Knockanstockan ’16 – Blessington, Co Wicklow

August 1st, 2016 by

“Happy Knockanstockan my friend…” State has just made a new acquaintance while sheltering from a, thankfully, brief rain storm late on Sunday night. It’s not the first such conversation we’ve had over the past three days in the beautiful spot nestled between the Wicklow mountains and the Blessington lakes – a remarkably regal and elegant […]

Little Green Cars – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

August 1st, 2016 by

The spectacular surrounds of Iveagh Gardens played host to the homecoming of Dublin’s own Little Green Cars. A clement midsummer’s Saturday evening grew into a mild night, which ensured that the crowd remained in high spirits throughout – with clusters of spectators opting to sprawl out on the grass to take in the pleasant vibes […]

Holy Fuck – The Bowery Ballroom, New York

July 29th, 2016 by

Holy Fuck don’t perform. They play turned in, facing each other. On the very odd occasion that they acknowledge the crowd, they mutter towards their footwear, the voice distorted to render it unintelligible. To bend the old adage, this is a band who play what they like and if anyone happens to have paid to […]

Richard Hawley – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 28th, 2016 by

When the Arctic Monkeys won the Mercury Music Prize in 2006, they sportingly declared that fellow nominee Richard Hawley should have won. “Call the police”, they said. “Richard Hawley’s been robbed!”. Yet, the bequiffed Englishman has always seemed like the perennial underdog, a status he appears comfortable with. After all, his music often chronicles the […]

Dan Deacon – Roisin Dubh, Galway

July 26th, 2016 by

A sense of humour is an underrated quality in music, but a little goes a long way. This is the main thought that strikes as Meltybrains? make their way through their support set at the Roisin Dubh. Dressed in all white, sporting ironic moustaches, and playing a mix of noise, post-rock and electronica that calls to mind […]

Villagers, Absolut Big Top – Galway

July 25th, 2016 by

We’re uncertain if it’s to do with the relatively smaller size of the venue set aside for headliners, the subdued nature of the music on offer, or the cartwheel’s distance between the entrance to the tent and the bar, but if there is a significant problem during Villagers’ set at the Galway Arts Festival, it’s the […]

Sunday, Longitude – Marlay Park, Dublin

July 24th, 2016 by

Today, the sun is out in force, and the sky is dotted with puffy clouds that seem perfectly content to just hang there and lazily watch the spectacle. The final day of Longitude starts relatively different to the first. The previously seen fresh, bold faces that were ready to tackle this epic excursion now look slightly worn […]

Saturday, Longitude – Marlay Park, Dublin

July 22nd, 2016 by

After last year’s issues that we raised on this very site, the announcement of Major Lazer as one of the headliners brought up some fears that it was going to be even worse this year. Reports from the night before that the average age of attendants at the Kendrick Lamar gig was barely legal didn’t […]

Friday, Longitude – Marlay Park, Dublin

July 22nd, 2016 by

The clouds threaten rain. If there was one thing that has proved itself exceedingly successful over the years at sapping the energy away from Irish festivals, it would be poor weather conditions. You can hope. The first day of Longitude, and much like the first day of any popular music festival, there’s a distinct sense of excitement […]

Pixies – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

July 20th, 2016 by

Pixies have always been a band with a formidable live reputation. Those lucky enough to have caught them during their 80s heyday seem to recall the gigs with a misty eyed reverie bordering on the religious. Since their second coming a little over a decade ago, the band have been regular visitors to these shores […]

Roskilde Festival 2016 – Saturday

July 16th, 2016 by

The heaviest weight this week is day four. It used to be the Sunday, which was a cue for a fairly sober day, a drifting day and culminating in some legacy act. Not quite now that the festival’s fourth day is a Saturday. This is a party day if you want it. This will go […]

Pixies – Live at the Marquee, Cork

July 16th, 2016 by

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 […]

Roskilde Festival 2016 – Friday

July 14th, 2016 by

Day three is an ‘early’ one in festival terms. Friends with one day tickets are arriving on site soon and we want to get a morning in before they arrive and start the day at a prosecco bar, of which there are a number. Roskilde has a LOT of beer everywhere, but the danes are […]

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 […]