THE LAST GIG by Leigh Arthur
A5, 28 pages, full colour printing, saddle stitched, 2021
The Last Gig is a celebration of lasts. It documents the last punk gig in Dublin before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ireland, the last gig of prominent Irish hardcore punk band Disguise and the last gig for many in the volunteer-run social centre, Jigsaw. First formed in 2004 on anti-capitalist ideals and known as Seomra Spraoi, Jigsaw settled at 10 Belvedere Court, Mountjoy after various moves. Jigsaw was host to countless club nights, queer nights, refugee solidarity events and home to groups such as Rabble, the Abortion Rights Campaign, the Forgotten Zine archive and Dublin Digital Radio to name but a few. It was a beacon of hope and creativity run in a city marred by vulture funds replacing cultural institutes with hotels. When the venue finally closed its doors during country-wide lockdown in April 2020, this fact came as little surprise. What came as a surprise, however, was that this milestone could pass without fanfare or communal mourning for a space that had offered so much to so many. This document aims to memorialise the gig that ultimately became the last for many, before COVID-19 altered Irish society.