Blizzards go down a storm as hot Irish acts spice up first UCD ball
BARRY EGAN "EVERYWHERE I go," Flannery O'Connor once mused, "I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them."
There was no evidence of cultural obstruction of any description on the Belfield Campus, Dublin on Friday at the first ever UCD Ball - courtesy of hotly tipped Irish bands the Blizzards and Director.
It was admirably brave of UCD ENTs officer Anthony Kelly (a man who, like several of the acts who performed, has a bright future ahead of him) to put together a mostly Irish bill.
Damien Dempsey, Republic of Loose and Bell XI also played at the inaugural event.
And the risk clearly paid dividends at the mini festival as Smiths/Interpol-influenced Director stole theshow, closely followed by the ska-pop leaning Blizzards. Justin 'Moff' Moffatt, manager of the Blizzards, said: "The lads were delighted to have been asked to play the 'inaugural' UCD Ball. We've been playing gigs in UCD for the past 12 months or so and have built up an incredible fan base out there.
"We've got the most ardent fan-base a band could dream of having," Moff added.
Roll on the Trinity Ball. And Flann O'Connor my arse . . .