The Weir

A dark, stormy night in a cosy, rural pub. As the wind howls outside, the locals gather around for their usual daily pint, but this particular evening may lead to something out of the ordinary.

Such is the setting for Conor McPherson’s The Weir which was playing at the Gaiety Theatre from 20 February to 4 March.

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Will Hamilton be Helpless to ticket touting?

At one of her headline concerts in London last year, Adele expressed her feelings on ticket touting: “You’ve got all those terrible people selling tickets for £25,000 a pair. I hope no one paid that much. If you did, I’ll pay you back”.

Many musicians have tried to fight back against the rising scourge of ticket scalping in recent years. Radiohead introduced new measures for their upcoming A Moon Shaped Pool tour, involving the buyer’s name being printed on the ticket, and a requirement for them to show ID verification at the gig. But did this discourage the scalpers?

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Ash @ The Olympia

Dublin, 10 November 2016

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ash’s first album 1977, and so the band have gone on tour to celebrate. The group, from Downpatrick in Northern Ireland, sprung onto the Irish and UK music scene in 1996 with their unique brand of alt-rock pop-punk, which they brought to the Olympia this week. Continue reading

Top 10 Musical Moments in ‘Gilmore Girls’

We’re excited for Gilmore Girls‘ return to Netflix this November for so many reasons. This is a show driven by pop culture, and at her high school graduation, Rory praises her mother’s attempts to educate her: “She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith.” Continue reading

Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

In 1966 Bob Dylan created a musical revolution by turning his folk music electric. Fifty years later it seems that he’s making headlines once again – this time for being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The announcement has caused controversy as Dylan is the first musician to receive the famous accolade, which is generally reserved for great authors, playwrights, and poets. Many have questioned whether the songwriter’s lyrics constitute literature, but has Dylan earned his place among the likes of Seamus Heaney, Ernest Hemingway, and W.B. Yeats? Continue reading