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Fight to see The Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails 22 August at Marlay Park Dublin

On Wednesday 22 August, Bud Rising commences in Dublin at 17.30 bringing three rebellious acts to whip your Wednesday into shape. The line up:

  • Silversun Pickups 17.45
  • Nine Inch Nails 18.45
  • Foo Fighters 20.30

Silversun Pickups (also known as SSPU)
A well thought out opener to a well thought out festival – SSPU open the live music event at Dublin’s Marlay Park blasting out favourites such as Well Thought Out Twinkles and Kissing Families.

The band have been likened to The Smashing Pumpkins, so you know there’s no need for them to visit the School of Rock – well there wouldn’t be as band member Tanya Haden has already picked up tips from husband Jack Black.

Nine Inch Nails
Industro-rocky sounds and anti-US political messages are to be expected from Trent Reznor’s live ensemble at the gig at Marlay Park.

The release of the latest Nine Inch Nails album, Year Zero, in April is part of a concept album and spin off reality game that aims to capture the imagination of future generations.

Reznor’s album envisages an Orwellian existence and is a reaction against the Bush administration and US Military – so music fans should be prepared for some speeches and stunts dotted throughout the performance.

Previous NIN gigs saw Reznor plant flash drives randomly for fans to find – so who knows what to expect at this live event in Dublin.

Find out more about the Year Zero spin-off game

Foo Fighters
Foo fans will be anxious to hear new material from the Foo Fighters when they play live in Dublin. The band’s latest album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, is set for release on September 25, 2007 and marks a reunion for the band with record producer Gil Norton. Gil helped produce The Colour and The Shape in 1997.

Foo Fighters front man and lead vocalist Dave Grohl also has links with funnyman Jack Black as they appeared dressed in drag as frisky rednecks on the video for Low which was banned from MTV! Grohl also played drums on Tenacious D’s 2001 debut album and played the devil in the video for Tenacious D’s song Tribute.

Get a sneak preview of The Pretenders, the first single to be released off the new Foo Fighter’s album

For the latest Foo music news and tour dates, visit the main site

No patience? Book tickets to see them headline and kick off this Bud-tastic live music event in Dublin

There’s nothing average about this live music event in Dublin

The Kaiser Chiefs and the Fratellis are all set to brighten up the bank holiday weekend on Sunday 26 August as the main acts at Marlay Park so book now before the riot to get tickets for this music event in Dublin kicks off.

The Kaiser Chief’s animated stage presence at this live event in Dublin ties in with the launch of their latest single “The Angry Mob” (out 20 August). The band recruited the services of Beano artists for the artwork on the single and the only place you can order the comic strip and an exclusive 7” (remember them?!) with the full Beano comic strip is from this special Kaiser Chief site.

Don’t you wish that you could be Beano-fied too? I always wanted to be Dennis The Menace! The closest you can get is to create your own comic on the Beano site.

This gig and the Damien Rice one I blogged about earlier are part of the Bud Rising Summer concerts taking place in Dublin on Wednesday 22, Saturday 25 and this one on Sunday 26 August.

Gates open at 3.30pm with our very own Irish rockers, Ash, The Blizzards and Royseven opening the music-fest.

Your plan at this music event in Dublin might go a bit like this:

—Head to bar when gates open 15.30
—Take in the sincere lyrics of Royseven 15.45
—Get blown away by The Blizzards 16.30
—Burn out dancing to Ash 17.50
—Snog a random at The Fratellis 19.15 :)
—Bump into the random’s boyfriend and inadvertently start a riot whilst the Kaiser Chiefs play around 20.45

—Pass out around Midnight..

Or let me know how your day out in Dublin’s Marlay Park went and add a review of this music event in the comments section below….

Damien Rice and special guests at a spectacular music event in Dublin

See the home-grown talents of Mr Damien Rice and some very special guests over the bank holiday weekend on 25 August in Dublin’s Marlay Park.

The gig in Dublin will take place come rain, hail or shine and the organisers are advising fans to “dress appropriately”. So pack your wellies, sunglasses and waterproofs and book your tickets for this melodic music event now.

It’s refreshing news that Damien and co are tough enough to perform whatever the weather. All too often the plug is pulled on an outdoor gig because of the weather and there’s nothing worse than looking forward to a music event only to hear it’s cancelled a few days before.

Damien is tough though, after splitting from rock band Juniper (now Bell X1), busking around Europe and gigging live in coffee bars around Dublin he has now found success with albums O and 9, tracks from which he’ll perform at the music event in Dublin at Marlay Park.

The line up for this live music event in Dublin’s Marlay Park looks a bit like this:

  • KT Tunstall
  • Guillemots
  • Willy Mason
  • Fionn Regan

Find out more about the gig in Dublin over at our main site,

Or book now!

Circus Week gets off to a flying start

Innovative circus performer Kwabana Lindsay ensured Circus Week got off to a flying start on Sunday with his amazing aerial acrobatic show ‘Fiddler on a Rope’. The audience were amazed by his challenging, dangerous stunts.

Circus Week forms part of the annual Diversions Festival and will see the streets and public spaces of Temple Bar transformed into a circus arena for 7 days of spectacular outdoor performances from Irish and international circus acts including acrobatics, trapeze, magic and stilt walking performances throughout the week. Highlights include:-

· The premiere of a new walkabout circus performance called ‘The Sommelliers’ from UK circus pioneers Bongo Bolero;
· The Italian Kerrymen known as the Fanzini Brothers new show ‘Deathwish’; and
· A one-day extravaganza of Irish circus throughout the streets of Temple Bar (Sunday 22nd, from 1pm).

Plus lunchtime performances in acrobatics, trapeze, magic and stilt walking throughout the week!

Even better, all events are FREE.

Eco festival sandwiches in music, food and theatre

The idyllic grounds of Stradbally Hall may not seem like the most obvious place for a music festival, but since 2004 the Electric Picnic has brought some of rock’s biggest names to these rolling fields.

Since it began as a one-day event, the Electric Picnic has always been unique among music festivals. And not just because of the mix of music.

At the Electric Picnic, you can enjoy the 24-hour cinema, watch some great plays, get a makeover in the Pamper Palace and even fire off a few rounds at paintball.

If you’ve ever thought festival food consisted of dodgy kebabs and burgers, the Electric Picnic will change your mind. There is plenty of high quality, organic food, including mouth-watering barbequed steaks.

All the traders at the Electric Picnic will be using Fair Trade ingredients where possible and the festival is doing all it can to become carbon neutral.

This year the Electric Picnic has teamed up with Act for Climate. Their ‘Adopt a TD’ scheme will help ensure Ireland’s politicians get the message about global warming.

The Electric Picnic could well be the world’s most ethical music festival. Looking at the line-up, it will also be one of the most entertaining.

The 32,500 fans who were lucky enough to get tickets for the Electric Picnic’s three-day weekend will get to see an unbelievable range of acts.

Other festivals may say they have a diverse line-up, but few can compare to the Electric Picnic. It’s not often you get to see Iggy Pop play on the same bill as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The festival has always made a point of including many up-and-coming acts, making it a great stepping stone for younger bands. It also features classic acts such as Sonic Youth, ensuring there is an older audience compared to other festivals.

The Electric Picnic runs from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September.