Lady Grew June 8th

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You might remember her from RTE 2s- groundbreaking and award-winning docu-drama Connected, from playing one of many Irish festivals or possibly as a prominent activist for sex workers rights –  Lady Grew is set to launch her brand new track “Sixes” at The Underground this June 8th.

Her candour about her experience in the sex industry shocked the nation and she was catapulted onto the front lines of sex workers’ fight for their rights in Ireland. Lady Grew takes inspiration for her lyrics from experience within the sex industry as well as bringing attention to gay rights.

Her 2016 track “Stonewall” was inspired by the Stonewall riots of 1969 and directed attention to gay equality. Her new track “Sixes” is sultry yet catchy hip-hop reggae track and will be launching in The Underground venue, Dame street June 8th.

Kate McGrew moved from New York City to Cork City in 2008, quickly gaining notoriety as Lady Grew: writing and performing vocals for dancehall reggae/hip-hop tunes, releasing EPs, appearing on vinyl with Dublin labels Ghetto Quietly and !kaboogie, and making music videos. She’s performed in clubs and at festivals all over Ireland, the UK, Germany, Australia, and America. Her two comedy musicals “Sweet Pang!” and “Hooker P.I.” – which combine her skills of acting, singing, clowning, rapping, and pole-dance – sold out shows and won 4-star ratings at Edinburgh Fringe Fest and two awards at the San Diego International Fringe Fest.

Lady Grew will be performing her brand new track “Sixes” June 8th with Support for Minnie Marley and Adrain Lenz.

Minnie Marley hails from Cork and is an International Singer/Songwriter & Performer of Alternative Soul, RnB, Jazz, hip-hop, Trap, Dancehall, Reggae, Afro-beat, House & Dance, she is a talented performer.

Adrain Lenz moved to Ireland in 2011 form Grenada. In 2012, Adrian joined forces with London based record Label “Blank Mind”, Releasing the remix of “Cover Me”. 2017 Adrian Lenz with his own unique identity as a singer, songwriter and Lyricist has released his multi-genre Single and Video “Play my Love”,
He received an award as Best Male Artist at the Irellywood Recognition Award 2017, Dublin.

June 8th is set to be a great night with fantastic performers from 8 pm at The Underground. Tickets only €10 and can be got on Eventbrite on Lady Grew Live!

Lady Grew is also appearing for Repeal the 8th hosted by Jam Forest “Tipperary for Yes” Nenagh May 18th and a host of festivals yet to be announced.

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CONNOLLY’S OF LEAP 2017 IMRO MUNSTER VENUE OF THE YEAR

 

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The annual IMRO awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience on a weekly basis.

More than 12,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue, and from the shortlist, the public voted for their top live venues.

At the much-anticipated tenth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin this week, Connolly’s of Leap scooped up the 2017 Munster Live Venue of the Year award.

Commenting on the win, owner of the venue Sam McNicholl said “I’m absolutely over the moon. A huge thanks to all those who have made this possible: the artists, the punters, my immediate family and my extended musical family. The last two years have been a whirlwind. I’m very excited for what lies next.

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy. Connolly’s, an intimate third-generation music venue steeped in history has seen many musical lovers flocking from far and wide to enjoy some of the very best in local, national, and international acts perform ‘Under the Hammers’. Since it’s re-opening in December 2015, Sam McNicholl has built on the strong values his late father, Paddy McNicholl, instilled in the venue. Together with his mum, Eileen McNicholl, and a small, dedicated team of close friends, Sam brings a special energy and magic to this tiny west Cork town, week after week.

We can expect more great things to come from this charming bar nestled in Leap. Coming up over the next few weeks, the line-up includes Dave Geraghty of Bell X1, Wyvern Lingo, Liam O’Maonlai, Marlene Enright, Stephen James Smith, Willy Mason, Brian Deady, Wiggle and John Blek, to name a few. Head west and raise a glass to Connolly’s www.connollyofleap.com

Upcoming events: http://connollysofleap.com/events/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ConnollysOfLeap/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/connollysofleap

 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

 

First Announcement Line Up

Cork’s most exciting new music festival It Takes a Village, is happening at Trabolgan Holiday Village in Cork, April 13th – 15th..  Their second line up has been announced adding to the, already, stellar list of names like Young Fathers, Talos, Fujiya & Miyagi, Le Boom and Brian Deady.

Topping the bill for Sunday 15th April is The Gloaming front man Martin Hayes, who teams up with guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney for a rare performance in the idyllic and pastoral surroundings of Trabolgan Holiday Village. The Sunday will also feature Blindboy Boatclub, as he hosts his chart topping podcast live, along with a few surprises. LCD Soundsystem label mate Shit Robot brings his acid house & disco sound, and award winning folk miscreants, Lankum, will make an appearance, along with the big, bold, New Orleans influenced party troupe Booka Brass.

Cork’s finest purveyors of house, Fish Go Deep continue their 30th-anniversary celebrations at the festival, while Roger Doyle, the pioneer of Irish electronic music, will join with writer Kevin Barry for a very special one off performance. Prepare for spaced out, post-apocalyptic prog rock from The Jimmy Cake, and ethereal soundscapes from the ever endearing Saint Sister.

Further new additions to the bill include: Stevie G, Marc O’Reilly, Bantum, Ye Vagabonds, Slow Moving Clouds, David Keenan, Fixity, Bad Bones, Céilí Allstars, Super Silly, Jus’ Me, Spekulativ Fiktion, Rowan, Crevice, Shookrah, Bon Voyage, DJ Scope, John Blek, Bellyman, Landless, A Cow In The Water, Disco E Cultura, Ghostking Is Dead,  Prof Ruff Chuff + Fyahred + Benji Revelation.

THE LINE UP SO FAR: Young Fathers – Andrew Weatherall – Martin Hayes & Steve Cooney – Talos – Fujiya & Miyagi – Fish Go Deep – Brian Deady – The Altered Hours – Lankum – The Blindboy Podcast – Booka Brass – Shit Robot – Roger Doyle – The Jimmy Cake – Le Boom – Oh Pep! – Donal Dineen – John Daly – Bitch Falcon – Nialler9 – Seamus Fogarty – Cian Finn – Sunday Times – Kevin Barry – Sim Simma – Saint Sister – Stevie G – Marc O’Reilly – Ye Vagabonds – Bantum – John Blek – Slow Moving Clouds – Bon Voyage – My Name Is John – David Keenan – Fixity – Céilí Allstars – Bad Bones – Shookrah – Anna Mieke – Ryan Vail – Strength NIA – Lilla Vargen – Super Silly – Jus Me – Spekulativ Fiktion – Rowan – Crevice – Ghostking Is Dead – DJ Scope –Disco E Cultura – Bellyman – Bocs Social – A Cow In The Water – Prof Ruff Chuff + Fyahred + Benji Revelation

 It Takes A Village is unique in that they offer 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village. There is no camping in muddy fields here, your booking includes accommodation and unlimited access to the huge variety of entertainment. It’s a residents only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday. All Tier 1 tickets are now sold out, and many of the Tier 2 options have gone too. Tier 3 tickets go on sale on February 7th from www.ittakesavillage.fm. There are also Payment Plan options currently on offer, whereby folks can avail of a 25% deposit on houses only, this option jumps to 50% deposit on the 1st of February so best get moving!

Indie’s top tracks 2017

We at Indie Arena hope you have had a jolly Christmas full of overindulgence, drunken nights and a touch of vom for added measure. Here to sort out your woes or keep your spirits up are our 2017 selection of our favourite tunes. Enjoy.

In no particular order:

Beauty Sleep – Until We See the Sun

Beauty Sleep is an indie band creating synthy dream-pop bursting with guitar-riffs and pop-hooks

 

Bad Bones – You

BAD BONES is an electronic music producer based in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Jealous Of The Birds And Ryan Vail – Love Is A Crow

Jealous of the Birds is the solo project of hotly tipped Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Naomi Hamilton. Beautifully crafted songs have been given contrasting arrangements.

 

Krystal Klear – Keith Haring/Dancateria (Bronx Mix)

Sounds and inspirations from 1980-1994.

 

Cinema – Floating

Electronic artist ‘Cinema’, is the brain child of Ireland based Peter Fleming.

 

Le Boom – What we do

LE BOOM’s late-night shows are a frenzy of glass-bottle beats, layered loops.

 

Le Galaxy – Pleasure

Close your eyes. It’s 2am. The ground is shaking underfoot and your fingers are pulled upwards by some invisible but very audible force. The force of a TUNE.

Since their debut album, Le Galaxie have replicated this scene across clubs and venues, bars and fields, tents and countries, cities and towns, parties and raves.

 

Columbia Mills – Battles

Columbia Mills are an Indietronica band based in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Liza Flume – Sheets

Raw, quirky and a little off-kilter Liza Flume’s unique presence draws you in.

 

Kate Grom – Heroin

Kate’s artistic trajectory grew organically from a series of almost random epiphanies.

 

Fontaines – Hurricane Laughter

Hurricane Laughter which is an insistent and repetitive song built on a Mark E Smith style spoken vocal and a band who are locked into a rock n roll groove.

 

Chasing Abbey – That Good Thing

Chasing Abbey bring a unique pop and hip-hop style to the fore.

 

Darling – Sail Away

“The goal was always to put together a body of work that represents who we are”.

 

Frankenstein Bolts – Anatomic Major

Live their sound is breezy and melodic with Cullens vocals sitting nicely amongst Comerfords guitar soundscapes.

 

Talos – Voices

 

 

Myles Manley in The Roundy

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Sligo’s prince of DIY pop Myles Manley will round off a riotous touring year with a December date down south. Taking place in Plugd Records’ new home upstairs in The Roundy, Sunday 17th December will see Manley joined by longstanding collaborator Christopher Barry and Cork’s very own Solamh Kelly (Trumpets of Jericho). Special guests on the night will be U.K. post-punk percussionists Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley aka Rattle. Tickets on sale now. Please note this is a limited capacity standing show. The G-Man presents… Myles Manley& Banda low trees promotionSunday 17th December 2017The Roundy,Upstairs, Castle Street, Cork CityTickets: €10 On-sale.

 

 

Indiependence Festival Cork

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One of the first festival announcements for Cork this summer. Indiependence festival is giving us a taste of who will be rocking Cork summer 2018.

Some of Ireland’s biggest and best live acts join an initial announcement that features some new faces for INDIE and some old friends. Walking on Cars have cemented their place as one of this country’s most successful bands since playing the Beer Hall at INDIE14. They head up a strong Irish contingent that already features Le GalaxieKing Kong Company, HamsandwicH, The Blizzards, Le Boom, Wild Youth and 1000 Beasts.

The UK’s thriving indie scene has been raided and welcomes some new names to INDIE18 that include Jake Bugg, Mercury Prize nominees Everything Everything, Brit Pop legends Cast and one of the UK’s hottest rising stars, Tom Grennan.

Meanwhile, INDIE18 will feature artists with strong Ministry of Sound ties with debuts from Sigala and Mylo. Mylo has remixed tracks from Scissors Sisters, Amy Winehouse, The Killers and The Knife to name a few in recent times while Sigala’s track ‘Easy Love’ hit Number 1 in the UK singles chart and has amassed over 300m views on YouTube alongside ‘Sweet Lovin’’.

 

Festival: Cork Sound Fair

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Cork city is teaming with entertainment and festivals alike. Just announced is Cork Sound Fair, music and arts festival has been confirmed for early 2018. Cork is set to host a busy year ahead with other annual festivals soon to be announced.

For more on Cork, Sound Fair check out their video here.