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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.

2019-08-24 The Playing Fields Festival - Clane GAA

So last weekend, I headed off to Clane for the first 'Playing Fields Festival'.  I say headed off, it's only 10km from where I live, so it wasn't an arduous journey at all!

The Playing Fields Festival is a 2 day affair featuring some legends of Irish music along with some relative new comers and lesser known acts of the Irish music scene. A great mix with something to please everyone!

So, was it any good? Well, yes, yes it was.  I had an absolute blast there.  Bar a couple of minor issues, everything ran so smooth. The stage looked great, the sound was pretty damn good, staff and security were all friendly and helpful. Speaking with the bands after, they all seemed to have a great time, that's always great to hear.

So, just who was playing, well the Saturday line up featured:

The Sunday lineup featured:

So, as I said, a good mix of old and new there.  Combine that with great weather, easily accessible food and drink stalls, a great atmosphere and you had everything you need for a great weekend! Roll on The Playing Fields Festival 2020!

Check out the photos below:

Alice Lynskey



Valhalla


Padraig Cahill


Montauk Hotel






Oski Bravo








Jerry Fish






The Frank and Walters




The Stunning









The Stunning and the Frank and Walters





The Roadworn Frets



Empire Circus




The 2 Johnnies




Saarloos





Declan O'Rourke






Keith Walsh (2FM)

The 4 of Us















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