• Front of House: Conor Friel

    We’re pleased to present a new regular feature, Front of House, in which we will be chatting with the people behind the scenes who bring live music to life. Sound engineers, lighting technicians, roadies, tour managers to name a few will all be delving into what goes into their job and the bands they work with. First up is Conor Friel, a sound engineer working primarily in the Button Factory in Dublin. Photos by Shaun Neary. Hi Conor! Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Conor Friel, I am a Front Of House Audio Engineer. I am completely freelance so I…

  • Sun Kil Moon @ The Button Factory

    There’s a relaxed, seasonal warmth upon entering the Button Factory for tonight’s mostly seated, limited capacity show, which sees Mark Kozelek at possibly the most critically acclaimed stage of his career – almost every song performed tonight comes from the last two years of his career – due in no small part to this year’s Sun Kil Moon LP, the mortality-fixated Benji. With no support act, Kozelek ambles onstage accompanied simply by a keyboardist and electric guitarist, standing with a sole tea-towelled drumstick for his lone tom, holding a straight beat with the intent of a serial killer for the entirety…

  • AAA: Red Enemy @ The Button Factory, Dublin

    In this huge installment of AAA (Access All Areas) we go behind the scenes with Red Enemy as they launched their highly anticipated self-titled debut album in the Button Factory in Dublin last Friday. Hefty support came from four other incredible acts on the night- Overhead The Albatross, Frustration, Nibiru and Bitch Falcon. Our photographer Carlos Daly spent the entire evening with all of the bands on the bill as they set up and psyched themselves out ahead of the gig. Check out the gallery below for a comprehensive overview of the launch.

  • AAA: Blink @ The Button Factory, Dublin

    In this installment of AAA (Access All Areas) we went behind the scenes with Irish indie veterans Blink ahead of their gig in the Button Factory in Dublin. It’s been nine years since they last played at this venue, when it was previously called the Temple Bar Music Centre but tonight they’re here to launch their greatest hits collection aptly titled Catch That Moment.  Check out the gallery below for some great moments captured by Shaun Neary.

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to play Dublin

    Pennsylvania indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced a Dublin show. The American indie rockers, will be visiting Ireland this October. The band, fresh from the release of their fourth studio album, Only Run, will be playing at The Button Factory on October 13. Tickets – available from June 17th – will set you back €20. Have a listen to ‘Hysterical’ below.