Brand New Retro: Mary Quant in Cabra
“Intrigued, and excited to hear of this Quant Cabra connection, I had to find out more. This is what I discovered…” – Brian McMahon
Brand New Retro: Star Trek Mobile Discotheque
“Hans Lignell came up with the idea of Star Trek, a massive mobile disco which would bring the glamour, lights, excitement and sophistication of the new Dublin nightclubs to the ballrooms around the country.” – Brian McMahon
Brand New Retro: MindFuzz
“Although it’s all original vinyl, we’re not afraid of modern technology to intensify the experience.” Dublin Psychedelic Club MindFuzz celebrates its tenth birthday next year. Brian McMahon meets with founder and host Mark Winkelmann to find out more about this unique night.
Brand New Retro: 20 League of Ireland Pop Connections
To celebrate 20 years since the League of Ireland switched to summer football, we give you 20 connections the league has had with pop music.
Brand New Retro: How Does it Feel? Blue Monday at 40
In 2023, Blue Monday will be forty-years old. Forty years of filling the floors at house parties, discos, indie nights, techno nights, 21sts and weddings. Brian McMahon asks the question, “How Does It Feel?”
Brand New Retro: Vintage Christmas Adverts
This month we present a selection of vintage Christmas adverts promoting long-standing Irish food and drink brands.
Brand New Retro: When Wigs Were In
For a time in the 1960s and early 1970s, it was acceptable and fashionable for young Irish women to wear wigs.
Brand New Retro: Fab 208 – Radio Luxembourg
“208 is my magic number. It’s a throwback to the early 1970s when I and thousands of other music-starved Irish teenagers listened every night to Radio Luxembourg 208”. – Brian McMahon
Brand New Retro: Yellow Press 1991 – 1994
Yellow Press was an Irish comic published from 1991 to 1994. Describing itself as the ‘premier periodical for the nineties kind of person’ and ‘not suitable for young children’ it ran for eleven issues and featured work from over twenty Irish cartoonists.
Brand New Retro: Too Late Fanzine 1978 – 1982
Too Late was a Dundalk-based homemade magazine that was also sold in Dublin between 1978 and 1981. Brian McMahon asked its editor and publisher, Eamonn McMahon (yes relation) to reflect on his post-punk fanzine-making days.
Brand New Retro: Paul Martin – First Face
During Lockdown, fashion photographer Paul Martin unearthed boxes of negatives that inspired him to publish his new book First Face: a collection of photographs of new Irish models shot in the 1990s. Brian McMahon of Brand New Retro met Paul for a trip down memory lane.
Brand New Retro: Charity Walks
Whether you were a walker, a sponsor, or just an onlooker, it was impossible to avoid the charity walk fad of the early 1970s.
Brand New Retro: i-D Magazine visits Dublin 1985
“After 11, there’s nothing.” When i-D visited Dublin in 1985 they found a backward and grim city beset by unemployment and emigration.
Brand New Retro: The Beat Scene Boys in Town – May 1968
This photo, taken in May 1968 at the top of Grafton St, shows six lead singers and four DJs from the Dublin beat scene – all young, all looking smart, all looking mod, all very style-conscious.
Brand New Retro: Thumbprint On A Teenage Heart
“The Bay City Rollers were my first crush, my first love. They were a sexual awakening for most of us.” Mary McNally recalls her teenage years as a Rollers fan in 1970s Beaumont, Dublin
Brand New Retro – Fashion at The Central Hotel 1960
With revamp building work now underway at the closed Central Hotel, it’s hard not to get nostalgic and reflect on the good times spent there.
Brand New Retro: Creation
The decor at Creation House took inspiration from Berlin too. It was modern, elegant, sleek, sophisticated – just like Creation magazine, whose office and photographic studios were conveniently located on the third floor of their Grafton Street building.
Brand New Retro: Christmas Presents Past
From tins of biscuits and tobacco to packets of cheese and nylons, Brian McMahon of Brand New Retro takes a quick look at vintage adverts for Christmas gifts produced by leading Irish manufacturers.