2006 in Irish music

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This is a summary of the year 2006 in the Irish music industry.

Summary[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • American singer-songwriter, Josh Ritter, popular with Irish audiences, collapsed whilst performing on stage at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny on March 7.[4] Fears that he would be unable to complete his Irish tour proved unfounded and Ritter returned to finish his Letterkenny show on September 4, playing a second gig there the following night.[5] Later (Thursday September 6, 2007), whilst appearing on Rick O'Shea's show on 2fm, he commented: "If there's one thing I've learned it's to not eat Chinese food in Letterkenny."

May[edit]

  • On May 1, Snow Patrol's internationally anticipated fourth album Eyes Open was released. It spawned a number of hits including "Chasing Cars", which gained significant popularity in the United States after being featured on the popular medical drama Grey's Anatomy.[6]
  • On Friday May 26, it was confirmed by Slane Castle and music promoters MCD that no concert would take place at the venue this year as a suitable act could not be found. It was the first time since the mid-1990s that it has not taken place in consecutive years, with Eminem having pulled out in 2005. Lord Henry Mountcharles had targeted American rock group Green Day as his preferred headline act, but the Californian band were not touring in 2006. He had this to say: "There was no big band that could do it. The acts are not available." [7]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • Oxegen 2006 got under way on the weekend of Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9 and, despite the dreadful weather on the Saturday, was memorable for hosting The Who's first Irish performance in 35 years, the Irish debut of Arctic Monkeys and James Brown's final Irish festival performance whilst alive. For the first time ever, the Sunday night headlining performance of Red Hot Chili Peppers was streamed live on the internet.[9][10]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • On Saturday December 9, U2 played the final date of their Vertigo Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the show, U2 manager Paul McGuinness announced that the band were planning to release their new album by late 2007.[20][21]
  • On Thursday December 21, Bell X1 announced that they would be playing Malahide Castle in Dublin on Saturday June 30, 2007, and then Live at the Marquee in Cork on Sunday July 1, 2007.
  • On Saturday 23 December, news broke that Bono was to receive an honorary British knighthood from Elizabeth II for his humanitarian work and contribution to music. He was eventually presented with the award by the British ambassador to Ireland on Thursday 29 March 2007.[22]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

A total of 180 Irish albums were released in 2006.

Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2006.

Release date unknown

Singles[edit]

Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2006.
Issue date Song title Artist Source Sales Notes
13 February "Long Time Coming" Humanzi
__ February "Deeper Than Deep" Boss Volenti
20 February "St. Christopher" Ham Sandwich [29]
13 March "Flame" Bell X1
"Trouble" The Blizzards
24 April "Reconnect" Director
24 April "You're All I Have" Snow Patrol
May "The Rules" Delorentos
June "Ain't No Use" Boss Volenti
"One is Fun" The Aftermath
12 June "Diva Lady" The Divine Comedy
17 July "Diet Pills & Magazines" Humanzi
24 July "Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol
7 August "Portrait" Duke Special
14 August "To Die a Virgin" The Divine Comedy
"Say No More" David Kitt
18 August "Miss Fantasia Preaches" The Blizzards
28 August "Rocky Took a Lover" Bell X1 [30]
1 September "Falling Slowly/No More I Love Yous" The Frames
September "Older" Royseven
29 September "Come With a Friend" Director
13 October "War of Words" The Blizzards
16 October "Last Night I Nearly Died (But I Woke Up Just in Time)" Duke Special
27 October "Out On a Wire" Humanzi
27 October "The People" Travega
November "Words" Ham Sandwich
6 November "The Saints Are Coming" U2 (with Green Day)
13 November "Set the Fire to the Third Bar" Snow Patrol
27 November "9 Crimes" Damien Rice feat. Lisa Hannigan
8 December "Tinsel and Marzipan" Pugwash and Friends

Release date unknown

Festivals[edit]

Oxegen 2006[edit]

Electric Picnic 2006[edit]

Hi:Fi Ireland[edit]

Heineken Green Energy[edit]

The 11th Heineken Green Energy Festival at Dublin Castle was headlined by Snow Patrol who played on April 29.[31] Richard Hawley also played that day. The 2006 event also saw Ian Brown and Republic of Loose on April 30 whilst Kaiser Chiefs and Graham Coxon finished off the festival on May 1.[32] With many other acts playing around the city during the weekend as part of the "gig trail/fringe" (i.e. the other music venues around the city), Dublin once again became an international music centre for the duration of the festival.[33]

Garden Party 2006[edit]

Indie-pendence 06[edit]

Bud Rising[edit]

Bud Rising Spring, Bud Rising Summer and Bud Rising Winter took place in 2006 and as ever both were spread across a vast variety of venues.

Download Festival[edit]

Live at the Marquee[edit]

Slane 2006[edit]

  • Slane 2006 was cancelled after a failure to find a suitable headline act. It was the first time since the mid-1990s that it has not taken place in consecutive years, with Eminem having pulled out in 2005. Lord Henry Mountcharles had targeted American rock group Green Day as his preferred headline act, but the Californian band were not touring in 2006. Lord Henry had this to say: "There was no big band that could do it. The acts are not available." [7]

Music awards[edit]

2006 Meteor Awards[edit]

The 2006 Meteor Awards were held on February 2, 2006. Below are the winners:[37]

Award Winner(s)
Best Irish Male Damien Dempsey
Best Irish Female Gemma Hayes
Best Irish Band U2
Best Irish Album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (U2)
Best New Irish Act Humanzi
Best Irish Pop Act Westlife
Best Live Performance U2 (Croke Park 2005)
Best Irish DJ Ray D'Arcy
Hope for 2006 Laura Izibor
Best Folk/Traditional John Spillane
Best International Male Kanye West
Best International Female Gwen Stefani
Best International Band Kaiser Chiefs
Best International Album Employment (Kaiser Chiefs)
Industry Award Bill Whelan
Lifetime Achievement Award The Pogues
Humanitarian Award Father Peter McVerry

Choice Music Prize[edit]

The Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2005 was awarded at Vicar Street to Julie Feeney for her album 13 Songs on February 28, 2006.

References[edit]

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  28. ^ "Messiah J & The Expert - Now This I Have To Hear". RTÉ News. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
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  30. ^ "Bell X1 announce winter Irish tour". RTÉ News. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
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