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ATL Remembers.... At The Drive In, at The Empire

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Pic: Liam Kielt's ticket from the night

In another look back through ATL’s archives, we revisit a memorable performance by Texan post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In, from December 2000.

Taking place in Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, this sold-out show was influential in terms of how it inspired and affected local musicians and gig goers. It still resonates as a life-changing evening with BBC presenter Stephen McAuley and Clearshot / Fighting With Wire’s Cahir O’Doherty who supported the band on the night.

Frenetic, intense and not without its friction (particularly between the band and the more mosh-happy members of the audience, with not everyone appreciating being told how to move or dance).

Shortly before their Belfast visit At The Drive-In unleashed a similarly exceptional performance on Later with...Jools Holland (which culminated in Robbie Williams’ pal losing a chair at the hands of vocalist Cedric Bixler), and not long after they went on ‘indefinite hiatus’.  The gig, however, remains - for many - an unforgettable performance from a band arguably at their creative zenith. 

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