SATUR­DAY 24.06.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

SONG­WRITER Phil Collins Aviva Sta­dium Dublin 6pm ¤89.50 tick­et­mas­ Back in the day, for­mer UK gun­slinger for hire Julie Burchill called Phil Collins the ugli­est man in Bri­tain, but the for­mer Ge­n­e­sis drum­mer and vo­cal­ist had the last laugh when he went on to sell more than 100 mil­lion records and have more UK Top 40 hit sin­gles than any other artist of the 1980s. As the years passed and his lev­els of pop­u­lar­ity waxed and waned, his mu­sic was picked up by US ur­ban artists such as Kanye and Bey­oncé, as well as be­ing sam­pled by too many hip-hop/R&B acts to men­tion. The lat­est tip of the hat to his in­flu­ence? The drum in­tro of In The Air Tonight is promi­nently sam­pled on Lorde’s new al­bum. Spe­cial guests at this show in­clude Mike & the Me­chan­ics (fronted by his for­mer Ge­n­e­sis band­mate Mike Ruther­ford, so ex­pect a Ge­n­e­sis trib­ute) and Blondie (whose lat­est al­bum,

Pol­li­na­tor, is a 1978 throw­back cracker). TCL

BIG TIME SEN­SU­AL­ITY Pride Block Party Tivoli The­atre Grounds, Dublin 4pm ¤20/¤18/¤15 twit­ There ain’t no block party like Mother’s Pride Block Party. Tak­ing over the Tivoli in the heart of Dublin’s Lib­er­ties, the Mother crew come on strong with all the bangers and glit­ter

canons you need for a colour­ful post-pa­rade wig-out. Top­ping the bill is Swedish pop star and Euro­vi­sion 2012 win­ner Loreen (left) who will be tear­ing things up with Eu­pho­ria, State­ments,

The Snake and other ones which are not Eu­pho­ria. There will also be per­for­mances from wild wild west party boy Daithi, Dublin elec­tronic duo Faune, Panti Bliss, Veda & Her Witches, and the Mother DJs. Be­sides the ex­cel­lent stage­craft and mu­sic, there are also food stalls, in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions and other fab­u­lous block party ac­croute­ments. JC

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