For festival goers the summer of 2013 looks set to be a great one. They are a great place to see up and coming bands being given the opportunity to play to a big audience and also to see some of the big names. Oxegen (David Getta, Rizzle Kicks, Rita Orra, Snoop Dogg) and Electric Picnic (Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand) have announced their line up to add to Kasabian, Primal Scream, James Blake and Chic at Forbidden Fruit and Vampire Weekend, The Maccabees, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kraftwerk at Longitude.
For the rockers out there Ireland is being spoiled. First up, this June, following their great performance at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, The Who arrive in Dublin to perform "Quadrophenia and More". They will play their 1973 album Quadrophenia in its entirety to be followed by a greatest hits selection. To fans of this particular album this is the music event of the year. Anyone who grew up during the 1979 mod revival will be familiar with this album and the film with Phil Daniels as the tragic male lead Jimmy and Sting as the miscast too-old-for-the-role Ace face.
Next on the rock list is the visit of the old Canadian rock god Neil Young and Crazy Horse to the RDS. With a history of working together since the late 60s this is a group of musicians so used to playing with each other you wonder have they become one machine. Frank "Poncho" Sampedo has played with Young for 40 years and at 64 is the baby of the band. Reputed to be playing unexpected tracks and shaking the band up, expect the unexpected and prepare yourself for some long guitar jams.
The final rock show not to be missed is the Boomtown Rats reunion at The Marquee in Cork. What we expect we just don't know but we want to be there to find out! It's 26 years since their final show was performed in 1986 after becoming one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s and were the first Irish band to have a number one UK hit. Geldof is quoted as saying; "we fancied getting up there and playing those songs again for the sheer joy of it and we hope some of you would like to hear them from the band that made them. Anyway it'll be good to be back and better to see everyone again!"