2008 in Irish music

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This is a summary of the year 2008 in the Irish music industry.

Summary[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • On Monday March 3, Editors, The Hoosiers, Lightspeed Champion, Róisín Murphy, Battles, Richard Hawley, Kate Nash, Scouting for Girls, The Zutons, Newton Faulkner, Pendulum and Bowling for Soup were announced for Oxegen 2008.[30]
  • On Wednesday March 5 at 8 a.m., tickets went on sale for Prince's performance at Croke Park on June 16, priced at €66.50.[31]
  • On Thursday March 6, the first issue of State appeared on Irish shelves.[32][33] By October it was being given away for free.[34]
  • Also on Thursday March 6, Oxegen 2008 was officially launched with official confirmation of appearances by Amy Winehouse, The Pogues, The Charlatans and The Swell Season, featuring Oscar winners Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. A breakdown of the acts was also revealed for the first time.[35] This was in preparation for Friday March 7, when tickets for the festival went on general sale at 8 a.m.
  • On Monday March 10 at 9 a.m., tickets for Neil Young's Malahide Castle show on Sunday June 29 and his performance at the Marquee in Cork on June 30, priced at €81.25 standing, went on sale.[36]
  • On Wednesday March 12 at 9 a.m., tickets for Lou Reed's performance at the Marquee in Cork on Monday June 23 went on sale, priced between €54.80 and €65.70.
  • On March 12, a new website offered free festival tickets in exchange for sperm donations.[37][38]
  • On Thursday March 13, there was uproar and bewilderment as it was revealed that R.E.M.'s new album Accelerate would be accepted as "Irish music" by the BCI. As the album was recorded in Grouse Lodge Studios in County Westmeath it qualifies as "Irish". BCI chief executive Michael O’Keeffe confirmed this was to be the case.[39] "It's supporting the Irish music industry," he said. Kylie Minogue, who recorded a number of tracks for her album Fever in Dublin's Windmill Lane Studios, including the title track and the hit single "Love at First Sight", would also be considered "Irish". Irish musicians openly condemned the position. Steve Wall was "speechless", but then contradicted himself by saying: "That's the first time I heard that." [40][41] "It sounds ridiculous. Shame on them", was the view of Concerto For Constantine bassist, Gavin Fox, calling it "just another excuse for stations not to get behind Irish music." Kíla's Colm Ó Snodaigh quoted Bob Dylan, who wrote that radio was "gutless and flabby", before exemplifying the Choice Music Prize, pointedly referring to how "we used to have Def Leppard and Lisa Stansfield living here as tax exiles, does that mean they’d count as Irish too?" and ranting about how R.E.M. "certainly don’t need the extra airplay." Julie Feeney called for "a bit of imagination and persistence from a DJ who's willing to take the jump and play Irish artists." [42] Louis Walsh called it "crazy", adding: "No wonder Irish record companies are signing nobody. It's because we can't get airplay in our own fucking country for our own home grown talent", before exemplifying the struggles of genuine Irish artists such as Ash and Bell X1 to gain radio airplay. He was critical of Irish stations constantly playing United States acts such as Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, making the point that Snow Patrol's success came largely out of their music appearing on a US TV show and emphasising the difficulties faced by potential future U2s.[43] Music directors at local radio stations Red FM (Cork) and Phantom 105.2 (Dublin) declared they would not include international artists who have recorded here as part of their required Irish music output.[44]
  • On Friday March 14, the Apple iPhone was launched in Ireland, available on the O2 network only.[45] Churchtown student Philip Cosgrave (21), was the first person in the country to purchase the phone.[46] The iPhone was made available in eight and 16GB models, but these were criticised for their price, retailing in Ireland for €399 and €499 respectively.[47]
  • Also on Friday March 14, tickets for Leonard Cohen's June 14 and 15 dates at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham went on sale, priced from €88.50 to €115. The shows were Cohen's first Irish dates in twenty years.[48] Tickets for a third date (June 13) went on sale on Wednesday March 26 at 9 a.m.
  • On Sunday March 16 at approximately 01:15,[49] well-known Dublin nightclub and popular music venue, The Village on Wexford Street caught fire. Over 800 people inside at the time were evacuated safely within seven minutes.[50] The fire affected mainly the front of the premises and the damage to the building was not extensive. The fire was blamed on an electrical fault.[51] Meanwhile, Bell X1's tour bus caught fire outside the hotel where they were staying in Medford, Massachusetts. Paul Noonan and David Geraghty were on board the vehicle at the time and raised the alarm after smelling smoke.[52] Fire fighters were called to the scene shortly after 3.30 a.m. and took 90 minutes to put out the blaze, which started in the bus’ ventilation/air-conditioning unit and caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage. On Saint Patrick's Day they appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman,[53] a move that led to their Chicago show selling out.[54]
  • On Wednesday March 26 at 6 p.m., the line-up for Electric Picnic 2008 was announced.[55]
  • On Thursday March 27, promoters MCD revealed to the Herald that The Killers would be playing Marlay Park in August, adding that tickets for the event would go on sale on April 4 at 8 a.m.[56]
  • On Friday March 28 at 9 p.m., tickets for Electric Picnic 2008 went on sale. Weekend tickets – there were no individual day ones – cost €240 including camping, with the various sites opening at 9 a.m. on Friday August 29. Camper van access cost €60.[57]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • Heineken Green Energy took place at Dublin Castle from Saturday May 3 until Monday May 5, marking the beginning of the festival season in Ireland. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds opened the 2008 event with a sold-out show on May 3,[65] supported by David Graney; Radio Soulwax and 2manydjs headlined on Sunday May 4, with Riton DJ Set and Das Pop; The Kooks headlined on Monday May 5,[66][67] supported by The Coronas. All support acts began at 6 p.m. with headliners taking to the stage at 9 p.m. Phantom FM transformed Thomas Reads on Parliament Street into the Heineken Green Energy Festival HQ for the weekend.[68] Win tickets
  • On Wednesday May 7, it was announced that all tickets for Oxegen 2008 had sold out,[69] as 40 new acts joined the bill.[70] These included Manic Street Preachers, The Kooks, The Stranglers, Feeder, Echo & the Bunnymen, Bell X1, Groove Armada, Vampire Weekend, The Ting Tings, Black Kids, MGMT, The Coronas, Concerto For Constantine and Delorentos.[71][72]
  • On Tuesday May 13, illness put paid to two gigs due to take place in Dublin that night. The Pigeon Detectives cancelled their Academy show after frontman Matt Bowman suffered a serious leg injury during the band's set at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Kent, after which he was brought to hospital where it was initially feared he might need emergency surgery. Their performance in Belfast's Mandela Hall on May 14 was also affected by the injury.[73] However, on Friday May 16, it was announced that they would be appearing at Oxegen alongside The National, The Go! Team, The Enemy, Tricky and One Night Only.[74][75] On June 3, The Pigeon Detectives announced rescheduled dates in Dublin's Academy on July 22 and Belfast's Mandela Hall on July 23.[76] Meanwhile, Canadian group, Black Mountain also cancelled their gig in the Button Factory on the same night due to an unspecified illness.[77] On May 14, Skinny Wolves Club gig was cancelled "due to a mess up with EX MODELS flights, leaving them stranded in London, unable to fly to Dublin for the gig." [78] On May 19, Animal Collective cancelled their Tripod show due to missing a ferry, "the third no show in a week" as dramatically (and inaccurately) described by Hot Press.[79] Arch-rivals State bit back with news that a new show, with support from Atlas Sound, had been put together on the same date at Whelan's, causing uproar amongst fans who had been let down by Hot Press and Phantom news bulletins.[80]
  • On Friday May 16, another 2fm reschedule was announced, with Dave Fanning returning to his midnight slot (where he started) on Sundays, a new slot for Jenny Huston's The Annex 7 p.m. on Sundays and the arrival of brand new dance programme, Electric Disco to be broadcast at 6 p.m. on Saturday evenings and presented by 2fm's newest DJ, Jenny Green.[81]
  • On Sunday May 18, Alison Curtis's 8 p.m. The Last Splash indie show on Today FM celebrated its fifth year on the air. Alison aired the best bits of interviews from New Order, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, The Killers, Gossip and many more, as well as sessions that have been recorded for the show over the past 5 years.[82][83] On June 13, it was announced that Curtis would be getting a new show, imaginatively titled The Show, airing from Mondays to Thursdays between 10 p.m. and midnight. The Show – a "music based pop culture" programme – will act as a complement to Tom Dunne's Pet Sounds before it.[84]
  • On Thursday May 22, Bruce Springsteen "rocked" the RDS Arena in Dublin in the first of three shows. He returned to rock the RDS again on Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25. His setlist included "Promised Land", "Radio Nowhere", "Prove It All Night", "The River", "Thunder Road", "Badlands", "Because the Night", "Born to Run" and about 20 other classics. Explaining why the missus wasn’t with him, Springsteen said: "Patti's at home. The cookies have been taken out of the oven. The Guinness is being poured. My favourite clothes are being sold on eBay. No, we’ve got three teenagers, one of whom is graduating." [85] Photos
  • Soundtrack '08 took place in Tripod and Crawdaddy from Sunday May 25 until Monday June 2. Spiritualized, Public Enemy and Tapes 'n Tapes all performed over the week-long festival, whilst The Maccabees played their first ever headline Irish show on Thursday May 29 at the indoor festival, promoted by POD.[86][87] Santigold and Mystery Jets were forced to cancel their Soundtrack shows. Mystery Jets cited "unforeseen circumstances" as the reason behind the cancellation of their show on Saturday May 31, whilst Santogold cancelled her AAA co-headliner scheduled for Sunday June 1 in the PoD Complex due to "illness".[88] Mystery Jets rescheduled for August 16, with tickets for the original date still valid.[89]
  • On Tuesday May 27 at 9 a.m., tickets for Tom Waits's three Phoenix Park shows in July and August went on sale. Waits will perform at The RatCellar Marquee on July 30-August 1, three of fifteen dates on the European leg of his Glitter and Doom Tour. Tickets were priced from €116.25 to €131.25, were limited to two per person and will be subject to scanning at the gate on the day.[90] All tickets for the three dates sold out within three hours, the ticket-selling process only taking longer than usual due to the anti-scalping measures in place.[91]
  • The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival took place in Ballyshannon, County Donegal from Thursday May 29 until Sunday June 1.
  • On Friday May 30, Celine Dion played Croke Park, Dublin on her fortieth birthday with support from Il Divo.[92]
  • Also on Friday May 30 at 9 a.m., tickets for Morrissey's June 28 show at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham went on sale.[93]
  • Humanitarian rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof guest edited the Friday May 31 edition of the Asahi, Japan's second largest newspaper. Bono defended the pair's temporary career change by saying: "Lots of people are closet rock stars - they stand up in the mirror and play air guitar, well, myself and Bob, we're closet journalists." The main aims of the pair were to change Africa's negative coverage in the Japanese media and to encourage Japan to increase its African aid and investment. The eight-page Africa section focused on Africa's culture, economy and politics rather than poverty and war. Bono said: "Really we're trying to reframe the stories about Africa, most of which historically are tragic. We would like to turn this around a bit and make the stories about opportunity and the adventure of the African continent, not the burden and the obligation." [94]

June[edit]

Reformed band The Verve appeared at Oxegen 2008.

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

Ash performed their 1977 album in London in September 2008.

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • On December 1, RTÉ's digital radio revolution began, with the official launch of five new digital radio and broadband services which have been on trial for twenty months. They are Choice, a sister speech station to RTÉ Radio 1; easy listening and ambient service Chill; Junior, which is aimed at two to ten-year-olds; the dance-minded Pulse; and 2XM, a sister station to the rock and indie components of RTÉ 2fm.[206]
  • On December 8, TV3 Ireland announced it was to axe the Channel 6 late night music video show Night Shift. The last show was due to air on December 31. The move meant there were no national outlets on television for Irish bands to get their videos shown.[207]
  • By December 11, Enya's seventh full-length studio album And Winter Came... had reached the Top 20 in twenty-one countries, three weeks after release.[208]
  • On December 19, U2 announced that their twelfth studio album No Line on the Horizon would be released on 2 March 2009.[209]
  • Dublin's O2 opened on December 16, with the annual ChildLine Concert the first event to be held there.[210] A few days prior to this, U2 members Bono and The Edge struck the first musical note by playing guitars and singing "Van Diemen's Land" and "Desire" to an O2 empty but for Harry Crosbie, Gerry Ryan and a handful of other people.[211] Kings of Leon with support from M83[212] performed the venue's first rock concert[213] on December 19[214][215][216][217][218][219] and Coldplay's[220][221][222][223] PR company encountered a hostile reaction from State for its strict rules which saw the magazine provide one of only two press photographers to shoot one of their 21–22 December Viva la Vida Tour shows. They were ushered into an area "no more than 10 foot by three foot, about 100 metres from the centre of the stage", allowed to photograph the second, third and fourth songs only and forced to sign contracts by the company to hand over all copyright of their pictures to make use of as they wished.[224]
  • On December 29, U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. was reported to have criticised his band colleague Bono in an interview with Q. Mullen said he "cringes" when he sees Bono with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and outgoing United States President George W. Bush, stating that Blair was "a war criminal" even more so than Bush because he was "intelligent".[225]

Unknown[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

Over 180 Irish albums were released in 2008.[233]

Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2008.
Issue date Album title Artist Source Sales Notes
January 28 Weightless Juno Falls [234]
February 15 Carry the Meek Ham Sandwich [235] * Review
* UK release in late May/early June
February ??? The Infomatics
March 21 Eleven Modern Antiquities Pugwash [236]
March 28 Gypsy Trip Jaded Sun [237]
Spring 2008 Secondo Kharma 45
Spring 2008 Let the Truth Be Told Laura Izibor
April 4 White Wonder Crayonsmith [238][239] Released by Out On A Limb Records.
April 11 Opium Mark Geary
April 18 Welcome to the Cusp Giveamanakick [240]
April 18 Spectre & Crown The Jimmy Cake [241]
April 18 The Tiny Pieces Left Behind Joe Chester
April 25 Friendlier Up Here The Aftermath [242][243]
April 27 I'm Siding With My Captors So Cow [244]
May 19 Love Must Be Tough Eleanor McEvoy
May 2 The Hollow of Morning Gemma Hayes [245][246]
May 2 Vol IV: Johnny Pyro and the Dance of Evil Republic of Loose [247][248][249][250][251] Review
May 9 Pleasant Square Robotnik [252]
May 10 Wizards Of The Coast Sea Dog [253]
May 16 Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy Halves [254] 7-Track Album
May 23 Go God Go Fred [255][256] Played a live set in their local HMV in Cork on Tuesday June 3.
May 30 Windows to the Soul Dave Browne [257] First Irish album to be made available in USB format, exclusively from HMV stores
May 31 Rocky VI Reckyrd The Vinny Club [258]
June 3 Take the Whole Midrange and Boost It Oppenheimer [259]
June 4 Ritual Jape [260][261]
June 6 The Rocky Road Damien Dempsey [262][263] Went to #1 in the Irish Albums Chart [264]
June 27 Sweeter than Bourbon Seneca [265] Preceded by the Top 20 Irish Singles Chart success of their "Clarity" single.
July 21 Boy / October / War U2 [266] Review Deluxe edition rereleases
* Each will include a 32-page booklet featuring unseen photos, lyrics and liner notes by The Edge and band associates like Paul Morley, Neil McCormick and Hot Press editor Niall Stokes plus a bonus disc of rare collectibles.
August 8 Rocket Ship Red Kid [267] * The album launch will take place in Crawdaddy, Dublin on August 8, with support from The Hot Sprockets.
* Named after the 2006 single of the same name.
August 15 God Bless The Big Bang Rory Gallagher [268] Debut solo album
August 15 The Swell Season: Live From The Artists Den (DVD) The Swell Season [269] Recorded in Seattle's Good Shepherd Center Chapel shortly before Glen and Marketa won their Oscar, the 14-song set includes ‘Say It To Me Now’, ‘Lay Me Down’, ‘All The Way Down’, ‘This Low’, ‘When Your Mind's Made Up’, ‘Lies’, ‘Drown Out’, ‘Falling Slowly’, ‘Golden’, ‘Pavement Tune’, ‘Once’, ‘If You Want Me’, ‘Concentric’ and ‘Star Star’.
September Lines & Space Niall Colfer [270][271]
September Good Vibrations (EP) The Undertones [272] Limited-edition vinyl reproduction of four-tracker released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Teenage Kicks" Also features "Smarter Than U", "True Confessions" and "Emergency Cases". Also released is The Undertones: An Anthology, a 2-CD package featuring 29 of their best-known songs plus 27 previously unreleased demos, alternate takes, session and live tracks. Further album reissues, special compilations and a deluxe box-set to follow in 2009.
September 5 The Hare's Corner Colm Mac Con Iomaire [273] Review Debut solo album
September 5 Happy the Man The Guggenheim Grotto Guggenheim Grotto » home [274]
September 5 UK Tour '75 Thin Lizzy [275] Features the band's much-bootlegged November 1975 visit to Derby College. Noticeable for being the first tour to feature the twin-guitar attack of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, the track-listing is: "Fighting My Way Back", "It's Only The Money", "Wild One", "For Those Who Love To Live", "Still In Love With You", "Showdown", "Suicide", "Rosalie", "The Rocker", "Sha La La", "Baby Drives Me Crazy", "Me And The Boys", "Cowboy Song", "Little Darling" and "Sound Check Jam". A digitally enhanced version of the original master tape, the album comes complete with a 20-page booklet featuring dozens of previously unseen photos and extensive Brian Downey liner notes. Being so new that it didn't have a title yet, Phil Lynott jokingly refers to "Cowboy Song" as "Derby Blues".
September 12 Domino Effect The Blizzards [276][277] Recorded in 2008 Interview
September 12 Sea Sew Lisa Hannigan [278][279][280]
September 12 Changes Liu Fang and Michael O'Toole [281] 10 tracks including pieces from Chinese tradition, Philip Glass, Astor Piazzolla, Antonio Vivaldi, Toshiyuki Hiraoka, Ian Wilson, and Béla Bartók
September 20 Under a Blood Red Sky U2 [282][283] Available in three different formats – DVD + CD Deluxe, single CD and single vinyl – which will all have expanded artwork and sleeve notes.
September 26 Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion Fight Like Apes [284][285][286] Recorded in Seattle with producer John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, Blood Brothers)

Artwork
Late September 1977 Ash [287] 4CD deluxe edition includes the Trailer mini-album, Live at the Wireless, Live At Reading 1996, plus rarities and B-sides.
October Never Leave Anywhere The Hedge Schools [288]
October 3 Make Happy War (EP) Grand Pocket Orchestra [289] The tracklist features live favourite "Ballet Shoes" along with "Using The Body", "Down With The Label Man" and "Bite The Head Off Italy".
October 3 Lir Live Lir [290] A posthumous live album released through the independent label, 1969
October 13 Appetite For Reconstruction (remix album) Super Extra Bonus Party [291][292]
October 17 I Never Thought This Day Would Come Duke Special [293] Artwork Review
October 17 From The Word Go Messiah J and the Expert [294][295] Assembled between 2006 and 2008 in their own Labbey Road studio and includes collaborations with singers Leda Egri, Joanne Daly and Ro and Kieran from Delorentos.
October 31 Straight In No Kissing Dirty Epics [296] The band signed a distribution deal with Universal for the record.
November 7 And Winter Came... Enya [297]
Early November Post Romantic Pony Club [298]
November 18 Friday Night The Brilliant Trees [299] The band's debut album was reissued over a decade after original release. Also re-released were singles "Talent" and "Home".
November 21 Time to Tell the Parents (EP) Green Lights [300] The follow-up to their debut EP, Small Curious Things (2007), available in Tower and Road Records in Dublin, or by download from the Green Lights MySpace. Lead single is "Cut To The Chase".

Summer +

Date unknown

Singles[edit]

Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2008.
Issue date Song title Artist Source Sales Notes
January 25 "KeepsaKe" Ham Sandwich (Download only)
February "Bullrun" Travega [301] Released to radio on February 5.
February 8 "Sing for Your Supper" Cathy Davey [311]
February 10 "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" Republic of Loose & Sinéad O'Connor [312][313] (iTunes Download)
February 15 "Ragdoll" David Geraghty [242]
February 22 "Take Me Away" Pugwash
February 29 "Bite the Bullet" The Kinetiks (Download only)
March "Already Sleeping" Hooray For Humans [236]
March "Bruised from Kisses" The Radio [314]
March 7 "The Cure" Dirty Epics [315]
April 4 "I Like Music" Republic of Loose Video iTunes and all other download platforms in Ireland
April 4 "Maybe This is not Love" Joe Chester Free Download
End of April "Moving" Cathy Davey [316]
May "Footprints" Supermodel Twins [317] Reached #2 in the Download Chart
May 2 "After All That's Happened" Niall Colfer [270] Available from iTunes on May 9
May 2 "Out of Our Hands" Gemma Hayes [318] Digital release
May 2 "The Bodies Start to Move" Joe Chester Free Download
May 2 "Waking Up in America" The Guggenheim Grotto Guggenheim Grotto » home Available from iTunes
May 2 "Shed a Little Light" Foy Vance [319][320] Available for download
May 9 "Harmonic" The Minutes [321][322] Digital release date
May 15 "Skyscrapers" Fred [323] Available to download from 7Digital (www.7digitalmedia.com)
May 16 "Out Tonight" The Flaws Video Download only
May 30 "Rainy Night in Soho" Damien Dempsey [324] Pogues cover
End of May "Congratulations" Kanyu Tree [254]
June 16 "Breakaway" Joe Echo [325]
June 20 "The Steady Song" Republic of Loose [326]
July 1 "Chocolate Factory" The Pale [327] Paired with "Lady Gregory" on CD and also available for free digital download on iTunes
July 11 "Something Global" Fight Like Apes [284] Taken from forthcoming debut album
July 15 "Atom Bomb" Juno Falls [328] * From the album Weightless
August 1 "I'm Gonna Be" Nicole Maguire [329]
August 1 "This Time Next Summer" Supermodel Twins [317]
August 8 "Running" Fred [330]
August 15 "Japanese Toy" Cowboy X [331]
August 15 "Back to Front" The Infomatics [332] Second single by the hip hop act
August 25 "Lille" Lisa Hannigan [279]
August 29 "Trust Me I'm a Doctor" The Blizzards [333]
September 5 "Tin Tin" Peakin’ Trippers [334] Reached #45 in the Irish Singles Chart
September 19 "Easy As It Flows" Carosel [335] Taken from their forthcoming album Kaleidoscope and available in both digital and CD formats.
September 19 "Jake Summers" Fight Like Apes [336] * Originally on the How Am I Supposed To Kill You If You Have All The Guns EP.
* "Snore Bore Whore" (Spherical mix) features as the b-side to the CD version, while the 7" is accompanied by "Corey Pop" and a matching hand-stamped bag.
September 19 "Enough Is Enough" Myp et Jeep [335] Taken from their debut album Blood is Not Enough, due in January 2009 on Reekus Records.
October 3 "Megaphone Man" Messiah J and the Expert [337] Video Released on Inaudible Records (Cavallerro) (RMG Digital)
October 10 "Guided by Ghosts" Codes [338] Recorded with producer Greg Haver and released on both hard copy (HMV) and download (via iTunes and downloadmusic.ie)
October 10 "Coming Back Around" DC Tempest [339] Winners of the Hot Press/Sennheiser competition to play the Live Stage at The Music Show
October 10 "Way Too Pretty" Dirty Epics [340]
October 13 "Take Back the City" Snow Patrol
October 17 "Sweet Sweet Kisses" Duke Special
October "About You Now" The Saw Doctors [341] Cover of Sugababes hit as performed on The Podge and Rodge Show. Reached #1 in the Irish Singles Chart - week ending 17 October 2008. Proceeds – €10,000 on that date – given to Galway's Salerno Cystic Fibrosis Fund.
October "Broken Glass" Fight Like Apes [342] Seventh single by the band. Hot Press proclaim them veterans.
October 31 "You Feel the Fire!" Le Galaxie [343]
November "The Reason" The Blizzards [344]
November 7 "From My Heart to Yours" Laura Izibor [345] Taken from her debut album Let The Truth Be Told, due for international release by Atlantic Records in January 2009.
November 10 "The Things"" The Things [346] Taken from the album Some Kind of a Kick.
November 14 "The Lights" Fred [347]
November 28 "The Reason" The Blizzards [348]
December 12 "Crack the Shutters" Snow Patrol
December 19 "Phil Lynott" Jape [349] Taken from the album Ritual

Unknown

Festivals[edit]

Oxegen 2008[edit]

Electric Picnic 2008[edit]

Heineken Green Energy[edit]

Garden Party 2008[edit]

Indie-pendence '08[edit]

Castlepalooza '08[edit]

Lovebox Weekender[edit]

Solas Festival[edit]

Main article: Solas Festival

Bud Rising[edit]

Live at the Marquee[edit]

Cois Fharraige[edit]

Slane 2008[edit]

  • Slane 2008 was cancelled for the second time in three years. Lord Henry Mountcharles said he couldn't find the right act to play Slane Castle this year. There will instead be a smaller concert at the estate in August, possibly for up and coming Irish bands.[376] Mountcharles resisted pressure to book two major acts for Slane in 2008. With pals desperately trying to persuade him to sign up one of the rock bands, he stood firm saying they were not up to scratch.[377]

Hard Working Class Heroes 2008[edit]

Music awards[edit]

2008 Meteor Awards[edit]

The 2008 Meteor Awards took place in the RDS Simmonscourt on Friday February 15, 2008.[378] Below are the winners:[379]

Award Winner(s)
Best Irish Male Duke Special
Best Irish Female Cathy Davey
Best Irish Band Aslan
Best Irish Album Addicted to Company (Paddy Casey)
Best Irish Pop Act Westlife
Best Irish Live Performance The Blizzards (Oxegen 2007)
Best National DJ Ray Foley
Best Regional DJ Keith Cunningham
Hope for 2008 Ham Sandwich
Most Downloaded Irish Song "Galway Girl" (Mundy & Sharon Shannon)
Best International Male Bruce Springsteen
Best International Female Amy Winehouse
Best International Band Radiohead
Best International Album Neon Bible (Arcade Fire)
Best Live International Performance Muse (Oxegen 2007)
Industry Award Jim Aiken
Humanitarian Award Mary Donohoe, Founder and Chairperson of The Rose Project
Lifetime Achievement Award The Saw Doctors [380]

Choice Music Prize[edit]

The Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2007 was awarded at Vicar Street to Super Extra Bonus Party for the album Super Extra Bonus Party LP on February 27, 2008.[381]

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