Rock’n’roll goes back to col­lege

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 26.02.2010 -

It's not just Trin­ity Col­lege that can stage mas­sive shindigs on their cam­pus – NUI Maynooth is tak­ing a leaf from the Dublin uni­ver­sity by host­ing their big­gest on-cam­pus event to date.

The Gath­er­ing takes place next Wed­nes­day, March 3rd, and will fea­ture what or­gan­is­ers de­scribe as “the com­ing to­gether of peo­ple in an act of mu­sic, dance, per­for­mance, noise, laugh­ter, move­ment and self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion.”

On the mini-fes­ti­val bill are The Magic Num­bers and The View, as well as Ir­ish acts such as Mundy, The Coronas, Duke Spe­cial, Neo­su­per­vi­tal, Grand Pocket Or­ches­tra and more, while one of the out­door stages will even host the ever-pop­u­lar Si­lent Disco.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Shea McNelis said that it was high time that a uni­ver­sity out­side of Dublin staged a high-pro­file event. “I think it’s the fu­ture of uni­ver­sity events in Ire­land,” he said. “This is the fes­ti­val gen­er­a­tion, and stu­dents now ex­pect a higher class of stu­dent ac­tiv­ity.”

Un­like the Trin­ity Ball, The Gath­er­ing is open to non-stu­dents and staff of the col­lege, with tick­ets avail­able from Tick­et­mas­ter at ¤45.

On a re­lated note, the line-up for the Trin­ity Ball (which takes place on April 16th) has been an­nounced, and will fea­ture sets by Dizzee Ras­cal, Mys­tery Jets, Uffie, Mr Hud­son, Jape, Dig­i­tal­ism, Fred Falke and more. Singer-song­writer Gor­don Lightfoot was on the re­ceiv­ing end of some bad news this week when ru­mours of his death spread via Twit­ter. The If You Could Read My Mind singer is go­ing strong at 71. Florence & the Ma­chine have paid out pub­lish­ing roy­al­ties to New York band Gang Gang Dance af­ter a claim that they were un­cred­ited for an el­e­ment of her song Rab­bit Heart (Raise It Up).

Sim­ply Red have struck a deal with Tesco for the exclusive sale of their forth­com­ing al­bum. The band are due to split this year, but not be­fore re­leas­ing their Songs of Love col­lec­tion.

Magic Num­bers

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