Kings of all they sur­vey


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


Irsh peo­ple are fond of the fa­mil­iar. We like the pre­dictable and the safe. We find com­fort when Joe says “I know” five times in a row on Live­line; we en­joy pre­dict­ing the punch­line to the Mrs Brown’s Boys joke about women’s knick­ers; we like Gal­way Girl, Su­per­macs and Cop­per Face Jacks and we like Kings of Leon.

No, we really do. Ire­land has so much love for the Fol­low­ill clan that they are de­camp­ing to Dublin for three nights, but they could prob­a­bly stretch out their stay to a month and still have peo­ple moan­ing that they couldn’t get tick­ets (it’s a scan­dal, Joe).

Ever since the band went from prickly, ram­shackle garage fuzzi­ness to pol­ished, puls­ing man-rock­ers who know their way around an­themic cho­ruses, Ir­ish au­di­ences have held them in the clutches of their air-pump­ing fists. It is prac­ti­cally a tra­di­tional Ir­ish rite of pas­sage for a young boy to screech the cho­rus of Sex on Fire into a young girl’s face at the height of sum­mer like some ter­ri­fy­ing mat­ing call.

It seems that when the boys be­came ded­i­cated mod­eliz­ers and Caleb Fol­low­ill’s face went from scrag­gly dust­bowl ragga­muf­fin to Wayne Rooney’s Amer­i­can cousin, we couldn’t get enough of them. They be­came just nor­mal enough to be ac­cept­able to us. Af­ter pre­vi­ously sell­ing out Slane and Mar­ley Park, this three-night stand in Dublin’s 3Arena in sup­port of their lat­est al­bum Walls is prob­a­bly an av­er­age week­end at an enormo-venue for the lads.

The three dates (July 1st, 2nd and 4th) were all sold out, but this week, MCD man­aged to source some “pro­duc­tion tick­ets” from down the back of their couch and they are back on sale but be quick about it. They are priced at ¤85.50 (plus book­ing fee) for stand­ing and ¤100.50 (plus book­ing fee) to have a sit.

Doors open at 6.30pm with sup­port from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: a bour­bon soaked, old school Amer­i­cana out­fit that are sure to ap­peal to any Black Keys fans in the venue. Kings of Leon will take to the stage at around 8.30pm.

The 3 Arena is lo­cated in the Dock­lands and there is carpark­ing avail­able in the Point Vil­lage carpark, which costs ¤13 and must be pre-booked from the Tick­et­mas­ter web­site.

The 151 bus will leave you to Castle­forbes Road which is but a few skips from the venue.

Although the eas­i­est way to get to the 3 Arena is the Luas Red Line, please re­mem­ber that dur­ing rush hour, the Luas will be car­ry­ing non-con­cert go­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic. Let them off at their stops be­fore you crush on. It’s just com­mon de­cency and they’re not off any­where ex­cit­ing like you. Re­lax, the Luas won’t head off with­out you.

Large bags and back­packs are out for any gigs this size th­ese days, so leave them at home if you don’t want to run the risk of be­ing de­nied en­try. A4 bags and purses are fine but you will be sub­jected to a few rou­tine searches be­fore you get in so be warned and wear some nice de­odor­ant.

So what are they likely to play? A ver­i­ta­ble Ban­quet of Leon, the set list is spread out over their back cat­a­logue but with the last cou­ple of al­bums get­ting the lion’s share of the setlist, although fans of the Me­chan­i­cal Bull al­bum may be dis­ap­pointed.

As Moody­mann dropped Sex on Fire into his Field Day set a few weeks ago, with mixed re­sults, there is no word yet whether the boys will re­turn the favour and throw in a cover of Don’t You Want My Love on one of the nights, but we live in hope.

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