Indiependence 2016

Anthony Kelly reviews the best of the action from Indiependence 2016.

Primavera Sound 2016

Keith McGouran with an – depth, excellent review of one of Europe’s most prestigious music festivals.

Wild Beasts, Frank and Walters live @ Sounds From A Safe Harbour – 17-20 Sept, Cork...

The inaugural Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival took place this weekend in various locations around Cork city. Held over a period of four days and with a total of no less than 70 individual events taking place, it was always going to be difficult to get to take it all in so as usual I decided to focus on the live music aspect of this festival and in particular local artists. Saturday afternoon’s Boats and Bites event was the first I managed to get down to and when I did I found numerous pop up bars and food stalls flanking both sides of the Port Of Cork’s dock. The Frank and Walters provided the soundtrack for the afternoon. Now, where do you start with the Frank and Walters? The Franks have been Cork’s Indie-Pop kings for over a quarter of a century. They combine an excellent back catalogue with fresh and innovative gig ideas, my favourite of which before this afternoon was when they had a marching band lead a procession of fans to their Opera House gig last October. Today The Franks are performing on top of the naval vessel, the ‘LE Ciara’ which is currently docked at the Cork’s Anderson’s Quay. A mixture of new fans and a few very recognisable old faces gathered at the corner of the dock to hear the Franks belt out some of their greatest hits. Over the course of the next hour while people sampled the various local produce on offer  songs like ‘Tony Cochran’, ‘The Parson’, ‘Colours’ ,’How Do I Exist’ and ‘This Is Not  A Song’ have both young and old dancing on the dockside. The lads are at their quick witted best and as usual they have the crowd in hysterics due...

Sounds from a Safe Harbour, 17 – 20 Sept , Cork Aug27

Sounds from a Safe Harbour, 17 – 20 Sept , Cork...

Sounds from a Safe Harbour is a brand new festival of music, art and conversation, curated by Bryce Dessner of The National. Two years since its inception by Bryce and Cork Opera House CEO, Mary Hickson, Sounds from a Safe Harbour will bring a huge international creative cast to Cork this September to celebrate the port city’s place on the world’s stage in a unique setting. Alongside Cork’s spectacular harbour environs, themes of waves, water and movement have been the inspiration for the festival, and will be explored through many new commissions and collaborations specially programmed for Sounds from a Safe Harbour. The festival will activate the City through many art forms including visual arts, conversation, dance, film and music. Collaboration and shared experiences are strong themes in the festival, and audiences are encouraged to immerse themselves and form part of the conversation. ‘Wave Movements’ – a new composition by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) – will be the focal point of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. It will be performed at Cork Opera House by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and accompanied with film by the celebrated Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. Joining these concerts on a programme that truly traverses the oceans will be Shara Worden’s My Brightest Diamond; celebrated English organist James McVinnie; New York So Percussion and Nadia Sirota; Icelandic producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson with Icelandic compatriots Amiina, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kjartan Sveinsson and Skúli Sverrisson; Swedish / Irish fusion outfit This Is How We Fly; Parisian new-wave multi-instrumentalist Mina Tindle; US vocal looper Julianna Barwick; influential record label Bedroom Community; acclaimed artist and poet, Jessica Dessner. There’s a steller Irish contingent performing as part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour, with some of this country’s most creative...

Indiependence Music & Arts, Cork 31 Jul – 2 Aug 2015...

While other music festivals struggle, Cork’s Indiependence Music and Arts Festival continues to go from strength to strength. Anthony Kelly was there this year to witness it all.