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The green men! MOXIE at St Patrick’s Day festival

Camden Market hosts Irish celebration featuring emerging musicians

17 March, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

MOXIE are set to play live at Camden Market’s St Patrick’s festival

ASIDE from being an excuse to wear silly hats, drink green beer and, for half the population, to claim Irish roots thanks to their great, great, great, great grandfather once having had a date with red-headed Maggie with the lovely voice from across the water, St Patrick’s Day, at least in some corners, provides a reason to showcase some real Irish talent.

Camden Market’s family-friendly St Patrick’s Festival, which takes over for the second day of the Mayor of London’s three-day programme of festivities, is bringing a number of hot, emerging talented musicians and bands from Ireland to form a music trail around the market throughout the day (albeit on March 18 – a day late) – our own Irish Camden Crawl!

As Angela Dorgan, director of Music From Ireland, which is programming the music at the festival, says: “Not all Irish people like Riverdance.”

As well as live music, there will be family activities, dancing and crafts, a screening of the England v Ireland Six Nations rugby match, and headlining sets from top Irish bands MOXIE and Kíla, who are also hosting a special, interactive children’s show at noon. Several food vendors are also running with the theme.

Music From Ireland, which funds and helps build up emerging pop and rock musicians, has chosen 12 of Ireland’s most promising bands to form a music trail through the market – seven playing live and a further five playing at various spots around the market via the augmented reality app Firstage.

Ms Dorgan added: “We want to show 21st-century Ireland, rather than 18th or 19th century, and we didn’t want it to be focused around drink. We purposely haven’t gone after venues, we purposely went to the market to get to the 14 to 24-year-old market because they’re the ones buying music and have discerning taste. This is Ireland 2017.”

To help plan the day, here’s a quick summary of the bands on the line-up – but, for more details and to download a map and programme, visit

Live Music Trail: this free trail of music runs through the market, showcasing music from an array of artists flown in especially for the festival by Music From Ireland. Note, all shows are free except for Kíla and MOXIE.

• Family Festival: 10am-4pm, Atrium Kitchen, free. The Atrium Kitchen will become family fun central, with a variety of activities for little ones, including arts and crafts Irish dancing lessons and, of course, lots of face painting.

12pm-12.30pm: Video Blue (live), at KERB. Soft, moody alternative rock from this one-man band.

• 12pm: Oscar-nominated Irish folk band Kíla play a special interactive live show for children at the Atrium Kitchen (grown-ups pay £6, kids under 12 are free).

12.30pm-12.40pm: Bantum (Firstage Augmented Reality) at HALF HITCH. A Dublin-based producer who specialises in chilled out, electronic beats.

• 12.45pm-1.15pm: Orla Gartland (live), Camden Deli. This young singer-songwriter rose to fame after publishing her folky indie-pop songs on YouTube.

1.15pm-1.25pm: Barq (Firstage Augmented Reality), Horse Tunnel Market. High-energy rock form this four-piece.

• 1.30pm-2pm: ZaPho (live), Ghetto Grillz Diner. A singer with an unusual mix of melodic indie-pop and synth drum and bass, tied together with unique vocals.

2pm: Kíla (live) The Interchange Atrium.

• 2pm-2.10pm: Hare Squead (Firstage Augmented Reality), Provender Building. Dubliners who are making waves in Ireland’s hip-hop scene.

2.15pm-2.45pm: The Ocelots (live), The Cuban. Twin brothers from Wexford with folky, acoustic sound.

• 2.45pm-3pm: Saint Sister (Firstage Augmented Reality), Cyberdog/Stables Yard. Saint Sister layer electro beats, dreamy harp and haunting harmonies.

3pm-3.30pm: Basciville (live), Collectif. Mixing jazz, blues and pop, these two brothers from Wexford are helping to pioneer a new wave of Irish soul music.

• 3.30pm-3.40pm: R.S.A.G. (Firstage Augmented Reality), Flour Station. This one-man powerhouse made his name as a drummer, but is now also known as an excellent producer and showman, using his samples to help build his bold, energetic, sound.

3.45pm-4.15pm: Whenyoung (live), Voodoo Ray’s. Exploring themes of youth with upbeat, punchy songs.

• 4.30pm-5pm: Bitch Falcon (live), The Amphitheatre. This high-octane hard-rock band burst onto the Dublin scene a couple of years ago and haven’t stopped since, awing critics with their strong sound and stage presence.

7pm: MOXIE (live), The Interchange Atrium. A critically acclaimed fivesome, with music inspired and shaped by the west coast of Ireland, will be rounding off the live music events and have you up on your feet, jigging the evening away with their modern, innovative folk music.

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