Pixies – Live at the Marquee, Cork

July 16th, 2016 by

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It’s the final night of the Live at the Marquee festival in Cork city and it’s been an amazing couple of weeks. Some of the biggest Irish and International acts have played in sunshine and in rain under the lights of the marquee. Pixies return after two years as part of their 2016 world tour […]

The Stone Roses — Marlay Park, Dublin

July 13th, 2016 by


Where do you start with the Stone Roses? On first thought – this is better than Heaton Park, Manchester, but not quite as good as The Phoenix Park, Dublin (both 2012). Yes there are complaints about the sound quality (relax John, Ian’s not at fault this time). They won’t play ‘Tightrope’ or ‘Ten Storey Love […]

John Grant – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 13th, 2016 by

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John Grant has been playing shows in Ireland on an ever increasing scale since launching his solo career back in 2010. Tonight, he takes to the grandest stage yet at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, as he continues to tour behind last October’s Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. While thoughts in advance drift to what was an […]

Foals – Live at the Marquee, Cork

July 12th, 2016 by

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The last time I saw Foals was in 2008, at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin at the tail-end of the promotional tour for the band’s debut Antidotes. I know I probably shouldn’t, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how things have accelerated even then and in the eight years since. It’s funny to think that […]

Castlepalooza – Charleville Castle, Tullamore

July 10th, 2016 by

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There’s nothing like thunder laden clouds and a thick layer of puddles outside to strike fear in a festival-goer. In the anxious lead-up to this year’s incarnation of Castlepalooza, there’s an impulse to peer outside any and every window and gaze at the sky, to feverishly check weather apps and to pack and repack thermal long […]

Don Henley – Live at the Marquee, Cork

July 5th, 2016 by

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Walking into the Marquee on a glorious Wednesday evening, we are met with signs and warnings from security that under no circumstances would photography or mobile phones be tolerated. My initial thoughts are that Henley may becoming a cantankerous old man; however, it’s obvious from the beginning that what he’s hoping to achieve with this performance is […]

Saul Williams – The Sugar Club, Dublin

July 4th, 2016 by


The Sugar Club is a strange aul venue at times. Often I’m there thinking…if there was a bit more room here…if there were another couple of seats there…but not tonight. It’s hard to imagine a more suited venue for this evening’s incumbent. Saul Williams takes his time getting to the stage but when he arrives he […]

Stereophonics – RHK, Dublin

July 4th, 2016 by

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Three albums deep, The Vaccines tone has changed dramatically from their scrappy, tongue-in-cheek indie-punk origins. When Justin Young penned the likes of ‘Norgaard’ and ‘If You Wanna’, it was a throwaway break from his folk career as Jay Jay Pistolet, and the tracks were largely in fun. Let’s face it, some of the early material […]

Disclosure – RHK, Dublin

July 3rd, 2016 by

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The Irish weather doesn’t care who you are or what you are doing, it just wants you to know it’s there. Thirty minutes before Guy and Howard Lawrence take to the stage tonight the heavens open, proving once again that “muddy” isn’t nearly muddy enough. Anyway, Disclosure are here to bring their pop-infused future house […]

Earth Wind & Fire – 3Arena, Dublin

July 1st, 2016 by


Boom! Less than 10 minutes after taking to the stage tonight, Earth Wind and Fire hit us with both barrels and drop a full tilt ‘Boogie Wonderland’ on us in all its extended boogilicious glory. If this is in their opening salvo then what other delights await us? The 12-piece strong band flex their musical muscle […]

Chic – Live at the Marquee, Cork

June 28th, 2016 by

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It stands to reason that no matter how old you are, you’ve listened to and loved a song that was created or at least co-written by Chic frontman and co-founder, Nile Rodgers. Whether it’s one of their original disco hits or Rodgers’ latest involvement with Daft Punk’s concept album, Random Access Memories, the band have cemented […]

Sigur Ros & James Vincent McMorrow – Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

June 27th, 2016 by

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The evolution of James Vincent McMorrow continues at pace, two albums in and one about to drop he appears, and sounds, to have hit a new creative purple patch. The JVM of Early in the Morning, the troubadour incarnation, was slightly folksy before we saw him branching out into more expansive territory with the more […]

Body & Soul – Ballinglough Castle

June 26th, 2016 by

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It’s received wisdom that, when it comes to a decent festival, it’s about more than just the music that makes it. There needs to be a certain feeling in the air, a sense of belonging and being at one with your fellow revellers. Of course, those feelings are entirely subjective. Take the Electric Picnic, for […]

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Academy, Dublin

June 20th, 2016 by

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“You have to do these things at BJM gigs, that’s the point, getting a reaction from them” was the alleged riposte from the man who brought Anton Newcombe down from the stage and into the crowd tonight. His claim that Anton “sucks” was met with a few laughs but not from the target of his […]