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Whelan’s Ones To Watch Festival 2014

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The silly season has finally ended, we’re all partied out and still digesting horrendous amounts of food. Except nobody told Whelan’s. Once again they’re kicking off 2014 immediately with one of the hottest tickets of the year, the Ones To Watch Festival 2014. With over 50 of the best and breaking acts playing over the course of the festival there’s gonna be a lot to take in, so we said we’d make life easier for you, if you only see five acts over the four days, make sure it’s these guys!

Just over a year old, RudyTrixx are a group bringing a fresh new sound to the country, by way of some solid influences. Teetering between electronic and straight up rock over the course of each song, RudyTrixx are bringing a sound that flirts between Stone Roses and Plan B with oddly successful ease. They’ve crammed in a massive amount of gigs in their short time together and will certainly be putting on a great show ahead of what should be a big year for these guys as they establish their foot hold on the Irish scene. They play on Friday 10th January at 9.45pm
Hailing from Limerick, MOSCOW METRO are on the go since early 2012. They have been swiftly establishing their sound and presence on the scene since then, taking in gigs across the country and now find themselves part of the lineup for this year’s OTW festival. Their ominous and looming sound juxtaposes nicely against the more pop driven rock of the current scene and they should serve as a nice alternative over the course of the weekend, see them now and discover for yourself!
The next big export to come from Mullingar, The Academic have been on the go for three years and have amassed a plethora of presence and talent in their travels. This indie outfit sound like Two Door Cinema Club with balls and will certainly contribute to a cracking night on the Thursday of the festival. Keep your ears peeled, there’s a sound of the future of Irish mainstream rock in here and these guys certainly live up to event’s name.
Check them out: The Academic on iTunes
On the go since 2009, Val Normal bring a brand of alternative rock to the table for the final night of the weekend and are certain to provide one of the most contrasting sets of the weekend. Guitarist Dara Walsh, in an interview with MRU, described their debut album as “such a…strange album” and you’ll have to see them for yourself to know what he’s talking about. Alternative is the key word here with these guys, and if it’s diversity you’re coming to these gigs for, you need look no further than Val Normal.
Closing out the final night of Ones To Watch 2014 are Dublin band GANGS. It’s near impossible to put into few words how far these teens have come in the last 18 months they have been together. From supporting Palma Violets, to headlining all over Dublin and most recently performing in Dingle as part of the Other Voices Music Trail, these lads are steamrolling their way forward fast. Ones To Watch will see them finishing up their Dublin run before heading on a national tour in support of their upcoming new single, “2.15” which launches Feb 20th. See them while you can!
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