Good jaysus, I’m knackered after the Bank Holiday weekend. Quite a lot of fun was had though, has to be said. The weekend actually started last Wednesday at the Bonde do Role gig in Crawdaddy, with support from Super Extra Bonus Party. It was a really fun gig, very very silly, with a happy crowd in a packed out Crawdaddy dancing to the simple style of the bonkers Brazilians. Check out the videos on nialler9 to witness the crowd surfing and front lady Marina’s rudey dudey dancing.
Friday night started out in The Sugar Club for Jinx Lennon, who was as energetic as always, along with his partner Paula Flynn who had a wonderful new microphone decorated like a Christmas tree. Jinx is playing a few gigs around the country, and will also be playing at the State of Mantua music festival in Roscommon on the 13th and 14th of July. There seemed to be a lot of people at The Sugar Club who came down because of the RTE documentary on Jinx, Noisemaker, which aired on May 29th. Jinx Lennon is always an experience, and he really is one of the few acts I’ve seen who can create a bit of a buzz in The Sugar Club – a beautifully plush venue with lovely sound, just not that conducive for a good night out. More on that later.
It was off to the Temple Bar Music Centre after Jinx, where I caught the majority of Channel One’s set. Unfortunately I missed the support slots from Herv and Cap pas Cap, but did catch Channel One’s performance of the tracks from their excellent Permissions EP. It’s the second time I’ve seen the boys live – the first being at their EP launch a few months back also in the Music Centre – and I’ve really enjoyed both gigs. The highlight track for me is Beneath a Field of Steel, although the real crowd pleaser seems to be Accelerate Brake, also an excellent tune and rather danceable too. The Music Centre really suits the band, and they create a unique atmosphere with lights and smoke machine that makes the very best of a stage which can sometimes seem a bit…empty. If that makes sense. The gig was followed by DJ sets by Steve Bennett, and Mike and Nialler from Super Extra Bonus Party. It’s true, the SEBP are everywhere.
Saturday night was spent at The Dinner’s Ready Festival. It really should have been Saturday day and night, but, after a late start to the day, we were delayed even further by an excursion to a new burger place in my local Rathmines called Jo’ Burger to enjoy possibly the most scrumptious burgers I’ve ever had. You get to choose your own burger style – I went for the Sweet Potato veggie burger, while The Blonde went for a lamb burger, and you get to pick your own toppings and they have delicious home-made tomato sauce, and the menu comes in old 1970s boys’ annuals. It was really yummy.
Sorry. I went all AA Gill there, only without the writing skill.
Anyway, we finally got down to the East Point Business Park by about 8pm, after an hour or two recovering from the feed at Jo’s. To be perfectly honest, even though I’d spoken to Jim from the Festival on the show a few weeks ago, and knew there were some quality acts lined up for the evening, I really didn’t know what to expect. I have to say it was kind of bizarre to be heading out to a festival at the East Point Business Park on a particularly miserable Saturday evening.
So we arrived at the edge of the Business Park, with our soggy umbrellas and wet feet due to inappropriate footwear, to be greeted by a rather friendly security man who told us that a shuttle bus would be leaving shortly to take us to the front door of the venue, as they couldn’t have people walking through the Business Park. It was pissing rain at this point, so we were delighted. The shuttle bus arrived and we got the venue in a few minutes. We walked in to a covered area, I’d call it a big gazebo really, where there was Stella and Becks on tap and a healthy crowd gathered around under deliciously warm heaters sheltering themselves from the rain.
The gazebo thingy was attached to an indoor bar (full of neon lights) where we had just missed Boxcutter’s live set. At the other end of the outdoor-indoor area, it faced on to a garden area, with a really cool stage with a marquee type shelter for the bands. When we arrived Dry County were waiting for the rain to let up so they could set up.
Dry County took to the stage later than scheduled, and about ten of us braved the weather with our brollies to go out and watch the show. The lads from Dry County put on a great show, I think they figured they just had to go for it despite the rain. During their tracks Attention! and Stop Proceed the band go for it on the drums, I think each of them play a tom or something, while lead singer Kev goes for it on a little symbal and snare set up. Anyway, they’d left one of the drums at the outer edge of the stage where it was being rained on, so there was a spectacular splash of rain water when Phil from the band – who also does the brilliant visuals – hit the drum which made for a great effect.
Next up was Rarely Seen Above Ground who is basically one dude with a drum kit playing to backing tracks, which the drummer himself laid down on his 8-track before hand. He was blinding – he looks a bit like Pete Townsend and plays like the demented spawn of Keith Moon and Tony Allen. RSAG is the drummer from Blue Ghost, and he was really bloody excellent. The rain had dried up a bit when he took to the stage, and there were a few more dancers out at the front of the stage really getting into the one man show. RASG will be playing at Your Festival on the 23rd of June, don’t miss him.
Fight Like Apes took to the stage next, and after a shaky start with some technical difficulties – most probably due to the rain – they put on a show made up of buckets of attitude and carefully crafted pop-tastic tunes. It was my first time seeing the group, and it was great to hear their excellent EP How Am I Supposed to Kill You When You Have All The Guns in a live setting. Very much looking forward to having them on the show on Thursday the 28th of June.
Max Tundra finished up the night with a set starting at about quarter to 2 in the morning, complete with Instrumental Beetle Hat. Unfortunately I only managed to hear the first track, as by this stage too much Buckfast had been consumed and it was time to grab a bus back to the edge of the business park and head back into town. But I heard reports that it was a great set as always from the pint-sized electro wizard. Looking forward to his next visit to Dublin.
All in all, the Dinner’s Ready Festival was a really, really fun night out. The sound was excellent, the set-up was really intimate, and the acts were all quality. It was just a shame that there wasn’t more of a crowd to enjoy it all. The weather probably has a lot to do with that, but I think the rain kind of added to the whole thing in a strange kind of way. The same goes for the location, which is only a two minute bus ride from the city centre but seems much further away. It was a really interesting place for the festival because it’s a Business Park, and there in the middle of this massive complex of commerce you’re having a great time dancing to some really good bands! I hope that it won’t be the last of the Dinner’s Ready Festival, and hope that next time round more people will be able to make it out to join in on the fun.
Big thanks to She Likes Sparkles for the excellent pics of Dinner’s Ready Festival!
Dry County were back again, and it was great to be able see Phil’s visuals without a veil of rain! They played another great set, followed by Dark Room Notes, proceeded by an Eyebrowy cartoon featuring Cunt List winner Brendan O’Connor and Louis Walsh talking about the bands. Kopek were also playing in the smoking garden, which was novel, but made for a cramped cigarette break! All the bands played well, but I think everyone may have been similarly hungover, as the buzz in the room left a lot to be desired. As I said earlier, it’s kind of the nature of The Sugar Club really. It’s the layout of the room, I think, which doesn’t make it easy to either dance or chat. Still, it was a good night, and the free bottle of Corona with the ten euro admission was a welcome hangover cure. I slinked out of the door after DRN, missing The North Strand Klezmer Band, due to fatigue after a memorable Bank Holiday weekend. Not even enough energy left for a video shoot, imagine that.
Well. That was a longer blog than I intended. And my first social diary-esque one too. Due to the amount of gigs this weekend, I haven’t gotten around to getting the mp3 file of last Thursday’s indie hour with the lovely lads from Noise Control ready for download. That will be up and ready for download in the next couple of days, promise! Be sure to head down to Crawdaddy this Thursday the 7th of June for the FREE launch party of Noise Control’s single Steel.
And now I am off to detox. Till the next blog – adieu.