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‘Be boring?’ The Pet Shop Boys were anything but…

The sun was just beginning to set when the final notes of ‘Being Boring’ rang out across Docklands last night. The song was number 26 on a stellar setlist by the Pet Shop Boys, who took over Cork’s Live on the Marquee Stage for a thrilling and fun-filled two-hour performance.

The British electro-pop duo were anything but boring, attracting a packed crowd of all ages, with families, groups of friends and couples jumping and cheering side by side all night long.

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

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

This was more evident when they turned to their more classic hits. Screams could be heard in the room as ‘Domino Dancing, ‘Always On My Mind’ and ‘West End Girls’ played. Their latest single “Dreamland”, which features Years & Years’ popular Olly Alexander, was also well received, especially by younger audience members.

The monochromatic stage, complete with strobe lights, moving graphics and faux streetlights, was reimagined before 9 p.m., revealing the full band of boys — and, of course, a costume change.

From there, the impressive production was all Technicolor, proving that these scientists are just as crazy today as they were in the 80s.

It seemed Tennant was acutely aware of this when the drums on “Jealousy,” the duo’s first song ever written, kicked in. The singer stood above the crowd, arms raised, eyes closed, soaking it all up with a smile.

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

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

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

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

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

Out at the pet store boys

    Blathnaid Tobin, Belgooly, and Fiona Hassett, Blackrock, with the Pet Shop Boys at Live at the Marquee in Cork.  Photos: Jim Coughlan
Blathnaid Tobin, Belgooly, and Fiona Hassett, Blackrock, with the Pet Shop Boys at Live at the Marquee in Cork. Photos: 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, of Kilmona.
Cormac and Anastasia Quish, of Kilmona.
    Manon and Don Murray, Whitegate.
Manon and Don Murray, Whitegate.