The Waterboys announced to play Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2018
Feb09

The Waterboys announced to play Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2018

Following hot on the heels of a hugely successful Dublin Racing Festival featuring a host of entertainment including Damian Dempsey, Vogue Williams, Stockton’s Wing and more, Leopardstown Racecourse is thrilled to launch the 2018 Bulmers Live at Leopardstows Summer Series by announcing the headline act – The Waterboys.   Now in its 9th year, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown has established itself as Ireland’s premier racing and live music event, bringing superb international acts to the racecourse over the years. Sister Sledge, The Human League, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Johnny Marr, and Happy Mondays have lined up alongside some of the best live Irish acts of our times, including The Boomtown Rats, Hot House Flowers, The Coronas and Ash.   Joining this stellar list of names this summer will be a band very dear to hearts of Irish music lovers over the decades, The Waterboys. Mike Scott was already a legend before he moved to Ireland to record and release the iconic album, Fisherman’s Blues. Already his album This is the Sea, with its international hit ‘The Whole of the Moon’ had marked Scott as an inspirational songwriter for his generation, but with Fisherman’s Blues, The Waterboys almost single-handedly revived an interest in Irish traditional music not seen for a couple of generations.   Staking out bold, new territory with fresh approaches and inspirational collaborators has been the defining factor of Scott’s creative flow. Their new album Out Of All This Blue – the band’s twelfth and first double album – is perhaps the most brilliantly daring and accomplished reinvention of The Waterboys to date. The Waterboys will play the concluding event for Bulmers Live at Leopardstown on Thursday 16th August however, there are seven other events starting on 7th June and running through June, July & August which will feature a fantastic line-up and will be released over the coming weeks. Now a favourite fixture on Dublin’s summer calendar, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown combination of live music with horse racing has proven a winning mix with those looking for great festival vibes and a Thursday night’s outdoor entertainment. As always, the performances will be preceded by a top class card of horse racing and a wide selection of ticket options available for everyone from the great value ‘Summer Bundle’ at only €30 which includes admission to the racing & concert, Bulmers drink, festival food option & €5 tote bet to the ‘Pavilion Party’ where you have a table reserved in a premium suite overlooking the racetrack and a three course meal for only €70. Tickets available...

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THE FUTURE FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH STOAT
Feb09

THE FUTURE FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH STOAT

  Review by Bobby Green In 2005 Stoat unleashed their debut album ‘Future Come And Get Me’ and now thirteen years into the future we can finally see what the future had in store for them. Like many of a similar age there is confusion and disappointment at the way things are, how things have turned out.  How come everyone else seems to be happy and understand their place in the world? Or are they just zombies accepting that this is just the way things are? Is everyone else really happy? Why does Talk radio make me feel so alone? What would have happened if I ended up with her? Why? Why? Fucking why? TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT! I have to admit to being late to this party, I missed their debut album as I was running around naked in The Nire Valley listening to Queen albums pondering my own future, but I think I’ve found all my questions reflected in this brilliant observation of life that ‘Try Not To Think About It’ offers up. I remember hearing ‘Talk Radio Make Me Feel Alone’ and thinking that someone had written the perfect song for the 40 somethings who are looking around them and thinking, ‘am I really a part of this society?’ If so, then I think we’ve all made some terrible mistakes.   Then Stoat released Trampolina, the greatest Indie love song since The Frank And Walters ‘After All’ or ‘Veronica’ by Sultans Of Ping. It’s a classic, and by then I had a new favourite band and life didn’t seem so confusing anymore. Yeah, there were still questions in my life that needed answering but who cares? I could bounce around to Trampolina and be reminded that I’m not the only love fool in the playground. TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT! But life can be a bitch sometimes with its endless questions and the pressures of adulthood drag the spirit out of you and dress you up with the clothes of conformity and conditioning. Am I the only one who thinks that everyone else is a mug for giving up or is the joke really on me? I do find it difficult finding my place in todays world but finding Stoat has been a glorious epiphany for me as they will be for you. They dare to be different and succeed with splendour, they are a band, not a brand so it’ll be a hard sell to the masses but Stoat don’t play no game that they can win. This is an album made by people really enjoying making music that speaks to them, and...

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