Category: Bands – Bell X1

Choice Music Prize 2013


Winners Villagers collect their gong


The Original Rudeboys collect their Song of the Year award for “Never Gonna Walk Away”

I’ve hummed and hawed about what to write about Choice Music Prize this year – you know from previous posts that I love this chance to see what is deemed to be the best of music the previous year had to offer. I don’t always agree, but I always appreciate the opportunity to see acts that I might not get to see otherwise. This year, I think I’m going to keep my writing to a minimum and let my snaps do the talking – I was sitting right in the front (so close to the stage that I ended up minding the Hot Press photographer’s bag under my seat!) and this may be my last chance to sit so close. My friend who makes this annual outing with me has warned me that next year she might not let me sit so close – I sometimes forget that not everyone appreciates being quite so close to the action!


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The brilliant Lisa O’Neill – as the cousin of my friends, I have to admit I was rooting for her!


The Original Rudeboys


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Little Green Cars – the poor things appeared jinxed on the night, with fire alarms, collapsing cymbals and broken guitar straps! 20140227_220713

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Bell X1


Bell X1 were a nice way to finish my year of gigs, particularly as we got up close and personal at the barrier (and even make appearances in some of the videos shot that night by the great Musicians with Cameras). This was my third time seeing Bell X1 this year after their album launch and the Marquee gig, so I was expecting something similar. But this gig probably had more of a mix of their old and new, and with a proposal during one song, and crowd shots during The End is Nigh, there was something really personal about this show.







Bell X1 (thanks @goldenplec!)

A grand total of 5 days after the NCH show, it was off down to Cork to see Bell X1 in the Marquee, thanks to two tickets won from the wonderful people at Goldenplec. I love getting to go to different venues for gigs so this was a real treat – and any excuse to get down to Cork is good with me!


It was also a bit of a weird start to the show – as you all know by now, I am a big fan of Le Galaxie. I have seen them numerous times (17, I think, at last count) and generally love their shows. I have now discovered that Bell X1 fans from Cork may not share my love for them. Le Galaxie did their best, but the crowd seemed disinterested at best. Not the best choice as support (and not just because they deserve to be headlining shows like these) – this show really did not do the Le Galaxie awesomeness justice.




I also found that, for me, gigs like this are a better fit. The NCH show had been lovely, but I prefer being able to sing along, and move about, and have some craic, so the Marquee was way more up my alley. I also enjoyed the mix of old and new material and realised that there are some seriously die-hard Bell X1 fans out there! All in all, a great show – thanks Goldenplec!





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The Bell X1 album launch in the National Concert Hall was a pretty special night. It is such a beautiful setting and the lads looked like they were enjoying themselves hugely to be able to showcase their new songs to a rapt audience in such surroundings. In fact, it was one of those nights that I was enjoying myself so much that I kind of didnt want to take out my phone to take a picture!



Choice Music Prize 2011

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Jape at the Olympia Theatre

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Tieranniesaur at the Olympia Theatre

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We Cut Corners at the Olympia Theatre

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Japanese Popstars at the Olympia Theatre

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Bell X1 at the Olympia Theatre

#5 March proved busier gig-wise, starting with my now annual trip to Choice Music Prize, for the first time in the Olympia rather than Vicar Street. I really find this a brilliant way to find new Irish acts to follow, or to remind me of acts that I sometimes push to the wayside.

As usual, this years  acts were an eclectic bunch, but a few gems in there kept me going on a night when I really should have been tucked up in bed with a manky chest infection. Not sure what I think of the single of the year comp yet – going to see what it is like in 2013 before I make a decision on whether I think it adds or detracts from the whole Choice vibe.

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Cashier No 9 at the Olympia Theatre

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Pugwash at the Olympia Theatre

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Patrick Kelleher and his cold dead hands at the Olympia Theatre

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And So I Watch You From Afar at the Olympia Theatre

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Lisa Hannigan at the Olympia Theatre

*Originally posted on on 01/08/12*

Sea Sessions 2011 part 2

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Bell X1 at Sea Sessions


Royseven at Sea Sessions

The Kanyu Tree

The Kanyu Tree at Sea Sessions

#13 contd. – I’m disappointed not to be making 2012 my third year in a row at Sea Sessions, but a wedding commitment has meant I won’t be making the trip up to Donegal this year. 😦

The Frank and Walters

The Frank and Walters at Sea Sessions


Fred at Sea Sessions

With one of Fred!

With one of Fred at Sea Sessions

*Originally posted on on 10/06/12*

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#11 – April brought gig number 11 and the first album launch of the year for me. I never know what to expect of album launches. I am a gig-goer who remembers lyrics (often at the cost of names, birthdays, anniversaries and shopping lists) and sings along, so album launches are a little weird for me. By their nature, I don’t get to be as familiar with the material as I would normally try to be. Bell X1 1

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The Bell X1 Bloodless Coup album launch was a treat (apart from a brief moment where they shushed the crowd from singing along, which was a little too self-indulgent for my liking). Paul Noonan always strikes me as a reluctant front man so the banter is usually kept to a minimum, but the chat from the die-hard fans in the audience more than makes up for this.

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*Originally posted on on 10/06/12*