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Posts Tagged ‘ Olympia Theatre ’

Franz Ferdinand Throw Down Some Indie Rock At The Olympia

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The first time Scot rockers Franz Ferdinand came upon my radar was back at Oxegen in 2004. It was back at a time where dance music took a backseat at festivals and the 4/5 piece rock outfit reigned supreme, with these guys leading the way along with the likes of Razorlight and The Killers. Nowadays, Franz Ferdinand and most others are relegated to playing for dedicated pockets of fans in venues like the Olympia, or unappreciated slots such as Electric Picnic last year, and going on last night’s performance they’re all the better for the former. Continue reading

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Imagine Dragons Bring Night Visions To The Olympia

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Many times I have tried to go to smaller gigs with an open mind, ie no knowledge of the artists just their music. I figured it would be a good way to just immerse myself fully in their set and make up my mind based on their live show. Last night, at Imagine Dragons in the Olympia, I finally succeeded in doing so and what a treat it was.
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The Gaslight Anthem Bring New Jersey Rock To The Olympia

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The Gaslight Anthem are a rock outfit from New Jersey and you’ve never heard of them. That isn’t a statement of condescension or hipster speak though, rather it’s a statement of pure disbelief. Though they may be a punk outfit to an extent and thrive on the underground end of things, they write and perform music that could slip so easily onto regular mainstream radio that it beggars belief how they haven’t had a big mainstream hit yet. But then, no fan of theirs wants that, their level of fame currently is ideal and sees them retain that garage band feel that made them in the first place.
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{Awayland} By The Villagers

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The Villagers’ second album brings fans further into the creative mind of the prolific Conor O’Brien.  However, after two years of touring the last album the Villagers are no longer a solo act masquerading as a band.  This offering is much more layered than its predecessor and the collaborative band effort has led to a fuller sound which will have wider reverberations in the music world. Continue reading

Sheridan Wows Sell Out Crowd At Dublin’s Olympia Theatre

It has been one hell of a journey for Monaghan born Ryan Sheridan and his partner in percussion Artur Graczyk. It wasn’t all that long ago they were busking on Grafton Street and now this weekend he has found himself headlining his own sold out gig in The Olympia Theatre, where just over a year ago even he was supporting The Script.

With a promise and display of some new material, things are definitely only getting better for Ryan and on Friday night he showed just how much he has evolved to make his small setup occupy the entire stage. The set kicked off with a fantastic visual as Sheridan, Graczyk and new addition Nicky Brennan on lead guitar started up “High Roller” whilst still behind the veil of a white curtain, the shadowed visage of Sheridan slowly approaching the front. When the curtain dropped and the song kicked off in full there was a fantastic roar from the packed house with Sheridan clearly relished.

What’s great about a Ryan Sheridan gig is that the nature of his music, and particularly the percussive elements of each track, means that even the more relatively subdued tracks keep the big feel of the show going. It really is baffling as a concertgoer to understand how Graczyk manages to get the full sound he does from what is basically a wooden box. Along with some new tracks and album hitters like “The Game” and “Stand Up Tall” the pace and life of the set kept going through out. Brennan’s input into the tracks was nice too without fundamentally changing them from their original incarnations. I am not sure if his addition is a permanent one but his playing can definitely compliment Sheridan.

 The performance of “Jigsaw”, the track that launched him onto the scene two years ago, was nicely arranged with Brennan sitting out the track for the two original boys from Grafton Street to acknowledge the journey they’ve taken. On stage the two were also presented with their reward for “The Day You Live Forever” now having gone platinum, no less than they deserve. For the encore slot Sheridan treated us to a solo version of the mesmerizing biographical track “All & More”. Seeing him sat on his own telling the crowd “success is hard to find but failure is not to try”, there was a genuine nature to the rendition that, biased as it may sound, exists in Irish artists more so than any other. Much like The Script making it from, as they said themselves “a shed” to the U2 “claw” in Croke Park went as far to move Danny O’Donoghue to tears, Sheridan was clearly moved by the crowd whilst performing this track. “Little Lion Man” then made a welcome appearance and got a massive reception from the crowd. And of course, as most of the audience were clamouring for all night, “The Dreamer” closed off the night, and what a great night it had been. The gig was not a marathon session by any account, with only one album released there couldn’t really be more expected, but for €20 nobody was being short changed. Though he has no immediate dates in the pipeline, we definitely haven’t seen the last of him and his is definitely not a gig to be missed. A great nights entertainment.

Choice Music Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize has been announced. Established acts such as Pugwash and Lisa Hannigan are joined by a number of new artists including We Cut Corners and Tieranniesaur. According to Paddy Power, the latter are third favourites to scoop the coveted award, following Cashier No 9 and And So I Watch You From Afar.

The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of people who work in the music industry including Naomi McCardle (Harmless Noise), Ed Power (Irish Independent), Lauren Murphy (The Irish Times) and Nadine O’Regan (Phantom FM).

All the nominees are due to perform at the awards ceremony concert in The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday, 8 March. Tickets for the gig will go on sale this Friday.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize funded by the Irish Music Rights Organisation and the Irish Recorded Music Association. All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially-commissioned award statuette, courtesy of the Recorded Artists Actors & Performers Ltd.

The prize was set up by Irish Times music journalist Jim Carroll and industry manager Dave Reid in 2005. Previous winners include Two Door Cinema Club, Adrian Crowley and The Divine Comedy.

The full shortlist:
And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs (Richter Collective)
Bell X1 – Bloodless Coup (Belly Up Records)
Cashier No 9 – To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union)
Lisa Hannigan – Passenger (Hoop Records)
The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance (EMI)
Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Golden Syrup (Osaka Records)
Pugwash – The Olympus Sound (EMI/1969 Records)
Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur (Popical Island)
We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards (Delphi)

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