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Five Band Bash in The Academy

On Thursday December 15, five independent bands takeover one of the city’s premiere venues. It’s a bold move and one that has been welcomed by gig-goers. It’s an alternative Christmas party to help see out a year that is universally acknowledged to have been an annus horribilis.

Zaska has just successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign to record his debut album. He channels complex and unconventional composition techniques through a feel good blend of soul and funk.

BARQ are a high energy four-piece, mixing rock with agrosoul.  Their latest single ‘Bear’ was written by singer Jess Kav after the death of her mother. BARQ have played at Longitude, Indiependence, Body + Soul, Groove, Canalaphonic, Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes festivals this year.

Æ MAK fuse alternative pop with musical theatre to create an exhilarating, otherworldly sound. They have just released their debut EP ‘I Can Feel It In My Bones’, and you can see the video for the lead single here.

Harbouring Oceans  formed in December 2015. The band incorporate elements from alt-pop, soul, jazz, and electronica into their rock foundations. In July they played the Longitude Festival in Marlay Park and they have supported Wyvern Lingo and Maverick Sabre.

Rocstrong is a singer-songwriter from Dublin. His unique sound covers multi genres ranging from rock/funk, to indie/rock and alternative electro pop. He cites Prince, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson as main influences. His first single ‘Go Head’ received lots of praises at home and abroad and was featured on the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar.

Tickets are €10 and are available from Ticketmaster

Bloom Twins New Single And London Date

Bloom Twins new single ‘Set Us Free’ is out on Friday. The sisters offer up haunting vocals set against pulsating electro beats. “It was the first track we wrote after returning from Ukraine where we got stuck for half a year during the uprising. The track is not political at all, rather a call for freedom, but it was certainly influenced by everything that was happening in Ukraine and the fact that we couldn't come back to our new home - London”.

Following their packed-out gig at Birthdays, Dalston, in July they have announced a London headline show on Tuesday December 13 in Nambucca. Their debut album, produced by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, will be out in 2017.

Born and raised in a small town outside Kiev in Ukraine, 20-year-old identical twins, Sonia and Anna Kuprienko, are both classically trained. After releasing their debut track ‘Fahrenheit’, Bloom Twins also completed arena tours of the UK and Italy with Duran Duran.

Listen to ‘Set Us Free’ here 

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