A ray of sunshine on a rainy day: KnockanStockan announce 2019 dates and ticket info!!!

You may be moping around like a drowned rat in that horrible weather but it’s not all bad news! The Christmas of the Summer, KnockanStockan, is back just in time for the traditional Winter Christmas. 

The country’s premiere independent music festival will return to the shores of the Blessington Lakes, arguably the most beautiful festival site in Ireland, on July 19th, 20th and 21st 2019 with Early Bird Tickets going on sale this Friday at 9AM for an absolute steal at €99. You can grab them at knockanstockan.ie but you’d better hurry as they probably won’t last long! 

After a sensational weekend in 2018 which featured unforgettable sets from The Olllam, Kojaque, Vernon Jane and over 150 other Irish and International showstoppers, plans are under way for our yearly pilgrimage to the idyllic valley.

  • Limited early bird tickets priced at €99
  • 3 Day Tickets – €155
  • 2 Day Tickets (Sat & Sun) – €135
  • 1 Day Tickets (Sun Only) – €65

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Pillow Queens release video for new single ‘Gay Girls’ ahead of Whelan’s headline show.

Dublin Indie-punk quartet Pillow Queens have released a brand spanking new video for their single ‘Gay Girls’. The track is the groups first since March’s ‘State of the State’ EP and was produced by Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK, Bell X1) in Attica Studios in Co. Donegal. 

The track is about intoxicating lust and relentless religious repression, a theme which is compounded by a raucous outro featuring a full choir of singing voices. 

Their previous music video for ‘Favourite’ was recently awarded Best Irish Music Video at the Irish Film Festival London and this new video from Director Kate Dolan could well be a contender for next year’s awards. It’s a super charming depiction of a communion money blowout by 4 girls, treating themselves to all the exciting things a local community can offer a 7 year old. Bottles of Cadet Orange, chips and sweet & sour flying saucers galore!

Pillow Queens have had a crazy year of live shows touring all over the UK & Ireland and hitting loads of festivals including KnockanStockan,  Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes & The Great Escape. We highly recommend catching them live in Whelan’s on November 24th while you still can! Tickets for their headline show are priced €16 and are available here.

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TMFTML’s Definitive Guide to Irish Christmas Songs!

pranks xmasAre you sick to death of the same old Christmas songs from Mariah Carey and The Pogues? Looking for something new to share with friends and family this festive season? Well TMFTML has you covered!

Dublin grunge duo Pranks dropped into Today FM to see Fergal D’Arcy recently and recorded a riffed up version of Mitch Miller’s 1960 classic ‘Must Be Santa’, apparently pulling it off in one take!

Cork/Kerry two piece Electro Funk band White Boys have released a really unique version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ featuring beat-boxing and a Talkbox.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ has become synonymous with Christmas since being used in the John Lewis advert in 2012. Cronin have released a new cover of the song featuring Matt McManamon from the Dead 60’s.

Croupier may have broken up, but we’ll always have their delightful Math Rock version of ‘Carol of the Bells’ to get us through the winter months, this is one of my absolute favourites!

Thumper, the noisy brainchild of Oisín Furlong, have recorded a distorted cover of Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’.

The first original on the list comes from Dublin indie band Blades Club with their track ‘What You Get Me (For Christmas)’

Next up, another original! This one comes from Dublin singer-songwriter Sinead McConville. It’s a classic sounding pop song with some clever little arrangements including bells and glockenspiel .

Some of the tracks in this list along with a whole sleigh load more feature on a compilation that the good people over at The Co-Present have compiled just for Christmas!

After you’ve gotten through all of the tracks above and it’s time to properly get your Christmas crunk on,  click here to download Stevie G from Cork’s RedFM’s Black Christmas Podcast. Over 3 hours of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul, Blues and Disco Christmas  goodness!  It’s Brilliant!

Thanks to all of our readers for your support in 2015, have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2016 =]

Adam