Southern Gothic Music Festival 2014


Southern Gothic is a free Music Festival based  in the Crane Lane Theatre, Cork City. The festival kicks off on the upcoming May bank holiday weekend – Friday, May 2nd to Monday, May 5th, 2014- and celebrates its 5th year in bringing the best blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll acts to the people of Cork.

Southern Gothic defines the nexus between punk, blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, groove and other underground/ independent genres. It presents a mix of music that is both wide ranging yet strangely intuitive, and provides a line up of acts that has  a unique universal DIY spirit, themed with an appreciation for the blues, which is a truly unique combination in this day and age.


This year sees Southern Gothic Weekender spread into a number of new venues in Cork, which includes:  El Fenix, Sin E, The Mutton Lane & B.D.S.M.  A full breakdown of all gigs, performance times and venues can be found at The Southern Gothic official website, check out the gig guide.

Headline Acts


ZZZ’s are an all girls post punk/experimental trio from Japan that reach back to the no wave scene of the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.  It’s not a rudimentary primitivist barrage but a selective collection of tactics involving repetition, dissonance and propulsion. …read more

Barrance Whitfield and The Savages

Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, and Solomon Burke. He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs…read more

Farewell J.R/The Shaker Hymn

The Shaker Hymn are a four-piece alternative rock band from Cork, Ireland. Having known each other since childhood, the quartet started making rudimentary teenage noises back in the midst of 2005…read more

The Membranes

The Membranes were a post-punk band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1977. Fired up by punk rock, 16 year old John Robb has an idea for a band and tries to find like minded people…read more

John Robb

John Robb was festering away in Blackpool, UK till punk rock came along and saved his life. Naively believing that you really could do what you wanted, he went on to form The Membranes, write for the rock press, do loads of TV stuff and form another band project Goldblade…read more

Kid Loco

An easy-listening trip-hopster similar in style and intent to his countrymen Air and Dimitri From Paris, Kid Loco has an even stronger kinship with the long tradition of French pop characterized by Serge Gainsbourg…read more

J.D Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers

The Dirt Daubers were formed by Legendary Shack Shakers front man, artist, director and country punk pioneer J.D. Wilkes in 2009 with his wife Jessica. J.D. Wilkes known for his gothic preacher persona, frantic blues harmonica playing and his wild stage antics (Jello Biafra of Alternative Tentacles/Dead Kennedys called J.D. Wilkes “the last great Rock and Roll front man”), now whips into trading lead vocal duties with his feminine foil…read more