Category: Bands – Bipolar Empire

Knockanstockan 2012


Cocaine Ponytail at Knockanstockan


Gypsy Rebel Rabble (well some of them!) at Knockanstockan


Bipolar Empire at Knockanstockan


The Yipps at Knockanstockan

#18 And bringing me up to date with my 2012 gigs so far was my most recent festival – Knockanstockan 2012. I cannot recommend this festival highly enough – beautiful setting on the banks of the lakes of Wicklow, intimate set-up, friendly organisers, and no segregation between acts and festival goers for either socialising or camping, this festival is everything I could have asked for to celebrate my birthday.

The line-up was also impressive for a not for profit festival – the lack of big international names detracted nothing from the quality of the music on offer. My old reliables Bipolar Empire, Riptide Movement, and Viking Project were joined by my rapidly-becoming old reliables Raglans, Barley Mob and Gypsy Rebel Rabble. A scheduling clash meant that I missed the Hot Sprockets in favour of Raglans, but when this is the only fault you can find in a three day festival, you know it’s a good ‘un!


J Roots at Knockanstockan

*Originally posted on on 02/08/12*

Haiti Fest


The Riptide Movement at Whelans

#3 Next up was Haiti Fest in Whelans – randomly organised in part by the daughter of one of my old teachers, who I last remembered hiding under her mother’s desk in our classroom. A lovely night, with a mish mash of acts and a very friendly crowd. The Haitian contingent were dotes, most of whom I spoke to at some point or other in the night, quite frequently in the jacks!

First up were Storyfold, who I quite possibly mortally offended when I talked to frontman Paddy by mentioning the fact that the venue had been pretty empty. Sorry lads, no reflection on your music, just on the Irish gig-going crowd’s inability to get to a venue on time! There was a Haitian act up next, then crowd pleasers Bipolar Empire and The Riptide Movement, who were both brilliant, as expected. These two acts are so consistently slick, polished and enjoyable that many far more successful acts could learn a lot from them.

*Originally posted on on 01/08/12*

 Storyfold at WhelansRalph from Mogwai Ralph from Mawon at Whelans
Bipolar Empire
Bipolar Empire at Whelans
 The Riptide Movement at Whelans

The Coronas

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The Coronas at the Olympia Theatre

# 27 – December was a seriously busy month. In addition to all the usual Christmas shenanigans that go on like parties, shopping, random drinks and dinners, etc, I also still had 5 more gigs to get to in order to reach my target. Getting so close and failing at the final hurdle would have been devastating, particularly as there had been a few other gigs that year that I had tickets for but couldn’t make for one reason or another.

The first of my December gigs was the Coronas in the Olympia, a gig which is becoming a bit of a Christmas habit at this stage. The support were from two favourites of mine – Bipolar Empire and The Kanyu Tree. Brilliant line-up, brilliant night, and no power cuts in 2011, which was a nice change after 2010!

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The Kanyu Tree at the Olympia Theatre

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Bipolar Empire at the Olympia Theatre

*Originally posted on on 18/06/12*


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# 24 – There were two trips to the Academy in November – the first one for Royseven supported by Bipolar Empire. This was my second time seeing Royseven and third time seeing Bipolar Empire. Royseven were clinically good, but had a much less exciting atmosphere than when I had seen them in Sea Sessions, while Bipolar Empire were impressive as usual!

*Originally posted on on 17/07/12*

Indiependence 2011

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Bipolar Empire at Indiependence

#16 – My birthday weekend brought Indiependence – a highly impressive small festival in Cork. This was probably my best weekend of 2011, a lovely mix of music and atmosphere, and we even got a bit of sun! The line-up was brilliant, a great blend of Irish, and international acts, with a focus (as the name suggests) on smaller or independent acts. I can’t recommend this festival highly enough, and look forward to Indiependence 2012!

It also gave me chance to catch a few of my 2011 repeat offenders – The Riptide Movement, Miracle Bell, Storyfold, And So I Watch You From Afar, and Bipolar Empire all appeared on my “Seen in 2011” more than once!

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Daft Funk at Indiependence

*Originally posted on on 15/06/12*