Live Review: Gilla Band – Whelan’s, Dublin 09.03.2022

Carl McGrath

Tonight the 9th of March was the final night of Gilla Band’s residency at prominent Dublin venue
Whelan’s. The night started as it meant to go on, loud. With support band Percolator providing beautiful
soundscapes which used a wonderful mix of drums, bass, synths and loud guitars to transport the crowd
to a different place. This also provided a taste of the loud hard hitting chaos to come from the headline

From the second Gilla Band descended upon the Whelan’s stage there was exactly that…chaos with
mosh pits forming within the first minute of the set. The band didn’t slow down through out with banger
after banger with even the quietest moments of the set ending in whaling guitars and tremendous bass
rattling your eardrums.

Crowd favourite ‘Paul ‘ was played early in the set causing the crowd to shout back the lyrics while
forming mosh pits a tremendous sight after not seeing them for several years.

Gilla bands performance was breathtaking and exactly what you want from a post punk show, loud,
manic and sweaty giving the crowd a tremendous night out. You would never guess this was their last of
3 nights as they kept frantic energy throughout. Overall Gilla Band put on a fantastic show that was
exactly what the crowd wanted and I look forward to catching them again soon!

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