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All pictures by Brid O’Donovan (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) Emmet Condon, organiser of Another Love Story, which took place last weekend at Killyon Manor, Co Meath, was telling me recently that the done thing with a ‘successful’ festival is to expand things, to grow bigger the following year. But ALS isn’t like other festivals. […]


Louise Bruton, in the Irish Times, wrote of Bantum‘s second album Move: “With familiar names such as Rusangano Family, Loah and newcomer Farah Elle featuring, it’s an exact guide of who we should be listening to right now.” At Bello Bar last Friday night, which me and two fellow Cork people stumbled across after consulting […]


Rusangano Family ripped it up at the Kino on Friday night, opening Southern Hospitality Board‘s Sudden Club Weekender. Anybody in doubt that they’re the most exciting live band in the country is surely convinced now. The three piece, comprising the non-stop energy of rappers God Knows and Murli and beatmaster mynameisj0hn, were supported by Bantum, […]

roll 2 eimear

When he’s not riding around Dublin in a Luchador mask, Bantum is making music – and sometimes doing his best Prince impression, as at Castlepalooza over the weekend. With vocals courtesy of Eimear O’Donovan and Owensie, ‘Roll Part II’ featured on his debut album Legion, released in October 2012 and it’s now got a video, […]

CXCW 2014

If, like me, you’re try to filter out all the talk/hype about SXSW – I mean, it jumped the shark with Lady Gaga this year, right? – maybe Couch By Couchwest might be your thing. It’s become a global event, too, not confined to Austin. “CXCW is an annual online music festival that is for […]


Ruairi Bantum is one of the best remixers in the country, as exemplified recently by his stunning reworking of We Cut Corners’ new track, ‘YKK’. Ruairi talks about the remix process below and then after the jump, he lists his favourite remixes of the year. Bantum plays the Roisin Dubh in Galway, tonight as part […]


Remixer par excellence Bantum has taken We Cut Corners‘ new single, ripped it up and started all over again. I really enjoyed ‘YKK’ when it was revealed a few weeks ago, but Ruairi Lynch takes it in a thrilling new direction. The vocals of the original are pushed uncomfortably close together, adding extra tension to […]

Bouts nothing good gets away cover

I’ve been a fan of Bouts for a long time now, so as they gear up to release their debut album, I’m delighted to announce two Cork shows. The four piece release Nothing Good Gets Away on October 25, launching the gig with a show in the Grand Social the next night (Facebook event page […]

COLL Everything Fall Cover

One of my favourite bands, Come On Live Long are heading out on an Irish tour in support of new single ‘Wasteland’, from their excellent debut album Everything Fall. The tour includes a stop at Cyprus Avenue in Cork, with the excellent Meltybrains? in tow. You can see all the tour dates below. COLL have […]


Halves returned to Cork for the first time in about 18 months last Friday, June 26, with new album Boa Howl in tow. I think it’s a great album and one that deserves a lot of attention. Sadly the turnout in Cyprus Avenue wasn’t great, and I think that was reflected in the band’s performance. […]