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.
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.
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.
Heathers starting the night in style
Bouncy pixie, miss Wallis Bird (this was the least blurry photo I managed to get)
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.
Gavin James, winner of Irish Song of the Year
Mumblin Deaf Ro
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.
Collecting their gong
#11 – April brought gig number 11 and the first album launch of the year for me. I never know what to expect of album launches. I am a gig-goer who remembers lyrics (often at the cost of names, birthdays, anniversaries and shopping lists) and sings along, so album launches are a little weird for me. By their nature, I don’t get to be as familiar with the material as I would normally try to be.
The Bell X1 Bloodless Coup album launch was a treat (apart from a brief moment where they shushed the crowd from singing along, which was a little too self-indulgent for my liking). Paul Noonan always strikes me as a reluctant front man so the banter is usually kept to a minimum, but the chat from the die-hard fans in the audience more than makes up for this.
*Originally posted on http://www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 10/06/12*
Cathy Davey at Choice Music Prize 2010
Halves at Choice Music Prize 2010
Fight Like Apes at Choice Music Prize 2010
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 at Choice Music Prize 2010
The Cast of Cheers at Choice Music Prize 2010
Two Door Cinema Club at Choice Music Prize 2010
Villagers at Choice Music Prize 2010
*Originally posted on http://www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 08/06/12*