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Underworld dust off their slipmats to perform 3 live dance events in Ireland

On Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October at Tripod you’ll be swigging lager-lager-lager-lager shouting, lager-lager-lager-lager-shouting, lager-lager-lager-shouting to classic tunes from Underworld—boy!

Best known for Born Slippy of Trainspotting fame, the dance mixmasters bring their DJ talents to Dublin. So if you’re looking for a dance event in Dublin then get yourself along to Tripod to tap your toes to tunes that will permeate your mind faster than a pink microdot.

Book tickets for Underworld, Thursday 4 October at Tripod in Dublin

Book tickets for Underworld, Friday 5 October at Tripod in Dublin

Visit Underworld’s MySpace page and listen to Born Slippy, as well as the brilliant Crocodile, the latest track from their new album Oblivion with Bell. You can also check out the rest of their tour dates if you happen to miss out on the live event in Dublin.

If you do miss it, or simply want more, then Underworld are also playing Belfast’s Kings Hall on Saturday 6 October.

Yippee-ippee-ey-ey-ay-yey-yey, the Happy Mondays come to Dublin to play-ey-ey yey

It’ll be a Happy Monday in Dublin when the Happy Mondays perform live on 24 September at the Olympia Theatre. So if you want a happier face than Bez, book tickets for this live music event in Dublin now!

Just like the Happy Mondays, I’ll be taking by mate along, he doesn’t do much but likes a good night out and a dance. He also hates Mondays, so hopefully the ticket will cheer him up! Either that or I’ll order him some “herbal” hallucinogens.

Are they happy?
Notorious as much for their lifestyle as much as the music itself the band has had spurts of disbanding and reforming, with this being their third attempt at unification, so we hope this time they’ll stick around!

Whilst many bands are checking into rehab, Shaun seems to have cleaned up his act a bit, with a brand new pair of teeth, a healthier lifestyle (he’s rumoured to have taken to cycling round the Peak District!), a new album (Unkle Disfunctional) and a timetable of live shows (including the gig in Dublin). So it seems the Mondays are looking at happier days!

See before and after pics of Shaun Ryder’s gnashers

None of the singles from the album have been released yet and there are a couple of hidden tracks to look forward to which you might be treated to if you go to the live music event in Dublin.

You’ll see Bez freaky dancin’ to some of their new material including Cuntry Disco and Anti Warhole On The Dancefloor as well as my favourite, Kinky Afro.

See you there!

Buy tickets to see the Happy Mondays perform live in Dublin.

Visit the official Happy Mondays site – with live music videos of their recent performances.

Twist your melon man, look at the band’s official MySpace page and listen to some of their new music.

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

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!

An Operatic Music Festival in Dublin (for the more cultured among you!)

Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival opens with the hauntingly, beautiful Lucia di Lammermoor on Sunday 2nd September 2007 at 7:30pm at the Gaity Theatre.

Taking inspiration from Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel: “The Bride of Lammermoor”, Donizetti has created a passionate opera. The story centres around a family feud with a mesmerizing heroine played by the equally mesmerizing soprano, Angela Gilbert.

It’s set in Scotland, sung in Italian and one of the leading bel canto operas you could ever hope to experience. Hear and see for yourself here in Dublin.

Performances also take place on:

Find out more about this live operatic concert in Dublin or book tickets online now.

The Dublin International Opera Festival also brings The Pearl Fishers to Ireland. This live, operatic, musical delight takes place on alternate days to Lucia di Lammermoor, starting on Monday 3rd September at 7:30pm, then:

Some may be more familiar with Carmen Georges Bizet’s musical masterpiece, but The Pearl Fishers was his first, with the famous duet “Au fond du temple saint” thought to be one of the most famous and beloved pieces of music in the entire operatic repertoire. A love triangle in 3 acts, with Irish soprano Anne O’Byrne in main role of Leila, there’s nothing fishy about this opera.

The whole idea of a live music festival is to bring new sounds and experiences to people and The Dublin International Opera Festival is no exception, with talented opera singers and musicians from around the globe, as well as home grown in Ireland.

There’s accompanying lectures, exhibitions, family music events and masterclasses too, so even if you haven’t experienced live opera before then you can learn all about it. Take a look at the main Dublin International Opera Festival site to find out more.

Musical facts:

The film The Fifth Element featured the “mad scene” melody “Il dolce suono” from the 3rd Act of Lucia di Lammermoor in a performance by the alien diva Plavalaguna. The same scene also appeared in an episode of the series Law and Order.

The famous duet, “Au fond du temple saint” was top of BBC Radio’s “Your Hundred Best Tunes” from the last poll in 2003. (See Wikipedia)