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2024-07-05 Sugababes - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

I've been a Sugababes fan since I first heard Overload way back in 2000.  It was, and still is, a pop classic.  Over the years, I managed to catch them live a couple of times.   The first time I caught Sugababes live was way back at Creamfields 2002.  Unfortunately Siobhan had left the band by then and been replaced by Heidi, so I never got to see the original lineup.  Did it matter much at the time to me?  No, not at all, I was just their to party!  As a side note, post Sugababes, Siobhan went on to release two solo albums, Revolution in Me in 2003 and Ghosts in 2007. The next time I saw them was at Oxegen 2008, and by then Mutya had left the band and was replaced by Amelle, leaving Keisha as the only remaining original member.  It was a tad strange seeing the band with only one remaining member, but again, it was a festival and all we were looking for was a good time, which we definitely got! Another side note, just like Siobhan, Mutya went on to release her own solo work, a gr

2023-08-05 TribFest - Maynooth

I have no proof of this, and my memory is not great, but I believe my first conversation about TribFest went a little something like this:

DM: Hey, are you coming to TribFest this year?

MJ: Ehhh... If I can make it, I will.  Do you want me to bring the camera?

DM: Ah yeah, that'd be great!

And that's how I ended up in Maynooth last weekend in the rain, watching 1800 people sing along to Jolene!

Who played MJ, who played? I hear you ask...  Well, on Day One of the TribFest, we got to see:

Oasis, George Michael, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson and ABBA.

Day Two of TribFest brought us:

ELO, Rod Stewart, Joe Dolan, Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Queen.

Hold on a second, half of those acts are dead!!!  Well yes, yes you are right.  I lied a little bit, these weren't the actual acts I mentioned, but some of Irelands finest tribute acts!  

I honestly didn't know what to expect, but when the first act up, Oasis, had the audience singing along to every song, I knew we were in for a good weekend.  There was something quite fantastic about having almost 2000 people under a canvas awning just intent on having a good time.  No hassles, no arguments, no fights, just folk partying.  It was very refreshing!  Oh and MC for the weekend was the fantastic Brian Hurley!

The rain tried it's best to ruin things over the weekend, but thanks to that massive awning and the work of the volunteers, what could have been a complete mud fest turned into nothing more than a reason to wear some boots.

I was going to try pick out highlights of the festival, but honestly, I enjoyed all the acts.  If I really had to choose though, it's hard to look past the Queen / Qween set.  They are a phenomenal live act and, if you're in the Kildare area, you can catch them at Naas Wild Food Festival on Friday, 8th September.

Now for some photos and videos.  First up, Day One:


George Michael


Dolly Parton

Johnny Cash

Michael Jackson


And Day Two looked like this:

Bob Dylan

Joe Dolan


Rod Stewart

The Beatles

Ed Sheeran


Brian Hurley

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