- 02 Aug 18
Heading down to All Together Now this weekend? Ed Power gives you the lowdown on 5 bands set to rock your socks off
With near-mythological cult status and two decades of noise-making under their belts, Mogwai are an absolute certainty to enthrall any audience. The Scottish post-rock purveyors showed they were still at the top of their game following the release of 2017's Every Country's Sun album, and their dedicated Irish contingency will welcome their return to these shores with open arms.
The Go! Team, Friday
An entire record crate of music is gleefully upended by The Go! Team producer Ian Parton. Blending live instruments and samples, the group have, across their 14-year career, incorporated funk, hip hop, indie and soundtrack music - topped off by live-wire front woman Ninja. Expect lots of energy and guts!
As Basciville, Wexford brothers Cillian and Lorcan Byrne bring together classic soul, wide-eyed pop and the wilderness folk of their heroes Jeff Buckley and Ry Cooder. It's all topped off with vocals that steer a fascinating course between James Vincent McMorrow and Hozier. In other words, more fun than you could shake a very ancient, weather-beaten stick at.
The Bootleg Beatles, Saturday
The definitive Fab Four covers band, The Bootleg Beatles combine an masterful knowledge of John, Paul, Ringo and George's entire catalogue with a crowd-pleasing flair. They know the ropes too - having performed more than 4,000 times since their establishment in 1980. Yes Victoria, there will be costume changes. Let's hear it: "Eight days a week/ We lo-o-o-o-ove you..."
From Limerick and London-based, Whenyoung hark back to the glory days of alternative pop with zinging anthems that feel custom-crafted for a heaving student disco. Living in the UK for the past several years, they were back in Ireland recently supporting Nick Cave and Patti Smith in Kilmainham, while new single 'Heaven On Earth' has lit up social media. Catch these stars of the future now.