Adam West Passes away at 88 Years Old

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Adam West passed away yesterday at the age of 88. West is probably best known for his role in the first live-action TV series based on DC Comics’ character Batman.

Adam West passed away surrounded by his friends and family in Los Angeles after a short battle with Leukaemia. He is survived by his wife Marcelle, his six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His family made a statement after West’s passing:

Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero.

Adam West started acting on TV back in the late 50’s, but became widely known for his title role of Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader in 1966’s TV series Batman. The series was different to the Batman we currently know, the show had a much lighter feel and was more colourful and bright than the comics and later adaptations, but was still hugely successful. However, the show’s success didn’t last and it was cancelled in 1968 after 3 seasons, 120 episodes and a made for TV movie.

He struggled to find steady work after Batman ended in 1968 and held mostly cameo roles in TV series and B-Movies. It wasn’t until the year 2000 and a role in Family Guy, in which he played a fictionalised version of himself, where he found new success and was introduced to a whole new generation of fans.

Adam West always had a love for Batman, over the years he attended conventions, voiced characters in Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In 2015, after some campaigning, he, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprised their roles in an animated film titled Batman: The Caped Crusader that was released for home media.

Adam West will always have a special place in our hearts for bringing Batman to life for the first time and we have never quite seen a portrayal like it since.

My sincerest sympathies goes out to his friends and family. May he Rest in Peace.

Zack Snyder Steps Down from Justice League

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Justice League is set to be released in Irish cinemas in November of this year. The production received some bad news this week, when director Zack Snyder stepped down from the film, which is currently in post-production. He stepped down recently due to a family tragedy. In March of this year, Zack’s 20 year old daughter, Autumn, took her own life. Zack Snyder kept the news private until now, but feels now his family needs him more than the film and has stepped down to spend time with them.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter Zack Snyder said:

“I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me.”

Wife of Zack Snyder, Deborah was also serving as a Producer on the film, has also decided to step down from her duties. Leaving the country and their family again would be too much for them.

Zack Snyder had never meant wanted to bring this aspect of his family life into the public eye, but knew that given how the internet could be, rumours would fly after his leaving the production, unless he told the real story.

Joss Whedon, who was brought in to write some new scenes for the re-shoot, has now signed on to take over the place of Zack Snyder in the director’s chair for the re-shoots, as well as the post production duties in London. Roland Emmerich doesn’t think the change of directors will have a negative impact on the film, none of the reshoots will introduce new characters, and Joss Whedon will be sticking to the tone and style set down by Zack in the primary shoots.

I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies and condolences to Zack Snyder and his entire family, in this trying time.

Finally, the First Trailer for The Defenders is Out!

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The Defenders, a team up of all of the Marvel Netflix TV superheroes, is coming very soon to our computers and TVs. The show which sees Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Iron Fist join forces will be released on the 18th of August. Ever since the series was first teased, fans of the shows and comics have been waiting with baited breath for the crossover series to come to life, and that wait is nearly over.

Today, Netflix released the first official trailer for The Defenders, and it is pretty epic. You can check out the trailer below:

The trailer doesn’t really show us much by way of the story, but serves more to show us how the various characters from the different series meet up. They all seem to be investigating the very same thing, and at first don’t take too kindly to the others butting in.

We see the invincible Luke Cage take on the immortal Iron fist, and it looks pretty awesome. Matt Murdock bails Jessica out after getting a police informant killed, and presumably Luke and Jessica bring the others together.

We also get a good look at the villain of the piece, played by the legend Sigourney Weaver. There is still a lot of speculation as to what villain she will be playing in The Defenders. Some people believe she may be the Beast of the Hand. Others think she might be the head of IGH, a secret paramilitary group. IGH previously supplied the drugs that allowed Will Simpson to heal faster and gave him enhanced strength in Jessica Jones.

What we do know, especially from this trailer, is that The Defenders looks like it is going to be awesome.

We have been spoiled by Marvel and Netflix lately, with them releasing a teaser yesterday revealing the resurrection of a dead character.

Half Light – A serious issue told through a fantastical story

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Half Light – Bombinate Theatre

As part of 2016’s Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, a group of college friends led by Mollie Molumby brought Half Light to the New Theatre in Dublin’s Temple Bar, for a very successful run.

Half Light tells the tale of Robin, a 10 year old boy, whose father has been growing distant over the past days & weeks. One night, when Robin should have been fast asleep, he decides to sneak out to his father working in his office, but doesn’t find what he was expecting. This is where Robin’s adventure begins, when he is swallowed up by his father’s storybook.

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Half Light – Bombinate Theatre

On the surface, Half Light is a 10 year old boy’s fantasy journey through the woods to find his father one night. Beneath the surface, it is the story about a man’s struggle with depression and how his 10 year old son reacts to his father’s struggle. Despite it’s serious message, Half Light is a funny & heart-warming story accompanied by original music and songs, plus some very convincing sounds by the cast.

I really enjoyed Half Light, it keeps you interested throughout with the great songs, audience inclusion and a well paced story, that expertly mixes the humour & music with the heavier message.

Half Light is directed by Mollie Molumby and was written as a collaborative effort by Molumby and the majority of the cast. The characters are portrayed by Fionn Foley (Robin), Martha Grant, Richard Durning, Kerill Kelly (various) and Juliette Crosby (Crow). Fionn Foley also composed the original songs for the play, with additional songs and score by Durning.

Depression is a serious issue, especially in Ireland. One of the major issues is people feeling embarrassed to open up about it, or feeling like they’re the only one in this situation. Hopefully, shows like this will help feel comfortable enough to come clean and seek help.

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Half Light – Bombinate Theatre

Half Light had a great initial run during the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival and is about to start a 5 night run in Smock Alley Theatre as part of the 2017 First Fortnight Festival. There will be one performance every night at 7:30 pm, with an additional matinee performance on Saturday 14th at 2:30pm. There will also be a post performance discussion on Wednesday 11th. Tickets are available through Smock Alley or through the First Fortnight website.

 

Sources:
(1) fundit.ie/project/half-light
(2) tn2magazine.ie/interview-with-mollie-molumby-director-of-half-light/
Images:
(1) gaietyschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Half-Light-Web.jpg
(2) fundit.ie/profiles/1465138559halflight_sm.jpg
(3) i1.irishmirror.ie/whats-on/article8841430.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/Half-Light.jpg

Bram Stoker Festival & Macnas Parade stalking the Dublin Streets 28-31st October 2016

It’s almost that ghoulin’ time of the year again and as has now become customary, Bram Stoker Festival is descending upon the streets of Dublin. As part of the Bram Stoker Festival, there will be lots of different festivities taking place across the city. Some of the events will be fun for all the family, even those who are only kids at heart. But, some of the events are only for those 18 and above. will you be brave enough to step beyond the threshold and into the darkness?

For the kids there are lots of spooky, but fiendishly fun options throughout the festival:

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Stokerland is a 2 day victorian themed pop-up fun park that will take over the entirety of St Patrick’s Park with the ominous but beautiful silhouette of Patrick’s Cathedral looming over the festivities. There will be a vintage photo booth, face painting (no age restrictions), street performers, food stands and much, much more across the weekend. Entry is completely free, but some activities may require a fee. Oct 29-30th 11:00-16:30

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Monsters @ Light House will introduce you and your kids to the monsters that kept the youth of the ’30s and 50’s jumping at shadows. The Light House as part of the Bram Stoker Festival will be showing a number of classic horror movies across the weekend. These classics include 1954’s “Creature from the Black Lagoon” in 3D and “The Wolfman” from 1941. Tickets start at 6.50. Schedule available at www.lighthousecinema.ie

For the grown ups among you, there are plenty to make you go bump in the night:

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Bleedin’ Deadly will be infesting the Pillar Rooms at the Rotunda for the 4 nights of the festival. Bleedin’ Deadly is a victorian themed freak show that will entertain you and disgust you in equal measures. The show will present talents from home & abroad. ‘The Space Cowboy‘ hails from Australia, he holds 44 world records, including the most swords swallowed at once. Kitty Le Roux lives in Greystones and combines her snake charming with her burlesque talents to wow & amaze you. Tickets from €25. 2 shows Friday to Sunday, 1 Show Monday.

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Dracula Live: Screening with Live Score will be taking place in the Nation Concert hall. The 1931 cinematic version of ‘Dracula’ will be screened in the NCH with the world premiere of the brand new score written and performed live by Seán Mac Erlaine, Sharon Phelan, Matthew Nolan and Eivind Aarset. See Bela Lugosi in one of his most iconic roles live on the silver screen.

Now for one of the biggest events to come to the Bram Stoker Festival, and back for another successful year.

Macnas Parade – Sleep no More

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This year, Macnas are returning to the streets of Dublin, but this time they have created a wholly original piece just for Halloween and the Bram Stoker Festival 2016. “Sleep No More is a restless ballad, a deliriously dark and delicious waltz between love and loss. Hundreds of colourful Macnas volunteer performers will transform and transfix, bringing a birth, a wedding, a funeral and everything in between, to the streets of Dublin.” The parade will take to the streets as the sun begins to set on Monday 31st October, this year it starts on Moore street, heading down Henry & Moore street, turns onto Wolfe Tone street, then onto Little Britain street finishing in a small park off Halston street. If you want to get the best view in the house, take up position along the route, so you can experience the parade in all it’s glory. Check out the map below, to plot your viewing experience. Parade starts at 5:30pm and will last approximately 1hr 15mins.

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Laya City Spec adventures continue – onwards to Cork!

This is a follow up to my piece about volunteering at the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular this Summer. If you haven’t had a chance to read the Dublin 2016 piece, you can find it here 😉

Laya City Spec 2016

Originally, because I had applied to volunteer so late, I wasn’t supposed to be 2nd Laya City Spec taking place in Cork. Luckily for me someone dropped out and I was included on the trip. It wasn’t surprising, Considering the job I had to do on Sunday in Dublin and would inevitably have to do all weekend in Cork (YES, I had to deal with the Chipos for all 7 of their shows, but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later).

This year we were leaving a day earlier than last year. So we were leaving on Wednesday, which I kinda liked, but I was a little worried, in case I got called in for a job interview (that never happened). We were meant leave around 11am, but the bus broke down after about a half kilometre, and then after we got a working bus, gear was left behind twice. So, we didn’t actually end up on the road to Cork until about 13:30.

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Around 15:30, we stopped off in Kilkenny so we could stretch our legs and get some food, but primarily so we could visit the Smithwicks Experience. It was a fun tour, if a little cheesy, see for yourself.

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After the tour, myself, Jessica & Aisling went for lunch with Jason (Seb Whipits) & his wife Kaela, they are a seriously nice couple. After our lovely lunch we headed back to the bus and the rest of the trip to Cork was fairly unremarkable. Just as we were pulling into Cork city my phone rang, it was the Department of Social Welfare, I now needed to go into the welfare office first thing on Monday morning to late sign. You see I had been wrongly told by my Social Welfare case worker, that because I was assigned to her, I no longer had to sign on, how wrong she was. This meant, I had to leave Cork early on Sunday night and would miss the closing festivities. I put those thoughts behind me, as we had reached our accommodation for the week, Victoria Lodge.

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That first night in Cork was a quiet one, we got our our rooms, I was in an apartment with Jay & Kaela and Ali (another volunteer). After we got settled in to our rooms, most of us headed down to the local Tescos and did a little shopping. I made a simple dinner, a frozen pizza, and went to bed.

On Thursday, I was free to do whatever I wanted. I decided to head into town for a few hours, so I did a little sightseeing and some shopping. After I was finished in town, I took a bus out to the massive Tesco near our accommodation in the Wilton shopping Centre. Funnily enough, I ran into a group of some of the street performers while I was there.

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Later that day, I got a call from Aoife, she asked me to cook dinner for the Dublin volunteers that were already in Cork. I headed back to the little Tesco yet again, I picked up some pizzas and drinks. I had to cook the food in Aisling’s kitchen, because my oven didn’t heat up properly. I cooked some food I had previously bought too, so the volly meal ended up being: 2 pizzas; my sweet potato fries; 2 diced breaded chicken fillets; garlic bread; and a vegetable stir fry with rice noodles and a sweet chili sauce. The vollies were happy for the food, as were Aisling & Jessy, who joined us.

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Luckily, I had enough food left over to feed Aoife, Christina, Shane & Ellie, who arrived later. They seemed very glad for the feed after their long trip down from Dublin. We chatted for a little while and decided to meet up for breakfast in the morning. We also had tentative plans to visit a haunted building in the hills on the other side of the river, near the city.

The next morning we met up in Christina, Ellie & Shane’s apartment for a big Irish breakfast: eggs; sausages; puddings; rashers; mushrooms; beans; tomatoes; and toast! Let’s just say everyone was satisfied and no sausage was left behind. We were determined to get into the haunted building, but a few things needed to be taken care of before. Aoife had to go on a site walk with the organisers and some of the performers, so we agreed to meet back at the apartments around 1 and we would see about discovering what secrets were hidden within the walls of St. Kevin’s Asylum.

We headed off around 13:30 and Christina took us all in her car, and we headed to the area where the asylum was located. When we got to the apartments next door, we were a bit worried because there were fences up around the asylum, we kept going, but unfortunately there were builders all around the grounds, as the school next to the asylum was in the middle of a conversion to apartments. A few of us did manage to get into an abandoned church nearby, but my size stopped me from fitting through the small window.

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Since we still had plenty of time to burn, we decided to see what else there was to do. The top 2 choices were Cork City Gaol and the Butter Museum. We opted to pay the former a visit. The Gaol was pretty cool, the main buildings and the new central wing were open to us, however, due to the rot & decay the 2 side wings were off limits.

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Throughout the Gaol the tour guide told us about the life in the prison, for the prisoners (men, women & children), the guards (who lived in the prison too), and the warden & his family. In certain parts of the Gaol, mannequins are set up to represent well known inmates. Myself and Shane got to try out the one of the cells, not too bad, if a little bumpy. Certain cells had been used to house members of the 1916 Rising and engravings by them have been preserved on the walls.

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Later that night, we went to Sober Lane, ate Pizza and played some darts while the Cork volunteers arrived. The balloon guys joined us too and were nice enough to make each of the Dublin volunteers their own balloon Pokemon.

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Later, we joined the performers and organisers in the Electric Bar across the river. Lizardman once again performed for the crowds. This time Lizardman was able to make the condom trick work, and it was hilarious.

We left not long after that, we had a long day and we knew there were 2 more long days yet tom come. Christina dropped us back to the Lodge by car, and then headed off to the train station to pick up the last of the Dublin volunteers. The train goers were Sophie, Emily, Louise and Melody. When I got back I started cooking for the girls arriving soon. They were surprised by the feast and very thankful. We stayed up for a little while chatting, but we were all tired and headed to bed before long.

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We had an even bigger breakfast on Saturday morning, we knew there was a long day ahead of us, and we needed to fuel up. It was nice all of us sitting there chatting and we were all fired up for the day ahead.

Down in Fitzgerald park, I spent most of the day dealing with the Chipos again, but thankfully a guy named Eoin from EQ was there to help me, he was great!. Luckily, the Chipos last show was at 5, so once their equipment was delivered around 4, I could go back to normal volunteering duties, and thank God the Chipos finished on Saturday where they would start on Sunday 🙂

I got back to the volly HQ for the poncho fashion show, the girls were making dresses, skirts and tops from the blue & pink ponchos we had.

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After helping out for a while, Aoife told us to take a break, Sophie and I went to see Seb Whipits last show of the day over on Rainbow stage. His show was awesome, when we got there, a volunteer from the crowd had a stick of celery in his mouth and Seb whipped it out! For his finale, he needed 2 strong volunteers from the audience, and I GOT TO BE PART OF THE SHOW! He tested us to see how friendly we would get – Handshake, to fistbomb, to hug, to a kiss (on the cheek :p). You can check out the stunt in the video below.

Afterwards, we took a trip around the park with litter pickers and a trash bag to try and clear up the last of the rubbish, so we could all finish up as early as possible. At the end of our trash pick-up, when walking by the cheesy bread stand they stopped us and asked us if we wanted some. It was the perfect thing to hit the spot at the end of the day. As we left the park after day 1, I stopped at some cool graffiti and Sophie took a picture of me as Mario 😀

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That night , we were all exhausted, so we relaxed with some drinks, tasty snacks and a funny movie. After the movie was over, I had to pack up my stuff and leave out clothes for Sunday, because I had to get the train on Sunday night and wouldn’t be returning to Victoria Lodge after Sunday morning.
Of course we started off Sunday morning with yet another fry (probably the largest one!) and my last breakfast in Cork. The fashion show started design and construction started early on Sunday, thanks to the success of the outfits on Saturday, although the dresses didn’t last as long after the heatwave that hit us later.

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I spent most of the day dealing with the Chipos again, I was counting down the shows and the minutes until their last show and I would be free. Unlucky for me, they had an extra show due to a performer drop-out. The heat during the day was oppressive and twice during the day I had to help deliver extra water to tents and stages. It was so hot Ciamh even went to pick up some ice! Near the end of my day Jay showed us a special trick.

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Around 6, I had to finish my shift and get changed, I had a train to catch. I said my goodbyes to everyone that I could, the train was 19:20 and I couldn’t be late, or I wouldn’t get home. The train journey was fairly uneventful, if a little lonely. I just relaxed in my seat, watched some TV and listened to some music. I wish I could have stayed to join in the City Spec closing party!

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Onwards to the next adventure!!!

Volunteering at Laya City Spec 2016 – Here we go again :)

A little over a year ago I started my volunteering adventure at the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular in Merrion Square. I wrote a blog about it last year, you can check it out here ;). So, it has been nearly a year and in that time I have volunteered at a lot of festivals. But, it was time to to go back to the City Spec, it’s not quite like the majority of other festivals or events: the open air; the performers; the Sun; the massive crowds; and the volunteers, there’s something a little different about it, but it’s a good difference!

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This time I wasn’t nearly as nervous walking in to the orientation meeting as I was in 2015. I met up with people that I knew from last year and City Spec last year. A video I made from the festival in 2015 was being used as part of the presentation. That night Guru Dudu treated us all to a little Happy Yoga. At the end of the night, a few of us repeaters had a little dance to ABBA with GD.

Friday
Originally, I wasn’t to volunteer on the Friday, but after offering extra help, I would now be starting at 9am, to help with the set-up, but first breakfast. As the Spec is in Merrion Square, and Sophie works on Merrion Square, I though that meeting up for breakfast was in order. We met in the front square of Trinity and had a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausages and toast in the Buttery. After we walked and chatted towards Merrion Square and the Volunteer tent, and Sophie said hi to Christina & Aoife.

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I spent most of my time in the morning helping with the set-up of the volunteer tent, getting programmes and t-shirts from the office with Aoife. I helped deliver the bins and helped some of the area supervisors with what ever they needed.

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Around 12 I was tasked with leading a group of American students down to the Custom House Quay to hand out programmes and let people know about the 2 special mini shows taking place around lunch time in the CHQ. I was happy with the extra responsibility and the volunteers under me were easy to deal with and nice people. I managed to see a little bit of both Lizardman’s and Alakazam’s shows, honestly, I was very impressed.

The rest of the day I just helped out around the volunteer tent, delivered some cinder blocks and I just tried to be helpful. I had a great day, but at the end of it I was tired and happy to be able to put my feet up!

Saturday
On Saturday I got a bit of a sleep in, because I wasn’t starting until 11. On my way in I decided to come in through Just Eat street, and I got some great pictures.

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This was one of the first days I was actually assigned an area, rather than just being a runner. I was helping Jess out at the Super Troopers tent. The first act was Titan the Robot, who honestly scared the crap out of me at first, he’s about 8 foot tall and big! Titan was very funny though, despite my initial reaction and I got to have a little part of the show, apparently Titan recognised me from ‘The Jeremy Kyle show’.

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I got a little break during Get Fit Kids and got back in time for Guru Dudu’s Happy Yoga. Guru Dudu is a great entertainer, kids and grown ups both love his stuff, and in real life he is a really nice guy too. I got some great funny pics from his act.

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The next act, and my final for the shift at the Super Troopers tent was the one, the only BOSCO!!! This was a manic show, everyone it seemed wanted to see this show, the tent was bursting and people blocked the entrance, as I was on the doors, I can tell you it got more than a little stressful, but the show was really fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I swear there were twice as many adults as kids during that show. After the show something amazing happened, I got to meet and get my picture taken with Bosco.

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I was technically finished for the day at this stage, but knew extra hands would be needed and I was going to the party that night, heading home alone for a few hours seemed like the worse option by a long shot. I had a bit of lunch and before I knew it I was delivering cinder blocks to stages for Lizardman’s act. Though I did get to watch the amazing Kamikaze Fireflies show. They are funny and amazingly talented, the finale is incredible, but you will have to see & decide for yourself.

When I got back there was a little commotion over 1 of the acts, let’s just say they were being divas of the highest order. Because they knew they could trust me and I could handle them, I was assigned to them for their last show on Saturday and all 3 of their shows on Sunday (and the eventual 7 shows they played in Cork too).

I headed over to the Rainbow stage with Aisling, who was a bit sorry I had to do this, but glad I could be counted on. I was introduced to Carl, a nice guy from EQ (sound engineers) and asked to talk to him after the Chipos show, so I just had to sit & wait. Chipolatas show the first time was good, a bit of comedy, some cool but basic tricks, although I think the shortened performance time, due to sound checks, actually helped them.

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After their show was finished, I spoke with Carl again, and we made a check-list of all the tech equipment the Chipos would need. My job was to make sure that Chipos were happy during their shows, get the tech equipment from stage to stage and help with set-up if needed. Thankfully Chipos would be playing their first show on Rainbow stage on Sunday.

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After finishing up at the site on Saturday Shane, Christina, Aoife and myself headed to Everleigh Gardens for the City Spec party. We met up with the other volunteers and the organisers, ate free food and had a few drinks over a nice chat. Later, we got another special show from Lizardman, he did some interesting things with a condom and another performance from Alakazam, you can see them in the video below.

Sunday
I didn’t have long at the volunteer tent, before Aoife asked me to head to Rainbow stage for Chipolatas. On the way there I ran into my bro Steve and my nephew/Godson Fionn, and told them what were the good acts that they should see. When I got to rainbow, I was able to see the end of Garraghty & Thom’s show. It was a combination of circus acts and comedy, I really enjoyed it, but wished I could have seen more.

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I had little to do at Rainbow until the Chipolatas were finished, afterwards I met with Carl again and we packed up all of the equipment for Chipos and walked it over to the Red stage, I was lucky another volunteer was there, so I only had to make 2 trips instead of 3, and I ran into Alison & Steve and I finally got to meet my newest nephew Rian.

I spent most of the day dealing with the Chipolatas (although most of it was a lot of sitting & waiting). Later, I nearly lost my arms when I had to carry a couple of crates of water and then had to deliver even more cinder blocks. Thankfully, I finished with the Chipos at 5:30. At the end of the day, as it was the last day, we had to take in all the bins, take down the stages, and empty the volly HQ. That night around 9, after everything had been taken care of, we headed to McGrattan’s pub nearby and shared drinks & conversations with friends.

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Cork is still to come…