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Nix Moon Headline Whelan's

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Monaghan’s Nix Moon play their first Dublin headline show in Whelan’s on Thursday February 2. The upstairs venue will be grooving in the midnight hour to one of the country's most entertaining live bands.

They have experienced the unique atmosphere of Whelan’s recently, having played the Ones To Watch Festival on Friday and wowed the crowd there.

We’ve seen them before at Vantastival and had a fantastic time interviewing them. Their debut EP Soul Traffic came out last year and featured in our end of year lists. You'll find it for your listening pleasure at the foot of this article.

Support is from Hatchlings and there’s a guestlist via their event page.

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Vantastival Opens Submissions For 2017

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Bands and musicians are “invited to apply for a slot at the 2017 Vantastival festival. Applications are accepted from original acts of all genres as well as traditional groups. Interested acts should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name of the band or artist in the subject line. The email must contain a link where the judging panel can listen to a minimum of three tracks. Full application instructions are available here and musicians have until 5pm on Friday 16th December 2016 to apply.”

This is the eighth year of Vantastival. The family-friendly festival is the traditional start to the festival season in Ireland. Even with its move to early June it remains the first proper music festival of 2017.

Next year, the festival will take place on the 3rd and 4th June. For the second year running, it will take place in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu House, just outside Drogheda. The festival is one of Ireland’s most unique independent music festivals and has earned its reputation as a relaxed and super friendly event showcasing the best of up-and-coming Irish acts.

Last year Badly Drawn Boy, King Kong Company and The Hot Sprockets headlined while the likes of Black Svan, Saint Sister, Jinx Lennon, Saramai, The Bonnevilles, Swords, Nix Moon and a whole host of local acts from Drogheda and its surroundings also played. Organisers will be hoping for a repeat of 2016’s blazing sunshine. As well as being family-friendly, Vantastival is also campervan-friendly, and there is no extra charge for campervans or VW vans.

Tickets go on sale in December

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