Posts Tagged ‘The Purple Room’

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 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 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 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… 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.

External Sounds Presents… Jason Boardman (Aficionado, Manchester)

January 14, 2011

After a couple of thwarted attempts External Sounds is delighted to finally have selector supremo Jason Boardman coming to The Purple Room to play at our February event.

In a career spanning over 20 years Jason Boardman has been resident at seminal Manchester clubs such as Yellow, Hard Times and the iconic Hacienda. Jason has also made regular guest appearances at other established Manchester nights like, Stylus, Electric Chair a…nd El Diablo’s Social Club.

His own night Aficionado is now on the go for over 10 years, and has become something of an institution in Manchester. Along with his musical partner Moonboots, he has ran the night in various venues around the rainy city with it inspiring numerous imitators to start their own ‘Balearic Soirees’. Aficionado’s popularity is mainly due to the pairs unique and varied Balearic DJ style and musical knowledge. Their annual appearances at the Electric Elephant Festival in Croatia, have become like a mecca for people looking to experience a true early balearic vibe that’s now impossible to find on the over commercialized white isle.

A true vinyl addict Jason is one of the few djs that can still be found digging for records in Manchester’s many charity shops. This is reflected in his unique & well thought out DJ sets that are made up of tunes selected from his extensive back catalogue of soul, funk, disco, and electronic music from the last 30 years “I have had the good fortune to have a career as a DJ yet remained steadfast in avoiding potential banana skins by playing the music i love and cherish. I play what i want, this is anything good, though my main loves are dirty dusty disco, Balearic chuggers and electronic oddities.”

Over the course of his career he has performed in countries such as India, Venezuela, Romania, Portugal, France, Russia, and Croatia to name a few. This is his first performance in Ireland in over 6 years, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch a true musical craftsman behind the decks.

Doors open at 11pm and admission is €6.