Last night saw Echo and the Bunnymen arrive to Dublin’s 3Olympia for their show Celebrating 40 years of magical songs. The stage backlit and set in a blanket of thick smoke, and the band take to the stage, opening the night with Going Up / Show of Strength. Ian asks at this point what time …

Tonight a large throng (including us here at Backseat Mafia) gathered 3Arena Dublin for the start of Simply Reds long awaited Blue Eyed Soul tour, and opening up the night is soul star Mica Paris who treats the audience to a set spanning her career as well as tracks from her latest album. Nearing the …

The third night of December sounds in St Canice’s Cathedral, presented by Rollercoaster Records (Kilkenny’s primary record shop and meeting place for Kilkenny’s music heads), was in aid of both Amber Women’s Refuge & The O’ Neill Centre. The line was initially announced as Elise/Lemon Cello/Malojian/Seamus Fogarty & special guest , the news of which …

Ian said:“Tonight i was back at Upstairs Whelan’s to see Dani Larkin, one of Irelands most exciting artists emerging on the contemporary and alt folk scene. Opening the night with a short set was Brona Keogh who, while in-between songs, would get lost in her own conversations. These proved to be quite funny, really warming …

Down at The Academy in Dublin at the weekend a large crowd gathered for ultimate party band Electric 6 in town. Dublin band Vulpynes played support – made up of Molly and Kaz they describe themselves as Wall of noise, total filth, full of attitude… and you cant help but notice the Molly is a …

After a stuttering stat – last night’s gig nearly didn’t go ahead as the bands ferry was delayed meaning they didn’t arrive to the venue till just shortly after 7pm, but with doors opening was put back to 8.30 pm and not the usual 7pm this meant much of the throng, missing the announcement by the venue on the socials, …

At a packed, sold out Whelans, Junior Brother thrilled the crowd alongside support band The Bonk. The project is led by Waterford musician Phil Christie (O Emperor), who’s first recordings were undertaken and captured live a Big Skin Studios in Cork City The Bonk (click on thumbnail for full view) Borrowing a term used to …

Kilkenny three piece Sola are increasingly becoming known for their exceptional 3 pieces harmonies and their folk inspired guitar playing, and this was all on evidence when the trio took to the stage at the atmospheric Rothe House this past weekend. Opening the night with 2 tracks from their EP, you could here a pin …

In the intimate upstairs at Whelans, two future pop stars peddled their significant wares to a enthusiastic sold out crowd. Opening up was singer-songwriter T A D H G, who played a half hour set on the piano, sounding and performing a bit like Elton John, as if there were ever a better compliment. T …

What better than on a cold November night, to warm yourself up at a sold out new venue, with a couple of brilliant Irish bands on the bill for good measure. Opening act DeCarteret did their bit, dragging the crowd along with their funky, indie jams in the newly opened (and rather good) Dublin Workman’s …