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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.
A brilliant promising indie-pop band that started causing a live stir last year, Gangs are a sharply-dressed outfit that want to shake the Dublin music scene up – a lot. "People are bored", says frontman Jordan Curtis. "We want to change that. We feel there's room for something different and we're it." They've backed up the ambitious manifesto with high-octane support slots for Palma Violets and Leaders Of Men. Currently working hard on new material, Gangs recently played an eclectic evening that boasted a burlesque performance as support (not by the band themselves you understand).
THE DEAD HEAVYS
With a clear love for pop songwriting, The Dead Heavys have been carefully crafting anthemic tunes since they arrived on the scene last year. The Waterford quintet have been singled out as "a band that could easily grab a whole stadium of fans as well as the charts" by punk musician and journalist John Robb. They've made a good fist of it so far, particularly impressing down Stradbally-way at Electric Picnic 2013. Jabz Kooner (Primal Scream) produced their debut single 'Everybody In The Nite', which dropped in September and bodes well for the future...