Competition Closed: Jack L and The 27 Club


*** Congratualtions to Laura Carroll *** *** who has won a pair of tickets to tonight’s show *** I‘ve said it many times before and I’m sure I’ll repeat it again and again – Jack L is incredible. He is my favourite Irish singer and I could listen to him forever. In his latest show, The 27 Club, the work of iconic artists such as Janis Joplin, The Doors, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana are interpreted. Few musicians set out to become legends, even fewer succeed. Yet by any standard musicians like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain are legendary. Each left behind a lasting musical legacy, with songs that freeze forever a moment in time, speak for a generation, or simply give voice to the grief and grace of the human heart. In so many ways … There’s more

Music News: Chris Cornell announces June date @ The Olympia

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame is taking his solo show, ‘Songbook’, on its European leg over the next few months including a Dublin date on June 13th at the Olympia Theatre. Known for his amazing vocal range, Cornell’s ‘Songbook’ offering showcases music from across his career… Soundgarden to Audioslave to Temple of the Dog… in an unplugged, up close and personal style. It’s been getting rave reviews across the water. We can’t wait for this one. Tickets are on sale tomorrow morning at 9am, starting from €39.05.

Music News: Jape Wins Meteor Choice Music Prize 2011

The Olympia Theatre was jammers last night for Choice Music Prize 2011 which  saw performances from all ten of the nominated acts. Highlights included a rousing performance of Here Be Monsters from Tieranniesaur, Pugwash being joined on stage for a spot of kazoo playing by Phantom Pure Morning‘s Richie McCormack and Michelle Doherty, Jape having a wee lie down on the stage mid-song, ASIWYFA’s drummer pulling his shirt off and Rory and Johnny tearing around the stage in their suits, and the silence that fell over the chattering Olympia crowd when Lisa Hannigan kicked off her performance, before revving up the masses by banging her high heels  through a stomping rendition of Knots. Eventual winner Jape was announced by head of the judging panel Tony Clayton-Lea. Jape bagged a €10,000 prize fund and was shocked to take the prize for a second time, admitting that he thought it was Lisa Hannigan’s … There’s more

Gigs: Watch the Livestream of the Choice Music Prize Tonight

Meteor, sponsors of the Choice Music Prize, and VenueOne, online livestreamsters of cool stuff, are doing their techy dohickey tonight to provide a livestream of the sold out Meteor Choice Music Prize live event at the Olympia. Featuring performances from all ten nominated acts, it’s set to be a stomper and one of these guys will be walking away with the prize: And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs;  Bell X1 – Bloodless Coup; Cashier No 9 – To The Death Of Fun; Lisa Hannigan -  Passenger; The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance; Jape – Ocean of Frequency; Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Golden Syrup; Pugwash – The Olympus Sounds; Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur; We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards. There’s also gonna be some Irish Song of the Year action to be decided, with this lot in the running: Bell X1 – Velcro; Cashier No 9 – Goldstar; The Coronas – Addicted to Progress; Lisa Hannigan – Knots; The Kanyu Tree … There’s more

Competition: Ross Noble, Rich Hall and Kevin Bridges at the Olympia

The comedy line-up around these parts has been somewhat stellar this year. Dara O’Briain’s had an epically long Vicar Street run, Eddie Izzard played a blinder in the O2 not 12 months ago, Flight of the Conchords sold out two nights at the Olympia and could have sold out a good many more and along with all of that the usual calendar staples of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs and the Comedy Carnival in the Iveagh Gardens had impressive line-ups to boot. The good news is, the comedy season isn’t over and the even better news is that, with thanks to our simply awesome friends at MCD, would like to send you along to not one and not two but three comedy shows at Dublin’s Olympia this October and November. To kick off the 3-night stand, we’ll send you to see Kevin Bridges on Saturday October 2nd. Kevin’s been knocking … There’s more

Free Gig : Tegan and Sara at Tower Records

Canadian twin sisters, and music powerhouses, Tegan and Sara are doing a free in-store gig in Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin at 2pm today (Tuesday June 15 2010). If you are a fan, and there are a lot of fangirls (statistically a lot more women are fans) in Dublin who would love to see them up close before their Olympia date tonight and were probably at their Belfast gig last night. The sisters began playing music together in high school. Around the age of 15 they started playing and writing their own material.  They were signed by Elliot Roberts and Neil Young to Vapor Records in 2000. Tegan and Sara are now signed to Vapor/Sire/Warner Bros (that collection of labels reflects distribution limits rather than label problems). They have been recording and touring for over ten years, lets just say that they are pros that know what they are doing.

Competition Closed: MGMT Live at the Olympia

*** Competition Closed *** *** Winner will be announced shortly *** Do you like music? Do you like free stuff? If so then read on, if not then what the hell is wrong with you? Super hip good time boys MGMT have added a third and final date to their run at the Olympia on Saturday September 18th and we here at have two tickets to give away to one lucky reader. Just so you know what you’re letting yourself in for, watch them scarring some poor child for life below and then leave us a comment for your chance to win. We’ll name the winner on Tuesday, April 27th. If you’re not lucky enough to win then you can catch them on the following dates; tickets are on sale on Wednesday, April 28th. Check out for more details.

Competition Closed: See the Traces show in the Olympia

*** Competition Closed *** *** Congratulations to Maylis Campbell *** *** Thank you to everyone who entered *** Before I go on, check out this preview video from the show. It looks so cool – I cannot wait to see it: [local /wp-content/uploads/2010/03/traces2.flv nolink] Traces features 5 young artists fresh out of circus school, all in their early twenties, mixing classic acrobatics with such street forms as skateboard, basketball, and parcours. The result is an intimate circus experience (à la Cirque du Soleil) yet with a more urban flavor, as these young artists explode onto the stage with a renewed dynamic energy.

Dudes, Flight of the Conchords are coming…

New Zealand folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords will kick off a 15-stop European tour including 2 shows at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin 5th and 6th May 2010. The tour follows the second season and series finale of HBO/BBC’s hit show Flight of the Conchords as well as the release of the duo’s second full-length album, I Told You I Was Freaky.  Comedians and fellow Flight of the Conchords actors Kristen Schall (Mel from the TV show) and Arj Barker (Dave from the TV show) are set to open each night. Complete list of tour dates below. “Flight of the Conchords has had a great relationship with the U.K in the past. In some ways you could say we got our start there, and we were always over at the U.K’s house. But then one night, some heated words were said and Flight of the Conchords left in a … There’s more

Man in the Mirror – The Olympia Theatre

Look, it was a last minute invitation from a friend. It’s not something I would have generally gone for. I’ve made my views on Michael Jackson pretty clear before and , although I do like much of his music, I did not have high hopes for this Man in the Mirror Life of Michael Jackson Tribute Show Thing. I was not expecting much and my expectations were met. It was one of the most hilariously awful shows I’ve ever witnessed. From the far-too-short Mini-Michael to the crotch obsessed backing dancer, from the backing singer squeezed into her far too small dress to the cheap primary school play set design, this had me laughing in all the wrong places.

She’s Back…

We were in awe of her at last year’s Summer festivals, we fell in love with her in the Olympia in December and her album is one of our favourite albums of 2009. Now, she’s back… Florence and the Machine announce the Cosmic Love Tour Florence returns to Dublin this May to open the Cosmic Love tour with two shows at the Olympia Theatre on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd. Tickets will be available this Friday, 29 January from Ticketmaster at 9am, priced €28. If you missed her last year, don’t make the same mistake again.

Placebo Gig Review and Interview with Steve Forrest

Earlier this year, a fresh looking, fresh sounding Placebo returned to the charts with their first album since 2006′s Meds. Battle For the Sun was critically well received and a hit with fans, while also drawing in new listeners. One of the reasons Placebo may have a fresh sound is the introduction of their newest member, Steve Forrest. Last week before the final gig of their current tour, I spoke to Steve and asked him how he felt about joining an established band who had been playing together for over 15 years. The pressure to sort of perform like a 15 year professionally veteran is so intense that you don’t have time to make mistakes. It’s heads down and get focussed, because I haven’t been performing professionally for 15 years. I got everything in the world to lose.

Hand Job Films – Dirty Music Videos

There are simply too many quality gigs happening in Dublin, you can’t get to all of them, sometimes you hear about them too late, or tickets sell out too fast… in steps our hero, Conor from Hand Job Films. I first spotted him filming  The Thermals gig back in June and went in search for the videos on Youtube the following week. The results allowed me to really relive that gig all over again. The same goes for the recent amazing Pixies gig in the Olympia. The videos collected of past gigs are like a cross between official live footage and audience  uploads. A perfect combo to make you feel like you were there in the crowd. In a perfect world everyone in a gig audience would have the steady hand, equipment and talent of Conor, in this inperfect world at least we can rely on one guy to keep … There’s more

Your Filthy Mind Has Left You Trying Things That Can Only End In Tears

Album Review: Tony Was An Ex-Con Release Date: 25th September 2009, 3U records Despite being unable to name two major GAA stars or down a pint of Guinness I have an enormous sense of pride in the produce of the contemporary Irish music industry. From Duke Special and Juliet Turner (26 counties be-damned) to The Script, Bell XI and Delorentos. No less noteworthy are The Coronas, four lads from Terenure, Co. Dublin who cite The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, The Stone Roses and Radiohead as their musical influences. The Coronas released their first album Heroes or Ghosts in 2007. From this debut the single San Diego Song stayed in the Irish charts for 24 weeks an became an anthem for the summer of 2008. The band were also nominated for a Meteor Award in 2008, beaten to the prize by Westlife and the less said about that the better. Tonight some … There’s more

I bet Bono spends 1000 pounds a day on eyeliner or In Between, In Between, In Between, In Between

Well, the Manics tour of “Journal for Plague Lovers” was always going to an emotional time for band, and I suppose for audience. The Welsh three piece’s latest album is made up entirely of missing fourth member Richey Edwards’ lyrics. Their visit to the Olympia (in Dublin, for our International readers) last night was at times invigorating and depressing, an homage and a celebration, a funeral and a party. It had been well publicised that the band are playing the JFPL set followed by a greatest hits set. It made a nice change to the usual hit song, album song, hit song, new album filler, hit song, encore, second encore thing that bands usually do. And I suppose it’s fair to say I’ve never felt such a range of emotions at a gig before.