Category: Venues – Vicar Street

Straight No Chaser


A lovely surprise for a Monday evening -my friend brought me to this gig with me having absolutely no idea where I was going! Straight No Chaser are the acapella group who went viral with this ( and who were one of the most entertaining nights out I’ve had in a long time. Funny, talented, and allowing me to channel my inner Gleek – it might not have been cool but by God was it fun.



I can’t believe this was my first time seeing Delorentos properly, having caught the end of one of their sets at a festival previously. They didn’t disappoint. With an amazing back catalogue and a new album that is on repeat on my ipod, this gig was always going to be a winner with me. Support from The Academic who are consistently great, and a finale with the two bands playing together was the perfect ending. Full review here

This gig was originally reviewed for Ceol Collective which has now ceased operations. The review that was published is preserved for posterity here!

Delorentos made a triumphant return to Vicar Street to close their nationwide “Night Becomes Light” tour. Playing to a packed house, it was clear that Delorentos are back with a bang with their 2014 release.

Support act, Mullingar youngsters The Academic, played a rousing set to get the growing crowd in the mood. Signed earlier this year to Global Publishing, this quartet have an impressive list of support slots under their belt, having already supported the likes of The Pixies, The Riptide Movement and Little Green Cars. With solid tracks like “Bear Claws”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and “Girlfriends”in their repertoire, these are an act to keep an eye out for in 2015.

Delorentos wandered onstage to little fanfare, but the understated entrance was the only sedate thing about the entire show. Opening with “Forget The Numbers” (the track from the new album that I was most excited about seeing live), the night just seemed to build and build, with a brilliant mix of new and old songs. With the exuberant crowd singing and clapping along from the outset, it was clear that the lads were enjoying themselves immensely.

Stand out tracks on the night from the new album for me were “Everybody Else Gets Wet” (if only for its immense audience participation) and “Valley Where the Rivers Run”, with old favourites “Petardu”, “Stop”, “Little Sparks” and “Secret” almost lifting the roof off Vicar Street.

Closing with a Bruce Springsteen cover played with The Academic (AcaRentos? Delodemic? I see a super group opening right there), and just enough chaos on stage to get the crowd whipped into a frenzy, this show was the perfect festive night out.




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The Riptide Movement


So the December Riptide Movement show was my first time formally reviewing them, which proved much more tricky than I expected. While this show was great, and the crowd loved it, it’s hard not to remember their more raw, less slick shows of old with nostalgia. I think this inevitably happens with an act you’ve seen a lot and doesn’t detract from the show that TRM put on. It’s hard to review people that you know without letting that impact, but I think I did the show justice.

This gig was originally reviewed for Ceol Collective which has now ceased operations. The review that was published is preserved for posterity here!

Making a triumphant return for their third show in Vicar Street, The Riptide Movement were determined to show how far they’d come since their days of busking on Grafton Street.

If 2013 was a big year for the Lucan quartet, with the signing of their Universal deal, then 2014 has been even bigger. Announcing at the Vicar Street show that their most recent album, “Getting Through” had just gone gold, the entire show seemed to be a celebration of all they’d achieved.

Slamming through a set-list with old favourites like “Shake Shake” and “Tip Jars” along with new classics like “All Works Out”, TRM never fail to entertain, and to make the most of additional musical punch provided by the brass section and backing singers, who are now an almost permanent fixture.

Having been to the other Vicar Street shows this year, it was a risk that it would all just start to sound the same, but in fairness to the lads, their encore set proved they are not resting on their laurels. From the encore opener played acoustically at the back of a packed Vicar Street, to the brass section interspersed through the crowd, and even lead singer Mal Tuohy’s impromptu appearance on the balcony (which appeared to be to the surprise even of the other bandmates!), it was clear that they were having a ball, and sounding as good as they ever have.

With shows as enjoyable as this and the fact that 2014 brought great things for them at home and further afield, I think 2015 is going to be a big year for The Riptide Movement.



 An explosive Happy Christmas from The Riptide Movement!


Support act Willie Nile – didn’t think much of him to be honest, not remotely to my taste.

The Riptide Movement





I’ve written about The Riptide Movement numerous times – they’re probably the act that I have seen most frequently. There is something lovely about seeing a group like TRM, who have worked their asses off to get to where they are today, sell out a venue like Vicar Street. Their excitement came off the stage in waves and was lapped up by the crowd who were raring to go. The musical highlight of the night was the acoustic encore set, but the overall highlight was seeing these lads do so well.



However, there comes a point where you know an act so well that it is really difficult to comment on their shows – and I think I might be reaching that point with TRM. I’ll still go to see them to lend my support, but I might just post the photos here, rather than writing about them – there’s only so much I can say about an act I’ve seen so often without repeating myself!



Rainy Boy Sleep – a vast improvement on previous support act Dakota 66.

The Riptide Movement


The next gig was nothing short of a celebration. I’ve been to see the Riptide Movement more often than I care to count, and reckon they’re the hardest working band I’ve ever seen. Cutting their teeth busking on Grafton street and gigging in pretty much every venue in the country and further afield, I couldn’t have been happier to hear that they’d signed a deal with Universal. These lads could not deserve it more.



So their gig in Vicar Street to launch their new album was a party, complete with brass section, glamorous backing singers and confetti cannons (which didn’t require Gar running out from behind the drums to set them off like some of their gigs I’ve been at). The Riptide Movement deserve every ounce of success that comes their way.





Their support act continues to deserve special mention – Dakota 66 are an act that really have to be seen to be believed (set list, light up bass, guitarist who looks like Chuck Norris’ love child – just a taster of what you’d get to see!).


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Choice Music Prize 2013


Winners Villagers collect their gong


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!


The Original Rudeboys


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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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Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip


Thinking back, February 2014 was a great month for gigs for me. Any regular reader of this blog will know that I am a MASSIVE fan of Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and each of the lads in their solo careers. Their Vicar St show came 11 days after Foals, and was one of the best gigs I’ve been to. These lads know how to bring the crowd along with them every step of the way. From Dan le Sac sneaking on during their brilliant support act Sarah Williams White’s set, to Scroob taking a phone from a guy in the audience who was filming one of their songs so that he could film the crowd from the stage (and subsequently apologising to the guy for getting him in trouble with security), this gig was just fun. To be able to say that about a gig where lyrics touch on self-harm, terminal illness, suicide, and mental illness is quite an achievement. And personally, I won’t complain about the fact that I so up close and personal that Scroob almost hit me with his mic stand – it’s the little things!

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Bell X1


Bell X1 were a nice way to finish my year of gigs, particularly as we got up close and personal at the barrier (and even make appearances in some of the videos shot that night by the great Musicians with Cameras). This was my third time seeing Bell X1 this year after their album launch and the Marquee gig, so I was expecting something similar. But this gig probably had more of a mix of their old and new, and with a proposal during one song, and crowd shots during The End is Nigh, there was something really personal about this show.







The Band Perry

Yup – you read that right. I went to the Band Perry. I would always have felt that I quite like (some) country music and when a friend offered me a ticket to keep her company, I was glad to go (thanks again for the ticket, Rachel!).


To be honest, I kind of don’t know what to write about the night – from the crowd I could see that most people there were enjoying the night far more than me. So I’ll just write my observations – I don’t go to gigs that are choreographed and this was very, very choreographed; for a band of siblings, some of the moves were downright weird; and there’s only so much “god-fearing, mama-lovin’, deep-south” banter I can stomach.


I have to admit I was glad when my friend suggested we leave in time to get an earlier bus than originally planned. This one was not for me.


Nile Rodgers and Chic



My friend’s fella wasn’t able to make the trip to Dublin for Nile Rodgers and Chic’s show in Vicar Street – his loss was most definitely my gain, as the show was sold out. If someone had asked me how many songs I knew before I went in, I would have had trouble naming more than three or four. How wrong was I? I never realised how prolific this guy is, and with hit after hit after hit being thrown at us, this show was such an incredible treat!


I also discovered that there is nothing in the world that will ever clean the image of Liam O’Maonlai trying to groove on stage with Nile Rodgers from my brain. Nothing. Ever.