I will gladly take photos of Lights for the rest of my days. Next time I hope it’s a better venue: Dorans really didn’t do them justice. Apologies to the rest of the band, I got so many great shots of Neil but the rest of the stage was very dark
Hey there, very busy Nay today…. I’m looking to update the Goodies page on the right there….if you’re in a band or know one offering free downloads, let me know? I’ll update over the weekend so the more, the merrier
RoJo from thisredbook sent the link to this cool video she recently made of Dublin band Halves. Taken from in-stores, rehearsals, random moments and of course live performances, it’s in HD and it’s marvellous to watch in all its crisp, smooth wonderment.
Head on over to her blog for musings and photos of Halves, Subplots and Efterklang’s recent Irish show…
So far this year I have some favourite performances: The Wiggers’ Brawl in January, SEBP in Whelans, Roisin Murphy at Choice Prize in February, Butterfly Explosion and Subplots at AC30 in March…I can keep going!
Though there’s something on every weekend, a few names have held tight on the live circuit: the bands I want to but haven’t yet snapped are BATS, Fight Like Apes and You’re Only Massive. As the mortality rate for Irish bands is very low in comparision to the healthy birthpool of new contenders I never worry too much about missing gigs because they’ll always be back soon. So these three are top of my to-do list. However I want to know what you think. What are your favourite gigs so far in 2008? Who have you missed and can’t wait to see? Have there been let-downs or unexpected surprises? Who you think will be rocking the bigtops scene, summer 2009? Just curious…
Firstly, congratulations to Niamh Farrell and Derek Byrne on the birth of baby Oscar! HP were first to report the news and well-wishes have been pouring in for Ham Sandwich‘s Niamh and Autumn Owls‘ guitarist Derek who met last year. Saturday night’s Hambo gig in Mayo was cancelled due to ‘illness’ on Niamh’s part but faced with the news of little O’s birth on Sunday, I’m sure there’s a welcome return on the cards. Best of luck to the new family…let’s hope a chaperone accompanies Podge, Olly, Darcy and John when babygro shopping for the latest addition!
Kudos to The Red Labels who’ve just been confirmed for Oxegen!
The Kinetiks are very, very pleased to announce their inclusion on the bill for Punchestown 2008 as well. There’s a packed schedule to get through first including BalconyTV Awards and a special support with The Gorgeous Colours to Delorentos in the Academy on 27 June.It’s been non-stop with a steady slog through a gruelling schedule since their debut EP High Horse Olympics and Shuffle Your Feet/Bite The Bullet singles were released last year after the runaway success of Cop Yourself On.
Synth Eastwood are back with a fifth audiovisual treat and it’s lucky Friday 13 for Temple Bar. After a year’s graft, four shows and a voyage to Berlin, an advance on the home front with a theme of Flags & Anthems sees a schedule split between two shows, both packed with art and music.
Kicking off the night in Filmbase is a free SE starter featuring a print exhibition of work on the Flags & Anthems brief from dozens of international artists along with a performance from Somadrone and installations from Dublin artists Hugh Cooney and Digital Semifore.
Later the show moves next door to the Button Factory where new club NightFlight will be waiting for the baton and what a topping line-up in store! NightFlight’s highlight comes in the form of the eagerly-anticipated Synth Eastwood band: Simon Cullen of Le Bien, Philth, Jape Simon Hayes of Stasis Collective and DJ Tu-Ki will form a live interpretation of loops submitted to Synth Eastwood site. Preceded by Le Galaxie and John Donnelly, also on the night are DJ sets from Jon Averill & Matagouri.
Seri-o, that’s a whole range of art and music encapsulated in a single night’s festivities and I for one think it stands to be a corker. Tickets for the Button Factory gig are a measly €10 so really, that’s your Friday sorted, all you have to do now is look forward to it…
Major apologies to those of you who came to see us in The Roisin Dubh last night (Thursday 5th), one of the Galaxies took ill on the road and was taken to hospital and the show couldn’t go ahead. Needless to say the remaining three Galaxies mania’d it up long into the night with the ever amazing Roisin gang.
The show will be rescheduled and HUGE thank you to ‘Disconnect 4′ who played a brilliant show in our place.
Fair play to Discconnect 4 and let’s hope they weren’t too disappointed (they’d been very, very excited about the show previously). All the best to the Le Galaxie guy, here’s wishing a speedy recovery in time to continue the Limerick leg of their We Bleed The Blood Of Androids tour which recommences in Dolans Warehouse, Limerick on 12 June.