Idlewild live @the Button Factory 4th August 2022...

Idlewild were a band that could and should have been massive. They emerged in the mid-nineties at a time when guitar-heavy, alternative rock music was enjoying considerable success, with a slew of bands of that ilk breaking into the mainstream charts. Debut album ‘Captain’ and follow up ‘Hope is Important’ marked them out as ones to watch but it was their stunning third album ‘100 Broken Windows’, released in 2000 that really announced them as contenders. They had all the ingredients – it was all there, but somehow, major success eluded them.  Their fourth album, ‘The Remote Part’ was the one; the record that should have been their big breakthrough album but despite glowing reviews, it didn’t move them to the next level. Tonight at the Button Factory, we are here for the 20th Anniversary of ‘The Remote Part’. It is close to a capacity crowd; this is the first time Idlewild have visited Dublin since 2003, when they played the Ambassador Theatre. I was fortunate enough to have seen them that night and have been eagerly looking forward to this one for ages. They take the stage and launch straight into ‘You Held the World In Your Hands’, the first track on the album, and a near perfect opener in a live context. Immediately you know it is going to be a special night. The sound is loud, powerful, driven, with Roddy Woomble’s voice occasionally struggling to be heard over the furious maelstrom of guitars, bass, drums and keyboards, but that doesn’t really matter – the overall impact is immense. They play the album in sequence; Woomble is a self-effacing, humble presence on stage – he introduces the songs, throwing in the occasional humorous comment, and seems to be enjoying the obvious warmth...

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