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The Script / August 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Monday, 24th July 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Dublin megastars The Script have announced a series of live dates for the UK and Ireland next month. It’s all in anticipation of the release of their fifth album, ‘Freedom Child’, which is slated for release on the 1st of September on Columbia. Check out the first single from the album, the dancehall-flavoured ‘Rain’, after the tour dates below. A fans’ presale for this tour will commence on Wednesday, the 26th of July, with the general sale to follow on Friday, the 28th of July at 9:30 AM. It’s been a while since I’ve written on The Script (I wasn’t fond of their last two albums), but you can read my archive of posts from 2013 and before through here.

Monday 21st August 2017 – Dublin National Stadium
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 – Derry Millenium Forum
Thursday 24th August 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Friday 25th August 2017 – Swindon Oasis
Saturday 26th August 2017 – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 28th August 2017 – Bridlington Spa
Tuesday 29th August 2017 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Wednesday 30th August 2017 – Blackpool Empress Hall
Friday 1st September 2017 – London Brixton Academy

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The Divine Comedy / November and December 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Neil Hannon’s very existence will always be linked to the band he has fronted and masterminded for over 2 decades, The Divine Comedy. Last year, he released ‘Foreverland’, the 11th Divine Comedy album. My review of it before its September 2016 release is through here. Tickets to the shows from mid-November in the UK into mid-December in Ireland are on sale now. To catch up on all of TGTF’s coverage on The Divine Comedy, follow this link.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Thursday 23rd November 2017 – Leeds Academy
Friday 24th November 2017 – Birmingham Institute
Sat 25th November 2017 – Cardiff University Great Hall
Sunday 26th November 2017 – Bristol Colston Hall
Tuesday 28th November 2017 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 29th November 2017 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 30th November 2017 – Bournemouth Academy
Friday 1st December 2017 – Brighton Dome
Saturday 2nd December 2017 – Norwich LCR at the UEA
Monday 4th December 2017 – Cork Opera House
Tuesday 5th December 2017 – Limerick University Concert Hall
Wednesday 6th December 2017 – Derry Millennium Forum
Thursday 7th December 2017 – Belfast Ulster Hall
Friday 8th December 2017 – Dublin Olympia

 

Live Review: PORTS with ROE at Derry Glassworks (‘The Devil is a Songbird’ album launch) – 28th May 2016

 
By on Wednesday, 8th June 2016 at 3:00 pm
 

Words by Aine Cronin-McCartney, header photo by Olga Kuzmenko

Releasing their highly anticipated debut album ‘The Devil is a Songbird’ on the 26th of May to momentous acclaim, PORTS embarked on a short Irish tour. They returned home to Derry to celebrate their success on the road. The charming setting of the Glassworks, with its old and exquisite feel, was the perfect location for such beautiful acts. Sitting upstairs, it was almost like sitting in the pews of a church, with PORTS commanding the sermon, adding a very spiritual element to the night.

In front of an already decent sized crowd so early in the night, opening act ROE is tranquil with her soothing voice accompanied by her serene guitar playing. While nerves are evident, it does nothing to diminish her ability, as her confidence grows through each song, especially as it is just herself and her guitar on stage. The simple but melodic tune of ‘Ghost’ is reminiscent of early Laura Marling. With her tender and authentic lyrics, Roe makes for a lovely opening act for the evening. With definite potential, her last song called ‘Echoes’ is the highlight of her set, receiving a joyous reception from the crowd. This is certainly just the beginning of what we are to see from her.

With his entertaining stage presence, BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen McCauley insured there was never a dull moment while the audience anticipated the arrival of the main attraction of the night. As the whole stage becomes occupied by both PORTS and the Prima Quartet, as the musicians gather onstage, they’re evidently elated at the reception they are greeted with. At this point, the Glassworks is brimming with an audience who have waited for this night for a long time, and the atmosphere surging through the venue is one of excitement and pride.

They open their set with the faultless and stirring ‘Remedies’, the perfect introduction with singer Steven McCool’s fervent vocals and the band’s characteristic harmonies. With the striking guitar from Ryan Griffiths and effortless playing from Mark O’Doherty, it’s palpable that the night has truly begun, as the audience edge ever closer to the stage. ‘Gameplay’ emphasises only further the beautiful and echoing harmonies the band have perfected, with the song building to a crescendo that sees the audience react joyfully.

The absolutely exquisite ‘I’d Let You Win’ is made all the more stunning with the accompaniment of the Prima Quartet and Conor Mason’s emotional piano, and the audience responds ecstatically. Making their way through the full tracklisting of ‘The Devil is a Songbird’, it becomes obvious the musicianship and artistry that goes into each of their songs, with McCool managing to so carefully entwine his way through the music with his words. The lyrics prove as emotive as poetry alongside his gifted band, making the perfect combination.

Leading into their album title track, McCool asks the audience to be quiet while he begins something special. Taking two phones out, McCool explains to the audience that he wants to create a low humming reverb that happens when one phone calls another and is held close. The noise produced is similar to that of buzzing crickets, and the sound pulsates through the venue as every member of the audience takes part with their own phones. While this is something the band have done many times before, there is something exceptional about tonight, as the audience remain completely silent throughout, making the moment evocative and moving. Tenderly framing profound and insightful lyrics, McCool stands at the front of the stage confident and self-assured while softly whistling a lonesome melody through his own phone, the Prima Quartet pluck their strings to create a haunting and enduring background with a subtle and isolated resonance.

Just as you think they can give no more, the band exude their last burst of energy. Concluding their set with ‘Ancient Wave’, the audience sing and dance as ardently as ever. The crowd have not wavered from their intense and impassioned position all evening, still eager for more as PORTS and the Prima Quartet leave the stage. Their ovations last long after they have left.

Home shows are always an emotional event particularly when celebrating something as colossal as an album release. But even more so for a band like PORTS, who have poured their heart and soul into the local music scene for such a long time, and this performance celebrated the pinnacle of their success. The whole night was a dream, with the beautiful, old and mystic venue to the ethereal harmonies by PORTS themselves. It has been a long time since I have witnessed such a committed and dedicated crowd who hung onto every word uttered by frontman McCool. The addition of the Prima String Quartet took PORTS songs to another level of beauty and at times, the raw emotion of the band was overwhelming as you could see the genuine sense of gratitude in each band member’s face. The whole evening was spectacular and will be a show that I will not forget soon.

 

The Lost Brothers / October and November 2014 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Irish singer/songwriter duo the Lost Brothers have announced a lengthy tour of Ireland and the UK for this autumn, following on the release of their fourth LP ‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust’, which our own editor Mary reviewed here. TGTF has also recently featured two individual tracks from the album, ‘Gold and Silver’ and ‘Derridae’. Tickets for the following tour dates are available now.

Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Dundalk Spirit Store
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Dublin Cafe Du Journal
Saturday 1st November 2014 – Limerick Dolans Warehouse
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Bray Harbour Bar
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Ballymore Eustace Mick Murphy’s Bar
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Naas Middle Earth Music Club
Friday 7th November 2014 – Dublin Whelan’s
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 10th November 2014 – Manchester Castle
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds 2
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – London St. Pancras Old Church
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Brighton Komedia
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Sheffield St. Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 17th November 2014 – Liverpool Studio 2 Parr Street
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Lahinch Kenny’s Bar
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Galway Róisín Dubh
Friday 21st November 2014 – Derry Sandino’s
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Donegal McGrory’s
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Belfast Errigle Inn

 

We Were Promised Jetpacks / September and October 2014 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 8th August 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Scottish five-piece We Were Promised Jetpacks have just announced a September tour of Ireland and the UK, to be followed by a handful of European dates and an already sold out October show at the Lexington in London. A complete list of upcoming dates can be found at the band’s Web site. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Thursday 11th September 2014 – Cork Cyprus Avenue
Friday 12th September 2014 – Belfast Limelight
Saturday 13th September 2014 – Derry Nerve Centre
Sunday 14th September 2014 – Dublin Whelan’s
Wednesday 17th September 2014 – Aberdeen Garage
Thursday 18th September 2014 – Dundee Non-Zero’s
Friday 19th September 2014 – Edinburgh Caves
Saturday 20th September 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 21st September 2014 – Brighton Bermuda Triangle
Wednesday 8th October 2014 – London Lexington (sold out)

 

Live Gig Videos: Clips of Two Door Cinema Club, Kodaline, Frightened Rabbit and Calvin Harris at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Derry

 
By on Monday, 27th May 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

So you didn’t get a chance to make to Derry this weekend BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, huh? No worries there. Thanks to the BBC, we can share with you videos from Two Door Cinema Club (‘Sun’), Kodaline (‘High Hopes’), Frightened Rabbit (‘Acts of Man’) and Calvin Harris‘ (‘I Need Your Love’) sets there. You’re welcome.

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