2005 in Irish music

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This is an, as yet, incomplete summary of the year 2005 in the Irish music industry.







  • 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. [9]
  • Oasis played a sold-out show in Marlay Park, Dublin on Saturday July 16 or Sunday July 17.[10]


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 2005.


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 [12]
__ 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

Date unknown


Oxegen 2005[edit]

Electric Picnic 2006[edit]

Heineken Green Energy[edit]

Bud Rising[edit]

Live at the Marquee[edit]

Slane 2006[edit]

  • 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.

Music awards[edit]

2005 Meteor Awards[edit]

The 2005 Meteor Awards were held on ???, 2005. Below are the winners:[16]

Award Winner(s)
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 Folk/Traditional Planxty
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[edit]

The Choice Music Prize did not exist this year.


  1. ^ "Ian Brown joins line-up for OXEGEN". RTÉ. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  2. ^ "Killers are added to OXEGEN's bill". RTÉ. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Keane join line-up for OXEGEN 2005". RTÉ. 2005-02-10. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  4. ^ "The Frames added to OXEGEN line-up". RTÉ. 2005-02-14. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  5. ^ "Green Day confirmed for festival". BreakingNews.ie. 2005-03-03. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Tickets for Oxegen on sale today". BreakingNews.ie. 2005-03-04. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
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  10. ^ "Oasis will play Dublin in December". RTÉ. 2005-07-18. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
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  16. ^ "Meteor Ireland Music Awards Past Winners" Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Meteor. Accessed 1 February 2009.

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