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This afternoon.

Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2 has announced the re-opening of its bar and concert venue for live gigs on August 10.

However, the club’s capacity, formerly 450, is now 88 with all shows being seated (strictly no moshing).

And there will be a number of safety measures.

For punters:

Assigned Seating at tables only.
Temperature checks at the entry.
Disinfectant hand rub at entry and throughout venue.
Table service only.
Advance booking only.
Lead contact details taken.

For bands:

No sharing of vocal mics.
Vocal mics disinfected after use and not used for at least 3 days later.
Vocal mics using pop shields.
Mic stands and leads also disinfected after use.
Socially distanced dressingroom.
No more than 3 or 4 on stage at any one time.
Safe distance between band and front of audience.

Looks like my crowd surfing days are over.


Twenty five years.

Were you there?

I Heart Jeff (Whelan’s)

The Irish music industry was rocked by the death of Joe Nicholson earlier this year.

Long synonymous with Whelan’s (having worked as its gatekeeper for many years), Joe will be remembered at a special charity gig in his honour at the Wexford Street venue this Monday.

The show will feature Paddy Casey, Mundy, Declan O’Rourke, Ham Sandwich and very special guests.

No doubt Joe’s ghost will be hovering around the box office checking the guest list!

Nick says: There’s no show like a Joe show.

A Night For Joe (Whelan’s)

Previously: Goodbye Big Joe

From top: Whelan’s, Wexfor Street, Dublin 2; Joe Nicholson (right) with Townes Van Zandt and friend in Whelan’s in the 1990s; tweet last week

The great and the good of the Irish music industry packed Mount Jerome Chapel in Dublin last Saturday at the funeral of Joe Nicholson.

Joe was synonymous with Whelan’s bar, having worked as the gatekeeper of the Wexford St music venue for many years.

Previously, he had worked as a tour manager and a driver for innumerable visiting artists, including Bob Dylan, Al Green and Elvis Costello. A warm-hearted larger-than-life character with an encyclopaedic knowledge of rock’n’roll, Joe was unmistakable at the door usually in his trademark black fedora.

The musical tributes at the funeral service came from Leslie Dowdall, who sang the moving ‘Spirit In The Night’; Mundy, who delivered a fitting version of ‘If I Needed You’ written by one of Joe’s musical heroes Townes Van Zandt; and a rousing rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’ by Paddy Casey, Declan O’Rourke, Mundy, Alice Jago, Leslie Dowdall and Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Mundy also recited a poem ‘Goodbye Big Joe’ he wrote to honour his old friend’s memory.




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By all accounts, Damien Rice stormed it in Whelan’s last night.

Were you there?

How was it for you?

We knew him when he was just Paddy Field…

For most of an enthralling and hugely generous 150 minute set, Rice performed alone with his guitar…His sound was also embellished by the judicious use of pedals, adding colour and depth to the music. The word for now is that Damien Rice is back – and back to his best. Long may it continue…

Damien Rice Returns In Triumph (Hot Press)

Video: Tuhula1988