With just a month left until we all gather around the campfire we’ve got loads of new additions to tell you about. The build is underway and we’re so excited to share a plethora of new musical acts, performance art and areas with you.
Dublin quartet Soda Blonde erupted onto the scene with their debut single ‘Swimming Through The Night’, selling out their first headline show in The Grand Social and appearing on The Late Late Show. Members Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch (all formerly of Little Green Cars) have formed this new band whose origins come from songs written by O’Rourke throughout her 20’s which evokes the tragic beauty of Karen Carpenter and the pop sensibilities of Annie Lennox. The song is a lyrically gritty slice of indie-electronica influenced by the modern soul-pop of Dev Hynes and the dark Scandinavian tones of Lykke Li and Little Dragon. O’Rourke’s powerful and hauntingly unique vocal combines with impactful, atmospheric grooves to create pop music that is both emotionally affecting and incredibly satisfying.
Lil Brendan is the DJ alter-ego of Caoi De Barra, best known as ⅓ of RnB juggernauts and Choice Prize nominated Wyvern Lingo. Caoi has spent the last year building a strong following as a solo performer in her own right. She combines this experience with her influences and personal favourites to deliver a set that’s guaranteed to get your body moving at KnockanStockan.
Uly is the groovy, lo-fi solo project of Dublin-based astrophysics graduate-turned musician/multi-instrumentalist Rafino M.J. Murphy. With a musical history that includes playing classical guitar and being in hardcore/grunge bands, it’s no surprise that Uly’s latest outing is hard to categorise. For the most part he combines bedroom-recorded low-fi jams with a little bit of a motown flare – drawing inspiration from a wide array of genres and a classical background. Uly is also part of many burgeoning acts based around Dublin including INNRSPACE & Nealo. His single ‘Redlight’ is out now on Faction Records.
Pine the Pilcrow have been described as “ the most accomplished modern folk act in the country“ The piano, cello and violin 3 piece have been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Pure M awards, Best Song by IMRO and were the winners of the Readers EP of the Year award by The Last Mixed Tape. Allow this band, born with a sound all of their own, to sweep you away with delicate harmonies and heartfelt songs.
Donal Dineen is an Irish radio presenter, photographer, film maker and former television presenter from County Kerry. He is well known as a massive advocate of new music in Ireland which he’s promoted through various radio, TV and online shows including Here Comes The Night, Small Hours, No Disco and most recently This Ain’t No Disco (a collaboration with filmmaker Myles O’Reilly). On top of this Donal is one of the best and most pioneering DJ’s in the country, renowned for his eclectic sets that demand attention.
SPÁSÓGS Presents: The Intergalactic Folklore Commission
“A psychedelic puppet show for adults.”
In 1937, after a U.F.O. crash-landed in his back garden, then Taoiseach of Ireland, Eamon De Valera, despatched a commission into space, in order to conduct a study of alien folklore, in the interests of preservation of the Irish Free State in relation to an invasion by alien culture. Trapped on an alien planet due to bad space weather, they have now returned to Earth, 83 years later. As the current government refuses to acknowledge their existence, or give them any kind of funding, they have been forced to travel around, displaying the aliens they found, like a travelling freakshow.
Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for an-out-of-this-country experience: Spásógs!!!
Spásógs is a puppet making collective who use mostly (75%) recycled material to create puppets, from household waste to rescued skip-material and everything in between. It was established in 2019 by Leeann Toland and Stephen McCollum.