Beatyard is delighted to bring Groove Armada to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this August.

For nearly two decades Groove Armada has been established as one of the planet’s best loved and biggest selling dance acts. As comfortable on the big stages as they are in sweat soaked basements, the boys cross genres and styles with ease.

Andy Cato and Tom Findlay met in London in the mid 90s. Groove Armada started as a series of nights across London. It was to promote these nights that they started releasing 12s for East London pioneer ‘Tummy Touch’.

An album made in a week, ‘Northern Star’, soon followed (which contained downbeat anthem ‘At the River’), and from that came major label recognition. ‘Vertigo’ their first album on Jive sold over a million copies and four albums followed on SONY and BMG garnering Grammy and Brit Nominations and sold out gigs from Sydney to Moscow. A pioneering combination of performance and electronics, the GA live show evolved into one of the very best in dance music.

In 2010, the boys redefined the GA sound with Black Light, their 6th and best album which saw the song writing and musicianship that made their live shows so special, brought into the studio. The band toured this album across the globe bringing their ‘live’ career to a close with 2 memorable nights at Brixton Academy.

In 2012 the boys made the decision to return to their roots. Through live AV shows and a series of dancefloor EPs, GA marked a return to the DIY spirit of the warehouses where the project was first spawned. They began with a series of releases on London label Hypercolour Records, and followed up with EPs and remixes for the likes of Moda Black, Defected and Danse Club records.

GA returned to their We Love Space Terrace residency in 2013, DJ shows from Ushuaia to Jakarta and closed and hosted arenas at Beat-herder and Creamfields. For the run of special shows, the pair took control over every aspect of the show; from the sound to lighting and lasers and visuals from their custom built booth. 2014 saw the duo continue to explore the sound of their roots, with critically acclaimed debut release on Moda Black, and also appearances on Get Physical, Danse Club Records, Moon Dance and OM Records.

2015 saw GA release their 7th studio album, revisiting the Moda Black label for the ‘Little Black Book’ package, and in December 2015 GA returned to Fabric for their first yearly residency at the club (17 years after making their debut appearance) to celebrate their contribution to the world-famous Fabriclive mix series. Since then the duo have released singles on a variety of labels such as Weapons, Snatch and Street Trax, whilst remixing the likes of Paul Simon, London Grammar and Odesza.

The pair continue to headline the likes of WHP, Cream, ANTS, Wildlife Ibiza, Elrow and more and with their 21st anniversary on the horizon, plans are being hatched for a fitting celebration…. GA Style.

Beatyard is delighted to bring Todd Terje to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this August.

Todd Terje is a Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and record producer, called “King of the summer jams” by Mixmag and “one third of the Holy Trinity of Norwegian disco” by Spin magazine, Terje made his name with a string of remixes and re-edits in the mid 2000s.

He joins us for one of his memorable DJ sets

Beatyard is delighted to bring Grandmaster Flash to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this August.

Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 1970s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of Hip Hop’s original innovators. In the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfected beat looping, and discovered many of the most iconic beats still commonly sampled today. It’s no surprise that The New York Times calls him Hip Hop’s first virtuoso.

The music of the 1970s fueled the rise of Hip Hop, but much of that decade’s influence has been lost to time. With access to archival master recordings, images, and videos from the vaults of the major record labels, Grandmaster Flash’s live show is a celebration of Hip Hop’s most formative decade.

Today, he’s the voice of an entire generation of 1970s hip hop pioneers. From his electric live shows, to his production role on Netflix’ The Get Down, Grandmaster Flash is at once a historian, a storyteller, and a cultural force.

Beatyard are delighted to bring Mount Kimbie to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this August.

With familiar beats underneath otherworldly productions, Mount Kimbie are arguably responsible for the birth of the term “post-dubstep.” Dominic Maker and Kai Camposformed Mount Kimbie while both were attending Southbank University in London. In early 2009 they released their debut EP, Maybes, via the Hotflush Recordings label. Later in the year a second EP, Sketch on Glass, appeared and was followed by remixes for the likes of the Big PinkFoals, and the xx. Hotflush released their full-length debut, Crooks & Lovers, in 2010. Three years later, they returned with Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, an album that featured more vocals including two tracks with rapper King Krule. In 2017, they delivered their third studio album, Love What Survives, which included guest appearances from James BlakeKing Krule, and Michachu.

Family has always been front-and-centre for Leon Vynehall. His breakthrough 2014 EP ‘Music For The Uninvited’ was inspired by the funk, soul and hip-hop tapes his mum used to play in the car. Spreading organically on the strength of the music, the record finished the year on a plethora of ‘Best of the Year’ lists including Pitchfork, FACT and Resident Advisor.

His follow up 2016’s ‘Rojus’ EP saw Vynehallbuilding more layers and broadening the depth of his music. Fan favourite ‘Blush’ was certified ‘Best New Music’ by Pitchfork – and Rojus finished the year in the online magazine’s prestigious ‘Top 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016’ as well as becoming DJ Mag’s ‘Album of the Year’. Both releases were a wonderfully eclectic deep-dive into the sounds behind a young talent who now has six-plus years of international DJing and multiple releases under his belt on highly respected imprints such as 3024, Rush Hour and Running Back.

Now, with his debut album, ‘Nothing Is Still’ – released 15th June via Ninja Tune – Vynehall is digging deeper into the family history that inspired his most iconic tracks, whilst returning to his own musical roots. ‘Nothing Is Still’ is defiantly atmospheric and textural, and finds him harnessing his passion for early contemporary minimalist composers such as Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich as well as records like Philip Glass’ ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ and Terry Riley’s ‘A Rainbow In Curved Air

Beatyard is delighted to bring DJ Yoda to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this August.

Bodytonic fav DJ Yoda is back in town celebrating the release of his latest album “Home Cooking” which hones in on 90s hip-hop, rnb and jazz influences.

No typical club DJ, his interests lie in finding fresh and unique ways to bring turntables out of the club and getting involved in bespoke collaborations. Working with classical composers to neuroscientist; brass bands to film directors; DR Dre to Dame Evelyn Glennie; Banks to Mark Ronson; BBC Radio 4 to The BFI, he reinvigorates his craft with wry invention and humorous intent.

If you know anything about house music then you’re bound to have come across Tom and Ian Griffiths’ sensualistic disco-matic sound. These Bristol based boys have been slamming the decks with some of the strongest creative and cerebral four-to-the-floor music for close to four years now.

Their sound cultivates an exclusive hold on a vintage sound. Providing music lovers with something almost ethereal, yet passionately illusory. With beefy attention to basslines, sided with some of the most faultless vocal mixing in the genre, Icarus is swimming leagues ahead of any other talent in house music to date. Their latest release ‘Love Has Come Around’ embodies a euphoric disco-tinged appeal matched to some intriguing production elements. Sampling the early 80’s Donald Byrd cut of the same name, it applies a neat twist to an instantly infectious hook.

These Bristol boys are ever expanding and evolving in their approach to creating a topnotch house music sound that is manifested with each new release. It’s easy to come to the conclusion that Icarus has established themselves as incredibly talented producers, DJs, and lab

el bosses.

Culpepper has been described as ‘the UK’s answer to Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean’- with recent comparisons being made to Anderson .Paak and Childish Gambino.

It has been quite the year for Joel, having his single ‘Woman’ produced by Swindle go viral on the channel “COLORS”. ‘Woman’ hit nearly 6 million views on Youtube and millions more on Spotify. Joel has been busy in the studio with FKJ, Henry Wu, Guy Chambers, Redinho and back again with Swindle.

Joel’s latest single ‘Caroline No’ featuring Kojey Radical has been all over the Radio, 2019 is definitely going to be Joel Culpepper’s year.

 

Beatyard is delighted to bring Jafaris to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this August.

Ireland’s biggest hip-hop star joins us with his full band on the main stage

 

Jafaris has received critical praise for his debut album STRIDE,
which earned him his place as one of Ireland’s foremost players of the new generation of the Irish hip-hop.

His musical calling came a little later than most. Before the dazzling lyricism and
poetic resonance, he brought to the emerging Irish music scene, dance had always been
his passion and career path. It was through a dance audition that the multi-talented
musician landed the role of Ngig in the 2016 Irish film sensation ‘Sing Street’ directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker John Carney.

Musically, his uncompromising fluency of expression means he is as exciting as he’s
ever sounded. In 2016, Jafaris hooked up with Diffusion Lab, a music production hub on
Wellington Quay that’s seen a whole bunch of Dublin’s remarkable talent come through
its doors including Soulé, Flynn, Rushes, DAY_S and Hare Squead to name a few. Since
joining the team, the triple threat, rapper, actor and dancer has gone on to become a
knockout performer. In 2017 he performed at Forbidden Fruit, Hard Working Class
Heroes & with the RTÉ Orchestra for the Story of Hip Hop at Electric Picnic. In 2018 he
went one further and represented Ireland at Eurosonic 2018, played the main stage at
Longitude, and returned to Electric Picnic with the RTÉ orchestra and what’s more, he headlined the Other Voices stage.

With the release of his debut EP in 2017, Jafaris’ flirtation with nostalgic nineties hip
hop and pure, contagious happiness lifted the lid on a singular talent. Since the release
of his debut album ‘Stride’, Jafaris has seen huge support from Radio 1 (Annie Mac),
Kiss, Spotify and press, including NME who described Jafaris as one of the most exciting new prospects from Irish rap’s rising wave.

With exclusive remixes and edits crafted for the dance floor, this DJ set and AV show is not a tribute act, but a rave that re-frames the music of Fleetwood Mac. Twirling through disco, techno and house, DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing have taken this dance party from Berlin to Burning Man and shared their passion with like-minded hedonists around the world.