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  • Thu
    15
    Nov
    2018

    Kurt Vile & The Violators

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    One of modern rock's finest and most understated guitarists and songwriters Kurt Vile returns with The Violators to Ireland for a pair of shows, playing Belfast's Limelight 1 on November 15.

    He's released seven acclaimed albums, most recently his collaboration with Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice, as well as working with J Mascis, Kim Gordon, John Prine, John Cale, Warpaint and more. Watch the video for 'Pretty Pimpin'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at £21. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Nov
    2018

    NI Music Prize Ceremony

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Making an upgrade from its Mandela Hall home to the Ulster Hall, the NI Music Prize holds its sixth annual event on November 15. 

    Co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Centre, it was formed to champion artists from Northern Ireland - most of whom have been independent artists to date - and fittingly, the list of winners is full of acts both established & independent, with the most recent winner being Joshua Burnside for his wonderful debut LP, Ephrata. Twelve albums have been shortlisted, with new categories for Best Single, Best Live Act and the Oh Yeah Contenders Award for emerging acts. 

    These are as follows:

    Album of the Year

    And So I Watch You From Afar - The Endless Shimmering
    Ash - Islands
    Bicep - Bicep
    Brand New Friend - Seatbelts For Aeroplanes
    Ciaran Lavery - Sweet Decay
    Girls Names - Stains on Silence
    Hannah Peel - Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
    Malojian - Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home
    Robocobra Quartet - Plays Hard To Get
    Ryan Vail - Distorted Shadows
    Snow Patrol - Wildness
    The Wood Burning Savages - Stability 

    Best Single

    Arvo Party - Liberté
    Ash - Buzzkill
    Brand New Friend - Girl
    Cherym - Take It Back
    Hot Cops - Decay
    Joshua Burnside - A Man of High Renown
    Kitt Philippa - Human
    Robocobra Quartet - You’ll Wade
    ROE - Hey Thomas
    Rosborough - Burn Blue
    Snow Patrol - Life on Earth
    The Wood Burning Savages - I Don’t Know Why I Do It To Myself

    Oh Yeah Contender Award

    Cherym
    Hand Models
    Hunkpapa
    Rebekah Fitch
    Roe

    Best Live Act

    And So I Watch You From Afar 
    Brand New Friend
    Robocobra Quartet
    Ryan Vail
    The Wood Burning Savages

    Performing will be Brand New FriendCiaran LaveryHannah PeelRoeRyan Vail Featuring Arco String Quartet and The Wood Burning Savages.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

  • Thu
    15
    Nov
    2018

    The Crawling Album Launch w/Conjuring Fate, Disconnect & Neamhní

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Gifted hold a special metal event at their home of The Empire on November 15 to launch the new album by Belfast death metal act The Crawling. Titled Wolves and the Hideous White, it's out the next day via Grindscene Records - buy it here.

    Sharing the bill are classic heavy metal-inclined quintet Conjuring Fate, Belfast progressive deathdoom trio Disconnect - listen to their Savoured Lacerations EP - black metal outfit Neamhni.

    Admission costs £3. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    Shakey Graves

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Austin Americana musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, plays Vicar Street on November 16.

    Best known in the beginning for his one-man-band setup, with most of his debut album 2011, Roll The Bones, he's since progressed to include a full band. His most extensive album yet, Can't Wake Up, came out in May and is the most compositionally-minded to date. Check him out Live On KEXP.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    Seamus Fogarty

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Folk artist Seamus Fogarty plays the Grand Social on November 16. 

    Signed to Domino, he's one of the most interesting traditionally-minded musicians from Ireland - like a Richard Dawson, or our own Malojian - borrowing from psychedelia & electronic music as much as the usual suspects. His latest album, The Curious Hand, came out last year to great acclaim - watch the video for 'Carlow Town'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    About To Break Tour: Bitch Falcon & Haggard Cat

    The Bowery

    Dublin

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    Louder-than-hell alt. rock riff machine Bitch Falcon co-headline the Bowery on November 16 as part of the About To Break Tour. Check out some of their set at Electric Picnic last year. 2018 looks to be a year of heavy touring - listen to single 'Of Heart', as hook-laden a Bitch Falcon tune as we've seen.

    Former members of Heck, guitar/drums duo Haggard Cat share the bill. They've played with acts like Jamie Lenman & DZ Dethrays, and their second album Challenger is out now.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €16. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    An Orchestral Interpretation of Dr Dre: 2001

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Belfast hosts a special live orchestral rendition of Dr. Dre's phenomenal 2001 at the Limelight on November 16.

    Accompanied by DJs and singers, they'll perform the album in its entirety, followed by some of his many west coast classics.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    An Evening With: Electric Octopus & Unbelievable Lake

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Another 'Evening With' event takes place at the Menagerie on November 16, when Electric Octopus return for a night of long-form jams. The musical cabal will no doubt collaborate with a few heads at the show. They've got over a full working week of recorded output which has incredibly amassed streaming figures in the millions. This year alone, they've been on a month-long European tour, played Portugal's Sonic Blast Festival. Blending funk, blues, psychedelia, and the unfuckwithable alchemy of Tyrell Black, Dale Hughes & Guy Hetherington, they're Northern Ireland's foremost jam band. Check out 'Driving Under The Influence of Jams'.

    Kraut-influenced psych/space rock trio Unbelievable Lake play their first Derry show at Bennigan's on October 26. Melding the experimental psychedelia of early Pink Floyd with the confrontation, sludge & drone of Swans, Sleep & Om, you can check out some rough demos here.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Eclectic Manchester DJ Mr Scruff is to perform alongside MC Kwasi in one of their all night long sets at Cork's Cyprus Avenue on November 16.

    Andy Carthy, the man behind the pseudonym, is to hire a special L'Acoustics sound system for the gig specifically. He arrived in 1995 with his first 12", 'Hocus Pocus', which came through a Manchester indie label. He moved to the larger Ninja Tune and went on to become a hugely prolific DJ, with his most recent album Friendly Bacteria coming out back in May 2014. Check out his most well-known hit, 'Get A Move On'. Expect jazz, soul, hip-hop, afrobeat, techno, deep house, disco and everything beyond and in between.

    Tickets are available from uTicket. priced €20. The show runs from 9pm til late.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Florida ska-punk-pop pioneers Less Than Jake are to play a joint headline show with their Californian peers Reel Big Fish following their shows here four years back. They play a two-night stint at Dublin's Button Factory on November 17 & 18.

    Less than Jake formed in 1992 at the University of Florida and released their first album Pezcore in 1995. Reel Big Fish - perhaps typified by their hit 'Sell Out' - are one of the most iconic bands of the 90s ska-punk movement. Following many lineup changes, the only original band member left today is frontman Aaron Barrett.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster priced €33.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018

    Malojian

    Portrush Town Hall

    Portrush

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    Following the release of his fourth solo album earlier this year, singer-songwriter Malojian plays Portrush Town Hall accompanied by a string quartet as part of the Atlantic Sessions' 10th Anniversary dates in November. 

    He's most recently headed in a more experimental, eclectic direction without losing any of his pristine '60s pop craft & alt. folk moments on Let Your Weirdness Carry You HomeAs with last year, there'll be a visual element to his performance, featuring Northern Irish coastal & vintage holiday footage from the golden age, shot up at The Port.

    Tickets cost £10 from the Atlantic Sessions. Things kick off at 6pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018

    Woven Skull LP Launch w/Fuzzy Hell & Carpio Nugent Duo

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Leitrim's Woven Skull  are set to release their second LP, Woven Skull, with a show at Bello Bar on November 17 - check it out on Bandcamp.

    They've been around for almost a decade, spending years exploring repetition, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, primitivism, minimal instrumentation, drones, and features a revolving lineup that can number anything from 3 to 10 members. The profits of their new album will go towards the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, to help prevent red squirrels from extinction.

    Supporting are experimental tape loop fiend Fuzzy Hell - listen to Hex Songs - and drum & guitar pairing Carpio Nugent Duo, comprising Dublin guitarist/composer Cian Nugent and multi-instrumentalist & collaborator Sean Carpio, who has held residencies across numerous reputable venues, including Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory Art Museum & London's Serpentine Gallery. 

    Admission costs €11.40 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018

    Interpol w/Nilüfer Yanya

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Accompanying the announcement of new album Marauder's release in August, post-punk outfit Interpol are set to play three nights due to demand at the Olympia Theatre from 18-20 November.

    Debuting with one of the definitive indie albums of the 21st century, Turn On The Bright Lights, of which the band celebrated the 15th anniversary last year, the trio have been working away on their latest. It's their hardest hitting so far, recorded in the remote, snowy Tarbox Studios in upstate New York. Listen to its lead single 'The Rover'

    Tickets are priced €50.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Atlantic Sesssions: Sunday Brunch with Kitt Philippa, Ciara O'Neill, Arborist & Matt McGinn

    Flowerfield Arts Centre

    Portstewart

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    As part of a run of November dates to celebrate 10 years of Atlantic Sessions, Ralph McClean curates a Sunday Brunch at the Flowerfield Arts Centre, featuring four of his favourites.

    Performing are fast-rising Kitt Philippa - check out new single 'Human' - Ciara O'Neill - check out 'Equal and Opposite' - Armagh's Matt McGinn and Mark McCambridge, aka Arborist.

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi

    Pymalion

    Dublin

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    Eclectic Manchester DJ Mr Scruff is to perform alongside MC Kwasi in an all night long 5-hour set at Dublin's Pygmalion.

    Andy Carthy, the man behind the pseudonym, is to hire a special L'Acoustics sound system for the gig specifically. He arrived in 1995 with his first 12", 'Hocus Pocus', which came through a Manchester indie label. He moved to the larger Ninja Tune and went on to become a hugely prolific DJ, with his most recent album Friendly Bacteria coming out back in May 2014. Check out his most well-known hit, 'Get A Move On'.

    Expect jazz, soul, hip-hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, afrobeat, electro and many, many more.

    Tickets are available here, priced €10. The show runs from 6pm-2am.

  • Mon
    19
    Nov
    2018

    Florence & The Machine

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following her hugely acclaimed new album, Florence & The Machine play the 3Arena on November 19.

    Her fourth album, High As Hope, came out in June, it's been lauded for being her most human album to date, without the bombast of previous attempts. Watch the video for 'Hunger'.

    Tickets are now sold out, barring resales on Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018

    Skeggs

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Young surf-punks Skeggs are set to play the Grand Social on November 20 to celebrate the release of debut album My Own Mess.

    Watch the video for 'Smogged Out'.

    Tickets, priced €15, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018

    Madeleine Peyroux

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Following up on her sold out Olympia show last year, Madeleine Peyroux plays the National Concert Hall on November 20.

    The American jazz songstress released her debut album Dreamland 22 years ago, and her eighth album Anthem, sees collaborations with writers & musicians famous for work with Dylan, Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Lana Del Rey, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell & more. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €45. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018

    Shame

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Sharply rising British anthemic garage post-punk quintet Shame play their second Dublin headline show of the year at the Tivoli Theatre on November 21.

    Acclaimed for their shying away from the ladrock stereotype, Watch the video for 'One Rizla', taken off debut album Songs of Praise. Playing catchy hooks through their misery, they're an exciting prospect, with an average age of around 21.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018

    Kiran Leonard

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Young English singer-songwriter Kiran Leonard plays three Irish dates in November, kicking off at Galway's Roisin Dubh. His new album, Western Culture, out in October, is his fourth to date. Watch the video for 'Living With Your Ailments'.

    Tickets cost €15.

  • Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018

    The Coral

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    British retro rock outfit The Coral play The Limelight 2 on November 21.

    You can watch the video for 'Sweet Release', taken from their new album Move Through The Dawn. Formed in 1996, they found success in the early 00's with their neo-psych-meets-Britpop self-titled album, and singles like 'Dreaming of You'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £20. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018

    The Headhunters

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    In the highest percentile of influential jazz-funk bands ever, The Headhunters come to Ireland to play the Sugar Club on November 21.

    Formed in 1973 by Herbie Hancock, their eponymous debut is one of the best selling fusion albums ever, and the first jazz album to reach platinum status. It's been added to the National Recording Registry of important 20th century sound recordings. They recorded 3 albums from 1973-77 with Hancock and another without him, before disbanding before a 1998 reunion that has seen them continue to this day.

    Tickets are available from Sugar Club Tickets.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Kiran Leonard

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young English singer-songwriter Kiran Leonard plays three Irish dates in November, playing upstairs at Whelan's on the 22nd. His new album, Western Culture, out in October, is his fourth to date. Watch the video for 'Living With Your Ailments'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    The Coral

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    British retro rock outfit The Coral play The Academy on November 22.

    You can watch the video for 'Sweet Release', taken from their new album Move Through The Dawn. Formed in 1996, they found success in the early 00's with their neo-psych-meets-Britpop self-titled album, and singles like 'Dreaming of You'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €25. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Dowry & Participant

    The Record Room

    Limerick

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    Multi-instrumentalist & composer Éna Brennan, aka Dowry double headlines alongside Stephen Tiernan, aka Participant at Limerick's Record Room on November 22.

    Check out Dowry's Soundcloud and watch the video for Participant's 'Your Better'.

    Tickets cost €10 from WAV, and things kick off from 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Brigid Mae Power w/Ora Cogan

    The Cobblestone

    Dublin

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    One of Ireland's most genuine purveyors of folk in the most human sense, Brigid Mae Power, plays Smithfield's Cobblestone on November 22.

    Acclaimed by the likes of Uncut & The Guardian, her deeply expressive, hypnotic brand of folk is bewitching. She released her eponymous debut album in 2016, with its follow-up, The Two Worlds being easily one of, if not the, Irish albums of the year. Watch the video for 'Don't Shut Me Up (Politely)'.

    Minimal, ethereal Canadian multi-instrumentalist Ora Cogan supports - listen to 'Darling', taken from Crickets.

    Tickets cost €13.50 from Billetto and doors open at 6pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Electric Six

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Back for the second Irish shows of 2018, Detroit dance-tinged comedy rockers Electric Six play the Limelight 2 on November 22 in what's now an autumn tradition.

    They play following the release of their fourteenth studio album, Bride of the Devil in October. The band have remained notably prolific since their 2003 debut Fire, averaging almost an album a year. 

    Tickets are available priced at £13.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Free Love [Live], Touch Sensitive & Belfast Music Club DJs

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The artist formerly known as Happy Meals, Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden & Lewis Cook are Free Love, and play the Menagerie on November 22.

    The elastic, acid-drenched electro pop/Eurodisco act have toured across europe with Liars & the Flaming Lips - listen to new single 'Synchronicity'.

    Touch Sensitive and Belfast Music Club DJ.

    Tickets are available from Skiddle, priced £6. Doors open at 8pm, with last entry at 11pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Drone Mansions Presents: Tayne

    The Art Department

    Belfast

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    Following an intimate DIY show earlier in the year for Drone Mansions, London-based electronic outfit Tayne play the Art Department on November 22. Watch the video for new single 'Storms' from forthcoming album Breathe.

    Support is TBA, and the night will feature Framewerk DJs.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Shitegeist 2: Hugh Cooney's Techno Céili & Post Punk Podge

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    Shitegeist draws leftfield artists from Ireland's underground, and its next event at Fibber's takes place on November 22. Hugh Cooney holds the first ever Techno Céili, with house band Acid Granny throwing down beats.

    Limerick's Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies play . Check out the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home'.

    Tickets cost €13 from Eventbrite. Doors open 9.30pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Ailbhe Reddy

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based indie-folk songstress Ailbhe Reddy plays a headline show at Whelan's on November 23.

    With several major appearances under her belt at Primavera, Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and beyond, this will be a feather in the cap of her phenomenal 2018. Watch the video for 'The Tube'.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets and Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Kiran Leonard

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    Young English singer-songwriter Kiran Leonard plays three Irish dates in November, finishing up at Limerick's Kasbah Social Club. His new album, Western Culture, out in October, is his fourth to date. Watch the video for 'Living With Your Ailments'.

    Tickets cost €15.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Aislinn Logan

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Belfast-born, London-based pop songstress Aislinn Logan plays Upstairs at Whelan's on November 23. You can check out 'Fair Game' here.

    Tickets cost €10 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Patrick Cassidy - The Road Home

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Prominent Irish composer Patrick Cassidy premieres his brand new live production The Road Home at the 3Arena on November 23.

    Earning plaudits from The Guardian,Irish Times, Mojo and beyond, the concert will feature the Orchestra of Ireland & New Voices Choir. Currently based in LA, Cassidy scores & collaborates on film & documentary projects, like HannibalVeronica GuerinLayer CakeCalvary and many more. This concert will include music from all chapters of his music career.

    Tickets cost €45 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Veteran of Cecil Taylor's Black Music Ensemble Idris Ackamoor plays alongside his reunited 70s Afro-jazz outfit The Pyramids at the Sugar Club on November 23.

    Ackamoor has been active without reprieve since his earliest days in music, and the classic style in which he played has been lent an air of modernity by performers like Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings & the likes. Listen to 'Message To My People'.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from the Sugar Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Electric Six

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Back for the second Irish shows of 2018, Detroit dance-tinged comedy rockers Electric Six play the Academy on November 23 in what's now an autumn tradition.

    They play following the release of their fourteenth studio album, Bride of the Devil in October. The band have remained notably prolific since their 2003 debut Fire, averaging almost an album a year. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Percolator, Arthuritis & Unbelievable Lake

    Yamamori Tengu

    Dublin

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    Yamamori Tengu is the vessel for a headline show from psychedelic, krauty, 'gazey cosmic voyagers Percolator on November 23. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' taken off Sestra, our Irish album of 2017.

    Supporting are Cork's experimental electronic iconoclast Arthuritis - check him out on Bandcamp - and heavy noise & no wave-influenced psych/space rock trio Unbelievable Lake, in their first Dublin show - check out some rough demos here ahead of their debut album.

    Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    Carlton Doom

    The Bernard Shaw

    Dublin

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    Fresh from releasing two huge EPs, fast-rising Belfast producer and DJ Carlton Doom makes his Dublin debut.

    He's already had radio and DJ support from the likes of Avalon EmersonOr:laMUMDANCEBrame & Hamo and Dave Clarke. Expect an uncompromising dose of machine funk - dress to sweat. Support comes from Chris Jones.

    Admission is free, doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    808INK

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    South-East London duo 808INK play The Academy 2 on November 24. The producer/rapper pairing comprises 808Charmer & Mumblez Black Ink - listen to their new album, When I'm About, You'll Know

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Pillow Queens

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    One of our 18 For '18, indie-punks Pillow Queens have announced their biggest hometown headline slot to date at Whelan's on November 24.

    Scruffy nuggets of slice-of-life punk-pop gold, they're sheer joy with a conscience. Watch the video for new single 'Puppets'. 

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Laoise

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Galway-born electropop artist Loaise headlines the Grand Social on November 24. Watch the video for 'Rich'.

    Tickets cost €12.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Autre Monde & Soft On Crime

    Anseo

    Dublin

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    Popical Island holds a double-bill at Anseo on November 24, featuring Dublin indie rock supergroup Autre Monde - check out their record here - and Soft On Crime.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Neighbourhood #01

    Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    New evening Neighbourhood debuts in the wonderful setting of the Sunflower Bar on November 24. The night aims to bring together some of the city's finest selectors of forward-thinking, positive dancefloor music, and its first iteration features T-Woc, Kwa Daniels and Charlie McCann, alongside the residents. Expect cosmic, dripping funk grooves and worldly beats.

    Tickets are available for £5 from Ticketsource. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Past, Extravision, Blowins & Broken

    Bohemian Football Club

    Dublin

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    Warsaw cold wave punks Past headline a show at Bohemians FC HQ at Dalymount Park on November 24. Listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Dublin post-punks Xtravision, south-eastern punks Broken and immigrant punks The Blowins all share the bill.

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Arabic & African Party: Farah Elle, Yankari, Dark Disku, Moving Still, Moiketsi & Papa Lou.

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    A special African & Arabic-centred Sugar Club night, courtesy of Woweembeem, takes place on November 24 with some international & Ireland-based acts, with food from Umi Falafel.

    Performing are Bahrain's DAR DISKU DJs, incredible Nigerian/Irish afrobeat ensemble Yankari, Libya/Ireland-bsed Farah Elle, Saudi Arabia/Irish act Moving StillMoiketsi aka DJ Kixx from Lesotho, and Papa Lou.

    Tickets are available from €12-€15, from Eventbrite. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Boy George & Culture Club

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The one and only Boy George and Culture Club play the 3Arena on November 25.

    The Grammy-winning, 150 million-selling pop legends return with George having recently won a lifetime achievement Ivor Novello. They smashed boundaries and became the first multi-racial band with an openly gay frontman, amongst others. 

    Tickets cost €49 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Neo-psych trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra play The Academy on November 25, following the release of fourth album Sex & Food.

    The Auckland/Portland expertly blended psychedelic rock with garage and indie rock in their early days, honing the sound into well-crafted, uplifting pop perfection as they've went on. Watch the anime-style video for 'Hunnybee'.

    Tickets are available, priced at €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Veteran of Cecil Taylor's Black Music Ensemble Idris Ackamoor plays alongside his reunited 70s Afro-jazz outfit The Pyramids, and they're set to play the Black Box on November 25.

    Ackamoor has been active without reprieve since his earliest days in music, and the classic style in which he played has been lent an air of modernity by performers like Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings & the likes. Listen to 'Message To My People'.

    Tickets cost £14 (or £10 concession) from Moving On Music. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Scientist meets The Sugar Club, feat. Horseman

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    King Tubby's protégé Hopeton Overton Brown, aka Scientist, brings his legendary dub to The Sugar Club on November 25.

    Following an upbringing in electronics, courtesy of his father, Scientist started out as an assistant, becoming the principal engineer at the legendary Studio One. He would go on to releasing an astonishing, barely containable list of albums over the years at Tuff Gong and Greensleeves Records. Check out Scientific Dub.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club.

     

  • Mon
    26
    Nov
    2018

    Soak

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    NI Music Prize winner & Mercury Prize nominee, Derry's Soak returns to Belfast for a rare headline show at the Oh Yeah Centre on November 26.

    Still only 22, she's on Rough Trade, made Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World when her new single, 'Everybody Loves You' aired. Her second album will be released next year.

  • Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018

    Soak

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    NI Music Prize winner & Mercury Prize nominee, Derry's Soak headlines the Grand Social on November 27.

    Still only 22, she's on Rough Trade, made Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World when her new single, 'Everybody Loves You' aired.  Her second album will be released next year.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    28
    Nov
    2018

    Blossoms w/Touts

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play the the Limelight 1 to celebrate the release of their new album.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK, and their second album, Cool Like You is out now. Watch the video for 'I Can't Stand It'.

    Support comes from young Derry punk-pop merchants, Touts - watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar, priced at £17.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018

    Will Varley

    The Bowery

    Dublin

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    British folk singer-songwriter Will Varley returns to Ireland, playing The Bowery, Dublin, on November 29.

    Signed to Xtra Mile Recordings, and the co-founder of the arts collective Smugglers Records, he started out at open mic nights in London in the early 2000's. His debut album, Advert Soundtracks came out in 2011, and he toured the album on foot. He embarked on another walking tour of 500 miles with 24 shows on the way in May 2014, as well as several tours with Frank Turner. His third album, Postcards From Ursa Minor, came out in 2015. Check out 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'.

    Tickets are available from The Bowery, priced €15. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018

    Blossoms w/Touts

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play the the Olympia Theatre on November 29 to celebrate the release of their new album.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK, and their second album, Cool Like You is out now. Watch the video for 'I Can't Stand It'.

    Support comes from young Derry punk-pop merchants, Touts - watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €22.90.

  • Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018

    Robyn G. Shiels EP Launch w/Oisín ó Scolaí & the Virginia Slims

    The Strand Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    At long last, just 4 years on from his NI Music Award-winning album Death of the Innocents, Kilrea-born dark alt. folk purveyor Robyn G. Shiels releases new EP Death of the Shadows.

    Launched on November 29 at the Strand Arts Centre, it will be available the following day through Shiels' Black Tragick Records, on 10" vinyl via Bandcamp. The EP will also feature am exclusive remix of each track by some of NI's finest - Documenta, Robocobra Quartet, Arvo Party, Exmagician & Therapy?

    Supporting are Oisín ó Scolaí & the Virginia Slims

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    The Skids & Big Country

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Scottish punk legends The Skids have just put out their latest album, Burning Cities, and are set to play a joint-headline show with Big Country, playing Belfast's Limelight 1 on November 30.

    The Dunfermline band comprises  former members Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson & Mike Baillie, as well as Big Country's Bruce & Jamie Watson. Having formed in 1977, they supported the Clash before signing to Virgin for a string of huge singles, most notably 'Into The Valley'. The band released four albums before their split, and this new album marks 40 years since their debut No Bad EP, championed by John Peel.

    Fellow Dunfermaline band Big Country achieved huge success under the foundation of Skids guitarist Stuart Adamson in 1981, before he unfortunately took his own life in 2001. Blending Scottish folk instrumentation with alternative music genres at the time, they retain a massive cult following beyond their mid-80s peak that extends to 2018, the 35th anniversary of their debut album The Crossing.

    Tickets cost £26 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Lauryn Hill

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of a world tour celebrating twenty years of her seminal debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn HillLauryn Hill will play Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday, November 30.

    Speaking about the tour, Hill said, “This album chronicled an intimate piece of my young existence. It was the summation of most, if not all, of my most hopeful and positive emotions experienced to that date. I loved and believed deeply in my community’s ability to both love and heal itself provided it received the right amount of support and encouragement. Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression. I hope the love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with love and optimism at the helm.”

    Listen to the modern masterpiece here.

    Tickets cost €67 from Ticketmaster. Made of money? VIP experiences are also available.

     
  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Will Varley

    The Palm House

    Belfast

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    British folk singer-songwriter Will Varley returns to Ireland, playing Belfast's Foundry on November 30.

    Signed to Xtra Mile Recordings, and the co-founder of the arts collective Smugglers Records, he started out at open mic nights in London in the early 2000's. His debut album, Advert Soundtracks came out in 2011, and he toured the album on foot. He embarked on another walking tour of 500 miles with 24 shows on the way in May 2014, as well as several tours with Frank Turner. His third album, Postcards From Ursa Minor, came out in 2015. Check out 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, and it's a fully seated show. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    CKY w/Black Chapels & Mosmo Strange

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Noughties riff-rockers CKY play the Limelight 2 on November 30.

    Known for writing the Viva La Bam theme tune, soundtracking the skate-punk culture that dominated gaming, TV & music in its day. Formed in West Chester by Deron Miller, Chad I Ginsburg & Bam's brother Jess Margera. They initially found recognition through the CKY video series and music in the Jackass series. Blending alt. metal, stoner rock, post-grunge & skate-punk, they tick the boxes and sum up a particular subculture. Their return album, The Phoenix came out in June.

    Supporting are Sumo Cyco and Bullets and Octane.

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    The Redneck Manifesto

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Seminal - we don't overuse it lightly - Irish math-rock act The Redneck Manifesto celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show on November 30 at Vicar Street.

    Formed in 1998, they feature amongst their ranks Richie Egan, aka Jape, on bass, and released their debut album, Thirtysixstrings in 2001, setting off a generation of Irish instrumental bands. They went on to release 5 acclaimed albums - listen here. Check them out live at Electric Picnic 2016.

    Tickets cost €30.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    The Waterboys

    The Crescent Concert Hall

    Drogheda

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    Scottish folk rock band The Waterboys play the Crescent, Drogheda on November 30 to kick off their run of winter Irish dates.

    Formed in 1981, they managed to turn folk into a stadium-filling sound with the likes of 'Fisherman's Blues'. The only steady member, Mike Scott has led the band from the beginning, with fiddle & mandolin player Steve Wickham close behind. Just last year they release their first double album, Modern Blues.

    Tickets are available from Ticketweb, priced €39.93. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Thumper

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Mega-tight live unit Thumper bring their psych-tinged indie to The Workman's Club on November 30, following a lauded Hard Working Class Heroes set.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. The late show's doors open at 11.45pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Arthuritis 'I'm Great' Album Launch w/Saint Caolilian

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Pan-dimensional (Cork) experimental electronic iconoclast Arthuritis releases his new album I'm Great, and launches at The Poor Relation on November 30.

    Abstract, with layers of synths, organs and rhythmic soundscapes, you should check him out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is Saint Caoilion - watch the video for his pristine slice of low-key jangle-pop, 'I'll Be A Fool For You'.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    Other Voices

    Dingle

    Co. Kerry

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    Other Voices Dingle will return across November 30-December 2.

    With new partner Hennessy on board for the Other Voices Music Trail, the annual showcase will return to its home in Kerry for another weekend of music, story and song. Following the success of Other Voices Ballina in late September, the flagship event will return with over 100 gigs and talks taking place over three days.

    With more to be announced, on the trail this year is Irish/french dream-pop band A Ritual Sea, Derry’s Eoin O’Callaghan AKA Elma Orkestra, Galway maestro Daithí, TTA favourites Just Mustard, Trick Mist, Wastefellow and Silverbacks, Galway native Grainne Cotter, Cork’s Happyalone, fast-rising Kerry folk artist Junior BrotherPine The PilcrowSlow Moving Clouds, Kildare’s Tebi Rex and Derry’s The Wood Burning Savages.

    Elaine Cullen of Hennessy said, “Other Voices has always identified and supported new Irish music talent, from Damien Rice to Saint Sister more recently. We feel there is a true synergy between Hennessy and Other Voices and look forward to working together to craft, and enjoy, a Hennessy Other Voices Music Trail filled with exciting voices and memorable moments.”

    Also returning is the IMRO Open Room, in which a handful of Irish acts – Kitt PhilippaColumbia MillsI Have A TribeMango & Mathman and Kojaque – will perform in front of a live audience. The performances will be later broadcast on the 2019 TV series of Other Voices.

    Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said, “Other Voices has a long tradition of presenting the very best in musical talent from these shores and further afield and IMRO is delighted to once again play a part in bringing this iconic show to our screens. The IMRO Other Room opens a door each year to some of our finest emerging songwriters and performers and we look forward to shining a light on this wonderful talent”.

    This year, Other Voices are introducing a registration charge of €30 + booking fee (€10 per day). Go here to get tickets.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    Gruff Rhys

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    Following the release of fifth album Babelsberg, Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys headlines Live at St. Luke's on December 1.

    His first album through Rough Trade since 2007's Candylion, it was recorded in early 2016, hibernating before orchestral scores were added by the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales, documenting troubles times. Watch the video for 'Frontier Man'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €23.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    Duke Special

    Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Vaudevillian performer Duke Special plays Dublin's Liberty Hall on December 1, following the release of new album Hallow. It's based on the poetry of Longley, and continues down a lyrical thread he's been working through over the course of a couple of decades, incorporating theatre, literature, poetry, art, 78RPM records and gardening. 

    Tickets, priced €25, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    The Waterboys

    Leisureland

    Galway

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    Scottish folk rock band The Waterboys play Galway's Leisureland on December 1.

    Formed in 1981, they managed to turn folk into a stadium-filling sound with the likes of 'Fisherman's Blues'. The only steady member, Mike Scott has led the band from the beginning, with fiddle & mandolin player Steve Wickham close behind. Just last year they release their first double album, Modern Blues.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €49.65. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    Nile Rodgers & Chic

    RDS Main Hall

    Dublin

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    One of the world's most essential live acts in recent years, funk/disco legends Nile Rodgers & Chic return to Ireland, playing the RDS Main Hall on December 1.

    Regarding themselves as a rock band in a disco movement, the group released an almost-inappropriate number of classic disco/funk/soul singles in their original run from '76-'83. Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards had been playing together for years, finally releasing Chic's debut single 'Everybody Dance' in 1977.

    These days, they're one of the naturally tightest live bands in the world, selling out practically everywhere they go, with setlists peppered with some of the instantly recognisable hits - from Madonna to Daft Punk - penned by frontman Rodgers from the '70s through until today. This comes at the end of a year that has seen Rodgers appointment as the Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame & Chief Creative Advisor at Abbey Road Studios.

    Tickets cost €59.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    Malojian Album Launch w/Nathan O'Regan

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Following the release of his NI Music Prize-nominated fourth solo album earlier this year, singer-songwriter Malojian is set to launch a new expanded edition with a show at the Crescent Arts Centre on December 1, complete with strings & visuals.

    He's most recently headed in a more experimental, eclectic direction without losing any of his pristine '60s pop craft & alt. folk moments on Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home - check out full details on this new deluxe edition here.

    Support comes from Nathan O'Regan.

    Tickets cost £14 from Ticketsource. It's a BYO event and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    Gruff Rhys

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Following the release of fifth album Babelsberg, Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys headlines the Roisin Dubh on December 2.

    His first album through Rough Trade since 2007's Candylion, it was recorded in early 2016, hibernating before orchestral scores were added by the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales, documenting troubles times. Watch the video for 'Frontier Man'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €22.90. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    TesseracT, Between The Buried And Me & Plini

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    British djent band TesseracT play the Tivoli on December 2 in a 3-strong progressive metal bill. This follows the release of their fourth album, Sonder - listen to 'King'.

    Supporting are North Carolinan outfit Between The Buried And Me - who've just released Automata I & II - and instrumental Sydney one man band Plini.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

  • Mon
    03
    Dec
    2018

    Gruff Rhys

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Following the release of fifth album Babelsberg, Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys headlines the Button Factory on December 3.

    His first album through Rough Trade since 2007's Candylion, it was recorded in early 2016, hibernating before orchestral scores were added by the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales, documenting troubles times. Watch the video for 'Frontier Man'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €23.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    03
    Dec
    2018
    Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018

    The Waterboys

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Scottish folk rock band The Waterboys play two nights at Vicar Street on December 3 & 4.

    Formed in 1981, they managed to turn folk into a stadium-filling sound with the likes of 'Fisherman's Blues'. The only steady member, Mike Scott has led the band from the beginning, with fiddle & mandolin player Steve Wickham close behind. Just last year they release their first double album, Modern Blues.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €44.

  • Wed
    05
    Dec
    2018

    The Waterboys

    O'Reilly Theatre, National Opera House

    Wexford

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    Scottish folk rock band The Waterboys play Wexford's O'Reilly Theatre on December 5.

    Formed in 1981, they managed to turn folk into a stadium-filling sound with the likes of 'Fisherman's Blues'. The only steady member, Mike Scott has led the band from the beginning, with fiddle & mandolin player Steve Wickham close behind. Just last year they release their first double album, Modern Blues.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €44.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018

    Molly Burch

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Molly Burch plays Dublin's Grand Social on December 6.

    From a small town south of Austin, Texas, her debut album Please Be Mine came out last year, which she's followed up already with First Flower. Confrontational about her own anxieties, it's a quick step forward. Watch the video for the glistening, quietly sardonic 'Wild'.

    Tickets cost €14 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018

    Daniel Blumberg w/Fears

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    London-based artist & musician Daniel Blumberg plays the Black Box for Moving On Music on December 6.

    Formerly the primary songwriter of indie rock revivalists Yuck, he's moved into new, experimental sonic terrain. Forging ongoing collaborations with musicians, writers and filmmakers such as Neil Hagerty, David Toop and Brady Corbet, he is a prolific visual artist, described by Hans Ulrich Obrist as “one of London’s most exciting emerging new artists”.

    Most recently Blumberg has been playing and recording at London’s Cafe Oto, working intensively with a core group of improvisers consisting of violinist Billy Steiger, saxophonist Seymour Wright, double bassist Tom Wheatley and cellist Ute Kanngiesser.

    These regular sessions have culminated in the release of his debut record Minus in May, accompanied by a companion LP of solos by the key players on the record including Dirty Three’s Jim White. Watch the video for 'Minus'.

    Atmospheric, pop artist Fears supports. Check out her collaborative new video for 'Blood'.

    Tickets cost £12 - or £8 concession - from Moving On Music. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018

    Kojaque

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Following successful summer festival dates and a growing international profile, Dublin rapper Kojaque headlines the Academy on December 6.

    Also a filmmaker, visual artist & co-founder of Soft Boy Records, he mixes sampling & jazz beats and captures life in modern Dublin. Watch the video for 'White Noise', taken from the all-too-relatable Deli Daydreams.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018

    Little Green Cars

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Indie-pop quintet Little Green Cars play Vicar Street on December 6. Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018

    The Blizzards

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having returned after a 6-year-long hiatus in 2016, The Blizzards headline Whelan's on December 6 & 7, with the latter added due to demand.

    The Mullingar power pop act released their debut album A Public Display of Affection in 2006, which achieved double platinum status in Ireland. They played with the likes of Oasis, AC/DC & The Prodigy over the years. This date coincides with their first album in a decade, and lead single 'I Need A Win'.

    Tickets cost €22.90 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.
     
    The band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. Following the release of Wildness and the Irish tour of smaller - by their standards - venues, the band have announced a major show at the SSE Arena on December 7. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'. 
     
    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
  • Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018

    Gregory Alan Isakov

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Johannesburg-born, Colorado-based horticulturist-turned-musician Gregory Alan Isakov plays The Academy on December 7.

    His earnest, rootsy indie-folk has accumulated a gargantuan worldwide following, not unlike the success of our own Ciaran Lavery or Joshua Burnside. Check him out live in session last year.

    Tickets cost €20, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018

    The Bonnevilles, Micky Bartlett, Conor Keys & more

    Foundry

    Belfast

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    Lurgan whiskey-loving garage-punk-blues duo The Bonnevilles play Foundry in a mixed bill of comedy & tunes on December 7.

    This comes alongside the release of their fourth album, Dirty Photographs. Beloved for their live shows, they've toured Europe and reached as far as the Deep Blues Festival in Missippi, cementing their rep as a genuine purveyor of filthy alternative blues. Check out the title track from their new album here.

    Supporting is comedian Micky Bartlett and Conor Keys.

    Tickets are available for £11 from WeGotTickets, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018

    Crypt of the Riff 2: Ten Ton Slug, Nomadic Rituals, Elder Druid & more

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The second volume of the Crypt of the Riff mini-festival by Plain Living Promotions once more collects some of Ireland's finest purveyors of heavy music at Voodoo on December 7.

    The lineup will be topped by Galway sludge quartet Ten Ton Slug - check them out on Bandcamp. The heft-laden bill includes a no-less gargantuan Nomadic Rituals - listen to their second LP, Marking The Day - Ballymena-born occult stoner-metallers Elder Druid, progressive metal act Lock Horns, groove-strewn metallers Oracle, psychedelic, droning space rock trio Unbelievable Lake, hardcore act Towers and sludgy trio Spirit Ruiner.

    Tickets cost £8 from Eventbrite or £10 on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018

    Tess Parks

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Toronto native, London-based Tess Parks plays the Grand Social on December 8.

    Making an impression on Creation Records impresario Alan McGee, she formed a band, joined his new label 359 music and her debut came out in 2013. She started recording with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe in 2014, releasing their debut LP I Declare Nothing soon after. Their next album is out soon - here's the video for 'Right On'.

    Tickets cost €13 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018

    Julia Holter

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Alongside details of her forthcoming fifth studio album, Aviary, Julia Holter is set to return to Dublin's Button Factory on December 8.

    The LA-based singer, songwriter, producer and composer released her debut album, Tragedy, in 2011, breaking through with her signing to Domino Records and the release of her 2013 third album Loud City Song, continuing on into 2015's Have You In My Wilderness. Check out 'Feel You'.

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster, and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018

    Toby Driver & Magic Pockets w/Katie O'Neill

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Artist behind the Well & Kayo Dot, electronic auteur Toby Driver plays the Workman's Club for Dhalgren Sound on December 8. 

    Having just brought out his third album, They Are The Shield, his band features Timba Harris on Violin, Charlie Schmid on drums & Nick Hudson on keys. Its autumnal sound brings to bring Òlafur Arnalds, Grouper, Ulver & Jóhann Jóhannsson, with its contrasting expansive textures, chamber strings, and soft percussion.

    Also playing is No Spill Blood synth wizard Ruadhan O'Meara's progressive synth/drone project Magic Pockets. His debut LP Volcano of The Bleeding Skies came out in 2016.

    Supporting is multidisciplinary Dublin artist and Alien She member Katie O'Neill. Check her lo-fi, analogue/digital hybrid music out on Bandcamp. Opening is dark Americana project Del Judas, aka composer Charlie Schmid.

    Tickets are priced €13.56 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018

    Silverbacks

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Post-punk indie rock act Silverbacks play upstairs at Whelan's on December 8. Check out the video for recent single 'Dunkirk'.

    Tickets cost €10 from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018
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    10
    Dec
    2018

    Travis performs 'The Man Who'

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Majorly nostalgic indie outfit Travis return to play their 11-week no. 1 album & 3 million selling album The Man Who at The Olympia for two nights due to demand, on December 9 & 10.

    Tickets may remain only for the latter date, costing €44.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    10
    Dec
    2018

    Villagers

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Following the September release of fourth album The Art of Pretending To SwimVillagers play the Belfast Empire.

    This kicks off a short run of Irish dates following his curation of a section of of Metropolis Festival in October. Watch the brilliant video for 'Fool'.

    Tickets are available from Music Glue.

  • Tue
    11
    Dec
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.
     
    The band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. Following the release of Wildness, the band have announced a major show at the 3Arena on December 11. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'. 
     
    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.
  • Tue
    11
    Dec
    2018

    Lily Allen

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having just made her comeback, Lily Allen is set to play the Olympia Theatre on December 11 following the release of new album No Shame.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €45.05-€50.45. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018

    Villagers

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Following the September release of fourth album The Art of Pretending To SwimVillagers play Dolan's on December 12.

    This short run of Irish dates follows his curation of a portion of Metropolis Festival in October. Watch the video for 'Fool'.

    Tickets are available from Music Glue.

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018

    The Murder Capital

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Anthemic Shame-inspired post-punk quintet The Murder Capital follow their successful Irish festival season with a winter tour that sees them head up north for a couple of dates, playing Belfast's Voodoo on December 12. Centring around themes of 'grief, lust and despair', check them out live.

    Tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018

    Ocean Colour Scene w/The Coral & Carl Barat

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Their first since sold out shows in 2016, English rockers Ocean Colour Scene return to Dublin, playing The Olympia Theatre on December 12 in a run of Christmas dates.

    The Birmingham outfit rose from the ashes of the Madchester & UK indie scene, rising to prominence after their demo tape reached the ears of Noel Gallagher, who invited them to tour with Oasis, leading ultimately to their signing with MCA Records. Undergoing lineup changes, the band have consistently released music over the last 2 decades, and most recently marked the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, Moseley Shoals, which features their biggest hit, 'The Riverboat Song'.

    Tickets cost €41.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018

    Wynona Bleach 'Sugar' EP Launch

    The Duke of York

    Belfast

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    Nu-gaze quintet Wynona Bleach launch their best release to date in the Sugar EP at the Duke of York on December 12. Available on limited edition green 12", check out Sugar on Bandcamp

    Admission costs £7 from Shine and Ticketmaster and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018
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    15
    Dec
    2018

    HamsandwicH

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Irish indie-pop outfit Ham Sandwich play three nights at Whelan's due to phenomenal demand - following their successful run at both there and at the Olympia over the last year - from December 13-15.

    Having released their debut album Carry The Meek back in 2008, which led to Glastonbury and Electric Picnic appearances, they followed it up with 2010's White Fox. They were silent for a while, resurfacing last year to release their third album, Stories From The Surface, which was nominated for Best Album in the Choice Music Price 2016. They're set to release their fourth album - check them out on the Late Late Show performing new single 'Bodies'.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018

    Bell Witch

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Performing their sprawling, recently released opus, Mirror Reaper, Seattle funeral doom duo Bell Witch are set for two Irish shows, playing a special seated arrangement at Cyprus Avenue on December 13.

    Weighing in at 83 minutes in length, they enlisted Swans/Sleep/Neurosis producer Billy Anderson, no stranger to gargantuan epics. Comprising bassist/vocalist Dylan Desmond & drummer/vocalist/organist Jesse Shreibman, they have created a feature-length music video to accompany the album - it's a collage of dozens of archival films, woven together to build a patient, heavy, haunting narrative, and will be projected at the shows. Check the trailer.

    Tickets cost €15 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018

    Villagers

    Black Box

    Galway

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    Following the September release of fourth album The Art of Pretending To SwimVillagers play Galway's Black Box on December 13.

    This short run of Irish dates follows his curation of a portion of Metropolis Festival in October. Watch the video for 'Fool'.

    Tickets are available from Music Glue.

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018

    The Murder Capital

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Anthemic Shame-inspired post-punk quintet The Murder Capital follow their successful Irish festival season with a winter tour that sees them head up north for a couple of dates, playing Sandinos on December 13. Centring around themes of 'grief, lust and despair', check them out live.

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Bell Witch

    Thomas House

    Dublin

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    Performing their sprawling, recently released opus, Mirror Reaper, Seattle funeral doom duo Bell Witch are set for two Irish shows on December 13 & 14, at Cork's Cyprus Hill & Dublin's Thomas House, respectively.

    Weighing in at 83 minutes in length, they enlisted Swans/Sleep/Neurosis producer Billy Anderson, no stranger to gargantuan epics. Comprising bassist/vocalist Dylan Desmond & drummer/vocalist/organist Jesse Shreibman, they have created a feature-length music video to accompany the album - it's a collage of dozens of archival films, woven together to build a patient, heavy, haunting narrative, and will be projected at the shows. Check the trailer.

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Villagers

    The Set Theatre

    Kilkenny

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    Following the September release of fourth album The Art of Pretending To SwimVillagers play Kilkenny's Set Theatre on December 14

    This is the last ina short run of Irish dates following his curation of a portion of Metropolis Festival in October. Watch the video for 'Fool'.

    Tickets are available from Music Glue.

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Greatest Hits of Motown, feat. The Drifters' Roy G Hemming

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Featuring Roy G Hemming, the longest-serving member of The Drifters, a show celebrating Motown's finest work will take place at Vicar Street on December 14.

    Expect The Supremes, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder & Lionel Ritchie.

    Tickets are priced €39.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Xmas Ball 18: Hozier, Walking On Cars, Chasing Abbey, Keywest, Wyvern Lingo, Wild Youth & Brave Giant

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Headlining this year's Xmas Ball at the 3Arena is Hozier. He just released his Nina Cried Power EP, and will no doubt reach new heights beyond that into his next album. Watch the title track live at the Academy

    Also playing are Walking On CarsChasing AbbeyKeywestWyvern LingoKeywestWild Youth and Brave Giant.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €39.50, with proceeds going to ISPCC. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Fangclub

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Dublin grunge-pop trio Fangclub return with a show at Dublin's Sound House on December 14.

    Having last year released their eponymous debut album to obvious Nirvana comparisons, with a slack, Weezer sensibility, their new EP, True Love is out now. Watch the video for single 'High'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Spies

    Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Spies play their biggest headline show to date at the Button Factory on December 14 for the launch of their debut album Constancy.

    The anthemic indie outfit's debut album follows on from a string of EPs and gets its release through Trout Records. Their sound guitars to sit further back, with an LCD Soundsystem-esque transition into lush synth-led indietronica - listen to return single 'Young Dad'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Eventbrite. Doors open 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    A Litany of Failures Xmastravaganza: That Snaake, Junk Drawer, The Sunshine Factory & Nervvs

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Irish independent compilation/collective A Litany of Failures holds another show, this time an 'Xmastravaganza' at Dublin's Drop Dead Twice on December 14 featuring a typically broad cast of idiosyncratic artists from across the island.

    On the bill are twisted Dublin noise-punk quartet That Snaake, Belfast indie-psych instrument-swappers Junk Drawer ahead of their debut album release, Cork kraut-psych act The Sunshine Factory and the telepathic garage-noise duo Nervvs.

    Each act can be heard on the double gatefold LP A Litany of Failures Vol. II - read our review here.

    In what's a borderline Kafkaesque pricing structure, pay €20 for admission plus Litany of Failures on double vinyl, €5 before 9pm or if you have the record (and provide a receipt or picture), and €8 thereafter. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018

    The Blades Christmas Party

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Dublin new wave band The Blades, having reunited in 2013 to sellout crowds, play their sixth annual Christmas show at The Academy on December 15 in an all-ages show.

    Formed at the height of punk in 1977, the trio released pair of  7" singles in the early eighties on Energy Records, and played a six week residency at the Baggott Inn with U2, regularly swapping headline slots in an attempt to make it. Their frontman and bassist Paul Cleary was named Songwriter of the Year ahead of Bono and Van Morrison, and Single of the Year for 'The Bride Wore White' back in 1982's Hot Press awards.

    Check out their new material on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available, priced from €30, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    Mon
    17
    Dec
    2018

    Hozier

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Platinum-selling, award-winning pop singer-songwriter Hozier has announced three intimate- for his stature - shows at the Olympia across December 15-17.

    He just released his Nina Cried Power EP, and will no doubt reach new heights beyond that into his next album. Watch the title track live at the Academy

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018

    Drones of Praise Label Night: Tau, Melts & Ayn Sof (Gnod)

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Drones of Praise Records holds a night at Drop Dead Twice's Taproom on December 15. Headlining are Berlin-based transcendental psychedelic outfit Tau. Check out their discography on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Dublin psych/kraut supergroup Melts, featuring members of The Things, The North Sea, Mighty Stef - check out their debut single - as well as Gnod's Ayn Sof.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018

    Drones of Praise Label Night: Tau, Melts & Ayn Sof (Gnod)

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Drones of Praise Records holds a night at Drop Dead Twice's Taproom on December 15. Headlining are Berlin-based transcendental psychedelic outfit Tau. Check out their discography on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Dublin psych/kraut supergroup Melts, featuring members of The Things, The North Sea, Mighty Stef - check out their debut single - as well as Gnod's Ayn Sof.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018

    Bleeding Heart Pigeons

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Experimental Limerick alternative rock outfit Bleeding Heart Pigeons headline upstairs at Whelan's on December 15.

    Unafraid to bring psychedelic & progressive elements into folk & alt. rock composition, their music is grand in scale, each song a mini-epic. Check out 'A Hallucination' from their sprawling debut album, Is.

    Tickets cost €12 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Dec
    2018

    Flogging Molly w/Face To Face & Lost In Stereo

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Quintessential Irish-American folk-punks Flogging Molly play the Limelight on December 16 to celebrate their 20th anniversary as punk scene staples, as well as the release of new album Life Is Good - their first in six years.

    Formed as the house band at LA's Molly Malone's, the 7-piece have released six albums, debuting in 2000 with Swagger. Watch the video for 'Drunken Lullabies'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    17
    Dec
    2018

    Flogging Molly w/Face To Face & Lost In Stereo

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Quintessential Irish-American folk-punks Flogging Molly play the Academy on December 17 to celebrate their 20th anniversary as punk scene staples, as well as the release of new album Life Is Good - their first in six years.

    Formed as the house band at LA's Molly Malone's, the 7-piece have released six albums, debuting in 2000 with Swagger. Watch the video for 'Drunken Lullabies'.

    Tickets cost €32 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    19
    Dec
    2018

    Ash

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Northern Irish trio Ash return for a seasonal show at the Academy on December 19.

    Formed in 1992 in Downpatrick, after 26 years together, two number 1 albums and many hits, the band released their positively-reviewed seventh album, Islands, earlier this year.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €27.

  • Wed
    19
    Dec
    2018

    Jealous of the Birds

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Portadown-born Naomi Hamilton's Jealous of the Birds headlines McHugh's on December 19.

    Following her debut album Parma Violets, she's released new EP The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep earlier in the year. The poetically-inclined songwriter has been going from strength to strength, with her songwriter burrowing deeper into new pastures, with NPR premiering her recent single - watch the video for 'Plastic Skeletons'.

    Admission costs £12.50 from Ticketmaster & Shine. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    19
    Dec
    2018
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    20
    Dec
    2018

    Glen Hansard

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Glen Hansard returns for what will be a pair of sold out Vicar Street shows on December 19 & 20.

    Obviously well-known for his 25 years in The Frames, as well as his actor/musician role in the film Once and its accompanying folk project, The Swell Season, which earned him a number of awards and nominations. Hansard quit school at 13 to busk on Dublin streets, forming the Frames in 1990 and appearing in The Commitments the following year after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting. He's went on to become an national institution for songwriters.

    His first solo album came out in 2012, followed up by the aforementioned Didn't He Ramble, with Between Two Shores coming out in January. His fourth solo album is set for release in early 2019.

    Tickets cost €35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    19
    Dec
    2018

    Hozier

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Platinum-selling, award-winning pop singer-songwriter Hozier has announced an Ulster Hall show on December 19.

    He just released his Nina Cried Power EP, and will no doubt reach new heights beyond that into his next album. Watch the title track live at the Academy

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    2018

    Ash

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Northern Irish trio Ash return for a seasonal show at the Limelight 1 on December 20.

    Formed in 1992 in Downpatrick, the band released their positively-reviewed seventh album, Islands, earlier this year.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced £20. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    2018

    Declan O'Rourke

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Classically-inclined singer-songwriter Declan O'Rourke headlines Dolan's on December 20.

    The Dublin-based performer released his first album in 2004, it's launch nights in Whelans being broadcast on national radio. He's written seven albums, earning a huge number of reputable fans, including Paul Weller, Christy Moore, John Prine and many more. Listen to 'Galileo'. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €28. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    2018

    Hozier

    The INEC

    Killarney

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    Platinum-selling, award-winning pop singer-songwriter Hozier has announced a show at Killarney's INEC on December 20.

    He just released his Nina Cried Power EP, and will no doubt reach new heights beyond that into his next album. Watch the title track live at the Academy

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    2018

    Daithí

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Marking his return with not one, but two new singles - featuring collaborations with Tandem Felix & Sinéad White - Galway-based electronic producer Daithí plays a string of shows in Ireland, finishing up on December 20 at Galway's Roisin Dubh.

    Stream his two new singles here.

    Tickets cost €14/€12 from Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm

  • Fri
    21
    Dec
    2018

    Fontaines DC & Just Mustard

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising garage rock quintet Fontaines D.C. headline The Button Factory on December 21. Having recently recorded a KEXP session, listen to their Girl Band & Fall-esque single, 'Hurricane Laughter'.

    Supporting are Dundalk shoegazey noise-pop act Just Mustard. Check out their debut album, Wednesday.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    21
    Dec
    2018

    Quiet Arch Fourth Birthday: Joshua Burnside, Ryan Vail & Arco Quartet, Malojian, Beauty Sleep & Stephen James Smith

    Elmwood Hall

    Belfast

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    Belfast independent label Quiet Arch celebrate their fourth birthday this year, and to celebrate, they'll be holding a concert featuring some of their foremost artists at Belfast's Elmwood Hall on December 21.

    The bill is as fittingly eclectic as the label itself, and NI Music Prize-winning singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside, Derry electronic wizard Ryan Vail with Arco String Quartet, power-pop/folk craftsman Malojian, indie-pop quartet Beauty Sleepwith spoken word artist & poet Stephen James Smith as compère for the night.

    Tickets, priced £12, are available from Ticketsource. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Dec
    2018

    Buí

    The American Bar

    Belfast

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    Back for their second Christmas Ham, young indie rockers Buí play the American Bar on December 22 in benefit of suicide prevention & mental health charity PIPS. Check out their excellent debut album Eugene.

    As well as themselves, the stage will be open to anyone who wishes to sing a song or two, with instruments provided.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm, with a raffle on the night too.

  • Fri
    28
    Dec
    2018

    Vulpynes

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based sludgy two piece Vulpynes are set to play an end-of-year show at The Underground on December 28.

    Offering up raw gelatinous chunks of Mudhoney, Melvins and L7, they've been gigging heavily around the island and beyond as of late, sharing stages with the likes of Marmozets, Deap Vally & Misfits' Doyle. Watch the video for 'Silica'.

    Tickets cost €12.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    The Outcasts, The Black Pitts & Bullet Girl

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Belfast punk stalwarts The Outcasts play a special New Year's Party at Drop Dead Twice on December 29.

    Formed in 1977, they released a string of singles through Good Vibrations, followed by debut album Self Conscious Over You in 1979. They disbanded in 1986 before reuniting in 2011 for Rebellion Festival. Check them out live at the Ulster Hall in 1980.

    Support comes from garage punk'n'roll trio The Black Pitts and Dublin post-punk outfit Bullet Girl - watch the video for 'Post Atomic Youth'.

    Admission costs €12 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    04
    Jan
    2019

    The London Astrobeat Orchestra Interpret the Music of Talking Heads

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch programme, the Black Box hosts a special performance from the London Astrobeat Orchestra, in which they'll be performing the music of Talking Heads.

    They're some of the finest West African musicians on the planet, and the show will feature a unique interpretation of the band's infinitely mutable Afrobeat-inspired work. Check out 'Burning Down The House'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced £13. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019

    The Adventures

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Playing their final ever live show, Belfast band The Adventures headline the Empire Music Hall on January 5.

    Featuring Terry Sharpe, Pat Gribben & Eileen Gribben, they were one of the most successful bands of the 80s, with 'Broken Land' being the most played record on Radio 1 in 1988. They'd go on to tour with Fleetwood Mac & Tears For Fears.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced £17.50. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    09
    Jan
    2019

    Scott Matthews

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Wolverhampton-born musician Scott Matthews plays The Grand Social on January 9.

    The Ivor Novello winner's sixth album The Great Untold has won acclaim in its sparse production, recorded mostly acoustically at home and in churches. Comparable to the folk dreamers of the 60s & 70s like Simon, Buckley, Drake & Martyn, check out new single 'Cinnamon'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019

    The 1975

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Having firmly established themselves as one of the biggest bands in the UK and beyond, Mancunian electronic-hued indie-pop quartet The 1975 return to Dublin's 3Arena on January 10.

    Formed in Manchester in 2002 as teenagers, this tour follows the release of third album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships and precedes the (also very nineteen seventy fively-named) Notes on Conditional Form.

    Support comes from Pale Waves and No Rome.

     

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Jan
    2019

    Rudeboy Screens w/Don Letts DJ Set

    The Belfast Barge

    Belfast

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    Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records tells the story of Jamaican & British youth culture through that most iconic of labels, and gets a screening at CQAF's Out To Lunch programme at the Belfast Barge on January 11.

    Combining archival footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of the British underclass in the late 60s and early 70s, the integration of which revolutionised popular music & culture. Featured are Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots Hibbert, Neville Staple and many, many more.

    Radio 6Music DJ Don Letts, founder of Big Audio Dynamite and man largely responsible for bringing punk & reggae audiences together, is set to DJ the event.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.15pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    Brass Eye Night with Director Michael Cumming

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Put together from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his own archive, Brass Eye director Michael Cumming's presents a new film, Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes, once more in Ireland. 

    The film is part documentary, part art, designed purely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never-before-seen footage, with the blessing of Chris Morris. The Sugar Club hosts a Brass Eye evening & night on January 12 featuring Oxide Ghostsone of Brass Eye's six episodes - voted for by the audience - as well as a Q&A with Michael Cumming himself - also known for his work on Toast of LondonSnuff Box.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced at €15. The evening show runs from 5-8pm, and night show at 8-11pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    The Dodge Brothers

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Another coup for the Out To Lunch 2018 programme of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is star-studded roots act The Dodge Brothers in afternoon and evening shows at the Black Box on January 12.

    They'll be performing from their long-awaited new album Drive Train, bringing their hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband & skiffle. The band features Mike Hammond, Mark Kermode - yep - Aly Hirji & Alex hammond on electric & acoustic instruments, each with an American twang. Frontman Mike Hammon was raised in Alabama and has performed across the south & west of the US.

    Tickets, priced £10 and £12 for afternoon & evening shows respectively, are available from Ticketsolve. Doors open for each show at 1.45pm & 7.45pm.

  • Sun
    13
    Jan
    2019

    Oxide Ghosts - The Brass Eye Tapes

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Put together from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his own archive, Brass Eye director Michael Cumming's presents Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes, once more in Ireland. Following on from prior sold-out runs, it's screening at the Black Box on January 13 as part of CQAF's Out To Lunch Festival.

    The film is part documentary, part art, designed purely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never-before-seen footage, with the blessing of Chris Morris. A Q&A with director Michael Cumming himself will take place post-screening - who is also known for his work on Toast of LondonSnuff Box.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced at £10. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Mon
    14
    Jan
    2019

    Mastodon, Kvelertak & Mutoid Man

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Progressive, sludgy metaller Mastodon play the Ulster Hall on January 14, featuring Neurosis' Scott Kelly.

    One of the world's biggest heavy rock bands, their latest album, Emperor of Sand, won a Grammy, following on from their solid run of critical & commercial successes. Here's 'Steambreather'.

    Supporting are Norwegian black 'n' roll act Kvelertak and supergroup Mutoid Man, who feature members of Converge & Cave In.

    Tickets are available, priced £33 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    15
    Jan
    2019

    Mastodon, Kvelertak & Mutoid Man

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Progressive, sludgy metallers Mastodon play the Olympia on January 15, featuring Neurosis' Scott Kelly.

    One of the world's biggest heavy rock bands, their latest album, Emperor of Sand, won a Grammy, following on from their solid run of critical & commercial successes. Here's 'Steambreather'.

    Supporting are Norwegian black 'n' roll act Kvelertak and supergroup Mutoid Man, who feature members of Converge & Cave In.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    16
    Jan
    2019

    Neil & Liam Finn

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Father & son duo Neil & Liam Finn have just released their first collaborative record, Lightsleeper, and are set to play the Olympia Theatre on January 16.

    Neil is best known for his time with Split Enz & Crowded House, as well as becoming the latest member of Fleetwood Mac, while his son is a experimenter in sonic arts with three albums under his belt. During the creation of the album, Liam had a son, and an unwitting generational shift was spawned. Listen to 'Back To Life'.

    Tickets cost €39.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    16
    Jan
    2019

    Adrianne Lenker

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker is set to headline the Button Factory on January 16.

    Writing since she was 10 years old, she's been occupied with Big Thief activities over the past three years, until the October release of abysskiss. Check out 'Cradle'.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster, with doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019

    Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats w/Blood Ceremony

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Classic doom/sludge metal quartet Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats return to Belfast, playing the Limelight 2 on January 19 as part of their Wasteland tour.

    The Cambridge psychedelic fuzz lords are set to release their fifth album following up on 2016 album Lord of Misrule - check out the acid-fuelled first wave sludge/doom of 2014 single, 'Runaway Girls'.

    Support comes from occult rockers Blood Ceremony.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced £16. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019

    Fucked Up

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    One of the more forward-thinking punk bands of this century, Fucked Up, return to Ireland for the first time in almost four years, playing The Grand Social on January 19.

    This follows the news that they've signed a new deal with Merge to release new album Dose Your Dreams, which invites psych rock elements to their sound - another incredible evolution for a band who've built their name on am within the broad spectrum of punk rock.

    Watch the video for 'Raise Your Voice Joyce',

    Tickets, priced €22, are available from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    20
    Jan
    2019

    Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats w/Blood Ceremony

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Classic doom/sludge metal quartet Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats return to Dublin, playing The Academy's Green Room on January 20 as part of their Wasteland tour.

    The Cambridge psychedelic fuzz lords are set to release their fifth album following up on 2016 album Lord of Misrule - check out the acid-fuelled first wave sludge/doom of 2014 single, 'Runaway Girls'.

    Support comes from occult rockers Blood Ceremony.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, costing €20. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019

    Steeleye Span 50th Anniversary

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1969 formation, British folk rock legends Steeleye Span play the Black Box on January 23.

    Led by Maddy Prior, their current seven piece lineup looks to draw from their wealth of classic material, which started as an idea to electrify traditional music. Check out some 'All Around My Hat'. 

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019

    Marc Rebillet

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Musical comedian & online phenomenon Marc Rebillet comes to Whelan's on January 23.

    Described as 'Reggie Watts on bath salts', his unconventional rhymes, melodies & beats function as Good Music and have earned him a huge fanbase through his YouTube channel.

    Tickets cost €18 from WAV & Ticketmaster

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019

    Death Cab For Cutie

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    With their new album Thank You For Today out in August, indie rock darlings Death Cab For Cutie are to play the Olympia Theatre on January 24.

    Fronted by one of the voices of his generation, Ben Gibbard, Thank You For Today will be the band's ninth album in a career that started back in 1997. Check out the official video for 'Gold Rush'.

    Tickets priced €33.50 are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019

    Yorkston Thorne Khan

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    CQAF's Out To Lunch, in association with Moving On Music, bring the experimental trio of Yorkston Thorne Khan back to Belfast, where they play the Black Box on January 24.

    James Yorkston is renowned as one of the most influential singer-songwriters on the Scottish folk scene, Suhail Yusuf Khan is an award-winning sarangi player & classical singer from New Delhi, and Jon Thorne plays jazz double bass wwith electro outfit Lamb. The Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music hybrid lays in a warped dimension parallel to indie-folk & art music, touching on acoustic drone, 60's folk and Indian classical, amongst others. Their widely revered most recent album, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars came out in 2017 on Domino. Check out 'Sufi Song'.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Ben Howard

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    English singer-songwriter Ben Howard returns to the 3Arena for a 14+ headline show on January 25.

    His debut was a massive success, shifting a million copies and being nominated for a Mercury Prize. He has since picked up two Brit Awards for British Breakthrough and best British Male Solo Artist. He's just released third album Noonday Dream, marking it with an extensive tour.

    Tickets, priced from €44.05, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Michale Graves [Ex-Misfits]

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Former Misfits member Michale Graves is set to play Voodoo for Shizznigh on January 25.

    The New Jersey man is best known for his time in the Misfits as lead singer from 1995-2000, as well as his many solo albums since 2005, some of which have featured classic horror readings. Watch the video for 'Dig Out Her Bones'.

    Support comes from Irish horror punks So Long Until The Séance and Cadaver Club.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Mon
    28
    Jan
    2019

    Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The neurotic, sardonic internalisation of our fears, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers play Vicar Street on January 28.

    A smirking, more hip-hop millennial Jeffrey Lewis, he got his title from the time he spent writing music living in a '94 Toyota Corolla. His Tiny Desk performance has been lauded and each single has accumulated more attention - watch the video for the delightfully disarming 'Peach Scone'.

    Tickets cost €23 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    The Dead South

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Neo-bluegrass/folk quartet The Dead South play Whelan's on January 30. 

    Debut album Good Company squeezes guitar, cello, banjo kick drum & mandolin through a prismic sound that encompasses classical, punk, rock, bluegrass, folk and country - "We are definitely closer to the Pogues than Alison Krauss". Listen to 'In Hell I'll Be In Good Company".

    Tickets cost €20 from WAV Tickets.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    Ozzy Osbourne & Judas Priest

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    A gargantuan bill of featuring 2 of the most acclaimed heavy metal acts of all time is set to come to Dublin's 3Arena on January 30. Kicking off his No More Tours 2 tour in Europe, Ozzy Osbourne is joined by a band of collaborators that includes Zakk Wylde on guitar, Blasko on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keys.

    Looking back on 5 decades of music, this will be the farewell global tour for Ozzy - who has sold more than 100 million records - following Sabbath's final date last year. 

    Supporting are none other than Judas Priest, whose latest album has been heralded as a return to form by many.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €59. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The aptly-named Public Service Broadcasting have announced another Irish date. They're set to play the Olympia Theatre on January 31, as the continue to tour their most critically & commercially successful album to-date.

    Every Valley achieved No. 4 placing in the UK charts - impressive for a band that relies on its eclectic instrumentalism & samples from old public service broadcasts as vocals. Just last year at BBC Biggest Weekend on Belfast's Titanic Slipway, their set was specially accompanied by nostalgic footage of the ship's construction from the industrial era, with a hopeful, kraut-lite soundtrack. Watch the evocative suite here.

    Tickets, priced at €31.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    The Old Firm Casuals, The Defects & United Bottles

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Lars Fredriksen of Rancid's street-punk outfit The Old Firm Casuals are set to return to Belfast, playing the Empire on January 31.

    They've become a crowd favourite and one of the few flag-flyers of Oi! in this day & age. Check their stuff out on Bandcamp.

    Joining them are veteran Belfast punks The Defects and ex-Runnin' Riot Oi! band United Bottles.

    Tickets cost £15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The aptly-named Public Service Broadcasting have announced their third Belfast show in about a year. They play the Limelight 1 on February 1, as they tour their most critically & commercially successful album to-date.

    Every Valley achieved No. 4 placing in the charts - impressive for a band that relies on its eclectic instrumentalism & samples from old public service broadcasts as vocals. Just last year at BBC Biggest Weekend on the Titanic Slipway, their set was specially accompanied by nostalgic footage of the ship's construction from the industrial era, with a hopeful, kraut-lite soundtrack. Watch the evocative suite here.

    Tickets, priced at £25, are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Cockney Rejects & The Old Firm Casuals

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The Button Factory holds multigenerational night of Oi! punk, headed by East London originals Cockney Rejects on February 1.

    The West Ham supporters formed in 1978, singing about football hooliganism and the likes. They've been through a long string of lineups, with the constant being vocal/guitar pair Jeff & Mick Geggus. Here's Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

    Lars Fredriksen of Rancid's street-punk outfit The Old Firm Casuals share the bill. They've become a crowd favourite and one of the few flag-flyers of Oi! in this day & age. Check their stuff out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €25. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019
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    06
    Feb
    2019

    Steel Panther

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Comedic hair metal band Steel Panther return to Ireland, playing Vicar Street on February 5 & 6 - with the former added due to demand.

    Profane, debauched, and devoid of moral compas, they were initially called Metal Skool, before changing their name and releasing debut album Feel The Steel, which featured guest spots from apt figures like Justin Hawkins, Corey Taylor & M Shadows. Their latest album, Lower The Bar was released in 2017. Here's 'Gloryhole'. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €36.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    Steel Panther

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Comedic hair metal band Steel Panther return to Ireland, playing Belfast's Ulster Hall on February 7.

    Profane, debauched, and devoid of moral compas, they were initially called Metal Skool, before changing their name and releasing debut album Feel The Steel, which featured guest spots from apt figures like Justin Hawkins, Corey Taylor & M Shadows. Their latest album, Lower The Bar was released in 2017. Here's 'Gloryhole'. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Shabazz Palaces

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces return to the Sugar Club for a ChoiceCuts show on February 8.

    Comprising Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets and multi-instrumentalist Tendai 'Baba' Maraire, they've been active since 2009, recently a sci-fi hip-hopera, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star.

    Tickets, priced €20, are available from The Sugar Club. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    God Is An Astronaut

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Electronica-tinged post-rock quartet God Is An Astronaut play Dublin's Academy on February 9.

    Formed by Wicklow twins Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002, the act have proven an increasing depth of scope as their discography progresses. Their most recent album was 2018's ninth record, Epitaph - watch the video for the title track.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €25. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    White Denim

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Texas indie-pych band White Denim play the Limelight 2 on February 9.

    With flecks of garage rock, prog, punk, blues, dub and southern rock, theirs is an interesting concoction. Their seventh album, Performance is out now - check out the title track. Recorded over eight weeks at their own studio, it's as eclectic and filthy an album as they've made yet.

    Tickets cost £17.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    David O'Doherty

    Whitla Hall

    Belfast

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    Irish musical comic David O'Doherty brings his 2018 You Have To Laugh tour to Belfast's Whitla Hall on February 9.

    The music-based comedian (or the 'Ryanair Enya') is one of Ireland's finest, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered 1986 keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' won multiple awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as appearances on every panel show going.

    Doors open at 7pm, with the show kicking off at 8.15pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    God's Waiting Room: The Liminanas

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    God's Waiting Room, courtesy of Strange Victory, takes over both rooms of the Black Box on February 9, and will be headlined by French psych duo The Liminanas.

    Comprising of drummer/vocalist Marie & Lionel on guitar/bass/keys/vocals, they blend psych, shoegaze and yé-yé. Defined by its French & new wave characteristics, their latest album I've Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2 is just out, following up on their 2014 debut. Listen to 'The Gift', featuring Peter Hook.

    Tickets are available for £16.50 from TicketWeb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    Behemoth w/At The Gates & Wolves In The Throne Room

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Polish blackened death metal act Behemoth play Vicar Street on February 10. 

    Starting out in 1991 playing traditional black metal, they gradually became more occult, incorporating Middle-Eastern influences and death metal from the late nineties onwards. Their is called I Loved You At Your Darkest - watch the video for 'God=Dog'.

    A serious bill, the Unholy Trinity on the night is completed by At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    White Denim

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Texas indie-pych band White Denim play Whelan's on February 10.

    With flecks of garage rock, prog, punk, blues, dub and southern rock, theirs is an interesting concoction. Their seventh album, Performance is out now - check out the title track. Recorded over eight weeks at their own studio, it's as eclectic and filthy an album as they've made yet.

    Tickets cost €22.90 from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Post Malone

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Kicking off his tour with the ultimate Valentine's gift, Post Malone plays Dublin's 3Arena on February 14.

    The multiplatinum Texas-based rapper has been a global sensation, both critically and commercially, being commended for blending genres and ultimately charted nine songs in the top 20 of the US Hot 100. His second album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, came out in 2018 - watch the video for 'Better Now'.

    Tickets costs €55.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm, and the standing area will be 14+.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Decapitated, Dyscarnate & Baest

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Treat your bloody Valentine to some Polish death metal when Decapitated make the trip over to play Voodoo on February 14 as part of their Killing The European Cult tour. Watch the video for 'Kill The Cult', taken from their seventh album, Anticult.

    Supporting are Horsham death metal act Dyscarnate and Danish act Baest.

    Tickets cost £18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Professor Brian Cox Live

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    One of the world's foremost communicators of scientific knowledge to the masses, Professor Brian Cox OBE, performs at Belfast's SSE Arena on February 15, following his Guinness World Record-setting sellout last run of shows.

    The former keys player for D:Ream takes audiences on a journey through space and time, hitting on high science and the cosmos. Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society University Researcher, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and is a professor at the university of Manchester. He's also responsible for much of the popularity in subjects like astronomy in physics, with his shows for the BBC heralding a huge amount of acclaim and spreading the conversation on physics to a household level.

    This 2019 show will see him go a step beyond his previously huge projections and images from space, while being once more joined by his Infinite Monkey Cage co-host, comedian Robin Ince, for an audience Q&A.

    Tickets are available, priced from £38-£49 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Kevin Krauter

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Fiercely experimental, referential and eclectic indie pop artist Kevin Krauter is set to play upstairs at Whelan's on February 15.

    His debut LP Toss Up features woozy synths, delicate vocals, all from the self-contained project, an aside to his other band Hoops. Watch the video for 'Keep Falling In Love'.

    Tickets cost €12 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Decapitated, Dyscarnate & Baest

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Polish death metal masters Decapitated make the trip over to play Voodoo Lounge on February 15 as part of their Killing The European Cult tour. Watch the video for 'Kill The Cult', taken from their seventh album, Anticult.

    Supporting are Horsham death metal act Dyscarnate and Danish act Baest.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Ennio Morricone - Last Ever Irish Concert

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The 3Arena hosts iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone - who reshaped the sound of cinema - on Saturday, September 23, in the return Irish leg of his final farewell 60 Years of Music as he turns 90 years old.

    He'll be conducting, accompanied by over 200 musicians and singers onstage, as with previous tours, performing classics and originals from his Oscar-winning scores.

    Known best for his work alongside Sergio Leone in his spaghetti Westerns - although he's composed for over 500 films - his scores are synonymous with the genre; most notably through arguably his all-time finest work in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, and Once Upon A Time In The West. More recently he finally won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, which also earned him his sixth BAFTA & third Golden Globe.

    Tickets, priced from €107, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Professor Brian Cox Live

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the world's foremost communicators of scientific knowledge to the masses, Professor Brian Cox OBE, performs again at Dublin's 3Arena on February 16, following his Guinness World Record-setting sellout last run of shows.

    The former keys player for D:Ream takes audiences on a journey through space and time, hitting on high science and the cosmos. Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society University Researcher, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and is a professor at the university of Manchester. He's also responsible for much of the popularity in subjects like astronomy in physics, with his shows for the BBC heralding a huge amount of acclaim and spreading the conversation on physics to a household level.

    This 2019 show will see him go a step beyond his previously huge projections and images from space, while being once more joined by his Infinite Monkey Cage co-host, comedian Robin Ince, for an audience Q&A.

    Tickets are available, priced from €40 from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    GoGo Penguin

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    GoGo Penguin are set to play the National Concert Hall for ChoiceCuts on February 16.

    The Manchester-based jazz trio comprise pianist Chris Illingsworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Blending acoustics and electronics, they incorporated glitchy, gaming soundtrack sounds with rock, jazz and minimalism, earning a nomination for a Mercury in 2014, and recently toured their own score to Koyaanisqatsi.

    This show follows the release of new album, A Humdrum Star. Here they are live from Old Granada Studios.

    Tickets are available from NCH. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Bodega

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    New York art-punks Bodega play Whelan's on February 16.

    This follows the release of their acclaimed debut album Endless Scroll, which, in a similar fashion to Parquet Courts & Omni, draws from post-punk, pop, krautrock, with poetic lyrical prowess. Watch the video for 'Charlie'.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Neneh Cherry

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Swedish hip-hop artist Neneh Cherry plays the Academy on February 16.

    A former member of The Slits & Rip Rig + Panic, she's had a serious run of hits ever since 1989 debut album Raw Like Sushi - listen to 'Buffalo Stance'. She's has a major string of collaborations and now returns with fifth solo LP Broken Politics, which moves further into electronic pop.

    Tickets cost €35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Nik Void

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Nik Void, known for Factory Floor & the incredible Carter Tutti Void project, plays the Workman's Club on February 16 for Dhalgren Sound.

    The experimental electronic artist & producer is known for her cut-up sampling & techniques, blurring techno, ambient, avant-garde & noise in her aleatoric composition. At one end, she can border on contemporary classical, on the other, dance. Check her music out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €16.81 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019
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    19
    Feb
    2019

    David O'Doherty

    Pavilion Theatre

    Dun Laoghaire

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    Irish musical comic David O'Doherty brings his 2018 You Have To Laugh tour to Dun Laoghaire for a pair of shows on February 17 & 19 at the Pavilion Theatre.

    The music-based comedian (or the 'Ryanair Enya') is one of Ireland's finest, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered 1986 keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' won multiple awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as appearances on every panel show going.

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019

    Mike & The Mechanics

    The National Stadium

    Dublin

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    Over 10 million-selling pop-rock supergroup Mike & The Mechanics play Dublin's National Stadium on February 18, as part of their Looking Back Over My Shoulder tour.

    Formed in 1985 as a side-project by Genesis bassist/rhythm guitarist Mike Rutherford, they're best known for their global hit 'The Living Years', going on to sell over 10 million records worldwide.

    Tickets cost €44.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019

    Jungle

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Neo-soul outfit Jungle are set to play The Olympia Theatre on February 18, following the September release of For Ever.

    The seven piece released their debut in 2014, with this having a long gestation period to arrive at these 13 tracks detailing a 'post-apocalyptic radio station playing breakup songs'. Watch the video for 'Happy Man'.

    Tickets, priced €27.50 are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019

    Microdisney

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following their reunion in June at the National Concert Hall, performing seminal album The Clock Comes Down The Stairs, Cork cult alternative rock heroes Microdisney play Vicar Street on February 18.

    The duo of Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan disbanded in 1988, having released several albums by the likes of Kabuki, Rough Trade and Virgin. Once described by John Peel as “the iron fist in a velvet glove", the were moved by the response to last year's shows and will revisit their material.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €45. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

    Chvrches

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Pop outfit Chvrches celebrate the release of their third album Love Is Dead with a UK tour that includes a show at the Ulster Hall on February 19. Their third successive top 10 UK album, watch the video for recent single 'Miracle'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, with doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

    Jungle

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Having just released their much-hyped album For Ever, London neo-soul act Jungle make their first headline Belfast appearance at the Limelight 1.

    The killer live outfit are widely described as the sound of an aspirational young London, led by production & multi-instrumentalist duo of J & T - Josh Lloyd-Watson & Tom McFarland. Check out 'Heavy, California'.

    Tickets cost £22 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

    Microdisney [Last Ever Show]

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Following their reunion in June at the National Concert Hall, performing seminal album The Clock Comes Down The Stairs, Cork cult alternative rock heroes Microdisney return to their hometown to play Cyprus Avenue on February 19 in what will be their last ever show.

    The duo of Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan disbanded in 1988, having released several albums by the likes of Kabuki, Rough Trade and Virgin. Once described by John Peel as “the iron fist in a velvet glove", the were moved by the response to last year's shows and will revisit their material.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €36.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019

    David Duchovny

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    (The actual) David Duchovny will play Dublin’s Academy on Wednesday, February 20.

    Having released his debut album Hell or Highwater in 2015, and its follow-up, Every Third Thought, earlier in 2018, the actor, writer, director and – more recently – recording artist will make his Irish gig debut at this show. Check out his silken-throated 'Hell or Highwater'.

    Tickets are €30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019
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    22
    Feb
    2019

    Chvrches

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Pop outfit Chvrches celebrate the release of their third album Love Is Dead with a European tour that includes a stop-off at Dublin's Olympia on February 21 & 22. Their third successive top 10 UK album, watch the video for recent single 'Miracle'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €29-€36, with doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Bill Ryder Jones

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Former Coral founder & guitarist-cum-indie rock multi-instrumentalist, producer & composer Bill Ryder-Jones plays Belfast's Black Box on February 21.

    His Steve Malkmus-with-emotion tones and full band setup will be sugar to the ears of any Courtney Barnett, Elliott Smith or Richard Hawley fans. His fourth album, Yawn, is just out in November. Check out the absolute glory of 'Two To Birkenhead'.

    Tickets cost £13.50 from Ticketweb, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019

    Aminé

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of the fastest-rising names in hip-hop & leftfield pop, Aminé, plays the Academy on February 22.

    Based in Portland, Aminé released a string of huge-selling records last year, New York Times giving him a major profile & plaudits, appearances on Tiny Desk, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and more. Check out his NPR Tiny Desk session.

    Tickets cost €26.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and it's a 14+ show.

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019

    Massive Attack: Mezzanine XX1

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Bristol trip-hop legends Massive Attack will stop off in Dublin next as part of a tour celebrating their seminal 1998 album, Mezzanine.

    Promising a "totally new audio/visual production" the show at Dublin's 3Arena on Sunday, February 24 will also feature Elizabeth Fraser, the Cocteau Twins singer who lent her vocals to the album's second single 'Teardrop'.

    The show will re-imagine Mezzanine via "custom audio reconstructed from the original samples and influences”, and is described by Robert Del Naja AKA 3D as “a one off piece of work; our own personalised nostalgia nightmare head trip”.

    Tickets are priced €49.50 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    26
    Feb
    2019

    Meltybrains? Presents: ?

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Those absolute headers, Meltybrains?, play the Button Factory on February 26. After a fairly quiet period, they're back with the glitchy R&B-tinged -wave nugget 'Roger Federer'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2019

    Brass Against

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Having made fans out of Tom Morello and more, politically-charged brass-led rock & hip-hop troupe Brass Against headline the Button Factory on February 27.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Steely Dan w/Steve Winwood

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Smooth jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan return to Ireland to play 3Arena on February 28. Led by Donald Fagen, they've sold over 40 million albums worldwide, with classics including Can't Buy A ThrillAjaTwo Against Nature and the list goes on. 

    Pristine production, perfect precision & tight songwriting drew them out of hipness for a time, but things have come full circle, with devotees like Mac Demarco giving them a new life. Here's 'Do It Again'.

    Composer/producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood joins them, performing classics from Blind Faith, Traffic, The Spencer Davis Group & his many solo hits.

    Tickets cost €89.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    The Stranglers w/Dr Feelgood

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play Ulster Hall on February 28.

    Formed in Surrey from the punk rock scene, while never quite fitting comfortably under any label, they've delved, much like peers The Damned, into art-rock, gothic rock, new wave & post-punk. No stranger to essential father's day compilations, the likes 'Golden Brown', 'No More Heroes' & 'Peaches' have earned their enduring status. 

    Support comes from classic rhythm & blues band Dr Feelgood.

    Tickets are priced £33 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm, and it's a 14+ show, with standing restricted to 16+.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Hayseed Dixie

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The pioneers of rockgrass, Hayseed Dixie return to Ireland, playing Dublin's Button Factory on February 28 in support of new album Free Your Mind and the Grass Will Follow.

    Formed in 2000 as an idea to record AC/DC songs in an Appalachian Mountain hillbilly tradition, they've taken the cornerstones of rock and reimagined them with fun, care and respect, not to mention tremendously accomplished musicianship. Here's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €22. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    The Stranglers w/Dr Feelgood

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play the Olympia Theatre on March 1.

    Formed in Surrey from the punk rock scene, while never quite fitting comfortably under any label, they've delved, much like peers The Damned, into art-rock, gothic rock, new wave & post-punk. No stranger to essential father's day compilations, the likes 'Golden Brown', 'No More Heroes' & 'Peaches' have earned their enduring status. 

    Support comes from classic rhythm & blues band Dr Feelgood.

    Tickets are priced €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Hayseed Dixie

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    The pioneers of rockgrass, Hayseed Dixie return to Ireland with a show at Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 1 in support of new album Free Your Mind and the Grass Will Follow.

    Formed in 2000 as an idea to record AC/DC songs in an Appalachian Mountain hillbilly tradition, they've taken the cornerstones of rock and reimagined them with fun, care and respect, not to mention tremendously accomplished musicianship. Here's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Ruts DC w/The Professionals

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

     

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    Remaining members of classic reggae-influenced British punks The Ruts, Ruts DC, are set to play the Button Factory on March 2.

    This show comes in celebration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of their classic album The Crack, and they'll be playing it in its entirety.

    Supporting are The Professionals, founded by Paul Cook & Steve Jones following the dissolution of the Sex Pistols. 

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Fatboy Slim

    3Arena

    Dublin

     

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    Fatboy Slim brings his In The Round tour to Dublin's 3Arena on March 2.

    The tour aims to create the UK's biggest dance floors via turning gargantuan arenas into unique club night experiences, with a revolving stage, rave ushers & a live smiley face experience.

    Tickets cost €49.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    The Armed

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Detroit experimental blackened noise-punk outfit The Armed play The Workman's Club on March 2.

    Hailed by The Quietus, Noisey and Pitchfork for their originality, their second LP Only Love came out in 2018 to rave reviews. Have a listen, then imagine how it brutal and invigorating it could sound live.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Hayseed Dixie

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    The pioneers of rockgrass, Hayseed Dixie return to Ireland for a short run of dates in support of new album Free Your Mind and the Grass Will Follow. The third show takes place at Belfast's Empire on March 2.

    Formed in 2000 as an idea to record AC/DC songs in an Appalachian Mountain hillbilly tradition, they've taken the cornerstones of rock and reimagined them with fun, care and respect, not to mention tremendously accomplished musicianship. Here's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2019

    KT Tunstall

    Elmwood Hall

    Belfast

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    Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall plays Elmwood Hall on March 5.

    With her sixth album Wax out in October, it was penned alongside producer Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand. She's been up to all sorts of cool stuff, like covering Tom Petty with Peal Jam's Mike McCready. This new album is the second in her thematic trilogy which explores themes of spirit, body & mind, and is a far cry from her early-noughties Radio 2 fare. Here's new single 'The River'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £25. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019
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    09
    Mar
    2019

    David O'Doherty

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Irish musical comic David O'Doherty brings his extensive You Have To Laugh tour to Dolans for a 2 night stint on March 8 & 9.

    The music-based comedian (or the 'Ryanair Enya') is one of Ireland's finest, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered 1986 keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' won multiple awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as appearances on every panel show going.

    Tickets are available from Dolans.

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019

    Colter Wall

    Whelan's

    Dublin

     

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    Highly revered by Rick Rubin & Steve Earle, Canadian singer-songwriter Colter Wall plays Whelan's on March 12.

    Still only 23, trust us when we say you have to hear his voice. His eponymous debut album is out now - check out the genuine outlaw country of 'The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie'.

    Tickets, priced €17.35, are available from WAV Tickets and Ticketmaster

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019

    Greta Van Fleet

    Olympia Theatre

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    Classic rock revivalist band Greta Van Fleet headline the Olympia on March 13.

    This date comes following their much-hyped debut album March of the Peaceful Army in October. The band comprises four young musicians, with an average age of 21, based in Michigan hamlet Frankenmuth. Here's 'When The Curtain Falls'.

    Tickets cost €31 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019

    P.O.D. & Alien Ant Farm w/'68 & New Valley Wolves

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions bring classic Californian nu-metal bands Alien Ant Farm and P.O.D. to Belfast's Limelight on March 13.

    Support comes from '68 New Valley Wolves.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar.

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    Nicki Minaj & Future

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of the pair's forthcoming NICKIHNDRXX tour, Nicki Minaj and Future will play Dublin's 3Arena on Friday, March 15.

    Minaj will be touring off the back of her forthcoming new album, Queen, which is set for release on August 10. Watch the video for 'Chun-Li'.

    Tickets for the show are priced at €66.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019
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    18
    Mar
    2019

    Dodie

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    23 year old Essex songwriter Dodie plays two nights at Vicar Street on March 17 & 18 due to demand. Her new Human EP follows up on 2016 & 2017 EP releases, the latter of which managed to chart despite, and because of, her independent work as a YouTube performer. Watch the video for 'Human'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019

    UFO - Last Orders

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    UK classic rock outfit - long a fan favourite outside the mainstream - UFO return to Dublin as part of their Last Orders 50th Anniversary Tour on March 19.

    This will be the final tour with frontman Phil Mogg, after which point the band will presumably cease to exist. Formed in London in 1968, Mogg is now 70, and drummer Andy Parker is the only other remaining founding member. They've seen success in recent years with charting positions for albums recorded in the last decade - a rarity for a band with its reputation so tied to its beloved underground status. Perhaps their most beloved album is 1979 live record Strangers In The Night.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a pair of shows. He's set to bring his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour to Vicar Street on March 19.

    The poet, cultural commentator, movie star, comedian & rock star has had his imprint on everything from early post-punk to modern pop, with the Arctic Monkeys turning his 'I Wanna Be Yours' into a hit on A:M. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets cost €40.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    UFO - Last Orders

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    UK classic rock outfit - long a fan favourite outside the mainstream - UFO play Belfast's Limelight 1 as part of their Last Orders 50th Anniversary Tour on March 20.

    This will be the final tour with frontman Phil Mogg, after which point the band will presumably cease to exist. Formed in London in 1968, Mogg is now 70, and drummer Andy Parker is the only other remaining founding member. They've seen success in recent years with charting positions for albums recorded in the last decade - a rarity for a band with its reputation so tied to its beloved underground status. Perhaps their most beloved album is 1979 live record Strangers In The Night.

    Tickets cost £23.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Best-selling Birmingham reggae/pop crossover act UB40 have announced that they're set return to Belfast on March 22 as part of their A Real Labour Of Love 40th Anniversary Tour.

    Formed in 1978, they released plenty of hits in their three-decade existence, most notably the chart-topping 'Red Red Wine' and 'I Can't Help Falling in Love'. Being the closest to the classic lineup that the band's many reunions has seen in recent times, they're fronted by original vocalist Ali Campbell, as well as trumpet player/vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. UB40 will be backed by an 8-piece band, smashing through their greatest hits.

    Tickets are available for £43 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Best-selling Birmingham reggae/pop crossover act UB40 have announced that they're set return to Belfast on March 22 as part of their A Real Labour Of Love 40th Anniversary Tour.

    Formed in 1978, they released plenty of hits in their three-decade existence, most notably the chart-topping 'Red Red Wine' and 'I Can't Help Falling in Love'. Being the closest to the classic lineup that the band's many reunions has seen in recent times, they're fronted by original vocalist Ali Campbell, as well as trumpet player/vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. UB40 will be backed by an 8-piece band, smashing through their greatest hits.

    Tickets are available for £43 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Rotten Sound w/Scimitar & THVS

    The Palm House

    Belfast

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    Finnish grindcore quartet Rotten Sound play Belfast's Palm House at 1 Bankmore Square on March 22.

    Formed in 1993, they've released eight albums and remain one of the most intense bands on the Scandinavian death metal & grindcore scene. Stream Exit

    Supporting are thrash outfit Scimitar and sludgy, riffy trio THVS - check out their Plague Widows EP.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced £22. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Best-selling Birmingham reggae/pop crossover act UB40 have announced that they're set return to Dublin on March 23 as part of their A Real Labour Of Love 40th Anniversary Tour.

    Formed in 1978, they released plenty of hits in their three-decade existence, most notably the chart-topping 'Red Red Wine' and 'I Can't Help Falling in Love'. Being the closest to the classic lineup that the band's many reunions has seen in recent times, they're fronted by original vocalist Ali Campbell, as well as trumpet player/vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. UB40 will be backed by an 8-piece band, smashing through their greatest hits.

    Tickets are available for €49.50 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Blue Planet II: Live In Concert

    SSE

    Belfast

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    The gargantuan success of Blue Planet II has led to another Attenborough live in concert series, bringing a full symphony orchestra performance of music by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming to Belfast's SSE Arena on March 23.

    The concert will present a selection of visuals from the television series, highlighting some wonders on a 200 metres squared 4K ultra HD LED screen, accompanied by a music score by Bleeding Fingers Music. Check out the trailer.

    Tickets, priced from £38-£65, are available from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Sharon Van Etten

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following the release of new LP Remind Me Tomorrow on Jagjaguwar, Sharon Van Etten plays March 23.

    She's had a wild year, appearing on Twin Peaks & the OA, scoring Katherine Dieckmann's Strange Weather, and her new album follows the hugely acclaimed 2014 album Are We There. Check out 'Comeback Girl'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced . Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Nao

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following the release of her second album, Saturn, R&B artist Nao plays Vicar Street on March 24.

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2019

    The Internet

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising Burbank five piece The Internet play the Olympia on March 26, supporting the release of new album Hive Mind.

    The album was written & produced by the band, following up on their acclaimed third album Ego Death - check out 'Roll (Burbank Funk)', blending funk, soul, R&B, pop and hip-hop like they so effortlessly do in their role as the hottest prospects in urban contemporary music.

    Tickets cost €29.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    27
    Mar
    2019

    John Grant

    University Concert Hall

    Limerick

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    Art-pop & nu-disco master John Grant performs at Limerick University Concert Hall on March 27 following his excellent latest album, Love Is Magic, just the next in line in a string of acclaimed, enchanting records.

    Evolving with even more of the fizzing synths he's been incorporating, the new album was a collaborative effort with analogue synth expert Benge. Check out the video for the title track, 'Love Is Magic'.

    Tickets cost €35 from UCH. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    John Grant

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Art-pop & nu-disco master John Grant plays the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on March 31, following his excellent latest album, Love Is Magic, just the next in line in a string of enchanting acclaimed records.

    Evolving with even more of the fizzing synths he's been incorporating, the new album was a collaborative effort with analogue synth expert Benge. Check out the video for the title track, 'Love Is Magic'.

    Tickets cost €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    01
    Apr
    2019

    Idles w/Crows

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Truly one of the most important bands of the moment, Bristol-based punk quintet Idles are set to play their first Belfast date at the Empire on April 1.

    Their 2017 album Brutalism finished high on many year-end lists, and its follow-up Joy As An Act of Resistance even moreso. Tackling toxic masculinity and issues of social conscience, it's an incredible album - here's 'Colossus'.

    Support comes from Crows.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    The Waterfront

    Belfast

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    Ireland's adopted son David Gray is set to play Belfast's Waterfront on April 2 in the first of three dates supporting his latest album, Gold In A Brass Age.

    Out in March, it's his first album in four years and explored electronic textures & more atmospheric techniques. The multi-platinum White Ladder remains Ireland's best-selling album of all time. Check out new single 'The Sapling'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    Idles w/Crows

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Truly one of the most important bands of the moment, Bristol-based punk quintet Idles are set to return to Dublin in what will be a sellout show at Vicar Street on April 2.

    Their 2017 album Brutalism finished high on many year-end lists, and its follow-up Joy As An Act of Resistance even moreso. Tackling toxic masculinity and issues of social conscience, it's an incredible album - here's 'Colossus'.

    Support comes from Crows.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

     

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    Royal Theatre

    Castlebar

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    Ireland's adopted son David Gray is set to play the Royal Theatre Castlebar on April 4 supporting his latest album, Gold In A Brass Age.

    Out in March, it's his first album in four years and explored electronic textures & more atmospheric techniques. The multi-platinum White Ladder remains Ireland's best-selling album of all time. Check out new single 'The Sapling'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Ireland's adopted son David Gray is set to play the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on April 5 supporting his latest album, Gold In A Brass Age.

    Out in March, it's his first album in four years and explored electronic textures & more atmospheric techniques. The multi-platinum White Ladder remains Ireland's best-selling album of all time. Check out new single 'The Sapling'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019
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    12
    Apr
    2019

    The Specials

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The greatest ska band of them all, The Specials, play the Olympia on April 11 & 12.

    Reuniting in 2009, they've been back for a decade now, selling out & garnering acclaim at every turn, the seven-piece Coventry outfit combined the disaffection of punk with reggae in the cultural melting pot of their 70s environ. They were over within two years, but left 'Ghost Town' as a swan song. This is a must-see.

    Tickets cost €55.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    All Tvvins w/Sorcha Richardson

    The National Stadium

    Dublin

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, play Dublin's National Stadium on April 13.

    Formed of former members of Dublin underground heroes Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair have taken their chops very much into the mainstream, getting tracks on Fifa & PES, getting their debut album IIVV up to no. 2 on the Irish charts and gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination to boot. Check out 'Infinite Swim' taken from their second album, Just To Exist.

    Support comes from Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson.

    Tickets cost €27 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019
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    18
    Apr
    2019

    Dropkick Murphys

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Boston Irish folk-punks Dropkick Murphys make a return to Dublin on April 17 & 18.

    Now in their third decade together, they've released new album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, singing about the messy, bipolar world in which we live. 

    Tickets cost €32.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Celebrating his four decades in music, Joe Jackson plays a pair of Irish dates, starting with the Cork Opera House on April 23.

    His twentieth album, Fool accompanies this fourth decade, made in the immediate aftermath of a tour. Beloved for his idiosyncratic voice & diverse, shapeshifting Warren Zevon/Randy Newmanesque ability - listen to new single 'Fabulously Absolute', which brings in some surprisingly angular guitar. And then listen to 'Steppin' Out'.

    Tickets cost €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
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    25
    Apr
    2019

    Limmy's: Surprisingly Down to Earth and Very Funny

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    One of the most brilliant, surreal minds in comedy today Limmy, makes a journey over to launch his autobiography at The MAC on April 24 & 25.

    Following on from his Daft Wee Stories and That's Your Lot short story collections, this night will feature a night of anecdotes & chit-chat, as he introduces his first work of non-fiction, Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny . It will feature the "true stories of how this permanent tripper ended up on the telly", including an audience Q&A and book signing.

    Tickets cost £16-£18 from The MAC. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Celebrating his four decades in music, Joe Jackson plays a pair of Irish dates, the latter at the Olympia on April 24.

    His twentieth album, Fool accompanies this fourth decade, made in the immediate aftermath of a tour. Beloved for his idiosyncratic voice & diverse, shapeshifting Warren Zevon/Randy Newmanesque ability - listen to new single 'Fabulously Absolute', which brings in some surprisingly angular guitar. And then listen to 'Steppin' Out'.

    Tickets cost €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a pair of shows. He's set to bring his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour to the Ulster Hall on April 25.

    The poet, cultural commentator, movie star, comedian & rock star has had his imprint on everything from early post-punk to modern pop, with the Arctic Monkeys turning his 'I Wanna Be Yours' into a hit on A:M. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets are priced from £28.50 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Idaho indie rock heroes and TTA favourites Built To Spill will make their long-awaited return to Dublin next year.

    Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Doug Martsch-fronted band’s fourth studio album, Keep It Like a Secret, the band will play Workman’s Club on Sunday, April 28th. The band last played Dublin back in 2010. Revisit our Monday Mixtape with Doug Martsch here.

    Tickets for the show are priced at €21, available from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Richard Ashcroft

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on April 29 in support of his latest album, Natural Rebel.

    This will be the fifth solo record for the Ivor Novello winner, each of whom's previous albums have reached top 3 chart positions. Watch the video for recent single 'Surprised By The Joy'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    It Takes A Village

    Trabolgan

    East Cork

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    Effortlessly one of Ireland's best, and most unique festivals, It Takes A Village runs for its second edition at East Cork's Trabolgan family resort over May 10-13.

    The 121 acre site will hold 3 main stages, with pop-up gigs, a swimming pool (with wave machine), 5-a-side, a golf course, arcade, go-karts, pool parties, bowling and much, much more - all organised by Ed O'Leary & Joe Kelly of The Good Room. Check out the video of 2018's edition here.

    Expect bands, DJs, wordsmiths & MCs as well as art installations and local food producers.

    Tickets are available from uTickets, priced for a variety of 3-9 person groups, with camper van options.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Manic Street Preachers w/Gwenno

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Manic Street Preachers make their return to Ireland on May 12 to play the Olympia on May 12, following the release of a 20 year Collector's Edition of their fifth album, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

    Released as a deluxe box set on cd & double vinyl/digital, it features remixes from Massive Attack, Mogwai & David Homes, with alternative artwork and everything else you'd want from the no. 1 giant that spawned their first chart-topping single, 'If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next'.

    Tickets cost €54.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and under 14s must be accompanied by adults.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Metallica w/Ghost & Bokassa

    Slane Castle

    Co. Meath

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    Continuing their Hardwired tour for their decent last album, Metallica are set to play Ireland's R'n'R HoF equivalent, headlining Slane Castle on June 8. Tickets will come with a free copy of Hardwired...To Self Destruct, for which each track was given a music video

    Supporting are metal's current anthemic it-boys Ghost - listen to 'Rats' from latest album Prequelle - and stoner punk act Bokassa - here's 'Walker Texas Ranger'.

    Tickets are priced from €89.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 2pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    The Cure

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Announced on the same day, set to take place on the same day, The Cure offer up an alternative to Slane on June 8 when they headline Malahide Castle.

    Having curated 2018's London Meltdown Festival, Robert Smith's dark, shapeshifting outfit make their long-awaited return. With an astonishing run of albums like DisintegrationPornography, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, FaithThe Head On The Door and beyond, it's a must-catch for post-punks, goths, and any husk with romantically nihilistic tendencies.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Elton John

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Elton John plays the 3Arena on June 12, 2019, as part of his gargantuan Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, after which he'll retire from road life.

    He really needs no introduction - there will be few songs in his sets even the most casual human will be unaware of. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, has sold more than 300 million records, 7 consecutive US number 1 albums, the list goes on. This tour marks 50 years of touring, and he's set to play over 300 shows across the world before astonishingly concluding in 2021. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is set to bring his current show, Larks In Transit, to Belfast after extensive touring across the world. He's set to play the SSE Arena on June 13.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Sophie Ellis Bextor

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of the most distinctive voices in British pop, Sophie Ellis-Bextor comes to Vicar Street on her Song Diaries tour.

    Accompanied with a full orchestra & band, this show will see her perform the hits, as well as songs from the canon of disco, the genre with which she's known for augmenting her pop in its breakthrough of 2001's Read My Lips. Sure listen to 'Murder On The Dancefloor'.

    Tickets cost €45 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Fleetwood Mac

    RDS Arena

    Dublin

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    Fleetwood Mac kick off a European tour with an open-air show at the RDS Arena on June 13.

    With Lindsay Buckingham having recently left, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie make up the core band, with newcomers Mike Campbell & Neil Finn rounding it out.

    Tickets are priced from €79.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    3Arena

    Dubin

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is set to bring his current show, Larks In Transit, once more back to Dublin after extensive touring. He's set to play the 3Arena on June 14.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €41.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Scala & Kolacny Brothers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Described as an 'indie rock choir', Scala & Kolacny Brothers are a unique musical proposition, and play the Olympia Theatre on June 14.

    Comprising two brothers, Steven and Stijn Kolacny alongside Scala, their all-girl choir of 15-20 singers, aged 16- 30 drawn from a pool of more than 150 singers which allows to perfectly meet the ever growing demand for concerts.

    Scala & Kolacny Brothers revisit classic rock and indie songs and reinvent them as elegiac hymns, moving from earlier solo piano accompaniment to a full band of drums, sequencers and synthesizers - here's 'Creep'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €32.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019

    Lana Del Rey

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    The voice of cinematic American pop, Lana Del Rey plays Malahide Castle on June 22 in support of fifth album Normal Fucking Rockwell - obviously an allusion to her placement in pop culture in providing some commentary on ideas of relationships & people through the filter of Americana.

    Watch the video for 10 minute single 'Venice Bitch'.

    Tickets cost €69.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Tash Sultana

    The Marquee

    Cork

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    Young Australian multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Tash Sultana plays a pair of Irish shows, the former being Live at the Marquee on July 3.

    Self-taught, she began playing at the age of 3, mastering over 15 instruments, with her Notion EP achieving a huge number of plays. Check out 'Jungle' live.

    Tickets cost €47 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019

    Tash Sultana

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Young Australian multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Tash Sultana plays a pair of Irish shows, the latter at Iveagh Gardens on July 4.

    Self-taught, she began playing at the age of 3, mastering over 15 instruments, with her Notion EP achieving a huge number of plays. Check out 'Jungle' live.

    Tickets cost €52 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Sep
    2019

    Extreme Noise Terror w/Desecration

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Down By Law bring Ipswich crustgrind pioneers Extreme Noise Terror to Belfast's Voodoo on September 27.

    The band have the distinction of being one of the earliest and most influential European grindcore bands, and were an early adopter of dual hardcore vocals. The band famously recorded a number of sessions with John Peel, and started as a crust punk band, characterising the early grindcore sound with its calling cards of fast tempos, short runtimes, political lyrics and grinding guitar scuzz. Listen to 'A Holocaust In Your Head'.

    Also playing are Welsh death metal act Desecration.

    Tickets cost £15 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
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    27
    Oct
    2019

    Philip Glass: Music in 12 Parts & Koyanaanisqatsi

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    There’s gig announcements, then there’s this. It’s been announced that Philip Glass and his ensemble will take up a special residency at Dublin’s National Concert Hall across October 26-27. The legendary American composer will perform two of his most seminal works – Music in 12 Parts and Koyaanisqatsi – as well as curate with the venue one-off events as part of this one-off weekend in the city.

    Music In 12 Parts takes place on October 26 from 6pm, whilst Koyaanisqatsi live takes place on October 27 from 8pm. Tickets for both events are available from NCH.ie. Do not miss this.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019

    a-ha

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of their Hunting High And Low tour, a-ha play a pair of Irish dates, starting at Dublin's 3Arena on October 29.

    Following their 2018 Unplugged tour, Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket & Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be following An Evening With format. The first half of the set will see new, old & some unfamiliar songs, and following an interval, they'll play their 10-track 1985 debut album Hunting High and Low album in running order for the first time since special 2010 shows. This tour celebrates the 35th anniversary of the original version of 'Take On Me', issued in 1984 to sales of just 300. After its rerecording and the iconic video everything changed, and it hit big on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €57.50.

  • Wed
    30
    Oct
    2019

    a-ha

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    As part of their Hunting High And Low tour, a-ha play a pair of Irish dates, the latter at Belfast's SSE Arena on October 30.

    Following their 2018 Unplugged tour, Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket & Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be following An Evening With format. The first half of the set will see new, old & some unfamiliar songs, and following an interval, they'll play their 10-track 1985 debut album Hunting High and Low album in running order for the first time since special 2010 shows. This tour celebrates the 35th anniversary of the original version of 'Take On Me', issued in 1984 to sales of just 300. After its rerecording and the iconic video everything changed, and it hit big on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £49.

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019

    James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    One of the comedy world's brightest talents, the self-deprecating James Acaster, plays a 3-night stint at Whelan's from November 7-9.

    Earlier in 2018, Netflix commissioned a set of four specials called Repertoire, and this current tour will be titled Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, for the alleged following reason: 

    "One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bitof it and it wasn't very nice so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin and then later on I ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because I was drunk and it was absolutely delicious. It was 4am. I then changed the name of a WhatsApp I was a part of to COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 because I had been thinking a lot about how 1999 was the best year of my life and also about how much I hate myself sometimes. The next day I was asked to name my new show."

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced €21.50. Doors open at 8pm.

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