Category: Bands – We Cut Corners

First Fortnight 2015

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Trailblaze Revolution, Christchurch Cathedral

This is a tricky one to write to be honest – I re-read last year’s post (https://gigaholic.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/first-fortnight-2014/) and can vividly remember how I felt writing that post, and during the festival. To be able to remember things so clearly and yet to know how much changed within the space of a year is a little bit disconcerting to be honest.

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Danny Battles

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The Lost Brothers

During 2014 I became much more involved in First Fortnight, having been asked to get involved with a pretty amazing group of people to do fundraising for the charity. Being more involved has let me see how much goes into this festival from the other side, rather than as a volunteer or as a spectator. The fact that this festival has been created by a bunch of volunteers is simply mind-blowing. That said, being more involved makes it challenging to write a review of it, so I’m not even going to attempt it. It’s impossible for me to be unbiased so all I’ll say is if you haven’t been to a First Fortnight event yet, then check out the festival next January, or one of the fundraising events during the year. I think that’s the fairest way of me keeping Gigaholic true to my views but without letting my love of this festival skew any review I wrote of it.

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I Have a Tribe

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State Lights
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Booka Brass Band

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I toyed with using this post as another spot of free therapy, but it a) doesn’t seem fitting, and b) doesn’t really seem needed. This year has given me so much more confidence – it is impossible to see how much can be achieved by a small group of volunteers with some big ideas, without some of that confidence rubbing off. Hard to sum up how grateful I am for that, so I’m not even going to try.

Indiependence 2014

 

 

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A day trip from Dublin to Cork to see one act might seem a bit excessive to people slightly less gig-aholic than me. But when the act in question is Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and it’s their last Irish show as a two-some after three amazing albums, then it seemed a logical step to me. The bonus that there were some other decent bands on that day made the trip all the more worth it.

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Tvvins (now called All Tvvins) – comprising of part Adebisi Shank and part Cast of Cheers – are pretty bloody awesome.

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Benny Smiles (a quarter of Vann Music) being awesome – and quite possibly the smiliest person I have ever seen.


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Vann Music were on flying form

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A chance to hear Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip chatting in the Hot Press tent

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Dan le Sac (at the last Irish Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip gig) – a brilliant gig, but a sad thought that I wouldn’t get to see them as a twosome again. 

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The ever brilliant Scroobius Pip (at the last Irish Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip gig)

20140802_003722One last view of one of my favourite acts…

We Cut Corners

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I relatively rarely am drawn so much to two gigs that I am willing to do a double header in one night. May 9th 2014 was am exception. We Cut Corners had been one of my festival favourites a couple of years ago and I hadn’t seen them in a while. Liza Flume in support sealed the deal.

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Both acts were just great – the new We Cut Corners material is really good and Liza Flume is simply sublime. Fantastic gig.

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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 www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 01/08/12*