- 26 May 20
Irish music fans have been talking about little else today online
There's been lots of reaction to the news that Gavin James is heading out on drive-in tour and that other promoters around the country are looking to run events along similar lines this summer.
While everyone is delighted to hear new gigs being announced, the listening in the car format is, unsurprisingly, not to everyone's taste.
Starting with the pro-lobby, rock 'n' roll activist Anne McCoy says: "I think it's a brilliant idea, getting music folk back to work and providing entertainment. If only I had a car..."
Casting her promoter's eye over the news, Turning Pirate's Una Molloy reflects: "Think it is clear that if it was a big money maker that the bigger promoters would be all over it. So there’s the community effort to keep things alive that has to be acknowledged and respected. I know I’m over emosh about it all, but we all need jobs and people like Gavin James.
"Perhaps mainstream acts doing it allows for other acts to use the production set up and do gigs," she continues. "There are so many positives to this being tried out. Certainly beats a crew fund it campaign. People don’t seem to understand how many facets of the live industry are in danger."
"Sloppy kiss Gavin James," messages journalist Ellen Pope. "Not only can he sing a bloody good tune, but this is getting a fair few freelancers back to work. It is ruddy important."
Agreeing with her, the State Lights lads enthuse: "It's a great idea Gavin, any other negative opinion is utterly ridiculous. Well done."
Photographer Zyanya Lorenzo concurs.
"All the shit talk around Gavin James gig announcements; you like to moan about things that you were not even interested in the first place, cop on and stop complaining," she says. "At least someone is trying new things."
Wanting in on the deal Tadgh Williams asks Gav: "Can I play support in Waterford; I miss playing gigs. Sure, look it, I could do Kilkenny as well if you'd have me."
Steven McCann has an important question to ask re: the catering arrangements.
"Hats off to Gavin James and all the organisers who are no doubt going to start a great trend for the music industry in Ireland," he says before adding: "All I want to know now is will there be a Pieman stand at these gigs?"
Actor Trevor Kaneswaran says: "This is a great, positive step for the industry. Anyone picking holes in it needs to examine themselves. We are in unchartered territory here. New problems create new solutions."
Pa Dillon is equally cock a hoop.
"Having had to cancel our wedding and honeymoon after two years of planning today's announcement has really brightened the mood!" he enthuses. "Looking forward to seeing you in a fourth different venue. Tears of joy. Please God we get tickets and we'll see you in Tramore, Gav."
Glad that he is that they're happening, Mayo promoter and musician Donal Gibbons is holding out for when we can get sweaty together again.
"We're going to need ideas to get back playing gigs ASAP," he reflects. "I appreciate creating work for production crews etc but... sitting in the car listening to the gig on the radio! No thanks. Hope it works out for them, but hoping more we'll be back in cramped sweaty gigs soon as possible."
CMAT thinks it's a great idea but sadly not for her.
"I would love to offer to do a drive-in gig but I don’t think there is a single fan of my music who also knows how to drive a car," rues the Dublin pop starlet who clearly isn't aware of the dad dancing some of the more, er, seasoned Hot Press journos have been doing to her 'Another Day (KFC)' single.
Also making us chuckle is Andy @ImACultHero who tweets: "I assume someone will park their van/truck somewhere up front at these Gavin James drive-in gigs to recreate that : *some tall fucker standing in front of you* experience that no gig is complete without?"
BOXES DRIVE IN TOUR!!
I’ve been sitting on this news for weeks... but I’m delighted to announce I’m doing a Drive-In tour 🥳 Tickets on sale this Friday at 9am from https://t.co/tB7Unzfh6v
See yas all at the drive-in! ❤️🚗🎥 (Subject to all public health guidelines) pic.twitter.com/jAMuKUG43S
— Gavin James (@gavinjames) May 26, 2020
About the reasoning behind the drive in gigs... please watch. pic.twitter.com/x490wFnxwr
— Gavin James (@gavinjames) May 26, 2020