- 19 Dec 11
Dublin singer rocks her hometown.
Things just keep on getting better and bigger for Imelda May. Last Christmas she packed out the Olympia for a couple of nights and rocked the Dame Street venue to its foundations. This weekend, almost 25,000 happy fans in a similarly festive mood, poured into the 02 Arena over two nights. An impressive feat by any measure but a particular triumph for the Liberties girl, who was virtually unknown a few short years ago.
As hometown gigs go, it doesn’t really get much better than this (and it looked like there were plenty of cameras on hand to capture the occasion, presumably for a future DVD release.) Oh and there was that pretty “special,” special-guest – but more of that later.
The visuals are, as always, a feast for the eyes, (If Imelda’s image isn’t a trademarked brand by now, it probably should be). From her quiff ‘n’ kiss curl, body-hugging sparkly dress, to the sharp-cut stage outfits of the lads in the band – not to mention those cherry red and mother-of-pearl Gretsch guitars, that are a work of art in themselves – it all looked fabulous. The stage set too was sumptuous – all Back To The Future retro stylings, with day-glo colours and video screens each side of the stage and a giant vintage TV set (black and white, of course) to capture the frantic action on stage.