Category: Choice Music Prize

Choice Music Prize 2013

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Winners Villagers collect their gong

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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!

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The Original Rudeboys

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O Emperor 20140227_211613

Bell X1 20140227_214420

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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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Villagers

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Choice Music Prize 2012

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Heathers starting the night in style

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Bouncy pixie, miss Wallis Bird (this was the least blurry photo I managed to get)

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Adrian Crowley

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Windings

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Julie Feeney

The 2012 Choice Music Prize was back to its proper home in Vicar Street and the nominees meant that those of us in attendance really got to see some of the best live acts around at the moment. While some were acts that I had seen before (some even at previous Choice Music Prizes!), some were ones I’ve been wanting to see for ages – Damien Dempsey – or more recently – Windings.

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Gavin James, winner of Irish Song of the Year

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Damien Dempsey

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Mumblin Deaf Ro

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Delorentos

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The Cast of Cheers

Delorentos went on to be well-deserved winners, and their emotional acceptance speech summed up just what this prize means to the acts themselves.

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Collecting their gong

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*

Choice Music Prize 2010

Cathy Davey

Cathy Davey at Choice Music Prize 2010

Halves

Halves at Choice Music Prize 2010

Fight Like Apes

Fight Like Apes at Choice Music Prize 2010

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow at Choice Music Prize 2010

#6 – 2011 also brought my second time going to the Choice Music Prize show in Vicar St. Although my camera phone did possibly its worst job at any gig I’d attended, the show itself was a treat. My tastes in music were pushed somewhat further than I expected by Adebisi Shank but as a line-up it really did show what a diverse array of musical talent is floating around Ireland at the moment. An acoustic set from the eventual winners Two Door Cinema Club also felt more than a little bit special.

O Emporer

O Emporer at Choice Music Prize 2010

The Cast of Cheers

The Cast of Cheers at Choice Music Prize 2010

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club at Choice Music Prize 2010

Villagers

Villagers at Choice Music Prize 2010

*Originally posted on http://www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 08/06/12*