In its third year, Irrelevant Fest has expanded its lineup to span five days, with shows in East Atlanta's quintessential venue, 529, and West Atlanta's new DIY space, The Bakery.
Irrelevant Records brings us five full evenings of local music, with a combination of emerging new artists and nationally recognized up-and-comers.
We've boiled down a few of those acts that we think you absolutely shouldn't miss. We'll also have some special social media takeovers from a few of the bands throughout the fest. It all kicks off with the Opening Reception tonight at 529. Not too late to get your tickets.
Atlanta pop rockers King of Summer (KOS) are back at Irrelevant Fest, hitting 529’s stage for the opening reception on Wed., July 18. This will also be drummer Tim Sterritt’s – the brother of KOS’s lead singer Ryan Sterritt – final show with the band.
“Our next show after Irrelevant Fest – with Microwave, Can’t Swim and Drug Church – will be our first show with our new drummer, whose name we can’t release yet,” Tim says. “Other than that, we’re sitting on some demos that we’re hoping should see the light of day before the end of the year, and partying.”
Since dropping the music video for “Tunnel of Love” back in February – a track packed with warped guitars and hauntingly melodic visuals – it looks like opening night of the fest could gain some surprises based on King of Summer’s continuous development in their music. – Katie Lipsiner
Chick Wallace is one of Atlanta’s quintessential local bands. After the video premiere for “Ghost” last month, the salty girl surf pop four-piece has been further promoting their debut self-titled EP, “The Chick Wallace EP”, since it’s release in late November.
Although their music falls into the indie-pop genre, their innovative melodic guitar lines and surf-pop rhythms combine with their punk attitudes classify them as anything but the indie cliche.
Lead by vocalist and guitarist Melanie Paulos, the Atlanta locals play almost every local venue in Atlanta over the course of the last couple months of 2018, but their performance during Irrelevant Fest’s Opening Reception is bound to be a special one. – KL
Iconic Atlanta group Material Girls will premiere their debut album, Leather, during day two of Irrelevant Fest 2018. The LP has already received much acclaim, and rightfully so. It’s a pleasantly boisterous 8-track composition that puts a modern spin on late 20th century punk, with some influence from the classic rock ‘n roll, which many in the industry claim is dying.
Material Girls are doing a notable job of bringing life back to the genre, and not just in Atlanta. As they receive national recognition for their innovative and honest art, the group still flies under the radar, adding to their completely authentically punk aesthetic. Their LP release show is sure to be a raucous good time, and one evening of Irrelevant Fest that you should not miss. – Erin Patrick
Fresh off the release of their double single, Rose Hotel will bring their glowing folk-rock to the second night of Irrelevant Fest. The “reimagined” versions of “One Thing” and fan-favorite “Honestly” – tracks from Rose Hotel’s 2017 EP Always A Good Reason – employ new harmonies and expressive French horn. These altered elements are a guide to the future sound of the band, who plans to release new music this year.
“I think, if anything, it’s really just made me feel more confident as a songwriter, and made me want to push my comfort zone and be a little more rock ‘n roll,” frontwoman Jordan Reynolds says of the Atlanta music scene’s influence on her sound. “Because the first EP was more stripped down, and then, since I’ve moved here, I’ve been able to flesh it out into a whole band. I think just the energy of Atlanta, and the way the music scene is super vibrant and eclectic and different, it made me realize that I don’t just have to sit in one box.”
Atlanta trio Yukons has been on the scene since 2016, composed of guitarist and vocalist José Joaquín Izaguirre, drummer Danielle Dollar, and bassist Hannah Lankey. Although the group didn’t form until 2016, most of the members have been making music since their early teens.
Together, each member contributes a unique point of view to the group and the songwriting. Of Venezuelan descent, Izaguirre brings a Latinx perspective to the Atlanta music scene, often singing in Spanish, like on the track, “Abajo Cadenas” from their most recent LP, South of the Equator.
At this year’s Irrelevant Fest, Yukons will be performing tracks from that March release. Izaguirre, Dollar and Lankey all feel strongly about the complexity of the current political climate, and much of South of the Equator takes on this subject. Seeing Yukons live is never dull, not only because of the disarming voice of Izaguirre or the power behind the Lankey and Dollar’s percussive contributions, but because of the topics they tackle with such ingenuity and grace. – EP