One thing we’re not short of at festivals is music (and burgers, and wellies, and unique facial hair) but a time when music choices may be a little difficult is that morning (or early afternoon) stage when you head is tender, your teeth need brushing and your campsite neighbours may still be snoozing.
So what to play to put you in the mood for another day of revelry? We put together another Deezer playlist to tread that fine line between recovery and re-indulging!
Let us know your suggestions on twitter and facebook if you have some better ideas! We’ll be down at Body & Soul over the weekend with Alex and Ani, looking forward to seeing y’all!
Every year we scratch our heads as to what to buy the men in our lives let alone our Dad’s or fondly referred to as Da!
What to give (and what to panic buy) for Father’s Day?
We have some deadly suggestions to give your Dad that this time he will actually use and love…
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The announcement from Apple that iRadio is on the way – in the States initially – has livened up the seemingly never-ending debate about the future of music distribution. But, for now, all it tells us is that subscription-based streaming is now considered by all the major players to be the future; focused on access rather than ownership.
So what will iRadio provide? Essentially a similar service to established like Deezer, and a gradual move away from the iTunes ownership model when it comes to accessing music.
With that aspect of the debate now more-or-less settled (expect to see less and less music purchases in the iTunes store) the next battle will be which streaming service provides the best customer service.
Deezer is focusing on the human touch, with curated recommendations adding to its personalisation. The success of exclusive live EP releases that are specifically targeted to regions (like a recent Little Green Cars exclusive) shows that streaming services can help bring exciting new music to its users.
All good news for us as music consumers!
So after a few false starts we are hoping that this June bank holiday weekend signals the true start of summer; both in terms of sun and of activities. Here are five things the Hunters might be doing for the long weekend.
Of course Forbidden Fruit gets top billing, we’ve been listening to Deezer’s Forbidden Fruit radio channel all week in preparation. If Chic and Sunshine combine on Sunday it could be one of the moments of the summer.
Dublin Kite Festival
The inaugural one at that; takes place on North Bull Island this Sunday. The event includes actual competitions, we’re not 100% sure how they make kite flying competitive but finding out seems fun.
Dublin Port Riverfest
There’s currach racing on the Liffey AND markets AND a pirate village. What’s not to like?
Dublin Shakespeare Festival
A great way to combine sun and culture in the lovely surroundings of Trinity college (we’re kind of banking on sun in this post).
Just in case the sun isn’t splitting the stones all weekend we’ve added one indoor event. Though it’s on at a time when you’ll be indoors (and hopefully sunburnt) anyway.
We got the final Castlepalooza line-up confirmed this morning and must admit we’re quite excited about this year’s festival. Beyond normal PR people excitement even!
CSS will make a great headliner, they have a strong live reputation and will bring back fond memories for those who loved the brief explosion of Nu Rave circa 2006. Plus there is the possibility that Lovefoxxx will perform one of the best movie songs of recent time, Night Call.
Two Irish favourites here in the Hunter office also made the bill with Come On Live Long and Tieranniesaur coming to Charleville Castle.
Oh and you can still enter our competition for tickets to Castlepalooza, just tell us what Fight Like Apes song is included in our Castlepalooza playlist below and send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Castlepalooza line-up was announced on Monday and it really does have us looking forward to the first weekend in August down in Charleville Castle (which was designed by the same lad who designed the GPO – there’s your geeky fact for the week).
We’re going to assume you don’t know every act on the line-up (if you do congrats, you’re cooler than us) so with that in mind there’s a Deezer playlist below with a selection of those announced, enjoy.
So how do you enter for a pair of Castlepalooza weekend passes you ask? Simple, just tell us the name of the Fight Like Apes song included in our playlist. Email your answer to email@example.com. We’ll announce the winner next week!
A festival line-up is announced, you glance over it, see a few names you like and declare yourself satisfied. Right? Well that’s what we do anyway. So many different acts, it’s impossible to keep track of them all…
Which is why we’re loving the Forbidden Fruit radio feature on Deezer.com. That means a dedicated festival page on Deezer, discography widgets on artist pages of the festival website and Deezer accounts and festival tickets to be won across the board.
In short it means we can listen to all the Forbidden Fruit acts in the build-up to the June bank holiday. Which, in turn, allows the Hunter team to sing along to a lot more songs over the weekend. So it mightn’t be a completely good thing for the rest of you.
Every year is an exciting year for Irish music – or any music for that matter – so we won’t go overboard about 2013, but still; there really is a lot to look forward to over the coming months.
We put together five Irish albums we’re particularly looking forward to here. And that’s without even mentioning new albums from Ham Sandwich, Fight Like Apes, Codes, Solar Bears and, possibly, Adebisi Shank. Along with the host of albums from new Irish bands, like Come On Live Long, who we have only heard murmurs from as of yet.
You can also listen to some of the bands mentioned (plus a few more) on the free Deezer playlist below. We might even see some at Castlepalooza later in the year…
By the end of the year these Swords lads are almost definitely going to have fulfilled the promise of their Sound of 2013 nod from the BBC. Their album is out in June 10th, expect to hear plenty of tracks featured on plenty of shows.
Album of the Year nominees back in 2011, this could be the album to put them over the top. Hopefully we’ll catch them at a few festivals – on top of their solo appearances – later in the summer.
Without knowing how ‘Chop, Chop’ will sound yet, it’s an achievement in itself for an Irish band to be big enough to launch an album in the National Concert Hall (June 29th).
Little Green Cars
Kodaline have probably edged ahead in the race for column inches, but the other Irish band to get a place on the Sound of 2013 shortlist look set to fulfill their promise – starting with an album release on July 13th.
May 25th brings an important date in the calendar for Ireland’s healthy instrumental rock scene with the release of math-pop foursome Enemies second album.
It’s the calm before the festival storm this month and it’s also a great time for album releases. April sees some big names get back in the game like James Blake, The Knife and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, along with some exciting debuts from Willy Moon and Charlii XCX.
Wiley, Flaming Lips and Tyler The Creator already have their new albums streaming on Deezer at the moment, but we’ve also put together this playlist with tracks from each of NME’s 12 April Albums to Get Excited About.
Where’s our sunshine? We’re used to the Irish summer being a bit unpredictable, but we’re also used to some unseasonable sun around this time of year. The kind of temperatures that cause us to rush outside in our temperatures while tourists from warmer climates shake their heads in shock.
Instead what do we have? Snow, and that’s just not as fun in late March.
So to remind us that sunshine is (hopefully) on the way at some stage soon we put together this free Deezer playlist with some of the office’s favourite summer songs. We’ll warn you; it’s eclectic. Eclectic, but very, very good!