Sunday 23 July 2017

Loaded: High price for red-hot line-up

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Arcade Fire tickets go on sale this morning for their December 5 show with Vampire Weekend and Devendra Banhart. Normally, you'd expect tickets for such a bill to fly out the door quicker than you can say the third Arcade Fire album The Suburbs is more than a little bit special.

Arcade Fire tickets go on sale this morning for their December 5 show with Vampire Weekend and Devendra Banhart. Normally, you'd expect tickets for such a bill to fly out the door quicker than you can say the third Arcade Fire album The Suburbs is more than a little bit special.

However, there have been some very loud grumblings that pricing tickets up to €73, inclusive of various booking charges, is way too much. Granted, they're not cheap, but the simple truth of the matter is that Arcade Fire aren't an underground band anymore and such prices correspond to the going rate to catch a show in the O2, especially considering the calibre of the rest of the bill.

Those firebrand protest rockers Rage Against the Machine had an asking price that went up to €77. While the Arcade Fire bash is far from being the bargain of the century, it's certainly a much better deal than an upper ticket price of €96.25 for the dubious pleasure of seeing Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance.

But if you still baulk at paying such a fee to line the pockets of the Canadian septet, it appears that the true man of the people is Chris De Burgh, as tickets for his O2 show next April are a snip at €44.50.



  • It's official -- Dublin venues are like Dublin buses. Wait long enough and three of them come along at once. The Workman's Club beside the Clarence hotel has already thrown open the doors to its bar and is proving to be a great spot for a quiet pint. It could well be a case of the calm before the storm, as Australian experimental rock trio PVT (formerly Pivot) do the opening night honours on September 8.


Meanwhile, just across the Liffey, Pravda will be hosting a new venue called Hector Grey's and the Mercantile is already open for business on Dame Street. Last week's show in the Merc from Boz Boorer was a great success, as they've been quietly catering for the rockabilly niche rather than chasing after the same tried and tested bands. It'll be interesting to observe how the newbies fare.



  • So it appears that Bono (right) is fully match fit after making it through U2's opening tour dates and being able to go out partying for Sean Penn's 50th birthday. The back problems that scuppered the band's Glastonbury appearance seem to have passed, and aptly enough they unveiled a new song entitled Glastonbury at the opening night in Turin. Apparently, the band is penciled in to finally assume headliner duties at Worthy Farm in 2011.
  • As reported on these pages a few issues ago, the opening night of the second leg of the 360 tour forced Shamrock Rovers and Juventus to move their Europa League fixture to the home of balsamic vinegar in Modena, 300 kilometres away. As one of the 1,000 or so Hoops who travelled to the match, it didn't detract from the occasion in the slightest.


U2 also kindly invited the Rovers squad to the Turin show. "Shamrock Rovers FC is very grateful, and indeed honoured, to have received an invitation from U2 to attend their 360 tour gig in Turin," revealed a club spokesperson. "Unfortunately, though, travel plans and a very important league game on Sunday against arch Dublin rivals Bohemians meant that the Rovers squad had to travel back directly after their Europa League tie against Juventus."

This admirable dedication to the cause has paid off, as Rovers stuffed their city rivals 3-0, won their subsequent league match against Drogheda United and are currently sitting pretty at the top of the table. Meanwhile, a little known fact is that Larry Mullen's cousin, Eoin Mullen, played for Shamrock Rovers in the 90s, notching up 62 appearances and five goals.



  • Journalist, poet and former Horslips drummer Eamon Carr has teamed up with composer Daniel Figgis for a site-specific work for the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham.


Entitled Ascension, this intriguing project features a five-poem cycle written and narrated by Carr accompanied by a new live ensemble piece by Figgis and a pre-recorded sound installation. The work is inspired by Patrick Pearse's connection to the area when he moved his school to St Enda's Park at the foot of the Dublin mountains.

Ascension will be receiving its world premiere on September 17 at 7.30pm and 8.15pm.

Irish Independent

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