KnockanStockan 2013 – Ones To Watch

Heading to KnockanStockan and are as overwhelmed by the mind-blowing and hair-rising line up as we were? Lucky for you, we’ve got a list of some of our favourite ones to watch gracing the KnockanStockan stages this weekend!

To be frank, we nearly wrote down the entire line up, but here are a few we just won’t let slip under your radar!


The City Apples will be live on the Faerie Field stage at 7.30pm on Friday and they’re a perfect way to start off your KnockanStockan experience! This alternative quartet band from Dublin released their eponymous debut earlier this year and with quite the following over in Germany, we reckon it’s about time they gain some more fame on their home shores!

Want some sombre folk, á la a more dulcet Cocorosie? You might not know it now, but yes you do. Head to the Wishbone Stage to cache a glimpse of the enthralling Laura Ann Brady and her autoharp! With an outstandingly powerful voice, you might just want more and luckily for you, she plays the Shack of Diamonds stage Saturday at 12.30pm, with her psychedelic folk band Lights Camera Sundown.

Friday will see Overhead, The Albatross take to the Dimestore Tent at 11pm. This is an incredibly stunning instrumental band hailing from the capital city whose upcoming debut album has us all waiting anxiously!

Stick to the Dimestore Tent for 12am to catch one of my personal favourites on the line up. Meltybrains? are an experimental quintet from Dublin (and yes, they genuinely fit into the genre “experimental” and once you see them, you’ll understand why) You can be guaranteed a sensational live show from these guys.


Make your way to the Sun Stage at 4pm for the unmissable reggae/folk/rock band The Barley Mob. They believe in positive energy and good karma and oh my, is it infectious when they are onstage!

Need your indie folk fix today? Check out Wexford natives Corner Boy at the Shack of Diamonds stage at 7pm! A fusion of modern folk americana with a little bit of Irish trad and you’ve got something to stamp your feet to!

Keep the good vibe going at 9pm back at the Sun Stage with Dublin four piece The Young Folk. This is a modern folk band nipping at the heels of Fleet Foxes with big prospects on the horizon!

Another band taking to the Sun Stage will be critically acclaimed, Dublin band The Hot Sprockets who refer to their music as country dirt! They’ll be onstage at 1am!

If this video isn’t convincing enough, we don’t know what is!


Top of our Sunday list are a Limerick band whose live onstage presence and energy is simply the best I’ve come across in all of my concert going years. Leading Armies are a 6 piece funk rock, reggae tinged band from Limerick who will blow you away with their overwhelming soul and 6 part harmonies!

They take to the Sun Stage at 7.30pm on Sunday!


Taking to the stage directly after Leading Armies will be their Limerick brethren Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters so we recommend you stay exactly where you are! FJBH are a five piece rock/blues band and with Ronan Mitchell at the helm with his signature sublime growl, you’d be hard pushed to go anywhere else!

Sunday will also see Dublin-based outfit Slow Skies take to the Faerie Field stage at 5pm!
Following the release of their EP “Silhouettes”, Karen Sheridan’s hauntingly intriguing vocals have been ringing blissfully in our ears.

At 10pm, we recommend you head over to the Dimestore Tent for Tandem Felix. They describe themselves as “four gentlemen, playing polite and intriguing music for themselves and their friends” and luckily, this weekend they’re playing for you too!

Phew! What a list! KnockanStockan is set to blow you away this year and if for some crazy reason, you haven’t gotten a ticket yet, there are a few left at! Get yours quick!

Article by Laur Ryan


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