Category: Festivals – Indiependence

Indiependence 2014




A day trip from Dublin to Cork to see one act might seem a bit excessive to people slightly less gig-aholic than me. But when the act in question is Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and it’s their last Irish show as a two-some after three amazing albums, then it seemed a logical step to me. The bonus that there were some other decent bands on that day made the trip all the more worth it.


Tvvins (now called All Tvvins) – comprising of part Adebisi Shank and part Cast of Cheers – are pretty bloody awesome.


Benny Smiles (a quarter of Vann Music) being awesome – and quite possibly the smiliest person I have ever seen.


Vann Music were on flying form


A chance to hear Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip chatting in the Hot Press tent


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Dan le Sac (at the last Irish Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip gig) – a brilliant gig, but a sad thought that I wouldn’t get to see them as a twosome again. 

The ever brilliant Scroobius Pip (at the last Irish Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip gig)

20140802_003722One last view of one of my favourite acts…

Muck-fest 2012

The photos from Indiependence are going up a little earlier than planned, as I wasn’t even supposed to be home from Mitchelstown until tomorrow. Indiependence is a gorgeous festival with one of the nicest, friendliest, most professional teams of staff I have ever met, a line-up that challenges a lot of the bigger festivals, and a lovely countryside setting.

Unfortunately, despite all of this, the weather won this time. A deluge the day before lead to the carpark and camper van parking being closed before the festival even started, and the weather was one step ahead for the whole weekend. The monsoon on the first night just capped off the muck-fest that Indie 2012 was to become. Apparently the sun has come out now but I can only imagine how wrecked the place is by now.

On the music front, I am obviously sad to have missed a lot of the acts that I headed down to see, including The Shoos, Le Galaxie, Scoobius Pip, Daithi, Elaine Mai and 2ManyDJs. But the acts I did get to see made up somewhat for the ones that I missed. Highlights were Raglans and Original Rudeboys, with Jape also hugely impressing. And getting to sleep in a warm bed last night definitely cemented my “No Regrets” attitude! One more camping festival to come in 2012, with Electric Picnic. Bring it!

*Originally posted on on 05/08/12*

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*