New Season, New Sound – An Interview with Little Green Cars

Irish indie rock band, Little Green Cars will perform live on Thursday August 25 at 10pm in McGettigan’s AUH and on Friday August 26 as part of the ‘New Season, New Sound’ campaign at McGettigan’s JLT from 9.30pm.

Littel Green CarsFormed in Dublin in 2008, the five-piece band consists of members Stevie Appleby on guitar and vocals, Faye O’Rourke on vocals, Adam O’Regan on guitar, Donagh Seaver O’Leary on bass and Dylan Lynch on drums.

We caught up with Little Green Cars guitarist, Adam O’Regan to talk new music and life on the road ahead of their McGettigan’s performances.

McGettigan’s: Your latest album, Ephemera is the name of a WB Yeats poem. Are you guys a big fan of poetry?
Adam: Yeah, literature in general is a big influence on the band and when we were trying to come up with the artwork for the album, Stevie found this poem and he thought it reflected the sentiment of the music.

McGettigan’s: You’ve been friends since you were kids at school. What was the band like back then?
Adam: Myself and Stevie were kind of the misfits that didn’t really fit in and once we found our music, we kind of neglected everything else and school went on the back-burner.

McGettigan’s: What’s it like playing home gigs in Ireland versus overseas?
Adam: You know, playing to your home crowd there’s a different kind of nerve – it’s your family and your people but it’s a brilliant feeling.

McGettigan’s: What can we expect from your gigs with McGettigan’s in Dubai and Abu Dhabi?
Adam: We’ve no idea what to expect actually as we’ve never been to the UAE so we are kind of just going to see what it’s like when we get there.

McGettigan’s: You’ve played festivals like Coachella and appeared on Jimmy Fallon in the USA and have been touring all across the world. How important is it that you are known outside of Ireland?
Adam: No matter where we play we put all our energy into our music. Just having the opportunity to have people hear our music is the goal. It doesn’t matter so much where we play, just that we have the chance to.

McGettigan’s: What do you love about being Irish and playing to an Irish crowd?
Adam: The sense of humour, it keeps you grounded.

McGettigan’s: What are you currently working on?
Adam: We are writing new music right now – we want to get the third album out as soon as possible. It’s too early to tell the direction of the album but we have some great songs.

McGettigan’s: What’s the highlight of touring with your mates?
Adam: Touring is the best university of life and getting to travel around the world together – none of us would trade that in.


Little Green Cars live at McGettigan’s JLT, Friday August 26

Doors open at 8pm, with the band on stage from 9.30pm and entry is FREE. Enjoy a pre-gig drinks package which includes unlimited house drinks from 5pm-8pm for just AED199.

Little Green Cars will also perform at McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi on Thursday August 25 at 10pm. Pre-gig offers – AED20+++ happy hour until 10pm and AED20 selected cocktails from 8pm to midnight.

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The Parlotones are coming! Here’s an exclusive interview with Paul Hodgson…

South African rock sensation The Parlotones will be performing live on The Baggot stage on Thursday June 2nd at 9.30pm at McGettigan’s Jumeirah Lake Towers in the Bonnington Hotel.

Paul Hodgson from the South African band, talked to us about the group’s love of the Irish, reality shows and super pranks ahead of their McGettigan’s gig.

Parlotones at McGettigan's JLT

The group originally formed back in 1998 as a band called, Crayon. Playing a mix of indie, rock and pop music, the group were influenced by British bands like The Cure, The Smiths, Muse, Coldplay and Radiohead. After a few years experimenting with various sounds, the four-piece changed their name to The Parlotones and are known for their melodic rock sound.

The Parlotones have recorded six studio albums and toured across South Africa, Europe, Canada, South America and the USA and have performed with bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol. The band will be performing all of the classics from their 6 studio albums ‘Episoda’ (2003), radiocontrolledrobot (2005), A World Next Door to Yours (2007), Stardust Galaxies (2009), Journey Through the Shadows (2012) and Stand Like Giants (2013).

The band will be followed by a live DJ set from ‘Step On’ who will take over the decks until late.


McGettigan’s: Lead singer Khan is a judge on The Voice. What do you think of his judging skills?

Paul Hodgson: The finals are coming up now on Sunday. We actually went to watch one of the live recordings of the show. I think he’s one of the better judges, he’s very well-spoken and of course it’s quite an intense thing, because you are critiquing someone.

McG’s: The contestants are obviously trying to catch a break. Does this take the band back to the early days of trying to get noticed?

PH: Yeah I mean when we started, we would just take what we could get. We’d play for free. You slowly build up fans and you have time to get used to the experience. However, on these reality shows, some of it is quite fake because you have a band playing for you, you have a stylist and an audience and it’s all awesome. However, once the show is over, then you are in the real world were you have to go hustle again and get a start. I like the old school way of getting together and playing for years. Look at any successful band and they didn’t just win a TV show.

McG’s: You are performing at McGettigan’s JLT. What do you love about the Irish?

PH: I love that they like drinking.

McG’s: You are South African, are there any similarities to Irish?

PH: We are really friendly and we love food and being outside and so it’s quite similar to the Irish people. Our first ever international tour was to Ireland.

McG’s: What can we expect from the gig?

PH: We are going to play some old songs as well as new ones.

McG’s: Do you have a favourite song to play?

PH: I’d say Push Me to the Floor is probably our most popular song. We play it every show for the past decade and it’s a great sing-along song.

McG’s: You’ve won quite a few awards. Is success winning trophies or having a great fan base?

PH: In the beginning you are quite attentive to radio charts etc but eventually it doesn’t matter where you are on the charts as long as you have people coming to your shows.

McG’s: What did you want to be as a kid?

PH: I wanted to be a stuntman when I was a kid or a fireman. Boys always want to be in the army or something like that.

McG’s: So being a rock star isn’t too bad. Do you lead a rock n’ roll lifestyle?

PH: Well we are all married and have kids so we are better behaved than we used to be.

McG’s: Have you ever pulled a prank on each other?

PH: Actually the last time we were in Dubai, you know how in the airport they raffle off those sports cars, like a Ferrari. Well, our drummer entered one of those and so when he got back to South Africa, we got a radio station there to do a prank, and call him and tell him that he won the car. He was so excited that he won.


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Happy Birthday Abu Dhabi!

McGettigan's AUH 2nd BirthdayCan you believe it? McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi is turning two! We’re excited to celebrate 2 years of great food, perfectly poured pints, and cracking nights out.

It’s been 2 years since the bar opened its doors to the Abu Dhabi public and we couldn’t be happier! So much so that there is a whole weekend planned to mark the occasion from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st May.

The birthday antics kick off on Thursday 19th May with McGettigan’s 2 for 2 offer – guests can purchase 2 house drinks and receive another 2 house drinks for free. This fantastic offer will be available all day across a wide selection of hops, grape and spirits. If that isn’t enough excitement, we’re feeling generous with an incredible AED 10,000 worth of giveaways throughout the day! If you’re lucky, you’ll receive a ‘party bag’ full of goodies which range in value with 2 lucky guests winning the golden ticket – a complimentary night out for 4 people worth an amazing AED 2000! There’ll be a kicking party atmosphere with tons of live entertainment including a fantastic guest performance from brilliant Irish musician Jerry Fish who is being flown over especially for the occasion. All this together with a live DJ until late will make this a birthday bash to remember.

The party continues on Friday 20th May with a Bumper Birthday Brunch – we’re adding an extra 2 hours (an hour for every year) to our Friday brunch! Enjoy 6 hours of unlimited food and house beverages for just AED199 per person including a fantastic selection of a la carte dishes and an impressive buffet including favorites such as slow roast rib of beef with all the trimmings. If this wasn’t enough, we’ll be treating some lucky people to a free brunch on arrival! The brunches will be given away at random – so you never know, it might just be your lucky day.

Fancy keeping the party going? No problem! Enjoy a wide selection of AED 20++ house beverages with McGettigan’s happy hour which is available until 10pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2016 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi – Shake your Shamrock!

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If the Irish (and those with Irish roots, however distant!) ever needed an excuse to party, look no further than McGettigan’s annual Paddy’s Day antics. There is no better place to enjoy the best, most authentic Irish ‘craic’ and hospitality in Dubai and Abu Dhabi than at McGettigan’s. There is a whole weekend of celebrations and free concerts planned across McGettigan’s JLT, DWTC and AUH.

McGettigan’s will fly over a host of Irish music acts to perform free gigs throughout the weekend in celebration of the biggest day of the year for the Irish. McGettigan’s JLT has a huge line up on the day itself (Thursday 17th March) which kicks off with the mega talented Mike Ross followed by Schizophonik who’re bound to get guests in the party mood. Visitors to McGettigan’s JLT can also watch traditional Irish dancers perform whilst enjoying some of McGettigan’s award winning food, drinks, fun give-aways and an electric party atmosphere.

No Paddy’s Day party is complete without headline acts and McGettigan’s JLT have some whoppers. Louis Walsh’s newest Irish boy band Hometown have taken time out of their UK & Ireland tour supporting UK band The Vamps to perform a one-off, exclusive gig in Dubai. The lads precede one of Ireland’s top bands, Hermitage Green who’ll headline the St Patrick’s antics. The band, from Limerick in Ireland, is renowned for their unique style of indie rock which is easily identified by their incredible four-part harmonies.

McGettigan’s DWTC has a host of musical talent in store from the uber talented Irishman Scott Maher to the fantastic trad-fusion band, The Gentlemen Barstewards who’re guaranteed to entertain followed by a live DJ to keep the party popping until late.

McGettigan’s AUH are delighted to have Irish band, Gate Crashers headlining on Paddy’s Day. There will also be performances from McGettigan’s resident band The Distillers and a live DJ to keep the party going until late. Guests can enjoy traditional Irish dancers perform as well as McGettigan’s award winning food, drinks and fun giveaways!

The festivities continue on 18th March at as all three pubs host their fantastic Friday brunches. Don’t miss the brilliant Irish Trad trio who’ll be putting their traditional Irish spin on chart hits and are guaranteed to get guests in the party mood at JLT. Followed by Crowd pleasers The Maplejacks and Irish band, Gate Crashers who will be performing live to the post brunch crowd on Friday evening. McGettigan’s AUH are delighted to have Hermitage Green perform live on stage, the lads will be rocking out for the post-brunch crowd from 6.30pm.

Guests can take advantage of the ‘Happy Friday’ drinks package: 3 hours of unlimited house beverages from 5-8pm for just AED199 (JLT), AED 149 (DWTC) and AED 149 (AUH).

Saturday 19th March will see an evening of rugby play out as show the final round of the RBS 6 Nations on our HD and Giant screens in all 3 venues.

Mark McCabe LIVE at McGettigan’s in Dubai and Abu Dhabi!

PrintMark McCabe comes to Dubai & Abu Dhabi for his first live DJ sets in the UAE, to perform his number 1 song Maniac 2000!

Maniac has become an Irish chart anthem at this stage, having won countless awards & staying at the Number 1 spot in Ireland for over 10 weeks! It is also the second biggest selling single EVER in Ireland.

Don’t miss Mark McCabe, Maniac 2000, live from 11pm on Thursday 10th in The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT and Friday 11th March at McGettigan’s AUH!

# ThrowbackThursday & #FlashbackFriday with McGettigan’s as we go back to the 90s! Enjoy 90s dance memories with DJ Mark McCabe & guest DJs for one weekend only.

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This week’s #McGettigansJLT Friday Brunch will be 360 degrees and full of selfies…

demophotoTomorrow’s Friday Brunch at McGettigan’s JLT has just got even better. Obviously, it’s the warm-up brunch for the big Coronas concert at The Baggot in the evening (see also here), but we’ve also teamed up with the folks from MyTriphoto to bring you their latest gadget:  The 360selfie – a self-service selfie machine! Not only does the thing take selfies, but it takes 360 degree pictures, so there’s no need for selfie sticks anymore and no danger that your best friend accidentally gets cut out of the picture.

Just come down to McGettigan’s JLT for brunch on Friday 11th December and you’ll see the machine in the pub garden. Place yourself on the mat, assemble as many of your friends around you in no particular order, connect to the machine via Wifi, press the button on your phone’s screen, and then smile & share. Every picture you’ll take will immediately be available on your phone and is yours to keep and share.

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The Coronas are coming back to Dubai! Get your tickets for their best gig ever!

PrintBrilliant Irish rockers, The Coronas, will take over the stage in The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT this December for what is set to be their greatest Dubai gig yet!

The Coronas formed in Dublin and have been making music together for practically all of their lives. Their three studio albums, Heroes or Ghosts (2007), Tony Was an Ex-Con (2009) and Closer to You (2011) were greatly received. Following the release of the band’s chart-topping first major label album The Long Way in 2014, the band embarked on a sell-out tour of Ireland, Europe and Australia earning them a legion of new fans at home and abroad.

The guys are sure to rock the stage with classics such as ‘Heroes or Ghosts’ and ‘San Diego Song’ in addition to new hits from their latest album. This show is their only UAE performance and forms part of the band’s 2015 tour including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

For more information about the band and their music check out their website http://thecoronas.net/

Tickets are now available via McGettigan’s JLT and Platinum List.

Happy 5th Birthday, #McGettigansJLT ! Oh, and you can now buy Corona tickets online!

A very happy birthday to McGettigan’s JLT! Can you believe it? It’s been five years since we opened our first pub in the UAE at the Bonnington Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

We’ve put together a great lineup of offers and events for our birthday guests. Check out all the details here or in the video above.

McGettigan's JLT is turning 5!

We’re also please to let you know that tickets for our upcoming Coronas gig are now available online. Find out more about the concert here, or click here to buy your ticket.

The Coronas in Dubai December 2015

Book your Christmas & New Year’s Eve parties now. Click here for our offers!

 

Happy Birthday #McGettigansDWTC

2nd Birthday adTime flies like an arrow. Irish flies like a Guinness. Has it really been three years only since we opened at one of Dubai’s most iconic locations, the Dubai World Trade Centre? It would appear so!

Today is McGettigan’s DWTC’s third birthday and you’re all invited!

3 is most definitely the magic number at McGettigan’s this Thursday with all house beverages only AED23 from 6-9pm. You can also enjoy 3 shots of Jagermeister for only AED100 throughout the entire evening. Finally, there will be some seriously tasty complimentary food platters available for you to tuck in to, on the hour, for 3 hours.

We are famous for our live entertainment and our birthday party will be no different with live acts performing throughout the evening. They are guaranteed to get the party going and don’t worry, there won’t be any musicals bumps!

Join us on this momentous occasion for an evening of brilliant, birthday delights.

One thing’s for sure, here at McGettigan’s we know how to throw a good party!

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Date: Thursday 22nd October

Venue: McGettigan’s DWTC

Time: House beverage offer 6 – 9pm

Admission: Free

It’s the ultimate 90’s ladies night in Dubai!

PrintRelive your youth and celebrate the best of all things 90’s for one night only at McGettigan’s DWTC. The entire night will be themed around this great decade; food, drinks, cinema, fashion and of course, the music! Will you find a better way to spend your Wednesday night?? ‘As if!’

Come dressed to impress for the chance to win prizes for the best 90’s outfits. The highlight of the evening will be what’s sure to be a very nostalgic nineties performance by Ireland’s top covers band, aptly named ‘Smash Hits’. The Smash Hits! live show is a nonstop, dance-floor filling night that embraces the cream of 90s chart classics from the most influential popular artists of the era. ‘Get jiggy with it’ to hits such as; Rhythm is a Dancer, Freed from Desire, Maniac, Insomnia, Mr. Vain & more!

Ladies night at McGettigan’s DWTC entitles each lady to 5 FREE DRINKS each and every Wednesday and this special event is no exception, making this the perfect pocket friendly girls night out!