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Nix Moon To Release Live Videos

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We know festival season has arrived when our favourite festival band drop in to our inbox. Nix Moon combine complex rhythms and genuine lyrics that merge progressive rock, jazz, reggae and folk. We first got to know them at last year’s Vantastival, where they were so good we went to see them twice and caught up with them the following day for a chat.

They’ll release three live videos, recorded at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, on May 7th, May 21st and May 28th. Formed in 2013, Jonathan Fahy and David Joyce are the founding members and core songwriters of the group with Daire Stanley, Gavin Murphy and Darragh Brannigan completing the quintet. Based in Dundalk, Nix Moon are regular performers at The Spirit Store, IMRO’s Music Venue of The Year 2016.


Since forming, Nix Moon have featured on highly esteemed festival line ups including Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan, Vantastival and many more. They are moulding and adapting authentic Irish elements and indigenous instrumentation with current, comprehensive themes while oozing energy and enthralling crowds with their melodic sound. Last October, the band won ‘Best Performers’ at the Busker Fleadh 2016.

The upcoming live video releases are;

 May 7th - ‘Autumn Night’,

May 21st - ‘When the Devil Opens the Door’,

May 28th - ‘Hua Hin’.

In the meantime, you can enjoy Nix Moon’s Live Performance on 98FM's Big Breakfast




First Vantastival Acts Announced

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The family-friendly boutique festival eschews international acts this year with the budget going on the biggest and best live acts in the country. The Riptide Movement will headline The Volkswagen Main Stage on Saturday 3rd June.  Having blown the Irish music scene wide open in 2014 with their number one, gold-selling album Getting Through, a string of Top 10 singles and various sold-out headline tours, the four-piece's new single ‘Changeling’ from their Top 5 charting album Ghosts, is out now.

Following on from last year's scorcher of a weekend, the line-up also includes Choice Music Prize nominees Overhead, The Albatross, the exceptional Dublin folk four-piece Lankum (formerly Lynched), and the inimitable Kíla – due to release a new live album on St. Patrick’s Day.

The quality of the line-up doesn't end there though, with alternative legends The Pale joining the fray. Heavy rock fans will have planty to sate their appetites with New Secret Weapon , Vulpynes, and Mindriot on the card, while Musos’ Guide favourites Hvmmingbyrd and Mongrel State show the diversity of the bill.

Vantastival 2017 will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June at Beaulieu House & Gardens, Drogheda.  Other attractions will include The Volkswagen Campervan Cook-off, open mic sessions, art installations, storytelling, festival traders, a host of children’s activities and much more.  Vantastival has something for everyone, with or without a campervan! Weekend tickets are on sale now at €85 + booking fee for two nights camping. Day Tickets Cost €40.

Full first wave announcement:

The Riptide Movement, Kíla Overhead, The Albatross, Lankum (Lynched), The Pale, Corner Boy, New Secret Weapon, Cat Dowling, Orchid Collective,  Mindriot, Heroes In Hiding, Wob!, Wolff, Hvmmingbyrd, Mongrel State, Mark Geary, Vulpynes, Navá, 5th Element & Doublescreen, Elmore, Blaming Hannah, Dioscó Na Mbó, More Than Machines, Dahlia   Lōwli, Sub Motion, Vinci, Frankenstein Bolts, Graham Sweeney, Emma Lou & The Agenda, The Pox Men, Cranky Face, Sonnets & Sisters, Amoon, The Lost Gecko & Suso Youth Choir.

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