Greystones is set to be treated to a rare unplugged live performance from superstar Irish rock band The Riptide Movement.
The quartet from Lucan in Dublin will be taking to the Whale Theatre stage for the first time on September 18 and tickets for this intimate show are limited, for good reason. Better known for their blistering live shows on the main stages of Electric Picnic, Glastonbury and Benicassim, this gig will be stripped back to basics, showing off the bones of their songs and allowing time for the band to talk to fans in more depth about their origins.
Lead singer Malachy Tuohy, explains: “Our gig in the Whale Theatre will be an unplugged, stripped back show. We’re really looking forward to playing it as we’ve never played the Whale Theatre before and we rarely play these unplugged type shows, so we always enjoy playing them when we do.
"The last time we played a show like this was three years ago at St David’s church in Naas as part of the Midsummer Arts festival, we also played one, four years ago at St Patrick's church in Dalkey as part of the Dalkey book festival and we really loved it and so did the audience, because it’s an opportunity for us to take the audience on a journey through our five album catalogue.
"It allows us to strip the songs back to how they started, to just an acoustic guitar or piano and we get to chat through the songs and how they came about and how they were formed. It’s a really enjoyable experience for both ourselves and our fans.”
He added: “I think the fact there’s only a small amount of tickets available for the show makes the whole experience even more intimate and more special. We can’t wait for it!”
Playing a gig in Greystones on the Irish coast also speaks to the band’s interest in environmental issues. The Riptide Movement has produced several environmentally-themed music videos and documentaries, including their 2018 “Plastic Oceans" documentary, which highlighted the effects of plastic pollution on our environment. A nod to perhaps head for a three-minute beach clean on your way to their Whale Theatre show on September 18.