Indie Week Ireland: Day 1

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As I’m sure you know by now, our Indie Week Ireland team is tearing it up in Dublin! The rolling green hills, some moody rain, tons of great music, and enough Jameson to go around – what more could you ask for?

So while we’re all here and stuck in flooding Toronto, we might as well investigate what they’re up to; come on, live vicariously through them with me!

First, it wouldn’t be a trip across the pond before making a quick stop in England to see our favorite English lads with instruments – The Suburbians!
The team met up with them at The Barfly to see the guys strut their stuff on their home turf, seeing them off on a party-time-excellent tour of the UK of their own.

After many high fives and good times, it was off to Dublin to get it on like it’s.. well, Indie Week Ireland.

Wednesday, May 30th kicked off with the Indie Week Address, and then a ton of incredible acts, starting with Alex The Great;
“Alex the Great is an independent Alternative-Folk-Rock act based in Brighton, UK… But really they are much more than that. Alex the Great brings together a far-reaching scale of musical styles – from catchy, guitar-driven tunes to their slowed down, Dylanesque folk songs, it is hard to ignore the cohesive-yet-varied set lists and true dedication that are obvious in each of the band’s performances. While the crowd dances along, each musician brings a sense of individuality to every song, creating a sound that is truly unique. Their music is for everyone, from anywhere.”

Followed by Marina Zettl; a gorgeous German girl with a definite set of pipes.

The Vickers were soon to follow, born in 2007 and a ‘rock band that will blow your mind’.

Moo was next. Who the heck are Moo? Well, in their words not mine (because I couldn’t have said it better myself…)
“When the Great God of Rock n’ Roll was finished, he surveyed with satisfaction the panorama of long hair, guitars and drums he had created. As he did so  he noticed he still had some scraps of raw material left over – a dollop of Western, a scoop of Rockabilly, a whole bottle of pure Rock n’ Roll essence itself and a few truckloads of Good Time.  He rolled it all up into a ball and fried it up on the skillet and what came out was: MMmmmmooooooooooOOOOOOO!!!!  Unfortunately he didn’t have enough Long Hair left, so only two of the band members got any. The other has to make do with an (albeit rather cool) cowboy hat.”

Closing out the first Indie Week night at The Mezz was Sixteen Layers;
“Sixteen Layers is a story of grit and determination. A four piece alt rock band all hailing from Dublin that have put themselves on the map independently.”

Meanwhile, at Industry, Sarah Packiam, Animal Beats, & L.Stadt rocked it out. The night closed out with a killer Nixon performance, who hold a special spot in our Indie hearts as the hailing champs of Indie Week 2011.

Stay tuned for more recaps of Indie Week Ireland!

Rock on!

- Chloe