- 06 Feb 19
South Dublin on a balmy summer afternoon is an unlikely starting point for a revolution. But it was here, in June of last year, amid the red-bricked ostentation of deepest Donnybrook, that Idles came out roaring.
Under blue skies and in the shadow of Energia Park’s modest single-tier stand, the punk five-piece were playing their debut Irish gig. It shouldn’t have worked. Tea-time loomed, the venue was not quite full. And, with the greatest of respect to Leinster schools rugby, the care-worn stadium was not exactly ground zero for anti-establishment fervour in Ireland.
Yet Idles were completely compelling. Singer Joe Talbot was a shirtless, shrieking force of nature. Over his shoulder the band’s Irish guitarist Mark Bowen sported a ridiculous moustache worth the price of admission on its own.