Electric Avenue 2nd Birthday Celebrations

Time flies when you are having fun and that’s exactly what’s been happening at Electric Avenue since it opened it’s doors 2 years ago in early November 2006. In that time it has become firmly established on the Irish Live Music circuit, with the very best of Irish and International acts playing the intimate John Street venue. The Avenue celebrates it’s 2nd Birthday in style on the weekend of 7th and 8th of November with what they believe to be the 2 best Irish alternative music acts of the moment, supported by a host of very cool bands and DJs.

First up on Friday 7th, the very wonderful Jape returns to EA with his band and good friend Donal Dineen who will be playing 2 DJ sets (Bar & Loft), and rising star Goodtime John and local band Ugly Megan are also on the bill. Then on Saturday 8th, Fight Likes Apes make a special trip down to Waterford to join the celebrations with support from very special guests Prenup. Tickets for both gigs are available in advance at BPM Records and Ticketmaster.

Richie Egan started out playing in Dublin punk band Black Belt Jones before he became known to a wider audience as bass player in instrumental rock band, The Redneck Manifesto. By 2003 Egan had developed Jape, releasing debut album “Cosmosphere” which included the hit “Floating” which made a big impression on Jack White who plays it live with his band, The Raconteurs. Jape then released “The Monkeys In The Zoo Have More Fun Than Me” and built up a strong live following through vital performances at events like Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes. Jape released a third album “The Ritual” this summer which earned a five star review in Hot Press and the following lavish praise “This is the dreamiest, catchiest and most refined electro-rock you’re likely to hear this year. Ritual is an album that will inevitably see us make Richie Egan a packed lunch, straighten his tie and wave him off into the world with a proud tear in our collective eye. Where will he go from here? It’s hard to say, but it’s an unbelievably thrilling proposition. A positive contender for Album Of the Year.”

Fight Like Apes debut album “Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion’went Top 5 on it’s release at the end of last month, the first Irish alternative act to achieve this for many years. Maykay and the lads are just back from supporting The Ting Tings on a sell-out UK tour and insisted on being part of the Avenue’s birthday celebrations where they have built up a hugely loyal audience on 3 previous visits. Songs like “Jake Summers” and “Lend Me Your Face” are already anthems at every Indie club throughout the country, but believe us there is nothing quite like a full-on Fight Like Apes live performance. Support on the night comes from Prenup who are made up of Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues) and Fiachna O’Braoinain/Dave Clarke (Hot House Flowers) who have taken the Dublin live circuit by storm this year with their Stones/Bowie/Heartbreakers/Stooges influenced rock s

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