Music | Indiependence Festival Preview 2014

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Overlooked by the Galtee Mountains in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Indiependence is one of the more picturesque festivals.  The music and arts festival situated just 15 minutes walk from the town, with many activities and acts to tempt you down to Cork for the weekend.

Getting there

Getting to Indiependence can be done by car or bus, with Bus Eireann operating a number of routes that stop in the town (no. 7 from Dublin – Cork for example). There are car parks available beside and within close proximity of the site.


Spread out across three days, the festival is reasonable priced, as 3 day camping tickets range from €99 – €109 (SOLD OUT), day tickets will cost you €49.  There are a few Hotels and B&B’s near by in the town, while camping consists of general and family campsites. Camper van tickets are priced at €60.

What else?

A craft beer hall with acts sandwiched inbetween, workshops run by Mitchelstown Youth Cafe, and a host of fringe events in the main arena to keep you occupied if you take a break.

There will also be DJ’s in the Bacardi Bar, not to mention other places to consume beverages of an alcoholic nature at the Canadian Molsen and Kopparberg Bars.

Acts to see: 

Picking five acts or more is headache inducing given this quality of line up, but here it goes.

Tom Odell was very impressive when he supported Billy Joel at The O2 Dublin last November, with similar acclaim for his support to Paul Weller in RHK earlier this summer.  Catch him while he’s here, which isn’t very often to be honest Mr. Odell.

Hozier  obviously stands out for many as one to see.  His latest single ‘Sedated’ is likely to take off soon and a great chance to hear material from his upcoming début album due in the next few months.

Damien Dempsey  is great for the emotional songs turn singalong with your mates.  Even if he doesn’t play ‘Almighty Love’, you’ll feel like you have come back from a trad session at the local.

Delorentos  haven’t played many gigs of late, the new record means the lads are taking time out, so a chance to see a great live act and possibly hear some new material is worth a shot ain’t it?

Elastic Sleep were part of a stellar line up at The Button Factory recently.  One of many local Cork acts you should see this weekend, their single ‘Leave You’ is shoegaze rock at it’s best.

Other acts to check out include: Colour//Sound / White Lies / Sultans Of Ping / Tvvins / Walking On Cars / The Vincents / Benny Smiles / We Cut Corners / Kodakid / Orla Gartland / The Academic / Big September / Darling

Listen to RobMoro’s Indiependence 2014 Playlist on Deezer 

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Music | Castlepalooza Preview 2014

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Castlepalooza takes place in the quant surroundings of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co. Offaly this weekend. The unique festival allows festival-goers to wander around the castle and it’s gardens, taking in all the music, art and film exhibitions the festival has to offer.

Getting there

Getting to Charleville Castle can be done by car, bus and train. Directions will be signposted around Tullamore, with the train station being a ten minute walk also. Check AA Roadwatch to plan an easy route to the festival.

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There are two camping options available at the festival, there is the old school style of bringing your own and pitching in any of the castle or moat camping areas that your ticket allows or if you fancy camping in style, you can rent a pre-pitched carpeted bell tent. If camping isn’t your thing, well there is a number of hotels and B&B’s located near the castle. Campervan tickets are available and are priced at €30.

Beat the festival queues with Castlepalooza Concierge

The first ever Castlepalooza Concierge is a new service offering speed; no hassle and extra care for customers at Castlepalooza 2014. The Concierge  allows  you the comfort of the exclusive Concierge toilet facilities & even your very own designated queue at the main bar throughout the weekend. Very limited Castlepalooza Concierge tickets are available for a €20 upgrade on your current ticket

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What else?

Although you’re not allowed bring your own drink into the festival, there is an on-site off licence offering standard priced drink over the weekend.

Other activities at the festival include  Yoga, Burlesque, Hula Hooping, Puppet Making and many more workshops.   Homebeat will also provide sessions and interviews in the castle.

Royalty at Castlepalooza

Vodafone’s Centre Stage and Castlepalooza are teaming up to create Ireland’s first fancy dress festival day. It is by royal decree  that Sunday, 3 August is declared official dress-up day  at Castlepalooza. The inaugural theme is everything Kings and Queens allowing festival goers to express their interpretation of a modern-day royal and take Centre Stage at the ultimate royal court for one glorious night!


Most tickets are all gone, but there are a few €129 camping tickets left, but hurry before they’re snapped up!

Acts to see:

Dan Croll is a UK a multi-instrumentalist whose songwriting has bagged him place on Apple ads and even acclaim from former Beatles’ members.  His début ‘Sweet Dissray’ is a must have.

Vann Music were one of my picks to watch out for last year, so I’ll go with them again account that their latest single ‘Tina’ is unbelievably catchy.  You’ll be pumped after seeing these guys.

Tvvins  really impressed at Longitude this year, great stuff from Conor and Lar, indie synth rock brilliance.

Buffalo Sunn are tipped for big things, glorious sonic rock from the band with their ‘Seven Seas’ single.

Otherkin  rocked the Whelan’s 25 tent at Longitude, expect them to more of the same at Castlepalooza.

Other acts to check out this weekend include: DREA / Fox Jaw / Enemies / Gruff Rhys / Hauer / Acrobat / Conor Linnie / Heroes In Hiding / Moscow Metro 

Listen to the RobMoro Castlepalooza Playlist on Deezer Ireland

Technology | Watch: New video for “Sunset Overdrive”

Microsoft and Insomniac Games revealed more details on “Sunset Overdrive” in a new video that shows fans some new features.

With the ability to mix-and-match a myriad of body types, skin tones, apparel, hair and body art options, “Sunset Overdrive” lets users create unique character and assume any gender, race, or look they desire.

In “Sunset Overdrive,” be yourself – or create your own ‘post-apocalyptic’ alter ego!

Music | Lethal Dialect releases single ‘Headstrong’

Lethal Dialect has released ‘Headstrong’ as the follow-up single to last year’s teaser ’13 ‘til Infinity’ taken from the anticipated third LP “1988”.  Produced by JackKnife J, the album will be released in September 2014.

To coincide with the single, Lethal Dialect hosted an album preview party in Dublin’s Grand Social in early July, which gave fans the opportunity to hear the album played live, with full backing band.

Music | Clannad announce Irish tour

Clannad have announced an Irish tour.

Over the decades, Clannad have made memorable music as ‘Theme from Harry’s Game’, ‘In A Lifetime’, ‘I Will Find You’ and the sound track to the ‘Robin Of Sherwood’ TV series

Tickets for the below dates will are on sale now.

29 Oct UCH Limerick

30 Oct Cork Opera House

31 Oct Waterfront Hall Belfast

01 Nov Royal Theatre, Castlebar

02 Nov The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Tickets for The Olympia from €30.50 including booking fee via Ticketmaster.

Music | Ward Thomas release video for ‘Push For The Stride’

Ward Thomas are 20-year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas from Hampshire.  The duo have released the video for ‘Push For The Stride’, which is taken from their début album “From Where We Stand”.

They’ve appeared at the Country2Country Festival at London’s O2 Arena where they were interviewed by BBC London News.  More recently they have been featured in the Sunday Times Culture and have been confirmed to appear at the Maverick Festival in early July.

Ward Thomas will be playing the following dates this summer:


10 – The Musician, Leicester (w/ The Webb Sisters)

12 – Americana Festival, Leicestershire

12 – Meonfest, Petersfield

16 – The Castle, Manchester

17 – Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge

18 – Fort San-Antone, Blackpool

19 – Chagstock, Devon

20 – Guilfest, Guilford

25 – Green Note, London

26 – Halfway to 75 Festival, Oxford


2 – Cheese & Grain, Frome

5 – Mr Wolf’s, Bristol

6 – The Live Lounge, Weston-super-Mare

7 – Phoenix, Exeter

8 – The Lamb Inn, Sandford, Devon

9 – South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes

12 – Bread & Roses, Plymouth

14 – The Taphouse, St Agnes

15 – The Good Intent, Petersfield

17 – Talking Heads, Southampton

31 – Weyfest (Rustic Stage)


Music | Race The Flux to tour Ireland this August

Following their performance of “Songs for the Deaf” in The Cellar Galway back in April this year, Galway 4 piece Race The Flux will perform “Songs For The Deaf” by Queens of the Stone Age in full across the country this August.

They will be testing out new original tracks, some of which will be getting there first live airing outside of the rehearsal room.  A return to the studio this Autumn is also planned, as a follow-up release to the band’s début LP “Dutch Buffalo” released June last year.

Race The Flux Tour Dates:

2 August Whelans, Dublin

6 August Cobblestone Joe’s, Limerick

9 August Fred Zeppelins, Cork

15 August Spirit Store, Dundalk

22 August Roisin Dubh , Galway

Music | Gogol Bordello to play The Academy in December

Gogol Bordello are coming back to Dublin on 16 December to play The Academy.

The band’s constant touring and critically acclaimed shows have made them international headliners.

Tickets €30 inclusive of booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets and online at

Music | Girl Band to release new single ‘De Bom Bom’ on 29 August


Girl Band will release new single ‘De Bom Bom’ on 29 August, the follow-up to the singles ‘Lawman’ and ‘The Cha Cha Cha’. Record label Any Other City will release a limited run of 500 7” records, each 100 wrapped in a different colour of card from Dark Blue to Dark Green and will feature a cover of Beat Happening’s “I Love You” on its B-side.

This new single is longer than the previous 24 second ‘The Cha Cha Cha’ at just-over-3-minutes, the perfect “radio single” length.

A number of Euro tour dates with Slint will be slotted in among the Irish and UK dates.

Girl Band Tour Dates
19 Sept – Joe Lees, Tullamore (+ Spies)
20 Sept – – International guitar festival, Clonakilty, Cork
26 Sept – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick (+ Spies)
27 Sept — The Button Factory, Dublin (+ Cian Nugent)
9 Oct – Roisin Dubh, Galway (+ Spies)
10 Oct – The Spirit Tour, Dundalk (+ Spies)
16 Oct – Shapes, London UK
17 Oct – Night & Day, Manchester UK
18 Oct – Venue TBC, Cork

Music | Licence granted for Electric Picnic as capacity increases for more festival goers

Following recent licence debacles with other concerts this summer, Electric Picnic sailed past any such storm and has been granted a licence by Laois County Council.

The three-day music and arts festival also had further reason to celebrate with the news that an extra 8,000 festival goers can attend the festival, increasing the capacity from 33,000 last year to 41,000 this year.

Electric Picnic is usually host to a capacity of 32,500 people on average.

Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers are among the acts confirmed for Electric Picnic at Stradbally Estate, Co Laois.