Category: Venues – The Olympia Theatre

Foals

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Foals at the Olympia was a gig I had been waiting for for what seemed like forever. I came late to them as a band – loving their new stuff and from there working backwards. They didn’t disappoint. A ram packed Olympia was raring to go, and great support from That Fucking Tank and Cage the Elephant (who have one of the cockiest front men I have ever seen, but were actually pretty brilliant live) whipped them into a suitable frenzy. Foals came out and slammed through their set, with the best light show I have seen in years  – my photos don’t even begin to do it justice. The stage dives, and even a balcony dive, were just the icing on the cake.

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That Fucking Tank

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Cage the Elephant – yup, that would be the support act lead singer WALKING ON THE CROWD! 20140204_212441

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Le Galaxie

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Young Wonder

The midnight Nialler 9 gig in The Olympia with Young Wonder and the headliners Le Galaxie was pretty much my idea of gig-heaven. Having already been at Haim that evening, I was raring to go – the weirdness of going into the Olympia at the time I’d normally be leaving it gave the whole thing a slightly forbidden feeling. This gig was just brilliant – and as someone who feels that Le Galaxie are on the cusp of something huge, I really appreciate every time I get to see them. The laser show, the dancing girls…just such a fantastic gig. I can’t quite believe that I got as many photos as I did, because as far as I remember, I danced pretty much from the moment the bands hit the stage. I’ll let the photos do the talking for me – if you were there, then you know how special this gig was.

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The Coronas

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The Coronas in the Olympia Theatre in December is fast becoming a Christmas tradition. Our seats this year were slightly less favourable for the taking of photos (right at the back of the Circle!) but that didn’t take away from just how talented these guys are. They hammered through their hits to give them time to play quite a few of their new songs. An amazing light show, a crowd that were more than happy to join in with EVERY song, a band that were bouncing about the stage and support from the rather brilliant Gavin James – all in all, a pretty awesome night.

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Duckworth Lewis Method (again, thanks to @Goldenplec!)

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I was lucky enough to win some more tickets from the great people at Goldenplec and to head along to The Duckworth Lewis Method show in the Olympia with my housemate. As you know, I love gigs. Guess what I love more than gigs? Free gigs! And the Duckworth Lewis Method are a band that I would gladly have paid to see – they are brilliantly eccentric and their songs are actually great, despite being about cricket, which I know nothing about.

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I was sitting up in the Circle, so the photos are pretty useless, but they capture the flavour of the gig – top hats, cricket whites, and good fun. The banter between Thomas Walsh and Neil Hannon made the gig part music, part comedy, but they kept the balance – just about. From musicals about bream (“I had a bream”) triggered by what Neil had for dinner, via Ronnie Drew imitations, to a rendition of “My Lovely Horse” in exchange for the audience collectively agreeing to donate the My Lovely Horse charity (https://www.facebook.com/MyLovelyHorseRescue), the night meandered along in a fantastically odd way.

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It was also an all ages affair, with songs being dedicated to a kid in the audience who had broken his leg (and who slept through most of the latter part of the show, from what I saw) and repeated giving out to the guitarist for cursing. This wasn’t a gig like any other gig I had ever been at. But that said, I look forward to seeing The Duckworth Lewis Method again – they really were great!

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Also great were the support act The Statics. We only made it in time to hear the latter half of their set, but as a band who seem to be constantly gigging at the moment, I look forward to catching them again soon.

Editors

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I was lucky enough to see Editors playing Indiependence – if I’m honest, I hadn’t really rated them until I saw them, and it was just one of those amazing moments of live music that come just once in a while and take you so much by surprise that there’s always a risk that seeing them again just won’t live up. And in the case of Editors, unfortunately, it was true. Their show was brilliant and they ploughed through a fast paced set with barely time to draw breath. But for all its brilliance, it just didn’t quite live up to that first time seeing them under the stars in a field in Mitchelstown.

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But the support act made up for the mild disappointment (wrong word – the gig was great, just not as great as I’d hoped) – Tvvins are insanely good. Made up of part Adebisi Shank, part Cast of Cheers, their set was a revelation. Ones to watch in 2014 I reckon.

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The Gaslight Anthem

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I have to admit that I only knew a few of The Gaslight Anthem’s songs before I went to see them in the Olympia and kind of didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a sea of check shirts, what seemed like every bloke in Dublin…and a band capable of putting on a slick show, ploughing through one awesome song after another, and engaging with the crowd as they went along. There aren’t many acts that I’ve seen that have been capable of that – particularly not the big international acts, where it is often “Hello (insert city name here)” when it comes to banter. Really impressed.

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