There were a plethora of good bands and acts playing around the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork City over the weekend, APril 19 and 20, in a joint celebration of Record Store Day and our launch of We Play Here issue 2. On Saturday night, Twin Lights, Nativism and the Keep on Jumpin’ DJs kept people entertained in Gulpd, while in the TDC, WPH issue one stars the Great Balloon Race and the Shaker Hymn were joined by Popical Island’s Paddy Hanna, who performed a solo acoustic set. He’ll be back in Cork in June. Shaker Hymn, meanwhile, were celebrating the release of their first 7″ single, which features ‘The Runaway’ and ‘Hunter & the Headsman’. You can pick the record up in Plugd, Records & Relics and the Cork Community PrintShop. On Sunday, we brought together three acts featured in issue 2 of We Play Here. The Careers, who are currently in the process of completing the Leaving Cert, opened things up with short, sharp surf-rock punctuated songs. I really love their debut EP, Atomic Cosmosaurus, and the tracks aired here, like ‘Try (Try Try)’ never fail to excite. Carried By Waves played their first set as a band on Saturday. Ostensibly the work of Ronan McCann, he’s joined here by John Synnott, David Nelligan and Ronan Dineen, and puts on a stunning set. It’s Carried By Waves, but bigger. Wicklow five piece Croupier, disregarding one or two support slots, played their first Cork show in about two years to headline. A vastly underrated band, they put on an amazing live show, with Oisin Murphy cutting a tall, beguiling figure, airdrumming throughout and gesticulating wildly while bassist Rob Reid is like a five-year-old hopped up on piles of coffee and full of sugar after scoffing all of the Easter eggs. Pictures from Saturday are below, while the Sunday night shots are on page 2, here. All pictures, as usual, by BrĂ­d O’Donovan (Facebook/Tumblr).

Thanks to everybody who came out over the weekend. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of We Play Here 2 you can order it online now.







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