Castlepalooza is the arts festival to check out this August bank holiday weekend, with tonnes of incredible music acts to catch.
From Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6 you can catch some of Ireland’s hottest artists at this boutique music and arts festival in the luxurious surrounds of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Offaly.
We’re giving away a pair of tickets to this festival to one lucky winner. To enter the competition, download the app for iOS or Android and follow the banner instructions on screen.
We’ve picked out our top five acts that make Castlepalooza ’17 an unmissable event.
First up is one of our favourite bands, Le Galaxie. These guys are incredible live if you haven’t had the chance to see them perform.
Their costume, hair and makeup are always on point and to top it all off, frontman Michael Pope is positively electric when he’s on stage. These guys are a must see!
We caught up with Le Galaxie drummer Dave McGloughlin before they played at the Olympia last year for Halloween to get answers to such hard hitting questions as “Vampires or Werewolves?”
Here they are performing at Other Voices last year.
Next up is Liza Flume, the Australian born artist who “marries minimal instrumentation and pop melodies” to bring her distinctive sound to life.
The singer/songwriter’s chilled vibe and heartfelt lyrics are really endearing, so she’s definitely one to catch live.
If that’s not reason enough to see her, Elaine Mai remixed Liza Flume’s haunting track Sheets and released an incredibly poignant music video chronicling the end of a relationship between a gorgeous lesbian couple.
Here she is performing on the roof of The Marker Hotel a couple of years ago.
I Have A Tribe
The next artist has got a special significance for me since I saw him perform at Body and Soul 2015 on one of the smaller stages to an intimate audience, tucked away in a quiet corner of the woods. And it was one of the best live performances I’ve seen to date (alongside Beyoncé, obviously).
I Have A Tribe’s whole production was amazing, from the incredible instrumentalists accompanying Patrick O’Laoghaire to the powerful backing singers but it was the sheer intensity and passion that the lead singer brought to his performance that had me glued to the spot.
The band’s music is laden with melancholy and raw emotion which, if that’s your thing, will not disappoint.
If you plan on seeing any act at Castlepalooza, make sure it’s I Have A Tribe!
Next up is Dublin based Bitch Falcon, who burst onto the music scene three years ago.
With a chaotic aesthetic that empowers the all-female group and a grunge / rock sound these artists are definitely captivating.
In Syncope you get a taste for the band’s pull-no-punches approach and fun fact: Irish filmmaker Kate Dolan, who was featured in GCN last year, directed the music video.
Last but definitely not least is Shit Robot aka Marcus Lambkin has been producing and remixing music since 2006.
Before that he was deeply ingrained as part of the New York club scene as a DJ.
Last year Shit Robot released a second studio album, What Follows. Here’s In Love off the album.
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