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Whelan’s Upstairs • Thur 16th November 2023

“…a band that never were, but should have been. A show of music and poetry that kept the packed house enthralled right to the standing ovation.” – The Goo Magazine, Dublin.

Having cut short their overwinter in the Maldives, The Prongs will perform a one-off show at the famous Dublin venue, bringing their unique blend of literary post-punk theatricality to Dublin 8, just to prove it can be done. This will be The Prongs last appearance in the capital before they take the show nationwide and beyond in 2024. In July, The Prongs, who sprang from the pages of a lost 1980s novel set in London, played to a rapturous and packed house in the capital’s Project Arts Centre. The Whelan’s show will give those who missed the gig of the summer another opportunity to catch it.

Theme From The Now Now Express the album by The Prongs out now

Ireland’s finest fictional post-punk purveyors, The Prongs, are delighted to announce the release of their debut real-world long-player Theme From The Now Now Express, available initially on compact disc and electronic download from and other excellent retail outlets.

The Prongs have been described as part post-punk song cycle, part incendiary cabaret. Having emerged noisily from the pages of the lost 1980s novel The Now Now Express by John Fleming – a book informed by two years lost in the startling limbo of London – the once-fictional Prongs now make pop tones for the eternal Irish brain drain, mood music for inverse ambition.

“One of the truly great Dublin gigs. Buzzy, poignant, knowing, funky, etbleedincetera…” Eamon Carr, poet, drummer with Celtic Rock supergroup The Horslips.

With words by John Fleming, music and production by Niall Toner Jr, plus additional composition by Berlin-based cellist and musical wunderkind Eliott Murphy, Theme From The Now Now Express captures the musty, beery essence of young life in mid-80s London, dragging it screaming into 21th century context.

The Prongs have already released a couple of singles from the record, with videos from legendary conceptual artist Dave Clifford, garnering 1000s of views on YouTube.

“Stuck in this generational fresco/Still embezzling those funds from Unesco/… Burn your one-way ticket in this hellish inferno/Write the diary of Janus Stark/Write the diary of Adam Eterno.”

A triumphant tune about documenting your own era in any city better than famed 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys.


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€16.50 available online from Whelan’s – 50c per ticket service charge applies.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.