Longitude 2013 – What we’re looking forward to

Longitude 2013

If it’s one bigger festival this year that seems to have got the lineup bang on, then it’s Longitude. Taking place over this weekend coming (19th-21st July) in Marley Park, it’s got most of the better alternative acts on the touring circuit right now. I’ve listed some of my highlights below: Friday Foals (Main Stage, 7.30-8.45pm) I got hooked on their third album, ‘Holy Fire’, over the past month. It’s one of those that I’d tend to play the whole way through and that speaks to how good it really is. I’ve seen no videos or live performances so am going in cold but expecting good things. Tracks to listen out for: My Number, Everytime, Out Of The Woods Phoenix (Main Stage, 9.15-10.45pm) ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ was just one of those albums. Universally loved with great stand out tracks like ‘Lisztomania’ and ’1901′, it launched them into the alt scene … There’s more

Gig News: Benjamin Francis Leftwich to play Whelan’s in November

A bit of good news for those of you that love shimmery folk-pop that captures fleeting moments and spins ‘em up for posterity. English singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich takes to the stage in Whelan’s this coming November 3rd. Tickets are €15 each and are on sale now from Ticketmaster. Benjamin, whose acoustic sound and delicate vocals have earned him comparisons with Jose Gonzalez and Iron and Wine, released his debut album Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm last summer. Lead single Pictures secured the coveted “Hottest Sound” nod from Zane Lowe, but Shine here is just as nice. Benjamin’s nice too. ”I’d prefer it if we could give everything away for free,” he said, in an interview last year. “I want people to hear my music.” Sensitive, talented and a bona-fide indie kid? We could just eat him up.

Music: The Sweetest Silence by Storyfold

Storyfold have unveiled their latest music video for their brand new single ‘The Sweetest Silence’. Directed by Billy Keane, the video mixes film shot on location at World’s End Studios, Dublin and self-shot videos from the recording of their debut album at Modern World Studios in Tetbury, UK. The Sweetest Silence is the 4th single to be taken from ‘Rocket Science’ but the first to feature pianist Lindsey Hogan on lead vocals. The song was included in music blogger 2UIBestow’s ‘Best 10 Songs of 2011’. He said: From the first few seconds of this track you know this is a special tune. Lindsey’s lead vocals are delightful and work so well with Paddy’s backing vocals. This is a fantastic uplifting song that deserves to be played loud! The band also embarks on a mini Irish tour that includes headlining Whelan’s, Wexford Street this Friday, March 23rd. It will see the … There’s more

Gig News: Rizzle Kicks to play The Olympia November 6th…

… because November is a drab, dark month and there’ll be no better fellas to chase away your post-summer blues. Rizzle Kicks are Jordan and Harley, they’re nineteen, and they once made a music video with Ed Sheeran in their back garden. Their debut album Stereo Typical, a collection of cheeky ditties wrapped in bouncy, hip-pop goodness, peaked at number 5 in the UK charts last winter, due in no small part to the immense likeability of this pair of groovy scoundrels. Oh, look at ‘em. Aren’t they funny? That’s Mama Do The Hump, which has Fatboy Slim written all over it, mostly because he produced it. Tickets are from €26.40 from Ticketmaster, and are on sale now.

Events: Fred Cooke brings “Tilted” to Whelan’s

Looking for that perfect Christmas present for the comedy lover in your life? Well here it is! The whirlwind that is Fred Cooke brings his new show “Tilted” to Whelan’s next February. After his sell out success in 2011 including a run in Edinburgh, Fred returns with a brand new show to tickle your funny bones once again! Fred realized at a young age that he would never become a professional footballer. In his teen years it was becoming more unlikely of Radiohead accepting him in as their sixth member. It was this moment that he became a multi-award winning stand-up comedian (even before his first gig). Since that moment he has rapidly become a unique stand-up delivering a style of comedy that simply cannot be imitated. Plus he is one hell of a melodica player! The Critics love him….. “High octane, manic brand of surreal genius” THE MUNSTER EXPRESS … There’s more

Events: The Christmas Quiet Pint

It’s Christmas!!! And the Quiet Pint lads want you to celebrate in style with them at 4 Dame lane! They are promising Comedy, Cats and Christmas…. Well 2 of the 3 anyway! It’s their favourite Quiet Pint of the year and for your entertainment and to make you laugh so hard your belly aches there will be:  Hugh O’Connor, Declan Bruton, Matt Smyth and John Gallagher – yes that’s right, John’s back from the Empire with spoils galore. There is also a Special Guest, which even I don’t know about… However I can tell you to get your voices ready for a carol singing session with Danny Forde to get you in the festive mood and other types of moods apparently… And of course the man himself Santa will be there with his elf! Might be a chance to convince him you have been good this year! Where: 4 Dame … There’s more

Events: McGrattans Comedy Club Christmas Special

Following on from their hugely succesful opening night where they raised over €700 for Electric Aid, McGrattans Comedy Club are back with a sterling cast of comedians and guess what? It’s all for charity once again! Once more the club have decided to give the proceeds to Electric Aid’s African Campaign. Your MC for the night is Mickey Noone, who writes some funny poetry… Ben Farrell returns for his second outing, he was that good the first time! Lisa Joyce is making her McGrattans debut, she may be small but has a big stage presence! Kevin Doyle will be tickling funny bones and pushing boundaries… Pat McDonnell of Father Ted fame will be making a special guest appearance! Support on the night is provided by Gary Lynch who likes to go to the edge, and jump off occasionally. Headline for the evening will be the brilliant Paul Tylak – this … There’s more

Events: Dislike! A Facebook Guide to Crisis

After a sold-out premiere at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs and sell out shows in Whelans, the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Dublin and the Galway Comedy Festival, and a not-bad-sales-at-all-in-fairness and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Colm O’Regan brings his hilarious show Dislike! A Facebook Guide to Crisis to the Project Arts Centre. Do you want to find out why Rapunzel has no stairs? The only real deterrent to grammatical errors in Facebook status updates? Or what to do if a billionaire developer threatens to sue you for defamation? You do? Then this show is for you! Critics love him….. Genuine Hilarity…upbeat charm…Like Chortle Effortless Talent, Funny, Informative and Resourceful **** The List Comic Genius, **** Deadpan with hilarious consequences – Irish Times Solicitors not so much it seems…”Went far beyond what is accepted as comedy” – Solicitor’s Letter. (No stars) Spend €12/€10 and make up your own mind! … There’s more

Events: Tara Flynn @ The Workman’s Club December 7th

Tara Flynn is delighted to be bringing her solo show of stand up and songs to The Workman’s Club. She is perhaps best known for her recent TV work: The Omid Djalili Show, The Impressions Show with Culshaw & Stephenson and the BAFTA nominated first series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. On Irish screens, you’ll have come across her in Stew, The Panel and Soupy Norman (to name but 3). Having been a founder-member of The Nualas a million years ago, Tara went on to join Dublin Comedy Improv and also to perform stand-up all over Ireland and Britain and at international comedy festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She created the role of Surfia in the smash hit musical I, Keano at the Olympia Theatre and has done more voice work than you can shake a stick at (she’s the voice on the o2 network who … There’s more

Jazz Gig: Colette Cassidy

Looking for somewhere romantic and different to take a first date? Or an old flame? Or just to appreciate some old fashioned session music? To be whisked back in time? If you like jazz or want to check out some passionate talented musicians, a Colette Cassidy gig may be just the ticket. A few girlfriends and I caught them in JJ Smyth’s earlier this month and we all loved it. The atmosphere was as close to a smokey New Orleans jazz joint as you get without the smoke. The stage seemed insanely small but somehow they’d managed to cram on a piano, full drum kit and a double bass and left just enough space for the singer. Colette had the audience enthralled with her note-perfect, crooning covers of jazz standards from the late 30s and 40s including You Go To My Head and Satin Doll, tales of loves lost, loves … There’s more

Electric Picnic 2011: West Cork Ukulele Orchestra

Any review of the Electric Picnic experience can be justifiably called a post-mortem – there have been traumas, blunt force abuse of livers and inhumane conditions – but of course the object of the exercise is enjoyment and this also occured. I don’t recall right now how the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra came into my life, that is, the sequence of events that lead us to the performance area in the Slow Food section, but I have been able to hang on to the enthusiasm I felt on hearing them this past Saturday. I have also hung on to the enthusiasm I felt hearing them this past Sunday when we returned with a bigger group of soon-to-be-converts, got seats closer to the act and also led the dancing at the end of the set. Maybe not meeting all the requirements for the dictionary definition of an orchestra the group comprises … There’s more

Watch: The Pit – A Film About Crowdsurfing

There’s some things I’m too old for. Staying in hostels. sleeping on armchairs, late nights, and everything else I did a decade ago (even less actually). I love going to concerts, and that will never change. However, being up the front is something I only like if there’s a barrier behind me and plenty of security. I’m fine with standing at the back and having to squint to see Shane Filan Jay-Z on stage. However, sometimes don’t you just miss the pure adrenaline from being in the middle of it all? I felt a bit like that at Therapy? last year, and the newest Relentless Energy Drink Short Stories film showed exactly what I’ve been missing. It almost makes me want to go to a rock concert tonight and get heavily involved in the moshing, crowd-surfing, and all round chaos of the pit. (Watch the short film after the jump)

Arthur’s Day 2011 tickets go on sale

Ryan Sheridan performing at the launch (video courtesy of @darraghdoyle) UPDATED @ 16:25 05/08 to take account of sold out gigs Tickets have gone on sale today for the Arthur’s Day 2011 (22nd September) gigs in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Limerick across studio and pub venues. Earlier today, Guinness announced that, The Enemy, Seasick Steve, DJ Fresh, Labrinth, Yasmin and Maverick Sabre among a host of others have been added to the line up. As well as playing in the studio venues each of the studio artists, such as Stereophonics and Paloma Faith, will also turn up in a pub for a surprise, intimate performance on the night. Tickets are priced at just €15/£13.50 for studio venues and €7.50/£7 for the pub venues plus booking fee and are available on www.ticketmaster.ie (we’ve got individual links below) Guinness are also giving bands in Ireland and across the globe the chance to … There’s more

Fionn Regan: 100 Acres Of Sycamore

Y’know the way now we have Google+? Fionn Regan is like Irish Singer/Songwriter+. As cute as Donovan crossed with a hobbit, the Mercury-nominated musician isn’t your average tousled dreamboat with a guitar; he has his own sound, but he can’t seem to stop messing with it. Which is great, because I bore easily. Pop over to Soundcloud for the title track from 100 Acres Of Sycamore, the album due in August. It’s gratifyingly bigger than it has any right to be. Bluesy, over folksy. Eerie, over twee. You can also download 100 Acres free from Fionn’s website, and the album is on preorder now from iTunes and that. Fionn is currently traipsing around the country showcasing his new stuff, and has still to get to the following gaffs. July 21st, Thursday – The Grand Social, Dublin July 22nd, Friday – The INEC, Kilarney July 23rd, Saturday – The Set Theatre, … There’s more

If it was a choice between The Script or silence, I’d let the wind whistle between my ears

Last Friday Team Culch settled into a three hour drive to Sligo for a music festival and I found myself with a grá for a bit of tra. Epic levels of tra. Christy Moore levels of tra. McGrattan’s bar had an 90s night the other week to celebrate their 21st birthday and Italia 90 was queued up for the big screen, which put Joxer Goes to Stuttgart in mind and nothing would do but to hear it, it and Delerium Tremens and … Ordinary Man. Ordinary Man, you see, is about losing your job and trying to provide and all of those things that are the front of everyone’s mind this past while. The idea that Christy Moore was due a resurgence in popularity swung through my mind, and then I had a horrifying thought. I was recently invited to The Script and I cried off with the excuse ‘Nooo, … There’s more