The Live at the Iveagh Gardens gig series got underway last night, with a gig by cabaret vamp Paloma Faith.
Over the next week or so, some top-notch acts will play the beautiful outdoor venue in Dublin – so we thought we'd make a playlist to give you a flavour of what's to come.
CHIC – 'Good Times'
Anyone who's seen Chic live over the last few years will know that you just can't go wrong with this band. Nile Rodgers is a bona fide legend, and this is one of the disco/funk pioneers' biggest hits. They play next Thursday, July 9th.
THE FRAMES – 'Lay Me Down'
The Frames play two gigs this weekend (July 4th and 5th) celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band – no mean feat. This track, taken from arguably their finest album 'For the Birds', is a gem.
ST. VINCENT – 'Digital Witness'
Annie Clark is one of the best, most inventive musicians out there at the moment – a reputation solidified by her brilliant self-titled album last year. This was undoubtedly one of the best tracks of 2014. She plays next Friday, July 10th.
MEW – 'Am I Wry? No'
Danish band Mew don't get a whole lot of love from the press, and they're not going to have a number one hit anytime soon. But they're quirky, idiosyncratic architects of art-rock and their debut album 'Frengers' remains a firm favourite on our turntable. This song is bloody brilliant. They support St. Vincent next week.
DAMIEN RICE – 'The Professor & La Fille Danse'
He made a comeback last year with his first album in a bajillion years, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy', which was more than decent. We still have a soft spot for his debut, 'O', though – especially this song.
BOOKA BRASS BAND – 'Crazy in Love'
These guys are supporting The Frames this weekend and are well worth getting in early for. What can eight college students do with a variety of brass instruments? Well, you'd be surprised. They're building up quite an Irish fanbase with their quirky take on tracks like this Beyonce cover.
And….. have another Chic song, sure.
CHIC - 'Everybody Dance'