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The Kinetiks at Indie-Pendence in Mitchelstown

The Kinetics were one of the surprise acts of the weekend at this year’s Indie-Pendence Festival in Mitchelstown. I had never heard of them but they have a great sound and are sure to go far. You could even say they have a lot of potential after putting on a fantastic energetic performance (all puns intentional and well-meant). Lead-singer Gaz Harding could be mistaken for lead singer of The Strokes Julian Casablancas but this is where they need to be careful. Ireland has plenty of bands capable of emulating this style of music with the likes of The Blizzards putting more of a ska element into their music and Delorentos creating luscious melodies. The Kinetiks are in the same field as these two bands who have already done quite well but it’ll be interesting to see how The Kinetiks make their mark.

See some more photos in the full set on Flickr.

Gemma Hayes at Indie-Pendence in Mitchelstown

The delectable Gemma Hayes headlined on Friday night at the Mitchelstown Music Festival, Indie-Pendence. Gemma Hayes is one of those artists who seems to have been around for an age and whose music is instantly recognisable so it was great to finally see her live. Even the rain held off, as it has done for the rest of the festival so far, touch wood. I also caught Rulers of the Planet and The Kinetiks on Friday, photos to come this week. Shamefully, I still have photos of last years festival lingering on my hard drive which never made it here so I’m trying to get this year’s photos up straight away.

See more photos in the full set on Flickr. Also, check out some tracks from Gemma on her MySpace.

An odd thing I stumbled upon when looking up her site, I went to http://gemmahayes.com without the www and it re-directs to http://gemmahayes.com/Store/DisplayItems-1-0.html which is actually a Supergrass online store at http://www.supergrassrus.com/Store/DisplayItems-1-0.html. Something odd up me thinks.

I’m looking forward to seeing The Blizzards headline tonight. Let’s just hope that rain stays away.

Mitchelstown Music Fest 2008


Mitchelstown Music Festival, Indie-Pendence, is back again this year at the start of August with another fantastic line-up. Where else would you see all these bands play on the same weekend and for free? Check out the vid above for a selection of the bands playing in this years festival.

Gemma Hayes, The Kinetiks, Rulers of the Planet, We Should Be Dead, The Vital Spark, Cathy Davey, Fight Like Apes, The Chapters, Fred, Dirty Epics, Travega, New Amusement, Supermodel Twins, The Blizzards, Ham Sandwich, The Flaws, The Laundry Shop, Alphastates, Hope is Noise & Sweet Jane, Giveamanakick, The Aftermath, Vesta Varro.

Update: Times of the festival this weekend.  Who do you want to see most?

Friday August 1

1930 The Vital Spark
2010 We Should Be Dead
2050 Rulers of The Planet
2110 The Kinetiks
2230 Gemma Hayes

Saturday August 2

1700 Supermodel Twins
1735 New Amusement
1810 Travega
1850 Dirty Epics
2000 The Chapters
2045 FRED
2130 Fight Like Apes
2230 Cathy Davey

Sunday August 3

1700 Bravado
1735 Sweet Jane
1810 Hope is Noise
1850 Alphastates
2000 The Laundry Shop
2045 The Flaws
2130 Ham Sandwich
2230 The Blizzards