State Midnight Mass


Florence and the Machine:

Depeche Mode:

It’s been a busy couple of weeks music-wise. First up was Kasabian:

And then there was Sonic Youth:

Due online soon is my review of Florence & the Machine’s gig at Dublin’s Olympia. And also coming soon will be a review of Depeche Mode’s concert at the O2, which takes place this Thursday.

Following up on Morrissey

Posted: December 9, 2009 in Music
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Gene Stout, former music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has picked-up on my review of Morrissey’s recent Dublin concert:

Moz Almighty

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Music
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My review of Morrissey’s show at Dublin’s National Stadium is now online here:

My review of ‘Bone of My Bones’ – the debut album from Ebony Bones! – is avilable to read online over on

Last night saw Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens) perform at Dublin’s 02, in what was his first ever Irish appearance. James Masterson covered the show for State and you can read his article here: An interesting interlude saw a staging of Islam’s self-penned musical, ‘Moonshadow’, which is basically an adaptation of the singer’s life story.

The publicity leading up to the concert clearly stated that it would be a performance by Yusuf Islam which would feature songs he recorded whilst known as Cat Stevens, as opposed to a full-scale Cat Stevens concert. It was  also highlighted that the afformentioned musical would feature as part of the show. Fair enough, you’d think, that makes everything crystal clear. Only it didn’t, apparently.

The concert was marred by disgrunted audience members slow-clapping, heckling, flipping rude gestures and staging walkouts. Why? Was the performance shoddy? No. Did Islam insult them? Not in the slightest. It was because they themselves assumed they would be attending a performance dominated by Cat Stevens’ classics. They didn’t want Yusuf Islam songs; they didn’t want a musical. And this was despite all the advertising leading up to the event clearly implying that this would be the case. Sadly, the disruption resulted in some members of the theatre staff reportedly being assaulted by a small number of ‘unsatisfied’ customers.

Now, I’m no fan of Yusuf Islam’s music – or Cat Stevens’ for that matter – but, having seen the advertisments for the show, even I was under no illusion of what I should expect from the night’s proceedings had I chosen to attend. It should be pretty obvious anyway, the same way that you don’t go to a Paul McCartney concert expecting a show comprising solely of Beatles songs and you certainly don’t go to see Mark Knopfler and expect to hear Dire Straits material. It just goes to show that some people can’t read what’s directly in front of them (i.e. a bloody large newspaper ad) and, when they realise their mistake, can’t accept it’s their own fault.

There’s a word for them…

Idiot (noun) :  an utterly foolish or senseless person.