The First Music Contact Tour rolled into Kilkenny last night at Set Theatre, bringing with it a wealth of Irish talent including Imploded View, Kid Karate, Fight Like Apes and Sleep Thieves.

Imploded View kicked the night off with a bang (quite literally) with a storming DJ set before one of the tightest bands we’ve seen in a while – Kid Karate – made their Kilkenny debut.

The majority of those in attendance looked to be there for Fight Like Apes, making their first return to Kilkenny since their 2013 Kilkenny Arts Festival appearance at Billy Byrne’s, the band on flying form. Sleep Thieves, with the local connection were last to the stage around 11pm, taking things through to midnight.

A great addition to the music calendar, it would be better again to see all four acts back in Kilkenny sooner rather than later. We’ll have video performance from the night soon, but for now, here’s a look at what happened on stage last night.

The tour concludes tonight in the Workman’s Club in Dublin. Check out for more.