This year’s Jack of Diamonds Rhythm & Roots festival will take place this weekend Friday, August 15th to Sunday, August 17th. Including a wide-array of artists performing in several venues across Dublin city centre, here is the Last Mixed Tape’s 10 must see acts.
Conor Linnie – Button Factory, Friday August 15th (9pm)
Always a great performer in any context, Conor Linnie is an artist continuing to build momentum with several festival appearances this summer including Knockanstockan and Castlepalooza.
Sarah Red – Abner Brown’s Barbershop basement in Sweeney’s, Friday August 15th (9pm)
A strongly talented artist, Sarah Red has a defined ability to merge several genres of music into her unique sound. The musician will bring a diverse aspect to the Jack of Diamonds festival this weekend.
Gavin Glass & the Holy Shakers – Button Factory, Friday August 15th (10pm)
Acclaimed songwriter Gavin Glass will take to the stage at the Button Factory this Friday with his band the Holy Shakers. The performance will be sure to provide an intense blues-rock/rock ‘n’ roll inspired edge to the festival.
Kicking Bird – The Grand Social, Friday August 15th (11.30pm)
Alternative-folk four-piece Kicking Bird are a group earning a reputation as a hard-working live act, the band’s recent appearance at the Fire Escape festival in Rathmines was a particular highlight of the weekend.
The Daily Howl – Sweeney’s Ground Floor, Friday August 15th (1am)
Wicklow five-piece the Daily Howl’s self-titled début release was an impressively intricate blend of their roots and folk influences. Read the Last Mixed Tape’s review of the E.P. here.
The Eskies – Button Factory, Friday August 15th (1.30am)
One of the country’s most energetic live acts, the Eskies set at the Button Factory this Friday night will be an uptempo, visceral finale to the festival’s opening night.
Laura Ann Brady & Sarah Gleeson – Sweeney’s Upstairs, Saturday August 16th (10.30pm)
An exciting collaboration between songwriter’s Laura Ann Brady and Sarah Gleeson, the pair provide the perfect accompaniment to each other’s distinct style and vocal.
Mongoose – Sweeney’s Upstairs, Saturday August 16th (12.30am)
A group quickly capturing the imagination of many, jazz-folk act Mongoose are a unique melting pot of their influences and inspirations that results in a singular take on the genres they borrow from.
Wyvern Lingo – The Grand Social, Sunday August 17th
Folk-pop trio Wyvern Lingo’s deeply structured vocal harmonies and palpable blend of organic folk sounds and pop-sensibilities has identified the three-piece as a band on the ascendancy.
Buffalo Sunn – The Grand Social, Sunday August 17th
Indie-rock band Buffalo Sunn will bring their powerfully melodic sound to the Jack of Diamonds festival this Sunday night in the Grand Social. The Dublin outfit’s latest single ‘By Your Side’ was a recent addition to T.L.M.T’s song-of-the-week feature The Mixed-Tape.