Sigur Ros & James Vincent McMorrow – Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

June 27th, 2016 by

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

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

“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 […]

Slayer & Anthrax – Live at the Marquee, Cork

June 20th, 2016 by

The atmosphere for Live at the Marquee this year has been amazing. Any other attendances I have made all met with “shur we we’re blessed with the weather. It’s a powerful day!”. Leave it to Slayer and Anthrax to bring the pathetic fallacy to Cork. Torrential rain and thunder are on the cards for the […]

De La Soul – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 18th, 2016 by

Hare Squead open proceedings in the Olympia Theatre oozing with confidence and style. Their show has evolved into a well oiled machine with varied styles of delivery which makes for an amazingly consistent and entertaining set that never slacks in any department. There’s dancing and energy by the bucketload from each member of the group […]

Neil Young – 3Arena, Dublin

June 13th, 2016 by

Out of all the old guard of rock legends – Dylan, McCartney, Rolling Stones et al – Neil Young stands apart as the one that STILL feels like he always has something to prove. While the aforementioned’s careers have stalled in a kind of creative inertia brought on by advancing years and untold wealth, Young, […]

AVA Festival – T13, Belfast

June 11th, 2016 by

Last year’s inaugural AVA Festival was something of a turning point for the electronic music scene in Belfast, in that the more forward-thinking realms of techno and house were no longer confined to specialist nights, catering for the niche-tastes of the masses, in sweaty rooms and slightly sweatier halls. While historically that hasn’t been a […]

Forbidden Fruit, Sunday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 11th, 2016 by

I’ve had many memorable days centred around music. I have been fortunate enough to see some of my favourite bands and artists play in some incredible and historic venues, at both intimate and stadium-packed capacity. My most treasured concert-going highlights have included, but are not exclusive to, She & Him at The Ryman Auditorium, glimpses […]

Forbidden Fruit, Saturday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 10th, 2016 by

Following day one’s slightly slow start, Forbidden Fruit’s Saturday is an altogether more frantic affair. It kicks off with a pair of Irish electronic acts, White Collar Boy playing their steady garage beats to a relaxed crowd that sit on the grassy hill at the main stage while enjoying the afternoon sunshine. From there it’s […]

Forbidden Fruit, Friday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 7th, 2016 by

In recent years, Friday has worked as Forbidden Fruit’s way of gently easing everybody going, and the local residents, into the proceedings and madness that will follow for the next two nights. With a slightly later starting time and a slightly lighter lineup than the Saturday and Sunday, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham […]

Bruce Springsteen – Croke Park, Dublin

May 30th, 2016 by

Bruce Springsteen has always managed to straddle that line between superstar and man in the street with more success than most in his class; a boy done good who can do no wrong. More than once tonight he brings to mind Joe Strummer – a spokesman for the everyman, just a folk hero with an […]

The Last Shadow Puppets – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

May 27th, 2016 by

It’s amazing what a couple of years in Los Angeles can do to two nice young English boys. When The Last Shadow Puppets first arrived on the scene in 2008 among the final throes of Monkey-mania, it was hard not to find Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s double act charming. Their baroque pop songs were […]

The Undertones – Academy, Dublin

May 23rd, 2016 by

Seminal Derry punks The Undertones play a busy Academy in Dublin tonight, rampaging through a hugely entertaining ninety minute set that’s rapturously received by an audience that run the gamut from dedicated fans from as far back to 1976, to a collection gathered across the intervening forty years.  Fronted by Paul McLoone since reforming in […]

State’s Faces of May – Whelan’s, Dublin

May 16th, 2016 by

Saturday night saw us return to Whelan’s and their perfectly formed upstairs venue for our Faces of May show, featuring one returning act and one so fresh that this is their second ever gig. Here To Help You Out have been on the State radar for a while but have been absent of late. There […]