Finally, the time has come for one of Ireland’s most anticipated festivals of the year. As you’re getting ready to bag your crates, plan your festigear and beg your friends for a lift in their Fiat Punto, LUVGURU have devised our own personal pick for the Top 5 acts to catch this weekend. In no particular order, here are our Five Favourites…
Friday, Ragoda stage: 20:00-20:45
Friday, Woodlands stage: 00:00-01:00
If, like us, you have had the new Jafaris EP, Velvet Cake, on repeat since its release, then you will be very happy to hear that you can catch them twice this weekend. Their most recent gigs were at Forbidden Fruits and supporting Kool J Rap at the Sugarclub last week. They also shared a deserving spot on the front cover of Hot Press as part of ‘Ireland’s new wave ready to take the world by storm.’ If Carslberg made hip hop…
SATURDAY, WANDERLUST STAGE, 12:00-13:30
Mongoose are one of Ireland’s best kept treasures. A group of four, their music is rich in folk, made up of strings and captivating harmonies. Having been playing together as a band since 2012, the girls were a closely-knit group long before that. This closeness is shown in their music with how sharp and skilled they play together. The fabulous four can often be seen around different parts of Dublin, going Live online as part of #singforrepeal. As well as gigging across the country, they’ve been busy finishing off their brand new EP, which will be released early July. You can find them playing an intimate set at the Wanderlust stage as part of the Irish Times Women’s podcast ‘The Walk of Shame’ with Kathy Sheridan
FRIDAY, BODY&SOUL STAGE, 19:15-20:00
Photo by Christian Tierney
Too Fools are not just a band, they are an experience. Expect madness and some of the best fun you’ve ever had. They’ve been enjoying the success of their single launch at their headline gig in Button Factory and are playing at Latitude festival this July. If you were lucky to catch this funky ensemble last year, you’ll be happy to know that this time, they’ll be playing on the main stage. Seriously skilled musicians and some of the most powerful vocalists on the scene, Too Fools are not to be missed. Check out their video for their single ‘Touch’ here:
SATURDAY, WANDERLUST STAGE, 20:15-21:00
Photo by Tara Thomas
A self-taught singer and pianist, Farah Elle has recently been chosen as one of Plec Picks acts to watch out for in 2017. What makes Farah so unique is the Arabian influenced, hypnotic sound. Having been brought up by Libyan parents, her songs express a distinct collaboration with both Irish and Libyan culture. The band are bound to captivate the entire room, with complex rhythm sections and dreamy backing vocals. Get ready to feel skin prickled by goosebumps when they blast out their single ‘Silk’ and Massive Attack cover ‘Teardrops’.
SUNDAY, BODY&SOUL STAGE, 14:15-15:00
Photo by Ciarán O’Brien
Ailbhe Reddy has been enjoying a seriously jam-packed scredible. She will have returned from Glastonbury just in time to give us a show, and is booked for festivals both in Ireland and the U.K for the rest of the summer. Named as Artist of the Week in the Irish times for her hit ‘ DISTRUST’, her album ‘Hollowed Out Sea’ has had success, both on radio and Spotify. Ailbhe is memorable for her rich, lyrical content and a powerful voice that carries them.
written by: Sarah Hamilton