DayTripper 2016




 DayTripper the South East’s favourite music weekender is back in Waterford for Year 4 in July, with another fantastic line-up over 3 nights. There will be over 5 hours of continuous top quality live music each night over 3 stages, with on-site bar/food and other festival add-ons, all within walking distance of your local for that post gig drink. The 3 international headline acts are; Leftfield, one of the best dance music acts on the planet, playing on Friday; Ocean Colour Scene, celebrating 20 years of their classic album ‘Moseley Shoals’, on Saturday; and one of the biggest acts of the 80s, Paul Young, playing his first Irish show in 18 years on the Sunday. King Kong Company, The Disconauts, Mr C & Bushwacka!, and Mark Kavanagh add to the ‘Homelands Revisited’ theme on the Friday. On Saturday Stereo Mcs, Neville Staple (The Specials), Smash Hits and Mad Ferritt (playing an Oasis Knebworth ’96 set) will set the scene for OCS. Finally on Sunday, Aslan, Big Country, Rebel Rebel (The David Bowie Experience), Spring Break and the Unusual Suspects will fill the RSC with 80s vibes before Paul Young. At the moment there is a very limited ‘Early Bird’ weekend ticket available for just €90 and this can be used by a different family member or friend each day. Individual day tickets at €42.50 are also on sale at daytripper WEBSITE, 051 874402 or the Theatre Royal box office


Leftfield are one of the ‘Big 5’ of electronic music’s major acts (alongside Underworld, Orbital, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy) that dominated the global dance music scene from the mid-90s on. They have a legendary reputation for their live performance and in Year 2000 they headlined Homelands Ireland, England & Scotland to a combined audience of 100,000 up for it Party People. The only other live Leftfield performances in Ireland since then have been headline appearances at Electric Picnic (2010), Forbidden Fruit (2012) and Body & Soul (2015), so Daytripper is honoured to host their first ever Irish appearance outside the Dublin area. Leftfield have released 3 incredible albums in their career; the seminal ‘Leftism’ (1995) which contained the classics ‘Song Of Life’, ‘Open Up’ (featuring John Lydon), ‘Release The Pressure’ and ‘Original’; ‘Rhythm and Stealth’ (1999) which was just as good with ‘Phat Planet’ (who remembers that Guinness ad ?), ‘Afrika Shox’, ‘Swords’ and ‘Dusted’ among it’s highlights and; fast forward to 2015 and Leftfield’s first album in 16 years ‘ Alternative Light Source’ which wowed the critics once again and made many of the Top Album lists for last year.


Oasis, The Verve and Ocean Colour Scene were the 3 biggest selling rock acts of the 90s in the UK & Ireland. With the first 2 currently resting on their laurels (for god knows how long), Ocean Colour Scene are back with a BANG for 2016, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their stone classic album ‘Moseley Shoals’, which has sold almost 2 million copies since it’s release in 1996. The Ocean Colour Scene story is already the stuff of legend; a rip-roaring  rock’n’folk odyssey set to a backdrop of 26 years of  U.K pop culture at its very best.  In that 26 year existence, Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. From their days as Breton-shirt wearing disciples of The Stone Roses (debut single ‘Sway’) to million selling Britpop superstars (‘Marchin’ Already’ bumped Oasis’ ‘What’s the Story’ from the top spot in 1997) to long-term touring allies with Paul Weller, their story is inseparable from the greats of modern British rock. Their UK summer dates include massive shows in Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow as well as the main stage at the legendary Isle Of Wight Festival. Daytripper is delighted to be hosting one of just 2 Irish dates on the 20th Anniversary Tour.


Paul Young headlines Daytripper’s ‘80’s Night’ on Sunday, 3 July, with an exclusive Irish appearance for him and his band, their first Irish date for 18 years ! Paul has a new album ‘Good Thing’ due for release in April and lead single, the Al Green classic L-O-V-E, shows that Paul’s voice is just as strong as it was in the 80s, when he was one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Of course Paul and the band will be playing all the Greatest Hits on their summer dates so expect mass sing-alongs to the likes of ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’, ‘Love Of The Common People’, ‘Every Time You Go Away’, ‘Come Back And Stay’ and ‘Senza Una Donna’. Paul Antony Jones was born in Luton in the 1950s and massive worldwide fame was thrust on him via a series of huge selling albums and singles in the mid-80s. Singing the opening line of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ for Band Aid in 1984 made him one of the most recognisable faces and voices on the planet, and alongside Queen and possibly U2, he played one of the most memorable sets at Live Aid in Wembley the following year. Paul’s chart success was phenomenal with ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ staying at Number 1 in the UK for most of summer 1983 and ‘Come Back & Stay’ hitting the Number 1 spot in every European country in 1984. Then in 1985 Paul also hit the Number 1 spot in the US Singles charts with ‘Everytime You Go Away’. In 1989 Paul appeared at The Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert and sang a song by Crowded House ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ which along with his 1991 worldwide smash ‘Senza Una Donna’ (recorded with his good friend Zucchero) was included on his massive selling Greatest Hits album in 1991.  In the intervening years Paul reformed his early band the Q-Tips and also set up a fun side project, the loosely styled Tex-Mex band, Los Pacaminos. In 2016, with a new album and a set full of Greatest Hits, Paul’s fans are hoping that he is ‘back to stay for good this time’.


After early chart success in America and the UK with second LP ‘Supernatural’, Stereo Mcs released the Album ‘Connected’ in 1992. It became a huge international hit spawning the massive singles ‘Connected’ and ‘Step It Up’ and the band embarked on a year long touring schedule including memorable appearances at all the major festivals including Glastonbury. This period culminated with a Mercury prize nomination and 2 Brit awards for Best Album and Best Live Act. They emerged again 7 years later with their K7 DJ Kicks LP, followed quickly by the top 20 LP and single ‘Deep Down and Dirty’. A return to independent labels in 2005 rejuvenated the band and has seen them making new LP’s and touring regularly. With a reputation as a unique and high energy live act, they undertook an extensive 23 date tour of Europe last year and now play their first Irish show in many years at Daytripper, Stereo Mcs…’gonna do it again’ !


Aslan emerged from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in 1986 with debut single, ‘This Is’, which was a huge hit. They followed it in 1988 with their debut album, ‘Feel No Shame’ which shot straight in to the No.1 spot of the Irish charts. Sadly in August 1988 Aslan infamously imploded, torn apart by overindulgence of all kinds. Five years later in 1993, the spark was reignited with a new record deal with BMG and the single “Crazy World”, which entered the charts at No 4 and stayed there for 3 months, becoming one of the most played songs ever on Irish Radio. The rest of the 90s was spent touring consistently in Ireland (including a 5 night sell out run at Vicar St and a sell out show at the 9,000 capacity Point Theatre on Stephen’s Day 1999. Fast forward to 2012 and a new album “Nudie Books and Frenchies” which went straight in at No. 1 in the Irish charts! Then disaster struck as Christy was admitted to hospital with a chest infection, but it was discovered he had contracted a rare blood cancer and it looked like the end for Aslan. In June 2013 ‘A Night For Christy’ was organised in the Olympia and those that performed included Paul Brady, The Coronas, Gavin Friday, Bressie, The Riptide Movement, Horslips, , Mary Black, Ryan Sheridan and Damien Dempsey. U2 also participated with a live link from New York of them performing Aslan’s “This Is”. The night ended on an emotional high with Christy performing Crazy World. In February 2014, Aslan released a live album “30” which was recorded over 2 nights in the Olympia Theatre to celebrate the band being together 30 years. Then after a year of no Aslan gigs at all, Christy received the news that he was in a type of remission. The band went on to play 2 sold out gigs at Vicar St at the end of 2015 and another one at the Olympia in March this year. Daytripper is delighted to host the band for a very rare Irish festival appearance for Christy and the lads.


They are King Kong Company…and they destroy dancefloors !

15 years after they originally disbanded and 5 years after they joyously reformed, King Kong Company are finally ready to unleash the ‘holy grail’ of a debut album to their fanatical fan-base. The album in question was produced by Tim Holmes of Death In Vegas, which got the following reaction from KKC: ‘We’re big fans of Death In Vegas and we’ll never forget where we were when Tim told us he wanted to come on-board. We were on our laptop reading an email from Tim saying he wanted to come on board. It made us feel like that nerd in school who asks the pretty girl out on a date and she says yes. Except that nerd is KKC, that pretty girl is actually a man called Tim Holmes, the date is the album, the school was really the school of life and if school taught us one thing it was never pass up on a good session!’ King Kong Company famously played Homelands Ireland 1999 as first on the main stage and since their reformation have wowed festival audiences at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and Daytripper amongst others. This year they have already been announced for high profile slots at Sea Sessions, Indiependence,  and Vantastival, but you know where there heart is…back in the Deise for a main stage slot supporting the brilliant Leftfield on Friday, 1 July !



Neville Staple aka ‘ The Original Rudeboy’ is credited with changing the face of popular music not once but twice.  Neville’s  thirty-five  year  career  in  the  music  business  is  well  documented,  from his early days with The Coventry Automatics, through to worldwide success with The Specials in the late 70s and major pop hits with The FunBoy 3 in the 80s. He could never stay away long from his love of performing live which he did with The  Special  Beat  and  various  other  collaborations  during  his  solo  career from the ‘90s up to the present day. Neville played a leading role in the 2009 reunion of The Specials which saw him tour major festivals and arenas again with his former band mates. But since his departure, he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band, The Neville Staple Band, who perform the best songs of The Specials alongside other ska favourites at venue and festival appearances worldwide. They are no strangers to Waterford having played the First Of The Summer Wine festival in Tramore back in 2010 and the Original Rudeboy can’t wait to make another Day Trip to the Ska capital of Ireland.


Big Country released their debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983 and the band broke massively worldwide with the release of that album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to sell over 2 million copies and drove ‘The Crossing’ to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA. The run of success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’. In 1985, Big Country appeared at Live Aid in London followed by further successful album releases ‘The Seer’ (1986, which included the bands biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, which also reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart) and ‘Peace In Our Time’ (1988). With Stuart Adamson at the helm, Big Country, scored 17 top 30 UK singles achieving 5 gold and platinum status albums and selling 5 million copies along the way. On December 16th 2001, Stuart Adamson took his own life in Honolulu, USA. The remaining three members had no real thoughts of performing as Big Country again, but Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band’s Twenty-fifth anniversary. Since then, the band have performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight, V Festival, T In The Park and Oxegen, creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion of the diehards.


 The people of Waterford LOVE Smash Hits. From humble beginnings playing to 50 people on their debut at Electric Avenue back in 2009, Ireland’s favourite party band have consistently sold out Waterford’s biggest entertainment spaces (Crystal and The Forum) over the last few years. Their winning formula is very simple; fully decked out in 90s gear they perform a fun filled and high energy set of 90s dance, pop and R’n’B chart classics. Just take a look at their current set-list highlights… “U Can’t Touch This”, ”Rhythm Of The Night”, “Gangster’s Paradise”, “It’s My Life”, “Ice Ice Baby”, “Pump Up The Jam”, “I Like To Move It”, “Mr Vain”, “Free From Desire”, “Jump Around”,  “Here Comes The Hotstepper”, “Never Forget”, “Insomnia” and “Born Slippy”. Smash Hits are a throwback to the FEEL-GOOD time of old skool DJs, all night raves and packed out dancefloors. Having smashed it on the Sunday of Daytripper 2015, Smash Hits return to get the PARTY started on the Saturday night of Daytripper 2016. Here Come The Hotsteppers !


Richard West aka ‘Mr.C’ was born in London in the late 60’s and has organized, promoted & been resident DJ at: Fantasy (’88), Base (Dungeons ’89), Release (91), Harmony (92), Drop (93), Cyclone (94), Vapourspace (94 & 95), Flavour (The End 95 & 96), Subterrain (The End 95 – 2002) and Superfreq (Worldwide 2002 – Present), To say that Mr.C is one of the most iconic DJs in the world would be an understatement. Mr.C is perhaps best known though as front man, songwriter & producer of the pop group The Shamen, with whom he notched up a string of top 10 hits including Move Any Mountain, Love Sex Intelligence, Boss Drum, Phorever People & the UK number 1 smash hit Ebeneezer Goode. Mr.C now runs & promotes Superfreq events which has accomplished 7 successful seasons in Ibiza, including at the legendary DC10 club. Mr C played the Shine Arena at Homelands Ireland 2000 alongside Richie Hawtin and Slam.


When the late great David Bowie passed away at the beginning of this year, there was a huge outpouring of love and respect from music fans all over the world. David’s body of work over a period of almost 50 years is unsurpassed in modern music and this continued right up to his swansong, the magnificent ‘Blackstar’. Due to David’s absence from the live scene over the last decade, Rebel Rebel have built up a dedicated fan base all over Ireland with their amazing tribute to the Man. They are Bowie fans playing Bowie music for Bowie fans, a fully live 6 piece band faithfully recreating the most popular songs from Bowie’s extensive back catalogue.  The band are made up of some of the finest session musicians in the country, it’s members having previously played with an array of Ireland’s top artists including; Sinead O’Connor, Clannad, Gavin Friday, Jack L, Brian Kennedy, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Brian Downey and Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy).  


It is fair to say that Mathew Bushwacka is one of the most important DJs and producers to have ever come from the UK scene . A key player in the acid house explosion of the 80s, he formed a long term and seminal studio and booth partnership with Layo, turning out many club hits and essential DJ sets as a result. His roots are in the illegal warehouse scene – something that is reflected in the raw sounds he offers up, as well as other influences like techno, house and breaks. Over the course of his career, he has enjoyed some much talked about residencies at venues such as The End in London, where he was a vital part of the club’s output for no fewer than 14 years. In club terms he is a regular at the best of the best, from DC10 in Ibiza to the cult Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, where he has played a memorable sunrise set at Robot Heart. At the legendary Homelands Ireland 1999, Layo & Bushwacka! played an amazing main stage set alongside Underworld and Orbital and also hosted the End Arena. More recently, Layo and Bushwacka have released the mix album ‘Global Underground 33: Rio’, born out of their love for Brasil and its music, which reveals the impressive depths of both DJs’ record collections. Bushwacka continues to be in demand for club and festival DJ sets worldwide.

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