Indiependence returns to Mitchelstown, Co Cork, this weekend. There are lots of good bands playing over the three days – the Fratellis and Kodaline are also playing. De La Soul are the must-see act and worth the ticket price alone. (Weekend and day tickets are still available and can be purchased here.) There are also plenty of great Irish acts performing at Indiependence, and after the jump, you can see my picks for who is worth running through the mud. I’ve done it out in order so none of the bands below actually clash. Time to get your highlighter out!

slow skies

Slow Skies, Bier Halle – 5.15pm-5.45pm, Friday
I really love Karen Sheridan’s last EP, which you can listen to below. It’s delicate and touching, and their set should ease you nicely into the weekend. You probably won’t hear anything as emotional over the course of Indiependence.


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No Spill Blood

No Spill Blood, Big Top – 6.30pm-7.15pm, Friday
It’s exactly one year to the day since this trio released their pounding, pulsating debut EP, Street Meat. So hopefully their set will be overflowing with new tracks. Don’t expect them to have mellowed, though.


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bouts

Bouts, Bier Halle – 8pm-8.30pm, Friday
There’s an album coming in the autumn, so there should be new tunes – presumably still of the early 90s, Pavement variety.


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And so i watch you from afar

And So I Watch You From Afar, Big Top – 12am-1.15am, Friday
If the energy levels are sagging at the end of day one, ASIWYFA will provide the perfect booster shot. They’ve been all around the world since they were last in Cork and the likes of ‘Big Thinks Do Remarkable’ will sound, well, remarkable in Mitchelstown. Prepare to be blown away!


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The vincents

The Vincents, Bier Halle – 3pm-3.30pm, Saturday
These local lads are releasing an EP shortly, and their live show is usually pretty intense. Definitely ones to watch.


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Halves, Big Top – 3.30pm-4pm, Saturday
Their new album Boa Howl is wonderful, an expansive, immersive experience. Live, their numbers can swell from three to as many as seven or nine. Expect to be blown away, particularly if you’ve never seen them before.


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Vann music

Vann Music, Big Top – 5.30pm-6pm, Saturday
I said a few weeks ago that these guys could be the new Le Galaxie – so expect to have fun and find yourself dancing without even realising you’re doing it.


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Young Wonder, Big Top – 6.30pm-7pm, Saturday
I saw them as a three piece for the first time last weekend, and it feels like they’re going to be reaching new heights soon as a result. You’ll be demanding more after their 30-minute set!


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we cut corners

We Cut Corners, Main Stage – 8pm-8.45pm, Saturday
It’s been a while since the duo were down in Cork. Hopefully they’ll have brought a load of new songs with them. They’re good on record but live, they’re mesmerising, capable of captivating even the most passive of watcher-on.


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the hard ground

The Hard Ground, Bier Halle – 10pm-10.45pm, Saturday
These guys – and girl – have been winning over plenty of new fans since they released their debut album Broken Conversations earlier this year. It won’t take long to realise why. The Cork band can switch from delicate acoustic moments to harsh rock in an instant.


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Enemies

Enemies, Bier Halle – 11.15pm-12.15am, Saturday
They always look like they’re having fun onstage, whether they’re playing to an empty room or to thousands. They’re not as heavy as ASIWYFA but Enemies can be just as exciting.


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sorcha richardson

Sorcha Richardson, Bier Halle – 1pm-1.30pm, Sunday
Simply put, this is the perfect way to start Sunday.


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Soak Other Voices

Soak, Big Top – 5.30pm-6pm, Sunday
I’ve played ‘Sea Creatures’ to death over the last year and CANNOT WAIT to hear new music from Bridie Monds-Watson. She’s probably the youngest performer at Indiependence – she’ll also be one of the best.


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Windings, Big Top – 7.30pm-8.15pm, Sunday
The Choice Prize nominees are easily one of the best rock bands in Ireland – they’re also one of the best live. There’s no gimmicks or tricks, just brilliant songs that twist and turn and never grow old.


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biggles flys again remember cover

Biggles Flys Again, Bier Halle – 9pm-9.30pm, Sunday
Conor Deasy’s band are one that I still haven’t been able to catch live, and they’d be at the top of my list to see at Indiependence. Their debut album Remember Saturday is one of the year’s best.


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swords

Swords, Bier Halle – 11.15pm-12.15am, Sunday
Their debut album delves into myriad genres, rarely standing still. While this can be frustrating at times, live it should make for an interesting, exciting set.


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toby kaar

Toby Kaar, Big Top – 12am, Sunday
Aaaaargh, what better way to end the festival than with a set from Toby Kaar?!?! The answer is none. If you’ve had a terrible weekend, then this is all you’ll need to feel better.