This is a summary of the year 2007 in the Irish music industry.
- Changes to the Irish chart rules, which allow for downloads to be taken into account in formulating the music charts came into force at the beginning of January. This sparked an unpredictable trend in old songs returning to the charts (for example "Bohemian Rhapsody" which returned to the charts for a week in February). Radio DJs (including Today FM's Ray Foley ) were able to use their influence by requesting that the public download specific songs allowing them to return to the charts.
- On Tuesday January 2, while being interviewed by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio One, Bono spoke of his desire to reinvent U2's sound for their next album due to be released at the end of the year.
- Hot Press announced their "Out A Tout campaign", following revelations that a number of touts selling on tickets for an Arcade Fire gig in Dublin's Olympia Theatre at inflated prices. Tickets for the gig sold out inside ten minutes but 24 hours later turned up on eBay for €250 (increasing to €350 48 hours later). Concert promoter MCD urged the Government to act on closing down online touts and pointed an accusing finger at “media outlets who carry advertisements on behalf of ticket touts.” Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions proffered: “…these professional American-style ‘brokers’ could be shut down overnight. The same goes for the guys you see selling tickets outside venues, ours included.”
- On February 1, Snow Patrol dominated the Meteor Music Awards, where they collected four awards. Legendary 2fm DJ, Larry Gogan won a Meteor Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music.
- Meanwhile, head of 2fm, John Clarke, announced the latest in a spate of reschedules for the station, which would see Gogan move from weekday afternoons to a new shoe on Saturdays and Sundays, Rick O'Shea move to Gogan's earlier afternoon slot and Colm and JimJim and their Strawberry Alarm Clock being poached from FM104. The changes would come into play on March 5.
- On February 19, Aerosmith announced that they would be playing Marlay Park in Dublin on Tuesday June 26 as part of their European tour. This follows announcements that The Who will also play Marlay Park and Arctic Monkeys and Bell X1 would be playing Malahide Castle in June.
- On Thursday February 22, tickets for Arctic Monkeys performance at Malahide Castle in June went on sale at 9 a.m.
- On Thursday February 22, Paul Noonan of Bell X1 was guest presenter on Today FM's Pet Sounds between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- Also on Thursday February 22, the Oxegen 2007 line-up was officially announced. Amongst the first acts announced were Snow Patrol, Muse, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Bloc Party, The Fratellis, Kings of Leon, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Interpol and Amy Winehouse. The festival was officially launched on February 27, with the announcement that The Killers would be headlining the Main Stage on the Sunday night.
- Also on February 27, the death was announced of legendary Irish music promoter Jim Aiken, the founder of Aiken Promotions. He was best known for the recent series of concerts in the grounds of Stormont in Belfast and for travelling the world to encourage bands and singers to come to Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. He was also revered for closely associating with stars such as Elton John, Cliff Richard, Luciano Pavarotti and Garth Brooks.
- The Choice Music Prize for the Irish Album of the Year 2006 was awarded at Vicar Street to The Divine Comedy for the album Victory for the Comic Muse on February 28 2007.
- On Monday April 2, Electric Picnic 2007 was officially launched with the first acts to be confirmed including Beastie Boys, Björk, Iggy and The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker, The Go! Team, LCD Soundsystem, Primal Scream, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Undertones, Modest Mouse, The Magic Numbers, Damien Dempsey, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Good, the Bad and the Queen.
- Also on April 2, 18 more acts were announced for the Oxegen 2007 festival. These included Queens of the Stone Age, Bright Eyes, Ocean Colour Scene and Avril Lavigne.
- Tickets for Electric Picnic 2007 went on sale on Tuesday April 3.
- On Friday April 13, Nine Inch Nails were confirmed as the main support act to Foo Fighters for their Marlay Park concert on August 22 2007.
- On the same day, The Police confirmed they would be playing a concert in Croke Park on Saturday October 6 2007 as part of their first European Tour since their reformation. Tickets went on sale on Friday April 20 and sold out within 90 minutes.
- On Wednesday April 24, Bono appeared in a prerecorded segment of American Idol's two-hour special Idol Gives Back, where he talked about the work of ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History.
- On the same day, the full line-up for Damien Rice's Saturday August 25 gig in Marlay Park, Dublin was announced. It included KT Tunstall, Guillemots, Willy Mason and Fionn Regan.
- The May bank holiday weekend was the occasion of the first festival of the Irish summer. On Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6, Heineken Green Energy at Dublin Castle was headlined by Kasabian and Sinéad O'Connor with support coming from The Blizzards, Future Kings of Spain, Kíla and Delorentos.
- On Friday May 11, 14 new acts were officially announced for the Oxegen 2007 festival. These included: Sinéad O'Connor, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Satellite Party, Badly Drawn Boy, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Albert Hammond, Jr., The Blizzards and The Immediate.
- Also on Friday May 11, the annual Trinity Ball took place at Trinity College, Dublin. Headlined by Ash, CSS, Director and The Blizzards, it was also The Immediate's last public performance before their subsequent demise.
- On Sunday May 13 and just two days after being officially announced for Oxegen, The Immediate announced on their MySpace page that they were "splitting up due to existential differences". They later released one last tune, "The Mist Above The Mind" (recorded in demo form), on their MySpace page which could be downloaded for free.
- On Saturday May 26, Red Bull X-Fighters came to Ireland. The show, at Slane Castle, was watched by over 35,000 spectators with music was provided by Ash, Director and The Blizzards.
- The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival took place in Ballyshannon, County Donegal from Thursday May 31 until Sunday June 3.
- Garden Party took place at Ballinlough Castle in Athboy, County Meath on Saturday June 9 from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. It was headlined by Pet Shop Boys, Burning Spear, Carl Cox and Hot Chip. The festival was a resounding success and the organisers immediately announced its return in 2008. Organiser John Reynolds said: "This is the second year and like everything it takes two or three years for a festival to find its feet but if all goes well, it'll be an annual event from now on."
- On Tuesday June 12, the full line-up and stage breakdown for five of the six stages for Oxegen 2007 was announced. New acts to be officially announced included Director, The View, Maxïmo Park, Editors, The Bravery, The Cribs, The Thrills, The Twang, Calvin Harris, Jet, Delorentos and David Kitt. The New Bands Stage line-up was announced later.
- On Wednesday June 13, Ash confirmed their forthcoming album, Twilight of the Innocents would be their last album.
- Arctic Monkeys played Malahide Castle on Saturday June 16. Tickets sold out immediately and a second date at the same venue was announced for Sunday June 17. Support came from Supergrass, The Coral and Delorentos. It was to be the first of many occasions that the castle would be used as a concert venue.
- Crowded House and Peter Gabriel played a rain-soaked Marlay Park on Friday June 22. They were supported by Starsailor.
- Aerosmith played Marlay Park on Tuesday June 26 as part of their European tour. They were supported by Chris Cornell and The Feeling.
- Live at the Marquee took place in Cork between June 26 and July 7, with headlining acts including The Who, Slayer, The Flaming Lips, Bell X1 and Status Quo.
- The Who played Marlay Park on Friday June 29 and were Live at the Marquee in Cork on Saturday June 30 as part of their European tour of 2007. They were supported by Velvet Revolver and Biffy Clyro at the Marlay Park gig.
- Bell X1 played Malahide Castle on Saturday June 30. They were supported by Duke Special, Jape and Herman Düne. Gates opened at 4 p.m. Herman Dune began proceedings at 5:45 p.m., Jape were on at 6:45 p.m. and Duke Special at 7:45 p.m., before Bell X1 took to the stage at 9 p.m. Bell X1 were also Live at the Marquee in Cork on Sunday July 1 where they were supported by Duke Special.
- Castlepalooza 2007 took place at Charleville Castle in Tullamore, County Offaly over the August Bank Holiday weekend (4 and 5).
- Indie-pendence 07 is also took place on the same weekend (Friday 3 and Monday 6). Ireland's only free independent music festival took place at New Square in Mitchelstown, County Cork. Bands that played included Ham Sandwich Republic of Loose, The Chapters, Director, Delorentos, The Aftermath, The Sultans Of Ping FC, Fight Like Apes and Vesta Varro.
- On Friday August 10, tickets went on sale for the "Big Top" Arcade Fire gig in Phoenix Park on October 24. The gig sold out within ten minutes despite it being the band's third appearance in Ireland in 2007 (following the similarly quick selling Olympia date in February and their Oxegen date in July).
- Slane 2007 took place on Saturday August 18 and was headlined for a second time by The Rolling Stones. The band last played Slane in 1982. Support came from The Charlatans, The Hold Steady, Tinariwen and Frankie Gavin. It was the band's last ever performance on Irish soil.
- In the first of two Bud Rising Summer outdoor concerts, Foo Fighters played Marlay Park on Wednesday August 22. They were supported by Nine Inch Nails and Silversun Pickups.
- Damien Rice played Marlay Park on Saturday August 25. He was supported by KT Tunstall, Guillemots, Willy Mason and Fionn Regan.
- In the second of two Bud Rising Summer outdoor concerts, Kaiser Chiefs played Marlay Park on Sunday August 26. They were supported by The Fratellis, Ash, The Blizzards and Royseven.
- Music Ireland took place in the RDS Main Hall in Dublin from Friday October 5 until Sunday October 7. The Sennheiser Live Stage was headlined by Paddy Casey, The Frank and Walters, The Walls, Neosupervital, The Flaws, Dirty Epics, Messiah J & The Expert, Royseven, The Kinetiks and The Kerbs.
- The Police played Croke Park on Saturday October 6. They were supported by Fiction Plane. A further date was to be announced.
- Heineken Green Synergy took place for a second year between Wednesday October 10 and Sunday 14. Amongst the bands and artists playing were Lightspeed Champion (Wednesday in Whelan's), Alabama 3 and Republic of Loose (Thursday in Tripod), Neosupervital (Thursday in Whelan's), Asian Dub Foundation (Friday in Tripod), The Flaws and Ham Sandwich (Friday in Whelan's), Turin Brakes (Saturday in Tripod), Archie Bronson Outfit and The Chakras (Saturday in The Village). Venues ranged from Tripod, Anseo, Whelan's, The Village, Solas and Carnival.
- The Sunday Business Post was the first to break the news that MCD will host a series of eight gigs in the Phoenix Park between October 16 and November 5. There will be a capacity of 10,000 people per gig. The gigs will all take place indoors, meaning a marquee similar to Cork's Live at the Marquee series being erected in the Phoenix Park. In the end only six such musical events took place.
Albums & EPs
- Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2007.
January - April
May - August
September - December
- Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2007.
End of year releases
- Oxegen 07 took place at Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare on Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8. Acts to appear included The Killers, Snow Patrol, Muse, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Scissor Sisters, Interpol, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Razorlight, Daft Punk, The Fratellis, Mika, Avril Lavigne and Tori Amos. Amy Winehouse gave organisers a headache and threw the entire Stage 2/NME schedule into chaos on the Sunday when she pulled out.
Electric Picnic 2007
- Electric Picnic 2007 took place in Stradbally Estate, County Laois from Friday August 31 until Sunday September 3. Acts to have appeared include Beastie Boys, Björk, Iggy and The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker, The Go! Team, LCD Soundsystem, Primal Scream, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Undertones, Modest Mouse, The Magic Numbers, Damien Dempsey, The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Damon Albarn led The Good, the Bad and the Queen.
Heineken Green Energy
Garden Party 2007
- Bud Rising Spring and Bud Rising Summer took place in 2007.
Bud Rising Spring took place from Sunday April 1 until Thursday May 31. Gigs as ever took place in various venues throughout Dublin, including Dublin Castle, The Olympia and the Temple Bar Music Centre. Among the performances were Maxïmo Park at the Temple Bar Music Centre on Monday May 21.
Bud Rising Summer saw two outdoor concerts take place in Marlay Park. Foo Fighters played Marlay Park on Wednesday August 22, supported by Nine Inch Nails and Silversun Pickups. Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis played Marlay Park on Sunday August 26. They were supported by Ash, The Blizzards and Royseven.
Live at the Marquee
Hard Working Class Heroes 2007
2007 Meteor Awards
The 2007 Meteor Awards
were hosted by television personalities Podge and Rodge
and comedian Deirdre O'Kane
on February 1
Choice Music Prize
The Choice Music Prize
for Irish Album of the Year 2006
was awarded at Vicar Street
to The Divine Comedy
for the album Victory for the Comic Muse
on February 28 2007