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  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    Father John Misty

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter and major onstage persona Father John Misty makes his return to Ireland after the release of his mammoth Pure Comedy LP of 2017, when he plays Vicar Street on May 28.

    Having released many albums under his real name of Joshua Tillman and spending some time in Fleet Foxes, his real breakthrough was his second album under the Father John Misty moniker, I Love You, Honeybear. 2017 saw the development of the cynical cultural commentary of FJM in the lengthy musings of Pure Comedywhich headed in a more Elton John by-way-of '70s Laurel Canyon direction.

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

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    Broken Social Scene

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Canadian indie rock outfit Broken Social Scene play their first Dublin show in over a decade on May 28, when they stop off at the Tivoli.

    Containing experimental, noisy & baroque pop elements, the band fall under a post-rock ideology, breaking through in a major way with the wonderfully heartfelt You Forgot It in People, which featured a massively extended lineup in addition to the band's core members. The band returned last year with fifth album Hug of Thunder. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketbooth, priced €28. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    An Evening With Amanda Palmer

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer is set to play the National Concert Hall on May 28.

    Expect music from across her rich back catalogue, new material, performing on piano & ukulele.

    Supporting is Andrew O'Neill.

    Tickets, priced from €25-€30, are available from NCH.ie.

  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018

    WoW: Alison Spittle, Dowry & Aoife Carton

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The next edition of Women on Wednesdays at Whelan's takes place on May 30, with another three wonderful performers spanning spoken word, poetry and music.

    Performing are Dublin country-folk singer-songwriter Aoife Carton, Éna Brennan, aka Dowry and comedian Alison Spittle.

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

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
    Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    Open Ear 2018

    Sherkin Island

    Cork

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    Open Ear have announced the first wave of acts for a sensational looking 2018 edition. Taking place from 31 May to 3 June, the festival is ringing its third year on the picturesque Sherkin Island with a stellar line-up of acts, from esteemed Avant-Garde composers Roger Doyle and Áine O’Dwyer to experimental techno producers Lakker and The Cyclist

    Other live sets will come from the likes of CreviceVicky Langan, Autumns, From The Bogs Of Aughiska and  Somadrone while DJ sets will come from festival regulars and key players in the Irish electronic music community, Barry Major Problems, Breen, Byron, Davy Kehoe and more.

    One of the most unique and diverse festivals in Ireland, Open Ear is not one to be missed. From avant-garde sound design and ambient music to experimental dance music and groovy electronics, it is a festival that champions the best of the best in the Irish undergrowth. Such an occasion held in a place like this is going to make for countless memories. ‘Mon we go?

    Tickets are available here, priced at €165 for the weekend, with separate performances necessitating different tickets.

     

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    AVA Festival & Conference 2018

    S13 Warehouse

    Belfast

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    For its fourth edition, the AVA Festival & Conference returns to Belfast on the first weekend of June, this year at S13 on the Boucher Road - formerly the B&Q.

    The Audio Visual Arts event is an unmissable night of the European festival calendar, broadcast live through partners Boiler Room online with this year featuring the addition of a fourth stage. The conference taking place on June 1, and the nights of both June 1&2 will see the S13 complex transformed into a world of electronic music and vibes.

    Tickets are on sale now and go up to £75 - buy early for lower priced ones from AVA

     

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018

    Mongrel State

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Based in Dublin, but with members from Italy, Spain, Argentina and Ireland, Mongrel State headline the Empire on June 1 in support of the release of debut album Mestizo. Watch the video for 'How Many More Times'.

    Admission is free and doors open at 10.30pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018

    Smörgasbord: Unyielding Love, Nomadic Rituals, No Great Loss & On Parole

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part of the 4 night Smorgasbord run of shows, Voodoo hosts, on June 1, experimental blackened noise-grind outfit Unyielding Love. They're objectively one of Belfast's finest live bands, regardless of genre - listen to their debut album, The Sweat of Augury.

    Support comes from bowel-crushing sludge-doom trio Nomadic Rituals - listen to second album Marking The Day - as well as beatdown hardcore act No Great Loss and stoner rockers On Parole.

    Tickets are priced £15 for all 4 events, or £5 for one. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    Mon
    04
    Jun
    2018

    Forbidden Fruit Festival 2018

    Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    The June Bank Holiday weekend returns, and with it comes Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival from June 2-4. Amongst the excellent announcements are Monday headliners, mellowed-out stadium-fillers The War On Drugs, following the release of their latest album, A Deeper Understanding.

    Sharing the bill on the bank holiday are Grizzly Bear - just off the back of 2 tremendously well-received dates at Vicar Street - Warpaint, JusticeVince StaplesBonoboRichie HawtinGlass AnimalsFour TetThundercatSpoon, RHYEUnknown Mortal Orchestral and Superorganism.

    Across the weekend also features BicepBen UFORoss From FriendsAE MakR. KittMike DDenis SultaHuneeIbibio Sound MachineWillaris K and DJ Deece.

    Tickets for 1, 2 & 3 days are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €64.50, €109 & €162.50 respectively.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    Microdisney

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Cork cult alternative rock heroes Microdisney are to get back together after 30 years to perform their seminal album, The Clock Comes Down the Stairs and more, at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on June 2, 2018.

    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 reunited band will also feature Jon Fell and Tom Fenner for the NCH show.

    Tickets are priced €38, €34 and €29.50 from NCH.ie.

    In other Microdisney news, Paul McDermott has just unveiled a 60-minute radio documentary on the seminal Cork band titled Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove. Featuring contributions from Coughlan and O’Hagan, Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens, Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis and more, you can stream that in full here.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    Monster Magnet

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Monster Magnet are set to play the Limelight 2 on June 2 in their first time in Ireland in several years.

    The heavy stoner rockers come from New Jersey, formed in 1989, and have remained one of the genres stalwarts since the mid-to-late '90s. Watch the video for 'Space Lord'.

    Tickets cost £22 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    An Exhibition With Electric Octopus

    Artcetera Studio

    Belfast

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    Following their recent series of sold-out 'An Evening With' nights with Rab McCullough and others, funk, psych, blues (and more) jam band Electric Octopus host a more ambitious night again - An Exhibition With, at Artcetera Studios on June 2. Nine local artists will showcase their wares, exhibiting or working on live pieces inspired by the music, accompanied by the band.

    Listen to their excellent 35-minute, 3-track Smokyhead.

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

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    Monster Magnet

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Monster Magnet are set to play the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin on June 3 in the latter of their first two dates in Ireland in several years.

    The heavy stoner rockers come from New Jersey, formed in 1989, and have remained one of the genres stalwarts since the mid-to-late '90s. Watch the video for 'Space Lord'.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    LCD Soundsystem, Lykke Li & Shit Robot

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Following all the rumours, LCD Soundsystem are set to return to Dublin to play Malahide Castle on June 5, marking the first of a series of gigs at the beautiful landmark.

    Having played an acclaimed residency at Olympia Theatre in September, James Murphy and co. released their critically-acclaimed fourth studio album American Dream earlier in 2017 - listen to one of the testaments to their enduring greatness, 'Someone Great'.

    Tickets are priced €69.50, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    Conversations With Nick Cave

    Abbey Theatre

    Dublin

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    On the night prior to his sold out Kilmainham Royal Hospital show with Patti Smith, Nick Cave will be in conversation at Dublin's Abbey Theatre.

    About the idea, Cave is typically cryptic:
    “To be honest I am not sure what is going to happen at these events. I have always loved the Q&A format - not the formal onstage interviews that precede them but the questions from the audience afterwards. The audience tends to ask more challenging, revealing, playful and ultimately serious questions. You never know what you are going to get. They can be fearless and they can go deep. There has been a connection happening with the audience through the recent live shows where we have all shown a kind of willingness to open up and I thought that a direct conversation with the audience might be valuable. The more frank and intimate the questions, the more interesting the evening will be. The audience can ask me anything and I’ll do my best to answer. I do have some things to say. I can always play some songs at the piano if it all goes horribly wrong. But, I don’t know, I’ve got a good feeling about this one.”

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds w/Patti Smith

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    In what's in no uncertain terms the finest outdoor show Ireland will probably see in 2018, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play their first date on the isle in over a decade at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Wednesday, June 6.

    This follows a select few UK dates that managed to previously avoid us, in support of his latest album, the universally acclaimed Skeleton Tree. It was accompanied with a deeply moving documentary film, One More Time With Feeling, created to promote the album without having to talk about the tragic circumstances surrounding it.

    That The Bad Sees are on the bill is triumph enough, but they'll be accompanied by art-punk pioneer Patti Smith, whose debut album, Horses, remains one of the most righteous and enduring battle cries of counterculture to this day.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, and are priced at €69.50. Gates open at 5pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018

    Ty Segall w/Mike Donovan

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Ty Segall's tenth full-length album, Freedom's Goblin has just been released, and accompanying it are a run of European shows, including Dublin's Tivoli Theatre on June 6.

    The Californian is one of music's most prolific creators, and the latest album is one of his most unrestrained, touching on his usual garage & psych forays, as well as a cover of Hot Chocolate's 'Every 1's A Winner'. Produced by Steve Albini, it's a Big Rock Album.

    Tickets cost €25, available from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Jun
    2018

    Mules & Men 'Procrastination Blues' Launch

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Dublin-based bluegrass string band Mules & Men launch their debut single 'Procrastination Blues' on June 7 with a performance at the Sunflower Bar. Featuring three songwriters and four-part harmony, the act, as well as by classic folk & bluegrass, are influenced by experimental & psychedelic approaches.

  • Thu
    07
    Jun
    2018

    Bokotono, Aerialist & more

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    Instrumental outfit Bokotono Fred Zeppelin's on June 7.

    Support comes from mathy post-rockers Aerialist from Cork - you can check them out on Bandcamp. More support to be announced.

    Admission costs just €5. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018

    PIPS Fundraiser: Buí, Joel Harkin, Mark Loughrey & Joe McKeown

    Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    In support of local suicide & self-harm prevention charity PIPS, young indie rock outfit Buí have organised a summer shindig on June 8 at the Sunflower Bar. Listen to their debut album Eugene.

    Support comes from Derry verb-soaked singer-songwriter Joel Harkin, Berlin-based artist Mark Loughrey - listen to his debut album Treppenwitz - and Joe McKeown.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Gorillaz w/De La Soul, Little Simz & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Further to the rumours, an absolutely unmissible live proposition has been confirmed at Malahide Castle. Damon Albarn's collaborative audio-visual band alongside comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz are set to play on June 9.

    Formed in 1998 by the pair, they've had a huge number of musical collaborators, with Albarn the only constant as they've plumbed the depths of alt. rock, trip-hop, alt. hip-hop, electronic, dub, soul, dance-rock and pop, having been called all of the aforementioned at some stage or another throughout their five album span. Their latest, Humanz, came out earlier in 2017, and these look to be the first dates they band have played since their Plastic Beach run that saw them headline Glastonbury in one of the most uniquely memorable sets in its history, with guests including Snoop Dogg & Lou Reed.

    Initially envisaged as a comment on the banality and vacuous nature of MTV, their performances are projected performances of the band's animated members in the style of cartoonist Hewlett's style, known for the likes of Tank Girl. Watch the video for 'Garage Palace'.

    Tickets are priced at €79.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Giant Sand play Valley of Rain

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    It's been 35 years since the release of idiosyncratic alt. country outfit band Giant Sand recorded their debut album Valley of Rain, but they're set to return to Whelan's to play it in its entirety on June 9.

    Formed in Tucson, Arizona, Valley of Rain was released in 1985, fronted by guitarist Howe Gelb, with members of The Dream Syndicate, his wife Paula Gene Brown of The Go-Go's and Jonathan Richman's sideman Tom Larkins. For a long time, the band featured Joey Burns of Calexico before reinventing the band again with Danish players. They've collaborated with the likes of PJ Harvey, Isobel Campbell, Victoria Williams and plenty more. Here's the title track.

    Tickets cost €25 available from Ticketmaster and WAV.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Growing Pains - 15 Years of Out On A Limb

    Dolan's Pub

    Limerick

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    Limerick independent label Out On A Limb Records holds their fifteenth anniversary celebration at Dolan's on Saturday, June 9. 

    They've put out some some of the most essential records Ireland's indie scene has seen, and the show has the enviable lineup of emo outfit Fluffy Coke, Dublin indie post-hardcore act Jogging, ethereal drone-folk auteur Katie Kim, MunNome KingNaive Ted, kraut-drone voyagers Percolator, Proper Micro NVSeabeastsShardborne, anthemic post-punks Slow Riot, Spook of the 13th Lock, indie rockers WindingsMankyy presents Jonen DekayAswellGavin DaVinci.

    Tickets cost €10, and things will kick off around 4pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Bokotono, Aerialist & more

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Instrumental outfit Bokotono headline upstairs at the Roisin Dubh on June 9. 

    Support comes from mathy post-rockers Aerialist from Cork. You can check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs just €5.

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Rolo Tomassi

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Sheffield mathcore act Rolo Tomassi play the Empire for Shizznigh Promotions on June 10.

    The D.I.Y. act have dabbled in numerous genres in their decade together, incorporating jazz, math-rock, screamo, experimental, even grindcore and prog, with frontwoman Eva Spence's vocal style manically drifting between melodic, pop-tinged shoegaze and screamo. 

    Check out the video for 'Opalescent', from their 2015 album, Grievances.

    Tickets cost £14 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    11
    Jun
    2018

    Kraftwerk

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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    Following hugely successful worldwide concert tours, German electronic legends Kraftwerk will bring their career-encompassing 3-D show to Cork's Live At The Marquee series on June 11.

    Bringing together music and performance art, the concerts are a true “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art.” Formed in 1969 in Düsseldorf by Ralf Hütter & Florian Schneider, releasing experimental rock in the early 70s as part of the krautrock scene before fully embracing electronics & achieving huge commercial success with AutobahnTrans-Europe Express and The Man-MachineTheir image has always been key to the band's identity, and this 3D tour is the logical step for them in the 21st century.

    Tickets are priced from €86 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    11
    Jun
    2018

    Rolo Tomassi

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    Sheffield mathcore act Rolo Tomassi play downstairs at Fibber Magee's on June 11.

    The D.I.Y. act have dabbled in numerous genres in their decade together, incorporating jazz, math-rock, screamo, experimental, even grindcore and prog, with frontwoman Eva Spence's vocal style manically drifting between melodic, pop-tinged shoegaze and screamo. 

    Check out the video for 'Opalescent', from their 2015 album, Grievances.

    Tickets cost €16.50 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
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    13
    Jun
    2018

    Haim

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the venue back in 2014, Los Angeles trio HAIM will play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on June 12 & 13 - with the latter added due to demand.

    An award-winning live outfit, this comes as part of their Sister Sister Sister tour in support of their latest album, Something To Tell You. Watch the video for 'Night So Long (Live At The Greek)'.

    Tickets for the shows are available from Ticketmaster

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018

    Doug Stanhope

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    One of the world's most gifted & natural comedians' comedians' comedians, Doug Stanhope makes his first trip to Ireland in several years, playing the Olympia Theatre on June 14.

    Injecting misanthropy and a blackly human throughline in an otherwise cynical, confrontational act, Stanhope has won countless awards and courted controversy like Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison & Richard Pryor before him. Here's one of his finest bits: 'Remember When I Used To Give A Shit'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €40.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
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    16
    Jun
    2018

    The National

    Donnybrook Stadium

    Dublin

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    Following their first Irish number 1 album and two sold-out Vicar Street shows, The National play two massive dates at Donnybrook Stadium on June 15 & 16.

    The indie rock band from Cincinnati, formed in 1999 breaking through in a big way from fourth album, Boxer and everything afterwards. Check out the video for recent single 'The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness' from Sleep Well Beast. Full lineups for the bills will be unveiled shortly.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €76 and €136 for single & two-day passes respectively.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Flight of the Conchords

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    HBO musical comedy duo Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzie, AKA Flight of the Conchords, have announced the replacement dates for their unfortunate postponement of their originally-announced first dates on these shores in 7 years due to Bret sustaining a hand injury. They play the 3Arena on June 15 & 16.

    The hit series of the same name was a surprise hit, with their debut single, half-hour show One Night Stand commissioned after a performance at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2005. Their sitcom, 2 albums, and voice & music work - notably, Bret winning an Oscar for Best Original Song in the Muppets - has seen them individually go from strength-to-strength.  This date also promises to feature some new material. Here's 'Jenny'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at just €28. 

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Liam Gallagher w/Richard Ashcroft

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Liam Gallagher will play Dublin's Malahide Castle on Friday, June 15.

    Having just released his debut solo album As You Were, The Malahide Castle show will be Gallagher's bigger Irish headline show, having already sold out dates at The Olympia Theatre and Weston Airport this year. Watch the video for lead single 'Wall of Glass'.

    Tickets are priced €49.90 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Chic & Nile Rodgers w/Soul II Soul, Q&D

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Becoming one of the most essential live draws in recent years, funk/disco legends Chic return to Ireland, playing Belfast's Ormeau Park on June 15.

    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.

    Support comes from Soul II Soul and Q&D, with more to be confirmed.

    Tickets cost £32.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Bad Manners

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    English ska band Bad Manners play the Academy on June 15.

    Formed in Stoke Newington London in 1976, they rose to popularity in the early '80s, along with the likes of The Specials and Madness with their first four albums. They disbanded in 1985, regrouping sporadically with the third wave of ska in the mid-90s, before releasing their first single with original founding members, who met for the first time in decades. 

    Listen to 'Lip Up Fatty'.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Girls Names 'Stains on Silence' Album Launch

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based post-punk outfit Girls Names are set to launch their fourth album, Stains on Silence at the Black Box on June 15.

    This follows 2015's superb Arms Around A Vision, and the Record Store Day re-release of their early EPs. The band, Northern Irish solely by geography, almost didn't complete this album through self-doubt, ambivalence and frustration - each of which are pervading themes of the album, which is ultimately a statement of perseverance in itself. Stream & pre-order it here.

    Tickets cost £14.50 or £12 for Black Box members, and they're available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Smörgasbord: Wynona Bleach, ROE, Ember Trails & Dirty Faces

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Voodoo plays host to 4 Smörgasbord nights, throughout June. Formerly known as R51, 'gazey alt power pop quintet Wynona Bleach headline on June 15 - check out their recent single, 'Eyes Burning'.

    Support comes from hotly-tipped young Derry pop maestro ROE - watch the video for 'Wasted.Patient.Thinking.' - progressive alt rock outfit Ember Trails and Dirty Faces.

    Tickets are priced £15 for all 4 events, or £5 for one. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Liam Gallagher

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Liam Gallagher is set to play Belsonic on June 16 at Ormeau Park.

    Having just released his debut solo album As You Were, The Malahide Castle show will be Gallagher's bigger Irish headline show, having already sold out dates at The Olympia Theatre and Weston Airport this year. Watch the video for lead single 'Wall of Glass'.

    Tickets are priced £40 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Chic & Nile Rodgers w/Craig David & Soul II Soul

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Becoming one of the most essential live draws in recent years, funk/disco legends Chic return to Dublin to play Malahide Castle on June 16.

    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.

    Support comes from Craig David and Soul II Soul.

    Tickets cost €49.90.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Bad Manners

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    English ska band Bad Manners play the Limelight 1 in Belfast on June 16.

    Formed in Stoke Newington London in 1976, they rose to popularity in the early '80s, along with the likes of The Specials and Madness with their first four albums. They disbanded in 1985, regrouping sporadically with the third wave of ska in the mid-90s, before releasing their first single with original founding members, who met for the first time in decades. 

    Listen to 'Lip Up Fatty'.

    Tickets, priced at £22.50, are available from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    John Cale

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Founding member of the Velvet Underground, and the man who introduced avant-garde into rock music, John Cale's career is one of the most essential in history. He plays the National Concert Hall on June 16.

    He's recorded almost 20 studio albums, collaborated with Brian Eno & Terry Riley, soundtracked many films, and this show will include songs from the Velvet Underground, solo material, as well as the proto-minimalist songs of The Dream Syndicate - his collaboration with La Monte Young and others.

    Tickets, priced from €30-€40, are available from NCH.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Rostam

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Former Vampire Weekend producer/member Rostam plays a midnight show at Whelan's on June 16, following the release of Half-Light.

    Released at the end of last year, it's the first solo album from the songwriter who has won Grammys and worked as a producer or songwriter on the likes of Frank Ocean's Blonde, Solange's A Seat At The Table and a collaborative album with Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    The Bonnevilles

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Lurgan whiskey-loving garage-punk-blues duo The Bonnevilles play upstairs at Whelan's on June 16.

    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.

    Tickets are available for €14 from WAV Tickets, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Crywank, Jordaan Mason & Oscar jennings

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    DIY bedroom sadcore journeyman Crywank plays Derry's Nerve Centre on June 16 in his second run of Irish dates this year.  Crywank's blackly comical razor-sharp anti-folk has led to wealth of prolificacy over the years - check some out.

    Also playing is Toronto's Jordaan Masonwhose dark, searching bedroom Americana is perfectly set to soundtrack a meltdown - listen to Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My HeadHis latest album, Earth To Ursa Major, is out now.

    Opening the show is Derry-based young singer-songwriter Oscar Jennings - check him out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are priced £6 from the Nerve Centre or on the door. The event runs from 7-10pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    Future Islands

    Donnybrook Stadium

    Dublin

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    Baltimore retro synth-pop trio Future Islands return to Ireland to play their biggest headline show here to date on June 17 at Donnybrook Stadium.

    Breaking in 2014 with their fourth album, Singles, their fifth album, The Far Field, came out in 2017. Watch their now-legendary breakthrough performance of 'Seasons' on Letterman, in which frontman Samuel T. Herring captured the hearts of a nation.

    Tickets, priced €63, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    Chic & Nile Rodgers

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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    Becoming one of the most essential live draws in recent years, funk/disco legends Chic return to Ireland in June, playing Cork Live at the Marquee on the 17th.

    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.

    Tickets cost €65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    C.W. Stoneking

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist & banjo player, and gives a rare live solo performance at the Black Box for Strange Victory on June 17.

    Hiding out since his last full band performances and set at the career-sharping Newport Folk Festival, he's currently preparing material for his first LP since ARIA Award-winning Gon' Boogaloo.

    Tickets, priced at £13.50, are available from the Black Box. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Mon
    18
    Jun
    2018

    C.W. Stoneking

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist & banjo player, and gives a rare live solo performance at The Grand Social on June 18.

    Hiding out since his last full band performances and set at the career-sharping Newport Folk Festival, he's currently preparing material for his first LP since ARIA Award-winning Gon' Boogaloo.

    Tickets, priced at €20, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018
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    24
    Jun
    2018

    Craw: An Alternative Irish Music & Arts Festival

    Neukölln

    Berlin

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    Taking place on 7 stages throughout the creative sector of Berlin's Neukölln district, a new festival called Craw aims to build a cultural bridge between our nations, exporting elements of the Irish music & arts community to the German capital from June 22-24.

    The narrative begins on Friday afternoon with a street performance, led through the Craw exhibition of installations, pop-up performances, programmed theatre, film & concerts. Artists performing include Damien DempseyCandice GordonNina HynesTAUDee MulrooneyRichie HeffernanLAIRDave HeddermanA.S. FanningT.B. ArthurElizabeth Rushe, John Connors, Yvonne McGuinness, Sculptress, Angus Massey, Visceral, Eric Eckhart, Eva Garland, Chris Kelly, Dervla Berlin, Christopher Colm Morrin, Louis Brennan, LAIR, Cian O'Maonlaoi, You're only Massive, Steppenkind, Mary Kelly, Visceral, Blackened Trees, Liam Ryan, Turlach O'Broin, Craig Teatime, Gar Cox, David Turpin, Mein Haus, Pearly, Alice Dean.

     

    Taking in the quintessential aspects of Irish culture, there'll be lock-ins, Sunday brunch, wake & confessional box, as well as spoken word, cinema & dance.

    The festival is completely free, aside from limited tickets for Damien Dempsey, and theatre, film & John Connors Q+A. 

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018

    Girls Names 'Stains on Silence' Album Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Belfast-based post-punk outfit Girls Names play Whelan's on June 23, following the launch of their fourth album, Stains on Silence.

    This follows 2015's superb Arms Around A Vision, and the Record Store Day re-release of their early EPs. The band, Northern Irish solely by geography, almost didn't complete this album through self-doubt, ambivalence and frustration - each of which are pervading themes of the album, which is ultimately a statement of perseverance in itself. Stream & pre-order it here.

    Tickets are available from TicketmasterWAV Tickets priced €15.

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018

    Paper/Boy & Oh Boland w/Atticus & Happy Out - Under 18s Show

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    The Nerve Centre is treated to a garage masterclass on June 23 when Tuam garage rockers Oh Boland share headlining duties with young Derry indie rockers Paper/Boy in an under 18s co-headline show.

    Listen to Oh Boland's debut album Spilt Milk ahead of the release of their follow-up - and 'Guerrilla Therapy' from Paper/Boy.

    Opening the night are Dublin indie rockers Atticus and Donegal post-rock outfit Happy Out.

    Tickets are available for £7.50 online, or £9 on the night. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Royal Theatre

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    One of the original outlaw country legends himself, Kris Kristofferson, plays Castlebar Royal Theatre on June 24.

    The country music hall of famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot, Grammy-winner, and iconic career screw-up. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

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

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    Mon
    25
    Jun
    2018

    A Day In May

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

    Playwright Colin Murphy's drama-documentary, A Day In May gets its world premiere opening at the Olympia Theatre on June 24 & 25.

    Based on the book of the same name, it's inspired by the 'Yes Equality' campaign, and the stories of those affected by the referendeum result, and those living in the shadow of inequality & oppression throughout their lives.

    Tickets are priced from €25.50 from Ticketmaster, with doors opening at 6.30pm. All profits from the show go to Pieta House.

  • Mon
    25
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Millennium Forum

    Derry

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    One of the original outlaw country legends himself, Kris Kristofferson, plays the Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry on June 25.

    The country music hall of famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot, Grammy-winner, and iconic career screw-up. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

    Tickets are available from the Forum.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    Roger Waters

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Pink Floyd bassist & songwriter Roger Waters brings his Us & Them tour to Dublin's 3Arena on June 26.

    The show will see Waters perform songs from Floyd favourites Dark Side of the MoonThe WallAnimalsWish You Were Here and much from his successful solo career and beyond.

    Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    One of the original outlaw country legends himself, Kris Kristofferson, plays the Waterfront Hall on June 26.

    The country music hall of famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot, Grammy-winner, and iconic career screw-up. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

    Tickets are available from The Waterfront.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    The Killers & Franz Ferdinand

    RDS

    Dublin

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    Early-to-mid noughties NME nostalgists, rejoice: it’s been announced that the Killers and Franz Ferdinand will team up with for an open-air show at Dublin’s RDS on June 26. 

    While we have you, here’s Jonny Currie’s verdict on the new Franz Ferdinand album, Always Ascending. Remember ‘Michael’? Feels like a lifetime ago, man.

    Tickets are priced €69.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    27
    Jun
    2018
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    Jul
    2018

    Celtronic 2018

    Various Venues

    Derry

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    Ireland's leading electronic music festival returns for its eighteenth year across Derry. Celtronic runs from June 27-July 1, featuring concerts, film screenings, workshops, seminars, recording projects and more.

    Headlining musical proceedings is the iconic veteran Roman FlügelSteve BugGerd Janson closes events, techno artist DVS1, noisician Paula TempleAvalon Emerson. Local names include OR:LAThe CyclistRyan VailDarren Allen. One of the highlights is sure to be the premiere of new music from Phil Kieran and three local musicians, recorded at Celtronic Studios and performed by the Ulster Orchestra.

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    One of the original outlaw country legends himself, Kris Kristofferson, plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on June 28, having released 30 studio albums.

    The country music hall of famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot, Grammy-winner, and iconic career screw-up. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

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

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    Michael Hurley

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    One of the key Greenwich folk singers from the 60s & 70s, and a true outsider folk artist, Michael Hurley plays a rare Irish date at the Grand Social on June 28.

    Joining the beatniks in NYC Greenwich village, he's went on to become a cult crossover figure for indie rockers, Americana fans, hippies and freak folkers, finding new ears as decades go on. Devendra Banhart has recorded Hurley on his label, with more recent releases from Missippi Records. Listen to 'Be Kind To Me'.

    Supporting are Dublin's The Oxo Boys. Check them out live in the Cobblestone

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

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Live Free #6: Bailer, No Great Loss, Worn Out & Axecatcher

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    The sixth, heavier-leaning Live Free Dublin show takes place on June 29, headlined by Cork metalcore quartet Bailer - check their Bandcamp.

    Belfast beatdown quintet No Great Loss, Cork's Worn Out and Limavady hardcore trio Axecatcher share the bill.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Joshua Burnside EP Launch

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Indie-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside - whose debut album Ephrata won the NI Music Prize - launches his new EP, All Around The Light Said at Belfast's Empire Music Hall on June 29.

    Tickets, priced £7, are available from Ticketmaster and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Petty Youth, Bloody Apes & Horse Tablet

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Bar Sub holds a garage-rooted night on June 29, headed by glammy rock 'n rollers Petty Youth - listen to 'You Make Me Feel Good'.

    Supporting are psychy space-rock riffers Bloody Apes and psychedelic shoegaze pop trio Horse Tablet.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Bullitt Presents: Zaltan

    Bullitt Courtyard

    Belfast

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    Quentin Vandewalle, aka Zaltan, runner of Parisian label Antinote, performs a free show at the Bullitt Hotel Courtyard on June 29.

    The wide-ranging label covers tropicalia, synth-pop, lost tapes and some fine modern electronic music. Expect a playful DJ set with numbers picked up from years of second-hand record crate digging, from low-key Italo to Caribbean bangers.

    Supporting is Group Zero in a B2B set with Belfast label Touch Sensitive, as well as Bullitt's resident Jonny Carberry.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    Our Back Yard 2018

    67 Plantation Road

    Craigavon

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    This year's Our Back Yard festival takes place on June 30 at 67 Plantation Road in the Armagh countryside. Headlining are a band who've had an incredibly successful year thus far, Hunkpapa. Watch the video for recent single 'Baba'.

    Sharing the bill are indie-garage act Petty Youth - here's 'Do You Wanna Be In My Gang?', indie-pop threesome Beauty Sleep - listen to 'The Dark' - Anna's Number, good-time Armagh outfit The Twisted Sisters, ska/reggae soul act Boss Sound Manifesto and The Vals.

    Tickets, priced at £22.15, are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at noon.

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    Pizza Pizza Records: Robocobra Quartet, Percolator & Strength NIA

    Pizza Pizza Records

    Dundalk

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    The fourth edition of Pizza Pizza Records' takes place on June 30, and is headlined by avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet. Listen to their incredible second album, Plays Hard To Get

    Cosmic voyagers Percolator support - check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' taken off Sestra, our Irish album of 2017. Opening are Strength N.I.A.

    Tickets cost €10 from the Spirit Store. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018

    Alanis Morissette

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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    Ten years on from playing Dublin’s Marlay Park as part of her Flavors of Entanglement tour, it’s been announced that Alanis Morissette will return to Ireland for two shows next year, the former at Cork's Live at the Marquee series on July 4.

    The multi-platinum selling Canadian-American musician has released eight studio albums, most recently 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. Her international 1995 debut album, Jagged Little Pill, topped the charts in in ten countries, with sales of over 33 million units worldwide, essentially equating to being the soundtrack of the mid-to-late '90s.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018

    Indie Nights: Blumehaus, SX-70, The Virtual Earth Inverters & Psychic Eyes

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Instrumnetal Belfast psych band Blumehaus headline Indie Nights at Voodoo on July 4. Check out their The Mystery Of Sleep EP ahead of their upcoming album.

    Hazy outfit SX-70 share the bill - listen to 'Sequoia' - psychedelic rock & roll outfit The Virtual Earth Inverters and Belfast fuzzy rock'n'roll duo Psychic Eyes.

    Admission costs £5, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018

    Alanis Morissette

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Ten years on from playing Dublin’s Marlay Park as part of her Flavors of Entanglement tour, it’s been announced that Alanis Morissette will return to Ireland for two shows next year, the latter at Dublin's Iveagh Gardens on July 5

    The multi-platinum selling Canadian-American musician has released eight studio albums, most recently 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. Her international 1995 debut album, Jagged Little Pill, topped the charts in in ten countries, with sales of over 33 million units worldwide, essentially equating to being the soundtrack of the mid-to-late '90s.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    Eels

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in July, 2014, Mark Oliver Everett’s Eels‘ will play Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on Friday, July 6.

    The announcement accompanies the news of the band’s first album and tour in four years. The new album, The Deconstruction, will be Eels’ twelfth studio album, out on April 6. 

    Watch the video for 'Novocaine For The Soul'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    The The

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    One of the most groundbreaking acts to emerge from the post-punk & new wave scene The The, have added a Mandela Hall date on July 6 to their growing list of reunion shows.

    Formed in 1979 from an NME advert by songwriter Matt Johnson at the age of 17, he's the only constant member of the band - which at various points included Johnny Marr, Sinead O'Connor and Marc Almond. Their debut album, Soul Mining, came out in 1983, and is a bona fide synth-noir classic. Their prime run lasted as a vehicle for Johnson until 1993's Dusk, before slowing down and disbanding in 2003. Check out 'This Is The Day'.

    Tickets, priced at £39, are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018

    The The

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    One of the most groundbreaking acts to emerge from the post-punk & new wave scene The The, have followed up on their reunion dates in Britain with a Iveagh Gardens on July 7.

    Formed in 1979 from an NME advert by songwriter Matt Johnson at the age of 17, he's the only constant member of the band - which at various points included Johnny Marr, Sinead O'Connor and Marc Almond. Their debut album, Soul Mining, came out in 1983, and is a bona fide synth-noir classic. Their prime run lasted as a vehicle for Johnson until 1993's Dusk, before slowing down and disbanding in 2003. Check out 'This Is The Day'.

    Tickets, priced at €55.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018

    Tune-Yards

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    In support of their new album, I can feel you creep into my private lifeTune-Yards have announced their return to Dublin this summer, three years on from playing Vicar Street. The duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner will stop off at Tivoli Theatre on July 10. 

    Read Dominic Edge’s review of I can feel you creep into my private life here, and watch the video for 'Heart Attack'.

    Tickets for the show cost €24, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018

    At The Drive-In

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In return to Vicar Street on July 10.

    Most beloved for their 2000 swansong and breakthrough album, Relationship of Command, after which they disbanded, with members going on to form The Mars Volta and others. Having briefly reunited in 2012 for a series of festival appearances, they got announced a full reunion in 2015, followed by 2017 return album, in•ter a•li•a

    Tickets, priced €47, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    11
    Jul
    2018

    Tune-Yards

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    In support of their new album, I can feel you creep into my private lifeTune-Yards have announced their return to Dublin this summer, three years on from playing Vicar Street. The duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner will stop off at Galway's Roisin Dubh on July 11.

    Read Dominic Edge’s review of I can feel you creep into my private life here, and watch the video for 'Heart Attack'.

    Tickets for the show cost €24, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

    Curfew Festival

    Voodoo & Black Box

    Belfast

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    Making its return for the first time in many years, Belfast's alternative, inclusive Twelfth of July proceeding Curfew, takes place across two of Belfast's finest small venues - The Black Box & Voodoo. The whole day is kindly run by original runner Pete Jez' Solid Choice Industries. In direct opposition of 'the other one', we don't have to pretend to enjoy the rad tunes.

    The only cultural division to be seen is in the cross-genre venue booking -Voodoo is set to host the riff-centric acts, headed by Dublin's synth-driven space-metal trio No Spill Blood, sludgy heavy rock trio Slomatics, Dublin hardcore act Destriers, space punks Wild Rocket, sludge-doom act Nomadic Rituals, Empty Lungs' Kev BonesTHVS and more, running from around 6pm-2am.

    On the indier end of the sliding scale at the Black Box is ASIWYFA man Rory Friers' Thrash HatJunk Drawer, Derry indie-punks CherymBarry PeakRory Nellis, Belfast alt. rock three piece Gnarkats, new post-punk quartet Bad Dates and more to be announced. This stage kicks off around 4pm and runs until 11.30pm.

    Tickets are available, priced at £15, from each venue, 387 on Ormeau Road, and online via Billetto.

     

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Austin post-hardcore band ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead play The Button Factory on July 12.

    Starting in the early 90s in the indie rock breeding ground of Olympia, WA before moving to Austin and putting out their eponymous debut album in 1998 on Trance, before moving to Merge to release Madonna. Their biggest success came with Source Tags & Codes in 2002, their first of three albums on Interscope Records. Their last album was released in 2014, with more looking to be on the cards. Check out 'Caterwaul'.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018

    Paul Simon w/Jackson Browne & more

    RDS

    Dublin

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    The incomparable Paul Simon has just released his latest album, Stranger To Stranger, and is to come to Dublin's 3Arena on July 13.

    This will be the penultimate announced show of his Homeward Bound Farewell Tour, having spent a massive portion of the last 50 years on the road. 

    Support comes from California scene legend Jackson Browne.

  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018

    Doyle

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein plays Voodoo on, fittingly enough, Friday 13th July.

    He'll perform with his horror metal current quartet Doyle. Tickets are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018

    Autechre

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    U:mack bring one of electronic music's most enduring experimental oufits to Dublin on July 15 when English duo Autechre perform a rare, special seated show in one of the island's finest venues, Dublin's National Concert Hall.

    Formed in 1987, their earliest work was in techno, electro & hip-hop before becoming more enveloped in experimental, complex programming, beats & production. They're widely seen as crucial to the '90s IDM movement. Their most recent release was the live NTS Sessions. Here's 'Nil'.

    Tickets, priced €35, are available from NCH.ie

  • Wed
    18
    Jul
    2018

    Action Bronson

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Queens, New York rapper Ariyan Arslani aka Action Bronson, plays Dublin's Academy on July 18.

    Active as a hip-hop artist since 2008, he's become a reality television star with his talk show The Untitled Action Bronson Show and Viceland food show Fuck, That's Delicious. His fourth album, Blue Chips 7000, came out last year - watch 'Let Me Breathe'.

    Tickets, priced at €42.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Jul
    2018

    Death In Vegas

    District 8 @ Tivoli

    Dublin

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    In support of the release of new single 'Honey', Death In Vegas have announced a show at The Tivoli's District 8 for promoters Selective Memory & Hidden Agenda on July 20.

    The electronic neo-psychedelic act formed in 1994, evolving from live rock to minimal techno and back. This single is their first release since 2016 and second collaboration with Sasha Grey. 

    Tickets, priced €27.50, are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    New Pagans, Catalan & Sister Ghost

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Belfast post-punk/alt. rock outfit New Pagans - who feature Fighting With Wire/Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin - headline the Empire on July 21. 

    Supporting is former Axis Of bassist/vocalist Ewen Friers' insurgent punk-pop outfit CATALAN and Shannon O'Neill's garage alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost - watch the video for recent single, 'The Final Grrrl'.

    Tickets cost £7 from Ticketmaster, or at the Empire. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018

    The Gaslight Anthem perform The '59 Sound

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their most acclaimed, breakthrough album The '59 SoundThe Gaslight Anthem play Vicar Street on July 23.

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

  • Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018

    Ministry w/Chelsea Wolfe

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Chicago industrial metal pioneers Ministry play the Limelight 1 on July 23.

    Founded by Al Jourgensen in 1981, they started out as a synth-pop band before mutating over the years to become industrial's totemic figures, with their late '80s-early '90s run of albums. They've this year released fourteenth album, the topical AmeriKKKant - here's 'Antifa', taken off the LP.

    Support comes from the oneiric, gothic doom-folk singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe - here's the video for '16 Psyche' from her most recent album, Hiss Spun.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018

    Ministry w/Chelsea Wolfe

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Chicago industrial metal pioneers Ministry play Dublin's Tivoli Theatre on July 24.

    Founded by Al Jourgensen in 1981, they started out as a synth-pop band before mutating over the years to become industrial's totemic figures, with their late '80s-early '90s run of albums. They've this year released fourteenth album, the topical AmeriKKKant - here's 'Antifa', taken off the LP.

    Support comes from the oneiric, gothic doom-folk singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe - here's the video for '16 Psyche' from her most recent album, Hiss Spun.

    Tickets cost €32.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018

    Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    On May 11, Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat and fellow Scot, singer and guitarist RM Hubbert will release a collaborative album, Here Lies The Boy, via Rock Action.

    The release precedes live dates from the pair, who have announced a date at Dublin’s Grand Social on July 24. Special guest on the night is Glasgow singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson.

    Tickets cost €18.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    Steve Earle & The Dukes

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    One of his generation's finest songwriters, and multi-award-winning country singer-songwriter Steve Earle returns to the Limelight 1 with The Dukes on July 25.

    With some of the biggest songs & albums in country music - Guitar TownCopperhead Road...the list goes on - his rock 'n roll edge, and knack for eclecticism in the genre has elevated him beyond his Nashville-constrained contemporaries. Listen to the Wire Season 2 closer, 'I Feel Alright'.

    Tickets cost £32.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    On May 11, Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat and fellow Scot, singer and guitarist RM Hubbert will release a collaborative album, Here Lies The Boy, via Rock Action.

    The release precedes live dates from the pair, who have announced a pair of Irish dates, with the latter at Belfast's Black Box on July 25.

    Tickets cost £13.50 from The Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018

    The Flaming Lips

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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    The Flaming Lips will play this year's Galway International Arts Festivals, live at the festival big top, on July 26.

    Co-presented by Róisín Dubh and the festival, the show will be the three-time Grammy award-winning band's only Irish date of 2018.

    Tickets are priced at €49.50 from GIAF.ie.

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018

    The Wedding Present: 'Tommy' 30th Anniversary Show

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their first singles compilation, Tommy at the Limelight 2 on July 26.

    Tommy compiles the band's first four singles, accompanying B-sides and BBC Radio 1 sessions, released in 1988, presenting a document of the band before outright debut George Best. Listen to 'This Boy Can Wait'.

    Tickets cost £17.50, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    Madness w/The Lightning Seeds

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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    Quintessential British ska-pop legends Madness play Galway's Festival Big Top on July 27.

    As well as the slice-of-life Britishness that's seen them effectively capture parts of the nation's culture and teenage working class life for decades - 'Our House', 'Baggy Trousers'. 'House of Fun' - their recent material has won accolades and acclaim, so this is one not to miss even for the casual fan.

    Tickets cost €64.95 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    Hot Cops, Ferals, Gnarkats & The Sea, Close By

    Foundry

    Belfast

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    Belfast slack indie rockers Hot Cops - check out the video for 'Dumbbo' - headline Foundry on July 27.

    Support comes from mathy indie rock act Ferals, Belfast indie rock quartet Gnarkats and The Sea, Close By.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    The Wedding Present: 'Tommy' 30th Anniversary Show

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their first singles compilation, Tommy at Whelan's on July 27.

    Tommy compiles the band's first four singles, accompanying B-sides and BBC Radio 1 sessions, released in 1988, presenting a document of the band before outright debut George Best. Listen to 'This Boy Can Wait'.

    Tickets cost €23.50, available from Wav TicketsTicketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018

    Caribou

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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    Making their only Irish appearance of the year in Galway, Caribou play the Festival Big Top on July 28 as part of the Galway International Arts Festival.

    Caribou is the project of Canadian musician & producer Dan Snaith - also known as Manitoba & Daphni - and dabbles in a broad range of genre exploration, incorporating electronica, folktronica, neo-psych, dream pop and a host of onerous sounds, leading to one of the richer catalogs in contemporary music. His four albums as Caribou include The Milk Of Human KindnessAndorraSwim and Our Love, also winning 2014's Essential Mix of the Year by Mixmag. 

    Tickets cost €49.50 from GIAF. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018

    Knockanstockan 2018

    Blessington Lakes

    Co. Wicklow

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    The first 30 acts set to play this year’s Knockanstockan have been announced.

    Set to return to Blessington Lakes in Co. Wicklow across July 28-29, the following acts – including many TTA favourites including SlouchFarah ElleYankariThe BonkSuper Silly and Paddy Hanna – make up the first line-up reveal:

    Bantum, Humans of the Sesh, ROE, JyellowL, Navá, Sim Simma Sound System, Bicurious, Akora, Chancer, The Olllam, Moon Looks On, Spudgun, Munky, Farah Elle, Deborah, Yankari, The Scratch, The Bonk, Vernon Jane, Slouch, The Hot Sprockets, Grand, Simon Bird, Ailie Blunnie, Super Silly, Wood Burning Savages, Paddy Hanna, Elaine Mai, Cúla Búla andKojaque.

    Tickets for Saturday and Sunday camping tier 2 are on sale now priced at €135.

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018

    Madness w/The Lightning Seeds

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Quintessential British ska-pop legends Madness make an appearance at the 3Arena on July 28.

    As well as the slice-of-life Britishness that's seen them effectively capture parts of the nation's culture and teenage working class life for decades - 'Our House', 'Baggy Trousers'. 'House of Fun' - their recent material has won accolades and acclaim, so this is one not to miss even for the casual fan.

    Tickets cost €48.90 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018

    Final Mandela Hall Shine: Annie Mac, Heidi, Jasper James, Space Dimension Controller & more

    Queen's University Students Union

    Belfast

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    It's an emotional thing to say, but as all good things must come to an end, Shine too must bid farewell to its longstanding hub, the Mandela Hall as it goes through a major period of re-development. Fortunately, it's going to be a QUB Students Union-wide final night, headlined by Radio 1 institution Annie Mac, who incidentally spent her early days studying at Queen's and partying & working at Shine.

    The bill is stacked, with sets by icon Heidi, Scottish party starter Jasper James, a live return for Space Dimension ControllerPhil KieranPsychatronSchmutzSwoose & CrombyMinimindsAlan Simms & Simon McDermott and John McIver, spread across Bar Sub and the Bunatee.

    Despite running its first show in Mandela as far back as 1995, things aren't over, as events continue at The Limelight, Custom House Square & Belfast's newest pop-up warehouse, The Telegraph Building.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from Shine, Ticketmaster & Resident Advisor, with a limited amount on sale at the SU, priced £20. Doors open at 9.30pm and last entry is at 12.30am.

  • Wed
    01
    Aug
    2018

    Dweezil Zappa: Choice Cuts!

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Frank Zappa's immensely talented son Dweezil comes to Vicar Street for a special Choice Cuts! show, featuring some of Frank's 'meatiest' tracks on August 1.

    For over a decade, Zappa has been playing Zappa in an attempt to deconstruct the magic of Zappa's music. He'll perform "blistering instrumental compositions spanning as many decades as time signatures, Zappa and his band will whip up doo-wop and dada accented with funk and blues then scramble back and forth through late 60’s, on through mid-70’s fan favorites, then pulsate forward into the vortex of Frank Zappa’s classical oeuvre, for a "protein enriched program designed to create new awareness of the depth and variety of my dad’s music."

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

  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018

    Iron Maiden w/Killswitch Engage

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Having played Dublin’s 3Arena back in May, heavy metal overlords Iron Maiden have announced that they will play Belfast’s SSE Arena as part of their Legacy of the Beast European Tour on August 2.

    Speaking about the tour – which kicks off in Estonia in May and concludes at London’s o2 Arena on August 10 – Maiden manager Rod Smallwood said, “For this History/Hits tour we decided to base the theme around the Legacy Of The Beast name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! I don’t want to give too much away at the moment but we’re working on a number of different stage sets, all in keeping with the Maiden tradition and we hope to give our fans a fantastic experience when they come to see this very special show.”

    Support on the night is from Killswitch Engage

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    All Together Now

    Curraghmore Estate

    County Waterford

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    The first ever All Together Now festival takes place this August bank holiday weekend at Waterford's Curraghmore Estate, and it's quite a proposition. With a diverse bill that includes music, art, theatre, comedy, spoken word an more, the top of the bill includes Fleet FoxesUnderworldRóisín MurphyMura Masa and Villagers.

    Also on there are First Aid Kit, Mogwai, Nils Frahm, Chaka Khan, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Prince's band The New Power GenerationHercules & Love AffairJimmy Cliff, Kelela, Groove Armada DJ Set, Booka Shade, Hot Chip Megamix, Jape, The Go! Team, Booka Brass, whenyoung, This Is The Kit, The Lost Brothers, Isaac Gracie and many, many more.

    Across 10 stages in Ireland's largest private estate, there's an alfresco crystal ballroom, Spiegeltent, a plethora of natural wonders and hidden gems.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €169.50.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
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    05
    Aug
    2018

    Beatyard: Kamasi Washington, Orbital, Little Dragon, The Sugarhill Gang & more

    Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    Dublin

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    Although they’ve always delivered in the past, 2018's Beatyard at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is shaping up to be something rather special across the Bank Holiday Weekend of August 4 & 5.

    The festival has revealed Kamasi Washington, Little DragonThe Sugarhill GangThe SkatalitesJohn TalabotJoy OrbisonModeselektor (DJ Set)Le BoomI Am The CosmosBad Bones and Bodytonic DJs on the bill so far.

    With more acts still to be announced, see the full current line-up below. Go here to buy tickets.

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader, Bailer & By Any Means

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Nottingham underground hardcore act Palm Reader play Voodoo on August 8 in the first of four Irish dates. Watch the video for 'Swarm', from their new album, Braille.

    Supporting are Cork metallic hardcore quartet Bailer - who are out with a new EP, check their Bandcamp - and Belfast-based hardcore outfit By Any Means.

    Tickets cost £10 from Billetto. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018

    Somadrone, Bed Manager, In Gloom & Cut In Blinks

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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    The luxuriously layered psychedelics-inspired new album from Somadrone is one of the best things we've had the pleasure of hearing this year. It's called Wellpark Avenue, and the Irish artist returns to the North to perform in support of it at a free-entry show at 39 Gordon Street on August 9. It's available to order on a limited run of vinyl from Bandcamp.

    Supporting is singer-songwriter Bed Manager - have a listen on Soundcloud - dream pop duo In Gloom - check them on Bandcamp - and darkly ethereal electronic artist Cut In Blinks - listen on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader & Bailer

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    Nottingham underground hardcore act Palm Reader play Fibber's on August 9 as part of their 4-date Irish tour. Watch the video for 'Swarm', from their new album, Braille.

    Supporting are Cork metallic hardcore quartet Bailer - who are out with a new EP, check their Bandcamp.

  • Fri
    10
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader & Bailer

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Nottingham underground hardcore act Palm Reader play Cork's The Good Relation on August 10 as part of their 4-date Irish tour. Watch the video for 'Swarm', from their new album, Braille.

    Supporting are Cork metallic hardcore quartet Bailer - who are out with a new EP, check their Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader & Bailer

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Nottingham underground hardcore act Palm Reader play the Roisin Dubh on August 11 in the last of four Irish dates. Watch the video for 'Swarm', from their new album, Braille.

    Supporting are Cork metallic hardcore quartet Bailer - who are out with a new EP, check their Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Twitch & Crilli Present: Selected AFX Works by DJ Food

    Space Theatre

    Bangor

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    The Open House Festival this year holds a Twitch & Crilli collaboration in Bangor's Space Theatre on August 11, as DJ Food brings his audio-visual tribute to Aphex Twin. 

    As a veteran DJ, he'll be playing selected gems from across his back catalogue, with live performances from Resist & SARC's KoichiPeter Brien, Crilli's Bad Operator and Twitch's Phil Lucas.

    Tickets are available from Open House, priced £14. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    14
    Aug
    2018

    Joan As Police Woman

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman is to play the Black Box on August 14.

    Having played with the likes of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sparklehorse, Elton John, Antony & The Johnsons and many more, Joan released her first album - Real Life  as a singer-songwriter in 2006. She also recorded an album with Jeff Buckley's band called Black Beetle - she was his partner at the time of his death - which never saw the light of day. Her latest album, Damned Devotion came out in February - watch the video for single 'Tell Me'.

    Tickets are available for €24.50 from ShineTicketmaster and Katy's Bar.

  • Tue
    14
    Aug
    2018

    La Dispute (14+)

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Michigan hardcore five piece La Dispute return to Dublin for the first time in several years, playing a 14+ show at the Button Factory on August 14.

    Having formed in 2004, the quintet are renowned for their immersive live show, holding sacred the bond between amongst attendees and the band. Check them out live in All Saints Church.

    Tickets are available for €20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    15
    Aug
    2018

    Mosmo Strange EP Launch

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Omagh stoner-rock-tinged indie outfit Mosmo Strange play the Limelight 2 on August 15 to launch their new EP.

    Tickets cost £6 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Aug
    2018

    Ariel Pink

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    It’s been announced that L.A. lo-fi multi-instrumentalist maestro Ariel Marcus Rosenberg aka Ariel Pink will play Dublin’s Button Factory on August 16.

    Ariel Pink released his 11th studio album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, via Mexican Summer back in September last year.

    Co-promoted by Aiken and Skinny Wolves, tickets are priced €22 and available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Aug
    2018

    Joan As Police Woman

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman is set to play Whelan's on August 16.

    Having played with the likes of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sparklehorse, Elton John, Antony & The Johnsons and many more, Joan released her first album - Real Life  as a singer-songwriter in 2006. She also recorded an album with Jeff Buckley's band called Black Beetle - she was his partner at the time of his death - which never saw the light of day. Her latest album, Damned Devotion came out in February - watch the video for single 'Tell Me'.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced at €24.50.

  • Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018

    Full of Hell w/Unyielding Love

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part of a 3-date Irish tour, Solid Choice Industries bring avant-garde extreme, sludgy, grindcore noise outfit Full of Hell to Voodoo on August 17.

    They've been recently signed with Profound Lore records, and have penned splits with elites like The Body & Merzbow, as well as Nails. Their tapestry of d-beat fuelled crusty hardcore is truly some of the most forward thinking in metal. Listen to their collaboration with The Body - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light.

    Support on the tour comes from experimental blackened noise-grind outfit Unyielding Love. They're objectively one of Belfast's finest live bands, regardless of genre - listen to their debut album, The Sweat of Augury.

    Tickets cost £15 from Billetto. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018

    The League of Gentlemen Live Again!

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Warped minds, rejoice! After 12 years of live inactivity, cult BBC sketch sitcom The League of Gentlemen reprises its live show after three successful comeback episodes at the end of last year, performing at the 3Arena on August 17.

    With Mark Gatiss busy with appearances in Game of Thrones and stints writing & acting in Dr Who & Sherlock, Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton have co-penned their incredibly twisted, Twilight Zone-esque blackly comedic anthology series, Inside No. 9. Ever evolving in its narrative fluidity in TV form, The League of Gentlemen began as a live show from the core writing trio over 20 years ago, with the series running from 1999-2002.

    Tickets are priced from €45 at Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018
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    19
    Aug
    2018

    Another Love Story

    Killyon Manor

    Co. Meath

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    Hands down our favourite small Irish summer music festival, Another Love Story have announced the first acts set to play this year’s outing.

    Returning to Killyon Manor, Co. Meath across August 17-19, the festival – which is co-presented by Homebeat and Happenings – the following acts make up the first announcement:

    Mammal Hands, Cloud Castle Lake, The Lost Brothers, Ships, O Emperor, Mount Alaska, Somadrone, Davy Kehoe, R Kitt, Pillow Queens, Solkatt, Dowry, Joshua Burnside, Anna Mieke, Sorcha Ricahrdson, Deaf Joe, Robert John Ardiff, Nava, Roe, Inni K, The Silken Same, Sun Collective, Attention Bébé, Interskalatic, Graham Mc Sweeny, Simon O Reilly, Royal Yellow, The Glasshouse Collective performing Come On Feel The Illnois by Sufjan Stevens

    With more to be announced, DJs also include Eddie Kay, Donal Dineen’s Backstory, Little Dave, My House DJs, Bodyonic DJs and Nialler9.

    Ranging from €125.00 to €215.00, tickets are available to buy here now.

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018

    Full of Hell w/Unyielding Love

    Dolans

    Limerick

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    As part of a 3-date Irish tour, avant-garde extreme, sludgy, grindcore noise outfit Full of Hell play Limerick's Dolans on August 18.

    They've been recently signed with Profound Lore records, and have penned splits with elites like The Body & Merzbow, as well as Nails. Their tapestry of d-beat fuelled crusty hardcore is truly some of the most forward thinking in metal. Listen to their collaboration with The Body - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light.

    Support on the tour comes from experimental blackened noise-grind outfit Unyielding Love. They're objectively one of Belfast's finest live bands, regardless of genre - listen to their debut album, The Sweat of Augury.

    Tickets are available from Dolans.

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018

    The League of Gentlemen Live Again!

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Warped minds, rejoice! After 12 years of live inactivity, cult BBC sketch sitcom The League of Gentlemen reprises its live show after three successful comeback episodes at the end of last year, performing at Belfast's SSE Arena on August 18.

    With Mark Gatiss busy with appearances in Game of Thrones and stints writing & acting in Dr Who & Sherlock, Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton have co-penned their incredibly twisted, Twilight Zone-esque blackly comedic anthology series, Inside No. 9. Ever evolving in its narrative fluidity in TV form, The League of Gentlemen began as a live show from the core writing trio over 20 years ago, with the series running from 1999-2002.

    Tickets are priced from £33 at Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018

    John Grant, Open House Festival Choir & more

    Bangor Seafront

    Bangor

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    Adding to what's the strongest Open House Bangor lineup yet, Colorado singer-songwriter John Grant performs at the large open air Bangor Seafront venue on August 19. This follows his recent Dublin slot with Elbow, and third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, which saw Grant delve further into his fizzing electro-pop side.

    Check out the video for single, 'Disappointing', feat. Tracey Thorn.

    Tickets cost £30 from Open House. Doors open at 4pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018

    Full of Hell w/Unyielding Love

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    As part of a 3-date Irish tour, avant-garde extreme, sludgy, grindcore noise outfit Full of Hell play The Grand Social on August 19.

    They've been recently signed with Profound Lore records, and have penned splits with elites like The Body & Merzbow, as well as Nails. Their tapestry of d-beat fuelled crusty hardcore is truly some of the most forward thinking in metal. Listen to their collaboration with The Body - Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light.

    Support on the tour comes from experimental blackened noise-grind outfit Unyielding Love. They're objectively one of Belfast's finest live bands, regardless of genre - listen to their debut album, The Sweat of Augury.

  • Mon
    20
    Aug
    2018

    Kasabian

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    One year after their cancelled their headline show minutes before hitting the stage at Belfast's Custom House Square due to alleged sickness, English lad-rockers Kasabian play August 20. Tickets from the original event can be used for this show, or a refund is available from the point of purchase.

    Tickets are priced from £30 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Aug
    2018
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    22
    Aug
    2018

    Brian Wilson

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The legendary Brian Wilson will return to Dublin to play his and the Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits live later this year. Performing alongside Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and his band, Wilson will plays tracks spanning his 54-year career at Vicar Street on August 21 and 22.

    Wilson last played the city last year at Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour.

    Tickets for the show are €92.50 (Steep, for sure, but come on… Brian Wilson) from Ticketmaster

  • Wed
    22
    Aug
    2018

    Travis performs 'The Man Who'

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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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 Belfast's Custom House Square on August 22.

    Tickets cost £30 from Ticketmaster and the usual outlets. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Aug
    2018

    Brockhampton

    The Helix

    Dublin

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    San Marcos alternative hip-hop outfit Brockhampton play Dublin's Helix on August 22.

    The lo-fi aesthetic met on a Kanye West forum, and centre themselves around those oh-so-relatable themes of teenage angst - watch the video for 'Gold'. They released three albums last year in the form of the volumes of Saturation.

  • Wed
    22
    Aug
    2018

    Frankie Cosmos

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Greta Kline, aka Frankie Cosmos returns to Ireland following a sold out Whelan's show in 2017, headlining Galway's Roisin Dubh on August 22.

    Formerly of Porches, she's heavily involved in the New York anti-folk scene, and into the DIY ethics of K Records. As well as the huge number of Bandcamp releases she put out under various pseudonyms from 2009 onwards, with each release she makes an songwriting & commercial forward stride. Watch the video for new single 'Apathy'.

    Tickets cost €14.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018

    Frankie Cosmos

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Greta Kline, aka Frankie Cosmos returns following a sold out Whelan's show in 2017 to headline the Button Factory on August 23.

    Formerly of Porches, she's heavily involved in the New York anti-folk scene, and into the DIY ethics of K Records. As well as the huge number of Bandcamp releases she put out under various pseudonyms from 2009 onwards, with each release she makes an songwriting & commercial forward stride. Watch the video for new single 'Apathy'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Aug
    2018

    Stiff Little Fingers w/ The Defects

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Ireland's most important punk band Stiff Little Fingers headline The Academy on August 24.

    Stiff Little Fingers are hugely responsible for enabling and encouraging a voice of dissonance against the divisions caused by the Troubles, as their near-perfect debut Inflammable Material remains one of the finest to emerge from Northern Ireland - not to mention being the first independently-released album to make the UK charts.

    Supporting are Belfast punks The Defects.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018

    Public Image Ltd

    Bangor Seafront

    Bangor

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    In an astonishing coup, John Lydon's groundbreaking avant-garde post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd make their first ever appearance in Northern Ireland, playing as part of this year's Open House Festival in Bangor, in collaboration with the BBA Punk Weekender. PiL are set to play Bangor Seafront on Saturday, August 25.

    Founded by the then Johnny Rotten in 1978 as an experimental antidote to the pop establishment furure surrounding the Sex Pistols, a dub-heavy sound on debut First Issue drew - through its punk tint - noise and progressive rock by way of Jah Wobble's dense low end. With Metal Box and subsequent releases pushed their music further into the avant-garde, even recruiting Steve Vai into the mix on 1986's Album. Having been on hiatus from 1993, they reunited in 2009 reunion, leading to two albums in recent years, as well as last year's The Public Image Is Rotten documentary. 

    Tickets are priced £32, available here. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018

    Stiff Little Fingers, The Damned, Buzzcocks, The Defects & Terri Hooley

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Almost inarguably the finest classic punk bill we'll see this year sees Stiff Little Fingers headline Custom House Square in their hometown again on August 25 in their Putting The Fast In Belfast 2.

    Stiff Little Fingers are hugely responsible for enabling and encouraging a voice of dissonance against the divisions caused by the Troubles, as their near-perfect debut Inflammable Material remains one of the finest to emerge from Northern Ireland - not to mention it was the first independently-released album to make the UK charts.

    Supporting are fellow pioneering punks & gothic rock outfit The Damned, indie rock groundbreakers Buzzcocks, Belfast punks The Defects and the ineffable Terri Hooley.

    Tickets cost £30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018

    Public Image Ltd

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    John Lydon's groundbreaking avant-garde post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd play Vicar Street on August 26, moved up from the original venue of the Tivoli due to phenomenal demand.

    Founded by the then Johnny Rotten in 1978 as an experimental antidote to the pop establishment furure surrounding the Sex Pistols, a dub-heavy sound on debut First Issue drew - through its punk tint - noise and progressive rock by way of Jah Wobble's dense low end. With Metal Box and subsequent releases pushed their music further into the avant-garde, even recruiting Steve Vai into the mix on 1986's Album. Having been on hiatus from 1993, they reunited in 2009 reunion, leading to two albums in recent years, as well as last year's The Public Image Is Rotten documentary. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    29
    Aug
    2018

    Shannon & The Clams

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Oakland quartet Shannon & The Clams play Whelan's on August 29.

    Coming from California's College of the Arts, and the accompanying warehouse underground music scene, the outfit are now releasing fifth album Onion, produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Listen to the 60s surf jangle of 'The Boy'.

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

  • Wed
    05
    Sep
    2018

    Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings w/The Dread & The Rackets

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Garage-psych outfit Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings play the Empire on September 5. 

    The act are led by former Brian Jonestown Massacre, Out Crowd & Rebel Drones alumnus Hollywood, their blues & countrified take on psych captures the quintessence of the '90s psych revivalists. Watch the video for 'Ghost Ghost'.

    Support comes from Belfast garage rock'n'roll acts The Dreads - check them on Soundcloud - and The Rackets.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and the Empire. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Sep
    2018

    Screaming Females

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    New Jersey DIY indie-punks Screaming Females play Dublin's Grand Social on September 6, following the release of seventh studio album All At Once.

    The band were formed in high school by bassist King Mike & one of punk's all-time greatest wailers, Marissa Paternoster, on both vocals & guitars. Watch their Lance Bangs-directed short documentary for Noisey here.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018

    Soccer Mommy

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Having toured over the last couple of years with the likes of Mitski, Jay Som & Slowdive, young Nashville indie singer-songwriter Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, plays The Grand Social on September 7.

    Following years of self-recorded bedroom productions on Bandcamp, she grew to start playing live, getting signed and releasing a bedroom compilation Collection in 2017. Her new album, Clean, has been receiving consistently positive reviews. Watch the video for 'Your Dog'.

    Tickets cost €13.35 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018

    Rose Tattoo & Girlschool

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Australian hard blues rockers Rose Tattoo play Belfast alongside Girlschool on September 7 as part of their RnR Anniversary Party tour.

    Rose Tattoo are famously led by Angry Anderson, and noticed a resurgence in popularity following Guns N' Roses covering of 'Nice Boys' on their Lies/Live Like a Suicide record. Formed in 1976, their early albums were produced by AC/DC production team Harry Vanda & George Young. 

    Girlschool formed during the NWOBHM scene and celebrate their fortieth year together, championed by Lemmy & Motorhead. They're the longest-running all-female rock band and their punk-tinged metal has led to an enduring legacy and cult following. Three quarters of the original '78 lineup remain in the band to this day. Here's the video for 'C'mon Let's Go'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced £30. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018

    Iceage

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Copenhagen noiseniks Iceage play The Workman's Club on September 7. 

    Visceral music with an intellectual & poetic prowess not normally associated with garage & punk, the band have made a massive fan of Richard Hell. Listen to 'Pain Killer', featuring Sky Ferreira, from their fourth album Beyondless.

    Tickets cost €15 from The Workman's Club.

  • Sat
    08
    Sep
    2018

    Rose Tattoo & Girlschool

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Australian hard blues rockers Rose Tattoo play Dublin alongside Girlschool on September 8 at Voodoo Lounge as part of their RnR Anniversary Party tour.

    Rose Tattoo are famously led by Angry Anderson, and noticed a resurgence in popularity following Guns N' Roses covering of 'Nice Boys' on their Lies/Live Like a Suicide record. Formed in 1976, their early albums were produced by AC/DC production team Harry Vanda & George Young. 

    Girlschool formed during the NWOBHM scene and celebrate their fortieth year together, championed by Lemmy & Motorhead. They're the longest-running all-female rock band and their punk-tinged metal has led to an enduring legacy and cult following. Three quarters of the original '78 lineup remain in the band to this day. Here's the video for 'C'mon Let's Go'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced €32.50. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018

    Titus Andronicus

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    New Jersey indie punk rock act Titus Andronicus play Whelan's on September 9.

    Debuting with the phenomenally-titled The Airing of Grievances in 2008, the New Jersey influence is strong in the band, who sonically fall in line with fellow current anthemic indie bands like Japandroids and Cloud Nothings. The latest LP, A Productive Cough, is a much more soul-baring release from singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles, moving past gut-wielding anthems and into heart and mind-capturing songs.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Whelanslive, priced at €18.

  • Mon
    10
    Sep
    2018

    Incubus

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Multi platinum LA alt rockers Incubus play the Ulster Hall on September 10 in their first Irish show in over three years.

    Formed in 1991, they've sold over 23 million records since 1997 major debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and really breaking through with biggest hit, 'Drive' in 1999. Their eighth album, 8 was released last year after 6 years of quiet.

    Tickets cost £42 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    10
    Sep
    2018

    Heather Nova

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Bermudian singer-songwriter Heather Nova plays Whelan's on September 10.

    Growing up on a sailboat built by her father, Nova's perspective has always skewed toward wanderlust. Selling over 2 million records since her 1993 debut album, with Oyster going straight to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Tickets cost €22 from Ticketmaster and WAV. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018

    Incubus

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Belfast

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    Multi platinum LA alt rockers Incubus play the latter of their first Irish dates in over three years at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on September 11.

    Formed in 1991, they've sold over 23 million records since 1997 major debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and really breaking through with biggest hit, 'Drive' in 1999. Their eighth album, 8 was released last year after 6 years of quiet.

    Tickets are priced from €55.70 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    12
    Sep
    2018

    Europe

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Anthemic stadium rockers Europe play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on September 12, having released their 11th studio album, Walk The Earth.

    Formed in 1979, they've sold over 25 million albums, for which The Final Countdown is 60% responsible. 

    Support comes from King King.

    Tickets cost €31-€36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Sep
    2018

    Hilary Woods

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    With the June release of her debut album, Colt, through Sacred Bones, Dublin multi-disciplinary artist Hilary Woods has announced a show at The Sugar Club on September 14.

    Her minimal composition & layered atmospherics are otherworldly, and this debut album follows, and develops upon her two prior acclaimed EPs. With the onerous, emotive doo-wop reimagining of David Lynch, and affecting multi-level artistry, Woods fits into the conversation with the likes of other truly singular contemporary genre-eschewing performers like Grouper, Julee Cruise and Jenny Hval. Listen to 'Black Rainbow', from Colt.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    17
    Sep
    2018

    Wooden Shjips

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Reclined space/psych rock outfit Wooden Shjips return to Belfast years after a legendarily packed out Menagerie show, playing this time at the Empire Music Hall on September 17.

    Formed in 2006 and heavily influenced by krautrock, classic spacious '60s psychedelia and the avant-garde scene that accompanied it, guitarist Ripley Johnson also plays with Moon Duo. Their fifth record, V, released in May, is doubtless another feather in a consistently enthralling cap. Watch their excellent Live at KEXP.

    Tickets are on sale from WeGotTickets.

  • Mon
    17
    Sep
    2018

    Why?: 'Alopecia' 10th Anniversary Show

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    One of the few acts to successfully merge hip-hop & indie rock, Why? celebrate the tenth anniversary of their most acclaimed album, 2008's Alopeciawith a show at the Button Factory on September 17.

    It's long-been a fan-adored album, going out of print in the last decade, with Lorde stealing a line on the universe's indifference to us. Incorporating  confessional, weirdo lyrics set to a backdrop of psychedelic rock, bedroom pop, folk and chamber pop.  Listen to it here.

    Tickets are priced €26 from Ticketmaster

  • Tue
    18
    Sep
    2018
    Wed
    19
    Sep
    2018

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    Olympia Theatre

    Dubin

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is once again set to perform at his favourite venue in the world, The Olympia Theatre, on September 18 & 19.

    He'll be bringing his current show, Larks In Transit, here after a year of polish to one of his favourite venues.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €27 - if they're not already sold out.

  • Tue
    18
    Sep
    2018

    Wooden Shjips

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Reclined space/psych rock outfit Wooden Shjips return to Dublin for U:mack, playing Whelan's on September 18.

    Formed in 2006 and heavily influenced by krautrock, classic spacious '60s psychedelia and the avant-garde scene that accompanied it, guitarist Ripley Johnson also plays with Moon Duo. Their fifth record, V, released in May, is doubtless another feather in a consistently enthralling cap. Watch their excellent Live at KEXP.

    Tickets are on sale from Tickets.ie & WAV Tickets.

  • Wed
    19
    Sep
    2018

    Mulatu Astatke

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Father of ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke performs a very rare show at Vicar Street on September 19.

    Widely credited as the man who introduced vibraphone and congo drums to Ethiopian popular music, he's primary instrumental, appearing on the three known albums of instrumentals released during Ethiopia's Golden 1970s. Check him out in full concert last year here.

    Tickets cost €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018

    Her Name is Calla, VerseChorusVerse, Rebekah Fitch & Matt O'Reilly

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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    As part of their first Irish tour, Her Name Is Calla play Belfast's 39 Gordon Street on September 20. Check out their new The Dead Rift EP, which heads off in a folkier direction than their earlier post-rock material.

    Supporting is Tony Wright, aka VerseChorusVersepop singer-songwriter Rebekah Fitch and soulful folk singer-songwriter Matt O'Reilly.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018

    Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters & Elder Druid

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part what's sure to be a potently hazy run of Irish tour dates, the saturated fuzz stoner rockers Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters play Ireland for the first time, kicking the tour off at Voodoo on September 20. Listen to their debut EP, Earth Hog ahead of the release of new album Come & Chutney.

    Opening up are Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - listen to debut album Carmina Satanae.

  • Fri
    21
    Sep
    2018

    Her Name is Calla

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    As part of their first Irish tour, Her Name Is Calla play Cork's Good Relation on September 21. Check out their new The Dead Rift EP, which heads off in a folkier direction than their earlier post-rock material.

  • Fri
    21
    Sep
    2018

    Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters & Elder Druid

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    As part what's sure to be a potently hazy run of Irish tour dates, the saturated fuzz stoner rockers Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters play Ireland for the first time, playing Sin É on September 21. Listen to their debut EP, Earth Hog ahead of the release of new album Come & Chutney.

    Opening up are Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - listen to debut album Carmina Satanae.

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018

    Mitski

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in June last year, Brooklyn indie rock musician Mitski will return to play Dublin, at Tivoli Theatre, on September 22.

    The show will take place as part of a UK and European tour (no Belfast date this time around but considering the turn-out at the Empire Music Hall back in 2017, we’re not entirely surprised.) This comes alongside her latest music following Puberty 2, one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016, a mainstream breakthrough and fourth album proper. Check out the video for 'Your Best American Girl'.

    Tickets for the show are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018

    Her Name is Calla

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    As part of their first Irish tour, Her Name Is Calla play the Roisin Dubh on September 22. Check out their new The Dead Rift EP, which continues upon the folk direction in which they've headed in recent years compared to the post-rock material they explored upon their 2004 inception.

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018

    Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters & Elder Druid

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    As part what's sure to be a potently hazy run of Irish tour dates, the saturated fuzz stoner rockers Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters come to Ireland for the first time, playing Limerick's Kasbah Social Club on September 22. Listen to their debut EP, Earth Hog ahead of the release of new album Come & Chutney.

    Opening up are Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - listen to debut album Carmina Satanae.

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018

    Her Name is Calla

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    As part of their first Irish tour, Her Name Is Calla play Cork's Good Relation on September 21. Check out their new The Dead Rift EP, which continues upon the folk direction in which they've headed in recent years compared to the post-rock material they explored since their 2004 inception.

    Support comes from former ASIWYFA man Tony Wright, aka VerseChorusVerse - watch the video for 'No More Years' and Dublin-based Australian-born classically trained violinist and jazz vocalist Margie Jean Lewis - check her out.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie, priced €14. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018

    Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters & Elder Druid

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    As part what's sure to be a potently hazy run of Irish tour dates, the saturated fuzz stoner rockers Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters come to Ireland for the first time, finishing off at The Poor Relation, Cork on September 23. Listen to their debut EP, Earth Hog ahead of the release of new album Come & Chutney.

    Opening up are Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - listen to debut album Carmina Satanae.

  • Mon
    24
    Sep
    2018

    A F#cked Up Evening with the Trailer Park Boys

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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     Cult Canadian sitcom Trailer Park Boys bring their live show to the Ulster Hall on September 24.

    Featuring Ricky, Julian, Bubbles & Randy, what's supposed to be an intimate evening with the lads turns into a misunderstanding with the police. For almost 2 decades, the Nova Scotian group has been plying their niche stoner/slacker comedy through live shows, short films & their acclaimed sitcom of the same name.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    24
    Sep
    2018

    Arctic Monkeys

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    With their forthcoming sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, set for release on May 11, it’s been announced that Arctic Monkeys will play Dublin’s 3Arena on September 24. The band play a run of summer festival dates, followed by a run of UK dates. 

    Support comes from young psych/garage pop duo The Lemon Twigs.

    Tickets are priced from €65.95. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    25
    Sep
    2018

    A F#cked Up Evening with the Trailer Park Boys

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Cult Canadian sitcom Trailer Park Boys bring their live show to the Olympia Theatre on March 25.

    Featuring Ricky, Julian, Bubbles & Randy, what's supposed to be an intimate evening with the lads turns into a misunderstanding with the police. For almost 2 decades, the Nova Scotian group has been plying their niche stoner/slacker comedy through live shows, short films & their acclaimed sitcom of the same name.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €31.

  • Tue
    25
    Sep
    2018

    Songs: Molina - A Memorial Electric Co.

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Extraordinary songwriter Jason Molina passed away in 2013, leaving behind a gargantuan body of work that was wholly underappreciated in his lifetime. A group of musicians and collaborators originally brought together by Molina for bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Cohave formed for a live show, carrying the torch for his catalogue with a called Songs: Molina, which is set to take place at the Tivoli Theatre on September 25.

    They'll be joined by Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter, whose tribute 'JM' inspired fans following his passing. Each stop of the tour will see unique live guests, inspired by a reunion that took place last year in conjunction with the release of Molina's authorised biography, Jason Molina: Riding With The Ghost. Writer Eric Osmon will be present, answering questions and sharing memories of one of the most inspiring songwriters of this century.

    A documentary about the recording process of Josephine, filmed at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio, is available to watch for free, right here.

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo have announced their biggest headline show to date at The Academy on September 28, following the sellout Button Factory show in February.

    Listen to 'Maybe It's In My Nature', taken from their long-awaited eponymous debut.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018

    Ross Noble: El Hablador

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Northern English improvisational comic Ross Noble brings his El Hablador show to the Olympia Theatre on September 29.

    The 38 year old Northumberland stand-up comedian performs mostly improved, surreal work onstage, powered by his stream-of-consciousness delivery style. He's notably prolific and generally tours the UK and Australia extensively, averaging almost one tour per year since 1999.

    Tickets are available from €27-€34.50 from Ticketmaster. The show starts at 8pm.

  • Mon
    01
    Oct
    2018

    Ólafur Arnalds

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Multi-instrumentalist & award winning Icelandic artist Ólafur Arnalds performs at the wonderful National Concert Hall on October 1.

    A most fitting acoustic venue for his rich compositions & soundscapes, this comes as part of his most ambitious tour to date, entitled All Strings Attached. Known for his work with KIASMOS, soundtracks for Broadchurch and Electric Dreams, he'll be back with a uniquely wired string quartet, percussionist & Arnalds' setup of pianos & synths. The performance centres around his two semi-generative, self-playing pianos developed by him and his team, used as a compositional tool & additon to live performance.

    Tickets are available from NCH, priced from €30-€34. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Mon
    01
    Oct
    2018

    Vulfpeck

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Olympia holds the biggest Irish show to date from US funk act Vulfpeck on October 1, a year on from Vicar Street shows which went viral after the crowd sang along with bassist Joe Dart, famously.

    Formed in 2011 after attending the University of Michigan's music school, the group has a minimal, raw approach to performance, having released four EPs, and two LPs to date. In 2014, they released a ten-track silent album on Spotify in order to raise funds for an admission-free tour, which generated $20,000 in royalties over 2 months. This gave the band international press for fourth EP Fugue State, and a huge spread of word-of-mouth press. They released Mr Finish Line at the end of 2017 - check out 'Back Pocket'.

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

  • Tue
    02
    Oct
    2018

    Field Division

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Evelyn Taylor & Nicholas Frampton, aka Field Division play their first Irish show at the Grand Social on October 2. Blending 60s & 70s folk rockers and modern dream pop, their debut album is out this year following a 2014 EP and signing to Bella Union.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018

    Boy Azooga

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Blending Beck, Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall and the likes, Boy Azooga are a hotly-tipped young bunch of shapeshifters, led by Davey Newington. Following the June release of debut album 1, 2 Kung Fu!, they play The Grand Social on Friday, October 5.

    Check out the video for 'Jerry'.

    Tickets are available, priced €13, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018

    Talos

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of contemporary Ireland's most compositionally-minded pop artists Talos, plays The Academy on October 6.

    This will be the Eoin French-led band's first headline show in Dublin since last year's two sell-out dates in December, and their US debut in summer. Intimate, yet panoramic in scale, his debut album Wild Alee earned a Choice Music Prize nomination - watch the video for 'This Is Us Colliding'.

    Tickets are priced €22, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018

    Everything Everything

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Manchester art-pop act Everything Everything are set to play the Olympia Theatre on October 7 to replace their cancellation in February due to weather conditions. They released fourth album, A Fever Dream in 2017.

    Formed in 2007, the band have received nominations for the Mercury Music Prize & 3 Ivor Novellos. Ever-eclectic, they meld R&B rhythmic conventions with stream-of-consciousness Radiohead-esque vocals, with A Fever Dream more dynamic than ever before - check out the video for 'Can't Do'.

    Tickets cost €23.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018

    Boy Azooga

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Blending Beck, Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall and the likes, Boy Azooga are a hotly-tipped young bunch of shapeshifters, led by Davey Newington. Following the June release of debut album 1, 2 Kung Fu! in June, they play The Grand Social on October 7.

    Check out the video for 'Jerry'.

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

  • Thu
    11
    Oct
    2018

    Andy Irvine & Paul Brady feat. Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

    Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Celebrating 40 years of their eponymous classic Irish folk album, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady play a short run of Irish dates, including October 11 at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

    This follows their 2017 sold out tour. The Planxty lineup had massively shifted, with Brady replacing Christy Moore before the band's implosion. Fortunately, in 1977, guitarist Irvine & Brady released an album of legendary status not just as an Irish record, but as an international folk document. As on the record, producers & performers Kevin Burke and Dónal Lunny of Planxty and The Bothy Band will join Irvine & Burke. Listen to it here.

    Tickets are priced €46.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Oct
    2018

    Saint Sister

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Cross-border atmospheric-folk-pop duo Gemma Doherty & Morgan MacIntyre, aka Saint Sister, headline The Olympia Theatre on October 11 in an all-ages seated show, following on from last year's NCH appearance.

    The pair draw from Celtic harp traditions, '60s folk and electronic pop to create what they describe as 'atmosfolk'. They've had a fast-moving couple of years, playing just about every essential bill far and wide. Watch the video for 'Tin Man'.

    Tickets cost €28.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018

    Andy Irvine & Paul Brady feat. Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Celebrating 40 years of their eponymous classic Irish folk album, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady play two Irish dates, the latter taking place on October 12 at Cork Opera House.

    This follows their 2017 sold out tour. The Planxty lineup had massively shifted, with Brady replacing Christy Moore before the band's implosion. Fortunately, in 1977, guitarist Irvine & Brady released an album of legendary status not just as an Irish record, but as an international folk document. As on the record, producers & performers Kevin Burke and Dónal Lunny of Planxty and The Bothy Band will join Irvine & Burke. Listen to it here.

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

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Seminal British post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen play the Olympia Theatre on October 12 alongside the announcement of their new album, The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon, out just a week prior.

    Formed in 1978 by frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sargeant, who make up the creative hub of the band since their reunion in recent year. They released several essential post-punk records in their time together, peaking critically with 1984's Ocean Rain LP. Check out recent single 'Seven Seas'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

     

     

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018

    King Kong Company

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Winners of best live act award, the act many felt was the highlight of Electric Picnic 2017, King Kong Company headline the Olympia on October 13.

    The septet have been described as sounding more like a DJ than a band, and their eponymous debut LP has been produced by long-time Prodigy collaborator Neil McLellan. They've been playing to sold-out audiences in Ireland lately, and asked members of the EP '17 audience to film parts of their final track. Check out the resulting footage.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    15
    Oct
    2018

    Ry Cooder

    National Stadium

    Dublin

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    One of the all-time foremost purveyors of worldly music, American musician, songwriter, composer & producer Ry Cooder plays Dublin's National Stadium on October 15.

    A winner of six Grammys across a broad range of genres, he produced & enabled the classic Buena Vista Social Club, the acoustic & slide guitar-heavy Paris, Texas soundtrack, work with the Chieftains, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones & Captain Beefheart's Magic Band. That goes without even mentioning over 20 solo albums including Chicken Skin Music - check out 'Vigilante Man' from the Old Grey Whistle Test - his latest album, The Prodigal Son came out in May.  

    Tickets cost €76 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    18
    Oct
    2018

    Jon Hopkins (Live)

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following the May release of his first album in five years, SingularityJon Hopkins performs a live set at Vicar Street on October 18.

    Themed around 'a universe expanding towards the same infinitesimal point', it's his first since 2013's Immunity. Watch the video for 'Emerald Rush'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    18
    Oct
    2018

    Superorganism

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of the buzziest bands around, transatlantic indie-pop octet Superorganism play Dublin’s Academy on Thursday, October 18.

    Taken from their self-titled debut album, watch the brand new video for ‘Night Time'.

    Tickets for the show – which are priced at €18.50 – go on sale this Friday at 10am.

  • Fri
    19
    Oct
    2018

    Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having released their first single in four years, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will play Dublin’s Vicar Street on October 19.

    This follows news of the May release of their seventh album, Sparkle Hard, through Domino Records. Listen to ‘Middle America

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

  • Fri
    19
    Oct
    2018

    Teleman

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    English indie-pop quartet Teleman return to Whelan's on October 19, alongside the release of their third album.

    The London foursome have been perpetually in search of the immaculate pop song, beginning with 2014 debut Breakfast and 2016's Brilliant Sanity. As four true music magpies, this latest release sees them as their most spontaneous, playing off each other in the studio moreso than ever. Check out 'Submarine Life'.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Oct
    2018

    The Brian Jonestown Massacre

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Having previously played the Dublin venue back in 2014 and 2010, it’s been announced that Anton Newcombe’s Brian Jonestown Massacre will play the Academy on Friday October 19.

    The news comes ahead of the release of two new BJM albums in 2018, the first of which – Something Else – is our on June 1 via A Recordings. Recorded between 2017 and 2018, the release is a self-proclaimed return to the “traditional” sound of the band after the experimentation of recent records.

    Tickets for the Dublin show are priced €23.50 from Ticketmaster

    Check out our Monday Mixtape with Anton Newcombe from 2016 here.

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018

    Beach House

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city in the same venue back in 2015, Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House will return to play Dublin’s Vicar Street on Saturday, October 20.

    The announcement comes accompanied with the release of ‘Dive’, the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming seventh album, 7. Read our 2015 interview with Victoria Legrand from Beach House here.

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

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018

    Bloc Party Perform 'Silent Alarm'

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of a run of six European shows, Bloc Party will perform their debut album, Silent Alarm, at Dublin’s 3Arena on October 22.

    Hands down their finest hour, Silent Alarm was released to critical and commercial acclaim in 2005, best known for its singles, double A-side ‘So Here We Are/Positive Tension’, ‘Banquet’ and ‘Pioneers’, as well as 'Helicopters', their calling card. A microcosm of young adult life & global politics by frontman Kele Okereke, it's also wonderful manifesto for finding pleasure in mundanity - not to mention an early example of the melding of indie rock with unexpected genres, which the band, at the time, believed was the only way 21st century rock could survive. We can't say we disagree.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018

    First Aid Kit w/The Staves

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit play the Telegraph Building in Belfast on October 22.

    Having just released their fourth album in January to their highest placement & acclaim yet, the act are continually on the rise. Listen to Ruins here.

    Support comes from sibling folk rock trio The Staves.

    Tickets, available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, are priced £28.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018

    Jeff Lynne's ELO

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following their incredibly well-received dates last year, Jeff Lynne's downright legendary ELO have announced shows in Ireland, playing the 3Arena on October 25.

    Following iconic albums like 1977's Out of the Blue, and a series of timeless hits - 26 UK Top 40 singles, to be precise - they disbanded in 1986 initially. ELO have sold over 50 million records worldwide, with Lynne also a prominent member of The Travelling Wilburys and a producer and collaborator with the most highly-revered figures in music.

    Tickets are priced (loftily upwards) from €80.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018

    Jeff Lynne's ELO

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Following their incredibly well-received dates last year, Jeff Lynne's downright legendary ELO have announced shows in Ireland, playing the Belfast's SSE Arena on October 26.

    Following iconic albums like 1977's Out of the Blue, and a series of timeless hits - 26 UK Top 40 singles, to be precise - they disbanded in 1986 initially. ELO have sold over 50 million records worldwide, with Lynne also a prominent member of The Travelling Wilburys and a producer and collaborator with the most highly-revered figures in music.

    Tickets are priced (loftily upwards) from £68 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018

    John Fogerty w/Steve Miller Band

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Performing music from one of the few bands we, the human race, can unanimously hold dear, John Fogerty is set to play the 3Arena on October 26 as part of Bluesfest 2018. Fogerty is set to play a Creedence Clearwater Revival greatest hits set.

    Support comes from classic AOR outfit The Steve Miller Band.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018

    U2

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    In what will inevitably be the highest grossing tour of all time, U2 bring their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour to Belfast on October 27.

    Following on from last year's Joshua Tree tour, this continues on from their 2015 tour of the same name in celebration of the band's 2017 LP, the lukewarmly-received Songs of Experience. No expense is spared, as the stage has a state-of-the-art sound system, multiple performance areas, a gargantuan LED super high-res screen, and fully immersive show.

    Tickets are available, priced from a 'mere' £185 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018

    BC Camplight

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    In support of his second album through Bella Union, BC Camplight plays The Workman's Club on October 27.

    The New Jersey native released two acclaimed in the throes of mental illness & addiction, ultimately ending up squatting in an old church. Relocating to Manchester, he wrote a new album but was exiled due to immigration law just two days before its release. Eventually he made his way back and his latest album, Deportation Blues documents it. Check out How To Die In The North.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018

    Her's

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Mac Demarco-recalling mega-chill Liverpool jangly indie wave outfit Her's play upstairs at Whelan's on October 27.

    Their debut LP Invitation To Her's, out in August, follows up on compilation Songs of Her's, and with growing attention from the hippest publications, their oddball music seems poised to make a splash. Listen to 'Cool With You'.

    Tickets cost €15 from WAV.

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018

    Robert Plant and The Sensation Space Shifters & Van Morrison

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Adding to the already-phenomenal coup of John Fogerty & Steve Miller Band, Bluesfest 2018 brings a double-header of vocalists of a mythical magnitude in Robert Plant and Van Morrison on October 28.

    Plant plays with his acclaimed band The Sensational Space Shifters, who navigate Zeppelin, as well as his newer material, as the Indian summer phase of his career continues to blossom. His 2017 solo album, Carry Fire, sees him remain the force he should well be at this age.

    It's been over 50 years since the two shared a stage, but Van Morrison continues to perform his soulful, mystical & accessible - to varying turns - brand of R&B, spanning his entire catalogue following the release of new album, Driving Me Crazy.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €89.50. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Oct
    2018

    The Chemical Brothers w/Stephan Bodzin & James Holroyd

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Iconic English electronic duo The Chemical Brothers play the 3Arena on October 29.

    Stephan Bodzin & James Holroyd formed the band in Manchester 1989, and have redefined live electronic music over two decades. Their psychedelic live show has taken on a life of its own, as 2012 film Don't Think captured. Their most recent album, Born In The Echoes was their sixth consecutive number 1.

    Tickets cost €49.50-€59.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

     

  • Mon
    29
    Oct
    2018

    Mac Demarco

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Incumbent king of slacker indie-pop Mac DeMarco plays Belfast's Limelight 1 for Strange Victory on October 29.

    His fifth record This Old Dog, out last year, saw a maturation from lo-fi psychedelic jangle-pop into that of more solemn & acoustic reflection. Check out 'Pepperoni Playboy: A Macumentary' and single 'My Old Man'. 

    Tickets cost £24.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    30
    Oct
    2018

    Elder Island

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Bristol based synth-pop trio Elder Island play the Grand Social on October 30, following a European tour support with Glass Animals, The Great Escape, Lost Village and countless other festivals. Watch the vide for 'Bamboo'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    01
    Nov
    2018

    Slayer w/Lamb of God, Anthrax & Obituary

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of their final world tour, Slayer play one last Irish date at the 3Arena on November 1.

    It's been 37 glorious years, making some of the most aggressive heavy music, the creation of the stereotype of a Slayer shirt at every concert in history - even their own exhibit in the Smithsonian. Watch the first of their short documentary series 'Early Days', documenting their time together.

    Support comes from Lamb of God, Anthrax and Obituary.

    Tickets are priced at €49.50-€59.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018

    Parquet Courts

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Having just released their excellent sixth studio album, Wide Awake!, Brooklyn indie rock heroes Parquet Courts will play a show at Dublin’s The Academy on Saturday, November 3.

    Formed in 2010, their lo-fi quotidian stoner garage fare has gradually developed with each album from Light Up GoldSunbathing Animal and Content Nausea paving the way for their composed 2016 LP Human Performance. Now, this year's Wide Awake! has seen them make a move into moderately more commercial territory with Danger Mouse at the helm, without losing the scratchy cynicism that won our hearts the first time around. Check out 'Mardi Gras Beads'.

    Tickets cost €22.90 from Ticketmaster

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018

    The Decemberists

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Portland indie folk-rock band The Decemberists return to Ireland to play Vicar Street on November 4.

    The five-strong group of multi-instrumentalists - led by main songwriter, and lead vocalist/guitarist Colin Meloy - are touring their eighth album, I'll Be Your Girl. Listen to 'Severed', it's lead single.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    05
    Nov
    2018
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    06
    Nov
    2018

    U2

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    In what will inevitably be the highest grossing tour of all time, U2 bring their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour to Dublin on November 5 & 6.

    Following on from last year's Joshua Tree tour, this continues on from their 2015 tour of the same name in celebration of the band's 2017 LP, the lukewarmly-received Songs of Experience. No expense is spared, as the stage has a state-of-the-art sound system, multiple performance areas, a gargantuan LED super high-res screen, and fully immersive show.

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

  • Mon
    05
    Nov
    2018

    Talib Kweli

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Globe-trotting Brooklyn hip-hop artist Talib Kweli returns to Dublin for a show at The Academy's Green Room on November 5.

    Earning his recognition alongside Mos Def - now Yasiin Bey - as part of east coast group Black Star, Kweli has been working in activism alongside his erstwhile collaborator over the years, and has been productive since his debut solo LP Quality, releasing in 2013 alone, Gravitas and Prisoner of Conscious. Most recently, he released Fuck The Money and Radio Silence. Check out his early solo single, 'Get By'.

    Tickets are available, priced at €19.90, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    06
    Nov
    2018

    Natalie Prass

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Virginian singer-songwriter Natalie Prass plays the Workman's Club on November 6. 

    Blending danceable elements with indie rock and pop inclinations, her debut album came out in 2015, and its follow-up The Future and The Past is out now. Watch the video for 'Short Court Style'.

    Tickets cost €17 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    09
    Nov
    2018
    Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018

    U2

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    In what will inevitably be the highest grossing tour of all time, U2 bring their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour to Dublin on November 9 & 10, following the huge demand.

    Following on from last year's Joshua Tree tour, this continues on from their 2015 tour of the same name in celebration of the band's 2017 LP, the lukewarmly-received Songs of Experience. No expense is spared, as the stage has a state-of-the-art sound system, multiple performance areas, a gargantuan LED super high-res screen, and fully immersive show.

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

  • Tue
    13
    Nov
    2018

    Deacon Blue

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Deacon Blue play Belfast's Ulster Hall on November 13 as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

    Over the last 5 years, the band has released its highest charting album in 23 years, and with revolving setlists, it's safe to say this will be a treat for long-time fans.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    2018

    Deacon Blue

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Deacon Blue play a pair of Irish dates, performing at Dublin's Olympia on November 14 as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

    Over the last 5 years, the band has released its highest charting album in 23 years, and with revolving setlists, it's safe to say this will be a treat for long-time fans.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €47.

  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    2018

    Kurt Vile & The Violators

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of modern rock's finest and most understated guitarists and songwriters Kurt Vile returns with The Violators to Dublin for the first time in three years, playing Vicar Street on November 14.

    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 €28. Doors open at 7pm.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    ub40

    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

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    3Arena

    Dublin

    ub40

    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

  • 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.

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