DayTripper Sunday – 3rd July 2016
— Paul Young —
Paul Young headlines Daytripper’s ‘80’s Night’ on Sunday, 3 July, with an exclusive Irish appearance for him and his band, their first Irish date for 18 years ! Paul has a new album ‘Good Thing’ due for release in April and lead single, the Al Green classic L-O-V-E, shows that Paul’s voice is just as strong as it was in the 80s, when he was one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Of course Paul and the band will be playing all the Greatest Hits on their summer dates so expect mass sing-alongs to the likes of ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’, ‘Love Of The Common People’, ‘Every Time You Go Away’, ‘Come Back And Stay’ and ‘Senza Una Donna’.
Paul Antony Jones was born in Luton in the 1950s and after a few years playing in bands like the Streetband and the Q-Tips, massive worldwide fame was thrust on him via a series of massive albums and singles in the mid-80s. Singing the opening line of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ for Band Aid in 1984 made him one of the most recognisable faces and voices on the planet and alongside Queen and possibly U2, he played one of the most memorable sets at Live Aid in Wembley the following year. Paul’s chart success was phenomenal with ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ staying at Number 1 in the UK for most of summer 1983 and ‘Come Back & Stay’ hitting the Number 1 spot in every European country in 1984. Then in 1985 Paul also hit the Number 1 spot in the US Singles charts with ‘Everytime You Go Away’. In 1989 Paul appeared at The Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert and sang a song by Crowded House ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ which along with his 1991 worldwide smash ‘Senza Una Donna’ (recorded with his good friend Zucchero) was included on his massive selling Greatest Hits album in 1991. The following year was spent touring the world, which culminated in Paul’s wonderful appearance at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert singing “Radio Gaga” and the release of what turned out to be his final album for Sony, ‘The Crossing’ in 1993. In the intervening years Paul reformed his early band the Q-Tips and also set up a fun side project, the loosely styled Tex-Mex band, Los Pacaminos. In 2016, with a new album and a set full of Greatest Hits, Paul’s fans are hoping that he is ‘back to stay for good this time’.
— Aslan —
Aslan emerged from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in the mid 1980s. They released a demo single, ‘This Is’, in 1986 which was a huge hit and then in 1988 they recorded their debut album, ‘Feel No Shame’ which shot straight in to the No.1 spot of the Irish charts. Sadly in August 1988 Aslan infamously imploded, torn apart by overindulgence of all kinds. Five years later in July 1993, they played what was supposed to be a one off charity gig in Finglas but the spark was reignited and Aslan landed a new record deal with BMG. The single “Crazy World”, entered the charts at No 4 and stayed in the charts for 3 months, becoming one of the most played songs ever on Irish Radio. The rest of the 90s was spent touring consistently in Ireland (including a 5 night sell out run at Vicar St and a sell out show at the 9,000 capacity Point Theatre on Stephen’s Day 1999) and releasing great albums like ‘Goodbye Charlie Moonhead’, ‘Here Comes Lucy Jones’ and the double platinum ‘Shame About Lucy Moonhead’, a compilation of their best work.
The 00s started with the band selling out the Point 3 years in a row and releasing more great albums like “Waiting For This Madness To End” and “For Some Strange Reason”. Fast forward to 2012 which started well when the band attended The Savoy cinema for the world premiere of their film “Please Don’t Stop” which tells the full story of the bands 3 decades together. A new album “Nudie Books and Frenchies” swiftly followed and went straight in at No. 1 in the Irish charts! Then disaster struck as Christy was admitted to hospital with a chest infection but it was discovered he had contracted a rare blood cancer which was attacking his heart. He was transferred to Beaumont hospital where a pacemaker was fitted. It looked like the end for Aslan.
In June 2013 ‘A Night For Christy’ was organised in the Olympia and the vibe was that all the acts had to perform an Aslan song. Such was the demand from acts that Aslan could have hosted a week in the Olympia. Those that did perform included Paul Brady, The Coronas, Gavin Friday, Bressie, The Riptide Movement, Horslips, , Mary Black, Ryan Sheridan and Damien Dempsey. U2 also participated with a live link from New York of them performing Aslan’s “This Is”. The night ended on an emotional high with Christy performing Crazy World. In February 2014, Aslan released a live album “30” which was recorded over 2 nights in the Olympia Theatre to celebrate the band being together 30 years. Then after a year of no Aslan gigs at all, Christy received the news that he was in a type of remission. The band went on to play 2 sold out gigs at Vicar St at the end of 2015 and another one at the Olympia in March this year. Daytripper is delighted to host the band as part of it’s 80s Night on Sunday, 3 July, a rare Irish festival appearance for Christy and the lads.
— Big Country —
Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland. The classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of that album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to sell over 2 million copies and drove ‘The Crossing’ to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
The run of success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’. In 1985, Big Country appeared at Live Aid in London followed by further successful album releases ‘The Seer’ (1986, which included the bands biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, which also reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart) and ‘Peace In Our Time’ (1988). At the start of the 90’s ‘Through A Big Country’, featuring all the bands classic hits was released, followed by the fifth studio album ‘No Place Like Home’ (1991) taking the band’s total record sales to well over five million copies.
Further studio albums Buffalo Skinners (1993) and ‘Why The Long Face (1995) followed, which saw Big Country landing the special guest slot on the Rolling Stones ‘Voodoo Lounge’ European tour and several shows in the UK and Ireland with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in 1995. In August 1998 they were once again invited to open for the Rolling Stones on their ‘Bridges To Babylon” tour of Europe prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were “one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen”. By now singer Stuart Adamson had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and so his fellow bandmates decamped to America to join him in writing and recording the album ‘Driving To Damascus’. It would be the last album they recorded together. With Stuart at the helm, Big Country, scored 17 top 30 UK singles achieving 5 gold and platinum status albums along the way.
On December 16th 2001, Stuart Adamson took his own life in Honolulu, USA. The remaining three members had no real thoughts of performing as Big Country again. But, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band’s Twenty-fifth anniversary. A few years of intense and emotional shows followed with the ‘new’ Big Country fuelled by a renewed energy and once again revelling in the dreams and visions that had brought them together in the first place, finding instant and respectful acceptance by fans and critics alike. Since then, the band have performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight, V Festival, T In The Park and Oxegen, creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion of the diehards with the introduction of new original songs such as ‘Another Country’ and ‘The Journey’. With the promise of a new era dawning for the band and the realisation that Big Country now have the platform to once again record and tour on a world wide scale, bassist Tony Butler decided that his time in Big Country had come to a close and so he retired gracefully from the stage. The band then welcomed Scott Whitley on bass and Simon Hough to perform vocal duties and both have fit in perfectly as the band continues its worldwide touring to continued acclaim as one of the best live festival acts on the planet.
— Rebel Rebel —
When the late great David Bowie passed away at the beginning of this year, there was a huge outpouring of love and respect from music fans all over the world, something that has only previously been seen on the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. David’s body of work over a period of almost 50 years is unsurpassed in modern music and this continued right up to his swansong, the magnificent ‘Blackstar’. Due to David’s absence from the live scene over the last decade, Rebel Rebel have built up a dedicated fan base all over Ireland with their amazing tribute to the Man. They are Bowie fans playing Bowie for Bowie fans, a fully live 6 piece band faithfully recreating the most popular songs from Bowie’s extensive back catalogue. The set for this show is built on Bowie’s most loved and enduring songs and the band have worked hard at re- creating the sound and look of a David Bowie concert. Rebel Rebel cover Bowie’s hits from 1969 right up to the present day. The band are made up of some of the finest session musicians in the country, it’s members having previously played with an array of Ireland’s top artists including; Sinead O’Connor, Clannad, Gavin Friday, Jack L, Brian Kennedy, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Brian Downey and Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy). Lead singer Peter Quinn has always had his voice compared to Bowie’s. “I released an album of original material in 1999 and it was instantly compared to Bowie. It was something I had been told from the time I cut my first demo tape, so when I was looking for a new project a Bowie tribute was the obvious direction.” Rebel Rebel have been selling out shows to legions of Bowie fans over the last few months, including Dublin’s Button Factory and Cork’s Opera House. They are looking forward to their Waterford debut at Daytripper.
“Sounds uncannily like David Bowie in good form.”
Tony Clayton Lea, the Irish Times.
— Rebel Rebel —
— Spring Break —
80s tribute band, Spring Break, are ‘the best friend the good times ever had’. The Irish 5 piece have built a fantastic reputation over the last few years for the feel-good atmosphere they create with their brilliant live set of 80s classics at venues and festivals all over the country, including a recent set in front of 5,000 shiny happy people at Electric Picnic. Set list highlights include Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long, Kenny Loggins’ ‘Footloose’, Prince’s ‘1999’, Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ and Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ to name just a few. Prepare to be royally entertained and get ready to sing along at the top of your voice to the hits of the decade of excess.
— Spring Break —
— Unusual Suspects —
The Unusual Suspects from Waterford have become one of the most popular party bands in Ireland over the last decade. The lads have residencies at all the top music bars around the country as well as regular appearances at the summer music festivals. The Suspects have a huge following in their hometown and for their debut appearance at Daytripper, the lads are going to put together a special set list of 80s classics to fit in with the Sunday line-up. So get down to the RSC early and don’t forget your dancing shoes.
— Unusual Suspects —
— Fade To Grey —
Shaun Whelan has been entertaining lovers of cool 80s music in recent times with his ‘Fade To Grey’ clubnight, where he plays cult classics from the likes of New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Human League, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet. He will be joined at Daytripper by South East radio legend, Roddie Cleere (now of KCLR and previously at WLR), who will be hitting the nostalgia button with 80s rock and pop smashes from his ‘Gekko’ club days, plus DJ Zoe Staunton (WLRfm) and her Indie Disco – 80’s Style mix. A perfect compliment to the Daytripper main stage and WCU stage line-up of Paul Young, Aslan, Big Country, Rebel Rebel and more.