Archive for January, 2011

Get Your Politicians help TO GIVE US THE NIGHT

January 28, 2011


We have had quite a few questions recently regarding the outgoing Fianna Fáil government’s Sale of Alcohol Bill. You probably don’t need us to tell you this but it will not be published this side of the election. The bill itself has been worked on for almost eight years, and has unbelievably still not been completed. Dermot Ahern and his department had a lot of work to do on the bill and were unlikely to reach completion on it anytime soon.
What we are interested in now is the incoming government, and whether or not the Sale of Alcohol Bill will be in its programme for government. This is the single most important assurance we need to get from a prospective government party in advance of the election.

If you have time – amongst the many other issues you will probably have with canvassing candidates – we urge you to bring up the matter of Ireland’s licensing laws and the urgent need for a complete overhaul, with anyone you meet or speak to. What you need to be very clear on is that this particular bill will dictate the next changes to our closing times, and indeed any other areas of the alcohol licensing laws that you may be unhappy with. The extra-early closing time of 1am on Sunday nights is another issue that we feel needs to be changed as soon as possible; mentioning this is also advised.

While speaking to election candidates is massively important, zoning in on each of the main parties’ justice spokespersons is even more vital. Here is each of their emails if you would like to contact them:

* Fine Gael: Alan Shatter –

* Labour: Pat Rabbitte –

* Green Party: Ciarán Cuffe – ciaran. cuffe @

* Sinn Féin: Aengus Ó Snodaigh –

* Fine Fáil: Gone Fishing –

If you work in the industry, if you feel that later opening can benefit the economy, or if you simply feel that that you’d like the choice to be in a nightclub beyond 2/2.30am please let it be known. There is no doubt that the licensing laws will change for the better eventually, and under a new government we feel that that time may be coming closer.

We know that many people have grown weary with the lack of progress on an extension to the closing times, but there literally has not been a better time to make your voice heard on this as now.

Feel free to pass this message onto anyone you think may be interested.


Give Us The Night Team


King of Disco ‘Nile Rogers’ announces he’s fighting Cancer

January 21, 2011

Chic’s Nile Rodgers has revealed he is fighting an “aggressive cancer”. The songwriter and guitarist is recovering from “radical surgery”, taking long walks, singing old songs and “trying to put cancer behind me”.

Nile Rogers performing with Chic @ The Tripod, Dublin, last summer. Photos courtesy Of Niamh Moriarty©

In a recent blogpost, Rodgers called his 27 October diagnosis the instant when “everything in my happy-music universe imploded”. Although he has not specified the form of cancer, or his prognosis, a biopsy showed that he “had to make some important decisions … fast”. After consulting several physicians, Rodgers said he underwent surgery to remove the tumour. He is now recovering at home, and wants to “share an appreciation of life, music and people”.

Rodgers described long walks he took before heading into hospital, strolling for four miles in the early hours, singing to himself. It was “the most terrifying period of my life”, he said. “Death was looming just around the corner but I acted upbeat for my sake as well as folks around me.” One morning, Rodgers went to his local diner. “We Are Family was playing and the whole staff was singing along. I said, ‘Wow, that’s my song!’ And they looked at me like I was nuts. I’ve known everyone in this eatery for about 20 years – but none of them knew I co-wrote it. My eyes welled up with tears.”

Rodgers composed We Are Family with Bernard Edwards, his partner in Chic, who died of pneumonia in 1996. “My ex-partner passed away and most people don’t realise [he wrote] many songs they sing along with every day,” he said. “My morning walks now have a dual purpose. Do everything in my power to heal and try to put cancer behind me – and share the Good Times and happy memories of a lost songwriting partner to anyone who’ll listen. We did fun music meant to lift the spirit – and I’m proud of it.”

“After I left the diner,” Rodgers said, “I sang We Are Family to myself, three times … all the way back home.”

Formed in 1976, Chic were among disco’s biggest stars, scoring five UK top 10 hits in two years. They have been nominated six times for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

TLT picks up award @ The IMRO Live Music Venue Awards

January 18, 2011
Congratulations to Drogheda’s TLT which received a  Special Commendation award at the IMRO Live Music Venue Awards. Its a fitting tribute to Tommy Leddy and all his staff, that they have received such recognition in the short time its been opened. It is also great that Drogheda finally has a large music venue of its kind that can host events such as The Heineken Green Sphere gig featuring Goldfrapp last November. For more details on the venue plus all its forthcoming gig listings check out

Conor Mulhall & Thomasina Butterly of The TLT with their award and Niall Stokes Editor with Hotpress

External Sounds Presents… Jason Boardman (Aficionado, Manchester)

January 14, 2011

After a couple of thwarted attempts External Sounds is delighted to finally have selector supremo Jason Boardman coming to The Purple Room to play at our February event.

In a career spanning over 20 years Jason Boardman has been resident at seminal Manchester clubs such as Yellow, Hard Times and the iconic Hacienda. Jason has also made regular guest appearances at other established Manchester nights like, Stylus, Electric Chair a…nd El Diablo’s Social Club.

His own night Aficionado is now on the go for over 10 years, and has become something of an institution in Manchester. Along with his musical partner Moonboots, he has ran the night in various venues around the rainy city with it inspiring numerous imitators to start their own ‘Balearic Soirees’. Aficionado’s popularity is mainly due to the pairs unique and varied Balearic DJ style and musical knowledge. Their annual appearances at the Electric Elephant Festival in Croatia, have become like a mecca for people looking to experience a true early balearic vibe that’s now impossible to find on the over commercialized white isle.

A true vinyl addict Jason is one of the few djs that can still be found digging for records in Manchester’s many charity shops. This is reflected in his unique & well thought out DJ sets that are made up of tunes selected from his extensive back catalogue of soul, funk, disco, and electronic music from the last 30 years “I have had the good fortune to have a career as a DJ yet remained steadfast in avoiding potential banana skins by playing the music i love and cherish. I play what i want, this is anything good, though my main loves are dirty dusty disco, Balearic chuggers and electronic oddities.”

Over the course of his career he has performed in countries such as India, Venezuela, Romania, Portugal, France, Russia, and Croatia to name a few. This is his first performance in Ireland in over 6 years, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch a true musical craftsman behind the decks.

Doors open at 11pm and admission is €6.

External Sounds Djs @ Nightflight ▲

January 6, 2011

The External Sounds Djs are back as guest for Nightflights monthly bar residency @ Bia Bar, Dublin on Saturday 15th of January. Nightflight is a collective that comprises four sets of Dublin promoters that joined forces to become more than the sum of their parts. It started off as a weekly clubnight in the Button Factory in May 2008, with a diverse music policy that can take in everything from the disco to techno. Guests have ranged from techno overlords like Claude Von Stroke, Len Faki and Steve Bug to disco legends Nicky Siano and Francois K, not to mention nu-disco heroes like Prins Thomas, Danny Wang and Tensnake and fresh-as-a-daisy house producers like John Daly and Tony Lionni. The night starts at 10pm and run until 2:30am. Admission is free.

Here is a wee listening chart we done up for the nightflight to give an idea of what songs are currently floating some of the external sounds djs boats, as well as Tadhg’s latest mix for your aural pleasure!

listening chart

Tiger & Woods – Caddy Shack EP.
Dead Rose Music Company – Just A Bitter Love
Tensnake – Holding Back (My Love)
Quest – Smooth Skin
Three degrees – Mercy (Greg Wilson Edit)
James Brown – Doing it to Death
Martin Circus – Disco Circus (Special Mix)
William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (Onur Engin Edit)
Brassroots – Good Life
Ramadanman – Work Them
6th Borough Project Do it to the max
Inner West Soul – Evil Woman

Tadhg Murphy – Hale-en-gin Mix