While music fans in the south are celebrating the launch of a new festival, there may be a slightly more downbeat mood in the north with the staging of the final Glasgowbury in Eagle’s Rock Valley in Draperstown. A key feature of the Northern Irish music scene for the past thirteen years, this last stand will see the event run to two days for the first time. Here’s State’s pick of the action from Saturday and Sunday:
And So I Watch You From Afar
The perfect embodiment of Glasgowbury’s ‘small but massive’ ethos, ASIWYFA are just one of the bands who have benefited from the festival’s patronage and as such can be one of the only choices to headline the final year.
Currently working on album number two, the Derry trio may not have the guitars of others on the bill but are certainly not lacking in volume.
A band’s band if ever there was one, LaFaro (pictured) have been part of the lifeblood of the Belfast music scene for some time (State spent a very fun night recently at their Karaoke From Hell night). Louder, louder and louder still.
Part of the impressive Smalltown America stable, Derry’s Little Bear are starting to make waves beyond these shores with their emotionally literate rock.
Our Krypton Son
Another Smalltowner, Chris McConaghy first cut his musical teeth with psychobilly art-rockers Red Organ Serpent Sound before going solo, adopting the OKS moniker.
Born in the UK and raised in Donegal, Rosie Carney is a sixteen year old singer songwriter who has only been playing music for two years. In that short space of time she has attracted the interest of the industry on both sides of the Atlantic.
A teenage devotee of the electronic scene, Ryan Vail balances life tinkering in the studio with live performances with musical partner Katie Cosgrove.
The Wonder Villains
A big favourite round our way, no-one does pop North of the border like the Wonder Villains. Live they bounce nearly as much as their tunes.
What once seemed like a surprisingly low key new project for ASIWYFA’s Tony Wright has grown into a fully fledged band, with members of LaFaro helping boost the levels.
Just part of a strong Derry contingent at the festival, Wyldling are fronted by Jilly St John and as in thrall of the guitar peddle as any of the Belfast set.