The afternoon news bulletin (Anne Doyle not included)
Free music: Irish ISP eircom have just launched their new Spotify-like site Music Hub. It means free streaming for eircom broadband subscribers (€6.99 a month if you’re not with the Big E), with different price levels if you want to …
Free music: Irish ISP eircom have just launched their new Spotify-like site Music Hub. It means free streaming for eircom broadband subscribers (€6.99 a month if you’re not with the Big E), with different price levels if you want to download certain quantities of tracks. Eircom say the Hub already has four million tracks with “1000s of songs” added every day. Any record label types lurking on OTR care to let us know how much revenue 1000 streams of a track will generate for the act or label (and if there will be an additional split on any advertising revenue)? Meanwhile, eircom have confirmed that they’re still in the “combating copyright infringement in the form of illegal file sharing” business.
Gig announcement (1): Mona, the band who will be bigger (and better?) than the Kings Of Leon this time next year play Whelan’s, Dublin on February 17. Tickets are €12 (plus TM fees).
Gig announcement (2): the Cork-born Patrick Wolf plays Dublin’s Sugar Club on March 21. Tickets for this one are €18 (plus TM fees).
Gig announcement (3): Rihanna is obviously a big advocate of advance playing. She’s just announced shows for Belfast’s Odyssey (October 1, tickets from €47 plus TM fees) and Dublin’s O2 (October 3, tickets from €54.80 plus fees). Eagle-eyed readers will notice she’s doing nothing on October 2 so expect a second show in Dublin or Belfast.
Tour announcement: the Certain Three tour will pack The Ambience Affair, We Cut Corners and Windings into a van for trips to Galway (Roisin Dubh – the OTR Xmas bash will be at the Roisin next week – January 13), Dublin (Workman’s Club – we like that venue loads – 14), Dundalk (Spirit Store – we love the Spirit Store – 15), Cork (The Pavilion – our favourite venue that used to be a chi-chi cinema – 20), Cavan (Gonzo Theatre – no, I haven’t been to a gig in Cavan yet – 22), Clonakilty (De Barra’s – had a lovely 99 in Clonakilty last August – 28) and Limerick (Dolan’s – another fine establishment – 29). No details on ticket prices in the press release to check with the venues.
Gig announcement (4): we liked the cut of The King Blues’ gib last year (especially the Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip remix of “What If Punk Never Happened?”) and they play Dublin’s Academy on April 26. Tickets are €16 (plus TM fees).
And finally, yesterday in the courts: report from the first day of proceedings in the Eamonn McCann v Denis Desmond case over MCD Concerts (as the case is currently before the courts, comments not allowed).