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Seasessions 2014

Seasessions is all go with the campsite open tomorrow afternoon at 6pm. The main site will open at 6pm on Friday. We are all super excited. The 3 main tents are up The Main Stage, The Vodafone tent and the 2fm Beat Shack. We also have the O’Haras craft beer tent, the Barefoot Wine Bar and the Kopperberg tent. New for 2014 is the VIP cocktail bar, we have some VIP upgrades available on line here. All VIP upgrades come with 4 free drink tokens so why not treat yourself.

Tickets

We still have some limited tickets available at the door for €99 for 3 days. We will have some campsite tickets however these will be at Tier 4 prices. Basically it will be cheaper to buy online in advance here

New Acts

Unfortunately due to illness we have lost both The Minutes and Funeral Suits however the great news is we have booked We Cut Corners and Port (formerly Little Bear)

Weather and surf forecast
The weather forecast looks good for the festival with perhaps a little rain early on the Friday but dry with light winds on both saturday and sunday. The good weather forecast has meant the surf is small. It looks like the surf contest may run on the Friday so if keen to view it get down early on the Friday. It will likely kick off at Tullan strand on Friday at lunchtime. There will be plenty of waves ober the weekend and if keen on learning to surf (sometimes described as the best hangover cure) you can book them here

Beach Sports

The good weather will be ideal for our beach sports. This year we have Beach Tag Rugby, Beach Soccer, Beach Handball, Beach Volleyball and Beach Ulimate Frisbee. You can register your interest by emailing seasessionsbeachsports@gmail.com or just turn up at registration at the lifeguard hut at 11am on Saturday morning

App
You can now download our Seasessions app which has lineup, news, surf forecast etc. The android app is available here and the iphone app here . It takes a minute or so to download to your phone but once it does you wont need the internet to access it.
Accommodation

We have updated our accommodation page for those looking for a bed to rest their head each night. There is a mixture of hotel, hostels and B&Bs here

Getting here

Marathon coaches have buses leaving from Dublin to Seasessions with info here
We have a car park at our campsite for campers. We have moved the campsite to the local GAA pitch. Access is signed posted from both entrances to the town so just follow the signs.

Campsite/Campervans

Rules for the campsite are available here .The site has full 24 hour security, hot showers and changing facilities. The site is a 2 minute walk to town and 8 minutes to the main site.  Camparvans must book in advance to reserve a pitch. Weekend campervan parking costs €40 per van and €10 per person for the 4 days. Pre booking is essential as places are limited. Email info@seasessions.com or phone Kerri 087 345 9670 for more details.

Beach Sports
We have 1 space left for teams left for our Beach Soccer Comp info here. We also have a few spaces left on our Beach Tag Rugby Comp info here We have info on our beach Volley Ball here. We will also have slack liners, ultimate Frisbee as well as surfers and bodyboarders around so expect a busy beach.

DC Skate Jam Lineup

This year we have built our very own mini ramp.

We are stoked to have DC Europe involved who are bring 3 of their top riders over to rip up the ramp. The riders are Dave Snaddon (UK) , John Bell (UK) and Cian Eades (IRE) We have also a selection of the top Irish guys coming to skate the ramp.

1. Gary Kavanagh
2. Scott Keegan
3. John Fleming
4. Dee Collins
5. David Diamond
6. Gary Croke
7. Cian Eades
8. Darren Field
9. Sean O’Connell
10. Luke Murphy
11. Charles Neilson
12. Peter Murphy
13. Sam Frahill
14. Dan Coughlan
15. Nicky O Keeffe
16. Col McCann

Exclusive The Strypes interview


INTERVIEW WITH EVAN FROM THE STRYPES. EXCLUSIVELY FOR SEA SESSIONS. CHECK IT OUT…! TOP MAN.

How has this year been for you?
It’s been an incredible year really. We’ve been to the States twice where we did Letterman and Conan and played SXSW. We toured the UK and Europe and all the shows sold out! You could say the year has gone pretty well so far!

Where’s the most exotic place you’ve been apart from Bundoran of course?
There’s been a few. Memphis and Nashville were places we always wanted to see and Hong Kong was out there, but nothing compares to Bundoran!

Any new music in the pipe line?
We’re currently writing new material with the next album in mind. We’ve not been gigging as much to try to leave time for recording demos. So far it’s been going well. We hope to record the album later this year.

Who’s the party animal of the band?
Josh, you can’t get him off the bouncy castle!

Who spends the longest in the shower?
Me, don’t ask!

Can anyone surf?
We can all surf the net! As for water sports we come from a long line of land lubbers!

What are you looking forward to most about Sea Sessions?
The atmosphere. It has a real rock’n'roll vibe to it. It may be something to do with the seaside and the fun fair but it seems to have an extra bit of grit to it, kinda 50′s almost. We love it.

Apart from Sea Sessions what other festivals are you playing this year?
We’re doing quite a few European and UK festivals including V and Bingley. We’re also doing Fuji Rocks in Japan and Splendour in the Grass in Australia which we’re excited about.<

If you could play alongside anyone dead or alive at Sea Sessions who would it be?
Well we wouldn’t wanna play with any dead people, that might be a bit dull!! Seriously though there’s so many it’s hard to choose one but I suppose someone like Bo Diddley or Howlin Wolf would be great. The original blues men are still the coolest. Of the current crop Gary Clarke Jnr stands out.

Is there anyone on the Sea Sessions 2014 line-up you’d like to see?
Again there’s so many great acts on the bill it’s difficult to choose. I’m gonna say Raglans whom we love and never tire of seeing live. They’re good mates of ours as well. Also The Dandy Warhols cos we’ve never seen them live.

You played at Sea Sessions 2012 and 2013. Do you reckon this one will be different as headliners?
Well we’re delighted to be given the chance to headline. Sea Sessions was one of the first big festivals we played in 2012. We did 2 sets that day, the first on the back of a truck! So it’s a nice feeling to be headliners, it sort of suggests we’ve progressed I suppose. We just hope it goes well and that everyone is up for having a good time.

Don’t worry they will be!!!

Surf / Bodyboard Lineup

Quiksilver Expression Session

Surfers
William Alotti (FR)
Ruben Ash (UK) TBC
Toby Donachie (UK)
Seb Smart (UK)
Luis Eyre (PT)
Noah Lane (AUS)
Cain Cillcullan (IRE)
Geroid McDaid (IRE)
Oli O’Flaterty (IRE)
Andrew Meanie (NIR)
Conor Maguire (IRE)
Steven Kilfeather (IRE)

There is €3000 prize money up for grabs. The event is all about big manouvers with prizes for winning heats but also cash for the most powerful turn, most innovative move and also a cash prize for top irish surfer.

This year we have former ASP judges Wayne Murphy and Neil Britton, Top Irish Big wave surfer and XXL nominated Peter Conroy, John Britton and Richie Fitzgearld all involved.

Bodyboard Event

The body Board event will see the cream of Irish surfing compete. Again like the surf expression session the event will focus around one big manoeuvre.
Bodyboarders

Tom Gillespie
Shane Mehan
Shambles Mc Goldrick
Darragh mccarter
Brice le cunt
Rory o dowd
Dan Skajorskey
Martin Kelly

Malin Waters Fish Event

New for 2014 is the Malin Waters fish challenge. The fish challenge will see a selection of local surfers and the travelling pros attack the waves in some old school shapes.

Fish boards are all about fun and funky lines so this event will be judged on style. The event is more of a fun event and all the surfers will be forced to surf the boards that have been selected for the event so it should produce some interesting outcomes.

Boards will be provided by Power Source Surfboards, Beachbeat and Glide Surfboards

 

 

1 week to go

Festival Buzz

The campsite opens 1 week tomorrow and with the glorious June sunshine Bundoran is buzzing. For those camping check out our camping info page here for info/rules etc.

For those who crave a bed check out the updated accommodation page here. There is a list of hotels, B&Bs, surf lodges and hostels. One of the great things about Sea Sessions is that you can walk from a hotel room to the site in under 5 minutes.

Tier 3 is getting close to selling out. The €109 Camping Tickets will go up to €119 so if you want a camping ticket and want to save a tenner get on it now. €99 + for full weekend ticket without camping. Saturday Tickets are *Sold Out* Friday and Sunday Tickets still available. It’s getting close now! – Buy Tickets Here.

We have 2 spaces for teams left for our Beach Soccer Comp info here. We also have a few spaces left on our Beach Tag Rugby Comp info here. We have info on our beach Volley Ball here. We will also have slack liners, ultimate Frisbee as well as surfers and bodyboarders around so expect a busy beach.

We have a VIP cocktail bar for the first time. VIP tickets give access to the VIP bar, toilets and 4 free drinks: VIP ticket upgrades available here.

Campervans
Campervans must book in advance. Weekend campervan parking costs €40 per van and €10 per person for the 4 days. The site has full 24 hour security, hot showers and changing facilities. The site is a 2 minute walk to town and 8 minutes to the main site. Pre booking is essential as places are limited. Email info@seasessions.com or phone Kerri 087 345 9670 for more details.

Getting Here
We have coaches running to Sea Sessions from Dublin with Marathon coaches: Full info available here.

Billy’s World – Official Charity Partner

Billy’s World Ireland is a new charity set up to with the purpose of building a wonderful adventure theme park for families of children with special needs and their siblings – a place for the whole family to enjoy, together!

This park will serve as recreation, enjoyment, holiday centre, a seminar and network facility to so many families. The park will offer those families so hard pressed with caring for their child, with whatever condition, a chance to have a holiday the entire family can enjoy together. It will also act as an information centre with seminars and lectures on various conditions and syndromes as well as acting as a host for events for many other charities. The man behind this amazing vision is Tony Byrne who lost his son Billy (whom the park is named after) when he passed away on March 24th, 2013, just one week short of his sixth birthday. Billy had been diagnosed with Pallister Killian Syndromme (PKS), commonly known as ‘Floppy Baby Syndrome’, a very rare chromosomal disorder at 13 months of age. Billy was one of only three children in Ireland with PKS at the time. Tony and his family had found it nearly impossible to take holidays together as a family as nowhere catered for Billy as well as his siblings. So, with the tragic passing of Billy, Tony has made it his life’s purpose to give other families the opportunity that was denied to him and his family – and so was born the Billy’ World Ireland Project! The Byrne family want to help give other families who have a child with a disability an opportunity to stay together while they play together. Billy’s World is a concept and a dream which Cora & Tony hope to turn into a reality for over 360,000 Irish families who have children with special needs.

“Our little hero has gone on to be an angel, and in his place, he has left a vision.”

Billy’s World is over two years in the making and proposes to build an interactive, sensory play park for both children with disabilities and their siblings to avail of a family holiday with equipment and facilities to accommodate a huge variety of disabilities and circumstances.

Billy’s World will also provide an informative aspect by hosting seminars, open days and conferences with talks and lectures by experts in varying conditions and disorders. Cora and Tony were so touched by the support and generosity of all who participated in helping them continue their journey to build something which will make a huge difference to thousands of Irish families on our doorstep.

To see how you can help, contact:
The Billy Byrne National Children’s Charity
Library Court
Park Lane
Carrick-on-Shannon
Ireland

Phone: +353 (0) 71 962 0972
Website: www.BillysWorldIreland.com
Email: info@billyswordlireland.com

Quiksilver Expression Session

Quiksilver Expression Session
The Sea Sessions Expression Session is returning in 2014 with the cream of European performance surfing taking on the best in Ireland. The event is the only event in Ireland/UK to be accredited by ASP Euope and is this year being sponsored by Quiksilver and Roxy. The event format as usual is ‘best move/air’ and is organised in a way to allow the surfers to express themselves and push their performance.

“It is a really spectator friendly format”, said Pete Craig event organiser. “Most surf events are quote technical and not really that engaging for non-surfers. This unique format allows for and encourages explosive surfing that everyone can get”, he said.

The competitors will range from countries such as France, Spain, Portugal the Caribbean, UK and Ireland.

William Alotti (St Martinque) is returning to defend his title and is an early favourite. Toby Donachie (UK) was one of the standout performers last years with some huge boosts is also returning to challenge William for a total prize pot of €3000.

Noah Lane (Australia) was the dark horse of the event last year and after having settled in Bundoran may have some local knowledge that might aid him this year.

Irish Talent
Geroid McDaid (Sligo) and Andrew Meanie (Castlerock NI) were the top local performers last year and will be hoping to show the international surfers the best Ireland has to offer. Geroid in particular has been making his mark on the international scene over the winter.

Bodyboarding
Sea Sessions will again have a bodyboard event that will showcase the best bodyboarders in Ireland. Ireland is at the forefront of European bodyboarding with images of Irish chargers circulating all around the world. This event will be looking at establishing who the best bodyboarder in Ireland is at the moment.

Getting Retro
New for 2014 is the Malin Waters fish challenge. The fish challenge will see a selection of local surfers and the travelling pros attack the waves in some old school shapes.

Fish boards are all about fun and funky lines so this event will be judged on style. The event is more of a fun event and all the surfers will be forced to surf the boards that have been selected for the event so it should produce some interesting outcomes.

Niall Hassett and Monica Twomey of Quiksilver/Roxy Ireland said that with an event of this size to get the opportunity to get involved was fantastic.

“It is great to see how the festival has grown and developed over the last seven years to become the major event on the Irish festival calendar. Not only has it survived it has gotten bigger and bigger every year and that’s a real testament to all who are involved.

“We are delighted to be bringing the Quiksilver Expression Sessions to Sea Sessions as it is a hugely important fixture in Irish surfing as it is the only event on the ASP fixture list in Ireland and the UK. That shows what high regard the event is held across the surfing community not just in Ireland but internationally.

“We travel an awful lot with work, and everywhere we go we are always asked about the west coast of Ireland and Bundoran in particular. The waves in Ireland are really making waves in the surf community and it is fantastic that we have an event that can show this off in such a good way.

“And what a musical line up to see after a hard days competing, not sure which I am looking forward to more, the surf or the tunes, but that’s the good thing about a festival you can have loads of both” he said.

Full 2014 Lineup Announced

OK so after a lot of thought, phone calls, and late nights we can announce our Lineup for 2014. We are really happy with it and feel we have not only lots of strong international acts but a good mix with some of the best Irish acts out there. For the first time we have 2 Americans, Kelis and The Dandy Warhols as our headliners but feel immense pride in announcing The Strypes as our 3rd Headline act. The Strypes have played the last 2 years and have rocketed from our surfers village in front of a 100 people to headlining our Main Stage. We have also launched our Unsigned Sessions competition for new and upcoming acts, info here

We have lots of other news which we will fill you in on in the coming weeks. For now feast your eyes on some amazing artists below.
We have weekend tickets on SALE at the discounted Tier 2 price of €89 here.
Full lineup details available here
Accommodation and ticket deals are available here

2014 Artists

Kelis
First out of the blocks is Harlem-bred vocalist Kelis. With a brand new album called “Food” to be released in April and a string of hits, “Milkshake” “Trick Me” “Acapella” anyone? Kelis is real headline material. Her new album is “Rootsy but not Retro” with lots of percussive beats , brass and funk on a platform of modern production.

The Dandy Warhols
Alongside Kelis are fellow Americans “The Dandy Warhols.” Known worldwide for their global smash “Bohemian Like You” The Dandy’s, as they’re known to their loyal fans, have 8 albums and a lot of mind blowing tours behind them.

The Strypes
Speaking of America “The Strypes”, who are gong down an absolute storm stateside, have come a long way since they played way down the line up at Sea Sessions 2012. They’re now one of the headliners and their energetic Bluesy Rock’n'Roll is what Sea Sessions is all about. The Cavan natives are by all accounts really excited about their landmark set.

Ella Eyre
Another act who’s star is rising quickly is “Ella Eyre” She’s 19, sings on the monster hit “Waiting all Night” by Rudimental and has a voice way beyond her years.

Erol Alkan
Next up there’s Erol Alkan. He’s been a DJ at the centre of the Electronic music scene for about 15 years. From his legendary Electro club night “Trash”, alongside countless remixes he’s a DJ that is just as relevant now as he was 15 years ago.

Flight Facilities
Flight Facilities are an Australian Indie / Electrco live act that are really making a name for themselves. Their tune “Crave You” was a massive underground hit all around the world

Drenge
Speaking of relevant, one of the most exciting acts to come out of the UK at the moment has to be “Drenge” Their mix of heavy blues rock with only 2 on stage won them best new band in the NME.

The Dub Pistols
Rabble rousers “The Dub Pistols” are a band that have been on The Sea Sessions radar for a while. Few acts can ignite a festival crowd like this lot. Expect a mix of Punk / Reggae/ Drum and Bass and whatever else you’re having to send the SS crowd into a frenzy.

DJ Yoda
Back by overwhelming popular demand is “DJ Yoda” His audio visual DJ set went down so well that the promoters were literally begged to bring him back. His eclectic miss-mash is always a real treat.

Lonnie Liston Smith
The term legend is thrown around a little too often these days but that term needs to be reserved for Jazz/Funk maestro “Lonnie Liston Smith” He’s played with Miles Davis no less and his track “Expansions” is a bona-fide classic

Walking On Cars” “The Minutes” “Hudson Taylor” and “Raglans” are a quartet of Irish bands all on the up and up. These are 4 of the best live Irish acts out there and could easily be headlining festivals in the near future. We can promise these acts will produce sets that will electrify the audiences. It really will be ‘you should have been there kinda sets’.

There really is a wealth of International and Irish talent throughout the lineup. All the way from Tennessee you have Bluegrass or should we say Rock-Grass stars “Hayseed Dixie“. From Georgia U.S you’ve got singer-songwriter “Ron Pope.” From London and Leeds respectively “Trojan Sound System” think Reggae with bleeps and “Gentlemans Dub Club“, think Reggae with Brass. From Dublin and Africa you’ve got the 14 piece “Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble“. Sun Ladders from Brooklyn, Friction from BBC Radio 1, Fish Go Deep from Cork, Hermitage Green from Limerick, Southern from Belfast, 2 Bad Mice and Ghost Culture both from London and you truly have a world wide line-up.

Other acts on the line up include, Funeral Suits, Billy Scurry, Sirkus Sirkuz, The Dead Prezidents, Rackhouse Pilfer, Mojo Gogo, Slowplacelikehome, Corner Boy, New Secret Weapon, Cause ‘n’ Effect, G Frequency, Pyramid Hill, Eoin Glacken, Dean Gurrie, Stone Free, In Their Thousands, Fiona-Maria Fitzpatrick, Anthony C, Will Softly plus more to be announced.
Check out our Lineup page for full details here

More Artists Announced

We have announced a second batch of 11 artists to our lineup for 2014, details are below. We genuinely feel that we have great depth to the festival and feel its well worth checking out the artists bios pages to get a taste for what to expect. Some times festivals are a great place to discover new music and sometimes a great place to check up and coming bands before they get massive.

Acts

Ella Eyre
Despite being only 19 years old she’s got a voice way beyond her years. Her powerful voice can be heard on Rudimental’s worldwide smash “Waiting all Night” which was one of the two tunes she wrote off their debut album. Alongside her debut album, which is expected in late summer, she’s got some exciting projects in the pipe line so lot’s can be expected from her set.

Erol Alkan
Erol been a DJ at the centre of the Electronic music scene for about 15 years. From his legendary Electro club night “Trash”, alongside countless remixes, Erol still keeps things fresh and relevant and is one of the most widely acclaimed DJs of his generation.

Lonnie Liston Smith
Lonnie’s a real modern day legend from performing with Miles Davies to writing the monster funk classic “Expansions” Lonnie has had a career that spans 40 years. The addition of Lonnie to the Sea Sessions line up is a genuine treat.

The Minutes
The Minutes are one of the best live acts in Ireland. There set at Sea Sessions 2012 is still one of the most electric atmospheres we have witnessed. With a new album just about to drop and their new single getting radio airplay already 2014 could be a cracker of a year for the Rock ‘n’ Roll trio.

Hayseed Dixie
All the way from The Appalachian mountains in Tennessee are the ultimate festival band. In fact they invented “Rockgrass.” Expect lots of AC/DC, Motorhead alongside whiskey drinking and banter.

Hermitage Green
Their mixture of acoustic sounds with hard hitting rhythms have turned them in to one of the best Irish live acts out there.

Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble
The 14 Piece Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble could well end up being one of the highlights of the festival. Expect an amazing live show with Afro Rhythms, lots of Brass and heavy dance floor funk.

Billy Scurry
Commonly regarded as Ireland’s best DJ his sets are always well worth catching.

Ghost Culture
Plus another DJ of note has to be Ghost Culture he’s a London native and signed to Erol Alkans Phantasy label.

The Dead Prezidents
The hard hitting DJ duo return to Sea Sessions in 2014.

Mojo GoGo
Local lads come good make up the eleven new artists announced.

Irish Craft Beers

This year we have teamed up with The Carlow Brewing Company and local microbrewery The Donegal Brewing Company to bring good, flavoursome, creative beers to our audience.

The Donegal Brewing Company is located in neighbouring town Ballyshannon at the award winning bar & off licence Dicey Reilly’s. The brewery is now in existence 13 months and has had considerable success with its first product “Donegal Blonde”.

Carlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara’s Brewery, is an independent, family-owned business established in 1996 and one of the pioneers of Irish craft brewing. Located in the heart of Ireland’s traditional malt and hop-growing “Barrow Valley” region, they have been at the forefront of the new wave of Irish craft brewing for almost 17 years.

First 2014 Artists Announced

We have lots of new and exciting things happening for Sea Sessions 2014 and will have lots of new and exciting news coming in the next few weeks. We can reveal the first seven acts of the 70 artists to play the three stages below. This will hopefully give you a taste of whats to come with a great mix of genres.

The month of March will see more announcements made each week with the full line up released by the end of the month.We are delighted to announce a very special partnership with 2fm that will see the station take over the Beat Shack dance stage.

Another big addition to the line up this year is going to be the first ever craft beer festival at a summer music festival. We have teamed up with O’Hara’s Craft Beers to bring festival fans a unique and special festival beer experience.

Acts

First headline act announced are Portland Oregon Punksters “The Dandy Warhols.” whos global smash “Bohemian Like You” put them on the map. Their music is a blend of punk attitude with some great catchy Melodies and their live shows are legendary, more info here.

Also on the line-up are upcoming Indie superstars “Drenge“. Winners of NME’s best new band and with an album already up their sleeve, they’re one of the most exciting live acts out there.Think of The Black Keys after a session with The Sex Pistols, more info here.

Back by overwhelming popular demand is “DJ YODA” His audio visual DJ set went down so well that we had to bring him back.

A couple of real upcoming and potential superstars are “Walking on Cars” and “Hudson Taylor” both Irish and both excellent live. Hudson have a new album about to drop and by all accounts it’s top notch and Walking On Cars are selling shows out all the country.

Alongside that lot is “DJ Friction” from BBC Radio 1. The Drum and Bass supremo hasn’t been to Ireland in many years and his 3 deck sets are notorious.

Lastly on the initial announcement are “Gentleman’s Dub Club“. A 9 piece band formed in Leeds in 2006 with lots of Ska, Reggae and big brass sounds.

Check the lineup so far

Halloween Parties

Sea Sessions presents: The Halloween Parties

Friday November 1st (Dublin) and Saturday November 2nd (Bundoran)
2014 Festival Early Bird Ticket Launch

FEATURING:
The Hot Sprockets
Booka Bass Band
Ashley Beedle (DJ Set)
plus guests.

Doors 8pm – until 2.30am
THE SUGAR CLUB, DUBLIN – Friday 1st Nov – €12.50
MADDENS BRIDGE BAR, BUNDORAN – Saturday 2nd Nov – €10.00

Introducing two nights of Sea Sessions mayhem starting in Dublin on Nov 1st and finishing in Bundoran Nov 2nd.

The limited capacity venues will have pumping music and a limited amount of very specially priced 2014 tickets for Sea Sessions.

“It’s the people that come to Sea Sessions every year that make the event such a success so we thought we would hold a little Halloween tour to allow loyal Sea Sessions followers buy 2014 tickets at a huge discount for that night only”, said Ray O’Donoghue, one of the event promoters.

Sea Sessions favourites, fresh from their appearance blowing Ryan Tubridy’s socks off, The Hot Sprockets will be playing both locations.

They will be joined by internationally acclaimed DJ, Ashley Beedle, and The Booka Brass Band along with some very special guests.

Sea Sessions is one of Europe’s biggest and most successful Surfing and Music festivals.

The festival has sold out to capacity crowds each year for the last three years and already the line up for 2014 is looking like the best yet with some exciting developments.

The exclusive ticket offer is strictly for attendees only. The night starts early with Live performance form The Booka Brass Band followed by the excellent Hot Sprockets, who incidentally were one of the highlights of Sea Sessions 2013 and finishing off with a two hour set from Ashley Beedle.

Tickets are strictly limited and available at www.tickets.ie and outlets nationwide.
Highly Recommended…

Bastille Rock Sea Sessions!

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Friday night at Sea Sessions went off! An unreal surf expression session went down at Main Beach, Bundoran followed by one of the best days Sea Sessions has ever had. Bastille raised the roof on the Main Stage setting the scene for a fantastic weekend!

App Downloads!

With so many acts to see over the weekend we have tried to give a run down at this link The festival is a great chance to check out all kinds of music so make sure you go see something completely different to your normal taste. Full set times are available on our APP.

iPhone here.

Android here. 

Our App allows u to put a favourites list together. The App is best downloaded with a WIFI signal. Once it refreshes it downloads the info so you don’t have to have an internet connection to view it.

Only Days To Go! Latest News

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Lovely sunny festival weather here at the moment as we are erecting the Main tent. Our 2 new Domes are coming on Wednesday and we are building our Beach Bar on Thursday. We have lots of new areas this year with the Lookout bar and Beach bar we also have our Heineken Bar in a Marque this year. The best times at festivals are often in the smaller areas. Our Domes which are sponsored by Desperodos and Vodafone this year will create amazing atmospheres at both our second stage and dance stage.

Looks like there is good surf coming so lots of the surfers are arriving early. We have surfers from all over the world competing for €3000. Info here

We have just updated our accommodation page on the website for those who want a B&B or hotel for the weekend. This is one of the beauties of seasessions is that you can stay in an apartment/hotel/B&B minutes from the festival site. Rates from €40 per night including breakfast. Info here

With so many acts to see over the weekend we have tried to give a run down at this link The festival is a great chance to check out all kinds of music so make sure you go see something completely different to your normal taste. Full set times are available on our APP. Ipnone here. Android here. Our App allows u to put a favourites list together. The App is best downloaded with a WIFI signal. Once it refreshes it downloads the info so you don’t have to have an internet connection to view it.

There is a few spots left for the Beach Soccer and Beach Tag Rugby Comp. If keen check out the links.

We have Buses running from Dublin City centre direct to the festival from Marathon coaches info here

We have NO PARKING at our campsite but do operate a PARK & RIDE system from a carpark 5 minutes walk away. It is €10 for the weekend.

If you are coming please buy in advance as we can’t guarantee tickets at the door and have a strict 5000 capacity. Tickets available here

The festival campsite is open on the Thursday evening at 6pm. It is 2 minutes walk to a supermarket, surf shop, pub off licence etc. Your are not stuck in a field in the middle of nowhere. With the increased interest this year it is unlikely we will have weekend camping tickets on sale on the weekend of seasessions so if you coming make sure you get them in advance here

C ya all VERY SOON

Seasessions Crew

VIP AFTERPARTY @ MADDENS BRIDGE BAR

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THURSDAY NIGHT

TIGERMONKEY

FRIDAY NIGHT

Upstairs – DJ KidCam

SATURDAY NIGHT

Upstairs – DJ Coley & Ashley Beedle

“Cocktail Bar” @ Main Festival Site – DJ KidCam & KWA’s Boogie Down By The Beach..6.30 to 1.30

SUNDAY NIGHT
Downstairs – TIGERMONKEY
Upstairs – DJ KWA

TIGERMONKEY

New kids on the block, Tigermonkey is comprised of vocalist Madeleine Dunbar and producer/vocalist Guy Katsav. Their high-octane, fun, cross- genre music is a striking combination of bouncy African rhythm, Middle- Eastern percussive beats, electric guitars and catchy vocal hooks.
“We’re developing a style we call ‘Gangsta-Nerd’, which is basically a non hypster Indie / hip hop clash with touches of Trap music and Moombahton. Turning life on its head, we address everyday issues through fat beats and comedic finesse.“

DJ KWA

We at Bounce are proud to be spinning some choice vinyl boogie at the After Session gatherings at ……….. from ……………. Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June….
BOUNCE isn’t just a name, a clubnight or fad, it’s the positive feeling we aim to evoke through every DJ, every Band, every record, every instrument, every note, every mix, every mistake, every shout out, every night, every day and every event we organise. Over the years we’ve seen people Bounce through the doors at the mere hint of a Boogieful Bassline. Sea Sessions will be know different! We aim to maintain that ‘Feel Good’ factor, through out the day/night and make sure you Bounce out, feeling just as good, but hopefully better!! Hook up with us at www.bouncindj.com or Facebook/BounceCulture

DJ COLEY

An avid collector of funk, Soul 45s & disco edits that Coley collected whilst living in San Francisco for 5 years DJing in places such as the Beauty Bar, Community and the Burning Man Festival.

Coley now resides in London where he regularly plays at the Boogaloo in Highgate, the Lock Tavern in Camden & in the Replay tent at Bestival, and we are glad to say that DJ Coley is one of our regular spinners here at Sea Sessions.

DJ KidCam

AKA Kieran Campbell.
One of our resident dj’s here at Sea Sessions, Kieran has been playing and promoting from Derry to Dublin,London to Belfast and has had the pleasure of supporting Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45′s) Kaidi Tathum (Bugz In The Attic) and Austrialia’s no.1 live funk band “The Bamboos”.
Heavily influenced by the “GodFather” himself you can expect the funk in all its finest forms.

Ashley Beedle

First began DJing in the early 1980s but first began making a name for himself during the heyday of acid house. After hearing Norman Jay on KISS FM (a pirate radio station), he became more interested in deep disco. In the early 1990s, he teamed up with Rob Mello and John Howard to form the first incarnation of the Black Science Orchestra, who released several classic club hits in the 1990s ( “Where Were You?”, “Strong”, Philadelphia and the “New Jersey Deep”).
While working with the Black Science Orchestra (whose debut full-length arrived late in 1994), Beedle also started a project with Dave Hill, Uschi Classen and Rocky & Diesel, known as The Ballistic Brothers. The resulting LP, 1995′s London Hooligan Soul, was a major dance music hit.

Whos Who ? Breakdown of lineup.

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With so much on over the weekend it’s impossible to narrow it down. We’ve done our own little mini previews though to give you a better idea…. excited much? You better believe it !
 
FRIDAY:
 
BASTILLE: MAIN
With a Number 1 album and number 1 single all over the world the brains behind Bastille could be attributed to Dan Smith. Their sound might be described  as a mixture of Pop, Indie, Folk and even Hip-Hop. One of the hottest acts on the planet right now…!
 
BEARDYMAN: MAIN
Beat Boxer, Comedian, Solo Artist. Imagine a beat boxer making up live cutting edge electronic tunes on the spot. He’s played at Urban Festival, Comedy Festivals and Sea Sessions. He’s going on at 7pm Friday night. One that cannot be missed. Seriously!!!
 
THERAPY?: MAIN
Northern Ireland hard rockers Therapy? amazingly formed in 1989. They’re still going strong and have been touring and releasing music to their loyal following since then. Expect a Punk Rock attitude with some great songs thrown in. 
 
MR SCRUFF: DESPERADO
Sea Sessions new best friend. He did a lovely drawing for us. Mr Scruff will be playing one of his legendary 4 hour sets. Expect, Funk, Reggae, Breakbeats, Electronica and maybe even Chas and Dave. 
 
DUKE SPECIAL: VODAFONE
Northern Ireland Melody king and writer of a couple of classics is really excited to get in front of the Sea Sessions crowd. Everybody knows his whopper hit “Freewheel”.
 
SOAK: VODAFONE
Soak or Bridie and she’s known to her by her Mam was born in Belfast but grew up in Derry . She learned to play the guitar at the age of 14 and has since performed at Belfast Custom House Square, Glasgowbury, several other venues and even supported Snow Patrol n the Belfast Waterfront Hall. On the rise big time.
 
 
SATURDAY:
 
FAT FREDDYS DROP: MAIN
New Zealand’s finest musical export, seven piece, Fat Freddy’s Drop combine Reggae with Soul, Funk with Roots and even a sprinkling of Hypnotic Electronic Grooves. Their live performances are especially powerful and legendary. They are known to improvise songs from their studio albums and beyond. According to the band no two shows are alike… Bring it on!!
 
THE STRYPES : MAIN
They played Sea Sessions last year and went down a storm. This time they’re back on The Main Stage. Blues with a hint of Rock ‘n’ Roll. They’ve come a long way. Jools Holland, Glastonbury and worldwide tours. We can’t wait for their set on Saturday night.  They are smashing festivals all over Europe at the mo’.
 
DJ YODA: MAIN
Mixing up Hip- Hop with anything. He’s been known to throw in some Country and Western. His Visual shows are stuff of legends and he’ll be finishing off the Main Stage on Saturday night with the help of two massive screens.
 
DELTA HEAVY: DESPERADO
Dub Step and Drum and Bass Bizness of a Saturday night. Signed to Ram Records and definitely in the “Smash It” category. These guys will rock Saturday night. In fact we hope we can keep the roof on!!!
 
THE MILK: MAIN
The Guardian described them as “The Jam doing Stax” this British four piece from Essex have real soul flavours. They embrace Motown, Stax and Trojan. Music and record labels that they’d grown up with. “(All I wanted Was) Danger” encompasses these sounds and has the real feel of a Summer anthem.
 
THE MINUTES : VODAFONE
Our fav’ Dublin Rock ‘n’ Rollers. This is their 3rd time back. Maybe there’s a clue there. Live shows are amazing and another on the up and up!
 
RAGLANS : VODAFONE
The lads played a blinder at our Expression Session. They’ve just re-released “Digging Holes” in the UK and we know that things are gonna happen for them in a big way. Ones to watch!
 
SUNDAY:
 
XAVIER RUDD: MAIN
Xavier Rudd plays up to 15 Instruments live. He’s an Aussie that’s a big hit on the festival circuit over this side of the world. His acoustic tunes and uplifting melodies should go down a treat. He’s also a keen surfer to boot. He’s on pretty early on Sunday so make sure you catch his set!
 
AEROPLANE : DESPERADO
Half Italian Half Belgium Vito is a House / Disco DJ on the top of his game. His “Paris” remix of Friendly Fires put him on the map. His Sunday night DJ set could be one of the highlights of the festival.
 
ORIGINAL RUDEBOYS : MAIN
The Original Rudeboys play an infectious brand of acoustic Hip-Hop. They sold out 2 shows in Dublin’s Olympia playing to 3000 people. They also supported The Script throughout Europe. One on the up and up. Big set for them Sunday night!!!
 
RENEGADE BRASS BAND : MAIN
A 12 piece brass outfit that use an MC and DJ too. A friend of ours from London was so blown away by them that he told us we needed to book them for Sea Sessions. One that we’re really looking forward to.
 
LA GALAXIE : VODAFONE
“Is there a better Electro Pop act in the country right now.? NO”  so says The Irish Times. Says it all really. Cracking live outfit. They will smash it!!!
 
GILES PETERSON : MAIN
Legendary DJ that still has a huge following on BBC Radio 6. Expect a mixture of Latin, House, Jazz, Afro and anything else you’re having. We’ve been assured this will not be a mellow set! Aaah… Sunday night bizness!
 
GREG WILSON : DESPERADO
Ok, so Legend is probably overused but Greg Wilson really is one. He started DJ’ing in 1975, gave up after the 80′s and then started again by Re-Editing classic Disco tunes. I guess he started the whole re-Edit scene. Expect him to play classic tunes mixed up in his own truly unique style. One not to be missed.
 
MUD MORGANFIELD : VODAFONE
Muddy Waters Son and all the way from Chicago. Mud is blues royalty. He’s one countless awards in the U.S.A and it really is a great honour to have him at Sea Sessions. “Hoochie Cochie Man” anyone? He’s told us his Mojo is definitely working for this one.
 
NORMAN JAY : DESPERADO
Known for his Funk and Rare Groove sets right through to his house sets Norman is one of the highlights of the Notting Hill Carnival. Making his return to Sea Sessions he’s going on Sunday afternoon just like he used to at The Big Chill in the UK. You need to get down early on Sunday to hear him. Most likely will be one to remember. 
 
WILLIAM ADAMSON : VODAFONE
One of the more interesting acts. It’s Rob Gallagher of Galliano fame. This is a 2 Piece that mixes Deep Southern American music with Poetry. 
“The finest musicians, in the finest studio, making the finest music, from the finest writing, drinking the finest Rum. If this doesn’t win the Mercury prize I’ll eat my art blakeys…” Gilles Peterson
 
 
PLUS ALL THIS LOT!!!!!!!
 
 
LE GALAXIE
KRAFTY KUTS
FRANK AND WALTERS
YOUNG WONDER
AYAH MARAR
BEN CAPLAN
MC DARRISON
THE DEAD PREZIDENTS
WALKING ON CARS
THE HOT SPROCKETS
THE DEAD HEAVYS
VANN MUSIC
GET DOWN EDITS
CHECK THE GUNS
COME ON LIVE LONG
MAUD IN CAHOOTS
DAITHI
TIGER MONKEY
VIOLET ROADKILLS
 
 
BILLY SCURRY
Dublin DJ that’s known as the DJ’s DJ. Expect a smooth set of Disco and House. Recommended. 
 
THE RAGAMUFFINS
Local Reggae business from the Donegal natives.
 
BEDLAM DJS
Young and exciting DJs that should mix it up.
 
ELECTRIC PENGUINS
Electronic Folk mixed with Ambient Soundscapes. Their record “Highgate Hill” was one of the records of the year on BBC London in 2012.
 
RICHIE B
Talented Sligo DJ that will mix up Disco with Cutting Edge Eelectronic sounds.
 
NOEL PHELAN
Dublin Based Eclectic DJ and the brains behind “Sum Daze” 
 
PAT BYRNE
Winner of a high profile TV show that we promised we wouldn’t mention. Very talented and worth checking. 
 
NIGHTFLIGHTS DJS
A collection of some of the best Irish DJ’s playing some Disco and House.
 
STONEFREE
Local rockers planning on making an impact.
 
CAUSE ‘N’ EFFECT
Top Class Drum and Bass DJ originally from New Zealand. 
 
NEW SUNSET HOTEL
Mayo melodic rockers with a great local following.
 
COLLIE HERTZ U
Dublin Drum and Bass impressario.
 
MR DEVITT
Dub Step Business for Saturday night listening pleasure.
 
IVAN VARIAN
Eclectic DJ that will be cooking up the beats. 
 
WILD HERRINGS
 

Sea Sessions Unsigned Finalists Announced

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Sea Sessions Unsigned has finished the very difficult task of choosing four bands to perform at the Sea Sessions Festival @ the Vodaphone Tent on Sunday June 22nd. Over fifty talented Irish bands entered the competition, and produced a stunning playlist for the judges to consider. Two bands, Waterford’s KODAKID and Dublin’s BOOKA BRASS band were whipped out of the pot as guests of the festival, and the four chosen to compete for a Sunday evening slot at the festival were as follows;

THOSE GHOSTS are a young four-piece band from Strabane. Formed only this year, they put out a great EP featuring the song Evelyn, written by Aodhan Doherty, which caught the attention of our judges. We reckon they are ones to watch, and look forward to a lively performance.

Steve, Matt and Morgan founded MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY TEAM in 2008 and they released their debut record The Crayon Masterpiece EP in December 2009, and their debut album debut LP Captatio Benevolentiae in 2012. Good tunes & we’re looking forward to seeing them perform.

THE CITY APPLES are a four-piece alternative/modern rock band from Dublin. The band formed early in 2012 and released their debut, self-titled five-track EP in February 2013. We really liked their songs, and the very powerful lead vocal, a treat for our music lovers.

Dublin RnB outfit PYRAMID HILL launched their Just Get On EP at the end of October 2012. The brainchild of songwriter Eoghan “Oggan Ryan”, the band was formed in 2009 as part of the Ballyfermot College of Further Education’s Contemporary Music Performance course. Their combination of female vocalist and male hip-hop was original and interesting, we look forward to seeing them.

THOSE GHOSTS – https://soundcloud.com/those-ghosts/evelyn
MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY TEAM – https://soundcloud.com/motorcycledisplayteam
THE CITY APPLES – https://soundcloud.com/the-city-apples
PYRAMID HILL – https://soundcloud.com/pyramid-hill

Our judges are Ian Wilson, Head of Music at 2fm, Ian Wilson, Head of Music at 2fm, Joe Clarke, Manager of The Strypes, Greg Gorman, Director of the BlueStacks Jam, Singer /Songwriter Roisin Atcheson &Maura Logue, Director at Dark Daughter Productions & Community Arts & Arts Education Officer for Donegal. We are very grateful to our panel of judges for giving us their time and expertise.

Our friends in the BOOKA BRASS BAND will herald the start of the Sea Sessions Unsigned Competition, beginning with a “New Orleans” style march from the campsite, through town to the festival site. They will also entertain y’all during the changeovers. Each of our bands will perform for 20 minutes, and then our panel of judges will decide which band goes through to play later on Sunday evening.

We encourage all music fans to get to the Sea Sessions site on Sunday and support these young performers as they make their way to music success.

Sea Sessions Dublin bus

Official Bus Service from Dublin to Bundoran

Date: June 21st 2013

Venue: Bundoran, Co Donegal

Departs Friday 21st June 2013 at 10:00am and Return on Monday 24th at 12:00 (midday) from Bundoran to Dublin

Departure from Dublin – Custom House Quay

Pick up at 10:00 on Friday and Return on Monday  – Book Now for 25% off (€30 return) up to 14th June 2013

Travels directly to Bundoran with confort stops enroute. 

 

Normal Fare €40.

Sea Sessions Expressions Sessions

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Hurley goes for Surfing with Sea Sessions at this years 2013 Expression Session
 
SWELL UPDATE.

Looks a great swell hitting the coast here on Thursday so expect to see some amazing free surfing around the area before the event. The winds are due to stay offshore on the Friday so we may look at starting the event on Friday evening. Its quite an unstable chart so this may change. The NW onshore swell may produce decent high tide shories on Saturday or Sunday approx 3pm on the Main Beach. The chart is changing all the time so we will keep you updated

Sea Sessions Surf and Music festival on the 21st –  23rd June in Bundoran, Co Donegal Ireland introduces the Barefoot Expression Sessions for another year in association with Hurley the Huntington Beach-based surf and youth culture, the popular and world-renowned surfing brand.

The Expression Sessions continues to grow year on year with the cream of European surfing hitting the Irish surf mecca of Bundoran. Despite a huge increase in his profile after winning the 3 Star at The Association of Surfing Professionals Pro Junior in Tahiti, William Aliotti – last years’ winner from St Martin in the Caribbean is stoked to come back this year to Sea Sessions and compete again.
 
Competition will however be fierce with Tom Cloarec and Nelson Cloarec two brothers from France at the forefront of progressive surfing in Europe also added to the lineup to take his crown. The boys will add great flair to the event after Tom recently winning the Volcom VQS Euro Final and has a spot for World Final at the upcoming FIJI PRO.

Noah Lane is the current Queensland champion and will be considered a dark horse for the event.

There will also be a big UK contingent with previous winner and multiple British champion Alan Stokes also returning along with airial artist and all round good guy Oli Adams. Also returning is Harry Timson – 2012 UKPST was voted airialist of the year and is a multiple Junior Champ from Newquay and Liam Turner a young Billabong junior surfer from Bude.

New to the lineup this year is Seb Smart and Toby Donachie.  Seb from Sennen Cove near Lands end in Cornwall a flamboyant freesurfer sponsored by Rip Curl and VANS. Seb recently got an invite and competed in Rip Curl Mentawai Pro.

Challenging the UK and European Pros at the Expression Session from Ireland will be Geroid McDaid, Steven Kilfeader, Andrew Kilfeader and Aaron O’Hare. Steven Kilfeader was the highest place Irish surfer last year but will be under pressure from Geroid McDaid who is fast making a name for himself as the rising star of Irish surfing. Geroid is off to Nicarugua to represent Ireland 2 weeks before the main event. Aaron O’Hare is also a young grommet who has a powerful style and is one to watch for the future. Andrew Kilfeader is Stevens brother and is competing in both the surf event and body board event. There is also a few more Wildcard slots for Irish surfers yet to be announced.

 This year Sea Sessions has added a bodyboard event to its Expression Session. Irish Bodyboarding has come along way in the last few years and some of our bodyboarders are pushing the limits on a European scale. The Bodyboard event will see 4 of Irelands top Bodyboarders Andrew, Rory O’Dowd, Shane Meehan and Cian O’Donnell compete man on man if swells allow at 3D a hollow slab right in front of the festival site. The slab is normally too dangerous for standup Surfers but suits the bodyboards

 This will be Sea Sessions 6th year running as the biggest and greatest beach party in Ireland. Sea Sessions is the only festival of its kind, offering party goers a surfer spin, incorporated with the love of great music. Headliners for this year include Fat Freddy’s Drop, Xavier Rudd and Bastille.

Full Lineup of Surfers

1.William Alotti  (St Martinque)
2.Tom Cloarec (France)
3.Nelson Cloarec (France) 
4. Alan Stokes (UK)
5.Oli Adams (UK)
6.Seb Smart (UK)
7. Harry Timson (UK)
8. Toby Donachie (UK)
9. Noah Lane (Australia)
10. Steven Kilfeather (Ireland) 
11. Arron O’Hare (Ireland)
12. Andrew Kilfeather (Ireland)
13 Andrew Meanie (Ireland)
14 David O’Donnell (Ireland)
15. Geroid McDaid  (Ireland)

Bodyboarders

1. Andrew Kilfeather
2. Rory O’Dowd
3.Shane Meehan
4. Cian McGovern
5. TK

 

Belfast Music Week presents showcase at Sea Sessions Festival

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Belfast Music Week comes to Sea Sessions this summer, Europe’s best surf, skate and music festival, on Saturday, June 22 with a line-up featuring five of Northern Ireland’s finest artists – Rams’ Pocket Radio, Axis Of, VerseChorusVerse, Robyn G Shiels and Our Krypton Son.

The Surf and Music Festival offers party goers a surfers spin, incorporated with the love of great music. You can expect a fun packed weekend of entertainment with music from international and Irish musical acts, sporting activities, amazing food, quality on-site camping and a huge selection of hotels and guest houses within walking distance of the site not to mention the beer and wine tents and cocktail bars right on the beach within the glorious views of Donegal.

November 11-17 this year will see the third annual Belfast Music Week. It features live music performances, workshops, seminars and networking events and includes over 250 events in 70 venues across the city. It’s a chance to see legends and breaking talent, and to appreciate the ongoing success stories and a musical city that continues to make us proud.

Belfast Music Week is delighted to bring a flavour of the city’s fertile music scene to Sea Sessions, with not-to-be-missed performances from five extremely talented acts.

Rams’ Pocket Radio is the alias of Peter McCauley, a singer-songwriter and pianist whose passionate pop runs the gamut from barrelling, energetic piano-rock to tender balladry, and always with an ear for the unusual. Following a series of EPs and tours with Snow Patrol, Darwin Deez and Foy Vance, expect to hear songs taken from his highly anticipated debut album.

From the same fertile North Coast scene that spawned And So I Watch You From Afar and Team Fresh, Axis Of blend political punk with turbo-charged alternative rock. 2013 has been a big year for the band with the release of their debut album Finding St. Kilda and a UK tour with Los Angeles punks The Bronx. According to Kerrang! Magazine, “cult status looks assured”. Find out why.

Tony Wright is all about passion. He brought it to his role as guitarist for post-rock heroes And So I Watch You From Afar and now he brings it to solo project VerseChorusVerse – an outlet for passionate folk-rock songwriting in the vein of Bruce Springsteen and Frank Turner. Expect to hear big-hearted songs from a big-hearted man.

Robyn G Shiels brings a uniquely eerie, gothic approach to finger-picking folk, with beautifully crafted, honest songs peering into the dark side of life. Following a series of EPs over the last couple of years, he is soon to release the long-awaited follow-up to his acclaimed debut album A Lifetime Of Midnights. It’s no accident that Shiels was crowned Best Solo Artist at the Northern Ireland Music Awards in 2011, ahead of the likes of Duke Special and Foy Vance.

Our Krypton Son’s 2012 debut album marked the arrival of a genuine talent. The alias of Derryman Chris McConaghy, the self-titled record presented 11 songs of seriously accomplished songwriting that echoed the likes of Richard Hawley, Nick Cave and John Grant. Prepare to be moved, as Chris and his band open the Belfast Music Week showcase at Sea Sessions.

Belfast City Council’s Belfast Music Week began in 2010 as a spontaneous response from the local music community to the arrival of MTV. It was such an inspiring project that it has become an annual event, which last year contributed over £2 million to the local economy hosting 250 events across 70 venues in the city, with an attendance of over 40,000. Belfast Music Week celebrates Northern Ireland’s musical heritage, while offering a platform for emerging new talent. One of the discoveries from last year’s event was Soak, who recently signed to Universal Music Publishing. The event programme involves rock, alternative, classical, traditional, and dance culture and sees gigs popping up in the most unexpected places, from the Victorian Palm House in Botanic Gardens to the Europa Bus Station. Aside from live music performances, there are workshops, seminars, networking events, and film screenings.

Ticket sales for the Sea Sessions Festival are already brisk and can be obtained through Entertainment.ie and the Festival website www.seasessions.com

The Crossing for Liquid Therapy

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Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival is proud to be supporting Liquid Therapy. Liquid Therapy is a Not for Profit Foundation that brings young people facing physical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges into the ocean environment and through water, play and surf therapy encourages each individual to reach THEIR aquatic potential!

On June 13th Tom Losey, Alan Mac, Owen Murphy and Gerald Arbuckle will be paddling the 12km across Donegal Bay between St John’s Point and Mullaghmore. The aim of 5 hour mission is to raise awareness, support and funding for Liquid Therapy’s summer tour!

Liquid Therapy has worked with families from across Ireland and this year they are going on a National tour bringing what they do to a beach near you!

We need your help! Liquid Therapy provides its service for free as we believe it is important to give something back! Please help us raise enough to sustain the tour and provide an opportunity for as many families as possible to enjoy the joys and benefits of a day at the beach and the benefits of Liquid Therapy!

The Crossing Fundrazr Page - http://fnd.us/c/bUtY9
The Crossing Facebook Page - http://facebook.com/donegalbaycrossing?ref=hl
Liquid Therapy Website - http://liquidtherapy.ie/

A message of support from Jamie Mitchell (10 times Molokai to Oahu Champion, Battle of the Paddle Winner and all round waterman).

New Acts added / Day to Day Lineup

Sea Sessions 2013 Day to Day Lineup

We are delighted to announce that Beardyman, Normal Jay, Walking on Cars, Hot Sprockets, Raglans, The Dead Prezidents and many more will be added to the already brilliant line up of Sea Sessions this year. A full day to day lineup list can be found here The epic weekend of multi-stages, sporting activities and the gorgeous beach and backdrop of the beautiful West takes place from 21st– 23rd June 2013. The new acts will be joined by Fat Freddy’s Drop, Bastille, Xavier Rudd as well as a host of other international and Irish acts including The Strypes, Soak, The Milk, The Original Rudeboys, Mr  Scruff, DJ Yoda, Therapy?, Gilles Peterson and Mud Morganfield, Muddy Waters son.
Ray O’ Donoghue Booker of Sea Sessions festival goes on to say ”Everyone  was asking for Beardyman to come back. In fact Beardyman was asking to come back.        What were we supposed to do but Invite Beardyman back? His set  early on the        Sunday last time at Sea Sessions brought a huge crowd down to the site. In fact we had never seen such a big crowd at that time on the Sunday. Every single set that Beardyman does is completely unique so no two shows can be the same. It is        completely bonkers but also amazing.”

For anyone that does not know what Beardyman does. Imagine a  beat boxer mixed with the live production of cutting-edge tunes mixed with comedy and you are getting close to what he does. It really is one of those shows you need to see        to believe. He has shared stages with everyone from Andy C to Jazzy Jeff. He has performed everywhere from Urban Music Festivals to Comedy Festivals.
Beardyman is not the only new act announced for the Festival by the Sea. Norman        Jay is also hauling his “Good Times” set over from North London for a Sunday afternoon session, he is another act that has been booked by popular request. Norman Jay is a real legend of the DJ world. Famous for his “Notting Hill” Carnival sets along with receiving an MBE Norman has been spinning since the early 80′s. His Good Times sets mix up Funk, Soul and even some Latino Vibes. His Sunday afternoon sets at ‘The Big Chill’ have become one of the highlights of that festival. There is no reason why his Sunday afternoon set at Sea Sessions could not become the same.
Alongside these two legends Sea Sessions have up and coming  Irish acts, Walking on Cars, The Dead Prezidents, The Hot Sprockets and Raglans. Plus Pat Byrne, MC        AD, Nightflight DJs, Cause’n'Effect, Richie B, Mr Devitt, Paul Webb and Ivan        Varian.
Walking on Cars are making it all the way up from Dingle. Fresh from their        performance on The Late Late and Other Voices. They describe their sound as        “Powerful, almost Pop” they are definitely one on the up and up.The Dead Prezidents have been smashing dance floors all over the country too and have supported the likes of 2 Many DJs and Erol Alkan to name a few. You will be able to catch their set on Saturday night.
Another one on the up and up are The Hot Sprockets. “We just love The Hot        Sprockets” continues O Donoghue. “They played for Sea Sessions before and blew the place away. We cannot wait to hear their new EP live. They have got that real banging Blues inspired Rock ‘n’ Roll sound.” Foot stomping  sounds indeed.
Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival offers party goers a surfers spin,        incorporated with the love of great music. You can expect a fun  packed weekend        of entertainment with music from international and Irish musical acts, sporting activities, amazing food, quality on-site camping and a huge selection of hotels and guest houses within walking distance of the site not to mention the beer and wine tents and cocktail bars right on the beach within the glorious views of Donegal. Day-by-Day break down of the acts will shortly follow. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the website www.seasessions.com.           Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival’s tickets are on sale on           www.seasessions.com

·                            Adult Day Ticket – €49.95
·                            Adult Weekend Ticket – €89.00
·                            Adult Weekend Ticket with camping – €99.00 (Limited Offer)

Strictly over 18′s event         Children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by a legal        guardian

Strandhill Pre Sessions

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We are running a ‘Pre Sessions’ Event in Strandhill on the 18/19th May. We will have a surf/bodyboard event/Beach Volley Ball comp and after party in The Strand Bar with the Raglans, Cian O’Donnell and DJ Tom Funk.

Surf Event

The event will be used as a selection event for the ASP sanctioned Expression Session Event in June to select the top Irish (based) surfers and bodyboarders. There will be cash prizes on offer as well as tickets to Seasessions. The event will be similar to seasessions with expression session format with the best move winning each heat. There will be cash for the winners but also spot cash prizes for most innovative/stylish move etc. Those who qualify for the main event in June will win 2 tickets to seasessions and will be profiled online in the run up to the June event. If interested in entering the contest email seasessionssurf@gmail.com

Swell Update/Prize money

Check in for surfers and bodyborders is at 11am on Saturday morning at the judging trailor in the car park at strandhill. We have an onshore swell but reckon the waves will be contestable. We will do the heat draw at checkin on the saturday . Entry fee is €5.

The winner of each event will win €150 with €50 for second and cash prizes for best move of the comps. The top 4 will also win a seasessions ticket plus entry to the Expression session in June in Bundoran

Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball Ireland will be coming along to the pre sessions event and will run a small comp. We will also have an open court for those that just want to have a little bit of craic. The Beach volleyball will start at Lunch time and run all afternoon.

After Party

We will be having an after party in The Strand Bar on saturday the 19th headlined by upcoming Irish sensations Raglans and guests. Raglans blaze a trail of muscular new wave guitars, gritty pop melodies and uplifting indie folk arrangements that hops, skips and jumps with a skill and confidence far beyond their short lifespan and brought them The King Kong Club crown late in 2011, the prize, a recording session with Morrissey’s co- writer/arranger/guitarist Boz Boorer in his Sierra Alta studio.

Cian O’Donell 10pm -11pm
Raglans 11pm -1230pm
DJ Tom Funk 1230pm – 130pm

Local Sponsors of this event

Point break Surf School
Shells Cafe
Voya Seaweed Baths
Radisson Spa Hotel
Strand Hill surf School

Beach Olympics for Sea Sessions

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There is something different about a music festival that incorporates health, sports and the outdoors lifestyle with the usual party fueled antics we expect at a big outdoor music event.
But Sea Sessions has always been different. This week Ireland’s biggest beach party has announced a line up of sports and events as varied eclectic and fun as their line up of music.

“We love where we live and we always want the festival to reflect the lifestyle we have in the north west. Any decent day when you go to the beach in Bundoran there will be people surfing, playing soccer or rugby so the weekend of the festival should be no different. This year the line up of events and prize money is even better than ever and is going to put London 2012 in the shade with surfers, tag rugby teams and volleyball squads from around the world getting down to business in the sand”, said Daniel Browne from the festival.

Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival have teamed up with Barefoot Wines to make sure that the entire festival weekend is jam packed with activities to suit everybody. As well as great headline acts and watching the best surf champions in Europe, festival goers are invited to join in on the sporting action and register for Tag Rugby, Soccer or Volleyball tournaments taking place on the main beach Bundoran. Teams entering will fight for over €2,000 worth of prizes up of grabs sponsored by Barefoot Wines.
For the soccer fan, now is the time to show off your football skills as Ballyshannon’s Erne Wanderers FC host the annual beach soccer tournament. It will be county against county, country against country as local and national pride are put to the test. We’re looking for 16 teams only to take part and with hundreds of euro worth of prizes up for grabs the demand for spaces is sure to be high. Open to weekend ticket holders only, registration is available now online at seasessions.com/soccer

If the round ball is not your thing and you fancy yourself a bit of Ronan O’Gara or Brian O’Driscoll, then Ballyshannon Rugby Club want you. A tag rugby tournament on Main Beach will happen across the Saturday afternoon of Sea Sessions. There is €500 worth of prizes and 8 teams needed. While the games will follow the rules, officials will be mindful that it is a festival after all and the craic will be had. Registration open now at seasessions.com/rugby and once we have 8 teams then we are full.
Where would a beach sports event be without some volleyball and this year the Beach Volleyball Ireland Tour lands in Bundoran as part of Sea Sessions. The cream of national and international players will descend on Main Beach for the Barefoot Grandslam which will happen on the Saturday and Sunday of Sea Sessions weekend. Expect to be wowed as the pros show off their skills and compete in men’s and women’s doubles games. For those who would like to try it out on the day a few practice courts will be set up on the beach too.

Being a surf music festival, we have to have a bit of surfing too. Once again, Sea Sessions is proud to host Ireland’s only ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) Europe sanctioned specialty surf event in its unique expression session format. Ireland’s biggest surfing cash prize will be up for grabs as Europe and Ireland’s top surfers battle it out in the infamous Bundoran waves to be crowned Sea Sessions Champ. The top Irish surfer will win a boat trip to Indonesia thanks to www.tradewindaventures.com – The Expression session is judged on best move/wave depending on conditions, allowing the surfers to go as hard as possible and to bust as big a move as possible.

Speaking about the sponsorship, Philip Lynch of Barefoot Wines said ‘We are delighted to be on board with Sea Sessions for the second year in a row. Last year we dipped our toes in the water but this year I’m happy to say we are coming in on a much larger capacity. The Barefoot and Sea Sessions brands are a perfect fit and we’re looking forward to a successful partnership’.

If that was not enough action, the 3SIXTY Mountain Bike tour also rocks up to Bundoran’s Main Beach with a new stunt bike display, which will be happening each day during the weekend of the festival. 3SIXTY have performed at every possible type of event over the years: festivals, fetes, gala’s, live TV shows, recorded TV shows, in music videos, at national sporting events… even private displays requested by international ambassadors and have registered more than 20 official world record attempts.
A new addition to the Sea Sessions compound this year will be the Mountain Dew Energy Brush boarding Experience. Get ready to witness, and ride the world’s most realistic surf and boards sports simulator. Whether you have surfed, snowboarded, skated, or a complete beginner – the Mountain Dew energy instructors will be giving free Brushboarding lessons to help you develop your skills, or give you a taste of the real thing. There will even be prizes for the best performers of the weekend. Be sure to check it out, and give it a try. Brushboarding is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and provides a great full body work out whilst also helping develop your balance, co-ordination and core strength – skills that are transferable to all board sports.

Finally if fitness really is your thing, then the Mullaghmore triathlon is happening just a short distance from Bundoran over the festival weekend too. This is now one of the country’s top athletic events with professionals and amateur athletes from Ireland and abroad participating. 400 individual triathletes, some of them full time professional triathletes, and 10 relay teams participated in the event. Prizes to the value of €1000 will be awarded for all age group categories and the relay events. The event is taking place on Saturday June 22nd in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. It involves a 750m swim, 20K cycle and a 5K run.

2013 LINEUP ANNOUNCED

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Fat Freddys Drop, Xavier Rudd and Bastille headlining in Bundoran, Co Donegal from the 21st – 23rd June.

Sea Sessions have released their official 2013 lineup and the headliners for each day are Fat Freddys Drop, Xavier Rudd and Bastille.

This will be Sea Sessions 6th year running as the biggest and greatest beach party in Ireland. Sea Sessions is the only festival of its kind, offering party goers a surfer spin, incorporated with the love of great music.

Daniel Browne, festival organiser says “Musically we are really going back to our roots here. This is a big beach party and we want to make sure the music reflects that fun loving happy life by the beach kind a thing we have going on. There is a fairly eclectic mix of music in the line up but it all has one thing in common, it’s quality. I remember a friend asking me once ‘well what kind of music do surfers like’ and I couldn’t answer as there isn’t really a surfer genre of music, there’s surfers that like drum and bass and surfers that love rock so we try and make sure the line up is as diverse the people coming to enjoy it”

“We’re really excited about the line-up this year. We’ve got New Zealand’s seven piece and one of the finest Live acts out there, Fat Freddy’s Drop, who play a mix of Reggae with Funk and even a hint of Electronica, plus from the same end of the world Australian Xavier Rudd. Not only is he a surfer but his mix of acoustic tunes and multi instruments have us very excited. He’s a big hit on the festival circuit and we can’t wait to see his live show. Closer to home Bastille are the one that are on everyone’s lips. Their version of Indie Pop is obviously popular. A number one album in the UK is testament to that.” say Ray ‘Razor’ O’Donoghue, Booker and Organiser. “Along with the headliners there are loads of interesting acts. The Milk, they’re from Essex and they play a kind of UK Soul. “The Jam doing Stax” are how The Guardian described them. Soak, Derry singer songwriter, she’s definitely one to watch and The Strypes. I just love their sound. It’s like early Rolling Stones and Yard Birds with serious guitar playing. I think Weller and Dave Grohl have been name checking them so another up and coming.” continues Razor.

“The Original Rude Boys and their infectious acoustic Hip-Hop plus Northern Hard Rockers Therapy? are also interesting acts on the line-up. Plus the legend that is Mud Morganfield is flying in from Chicago just for Sea Sessions. He’s the eldest son of Muddy Waters and he sounds exactly like him.”

Other Irish Acts include Le Galaxie, Foy Vance, Duke Special, Frank and Walters and festival favorites The Minutes. Plus International artists such as Ben Caplan, William Adamson and Ayah Marar add even more diversity to the line up.

“We’ve also got a storming DJ line up this year with Legendary DJ Gilles Peterson. He’s famous for discovering the likes of Jamiroquai, Erykah Badu and Roni Size. Anyone that listens to his Sat afternoon BBC 6 show will know he’s going to drop anything from Latin Beats to Dub Step alongside MC Earl Zinger. Other DJ’s include Greg Wilson, Aeroplane, DJ Yoda, Delta Heavy, Krafty Kuts, Billy Scurry and of course Manchester’s finest with a 4 hour special Mr Scruff.

There’s loads more acts including Funk / Hip-Hop 12 Piece Brass band Renegade Brass Band plus countless Irish acts and DJ’s. Exciting times ahead.”

There are lots of exciting new developments this year with the inclusion of some very cool inflatable structures from new sponsor Vodafone and also the Desperados stages. Mountain Dew are also bringing ‘Brushboarding’ to the set up, looks sure to be an attraction within itself.

Not forgetting where the festivals roots come from The Barefoot beach Olympics and Surf events are still a great highlight of the weekend, with already huge enquiries from last year’s competitors trying and suss out the competition. The Barefoot Expression Session Surf Event is the biggest cash prize and this year it’s the only Specialty event to be sanctioned by the ASP ‘Association of Surfing Professionals’

The involvement with The Gathering has already seen a marked increase in overseas enquiries with a lot of people noticing the event as being a great fun place to party and watch a high quality surf event. With such great incentives overseas people are now falling onto the shores of Bundoran, Co Donegal.

There has already been a huge increase of ticket sales due to the leak of incredible acts over the last few weeks. Fans who didn’t already snag a ticket can still purchase one through Entertainment.ie and the Festival website www.seasessions.com though sparse. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Weekend Tickets are €89.00, and Weekend Tickets with camping included are €99.00 – Festival dates 21st-23rd June 2013.

€99 Weekend Ticket and Camping Deal

As our Early bird camping tickets sold out so early this year we have just uploaded a €99 weekend ticket and camping deal. The 3 day weekend tickets are available for €89 so with the €99 deal 4 days of camping will only cost €10. This is a special offer and subject to availability so get in quick available here. Our campsite is located 5 minutes walk from the festival site and is close to supermarkets/surf shops/ takeaways/ pubs etc. More info on camping here . Our full Lineup is announced on the 21st March but we have already confirmed Bastille, Fat Freddies Drop, Milk, and SOAK .

BASTILLE HEADLINE SEA SESSIONS

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Bastille travel from the North West to the South of Ireland for summer festival fever. SEA SESSIONS have bagged the top of the charts act.

Bastille have had a busy time of late, with a number one album in the UK, a sold-out UK and Irish tour and have also been steadily creeping up the Irish charts. There’s a real buzz about Bastille especially here in Ireland. They’re a favorite on Irish Radio and now the excitement continues with their announcement at two of Ireland’s most prestigious festivals.

Bastille started as a solo project with the creative force behind the band, Dan Smith, writing and recording his songs in his bedroom. He went from there to forming a full band and recording epic string parts in Abbey Road studios. “We basically made the album in a studio the size of a cupboard, so it was one extreme to the other” says Dan. ” I Love Hip-Hop. Indie, Pop and Folk. I wanted each song to be it’s own story with it’s own atmosphere…incorporating aspects of those different genres.”

You can catch them at SEA SESSIONS in Bundoran, Co Donegal from the 21st- 23rd June. Fans who didn’t already snag a pre-sale ticket at the beginning of the year can still purchase one through the Festival website www.seasessions.com, though we expect once the full line up is announced mid March they will all disappear. Book now to avoid disappointment.

SOAKING it up at the SEA SESSIONS

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The festival of the summer has confirmed another star act. Sea Sessions in Bundoran, Co Donegal promises to offer the best of international and Ireland’s music thrown into the mix of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Reggae, Beats, Bass and Soul.

It’s the only beach festival of its kind in Ireland, the sun is not out yet but temperatures are rising as we ‘SOAK’ up the latest lineup for the 21st – 23rd June 2013.

Alongside Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Milk, SEA SESSIONS have announced up and coming Derry singer songwriter SOAK. Unbelievably she’s still only 16 having released her debut EP in March 2012. Her second EP “Sea Creatures” has been released to great critical acclaim and lately she performed at Other voices Derry captivating audiences with songs such as “Snow” and of course “Sea Creatures.”

Soak or Bridie as she’s known to her by her Mam was born in Belfast but grew up in Derry. She learned to play the guitar at the age of 14 and has since performed at Belfast Custom House Square, Glasgowbury, and several other venues and even supported Snow Patrol n the Belfast Waterfront Hall. In fact Gary Lightbody is a big fan.

Sea Sessions organizer and booker Ray O’ Donoghue said “SOAK is not only talented for someone so young but talented for anyone of any age. Her voice has certain uniqueness and we are delighted to have her on board at Sea Sessions. She’s really one to watch.

Fans who didn’t already snag a pre-sale ticket at the beginning of the year can still purchase one through Entertainment.ie and the Festival website www.seasessions.com, though we expect once the full line up is announced mid March they will all disappear. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Weekend Tickets are €89.00, festival dates are 21st-23rd June 2013.

Latest Act Announcement: “The Milk”

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Excitement is building now for the festival of the summer, Sea Sessions have released yet another act today via twitter. This time it’s Essex band ‘The Milk’, the Guardian have described them as “The Jam doing Stax.” They’re a four piece with an undeniable ear for melodies.

Having originally formed as a punk band the lads took a break decided punk wasn’t for them and came back embracing Motown, Stax and Trojan. Music and record labels that they’d grown up with.

“(All I wanted Was) Danger” encompasses these sounds and has the real feel of a summer anthem. It’s also a slow burner having being released last year it seems to be enjoying a long life. Their last album “Tales from the Thames Valley” from 2012 definitely has that Soul sound but also Rocks. If that makes any sense.

“We think The Milk will be one of those bands that will be a big hit with our fans. That Soul/Stax sound is perfect at the festival. That tune “(All I wanted was) Danger” is a bonafide classic. It’s being played on Irish daytime radio, which is always good to hear. A real summer tune too. Now all we need is the weather,” says festival booker Ray O’Donoghue.

Excitement is building now with the 2nd confirmed act. With Fat Freddy’s Drop from New Zealand already confirmed and now The Milk from the United Kingdom, Sea Sessions really is becoming a big international festival encouraging people onto the shores of ‘Beautiful Bundoran’. This will come as great news to ‘The Gathering Ireland’ Sea Sessions is working closely with The Gathering reaching out to people around the globe to not only enjoy the wonders of Ireland but bringing the biggest and best international bands out there at the moment.

Fans who didn’t already snag a pre-sale ticket at the beginning of the year can still purchase one through Entertainment.ie and the Festival website www.seasessions.com, though we expect once the full line up is announced mid March they will all disappear. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Weekend Tickets are €89.00, festival dates 21st-23rd June 2013 – BUY TICKETS HERE

HEADLINE ANNOUNCEMENT – FAT FREDDY’S DROP

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Sea Sessions released one of their official 2013 lineups in a tweet on Friday afternoon, and the headline in question was ‘Fat Freddy’s Drop’. Fat Freddy’s will be thrown into the mix of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Reggae, Beats, Bass and Soul with some of the best international and Irish talent on show. “It’s with absolute pleasure and excitement that we at Sea Sessions HQ announce the first headline act of the festival. We’re just so excited that we can’t keep our mouths closed. They’re an astounding live band and will be absolutely perfect for our crowd.” Ray O’Donoghue festival organiser.

This year, the festival is going back to its roots. “I think anyone who’s come to the festival over the years knows the festival delivers a great line up. If there’s been a theme to this year it is to try and steer away from anything overtly commercial and go for the sort of acts that suit the event,” says O’Donoghue

For those who don’t know; Fat Freddy’s Drop are New Zealand’s finest musical export, a seven piece band combining Reggae with Soul, Funk with Roots and even a tinge of Hypnotic Electronic Grooves. Their live performances are especially powerful and legendary and they’re known to improvise songs from their studio albums and beyond. According to the band no two shows are alike. They gained international recognition in 2003 with their “Midnight Marauders” single. The 2005 studio album “Based on a True Story” is the highest selling album by a national artist in New Zealand’s history. Describing the band U.S radio jock Guy Raz said, “Take the swagger of Jamaican dub, throw in a little Memphis Soul and send it halfway around the globe and what comes back? The band Fat Freddy’s Drop” Sounds good. 2013 sees a new single “Silver and Gold” as a precursor to their forthcoming album.

This year’s festival is looking to be the best yet and looking back over the last six years Bundoran really has something special with Sea Sessions. Besides bringing in an estimated 2 million euro’s of business into the town of Bundoran, Co Donegal, the spirit of the festival and the organisers make you feel they are making the world a better place, one party at a time.

You can catch Fat Freddy’s Drop as the headline act on Saturday night at Sea Sessions.

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The S.C.O.O.P Foundation (Supporting Children out of Poverty) held their annual tables quiz fundraiser in Against the Grain Gastro Pub, Wexford St, Dublin. The event raised €1,200 towards their current school building project in Varanasi, India. The S.C.O.O.P Foundations funding comes mainly through running fun and creative events in and around Dublin. The biggest ‘scoop’ of the night was first prize being a pair of Sea Session tickets. Ronan Doherty from Glen, Donegal received the top prize. Congratulations Ronan.

The S.C.O.O.P Foundation (Supporting Children out of Poverty) ran its annual table quiz fundraiser in Against the Grain Gastro Pub in Dublin’s Wexford St. The event raised €1,200 towards their current school building project in Varanasi, India.

Like all developing cities in India, the holy city of Varanasi has an alarming amount of poverty and deprivation. Our partner organisation on the ground supports the ‘Jeevan School’, with their work in the community providing education and shelter to children. The school is in need of new and better equipped facilities to continue their work. With this in mind, our aim is to raise the €80,000 needed to create a brand new ‘educational village’ for the community.

The S.C.O.O.P Foundations funding comes mainly through running fun and creative events in and around Dublin. The biggest ‘scoop’ of the night was first prize being a pair of Sea Session tickets, which was kindly donated by the Sea Session festival in Bundoran, Donegal. The festival takes place over the weekend of 21st-23rd June 2013 for it’s 6th year running. Further tickets can be purchased at the www.seasessions.com website. Donations for S.C.O.O.P. can also be made by visiting www.thescoopfoundation.com.

Events officer Philip O’Brien said “Support from local and national arts, business and a cultural community has been crucial to our success to date, without the generosity of sponsors we couldn’t run our program of events. The guys at Against the Grain have been especially helpful letting us take over an entire floor for the night. The free food they served up definitely went down a treat too!”

The next SCOOP fundraiser ‘Elton John’s Greatest Hits – Reworked’ is taking place on March 6th in The Grand Social, Liffey Street. Five bands will perform their take of some of Sir Eltons best known hits. For more information see www.thescoopfoundation .com or join us on Facebook

*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN: 10/02/2013: The S.C.O.O.P. foundation events officer is seen here with a member of the Sea Sessions team and winner of the ‘top prize’ at Against The Grain‘s quiz night in Wexford street Dublin. Pictured (l-r) holding the SCOOP banner is Celine Bonner from Sea Sessions, Dublin, winner Ronan Doherty from Glen, Donegal and Philip O’Brien from SCOOP foundation, Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Media Contacts: Celine Bonner, Sea Sessions. Phone: +353831438750 Email: celinebonnerevents@gmail.com.

SEA SESSIONS 2013 – Ireland’s Best Surf, Music & Skate Festival

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Dates for SEA SESSIONS, Ireland’s biggest and best surfing and music festival have been announced for June 21 – 23, 2013 and will be back for its sixth successive year at Bundoran, Co. Donegal. As well as Bundoran, or “Fundoran” to the surfing community, the festival will include tour events at Lahinch and Sligo.

Following on from its hugely successful tour last year the SEA SESSIONS EXPERESSION SESSION will bring the best in international surfing competitions and a unique surf-inspired party atmosphere to the selected beaches and venues.

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This year SEA SESSIONS has been selected as a specialty event by the Association of Surfing Professionals Europe. This will attract even greater numbers of competitors and spectators from Ireland and abroad. David O’Donnell, Irish Senior Surf Champ secured the title in 2012 and is now looking forward to competing in Europe in 2013. David said, “The Sea Sessions event is really fun. It’s got it all, from a surfers perspective it’s a great opportunity to compete against some of Europe’s top pro surfers, which we might otherwise not get the opportunity to do, plus the (surf) event is right on the festival’s doorstep so it’s really exciting and there’s loads of energy and a great buzz in the air. I am really looking forward to competing in it again this year.”

SEA SESSIONS is also delighted to announce an exciting addition to this year’s festival “Brushboarding” Brought to the festival by Mountain Dew Energy, it’s a brand new urban sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

Ray O’Donoghue, Festival Director said “ This year we will have an opening party in Dublin to start the Festival, moving on then to the surfing venues. We have top acts booked for the tour, promising packed out venues for each party”

Pete Craig, Festival Director of Surfing said, “ Response to the SEA SESSIONS is already buzzing. Last year’s winner, William Aliotti, has already been enquiring about this year’s entrants. We also want to have the best Irish surfers in Bundoran to take on the European stars. Our young Irish surfers are going to push these guys to the limit. We’d like to see the crown stay at home this year”.

Winner of Sea Sessions/Billabong T-shirt design contest.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am James booth, live in Cornwall and at the moment I’m trying to pass myself off as a designer/illustrator (when I’m not being pestered by my mates to go surf!). Inspired by colour, my friends and living by the sea. I like taking pictures and am lucky to hang around with a handful of ‘hotdoggers’ that I can capture sliding around! In my spare time I screen print t-shirts, which i have on sale online and in revolver surf shop and watershed in Newquay. If I’m not doing any of the above I can probably be found enjoying a prone slide on me bellyboard.

Have you ever been to Ireland?

Nope, so looking forward to getting over for Sea Sessions.

What have you heard about Ireland, people, surf etc?

I’ve heard Ireland is full of decent waves and everyone I’ve met from over there has always had something to bring to the table!

Tell us about the design you submitted for Sea Sessions T-Shirt design contest?

It was something I did quickly over an evening as I saw the competition on facebook and thought I’d give it a bash. My girl says it looks like me in 20 years’ time, don’t know if I agree with that one but I guess only time can tell. Ha!

What inspired you?

I was inspired by pictures that I’d seen in a book I got called modernism & folklore and thought I’d give him a red hat for a sneaky hint towards Stevie Zissou and Jacques Cousteau.

Original T-shirt design by James Booth

How do you feel about your design being chosen as this year’s festival T-Shirt, and the fact that punters will be wearing it?

I’m stoked about the design being chosen, it’s always a good feeling seeing someone wearing a T-shirt that you drew up.

Tweaked design with the Sea Sessions colours available at the festival. Better snap one up quick, as a limited run has been done. Making this a true collectors item.

Are you regular or goofy and what boards do you surf?

Regular. I ride a lovely little single fin fish that my main man Johnny at Squire surfboards did for me, I’m also getting settled in to a nice log that my mate Al sold me.

Tell us about Revolver?

Revolver is the most radical surf emporium this side of the Atlantic, selling everything from records, vintage surf-wear/equipment; custom boards and has a range of T-shirts from local artists including myself.

How can we get in contact with you for more of your awesome T’s?

Tees can be purchased from a site I’m currently working on – www.parallelstance.com or drop me a mail – iamjamesbooth@gmail.com or send me a pigeon. Toodlepip!


Art by Eoin – From the cold, dark nights!!

Eoin O’Connor AKA Art By Eoin is a visual artist, based in the Irish surf town of Lahinch, Co. Clare. Over the past year Eoin has been working towards merging the three areas of surf, street and fine art. Read on to find out how Eoin has come out of nowhere in a short space of time to become a house hold name within the surf art community. We wonder does he ever get any sleep! Catch him painting a mural or two at Sea Sessions, including all our signage around the festival site.

The past 6 months have been some of the fastest I’ve ever experienced, sometimes finding myself ‘waking up’ and trying to catch up with whats going on.

Back in January/February I think it was, I decided to take it upon myself to begin a project to repaint a certain monstrosity of a derelict building site some of you may know. This building site has been laying dormant for the past 4 years over looking one of the main surfing bays along our beautiful West Coast.

The reason for beginning the project has been taken up in many ways by many different people but to me, it was by necessity. I had been going bigger and bigger with my own canvas paintings up to 2m x 1.2m and still feeling constricted in what I could do. As well as the financial side of producing paintings that size!

I remember thinking on the first night I went up to the ‘concrete slabs’ to paint, “this place is so awesome! Such a waste that it’s just sitting here rotting away!” Painting in complete darkness meant that that I didn’t have a chance to see what I was actually doing except for my long exposure photo to capture the work at the end!

That was it!

That single act, which took all of 2 hours to complete, switched the path in which my artwork was taking me.

In the following weeks I completed another 3 ‘concrete slabs’ on the site in the bitter bitter cold and was receiving nothing but amazing feedback, through the people following my work on Facebook, and people inside and out of the surfing community.

Bundoran Tidy Towns

Then came something I wasn’t expecting, a commission from a County Council/Tidy towns committee. Tara McGuinness asked me if I wanted to be involved in painting a mural on the main street of Bundoran. At the time the idea of painting 60ft x 8ft was daunting but I was prepared to take it on. Working on the collaboration was great and it sparked something in my head, that not all County Councils are completely backwards in their thinking. It seems Bundoran is fully embracing the surf industry and leading with the community spirit that is needed in more locations around the country. Its great to have been included in adding some street art to the equation both on the main street and at Rougey Lodge who put me up during my time in Bundy!

Activity!

At this stage I had noticed that activity through Facebook had started growing and I was beginning to have some very interesting people viewing my work. People interested in working together started contacting me and in the space of a couple of months leading into the summer I had been nearly booked out! Back in Bundoran I had been invited to basically paint the entire Bundoran Surf Co. building which as a first ‘spray’ piece was a learning curve, which has left me wanting to use spray more!

I was also invited to paint the huge retaining wall between Pmpa and Black Spot which was awesome and marked the point that the 9th Wave Gallery in Hawaii decided to start the ball rolling on getting my art over to the Islands. Just happened by chance to be the 9th wave mural I had done!

Next was a big step – the whole side of a factory at the Clancy Brother’s Festival in Carrick-On-Suir! I felt this piece was a step up as it was so vast! Approx 3000sq/ft, which if you haven’t seen, I had been informed, it may be the largest mural in Ireland! Im still unsure if it is or not but its awesome to be up there with the best of them!

 

The invite to paint at SeaSessions was next up, it is something I had been talking with organisers about since my first trip to Bundoran for the Tidy Towns piece and something I’m very excited about! Plans are beginning to come together and I hope to have something that will be interesting for festival goers to experience alongside the amazing line-up they have again this year!

Hope you enjoyed my little story of the madness that can come from something you feel you HAVE to do!

I’ll see you all up at Sea Sessions, let’s hope the weather holds out for us! Eoin :V

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Your President Needs You!

Ahead of his visit to Sea Sessions on Saturday June 30th, President of Ireland, Michael D.Higgins is asking you to help shape the future of the country!

President Higgins with Pauric, James and Johnny Gallagher of Boxtie at Sea Sessions 2011

President Higgins with Pauric, James and Johnny Gallagher of Boxtie at Sea Sessions 2011

President Higgins invites young people to offer their vision for Ireland

The Presidency Seminars – 2011 to 2018

Shaping Ireland’s Shared Future

President Higgins is inviting young Irish people to make multimedia submissions on their vision for Ireland to his Being Young and Irish consultation and seminar. This amazing opportunity to have your voice heard is afirst in a series of Presidency Seminars.

Young people aged 17 to 26 years can use whatever media suits them best to put forward their vision for Ireland. Examples include narrative, song, poetry, video or audio recordings.

Entries can be submitted to www.president.ie or sent by post to Áras an Uachtaráin. Young Irish people at home and abroad should address the following questions:

  • What is your vision for Ireland?
  • What can you and other young people do to achieve this?
  • What else needs to happen to make your proposals possible?

You have till the 29th of September to get your Being Young and Irish ideas in.

Find out how to make a submission over at www.president.ie/being-young-irish/

Check out facebook.com/youngandirish

 

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Festival tour bands announced

Earlier this year Sea Sessions Battle of the Bands teamed up with Red Bull to bring you the Red Bull Bedroom Jam. We can now announce that three young Irish bands will be heading out on the road for the best summer of their lives.

From  January 19th, fledgling Irish bands from Belfast to Bundoran and Dublin to Dunmore East, have been uploading their videos to redbullbedroomjam.ie. Six bands topped the buzz chart over the course of the competition and won a live recording from their bedrooms with the crew from Red Bull.

Since the 7th of May, 6 Buzz Chart finalists along with two wildcards selected by the judges have been involved in an online battle to take their acts from the bedroom to the front stage of Ireland’s key music festivals over the summer.

Each band will play one of the following Festivals – Sea Sessions, Glasgowbury and
Castlepalooza and all three bands will play Indiependence.

The winners are:

Dingle based band “Walking on Cars” – play Sea Sessions

Mullingar’s” Icon on Fire”

“In the Willows” from Waterford

The top three bands will go on to compete in the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Live
Final in Whelan’s, Dublin on Friday 16th of August where one overall winner will be chosen
to travel to one of the international Red Bull Studios for a week’s recording under the
auspices of a top producer.

We are delighted to welcome Walking on Cars to the Sea Sessions bill.

We love their sound and think they are ones to watch for sure, see what you think.

2012 is shaping up to be a big year for a Dingle-based band whose edgy acoustic rock, classical piano and polished pop sound have earned them major kudos on the national music scene.

Walking on Cars, who are tipped for big things by those in the know, had a very successful year in 2011, selling out a string of live gigs, not to mention their live performances alongside the likes of The Coronas, O Emperor and rock legends Whipping Boy.

The West Kerry five-piece comprises of Patrick Sheehy on vocals and rhythm guitar, Sorcha Durham on piano, Paul Flannery on bass guitar, Evan Hadnett on drums and Tom Kavanagh on lead guitar and backing vocals. “We had some great gigs last year, including one in France which was great. We had a house back west and over the past three months we have been writing and recording.

Our sound is modern pop/rock with very distinctive lead vocals. It’s a big sound with great emphasis on melodies and harmonies. We think our sound is going to be the soundtrack to 2012 so be prepared!

Tick, tick, tick, tick BOOM (7 wks to go)

The talented Mr. Squigley McHugh

What an action packed crazy fun month it has been. The inaugural Sea Sessions tour stopped off in Galway with Crazy P, Belfast with Tieranniesaur and Fujiya & Miyagi, then Kinsale and lastly Lahinch with the beat match master Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser). We have made plenty of new friends along the way and hope to see most of you hit Bundoran in seven weeks time. Feels strange to say that, as it takes us the best part of a year to plan the festival. No time to rest now though, as we get ready to announce more acts, including day by day breakdown and the updated iPhone & Android app. Keep an eye on here over next week or two.

Check out the last leg of our tour. May bank holiday weekend saw us load up the Sea Sessions camper and go on a bit of a road trip.

Photos from Kinsale and Lahinch – get tagging.

 

3 good reasons to come to Sea Sessions

1. We have announced our line-up and we’re super excited to welcome the 2012 acts to Ireland’s biggest beach party. More acts to be announced next week, including day by day breakdown.

3 day weekend tickets are €88.50 and a day pass is €50

Memories OR some of what you missed from Sea Sessions 2011.

2. President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins is to pop by on the Saturday of the festival and will give a speech. Wonder if he’ll be up for a surf lesson!!!

3. Don’t belive our hype! The Minutes are back again this year and here is why

 

Beach Sports and Beach Olympics (how to enter)

This year Sea Sessions will once again host Ireland’s most high-octane surf event (See Surfing page for more details)

Barefoot Wine Beach Sports
The beach soccer and tag rugby events are again being run by local clubs – Erne Wanderers and Ballyshannon Rugby Club. There is €500 prize money up for grabs at both events, registering a team costs €20. The Soccer Event will be based on the European Championships with each team choosing a country. The Tag Rugby event will also be a knock out competition, but will have a losers round so everyone is guaranteed two games.

We expect to run off all the group games and early rounds on the Saturday with the finals on the Sunday. The winning teams will again have a chance to scoop the overall prize of €500! After last years action-packed games, team places are sure to be at a premium! Register your team or your team place now by emailing seasessionsbeachsports@gmail.com. We will also form two teams for people who are entering solo or that can’t get a full team together. Some of the main rules are below:

- Squads of max 10 with 5 playing at any one time
- ALL SQUAD MEMBERS MUST BE WEEKEND TICKET HOLDERS
- Registration will take place at 11am on Saturday morning at the main beach
- No footwear allowed during games
- We have some great prizes but all games are to be played with good humour (it is a festival)

Beach Handball – We will this year for the first time have a Handball event. There will be a clinic/exhibition match on the Saturday and a small competition on the Sunday. More details to follow soon!

Barefoot Wine Beach Olympics
Sea Sessions are celebrating Olympics year too – and you don’t need to go near London! Bundoran’s Main Beach and the powerful Atlantic Ocean will provide the perfect backdrop for the 2012 Sea Sessions Barefoot Wine Beach Olympics. It will be held across the weekend with a number of Olympic events. There will be lots of spot prizes for those taking part. More information to follow, so get practicing and you could be crowned the Ultimate Sea Sessions 2012 Olympian!

Sea Seassions Heineken Tour with Fujiya & Miyagi and 24hrs in Belfast

The Sea Sessions crew arrived in Belfast on Saturday to set up and run the second leg of our Heineken Tour events. What follows are 24hrs with us in Belfast.

Top night in The Black Box with Brighton wonder boys Fujiya & Miyagi and almost local, Tieranniesaur. The Dublin collective warmed the crowd up nicely with their very unique brand of quirky Pop / Rock.

Tieranniesaur

Next up was Fujiya & Miyagi and they’re one of those bands that sound quite electronic but when you see it live it completely works but also sounds much rockier. Does that make sense? The vocals remind me of a 70′s band called Can but the music sound much more contemporary. Pulsating Bass, Heavy Guitar banging drums and a four four tempo.They were a great addition to the Sea Sessions list of acts and the Belfast crowd really took to them.

Fujiya and Miyagi

It’s kind of strange for Sea Sessions doing these gigs in Cities because we’re not by the sea or the beach but it’s definitely been worth it to bring a flavour of Sea Sessions and I guess a little taster of the big event. I’m looking forward to hearing  them on the main stage, Friday of the Festival. Next stops on the tour are Kinsale and Lahinch with the legendary DJ Herbaliser (May 5th and May 6th) and I expect that to be even closer to the real deal. There’s beaches, there’s surfers, there’s music we will party!! Bring it on!!! – words by Razor, Sea Sessions and Heineken Tour act booker.

Saturday

6pm – Dinner at Made in Belfast a self named ‘Restolounge’, with a tag line ”Food, Art, Music, Love”. Their food was fantastic, just simple fresh seasonal ingredients all put together in a creative somewhat funky taste explosion way. Don’t eat anywhere else in Belfast, especially if you are a foodie.

Made in Belfast - City Hall

8pm – Doors opened at The Black Box to an awaiting crowd who came to see 2012 Choice Music Prize nominee Tieranniesaur and Brighton boys Fujiya & Miyagi.

12am – Wandered round the atmospheric bars dotted around the Cathedral quarter, settling for a local favourite, John Hewitt bar, named after the late poet. Good selection of beers, that taste good too.

Late – What goes on tour stays on tour.

Sunday

The new Titanic Belfast building next to the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built. Irish Times photo.

So you’ve seen the film, sat through a documentary or two, maybe even been gifted a book about it for your birthday like me (thanks Aunty B.), and you reckon you’re fairly clued in on all things Titanic right? Well if you’re in Belfast anytime soon and fancy expanding that particular part of your grey matter, you could do far worse than a visit to the so-brand-spanking-new-it-hurts-your-eyes-to-look-at-it Titanic museum in Belfast.

This place opened a few weeks ago to as much of a frenzy as MTV could whip up. Ok, so it was the 100th anniversary of the ships departure from her birthplace in Belfast, where 15,000 hardy souls poured blood, sweat, tears, and in some cases, their lives, into building what still to this day is considered to be the fanciest, most spectacular, most posh, elegant, regal, you name it ship to have ever been built. Just a shame it also happened to be the most unlucky, or I’d probably have been stepping on to the ship itself for a tour 100 years on instead of into an ultra-modern building whose sole purpose is to pay homage to the one ship that has captured so many people’s imaginations.

Inside are a whopping 9 galleries covering all things Titanic, so if you’re brain hurts as much as mine did after three hours spent in there, my advice is to make use of the occasional period seating dotted around the place and just sit down, chill out, and take a breather, as there’s a lot to take in. The museum is interactive as well as visual, so you’ll be kept interested right the way through, and as if that wasn’t enough, the exhibition contains the world’s slowest rollercoaster ride…but I’ll say no more! Go check it out, and then rush home and watch that film you love to hate, or hate to love, all over again. Kate is mighty fine in it afterall ;)

24hrs was too short, Belfast is a great city with plenty to do and see. Hope to see you over the May bank holiday weekend in Cork or Lahinch. Wonder what we will get up to there, probably just surf.

Surfing & Action Sports Events

Barefoot Wine Expression Session in association with Billabong
The water is going to be just as hot as the music this year with Ireland’s largest cash prize in surfing on offer. Barefoot Wines have pulled out all the corks to get behind the landmark ‘Expression Session’ event which is the only surf competition in Ireland to be sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe.

The Barefoot Wine Expression Session in association with Billabong will see the top surfers of Europe eyeing up the cash prize and taking each other on in a ‘best move wins’ viewer-friendly format. Prize fund includes 3,000 Euro total prize purse for the overall winner, as well as an 11 day surf cruise worth 2,200 Euro in sun-drenched North Sumatra for best Irish surfer. Go to www.tradewindadventures.com for more information.

Last year the Expression Session was the first speciality event ASP Europe endorsed in Ireland or the UK, and saw the best of Europe pitted against the best in Ireland and the UK. It’s a testament to the quality of the event that’s staged here in Bundoran and also the quality of the waves in the area that it’s happening again this year” said festival organiser and co-owner of Bundoran Surf Co. Pete Craig. “The format is simple; the best move/wave depending on conditions wins the heat, simple as.

Once again, this invite only event will further cement Ireland’s place as one of the world’s best surfing destinations whilst giving exposure to some of the best surfers that ride its waves. The event will be mobile, with a three day waiting period from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July. The possible surf contest areas will include, Tullan Strand, The Peak, Inside left and Main Beach. The Expression Session is structured to allow it to run in two hours to maximise the chances of calling it when the best waves and tides occur. We will announce when the contest is ‘ON’ as soon as possible, so keep an eye on event screens and online for updates during the festival weekend.

The event will be videoed for all to see, and will be posted online. ASP Europe will be in attendance giving all the competing surfers a chance to gain recognition on the Continent. The Event has a limited entry and no entry on the day is allowed, so if you are interested in getting involved email seasessionssurf@gmail.com.

Confirmed Surfers (to date)
Previous Expression Session winners Alan Stokes (Cornwall), and Cain Kilcullen (Co. Sligo) will this year be joined by Billabong Team rider Reubyn Ash (Cornwall) who is at the forefront of ariel surfing. More TBA.

Alan Stokes commenting on his 2011 win; “It is not a bad day’s work really,” laughed Stokes, “Stoked and really happy with the win. There were great waves in the end and it was good to have it on a wedge because it is high performance surfing and it all came good. It is my first trip to Bundoran, I love it and it is great. Guinness and waves I can do airs on is as good as it can get for me.

Retro Surf Event
A ‘retro event’ will take place on the Saturday of the Sea Sessions weekend, which will be open to all surfers and more based on style than explosive moves. We will aim to find the most graceful surfer, as the surf craft of choice will be 60′s and 70′s inspired boards. It will be a fun-filled event with lots of spot prizes from Barefoot Wine and Billabong. Entry is limited, so if you want to get involved email seasessionssurf@gmail.com.

Sea Sessions on Tour
Sea Sessions has for the first time hit the road to bring the party, tunes and our ‘surf contest’ to cities and surf towns around Ireland. The tour kicked off in Galway’s Roisin Dubh on Friday April 13th, with Crazy P. After that we headed north to The Black Box in Belfast (April 21st), with a performance from Fujiya & Miyagi, supported by Choice Prize nominee Tieranniesaur.

The May bank holiday weekend will see two events deep in the roots of Irish surfing; one ‘Retro Event’ in West Cork at Garretstown with our local partners Incide surf shop, and an ‘Expression Session’ in the epicentre of surfing in the West – Lahinch. The evening festivities will see Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) hit the decks at The Market Bar in Kinsale on Saturday 5th May, and in O’Looneys Bar in Lahinch the following night.

Top prize at both Cork and Lahinch surf contests is €500. The Lahinch event will also have up for grabs a wild card entry in to the Sea Session ASP Europe speciality event, Emerald Surfwear (Irish surf brand) packs for all finalists and Sea Sessions weekend passes for best air (surf maneuver).

Cork – The Red Bull Dodge will be on hand to provide tunes and Barefoot Wines will be organising a beach clean up and supplying some wine tasting for those of us old enough. To register for the ‘Retro Surf Comp’ email seasessionssurf@gmail.com.

Lahinch – While the Sea Sessions Barefoot Wine Expression Session in association with Billabong is invite-only, there’s a chance for surfers to take part through the ‘Tour’ event in Lahinch, Co. Clare, organised by our local partners Emerald Surfwear. The winner here will be guaranteed a wild-card entry in to the “invite-only” ASP Europe – Barefoot Wine Expression Session being held over the Sea Sessions weekend.

Confirmed surfers and heat sheet for the Lahinch Expression Sessions – Heat 1: Cain Killcullen, Conor Maguire, Stephen Kelleher, Oisin McGrath, Cian Gagney. Heat 2: Stephen Kilfeather, Cian Logue, Andy Byrne, Gearoid McDaid, Neil Acheson. Heat 3: Andrew Mennie, Damien Conway, Ronan Ortezan, James Monoghan, Donough Cronin. Heat 4: Aaron Reid, Hugh Galloway, Darren Toomey, Cillian Ryan, Alec Frazer.

Surfers Village
The Surfers Village will this year have its home at the now world famous ‘The Peak’ surf break, which in 2011 hosted the European Surfing Championships. Expect a mixture of food, shopping and displays to keep you entertained throughout the weekend as some of your favourite brands show off their wares.

Action Sports
Sea Sessions 2012 will again cater for the action sports fan with the return of the Skate and BMX displays. The crowd will not be left disappointed as the cream of extreme sports performers will wow and thrill spectators with the Adrenaline State High Octane BMX and Stunt Bike Display. ‘Adrenaline State’ brings the Ultra Dynamic Adrenaline Mash-Up to Sea Sessions this year. The multi-discipline biking spectacle will feature some of Europe’s best BMX, stunt and trials biking riders. Their playground will be an elaborate purpose-built course that includes anything from mashed-up cars and industrial electric spools, to ramp and kicker madness. Let the fun begin!

 

Bundoran ‘Dirty Old Towns’ Weekend Challenge

Sat. 14th & Sun. 15th April saw Bundoran tidy towns along with hundreds of local volunteers and businesses get their cleaning gloves on and their pain brushes out for RTE’s ‘Dirty Old Towns’ Weekend Challenge. The action plan included – art works at East End, beach clean up on Main Beach, planting of top gardens, Painting of – two shelters and some info signs, walls at West End playground, Bundoran Boat Quay and music from RBBJ finalists Stonefree.

Colm Hayes and the RTE crew arrived down on Sat. to lend a hand and to film the community project in action. Play the clip – get a sense of all the great work that was carried out along with the community spirit involved. Also see Bundoran getting ready for Sea Sessions, as Irish artists Eoin O’Connor, Tara Mc Guinness and Gavin McCrea brought the town alive with surf murals painted along the main street.

The Artists had this to say about their experience and involvement with the project:

Gavin McCrea - Surf Art By Gavin McCrea
The entire weekend proved to be a huge success overall. I spent the two days painting flat out, not really stopping for much else other than toilet and coffee breaks. The whole aim was to complete the entire artwork and installation by Sunday evening, so it was a hard push. I actually got back at it at 6.30 on the Sunday morning just to make sure it was all finished for the deadline, after having worked late into Saturday night finishing the surfboards.

I was pretty overwhelmed by the response of the general public and town folk. Lots of people stopped to chat and enquire as to why I was doing it. But most of all I was taken aback by all the compliments, encouragement and support from everyone on the street. I’d gone from being very apprehensive because I wasn’t sure if people were going to like what I was about to paint all over the building, but I was proved wrong, I had no or have not heard a bad word, only good.

Finishing on the Sunday evening I finally got a chance to stand back and see the entire finished piece and I was and still am absolutely stoked with how it has turned out. But most of all I’m chuffed for all the people who took part in the whole weekend challenge and stepped up to the job. My part was just a small one in the grand scale of the weekends task and the town of Bundoran as a whole should be very proud of themselves!

Before

After - Gavin McCrea

Tara Mc Guinness - Taras Face Art And Design
This was a great experience and learning curve for my art, as it was my first mural and what a mural to start with, over a 100 ft. I think its great to see the town and council getting behind local artists and supporting the expression of street art in the area. The positive feedback and interest that we got from the locals and residents is insane and hopefully this will open opportunities to do more projects like this in the future. I really think Bundoran could gain from street art projects of expression like this. Making Bundoran not just famous for surfing but famous for colour, art and originality.

Before

After - Tara Mc Guinness and Eoin O'Connor

Eoin O’Connor - Art-By Eoin
I guess the main thing for me from the weekend and the mural was that it was an amazing opportunity to showcase my artwork to an audience that may not have seen it before. It was great to see a County Council getting behind a project, like Tidy Towns, promoting and involving surf art in order to enhance the image of the town as a surfing location. It was great to meet some cool people over the weekend and it looks like I’m putting together some proposals for even larger scale projects in the coming months including Sea Sessions this year.

 

Sea Sessions on tour with Heineken | Crazy P

We were thrilled when Crazy P announced they’d do the first night of the Sea Sessions tour. The legendary live dance act hit the stage in the Roisin Dubh in Galway on Friday 13th, and were met by a wedged crowd who turned up to see the high-energy live show.

Front woman Danielle Moore said,

“It was wicked to play in Galway, we hadn’t been there in such a long time, and the crowd really loved the new material which was a big bonus for us. Now they’ll be singing along with me at Sea Sessions.”

Sea Sessions act booker Razor added,

“They’re one of my favorite bands and one of the best live acts out there. I’ve been lucky enough to see them at least a dozen times now and they just seem to get better. It’s proper live Disco. I love when people see them for the first time because they’re usually blown away by them and they become fans. Looking forward to Crazy P at the festival proper. The Black Box in Belfast this Saturday 21st with Fujiya & Miyagi and Tieranniesaur for more Sea Sessions action and some surfing hotspots over the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait!!!”

Check out what the night was all about, and a taster of what to expect from our tour gigs.

The May bank holiday weekend will see two events deep in the roots of Irish surfing; one ‘Retro Event’ in West Cork at Garretstown, and an ‘Expression Session’ in the epicentre of surfing in the West – Lahinch. The evening festivities will see Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) hit the decks at The Market Bar in Kinsale on Saturday 5th May and in O’Looneys Bar in Lahinch the following night.


A top prize of €500 will be up for grabs at each surf event. The winner at the Lahinch contest will be guaranteed a wildcard entry into the “invite-only” Barefoot Expression Session being held over the Sea Sessions weekend. There will also be Emerald Surfwear packs for all finalists and Sea Sessions weekend passes for best air (surf maneuver) up for grabs. Surfers interested in taking part email seasessionssurf@gmail.com

The Format report from #SS12 launch party

Thanks to the guys over at culch.ie for their awesome report:

“One of our favourite festivals of the year, Sea Sessions was launched last week. The Format went down to check out the line-up and what 2012 has in store for Ireland’s only Surf and Music festival!”

Also thanks to Aidan Cuffe (Goldenplec.com), Aidan Coghlan (Irish Independent), Derek Byrne (Phantom 105.2), Daniel Browne and Lorna Fox (Sea Sessions). Presented by Seán Earley. Produced by Sinead Keogh. Camera by Aaron McAllorum. Edited by Gerard Walsh.

Sea Sessions launch party

SS12 poster

Shane here from the Sea Sessions press team.  It’s been a busy few weeks as we get ready for our Galway, Belfast, Cork and Lahinch tour with Heineken, whilst last week we had the official festival launch in Dublin at the Workman’s Club.

It was a double-day of work for me as I was also hosting my Ocean FM show; “Ocean Drive”, from my old studio at Dublin’s Q102, where I worked for 11 years up to last Christmas. Being designated driver for the day I picked-up Sea Sessions organiser Daniel at midday, and we hightailed it up the M4. Luckily the roads between Dublin and the West are really good now and we made it in good time, so your trip to Bundoran this June shouldn’t take you too long!

Having not been at my old workplace for three months it was a bit weird walking in there, but was made feel welcome the minute I got in. My radio show kicked off at 4pm live back to Sligo and by 7pm it was all over, with one or two mentions of Sea Sessions and why we were in Dublin in the first place!! Myself and one of my best mates, Shane, made the short journey into the city centre, picking up Marty Miller from Radio Nova on the way. When we got there I was stoked to see such a huge crowd – certainly bigger than last year’s – all having the craic and supping drink from the generous free bar, compliments of Bacardi, RedBull, Barefoot Wines, along with Sea Sessions branded Heineken bottles; something to watch out for during the festival weekend!

Heineken Sea Sessions Bottle - Very Rare!

The Workman’s was transformed by Sea Sessions launch posters, injecting a funked-up Summer vibe into its cool surrounds.

Sea Sessions 2012 line-up and Tour posters

Once we had all been fed tasty fish and chips, Daniel made a short speech welcoming everyone along, and thanking them for their support of the festival, now in its 5th year.

One of the Sea Sessions organisers Daniel Brown

Everyone was buzzing about what the festival has to offer, and were particularly looking forward to the newly introduced Sea Sessions Tour with Heineken, or as we like to call it – the Pre Sessions.  A photographer from entertainment.ie was on hand snapping photos for their website which you can see here, along with our own photographer whose pictures are up on our Facebook.  I haven’t missed a Sea Sessions launch yet, but I’d my buddies Shane, Bianca and Conor with me for this one too to make sure our hometown of Bundoran was represented in style.

Shane Smyth, Bianca Carlin Rosanio, Conor Flannery and Shane Campbell

It was great seeing The Coronas there too; headliners on the Saturday night of Sea Sessions, so I grabbed Danny for a quick interview for my next day’s show, which you can check out below.

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Danny and Conor from The Coronas

Once it all wrapped-up, myself and organisers Daniel & Pete headed for the hills, finally seeing Bundoran around the 2am mark.

Stay tuned for more updates from the press team; afterall, Sea Sessions IS Europe’s biggest surf music festival!!

Sea Sessions on tour with Heineken this April/May in Galway, Belfast, Kinsale & Lahinch

Sea Sessions on tour with Heineken

Not content with establishing ourselves as one of Ireland’s best new festivals, Sea Sessions, in association with Heineken, is hitting the road.

The past four years has seen our surf music festival grow and develop a great line-up of music, action sports and the best beach party with a chilled surf inspired vibe. This April/May will for the first time see the event hit the road to bring the party, tunes and our ‘surf contest’ to cities and surf towns around Ireland.

The tour will kick off in Galway’s Roisin Dubh on Friday April 13th, with Crazy P before heading north to The Black Box in Belfast (April 21st), with a performance from Fujiya & Miyagi.

Registration is now closed for Galway and Belfast events. However, Lahinch and Kinsale are FREE admission, so just turn up on the night and join the party.

The May bank holiday weekend will see two events deep in the roots of Irish surfing; one ‘Retro Event’ in West Cork at Garretstown, and an ‘Expression Session’ in the epicentre of surfing in the West – Lahinch. The evening festivities will see Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) hit the decks at The Market Bar in Kinsale on Saturday 5th May and in O’Looneys Bar in Lahinch the following night.

A top prize of €500 will be up for grabs at each surf event. The winner at the Lahinch contest will be guaranteed a wildcard entry into the “invite-only” Barefoot Wine Expression Session being held over the Sea Sessions weekend. There will also be Emerald Surfwear packs for all finalists and Sea Sessions weekend passes for best air (surf maneuver) up for grabs. Surfers interested in taking part email seasessionssurf@gmail.com

The ‘venue take over’ will see Sea Sessions weekend pass giveaways, surf gear giveaways and of course banging tunes and a Heineken in everyone’s hand.

Sea Sessions 2012 Heineken Tour

Weekend tickets for Sea Sessions 2012 are available now priced €88.50. Day tickets for Friday/Saturday/Sunday are €50. Camping from €30 for a five night stay, available to weekend pass holders only. Tickets can be bought directly from us here or from all HMV Stores Nationwide. Camping, self-catering accommodation, bed & breakfasts and hotels are readily available in the surrounding area of Bundoran and along the west coast of Co. Donegal.

Dreams are made of… XXL photos

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Surf Photographer and Co. Clare native David Olsthoorn tells Sea Sessions about his rollercoster winter in the North West, capturing the many moods of the waves that crash against its coastline.

The last few months have been a rollercoaster of mad events. I left my Clare home in mid November to spend two or three days in Bundoran with Lyndon Wake & Andrew Cotton. This turned into two weeks which then turned into an ongoing yoyo like affair between Lahinch & Bundoran for the following three months. My poor car ‘Emma’ has seen more miles this winter than any other and could probably drive the three and a half hour drive to Bundoran herself now.

“The long dark road in search of a nice sunrise and good waves”

“Bundorans not a bad spot when the sun shines”

Although I try to keep positive as much as possible I have to admit I had my worst week earlier this month. We had a long stint of terrible waves and I lost all thirst to get in the water and turned to spending hours on my laptop & drinking tea. I actually had so much time on my hands that I started to write a book and got 8 288 words into it. Lyndon Wake had left the house because he needed to get work done at home and Andrew Cotton was also not feeling the stoke and wanted to go back home to his pregnant girlfriend Katie. We saw a long forecast chart for some big swell and decided to stay. The chart for that ‘big Thursday’ was a bit strange the night before. Nothing was certain so when we woke up to amazing waves it was such a relief. All the patience had paid off. We got out there straight away and Cotty got this bomb almost instantly. Usually I never think about shots till I’m back on the computer later that evening, but the moment Cotty let go of that rope I knew this was serious. I knew this was the biggest wave I’d ever seen and taken a photo of.

“My shot of Andrew Cotton riding the beast at Mullaghmore that got him into the Billabong XXL Awards”

The rest of the session was amazing and along with the regular local crews it also had people like Tom Butler from England & Ollie O Flaherty from Lahinch getting some of the waves of there lives. It was great to see such young lads pushing it in conditions like that. The session went on for a good few hours and luckily everyone went home with no injury’s just a lot of stoke!

“Tom Butler after getting the wave of his life had a few more waves. This was one he took on the head”

“The Beautiful Beast of Mullaghmore”

The following day Cotty left for England and I felt like I was good to go home too. I felt like after months in Bundoran with all them times spent putting on icy cold wetsuits at a pier at 6am in the morning had all paid off. As I packed all my gear up and prepared to get ‘Emma’ on the road for her final journey home I got a call from Wavelength Magazine Editor Greg who told me I had got the cover shot. What perfect news to drive home to and end to my winter in Bundoran.

The next few days brought more exciting news when I got my photo in the Billabong XXL awards. I still can’t really get over this. I can’t believe I’m in the same pot as photographers like Tim McKenna who I’ve drooled on magazine pages because of.

“Perfect”

Looking back on this winter it’s mental to think that I’ve got two covers and a picture in the XXL awards and I only just turned 20. This is going to be a cracking story for the grandchildren.

Check out my work and keep in touch here:

Blog: www.davidolsthoorn.net/blog/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidolsthoornphotography

Twitter: @DavidOlsthoorn

The Minutes name Sea Sessions their best festival

Red Bull Bedroom Jam featuring The Minutes, The Workmans Club, Dublin

Dublin rockers The Minutes, played to a jam packed tent at Sea Sessions 2011 and recently told venueone.com that they hope to be booked again for #SS12.

The full set list from ‘The Minutes’ sold-out gig from The Academy, Dublin is available here, search for ‘The Minutes’ OR to watch selected songs and the full interview go here.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 Update

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Earlier this year Sea Sessions joined forces with Red Bull Bedroom Jam to bring you a battle of the bands with a difference. Latest news – Possibly Intoxicated Gents are the 5th band through to Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012!

The RBBJ team were in Dublin on Wednesday to film the band’s live bedroom set, which you will be able to view today, April 30th, at 12pm on www.redbullbedroomjam.ie

Keep voting/sharing/tweeting/commenting and hyping YOUR favourite band, there is just one more live show to record! After which the final 6 will become 3 and they will be added to the Sea Sessions 2012 bill.

Check out the Bedroom shows of the acts who have performed so far:

Show #1 Stonefree
Donegal via Leitrim rockers Stonefree made there debut as Stonefree over six years ago and have been a constant, much loved and memorable feature of the north west music scene ever since. Stonefree’s live shows have the reputation of being exceptionally interactive, with the band member’s energetic and charismatic performances getting the entire audience dancing and singing along to every tune the band performs. Having just returned from a European Tour, there first single “Into The Night” is promising to be a huge hit.

Show #2 Walking On Cars
2012 is shaping up to be a big year for a Dingle-based band whose edgy acoustic rock, classical piano and polished pop sound have earned them major kudos on the national music scene.

Walking on Cars, who are tipped for big things by those in the know, had a very successful year in 2011, selling out a string of live gigs, not to mention their live performances alongside the likes of The Coronas, O Emperor and rock legends Whipping Boy.

Show #3 Icon On Fire
Are an alternative rock band from Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. Their most recent single, Scream for Teenage Glory, has been well received and earned radio airplay as well as being played in several high-profile music blogs. Icon on Fire’s songs have featured on RTE’s Dream Debs, Through the wall on Blast 106, and the band are set to appear on Pop4 in the near future.

Show #4 In The Willows
According to piano player John, “The band is based in Waterford where we are all from, though I hail from Kilkenny. We began with just Dee Ryan and Dave Greene who met through mutual friends in 2011. They quickly realised that they worked really well together musically and began writing. Both sing and play guitar. Things snowballed from there. Niall Cusack (vocals, bass and glockenspiel) joined a few months later followed by myself (piano and bouzouki), and most recently Rowan Sherlock (viola and violin).”

 

Red Bull Bedroom Jam finalists Stonefree joined Ocean FM’s Karen Spellman on ‘The Wave’

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The lads played 3 tracks live on air, including their debut single ‘Into the Night’, had a chat about competing in Red Bull Bedroom Jams first Irish competition, filming with the Red Bull Crew, their hopes of playing this year’s Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival & some general messing in the Ocean FM studio.

Stonefree made their debut over six years ago and have been a constant, much loved and memorable feature of the North West music scene ever since. Their live show has the reputation of being exceptionally interactive, with the band members’ energetic and charismatic performances getting the entire audience dancing and singing along to every tune the band performs. Stonefree have already acquired a unique and large fan base, which religiously follows them around the country and sometimes outside of it. Having just returned from a European Tour, their first single “Into The Night” is promised to be a huge hit.

Stonefree are:
Stephen Mc Gurrin on lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Garry Doherty on lead guitar and vocals
Callum Condron on bass guitar and keyboard
Thomas Campbell on drums

“Stonefree have been turning their amps up to 11 for the last six years, garnering comparison’s to the Foo Fighters and other hard rock heroes. Their live shows are high-energy, interactive affairs with the band known to get up close and personal with their audience while never missing a beat”
– Hot Press Magazine


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Sea Sessions Nominated for ‘Best Small Festival’ & announces battle of the bands

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Now in its 5th year, SEA SESSIONS SURF MUSIC FESTIVAL is once again gearing up to be one of the hottest festivals of the summer. Following the success of the award winning festival’s 2011 stellar line-up, event organisers are pulling out all the stops to bring you what promises to be this year’s biggest beach party, jam-packed with exciting activities and pumping tunes all in the surrounds of beautiful Bundoran, Co. Donegal!

LAUNCH PAD FOR IRISH ACTS: Over the years, Sea Sessions has proven to be a major launch-pad for Irish talent, and this year is no different, with the announcement that three of the acts who played last year; BELL X1, CASHIER No 9, and THE JAPANESE POPSTARS, have been nominated for a Choice Music Prize.

The organisers have always been inundated with requests from Irish acts looking to get in on the party in Bundoran, and as a result Sea Sessions have joined forces with Red Bull Bedroom Jam to bring you a battle of the bands with a difference.

The competition is open to acts nationwide, from Bundoran to Bandon, and Derry to Dublin, where young local bands will be given the opportunity to get a leg-up the music ladder, and into the industry.  With a prize that will take them onto the stage at Sea Sessions 2012 and eventually one of them into a recording studio, this could be a real life changing experience for many.

Sea Sessions co-organiser Daniel Brown welcomes Red Bull Bedroom Jam as an exciting new addition to the festivals popular battle of the bands competition; “Over the past few years we have supported home-grown acts on stage and behind the scenes with Niamh Hamill literally listening to thousands of band entries, and it’s fantastic to see our hard work and commitment being recognised and supported by a major brand like Red Bull. We are delighted to be working with Red Bull on what is a real and exciting opportunity for up and coming Irish acts to showcase their talent.”

The focus of the competition, along with making and sharing great music, is to successfully market your band online, using the power of social media. This is a battle of the bands that is not just about voting; it’s a complete social media experience.

HOW TO ENTER Red Bull Bedroom Jam:

Fledgling Irish bands (all members aged 17+, with one member aged under 25), can upload a video to the competition website www.redbullbedroomjam.ie, and from February 27th all activity or ‘buzz’ will then be monitored and displayed in a league format on the bi-weekly Bedroom Jam Buzz Chart. Bands will be encouraged to share and promote their music online, which in turn generates buzz and moves them up the league table.

The six bands which generate the most ‘buzz’ will be filmed live from the comfort of their own homes, while the world watches online. From those six, three will be chosen by Red Bull’s panel of expert judges to perform at the biggest Irish music festivals of 2012, including Sea Sessions.

Finally, one band will be crowned winners at a live final next Autumn, winning a week long recording session with a top producer in the Red Bull Studios. This is a prize like no other so bands…get uploading, and you could be on the way to the biggest year of your lives!

LAMA AWARDS:
The 2012 Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Awards have announced that Sea Sessions are among the finalists for the Best Tourist Attraction category.

At the launch LAMA spoke about how they are once again “delighted to bring forth the LAMA Awards, now in their sixth year, where we hope to further highlight and recognise excellence at local, county and national level.”

The annual LAMA Awards ceremony commends individuals, initiatives, private companies and people, for their outstanding contributions and projects of benefit to the community.

Sea Sessions co-organiser Daniel Brown explains,

“Failte Ireland have been hugely supportive of what we have created here in Bundoran. They have helped us every step of the way to grow and promote Irelands biggest beach party. The local Council in the town have been really progressive as well. It is only with forward thinking support like this that award winning events like Sea Sessions can thrive”

IRISH FESTIVAL AWARD:

The Sea Sessions team had the honour of scooping the award for Best Small Festival at last year’s Irish Festival Awards and once again we have been nominated for six gongs and would like your VOTE. The Irish Festival Awards honour the organisers and people behind the scenes of the Irish Summer festivals.

Sea Sessions has been shortlisted in the following categories:

Best Small Festival, Best Line-up, Best Family Festival, Social Responsibility Award, Best Service Award, and Best Toilets!

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on Sea Sessions tickets along with tickets to all the other Irish festivals, vote for Sea Sessions at www.irishfestivalawards.ie and you could be in with a chance of going to every festival that wins an award. Voting closes 31st January, so get in there and VOTE NOW!

This year’s festival will play host to another finely-tuned mix of Irish and international acts, with the line-up to be announced at the end of March. It will also showcase some of the top surfers from around Europe who will be pitted against Ireland’s finest surfing talent in The Sea Sessions Expression Session.