Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

CAstlepalooza 2015

Saturday, August 1st, 2015


The annual pilgrimage to one of Ireland’s best little festivals begins once I’ve my records packed. I’ll be playing at Castlepalooza 2015 from 4-6 today in the Courtyard. It will be the craic. See yis there!

Quartiere in Fermento

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Quartiere in Fermento poster WEB

Ireland’s first Italian craft beer festival happening at the weekend, Gonna be kickin off at 2 bells in Dublin’s Italian Quarter. Top 5 brewers from Italy will be there (they’re doing a tasting on Friday night but that’s booked up already). I’m gonna be playing for 9 HOURS, drop by for a beer!

Prima Volta

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014



Whopper lineup, well worth the trip down to Limerick. Tickets available here and nice little mix from Mynameisjohn to convince you of the calibre of artists playing at this. See yis up the front!

Hit the North

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

hit the north 2014

Conflux Limerick 2013

Friday, November 15th, 2013


Lookin forward to this day of music in Limerick tomorrow, details here.

LEV 2013 Report

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Hats off to whoever organised this festival. Super cheap tickets, super tasty lineup, super pairing of music people with visuals peoples. Super surroundings (Laboral Ciuda del Cultura in Gijon, Asturias, Spain: feckin mad buildings with horsey sculptures out the ying yang and then a load of us boppin round to hoooj chooons, right craic).

And now the videos. First up we got Raime, who played a great set on the Friday night. It was all-seated, in the Teatro, and you couldn’t see a thing it was so pitch black, bar the visuals at the top, which were beautiful to watch, slow moving and ambiguous.

Saw Pole shortly afterwards, someone who I’ve listened to quite a lot at home, usually in the wee hours when it’s time to start switching off, but bejaysus does this lad tear up a PA with some hooooj swoops of dubbed-out bass! Great to hear this through the well-tuned soundsystem that was set up in the Iglesia (big fancy church, fair play to the sound crew, twas crisp for the size of the place and not a bit of echo).

Andy Stott finished up the Friday night with a slew of warehousey bangers. This was by far the most uptempo stuff I’d heard that night, and went down well with the crowd who were on a great buzz by this stage. I actually felt pretty spoilt by the last three acts of the night and I think a lot of others felt the same!

Saturday was a far more full-on affair. After Evian Christ and Face & Heel got La Nave all warmed up nice, Emptyset bludgeoned the crowd, switching between broken beat techno and unquantized industrial filth. Great tunes, but pity the visuals weren’t working for the full set.

Kid 606 followed up with a pretty heavy set, varying up the BPMs nicely, and playing a lot of his new stuff, which I hadn’t really checked out in advance as I prefer hearing that biz straight up and live.

For me, the absolute highlight of the weekend was Jon Hopkin’s set. I hadn’t heard of him before so didn’t know what to expect, but considering he was second last on, he musta had some skills right? It started off on a techy buzz but the guy practically demolished the crowd by the end of it, just watch the video ok?

The mighty Clark closed proceedings with a pretty decent set. OK. it’d be unreal for anyone else, but considering its Clark, I’m going to say it was pretty good, but not amazing.Just felt a bit disjointed in comparison to the ominous constant build of the previous set, knowhumsayin? Here’s a quick snippet:

Roll on next year! Big ups all the crew who kept it lit!

Sonar Report (or: attack of the super blurry photos and shakey video footage)

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Ayo, so I was at Sonar in Barcelona the other weekend. Quality festival, hadn’t been in a few years, and as much as I like standing around in muddy Irish fields dealing with horizontal rain (which kinda adds to the whole experience), it’s nice to buzz around in the sunshine drinking mojitos and being in a partial state of undress.

I’ll do a quick round-up of what I thought was most impressive over the few days. Didn’t get as much of the daytime action in as planned, but saw most of the nighttime acts I’d hoped to check out.

First up, Nightwave. Absolutely bangin set from start to finish: juke, booty, crunk, place went OFF! Here’s a recent mix she did for Dazed Digital:

Exclusive Nightwave Mix by Dazed Digital on Mixcloud

Next up, we’ve got Supersilent with John Paul Jones. Free improv jazz electronics, slowly mutating and bubbling away. Had the audience captivated proper styles!

One of my personal highlights from the weekend was Mouse on Mars. I saw them for the first time a few years ago at Mantua (RIP) and they blew me away. This time was no different, the basement was rammed full of sweaty bodies and they were joined by ?uestlove from The Roots on drums. Electroid beats with heaps of acid squelch makes one do the shakey-shakes.

FINALLY got to see Amon Tobin’s ISAM show. Absolutely whopper. The sound was tuned for maximum throat vibration so every sup of cerveza took a few attempts!

Saturday night was fairly mega, if a bit messsseeeeeeee, but managed to get to see The Roots in full effect early on in the night:

Die Antword had to be experienced as well:

Modeselektor were pure fire. The sound was on the threshold of my head exploding, which lent a certain edginess to it all!

After that it all got so blurry…

No Place Like Dome

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Tis only six weeks after so probably overdue for a little write-up. Well, not so much a write-up as a paste-up. Here’s a bunch of photos, and there’s a great little video here.

Friz and I were asked to paint a piece each, above is mine and below is hers. Class, non?

Seems like Africa Hitech had a non-advertised presence at the festival…

Was there for less than 24 hours but managed to get a good bit in, This Side Up and The Hot Sprockets were specially good, and the general buzz at the place was savage, no money allowed to change hands y’see, and there was a big effigy burnin fireshow yoke round midnight. Deadly craic. And a tent that has free tea and coffee the whole time. Roll on next year!

No Place Like Dome

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Out West again this weekend, gonna be doing some live painting at No Place Like Dome alongside fellow Spoomers KVLR and Friz. Will be rockin the self sufficiency buzz, love the fact there’s nothing for sale at this. In terms of barter, I always end up bringing loads of cereal bars to festivals and end up eating one and realising I don’t actually like cereal bars. So, I is ye boy for muesli-based snacks this weekend, yeah? Oh yeah, and there’s something called a ‘Bass Bunker’ at this which will be worthy of investigation…

Party Against The Pipe

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Ayo, will be playing at the Party Against the Pipe the weekend of 4-6 June. For those who aren’t aware of the Corrib Gas Pipeline, a quick synopsis is as follows: When gas was found off the County Mayo coast, the rights to its exploitation were sold off by the then ruling party, Fianna Fáil, in order to generate some much needed cash. Shell now controls the €500 billion of gas out there, and is building an ‘experimental’ piping system, that results in pumping raw, unodourised gas past local people’s homes, to a processing plant further inland. Why can’t they process the gas at the well head out at sea and not put people at risk? Makin a buck innit.

Please check out the Shell to Sea campaign for more info on the ten years of protest over the Corrib Gas Pipeline.

A-Force, Antrophe, myself, and heaps of other will be DJing over the weekend. Haven’t been down before, but from what I’ve been told it’s a great weekend, and despite the context, a lot of fun is to be had!