2007 in Irish music

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This is a summary of the year 2007 in the Irish music industry. 2007 was described as "an annus horribilis for Irish music" by the Irish Independent's rock critic, Eamon Sweeney.[1]

Summary[edit]

January[edit]

  • Changes to the Irish chart rules, which allow for downloads to be taken into account in formulating the music charts came into force at the beginning of January. This sparked an unpredictable trend in old songs returning to the charts (for example "Bohemian Rhapsody" which returned to the charts for a week in February). Radio DJs (including Today FM's Ray Foley[2]) were able to use their influence by requesting that the public download specific songs allowing them to return to the charts.
  • On Tuesday 2 January, while being interviewed by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio One, Bono spoke of his desire to reinvent U2's sound for their next album due to be released at the end of the year.[3]
  • Hot Press announced their "Out A Tout campaign", following revelations that a number of touts selling on tickets for an Arcade Fire gig in Dublin's Olympia Theatre at inflated prices. Tickets for the gig sold out inside ten minutes but 24 hours later turned up on eBay for €250 (increasing to €350 48 hours later). Concert promoter MCD urged the Government to act on closing down online touts and pointed an accusing finger at "media outlets who carry advertisements on behalf of ticket touts." Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions proffered: "…these professional American-style ‘brokers’ could be shut down overnight. The same goes for the guys you see selling tickets outside venues, ours included."[4]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • Tickets for Oxegen 2007 went on general sale on 3 March at 8 a.m. and sold out within an hour and a half.
  • March also saw the announcement of another Marlay Park gig for the summer. Foo Fighters played Marlay Park on Wednesday 22 August as part of the Bud Rising concert series.[12]
  • On 22 March, The Rolling Stones confirmed they would be headlining Slane 2007 on 18 August. Tickets went on sale on Friday 30 March.[13]
  • Tickets for The Garden Party went on sale on Saturday 24 March at 9 a.m.[14] The festival took place at Ballinlough Castle in Athboy, County Meath on Saturday 9 June and was headlined by Pet Shop Boys.
  • On Thursday 29 March, Bono was presented with an honorary knighthood by the British ambassador to Ireland in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.[15]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • On 10 December Glen Hansard received two Grammy nominations. He and Marketa Irglova, his co-star in Once were nominated for "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album" and "Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media" for the track "Falling Slowly" from Once.[80]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2007.

January - April

May - August

September - December

Singles[edit]

Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2007.
Issue date Song title Artist Source Sales
1 January "Window in the Skies" U2
5 January "Leave It to Me" Director
29 January "Freewheel" Duke Special
5 February "Rootless Tree" Damien Rice
9 February "Fantasy" The Blizzards
12 February "Open Your Eyes" Snow Patrol
February "I'm Revived" Royseven
16 February "Click... Click... BOOM!" Ham Sandwich
16 February "Rubicon" The Kybosh
16 February "Place Your Bets" Messiah J & The Expert
23 February "Basis of Everything" Delorentos
30 March "Guess Again" Future Kings of Spain
16 April "You Can't Have It All" Ash
April "Eustace Street" Delorentos
7 May "Signal Fire" Snow Patrol
11 May "Be with You" Director
18 May "Sixteen" The Flaws
18 May "One of Two Ways" The Radio
May "All the Other Girls" Messiah J & The Expert
25 May "Pyramid Clocks" Vesta Varro
June "Love Like Nicotine" Dark Room Notes
15 June "Polaris" Ash
15 June "On the Right Track" The Blizzards
15 June "Good One" Fred [109]
15 June "Fear the Hitcher" David Geraghty
22 June "God Bless the Devil" Hybrasil
13 July "Nothing Changes Round Here" The Thrills
20 July "All I Want for You is to be Happy" The Aftermath [43]
20 July "Here Comes the Sun" Aslan
20 July "Stop" Delorentos [110][111][112]
27 July "Kick in the Teeth" Future Kings of Spain [98]
3 August "Big Bad Beautiful World" Declan O'Rourke [97]
10 August "Dogs" Damien Rice [113] (download only)

End of year releases

Date unknown

Festivals[edit]

Oxegen 07[edit]

Electric Picnic 2007[edit]

Heineken Green Energy[edit]

Garden Party 2007[edit]

Indie-pendence 07[edit]

Castlepalooza 07[edit]

Bud Rising[edit]

  • Bud Rising Spring and Bud Rising Summer took place in 2007.

Bud Rising Spring took place from Sunday 1 April until Thursday 31 May. Gigs as ever took place in various venues throughout Dublin, including Dublin Castle, The Olympia and the Temple Bar Music Centre.[123] Among the performances were Maxïmo Park at the Temple Bar Music Centre on Monday 21 May.

Bud Rising Summer saw two outdoor concerts take place in Marlay Park. Foo Fighters played Marlay Park on Wednesday 22 August, supported by Nine Inch Nails and Silversun Pickups.[12] Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis played Marlay Park on Sunday 26 August.[53] They were supported by Ash, The Blizzards and Royseven.[54]

Live at the Marquee[edit]

Slane 2007[edit]

Hard Working Class Heroes 2007[edit]

Music awards[edit]

2007 Meteor Awards[edit]

The 2007 Meteor Awards were hosted by television personalities Podge and Rodge and comedian Deirdre O'Kane on 1 February 2007. Below are the winners:[127]

Award Winner(s)
Best Irish Male Damien Dempsey
Best Irish Female Luan Parle
Best Irish Band Snow Patrol
Best Irish Album Eyes Open (Snow Patrol)
Best Irish Single "Reconnect" (Director)
Best Irish Pop Act Westlife
Best Live Performance Snow Patrol (Dublin Castle 2006)
Best Irish DJ Ray D'Arcy
Hope for 2007 Royseven
Most Downloaded Irish Song "Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol)
Best International Band Scissor Sisters
Best International Album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Arctic Monkeys)
Outstanding Contribution to Music Larry Gogan
Lifetime Achievement Award Clannad

Choice Music Prize[edit]

The Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2006 was awarded at Vicar Street to The Divine Comedy for the album Victory for the Comic Muse on 28 February 2007.[11]

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