Gig Guide

Event Information

  • Wed
    03
    Jan
    2018

    Crywank, Rosseau, Ghost Office & In Gloom

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    DIY bedroom sadcore act Crywank come over from Manchester to play Voodoo on January 3. His blackly comical razor-sharp anti-folk has led to wealth of prolificacy over the years - check some out.

    Mathy Derry emo duo Rosseau support -  check them on Bandcamp - as well aspost-punk indie rock trio Ghost Office - who you should definitely listen to on Bandcamp - and In Gloom.

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

  • Wed
    03
    Jan
    2018

    Crywank, Rosseau & Ghost Office [All-Ages]

    The Barracks

    Belfast

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    Ahead of their joint show in Voodoo later that night, DIY bedroom sadcore act Crywank performs at Belfast's small city centre venue, The Barracks on January 3 in an earlier, all-ages show. His blackly comical razor-sharp anti-folk has led to wealth of prolificacy over the years - check some out.

    Mathy Derry emo duo Rosseau are tour cohorts in this short run of Irish dates -  check them out on Bandcamp - as well as post-punk indie rock trio Ghost Office - who you should definitely listen to on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost £7.76 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm, .

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018

    Bad Soup: Oh Boland, Farah Elle, Tribal Dance & more

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Bad Soup hold a who's who of up-and-coming Irish acts at the Grand Social for their Bad Soup for a Good Cause on January 5, with all profits going to The Irish Cancer Society.

    Live music comes from Tuam garage rockers Oh Boland - listen to their debut album Spilt Milk - pianist & singer-songwriter Farah Elle - check out her Soundcloud - Tribal Dance, Little One, Wichita and Spongebob Eyelashes - listen to Quit College, Workship Satan.

    DJs include a TBA special guest, Charlie Garrett b2b AJ, Nonethewyser, Ciaran Fitz, Nathan Simmons, Dave Lyons, Beau Sweeney, DJ BEEF and Cóilí Collins.

    So get down and celebrate the scene for a good cause. Tickets are priced from €5-€10 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018

    Gifted: Robyn G Shiels, Reevah, Joel Harkin & Oisín Ó Scolaí

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Kilrea's master of darkness Robyn G Shiels plays Gifted at The Belfast Empire on January 5. Watch the recently-released video for 'We Are of Evil', taken off his 2005 debut LP A Lifetime of Midnights.

    Young Derry indie-folk songstress Reevah supports - check her debut single 'Daydreamer' - alongside Joel Harkin and Oisín ó Scolaí.

    Entry costs only £5, 40% of which will go towards homeless charity, The Simon Community. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018

    DJ Yoda Presents...Stranger Things - The Mixtape

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Once more, following up neatly on Stranger Things 2's success DJ Yoda comes to the Black Box for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch Series on January 6.

    DJ Yoda's mixtape for Netflix hit Stranger Things has caused a huge stir online following the nostalgia-laced acclaimed series in 2016. Featuring favourites from 1983, samples from the soundtrack as well as some dialogue, you'll be sucked into its world. Listen here.

    Tickets cost £14 from CQAF. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018

    Crywank & Rosseau

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    DIY bedroom sadcore act Crywank play two shows on January 6 alongside tour buddies Rosseau as part of a run of Irish dates.

    Crywank's blackly comical razor-sharp anti-folk has led to wealth of prolificacy over the years - check some out - and listen to mathy Derry emo duo Rosseau on Bandcamp

    There's an all-ages acoustic show upstairs at the Workman's earlier in the day, and downstairs there's an 18+ full band performance from both acts in the evening.

    Tickets are priced at €5, €8, and €12 for both performances, available from NVRMNT Records. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018

    Fern Brady

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Performing at the Black Box for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch Series on January 7 is Scottish comedienne Fern Brady.

    She's sold out her last two Edinburgh Fringe festivals through word out mouth alone, and is now touring for the first time. She's been seen before on Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience and Viceland's Brexit Stage Left.

    Tickets are priced £8 and available from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 6.45pm.

  • Mon
    08
    Jan
    2018

    Topia Presents: Unyielding Love, No Great Loss & Nolan

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Experimental blackened noise-grind outfit Unyielding Love play in a rare Belfast show for Topia at the Menagerie on January 8. We urge you to check them out as they're one of Belfast's finest live bands in any genre - listen to their debut album, The Sweat of Augury.

    Supporting are beatdown five-piece No Great Loss and Nolan & The Zool Boys.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes a 12-date Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. The first show takes place at Dundalk's Spirit Store on January 11.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Fri
    12
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes a 12-date Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. January 12 sees them stop off at Fibber Magee's in Dublin.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Any Joy, Ghost Accuser, Vllns & Sean OB

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    Psychotic Reaction bring psych-infused post-punk act Any Joy up from Cork to play Fibber Magees on January 13 in their debut Dublin appearance. Check out their debut LP, Cycles, one of our 2017 favourites.

    Sharing the bill are post-punk/alt. rock outfit Ghost Accuser - check out 'Lifelines' - Dublin rock'n'roll trio VLLNS and Sean OB.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Wolfgang Flür

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following Aether & Echo's debacle in 2016, where only a handful of people were even aware of his performance, the reliable Out To Lunch Festival by CQAF bring Kraftwerk legend Wolfgang Flür to play the Black Box on January 13.

    Alongside his Kraftwerk cohort Florian Schneider, he was an early developer of electronic drum machines, being the 'drummer', so to speak in the first electronic quartet. Since 2004, he's been performing DJ sets as a presenter, playing tech house, electro and the likes for dancing. He continues to write booked, and the performance will have visual projections.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve, or £12 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Wolfgang Flür

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following Aether & Echo's debacle in 2016, where only a handful of people were even aware of his performance, the reliable Out To Lunch Festival by CQAF bring Kraftwerk legend Wolfgang Flür to play the Black Box on January 13.

    Alongside his Kraftwerk cohort Florian Schneider, he was an early developer of electronic drum machines, being the 'drummer', so to speak in the first electronic quartet. Since 2004, he's been performing DJ sets as a presenter, playing tech house, electro and the likes for dancing. He continues to write booked, and the performance will have visual projections.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve, or £12 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Redneck Manifesto & Margie Jean Lewis

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Almost a year since their return to the gig circuit, seminal Irish math-rock act The Redneck Manifesto play Whelan's on January 13.

    Featuring amongst their ranks Richie Egan, aka Jape, on bass, they released their debut album, Thirtysixstrings in 2001, setting off a generation of Irish instrumental bands. Their last release was 2010's Friendship, but check them out live at Electric Picnic 2016, ahead of the 2018 release of their new album.

    Sharing the bill is Dublin-based atmospheric songstress Margie Jean Lewis - listen to her Soundcloud.

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

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Silent Front (Final Irish Show) & Hands Up Who Wants To Die

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following one-time Richter Collective labelmates The Redneck Manifesto's show downstairs in Whelans Hands Up Who Wants To Die play their first return show with a new frontman, along with the final ever Irish show from their perpetual gigmates Silent Front, upstairs on January 13.

    English post-hardcore noise rockers Silent Front have been together for 23 years, making a mess of every venue in which they laid down their law, playing Dublin many times with HUWWTD. Listen to their rich catalogue on Bandcamp.

    While Dublin's finest noise rock act, Hands Up Who Wants To Die have parted with one of the country's most terrifying, engaging frontmen in Barry Lennon, they're set to reveal a new vocalist at this show following the release of two previously-unheard songs from second album Vega In The Lyre.

    Admission is a grand cost of Absolutely Nothing, and doors open at 11.30pm,

  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    The Secret Garden

    Galway

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes a 12-date Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. January 14 sees them stop off at Galway's Secret Garden.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018

    Cosey Fanni Tutti (In Conversation)

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    Punk pioneer and provocative performer Cosey Fanni Tutti speaks at the Black Box on January 14 as part of the Out To Lunch Festival, having been a thorn in an anxious establishment’s side during the 70s and 80s.

    Her 1976 performance art exhibition, Prostitution, hit the tabloids and caused an almighty stir, with one Tory MP denouncing Cosey and her COUM Transmissions collaborators as ‘wreckers of civilisation’.

    Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art, some of which resides as part of the Tate permanent collection.

    Tickets cost only £5 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018

    Perspectives: Shane MacGowan 60th Birthday Celebration

    NCH

    Dublin

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    The seemingly immortal Shane MacGowan's 60th Birthday is to be celebrated with a Perspectives performance at NCH on January 15, featuring a massive cast of friends, collaborators, peers and those who have been influenced by him.

    Tickets are available from NCH, priced from €65-€85. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018

    Conan & Monolord

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part of the Irish leg of a joint tour of heft, Liverpool stoner doom  outfit Conan return, playing Belfast's Voodoo on May 16.

    Their downtuned caveman battle doom has yielded three albums to date - check out their most recent - Revengeance

    Sharing the bill are psych-tinged stoner-doom trio Monolord - check them out on Bandcamp.

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

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018

    6LACK

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018

    Motionless In White [14+]

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The Academy hosts a 14+ gig from gothic metalcore outfit Motionless In White on January 16. The Scranton five-piece's fourth album, Graveyard Shift, came out in 2017 through Roadrunner. 

    Tickets are priced at €25.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Solid Choice Industries bring Swedish underground hardcore greats God Mother to Belfast in one of five Irish dates, when they play Voodoo on January 17.

    The quartet released their label debut Vilseledd on Party Smasher Inc. - also home to the Dillinger Escape Plan - and have been a rising force of the underground since their 2012 inception.

    Sharing the bill are the Galway progressive hardcore act Ilenkus, who recently put out new EP, Hunger, which moves them into more noisy hardcore territory. Watch the brilliant, notorious video for 'Over The Fire, Under The Smoke'.

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018

    Steel Panther w/Wayward Sons

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Wayward Sons.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    UCC Bar

    Cork

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    Swedish underground hardcore greats God Mother play Cork in the third of five Irish dates at UCC Bar on January 18.

    The quartet released their label debut Vilseledd on Party Smasher Inc. - also home to the Dillinger Escape Plan - and have been a rising force of the underground since their 2012 inception.

    Sharing the bill are the Galway progressive hardcore act Ilenkus, who recently put out new EP, Hunger, which moves them into more noisy hardcore territory. Watch the brilliant, notorious video for 'Over The Fire, Under The Smoke'.

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Steel Panther

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from Wayward Sons.

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Three Trapped Tigers, Blue Whale & Wasps

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Brand New Friend

    The Duke of York

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    GoGo Penguin

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, in association with Moving On Music, bring GoGo Penguin to Belfast as part of their January Out To Lunch Festival.

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

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

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Swedish underground hardcore greats God Mother play Limerick's Dolan's Warehouse on January 19 in the penultimate date of their short Irish tour.

    The quartet released their label debut Vilseledd on Party Smasher Inc. - also home to the Dillinger Escape Plan - and have been a rising force of the underground since their 2012 inception.

    Sharing the bill are the Galway progressive hardcore act Ilenkus, who recently put out new EP, Hunger, which moves them into more noisy hardcore territory. Watch the brilliant, notorious video for 'Over The Fire, Under The Smoke'.

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes an Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. January 19 sees them stop off at Dolan's in Limerick.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Feast bring Swedish underground hardcore greats God Mother to Galway for a show at the Roisin Dubh for their final date of their Irish tour on January 20.

    The quartet released their label debut Vilseledd on Party Smasher Inc. - also home to the Dillinger Escape Plan - and have been a rising force of the underground since their 2012 inception.

    Sharing the bill are the Galway progressive hardcore act Ilenkus, who recently put out new EP, Hunger, which moves them into more noisy hardcore territory. Watch the brilliant, notorious video for 'Over The Fire, Under The Smoke'.

  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes an Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. January 21 sees them stop off at Belfast's Sunflower Bar.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Mon
    22
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    Hop House

    Bangor

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes an Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. January 22 sees them perform at Bangor's Hop House.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    Chez Nobody

    Lurgan

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes an Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. January 23 sees them play Chez Nobody in Lurgan.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Wed
    24
    Jan
    2018

    Public Service Broadcasting

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    24
    Jan
    2018

    Lau

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music bring Lau back to Belfast after two years for a show at the Black Box as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch series, performing on January 24.

    Having been crowned Best Folk Group at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards four times, Lau are widely regarded as one of the most inventive bands around. They comprise three gifted musicians in Martin Green on accordion/electronics, Aidan O'Rourke on fiddle & electronics & Kris Drever on vocals and guitar.

    For over a decade they have been stretching folk music's boundaries and exploring new musical territory, from South Korean and Japanese experimental music to the New York folk scene. Check them out at the BBC Folk Awards.

    Admission costs £15 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018

    Kiernan McMullan & Aaron Shanley

    Boyle's

    Slane

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    Nashville-based act Kiernan McMullan completes an Irish tour with NI singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley throughout January. Boyle's in Slane is the final date of their eight-strong run, taking place on January 25.

    McMullan has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, the John Butler Trio, and was named Alternative Press' 12 Acts You Need To Know in 2016 - check him out live on Audiotree. Shanley released his debut album, Metal Alligator in 2017, and was listed for the NI Music Prize - listen to 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'.

  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2018

    Moon Duo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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

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

  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2018

    Malojian w/Steph Cameron

    Duncairn Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Following the release of his fourth solo album, singer-songwriter Malojian performs at the Duncairn Centre on January 26.

    He's most recently headed in a more experimental, eclectic direction without losing any of his trademark craft on most recent album, Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home.

    Supporting is acclaimed Canadian songstress Steph Cameron, who in 2015 made the coveted Polaris Prize longlist for her debut album Sad-Eyed Lady

    Tickets are available from the Duncairn Arts Centre, priced £14. Doors open at 7.30pm, and it's a BYOB event.

  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2018

    Landless

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    One of our 18 for '18 featured artists, unaccompanied Irish traditional vocal quartet Landless headline Cork's The Roundy on January 26 in the first Islander show.

    Their songs blend Irish, Scottish, England & American traditions in four part harmony in a deeply ethereal, resonant approach to folk music. Their debut album, Bleaching Bones, is due for release in March.

    Support comes from Americana artist Leah Sohotra.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Moon Duo w/Documenta

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Stunt Lover & Sandy Kim

    The Underground

    Dublin

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    Scuzzy alt. punk trio Stunt Lover headline Dame Street's The Underground on January 27 for a midnight show. Check out their 2017 debut album, Aldona's Daughter.

    Sharing the bill is Sandy Kim.

    Admission is free and doors open, and it's a midnight show.

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Ireland, Not Earth & Junior Brother

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    A live cassette tape recording takes place at the Workman's Club on January 27, headlined by a band called Ireland

    Supporting are Cork three piece Not Earth Opening things is experimental folk artist Junior Brother - check out our piece on him for our 18 For '18 feature

    Admission costs €7, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    The Menzingers, PUP & Cayetana

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets.

  • Mon
    29
    Jan
    2018
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    31
    Jan
    2018

    Erasure

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    29
    Jan
    2018

    The Menzingers, PUP & Cayetana

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Mon
    29
    Jan
    2018
    Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    General Fiasco

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Mid-Ulster-born, Belfast-based former indie kings General Fiasco return for a triad of reunion shows - due to popular demand - at Voodoo on January 29, 30 & 31.

    The band, who gained notable popularity in the UK, being featured in the likes of The Inbetweeners, have played together and apart in various guises in Belfast bands over the years since their dissolution. Listen to 'Ever So Shy'.

    Tickets cost £10, and in the spirit of independent venue support, will only be available at Voodoo behind the bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    30
    Jan
    2018

    Jeff Tweedy w/James Elkington

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy plays a solo show at Vicar Street on January 30.

    Originally known as one of the founders of alt. country gods Uncle Tupelo, he formed the world-beating indie outfit Wilco. Having released many collaborative records over the years, and 2014's excellent Sukierae with his son, this year's Together At Last is his first solo studio album proper. Listen to 'Laminated Cat' for a taste of his subdued Americana.

    Support comes from James Elkington.

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

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    Pale Waves

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    Women on Wednesdays: Claire Z, Niamh Ryan, Laura Byrne & Mongoose

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    In conjunction with Born Optimistic & Aidlink, Women On Wednesdays returns to Whelan's on January 31, featuring the best of female comedy, music & spoken word in order to raise funds for Kenyan girls' rights & education projects.

    Performances come from R&B/soul singer-songwriter Claire Z, folky Galway singer-songwriter Niamh ReganLaura Byrne and multi-instrumental alt. folk-pop quartet Mongoose.

    Read our feature on WoW from last year.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    Empty Lungs, Life Goals & Strange New Places

    The Goat's Toe

    Bangor

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    Help Musicians NI - official partner of Independent Venue Week - oversees a string of shows in NI. The Goat's Toe in Bangor on January 31 sees a headline set from the globe-trotting hook-laden punks Empty Lungs. Watch the video for 'Don't Get It'.

    Supporting are fellow emo-tinged indie-punks Life Goals - listen to them on Bandcamp - and socially-conscious young emo-punks Strange New Places - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 - tickets available from Skiddle - and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2018

    Big Wild Showcase #003: Beauty Sleep, Party Fears & Hawk

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    For its third act, the Big Wild collective have put together a trans-Europe bill at the Menagerie on February 1, headed by dreamy indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep, who launch their latest single. Watch the video for 'The Dark'.

    Garage-pop act Party Fears, who formed in Seoul, and is now based in Berlin, share the bill, having released their debut album last year to great aplomb. Opening up things are Hawk, a fellow grungily dreamy Berlin act, driven by social activism, who are in NI recording their debut album at Start Together Studios.

    Entry costs £6 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2018

    Newton Faulkner

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner plays Cork's Cyprus Avenue on Limelight 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. Watch the video for 'Hit The Ground Running'.

    Tickets are available for €22.50 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2018

    Getting To Know: Susie Blue

    The Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The next in the Oh Yeah Centre's Getting To Know... nights centres around Derry artist Susie Blue ahead of her new album, Didn't Mean To Care, due for release in February. As part of independent venue week, she'll perform, as well as take questions and discuss her music, themes & process.

    Admission is free, and doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Rat Boy

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    An Evening With Electric Octopus

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Shed Seven

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Return to the glory days of Britpop as Shed Seven return to Dublin on February 2 to play the Academy, having just released their new album, Instant Pleasures.

    This new album comes after two years of writing and 16 years since their last, and was produced by Killing Joke's Youth - also known for U2, Kate Bush & Depeche Mode. Formed in York in 1990, they never reached the level of popularity of Blur or Oasis, but their shoegaze-tinged Britpop spawned 16 top 40 hits, peaking with 'Going For Gold'.

    Tickets, priced from €28.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Quarter Block Party 2018

    Main Street

    Cork

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    Promising yet another weekend-long blitz of “pop-up concerts and performances in various different shops and outdoors spaces between Barrack Street and Shandon Street, presented by some of the most exciting and essential artists in music, theatre and dance” the first acts have been revealed to perform at Cork’s Quarter Block Party next year.

    Returning to various venues in North and South Main Street for its fourth outing across Friday, February 2 to Sunday, February 4. Some of our favourites include Dublin three-piece Percolator, Waterford five-pice O Emperor, Dublin scuzzy indie-rockers Pillow Queens, comedian Alison Spittle, French dance production Gerro, Minos and Him, indie-Americana outfit Tandem Felix, Cork neo-psych act The Sunshine Factory, Lo-fi Cork bedroom project Lowlek comes to live with a six-piece pop arrangement. As well as this, HawkbastardRory Francis O'BrienCal Folger DayDavy KehoeRobbie KittAndy Wilson & The ToysBad BonesFuzzy HellPale RiversDamselElaine MaloneHEXPostcard VersionsGod Alone and Powpig.

    New show Slumber, featuring music from David Kitt and Anna Mieke, as well as dancers & spoken word artists.

    Weekend tickets for the festival – priced at €45 for a weekend pass, €25 for day tickets and €15 for O Emperor – go on on Friday, November 10 here.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    The Wood Burning Savages, Roe & Molly Sterling

    The Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    Help Musicians NI - official Independent Venue Week partners run a Nerve Centre show on February 2, headed by anthemic Derry art-rock quartet and all-round live unit The Wood Burning Savages - check out their recent single & call to arms, 'Living Hell'.

     Sharing the bill is fast-rising young Derry alt.pop artist ROE and one of our 18 for '18 featured artists, Tipperary's Molly Sterling.

    Tickets cost £7 from Skiddle, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Cult Called Man

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin glam band Cult Called Man headline Whelan's on February 2. They're currently recording their second album but in the meantime, watch the video for 'I'm In A Dream'.

    Tickets cost €8 from Eventbrite.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    The Number Ones & Half Forward Line

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Following the January release of their new EP, Another Side of The Number Ones, punky power-pop quartet The Number Ones make their debut appearance in Galway, playing the Roisin Dubh on February 2. Stream the EP here.

    Supporting are Galway garage/power-pop trio Half Forward Line.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Shifting, Crowhammer & Alien She

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Noisy dublin trio Shifting hold an album fundraiser at Bello Bar on February 2. Check out their split.

    Supporting are Dublin narrative-driven sci-fi/fantasy stoner krautrock act Crowhammer - check their Bandcamp - and socially-conscious Dublin punk trio Alien She - listen to their debut album,

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Rat Boy

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Shed Seven

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Return to the glory days of Britpop as Shed Seven return to play the Limelight 1 on February 3, having just released their new album, Instant Pleasures.

    This new album comes after two years of writing and 16 years since their last, and was produced by Killing Joke's Youth - also known for U2, Kate Bush & Depeche Mode. Formed in York in 1990, they never reached the level of popularity of Blur or Oasis, but their shoegaze-tinged Britpop spawned 16 top 40 hits, peaking with 'Going For Gold'.

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

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Beth Orton

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    English folktronica singer-songwriter Beth Orton plays the Limelight 2 on February 3 as part of a 3-date Irish tour.

    She first appeared in the mid-90s on collaborations with electronic pioneers like Andrew Weatherall, William Orbit & The Chemical Brothers, winning a BRIT Award for Central Reservation. She didn't stray too far from folk, however, and her sixth album Kidsticks was met with much acclaim. Watch the video for 'Moon'.

    Tickets cost £23 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Ryan Vail, Jealous of the Birds, Gross Net & Cut In Blinks

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of independent venue week, the Oh Yeah Centre holds a four-strong bill of the country's finest on February 3.

    Performing are Derry's incredibly gifted electronic wizard Ryan Vail - watch the video for 'Shadows' - Naomi Hamilton's alt. pop project Jealous of the Birds - Belfast producer/live electronic artist Cut In Blinks and the post-punk/techno crossover project from Girls Names' Phil Quinn, Gross Net.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    God's Waiting Room - Last Ever Maple Leaf

    Maple Leaf Club

    Belfast

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    Marking the final ever edition of one of Belfast's best nights out in its unassuming East Belfast social club, God's Waiting Room happens one last time at the Maple Leaf Club on February 3.

    Its founder, David Holmes, is set to play a 5 hour set that will include many of the tunes that has made God's Waiting Room the unforgettable night that it is over its two years.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced £10. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Beth Orton

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    English folktronica singer-songwriter Beth Orton plays Whelan's on February 4 as part of a 3-date Irish tour.

    She first appeared in the mid-90s on collaborations with electronic pioneers like Andrew Weatherall, William Orbit & The Chemical Brothers, winning a BRIT Award for Central Reservation. She didn't stray too far from folk, however, and her sixth album Kidsticks was met with much acclaim. Watch the video for 'Moon'.

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

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Jazz at Bennigans: David Lyttle Curates

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    Arguably Ireland's most celebrated jazz muscian, MOBO-nominated drummer/composer David Lyttle curates a strong bill of jazz at Bennigan's, Derry, as part of Independent Venue Week on February 4, in association with Help Musicians NI.

    Performing are saxophonist Seamus Blake, guitarist Jesse Van Ruller, London-based US bassist Michael Janisch, and US saxophonist Meilana Gillard, with a jam session from the John Leighton Trio

    Tickets cost £10 in advance from Skiddle, or £12 on the door. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Mon
    05
    Feb
    2018

    Beth Orton

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    English folktronica singer-songwriter Beth Orton plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 5 in a 3-date Irish tour.

    She first appeared in the mid-90s on collaborations with electronic pioneers like Andrew Weatherall, William Orbit & The Chemical Brothers, winning a BRIT Award for Central Reservation. She didn't stray too far from folk, however, and her sixth album Kidsticks was met with much acclaim. Watch the video for 'Moon'.

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

  • Tue
    06
    Feb
    2018

    British Sea Power

    Whelans

    Dublin

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

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

    Watch the video for 'Remember Me'.

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

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    Kendrick Lamar

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    British Sea Power

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

    Watch the video for 'Remember Me'.

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

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    Robinson Panoramic Quartet

    Duncairn Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of a series of short concerts involving top Irish & Northern Irish musicians, the Duncairn Arts Centre hosts the Robinson Panoramic Quartet on February 7.

    The event is curated by Moving On Music & Belfast Music Society. More details, and tickets are available from Belfast Music Society, priced from £6-£20. The pre-concert talk begins at 8.15pm.

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    Output Opening Show: Ryan Vail + The Thin Air DJs

    Babel Rooftop - Bullitt

    Belfast

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    To kickstart Belfast's Output festival, AVA present a live Ryan Vail set on Bullitt's Babel rooftop on Wednesday, February 7. Thin Air DJs will provide music throughout.

    Admission is free and things kick off at 10pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018

    GNOD (R&D), Woven Skull & Unbelievable Lake

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part of a joint 4-date Irish tour with Woven Skull, Salford psych/noise outfit Gnod bring their open, R&D show to Voodoo on February 8, thanks to Solid Choice Industries.

    Gnod are famed for the collaborative approach, having recorded with Charles Hayward, Faust & White Hills, as well as around 40 other musicians. R&D finds founding members Paddy Shine & Chris Haslam open up the stage to allow people to sing, dance, bring an instrument or device to the show, as they improvise with new instruments, sounds and ideas. Listen to their 2017 album of the year contender, Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine.

    Leitrim's Woven Skull have been around for almost a decade, spending years experimenting with avant-garde ideas, minimal instrumentations, drones, with a revolving lineup that can number anything from 3 to 10 members, exploring repetition. Check out They Were Pebbles But I Called Them Stones.

    Opening the show are Mid-Ulster-based debutants, the experimental, semi-improvised Unbelievable Lake - check out their demos on Bandcamp.

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

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018

    Output Belfast 2018

    City Centre

    Belfast

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    2018's installment of the Output Conference & showcase takes place on February 8 throughout the city of Belfast. Over 400 people will attend a day of seminars and a showcase of some of our most promising musical prospects, featuring the likes of Nialler9, ourselves, PRS, IMRO & many more.

    As ever, the day will host an extensive list of seminars, panels & keynote speakers at The MAC, featuring some of the industry's most noted speakers on broad-ranging genres and applications for musicians to build a sustainable career. Acts performing this year include NI Music Prize Winner Joshua BurnsideRobocobra QuartetThe Emerald ArmadaSilencesEmpty LungsNew Pagans, and many more. 

    Showcase gigs are all free, taking place between 8pm - midnight. Everything Everything perform a DJ set on Babel Rooftop Bar from midnight. Full details of events can be viewed here.

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018

    Output: Blue Americans, New Pagans, Robocobra Quartet & Callum Stewart

    Babel Rooftop

    Belfast

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    As part of Output 2018 on February 8, our Thin Air stage is on the rooftop of Ann Street's Babel.

    On the bill are alt. pop duo - formerly of More Than Conquerors - Blue Americans - read our interview with them - indie rock outfit New Pagans - who feature Fighting With Wire & Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin - avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet - listen to their debut album Music For All Occasions on Bandcamp - and singer-songwriter Callum Stewart.

    Admission is free and music starts at 8pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018

    Output: Rebekah Fitch, Roe, Joshua Burnside & Beauty Sleep

    Bullitt Lobby

    Belfast

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    One of the many stages of Output 2018's showcase, running from 8pm-midnight, takes place at Bullitt Lobby and, as with all Output events, admission is free.

    The Bullitt stage hosts the promising Belfast pop singer-songwriter Rebekah Fitch, fast-rising young Derry alt.pop artist ROE, folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside - whose debut album Ephrata won the NI Music Prize - and indie-pop threesome Beauty Sleep - listen to 'The Dark'.

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018

    Output: Search Party Animal, Larks, Empty Lungs & Kid Trench

    The Dirty Onion

    Belfast

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    Forfey & The Live Room Belfast's showcase for Output 2018 takes place at the Dirty Onion.

    Performing are young Dundrum math-rockers Search Party Animal, indietronic artist Fiona O'Kane, aka Larks, globe-trotting hook-laden punks Empty Lungs - watch the video for 'Don't Get It' - and pop project Kid Trench.

    Admission, as with all Output events, is free and things run from 8pm-midnight.

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018

    Output: Rosborough, No Oil Paintings, Hunkpapa & Hand Models

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Stendhal & Mirador's Output 2018 event takes place at the Black Box Green Room on February 8.

    Performing are Derry singer-songwriter Rosborough, Belfast folk outfit No Oil Paintings, Armagh anthemic indie-pop quartet Hunkpapa and fuzzed-out indie rock slackers Hand Models - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Admission, as with all Output events, is free. The show runs from 8pm-midnight.

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018

    The Stoles Album Launch

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dublin alt. rock act The Stoles launch their debut album, Age Of Deception, at the Grand Social on February 9, its day of release.

    Tickets cost €10, or €6 for students, from Eventbrite, with each online ticket coming with a free physical copy of the album. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018

    50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    To celebrate the life of Mark E Smith, the Black Box hosts a free night full of songs from across all eras of The Fall, influences, influenced and fellow travellers.

    DJs are Rebellious Jukebox (Mark Reid of Touch Sensitive Records) and Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room (Stuart Watson - SKULL, Moxie). Visuals come from the life of Mark E Smith and The Fall. Masks may also be provided.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Ed Byrne

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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

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

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Franz Ferdinand

    Leisureland

    Galway

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Psychotic Reaction: Galants, Segrasso, Boom Child & Evil Echos

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    Psychotic Reaction Presents a strong bill of alternative acts at Fibber Magees on February 10, headed by fuzzy noise-pop/shoegaze outfit Galants, who made one of our favourite EPs of last year. Check it out here.

    Supporting are Dublin slacker indie rockers, Segrasso - check out excellent, Car Seat Headrest-recalling 'The Pact' - jagged garage-rockers Boom Child - check out The Super Edible EP - and Evil Echos.

    Admission is completely free, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    The Altered Hours, Fontaines DC & Cruiser

    Kasbah Social Club

    Cork

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    The fifth birthday party of Seoda shows takes place at the Kasbah Social Club on February 10, headed by one of the country's finest bands, Cork five-piece The Altered Hours. This comes ahead of new Altered Hours EP On My Tongue, which is set for release via Penske and Art For Blind

    Fontaines D.C. share the bill - watch the video for their latest single, the Girl Band & Fall-esque 'Hurricane Laughter' - and Limerick DIY indie emo outfit Cruiser - listen to their debut album.

    Tickets cost €10 from Dolans & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    SONI: Sit Tight, Saint Sapphire, L.A.M.E. & Kennedy's Wizards

    The Pavilion Bar

    Belfast

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    The first Belfast SONI show of 2018 sees a headline shot from Sit Tight, the winners of the winter 2017 Bulleit Bourbon Battle of the Bands competition at the Pavilion on February 10.

    Also on the bill are melodic rock'n'roll outfit Saint Sapphire, alt. pop outfit L.A.M.E. - which stands for Leisure Audio For The Modern Ear. check their Bandcamp - and new Belfast act Kennedy's Wizards.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Franz Ferdinand

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018
    Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Paul Weller w/Touts

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from young Derry indie-punks Touts.

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

     

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    Anvil

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    The Front Bottoms, The Smith Street Band & Brick + Mortar

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    New Jersey good-time folk-punk band The Front Bottoms are set to play on February 13 at Vicar Street.

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

    Tickets cost €24.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    Paper/Boy, Dylan Robinson & Oscar Jennings

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    Young Derry indie rock band Paper/Boy play Bennigan's on February 13.

    Supporting are acoustic singer-songwriters Dylan Robinson and Oscar Jennings.

    Admission is free, with donations encouraged.

     

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    Public Access TV

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Downtown New York quartet Public Access TV play The Academy 2 on February 13.

    This comes just 10 days before the release of the retro-tinted indie-disco quartet's second album. Watch the video for 'Metrotech'.

    Tickets, priced €15.25, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    The Front Bottoms

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Anvil

    Green Room, The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    The Lost Brothers

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Paul Weller w/Touts

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from young Derry indie-punks Touts.

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

     

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Jake Bugg (Acoustic)

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Wild Beasts

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    D.I.E. Rag Week

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Standing for Dub, Indie & Electronic, Limerick's DIE night holds a RAG week throughout Dolan's on February 15. The Warehouse hosts Brighton DJ ETCHMynameisjOhn and Adam Sixs for the electronic side of things.

    The Sub Social stage hosts a triad of DIY Limerick outfits in dischordant indie rockers Eraser TV - watch the video for the sprawling ode to lost innocence, 'Golden Boy' - Static Vision - stream their  and excellent garage-punk debut LP What Is and Now - and Post-Punk Podge - listen to 'Post-Punk Election Party'. The upstairs & terrace host Aido_8Clone and Brownsauce.

    Tickets are available from DIE or on the door, priced €10, or €7 from the Students' Union or Dolan's Bar. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    JK Flesh [Godflesh, Jesu]

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    The Number Ones 7" Launch

    The Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Following the January release of their new EP, Another Side of The Number Ones, punky power-pop quartet The Number Ones launch its 7" on February 17 at Jigsaw. Check out more info and stream the EP here.

    It's a BYOB gig, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    Signal: Tuath, Arthuritis & Roam

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Psychedelic trip-hoppers Tuath headline the February 17 instalment of the Signal night at the Roundy, Cork. Watch the video for 'Existence Is Futile' ahead of the release of their Youth EP later in February.

    Cosmic act Arthuritis - listen to Neglected Ambient Shirts Vol 1 - and Cork electronic producer Roam - listen to his Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    Clara Rose Album Launch

    The Underground

    Dublin

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    Rootsy folk & blues songstress Clara Rose launches her new album The Offering with a full band show on Dame Street's The Underground Venue on February 17.

    Tickets cost €15/10 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    O Emperor & Comrade Hat

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    In a stellar lineup, Waterford outfit O Emperor headline the Bello Bar on February 17. Fronted by Phil Christie - also of The Bonk - they've veered further from their folk roots and moved into afro-disco, psych-pop, krautrock. Listen to the William Onyeabor-influenced 'Make It Rain'.

    Supporting is Derry's Neil Burns, aka Comrade Hat, whose woozy, lounge-tinged experimental pop has been making respected waves, notably on 2017's Old Amsterdam EP, which made our Irish EPs of the year list.

    Tickets cost €11 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    The Crayon Set

    Cobblestone, Smithfield

    Dublin

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    Following 5 years away, Americana/alt. pop outfit The Crayon Set play The Cobblestone in Smithfield on February 17.

    Check their Soundcloud for music - they released their debut album in 2013, co-produced by Nick Brine, who has been responsible for the likes of Super Furry Animals & Teenage Fanclub.

    Tickets cost €5 from Eventbrite or on the door, which opens at 8pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018

    Morrissey

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    22
    Feb
    2018

    Cory Wong - Pop-Up Show

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Ahead of his performance the following night at The Sugar Club, Cory Wong of Vulfpeck performs at the Bello Bar on Thursday, February 22.

    One of the many hugely talented multi-instrumentalists of funk heteroglot Vulfpeck, he's originally from Minnesota and plays guitar with them, although is responsible for much of the music on his own eponymous album from September

    Tickets are available from the Sugar Club, priced €12.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Feb
    2018

    Zool Radar Launch Night: Mosmo Strange, Wasps & Alpha Twin

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    New Belfast-based independent label/collective Zool holds its Radar event launch night at the Menagerie on February 22, featuring three of its marquee names. Zool Radar aims to be a monthly proving ground for local and non-local musicians to play in front of an open-minded audience.

    Performing are groovy stoner-rock-tinged outfit Mosmo Strange, math-punk duo Wasps - check out the video for 'Future Endeavours' - and Belfast trio Alpha Twin

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm, with free Zool t-shirts given out to the first 10 people in the door.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Electric Six

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Cory Wong [Vulfpeck] and The Green Screen Band w/Akora & Haiku

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Those reliable bringers of grooves, ChoiceCuts, bring Cory Wong and The Green Screen Band to the Sugar Club on February 23.

    One of the many hugely talented multi-instrumentalists of funk heteroglot Vulfpeck, he's originally from Minnesota and plays guitar with them, although is responsible for much of the music on his own eponymous album from September

    Support comes from electronic neo-soul act Akora and Haiku.

    Tickets are available from the Sugar Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Rigmarole + ¡NO!

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    A night of heavy-duty experimentalism takes place at Jigsaw on February 23. Performing are krautrock/no-wave/psych improv group ¡NO!, who recently put out their tenth release, Sediments- you can check out ¡NO!'s broad, instinctive body of work on Bandcamp. Read more about Sediments - released through Little Gem Records - here.

    Also playing are Kilkenny semi-composed post-punk act Rigmarole.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    S>>D (Live), Bloom & Jamie Nevin

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Sean Dorris, aka S>>D performs a live set at the Menagerie on February 23, with support from Bloom and Jamie Nevin.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Electric Six

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Elbow w/John Grant

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Supporting is Colorado singer-songwriter John Grant, following his third album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, which saw Grant delve further into his fizzing electro-pop side. Check out the video for single, 'Disappointing', feat. Tracey Thorn.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €59.50. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Rebekah Fitch 'Broken Mind' EP Launch w/Nathan O'Regan

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    Alt. pop songstress Rebekah Fitch launches her new EP Broken Mind at the Belfast Barge on February 24 in a BYOB full band show.

    Support comes from Nathan O'Regan.

    Tickets cost £7 from Tickettailor. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Clara Rose Album Launch

    The Market House

    Monaghan

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    Rootsy folk & blues songstress Clara Rose holds the Monaghan leg of the launch shows for new album The Offering with a full band at The Market House on February 24.

    Tickets cost €15/10 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Junk Drawer, Slouch & Fluffy Coke

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    On February 24, Limerick's DIY collective hosts, at their Pharmacia HQ, a headline show from instrument-swapping Belfast experimental indie-psych rockers Junk Drawer - check out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP ahead of the release of their debut album.

    They're supported by Dublin trio Slouch - a bunch of slack desert rockers in a claustrophobic place - listen to them on Bandcamp. Opening is lo-fi garage-punk outfit Fluffy Coke - check out their debut EP.

    Admission costs €5.

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Connolly's of Leap

    Cork

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo play Connolly's of Leap on February 25 to kick off a busy tour that sees them tour the UK, Ireland & Europe for the best part of a month.

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

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

  • Mon
    26
    Feb
    2018

    Nils Frahm

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018

    Nils Frahm

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    Nicole Atkins

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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

     

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

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

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    All My Friends: Molly Sterling, Tribal Dance & Tanjier

    Tramline

    Dublin

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    New live indie club Tramline on Hawkins Street hosts three hotly-tipped acts in Nialler9's All My Friends event on February 28.

    The three artists involved include one of our 18 for '18 acts, Tipperary singer-songwriter Molly Sterling, mathy post-punk outfit Tribal Dancelisten on Soundcloud and atmospheric electronic indie-pop project Tanjier. DJ Aimee from Le Boom takes over after the live music is over.

    Doors open at €10, or €5 after 11.30pm when bands have finished. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    WOW: Cathy Davey, Ailie, Dowry & Two Grass

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    In conjunction with Born Optimistic & Aidlink, Women On Wednesdays returns to Whelan's with a killer lineup on February 28, headed by enduring Dublin alternative pop artist Cathy Davey. Watch the video for 'The Pattern'.

    Sharing the bill are folk-pop singer-songwriter Ailie, Éna Brennan, aka Dowry and Wicklow multi-instrumental Americana folk duo Two Grass.

    Admission costs €10 here, or €6 for students. MC Eve Darcy hosts the night, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Skid Row w/Toseland

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Toseland.

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

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Django Django

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets for the Tivoli show are available here.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Mist

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    MOBO-winning Birmingham rapper Mist, is one of the foremost figures in the UK's currently burgeoning hip-hop scene, playing the Limelight 1 on March 2.

    His completely sold-out UK tour in 2017 looks to be followed by another massive year - check out 'Ain't The Same'.

    Tickets cost £16.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo play stop off at Dolan's in Limerick on March 2 for some Irish dates before a massive tour that sees them tour the UK & Europe for the best part of a month.

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    King Kong Company

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Best Live Act award-winners, the act many felt was the highlight of Electric Picnic 2017, King Kong Company return to the Limelight 2 on March 2, having sold the venue out last year.

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

    Tickets cost £18.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Waterparks

    Green Room, The Academy

    Dublin

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    Texan indie-pop trio Waterparks play a 14+ show at The Academy's Green Room on March 2, following the release of their debut album, Entertainment.

    Watch the video for 'Lucky People'.

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

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Gnarkats

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Belfast alt-rock quartet Gnarkats hold a night in benefit of the Assisi Animal Sanctuary at McHugh's on March 2.

    Admission costs £5, with all proceeds going to Assisi - donations also welcome. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Skid Row w/Toseland

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from Toseland.

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

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Mist

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    MOBO-winning Birmingham rapper Mist, is one of the foremost figures in the UK's currently burgeoning hip-hop scene, playing the Academy on March 3.

    His completely sold-out UK tour in 2017 looks to be followed by another massive year - check out 'Ain't The Same'.

    Tickets cost €19.90 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    St. Luke's Church

    Cork

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo play Cork's St. Luke's Church on March 3 as one of several Irish dates before a massive tour that sees them tour the UK & Europe for the best part of a month.

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

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

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Chewing On Tinfoil, Casavettes & Pow Pig

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Irish punks Chewing On Tinfoil come to Limerick's DIY Pharmacia venue on March 3 to headline. Their wry, pun-filled commentary can be checked out on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from emo-tinged alternative outfit Casavettes - check their Bandcamp - and scuzzy Limerick alt. rockers Pow Pig - listen to their Denture Adventure EP.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
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    10
    Mar
    2018

    Brilliant Corners: A Festival of Jazz in Belfast

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Yet another string of phenomenal shows come courtesy of Moving On Music's Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, which runs from March 3-10 at the Black Box, aside from Kaja Draksler's solo piano set at the SARC's Sonic Lab at 1pm.

    The list of acts confirmed take place as follows in March:

    Saturday 3 - Blue Whale Process Album Launch - 9pm
    Sunday 4 - Ronnie Greer Organ Band w/Jim Mullen - 2pm
    Tuesday 6 - Irish Showcase: Joseph Leighton TrioSue RynhartThe Paul Dunlea Group - 8pm
    Wednesday 7 - JD Allen Trio - 8pm
    Thursday 8 - Kaja Draksler (solo piano) @ Sonic Lab - 1pm
    Thursday 8 - ThunderblenderElliot Galvin Trio - 8pm
    Friday 9 - Brian Irvine Ensemble - 9pm
    Saturday 10 - David Lyttle Trio w/Jack Kelly Trio - 2.30pm
    Saturday 10 - Sons of Kemet - 9pm

    Tickets for all events are available at £40 from Brilliant Corners.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Cherym Single Launch w/Mosmo Strange

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    One of our 18 for '18 acts, Cherym, play Bennigan's on March 3 to launch their new single from forthcoming EP, Mouthbreatherz.

    Supporting are groove-strewn QOTSA-alikes Mosmo Strange, alt/hard rock riffers Black Chapels and north coast emo outfit Sleeping Outside, with more to be confirmed - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Tuath 'Youth' EP Launch w/New Pope & Any Anything

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    To launch their new EP, Youth, Letterkenny-based psychedelic trip-hoppers Tuath play upstairs at the Roisin Dubh on March 3, following its February 27 release. Watch the video for 'Existence Is Futile'.

    Supporting are New Pope - listen to his 2017 album Depravations - and Any Anything.

    Admission on a pay-what-you-want basis.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Paddy Hanna

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Eclectic singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna has just released his second album, Frankly, I Mutate, and kicks off its Irish tour at Roisin Dubh on March 3.

    Following the string of strong singles he's been releasing in the run up, listen to 'Bad Boys', listen and read about it here. He's one of Ireland's most accomplished true songwriters, elusive, nuanced, yet capable of broad truths, drawing in influence from Scott Walker & the hits of Phil Spector.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Strangle Wire, Nomadic Rituals & Neamhni

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Strangle Wire launch their new record The Dark Triad on March 3 at an early Voodoo show.

    Supporting are the bowel-crushing doom trio Nomadic Rituals and black metal outfit Neamhni.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm. As it's an early show, things will be finished up by 9.30pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Belfast Record Fair

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The next Belfast Record Fair takes place at the Oh Yeah Centre on March 3. With a massive selection to cater for old, new, broad & niche tastes, it runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    This Is Not This Heat

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Remaining members of art-rock outfit This Heat, Charles Hayward & Charles Bullen's This Is Not This Heat - a new, open, phenomenally forward thinking and arguable improvement on the original - play the National Concert Hall on March 3.

    Joined by many contemporary collaborators and those influenced by their initial run - formed in 1976 - the experimental band is more a completely new idea, filled with vitality, having just performed live last year with a gargantuan list of performers including Hot Chip, members of Sonic Youth and more.

    Tickets are priced from €18.75-€25, available here. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018

    Worm Hears, Ghost Office & Rain Watt

    DMU2

    Belfast

    London-based lo-fi punk trio Worm Hears - fronted by our own Charlie Loane - come to Belfast to play DIY space DMU2 in the Westlink Enterprise Centre on March 4. Listen to them on Soundcloud.

    Supporting are post-punk indie rock trio Ghost Office - who you should definitely listen to on Bandcamp - and Omagh artist Rain Watt.

    Admission costs £5, with tickets available from Eventbrite, and it's a BYO night. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018

    Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Massively respected comedian Mark Thomas plays the The MAC on March 6 for his show, Showtime From The Frontline.

    Not content with his performance at the end of the year to follow up his book Liar's Quartet, this show is based around his time in the Palestinian city of Jenin in which he set out to run a comedy club for two nights. He'll be accompanied by two Palestinian actors & aspiring comics Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada, who will talk about Jenin refugee camp, the home to Jenin Freedom Theatre, as well as dodging cultural and literal bullets.

    Tickets are available, priced £12.50-£25, from the MAC. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018

    Queen's Radio Presents Underground: Sister Ghost, Roe, Fox Colony, Ghost Office, Buí & Carl O'Neill

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Garage alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost, led by Shannon O'Neill, headlines the last ever Bar Sub edition of Queens Radio's Underground. Watch the video for recent single, 'The Final Grrrl'.

    Sharing the massive bill are fast-rising young Derry alt.pop artist ROE, post-punk indie rock trio Ghost Office - who you should definitely listen to on Bandcamp - emo-tinged indie rock trio Fox Colony - indie rockers Buí - listen to Eugene - and singer-songwriter Carl O'Neill.

    Admission costs £4 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Mar
    2018

    Sons of Kemet

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Double-drumming quartet Sons of Kemet, led by saxophonist/clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, play a run of Irish shows, playing Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on March 8.

    Sons of Kemet erupted onto the scene in 2013 with their album Burn, securing rave reviews and scooping up a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. 

    Check out 'In The Castle of My Skin'

    Tickets are priced €12/€15, available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Mar
    2018

    Choice Music Prize

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    RTÉ Choice Music Prize has announced its ten-album shortlist for 2017. The prize selects the best Irish album of the previous calendar year.

    The shortlist is as follows:

    Come On Live Long - In The Still
    Marlene Enright - Placemats and Second Cuts
    Fangclub - Fangclub
    Lankum - Beneath The Earth and the Sky
    James Vincent McMorrow - True Care
    New Jackson - From Night To Night
    Otherkin - OK
    Fionn Regan - The Meetings of the Waters
    Ships - Precession
    Talos - Wild Alee

    The winner will be chosen during a live event, which will be held at Vicar Street on March 8.  This is the 13th year of the Choice Music Prize, which awards the winning act €10,000. The prize is sponsored by the IMRO and IRMA, with RTÉ on board this year as a media partner for a second year running. Last year's prize was won by Rusangano Family for their debut album Let The Dead Bury The Dead.

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

     

     

  • Thu
    08
    Mar
    2018

    Jooce 'Flat Circle' Single Launch

    East Side Tavern

    Dublin

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    Alternative psych quartet Jooce launch their second single, 'Flat Circle' at the East Side Tavern on March 8. Check out their debut single.

    Admission costs €7, or €5 if you comment 'Time's a Flat Circle' here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    International Women's Weekend - Rape Crisis Centre Fundraiser

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Emma Kelly (Merakindie) has joined together with a group of her friends, Elaine Malone, Izabela Szczutkowska, Marjie Kaley and Francesca de Buyl Pisco to organize a four day event to raise money for the Rape Crisis Centre in Cork. With the event kicking off on International Women’s Day, the multi-discliplinary line-up aims to celebrate female artistry and collaboration while raising awareness for a very important cause.

    Running from March 8th-11th upstairs in The Roundy, there will be live performances from such acts as Lowlek, Elaine Malone, Dowry and all-female improvised group HEX. There will be performance art from Imma Pavon, Linda Cullen and Noelle O’Reagan, the “Come out and Play” cabaret curated by writer/poet Tina Pisco as well as DJ’s, spoken word, poetry, a daytime craft market and few surprises along the way.

    With more acts to be announced, the daily run-down of events will be posted on merakindie.com, keep an eye on their facebook page for updates. All events will be donation based.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018
    Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Randy Newman - Cancelled

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Cancellation - due to essential knee surgery. 

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

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Alabama 3

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo play the Roisin Dubh on March 9 as one of several Irish dates before a massive tour that sees them tour the UK & Europe for the best part of a month.

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Search Party Animal

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young Irish indie/math-rockers Search Party Animal - taken from the ASIWYFA song of the same name - headline Whelan's on March 9.

    Having released their debut single 'Evergreen' earlier in the year, the band have an average age of about 20 and have been signed to Faction Records, the same label as Jape and Vincent James McMorrow.

    Support comes from the young, and supremely talented indie-emo-punk quartet Girlfriend - listen to 3AM Rituals.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets and Ticketmaster, priced €15.35. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    David Kitt

    Cleere's Theatre

    Killkenny

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his eighth album, Yous. He plays Kilkenny's Cleere's Theatre on March 9.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Sons of Kemet & Snowpoet

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    Double-drumming quartet Sons of Kemet, led by saxophonist/clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, play a run of Irish shows, including Dublin's DBD Venue on March 9 - in addition to Letterkenny the previous night, and in Belfast for Brilliant Corners on the following.

    Sons of Kemet erupted onto the scene in 2013 with their album Burn, securing rave reviews and scooping up a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Check out 'In The Castle of My Skin'.

    Sharing the bill are Snowpoet, featuring 2016 Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year Lauren Kinsella & multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson. Watch 'Mermaid' Live.

    Tickets are priced €20-€22, available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Landless 'Bleaching Bones' Album Launch w/Sinead & Catriona Kennedy

    St. Ann's

    Dublin

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    One of our 18 for '18 featured artists, unaccompanied Irish traditional vocal quartet Landless launch their debut album Bleaching Bones on March 9 at St Ann's Church on Dawson Street for Enthusiastic Eunuch.

    Their songs blend Irish, Scottish, England & American traditions in four part harmony in a deeply ethereal, resonant approach to folk music. Read our preview of Bleaching Bonesout on Humble Serpent Records.

    Support comes from Sinead & Catriona Kennedy.

    Tickets cost €14 from Billetto, or €22/€27 with CD or vinyl respectively. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Paddy Hanna Album Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Eclectic singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna launches his long-awaited debut album, Frankly I Mutate, upstairs at Whelans' on March 9. This following the string of strong singles he's been releasing in the run up - listen to 'Bad Boys'. Accompanied by a full band, he's one of Ireland's most accomplished true songwriters, elusive, nuanced, yet capable of broad truths, drawing in influence from Scott Walker & the hits of Phil Spector.

    Listen to it here.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Zombie Picnic 'Rise of a New Ideology' Album Launch

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    Progressive instrumental post-rock outfit Zombie Picnic launch their album, Rise of a New Ideology at Kasbah Social Club, Limerick, on March 9. This follows up on their 2016 debut LP A Suburb of Earth, and is available to pre-order on limited edition 12" vinyl through Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather w/Dave Hause

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Dave Hause.

    Tickets are priced €31.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Bob Log III

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    David Kitt

    AMP Venue

    Cork

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his eighth album, Yous. He plays the AMP Venue in Cork on March 10, one day after its release.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

    Tickets are priced from €17.61 from uTicket. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Paper/Boy, Wasps & Sleeping Outside

    The Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    Young Derry indie rock band Paper/Boy launch their new single 'Guerrilla Therapy' in an all-ages show at the Nerve Centre on March 10, its day of release.

    Math-punk duo Wasps - check out the video for 'Future Endeavours' - are supporting alongside Coleraine's alt. emo act Sleeping Outside, with more to be confirmed - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from the Nerve Centre, priced at £7. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Slouch, Junk Drawer & Eraser TV

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    In lieu of Randy Newman's now-cancelled Vicar Street date on the same night, a night of DIY indie rockers takes place in Sin É on March 10, headed by Dublin trio Slouch. They're a bunch of slack desert rockers in a claustrophobic place - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Sharing that bill are instrument-swapping Belfast experimental indie-psych rockers Junk Drawer - check out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP ahead of the release of their debut album - and dischordant Limerick post-punks Eraser TV - watch the video for the sprawling ode to lost innocence, 'Golden Boy'.

    Admission is free and doors open around 9pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather w/Dave Hause

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from Dave Hause.

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

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Soulful Bray pop trio Wyvern Lingo play the Spirit Store, Dundalk on March 11 as one of several Irish dates before a massive tour that sees them tour the UK & Europe for the best part of a month.

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

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

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Lankum

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Having released one of the albums of 2017 in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum play Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 11.

    Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?' - our Irish song of 2017 - and read CJ Mc Canney’s review of Between The Earth and Sky here.

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

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    David Kitt

    DeBarra's

    Clonakilty

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his eighth album, Yous. He plays DeBarra's, Clonakilty, on March 11.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

    Tickets are priced at €17.50 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Damien Jurado

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Master singer-songwriter Damien Jurado plays Whelan's on March 11.

    The Seattle indie/folk writer released his tenth album, Maraqopa, in 2012, and has been touring An Acoustic Journey Through Maraquopa this year. Check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert. He debuted back on Sub Pop in the mid-90's with his Motorbike and Trampoline albums, and has maintained a shockingly consistent run of records since.

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

  • Tue
    13
    Mar
    2018

    The Wombats

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Tue
    13
    Mar
    2018
    Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    Erasure

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following the postponement of their January dates, quintessential London synthpop duo Erasure play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 13, 14 & 15.

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

    All tickets for previous events are valid for their retrospective dates, and doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018

    Death From Above

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in 2015, Toronto bass & drums punk rock duo Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger AKA Death From Above will play Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre - following a move from Olympia due to Erasure - on March 14.

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018

    The Wombats

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    Karl Blau

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Northwest indie hero Karl Blau plays the Workman's Club on March 15.

    The multi-instrumentalist DIY singer-songwriter has released over 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released or on miniscule labels. His eclectic new album dabbles in African music, Americana, folk and jazz, to name just four of the corners it pulls in. Out Her Space is out now on Bella Union - check out 'Beckon'.

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

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    Hunkpapa

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Ambitious, but hopefully a payoff move, anthemic indie outfit Hunkpapa launch their new EP at the Limelight 2 on March 15.

    Watch the video for 'Lost In The Wild'.

    Admission costs £7, available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    Bitch Falcon

    The Bowery

    Dublin

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    Louder-than-hell alt. rock riff machine Bitch Falcon play the Bowery on March 15 Check out some of their set at Electric Picnic last year. 2018 looks to be a year of heavy touring - listen to recent single 'Of Heart', as hook-laden a Bitch Falcon as we've seen with bonus heft.

    Support comes from Wexford trashy blues outfit Wolff.

    Tickets are available from The Bowery, priced at €15. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde

    Monroe's

    Galway

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    Alternative South Central LA hip-hop group The Pharcyde perform their landmark debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde in its entirety at Monroe's, Galway on March 15.

    The original 4 members are Imani, Bootie Brown, Slimkid3 and Fatlip -  the latter of whom uwill be present on the night, along with K-Natural & DJ Manwell - and have had DJs Mark Luv, J-Swift, then the ultra-talented J Dilla. Their aforementioned 1992 debut album yielded breakthrough single 'Passin' Me By', which helped establish alternative hip-hop on the West Coast, paving that which was to come, and 

    (Re?)acquaint yourself with the Pharcyde with 'Passin' Me By'.

    Support comes from Handsome Paddy.

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

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    Bicurious EP Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Mathy Irish-French duo Bicurious launch their debut EP I'm So Confused upstairs at Whelan's on March 9 - listen to their music here.

    Admission costs €7, or less through Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    The Selecter & The Beat [Co-Headliner]

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

     

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Alternative South Central LA hip-hop group The Pharcyde perform their landmark debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde in its entirety at Dublin's Sugar Club once more for its 25th anniversary.

    The original 4 members are Imani, Bootie Brown, Slimkid3 and Fatlip -  the latter of whom uwill be present on the night, along with K-Natural & DJ Manwell - and have had DJs Mark Luv, J-Swift, then the ultra-talented J Dilla. Their aforementioned 1992 debut album yielded breakthrough single 'Passin' Me By', which helped establish alternative hip-hop on the West Coast, paving that which was to come, and 

    (Re?)acquaint yourself with the Pharcyde with 'Passin' Me By'.

    Support comes from Handsome Paddy.

    Tickets area available from The Sugar Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    Karl Blau

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Northwest indie hero Karl Blau plays Cyprus Avenue on March 16.

    The multi-instrumentalist DIY singer-songwriter has released over 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released or on miniscule labels. His eclectic new album dabbles in African music, Americana, folk and jazz, to name just four of the corners it pulls in. Out Her Space is out now on Bella Union - check out 'Beckon'.

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    Stranded: Chapter & Verse (VerseChorusVerse)

    Strand Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Seedhead's weekly 'Stranded' night at East Belfast's Strand Arts Centre holds a show on March 16 from Tony Wright, aka VerseChorusVerse.

    Having last year toured The Tragedy of Dr Hannigan and his well-documented earlier years with ASIWYFA, he'll play from across the back catalogue and new, supported by his natural charm & storytelling ability, reading from his new book.

    Tickets are available from the Strand Arts Centre, priced just £6. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a BYO event.

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018

    The Paddy's Weekender

    Workman's Club

    Dublin

    The Workman's Club hosts a broad night of musical entertainment across the three nights of the St. Paddy's Weekend. Boasting 13 live acts, 25 DJ sets and karaoke throughout its 6 bars, it's astonishing that admission is totally free.

    Live acts playing throughout are ThumperOther CreaturesSlow RiotOh BolandMontauk HotelSilverbacksThe Swedish Railway OrchestraInhalerJoey GavinThe Murder CapitalFieldsSpongebob Eyelashes and VLLNS.

    DJs are numerous, Wowburger will be supplying food, and again, admission is entirely free.

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    Steven Wilson

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    Emerald Armada's St. Patrick's Day Show w/Brash Isaac & ROE

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop act The Emerald Armada play their seventh annual St. Patrick's Day show in Belfast, this year taking place at the Limelight 1. Listen to their most recent single, the thoroughly relatable 'Like A Dog'.

    Supporting are Belfast-based musician and singer-songwriter Andrew Cameron AKA Brash Isaac, who last year signed a record deal in America - watch the video for 'In The Dark' - and the fast-rising young Derry alt.pop artist ROE.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced £11.25. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    Cushty Gamut #01: Percolator, Hands Up Who Wants To Die, UKAEA, Crowhammer, Shithätt, Nanorisk Akatsuki, Sam Edwards, D'Angelus, Blayd 'n J-Ziz

    New River Studios

    London

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    In a lineup we'd kill for back home, this Saturday holds a St. Patrick's Day lineup that we'd hold our watch to in London, packed with fiercely singular hibernophiles & noteable outsiders. It's the first edition of Cushty Gamut - set at New River Studios, Ground Floor Unit E on the Eade Road. 

    Five live acts perform in the main venue, comprising four of our own who've made the trip across the pond. They're Cork cosmische, drone voyagers Percolator - who released our Irish album of the 2017, Sestra - Dublin noise rock quartet Hands Up Who Wants To Die, who've returned recently with new frontman Rory O'Brien - listen to them on Bandcamp. Fantastical, narrative-driven Dublin sci-fi/fantasy stoner krautrock act Crowhammer - check their Bandcamp - and Ballina post-punks SHITHäTT, who've recently released their debut EP. Rounding out the live act bill is modular-based French drum-led one man band, Nanorisk Akatsuki - check out some live footage here

    Solo drone & noise sets come from Sam Edwards and D'Angelus in the barroom, followed by live techno from UKAEA and Blayd 'n Jay-ziz.

    Tickets cost £10, and are available here or on the door. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Mon
    19
    Mar
    2018

    Steven Wilson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Alabama 3

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Paddy Hanna w/Pillow Queens & PowPig

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    Eclectic singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna has just released his second album, Frankly, I Mutate, and plays Limerick's Kasbah Social Club on March 20 as part of its Irish tour.

    Following the string of strong singles he's been releasing in the run up, listen to 'Bad Boys', listen and read about it here. He's one of Ireland's most accomplished true songwriters, elusive, nuanced, yet capable of broad truths, drawing in influence from Scott Walker & the hits of Phil Spector.

    Support comes from one of our 18 For '18, socially conscious punks Pillow Queens and young indie rock outfit PowPig - listen to their Denture Adventure.

    Tickets are available here, priced €10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018
    Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Oscillations and Modulations: A Festival of Synthesisers & Electronic Music

    MU Building, Magee Campus

    Derry-Londonderry

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    The University of Ulster hosts a two-day synth & electronic music festival across March 20 & 21 called Oscillations and Modulations.

    Featured performers are Ryan VailAnalog OnShammen DellyVincent and Jonny Boy. Speakers include Richard Duckworth (Music Department, Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Niall Coghlan (Dundalk Institute of Technology).

    Workshops will be taking place throughout the day, more details of which can be found on their site.

    For more details, register here. Things kick off each day around 4pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Dolans Warehouse

    Limerick

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

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

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

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Feeder

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €28.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Electric Octopus, Mosmo Strange, Black Chapels & Ember Trails

    The Art Department

    Belfast

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    Following their recent series of sold-out shows including the Belfast Barge, Voodoo & the Black Box with Rab McCullough, funk, psych, blues (and more) jam band Electric Octopus play a Shizznigh Promotions show at The Art Department on March 21 - located at 14 Little Donegal Street. Listen to their excellent 35-minute, 3-track Smokyhead.

    Support comes from QOTSA-alikes Mosmo StrangeBlack Chapels and young alt. rockers Ember Trails.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Open Mike Eagle

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    The fiercely self-aware alt. hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle plays the Sugar Club for ChoiceCuts on March 21.

    One of a lengthy run of European dates, his latest album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream was met with the same kind of acclaim as debut Dark Comedy. Watch the video for 'Brick Body Complex'.

    Tickets are available from SugarClubTickets.

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Feeder

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Slow Riot Single Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Scuzzy pop post-punks Slow Riot play upstairs at Whelan's on March 22 in support of new single 'Voyeur/Burn In The City'. Check out their Soundcloud.

    Ticket are available from WAV Tickets, priced at €10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Little Hours

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    Monroe's

    Galway

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry makes another return to Ireland, playing Monroe's on March 23.

    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, Perry is in his 80s, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them, as recent shows have proven. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

    Ticket are available priced at €25 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    David Kitt

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his eighth album, Yous. He plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 23.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

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

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Sigrid

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Young Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid plays the Academy on March 23. She's the winner of this year's BBC Music's Sound of 2018 award, breaking through with 'Don't Kill My Vibe'.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Room For Rebellion

    Jigsaw/Black Box

    Dublin/Belfast

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    Synchronised pro-choice, multi-venue 'Political Party' club night, Room for Rebellion takes place on Friday, March 23 across venues in London, Belfast & Dublin.

    The Belfast lineup takes place at the Black Box, and features Violet and GIRL DJ Venus Dupree, while Dublin's show at Jigsaw sees London-based NTS DJ Moxie, Eliza and Endrift.

    Tickets are available for Dublin here and Belfast here, and all proceeds go towards abortion rights in Ireland.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Paddy Hanna

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Eclectic singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna has just released his second album, Frankly, I Mutate, and plays Dundalk's Spirit Store on March 23 as part of the tour.

    Following the string of strong singles he's been releasing in the run up - listen to 'Bad Boys', listen and read about it here. He's one of Ireland's most accomplished true songwriters, elusive, nuanced, yet capable of broad truths, drawing in influence from Scott Walker & the hits of Phil Spector.

    Tickets are available here, priced €11.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Slow Riot Single Launch

    The Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    Scuzzy pop post-punks Slow Riot play the Kasbah Social Club, Limerick on March 23 in support of new single 'Voyeur/Burn In The City'. Check out their Soundcloud.

    Ticket are available from Dolans, priced at €10. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018
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    24
    Mar
    2018

    Cork Sound Fair

    St. Peter's Church & Cork City Gaol

    Cork

     

    Cork is set to host the first 2-night event for Cork Sound Fair, a not-for-profit set of shows across March 23 & 24. Music takes place in the striking settings of St Peter's Church & Cork City Gaol, with installations and live performances.

    Cork-based artists African FictionStaticRobert Curgenven are set to be joined by Derry native Autumns for the opening night in St. Peters Church, North Main Street. Attendees will also be greeted by a new sound installation unveiled by Isochronal, a collaboration by artists Kevin Callaghan and Thomas Penc, who recently exhibited work in the National Sculpture Factory on Culture Night.

    The following day, Cork City Gaol will host sounds from Dublin and London in the shape of Davy Kehoe, Dream Cycles, Soft Stone, and a closing set and  live Irish debut from Beatrice Dillon. Award wining designer Dearbhla O’Beirne and visual artist Clíona Ní Laoi are set to transform the Gaol using projections and coded installations.

    The event is completely crowdfunded through Fundit.ie, with tickets available from Dice.fm, priced at €25 for one day and €50 for both.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Cathy Davey 'Bare Bones' Live Album Recording

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    Enduring Dublin alternative pop artist Cathy Davey is set to record a new live album as part of her Bare Bones tour. It'll be a particularly special one, recorded at Dublin Unitarian Church on March 23, to be recorded & released on vinyl for Record Store Day - April 21.

    Watch the video for 'The Pattern', and pre-order the album here.

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

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Alan Courtis w/Magic Pockets & Aonghus McEvoy

    A4 Sounds

    Dublin

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    A night of exploratory experimentations in sound takes place at A4 Sounds on St. Joseph's Parade, thanks to Piss Rainbow. Headlining is Beunos Aires-born musician Alan Courtis.

    Courtis first appeared with his out-there rock troupe Reynols, and has went on to tour worldwide, collaborating with the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Pauline Oliveros, Jim O'Rourke and more. A composer & performer, he uses prepared sound, tape manipulation, processed recording, live electronics, unconventional instrumentation, or conventional instrumentation, performed unconventionally. Check out this interview with him.

    Progressive exploratory synth wizard and keysman with No Spill Blood, Magic Pockets plays - check out his debut album on Bandcamp - and Woven Skull & Worst guitarist Aonghus McEvoy, who performs a set of pieces for amplified rock guitar - listen to his Richard Dawson/Bill Orcutt/John Fahey-esque abrasive neo-primitivism here.

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

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry makes another return to Ireland, playing Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on March 24.

    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, Perry is in his 80s, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them, as recent shows have proven. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

    Ticket are available priced at €22 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Rews w/The Sea Close By

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Shauna Tohill & Collette Williams, aka Rews play a headline show at McHugh's. The pop-rock duo are based in London & Belfast - check them on Soundcloud, and the video to 'Your Tears'. They last year played Glastonbury's John Peel Stage, following the release of their debut album, Pyro.

    Support comes from The Sea, Close By.

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

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    David Kitt

    DeBarra's

    Clonakilty

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his eighth album, Yous. He plays the Duncairn Arts Centre on March 24.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

    Tickets are available from the Duncairn. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Touts

    Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Clash-recalling young Derry indie-punks Touts play The Grand Social from March 24. Watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Disturbance: Unbelievable Lake

    No. 58

    Letterkenny

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    Mid-Ulster/Belfast experimental, semi-improvised space/psych/no-wave outfit Unbelievable Lake headline the return show of Disturbance at Letterkenny's No. 58 on March 24. Check out their demos on Bandcamp.

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018

    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 25.

    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, Perry is in his 80s, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them, as recent shows have proven. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

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

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018

    Dream Wife w/whenyoung

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Indie-punk trio Dream Wife play the Workman's Club on March 25. Watch the video for 'Let's Make Out', from their eponymous 2017 debut album.

    Support comes from Dublin indie pop-rock outfit whenyoung - watch the video for 'Actor'.

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

  • Mon
    26
    Mar
    2018
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    27
    Mar
    2018

    Belle & Sebastian

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    26
    Mar
    2018

    Put It On: Insights into the Creative Process of Representing Sound

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    An evening of live music and discussions, chaired by Brian McMahon, features some insights into how to make creativity and music work for artists, takes place at the Spirit Store on March 26. Speaking is photographer Brian 'B+' Cross - who has worked with the likes of Dlying Lotus, J Dilla Mos Def, DJ Shadow and the likes on album covers.

    Niall 'Hi Tone' McCormack helps, as does Quare Groove's John Byrne

    Live music comes from Dublin-based producer Frank B / Sias, Dundalk spoken word musician & artist Jinx Lennon and TPM.

    The first 50 attendees receive a free event poster & brochure, and admission is totally free. Things kick off at 7pm.

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018

    Phoenix - Postponed

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    Young Fathers

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    Gary Numan

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    In support of his 22nd album, Savage: Songs From A Broken WorldGary Numan returns to Belfast for the first time in years to play the Limelight 1 on March 28.

    Breaking through with absolutely seminal works of twisted synth-pop like Replicas and The Pleasure Principle, Numan's status was solidified with 'Cars' - an ode to consumerism and, if indirectly, his unfortunate support for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party. That said, he's still a pioneer of electronic music.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    Women on Wednesdays: Hawk, Montauk Hotel, Meev Kennedy & Emma Doran

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    International Berlin-Ireland-London indie-grunge band Hawk headline Women On Wednesdays on March 28 on their upstairs @ Whelan's night. The outfit have an innately tight grasp of the audio-visual relationship they portray - watch the video for 'Tear It Away'.

    Also playing are glistening Dublin indie-pop act Montauk Hotel, comedian Emma Doran and Neev Kennedy.

    Admission costs €10, or €6 for students. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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

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

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018

    Gary Numan

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    In support of his 22nd album, Savage: Songs From A Broken WorldGary Numan returns to Dublin for the first time in many years to play the Olympia Theatre on March 29.

    Breaking through with absolutely seminal works of twisted synth-pop like Replicas and The Pleasure Principle, Numan's status was solidified with 'Cars' - an ode, if indirectly, to his unfortunate support for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party.

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

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018

    Brigid Mae Power w/Jim Ghedi

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    One of Ireland's finest promoters, Enthusiastic Eunuch, bring one of Ireland's most genuine purveyors of folk in the most human sense, Brigid Mae Power, to the Bello Bar on March 29.

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

    Supporting is Yorkshire/Derbyshire sparse instrumental guitar composer Jim Ghedi - check out his second album, A Hymn For Ancient Landan album deeply connected to the land.

    Tickets cost €14 from Billetto and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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

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

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    The Altered Hours w/The Barbiturates & Aul Boy

    RCC

    Letterkenny

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    One of the country's finest bands, Cork five-piece The Altered Hours play Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on March 30 to kick off a European tour.

    This show is taking place off the back of a stellar new EP by the Hours, titled On My Tongue, which is set for release via Penske and Art For Blind at the start out for that. Check out its first single on Soundcloud.

    Sharing the bill are one of the country's most engaging live outfits, cult-like psychedelic masters The Barbiturates and Aul Boy.

    It's a BYOB gig, and admission costs €10. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    Asian Dub Foundation soundtrack La Haine

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    One of the finest social commentaries of all time, 1995's La Haine gets a live soundtracking in Dublin 15 years after its first occasion in 2003 as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. The Sugar Club hosts on March 30, as Asian Dub Foundation take to the stage to reprise their score. Watch the trailer.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club.

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    Percolator, Wild Rocket, Hawkbastard & Tuath

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Cosmic voyagers Percolator headline Dublin's Drop Dead Twice on March 30. Taking cues from My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab and the likes, their sounds made our 2017 Irish album of the year. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' and their previous work on Bandcamp.

    Dublin space rock quartet Wild Rocket are main support - stream their second album, Dissociation Mechanics - dubby space rock act Hawkbastard and Letterkenny-based psychedelic trip-hoppers Tuath following the release of new EP Youth. Watch the video for 'Existence Is Futile'.

    Doors open at 8.30pm, with admission costing €8 before 9pm and €10 after.

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Free Gaff: Wyvern Lingo, Benjamin Damage, Mango & Mathman & more

    Secret City Centre Location

    Dublin

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    Red Bull Music hold their own Easter Band Holiday Weekend in a secret Free Gaff in Dublin's City Centre from March 29-April 1.

    Friday sees live sets from UK techno producer Benjamin DamageMango & MathmanFritz WentinkKrescent and Five To Two, DJ sets from All City RecordsStaxx Lyrical and Bobofunk. Saturday hosts Wyvern LingoLoahPalms TraxMella DeeKettamaJYellowlFynch and Hannah O'Connell. The closing night has OR:LAErica CodyHandsome Paddy & Bobofunk in a 4-deck set, BantumNeomadicLuka Palm and Ciara Brady. Some extra special guests will also appear on the night.

    Space is limited, so tickets cost €15 available here. As it's an extended house party, it's a BYOB affair, and doors open at 7pm. Location will be emailed to ticketholders no later than 24 hours before the event. 

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    SOMA: The Girl Talk

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The sixteenth edition of SOMA takes place on Good Friday, March 30 upstairs at Whelan's. Performing are Dublin new-wave outfit The Girl Talk.

    After their set has finished, the resident SOMA DJs will be spinning indie all night, including Sleater-Kinney, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Brian Jonestown Massacre and the likes.

    Admission is completely free - just click attending here - and doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    New Secret Weapon, Bicurious & Order of the Mess

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Good Friday Goes Bad at Sin É on March 30. Headlining are alt. rockers New Secret Weapon, who release their second album - recorded by none other than Steve Albini - in 2018, and play their first Cork show in some time at The Poor Relation on December 8. Blending sludgy alternative rock, noise and some progressive tendencies, check them out Live at the Meadow.

    Supporting are Irish-French mathy duo Bicurious - listen to their music here - and Cork stoner alt. rock duo Order of the Mess.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    INEC

    Killarney

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

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

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Big Thief

    Whelans

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    The Altered Hours & Documenta w/The Thin Air DJs

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    We're once again bringing together two of the country's finest bands, Cork five-piece The Altered Hours and drone pop seven-piece Documenta for an Easter Saturday show at The Menagerie on Saturday, March 31.

    This show is taking place off the back of a stellar new EP by the Hours, titled On My Tongue, which is set for release via Penske and Art For Blind at the start out for that. Keep your ear to the ground for that.

    Door tax £7. The Thin Air DJs throughout.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    David Kitt

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his new album, Yous. He plays upstairs at Dolan's, Limerick, on March 31.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

    Tickets are available from Dolan's, priced €14. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Vulpynes, Bayonets & Kiss My Acid

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based sludgy, driving two piece Vulpynes headline Sin É on March 31.

    The scuzzy, raw pair offer up gelatinous chunks of Mudhoney, Melvins and L7 and have been gigging heavily around the island and beyond as of late. Watch the video for 'Silica'.

    Kerry-born rootsy alternative singer-songwriter Vinnie Flynn, aka Bayonets and DIY alt. punks Kiss My Acid - listen to them on Bandcamp

    Admission is free.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Touts & Hand Models

    Duke of York

    Belfast

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    Clash-recalling young Derry indie-punks Touts play Belfast's Duke of York on March 31. Watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Supporting are fellow hotly-tipped indie-pop quartet Hand Models.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at £6. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Gallops, Hiva Oa & Wasps

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Electronic trio Gallops play the Empire on March 31. With elements of experimental outsider music and a powerful retrofuturistic image, they released album no. 2, Bronze Mystic last year. Check out single 'Darkjewel'.

    Alt. electronic trio Hiva Oa - check them out on Bandcamp - support, with math-punks Wasps opening.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Wild Rocket, Bisect & Aerialist

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Dublin space rock quartet Wild Rocket play a double headliner at Cork's Poor Relation on March 31 - stream their second album, Dissociation MechanicsThey share the bill with Cork-based Polish, Italian & Irish d-beat grind outfit Bisect - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Cork post-rock outfit Aerialist.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Merakindie 1st Birthday: O Emperor, Arthuritis & Elaine Malone

    Connolly's

    Leap

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    In celebration of the first birthday of Cork-based promotion Merakindie, Munster Venue of the Year Connolly's of Leap hosts a night of jubilation on March 31 with some of the finest artists in the province.

    Following a sustained gestation period Waterford quintet O Emperor headline, having elaborated on their disco promise on return single 'Make It Rain' - a slice of Afrobeat-inspired groove distilled into  following some time in the studio.

    Bizarrely cosmic Earth-based, Lukon 5-born (oh yes) Arthuritis support - check out their Bandcamp - as well as psych-folk artist Elaine Malone.

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

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Testament, Annihilator & Vader

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Testament, Annihilator & Vader

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018

    Toto

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018

    Dr John Cooper Clarke w/Mike Garry

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018

    Gifted: Wynona Bleach, Black Chapels, Hand Models & Fox Colony

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Nugaze/alt. pop quintet Wynona Bleach play their first Belfast date under a new banner at the Empire on April 5, following their name change from R51. Watch the video for new single 'Eyes Burning'.

    Support comes from alt. rockers Black Chapels, hotly-tipped slacker indie rock quartet Hand Models and emo-hued indie quartet Fox Colony.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018

    Tandem Felix

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Masterful bedroom-Americana outfit Tandem Felix headline Workman's on April 5.

    Masters of that alt. country hue, with its rooms in the intimate worlds of Sparklehorse & the likes, the band are set to finally release their debut album this year after three years in the making. Watch the video for recent single 'Where Were You (When They Crucified The Birthday Boy)?'

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

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018

    Big Wild #005: Montauk Hotel & Cherym

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Glistening Dublin indie-pop act Montauk Hotel play the fifth instalment of Big Wild Collective's showcase residency at the Menagerie on April 5. Check out their soaring, Celtic-tinged '80s new-wave & post-punk-evocating music on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are the young alt. punks Cherym, who look to be a serious prospect right now, with a scope that's extends beyond what's normally to be expected from pop-punk outfits, nevermind those in their infancy. Their debut single, 'Take It Back' is out now, taken from their Mouth Breathers EP.

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018

    Late night Art: Framewerk & Guests

    Bear and Doll

    Belfast

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    Framewerk hosts a night of Late Night Art at Bear & Doll alongside live music at 10.30pm.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Arcade Fire

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers have moved their postponed March Ulster Hall show to April 6, due to the disastrous Beast From The East & Storm Emma.

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

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

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

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Dirty John: A Conversation with Creator Christopher Goffard

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Hugely successful true crime podcast Dirty John is the latest in a series of similar phenomena to hit the stage, when the Empire hosts a conversation with its creator, Christopher Goffard on April 6.

    A writer for the LA Times, he's the writer & host, which has been downloaded over 10 million times, spending a month at the top of the podcast charts. He's shared the Pulitzer Prize & won a series of awards of the back of his own writing. It's been heralded as the new Serial, so get on that.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, Shine & Katy's Bar, priced £20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    David Kitt

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his eighth album, Yous. He plays the Button Factory on April 6.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €18. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Brash Isaac, Chase The River & Wanderers

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Pop Up hold a three-band, three-city, three-single tour from three Belfast acts that stops off in Belfast's Black Box on April 6.

    Performing are indie-folk project Brash Isaac, who last year signed a record deal in America - watch the video for 'In The Dark' - Chase The River and Wanderers.

    Tickets cost £10 from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Toto

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers have moved their postponed March Olympia show to April 7, due to the disastrous Beast From The East & Storm Emma.

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Black Label Society

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    The Outcasts Live Album Recording

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Belfast punk stalwarts The Outcasts are set to record a new live album at the Grand Social on April 7.

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

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Vernon Jane, Thumper & Bicurious

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    On April 7, The Sugar Club hosts a double-headliner from jazz-punks Vernon Jane - listen to them on Bandcamp - and indie rock act Thumper - check out the video for 'Dan The Man'. Support comes from Irish-French mathy duo Bicurious,

    Tickets cost €10 from the Sugar Club. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Le Boom

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Dublin electro-indie-house-pop duo Le Boom headline the Button Factory on April 7.

    In the less than 2 years they've existed, the pair have played New York, Reykjavik, as well as the bulk of Ireland, known for their exciting live shows. Watch the video for 'What We Do'.

    Tickets cost €14.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Shame

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Very quickly rising British anthemic, garage post-punk quintet Shame play The Academy on April 7.

    Acclaimed for their shying away from the ladrock stereotype, Watch the video for 'One Rizla', taken off debut album Songs of Praise. Playing catchy hooks through their misery, they're an exciting prospect, considering their average age is around 20.

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

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Pop Up Presents: Brash Isaac, Chase The River & Wanderers

    Sandino's

    Derry

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    Pop Up's righteous musical crusading to promote cross-pollination of major music cities in Ireland continues with a joint run of dates from April 6-8 of three cities, three bands across three dates.

    Performing are indie-folk project Brash Isaac, who last year signed a record deal in America - watch the video for 'In The Dark' - Belfast-based Stuart Lunn, aka Chase The River and Wanderers.

    Donations will be taken on the doors, which open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Eraser TV, Tooms & Any Joy

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Two Limerick DIY LK outfits are set to launch new EPs at everybody's local fave, the Pharmacia, on April 7.

    Following their excellent Buzzfeed Depression Quiz last year, scuzzy, discordant indie rockers Eraser TV put out their second EP - watch the video for its first single - as well as ominous psychedelic stoner-doom act Tooms - listen to their stuff on Bandcamp.

    Opening are psych-infused indie garage-pop Cork act Any Joy, making their first appearance in Limerick - listen to debut album Cycles.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Big Top

    Limerick

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play play Limerick's Big Top on April 8, following the postponement of shows due to the disastrous Beast From The East & Storm Emma.

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    Black Label Society

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    David Kitt

    The Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    The enduring, chameleonic David Kitt returns for a string of live dates across Ireland in support of his eighth album, Yous. He plays the Spirit Store, Dundalk, on April 8.

    Breaking through with 2001 intimate masterpiece, The Big Romance, Kitt has consistently written, performed & produced music for the best part of two decades now, with Yous being his first since 2009. Watch the video for lead single, 'Still Don't Know'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €17.35. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    Pop Up Presents: Brash Isaac, Chase The River & Wanderers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Pop Up's righteous musical crusading to promote cross-pollination of major music cities in Ireland continues with a joint run of dates from April 6-8 of three cities, three bands across three dates. The final show takes place at Whelan's on April 8.

    Performing are indie-folk project Brash Isaac, who last year signed a record deal in America - watch the video for 'In The Dark' - Belfast-based Stuart Lunn, aka Chase The River and Wanderers.

    Donations will be taken on the doors, which open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    09
    Apr
    2018
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    10
    Apr
    2018

    Dua Lipa

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English polymath & pop-culture sensation Dua Lipa plays two nights at the Olympia Theatre on April 9 & 10.

    Tickets, are now sold out, but resales are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018

    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Composer, producer & performer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith makes her Irish debut at the Sugar Club on April 10.

    Having released 6 acclaimed studio albums, she's had rave reviews from P4k, Resident Advisor, Mixmag, Uncut and the likes, and is a true electronic crossover success, blending synthesised and organic sounds into unified composition. Listen to her most recent album, The Kid.

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

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018

    Marmozets [14+]

    Green Room at The Academy

    Dublin

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    English alternative rock outfit Marmozets play a 14+ show at the Green Room at The Academy, Dublin on April 12.

    The act, formed of two sets of siblings, formed back in 2007 at a very young age and went on to sign with Roadrunner Records in 2013. Their debut album The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets came out in 2014, followed in January by Knowing What You Know Now. Check out recent single 'Habits'.

    Tickets cost €17.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018
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    14
    Apr
    2018

    Music Current 2018

    Smock Alley Theatre

    Dublin

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    Showcasing of the best of new Irish and international contemporary electronic music, Dublin’s Music Current will return for its third outing across April 12-14.

    Billed as the city’s annual contemporary music festival, the festival – presented by Dublin Sound Lab – will host concerts, panel discussions and a music commission at Smock Alley Theatre on Exchange Street Lower over three days. At the top of the agenda this year is a “distinct celebration” of piano and keyboard music, with several international artist performing in Ireland for the first time at the festival.

    On the bill this year is Belgium composer Stefan Prins, pianist Stephane Ginsburgh, virtuosic American ensemble Yarn|Wire, accomplished improviser Izumi Kimura (pictured), rising stars of the Irish contemporary electronic music scene Francis Heery and Elis Czerniak, and in a new commission with the festival, pianist Xenia Pestova will perform new works with Irish musician Fergal Dowling, Spain’s Helga Arias Parra and Silvia Rosani of Italy.

    An immersive cycle for midi-keyboard, grand piano, live-cameras, video and live-electronics, the festival will open with Piano Hero on Thursday, April 12, in which Stefan Prins makes his Irish debut as festival guest composer.

    This year’s festival will also feature Are We There Yet?, a public panel discussion at the Contemporary Music Centre Library on Friday, April 13. It will consider current composition trends, performance practice, critical perspectives, and new directions, featuring festival composers Stefan Prins and Ann Cleare, pianist Xenia Pestova, sound artist Sven Anderson and musicologist Adrian Smith (DIT). Moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC.

    Go here for full information about this year’s Music Current.

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018

    Live Free: Born Only Yesterday, Via: Barvikha, Versive & Arbuckle & McCormick

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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    39 Gordon Street hosts a Shizznigh Live Free night on April 12, headlined by emo/pop-punk quartet Born Only Yesterday - listen to latest single, 'Your Truest Efforts'.

    Supporting are Chris Leckey's post-hardcore tinged alt. folk Via Barvikha - listen to debut EP Chengdu - Dublin alt. rock quintet Versive and Derry/Londonderry folk duo Arbuckle & McCormick.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018

    The Mad Dalton Single Launch & Video Premiere w/The Doone Brothers

    Love & Death

    Belfast

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    Following his 2017 album, Open Season, Peter Sumadh, aka dark Americana-tinged folk singer-songwriter The Mad Dalton launches his new single & premieres the video at Ann Street's Love & Death bar on April 12. Watch the video for previous single, 'Golden Cage'.

    Support comes from Belfast folk sibling duo Sean & James, The Doone Brothers

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Little Hours

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Marmozets [14+]

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    English alternative rock outfit Marmozets play a 14+ show at the Oh Yeah Centre on April 13.

    The act, formed of two sets of siblings, formed back in 2007 at a very young age and went on to sign with Roadrunner Records in 2013. Their debut album The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets came out in 2014, followed in January by Knowing What You Know Now. Check out recent single 'Habits'.

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018
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    15
    Apr
    2018

    It Takes A Village: Young Fathers, Andrew Weatherall, Talos & more

    Trabolgan

    Cork

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    For all the country has to offer in the way of festivals, Ireland has largely lacked one properly centred around its non-camping accommodation.

    That’s where new festival It Takes a Village comes in. Set for its inaugural outing in Trabolgan in East Cork across April 13-15, the Good Room-curated festival offers an ATP-esque alternative in the form of 150 self-catering houses and apartments, as well as 35 fully-serviced campervan sites in Trabolgan Holiday Village.

    Better still, with the village featuring three main venues, as well as a multitude of pop-stages across a 120 acre site, the festival’s first line-up announcement is promising something special. As well as names including Young FathersAndrew Weatherall and krautronica-laced art-rockers Fujiya and Miyagi, the bill also features some of the country’s best acts including TalosThe Altered HoursRyan VailLe BoomBitch Falcon and Anna Mieke.

    Tickets – which go on sale from Thursday, December 7 – range from €205 – €255. Full information is here.

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Goat Girl

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Slacker indie rock quartet Goat Girl play Dublin's Grand Social on April 13. Borrowing from the Courtney Barnett school of drawling about the minutia, watch the video for 'Cracker Drool'.

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Ciaran Lavery

    Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    One of NI's most celebrated singer-songwriters, renowned for his gilded pipes, Ciaran Lavery plays the Empire on April 13.

    His third album, Sweet Decay, comes out on the same day as the show, following on from the award-winning 2016 LP Let Bad In. Totting up 80 million streams on Spotify, he's one of our most poetically-gifted singer-songwriters and this one explores the ideas of mental health and the traits of humanity touched - or abused - in religion.

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Happy Meals (Live), Chris Frieze

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Glasgow-based duo Happy Meals perform a live set at The Menagerie this Friday, April 13 for Belfast Music Club.

    The pair sing in French, have a huge underground Russian following, have a cosmic take on minimal Euro/Italo disco. Debut mini-album Apéro was nominated for Scottish album of the year in 2016, and the deeply DIY outfit are part of the Night School Records family. Watch them live for a BBC session.

    Chris Frieze will be performing in support, alongside Belfast Music Club DJs.

    Admission costs £5 before 10pm or £10 after. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Tracy Bruen & The Bluebirds

    The Cobblestone

    Dublin

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    Following a massive European tour, alt. pop songstress Tracy Bruen returns to Ireland to play Dublin's Cobblestone on April 13 alongside her full band. Combining folk, indie, elements of roots & country into a sound that's accessible, she's played Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, and supported Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery and countless others.

    Check out her piece for us about the pro-choice movement, and her single 'Fall Away'.

    Vocal harmony trio The Bluebirds open the night.

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018

    Katie Kim & Radie Peat: A Night of Musical Stories

    The Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    Two of Ireland's finest artistic voices perform a special night of music stories at Dublin's Pepper Canister Church on April 14. Collaborating are ethereal drone-folk writer Katie Kim - listen to her debut album Salt - and Lankum & Rue's multi-instrumentalist singer Radie Peat.

    Tickets cost €15, available from uTicket. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018

    A Guide to Contemporary Human Music Vol. 1: Paddy Hanna, Sinead White, Autre Monde & Junior Brother

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Strange Brew holds their first version of A Guide To Contemporary Human Music Vol. 1 at The Workman's Club on April 14. 

    Performances come from Paddy Hanna, who's just released his new album, Frankly, I MutateSinead White, Paddy Hanna-fronted power-pop quartet Autre Monde and Junior Brother - check out more about him in our 18 For '18 feature.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018

    Cherym, No Matter, J'aime Rachelle & Ghost Office

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Fast-rising young alt. punks Cherym headline McHugh's on April 14 as part of the tour for debut EP Mouth Breatherz - listen to their debut single, 'Take It Back'.

    Supporting are post-punk indie rock trio Ghost Office - who you should definitely listen to on Bandcamp - pop-punk band No Matter and J'aime Rachelle.

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Having announced his seventh studio album Be More KindFrank Turner plays The Academy on April 15.

    Following the dissolution of his post-hardcore band Million Dead back in 2005, he's been carving out an growing fanbase from his earnest, heartfelt folk-punk. Written & recorded with the Sleeping Souls, listen to lead single, '1993'.

    Supporting are Arkells and The Homeless Gospel Choir.

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

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    August Wells

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    August Wells, the outlet of Dublin singer-songwriter & pianist Ken Griffin and New Yorker John Rauchenberger, play the Workman's Club on April 15.

    The New York-based composer/songwriter duo write otherworldly chamber music, and are described as 'Frank Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs'. Check out their performance on The Today Show, from their latest album, Madness Is The Mercy. Check out their Soundcloud, ahead of the release of their third album.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €13. 

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    Fixity, Nervvs & The Sound, Today

    The Thomas House

    Dublin

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    As part of a short Irish tour, Cork-based experimental, long-form jazz/rock melders Fixity play the Thomas House on April 15. Listen to them on Bandcamp

    Supporting are Dublin garage-punks Nervvs - listen to their free EP, A Mixtape of Love Vol. One - and The Sound, Today, comprising members of Frank & Ireland.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
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    17
    Apr
    2018

    The Streets

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
    Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018

    Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs' 20th Anniversary

    Wesley Centenery Methodist Church

    Bangor

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    Of the many records to emerge from the apex of pocket-symphony indie rock, Mercury Rev's fourth album, Deserter's Songs is, for many, the prime example of its artistry and intimate grandeur. On April, the band are set to complete four 'special, acoustic and intimate performances' in Ireland, kicking off at Bangor's Wesley Centenary Church on April 16 ^ 17.

    After the commercial failure of their third album, believed by the band at that point to be their finest, in 1998, they released an album that was intended entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial pressure, expecting to split up shortly after. It went on to be a critical success and became their most successful album. Listen to the masterpiece that is Deserter's Songs.

    Tickets are now sold out.

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018

    People Like Us: The Mirror

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

    Taking place at Crescent Arts Centre, People Like Us is Vicki Bennet, who specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio. 

    Belfast Film Festival and Sonorities present a new live-cinema performance by People Like Us titled “The Mirror”.  This immersive audio-visual piece uses sampling and collage to explore concepts of inward reflection, outward reflection and projection into the beyond.

    Tickets are available on the door or from Belfast Film Festival.

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018
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    19
    Apr
    2018

    Beatvyne - Jailbreak: Music x Tech

    Windmill Recording Studios & Convention Centre Dublin

    Dublin

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    Ireland's fist music & tech experience Beatvyne in association with the Dublin Tech Summit, holds its launch on April 17, ahead of the events on April 18 & 19.

    Performing at the launch are KormacLe BoomDavid KeenanToucanAndrodesOrchid CollectiveAndrodes: The First Immersive Electronic Music Experience  and more, at Windmill Recording Studios.

    The event runs from 9am at April 18-19 at Dublin's Convention Centre on Spencer Dock.

    Access to the party & conference can be gained here.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
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    19
    Apr
    2018

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Soulful, rootsy Colorado singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play The Olympia Theatre on April 18 & 19, with the former added due to demand.

    Developing a following early on in the Denver community as a folk-pop hero, he's released albums with The Wheel, as well as two solo LPs, before following up with the self-titled Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in 2015 on Stax. They supported the Kings of Leon earlier in 2017, and played slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Monterey & Newport Folk Festival - check out 'I Need Never Get Old'.

    Tickets are priced €30.90 and are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018

    Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs' 20th Anniversary

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Of the many records to emerge from the apex of pocket-symphony indie rock, Mercury Rev's fourth album, Deserter's Songs is, for many, the prime example of its artistry and intimate grandeur. On April, the band are set to complete four 'special, acoustic and intimate performances' in Ireland, playing Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick, on April 18.

    After the commercial failure of their third album, believed by the band at that point to be their finest, in 1998, they released an album that was intended entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial pressure, expecting to split up shortly after. It went on to be a critical success and became their most successful album. Listen to the masterpiece that is Deserter's Songs.

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

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018

    Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls + Arkells & The Homeless Gospel Choir

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Having announced his seventh studio album Be More KindFrank Turner plays The Limelight 1 on April 18.

    Following the dissolution of his post-hardcore band Million Dead back in 2005, he's been carving out an growing fanbase from his earnest, heartfelt folk-punk. Written & recorded with the Sleeping Souls, listen to lead single, '1993'.

    Supporting are Arkells and The Homeless Gospel Choir.

    Tickets cost £22.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018

    Graham Linehan: In Conversation

    Assembly Buildings Conference Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the 18th Belfast Film Festival, Father Ted, Black Books & IT Crowd co-writer & director Graham Linehan discusses his career with host Brian Henry Martin on April 18.

    Tickets are available here, priced at £11. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Framewerk x Sonorities: Calum Scott

    Sonic Lab

    Belfast

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    As part of SARC's Sonorites Festival, Framewerk hosts, in its wonderful environ, an installation from Calum Scott. The piece is set to run from April 18-21, with a talk from the artist at 2pm on Saturday 21st.

    Using the Japanese Suikinkutsu (water koto cave) and Shishi-odoshi (scare the deer) as initial points of departure, this sound sculpture aims to engage with these examples of traditional ‘sonic engineering’ through a process of media archaeological resynthesis and explore the acoustic potential of water as a sculptural material. Calum is a sound artist from Aberdeen, Scotland currently undertaking AHRC funded doctoral research at the University of Glasgow. His practice focuses on the development of object based sound art works (or sound sculptures) which seek to interrogate links between sound and the physical world. 

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018

    Sonorities: Opening Concert

    Sonic Lab, Cloreen Park

    Belfast

     

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    Jules Rawlinson, Franziska Schroeder, Dara Etefaghi: Re-Breather
    c.15’00” live electronics, saxophone, live visuals

    Vinicius Giusti: Abirú
    10’00” fixed media

    Robert Bentall: Telian
    16’40”: nyckelharpa and 8 channel fixed media

    Fergal Dowling and Mihai Cucu: Ground and Background
    10’00” video & fixed media

    As with all Sonorities events, admission is completely free but you must register. This event takes place at 5pm.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018

    Sonorities: Gould Piano Trio

    Sonic Lab, Cloreen Park

    Belfast

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    Bela Bartok: Contrasts

    Mark Simpson: After Avedon

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    James Macmillan: Piano Trio No 2

    Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio

    Lucy Gould (violin), Alice Neary (cello), Benjamin Frith (piano), with Robert Plane (clarinet)

    Recently compared to the Beaux Arts Trio by the Washington Post for their ‘musical fire’ and dedication, the Gould Piano Trio have remained at the forefront of the chamber music scene, having been launched into an international career by winning the first Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, they perform at major festivals in the UK and abroad, with regular tours in the United States.

    As with all Sonorities events, admission is completely free but you must register. This event takes place at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018

    Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs' 20th Anniversary

    Theatre Royal

    Waterford

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    Of the many records to emerge from the apex of pocket-symphony indie rock, Mercury Rev's fourth album, Deserter's Songs is, for many, the prime example of its artistry and intimate grandeur. On April, the band are set to complete four 'special, acoustic and intimate performances' in Ireland, playing Waterford's Theatre Royal on April 19.

    After the commercial failure of their third album, believed by the band at that point to be their finest, in 1998, they released an album that was intended entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial pressure, expecting to split up shortly after. It went on to be a critical success and became their most successful album. Listen to the masterpiece that is Deserter's Songs.

    Tickets are priced €29 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018

    Ciaran Lavery

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    One of NI's most celebrated singer-songwriters, renowned for his gilded pipes, Ciaran Lavery plays Whelan's on April 19.

    His third album, Sweet Decay, comes out on the prior week, following up on the award-winning 2016 LP Let Bad In. Totting up 80 million streams on Spotify, he's one of our most poetically-gifted singer-songwriters and this one explores the ideas of mental health and the traits of humanity touched - or abused - in religion.

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

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018

    Sonorities

    Sonic Lab, Cloreen Park

    Belfast

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    Felipe Otondo: Night Study 3 – World Premiere
    9’00” fixed media

    Donal Sarsfield: The Snare Piece
    11’10” snare drum and ride cymbal (Simon Limbrick) and fixed media

    David Glendinning: LUKE 8//22 – World premiere
    7’20” fixed media

    Conor McAuley and Kevin McCullagh: Negative Flow
    c.10’00” drum kit, violin and live electronics

    Loïse Bulot: Radio-Laria
    13’50” fixed media

    As with all Sonorities events, admission is completely free but you must register. This event takes place at 1.30pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018

    Sonorities

    Sonic Lab, Cloreen Park

    Belfast

    Thu-1530

    Chris Malloy: A Celestial Breath
    7’40” clarinet (Robert Plane), fixed media, animated score

    Anton Kozlov: The Anatomy of a Flaw – World premiere
    3’25” fixed media

    Andrew Harrison: Dark Aspect – World premiere
    1’28” video and fixed media

    Inés Wickmann and Francis Dhomont: Le Silence du Léthé
    7’46” video and fixed media

    Erik Nyström: Spheroid
    c.13’00” live electronics

    Juan Carlos Vasquez: A Chinese Triptych – World premiere
    6’00” fixed media

    As with all Sonorities events, admission is completely free but you must register. This event takes place at 3.30pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Little Hours

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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

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

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

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Soulful, rootsy Colorado singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play the Ulster Hall on April 20.

    Developing a following early on in the Denver community as a folk-pop hero, he's released albums with The Wheel, as well as two solo LPs, before following up with the self-titled Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in 2015 on Stax. They supported the Kings of Leon earlier in 2017, and played slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Monterey & Newport Folk Festival - check out 'I Need Never Get Old'.

    Tickets are priced £28 and are available from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs' 20th Anniversary

    Live at St Luke's

    Cork

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    Of the many records to emerge from the apex of pocket-symphony indie rock, Mercury Rev's fourth album, Deserter's Songs is, for many, the prime example of its artistry and intimate grandeur. On April, the band are set to complete four 'special, acoustic and intimate performances' in Ireland, playing live at St Luke's, Cork, on April 20.

    After the commercial failure of their third album, believed by the band at that point to be their finest, in 1998, they released an album that was intended entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial pressure, expecting to split up shortly after. It went on to be a critical success and became their most successful album. Listen to the masterpiece that is Deserter's Songs.

    Tickets are now sold out. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Ciaran Lavery

    Monroe's

    Galway

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    One of NI's most celebrated singer-songwriters, renowned for his gilded pipes, Ciaran Lavery plays Monroe's Live in Galway on April 20.

    His third album, Sweet Decay, comes out on the prior week, following up on the award-winning 2016 LP Let Bad In. Totting up 80 million streams on Spotify, he's one of our most poetically-gifted singer-songwriters and this one explores the ideas of mental health and the traits of humanity touched - or abused - in religion.

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

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Pandora Ills Album Launch w/Salad Boyz, Zeal & Brick Smyth

    The Eglantine

    Belfast

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    Belfast ska-punks Pandora Ills launch their debut album, Battles The Pilluminati with a show at The Eglantine on April 20. Listen to them on Soundcloud.

    Supporting are light-hearted outfit Salad Boyz - check out the video for 'Crocodile' - lo-fi bedroom indie rocker Patrick J Hodgen, aka Zeal - check his Soundcloud - and Brick Smyth.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Touch Sensitive x Sonorities: Autumns, Group Zero & Steven Henry

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    In Touch Sensitive Records' show for Sonorities Festival, a bill of post-punk tinged electronic music comes to the Menagerie on April 20. Derry's Christian Donaghey, aka Autumns will bring his visceral minimal beat-led no wave - listen to him on Soundcloud.

    Cathal Cully - also of Girls Names - performs as his NI Music Prize-nominated electronic project, Group Zero - listen to Structures and Light - and musician, composer, sonic artist & producer, and electronic artist, as well Documenta & Sea Pinks member Steven Henry opens with an A/V set.

    Admission costs £8, or £6 before 11pm. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Gascan Ruckus Final Show w/Empty & Dugout

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Beloved Belfast-based, Middletown punks Gascan Ruckus have announced that they're set to play their final show at Bar Sub on April 20. This follows news of their bassist Conor Langan's yearlong departure to Canada. If this truly is the last show, we'll have lost one of the finest live guitar acts in NI. - listen to their album, Narrow Defeats & Bitter Victories.

    Sharing the headline slot are globe-trotting anthemic Belfast punks Empty Lungs, who will also be losing Langan's presence on bass - watch the video for 'Don't Get It'.

    Supporting is Dugout, comprised of members of Bad Fit, Strait Laces & Hornets.

    Tickets cost £7, available from WeGotTickets and doors open at 9pm. 

     

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Melts

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Belfast

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    New Dublin outfit comprising ex-members of Ghost Estates, The Things, The Mighty Stef and The North Sea, MELTS are bassist Colm Giles, drummer Gary Earle, vocalist Eoin Kenny, guitarist Hugh O’Reily and Robbie Brady on organ, synth and theremin. They make their debut headline appearance upstairs at Whelan's on April 20.

    Stream their first single 'Skyward' here.

    Support comes from Deborah.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced €10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Nada Surf

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs' 20th Anniversary

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Of the many records to emerge from the apex of pocket-symphony indie rock, Mercury Rev's fourth album, Deserter's Songs is, for many, the prime example of its artistry and intimate grandeur. On April, the band are set to complete four 'special, acoustic and intimate performances' in Ireland, playing Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 21.

    After the commercial failure of their third album, believed by the band at that point to be their finest, in 1998, they released an album that was intended entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial pressure, expecting to split up shortly after. It went on to be a critical success and became their most successful album. Listen to the masterpiece that is Deserter's Songs.

    Tickets are priced €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Pillow Queens

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of our 18 For '18, socially conscious punks Pillow Queens are delivering already, having announced their biggest headline slot to date at the Workman's Club on April 21.

    Watch the video for 'Rats'. 

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

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    The Wood Burning Savages Album Launch

    The Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    Anthemic, establishment-bothering Derry art-rock quartet and all-round live unit The Wood Burning Savages are set to launch their long-awaited debut LP, Stability, at the Nerve Centre on April 21. Listen to recent single & call to arms, 'Living Hell'.

    Tickets cost £7 from Skiddle, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Resist x Sonorities: M.E.S.H., Hiva Oa & more

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    A night of experimental and leftfield music as part of the Sonorities Festival on April 21 takes place at the Menagerie, in association with experimental electronic & visual arts night Resist.

    Live sets come from Berlin-based M.E.S.H., alternative electronic act Hiva Oa, and SARC's Hadi Bastani.

    DJ sets come in the form of a b2b set from Resist's Koichi and Liam McCartan, and Hell Hole's DJ Ewuagh.

    Admission costs £6/£8.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Black Doldrums, The Revellions & Sun Mahshene

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    London heavy psych duo Black Doldrums play Drop Dead Twice's Taproom on April 21 for Retro Revival Indie Club. Listen to them here.

    Supporting are Dublin garage-psych outfit The Revellions - listen to their baroque-pop inspired sounds on Soundcloud - and experimental neo-psych band Sun Mahshene - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Bangor Vinyl Day

    Bending Sound

    Bangor

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    Record Store Day, as we well know, takes place this Saturday, April 21st, but Bangor's dedicating the annual day of wax with a series of events throughout the town.

    Since the closure of Belfast's Head & Sick Records, the closest RSD outlet will be Bangor's Bending Sound Records, open from 9am-5pm. 

    Across the road, the MG car showroom hosts another record fair from 9am-3pm, from which point Flea Market Soul takes over just two doors down, offering up that rare treat: vinyl-only DJs, through the evening on into the wee hours.

    In terms of live music, Bangor's own Dolbro Dan performs at the record fair at 2pm, having released his latest album Folk Dope in January - on vinyl. Mandy Bingham then launches out her new album with an in-store performance at Bending Sound at 6.30pm.

    Participating RSD stores across Ireland include, but are not limited to:

    Cork: Plug'd, Golden Discs, Music Zone
    Derry:
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    Dublin: Tower Records, All City Records, Spindizzy Records, R.A.G.E., Sound Cellar, Classified Records, Freebird Records, Golden Discs
    Galway: Bell Book & Candle, OMG @ Zhivago
    Limerick: Steamboat Records, Golden Discs

    Check out the list of Record Store Day 2018 releases here.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs' 20th Anniversary

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Of the many records to emerge from the apex of pocket-symphony indie rock, Mercury Rev's fourth album, Deserter's Songs is, for many, the prime example of its artistry and intimate grandeur. On April, the band are set to complete four 'special, acoustic and intimate performances' in Ireland, playing Whelan's on April 22.

    After the commercial failure of their third album, believed by the band at that point to be their finest, in 1998, they released an album that was intended entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial pressure, expecting to split up shortly after. It went on to be a critical success and became their most successful album. Listen to the masterpiece that is Deserter's Songs.

    Tickets are priced €35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    Black Doldrums, The Barbiturates & Horse Tablet

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The Menagerie hosts a night of psych-drone as London heavy psych duo Black Doldrums play on April 22. 

    Supporting are Derry cultish outfit The Barbiturates - watch their visual album Only Folkin Jokin - and psych rock 'n' roll outfit Horse Tablet.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    Foreign Owl, Mosmo Strange & Cat Palace

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Performative, energy-driven art rock trio Foreign Owl headline The Workman's Club on Sunday, April 22 - check out 'Pink Nose'.

    Support comes from loungey QOTSA-recalling Omagh quartet Mosmo Strange and Cat Palace - listen to debut album why don't you // why don't you, go offit's one of our favourite releases of 2017.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018

    Lost Horizons w/Penelope Isles

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Founder of Bella Union, and Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde's latest music project, alongside musician Richie Thomas, Lost Horizons, play the Grand Social on April 24.

    Released last October, their debut LP Ojalá is a return from two musicians who've been quiet on the creative front over the last two decades, having becoming collaborators & friends in the '80s. Delightfully, it's as expansive and as dreamy as you'd expect from the outfit - listen here.

    Tickets cost €17.35, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018

    Lost Horizons w/Penelope Isles

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Founder of Bella Union, and Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde's latest music project, alongside musician Richie Thomas, Lost Horizons, play the Limelight 2 on April 25.

    Released last October, their debut LP Ojalá is a return from two musicians who've been quiet on the creative front over the last two decades, having becoming collaborators & friends in the '80s. Delightfully, it's as expansive and as dreamy as you'd expect from the outfit - listen here.

    Tickets cost £17, available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018

    Moor Mother, Joni w/Sunken Foal (Live)

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Philadelphia-based interdisciplinary artist Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother plays Whelan's on April 25 for Enthusiastic Eunuch.

    Using harsh, manipulated sounds, recordings and machines, and the free-flowing vocal rhythm of hip-hop, she effortlessly channels the spirit of punk. She's had art installations in various respected institutions, and her most recent album is 2016's Fetish Bones. Watch the video for 'By The Light'.

    Supporting is classically-trained violinist Joni, who combines electronic beats with her organic stringed instrument - watch the video for 'Running' - and electronic composer Sunken Foal - listen to 'Licking The Foil'.

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

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018

    Marc Maron

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    As part of a short run of European dates, A Few Parts of the World, the acerbic, neurotic Marc Maron brings his unguarded self to Vicar Street's hallowed stage on April 26 for the first time in almost three years.

    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 €33.50, available from Ticketmaster. The show begins at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018

    Brand New Friend

    Sandino's

    Derry

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    Having just announced their signing to British label Xtra Mile and almost immediately selling out their January Duke of York gig, the hotly-tipped emo-tinged pop-rockers Brand New Friend play an April headline run of NI dates, playing at Sandino's on April 26.

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

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018

    Tony Law

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    On April 26, multi-award-winning surrealist comedian Tony Law performs for the second year running at the Black Box, bringing his shadow puppetry, trampolining and tales of the Silk Road.

    Tickets cost £11 from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018

    Zool Radar 3: Foreign Owl, Les Pantalons, Nolan & The Zool Boys

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Young Belfast-based independent label/collective Zool holds its third, and most unique Radar yet. The monthly proving ground for local & non-local live acts for a welcoming audience takes palce this Thursday, April 26. Headlining are one of the most frenetically performative acts in the country, idiosyncratic Derry art rock trio Foreign Owl - check out 'Pink Nose'.

    Sharing the bill are oddball post-hardcore indie rock project Les Pantalons - listen to their brand new single, 'Krankenwagen' - and the residents, Nolan & The Zool Boys.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    The Alarm

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Gomez

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets cost €32.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Live Free #4: Wynona Bleach, Black Chapels, Hand Models & Fox Colony

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    The fourth instalment of Shizznigh's Live Free night is headed by the artist formerly known as R51, Wynona Bleach at Fibber Magee's on April 27. The shoegaze-pop outfit have just unveiled the video for new single, 'Eyes Burning'.

    Support comes from grunge-tinged alt. rockers Black Chapels, catchy, slack indie rockers Hand Models and emo-hued indie quartet Fox Colony.

    As with all Live Free shows, admission costs nothing and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Brand New Friend

    Kiwi's

    Portrush

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    Having just announced their signing to British label Xtra Mile and almost immediately selling out their January Duke of York gig, the hotly-tipped emo-tinged pop-rockers Brand New Friend play an April headline run of NI dates, playing at Portrush's Kiwi's on April 27.

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

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Paddy Hanna

    DeBarra's

    Clonakilty

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    Eclectic singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna has just released his second album, Frankly, I Mutate, and its supporting Irish tour hits Clonakilty's Debarra's Folk Club on April 27.

    Following the string of strong singles he's been releasing in the run up, listen to 'Bad Boys', listen and read about it here. He's one of Ireland's most accomplished true songwriters, elusive, nuanced, yet capable of broad truths, drawing in influence from Scott Walker & the hits of Phil Spector.

    Admission costs €10, with tickets available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Myles Manley w/Neptune M

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    The singular, wonderfully, singularly idiosyncratic pop auteur Myles Manley, from Sligo, embarks on a lengthy Irish tour following his Spring UK jaunt. He hits Bennigan's in Derry on April 27 accompanied by his three-piece band - watch the video for 'i'm in love with myself' - out on 7" with Art For Blind Records.

    Supporting is Neptune M.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 4pm as it's an early one.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Shithatt, Eraser TV & Rare Faction

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Ballina post-punks SHITHäTT headline the next Signal night at The Roundy on April 27. They recently released their debut EP.

    Experimental Limerick indie rock/noise-pop outfit Eraser TV share the bill - check out their new single - and twisted bass-laden Cork collaborative duo Rare Faction, who dabble in hip-hop, electro & grime beats.

    Admission costs €8. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Zombie Picnic

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Progressive instrumental post-rock outfit Zombie Picnic play their first Dublin show since the release of second LP, Rise of a New Ideology on April 27. Listen & check it out on vinyl on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free, and the band are excellent, so we recommend you get down. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    The Alarm

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    Yo La Tengo

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    Brand New Friend

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Having just announced their signing to British label Xtra Mile and almost immediately selling out their January Duke of York gig, the hotly-tipped emo-tinged pop-rockers Brand New Friend play The Black Box on April 28.

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

    Tickets, priced at just £8, are available from Ticketmaster and Shine. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    Tethers EP Launch w/Mosa, Search Party & Bed Manager

    Foundry

    Belfast

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    Young indie-math rockers Tethers launch their debut EP at Foundry on April 28 - check out their debut single.

    Supporting are alt. psych outfit MOSA - check out their debut EP, Mind Open Soul Awake - Search Party and indie-folk slowcore duo Bed Manager - check them out on Soundcloud.

    Admission is free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018

    The Obsessed

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Maryland proto-stoner doom outfit The Obsessed come to Ireland, playing Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on April 29.

    Emerging from punk rock's transmutation of rock, they formed in 1980, recording a handful of demos when frontman Wino left for fellow doom trailblazers Saint Vitus. They regrouped four years later, releasing their eponymous debut album in 1990, which was recorded during their first stint in 1984. It was re-released in 2017 and remains and pinnacle of early stoner-rock and doom. Listen to it here.

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

  • Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018

    The Obsessed

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Maryland proto-stoner doom outfit The Obsessed come to Ireland, playing Bar Sub on April 30.

    Emerging from punk rock's transmutation of rock, they formed in 1980, recording a handful of demos when frontman Wino left for fellow doom trailblazers Saint Vitus. They regrouped four years later, releasing their eponymous debut album in 1990, which was recorded during their first stint in 1984. It was re-released in 2017 and remains and pinnacle of early stoner-rock and doom. Listen to it here.

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

  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018

    METZ

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Two years on from their barnstorming show in the same venue, Canadian noise rock trio METZ have announced that they’ll return to Dublin’s Whelan’s on May 1.

    The Toronto-based band released their third, Steve Albini-produced album, Strange Peace, via Sub Pop back in September. In his review of the album, TTA’s Cathal McBride said, “What it all adds up to is the band’s most complete and rewarding work to date.”

    Tickets for the Whelan’s are priced €17.50 from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    Tears For Fears w/Alison Moyet

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    Alpha Male Tea Party, Bosco Ramos, Bicurious & Willoware Jackson

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Liverpool instrumental math-rockers Alpha Male Tea Party play Belfast as part of a 5-date Irish tour. They perform at the Empire Music Hall on May 2. The outfit have performed at some high-level major specialist festivals ArcTanGent, Handmade, Strangeforms - and are one of the UK's most respected underground live units. Their debut album, Health, came out last year through Big Scary Monsters.

    Supporting are sludgy Belfast bass/drums duo Bosco Ramos, who've recently being going from strength to strength - watch the video for 'Rolling Sea' - Irish-French mathy duo Bicurious - listen to their music here - and new trio Willoware Jackson.

    Tickets, priced £6, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    20:20 Presents: Dani, Hex Hue & Peter J. McCauley

    Accidental Theatre Book Bar

    Belfast

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    20:20 holds a three-act bill at The Accidental Theatre on May 2 in aid of WaterAid.

    Belfast-basd multi-instrumentalist songwriter Dani, whose distinct version of traditionally-inclined blues & folk has seen her travel across the world. Hex Hue and Belfast alt. pop singer-songwriter Peter J. McCauley, formerly Rams' Pocket Radio.

    Admission is a minimum donation of £5 on the night. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    Together For Yes: Mary Black, James Vincent McMorrow, The Strypes, Le Galaxie & more

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    On Wednesday, 2 May at The Olympia Theatre, a host of incredible Irish artists will gather together for one night of amazing music in order to raise funds for Together For Yes.

    Musical performers at the event include Mary BlackJames Vincent McMorrowThe StrypesLe GalaxieThanks Brother - the new project from Róisín O & John Broe - rapper Mango, drag queen group Veda's CovenAndrea Horan the Sing Along Women

    Guest speakers at the event are writer/actor/comedian Tara Flynn, writer, actor, campaigner Eva O'Connor, traveller rights activist Eilieann Flynn, Grandparents For Repeal's Carol Williams, Claudia Hoareau of MERJ Migrants and Ethnic-minorities for Reproductive Justice, Ailbhe Smyth - Director of Together For Yes and Anna Cosgrave of the Repeal Project.

    Tickets are priced from €28 at Ticketmaster and all proceeds go to the Together For Yes movement.

     

     

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018

    Alpha Male Tea Party & Bicurious

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    Liverpool instrumental math-rockers Alpha Male Tea Party play Dublin in the second leg of a 5-date Irish tour. They perform at the DBD Venue on May 3.

    The outfit have performed at some high-level major specialist festivals ArcTanGent, Handmade, Strangeforms - and are one of the UK's most respected underground live units. Their debut album, Health, came out last year through Big Scary Monsters.

    Irish-French mathy duo Bicurious - listen to their music here.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018

    Homebeat Presents: Somadrone Album Launch

    Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row

    Dublin

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    The luxuriously layered psychedelics-inspired new album from Somadrone is one of the best things we've had the pleasure of hearing this year. It's called Wellpark Avenue, and it's being launched at the Dublin Conservative Club on Camden Row on May 3. It's available to order on a limited run of vinyl from Bandcamp.

    Supporting is Minced Oath, who also has just released debut LP Supercede. Using analogue synths and vintage effects to craft his recorded improvised ambience.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced from €8, or €15 on the door. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018
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    May
    2018

    City of Derry Jazz Festival

    Citywide

    Derry

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    This year's City of Derry Jazz Festival takes place from May 3-7, across a broad variety of venues across the walled city, transforming it into the musical hub it's historically proven itself to be. This year's festival headliner is Van Morrison, who plays the Millennium Forum on May 6 & 7.

    The festival has too many performances to list here, but includes SnowpoetRab McCullough, David Lyttle Trio featuring Kurt RosenwinkelScott Flanigan Trio, and many more. We urge you to check out more details here.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018

    Trainman Blues

    Arthur's Blues n' Jazz

    Dublin

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    As part of a 5-date run of shows in Ireland, Copenhagen-based blues band Trainman Blues play Arthur's Blues n' Jazz Venue on May 3. You can check out their latest single here.

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018

    Mares of Diomedes, Nomadic Rituals, Wardomized, Cused Sun & Spirit Ruiner

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    Scottish doom duo Mares of Diomedes headline the Warzone Centre in a seriously Chongy, hefty, and brutalising - to varying degrees - bill on May 3. Listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are bowel-crushing sludge-doom trio Nomadic Rituals - listen to Marking The Day - grindcore act Wardomized - check them out - Belfast groove metal legends Cursed Sun - listen on Bandcamp - and new Belfast death-doom two piece Spirit Ruiner.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm. It's a BYOB affair, with no glass allowed.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018

    Late Night Art

    Bear and Doll

    Belfast

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    Framewerk hosts a night of Late Night Art at Bear & Doll, featuring Richard Davis' 'Nowhere', from 7-10pm. Live music from an unnamed live act at 10.30pm - but trust us, they're good.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    Spectrum [Sonic Boom, Spacemen 3]

    Droichead Arts Centre

    Drogheda

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    As part of the Drogheda Arts Festival in association with thirty three 45, Spacemen 3's Pete 'Sonic Boom' Kember performs at the Droichead Arts Centre on May 4. 

    A founding member of psych-drone kings Spacemen 3, he along with J. Spaceman, recorded some of the most important records of the genre, before moving on to work with the likes of Silver Apples, Kevin Shields, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo & a host of other artists. This is an exclusive Irish performance, and will take music spanning 30 year career.

    Tickets are priced at €18 & €20 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    Scooter

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    Soundtracking our perpetual youth, Scooter perform at Belfast's monolithic Telegraph Building on May 4 as part of their 25 Years Wild & Wicked.

    The Hamburg dance group have sold over 30 million records, earning over 80 Gold & Platinum records. This will be an unbelievable event for any passing fans of pop culture, let alone happy hardcore fans, with frontman H.P. Baxxter is one of the most iconic faces of '90s NI. Check it.

    Tickets are available from Shine. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    Blindboy Podcast Live

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The Rubberbandits' Blindboy hosts a live version of his acclaimed, wonderful podcast at the Limelight 1 on May 4.

    At the time of announcement, the podcast has been in its 15th consecutive week in the Irish podcast chart. Featuring an eclectic cast of interviewees and subjects, expect the night to feature comedy, storytelling, music, and some of the less expected.

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

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    The Go! Team

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Brighton indie-pop outfit The Go! Team play the Black Box on May 4 as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    Bursting out in 2004 with debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike, their sample-heavy thrashy indie went huge, getting a Mercury nomination and leading to a career that struck up partnerships with the likes of Chuck D and Deerhoof. This year, they released new album Semicircle - here's 'Semicircle Song'.

    Tickets cost £15 from CQAF. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    Alpha Male Tea Party & Bicurious

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Liverpool instrumental math-rockers Alpha Male Tea Party play Galway's Roisin Dubh in the midpoint of a 5-date Irish tour.

    The outfit have performed at some high-level major specialist festivals ArcTanGent, Handmade, Strangeforms - and are one of the UK's most respected underground live units. Their debut album, Health, came out last year through Big Scary Monsters.

    Irish-French mathy duo Bicurious - listen to their music here.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
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    07
    May
    2018

    Smithwick's Kilkenny Roots Festival

    Kilkenny

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    The full lineup for the 21st Kilkenny Roots Festival has been announced, taking place in 30 Kilkenny venues throughout over the 2018 May Bank Holiday weekend. Ticketed shows include:

    The Deep Dark Woods (Canada), Whitney Rose (Canada), Birds of Chicago (USA), Michael Nau (USA), Rachel Baiman/Molly Tuttle (USA), Mary Gauthier (USA), Darlingside (USA), Seamus Fogarty (Ireland), The Blasters (USA), Prinz Grizzley (Austria), Peter Oren (USA), Hillbilly Casino (USA), Bennett Wilson Poole (UK).

    Playing as part of the free Smithwick's Music Trail are:

    Barflies, Beef Supreme, Ben Reel, Bobbie Carey, Daddy Naggins, Deepdown Detox, Desert Aces, Fenton and The Phantoms, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Isolated Frequency, Jezzebelle, Loudest Whisper, Mongrel State, Niall Toner Band, Skinny Elvis, The Needables, Tomcat & The Zodiacs, The Sleepwalkers, TV Jones & The Tomahawks, Villiers & The Villains, Woodbine.

    More information & tickets are available here.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    Trainman Blues

    Harbour Bar

    Bray

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    As part of a 5-date run of shows in Ireland, Copenhagen-based blues band Trainman Blues play Bray's acclaimed Harbour Bar on May 4. You can check out their latest single here.

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    Asian Dub Foundation soundtrack La Haine

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of the finest socially-conscious dramas of all time, 1995's La Haine gets a live soundtracking in Belfast months after a successful iteration in Dublin's Sugar Club in March. Asian Dub Foundation take to the stage to reprise their score, which reimagines the journey through 1990s Parisian suburbs. Watch the trailer.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced £15. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    Girls Rock Dublin: Maria Kelly, Sub Motion, Roe & more

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The wonderful people behind Girls Rock Dublin host a launch party at Whelan's for their second annual camp. All proceeds will go towards the summer camp, which runs from July 3-7 for any girls aged 12-17  with coaching in vocals, guitar, bass, synth & drums, as well as collaborative workshops on essential band topics.

    Performing is atmospheric alt. folk artist Maria Kelly, who has toured with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow - check her out - Dublin rockers Sub Motion - check their Bandcamp - and fast-rising young Derry alt.pop artist ROE - check her out here.

    Admission costs €11.50, or €6 for students & unwaged, available from Billetto. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    Grouper x2

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    Heavily atmospheric, experimental musician Liz Harris, aka Grouper, plays two shows on May 5 at Dublin Unitarian Church.

    Grouper performs twice on the night, at 7pm & 9pm, with no support as part of just a 5-date European tour. 

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    Alpha Male Tea Party & Bicurious

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Liverpool instrumental math-rockers Alpha Male Tea Party play Cork's Poor Relation on May 5 as the penultimate date of their Irish tour.

    The outfit have performed at some high-level major specialist festivals ArcTanGent, Handmade, Strangeforms - and are one of the UK's most respected underground live units. Their debut album, Health, came out last year through Big Scary Monsters.

    Irish-French mathy duo Bicurious - listen to their music here.

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    Jeffrey Lewis

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    One of indie rock's most unique and gifted lyricists Jeffrey Lewis plays aolo acoustic 7-date tour of Ireland in May. He plays Letterkenny's RCC on May 5.

    Releasing home-made anti-folk cassettes from 1998, he released his debut LP on Rough Trade in 2001. Since then, with a range of lineups, he's released seven official albums with a plethora of side-projects. As well as that, he's a gifted comic writer & artist, and has a very distinct live performance which includes his own comic-readings & illustrations. His latest album with Los Bolts is out on April - here's early track 'Back When I Was Four'.

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    Peter Perrett

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of rock'n'roll's great survivors, Peter Perrett plays the Black Box for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival this year on May 5.

    Founder of The Only Ones - one of post-punk's literate outfits - he unfortunately succumbed to addiction many times between bursts of genius, leading to several separate burnout periods. Watch the video for the autobiographical 'How The West Was Won' from last year.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced £15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018
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    May
    2018

    Vinyl

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    Billed as a unique music culture event, VINYL is a brand new, three-day event set to be held on the May Bank Holiday weekend at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

    A self-proclaimed salute to all things vinyl, it will present “an immersive theatre of the mind comprising musicians, producers, designers and filmmakers specially convened to celebrate the rich history and enduring legacy of vinyl, its landmark recordings and key personnel, the groundbreaking labels and studios that fostered such talent, with contributions and insights from some of its most perceptive champions.”

    Revolved around specially-programmed talks, panel discussions, curated collections, music performances, album playbacks, art exhibits, pop-up stores, signings and equipment showcases, the inaugural showcase will play host to the following:

    Snow Patrol, who will present an exclusive playback of select tracks from their forthcoming album Wildness with Edith BowmanShane MacGowan, in conversation with Stiff Records’ Dave Robinson, will consider his favourite records and how they have shaped him as one of the great chroniclers of our age.

    Chrissie Hynde will chat with Pete Paphides about The Pretenders some forty years on, whilst Bob Geldof will discuss the early days of the Boomtown Rats, punk/pop success, international fame, and why he will always be a musician.

    Geoff Barrow, in conversation with Cillian Murphy to discuss his career in music, from assisting Massive Attack during the making of Blue Lines to forming Portishead, and subsequently soundtracking films for Ben Wheatley (Free Fire) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina).

    Tracey Thorn will discuss her music and writing career in the wake of her latest critically acclaimed album, RecordTim Burgess of The Charlatans will wax lyrical about the nature of vinyl and music with his good friend Sharon HorganNoel Hogan (co-songwriter with Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries) will reunite with producer Stephen Street to reminisce about the making of the band’s debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?

    Aslan will reflect on their own debut album, Feel No Shame, released some thirty years ago, whilst legendary guitarist Scott Gorham will discuss Thin Lizzy’s meteoric rise to prominence, the band’s abiding legacy, and their charismatic lead singer Phil Lynott.

    James Lavelle will discuss Mo’Wax Records and his time in the UNKLE collective, while DJ, producer, and remixer Andrew Weatherall will discuss his groundbreaking work with Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, New Order and My Bloody Valentine.

    Ed Piller (Acid Jazz Records) and the actor Martin Freeman (FargoThe Hobbit) will discuss their mutual love of mod subculture, its range of influences, its music, and how it informs their lives, not to mention their recent collaboration, Jazz On The Corner.

    Simon Raymonde, bass guitarist and keyboard player with Cocteau Twins, will discuss the history and development of his Bella Union record label, as well as the musicians associated with it. Singer-songwriter and political activist, Billy Bragg, will outline his primary influences in both fields in a career that has spanned over four decades.

    Peggy Seeger will draw from her 2017 memoir First Time Ever to speak of a childhood immersed in music and politics and featuring some of the most influential names in popular culture, from Woody Guthrie and Jackson Pollock, to Pete Seeger and Ewan MacColl. Welsh musician, author, filmmaker, producer and composer, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals will chat to fellow countryman Huw Stephens (co-host of Other Voices) about his search for cultural roots.

    Irmin Schmidt, one of the great pioneers of ambient and experimental music, will discuss the history and legacy of Can with the writer Rob Young (Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music).

    Musician, performance artist and writer, Cosey Fanni Tutti will recount tales from her critically acclaimed memoir Art Sex Music, whilst Vaughan Oliver, arguably the most iconic graphic designer of our times (working with the likes of The Breeders, Pixies and Cocteau Twins), will present ‘Walking Backwards’, a selective exhibition taken from his extensive design archive.

    Elsewhere, exhibitions at VINYL will include James Lavelle’s ‘Daydreaming With UNKLE’Vaughan Oliver’s ‘Walking Backwards’Peter Boettcher’s ‘Photographing Kraftwerk’, and Rory Gallagher’s vinyl collection as assembled by the guitarist’s brother, Donal.

    And across the three days of VINYL there will also be a Tower Records pop-up store stocked with the back catalogues of our various attendees along with hard-to-source special editions and books, whilst long established Irish hi-fi store,Cloney Audio, will be onsite showcasing their specialist audiophile systems.

    Tickets for the three-day event cost €119, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    Myles Manley, Civil Simian & Jess Edlin

    Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    The singular, wonderfully, singularly idiosyncratic pop auteur Myles Manley, from Sligo, embarks on a lengthy Irish tour following his Spring UK jaunt. He plays Belfast's Sunflower Bar on May 5 accompanied by his three-piece band - watch the video for 'i'm in love with myself' - out on 7" with Art For Blind Records.

    Supporting are Civil Simian and acoustic/electronic songwriter Jess Edlin.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.             

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    The Cathedral Arts Festival brings !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) to Belfast to play the Black Box on May 6.

    The New York dance-punks released their seventh album, Shake The Shudder in 2017, reflecting back to their punk roots and European electronica. Watch the video for 'NRGQ'.

    Tickets cost £16 from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Alpha Male Tea Party & Bicurious

    Kasbah, Dolans

    Limerick

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    Liverpool instrumental math-rockers Alpha Male Tea Party play Limerick's Kasbah on May 6.

    The outfit have performed at some high-level major specialist festivals ArcTanGent, Handmade, Strangeforms - and are one of the UK's most respected underground live units. Their debut album, Health, came out last year through Big Scary Monsters.

    Irish-French mathy duo Bicurious - listen to their music here.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Jeffrey Lewis

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of indie rock's most unique and gifted lyricists Jeffrey Lewis plays aolo acoustic 7-date tour of Ireland in May. He plays an afternoon show at Belfast's Black Box on May 6 for Strange Victory.

    Releasing home-made anti-folk cassettes from 1998, he released his debut LP on Rough Trade in 2001. Since then, with a range of lineups, he's released seven official albums with a plethora of side-projects. As well as that, he's a gifted comic writer & artist, and has a very distinct live performance which includes his own comic-readings & illustrations. His latest album with Los Bolts is out on April - here's early track 'Back When I Was Four'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Black Box. Doors open at 1pm.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Michael Nau w/Robyn G Shiels

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Subtly experimental songwriting master Michael Nau plays a Strange Victory show at McHugh's for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 6.

    The rural Marylander - also in indie folk act Cotton Jones - recalls the likes of Harry Nilsson & Tim Buckley Watch the video for 'I Root'.

    Support comes from brooding folk troubadour Robyn G Shiels - listen to his Northern Ireland Music Prizewinning second album, The Blood of the Innocents.

    Tickets are available for £7 from CQAF. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House 4

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    As part of Moving On Music & CQAF, one of the jazz world's most innovative outfits, Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House 4 perform at The MAC on May 6 in their first appearance on UK & Irish shores.

    Always surprising, never settling, Laubrock, Davis, Halvorson & Rainey are amongst the most sought-after creative musicians in the New York scene today. As with the original Anti-House, the act's quicksilver & imaginative blend of individual voices around Laubrock's compositions is the chemistry that makes them widely credited as a band who keep pushing jazz into the future.

    Tickets, priced £14, or £10 concession, are available from The MAC.  Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018

    Jeffrey Lewis, Ora Cogan & Badhands

    Brú House

    Newbridge, Co. Kildare

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    One of indie rock's most unique and gifted lyricists Jeffrey Lewis plays an acoustic 7-date tour of Ireland in May. He plays Newbridge's Brú House on May 7.

    Releasing home-made anti-folk cassettes from 1998, he released his debut LP on Rough Trade in 2001. Since then, with a range of lineups, he's released seven official albums with a plethora of side-projects. As well as that, he's a gifted comic writer & artist, and has a very distinct live performance which includes his own comic-readings & illustrations. His latest album with Los Bolts is out on April - here's early track 'Back When I Was Four'.

    Supporting is Montreal-based psych-folk musician Ora Cogan and Dublin-based songwriter Dan Fitzpatrick Badhands - also of The Mighty Stef & The Last Tycoons.

    Tickets, priced €13.19, are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    08
    May
    2018

    Jeffrey Lewis

    The Salty Dog

    Drogheda

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    One of indie rock's most unique and gifted lyricists Jeffrey Lewis plays aolo acoustic 7-date tour of Ireland in May. He plays Drogheda's Salty Dog on May 8.

    Releasing home-made anti-folk cassettes from 1998, he released his debut LP on Rough Trade in 2001. Since then, with a range of lineups, he's released seven official albums with a plethora of side-projects. As well as that, he's a gifted comic writer & artist, and has a very distinct live performance which includes his own comic-readings & illustrations. His latest album with Los Bolts is out on April - here's early track 'Back When I Was Four'.

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, starting at £30.

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018

    Anna & Elizabeth w/Benjamin Lazar Davis

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Enthusiastic Eunuch bring the wonderfully harmonic Anna and Elizabeth back to Dublin on May 9, following their captivating 2017 show.

    Heralded by the esteemed likes of NPR, their sparse folk compositions feature some elements of John Fahey-esque primitive guitar and Appalachian folk, occasional banjo or strings. Watch the video for 'Mother In The Graveyard', taken from The Invisible Comes to Us, out March 30.

    Supporting is multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, arranger, composer & producer Benjamin Lazar Davis, also known for his work with Joan As Police Woman & Okkervil River.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from The Sugar Club and Billetto.

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018

    Bridget Christie

    Festival Marquee

    Belfast

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    Multi-award winning comic Bridget Christie returns to Belfast to play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Marquee on May 9.

    On this tour, she's bringing her Because You Demanded It show, based around the liberal comedienne's feelings on the UK leaving the EU - which will take on different strains of comic relief depending on your feelings towards Brexit, be it bearing witness to a liberal meltdown or joining in the despair. Christie was given the Guardian's top spot in the top 10 comedy sets of 2016.

    Tickets cost £15 from CQAF. The show kicks off at 8pm.

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018

    Jeffrey Lewis

    Monroe's

    Galway

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    One of indie rock's most unique and gifted lyricists Jeffrey Lewis plays aolo acoustic 7-date tour of Ireland in May. He plays Galway's Monroe's Live on May 9.

    Releasing home-made anti-folk cassettes from 1998, he released his debut LP on Rough Trade in 2001. Since then, with a range of lineups, he's released seven official albums with a plethora of side-projects. As well as that, he's a gifted comic writer & artist, and has a very distinct live performance which includes his own comic-readings & illustrations. His latest album with Los Bolts is out on April - here's early track 'Back When I Was Four'.

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, starting at €45.05.

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018

    Jeffrey Lewis

    The Greyhound

    Kilkee

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    One of indie rock's most unique and gifted lyricists Jeffrey Lewis plays aolo acoustic 7-date tour of Ireland in May. He plays The Greyhound in Kilkee, Co. Clare on May 10.

    Releasing home-made anti-folk cassettes from 1998, he released his debut LP on Rough Trade in 2001. Since then, with a range of lineups, he's released seven official albums with a plethora of side-projects. As well as that, he's a gifted comic writer & artist, and has a very distinct live performance which includes his own comic-readings & illustrations. His latest album with Los Bolts is out on April - here's early track 'Back When I Was Four'.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    Discharge w/By Any Means, Deathbus & Deathgrip

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    British hardcore pioneers Discharge play Voodoo in Belfast on May 11.

    Formed in 1977, their initial run lasted for a decade, characterised by a slew of lineup changes, furiously impassioned anarcho-pacifist vocals married to raw, thick, guitar-driven attacks. Described most concisely as high-speed noise overload, they sounded like very little else when they released their debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say nothing, in 1982 - the hardcore crossover trademark drumbeat, the d-beat, was even named after the band.

    Listen to Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing.

    Support comes from Belfast hardcore stalwarts By Any MeansDeathbus and hardcore outfit Deathgrip.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    We Are Scientists

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    New York power-pop duo We Are Scientists return to the Limelight 2 on May 11.

    Formed in 2000 around guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray & bassist Chris Cain, they broke through with their successful first pair of albums, With Love and Squalor and Brain Thrust Mastery. Their sixth album Megaplex has an April release.

    Tickets cost £18.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    Ben Folds & A Piano w/Matt Holubowski

    CQAF Marquee

    Belfast

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    Ben Folds brings his and a Piano tour to the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee on May 11.

    The cult hero will take to the stage with just a gran piano, playing tracks both classic and current. After focusing on large-scale live work with orchestras in recent years, this show recalls his original solo tours where he defied sceptics by delivering high energy rock performances using only a piano. There are few musicians that can draw on such a varied and vast body of work, and tonight don’t be surprised to hear Ben Folds Five favourites followed by stripped back renditions of his more classical-leaning repertoire. 

    Tickets are available here, priced from £22. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    Jeffrey Lewis

    Levi's Corner House

    Ballydehob

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    One of indie rock's most unique and gifted lyricists Jeffrey Lewis plays aolo acoustic 7-date tour of Ireland in May. He plays Levi's Corner House on May 11, in Ballydehob, West Cork.

    Releasing home-made anti-folk cassettes from 1998, he released his debut LP on Rough Trade in 2001. Since then, with a range of lineups, he's released seven official albums with a plethora of side-projects. As well as that, he's a gifted comic writer & artist, and has a very distinct live performance which includes his own comic-readings & illustrations. His latest album with Los Bolts is out on April - here's early track 'Back When I Was Four'.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    Millennium Forum

    Derry

     

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.

    They band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. They embark on a short Irish tour ahead of the May release of their latest album, Wildness, kicking off at Derry's Millennium Forum on May 11.  They returned with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    'Trouble Songs' Book Launch w/XSLF

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Stuart Bailie launches his new book, Trouble Songs, at the Oh Yeah Centre on May 11. Having been long in the works, he'll be performing some readings from it, drawn from the relationship between music & the Troubles.

    XSLF perform as more than appropriate support, with Terri Hooley and Bailie DJing throughout.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    The Barbiturates, Invaderband, Tuath & Will Carruthers

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Donegal psych luminaries Distorted Perspectives bring the finest from the North West to Belfast for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival when they take over McHugh's on May 11.

    One of the most captivating live acts on the island, cultish outfit The Barbiturates - watch their visual album Only Folkin Jokin - play, NI Music Prize nominated garage-psych art rock outfit Invaderband - listen to their debut album - and Letterkenny-based psychedelic trip-hoppers Tuath following the release of new EP Youth. Watch the video for 'Existence Is Futile'.

    Tickets cost £7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    OSLO Launch Night: The Murder Capital

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    New monthly Friday gig night at The Workman's Club OSLO kicks off on May 11, headlined by post-punk quintet The Murder Capital whose stark realism centres around themes of 'grief, lust and despair'. Check them out live

    The night will run on late, with DJs spinning tunes until close.

    Admission is free and doors open at midnight.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    Haypark, The Vicunas, Cloakroom Q & Stevie Russell

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    SONI's next Four Band Friday is headlined by Belfast hard rock outfit Haypark.

    Support comes from bluesy rock The VicunasCloakroom Q and singer-songwriter Stevie Russell.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Ben Folds

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Discharge w/Immaculate Deception & The Objectorz

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    British hardcore pioneers Discharge play Voodoo Lounge in Dublin on May 12.

    Formed in 1977, their initial run lasted for a decade, characterised by a slew of lineup changes, furiously impassioned anarcho-pacifist vocals married to raw, thick, guitar-driven attacks. Described most concisely as high-speed noise overload, they sounded like very little else when they released their debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say nothing, in 1982 - the hardcore crossover trademark drumbeat, the d-beat, was even named after the band.

    Listen to Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing.

    Support comes from Irish early hardcore crossover act Immaculate Deception, formed back in the early '80s, as well as Dublin punk/power-pop outfit The Objectorz.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €19.90. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    We Are Scientists

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    New York power-pop duo We Are Scientists return to the Academy on May 12 following the April release of their sixth album Megaplex.

    Formed in 2000 around guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray & bassist Chris Cain, they broke through with their successful first pair of albums, With Love and Squalor and Brain Thrust Mastery

    Tickets cost €19 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.

    They band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. They embark on a short Irish tour ahead of the May release of their latest album, Wildness, playing the Cork Opera House on May 12. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'.

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

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Johnny Marr

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Johnny Marr will play a show at the Button Factory on Saturday, May 12 to mark the release of his third album, Call The Comet.

    The Smiths legend and solo artist will play the Dublin venue as part of a 12-date run across Europe and the US.

    “Call The Comet’ is my own magic realism,” says Marr. “It’s set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to.”

    Register here for tickets.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Super Extra Bonus Party w/Cinema & Silverbacks

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Experimental genre-defying outfit Super Extra Bonus Party make their first Dublin appearance in 7 years at the Bello Bar on May 12. Releasing 2 albums on their intial run, listen to synth-led indie rock tune 'Switzerland', their first single back after 7 years.

    Supporting are post-punk indie rock act Silverbacks - check out their new EP, Sink The Fat Moon - and Newbridge electronic artist Cinema - check his Soundcloud.

    Tickets are priced at €15 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Chordblossom Kickstart Final: Pale Lanterns, SX-70, Gemma Bradley & Paper/Boy

    Foundry

    Belfast

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    The four finalists of Chordblossom's Kickstart 2018 competition perform in a live showcase at Foundry on May 12.

    Having over 80 entries, a shortlist vote, then this final, the four acts are alt. folk project from Darragh Donnelly, aka Pale Lanterns - check out his latest single - Draperstown's Gemma Bradley - check out 'Berzerk' - indie rockers Paper/Boy and Belfast indie outfit SX-70 - check them on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free.

  • Sun
    13
    May
    2018

    Lankum

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Having released one of the albums of 2017 in the critically-acclaimed Between The Earth and Sky, Dublin’s finest folk miscreants Lankum play Belfast's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee on May 13.

    They've been nominated for plenty of Radio 2 Folk Awards, combining four-part harmonies with tradition instruments that include uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordian, fiddle and guitar. Their sets include classic Irish tradition street songs & ballads, Irish & American dance tunes as well as original material. Check out the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?' - our Irish song of 2017 - and read CJ Mc Canney’s review of Between The Earth and Sky here.

    Tickets are priced £15 and available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 2pm.

  • Mon
    14
    May
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    INEC - Gleneagle Hotel

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.

    They band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. They embark on a short Irish tour ahead of the release of their latest album, Wildness, Killarney's INEC on May 14. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'.

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

  • Mon
    14
    May
    2018

    Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Swedish folk trio Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall play the Crescent Arts Centre on May 14. Encompassing pop & baroque influence, their set features traditional Swedish music, polskas, as well as their own compositions for nyckelharpa, harp guitar & quintone.

    Tickets are available, priced £12/£10 here. The show begins at 8pm.

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018

    Narcos: Capturing Pablo and the Cali Cartel

    The Opera House

    Cork

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, Cork Opera House on May 15 hosts a night of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel.

    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.

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018

    Conan & Monolord

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    As part of the Irish leg of a joint tour of heft, Liverpool stoner doom  outfit Conan return, playing Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on May 15.

    Their downtuned caveman battle doom has yielded three albums to date - check out their most recent - Revengeance

    Sharing the bill are psych-tinged stoner-doom trio Monolord - check them out on Bandcamp.

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

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018

    Coilguns, Bailer, Disconnect & Bosco Ramos

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Swiss blackened hardcore outfit Coilguns play Voodoo on May 15 for Solid Choice Industries. Their chaotic live show is well-represented by their phenomenal new album Millennials - a seamless amalgam of raw, tape-recorded, downtuned chaos and neurotic vocals that accurately reveal details about the psyche of our time - in no trite manner.

    Supporting are Cork metallic hardcore quartet Bailer - who are out with a new EP, check their Bandcamp - Belfast progressive blackened dathdoom trio Disconnect - listen to their Savoured Lacerations EP - and fuzzy noise-punk bass & drum duo Bosco Ramos - watch the video for 'Rolling Sea'.

    Tickets cost £8 from Billetto. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.

    They band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. They embark on an Irish tour ahead of the release of their latest album, Wildness, playing Dublin's Olympia Theatre on May 15. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'.

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

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    Narcos: Capturing Pablo and the Cali Cartel

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, The Telegraph building hosts a night of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel.

    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.

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    Car Seat Headrest

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Will Toledo, aka Car Seat Headrest plays the Olympia Theatre on May 16 following the re-release of his Bandcamp masterpiece Twin Fantasy, the first thing he's put out since 2016 breakthrough Teens of Denial.

    The Seattle project began on Bandcamp, where Toledo self-recorded and released several albums under the moniker, before getting signed to Matador in 2015 and releasing his twelfth album, Teens of Style - a compilation of newly recorded versions of songs released between 2010 & 2012. Watch the video for 'Nervous Young Inhumans'.

    Ticket cost €23.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    Conan & Monolord w/Elder Druid

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part of the Irish leg of a joint tour of heft, Liverpool stoner doom  outfit Conan return, playing Belfast's Voodoo on May 16.

    Their downtuned caveman battle doom has yielded three albums to date - check out their most recent - Revengeance

    Sharing the bill are psych-tinged stoner-doom trio Monolord - check them out on Bandcamp.

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

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

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    Ralph Alessi Quintet ft. Ravi Coltrane

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    New York jazz trumpet player Ralph Alessi brings his quintet to Belfast for a Moving On Music show on May 16 at the Black Box.

    He's been recording since 2000 under his own name, Modular Theatre & This Against That. In his band are Ravi Coltrane on tenor sax, pianist Andy Milne, bassist Drew Gress & Mark Ferber on drums.

    Tickets cost £15 (or £10 concession) from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    Harmonics of the Night: Andy Summers of the Police

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    One of pop & rock's most melodically-gifted guitarists, The Police's Andy Summers brings his Harmonics of the Night one man show to Cork Opera House on May 16.

    This tour comes in support of new album, Triboluminescence, and he's set to perform new music and songs from across his career against a multi-media backdrop, including surreal photography from his book, The Bones of Chuang Tzu

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    Coilguns & Bailer

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Swiss blackened hardcore outfit Coilguns play Dublin's Grand Social on May 16 as part of a 5-date Irish tour. Their chaotic live show is well-represented by their phenomenal new album Millennials - a seamless amalgam of raw, tape-recorded, downtuned chaos and neurotic vocals that accurately reveal details about the psyche of our time - in no trite manner.

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

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018
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    18
    May
    2018

    Narcos: Capturing Pablo and the Cali Cartel

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, The Olympia Theatre holds two nights - due to popular demand - of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel.

    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.

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018

    Harmonics of the Night: Andy Summers of the Police

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of pop & rock's most melodically-gifted guitarists, The Police's Andy Summers brings his Harmonics of the Night one man show to Vicar Street on May 17.

    This tour comes in support of new album, Triboluminescence, and he's set to perform new music and songs from across his career against a multi-media backdrop, including surreal photography from his book, The Bones of Chuang Tzu

    Tickets, priced €43, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018

    The Rolling Stones

    Croke Park

    Dublin

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    It's been long-rumoured, but The Rolling Stones are set to play Croke Park on May 17 to kick off their 2018 No Filter tour.

    Register your interest here.

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018

    Fox Colony, Cherym, Buí

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Gala Hala Promotions hold a show at McHugh's on May 17 headed by emo-tinged quartet Fox Colony - listen to their debut EP Patterns.

    Fast-rising young alt. punks Cherym support - their debut single, 'Take It Back' is out now, taken from their Mouth Breathers EP - as well as the intimate-sounding young indie rock outfit Buí - listen to their debut album Eugene.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018

    Coilguns & Bailer

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    Swiss blackened hardcore outfit Coilguns play Fred Zeppelin's on May 17 as part of a 5-date Irish tour. Their chaotic live show is well-represented by their phenomenal new album Millennials - a seamless amalgam of raw, tape-recorded, downtuned chaos and neurotic vocals that accurately reveal details about the psyche of our time - in no trite manner.

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

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018

    Tunes For Choice: Ghost Office, Whale Talk, Sister Ghost

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    To raise funds for the #Time4Choice campaign led by socialist-feminist group ROSA, The Menagerie hosts a bill of Belfast-based acts on May 17.

    Performing are alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost, led by Shannon O'Neill - watch the video for recent single, 'The Final Grrrl' - post-punk indie rock trio Ghost Office - who you should definitely listen to on Bandcamp - and indie folk act Whale Talk - listen to 'Fingertips'.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 7pm. There will also be a raffle to win some cool socialist feminist artwork.

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

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

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Josh T. Pearson

    Whelan's

    Dublin

     

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    Formerly of Lift To Experience, Texan singer-songwriter Josh T. Pearson plays Whelan's on May 18.

    Following the dissolution of Lift To Experience after their 2001 acclaimed debut double album The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, he mostly left music, occasionally touring with the likes of Dirty Three. In 2010, he recorded an album of acoustic ballads which turned out to be his first solo album, the acclaimed, character-brimming Last of the Country Gentlemen the following year. He developed a cult following, and in January announced his second solo album, The Straight Hits!

    Listen to first single, 'Straight To The Top!'.

    Tickets, priced €20, are available from Whelan's & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Harmonics of the Night: Andy Summers of the Police

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    One of pop & rock's most melodically-gifted guitarists, The Police's Andy Summers brings his Harmonics of the Night one man show to the Ulster Hall on May 18

    This tour comes in support of new album, Triboluminescence, and he's set to perform new music and songs from across his career against a multi-media backdrop, including surreal photography from his book, The Bones of Chuang Tzu

    Tickets, priced £42, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    Leisureland

    Galway

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.

    They band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. They embark on an Irish tour following the release of their latest album, Wildness in May, playing Galway's Leisureland on May 18. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'.

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

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Coilguns & Bailer

    Dolans

    Limerick

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    Swiss blackened hardcore outfit Coilguns play Dolan's Pub on May 18 as part of a 5-date Irish tour. Their chaotic live show is well-represented by their phenomenal new album Millennials - a seamless amalgam of raw, tape-recorded, downtuned chaos and neurotic vocals that accurately reveal details about the psyche of our time - in no trite manner.

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

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Foreign Owl, Ember Trails, Jo Jo O' & The Woods/Confed. Fred and Ethan Hanna

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    On May 18, at the Pavilion Bar, one of the most frenetically performative acts in the country headline, idiosyncratic Derry art rock trio Foreign Owl. Check out 'Pink Nose'.

    Supporting are young alt. rockers Ember Trails, Alberta, Canada dark rock 'n roll duo Jo Jo O' and The Woods - check their Soundcloud - are accompanied by psych blues power trio Confed. Fred from the Isle of Wight. Opening is Lisburn's Ethan Hanna.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    I Am The Cosmos w/Davy Kehoe

    Accidental Theatre

    Belfast

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    Dublin-based electronic duo Ross Turner and Cian Murphy AKA I Am The Cosmos play Belfast's Accidental Theatre on May 18. Their analogue-inclined, beat-driven 2017 four-track EP Nothing But Love was one of our favourites of last year.

    Support comes in the form of a rare appearance from Davy Kehoe, one of Ireland's most ambitious electronic producers - check out his krauty dance here.

    Tickets are priced £10 - or £12, if you wish to donate more for the artists - from Accidental Theatre. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Live Free: The Late Twos, Vokxen, Hand Models, Oisiín Ó Scolaí

    Foundry

    Belfast

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    Coinciding with BBC's Biggest Weekend event, Shizznigh runs a show at Foundry on may 19, headlined by anthemic NME-bothering indie quintet The Late Twos.

    Support comes from the rising dancey pop-rock of Vokxen, slack indie rockers Hand Models and Oisín ó Scolaí & The Virginia Slims - listen to his Americana-tinged release, An EP Full of Water

    Admission is free

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    No Spill Blood

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Doom-laden, krauty synth-metal outfit No Spill Blood play a rare live show at The Grand Social for their Live at Midnight series on May 19. Listen to their Sargent House-released, honestly fucking unbelievable EP & album on Bandcamp.

    Tickets, priced €11, are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Coilguns & Bailer

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Swiss blackened hardcore outfit Coilguns round out their 5-date Irish tour at Galway's Roisin Dubh on May 19. Their chaotic live show is well-represented by their phenomenal new album Millennials - a seamless amalgam of raw, tape-recorded, downtuned chaos and neurotic vocals that accurately reveal details about the psyche of our time - in no trite manner.

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

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Just Mustard 'Wednesday' Album Launch w/Hot Cops & L'arry

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Dundalk 'gazey post-punks Just Mustard hold the hometown album launch for debut album Wednesday at the Spirit Store on May 19 following its release on 12" and all streaming services through Pizza Pizza Records.

    Support comes from Belfast slack indie rockers Hot Cops - check out the video for 'Dumbbo' - and Dundalk alt. folk pop outfit L'arry - based around Irish producer Joey Edwards - whose debut album is set to be recorded by Steve Albini in September. Watch them live.

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

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    New Atlas, Fox Colony, Paper/Boy & GRSNI Graduates

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    England-based NI-born indie-pop wizard New Atlas headlines youth group Volume Control's afternoon BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe event on May 19 at the Oh Yeah Centre. Watch the video for his single, 'Morphine'.

    Supporting are emo-tinged indie rockers Fox Colony - listen to their debut EP Patterns - indie rockers Paper/Boy and the graduates of the wonderful Oh Yeah Centre-based initiative Girls Rock School NI.

    Tickets are priced £7 from Eventbrite or on the door. The event runs from 2pm-5.30pm, and is the only all-ages show of the Fringe programme. 

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    I Am The Cosmos w/Somadrone

    The Model

    Sligo

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    Dublin-based electronic duo Ross Turner and Cian Murphy AKA I Am The Cosmos play Belfast's Accidental Theatre on May 18. Their analogue-inclined, beat-driven 2017 four-track EP Nothing But Love was one of our favourites of last year.

    Supporting is electronic wizard Somadrone, who has just released one of the best things we've had the pleasure of hearing this year. It's called Wellpark Avenue - check it out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from The Model, priced €8. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Philip McCarroll w/Nicky & Adam, Colin Abernathy & Patrick McCarroll

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    As one of the many BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe events, The Pavilion & SONI holds its own show on May 19, headed by Philip McCarroll in a solo set, before being joined by Nicky & Adam from Pay*ola for an acoustic blast through some favourites, as well as a few covers. Check out his music here.

    Support comes from Colin AbernathyPatrick McCarroll, with a further name to be announced.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    20
    May
    2018

    Snow Patrol

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    It's rather hard to believe, but Snow Patrol have been with us for two decades now, starting out as a typically '90s indie rock/power-pop proposition until their evolution towards superstardom.

    They band have been quiet in the last couple of years, with each member getting involved in a range of extraneous projects. They embark on a short Irish tour ahead of the May release of their latest album, Wildness, returning to Belfast on May 20 for a show at the Ulster Hall.  They returned with the video for new single 'Don't Give In'.

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

  • Mon
    21
    May
    2018

    The XX

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    The XX return to Ireland for a run of shows, playing Belfast's Ulster Hall on May 21.

    Watch the video for 'I Dare You' from Mercury-nominated I See You.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from £27.50.

  • Tue
    22
    May
    2018

    Cigarettes After Sex

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn ambient pop act Cigarettes After Sex play The Olympia on May 22.

    Formed by songwriter Greg Gonzalez in 2008, the noirish pop outfit have crafted an online word-of-mouth following, wisely releasing music via YouTube & in short form singles & EPs - check out their breakthrough debut single 'Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby'.

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

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018

    Beck & Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his most overtly pop album to date, Colors Beck plays the 3Arena on May 23. His first appearance in Ireland since 2015's Kilmainham headline date, he's joined by the recently-reunited NYC dance-punks Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

    Having broken through with '94 single, 'Loser', Beck's chameleonic tendencies have seen him stride through funk, folk, hip-hop, indie rock, and almost every point between, finally taking the plunge into chart-bothering pop on Colors.

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed in 2000, fronted by New York Cool icon Karen O, the art-rock trio blended post-punk kudos with dancefloor groove, releasing four albums until their 2014 hiatus. This year, they announced a deluxe remastering of debut album Fever To Tell, as well as their first live shows in several years - here's 'Maps', off their landmark debut.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €59.50-€69.50. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018
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    24
    May
    2018

    The XX

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    The XX return to Ireland for a run of relatively intimate - for the internationally beloved outfit - summer shows, playing two dates at Dublin's Tivoli Theatre on May 23 & 24.

    Watch the video for 'I Dare You'.

    Tickets are priced €40 from Ticketbooth.

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018

    Jealous of the Birds, Owen Lamont & Susie Blue

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Naomi Hamilton, aka Jealous of the Birds, headlines a Shizznigh show at the Empire on May 23. She's recently signed with Atlantic - but check out debut album, Parma Violets.

    Belfast singer-songwriter Owen Lamont supports - check him on Spotify - as well as Derry alternative pop-rock songstress Susie Blue - watch the video for her debut album's lead single 'Didn't Mean To Care'.

    Tickets cost £7 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018

    Damo Suzuki Performing With Electric Octopus w/Blumehaus & Unbelievable Lake

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Presented by ourselves, the legendary Damo Suzuki, vocalist of pioneering Krautrock group CAN, will return to Belfast for a fully improvised show with one of the country's most forward-moving musical propositions, improv/jam three-piece Electric Octopus.

    Support on the night comes from experimental psych quartet BlumeHaus - check out their The Mystery Of Sleep EP - and experimental improvised psych/kraut/drone/sludgy three-piece Unbelievable Lake - get a rough taster of them on Bandcamp ahead of their debut album.

    A return for Suzuki following his extraordinary show with Blue Whale and Paul Stapleton in Belfast last year, this is set to be an unmissable event for anyone with even a passing interest in experimental and improvised music.

    Featuring “an assembly of sound carriers to communicate with each other and the audience”, Damo Suzuki has performed as ‘Damo Suzuki’s Network’ since 1983. The Japanese-born, Cologne-based vocalist and musician has recorded a number of hugely influential albums such as Tago Mago, Future Days, and Ege Bamyasi.

    Tickets are £13 plus booking fee. Doors are at 8.30pm, with The Thin Air DJs before and after.

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018

    The Underground Youth, Slow Riot & ARitualSea

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Psychedelic post-punks The Underground Youth play The Grand Social on May 23. Through indie label Fuzz Club, they've released 5 albums and 3 EPs to date, relocating to Berlin to record latest LP, What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?Check out their Fuzz Club Session.

    Support comes from Limerick indie post-punk quartet Slow Riot  - check them on Soundcloud - and French/Irish dreamy psych-folk act ARitualSea.

    Tickets cost €11 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018

    Xylouris White

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Drummer Jim White of Dirty 3 and Cretan lute player George Zylouris perform as Xylouris White at the Black Box on May 24, thanks once more to the wonderful people of Moving On Music.

    They've recently released second album Black Peak, recorded 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 £13, or £10 concession from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018

    Sister Ghost, Alpha Twin, Surf Green & Romeo Indigo Romeo

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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    Garage alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost, led by Shannon O'Neill, headlines a free-entry show at 39 Gordon Street on May 24, as part of the BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe. Watch the video for recent single, 'The Final Grrrl'.

    Belfast trio Alpha Twin support, as do screamo-tinged punk outfit Surf Green and Romeo Indigo Romeo.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018

    Blackcat

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Spaceous Dublin reggae outfit BlackCat play Drop Dead Twice on May 24. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Supporting are OrtegaHales Lake, indie emo quartet Girlfriend - listen to 3AM Rituals and Regroovanation.

    Admission costs €5, or €3 if you comment 'feelin da buzz' here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018

    Hot Cops, Just Mustard & Junk Drawer

    The Art Department

    Belfast

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    As part of the city's extensive Fringe events circulating Belfast's BBC Biggest Weekend musical events, Drone Mansions & Hatecrimes team up to bring a trifecta of upcoming Irish indie rock & post-punk at the Art Department on May 24.

    Headlining are Belfast slack indie rockers Hot Cops, for whom this is the first hometown headline show in over a year. Check out the video for 'Dumbbo'.

    Sharing the bill are 'gazey Dundalk post-punks Just Mustardwho make the trip as part of the launch tour for debut album Wednesday - and, in their first Belfast appearance in almost a year, psych/post-punk/indie rock instrument swappers Junk Drawer open things - check out For The Cult Fat Guy.

    Admission costs £5 - tickets available at Skiddle - and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018

    Gaz Coombes

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes returns to Ireland, playing The Academy on May 25 in support of his third solo album, World's Strongest Man.

    Inspired by Grayson Perry's The Descent of Man, Frank Ocean, the Californian atmosphere, toxic masculinity and hip-hop, Coombes has been an unexpectedly progressive figure of his Britpop era. Watch the video for new single 'Deep Pockets'.

    Tickets cost €26 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
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    26
    May
    2018

    BBC Biggest Weekend: Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Barnett & more

    Titanic Slipway

    Belfast

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    As part of BBC’s The Biggest Weekend – a new series of events set to be held across the UK in lieu of Glastonbury – Belfast’s Titanic Slipways will play host BeckOrbital, Franz Ferdinand, The Breeders, Ash, First Aid Kit, Courtney BarnettManic Street Preachers, Public Service BroadcastingYoung Fathers and more, across May 25 and 26 in what's undoubtedly the best festival lineup in NI history.

    Priced just £18 per person (+£4.50 booking fee) per day, go here for more info.

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018

    Xylouris White w/The Bonk

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Drummer Jim White of Dirty 3 and Cretan lute player George Zylouris perform as Xylouris White on their return to Dublin on May 25 when they play the Grand Social, thanks once more to the wonderful Enthusiastic Eunuch Promotions.

    They've recently released second album Black Peak, recorded 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.

    Cork's The Bonk - listen to their phenomenal self-released album here - who'll bring some well-orchestrated experimental, jazz-tinted retro garage R&B. They're also one of our 18 for '18 acts.

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

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018

    Leftfield [Live]

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    In their first headline Dublin show in years, Leftfield return for a live set on May 25 at Vicar Street.

    They've long been beloved as one of electronic music's best acts, with Selective Memory bringing them for a full live setup "with crackpot MCs and singers, drums, djembes, melodicas, guitars, MacBooks and racks of synths".

    Tickets are priced €39.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018

    Moscoman

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Record label Disco Halal proprietor Moscoman plays the Menagerie on May 25.

    Beginning in dive bars of Tel Aviv, he brings sounds native to his homeland through electronic excursions from even further out, bridging the gap between new wave, house, techno. Check him out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Skiddle. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    Ham Sandwich

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Irish indie-pop outfit Ham Sandwich play the Olympia Theatre on May 26, after selling out three consecutive Whelan's shows at the end of 2017.

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

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

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    Primordial's Redemption Festival w/Asphyx, RAM, Mourning Beloveth, Winterfylleth, BattleroaR, Vircolac & Death The Leveller

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Veteran Irish blackened celtic metal act Primordial hold their very own all-dayer, the Redemption Festival, at the Tivoli on May 26.

    Having released eight internationally-acclaimed studio albums to date, with the most recent being 2014's Where Greater Men Have Fallen through Metal Blade Records. Check out the video for their most recent single, 'Babel's Tower', taken from said LP.

    Support comes from Dutch blackened crusty grind outfit Asphyx, Gotherburg heavy metallers RAM, Kildare death/doom legends Mourning BelovethWinterfyllethBattleroaRVircolac, and Death The Leveller.

    Tickets cost €36.50 from Ticketmaster, Tickets.ie & the Sound Cellar. Doors open at 1pm.

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    Just Mustard 'Wednesday' Album Launch w/Hot Cops & L'arry

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Dundalk 'gazey post-punks Just Mustard hold the Dublin album launch for debut album Wednesday at the Bello Bar on May 26 following its release on 12" and all streaming services through Pizza Pizza Records.

    Support comes from Belfast slack indie rockers Hot Cops - check out the video for 'Dumbbo' - and Dundalk alt. folk pop outfit L'arry - based around Irish producer Joey Edwards - whose debut album is set to be recorded by Steve Albini in September. Watch them live.

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

  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    The Breeders

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Thanks to Hurricane Ophelia’s handiwork back in October, The Breeders had to cancel their highly-anticipated return to Dublin at Vicar Street. A rescheduled date was promised and here we are: unless another act of God prevents it (touch wood) the band will play Vicar Street on Sunday, May 27.

    Back in November, Kim Deal reveal to Marc Maron that a new album will be released in 2018. Check out the full WTF podcast right here. Watch the video for 'Wait In The Car'.

    Tickets are priced €35, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    Injury Reserve

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Hip-hop outfit Injury Reserve perform at Dublin's Academy 2 on May 27. Watch the video for the Fantano-championed outfit's recent single, 'North Pole'.

    Tickets cost €15.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    The Wood Burning Savages Album Launch

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Anthemic, establishment-bothering Derry art-rock quartet and all-round live unit The Wood Burning Savages are set to launch hold the Belfast launch of their long-awaited debut LP, Stability, at the Limelight 2 on May 27.

    Listen to recent single & call to arms, 'Living Hell'.

    Tickets cost £8 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, and doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    Father John Misty

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    Broken Social Scene

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    An Evening With Amanda Palmer

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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

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

    Supporting is Andrew O'Neill.

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

  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018

    WoW: Alison Spittle, Dowry & Aoife Carton

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
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    03
    Jun
    2018

    Open Ear 2018

    Sherkin Island

    Cork

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

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

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

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

     

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
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    03
    Jun
    2018

    Open Ear Festival

    Sherkin Island

    Cork

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    In the beautiful off-coast sanctuary of Sherkin Island, the expansive Open Ear holds its third annual outing. 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.

    This year, the Thursday includes an opening concert featuring Dream Cycles, electroacoustic artist Roger Doyle and organist & drone artist Aine O'Dwyer in a hidden location on the island, as the festival develops to gradually incorporate more of the island's georgraphy & community. Performing the Sleep Concert is experimental improv outfit Nurse With Wound's leader, Steven Stapleton - check out this small documentary about himself.

    Then, from Friday-Sunday, June 1-3, the extensive proceedings include some of our favourites:
    The Cyclist / Whirling Hall of Knives / Autumns / Lakker / Eamonn Doyle / Lerosa / Davy Kehoe / LAIR / Somadrone / Wino Wagon / Mikron / ¡No! / Robert Curgenven / From The Bogs of Aughiska / Barry Major Problems / Don Rosco & Stacks / Minos / Byron / Danny Deepo / Breen / Vicky Langan / Rainfear / Shane O’Meara / Eoin / Endrift / Crevice / Sectionfive / Now You’re Swingin' / Little Movies / Flowers At Night / Soft Stone / Barry Lynn / Gavin Prior / Tuuun / Tonnta / Who's The Technician

    In addition, the organisers promise further secrets that won't be revealed until the festival begins, but stage times have been announced.

    Tickets are available here, priced at €165 for the full weekend, €30 for the opening concert, or €990 for a 6-person group, with tent included.

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018

    Zool Radar: Judas Wolves, Newt, Mosa & Hit The B Button

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The latest Zool Radar takes place on May 31, featuring four up-and-coming local talents at the Menagerie, as ever. 

    Performing are alt. psych outfit MOSA - check out their debut EP, Mind Open Soul Awake - emo-tinged pop-rockers Hit The B Button, hard-hitting rock band Judas Wolves and mathy alt rock act Newt.

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    AVA Festival & Conference 2018

    S13 Warehouse

    Belfast

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

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

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

     

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018

    Mongrel State

    The Empire

    Belfast

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

    Admission is free and doors open at 10.30pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018

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

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
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    04
    Jun
    2018

    Forbidden Fruit Festival 2018

    Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    Microdisney

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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

    The duo of Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan disbanded in 1988, having released several albums by the likes of Kabuki, Rough Trade and Virgin. Once described by John Peel as “the iron fist in a velvet glove”, the reunited band will also feature Jon Fell and Tom Fenner for the NCH show.

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

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

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    Monster Magnet

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    An Exhibition With Electric Octopus

    Artcetera Studio

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    Monster Magnet

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    LCD Soundsystem, Lykke Li & Shit Robot

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are priced €69.50, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    Conversations With Nick Cave

    Abbey Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds w/Patti Smith

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018

    Ty Segall w/Mike Donovan

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    07
    Jun
    2018

    Mules & Men 'Procrastination Blues' Launch

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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

  • Thu
    07
    Jun
    2018

    Bokotono, Aerialist & more

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    Instrumental outfit Bokotono Fred Zeppelin's on June 7.

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

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

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018

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

    Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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

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

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018

    Tuath, Aerialist & Bokotono

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    DIY LK hold another three-strong bill at the Pharmacia on June 8, headlined by Donegal psych trip-hoppers Tuath. Watch the video for 'I'm Sorry Young Man'.

    Support comes from mathy post-rockers Aerialist from Cork - you can check them out on Bandcamp - and instrumental outfit Bokotono.

    Admission costs just €5. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

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

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Giant Sand play Valley of Rain

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets cost €25 available from Ticketmaster and WAV.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Growing Pains - 15 Years of Out On A Limb

    Dolan's Pub

    Limerick

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

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

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

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Bokotono, Aerialist & more

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

    Admission costs just €5.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Astral Weeks: The Music & The Myths of Van Morrison

    Strand Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the Belfast Book Festival, Strand Arts Centre hosts a night in celebration of Van Morrison's most enduring work, Astral WeeksDonal Scullion will be performing alongside a full band the album in all its kitchen sink mysticism.

    Journalist Ryan H. Walsh will go into detail from his deep-delving work, Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, which covers the time that saw its recording and the, crimes, acid experiments and film shoots that have fallen by the wayside in discussion around the album.

    Tickets are available here, priced £8 concession and £10 standard entry. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Susan Breen In Conversation

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

    One of the BBC, Netflix & Film4's leading producers Susan Breen will be in conversation as part of the extensive Women's Work Festival programme at the Oh Yeah Centre this Saturday, June 9. Interviewing her will be journalist Fionola Meredith.

    Susan Breen began her TV career in long-running drama, working as a Script Editor, then Producer, on various drama series for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Moving into film, she became Head of Features Development at Aardman Animations where she worked on Bafta and Oscar-nominated films including The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists and Arthur Christmas. As Senior Development Editor at Film4, Susan helped develop films starring actors such as Cate  Blanchett, Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender. In 2013 she joined
    Potboiler Productions as Development Producer, developing high-end projects for both TV and film. Most recently, Susan has produced 6-part primetime drama series Requiem for BBC1 and Netflix.

    Admission is free, but places must be registered in advance from Eventbrite. The event runs from 2.30-3.30pm

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Rolo Tomassi

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Mon
    11
    Jun
    2018

    Kraftwerk

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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

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

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

  • Mon
    11
    Jun
    2018

    Rolo Tomassi

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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

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

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

    Tickets cost €16.50 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
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    13
    Jun
    2018

    Haim

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets for the shows are available from Ticketmaster

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018

    Doug Stanhope

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €40.

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018

    Future Proof: Paddy Hanna, Happyalone & Badhands

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Following a Winter break, Nialler9 & Homebeat team up for their Future Proof series. Headlining is orchestral pop auteur Paddy Hanna, who's just released his wonderful debut album, Frankly, I Mutate.

    Young Cork trio Happy Alone - watch the video for 'Colours' - make their first Dublin appearance supporting, with Dublin songwriter Dan Fitzpatrick - formerly of The Mighty Stef & The Last Tycoons - aka Badhands opening.

    Early birds are available for €8-€13 from Eventbrite, or €15 on the door. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018

    Civil Simian, Sit Tight, Bear Skin & Philip McCarroll

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    The Empire Music Hall hosts a SONI Sounds of Summer lineup on June 14, headed by soulful, eccentric eclectics Civil Simian.

    Sharing the bill are Winter '17 Bulleit BOTB winners Sit Tight, Antrim band Bear Skin and founder Philip McCarroll in a solo acoustic set.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

     

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
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    16
    Jun
    2018

    The National, John Grant, Preoccupations & Cate Le Bon

    Donnybrook Stadium

    Dublin

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

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

    The June 16th show will feature support from John Grant and Preoccupations, while the 17th will feature Cate Le Bon.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
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    16
    Jun
    2018

    Flight of the Conchords

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Liam Gallagher w/Richard Ashcroft

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are priced €49.90 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

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

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

    Tickets cost £32.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Bad Manners

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

    Listen to 'Lip Up Fatty'.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Girls Names 'Stains on Silence' Album Launch w/Ghost Office & Fears

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

    Excellent support on the night comes from indie post-punks Ghost Office and Fears - listen to her new single 'h_always'.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

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

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Liam Gallagher

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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

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

    Tickets are priced £40 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

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

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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

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

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

    Support comes from Craig David and Soul II Soul.

    Tickets cost €49.90.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Bad Manners

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

    Listen to 'Lip Up Fatty'.

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

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    John Cale

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Rostam

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    The Bonnevilles

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Crywank, Jordaan Mason & Oscar jennings

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    Future Islands, Mercury Rev, Idles & Pillow Queens

    Donnybrook Stadium

    Dublin

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

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

    Mercury Rev will bring their wonderful, orchestral reimagining of their masterpiece, Deserter's Songs on its 25th anniversary. There's little argument that Idles are the definitive vital punk band of this era, while Dublin alt. punks Pillow Queens open the show. 

    Tickets, priced €63, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    Chic & Nile Rodgers

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    C.W. Stoneking

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Mon
    18
    Jun
    2018

    C.W. Stoneking

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    Craw: An Alternative Irish Music & Arts Festival

    Neukölln

    Berlin

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

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

     

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

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

  • Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018

    Belfast Music Club Presents: Eric Duncan

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    International party boy Eric Duncan plays the Menagerie for Belfast Music Club on June 22.

    The organiser of Rub N Tug parties, half of DFA's Still Going, being in The Rhythm Odyssey & Dr Dunks, as well as a collaborator with Roxy Music, Zero 7, LCD Soundsystem, Todd Terje, Grace Jones, The Beastie Boys...expect nothing but the perfect party. Check his Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available from Skiddle, or on the door at £7 before 11pm, or £10 after. Doors open at 9pm, and last admission is 12.30am.

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018

    Girls Names 'Stains on Silence' Album Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from TicketmasterWAV Tickets priced €15.

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018

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

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Royal Theatre

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

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

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

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    Mon
    25
    Jun
    2018

    A Day In May

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    25
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Millennium Forum

    Derry

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

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

    Tickets are available from the Forum.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    Roger Waters

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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

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

    Tickets are available from The Waterfront.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    The Killers & Franz Ferdinand

    RDS

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are priced €69.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    27
    Jun
    2018
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    Jul
    2018

    Celtronic 2018

    Various Venues

    Derry

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

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

  • Wed
    27
    Jun
    2018

    Deap Vally w/Vulpynes

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Bluesy, groovy rock duo Deap Vally play the Grand Social on June 27 as part of their extensive European tour.

    The pair have been relentlessly touring with the likes of Blondie and QOTSA over the last few years, releasing second LP Femejism in 2016, with more presumably in the works. Watch the video for 'Smile More'.

    Dublin-based sludgy two piece Vulpynes support, offering up raw gelatinous chunks of Mudhoney, Melvins and L7. They've been gigging heavily around the island and beyond as of late. Watch the video for 'Silica'.

    Tickets, priced €17, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    Kris Kristofferson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    Michael Hurley

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    Deap Vally w/Hand Models

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Bluesy, groovy rock duo Deap Vally play the Limelight 2 on June 28 as part of their extensive European tour.

    The pair have been relentlessly touring with the likes of Blondie and QOTSA over the last few years, releasing second LP Femejism in 2016, with more presumably in the works. Watch the video for 'Smile More'.

    Slack indie rockers Hand Models support - watch the video for 'Skate Shoes'.

    Tickets, priced £13.50, are available from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    The Bonk & Percolator w/Documenta DJs

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    As part of their Irish co-headline tour, two thirds of the artists behind our top 3 albums of 2017 make their first trip to Belfast. Experimental psychedelic jazz rock outfit The Bonk - listen to The Bonk Seems To Be A Verband krauty drone trio Percolator - check out 'Crab Supernova' - come all the way from Waterford to play the Menagerie on June 28. 

    Documenta's Joe Greene will be spinning the finest jams, with opening act TBA. 
     
    Admission costs only £5 and doors open at 9pm.
  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

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

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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

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

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Joshua Burnside EP Launch

    The Empire

    Belfast

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

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

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Petty Youth, Bloody Apes & Horse Tablet

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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

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

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Bullitt Presents: Zaltan

    Bullitt Courtyard

    Belfast

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

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

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

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Galants, Cruiser & guests

    The Underground

    Dublin

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    fuzzy noise-pop/shoegaze outfit Galants launch new single 'In Vain' on June 29 at The Underground. They made one of our favourite EPs of last year - check it out here.

    Supporting are Limerick indie rock outfit Cruiser - watch the video for 'Gram' - with further support to be announced.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    Our Back Yard 2018

    67 Plantation Road

    Craigavon

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

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

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

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    Pizza Pizza Records: Robocobra Quartet, Percolator & Strength NIA

    Pizza Pizza Records

    Dundalk

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

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

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

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018

    Alanis Morissette

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018

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

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The enigmatic, mercurial, ineffable Ruth Bate is set to headline Indie Nights on July 4. If you're a fan of absolute conviction, John Maus & noirish experimental art-pop, go. Check him out on Soundcloud - but seeing him live is the real way to experience it.

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

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

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018

    Alanis Morissette

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018

    MINDS Festival

    Art Department, Blaklist and The Bear & The Doll

    Belfast

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    On July 5, Belfast venues the Art Department, Blaklist and the Bear and The Doll will play host to MINDS, a ten-hour, one-day festival that will bring unite DJs, artists, musicians and fashion designers in the aim to raise money for local mental health charities.

    Festival founder Adam Magill has asked those involved to put forward their idas for charities to donate to, with one being PIPS (Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide), due to the founders personal connection with them.

    With more to be announced, the DJ roster currently includes Bobby AnalogJordanMarion Hawkes and Phil Lucas of Twitch.

    Running from 6pm to 3am (last entry at 11pm), tickets for MINDS can be purchased here at £8.00 for early bird and £12.35 for standard ticket.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    Eels

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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

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

    Watch the video for 'Novocaine For The Soul'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    The The

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018

    Bare In The Woods Festival

    Borris House

    Carlow

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    Surely one of the most diverse bills of the Irish summer is Carlow's Bare In The Woods, held over July 6-7 at Borris House. Headlining is rapper Obie Trice and Irish electronic-tinged post-rock act God Is An Astronaut.

    Also on the bill are Swifty & Kuniva of D12Seamus FogartyNatty WailerThe Lost Brothers, Planxty's Noel HillMick KonstantinRatboy (DJ)The Pale, Quinton CampbellMindriotWolffGemma BradleyGok WanTebi Rex, KilaTebi RexSuper Silly, JYellowLNot MonstersHeroes In HidingMy Tribe Your TribeCider Wasps, Sun. Set. Ships., Josh Gray, Peco and Kyle Meehan plus many more.

    There's an extensive spoken word & comedy lineup throughout the weekend too - check it out here.

    Admission costs €50 per day, €60 for Saturday camping, and €100 for the entire weekend, available here.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    Strangle Wire, Senzar, No Great Loss & Elder Druid

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Grindscene Records bring a night of far-reaching heaviness to Voodoo on July 6 as death/grindcore band Strangle Wire headline, having released new record The Dark Triad back in March.

    Belfast death metal outfit Senzar support, alongside stoner-doom quintet Elder Druid and hardcore act No Great Loss.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    Stu Daly [Chewing On Tinfoil] w/Guihelm, Fox Colony & Tragical History Tour

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Stu Daly of Dublin folk-punks Chewing On Tinfoil is set to headline the Sunflower Public House on July 6.

    Supporting is Canadian Lost Love side-project Guilhem - who has just released new album Bad Art - alongside emo-punks Fox Colony - listen to their debut EP Patterns - and Dundee cowpunks Tragical History Tour - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    Grab CTRL Presents Studio 54 in Aid of Palestine

    Accidental Theatre

    Belfast

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    Accidental Theatre is set to host a Studio 54-themed fundraiser for medical aid for Palestinian people. Taking place on July 6, it will see DJ sets from The Barbiturates' Amytal Gnostic and Horse Tablet's Feargal Clarke, as well as Caimin O'Shea acoustically, plus a best-dressed raffle competition. 

    Admission costs £8 before 11pm, or £10 after. Tickets can be paid for here.

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    The Soul Tree

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    On 6th July, The Sugar Club hosts The Soul Tree, a wonderful international bill of 6 acts spanning soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, afro-funk and neo-soul. Headlining is South London-based singer-songwriter Boadi with his band The Banku Powers. Check their warmly groovy stuff out on Soundcloud.

    Sharing the bill are Brixton UK R&B-influenced neo-soul duo Elisa & Srigala - check out 'Differences' - North London's Geejay, Irish singer-songwriter Darren Morgan and Dublin soup-pop singer Saoirse, as well as moody dark electro-pop duo SYLK.

    Tickets are available, priced €20-€25, available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018

    The The

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018

    Groove Festival

    Kilruddery House & Gardens

    Bray

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    This year's Groove Festival at the Kilruddery House & Gardens in Bray, Co. Wicklow takes place over the weekend of Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July. Headlining things are Fun Lovin' Criminals, M People's Heather Small and The Stunning.

    The lineup is rounded out by a broad range of Irish acts, including Something HappensThe Riptide MovementHamsandwichKilaJerry FishBitch FalconThe EskiesMarc O'ReillyRewsMark GearyBrave Giant, Montauk Hotel, The Wood Burning SavagesCult Called ManBirds of OlympusFallen LightsBodiesState LightsFallen LightsAfter The Ibis and more.

     Tickets are available here, priced from €11 for kids to €65.50 for full adult weekend tickets.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018

    Resist: Imagining Futures

    Green Room, The Black Box

    Belfast

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    The Black Box Green Room hosts a free daytime workshop/discussion day with sonic experimenters from Resist entitled Imagining Futures, with a ticketed evening concert taking place later on.

    Curated by Koichi Samuels (RESIST founder/research fellow at Sonic Arts Research Centre), Imagining Futures features cross-dialogue between creative practitioners, industry & academia on experimental practices. Speaking is Warp's Lorzeno Senni, NTS' Shiva FesharekiPaul StapletonRicki O'RaweTristan ClutterbuckKoichi SamuelsHarry Cooper of Sound and Music UK, Constance Keane, John D'ArcyBobbie GardnerAndrew Bolster of Farsett LabsAlex Lucas and Barry Cullen.

    Later on, there'll be performances from Lorenzo SenniShiva FesharekiPaul Staples & Ricki O'Rawe, and KANDH - Koichi x Helena Hamilton.

    "Experimental art forms can create a space for imagining futures. From sound art to free improvisation, participatory practices to techno – art forms that resist the constraints and restrictions of market influence, identity categorisations and political norms can transport creators and audiences to a space of imagining beyond cold, hard realities and our immediate situated experiences. 

    Imagining futures may be utopian, apocalyptic, intentional, subconscious, prophetic, deterministic and everything in between – yet undoubtedly musicians and artists are compelled to imagine through creating. Throughout the day’s events, we will be exploring: what experimental and creative practices teach us about the future; ways imagining the future can bring meaning to the present; as well as  challenging the panellists and audience to futures and devise concrete steps we could take to come closer to those visions.

    Tickets for the evening cost £12 here.

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018

    Tune-Yards

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018

    At The Drive-In

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets, priced €47, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    11
    Jul
    2018

    Tune-Yards

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

    Curfew Festival

    Voodoo & Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

     

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

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

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

    Kitt Philippa

    East Side Tavern

    Dublin

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    Having recently underwent significant artistic progression and transformation with their wonderful new single 'Human'- a call of unison to consider our most universal connective tissue - Kitt Philippa is set to play a string of shows across Ireland and the UK, performing Dublin's East Side Tavern on July 12.

    Raised on classical, but with a contemporary experimental R&B & pop edge in newer material, KP's live shows will feature live string quartet, live percussion, and the experimental layering and looping they've made a calling card in their career thus far.

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

    Lisa O'Neill & Joshua Burnside

    St. George's Church

    Carrick-On-Shannon

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    Incredible Irish folk voice Lisa O'Neill plays St. George's Church as part of the Carrick Water Music Festival on July 12. Watch her play 'Rock The Machine' live.

    Indie-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside - whose debut album Ephrata won the NI Music Prize - supports.

    Tickets, priced €17 [/€15 concession], are available from The Dock. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018

    Paul Simon w/Jackson Browne & more

    RDS

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from California scene legend Jackson Browne.

  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018

    Doyle

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018

    Robocobra Quartet, Just Mustard & The Felonies

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet headline the Workman's Club on July 13. Listen to their incredible second album, Plays Hard To Getonly out in May.

    Supporting are ominous 'gazey post-punks Just Mustard - listen to debut album Wednesday - and The Felonies.

    Admission costs €8/€5 - available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018

    A Litany Of Failures: Dott, Field Trip, Shrug Life & That Snaake

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    As part of the launch tour for islandwide independent compilation A Litany of Failures Volume II, a Galway leg takes place at the Roisin Dubh on July 13. Self-funded by each of its 18 artists, and available in a limited run of 180g double gatefold vinyl, it's available to order and stream here.

    Galway garage-pop quartet Dott - check out their new album - headline, as well as fellow hometown act Field Trip - check 'em on Bandcamp. Making the trip from further afield are Belfast instrument-swapping indie-psych quartet Junk Drawer - check out For The Cult Fat Guyand the most lyrically astute band around, Shrug Life - check out their debut album ¯​​\​​_​​(​​ツ​​)​​_​​/​​¯

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018

    A Litany Of Failures: 10 Band BYOB Show

    Jaja Studios

    Dublin

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    As part of the tour proceedings for islandwide compilation A Litany of Failures Volume II, a 10-band BYOB show takes place at Jaja Studios on July 14, in the spirit of independence. Self-funded by each of its 18 artists, and available in a limited run of 180g double gatefold vinyl, it's available to order and stream here.

    The lineup features Postcard Versions, Big Monster Love, Galway garage-pop quartet Dott - check out their new album, noisenik duo Nervvs, Belfast art/jazz rock quartet Blue Whale, Junk Drawer, indie rockers Field Trip, noisy post-punks That Snaake, the most lyrically astute band around, Shrug Life, and indie post-punks Ghost Office.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 2pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018

    The Dystopian Disco

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    The Spirit Store hosts a downstairs Dystopian Disco on Saturday, July 14th. The DJ lineup includes We, The Oceanographers' Conal McIntyre, Just Mustard's David Noonan, TPM's Charles Hendy and Evil Preseidentes' Neil Waters.

    Drawing from the moods and modes less-spotted on the dancefloor, the night will lean towards vinyl, minor keys, and atypical riffs and rhythms. Expect high-calibre music - the likes of Velvet Underground, Nick Cave, Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Neu!, Brian Eno & The Smiths are a solid representation of what could be heard on the night. Whether it's in a misanthropic dance away of the pain, or sitting philosophically, the night promises a judgement-free journey through the psyche, as the artists would want. 

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018

    Jamie Adam

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Meath-born electropop artist Jamie Adam plays his debut headline show at Bello Bar on July 14. Watch the video for 'The Power', ahead of the release of his debut album later in the year.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €5. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018

    Autechre

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    17
    Jul
    2018

    Crowbar Presents: SYLK

    Crowbar

    Dublin

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    Brooding electro-pop duo SYLK headline Crowbar on July 17. Described as 'Massive Attack meets FKA Twigs', the fast-rising duo have played Forbidden Fruit, Body & Soul, and have a Button Factory headline show under their belt.

  • Wed
    18
    Jul
    2018

    Action Bronson

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018

    A Litany Of Failures: Ghost Office, Hot Cops (Solo), Shrug Life, Tuath & Junk Drawer

    Art Department

    Belfast

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    As part of the launch tour for islandwide independent compilation A Litany of Failures Volume II, a Belfast leg takes place at the Art Department on July 19. Self-funded by each of its 18 artists, and available in a limited run of 180g double gatefold vinyl, it's available to order and stream here.

    The six-strong bill includes Belfast instrument-swapping indie-psych quartet Junk Drawer - check out For The Cult Fat Guy - the most lyrically astute band around, Shrug Life - check out their debut album ¯​​\​​_​​(​​ツ​​)​​_​​/​​¯ -  a rare solo set from Hot Cops, indie post-punks Ghost Office, and Letterkenny psych/trip-hop act Tuath - listen to their Youth EP.

    Admission costs £7 - or £20 for record & admission. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018

    Nialler9 Presents: The Murder Capital, Silverbacks & Girlfriend

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Nialler9 hosts a three-strong bill at The Sound House on July 19 as part of Dublin Quays Festival. Headlining are post-punk quintet The Murder Capital whose stark realism centres around themes of 'grief, lust and despair'. Check them out live

    Post-punk indie rock act Silverbacks play - watch the video for their excellent new single 'Dunkirk' - as well as the excellent young four piece indie rock outfit Girlfriend - listen to 'Don't Come To My Funeral'.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Jul
    2018

    Death In Vegas

    District 8 @ Tivoli

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    20
    Jul
    2018

    Coaster: New Pagans, Catalan, Beauty Sleep, Joshua Burnside & more

    Atlantic Bar & Babushka Cafe

    Portrush

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    Hosted by Ewen Friers' CATALAN!New Pagans, NI Music Prize-winning alt-folk artist Joshua Burnside, Belfast dream-pop trio Beauty Sleep are amongst the names set to play the inaugural Coaster in Portrush on July 20. 

    A self-proclaimed "summer gathering on the North Coast celebrating local music", the event will take place at the Atlantic Bar and Babushka. The lineup is rounded out by Rory Friers's Thrash Hat, indie-folk artist Brash Isaac, fast-rising Derry pop-punks CherymDugoutFerals, progressive traditional outfit - featuring ASIWYFA & some extended family - Sons of Burlap, GnarkatsReevah, and DANI with ourselves on DJing duties and more to be announced.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced £11.

  • Fri
    20
    Jul
    2018

    Topia Present: Chris Hanna, Brien & Topia DJs

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Belfast club night Topia returns to the Menagerie on July 20 for a midsummer party featuring the well-established nightshapers Chris Hanna and Brién, as well as Topia DJs.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    New Pagans, Catalan & Sister Ghost

    The Empire

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    A Litany Of Failures: Any Joy, The Sunshine Factory & Nervvs

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    As part of the launch tour for islandwide independent compilation A Litany of Failures Volume II, a Cork leg is set to be hosted by Alliance Promotions, and held at the Roundy on July 21. Self-funded by each of its 18 artists, and available in a limited run of 180g double gatefold vinyl, it's available to order and stream here.

    The night will be headlined by psych-infused indie rock act Any Joy - listen to debut album Cycles - with Cork psych outfit The Sunshine Factory - read some about them here - and Dublin garage-noise pair Nervvs opening on their first trip to Cork - check out A Mixtape of Love Vol. 1.

    Admission costs €7, and vinyl will be available at the show. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    Lamon/Bailey/Wall vs Autre Monde - The Real Final

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Two of Dublin’s most World Cup obsessed bands are teaming for a night that will rival in drama and skill whatever corporate bunfight FIFA will serve up in the Lužniki the week before.

    Lamont/Bailey/Wall arrive at this gig on the back of a successful season which culminated in the digital release of their first album BOOM! and an extremely hot gig in Anseo this past June. The end result of five years work, BOOM! is an album that explores the perpetual vicissitudes of capitalism in Dublin, but is also a record to soundtrack the best parties or Goal of the Month montages if so inclined. Listen to 'Money'.

    Crack Dublin outfit Autre Monde is a supergroup drawing star players from across the Popical Island Universe, including Paddy Hanna on vocals, Mark Chester (signed from Ginnels for €11m) on guitar, Eoghan O’Brien (year long loan from No Monster Club) on drums, and Pádraig Cooney (arrived on a free transfer from Land Lovers) on bass and not singing. One of the city’s best bands, they released a swoon-worthy self-titled EP last winter and have made vague promises about a new release this October. Check out their record here.

    Early bird tickets, priced €10, are available here. Kickoff at 8pm.

  • Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018

    Brightr w/H_ngm_n & Hand Models (Solo)

    Press 29

    Belfast

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    Following Drone Mansions' BYOBBQ gigs, they've relocated to a show in Cafe Press29 on Agincourt Avenue on July 22 for a headline show from acoustic emo-pop punks Brightr and Brighton duo H_ngm_n on their Irish tour.

    Gareth Murray of indie rock outfit Hand Models will support.

    Admission costs £7, it's a BYO event, and burgers (including veggie/vegan options) will be included.

  • Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018

    Yoshiwara Collective Presents: Innercity, Bart De Paepe & David Colohan

    Framewerk Gallery

    Belfast

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    The Yoshiwara Collective brings Belgian psych heads Innercity and Bart De Paepe to the Upper Newtownards Road's Framewerk Gallery on Sunday, July 22 as the final leg of their Irish tour.

    Innercity is the synth-based project of Belgium's Hans Dens. It's a visceral soundworld, characterised by sleep-deprived hysteria and bad-trip paranoia - check it out. De Paepe is a founder of Sloow Tapes and Sloowax, releasing an eclectic range of weird and wonderful music for over a decade - check it out on Bandcamp

    Supporting is Dublin experimental wizard David Colohan, also of United Bible Studies.

    Doors open at 6pm and admission costs just £5.

     

  • Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018

    The Gaslight Anthem perform The '59 Sound

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

  • Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018

    Ministry w/Chelsea Wolfe

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018

    Ministry w/Chelsea Wolfe

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018

    Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    Steve Earle & The Dukes

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    We Are Scientists

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    New York power-pop duo We Are Scientists return to Cork, playing Cyprus Avenue on 25th July.

    Formed in 2000 around guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray & bassist Chris Cain, they broke through with their successful first pair of albums, With Love and Squalor and Brain Thrust Mastery. Their sixth album Megaplex has an April release.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €16. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018

    The Flaming Lips

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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

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

    Tickets are priced at €49.50 from GIAF.ie.

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018

    The Wedding Present: 'Tommy' 30th Anniversary Show

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018

    Mighty MT 01: Search Party, RIR, Lonely Astronauts & SX-70

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast indie rock act Search Party will play a brand new headline show in Voodoo on July 26. Check their tunes on Soundcloud.

    Coming off a handful of recent headline gigs around the island including Whelan's Dublin and The Chasin' Bull Bundoran, the band will play a hometown set alongside Lonely Astronauts, Romeo Indigo Romeo and Belfast indie outfit SX-70 - check them on Bandcamp.

    Entry cost £5 & doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    Madness w/The Lightning Seeds

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

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

    Foundry

    Belfast

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

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

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    The Wedding Present: 'Tommy' 30th Anniversary Show

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    We Are Scientists

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    New York power-pop duo We Are Scientists play Derry's Sandinos on July 27.

    Formed in 2000 around guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray & bassist Chris Cain, they broke through with their successful first pair of albums, With Love and Squalor and Brain Thrust Mastery. Their sixth album Megaplex has an April release.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced £15.68. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    Goodbye Mandela - The FInal Gig

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't forged a key memory in Mandela Hall since its 1986 naming, so the announcement of its closure - due to the development of the Student's Union - came as a blow to many. Fortunately, the good people of the SU have invited And So I Watch You From Afar to headline and curate its final ever bill - a genre-spanning tapestry of some of the finest and fast-rising artists from here - taking place on Friday, July 27.

    On the bill are Mojo Fury, playing their first show in years, Robocobra Quartet - who've just put out one of the albums of 2018 - singer-songwriter David C Clements, Derry electronic wizard Ryan Vail, LaFaro's Herb Magee, making his first live appearance as NI Music Prize-nominated electronic project Arvo Party, Dublin riff-rockers Bitch Falcon, Belfast-based kitchen sink indie/psych quartet Junk Drawer and Derry pop-punks Cherym, with plenty more yet to be announced.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £15. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    Indie Label Showcase: DIY LK - Casavettes, Van Panther & Scenes

    The Loft

    Galway

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    As part of the extensive Galway Fringe Festival proceedings, The Loft hosts a showcase of independently-championed acts from DIY LK - a community we've spoken about fondly on many occasions.

    Performing are Limerick emo/post-hardcore trio Casavettes - who are set to release their debut album next year. Check their Bandcamp for more. Experimental electronic/garage rock outfit Van Panther - check them out - shares the bill, and Tralee native PJ Galvin's mathy emo project Scenes will open things.

    Admission costs just €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    A Litany Of Failures: Fonda, That Snaake & Nervvs

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    As part of the tour proceedings for islandwide compilation A Litany of Failures: Volume II, a three-strong bill is hosted by DIY LK at Pharmacia on Friday, July 27. Self-funded by each of its 18 artists, and available in a limited run of 180g double gatefold vinyl, it's available to order and stream here.

    Playing their first show in a while, hometown garage-pop outfit Fonda headline - check them on Bandcamp. Noise rock/post-hardcore duo Nervvs and the diseased Fugazi of That Snaake make their first Limerick appearances coming from Dublin. 

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018

    Circles

    District 8

    Dublin

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    Following a hugely successful debut in 2017, Circles festival returns this year to District 8 with another 3-day event running from Friday, July 27-29. The breakdown & cover charges are as follows:

    Fri July 27th – Moodymann, Sage, Twitch Belfast & Pear. Doors: 10pm – 3am. Adm:  €18–€22.

    Sat July 28th – Dave Clarke, Bjarki, Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray, Sunil Sharpe, Anetha, DeFeKT & more.
    Doors: 3pm – 3am. Adm. €25-€30.

    Sun July 29th – Final day at Pygmalion w/ Michael Mayer [3 hour set], Aaron Nolan & Galactic Beat Club
    Doors: 6pm - Late. Adm: €5-10.

    Weekend tickets are available here.

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018

    Caribou

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018

    Knockanstockan 2018

    Blessington Lakes

    Co. Wicklow

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018

    Madness w/The Lightning Seeds

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets cost €48.90 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018

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

    Queen's University Students Union

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018

    Skibunny 20th Anniversary Special

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    It's been a long time, but Skibunny holds a 20th anniversary special for charity at Voodoo on July 28. 

    Back for one night only, the pair will DJ alongside an unmissable live set from Torgas Valley Reds/Backwater.

    Spinning the very best in indie rock, hip-hop, DIY, Krautrock, folk, northern soul, electronic and everything in between, Skibunny acquired nigh on mythical status in Belfast in the early 2000s. From secret shows to well-known guest DJs, aftershows and the sweatiest of most memorable nights, it brought out the very best in Belfast – something it will do no doubt muster once more in Fountain Street at the tail-end of the month.

    Tickets for the night are priced at £7.00 and are available to buy here. All proceeds on the night will go to The Samaritans to support their on-going work providing emotional support for people who are struggling to cope. For further information go here.

  • Tue
    31
    Jul
    2018

    Crowbar Presents: Fears

    Crowbar

    Dublin

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    Constance Keane, aka Fears, is set to play Crowbar on July 31.

    She's only played a small handful of shows to date, but has attracted major attention with recent single 'h_always', written during her time in a psychiatric ward - read our interview with Constance about it here. Her live performance is audio-visual, and we strongly urge you to make it out.

  • Wed
    01
    Aug
    2018

    Dweezil Zappa: Choice Cuts!

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018

    Iron Maiden w/Killswitch Engage

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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

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

    Support on the night is from Killswitch Engage

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018

    Cloud Castle Lake

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Ethereal, panoramic post-rock leaning alternative outfit Cloud Castle Lake have announced a Workman's Club headline show on August 2.

    The band's debut album Dandelion came out in 2014, and they've since recruited a young new drummer to push out their jazz & electronic tendencies on follow-up Malingerer.

    Tickets are available from Ticketweb, priced €10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018

    Blue Americans & Travis Is A Tourist

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Independent label Oil Tape Records welcomes a pair of its acts to the Menagerie on August 2. With their live appearances still counting on one hand, Blue Americans - featuring former founders of More Than Conquerors - leftfield pop has been making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. Read our feature on the band, and then watch the new video for 'Free Champagne'.

    Supporting is Travis Gilbert-fronted pop project Travis Is A Tourist - check it on Bandcamp.

    Tickets, priced £8, are available from Music Glue. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018

    Summer Shindig 14

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Strange Brew's fourteenth Summer Shindig takes place at the Roisin Dubh on August 2, featuring a borderline-inappropriate number of great names for just a fiver.

    Included are Oh BolandPaddy HannaDottSlow Place Like HomeJunior BrotherProper Micro NVPowPigJust Mustard, ElephantMaija SofiaBokotonoGaze Is GhostSinéad WhiteMontauk HotelCat TurnerThey Were A LonerBob SkeletonNew Pope and Anna Mullarkey.

    Admission is a mere €5 and doors open at 7pm. The first hundred entrants get a free cassette featuring music from each act, as well as a can of 12th of Never by Lagunitas Brewing Co. The next 100 get a download too.

  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018
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    05
    Aug
    2018

    All Together Now

    Curraghmore Estate

    County Waterford

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

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €169.50.

  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018

    THVS, Duellists & more

    Atlantic Bar

    Portrush

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    A night of heft & riffage comes to Portrush's Atlantic Bar on August 3, headed by the noise-rock-tinged fury of THVS - listen to single 'Squid Plural'.

    Sharing the bill are Duellists.

    Admission costs £5, doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018

    Cool For Cats: Wynona Bleach, Cherym, The Couth & Joel Harkin

    Foundry

    Belfast

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    Soaring nugazers Wynona Bleach headline a free Foundry show on August 3 called Cool For Cats, in aid of Cats Protection  -Belfast Adoption Centre, organised through Kaizen. Check out Wynona Bleach's latest single 'Eyes Burning' ahead of their new Sugar EP.

    Young alt. punks Cherym support - their debut single, 'Take It Back' is out now, taken from their Mouth Breathers EP - alongside Lisburn indie garage quartet The Couth and atmospheric lo-fi folk artist Joel Harkin - watch the video for 'Meredith'.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018

    Evil w/Le Pizza Galaxie & more

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Evil is a newly-formed live art collective centred around Irish performance artists. The Pharmacia hosts a launch and showcase on August 3, with performances on the night being centred on the theme of parables.

    The night is to be book-ended by performances from Limerick's own Le Pizza Galaxie - seriously, check their Soundcloud - and more.

    Admission costs €5 and things kick off at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Aug
    2018

    The Waterboys

    Bangor Seafront

    Bangor

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    Scottish folk rock band The Waterboys play Bangor Seafront on August 3 for Open House Festival.

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

    Tickets are available here. Doors open at 5.30pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
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    05
    Aug
    2018

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

    Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018

    NI Chest, Heart & Stroke Charity Night: Blackwater Conspiracy, Pat McManus Band & More

    The Hill of the O'Neill

    Dungannon

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    In memory of Dungannon local, beloved music fan & friend Bapper Morris, a special charity show will be held at Hill of the O'Neill, featuring some key Irish rock outfits on August 4.

    Headlining are (formerly Million Dollar Reload) quartet Blackwater Conspiracy, with appearances from Mama's Boys' legend Pat McManusThe Black Skull, AC/DC tribute band Bad Boy BoogieThe Crafty CrowsSmoking GunRusty JacksKalibur and Craic Horses.

    Tickets are available from the Ranfurly Arts & Visitors Centre & Stewart's Music Shop. Doors open at 2pm and all proceeds go towards NI Chest Heart & Stroke.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018

    Baby Shakes & Protex

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    New York garage power-pop quartet Baby Shakes play Belfast's Menagerie on August 5 for Strange Victory & Sunglasses After Dark.

    Recalling 60s Motown girl groups via the Ramones, they formed in 2005 and have put out three albums and a string of singles. Watch the video for 'I'll Be Alright'.

    Supporting are legendary first wave Belfast punk/power-pop act Protex - listen to their excellent calling card 'Don't Ring Me Up'.

    Tickets cost £7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018

    Baby Shakes & Protex

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    New York garage power-pop quartet Baby Shakes play Drop Dead Twice in Dublin on August 4.

    Recalling 60s Motown girl groups via the Ramones, they formed in 2005 and have put out three albums and a string of singles. Watch the video for 'I'll Be Alright'.

    Supporting are legendary first wave Belfast punk/power-pop act Protex - listen to their excellent calling card 'Don't Ring Me Up'.

    Soft On CrimeJohnson, and Gav Icon Hodgins DJ on the night.

    Entry costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
    Mon
    06
    Aug
    2018

    Arcadian Field

    Bellurgan Park

    Dundalk

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    One of the most scenic, intimate music festivals in Ireland returns for its third year from August 4-6, Arcadian Field. Taking place at Bellurgan Park at the foot of the Cooley Mountains, with its the manor house woven in, just outside Dundalk, it's a celebration of all that's culturally rich in Irish music, art, spoken word, poetry, theatre, comedy, workshops & in nature.

    Confirmed for the lineup so far are prYmary colours, international project The Turbans - who blend worldwide folk traditions- Kilkenny political rapper Captain Moonlight, alt folk duo Lemoncello - in a candlelit performance in Bellurgan Park's beautiful house. Making up the rest of the bill are: Accidents In The WorkplaceALFIBalkan Alien Sound, Bernard O'Rourke, Bicurious, Blackbird & Crow, Bootlegger, Colin Hassar, Couch Crew Collective, Cua, Dashoda, Devidas Tolvaisa, Dirty Faces, Dominic Jones, Dr Mindflip, Fedr, Hatchlings, Ines Khai, Inni-K, Jinx Lennon, Junk Drawer, Just Mustard, Kayak, Italian outfit Kitchen Machine, L-arry, Lonesome George, Lowlight Gathering, Making County, Mons Olympus, Montauk Hotel, Munky, Niall McGuigan, Nix Moon, Oscar Mild, Pine The Pilcrow, Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies, Rootsman Wurzel, Shamen Delly, Shrug Life, Sol Fud, Tanjier, The Mary Wallopers, The Mighty Avon Jnr, The Pox Men, The Widow D'Arcy, Third Smoke, TPM, Tuath, Twisted Sisters Varehaus.

    Tickets are available here, priced €75 until July 31, and €85 after. Gladly, it's a completely BYOB, camper van-friendly festival too.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018

    Eric Bell Trio

    Marine Court Hotel

    Bangor

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    Considered by many to be Thin Lizzy's finest guitarist, and certainly one of NI's finest blues players, Eric Bell's trio plays Open House Festival at the Marine Court Hotel on Saturday, August 4.

    Best known for his work on the first three Lizzy albums, his solo career has stood the test of time, as well as being a key man for hire for many of rock's classic acts.

    Tickets are available here, priced £14.50. Doors open at 7.30pm, with the show beginning at 8pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    The Winter Passing w/Dugout, January & Fox Colony

    Foundry

    Belfast

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    Dublin indie/emo-pop outfit The Winter Passing play their first Belfast show in over a year at Foundry on August 5.

    Led by sibling writing duo Rob & Kate Flynn, the band have recently put out the video for 'Like Flowers Ache For Spring', taken from last year's Double Exposure EP.

    Supporting are Dugout - comprised of members of Bad Fit, Strait Laces & Hornets - pop-punks January and Fox Colony.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    The Olllam

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Featuring Vulfpeck's Joe Dart, The Olllam play the Black Box on August 5.

    Described as neo-acoustic celtic post-rock, they were formed in 2012 as a collaboration between Belfast piper John McSherry and seminal Detroit musicians Tyler Duncan, Michael Shimmin, Joe Dart, Theo Katzman and Woody Goss.

    Since then, Katzman, Dart and Goss have found world fame as members of Vulfpeck, whilst McSherry has released two solo albums and has been touring with Belfast trad band Ulaid who recently released A Note To Let Go.

    Tickets cost £16.50 from Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    06
    Aug
    2018

    We-Bloom Presents: Silverbacks & Guests

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Post-punk indie rock act Silverbacks headline the Workman's Club on August 6 for We-Bloom. Check out their new EP, Sink The Fat Moon.

    More support is to be announced.

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader, Bailer & By Any Means

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018

    Somadrone, Bed Manager, In Gloom & Cut In Blinks

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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

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

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader & Bailer

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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

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

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018

    EastSide Arts Festival Presents: The Takeover - Valium, The Fake Flirtations & Molto Vivo

    Strand Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of their youth initiative, the EastSide Arts Festival has turned over a full slot to young people, who will be booking, organising and managing an evening of local music to show case some of the great sounds we have in Northern Ireland. They’ve rented out a full 80 seated screen, the show will run from from 7PM - 11PM at the Strand Arts Centre on August 9.

    Performing are Valium, indie/alt rock outfit The Fake Flirtations and Molto Vivo.

    The aim, to spread the message about local arts and the work that young people do, means that the gig will be for all ages. It's been organised with the assistance of More Volume!, a music industry and events mentoring scheme for young locals who have a hunger for working in the community and arts. EastSide Arts is an initiative by EastSide Partnership to develop, support and deliver a wide range of arts activity and creativity across east Belfast.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Aug
    2018

    Belfast Film Festival Presents: The Image You Missed

    Movie House Cinema

    Belfast

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    “An American in Paris making films about Ireland” – this is how Donal Foreman describes his father, Arthur MacCaig, in Foreman’s fascinating film essay about his father, The Imagine You Missed, screening at Dublin Road Movie House on August 9 as part of Belfast Film Festival.

    During his career, Irish-American MacCaig (1948-2008) made films about the conflict in Northern Ireland and left behind a visual archive spanning thirty years – images Foreman uses to find out what he has in common with his father. But it’s the differences that stand out: Foreman moved back to Dublin, while MacCaig had preferred to film in divided Belfast.

    Arthur MacCaig’s archive footage from the Northern Ireland is an artefact from another time, which still feels near. The Image You Missed is an enthralling historical exhumation that erases the boundary between the personal and the political.

    The Director will take part in a Q&A following the screening. Tickets are available here, priced at £3 for concessions & £6 full price. The screening runs from 7-9pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader & Bailer

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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

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

  • Fri
    10
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018

    We've Only Just Begun

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The first ever We've Only Just Begun takes place at Whelan's from August 10-12, featuring some of the most exciting upcoming prospects.

    On Friday 10th August, performances come from Cathy DaveyWyvern Lingo in the form of a DJ set, ShipsMolly SterlingEve BelleDowry and Leila Jane.

    The next night is slightly more guitar-oriented, with sets from riff-heavy Bitch FalconVernon Jane, the emo-tinged alt rock of Girlfriend, and the Northern pairing of Susie Blue and Amy Montgomery.

    Finally, Sunday sees sets from Sorcha RichardsonDerry's ROEAislinn LoganDreaming of Jupiter and Le Boom's Aimie Mallon in a DJ Set.

    Tickets, priced €10 per night or €20 for the weekend, are available from WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    10
    Aug
    2018

    Jinx Lennon, Junior Brother & Steve Ryan

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    A few voices of modern Ireland get together at Pharmacia on August 10 in what'll be an night of insurgent voices, headlined by one of working class Ireland's disaffected satirists & reputable live performer Jinx Lennon - check him on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is the Irish Richard Dawson, experimental folk artist Junior Brother - check out more about him in our 18 For '18 feature - and a rare solo outing for Limerick's Steve Ryan - also of Windings & Giveamanakick.

    Admission costs €5. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Aug
    2018

    Apartment Records w/OBW

    The Bernard Shaw

    Dublin

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    Dublin electronic label Apartment Records' monthly label party takes place at The Bernard Shaw on August 10. This month, One-CP member OBW is involved. This comes ahead of the release of their new record by the Sunday Times crew, which will be available on the night.

    Things run from 8.08-1.01.

  • Fri
    10
    Aug
    2018

    Pavilion Relaunch: Trucker Diablo, Nasa Assassin & Divides Unfold

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    SONI hosts the relaunch of Ormeau Road mainstay The Pavilion's gig lounge on August 10, headlined by beer swillin' hard rockers Trucker Diablo in what's their first show in quite some time. Watch the video for 'Drive'.

    Supporting are literal space rockers Nasa Assassin and alt rock act Divides Unfold - check them on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Palm Reader & Bailer

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Twitch & Crilli Present: Selected AFX Works by DJ Food

    Space Theatre

    Bangor

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

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

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

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    SEODA Summer Party: Fontaines DC, Pillow Queens, Slow Riot, Melts, PowPig

    Dolan's Pub

    Limerick

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    Dolan's hosts a broad bill of bands on August 11 as for their SEODA summer party. Fontaines D.C. - watch the video for their latest single, the Girl Band & Fall-esque 'Hurricane Laughter' - headline.

    The bill comprises Dublin alt. punks Pillow Queens - watch the video for 'Favourite' - anthemic indie outfit Slow RiotMelts and one of our brightest new favourites PowPig - listen to their new EP Buzz Buzz.

    Tickets cost €10 from Dolan's. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Balearic All-Dayer: Jamie Tiller & Begin

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Belfast Music Club holds another monster event in the form of an all-day Balearic-themed event at Bullitt on August 11.

    Jamie Tiller will be performing live in his anything-goes style - expect anything from African electronics to Japanese Wave, oddball house to oddball pop from the Music From Memory label runner.

    James Holroyd aka UK club legend & Bugged Out co-founder Begin also performs, with Belfast Music Club and Jonny Carberry on from early.

    Admission costs absolutely nothing, and things run from 2pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Paper Dollhouse feat. Asher Levitas w/Sculptress & BB84

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Holographic electronic folk soundscape duo Paper Dollhouse headline the Bello Bar on August 11.

    Recording for Glasgow's Night School & Jane Weaver's label Bird, they this year release their new ethereal, darkwave tinged neon-pop LP The Sky Looks Different Here. Listen to Aeonflower.

    Supporting is Sinéad Meaney's Sculptress - multimedia artist, composer & DJ, drawing a narrative focus toward the feminine arc of electronic music. Expect meditative synth drones, cinematic & classical atmospheres, futuristic grime productions & cathartic rhythms. Opening is heavy electronic project BB84, featuring Paddy from Gnod & Wild Rocket's chief noise wizard Moose.

    Tickets are priced €13 from Eventbrite and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    East Side Arts Festival Presents: Framewerk Sleepover

    St. Martin's Church

    Belfast

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    In the de-consecrated environ of St Martin's Church - located at 88 Newtownards Road - a sleepover party, courtesy of arts community Framewerk takes place on August 11 for the East Side Arts Festival.

    Said to be haunted, and designed by Henry Seaver, the church will be your sonically luxurious bedroom. Beds will be supplied, with guests just being asked to bring their own sleeping bag & pillow.

    Artists performing include United Bible StudiesTouch SensitiveBelfast Music ClubPasserbyHatecrimesRodger MontgomeryFearsCut In BlinksRoisin Owens, Arc, The Ship Argo, John D'Arcy, Paulo Sousa Quase Sosia, Ruth Bate,
    Stuart Watson, Chris Steenson, Jamie Nelson, Richard Bailie, Robin Price, Hive, Richard Davis, Jamie Nevin, Barry Cullen, Saul Rayson
    Rosie Pearson.

    Tickets cost just £15 from Evensi. Doors open at 8pm, with last admission at 11pm.

  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018

    Apartment Records x Sunday Times Record Launch

    Bowery Rooftop

    Cork