Videos have always been an important part of what King Kong Company do. It was through YouTube that they built the momentum that has seen them secure headline slots at Body&Soul and Electric Picnic. Ahead of the release of the first single, “Scarity Dan” from their self-titled debut album on 31 May, the King Kong crew have put together something special for your ears and eyes here.
During their rampaging campaigns in festival fields, KKC have been lucky enough to work with the very talented gig photographer Tara Thomas. When Tara told the lads that her brother was interested in making a video for the band, there was a little hesitation. This would be the first video to come from outside the King Kong creative camp, but there was no need for concern.
Jamie O’Rourke from Killer Rabbit Productions has captured the dark quirk that runs through KKC. The video for “Scarity Dan” taps in to something that might lurk deep within us all, something dangerous and unspeakable waiting to break loose. But even as the vile vapours bubble to the surface, there’s still room for a little smirk, shuffle and skank. This is a King Kong Company track we’re dealing with, it’s difficult not to dance, even when there are dastardly deeds afoot.
“Scarity Dan” will be the first single from King Kong Company’s self-titled debut album, available on iTunes and Spotify from 31 May with album released 17 June. While you wait for the single to drop, you can cast your eyes and wrap your ears around it here….
3 June – Vestrock Festival, Hulst, Netherlands
4 June – Vantastival Festival, Drogheda
11 June – B.A.R.E in the Woods Festival, Laois
24 June – Sea Sessions, Donegal
1 July – Day Tripper Festival, Waterford
14 July – Galway Arts Festival, The Roisin Dubh
22 July – Noztock Festival, Herefordshire, UK
31 July – Indiependence Festival, Cork
5 August – Sunflowers Festival, Co Down
30 September – The Academy, Dublin
KAARA are a high energy band hailing from Cork and Tipperary combining elements of Funk, Folk, Soul and Reggae.Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kaara is “beloved; friend”In Chile, native Quechua speakers used the word kaara to describe not just a person’s face, but the being behind that face-the mind-the soul, the person within. Kaara was a means of breaking down social distinctions, and recognizing the inner-quality and equality that binds us all.”
MKAI, four brothers from Cork are launching their new single ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ with an Irish nationwide tour following their debut at Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
Mastered by Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, Muse) their new single was recorded live at ‘Pickering House’, famous stately home of Marina Guinness (Guinness Brewery Family). Since selling out the launch of their debut EP ‘Waiting’ in Cork, MKAI have wowed crowds at prestigious festivals such as Electric Picnic, Dingle’s Other Voices Music Trail & Indiependence and were recently longlisted for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2016.
The nationwide tour will include:
Cork’s Crane Lane May 12th
The Kasbah in Dolan’s Limerick May 13th
Galway’s Róisín Dubh (supporting The Academic) May 21st, Dublin (secret location tba) May 28th.
With their previous EP ‘Waiting’ having reached no. 3 in the Irish iTunes charts, MKAI look set to top that achievement with their new single ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.
Fri 1st – Sun 3rd July
Charleville Castle, Tullamore
Day by Day Breakdown
Day Tickets on sale
Added to the line-up…Lisa O’ Neill, Son Lux, Lynched, Policia, Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi (DJ & pool set), Little Scream, Slow Reader’s Club, Daithi, Hare Squead, New Jackson, Daphni,Field Music and…
Castlepalooza returns for its 10th anniversary this year from 1st -3rd July.
As well as the above, further new additions today include I Am The Cosmos, Prins Thomas, Let’s Eat Grandma, Jarbird, Toby Kaar, I Have A Tribe, All the Luck in the World, Paddy Hanna, Orchid Collective, Malojian, J. Cowhie, Sea Pinks, No Monster Club, Morning Veils, Rosa Nutty, Little Scream and Like Chandeliers.
Day by Day Breakdown
Friday :: Caribou / Polica / Daphni / Romare (live AV set) / Lynched / Toby Kaar / Jarbird / The Altered Hours / Get Down Edits / Rosa Nutty / Like Chandeliers.
Saturday :: Jurassic 5 / Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) / Prins Thomas / Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi (DJ & pool table set) / Tiger & Woods / Little Scream / Hare Squead / Let’s Eat Grandma / Lisa O’Neill / Slow Reader’s Club / Overhead, the Albatross / Daithi / Badlands / All the Luck in the World / I Am The Cosmos / Sea Pinks / Malojian / J Cowhie / Tandem Felix / Oh Boland.
Sunday :: Villagers / Cat Power / New Jackson / Alle Farben / Field Music / Son Lux / Colm Mac Con Iomaire / Cian Nugent / I Have a Tribe / Somerville / Paddy Hanna / Orchid Collective / No Monster Club / Morning Veils.
This year, Vodafone are bringing comedy to Castlepalooza with acts playing their new Comedy Stage on Saturday and Sunday night. Act announcement for this stage coming soon.
First tier day tickets will be available from today to the end of April priced €53.65. Then from May priced €64.45 and from June priced €70.45.
Tickets for CASTEPALOOZA priced €134 (weekend w/ camping) and €115 (weekend) are on sale now.
Castlepalooza supports the Charleville Castle restoration project. A portion of each ticket will go towards the ongoing work carried out on one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks.
Bleeding Heart Pigeons comprise Mícheál Keating (vocals and Guitar), Brendan McInerney (drums and backing vocals) and Cathal Histon (synthesisers, sampling and backing vocals). The trio hail from rural Ireland and first met around eight years ago, but only recently left their teenage years behind. Having signed a record deal whilst still in school and practising in a parent’s shed, it has taken considered time to put together the songs that now make up Is, a stunning debut.
CARRIED BY WAVES is the music moniker of Ronan McCann. Hailing from the Irish town of Dundalk, but based in Cork in the south, McCann has gained a strong following with his unique brand of ethereal and experimental electro-pop. Venturing out of the home studio in January 2011 he came to attention of the country’s media, following a string of well received performances throughout the country. Most notably, as part of the ‘First Music Contact’ tour, and later the ‘Hard Working Class Heroes’ festival in Dublin. This run of shows was topped off in September 2011 with a slot at the ‘Electric Picnic’ festival.