Eastbound – Dublin’s New Music Festival 2019

Featuring some of the very best new and breaking artists over six nights in some of Dublin’s best music venues from 7 - 12 May 2019.

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Eastbound Festival 2019 – Less than two weeks to go!

In its first year running, Aiken Promotions will host Dublin’s New Music Festival, Eastbound. The festival will take place next month from 7-12 May. It promises to bring you the best of new and breaking artists to Dublin’s favourite venues, The Sound House, The Workman’s Club, The Grand Social, Whelans and The Button Factory.

Eastbound is about capturing the spirit of new and breaking artists and capturing the imagination of a devoted, music-hungry city like Dublin and bringing it all together to create making meaningful beginnings.

Artists announced for Eastbound 2019 include: Maisie Peters, Kara Marni, Steam Down, Whenyoung, Rhys Lewis, The Snuts, Lion, Men I Trust, Gwenno, Bilk, Body Type, Boy Azooga, Hunkpapa, Just Mustard, The Murder Capital, The Howl & the Hum and Halfnoise.

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Artist Information

LION & special guests New Pagans // The Sound House // 7 May // Tickets available at the door

LION – aka Beth Lowen makes her Dublin debut at Eastbound. Blessed with a ferocious, Janet Joplin-esque voice, check out ‘Self Control’ and ‘Oh No’ from her eponymous debut EP.

LION – 21.00PM

THE SNUTS & special guests The Valves // The Workman’s Club // 7 May // Tickets available at the door

Initially emerging as a word-of-mouth phenomenon and then scoring over 1m Spotify streams of their early demos, The Snuts’ energy and charisma (plus a handful of anthems) has been rewarded with a cult following at home in Scotland.

THE VALVES – 20.30 – 21.10PM
THE SNUTS – 21.40 – 22.30PM

WHENYOUNG & special guests Emerson Snowe // Whelan’s // 7 May // Tickets available at the door

2018 was a landmark year for the Limerick natives with the release of their debut album “Given Up”, and a string of live shows including Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday celebration alongside Nick Cave and Sinead O’Connor, and supporting Dream Wife, The Vaccines and Peace.


HALFNOISE & special guests ULY // Grand Social // 7 May // Tickets available at the door

HalfNoise is the musical project of Zac Farro, drummer of Paramore. Based in Nashville, Farro formed the project alongside Jason Clark following Farro’s departure from Paramore in 2010.

ULY – 8.30PM

MAISIE PETERS & special guests A. Smyth // Button Factory // 7 May // Tickets available at the door

Eastbound is delighted to present Maisie Peters’ first Irish headline show. The Brighton songwriter first emerged in 2017 when her debut single ‘Place We Were Made’ went viral, and 2018’s ‘Worst Of You’ has already hit the 22 million play mark on Spotify.

A SMYTH 20.00

THE HOWL & THE HUM & special guests Pursed By Dogs // The Sound House // 8 May // Tickets

The York York-based 4-piece embarked on their first headline tour in England in early 2018 to coincide with the release of single ‘Portrait I’. Eastbound are delighted to host their first headline show in Dublin’s The Sound house.

MEN I TRUST // Workman’s Club // 8 May // Tickets

Described by Pitchfork as ‘dream pop’, Montreal-based Men I Trust release their third studio album – ‘Oncle Jazz’ – later this year.

BOY ZOOGA + HUNKPAPA // The Workman’s Club // 10 May // Tickets

Boy Azooga released their debut album “1,2 Kung Fu” in June 2018 to very favourable reviews, dubbed “bright, exciting and full of effortlessly intelligent song writing” by NME. Formed in 2017, Armagh’s HUNKPAPA haven’t released a single note of music to date yet have scored plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 1. A lethal double-header.

THE MURDER CAPITAL & special guests Melts // Whelan’s // 11 May // Tickets

Exploding onto the scene in 2018, They have been included in The Guardian’s Ones to Watch 2019 and included in NME’s 100 Essential New Artists for 2019 and The Irish Times calling them out as Ireland’s best new rock band. The Murder Capital are the latest edition to the Eastbound bill for a very special show in Whelan’s, 11 May.

GWENNO & special guests A Ritual Sea // The Sound House // 11 May // Tickets

Gwenno Saunders is a Welsh Music Prize Winner (for her 2015 debut album Y Dydd Olaf) and former member of The Pipettes.

Eastbound will be her first Irish headline show.

KARA MARNI & special guest JyellowL // The Grand Social // 11 May // Tickets

Self-described as “soul with a sprinkling of pop,” Marni has a voice beyond her years, with soaring vocals and a distinct sound that sets her firmly in her own lane. Influences include Roberta Flack and Anita Baker and contemporary greats such as Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill.

JUST MUSTARD & special guests Odd Morris // The Workman’s Club // 12 May // Tickets

Eastbound are delighted to announce Just Mustard to the bill this year. Crafting their own unique blend of noise, trip hop and electronic influenced music, they released their debut album ‘Wednesday’ to critical acclaim earning a nomination as album of the year in the 2018 Choice Music Prize.

BILK + BODY TYPE & special guests Cherym // The Sound House // 12 May // Tickets

Boasting influences from the Jam to Eminem, Essex-based 3-piece BILK write honest songs to inspire the youth of today, their music being a social commentary to the challenges facing young people today. Australia’s BODY TYPE have played shows with the likes of Big Thief and Pond and have already graced the stages of Gizzfest, Bigsound and Fairgrounds festivals at home.

STEAM DOWN // The Grand Social // 12 May // Tickets

Occupying a bold centre-point between Afrofuturism, grime and future soul – all fused together with the fearless spontaneity of jazz – Steam Down’s weekly sessions at London’s Buster Mantis club are already the stuff of legend.

RHYS LEWIS & special guests Leila Jane // The Workman’s Club // 12 May // Tickets

RHYS LEWIS started 2019 with the release of a new single ‘Better Than Today’ on January 4th which has already passed the 1 million stream mark. He has toured with artists like JP Cooper, James TW and Freya Ridings, and Eastbound will be Rhys’ first Irish headline show.