#14 Next up was one night of the Whelans Sounds of Summer festival for The Shoos, Pugwash and The Riptide Movement.
I had seen the Shoos in 2011 and hadn’t managed to see them again, so this was a real treat. Tex’s voice is like rough velvet and I could listen to these lads forever.
Pugwash had been at Choice earlier in the year and were good fun, and TRM were their usual brilliant selves.
Jape at the Olympia Theatre
Tieranniesaur at the Olympia Theatre
We Cut Corners at the Olympia Theatre
Japanese Popstars at the Olympia Theatre
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.
Cashier No 9 at the Olympia Theatre
Pugwash at the Olympia Theatre
Patrick Kelleher and his cold dead hands at the Olympia Theatre
And So I Watch You From Afar at the Olympia Theatre
Lisa Hannigan at the Olympia Theatre