Competition Closed: The Craft Collection Indiependence Tickets Competition


  With 126 entries via Twitter and 45 entries directly through the website, we’ve had an astounding response to our Indiependence tickets competition. Sadly, we can’t bring all of you with us (much as we’d love to) and we have selected our winner from the proverbial hat (we used a free random number generator I Googled).   *** Congratulations to Leta O’Neill who has won a pair of tickets for the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Indiependence in Cork, with thanks to the Craft Beer Collection. ***       You’re recovering from the excitement of Longitude. You’re already looking forward to the chilled out vibe of either Electric Picnic or the Lisdoonvarna Outing at the end of August. But what to do before then?? Head to Cork, of course, for the Indiependence Festival. Indiependence is a music and arts festival based in Mitchelstown, Cork. It’s a small, fun and … There’s more

Calling all singers in Dublin: Be part of the Dublin Fringe Festival

Quick quick quick, read this and then drop Jean Hally an email. It’s going to be fun and you’ll be part of something great. Songs in the Key of D, a Choral Exploration of Dublin City, will take place during the Fringe Festival on 14 Sept in the Smock Alley Theatre. The organisers are looking for singers of all abilities to join them in performing some of Dublin’s best known songs and connect the audience to our city through song. Everybody who likes singing is invited to take part you don’t have to be from Dublin or Irish and you don’t have to a good singer (but I guess it would help if you can hold a note during The Auld Triangle). The choir is being set up set up to bring people living in all parts of Dublin together. Auditions will take place on: – Mon 29 July in … There’s more

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

New Irish RADIO:

Simon Maher (2nd from right) with northern rockers "Therapy?"

That’s right, yes indeed, while there may be a veritable articulated truck-load of radio stations already populating the Irish FM and digital airwaves, vying for the attention of your poor, confused and battered ears, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more… does it?

5 Christmas Covers We’d Like To See…


It’s that time of year again, the same old – mostly dire – collection of Christmas songs being played to death on the radio. What we really need is some reworking of these tired old tunes by some of those who made headlines in 2012… 1. Crystal Harris – All I Want For Christmas Is Hugh (Original by Mariah Carey) Or to give it its full title “All I Want For Christmas Is Hugh…Hefner’s Fortune”. It’s easy to make fun of the 86 year old’s planned marriage to someone 60 (SIXTY) years his junior….which is probably why so many media outlets have done just that. The old “So Debbie Magee, what first attracted you to millionaire Paul Daniels?” chestnut certainly springs to mind. Each new fiancée must feel like a slot on a roulette wheel, hoping Hef pops his clogs just after they tie the knot. All that being said, … There’s more

Spirit of Folk Festival 2012

As we come to the cold end of a very hectic year, a few of us are looking back over the highlight of our Summer season – anyone who has read culch regularly will know how much we loved Spirit of Folk. It’s a small festival with a big heart and, this year they managed to keep the same atmosphere and sense of community amongst the festival goers. Anto, Peter and Brian, who were there last year, were joined by Blots, Darren, Elly, Phillip and Sarah so this post will contain contributions from a few of us. A SOFF megapost if you will. Anto: I’d been in two minds about attending SOF last year. I didn’t know a lot about it and I wasn’t really up for a weekend of camping. In hindsight, I’m so glad I went and I’d been looking forward to the second year for months. This … There’s more

Christmas FM 2012 is here

christmas fm

It’s that time of year again… Christmas FM, the hugely popular Christmas music themed radio station which raises thousands of euros for charity every year is returning for another run this year – and this year they’re covering more of the country than ever before! New writer Niall O’Keeffe (that’s me!) will be presenting on the station (starting tonight!), which is based in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel in Dublin city centre and can be heard on FM in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kildare and the South-East region as well as online via the web site & smartphone apps. This year, it’s sponsored by the EBS and and will feature over 60 radio stars who are once again giving their time for free in order to help out a great cause – ISPCC Childline. Those presenting shows include old favourites such as Mike Moloney and Gerry Wilson, Keith Shanley and … There’s more

Competition Closed: Jack L and The 27 Club


*** Congratualtions to Laura Carroll *** *** who has won a pair of tickets to tonight’s show *** I‘ve said it many times before and I’m sure I’ll repeat it again and again – Jack L is incredible. He is my favourite Irish singer and I could listen to him forever. In his latest show, The 27 Club, the work of iconic artists such as Janis Joplin, The Doors, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana are interpreted. Few musicians set out to become legends, even fewer succeed. Yet by any standard musicians like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain are legendary. Each left behind a lasting musical legacy, with songs that freeze forever a moment in time, speak for a generation, or simply give voice to the grief and grace of the human heart. In so many ways … There’s more

Album Review: Cat Power’s Sun


We live in a world where even the most minor celebrity ‘crisis’ is blown up out of all proportion. I recently spotted the cover of Heat, or some similar publication, fretting about Cheryl (Cole or Tweedy, whatever you’re having yourself) and her 3am dash to McDonalds. Viewed through any prism, Chan Marshall’s story is one of bona fide tragedy and turmoil. Marshall – Cat Power to you and me – has endured a tumultuous life for almost all of her forty years. She grew up with a family heavily immersed in alcoholism, while still living in her native Atlanta in the mid-1990s, her then-boyfriend died. This was the first of a number of setbacks for the some-time actress, model and charity worker. Drug and alcohol addiction and on-stage meltdowns followed. An achingly honest 2006 interview with Spin, done just after Marshall had emerged from a spell in a psychiatric ward, … There’s more

Festival: We’re almost ready for Spirit of Folk 2012

We’ve been gearing up for this for months and it’s only a few days to go now. Spirit of Folk, shortlisted in 2011 for ‘Best New Festival’ in the European Festival awards, returns this weekend (September 21st-23rd). Festival Organisers are eager to stress that the event is much more than your average music festival with an eccentric array of activities on offer all weekend to delight and entertain audiences. With Traditional Storytelling from Ireland’s best Seanachaí, Eddie Lenihan and Pat Speight, interactive Viking re-enactments, Falconry displays, Archery lessons, Battle Re-enactments and Wildlife Walks ran by the Wildlife Trust, Spirit of Folk promises to deliver to those seeking an alternative family weekend.’s own Peter Donegan will be giving a gardening talk on Saturday at 1.45pm so make sure to get along to that. Folk music enthusiasts will not be disappointed either, with Irish folk legends John Spillane, Tír na nÓg … There’s more

Competition Closed: The amazing Dionne Warwick in Vicar Street this Thursday night

*** Competition Closed *** *** Winners: Caroline Kelly, Lisa Byrne and Stephen Lynch *** Say A Little Prayer, Walk On By, A House Is Not A Home, Deja Vu, Is This The Way To San Jose, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again…the woman is an absolute legend. I can’t wait to see her. Why don’t you join me? is giving away three pairs of tickets to see Dionne Warwick in Vicar Street tomorrow, Thursday 24th May. The five-time Grammy Award winning music legend is a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick’s career, which currently celebrates 50 years, has established her as an international music icon. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records across the world. The show will be a wonderful celebration of the music and life of a pop legend, a musical icon. Tickets for this concert are … There’s more

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

Music: Spirit of Fund – A Spirit of Folk Fundraiser

UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale for 24 hours at €50 for a weekend ticket. Get ‘em here. We raved about the Spirit of Folk festival last year so we’re giving you a heads up on this one. The 2012 festival takes place from 21st-23rd September and they’re hosting a fundraiser in Whelans on Thursday 29th March @ 7.30pm (tickets: €10). Weekend tickets for the festival will be available for €50 (24 hours only) and the folktastic lineup for the Whelans gig includes: The Hot Sprockets The Young Folk Bunoscionn and TRAZ There’ll also be a raffle with prizes from camping tickets to dinners for two in some fancy schmancy restaurants. You can read about 2011 festival here: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3 and there’s tons more content here: Photos: Anto’s Flickr and Peter’s account Audio: Peter’s audioboo account Video:’s Youtube and Peter’s Vimeo. I’ll update … There’s more

Competition Closed: Interview and Ticket Competition: Presidents of the United States of America


I chatted with Presidents of the United States of America’s drummer, Jason Finn about the band’s current tour. are also offering you the chance to win tickets to see the band in Vicar Street on St Patrick’s Day night. It’s easy to enter. There’s more

Competition: Meteor Choice Music Prize

Want to win tickets to the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event this Thursday evening in the Olympia? AND a Sony Ericsson Live mobile phone? We have a competition for just that very prize on the current episode of The Format, and since it’s the last day to enter we pulled out the relevant bit of video to help the last few stragglers enter cos we’re just that nice. Watch the wee video below to get the question and email your answer and contact details to It’s closing this evening. Get on it. Thanks a million to the gang at Meteor for the deadly prize. Good luck!