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2022-07-03 Fontaines DC - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

I've been waiting a long time to see Fontaines DC live again after last seeing them back in May 2019 at Forbidden Fruit.  Originally scheduled for July 2020, everyone's friend, COVID, got in the way and mae sure that didn't happen.  To make maters worse, the rescheduled date in 2021 didn't happen either, for the exact same reason! Fear not though, it is 2022 and not even COVID was going to stop this gig happening!  I packed my bag and headed off to the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, for what promised to be one of the highlights of the year! So, was it worth waiting for?  Oh hell yeah! Others in the media will tell you more about it, but all you need to know is that it was a hit filled, fantastic gig by a band at the top of their game.  Oh and the rain stayed away! Setlist (courtesy of  Setlist.FM ) is as follows: In ár gCroíthe go deo A Lucid Dream Sha Sha Sha Roman Holiday How Cold Love Is I Don't Belong You Said The Couple Across the Way Televised Mind Big Shot Hurri

2018-07-07 Bare in the Woods - Borris House Carlow


I’m a big fan of Bare in the Woods.  It’s a fantastic festival.  After taking a break last year, Bare in the Woods changed venue this year and moved to Borris House in Carlow.  It’s a beautiful venue, with incredible views.  Best of all, it’s only 40 minutes from my house!

The festival seems to attract some of my favourite Irish acts. From this years lineup, I really wanted to see Peco, Wolff, My Tribe Your Tribe and MINDRIOTmt.  After that, anything else was a bonus.
Unfortunately for me, the My Tribe Your Tribe set clashed with Wolff, so something had to give and I missed their set, sorry guys. Along with the others mentioned above, I did manage to catch great sets by Under Starling, The Pale and God is an Astronaut.

I first saw Peco a few years back, but I'd never seen him with the full band before. Great set to open the day with. Wolff never fails to deliver. A set full of dirty guitar driven rock. Loved it!

My favourites on the day we're MINDRIOTmt and not just because we spent the day hanging out. I've been trying to get to see these guys for the last 3 years, but something always got in the way.  This time though, the stars aligned and they blew me away. What a great set.

Under Starling were new to me and they are loud, brash and they rock, I enjoyed their set.  The Pale, look, if you're can't have a good time at a Pale gig, you're more than likely dead. As for God is an Astronaut, well they don't say much, but they make one hell of a noise, and not in a bad way.  They were the surprise of the festival for me.

You might not hear a lot of local acts on Irish radio, but don’t be fooled in to thinking the local scene is dead.  Far from it, the bands mentioned above are worthy competitors to anything the US or UK can throw at  us.  Go see them live, support them, buy their music.

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