- 2007 in Irish music
This is a summary of the year 2007 in the Irish music industry.
* Changes to the Irish chart rules, which allow for downloads to be taken into account in formulating the music charts came into force at the beginning of January. This sparked an unpredictable trend in old songs returning to the charts (for example "
Bohemian Rhapsody" which returned to the charts for a week in February). Radio DJs (including Today FM's Ray Foley[http://rayfoleyshow.blogspot.com/2007/01/chart-attack.html] ) were able to use their influence by requesting that the public download specific songs allowing them to return to the charts.
* On Tuesday
January 2, while being interviewed by Jo Whileyon BBC Radio One, Bonospoke of his desire to reinvent U2's sound for their next album due to be released at the end of the year. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0102/u2.html]
* Hot Press announced their "Out A Tout campaign", following revelations that a number of touts selling on tickets for an
Arcade Firegig in Dublin's Olympia Theatreat inflated prices. Tickets for the gig sold out inside ten minutes but 24 hours later turned up on eBayfor €250 (increasing to €350 48 hours later). Concert promoter MCD urged the Government to act on closing down online touts and pointed an accusing finger at “media outlets who carry advertisements on behalf of ticket touts.” Peter Aikenof Aiken Promotionsproffered: “…these professional American-style ‘brokers’ could be shut down overnight. The same goes for the guys you see selling tickets outside venues, ours included.” [http://www.hotpress.com/news/2906391.html]
February 1, Snow Patroldominated the Meteor Music Awards, where they collected four awards. Legendary 2fm DJ, Larry Goganwon a Meteor Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music. [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0201/breaking89.htm]
* Meanwhile, head of 2fm,
John Clarke, announced the latest in a spate of reschedules for the station, which would see Gogan move from weekday afternoons to a new shoe on Saturdays and Sundays, Rick O'Sheamove to Gogan's earlier afternoon slot and Colm and JimJim and their "Strawberry Alarm Clock" being poached from FM104. The changes would come into play on March 5.
February 19, Aerosmithannounced that they would be playing Marlay Parkin Dublinon Tuesday June 26as part of their European tour. [http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/819135/pid/302766] This follows announcements that The Whowill also play Marlay Parkand Arctic Monkeysand Bell X1 would be playing Malahide Castlein June.
* On Thursday
February 22, tickets for Arctic Monkeysperformance at Malahide Castlein June went on sale at 9 a.m. [http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/others2007/malahide/]
* On Thursday
February 22, Paul Noonanof Bell X1 was guest presenter on Today FM's "Pet Sounds" between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
* Also on Thursday
February 22, the Oxegen 2007 line-up was officially announced. Amongst the first acts announced were Snow Patrol, Muse, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Bloc Party, The Fratellis, Kings of Leon, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Interpol and Amy Winehouse. The festival was officially launched on February 27, with the announcement that The Killers would be headlining the Main Stage on the Sunday night. [http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music-gigs/news/article2316085.ece] [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0228/oxegen.html]
* Also on
February 27, the death was announced of legendary Irish music promoter Jim Aiken, the founder of Aiken Promotions. He was best known for the recent series of concerts in the grounds of Stormontin Belfastand for travelling the world to encourage bands and singers to come to Northern Irelandat the height of the Troubles. He was also revered for closely associating with stars such as Elton John, Cliff Richard, Luciano Pavarottiand Garth Brooks. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6402753.stm]
Choice Music Prizefor the Irish Album of the Year 2006 was awarded at Vicar Streetto The Divine Comedy for the album " Victory for the Comic Muse" on February 28 2007. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0301/choicemusicprize.html]
* Tickets for Oxegen 2007 went on general sale on
March 3at 8 a.m. and sold out within an hour and a half.
* March also saw the announcement of another
Marlay Parkgig for the summer. Foo Fightersplayed Marlay Park on Wednesday August 22as part of the Bud Risingconcert series. [http://www.budrising.ie/foo_fighters.htm]
March 22, The Rolling Stonesconfirmed they would be headlining Slane 2007 on August 18. Tickets went on sale on Friday March 30. [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0322/breaking64.htm]
* Tickets for The Garden Party went on sale on Saturday
March 24at 9 a.m. [http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/63wwhg] The festival took place at Ballinlough Castlein Athboy, County Meathon Saturday June 9and was headlined by Pet Shop Boys.
* On Thursday
March 29, Bonowas presented with an honorary knighthood by the British ambassador to Ireland in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0329/bono.html]
* On Monday
April 2, Electric Picnic 2007 was officially launched with the first acts to be confirmed including Beastie Boys, Björk, Iggy and The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker, The Go! Team, LCD Soundsystem, Primal Scream, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Undertones, Modest Mouse, The Magic Numbers, Damien Dempsey, The Jesus and Mary Chainand The Good, the Bad and the Queen. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0402/electricpicnic.html]
* Also on
April 2, 18 more acts were announced for the Oxegen 2007 festival. These included Queens of the Stone Age, Bright Eyes, Ocean Colour Sceneand Avril Lavigne. [http://www.oxegen.ie/news.php?i=5]
* Tickets for Electric Picnic 2007 went on sale on Tuesday
* On Friday
April 13, Nine Inch Nailswere confirmed as the main support act to Foo Fightersfor their Marlay Parkconcert on August 22 2007.
* On the same day,
The Policeconfirmed they would be playing a concert in Croke Parkon Saturday October 6 2007as part of their first European Tour since their reformation. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0413/thepolice.html] [http://www.breakingnews.ie/entertainment/?jp=MHAUGBKFQLSN] Tickets went on sale on Friday April 20and sold out within 90 minutes. [http://www.unison.ie/breakingnews/index.php3?ca=42&si=109235]
* On Wednesday
April 24, Bonoappeared in a prerecorded segment of American Idol's two-hour special "Idol Gives Back", where he talked about the work of ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0425/bono.html]
* On the same day, the full line-up for
Damien Rice's Saturday August 25gig in Marlay Park, Dublinwas announced. It included KT Tunstall, Guillemots, Willy Masonand Fionn Regan. [http://entertainment.ie/event/DamienRice/2348214.htm]
* The May bank holiday weekend was the occasion of the first festival of the Irish summer. On Saturday
May 5and Sunday May 6, Heineken Green Energyat Dublin Castlewas headlined by Kasabianand Sinéad O'Connorwith support coming from The Blizzards, Future Kings of Spain, Kílaand Delorentos. [http://www.sinead-oconnor.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=126&Itemid=1]
* On Friday
May 11, 14 new acts were officially announced for the Oxegen 2007 festival. These included: Sinéad O'Connor, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Satellite Party, Badly Drawn Boy, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Albert Hammond, Jr., The Blizzardsand The Immediate.
* Also on Friday May 11, the annual Trinity Ball took place at
Trinity College, Dublin. Headlined by Ash, CSS, Director and The Blizzards, it was also The Immediate's last public performance before their subsequent demise. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/ash-to-headline-trinity-ball/spId/C114BFF0-D3B1-47FD-B7D0AE6CA6BFB6A5.html]
* On Sunday
May 13and just two days after being officially announced for Oxegen, The Immediateannounced on their MySpacepage that they were "splitting up due to existential differences". [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-immediate-split-up-/spId/89E50F81-F7D1-A715-417F1D3656EC3ED6.html] They later released one last tune, "The Mist Above The Mind" (recorded in demo form), on their MySpace page which could be downloaded for free. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-immediate-release-one-more-tune/spId/A0339008-BC09-74F8-4FA3BC94B9307C20.html]
* On Saturday
May 26, Red Bull X-Fighterscame to Ireland. The show, at Slane Castle, was watched by over 35,000 spectators with music was provided by Ash, Director and The Blizzards. [http://www.vitalmx.com/features/Red-Bull-X-Fighters-Slane-Castle,1464]
Rory GallagherInternational Tribute Festival took place in Ballyshannon, County Donegalfrom Thursday May 31until Sunday June 3.
* Garden Party took place at
Ballinlough Castlein Athboy, County Meathon Saturday June 9from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/garden-party-set-to-prove-a-scorcher/spId/0BE123D6-AFC7-0903-66FF0C86460923AF.html] [http://www.entertainment.ie/festivals/live.asp?id=1020] It was headlined by Pet Shop Boys, Burning Spear, Carl Coxand Hot Chip. [http://entertainment.ie/festivals/display.asp?ID=1020] The festival was a resounding success and the organisers immediately announced its return in 2008. Organiser John Reynolds said: "This is the second year and like everything it takes two or three years for a festival to find its feet but if all goes well, it'll be an annual event from now on." [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/garden-party-a-resounding-success/spId/1A75D1F6-9B24-52C5-408472DF19A3635D.html]
* On Tuesday
June 12, the full line-up and stage breakdown for five of the six stages for Oxegen 2007 was announced. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/director-amongst-host-of-new-acts-for-oxegen/spId/1F8159E5-90B8-5D54-C4E5521A076846BF.html] New acts to be officially announced included Director, The View, Maxïmo Park, Editors, The Bravery, The Cribs, The Thrills, The Twang, Calvin Harris, Jet, Delorentosand David Kitt. The New Bands Stage line-up was announced later.
* On Wednesday
June 13, Ash confirmed their forthcoming album, " Twilight of the Innocents" would be their last album. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/ash-confirm-forthcoming-album-is-their-last-/spId/24736CFF-D1D8-E232-98A32A17F214B692.html]
Arctic Monkeysplayed Malahide Castleon Saturday June 16. Tickets sold out immediately and a second date at the same venue was announced for Sunday June 17. Support came from Supergrass, The Coraland Delorentos. [http://www.rte.ie/2fm/photogallery/malahide_jenny2007.html] It was to be the first of many occasions that the castle would be used as a concert venue. [http://entertainment.ie/event/ArcticMonkeysatMalahideCastle/2352318.htm]
Crowded Houseand Peter Gabrielplayed a rain-soaked [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/crowded-house-to-make-irish-return/spId/71B4FA04-C958-510E-3F694051383FDB67.html] Marlay Parkon Friday June 22. [http://www.campus.ie/user?cmd=item-detail&itemid=26302] They were supported by Starsailor. [http://www.mcd.ie/live/fullnews.php3?tname=1231674307&xname=petergabriel]
Aerosmithplayed Marlay Parkon Tuesday June 26as part of their European tour. They were supported by Chris Cornelland The Feeling. [http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/819135/pid/302766]
* Live at the Marquee took place in Cork between
June 26and July 7, with headlining acts including The Who, Slayer, The Flaming Lips, Bell X1 and Status Quo.
The Whoplayed Marlay Parkon Friday June 29and were Live at the Marquee in Cork on Saturday June 30as part of their European tour of 2007. They were supported by Velvet Revolverand Biffy Clyroat the Marlay Park gig. [http://www.worldticketshop.com/concerts/the_who_tickets?gclid=CNuviJmTu4oCFQkwXgodKUmAOg]
* Bell X1 played
Malahide Castleon Saturday June 30. They were supported by Duke Special, Japeand Herman Düne. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/jape-to-support-bell-x1/spId/03210689-0B1D-0F9E-D7E328AD733E4575.html] Gates opened at 4 p.m. Herman Dune began proceedings at 5:45 p.m., Jape were on at 6:45 p.m. and Duke Special at 7:45 p.m., before Bell X1 took to the stage at 9 p.m. [cite web|url=http://www.hotpress.com/archive/3889405.html|title="Bell X1 live at Malahide Castle"|date=2007-07-13|accessdate=2008-01-12|publisher=Hot Press (subscription required)] Bell X1 were also Live at the Marquee in Cork on Sunday July 1where they were supported by Duke Special.
Damien Riceand Snow Patrolwere amongst the acts that played the Live Earthseries of concerts that took place around the world on Saturday July 7. This occurred on the same weekend as this year's Oxegenfestival, of which Gary Lightbodyalso confirmed that Snow Patrol would be playing on the same day as Live Earth. [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0201/breaking89.htm]
* Oxegen 07 took place at
Punchestown Racecoursein County Kildareon Saturday July 7and Sunday July 8. It was headlined by Muse, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Arcade Fireand Scissor Sisters.
* On Friday
July 13, The Aftermath were involved in a near-fatal bus crash just outside Kilbegganin County Westmeath. Four members of the band and two members of their crew were treated for injuries after the accident. The band were in the middle of an extensive Irish tour. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-aftermath-in-near-fatal-bus-crash/spId/D8A73C3B-C901-BBB5-8CB4E941F51BE48A.html]
* On Tuesday
July 17, it was announced that Fionn Reganhad been nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prizefor his debut release, "The End of History". [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/fionn-regan-nominated-for-mercury-music-prize/spId/D3F7FBB6-F15F-4B7B-730B8D841B05C30F.html]
* The first
Lovebox Dublintook place at Malahide Castlein County Dublinon July 21, headlined by Super Furry Animals, Groove Armadaand The Rapture. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/super-furry-animals-to-play-one-day-festival/spId/4731607B-0214-994D-AD3038E932383C7A.html] [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/stage-times-for-lovebox-unveiled/spId/E38FEC52-08DC-C810-CE6E9550F1B024DD.html]
* Castlepalooza 2007 took place at
Charleville Castlein Tullamore, County Offalyover the August Bank Holiday weekend (4 and 5). [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/castlepalooza-line-up-announced/spId/713228E9-E252-C8DC-987448C7324F34E9.html]
* Indie-pendence 07 is also took place on the same weekend (Friday 3 and Monday 6). Ireland's only free independent music festival took place at New Square in
Mitchelstown, County Cork. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/director-republic-of-loose-for-free-festival/spId/708AC3BB-EFE8-DA7E-21332DD55649F6A4.html] Bands that played included Ham Sandwich[http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/ham-sandwich-take-to-the-road/spId/0B697F03-EFDE-1BA1-362F36F7E0D4523E.html] Republic of Loose, The Chapters, Director, Delorentos, The Aftermath, The Sultans Of Ping FC, Fight Like Apesand Vesta Varro.
* On Friday
August 10, tickets went on sale for the "Big Top" Arcade Firegig in Phoenix Parkon October 24. The gig sold out within ten minutes despite it being the band's third appearance in Ireland in 2007 (following the similarly quick selling Olympia date in February and their Oxegendate in July).
* Slane 2007 took place on Saturday
August 18and was headlined for a second time by The Rolling Stones. The band last played Slane in 1982. [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0322/breaking64.htm] Support came from The Charlatans, The Hold Steady, Tinariwenand Frankie Gavin. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/rolling-stones-support-acts-announced/spId/2607AB40-A039-B4E6-D3886EA9A91C30D3.html] It was the band's last ever performance on Irish soil. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-international_news/rolling-stones-set-to-quit-touring/spId/84038569-BB49-2278-8C007EBC563212A2.html]
* In the first of two Bud Rising Summer outdoor concerts,
Foo Fightersplayed Marlay Parkon Wednesday August 22. They were supported by Nine Inch Nailsand Silversun Pickups. [http://www.budrising.ie/foo_fighters.htm]
Damien Riceplayed Marlay Parkon Saturday August 25. [http://entertainment.ie/event/DamienRice/2348214.htm] He was supported by KT Tunstall, Guillemots, Willy Masonand Fionn Regan. [http://www.mcd.ie/live/fullnews.php3?tname=1200579655&xname=damienrice]
* In the second of two Bud Rising Summer outdoor concerts,
Kaiser Chiefsplayed Marlay Parkon Sunday August 26. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/kaiser-chiefs-confirm-irish-date/spId/0083DF3A-97C3-83A3-5A166D94FC9CFE44.html] They were supported by The Fratellis, Ash, The Blizzardsand Royseven. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-fratellis-join-kaiser-chiefs-for-irish-show/spId/017FB171-9319-71EE-E14501BE14727793.html] [http://www.music-news.com/ShowNews.asp?nItemID=14248]
* Electric Picnic 2007 took place in
Stradbally Estate, County Laoisfrom Friday August 31until Sunday September 3. [http://entertainment.ie/festivals/live.asp?id=844] [http://www.ireland.com/theticket/electricpicnic/]
Cois Fharraigetook place in Kilkee, County Clarefrom September 7until 9. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0910/coisfarraige.html] It featured Fun Lovin' Criminals, Ocean Colour Scene, Badly Drawn Boy, The Enemy, Republic of Loose, The Blizzardsand Delorentos. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/surfing-music-festival-set-for-clare/spId/BF7F002E-E478-6719-C423455BFD9C7A58.html] [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/badly-drawn-boy-and-the-enemy-added-to-cois-fharraige/spId/D8BC01F8-AC14-F9F6-1EF693668AF1A5A4.html]
* The 5th
Hard Working Class Heroesfestival in association with Bud Risingis scheduled to take place in Dublinbetween September 28and 30 and will be staged around Tripod, The Podand Crawdaddy. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/hard-working-class-heroes-festival-details/spId/0ADDA851-04CD-D300-F74A6CA5D4895F80.html] The Jimmy Cake, [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/hwch-headliners-revealed/spId/13446127-F1B2-E476-85098B4474EC48BC.html] The Concretes[http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/hard-working-class-heroes-headliner-revealed/spId/97E46871-E03E-5D55-9946FB8CB9796EEF.html] and [http://www.myspace.com/richiejape Jape] will headline.
Music Irelandtook place in the RDS Main Hall in Dublinfrom Friday October 5until Sunday October 7. [http://www.musicireland.ie/] The Sennheiser Live Stage was headlined by Paddy Casey, The Frank and Walters, The Walls, Neosupervital, The Flaws, Dirty Epics, Messiah J & The Expert, Royseven, The Kinetiksand The Kerbs. [http://www.musicireland.ie/live.html]
The Policeplayed Croke Parkon Saturday October 6. [http://www.breakingnews.ie/entertainment/?jp=MHAUGBKFQLSN] They were supported by Fiction Plane. A further date was to be announced.
Heineken Green Synergytook place for a second year between Wednesday October 10and Sunday 14. Amongst the bands and artists playing were Lightspeed Champion(Wednesday in Whelan's), Alabama 3and Republic of Loose(Thursday in Tripod), Neosupervital(Thursday in Whelan's), Asian Dub Foundation(Friday in Tripod), The Flawsand Ham Sandwich(Friday in Whelan's), Turin Brakes(Saturday in Tripod), Archie Bronson Outfitand The Chakras(Saturday in The Village). Venues ranged from Tripod, Anseo, Whelan's, The Village, Solasand Carnival. [http://www.dublinks.com/index.cfm/loc/16/pt/28/spid/B674448E-0E96-691E-0F3B8D9EFDEB22BF.htm]
Sunday Business Postwas the first to break the news that MCD will host a series of eight gigs in the Phoenix Parkbetween October 16and November 5. [http://www.mcd.ie/home/fn.php?c=9222259&ar=bigtopphoenixpark] There will be a capacity of 10,000 people per gig. The gigs will all take place indoors, meaning a marquee similar to Cork's Live at the Marquee series being erected in the Phoenix Park. In the end only six such musical events took place.
Arcade Firewas the first such concert to be announced, taking place on Wednesday October 24. Support came from Clinic and Wild Light. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/arcade-fire-to-play-phoenix-park/spId/270DFAB3-F59F-AF24-3E4F2A101B7D4C23.html] Arcade Fire later announced a second date, Tuesday the 23rd, also with support from Clinic. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/arcade-fire-confirm-second-dublin-date/spId/EF31FE21-B5BE-D9F6-A38949EC543027BF.html]
Ian Brownbecame the second act to be named to play the "Big Top" gigs. He played the Phoenix Park on Sunday October 28. He was supported by Reverend and the Makers. [http://www.mcd.ie/home/fn.php?c=8195244&ar=ianbrown&cat=all] [http://entertainment.ie/music/details.asp?ID=2373623] Other bands rumoured to be playing were the reformed Verve and Interpol.
* On Friday
November 2it was officially announced that Oxegenwould return in the summer of 2008.
Bloc Partyplayed a date in the Big Top on Saturday November 3. They were supported by Biffy Clyroand Foals. [http://www.mcd.ie/home/fn.php?c=8279110&ar=blocparty&cat=all]
Enrique Iglesiasplayed the Big Top on Monday November 5. He was supported by Ray Foley. [http://www.mcd.ie/home/fn.php?c=2914600&ar=enriqueiglesias]
Manu Chaoplayed the Big Top on Sunday November 4. [http://www.mcd.ie/home/fn.php?c=4890815&ar=manuchao]
* On Friday
November 9, early bird tickets for Electric Picnic 2008 went on sale at the same price as those of the 2007 festival. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/electric-picnic-08-tickets-to-go-on-sale/spId/0FE2DBC8-BF17-1806-4DF33F9FEEEE9D10.html] [http://www.hotpress.com/news/4206548.html]
November 15 My Bloody Valentineannounced they were to reform and perform three dates in the UK in 2008. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/my-bloody-valentine-announce-live-dates/spId/4432B3B4-0B97-64DB-C0F3090D3AD83202.html]
* On Friday
November 23, details of Oxegen 2008 were officially announced. The festival will take place from Friday July 11until Sunday July 13at Punchestown Racecoursein Naas, County Kildare. It will be a three-day affair for the first time ever. [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2007/1124/1195682241441.html]
* On Tuesday
November 27, Kings of Leonbecame the first band to be announced to play Oxegen 2008. The band topped an online poll which asked festival-goers for their dream line-up and so the band were immediately confirmed. [http://www.breakingnews.ie/entertainment/mhmhidcwmhmh/rss2/]
* On Friday
November 30, presale tickets for Oxegen 2008 went on sale. [http://www.ticketmaster.ie/promo/s5z21a]
December 10 Glen Hansardreceived two Grammy nominations. He and Marketa Irglova, his co-star in "Once" were nominated for "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album" and "Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media" for the track " Falling Slowly" from "Once". [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/1207/hansardg.html]
Concerto For Constantine"(August)"
Damien Rice& Lisa Hannigan"( March 26)"
* Envelope "(changed name to
The Immediate[http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-immediate-split-up-/spId/89E50F81-F7D1-A715-417F1D3656EC3ED6.html] "(announced via MySpacepage on Sunday May 13)"
* [http://www.myspace.com/emilymusic Emily] "(announced via
MySpacepage on Sunday October 7)"
* [http://www.myspace.com/barntownwatertasteslikeblood Barntown Water Tastes Like Blood]
My Bloody Valentine"(announced in November)" [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/my-bloody-valentine-announce-live-dates/spId/4432B3B4-0B97-64DB-C0F3090D3AD83202.html]
Albums & EPs
:"Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2007."
January - April
When The Night Time Comes" - Jenny Lindfors( March 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/jenny-lindfors-announces-mullingar-show/spId/406FB218-DCDF-9425-08609C895F06753D.html]
Super Extra Bonus Party LP" - Super Extra Bonus Party( April 15 2007) [http://www.superextrabonusparty.com/releases/]
In Love with Detail" - Delorentos( April 21 2007) [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0420/delorentos.html]
Misfits Volume 1" - David Kitt( April 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/david-kitt-to-release-new-album/spId/B9479F98-F1D6-E371-C36ACD44005B09E7.html]
Far from Refuge" - God Is an Astronaut( April 2007)
May - August
Are You Listening?" - Dolores O'Riordan( May 7 2007)
How Am I Supposed To Kill You If You Have All the Guns?" - Fight Like Apes( May 18 2007) "(EP)" [http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=99182813]
To Hell or Barbados" - Damien Dempsey( June 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/damien-dempsey-expands-new-album/spId/442D1E61-DC85-12F6-6C1C52E86F3C3D1A.html]
Exit Here" - Vesto Varro( June 8 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/vesta-varro-album-out-today/spId/0AB5997C-D6B7-9DCD-4CAD0C600CB9190C.html]
Tour De Flock" - Bell X1 ( June 15 2007) "(Live CD & DVD)"
Twilight of the Innocents- Ash ( June 29 2007)
Wild Psychotic Sounds" - The Things( June 29 2007) "(EP)" [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-things-unveil-new-ep-details/spId/1F9DAB6F-A534-AD33-83D56DE56283229C.html]
* "Hope" -
Foy Vance( July 1 2007) (re-released September 7 2007) [http://www.rubyworks.com/foyvance.html]
* "Teenager" -
The Thrills( July 20 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-thrills-reveal-new-album-details/spId/9F390262-B798-3236-F836475AA1132E95.html]
Charm Offensive" - The Radio( July 20 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-radio-announce-second-album-details/spId/AE2E62F8-B589-E937-780AB7CE73E294EB.html] ( August 10 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-radio-launch-second-lp-this-friday/spId/40513831-F62A-B59A-D14DAD18C8A22C8B.html]
September - December
The Monkey Pole" - Hybrasil( September 7 2007)
Addicted to Company (Part 1)" - Paddy Casey( September 7 2007)
* "Kill Your Darlings" -
David Geraghty( September 7 2007) [http://www.davidgeraghty.com/pressroom.php] [http://entertainment.ie/album-review/David-Geraghty--Kill-Your-Darlings/5181.htm]
Achieving Vagueness" - The Flaws( September 14 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-flaws-reveal-debut-album-release-date/spId/AE383828-B5C9-D8A2-43D2549698969EB9.html]
Big Bad Beautiful World" - Declan O'Rourke( September 14 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/declan-o-rourke-names-new-album/spId/D8C885EE-D830-AA9D-FA6953BADC27AAC8.html]
* "Nervousystem" -
Future Kings of Spain( September 28 2007) [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/future-kings-of-spain-announce-single-details/spId/F29529AB-0A25-0806-17711944C8B1904A.html] [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/future-kings-of-spain-to-hit-the-road/spId/26162E40-F402-44A0-06C19A1515C83F4B.html]
* "Songs from the Deep Forest (Special Edition)" -
Duke Special( October 1 2007)
Heroes or Ghosts" - The Coronas( October 5 2007) [http://www.thecoronas.net/]
For Some Strange Reason" - Aslan ( October 5 2007) [http://www.aslan-news.co.uk/index.php]
Dead Start Program" - Dark Room Notes( October 12 2007) [http://www.darkroomnotes.com/discography.htm] [http://entertainment.ie/album-review/Dark-Room-Notes--Dead-Start-Program-EP/5232.htm]
Tales Of Silversleeve" - Cathy Davey( October 12 2007) [http://entertainment.ie/album-review/Cathy-Davey--Tales-Of-Silversleeve/5230.htm]
Dig Yourself Deep" - The Undertones( October 15 2007) [http://www.theundertones.com/index.cfm?go=public.news&nid=32]
David Carradine is a Bounty Hunter Who's Robotic Arm Hates Your Crotch (EP)" - Fight Like Apes( November 2 2007) [http://entertainment.ie/album-review/Fight-Like-Apes--David-Carradine-Is-A-Bounty-Hunter-Who's-Robotic-Arm-Hates-Your-Crotch/5246.htm]
To Hell or Barbados(Special Edition)" - Damien Dempsey( November 2 2007) [http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news.php?newsid=4617]
Do You Realise" - Delorentos( November 9 2007) "(EP)"
To The Nameless Dead" - Primordial ( November 24 2007) [http://www.primordialweb.com/index2.htm]
Live from the Union Chapel" - Damien Rice( November 26 2007) [http://www.hotpress.com/music/reviews/albums/4287264.html] "(live album)"
:"Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2007."
End of year releases
September 7- "Kaleidoscope" - David Geraghty[http://ie.7digital.com/artists/david-geraghty-(1)/kill-your-darlings/03-Kaleidoscope/]
September 10- "End of the World" - Ash
September 14- " Illegal Attacks" - Ian Brownfeat. Sinéad O'Connor[http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-international_news/ian-brown-reveals-fifth-album-details/spId/263CA8D3-01EE-3070-0EA5349BCC2EAB1B.html]
September 14- "Crash" - Royseven[http://www.mcd.ie/home/fn.php?c=7321023&ar=royseven]
September 28- "Reuben" - Cathy Davey[http://www.7digital.com/artists/cathy-davey/reuben/]
October __- "Shuffle Your Feet" - The Kinetiks[http://www.blastspace.com/thekinetiks]
October 7- " Damn you Hollywood" - Fred [http://www.humblevoice.com/fredtheband]
November 2- "You & I" - The Flaws(Download only)
Bad Skin Day" - Bell X1 (??? 2007)
* ??? -
The Cake Sale(??? 2007)
* Oxegen 07 took place at
Punchestown Racecoursein County Kildareon Saturday July 7and Sunday July 8. Acts to appear included The Killers, Snow Patrol, Muse, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Scissor Sisters, Interpol, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Razorlight, Daft Punk, The Fratellis, Mika, Avril Lavigneand Tori Amos. Amy Winehousegave organisers a headache and threw the entire Stage 2/NME schedule into chaos on the Sunday when she pulled out. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/amy-winehouse-a-doubt-for-oxegen/spId/96FA28EA-F33F-9956-C65CA71145F2FDE9.html] [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/amy-winehouse-tickets-go-on-sale/spId/02259DC5-B892-F55D-9BBDC364C0013890.html]
Electric Picnic 2007
* Electric Picnic 2007 took place in
Stradbally Estate, County Laoisfrom Friday August 31until Sunday September 3. Acts to have appeared include Beastie Boys, Björk, Iggy and The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker, The Go! Team, LCD Soundsystem, Primal Scream, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Undertones, Modest Mouse, The Magic Numbers, Damien Dempsey, The Jesus and Mary Chainand the Damon Albarnled The Good, the Bad and the Queen.
Heineken Green Energy
Heineken Green EnergyFestival took place for the 12th year in May 2007. Kasabianheadlined the Heineken Green Energy festival on the Saturday of the May bank holiday weekend ( May 5). They were supported by The Blizzardsand Future Kings of Spain. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/kasabian-to-headline-green-energy-festival/spId/23052FD2-02C2-BFF1-733F6CA789ECA920.html] Sinéad O'Connorheadlined the Heineken Green Energy festival on the Sunday of the May bank holiday weekend ( May 6). She was supported by Kílaand Delorentos. [http://www.sinead-oconnor.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=126&Itemid=1]
Garden Party 2007
* Garden Party 2007 took place in high temperatures at
Ballinlough Castlein Athboy, County Meathon Saturday June 9from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/garden-party-set-to-prove-a-scorcher/spId/0BE123D6-AFC7-0903-66FF0C86460923AF.html] [http://www.entertainment.ie/festivals/live.asp?id=1020] It was headlined by Pet Shop Boys, Burning Spear, Carl Coxand Hot Chip, whilst Vitalicarrived 45 minutes late due to a delayed flight but eventually made an appearance on the Main Stage. [http://entertainment.ie/festivals/display.asp?ID=1020]
* Indie-pendence 07 took place from Friday
August 3until Monday August 6. Ireland's only free independent music festival took place for the second consecutive year at New Square in Mitchelstown, County Cork. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/director-republic-of-loose-for-free-festival/spId/708AC3BB-EFE8-DA7E-21332DD55649F6A4.html] Bands that played included Noise control, Ham Sandwich[http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/ham-sandwich-take-to-the-road/spId/0B697F03-EFDE-1BA1-362F36F7E0D4523E.html] Republic of Loose, The Chapters, Director, Delorentos, The Aftermath, The Sultans Of Ping FC, Fight Like Apesand Vesta Varro.
* Castlepalooza 2007 took place at
Charleville Castlein Tullamore, County Offalyover the August Bank Holiday weekend (4 and 5). It was headlined by Sister Sledge, Noise Control, Mainline, The Chaptersand Neosupervital. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-festivals/castlepalooza-line-up-announced/spId/713228E9-E252-C8DC-987448C7324F34E9.html]
* Bud Rising Spring and Bud Rising Summer took place in 2007.
Bud Rising Spring took place from Sunday
April 1until Thursday May 31. Gigs as ever took place in various venues throughout Dublin, including Dublin Castle, The Olympia and the Temple Bar Music Centre. [http://www.visitdublin.com/events/AllDublinEvents/Detail.aspx?id=235&mid=2736] Among the performances were Maxïmo Parkat the Temple Bar Music Centreon Monday May 21.
Bud Rising Summer saw two outdoor concerts take place in
Marlay Park. Foo Fightersplayed Marlay Parkon Wednesday August 22, supported by Nine Inch Nailsand Silversun Pickups. [http://www.budrising.ie/foo_fighters.htm] Kaiser Chiefsand The Fratellisplayed Marlay Parkon Sunday August 26. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/kaiser-chiefs-confirm-irish-date/spId/0083DF3A-97C3-83A3-5A166D94FC9CFE44.html] They were supported by Ash, The Blizzardsand Royseven. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/the-fratellis-join-kaiser-chiefs-for-irish-show/spId/017FB171-9319-71EE-E14501BE14727793.html]
Live at the Marquee
* Live at the Marquee 2007 took place in the Docklands of Cork between
June 26and July 7. Headlining acts include The Who, Slayer, The Flaming Lips, Bell X1 and Status Quo.
* Slane 2007 took place in wet conditions [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0818/breaking43.htm] on Saturday
August 18and was headlined for a second time by The Rolling Stones. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0322/rollingstones.html] The band last played Slane in 1982. [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0322/breaking64.htm] Support came from The Charlatans, The Hold Steady, Tinariwenand Frankie Gavin. [http://www.muse.ie/music-ireland-music_news-irish_news/rolling-stones-support-acts-announced/spId/2607AB40-A039-B4E6-D3886EA9A91C30D3.html] [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0817/rollingstones.html]
Hard Working Class Heroes 2007
* This year's
HWCHfestival took place in the POD Complexon the weekend of the 28/29/30 September. Supported by Bud Rising, this weekend featured some emerging talents from Scandinaviaas well as emerging Irish acts such as Ham Sandwich, The Flaws, Fight Like Apes, halves, Dark Room Notes, Super Extra Bonus Party, The Chakrasand The Kybosh. [http://www.hwch.net]
2007 Meteor Awards
The 2007 Meteor Awards were hosted by television personalities
Podge and Rodgeand comedian Deirdre O'Kaneon February 1, 2007.
* Best Irish Male:
* Best Irish Female:
* Best Irish Band:
* Best Irish Album: "Eyes Open" - Snow Patrol
* Best Irish Single: "Reconnect" - Director
* Best New Irish Act: Director
* Best Irish Pop Act:
* Best Live Performance: Snow Patrol (
* Best Irish DJ:
* Hope For 2007:
* Most Downloaded Irish Song: "
Chasing Cars" - Snow Patrol
* Best International band:
* Best International album: "
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" - Arctic Monkeys
* Outstanding Contribution to Music:
* Lifetime Achievement Award:
Choice Music Prize
Choice Music Prizefor Irish Album of the Year 2006 was awarded at Vicar Streetto The Divine Comedy for the album " Victory for the Comic Muse" on February 28 2007. [http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0301/choicemusicprize.html]
* [http://www.hotpress.com/ Official "Hot Press" website]
* [http://www.muse.ie/ MUSE.ie] Festivals
* [http://www.oxegen.ie/ Official Oxegen website]
* [http://www.electricpicnic.ie/flash.html Official Electric Picnic website]
* [http://www.budrising.ie/ Official BudRising website]
* [http://www.heinekenmusic.ie/index1.php Official Green Energy website] Other
* [http://www.imro.ie/ Official IMRO website]
* [http://www.rte.ie/2fm/ Official 2fm website]
* [http://www.mcd.ie/home/splash.php3 Official MCD website]
* [http://www.aikenpromotions.com/ Official Aiken Promotions website]
* [http://www.channel6.ie/shows/Popscene/ Offical Popscene Website]
* [http://www.channel6.ie/shows/Nightshift/ Official Nighshift Website]
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