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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
Hudson Taylor at Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Blessed with the ability to make even the most cold-hearted curmudgeons break down into tears, Dublin folk duo Hudson Taylor are so new they don’t even have a Wikipedia page yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from building up a rabid fan base in the 12 months they’ve been performing live. Expect Alfie, 18 and Harry, 20 to break a whole lot of hearts when they set up shop in the revived remains of an Old Gentleman’s Club at Crane
This Club at The Old Oak, Cork
Boasting enough sun-dripped melodies and carefree hooks to charm the pants off radio stations the country over, Ireland’s favourite pop rock party people This Club turn Cork city’s authentic hideout The Old Oak into a discotheque on September 27, when they drop by for an old-fashioned Arthur’s Day knees-up. In the unlikely event that you don’t know all the words to ‘I Won’t Worry‘ and ‘Add It Up‘, you’ll certainly be able to croon along to their cover of En Vogue’s ‘My Lovin’’.
Dream McClean at Lavery’s, Belfast
Essex boy Dream McClean started his career like every other rapper, “spitting into a deodorant can pretending to be Jay-Z”. Fast forward a few years and the grime star has landed himself a contract with UK label MTA and a collaboration with the biggest production duo in the UK, hitmakers Chase And Status. With a debut album waiting in the wings, McClean’s brutal rhyming style (hear him take a pop at Chris Brown on ‘Network‘) will undoubtedly bring the house down at Lavery’s.
The Milk at Botanic Inn, Belfast
Essex foursome The Milk have clearly been raised on the three Hs; horns, hooks and handclaps. Echoing a stubbly Amy Winehouse (best not to picture it!), front man Ricky Nunn takes blue-eyed soul to its flamboyant limits, while guitarist Dan Le Gresley and brothers Mitch and Luke Ayling (drums and bass) provide a solid rock backbone. The roomy dance floor at the Botanic Inn is tailor-made for throwing shapes; married with The Milk’s feelgood soul pop, it makes for a killer night.