Hop House 13 Rhythm Route

In association with Hop House 13, Spraoi bring a diverse, exciting and eclectic programme of national and international music to the pubs, clubs and hotels of Waterford over the three days and nights of the festival.

All Hop House 13 Rhythm Route acts are presented in licensed premises and patrons must be 18+ years of age to attend. All gigs start 10.30pm unless otherwise stated.

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Seven musicians from different countries, cultures and musical styles founded in the alleys of the historic centre of Barcelona, give life to a fresh, vital band, full of positive energy, that’s hard to classify.  “Street power reggae” is their own description.

Video Link:   Microguagua – Luces de la Ciudad

New York Brass

Back by popular demand! North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band, this band pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns…nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band. A powerhouse 7-piece, with a line-up of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone.

Video Link:   New York Brass Band – UK Call Me Al


SKAZOO are a Waterford ska out fit formed from the ashes of ska heroes Skunk !!! The lads play all the great 2tone classics from The Specials, Selecter, Madness, Bad Manners and the Body Snatchers as well as their own ska twist on other tunes that will make heads turn and say “they didn’t just do that!”

No Hot Ashes

No Hot Ashes are an electric cover band from Waterford playing songs from a host of genres, from Rock and Pop to Hip-Hop Dance and Country all backed up with rock’n bass licks, guitar solo’s and drum beats that make you dance your socks off!!

The Strobes

The Strobes will take you on a journey through four decades of the very best musical hits, from Rock n Roll and Golden Oldies, right up to modern contemporary pop and dance acts such as Brittany Spears, Roisin Murphy and Lykke Li. Boasting outstanding female and male lead vocalists, keyboards, acoustic and lead guitars, backed up by a scorching rhythm section.

Video Link:   The Strobes

Gavin Povey & The Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops

Gavin Povey is a London-born piano player, based in Ireland, playing Rhythm & Blues, Rock n Roll, Boogie-Woogie, Stride and Jazz. In a career spanning almost 40 years, Gavin has played with some of the biggest names in popular music, including Shakin’ Stevens, Kirsty McColl, Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds, Albert Lee, Dion and many more. His recorded work has achieved multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries and accumulated sales in excess of 25 million physical copies.

Video Link:  Gavin Povey & The Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops

Thank Funk


Thank Funk are a 7-piece band based in Waterford playing classic funk music from the likes of Chic, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, David Bowie and many more.

Video Link:    Thank Funk – Uptown Funk

The Renegades

The Renegades are a new young Band oozing with style, attitude and energy and are fast becoming one of the leading bands on the circuit. The Renegades deliver a powerhouse show of Funk, Pop, Rock, and everything else in between.

Video Link:    The Renegades – 99 Red Balloons

Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs are a two piece progressive folk/rock n roll band from the South East of Ireland. Our sound is dynamic, exciting and rhythmic.


Now a firm Spraoi favourite, this Dutch Band produce high-energy shows with upbeat melodies on trumpet-fiddle alternated with polyphonic singing on a driving base of drums, bass and guitar. The combination of own material with traditional folk songs from every corner of the world is brought straight from the heart and without restraint.

The Mulligans

Traditional multi-instrumental trio from Waterford City, The Mulligans play a diverse and eclectic mix of music. Tunes from the Emerald Isle and Brittany intertwine to create ‘Cool Celtic’. The ensemble takes you on a musical world tour from the Deise to Brazil and stopping off at Turkey too! Not forgetting the classics, expect Haydn and Mozart too….Hup!

Shane Barry and the Night Post

Since 2007 Shane Barry has been carefully crafting pop songs in the vein of influences from McCartney to Wilco via the Clash. He has recently completed his debut solo album ‘The Night Post’. The current touring band, named after the new album, also takes a similar approach to the recording process, with a revolving cast of musicians, held together by the electronic backing tracks that give this album its own eclectic world of influences.

Skinny Elvis

This three piece from Dublin are sure to have you dancing in the aisles and swinging from the ceiling. An Irish rockabilly band, delving into swamp boogie, delta punk and voodoo. Twang with a bang!

Video Link:   Skinny Elvis – She’s So Fine


The energy and buzz of this Waterford based band has influences of all the great rock acts over the years from the Rolling Stones to Oasis and Kings of Leon, with three part harmonies, bright honkytonk style piano, great bass riffs and brilliant vocals. They’ve just released their debut album “Can’t Stop or Rewind”.


A 12 to 20 piece funk band, this band has become an ever growing collective of talent who make the dirtiest funk know to man. Gigs at some of Ireland’s biggest festivals have ensured a reputation that not only brings the funk but makes sure it stays put through long, sweaty, high-octane sets. A full brass section, mad-scientist keys, great vocals and a tight rhythm section guarantee a good night out.

Mongrel State

Mongrel by name, mongrel by nature. Rock, Western and a host of other styles are put through the wringer –  with honkytonk pianos & fourpart harmonies sitting side-by-side with New Orleans grooves, electric guitars and even the odd inflection of a synth, all underpinned by taut, inventive songwriting.

Fighting Spiders

Ashley Sheehan and the Fighting Spiders return to Spraoi for the first time in four years.The band’s music has been described as ‘Indie Electro pop’ with some orchestral leanings. The live show is full of colour and vigour and not to be missed. Their long awaited return to the stage will be accompanied by an equally anticipated second album.

Bring Your Own Brass

Here comes the sucker punch! These sweaty brassophiles are taking over London and you better watch out. Expect the naughtiest noughties mashups, spine-tingling hip-hop licks, some tasty latin and tropical flavours, and a generous portion of original bass for your face. Inviting a couple of extra-special lip-splitting vocalists on the mic for the next few gigs, be warned – this is not for the faint-hearted.