As the end of the year approaches, I am getting a touch obsessive compulsive, and making lot of lists. No practical lists involving gifts, or household appliances, or ingredients for extravagant dishes that I will daydream about making, before buying the ready made version. Those lists are scary. My lists involve more pleasant subjects. Books that I have read in 2017. Plays that I have attended. Concerts that I have been to.
I will post about the others soon. But for today’s blog, my focus shall be on the live music I have witnessed this year.
Why bother you may ask? Well why not? These are memories that will inevitably fade over time. If I have made a written record of the experiences then it creates a stamp of reality for them.
So avid readers of this blog (my audience may be a select number but all are choice cuts of human loveliness); in chronological order here is my live music record for 2017.
1. Panti – March 25th, Ballymaloe Grain Store, Cork. Not exactly a concert – more a one man, stand up show. For the purposes of this blog I am including it in this post. My take on it is HERE. )
2. Lindsey Stirling – April 5th, Vicar Street, Dublin. My atheist awakening at a free concert (See HERE.)
3. ‘A night in the key of 8’ – April 23rd, Olympia Theatre, Dublin. A benefit gig to raise funds for the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, which bans abortion. Interesting line-up HERE.
4. The Cranberries – May 18th, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. A spot of hometown glory and nostalgia with my old school friends. Hope they return again – my story is HERE
5. Fleet Foxes – July 13th, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. The start of my summer holidays and a most wonderful weekend (as told HERE. )
6. Limerick Pride – July 14th, Dolans’ Warehouse, Limerick. Not a gig per se. But as live music was involved I am including it. A glorious experience detailed HERE.
7. Hothouse Flowers – August 12th, Ballymaloe Grainstore, Cork. No account has been written of this gig. That’s not like me. Enjoyed it very much though.
8. Manchester Pride – August 26th, a car park, Manchester. Not exactly a gig – more of a weekend away, Melanie C of the Spice Girls played a ninety minute set however, so that counts as a concert – despite not having bought a ticket specifically for it. Read about it HERE
9. Pet Shop Boys – September 6th, Bord Gais Energy Theatre. A most wonderful show – described HERE. )
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – September 21st, The 3 Arena, Dublin. Despite the years’ long wait between ticket purchase and event, and the subsequent expectation, this was a disappointment. Read all about it HERE
11. Alison Moyet – October 28th, Olympia Theatre, Dublin. The concert of the year. Absolutely loved this gig. Adore the venue. My account of it is HERE
12. Kathy Griffin – November 8th, Vicar Street, Dublin. Stand up show by the fainting American – read all about it HERE. )
13. Steps – November 13th, 3 Arena, Dublin. While Alison Moyet gave my favourite concert of the year, I engaged in a touch of gay hyperbole by declaring THIS show, ‘the most electrifying night in the history of showbusiness.’
14. Patrick Wolf – December 12th, Vicar Street, Dublin. Earlier this week (see HERE. )
15. Happy Mondays – December 15, Vicar Street, Dublin. Tonight and for one night only. I may write an account of it subsequently.
16. The 4 of Us – December 30th 2017, Dolans’ Warehouse, Limerick. Not seeing them for another fortnight. I saw them perform on December 30th 2016 though – so just change the year HERE.