A host of BIMM Dublin students have secured themselves performance slots at KnockanStockan this summer. The independent Irish music festival was first established in 2007 and has since been nominated for numerous gongs at the Irish Festival awards, including Best Small Festival, Best Line Up and the Social Responsibility Award.
Artists featuring on the bill this year include much hyped electronic neo-soul troupe Akora, who recently supported Cory Wong (of Vulfpeck fame) with a sold out show at Dublin’s Sugar Club. Vocalist and BIMM Alumnus Ciara O’Connor had this to say about securing the sought after festival slot with the band.
“Knockanstockan is a massive celebration of Irish music and always has such a great vibe. The organisers of the festival really care about musicians and it’s something we’re delighted to be a part of this year.”
Akora aren’t the only ones singing the festivals’ praises. Alternative Jazz Punks Vernon Jane have been making waves on Dublin’s thriving music scene for a few years now, and have already appeared on the line-up in previous years. We spoke to their enigmatic front-woman and BIMM graduate Emily Jane, who couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of joining forces with the festival once again.
“Knockanstockan prides itself on supporting independent acts. We have applied through the festivals’ website every year, but we have also formed good relationships with the team behind the festival. We cannot wait to take part again this year. Bands are treated very well and the standard of acts is always incredible.”
Songwriting undergraduate Stephen Gormley is yet another BIMM student who was privileged enough to be selected to perform with his excellent folk quintet Moon Looks On. Here’s what he had to say about the opportunity.
“We are really excited to be a part of Knockanstockan 2018. There are so many acts we want to see playing live. It’s such an amazing festival and it’s great to see so many current and past BIMM students/bands playing at it, a direct reflection of the talent in the college.”
Aside from being a key festival in Ireland’s incredible music scene, Knockanstockan also has a great ethos behind it, and contributes directly to its local economy. To date, the event has helped raise thousands of euros for a variety of community and youth initiatives within the Blessington Lakes area, including a new school, and plans to build a new community centre.
Of course, we’re extremely pleased to see BIMM alumni and current students engaging with such a well respected and worthwhile festival and can’t wait to see what else this year has in store for them. Bring on the summer!