Thu 4 Sep
Tamisa- moody nigh on soundtracky synth burbles give way to dynamic, techy hard rock with a feverish feel…light and shade a plenty with a laconic indie rock vocal part Lloyd Cole part Mac Bunnymen…an interesting melange of ’80s post punk/synthpop and crisper, harder ’90s to noughties textures. Good…great delivery, alluring tunes… play as a DJ/guitar+vocals duo, a different kind of setup to your regular rock band. Bugeye-female 3 piece doing new wave pop, like an edgier Elastica with elements of post punk definitely hearing some Banshees, X Ray Spex too, good energetic hooky tunes… Hag- a one man techy rawk happening mixing doom metal textures with crisp glitchy electronica- something of Fantomas perhaps. Interesting…..Missa Watanabe Vs Space Traveler- the kookiest and swingingest techno trippin’ D and B and dubstep textures are pumped wittily thru a gypsy jazz lens as Dr Seuss takes on the stage design…not to be missed if you really, really wanna be entertained.
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Fri 5 Sep
George Timothy-Gently undulating folk rendered very prettily on guitar and piano, some nice Simon and Garfunkle-esque harmonies, easy on the ear and an impressively pure voice.The Flying Aces-A covers band with a differance in that they play in a pretty authentic early rock n roll stylee with some fine Jerry Lee piano bashing. In fact you can well imagine the fledgling beatles sounding a bit like this in Hamburg, has that vibe Matthew Loughlin & The Shipbuilders- indie folk pop troubadour with enjoyably clattering band playing somewhere between The Horrors and The Kinks- strange place to be? Well yeah bit this is lively, enjoyable stuff and actually highly original.Chris Welburn- singer songer from Hull witha Hammel On Trial meets Frank Turner eccentric folk pop vibe. Puts a lot in to it for sure. So the urgency of the performance is very impressive and you get some interesting lyrics.
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Sat 6 Sep
Legendary Too Drunk- yes they are legends and they may well be drunk..on punk. Effortlessly mixing the ’60s garage and ’70s front room versions of the P Word mist wonderfully with nifty originals and choice covers alike. Toffees- astute post grunge n punk nroll with totally chewy flavoursome appeal. Pepperman- ultra groovy hard assed rocknroll with funky information on board.  Yowsah.  Jessica Sweetnan- wonderful young singer songwriter gal with a stupendous collection of self penned tuneage.
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Fri 12 Sep
Kiwi- It’s a soul diva scenario with an uber dramatic impressive voice somewhere between Bjork and Lana Del Ray. Very promising… Gold Wolf- Taking the singer songwriter stance and turning it on it’s head care of some neatly chiselled indie rocknroll that really works. Elements of all sorts from McCartney to The Verve to Pavement gone acoustic. Radar-Indie rock with a shoegazing touch in the vox. Think Morrisey fronting Kasabian or The Killers or something. There are some strong synthpop influences too, Depeche Mode springs to mind, as does Gary Numan. The Navajo-The Navajo’s sound draws on the music of old America, veering from epic soundscapes to rootsy Blues. The band’s influences are broad, but include The Doors, The Black Keys, Johnny Cash, the White Stripes and countless movies
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Sat 13 Sep
The Bone Lab- A groovily brash and glitzy approach to old school hiphop flavoured funky git down stuff with rocknroll tood and intent aplenty. Just signed and quite right…rip it up good style,  great live. The Apartment- Snappy pop-funk like Inego- Low slung New Order shaped fare…think of stuff like Lonesome Tonight by them, very Hooky like bass and synth colour though the vocal is more moderne pop sounding than Barney like, but the is so Joy Division/New Order influence certainly resonates.
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Mon 15 Sep
Idle Kings- ‘Radiohead combined with Queen, Oasis, Jeff Buckley and The Smiths.’…who am I to argue? I hear a bit of funkeee Prince meets RHCP here too. Done wonderfully well. Lots of wig out lead (Queen) and a dolorous Mozza type vocal (Smiths)…but then it veers into mad Genesis meets It Bites type adventures in prog- so an odd concoction but boy it works.. Will Cornish- singer songer demonstrating a Cat Stevens meets Noel Gallagher vibe ..strange but true. Great tunes. Lovers- wonderful all girl rocknroll band with some sweetly melodic yet kick ass originals and a few choice covers too. Fans of The Pretenders,  Hole or Haim will find something to enjoy here.
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Wed 17 Sep
The Wood Burning Savages- Pulsating, throbbing synth sounds with sub ’80s bass lines and Killers type songs and feel, though a bit livelier and nu rave tinged. Boy they have tunes, and big feel with it, sound like contenders. Gareth Evans- a winning blend of psych tinged electronica and wistful acoustic pop with releases in Japan getting a little love. Cat Black- low slung Brit Rock classique par excellence with a Daltrey meets Jagger swagger at the vocal and a general Stones circa Let It Bleed ambience. Geoff Raggett- singer songer with an artful punchy sound, a bit of the whacked end of Macca and a jaunty vibe a la Kasabian.  A The Smiths typa shoegaziness meets the folky vocal harmonies of Fleetwood Mac via Oasis-like Britpopness with a strong underlying pop Beatles-y influence.
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Thu 18 Sep
Tigers Of Rushmore- alt rock with punkiness keeping things happening- led by the enthusiastic clatter of the drummer.  Metallica meets Foo Fighters or something more indie and alt like The Verve meets The Killers…love it when they end up rocking out with dual Lizzy guitarings. Burn Down Rydell- U.S sounding emo, a bit Foo Fighters in places, have hooks to die for.. Frobisher-  Marvellous piano heavy balladeering with a folky proggish tint. Peter Gabriel in Here Comes The Flood mode springs to mind.
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Fri 19 Sep
Duchess- Queen channelled comedically by psyched out rockers..has to be seen to be believed. But main thing to remember s they rock like muthas. Supercasino- Long time Bugbear faves…Ska touches, funky grooves…stuff- all with an effortless indie charm redolent of Supergrass at their friskiest. Ben McKelvey- pleasingly raw toned indie pop with a bright Wedding Present meets something like The Rifles up for it energy and positivity…good. Trash Green- classic indie and Britpoppin’ sass with sweet touches of Suede and My Life Story.
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Sat 20 Sep
Eyelid Movies- fab young band who barely look old enough for the Oceansize meets King Crimson heaviosity of their amazeballs music, but they are- and anyway they confound you by spinning a punk rock motif here, a psychedelic pop passage there, a grunge riddled blues attack over yonder. Should be the shape of things to come all being equal. Fantastic. The Moscow Trip- ’Imagine a 1950s funk band that recently returned from a trip to Moscow and who were heavily influenced by the compositions of Borodin and Shostakovich.’  Hmmm..ok..so yeah with a butch/macho Red Army Choir vocal and some techy funk backdrops this is odd but utterly alluring. Some whacked out Madness/Blockheads elements and even a touch of rockabilly…good god they’re mental…need encouraging then… Aleatronic- ’90s ravey rock crossover, lots of nicely squelching, whirring synths and steady 4 to the floor backbeats as seen at a rave in Dalston in 1990…so…now seen at an over priced pretentious bar in Dalston I suppose. Still, sounds very, very good. No vocals it seems- an organic electronica- motorik as they say so plenty of Can..joined onstage tonite by former Add N To X and Chicks On Speed’s Anne Shenton no less. Shambles In A Husk- combining ’80s King Crimson artful techy wizardry with a tad of emo and a splash of nu-nu metal, this lot just rocked the fook out of Reading Festival and are set to turn a lot of heads with their pretty unique take on the rawk beast…fans of The Mars Volta will dig fo sho.
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Sun 21 Sep
The 335 Experience- raunchy blues rock trio, 2 geezers and a chick, all done with such authentic joy you cant stop grinning…early ZZ Top n stuff…Butterfield Blues Band, George Thorogood..charming, pop sensibility in tact, no hoary Claptonites here, which is good.
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Wed 24 Sep
tbc + The Vulz
The Vulz- no messing around, classic RnB informed garage punknroll, yowsah.
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Thu 25 Sep
Syren City- emo with a nod to various U.S types, Bring Me The Horizon etc, pretty hooky and dynamic, grand work. Trevor’s Head- Chugging and not a little frugging alt rock with the influence of Nirvana, Led Zep and to my ears Bad Company- hard rock with melodic ideals, nifty. Fans of Clutch and Queens Of The Stoneage will certainly admire these chipper chappies….of Arrowe Hill- conversely we offer a bit of a contrast here with ‘hauntological’ prosaic London/Liverpool psychedelicists O.A.H…always a wonderful proposition, their next long player has a WW1 theme and is about to drop on our lucky lugs, meanwhile the fantastically affecting ’1914′ single is available to buy….so buy it!
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Fri 26 Sep
The Smokes- punk rocking three piece with a definite fried vibe. Inhale and have it… Snorkel- trippy groove based jazzbo gear as beloved by Gilles Peterson. All The Wrong Reasons- Swedish reggae and heavy funk infused hip hop, big ol dubby basslines too, good stuff doesnt really sound like anyone particularly which is cool but more Brit-hop than anything else, Dub Pistols could be a reference. The Beautiful Game- Classic attitude to the fore Brit indoe rock with a bit of a Rifles cum Roses motif.
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Sat 27 Sep
Doctor Nut- delightfully eccentric fare with Zappa keys and crunching Residents cum Chrome guitars via a terrific toytown Cardiacs element. So we’re on good solid alterno weird ground. It gets pretty folk proggy too and the Cardiacs vibe increaseth…but it’s wonderful. Wow, another really good n groovy act. The Black Waterside-Blues rock with a rootsy almost americana feel, really rocks though and the Beefheart-esque vocal works well. Freddy James Band-Nice bit of breathy garage cum freakbeat with a hint of The Monkees at their most acidic or the MC5 at their poppermpost….Electric Prunes, Standells…and some wig out Hendrix guitar too.The Bophins-punk rock…good punk rock, bit of early Banshees meets Pistols guitar via a rocknroll vocal and a low slung toody feel…all good players, good Yank punk tinged choons, sleazy not chessy, likes it.Weirds-Snappy post-punk bass lines and rhythms , an impressive slab of Psych/Narco rock and a fuzzed up blues undertow. The Gun Club via Spacemen 3 by way of Kasabian, lot’s going on here but never loses the plot in terms of tunes/hooks.
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Fri 3 Oct
Mayflower- Spritely indie rocking youth with skipping drums and razor sharp guitars via some interesting changes and a very impassioned vocal recalling Weller via Marriott...and here comes a blistering guitar solo. Good band.  The Limerence- emotive electro-acoustic pop with a nod to U2, only a nod mind you, something darker and more rocknroll at work here…formerly The Long Haul. D.M.O- Atmospheric 80′s inspired electro pop from the dark side. Depeche Mode type stuff. A little Tubeway Army in places. Some pretty authentic 80′s synth action and real strong tunes. From Basildon too!
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Sat 4 Oct
Kitten Pyramid-  have garnered great reviews from The Guardian, Q mag, Prog mag and many more…take a Cardiacs type jaunty sound and combine it with some thoroughly Syd era Floyd whimsy and hard edged Crimson meets Tull passgaes , wig out Hendrix guitar, pastoral brass and a bit of Genesis too…but all played with aching originality and a contemporary indie noir edge…embrace the new prog! The Last Bugles- melodic acoustic based affair with nice understated vocal and cool n calm approach all round. Some of their tunes embrace sounds not unlike  early Beatles album via ….John Lennon solo. Promising. Building The Songbird- nice array of goth tinged punkiness and harder rawk informed material chock full a grest ideas.
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Fri 17 Oct
The Apocryphalites- Ten-piece reggae-ska extravaganza. Old school ska tunes influenced by the Skatalites, Toots & the Maytals, and Desmond Dekker. Peachy gear played with proper, proper feel and passion and just an oodle or two of joyous eccentric British charm. Utterly compelling…as are The Meow Meows…there’s methadrone in their madness.. breezy brassy (brass section innit) double female vocalist Brighton ska band…produced by Prince Fatty..have a post punk indie edge which works, but mucho melodic, bouncy party enhancing vibes n all…,lots of fun. Brilliant bill, book early campers.
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Sat 18 Oct
The Pukes
 + Morgellons
 + AMI + Amazon Blu
The Pukes- huzzah! A punk rock ukulele triumph as the wunnerful not- quite- all-female punk uke wunderkinds return to the DC in support of their much lauded ‘Too Drunk To Pluck’ long player…ably supported by A.M.I- who only star Charlie Harper‘s grandson! Punktastique! Plus the brillo and similarly yoof-ful girl indie pop de rock happening Amazon Blu ..Not to be missed you plucky bastards. Now pleased to announce Morgellons will be special guests tonite. Proponents of a dark prowling post punk form with elements of Killing Joke, UK Decay and The Adicts…the sort of gear wot got called Posi Punk before the G word took hold…. no, not glue.
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Wed 22 Oct
John Peel Always Missed Never The Same
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John Peel Always Missed Never The Same……The Nightingales- The legendary post punk Country n Midlands fronted by Robert Lloyd have just produced ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ a vinyl only LP youi can buy at gigs only. Let’s hope they’ve had some more pressed up for this John Peel Tribute Show…lots more sparkling talent TBA…
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Fri 31 Oct
A soooper dooper monster pairing comes to the DC this Halloween…is it the return of the Wolfman in lethal gore splattered combat with The Mummy? Course not- the gore will be supplanted by awe. The Terry and Gerry revival is upon us…Dublin Castle regulars back in the as they say day, Terry and Gerry was a British pop band, formed in the early 1980s by Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin in Birmingham. Indie folk pop cum skiffle with charming ditties harmonized brilliantly and a DIY punk tood aided and abetted by great melodies and musicality. A talented pair, doffing the cap to John Peel at this particular time of year…
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Sat 22 Nov
Alternative TV
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Alternative TV- Punk rock originator and original, Mark Perry saw through the Kings’ Rd bullshit side of ’76/’77 very early doors and forewent Sniffin’ Glue and The Roxy for free form expressionism and freak outs in fields with the likes of The Fall and Here And Now…side stepping back into 4 decades of always interesting, grizzled, intelligent rocknroll,  ATV has always been Mark P’s voice for a people’s dialectic…a must see night out, it’s been 10 years or more since we last hosted ATV and with the glory of ‘Action, Time, Vision’ ringing ever clarion like in our ears we say goodnight and God Bless….A Body Of People- excellent blend of rousing alt folk, shiversome piratical psych and melodic, inclusive punk rocknroll..wunnerful work.
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Fri 12 Dec
King Hammond (Bad Manners, The Selecter, Skaville UK) Vs Roddy Radiation (The Specials, Tearjerkers, Skabilly Rebels)
Yes yes yes! For one night only the Christmas Ska Party of all festive skank fests…this show will get yer chestnuts warmed through perfectly and thoroughly roast the turkey of all would be pretenders! The King and The Skabilly Rebel in tandem at the Home Of Ska And 2 Tone, The Dublin Castle…..book early… plus special guest DJs playing ska, soul, reggae, punk and rhythm n blues…
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Sat 11 Apr
Special Kinda Madness
Special Kinda Madness are a Specials and Madness tribute band playing one set from each band. We don’t need to remind you of The Dublin Castle /Madness association! Basically as Suggs says, the DC is The Ancestral Seat Of Madness…and every ska act worth a skank has been through the doors too…as Phil Jupitus puts it, that’s a room with a lot of Mojo…This will definitely be a heaving heavenly happening, last year it sold out three months ahead so like the man said..Book Early! Plus ska, soul and reggae DJ action til 2am…
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