• Stream: A Ritual Sea – A Ritual Sea

    A Ritual Sea launch their self-titled debut album today through Parisian post-punk record label, Icy Cold Records complete with a livestream performance from their YouTube channel at 8pm tonight featuring album tracks engineered by Daniel Fox (Girl Band) at Sonic Studios. Their debut album explores themes of love, adversity and the personal experiences of singer/songwriter Donna McCabe and composer/guitarist Florian Chombart in their relationship as both a couple and bandmates. They focused on completing the record during the first lockdown, working with Paris-based musician and sound engineer Nicolas Subreìchicot (Vagabond, Lou Doillon) and they also received arts council funding via the Dept. of Culture and Tourism to…

  • Praxis, A New Artists’ Union of Ireland Launches

    A new artists’ union of Ireland has been launched. Launched as a trade union today (March 30th) Praxis was initially founded a year ago by a group of artists who came together to create a united democratic representation for their trade. A year on, 400 artists have expressed an interest in membership. The union aims to unite artists working across all disciplines, including visual art, theatre, literature, comedy, dance, circus, and craft, among others, to improve their living and working conditions. A central concern early on is the Arts Council of Ireland’s funding process, which has drawn considerable criticism from the Irish…

  • Win Tickets to Robyn G Shiels EP Launch

    On Thursday (November 29), Belfast-based singer-songwriter Robyn G Shiels will release one of the Irish releases of the year, Death of the Shadows, at Belfast’s Strand Arts Centre. Self-released via Black Tragick Records on 10″ vinyl on Friday, it’s a masterfully funereal five-track EP that finds Shiels’ unmistakable brand of darkly alt-folk at its most emphatic. To win a pair of tickets to the launch show, featuring Shiels and full band, with support Oisín ó Scolaí & The Virginia Slims, simply send your answer to the following question to info@thethinair.net: What is the title of Robyn G Shiels’ debut album?

  • Guts Magazine Fight Back Issue

    (Illustration by Lauren Kavanagh) Guts Magazine, the acclaimed Irish periodical of confessional writing and illustration, returns with a new issue in support of the Women’s Strike on March 8th. The special edition is an all-female one and is jam packed with great Irish writers and illustrators, including Una Mullally, Lian Bell, Sarah Griffin, Aoife Dooley, Fuchsia Macaree, and Jayde Perkin, with the issue being designed by Lauren Kavanagh. To celebrate Guts have taken over The Library Project for the night and alongside the usual drinks and tunes, there will be a print sale as well as some readings from the magazine. All proceeds…

  • Reverberation Psych Fest Launch @ Grand Social, Dublin

    Following on from its well received debut last August, the announcement that a second Reverberation Festival is scheduled to take place next month, was music to the ears of the ever growing Irish Psych loving fraternity. In anticipation of the festival, the inaugural appearance of Holy Wave to Dublin, is billed as the event’s official launch party. First up is This Other Kingdom, a four piece who play a mix of bombinate-esque shoegaze fused with psychedelia that can draw you in their world so effortlessly, it’s hard not to be converted there and then. Just picture The Black Angels fronted…

  • AAA: September Girls @ Bello Bar, Dublin

    In this installment of AAA (Access All Areas) we spent Friday evening with September Girls for the launch of their new EP Veneer at the Bello Bar in Dublin, a particular favourite venue of the band. Support on the night came from Squarehead and Sissy. Check out the gallery before for more great photos by Joe Laverty.

  • In Photos: No Tomorrow Launch @ Voodoo, Belfast

    As well as putting on a fantastic exhibition of his gig photography on the night, Belfast-based photographer Diarmuid Kennedy managed to capture the launch of our new gig/club night, No Tomorrow, at Belfast’s Voodoo bar on Saturday night. See below for his photos of our headliners, Derry band Autumns and Belfast/Dublin quartet Cruising.