Culture Night, Sligo 2012

Friday was Culture Night in Sligo (and indeed all over most of the country). It’s a great idea and consists of free cultural events for all the family to enjoy.

On Friday morning I had a look around The Model at their various exhibitions. It’s always lovely to take a bit of time and relax there.

In the evening I headed to the Hawkswell Theatre where there was an evening of music. The Candles were the first band to take to the stage. I’d never heard them before but they were really good. The lead singer had a great personality and was cracking jokes. She also got us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Willie the drummer…’s the first time I’ve ever sang Happy birthday to a Willie 😉

Next up was Sharon Conway and her band Ruby Ridge. You may remember Sharon as one of the Conway Sisters from the X Factor. She has an amazing voice and Ruby Ridge are a great band. I’ve seen them before and hopefully will again. I’ve been singing their songs all weekend.

The Corrupt were the next band and were a rock band. They were brilliant. Rock is my kind of music anyway and I loved these guys. It’s hard when you don’t know any of the songs though, hopefully I’ll see them again and get to know some of them.

Tabby (also from the X Factor) was the compere for the evening and he did a great job (although I did miss him singing). These girls were backstage and he bought them out and got them to introduce themselves.

Grizzly Dippers were on after the interval and what can I say only wow! If you get a chance go and see them live or check them out on YouTube.

The last act on stage were This Side Up who are a hip hop act. They played Electric Picnic this year. The crowd loved them.

If that wasn’t enough entertainment for one night the party continued in the foyer with the brilliant Sugar Rush who played covers….and bloody brilliant they were. So we got to sing along (and dare I say dance!) Apologies to anyone who saw me wiggle my backside!

So anyway that was my Culture Night. What a fantastic amount of talented musicians we have here in Sligo. Well done to all involved, can’t wait for next year! The rest of my photos are here. For anyone who took photos in Sligo on the night there is a photo competition here.

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  1. Culture night is a great idea although sadly there were no events in Dundalk. Sligo has always been great for cultural events – I shared a flat with girl from Sligo many years ago and she was always going home for the weekend, wondering which of several gigs she’d go to while I’d be lucky if there was one! Nice pics from the gig, they capture the mood very well.

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