BARQ are a high energy four-piece, shoving groove into the belly of the rock-beast and creating agro-soul. This is music to dance dangerously to.
In March 2016, BARQ released their debut single “Gentle Kind of Lies” to critical acclaim and a surge of media attention. The track was picked up Spotify’s new music playlist in both the UK and Brazil, as well as being included on IASCA’s playirish USA, and two of Goldenplec’s Goldenstereo playlists.
After wowing crowds at a number of leading festivals around the country including; Longitude, Indiependence, Groove, Body + Soul , Electric Picnic, and Knockanstockan, BARQ released their 3rd single "Bear" in Nov 2016.
Between the three singles released in 2016 BARQ became one of only 13 Irish artists to feature in RTÉ 2fm's 100 most played artists of 2016, alongside the likes of Hozier, Kodaline, and Gavin James.
Throughout the last 18 months, BARQ have left audiences in awe with their energetic and dynamic live show. In 2017, BARQ completed their first tour, with dates in the UK and Ireland, and travelled to Toronto for Canadian Music Week. After returning to Dublin from Mondo New York, BARQ began touring as part of the Smithwicks Soundtrack Series, recreating the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction in their own agrosoul style.
Next up, BARQ will be celebrating the release of two singles in March 2018 with a gig in Whelan's on 24/03/18. Expect big things from this four piece in the coming months.
"50 people to watch in 2017" - Irish Times
“The tightness of a thoroughly experienced live band is heard in the production, and the song has a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu in a psychedelic R&B rock style. Jess Kav’s bellowing soul voice shines through.” - Nialler9
“Impossibly tight grooves over otherworldly guitar lines and aggressively soulful vocals” – dublinconcerts.ie
“A meeting place between experimentation and control BARQ’s is a masterclass in how to define who you are muscially and not simply define who you aren’t.” - The Last MIxed Tape
“Their sound betrays all the tell-tale hallmarks of seasoned musicians that know exactly what they’re doing and how they’re doing it” - The Thin Air
“BARQ made their live debut at our #GoldenBeck showcase in The Workman's Club...and it was instantly evident that BARQ are the real deal.” -Ros Madigan, Goldenplec
“BARQ are definitely one of the most exciting new acts on the Irish Music scene.” -RTE 2XM
“One of the hottest new Irish acts of 2016” - Hot Press
“New Artist of the Week” – The Irish Times
Track of The Day – TXFM
Wednesday’s Twist – Dan Hegarty 2FM