• New Acts Announced for Electric Picnic 2015

    As we posted about last week, Blur are amongst several new acts set to play this year’s Electric Picnic. Also confirmed to play the annual Co. Laois festival – set to take place from September 4-6 – are Interpol, FKA Twigs, Grace Jones, Mac DeMarco, Sam Smith, Despacio, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), MK, Gavin James, Printer Clips, Julio Bashmore, Paul Kalkbrenner, The Riptide Movement, The 2 Bears, SOAK, Viet Cong, Fickle Friends, Kwamie Liv, Honne, Fat White Family, Dawes and Benjamin Clementine. Blur and Sam Smith join Florence and the Machine as the festival’s headliners. With many more acts to be announced,…

  • Front of House: Conor Friel

    We’re pleased to present a new regular feature, Front of House, in which we will be chatting with the people behind the scenes who bring live music to life. Sound engineers, lighting technicians, roadies, tour managers to name a few will all be delving into what goes into their job and the bands they work with. First up is Conor Friel, a sound engineer working primarily in the Button Factory in Dublin. Photos by Shaun Neary. Hi Conor! Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Conor Friel, I am a Front Of House Audio Engineer. I am completely freelance so I…

  • AAA: The Riptide Movement & The Hot Sprockets @ Empire Music Hall, Belfast

    We have a very special double AAA (Access All Areas) featuring two of the biggest acts in the country at the moment, The Riptide Movement and The Hot Sprockets. Our photographer Shaun Neary travelled up to Belfast and spent the entire evening with both bands as they prepared for their gig in the Empire Music Hall. Check out the comprehensive gallery below for how it all works out! View the entire gallery here:

  • In Photos: Barretstown Inspirations @ Olympia

    Paddy Casey, The 4 of Us, The Hot Sprockets, Eve Bell and Jerry Fish (above) were amongst a whole host of Irish acts who performed at this year’s fundraiser for children’s charity Barretstown at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. See Owen Humphreys’ photos from the annual event below!