Three Cork bands took to the Mr Bradley’s stage on Saturday night to help launch We Play Here, a 72-page fanzine about some of the music being made in the city. Sideproject, Great Balloon Race and Lamp were all featured in the zine, and it was great to get them all together for the one show. Their styles range from instrumental post-rock through to Grizzly Bear harmonies to metal riffs and apocalyptic vocals; they probably shouldn’t work all together, but they do. Great Balloon Race were stunning, as they were a couple weeks ago supporting Crayonsmith in the Roundy. A full room is never a given in Cork, but it was rammed for them, and it all added up to something really special. Their new songs are going to blow everybody away! I helped put together the show as well as the zine, so thanks to everybody who turned up on Saturday. If you bought a copy of We Play Here, first of all thanks, and secondly, I’d love to know what you think. Feel free to email or tweet or, oh I don’t know, talk in person about it. If you’d like to order one, you can do it here. All pictures below by Brid O’Donovan (who did all of the photography in the zine).


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