Friday – Maxol Big Top Stage – 6.30pm
Loud, abrasive, synth-heavy…well…everything heavy, rock music to blow off some festival dust. They make a hell of a noise for three men. We’ve never been disappointed at a NSB gig. Ever.
Friday – Maxol Big Top Stage – 10.30pm
One of the most interesting additions to Indiependence, this band is the latest project of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta noisenik Omar Rodríguez López, also featuring Le Butcherettes Teri Gender on vocal duties. With that pedigree of outrageously good rock music behind the band…you see what we’re getting at.
The Hot Sprockets
Friday – The Bier Halle Stage – 11.15pm
Not only because the guys chipped in and helped out at our Tea & Toast Jam at Knockanstockan last weekend; they’re full set on the main stage was of the class of a top international act. It was by far and away their best performance to date and that looks set to continue with this perfectly timed night-time set. They swooped into Knockanstockan with their enviable leather boots, they’re booming charm and believe me you, when you hear them absolutely shred through Soul Brother, you will more than likely shit your pants (in a good way of course).
King Kong Company
Saturday – Maxol Big Top Stage – 12.oopm
“King Kong Company make music to destroy dancefloors” Well, they also make music to destroy the farmer’s good field. Let’s hope the powers that be at Indiependence throw down a good hape of sawdust in advance of this Waterford five-piece; the band’s disco-inflected tunes incorporate drums, bass, guitars, brass and samples, so get the dancing wellies on and get down the front.
Saturday – The Bier Halle Stage – 3.00pm
The Cork band release their ‘Valley Of The Sun’ EP this August, and you can catch them here as part of that tour. Theirs is a unique sound – a bit dark, a bit swampy, a bit bluesy, driven by a thundering rhythm section. Grab your significant other and your plain ‘ol mates, and take them to the dance.
Saturday – The Bier Halle Stage – 8.00pm
Northern Ireland quartet Little Bear are sure to impress with their harmony-heavy, post rock inflected songs. They add a touch of originality to certain parts of their set with their novel approach to sound effects…but we think that’s something you should hear for yourself.
Saturday – Canadian Main Stage – 9.15pm
These guys have had a massive year; it’s only been 10 months since they unleashed All I Want to the world and since then they have notched up number 1 singles, number 1 albums, UK/Europe/USA headline tours and festival appearances all over the world. So it’s safe to say it’s been a grand old-time for the lads from Swords. Catch them now as it will be the last time you get to see them (if you got tickets that is) in Ireland before their 3 sold out shows in The Olympia in November. Check out the video we exclusively recorded of the guys in their old secondary school in Dublin.
Sunday – Maxol Big Top Stage – 5.30pm
Belfast-born, Derry-bred singer-songwriter SOAK kicked off this year’s Longitude festival in style, showcasing the strong vocal style and gentle, picked guitar work that have been garnering her many well-deserved plaudits since the release of her ‘Trains’ EP last year. This should be an easy-going delight.
Sunday – Maxol Big Top Stage – 7.30pm
The Limerick lads just keep going from strength to strength with every gig. ‘I Am Not The Crow’ was one of the best records of 2012. It’s simple – if you like great music played by great players then you have no business missing this gig.
Sunday – The Bier Halle – 8pm
This uber-ball of twee gold is just starting off on her musical journey as she’s only just finished her bloody leaving-cert (there is no hope for us all). But her enviable position high up the pecking order on The Bier Halle Stage is not a scheduling error as this little lovely lady has already shown more promise and revealed so much to the world already than most established bands on the bill. Currently recording in England, this is your chance to catch Orla Gartland before she becomes a household name.