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ASH announce new album details and Irish tour dates

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Tickets There

ASH

Happy ASH Wednesday indeed as the northern pop/rock legends have announced plans for their eagerly awaited new album and some very intimate tour dates for Ireland.

The band’s new album, KABLAMMO! is going to hit shelves on June 8th but you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste as the lads have just dropped their first single in agggessss for streaming. Scroll below to hear Cocoon. This will be the band’s first standard album since 2007’s Twilight of Innocents. After it’s release the band announced they’d be moving to releasing material on single format only before releasing their ‘A-Z’ series throughout 2009 and 2010.

Also, the lads have announced a UK and Eire tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday for the dates with the Irish ones being priced around €20.

18th FEBRUARY – LONDON BARFLY – **SOLD OUT**

7th JUNE – DUBLIN WHELANS

8th JUNE – BELFAST LIMELIGHT

9th JUNE – EDINBURGH LIQUID ROOM

11th JUNE – LONDON SCALA

12th JUNE – MANCHESTER SOUND CONTROL

Tickets for The Answer on sale now

Posted in Competition, Gig Listing, News with tags , , , , on November 28, 2014 by Tickets There

10519768_10152943227999548_3816392784979659126_nThe Answer are coming to Dublin in 2015. Tickets went on sale today for their March 7th show at Whelan’s where they’ll be promoting their forthcoming fith album, Raise a Little Hell.

Tickets will set you back €20 incl. booking fee or you could pop over to the Irish Metal Archive and try to win yourself a pair.

The Lycan Sessions: December line-up revealed

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2014 by Tickets There

10435119_486880081450813_9020818907833401104_nThe Lycan sessions are coming back next month with two more exciting bands you need to catch. For those not in the know, The Lycan is Whelan’s newest night – dedicated to brining you some of the best live talent from around the county. Oh, and did we mention it’s all 100% HEAVY F**KING METAL? Hell yes!

The second sessions will feature the excellent Zhora and Alpheidae. Both bands will take the stage some time after midnight and play on till the wee small tiny hours that most of us hazily remember through a fog of shots and spirits. It’s free in if you get your name down on their Facebook wall now…or it might just be free in anyway. Whelan’s are merciful promoters, but do not cross them!

December 4th, Whelan’s – be there and support your local metal scene. Kisses x

Review: Snowblind & Theories Divide – Live @ The Lycan Sessions (Whelans, Nov. 6th 2014)

Posted in Gig Listing, Gig Review, Metal Club Night, Music, News with tags , , , on November 17, 2014 by Tickets There

10686920_475404685931686_8719873132712742308_nIs there anything better than a new night devoted to metal in the capital? Me thinks not. It wasn’t all that long ago that Dublin had two haunts for heavy metal. The downstairs bar in Brux (if you were looking for ridiculously egotistic metal snobs who all at one point or another had managed to ingest pool cues up their rear ends) or the classic Fibber MaGee’s, who in fairness had their moments of hesitation when it came to metal (smell of foam has officially left the building though).

Now things are different. Despite the closure of Fibbers II and the turncoat Pint, we still have Gypsy Rose, Fibbers, Brux, Club Carnage, Club Hell, Club Poison and more to keep us entertained. However – if there’s one thing the city needs is more regular nights with live bands and that’s what Whelan’s are hoping to cater for with their new monthly night, The Lycan Sessions.

IMG_0358Snowblind and Theories Divide are the first acts up to launch metal latest newest night and you’d be hard pressed to come up with better. Theories Divide are first up (at some massively unholy hour when the world wants to sleep but metal heads awake) and you just know they ooze presence. Having seen them a few times it’s obvious that they’re not going to disappear anytime soon (unless they break up for some random reason of course) and you’ll only hear more about them in the coming years.

IMG_0361Snowblind next and God! What can you say about Snowblind that falls short of naked, biased, all out love? Snowblind are just incredible. It’s rare to find a jam metal band in Dublin these days, especially one that can work a room but they do it at the drop of a hat. They’re easily one of the most talented bands in the city, perhaps the country and they gel together so well you could be forgiven for thinking they never leave the stage. Despite the talent and tightness, they still make their show seem like an easy going, on the spot jam. They kick about song ideas, glide through their numbers with casual ease and find subtle opportunities to display each of their own respective talents. Incredible as always and what a start for Whelan’s first metal night. Roll on the next session!

Soulfly Announce Whelan’s Show

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2014 by Tickets There

bg-body-savages2MCD have confirmed this morning that Max Cavalera is brining Soulfly to Whelan’s this July! The metal icon and his outfit have been tearing stages apart since he left Sepultura many moons ago and this intimate gig will be one of the must see metal events of the summer. Just you, your mates and one of the major forces in metal today.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 23rd priced €24 and it all takes place on July 11th. Excited?

HATEBREED Announce Whelan’s Show

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , on March 12, 2013 by Tickets There

hatebreed_300dpicrop-1-pFancy some intimate metalcore this August? Well look no further – Hatebreed are coming to town. MCD announced this morning that Whelan’s will host the American quartet on August 6th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 09:00am priced €23. This show is strictly over 18’s.

AUG/6th Hatebreed Whelan’s €23 Over 18’s show – On sale March 15th

UPDATED: TURN Announce Button Factory Show

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2012 by Tickets There

The wonderful TURN have announced a show in Dublin’s Button Factory for this December. It hasn’t been confirmed if more shows will be added to make this TURN’s first fill Irish tour in seven years, but they confirmed this will be their last show ever. The band announced the show through their official Facebook page. It all takes place at The Button Factory, December 21st 2012.

UPDATED (02/10):Tickets are on sale from Wednesday, Oct. 3rd from Ticketmaster.ie and all the usual outlets for €15 plus booking fees. Click here to purchase.

Last month the original lineup of TURN (Oliver Cole, Gavin Fox and Ian Melady) reformed with 2005 era bassist (Ciaran Kavanagh) to perform at Whelan’s and Electric Picnic. Fans of the band will fondly remember the Temple Bar Music Centre as being the epicentre of their early career where the band would launch their debut album plus singles and EP’s afterwards.

Review: TURN – Live @ Whelan’s (August 31st, 2012)

Posted in Gig Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2012 by Tickets There

Re-capturing youth? Nah; TURN fans are still too young to worry about such things. It was only seven years since their last show together and most of us remember it like it was yesterday. In their time, TURN managed to release three critically acclaimed albums, achieve success both at home and in the U.K. with fiery, brooding heavy singles such as ‘Beretta’ and ‘Beeswax’, sell out almost every venue Dublin had to offer and tour the country relentlessly, assuring their place in Irish music history. Now they’re back (for a little while at least) to play a much anticipated show at this year’s Electric Picnic and tonight’s ’secret’ warm up show.

There’s not many local bands who could pack Whelan’s with an unannounced show on the starting day of the nation’s biggest and most beloved music festival; but that doesn’t seem to stop the Kells’ legends from doing just that. Taking a break from their solo ventures, Ollie Cole, Gavin Fox and Ian Melady are back together along with former bassist Ciaran Kavanagh on guitar. As the house lights go down and the excited crowd grin from ear to ear with excitement, the four familiar figures stroll on stage and kick off the show fan favourites ‘Never Needed’ and ‘Beretta’.

Turn both look and sound sharp, losing none of their on stage performance and power. ‘Anti-Social’ thrills Whelan’s with bar staff even attempting a look in for the obligatory sing along. ‘Summer Song’ and the sombre ‘You Got Style’ move us towards Turn’s seminal years before the gentle yet booming, ‘Heart Attack’, causes the band and crowd to explode to life with Ciaran’s second guitar giving the song the extra hitch it needs to fulfil it’s true quality.

As well as losing none of their power, it also appears that Gavin and (the recently married) Ollie have also retained their classic on stage quipping and banter, joking together and sharing a dedication to Ollie’s new bride. There’s a little more nostalgia when the band pause during ‘Queen of My Heart’ to allow Ian his classic live solo, aided of course by chants of ‘IANO’ before launching into ‘In Position’, one of the band’s most accomplished songs. The thundering ‘Harder’ ups the volume a few notches before the colossal ‘Beeswax’ shreds through the PA, sounding as fresh as the day it was written. Before bowing out to travel towards Stradbally, Turn thrill fans with one final performance of ‘Another Year Over’. Obviously delighted with the turnout and success of their first reunited show, the band amble off stage, ready to take on the waiting hordes at Electric Picnic tomorrow. Whatever their plans for the future, it would be a shame if this was the last we saw of them.

Never Needed

Beretta

Anti-Social

Summer Song

You Got Style

Heart Attack

Queen of My Heart

In Position

Harder

Beeswax

Another Year Over

TURN Announce Free Whelan’s Show Tomorrow Night

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by Tickets There

I cannot get over this news, but on top of TURN reforming for Electric Picnic this weekend; the band have just announced a free headlining show in Whelan’s tomorrow night (yes, FREE!)

Whelan’s have just sent their newsletter out and confirmed the whole thing. TURN live on stage almost seven years since their last performance. Oliver Cole, Ian Melady, Gavin Fox and Ciran Kavanagh will revitalize the classic turn sound with a brooding double guitar density and four capable singers for harmonies…yadayadayafa – I almost too excited to write this properly (almost – feck off).

If you’re skipping the picnic then make sure you head along tomorrow night and catch one of Irelands greatest live forces tear Whelan’s apart!

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock Release New AlbumTomorrow

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on April 12, 2012 by Tickets There

Dublin trad/rock quintet, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock will officially release the follow up to their highly praised debut album tomorrow night in Whelan’s. ‘The Brutal Here and Now’  has been picking up rave reviews recently with Hot Press even hailing it as a contender for Irish Album of 2012. The album is streaming over on Harmlessnoise for a limited time and gets its official release tomorrow night, April 13th in Whelan’s Dublin. This will be followed by several dates nationwide. Please see below for details.

Whelan’s tickets are on sale now priced €12 (plus booking fee)

12/04 Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
13/04 Whelan’s, Dublin
14/04 Bridge Brook Arms, Thomastown, Kilkenny
19/04 Boyle’s, Navan
21/04 Brandon’s, Ennis
26/04 The Róisín Dubh with Windings, Galway
27/04 Joe Lee’s with Glimmermen, Tullamore

03/05 The Menagerie with Mudbitch, Béal Feirste, Belfast
06/05 Vantastival, Louth

JAPE Announce Pre-Paddy’s Day Whelan’s Show

Posted in Gig Listing, Music with tags , , , on January 26, 2012 by Tickets There

JAPE has announced a gig in Whelan’s for Friday, March 16th. Currently in the middle of their Ocean of Frequency tour around the country, Jape will return to the capital in less than two months to blow the roof of the legendary Wexford street venue. Tickets are on sale now priced €16.50 (€15 on the door).

Since Tickets There is unfortunately missing his Leitrim gig next week, you can guarantee we’ll be at this one! Official press release and all that jive is available on the Whelan’s site – http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8043

Review: Reckless Love – Live @ Whelan’s, Dublin (Dec. 2nd 2011)

Posted in Gig Review, INTO-NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2011 by Tickets There

Is there anything better than glam metal? Def Leppard did it best (not open for debate), Guns N’ Roses made it dangerous and Bon Jovi tried to kill it; but 2011 sees a plethora of young bands revitalizing one of music’s most infamous genres. About bloody time!

In the thirty odd years since Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses and the likes took that old blues rock n roll, dumped a tonne of eye liner, Jack Daniels and explicit west coast sex into the mix; a lot has changed in the world. Geeks have taken over, bands ware scarves, converse, recycle like Germans and …God help us, Chris Martin and Thom Yorke are even considered rock stars. Don’t panic, there’s hope! Tonight, Finland’s extremely credible successor to Hanoi Rocks; Reckless Love are in Dublin to inject a little sleaze into our cold Irish blood.

Last year the band visited Ireland on their ‘Back To Paradise tour’ in support of their self-titled debut LP. Now they’re back with a new album, ‘Animal Attraction and a jump in venue; going from Crawdaddy to Whelan’s. A pint of the black stuff in hand, hair down; it’s time to rock n roll with openers The Dirty Youth who, if nothing else, manage to deliver a little ‘eazy on the eyes’ warm up. Not implying anything…. While we may not speak for everyone, this concert goer found it difficult to focus on their music right off due to the sight of their lovely lead singer Danni Monroe in short shorts. Yes, Tickets There likes short shorts. So, all’s well and they don’t sound bad either.

Taking the stage shortly after, tonight’s’ headliners easily manage to jump that all important step from opening act to main attraction. Pepe (guitars), Hessu (drums, crowd control) and Jalle (bass) take positions and kick into the group’s latest single, ‘Animal Attraction’. As the slow drums and feedback guitar fill the PA, lead singer Olli Herman slides on stage, teasing the impressive array of young Irish fillies lined up at the front. Despite some worries about Animal Attraction lacking in the balls department, Reckless prove the new material has just as much umpf as their standards, Animal Attraction and following track ‘Speedin’ deliver everything that’s good about the glam scene. Guitars, solos, speed and born-to-be-rock stars. ‘Badass‘ from their début comes next giving all fans the first major rallying point of the night. As calls come from the crowd for him to remove his shirt and a degree of tension from the ladies as he ponders it, Olli endorses the sound man and a few audience members to remove theirs first and start “to have romances together”. Ice firmly broken, let’s go.

The set is mostly taken from their new record with eight tracks getting an airing tonight. Born To Break Your Heart, Animal Attraction’s first single, ‘Hot’ and ‘Fantasy’ all get the band’s special live treatment and deliver a few instantly enjoyable riffs and chorus’s. The band blaze through tonight’s show with professional ease and arena style antics. Every pose, pout and kick are reminiscent of the greats; but revitalized with youthful energy from a band with a long career ahead of them.

Romance bring things back their full fighting harmonic best before the set gets rounded off with new tracks ‘Dirty Dreams’, ‘On The Radio’ and ‘Dance’. With the band fully in form and winning the crowd over with their new material, the return to their debut for the final pounding. ‘Wild Touch’ explodes from the PA like a panther, sounding stronger and more aggressive than any recording could capture. Returning for the encore, the band demand one final roar from the crowd before bringing it home with the cock rock-tastic ‘Beautiful Bomb’ and the anthematic ‘One More Time’. That’s twice Dublin Metal Events have had them over and hopefully they’re the first visits of many. Reckless Love are not a band you want to miss next time.

Reckless Love: Animal Attraction Released Tomorrow (Oct. 5th)

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , on October 4, 2011 by Tickets There

Finnish sleaze rock legends, Reckless Love release their new album tomorrow. Animal Attraction follows on from last year’s self-titled debut that launched the band on the world stage after several years of EP and single releases. It’s already receiving great reviews from across the globe but much to Tickets There’s regret we haven’t gotten our hands on a copy to review….yet, keep an eye out.

Animal Attraction is officially released tomorrow. If it’s anything like their first record it’ll be one of the hottest records of 2011. If you can’t find a copy in Dublin (you’re not looking hard enough!) then be sure to check out their Whelan’s gig on December 2nd. Tickets are on sale now through ticketmaster.ie priced €19.90 – All hail Dublin Metal Events

Check out the album’s track list and first single, ‘HOT’ below.

Animal Attraction – Track List:
1. Animal Attraction (3:26)
2. Speedin’ (3:52)
3. Born To Break Your Heart (4:00)
4. Hot (3:22)
5. Fantasy (5:11)
6. Dirty Dreams (3:31)
7. Dance (3:28)
8. Fight (3:04)
9. Switchblade Babe (4:56)
10. On The Radio (3:37)
11. Coconuts (4:05)

Dublin Metal Events: Upcoming 2011 / 2012 Shows

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Tickets There


The good folks over at D.M.E. (Dublin Metal Events) have an savage line-up of shows ready to suit the needs of every shot downing, leather wearing, long haired legend in the country. Whether you love rock, hard rock, glam rock, heavy metal, Celtic metal, black metal, death metal or sher, unadulterated gore infestation of the most ancient, alien-enslaving nature – DME got your back ya’ll.

Kicking us off is one of the foundation stones of Irish metal, Primordial. Celebrating two decades together, Primordial will be blowing the walls of the Academy this Saturday after an incredible year that’s seen them finally earn the respect they (and the Irish metal scene) deserve. Since it’s not TT’s cup of tea, we’re not going to bandwagon jump here – but it’s great to see an Irish act get some real recognition. It’s been twenty years, but incredibly enough it might just be the beginning.

Next big one on the TT Calendar (well actually, the first one on our own gig planner) – Norwegian black metal lovelies, 1349. Named after the year the Black Death gripped Norway, 1349 intend on re-igniting the flame of Lucifer in The Pint on October 15th in what will hopefully be a full on corpse-paint blood fest. Wonder how our Def Leppard love will go down with this crowd?

Second on our own planner (all dates listed below – no need to panic), Gorgoroth & Vader @ The Button Factory on November 12th. Now, TT doesn’t know a whole pile about Gotgoroth (aside from folks constantly saying they’re frickin’ amazing!) but we managed to catch Vader’s last Irish show in Whelan’s and that’s enough for us. Without a doubt Poland’s premier metal band and one you should do anything you can to see live.

The Quireboys introduce a little good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll into the line-up when they play Whelan’s on November 27th. Sing along with their classics and you can enjoy Belfast’s Million $ Reload, who’ll be joining them on the night as support. Both bands get a double TT thumbs up which, as you all know, is the highest mark of respect in the world!

Bringing us towards the end of 2011 will be two almost back to back hair metal bonanza nights. First up, The excellent Reckless Love who’ll be hitting Whelan’s on December 2nd for a night of hairspray, spandex and some of the best rock n roll classics ever to emerge out of Finland (Hanoi who now?). Again anyone that was at their Crawdaddy show will agree that this gig promises to be something very special. After that we get some Swedish glam rock from Crashdiet who’ll also be abringing local lads Eazy Tyger along for support. Anyone that hasn’t seen them in a while would do…alright to check out their regular show in Gypsy Rose as there’s a new singer and new sound…well, newish. Both nights promise to make for a great end to 2011 with one final surprise up DME’s sleeve…..

Beasts of the night, enslavers of men and the all-round overlords of the Universe – GWAR will be ringing in the New Year in chaotic fashion when they arrive on stage in Dublin’s Button Factory on Januray 17th to show people how gore metal and stage theatrics should be done. GWAR have always been the pinnacle of on stage extremity with January’s show promising to be one of the highlights of the decade, let alone the year. More details still to be confirmed for this one but D.M.E. are hoping to have this sorted later in the week.

So to sum up, we’re not exactly stuck are we? All tickets are on sale now from Into The Void Records and Ticketmaster.ie (and outlets nationwide) for all events (except GWAR for the moment) and you’ve also got shows from Onslaught, Christ Agony, Evile and Hail of Bullets just in case none of the above appeal to you (although you should ask yourself ‘what sort of person isn’t infatuated by GWAR?’. We say bad people!!). Full list of gigs is available below, keep checking D.M.E.’s official website for more details.

Band Venue Date
Primordial The Academy  24/09/2011
Onslaught The Pint 01/10/2011
Christ Agony The Pint 07/10/2011
1349 The Pint 15/10/2011
Evile The Pint 23/10/2011
Hail Of Bullets The Pint 05/11/2011
Gorgoroth & Vader The Button factory 12/11/2011
The Quireboys Whelans 27/11/2011
Reckless Love Whelans 02/12/2011
Crashdiet The Village 04/12/2011
   2012  
GWAR The Button factory 17/01/2012

IRISH On Tour: The Riptide Movement

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by Tickets There

If you read this site when any regularity you’ll no doubt have figured out that we like The Riptide Movement. We like them so much we also think everyone else in the world should like them and this summer the band are continuing their quest to tour 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which should make a dent on humanity and see a few new fans in their pocket. As well as prestigious support slots with Bon Jovi and Bob Dylan, the band have dates lined up in Ireland, England and Belgorod with slots as this years Electric Picnic, Oxegen and Independence Festivals for good measure.

Be sure to catch the lads over the next few months as they embark on one of the longest touring schedules you’re likely to see this side of U2.

The Riptide Movement: On Tour 2011

June 29 – RDS (Dublin, Ireland)
June 30 – The Ivy House (Drumcondra, Ireland)

July 01 – Phantom’s First Friday (The Academy: Dublin, Ireland)
July 08 – OXEGEN FESTIVAL (KIldare, Ireland)
JUly 09 – The Courtyard Hotel (Leixlip, Ireland)
July 19 – The Good Ship (London, United Kingdom)
July 20 – Dublin Castle (Camden: London, United Kingdom)
July 22 – Windmill (Brixton: London, United Kingdom)
July 23 – Mau Mau Bar (London, United Kingdom)
July 23 – Ben & Jerrys Festival (London, United Kingdom)
July 24 – Ben & Jerrys Festival (Manchester, United Kingdom)
July 29 – IndiePendence Festibal (Mitchelstown, Ireland)
July 30 – Spraoi Festival (Waterford, Ireland)
July 30 – IndiePendence Festibal (Mitchelstown, Ireland)
July 31 – CastlePalooza Festival (Co. Offaly, Ireland)

August 01 – Walshes (IDP Fest. After Party: Mitchelstown, Ireland)
August 05 – Whelan’s HEADLINE SHOW (Dublin, Ireland)
August 06 – The Courtyard Hotel (Leixlip, Ireland)
August 13 – Blue Breeze Festival (Co. Offaly, Ireland)
August 26 – KnockStock Festival (Dungarvan, Ireland)
August 27 – Walshes (Mitchelstown, Ireland)

Sept 02 – Electric Picnic (Stradbaly, Ireland)
Sept 02 – Electric Picnic (Stradbaly, Ireland)
Sept 29 – Hamiltons (Belgorod, Russian Federadtion)

October 01 – Hamiltons (Belgorod, Russian Federadtion)

IRISH NOISE! – The Plea (MySpace)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by Tickets There

*Stretches fingers, cracks knuckles and so on. It’s good to be back, especially since we’ve accumulated a wealth of bands we think you’re going to thoroughly enjoy. As promised, we’re aiming today’s IRISH NOISE review at Donegal locals, The Plea (as seen supporting Ash in Whelan’s). The four piece have been around for over two years and already have a debut album under belts, an impressive list of production collaborators and a very healthy looking future ahead of them. Good for them, better for us. They claim The Doors, The Beatles and The (R) Stones as influences, their sound has been polished by Cenzo Townsend (other credits include U2, New Order and Blur) and judging by their live performance, they have as impressive a catalogue of material you’re likely to find in these here parts. Ladies and gentlemen, you’re new favourite band – The Plea!

The last statement may be a bit strong from a  reviewer who’s only caught one gig and listened to no less than two tracks on their MySpace (Would someone please explain the Facebook player please?) but we’re standing by it! ‘Praise Be’ is first up and it’s also the one we’re most familiar. The band recently included it on a special split E.P. with Ash and LaFarro for their recent Irish shows togeather. An excellent number rooted in psychedelic, dance-pop rock that’s centred around the vocals and a thumping drum beat. The guitar adds nice decoration against the beatin’ bass in the background. Yep, it’ll do!

I Am The Miracle’ is up next (very sadly the last song in the player), even better than the real thing. Style, structure and flow are much the same as Praise Be, perhaps not good to have both on the player as it doesn’t show much diversity, but; as a wise Tickets There once said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Just as enjoyable either way and another push to get more of their material.

Great band, well worth checking out and one (never get tired of saying this) you’ll be hearing more of on Tickets There in the future. Visit their Official MySpace @ myspace.com/thepleamusic

Review: ASH – Live @ Whelan’s, Dublin (June 6th, 2011)

Posted in Gig Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by Tickets There

Ash, Ireland’s favourite pop rock trio are back in Dublin tonight for a highly anticipated appearance at local indie haunt, Whelan’s of Wexford St. Excitement’s been building for weeks so it’s no surprise to see queue’s of hungry Ash fans geared up for a night of sweat, pints and tuneage. Entering the packed venue it seems tonight’s sell out crowd don’t seem concerned that they’ve lost the fashionably late edge by piling in just in time for opening act, The Plea. Fortunately it’s one of those nights you’re glad you came early as The Plea rocket through an incredibly well played set of heavy guitar laden alt-rock gems including ‘Praise Be’ from their split, special tour edition E.P. Definitely a band that requires further investigation and a great start to the night.

Belfast indie rockers LaFarro take the stage next and initially drop the quality a little. While The Plea presented themselves as well seasoned, confident performers; LaFarro singer Jonny Black looks uncomfortable, inexperienced and unexciting on stage. He stares at the floor, doesn’t connect with the crowd and lacks any energy as the band kick off their set. This drop is heightened by poor sound on the vocals which trespasses on the rest of the band’s efforts. As the set continues, Herb MaGee (the “only Catholic in the band”) begins some onstage banter that seems to liven LaFarro’s mood as well as the crowds. From there we’re treated to some great tunes as Johny finds his feet and Dave Magee’s head banging can be properly enjoyed. Nice save and another band you’ll be hearing more of soon.

As the lights go dark, the crowd erupts at the site of Ash taking the stage. On the rare occasions you get to see a band of their size take the same stage as your mates on their EP launch night, it’s hard not to feel that special tingling. ‘Lose Control’ opens the set and pounds the audience with its furious intensity. Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and tonight’s stand in drummer Alan Lynn (LaFarro), all sound fantastic as they command the stage, kick ass and deliver some of the finest hits any Irish band has ever produced. Tickets There favourites ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ and ‘Dionysian Urge’ follow, immediately cementing this as a great night. ‘Twilight of Innocents’ makes an early appearance, which Tim passes off as an “experiment” and leads to mass sing-alongs from the crowd before hit after hit pile drive the crowd into submission. ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘Gold Finger’ and ‘Petrol’ bring us back to our youth while ‘Joy Kicks Darkness’ holds up the recent material’s crown for all to see.

Walking Barefoot’ has to be one of the highlights and it serves as a reminder of how great Free All Angels is. Again, the band are drowned out by the crowd, leaving them no choice but to rip through ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘The Dead Disciples’ which sends the pit into frenzy mode. ‘Shinning Light’, the mega-powered up ‘Orpheus’ and ‘Return of White Rabbit’ – the A-Z singles flagship dance-floor epic, finish the main set; giving all at the front a well needed chance to breath and mop the brow. Before long Ash return and bring us home with the stunning ‘Arcadia’, the punk fused classics ‘Angel Interceptor’, and ‘Jack Names The Planets‘ before calling it a night with one final blow out; the shredding ‘Burn Baby Burn’.

As surprising as it is to think Ash have been around for nearly twenty years, it’s even more incredible how amazing they are on stage. Their energy, passion and enthusiasm ensure they never lose connection with the audience and their songs sound better than ever. While the crowd leave,  ears ringing and looking blown away from tonight’s amazing show, the band brim from the stage at a job well done. Come back soon lads!

ASH / LaFaro and The Plea Release FREE Tour E.P.

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2011 by Tickets There

To celebrate their Irish dates together next week, Northern Irish rockers ASH, LaFaro and the Plea (well, Donegal is north west!) and have released  special FRR three track EP contributing one track each. For Ash’s part they added a previously unreleased (outside of Japan) bonus track, ‘Running to the Ocean’, from the A-Z series while LaFaro have added ‘Party Hardy Marty’ and The Plea have stuck on ‘Praise Be’.

All three bands will be on tour together this week when Ash roll into Dublin, Portrush and Belfast. The shows will be amazing so grab your free download, get to know the support and, ahem, f**k shit up! The EP can be downloaded for free from the following link – www.ash-official.com (Free Download)

Make sure you check out Tickets There’s interview with Ash bassist Mark Hamilton before hitting this shows, just to give you an idea of what to expect (Click Here)

Tickets There: Gig / Festival Guide (June 2011)

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by Tickets There

Welcome back to the Tickets There gig guide. It’s been a long time since we did one of these but hopefully it’s ‘back for good’. Keep in mind, this guide will be updated throughout the month of June, so check back from time to time 🙂


Dublin Gig Guide

Friday 3rd: Alarmist We Are Losers & Avalanche Ammo (Whelan’s)
Friday 3rd: Retarded Cop (The Workman’s)
Monday 6th: ASH & Guests (Whelan’s)
Wednesday 8th: Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy(The O2)
Wednesday 8th: Lisa Hannigan (Whelan’s)
Saturday 11th: Adebisi Shank, Heathers & O Emperor (Whelan’s)
Saturday 11th: Oddsocks Revival (The Grand Social)
Thursday, 16th: The JÄgermeister Freezer Sessions (General Fiasco, The Shoos, The Kanyu Tree, The Danger Is)
Friday 17th: Le Galaxie: plus guests. Album launch party (The Workman’s)
Wednesday 22nd: Ladydoll & guests (Whelan’s)
Thursday 23rd: Dirty Epics (Crawdaddy)
Thursday 30th: The Walls (Grand Social)

The West!

Thur 2nd: The Minutes (Róisín Dubh)
Thur 2nd: Bipolar Empire (Monroe’s Tavern)
Fri 3rd: North Atlantic Oscillation (Róisín Dubh)
Fri 3rd Imelda May (TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar)
Sun 5th Thin Lizzy (TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar)
Sat 4th: Adebisi Shank, Heathers, O Emperor (Róisín Dubh)
Thu 16th: Dinosaur Pile-Up, Zombie Computer, Toby Kaar (Róisín Dubh)
Fri 17th: Lite, Terra Melos (Róisín Dubh)
Wed 22nd: Lowlands (Róisín Dubh)
Thur 23rd: Windings (Róisín Dubh)
Fri 24th: Artful Renegade (Róisín Dubh)
Sun 26th Grada (Monroe’s Tavern)
Mon 27th: Janelle Monae (Róisín Dubh)
Thur 30th Pugwash (Monroe’s Tavern)

Festival Guide

Saturday 4th – 5th: West Fest (Co. Mayo):
FATURING – Imelda May, The Coronas, Republic of Loose, Sharon Shannon, Bagatelle, Ryan Sheridan plus more.

Saturday 4th – 5th: Forbidden Fruit Festival (Kilmainham, Dublin):
FEATURING – The Flaming Lips, Ham Sandwich, Aphex Twin, Jape, Dan La Sac, The Subs, Battles, Squarehead, The Cast of Cheers & any more

Friday 10th – 12th: Temple House Festival (Co. Sligo):
FEATURING – ASH, Stereo MCs, Something Happens, Aslan, Declan O’Rourke, Lisa Hannigan, Kerbdog, Sweet Jane, The Riptide Movement and many more.

Sunday 19th: Danny Byrnes Music Festival (Co. Westmeath):
FEATURING – The Aftermath, Sweet Jane, The Vibes, Icon on Fire, Dave Peyton, Peter Doran, Arrow In The Sky, We Go Go and Ricotta.

Friday, 24th – 26th: Sea Sessions: (Co. Dongeal):
FEATURING – The Villagers, Bell X1, Ziggy Marley, The Walls, Riptide Movement, The Go Team, The Danger Is, The Minutes and many more.

UPDATED: ASH confirm Whelan’s and Temple House House Festival Shows

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Tickets There

Want some great news to liven up your week? Well legendary Northern Irish pop rockers Ash have just confirmed two summer shows in Ireland. Tim, Mark and Rick will be kicking things off in Whelan’s on June 6th before hitting the road to Sligo for the Temple House Music Festival which already boasts an  incredible line-up which includes The Walls, Something Happens, Andrew Strong, Kerbdog and many, many more.

Tickets for the Whelan’s gig go on sale this Thursday, April 21st @ 09:00 AM via Ticketsmaster priced €19.50. No date has been announced for the Temple House Festival as of yet but tickets are already on sale. Click here for more details.

**Ash have just announced two additional shows for this tour. The pop rock legends will play Playhouse Theatre in Portrush on Thursday June 7 before heading to Belfast’s Empire Music Hall on June 8. Tickets for Portrush are £15.00 (inc. booking fee) and the Empire Music Hall tickets are at £16.50 (inc. booking fee). Both shows are on sale now through www.Ticketmaster.ie