Drogheda Arts Festival & External Sounds Presents… Wolfgang Flur (Kraftwerk)

April 20, 2015

From the Autobahn to the Auto-store. External Sounds and Drogheda Arts Festival present a very unique music experience where we take you physically and emotionally deep underground to witness an audiovisual performance from electro music pioneer and former member of German electronic band Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Flür. ‘Musik Soldat’ combines videos and rare images from his Kraftwerk past to his present projects, with selected electro music for dancing in this subterranean environment.

Tickets are priced €25* and are available in person from the Festival Box Office at Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co Louth. From 10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Online at www.droghedaartsfestival.ticketsolve.com.
Or via Phone on +353 (0)41 9833946

*A free courtesy bus is included in the ticket price. The Bus will operate from the bus stop on Georges St to the M1 Retail Park. A return bus service will provided after the event finishes.

Wolfgang Flür Bio:

A true musical pioneer Wolfgang Flür is best known as a member of German electronic band Kraftwerk from 1973 until 1986. During which time they release seminal albums such as Autobahn, Radio-Activity, and Trans Europe Express. Kraftwerk’s distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music. According to The Observer, “no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture” and a wide range of artists have been influenced by their music and image.

Along with band member Florian Schneider, Flur developed the worlds first electric drum-pads-board for the electric quartet. Outside Kraftwerk, Flür set up the band ‘Yamo’ and co-produced with Andi Toma of Mouse on Mars the album ‘Time Pie’ which was released in 1976. Flur’s also had commercial success with a remix of “I Was A Robot“.

His current audiovisual Dj set entitled ‘Musik Soldat’ (Music Soldier), combines videos and rare images from his Kraftwerk past to his present projects, with selected electro music for dancing.


External Sounds Presents… Terri Hooley

April 7, 2014

External Sounds in association with The Drogheda Arts Festival are delighted to bring you a dj set by the godfather of the Belfast music scene, Mr Terri Hooley. Terri Hooley has been a prominent figure on the Belfast music scene for well over 30 years. He was founder of the record label and shop ‘Good Vibrations’ which put punk bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, and The Outcasts on the music map in the 70’s. The label celebrated its 30th anniversary in April 2008, while in 2012 his autobiography ‘Hooleygan’ was made into a film, staring Richard Dormer as Hooley, as well as Dylan Moran and Jodie Whittaker.
A true music lover his dj sets are a journey through his absolute obsession with all genres of music, so expect Punk, Rock, Indie, Ska, Northern Soul, and much more.
Tickets are €5 in advance from Sarsfields Bar and Town Centre Barbers, and €7 on the door. Doors open at 9pm, with a late bar in operation


External Sounds Presents… Donal Dineen

April 15, 2013

donal_dineenExternal Sounds Presents Dj Donal Dineen, Sunday 5th of  May, at The Purple Room, Drogheda.

Over the last few years for our Arts Festival event External Sounds has endeavored to bring you quality International artists from across various underground and alternative music scenes. This year we continue this trend but we haven’t had to travel so far a field. We are very pleased to announce our special guest as pioneering Irish DJ, Filmmaker and Photographer, Mr Donal Dineen.

Donal first came to prominence in the 1990’s as host of RTE televisions progressive alternative music programme ‘No Disco’, and then cemented his reputation for impeccable taste with the free-wheeling, open minded and much loved radio show on Today FM. This multifaceted artist contributes to, and curates a multitude of music/film and visual events, while continuing his radio work on his weekly RTE 2FM show. As well as dj’ing, he is also part of the ‘Parrish’ recording project, which features Niwel Tsumbu, Liam O Maonlai, Ronan O Snodaigh, Andre Antunes, Peter Erdei and Aminah Dastan.

He’s impossible to pigeon hole, so it would be futile for us to try and tell you what to expect him to play, but what we can say for certain is that it will be music of the highest quality from across the musical spectrum, that is sure to amaze, surprise, and delight.

Doors open at 11pm, with admission €10. Early bird tickets for this event are priced €8, and are available from Dark Valley Tattoo, Peter St, Drogheda.

This event is proudly sponsored by Dark Valley Tattoo.

External Sounds Presents… Mr Whippy Soundsystem

January 29, 2013

It may be the middle of winter with snow falling and the tempreture dropping rapidly, but External Sounds is bringing you a little piece of summer in the form of Mr Whippy Soundsystem who’s pulling up at The Purple Room on Saturday 9th of February.

More accustomed to the surroundings of his funky 1970s ice-cream van converted into a deejay booth, we are bringing him in from the cold to serve up his eclectic mix of dancefloor delights. Based over Wesht he’s rocked pavements, parks and all sorts of open spaces from Galway to Dun Laoghaire all from the back of his loveable, tropical ice-cream van, under the swirl of the world’s only 2-meter high Ice-Cream-Cone Mirror Ball!

His dj sets are a tasty blend of Funk, Soul, Roots, Reggae and beyond that’s sure to get your hips shaken. For a taste of what to expect here is his live set recorded at Electric Picnic 2012. https://soundcloud.com/mr-whippy-soundsystem/little-beat-retreat

Support on the night is by Rob Mullen (External Sounds) and Caroline Gormley. Doors 11pm. Admission is 5 euro before midnight and 7 euro after.


External Sounds Presents… Little Beat Retreat @ Electric Picnic 2012

August 22, 2012

External Sounds are delighted to announce the we will be running our own stage at Electric Picnic 2012. ‘The Little Beat Retreat’ is going to be the funkiest thing on two wheels after Bradley Wiggins sideburns! This converted old catering trailer will be party central from Friday afternoon into the wee small hours of Monday morning! the soundtrack to this retro party will be an eclectic mix of Funk, Soul, Disco, Kitch 80′s, and Electric Boogie. Think… Southport meets ‘Club Tropicana’.

We have recruited the services of some of the finest djs in the country with the likes of Lil Dave & The Drifter, Daz & Martin (Get Down Edits), Donal Dineen, Groovement Soul, DazBoy, Michael Keep Schtum, some of the many top names that will be manning the hatch! Also look out for The 45 Shuffle, Sunday Soul Session, The Hula Party and the Musical Bingo.

So if you’re down at Electric Picnic, come and join us for dance. We’ll be situated in the Body & Soul Area all weekend.

External Sounds Presents… Dj Tu Ki

August 16, 2012

As we prepare to debut our ‘Little Beat Retreat’ at this years Electric Picnic Festival, we are going to have ourselves a wee pre Picnic party at the Purple Room to celebrate. For this event we are pretty excited to have 4 time Irish DMC champion DJ Tu Ki as headliner. Widely regarded as Ireland most technically gifted dj, his sublime turntablism delivers sets that are rich with the finest hip hop beats but also full of effortlessly mixing of genres such as Disco, Soul and Funk to deliver a performance that’s unrivalled. For an idea of what to expect check out some of his mixes @ http://soundcloud.com/tu-ki/.

Support on the night comes from our own dj extraordinaire Keith ‘Kellser’ Kelly, as well as Dub sounds resident Tadhg Hoey.

Door open from 11pm with admission €5 before midnight and €7 after.

Subject 5th Birthday @ The Twisted Pepper.

July 25, 2012

External Sounds djs will be part of the bill for Subjects 5th Birthday party at The Twisted Pepper, Dublin on Saturday 28th of July. Subject is one of the countries premier promotions outfits and in the past 5 years they have put on some of the best events with world class line ups to boot. For this special celebration they have secured the services of Ben Sims & ‘2562’ aka A Made Up Sound, plus a whole host of quality acts for what is sure to be another cracker of a night.
The full Line up & link to the facebook event page is below…

BEN SIMS [Theory – London]
Subject Soundsystem
Niall Cleary

2562 aka A Made Up Sound [Tectonic – Berlin]
Joe Morrissey

FSL & Loud Mouth
Redahan [Loud Mouth]
Daniel Gibson [FSL/MN]
Sweet D & David Kennedy [FSL]
Cian aka Kiki [Loud Mouth]
Ickis Mirolo [FSL]
Lorem Ipsum [Loud Mouth]

External Sounds DJs
Mark Greene


External Sounds Beat On The Boyne Special

May 29, 2012

External Sounds kicks of the first of our summer sessions on Bank Holiday Sunday June 3rd at The Purple Room, Drogheda. In conjunction with the Beat On The Boyne Festival our line up will focus on best of local music talent featuring the live loop maestro Kev Sheridan, Du…b Sounds nu breed Tadhg Hoey, and Keith Kelly & Rob Mullen from our own External Sounds stable!

Our live performance on the night comes from the one man loop maestro Kev Sheridan. His performances are a must see for anybody that has not previously experienced one, Kev use bongos, guitar, vocals and what ever comes to hand with a loop station, to layer up sublime infectious tracks. No stranger to External Sounds nights, Kev has consistently rocked our audiences since his first performance for us in McGuinness’s bar way back in 2007. Since then he has worked tirelessly on developing his style and performances, which has seen him become a regular on the Dublin gig scene, as well as the national festival circuit.

Representing the nu breed of dj talent in the town we have Tadhg Hoey. Tadhg is resident dj at Dub Sounds, a Purple Room based club night he co founded just over a year ago. Originally set up with the aim of bring Dub Step to the Drogheda masses it along with Tadhgs style has diversified to encompass all forms of deep bass orientated music. As well as his residency at his own Dub Sounds nights, he has also broke into the Dublin club scene with appearances at venues such as Twisted Pepper & The U Bar. For a taste of what he does check out some of his mixes at http://soundcloud.com/tadhghoey

External Sounds Presents… Don Letts (BBC 6 Music)

March 28, 2012

External Sounds are more than a little excited to have the legendary Rebel Dread himself Mr DON LETTS at The Purple Room on Saturday 5th of May as part of The Drogheda Arts Festival 2012.

Don Letts has been at the cultural cutting edge of music and film since the 1970’s. His dj residency at the infamous London Punk club ‘The Roxy’, is widely acknowledged as the catalyst for the merging of Punk and Dub Reggae genres that came to prominence in the music of bands such as The Clash & PIL. Bob Marley, who was living in London at the time, recognised these developments with his 1977 song Punky Reggae Party.

Along with ex Clash guitarist Mick Jones, he formed ‘Big Audio Dynamite’ in 1984. They quickly established themselves as an innovative group with their signature sound incorporating Reggae, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock, Funk and Dance Music. He went on to perform and co-write four albums with B.A.D. achieving several hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the top ten hit E=Mc2.

During this period he also became revered as a film maker. His first movie, ‘The Punk Rock Movie‘ documented the emerging music scene during this time . His fly on the wall footage of The Clash was later made into ‘Westway To The World’, which won him a Grammy in 2003. He has produced dozens of films and documentaries on various music movements, with artists such as Gil Scott Heron, Sun Ra, Franz Ferdinand, and The Jam, to name but a few.
As well as his film work he continues to push musical boundaries through his weekly radio show ‘Culture Clash’ on BBC Radio 6.

This Event is proudly sponsored by Town Centre Barbers

External Sounds Presents… Dj Kormac – All New Av Show

February 16, 2012

External Sounds is back on Friday 16th of March, and we are more then a little excited to have Dj Kormac returning to The Purple Room to headline our party. After his amazing debut performance last May, Kormac brings his brand new Audio Visual show which incorporates cust…om made visuals that are controlled via the turntables and his extraordinary scratching and mixing abilities. Add in to this his patented blend of Junk-Jive, Charleston-funk and Electro Swing, and you really have an clubbing experience like no other.
Since his first visit last year, Kormac has been busy touring the globe with shows in Australia and mainland Europe, as well as a appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Forbidden Fruit, & Electric Picnic.
This really is going to be one show you don’t want to miss!!!

More information on Dj Kormac.

Kormac has been releasing as a solo artist since 2007 releasing The Scratch Marchin’, Good Lord and Showtime EPs worldwide. He released his debut album, Word Play, on Scribble Records in 2010. It features DJ Yoda, Koaste (Black Grass,) DJ Cheeba (Solid Steel/Ninja Tunes,) Messiah J & The Expert and MC Little Tree. He is currently working on his second album and will be releasing two new singles off it during 2012.

Along with his solo career, Kormac has put together an 11-piece orchestra playing the music off his back catalogue in very unique style. A mix of live turntables, samplers, drums, double bass, barbershop quartet, trumpet, clarinet, banjo and live visuals bringing together an experience that is a must see.They’ve recently played peak time slots at Glastonbury, Bestival, Womad, Shambala, the Electric Picnic & Body & Soul festivals, as well as touring with Beardyman and performed in Australia, Mainland Europe & Africa.