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.
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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.
Last September, along with the huge help of Monster Truck Gallery, I ran a series of events called Minimum Maximum which was a great success. This year, it’s back, in slightly different form. Minimum Maximum will be a series of once-off gigs in non-traditional spaces presented and curated by me, Nialler9.
The first of which is taking place on September 21st in Upstart’sGranby Park popup on Dominick Street Lower, which opened last night, one day before it closes its month run. In the afternoon from 3pm til 7pm we’ll have a FREE all-ages gig with lo-fi diysco-rockers Tieranniesaur, Irish hip-hop’s leading light Lethal Dialect, recent Nialler9 album of the week recipients Pearse McLoughlin & Justin Grounds as Idiot Songs, The Cast Of Cheers’ Conor Adams side project with Dave Green Charmers and Australian Dublin-based acoustic looper Liza Flume. See Facebook event and MinimumMaximum.net and its slow-changing colour background for more.
The first gig takes place there tomorrow with Homebeat/Fading Lights with little xs for eyes, Ana Gog, Ocho, Biggles Flies Again and Sfumato.
While I’ve already said my thanks to everyone involved in the series of gigs in Monster Truck last month, the gallery themselves would like to thanks everyone who played, got involved and paid in to the nights. Your attendance and support raised €5,000 which will go towards ongoing programming and operational costs of the gallery space in Temple Bar.
Director Pete Prendergast says:
A huge thank you to those who helped us raise €5,000 for ongoing programming costs and the running of Monster Truck Gallery and Studios. We are an organisation dedicated to the pursuit of contemporary visual arts in all its forms. Monster Truck joined the Temple Bar community in 2010 and is one of only a few new arts organisations to enter the Temple Bar area since its redevelopment 25 years ago. All money raised will help the organisation to continue to grow and remain here in Temple Bar. Thanks to all the bands, those who worked on the event, the people who came, Niall and the Monster Truck team.
What a great four Saturdays of Minimum Maximum gigs we had. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped raise funds for the gallery, to all the bands and DJs that played, to Davey, Pete, Una, Jenny and Eoin at Monster Truck Gallery, Shane and Harry on sound; Le Tissier, Eleven Eleven and Gepetto for visuals; Subaltern and Bodytonic for the bass bins; Darragh & Steve for DJ equipment, Alan for the PA and everyone else who made it a fantastic experience. I hope to do more Minimum Maximum once-offs and series in future so watch this space.
For our last night, we sold out and there were really enjoyable sets from Adultrock (Monto had to cancel due to tech failure), Lil Dave, Ships, Forrests and Forza Italo into the night til 4am, the best way to end a great month as everyone knows the only way to celebrate is to dance to cheesy amazing disco. See you on Friday for OTR vs. Nialler9?