This week Hozier has found himself covered on BBC Radio 1 by Ed Sheeran and watched live by Taylor Swift. This time last last year he was playing the Button Factory as part of HWCH. The chances of this year’s event launching another stratospheric twelve months are probably slim but there’s still an awful lot to look forward to over the next three days. Here’s our pick…
Conor Walsh (Meeting House Square, 9.30pm)
While others may shout to be heard, Conor Walsh’s neo classical keyboard adventures draw you in with quiet confidence.
DVO Marvell (Twisted Pepper, 8.40pm)
Another bold new voice on the Irish hip-hop scene.
Haüer (Twisted Pepper, 10pm)
Dublin-based one man set-up cursed with a weakness for nostalgic ’80s music production and synth-based cinematic film scores.
Old Hannah (Grand Social, 9.30pm)
Sligo quartet combine folk sounds from home with country and bluegrass influences.
Soak (Meeting House Square, 11pm)
Billed as one of the returning heroes, Soak is in fact closer to the rest of the bill than either Fight Like Apes or Ham Sandwich. Latest single ‘B a noBody’ suggests not for much longer however.