Janelle Monáe – Tripod – Photos

Janelle Monáe - Tripod

I’ll by-pass all the unnecessary details about the snow-related chaos that potentially threatened the arrival of Janelle Monáe and her fans to Tripod on a Wednesday evening when Dublin once again fell to pieces. Despite all these issues, the venue was well-filled when I arrived in during support act Brian Deady. I found his style … Continue reading

State vs AU – Mercantile – Photos

Grand Pocket Orchestra - State vs AU - Mercantile

Great night in The Mercantile on Friday as a big crowd came in to get good value for their free entry and see three wonderful live acts in cosy quarters. Cloud Castle Lake kicked it all off with yet another performance of breathtaking beauty. The Lowly Knights followed with an energetic set that had the … Continue reading

Spoon – Academy – Photos

Spoon - Academy

    I was a bit worried that this gig might have turned out to be one of those awkwardly unpopulated affairs, considering the noticeable push for ticket sales in the week leading up to the event. When I arrived, O Emperor had just begun their set to a fairly standard crowd for that time … Continue reading

Local Natives – The Village – Photos

Local Natives - The Village

I had felt bad about being unable to attend Local Natives‘ previous gigs in Ireland, sure I had missed out on something wonderful. It’s still entirely possible that I did, but during Monday’s gig in The Village, when the band thanked the fans for bringing them there “after that awful Academy 2 thing…” I began … Continue reading

M.I.A. – Tripod – Photos

M.I.A. - Tripod

She made it. That’s one thing that rates this gig above M.I.A.’s other attempted Dublin gigs. Despite having finally managed to schedule a Dublin show without cancelling, there was less excitement about the event than one might imagine. A mixture of the poor ticket sales (due to an off-putting price tag) and the less than … Continue reading

The Cat Empire – Academy – Photos

The Cat Empire - Academy

During the summer I caught up with The Cat Empire in Calgary and got the chance to interview keyboardist Ollie McGill. That interview went up on State last week ahead of their first ever gig in Ireland, which took place last Friday night. My review of the gig can also be found on State and … Continue reading

HWCH 2010 – Saturday – Photos

HWCH 2010 - Grand Pocket Orchestra

    Having been unable or unfit to enjoy the sideshow attractions that HWCH has to offer on the first two days, I started early on Saturday by sampling the HWCH & The City free gigs and the panel discussions. I thought the “Futuregazing” panel was really entertaining and it remained surprisingly focused on the … Continue reading

HWCH 2010 – Friday – Photos

HWCH 2010 - Futures Apart

    With the biggest home game of Ireland’s current qualifying campaign getting underway down the road at the Aviva around the same time as the first bands are tuning up at day two of HWCH, allegiances are questioned and friendships torn apart. Me, I’ve got my Ireland jersey on and intend to view as … Continue reading

HWCH 2010 – Thursday – Photos

HWCH 2010 - Sleep Thieves

  HWCH 2010 – Sleep Thieves So it began. The 2010 Hard Working Class Heroes festival, notable mainly for its notable absentees, began presenting their showcase of the new breed while I was still at home. That didn’t matter though, I had a list and it started at 8pm and, by god, I was going … Continue reading

The Commitments – Reunion Tour Announcement

    Jimmy Rabbitte’s merry band of chancers, The Commitments, are getting back together for a handful of live shows next year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the best-loved Irish films of all time. Today, the original cast/members (well, most of them at least) gathered in Dublin’s Liberty Hall to announce their … Continue reading

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