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The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy
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Sandrasparkle 4th Dec 2017, 11:38, said:
A great evening, sound quality was spot on so as to hear Neil's brilliant voice. Good mix of songs - old and new, recommend his concert 100%.
Anonymous 26th May 2006, 12:14, said:

Vicar Street Dublin
24th May 2006

(3.00 / 5 overall score)

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My expectations were high as I sat with some people in the bar in Vicar St, Dublin. I was less than an hour and a half from seeing my idols, the Divine Comedy in the flesh. It was the first time that I was going to see the band. I was familiar with the bands sound, having listened to the bands greatest hits entitled ''A secret History'' over and over again. I liked the lead singer Neil Hannon and his witty, intelligent lyrics and use of a big band sound to create a classical feel to the music. The band also used an extensive use of various instruments in many of their songs to create a new sound every time. As the band strolled on stage shortly after the warm-up act, I wondered to myself, Did the band still have the chemistry seen in their early material or would they continue in the spirit of their last album ''Regeneration'', experimenting in a more darker, experimental sound?The answer was yes and no. The Divine Comedy are classical in their sound, this is seen in Hannons overtly relaxed demeanour, refined attitude and sole focus of using just a small area of the stage. However, this use of new meloncholy material soon changed as Hannon switched to older more poppy material. Hannon encouraged by the injection of energy from the crowd,drew confidence from this and soon began to interact with the crowd, use the full stage and even at one point, walked into the audience. The Crowd I felt were most inspired by the bands older and familiar music, simply because the songs are so full of energy and vigor. I noticed however, the constant chattering of members of the audience, was a distraction for the more meloncholy songs, which like the lead singers confessional style of singing, needed a good deal of attention. I found the sound from the venue poor, in terms of a lack of distinct, clear acoustics. The various instruments were as a result, muffled and inarticulate. The set was mostly comprised of familiar and not so familiar songs from the bands back catologue. I thought the songs sounded as fresh as ever, even if the songs were 10 years old. I found the security very good and helpful in directioning me to the toilet and bar area, confirming to me that there was seating arrangements in the concert area.
The individual who submitted the article re the Divine comedy concert review was Shane O''Donovan.
Deborah 13th Jun 2004, 22:32, said:

Bath Pavilion
12th Jun 2004

(3.34 / 5 overall score)

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Divine Comedy did a great set as one would expect, playing for about an hour and forty minutes - you get what you expect with this lot and are unlikely to be disappointed. Tickets only £16 (subjest to the usual rip off booking fee etc) so quite good value for money. No information whatsoever with the tickets though. No Programme, lousy merchandise. The support act Ardem weren''t actually my cup of tea but they did a darn fine set.
Security had no real presence other than glorified ticket collectors on the door. Not a huge need in a small intimate gig like this one though in all fairness. Did not appear to be approachable - looked very unfriendly - I may be doing them a disservice but I was going to try and talk to them on the way out but they''d all vanished into the ether!
The projected presense didn''t inspire confidence though - they looked like everbody''s stereotype.
Very small intimate venue so many of the questions are not applicable. There was a car park at the venue although no way of finding this out easily in advance. I wasn''t aware of any facilities for people with a disability.
Only appeared to be one set of toilets and there was a queue on the way out.

There only appeared to be one exit and for some strange and inexplicable reason the double doors were half shut. This meant a long and unnecesary queue to get out of the venue. As it was a very easy crowd there were no dangers but one wonders how they would have coped in an emergency.

The venue was ''interesting'' and to be honest we felt like we were in a youth club - or as Neil Hanlon put it - a scout hall! Strange venue - very strange.

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