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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

2019-01-19 Ones to Watch - Whelans Dublin

Well would you look at that, it’s 2019 already. 2018 was some year for gigs, I’ve a feeling that 2019 might top it though! I finished my 2018 gigs  in Whelans, so whey not start my 2019 gigs there also!

Tonight was the third or fourth night of the Whelans Ones to Watch 2019 festival and Ansonix, a good friend of the IrishMusicParty, was headlining the Friday night, so off I went.  It’s hard to describe the music Ansonix plays, but imagine crossing a Sega Megadrive with Amadeus and you’ll get some idea.  Check him out, it’s good stuff!

OK, so that’s the reason I was there out of the way.  The first band I got to see on the night were Jooce and they were a throw back to 70s psychedelic rock. Well worth checking out.

The gig used both venues at Whelans, which meant I was wandering around the place catching bits of bands here and there.  The next band I got to see were from Mullingar and they were just funktastic! Who were they?  Well they’re called Bobby and the Blunts and I don’t think there was a more sweaty, manic gig all night than theirs! They’re playing Whelans on February 2nd, you really should get along to see them.

Who’s next… Well the photos tell me it’s Sun Mahshene, a good old fashioned rock band with a touch of Manchester thrown in for luck.  Maybe I just got lucky, but again, I’d definitely like to see them again.  This Ones to Watch list is growing fast!

Next up on Friday night were the absolutely brilliant Toshin.  They’re a fist full of funk mixed with a handful of soul and a dash of sass thrown in for good measure.  They had the crowd worked up into a frenzy and it was a brilliant set, best of the whole night for me.  Really enjoyed their set and can’t wait to see them again.

The last act I got to see on Friday night at Whelans Ones to Watch 2019 was the always fun, always happy, always entertaining Prymary Colours. If you want a gig with a crazy party atmosphere, just give these folk a call, you’ll not be disappointed!  It’s only my second time seeing them live, but they are now a firm favourite!

And that’s it, that was my Ones to Watch 2019 experience.  I got to see 6 different bands all for the princely sum of 5.00 Euro.  Oh and that included one free beer token which I donated to someone who looked like they didn’t need it, but sure…

Anyway, I’d recommend going to see any of the acts above, I really enjoyed them all.  There’s some amount of musical talent out there on the Irish music scene, it just needs to be given some more exposure.


Ansonix

Jooce

Bobby and the Blunts

Sun Mashene

Toshin

Prymary Colours

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