ABSOLUT Fringe 2012 | Rockeroke
Star Rating: 5 / 5
Venue: Meeting House Square
Review by: Karl Watson
ABSOLUT(ely): The next stage in karaoke evolution.
In a nutshell: Karaoke with a live band in it. That's all it is. But somehow it's also so much more than that.
Best for: People who can't sing! Only for! This is your platform guuurl, your time to shine.
Not for: Closeted gospel belters unless they are nuns in witness protection.
There's an art to karaoke: the right blend of humility, bum notes, misheard lyrics can swing a tidal wave of crowd enthusiasm the performer's way. But when you add a massive-o band and the whole thing, becomes, well, epic. Obviously the strength of an evening like this lies in part with the participants who were suitably varied, but also in large part to the MCs. Karaoke isn't for everyone, but brilliant nights out in Dublin under the brackets of the Fringe is. The magic of Meeting House Square adds something special to something like this. Something so interactive and positively involving in the heart of Temple Bar, just paces away from the Roots-tracers and stag-partiers... I'm well into this. With more seats and beers, this could be a monthly Sunday daytime, hangover cure-y Meeting House Square regular event, akin to Berlin's Mauerpark Karaoke. My only criticism is that it didn't go on 'til 3am.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Friday 21st September 2012 | Theatre
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