Essential Advent Calendar: Circuit3 – ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’

Irish synth artist Circuit3 (aka Peter Fitzpatrick) has released his take on the classic, ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’. Originally released in 1975 by Greg Lake (Emerson Lake & Palmer) with lyrics by Peter Sinfield, the instrumental riff between the verses on ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ comes from the ‘Troika’ portion of Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Lieutenant Kijé’ Suite. Circuit3’s synthy version was recorded in Dublin using classic retro analogue synthesisers, giving the song a charmingly warm vibe.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Festive Double A Side From Irish Rockers Heavy Soda ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ And ‘It’s All So Easy (It’s Christmas Time)’

Heavy Soda describe themselves as “three people who were once in the same band at different times came together to reform an old band with a new name that only one of them had been in before.” It’s clear from the outset that the Dublin trio are fun guys, and their choice of Christmas songs, a brilliant, almost as good as the original, cover of ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and their own composition, ‘It’s All So Easy (It’s Christmas Time)’ go further to prove this.

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JIVE64 Release New Single ‘Side By Side’ In Support Of LGBTQ Rights

With influences including synth pop and modern day electro, JIVE64’s new single, ‘Side By Side’ is the centre of their campaign which aims to raise money and awareness for the suffering and lack of human rights of the LGBT community in Chechnya.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Junior Brother Is ‘Hungover At Mass’ With Ode To Drink And The Fear Of God

Junior Brother, real name Ronan Kealy, is an Irish experimental folk singer from County Kerry, but is now based in Dublin. His track, ‘Hungover At Mass’, is behind the 6th door on our Essential Advent Calendar.

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RING IN 2018 WITH IRELAND’S BIGGEST NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Ring in 2018 with New Year’s Festival Dublin, Ireland’s biggest New Year Celebration. Dublin City will light up with imagination and wonder over 2 days with 4 spectacular events from 31 December 2017 until 1 January 2018. The Custom House, Dublin’s iconic landmark, will be the centre for NYF Dublin’s countdown and New Year’s Day celebrations this year.
Today, New Year’s Festival Dublin announced the ticket details for their FREE Midnight Moment countdown events taking place on New Year’s Eve and details for the 3NewYear’s Day Celebration on 1 January 2018.

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Percolator – ‘Sestra’

Percolator, based in Dublin, Ireland, are a three piece group formed in 2009. With influences drawn from such diverse sounds as Krautrock, shoegaze, avant garde, experimental and prog rock, Percolator released their debut album, ‘Sestra’, in April this year. It’s out through Penske-Recordings, a Cork-based independent label which has also released albums from the likes of up and coming Irish bands including The Altered Hours and Magic Pockets.

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New Year’s Festival Dublin Announces New And Exciting Programme

Now in its fourth year, New Year’s Festival Dublin has announced a new and exciting programme of events to ring in 2018. Dublin city will light up with imagination and wonder over 2 days with 5 spectacular events from 31 December 2017 until 1 January 2018.

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Hard Working Class Heroes Conference 2017 – 28-30 September

Hard Working Class Hereos 2017 will open on Thursday, September 28th with a targeted networking event in The Chocolate Factory. This will give international delegates an opportunity to meet with their Irish counterparts and the artists attending the HWCH Music Conference.

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Dublin’s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival Sees 50 Bands Chosen

50 of Ireland’s most exciting bands will play live in 5 venues across Dublin city on September 29th and 30th for this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival.

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The Crayon Set – ‘Lost Languages’

Dublin based 6 piece band, The Crayon Set, will release their new album, ‘Lost Languages’, on October 10.

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IMELDA MAY TO PERFORM IRISH NATIONAL ANTHEM AHEAD OF MAYWEATHER VS MCGREGOR FIGHT IN LAS VEGAS

Imelda May will perform the Irish National Anthem ahead of the historic boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Irish singer and songwriter will sing her national anthem – ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ – for fellow Dubliner McGregor.

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Eight Years Of Jedward!

The 22nd August is an auspicious time in the lives of Jedward fans, as it marks the date that John and Edward Grimes (and together they were John and Edward) first appeared on UK and Irish TV.

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Essentially Pop Meets: Circuit3

During Essentially Pop’s recent Irish Roadshow, Lisa talked to Peter Fitzpatrick, who performs as Circuit3. Check out our interview as well as our competition to win Circuit3’s album.

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Six Quick Questions For Montauk Hotel

Dublin indie-shimmer-pop act, Montauk Hotel, launched their most recent single, ‘Sense Of Place’ at Whelan’s on August 12, and we had the chance beforehand to ask the band Six Quick Questions. Here’s their answers.

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Dublin Acapella Group, The Ramparts, Perform ‘Falling Slowly’ With Cast Of ‘Once’

The record-breaking stage show ‘Once’, described as a love song to Dublin, has been wowing audiences from all over Ireland and abroad this summer at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Now entering its final weeks, Once must end on Saturday August 26.

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Montauk Hotel Release ‘Sense Of Place’ Following Debut EP

Dublin based indie-shimmer-pop act Montauk Hotel have released their new single, ‘Sense Of Place’, following their debut EP earlier this year.

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