sleep thieves culture collide


Sleep Thieves, are Sorcha Brennan (vocals, synths), Wayne Fahy (Vocals, synths, bass, programming), and Keith Byrne (synths, guitar, bass, programming). The Dublin-dwelling trio met through Twitter where they bonded over film soundtracks and vintage synths. This musical friendship was solidified in the recording of their self-released EP, Islands in 2012, which garnered accolades from the press. Their full length album, You Want the Night, was released in 2014 (via Minty Fresh Records US). Their music is haunting, dreamy and cinematic, it opens up and rolls in like a storm, enticing and caressing the listener.

Recently Sleep Thieves have played Electric Picnic, Culture Collide in San Francisco and LA, the FMC tour around Ireland, Forbidden Fruit, Body and Soul, CMJ Music Marathon New York, and in London, Paris and Italy.

With Millions of plays  and almost 100,000 unique listeners per month on Spotify, the band has gained a great  listener ship worldwide.

Album Press

You Want the Night:

Press Quotes

“Dublin-based trio Sleep Thieves make perfect music for a late night drive through quieting streets, past twinkling lights and the occasional wanderer–the sort of music that sits wonderfully alongside the work of groups like Glass Candy and Chromatics” – Pigeons and Planes

City of Hearts is the very definition of noir-disco: dark, almost malevolent, with a cinematic tinge to it. Listening to it, you can just feel the night air whip past your face as you drive through the empty streets of a dark brooding city – the streetlights your only light, this track the only sound you can hear.” – The Line of Best Fit

“Dublin-based Sleep Thieves will definitely entice you to stay up late, whether to dance or drift off in a daydream, but you won’t hold that against them.” – The Guardian

“Dublin’s Sleep Thieves skate along feathery synths and breathy female vocals. Their new single City of Hearts kinda sounds like what might happen if Johnny Jewel was producing Phantogram.” – Under the Radar Magazine


  •  Performed two sets at Ireland’s seminal Electric Picnic festival  Tagged: “Top 5 acts we saw at Electric Picnic” by
  •  Sleep Thieves headline a stage at the long running Cork Jazz Festival in October 2014
  •  Selected for the FMC Tour 2014 with Fight Like Apes & Kid Karate – 6 gig showcase around Ireland, fully funded and promoted by Irish Arts Council music body FMC
  •  Culture Collide festival in San Francisco and Los Angeles in October 2014 – playing alongside Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Cloud Nothings
  •  CMJ music marathon 2015 in New York.

 Opened for: Austra (Canada), MS MR (US), Maximo Park (UK), Wild Nothing (US), Destroyer (Canada),  St Etienne(UK), Spector(UK), Trust(US)

Radio: UK and Ireland:

Radio play and support by many of the UK scene’s leading radio DJ’s such as

  1. Eddie Temple-Morris (XFM)
  2. John Kennedy (XFM)
  3. Nemone (BBC 6 MUSIC)
  4. Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 MUSIC)
  5. Tom Robinson (BBC 6 MUSIC)
  6. Radcliffe Maconie (BBC 6 MUSIC)
  7. Lauren Laverne’s show (BBC 6 MUSIC)
  8. Simon Raymond (AMAZING RADIO)
  9. Frank Skinner (AMAZING RADIO)

Radio: US and Canada:

Top ads and Charting on

  1. BreakThru Radio New York, NY 
  2. KSYM San Antonio, TX 
  3. KUPS Tacoma, WA 
  4. Radio CUH Honolulu, HI 
  5. WMNF Tampa, FL 
  6. WNSU Ft Lauderdale, FL 
  7. WRIR Richmond, VA 
  8. WUTK Knoxville, TN 
  9. WWSU Dayton, OH
  • Amazing Radio – various shows
  • Absolute Radio – various shows
  • 2fm, 2xm, TXFM, Today FM, 98fm, Dublin City Radio, FM104, Galway BayFM, Red FM
  • Millions of plays and Nearly 100,000 Listeners per month on Spotify