2010 in Irish music

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This is a summary of the year 2010 in the Irish music industry.

Summary[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[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 2010.
Issue date Album title Artist Source Sales Notes
Early 2010 Mother Courage and Her Children Duke Special [139]
30 January Sounds of System Breakdown[citation needed] Sounds of System Breakdown [140] Launched on Saturday, 30 January 2010 in The Village on Wexford Street, Dublin.
4 February Caterpillar Sarabande Vyvienne Long [141]
13 February Strobelight and Torture Paranoid Visions [142] In memory of the victims of the 1981 Stardust fire, available as a three-track 7" and six-track CD.
19 February The Post War Musical Pilotlight [143] Produced by Dave Odlum after recording in France.
26 February Kingdom of Ghosts Humanzi [144] Recorded in Berlin.
__ March Desecrations The Holy Roman Army [145] Five-track covers EP.
__ March Artificial Horizon U2 [146] Remix album available to subscribers of U2.com.
8 March Brother Boyzone [147] Fourth studio album, first since the death of Stephen Gately
5 March Dinosaur John Shelly & The Creatures [148] Debut studio album
5 March Works for Solo Flute William Dowdall [149] Debut solo album from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performer. Officially launched at the Royal Irish Academy of Music at 18:00 on this date, available from Tower Records, iTunes, Amazon.com.
12 March Before We Say Goodbye Donnacha Costello [150] Recorded entirely with analogue equipment, released through Poker Flat.
12 March Stop Screaming Start Dreaming The Dirty 9s [151] Recorded in Nutshed Studio in Clara, County Offaly, produced by Greg Haver, released through Sci-Fi Girl Records, featuring the single "Corridors".
12 March Identity Parade Identity Parade [152] Debut album.
12 March Hooba Dooba Paul Brady 14th solo album, on PeeBee Music through Proper Records UK
26 March We Albatri Oliver Cole [153] Debut solo album.
26 March Forever in Disguise Daniel Jones [154] Self-released debut album
26 March Friendship The Redneck Manifesto [155] First album for six years, ten tracks, released on Dublin indie label, the Richter Collective and available on CD Digipak, gatefold vinyl and MP3 download.
1 April Lost Trails Butterfly Explosion [156][157] Debut album released to record stores on this date after previously being available on iTunes.
2 April Alonewalk Dave Couse [158] Third solo album. Released on Good Friday (2 April) to coincide with song on album (called "Good Friday", and featuring Cathal Coughlan). Available from 1969 Records, in stores, and on iTunes.
9 April Gentleman's Club The Dead Flags [159] Debut album, includes lead single "Let's Start a Fire Tonight".
Spring 2010 TBA Ham Sandwich [160]
Summer 2010 TBA[citation needed] The Saw Doctors 7th studio album, songs previewed at live shows include "Friday Town", "Goodbye Again", "Someone Loves You", "Indian Summer" and "Glorious Days of Summer".
Late Spring 2010 You Say, We Say Royseven [161]
__ April 2010 TBA Miracle Bell [162]
17 April 2010 ___ (EP) Nighthawks [163] Five-track EP released in aid of Oxfam Ireland and launched in the Parliament Street OXFAM shop on this date.
23 April The Dogs Are Parading David Holmes [164] 29-track, 2-disc hits and rarities compilation.
23 April Fable Roesy [165] Fourth album, mainly recorded in New York.
__ May From Stage to Stage Dervish [166] Live album and DVD released 21 years since the band started.
7 May The Nameless Cathy Davey [167]
14 May Becoming a Jackal Villagers [168] Debut album released on Domino Records and given a 7" release on 17 April and digital download on 26 April.
US release date: 8 June 2010.
21 May The Universe Is Laughing The Guggenheim Grotto [169] Available on the duo's website.
29 May A National Light The Rags [170] Debut album released by the band.
__ June Of the People Sean Millar [171]
7 June U2 360° at the Rose Bowl U2 [172] Concert film directed by Tom Krueger, available in standard and 2-disc deluxe DVD and Blu-ray formats.
11 June Be It Right Or Wrong R.S.A.G. [173] His second album.
Autumn 2010 TBA[174] Gemma Hayes
August 2010 This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank Adebisi Shank [175] The second album by the band.
August 2010 Sleepless Street Peter Doran [176] Second album by the Mullingar indie-folk songwriter.
August 2010 The Powerscourt Tapes (EP) Hamlet Sweeney [177] Debut EP.
20 August The Juliana Field Rob Smith [178]
17 September  ? Babybeef [179]
17 September I'd Rather Go Blonde Eleanor McEvoy [180] Her eighth studio album.
4 October Marcata The Minutes [181]
2010 Meant to be Machines Cowboy X [182]
27 August The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner Fight Like Apes [183][184]
10 September Science & Faith The Script [185]
__ October 2010 Urban Soundscapes Gerry Cott [186]
__ October 2010 Bounce at the Devil Republic of Loose [187][188]
5 November 2010 Collaborations Sharon Shannon [189]
3 December 2010 1989 The Best of Power of Dreams Power of Dreams [190]
2010 TBA Heritage Centre [185]
2010 Rise of the Reptile King Lluther [191] Film and album, from which from January until September a single was scheduled to be released on the 10th and 20th of each month.
2010 Stop the Lights The Walls [192]

Singles[edit]

Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2010.
Issue date Single title Artist Source Sales Notes
__ January "Far from Here" The Coronas [134][193]
4 January "Austin Cusack" The Hitchers [194] The band's first single release in almost a decade.
__ January "In the Dollhouse" Lluther [191] First in a series of single releases from the album and film Rise of the Reptile King to occur on the 10th and 20th of each month until September.
10 February "King of Nothing" Lluther [195]
__ February "Carnivore/Leave the Lights On" Sanskrit [196] Double A-side single taken from the album After the Wedding.
5 February "Comets" Super Extra Bonus Party [197] Also features Heathers.
25 February "When You Go" Identity Parade [152] Download only.
1 March "Gave It All Away" Boyzone [147] First single release since the death of Stephen Gately.
5 March "Black Room" The Chapters [198] Digital download release on 5 March.
6 March "Tonight Is the Night" Eugene Donegan [199] Released at the Spirit Store in Dundalk on 6 March; from Donegan's debut album Little Apples (2009).
8 March "I Put a Spell on You" Shane MacGowan/Victoria Mary Clarke [200] Video. Download only. Featuring Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Glen Matlock, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones and Johnny Depp. Proceeds going to Concern Worldwide's aid effort for the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Premiered on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on 24 February 2010.
26 March "Faces" Jester [201]
March/April "'Us and the U.S." Aoife Cleary [202] Debut solo single from The Blonde Majority's former singer.
April "Wonderful Way" Joe Echo [203]
17 April "Becoming a Jackal" Villagers [204] Digital download version scheduled for release on 26 April 2010.
23 April "The Parson" The Frank and Walters [205] The first in a series of four singles.
__ May "The Roamer" R.S.A.G. [173] First single taken from his second album, Be It Right Or Wrong.
7 May "Don’t Panic"/"Real Friends" Talulah Does The Hula [206] Double A-side limited-edition, hand numbered CD single.
14 May "The Naturist" Ham Sandwich [207] Second single released from forthcoming second album.
28 May "Destroy" The Japanese Popstars [208] First single taken from second album and first after joining EMI/Virgin Records.
28 May "Something to Prove" The Skin We're In [209][210] Debut single taken from eponymously titled EP and released independently on digital format.
4 June "Something's Got to Give/Suicide Bomber" El Hombre Jokes [211] Debut double A-Side single by the quartet.
18 June "Up All Night" We Should Be Dead [212]
23 July "Behind Closed Doors" Storyfold [213]
13 August "Wake Up" El Hombre Jokes [214]
20 August "Hoo Ha Henry" Fight Like Apes [215] Download single; the band's first from their second album.
23 August "Hospice" Shouting at Planes [216] Available on iTunes and downloadmusic.ie
22 October "Punchbag" Ladydoll [217]
22 October "Breathe In" We Should Be Dead [218]
12 November "Mazy Haze" Empire Saints [219]

Festivals[edit]

Oxegen 2010[edit]

Electric Picnic 2010[edit]

Indie-pendence '10[edit]

Castlepalooza '10[edit]

Live at the Marquee[edit]

Slane 2010[edit]

  • Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has spoken of his admiration for U2's shows at Slane and, in relation to his band performing there in 2010, has commented: "It's something that's being looked at".[221] However, this longstanding and recurring rumour was dismissed when the band opted to play Marlay Park instead.[87]

Music awards[edit]

2010 Meteor Awards[edit]

The 2010 Meteor Awards took place at the RDS in Dublin on 19 February 2010. Below are the winners:[222]

Award Winner(s)
Best Irish Male Christy Moore
Best Irish Female Wallis Bird
Best Irish Band Snow Patrol
Best Irish Album Tony Was an Ex-Con
Best Irish Pop Act Westlife
Best Irish Live Performance The Script
Best National DJ Ray Foley
Best Regional DJ Leigh Doyle
Most Promising New Artist of the Year Amasis
Best International Male Michael Bublé
Best International Female Lady Gaga
Best International Band Florence and the Machine
Best International Album Sunny Side Up
Best Live International Performance
Industry Award Lord Henry Mount Charles
Humanitarian Award Niall Mellon
Lifetime Achievement Award Brian Kennedy

Choice Music Prize[edit]

The Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2009 took place at Vicar Street on 3 March 2010.[45]

IMTV Awards[edit]

2010 marked the second year of the Irish Music Television Awards, recognising Irish video makers, directors and artists involved in producing music videos. The awards ceremony took place at The Academy in Dublin on 24 November 2010.[129]

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