Music writer and blogger Nay McArdle runs Irish music site Harmless Noise and is just about to embark on a series of Harmless Noise Presents gigs.

Autumn in the music scene is when things start getting interesting again after festivals have taken up all the room in the calendar. It’s a time of surprises with new music and events, and just when you thought your mind was made up, something can come along that changes your opinion on the best things of the year.

1. New music

There’s always a guaranteed great haul of albums once summer’s over and this year is no exception: new releases are on the way from Bouts, Crayonsmith, Dott and Squarehead which will warm us up for the winter ahead very nicely indeed.

2. Samhain Festival

A brand-new, one-day Halloween-themed festival taking place in Glendalough House on 27 October, it’s BYOB and fancy dress. The venue is indoors but there are outdoor attractions which is good news for those who can’t hack the cold, like me! There’s an electronic tinge to the line-up which is seriously cool, featuring some excellent Irish and international acts.

3. Hard Working Class Heroes

Now in its 11th year, this city centre festival boasts 100 acts over three days and is a dead cert for anyone interested in Irish music. As a blogger it’s a great opportunity to discover and catch up on promising new bands and firm favourites.


Usually when you’re dying to see a new artist, you just have to hope someone will book them soon. Which means it’s deadly to be working with that someone in Dolittle promoter and super lady Julie Cooper to bring WIFE to the Workman’s Club on 12 October in the first of a series of Harmless Noise Presents gigs. I’d be silly-excited if anyone else was putting this show on, so what a great way to start off!

5. Granby Park gigs

It’s been great to see the success of little Granby Park’s pop-up patch of imagination in the middle of town with art, music and theatre set amid quirky design features. The crowdfunded venture run by finishes on 22 September but before it goes there are still a slew of fun things to do. I’m looking forward to two great gigs this weekend, running from 3-7pm and suitable for all ages: Nialler9’s Minimum Maximum show with Tieranniesaur and Lethal Dialect on Saturday and the closing day party on Sunday.