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2007 in Irish music

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.”












Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Bands reformed

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.

Issue date Song title Artist Source Sales
January 1 "Window in the Skies" U2
January 5 "Leave It to Me" Director
January 29 "Freewheel" Duke Special
February 5 "Rootless Tree" Damien Rice
February 9 "Fantasy" The Blizzards
February 12 "Open Your Eyes" Snow Patrol
February __ "I'm Revived" Royseven
February 16 "Click... Click... BOOM!" Ham Sandwich
February 16 "Rubicon" The Kybosh
February 16 "Place Your Bets" Messiah J & The Expert
February 23 "Basis of Everything" Delorentos
March 30 "Guess Again" Future Kings of Spain
April 16 "You Can't Have It All" Ash
April __ "Eustace Street" Delorentos
May 7 "Signal Fire" Snow Patrol
May 11 "Be With You" Director
May 18 "Sixteen" The Flaws
May 18 "One of Two Ways" The Radio
May __ "All the Other Girls" Messiah J & The Expert
May 25 "Pyramid Clocks" Vesta Varro
June __ "Love Like Nicotine" Dark Room Notes
June 15 "Polaris" Ash
June 15 "On the Right Track" The Blizzards
June 15 "Good One" Fred
June 15 "Fear the Hitcher" David Geraghty
June 22 "God Bless the Devil" Hybrasil
July 13 "Nothing Changes Round Here" The Thrills
July 20 "All I Want for You is to be Happy" The Aftermath
July 20 "Here Comes the Sun" Aslan
July 20 "Stop" Delorentos
July 27 "Kick in the Teeth" Future Kings of Spain
August 3 "Big Bad Beautiful World" Declan O'Rourke
August 10 "Dogs" Damien Rice (download only)

End of year releases

Date unknown


Oxegen 07

Electric Picnic 2007

Heineken Green Energy

Garden Party 2007

Indie-pendence 07

Castlepalooza 07

Bud Rising

  • 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

Slane 2007

Hard Working Class Heroes 2007

Music awards

2007 Meteor Awards

The 2007 Meteor Awards were hosted by television personalities Podge and Rodge and comedian Deirdre O'Kane on February 1, 2007.

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.


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