The island of Ireland, although home to a tragic amount of bad boy bands and Jedward, also holds a surprising number of talented and dynamic musicians for a very small country. In recent years many artists such as Hozier and Kodaline have started to break borders and spill onto music scenes in various different countries across the globe. We also have a growing number of festivals that are becoming increasingly popular for Irish people and tourists alike. Many famous artists look to play in Ireland and say we have some of the best crowds in the world with the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, calling it his “adopted home”. As well as having well established bands such as U2 call it home, there are an abundance of up and coming groups that are most certainly on the rise. 2017 is set to be a big year for this little island and with excellent gigs planned and new music waiting to be released, I think it could be our best one yet.

  1. New Music from The Strypes

The Strypes are a four piece rock and blues band from Cavan. Formed in 2010, these four lads were something of a mini Beatles tribute act when they first came on the scene on the popular Late Late Toy Show. Since then they’ve outgrown the suits (and the long hair!) and have two albums under their belt; “Snapshot” being their debut and their sophomore dubbed “Little Victories”. This second album reached the top spot in the Irish charts and number 17 in the UK and it looks like another is on the way. Their third album is reportedly “in the bag” and will be released in late-spring/ early summer. I attended their most recent gig in the Olympia theatre where they road tested some songs that will be featured on it and judging by what I’ve heard, it’s going to be a corker. “Great Expectations” was the name of one of the tracks, a fitting name for sure.

strypesThe Strypes at the Olympia Theatre 8th of December 2017

  1. U2 “Joshua Tree” World Tour

U2, certainly one of the most famous bands to come out of Ireland, have announced they will do a major tour across North America and Europe with their 5th studio album “The Joshua Tree”. This album is a fan favourite and in my opinion, their best record to date. Other bands such as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers will be joining them on tour, a stellar line up at best. Tickets for their Dublin gig are not unlike gold dust and with Noel Gallagher supporting, it should be one for the history books. The real question is though; will they be giving free entry to those yielding an iPhone? After all, we had the pleasure of acquiring “Songs of Innocence” free of charge after that infamous Apple deal…

  1. New album from the Academic?

The Academic are one of Ireland’s most exciting new bands. They’ve been touring their debut EP relentlessly over the past year leaving fans wondering when they are due to come out with their first album. The release of their most recent single “Mixtape 2003” last summer was promising but it has been dead air since. Hopefully, these Mullingar boys will get themselves into the studio and make 2017 their year. Watch this space.

  1. Electric Picnic 2017

Electric Picnic is an annual music festival in Stradbally Co. Laois that came about in 2004 and has grown increasing popular in recent years. Headliners in recent years have included Foals, Blur, Lana Del Rey, New Order and Florence & The Machine. Last year saw other talented indie bands such as Wolf Alice, Blossoms, The 1975 and Catfish and The Bottlemen grace the stages of the festival. This year it can only get better and rumours of the line up are already circulating. Get yourself to Stradbally 1-3 September 2017!

ruth-medjber-catfish-and-the-bottlemen-b11001b6-7295-11e6-a124-aab69d8b7bb7-web-1Catfish and the Bottlemen at Electric picnic 2017- Photo by Ruth Medjber

  1. The Clockworks- The Band to Watch Out For

Recently playing Whelan’s Ones to Watch 2017, this Galway trio are the definition of up-and-coming. Inspired by the likes of The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys and The Smiths, The Clockworks combine tongue-in-cheek lyrics with 80s style indie tunage. Listen to their two tracks on Spotify “Girls Like You” and “Mazda” or check them out at their London show in The Good Ship on January 27th.

Thanks for reading!



Featured photo- The Clockworks by T.Cognard