Castlepalooza – Ones to Watch


castlepalooza-2013Lucky enough to be heading to Castlepalooza this weekend? Utterly drowning in the sea of amazing acts they’ve lined up for you? Well, we’ve simplified it for you and have conjured up our list of acts that you just simply cannot miss! Check out our Ones to Watch!

No better way to kick off your Castlepalooza weekend than with Kildare’s finest electro pop duo, Miracle Bell! One of our former Irish Band’s of the Week, the duo are back after a two year long hiatus with a promise to “assault the live scene”! Their second album is set to bring them to even greater heights, so catch them while you can! Miracle Bell take to the Metro Herald Stage at 6pm!

Croupier hit the same stage a mere 2 hours later. Having dominated the stage at last week’s KnockanStockan Festival, it’s become clear that this is a band not to be overlooked. Set to release their new EP on August 24th, there’s no better time to catch this band on the rise!

Our current Irish Band of the Week, Overhead, The Albatross also hit the Metro Herald stage on Friday at 9.45pm. The instrumental sextet are generating enormous waves on the Irish music scene right now, proving themselves as serious contending heavyweights of the genre.

Hailing from Portadown, SertOne takes to the Tullamore Dew Courtyard Stage, Saturday at 11pm. This gent is making a name for himself with his trademark concoctions of synth-fuelled instrumental hip hop beats. His back catalogue boasts an incredible track featuring critically acclaimed duo Young Wonder who take the Metro Stage, Friday at 10.30pm.

Multi-instrumentalist R.S.A.G (Rarely Seen Above Ground) a.k.a Jeremy Hickey graces the Metro Herald stage at 9.15pm. R.S.A.G has been on the scene since 2008 and with a new album out this year, we’re looking forward to another selection of innovative tracks from the musical maestro.

Last Days of 1984 are set to hit the Vodafone Main Stage at 9.15pm, if the above fails to take your fancy. The duo make psychedelic beach house music that’s just going to make you move. They’re a band to lose yourself in, so why not get lost Saturday night?

Halves take to Metro Herald stage at 5.15pm for what is sure to be another hauntingly enthralling show. Halves on a live stage has to be described as an “experience” rather than a gig so don’t pass up this opportunity to see them live!

Dublin-born duo Kid Karate hit the Vodafone Main Stage at 10pm. Fresh off of their north american tour, you can expect an unforgettable performance from these two. They’re thunderous, rowdy and turbulent and will dominate that main stage.

Titans of the irish music scene And So I Watch You From Afar take to the main stage at 10.45pm, so hang around after Kid Karate. The band have a legion of fans worldwide and with good reason. This is simply one of those bands you just must see in your gig-going lifetime and there’s no better time than now.


Laur Ryan

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