Last month’s Minimum Maximum gig in Block T was one of the best we’ve had so far in terms of Nialler9 gigs. There’s already been photos and a video of GodKnows + MynameisJohn from it. Here’s a taster of what happened when Le Galaxie took to the stage and performed ‘Love System’. Some good moves from the crowd. Well done all. A great buzz altogether.
Minimum Maximum in Block-T on Friday night was one of the best Nialler9 gigs yet. The no advance warning on the lineup made for a special occasion and our limited capacity was sold out by 9pm as the first band took to the stage.
That band, Planet Parade, played their first gig in four years with a six-piece that showcased a new sound that traced a line between electronics and indie. It was an impressive performance of confidence and musicianship; with the recently featured songs sounding fully formed and another closing track, featuring a Paul Simon summery vibe.
In the middle, there was an energetic performance from a Limerick rap group that have put on two of the best sets I’ve seen this year. Friday night was another one. God Knows + Mynameisjohn were a high-flying, high-kicking, never-resting, fast-spitting, hype-getting, crowd-moving, always-giving joy. Check out their Rusangano Family album, one of the best of the year.
Despite a visit from the guards to the venue, who kept the party on hold for a while, we continued with a set from a band who last played to thousands of people at Electric Picnic. Le Galaxie showed how far they’ve come with a set of all new songs, which are growing in stature before they’re released. It was a powerhouse of a set, and watching them from so close up, it was fascinating to see just how good of a band they’ve come over the years. So much fun. You can win tickets to their next Dublin gig here.
Thanks to all who came down and trusted in the secret lineup experience. Special thanks to Grace, Dave, Laura, Nick, Susan, John, Stefano and all of the crew in Block-T for being such a sound bunch of people to work with. Check back here for more Minimum Maximum events in the near future or on the Facebook page. Photos by Colm Moore.
Well, we’re doing it again. This time under my Minimum Maximum banner. Same deal:
1) 3 bands. 2) 3 sets. 3) No pre-announcements on who’s playing. You’ll just have to trust me. 4) Tickets on door only at €15. 5) No presales. 6) 8:30pm – Midnight. 7) BYOB. 8) Friday, September 26th. 9) Facebook event
I can promise the first 100 people in the door will get to witness sets from three of the best Irish acts in the country right now. It’s going to be mega. I promise. Trust me.
As part of Block T’s Good Friday series of events this summer, Nialler9 takes over Block T’s Common Room in Smithfield this Friday night, June 6th, for a special night of live music.
The deal is:
1) Three great Nialler9-approved artists will play. 2) Their names will not be announced in advance of the gig. 3) They will be playing mostly new material. 4) The gig is BYOB. 5) There will be no advance tickets. 5) €12 for general admission on the door / €10 for members, students and unwaged. 6) 9pm – Midnight show, so get there on non-Irish time. 7) Dance and make friends. 8) 100 person capacity. 9) Facebook event
The only thing I’ll say about the three acts are there’s a mix of indie and electronic music in there: established and emerging. Sin é.
Ahead of my own collaboration with Block-T in Smithfield next weekend for No Advance, if you get into the venue tonight you can catch Osaka Records curating tonight’s gig as part of the Good Fridays events.
Osaka are bringing over Dave I.D., an electronic artist who has had good press from Pitchfork, The Guardian, and The Quietus, who is known for his unique take on post-punk, trip-hop sci-fi electronica.
BLOCK T have a festival lined up for the 25th to the 27th of this month to promote and celebrate the art and people in the community of Smithfield and nearby in Dublin. The last few years have seen the Smithfield and surrounding area experience a small regrowth with Block T, the now defunct Space54, Flea markets, Supafast, Little Green Street Gallery, The Joinery, The Complex, and the Lighthouse cinema in the area enriching the locality and Block T’s LINK CULTUREFEST will be looking to represent and showcase that.
There will be a series of events including a large-scale exhibition with 70 artists taking part, talks, open studios and screenings in over 20 different buildings. The music is what I’m here for though right? So here’s what on: