Friday, 28 September 2007

Warhol, Groove Armada, Dizzee Rascal at IMMA

Thanks to Gina at the SOLOMON GALLERY gave us the heads-up on this one.

SOME DAYS NEVER END is a series of gigs from POD Concerts (John Reynolds and gang are unstoppable these days) to be held in the fantastic grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin during October

It'll feature THREE tents. One tent with loads of music: the likes of Groove Armada with Dizzee Rascal (October 25), Jose Gonzalez with Duke Special (October 26), Pet Shop Boys (October 27), what’s left of the Buena Vista Social Club with Kila (October 30) and The Frames with John Cale (October 31).

Another tent will recreate Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory. A hip New York City hangout for the Warhol set with artists, musicians and creatives - decorated in tin foil and silver paint the Silver Factory hummed day and night gaining a reputation as a centre for hedonism and decadence. From 1964 to 1968 the Factory provided a physical and conceptual framework for a broad range of activity that pushed the boundaries of what art production can be.

Over the course of the fest, this tent will feature screenings of Warhol arty flicks and other works and installations. All of this Warhiolism is in conjunction with Sligo’s Model Arts and Niland Gallery who are presenting their own Warhol exhibition from October 6 to December 22

And a third tent will feature food and drink.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Inishowen's future economy

OK I know it's barely a few weeks since we dragged a crew of you for your virgin trip to the north INISHOWEN COAST and it's safe to say you all left (just like we promised you would) ...scratching your heads wondering why the hell you'd never been.

So here we go with more shameless marketing of the homeland:

AEIDÍN McCARTER of the DIASPORA ELEMENT OF IRELAND NORTH WEST - MAKING BUSINESS HAPPEN is working to highlight the role that the Donegal diaspora have to play in developing the North West regional economy of the future.


I'd love to bring a few of you Donegal heads along - so get cracking and email me so I can forward names and let you know the venue - it's barely a week away!

Thursday 11th October 2007
7.30am - 9.00am

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Hot Press magazine gives 'Harry Truman' Single of the fortnight

"The engrossing 'HARRY TRUMAN' squeeezes the finest drops of Limerick-based musician DARAGH DUKES' vast talent into one song. The second single from 'FLIGHT CASES', released to general acclaim earlier this year, the track is so beautifully couched in watery piano keys and haunting grooves that several listens will be required to get to grip with the pulsating effects that every note of the song produces." - HOT PRESS, September 2007

'Harry Truman' is the second single release from Headgear's 'Flight Cases' album.

The album design is a collaboration between SEXTON+ and artist JAMES HANLEY, RHA, who worked with us as artist director on the branding. This single was mixed by ALI STATON and is available as download only release.

Daragh played two stages at ELECTRIC PICNIC 2007

This is the latest in a string of successful singles: 'WONDERDOG' and ‘THIS COMES TO PASS’ were released on limited vinyl 7” in 2001 and marked “essential” in London’s ROUGH TRADE STORES which led to SEAN ROWLEY (BBC RADIO DJ) setting up a new label to release ‘WHERE THIS GOOD LIFE GOES’, a 6 track mini-album in October 2002.

Sun. Sep, 30th (Cork, CYPRUS AVENUE) //Wed. Oct. 3rd (Dublin, CRAWDADDY) //Thu. Oct. 4th (Belfast – RADAR at Queens University) //Sat. Oct. 6th (Limerick – DOLAN'S WAREHOUSE) //Mon. Oct. 8th (Galway, ROISíN DUBH)

Check the Headgear website ( for further tour dates and news.
You'll be hearing a lot more from HEADGEAR!

Monday, 24 September 2007

Working Class Heroes 2007

2-day Exhibition - Dublin, 29 & 30th September 2007

For anyone who's interested Belfast music-photographer Alan Maguire is one of the photographers exhibiting as part of this year's HARD WORKING CLASS HEREOS EXHIBITION this weekend. He's showing some of his shots from ELECTRIC PICNIC 2007.

There will also be shots from a load of other photographers as well as Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan exhibitions.

The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September from 10am to 5pm (admission free) at the POD COMPLEX, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Where did September go?

The last few weeks have whizzed by, with no posts to the blog am afraid.

Well it's been a busy month, but it doesn't feel much like hard work if you're there to catch your clients lash out a few tunes.

First stop a whirl-wind visit to the ROCKenSEINE festival in France for phenomenal gigs (thanks to Micheál). We had an amazing gang of guys and girls from Brittany looking after us but it was only a matter of hours before it all went bananas. It was inevitable really and so, for 3 spectacular days, we were one big Irish-Breton mess ..a very, very happy mess of course.

Next stop the gang were piling into a convoy of camper-vans for the ELECTRIC PICNIC (Ciarán's old camper was dug-out for what we all knew deep-down would be its final voyage). And there we were for another few surreal days - floating around gigs, chasing the sound of some thud-thud in some car-park or other, spinning around with person-sized 'bees' in the body & soul space (could spend the whole weekend in that joint alone). There was a mountain of stuff to do - but we still managed to squeeze-in a spin around the fair-ground and caught some wicked motor-cycle daredevils in Fossett's Circus (keeping with the spirit of the Picnic there were only human performers).

There was no competition when it came to a choice between COIS FHARRAIGE surf & music festival v. Marrakesh guessed it, Morocco won (so sorry we missed MAJELLA MURPHY and KILA perform in Clare).

Might scribble a few lines on the antics when I get through this mountain of emails - you can check out the Picnic forum in the meantime if you want to catch a flavour.