As soon as I left my house on the way to Kilmainham, I was confronted by a shower of biblical proportions as the heavens opened to expose God’s wrath against concert goers! Thankfully it was short lived, but it did leave me slightly scared of what was ahead. There was a couple of other showers on the day, but thankfully God seemed happy with the music.
The Heroes in Hiding were the first band at the Live Live stage. This small stage showcased a lot of young Irish bands, and it was good to hear some new Irish sounds. Sleep Thieves were the next band on the stage, who are a three piece from Dublin who play lilting dream pop. The Trinity Orchestra were the opening act at the main stage, and played a set of Sufjan Stevens tunes. It’s always welcome to hear songs like Chicago belted out and the 40 plus band worked through his hits.
The Comedy Tent was half way between the main Original stage and the other smaller stages, and it was easy to pop in to see what was going on. Patrick McDonnell (aka Eoin McLove) played a short and sweet set and acknowledge the moment he will never surpass by admitting ‘I have no willy’ as he left the stage.
Gorgon City were next on at the Original Stage, and certainly looked impressive with their two singers strutting their stuff. Whilk and Misky were the surprise of the night, and certainly a band I’d like to hear more from. Their lead singer had a rock star strut and a voice that can only be achieved by years of abuse or a nasty throat infection! East India Youth headlined the Live Live stage, and while he looks like someone who has just turned down your mortgage application, he can certainly bang it out. He played guitar, keyboard and a variety of electronic toys to keep the crowd happy.
The main stage finished the night with superstar DJs in the form of Hot Since 82 and the final act of the evening Richie Hawtin. All the Hip Hop fans in the audience had long since left to make it to the Undergrowth stage for Run the Jewels. The crowd were highly appreciative of the New York duo, singing along with a number of songs from their two albums. The highlight of the day in my mind!