About Eastbound Festival
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, 6th February at 9am.
LION & special guests New Pagans // The Sound House // 7 May
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 & Special Guests The Valves // The Workman’s Club // 7 May
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 & Special Guests Emerson Snowe // Whelan’s // 7 May
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
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.
Maisie Peters & Special Guests A. Smyth // Button Factory // 7 May
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.
The Howl & The Hum & Special Guests Pursed By Dogs // The Sound House // 8 May
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
Described by Pitchfork as ‘dream pop’, Montreal-based Men I Trust release their third studio album – ‘Oncle Jazz’ – later this year.
Wild Front & Special Guest Emma Mcgrath // The Sound House // 9 May
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.