Archive for May, 2011

External Sounds @ Body & Soul Festival 2011

May 26, 2011

External Sounds are delighted to announce that we will be hosting our own Stage at this years Body & Soul Festival, which takes place on the weekend of June 18th & 19th on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the organisers have again put together an impressive programme of music and performance arts including theatre, poetry, acrobatics and much more, that is sure to establish the festival as one of the summers top events. Headliners include Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Field, Toro y Moi, Lamb, Lee Scratch Perry, Mount Kimbie, Lisa Hannigan & Don Letts. With a small increase from last years capacity to just 2500, the festival will still be maintaining its small numbers and laid-back atmosphere, but will also be packed full of the usual artistic and musical treats that you would expect from the Body & Soul experience.

External Sounds will host a Stage  in the woodland part of the castle’s beautiful Victorian walled gardens. By taking the good atmosphere and broad musical style of our events and merging it with the atmosphere and ethos of Body and Soul we plan to create something really special. The stage will be a mix of music styles such as Soul, Folk, Funk, Latin, Afrobeat, & Reggae mixed with Disco, & Deep House grooves. Our resident External Sounds dj’s will be joined by special guests such as Trenchtown, Subject Djs, Conall Bailey & Band, Tom Beary, Sarah O’Brien, Dj Pablo, The Getup, Belfast Music Club Djs, and many more still to be announced.

Featured guest artists…


We are chuffed to have 2Tone/Ska/Reggae band Trenchtown performing as part of out line up for this years Body & Soul festival. Formed back in 1988, Trenchtown are one of Ireland’s finest purveyors of this musical genre, and have consistently wowed their audiences with their bouncy reggae and furious ska sound. The band came to prominence in 1989 when they reached the final of the coveted Hot Press Magazine ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition, where they were narrowly beaten by ‘Just A Philistine’. In their long career they have supported acts such as Bad Manners, The Special Beat and The Motivators, while performing in many of Ireland’s top venues, as well as an appearance at the Brixton Academy in London. For more info on Trenchtown click HERE

Conall Bailey & Band

Singer song writer Conall Bailey joins us on the Stage with full live band to showcase some of his songs from his debut album ‘Finding Holes’.
Two years in the making, `Finding Holes´ featured over twenty artists, some hailing from as far afield as New Zealand. This performance promises to be as eclectic as Baileys´ repertoire of musical instruments. A key figure in the Drogheda music scene the singer songwriter is a founder member of trad six piece The Albaquirky Turkeys and alternative rock band Super Turbo Ninja Club, as well as a regular at open mic sessions. His sound transcends many different styles, and reflects his mixed musical background. For more info on Conall Bailey click HERE

Subject Djs

Subject DJs will be bringing their deep, funky Deep House and Disco orientated vibe to the Body & Soul festival. As resident djs at Subject events they have supported the likes of Horse Meat Disco, Faze Action, Chris Duckenfield, Hercules And Love Affair, Bill Brewster, Jimpster and The Revenge to name a few. As well are running the Subject night they also run the Galactic Beat Club takes place monthly in various Dublin venues. For more info on Subject Djs & Subject Events click HERE

Tom Beary (Scribble Soundsystem)

Joining us for this years Body & Soul Festival is top Reggae/Dancehall selector, and Scribble Soundsystem main man, Tom Beary. Tom is resident dj at Bodytonic’s Scribble night @ the Bernard Shaw in Dublin. He is also a member of the brilliant Scribble Soundsystem, a live band that incorporates Dj’s, Percussion, and MC’s to create a live music experience that is guaranteed to get the room bouncing! When the sun is shining and you need some reggae there is no better man to have behind the decks! for more info on Tom & The Scribble Soundsystem click HERE

Sarah O’Brien

Drogheda native Sarah O’Brien maybe pretty new to the scene, but already has impressed those who have seen her perform, and her stocks have been rapidly rising. Sarah began to cut her teeth less then a year ago playing open mic gigs around Drogheda and from these performances received invitations to play at more established music events such as The Garden Room Sessions, Drogheda Fringe Festival & The Beat On The Boyne Festival. Her folk, and acoustic reggae sound draws influences from the likes of Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling and Scott Mathews. for a taste of what to expect from her performance click HERE

Pablo (Fatty Fatty)

Dj Pablo or Paul Forgarty to his mum, is a definitely a dj who the word eclectic is apply applied. Not one to get tied into one type of musical genre, his dj sets are carefully crafted from the finest cuts of music with funk and feeling no matter what the genre – his ethos is ‘if it’s got a groove to make you move, it goes into the record bag’. No stranger to festival performances, Paul has previously performed for External Sounds at Electric Picnic 08 & 09, as well as playing our stage at last years Body & Soul Festival. For more info on Pablo & Fatty Fatty click HERE

Belfast Music Club Djs

We also welcome our northern brothers in the form of the Belfast Music Club Djs. Their monthly night in Belfast’s Menagerie venue is one of the cities best club nights, with the resident djs sharing the dj box with international guests such as The Unabombers, Mark E, Feel My Bicep, as well as up and coming local talent, and home town heroes such as Timmy Stewart & David Holmes. Their no nonsense approach to dj’ing is a dance floor friendly mix of Disco, Balearic, Post-Punk, Hip Hop, Soul & Psyche. For more info on the Belfast Music Club click HERE

The Getup

The Getup were formed in late 2010, from the ashes of funksters ‘Urban Box Social’. After losing two of the band to emigration, the remaining members Shane and Thomas decided to keep the buzz they had generated going, and recruited a new drummer and keyboard player to form the new band that they describe as being “An original instrumental act with a funky twist”. Staying with the funk, they decided to bring originality to a timeless genre. With inspiration from jazz/funk acts like Soulive to as far afield as post-rock Tortoise, The Getup’s sound creates an infectious dance atmosphere with a multitude of sounds, thumping bass lines and beats that is sure to help you get your groove on.

Craig C

Also joining us for the festivities is Subculture resident Dj Craig C. Craig who is currently based in the UK, has been on the scene for almost 13 years and is a versatile dj but specialises in Hip Hop & Drum & Bass. As well as setting up Subculture, Craig has also been a resident dj with Milk Soundsystem as well as regular appearances at the MUD nights at Dublin’s Twisted Pepper club, where he has supported drum and Bass heavyweights such as ‘S.P.Y’, ‘Shy FX’ and ‘Everson’. To hear some original productions from Craig click HERE


External Sounds Presents… The Beat On The Boyne Afterparty

May 18, 2011

External Sounds are delighted to be hosting the official Afterparty of Beat On The Boyne Festival 2011. The Beat On The Boyne returns again to bring the best of local talent and music to the streets of Drogheda over the June Bank Holiday Weekend. External Sounds will be hosting the Afterparty at The Purple Room on the bank holiday sunday night, and will feature local funk band ‘The Getup’, and the External Sounds djs.

Our live band on the night The Getup were formed in late 2010, from the ashes of Drogheda’s funksters Urban Box Social. Shane (guitar) and Thomas (bass) decided to take things a step further and recruited Joe (drums & percussion) and John (keyboard & synth) to form an original instrumental act with a funky twist. All members hailing from the area, they decided to bring originality to a timeless genre. With inspiration from jazz/funk acts like Soulive to as far afield as post-rock Tortoise, The Getup creates a dance atmosphere that has never been seen before in Drogheda. With a multitude of sounds, thumping bass lines and beats that won’t stop you from moving, The Getup are ones to watch in the future as they begin the process of building something beautiful.

As ever the External Sounds djs will be on hand to keep the dancefloor bouncing throughout the night. It all kicks off at 11pm. Admission is €7, with a reduced entry of €5 before midnight. The usual recession friendly beer promotions will be available at the bar all night.

External Sounds Djs @ Life Festival 2011

May 5, 2011

External Sounds will be performing as part of this years Life Festival which takes place @ Belvedere House, Mullingar, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of May. The External Sounds Djs will play as part of Subject’s line up at the festival on Sunday 29th of May. The Set is on from 4pm to 5pm. For more information on the other artists performing as well as the festival as a whole click onto the links below. |

Subject Area Line Up

Billy Scurry – Fever
Scribble Sound System – Scribble/Bodytonic
Ro Flynn & Russ Parker – Subject/Galactic Beat Club
Daz & Martin – Get Down
Louche & Sol – Nightflight
External Sounds DJs – The Purple Room
John Mahon, Conor L & Disco Dunne – 12/POGO
Louis Scully – Discotekken
Calvin James – Speedoman
Pete Cadden – Amen Brother/MN
Percussion: Bongo John

Billy Scurry – Fever, Dublin

Irish DJ stalwart, equally comfortable and capable of playing Disco, House and/or Techno and rocking the crowd every time… From the early days at Sides and Temple Of Sound to more recent times DJing for a selection of Irelands best promoters/clubs and currently holding a residency at The South William, Scurry has constantly moved with the times earning buckets of respect from promoters, DJs and music lovers both at home and abroad. His recent appearances at festivals such as Electric Elephant, Croatia are a testament to his eclectic and skilled DJ sets.
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Daz & Martin – Get Down, Waterford

Daz & Martin have been collecting vinyl since the mid ’90’s and playing records in clubs since 1998ish but it wasn’t until 2001 that they put their heads [and music] together and began DJing as a duo. Since then they have played every major club night & venue in the Southeast and supported many national and international acts including; Kenny Dope [M.A.W.], DJ Deep, Kerri Chandler, DJ Harri, Yousef, Ben Watt, Fish Go Deep, Charles Webster, Frank Roger & Atjazz to name a few… In recent years they have been busy running and promoting their own club night ‘Get Down’. Guests include; Greg Wilson, The Revenge, The Disconauts, Craig Smith & Chez Damier.
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Ro Flynn & Russ Parker – Subject/Galactic Beat Club, Dublin

Subject presents Ro & Russ, resident DJs at Subjects nomadic party for sounds on a deeper/funkier/Deep House and Disco orientated vibe – Galactic Beat Club. Galactic Beat Club takes place monthly in various Dublin venues w/ Subject DJs and regular guests… Music: Disco.Boogie.House.Funk.Balearic. Stevie Wonder & Chic to Moodymann & Theo Parrish. To date, GBC DJs have warmed the decks for; Horse Meat Disco, Faze Action, Chris Duckenfield, Hercules And Love Affair, Bill Brewster, Jimpster and The Revenge to name a few. It’s The Beat.
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Pete Cadden – Amen Brother/MN, Monaghan

Pete is one of the residents and founders of Monaghan’s – Amen Brother, the MN Collective’s outlet for Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Disco and the other pet sounds that the residents and their guests wouldn’t normally get to play out at a club night. Currently running on the first Friday of the month in the intimate and stylish settings of Odessa Club [Dame Court, Dublin], the promotion strives to offer something a little different. Case in point, Detroit legend Mike Huckaby soon makes his Irish debut DJing at a special MN Sun Ra party.
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Scribble Sound System – Scribble/Bodytonic, Dublin

The Scribble Sound System was formed in February 2009, when Scribble DJs Tom Beary and G. Frequency joined forces with MC Little Tree and session musician Chucky to create Dublin’s freshest collective. Dancehall, Reggae, Dubstep, Soulful beats and G. Frequency’s original Hip-Hop productions are used as a solid foundation and then mixed with live scratching, effects, vocals and percussion. Scribble Sound System now also includes Dublin Hip Hop legends Harry Moschops & Ophelia MC. Reference: Scribble Sound System at Castlepalooza.

Louis Scully – Discotekken, Dublin

Louis Scully began DJing in clubs in early 2009. Later that year he landed a residency at 12 Sundays in the Bernard Shaw and by September ’09 started his club night ‘Discotekken’, which continues to run monthly in the Twisted Pepper. Louis has brought over acts such as Juju & Jordash, Dmx Krew, I-F, Space Dimension Controller & many more. Louis’ next few gigs will see him warm up for Greg Wilson, Ceephax Acid Crew and play both Sibin & Life festivals, respectively…
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External Sounds DJs – The Purple Room, Drogheda

External Sounds is a collective of DJs, musicians & visual artists from Drogheda, Co Louth. Celebrating their 10th Birthday this July, their monthly nights in their hometown have featured guests such as; Norman Jay, Ashley Beedle, Luke Unabomber and Motor City Drum Ensemble… The ES DJs eclectic party style and approach to performing has lead to invites to play at many venues and club nights nationally and in the UK, Finland & Croatia. They have also played festivals such as DEAF, Sibin, Escape, Body & Soul Festival, Electric Picnic and the Electric Elephant. External Sounds have hosted their own tent at the Electric Picnic Festival since 2008.
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John Mahon, Conor L & Disco Dunne – 12/POGO, Dublin

12 Sundays takes place weekly Sundays at the Bernard Shaw in Dublin. Featuring a mixture of resident DJs, local guests and sometimes international guests, 12 Sundays boasts 12 hours of music, starting with Disco and deeper grooves before gradually progressing as the day goes on… Past international guests at the popular shindig include; Theo Parrish, DJ Spinna, Mark E and Ashley Beedle, creating more than a good enough reason to extend your weekend to include Sunday afternoon and night. Flying the 12 flag at Life Festival are Conor L, John Mahon […both DJs also hold POGO residencies] & Disco Dunne.
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Louche & Sol – Nightflight, Dublin

Representing Nightflight are Ian O’Leary aka The Louche and Sol O’Carroll primed with their selection of deep, soulful grooves and joyous mix of House and Disco to keep your heads ringin’ and your feet dancin’… With influences ranging from The Revenge and Metro Area to Dixon and Larry Heard the duo promise to deliver “Good ol’ fashioned fun from start to finish”. Those of you who saw them rock the Love Letter Stage in the Body & Soul area at last years Electric Picnic will know what to expect.
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Calvin James – Speedoman, Dublin

Calvin James started DJing in New York 12 years ago and has held residencies there, in Miami, Barcelona and Dublin… He is best known for his unorthodox mixing style, combining turntablism with Disco, House and Techno techniques. It was this mixing style that lead to his infamous ‘4 Decks And No Headphones’ sets, debuted at the first Electric Picnic [2004] before going on to perform at various club shows. A firm favorite in Irish clubs and at festivals, Calvin is also a Bacardi B-Bar regular.
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