Garbage brought everything but the rain to ensure a fantastic night of alt-rock at Iveagh Gardens.
There has been a lot of talk about Whenyoung for the past year or more,
with several high profile festival slots (Live at Leeds, Latitude) and supporting Nick Cave and Noel Gallagher on their tours. It’s no surprise when we see that their debut album, Reasons to Dream has received such critical acclaim from Irish and international press.
Whenyoung played a set of 40-plus minutes to an almost already full venue. Pure radio-friendly pop tunes such as ‘Pretty Pure‘, ‘Given Up’ and a more political driven ‘The Others’ that are becoming very familiar to the Iveagh Gardens audience, were aired.
The band have really grown in confidence over the past 12 months and they certainly know how to work the big festival stages. I would not be in the least bit surprised if Whenyoung are the headline act at the Iveagh Gardens festival in 2020, they certainly deserve it. In the meantime you can catch Whenyoung before then when they embark on a tour across the UK this autumn.
And so we move on to Garbage, lead singer Shirley Manson reminded those at the packed Iveagh Gardens during the show that before last year’s Electric Picnic, they hadn’t played in Ireland for 20 years despite many requests to Irish promoters directly made by the band.
Well we are happy to see them return for the second time in 12 months. Shirley warms up the crowd with some well known tracks including ‘Control‘ and ‘#1 Crush‘ before sending the audience right back to 1995 with ‘Stupid Girl‘ and the audience remembered why they are still in love with Garbage even after 25 years.
Like Shirley does, maybe we should all praise Dan Hegarty for keeping Garbage alive on Irish radio. And to Dan the singer dedicated a mashup of ‘Wicked Ways‘ and ‘Personal Jesus‘.
The hits kept on coming from their first two albums; ‘I Think I’m Paranoid‘ and ‘Push It‘. Thankfully ‘Only Happy When It Rains‘ was played on a beautiful summers evening in the capital city.
All photos taken by Garrett Stack. Check out the full gallery below.