Posts Tagged ‘External Sounds’

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.

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External Sounds Christmas Hoedown

December 19, 2011


External Sounds is having a good old Christmas Hoedown at the Purple Room on St Stephens night. Supplying the soundtrack to this festive knees up are the External Sounds residents djs, who will be joined by a live performance from Electronic/Instrumental Hip Hop duo ‘Copious’, as well as a set from one of the Drogheda’s new breed of dj talent ‘LayLow Leee’.

Couple this great musical line up with the fact of everyone’s enforced previous 2 day absence from any nightclubs, and we got all the ingredients for a real Christmas cracker!

Doors open at the earlier then usual time of 10pm. Admission is €7, with a discounted rate of €5 before midnight.

Here’s a bit more Info on our guests….

COPIOUS

Copious are an Irish electronic/ instrumental hip-hop duo consisting of musicians Dermot O Mahony and Gareth Kinsella from Drogheda Co. Louth.
The group formed in 2002 and has seen an ever-changing line up of band members over the years usually assembled to play live shows eg.Tadhg Murphy (National Philamonic and Royal Irish Chamber Orchestra), Keith Kelly (Cachimbo), Ian Earle (Rythmatix), Danny Mc Eoin (Intinn), Rob Kearney, Gary Martin and Rob Mullen (External Sounds Dj’s).
In 2011 the band reverted back to the two founding members and have been producing synth and MPC based music with live drums since then.
The duo are set to release their debut EP Attack From The Attic in mid 2012, which promises to deliver their usual blend of wailing synthesized sounds with monstrous beats, along with some more melodic and chilled out electronic rock and hip hop arrangements.

LayLow Leee

Leee is one of a wealth of young dj talent currently coming to the surface of the local electronic music scene. A regular guest at several club nights in the towns Purple Room venue, he has recently launched his own night called ‘Who Cares!?’ Not your conventional young dj, leee keeps his eclectic sets, deep & dubby, but most definitely always groovy.

External Sounds Halloween Party ft. Dj A Skillz

October 7, 2011

External Sounds are delighted to announce that we will be throwing a special spooky Halloween Party at the Purple Room on Bank Holiday Sunday 30th of October. For this party we are very excited to have party dj extraordinaire ‘A Skillz’ as our special guest on the night.

A true showman, A Skillz incredible live performances involve mashing up funk, hip-hop and breaks with his unique style of scratching and mixing for an amazing genre hopping extravaganza that is certain to have the Purple Room rocking to its foundations! As its Halloween are inviting everybody to get their best fancy dress costume on, with Spot prizes for the best costumes on the night.

Support on the night comes from the resident External Sounds Djs and local dubster Dj Philay.

For more info on A Skillz click onto HERE

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…

Trenchtown

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 Presents… The 45 Shuffle @ Clarkes Bar, Easter Saturday

April 15, 2011

The External Sounds djs are back @ Clarkes Bar, Drogheda for another edition of The 45 Shuffle on Easter Saturday April 23rd.

The 45 Shuffle is always a great craic, where you are likely hear the unexpected. Our djs will be sifting through their collection of old & new 45’s to bring you a night of sounds from the 1950’s through to gems from today pressed to 7 inch vinyl.

If you have any old 45′s that you would like to hear played on the night, then dust off your old 7 inches and bring them along with you and we’ll give them a spin.

The night kicks off at 9pm and admission is free!

External Sounds Presents… Kormac (AV Set)

April 1, 2011

External Sounds are delighted to have Big Band Leader, Visual Artist, Producer, Dj, & Irelands answer to Mr Scruff, Dj Kormac bringing his AV showpiece to our club night at The Purple Room, Drogheda.

Kormac has been releasing as a solo artist since 2007 releasing The Scratch Marchin’, Good Lord and Showtime EPs worldwide. He has just released his debut album, Word Play, on Scribble Records. It features DJ Yoda, Koaste (Black Gras…s,) DJ Cheeba (Solid Steel/Ninja Tunes,) Messiah J & The Expert, MC Little Tree and more.

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 France, Germany & Africa.

For this performance however Kormac will be performing his new AV Show. Armed with new DJ technology, he will be creating a live audio visual show while playing.

Subculture & External Sounds Presents… Sibin Warm Up Party Ft. Kev Sheridan, Craig C & External Sounds Djs.

March 22, 2011

External Sounds is delighted to announce that we will be hosting our own area at this years Sibin Festival which takes place at The Millhouse, Slane, on Saturday 30th of April. To celebrate we are putting on a special Warm Up Party in collaboration with Subculture & Sibin.

The warm up party takes place in The Purple Room on Saturday 2nd of April, and will feature Kev Sheridan (live), Craig C (Subculture) & External Sounds Djs. Al…l these local artists will be performing at the festival so we have got together in the purple room for a warm up celebration before the main event.

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 the External Sounds nights, Kev has consistently rocked our audiences since his first performance for us back in McGuinness’s bar in 2007. Since then he has work tirelessly on developing his style and performances, which has seen him become a regular on the Dublin gig scene, as well as playing the last two Electric Picnic festival, and The Body & Soul and Irish Burning Man festivals in 2010.

We will also have Subculture resident Dj Craig C performing on the night. Craig who is currently based in the UK will be returning especially for this event. On the scene for almost 13 years Craig is a versatile dj that 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’ & ‘Everson’.

As ever the resident External Sounds djs will be on hand to play our usual mix and match of musical delights. We will also have some FREE Sibin Festival Tickets to give away on the night. Admission is 6 Euros and it all kicks off at 11pm.

Sibin Festival 2011

March 22, 2011

Sibin Festival is kicking off the festival season on Saturday the 30th of April, at The Millhouse, Slane. Now in its fourth year, our one-day eclectic mini-festival is set to kick off the festival season once again over the May Bank holiday weekend. Encompassing everything from roots and reggae to live bands, drum and bass and dubstep to techno, funk and electro to house, Sibin will once again have something for all tastes, guaranteeing a quality session for everyone.

This year it is moving to a brand new venue – The Millhouse in Slane, which is just 15mins from Drogheda & 40 minutes from Dublin, & set in beautiful surroundings this year its bigger and brighter… and running later than ever before we can guarantee the craic won’t stop until long into the night!
The lineup this year is set to delight and entertain, as always championing the underground and independent scene from home as well as bringing you treats from abroad.

This year they’re collaborating with all your favourite promoters such as Surge, External Sounds, Kaboogie, Scribble, Reach and many many more, to bring you the very best from all the music scenes. The headline act will include, The Infomatics, Reeko, Total Science, New Secret Weapon, Orphx, Loefah, Enno, The Barley Mob, Legowelt, Marcus Ignored Playaz, Genie, Giles Armstrong, Mog-Y and many many more

More information on Sibin & Ticket purchase @ www.sibinfestival2011

External Sounds Presents… Belfast Music Club Djs

February 12, 2011

As the short month of February comes to an quick end, we approach the first Saturday in March & our next installment of External Sounds @ The Purple Room. This month we welcome our brothers from across the border 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.

Support on the night is from External Sounds resident dj & very own US import Dj Derek Hicks. Doors open at 11pm and Admission is €5.

More info on the lads and their night HERE


Poster Image courtesy of Pete McDonagh Photography.