The Riptide Movement at Whelans
#3 Next up was Haiti Fest in Whelans – randomly organised in part by the daughter of one of my old teachers, who I last remembered hiding under her mother’s desk in our classroom. A lovely night, with a mish mash of acts and a very friendly crowd. The Haitian contingent were dotes, most of whom I spoke to at some point or other in the night, quite frequently in the jacks!
First up were Storyfold, who I quite possibly mortally offended when I talked to frontman Paddy by mentioning the fact that the venue had been pretty empty. Sorry lads, no reflection on your music, just on the Irish gig-going crowd’s inability to get to a venue on time! There was a Haitian act up next, then crowd pleasers Bipolar Empire and The Riptide Movement, who were both brilliant, as expected. These two acts are so consistently slick, polished and enjoyable that many far more successful acts could learn a lot from them.