The Lumineers Are Back!

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After a 4 year gap since their last album was released, The Lumineers are back with their newest single “Ophelia” and news of their second album & world tour! *screams* Words cannot accurately describe how excited I was last night when I saw their post on Facebook after stalking their page for months eagerly awaiting some news. I may not have mentioned it yet in my blog but from this post I guess you can tell…… I’m a huge fan of their music! I went to see them the first time they were here in Ireland a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s safe to say my first concert experience was amazing, thanks to them and my persistence to drag my friends to the front of the crowd that night to have a front row experience, pushed right up against the barriers. Thinking back to that night makes me smile as I type this.

Does anyone else happen to love them as much as I do? Let me know in the comments if you do as I jam to “Ophelia” on loop for the next few months!

Lucy x

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Musical Wonderfulness: Mary Poppins

So last Wednesday (New Year’s Eve..Eve) I was accompanied by my Mom in witnessing the musical wonderfulness which is Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre – A “supercalifragilistic” production, if I do say so myself (I’m apologise but more referencing is to come!).

We stayed overnight in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin as a treat for my Mom, mainly to get away from our what can be a sometimes chaotic household as I have 4 younger brothers. It was nice to get away even if only for a night, to chill out, to unwind, to relax. The hotel itself was lovely despite it’s somewhat dated exterior which was a bit off-putting at first but all in all my experience was fantastic from start to finish. Checking in was quick and we found our room easily. We got a free bottle of wine along with a 3 course meal and breakfast included in our package, and let me just say, the food was gorgeous! It was like being on a “jolly holiday” with Mary Poppins herself. I could not fault the hotel or staff who were super helpful and friendly in any way at all. I would highly recommend this hotel and my Mom agrees that we will definitely be staying here again when we come back up to see Lord of the Dance in June.

 

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Top L-Bottom R: The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, The wine that was left in our room, The outfit I wore to the musical & a quick snap before the show started.

The show opened up with the extremely talented Matt Lee as my favourite and most loved character from the story – Bert singing the well known “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and it only got better and more magical from there from the entrance of the gorgeous Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins, to the extreme details put into the set and its design, to Mrs. Corry and her golden gingerbread stars, and to the emphasis created by the song “Anything Can Happen”. It was a truly inspiring and well produced musical which really captures what I think P L Travers herself would’ve wanted to see done with her beloved Mary Poppins and the Banks family. Having not been a huge fan of the movie itself I have fallen in love with the story from witnessing this musical masterpiece. It was mind-blowingly fantastic and “practically perfect” in the sense that I almost shed a tear a few times at just how beautiful the production as a whole was. If you ever get the chance I would definitely go see it. In fact, I would 110% go see it again if I could.

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Lucy x

 

Nothing But Thieves

Some musicians were destined to only ever play at home for their friends and family, while others succeed in making the stage surrounded by crowds of fans their home. Making the transition between these is the hard part, but I enjoy watching it happen. A clear example of this transition was made by the five piece, alternative rock band Nothing But Thieves who went from producing a single, to supporting the likes of George Ezra, Arcade Fire and Muse, to going on their sold out “Ban All The Music” UK and Ireland tour which started in October this year.

I had the pleasure of attending their Dublin gig a few weeks ago in the Academy 2. I didn’t know much about them or their music before I went if I’m honest but at €15 a ticket I thought why not and I don’t regret it at all. From start to finish you could really tell that their heart and soul was put into the whole performance. I was particularly impressed by their lead singer Conor Mason who as well as having such a powerful voice, in each song got visibly lost in the music, dancing along, clearly having the time of his life.

I would completely recommend listening to their debut album which was just released in October – It looks a little bit like..

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Ever since the concert I have been listening to their album quite a bit and I can’t pick out a single song I don’t enjoy. My personal favourites are “Tripswitch“, “If I Get High” and “Wake Up Call“.

As for the venue ( The Academy 2): It was small, but not too small, definitely having a more up close and personal feel to it than other concert venues I’ve been in. This was perfect for Nothing But Thieves who succeeded in creating an almost intimate atmosphere with the audience especially during “If I Get High” and “Lover, Please Stay“.

Of course the concert as a whole wouldn’t have been what it was without their support act – Fangclub, who are a Dublin based, up and coming alternative rock band, best known at the moment for their single “Bullet Head“. They were pretty good on the night, putting a lot of energy into their performance which I thoroughly enjoyed despite not being a huge rock fan, having had never heard them before! I checked them out on Spotify after the concert and they are currently boasting 905 monthly listeners which is pretty impressive if I do say so myself. As well as listening to the Nothing But Thieves album, I have been listening to Fangclub‘s EP which band member Steven gave to me after they played. My current favourite on their EP at the moment is “Role Models” but as a whole the EP is fantastic. They are definitely a band to watch out for in future!

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I can’t finish off this post without mentioning how incredibly friendly and humble each of the band members were. It was almost surreal. I’ve never had this kind of an experience at a concert before, in meeting band members who were so genuine in how they acted, without that showbiz superiority that have become common place now. As well as Fangclub‘s Steven giving me their EP, we met the drummer from Nothing But Thieves – James Price who I must admit looked a little uncomfortable about how we semi-fangirled at him and got a picture with him but was still so sweet and talked to us for a few minutes. After the concert we approached him again and he signed our tickets and gave my friend the set list they used on stage that night. We then approached the other members who by now were surrounded by a few small groups of young but obviously huge fans of theirs and asked for their signatures too. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get Conor’s signature but at least I have 4/5 of the bands signatures as a momento of what was overall a great and one of my favourite concert experiences to date. They said they would be back in Ireland next year and there is no doubt that I will be attending.

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Lucy x

P.S. here’s a pic from the night

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