Recently I mentioned in an article in Fusion magazine about how Indiependence is known for showcasing Ireland’s new and upcoming artists before anyone else. Hozier, Kodaline, Hudson Taylor, Walking on Cars and Fight Like Apes have all played at the festival in Cork long before they became as famous and successful as they are today.
Indiependence will take place in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork in just a few weeks during the August bank holiday weekend and this year will be no different from before. There are so many new and upcoming artists playing at the festival this year that anyone going will be spoiled for choice. I’ve decided to just pick five of them and tell you why I think that they will be worth checking out if you’re heading to Cork for the festival.
1. Wyvern Lingo
Recently it seems that many Irish bands are becoming very successful and well knows before they even release their debut album. Wyvern Lingo are definitely one of these bands. Their debut EP, ‘The Widow Knows‘, was released only last summer and since then they have been going from strength to strength. The EP has been described as, “a veritable cocktail of R’n’B hooks, bluegrass licks, gospel harmonies and insightful-beyond-their-years lyrics“.
The band consists of Karen Cowley who provides the lead vocals and also plays the piano, Saoirse Duane on guitar and Caoimhe Barry on percussion and also provides vocals. The trio from Bray, Co. Wicklow are known for their unique style in regards to both music and style.
Possible one of their biggest achievements to date has been touring the UK and Ireland alongside Hozier last year. Lead singer Karen also appears on Hozier’s debut album as she duets with him on the song ‘In a Week‘. If you didn’t get to see them on tour with Hozier you can see them when they play Indiependence on Saturday, August 1st.
2. Little Hours
Little Hours are yet another one of those Irish bands who have gained considerable success before their debut album. The Donegal duo who formed in March 2014 consists of 20 year old John Doherty and 24 year old Ryan McClosky. They released their self-titled EP last year after playing their first ever gig at Electric Picnic of all places – if your first ever gig is at the biggest music festival in the country, then you know that you’re destined for success.
Since signing with Sony Music in April of this year they have been playing live left, right and centre. Most recently they supported Kodaline at their gig in Kilmainham just a couple of weeks ago. They have also supported the likes of Gavin James, Tom Baxter, Amber Run and James Bay. However, judging by their recent and sudden success, something tells me that they won’t just be supporting artists for much longer.
If you want to see Little Hours live, they will also be playing the Saturday of Indiependence.
3. All Tvvins
You’re really going to be spoiled for choice on Saturday at Indiependence as All Tvvins are also playing the second day of the festival.
This is yet another band that has been met with considerable success since their formation just last year. However, there is a reason for this, both members have previously been front men for other bands. Lar Kay was in the band Adebisi Shank. They formed in 2004 and released three studio albums before breaking up in 2014. Similarly, Conor Adams is the frontman for The Cast of Cheers. They have released two studio albums since forming in 2009 but they never officially broke up, they’re just on hiatus.
While both of their original bands produced indie music, All Tvvins play more 1980’s synthpop inspired music. So far, the band have released two singles – ‘Thank You‘ and ‘Too Young To Live‘. Their new song ‘Know Go‘ is also available for free download from their website.
4. The Young Folk
The Young Folk formed back in 2012 among members Anthony Furey, Paul Butler, Tony McLoughin, Alex Borwick and Patrick Hopkins. The alternative folk band released their first album ‘The Little Battle‘ last year and it was met with rave reviews. With their second album currently being recorded, it will be interesting to see what hey produce next.
These guys are no strangers to festivals as they have previously played at Electric Picnic, Cambridge Folk Festival, MIDEM and SXSW. On top of this, they have also toured the UK, USA and Canada. If you want to see them at this festival, they will be playing on Sunday, August 2nd.
5. Orla Gartland
It’s always disheartening when you see people your own age be so successful. At only 19 years old, this singer songwriter from Dublin has already released two EP’s and has almost 12 million views on Youtube.
Orla first gained popularity after she started posting cover songs on Youtube six years ago when she was only 13 years old.
After that, she released her first EP in 2013 called ‘Roots‘. Straight away it reached the number one spot on the Irish albums chart and it also went to number two in the US singer/songwriter chart. A year later she released her second EP, ‘Lonely People‘, and already she is touring North America with it.
If you want to see Orla Gartland live after her North American tour, she will be playing Indiependence on Sunday, August 2nd.