10 acts to see at Westport Festival

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westport-festival-2013Earlier this week we brought you our tips for Sea Sessions but that’s not the only festival happening this weekend. Now in it’s third year, Westport Festival which takes place on the beautiful grounds of Westport House in County Mayo will kick off this Saturday. If you’re heading on west this weekend, here are some bands that we reckon you should check out over the weekend.

See also: Westport Festival 2014 Stage Times

The Young Folk

A little bit folk and a little bit alt-rock, The Young Folk have been making waves, touring extensively across Ireland and Europe and playing South By Southwest earlier this year. They’re the first act on the Main Stage on Sunday and their stirring brand of breezy folk should rouse the crowd from its post Saturday slumbers. Check out their new single Way Home.

The Divine Comedy

Neil Hannon has been busy with the superb Duckworth Lewis method for the past few years but has now thrown his Divine Comedy suit back on and is working on a new album under the guise that made his name. With a multitude of critically acclaimed albums under his belt and having composed the theme music for Father Ted, Hannon really is a bit of a national treasure – oh, and he wrote My Lovely Horse, Ireland’s greatest ever fictional Eurovision entry.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 

Okay, we know some people hate the ukulele but these guys are great fun. They’ve been together for almost 20 years and have played all over the world as well as playing the prestigious BBC Proms. Have a look at their version on Psycho Killer from their Proms performance.

The Barley Mob

Uplifting Irish reggae with an overwhelmingly positive message, The Barley Mob are truly unique. They’ve played hundreds of shows over the past four years and that dedication to live performance has seen them draw much critical acclaim. We caught them at Christmas time and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough.


Alternative rockers Otherkin have been steadily progressing since their formation two years ago. With two EP’s and a couple of singles under their belt the lads have been prolific in that time. Live they are incredibly tight, with rumbling bass and intricate guitar work dominating proceedings. Well worth checking out early on Saturday.

We Cut Corners

Their new album Think Nothing makes a mockery of the ‘difficult second album’ theory and the two-piece are also a formidable proposition live. Gorgeous harmonies and clever lyrics with pounding rhythms contrasted against lighter moments, We Cut Corners are one of the best bands in what is currently a very fertile Irish music scene.


Windings were nominated for the Choice Music Prize for their album ‘I Am Not The Crow’ in 2012 and followed that up with a well received split album with Land Lovers that was released earlier this year. The Limerick natives have been gigging extensively and are sure to go down a treat this weekend.

Lisa O’Neill

The only artist that you’ll see over the weekend who will sing a song about feeding Irish stew to Elvis, Lisa O’Neill’s quirky take on life and easy going manner has won her lots of fans. Her second album Same Cloth or Not was released late last year and was well received by critics.


With his debut album In Flight finally unleashed on the world, Daithí will bring his fiddle, his loop station and his infectious grin to the Róisín Dubh stage on Sunday evening. Do yourself a favour and check out his great live show, you won’t regret it.

The Selecter

One of the most prominent members of the ska and 2-tone movement of the late Seventies in Britain, The Selecter are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their first release. They’ve had a few break ups and reformations in that time but it will still be worth seeing one of the premier ska bands while they are still going strong.


Mark O'Brien

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