Although the weather may not reflect it, summer is quickly approaching and that means one thing; festival season is almost here. The Irish music scene is currently going from strength to strength; there are homegrown acts out there that suit every slot on the festival circuit from opening act up and comers to headliners and everything in-between as well as something for all tastes. Bipolar Empire are a band with festivals in their blood, they even formed at one back in 2007. In the past few years they have become pros on the festival circuit playing Oxegen, Indiependence and Knockanstockan to name but a few. They have been busy over the past few months recording tracks for their new album over in London set to be released before the end of the year. The quartet are currently promoting their latest single, the final release from their debut album ‘Feel That You Own It’, the stunning Why So Sad? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzBLqBZWdv8 Mojo Gogo have been one of the most hotly tipped acts by journalists for
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success in 2013. Describing their own personal style as “Stindie” or stadium indie, they specialise in performances that whip the crowd up into a frenzy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtkqpyikQBk Solar Taxi have been compared to the likes of Goldfrapp and have been influenced by 70s guitar bands such as Led Zeppelin. Known for their unique brand of electro pop, their debut album ‘Broken Brother’s Secret Bells’ has shown they are difficult to pigeon hole with elements of folk, acoustic and orchestra. Having opened for Roxette in The O2 and shared the bill with 50 Cent, Solar Taxi are certainly well able for performing for large crowds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFOispDpw7Y I’m Your Vinyl are a modern day male and female duo with a sound not too dissimilar to the Eurythmics. Their latest single, For You, reached the top ten in the iTunes Alternative Singles Chart and has the potential to be one of hits of the summer with its’ laid back tropical sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2ZPzf6vKcc One of the biggest success stories of the past year has to be The Strypes, the Cavan four piece have received praise from the likes of Dave Grohl, Elton John, Jake Bugg, Colin Hanks, Noel Gallagher, Zane Lowe and of course Paul Weller. The former Jam frontman is such a fan he invited two of the band to accompany him for a special show in London. Add to this appearances on Jools Holland, it is hard to believe some of the band still have to do their Junior Cert! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZb8nEemK2k Once advised by Bono to change their name because no one would ever remember it. A female fronted act, Dirty Epics, SJ Wai has been described as one of the most exciting performers
in the country. Veterans of the festival circuit, the electro pop group have graced the stages of Oxegen and even SXSW in Texas. Their first album ‘Straight In No Kissing’ was highly acclaimed within Ireland, with their latest release ‘One – Way Mirror’ receiving plenty of praise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_-KisvCIYY Five piece pop-rock act Keywest have gained a very loyal following in their short three years selling out tours around the country including a date in Dublin’s Button Factory. Their debut album “The Message’ reached No.2 in the iTunes charts and was nominated by Hot Press for Best Debut Album. Having accumulated over one million YouTube views, the group are currently hard at work on their second album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjvfTjqLSpM With lead singer Paul Walsh’s unique vocal style, Royseven are a common feature of Irish radio. With hits such as Killer, Dance and We Should Be Lovers, which was the most played Irish song in 2011 and winner of Meteor Song of the year, the six piece are sure to get any crowd moving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AdaZoWW6uc Delorentos have already had a hugely successful year and we haven’t even reached the halfway point. Winning the Meteor Choice Award for
best album for their critically acclaimed third release ‘Little Sparks’, the band had no time to celebrate and bask in their win as they jet off the morning after to tour North America, including stints at SXSW and CMW, before heading to Moscow to play their first Russian show. With infectious guitar hooks and singalong choruses, Delorentos are always a must see act at any festival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkcltdCknBI Paddy Casey is back on the live scene after a five year hiatus along with new material in the shape of new album ‘The Secret Life Of’, already confirmed to play Cork’s Indiependence, the summer is set to be a busy time for the singer songwriter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kndtF-tOOW0 Having been voted one of the Top Ten Irish Bands of All Time, The 4 Of Us, are still as popular with crowds as they were twenty years ago. Founding members and brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy have been wowing audiences around Europe with their acoustic show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoyZ-C8LkDo Having previously won IRMA Awards for Best Newcomer in 1987, and Best Irish Group in 1989, Cry Before Dawn are back after a two decade long absence. They are receiving rave reviews and airplay for their latest single Is This What You Waited For? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ue0G5dtemM Original Thin Lizzy guitarist, Eric Bell, currently living in West Cork, is currently performing with a three piece band featuring Mike Gainey on bass and Paul Hannon on drums. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FvoBUUvqQ8 If you’re looking for something a bit outside the box for your festival entertainment then look no further than hip hop comedy duo outfit The Rubberbandits. Gaining notoriety in Ireland and further afield for their appearances on The Republic Of Telly and their admirable campaign to beat the X Factor for Christmas No.1 with the hilarious Horse Outside, Blindboy Boatclub and Mr Chrome, along with unofficial member Willie O’DJ, have sold out venues across the country and in the UK. Opening up the Main Stage at Oxegen 2011, the boys attracted a crowd of over 20,000; the largest ever recorded for an opening act at the festival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljPFZrRD3J8 Silent Disco Ireland has become a must have for any festival in Ireland. Featuring two DJs, audiences have the option of switching between frequencies on their headphones to listen to whatever takes their fancy. Always a huge hit with festival goers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak6eahUzVYY With custom made replica helmets and LED lighting, Daft Punk Tribute are every bit as good as the real thing who are currently busy promoting their latest hit Get Lucky. A different and unique act for festivals, they are proving to be hugely popular with fans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69962892XbU If you like the sound of any of the acts mentioned here and would like to find out more information about booking please give us a call at +353 1 201 3660 and speak to the team at AMA Music Agency.