Trust Me, I’m A Thief

24 09 2009

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Beautiful Unit, the latest venture from the Trust Me I’m A Thief record label (Jape, Redneck Manifesto, Si Schroder, Warlords of Pez), are set to embark upon a tour with a difference this October as they utilise a spate of unconventional sites around the country. Playing in everything from the back of a van in a carpark to a disused ESB sub station, the band explain that ‘the idea is to break down the barrier between performer and spectator …we’re getting rid of the stage’.

Beautiful Unit’s music  uses repetitive grooves and 8 bit sampling to explore their music’s possibilities and test the  limits of sonic manipulation. The project, entitled ‘New Sounds, Differnt Spaces’, will be complemented by visuals courtesy of Hector Castelles and the Dublin leg of the tour will be brought to us in conjunction with the fantastic Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF).

Tour Dates

10th October: Cork city

in conjunction with Triskel Arts Centre in a disused ESB Sub Station at 4pm. ADM FREE


11th October: Clonakilty

De Barras. 8pm ADM FREE


16th October: Sligo

in Conjunction with The Niland and Model Arts in a disused shop front yet to be announced. 8pm ADM FREE


22ND-25TH October: Temple Bar, Dublin 2

in conjunction with Dublin Electronic Arts Festival from a van in Temple Bar.

Time and place to be announced on Twitter 24 hours in advance. ADM FREE


30th October: Dundrum, Dublin 16

in the Hay Barn at Airfield House. 8pm ADM €8/€12


1st November: Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

The carpark of Eddie Murphys pub from the back of the van. 6pm ADM FREE

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Something for the Weekend

22 10 2008

The long weekend is fast approaching and you may find yourself short of ideas for things to make and do. If you want to do the former, whip up a batch of toffee apples for distribution next weekend in order to prevent your gaff from being toilet papered/having dog shit posted through your letterbox (depending on which side of the Liffey you lay your head). If you’re more into the idea of finding something worthwhile to do, consider the following:

Why not start the long weekend early by getting your mitts on tickets to see Vampire Weekend at the Ambassador tomorrow night and relive the summer with their irritatingly catchy but lyrically sublime selection of clever tunes. If you still have some fight left in you after this, drop into Fibber Magees across the road for a late drink. There’s a great Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band on at 11pm that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in action before and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF Ireland) also kicks off tomorrow night encompassing everything from visual art to theatre to film to music. Hightlights over the weekend include SweeTalk in the Sugar Club (Thursday @ 7.30), where €5 will get you an insightful look into the worlds of Dublin’s most infamous street artist, Maser, and hip-hop legend Steinski. On Friday, lo-fi kings M83 supported by Dublin band, Channel One play Vicar Street. Saturday sees a Norwegian invasion at Whelans with the arrival of In The Country and Susanna of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. After this, get down to Andrews Lane Theatre to dance your socks off to tunes spun by Johnny Moy and Arveene. The closing party on the bank holiday Sunday is a 3 venue extravaganza incorporating Whelans, Upstairs at Whelans and The Village, with €35 gaining you access all areas and with performances from Laurent Garnier, Fuck Buttons, Chequerboard and Model 500 to name but a few, you’d be mad to miss it.

On Saturday night The Sugar Club plays host to the fantastic Erin McKeown, whose last visit to Ireland a few years ago saw her play to a sellout crowd at The Village. Her razor-sharp, tongue-in-cheek lyrics set to folksy country music is both infectiously catchy and clever at once. Check out the clip below for a sampler.

Happy Bank Holiday!