Cian has been DJing since the early ’90s, when he first cut his teeth spinning tunes at school & youth club discos around his native Dingle in Co. Kerry. He held various indie club residencies in Salthill, Galway during his college years, before kick-starting the club where he honed his reputation as an eclectic and open-minded DJ – ‘110th Street’ in Galway’s Town Hall in 1998. Other nights he has promoted & DJ-ed at in Galway include the legendary ‘Boogaloo’ parties in The Black Box and ‘The Hive’.
Over the past two decades, 110th Street has held residencies in venues all around Galway, as well as stints in Dublin, Limerick & Cork. Back in the ‘naughties’, 110th Street was the first club night to give the likes of Soulwax/2ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Justice & Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space) their Irish club debuts and also hosted parties with Andrew Weatherall, The Avalanches and Glasgow’s Optimo DJs.
Cian has been presenting much lauded radio show An Taobh Tuathai (ATT) on RTÉ RnaG since 1999. The show airs five nights each week, from Monday to Friday, 10pm to midnight.
Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals / Neon Neon recently called ATT “one of the most radical radio shows in the world”.
UK music site The Quietus described it thus: “It’s an obvious and lazy comparison, then, to call presenter Cian Ó Cíobháin the Irish John Peel, but his laid-back manner, combined with the eclectic and astonishing mix of sounds played on the programme, make him more worthy of the mantle than any other DJ I’m aware of in Britain or elsewhere today.”
His radio show has twice been shortlisted in the best music show category in the Celtic Media Awards and also received the bronze medal in the specialist music show category at the 2014 PPI (now IMRO) Radio Awards.
He has played at many of the Irish music festivals: Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Other Voices, Another Love Story, Interlude and Oxegen.
His hometown Dingle is one of his favourite places in the country to play.