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April 22, 2010

Are you in a band, or an aspiring solo artist and would like to perform at this years Electric Picnic festival? Well here is your chance to do just that! Entries are now being taken for ‘Ticket to Picnic’ band competition. 16 finialists will be chosen to compete over 4 heats for a chance to play at the External Sounds tent at this years Electric Picnic festival. The winners will also have their set broadcast live across the festival via Body & Soul FM. The heats & final will take place at The Purple Room, Fairgreen, Drogheda, starting Friday May 14th. The winners will be decided by the audience and a panel of judges. Heres how to enter: Entry is FREE to this compitition. All you have to do is email your application to along with a short biography and 3 original songs. The songs must be hosted on online (Myspace, YouTube, Fileshare..etc). Entrie must be sent before 5th of May 2010. The 16 heat contestents will be notified by email by the 6th of May. All contestents must be over 18 years of age. Size restrictions may apply on bands with over 5 members. The winner of the heats will be chosen by the audience and a panel of judges. The winner of the final will recieve full weekend tickets for the Electric Picnic Festival as well as get to perform an hour prime time set in the External Sounds tent, which will be broadcast from Body & Soul FM. Email applications to: Heat 1 is on FRIDAY 14th of MAY @ The Purple room Drogheda. Please feel free to pass this on to any friend that you think may be interested.


External Sounds @ The Drogheda Arts Festival

April 7, 2010

Continuing on from the last post we are staying with the festival theme. As we approach the May bank holiday weekend it brings with it the start of the festival season. Friday 30th of April is the opening day of The Drogheda Arts Festival and External Sounds are delighted to once again be involved in the festival. After last years brilliant collaboration with the Arts Council in bringing Dj Norman Jay to the town, we have once again acquired the services of another musical great in the form of Dj Asley Beedle.

Ashley is one of most respected dj’s on the circuit. From starting out playing on the soundsystems at the world famous Notting Hill Carnival, through to becoming one of the U.K.’s most celebrated house producers in the late ’90s, and currently turning out some serious dancefloor stomping disco re-edits, this artist is a true great who’s production & Dj’ing always sounds fresh and entertaining even if it has one foot in the past. Like Norman Jay, he  is a musical all rounder who’s dj sets are very assessable and cross many different genres but always keeps the emphasis on the groove.

External Sounds Djs Andrew K & Rob Mullen will also be playing support to ZERO 7 who will be doing a dj set @ The Purple Room as part of the Arts Festival. For those of you that don’t know Zero 7 are a Grammy Award-nominated, downtempo styled musical duo comprising of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker from the United Kingdom. They have released 5 studio albums, and over the course of their career they have worked with the likes of Radiohead, Lenny kravitz, Jose Gonzalez, Terry Callier & Lambchop to name but a few.

Its great that artists such as these are playing a town like Drogheda, and it shows the Arts Festival organisers commitment to developing the festival to rival anything similar in the country. It is also great for collectives like External Sounds to receive this type of support from the Arts Council and its also a good opportunity for local artists to share the stage with established international artists, as well as been a great oppertunity to display the dept of talent that there is within the town itself.

For more info on both gigs click onto Zero 7 @ The Purple Room & Ashley Beedle @ The Purple Room

These are just two events in an extensive programme that the local Arts Council have put together for the festival.  It all kicks off on Friday 30th of April and runs over the weekend until  Monday 3rd of May. More details on the rest of the Arts festival are available by clicking on to the festival website @

Homelands Ireland 1999

March 1, 2010

I recently rediscovered a documentary about the first Homelands Festival which took place at Mosney holiday camp, Co Meath in September 1999. I originally had a copy of this documentary on VHS that i recorded off the tv shortly after the festival took place, but which has since been lost for years. As i watched the the documentary it brought back so many memories of that great day in Mosney. It also started me thinking about how much has happened in Irish dance music since that festival almost 11 years ago. For those of you that don’t know much about that festival or its significances, let me enlighten you. Before Homelands the only major out door music events in Ireland were the Slane Castle Concerts and The Feile Festival which took place several years before hand in Semple Stadium, Thurles. These events where based around one main stage with different acts taken to the stage throughout the day. Homelands was the first major multi arena festival to take place in Ireland, and was the precursor to the Wittness festival that became Oxegen which is now regarded as one of Europe’s top festivals.

Last summer Irish music lovers had a choice of  music festivals such as Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Life, Castle Palooza, Sibin to name but a few. when Homelands came along it was so unique to this country and something very exciting. As somebody that spent many a family day out as a kid in Mosney, it was extra funny dancing to techno in the Ballroom where I had seen Sonny Knowles perform with my Ganny many years before hand!

As much as Homelands was a seminal moment in Irish music in general, it was it was very significant for Dance music in the country.  Since 4/4 beats first began to become popular in Irish clubs in the late 80’s, and early 90’s, dance music was never really taken that serious by the wider music community in the country. Generally seen as a fade or something listened to by people on drugs, dance music was never expected to go on to hold such a prominent position that it does, or its dj’s and artists to obtain the respect they now have from other musical peers. The Homelands Festival really took Dance music out from the past and kicked it into the 21st century giving it the respectability and investment other music genres receive. The festival was very well programmed, and had a wide range of dance music from commercial house, techno, Drum & Bass, Hip/Hop & Breakes, and also had an impressive line-up of top name within the industry. It was very well organised, policed, and surprisingly to some critics, had a very decent and diverse crowd in attendance, with very little in the way of trouble.

On a personal level it was my experience at Homeland that was the catalyst to buy some turntables and subsequently go on to dj and promote dance music events. Anyway that’s enough waffling from me. To watch this documentary click onto the like below. I have also added a link to downloada set from Laurent Garnier’s which was recorded live form the festival.

Laurent Garnier Live from Homelands Ireland


Andrew K

External Sounds Presents… Freeman Bear (live)

March 1, 2010

External Sounds is back at the Purple room on Saturday 6th of March. For this event we are exploiting the depths of musical talent within the collective. This months main act is our own Freeman Bear who will be performing a live set of his own compositions.

Freeman Bear aka External Sounds very own Dermot O’ Mahony has been producing music under different guises for over 15 years. His sound is difficult to pigeon hole with his music crossing several genres from deep techno to fresh house with a smidgen of industrial funk. His ‘On My Mind’ track which will feature on his debut EP, on External Sounds Recordings, has already been generating a lot of interest from artists around the globe, as well as receiving positive reviews from dance music heavyweights like Larry Heard, Norman Jay & The Unabombers. For this performance he will playing his tracks live using Synths, Samplers and Fx to build up the set. Never afraid to experiment and always entertaining this is a performance definitely not to be missed!

Freeman Bear- ‘On My Mind’

To listen to a dj set from Dermot, recorded under his ‘Durty Vandal’ alis, click here

Support on the night come from External Sounds, Tadhg Murphy, while Derek Hicks will be rounding the night off with a set full of his own typical musical mayhem!

Finally January’s over

February 1, 2010

Didn’t realise that it’s been so long since the last blog post. October 09 to be precise. since then we have reopened The Purple Room and made ourself at home in the new venue! I have to give big shouts to all the heads that  came  along in the large numbers to both the opening night and our New Years Eve party. The opening night with Bill Brewster was very special indeed. After months of planning and hard work, the new front door was opened to the public for the first time. The worries and ‘what if’ thoughts were soon put to rest when the returning crowd liked what was done to the place, even if there was still a smell of wet paint! The new entrance, stage, toilets and smoking terrace are all doing their jobs nicely! Its still not the finished product with little tweaks and minor changes still taken place, but it’s certainly a big improvement.
New Years Eve was once again the great event that its been for the past 4 years. The eclectic mix of Drogheda Ska/Reggae legends Trenchtown and Manchester’s Dj Will Tramp was a great combination with a great atmosphere from early in the night right through to the last bars of the Cheers theme tune!!

So that’s pretty much whats happened since the last post, and now to what’s coming up! External Sounds is back at the Purple room on Saturday 6th of February. For this event we are delighted to have NightFlight Dj’s Jimmy B & Louche taken to the Purple Room stage. Although this will be their first appearance at The Purple Room they are no strangers to the External Sounds crowd having played at our tent at Electric Picnic for the past two years. Their set in our tent at Electric Picnic 08 was one of my musical highlights of the festival so I’m really looking forward to this one. Support on the night is from External Sounds resident Rob Mullen. Rob will be doing a 2 hour warm up set. We are giving out free goody bags at the start of the night so get along early.
The following weekend the external sounds djs are going on a a wee trip to Manchester. We have 2 gigs and some serious vinyl shopping on the agenda. Friday 12th of February We are playing ‘Frietags’ at the newly refurbished Common in the Northern Quarter. Then on Saturday night we are playing downstairs at Centro on Tib Street.

We have recently added some new mixes onto our website. These include Groovement Soul djs & Bill Brewster LIVE sets from The Purple Room as well as Me & Rob Mullen’s set recorded live from the Boat Party @ Electric Elephant Festival last August.
Click onto for the mixes.

Right i’ll finish off with a bit of a listening chart for the past couple of months. There hasn’t been much vinyl bought in the past while but these are some tunes that i have picked up, and the rest are are on the Manchester shopping list!!

Tiger & Woods – Caddy shack ep.
Walter Jones – Living Without Your love.
Killer Funk Allstars – Volume  2.
Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere.
John Holt – Police in The Helicopter
Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro – Tradition in Transition
Charles Earland – Coming To You Live
Firefly – love Is Gonna Be On Your Side
The Originals – Down To Love Town

Joakim – Spiders / Ad Me


Andrew K

External Sounds Djs @ DEAF 2009

October 5, 2009


DEAF returns with its most extensive programme to date, including films, gallery installations, workshops, live gigs and club events. Now in its 11th year the Dublin Electronic Music Festival is a showcase of the best of Irish
& International artists performing through the different electronic medias.

The sheer number and diversity of the different events on offer at DEAF this year certainly is a cause for celebration. It’s hugely encouraging to see so many artists, promoters and collectives taking complete ownership of the
events they’re running for DEAF, with an all-round dedication and professionalism that is, in our experience, unprecedented and what truly feels like Dublin’s festival! A sold-out fundraising event in August – plus the simple fact that the programme has almost tripled in size since 2008 – offers further testament to the positive spirit in which DEAF is taking
place in 2009.

External Sounds are very proud to have been asked to preform at this years festival. The External Sounds djs will be playing 4 Dame Lane as support to English Dj Luke Solomon on bank holiday Sunday 25th of October.
More info about the gig and festival can be found @

Movements in Music – Aug/Sept 09

September 29, 2009

Its been a busy couple of months for the External Sounds crew with gigs in Manchester, Croatia, & Electric Picnic. All amazing experiences with plenty of musical food for thought. Croatia most of all. It was amazing to hear some of the tunes that got played across the festival site. From the Aficionado lads playing the theme to Blue Peter on their boat party, to the crowd on the Tikki Bar going mental late on Saturday night to Talk Talks ‘Its My Life’. Adriatic is most definitely the new Balearic. my dj chart for the last 2 months is very much influenced by that week in the sun.

Andrew K’s- Dj Chart Aug/Sept 08

Mark E – Freakin & Shriekin / Formed
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
David Joseph – You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – Larry Levan Mixes
Various Artists – Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol 2
Chaplin Band – Il Veliero
Toni Lionni – Found A Place

Various Artists – Horse Meat Disco Compilation
Womack & Womack – Love Wars
Bumblebee Unlimited – Ladybug
Tom Trago – Lost In The Streets Of New York (Original)
El Michels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Chris Rea – Josephine – 1987 Remix

Electric Elephant, Croatia – Review

September 28, 2009

Words – Jane fitz 

Courtesy of

“After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down…” As the flight delay stretched longer, Conrad Idjut Boy didn’t know if he was going to miss his afternoon set at the Beach Bar. By the time he arrived, he was already a couple of hours behind, but he scraped it to soundtrack the sunset. Those lyrics, from JJ Cale’s “After Midnight,” drifting from the speakers, signalled the beginning of this year’s Electric Elephant festival, sounding like a prediction of what might come later. Yet, who knew? They had another meaning too. Because behind the decks, as he settled into his set straight off his flight, Conrad was dropping his jeans and pulling on a pair of shorts…


The Electric Elephant returned this year for another long weekend of laidback disco-backed merriment under the Croatian sun. Billed as a three-day knees-up, the fiesta was in fact warmed up on Wednesday and wound down on Monday night. (Such is the way when you mix DJs and sunshine into The Garden’s readymade party site and a two-step stumble back to your room.) Electric Elephant is less full-on festival, more extended long-weekend to the Adriatic with 1000 new friends—pasty Brits going red in the scorching heat while someone, somewhere is dropping something vaguely cosmic on an outdoor turntable.

Much of this is thanks to the setting: The tiny fishing village of Petrcane boasts very little in the way of bars and clubs, and lots in the way of tiny white cottages and Croatian families soaking up the last of the summer holidays. This weekend, the party prescription of choice for the mostly Brit crowd is sun-factor 15. San Antonio this is not. This part of the Croatian coast—backed by pine forests, distant craggy mountains and overlooking outlying islands that peak out of the misty horizon—offers a different kind of hedonism. One that bobs along to laidback beats as the sun goes down before moving over to the main stage for a bit of dub or folk, and gently breaking into something with a kick drum later on.



Friday night’s fiesta properly began when Horsemeat Disco’s effervescent Severino and James Hillard buckled down to disco business. Hair-frizzing humidity tonight had as much to do with them as the weather. Dancers jumped around a paddling pool to Linda Clifford’s “Runaway Love” as warming-up Elephantees shuffled around the main dance floor. It was only a crowd-pleasing “I Believe in Miracles” that brought the party to life. Main attraction Andrew Weatherall—surely sweating buckets in this heat under the weight of his spectacular tash—signalled his arrival with a wallop of bass, setting out his stall with Abe Duque’s “What Happened?” Slowed down, significantly mangled Chicago-style house gave way to one almighty jack. Behind the decks HMD’s Severino maniacally waved a hand towel in approval while Weatherall even afforded himself a little shuffle. The party was go.

Inside, Theo Parrish was getting to grips with Barbarella’s Discotheque. It was ’70s in appearance alone. Inside, we were huffing under the heat. Smoking inside is banned in Croatia but no one here seemed to have noticed, as Friday night partiers lit up and clambered onto ledges, tables, booths or anywhere else that could possibly be used instead of a dance floor (which by then was filling up). Parrish jumped from disco to garage to throbbing acid tracks, and soon the club was screaming. It’s loud. Really loud. It’s getting hotter too. And sweaty. It’s slightly wonky mixing, clammy dancers with dirty flip-flop feet and sticky hair going ape. And it really is LOUD.



 Saturday, the sun is beating down and it’s maybe a degree or two less than Friday. But it’s still sweaty. Locals say a storm will blow in tonight. From two miles away you can hear the dull thump of the beach bar—but it’s a day of rest after last night. Elephantees drift about, lounging on the beach bar platform that stretches out over the sea, grabbing a sunset massage, or a beer. The Unabombers evening boat party is called off early: The Argonaught—a huge sailing vessel that takes two trips a day loaded with shipmates around the islands for a boozy disco cruise—returns to shore early.

The predicted storm is blowing in fast. As Stuttgart’s Motor City Drum Ensemble lines up his first tune, it’s hard to think of a more prophetic opener—Kerri Chandler’s “Rain.” MCDE’s stripped and spacious, bass-heavy house music comes alive thanks to nature’s special effects—who needs smoke machines or lasers when, out to sea, the murky black breaks for shards of lightning, the bass swings on the back of gale-force bursts of wind. Lazy writers often talk about DJs “kicking up a storm.” Rarely do DJs get to soundtrack a real one, the needle occasionally being blown straight off the decks by random gusts.



It’s impossible to see everything at a party that boasts two outdoor stages, an indoor club and several boat parties a day. But that’s the point. Wander round, stumble on something, catch the tail end of one band, the beginning of a DJs set. Yet to invest in a boat party is to commit to four hours with one host. Or, in the case of Sunday’s Basement Boogaloo vs Downtown Sounds & External Sounds boat party, a handful of them. This was two attitude-free disco club collectives battling it out over a glass sea with plenty of beer to go round. Busy enough to go off, not too rammed to dance, as the Argonaught left harbour, Earth Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy” rolled off the speakers. It was going to be a good afternoon.

Boat parties are built on moments—one of them was catching Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” as we skirted an island, dancing in the rigging, on the poop deck, on the bridge. All too soon Petrcane’s coast was in view, Frankie Knuckles’ “Your Love” was a final tune and someone was ringing the bell to signal it was time for everyone to walk the plank. No worries—only an hour to wait until the Lowlife crew set sail.


Back at the festival, Daniele Balldelli stopped riding in around the site on a bike for a moment to play some records—unrecognisable spacey disc to a jaded but appreciative crowd jostling on the sea platform. By now, Friday’s disco enthusiasm had given way to Sunday night’s sunbaked skin, three-night hangovers, lost money/keys/plots, new friends, tired feet, wonky smiles. On the main stage, reggae artist Natty refused to budge as sound engineers tried to usher his band offstage.

“We’re going to play another one anyway!” he threatened, breaking into a lolloping live drum and bass throb. Inside Idjut Boys crunched out into some house, buoyed by the fact that the beach bar was sounding like a terrible Costa-Del-Sol holiday cheese fest (Armand’s “U Don’t Know Me.” Anyone?). It’s the last night, officially, and no one wants to go home (or stumble around the bay to a rented apartment). The ToTheBone crew are pitched up behind the decks in Barbarella’s. The sound engineers are having such a good time they don’t want to go home either. It’s meant to end at 5. It’s gone 6 before it’s over.



Monday and the pace is slow. Half the crowd has now peeled away. If they’re not on their way to the airport, they’re snoring off three days’ excesses or have sneaked onto a couple of ad hoc boat parties. Following a live recording of ToTheBone’s radio podcast, Pavel Plastik unveils a dreamy selection of afternoon Balearica. (Or should that be Adriatica?) It might not be the Cafe Del Mar, but who wants 1,500 beery Brits cheesily clapping the sunset, when you can take your pick of a lounger and hear Jill Scott’s “It’s Love” glide out of the sound system? Is there a more good-natured, feel-good, festival than Electric Elephant? As Idjut Boy Conrad is back in his rightful spot, not rushed this time, shorts on, instructed to play music “not for dancing,” I can’t think of one.


Words /Jane Fitz


Photo credits

Vinyl dance floor – Duba (Cinedelic Records)

Ireland – Simon Conneff Barbellas discotheque – Duba (Cinedelic Records)

Speaker on the water – Derek Smith

Turntables on the water – Jo Bradbury

Crumpled flyer – Lucie Meurice