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A Love Letter to Music Venues

I was in Dublin city centre this morning for the first time in 12 months.  The last time I was there was to see Jane Willow perform in the Cobblestone Pub  on February 29th 2020.  I never, not for a moment, thought things would turn out as they did.  I was looking forward to a year full of gigs and excitement.  I think we all know how that turned out. After doing what I had to workwise, I took a spin around Dublin before I headed home.  I drove by the aforementioned Cobblestone Pub , the Voodoo Lounge , The Grand Social , The Workmans Club , The Sugar Club and ended up outside Whelans . I've had great nights out in each of those venues and in many more around the country!   Dolans of Limerick, Crane Lane Theatre and Kino in Cork,  Odd Mollies in Drogheda, the Moat Theatre in Naas, the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, Visual in Carlow...  The list goes on and on. 2017 and Helmet played Whelans.  There I am partying with them after the s

2019-06-03 Forbidden Fruit Festival - Royal Kilmainham Hospital

I could have sworn I'd posted some photos from the Monday of Forbidden Fruit Festival, but it appears I haven't.  Maybe I did and I deleted all evidence of it, who knows... Sure I'll just back date thios post and no one will ever know...

Anyway, I ended up getting a ticket for the Monday of Forbidden Fruit.  It was quite a diverse crowd ranging from mid teens to mid 80s, but everyone looked to be having fun. It's a pity no one told the rain to stay away, but it didn't dampen spirits too much.

So, where do I start?  Well, I started the day with Saint Sister.  I'd not seen them perform before, but I'd heard their music.  In a world that seems to spin too fast sometimes, Saint Sister offer an escape.

Next up were Pillow Queens. Wow... Just wow.  Fast, frenetic, a little crazy, lots of fun.  What's not to like about them?  Brilliant set by a brilliant band.

After that, I headed off the see RY X.  I'd no idea who he was before, I've no real idea who he is now, but he looked like Jesus in a cowboy hat and that made all the difference!  Would I have went to see him if it wasn't raining? Probably not, but that would have been a mistake!  Well done rain, well done!

The real reason I was at Forbidden Fruit was to see the incredible Fontaines DC.  These guys are going to be massive. Phenomenal live performance, great songs and a frontman who looks like he has a ball of rage inside ready top explode.  Absolutely loved their set!

It was raining again, so off to the tents I went to catch Spiritualized.  I have vague recollections of them from the '90s, but that's me and the '90s, it's all a bit of a blur!  But again, really enjoyed their set.

I've seen Elbow a few times before and they do put on a good set.  They've a few crowd pleasing singalong songs also, so that always helps.  Fine set, nothing to get excited and write home about, t'was grand...

Anyway, that's it, that's the Monday of Forbidden Fruit Festival 2019. 

Check out the photos below:
Saint Sister
Pillow Queens
RY X
Fontaines DC
Spiritualized
Elbow

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