I was walking down Fade Street the other day
in the hope that I’d bump into one of the characters from the show and I was flabbergasted to find that the shop that used to be Road Records has now re-opened as The R.A.G.E. (Record, Art, Game Emporium). Inside, the layout is exactly the same as Road’s, except as well as vinyl, they now sell second-hand games for the Gameboy, Sega Mega Drive, SNES and lots of other retro stuff. Apparently it’s been open about a month, according to the nice man behind the counter.
More interestingly, however, was the racket coming from downstairs. There was free music on offer, and a crowd of about thirty had squashed in to watch an open mic/freestyle rap/reggae/hip-hop performance with live musicians having a jam, and two guys behind a set of decks. There were two (non-Irish) guys that were actually very good, and a third (very obviously Irish and had wandered over to the wrong side of town, sort-of) guy holding a can of Bavaria in one hand, swaying from side to side and saying ‘one-two, one-two’ into the mic every now and again.
Nonetheless, it was really heartening to see the space that used to be Road used in some sort of creative way. Anyone know anything else about it?
UPDATE: The R.A.G.E. is on Facebook here.