The inaugural A Sense of Ireland festival in London in 1980 featured over 90 events in Irish music, theatre, literature, the visual arts, film, crafts, dance, photography, architecture and archeology. The Sounds Of Ireland was the festival’s music showcase featuring the cream of the crop of the island’s punk and new wave bands as well as the legendary Rory Gallagher.
The following two pictures are quite well-known and have been available online for years. However, the third one is a bit of a gem. I found it while flicking through the Hot Press’ ‘U2 File’ (1985). This is first time it has been put up online. The picture was taken by Colm Henry (I suspect he took the second shot as well) and shows the lead singers of five of the most important Dublin New Wave bands.