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Tuesday 28 February 2017

still alive and kicking

Lady Gaga showed off her sexy underwear at the O2 -- though Camille Paglia was not impressed. And Rihanna also stopped by on her journey round her worldly dominions.

Meanwhile, Deadmou5 flew the flag for arena dance at the O2 and Kings Of Leon pulled a fast one by announcing their show in the O2 the day after selling 80,000 tickets for next year's Slane bash.

But away from the enormodomes, in the age of free music and not-quite-legal downloading, artists are having to hit the road like never before in order to make a buck.

Of course, the new austerity means that we're seeing evidence of the lower and middle-ranking gigs suffering, with attendances noticeably shrinking in size as the economic reality bites.

With this in mind, the story of the year is the amazing gung-ho, can-do attitude of the people who decided to open -- count 'em -- four new music venues in the capital (three of them within a matter of weeks of each other).

As for the summer festivals, both Oxegen and Electric Picnic were hit hard by the weather (again) but still managed to pull rabbits out of the hat. The Picnic changed tack and offered one-day tickets after sluggish sales; fingers crossed the circus comes back to town in 2011.

Finally, this year we lost one of the people most responsible for the rude health of our domestic live scene with the passing of promoter and Whelan's general manager Derek Nally. He is terribly missed.

So, in no meaningful order, here are the shows which I found most memorable in 2010...

Irish Independent

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