Adebisi Shank, Cosby Stage
In terms of live acts in Ireland, Adebisi Shank are hard to beat. They could have definitely benefitted from a later time slot – the 3PM mark was perhaps a bit too early for some revellers who were suffering from the night before, given the amount of noise this trio are capable of making. But nevertheless they give it their absolute all and rock the Cosby Stage to its core. Energetic, frantic, raucous – it’s everything we’ve come to expect from an Adebisi Shank gig. It’s difficult to pinpoint highlights, as from the moment they stepped on Adebisi Shank didn’t drop below full throttle for the duration of the set – but ‘International Dreamboat’ and ‘Genki Skank’ proved the biggest hits with those in the moshpit. As the crowd dispersed, many having worked up a sweat and possibly acquired a few bruises, the Friday night cobwebs were well and truly blown away and the atmosphere for a rocking Saturday set up nicely.
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The Rubberbandits, Electric Arena
You always know you’re in for a treat with The Rubberbandits live show – they really know how to mix it up, and their attention to detail in the production of their unique brand of shock-humour never ceases to impress. Their reputation obviously precedes them, judging by the packed out Electric Arena – and as the timer ticks down to their arrival on stage there’s a real buzz around the venue. Blindboy Boat Club and Mr. Chrome work their way through their back-catalogue of comedy gold – songs about bags of glue and double-dropping yokes may not have been what the parents with children in two had in mind for a Saturday afternoon, but the impressive visuals and choreography make it a show that is as good to watch as it is to listen to. ‘Horse Outside’ unsurprisingly goes down an absolute treat – emphatic singing and dancing along from the crowd as giant beach balls are released and bashed around. The ‘Bandits brought a touch of Limerick City to a tent in Stradbally – and we salute them.
Yuck, Cosby Stage
Yuck are a band who wear their influences for all to see – and for many, therein lies their charm. There’s a great vibe in the Cosby Stage as the Londoners take to the stage and dive straight into their brand of loud n’ grungey rock, the songs of eponymous debut album sounding just as good live as they do in their studio form. They may not be the most charismatic of acts – banter with the audience between songs is somewhat awkward – but with a band like Yuck it doesn’t matter, they simply let their songs do the talking. ‘The Wall’ and ‘Get Way’ are early highlights, but it’s ‘Shook Down’ that proves the peak moment of the set, the closing chant of “You can be my destiny, you can mean that much to me” ringing out in perfect unison between the band and their audience.