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Sarah Buckley Announces Headline Date

Sarah Buckley has announced details of her headline show in Whelan’s upstairs venue on May 23rd.

Sarah released her debut single to much acclaim in February and will showcasing her recorded sound accompanied by Emily Hogan on drums, Helen Holligan on bass, Sean Hanlon on electric guitar and Kate Dineen on backing vocals and guitar. 

Supported by Sonja Sleator, the tickets are €7 in advance at the link below or €10 on the door.

Ryan Mack Shares Debut EP

On the back of his phenomenal success with his recent single ‘Got You Covered’, Ryan Mack is excited to be releasing his debut EP titled ‘Someone Else’ ahead of his debut headline show at Whelan’s in Dublin this Friday May 3rd! The EP was officially released on Friday the 26th of April, and is available to download and stream from all digital music platforms now.

Early last year Ryan released his first solo single ‘Sofa’, which was immediately play-listed on 2FM and many more radio stations across Ireland. The song became a great success and Ryan recently got to perform ‘Sofa’ as a live guest act on RTE’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ – a TV slot that was graced previously by artists such as Gavin James and Picture This. (

Following the success of this, Ryan released two more singles, most recently ‘Got You Covered’. This track has become a huge success for Ryan making it to number eleven on the Spotify ‘Viral Top 50’ chart, and making it onto twelve Spotify playlists including The Pop List (at no.4!) and New Music Friday UK, as well as being playlisted on 2FM, iRadio, Spin and many more radio stations.

His current single ‘Want Me Back’ which is taken from his new EP has too been gaining great success in the early stages of release making four Spotify playlists including New Music Friday UK, and gaining nearly 20k streams in the first 48 hours of release.

Ryan also recently announced his debut solo gig at the iconic Whelan’s live music venue in Dublin for Friday the 3rd of May. Tickets for which are on sale now from Ticketmaster.

Ryan has also recently been confirmed to perform at multiple festivals such as Indiependance, Sea Sessions and Tayto Park Fun Fest ahead of debut headline show’s in Voodoo Belfast on June 1st and The Half Moon in Putney, London on June 27th. The coming months are lining up to be very exciting and no doubt successful for the twenty five year old songwriter from Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Instagram: @RyanMackPhotos
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Twitter: @IamRyanMC

The Pale Announce Album Release Details

The Pale return with their strongest album to date. Spearheaded by the Double A ‘Loser Friends’ and ‘Such Dumb Luck’ their eagerly anticipated 13th studio album ‘Merciful Hour’ is due for a release on the 24th of May 2019. Pre-orders available from April 10th.   

‘Merciful Hour’ was produced by sonic maestro Keith Farrell (Duckworth Lewis Method, Cathy Davey, Pugwash).  Over eleven tracks the album builds on the classic Pale sound expanding it musically and lyrically. The eleven tracks shift constantly between styles and themes but never once lose direction. Sure to surprise fans and newcomers ‘Merciful Hour’ is the band’s boldest statement to date.

The Pale started life in Dublin’s Northside in the early 90’s but drew their influences from far beyond. For some they are best remembered for their hits ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Dogs with no tails’. But that is only the tip of the iceberg for a band that has steered clear of the beaten track, releasing a string of albums that effortlessly skip between styles and genres, all the while retaining a strong lyrical focus.

Flirtations with chart success, forays into alternative circuses, tours way off the beaten path in Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe and beyond are all par for the course for a band that have refused to be categorised or trade off past glories.

The Pale’s live reputation is hard earned, with sets jumping between laced up indie, reggae, Eastern European folk, all presented with a wry lyrical twist and frenetic energy. Never to be pigeonholed, a Pale gig will see them play dozens of songs drawing from a range of genres. Mandolins and bouzoukis duel with synths and drums, all propelled by their inimitable stage presence and striking musical prowess. / Spotify /

Upcoming Tour Dates:

11th May          Westport, Acoustic Festival
12th July:          Mike the Pies, Listowel, Co, Kerry
20th July           Knockanstockan, Festival, Co, Wicklow
16th August      The Spirit Store, Dundalk
7th September    Lost Lane, Dublin
More to be announced shortly…

Will de Burca Shares Latest Video

Will de Burca has just unveiled the video for his latest single ‘Dance In The Sun’. The video was produced by Alex Isats and features psychedelic visuals that correlates perfectly to the energy of the single. The inspiration between the artist and video producer were videos by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall who are responsible for producing many of The Chemical Brothers videos. The video will have it’s first UK play on Steve Lamacq’s BBC show later this week. 

‘Dance In The Sun’ is the first release of 2019 by Electronic Dublin based producer Will de Burca.  With Justin Eperton (DFA Records) on vocals, De Búrca has used several vintage synths including a Micro Poly and Prophet 5. A high energy track that spells summer vibes with a lead serenading of vintage Chemical Brothers and Groove Armada.

Mark Daly Releases ‘Without You’

Mark Daly has just released his single ‘Without You’ on the 26th of April 2019. This single is the third release from his debut solo album ‘When The Stars Align’, and is some of his best work yet.

Mark’s debut solo single ‘The Hearts Reminder’ was met with 50,000 views on Facebook in the first week of its release. As well as this the track hit #2 in the Irish Rock Downloads chart. Following this release was ‘Your World’ in April 2017 which was a charity release for Autism Awareness month. The track hit #1 in the Scottish New Music Chart and hit 60K views.

Completing a tour of the UK & Ireland in 2018, Mark is heading back out on the road in June2019, supporting CANDLEBOX on their UK tour of London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester.

Music therapy and Mental Health Recovery Seminar in UL

On Friday 14th June from 2.00pm-4.00pm, University of Limerick will be hosting a Music Therapy and Mental Health Recovery Seminar.

As recovery is a prevailing vision for modern mental health services internationally, it is timely to consider its current state of play in relation to music therapy practice. Over the past ten years much discussion has emerged about the role of music therapy in supporting mental health recovery with suggestion that the central beliefs and value systems of both are closely aligned. In response to this discussion, the Alliance for Recovery Research in Music Therapy (ARRIMT) was established in 2017, comprising of music therapy practitioners and researchers from Australia, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom. This seminar will feature work of the ARRIMT through case study and research examples to illustrate the role and impact of music therapy in a recovery-oriented context.

Seminar Speakers

Dr Catherine Carr is NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow with the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit, Research Fellow in the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London and music therapist in mental health care for older people’s inpatient services in East London NHS Foundation Trust. She currently leads the ERA trial, which looks at the effectiveness of group art, music and dance movement therapy in community mental health services.

Dr Hans Petter Solli is post doc researcher at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. His main research interest is music therapy in mental health care, especially how music therapy can facilitate recovery for people diagnosed with psychosis. He has worked as music therapist for nearly 15 years, and has established two music therapy programs at Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital, Oslo.

Dr Tríona McCaffrey is lecturer on the MA Music Therapy Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick. She has practiced as a music therapist in community mental health, psychiatry of old age and mental health recovery. Her research focusses on the role of music therapy to promote of mental well-being with particular interests in arts-based methods, service user inclusion and mental health recovery.

Dr Cherry Hense is a Music Therapist who has dedicated most of her career to developing recovery-based music programmes with young people experiencing mental ill-health. She has worked both clinically in youth mental health services and as a post-doctoral researcher at The University of Melbourne, exploring young people’s experiences with music during mental health recovery.

This event has been approved for 2 External CPD Credits from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. To book a free place register at

Bayonets Share ‘Farewell To Me’

Bayonets is a solo project created by Kerry musician and songwriter Vinnie Flynn. His distinctive style is a mix of alternative rock, indie, blues and folk.

In addition to writing and performing live, Vinnie also works with several publishing companies based in the US who pitch his compositions to prime time TV shows and movies.

His body of work conjures haunting intrigue, each melody luring the listener into a dark and beguiling tale. Bayonet’s sound is undeniably his own and unclassifiable in any one genre.

Vinnie has a string of gigs and festivals in the pipeline for 2019, including Vantastival and some overseas appearances. All 3 of Vinnie’s singles have been premiered by Hot Press Magazine and he’s received wide media acclaim. The tracks have received regular radio play on RTE’s 2fm and have made’s song of the day. They’ve even hit airwaves as far as Brooklyn, United States.

Vinnie is releasing a second 3rd single and video in April 2019 titled ‘Farewell To Me’. Definitely one to watch for 2019 – a breath of fresh, mysterious originality.

The Murder Capital Share Latest Video

The Murder Capital have just delivered their second single in the form of the 6 minute epic, ‘Green & Blue’. A tautly wound exercise in both darkness and light, the song has become an early favourite in their lauded live sets and is paired to a striking, foreboding video directed by Ethan Barrett and Tom Gullam premiered this morning at The FADER.

A limited 12″ of the single will be released June 14th on Human Season Records and is available now for pre-order.

After a last month that has seen them fill The Electric Ballroom at just 7pm for an opening slot to IDLES, and a series of last-minute shows that have swelled through word of mouth, the band will follow the release of their new single with a further UK & European tour starting this week. These dates include Irish shows at Eastbound Festival, Body & Soul and All Together Now.

You can catch the band live on the following dates:


11th May – Eastbound Festival, Whelan’s – Dublin
21st June – Body & Soul – Clonmellon – Westmeath
4th August – All Together Now Festival – Waterford


27th April – Out Of The Crowd – Esch-sur-Alzette, LU
29th April – La Boule Noire – Paris, FR
30th April – The Forum – Tunbridge Wells
1st May – Picture House Social Club – Sheffield
3rd May – Soup Kitchen – Manchester
4th May – Live At Leeds – Leeds
5th May – Handmade Festival – Leicester
8th May – The Jericho Tavern – Oxford
Thu 9th May – Prince Albert, Music From Ireland Showcase – Brighton
Thu 9th May – Paganini Ballroom, BBC Sounds Stage – Brighton
Fri 10th May – Green Door Store, Cool Brother Stage – Brighton
14th May – Nice N Sleazy – Glasgow
15th May – The Polar Bear – Hull
16th May – The Lexington – London (Sold Out)
17th May – Hy-Brasil – Bristol
29th June – Rock Werchter – Werchter, BE
30th June – Metropolis Festival – Rotterdam, NL
Twitter @MurderCapital_


European Creators Engage In #ThisTimeImVoting Campaign To Boost EU Election Turnout

Europe faces a wide spectrum of challenges in the years ahead, from climate change to youth unemployment. But Europe is also tasked with continuing to promote its culture and creativity, essential elements of European identity. GESAC, representing more than 1 million European creators from all artistic fields, strongly believes that one of the best ways in which European citizens can tackle such challenges themselves is to take control of their democratic right to vote.

GESAC and our members will therefore engage in the #ThisTimeImVoting campaign to get as many EU citizens as possible voting in the EU elections between 23-26 May. The campaign was initiated by the European Parliament and is supported by several organisations, in particular the European Movement International (EMI), of which GESAC is a member. EMI was organisation founded in the wake of WWII to bring about greater European integration and cooperation.

ThisTimeImVoting urges Europeans to vote and to encourage their friends to do likewise. More information on the campaign can be found here.

GESAC and its members recognise the fundamental role that the European Union plays in promoting the rights of creators. We were grateful to the MEPs who made the copyright reforms adopted earlier this year possible and we look forward to another five years of fruitful cooperation with the newly elected European Parliament.

GESAC groups 32 of the largest authors’ societies in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. They defend and promote the rights of more than 1 million creators and rights holders in the areas of music, audiovisual works, visual arts, and literary and dramatic works.

Slyrydes Share ‘Point Of View’

‘Point Of View’ is the second single from Galway based breakthrough Punk-Rockers Slyrydes.

Following on from their much loved debut single ‘Mental Health’ Slyrydes have garnered widespread recognition of late for their no nonsense approach and hard hitting social commentary. 

Recorded by Daniel Doherty (Fontaines DC, The Murder Capital, Vulpynes, Galants) in Darklands Recording Studio, Point of View is a tale of romantic frustration set to a new wave/ punk soundtrack. 

Staccato guitar chords are joined by thumping drums and a melodic bass groove to provide singer Mark Raftery with a backdrop for which to rant, something he does with eloquence and passion.

It’s about a break up where the ex is still hanging around with your group of friends and you’re sort of frustrated about the entire thing including the relationship and the things you said when you were drunk.”

‘Point Of View’ is available on all platforms April 26th with a special show upstairs in Whelan’s on May 4th.

Live Events

Slyrydes perform at Whelans, Dublin May 4th with special guests Creative Crime

Event Page HERE

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