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About The Event
The Grand Social(ly Distanced) Presents:
The 1st Annual
SOCIAL UNREST FEST
Two nights of pure, homegrown PUNK
The Grand Social are delighted to announce Social Unrest Fest, a two day festival filled to the brim with the best Irish post-punk, classic punk, garage-punk, art-punk, and everything in between.
Due to launch August 28th 2021, Social Unrest Fest aims to showcase both emerging and established acts from the historically rich Irish punk scene.
Saturday 28th August
Political, dynamic, and loaded with hooks. Since their debut release in 2016, HAVVK have continued to produce relentlessly dynamic, haunting sound that steers and surprises the listener from moments of immersive shoegaze to thrashing punk rock.
Skinner is a 23-year-old DIY slouch rock musician based in Dublin who writes, records, and produces songs about growing up and overcoming a dirt-flecked 21st century existence. Previous singles have received national and global radio and press coverage, with Spotify featuring the artist’s material on a myriad of editorial playlists. Having performed at festivals such as Ireland Music Week, Quarter Block Party, Arcadian Field, and supporting bands such as Algiers, Skinner is one of the most promising un-and-comers around.
Winners of 'Best Live Act' at the 2019 NI Music Prize, Sister Ghost is the project of Derry artist Shannon Delores O'Neill with her 'ghoul in crime', Maeve Mulholland. Having a background playing in bands from the age of 12, the project began with Shannon writing and demoing in her attic – singing and playing everything herself on an 8-track recorder. Playing noisy, spectral art-rock with a pop & literary heart, O’Neill and Mulholland marshal a diverse set of influences in a singular way – from the 'Seattle sound' to the likes of Sonic Youth, Veruca Salt, Patti Smith and Kate Bush.
Shannon has been recognised for mentoring and encouraging other female-identified musicians to perform in the Northern Irish scene, having also set up the Girls Rock! NI chapter in 2016. Sister Ghost has garnered high profile support slots with Shellac, Pussy Riot, Petrol Girls and Le Butcherettes, as well as airplay on BBC 6 Music and a Next Wave Artist slot on BBC Radio 1.
Slightly Dishevelled are a 5 piece punk band combining rock riffs enveloped in a wall of piercing noise. The live performance is as chaotic and restless as the noise being played. Slightly Dishevelled have played around a lot of Dublin clubs such as Anseo, Whelans and the Grand Social. After starting performing together in November 2019, they established themselves as a loud band to see, in the short few months they got to play.
Sunday 29th August
Being banned from clubs and pubs multiple times a week for the way they look, The Outcasts formed out of urgency. Within months, they were one of the hottest bands on the emerging Belfast punk scene.
After three studio albums, many 7“s and EPs, day time national UK radio airplay, a song in the UK charts, sessions for the famous BBC broadcaster, John Peel, and constant tours in the UK and Europe, the band split in 1985 after the tragic death of guitarist Getty.
The Outcasts reformed in 2011, without Colin on drums, to play Rebellion Festival in England. This was the beginning of the new chapter for the two remaining brothers and their two new fellows. The Outcasts are featured in the critically acclaimed and BAFTA nominated movie, Good Vibrations and in an Arte documentary.
In 2019 The Outcasts released a 4 track EP on vinyl (5 tracks on cd) of new material for the US Record Label Violator Records. Also a double gatefold album of all their singles plus some sessions and live recordings was released by another US Record Label based in Japan.
A band that still wants it and gets it. Great to watch live with probably their best years still ahead of them, this band is a legend and a true punk rock unit that won't retire anytime soon.
The Art Rats
Killer punk band from the north
Scattered Ashes are an abrasive Dublin four-piece ranging in influence from Brutalism to Punk. Taking post-punk back to it’s merkier roots, the quartet matches aggressive sonic textures with a strict sense of space, created by urgent guitar stylings and prophetic vocals.
The Love Buzz
The Love Buzz, purveyors of psychedelic punk and all things heart pounding, have garnered a name for themselves with their in-your-face shows in Cork city since their formation in 2017. Following the release of their “Here Comes The Scum” EP, The Love Buzz are gearing up for a busy 2022 touring.
A showing of the movie Good Vibrations
Followed by a Q&A with Terri Hooley
Terri Hooley is a prominent figure in the Belfast punk scene and founder of the Good Vibrations record shop and label, responsible for bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, Protex and The Outcasts making their mark on the national music scene in Ireland and Britain.
Terri Hooley will also DJ on the night.