Dublin’s New Music Festival Eastbound will feature some of the very best new and breaking artists over six nights in music venues around Dublin from 7 – 12 May 2019.
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.
The first artists announced for Eastbound 2019 include: Maisie Peters, Kara Marni, Steam Down, Whenyoung, Rhys Lewis, The Snuts, Lion, Men I Trust, Wild Front, Gwenno, Bilk, Body Type, Boy Azooga and Hunkpapa with many more to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 6 February at 09:00.
LION // The Sound House // 7 May // Tickets
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.
THE SNUTS // The Workman’s Club // 7 May // Tickets
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.
WHENYOUNG // Whelan’s // 7 May // Tickets
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.
MAISIE PETERS // Button Factory // 7 May // Tickets
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.
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.
WILD FRONT // The Sound House // 9 May // Tickets
With over 3 million streams on Spotify, Wild Front come to Dublin for an Eastbound headliner before sharing a festival stage with Foals and Two Door Cinema Club this summer.
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.
GWENNO // 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 // 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.
BILK + BODY TYPE // 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 // 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.