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Take a chance on: The Dandy Warhols at The Limelight, Friday May 27

The Dandy Warhols play The Limelight 2 on May 27

The Dandy Warhols, Friday May 27, The Limelight 2, Belfast

PORTLAND-bred original hipsters The Dandy Warhols finally make it to Belfast next week a mere 13 years after the cancellation of the Mandela Hall date that would have marked their northern debut.

Back in 2003, The Dandys were touring their 'difficult fourth album' Welcome To The Monkey House, a record which found the quartet dispensing with the guitar-based thrills of hits such as Everyday Should Be A Holiday and Bohemian Like You ("that one from the Vodaphone ad") in favour of a more experimental, electronic-tinged sound.

Sadly, the more selective appeal of that album precipitated the band's subsequent, decade-long slide out of view via a string of lacklustre LPs; Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars (their final, largely tune-free outing on major label Capitol), ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols... and This Machine.

Their newie, Distortland, is being hailed as a return to form: those who still regard the Dandys' first three superb albums, Dandys Rule OK, Come Down and 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia as their 'holy trinity' may beg to differ.

Courtney and co are probably still worth seeing live though, even if it is mostly just for old times' sake at this point.

Fingers crossed for a good selection of 'classics' in the set.

:: Tickets £17 from usual outlets.

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