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The Surf and Music festival, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, takes place from 22nd – 24th June in Bundoran, Co. Donegal.
This exceptional festival is the only one of its kind in Ireland, providing a completely distinctive experience for revellers, combining music and surfing with Barefoot Sports events such as Barefoot Soccer, Tag Rugby, Beach Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee. A broad range of tastes are accommodated for with activities such as Beach Yoga, a Colour Run and a Surf Event!
Camping and Glamping options are available for those who want the full festival experience alternatively, there are Sunday tickets available for the day-trippers!
Friday 22nd June
Hip-hop artist and producer exploded on to the music scene in 2003 with his stellar track “Fix up, look sharp”, since then, the mercury prize winning Dizzee, has had numerous hits with songs like “Bonkers”, “Holiday” and his collaboration with Calvin Harris; “Dance wiv me”. A born performer, once you hear his music, it is virtually impossible not to dance !
Song : Dance wiv me (Feat, Calvin Harris)
The Hot Sprockets
The Hot Sprockets emit a feel-good vibe with their indie soul and rock and roll style of music which is complimented by singer Soper’s soulful melodic voice. With three albums released to critical acclaim, most recently with “Dream Mover” earlier this year, this bands star is rising fast !
Song : Imagine us on the sun
Noise-pop from this Dublin five-piece featuring energetic drums, screeching guitar riffs and lyrics dripping with realism, influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth and Parquet Courts, there is also a nostalgic element to Thumper’s sound which is exciting,
Song : AFL
Brothers Harry & Alfie are folk-pop singer-songwriters, their heartfelt lyrics beautifully crafted to fit alongside jangly guitar melodies conjured up from a range of influences reminiscent of decades past, old merges with new to form a exceptional contemporary sound.
Song: Feel it again
Beautiful harmonies and darkly poetic lyrics from this exceptional artist, who has featured at festivals such as Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices, along with the recent addition of a cellist, guitarist and drummer to her live set up which has tapped in to a new era of music for her, vocally, Molly has been compared to Lana Del Rey and Hannah Reid of London Grammar.
Song : Stripped down
Saturday 23rd June
Walking on Cars
Indie-pop-rock sounds with a distinctive Irish edge blended with impressive piano pieces, notable tracks include as “Speeding Cars”, “Catch me if you can” and “Don’t mind me” and prove that Walking on Cars have more than one trick up their musical sleeves.
Song : Catch me if you can
Following the release of their debut single “All or nothing” dublin rock-pop four piece Wild Youth have continued to rise through the ranks, with gigs supporting The Script, numerous festival appearances and releasing songs “Lose control” and “Can’t move on” both of which were extremely well received.
Song : Can’t move on
His unmistakeable smooth vocal, lending itself to tracks such as “True Friends” and “Celebrate”, Jerry Fish has become something of institution in Ireland, with “An Emotional Fish” and “Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club”, and currently “The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow”, a definite must see !
Song :True Friends
Describing their sound as power-pop, The Blizzards can go from the anthemic (Trust me I’m a doctor) to the heartfelt (Postcards), led by admirable vocalist and songwriter Bressie, they have played support slots for bands like Oasis and AC/DC. The band were on hiatus since 2009, but in 2016, they returned with single “Drop down the anchor”.
Song : Trust me I’m a doctor
A wonderfully gifted lyricist who has a unique way of storytelling through his songs, giving you an insight into the world of the character that the song is focused on, his vocals are steeped in the irish tradition style of unaccompanied singing but he succeeds in keeping it fresh and exciting with his own spin on it.
Song : Cobwebs
Sunday 24th June
Drum & bass flavours from this mercury prize winning act, whose collaborations with acts such as Emeli Sandé, Foxes and Ella Eyre have earned them due recognition, there most recent track “These days” was released in January of this year with contributions from Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.
Song : These days
The alternative rock four-piece, whose musical influences include The Smiths and Arcade Fire, released their eagerly anticipated new album earlier this year which was well received. Singer Ronan Yourell has a superbly poetic quality to his voice, add to this their harmonious guitar sounds and you have band that have got a lot to offer and more besides.
Song: In darkness we feel our way
An exceptional performer and electronic music producer, Elaine Mai is also a songwriter, with tracks like “Enniscrone” and “When I go” obtaining critical recognition. A co-production with Daithí saw the release of the track “Rockamadour” in 2016.
Song: When I go
Indie rock act from Manchester based Everything Everything, with influences ranging from prog, psychedelic and art rock right through to electronic elements, since their formation in 2007, the band have released 4 albums, their most recent offering being 2017’s “Fever Dream”.
Song : Desire
Slow Place Like Home
Musician/Producer Keith Mannion AKA Slow Place Like Home incorporates influences from Frank Zappa and Angelo Badalamenti amongst others to create a dreamy, synth-heavy Lynchian-like soundscape.
Song : Echoes (Feat. Fearghal McKee)
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I’m so sorry to miss this. Everything everything are amazing live!
Yes, it looked amazing from the pictures I saw of it and the weather was perfect! Next year! : )