We've got some Spectacular Musical acts for you over our weekend in Dublin. Here's who they are and what they sound like.

Our Music Stage Performers

1 July, 2014

We've got some Spectacular Musical acts for you over our weekend in Dublin. Here's who they are and what they sound like.

As part of our Dublin Merrion Square programme, this year we're introducing the festival's first ever Music Stage.

This free, live music stage will run Saturday July 12th and Sunday 13th from 12pm until 7pm, with bouncy beats, funky horn lines and fat bass lines sure to get you up on your feet.

The line-up includes Bristolian loop artist, beatboxer and saxophonist Mr.Woodnote and Lil Rhys; Ireland’s only New Orleans-style Brass Band, The Booka Brass Band; Dublin’s The Young Folk who have brought their seamless harmonies and folk mix to thousands of festival goers at Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions and Castlepalooza, as well as Interskalactic a 10 piece ska and reggae band amongst others.

Full Saturday Line-Up: Mr.Woodnote and Lil Rhys ft. Eva Lazarus | The Young Folk | Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble | Prison Love | The Louisiana 6 | Soul Power

Full Sunday Line-Up: Booka Brass Band | Interskalactic | Colours Afrobeat Foundation | Gypsy Rebel Rabble | Fox. E and the Good Hands | Oki's Wagon

A little bit more about each of the bands and one of our favourite videos of theirs:

Colours Afrobeat Foundation Facebook | Website

Ireland’s foremost Afrobeat band, Colours Afrobeat Foundation, plays a repertoire of songs that are original, provocative in nature, spiritually uplifting, culturally proactive, and exponent of global peace, rooted in African music.


Fox.E and the Good HandsFacebook | Website

Fox.E and the Good Hands have a bootsy, funk-driven, soulful sound with plenty of panache, infused with twists of pop, rock, rap and blues, headed by leading lady Eimear Fox’s deep, soulful voice.


Gypsy Rebel Rabble | Facebook | Website

Gypsy Rebel Rabble is a Dublin-based Irish folk band with a reputation for energetic live shows. They merge a furious DIY punk song-writing and performance ethic with a smooth vocal style plush with beautiful harmonies.


Oki's Wagon | Facebook | Website

Dublin-based band Oki's Wagon offers everything from raucous, foot-stomping numbers to subtle, jazzy arrangements, with a distinctive sound infused with a bluesy folk sensibility.


Prison Love | Facebook | Website

The Celebrated Prison Love, “music from the inmates of the bluegrass correctional facility”, presents a bizarre musical party of bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, roots and gospel.


Soul Power | Facebook | Website

Soul Power's performance is a fast-paced, show-stopping, funk/soul musical extravaganza, encompassing a fully-live set of soul & funk classics, covering the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Al Green & more.


The Louisiana 6 | Facebook | Website

The Louisiana 6 is a Dublin-based, 50s-style Skiffle six-piece. Skiffle, a mix of gospel, country & bluegrass, peaked around the late 50s, and the group pays homage to its greatest purveyors, Lonnie Donegan and Leadbelly.


The Young Folk | Facebook | Website

The Young Folk are not your typical folk musicians, displaying a fascinating interplay between traditional instruments and modern musicality, and balancing seamless harmonies with classic folk progression.


Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble | Facebook | Website

A 14-strong group of Afrobeat exponents from the four corners of the world, Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble is a musical crossroads playing a blend of free-flow Afrobeat riddims and heavy dancefloor Afro funk.


Booka Brass Band | Facebook | Website

Booka Brass Band is Ireland’s first New Orleans-style Brass Band, comprising of seven members playing the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, sousaphone, and drums. Classically trained, its members bring a great understanding of classical harmonies which can be heard behind the beats of their original tunes.


Interskalactic | Facebook | Website

Interskalactic play traditional, old school, first wave Jamaican Ska, the likes of which have never before been explored in Dublin. This is not Two Tone Ska, it’s not Reggae or Rocksteady, it is Ska, as it was first created in the ‘Big Bang’ of Jamaican Independence in 1962.