Canalaphonic: Ones To Watch

Canalaphonic is the biggest free music event in Dublin. The festival takes place in September with the main stage being in Leinster Cricket Club. The club grounds will have a capacity of 5,000 people. The festival will also include a family-friendly area, spoken word, theatre and poetry. Over the two days there will be 100 acts performing on 25 stages.

Here is a list of some acts you should go see at this years festival.


BARQ have been gigging away like a machine this year! Fronted by Jess Kavanagh this is an act that excels in a live environment oozing personality all the while delivering big vocals with an RnB vibe.

Sample Answer

A man hard to miss due to his afro hair style, Sample Answer is a London based Irish musician who honed his craft at open mic nights in the UK which so far has taken him as far as playing Electric Picnic this year.


A band who have been quietly creating a name for themselves and building their sound whilst hidden away in the studio, Arbours are an act that I have seen improve immensely since catching their first ever gig last Christmas in the Button Factory.

Niall Thomas

I first seen Niall Thomas live at The Ruby Sessions two years ago and loved his soft blend of folk music. His voice can still be heard between acts on the regular playlist in Doyles on Tuesday nights at The Ruby Sesisons, and that is for a good reason, reason enough to make sure you catch Niall a Canalaphonic.

Rosa Nutty

Rosa Nutty is an artist that has a bright future. She has a unique way of phasing her lyrics that make her music instantly recognisable.


An act that I recently had the pleasure of seeing live on the Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic, Wolff is an act that is meant to be seen live. High Energy throughout this is an act not to miss.


An electric pop duo who released their debut single earlier this year with a video starring The Night Shift's Eoin Macken. This is an act that will be all over the radio waves soon.

Ciaran O'Brien

Founder of The OB, Ciaran is also a cameraman and video editor that has an obsession with all things music. He created The OB Sessions in 2014 and set up The OB Blog in 2015.

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