Friday 24 November 2017

Music-loving Haskins wants your vote

John Meagher

John Meagher

He may be just 23, but Dylan Haskins has an enviable CV already: Original presenter of RTE's youth culture show Two Tube; creator of Hide Away Records (home to Heathers); founder of the collective arts centre Exchange Dublin... This is one bright kid.

Now, he's doing what Fintan O'Toole, Eamon Dunphy and David McWilliams failed to do despite all their talk -- stand for the Dail in the upcoming election.

Haskins is a doer rather than a talker, and Ireland needs such people right now. That he has an intuitive love for music and the arts makes him stick out even more prominently.

He is hoping to win a seat in Dublin South East -- traditionally one of the more liberal constituencies in the country. Check out his mission statement on

  • Dublin's Pepper Canister -- aka St Stephen's Church -- is set to prove its credentials as a live-music venue with a difference on April 27. Singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow is likely to be testing new material on the night as well as toting the better tunes from his Choice-nominated debut, Early in the Morning.

Considering its location in the heart of Georgian Dublin -- just 20 minutes from Grafton Street by foot -- the Pepper Canister could well be used for such gigs on a sporadic basis. The city has a number of fine venues, but there's nothing like a change of scenery to freshen things up.

Tickets for the McMorrow show go on sale this morning and cost a reasonable €20.

  • Also on sale today: tickets for the debut Irish show of Jessie J. Touted by Justin Timberlake for great things, the BBC Sound-Of Poll-topper will play Dublin's Academy on April 7. I've heard some of her material and let's just say the jury is still out.

Timberlake, meanwhile, seems to be focusing more of his energies on movies than music. After a decent performance in The Social Network, he's the leading man in forthcoming rom-com, Friends with Benefits. It stars Mila Kunis, who smouldered in Black Swan.

  • The week's prize for music's most delusional man goes to Daniel Glatman, the former manager of boyband Blue. Responding to the news that his former charges were set to represent the UK in this year's Eurovision, he declared them red-hot favourites to win. "It's the equivalent of Lewis Hamilton entering a go-kart race," he said.

Leaving aside the fact that Blue aren't exactly Take That -- or Blur, as I initially read it (visits to optician and shrink are imminent) -- somebody needs to tell Glatman about the block-voting system the eastern European countries usually engage in.

  • A few weeks ago a friend branded me a Luddite, due to my abhorrence of social media. Now, after much pressure, I've finally given in and set up a Twitter account. And, surprise, surprise -- I'm enjoying it. I'll be tweeting @johnmeaghermuso about live shows, albums, gossip, you name it.

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