Tuesday 16 January 2018

Loaded: Bigmouth strikes again at RDS gig

John Meagher

John Meagher

A letter writer to this newspaper really struck a chord with me this week. David Bradley eloquently complained about restless attendees at Paul McCartney's concert at Dublin's RDS on Saturday, saying he and his son were disturbed "every few minutes" as punters kept on going to the bars or toilets.

A colleague, who is not a regular concert-goer, was also taken aback by the number of people who talked loudly during the show, treating the music as if it was an exotic aural backdrop to their boozed-up conversation.

I've almost come to blows over this issue in the past, most recently at the Booker T gig in Village, Dublin, at the beginning of the month. Everyone around me seemed far more interested in regaling friends with the minutiae of their lives than appreciating what was, in places, a remarkable performance. And when I politely asked one group of people if they could "keep it down", I was told to watch my mouth.

I'm not a killjoy, but I find it incredibly frustrating that a sizeable minority of people at gigs have no compunction about ruining the experience for others. I can never hear REM's Everybody Hurts now without being reminded of the moment at one of their Dublin concerts, when I -- and at least 10 others -- heard two women loudly discussing their inability to find correctly-fitting bras.

  • I'm told "a limited number of tickets are still available" for the inaugural Body & Soul festival in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, which takes place tomorrow and Sunday.

The festival was devised to cater for those who especially love the Body & Soul area of Electric Picnic and the esoteric line-up includes Four Tet, Jape, Tunng and RSAG.

Apparently, it's worth staying for Sunday night's closing ceremony, which in the words of the festival's publicist, features "a night-time extravaganza celebrating the theme of this year's Summer Solstice: Phoenix Rising".

  • A newcomer to the Irish festival block, Astral Plains, takes place in Birr Castle, Co Offaly, on Saturday, June 26. Cathy Davey, Delorentos, local singer Roesy and Paul Brady are among those playing the one-day event.

I have three pairs of tickets to give away. To win, all you have to do is email me at jmeagher@independent.ie with the name of Cathy Davey's latest album, and three winners will be selected at random. Please include a contact number. Get your answers to me by 6pm today.

  • Dublin's striking concert venue, The Grand Canal Theatre, is to get a competitor on the other side of the Liffey. The National Convention Centre, another of the city's new architectural marvels, will open in September, but its 2,000-seater auditorium is ready for business and keen to put on shows.

They have secured The X-Factor live auditions, to take place next weekend, but expect to see the powers that be bring more intriguing names in the coming months.

It's like that hoary old buses cliché -- you wait for an age and now two 2,000-seat venues come along (almost) at once.

  • Bruce Springsteen fans keen to relive his most recent tour in support of the Working on a Dream album can do so on a new double album recorded in London's Hyde Park last summer.

The Boss is one of rock's all-time great live performers and this recording is yet another to capture his peerless gifts. The album's intro will make your neck hairs stand on end as the E Street Band deliver a moving cover of The Clash's London Calling. But look at the stunning photo of Bruce in the album's gatefold and it's Dublin's RDS that's pictured, not Hyde Park.

Irish Independent

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