Camden Crawl Dublin returns this weekend for its second year of showcasing the best of Irish and international acts. There are about 150 acts and comedians performing in tonnes of venues around the capital. To help you navigate your way from venue to venue, I’ve put this guide together of the Irish artists that should be topping your list. All of them are in order of appearance so all going well you could be seeing each of these acts on Saturday and Sunday, from the trad of Mossy Nolan to the rock of Croupier and Overhead, The Albatross to the folk stylings of Liza Flume and the irresistible dancefloor moves of Daithí. The timetable is here if you want to plan your own route through the acts. Saturday’s list of bands is below and Sunday’s is the next page. Happy listening! All the ticket details etc are here.


Heathers, 7pm, Unitarian Church
The sisters were nominated for the Choice Prize for second album Kingdom, a collection of songs that hinted at the band laying down their acoustics and heading for the dancefloor. That might not happen in the intimate Unitarian Church, but you won’t want to miss it if it does go down!


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Little Bear, 7.45pm, Unitarian Church
The Little Bear has a big voice. This daring Derry group have been slowly buy steadily wowing crowds around the country, and this could be their big escape. Like Local Natives, they take their time building to a chorus and climax that you’ll never want to let go.


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Daithí, 8.15pm, Mercantile
If you want to dance, then get your bums down to the Mercantile for Galway violinist/dance maestro Daithí. His live show will blow you away. He was stunning in Cork a couple weeks back and will no doubt show up many a band playing over the weekend. A star waiting to dance.


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Terriers, 8.45pm, Sweeney’s (Basement)
Peter Ward and Ronan Downing are Terriers, and make downtempo tracks that will leave you at once relaxed and worried about what’s around the corner. I don’t think they’ve played live much, and there’s not too many tracks up online, so this show is a must. And Nialler9 wouldn’t steer us wrong now, would he?


Picture: Brid O'Donovan

Picture: Brid O’Donovan

Altered Hours, 9.15pm, Mercantile
Cork band The Altered Hours will take you back to the 70s – and you won’t want to leave. Led by Elaine’s gorgeous vocals, they make psychadelic shoegaze that will leave you searching for that tattered flannel shirt. Live, they’re never anything less than thrilling. Expect to have the recently released ‘Sweet Jelly Roll’ reverberating around your head for the rest of the weekend.


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Casanova Wave, 9.45pm, Whelan’s (Upstairs)
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Waterford’s Casanova Wave. His debut album was full of glorious moments, so lets hope he has some new tracks to show us. If he does, this will be one of the more blissful moments of the festival. I don’t think I’ve managed to catch Brian McCartan live yet, so I’ll be the one grinning maniacally if and when he plays his self-titled track from Joy Of Being.


Hidden Highways

Hidden Highways, 10.15pm, Stag’s Head
I thought we’d have gotten our hands on Hidden Highways’ debut album by now. Alas, no. The last time I saw the duo, comprising the artist formerly known as Vertigo Smyth and Carol Anne McGowan, was in Mitchelstown Cave, an astonishing gig. I haven’t been to the Stag’s Head but their brand of Americana-tinged folk music would be wonderful in any setting.


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Cian Nugent and the Cosmos, 10.45pm, Against The Grain
Taking his key from the blues, Cian Nugent and the Cosmos will take you on a journey accompanied by sensational guitar riffs, leading you from the 60s to the modern day and beyond. Expect no moment to be wasted.



Bantum, 11.45pm, Workman’s Club
I still find new things rolling around Bantum’s debut album Legion, which came out last year. ‘Roll Part II’ was one of my favourite songs of 2012 and I think Eimear O’Donovan is going to be up onstage with Ruairi for the weekend, which last happened, I believe, over in New York a couple of weeks ago. Expect a chilled out electroni-pop set that will offer the best way to end the first day of the weekend.