Rock Against Homelessness was a gig with a purpose. With an already terrible homeless situation in Ireland worsening, eight Irish acts came together under the lights of the Olympia to help fight it.
Curated by Fontaines D.C., the gig ended up raising almost €70,000 for Focus Ireland.
The show itself was a spectacle. Most acts played 2-4 songs for the sell-out crowd, with M.C Paul McLoone “entertaining” the crowd in-between sets.
The Mary Wallopers got the show on the road and were followed by Stefan Murphy who played his latest single ‘Dry Cider’. Melts, who will soon record their debut record, followed and played some new tracks as well as fan favourite “Skyward”. I’m a fan of Melts for the atmosphere they create, much the same way Calgary’s post-punkers Preoccupations do. Next up was a band I’ve been desperate to see for a while; The Altered Hours. I thought their 2018 EP On My Tongue was excellent from start to finish and they didn’t disappoint at the Olympia.
The ever-amazing Just Mustard obviously had everyone in a trance and even played some new music. Having seen them last December and also heard some new tracks, I’m looking forward to whatever it is they’re keeping under wraps being revealed.
The energy levels shifted through the gears for the final three acts; Kneecap, The Murder Capital and Fontaines D.C.
While hip-hop isn’t exactly my thing, rappers Kneecap put on a hell of a show. A trio, the boys traded verse and rhyme at frightening pace. While I couldn’t understand a word, it certainly sounded good. Plus, they seemed to have a large following, and who the hell am I to talk about rap?
One of my all-time favourite bands, The Murder Capital, were next up to face an excited crowd. Having seen them headline Vicar Street only a few days ago, it was intriguing to see how they would approach a much-shortened set. Of course, it was still spectacular. Lead singer James McGovern ended up in the crowd again as the boys on stage stuck to their manic ways. Incredible stuff once more.
Fontaines D.C saw out the night with an extended and lively set. I threw myself into the pit with the others for this one, which was a whole lotta fun!
Rock Against Homelessness was a fantastic night that will leave long in the minds and hearts of those in attendance. More importantly, the proceeds may bring some positive change to the lives of those who need it most.
You can donate today at Focus Ireland if you wish, even the smallest amount goes a long way. They do incredible work.
Photo credit: Featured image courtesy of the Olympia Theatre.