The 2FM DJ on dis­cov­er­ing Ber­lin, the plays of Philly McMahon, and why BBC’s Body­guard is a must-watch

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - ON MY RADAR JENNY GREENE - SHILPAGANA­TRA


I re­ally en­joyed The Se­cret DJ, writ­ten anony­mously. It went be­hind the scenes and ex­plained what it was like in the hey­day of the su­per­star DJ – it’s all about Ibiza, the par­ties, the ex­cess.


After hear­ing about it from so many peo­ple, I fi­nally went to Rage in Black­rock, and it was in­cred­i­ble. I went with my wife Kelly and we had the paté – to even call it paté isn’t do­ing it jus­tice – and the steak was one of the best. It’s 10 min­utes away from where we live, so we’ll def­i­nitely be back again.


I love Joe Lycett. We dis­cov­ered him on­line, telling a story about a park­ing at­ten­dant and since then we bought his DVD. He’s very ob­ser­va­tional but his anec­dotes are great. He played here last year at Vicar Street, and I’m pray­ing I get to see him next time he’s over.


I’d never gone to plays un­til re­cently, and now I’ve seen two plays by Philly McMahon. The first was RIOT, though that’s more than a play. Then I saw Come On Home, which had an in­ter­est­ing story about a frac­tured fam­ily. Be­cause I’m not a theatre per­son, I couldn’t get my head around it at the start, but it was mov­ing. The one I’m dy­ing to see I Am Tonie

Walsh, which is on at the end of the month. It’s the true story of the Dublin DJ and gay-rights ac­tivist, and I be­lieve he has a cameo in it. That might be more up my street.


Kelly and I dis­cov­ered our fu­ture new home ear­lier this year: Ber­lin. We stayed in Friedrichs­hain which was chilled and near lots of clubs; it re­minded me of New York. We went to Club der Vi­sion­aere, which was hid­den away by the wa­ter. These clubs are open all day and you can buy drinks from ev­ery cor­ner shop, but it’s still very civilised. I don’t think it would work here, where ev­ery­thing is to ex­cess. Next year I want to try to get into the Berghain. I know we could spend six hours queu­ing and not get in, but I still want to try.


My all-time favourite al­bum is Moby’s Play ,I never get sick of that. But this year I’ve loved The Blaze’s Dance­hall. It was my first year miss­ing Elec­tric Pic­nic this year, but ap­par­ently they were the stand-out per­form­ers.


Rami Malek was in Mr Ro­bot and he’s playing Fred­die Mer­cury in Bo­hemian Rhap­sody .Isaw trail­ers, and he is Fred­die Mer­cury; he’s amaz­ing in it. I think he could be the next Leo DiCaprio, and have a ca­reer where he plays in­ter­est­ing roles. He’s re­ally quirky.


When I first got the Ap­ple TV, that was life-chang­ing. The nov­elty’s worn off but it’s still the most-used thing in the house. Kelly and I would use it to watch movies we rent, Net­flix, and YouTube, but then we can also mir­ror our phone to watch videos and photos on our TV.

So­cial-me­dia pro­file

I have a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with so­cial me­dia. I find a lot of peo­ple show an an­noy­ing, false side of them­selves on­line, but Amy Hu­ber­man has great, funny one-lin­ers and you can’t help but laugh ev­ery time you see her posts on Twit­ter (@amy­hu­ber­man) and In­sta­gram (@amy_hu­ber­man).

TV show

Ev­ery­one’s seen Body­guard right? I re­cently watched Line of Duty by Jed Mer­cu­rio and I thought was amaz­ing, and Body­guard fol­lowed on from that. It feels very topi­cal, be­ing about ter­ror­ism and pol­i­tics, but above any­thing, it’s grip­ping. Within four min­utes of the se­ries start­ing, there’s a sui­cide bomber on a train ready to blow it up. You’re on the edge of your seat. It was on once a week, so you had to wait un­til the fol­low­ing week to find out what hap­pens, which cre­ated more hype.


I loved Call Me By Your Name. It’s about a younger guy and an older guy se­cretly em­bark­ing in a re­la­tion­ship, but then older guy goes home and mar­ries a woman, so it’s a sum­mer ro­mance that ends badly – that’s my vague, non-film critic de­scrip­tion of it. The char­ac­ters and the scenery of Italy made it won­der­ful to watch, and the story made it an emo­tional roller­coaster.

Jenny Greene plays the INEC Kil­lar­ney on Dec 7th and 8th with the RTÉ Con­cert Orchestra

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