Raglans music is a blaze of muscular new wave guitars, gritty pop melodies and uplifting indie folk arrangement. After touring with Strypes, they are this week embarking on their own headlining UK tour, followed by the release of their UK debut single 'Digging Holes' on new label Cuckoo Records.
In the 4-piece's homelands of Ireland and on the big World Wide Web, they've become something of a cult - be it one that makes it into The Mirror and The Star as Ireland's 'new band of the moment'. Raglans debut 'Long Live' EP (2012), released on Whelan's new record label, spawned two viral videos - the first, a witty, charmingly shot Beatles-esque video for 'The Man from Glasgow' has clocked up over 35,500 YouTube hits to date and was recently used on Coors Light Free House Campaign. The more tongue-firmly-in-cheek video to 'Digging Holes' followed knocking up just short of 42,000 YouTube hits, a nomination in state.ie 'Best 50 Videos of all Time' and a lasting live legacy with swathes of fans replicating the dance moves during Raglans gigs.
Raglans have played all the major Irish festivals: Electric Picnic, Westport, Sea Sessions, Independence, The Volvo Ocean Race, No Place Like Dome, Knockanstockan, Festival of Fires etc. and have also recently supported The View, The Courteeners , Haim and Strypes. They are now on their debut UK tour which kicked off this week:
Mon 8th: Bristol - Start The Bus
Thu 11th: Edinburgh - Electric Circus
Fri 12th: Stockton - FU Bar Shine Like Stars
Sat 13th: Birmingham - Sunflower Lounge
Mon 15th: London - Water Rats
Tue 16th: Guildford - Boileroom
Wed 17th: Newcastle - Think Tank
Thu 18th: Manchester - Trof
Fri 19th: Leeds - Cockpit 3
Sat 20th: York - Duchess
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