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 Friday playlist in both the UK and Brazil. Since then, BARQ have been one of the most talked about bands in Ireland. Lead singer, Jess Kav , featured on the front cover of Ireland's premier music magazine, Hot Press, and BARQ have since been included in The Irish TImes "50 People to watch in 2017"
Throughout their performing career, BARQ have left the Irish and international scene in awe of their energetic and dynamic live show. In 2017, BARQ completed their first tour, with dates in the UK and Ireland and also 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 Pulp Fiction Soundtrack in their own agrosoul style.A hugely successful performance on the Main Stage at Body&Soul, a sell-out double single launch at Whelan’s of Dublin, a summer of appearances at many of Ireland’s top festivals, and an exciting new collaboration with the creative team at Diffusion Lab kept BARQ extremely busy in 2018, the culmination of the year’s work being their headline show at Dublin’s Button Factory.
2020 has gotten off to a bright start with Audi featuring BARQ's "I'm Blaming You" on their latest ad campaign and a new EP scheduled for release this spring. Stay tuned for more!
"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