Electric Picnic delivers the goods and there’s more music on the way


THIS week, Northern Winds reports live direct from Electric Picnic, where artists like Fountains DC, Kojaque, Lemonade Shoelace and more entertained Irish festival-goers. The first physical gathering in over three years, EP has delivered on everything promised and serves as an example of what we can expect now that the pandemic has moved out of collective jurisdiction.

However, time waits for no one, and more live events and festivals have been announced this weekend for later in the year, mostly at the opposite end of the genre spectrum. First, news has emerged from Camp Conor O’Brien – aka Villagers – of a new string of dates around Ireland and the UK following their recent intimate headline at Whelan’s, Dublin. An 11-date acoustic tour across the UK to a series of smaller venues, including the MAC in Belfast in December, will coincide with the anniversary of O’Brien’s latest album, Fever Dream. Tickets are on sale now, and they never last long.

We also learned that one of Ireland’s oldest festivals, The Liberties Festival, will be returning this year. A family-friendly street festival that’s been around since the early 70s, it’s also a fantastic showcase of local talent thanks to some clever programming.

While there are countless walking tours, arts, workshops, yoga classes and more, the musical lineup of Robert John Ardiff, Nealo, Paper Clap, Laura Ann Brady and more is all to enjoy. as much. A donation-based festival that holds most events for free, it’s not to be missed for families.

In more experimental live news, Dublin Digital Radio (affectionately known as ddr.) marked a return to the love circuit after a string of live broadcast events over the past year.

Experimental and broad in nature, curators, producers and performers will take over the Dublin complex from October 28 to 29 for its ‘Alternating Current’ festival. Station co-founder Seán Finnan says AC is “Dublin Digital Radio’s answer to sound experimenters who are both station residents and station friends. This is a day-long celebration of new music specially created for the Complex’s vast warehouse and we are truly thrilled to share this new work in such a beautiful environment.

13 artists were commissioned this year to design sets and performances around the theme “Beyond Human Intelligence”, using sound art radio methods, field recordings, electronics, spoken word and traditional instruments to respond. Tickets are live now via the resort’s Patreon page.

And our latest live news comes this week from a special collaboration between Irish artists, The GalPal Collective, ddr., The Otolith Group and IMMA. This unique event titled What You Dream Of is a celebration of dance music, and more specifically the unsung impact and role that non-binary people and black women have had on its prevalence and development. With several lectures, shows, screenings and performances by Fehdah and Mona Lxsa, this could be the most important event of the summer.

Mount Palomar meets Joshua Burnside

Mount Palomar meets Joshua Burnside

And as always, we end this week’s column with a look at some of the best indie artist releases of the week. First up, we have a quirky, offbeat collaboration between folksinger Joshua Burnside and electronic producer Mount Palomar. Their track, titled Simmer, is a swirling, all-liquid affair of dark beats and reverberant vocals. Lyrically and musically, a mantra about self-reflection, Burnside and Palomar pair well, showcasing their experimental sides in this unique pairing ahead of producer Brace For Impact’s EP.

And to top it off, we have Sasha Samara’s new track, her first in three years. She says: “I wrote it to try to sort out my feelings towards a very one-sided relationship, where I felt like I always had to pick up the pieces.”

With vocal undertones from contemporary Derry-based ROE, indie-pop production and radio-ready melodies, Samara’s return was worth the wait (hope the next single comes sooner).

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