Bastille, George Ezra & Walking on Cars play DeBarra’s as part of Guinness Amplify 2014!

DeBarra’s were delighted to be chosen as the Munster venue for Guinness’newest musical project called ‘Amplify’ this October passed. One of only five venues in the country given this honour DeBarra’s hosted Bastille, George Ezra & Walking on Cars on the 5th of October 2014 in a secret gig which was announced via social media only the day before the event. An amazing night was had by all lucky enough to get tickets to see this stunning show in the humble Folk Club

Bastille and George Ezra live at Guinness Amplify, Munster, 2014..

See below for a review by the Irish Examiner!

To the side of the stage of De Barra’s in Clonakilty, Co Cork, hangs a sign urging patrons to ‘Switch off mobile phones, please.’ It’s an instruction in keeping with the proprieties of a ‘listening’ venue, a mecca for folk music aficionados.
The sign could be seen at the edges of the screens of the many mobile users who attended the secret Guinness Amplify gig on Saturday: hoards of enthusiastic youngsters descended on the West Cork venue to witness an impressively assembled line-up, which featured windswept Dingle rockers Walking On Cars, folk blues hero-in-waiting George Ezra, and indie-pop poster boys Bastille.

Rock gigs are by no means a new experience for the venue, yet one or two local veterans fought a desperate rearguard action. A robust gentleman at the back shushed and called for quiet during Bastille’s more delicate moments. When it was put to him that he was swimming against the tide, he jutted out his chest and observed that tougher situations than this had been surmounted.

Walking On Cars softened up the crowd, before the unassuming Ezra took to the stage. Armed with a guitar, a resonant voice that belies his tender years, and a ramshackle charm, the 21-year-old music sensation inspired a mass sing-along to recent singles ‘Blame It on Me’ and ‘Cassy O’. “I want you guys to come on tour with me,” he implored, before launching into an exultant ‘Budapest’.

Who knows when Bastille last played a venue this size, but they set about their task with relish, with livewire singer Dan Smith commanding the space. Opening with the menacing dub of ‘Bad Blood’ and the circular throb of ‘Weight of Living Pt. II,’ Bastille demonstrated they’re basically Duran Duran in morose-looking clothes. This is Gothic soul music that is unafraid of being cheesy, and never more so than on ‘Of The Night’, the devil-may-care mash-up of ‘Rhythm of The Night’ and ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’.


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