- 06 Aug 21
Mike the Pies has built a reputation as one of the best-loved live music meccas in Ireland.
Bullet Girl and Turnstiles are set to perform live tonight from Mike the Pies, Listowel - streamed on Facebook from 7.30pm.
Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Live Venue Collective, Mike the Pies' eclectic range of upcoming shows have a coveted number of tickets available for in-person attendance.
With Josh McClorey & N.O.A.H. having performed noteworthy sets on August 5th, Bullet Girl & Turnstiles will take to the stage tonight (August 6th).
Inspired by the likes of Girl Band, Pixies and The Fall; North Dublin garage band Bullet Girl released a number of anthems last year, from 'Panic 2020' and 'Concrete Bed' to 'Hatred' and 'Whacked'. Delving into new musical territory, guitarist Dylan Keenan, singer Aaron Doyle, bassist Tony Keyes and drummer Noel Dempsey have created tracks that push the boundaries of their sound.
All in their early '20s, Turnstiles' influences range from Bob Dylan via the Pixies and Stones Roses to Girl Band. London-born frontman Callum Mitchell delivers Turnstiles' stinging lyrics over the treble-heavy, shrapnel-spraying guitars of Colm Sweeney and Cillian Ryan, all backed by the powerhouse rhythms of Luke Mulliez and Jake Tiernan. Having carved out their own sound, and made a name for themselves locally with rowdy live shows in sitting rooms and pubs, Turnstiles recorded their first single 'Moving Forward / Wasting Away' in August 2019. The band's singles have amassed over 150,000 Spotify streams to date - sharing ‘I.D.C’, 'Tantrum' and 'Same Old Stories' in 2020. They began been writing extensively over the first lockdown, and released the Turnstiles EP in January 2021 as a result.
Breakout band Soda Blonde (composed of former Little Green Cars members) are pencilled in for September 8th and Galway indie quartet NewDad for September 17th.
Since the beginning of lockdown, the beloved Kerry venue has hosted a series of special gigs, run with the support of the Live Performance Support scheme.
Aiden O’Connor recently announced a fresh run of live performances, featuring some major Irish names, with Jack O’Rourke and Olly Cole (August 19th), the Frank Walters and One Morning In August (August 21st), and Sack and First Class Coach (August 28th) among the mouthwatering line-up of double-headers.
With Susan O’Neill and Niamh Regan (August 26th) and Protobaby and Rowan (August 20th) - plus more - also getting in on the action, this is an unmissable series.
Hot Press recently launched a new podcast series, titled Backstage at Mike The Pies, produced and presented by Megan O’Donoghue. The location has featured some of the biggest names in Irish music at the venue, with the likes of Fontaines D.C., Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas, Fangclub, Ham Sandwich, The Strypes and many more doing inspirational gigs there.