Home to Limerick City’s finest musical performances, Dolans hosted the first year anniversary of one of Limerick’s most varied gigs – DIE (Dubstep, Indie, Electronica). Promoted by a valued figure in the Limerick’s electronic scene – Dan Sykes – the gig, which took place on 17 May, consisted of three separate stages and three different series of acts.
On the upstairs platform, which is run by FlipItTV, the vibe was wholly dominated by a solid line-up of indie and alternative rock bands including Traktor Boys, Barley Mob, Only and stage headliner Leading Armies. The latter propelled an active and highly physical performance in a stylistic, laissez-faire fashion, as each element of the Stax-sounding, funk-rock band delivered a freshly powerful act in each opus, albeit the late entry. With a trace of blue-eyed soul vocals – suitably harmonised with a smooth rhythm guitar – this young-blooded, yet highly adventured collective found themselves doing no disservice to their brand. “Leading Armies really fed off the energy from the crowd and [we] appreciated every single person who came to see us,” said drummer Noel Mooney.
A few steps away from this arena was the sociably displayed terrace, which featured the premier act, Alex McGovern who portrayed a traditional showcase of rudimentary dubstep. The Music, Media and Performance Technology student was rightfully positive upon his reflection of the ice-breaking routine, stating “I love playing on the terrace because it suits my style – classic deep dubstep with heavy bass and heavier beats. The atmosphere quickly built up and when I finished my set and got to see the event as a whole, the place was absolutely hopping.”
Despite the Warehouse offering more space, the terrace evoked more obvious intimacy between the DJs and the audience, as minimalist-dubstep Adam Bentley and the focused, adrenaline-building Niki were almost guised as musical cameos in the people-saturated room. Niki, who is a resident DJ at the nationally recognised electronic event Macronite, was the finishing act at the terrace, projecting a mysteriously pleasant cross-blend of deep house, dubstep and body-popping techno.
The perplexing segment of the night was the emptiness of the Warehouse. From hour to hour, the venue seemed to be problematically hollow. However, DJs Dermot Long, Ali Daly and Jay Skelly held their own consistency as each governed the sets with complex beats, visual electronics and the odd dabble at a Miami-UK bass-like concoction.
“[DIE] was set up last May as a joint venture between Vivamusic & Dolans to cater for underground student music nights,” promoter Dan Sykes said, “This year has seen many, many DJs like Adam Bentley, Jay Skelly, Aidan Power, Niki, Phono DJs and LIT DJ Soc DJs wow the crowds on the Terrace and in the Warehouse. Bands like leading Armies, Hip Neck Blues Collective, Only, Traktor Bomb, Barley Mob and many more play their trade to the hungry masses. Over the past Year DIE has emerged as possibly one of the country’s biggest and best student nights. This is through production aesthetic, great door pricers, drinks sponsors and promos and the best atmosphere you can find….not to forget the very cool and friendly crowd.”
Fintan YT Walsh