Austra @ The Button Factory November 22nd with Support Diana.
“Austra have a knack of picking nifty support acts for their tours. Grimes was one before she got as big as Eircom ads and now Diana are in place, still fresh in our ears from Iceland Airwaves. The majority of the crowd are in early enough to see them and the newer, smaller Button Factory really makes things more intimate, even without the sold out crowd all in the door. ” – Simon Roche – State.ie
More photos and review over on state.ie
“It’s easy to forget that Travis were once one of the biggest bands in Europe, winning Brit and Ivor Novello Awards in the late ’90s and even headlining Glastonbury in 2000. But bands like Coldplay and Keane stole their mid-paced radio thunder during a period of inactivity following a near fatal swimming accident by drummer Neil Primrose. Travis failed to make up the ground they lost to these and other bands as the next generation rebelled against the four-finger G sound of Britpop. A series of patchy albums followed before Travis eventually took time to, as Fran Healey explains, “rock out with the little people.” – Stephen Byrne – Goldenplec.com
See more photos of the gig and read the rest of the review here
Photos from Alt – J’s ∆ SOLD OUT gig at The Olympia Theatre on May 3rd.
“We are just a little shy of 12 months since Alt-J last played in Dublin’s fair city. Back then the likely lads from Leeds were in the Academy 2 and pimping their debut long player, An Awesome Wave. Now the boys are back in town doing a victory lap, the aforementioned album having won the Mercury Prize and topped many end-of-year polls (including State’s). This time round sees the venue elevated to the hallowed environs of Dame Street’s finest Victorian Music Hall, the Olympia. This was a highly anticipated show, having sold out long ago and the originally generously priced tickets were being offered for two to three times their face value by unscrupulous touts on the t’internet.” – Philip Dunne (state.ie) Read the full review here.
Ellie Goulding @ The Olympia Theatre with support Charli XCX and Matthew Koma.
“Following a sweet, breathy rendition of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’, a couple at the front of the stage call out for Ellie Goulding’s attention; they have a message for her that she can’t quite hear. “What… you got engaged, congratulations!” The happy news is greeted with excitement by the audience and is celebrated by the keyboard player who jokingly starts playing the wedding march. Ellie seems honoured to witness the surprise announcement.” – State.ie
Read the full review over here.