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Q&A | TLMT talks to the Dublin Quays Festival team

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The Dublin Quays Festival 2018 kicks-off tonight with five nights of live music from some of the Irish music scene’s most promising acts performing at the Sound House/Wiley Fox, Grand Social, Workman’s Club, Sin É and Liquor Rooms. The promoters of this year’s festival recently took the time to talk to TLMT.

What’s the last record you bought?

Vinny Casey (Workman’s Club)
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool on vinyl

Beibhinn O’Reilly (Liquor Rooms)
Otherkin “OK” album.

John Brereton (The Grand Social)
Captain Beefheart – Lick My Decals Off Baby

Christina Quill (Sin É)
Honestly, the last record I bought was a copy of my old bands’ record, my friend was selling some bits to raise money for the Jocelyn Blake Cancer fund… The record came up for sale and I hadn’t a copy of my own vinyl, my copy had been lost in the ether… and we had none left… So I bought it back to raise money for Jocelyns cancer treatment was also nice on have it back on my shelf at home. The record was Cujo Family – Stories of Ruin.

Andrea Keogh (The Sound House / Wiley Fox)
Malojian’s album in Rollercoaster Records, Kilkenny. You’ve just reminded me that I haven’t bought a new record in a while…. thanks!

What’s the last song you played on Spotify?

Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer
In Time by Talos

Shivkumar Sharma – Raga Jhinjhoti in Rupak.

The Olllam – The Tryst after Death… that whole album is insane. It’s their only album self-titled The Olllam. Can’t wait to see if they will be bringing out anything else as their touring Ireland at the moment, I hope we hear more from them.

James Vincent McMorrow’s new track. It was out a week before I got a chance to listen to it in full. SHOCKING carry on!

DQF will showcase some of Ireland’s best up and coming acts. What’s your take on the Irish music scene at the moment?

I don’t think there’s ever been a better time for music in Ireland than right now. The talent and range of up and coming acts is unbelievable. I think we have on our shores at the minute many acts that will reach an international level and with good reason.

I think it’s a great time for Irish acts. So many new acts popping up trying new angles with different genres. I think there has always been a lot of Irish talent out there and it is only getting bigger and better.

Diverse, talented but needs more exposure on radio and TV.

Vibrant! It’s been morphing into new territories as of late, so much hip-hop coming through right now, a sound that Ireland just didn’t really have much of before. Most the hip-hop we would have had in years previous could be seen as being sort of contrived and almost an imitation of the American hip-hop culture. Where now whats being produced here, is very much our own. It’s a new sound not being done anywhere else in the world. Now Irish hip-hop is a real thing and it’s awesome!

It’s an exciting time for a lot of up and coming acts. The lines of promotion are changing, which is interesting to watch. Young artists making their own waves and being more creative than ever. Exciting to see the likes of Erica Cody, Le Boom & more filling festival tents. A lot proving you don’t have to go the traditional route to being heard. That said there’s still a lot of artists who don’t get the recognition they deserve which is frustrating. That will probably never change.

What do you hope festival-goers will take from this year’s event?

I hope they discover something new that they may not have seen before. That’s the benefit of having the festival across so many venues while still being free in. There’s no risk to popping into something and checking it out and then maybe leaving a fan of an act you wouldn’t have known before.

I hope more people will find so many new acts to listen to after the festival and realise how far the music industry in Ireland has come.

A willingness to go check out more local acts.

Again I hope festival-goers will see the dynamism and vibrancy in the music that Irish artists are producing. So many different sounds going on. In Sin E for The Dublin Quays Festival 18, on Thursday, its electro with Tanjier opening up the event. Friday we have pure Irish hip hop with Why Axis and spoken word from Emmet O’Brien. The next night on Saturday is totally different again with Mike Paterson, Alfi and Robert John Ardiff who are steeped in folk and traditional music. It really is a melting pot of genres… But sure what is a genre to go by anyway they’ll just have to come down and check it all out!!!


What was your highlight from last year’s DQF?

It’s so difficult to pick out one highlight but if I had to choose I think Orchid Collective would be mine, it was an amazing show.

We had Sorcha Richardson play an intimate stripped back set in the Liquor Rooms. It was incredible you could hear a pin drop with everyone listening so intently to such amazing music.

Seeing Leila Jane & The Healers for the first time in Sin É. A star in waiting.

My highlight from last year! Leila Jane and The Healers, shes like a sort of Wanda Jackson or a reincarnation of Elvis in female form! She was playing with her full band which just get this sort of rockabilly, David Lynch, Chris Isaak buzz going and it’s amazing. Every time I watch them cant believe they’re just playing right on my own front doorstep! It’s a pleasure!

Can I have two? I guess for me one of the main highlights was seeing all the bookers pull together and create a 4-day festival filled of music and all free, thanks to our sponsors Heineken. We’re in competition with each other the rest of the year (HAHA). Musically, there was a lot but walking into the Workman’s to see the amazing Orchid Collective play a really beautiful set to a jam-packed house topped it for me. I only caught the tail end of the gig but it was magic!

Dublin Quays Festival takes place from 19 – 23rd July in The Workman’s Club, The Liquor Rooms, Sin E, The Grand Social, The Wiley Fox & The Sound House. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. Full details


1 comment on “Q&A | TLMT talks to the Dublin Quays Festival team

  1. Hi There,
    Here a Spanish guy and a music lover that would like to share his thoughts about the Quays festival 2018.

    1. Not people at all, at least on Saturday afternoon. I went to Grand Social and workman’s. Honestly, I went around 8 p.m. to grand social and there was a band playing just for 0 people. It was… Awkward. I’m pretty sure that the people in the terrace were not even aware that there was a music festival just in the next room..

    The same after in workman’s, a band just playing for no more that 10 people. I mean, I know that is festival to support new and amateur bands ,etc, but any of these band cant bring at least 10 friends each to the Gigs? I don’t really get it.

    It is true that at night, I went to Sin E and at least the place was crowded, and you can feel that you were in some kind of music festival.

    2. The Quality of the bands. Again, I know that is a festival to support new bands, that is a FREE event, but I refuse to think that this are and example of the best new bands that are coming from Ireland/Dublin right now. Seriously, the band that I watched in workman’s, It was like a new matchbox 20 revival. I’m sure that It has to be something more exciting out there..

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that the people in charge were trying to do their best, but It is also true that I believe that Dublin deserve a better music scene.
    Sorry If I haven’t sound really constructive. I really wish the best of lucks for the next editions.

    Thanks! 🙂

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