FONTAINES D.C.

PROVE THEY'RE THE NEXT BIG THING

Words by Bill Baumann

Photos by Steve Cerf

October 13, 2022

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Let's be honest. There are a couple of thoughts in the back of almost everyones' mind when you go to a show at The Stone Pony. The first - I hope there could be a surprise appearance by a famous local music icon. The second - Tonight I could be seeing the next big thing.


On October 5th, the crowd knew we were all there to see the next big thing ... Fontaines D.C. Pushing the show back by five months, moving it to a bigger venue, and announcing their addition to the Arctic Monkeys 2023 tour, the sold-out crowd was ready for a party - and they got one.


Carlos O'Connell, Conor Curley, Conor Deegan, Grian Chatten, and Tom Coll launched Fontaines D.C. in 2017 after meeting at a music college in Dublin. Over the next five short years, they released three acclaimed albums, toured the globe, and grew into the arena-worthy band we witnessed that night.


Kicking the show off with "Televised Mind" from A Hero's Death, they put together a 14-song show, including a single song encore, "I Love You" from their new album Skinty Fia.


When the light finally came on, the crowd lingered. We all wanted more and understood that this might be the last time we would get to see Fontaines D.C. in this size venue - unless they were the famous music icons just stopping by to sit in with the next hopeful band of the day.


SET LIST

Televised Mind / A Lucid Dream/ Hurricane Laughter/ Sha Sha Sha /Roman Holiday /I Don't Belong /Chequeless Reckless/ Nabokov /Too Real /How Cold Love Is /Skinty Fia /A Hero's Death /Jackie Down the Line /I Love You (encore)

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My name is Steve Cerf and concert photography is my passion. I got into concert photography after seeing a young Freddy Mercury mesmerize his audience at the Philadelphia Civic Center back in 1977. Since then, I have photographed countless live performances of all kinds. Located in Philadelphia, my ability to experience the show and a performer’s essence and “sweat” is what I incorporate into my images.

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Bill Baumann is a contributing photojournalist to APV.

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