Ireland is a beautiful country steeped in history and mysticism, this rich tapestry is the perfect backdrop for psychedelic Trance which has flourished in recent years. The relatively small population of 4 million people provides a close knit but welcoming community united in a shared passion for the music. Licensing laws in Ireland which only permit club nights to run until 3 a.m. have helped drive the dance music scene underground to after parties and mini-festivals where you can enjoy artists as varied as Hux Flux, Audiomatic, Psymetrix or Guiseppe playing well beyond the curfew. Dublin would be a great place to start a musical tour of Ireland; promoters such as Neutronyx, PT Connection and SPUD have built solid reputations in the capital city and hold regular world class events featuring top local and international talents.

Electric Picnic

Electric Picnic

A trip down south is not complete without an EARTHSTAR GATHERING party which holds monthly club residencies as well as some of the best open air events on offer anywhere in the country. Moving across to the west of Ireland: the PLANT kru have really pushed the envelope in terms of bespoke production (one such party transformed a medieval castle into a psychedelic playground). The TONGUE ON THE ROOF team take care of business in and around Northern Ireland with legal and semi-legal parties that are incredibly popular with djs, fans and punters alike. All this fertile ground has produced and nurtured some great talents, who through the „global village“ lifestyle have been drawn to and settled in Ireland. Vic Triplag (Triplag Music) DJ Squee (Nutek Records) and Shore Bar Axle (Syncronize Records) are just a few of the globally recognised artists who currently call the Emerald Isle home. Subsystem Records is another Irish success story with an international flavour, founded in 2010 the label has enjoyed success through a string of releases by well respected artists such as Rinkadink, Breathead and most recently Gaspard, who together with Ajja comprise Yabyum, a name synonymous with quality psychedelic music.

Earthstar Gathering

Earthstar Gathering

The highlight of the Psytrance calendar is a 3 day festival hosted by Zefer and the Neutronyx kru, LIFE FESTIVAL has enjoyed 7 mind blowing years and continues to go from strength to strength through a commitment to forward thinking music and attention to production detail. The Irish economy relies heavily on tourism and although in the past it would have been considered an expensive destination by world standards, nowadays there are real bargains to be found in flights and accommodation. Geographically it is a rather small nation with excellent transport links throughout. The climate can be temperamental, and it is not unusual to experience four seasons in one day, but as Bob Marley once said; “some people feel the rain, others just get wet.” With a well deserved reputation for hospitality, some truly spectacular scenery and a rich cultural heritage, Ireland is an amazing country to visit and well worth the trip.

Text:
Jon Subsaharan

Vic Triplag

Vic Triplag

Vic Triplag
There are many places to visit in Ireland, one of them is the Newgrange Ancient Temple. Constructed over 5000 years ago it is older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It is famous for the Winter Solstice illumination which lights up the passage and chamber at sunrise.
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Websites
life-festival.com
earthstargatherings.com
subsystemrecords.com
triplag.com
syncronizerecords.com

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