How can a rammed Tivilo Theatre, full to the brim with wenches and weekend pirates be anything but spectacular? Well, throw in a larger than life inflatable duck and a Bohemian Rhapsody mass sing-along, just in case and you got yourself one hell of an evening.
Opening up tonight’s proceedings are Rumahoy 2.5/5 – the balaclava metal brethren and The Dread Crew of Oddwood 3.5/5 who do their damned best to get everyone in a swashbuckling, rowdy mood ahead of Alestorms performance.
Alestorm is a top quality band who know what they’re doing from the get-go! To go from the Pint venue in Dublin to one of the biggest stand-alone venues in 6 years is a colossal achievement for a group of young men wearing frilly shirts and pulling off songs about getting pissed on a boat.
The venue was pretty much ideal for them. A tiered style standing area means everyone gets a look in and it doesn’t disappoint. With an exceptional sound from all bands tonight (kudos to the sound engineer) the Tivoli is transported to the high seas with a list of bangers including ‘Magnetic North‘, ‘The Sunk’n Norweigan‘, ‘Wenches and Mead’, not forgetting ‘Fucked with an Anchor’!
Vocalist Christopher Bowes commands the party from the stage with ease as he and his crewmates drop each rum-drenched banger after another, much to the delight of the rabid crowd.
All in all, tonights ‘Piratefest‘ was a triumphant success judging by the thousand or so punters who danced, sang and stumbled out into the Dublin night, with shit-eating grins on their faces. Fantastic! 4/5
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