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Fontaines DC Release Double A Side

Fontaines D.C. release their new AA Side this month. It’s called “Chequeless Reckless/ Boys in The Better Land”. It comes out on all Digital Platforms and 7′ Vinyl on Fri 23rd Feb.

To coincide with the release, FONTAINES D.C. embark on a whole host of dates too.

Limited third 7″ Single from Dublin’s Fontaines who have now added DC to the end of their name. ‘Chequeless Reckless’ is one half of a double A-Side single and is a mesmerising cut that’s built on a krautrock rock esque groove but played by punks. The vocals are spoken in a distinctive Irish drawl and sits in between Mark E Smith and Justin from the Vaccines. The other half of the single is ‘Boys In The Better Land’ which is another golden nugget that has the sound of The Modern Lovers if they’d grown up in Dublin. This band just keep getting better and better.” – Rough Trade

Fontaines DC’s are set to open their 2018 account in a way that you’d hope that they would. Kicking on from where they left off last year, the forthcoming double A Side ‘Chequeless Reckless/ Boys in The Better Land’ are tunes that may well make other acts wonder what’s the point.” Dan Hegarty 2fm/2XM

Sat Feb 10th – Limerick – Seoda Shows 5th Birthday Party
Sun Feb 11th- The Olympia Theatre, Dublin – Opening for Franz Ferdinand
Mon Feb 12th – Live on BBC Northern Ireland – Across The Line
Wed Feb 21st – Roisin Dubh – Galway
Fri Feb 23rd – Mike The Pies – Listowel, Co. Kerry
Fri March 2nd – Mason’s Loft – Derry
Sat March 3rd – The Button Factory – Dublin
Wed March 7th – The Victoria – Dalston, London
Fri March 30th – Garbo’s – Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Slow Riot Release Double A-side

“A heady mix of layered atmospherics and fuzzy pop that bodes well for the future” – Drowned in Sound

“With this latest release, Slow Riot join the ranks of Eagulls and Savages at the forefront of a new breed of bands fusing danceable beats with dark-pop sentiments.” – The Line Of Best Fit

Ireland’s Slow Riot are releasing their new double A-side single, ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’, via Straight Lines Are Fine on February 2nd. The tracks are the first new material from the band since last year’s ‘Pink December’. Much has happened in the interim; the band expanding to a four-piece after the addition of second guitarist Liam O’Connor (formerly of Fonda), an intense period of songwriting, honing their live craft via numerous festival appearances (notably Electric Picnic, Other Voices), and the recording of a debut album which will be released later in 2018. ‘Voyeur and Burn in the City’ showcase their new approach and provide a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come with their debut full length release.

‘Voyeur’ and ‘Burn In The City’ demonstrate the breadth and depth of the band’s new found songwriting arsenal. The former a visceral alternative rock track, fusing dense yet well balanced production with catchy melodies and driving rhythms; it’s an unstoppable force.

“Liam came to us with the chord progressions and guitar melody of ‘Voyeur’. I liked the contrast between the spectral, somewhat eerie verse parts and the melodic, hopeful chorus”, says vocalist/bassist Niall Clancy. “Lyrically I wanted to convey this disparity between hope and desperation and found a similarity in, what can be, the voyeuristic nature of romance today.”

‘Burn In The City’ employs dreamy guitars, sweeping synths and a reverberant, spacious mix. The track is hard hitting yet sentimental, animated yet brooding, recalling acts such as Eagulls, Preoccupations and Merchandise in its new-wave dance beats with dark, soaring undertones.

Fresh out of the studio, the ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ single was recorded with longtime collaborator Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s and Biffy Clyro) at Savage Sound Studios, Hastings at the beginning of 2018. Vanbergen has been a catalyst for the band’s creativity since hooking up with them for the recording of their debut Cathedral EP. Their working relationship continues to thrive, with production of the new material pushing the band into richer sonic territory.

The band have collaborated with up and coming Irish artist Darragh Dempsey for the artwork and videos for ‘Voyeur/Burn In The City’. Recognised by the art world world as a rising talent, Dempsey’s ‘Flesh’ painting was inspired by Francis Bacon’s ‘Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X’; the anguish and surrealism of the image echoing the themes of the band’s new music.

Slow Riot emerge from their hometown of Limerick backed with support from the likes of The Irish Times, Nialler9, Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Today FM and Whelan’s One’s to Watch; their plaudits building at an impressive rate. They’re flying the flag for a new breed of Irish acts ready for the global stage.

They have also amassed a rich profile of support this side of the Irish Sea, with the likes of Drowned In Sound, Q Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash and Gigwise amongst many others citing them for big things. Previous single ‘Trophy Wife’ earned the band plaudits from Shaun Keaveny on the 6Music Breakfast Show, Radio X, Absolute and was a mainstay on the band’s native Today FM with DJ Paul McLoone declaring Slow Riot to be “my new favourite Irish band”.

Slow Riot return to the UK in April to headline Communion’s club night in London plus regional dates, but not before they play their first headline Dublin show at Whelan’s on March 22nd. Summer festival dates will be announced very soon.

Stephanie Rainey Announces New Single ‘Question Mark’

Stephanie Rainey kicks off 2018 with the release of her new single ‘Question Mark’ on 23 February to coincide with a host of headline shows across the country.

‘Question Mark’ is the follow up to her recent radio hit  ‘Sorry’ and singles ‘100 Like Me’ and ‘Nothing of You Left to Love’ which have amassed nearly 10 Million streams across all platforms as well as over 6000 plays on Irish radio in 2017 alone.

2017 saw Stephanie Rainey play the main stages of Ireland’s biggest festivals Electric Picnic and Indiependence and she capped off 2017 with her first first 5 date tour of Ireland with sold out shows.

Now in 2018, she is about to embark on her spring tour, which sees her playing in venues doubled in capacity. Live, audiences are captivated by Stephanie Rainey’s honesty and humour and she never fails to make a connection. With only a few tracks released so far, she manages to have people singing for the duration of her shows while for songs like ‘Please Don’t Go’, you could hear a pin drop.

Stephanie Rainey’s headline tour of Ireland kicks off on 28 February in Dublin’s Sugar Club followed by a sold out show in Mike The Pies, Listowel on 1 March, Cork’s Cyprus Avenue on 2 March, Limerick’s Dolans on 8 March, De Barra’s in Clonakilty on 9 March and Galway’s Roisin Dubh on 10 March. Tickets are on sale now for all shows from Ticketmaster or local venues box offices.

Stephanie has the look of a young Chrissie Hynde and her songs lie in the emotional hinterland between Adele and Ed Sheeran. Her music is not about gloss and glamour but the grit and grind of the real world. Her’s is a voice that is authentic and honest.

Stephanie Rainey is the Irish singer songwriter who made the impossible happen. With no funding, no manager, no contacts and no carefully calculated social media campaign, she created a music industry stampede of epidemic proportions with just one heart-stopping song – ‘Please Don’t Go’. Within 24 hours of the song being uploaded onto Facebook, Stephanie, had more than a million hits (it quickly rose to 5 million views across both Facebook and YouTube), offers pouring in from US and UK record companies and world-wide media attention.

‘Question Mark’ is available for streaming and download across all digital platforms from 23 February 2018.

Upcoming Live Dates 
28 February – Dublin, Sugar Club
1 March – Listowel, Mike The Pies (sold out)
2 March – Cork, Cyprus Avenue
8 March – Limerick, Dolans
9 March – Clonakilty, DeBarras
10 March – Galway, Roisin Dubh
11 March – Kilkenny, Set Theatre

Garageland Announces The Garage Gigs Spring Series 2018

Garageland have announced that the Garage Gigs Spring Series will take off with a very large bang in the first week of March with shows in Dublin’s Grand Social and The Button Factory, followed quickly by dates in Drogheda, Kilkenny, Cork and Limerick. Further on in the spring there are plans for shows Galway, Mayo, Donegal, along with dates in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast.

Founder Dermot Lambert has announced that Garageland intend to promote up to 60 shows this year in Ireland and the UK, all featuring as many as 240 brand new and emerging artists.

2017 proved to be one of Garageland’s biggest years with the release of the Garageland Volume 1 compilation along with artist friendly initiatives with the likes of Sound Training Centre, Music Maker, RTE and more. The year finished with a PR storm as Inhaler made waves around the world, with their indie pop sound attracting all manner of people to their Garage Gig Show in the Button Factory.

Garageland on RTE 2XM with Dermot Lambert continues to reach ever higher audience numbers with the regular Monday evening live radio show which features music from brand new artists alongside a long line of music industry guests that’s included Willie Ryan (Hozier Management), Olaf Tyaranssen (Hot Press Magazine), Ailish Toohey (Gavin James management), The Pale, Jackie Hayden and many more.

Garageland supports is supported by IMRO, The Arts Council of Ireland, RTE, Hot Press Magazine, RAAP, IRMA, Sound Training College, MusicMaker.

Spring Dates are filling up fast, and any artists wishing to take part should contact

Upcoming Dates

Thurs 1st March – Dublin – The Grand Social

Pleasure Dome / Colin O’Shea & The Chaos / Kyro Jones / Shag Haired Villains / Emily 7
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Thurs 8th March – Dublin – Button Factory  – (filmed for Garageland T.V.)
Skyfever / Fade To Light / Hammy & The Pilgrim  / Patricia / Killian O’Driscoll
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Sat 10th March – Kilkenny – The Pumphouse
The Wha? / Sweet Freedom /  Oisín & Cara / Out Of Habit / Bankrupt
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Saturday 15th March – Limerick – Pharmacia

Deborah McKeown  / Aidan Bolger & Band / More TBA
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Fri 16th March – Drogheda – McPhails
Fuzz Gigolo  / Modern Love / The Brief /  Gathinos
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Thursday 22nd March – Dublin – The Grand Social

Fish In The Sky /  Hidden Stills / More TBA
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Thursday 22nd March – Dublin – The Sound House

Stone Blind State / Vext / More TBA
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Thursday 29th March – Dublin – The Button Factory
The Elation / The Enzymes / More TBA
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door


Thursday 19th April – Dublin – The Button Factory
Elevation Falls / We March / NCX
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Friday 27th April – Dublin – The Grand Social
Towns-End / The Brief / More TBA
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Friday 27th April – Dublin – The Sound House
Surreal Audio/  More TBA
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

More dates and artists currently being added

Sea Sessions Announces Headliners and New Acts

Sea Sessions, have announced Rudimental as their third and final headliner along with a host of new acts. Festival organisers have also announced the day breakdown for their headliners with Dizzee Rascal headlining Friday 22 June, Walking On Cars on Saturday 23 June and Rudimental on Sunday 24 June 2018.

Sea Sessions, who return to the unique festival setting of Donegal’s Bundoran, has sold out weeks in advance over the last three years and this year promises to be bigger and better than any year yet as festival organisers celebrate 10 years partying by the beach in 2018.

Dizzee Rascal, Walking On Cars and Rudimental will be joined at Sea Sessions 2018 by Everything Everything, Hannah Wants, Dusky, Roots Manuva, Hudson Taylor, Le Galaxie, Fekky, The Blizzards, Versatile, DJ Yoda (AV Show), Wild Youth, Greg Wilson, Stomptown Brass, Fabio, Ryan Mc Mullan, The Hot Sprockets, DJ Deece, David Keenan, Wille & The Bandits, Slow Place Like Home, Waldorf & Cannon, Amber & The Bear, Marc O Reilly, Get Down Edits, DJ Mek, Brave Giant, New Valley Wolves, Elaine Mai, The Clandestinos, 1000 Beasts, Vernon Jane, Thumper, Alan Finan, Colin Perkins, A Different Animal, Order of The Mess, Ciara Brady with more to be announced.

Winner of IMRO Festival of the year at the 2017 IMRO Venue Awards alongside picking up the gong for Festival of the Year at the “Excellence in local Government Awards”, Sea Sessions has gone from strength to strength and has firmly established itself as one of the most important dates on the Irish Festival circuit.

Festival director Ray O’Donoghue says “We like to think we always have a quality lineup but we really feel this year has a lot of strength in depth. From massive international names like Rudimental and Dizzee Rascal to really great Irish acts like Hudson Taylor and Ryan McMullan we think there’s something in it for everyone. The site capacity has been upped, the festival site has been extended, there’ll be usual Surf and Sports plus some great surprises like our brand new “Astoria Stage” named after the now demolished Astoria Ballroom”.

Early Bird tickets have now sold out but Tickets are still available from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, Priced from €109.90 for 3 days and €134.90 including 4 nights camping. There’s also limited single day tickets available from €49.50, Surfer Bar (VIP) Upgrades from €50 extra plus Glamping options. Check for more details.

Over the years such luminaries as  Tinie Tempah, Paul Wellar, Bastille, Seasick Steve and loads more have graced their unique stages. The Festival started way back in 2008 as an after party for a Surfing Competition. Now it holds the top Surfing Competition in the country as well as hosting the worlds top skateboarders, BMX’ers and loads of beach sports. Supported by and working with Donegal County Council and Failte Ireland the event has become an important kick start to the tourist season for the capital of Irish surfing in Bundoran.

Sea Sessions

22nd – 24th June 2018. and Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide.

Hudson Taylor Announce New 5-Track EP

Straight from a sold-out UK tour, and currently wowing audiences across Europe; Hudson Taylor announce the release of a new 5-track EP ahead of their eight-date Irish headline tour.

The ‘Feel It Again’ EP gives their fans a real taste of Hudson Taylor’s fresh Americana sound, including 2017’s radio smash ‘Feel It Again’, new single ‘Run With Me’ and three more pristine tracks produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy).

The release of the EP heralds the return of the Hudson Taylor brothers – Harry and Alfie, with their amazing musicians, to the Irish live circuit in March. Ahead of the Irish tour, Hudson Taylor have just confirmed they will be heading to the States as special guests of Gabrielle Aplin on her thirteen-date headline US tour

EP tracklisting: 1. Run With Me, 2. Easy Baby, 3. Travellin’, 4. Old Soul, 5. Feel It Again.

Hudson Taylor on tour:

27th March – Elmwood Hall, Belfast

28th March – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

29th March – Opera House, Cork

31st March – Radisson Hotel, Galway

1st April – The Big Top, Limerick

2nd April – TF Royal Acoustic Room, Castlebar

4th April – The Glassworks, Derry

5th April – The Tower, Carlow

The ‘Feel It Again’ EP will be released on Rubyworks on Friday 23rd March on CD and digital streaming

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