What’s your best gig you’ve ever seen? That’s a question which stops most music fans in their tracks and sets off some great memories, fierce discussions and occasionally some rowdy disagreements.
It was also the starting point for a new book from Dublin’s punk rock and DIY scene activists Hope Collective. Editors Niall McGuirk and Michael Murphy asked a bunch of people to write about their favourite live shows and the returns were collated into a just published book entitled In Concert: Favourite Gigs of Ireland’s Music Community.
On Tuesday February 21, Niall, Michael and a number of those who’ve contributed to the book - plus some surprise guests - will join us at Banter to talk about the book, the notion of favourite gigs and read their selections as well. Audience contributions welcome too. Guests speaking include....
- Ellie & Louise McNamara (Heathers) on The Mountain Goats, Bloomington 2011
- Frances Roe (Jam Jar Jail) on Rocket from the Crypt, Dublin 2001,
- Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar Films and ex-TCD Ents Officer) on Sonic Youth/Nirvana and early Therapy?, 1991
- Elvera Butler (Reekus Records) on The Stranglers and The Who, 1970s
- Suzanne Rhatigan (singer and promoter) on Grace Jones at Electic Picnic, 2015
- Peter Jones (Paranoid Visions) on the Poison Girls at Sean McDermott Street, Dublin, 1983
- Ferdia Mac Anna (director, novelist, screenwriter & Rock Devalera) on Thin Lizzy, Dublin, 1971
- Peter Devlin (musician, producer and broadcaster) on The Specials/The Beat, Stardust, Dublin, 1981
- Mick Heaney (journalist and DJ) on The Cramps, Boston, 1986
Banter on In Concert will take place at Wigam (Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1) on Tuesday February 21. Doors open at 6pm and the event will kick off at 6.30pm.
Like the book, all proceeds will go to the Irish Red Cross’ Syria Appeal. More information on the book at