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  1.  
    Two Dublin appearances in one year ? They have us spoiled ! And they say lightning never strikes twice... well, I beg to differ...
    D&E songs a treat to behold, something I never thought possible to hear live. Map Ref and Boiling Boy particular highlights or me, the latter built like a monolith, the former, to quote Rob, "uplifting, soaring, gliding.." I deliberately stopped snapping for this one and just let the beauty of the song wash over me, no distractions (which is always a bit of a trade-off when photographing).

    I would agree with others when the suggestion was made that at this stage it is perhaps time to wind down the flag, it has run its course, and is possibly in danger of becoming the new 12XU. Synchronise watches ? No, decommission them. This gig's extreme rendition of PF ended with the deployment of some distinctly inscrutable choral washes from Colin's iPad, as though someone shifted the dial on a radio broadcast.

    Eyewitness
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    Wonderful set of pictures, Fergus. You seem to be on stage with the band for many of them!
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    Cheers Stephen. The joys of the nifty fifty ! (the 50mm prime lens)
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    Absolutely right, Fergus. When taking photos of bands live, it's almost impossible to concentrate on the music. So I only took a few this time right at the beginning of their London gig:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2715740089621.2151199.1140517539&type=1&l=424f6746eb
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    Compared to both the Dublin and Belfast gigs earlier this year I have to say the sound was appalling in Whelans on Saturday so much so that the band all walked off stage after just 10 minutes and returned with Colin having some stern words for their soundman, it improved certainly but no comparison to the gigs earlier in the year, there seemed to be a certain tension amongst band members too.

    Agree with Fergus about Map Ref and especially Boiling Boy being the highlights.

    Seems strange that they visited these shores for just 1 gig this time,wonder why? it had to be worth their while playing either Belfast/Cork etc while here.

    Still after saying the above seeing WIRE even with poor sound is much better than most other bands with perfect sound, well worth the 9 hour round trip from Donegal.

    Grahams hat, or bonnet as he calls it seemed to provide plenty of conversation pieces for the audience too!!!

    I'd add to the comments on the merch. on other threads, the t-shirts/tote bags were poor to say the least, why can't we have an embroidered polo shirt/beenie hat or at least t-shirts with a little thought put into the artwork?
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    Compared to both the Dublin and Belfast gigs earlier this year I have to say the sound was appalling in Whelans on Saturday so much so that the band all walked off stage after just 10 minutes and returned with Colin having some stern words for their soundman, it improved certainly but no comparison to the gigs earlier in the year, there seemed to be a certain tension amongst band members too.

    Just to clarify - the walk-off arose out of a difference of opinion on the precise origin of the feedback Rob was experiencing. Colin walked off, and the others had no choice but to follow. Nothing was communicated to the sound man at this stage. After what I can only imagine was a robust discussion backstage, they returned a few minutes later, and then Colin aired his grievance. Clearly the sound man was at fault, though the problem should ideally have been communicated directly to him before things had a chance to take a turn onstage.
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    Thanks Fergus, Rob was the last to leave during the 'walk off' and seemed bemused as he did so.
    I (and many I spoke to afterwards) felt the sound quality was poor in comparison to the previous Wire gigs, It looked like there wasn't an earlier soundcheck with the soundman and the price was paid but then the stage was so small that there wasn't room for their gear and the support band's.
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    Thanks Fergus, Rob was the last to leave during the 'walk off' and seemed bemused as he did so.

    The last thing Rob felt was bemused. The song they started back with was The Spare One, and the intensity of his expression during the many cymbal hits of that song suggested he wanted to break heads.

    It looked like there wasn't an earlier soundcheck with the soundman and the price was paid but then the stage was so small that there wasn't room for their gear and the support band's.

    Both bands did soundchecks.