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The Minutes
Taking the ‘difficult second album’ cliché by the scruff of the neck and thrashing the life out of it in considerable style, The Minutes returned this summer with a very big bang indeed in the form of the superb Live Well, Change Often. Harnessing their rock’n’roll prowess while adding some new strings to their bow, the Dublin natives raised their game, but it’s in the live arena where the trio really come alive, bringing the noise like few others. Old school powerhouses don’t come much bigger or better… 

From Grafton Street to Vicar Street, Keywest have emerged as one of Ireland’s hottest young contenders in years. A hard graft success story in the vein of The Riptide Movement, this energetic five-piece have traded busking on the streets for packing out the biggest houses on offer, amassing a legion of rabid fans and critical acclaim along the way. A smart blend of killer pop hooks and relatable emotion, Keywest strike the right notes no matter the setting. 

Rainy Boy Sleep
Stevie Martin concocts songs of love, loss, hope and redemption and even finds room for a little wry humour as his musical alter ego, Rainy Boy Sleep. Endorsed by one Gary Lightbody, the Ulsterman signed to Universal Music Ireland earlier this year and released the excellent Ambulance EP in August, a showcase of Martin’s pop sensibilities and lyrical sharpness. Cast under the shadows of the stage, those skills shine ever brighter. 

Valentino is Dead
Hailing from Drogheda, Valentino is Dead are a fierce blend of punk heroics, kick-ass riffs and lots and lots of healthy noise. A real ‘turn ‘em up to 11’ crew, VID rose from the ashes of hardcore stalwarts The Keds and have been bothering stereos and eardrums since the release of Misadventures in Punk Rock, a straight-in, no-kissing explosive cocktail of numerous heady genres and influences. Led by frontman Keith Smith, Valentino are very much on the march. Do join in… 

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