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20 Years of the Irish Singles Chart

Linda Coogan Byrne and her team over at WhyNotHer have put together a startling report on the state of the Irish Singles Chart over the last 20 years and how it practically ignored Women and BIPOC.  It's an incredible piece of work, one that, had all things been fair and equal, should never have had to be complied. Unfortunately, like most things, the Irish Music Industry isn't a fair and equal place... Anyway, don't take my word for it, click here to read the report.

2019-06-08 The Cure - Malahide Castle

The last time I saw The Cure live was at the Electric Picnic back in 2012.  Before that, it was at Oxegen 2004.  It was, most definitely, time to see them again. When they announced their first non festival gig in Ireland since 1992, I just had to be there!

Unfortunately, we don't always get what we want and when I went to purchase a ticket, they were all gone... Fortunately, I've got some great friends and I was given a ticket as a present!

So, on to the gig.  It had been raining in Ireland all week, but somehow the sun shone brightly on Malahide unlike in Slane, where the heavens opened for Metallica! Perhaps God is a Curehead!

Support on the day was from Just MustardThe Twilight Sad and Ride.  I didn't get there till after 6:00pm, so I missed Just Mustard and The Twilight Sad, but I did get to see Ride.

I don't recall seeing Ride before, that's not to say I haven't, I just don't remember! I was somewhat familiar with their music however, what with having vague memories of the 1990s. Regardless of how much of their music I remembered, they put on a great set, and after playing Malahide, headed on in to Dublin to play a late night gig in the Workmans Club!

Anyway, it was time for The Cure and what a set they played.  I'm trying to think if they left anything noticeable out, but honestly, I think they played everything I could have wanted to hear in their 150 minute set!

So, that was The Cure playing their first Irish headline gig in 27 years and their first gig in Ireland in 7 years.  If they keep to that timescale, I'll be pushing 60 and Robert Smith will be pushing 70 before they grace our shores again...  I do hope that's not the case.

Setlist:
  1. Shake Dog Shake
  2. Burn
  3. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
  4. A Night Like This
  5. Pictures of You
  6. High
  7. Just One Kiss
  8. Lovesong
  9. Just Like Heaven
  10. Last Dance
  11. Fascination Street
  12. Never Enough
  13. Wendy Time
  14. The Walk
  15. Push
  16. In Between Days
  17. Play for Today
  18. A Forest
  19. Primary
  20. Want
  21. 39
  22. One Hundred Years
Encore:
  1. Lullaby
  2. The Caterpillar
  3. Doing the Unstuck
  4. Friday I'm in Love
  5. Close to Me
  6. Why Can't I Be You?
  7. Boys Don't Cry

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