Live Review: Aslan / Dont Tell Mum – Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilkenny 05,08,2022

Another trip out to my favourite Irish outdoor venue to cover Aslan with support from Don’t Tell Mum
and we were so lucky with the weather another glorious sunny evening and the sun was splitting the stones (sorry for the pun)

First up were Dublin new up and coming band Don’t Tell Mum and ones to look out for, an indie pop/rock band with an EP called Running Riot under their belts. The guys play a 30 minute set comprising of 7 songs all of which seem to go down well with the sold out amphitheatre.
You can check the guys out here’t,McGovern%20and%20drummer%20Johnny%20Roberts.
Set list
Be The Animal
Who’d Have Known
Wandering Star
Simple Things
Hooked on a Feeling
Young Soldier
Rebel Child

Main act Aslan were meant to play Ballykeeffe 2 weeks ago but as Christy was undergoing Chemo treatment he was advised by doctors to take it easy for a few weeks, but Christy being Christy and having a huge love for playing live and for the bands fans he didn’t stay off his feet for long and as soon as he could he was back playing live. The crowd were on their feet with a huge cheer and applause for Christy as he took to the stage at 9pm after the band had firstly played a short intro.
What a show they put on for the sold out Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre crowd playing all the hits and peoples favourites, you wouldn’t have known Christy was only a few days out of hospital as he belted out song after song and engaging with the fans as he always does, leaving the stage and heading up the steps of the amphitheatre at one point and mixing with the crowd, once or twice he did say he was slightly fucked but more so to do with being out of practice from gigging something many bands have been finding hard to get back into after the 2 year break.
Telling a few short stories between songs, one like how when he was 13/14 and saw on Top of the Pops for the first time the song Angie and how it blew him away and that’s the reason the band covered it and play it to this day.
Another story was how the band always manage to feck up their timing with things to do with the band like releasing a single just before the pandemic hit and how great the song is and how it was missed by so many.
The guys played nearly right up to 11pm with playing 16 songs in total and finishing up with the crowd on their feet and most moving down from their seats to the front of stage to dance out the end as the guys played Crazy World for the second time for the encore .

Set List
Gotta Make It
Pretty Thing
Crazy World
I’m On Your Side
I Need A Little Time
Where’s The Sun
Hold On
Sweet Time
Too Late For Hallelujah
This Time
Down On Me
This Is
Crazy World

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