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Showing posts from July, 2023

2023-07-22 Stockton's Wing - Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilkenny

I hadn't been to Kilkenny in ages, so, when I heard that Stockton's Wing were going to be playing Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, emails were sent and plans were made! I was looking forward to the gig for a number of reasons.  The first one being that I'd never seen Stockton's Wing perform live before.  I'd seen Mike Hanrahan   live on multiple occasions, but never the full band.  Secondly, I was going to Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre and I'd wanted to go there since I first heard of the venue. After the bad weather of the last few weeks, I was constantly checking the hourly forecast on (Norwegian weather app). It's normally very accurate, so, when it said it would stop raining at 8:00pm that night, I believed it, but I still packed my waterproofs, just in case... I arrived at the venue, nestled in an old slate quarry twenty minutes outside Kilkenny, got set up and awaited the opening act, Burnchurch .  I knew nothing about them, but Mike had told me they were

2023-07-15 Forever Young Festival - Palmerstown House, Naas

Day Two of Forever Young Festival and everything has changed...  If you haven't read about Day 1, click here . Day two of Forever Young Festival kicked off with a message from the organisers saying that the site was closed to Saturday Day Tickets.  Unless you were already camping, there was no getting in. It had been raining all night.  Not just a bit of drizzle, but heavy incessant rain, reminiscent of the weather at Oxegen Festival in past years! Because of this, and due to health and safety concerns, the decision was taken to limit the crowd. All this bad weather meant I needed my bad weather gear! It turns out that my waterproof pants were, indeed, still waterproof, as were my boots.  My jacket though, not so much... I ended up wearing an old style plastic poncho.  It wasn't fashionable, it wasn't sexy, but it kept me dry! So, Day 2 of Forever Young kicked off with Modern Romance .  I have to be honest, I didn't remember Modern Romance, the name was familiar, but..