Wednesday 23 August 2017

Review: Jean-Michel Jarre at the 3Arena

Jean-Michele Jarre
Jean-Michele Jarre
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

By Jean-Michel Jarre’s record-breaking standards, playing Ireland’s largest indoor venue is an intimate walk in the park compared to performing for millions of people at some of the highest attended live events of all time.

Jean Michel-Jarre shows are still all about the spectacle in the great indoors. He perches over a bank of equipment like a sprightly mad professor, looking incredibly youthful for his 68 years, as a dazzling light show blinds the audience’s retinas.The stylish boffin also talks a lot, saying he always feels at home in Ireland as his manager Fiona Collins hails from Dublin. 

“Hopefully we’ll have the craic tonight,” he hilariously drawls in his French accent. He met the Lord Mayor in the Mansion House earlier in the day, which you certainly couldn’t imagine happening to Kraftwerk. 

Surprisingly, Jarre’s prototype electronica still sounds remarkably fresh. He keeps the set list up to date with a recent collaboration with the Pet Shops, (who are sadly not in attendance) and much more bizarrely, a track with former CIA agent and whistle blower Edward Snowden entitled ‘Exit’. Snowden appears on the big screen for a spoken word segment, as Jarre accentuates the drama with a thundering piece of pop techno.

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Jarre eventually gets the Monday night crowd crowd on their feet, presenting a stunning finale by playing actual laser beams for ‘The Time Machine’. It’s a surreal, strange and stunning sight, and perfectly sums up the Frenchman’s perennial appeal. 

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