunteering so all in all 3 and a half acts wasn’t bad considering.. But, with the whopper line up Indiependence are bringing to the table this year I think it’s about time I got my act together..

I’ve never been to Indiependence before but I’ve heard great things. The capacity is about 10,000 people so it’s nice and compact and shouldn’t be too hard to bop from stage to stage. This year marks the eleventh installment of Indiependence and, in a nod to their humble beginnings in the square in Michelstown, they’ve introduced a music trail which will see musicians and bands performing outside local businesses on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3PM. According to the blurb, this trail provieds young acts with a platform to launch their music at one of Ireland’s most popular music festivals.

Indiependence Music Trail Map and Times 2016.

Once the trail is wrapped up, its back onsite for the festival proper. The stages don’t open until late afternoon so there’s plenty of time to get organized and make the most of the evening’s entertainment.

As far as I can see, Friday is relatively straightforward. I’ll be hoping to hit Saint Sister in the Big Top to make up for missing them at Townlands. Then over to the Main Stage for The Strypes and bell X1 who got rave reviews following their recent performance at the Galway Arts Festival. We’ll round the night off with KC in the Red Bull tent and the Silent Disco.

Saturday is slightly trickier and there are a few clashes. I reckon the Main Stage will be our perch for Pleasure Beach, Hudson Taylor, fellow Kerry natives Walking on Cars and the Kooks then shimmy over to the Big Top to catch then end of the Blizzards. Bressie.. swoon ❤

Sunday is the day of reckoning. A bit like Hozier, Wyvern Lingo are an act I cannot seem to pin down. We were in there first with Letter to Willow on Flirt FM only to find out they gave an interview 2 days later, unbeknownst to us. They were the surprise act at Knockanstockan last Saturday night which I turned up 2 hours late for so I’m determined to see them this Sunday at 20.30 in the Big Top. Other than that, Ash and Editors are the obvious two and if I can squeeze in a little bit of King Kong Company I’ll be laughing all the way back to the tent. I’d also love love LOVE to make it to Pleasure Beach… A girl can dream!!

Here’s the full line up in case you haven’t seen it yet and a site map for good measure. Time to get the highlighters out guys.. See ye at the Main Stage – x

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Stage times for Indiependence 2016

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Sitemap of Indiependence 2016

Happy Hour: Longitude Special

For people who are on the fence about festivalling, Longitude is the ideal opportunity to dip a toe in and see what the buzz is without the hardship of tents, wet clothes and zero sleep.

This year’s line up is surely one of the best yet with acts like Kendrick Lamar, The National, Jamie XX, Fr John Misty, Christine and the Queens and Nina Kraviz all headlining.

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Here’s the tracklist from our Longitude preview show:

Ham Sandwich Ants.

Lumineers Stubborn Love.

Jamie XX Loud Places.

We Cut Corners Best Friends.

Pleasure Beach Go.

Coronas Heroes or Ghosts.

Perfume Genius Learning.

Mo Final Song.

Daughter Youth.

Wyvern Lingo Willow.

The National Sorrow.

Happy Hour: Indiependence Special

This August Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of Indiependence Music and Arts Festival to Deer Farm, Co Cork. From humble beginnings as a free festival in the town of Michelstown in 2006, Indiependence has gone from strength and this year’s festival, the tenth installment, sees an increase in capacity from 5,000 to 8,000 as well as a stellar lineup including Editors, Kooks, Walking on Cars, The Strypes, Ash and Hudson Taylor.

So, to continue our series of festival previews, Ian and I decided to do an Indie Special for today’s show. I’ve left the tracklsit below and am delighted to report that it is largely Irish music. It’s great to see local talent being encouraged and rewarded and having this platform to showcase their talent. Acts I will definitely be targetting are: Walking on Cars, who I have yet to see live, The Blizzards (total fangirl) Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo and Picture This.

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Tier 3 tickets are still onsale for €119 + BF and, if last year is anything to go by, it will be a sell out so get on it!

1.Shining Light by Ash
2.Blue Collar Jane by The Strypes
3.Chasing Rubies by Hudson Taylor
4.Catch me if you Can by Walking on Cars
5.It’s Still Love by Little Hours
6.Eve, the Apple of my Eye by Bell x1
7.First Girl to Leave Town by The Blizzards
8.Smokers outside the Hospital Door by Editors
9.Here in the Wild by August Wells
10.Take my Hand by Picture This
11.Naive by The Kooks

Happy Hour: Townlands Carnival Special.

Back for a second installment after its debut last summer, Townlands Carnival graces the fields of Macroom, Co Cork this weekend bringing its uniqe mix of music, madness, majik and mayhem. Buckle up, bitches.

Last year saw the coming together of organisers Sam Beshoff, Greg Woods, and Feidhlim Bryan who conspired to bring a world class festival to their locality. This festival marked the culmination of over 35 years of combined experience working at some of the biggest festivals in Europe; Electric Picnic, Live at the Marquee and a host of other English festivals.

This year will see 4,000 revellers flock to Leades House for what promises to be an immense weekend. Building on last year three stages, this year’s event will have seven stages, and several themed areas encompassing everything from a sibin chill out zone to a mental health awarness area (kudos on that one lads).

I spoke to PR Manger Dawn Kelly during the week about what to expect from this years festival and her enthusiasm was infectious. She praised the hard work and vision of the dedicated build team who have spent the last number of weeks working hard onsite to bring their vision to life. She was also kind enough to send on a sneak preview of the site and boy, was she telling the truth. The place looks uh-mazing, somewhere between a Polly Pocket village and the Wild West and no doubt will have plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. Check it out for yourselves below..

On the musical front, Dawn said the bookers were keen to cater for a wide range of tastes something clearly reflected in the eclectic line-up featuring everyone from rap duo Blackalicious to crooner Jerry Fish to the reggae reggae vibes of Sim Simma and the funky Electric Swing Circus. Irish talent is also being showcased with Jerry Fish and Daithi headlining the weekend, as well as a host of local acts like  The Eskies, Efa O’Neill, Jamie Behan, Meadhb O’Connor and Saint Sister.

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*special thanks to Dawn Kelly for the pictures

The good news is that Tier 4 Weekend tickets for Townlands are still available online and Sunday day tickets are also available for €50, both from

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So, here’s a playlist of all the music we played during Wednesday’s Show (Townlands Carnival are in purple) Happy Listening!!

Hozier Someone New.

The Beatles While my Guitar gently Weeps.

Two Door Cinema Club Next Year.

Foals Mountain at my Gate.

Matt Simmons Catch and Release.

Christine and the Queens Tilted.

The Darkness Love is only a Feeling.

Madness Must be Love

Travis Flowers in the Window.

The Raconteurs Steady as She Goes.

Westlife When You’re Looking Like That.

Maroon 5 She Will be Loved.

Picture This Take my Hand.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers Scar Tissue.

Blackalicious Alphabet Aerobics.

Daithi With Dust (remix)

Saint Sister Madrid.

The Eskies Heave Away.

After the Ibis Step Inside.

Jerry Fish True Friends.

Damien Dempsey Apple of Her Eye

The Electric Swing Circus Bella Belle

Natty and the Rebelship Gaia

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