Tuesday 20 February 2018

Loaded: New venue set to pump up city's music scene

John Meagher

John Meagher

Australian trio PVT launched Dublin's newest concert venue, The Workmans Club, last week with a well-received show. This intimate venue -- housed in a building that had lain empty for years -- is next door to the Clarence Hotel and boasts a lovely upstairs bar with views out over the Liffey. It's bound to provide competition for the likes of Crawdaddy and Upstairs at Whelan's.

Since PVT, the venue has hosted Fionn Regan, Damien Dempsey and Villagers. Good luck to Karl Geraghty and all involved with the venture.

  • Speaking of small venues, the gifted US singer-songwriter Brendan Benson is taking his show to far-flung parts of the country over the next week.

The Raconteurs man played McGinnity's, Cavan, last night and will be in the Spirit Store, Dundalk, tonight. Among the more obscure venues on his tour are Kilkenny's Kilford Arms Hotel and The Thatch, Rahan (near Tullamore). The road less travelled, indeed.

  • Good news for LCD Soundsystem fans. James Murphy, Nancy Whang et al play Dublin's Tripod on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20. The shows had been slated originally for April, but were postponed due to the volcanic ash cloud.

LCD played the Saturday night headline slot at Electric Picnic and will be supported by Shit Robot for this Tripod gig.

Those who had purchased tickets for the April shows will be entitled to access a priority presale with a discounted ticket price for the November dates, and will be contacted by Ticketmaster by email. General tickets went on sale this morning at 9am.

  • Three iconic Irish indie bands of the early 90s are joining forces. The Reverberation Tour will see Power of Dreams, The Frank and Walters and The Sultans of Ping playing on the same stage for the first time in 15 years.

"In this triple-headed show the bands will alternate nightly and promise to play only the classics such as Power of Dreams' 100 Ways To Kill A Love, The Sultans of Ping's Where's Me Jumper and the Frank and Walters' After All," according to publicist Josephine Nestor.

The tour kicks off in Navan's Palace Bar on December 20 and calls to Dublin's Academy on December 23. Then after Christmas, it's on to the INEC, Killarney (December 28); Savoy, Cork (29th); Royal Theatre, Castlebar (30th); and Dolan's, Limerick (31st).

  • The much-loved late concert promoter Derek Nally will be the subject of a tribute show, Songs for Derek, in Vicar Street, Dublin, on October 2. Artists confirmed to appear include: Howe Gelb, Bell X1 (acoustic), Mundy, Richie Egan, David Kitt, The Walls, Freddie White, Tír na nÓg and James Vincent McMorrow.

Tickets priced €20 went on sale on Wednesday from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. All proceeds will be donated to the Nally family.

  • Hard Working Class Heroes have announced Junah as the winner of Band 101, which was run in association with a competition that took place via Bulmers Berry Facebook Page, and was voted by consumers and fans alike. With over 2,000 votes in total, Junah -- the clear winners with more than 1,000 votes -- will join the 100 bands that will play at the festival over the weekend of October 7, 8 and 9.
  • Here's one for trivia fans: Rockabilly's finest Imelda May becomes the first Irish female artists to have two albums in the domestic top-five chart. Mayhem, her impressive new album, has topped the chart, while her debut Love Tattoo, is at number four.

These are good times from the Liberties lady. Last week, she sold out three dates in Dublin's Olympia (December 15, 16, 17) with a fourth -- and final -- date announced for December 18. Tickets cost €32.50.

Irish Independent

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