The News at 10 (past 9)
Dong! Free gigs in Dublin! It’s the return of the Salon Music series for the fifth year with a bunch of free shows in the ballroom of the lovely Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. Hitting the salon will be …
Dong! Free gigs in Dublin! It’s the return of the Salon Music series for the fifth year with a bunch of free shows in the ballroom of the lovely Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. Hitting the salon will be Julie Feeney (July 21), Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill (August 4), John Taylor (July 28) and Tarab and Xi an Si (August 11). Tickets will be awarded by lottery and you can enter via this website. Remember: if you’re not in, you can’t win.
Dong! What time is it? It’s Banter time! Banter is a new monthly-ish series of informal chats, debates and discussions around pop and pop culture. The first one takes place next Saturday (July 4) in the Mezz room in the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1) and will look at “the state of Irish music radio – past, present and future”. The speakers: Paul McLoone (Today FM) and The Golden Maverick (Power FM). The eejit keeping it all together: er, me. Admission is free but capacity is limited so to guarantee your place, please email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Banter No1′ in the subject bar.
Dong! Another festival! It’s the Moondance Music & Arts Festival and it will take place at Petersburg House, Clonbur, Co. Galway from August 14 to 16. Giving it (pop) socks on the shores of Lough Mask will be Lisa Hannigan, Jape, Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, There are also arts workshops, yoga, theatre performances, storytelling, stand-up comedy, art exhibitions and a Mask Ball with Kila. Weekend tickets are €115.
Dong! What’s that? That’s Pixies, dude! Pixes play Dublin’s Olympia on October 1 and 2. Tickets will be €54.80 and €44.20 and go on sale on Friday at 9am. They’ll be marking the 20th anniversary of “Doolittle” by playing the album – and assorted b-sides – in full. It will be just like the time they played in the National Stadium with the Pale Saints as support. Ah, old age, I knew there was an upside.
Dong! Belsonic returns to Belfast! Er, I just found the press release on this but we heart city fests and we need a chance to go “Bonkers” so here’s the belated skinny. Playing Belfast’s Custom House Square will be Dizzee Rascal and Vampire Weekend (August 27), 2 Many DJs, Deadmau5 and Boys Noize (August 28) and Dukebox with Duke Special, Bell X1 and guests (August 29). Tickets are £29 per day.
Note to gig promoters who will now try to clog up the comments plugging their gigs: we have a weekly plug-for-all on Friday so save your breath for that.
It’s going to be a good day. B-o-n-k-e-r-s!