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Paint It Black
They say the smaller the room, the bigger the party. Thirty thousand punters bouncing around a field? We’re there in a heartbeat. But there’s nothing quite like being close to the stage. Not only can you see the whites in the artist’s eyes, you can make out what brand of underwear they’ve got on....
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 21 Sep 2012
As is tradition on Arthur’s Day, the line-up for these shows is shrouded in mystery, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t have some insider info on who’s playing where. We won’t spill the beans on the headliner (that’d be too easy...), but we have rounded up a selection of gigs that we think will be particularly special.
Try these live music treats on for size...
Willy Moon at Dakota, Dublin
On first look, you might write Willy Moon off as a slick-haired Buddy Holly copycat, but the Kiwi’s sound is really a melting-pot of many groove-led genres, including hip hop, blues, soul and early rock ‘n’ roll. South William St.’s cocktail haven Dakota is a match made in heaven for the 23-year-old, a venue just stylish enough to compete with his effortlessly dapper look. Look out for ‘Yeah Yeah’; a terribly catchy piece of wonky soul pop that’s become Moon’s signature tune.
Josh Osho at Market Bar, Dublin
Three parts Nigerian to one part Irish, London-raised singer-songwriter Josh Osho makes a welcome visit to his ancestral home on September 27 for a show in Fade St.’s uber-trendy Market Bar. Reminiscent of a very young John Legend (the chap’s only 20!), the guitar-toting soul man released his debut album L.I.F.E in July, featuring cameos from hip hop’s flavour of the year, Childish Gambino and Wu-Tang Clan legend Ghostface Killah.
Kassidy at the Grand Social, Dublin
The fairylight-crowned venue at Liffey St.’s Grand Social is the perfect spot in which to acquaint yourself with the rootin’, tootin’ folk rock of Kassidy, regularly hailed as Scotland’s answer to Kings Of Leon. The long-haired, Ryan Adams-loving foursome have released two albums in as many years, ‘70’s-inspired country pop triumph Hope St. and rocky follow-up One Man Army. Expect big harmonies, big choruses and a serious dose of hair envy. Singer Barrie-James O’Neil is rumoured to be dating Lana
Jake Bugg at Whelan’s, Dublin
At just 18 years old, Nottingham troubadour Jake Bugg was but a twinkle in his Mother’s eye when Whelan’s first opened its doors. Nonetheless, the bluesy folk rocker fits right in with the legendary Wexford St. venue’s list of past visitors, which includes the likes of Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice. A direct musical descendant of Bob Dylan and Don McLean, the baby-faced is about to release his self-titled debut album on Mercury Records.