Marquee, Cork, review: 'Being Boring?' The Pet Shop Boys were anything but ... 

The Pet Shop Boys rolled out the hits to an enthusiastic Marquee in Cork
Marquee, Cork, review: 'Being Boring?' The Pet Shop Boys were anything but ... 

 Pet Shop Boys at Live At The Marquee in Cork on Wednesday night. Picture: Shane J Horan

The sun was just starting to set as the final notes of ‘Being Boring’ rang out across the Docklands last night. The song was number 26 on a stellar setlist by the Pet Shop Boys, who took over Cork’s Live at the Marquee stage for an exciting, two-hour long, fun-filled performance

The British electro-pop duo were anything but boring, attracting a packed crowd that ranged across all ages, with families, groups of friends, and couples all bopping and clapping side by side through the night.

If fans have learned anything over the Pet Shop Boys’ 40-year long career, it’s that Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe know how to put on a show, and from the moment they sauntered on stage wearing their mad-scientist inspired outfits they had the audience in the palms of their talented hands.

Pet Shop Boys at  Live At The Marquee in Cork. Picture: Shane J Horan
Pet Shop Boys at  Live At The Marquee in Cork. Picture: Shane J Horan

This was most evident when they veered toward their more classic hits. Shouts could be heard around the room when ‘Domino Dancing, ‘Always On My Mind’, and ‘West End Girls’ came on. Their latest single ‘Dreamland’, which features the popular Olly Alexander of Years & Years, was also well-received, particularly by the younger members of the audience.

The monochrome stage, complete with strobe lights, moving graphics, and faux street lamps, was reinvented before 9pm, revealing the Boys’ full band – and, of course, a costume change.

From there out, the impressive production was all technicolour, proving that these scientists are just as mad now as they were in the ‘80s.

It seemed that Tennant was every bit aware of this as the drums to ‘Jealousy’, the first song ever written by the pair, kicked into gear. The singer stood over the crowd, arms risen, eyes closed, soaking it all in with a smile.

 Brian O'Keeffe and Maria Smith, Frankfield, at the Pet Shop Boys. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Brian O'Keeffe and Maria Smith, Frankfield, at the Pet Shop Boys. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The duo, who were visiting the Rebel County for the first time, also paid homage to one of Ireland’s most famous exports around halfway through the show, covering ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ by U2 with a techno twist.

 Eithne and Elizabeth Clyne from Longford at the Pet Shop Boys in Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan
Eithne and Elizabeth Clyne from Longford at the Pet Shop Boys in Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan

The performance was part of the Pet Shop Boys’ greatest hits tour, ‘The Dreamworld’, which will see the hitmakers travel to London and onto Glastonbury at the weekend.

The Cork leg of the tour, which featured a quick pitstop in Kinsale for a pint of the black stuff early in the day, will no doubt be a memorable one, with Tennant telling the audience: “It’s so great to be here. We’ve never been to Cork before, we love it!”

Out and about at the Pet Shop boys 

 Blàthnaid Tobin, Belgooly, and Fiona Hassett, Blackrock, at the Pet Shop Boys at Live at the Marquee in Cork. Pictures: Jim Coughlan
Blàthnaid Tobin, Belgooly, and Fiona Hassett, Blackrock, at the Pet Shop Boys at Live at the Marquee in Cork. Pictures: Jim Coughlan

 Robbie and Isabel Cotter, with Donna Higgins, all Tivoli, at the Marquee. 
Robbie and Isabel Cotter, with Donna Higgins, all Tivoli, at the Marquee. 

 Michelle and Darren Hennessy, with Linda Falvey, all Blackrock.
Michelle and Darren Hennessy, with Linda Falvey, all Blackrock.

 Cormac and Anastasia Quish, from Kilmona.
Cormac and Anastasia Quish, from Kilmona.

 Manon and Don Murray, Whitegate.
Manon and Don Murray, Whitegate.

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