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Here at the museum, we aim to regularly update our blog with fresh content that’s interesting for you! Letting you know about our offers, gigs going on in the area and opinion pieces by some of our resident rock ‘n’ roll bloggers.

The International Day of Rock N Roll is because of the Irish!

The International Day of Rock N Roll is because of the Irish!

Did you know that the Irish can claim the International Day of Rock ‘N’ Roll? Today, the 13th of July marks the celebration of the International Day of Rock ‘N’ Roll. It’s a day to celebrate the best music and the Rock ‘N’ Roll lifestyle. Rock music originated in America in the 1950s, and has shaped every generation since. However, some of you youngsters may not know but the international Day of Rock ‘N’ Roll originated to celebrate the memory of July 13th 1985, the day the Rock Giants raised their instruments and £30milllion for charity. Live Aid was organized by Ireland’s very own Bob Geldof with guest performances by rock giants like The Who, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Madonna, Queen, David Bowie, BB King, Mick Jagger, Sting, Scorpions, U2, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Black Sabbath. The event planned to raise €10million and tripled that showing the real power of music. Today is a special day for rockers around the world, but the Irish get to celebrate it in a special way as it’s named after an initiative driven by Irish Rock N Rollers. That’s ours and even if Live Aid was in Wembley that day would not have happened without Bob and the Boomtown Rats. So what should you do to celebrate? Watch this video. We’d say it’s experiencing a surge of views today. Spotify is also celebrating the day of rock! Go listen to our latest playlists here Would you like to know more about Irish Music and it’s colourful history? Then we suggest you visit Dave Fanning’s Story of Irish Rock Music... read more
A U2 Weekend to Remember

A U2 Weekend to Remember

    U2 fans worldwide are descending on Croke Park over the weekend of July 22nd. We can almost hear the choruses of “With or Without you” echoing across the city. Want to make the most of the weekend? The Button Factory is hosting U2 Cover Band Zooropa on Friday the 21st! On top of that we here at The Irish Rock N Roll Museum are offering 20% off to U2 and Zooropa fans on our tours all weekend. The Irish Rock N Roll Museum is a guided tour starting off in The Button Factory and offers visitors a chance to tour a live venue, a recording studios, with a U2 Room, Thin Lizzy memorabilia, U2 Waxworks donated by our sister museum The National Wax Museum Plus and the chance to take to the stage yourself. This is a must do for U2 Fans visiting Dublin. We’re also offering some fans a unique opportunity to see Zooropa rehearse on Friday evening. For more on what the Irish Rock N Roll Museum experience is like, visit our Instagram Page. We think we have a new natural born tourguide with us. Gary started last week and today he taught our earlier tour how to play With or Without You by U2!😎 A post shared by Irish Rock Museum (@irishrockmuseum) on Jul 3, 2017 at 6:03am PDT We’re also a family friendly venue. So if you’re not fortunate enough to have tickets to U2 bring the kids down and let them loose on our stage! A Child ticket costs €8.00 Some future stars visited us over the week-end and treated us to a cover... read more
Temple Bar: Culture that rocks!

Temple Bar: Culture that rocks!

Temple Bar: Culture that rocks! Destination of thousands of tourists, cradle of a quivering arts district and a unique alternative buzzing quarter, Temple Bar is full of colors, perfumes and history that must be told. It rocks, as we love to say. Walking through the small streets and squares, that give a home to our museum, you can feel a different atmosphere at any time of the day. But, before talking about what Temple Bar is today, let’s take a quick look to its recent history. How did it become the kernel of creativity in Dublin? In the 1980s C.I.É, a state transport company, wanted to buy and demolish the area to build a bus terminus. While planning, it rented the buildings at a very low price, attracting artists, galleries and small shops to the area. Thanks to the protests of the National Trust of Ireland, the initial project was cancelled. In 1991, Temple Bar Properties was born: a non-for-profit company appointed by the government to safeguard and oversee the regeneration of the area. Beside the odd anti-social problems, expensive prices and excessive crowds, Temple Bar currently hosts buskers, street artists, open air markets(A must visit every Wednesday evening is the Temple Bar Night Market), The National Photographic Archive, The Gallery of Photography, The Irish Film Institute, The Project Arts Centre, The Ark and… us, of course! The Irish Rock’n’roll Museum! Among all the forms of arts, music has always been in the graces of this magic place. Here, traditional Irish music and alternative, innovative, rock music live together - influencing everyday new generations of artists.   Take a... read more
Ireland’s Influence On The American Rock Scene – From An American

Ireland’s Influence On The American Rock Scene – From An American

Ireland’s Influence On The American Rock Scene - From An American   Have you ever tried to define that “something” that Ireland has? That “Irish flair”? I was trying to write a description, but any attempt was terrible. It’s very difficult to express it with words, but y’all know what I’m talking about. So, while famous bands and artists like Thin Lizzy, U2, The Pogues and The Dubliners were taking stance as classic Irish Rockers, their sound and their Irish-being was influencing a new generation of musicians on the other side of the world: (drumroll)… America!   Let me introduce you to… 3 Irish-American artists who brought the Irish flair to the American rock scene!   Dropkick Murphys I’m American so naturally the first band I’ll mention are the Dropkick Murphys. They bring Irish flair  to St. Patrick’s Day festivals around the world and they kick ass when they’re gigging bars around Boston. They are one of the most famous American Celtic Punk Bands. Dropkick Murphys just released their new album “11 Stories of Pain and Glory”, but they are slaying the American scene since their foundation in 1996. The founding member Ken Casey, bass guitarist and singer, took inspiration from The Pogues, The Dubliners and Greenland Whalefishers to fuse the band’s iconic Celtic sound with American Punk angst.   Sorry fans but their Dublin July concert is already sold out! We’ll all need to be faster next time, myself included.   Flogging Molly This is the story of Dave, a kid that grew up on the south-side of Dublin. He left his beloved city to move to California... read more
Hot Press Magazine – The biggest influencer in the Irish Music Industry is  40 years old

Hot Press Magazine – The biggest influencer in the Irish Music Industry is 40 years old

Hot Press Magazine - The biggest influencer in the Irish Music Industry is already 40 years old     Every Irish artist dreams about their consecration as the day he/she will be on the Hot Press cover. Going back in time, we could name many established artists, like Hozier, hoping to be baptized as a rock stars by THE magazine. Since 1977 it delivered to its readers interesting, quality content, differentiating from the other magazines for its distinctive interviews. They define themselves as the writers’ journal. And they definitely are. As of today, we can state that Hot Press is an indispensable part of Irish cultural heritage. So, in a lunch break of a weirdly sunny day in Dublin, walking around Temple Bar, I came across a free (FREE!) Hot Press covers exhibition. I obviously walked in and… how fascinating! The exhibition is organised for Hot Press’ 40th birthday, in collaboration with and in the spaces of the National Library of Ireland’s National Photographic Archive. It gives you the overall look you need to understand how they were able to grow and change during the years, without losing their touch and their personality. A clear evidence of their evolution is their logo: always different, but coherent with their vision. They fought and are fighting for social causes from multi-cultural Ireland, women’s social and political rights, sexual freedom between consenting adults to the referendum for marriage equality and the 8th March repeal. (Incidentally the Vinyl Love collective are running Vinyl love for Repeal events all week-end too click for more info below! Anyway back to the free Hot Press Expo.... read more