- 28 Mar 01
ROCK IN RIO, which attracts 200,000 people, may be known for headliners like Sting, REM and Britney Spears. But this year, DERVISH played there too - and got a rapturous welcome. SIOBHÁN LONG reports from an extraordinary event
So what do you do when it comes to celebrating your tenth anniversary together? Book a cosy table in the local eatery? Issue invitations to a hooley in your local? Maybe even toss caution to the wind and release a compilation CD, record two further albums and open up your own studio, to celebrate a decade of successive musical highs? Hell, why limit your vision to just one? Why not take it all… and then head for Rio.
Dervish, Sligo's amalgam answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Moving Hearts and the Buena Vista Social Club, know how to celebrate like few others do. January 2001, the dawn of their tenth year together, saw them, not yawning with fatigue from the road miles, but jumping out of their skins and onto a stage in Rio de Janeiro, B-R-A-Z-I-L. These seven party animals hit the stage and the Copacabana beach with equal enthusiasm.
And how did the hottest spot south of Havana respond? Like the Christo Redemptor statue that symbolises everything that's welcoming and open about the city, Rio embraced Sligo's, and Ireland's musical geniuses with the unfettered joy of a father embracing an entire litter of prodigal offspring. Tenth birthday parties seldom come as extraordinary as this.