Ballyhane Studios Update

We wouldn’t be able to start this blog any other way than to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved with the Oíche Shamhna at Ballyhane Halloween event. Over €1,300 was raised for Birdhill National School from the event and a great night was had by all. Highlights of the night included amazing performances from The Funk Junkies and fire breathers, we’re already looking forward to the next Ballyhane event!

It was an incredibly busy month for the CWB Mid-West team as two of the team travelled to the Amsterdam Dance Event Conference and Festival for the ADE Green Conference. While there they attended talks on how to create and manage smarter and more environmentally friendly festivals, which included discussions on sustainability, green power and circularity. A key event in the EDM calendar this year saw the highest attendance ever with over 350,000 people attending over the five days. Alongside the talks on sustainability there were also panel discussions with heavyweights such as KiNK, Richie Hawtin, Marco Farone and Francesca Lombardo exploring 'When is a DJ not a DJ'. An incredibly inspiring weekend that also saw some of the world’s top EDM artists perform, the cherry on top after the amazing talks was a visit to the famous Gashouder venue for an Awakenings event featuring KiNK, Robert Hood, Len Faki, Lady Starlight & Jeff Mills.

 

 

 

 

Four on Friday!

It’s that time of week again when we’re back for another weekly update. It’s been an incredibly busy week here in CWB HQ and it’s set to be an even busier weekend. Here are our top picks of things you need to be in the know about this week. Get involved!

 

Bitch Falcon, Cork.

What a week it’s been for Bitch Falcon as they gear up to kick off their nationwide “Of Heart” tour. Highlights included “Of Heart” premiering on Clash Magazine and HotPress naming it as Track of the Fortnight not only that but they proclaimed it track of the year. Always an insane live act this weekend’s show is guaranteed to be a special as Bitch Falcon play their first night of the tour in Cyprus Avenue Saturday the 18th. If you wanna be there we recommend you get your hands on tickets asap as they’re flying out the door! Grab them here: http://bit.ly/BitchFalconCyprusAve2017

FULL TOUR DATES

November 18 - Cork - Cyprus Avenue

November 23 - Galway - Roisin Dubh

November 24 - Belfast - Mandela Hall (supporting Pussy Riot)

November 25 - Dublin - Whelan's

Le Galaxie, Belfast.

And just like that Le Galaxie’s last show as part of the Smithwicks Series is fast approaching! Coming to Belfast’s Black Box on the 24th of November. Word to the wise you won’t want to miss their incredible interpretation of the Apocalypse Now Soundtrack, whether you’ve seen the film or not you’re in for a treat! It’s your last chance to ever see these tracks performed, so make sure you’re there! Tickets available from here: http://bit.ly/LeGalaxieSSBelfast

Mark McCabe, “I’m Feeling It”.

One week on since its release and what a week it’s been for Mark McCabe’s whopper tune “I’m Feeling It”. Smashing the charts it’s riding high at number two in the “Viral Ireland 50” Spotify chart and the single is as we type is making its way into this week’s National Dancefloor Chart Top Ten too! When Mark’s not busy in the studio he’s out on the road touring so you can catch him on Saturday Nov 22nd at Time Square, Ballina or Thursday December 14th in The Foundry, Carlow. Check out the track here: http://bit.ly/MarkMcCabeImFeelingIt
 

Paddy Dennehy and The Red Herring, Dublin.

 

Paddy Dennehy & The Red Herring are a group who draw influences from as far back as the early 1900s right up to the present day. You can hear hints of Tom Waits' theatrical warble; feel the passionate intensity of Louis Armstrong's delivery; and be stirred by a poignancy reminiscent of that of Hozier and Mick Flannery. A variety of influences then; all of of them blended together to form a live performance that is at once unforgettable and utterly unique. Performing this Saturday in The Bowery, Dublin as support to the wonderful Lisa Canny. Tickets are only €5 so they’re an absolute steal, get in on the action here:

The Strypes, Japan and Dublin.

To say that The Strypes took Japan by storm would be understating it completely, from sold out nights to Beatleseque fan mania, it was certainly a tour to remember. We’re incredibly excited to have our boys back on Irish soil for not one, not two but three whopper December shows in Whelans! The perfect pre Christmas treat, there aren’t many tickets left so snap yours up here while you still can! http://bit.ly/StrypesWhelans2017










 

Mark McCabe "I'm Feeling It" Single Release

Are you feeling it because we’re feeling it? Mark McCabe is back with another banger and this time he’s teamed up with Sydney based duo Sunset Bros on “I’m Feeling It” the EDM track that is filling dancefloors around the world. A mashup of Morgan Page’s ‘In The Air’ and Nalin & Kane’s ‘Beachball’ we can’t get it out of our heads! The ultimate weekend tune, if you want a piece of the pie the track is now available to stream and download from all the usual sources including Spotify, Itunes, Apple Music and more.
Listen to it here for yourself! http://bit.ly/MarkMcCabeImFeelingIt

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Bitch Falcon "Of Heart" Pre-Order

Bitch Falcon have premiered their latest single “Of Heart” via Clash Music who hailed it as the bands “blistering grunge-driven return”. Speaking of the track Bitch Falcon drummer Nigel Kenny said, “The song has been hidden away and kept from release while we finalised the arrangement which changed gradually over the course of about 4 years. This track has a very strong, personal subject matter and as a result it was carefully cradled, cajoled, encouraged and moulded into the final result.” One of our favourite songs in Bitch Falcon’s sets,  if you want to see it performed live for yourself make sure to catch them on their “Of Heart” tour which sees them play Cork, Galway, Dublin with a stop off in Belfast to support Pussy Riot. “Of Heart” is officially available on the 24th of November but you can pre order it here: http://bit.ly/of-heart

Tickets on sale now for the “Of Heart” tour.

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FULL TOUR DATES

November 18 - Cork - Cyprus Avenue

November 23 - Galway - Roisin Dubh

November 24 - Belfast - Mandela Hall (supporting Pussy Riot)

November 25 - Dublin - Whelan's

 

 

 

 

Top Things Happening This Weekend

We’re back with our roundup of the slickest things that have dropped this week. Whether you’re looking for something listen to or do this weekend or over the next few months we’ve got ya covered!

Le Galaxie, Smithwick Series Cork.

Based in Cork and haven’t yet got plans for the weekend? Then you better get tickets to see Le Galaxie perform their own interpretation of the Apocalypse Now soundtrack in Cyprus Avenue tonight. We’ve seen the show so we know it’s a good one, whether or not you’re familiar with the film. Great tunes in a great venue, you can’t go wrong! Limited tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/LeGalaxieSmithicksCork.

If you can’t make it to Cork, tickets have just gone on sale for Le Galaxie’s Headline December show on the 8th and are flying out. Get on it here while tickets are still available, last year’s Olympia headline sold out in record time and this show is set to follow suit! Nab them here: http://bit.ly/LeGalaxieAcademy17

Bitch Falcon, “Of Heart” Presale and Tour.

We’ve been playing it on repeat since we got our paws on it here in the office so we’re thrilled to announce that Bitch Falcon’s latest single “Of Heart” is officially available for pre-order today! It’s a big month for the band as they gear up for the release of the single and their nationwide tour that takes in Cork, Galway and Dublin. Some tickets are still available so make sure you grab them while you can! http://bit.ly/BitchFalconTour

Mark McCabe, I’m Feeling It Single Release.

Mark McCabe has just dropped yet another banger with his latest release that sees him collaborate with Sunset Bros. We’re feeling it here at CWB hq, and we know you will too! Just in time for the weekend, we guarantee you’ll have it on repeat all weekend. Listen here: http://bit.ly/MarkMcCabeImFeelingIt

The Strypes, Japan Tour.

Rock and Roll is well and truly alive in Japan if The Strypes shows are anything to go by. Last night saw them take over Ōsaka and tonight sees the boys Tokyo bound. Personally we’re excited to have them back on home soil for their three shows in Whelans on the 21st and 22nd of December, which includes two regular shows and a matinee on the 21st. Very limited tickets left so don’t leave it too long to get yours, otherwise you may be disappointed! http://bit.ly/StrypesWhelans2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Galaxie December Show on Sale Now!

Having recently played an incredible set at Samhain Festival as special guests for Annie Mac alongside 2manydjs, Le Galaxie are gearing up to perform a Christmas time headline show in The Academy Dublin on December 8th. As always their show is guaranteed to be major, and will see Le Galaxie performing their unique brand of stompers. Their reputation as one of the best live bands in the country is entirely deserved, their onstage chemistry and prowess needs to be seen to be believed. Now’s the perfect chance to be a part of the action and get involved. Due to phenomenal demand their 2016 Olympia Headline sold out rapidly and tickets are already flying out for this show, so if you want tickets we’re warning you, you better be quick! Having MayKay join the band, recently signing an American record deal and with a new album due to drop early in 2018 the band are set to make 2018 theirs.

Le Galaxie, December 8th, The Academy Dublin.

Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/LeGalaxieAcademy17

 

 

 

Le Galaxie The Academy December 8th Announcement

Following an incredible 12 months that has seen the inimitable MayKay join the band and them sign an American record deal, Le Galaxie are thrilled to announce their only headline show of 2017. Taking place on the 8th of December at the ever popular Academy Dublin, it’s set to be a show not to be missed. Over their career Le Galaxie have cemented themselves as not only one of Ireland’s best live acts, but THE best party band. They’ve played sweaty raves and festivals around the world, everywhere from Loveboxx to Benicassim, including a recent appearance as special guests for Annie Mac, alongside 2manydjs. We guarantee you this is a show not to be missed, as 2018 will see the band reach new heights, as they prepare to release their third album “Pleasure” in the New Year. As their only headline show of the year, a word to the wise, after their sell out show in the Olympia if you want tickets you’ll need to quick. Tickets for the show are on sale this Friday the 10th at 9am sharp from Ticketmaster. 

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Bitch Falcon Pussy Riot Belfast Support

Bitch Falcon have an incredibly exciting few months ahead of them having announced their “Of Heart” tour in support of their upcoming single of the same name, which will see the band play Cork, Galway, Dublin and a hot off the press just announced Belfast gig supporting the incredible Pussy Riot. The tour kicks off in Cyprus Avenue, Cork on the 18th with the band making their way to Galway’s famous Roisin Dubh on the 23rd, Belfast’s Mandella Hall supporting Pussy Riot on the 24th of November before the final night of the tour in Dublin’s Whelans. This tour is your last chance to catch Bitch Falcon before the New Year, so if you want to catch them live now’s the time to do it!

 

FULL TOUR DATES

November 18 - Cork - Cyprus Avenue

November 23 - Galway - Roisin Dubh

November 24 - Belfast - Mandela Hall (supporting Pussy Riot)

November 25 - Dublin - Whelan's

 

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Four on Friday!

Now that you’ve recovered from the bank holiday weekend we’re back again this week with our roundup of all the freshest things that are on our radar, and we’ll tell you this much there’s lots to choose from.

The Strypes, Japan Tour.

These boys never stop and after a killer show at Samhain Festival last weekend, that saw Hotpress proclaiming “I’ve said it before but The Strypes seem to get better every time you see them.”, and an American tour they’re off on the road again. This time will see them take Japan by storm with five shows around the country including a sell out in Shibuya, O-East Japan with the rest set to follow suit. If you can’t quite make it to Japan, you can catch up on all their adventures via their tour video series “The Surprisingly Dull Adventures of The Strypes”, which we promise are more exciting than they sound. There’s also a chance to get up and personal with them when they perform three shows this December in Whelans, with shows on the 21st and 22nd and a matinee show on the 22nd. Grab your tickets quickly before their gone from here: http://bit.ly/StrypesWhelans2017

 

Bitch Falcon, “Of Heart” Tour.

Castlebar still hasn’t recovered after last week’s Bitch Falcon antics, where their Halloween show went down a stormer. If you want to get a slice of the action, and we really recommend that you do, then you’re in for a treat! This month sees Bitch Falcon release their latest single “Of Heart”, which we’ve had on repeat full volume since getting our mitts on it, and head off on a nationwide tour in support of it. With shows announced in Galway, Cork and Dublin there’s no excuse not to catch one of Ireland’s best live bands. Tickets are selling out quickly so you better be quick: http://bit.ly/BitchFalconTour

Le Galaxie, Cork.
Another band who showed Samhain audiences how to have a good time was Le Galaxie, with yet another legendary show. The week ahead will see the band in rehearsals for their Smithick Soundtrack Series show in Cyprus Avenue where they will bring their boundless energy and creative flair to the stage as they perform their own interpretation of the Apocalypse Now soundtrack. Whether familiar with the film or not, gig goers will experience something truly special as the Dublin synth-poppers take inspiration from this iconic soundtrack to produce a one-off Le Galaxie creation. A guaranteed good time, limited tickets are available here:

RSAG, Other Voices Kerry.

One of our favourite weekends of the year without a doubt is Other Voices in December. This week saw the announcement of the first group of acts playing the Music Trail in association with Heineken and we were delighted to have our boy RSAG included in mix. Beg, steal or borrow a ticket, whatever you do just make sure you’re there! RSAG’s show’s are always epic and this one is set to be no different!

 

 

 

Whopper Things To Do This Weekend!

Oh hi there long weekend! Are you looking for something slick to do this weekend? Well we’ve got it sussed! Check out our pick of what’s happening around the country over the next few days.

Le Galaxie and The Strypes, Samhain Festival Dublin.

Kicking off on Saturday at Weston Airport this will be the first time the hangar has ever been used as a music venue so if you’ve got your hands on a ticket for Samhain you’re in for a treat. Our favourite party animals Le Galaxie are taking to the stage on Saturday along with 2Many DJ’s and Annie Mac, while on Sunday The Strypes take to the stage with the legend that is Liam Gallagher in a line up that also features Touts. If you make it to one day or both you’re in for a treat!

Sunday is a sell out but there are still some Saturday tickets left, so grab them before they’re gone here: http://bit.ly/SamhainFestival2017

The Blizzards, Castlefest Kilkenny.
JOE.ie described it as a “hugely impressive festival” and we think they’ve hit the nail on the head! Where else are you going to catch The Blizzards, Little Hours and Chasing Abbey on the same lineup? After taking a break, The Blizzards are back and bigger than ever so this is a chance to catch them at their best! We’ve seen the setlist and know you’re in for a treat!

Extremely limited amount of tickets available here: http://bit.ly/BlizzardsCastlefest

Kormac, The Cork Jazz Festival.

Cork has always had an incredibly vibrant music scene through the years and it’s no different now. The recent Sounds From a Safe Harbour was a roaring success and this weekend’s Jazz Festival, which at this stage is a Cork institution, is set to be no different. One of the highlights of the weekend is sure to be Kormac’s AV set in Cyprus Avenue. His shows are totally off the wall with Annie Mac describing his show as “the most bizarre setup I've ever seen, but it really works.”.

If you want to experience it for yourself, nab a ticket here: http://bit.ly/KormacCypus

Kormac, Future Sounds Spotlight Killarney.
If you can’t make it to Cork on Saturday don’t worry Kormac has another show lined up in the south of the country this weekend this time in Killarney’s INEC on Sunday the 29th as a part of Future Sounds in association with Spin South West. Not only will Kormac be playing a insane set but Overhead, The Albatross and Daithi are also playing so you’re really getting a lot of bang for your buck!

Grab a ticket here: http://bit.ly/KormacINEC

R.S.A.G., Cork Opera House.

R.S.A.G. has done some pretty sick collaborations over his career and this time he’s pairing up for another whopper collab with King Kong Company. Playing the Cork Opera House on Sunday night, it’s sure to one of the highlights of this weekend. We would tell you to nab a ticket but they’re all sold out so if you want to get yourself to the show you’ll have to beg, borrow or steal your way in.

Bitch Falcon, Castlebar.

Bitch Falcon’s shows in The Garbo are by now legendary, so by popular demand they’re back to headline this year’s Halloween Fancy Dress Ball. We can’t think of a better way to spend the Bank Holiday Saturday than rocking out in fancy dress to one of the best live bands in the country. Bitch Falcon are a band on their way to the top, so make sure you catch them now before they’re playing stadiums!

Tickets available on the door: http://bit.ly/BFalconhalloween

Mark McCabe, Cork and Kildare.

Yet another busy weekend for DJ Mark McCabe who is just back from playing in Amsterdam. His legendary sets always guarantee a great night, and with it being a bank holiday the atmosphere is set to be something else! Saturday night will see him take The Ballroom of Cork’s Imperial Hotel by storm before a killer set in Time, Naas on Sunday night.

Nab your tickets here: http://bit.ly/MarkMcCabeHalloween