Local Natives at The Olympia Theatre – Review & Photos

local-natives-olympia-theatre-dublin-19Local Natives played The Olympia Theatre on Thursday, October 24th 2013.

The LA band returned to Dublin for the third time this year, with a spectacular concert. In February 2013 Local Natives played Whelan’s and in July they came back for Longitude Festival 2013 where they had a highly acclaimed performance. It seemed like a huge step for them, but the Olympia Theatre gig showed just how loved these lads are on this fair isle.

The venue was packed. A few hours before the gig there still were some tickets available but the show must have become a sell-out by the time the doors were opened.

Local Natives were welcomed with a full minute of applause and cheering before they were able to play the first note. They had good reception in Marley Park as well, but it was nothing compared to what happened at The Olympia. No wonder the band admitted they were glad to be back.  Who would’t want to perform in front of such a crowd?

The set began with “Breakers”, a perfect choice to build the momentum, followed by many of their trademark tunes such as “Wide Eyes”, “You & I” and, of course, “Airplanes”.

One of the highlights of the night was “Who Knows Who Cares”, the song chosen by the band as the last one before the encore. With a background of  big lightbulbs, hanging from the ceiling and shaking throughout the song, the energy peaked both on and off the stage. The lads left, the lights dimmed, but what happened next was even more incredible: everyone started singing the chorus of WKWC again for at least a full minute. You simply couldn’t not sing along.

The encore featured “Colombia” “Heavy Feet” and “Sun Hands” and everyone was left with a big smile on their faces.

The band gave it their all and enjoyed every minute of the gig, as you can see from the shots below. Despite being held in one of Dublin’s biggest venues, the show felt intimate. Perhaps thanks to the way the band interacted with the crowd or, maybe, it’s just that their music emits a certain warmth that felt so right last Thursday. It doesn’t matter in the end. I doubt anyone left the gig unsatisfied with anything other than the fact that it was over.


  • Breakers
  • World News
  • Wide Eyes
  • Warning Sign
  • Ceilings
  • You & I
  • Black Balloons
  • Shape Shifter
  • Mt. Washington
  • Wooly Mammoth
  • 3 Months
  • Camera Talk
  • Airplanes
  • Bowery
  • Who Knows Who Cares
  • Colombia (encore)
  • Heavy Feet (encore)
  • Sun Hands (encore)

Photos by Tudor Marian


Lucy Ivan

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