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Monday 25 September 2023 Dublin: 14°C
# Your shout
Open thread: What's the best gig you've ever seen in Ireland?
The people need to know…

TO CELEBRATE AND commemorate some truly stellar performances over the years, we’ve rounded up an unofficial list of what we consider to be some of the best acts at Irish gigs and festivals.

Without further ado… drumroll please…

5. The Frames, Vicar Street, 2010

For their 20 (twenty!) year anniversary, The Frames played Vicar Street and it went down a storm. From hilarious Glen banter to him donning an audience member’s mask (don’t ask) to sing Lay Me Down by all accounts this is one where ‘you had to be there’.

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4. The Killers, Oxegen, 2009

The Killers – where did they disappear to? In 2009 however they were one of the biggest bands in the world. If you were lucky enough to see them headline at Oxegen, you would know why, too.

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3. REM, Olympia Theatre, 2007

REM chose Dublin in 2007 to run a series of practice gigs and sold-out shows at the intimate (for them) Olympia Theatre. We’ve been reliably informed by a staffer that ’it was amazing’. You can judge for yourself below…

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2. Brian Wilson, The Point, 2002

Brian Wilson didn’t perform for decades, and some of us thought we would never get to see the great man live. How wrong we were! Luckily, he made headway with his stage-fright and anyone at his gig in The Point, 2002 was in for a treat.

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1. U2, Slane, 2001

Divisive as Bono may be, you can’t deny U2 put on a great show, and Slane 2001 was no exception. Supported by Coldplay and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers it was a stomping gig that is still quoted as one of the best gigs of all time (if you had the good  fortune to be there).

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Was your favorite gig included? Tell us in the comments below who tops your list…

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