Saturday, April 29, 2006

aLAF Keeps On Rocking Throughout The Year

aLAF has proven its self year after year to be part of the Ireland's yearly festival circuit. There mission is to "foster artistic and creative expression that promotes lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women's visibility and identity." I say nice one. Considering how shit the music scene is in Dublin's queer world they really have reached new hights in thier musical sellection at the fest. For the past five years they have had a Grrrls Rock night at the George. Its such a nice change from the top forty djing you usually get here in the queer world. Even Dublins Q&A (Queer and alternative) looks like a gay D4 party and believe you me thats not very good at all.

So its nice to hear that ALAF has branched out and started putting on gigs throughout the year as well. Last Thursday with Hive Mind Promotions (a small all woman promotion team that brought you Party Line and Spider Web earlier this year.) Irelands own Queen Kong and Canada's Lesbians on Esctacy took the stage at Eamonn Dorrans. You can read reviews of Queen Kong on an early post on this site.

Lesbians on Esctacy
were brillant . . .but I would have to say they don't really fit into the description. You would think they are a blatent rip off of Chicks on Speed but actually I would say they are closer to The Need. They really had more of an electro-rock eighties revial thing going on versus the Le Tigre, Chicks On Speed etc electro-pop. They were dressed more like eighties gay leather men then lesbians . . .but I suppose what does a lesbian look like eh?

aLAF takes place over the 1st weekend in April in DUBLIN, IRELAN. This year's festival is on Thursday 30th March to Sunday, 2nd April 2006. See for more info.

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I can't fathom why people still bopther using Eamon Dorans for gigs, especially gigs which claim to be coming from some vaguely politicised sub set of Dublin's under ground culture. The soundsystem is shite for one, I've seen a great act like Chevron completely go down he swanny as a result of it. The venue for some reason is completely conducive to ensuring a crowd retains all the excitment of microwaved scrambled eggs. And worse again, the fucking bar prices are exorbiant with the shagging cunts hiking up the price of pints after 11 or something without any prior notice or hint that they engage in such a practice. Seriously for some where that clings to some sort of indie rock credulity, Eamonn Dorans is Satan's den of corporate inequity.

Just on Lesbians on E, I really thought they were a pile of twaddle from what little I saw of them, and it was a tiny excerpt og their set. They reminded me of a band that came up with a name first and then reached around as desperately as they could to fit into that sort of Chicks On Speed/Le Tigre/crossing over with all genres vein. Wasn't impressed, too much image and not enough banging tunes. And when a band presents an image that is as good as theirs, then it really is hard to tell yourself that they are bad, you feel bad for them. At least I do.
antrophe you had that option of Lesbians on E before seeing them and after one song you went out for an extended smoke break . . . I think your points are more self fulfilling prophecy then any option from experience.

On the venue- I completely agree . . . and the next time someone puts on a gig there that says "cheep pints all night" on the bottom of the flyer I will be suing. I'm sure even though they need to pay 300 euro for the venue itsself I think the 13 euro in per person will be enough to cover my damaged faith in their advertising.
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