Feb 2 1991

Splintered, Paranoid Visions, The Grown Ups

Charlies Bar

The Attic’s management were tiring of the afternoon gigs with No Age Restrictions and a new, slightly bigger venue called Charlie’s approached ‘Hope’. They said they would go with Saturday afternoon gigs and would agree to let in Under 18s. Charlie’s Bar on Aungier Street was to be home to many gigs for the next 9 months. Saturday afternoon seemed a better time for a gig. People go into town anyway on a Saturday. More and more people had been in contact about coming over so we tried to go with a regular No Age Restrictions event every fortnight in Charlie’s – Perfect!

Richo from Grim Humour fanzine was in a band called Splintered and they wanted to visit Ireland. We agreed a suitable date and got a (a fee-paying) gig in Trinity. The Splintered gig was my introduction to a hair crimpers. The first thing Richo requested when he got to my house (after a long carferry journey) was “where’s the socket for my hair crimpers”? My guitar tuner went missing after this gig. The fact that it had been a recent Christmas present made it worse. To my knowledge this was the only time something vanished at a Hope gig.

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