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Robbie Power is one of the original and dearest members of the ALS crew.
Truly a renaissance man if ever there was one, Robbie splits his time between his home in Waterford, and a career in copywriting which allows him the flexibility to travel for large parts of the year, before returning to Ireland for the festival season.
Rob stepped up to become our Site Manager at ALS19, looking after a burley and grizzly crew of makers and doers who are responsible for creating and maintaining much of the infrastructure needed to transform the verdant grounds of Killyon Manor into a festival site – no easy task!
This aside, Robbie is equally adept chatting amicably about music or philosophy at the back of The Shift Shack mid boogie, and all with a trademark measured calm which sets him out as one of the very best we’ve got.

Hey Robbie, how’s it going? Can you tell us how you are riding out the storm?

Robbie Power here present and accounted for. Myself and the lovely Anna (ALS Decor) are ‘Coronavoiding’ in the beautiful Dunmore East having only returned from winter in Asia a couple of weeks ago.

We’re extremely grateful to have been able to find this hidy-hole on such short notice. I’ve got a copywriting biz (wordflow) among other things and Anna works in textiles which is extremely ‘on brand’ if you know Anna!

How are you finding all of this?

We are grateful to be extremely lucky people and like many of us, are really having no ill effects from current circumstances besides maybe a few less sheckles in the account. …coping is only about being aware of that.

We are grateful to be extremely lucky people and like many of us, are really having no ill effects from current circumstances besides maybe a few less sheckles in the account.

coping is only about being aware of that.”

SONG #1

Handsome Boy

‘The Truth’

Handsome Boy modelling School were a little ahead of their time in terms of building a sound through genre bending collaboration. The riff from the old standard ‘Coffee Cold’ along with the Roisin Murphy vocals get me every time.

SONG #2

THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA

‘ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN’

I Have been a huge fan of the cinematic since very early on and this collaboration with Roots Manuva always bring you on a journey. Credit to Roots for bringing vocals that somehow match the emotion of the orchestra.

SONG #3

LHASA DE SELA

‘DE CARA A LA PARED’

I was given a Lhasa Album years ago, just before I spent a few months driving around Europe where she would often be the soundtrack. Sadly she died of cancer only a few years later. I’ve never learned what these lyrics mean, the conveyed emotion is so powerful you just don’t need to know.

 

SONG #4

KATIE KIM

‘FAKE YOUR DEATH’

I have the pleasure of knowing Katie, but her music leaves me in no doubt that I would be a fan even if that wasn’t the case. I may even be a bigger fan, we’re all begrudgers down here! This song so succinctly conveys the feeling of having enough of it all (to me anyway), yet ironically is so beautiful it could probably bring someone back form the brink!

SONG #5

SWEET TEA

‘AFTER LAUGHTER (COMES TEARS)’

This song serves as a reminder that there is no escaping the vicissitudes of life, however it does swing both ways. There might be tears after laughter, but there will surely be laughter after the tears.