Aerosmith – 3Arena, Dublin

June 19th, 2017 by

Having managed to successfully dodge seeing Aerosmith perform live in over two decades of gig-going, the opportunity presented itself to attend this so-called farewell tour stopover in Dublin (advertised as the cringe-worthy “Aero-Vederci Baby” tour). Better late than never, so the adage goes, and yet to be verified. Others, it would seem, are less hesitant […]

Hans Zimmer – 3Arena, Dublin

June 17th, 2017 by

In Terrence Malick’s existential anti-war epic The Thin Red Line, a pivotal scene featured US soldiers slowly impinging upon an invisible enemy, unequipped to deal with what was confronting them. It was a study of chaos and vulnerability, with the theme of the movie – the utter futility and grim banality of war – distilled […]

Eddie Vedder – Live at the Marquee, Cork

June 14th, 2017 by

It’s a bright Sunday evening in the people’s republic and as we arrive we’re greeted with the announcement that Glen Hansard will arrive to the stage in 10 minutes. It falls on deaf ears for the most part, the sold out audience happy enough to loiter around the bar. It suits us, sauntering comfortably to […]

Eddie Vedder — 3Arena, Dublin

June 13th, 2017 by

Tonight is pretty much about a load of people showing 100% devotion to the idea of Eddie Vedder if not the man himself. Sporadic roars of “I love you Eddie” pepper the dense atmosphere and seem to hang suspended in the air as he does nothing at all. After a career such as his, though, […]

Agnes Obel – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 12th, 2017 by

An Agnes Obel gig is a lesson in black magic. Each element of her performance is carefully selected for its mystical properties, added in at exactly the right quantity and at precisely the right time. The result is a deeply enchanting night of music that will continue to work its sorcery through the minds of […]

Guns N’ Roses – Slane Castle, Meath

June 2nd, 2017 by

Gunshots are fired, chit-chat dissipates and the crowd stands to attention. An anticipation that has been festering for nigh on twenty-five years now hangs in the air in Slane Castle tonight. And it’s about to be ripped with the shred of electric guitars. The opening chords of ‘Its so Easy’ crawl in and Axl bounds […]

Seu Jorge – Vicar St, Dublin

May 30th, 2017 by

We are gathered in Vicar Street tonight to watch a fictional character perform the music of David Bowie entirely in Portuguese. Pele dos Santos is a character from the 2004 film The Life Aquatic, and despite the film’s box office failure (but cult success), Seu Jorge’s dreamy samba renditions of David Bowie’s music gained the […]

Angel Olsen – Vicar St, Dublin

May 25th, 2017 by

Night one of a three-date Irish tour for one of the most acclaimed singer songwriters operating today sees Angel Olsen take to the Vicar Street stage before a large, if not quite sold-out crowd.  Tonight’s support is Tim Darcy, better known as singer and guitarist in Ought, but here in his solo guise, following on […]

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic – Vicar St, Dublin

May 19th, 2017 by

The last time we had the pleasure of the company of this multi-instrumental, all-singing all-grooving hydra it was as night fell over Dunlaoire’s Beatyard festival in 2016. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s blend of funk, soul, pop, hip-hop and all-out metal was well-served by the balmy sea air and festival atmosphere on that occasion, but […]

Take That – 3Arena, Dublin

May 17th, 2017 by

If Take That once thought they weren’t invincible, the events of the last few years might beg to differ. Having taken what was surely a massive gamble by returning in 2005, they launched themselves on a commercial and creative path that managed to eclipse that first run of boyband success – peaking with the success […]

Bob Dylan – 3Arena, Dublin

May 15th, 2017 by

Things have changed for Bob Dylan. This current branch of the Never Ending Tour – endlessly moving since 1988 – is the first since his award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. He and his five man band are definitely enjoying it in Dublin tonight. Having attended Dylan gigs twice during the past fifteen […]

Iron Maiden – 3Arena, Dublin

May 9th, 2017 by

“Scream for me Dublin!” The words that a full house at the 3Arena have been waiting seven years to hear. Few metal bands have the pulling power to sell out Dublin’s largest indoor music venue, but Iron Maiden have done just that, with attendance boosted by the absence of a Belfast show luring busloads of […]

The Winter Passing – Whelan’s, Dublin

May 2nd, 2017 by

Given how keen the Irish music industry is to shout about those bands from home doing great things overseas, you’d think that The Winter Passing – signed to a US label and frequent touring visitors both there and in the UK, as well receiving love from some pretty heavyweight media outlets – would be a […]

Happyness – Whelan’s, Dublin

April 26th, 2017 by

Happyness arrive in Dublin in support of recent album Write In. The self-produced album was recorded for a measly £500, the majority of which went towards an 8 Track tape recorder. Write In, recorded in an abandoned bookshop is lo-fi DIY college rock, reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, Sparklehorse, Pavement, and almost every fuzzy grunge slacker […]