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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

2019-08-24 The Playing Fields Festival - Clane GAA

So last weekend, I headed off to Clane for the first ' Playing Fields Festival '.  I say headed off, it's only 10km from where I live, so it wasn't an arduous journey at all! The Playing Fields Festival is a 2 day affair featuring some legends of Irish music along with some relative new comers and lesser known acts of the Irish music scene. A great mix with something to please everyone! So, was it any good? Well, yes, yes it was.  I had an absolute blast there.  Bar a couple of minor issues, everything ran so smooth. The stage looked great, the sound was pretty damn good, staff and security were all friendly and helpful. Speaking with the bands after, they all seemed to have a great time, that's always great to hear. So, just who was playing, well the Saturday line up featured: Alice Lynskey Valhalla Padraig Cahill Montauk Hotel Oski Bravo Jerry Fish The Frank and Walters The Stunning The Sunday lineup featured: The Roadworn Frets Empire Circus