Biffy Clyro – Cork

July 1st, 2014 by

Biffy Clyro at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Seasoned veterans of larger arenas since 2007’s Puzzle hurled them onto daytime radio, Biffy Clyro are now entirely at home in venues the size of the Marquee, dicing between their grunge roots and their orchestral moments at ease. The trio are in flying form, taking to the tops of the amps and the edges of […]

Paul Weller – Kilmainham

June 30th, 2014 by


With a back catalogue that most musicians would kill for, Paul Weller is hardly limited when it comes to setlists. With his solo career, however, stretching over twenty three years – nearly twice the combined total of his years in both The Jam and the Style Council – he may be justified in his reluctance […]

Elbow – Kilmainham

June 28th, 2014 by

Elbow, RHK, Dublin

To the left, Heuston Station – packed with trains on their way to anywhere else. To the right, Kilmainham – packed with bored kids desperate for entertainment. In the middle, Royal Hospital – holding a stage that looks like a space station waiting on some English guys who took the world in their late thirties. […]

Jack White – Kilmainham

June 28th, 2014 by


“You’re so full of sunshine”, the Kills’ Jamie Hince tells the crowd in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, as he and Alison Mosshart power through their songs and those initial droplets of rain start to fall. And fall they do, relentlessly, through both the Kills’ and headliner Jack White’s sets; oddly though, as […]

Imelda May – Dublin

June 21st, 2014 by

Imelda May, Vicar St, Dublin

The entrance to Vicar St is a hive of activity as people begin to swarm into the venue to watch Dublin’s own Rockabilly queen perform. Ticket touts loiter next to small groups of women who, clearly embracing the spirit of the event, are dressed in full 50’s style skirts and stilettos. But these uber fans […]

Jurassic 5 – Vicar St, Dublin

June 18th, 2014 by

Jurassic 5

Regular gig goers will tell you that hip-hop shows are a precarious beast. To borrow a line or two of the American bard Longfellow from his ode about the girl with the curl, when they are good they are very good but when they are bad they are horrid. The same seasoned punters had no […]

Bob Dylan – Dublin

June 18th, 2014 by


On his last visit to Dublin’s O2 in 2011, Bob Dylan was accompanied by Dire Straits guitar wrangler Mark Knopfler in a double header that screamed heritage gig from the get-go. While Knopfler’s was a more staid set on that occasion, Dylan was on crackling form, and to be fair to the man his relentless […]

Dam-Funk – Dublin

June 18th, 2014 by


What promises to be a great night of entertainment begins with a screening of Jamal Shabazz: Street Photographer (2013), a new documentary from the director of the seminal hip-hop film Wild Style (1983) Charlie Ahearn.  The director is in attendance and the booths of the Sugar Club are filled with happy spectators. After the film […]

Wye Oak – Dublin

June 16th, 2014 by

Wye Oak, by Derek Kennedy

Baltimore duo Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner, better known as Wye Oak, don’t actually make a stage entrance tonight. Instead, as is generally the case at the wonderful Sugar Club, they are onstage helping disassemble their support act’s rig and effectively being their own roadies. This alone, possibly, means that rapturous applause and that giddy […]

Arctic Monkeys – Berlin

June 12th, 2014 by

Arctic Monkeys by Ste Murray

There aren’t many times a person can say they have been to a gig in the courtyard of a Renaissance – era fortress but then the Germans do like to do things differentlyas the Spandau Citadel plays host to Arctic Monkeys, with support from Irish boys The Strypes and Miles Kane. The young Irishmen arrived […]

Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté – Dublin

June 11th, 2014 by


It’s not that easy within a few hundred words to describe, for anyone uninitiated, who Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté are, and why they lifted the roof clean off the NCH. A Malian father and son duo who play the kora, a traditional West African harp-lute, which has 21 strings and which Toumani described, to amusement […]

Snoop Dogg – Dublin

June 11th, 2014 by

Snoop 1

Celebrating his 22 year long career with a greatest hits tour, Snoop Dogg is at a stage where he has nothing to prove to anybody. He has sold countless albums, played to thousands of people around the world, starred in films, reality television and even his own documentary, Reincarnated. Shedding the possibility of a big […]

Pusha T – Dublin

June 10th, 2014 by


It comes as no surprise that Pusha T doesn’t have any bells or whistles in his set up. It’s just not his style. Clad in all black bar his diamonds and his name in block white letters on the black stage the only decoration, it sets the tone for what should be a ferocious set […]

State’s Faces of June live report and gallery

June 9th, 2014 by

Plutonic Dust, Faces of June

And so we reach the half-way point in this year’s Faces monthly gigs. The Mercantile has seen some special performances over since January and there’s always the feeling that another one is just around the corner. We don’t have to wait long for it tonight as Amidships bring an intense atmosphere from the off. Stripped […]