This year Townlands Carnival will be hosting an exciting array of Irish and overseas artists including America’s glorious export and Irish adopted, lyrical boss Lady Grew.

Lady Grew will be playing on Saturday in  Townlands Carnival this July 21st – 23rd in Macroom Co. Cork. Kate, AKA Lady Grew, never fails to tease and torque the audience with high energy, on point delivery and supreme stage presence.

Her mix of Hip Hop and Ragga will leave you with your jaw dropped. Check out Miss Grew with Under The Hammers after 6 PM July 22nd on The Village Green stage at Townlands Carnival, Macroom, Co.Cork.





Bulmers Live at Leopardstown



It is just a week to go until Bulmers Live at Leopardstown kicks off, and to celebrate 8 great years of music, racing, fashion and festival food, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown now has a limited Countdown Ticket Offer running until midnight Wednesday June 8. Only available online at This 8th birthday offer sees tickets priced at an amazing €15 for each of the 8 concerts during the summer.

Over the years, Irish music lovers have already experienced some fantastic shows at the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown series, including Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Johnny Marr, Alabama 3, The Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, The Human League and more.

This summer promises to be one of the best ever at Leopardstown, with a line-up featuring Aslan (June 9), The Academic (June 16), Nathan Carter (June 23), Jack L (July 7),Hermitage Green (July 14), Booka Brass Band (July 21), The Strypes (August 4), The Boomtown Rats (August 11).

When the Countdown Ticket Offer concludes, tickets for the 8 shows will be priced at the standard €18. This year also introduces the Leopardstown Summer Pass, allowing race goers access to 10 Race days, including all 8 Bulmers Live at Leopardstown concerts for just €90. The Summer Pass also gives you access to the Members Bar, two complimentary guest passes, exclusive discounts and more. To purchase visit

As always, the performances will be preceded by a top class card of horse racing and a wide selection of hospitality options available for everyone from the great value ‘Summer Bundle’  to the premium ‘Summer Party’. The music and racing festival would not be complete without the Style Stakes and The Beacon Hotel will return this summer as sponsors of The Beacon Hotel Dare to be Different Style Awards with over €17,000 worth of prizes to be won. Every week at Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, over €2,000 worth of prizes can be won by contestants, who will be judged by a high profile panel of personalities and celebrities.

Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line, with dedicated shuttle buses running from the Sandyford stop. Leopardstown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. Ample FREE parking is available onsite.

For Tickets and hospitality options – go to or call the Leopardstown ticket line on 01 289 0500. There are also discounts for advance group bookings available online.

Follow on Facebook – Leopardstown Racecourse & Twitter @Leopardstownrc for updates and exclusive competitions. Use hashtag #liveatleopardstown


Speaking of festivals I left one out and it is of course  The Beat Yard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Some great acts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday including Sister Sledge, Slum Village, Neneh Cherry, Horse Meat Disco and heaps more! Go check it out on the link above and depending where you are or how far you are willing to travel, Ireland is you oyster!



If you are looking to whet your musical appetite then you are in the right place. There are plenty of festivals and gigs to choose form this August Bank Holiday weekend. Take a look at Nialler 9’s Gig Guide and see whats happing in and around the town. If you are looking for a weekender bender than take your pick of festivals including CastlepaloozaLe CheileIndeipendenceCork PrideDingle Summer Sessions and plenty more around the country to boot. Take your pick. So many festivals such little time! Whatever you do make sure you have a blast and fingers crossed the weather holds up!!


Ham Sandwich played Saturday 2ND, May Bank Holiday in #CypressAvenue #Cork. They have just released their third album #StoriesFromTheSurface which is described as #indiepop. The album went straight to no.1 in the Irish charts, a well deserved break, twelve years in the making.

The album flows seamlessly form track to track with pretty, Parisian sounding musical intricacies. It would be a pleasant album to fire on, on a sunny summers day while sitting out the back garden drinking Sangria or G&T.

Below are their future gig dates. If you have a spare evening I would recommend heading to see them live. Check out their link Also take a look below of a track form their latest album.

Spirit Store Dundalk Louth
Shortts John St Waterford
The Olympia Dame St Co Dublin



Hailing from Rome Italy, Margi Gras and are coming to Ireland for their second ever Irish tour. Mardi Gras supported and got to know Irish artists on their last Irish tour such as #Mundy and #TheFrames They are looking forward to “coming home”. They have worked with Mundy on his new album and will be releasing a video with Mundy on Monday, May 4TH.

Rome based Mardi Gras is a rock act with a difference. Named after Creedence Clearwater Revival’s last studio album, the band’s musical journey is one made up of protest songs, poetry, prayers set to music, and a whole lot more. Their third album Playground (2015) is out now, a Et-Team production for Aereostella/Fermenti Vivi label, a record where ballads, rock, funky and intimistic piece of music are the playground for the band with all their influence both musical and literary. Mundy one of the greatest irish songwriters is guesting on the album. The album was mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London by Simon Gibson (The Beatles, Keane, U2, Robbie Williams, The King’s Speech). As regular visitors to Ireland, the band has forged long standing connections with some of the best Irish musicians, playing as the support act for The Frames (Glen Hansard) and sharing the stage with artists such as Mundy, Siobhan O’ Brien, TKO, Micah P Hinson, Noah and the Whale, Billy Bragg, Jack Savoretti and the best italian independent acts to name a few. Liam O’Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers features on their Among the Stream album on a W.B Yeats poetry put to music. Two of Mardi Gras songs “The wait” and “Scarecrow in the snow” are currently on Neil Young’s Website “Songs of the Times” where protests songs all over the world are chosen and listed by Neil Young Online, the band has also enjoyed great success, attracting attention internationally on European and US based radio stations and becoming one of the most popular Italian acts with a constantly growing fanbase. Mardi Gras albums Drops made (2006, Goodfellas) and Among the Streams (2011, Route 61 Music) were a very welcome offering from a band that is a real treat for the ears. Mardi Gras latest release as a singles were “Feel Alright”, “Your constellation” (tracks who did chart in Italy), and “Alys” a soundtrack for the epynomous Italian Sci-Fi short movie (CSC Production). On August 2013 Mardi Gras played with the best Italian acts at the Sziget Festival in Budapest.

May 21st Slane, boyles

May 22 Bantry #TheMariner

May 23rd #CraneLane Cork

May 24th Dublin the #Mercantile






Word by – The Hypnotyst

As we arrive the atmosphere is distinctly subdued, more like a business meeting than a concert venue. The support act The Tree Sleepers warm the crowd up very well with their blend of gypsy, folk and punk. They are West Cork regulars and get the crowd enthused.

Vann Music take to the stage and kick into their set. They have an impressive array of musical equipment on stage: a few Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters), bass, Korg synths, laptops, MIDI controllers of various types; and of course live drums. The crowd are widely dispersed and the band are trying to pull them together with their music. Vann Music seem to engage the audience in an unusual way, through the power of their hypnotic music. The music stays at a steady tempo through out the concert, which gives this listener the feeling that we are listening to a hypnotic meditation. Most of their music has a very “samey” feeling to it, but in this lies it’s full impact and power. Their sound is very reminiscent of early U2 from the 80s, in addition to U2 from the 90s, when they were going through their electronic music phase. Vann Music are very adept at combining these 2 styles together, to produce their own blend of synthy indie. The usual “ebb and flow” of musical emotions and musical intensity one comes to expect when watching a gig, are abandoned in favor of this hypnotic feeling the band produce. We are treated to a new song which has not been performed before and their Number 1 hit “Boy”. This song is my personal favorite of the band’s, and reflects the peak of their song writing.

The two guitarists in the band are constantly switching between synths and guitars, which adds to the musical diversity of the show, as the lead singer and drummer stick to their positions, anchoring the audience into their way performing music. During the set, the singer informs us that this is the biggest crowd we have played to in Cork. Claiming that there were only four people in the audience the first time. We can see that they have grown from strength to strength. They have come very far since their inception and will no doubt have much further to go, and much more to offer the world in terms of music. As the final song of the night we are treated to an excellent cover of the almighty David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” This was the climax point of the whole gig, which left the audience with something to hum on the way home. This reviewer felt at peace when leaving the venue, knowing that there are many more great things to come for Vann Music.

The band have also just been confirmed for the Castlepalooza Festival, which should be an excellent summer concert. I, for one, cannot wait.