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It’s hard to think of a new band who have had a more exciting year than Derry’s Touts. Their debut EP, Sickening And Deplorable, went down a storm and received masses of radio airplay. So impressed was Huw

Stephens that he asked them to do a session, which led to the band headlining the BBC Introducin­g Stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals this year. As well as selling out a string of headline shows, they've also notched up some impressive supports, including opening sets for Kasabian and Liam Gallagher.

Now hot on the heels of their latest

single ‘Bombscare’, they release their second EP,

Lit, on November 10. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for the lads!…

In other EP news, Limerick’s Randolf

& The Crokers have unleashed Little Lanes, which follows on from their debut EP, 2015’s Conversati­on

Amongst The Ruins. It was recorded and mixed in Athlone’s Lakelands Studios by Mike O’Dowd and mastered in Limerick by Richard Dowling of Wav Mastering.

The six-piece started gigging around Limerick in 2011 and released their first single ‘Hangin'’ in 2014. Since then, they've amassed an impressive fanbase by virtue of their stellar shows, with highlights to date including Doolin Folk Festival; the Blues, Roots and Brass Festival in Whelan’s; Thomond Sessions Limerick; and a special set at Áras an Uachtaráin at the behest of President Michael D Higgins…

On a similar note, Dubliners Young Earth have just unveiled Frequency Illusion, which they marked with a show at The Academy 2.

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 ??  ?? Hotly tipped Derry punks Touts are about to unleash another scorching EP. By Roisin Dwyer
Hotly tipped Derry punks Touts are about to unleash another scorching EP. By Roisin Dwyer

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