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

 

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 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

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