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PostSubject: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:01 am

Spent 5 hours in Marley Park last night with mud up to my ankles and the rain falling for about 3 hour of the 5 hours.

Upside was the Lenny Kravitz is bloody great. The lovely chris convinced me he was worth it and indeed he was.

the only other woman I would leave the llovely C for, was also playing last night. Alannis Morrisette was awesome, but the again if she were wearing a potatoe sack, singing rebel songs in temple bar on a wet Tueday evening, she would still be awesome to me. Cool

One Republic were were suprisingly excellent.

I only caught the end of the Script but they seemed pretty decent.

I have to troop back to Marley next saturday with my two boys (men, young men, old boys , feck, I'm confused) to attend The LoveBox.
Plain White Ts, I like and my friend is also playing, DJ Arveene.
Could be a bit of craic.

Still, I'm really too feckin old for this.....
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:07 am

Johnny Keogh wrote:
Spent 5 hours in Marley Park last night with mud up to my ankles and the rain falling for about 3 hour of the 5 hours.

Upside was the Lenny Kravitz is bloody great. The lovely chris convinced me he was worth it and indeed he was.

the only other woman I would leave the llovely C for, was also playing last night. Alannis Morrisette was awesome, but the again if she were wearing a potatoe sack, singing rebel songs in temple bar on a wet Tueday evening, she would still be awesome to me. Cool

One Republic were were suprisingly excellent.

I only caught the end of the Script but they seemed pretty decent.

I have to troop back to Marley next saturday with my two boys (men, young men, old boys , feck, I'm confused) to attend The LoveBox.
Plain White Ts, I like and my friend is also playing, DJ Arveene.
Could be a bit of craic.

Still, I'm really too feckin old for this.....

Curmudgeon? Wink
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:21 am

A bit of rain can be good for the soil but too much can be bad. The trampling of people on the ground can break up the old hard bits and get them ready for a good tilling for the following year.

I like a bit of Foster and Allen myself I often bring the record player out into the garden with a long cable wound up on an old garden hose reel I'm not using anymore since my son and daughter in law bought me a new one for Christmas last year.

They say that this year they will get me some of them solar lights so I can do a bit of gardening at night.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:22 am

Gerry Daly wrote:
A bit of rain can be good for the soil but too much can be bad. The trampling of people on the ground can break up the old hard bits and get them ready for a good tilling for the following year.

I like a bit of Foster and Allen myself I often bring the record player out into the garden with a long cable wound up on an old garden hose reel I'm not using anymore since my son and daughter in law bought me a new one for Christmas last year.

They say that this year they will get me some of them solar lights so I can do a bit of gardening at night.

What the fook? Laughing So if we have a Foster and Allen gig in the garden that would be good prep for great new sward in the spring?
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:19 pm

Johnny Keogh wrote:
Spent 5 hours in Marley Park last night with mud up to my ankles and the rain falling for about 3 hour of the 5 hours.

Upside was the Lenny Kravitz is bloody great. The lovely chris convinced me he was worth it and indeed he was.

the only other woman I would leave the llovely C for, was also playing last night. Alannis Morrisette was awesome, but the again if she were wearing a potatoe sack, singing rebel songs in temple bar on a wet Tueday evening, she would still be awesome to me. Cool

One Republic were were suprisingly excellent.

I only caught the end of the Script but they seemed pretty decent.

I have to troop back to Marley next saturday with my two boys (men, young men, old boys , feck, I'm confused) to attend The LoveBox.
Plain White Ts, I like and my friend is also playing, DJ Arveene.
Could be a bit of craic.

Still, I'm really too feckin old for this.....
I was there last night for Metallica and Tenacious D. Only the teensiest bit of drizzle for us, not even enough to put up the hoods, but the ground was still wrecked from the night before. Not Oxegen standards of mud, but more than I'd have liked. They'd put down straw to improve the walking surface, but it didn't help much.

Missed most of Tenacious D, which was a shame. Metallica were great, though. I'm not really a fan of theirs, none of their stuff on my mp3 player, but this is the second gig of theirs I've seen and it's the second one that I really enjoyed. They just seem to enjoy themselves so much while playing; it's kind of infectious. They seem to really get a kick out of the crowd getting into it, as opposed to some bands that seem like they're just going through the motions to promote their new album.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:51 pm

I've given up on fields too... or parks... particularly since Oxegen some years back and finding there was more and more hassle from tanked up kids on day release from their families. Mind you, the lamb burgers were tasty. And New Order and Doves were great.

That's weird TheBear, I caught Metallica about eight years ago in the Point. It was a real "Hallo... [insert name of city and/or country] event in the sense one wondered did they know where they were but they were mad keen like you say.

I think metal gigs tend to be pretty much like that anyhow. Saw Motorhead at a one day event in the RDS some years ago and they and the crowd were really engaged.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:38 pm

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I've given up on fields too... or parks... particularly since Oxegen some years back and finding there was more and more hassle from tanked up kids on day release from their families. Mind you, the lamb burgers were tasty. And New Order and Doves were great.

That's weird TheBear, I caught Metallica about eight years ago in the Point. It was a real "Hallo... [insert name of city and/or country] event in the sense one wondered did they know where they were but they were mad keen like you say.

I think metal gigs tend to be pretty much like that anyhow. Saw Motorhead at a one day event in the RDS some years ago and they and the crowd were really engaged.

Oxygen has the worst outdoor acoustic of any festival. Its mainly about being in a tent with your friends. The Electric Picnic is a cosy sort of affair and I expect I would still go to something like that on a Zimmer frame. But I do like my four poster bed even if I'm sleeping in a field: Sleep
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:12 pm

Very true about the acoustics. The main stage is wretched. But even the smaller ones are grim. The only really good sound I heard was in 2004 when Orbital played a gig in one of the tents. Now that was excellent. Mind you, it was also warm, indoors and late in the day - so after torrential downpours it was bliss, very bliss to be there... Smile

I know what you mean about a comfortable bed. It's why I still like small gigs in Whelans or whereever (although talking about acoustics the Ambassador has generally rubbish acoustics). At least home isn't that far away at the end of an evening. I think that's age in my case Sad
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:43 pm

WorldbyStorm wrote:
Very true about the acoustics. The main stage is wretched. But even the smaller ones are grim. The only really good sound I heard was in 2004 when Orbital played a gig in one of the tents. Now that was excellent. Mind you, it was also warm, indoors and late in the day - so after torrential downpours it was bliss, very bliss to be there... Smile

I know what you mean about a comfortable bed. It's why I still like small gigs in Whelans or whereever (although talking about acoustics the Ambassador has generally rubbish acoustics). At least home isn't that far away at the end of an evening. I think that's age in my case Sad

Me too. I like Vicer Street too. Whelan is a bit cramped.
The Olympia is grand but the seats were made for small aliens from Neptune. Once I went to see The Proclaimers in there and the seats were missing; standing(dancing) only. I thought it was cool.

I shall keep you old fogeys informed about the LoveBox tomorrow. I going in with the lovely C and my lads and should be a bit of craic.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:18 am

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The Olympia is grand but the seats were made for small aliens from Neptune.

Even small people hate the Olympia - I went for the whole of the Synge cycle a couple of years ago - nine hours of drama or something close to it. Even I almost had to be unfolded afterwards and I am considerably challenged in the leg department. Husband, who is a long-legged honey-monster won't go to the Abbey or Olympia unless I can get an aisle seat. I like Whelans, but the last time I was in Vicar Street (at some comedian, can't remember who), I felt like I was at a school concert or Leaving Cert Shakespeare *shudder*. I don't like it otherwise either; parking's shit and there's nowhere to eat nearby.

I loved the big top that Tom Waits played in - the Rat Cellar in the Phoenix Park. That was cool...
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:56 am

It's funny Kate P. I'm tallish and I've always noticed that whereever I stand at a gig there's always someone taller just in front. What's most unfair is for anyone smaller a gig can simply be ruined by the mass of taller people around - they don't get to see the band etc, etc... Sloping floors can sort of ease that problem but only a bit. And what's really noticeable is that no-one really seems to care about it. I know what you mean about Vicar Street, it always reminds me of an RTÉ TV studio circa 1973, something about the panels around the balcony area. It's sort of weird.

But gigs are uncomfortable full stop. No wonder they serve beer. They have to.

Anyone watch Reading last night on television?
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:39 pm

No - watched "In Bruges" instead. Now, there's a film.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:37 pm

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It's funny Kate P. I'm tallish and I've always noticed that whereever I stand at a gig there's always someone taller just in front. What's most unfair is for anyone smaller a gig can simply be ruined by the mass of taller people around - they don't get to see the band etc, etc... Sloping floors can sort of ease that problem but only a bit. And what's really noticeable is that no-one really seems to care about it.

At outdoor gigs, having screens makes a huge difference. The worst I was at was Bruce Springsteen where they only turned the screens on intermittently (why???) and so I didn't see a lot. That's the only one where lack of height did bother me. I've never had a gig or event ruined by squirtiness. Normally I can position myself somewhere that I get a decent view and I don't expect venue owners to legislate for that.

Uncomfortable seating, however, is a crime, and nobody does it better than the Olympia (though I have to admit sleeping through a large part of Macbeth there a number of years ago while surrounded by students...)
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:29 pm

I never thought about that either Kate P, but yeah, screens are handy. I've been at some gigs though where it was ridiculous. Page and Plant in the Point in the 1990s was near impossible. Where to look? The dots on the stage or the massive close ups of Jimmy Page's hands on the guitar.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:43 pm

Who is playing Marley this evening? I can hear it very clearly.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:58 pm

Where?
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PostSubject: Re: I'm getting too damn old for this....   Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:30 am

johnfás wrote:
Who is playing Marley this evening? I can hear it very clearly.

I just got back from it. Was pretty good even for an old fogey like me.
My lads were well impressed. I got them on the guest list and I got them VIP backstage passes.
Here is a link to the details.
http://www.lovebox.net/dublin/

Only downer was that the Gorillaz Sound system had to cancel because the tent was shaking due to wind during Arveene's gig.
We were all pegged out after he finished and they closed that tent down.

Main stage was cool. NERD were on but we left about halfway thre. they were pretty good.

highlight of the day?

Kid Creole and the Coconuts. I was 17 all over again.... Laughing
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