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Columbia Mills

Saturday 19th August: Main Stage – 1.30 pm

Columbia Mills believe in inclusion and equality…

The bands name comes from the legendary building based on Dublin’s Quays. In the early 90s the building became a mecca for the illegal rave scene bringing people together from all walks of life and all musical tastes. The diversity of music and social classes is something that has left a lasting impression on the city and has not since been rediscovered since Police put an end to the institution in an early morning raid.

Based in Dublin and Wicklow the band have embraced the liberal ethos of the Columbia Mills era to both musical tastes and social equality. They have shaped their musical style with a guitar driven sounds and emphasis on electronic foundations. Having released two EPs to wide critical acclaim, their debut single ‘Never Gonna Look At You The Same’ was play listed on Today FM and TXFM in Dublin and was also picked up by XFM in London. Their music has been described as dark, ambient, emotive but with an almost deep south sensibility. Think Joy Division playing the Grand Ole Opry.

With three sold out shows in Dublin under their belt and a host of festival appearances in Ireland, their live performances are emotionally charged and the combination of live instruments and electronic elements make for a unique experience. They don’t hide behind their massive sound and when all is stripped back the listener will always find a song to permeate the heart and head.

Columbia Mills have just finished recording their debut album with Rob Kirwan (Hozier, U2, Depeche Mode).

The first track from their debut album ‘Battles’ has taken the Irish airwaves by storm, being playlisted on TodayFM and other national and regional stations. Follow up single ‘Headstart’ comes out May 2017.

The first gig of the campaign was another sold out show in Whelans at the start of February. They have been tipped as one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the Dublin music scene in years.