Last year’s Ones to Watch mini-fest in Whelan’s threw up some previously unheard bands that went on to do great things last year. Cashier No 9 are the band who spring to mind. Soon after playing the January 2011 bash, their album came out and became one of my favourites of the year. A lot of the other bands didn’t release an album last year – I think only about eight did. This year’s Ones to Watch is no different. There’s plenty bands I hadn’t heard of before I started putting this list together. Some don’t even have music up online! I’m not able to go to the four-day festival, which kicks off tonight, but if I was I would recommend feasting your eyes on the Depravations, Nanobot, Come On Live Long, Ghost Estates and Last Days of 1984; all of who don’t have much available to listen to yet, but are bound to have a big 2012. There are, of course, some duds in there, but I’ll let you find them out for yourself. The worst band name I came across was the Gandhis. Anyway, after the jump you can listen to nearly every band playing the Dublin venue over the next few days. The list is broken into each day, so after the jump is who’s playing today, 2 is Thursday’s bands, etc. There’s also links to their Breaking Tunes or Facebook profile if you want to follow the songs up.


Wednesday, January 11:

Elaine Mai:

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Versechorusverse:

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Elevens:

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Goodtime:

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Bunoscionn:


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Wyvern Lingo:

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Deaf Joe:

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Hello Moon:

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Crayonsmith: