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Niamh Craven breaks down the best Irish artists performing live this weekend on the grounds of Curraghmore House.
From the crew who brought you Forbidden Fruit and Metropolis, All Together Now are set for their maiden voyage. From August 3-5 the beautiful surroundings of Curraghmore Estate in Waterford will be transformed into the location for Ireland’s newest music and arts festival, All Together Now.
With one of the strongest homegrown line ups of the year, mixed in with an eclectic mix of international headliners, we’ve broken down the best live Irish acts you simply must see.
J Colleran has already captivated audiences under MMOTHS, and now he has embarked on a quest to carve out a place for himself under an moniker more closely related to his given name, J Colleran. In just a short amount of time, J Colleran went from performing at underground electronica shows in Dublin to flying out for impressive shows like SXSW in Texas, Electric Picnic, touring with The xx and now, All Together Now 2018. Check out an interview with him here.
J Colleran plays on the ‘Something Kind Of Wonderful’ stage on Saturday at 16:45-17:45.
Fehdah, the musical project of Emma Garnett, brings a blend of futuristic afro soul. She’s constantly thriving to fuse different areas of work, cultural influences and different genres and aspects of music to create something entirely unique to her. Check out an interview with Emma here.
Fehdah play at the ‘Belonging Bandstand’ stage at 20:00-21:30 on Friday.
Maria is an Irish alternative folk artist based between Dublin and Berlin, with some of the most haunting and soft vocals about. She’s spent years cultivating her soft, delicate and poignant vocals and sound that have led her to support like-minded artists like James Vincent McMorrow and more.
Maria Kelly plays on the ‘Road To Nowhere’ stage from 17:45-18:45 on Friday.
The Cork-born artist Toby Kaar is returning with new music this weekend at All Together Now, material he promises are “some of the best things I’ve made in ages”.
Toby Kaar plays on the ‘One Love by Sim Simma’ stage from 0:00-1:30 on Friday.
One of the most forward-thinking producers and vocalists in Dublin, Wastefellow’s music is varied from mostly hip hop influenced beats to experimental electronic production and more. He’s known for a continuing collaboration with one of Dublin’s most current rappers Bobby Basil, one of the finest examples of his tendency to channel his productions into a psychedelic realm of sounds that grabbed the attention of his fans.
Wastefellow plays on the ‘Road To Nowhere’ stage on Saturday from 14:00-14:45.
Æ MAK firmly found their place in Irish music with their debut track ‘I Can Feel It In My Bones’ and have been consistently dropping equally captivating tunes since. Aoife McCann’s vocals can’t be matched with any other, and their upbeat ever-evolving and genre-transcending music will grab you by the throat live.
AE Mak play on the ‘Road To Nowhere’ stage from 22:00-22:45.
Her homecoming show after moving to London to cut her teeth will manifest in the form of All Together Now 2018. Biig Piig writes unapologetically honest and romantic hip hop and R&B, with soft vocals and neo-soul beats.
Biig Piig plays on the ‘Road To Nowhere’ stage from 17:30-18:00.
Yankari combine rhythms, lyrics and melodies reminiscent of afrobeat music and funk, making for a seriously modern and heavy groove. Yankari’s main motive is to advance the afrobeat genre by incorporating and fusing contemporary western sounds whilst maintaining the traditional groove at the core of afrobeat music.
Yankari play the ‘Belonging Bandstand’ stage on Saturday at 20:00-21:30.
After taking to social media to announce that he’s emigrating, this will be a special show for David Kitt and his fans. The Dublin musician crosses multiple genres with chilled out and reflective melodies and lyrics.
David Kitt plays on the ‘Hot Press Acoustic’ stage on Sunday from 19:20-20:20.
The Cork electronica band, spearheaded by Eoin French, allows several eclectic influences to feed into their work, ending up with plaintive electronica music with vocals that will send a shiver down your spine… In the best way possible.
Talos plays on the ‘Something Kind Of Wonderful’ stage on Sunday at 17:45-18:45.
Saint Sister draw influences from aspects of traditional music like harp instrumentals and more, creating a genre they’ve christened as ‘atmosfolk’.
Saint Sister play on the ‘Something Kind Of Wonderful’ stage on Sunday from 16:15-17:15.
Commonly described as the man who’s perfected the term ‘kaleidoscopic house’, 2017 was a busy year for R. Kitt. The member of the Dublin DJ collective ‘DIP’ has releases on almost every credible and esteemed Irish label with house music made with influences from all over.
R Kitt plays on the ‘Road To Nowhere’ stage on Sunday from 22:00-23:00.
All Together Now takes place from August 3-5 at Curraghmore House, Waterford. Find out more here.