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  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019
    Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Drake

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Drake will play three dates in Dublin in March as part of his Assassination Vacation European tour. The Canadian rapper plays the 3Arena on March 19, 21 and 22

    Support on all three nights comes from Tory Lanez.

    Tickets cost €76 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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

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

    Tickets are available for £43 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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

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

    Tickets are available for £43 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Rotten Sound w/Scimitar & THVS

    The Palm House

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Therapy? play Dolans Limerick on March 22 as part of a 5-date Irish tour ahead of their 30th anniversary and the release of 15th album, Cleave.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Molly Sterling

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young Dublin-based alt. pop singer-songwriter Molly Sterling  has announced her biggest headline show to date, upstairs at Whelan's on March 22. She's set to have a huge 2019 - check her in session here.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns to live performance, playing Cork's Cyprus Avenue on March 22.

    This show comes in support of his third album, which promises to delve further into the electronics hinted at on his recent EP. Check out 'Gratitude'.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Touts & Inhaler

    Dolans

    Limerick

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts go on a four-date Irish tour in the midst of a UK jaunt, playing Dolan's Warehouse on March 22. They recently released their new Analysis Paralysis EP - watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Supporting are new wave & Manchester scene-inspired quartet Inhaler - watch the video for 'I Want You'.

    Tickets are available from Dolans.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Maria Somerville

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Following on from her 2018 European tour in support of Girls Names, Maria Somerville plays Dublin's Bello Bar on March 22. Alongside her three-piece band, this date is part of her Irish tour in support of debut LP All My People.

    Drawing on post-punk, folk, pop & drones, her idiosyncratic music draws from its environment, as well as some sense of 'other'. Check her out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €10 from Eventbrite and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Nacht Und Nebel, Blackcloudsummoner, Luxury Mollusc & Otterans

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Fungal Flute present a night of experimental assorted noise, drone & lo-fi mysticism at Jigsaw on March 22 - "the full spectrum of Sisyphean society will be on show". As part of their UK & Irish tour, the Nottingham-based Nacht Und Nebel brings his fractious cello-dissections - check his work out on Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are multidisciplinary artist & chaos master Blackcloudsummoner - listen to Returns To The Womb - Bray harsh scrap-metal-utilising sample-heavy artist Luxury Mollusc  and a rare live appearance from 'underground legend & champion mystery wizard JG' Otteranswho specialises in dispiriting, nauseous guitar drone.

    Two TORCH members will be available/identifiable at the gig if anyone needs support. The T.O.R.C.H. collective is a non-profit organisation established in 2018, based in Dublin, Ireland. Our goal is to engage the DIY music & art community in workshops and projects that promote healthy relationships, consent, sexual health, and community accountability. They hope to challenge beliefs and actions that enable violence, sexual assault, misogyny, and homophobia in our community.

    It's a BYOB show and admission costs €8. Doors open around 8.26pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Reevah & Sonja Sleator

    Babushka Kitchen Cafe

    Portrush

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    Fast-rising young Derry indie-folk songstress Reevah headlines an intimate night-time show at Portrush's Babushka Cafe on March 22. Check her out live in session.

    Supporting is Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka'.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available for €49.50 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Blue Planet II: Live In Concert

    SSE

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Sharon Van Etten

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Therapy? play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on March 23 as part of a 5-date Irish tour ahead of their 30th anniversary and the release of 15th album, Cleave.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Wild Youth

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie-pop act Wild Youth make their biggest headline appearance to date at the Olympia on March 23 as they write their debut album.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €18.50.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Slomatics & 7.5 Tonnes of Beard

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    In their first show of 2019, Belfast's premier heft titans Slomatics, headline Voodoo on March 23. Following high profile slots at Roadburn Festival & shows in Las Vegas and beyond, they've recently been confirmed for the soundtrack of the star-studded metal-based animated film Planet Of DoomThey'll be fresh out of the studio, so new material may surface - but make sure you get acquainted.

    Supporting are sludge outfit 7.5 Tonnes of Beard - check out 'A Warning To God'.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 6.30pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Toucan

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Conor Clancy-led funk-pop act Toucan headline The Grand Social on March 23 in what'll be an irresistable night of feelgood grooves.

    The ten-piece band have went from strength to strength since the release of their debut EP, packing shows across Ireland and becoming one of the country's bona fide institutions. Watch the video for 'We Fell For Miles'.

    Tickets cost €18.95 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Mob Wife, Cruiser & Gender Chores

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Belfast post-hardcore/punk band Mob Wife play a headline show at The Speakeasy on March 23. They recently released new double A-side 'Captain Care A Lot / Hellsong' - a must for fans of Pile & Fugazi.

    Supporting are Limerick second wave emo-tinged indie rock quartet Cruiser - watch the video for 'No More Parties' from their forthcoming second album - and the wonderfully minimal feminist punk trio Gender Chores - check out some demos on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    DIY LK: Autre Monde, His Father's Voice & Hey Rusty

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Featuring Paddy Hanna & members of Ginnels, No Monster Club & Land Lovers, Dublin-based indie rock band Autre Monde headline DIY LK at Pharmacia on March 23. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Exciting new Limerick post-punk act His Father's Voice support, following the release of debut EP Context and Perspective - watch the video for 'No Room For Romantics' - with moody lo-fi indie singer-songwriter Hey Rusty.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Nao

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns to Belfast, playing the Empire on March 24.

    This show comes in support of his third album, which promises to delve further into the electronics hinted at on his recent EP. Check out 'Gratitude'.

     Tickets cost £18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    The Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    As part of a five-date Irish tour, Therapy? are set to play Dundalk's Spirit Store on March 24.

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

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Daoirí Farrell

    The Duncairn

    Belfast

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    Dublin-born traditional singer & bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is set to play The Duncairn Arts Centre on March 24.

    Originally working as an electrician, Farrell dropped everything after seeing Christy Moore perform, as he went on to become one of Ireland's most vital singers in recent years. He won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Newcomer & Traditional Track after the release of LP True Born Irishman. Watch him perform 'The Mickey Dam'.

    Tickets cost £14 - or £10 for concessions - from Moving On Music. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Alex Zhang Hungtai [Dirty Beaches] & Senior Infants

    Plug'd Records

    Cork

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     Los Angeles-based avant-garde musician Alex Zhang Hungtai performs at Plug'd Records on March 24. 

    Formerly known as Dirty Beaches, he's grown in maturity and stature as an artist in the years since Beaches' breakthrough Badlands in 2011. Adept at performing meditative piano, or violent free jazz, he's even popped up in an episode of the third season of Twin Peaks. 

    The concept of 2018 album Divine Weight, derives from Zhang’s “failed” attempts of saxophone compositions and recordings accumulated over the last 3 years. In his words, "From there it became the actual stem tracks that were heavily digitally disfigured until it no longer resembled the sound of saxophones. Like dreams, visions often come to us without us having the capability to measure or understand fully what they mean. Similar to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic, dreams and visions take on the roles of witnesses inside the uncharted labyrinth of the personal sub-conscious. To witness, is to believe. To believe, is to project a certain reality onto the external world. The projection then, has nothing to do with reality. Perhaps it’s where dreams go, after it dies."

    Supporting are Cork experimental electronic duo Senior Infants.

    Admission costs €12. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Touts & Inhaler

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts go on a four-date Irish tour in the midst of a UK jaunt, finishing up at Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 24. They recently released their new Analysis Paralysis EP - watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Supporting are new wave & Manchester scene-inspired quartet Inhaler - watch the video for 'I Want You'.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Keuning

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Killers guitarist Dave Keuning plays the Limelight 2 on March 24.

    This follows his debut album, Prismism, which is selection of synth-pop-meets-rock'n'roll tunes, in the vein of The Cars and the likes. Check out 'Boat Accident'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £16. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    John Blek w/Niamh Regan

    Coughlan's Live

    Cork

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    Having released 5 albums in 5 years, folk singer-songwriter John Blek is preparing album no. 6 Thistle & Thorn. Accompanying its release are a series of Irish spring dates, including a hometown performance at Coughlan's on March 24. Watch the video for recent single 'The Blackwater'.

    Supporting is Galway-born Niamh Regan, who has drawn comparisons to This Is The Kit & Laura Marling. Check her out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available, priced €12 from Coughlan's. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    25
    Mar
    2019

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Back with their first Irish show in 12 years, The Cinematic Orchestra play Vicar Street on March 25 following the release of their first album in as long.

    The electronic nu jazz outfit released their debut album Motion, in 1999, followed by a series of soundtracks & remixes, including a rescoring classic Soviet documentary Man With A Movie Classic. Fourth studio LP To Believe is out via Ninja Tune - check out 'A Caged Bird/Limitations of Life', featuring Roots Manuva.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €34.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    25
    Mar
    2019

    Keuning

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Killers guitarist Dave Keuning plays the Academy Green Room on March 25.

    This follows his debut album, Prismism, which is selection of synth-pop-meets-rock'n'roll tunes, in the vein of The Cars and the likes. Check out 'Boat Accident'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2019

    The Internet

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    27
    Mar
    2019

    John Grant

    University Concert Hall

    Limerick

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

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

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

  • Wed
    27
    Mar
    2019

    Chinese Newspaper w/Hales Lake

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Navan fuzz-pop trio Chinese Newspaper play upstairs at Whelan's on March 27. Have a listen to their It Follows EP.

    Supporting are Hales Lake - check them out on Soundcloud - and Nerves.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    Sundara Karma

    The Academy

    Belfast

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    Madcap indie quartet Sundara Karma play The Academy on March 28.

    Reminsiscent of a broad range of fizzing indie like The Maccabees and Arcade Fire, with some disco for good measure. The Reading-based band formed in 2014, with their second album Ulfilas' Alphabet out now. Watch the video for 'One Last Night On This Earth'.

    Tickets cost €26.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019
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    31
    Mar
    2019

    Cork Sound Fair

    St. Peter's Church & Cork City Gaol

    Cork

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    The second annual Cork Sound Fair takes place from Thursday 28th-Sunday 31st March across the city's striking settings of St Peter's Church, The Crypt at St. Luke's, The Kino, Millennium Hall, Nano Nagle Place & more. with installations and live performances.

    The non-profit weekender follows the successful first edition, and will feature a host of emerging & established artists working in experimental music, sound art, electronic music, field records & video art. Opening things is Cork audio-visual artist Darren Kirwan's Diaphone; Diaphane installation. Friday sees experimental hip-hop from the Japanese puroresu mask-wearing Naïve Ted, industrial beats & glittering ambient backdrops from Lighght, a tape-centred project from Mark Waldron-HeydonUnderling, an experimental digital & video composition by Eoghan HorganRachel Ní ChuinnRenata Pekowski's improvised halogen-light-centred project Mare TenebrosumLast Eden by Aileen WallaceUCC Javanese Gamelan Orchestra, on their tuned bronze percussion instruments, and UCC's Sound Sound Day, a full programme of established experimental sound artists & graduates from UCC Experimental Sound Practice Masters.

    Also performing are Bliss Signal - featuring James Kelly of Wife & Altar of Plagues - CreviceDream-Cycles and Repeater.

    Tickets are available from Eventgen, priced €10 for the opening concert and €60 for the weekend pass.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    Concept NULL

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    In a collaborative effort between Irish DJs & artists, the first ever Concept NULL is set to take place at Limerick's Pharmacia on March 28, and will combine abstract elements of visual perception with left-field club music.

    Performing muscially are experimental electronic artists TensionDoubt from the Irish Flood collective, a Liv3 b2b AmadawnDJ EGGAdam Dee. Visuals come from Shmalt NeedRóisín BergJordan Donworth and Prokop Lukáš.

    Tickets cost €5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    CupcaKKe

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Chicago hip-hop artist CupcaKKe plays Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on March 28 as part of the tour for her latest album Eden. Bass-heavy and breaking through back with her dirty rap mixtape - check out 'LGBT' and 'Hot Pockets'.

    Tickets are available here. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019

    Cherry Glazerr

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Noise-pop garage rockers Cherry Glazerr play Whelan's on March 29.

    Formed in 2013, they released a couple of albums before their 2017 breakthrough Apocalipstick. Out in February is their new LP Stuffed & Ready - listen to 'Daddi'.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster, priced €18.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Gama Bomb, Mental Deficiency, Scimitar & Thunderwolf

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The 80s thrash love-in comes to Belfast's Voodoo with a return show from Gama Bomb on March 30.

    Supporting are comedy-metal act Mental DeficiencyScimitar and Thunderwolf.

    Doors open at 6pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    Ryan Adams

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Americana icon Ryan Adams returns to Dublin for a pair of shows at the Olympia Theatre on March 30 & 31.

    Breaking out with his 2000 solo debut album, Heartbreaker in 2000, and consolidating this commercial and critical success with his bestselling album, Gold the following year, the North Carolina native started out with alt. country band Whiskeytown. He's also produced Willie Nelson, Jenny Lewis and Fall Out Boy, and has collaborated with countless acts in a variety of genres. 

    Check out recent single 'Do You Still Love Me?'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Vicky Langan

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Multidisciplinary artist Vicky Langan has been announced as the artist-in-residence for Belfast's Imagine Festival of Ideas & Politics, and will perform at The 343 on March 30. She topped our list of the the best Irish tracks of 2018 with 'The Palms', a field recording at the grotto in Granard, Co. Longford on the 30th anniversary of Ann Lovett's death, whose proceeds went to the Together For Yes campaign in May 2018.

    Vicky Langan is a Cork-based artist whose practice operates across several often-overlapping fields – chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with raw sensuality, personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. Her work is resolutely personal and rooted in the internal processing of intense private feeling. At a moment in Irish society where long repressed voices are taking centre stage, Langan’s insistence on articulating a private space of disturbance and trauma is a stark reminder that, beyond the public discourses, a legacy of submerged wounds remains.

    Tickets are priced £8.80 here, or £10 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Chris Shiflett

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett plays The Grand Social on March 30. Expect country rock of a mellowed, Petty-esque vintage from the LA man - here's 'West Coast Town'.

    Tickets cost €19.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    John Grant

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry makes another return to Ireland to play Whelan's on March 31.

    Perry gets much credit for his part in the pioneering of dub music, both as an artist and for his studio techniques and production values, and has a guiding figure since the late '50s ska movement. Super Ape, his 1976 album with The Upsetters still stands up as one of, if not the definitive dub album. Incredibly still performing into his 80s, it's been over 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them - an unverified claim posits him as the only 80+ year old who can dance on one leg for an hour - listen to Super Ape.

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

  • Mon
    01
    Apr
    2019

    Idles w/Crows

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from Crows.

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

     

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    The Waterfront

    Belfast

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    Idles w/Crows

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Crows.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

     

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    Watsky

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Spoken word artist Watsky performs at The Academy on April 2.

    A product of San Francisco's spoken word poetry scene, he's been on HBO Def Poetry, NPR & the likes.

    Tickets cost €19 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and it's an over 14s show.

  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019

    Son of the Hound Album Launch

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Rootsy singer-songwriter Son of The Hound launches his debut album Cheers, Sound, Good Luck with a show at the Limelight 2 on April 3 - which will also function as the Series 2 finale of his show, The Also Rans.

    Support comes from the Shannon O'Neill-fronted, grungy alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost - check out the video for new single 'Backwards'.

    Tickets cost £5 from Eventbrite.

  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019

    ROE

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Off the back of a support slot with Snow Patrol, fast-rising young alt. pop artist & multi-instrumentalist ROE plays a headline show upstairs at Whelan's on April 3. Check out the video for 'Playground Fights'.

    Admission costs €12.80 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    Royal Theatre

    Castlebar

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Gifted: ROE, Munky, Susie Blue & Alice La

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Off the back of a support slot with Snow Patrol, fast-rising young alt. pop artist & multi-instrumentalist ROE headlines The Empire for Gifted on April 4. Check out the video for 'Playground Fights'.

    Supporting are Munky, Derry alternative pop-rock songstress, Susie Blue - watch the video for her debut album's lead single 'Didn't Mean To Care' - and pop artist Alice La - check out 'Swipe Right'.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Xylouris White

    The Wild Duck

    Dublin

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    Drummer Jim White of Dirty 3 and Cretan lute player George Xylouris, AKA Xylouris White, return to Dublin once again on April 4 to play the Wild Duck on Sycamore Street, thanks once more to the wonderful Enthusiastic Eunuch Promotions.

    They released third album Mother last year, produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, utilising their panoramic backgrounds after first meeting in Melbourne in 1990. They combine free jazz, avant-rock and Greek folk to tell tales rooted in history and mythology, unveiling truths along the way. Check out 'Forging' live in Dublin's Guerrilla Studios.

    Tickets cost €16.50 concession from Billetto. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Hot Cops, Junk Drawer & His Father's Voice

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    One of the best in the game today, Belfast indie rockers Hot Cops headline Dublin's Sound House on March 8 as part of their run of Irish spring dates. Watch the video for the NI Music Prize-nominated single, 'Decay'.

    Supporting are Belfast instrument-swapping indie-psych quartet Junk Drawer - watch the video for 'Year of the Sofa' - and exciting new Limerick post-punk act His Father's Voice - watch the video for 'No Room For Romantics'. We'll be throwing down tunes before, between & after, too.

    Admission costs £5, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Jacob 'Tulips' Launch w/Rob Flynn & Hales Lake

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based singer-songwriter Jacob launches his Tulips EP with a full band show upstairs at Whelan's on April 4.

    Support comes from Rob Flynn of emo-punk-pop act The Winter Passing and Hales Lake.

    Advance tickets are available here, priced €4.80. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Ireland's adopted son David Gray is set to play the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on April 5 & 6 supporting his latest album, Gold In A Brass Age.

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €39.50.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    Dan Mangan

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Vancouver-based songwriter Dan Mangan plays The Grand Social on April 5.

    A writer for The Guardian's Arts section, and a two-time Juno Award winner, his latest album, More Or Less, brought in some major heads. Producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck, Blonde Redhead), Joey Waronker, Jason Falkner & Darrell Thorpe were involved in his first album after non-stop touring for six years. He's returned with a newfound maturity - check out 'Cold In The Summer'

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

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    The GZA

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    The most technically accomplished wordsmith of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is set to return to Ireland, playing Cork's Cyprus Avenue on April 5.

    He'll be performing cuts from his classic 1995 second album Liquid Swords, as well as some new solo work & classic Wu-Tang material. Accompanying him will be some kung-fu visuals on the cinema screen.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    Swimming Tapes

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Jangle-pop act Swimming Tapes play a headline show upstairs at Whelan's on April 5.

    Born in Northern Ireland, based in London, their woozy, breezy guitar pop is reminiscent of the likes of Real Estate & Wild Nothing - look no further than 'Easy Strand'.

    Tickets cost €13 from WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    Fears w/Steven Henry

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Ethereal artist Fears is set to perform a headline show at The 343 on April 5. Expect visuals alongside a set that blends electronic, acoustic samples & vocals - watch her collaborative visual companion for single 'Blood'.

    Supporting is Documenta guitarist Steven Henry in his new solo guise.

    Tickets are available from Skiddle, priced £5. It's a BYO show, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    The GZA

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    The most technically accomplished wordsmith of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is set to return to Ireland, playing Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 6.

    He'll be performing cuts from his classic 1995 second album Liquid Swords, as well as some new solo work & classic Wu-Tang material. Accompanying him will be some kung-fu visuals on the cinema screen.

    Tickets cost €30 from Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Etta Bond

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Soulful British singer Etta Bond is set to play the Sound House on April 6.

    Acclaimed by the Guardian as a 'skinhead soul princess', she has been hotly-tipped in the R&B world. Check out the video for 'Let Me Hit It'.

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

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Touts

    An Cultúrlann

    Derry

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts finish up their UK & Irish headline tour with a hometown show at An Cultúrlann on April 6. Watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced £11. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Homebeat Presents: Davy Kehoe & Paddy Mulcahy

    The Project Arts Centre

    Dublin

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    Homebeat returns to the Project Arts Centre in the heart of Dublin to bring a rare live performance from Irish artist Davy Kehoe on April 6.

    Mixing elements of jazz, krautrock and electronica, Kehoe established himself at the vanguard of a new Irish musicality with the highly celebrated 2017 release, Short Passing Game.

    Supporting is emerging contemporary classical Limerick artist Paddy Mulcahy

    Tickets cost €13-€20, available here. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Buí, Laurie Shaw & Any Joy

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Indie rock/power-pop collective Buí - based around the talent of Josh Healy - headline Cork's Poor Relation on April 6. Check out their excellent debut album Eugene.

    Supporting are psych-infused indie rock act Any Joy support - listen to their excellent debut album Cycles - as well as the rising, insanely prolific Laurie Shaw check him out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    Easy Life

    The Workman's Club

    Belfast

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    R&B & indie hip-hop outfit Easy Life headline the Workman's Club on April 7  following a breakthrough year that featured an appearance on Jools Holland. Watch the video for 'Nightmares'. 

    Tickets cost €13 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    GZA

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The most technically accomplished wordsmith of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is set to play the Button Factory after being upgraded from The Sugar Club on April 7.

    He'll be performing cuts from his classic 1995 second album Liquid Swords, as well as some new solo work & classic Wu-Tang material. Accompanying him will be some kung-fu visuals on the cinema screen.

    Doors open at 7.30pm

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019
    Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019

    Glen Hansard

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    At this point effectively a resident, Glen Hansard returns to Vicar Street for the first time since December, playing April 9 & 10 as part of an extensive European tour.

    He became a national treasure for his 25 years in The Frames, then 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.

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

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

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019

    Bear's Den

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Folk rock act Bear's Den return to Dublin, playing The Academy on April 10.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk, releasing their debut album Islands in 2014, winning an Ivor Novello along the way. Their third album, So that you might hear me, is out at the end of April - check out 'Fuel on the Fire'.

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019

    20:20: King Cedar, Kippysmuse & La Fours

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    20:20 is a regular charity songwriter night taking place in the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast. Each night features twenty minute sets from three of the best songwriters from Northern Ireland and beyond in an intimate, listening environment. The tenth installment features King Cedar, Kris Marsden, aka KippysmuseLa Fours.

    Admission costs a minimum £5 donation - with all proceeds going to WaterAid - and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    The Specials

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The greatest ska band of them all, The Specials, play the Olympia from April 11-13, with the latter dates added due to demand.

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

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

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Nick Olivieri w/ New Valley Wolves & Mosmo Strange

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Former QOTSA & Kyuss man, and generally dangerous human being Nick Olivieri plays Voodoo on April 11 in a solo set.

    Support comes from Dublin guitar-drum duo New Valley Wolves and Belfast-based sleazy, grunge-tinged outfit Mosmo Strange.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced £15. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Marc Maron

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The acerbic, neurotic Marc Maron brings his unguarded self to Vicar Street for the second year running on April 11.

    Plying his trade for decades as a comedian's comedian from the ashes of Bill Hicks, George Carlin and Lenny Bruce, he plies a believable strain of internal observations. He really only found his true audience in recent years by using his knack for wading through the bullshit and getting to the core of things with his WTF? podcast, which has hosted candid interviews from an unbelievable number of figures involved in comedy, music, film, literature, politics and beyond, including Barack Obama, Keith Richards, Robin Williams, Lemmy, Lorne Michaels, Kim Deal, Bruce Springsteen, and hundreds more about their lives, often drawing out broader truths.

    As well as a number of comedy albums, he's made two specials - available on Netflix - and his own Curb/Louie-style show, the excellent Maron, each of which allows his trademark vitriol and neurotic nature to infiltrate every aspect of his worldview. He normally turns that anger towards relationships, notably with his father, and the state of the world, but most consistently to the subject he knows best: himself. He's one of those rare still-living examples of the self-aware, yet self-destructive artist who brushes dangerously close to the hole  itself; while willing to broach to the void and report back, he retains the characteristics of a wizened punk or bluesman. His insight into the creative process, and how it inspires his own outlets has led to him being one of comedy's simultaneously revered, feared and infamous personas, and his newfound success on Netflix smash GLOW as a coke-fuelled B-movie director with delusions of artistry is one of televisions most well-judged pieces of casting.

    Tickets are out now, priced at €35, available from Ticketmaster. The show begins at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Bear's Den

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Folk rock act Bear's Den return to Belfast, playing the Limelight 1 on April 11.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk, releasing their debut album Islands in 2014, winning an Ivor Novello along the way. Their third album, So that you might hear me, is out at the end of April - check out 'Fuel on the Fire'.

    Tickets cost £22.50 from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019

    New Pagans Single Launch

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Post-punk/alt. rock outfit New Pagans - who feature Fighting With Wire & Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin - hold the Belfast single launch for new track 'Its Darker' at feminist queer-space The 343 on April 12. Check out 'Bloody Soil'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Eventbrite, and it's a BYO show. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019

    Fixity Album Launch

    Plug'd

    Cork

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    Cork-based experimental outfit Fixity launch their new album with a hometown show at Plug'd in Cork on April 12, followed by an extensive tour. The album, titled No Man Can Tell Led by drummer/composer Dan Walsh. Check it out and pre-order it on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8 from Eventbrite and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    All Tvvins w/Sorcha Richardson

    The National Stadium

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson.

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

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Glen Hansard

    St. Columb's Hall

    Derry

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    At this point effectively a resident, Glen Hansard plays Derry's St. Columb's Hall on April 13 as part of an extensive European tour.

    He became a national treasure for his 25 years in The Frames, then 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.

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

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Yak

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    London trio Yak headline Whelan's on April 13 in their first Dublin show, following the release of second album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness. Check out the video for 'Bellyache'.

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

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Badhands

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The latest project from Dublin songwriter Dan Fitzpatrick - formerly of The Mighty Stef & The Last Tycoons - AKA Badhands, headlines Whelan's on April 13. He recently released debut album Predictable Boy - check it out.

    Tickets are available €13 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Dublin Is Sound: Pillow Queens, Squarehead, God Knows & Tebi Rex

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Nialler9 & Seven Quarters present a daytime show at the Grand Social, aimed at bringing the best in Irish music to a 14+ audience on  Record Store Day, April 13

    Performing are the pointed hooks of Dublin indie rock quartet Pillow Queens - listen to 'Gay Girls', one of our favourite tracks of 2018 - jangle-pop trio Squarehead, a solo MC set from Rusangano Family's God Knows and Maynooth R&B/hip-hop/pop duo Tebi Rex.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite for €10, or €12 with a limited edition 12" record. The show runs from 1pm-4.30pm.

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    Lucy Rose

    The Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Back with her fourth album No Words Left, English indie-folk singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is set to play Liberty Hall on April 14. Listen to 'Conversation'.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    The Slowest Lift, Kelly Jayne Jones & more

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Piss Rainbow bring another night of experimental music to Jigsaw on April 14.  Todmorden/Huddersfield wunderkinder of drone/noise/folk dreamscapes Sophie Cooper - also of Tor Invocation Band + Leopard Leg - and Julian Bradley - also of Vibracathedral Orchestra - AKA The Slowest Lift, get together to forge a ghostly tapestry of earthen whirring, phantasmal resonances, sheets of textured skree and touching, hazy vocals, which stir the waters of the soul and evoke strange landscapes in the mind. Listen to their 2017 eponymous LP.

    Manchester-based artist Kelly Jayne Jones supports. Making use of varying combinations of prepared recordings, text, rocks, found sounds and flute, she has collaborations with Sam Weaver (Cusp Editions), Andie Brown and Hannah Ellul from Psykick Dancehall (White Death). She has a solo cassette release on the label Winebox Press in an edition of 63, hand made wooden boxes. KJJ has had residencies at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and Kunstalle Bergen, Norway, and commissioned works for Haris Epaminonda at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Frankfurt, Point Centre Nicosia. She has worked on various projects, solo and part wild horses mane on both sides, at CCA Glasgow, Trieze Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival & Kunsthalle Bergen Norway, Tectonics contemporary music festival Reykjavik, Hangar Bicocca gallery, Milan and for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in Nov 2016.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm. It's a BYOB event.

  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019
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    18
    Apr
    2019

    Dropkick Murphys

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019

    Junior Brother & PowPig

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Sometimes described as an Irish Richard Dawson, Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother plays a co-headline date at Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 17 as part of a quadruple A-side release tour. A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018.

    Sharing the bill are another act who we think are in for wonderful things, having released one of the tunes of last year in 'Birds of Paradise' as well as 2 excellent EPs in 2018 alone, young Limerick quartet PowPig,

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Crypt of the Riff Vol. 3

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The third instalment of bi-annual metal festival Crypt of the Riff takes place at Voodoo on April 18. Headlining are Dead Witches, the latest project from Electric Wizard founder Mark Greening, following their second album Ouija. UK post-metal outfit Conjurer co-headline in the first of their four-date Irish tour. Listen to their 2018 LP, Mire.

    The bill is an eclectic and top-to-bottom showcase of the finest heavy music in Ireland, comprising Cork metallic hardcore outfit Bailer - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp - the blackened sludge of Owlcrusher - their debut album is phenomenal - Lisburn stoner-doom act So Much For The Sun - check their debut album out here - Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - check out debut album Carmina Satanae - Belfast doom act Tome, and veterans Bad Boat.

    Tickets are priced £15 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Junior Brother & PowPig

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Sometimes described as an Irish Richard Dawson, Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother headlines The Grand Social on April 18. A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018.

    Also playing are another act who we've tipped for wonderful things this year, and released one of the singles of last year in 'Birds of Paradise', young Limerick quartet PowPig.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Under My Garage: A Night With Bob Gallagher

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Under My Garage is an evening of discussion, music and live visuals exploring the work of Irish music video director Bob Gallagher, set to take place on April 18 at the Button Factory.

    Described by Werner Herzog as “a good soldier of cinema”, Gallagher’s work to date has won him wide critical praise, a host of international awards and a unique place in the Irish music scene, working with acclaimed acts like Villagers, Saint Sister, Girl Band, Soak, Myles Manley and more, his darkly comic style inviting such descriptions as “lyrical, as well as forensically evil” from Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis.

    Now, for one night only, Gallagher will bring you on a journey through his subconscious, transforming the Button Factory into the set of a fictional late night talk show to meet some of his closest collaborators, dissect his work, watch some never-before-seen footage and find out where the bodies are buried.

    Featuring:
    Conor O'Brien (Villagers)Pillow QueensMyles Manley, Cal Folger DayBryan Quinn and more TBA, with music from the Under My Garage House Band.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Vicky Langan

    The Big Romance

    Dublin

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    Multidisciplinary artist Vicky Langan performs at Dublin's The Big Romance on April 18. She topped our list of the the best Irish tracks of 2018 with 'The Palms', a field recording at the grotto in Granard, Co. Longford on the 30th anniversary of Ann Lovett's death, the proceeds of which went to the Together For Yes campaign in May 2018.

    Vicky Langan is a Cork-based artist whose practice operates across several often-overlapping fields – chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with raw sensuality, personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. Her work is resolutely personal and rooted in the internal processing of intense private feeling. At a moment in Irish society where long repressed voices are taking centre stage, Langan’s insistence on articulating a private space of disturbance and trauma is a stark reminder that, beyond the public discourses, a legacy of submerged wounds remains. She curated Belfast's Imagine programme, and will be using the custom built soundsystem at the Big Romance for some experimental sounds.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019

    Chewing On Tinfoil w/Cherym

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Irish folk-pop-punk kings Chewing On Tinfoil return to the Workman's Club for a Really Good Friday on April 19 - listen to their 2016 album Moving The Goalposts.

    Supporting are young Derry punks Cherym, who look set to have a huge year - listen to their 2018 debut EP Mouthbreatherz.

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

  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019

    Conjurer & Bailer

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    As part of their four-date joint Irish tour, UK post-metal outfit Conjurer play Fibber Magee's on April 19. Listen to their 2018 LP, Mire.

    Cork metallic hardcore outfit Bailer support throughout the tour - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Conjurer & Bailer

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    As part of their four-date joint Irish tour, UK post-metal outfit Conjurer play Fred Zeppelin's in Cork on April 20. Listen to their 2018 LP, Mire.

    Cork metallic hardcore outfit Bailer support throughout the tour - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Vulpynes

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based sludgy two piece Vulpynes headline the Academy 2 on April 20.

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

    Tickets cost €13.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Dead Witches, Elder Druid, Venus Sleeps & Worst

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    As part of their run of Irish tour dates, Dead Witches headline the Bello Bar in a fairly appropriate 4/20 bill. The latest project from Electric Wizard founder Mark Greening, check out their second album, Ouija.

    Supporting are Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - check out debut album Carmina Satanae - Dublin stoner doom act Venus Sleeps - check them out on Bandcamp - and krauty psych-noise project Worst - listen to MMXVII.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Fox Jaw

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Alt. rock quintet Fox Jaw are set to play a headline show at Dublin's Sin É on April 20. Watch the video for 'Madeline'.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Sonja Sleator, Glass Wings, Ethan Hanna & Sarah Buckley

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator plays a headline show at Belfast's Pavilion on April 20 to launch her third EP, Violent Strawberry - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka'.

    Supporting is Limavady-born Glass Wings - have a watch of the video for 'For A Little While' - singer-songwriter Ethan Hanna and Cork-born, Dublin-based indie-folk songstress Sarah Buckley - check her out on Soundcloud.

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

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Rodrigo Y Gabriela

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Acoustic instrumental duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Dublin for an Olympia show on April 21, five days ahead of the release of their latest album, Mettavolution.

    Three years in the making, the album is their most ambitious conceptual album to date. Tying together their interest in Buddhism, human evolution & nature, it was written & recorded in their studio on the Mexican Pacific Coast. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets, priced at €34 from Ticketmaster, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    22
    Apr
    2019

    DJ Seinfeld

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Two years on from his last Belfast show for Twitch, DJ Seinfeld returns, playing the new Speakeasy Bar on April 22, featuring the Bunatee soundsystem. Check out his Boiler Room session.

    Twitch residents will accompany him on the night.

    Tickets are priced from £9-£13 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Opera House

    Cork

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

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

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

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    An Grianán Theatre

    Letterkenny

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a run of shows as part of his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour. He'll play Letterkenny's An Grianán Theatre on April 23.

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

    Tickets cost €26.50 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
    Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Limmy's: Surprisingly Down to Earth and Very Funny

    The MAC

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Bowling For Soup

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Classic pop-punk outfit Bowling For Soup headline the Limelight 1 on April 24. This looks to be their final tour - after 2013's 'last ever' - following ten albums, a run of noughties hits, and 25 years together.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced £24. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Haley Heynderickx

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Oregon singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx is set for a show at Whelan's on April 24. This follows the release of her jazz & folk-fused debut album, I Need To Start A Garden. Check her out NPR Tiny Desk.

    Tickets cost €13.50 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Bowling For Soup

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Classic pop-punk outfit Bowling For Soup headline the Academy on April 25. This looks to be their final tour - after 2013's 'last ever' - following ten albums, a run of noughties hits, and 25 years together.

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Terry & Gyan Riley

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Returning after a two spellbinding sellout shows together in 2018, master of minimalism, Terry Riley, performs the Sugar Club on April 25 alongside Gyan Riley.

    If you know who he is, you don't need us to tell you how essential this performance will be, but we will anyway. In a slight variation from their dates last year, Gyan will again perform on classical & electric guitar, with Terry this time perform on baby grand piano. The American composer was initially involved with jazz and fusion, gradually reaching great acclaim in the Minimalist branch of Western Classical music that reaches its apex in the 1960s. 

    Of these shows, Terry says "Nothing I have done in this life has given me more satisfaction than improvising on these songs with Gyan. Nothing I have done can match the intuitive synchronicity we have shared many times on the stage. Gyan supplies a brilliant counterpoint to the strands and moods of these pieces always surprising me with a virtuosity that serves and energizes his musical invention. I could not have dreamed up a better marriage of mind and spirit than this collaboration." We can only confirm this, as our review of their 2018 performance confirms.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced €25.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    The Underground Youth w/Glossolalia

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Sparse, cinematic post-punk outfit The Underground Youth play a Paisley Promotions show at the Grand Social on April 25.

    This show comes in support of their ninth album Montage Images of Lust & Fear, one year after their Irish debut. If you like Girls Names, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Fall, you'll love them - have a listen to 2017's What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?

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

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Kneecap

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Mega-hyped Gaeilge/English hip-hop outfit Kneecap are set to play Derry's Sandino's on April 26 as part of an Irish tour. Check out 'Tá na Baggies ar an Talamh'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced £11.25. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Hefty #2

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast is low on excellent rock & metal club nights, so by the grace of its best heavy music venue, Voodoo, we've got the first edition of Hefty.

    Expect an eclectic, tactful mix of the likes of Sabbath, Slayer, Electric Wizard, Soundgarden, Eyehategod, Hüsker Dü, Sleep, Acid Bath, Bad Brains and the like.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Wastefellow w/Fat Pablo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Dublin psychedelic electronic glitchy auteur Wastefellow brings his live A/V show to the Button Factory on April 26. Watch the video for his wonderful 'On The Dry'.

    Electronic psychedelia act Fat Pablo support.

    Tickets cost €8 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Eve Clague

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Soulful urban folk artist Eve Clague is set to launch her new single 'Young Naive Me' with a show at Cork's The Roundy on March 31. Having kicked the year off with a well-received show at Cork's Quarter Block Party, it looks to be an exciting year for the Cork School of Music graduate. Check her out on Soundcloud.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Cha Cha Cha Ha Ha Ha - Pieta House Fundraiser

    Jaja Studios

    Dublin

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    Jaja Studios in Stoneybatter host a frankly unmissable fundraiser for mental health charity Pieta House on April 27.

    Entitled Cha Cha Cha Ha Ha Ha, the former half of its name comes from the stylings from an assortment of our favourite Irish independent artists Postcard Versions, SquareheadOh BolandMaija SofiaShrug Life & Robbie Strickland.

    The Ha Ha Ha comes from stand-ups like Bláithín de Burca, Sarah DevereuxMike RiceAoife O'Connor and Brian Gallagher.

    Tickets cost €13 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 2.30pm, and it's a BYO event.

     

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a run of shows as part of his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour. He'll play Live at St Luke's on April 28.

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

    Tickets cost €28 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Richard Ashcroft

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Stella Donnelly

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising Perth singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly will play the Grand Social on April 29.

    The Wales-born artist – whose debut full-length album comes out on Secretly Canadian - check out 'Boys Will Be Boys'.

    Tickets for the show are €15.00 from Ticketmaster.

     
  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019

    The Antlers

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Making their first appearance in Ireland in five years, The Antlers are set to play the Sugar Club on April 30 in what will be an appropriately intimate, subdued setting for the cinematic outfit.

    Having not played together since 2015, following the release of their last album, Familiars, the band has announced a vinyl reissue of their career-defining album, Hospiceon its tenth anniversary. The album, which featured Sharon Van Etten on vocals, was one of the finest to come from the emotive rock movement of the noughties. Of the reissue, primary songwriter & vocalist Peter Silberman said:

    "We’re reissuing the Hospice LP on March 8th, 2019, in honor of its tenth anniversary. It will be newly pressed on double white vinyl, with deluxe artwork and packaging courtesy of the album’s original artist, Zan Goodman.

    We’ll be playing a limited number of acoustic shows to celebrate, too. But it will be a bit different this time as the core band now consists of myself and drummer Michael Lerner— longtime multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci is no longer with the band.

    Though we’ve pared down for the time being, these shows will feature some old friends and guests, and together we’ll perform Hospice in its entirety.We’re truly looking forward to revisiting these old songs in a new light."

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

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019

    Kojaque

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Possibly the most exciting, fast-rising Irish hip-hop artist Kojaque, is set to play Belfast's Limelight 2 on May 1. 

    It's over a year since the release of his game-changing debut LP Deli Daydreams - check out his statement on it: 
    "Deli Daydreams is a conceptual project chronicling a week in the life of a Deli worker. The project meanders through the daydreams of KOJAQUE, the main protagonist, as he contemplates love, life and loneliness in the lead up to the annual work Christmas party. The project is a vignette of working life in Dublin, mundanity, madness and escapism."

    Nominated for a Choice Music Prize, and placing high on near enough every Irish 2018 end of year list - including our own - the Soft Boy Records release is very much a zeitgeist-capturer. A filmmaker and visual artist, the videos for his singles have been as essential as the music in his upward growth - take 'White Noise', for example.

    Tickets, priced £11, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Newton Faulkner

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner plays The Academy on May 2.

    Faulkner's debut album Hand Built By Robots was released in 2007 which saw him break out and reach number 1. He released Write It On Your Skin in 2012 and he made some history by live streaming the recording of his follow-up, Studio Zoo, for the 5 weeks it took to record in summer of 2013. He released his sixth & latest, Hit The Ground Running, in 2017, followed by a best of compilation in 2019. Watch the video for 'Hit The Ground Running'.

    Tickets are available for €30 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Hen Ogledd

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic outfit Hen Ogledd, featuring Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell & Sally Pilkington, are set to play Voodoo on May 2 in a show for Moving On Music & CQAF. Watch the video for 'Problem Child'.

    Their third album, Mogic, came out at the end of 2018, and imbues the esoteric Eastern inclinations of Dawson's solo work with a genuine bop-ability. The joyous pop of Pilkington, Davies' ethereal, fractured harp & guitar work, and the manipulated electronica of Bothwell.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced £12.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    HAVVK

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Atmospheric alt. rock outfit HAVVK - check out the video for 'Glass' are set to bring their Drawn Together tour to Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre on May 2. 

    Drawn Together is a series of dates working with inclusive venues, promoters & collectives who support female & non-binary artists.

     

    Tickets cost £6 here and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Teenage Fanclub

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Scottish power-pop legends Teenage Fanclub play the Festival Marquee at Custom House Square on May 2.

    Their heart-on-sleeve sincerity and masterful pop craft has seen the band elevated to deserved indie-god status over the years, with Bandwagonesque, Grand Prix and Songs from Northern Britain. Check out their recent single 'Everything Is Falling Apart'.  

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

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Hen Ogledd & Percolator

    The Workman's Club

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic outfit Hen Ogledd, featuring Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell & Sally Pilkington, are set to play for Enthusiastic Eunuch at the Workman's Club on May 3. Watch the video for 'Problem Child'.

    Their third album, Mogic, came out at the end of 2018, and imbues the esoteric Eastern inclinations of Dawson's solo work with a genuine bop-ability. The joyous pop of Pilkington, Davies' ethereal, fractured harp & guitar work, and the manipulated electronica of Bothwell.

    Psychedelic, krauty, 'gazey cosmic voyagers Percolator - one of the best live acts on the island - support. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' taken off Sestra, our Irish album of 2017.

    Tickets are available from Billetto, priced €16.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Jafaris

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Zimbabwe-born, Dublin-based singer/poet/rapper/actor/songwriter Percy Chamburuka, AKA Jafaris, is set to perform his first headline tour following the release of debut album Stride. In his biggest show to date, he'll play The Button Factory on May 3.

    Debuting with his Velvet Cake EP in 2017, he's went from strength to strength, playing every major festival in Ireland, and moving beyond. Watch the video for 'Found My Feet'.

    Tickets cost €15.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Nurse With Wound

    Droichead Arts Centre

    Drogheda

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    The primary outlet for the mordant explorations of Steven StapletonNurse With Wound play Droichead Arts Centre on May 3.

    Around for four decades, NWW has managed to mangle sounds and genres without straying from its core tenets. This has led to over 50 releases under the name, including collaborations with Stereolab, Sunn O))), Current 93 and beyond. NWW claim that each live appearance is a rehearsal for the next show and that no two shows have ever been the same, keeping themselves refreshed with an ever-evolving cast of musicians.

    Tickets cost €25 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Jason Lytle [Grandaddy] & Malojian

    Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church

    Belfast

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    Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist mastermind Jason Lyttle is set to play a headline show for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in the delightful surroundings of the Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church in the heart of Belfast. 

    Lytle embarked on a solo career after Grandaddy's split in 2005 having released five albums under his own name before their 2012 reunion. His most recent album was 2017's Last Place - check out recent single 'Colour of Dirt'.

    Support comes in the form of power-pop/folk master craftsman Malojian - listen to 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home'. Check out the documentary about the making of his This Is Nowhere album, recorded with Steve Albini. 

    Tickets cost only £12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Joshua Burnside

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    NI Music Prize-winning alt-folk artist Joshua Burnside is set to play Dublin Unitarian Church on May 3 in what will doubtlessly be another spellbinder for a man who increasingly speaks as the conscience of a generation growing up in Northern Ireland.

    Having just announced new album Live at the Elmwood Hall, check out this captivating version of Ephrata closer 'The Good Word'.

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

     

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Off the back of a sold out UK tour, Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres play the Limelight 1 on May 3. The date comes a week after the release of their eponymous debut album - check out the video for 'Who's Been Having You Over', a collaboration with Art Collective Worship The Ground.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Lisa O'Neill

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Incredible Irish folk voice Lisa O'Neill plays Belfast's Sunflower Bar as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3.

    Her fourth LP, Heard A Long Gone Song came out in 2018, her first on Rough Trade imprint River Lea Records. Featuring a broad cast of musicians in Cormac Begley, Christophe Capewell, Libby McCrohan and Radie Peat, it's a blend of traditional songs & original compositions. Often described as folk with a punk sensibility, her earthy poetry is evocative not just of the past but of the deeply subjective now, and her latest received universal acclaim. Watch her play 'Rock The Machine' live.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced £10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Kitt Philippa

    Upstairs @ The MAC

    Belfast

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    Fast-rising experimental pop artist Kitt Philippa is set to play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3. They last year won a public vote for Single of the Year at the NI Music Prize for 'Human'.

    Tickets cost £10 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Seminal British post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3.

    Formed in 1978 by frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sargeant, who make up the creative hub of the band since their reunion in recent year. They released several essential post-punk records in their time together, peaking critically with 1984's Ocean Rain LP. They last year released new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.

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

     

     

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Reevah, Sonja Sleator & Ethan Hanna

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Fast-rising young Derry indie-folk songstress Reevah headlines a hometown show at Sandinos on May 3. Check her out live in session.

    Supporting is Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator plays a headline show at Belfast's Pavilion on April 20 to launch her third EP, Violent Strawberry - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka' - and singer-songwriter Ethan Hanna.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Distorted Perspectives Late Show: Sneaks, Secret State & Shammen Delly

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Mind-bending Letterkenny festival Distorted Perspectives holds a late gig at the Regional Cultural Centre on May 3. Headlining is Washington DC-based artist Eva Moochan, aka Sneaks. Have a listen to her new album, Highway Hypnosis on Bandcamp, which circles the hip-hop, pop, RnB & punk spheres without ever sounding constrained to any of them.

    Supporting are deep-fried conspiracy-fuelled electronic act Secret State, who have music out on Central Processing Unit & Varvet. Ambient electronic & soundscape artist Aengus Friel, aka Shammen Delly opens - listen on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €8, or €5 with a Blindboy Podcast ticket stub from the night. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Jafaris

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Zimbabwe-born, Dublin-based singer/poet/rapper/actor/songwriter Percy Chamburuka, AKA Jafaris, is set to perform his first headline tour following the release of debut album Stride. He plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on May 4.

    Debuting with his Velvet Cake EP in 2017, he's went from strength to strength, playing every major festival in Ireland, and moving beyond. Watch the video for 'Found My Feet'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Dick Valentine [Electric Six]

    Katy's Bar

    Belfast

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    Dick Valentine, frontman of Electric Six, is set to play Katy's Bar in a free entry show on May 4.

    This follows the release of the fifth solo album from the troubadour himself, entitled I Am a Moth, I Am Starving, That's A Nice Sweater You Got There, Let's Do This

    Admission is free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Off the back of a sold out UK tour, Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres play the Academy on May 4. The date comes a week after the release of their eponymous debut album - check out the video for 'Who's Been Having You Over', a collaboration with Art Collective Worship The Ground.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €31. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Tribal Dance

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Tribal Dance are set to play their biggest Dublin headline show to date at The Grand Social on May 4. More than just another Dublin math-rock band, check out one of our Irish tracks of 2018, 'And All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette'.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    DIY LK: Anna's Anchor, Dylan Thomas & more

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Limerick emo/punk-pop act Anna's Anchor headline a special DIY LK May Bank Holiday performance in a full-band performance. Watch the video for last year's 'White Washed Corridor', taken from third album Everybody's Welcome.

    Supporting is Limerick alternative pop artist Dylan Thomas. Watch the video for 'Soho'.

    Tickets cost €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Spiritualized

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic space rock masters Spiritualized play Custom House Square on May 4 as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's 20th outing.

    Led by Spacemen 3's Jason Pierce, their drone-based hypnotic majesty has often come backed with gargantuan arrangements and that familiar Pierce signature pillow of sound. There are all-time classics like 1997's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, and his more personal And Nothing Hurt, which broadened the aperture again to distill gospel, Americana and rock'n'roll into the sound of his cracked-vocal psych. Listen to 'I'm Your Man'. 

    Tickets are available, priced £25 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Joshua Burnside

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    NI Music Prize-winning alt-folk artist Joshua Burnside is set to play the quaint space of Belfast's 1st Presbyterian Church on Rosemary St on May 5 for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. This will doubtlessly be another spellbinder for a man who increasingly speaks as the conscience of a generation growing up in Northern Ireland.

    The former CQAF artist-in-residence has just announced new album Live at the Elmwood Hall. Check out this captivating version of Ephrata closer 'The Good Word'.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced £10. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Mon
    06
    May
    2019

    Whenyoung

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Indie-pop trio Whenyoung are set to play McHugh's on May 6 for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. This accompanies the release of debut album Given Up - watch the video for 'Never Let Go'.

    Tickets are available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Whenyoung

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Indie-pop trio Whenyoung are set to play Dublin's Eastbound New Music Festival with a performance at Whelan's on May 7. This accompanies the release of debut album Given Up.

    Tickets are available here, priced €13.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Anna Calvi

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    English guitarist & singer-songwriter Anna Calvi returns to Belfast for a solo performance at the CQAF Marquee on Custom House Square on May 7.

    This follows the August release of her third album, Hunter - watch the video for lead single 'Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy'. It marks a slight departure toward danceable indie pop à la St. Vincent. - understandable, given her 2014 collaboration with David Byrne. Hunter tackles queer & feminist themes, searching for liberation throughout. 

    Tickets are available here for £15. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Phil Taggart’s Slacker Guide to The Music Industry - Book Launch

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    "What do Biffy Clyro, Run the Jewels, Charli XCX, and George Ezra all have in common? Well, aside from selling a truckload of records, and defying all the gloomy predictions about the music industry, they’ve all given up their hard earned wisdom to contribute to the one-stop-shop for everything you’ll ever need to break into the frightening world of being a professional musician - Phil Taggart’s The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry.
    With contributions from some of the most successful names in the business, and the behind the scenes label bosses, managers, promoters, and marketers who made it happen, BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart has shared his considerable expertise within the business to give even the most basic beginner a road map that will hopefully lead to success."

    This is the blurb for our own Phil Taggart's curated guide to the industry. The book launch is set to take place at the Oh Yeah Centre on May 7, and will feature a Q&A with the Radio 1 DJ. Music comes from one of the island's finest electronic artists, ArvoParty - check him out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Fat White Family

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Indie-psych band Fat White Family play the Button Factory on May 8 in support of their third album, Serfs Up!

    The degenerate outfit blend essentially every genre going - notably krautrock, post-punk, country, psych, glam-funk, disco - formed in a Peckham squat in 2011. Their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, was released in 2014, which showcased well their strong pinko squat-playing tendencies. Their second album, Songs For Our Mothers, developed everything more, and this show follows the April release of Serfs Up! Check out lead single 'Feet'.

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

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Mini Mansions

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    L.A. trio Mini Mansions have announced a show in Dublin's Whelan's on May 8, marking their first show in the city since 2015.

    The band, comprised of Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford, are touring third album, Guy Walks Into A Bar… - check out 'Gummy Bear'.

    Tickets cost €18.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Nubya Garcia

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK. In a joint show from Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Moving On Music, she's set to play the Black Box on May 8.

    Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged Jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary Jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet.

    What makes her music so compelling is how she is able to weld together the various musical influences of her youth into a bright new sound. Whether it’s the gospel, soul and Latin that she grew up with at home, or the grime, garage and dub she used to dance to at London clubs; it’s all there. Listen to Nubya's 5ive.

    Tickets cost £14, or £10 concession, here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Filmmaker Kevin Smith comes to Vicar Street for a night of conversation with Ralph Garman on May 9 as part of their Babbe Go Breã tour.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8.30pm. 

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Carla Dal Forno

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Australian singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Carla Dal Forno plays the Black Box.

    Based between London and Berlin, her debut album You Know What It's Like came out in 2016, with an EP released the following year. She navigates the emotionally-charged zones between post-punk, industrial, narcotic dub & dream pop, and is also known for work with Mole House & F Ingers. Check her out live at the Boiler Room.

    Tickets are available here, priced £12.50, or £10 for Black Box members. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Unloved

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia & Jade Vincent, Unloved, are set to play Whelan's on May 9.

    They released their debut album, Guilty of Love back in 2016, and their new album Heartbreak is out now - listen to the swooning, crepuscular 'Remember'.

    Tickets cost €17.45 from Ticketmaster & WAV, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Blank Banshee

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Vaporwave producer Blank Banshee plays an incredibly rare live show at The Grand Social on May 9. 

    The Canadian producer is a bona fide pioneer of the genre, and has recently released third album Mega. Check out Blank Banshee 0.

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

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Peter Broderick w/Brona McVittie

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    American-born, Ireland-based multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter Peter Broderick is set to play the intimate 1st Presbyterian Church on Rosemary St for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 9.

    He's collaborated with M. Ward, Efterklang, Nils Frahm and many others, and has put out several solo albums that range from contemporary classical to homespun folk & voice recordings. Although his career is impossible to pin down, marked as it is with versatility, check him out live at the ARTE Festival.

    Support comes from hotly-tipped contemporary harpist & songwriter Brona McVittie - watch the video for 'Under The Pines'.

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    It Takes A Village

    Trabolgan

    East Cork

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    dEUS - The Ideal Crash 20th Anniversary Tour

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Belfian art-rock act dEUS celebrate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album The Ideal Crash with a stop-off at Dublin's Academy on May 10 & 11 - the latter being due to phenomenal demand.

    The tour accompanies a full remastering & reissue on deluxe CD & vinyl box-sets, as well as a European tour.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €42.05. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Crack Cloud

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, BC, set to play Dublin's Sound House on May 10.

    Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada, taking cues from the likes of The Fall. Watch the video for 'Swish Swash'.

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Final Ever God's Waiting Room: Unloved + DJ David Holmes

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia & Jade Vincent, Unloved, are set to headline Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Marquee at Custom House Square on May 10, in what's set to become the final ever edition of modern classic night out, God's Waiting Room.

    They released their debut album, Guilty of Love back in 2016, and their new album Heartbreak is out now - listen to the swooning, crepuscular 'Remember'. Visuals come from Julian House.

    They'll be accompanied by a DJ set from GWR organiser David Holmes.

    Tickets cost £15 from CQAF, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Gwenno

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    The night before her show supporting the Manic Street Preachers at the Olympia, Welsh artist Gwenno plays a headline show at the Sound House on May 11.

    She (deservedly) received a great deal of attention for her 2018 album, Le Kov, recorded in her native language - watch the video for her psychedelic pop gem, 'Tir Ha Mor'.

    Tickets cost just €13.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Manic Street Preachers w/Gwenno

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Jason Lytle [Grandaddy] & Malojian

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist mastermind Jason Lytle is set to play a seated show at Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on May 12.

    Lytle embarked on a solo career after Grandaddy's split in 2005 having released five albums under his own name before their 2012 reunion. His most recent album was 2017's Last Place - check out recent single 'Colour of Dirt'.

    Support comes in the form of power-pop/folk master craftsman Malojian - listen to 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home'. Check out the documentary about the making of his This Is Nowhere album, recorded with Steve Albini. 

    Tickets are priced €15, or €12 concession, here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Crack Cloud

    Upstairs @ Dolans

    Limerick

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    Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective/post-punk outfit based out of Vancouver, BC, set to play upstairs at Dolan's on May 12 as part of their Irish tour.

    Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada, taking cues from the likes of The Fall. Watch the video for 'Swish Swash'.

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

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Just Mustard w/Odd Morris

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the best bands in the country, Dundalk's brooding, trip-hop-tinged noiseniks Just Mustard, play the Workman's Club as part of the Eastbound Festival on May 12. Nominated for a Choice Music Prize, listen to their excellent debut album, Wednesday.

    Tickets cost €13.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019

    Gods of Rap: Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy & De La Soul

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Performing their most acclaimed and beloved albums, three of the most important acts in hip-hop history bring their Gods of Rap tour to Dublin's 3Arena on May 14.

    The sole Irish date of the tour, Wu-Tang ClanPublic Enemy and De La Soul will play, with the show hosted and presented by DJ Premier.

    The tour will mark the anniversary of three iconic records: Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) turns 25, and both Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising turn 30.

    Tickets are priced from €78, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, the Limelight 1 hosts a night of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

    Their actions, which took down Colombia - and the world's - most infamous drug lord, have been famously documented on Narcos. Both agents have received a huge amount of recognition for their work with the DEA.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm, and it's an unreserved fully-seated show.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019

    Tropical Fuck Storm

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Austrialian art punk outfit Tropical Fuck Storm play Dublin's Sound House on May 15.

    They feature two members of the wonderful The Drones, pushing their more dischordant streak to its logical frayed end. Their debut album, A Laughing Death in Meatspace came out at the end of 2018 - watch the video for 'You Let My Tyres Down'.

    Tickets cost €15.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019

    Alex Lahey

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Australian alt rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey is set for two Irish dates, playing Belfast's Empire on May 15.

    Still only 26, the multi-instrumentalist's second album, The Best of Luck Club is out just a couple of days later. Check out 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself'.

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

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019

    Cormac Neeson 'White Feather' Album Launch w/Crow Black Chicken

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Accompanying the Belfast launch, The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson celebrates the release of debut album White Feather at Dublin's Grand Social on May 16.

    The LP sees him move into more rootsy, countrified pastures after spending some time in Nashville with their key songwriters and musicians - watch him perform 'White Feather' in The Live Room.

    Supporting are Crow Black Chicken.

    Tickets are available from The Grand Social, priced €13.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019

    Alex Lahey

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Australian alt rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey is set for two Irish dates, playing the Grand Social on May 16.

    Still only 26, the multi-instrumentalist's second album, The Best of Luck Club is out the following day - check out 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself'.

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

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Tony Law: A Lost Show

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Multi-award-winning surrealist comedian Tony Law brings A Lost Show to Whelan's on May 17.

    He sold out his entire run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience and every other essential UK panel show. Expect accents, observations, shouting, clowning, shadows, shadow puppets, a space bear puppet, music, bad music, falling and white face paint.

    Tickets cost €20 from the WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Viagra Boys

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Swedish punk band Viagra Boys play McHugh's on May 17. following the release of debut album Street Worms.

    You might like them if you love music made by madcap iconoclasts like Dead Kennedys, Suicide, Butthole Surfers & Screaming Jay Hawkins, watch the video for 'Sports'.

    Tickets are available here, priced £11. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Robocobra Quartet & Meltybrains?

    Black Box

    Dublin

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    Moving On Music hold a double-headline show at the Black Box on May 17 with two of the most uncompromising musical acts in Ireland. Avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet have long been one of the best live bands around - have a listen to their incredible second album Plays Hard To Get, which came in at #3 on our Irish albums of the year, and was nominated for the NI Music Prize. They've been described as Mingus-meets-Fugazi, and we'd be hard pushed to disagree, if you filter in some Robert Wyatt as a middle-ground.

    Meltybrains? have garnered a reputation for their unabashed creativity, with each member classically trained, while their live show hinges equally on the visual & performative element of their music. Genuinely uncategorisable, since 2012, the band has been creating incredibly imaginative electronic soundscapes, and performing highly theatrical live shows with an infectious, manic energy. Their fearless approach makes for music with endless possibilities, and is incredibly refreshing in a world bound by strict structure and harmony. A must see. Have a listen on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £14, or £10 concession from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Ed Motta

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Rio de Janeiro-based soul/jazz/funk musician Ed Motta plays the Sugar Club on May 18.

    Releasing his debut album ages 15, he's worked in every genre from jazz to Brazilian pop, making Hollywood soundtracks, and collaborating with the likes of Roy Ayers, Bo Diddley, Seu Jorge and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

    Tickets are available from the Sugar Club. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    BEAK>

    Whelans

    Belfast

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    Comprised of Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Will Young (no, the better one), Bristol’s BEAK> will play Whelans on May 18 following the release of their stellar third album, >>>  last year.

    Hands down one of the UK’s most consistently engaging electronic acts, the trio have released three excellent studio albums, an original score, and an EP of Kraut-tinged mastery since forming back in 2009. Watch the video for new single 'Brean Down'.

    Tickets are priced €22 from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Tony Law: A Lost Show

    The Mac

    Belfast

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    Multi-award-winning surrealist comedian Tony Law brings A Lost Show to the MAC on May 18 in his third annual Belfast show running.

    He sold out his entire run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience and every other essential UK panel show. Expect accents, observations, shouting, clowning, shadows, shadow puppets, a space bear puppet, music, bad music, falling and white face paint.

    Tickets are available from The MAC.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Bullitt Presents: Soul Jazz Records

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Independent label Soul Jazz Records is one of the most reliable tastemakers & uncoverers of across near enough every genre. through to electronic & southern rock.

    The label was founded in London in 1992, with the idea to draw “cross cultural connections” between soul, jazz and reggae through compilation albums. Almost three decades on, the label has expanded its style and breadth - still releasing landmark retrospectives, but also sending contemporary, underground vibrations into the world.

    Pete and Scott will be your musical guides at Bullitt, playing across funk, soul, jazz, ska, reggae, dancehall, Latin, disco, punk, hip-hop, house, electro, UK & worldwide beats on a night of unending vibes.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Robocobra Quartet & Trick Mist

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet play a headline show at Dublin's Bello Bar for Enthusiastic Eunuch. Long one of the best live bands on the island, have a listen to their incredible second album Plays Hard To Get, which came in at #3 on our Irish albums of the year, and was nominated for the NI Music Prize. They've been described as Ornette Coleman-meets-Fugazi, and we'd be hard pushed to disagree, if you filter in some Robert Wyatt as a reference point.

    Support comes from another of Ireland's singular artists, Cork's Trick Mist, whose debut album also deserved its place on our Irish Albums of the Year. Blending a capella lyrical performances, found sounds, samples & traditional music, its experimental, almost electroacoustic quality puts Trick Mist ahead of much of the country. Listen to his debut album, Both Ends.

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

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Colm Mac Con Iomaire

    Vicar Street

    Belfast

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    Irish musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire, founder of Kíla & singer/violinist in Frames is set to headline Vicar Street on May 18.

    His new album, The River Holds Its Breath was recorded by composer Bill Whelan on tape, and is described by the artist as a series of short stories. 

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    Robert Forster

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Go-Betweens frontman Robert Forster brings his band to Dublin's Button Factory for a show on May 19 in his first full band shows in Europe in eleven years.

    Still one of the most energetic and vital men around, his memoir Grant & I was a Mojo & Uncut book of the year as he continues to write, perform & publish his work as a music journalist. Check out his 2017 album, Songs To Play.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Robert Forster

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Go-Betweens frontman Robert Forster brings his band to Cork's Cyprus Avenue on May 20 in his first full band shows in Europe in eleven years.

    Still one of the most energetic and vital men around, his memoir Grant & I was a Mojo & Uncut book of the year as he continues to write, perform & publish his work as a music journalist. Check out his 2017 album, Songs To Play.

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

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Thee Oh Sees

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory - ever the bringers of top Belfast gigs - bring one of the world's greatest live bands, Thee Oh Sees to Belfast, to play the Limelight 2 on May 20.

    The John Dwyer-fronted garage-psych outfit have averaged about one album per year under the Oh Sees almost countless albums under various names. Check out their 21st album, 2018's increasinly proggy Smote Reverser.

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

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Alice In Chains

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    US grunge/metal legends Alice In Chains are set to play Dublin on May 20 at the Olympia.

    Taking place as part of a broader UK and Irish tour, they're currently fronted by William DuVall, who followed in Layne Staley's not-insignificant footsteps following his untimely passing. They've released as many albums now with DuVall as with Staley, the latest being last year's Rainier Fog. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €47.55. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Beoga

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Now famous as the band who helped Ed Sheeran make some of the biggest global hits in the last couple of years, traditional group Beoga headline Whelan's on May 20. They played with Sheeran at Glastonbury, and have refined their focus to the intersection between trad & contemporary pop.

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

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Thee Oh Sees

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Thee Oh Sees are set to return to Dublin at long last, playing The Button Factory on May 21.

    The John Dwyer-fronted garage-psych outfit have averaged about one album per year under the Oh Sees almost countless albums under various names. Check out their 21st album, 2018's increasinly proggy Smote Reverser.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €25. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Big Thief

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn indie rock quartet Big Thief play Vicar Street on May 21.

    Their humble 2016 debut, Masterpiece was quickly followed up in 2017 with Capacity - both of which are getting deserved attention, as well as vocalist Adrienne Lenker's wonderful solo work. Fragmented, delicate, watch them Live on KEXP

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

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Alice In Chains

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    US grunge/metal legends Alice In Chains are set to play Belfast for the first time in years, headlining the Telegraph Building on May 21.

    Taking place as part of a broader UK and Irish tour, they're currently fronted by William DuVall, who followed in Layne Staley's not-insignificant footsteps following his untimely passing. They've released as many albums now with DuVall as with Staley, the latest being last year's Rainier Fog. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Kikagaku Moyo

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the best psychedelic rock bands in the galaxy right now, Kikagaku Moyo are set to finally play Ireland when Paisley Promotions & u:mack bring them to The Workman's Club as part of their European tour.

    From Tokyo, and based in Amsterdam, they've released much of their music through their own label, Guruguru Brain. Melding psychedelia, acid-folk & Krautrock groove into something that feels both free-flowing, yet articulate. Last year, they released the universally acclaimed Masana Temples, following up on House In The Tall Grass and 2018's Stone Garden EP - check out their KEXP session.

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

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Brigid Mae Power & Peter Broderick

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    In an intimate performance at Galway's Black Gate Cultural Centre on May 23, the immensely talented creative marriage of American-born, Ireland-based multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter Peter Broderick and one of Ireland's foremost, Brigid Mae Power - whose second album The Two Worlds we named 2018 Irish album of the year. 

    Broderick has collaborated with M. Ward, Efterklang, Nils Frahm and many others, and has put out several solo albums that range from contemporary classical to homespun folk & voice recordings. Although his career is impossible to pin down, marked as it is with versatility, check him out live at the ARTE Festival.

    Acclaimed by the likes of Uncut & The Guardian, Brigid Mae Power's her deeply expressive, hypnotic music has made her one of the finest purveyors of folk in the most human sense. She released her eponymous debut album in 2016, with its follow-up, The Two Worlds being named our favourite of last year. Watch the video for 'Don't Shut Me Up (Politely)'.

    Tickets cost €15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Cormac Neeson

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following sold out shows in Belfast last year, The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson plays a show to celebrate the release of debut album White Feather at the Black Box on May 24.

    The LP sees him move into more rootsy, countrified pastures after spending some time in Nashville with their key songwriters and musicians - watch him perform 'White Feather' in The Live Room.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Shine, priced £12.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Sorcha Richardson

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Somnambulant electro-pop artist Sorcha Richardson is set to release her first album later this year, and on May 24, she launches its first single at Whelan's. Listen to 'Petrol Station'

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

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Daithí

    Duke of York, Upstairs

    Belfast

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    Galway-based electronic producer Daithí is set to play a headline show upstairs at Belfast's Duke of York. 

    The pop experimentalist has managed to combine seemingly disparate elements - field recordings, house music, old Irish music, analog synths and trad - into his unmistakable singular output. His live show is largely improvised, whereby he spontaneously creates dance music with looped fiddle, synths and drum machines. He last year collaborated with genre-spanning Irish artists to great success - check it out here - and used a recording of his elderly grandmother in a hugely successful single, 'Mary Keane's Introduction' last year.

    Tickets cost £10 from Shine & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Snow Patrol w/Foy Vance, Ash & more

    Ward Park

    Bangor

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    Snow Patrol play their third annual hometown return to Ward Park on May 25, with a supporting cast of NI's most lauded past, present & future acts. 

    Studded with NI Music Prize winners, there will be performances from Foy FanceAshSOAKJealous of the BirdsBrand New FriendJC StewartThe Wood Burning SavagesKitt Philippa and Roe.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    The Wedding Present 'Bizarro' 30th Anniversary

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their album Bizarro, playing the Academy Green Room on May 25.

    This follows up on anniversary tours for George Best and Tommy in recent years. Listen to single 'Brassneck', taken from the album.

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

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Beauty Sleep

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Woozy indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep play their biggest headline show at Belfast to date at the MAC on May 25.

    This accompanies the long-awaited debut album Be Kind, and will resonate particularly if you're into synth & guitar combo hookiness of Phoenix or Chvrches. Watch the excellent video for 'The Dark'.

  • Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    The Wedding Present 'Bizarro' 30th Anniversary

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their album Bizarro, playing Belfast's Empire Music Hall on May 26.

    This follows up on anniversary tours for George Best and Tommy in recent years. Listen to single 'Brassneck', taken from the album.

    Tickets cost £20, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    27
    May
    2019

    The Bonnevilles

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Whiskey-loving thrashy garage-blue-punk duo The Bonnevilles play a headline show at Belfast's Limelight 2 on May 27 as part of their Long Runs The Fox UK Tour. Watch the video for '10'000'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    The Milk Carton Kids

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Americana outfit The Milk Carton Kids headline the Olympia in support of Grammy-nominated album All the Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn't Do.

    Following up on 2015's Monterey, this album follows the breakup of a seven year relationship and an unexpected cancer diagnosis & surgery. Heavily influenced by the likes of CSNY, it's much more plaintive & introspective. Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

    Tickets cost €29 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    The Unthanks

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks perform at the Spirit Store on May 29.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance celebrates and explores that idea as part of a vocal trio. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a forthcoming live album. 

    Tickets are now sold out. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Matthew & The Atlas

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    British songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hegarty aka Matthew and The Atlas plays Voodoo, Belfast on May 29.

    Hailed as a British Bon Iver, this date follows the release of new album Morning Dancer. His folk traditionalism is instilled with an embrace of electronics - check out 'Out of the Darkness'.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from Ticketmaster and Shine. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Filthy Friends

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The new project from Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker & R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Filthy Friends, are set to play The Button Factory on May 29.

    Back with second album Emerald Valley, their soaring rock is refreshed with a fury at the state of things - check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €26.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Soak

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    NI Music Prize winner & Mercury Prize nominee, Derry's Soak plays her biggest Dublin show to date at The Button Factory on May 30, following her sold out Grand Social in 2018.

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

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

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    The Unthanks

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks perform at Pepper Cannister Church on May 30.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance celebrates and explores that idea as part of a vocal trio. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a forthcoming live album. 

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Matthew & The Atlas

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    British songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hegarty aka Matthew and The Atlas plays Dublin's Grand Social on May 30.

    Hailed as a British Bon Iver, this date follows the release of new album Morning Dancer. His folk traditionalism is instilled with an embrace of electronics - check out 'Out of the Darkness'.

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

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019
    Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Open Ear '19

    Sherkin Island

    Cork

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    In the beautiful off-coast sanctuary of Sherkin Island, the expansive Open Ear holds its fourth annual outing over the weekend of the June bank holiday. Melding the avant garde, ambient, techno, and all manner of electronic experimentation, as a festival of forward-thinking musical technologists, it's nigh-on-peerless in Ireland right now.

    The first part of the 2019 programme comprises the following acts:
    Garies / Radie Peat / Maria Somerville / Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands / Aaron Dilloway & Vicky Langan / Woven Skull / Jennifer Walshe / Club Comfort / Fran Hartnett / T-Woc / Áine O’Dwyer / Aoife O'Neill / Static. / Eliza / Prun / Ebauche / Bloom / Belacque / SIAS / Kenny Hanlon / The Digital Druids / Dabbledoo Feat. Amanda Feery & everyone. Much more is yet to be announced.

     

    Tickets are available here, priced at €155 for the weekend, or €165 for a 4-day pass.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Nnic

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Naoise Nic, aka Nnic, plays upstairs at Whelan's on May 30 in her first headline show. Blending neo-soul & electronic music, check out 'Grow'.

    Tickets cost €11.80 from WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
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    02
    Jun
    2019

    Vantastival

    Beaulieu House & Gardens

    Co. Louth

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    Back to celebrate its tenth anniversary festival, Vantastival takes place over the weekend of May 31-June 2 at Louth's Beaulieu House. 

    Live favourites King Kong Company headline on Saturday, with troubadour David KeenanCry Monster Cry, one of our noisy favourites Just Mustard and the reuniting Fight Gandhi.

    3-day camping costs €105, 2-day camping is €80, available from Vantastival.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
    Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019

    AVA Festival 2019

    Belfast

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    Returning for its fifth year to Belfast, AVA festival & conference that celebrates the current international state electronic music & digital visual arts, runs over May 31 & June 1.

    The lineup features a who's who of electronic music in 2019, including Avalon EmersonBen Simms, Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Blawan, Daniel Avery, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Len Faki, Mall Grab, Motor City, Drum Ensemble, Palms TraxRandomerRebekahSpecial Request and a cast of supporting figures that represent the Irish, and international stage.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Strand of Oaks

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Folk rock singer-songwriter & producer Timothy Showalter, AKA Strand of Oaks, is set to play Whelan's on May 31. 

    This show comes in support of the Indiana artist's sixth album, Eraserland. Check out 'Weird Ways'.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster or WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Paddy Hanna & Junior Brother

    Duke of York, Upstairs

    Belfast

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    Orchestral pop auteur Paddy Hanna, whose wonderful second album, Frankly, I Mutate, came out last year, is set to play upstairs at Belfast's Duke of York on May 31. He's currently working on his third album - slated for a 2020 release.

    Supporting is phenomenal Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother. A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018.

    Tickets are available for £10 from Ticketmaster & Shine. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
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    03
    Jun
    2019

    Forbidden Fruit 2019

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    The annual Forbidden Fruit festival returns to Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin across the Bank Holiday weekend of June 1-3.

    It will welcome SkeptaDanny BrownMura MasaElbow, First Aid KitJon HopkinsPaul KalkbrennerMaribou StateMall GrabDaniel AveryPolo & PanHomeshakeRoss from Friends and Saint Sister. More acts are to be announced.

    Day and weekend tickets are available here.

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Drab Majesty & Melts

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    US LA-based project Drab Majesty is set to perform at Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on Sunday, June 2 as part of Distorted Perspectives.

    Drab Majesty is the inter-dimensional androgynous alter-ego of musician Andrew Clinco and Mona D, with a combination of reverb-drenched guitars, synth bass lines, commanding vocals, and rhythmic drum machine beats. While inherently guitar-driven music in the vain of The Chameleons or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Drab Majesty's sound is often nuanced by ethereal washes of icy keyboards and arpeggiated synthesizers, backed by heavy mechanized percussion and forked pulsing synth bass, all adorned with reverb-laden vocals reminiscent of a hallowed cathedral. Listen to 2017 LP The Demonstration.

    Supporting are Dublin post-punk/kraut supergroup Melts, featuring members of The Things, The North Sea & Mighty Stef - check out their debut single.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019
    Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He'll play a 3-night run at Vicar Street from June 4-6.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. The show kicks off at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019

    Nile Rodgers & Chic

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Becoming one of the most essential live draws in recent years, funk/disco/pop songwriter Nile Rodgers and Chic return to Ireland in June, playing Belfast's Waterfront Hall on June 4.

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

    These days, they're one of the naturally tightest live bands in the world, selling out practically everywhere they go, with setlists peppered with some of the instantly recognisable hits - from Madonna to Daft Punk - penned by frontman Rodgers from the '70s through until today.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Beauty Sleep w/Montauk Hotel

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Woozy Belfast indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep play upstairs at Whelan's on June 6.

    Their long-awaited debut album Be Kind comes out just a fortnight prior, and will resonate particularly if you're into synth & guitar combo hookiness of Phoenix or Chvrches. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from jangle-pop outfit Montauk Hotel.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Fantastic Negrito

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    The winner of the first ever NPR Tiny Desk contest, Fantastic Negrito plays Dublin's Academy Green Room on June 6.

    His debut album won the 2017 Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy, with his latest, Please Don't Be Dead, winning it again in 2019. Watch the video for 'Plastic Hamburgers'.

    Tickets cost €26 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Snow Patrol w/The Kooks

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Following a 2018 that saw the release of new LP Wildness, and an NI Music Prize lifetime achievement for Gary Lightbody the band have announced they'll join in on the run of massive names confirmed to play Malahide Castle this summer. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In', and are set to play on June 7.
    Also on the bill are indie-pop outfit The Kooks.
     
    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Low Cut Connie

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Anthemic piano-led outfit Low Cut Connie play The Grand Social on June 7.

    Allegedly having already made fans of Bruce Springsteen, Obama & Nick Hornby, they've been gigging relentlessly and making waves across the pond. Watch the video for 'Beverly'.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    The Twilight Sad

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Scottish post-punk trio The Twilight Sad play Belfast's Black Box on June 7, the day before their Malahide Castle performance with The Cure.

    The revellers in misery have just returned with their first album since 2014's Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. More electronically-leaning than ever before without losing their wall-of-sound aesthetic. Check out 'Videograms'.

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

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Limerick’s Dolan’s on June 7.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Dolan's

     

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Matmos

    Sonic Lab, SARC

    Belfast

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    The pairing of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, AKA Matmos, are set to play the most advanced sonic space on the island, the Sonic Lab, at QUB's Sonic Arts Research Centre, on June 7.

    Currently based in Baltimore, the duo formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources and high concept ideas.

    Since their debut, Matmos have released over nine albums, and collaborated with some of the most respected artists working today including Bjork, Antony/Anohni, So Percussion, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, David Tibet, the Rachel’s, Lesser, Wobbly, Zeena Parkins, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. Matmos have also collaborated with a wide range of artists across disciplines, from the visual artist Daria Martin to the playwright Young Jean Lee to Berlin-based choreographer Ayman Harper. Their most recent release, Ultimate Care II, was recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore, and is constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Axel Flóvent

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Atmospheric Icelandic indie-folk singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent plays the Sound House on June 7.

    Rising to acclaim following his 'Forest Fires' release, he has released three EPs thus far, relocating to the Netherlands, then Brighton.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Metallica w/Ghost & Bokassa

    Slane Castle

    Co. Meath

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

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

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

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    The Cure, Ride, The Twilight Sad & Just Mustard

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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

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

    Supporting are RideThe Twilight Sad and Dundalk's incredible young trip-hop-tinged noise-pop/gaze outfit Just Mustard.

    The show is now sold out.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Patton Oswalt

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having made press recently for donating money for the medical expenses of a man who Twitter trolled him, Patton Oswalt comes to Vicar Street on June 8.

    As well as his prolific voiceover & acting work, his stand-up career began in 1988, going to to write for MADtv. Repping nerd culture & atheism in his themes, he's released 8 albums and appeared in countless films, tv shows and games.

    Tickets are priced from €35 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Belfast's Empire on June 8.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

     

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Whelan's on June 9.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets.

     

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019

    The Interrupters

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Ska/pop-punk outfit The Interrupters play the Limelight 1 on June 11. Having shared stages with the likes of Rancid, Blind 182 & Bad Religion, their second album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong & Tom Lord-Alge. Check out 'She's Kerosene'.

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

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Elton John

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators w/Blackberry Smoke & Screaming Eagles

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are set to play Ormeau Park on June 12 as part of what's set to be the biggest Belsonic yet.

    He most recently released Living The Dream alongside Kennedy & The Conspirators in 2018, following the hugely successful Guns N' Roses reunion shows.

    Support comes from Blackberry Smoke and Screaming Eagles.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £30.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    The Interrupters

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The Academy hosts ska/pop-punk outfit The Interrupters on June 12. Having shared stages with the likes of Rancid, Blind 182 & Bad Religion, their second album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong & Tom Lord-Alge. Check out 'She's Kerosene'.

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

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Sophie Ellis Bextor

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Fleetwood Mac

    RDS Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are priced from €79.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, Liberty Hall on Eden Quay hosts a night of conversation on June 13 & 16, on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, including Kiki Camarena, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

    Their actions, which took down Colombia - and the world's - most infamous drug lord, have been famously documented on Narcos. Both agents have received a huge amount of recognition for their work with the DEA.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €36.50. 

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    3Arena

    Dubin

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €41.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Scala & Kolacny Brothers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Mgła

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Kraków-based black metal band Mgła headline Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on June 14. Their last album was one of 2015's most acclaimed albums in the genre, Exercises In Futility.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Skinny Lister

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    British folk-punk act Skinny Lister are set to play the Limelight 2 on June 14, following the March 1 release of fourth album The Story Is...

    Epitomising the kind of grounded punk Xtra Mile Recordings is known for, they've played every venue from folk festivals to Download Festival. Check out 'Thing Like That'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Doves, Blossoms & DMA's

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Added to the run of huge Malahide Castle shows set for summer 2019 is Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on June 16.

    This follows the release of third album, Who Built The Moon?, which came out in late 2017, following on from their hugely successful first two post-Oasis LPs. This new album comes from a creative collaboration with our very own David Holmes.

    Supporting are the recently-returned Doves, up-and-coming indie rockers Blossoms and Aussie Britpop revivalists DMA's.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €49.90. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Hop Along

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Following the April release of third album Bark Your Head Off, DogHop Along play the Button Factory on June 16.

    The indie folk-rock outfit formed back in 2005, releasing an album as Hop Along, Queen Anleis, before shortening the name and establishing their sound as the acoustic rock they're known and loved for. Have a listen on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, Liberty Hall on Eden Quay hosts a night of conversation on June 13 & 16, on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, including Kiki Camarena, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

    Their actions, which took down Colombia - and the world's - most infamous drug lord, have been famously documented on Narcos. Both agents have received a huge amount of recognition for their work with the DEA.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €36.50. 

  • Mon
    17
    Jun
    2019
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    18
    Jun
    2019

    Glady Knight

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight plays the Olympia on June 17 & 18 - the latter date added due to demand.

    With the Pips - who included her brother Bubba, as well as cousins Edward Patten & William Guest - she won seven Grammies and is beloved for her Motown & Buddah hits from the 60s-80s. Here's 'Neither One Of Us'.

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

  • Mon
    17
    Jun
    2019

    DMA's

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Aussie Britpop revivalists DMA's are set to play the Limelight 1 on June 17, following their Malahide Castle support slot to Noel Gallagher. 

    Having shared bills with both Gallaghers, Richard Ashcroft, and every other UK mainstream indie band you care to name, they released their second LP For Now in 2018 - listen to 'Time and Money'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced £17.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    19
    Jun
    2019

    Billy Corgan

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan plays a fully seated show at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on June 19 as part of his European solo tour.

    Tickets are priced from €65.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Jun
    2019

    Stormzy

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    London-based, Ivor-winning, Glasto-headlining MC Stormzy plays Belsonic at Ormeau Park on June 20.

    Just a few years on from his debut EP Dreamers Disease, 3 years ago, his second album is on the way, which will doubtless launch him to even more stratospheric heights. Here's 'Big For Your Boots'.

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

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019

    Lana Del Rey

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets cost €69.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019

    Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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    One of the original outlaw country legends - and all around decent, cool person - Kris Kristofferson, is set to return to Dublin for the second year on the trot, playing Cork's Live At The Marquee on June 23, accompanied by Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers.

    The country music Hall of Famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot as well as being one of the most gifted lyricists in his genre, winning a bunch of Grammys & a cornerstones of The Highwaymen. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019

    Liam Gallagher

    Irish Independent Park

    Cork

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    Liam Gallagher is set to play Cork's Independent Park on June 23, having last year released his debut solo album As You Were. Watch the video for 'Wall of Glass'.

    Tickets are priced €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 5pm.

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019
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    25
    Jun
    2019

    Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers

    The Helix

    Dublin

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    One of the original outlaw country legends - and all around decent, cool person - Kris Kristofferson, is set to return to Dublin for the second year on the trot, performing The Helix on June 24 & 25, accompanied by Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers.

    The country music Hall of Famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot as well as being one of the most gifted lyricists in his genre, winning a bunch of Grammys & a cornerstones of The Highwaymen. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019

    Stereolab

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Re-emerging English-French avant-pop heroes Stereolab have announced two Irish shows, the former at Belfast's Empire Music Hall on June 24.

    Having went on hiatus in 2009, the band have returned to play a series of dates in 2019, their first activity since the post-hiatus release of 10th album, Not Music.

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

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019

    Hozier w/Maggie Rogers

    Irish Independent Park

    Cork

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    Platinum-selling, award-winning singer-songwriter Hozier is to play Irish Independent Park, Cork on June 25 following the release of his long-awaited second album.

    He released his Nina Cried Power EP in the interim in 2018, accompanied by a completely sold out run of shows. Check out the video for recent single 'Movement'.

    Support comes from Maryland indie folk/pop artist Maggie Rogers.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and gates open at 5pm.

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019

    Stereolab

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Re-emerging English-French avant-pop heroes Stereolab have announced two Irish shows, the latter set to take place at Vicar Street on June 25.

    Having went on hiatus in 2009, the band have returned to play a series of dates in 2019, their first activity since the post-hiatus release of 10th album, Not Music.

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

  • Wed
    26
    Jun
    2019

    Ms. Lauryn Hill

    Irish Independent Park

    Cork

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    Ms. Lauryn Hill is the latest act announced to play an open air show at Cork's Irish Independent Park on June 26.

    The multi-Grammy award winning artist will perform music from her seminal debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and more.

    Tickets are priced at €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Jun
    2019

    Hozier

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Platinum-selling, award-winning singer-songwriter Hozier is set to headline Belsonic at Ormeau Park on June 27 in his biggest Belfast show to date.

    He released his Nina Cried Power EP in the interim in 2018, accompanied by a completely sold out run of shows. This date follows the release of his long-awaited second album - check out the video for its first single 'Movement'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and gates open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019

    The Mother Pride Block Party

    The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

    Dublin

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    The phenomenal bill for this year's Mother Pride Block Party takes place on June 29 and will be held outdoors at Collins Barracks in Dublin, and will be the biggest yet. Taking place after the parade, it will have 2 areas, 2 stages and full bars, food stalls & art installations.

    The bill comprises Danish pop start Mother DJsDaithíPillow QueensPanti BlissKelly-Anne ByrnePaul RyderConor Behan, Kate Brennan Harding, Claire Beck, Miss Kate, with bonus drag aerobics, a singalong social & Dublin Pride stage.

    Tickets are priced from €18 from Eventbrite. Things kick off at 4pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019

    The Living End

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Back with their eighth album Wunderbar, Australian psychobilly/punk rock'n'roll outfit The Living End play Dublin's Academy on June 29.  Fondly remembered for their preference of double-bass over electric, listen to 'Prisoner of Society'.

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

  • Mon
    01
    Jul
    2019

    Vampire Weekend

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    Adding to the likes of New Order & Paul Weller in the already-stellar Trinity Summer Series, Vampire Weekend are set to play the Dublin College on July 1. This show follows the release of their fourth album, Father of the Bride.

    Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    02
    Jul
    2019

    Foals

    Trinity College

    Dublin

     

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    Math-influenced indie rock outfit Foals headline Trinity Green on July 2 as part of their summer series.

    This follows the release of the first part of their dual album project, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, with the following set for release in Autumn. Watch the video for 'Exits'.

    Tickets cost €52 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Tash Sultana

    The Marquee

    Cork

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

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

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

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Janelle Monáe

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    Janelle Monáe will play the Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin on July 3.

    Monáe released one of the albums of 2018, Dirty Computer, back in April. Check out the video for 'Make Me Feel',

    Tickets for the show cost €54.65 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Eddie Vedder w/Glen Hansard

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of Pearl Jam frontman's forthcoming European dates, Eddie Vedder returns to the 3Arena on July 3.

    His debut solo album, the Into The Wild soundtrack in 2007, was followed up in 2012 with Ukulele Songs. He was inducted into Rock & Roll HoF, and this show takes place two years on from his last acclaimed show here, which broke curfew and cost him a reported €25,000.

    Support comes from Dublin's troubadour-in-chief Glen Hansard.

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

  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019

    Tash Sultana

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019

    Paul Weller

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    Brit-rock icon Paul Weller returns to Dublin to headline the July 4 edition of the Summer Series 2019 at Trinity College Green.

    Known 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. His 26th album, True Meanings was broadly acclaimed - here's 'Gravity'.

    Tickets are priced at €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Fri
    05
    Jul
    2019
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    07
    Jul
    2019

    Longitude

    Marlay Park

    Dublin

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    Chance the RapperA$AP Rocky and Future are among the first names announced to play next year's Longitude, which returns to Dublin's Marlay Park from Friday June 5 to Sunday July 7.

    With more acts to be revealed, BrockhamptonRae SremmurdLil Uzi VertJuice WRLD, VersatileAminéDenzel Curry$uicideBoy$Lil BabySheck WesClairoSlowthai and Flohio were also announced.

    Weekend tickets - which are charged at €189.50 - are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    New Order

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    New Order are set to close the Summer Series 2019 at Trinity College Green on July 7.

    Emerging from the ashes of Joy Division, their iconic synth-led sound led them to greater commercial heights. This show will be conducted by Joe Duddell, curated by Dave Haslam & Mark Beasley and are a collaboration with conceptual artist Liam Gillick.

    Tickets are priced at €60.45 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    National Opera House

    Wexford

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He'll perform at Wexford National Opera House on July 7.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Tue
    09
    Jul
    2019
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    10
    Jul
    2019

    Moving Hearts

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Star-studded celtic rock band Moving Hearts play over July 9 & 10. 

    Formed in 1981 when bouzouki player Dónal Lunny and Christy Moore decided to explore bridging contemporary music with traditional in the vein of Horslips. The resulting three studio albums came out from 1981-85, with the band going on a break for two decades before reforming in 2007. The current lineup features Donal Lunny on bouzouki, Davy Spillane on uilleann pipes and low whistles, Keith Donald on sax and bass clarinet, Eoghan O’Neill on bass, Noel Eccles on percussion,  Anthony Drennan on guitars, Liam Bradley on drums, Graham Henderson on keyboards and Mick Hanly on vocals. Check out some live footage.

    Tickets are priced from €41.50 from NCH.ie.

  • Thu
    11
    Jul
    2019

    Idles

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Truly one of the most essential bands of the moment, Bristol-based punk quintet Idles are set to return to Dublin on July 11 to play Iveagh Gardens in their biggest show to date, following a string of immediate sellouts.

    Their 2017 album Brutalism finished high on many year-end lists, and its follow-up Joy As An Act of Resistance was unanimously loved. Tackling toxic masculinity, nationalism and issues of social conscience, it's a genuinely unbelievable album - here's 'Colossus'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    12
    Jul
    2019

    Villagers & Aldous Harding

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Conor O’Brien’s Villagers play Iveagh Gardens on July 12 as part of their summer series. The band released one of the Irish albums of 2018, The Art of Pretending to Swim, in September - watch the video for 'A Trick of the Mind'.

    Supported by Aldous Harding

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    14
    Jul
    2019

    Bob Dylan & Neil Young

    Nowlan Park

    Kilkenny

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    Making their one Irish stop on one of the biggest ever co-headline tours, Bob Dylan and Neil Young headline Nowlan Park on July 14.

    These will be their first shows together since 1994, with Young bringing no doubt a cosmic voyage into his back catalogue, adeptly backed by his current band, Promise of the Real, featuring two of Willie Nelson's sons - both phenomenal musicians.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    14
    Jul
    2019

    Mac DeMarco

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Incumbent king of slacker indie-pop Mac DeMarco plays his biggest Irish headline show to date at Iveagh Gardens on July 14.

    He'll be touring his sixth album, following up on 2017's This Old Dog. Have you watched 'Pepperoni Playboy: A Macumentary' yet?

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €46.65.

  • Tue
    16
    Jul
    2019

    MONO

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Japanese post-rock collective MONO finally return to Belfast, playing Voodoo on July 16.

    Back with their tenth album Nowhere Now Here, recorded by Steve Albini, it's another panoramic foray into the space between post-rock and contemporary classical, with some moments of crushing Russian Circles-esque sludge. Listen here.

    Tickets cost £16.50 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jul
    2019
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    18
    Jul
    2019

    Huun-Huur-Tu

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Tuva - a republic situation on the Mongolian-Russian border - group Huun-Huur-Tu play The Sugar Club on July 17 & 18.

    They're characterised by their multi-tonal throat singing, sometimes accompanied by native Tuvan instruments like the igil khomus (jaw harp), doshpuluur & dünggür (shaman drum), which has led to collaborations with Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, Kronos Quartet and many more. Check them out Live on KEXP.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Jul
    2019

    Garbage

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Scottish-American alt rock outfit Garbage make a much-anticipated return to Ireland, playing Iveagh Gardens on July 18.

    Formed in 1993, the Shirley Manson-fronted act were formed by drummer/master producer Butch Vig and guitarist/keyboardist Duke Erikson in Wisconsin. Always built with pop in mind, they dabble in electronica, trip-hop, Big Rock Anthems, besides their alternative/grunge backdrop. After a brief hiatus from 2007-2011, they regrouped with two new albums. Here's the classic 'I Think I'm Paranoid'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2019

    Kevin Morby

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Coinciding with the release of new double album Oh My God, Texan indie folk rock singer-songwriter Kevin Morby is set to play The Grand Social on July 19.

    Prior to his solo career, he released six records with Woods & The Babies between 2009-2012. His first four solo albums have achieved unanimous acclaim, noted for their deft use of space and masterful grasp of prose. Check out the sprawling American Gothic epic that put him in the critical eye 'Harlem River'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €22.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Jul
    2019

    The Wailers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The one and only The Wailers play Vicar Street on July 23. Featuring bassist & founder Aston 'Familyman' Barrett and original guitarist Donald Kinsey, and many of the original Wailers' family, the Wailers keep the name alive, as was Bob Marley's wish. 

    Tickets cost €33.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2019

    Kerbdog w/Duellists

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Classic Cormac Battle-fronted alt. rock out Kerbdog play a rare Belfast show at the Limelight 2 on July 26.

    Releasing a string of EPs & singles, the band were Dublin's answer to Gen X rock, releasing their Alice In Chains-recalling debut in 1994 & one of the all-time Irish classic albums On The Turn three years later. Listen to 'Sally'. They had a short number of shows after the dissolution of Battle & Darragh Butler's next project Wilt, leading to a full-blown reunion and live album, Congregation in 2014. 

    Support comes from Belfast-based riffers Duellists.

    Tickets cost £19.50 from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019

    Kerbdog w/Wolff

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Classic Cormac Battle-fronted alt. rock out Kerbdog play Whelan's on July 27.

    Releasing a string of EPs & singles, the band were Dublin's answer to Gen X rock, releasing their Alice In Chains-recalling debut in 1994 & one of the all-time Irish classic albums On The Turn three years later. Listen to 'Sally'.

    Tickets cost €23 from WAV & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Jul
    2019
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    31
    Jul
    2019

    Billy Bragg

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Legendary English voice of protest Billy Bragg is set to bring his One Step ForwardTwo Steps Back show to Whelan's on July 29, 30 & 31.

    The tour will see Bragg perform three unique shows on consecutive nights in each town. The first performance will feature Bragg's 35-year-spanning current set, the following night will see him erform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). His third performance, will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: Workers Playtime (1988), Don't Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke(1996).

    Tickets are available here, priced €35 for a single night, and €95 for all three. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Aug
    2019
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    04
    Aug
    2019

    All Together Now 2019

    Curraghmore Estate

    Waterford

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    The National have been confirmed to headline the second edition of Waterford festival All Together Now, which runs from August 2-4.

    This year's event will feature 16 stages that incorporate music, spoken word, poetry, plus plenty of arts & crafts. Many more announcements are set to come.

    Early tickets are priced €199.50, before going up to €208, available here

  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2019

    Monolith Festival 2019

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Cork all-day metal festival Monolith takes place this year at Cyprus Avenue on August 3. Confirmed so far are Welsh death metal trio Desecration, their fellow countrymen, Sodomized Cadaver and Irish dark ambient & drone-tinged black metallers From The Bogs Of Aughiska.

  • Wed
    07
    Aug
    2019

    The Dwarves w/The Bonnevilles & Mosmo Strange

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Chicago garage-punk outfit The Dwarves play Voodoo on August 7. Formed in the mid 80s, while they're broadly a punk band, have taken in elements of hardcore, surf rock, hip-hop and beyond, and are a beloved bastion of punk rock ethics. Have a listen to 'Anybody Out There?'.

    Supporting comes from whiskey-loving thrashy garage-blues duo The Bonnevilles - watch the video for '10'000' - and stoner-tinged alt. rock quartet Mosmo Strange.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Aug
    2019

    The Human League

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Returning for the first time in years, classic Sheffield synth-pop act The Human League play Custom House Square on August 9.

    Formed in the late 70s by computer programmers Ian Craig Marsh & Martyn Ware, they became the sound of the 80s electro-pop movement and influencing a countless number of huge acts today. 1981's Dare remains one of the 80s' ubiquitous, era-defining albums.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2019

    Richard Thompson [Solo]

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    London folk rock icon Richard Thompson OBE returns for a short run of solo acoustic performances in Ireland, kicking off at Vicar Street on August 10. 

    Influential across the entire musical spectrum for his contributions to folk, rock and alternative music, he earned his recording chops with Fairport Convention. 

    Among his finest albums are 1974's I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight, recorded alongside his wife Linda, as well as their run of '70s albums until their split, documented on Turn Out The Lights. His hybrid picking, alternate tunings, droning techniques and preference for Stratocasters have been hallmarks of his sound over the years, and last year returned with acclaimed 19th studio album, 13 Rivers

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €37.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019

    Gerry Cinnamon

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    One of Scotland's most successful independent artists Gerry Cinnamon returns to Belfast on August 11 to play Custom House Square after his sold out Ulster Hall Show.

    Off the back of winning several Scottish Alternative Music Awards for self-produced & released debut album Erratic Cinema, Cinnamon has earned an incredible live reputation, selling out his recent shows immediately. Check out the indie folk act live at Glasgow's TRNSMT.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019

    Richard Thompson [Solo]

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    London folk rock icon Richard Thompson OBE returns for a short run of solo acoustic performances in Ireland, playing Ulster Hall on August 11.

    Influential across the entire musical spectrum for his contributions to folk, rock and alternative music, he earned his recording chops with Fairport Convention. 

    Among his finest albums are 1974's I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight, recorded alongside his wife Linda, as well as their run of '70s albums until their split, documented on Turn Out The Lights. His hybrid picking, alternate tunings, droning techniques and preference for Stratocasters have been hallmarks of his sound over the years, and last year returned with acclaimed 19th studio album, 13 Rivers

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

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019

    Richard Thompson [Solo]

    Town Hall Theatre

    Galway

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    London folk rock icon Richard Thompson OBE returns for a short run of solo acoustic performances in Ireland, playing Galway's Town Hall Theatre on August 13.

    Influential across the entire musical spectrum for his contributions to folk, rock and alternative music, he earned his recording chops with Fairport Convention. 

    Among his finest albums are 1974's I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight, recorded alongside his wife Linda, as well as their run of '70s albums until their split, documented on Turn Out The Lights. His hybrid picking, alternate tunings, droning techniques and preference for Stratocasters have been hallmarks of his sound over the years, and last year returned with acclaimed 19th studio album, 13 Rivers

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €36.20. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019

    Durand Jones & The Indications

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    R&B/soul outfit Durand Jones & the Indications play The Grand Social on August 13.

    Heavily influenced by classics like Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, the young students of 70s soul look outwardly at the current climate to deliver something wholly appropriate for our time. Watch the video for recent single 'Morning In America'.

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

  • Fri
    16
    Aug
    2019
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    18
    Aug
    2019

    Another Love Story 2019

    Killon Manor

    Co. Meath

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    Hands down of the country’s finest small summer festivals, the incomparably scenic and always wonderfully curated Another Love Story will return to Killon Manor in Co. Meath across August 16-18.

    Doubling up as its sixth edition, organisers have said they will “continue our commitment to delivering a festival experience at a scale that allows a sense of freedom, personality and an unparalleled attention to detail to shine through, and we want you there with us to continue the dream.”

    A self-proclaimed summer celebration of music, art, discussion, food, fun & frolics”, the festival’s line-up will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

  • Mon
    19
    Aug
    2019

    Foo Fighters

    Boucher Road Playing Fields

    Belfast

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    Six years on from making their debut at the same festival as part of their 2012 Wasting Light tour, Foo Fighters will play Belfast's Boucher Road Playing Fields for T Vital on August 19.

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

  • Tue
    20
    Aug
    2019

    Madness

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Ska legends Madness return to Belfast to play Custom House Square on August 20.

    Formed in the mid-70s, they're one of the UK's best-selling acts of all time and the most successful of the two-tone ska movement. They're currently touring best-of compilation Full House with six of their seven classic lineup members, so expect a full-scale career retrospective.

    Admission costs £30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Aug
    2019

    Post Malone

    RDS Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the world's biggest hip-hop stars Post Malone plays the RDS on August 22.

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

    Tickets are available from €75.75 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Aug
    2019

    Stiff Little Fingers

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Belfast punk legends Stiff Little Fingers play Dublin's Academy on August 23.

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

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

  • Sat
    24
    Aug
    2019

    Stiff Little Fingers, New Model Army, Therapy? & The Toy Dolls

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Back for the third edition of Putting The Fast In Belfast, iconic & still excellent live band Stiff Little Fingers headline Custom House Square in their hometown on August 24 with a fantastic supporting cast.

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

    Supporting are Bradford post-punk legends New Model Army, Downpatrick alt. metal legends act Therapy? and classic English punks The Toy Dolls. The ineffable Terri Hooley will also DJ the event.

    Tickets cost £27 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    Feel My Bicep: BICEP [DJ], KiNK [Live], Hammer & more

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    One of the biggest electronic outfits worldwide, the Belfast-born, London-based Bicep are set to curate a Shine for their biggest ever Feel My Bicep event on August 25 at Custom House Square.

    In 2018, the duo debuted at Coachella, played Glasto, Pitchfork, Primavera and all the big names. An immersive live show, they're placed amongst the visuals for a pulsing, visceral sense of togetherness. Watch the video for 'Glue'.

    Techno live act KiNK performs, as does rising star Hammer, with more to be announced.

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

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    The Specials

    The Seafront

    Bangor

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    The greatest ska band of them all, 2-Tone legends The Specials, play Bangor's Seafront on August 25 as part of the Open House Festival.

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

    Tickets cost £45 and are available here.

  • Mon
    26
    Aug
    2019
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    27
    Aug
    2019

    Beirut

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Returning for his first Irish shows in 7 years, Beirut is set to play Vicar Street on August 26 & 27.

    Masterminded by Zach Condon, Beirut's fifth album, Gallipoli, came out at the start of February, marking an new understated, nostalgic turn for the act - watch the video for 'Landslide'.

    Tickets are priced from €37.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Sep
    2019

    The Last Podcast on the Left

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Spanning everything from Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves and Jonestown to iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes and more, Last Podcast on the Left has established itself as a supreme go-to for all things horror in the world of podcasting.

    Hosted by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski, the series will stop off at Dublin’s Vicar Street for a live show on September 4th. 

    Tickets cost €30.00 from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Sep
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    University Concert Hall

    Limerick

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He performs at Limerick University Concert Hall on September 5.

  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019
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    07
    Sep
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    Cork Opera House

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He plays Cork Opera House on September 6 & 7.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Thu
    12
    Sep
    2019

    Peter Hook & The Light Play 'Technique' & 'Republic'

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist/guitarist, Peter Hook & the Light, continue their working through of his discography with a run of 3 Irish dates, kicking off at Dolan's, Limerick on September 12.

    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. This time around, they'll be performing 1989's Technique and 1993's Republic, kicking off with a set of Joy Division material.

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

  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2019

    Peter Hook & The Light Play 'Technique' & 'Republic'

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist/guitarist, Peter Hook & the Light, continue their working through of his discography with a run of 3 Irish dates, playing Dublin's Academy on September 13.

    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. This time around, they'll be performing 1989's Technique and 1993's Republic, kicking off with a set of Joy Division material.

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

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019

    Peter Hook & The Light Play 'Technique' & 'Republic'

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist/guitarist, Peter Hook & the Light, continue their working through of his discography with a run of 3 Irish dates, playing Belfast's Limelight 1 on September 14.

    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. This time around, they'll be performing 1989's Technique and 1993's Republic, kicking off with a set of Joy Division material.

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

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019

    Stephen Malkmus

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Stephen Malkmus will return to Dublin to play Whelans on Saturday, September 14.

    Set to take place almost a year after Malkmus (with the Jicks) played Vicar Street last October, the show is part of a series of solo shows in UK and Europe across September. Revisit Zara Hedderman’s interview with Malkmus from October here. Malkmus recently released his latest solo album, the Berlin-influenced Groove Denied - check out 'Viktor Borgia'.

    Tickets cost €30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019
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    25
    Sep
    2019

    Ariana Grande

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the biggest names in the pop world right now, Ariana Grande, plays the 3Arena on September 22, 23 & 25.

    Tickets are priced from €82 on Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Sep
    2019

    Extreme Noise Terror w/Desecration

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

    Also playing are Welsh death metal act Desecration.

    Tickets cost £15 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Oct
    2019

    OMD

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    English electronic pop act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark play Belfast's Ulster Hall on October 23 as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour.

    Formed in 1978, based around Andy McCluskey & Paul Humphreys, they released their influential debut single 'Electricity' in 1979, followed up by 1980 anti-war song 'Enola Gay'. Their Architecture & Morality LP solidified their status as one of new wave's premier acts. They continued on in 1989 after the departure of long-term members, before reuniting in 2005, during which time they've released three more albums. This tour will see them joined by Martin Cooper & Stuart Kershaw, and follows the anniversary reissues of their first four classic albums.

    Tickets are priced £39 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019

    Amanda Palmer

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer is set to return to the National Concert Hall on October 24 following the release of new solo album, There Will Be No Intermission.

    Check out recent single 'Voicemail For Jill', written following her trip to Ireland last year in the wake of the Repeal movement.

    Tickets are available from NCH.ie.

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019

    OMD

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English electronic pop act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark play The Olympia on October 24 as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour.

    Formed in 1978, based around Andy McCluskey & Paul Humphreys, they released their influential debut single 'Electricity' in 1979, followed up by 1980 anti-war song 'Enola Gay'. Their Architecture & Morality LP solidified their status as one of new wave's premier acts. They continued on in 1989 after the departure of long-term members, before reuniting in 2005, during which time they've released three more albums. This tour will see them joined by Martin Cooper & Stuart Kershaw, and follows the anniversary reissues of their first four classic albums.

    Tickets cost €45.20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
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    27
    Oct
    2019

    Philip Glass: Music in 12 Parts & Koyanaanisqatsi

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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

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

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019

    Amanda Palmer

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer is set to return to Belfast, playing the Ulster Hall on October 26 following the release of new solo album, There Will Be No Intermission.

    Check out recent single 'Voicemail For Jill', written following her trip to Ireland last year in the wake of the Repeal movement.

    Tickets are available here, priced £25.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019

    a-ha

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €57.50.

  • Wed
    30
    Oct
    2019

    a-ha

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £49.

  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019

    The Selecter w/DJ Rhoda Dakar

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    One of the most important acts in the 2-Tone ska movement, The Selecter, have announced a return for their 40th anniversary, performing at Belfast's Limelight 1 on November 1.

    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.

    They'll be joined on the night by DJ Rhoda Dakar, best known as the singer for 2 Tone act The Bodysnatchers.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sat
    02
    Nov
    2019

    The Selecter w/DJ Rhoda Dakar

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of the most important acts in the 2-Tone ska movement, The Selecter, have announced a return for their 40th anniversary, playing The Academy on November 2.

    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.

    They'll be joined on the night by DJ Rhoda Dakar, best known as the singer for 2 Tone act The Bodysnatchers.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019

    James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2019

    The Tallest Man On Earth

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his first album in four years, Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth plays Vicar Street on November 8.

    It's called I Love You. It's A Fever Dream., and was written, performed, produced & engineered by the singer-songwriter almost exclusively in his Brooklyn apartment.

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

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019

    Fat Freddy's Drop

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    As part of the tour for their latest album, New Zealand seven piece Fat Freddy's Drop play Vicar Street on November 10.

    Blending funk, soul, dub, jazz, r&b, they kicked off as a jam band in the late 90s. They've toured the world, hitting Europe regularly since 2002, with a strong emphasis on live performance. Check them out

    Tickets are priced €36.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    11
    Nov
    2019

    Snarky Puppy

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Funk-laden jazz fusion outfit Snarky Puppy headline the Ulster Hall on November 11 as part of the tour for new album, Immigrance.

    Formed in 2003 by bassist & composer Michael League, the band emerged from the University of North Texas' Jazz Studies program. They, alongside Vulfeck, have spearheaded a resurgence in a form of genre fusion that holds danceability alongside musicianship. Check out the first track to come from Immigrance, 'Xavi'.

    Tickets are priced £35 and available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019

    Snarky Puppy

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Funk-laden jazz fusion outfit Snarky Puppy headline Dublin's Olympia Theatre on November 12 as part of the tour for new album, Immigrance.

    Formed in 2003 by bassist & composer Michael League, the band emerged from the University of North Texas' Jazz Studies program. They, alongside Vulfeck, have spearheaded a resurgence in a form of genre fusion that holds danceability alongside musicianship. Check out the first track to come from Immigrance, 'Xavi'.

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

  • Wed
    13
    Nov
    2019

    She Drew The Gun

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Hypnotically-charged psych-pop artist She Drew The Gun is set to play Voodoo on November 13 as part of her Trouble Everyday tour.

    Loaded with impassioned social resistance, watch the video for 'Resister', from new album Revolution of Mind.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    16
    Nov
    2019

    Eddie Izzard Presents Wunderbar

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Five years on from his last mammoth tour, Force MajeureEddie Izzard brings new comedy set Wunderbar to the Olympia from November 14-16. 

    With a more personal show that delves into his presumably surreal views on life, love, history & his 'theory of the universe', ahead of the time he's promised to leave comedy to take up more political duties.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    20
    Nov
    2019

    The Mountain Goats

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Cult indie folk rock act The Mountain Goats are set to return to the Button Factory on November 20.

    Formed initally in the early '90s as a lo-fi solo project for singer-songwriter John Darnielle's eccentric and often emotionally charged sensibilities, the Mountain Goats turned into a full band, developing a more polished sound around the turn of the century. This show follows the release of their 'partial rock opera' In League With Dragons, which self-describes as pioneering the new genre, 'dragon noir'. Listen to their early classic, 'The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton'.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Nov
    2019

    Elder Island

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following the release of their debut LP, The Omnitone Collection, Bristol outfit Elder Island headline Whelan's on November 22. Watch the video for 'You & I'.

    Tickets are priced €18 from WAV Tickets.

  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2019

    Whitney

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Chicago-based soulful rock outfit Whitney play the Academy on December 1.

    Led by vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich & guitarist Max Kakacek, this accompanied the release of their follow-up to debut album Light Upon The Lake, which was widely heralded upon its 2016 release. Check them out Live on KEXP.

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

  • Thu
    05
    Dec
    2019

    We Were Promised Jetpacks

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Following the release of fourth album The More I Sleep The Less I DreamWe Were Promised Jetpacks play the Workman's Club on December 5.

    The Scottish outfit have just returned after 4 years away, after the release of 2014's Unravelling. Produced by Jonathan Low - known for The National, Sufjan Stevens & Kurt Vile - after a long time spent re-evaluating their music. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €18 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    06
    Dec
    2019

    Devin Townsend

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Heavy music virtuoso/savant Devin Townsend plays Dublin's Academy on December 6.

    This comes as part of the tour for latest album, Empath, out at the end of March. Known for his work in the technically complex, almost clinical Devin Townsend Project & Strapping Young Lad, this tour will see no click tracks, and a performance geared more towards fluidity and improvisation.

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

  • Sat
    07
    Dec
    2019

    Devin Townsend

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Heavy music virtuoso/savant Devin Townsend plays the Limelight 1 on December 7.

    This comes as part of the tour for latest album, Empath, out at the end of March. Known for his work in the technically complex, almost clinical Devin Townsend Project & Strapping Young Lad, this tour will see no click tracks, and a performance geared more towards fluidity and improvisation.

    Tickets cost £24 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Dec
    2019

    Fontaines D.C.

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of the most stratospheric rises we've seen in some time has been the success of Fontaines D.C., and this looks to be calcified with a show at Vicar Street on December 7 - their only 2019 Dublin gig.

    They've released four incredibly well-received singles, been championed by Steve Lamacq, toured endlessly with labelmates Idles, and although worldly in influence, distinctly allude to Irish vernacular in everything they've done thus far. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €26 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    13
    Jan
    2020

    David Keenan

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Young Dundalk singer-songwriter David Keenan plays the Olympia on January 13 in what's his biggest headline performance to date.

    An artist who very much lives in the shadow the great Irish tradition, he's a performer of incredible charisma. Check him out on the Late Late Show.

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

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