Starting today, Wednesday, and running for the next four days is Whelan’s Ones To Watch Festival. More than 30 Irish bands will take to various Whelan’s stages to show everyone just how strong 2011 is going to be. Some bands you may be familiar with, and more you will never have heard before. So if you are lucky to be in the capital over the next few days, make sure to get down and indulge in the best of the Irish music scene. A four-day ticket will set you back just €10 and a single-day ticket is €5. You can see the line-up here. Bands were chosen from recommendations by the Paul McCloone Show on Today FM, State.ie, The Ticket and tickets.ie.

Below you will find almost every band (there are possibly three omissions due to nothing up on the internet and TBCs at the time of writing). Click on the name of the band to be taken to their website/Facebook/BreakingTunes sites. As best I could I have showcased songs and videos for each band, although there were a handful that are just links. The bands are in no particular order so go exploring: you are bound to find something to love. Here are the bands you will find below:

Thread Pulls
Grand Pocket Orchestra
Jennifer Evans
Planet Parade
heroes In Hiding
Anthony Furey
Guilty Optics
Toby Kaar
Catscars
Strait Laces
The Casanova Wave
Datadrip
Hired Hands
Cloud Castle Lake
Alarmist
Lost Chord
We Should Be Dead
No Monster Club
Bill Coleman
Lisa O Neill
Ivan St John
Owensie
Hunter-Gatherer
Squarehead
Shouting At Planes
The Danger Is
Miracle Bell
This Club (Formerly Hoarsebox)
Cashier No 9


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Thread Pulls

New thoughts by thread pulls
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Jennifer Evans


Jennifer Evans – ‘Uncomfortable Word’


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Grand Pocket Orchestra

The Ice Cream by grandpocketorchestra
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Planet Parade

Planet Parade – Zulu Sound EP by Entertainment.ie
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Heroes In Hiding



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Anthony Furey & The Young Folk Band
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Guilty Optics


Guilty Optics – ‘White Teeth’
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Toby Kaar


Toby Kaar – ‘Heart Of Gold’


Toby Kaar – ‘Colder Than Honesty’


Toby Kaar – ‘Einerlei’


Toby Kaar – ‘Bayleaf’
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Catscars


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Datadrip


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The Casanova Wave


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Strait Laces


Strait Laces – ‘Seconds Out’


Strait Laces – ‘Where The Wolf Roam’
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Hired Hands

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Cloud Castle Lake