As is usually the case of a Monday morning, my inbox was crammed full of brand new gig announcements when I logged on this morning. Of course, the Oxegen line-up announcement is probably the most high profile of today's news but that likely won't float everybody's boat. Still, at least there's a feckin' BEE GEE on his way to town.
Love will truly be all around us (figuratively speaking, of course...) when Wet Wet Wet play their first Irish shows since 2004 at The O2 on Thursday 5th November and the Odyssey in Belfast the following evening. Has it been nine years already...? Tickets for the Dublin gig are set at €44.05.
Having turned in a star performance at the Dingle incarnation of Other Voices in early December, UK sister act The Staves will play a show in the intimate confines of the Pepper Canister Church on 12th September next. Tix are €20 and this should be a solid evening's entertainment, highly recommended.
But wait, there's more! Not only are the above two acts playing, there's also a feckin' Bee Gee coming to town. Barry Gibb, the one surviving member of the Disco legends, will take his Mythology Tour to The O2 in Dublin on September 25th, with tickets to set you back a pretty hefty €69.50.
Thin Lizzy alumni Black Star Riders, who boast a line-up featuring Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Marco Mendoza and Jimmy DeGrasso will headline the Academy in Dublin on 14th December. The remaining members of Thin Lizzy announced last year that they would no longer be recording new material under that name and the first Black Star Riders record is set to drop next month.
This isn't new information but definitely worth a reminder: Eric Clapton will play The O2 in a little over two weeks, on May 9th and in the Odyssey in Belfast the following night. Tickets for the Dublin show are still on sale, priced between €55 and €81.