Guinness Amplify

Guinness Amplify

I’m coming to this one quite late in that Guinness Amplify is about to kick off the live events. Irish musicians submitted their applications earlier this year and an expert panel has chosen acts to both perform live around the country and receive studio time, mentoring, workshops etc. The chosen acts will get the opportunity to perform in hundreds of pubs all over Ireland (along with a few surprises!) from Thursday through to Sunday across 5 weekends, kicking off on the 11th September in Leinster and will rotating around the country, focusing on a different region each week over the course of the five weekends.

Those surprise acts include: Hozier, London Grammar, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Kodaline, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Dan Croll, Daithi, Bastille, Disclosure, Walking On Cars and Jess Glynne. Of course the pubs in which they’ll be playing will be kept secret but that’s an amazing lineup in my opinion. I’ve been listening to the artists chosen by the panel this evening on the Amplify web site and the standard is really high. You can log on to the web site to see when and where gigs are taking place. I’ll definitely be attempting to catch a couple of these gigs when they roll into Dublin from the 9th to the 11th of October.

Ceiliúradh – Behind The Scenes

A brilliant behind the scenes feature on Ceiliúradh, the event held to celebrate President Michael D. Higgins’ state visit to the UK back in April. Filmed by Myles O’Reilly, it captures how magic the event itself was and indeed the entirety of the visit. Well worth your time.


BUSK is a short, social issues and subcultural music documentary, following five musicians as they busk in the arteries of the NYC subway system. It’s a brilliant insight into why they perform there and the challenges they face in doing so. Well worth a watch.

Probably the best decade mixes you’ll ever listen to


That’s quite the claim but I honestly feel that’s the case with Flight Facilities who produced these decade mixes for Australian radio station, Triple J. I haven’t been able to stop listening to them since @rachearley tweeted about the 1992-2002 one last week. They mix not just the tunes but historical clips of the era so you get events like the LA riots, the Vietnam war etc.

There’s three of the four available at the moment; 1972-1982 (not on Soundcloud so click this link), 1982-1992, and 1992-2002 (embedded below) with the last decade hopefully going up soon. Keep an eye on their Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages. Tunes!