Free Audience Tickets: Family Fortunes with Alan Hughes (Jan 30th)

Family FortunesThanks to my good buddies at DCU Media Production Society, there are some tickets available for the recording of TV3‘s new gameshow, Family Fortunes as hosted by the cheeriest man on breakfast TV, Alan Hughes.

Recording will take place this Monday, January 30th, at 4.15pm. You need to be in The Helix, DCU, Dublin at 3.45. And there’s sure to be a few laughs. If you would like to be in the audience please email pro2(at)dcumpsDOTcom (replace the (at) and DOT) with confirmation of how many tickets you would like and your contact details.

Wonder Villains: Ferrari Review

Ferrari is the follow up to Wonder Villain’s debut Zola. Instead of tackling the world of soccer, this time WVs go for fast cars and this track has rapidly won me over, perhaps even more than Zola did.

The sickenly talented foursome from Derry have adapted a pop indie sound that is destined to win fans over. Uptempo with a driving synth bass line, this song will surely get the crowd going at many festivals this Summer. It’s catchy, quirky electro indie pop, glorious and delightful.. This is out on February 17th, I want to know when the album’s due.

Tune of The Week 27/01/2012: Spector

SpectorI’m really liking this track. Spector are signed to Universal, I’ve been listening to an album sampler from them. Over the past week or so have been making serious airplay waves in the UK, being featured on Radio 1 and on XFM.

I love how their website has the tagline ‘Nothing You Haven’t Seen Before’, that maybe true but these guys seem to have take the post punk esque sound of bands like The Vaccines and given it a good injection of energy. Catch Spector on tour in the UK in February, where they will be joined by David’s Lyre. This week’s Tune of The Week is Spector and Chevvy Thunder.

Culture Cafe Podcast: David Bury (Calling All Astronauts) Interview

Culture Cafe David Bury

This is the full interview I did with David Bury from Calling All Astronauts. Part of this interview was broadcast on Culture Cafe Show 27 on January 25th 2012. This is the full interview including where we talk a little about the state of our respective countries and how music and politics can easily mingle to get a message across.

We also chat about how Calling All Astronauts are a totally DIY band on the UK scene.

Culture Cafe on RTE 2XM Playlist and Podcast Show 27: 25/01/2012

Culture Cafe 27

The weeks are flying by, here’s what happened this week:

1. DJ Flip & Freezemaster Slick: Crossroads

2. Senekah: Human Relations

3. Chat with Ronan from Tarantella Fall

4. Tarantella Fall: Wasteland

5. Youth Mass: Wide Eyes

6. Chat with Fiach

7. Fiach: You Dear

8. Our Krypton Son: Catalonian Love Song

9. The Animators: Marvelous

10. Rob Kelly: Game Over

11. Chat with David from Calling All Astronauts

12. Calling All Astronauts: Someone Like You

13. Come On Live Long: White Horses (Reid Remix)

14. Frankie Rose: Know Me

15. Delorentos: Little Sparks

Thanks to all my guests, Culture Cafe is broadcast on Wednesdays at 1000, repeated Sundays at 2100 online, on digital and on UPC Channel 944

Get Back – The Story of The Beatles at The Tivoli: Review

Get Back

Everyone knows The Beatles, so going to a show like ‘Get Back‘, you kinda know what you’re going to get. The trick here would be how the story is actually told.

Entering the Tivoli, the auditorium is a definite reminder of the sixties era, spacious tiered red cinema seats facing a stage with a drumkit and some guitar amps set up. Strawberry Fields roadsigns and images of the Fab Four hang in the venue. From the offset, everything is Beatle-esque, even the mandatory fire announcement are voiced by the quartet in a Scouse accent. Funny as hell and of course informative.

The show starts in Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club and immediately its aurally hard to tell the difference between our performers ‘The Classic Beatles‘ and the real thing. But after a couple of tracks, I questioned if this would be interesting enough to last the full length of a show. Two minutes later, my question was answered as a large screen at the back of the stage transformed into what looked like a 1960s television broadcast. Really clever and this worked a treat. Continue reading “Get Back – The Story of The Beatles at The Tivoli: Review”