2005 in Irish music
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This is an, as yet, incomplete summary of the year 2005 in the Irish music industry.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Bands formed
- 3 Bands disbanded
- 4 Bands reformed
- 5 Albums & EPs
- 6 Singles
- 7 Festivals
- 8 Music awards
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- On February 8, The Killers were confirmed for Oxegen 2005.
- On February 10, Keane were confirmed for Oxegen 2005.
- At the 2005 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 13, U2's critically acclaimed international hit single "Vertigo" won three awards: "Best Rock Song", "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and "Best Short Form Music Video".
- On February 14, The Frames were confirmed for Oxegen 2005.
- On March 3, Green Day were confirmed as Saturday night headliners of Oxegen 2005.
- On March 4 tickets for Oxegen 2005 went on sale as an appearance by Queens of the Stone Age was officially confirmed for the festival.
- On June 11, Neil Diamond played a sold out show at Lansdowne Road.
- On June 22, Coldplay played to a crowd of 20,000 at Marlay Park in Dublin. They were supported by Morning Runner and Interpol.
- 2005 saw U2 bringing their Vertigo Tour to Croke Park in Dublin for three dates in the summer, (June 24, 25 and 27) following the release of the band's long-awaited eleventh studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb the previous year. U2 broke Irish box office marks with ticket sales for these Croke Park concerts, after more than 240,000 tickets were sold in record time.
- July marked the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, an event which Bob Geldof had played a significant role in organising. In an attempt to highlight the growing need to cancel Third World debt, Geldof, Bono, Elton John and many others in the music industry campaigned for justice in the build-up to the G8 Conference and Summit in Scotland, leading to the organisation of Live 8 on July 2. The event, which was only announced by Geldof on May 30, was on a much larger scale than Live Aid, with 10 simultaneous concerts in 9 different countries broadcast live around the world. However, unlike its predecessor, its main aim was to highlight inequalities as opposed to raising money. U2 opened the Hyde Park concert with their rendition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band alongside Paul McCartney. Snow Patrol performed later. 
- Oasis played a sold-out show in Marlay Park, Dublin on Saturday July 16 or Sunday July 17.
- Bud Rising came to Ireland for the first time in August 2005. The Chemical Brothers and Sonic Youth, supported by Mainline, played Marlay Park on August 19, whilst Basement Jaxx, Underworld and Mylo played the same venue the following day. Pixies and Kings of Leon played Lansdowne Road on August 23 whilst Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and Maroon 5 played the same venue the following day.
- Arcade Fire were the surprise act at the newly expanded two-day Electric Picnic.
- Ham Sandwich
- The Kinetiks (Late 2005)
- Red Organ Serpent Sound
- The Spikes
- Super Extra Bonus Party
Albums & EPs
- Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2005.
- New Dawn Breaking - The Walls (June 2005)
- Check In - The Chalets (September 2, 2005)
- Leave It On - Delorentos (October 2005) - EP 
- Triega - Triega (March 11, 2005) - (EP)
- Turn LP - Turn (September 23, 2005) - (EP)
- Flock - Bell X1 (October 14, 2005) 
- The World Should Know - Dave Couse/Couse and the Impossible (October 31, 2005)
- The Roads Don't Love You - Gemma Hayes (October 31, 2005)
- Rubicon - The Duggans & Friends
- Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2005.
|Issue date||Song title||Artist||Source||Sales||Notes|
|28 January||"Sideways Down"||The Frames|
|7 February||"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"||U2|
|6 June||"City of Blinding Lights"||U2|
|17 June||"Unplayed Piano"||Damien Rice feat. Lisa Hannigan|||
|__ June||"She's Gone"||JJ72|
|__ August||"Coming Home"||JJ72|
|30 September||"Bigger Than Me"||Bell X1|
|11 October||"All Because of You"||U2|
|24 October||"Freewheel"||Duke Special|
|__ November||"Original of the Species"||U2|
|7 November||"Fix The Cracks"||Humanzi|
- "Happy Sad" - Gemma Hayes (??? 2005)
- "All Is Violent, All Is Bright" - God Is an Astronaut (??? 2005)
- "Feel the Machine" - The Chalets (??? 2005)
- "No Style" - The Chalets (??? 2005)
- "The Irish Keep Gate-crashing" - The Thrills (??? 2005)
- Oxegen 2005 took place at Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10. It was headlined by Green Day, Foo Fighters, New Order, James Brown, The Prodigy, Queens of the Stone Age and The Frames.
Electric Picnic 2006
- Electric Picnic 2005 took place in Stradbally Estate, County Laois. It was headlined by Kraftwerk, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Human League, Röyksopp, Mercury Rev, Fatboy Slim and Arcade Fire.
Heineken Green Energy
- Bud Rising Summer Shows took place in Ireland for the first time in 2005. The gigs took place over four days in two different venues; Marlay Park and Lansdowne Road. Chemical Brothers played Marlay Park on August 19, whilst Basement Jaxx, Underworld and Mylo played the same venue the following day. Pixies and Kings of Leon played Lansdowne Road on August 23 whilst Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and Maroon 5 played the same venue the following day.
Live at the Marquee
- Live at the Marquee 2005 took place in the Cork Showgrounds between June 30 and July 17. Headlining acts included Brian Wilson, Aslan, Diana Ross, Al Green, Nick Cave, Tommy Tiernan, Damien Dempsey and Christy Moore.
- Slane 2005 was cancelled following the failure of headline act Eminem to co-operate with the organisers. His support act was due to have been 50 Cent.
2005 Meteor Awards
|Best Irish Male||Paddy Casey|
|Best Irish Female||Juliet Turner|
|Best Irish Band||Snow Patrol|
|Best Irish Album||Final Straw (Snow Patrol)|
|Best New Irish Act||The Chalets|
|Best Irish Pop Act||Westlife|
|Best Live Performance||The Killers (Oxegen 2004???)|
|Best Irish DJ||Ray D'Arcy|
|Hope for 2005||Angel of Mons|
|Best International Male||Morrissey|
|Best International Female||PJ Harvey|
|Best International Band||Franz Ferdinand|
|Best International Album||?|
|Industry Award||John Hughes|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Aslan|
|Humanitarian Award||Adi Roche|
Choice Music Prize
The Choice Music Prize did not exist this year.
- "Ian Brown joins line-up for OXEGEN". RTÉ. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "Killers are added to OXEGEN's bill". RTÉ. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "Keane join line-up for OXEGEN 2005". RTÉ. 2005-02-10. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "The Frames added to OXEGEN line-up". RTÉ. 2005-02-14. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "Green Day confirmed for festival". BreakingNews.ie. 2005-03-03. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
- "Tickets for Oxegen on sale today". BreakingNews.ie. 2005-03-04. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
- "Oasis will play Dublin in December". RTÉ. 2005-07-18. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- "Meteor Ireland Music Awards Past Winners" Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Meteor. Accessed 1 February 2009.