Arthur’s Day may have been quietly scrapped, but Guinness have launched a new music festival, Guinness Amplify Live. From the 11th September in Leinster, Amplify has been highlighting local talent from all over Ireland. It takes place over five weekends in different parts of the island, and on Sunday night we popped along to a special night to end the Ulster part of the music festival.
Guinness invited us along to a pre show dinner in Shiro, before taking us to the The Errigle for what we reckon was the best Guinness festival night we have ever attended.
Unlike previous rock/indie Guinness events we have attended, there wasn’t a drum kit in sight, as the night turned out to be a big dancefest with UNKNWN, Daithi, Duke Dumont and Disclosure, and what a party! The floor of The Errigle was literally bouncing!!
Kicking off proceedings was local act UNKNWN who after some mentoring from Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol, got the party started. Following UNKNWN was Daithi, from County Clare who is aptly described on breakingtunes.com as ‘A fiddle-playing, house music-making, loopstation-tweaking, button-pushing, hair-flicking bundle of energy’. What a brilliant start to a great night. Daithi fiddled, recorded, mixed and it appears took everyone by surprise!
Next up on the decks was hit-maker Duke Dumont then Disclosure, two of the most highly acclaimed musicians of 2014. Duke, topped the UK charts earlier this year with, ‘I got you’ which you might remember was inspired by the Whitney Houston song, ‘My love is your love’. Disclosure are two brothers who have worked with Sam Smith, Aluna George, Eliza Doolittle and Mary J Blige. Could they get any cooler?? So to welcome them both as surprise acts at The Errigle was fantastic.
What a night, what an atmosphere and what a laugh.
I ended up having a Miley Cyrus moment with NIGossipGuy, and ended up feeling like I was back in Ibiza again!
Next stop for Guinness Amplify Live is Connacht kicking off on 25th September through to 28th September. Surprise acts are also scheduled to play a local pub somewhere in the region. Still set to play the Guinness Amplify line-up is; Kodaline, Walking On Cars, Bastille and Jess Glynne, London Grammar, Rudimental, George Ezra and Dan Croll.
For more info check out www.guinnessamplify.com