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THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT
If you're a regular on Grafton St., chances are you've seen these Dubliners belting out 'Keep On Keepin' On' to crowds of adoring passers-by. The hard-rocking quartet formed in 2006 and released their acclaimed debut What About The Tip Jars? not long afterwards. Gaining momentum with 2011's Hot Tramp, last year found them headlining a festival in Delhi. Slots at Glastonbury and The Rolling Stones' Hyde Park gig followed in 2013. Back home, they've filled The Olympia three times over. Their third album, Getting Through, was recently recorded in the Grouse Lodge with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem).
THE HOT SPROCKETS
These stylish bluesy rockers have proven themselves immensely popular over the last few years. And quite right too. Former Hot Press cover stars, The Hot Sprockets' latest single, 'Soul Brother', has taken the roaring success of their debut album Honey Skippin' to another level. Their second LP is now in the bag. Widely acknowledged as fantastic showmen, the five lads have been extremely busy playing over 200 gigs and supported the likes of The Divine Comedy and The View along the way. They're also festival favourites – real dab hands when it comes to creating a fantastic live atmosphere.
The fact this Dublin quartet were the first signing for Whelan's record label says it all – Raglans are a fiery live prospect bidding for the big time. Only three years on the go, their stage escapades are already getting the people talking. Fitting, seeing as they formed in a festival tent in 2010. Their inventive Long Live EP arrived last year to much acclaim. This summer, they played Sea Sessions and Life Festival, and also found time to launch new single 'NATIVES' and sign a UK deal with Cuckoo Records. 'Digging Holes', reworked by award-winning producer Cenzo Townshend, was their first UK single.
This Limerick bunch have been described as the act that should put "Editors on notice" in the pages of Hot Press and now they're no longer an all-male prospect. Aoife McLoughlin (Voice Of Ireland) is now fronting the band and adding a whole new dimension to their already promising sound. They've been busy in studio, too, working with experienced producers Chris O'Brien and Graham Murphy on Mk. 2's debut single, 'Keep Running'. A great time to see the extraordinary new chemistry they have on stage as they launch headfirst into the next phase of their career.