Competition | Win tickets to Woman’s Hour in Dublin

Woman’s Hour hit The Workman’s Club, Dublin, on 29 November 2014.  The band’s début album “Conversations” was released on Secretly Canadian this year to widespread acclaim.

Think The XX meets Beach House or ‘swoon-pop’ if you will.  Where did their name come from? well it was taken from a “female-focused new and culture show on BBC Radio 4.”

Read more about the band in the RobMoro interview with singer Fiona Burgess here.

Dolittle Presents: and The Workman’s Club, there is a pair of tickets to win by filling in the form below.

Event page + Over 18′s show.

Winner will be contacted by 27 November 2014.

Music | Interview: Woman’s Hour + Win tickets to their Dublin show

Not many bands would say they got their name off a radio show title, but for London-based four piece Woman’s Hour, It was part of a clever way to name demo tracks in the rooms of lead singer Fiona Burgess’s house.

Their elegant swoon-pop début album “Conversations” has been a year in the making and surprisingly without a drummer.  But as Fiona describes, it was one of many firsts for the band, “It’s been a year of firsts, we’re really proud of that. Making a record is a massive achievement”.

“It’s been great, it’s our first ever headline tour” says Fiona who is battling a “Bit of a cough at the moment”, which is natural for singers on tour. However, the warm, soothing voice, that we’ve come to know from Woman’s Hour’s music is still in fine form, especially with their tour going so well.

“There’s nothing like playing your own shows.  For us it’s about making it feel like our show, different to festivals.”

Speaking of shows, the band play their first Dublin show in November, but they have already made an appearance here with two shows on the Other Voices stage at Electric Picnic this year, one of which was stripped down.

It’s been a terrific year for the fast-rising outfit, who have grown in confidence since their beginning. Which all began in Fiona’s house in London,  “I used to lack confidence singing, even as a child. My brother has always been in bands and one night, he said it all felt really weird, he wanted to make his own music.” That idea didn’t seem so far off, as their friend Nick joined and later drummer Josh, who completed the line up. They then went on to write songs before they even thought of playing live.

As mentioned, the band’s name came from a BBC Radio 4 show, but the idea of naming lyric-less tracks after shows was one Fiona’s brother Will came up with, “We always had the radio on in our house. We struggled to name songs during demoes, but they didn’t really have lyrics, so we named them after Radio 4 programmes.  We had setlists of these radio names. Then a friend suggested the name ‘Woman’s Hour’ because it was one song we didn’t have.”

I ask ‘Surely that’s a really cool and clever idea though?’, “My brother’s got a lot to answer for.  But I think its kinda sweet.” Fiona replies.

Woman’s Hour play The Workman’s Club on 29 November 2014.

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Music | Twin Hidden release track ‘Join Hands’

British two-piece, Twin Hidden, have released a new track called ‘Join Hands’. Describe in droves as ‘minimalist-pop production’, you could also say it’s like Everything Everything doing a Sigur Ros track at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session.

Blogs and labels have been keen to note that the band have a good sense of musical direction with ‘Join Hands’, yet their PR has been minimal.

As mentioned about their sound above, ‘Join Hands’ is like the mix of melancholic dream pop and experimental percussion beats underneath.  It would warm the ears and the odd heart.

Music | Josef Salvat for Whelan’s

As his début album is expected to pack a punch with tracks, ‘Every Night’ and ‘Open Season’, not to mention the spectacular cover of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ for Sony’s latest advert, Josef Salvat has announced a date at The Academy, Dublin in 2015.

He’ll play a show at Whelan’s on 23 February 2015, with tickets on sale now for €12 including booking fee.

Based on the praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Fader, Disco Naïveté and radio stations worldwide, this is expected to be a show you won’t want to miss.

Music | Jedd Gillies releases three new tracks

A few months back I featured, Jedd Gillies, young producer from Glasgow, Scotland.  His first track ‘It’s Your Touch, it’s Your Love (feat. Elena)’ was an upbeat ‘F For You’ mixed with a bit of Krystal Klear.  showed promise and now he is back with three new tracks.

L’Orage (to Be With You)’ and ‘Avancé’ are more instrumental than his first effort, with more repetitive beast but a smooth clean-cut mix.  While L’étreinte stands out strong among all three, it’s a bit more catchy and a better to dance to.  It is also steps away from that usual Disclosure sound to become more of a house track, yet Gillies makes these tracks his own.

Have a listen to the tracks on his Soundcloud above.

Music | Watch: Jordan Klassen releases new single ‘Firing Squad’

Jordan Klassen landed a deal with Nevado Music when toured North America on the back of his last single. Now with a début album, “Repentance”, in his catalogue, Jordan has released new single ‘Firing Squad’.

‘Firing Squad’ is reflective, haunting upbeat.  Imagine Bombay Bicycle Club covering Tokyo Police Club’s ‘Hot Tonight’.  A nice blend of harmonies and warm tones underneath create a truly positive sound.

Tour Dates:

Nov 15 – New Westminster, Canada @ Massey Theatre

Nov 20 – Los Angeles @ Hotel Cafe w/ Mirel Wagner

Nov 21 – San Francisco @ Neck Of The Woods

Nov 27 – Vancouver @ TELUS Street Festival

Nov 30 – Portland @ White Eagle

Dec 4 – Berlin @ Grüner Salon

Dec 5 – Hannover – Lux

Dec 6 – Köln – Die Wohngemeinschaft

Dec 7 – Münster – Pension Schmidt

Dec 8 – Hamburg – Molotow

Dec 10 – Leipzig – Wärmehalle

Dec 11 – Göttingen – Nörgelbuff

Dec 12 –  Erlangen – E Werk

Dec 16 – London UK, The Waiting Room

Dec 17 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Bleu Lézard

Dec 18 – Nyon, Switzerland – La Parenthèse

Dec 19 – Biel, Switzerland - étage

Dec 20 - Aarau, Switzerland - Tuchlaube

Music | Enemies guitarist débuts solo project

Wicklow based, MAU, is the new project by Enemies guitarist Eoin Whitfield. It’s not his first step into the solo side of things, as he tried his hand at it before in autumn of last year under the electronic music project Spread it Across the Sky.

His first EP “MAU”  was released late year. Since then, he has been working on a début EP, where he is ‘finding and perfecting his sound’ under the new name “MAU”.

The first track he has released with the new moniker is ‘Original’, with a video directed by Dan Finnegan & Kevin A Feeney (CLU) of Vibes.ie.

Competition | Win tickets to Cheatahs in Dublin

London-based band, Cheatahs, have announced a date at The Workman’s Club, Dublin on 26 November 2014.

They released their self-titled début album in February of this year on Wichita Recordings. It is described as “a blend of ecstatic noise, ambient drone and visceral, ear-splitting alt-rock, combined with lyrics that touch on the complexities of relationships, nature, the city, memory, dislocation and self-identity”.

Want to win a pair of tickets so you can bring a mate? Fill in the form below!

Event page + Over 18′s.

Winner contacted by 24 November 2014.

Competition courtesy of Radiator and The Workman’s Club.

Music | New Years Eve Dublin announces line up

a new 3-day citywide festival planned across the city over three days from 30 December 2014 through to 1 January 2015.Minister Paschal Donohoe launched NYF Dublin recently, with a new 3-day citywide festival planned across the city over three days from 30 December 2014 through to 1 January 2015.

The NYF Dublin Festival is an run by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Dublin City Council and is produced by Holohan Leisure and MCD Productions.

Big news first, as you can ring in the New Year with Kodaline ,James Vincent McMorrow and many more at The NYF Countdown Concert at College Green.  There will also be a NYF Food Village in Dublin Castle; A Procession of Light from Stephen’s Green to Dublin Castle, a number of live gigs will also take place across the city at the NYF Music Trail.

If light-shows are your thing, then watch Luminosity bring the city streets to life with 3D animations, or get into the Love Dublin spirit at the Spoken Word Festival and a few more events to spark your end of year celebrations.

Finally, a New Year’s Day Fun Run will start from Dublin Castle to kick off 2015 nicely, or take part in free exercise classes in Dublin city parks and fitness clubs. For full details for each event visit www.NYFDublin.com.

Music | Simply Red for Dublin and Belfast shows

Following a sold out show in the Olympia Theatre last year, Mick Hucknall has come back with Simply Red this time.

Simply Red mark their 30th anniversary with a world tour which includes Irish shows at Dublin’s 3Arena on 1 December and The Odyssey Arena, Belfast on 2 December 2014.

Tickets for 3Arena cost €54.65 / €65.50 including booking fee via Ticketmaster