A last minute scramble for tickets on my part left me with two golden tickets for last weekend’s second performance of Bell X1 in Dolans warehouse. A friend and I wandered into town early for a full warm up. In homage to Bell X1’s third album “Tour De Flock” we decided to invent a pub crawl by the name of “Tour De Flan”. This tour is a worthy one and I would urge everyone to try it at least once. Tour de Flan requires the drinker to frequent every flannerys in the treaty city. There are 5 in all and is the perfect warm up to what ended to be the perfect night. For those of you who are not familiar with the establishments in limerick here is a quick run down of the pubs. The nicknames are purely to help you along. First up “Poor Man Flans” Wickham St., “New Man Flans” opposite the Icon Nightclub, “Painted Flans” The right hand corner of Michael St, “Gerry Flas” on Catherine St. and finally “Old Man Flans” Shannon St. , well worth the tour if you get a chance. A quick taxi ride to dolans and we were just in time to see the villagers take the stage.
Conor played a lovely short set of seven songs. Only two of which are featured on the Hollow Kind EP which was on sale there too. The EP looks to be limited to 500 and I got the 326th copy. I was disappointed not to hear “The Meaning of the Ritual” but I'm hoping the lads will be back to limerick sometime soon for a full show and maybe a full studio album on tow. The crowd had to be shushed a few times but other than that they got a great reception. The gig was amazing and cant wait to see them live again. The Villagers Set: Jackal Home Down under the sea Idle years Sunlit stage Bell Pieces On came the mighty Bell X1 to great applause. The stage was adorned with a series of hanging light bulbs bunched together and these would light up in tune to the songs, not sure how great they are for the carbon footprint but it looked awesome! The set was extremely good and the new songs from “Blue Lights in The Runway” just weaved themselves into the set like they were always meant to be there. Classics such as bad skin, eve, flame and rocky were all played and they did not disappoint one person. The great single “The great Defector” was played early and really got the crowd jumping. Another high point was the cover of Nick Caves “Into my Arms” which ended an unbelievable set. The band were so comfortable with the songs and it shows how a seasoned band can just be so tight when playing a live show. Their stage presence is amazing. I got a copy of the setlist but as I can recall its not really in order. Now I say "as I can recall" loosely has “Tour De Flans” had taken its tole on me the next day but I must say it was a great night in dolans, sorry for the short post but the tour is still hurting. If you would like to add any of your highlights, be sure to comment. Bell X1 Set List : Heart is wired Broken Umbrella Bad Skin Next To You First Born Eve Blow Ins The Great Defector Tongue Flame A Better Band Rocky Encore: Amelia Abc Breast fed Ill See YourHeart and I'll Raise you Mine Into My Arms (Nick Cave Cover)