James Vincent McMorrow plays Ireland’s first live concert since lockdown – and it’s free
James Vincent McMorrow at Iveagh Gardens
Thursday June 10, 7 p.m., free, nch.ie
James Vincent McMorrow has always been at the forefront of indie rock, so it’s no surprise he was chosen to host Ireland’s first concert with a live audience since the pandemic shut down the music scene. He will perform at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin in front of 500 lucky punters, who will have to jump through hoops to attend the pilot concert, but will be rewarded with what is bound to be a touching and uplifting concert. As the concert sold out faster than you can tell the name of its headliner, the National Concert Hall (NCH) has announced that it will stream it live on their website for free. McMorrow’s ensemble will feature songs from such acclaimed albums as Post Tropical and We Move, and clips from his upcoming album Grapefruit Season. Hopefully this will be the start of the long awaited return of live music and not just a one-off experience.
Lightening Air (Coiscéim Coiligh)
From Friday June 11 to Sunday June 20 airlighting.com
Billed as 10 days of incredible art experiences in surprising venues, the Brightening Air Festival is expected to blur the lines between media so effectively that you won’t know if it’s live, virtual, augmented, or all three. These experiences include In the Magic Hour, from CoisCéim Dance Theater, which takes place in handball lanes in four counties; Ar Ais Arís, a dramatic virtual reality experience set in Gaeltacht communities along the Wild Atlantic Way; and the surreal and vaguely voyeuristic Mespil in the Dark of the PanPan Theater, a streaming event exploring the lives of artists and actors living in the eponymous building.