Few were disappointed on a balmy summer’s evening where the music seemed to ‘reflekt’ the sunshine-y vibe.
Creeping damp couldn’t keep away legions of Elbow fans from Kilmainham for what proved to be a triumphant return for
All in all, an enjoyable show if lacking a real stand-out moment, and no doubt the band will play to another sell-out when they return to Dublin later this year.
Towards the end, the musical brew turned more potent with added Jew’s harp, though the presence of Christy Moore on bodhran added little. A pleasant surprise to see a somewhat hackneyed genre being taken down a “New Road” (sorry!).
Three years after his last visit Bill Callahan made the step up from the Academy to the Olympia. It’s been long, slow, steady progress over 20 years or so and, while the gig was not sold-out, empty seats were few and far between in the old venue.
The ‘lap of honour’ gig remains a huge draw. Television have not released an album for 20 years, and even
Queens of the Stone Age returned to Ireland having made the step up to ‘arena’ shows. The O2 can make for an oddly sterile experience. After a full on body search prior to entry, we were treated to support act Sweethead’s shouty seventies- style glam rock.
It’s fair to say that the concert didn’t quite work, despite Lanegan’s charisma and some pleasing musical moments, there was a distracting lack of focus to the night.
Tindersticks: the band that supports itself. Stuart Staples and co played two sets on a busy Thursday night in Vicar
Playing solo with just guitar and vocals, there was a fear that his often sensitive songs would be lost in the large venue. It turned out there was nothing to worry about.