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The Slow Readers Club @ The Button Factory, Dublin 13/10/2018

The Slow Readers Club returned to Dublin over the weekend with support from Tanjier, as they took on The Button Factory.

The Slow Readers Club @ The Button Factory, Dublin 13/10/2018
The Slow Readers Club during an emphatic set at The Button Factory, Dublin.

Back in Dublin, The Slow Readers Club knew that it was going to be nothing but entertaining both on and off the stage. Raising the curtains on the night, were Dublin electro-pop trio, Tanjier.

On a miserable day in the capital city, Tanjier brought the sun soaked vibes to The Button Factory. Their combination of synths and catchy hooks were enough to get the early arrivers drawn in. It was like listening to The XX but less moody.

Their latest single ‘Lights’, entered Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist immediately and it’s no wonder. With a hypnotic melody and lovestruck lyrics, it capped off a glittering opening set.

Tanjier opening up for The Slow Readers Club at The Button Factory.
Tanjier opening up for The Slow Readers Club at The Button Factory.

Not long after the Dublin trio left the stage, the lights went down again and the last song you’d expect to hear at a Slow Readers Club gig booms around The Button Factory; Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’. As it climaxed, one by one they took to the stage and replaced feelings of love with feelings of lunacy as they opened with the emphatic ‘Lunatic’ from their latest album Build A Tower.

Aaron Starkie of The Slow Readers Club @ The Button Factory, Dublin
Aaron Starkie almost submersing into the crowd.

Lunatic’ set an immediate tone for the set, with each song elevating the crowd and band higher and higher. Both thriving off of each other frontman Aaron Starkie, could barely keep himself on stage, reaching out to the crowd every time he took to the edge of it.

Moments such as ‘Start Again’, ‘You Opened Up My Heart’ and ‘Feet on Fire’ pulled in huge reactions. Yet the biggest reaction came when that riff from Kurtis Starkie kicked in, signalling the start of ‘On The TV’. Down the front row, people arm in arm were jumping while singing along as if they were on football terraces. While ‘Plant the Seed’ added a groove to the proceedings with it’s infectious melody.

Aaron Starkie of The Slow Readers Club @ The Button Factory, Dublin
Starkie’s on stage persona was enthralling from the moment he took to the stage.

In between songs, the band were seen to be in awe of the crowd’s adoration for them as they chanted “readers”, over and over. In honesty, it was pretty incredible to look around and see everyone in the venue unified in happiness to watch a band.

The Slow Readers Club frontman Aaron Starkie, during their gig at Dublin’s The Button Factory 13/10/2018
The Slow Readers Club frontman Aaron Starkie, had the audience reaching out for more at The Button Factory.

Before the gig, we sat down with The Slow Readers Club to talk about their 2018, mental health and more. Read the interview by clicking here.

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