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20 Years of the Irish Singles Chart

Linda Coogan Byrne and her team over at WhyNotHer have put together a startling report on the state of the Irish Singles Chart over the last 20 years and how it practically ignored Women and BIPOC.  It's an incredible piece of work, one that, had all things been fair and equal, should never have had to be complied. Unfortunately, like most things, the Irish Music Industry isn't a fair and equal place... Anyway, don't take my word for it, click here to read the report.

2018-08-25 Daytripper - Waterford

Somehow I’d never managed to make it to Waterford for Daytripper before.  It’s not like I was unaware of it, it’s not like I wasn’t invited, I just never seemed to get there!

This year though, this year I made it my business to be there as both King Kong Company and Basement Jaxx were heading up the Saturday night!

The festival takes place in a large carpark right in the city centre.  Lots of seating at the back, a few bars and a few food trucks with the odd clothing stall and that’s it!  It’s not what you would call over commercialised!  Strangely enough, I enjoyed that side of it.

Anyway, the first act I saw was RTE 2FM DJ Jenny Greene.  It's not exactly my scene to be honest, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it. She certainly got them up dancing!

Next up were festival favourites, and If I'm being honest, the main reason I was there, King Kong Company.  I’ve nothing left to say about these guys, I've said it all before, just do yourself a favour and go see them. They are, without any doubt, one of the greatest live acts you will see.  It's 100mph from start to finish! Oh and the absolutely wonderful Susan O’Neill was on hand to add her stunning vocals.

Last up were the brilliant Basement Jaxx.  It’s been quite a while since I saw them live.  Unfortunately, they only did a DJ set… I say “only” but it was brilliant!  Maybe next time they’ll do a full-on show, but I really enjoyed it all the same.

So that’s it, that was my first Daytripper Festival.  I’ll make sure to add it to the calendar for next year, maybe even do the three days of it!

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