by / July 28th, 2008 /

Tom Waits concert information


Public info for those attending the Tom Waits shows in in The Ratcellar, Phoenix Park this Wednesday 30th July, Thursday 31st July and Friday 1st August 2008.

Gates for all shows 6.30pm, Show at 8pm.

The concert will take place in a tented structure in the environs of the -Visitor Centre’.

Traffic Planning

Parking of vehicles will be permitted in the Phoenix Park on the following roads:

  • Chesterfield Avenue – Mountjoy Cross to Phoenix Monument.
  • Chesterfield Avenue – Gough Roundabout to Phoenix Monument.
  • Furze Road
  • Papal Cross
  • Zoo Car Park

Ticket security

  • Please arrive early – show starts 8pm
  • Patrons are requested to be in the concert arena 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Note the position of all emergency exits and first aid. Move slowly around the venue, particularly entering and exiting.
  • Note that parking for disabled patrons will be available on Chesterfield Avenue adjacent to the venue entrance
  • Please switch off mobile phones and blackberry’s when entering the venue
  • A Valid I.D (Passport or driving licence) matching the name on the ticket is required at entry to venue.
  • All Tickets will be Scanned for validation on entry to the show
  • Any Tickets resold will be refused entry to the venue
  • Only Tickets purchased from Official Ticketmaster outlets will be valid
  • No resale allowed under any circumstances
  • Please refrain from using mobile phones, blackberry’s and any mobile electronic devises during the show
  • Please refrain from using any cameras during the show
  • Fionntán

    I got a ticket for this off ticketmaster just there today. Anyone know how this is possible? I thought they were sold out.

    Also what’s the handiest Dublin bus to get from O Connell street?

  • The 10, probably.

  • LUAS from Abbey Street to Heuston is your best bet. Then a bit of a walk to site in the park but nothing major.

  • Sean D

    the 68 or 69 from Aston Quay goes by the park.

  • pds

    What can you say about a man who gets a standing ovation as he slides onto a dark stage before the lights go up? The audience in the, newly created, Ratcellar in Phoenix Park last night were certainly there to enjoy themselves and Tom Waits did not let them down.

    From his opening Lucinda medley to his encore Down, Down, Down he enthralled the appreciative fans with a mixture of vaudeville and Berlin cabaret which included stomping numbers like Way down in the hole.

    Standing on a box that emitted dust every time he stamped his feet, his stamping also sounded a number of percussion items including a cowbell. It was more of a show than a concert. His movements to the music sometimes resembled a robotic scarecrow with St Vitus Dance.

    The band gave full vent to the clipped style of the songs and included a number of haunting solos on saxophone, piano and guitar.

    Tom moved to the piano to the sound of rapturous applause and delivered four sublime songs from the past interspersed with some bizarre jokes. Tom Traubert’s Blues, On the Nickle and Christmas card from a Hooker in Minneapolis led to a sing along version of Innocent when you dream.

    Back to the stomping and the highlight of the night Lost in the Bottom of the World with a purple hued lighting backdrop.

    The final song, Make it Rain, was followed by an encore including an animated Eyeball Kid accompanied by Tom donning a bowler hat of mirror fragments to give us the effect of the spinning mirror ball in our dancing days in the South County Hotel.

    Glitter fell from the rafters and it was all over.

  • Nice review pds. 🙂

  • Aiden Murphy

    Anybody know how long Tom Waits played for the last 2 nights?

  • Fionntán

    2 and a half hours I believe.

    It’s worth checking out Jim Carroll’s blog post comments for all the info about the shows so far.