As we settle into another year we invite you to settle into your favorite chair, pjays, position or whatever takes your fancy and take a virtual trip across the country to check out some of the coolest spaces we discovered in 2016.
Lets have a look at why these are some of the places we would recommend to pay a visit.
Why not let us know what spaces you discovered during 2016 and would like to see as new music venue?
We also invite you to take part on our competition to win two tickets to the Irish Whiskey Museum! Check out our Facebook page for more details on that.
Irish Whiskey Museum, Dublin
Journey back through time in a historic setting, this fantastic museum will unveil the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey. It will uniquely depict the origins of Irish whiskey, its rise to glory, its dramatic fall and, of course, the current revival of new Irish whiskeys. Savour the captivating anecdotes by their entertaining guides as they bring you through the ages. Enjoy a little tipple of Irish whiskey and become a true whiskey connoisseur.
The Tram Café, Dublin
Once upon a time there was an old, worn Tram in a field in Co. Cavan. A man called Dave spotted it and fell in love. He needed to figure out who owned it. In typically Irish fashion, this took several trips to the local shop to buy carrier bags of sweets, before the information was handed over. The deal was made, and now Dave owned the Tram. Dave had an idea for it. He saw a buzzy, busy café, filled with good food, nostalgic 1920s music, sunshine and laughter. He set about finding a builder to restore the Tram to its former glory, and a location to showcase its beauty. It took almost three years to restore it and is now happily located in the historic Wolfe Tone Square in Dublin 1.
Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
While the original Windmill Lane Studios have been unfortunately and regrettably demolished, we would still like to include their old home as part of this blog for nostalgic reasons. The iconic building was the recording home to a number of legendary artists, such as The Rolling Stones, REM, Van Morrison and most notably for some of U2’s earliest work including parts of the ‘Joshua Tree’ album. We look forward to the next chapter of Windmill Lane Studios and to watching some beatvyne artists playing their space to music lovers from all over the world.
Bank of Ireland Grand Canal Square, Dublin
Let’s be clear from the start: this space does not resemble a bank. Yet the new branch offers state of the art banking and workspace facilities including a 60 seater auditorium, lounge, digital bank and a dedicated bespoke workbench zone, complete with hotdesks, interactive screens and complementary wifi and coffee. Since becoming operational it has fast become a base-of-choice for numerous Irish and international start-ups, benefitting from access to branch facilities for meetings, events, presentations and as an antidote to the office. Since becoming a beatvyne host, it has also hosted a number of gigs here, including Mark Geary, Grainne Hunt, Buffalo Sunn and Fiach Moriarty. Watch this new music space for more interesting shows in the coming year!
The courthouse in Tinahely was built in 1843, but by the 1950s it was used as much for community activities such as dances and movies as for court sessions. By the 1980s it had fallen into complete disrepair and disuse, and had become, moreover, a serious eyesore in the village. A local committee was formed to take on the task of restoring the building and the courthouse was reopened as a centre for arts, culture and heritage in January 1996. Today The Courthouse is Wicklow’s longest established professional Arts Venue for music, theatre, visual art, film, literature, comedy, and dance.
The Mill Studios
The studio is located on the top floor of a 150 year old linen mill, just next to the Grand Canal in Harolds Cross. With unbeatable views from all windows across the rooftops of Dublin City and south across the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, your first visit here will not be forgotten. Situated over the Poddle, the river that led to the founding, and naming, of Dublin (Dubh Linn – the ‘black pool’ where the Poddle entered the River Liffey) it was built in 1864 by some of Ireland’s early industrialists, and has a long history of fashion production stretching right through to the present day. The high ceilings and large windows both lend themselves to light control and mean that it is ideally suited for photographic purposes. It’s also ideal as an alternative live music venue!
If you have a space, be it a studio, café, or even your back garden, rooftop or living room that has an interesting story then get in touch and lets bring live music to your life. Register here as a beatvyne Host!
Stay tuned too for music events happening in these spots over the coming months. Make sure to sign up as an Artist if you would like to play these spaces or as a Fan if you would like to get access to these gigs!