Paloma Faith – Custom House Sq. Belfast

August 21st, 2015 by


“She’s not bad.” “Eh? She’s a bit better than ‘not bad’, sure she’s on fire lad!” “Yeeeooooo!!!” “Yeeeooooo’s right!!!” It’s true, fellow concert goer – Paloma Faith most certainly knows how to ignite a crowd. So much so, in fact, that the wanton intensity of that signature Paloma ’60s sound must be all too much […]

Sun Kil Moon – National Concert Hall, Dublin

August 10th, 2015 by


How much you enjoy a Sun Kil Moon gig these days depends on where you stand regarding Mark Kozelek’s recent acts of on-stage self-sabotage. Over the past year, his wholly unnecessary ongoing feud with The War On Drugs and calling a crowd at a music festival a “bunch of fucking hillbillies” could be viewed as […]

Ed Sheeran – Croke Park, Dublin

July 27th, 2015 by


So this is what the mainstream looks like. While charts and record sales may be a nebulous concept, pick your way through the streets leading to GAA headquarters and you get a sense how a platinum album translates in real life. Which means virtually the same as any other large scale Irish show – be […]

Anton Newcombe & Tess Parks – Sugar Club, Dublin

July 17th, 2015 by

Anton Newcombe & Tess Parks, Sugar Club by Kieran Frost

As the main man in the acid-fried Brian Jonestown Massacre, Anton Newcombe was a cult figure. He was three parts genius, one part relic, two parts victim of his own volition. As the lead name in Anton Newcombe & Tess Parks (we have no idea why, Parks is the star of the show) he is […]

Noel Gallagher – Live At The Marquee, Cork

July 16th, 2015 by

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Roskilde 2015 by Jakob Bekker-Hansen

At 8 pm, support act The Academic shuffle on to stage. These four young men from Mullingar have a proven talent for songwriting and having seen them on several occasions we can honestly say it’s a pleasure to see them back in The Marquee; the last occasion having supported the Pixies. The kick drum is […]

Nick Oliveri – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin

July 16th, 2015 by


The man with the most envied shriek in the music business, Nick Oliveri has always been something of a force of nature. It is now 11 years since the former bassist’s controversial exit from international rock superstars Queens Of The Stone Age, and while his old band are continuing to sell out arenas worldwide, Oliveri […]

The Frames – Live At The Marquee, Cork

July 14th, 2015 by

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Celebrating 25 years as a band is quite a milestone but to do so in front of three sold-out audiences who can recite your lyrics verbatim even more-so. Standing in the audience for The Frames at Live at The Marquee is a sight to behold. Having performed twice last week at Iveagh Gardens, this is not […]

St Vincent – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 13th, 2015 by

St Vincent, Iveagh Gardens by Olga Kuzmenko

It rains, the sound is bad and it’s full of scenesters. That’s the mantra of the increasingly vocal sector besmirching the name of outdoor gigs. A glance up at the soupy broth replacing the summer sky this evening, a part of you wants to agree and leave the oasis of Iveagh Gardens to see who’s […]

Chic — Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 13th, 2015 by


Continuing this season’s run of shows at the Iveagh Gardens, it was the turn of Chic featuring Nile Rodgers tonight. This time round they are doing two shows, with the second down in the Marquee in Cork, fresh from a run of dates in the UK. Very much a feel good atmosphere pervaded the gardens, […]

Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 4, Saturday

July 12th, 2015 by


It’s hard to know if the human is built for four days at this level of festival-going. Day and night after day and night, Roskilde served up some seriously good music and in such an atmosphere (and the fortunate great weather) that you don’t want any day to end. All other Roskilde festivals we’ve been […]

The Libertines — 3Arena, Dublin

July 11th, 2015 by

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The two most striking things about the Libertines‘ return to Ireland are the leap in quality – from half-arsed vagabonds to exquisitely ramshackle – and the adoration of the capacity crowd. In the first instance, these lads never claimed to be Pink Floyd; they play fast and loose and very, very intensely. There are mistakes […]

Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 3, Friday

July 8th, 2015 by


It’s full daylight bright when we wake at 6am but the sandman allows us to drift off again ’til a more respectable hour; one which skips us past Kronos Quartet’s midday slot. It’s now over 48 hours since we have literally seen a cloud, the dusty site clean again after its nighttime overhaul. It’s not just […]

AC/DC – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

July 6th, 2015 by

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As the Juggernaut that is the AC/DC Rock or Bust tour rolls into Dublin it can only mean one, two, four things; bells, cannons, inflatable dolls and rock hard riffery. On one of the finest evenings of the year the faithful make their way to the Aviva Stadium in anticipation of what is surely a highlight […]

Neil Diamond — 3Arena, Dublin

July 5th, 2015 by

from Neil Diamond's official website

You can say what you want about Neil Diamond but you can’t deny that there’s a little bit of class underneath all that sequinned, hair-sprayed cheese. From his thinning grey hair down to his soft-shoe shuffle, pumps the blood of a showman and after what must be tens of thousands of live shows he still […]