Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor are brothers from the outskirts of Dublin who write captivating folk-pop songs.
The brothers gained recognition in 2012 before getting signed, with their debut EP Battles reaching no. 1 on iTunes Ireland, and no. 14 on iTunes UK. Following on from this, they have released three further EP's - Cinematic Lifestyle, Osea & Battles II. The band have toured extensively playing the festival circuit, headline shows and have supported the likes of Jake Bugg and Kodaline.
Their releases have sold over 60,000 copies to date and they now fix their attention towards releasing their debut album in 2015.
Hudson Taylor are gearing up for the year of their lives.
ORIGINAL RUDE BOYS (O.R.B.)
Based in and from Dublin O.R.B (The Original Rudeboys)were formed in March 2011 when a unique realisation occurred between all three members.
Offering a distinct and refreshing sound with a combination of acoustic guitar and ukulele blended with soulful and hip hop voices, The Original Rudeboys have created a new fusion of music whilst continuing to respect their different influences.
They are notable for the single "Stars In My Eyes", which hit number 2 on iTun
es and has received national airplay. They have played such venues as The Olympia Theatre and have also played at festivals such as Oxegen and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
The band's genre has been described as a cross between hip hop and indie.
One of Ireland's hottest musical prospects at the moment, The Academic have already supported bands like The Pixies, Kodaline and Little Green Cars and are blazing a trail with their infuriatingly catchy debut single 'Different'.
Forming in their early teens ,The Academic have been building quite a reputation for their live shows and with the band still in their teens , the future looks bright for this new indie outfit from Mullingar, Ireland. Creating an infectious blend of indie rock /pop , this young band have an astonishing ability to craft scores of songs that make people want to sing and dance.
With an inherent charm that shines through, 2015 looks set to be a busy year for the midlands based outfit.
Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.
Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound.
Captivating audiences and earning the respect from music pundits.
Hermitage Green are not to be missed at Arts Ball 2015!
SILENT DISCO w/ GUGAI + TED
The world now famous Silent Discos in the Rósín Dubh and on the street are the stuff of pure legend!
If you have never been lucky enough to experience one, then you're in luck as the incredible Silent Disco is happening for the first time ever and exclusively at Arts Ball 2016, another NUIG Ball first.
The Music will be lead by none other than DJs in chief Gugai & Ted who man the decks every tuesdays at the Rósín, so expect those beautiful tunes that you know and love.
'Four Galwegian ruffians, birthed from a milky cauldron of woozy vocals and toe-tapping garage pop melodies.
Now under the guise of Field Trip, let the tandem union of sharp lyricism and smooth guitar with a sucker punch bring you for an enjoyable ride.
Although somewhat under the radar, Field Trip’s swaying, infectious tunes are not without energy; coupled with engaging words and plucky guitar.
This cheeky quartet are a tangy cocktail of all the juicy y of Irish garage pop music today.
Throw in some Mac DeMarco, a bucket hat, and a catchy hook and you’ve got yourself a trip to remember.'
- Rebekah Rennick
Beginning in 2010, Irish indie label 'Popical Island' released their first compiliation, which included Squarehead's 'Fake Blood'.
This caught the attention of Villagers drummer James Byrne, who released it via his Any Other City label.
The success of the release lead to support slots for Black Lips, No Age, Deer Tick, Male Bonding and Titus Andronicus.
Fake Blood was voted Song Of The Year 2009 by Nialler9.
Squarehead's debut album 'Yeah Nothing' was released in 2011 by The Richter Collective. With an overwhelming response from media and fans alike, the band toured Ireland and the UK extensively, also appearing at Eurosonic, SXSW and CMW and a short tour of Boston and New York.
The follow-up to Yeah Nothing is 'Respect', an album that takes the band a little further from their surf-pop roots to a grungier sound. The hooks that romanced so many of their fans on the first album are still plentiful but sometimes they're presented with snarling vocals and thrashing guitars.
DJ James Kenny
A staple of the craic filled Arts Ball diet. Trad Soc. ; One of NUIG's biggest societies and certainly best loved of all.
No-one ever regrets heading down to one of their sessions down at the crane on Tuesdays.
They always deliver and start proceedings off with a bang.
The Arts Ball just would quite simply not be the same without Trad Soc.
THE COZY CARTEL
SING 'N' TONICS
The Sing N Tonics are an auditioned small mixed group singing acapella music.
Normally between 8-12 members, the Sing N' Tonics sing a mix of styles and tackle more complex musical arrangements.
This group is open to alumni as well as students and traditionally also has a staff representative in the group.
The Tonics were established several years ago to bring higher quality music to singers. T
They meet once a week for two hours and are directed by Peter Mannion.