Best Gigs of 2016 – Review
There were some fairly epic gigs in 2016. The highlight of the year for me was Stars of the Lid at the National Concert Hall, with stunning lights, projections and sounds.
I wasn’t convinced about seeing Suede at the Olympia (11-02-16) but I left the theatre a convert, after two great sets, one of the hits and one of the new album in full. A small gig that we loved was Glenn Jones at Arthur’s Bar (23-04-16).
Ought were pretty dazzling at Whelan’s in April (24-04-16). We spent two evenings with Mark Lanegan at the Academy (26-04-16) and yes, we reviewed both evenings! We had a very enjoyable trip down memory lane with Grant-Lee Phillips at Whelans in May (01-05-16).
Max Richter played the National Concert Hall in May (29-05-16). It was another one of those Perspectives gigs that are well worth looking out for. There was some great sounds at Bulmers Forbidden Fruit 2016 including Battles, Tame Impala and Steve Mason.
The Body & Soul Festival had two days of sun and fun and one day of rain and mud, but we’ll mostly remember it for some very good music including the Gloaming and Mercury Rev. We had a second trip to see Suede at the Absolut Big Top (23-07-16) in Galway and they did not disappoint.
Yorkston/ Thorne/ Khan played the Workman’s Club in August. James Yorkston is a great front man and his on stage banter is as odd as it is funny (think Dad jokes). Godspeed You! Black Emperor returned to Vicar Street in August and continue to show they’re a great live band with some stunning visuals and loud sounds! This Is How We Fly gave us a sneak preview of their upcoming album in the Spiegeltent in September and it promises to be a very tasty number indeed.
Stars of the Lid visited the National Concert Hall in October and the earth stood still!
We spent An Evening with Kristin Hersh in the Pavilion, Dun Loaghaire in November (2-11-16) and it was another great night. There are some artists it is a pleasure to spend time with, and Kristin is one of those! It was my first time seeing Agnes Obel as she played Vicar Street in December (01-12-16) and it lived up to expectation. Low at Christchurch (13-12-16) sounded a very special night indeed and set Mr. Laher’s heart a quiver.