Introducing a Mix of New Irish Music #10 Vantastival Special

No matter how much Irish music I come by when the Vantastival line-up is announced there's always at least a dozen or so bands I have no idea existed. Here's the best of those new bands on the line-up that's yet to be featured on the blog.

Cars Love Girls

Brother & sister duo Cars Love Girls have a pop/rap sound similar to Republic of Loose! Oh wait it's because they are two members of Republic of Loose! There's a lovely 80s feel to their sound which is full on nostalgia! Potential 'Smash Hits' cover stars!


Vickers Vimy

Galway based roots act Vickers Vimy writes laid back folk tunes in the style of Paul Simon or Jack Johnson. It's very chilled out and very good!


Soldiers Can't Dance

Kildare indie rockers have been together since 2010 and have supported some of our best alternative rock bands like ASIWYFA, Bipolar Empire, Kopek etc. They will rock at Vantastival!

  Soldiers Can't Dance - Who goes, you go by soldierscantdance


Slow Motion Heroes

I've just discovered an epic electronic pop song from Cork's Slow Motion Heroes. You can hear the 10 minute 'If'' below which has a five minute intro before it become big in sound and ambition. This is a band I'll have to see at Vantastival!


Originally from Kildare but now based in Kerry, Inni-K is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer who writes indie folk songs. Comparisons will be made to Feist, Regina Spektor etc...


Layne County

Hailing from Mayo, Layne County is a folk rock band "infused with dark lyricism and a touch of oldschool chaos" . This is another band I'll have to check out at Vantastival!


Sticky Digit

Wexford Hard Rock band Sticky Digit bring to mind the grunge sounds of Alice in Chains and early Soundgarden. Guaranteed to draw a huge crowd at Vantastival!


Vantastival, 4th – 6th May 2012

Vantastival is a family-friendly festival which takes place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Three stages of live music and entertainment host up to 70 acts over the course of the weekend, while a range of activities focusing on the campervan lifestyle bring an extra dimension to the only festival of its kind in Ireland. Other attractions include gourmet food stalls, festival traders, scheduled kids’ activities, documentary cinema, art, craft and theatre, ensuring that Vantastival has something for everyone, with or without a campervan!
Campervans are welcome to park on site at no extra charge, but you don’t have to have a campervan to enjoy all that’s on offer and there is a dedicated tent campsite for those without vans! Children are welcome and kids under 14 get in for free.