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Event News

MUNKY ‘7am’ Single launch in Whelan’s February 9th is sold out, 2nd date added due to demand, proceeds from the second show going to the Peter McVerry Trust in aid of the homeless crisis

Dublin’s alt-rockers MUNKY are releasing their second single ‘7am’ on 17th of January. The release will also be accompanied with a music video written and directed by the band’s frontman Zac Stephenson. This is the follow up to their smashing debut single ‘Hunter Gatherer Blues’ which resulted in a sold out Whelan’s mainstage show in February 2017. MUNKY made their mark on the Irish music scene last year with a plethora of high energy live performances around the country. Within a year they played Whelan’s Ones To Watch, opened for Le Galaxie, The Hot Sprockets and Raglans, were picked by Hot Press as one of the must see BIMM acts, played in Aviva Stadium and at festivals including Longitude festival, YS festival & Electric Picnic, as well as shows in Donegal, Dingle, Mullingar and Galway. The band are also known for their silly videos on Facebook, including a mock chat show with Eddie Durkan from RTE programme the Hardy Bucks.

Their ‘7am’ single launch will take place on the 9th of February which sold out within a month of the announcement and as a result a second date has been added, Saturday 10th of February. All the proceeds of this second date will be given to the Peter McVerry Trust to help combat the homeless crisis. Tickets are on sale now via eventbrite and donations will be welcome on the night.

Make sure to check these guys out. They put on an energetic swagger soaked show brimming with rich grooves, slick, psychedelic guitar and some hefty mosh ready chunks thrown in. It’s one not to miss we are looking forward to it for sure.

‘7am’ which was recorded by Graham Byrne in Herbert Place Studios and mastered by Fergal Davis will be available on all major streaming services and online stores January 17th.

For more information follow MUNKY on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/MUNKYTHEBAND/

Watch ‘Hunter Gatherer Blues’ below

Event News

Where : The Bowery Rathmines

When : 23rd December

What’s On: Raglans with support from MUNKY and WOLFF


Dublin based indie rock band Raglans will be playing their infectious irresistible tunes for a jolly Christmas session at The Bowery Rathmines, Dublin on the 23rd December. Officially formed in 2011, they consist of Stephen Kelly, Conn O’Ruanaidh and Rhos Horan. Their self-titled debut album was released in March 2014 through IRL Records, and reached no.5 in the Irish Album Chart and no.1 in the Irish Indie Chart.They have toured extensively worldwide, as well as providing support to bands such as The Strypes, Twin Atlantic, Haim, The Courteeners, The Fray, The Libertines and Lifehouse. Raglans debut album and live shows have both received critical acclaim. In March 2016 Raglans began recording the follow-up to their 2014 debut album in Los Angeles with Chris Murguia and Jason Wade of Lifehouse. The record was released in October 2016, before they went for another tour. These guys will bring a massive high powered show to the Bowery and it’s one not to be missed and if that’s not enough the grungy-disco deity MUNKY will be supporting them along with the slick trashy blues swagger soaked WOLFF. It’s sure to be one hell of a night. You’ll regret it if you miss it.

You can get tickets here http://thebowery.ie/

Watch Raglans ‘Who Knows’ video below

Watch MUNKY ‘Hunter Gatherer Blues’ below

Watch WOLFF  ‘Flesh Blood Skin & Bone’ below

Event News: The Unsigned Music Awards 2017

Five Days North have been nominated for the Best Unsigned Band category at the Unsigned Music Awards 2017.

Five Days North from Manchester who we have featured on Indie Buddie have beaten thousands of other acts to be named in the UK’s top ten Unsigned Bands at the 2017 Unsigned Music Awards (UMAs) and we couldn’t be more proud of them.Launched in 2012 the awards have seen more than 50,000 music fans cast their vote including celebrities such as rock star Frank Turner and International footballer Gareth Bale. Five Days North consists of five members who all met through the University of Manchester, balancing their passion for music alongside their university studies. Whilst based in Manchester, only Sam (Guitarist) originates. The remaining four’s hometowns are: Darryl (Lead singer) – Portsmouth; David Urwin (Banjo/Synth) – London; Lewis (Bass) – Swansea; Zoravar (Drums) – New Delhi, India.

Darryl Messer said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to even just be nominated, it shows that all our hardwork over the past four years is being noticed.”

Other award categories include Best Female, Best Male and Best Song, the latter previously won by Molly Smitten-Downes, who went on to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. The awards are organised by Best of British Unsigned  (B.o.B), the UK’s number one website for ‘Unsigned Music’ which supplies a weekly radio show to 70FM stations in 15 countries.  The winner of each category is crowned thanks to an online public vote. Nominees are also put forward for ‘The Critic’s Choice Award’, and Five Days North will hope their sound impresses a panel of three industry experts.This year’s judges are: Max Helyer, guitarist for rock band You Me at Six, Dave Gilyeat, radio presenter for BBC Introducing, and Louise Dodgson, Editor of online music directory The Unsigned Guide.

Max Helyer said: ” For me it’s important to support upcoming artists and help to give them more exposure. I’m looking forward to listening to the wide variety of styles of music submitted, some of which will hopefully become part of my personal everyday music catalogue.

David Gilyeat added: It makes a real difference to get behind new unsigned music. The Talent of the future depends on our passion for it in the present.

The 2017 awards are sponsored by Vocalzone who produce world famous throat pastilles and herbal tea used by singers and voice professionals.

George Ponsford, Sales & Marketing Director said: “Unsigned music in the UK is stronger than ever before, and these awards are not only great for recognising some of this country’s most promising artists, but also giving them the platform to share their music with the masses online.”. 

The vote for Best Unsigned Band 2017 takes place at https://www.vocalzone.com/

BEST UNSIGNED BAND: Monday 2nd October – Sunday 08th October




Event News

Oktoberfest Live at The Bowery Rathmines Dublin.

Oktoberfest is a week-long celebration of Food, Drink and Music  kicking off October 2nd to October 8th in The Bowery- taking the best parts of the German / Bavarian traditions and infusing it with Craic agus Ceoil, hosted by Martin Maloney aka Eddie Durkan of The Hardy Bucks its going to be a blast. With the best music Ireland has to offer drenched with tankards of the most luscious traditional Oktoberfest beers, it promises to be a week to remember or not depending on how smashed you get.

The Line-up:

Monday 2nd October – Lisa Canny + Eddie Durkan + The Hit Machine Drummers

Tuesday 3rd October – The Hot Sprockets + MUNKY + Sub Motion

Wednesday 4th October – Paddy Casey + Blackbird & Crow + Jem Mitchell + Sina Theil

Thursday 5th October – Paul Alwright (FKA Lethal Dialect) + Daithi + The Scratch

Friday 6th October – Meltybrains? + Circus Viii + Mik Pyro & The Shogunz Of Stank + Accidents In The Workplace + EHCO + Free Sunshine Acid

Saturaday 7th October – Raglans / Heroes In Hiding / Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club) / New Valley Wolves / Creative Crime / Backroad Smokers Club / Fever Solstice

Sunday 8th October – Hardy Bucks Live + GRAND + Bunoscionn + Scally & The Dirty Rats

A pretty impressive line up with something for everyone. We might head down ourselves to check it out.

You can get your tickets here

Tickets – www.thebowery.ie

Check out the event on faceboohttps://www.facebook.com/events/1207347659370416/?ti=cl&__mref=mb



Event News


Ivy Nations are an indie-pop band from Dublin set to play their first overseas show at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London, August 10th. Described as having a “new wave 80’s sound” and now three singles deep, the group have been highly praised for their refined sound – which they have established with producer Phil Magee (Kodaline, The Script, Miles Kane). 2016/17 saw the band perfecting their live show with performances with coveted support slots for acts like The Academic, Kodaline, The Strypes and The Blizzards. Latest single “Live By Design” which we featured previously on Indie Buddie holds faithful to the energetic, dreamy sensibilities of the band’s previous releases. Singer Joe Kiernan says of the single: “[Live By Design] deals with the pace of modern life, where we live out our fantasies while existing on the outer edges. The song reflects frustration, an inability to change the inner discourses that hold us back, and a desire to remove oneself from the race.” The single received widespread national airplay in Dublin and has seen them added to all major Irish festivals this summer.

“London’s been somewhere we’ve all wanted to play for years,” says the band. “To be finally coming over is a big deal for us.


The follow-up to “Live By Design” will be released in late September so keep an eye out for that.

Tickets for the show are available from NHAC here



Stream ‘Live By Design’ below

Event News : MUX EP Party

Electro-stoner three piece MUX celebrate the release of their first Ep ‘Can You See Who?’ with help from the legendary The Telescopes at The Lexington in Angel, London. Alongside Inscape, Flights of Helios and a special DJ set by Ola From Ola’s Kool Kitchen it’s shaping up to be an unmissable night.
You can get tickets (+ free digital copy of the Ep and free poster) here:  https://billetto.co.uk/e/mux-release-party-the-telescopes-tickets-190987

We featured the ‘Can you see who?’ EP earlier this year and compared it to a swirling invasion into your mind showing you a shadowy kaleidoscope of abstruseness. So imagine what a live show is like. Head down to The MUX EP Party and check these guys out for yourselves.
Stream MDMA from the  ‘Can you see who?’ EP  below


Event News : SHINDIGNATION Festival

SHINDIGNATION in association with Indie Buddie, Music Muso and DIY Thursdays is a new festival with that gritty, independent, DIY-feel, debuting in the heart of East London this summer and is set to be an all-day music-melee! Bow E3 plays host to this all-day multi-venue music festival on Saturday 5th August 2017, bringing together 4 venues with over 40 bands all crammed into 11-hours. This inner city music festival brings together various styles on the music spectrum; from Punk-Rock to Neo-Soul, each stage will have a finely blended line-up for all wristband holders to enjoy.

The Venues

The Engine Rooms, who’ve previously hosted GOD DAMN, Twin Peaks, The Black Tambourines and Demob Happy, will be the setting for the main stage and festival HQ.

DIY Thursdays – An alternative music night that embodies the raw authenticity of the original dive bar. Where live bands come first and the monthly themes create an atmosphere as fabulously raucous as it gets – will be taking over The Bow Bells, a boozer that’s as East-End as it gets.

The Widow’s Son, a stylish and vibrant bar and The Beehive another classic East-End boozer with a great live room, situated either side of Devon’s Road DLR station, make up the final two venues.

Bands already confirmed for the festival are

Dronningen / The Darts / Rumble Fish / Malick IV / WollfAdlar / Drug Store Romeos / Jords / Ivohe / The Recoupes / COTTON / At The Sun / Inevitable Daydream / wayde /
Headliners will be announced soon along with, at least, 30 more bands. So keep an eye out on the SHINDIGNATION social feeds and website links below for more details and announcements.



Event News : Check out Ditto Live Event, Liverpool



Award-winning independent global music distributor, Ditto Music has announced  the launch of its first major live event  Ditto Live  which will take place in Liverpool on Friday 24th March 2017.  Hosted by BBC Introducing’s Dave Monks, Ditto Live will showcase some of the best independent artists and record labels from across Merseyside and will take place in Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace; a venue which has previously hosted Psychfest, Liverpool Biennial and the city’s Music Week’s Closing Party.

See the full live line up here :


The Wicked Whispers



Little Triggers

The Sneaky Nixons

The Mono LPs

Oya Paya




Venus Demilo

Neil Noa


“Musically Liverpool is buzzing at the moment and already there are things in place for 2017. I am looking forward to hosting Ditto Live, they have announced XamVolo as the headliner who has a voice that we first spotted two years back with his Binary in Blue EP. Since then he has been getting lots of support from BBC Introducing and Radio 1 and recently signed to Decca. The night is building up to be a top night of local music with a selection of bands we have supported on the radio during 2016.”  Dave Monks, BBC Introducing

Liverpool is renowned for its music culture. From its celebrated history of producing legendary bands, to its current thriving independent music scene; Ditto Live will stay true to the city’s long-held love of music and aims to showcase and celebrate the best local artists in the heart of the city.

Ditto Music is a global digital distribution and record label services company servicing over 100,000 artists and labels across the world. Their services include music distribution to major stores like iTunes and Spotify, chart eligibility, royalty collection and online promotion. Ditto’s record label services handle accounts for major and independent artists and include social media, radio plugging, online / offline promotion and project management.

 Early Bird Tickets for Ditto Live are available for £8.00 at dittomusic.com\live