The Music Show (Ireland)
|The Music Show|
|Dates||First weekend in October|
|Location(s)||RDS, Dublin, Ireland|
The Music Show was an annual event which took place in the RDS, Dublin on the first weekend of October each year. The event combined live performances, music workshops and talks given by professionals within the music industry. It had several high-profile sponsors, including Hot Press, RTÉ 2fm, the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent. RTÉ 2fm provided live radio coverage of the event.
The 2009 event was the largest music event ever staged in Ireland.
The 2008 event took place on 4–5 October. There were performances throughout the weekend from The Blizzards, The Coronas, Cathy Davey, Damien Dempsey, Ham Sandwich, Dispatches, Declan O'Rourke, Fionn Regan and Republic of Loose. The Coronas were "mobbed by crowds of fans" according to Colin Bartley in the Irish Independent, and had to be assisted in leaving the event. Mike Terrana performed solo on the drums. An award for Live Music Venue of the Year was presented to Vicar Street, believed by Hot Press readers to be most deserving, whilst Cork's Cypress Avenue and Mullingar's The Stables were also given consolation prizes. A panel discussion on the topic "Songs Should Have Some Bloody Meaning!" featured contributions from Sharon Corr, Ronan Hardiman, Dave Odlum and Mick Pyro, with hundreds of people being refused entry such was its popularity. Other attendees included Julie Feeney and Neil Jordan.
The 2009 event took place on 3–4 October. It was launched on 26 August by The Script in Westin Hotel, Dublin. Irish Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen commented "the popularity of all kinds of music produced in this country also has a very positive impact in promoting Ireland as a tourist location and enhancing further the reputation of our country's creative endeavours", saying "The Music Show provides a contemporary showcase to display all that is great about music in Ireland".
The 2009 event featured the global premiere of some new musical equipment, such as the iPad touchscreen and the MA amplifier. Some guitars owned by Rory Gallagher were on show throughout the weekend. Performers included The Blizzards, The Chapters, The Coronas, Delorentos, Director, David Kitt, Imelda May, Republic of Loose and Villagers. Interviewees included Glen Hansard and Christy Moore. Other professionals to attend include Nick Angel, David Arnold, Jim Kerr, MayKay, Nick Seymour, Jim Sheridan and Liberty Global Vice-President Shane O'Neill. Camille O'Sullivan criticised television talent shows, saying those who participate are "being treated like guinea pigs" and that "somebody wins and has a hit and everybody gets bored with them after two months". Theo Dorgan criticised An Bord Snip on their "fucking arrogance", saying that "a 12-year-old retarded child on speed wouldn't come up with this nonsense".
- Live Stage
|3 October||4 October|
|The Blizzards||Imelda May|
|Republic of Loose||The Coronas|
|The Brilliant Things||TBD|
|Vengeance and the Panther Queen|
The 2010 event took place on 2–3 October. It featured, among other things, the premiere of the music promo for Killing Bono, a discussion on the state of broadcasting, and Andy Gill talk on music and technology, songwriting tips from Brian Kennedy and Andy Cairns of Therapy?, a debate between the music industry and the government, calls for an improvement in funding, and a discussion on "The Crisis In Music".
- IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards — first awarded here in 2008
- "Music Show to Host Rory Gallagher Guitar Collection". Hot Press. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "MAJOR NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR THE MUSIC SHOW". Hot Press. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- Liam Collins (27 September 2009). "Doors open on music industry". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- "Huge crowds at day one of The Music Show". Hot Press. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
On the live stage, The Blizzards kick-started the day with a thrilling set, and they were followed by Declan O'Rourke, Cathy Davey, Ham Sandwich and Fionn Regan. In the middle of all that Rage drummer Mike Terrana gave an astonishing virtuoso performance, to a full house... The winners of the Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year were announced with Vicar Street winning the overall award, as voted by the readers of Hot Press. Special awards were given to Cypress Avenue in Cork and The Stables in Mullingar, who also polled exceptionally well... Among the highlights will be an appearance by Sharon Corr, on a panel with Mick Pyro of Republic of Loose, Ronan Hardiman and producer Dave Odlum, entitled "Songs Should Have Some Bloody Meaning!" On the live stage, highlights include The Coronas, Republic of Loose and Damien Dempsey...
- Colin Bartley (6 October 2008). "Music to their ears". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "The Script launch The Music Show". Hot Press. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "World premieres confirmed for The Music Show". Hot Press. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "Gigs, Gallagher, Glen, etc". The Irish Times. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- Jim Carroll (2 October 2009). "Everything's just swell". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 October 2009.
- "Nick Angel for The Music Show". Hot Press. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "David Arnold to appear at the Music Show". Hot Press. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "Liberty Global Vice President for The Music Show". Hot Press. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "Singer Scared by X-Factor". Hot Press. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
- "Poet blasts McCarthy report "fucking arrogance" on arts". Hot Press. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
- "MayKay to appear at Music Show 'After Dark' showcase tonight!". Hot Press. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- "Music Promo for Killing Bono premiered at The Music Show". Hot Press. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- "The state of broadcasting discussed at the Music Show". Hot Press. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- "Andy Gill talks music and technology at The Music Show". Hot Press. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
- "Songwriting tips from Brian Kennedy and Therapy?'s Andy Cairns". Hot Press. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
- "Music industry squares up to the Government at The Music Show". Hot Press. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
- Mangan, Stephen and McGreevy, Ronan (4 October 2010). "Musicians criticise Government on downloads". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- "Sharon Corr denounces government inaction on file-sharing". Hot Press. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- "Calls for Improved Funding at The Music Show Education Panel". Hot Press. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
- "The Crisis In Music discussed at The Music Show". Hot Press. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.