This is quite a fun idea which has been going on for a couple of months, with free impromptu gigs at strange locations around Dublin, organised by State online magazine. They are generally by bands who are performing that night in the city, and play a short set in an unknown location. The only way to find out about them is to stay tuned to state’s web site or its twitter account, and then drop everything when you get notice!
So far they’ve had Dan le Sac and Scroobius pip in the Exchange in Temple Bar, Turin Brakes playing in St. Kevin’s park (beside Whelans) and possibly the coolest of ’em, ‘And so i watch you from afar‘ playing in Music Maker on Exchequer street!
I like the idea of ‘happenings’, so am all in favour of this sort of thing! There’s video links to each of the events above, and they’re worth a listen. I have very fond memories of Frank Black doing similar in Stephen’s Green, many moons ago (2008). Frank was whisked away at the end by the Garda, so I wasn’t sure if was I was going to see him in Vicar street later that night, but luckily he turned up.
I was there! 🙂
Yeah, it was a strange occasion, but i did like it. A feeling that you were at something special! Loved all the passers by, wondering what the hell was going on.
The gig later in Vicar street was dodgy though. He played all his new stuff, and nothing off his early albums! Not so much fun…
I kind of liked that, although the gig suffered from a lack of chemistry. It’s a shame that he lost The Catholics. They were really quite good.
As one of my friends said ‘if you could play five songs, that would make everyone in the room happy for being there, would you?’. All he played was his rock opera nonsense, which wasn’t that good. Pity…