Music | Review: “Start A Fire” by James Robinson

Songwriter James Robinson found success touring the UK, USA and Europe in support of names such as Jason Mraz and Bruno Mars to get where he is today, leaving behind friends and more to do so.

After some time away from the industry to explore other musical avenues, James went into the studio with Fink and Lily Allen producer Max Gilkes.

‘Start A Fire’ is bustling, channeling Ed Sheeran with a James Bay vocal sound. The rest of the EP flows sweetly along with this expansive and deeply emotive percussive and melodic sound as heard on ‘Smoke & Ashes’.

The “Start A Fire” EP out now.

Competition | Win tickets to Down ‘n’ Outz at The Academy

Down ‘n’ Outz have announced a number of UK and Ireland tour dates in December 2014. The dates support the recent release of the album “The Further Adventures Of…” which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard’s lead singer Joe Elliott.

The album is available through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records

They play The Academy, Dublin on 18 December 2014 with tickets priced €25. All subject to booking fee.  Tickets are available from all usual outlets now.

Competition is now closed and winner has been notified.

Music | Darling announce show at The Sugar Club in 2015

Darling have announced a show at The Sugar Club, Dublin, at the end of January in support of their forthcoming EP.

The long-awaited second EP will be released on Faction Records, will be available from 30 January 2015.  The duo had some positive reviews of previous tracks ‘Echoes’ and ‘Sail Away’ over the past year.

Tickets are on sale now for €12 incl. booking fee via Ticketmaster

Music | Krystal Klear for Opium Rooms on St Stephen’s Day

Abstract + Together Disco have announced a special show at The Opium Rooms in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day (26 Dec), where Krystal Klear will play an intimate and hometown show.

Born in Ireland, currently based in Manchester and a former pupil of Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, some say it’s hard to picture Krystal Klear anywhere other than ‘at the helm of a shimmering dance-floor on a sun-soaked terrace in New York, circa 1986′.  An excellent show at Longitude back in July was perfect for the soul and funk vibes while sipping on cocktails for revellers.

Tickets priced €10/12 + fees on sale from Fatsoma + Resident Advisor

Music | Saint Pepsi for Whelan’s

Hidden Agenda have announced that Saint Pepsi will play a début show in Dublin on 17 December 2014. The show will take place in Upstairs @ Whelan’s.

Saint Pepsi will bring his soul and disco sounds to Whelan’s with London based and Galway native, The Bedroom, supporting on the night.

Tickets are priced €12 including fees from and outlets.

Music | Other Voices returns this weekend

Other Voice returns once again this weekend, back to where it all began in Dingle, Co.Kerry.

Wild Beasts, King Creosote, Melanie De Biasio and Ibeyi join Young Fathers, Delorentos, All We Are and Damien Rice who will perform across the weekend.

Other Voices Music Trail
This year the Other Voices Music Trail will feature over 30 bands playing in venues and unusual locations around Dingle.  All Music Trail events are free and take place before and after the church performances.  Announced for the trail are A Lazarus Soul, Daithi, Floor Staff, Marc O’ Reilly and Ye Vagabonds.

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Irish Times writer, Jim Carroll, will return with Banter, a salon style series of discussions which will be taking place in Foxy John’s Bar from Friday to Sunday. Joining Jim are: Paul Galvin, Paddy Cosgrave, Annie Atkins, Gavin Sheridan.

Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens who will join presenter Aidan Gillen on set throughout the weekend.

The music from the church is streamed live to venues and pubs around the town each night. The performances will also be streamed on RTÉ Player.

Other Voices is supported by RTÉ, Fáilte Ireland, IMRO and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Music | Peace for Whelan’s in March 2015

Peace will play Whelan’s on the 20 March 2015. The UK four-piece will release their second album, “Happy People, on 9 February 2015 on Columbia records.

The album was mostly produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club), who also produced their début “In Love”;

he’s one of the only producers I can think of who does things the old way,” Koisser explains. “Everything goes through the desk, he only uses the computer as a tape machine. The authenticity of it was important, and I think you can feel that.  Or I can, in the music.”


Tickets €16.35 including booking fee are on sale now from ticketmaster.

Music | Review: ‘The War’ by Jennie Abrahamson

Currently on tour supporting Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel on his tour, Jennie Abrahamson is likely to be a name on many ‘New for 2015′ playlists floating around the music sites and radio stations following the release of her single ”The War’ on 19 January 2015.

Hitting 9 countries over the next month with Peter Gabriel, Jennie joins him onstage with Peter Gabriel on hit ‘Don’t Give Up’.

The first single to be taken from her debut album is ‘The War’, which echoes Kate Bush without a doubt, there is even a hint of Ireland’s own Cathy Davey at times too.  The accompanying percussion and dark synth bass lines underneath add powerful tone to Abrahamson’s already stunning vocals.

“Gemini Gemini” LP is due to be dropped in Spring 2015.

UK and Ireland Tour Dates – W/ Peter Gabriel

28 November – Birmingham, LG Arena

30 November – Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena

1 December – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena

3 December – London, Wembley Arena

4 December – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena

7 December – Liverpool, Echo Arena

8 December – Aberdeen, Exhibition Centre

10 December – Dublin, 3Arena

Music | Feeder frontman announces solo Dublin show

Following the release of his début solo album, “Yorktown Heights”, Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas has announced a show at Whelan’s on Saturday 28 February 2015.

Recorded over fourteen months in various studios on both sides of the Atlantic, Yorktown Heights is that rarest of beasts an album which evokes the carefree spirit of Laurel Canyon in the ‘70’s while also sounding bang up date.

Tickets for Grant Nicholas cost €26 including booking fee are on sale now via Ticketmaster

Music | Orla Gartland for two Dublin shows

Orla Gartland has announced  “Two shows One day”, where the young songstress will play an over 14s matinée and over 18s show on 15 February 2015.

The shows will take place at The Sugar Club, Dublin with the over 14s show at 3pm and over 18s evening show at 7pm.

Orla will also release her new EP, “Lonely People” on 18 January 2015.

Tickets €10.50 includes booking fee on sale now from