INTRODUCING // STOLEN CITY

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Stolen city release their DEBUT music video to their song “Faces”. 

“Having started out as two duos and a marching band drummer from various parts of Dublin, These five young energetic acoustic rock lovers decided to merge together to form Stolen City.  Taking the lead with his vocals is singer-songwriter Sean McGrath followed by his right-hand man on stage David McCabe who gets the crowd going with his quirky sense of humour and epic mandolin skills. Lead guitarist Jordan Higgins is often the main focus on stage swinging his guitar behind his back while continuing to play, Taking the Bass is sound engineer/songwriter Adam Treacy, On the drums, is Ian Baily who is known for his solo which leads to all the lads hitting the floor to ensure all eyes are on him”.

“We see a big disconnect between bands and their fans nowadays, It’s as if once people get famous they can forget where they came from, We want to make sure that never happens to us and hope if we lead by example people will follow”.  

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Adventures // Three European festivals you gotta check out!

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I bang on about festivals 24/7 on the radio so this year I’m going to put my money where my mouth is and check out as many as I can during the summer months. I’m lucky enough through work that I have the opportunity to check out some pretty awesome Irish festivals, so this year I’m planning on going to at least one European Festival. 

 

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Pukkelpop 

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My Experience:

I’ve been to Pukkelpop three times, a good few years ago. Pukkelpop was my first experience of a European festival and oh my god I loved it. The weather, the people, the fact that food and drink are super cheap and the lineup is always amazing. This festival is so well run it’s four days of absolute bliss! And did I mention tickets are E199 for FOUR DAYS! I know!

What:

Pukkelpop is a three-day festival organised by Leopoldsburg’s Humanistische Jongeren (“Young Humanists”) which began in 1985. Pukkelpop started life as a small, local music event before becoming an outdoor alternative festival. Pukkelpop has now become one of Europe’s greatest music events.

The festival is a complete experience and one which has been promoting community relationships for over 30 years.

Where: 

The Festival location is in a little town called Hasselt. The locals are awesome in this town, they set up beer gardens in their own gardens and even sell amazing home cooked food outside their homes.

Pukkelpop is about 70km from Brussels.

You can fly into Brussels Charleroi airport with Ryanair or Brussels main airport with Air Lingus

When:

It’s happening 2017 August 16, 17, 18, 19.

How much: 

Combi Ticket: E199 (This is a pass for the 4-day festival)

Day ticket: E99

Acts announced: 

If you like Mumford and Sons, London Grammar, Bakermat, George Ezra, Band of Horses, Bastille, Boys Noize, Chance The Rapper, Clean Bandit, Sigala and Walking on cars, you’re in for a treat!

 

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Sziget Festival

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My Experience: 

This is a huge contender, I’ve never been to this festival so I might just have to go and have a look!

What: 

Sziget Festival is seven days of a festival on a sunny island in the Danube in the beautiful city of Budapest. But Sziget is more than just a festival: it’s a place to meet, a place to make friends and fall in love; where one can spend a week self-abandoned, where parties await the inquirer. Seven days in paradise!

Sounds like bliss. Where do I sign up?

Where: 

 

Sziget Festival is on the well-known Obuda Island in Budapest.

When:

Sziget Festival 2017 will be from 10 to 17 August

How much: 

7-day pass – E299

5-day pass – E269

Day tickets E65

All of the ticket details are here: Tickets

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Primavera sound 

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My Experience: 

Again, I’m a Primavera virgin and I, really really really wanna go!

What:

It’s a festival Primavera Sound, that has taken place in Barcelona since 2001, has consolidated itself as a model reference for urban festivals that is internationally considered as an unmissable musical event. Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Radiohead, Pet Shop Boys, Pavement, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, Brian Wilson, Pulp, Patti Smith, James Blake, The National, Cat Power, Public Enemy, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Television, Devo, Enrique Morente, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem, Tindersticks, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Dinosaur Jr., New Order, Fuck Buttons, Swans, Melvins, Psychic TV, Spiritualized, The Cure, Bon Iver, La Buena Vida, Death Cab For Cutie, Iggy & The Stooges, De La Soul, Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix, The Jesus and Mary Chain o Tame Impala, are just a few of the many artists who have played on the stages of the festival to this day.

Where:

It takes place in Barcelona in Spain.

When:

This year it takes place from 31 May to 4 June

How much: 

Day tickets are E80 plus a booking fee.

Acts announced: 

Here’s a selection of the acts announced at Primavera sound this year:

The full line-up can be found below:

7 Notas 7 Colores · Abdullah Rashim · About Leaving · The Afghan Whigs · Against Me! · Agorazein · Alex Cameron · Alexandra Savior · Alien Tango · Âme live · Angel Olsen · Anímic · Annette Peacock · Aphex Twin · Arcade Fire · Aries · Aurora Halal · Autarkic · Avalon Emerson · BADBADNOTGOOD · Barbott · Belako · Ben UFO · Berri Txarrak · Bicep · The Black Angels · Bon Iver · Broken Social Scene · Cigarettes After Sex · CLUBZ · Dj Coco · Conttra · Converge · Cymbal Eat Guitars · The Damned · Dave P. · Death Grips · Descendents · Discos Paradiso Crew · Dixon · Don’t DJ · Dj Dustin · El Petit de Cal Eril · Elmini · Elza Soares · Fatima Yamaha · Ferenc · Flying Lotus · Formation · Frank Ocean · Front 242 · Gas · Glass Animals · Kevin Morby · Khidja · King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard · King Krule · King Sunny Adé · KiNK · Kokoshca · Kornél Kovács · Lady Wray · Lauer · Les Cruet · Les Sueques · Let’s Eat Grandma · Local Natives · Lord Of The Isles · Lvl Up · Mac DeMarco · The Magnetic Fields · The Make-Up · Mannequin Pussy · Màquina Total · Maresme · Marie Davidson · Marta Delmont · Matrixxman · Medalla · Melange · Metronomy Museless · The Mystery Lights · Nikki Lane · No Zu · Noga Erez · Nots · Odina · Operators · PAVVLA · Pearson Sound · Pedro Vian · Pender Street Steppers · Phurpa · Pinegrove · Playback Maracas · Polar Inertia · Pond · Preoccupations · Priests · Rebuig · Recondite · Retirada!  Talaboman · Teenage Fanclub · Dj Tennis · This Is Not This Heat · Triángulo de Amor Bizarro · Tuff City Kids · Tycho · Vaadat Charigim · Van Morrison · Vladimir Ivkovic · Vox Low · Wand · The Waterparties · The Wave Pictures · The Wedding Present · Weval · Weyes Blood · The Wheels · Whitney · Wild Beasts · William Tyler · The xx · Plus many many more. 

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So there it is, the three European festivals I’m dying to check out this year. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going full steam ahead on everything festival related. Bring on Summer! Can’t wait.

Louise xXx

 

First Play // Studio session // Bob Skeleton

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Happy Sunday,

The super talented Bob Skeleton popped into me at iRadio this evening to showcase their brand new track.

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They’ll be playing the Roisin Dubh in Galway this coming Friday (March 10th). They’re superb live.

You can listen back to their studio session here:

If you’re in a band and you’re interested in coming in to perform live on iRadio for Vodafones First Play, you can email me your track to louiseclarke@iradio.ie

Louise xXx

@GalwayHour at the Front Door Pub Galway

You know it’s going to be a good week when you get an invitation to attend a cocktail evening on a soggy Tuesday.

It didn’t take me long to RSVP YES! I’m there with bells on. Whoop!

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— Galway Hour (@GalwayHour) September 20, 2016

We were treated to a wonderful spread by the crew at The Front Door Pub. Their cocktail menu is so delicious. I had to sample a few….

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I started off with my absolute favourite Espresso Martini. Mmmmmmmm

They also had some sweet treats for us!

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And to top it all off, they even had a selfie mirror! AMAZING ❤

 

What a night! We had the best fun ever. Here’s hoping we’ll have more Tuesday nights like this. #TuesdayisthenewFriday

 

Massive Thanks to everyone from Galway Hour and The Front Door Pub for having me.

Already looking forward to the next outing xXx

Urban Wellbeing Launch – Galway


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I was absolutely delighted to be asked to DJ at the launch of Urban Wellbing in Galway.

Urban Wellbeing is a little bit of decadence tucked away on the Tuam Road in Galway City. Luxurious, warm and welcoming this place is a must see.

I had a sneaky peak of the brochure and they have so much to offer under one roof. Everything from Hair and Beauty, acupuncture, pregnancy yoga, Bikram yoga and lots more.

Check out their brochure here.

Guests at last Fridays launch were treated to bubbles on arrival, cold pressed juice and yummy treats courtesy of Combination Cookery.

 

This place is certainly a real treat!

 There are heaps of free parking spaces outside (a deal breaker in Galway city) and you’ve got all of your beauty needs under the one roof! I’m sold! ❤

 

I wish Treacy and Ed the best of luck with their new business, it’s fantastic to see such a fabulous palace like Urban Wellbeing opening up in Galway city.

If you’re in need of a little treat, sit back, relax and let the people of Urban Wellbeing take care of you.

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If you’re looking for a DJ for your launch or business party don’t hesitate to give me a shout. I’d be happy to take care of your musical needs.

You can contact me on louiseclarkeradio@gmail.com

I’m also on Facebook and Twitter

Louise xXx

Discover New Irish Music

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There’s sooooo much new Irish music out there. How do I know? Well I get sent lots of new shiny tracks to listen to each week for my radio show. Here are a couple I’ve loved listening to. If you’re reading this and you’ve been producing new music feel free to send me on your new track to louiseclarke@iradio.ie

Here’s a couple of new artists/tracks for you to discover this week. Show them a bit of love ❤

 

Kieran O’ Brien – Bigger than you.

The Clockworks – Girls like you.

Heroes in hiding – Hospital

 

Sarah Finnan – Difficult

 

Waldorf & Cannon – Rise Up

 

Hope you enjoy!

Lou xXx

Track of the week!

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Hiya! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday.

As you probably well and truly know already I’m a huge Irish music fan. We’ve got such an abundance of amazing Irish talent in this country and I always try my best to promote new music as best I can.

This fantastic track popped into my inbox a week or so ago and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it.

My track for this week is from SWORDS!

I have yet to see these guys live but from what I hear they put on a mega live show. Their new track is called “The Letter” and it’s an absolute treat.

 

 

If you’re in Ireland and you want to catch them they’ll be playing;

The Workman’s Club, Dublin. Headline Show. Friday November 11th 2016. Ticket Link. Price €12.50
Get your bum to one of their gigs!
Catch you soon, Lou xXx