Being a wizened old centenarian hasn’t curbed our proclivity for throwing a good party. We’re starting 2013 with a kick up the snow-hole with a very, very special, very, very free celebration of our 100th issue this 24th January.
Where is it?
ely CHQ have very kindly offered us their network of spectacular, historic caverns. Previously used as the city’s tobacco stores, Stack A was the site of an en masse feast for Irish soldiers in the Crimean War, stuffed with 230 legs of mutton, 100 rice puddings, and 3,500 pint bottles. We won’t have quite as many, but thanks to Noreast we’ll be keeping you watered with Erdinger, Budvar and Perrier, while ely provide the eats.
The venue is comprised of a system of six small caverns. We’re taking inspiration from Jools Holland, switching between the the caverns with live music, DJs and video art throughout the night.
Who’s at it?
The alter-ego of a previous Totally Dublin cover star, New Jackson broke out with the stunning Night Mail last year. All vocoders and dark house ambience, the EP was a triumph of top-tier electronic production. Fresh from supporting John Talabot at his sold-out Dublin show to much acclaim, NJ’s hardware hive will be headlining the party.
Cian Nugent and the Cosmos
With a 7” coming out on Matador, a thumbs up from Pitchfork and Wire Magazine, and the most hilarious 10 minute video review of his (astounding) album Doubles, Cian Nugent’s been secretly climbing to the top of the critical ladder outside Ireland. A talent worth cherishing, Nugent’s guitar-playing ability is second to none. He comes with full band in tow.
Creators of Totally Dublin’s 5th favourite album of last year, we’ve been lecturing everybody with at least one ear and a tapedeck to pay attention to Ginnels double-album *Crowns* since its release. Jangle-pop that channels the best bits of C86 and American 90s lo-fi, Ginnels have more hooks than Rory’s Tackle Shop.
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GCN’s fundraising night Mother started out as a venue for the gay community to come and dance to something other than the usual commercial gack, but thanks to DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne it’s quickly gained traction as the best Saturday night weekly in Dublin. For some reason we gave Mother a really crap review a couple of years ago, which just goes to show you should never trust TD. Expect synth-pop and super secret disco.
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Thanks to ChoiceCuts the October issue of Totally Dublin was possibly graced with our best cover ever. Holding a Mati Klarwein exhibition is just one example of the tireless work CC do to promote African and African-American culture in Dublin. With acts like Mulatu and Ebo Taylor visiting in January, it’s full steam ahead. For your ears: hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk.
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Our biggest blog export, Niall Byrne’s .com has been doing roaring trade in the online music journalism universe since 2005. Recently voted 5th Best Music Blog in the Entire World, Nialler9’s international status allows independent Irish music a bigger platform than it might otherwise be afforded. His biggest claim to fame, however, might be that time he was in our magazine eating spaghetti, Lady and the Tramp style, with our food editor.
Celebrating Italian culture through four different strands: disco, film, football, and funny names, Forza’s welcome introduction into the clubbing calendar offers so much needed diversity. Get your cues from the choice house and Italo playlist DJs Sebastian Simonetti and Stefano Crosserini (ahem) put together for us last year.
As a celebration of homegrown visual art in the time of TD, we’ll be dusting off a projector and showcasing a spread of Dublin-made video art pieces. An eerie thread will run throughout, featuring works such as Jonah King’s sequin-sparkled The Dowsers (above), which follows a new age cult in an era where water has become privately owned.
Duck For Covers
We’ve got a limited edition run of Fuchsia Macaree’s wonderful 100th issue cover illustration. There’s one for everybody in the audience!
This all sounds like the best night of your life, right? And it’s seriously free, right? Yes. But guess what – we’ve only got 100 tickets. To enter the lottery, ask nicely in the comments below and we’ll put you in the tombola. Make sure to include an email address in your details so we can get in touch with you. We’ll be letting winners know on the 19th January.