Eurosonic Noorderslag is one of the key events of the music calendar, there’s a lot of showcasing, conference talks, and rising acts a plenty to keep any music lover entertained. For the acts performing, it is a ‘key exchange and networking platform for European music’ as the event says. With over 3,000 music and media attending, roughly 400 music festivals and a similar number of artists performing, it’s the place to be over the next 4 days.
For Irish acts, many of whom the public know well by now, it’s often forgotten or unheard of that so many acts with great potential are given the chance to do so at a major European event. So who’s performing in Groningen, Netherlands?
All The Luck In The World
Only a few videos and mentions about the Wicklow band, but you’ll know their track, ‘Never’ from those Trivago ads. You might mistake them for Hudson Taylor with the vocals, but their début album will change that thought about the indie-folk trio.
Formerly known as just Tvvins, Conor (The Cast of Cheers) and Lar (Adebisi Shank) practiced in Whelan’s this week ahead of their trip to Groningen. A number of dates including a return to Whelan’s have been planned for March 2015, the band are on the cusp of bigger things judging by their mysterious absence from the internet. Synth-rock perfected with robot rock and emotive vocals throughout.
All We Are
Ambient soul and psychedelic beats, All We are aren’t entirely Irish (with members from Ireland, Norway and Brazil) but at least a third of the band are so there’s some claim there. Trying to describe in one genre would be a travesty against music genre categorisation, so just think indie, funky, and pretty good.
Gavin James started 2014 with two EPs, an award for Song Of The Year at the Choice Music Prize and support slots to Kodaline and James Blunt all under his belt within a year. A gentle voice and heartwarming lyrics, overall a genuine talent that could silence the biggest of rooms with just a voice and guitar.
Think of a DJ mixing songs and movie scenes of new and old. His new album, “Doorsteps”, features a host of collaborations such as Irvine Welsh. Oh, and there’s that insanely good 10-piece orchestra, mixing live turntables, samplers and all sorts going on when he hits the stage.
The young singer/songwriter shows influences of Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor and Imogen Heap in her songs. Known as a talented songstress in her own right, Gartland’s covers on her YouTube channel have also earned her considerable acclaim.
Energetic and raring for more, Raglans always put on a show worth going to.. Their self-titled debut is testament to that, ‘Digging Holes’ and ‘Natives’ being particular standouts.
Limerick based trio have this manic rock sound, which is probably why NME are fans of the fuzz rock. Catchy guitar and Feeder-esque vocals make for a highly anticipated live show.
Signed to CHVRCHES label, the ‘wee’ Derry songwriter burst on the scene over a year ago with ‘Sea Creatures’ before blowing up into a more mature sounding act with the excellent ‘B A Nobody’ and ‘Blud’
Cork based Hush War Cry member, Eoin French, released ‘Tethered Bones’ to rave reviews, drawing comparisons to SOHN and James Blake. Perfectly dark, electronica R&B, what you need for winter.
The Riptide Movement
The Riptide Movement are no strangers to Europe, with tours in Germany, Russia, France, India, UK and a support slot with The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park to top it off. Latest record “Getting Through” has propelled them to even greater heights, RTÉ backing them on the way to Nooderslag.