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  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017

    Bitch Falcon

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Louder-than-hell alt. rock riff machine Bitch Falcon play Dublin's Whelan's on November 25 in their biggest headline show to date. Check out some of their set at Electric Picnic this year.

    Support comes from indie rock quartet Thumper - check out their Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017

    PVRIS

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Massachusetts synthpop trio PVRIS play at 14+ show at Belfast's Mandela Hall on November 25.

    They released their second album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell in August - check out 'What's Wrong'.

    Tickets cost £21 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017

    Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey's Dancefloor Meditations

    Maple Leaf Club

    Belfast

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    East Belfast's Maple Leaf Club host Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey's immersive Dancefloor Meditations on November 25, thanks to Strange Victory.

    Described as 'an attempt to access the state of mind associated with deep meditation using only the tools to be found in a suburban discotheque', it's an acclaimed, apt, for the Pulp frontman, who built a career on a philosophical elevation of the 'night out'.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017

    Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey's Dancefloor Meditations

    Maple Leaf Club

    Belfast

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    East Belfast's Maple Leaf Club host Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey's immersive Dancefloor Meditations on November 25, thanks to Strange Victory.

    Described as 'an attempt to access the state of mind associated with deep meditation using only the tools to be found in a suburban discotheque', it's an acclaimed, apt, for the Pulp frontman, who built a career on a philosophical elevation of the 'night out'.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    26
    Nov
    2017

    Royal Blood w/At The Drive-In & Black Honey

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the biggest British rock bands going, Royal Blood play the 3Arena on November 26.

    Breaking through with their eponymous 2014 debut album, they follow up with How Did We Get So Dark? in June, was written and recorded across several cities, including LA, Brighton, Nashville & Brussels.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €32.50.

  • Sun
    26
    Nov
    2017

    Lankum

    Connolly's of Leap

    Cork

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    Having just released one of the albums of the year in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum have announced a 10-date Irish Winter tour. They play Connolly's of Leap on November 26.

    Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?'

  • Mon
    27
    Nov
    2017

    Wolf Alice

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    London alt. rock quartet Wolf Alice play a pair of dates in Ireland as part of their forthcoming European tour, returning to the Ulster Hall on November 27. 

    They released their debut album, My Love Is Cool, following 2013 & 2014 EPs. They started out as a duo in 2010, featuring frontwoman Ellie Roswell and guitarist Joff Oddie, with a more folk-tinged pop elements. As they expanded to a four piece, more '90s grunge comparisons started to take root, leading to their current off-kilter indie-rock sound, and new album Visions of a Life in September.

    Check out 'Yuk Foo'.

    Tickets are priced from £23.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    27
    Nov
    2017

    Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Former Gallows & Pure Love frontman Frank Gallows plays with his latest band, The Rattlesnakes at Mandela Hall on November 27.

    Formed in 2015 after previous act Pure Love's hiatus, Carter's new band have released two albums. The most recent, this year's Modern Ruin, came out this year and has earned him his place as a major British punk force. Check out 'Lullaby'.

    Tickets cost £18.50 from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    27
    Nov
    2017

    Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes

    Accidental Theatre

    Belfast

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    Put together from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his own archive, Brass Eye director Michael Cumming's new film, Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes, screens across Ireland in November. Its Belfast screening at Shaftesbury Square's Accidental Theatre, takes place on November 27.

    The film is part documentary, part art, designed purely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never-before-seen footage, with the blessing of Chris Morris. Cumming will be doing a Q&A after the film, letting some cats out of the bag in this, the 20th anniversary of Brass Eye's first transmission in 1997.

    Tickets are available from The Accidental Theatre, priced at £12. Screenings take place at 6.30pm & 9pm.

  • Mon
    27
    Nov
    2017

    Buí 'Eugene' Album Launch w/Matua Trap & Strange New Places

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    November 27 sees Buí launch their debut album, Eugene, with a show at the Menagerie for Gala Hala Promotions.

    Belfast-based alt. prog-rockers  Matua Trap - check them out on Bandcamp - and young emo folk-punks Strange New Places.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017

    Sun Kil Moon

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having released his eighth studio album, Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood, back in February, Mark Kozelek, aka Sun Kil Moon will play Dublin’s Vicar Street on November 28.

    The show will be fully-seated and come at the end of a European tour that will see Kozelek and his band play eleven countries in seventeen days. Check out the live version of 'Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes' from his career-defining Benji.

    Tickets are priced €29.80 from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017

    Wolf Alice

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    London alt. rock quartet Wolf Alice play a pair of dates in Ireland as part of their forthcoming European tour, returning to the Olympia Theatre on November 28. 

    They released their debut album, My Love Is Cool, following 2013 & 2014 EPs. They started out as a duo in 2010, featuring frontwoman Ellie Roswell and guitarist Joff Oddie, with a more folk-tinged pop elements. As they expanded to a four piece, more '90s grunge comparisons started to take root, leading to their current off-kilter indie-rock sound, and new album Visions of a Life in September.

    Check out 'Yuk Foo'.

    Tickets are priced from €27.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017

    Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Former Gallows & Pure Love frontman Frank Gallows plays with his latest band, The Rattlesnakes at the Tivoli Theatre on November 28.

    Formed in 2015 after previous act Pure Love's hiatus, Carter's new band have released two albums. The most recent, this year's Modern Ruin, came out this year and has earned him his place as a major British punk force. Check out 'Lullaby'.

    Tickets cost €22 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017

    Kasabian

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Kasabian play Dublin's 3Arena on November 28 as part of the extensive tour for latest album For Crying Out Loud.

    Tickets are priced from €49.50-€59.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017

    Fujiya & Miyagi: Transparent Things 10 Year Anniversary

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Brighton trio Fujiya and Miyagi play Galway's Roisin Dubh on November 30 as part of the tenth anniversary tour for their breakthrough, Transparent Things.

    The band formed in 2000, and their blend of pop-tinged electronica and the repetitious, placid krautrock gives them a sound that's truly their own. It's over 10 years since the 2006 release of their second album, a compendium of their previous standalone singles into Transparent Things, so the band are issuing it for the first time on vinyl as it was at the time, a dead format.

    The LP will include a previously-unreleased Nike running track which clocks in at 43 minutes. Watch the video for their biggest single, 'Ankle Injuries'.

    Tickets cost €16.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017

    Whale Talk Single Launch w/Joel Harkin & Lucy Rose

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Young violin & acoustic guitar indie-folk duo Whale Talk launch their debut single at McHugh's in association with Chordblossom on November 30.

    Support comes from Derry indie-folk songwriter Joel Harkin - watch the video for 'Meredith' - and Downpatrick alt. pop singer-songwriter Lucy Bell.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017

    Lankum

    Cleere's

    Kilkenny

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    Having just released one of the albums of the year in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum have announced a 10-date Irish Winter tour. They play Kilkenny on November 30.

    Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?'. Read CJ Mc Canney’s review of Between The Earth and Sky here.

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017

    The Undertones

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Iconic Derry punk-pop hitmakers The Undertones are to play Belfast's Limelight 1 on December 1.

    This follows the 35th anniversary of the band's breakthrough single and John Peel's obituary, 'Teenage Kicks', which they marked with a new greatest hits album - An Introduction to The Undertones, packaged with some essential video content like Teenage Kicks: The Story of The Undertonesa documentary on the band. Formed by five friends in 1977, the band's success has been somewhat rejuvenated since the release of Terri Hooley semi-biopic Good Vibrations in 2012.

    Tickets are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster, priced at £18.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017

    Peter Hook & The Light play 'Substance'

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist & guitarist, Peter Hook and the Light, play the Dublin Academy on December 1.

    The act are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies over the years, but this time they're to play New Order & Joy Division Substance albums - one being issued in 1988 featuring Joy Division from 1977-1980, with New Order's separate album of the same name coming out in 1987, compiling all the band's 12" singles with B-sides from 1981-1987.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017

    Fujiya & Miyagi: Transparent Things 10 Year Anniversary

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Brighton trio Fujiya and Miyagi return to Dublin to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough, Transparent Things, when they play the Button Factory on December 1.

    The band formed in 2000, and their blend of pop-tinged electronica and the repetitious, placid krautrock gives them a sound that's truly their own. It's over 10 years since the 2006 release of their second album, a compendium of their previous standalone singles into Transparent Things, so the band are issuing it for the first time on vinyl as it was at the time, a dead format.

    The LP will include a previously-unreleased Nike running track which clocks in at 43 minutes. Watch the video for their biggest single, 'Ankle Injuries'.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017

    Lankum

    Duncairn Centre

    Belfast

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    Having just released one of the albums of the year in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum have announced a 10-date Irish Winter tour. They play Belfast on December 1 at the Duncairn Centre.

    Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?'. Read CJ Mc Canney’s review of Between The Earth and Sky here.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    The Undertones

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Iconic Derry punk-pop hitmakers The Undertones are to play Dublin's The Academy on December 2.

    This follows their 40th anniversary as a band last year, which they marked with a new greatest hits album - An Introduction to The Undertones, packaged with some essential video content like Teenage Kicks: The Story of The Undertonesa documentary on the band. Formed by five friends in 1977, the band's success has been somewhat rejuvenated since the release of Terri Hooley semi-biopic Good Vibrations in 2012.

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

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    Peter Hook & The Light play 'Substance'

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist & guitarist, Peter Hook and the Light, play Belfast's Limelight 1 on December 2.

    The act are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies over the years, but this time they're to play New Order & Joy Division Substance albums - one being issued in 1988 featuring Joy Division from 1977-1980, with New Order's separate album of the same name coming out in 1987, compiling all the band's 12" singles with B-sides from 1981-1987.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced at £22.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    Algiers

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Socially active post-punk/gospel quartet Algiers play The Grand Social on December 2.

    Oft-described as dystopian soul, their recent input has been instilled with the principles of the Black Panther movement, as well as systematic oppression. Check out the new single 'Cleveland' from their acclaimed second album, The Underside of Power.

    Tickets cost €14.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    Robert Plant

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Following the release of his forthcoming new album, Carry Fire, Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant will play two Irish dates in early December, playing the Ulster Hall on December 2.

    Accompanied by the Sensational Shape Shifters - a band comprising John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.

    Carry Fire is Plant's eleventh solo album of a distinguished career that's held water on its own merit, blending rootsy styles from the world over, with a cry that arguably holds up better than it did in the latter Zeppelin years. Here's 'The May Queen'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster,

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    Perfume Genius

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following an acclaimed set at Electric Picnic, indie-pop forerunner Perfume Genius plays the Tivoli in Dublin on December 2.

    From Seattle, Mike Hadreas released his debut album Learning in 2010. With growing critical acclaim as he progressed, his latest album, No Shape has been his biggest success to date, with him curating this year's Le Guess Who? festival and earning acclaim across the board. Watch the video for 'Slip Away'.

    Tickets cost €23.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    King Kong Company

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    After a year that saw them win a best live act award, and have made a true event out of their live shows, electronic dance troupe King Kong Company play Galway's Roisin Dubh on December 2.

    The septet have been described as sounding more like a DJ than a band, and their eponymous debut LP was produced by long-time Prodigy collaborator Neil McLellan, and sees its European release this year. Check out the frankly, quite unreal, video for 'Spacehopper'.

    Tickets are available from from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    Rocket From The Crypt

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    San Diego rock'n'roll punks Rocket From The Crypt make a welcome return to Ireland after quite some time, playing their first Belfast show in 15 years at the Black Box for Strange Victory on December 3.

    Formed in 1989 from the Diego scene by frontman/guitarist John Reis at the same time he formed Drive Like Jehu, their early albums led to a deal with Interscope and the band continued on until 2005, reinventing the garage-punk wheel in the early-noughties. They had a brief reunion before fully reuniting in late 2012. Check out their 1995 classic, Scream, Dracula, Scream!

    Tickets, priced at £20, are available from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    Hannah Peel

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Northern Irish artist & electronic composer Hannah Peel headlines Voodoo on December 2.

    The member of The Magnetic North pays close attention to her overall vision - that of an audiovisual pop auteur, and she's gotten coverage from the likes of Radio 4, The Guardian, and Lauren Laverne. She last year released her new solo album. Watch the video for recent single, 'All That Matters'.

    Tickets cost £11 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    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 their first dates on these shores in 7 years, and having sold out their March 25 show, they return on April 2 for more.

    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. 

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    The Jimmy Cake, The Bonk & more

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Experimental kosmiche outfit The Jimmy Cake headline a strong Enthusiastic Eunuch Promotions at the Bello Bar on December 2. Formed as a 10-piece in Dublin back in 2000, check out 'Death Can Fuck Off', their recent single-track album.

    Sharing the bill are Cork's The Bonk - listen to their self-released album here - who'll bring some well-orchestrated progressive, jazz-tinted retro garage, with more acts to be announced.

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

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017

    Lankum

    The Model

    Sligo

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    Having just released one of the albums of the year in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum have announced a 10-date Irish Winter tour. They play the Model in Sligo on December 2.

    Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?'. Read CJ Mc Canney’s review of Between The Earth and Sky here.

  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017

    Robert Plant

    Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his forthcoming new album, Carry Fire, Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant will play two Irish dates in early December, the latter of which takes place on December 3 at Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

    Accompanied by the Sensational Shape Shifters - a band comprising John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.

    Carry Fire is Plant's eleventh solo album of a distinguished career that's held water on its own merit, blending rootsy styles from the world over, with a cry that arguably holds up better than it did in the latter Zeppelin years. Here's 'The May Queen'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster,

  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017

    Destroyer

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Vancouver band Destroyer play The Button Factory on December 3.

    Formed in 1996 as a lo-fi home-recording project by Dan Bejar, the project gradually gained the traction to hire an actual producer, eventually signing to Merge Records. October sees the release of their twelfth album, ken. Check them out live on KEXP.

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

  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017

    Rocket From The Crypt

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    San Diego rock'n'roll punks Rocket From The Crypt make a welcome return to Ireland after quite some time, playing Whelan's on December 3.

    Formed in 1989 from the Diego scene by frontman/guitarist John Reis at the same time he formed Drive Like Jehu, their early albums led to a deal with Interscope and the band continued on until 2005, reinventing the garage-punk wheel in the early-noughties. They had a brief reunion before fully reuniting in late 2012. Check out their 1995 classic, Scream, Dracula, Scream!

    Tickets, priced at €26, are available from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017

    Blue Americans

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Leftfield pop duo Blue Americans play their first live show at Bar Sub on December 3.

    Comprising Danny Ball & Kris Platt, formerly of More Than Conquerors, they debuted their first two tracks on September 1 - and they're  of woozy synths, atmospherics and soaring, experimental pop melodies. Read our interview & stream the first single here

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    04
    Dec
    2017

    Wolves In The Throne Room

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Olympia black metal act Wolves In The Throne Room play Whelans on December 4.

    Built with a strong sense of dynamic, the atmospheric trio are known for their intense live show, and rather than adhere to the Satanic & Scandinavian image, their aesthetic is more singular. Blending elements of doom, dark ambient, folk & crust, they have a myth-evoking quality not unlike the likes of Neurosis or Swans. They're currently touring sixth album, Thrice Woven - check out 'Two Hunters'.

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

  • Mon
    04
    Dec
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Coinciding with the release of their eleventh album, ForeverlandThe Divine Comedy play the Cork Opera House on December 4.

    Since the formation of the Divine Comedy in 1989, Neil Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, with projects including the cricket-based Duckworth Lewis Method. His lyricism is cynically romantic, and sincerely ironic, and has lost none of its lustre over the years - watch the video for 'To The Rescue'.

    Tickets cost from €39.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017

    Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue)

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Former Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross returns to Ireland, performing at The Sugar Club on December 5.

    He's touring his new album, Short Stories Vol. 1, recorded over 2 days in Hamburg, featuring songs both new and old, accompanied by choral & string arrangements.

    Have a listen to 'Real Gone Kid'.

    Tickets, priced at €29, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017

    Mark Lanegan w/Tenebrous Liar & Joe Cardamone

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Alt. rock shaman and Tom Waits' & Leonard Cohen's bastard sonic child Mark Lanegan plays Mandela Hall on December 5.

    The journeyman was frontman of Screaming Trees, formed in 1984, releasing his first solo album, The Winding Sheet in 1990, performing alongside the likes of Isobel Anderson and QOTSA. This show comes off the back of a support slot with Guns N' Roses at Slane this year, and his latest album, Gargoyle. Watch the video for 'Beehive'.

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

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    University Concert Hall

    Limerick

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    Coinciding with the release of their eleventh album, ForeverlandThe Divine Comedy play the Limerick City University Concert Hall on December 5.

    Since the formation of the Divine Comedy in 1989, Neil Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, with projects including the cricket-based Duckworth Lewis Method. His lyricism is cynically romantic, and sincerely ironic, and has lost none of its lustre over the years - watch the video for 'To The Rescue'.

    Tickets cost from €39.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    Jesca Hoop

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    California-born singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop comes to The Workman's Club for a show on December 6.

    Growing up as a Mormon, she shed the faith and created music as a teenager without ever taking it seriously until she moved to LA in 2000, becoming a nanny to Tom Waits' children. She released her seventh album, Memories Are Now, to great acclaim in February. Watch the video for 'The Lost Sky', from Memories Are Now

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

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    Mark Lanegan w/Tenebrous Liar & Joe Cardamone

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Alt. rock shaman and Tom Waits' & Leonard Cohen's bastard sonic child Mark Lanegan plays Dublin's Academy on December 6.

    The journeyman was frontman of Screaming Trees, formed in 1984, releasing his first solo album, The Winding Sheet in 1990, performing alongside the likes of Isobel Anderson and QOTSA. This show comes off the back of a support slot with Guns N' Roses at Slane this year, and his latest album, Gargoyle. Watch the video for 'Beehive'.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs at the Mandela Hall with the Royal City Band on December 6.

    Having carved out a perennial career for himself for quite some time now, Ritter was actually discovered by our very own Glen Hansard and the Frames, who invited him to Ireland. His debut album came out in 1999, and these dates accompany his latest album, Gathering.

    Check out recent single, 'Showboat'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    Millennium Forum

    Derry

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    Coinciding with the release of their eleventh album, ForeverlandThe Divine Comedy play Derry's Millennium Forum on December 6.

    Since the formation of the Divine Comedy in 1989, Neil Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, with projects including the cricket-based Duckworth Lewis Method. His lyricism is cynically romantic, and sincerely ironic, and has lost none of its lustre over the years - watch the video for 'To The Rescue'.

    Tickets cost from £38 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017

    Tom Robinson

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Integral BBC 6Music broadcaster, and new wave/punk icon Tom Robinson brings his band to the Empire on December 6 for the 40th Anniversary tour of their debut album, Power In The Darkness.

    Breaking through with debut single '2-4-6-8 Motorway', the subsequent album is broadly agreed to be one of the definitive Seventies British punk albums, released just 2 years after the band's 1976 inception. Never afraid to challenge the status quo on issues of inequality, prejudice & sexuality, they made leaflets during early performances, going from signing onto the dole to Top of the Pops within nine months. Listen to the album's defiant title track.

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

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017

    Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue)

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Former Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross returns to Ireland, playing Belfast's Empire on December 7.

    He's touring his new album, Short Stories Vol. 1, recorded over 2 days in Hamburg, featuring songs both new and old, accompanied by choral & string arrangements.

    Have a listen to 'Real Gone Kid'.

    Tickets, priced at £22.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Coinciding with the release of their eleventh album, ForeverlandThe Divine Comedy play the Ulster Hall on December 7.

    Since the formation of the Divine Comedy in 1989, Neil Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, with projects including the cricket-based Duckworth Lewis Method. His lyricism is cynically romantic, and sincerely ironic, and has lost none of its lustre over the years - watch the video for 'To The Rescue'.

    Tickets cost from £33 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017

    Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs a two-night stint at Vicar Street with the Royal City Band on December 7 & 8.

    Having carved out a perennial career for himself for quite some time now, Ritter was actually discovered by our very own Glen Hansard and the Frames, who invited him to Ireland. His debut album came out in 1999, and these dates accompany his latest album, Gathering.

    Check out recent single, 'Showboat'.

    Tickets, priced at €36, are available from Ticketmaster, with combo tickets for both nights for sale too. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017

    Mark Thomas

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Massively respected comedian Mark Thomas plays the Black Box on December 7 & 8 with his new A Show That Gambles on the Future, which sold out the Fringe this year.

    With this show, Thomas is set to discover what the future has in store, given the unlikely, yet somehow inevitable, events of last year. The satirist, self-described as a libertarian anarchist, released a new book Liar's Quartet, earlier in the year.

    Tickets are available, priced £14.50-£16, from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017

    HamsandwicH

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Irish indie-pop outfit Ham Sandwich play their annual end-of-year shows on December 7-9 at Whelan's.

    Having released their debut album Carry The Meek back in 2008, which led to Glastonbury and Electric Picnic appearances, they followed it up with 2010's White Fox. They were silent for a while, resurfacing last year to release their third album, Stories From The Surface, which was nominated for Best Album in the Choice Music Price 2016.

    Check out the video for single 'In Perfect Rhymes'.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017

    HamsandwicH

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Irish indie-pop outfit Ham Sandwich play their annual end-of-year shows on December 7-9 at Whelan's.

    Having released their debut album Carry The Meek back in 2008, which led to Glastonbury and Electric Picnic appearances, they followed it up with 2010's White Fox. They were silent for a while, resurfacing last year to release their third album, Stories From The Surface, which was nominated for Best Album in the Choice Music Price 2016.

    Check out the video for single 'In Perfect Rhymes'.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017

    Lankum

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Having just released one of the albums of the year in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum have announced a 10-date Irish Winter tour. They play Dolan's on December 7.

    Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?'. Read CJ Mc Canney’s review of Between The Earth and Sky here.

  • Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017

    Rusangano Family w/Jonen Dekay

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Choice Music Prize Winners, hip-hop trio Rusangano Family play Galway's Roisin Dubh on December 8.

    The bass-heavy 2 MC, 1 DJ act features members from Zimbabwe, Togo & Co. Clare, and have built up an incredible audience from their live show and debut album, Let The Dead Bury The Dead. Check out their latest single, 'Tea In A Pot'.

    Supporting is Jonen Dekay.

    Admission costs €20, or €18 for members from Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017

    The Divine Comedy w/Pugwash

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Coinciding with the release of their eleventh album, ForeverlandThe Divine Comedy round out a run of Irish tour dates at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on December 8 & 9.

    Since the formation of the Divine Comedy in 1989, Neil Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, with projects including the cricket-based Duckworth Lewis Method. His lyricism is cynically romantic, and sincerely ironic, and has lost none of its lustre over the years - watch the video for 'To The Rescue'.

    Tickets cost from €40.05-€45.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017

    Le Galaxie

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Dublin cosmically-inclined purveyors of the party Le Galaxie hold a December 8

    For the perennial party machines, this show will be rammed, the act being as known for their ability to captivate live and create a live happening as much as their recorded output. That said, have a listen to 'Humanise', taken off Le Club. Their third album, Pleasure, is due to come out in March 2018 with a US distribution deal.

    Tickets cost €29.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017

    New Secret Weapon w/The Magnapinna & Phasam Haze

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Alt. rockers New Secret Weapon are set to release their second album - recorded by none other than Steve Albini - in 2018, and play their first Cork show in some time at The Poor Relation on December 8. Blending sludgy alternative rock, noise and some progressive tendencies, check them out Live at the Meadow.

    Supporting are alt. metal outfit The Magnapinna - check them out on Bandcamp - and Phasam Haze.

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017

    Rusangano Family w/Mango & Mathman

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Choice Music Prize Winners, hip-hop trio Rusangano Family play Cyprus Avenue on December 9 as part of their end-of-year Irish dates.

    The bass-heavy 2 MC, 1 DJ act features members from Zimbabwe, Togo & Co. Clare, and have built up an incredible audience from their live show and debut album, Let The Dead Bury The Dead. Check out their latest single, 'Tea In A Pot'.

    Support comes from Dublin rapper Mango and DJ Mathman.

    Admission costs €15 from Cyprus Avenue. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017

    Lankum

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having just released one of the albums of the year in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum have announced a 10-date Irish Winter tour. It culminates at Vicar Street on December 9.

    Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?'. Read CJ Mc Canney’s review of Between The Earth and Sky here.

    Tickets are priced €26 and available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Dec
    2017

    The Charlatans

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    English indie rock legends The Charlatans play Dublin's Academy on December 10.

    This news follows the release of their thirteenth album, Different Days, another strong release amongst the band's consistent repertoire. Formed in the late eighties by bassist Martin Blunt, who eventually brought frontman Tim Burgess onboard, they were associated with the Britpop and Madchester scenes. They achieved hits from their debut album, 1990's Some Friendly and have largely went from strength to strength.  Different Days was recorded at the band's Chesire studio, and features appropriate contributions from friends from Paul Weller & Johnny Marr, through to the likes of more unexpected crime writer Ian Rankin & phenomenal writer/actress Sharon Horgan.

    Tickets are priced at €36.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Dec
    2017

    Live @ The Hub Launch: Doug Cooney, Contour, No More Questions & Chateau

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    The DBD Venue below Dublin's The Mezz hosts the inaugural clubnight from new electronic night Live @ The Hub on December 10, headed by Doug Cooney. The avid record collector, DJ & producer has been working on techno for many years, cultivating and spanning the breadth of the genre and attention to detail. 

    Supporting are acclaimed duo Contour - expect sweet hardware & a facemelting visual show - electro-pop pair No More Questions and young electronic performer & songwriter Chateau.

    Admission is free, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    11
    Dec
    2017

    The Charlatans

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    English indie rock legends The Charlatans play Belfast's Limelight 1 on December 11.

    This news follows the release of their thirteenth album, Different Days, another strong release amongst the band's consistent repertoire. Formed in the late eighties by bassist Martin Blunt, who eventually brought frontman Tim Burgess onboard, they were associated with the Britpop and Madchester scenes. They achieved hits from their debut album, 1990's Some Friendly and have largely went from strength to strength.  Different Days was recorded at the band's Chesire studio, and features appropriate contributions from friends from Paul Weller & Johnny Marr, through to the likes of more unexpected crime writer Ian Rankin & phenomenal writer/actress Sharon Horgan.

    Tickets are priced at £31 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017

    The Moulettes

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Multi-instrumentalist group Moulettes play Whelan's on December 12.

    Combining electric & acoustic instruments, the Brighton-based collective released their new album Preternatural last year. The band are influenced by experimental pop, folk, and prog, along the lines of Zappa, Gentle Giant, tUnE-yArDs and Field Music. Listen to 'Behemooth' live in the studio for an example of their eclectic musicality.

    Tickets, priced at €17.50 from available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017

    Patrick Wolf

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Receiving the Trinity's College Historical Society's Burke Medal for the Outstanding Contribution to Discourse through the Arts, Patrick Wolf performs at Dublin's Sugar Club on December 12.

    He's currently polishing off his seventh studio album and first book of original poetry, The Ghost Religion. The Burke Medal has previously been awarded to WB Yeats, Salman Rushdie, Patti Smith, Ralph Fiennes & Sinéad O'Connor, amongst many other luminaries. Patrick Wolf has consistently evolved with pop, but check out early single, 'The Magic Postition'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017

    Citog Presents: Oh Boland, Slyrydes & Any Joy

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Citog presents a sweet indie bill, headed by local heroes, Tuam garage rockers Oh Boland at the Roisin Dubh on December 13. Having released their debut album, Spilt Milk in 2016, they're to release the follow-up, Cheap Things this year.

    Support comes from Slyrydes and Cork-based indie-psych act Any Joy, who just released their debut Circles LP - check it out on Bandcamp.

    Admission is completely free, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017

    SikTh, 7.5 Tonnes of Beard, Drakonis & Altus

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    One of the most successful of the djent bands, SikTh play the Empire on December 13. The Watford band formed in 1999, releasing their debut LP in 2003, ultimately ceasing in 2008 before a reunion in 2013 and have now released their third album, The Future In Whose Eyes?

    Supporting are the crushingly heavy five piece 7.5 Tonnes of Beard - check them out on Bandcamp - Lisburn black death metal outfit Drakonis and melodic death metal outfit Altus.

    Tickets, priced £20, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017

    King Krule

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Eclectic English singer, rapper, songwriter, producer & musician Archy Ivan Marshall, aka King Krule, is to play the Academy on December 13.

    Incorporating elements of punk, jazz, hip-hop & trip-hop filtered through an indie rock lens, he's been gradually building, with debut album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon coming out in 2013. Watch the video for his new single, 'Czech One'.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017

    SikTh

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    One of the most successful of the djent bands, SikTh play Dublin's Button Factory on December 14.

    The Watford band formed in 1999, releasing their debut LP in 2003, ultimately ceasing in 2008 before a reunion in 2013 and have now released their third album, The Future In Whose Eyes?

     

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017

    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 fifth annual Christmas show at The Academy on December 14.

    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 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
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    2017
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    2017

    Talos

    St. Ann's Parish Centre

    Dublin

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    A suitably atmospheric venue hosts the panoramic folktronic pop soundscapes of Eoin French, aka Talos, on December 14 & 15, when he plays St. Ann's Parish Centre on Dawson Street.

    He released his a recent EP, O Sanctum in August, with the single 'Your Love Is An Island' gaining a lot of momentum, marked by acclaimed live shows. Check out the lead single from debut album Wild Alee, 'Odyssey'.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017

    Yawning Man

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Palm Desert scene originators Yawning Man play Voodoo on December 14.

    Heavily influenced by psychedelia, punk, jazz, punk rock and everything else absorbed during their heady time together, they were a massive influence on the popularisers of the desert rock sound like Kyuss, QOTSA and countless others. Forming in 1986, they drew from SST Records - the likes of Black Flag, Minutemen, Meat Puppets and the like, sounding somewhere between early Floyd, Black Flag and Morricone. They didn't release any outright studio albums until 2005, their most recent being 2016's Historical Graffiti - check out Vista Point. 

    Aptly providing support are the fast-rising, intoxicatingly funky, soulful, psychedelic jam trio Electric Octopus - check out one of their many albums.

    Admission costs £10 on the night, with doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017

    PIPS Fundraiser: Hand Models, Ghouls, Joel Harkin, Visual

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The Menagerie holds a fundraiser for PIPS - the Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide & Self-harm - on Thursday, December 14. Heading the bill are fuzzed-out indie quartet Hand Models - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are slack indie rockers Ghouls, Derry's Joel Harkin - check out his Bandcamp - and Visual.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017

    Otherkin

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Following sold out shows and slots at Tennent's Vital, Electric Picnic, Latitude, Reading & Leeds Festivals and more, Dublin grungy garage quartet Otherkin round out another big  year - having released debut album OK at the end of summer - with a show at the Button Factory on December 15.

    They released their The New Vice EP last summer - check out their Soundcloud. Their music and performances have attracted the Guardian and NME and it looks like the band are on the cusp of big things. Here's new single 'The Hyve'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €15.35. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017

    Happy Mondays

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Madchester legends Happy Mondays play Vicar Street on December 15, following their two sold-out shows in the venue almost exactly two years ago.

    Formed around frontman Shaun Ryder in 1980, Happy Mondays were a crucial act in the drug-fuelled Madchester movement of the later '80s/early '90s. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches was released in 1990, and permanently cemented their legacy in British culture. Have a listen to the glorious adapted Italo house of 'Step On'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €35. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017

    Bosco Ramos, Junk Drawer & Slouch

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Three of Ireland's finest broad-ranging rock outfits come together for a collaborative, seasonal date at Sandinos on December 15. Headlining are slab-dragging, sludgy Belfast bass/drum duo Bosco Ramos, who've recently being going from strength to strength - watch the video for 'Rolling Sea'.

    Sharing that bill are instrument-swapping indie/psych rockers Junk Drawer - check out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP - and Dublin trio Slouch, the slack desert rockers in a claustrophobic place - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017

    Signal Launch Party: Post-Punk Podge, Cruiser & Senior Infants

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    The Roundy hosts the first Signal night, in a collaborative effort from Cosmonaut Music, Overblown & Merakindie on December 15. The gang aim to build a night of cross-genre awesome new music from across the island to foster a positive and open-minded community.

    Performing are Post-Punk Podge - listen to 'Post-Punk Election Party' - noisy Limerick emo act Cruiser - listen to their debut album - and Senior Infants.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017

    CKY

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Noughties riff-rockers CKY play Voodoo Lounge in Dublin on December 16.

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

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

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017

    Clang Sayne

    The Black Gate

    Galway

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    Massively diverse, experimental folk quartet Clang Sayne play Galway's Black Gate on Francis Street on December 16.

    Fusing '70s psychedelia, free jazz, sound art, folk and more, the Wexford act's borderline-uncategorisable sound has yielded two albums - the most recent of which, The Round Soul of the World, was released earlier this year. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available on the door, priced at €10.

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017

    The Defects Album Launch w/The Gakk & more

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast punks The Defects launch their new album at the Oh Yeah Centre in a Shizznigh Promotions show on December 16.

    Dundalk ska/reggae punks The Gakk support, with more acts & DJ to be announced.

    Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017

    And So I Watch You From Afar, Touts, Catalan & Calling All Horses

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar make their long-awaited live return to the city on December 16, when they play the recently-restored old Telegraph Building on Royal Avenue.

    This follows their mammoth European tour following the release of their hugely acclaimed fifth album, The Endless Shimmeringand ahead of a series of end-of-year Irish dates.

    Supporting are hotly-tipped Derry indie-punks Touts, ASIWYFA guitarist Rory Friers' younger sibling Ewen's new project Catalan, and Calling All Horses, formed of members of LaFaro & General Fiasco.

    Admission costs £16 from Ticketmaster & Shine. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017

    Myles Manley, Rattle & Strength NIA

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Sligo DIY experimental pop act Myles Manley headlines Whelan's on December 16. Check out the rather unreal video for 'Pay Me What I'm Worth', by Bob Gallagher.

    Supporting are lo-fi new-wave recalling outfit Rattle - check out their debut album here - and Derry's Strength NIA, who just released their debut album.

    Tickets cost €5 for the unwaged/struggling artist, €10 general admission, or €15 for a premium 'patron of the arts' ticket - available from Whelans. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    17
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    2017

    Glen Hansard

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following two sold out solo shows in August at the venue, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard plays a big band show on December 17 & 18 at Vicar Street.

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

    His first solo album, Rhythm and Repose came out in 2012, and was followed up by the aforementioned Didn't He Ramble in 2015. Check out the video for 'Winning Streak'.

    Tickets cost €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017

    CKY w/Black Chapels & Mosmo Strange

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Noughties riff-rockers CKY play the Empire on December 17.

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

    Support comes from Mosmo Strange and Black Chapels.

    Tickets cost £22.50 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Dec
    2017

    Gogol Bordello w/Lucky Chops

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Coinciding with their latest album Seekers and Finders, gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello play The Academy on December 19.

    Written over a tour of three different continents, the nine-piece multi-cultural outfit blend violins, accordions, trump, marimba and conventional rock instrumentation, with the irreplaceable Eugene Hutz as frontman. 

    Tickets cost €30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Dec
    2017
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    Dec
    2017

    The Strypes

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    In celebration of their third album, Spitting Image, Cavan rock'n'roll ones-to-watch The Strypes have come of age, playing December 21 & 22 at Whelan's.

    The young music magpies recorded the third LP with the legendary Glyn Johns' son Ethan, after exploding with hype back in 2013 and touring relentlessly since. As well as their traditional British invasion roots, they've incorporated some New Wave into their sound. Watch the video for 'Great Expectations'.

    Tickets cost €30 from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Dec
    2017

    Rusangano Family w/Jafaris

    Dolans Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Choice Music Prize Winners, hip-hop trio Rusangano Family play Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on December 21 as part of their end-of-year Irish dates.

    The bass-heavy 2 MC, 1 DJ act features members from Zimbabwe, Togo & Co. Clare, and have built up an incredible audience from their live show and debut album, Let The Dead Bury The Dead. Check out their latest single, 'Tea In A Pot'.

    Supporting is Dublin-based singer/poet/rapper/actor/songwriter Jafaris.

    Admission costs €18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Dec
    2017

    Gascan Ruckus, Via:Barvikha, Wasps & The Vicuñas

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    In Shizznigh's flagship Christmas show, alt. punks Gascan Ruckus headline the Empire on December 21 to round out the season. Have a listen to their debut album, Narrow Defeats and Bitter Victories.

    Supporting are brooding alt. folk singer-songwriter Chris Leckey's Via Barvikha - listen to his excellent debut EP Chengdu - math-punk duo Wasps - check out the video for 'Future Endeavours' - and Warrenpoint quartet The Vicuñas.

    Admission costs £7, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Dec
    2017

    Katie Kim

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Waterford's Katie Sullivan, aka Katie Kim plays what's sure to be a special seasonal show at the Workman's Club on December 22.

    Check out her ethereal, slowcore, ambient drone-folk album Salt on Bandcamp, which was shortlisted for RTÉ Choice Music Prize this year. Watch the video for 'Ghosts'.

    Admission costs €10 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    22
    Dec
    2017

    Kristmas with The Krauts: Laurie Shaw, Sissy & Any Joy

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Alliance Promotions & Beatnik Disco run a special Christmas show at the Roundy on December 22, headed by Cork indie post-punk songwriter Laurie Shaw.

    Dublin garage-punk trio Sissy share the bill -  listen to their righteous, Repeal-backing recent single 'Sail and Rail' as well as Cork-based indie-psych act Any Joy, who just released their debut Circles LP - check it out on Bandcamp. Beatnik DJs provide the tunes.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Dec
    2017

    Popicalia 24: Autre Monde, Ginnels & Lie-Ins

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Paddy Hanna-fronted new-wave/power-pop quartet Autre Monde headline the final Popicalia of the year at Drop Dead Twice on December 22. Listen to their new, eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are jangly power-pop outfit Lie Ins - seriously, listen to them - and the solo project of Mark Chester of No Monster Club & Grand Pocket Orchestra member, Ginnels, a finely-honed indie rock outfit with some incredibly tight songwriting.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Dec
    2017

    And So I Watch You From Afar

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Belfast-based instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar play Dublin's Academy in the first of four end-of-year dates on December 28.

    The band have recorded their forthcoming fifth album, following on from their 2015 LP, Heirs, on Sargent House. Blending upbeat pop energy with crushing heaviness and ambience, the band are one of Ireland's finest live, and this short tour follows a mammoth run of European dates throughout October & November.

    Admission costs €22 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Dec
    2017

    Crilli's Xmas Drum & Bass Pudding

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast signature drum 'n' bass night Crilli returns for a yuletide special on December 28 at Voodoo.

    Local talent includes BlairChill & NephillimStashUndadog, as well as Drumology DJs and Crilli resident Bad Operator.

    Admission costs £3 before 11pm and £5 after, or free via the limited Facebook guestlist. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Dec
    2017

    And So I Watch You From Afar

    Garbo's

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    Belfast-based instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar play Castlebar's Garbo's on December 29.

    The band have recorded their forthcoming fifth album, following on from their 2015 LP, Heirs, on Sargent House. Blending upbeat pop energy with crushing heaviness and ambience, the band are one of Ireland's finest live, and this short tour follows a mammoth run of European dates throughout October & November.

  • Fri
    29
    Dec
    2017

    Overhead, The Albatross

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Instrumental post-rockers Overhead, The Albatross play an intimate Christmas show at Workman's Club on December 29.

    The six-piece's attention to detail is second to none, with mild psychedelic overtones, skyscraping melodies and massive, panoramic scapes interspersed with conventional post-rock instrumentation, as well as the presence of electronics. Their debut album, Learning To Growl, came out last year, to a deserving nomination for the Choice Music Prize - check them out at one of their Vicar Street shows.

    Tickets cost €18 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Dec
    2017

    Slow Place Like Home, Foreign Owl & Stephen McCauley

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    Donegal-based psychedelic electronic outfit Slow Place Like Home play Bennigans in Derry on December 29.

    Having recently released their new album, When I See You...Ice Cream!, it was written between Ballyshannon & Portugal, and follows up on 2015's Romola - check it out on Bandcamp. Check out their latest single, 'Echoes', featuring Whipping Boy's Fearghal McKee.

    Support comes from young art rockers Foreign Owl - check out their new tune, 'Pink Nose' - and BBC Radio Foyle tastemaker Stephen McCauley.

    Admission costs £5.

  • Fri
    29
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    30
    Dec
    2017

    Ryan Vail & Joshua Burnside

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Quiet Arch Records hold a seasonal double-bill with two of their highest achievers, Ryan Vail and Joshua Burnside at the MAC over the course of December 29 & 30.

    With both artists at their seeming apotheosis to-date, singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside plays this show just off the back of a well-deserved NI Music Prize for debut album, Ephrata.

    Derry's incredibly gifted electronic wizard Ryan Vail shares the bill on each night - watch the video for 'Shadows'.

    Tickets cost £12 from the MAC. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sat
    30
    Dec
    2017

    And So I Watch You From Afar

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Belfast-based instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar make their long-awaited return to Cork to play Cyprus Avenue on December 30 in a 4-date run of Irish shows.

    The band have recorded their forthcoming fifth album, following on from their 2015 LP, Heirs, on Sargent House. Blending upbeat pop energy with crushing heaviness and ambience, the band are one of Ireland's finest live, and this short tour follows a mammoth run of European dates throughout October & November.

    Admission costs €17.50 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Dec
    2017

    The Bonnevilles Vinyl Launch w/The Crossfire Hurricanes, The Groundlings & Electric Blue

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Lurgan whiskey-loving garage-blues duo The Bonnevilles a rare live show at QUB's Students' Union Speakeasy Bar on December 30 to celebrate the launch of their debut album, Folk Art and the Death of Electric Jesus on vinyl for the first time.

    Support comes from an appropriately garagey bunch in The Crossfire Hurricanes - check out 'Romancing Revolution' - deep, rootsy rhythm'n'blues outfit The Groundlings and Newtonards hard blues rockers Electric Blue.

    Tickets are available for £8 online, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017

    And So I Watch You From Afar

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Belfast-based instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar play Galway's Roisin Dubh for the third time this year, finishing up their 4-date Irish tour on New Year's Eve.

    The band have recorded their forthcoming fifth album, following on from their 2015 LP, Heirs, on Sargent House. Blending upbeat pop energy with crushing heaviness and ambience, the band are one of Ireland's finest live, and this short tour follows a mammoth run of European dates throughout October & November.

    Admission costs €25 from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018

    6LACK

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    One of the hottest performers in hip-hop & R&B right now, 6LACK plays the Olympia Theatre on January 16.

    From Atlanta, Georgia, his debut album Free 6LACK came out at the end of 2016 and since then, he's been tipped for massive success - watch the video for 'Prblms'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €25.90. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018

    Steel Panther w/Wayward Sons

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    LA hair metal parody outfit Steel Panther play Dublin's Academy on January 18 as part of their Lower The Bar tour.

    They've existed since 1997, having become arguably the premier party band upon the moment their debut album Feel The Steel was released. Their fourth album is just out - here's the video for 'Poontang Boomerang' - they never claimed to possess tact.

    Support comes from Wayward Sons.

    Tickets cost €36.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Steel Panther

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    LA hair metal parody outfit Steel Panther play the Limelight 1 on January 19 as part of their Lower The Bar tour.

    They've existed since 1997, having become arguably the premier party band upon the moment their debut album Feel The Steel was released. Their fourth album is just out - here's the video for 'Poontang Boomerang' - they never claimed to possess tact.

    Support comes from Wayward Sons.

    Tickets cost £32 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Three Trapped Tigers, Blue Whale & Wasps

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Experimental, mathy noise rock trio Three Trapped Tigers headline the Belfast Empire on January 19.

    Incorporating electronics into an improv-heavy, noise laden set, they've released three EPs and 2 albums since their 2007 inception. Watch them play live on Audiotree.

    Sharing the bill are mathy art-rock quartet Blue Whale - check out the video for 'Jack Irons' - and math-punk duo Wasps - check out the video for 'Future Endeavours'.

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Brand New Friend

    The Duke of York

    Belfast

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    Having just announced their signing to British label Xtra Mile, the hotly-tipped emo-tinged pop-rockers Brand New Friend play upstairs at Belfast's Duke of York on January 19.

    Check out their third single, 'Hate It When You Have To Go'.

    Tickets, priced at just £6, are available from Ticketmaster, Shine & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Jan
    2018

    Public Service Broadcasting

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The aptly-named Public Service Broadcasting have announced their biggest Dublin show yet, when they play the Academy on January 24, touring their most critically & commercially successful album to-date.

    Every Valley achieved No. 4 placing in the charts, which is impressive for a band that relies on its eclectic instrumentalism & samples from old public service broadcasts as vocals. Based around J. Willgoose, Esq. and drummer Wrigglesworth, they mine a particular era of British culture, creating an AV Transmission live, using archival footage and live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics.

    Tickets, priced at €27.90, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The aptly-named Public Service Broadcasting have announced their biggest Belfast show to date, when they play the Limelight 1 on January 25 as they tour their most critically & commercially successful album to-date.

    Every Valley achieved No. 4 placing in the charts, which is impressive for a band that relies on its eclectic instrumentalism & samples from old public service broadcasts as vocals. 

    Tickets, priced at £22.50, are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2018

    Moon Duo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Hands down one of the finest cosmically-inclined twosomes in existence, Portland’s Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson, aka, Moon Duo have announced that they will return to play Dublin early next year. The pair – who released the two-installment Occult Architecture Vol 1 and 2 in 2017 alone – will stop off at Dublin’s Button Factory on Friday, January 26.

    Tickets are priced €16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Moon Duo w/Documenta

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    Hands down one of the finest cosmically-inclined twosomes in existence, Portland’s Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson, aka, Moon Duo have announced that they will play a pair of Irish dates.

    The pair – who released the two-installment Occult Architecture Vol 1 and 2 in 2017 alone – will stop off at Belfast's Black Box on January 27 in a joint Out To Lunch & Strange Victory effort. Check out Shadow of the Sun.

    Tickets are priced £14 from CQAF. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    The Menzingers, PUP & Cayetana

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Pennsylvanian punk rock quartet The Menzingers will kick off a European tour in the New Year with a brace of Irish dates, beginning at Whelan's on January 28. The Menzingers released their fifth studio album, After the Party, at the start of the year. Stream it.

    Culminating in Amsterdam in mid-February, the tour will also feature support from Toronto punks PUP - whose second album The Dream Is Over was one of the most acclaimed albums of last year in its genre - and Philly trio Cayetana.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets.

  • Mon
    29
    Jan
    2018
    Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    Erasure

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Quintessential London synthpop duo Erasure play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on January 29-31 due to popular demand.

    Andy Bell and Vince Clark have been around now for 32 years, selling over 25 million albums, with their latest being World Be Gone. Check out the video for 'A Little Respect'.

    Tickets, priced €54.50-€64.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Jan
    2018

    The Menzingers, PUP & Cayetana

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Pennsylvanian punk rock quartet The Menzingers will kick off a European tour in the New Year with a brace of Irish dates, performing at the Limelight 2 on January 29. The Menzingers released their fifth studio album, After the Party, at the start of the year. Stream it.

    Culminating in Amsterdam in mid-February, the tour will also feature support from Toronto punks PUP - whose second album The Dream Is Over was one of the most acclaimed albums of last year in its genre - and Philly trio Cayetana.

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

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    Pale Waves

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Hotly-tipped Manchester indie-pop quartet Pale Waves play the Grand Social on January 31.

    This follows the release of their new single and debut EP 'New Year's Eve', out early 2018. 

    Tickets, priced €12.75, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Rat Boy

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Essex band Rat Boy - who were sampled on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. earlier this year - play the Limelight 1 on February 2.

    Their debut album Scum, came out in mid-2017, and the post-Britpop, hip-hop-tinged indie band are led by Jordan Cardy. Check out 'Laidback'.

    Tickets cost £17 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    An Evening With Electric Octopus

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Following their recent series of sold-out shows including the Belfast Barge, Voodoo & the Black Box with Rab McCullough, funk, psych, blues (and more) jam band Electric Octopus bring their next An Evening With... show at Belfast's Menagerie on February 2.

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

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £5 plus booking fees. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Rat Boy

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Essex band Rat Boy - who were sampled on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. earlier this year - play the Academy on February 3.

    Their debut album Scum, came out in mid-2017, and the post-Britpop, hip-hop-tinged indie band are led by Jordan Cardy. Check out 'Laidback'.

    Tickets cost €19.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    06
    Feb
    2018

    British Sea Power

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    Indie rock band British Sea Power play Whelans on February 6.

    They're just off the back of their first album in four years, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party, having released their debut nearly 15 years ago, an album that breathed life into British indie rock. With this sound, they incorporated sharper elements of Britpop - think Pulp & the Manic Street Preachers - blended with the artistically-inclined ambition of Bowie, letting British music history percolate within their sound, laying the groundwork for bands like Arctic Monkeys to dominate the national, and ultimately Western consciousness. 

    Watch the video for 'Remember Me'.

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

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    Kendrick Lamar

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The present and future face of hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar, plays Dublin's 3Arena on February 7 to kick off his European leg of the DAMN. tour.

    From Compton, he's now 30 and has released two of the most essential albums in hip-hop history in good kid m.A.A.d city and the sprawling To Pimp A Butterfly, with his recent DAMN. being an eclectic blend of club bangers, indie-referencing tunes and the kind of stuff he's known for. 

    Tickets are priced from €77-€101, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    British Sea Power

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Indie rock band British Sea Power play the Limelight 2 on February 7.

    They're just off the back of their first album in four years, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party, having released their debut nearly 15 years ago, an album that breathed life into British indie rock. With this sound, they incorporated sharper elements of Britpop - think Pulp & the Manic Street Preachers - blended with the artistically-inclined ambition of Bowie, letting British music history percolate within their sound, laying the groundwork for bands like Arctic Monkeys to dominate the national, and ultimately Western consciousness. 

    Watch the video for 'Remember Me'.

    Tickets cost £18.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Ed Byrne

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Following a sold-out fringe run, Ed Byrne returns to Belfast to perform his new show, Spoiler Alert at the Waterfront on February 10.

    Byrne apparently originally intended to call the show “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but his promoter considered the title “off-puttingly baffling”. Tellingly, he explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks, ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Franz Ferdinand

    Leisureland

    Galway

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    Art-rockers Franz Ferdinand have announced a pair of Irish dates, kicking off the European tour with a show at Galway's Leisureland on February 10.

    Watch the video for 'Always Ascending', the title track from their new record, out through Domino. They've come a long way from the danceable Gang of Four-recalling post-punk revival years, and their 2002 Glasgow inception.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Franz Ferdinand

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Art-rockers Franz Ferdinand have announced a pair of Irish dates, playing Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 11.

    Watch the video for 'Always Ascending', the title track from their new record, out through Domino. They've come a long way from the danceable Gang of Four-recalling post-punk revival years, and their 2002 Glasgow inception.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018
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    14
    Feb
    2018

    Paul Weller w/Touts

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Brit-rock icon Paul Weller returns to Dublin to play the Olympia Theatre on February 13 & 14.

    Known originally for his work with The Jam, before forming The Style Council, he's often called The Modfather for his contributions to the revival of Mod culture in the '70s & '80s. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of his debut album, In The City, as well as the release of his 13th solo album A Kind Revolution.

    Support comes from young Derry indie-punks Touts.

    Tickets are priced at €55.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    Anvil

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Cult Canadian metal band Anvil come to Belfast to play the Limelight 2 on February 13. 

    Although they never reached the level of popularity their potential suggested, the phenomenal documentary made about their careers paved the way for something of a career rejuvenation. This tour comes as part of the tour for their seventeenth album, Pounding The Pavement. Watch their biggest hit, 'Metal On Metal'.

    Tickets cost £15 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    The Front Bottoms

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    New Jersey good-time folk-punk band The Front Bottoms are set to make some formative memories on February 14 at the Mandela Hall.

    The quartet  formed in 2007, self-releasing a series of EP's and albums, their outright eponymous debut album came out in 2011, building via their relentless touring schedule and consistent critical acclaim, maintaining an authenticity while jumping to a major label. Their latest, Going Grey, came out in October - watch the video for its first single, 'Raining'.

    Tickets cost £21 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Anvil

    Green Room, The Academy

    Dublin

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    Cult Canadian metal band Anvil come to Dublin's Green Room at the Academy on February 14. 

    Although they never reached the level of popularity their potential suggested, the phenomenal documentary made about their careers paved the way for something of a career rejuvenation. This tour comes as part of the tour for their seventeenth album, Pounding The Pavement. Watch their biggest hit, 'Metal On Metal'.

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

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    The Lost Brothers

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory bring Irish songwriters & musicians Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, aka The Lost Brothers to the Black Box on February 14.

    It's been ten years since the release of their debut album, Trails of the Lonely, with the latest, Halfway Towards A Healing being overseen by Giant Sand legend Howe Gelb, out at the end of January. Check them playing 'Soldier's Son' live on RTÉ One.

    Tickets cost £12 from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Paul Weller w/Touts

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Brit-rock icon Paul Weller plays the Ulster Hall on February 15.

    Known originally for his work with The Jam, before forming The Style Council, he's often called The Modfather for his contributions to the revival of Mod culture in the '70s & '80s. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of his debut album, In The City, as well as the release of his 13th solo album A Kind Revolution.

    Support comes from young Derry indie-punks Touts.

    Tickets are priced at £49 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Jake Bugg (Acoustic)

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Younger singer-songwriter Jake Bugg returns to Dublin with new album in hand, when he plays Whelan's on February 15 as part of an acoustic tour.

    Following his breakthrough debut album and successful follow-ups, his latest album Hearts That Strain was written with Grammy-winning producer David Ferguson & Matt Sweeney in Nashville. Watch the video for new single 'How Soon The Dawn'.

    Tickets are available from Whelan's, priced at €27.90. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Wild Beasts

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following the announcement of their split, Wild Beasts play one of their last ever performances, taking place at the Olympia Theatre on February 15.

    Formed when the band were still teenagers, they've done phenomenally well and their last release is the Punk Drunk and Trembling EP, from their Boy King recording sessions. The eclectic band swung across indie rock, minmalism, art-funk and many other touchstones in their time together - listen to their swan song single.

    Tickets are priced from €28.50-€36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    JK Flesh [Godflesh, Jesu]

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Justin K Broadrick, founder of Godflesh, member of Napalm Death at just 15, and all-round industrial godhead JK Flesh plays The Workman's Club on February 17.

    Debuting with his solo project in 2012 with Posthuman, he's also worked as part of Techno Animal alongside The Bug, and Flesh is the side of his solo output more driven by electronic beats & bass, which was hinted at back in his early, '90s psychedelic industrial techno project. Listen to last year's EDLX.048 Rise Above.

    Tickets cost €16.55 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018

    Morrissey

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Love, hate or merely tolerate him, Stephen Patrick Morrissey will return to Dublin's 3Arena on February 20.

    Despite his recent acts of pompous myopia - supporting UKIP, his autobiography being an instant Penguin Classic - he was in The Smiths. With his eleventh solo album out in November, here's recent single 'I Wish You Lonely'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Electric Six

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    In what has become an annual tradition, Detroit dance-tinged comedy rockers Electric Six return to Ireland, playing the Limelight 2 on February 23.

    They play following the release of their eleventh studio album, Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!, in October. The band have remained notably prolific since their 2003 debut Fire, averaging almost an album a year. 

    Tickets are available priced at £15.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo have announced their first show of 2018, when they play at Dublin's Button Factory - upgraded from Number Twenty Two - on February 23.

    They've just unveiled the masterful ‘Out Of My Hands’. Brimming with the band’s increasingly inimitable brand of harmony-driven alt-pop, it is also the band’s most political effort to date.

    Speaking about the track, Karen from the band said, “’Out of My Hands’ was inspired by a man I met in a pub, the night of the Home Sweet Home/Occupy Nama demonstration. He was completely cynical towards activism. I tried to get inside his head, that mistrust and negativity on the refugee crisis, homelessness in Ireland, and the Repeal the 8th movement.”

    Tickets cost €19.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Hands down one of the most prolific bands in the world right now, Melbourne psych rock maestros King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have announced they will play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on February 23. 

    The show takes place as part of a four-date run that also sees the band play London, Manchester and Glasgow, following a year that's saw them release three albums in 2017 alone - check out Sketches of Brunswick East.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €25.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Electric Six

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    In what has become an annual tradition, Detroit dance-tinged comedy rockers Electric Six return to Ireland, playing the The Academy, Dublin on February 24.

    They play following the release of their eleventh studio album, Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!, in October. The band have remained notably prolific since their 2003 debut Fire, averaging almost an album a year. 

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

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Elbow w/John Grant

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Mercury Price-winners Elbow return to Dublin, playing February 24 at the 3Arena.

    Their seventh studio album, Little Fiction had its release in February 2017, a collaborative effort compared to its 2014 individually-penned predecessor, The Take Off and Landing of Everything. It's their first as a quartet, following the departure of their drummer in early 2016. In their time apart, frontman Guy Garvey released a solo album, Craig Potter produced Steve Mason's latest, and guitarist Mark Potter formed The Plumedores. Here's the video for 'New York Morning'.

    Supporting is Colorado singer-songwriter John Grant, following his 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 are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €59.50. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Mon
    26
    Feb
    2018

    Nils Frahm

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Berlin pianist/multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Nils Frahm returns to Dublin, playing the beautiful National Concert Hall on February 26 as part of his long worldwide All Melody tour - following a 2017 live hiatus.

    Known for combining electronic and classical music, he was taught classical piano at a young age from one of the last proteges of Tchaikovsky. To date, he has released several albums, but really broke through with 2011's Felt.

    His minimalist approach and incorporation of electronics into the classical format has led many to draw comparisons with 20th century composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Check out his performance at St. John-at-Hackney Church in London.

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

  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018

    Nils Frahm

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Berlin pianist/multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Nils Frahm returns to Belfast for the first time in 4 years to play Mandela Hall on February 27 as part of his long worldwide All Melody tour - following a 2017 live hiatus.

    Known for combining electronic and classical music, he was taught classical piano at a young age from one of the last proteges of Tchaikovsky. To date, he has released several albums, but really broke through with 2011's Felt.

    His minimalist approach and incorporation of electronics into the classical format has led many to draw comparisons with 20th century composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Check out his performance at St. John-at-Hackney Church in London.

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

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    Everything Everything

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Manchester art-pop act Everything Everything are set to play the Olympia Theatre on February 28, having released fourth album, A Fever Dream in August.

    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.

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    Nicole Atkins

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    New Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins is set to play Dublin's Sound House on February 28.

     

    Drawing from all elements of 50s & 60s contemporary song - notably Brill Building pop, crooner & soul music - she's just released her fourth LP, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, which has been received with great positivity in critical circles. Here's recent single, 'Listen Up'. 

    Tickets cost €12.75 from Ticketmaster, with doors to open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo continue their rise with some more Irish dates, playing Belfast's McHugh's on March 1.

    They've just unveiled the masterful ‘Out Of My Hands’. Brimming with the band’s increasingly inimitable brand of harmony-driven alt-pop, it is also the band’s most political effort to date.

    Speaking about the track, Karen from the band said, “’Out of My Hands’ was inspired by a man I met in a pub, the night of the Home Sweet Home/Occupy Nama demonstration. He was completely cynical towards activism. I tried to get inside his head, that mistrust and negativity on the refugee crisis, homelessness in Ireland, and the Repeal the 8th movement.”

    Tickets cost £14 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play 3 Irish Dates in spring, kicking off in Dublin at the Olympia Theatre on March 1.

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

    Supporting are Downpatrick alt. metal legends Therapy?, who are set to release their fifteenth album in early 2018.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Skid Row w/Toseland

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Classic sleaze-rockers Skid Row play The Academy in Dublin on March 2 after over 30 years since they first formed.

    Currently fronted by bassist and founding member Rachel Bolan and Dragonforce's ZP Theart, who joined this year - the position was once filled by the notorious Sebastian Bach. The final EP in their United World Rebellion series was recently released. Here's 'Youth Gone Wild'.

    Support comes from Toseland.

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

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Big Top

    Limerick

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play 3 Irish Dates in spring, stopping off at Limerick's Big Top on March 2.

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

    Supporting are Downpatrick alt. metal legends Therapy?, who are set to release their fifteenth album in early 2018.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Django Django

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Ahead of releasing their forthcoming third album Marble Skies on January 26, Django Django have announced that they’ll play Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on March 2 as part of a forthcoming UK and European Tour.

    Accompanying the announcement is the foursome’s new single ‘Tic Tac Toe’, featuring a video courtesy of John Maclean. Speaking about the video, Maclean said, “The film could be about the fading era of the beach arcades, time moving too fast, love and games, horror and happiness but it is actually about a man who needs to go buy a pint of milk to make a cup of tea.”

    Tickets for the Tivoli show are available here.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Skid Row w/Toseland

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Classic sleaze-rockers Skid Row play Belfast's Limelight 1 on March 3, having passed their third decade milestone.

    Currently fronted by bassist and founding member Rachel Bolan and Dragonforce's ZP Theart, who joined this year - the position was once filled by the notorious Sebastian Bach. The final EP in their United World Rebellion series was recently released. Here's 'Youth Gone Wild'.

    Support comes from Toseland.

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play 3 Irish Dates in spring, finishing up at the Ulster Hall on March 3.

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

    Supporting are Downpatrick alt. metal legends Therapy?, who are set to release their fifteenth album in early 2018.

    Tickets are priced £35.59 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm, and it's a 14+ show, with standing restricted to 16+.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018
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    10
    Mar
    2018

    Randy Newman

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of America's great satirists, Randy Newman plays two nights in Vicar Street on March 9 & 10.

    Best known for his work on film soundtracks - a trade handed down by his father - his original studio albums have proved timeless, scathing snapshots of certain corners of American society, criticising close-mindedness, foreign policy, doublethink and even occasionally delving into some detached introspection. He's a master craftsman who doesn't stop working and is currently touring his latest album, Dark Matter. Here's a typically Randy number, taking Russian folk from the new LP: 'Putin'.

    Tickets cost €70 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Alabama 3

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Brixton blues-rockers Alabama 3 return to Dublin on March 9 to play the Academy, following the release of their whiskey-soaked LP Blues.

    The Brixton outfit blend rock, acid house, blues, country, gospel & spoken word, known for their genre fusing, the band members' alias', and outstanding live show. You probably know them best for the theme to arguably the Best Show Of All Time.

    Tickets cost €26.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather w/Dave Hause

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    New Jersey Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon returns to Ireland with his new band, The Howling Weather, playing the Olympia Theatre on March 10.

    His first solo record, 2016's Painkillers, was well received, continuing on his fusion of the ethos of punk with the heartland rock of a Springsteenian magnitude. 2018 looks to see the release of his second solo record through Island Records. Check out 'Nobody Wins'. 

    Support comes from Dave Hause.

    Tickets are priced €31.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Bob Log III

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Bob Log IIIthe one-man band, plays Voodoo on March 10.

    He plays slide on old Silvertone guitars, dons a full body human cannonball suit, and a motorcycle wired to a telephone receiver, allowing him to use his feet for drums. His live reputation precedes him. Listen to 'My Shit is Perfect'.

    Tickets cost £13.20 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather w/Dave Hause

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    New Jersey Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon returns to Ireland with his new band, The Howling Weather, playing the Limelight 1 on March 11.

    His first solo record, 2016's Painkillers, was well received, continuing on his fusion of the ethos of punk with the heartland rock of a Springsteenian magnitude. 2018 looks to see the release of his second solo record through Island Records - for now, check out 'Nobody Wins'.

    Support comes from Dave Hause.

    Tickets are priced £20.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Mar
    2018

    The Wombats

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Indie rockers The Wombats make their return, playing Belfast's Limelight 2 on March 13 in support of their forthcoming fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.

    Known for their knack for a witticism-heavy indie-pop ditty, they've evolved massively since their NME-championed heyday. Check out new single 'Lemon To A Knife Fight'.

    Tickets are priced £17.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018

    Death From Above

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in 2015, Toronto bass & drums punk rock duo Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger AKA Death From Above will play Dublin’s Olympia on March 14.

    The band – formerly known as Death From Above 1979 – released their third studio album, Outrage! Is Now, earlier this month, marking their return as an active band, having left a decade between their first two records, after the first took on a highly-influential life of its own. Check out the new single, 'Freeze Me'.

    Support comes from the mighty Le Butcherettes - they're a fearsome live outfit, so check them out at the Ring Road Live Sessions.

    Tickets are priced at €30 including booking fee, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018

    The Wombats

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Indie rockers The Wombats make their return, playing The Academy on March 14 in support of their forthcoming fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.

    Known for their knack for a witticism-heavy indie-pop ditty, they've evolved massively since their NME-championed heyday. Check out new single 'Lemon To A Knife Fight'.

    Tickets are priced €25.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    The Selecter & The Beat [Co-Headliner]

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Two of the most important acts in the ska/2-Tone movement, The Beat - featuring Ranking Roger - and The Selecter, have announced a return to Ireland, when they play Belfast's Mandela Hall on March 16.

    The Beat formed in 1978 at the peak of unemployment and social upheaval and alongside The Specials, found much success through their messages of hope in an otherwise bleak British society. They released 3 albums before disbanding in 1983 until a one-off 2003 semi-reunion, before a full regrouping took place in 2006. Their current iteration includes Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior onstage. Here's 'Mirror In The Bathroom'.

    Formed in Coventry in 1979, The Selecter were politically and socially charged by the vocals of rude girl Pauline Black. They were one of the most successful acts of the 2 Tone era despite releasing just 2 albums, with hits like 'On My Radio'. They disbanded in 1981 and split into Pauline Black's Selecter songwriter Neol Davies' Selecter after a reunion in 1991.

    Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster for £25. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    Steven Wilson

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson plays Mandela Hall on March 17 following his fifth solo album, To The Bone.

    The album is being released as a dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by one of the UK's biggest underground artists. Fusing futurist rock and spectral electronics to ambience and squalling guitars, it's seen as his ode to the ambitious progressive pop records of his youth - Peter Gabriel, Talk Talk & Tears For Fears, for example. Check out the first track taken from To The Bone, 'Pariah'.

    Tickets cost £33 from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union reception. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    19
    Mar
    2018

    Steven Wilson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson plays the Olympia Theatre on March 19 following his fifth solo album, To The Bone.

    The album is being released as a dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by one of the UK's biggest underground artists. Fusing futurist rock and spectral electronics to ambience and squalling guitars, it's seen as his ode to the ambitious progressive pop records of his youth - Peter Gabriel, Talk Talk & Tears For Fears, for example. Check out the first track taken from To The Bone, 'Pariah'.

    Tickets are priced from €40-€50.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Alabama 3

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Brixton blues-rockers Alabama 3 return to the Limelight 1 on March 10, following the release of their whiskey-soaked LP Blues.

    The Brixton outfit blend rock, acid house, blues, country, gospel & spoken word, known for their genre fusing, the band members' alias', and outstanding live show. You probably know them best for the theme to arguably the Best Show Of All Time.

    Tickets cost £22.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse play 3 Irish dates, kicking off at Dublin's Tivoli Theatre on March 20.

    The Buffalo five piece are obviously known for their macabre themes, with such hits including 'As Deep As The Knife Will Go' and 'Hammer Smashed Face' being amongst the more genial cuts. They've finished their latest album, Red Before Black, which they'll be touring this time around. Check out the video for the latest single, 'Code of the Slashers'. 

    Tickets, priced €27.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Dolans Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse play 3 Irish dates, playing Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on March 21.

    The Buffalo five piece are obviously known for their macabre themes, with such hits including 'As Deep As The Knife Will Go' and 'Hammer Smashed Face' being amongst the more genial cuts. They've finished their latest album, Red Before Black, which they'll be touring this time around. Check out the video for the latest single, 'Code of the Slashers'. 

    Tickets, priced €29, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, tour Ireland in March, playing Belfast's Limelight 2 on March 21.

    Formed of former members of Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair took their underground chops very much into the mainstream, getting tracks on Fifa & PES, getting their debut album IIVV up to no. 2 on the Irish charts and gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination to boot. Here's recent single 'Alone Together', featuring James Vincent McMorrow.

    Tickets cost £14.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Feeder

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Anthemic alt. rock trio, and soundtrack to the lives of many an adolescent, Feeder return to Ireland, playing the Olympia Theatre on March 21 as part of their The Best Of tour, celebrating their 21st anniversary collection.

    The band started out as Reel back in 1992, and came out of the post-Britpop period, heavily influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins & the like. Frontman Grant Nicholas & bassist Taka Hirose are the two remaining original members after drummer Jon Lee unfortunately took his own life in 2002. They followed it up with perhaps their finest album, Comfort In Sound. Their singles collection is one of mainstream indie's finest, so we recommend getting down to catch 'em.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €28.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Nada Surf

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    New York alternative rock band Nada Surf play Whelan's on April 21 in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their acclaimed Let Go LP.

    Having formed in 1992, they're best known for 'Popular', from their 1996 debut album, High/Low, as well as 2002's Let Go, which will be played in its entirety, followed by a second set.

    Tickets, available from Ticketmaster, are available from €21. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse play 3 Irish dates, finishing up on March 22 at the Limelight 2.

    The Buffalo five piece are obviously known for their macabre themes, with such hits including 'As Deep As The Knife Will Go' and 'Hammer Smashed Face' being amongst the more genial cuts. They've finished their latest album, Red Before Black, which they'll be touring this time around. Check out the video for the latest single, 'Code of the Slashers'. 

    Tickets, priced £23.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm as it's an early show.

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Feeder

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Anthemic alt. rock trio, and soundtrack to the lives of many an adolescent, Feeder return to Ireland, playing the Limelight 1 on March 22 as part of their The Best Of tour.

    The band started out as Reel back in 1992, and came out of the post-Britpop period, heavily influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins & the like. Frontman Grant Nicholas & bassist Taka Hirose are the two remaining original members after drummer Jon Lee unfortunately took his own life in 2002. They followed it up with perhaps their finest album, Comfort In Sound. Their singles collection is one of mainstream indie's finest, so we recommend getting down to catch 'em.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, tour Ireland in March, with the biggest show at the Olympia Theatre on March 23 - which they sold out last year.

    Formed of former members of Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair took their underground chops very much into the mainstream, getting tracks on Fifa & PES, getting their debut album IIVV up to no. 2 on the Irish charts and gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination to boot. Here's recent single 'Alone Together', featuring James Vincent McMorrow.

    Tickets cost €25.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Little Hours

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Donegal's Little Hours play their biggest headline show to date at the Button Factory on March 23.

    Led by vocalist & pianist John Doherty, they've had a busy summer of festivals, including Electric Picnic's main stage and sold-out dates in the UK & Ireland. Check out the video for 'Later On'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €22.90. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, tour Ireland in March, playing Galway's Roisin Dubh on the 24th.

    Formed of former members of Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair took their underground chops very much into the mainstream, getting tracks on Fifa & PES, getting their debut album IIVV up to no. 2 on the Irish charts and gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination to boot. Here's recent single 'Alone Together', featuring James Vincent McMorrow.

    Tickets cost €28.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    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 their first date on these shores in 7 years, and it's their biggest, headlining the 3Arena on March 25.

    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. 

  • Mon
    26
    Mar
    2018
    Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018

    Belle & Sebastian

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Scottish indie-pop outfit Belle & Sebastian play two dates in Vicar Street on March 26 & 27, following a massive Iveagh Gardens show last summer.

    Led by Stuart Murdoch, the Glaswegian outfit formed in 1996, in the year they released the first LP in a string of incredibly strong albums, Tigermilk. They most recently released their more synth-driven, upbeat Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, playing a series of well-received dates throughout summer 2017. The perfect popmakers are always pristine & full of unique live flourishes - we cannot recommend seeing them strongly enough. Here's 'The Boy With The Arab Strap'.

    Tickets cost €46.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018

    Phoenix

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city as part of Longitude back in 2013, French indie-pop quartet Phoenix will play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on March 27, 2018.

    The show will mark the end of a string of European live dates for the band, who have been touring worldwide to promote their new album, Ti Amo, since May.

    Tickets for the Dublin show are priced €34.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    Young Fathers

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Having returned recently with the brilliant ‘Lord’ – the lead single from their forthcoming third studio album – Mercury-prize winning Edinburgh trio Young Fathers will make their return to Dublin for a show at the Academy on March 28.

    The three-piece of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and G. Hastings fuse hip-hop with dub, punk, gospel & pop, having last played Dublin at Forbidden Fruit 2016 and Longitude back in 2015,

    Tickets for the Academy show are on sale, priced at €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, tour Ireland in March, performing at Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on March 29.

    Formed of former members of Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair took their underground chops very much into the mainstream, getting tracks on Fifa & PES, getting their debut album IIVV up to no. 2 on the Irish charts and gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination to boot. Here's recent single 'Alone Together', featuring James Vincent McMorrow.

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, tour Ireland in March, playing Cork's Cyprus Avenue on the 30th.

    Formed of former members of Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair took their underground chops very much into the mainstream, getting tracks on Fifa & PES, getting their debut album IIVV up to no. 2 on the Irish charts and gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination to boot. Here's recent single 'Alone Together', featuring James Vincent McMorrow.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    INEC

    Killarney

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, tour Ireland in March, playing the INEC in Killarney on March 31st.

    Formed of former members of Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair took their underground chops very much into the mainstream, getting tracks on Fifa & PES, getting their debut album IIVV up to no. 2 on the Irish charts and gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination to boot. Here's recent single 'Alone Together', featuring James Vincent McMorrow.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Big Thief

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn indie rock quartet Big Thief play Whelans on March 31.

    Their humble 2016 debut, Masterpiece was quickly followed up this year with Capacity - both of which are getting some serious attention from indie heads. Fragmented, delicate, watch them Live on KEXP

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

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Testament, Annihilator & Vader

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    April 1 sees Californian cult thrash metallers Testament return to Dublin to play Vicar Street as part of a hefty joint tour.

    They formed back in 1983 and have sold 14 million albums worldwide, making them one of the biggest bands of the thrash era, yet somehow overlooked by many who consider the 'Big Four'.  They broke up in 1992, reuniting with a new album in 2008. Their most recent release was 2016's Brotherhood of the Snake.

    They're joined by Canadian speed metal act Annihilator and Polish death metal act Vader.

    Tickets cost €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Testament, Annihilator & Vader

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    April 1 sees Californian cult thrash metallers Testament return to Dublin to play Vicar Street as part of a hefty joint tour.

    They formed back in 1983 and have sold 14 million albums worldwide, making them one of the biggest bands of the thrash era, yet somehow overlooked by many who consider the 'Big Four'.  They broke up in 1992, reuniting with a new album in 2008. Their most recent release was 2016's Brotherhood of the Snake.

    They're joined by Canadian speed metal act Annihilator and Polish death metal act Vader.

    Tickets cost €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018

    Toto

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of the best-selling groups of musicians of all time, Toto, play Vicar Street on April 4 in their 40th anniversary, as part of the 40 Trips Around The Sun tour.

    As individual members - many of whom are prolific session musicians - they have the unbelievable statistic of being heard on around 5000 albums, with over half a billion sold. Toto, themselves having sold over 35 million albums, were one of the biggest arena rock acts in the '80s and broke through with the 1982 LP Toto IV which featured the immortal 'Africa'.

    Tickets cost €54.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018

    Dr John Cooper Clarke w/Mike Garry

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, performs at Whelan's on April 4.

    The poet, cultural commentator, movie star, comedian & rock star has had his imprint on everything from early post-punk to modern pop, with the Arctic Monkeys turning his 'I Wanna Be Yours' into a hit on A:M. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets cost €29.50 from Seat Advisor. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Arcade Fire

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Canadian stadium-fillers Arcade Fire, having played hugely acclaimed and sold out shows here last summer, return to Dublin to play a special in the round show at the 3Arena on April 6.

    Breaking through with their critical and commercial success in 2004 with Funeral which became regarded as one of, if not the rock album of the noughties. The six-piece are currently touring their fifth album Everything Now, which is filled with four-to-the-floor grooves, not unlike its predecessor Reflektor. Watch the video for the title track.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Toto

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    One of the best-selling groups of musicians of all time, Toto, play Belfast's Waterfront on April 7 in their 40th anniversary, as part of the 40 Trips Around The Sun tour.

    As individual members - many of whom are prolific session musicians - they have the unbelievable statistic of being heard on around 5000 albums, with over half a billion sold. Toto, themselves having sold over 35 million albums, were one of the biggest arena rock acts in the '80s and broke through with the 1982 LP Toto IV which featured the immortal 'Africa'.

    Tickets cost £46 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Black Label Society

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    As part of a mammoth European trek, Black Label Society return to Ireland to play the Tivoli on April 7.

    Formed by Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in 1998, the pinch-harmonic lover tour in support of their Grimmest Hits

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €30. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    Black Label Society

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    As part of a mammoth European trek, Black Label Society return to Ireland, playing Belfast's Limelight 1 on April 8.

    Formed by Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in 1998, the pinch-harmonic lover tour in support of their Grimmest Hits

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Little Hours

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Donegal's Little Hours play the Roisin Dubh in Galway on April 13.

    Led by vocalist & pianist John Doherty, they've had a busy summer of festivals, including Electric Picnic's main stage and sold-out dates in the UK & Ireland. Check out the video for 'Later On'.

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

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
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    17
    Apr
    2018

    The Streets

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having announced The Streets would reform for a six-date UK greatest hits tour, Mike Skinner has been kind enough to extent the run, named The Darker the Shadow the Brighter The Light tour, to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 16 and 17.

    This year marks the 15th anniversary of debut album, Original Pirate Material, the breakthrough for their huge string of successful singles throughout the mid-noughties spearheaded by vocalist and Streets visionary Mike Skinner.

    Tickets for the show cost €49.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Little Hours

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Donegal's Little Hours play the Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on April 20.

    Led by vocalist & pianist John Doherty, they've had a busy summer of festivals, including Electric Picnic's main stage and sold-out dates in the UK & Ireland. Check out the video for 'Later On'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €22. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    The Alarm

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Welsh new wave act The Alarm, play The Academy Green Room on April 27, following the release of their first album in some time, Blood Red Viral Black.

    The alternative/new wave act formed in 1981 as punk band The Toilets, but went on to open for the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, the band will pull from their substantial back catalogue as well as from the new record, penned by frontman Mike Peters. Check out their highest chart placement, 'Sixty Eight Guns'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €22.50. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Gomez

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    It's been 20 years since the release of Gomez' Mercury Prize-winning debut album, Bring It On, and the quintet are set to bring the anniversary tour to Dublin's Olympia on April 27.

    Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Ben Ottewell - a respected solo artist in his own right - the 1998 LP beat the hefty Urban Hymns, Massive Attack's Mezzanine, and Pulp's This Is Hardcore for the prize, and its experimental

    Tickets cost €32.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    The Alarm

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Welsh new wave act The Alarm, play Belfast's Limelight 2 on April 28, following the release of their first album in some time, Blood Red Viral Black.

    The alternative/new wave act formed in 1981 as punk band The Toilets, but went on to open for the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, the band will pull from their substantial back catalogue as well as from the new record, penned by frontman Mike Peters. Check out their highest chart placement, 'Sixty Eight Guns'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced at £19.50. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    Yo La Tengo

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in 2015 at National Concert Hall, it’s been announced that New Jersey indie rock legends Yo La Tengo will return to Dublin on Saturday, April 28 for a show at the Olympia Theatre.

    The show kicks off the band threesome’s UK and European spring tour, and marks their first fully-fledged tour since the release of 2015’s Stuff Like That There. Accompanying the news is a hint that a new album might well be in the works: “keep your eyes peeled for more Yo La Tengo news coming soon in what promises to be a busy 2018 for the band.” Here's 'Sugarcube'.

    Tickets for the Olympia show are priced €30.90, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    Tears For Fears w/Alison Moyet

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    If you haven't already spent your life savings on the deluge of must-attend shows being announced for next year, here's another one for the calendar.

    Supported by Alison Moyet, English new wave maestros Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith AKA Tears For Fears will headline Dublin's 3Arena on May 2. The pair - who release their new Greatest Hits album Rule The World on November 10 - have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and over the years, their pristinely-delivered nuanced pop still rings true - here's 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play the SSE Arena on May 9 to finish off the UK leg of their new album tour.

    This follows the release of their third album, Who Built The Moon?, out in late 2017, following on from their hugely successful first two, following the breakup of Oasis. This new album comes from an experimental creative collaboration with our very own DJ, producer & composer David Holmes.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, starting at £30.

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play the 3Arena on May 10, rounding out their UK & Irish dates in support of their latest album.

    This follows the release of their third album, Who Built The Moon?, out in late 2017, following on from their hugely successful first two, following the breakup of Oasis. This new album comes from an experimental creative collaboration with our very own DJ, producer & composer David Holmes.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, starting at €45.05.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Ben Folds

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Ben Folds returns to Dublin, playing Vicar Street on May 12.

    Fronting his alt. rock outlet Ben Folds Five from 1995-2000, he went on to become a prolific arranger and composer, collaborating with acts like William Shatner, Regina Spektor & Weird Al Yankovic. He's also undertaken experimental projects with authors like Nick Hornby & Neil Gaiman, as well as helping soundtrack many animated films.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah return to Dublin to play the Tivoli Theatre on May 18.

    It's the tenth anniversary of their second album, Some Loud Thunder, and the show will see the band play it in its entirety, alongside some other hits. At this point, only frontman Alex Ounsworth is the only original member, with the rest of the core lineup departing in 2004. Check them out Live on KEXP.

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

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Crypt of the Riff: Zhora, Elder Druid, Molarbear & more

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    The first Crypt of the Riff all-dayer, by Plain Living Promotions, brings together some of Ireland's finest purveyors of heavy music to Bar Sub on May 18.

    Confirmed so far are Tipperary progressive sludge outfit Zhora - check out their Bandcamp - occult stoner-doom five-piece Elder Druid - check out debut LP Carmina Satanae - and noise-punks Molarbear.

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

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah make their long-overdue return to Belfast to play the Empire on May 19.

    It's the tenth anniversary of their second album, Some Loud Thunder, and the show will see the band play it in its entirety, alongside some other hits. At this point, only frontman Alex Ounsworth is the only original member, with the rest of the core lineup departing in 2004. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets are available, priced at £19.50, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • 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.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
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    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, indie-heavy first 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 - WarpaintThundercatSpoon and Superorganism.

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

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    LCD Soundsystem

    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.

  • 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.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Gorillaz

    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.

  • 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

    Liam Gallagher

    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.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Liam Gallagher

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    18
    Sep
    2018
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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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