Gig Guide

Event Information

  • Thu
    15
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    08
    Jan
    2017

    David O'Doherty: Big Time

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having spent the summer in America with Flight of the Conchords and honing material, Irish comic David O'Doherty brings his tour to Whelan's for his annual extensive stint, where he'll perform his new show in its Irish debut from December 15 - January 8.

    The music-based comedian - or the 'Ryanair Enya' - is one of Ireland's finest acts at the moment, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' and won two awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe, which he played this year, as well as some appearances on 8 out of 10 Cats.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced at €18. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Jan
    2017

    Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch January series brings a joint DJ set from Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi.

    Davis, the most successful snooker player of the '80s, officially has the UK's largest prog rock record collection. He presents a weekly show on PhoenixFM along with Torabi, which sees him play '70s prog, Canterbury & Zeuhl through to modern avant-progressive and left-field electronica & IDM.

    Experimental/psychedelic musician Kavus Torabi plays with Gong, Knifeworld, Guapo & Cardiacs, as well as running the record label Believers Roast. He co-hosts The Interesting Alternative Show with Davis.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Jan
    2017

    Half Forward Line, Soloh Boland, Shrug Life, Fonda & The Pacifics

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin institution the Retro Revival Indie Club hold their new year hangover party at Whelan's on Friday, January 6, headlined by ex-So Cow frontman Brian Kelly, Half Forward Line

    Also on the bill are rhythm'n'blues outfit The Pacifics - check their Bandcamp - Limerick/Glasgow dreamy garage-pop trio Fonda - check out their Social Services EP - a one-man set from Tuam garage rock act Oh Boland - who released their excellent debut album, Spilt Milk, last year - and the wry, writty & jaunty indie-pop of Shrug Life - check out their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8, or €6 on the Facebook Cheaplist - attained via commenting your recommended hangover cure (we recommend Berocca and fried anything). Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Jan
    2017

    Avenged Sevenfold & Disturbed

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Nu-metal returns to Dublin's 3Arena in a headline show from Avenged Sevenfold on January 7.

    Avenged Sevenfold released their sixth album, Hail To The King in 2013, earning the band its highest chart positions in the US, and are due to release its follow-up soon. For now, check out the 'Hail To The King'.

    Disturbed support, following a four year hiatus after which they returned in 2015 with a new album, Immortalizedtheir sixth consecutive number 1 album in the Billboard charts.

    Tickets are priced from €55.65 on Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    10
    Jan
    2017

    Sabaton Accept

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    DME bring Swedish power metal act Sabaton to Vicar Street for a show on January 10 as part of their biggest tour to date, The Last Tour for their eighth album The Last Stand

    Like its predecessor Heroes, it's a concept album, inspired by famous defensive 'Last Stand' battles - it's the second album with Sabaton's new lineup of guitarist and drummer after previous members left, leaving just vocalist Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström as the sole long-term members. Check out 'The Last Battalion'.

    Supporting are German heavy metal legends Accept, who played a huge role in the development of speed and thrash metal. Their biggest hit is 1983's 'Balls To The Wall'.

    Tickets cost €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm and the standing area is restricted to over 14s.

  • Fri
    13
    Jan
    2017

    Gifted: Sister Ghost, Paranoids, Wasps & Black Chapels

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    The latest Gifted night at the Belfast Empire takes place on January 13, headlined by Shannon O'Neill-fronted alternative rock quartet Sister Ghost, who just released their new EP, In A Spell - check out their Sonic Youth & Sleater-Kinney-tinged current tunes on Bandcamp.

    Also on the bill are grungy noisenik duo Paranoids - check out debut tune, 'Straitjacket' - anthemic math-rockers Wasps and alt. rock quartet Black Chapels. You can check their single 'Dying Breed' out on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Jan
    2017

    Stella Sings Ella Fitzgerald

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Jazz singer Stella Bass and internationally-acclaimed Irish guitarist Hugh Buckley get together for a night to celebrate the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald in the centenary year of her birth at the Crescent Arts Centre on January 13.

    Tickets are available for £8/£10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Jan
    2017

    James Yorkston, Withered Hand & The Pictish Trail

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Out to Lunch January festival, CQAF bring three of Scotland’s finest and most distinctive songwriters to the Black Box on January 14 to join forces for what promises to be a magical evening of music and chat, with all three artists onstage throughout.

    An original member of Fife’s famous Fence Collective, James Yorkston emerged as a solo artist in 2001 and has since released eight acclaimed albums, the most recent being the rapturously received The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society.

    Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail, is something of a conundrum. On first impressions, he’s a self-deprecating hairy hobo whose on-stage banter could give many comedians a run for their money. But once he begins to sing, Lynch’s extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths that can subdue the most rowdy audiences into a blissful silence.

    Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage he has come to be celebrated in his adopted country and further afield as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty.

    Tickets cost £12/£10 concession from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Mon
    16
    Jan
    2017

    Cage The Elephant

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Following some big festival slots and acclaimed performances in 2016, garagey alt. rockers Cage The Elephant play Dublin's Academy on January 16.

    The eclectic band formed in 2006 and are renowned for their live show, with each of their four albums possessing its own charm, the most recent being Tell Me I'm Pretty. Check out 'Trouble'.

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

  • Mon
    16
    Jan
    2017

    Brand New Friend, January, Little Arcadia & Paper/Boy

    Masons

    Derry-Londonderry

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    In one of their short run of Irish shows together, anthemic quartets Brand New Friend and January co-headline McHugh's on January 17. Last year, Brand New Friend released their American Wives EP, and January have their Swell EP coming up soon, but in the meantime, check their Bandcamp.

    Supporting are north coast act Little Arcadia - check their Bandcamp - and Paper/Boy.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017

    Meshuggah

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Ladies and djentlemen, Meshuggah play Belfast's Limelight 1 on January 17 in an early show.

    The Swedish technical extreme metal outfit fuse death, thrash and prog elements, switching from 7-string guitars to downtuned 8-strings for maximum heaviness. They're known for their complex, polymetered song structures & polyrhythms. They were even nominated in 2006 & 2009 for Swedish Grammy Awards.

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

  • Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017

    Brand New Friend, January, Fox Colony & Whale Talk

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    In one of their short run of Irish shows together, anthemic quartets Brand New Friend and January co-headline McHugh's on January 17. Last year, Brand New Friend released their American Wives EP, and January have their Swell EP coming up soon, but in the meantime, check their Bandcamp.

    Supporting are emo-punk-pop trio Fox Colony - check their Soundcloud - and the first show from Whale Club.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Wed
    18
    Jan
    2017

    Meshuggah

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Ladies and djentlemen, Meshuggah play Dublin's Academy on January 18.

    The Swedish technical extreme metal outfit fuse death, thrash and prog elements, switching from 7-string guitars to downtuned 8-strings for maximum heaviness. They're known for their complex, polymetered song structures & polyrhythms. They were even nominated in 2006 & 2009 for Swedish Grammy Awards.

    Tickets cost €27.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017

    The Felice Brothers & The Horse Thief

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Rootsy Americana folk/country rock quintet The Felice Brothers play Belfast's Limelight 2 on January 19.

    Formed in 2006, they got their start playing in the New York subway, with three brothers Felice coming from the Catskill mountains. They've played with the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Matthews Band, and have released their latest album, Life In The Dark in June.

    Their DIY tendencies are fully on show in the LP, self-produced by multi-instrumentalist James Felice, and recorded in a garage on a farm in upstate New York, where they say they've been trying to channel the likes of Neil Young's Tonight's The Night & The Meat Puppets' II. Check out 'Frankie's Gun'.

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

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017

    Wallis Bird

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Wexford-born, Germany-based songstress Wallis Bird plays Dublin's Vicar Street on January 19, in a series of Irish dates.

    Her fourth album was released in 2014, and she's often drawn comparisons to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple & early Janis Joplin, blending elements of traditional folk, blues and funk with her own crafted, homemade sound. She recently released new single, the incredibly intimate 'Home'.

    Tickets, priced at €26, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017

    The Hotelier

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Massachusetts indie-emo act The Hotelier hit up Dublin's Workman's Club on January 19 as part of their European Tour.

    Having released their very well-received third album Goodness after an acclaimed debut and successor, it seems the band are at the best they've been so far, operating as a trio currently. Check out the video for single 'Piano Player'.

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

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017

    Cian Nugent w/Aoife Nessa Frances

    Douglas Hyde Gallery

    Dublin

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    Diverse Dublin genre-hopping guitar virtuoso Cian Nugent plays the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College on January 19 as the first date of his European Tour. After well-regarded previous instrumental releases, his third album Night Fiction was released in 2016 to more widespread acclaim. Check out the video for 'Lost Your Way', directed by the supporting act on the night.

    The aforementioned Aoife Nessa Frances opens the show her first solo guitar & vocal performance, informed by her folk & psychedelic rock leanings.

     

    Tickets cost €10 from the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017

    Live at the Liquor Rooms: ELE & Claire Z

    The Liquor Rooms, Wellington Quay

    Dublin

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    The first of the Live at the Liquor Rooms dates at No. 5 Wellington Quay takes place on January 19, and features two of the hotly-tipped Irish songstresses of 2017.

    Quirky, atmospheric electronic indie-pop creator ELE plays, following a strong 2016 of playing across the UK & Ireland and supporting Cathy Davey on her winter tour. She's to release her debut single proper this year, so it's worth catching her while she's on the up.

    Also playing is Dublin R&B/soul-pop singer Claire Z, who wrote, performed and produced her debut EP from 2016, which you can check out on Soundcloud ahead of her anticipated new single.

    As ever, admission is free to the Liquor Rooms.

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017

    Black Sabbath

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    THE Black Sabbath come to Dublin's 3Arena on January 20.

    There has been talk in recent years of a new Sabbath album after the chart-topping success of 2013's 13, but bassist Geezer held out. Now, however, it looks like this could be the band's final ever tour, with Iommi having sat on plenty of material over the last number of years. As Henry Rollins says: "You can only trust yourself and the first six Sabbath albums".

    Tickets aren't cheap, starting at €93.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

     

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017

    The Felice Brothers & The Horse Thief

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Rootsy Americana folk/country rock quintet The Felice Brothers play Dublin's Button Factory on January 20.

    Formed in 2006, they got their start playing in the New York subway, with three brothers Felice coming from the Catskill mountains. They've played with the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Matthews Band, and have released their latest album, Life In The Dark in June.

    Their DIY tendencies are fully on show in the LP, self-produced by multi-instrumentalist James Felice, and recorded in a garage on a farm in upstate New York, where they say they've been trying to channel the likes of Neil Young's Tonight's The Night & The Meat Puppets' II. Check out 'Frankie's Gun'.

    Support comes from Denton outfit Horse Thief.

    Tickets cost €22 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.40pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017
    Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017

    Bell X1

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following their mammoth slot on Ed Sheeran's Croke Park bill and a new album, Bell X1 play the Olympia Theatre on January 20 & 21, with the second date added due to popular demand.

    The trio just released their seventh album, Arms, in October, following on from their 2013 LP, Chop Chop, which was their third Irish Number 1 album and fourth consecutive Choice Music Prize nominee. Check out the video for their single 'The Upswing'. 

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

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017

    Cass McCombs

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    One of the world's finest singer-songwriters Cass McCombs plays Whelan's on January 20.

    Blending classic songwriting with a contemporary progressive lyrical style and no fear of genre-spanning, McCombs stands head and shoulders above many of his peers. His eighth album, Mangy Love came out in August - check out the video to 'Laughter is the Best Medicine'.

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

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017

    Wallis Bird

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Wexford-born, Germany-based songstress Wallis Bird plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on January 20, in a series of Irish dates.

    Her fourth album was released in 2014, and she's often drawn comparisons to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple & early Janis Joplin, blending elements of traditional folk, blues and funk with her own crafted, homemade sound. She recently released new single, the incredibly intimate 'Home'.

    Tickets, priced at €26.90, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017

    Aware NI Charity Show: Public House, Viper Wine, Parapa Palace & Bastion

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    January 20 sees a benefit show at McHugh's Bar for Aware NI, a mental health charity. They're the only charity in the country working exclusively with people with depression & bipolar disorder, and with the constant health cuts, it's a great cause. 

    Playing the show are indie-folk trio Public House - check their Soundcloud -  Viper Wine, jangly indie-pop act Parapa Palace - check out their latest single, 'Cruel Hands' on Bandcamp - and Belfast hard rock quartet Bastion - check their Soundcloud.

    Admission opens at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017

    Civil Simian, Gnarkats, Matty Rea & The Haze

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    SONI's first show of 2017 takes place at the Pavilion on January 20, headlined by Civil Simian - check out their Bandcamp.

    Also playing are math-rock-tinged indie rockers Gnarkats, who just put out their Waves Collide EP, as well as singer-songwriter Matty Rea and The Haze.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017

    Wallis Bird

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Wexford-born, Germany-based songstress Wallis Bird plays Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on January 21, in a series of 4 Irish dates.

    Her fourth album was released in 2014, and she's often drawn comparisons to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple & early Janis Joplin, blending elements of traditional folk, blues and funk with her own crafted, homemade sound and stunningly versatile voice. She recently released new single, the incredibly intimate 'Home'.

    Tickets, priced at €24, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017

    Cass McCombs

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    One of the world's finest singer-songwriters Cass McCombs plays the Roisin Dubh on January 21.

    Blending classic songwriting with a contemporary progressive lyrical style and no fear of genre-spanning, McCombs stands head and shoulders above many of his peers. His eighth album, Mangy Love came out in August - check out the video to 'Laughter is the Best Medicine'.

    Tickets cost €18.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017

    Rival Sons

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Long Beach bluesy hard rock outfit Rival Sons play the Limelight 1 on January 21 after supporting Black Sabbath at the 3Arena. 

    They've played with AC/DC, Alice Cooper and the likes, blending the classic strains of rock of Zeppelin, Free, Deep Purple. They released their fifth album, Hollow Bones in 2016. Check out the video for 'Electric Man'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy Daly's, priced at £22. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017

    No Oil Paintings, Pixie Saytar, Heliopause & Sonja Sleator

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Headlining Shizznigh Promotions' show at the Empire on January 21 are rootsy folk/country five piece No Oil Paintings

    Supporting is alternative singer-songwriter Pixie Saytar, who released her second album, In Hindsight, 2016, veteran folk-pop act Heliopause, who released their third album, How Can We Laugh After This in 2016 too, with acoustic singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator - check out her Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Mon
    23
    Jan
    2017

    Beach Slang

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Philly indie-punk trio Beach Slang play The Workman's Club on January 23.

    Recalling the likes of The Replacements, and sitting alongside the current wave of anthemic indie-punks like Cloud Nothings and Fucked Up, Beach Slang released their debut album The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us in 2015 and its follow-up, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings in September - just last month they kicked out second guitarist Ruben Gallego amid ongoing sexual assault allegations. 

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

  • Mon
    23
    Jan
    2017

    Oathbreaker w/Thanks

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belgian blackened post-hardcore/metal outfit Oathbreaker play Voodoo in a Solid Choice Industries show on January 23.

    They released their latest album, Reheia through Deathwish in September to acclaim, following up on 2011 & 2013 albums. Check out the video.

    Tickets cost £14, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    24
    Jan
    2017

    Oathbreaker w/Destriers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Belgian blackened post-hardcore/metal outfit Oathbreaker play Dublin's Whelan's on January 24.

    They released their latest album, Reheia through Deathwish in September to acclaim, following up on 2011 & 2013 albums. Check out the video.

    Support comes from Dublin hardcore band Destriers. Check out their EP.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets.

  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017

    Wallis Bird

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Wexford-born, Germany-based songstress Wallis Bird plays Belfast's Empire on January 25, in a series of 4 Irish dates.

    Her fourth album was released in 2014, and she's often drawn comparisons to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple & early Janis Joplin, blending elements of traditional folk, blues and funk with her own crafted, homemade sound and stunningly versatile voice. She recently released new single, the incredibly intimate 'Home'.

    Tickets, priced at £15, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017

    Pleasure Beach

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    After a very strong 2016, anthemic indie-pop quintet Pleasure Beach play a series of Irish dates, playing Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 25.

    The act are due to release a new single soon, following up on last year's Choice Song of the Year-nominated 'Go', and 'Magic Mountain', both of which can be streamed on Soundcloud.

  • Thu
    26
    Jan
    2017

    Wallis Bird

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Wexford-born, Germany-based songstress Wallis Bird plays Dundalk's Spirit Store on January 26, in a series of Irish dates.

    Her fourth album was released in 2014, and she's often drawn comparisons to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple & early Janis Joplin, blending elements of traditional folk, blues and funk with her own crafted, homemade sound and stunningly versatile voice. She recently released new single, the incredibly intimate 'Home'.

    Tickets, priced at €25.40, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Jan
    2017

    Turin Brakes

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    English indie-folk act Turin Brakes play Belfast's Black Box as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch Festival, on January 26.

    Their seventh album, Lost Property, did well in 2016, placing in the charts and led to some heavy Radio 1 play. Check out 'Painkiller', their top 5 UK hit. They've sold over a million records since their 1999 inception.

    Tickets cost £15 from Ticketsolve and doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Jan
    2017
    Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017

    Chali 2na & DJ Krafty Kuts

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Voice of Jurassic 5 Chali 2na plays the Sugar Club with DJ Krafty Kuts in a late show on January 26, as well as a regular one on January 27.

    The 6-and-a-half-foot baritoned Chali is one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in hip-hop, releasing his debut solo album, Fish Outta Water in 2009, after over a decade in Jurassic 5. Check out the video for Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters' 'Do This For You'.

    Krafty Kuts is renowned for highly technical turntablism, meticulously crafted DJ sets and is one of the pionerers in the UK breakbeat & bass movement scene, with multiple awards to his name, releasing music for the likes of Ministry of Sound, Mix Mag, Fingerlickin and many more since the 80s.

    Tickets are priced from €10 for the Thursday (doors @ 11pm) and €18 (doors @ 8pm) on the Friday from SugarClubTickets.

     

  • Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017

    Documenta, Yucatan & Horsebeach

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Ethereal guitar specialists Documenta, as part of a short tour with two other UK bands, play Voodoo on January 27. The seven-piece drone-pop outfit led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Greene, released their latest album Drone Pop #1, which remains one of the finest NI album releases in the last couple of years. Check out 'Idle Hands'.

    The tour coincides with a split of 6-tracks, with 3 originals by each act & a cover of another band of the three. Sharing the bill are Welsh act Yucatan and Manchester quartet Horsebeach - check their Soundcloud.

  • Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017

    The Orb perform 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld'

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Ambient house pioneers The Orb perform their classic Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld on its 25th anniversary, with show at the Limelight 1 on January 27.

    Formed in 1988, the now-duo - based around founder Alex Paterson - were, from early on, invariably inspired by Eno & Kraftwerk, bringing trippiness into the early club scene. They garnered a large cult following, theming their songs on sci-fi & drug comedowns.

    The group are arguably best known for their 1991 concept double album, The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, based on a two-hour psychedelic trip through genres & electronics, designed to push the threshold of live stage performance at the time.

    Tickets, priced at £17, are available from Shine, Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017

    Jooce & Papa Rua

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Midnight hour at Whelan's on January 27 sees alternative/psych quartet Jooce headline with support from Meath funk/jazz/soul act Papa Rua - check out their Soundcloud.

    Admission is free if you comment 'Where's Wally?' on the event page, and doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    The Wonder Years w/Tiny Moving Parts

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Pennsylvania pop-punk act The Wonder Years play The Workman's Club on January 28 on January 28. They released their latest album, No Closer To Heaven in 2016 and this will be the band's first Irish appearance.

    Check out the video for 'Stained Glass Ceilings'.

    Support comes from US mathy emo pop-punks Tiny Moving Parts

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

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Black Peaks

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Brighton progressive rock act Black Peaks play the Limelight 2 on January 28.

    Formed in 2012 as Shrine, the band  released their debut album in 2016, Statues. Check out the video for 'Glass Built Castles'.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Crazy Town w/Ill Dose

    The Opium Rooms

    Dublin

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    Shizznigh & Venture Promotions bring LA rap-rock outfit Crazy Town to Dublin's Opium Rooms on January 28.

    Their 1999 debut album, The Gift of Game, sold 1.5 million copies before they broke up in 2003. There have been a number of reunions, before the band reunited to release The Brimstone Sluggers in 2015. Here's some 'Butterfly'.

    Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Bodytonic Presents: Andrew Weatherall

    Wigwam

    Dublin

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    Bodytonic bring pioneering DJ/producer & key figure in UK dance culture Andrew Weatherall to the intimate Wigwam basement on January 28. This is a huge coup for the Dublin dance promoters with Weatherall being possibly the DJ most beloved by the respected Bodytonic.

    A very limited number of tickets are available for €10 from Bodytonic. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Slouch, Oh Boland & Clive Edgar Bryce

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Sin É hosts alt. rock riffers Slouch, who just put out their new EP, Feminine Elbows in their first show of 2017, taking place on January 28.

    Supporting are Tuam garage rock trio Oh Boland - check out the fantastic video for our personal favourite Irish song of the year, 'Where's The Beach?' - and the first show from Clive Edgar Bryce.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Gross Net, Cut In Blinks, Die Hexen, Ruth Bate

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions moves its formerly scheduled Eg night to the Belfast Barge on September 28. Headlining is Philip Quinn of Girls Names' techno/post-punk side-project Gross Net. He just launched his debut album, Quantitative Easing on Touch Sensitive. Check out the lead single, 'Currency Transfer'.

    Supporting is Belfast electronic project Cut In Blinks - check out their ambiance on Bandcamp - and dark ambient electronic performance artist & composer Die Hexen, with industrial/electro-goth performer Ruth Bate opening.

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

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    James Vincent McMorrow

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow makes his first Belfast headline performance since his breakthrough second album, Post Tropical, for the Out To Lunch Festival at the Ulster Hall on January 28.

    He broke with his platinum-selling number 1 debut album, Early In The Morning, then gained massive critical acclaim with his second album, Post Tropical, which made numerous end-of-year top 10s, followed by almost two years of continuous touring and appearances.

    Tickets are available from the Ulster Hall, priced at £20.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Independent Venue Week: Arborist, Franklyn, Our Krypton Son & Joel Harkin

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    To celebrate this year's Independent Venue Week, Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre hosts a four-strong bill on January 28, headlined by masterful singer-songwriter Mark McCambridge, aka Arborist. He's just off the back of his acclaimed debut album, Home Burial. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Also performing are former General Fiasco/Oh Volcano pop-rockers Franklyn, Derry singer-songwriter Our Krypton Son, who's soon to release his new album, Fleas and Diamonds, and Donegal-born, Belfast-based Joel Harkin.

    Tickets cost £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Tuath, Junk Drawer & Crude

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Galway promoters Feast, in their first show of the year, change things up with a bill of psychedelia, indie rock, garage and beyond at the Roisin Dubh on January 28. Headlining are multilingual experimental progressive psych/shoegaze outfit Tuath, who release their new single 'Stoically I Ran Through The Rubble' on the night. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are subgenre-spanning, instrument-swapping indie rockers Junk Drawer - who just dropped their new EP For The Cult Fat Guy - and stripped-back Galway rock 'n rollers Crude - check out their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    29
    Jan
    2017

    The Wonder Years w/Tiny Moving Parts

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Pennsylvania pop-punk act The Wonder Years play The Empire on January 29. They released their latest album, No Closer To Heaven in 2016 and this will be the band's first time in Ireland.

    Check out the video for 'Stained Glass Ceilings'.

    Support comes from US mathy emo pop-punks Tiny Moving Parts

    Tickets cost £16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    29
    Jan
    2017

    Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Acoustic troubadours Billy Bragg and Joe Henry bring their Shine A Light tour to Belfast's Ulster Hall on January 29.

    The pair boarded a Los Angeles-bound train in Chicago to connect with railroad travel and the music it inspired. Across four days, the 2 recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and beside tracks while the train was stopped. This tour sees them play songs from the journey as well as favourites from their own back catalogues.

    Tickets cost £20 from the Waterfront. Doors open at 7, with the show starting at 8pm.

  • Sun
    29
    Jan
    2017

    Black Peaks

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Brighton progressive rock act Black Peaks play the Workman's Club on January 29.

    Formed in 2012 as Shrine, the band  released their debut album in 2016, Statues. Check out the video for 'Glass Built Castles'.

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

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017

    Craictivism: Intergalactic Groove for the Dudes w/Spudgun & Vernon Jane

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    In aid of Movember, Dublin-based 'music band from space who melt music and theatre together in a cosmic fondue of eclectic sounds and emotions known by their species as Psychedelic Space Goo' SpudGun play the Workman's Club on January 31. Check out We Share This Space.

    Sharing the bill are 'psychedelic jance' septet Vernon Jane, who released their  debut EP, The Inner Workings of a Damaged Nobody in 2016. Opening are progressive post-punk/math-rock trio Tribal Dance. Donate to Movember here.

    Tickets are priced from €5-€7 on Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Feb
    2017

    Night Music 1: The RTÉ Contempo Quartet

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Praised for their live performances, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet play Belfast's The MAC on February 1 as one of Moving On Music's 3-date Night Music series.

    Formed in 1995, the quartet has won 14 international prizes, performing more than 2000 concerts across the world, to the likes of Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Michael D. Higgins.

    The four piece is to play Béla Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances & String Quartet No. 9, and David Fennessy's Bow Your Head.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music. The pre-concert talk begins at 8.15pm, with the performance at 9pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    Frightened Rabbit

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit play a few Irish dates in February, kicking off at the Spirit Store in Dundalk on February 2.

    Initially a solo project for frontman & guitarist Scott Hutchison, their first album was recorded as a duo with his brother Grant and released in 2006. They released their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack last April - check out the video for 'Get Out'.

    Tickets cost €20.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    Joseph

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Portland sibling folk-pop trio Joseph play a pair of Irish shows, including McHugh's Basement on February 2.

    With their second album, I'm Alone, No You're Not, debuting at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers in September, they appeared on Jools Holland, Ellen Degeneres and more. Check out their single, 'SOS (Overboard)'.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    Exmagician w/Waldorf & Cannon

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part of their February Irish tour, the band formerly known as Cashier No.9, exmagician, play Whelan's on February 2. Check out their NI Music Prize-nominated album, Scan The Blue out on Soundcloud.

    Supporting are quirky Derry garage-blues duo Waldorf & Cannon - check out 'Rise Up'.

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

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    TLMT 3: Slow Riot, Beach & Montauk Hotel

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Fellow Independent Irish music blog The Last Mixed Tape holds its third birthday show at the Sound House on Eden Quay on February 2nd.

    Helping TLMT ring in its fourth year are Limerick-based post-punk three-piece Slow Riot - check out their Soundcloud for more - pysch-rock outfit Beach - check out their recent tune, 'Donuts' - and indie-pop band Montauk Hotel.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    Live at the Liquor Rooms Presents: Mimi Lane, Sean Rooney & Lemoncello

    No. 5 Wellington Quay

    Dublin

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    February 23's instalment of the Live at the Liquor Rooms on No. 5 Wellington Quay is headlined by Mimi Lane. Soulful pop act, reminiscent of Lianna La Havas & NAO, check out her Soundcloud.

    Supporting is indie-laced Longford singer-songwriter Sean Rooney and genre-hopping cello/guitar duo Lemoncello, comprising talented musicians Laura Quirke & Claire Kinsella.

    As always, admission is free.

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017

    Joseph

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Portland sibling folk-pop trio Joseph play a pair of Irish shows, including Whelan's on February 3.

    With their second album, I'm Alone, No You're Not, debuting at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers in September, they appeared on Jools Holland, Ellen Degeneres and more. Check out their single, 'SOS (Overboard)'.

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

     

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017

    Exmagician w/Waldorf & Cannon

    Dolans Warehouse Upstairs

    Limerick

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    As part of their February Irish tour, the band formerly known as Cashier No.9, exmagician, play Upstairs at Dolan's Warehouse on February 3. Check out their NI Music Prize-nominated album, Scan The Blue out on Soundcloud.

    Supporting are quirky Derry garage-blues duo Waldorf & Cannon - check out 'Rise Up'.

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017

    Exploding Eyes LP Launch w/Wild Rocket & Galants

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Proggy psych/garage rock Dubliners Exploding Eyes launch their self-titled debut album upstairs at Whelan's on February 3. You can check them out on Bandcamp with their latest release, 'We Need Love'. Their album will be available from Big Neck Records.

    Supporting on the night are Dublin psych-doom act Wild Rocket - check their Bandcamp - and fuzzy noise-pop/shoegaze outfit Galants, who just released their debut EP.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017

    Emilie Conway Quartet: You Must Believe in Spring

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Dublin born jazz singer Emilie Conway and her quartet return to the Crescent Arts Centre for an evening of music on February 3.  They're to perform songs from the Great American Songbook, South America, Joni Mitchell, and the quartet's original compositions to celebrate spring's onset.

    Since the release of debut album, The Secret of a Rose, in 2012 Emilie’s career has blossomed with exciting invitations and opportunities, collaborating and performing in Europe, Northern Ireland, America and the Caribbean.  She received an Arts Council Award to explore and present the music of lesser-known composer Alec Wilder together with pianist and musical director, Johnny Taylor.  This subsequently became the material for her second album, Dear World: Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilder, released last year.  

    Tickets cost £10-£12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017

    Popicalia #23: Half Forward Line, Walpurgis Family, Field Trip & Danny Carroll (Shrug Life)

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    The Bello Bar brings four acts together for the twenty-third instalment of Popical Island's Popicalia on February 3. 

    Headlining are Half Forward Line, featuring So Cow's Brian and Oh Boland's Niall & Ciaran - expect garagey sounds. Also playing are Dublin indie-pop quartet Walpurgis Family - check their Bandcamp - Galway garage-pop quartet Field Trip - check out Youth In Asia- and a solo set from one of Ireland's finest wits, Shrug Life's Danny Carroll.

    Admission costs €8. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017

    Frightened Rabbit

    Dolans Warehouse

    Limerick 

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    Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit play a few Irish dates in February, kicking off at Limerick's Dolan's Warehouse on February 4.

    Initially a solo project for frontman & guitarist Scott Hutchison, their first album was recorded as a duo with his brother Grant and released in 2006. They released their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack last April - check out the video for 'Get Out'.

    Tickets cost €20.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017

    Exmagician w/Waldorf & Cannon

    The Loft

    Galway

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    As part of their February Irish tour, the band formerly known as Cashier No.9, exmagician, play Galway's Loft Venue on February 4. Check out their NI Music Prize-nominated album, Scan The Blue out on Soundcloud.

    Supporting are quirky Derry garage-blues duo Waldorf & Cannon - check out 'Rise Up'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €12. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017

    Fangclub

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin rock n' roll trio Fangclub play Whelan's on February 4. Their latest EP, Coma Happy, came out in November. Check out the video for 'Dreamcatcher'.

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

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017

    65daysofstatic

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Instrumental electronic post-rockers 65daysofstatic return to Dublin to play the Button Factory on February 4, after a year that saw them soundtrack the hugely-hyped No Man's Sky space exploration simulator.

    The soundtrack, and follow-up to their 2013 sixth album, Wild Light, is named Music For An Infinite Universe - check it out here. The band formed in 2001 as a trio, until the band expanded, doing remixes and mash-ups of pop acts, adding glitchy, dancy elements to a generally guitar-driven genre. They're well-known for their huge live performances.

    Tickets cost €17 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Feb
    2017

    Frightened Rabbit

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit play a few Irish dates in February, playing Dublin's Academy on February 5.

    Initially a solo project for frontman & guitarist Scott Hutchison, their first album was recorded as a duo with his brother Grant and released in 2006. They released their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack last April - check out the video for 'Get Out'.

    Tickets cost €26.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Feb
    2017

    Conor Oberst

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst comes to Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre on February 5 to play an intimate solo show.

    This will be his first Irish show in 4 years, and follows the release of his new solo album, Ruminations, recorded quickly after some time in his hometown Omaha spent writing in winter after a decade in New York. Oberst will play solo as well as past material, based mostly around piano.

    Tickets cost €28.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Feb
    2017

    Exmagician w/Waldorf & Cannon

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    As part of their February Irish tour, the band formerly known as Cashier No.9, exmagician, play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on February 5. Check out their NI Music Prize-nominated album, Scan The Blue out on Soundcloud.

    Supporting are quirky Derry garage-blues duo Waldorf & Cannon - check out 'Rise Up'.

  • Mon
    06
    Feb
    2017

    Kaleo

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Icelandic four-piece Kaleo play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 6, following their Academy show in November.

    The folk, blues, country, rock blenders have become a sensation in their home country, and this marks their first outings abroad. They formed as friends in school, starting with shows back in 2012 at the Iceland Airwaves music festival. Their debut album came out in 2013. They're hotly tipped - check out 'Way Down We Go'.

    Tickets cost from €21 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2017

    Frightened Rabbit

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit play a few Irish dates in February, playing Belfast's Limelight 1 on February 7.

    Initially a solo project for frontman & guitarist Scott Hutchison, their first album was recorded as a duo with his brother Grant and released in 2006. They released their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack last April - check out the video for 'Get Out'.

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

  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2017

    Tuesday Throwdown: MYLK & Son of the Hound

    Mister Tom's, Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Our first Tuesday Throwdown of 2017 will see us move from the Back Bar to upstairs in Mister Tom's at Lavery's Belfast for a show with Belfast supergroup of sorts M Y L K - check out 'Are You Happy' - and Michael McCullagh w/full band, aka Son of The Hound - watch the video for 'I.O.U.' - on Tuesday, February 7. 

    Entry costs £3, drink promotions and The Thin Air DJs spinning all kinds of party sounds to late. Doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017

    Frightened Rabbit

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit play a few Irish dates in February, playing Cyprus Avenue in Cork on February 8.

    Initially a solo project for frontman & guitarist Scott Hutchison, their first album was recorded as a duo with his brother Grant and released in 2006. They released their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack last April - check out the video for 'Get Out'.

  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017

    Vasa & Body Hound w/Towers

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Solid Choice Industries bring a pair of mainland UK-based acts to Voodoo on February 8.

    Glasgow-based post-rockers Vasa have picked up comparisons to And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank, Maybeshewill and Explosions In The Sky, Their explosive and frantically infectious music goes one step further and turns sub-genre conventions and clichés on their head with a healthy injection of Celtic-influenced roots and a frenetic, dance infectious energy. Check out the video for 'Fat Ronaldo', taken off their debut album, Colours.

    Body Hound feature ex-Rolo Tomassi members and can be summed up as progressive math instrumental. They're incredible live - check them out live in Brixton.

    Opening are young progressive hardcore act Towers - check out 'Arise The Red Sun'.

  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017

    Paul Currie: Fffffffmilk

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Critically lauded surreal NI comedian Paul Currie brings his 'Ffffffmilk' show to the Black Box on February 8.

    Heralded by Stewart Lee as having his favourite show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and making fans of the likes of Lee, Limmy, Tony Law and Phil Jupitus, amongst others, Currie's surreal nonsense and bohemian is something to behold.

    "Come and get your surreal on, wipe all reason on the doormat before you crawl on hands and knees inside the mind flume of Paul Currie and let’s get ffffffffmilky!"

    Tickets are available for only £6 from Ticketsolve. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017
    Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    Frightened Rabbit

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit play a few Irish dates in February, playing the Roisin Dubh on February 9 & 10.

    Initially a solo project for frontman & guitarist Scott Hutchison, their first album was recorded as a duo with his brother Grant and released in 2006. They released their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack last April - check out the video for 'Get Out'.

    Tickets cost €25.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017

    Dana Masters

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Deep South-born, NI-based singer Dana Masters plays Dublin's Sugar Club on February 9.

    Studying music for years in major American cities, she moved to Northern Ireland with her husband in 2008, getting heavily involved again in 2012, playing a weekly residency in McHugh's Bar in Belfast. She went on to play with BBC Radio 4 and Proms in the Park, singing regularly with Van Morrison. Check out 'Motherless Child'.

    Tickets cost €15 from the Sugar Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017

    Vasa & Body Hound

    On The Rox

    Dublin

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    Venture Promotions brings a pair of mainland UK-based acts to Dublin's On The Rox on February 9.

    Glasgow-based post-rockers Vasa have picked up comparisons to And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank, Maybeshewill and Explosions In The Sky, Their explosive and frantically infectious music goes one step further and turns sub-genre conventions and clichés on their head with a healthy injection of Celtic-influenced roots and a frenetic, dance infectious energy. Check out the video for 'Fat Ronaldo', taken off their debut album, Colours.

    Body Hound feature ex-Rolo Tomassi members and can be summed up as progressive math instrumental. They're incredible live - check them out live in Brixton. You can also pay-what-you-want for their Rhombus Now EP.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017

    David Maranha, School Tour & Anna Clock

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Piss Rainbow brings veteran organist/pianist David Maranha to 10 Belvedere Court's Jigsaw venue on February 9. Working from the mid-'80s in bands and solo, he has collaborated with a huge number of musicians, working as an architect on public buildings since 1993. Check out his recently-released Salt, Ashes, Goat Skin.

    Irish drone & pulse outfit School Tour also perform, which will invariably result in layers of reverb over trance-inducing oscillations, loops and evocative decay. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Also playing is London & Dublin-based electronic-visual/sound design act Anna Clock. Check out her Bandcamp.

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

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    Mid-Ulster Madness 8: Electric Octopus, Acid Age & Lost Avenue

    The Underground

    Draperstown

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    Draperstown promotion Dead Wing Promotions' first Mid-Ulster Madness night of the year at The Underground Bar takes place on February 10, headlined by psychedelic blues jam trio Electric Octopus. Check out the prolific three's improvised albums out on Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are hyper-thrash act Acid Age - check out their short, sharp burst of a record, Drone Shark Ethics - and Derry alt. punks Lost Avenue - check out their Killing Time/Sudden Death single.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    Rue, Landless & Jim Ghedi

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    The Bello Bar hosts the debut show from Dublin folk trio Rue on February 10. The band feature members of Lynched/Lankum, based around banjo, fiddle, harmonium & concertina. Expect murder ballads with classic folk tinges - check out 'Katie Cruel'.

    Also performing are Dublin/Belfast harmony-based quartet Landless, who are currently recording their debut album. Talented Sheffield artist Jim Ghedi opens the show with his exploratory 6 & 12-string guitar-based folk. Check him out live in the Sheffield Cathedral.

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

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    Vasa & Body Hound

    An Spailpin Fanach

    Cork

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    Mainland UK-based acts Vasa and Body Hound play Cork's An Spailpin Fanach on February 10 as part of a 4-night Irish tour.

    Glasgow-based post-rockers Vasa have picked up comparisons to And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank, Maybeshewill and Explosions In The Sky, Their explosive and frantically infectious music goes one step further and turns sub-genre conventions and clichés on their head with a healthy injection of Celtic-influenced roots and a frenetic, dance infectious energy. Check out the video for 'Fat Ronaldo', taken off their debut album, Colours.

    Body Hound feature ex-Rolo Tomassi members and can be summed up as progressive math instrumental. They're incredible live - check them out live in Brixton. You can also pay-what-you-want for their Rhombus Now EP.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    Bullitt Presents: Fears (Live)

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Alt. pop & former noisemaker with Mhaol, Constance Keane, aka Fears, performs live at Church Street, Belfast's Bullitt on February 10. Check out her new single, 'Blood'.

    She'll be followed by Bullitt DJs.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Mike & The Mechanics

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Over 10 million-selling pop-rock supergroup Mike & The Mechanics play a couple of dates on the isle as part of their Word of Mouth tour of 2017, performing at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 12.

    Formed in 1985 as a side-project by Genesis bassist/rhythm guitarist Mike Rutherford, they're best known for their global hit 'The Living Years'.

    Tickets cost £35.50 from Ticketmaster and the QUB SU reception. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Taking Back Sunday w/Frank Iero & The Patience

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    February 11 sees Long Island emo/pop-punk act Taking Back Sunday play the Limelight 1 on their Tidal Wave tour.

    Formed in 1999, they broke through in 2006 with Louder Now for its lead single 'MakeDamnSure'. They're currently touring their seventh album, Tidal Wave.

    Supporting is former My Chemical Romance rhythm guitarist Frank Iero's current project, Frank Iero & The Patience, who have just released a new album, Parachutes. Check out 'I'm A Mess'.

    Tickets cost £25 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Trivium w/Sikth & Shypes

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    US metal giants Trivium play Dublin's The Academy on February 11 following their most recent album release, Silence In The Snow.

    The Orlando thrash/melodic metalcore quartet formed in 1999, fronted by guitarist Matt Heafy, really rising to prominence with their 2005 second album, Ascendancy. This date forms part of the final run of shows for their seventh album, 2015's Silence In The Snow. Here's a little reminder of them in their more Metallica-influenced days.

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

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Keaton Henson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    British singer-songwriter, visual artist & poet Keaton Henson plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 11.

    He released his limited edition, hand-made debut album, Dear..., in 2010, which finally broke through the next year with a minor Radio 1 frenzy over his identity over single 'You Don't Know How Lucky You Are'. He's released something every year since 2013, with the most recent being 2016's Kindly Now, which yielded the single 'No Witnesses'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €34.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Crilli Dnb 11th Birthday: dBridge

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast drum 'n bass night Crilli celebrates its 11th anniversary at Voodoo on Saturday, February 11 with a headline DJ set from Exit Records UK's label head, dBridge. Check out his Soundcloud.

    With a discography that stretches back to the conception of the genre in the early 1990s, few producers can boast as great an influence over the development of UK dance music during the last three decades. Recent work with producers such as Skream and Instra:mental, plus institutions like RBMA and Boiler Room, are testament to his continuing relevance almost 30 years on. Support on the night comes from the resident DJ, Bad Operator

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced at £8 for early bird and £10 full price.

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    God's Waiting Room Valentine's Special w/Bernardino Femminielli, David Holmes, Die Hexen & more

    Maple Leaf Club

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory brings God's Waiting Room, a Valentine's Special to the 2-room Maple Leaf Club in East Belfast on February 11, with The Outrageous Bernardino Femminielli, of Montreal - check out his Bandcamp

    Also performing are legendary Belfast DJ David Holmes in a 4 hour set, as well as dark ambient electronic performance artist & composer Die Hexen.

    Room 2 sees DJ sets from Jeff DohertyMark Gilliland, with Joe Lindsay compering, films & visuals from Stephen Hackett & Jason Deadman. The first 200 people in will receive a limited numbered God's Waiting Room CD compiled by a special past guest. 

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced at £12. Doors open at 9pm. Check out the video for more information.

     

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Vasa, Body Hound & Slowboke

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Mainland UK-based acts Vasa and Body Hound play the Roisin Dubh for Feast on February 11 to finish off their 4-night joint Irish tour.

    Glasgow-based post-rockers Vasa have picked up comparisons to And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank, Maybeshewill and Explosions In The Sky, Their explosive and frantically infectious music goes one step further and turns sub-genre conventions and clichés on their head with a healthy injection of Celtic-influenced roots and a frenetic, dance infectious energy. Check out the video for 'Fat Ronaldo', taken off their debut album, Colours.

    Body Hound feature ex-Rolo Tomassi members and can be summed up as progressive math instrumental. They're incredible live - check them out live in Brixton. You can also pay-what-you-want for their Rhombus Now EP.

    Opening are enigmatic Irish math-rock act Slowboke.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    12
    Feb
    2017

    Mike & The Mechanics

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Over 10 million-selling pop-rock supergroup Mike & The Mechanics play a couple of dates on the isle as part of their Word of Mouth tour of 2017, performing at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 12.

    Formed in 1985 as a side-project by Genesis bassist/rhythm guitarist Mike Rutherford, they're best known for their global hit 'The Living Years'.

    Tickets cost €40.05 from Ticketmaster, including the €1 restoration levy.

  • Sun
    12
    Feb
    2017

    Taking Back Sunday w/Frank Iero & The Patience

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    February 12 sees Long Island emo/pop-punk act Taking Back Sunday play Vicar Street on their Tidal Wave tour.

    Formed in 1999, they broke through in 2006 with Louder Now for its lead single 'MakeDamnSure'. They're currently touring their seventh album, Tidal Wave.

    Supporting is former My Chemical Romance rhythm guitarist Frank Iero's current project, Frank Iero & The Patience, who have just released a new album, Parachutes. Check out 'I'm A Mess'.

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

  • Sun
    12
    Feb
    2017

    Trivium w/Sikth & Shypes

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    US metal giants Trivium play Belfast's Limelight 1 on February 12, following their most recent album release, Silence In The Snow.

    The Orlando thrash/melodic metalcore quartet formed in 1999, fronted by guitarist Matt Heafy, really rising to prominence with their 2005 second album, Ascendancy. This date forms part of the final run of shows for their seventh album, 2015's Silence In The Snow. Here's a little reminder of them in their more Metallica-influenced days.

    Tickets cost £24.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    12
    Feb
    2017

    Owen Denvir EP Launch w/Hannah McPhillimy

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based indie folk-pop singer-songwriter Owen Denvir launches his new EP, Motion Picture Soundtrack with a show at Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre on February 12.

    Following up on his Daydreamer EP, his live set employs viola, guitar & piano, and this particular show will feature a brass trio & string trio. Having last year went viral with his split-screen cover mashup of Coldplay songs, he's continued this on with his new live video EP Motion Picture Soundtrack.

    Supporting is singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy - check out her Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available priced at £7 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Tue
    14
    Feb
    2017

    Purple Hearts Night: Peach State, The Girl Talk, Chinese Newspaper & Young Earth

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    This Valentine's Night sees a charity gig in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland at Dublin's Workman's Club. Performing are four bands from BIMM music college in Dublin.

    7-piece blues-rock outfit Peach StateThe Girl Talk, DIY garage-rock band Chinese Newspaper - check out their Soundcloud - and indie-pop act Young Earth. 

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    15
    Feb
    2017

    Band of Horses

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    US indie folk-rock outfit Band of Horses play Vicar Street on February 15.

    Formed by guitarist & frontman Ben Bridwell in 2004, they've went through several lineup changes, with the same core since their second album, Cease To Begin. They released their fifth album, Why Are You OK in 2016, produced by Grandaddy's Jason Lyttle. Check out 'Casual Party'.

    Tickets cost €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017

    Redneck Manifesto w/Paddy Hanna

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Making their long-awaited return to the gig circuit are seminal Irish math-rock act The Redneck Manifesto, who play Whelan's on February 16 as one of 2 newly-announced Irish shows.

    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 - their fourth LP. Check them out live at Electric Picnic 2016.

    Supporting is genre-spanning singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna, who played Electric Picnic and more this summer, and released a great string of singles last year. Check out 'Underprotected'.

    Tickets cost €18 from Whelanslive, Ticketmaster & Tickets.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017

    The Straw Gods Single Launch

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Alt. rock quintet The Straw Gods launch their new single, 'Iron Lung' upstairs at Whelan's on February 16.

    Following up on their first couple of EPs, watch the video for 'Iron Lung'.

    Admission costs €10, with tickets available from WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    17
    Feb
    2017

    Girl Band, Lynched & Rusangano Family w/DJs

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Unquantifiably noisy quartet Girl Band have announced another headline show at Vicar Street, with a cast of other acts and DJs on 17 February in aid of Pieta House.

    Girl Band released their debut album, Holding Hands With Jamie came out in 2015 - watch the video for single 'Paul'.

    Supporting are LynchedDublin hip-hop trio Rusangano Family, with some guest DJs including James Vincent McMorrowRough Trade Records' Geoff Travis and Aisling O'Riordan of Southern Hospitality Board.

    Pieta House offers free counselling to people who are feeling suicidal, people who are engaging in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide. It has 18 centres across Ireland and operates the free 24/7 suicide helpline 1800 247 247

    Suicide and mental health awareness is one of the biggest and most overlooked social problems in Ireland, and even though there is headway being made on the issue in terms of awareness and openness on the issue, one of the biggest problems facing someone in the depths of mental health problems is access to a free counselling service. Services such as Pieta can have a huge impact for people in helping them cope with these problems and in turn can save lives. Unfortunately, they are also massively underfunded by our government; Pieta alone receives 86% of its funding from public donation.

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

  • Fri
    17
    Feb
    2017

    Redneck Manifesto w/Paddy Hanna

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Making their long-awaited return to the gig circuit are seminal Irish math-rock act The Redneck Manifesto, who play Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 17.

    Featuring amongst their ranks Richie Egan, aka Jape, on bass, as well as members of Somadrone  they released their debut album, Thirtysixstrings in 2001, setting off a generation of Irish instrumental bands. Their last release was 2010's Friendship - their fourth LP. Check them out live at Electric Picnic 2016.

    Tickets cost €18 or €16 for members from Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Feb
    2017

    Nomadic Rituals Album Launch w/Soothsayer, War Iron & Maw

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Primal Belfast doom trio Nomadic Rituals launch their pulverisingly heavy second album, Marking The Day with an appropriately crushing bill at Voodoo on February 17. You can stream and read about Marking The Day here - it's an epic concept album about the birth, life and death of the cosmos.

    Supporting are Belfast sludge quartet War Iron - check out their Bandcamp - Cork atmospheric doom-noise metal act Soothsayer - Check out their latest release on Bandcamp - and sludgy noise-rock duo Maw - check out their latest double a-side, Harmatone.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017

    Karl Blau

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Northwest indie hero Karl Blau plays Whelan's on February 18 following the release of his

    The multi-instrumentalist DIY singer-songwriter has released over 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released or on miniscule labels. His latest album, Introducing Karl Blau, is out on Bella Union, and is a collection of 60's & 70's Nashville featuring members of My Morning Jacket, Lake, SunnO))) & Earth.

    Check out his 'Fallin' Rain' video.

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

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017

    Redneck Manifesto w/Paddy Hanna

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Making their long-awaited return to the gig circuit are seminal Irish math-rock act The Redneck Manifesto, who play Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick in the second of 2 newly-announced Irish shows.

    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 - their fourth LP. Check them out live at Electric Picnic 2016.

    Supporting is genre-spanning singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna, who played Electric Picnic and more this summer, and released a great string of singles last year. Check out 'Underprotected'.

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017

    Sister Ghost, Slouch, No Matter & Alien She

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Voodoo hosts a cross-border lineup of four acts on February 18. Headlining are the Shannon O'Neill-fronted alternative rock noiseniks Sister Ghost, who just released their new EP, In A Spell - check out their Sonic Youth & Sleater-Kinney-tinged current tunes on Bandcamp.

    Dublin bands making their first appearance in the north are alt. rock riffers Slouch, who just put out their new EP, Feminine Elbows, and feminist experimental trio Alien She - check their Bandcamp - and Belfast pop-punk quartet No Matter - check out their Ill Advised EP.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017
    Mon
    20
    Feb
    2017

    Drake

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    World-beating hip-hop artist Drake headlines Dublin's 3Arena on February 19 & 20 as part of his Boy Meets World tour, following a huge Summer Sixteen tour of the States in 2016.

    The platinum-selling, multiple Grammy-winning rapper has become the first artist to break 1 billion streams on Apple Music with his latest LP, Views, which also holds the record for most number 1 singles on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, beating Michael Jackson's 32-year-long record. He originally gained recognition on teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, releasing his debut album Thank Me Later in 2010. Here's 'Hotline Bling', which will probably have over a billion views by the time you click it.

    Tickets are priced upwards from €84 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017

    Tegan & Sara

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Canadian indie-pop sister duo Tegan and Sara play Vicar Street on February  19.

    The identical Quin twins are openly gay, and are active LGBT rights campaigners, both multi-instrumentalists & songwriters, came out of Calgary and have released eight albums to date, with the most recent being 2016's Love You To Death. Starting out a more indie rock/punk outfit, they've went increasingly pop in recent years - check out  recent single 'Stop Desire', out on Neil Young's Vapor Records.

    Tickets cost €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017

    Sleigh Bells

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells play Whelan's on February 19.

    Fronted by Alexis Krauss, Derek Edward Miller on guitar, they released their debut album Treats in 2010, with their fourth album, Jessica Rabbit achieving acclaim upon its November 2016 release. Here's the video for 'I Can Only Stare'.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced at €19. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017

    Karl Blau

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Northwest indie hero Karl Blau plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 19 following the release of his new album, Introducing Karl Blau.

    The multi-instrumentalist DIY singer-songwriter has released over 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released or on miniscule labels. His latest album, Introducing Karl Blau, is out on Bella Union, and is a collection of 60's & 70's Nashville featuring members of My Morning Jacket, Lake, SunnO))) & Earth.

    Check out his 'Fallin' Rain' video.

    Tickets are available from The Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    20
    Feb
    2017

    Karl Blau

    Cleere's Theatre

    Kilkenny

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    Northwest indie hero Karl Blau plays Cleere's Theatre in Kilkenny on February 20 following the release of his new album, Introducing Karl Blau.

    The multi-instrumentalist DIY singer-songwriter has released over 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released or on miniscule labels. His latest album, Introducing Karl Blau, is out on Bella Union, and is a collection of 60's & 70's Nashville featuring members of My Morning Jacket, Lake, SunnO))) & Earth.

    Check out his 'Fallin' Rain' video.

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

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017

    Karl Blau

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Northwest indie hero Karl Blau plays Cyprus Avenue in Cork on February 21 following the release of his new album, Introducing Karl Blau.

    The multi-instrumentalist DIY singer-songwriter has released over 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released or on miniscule labels. His latest album, Introducing Karl Blau, is out on Bella Union, and is a collection of 60's & 70's Nashville featuring members of My Morning Jacket, Lake, SunnO))) & Earth.

    Check out his 'Fallin' Rain' video.

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

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017

    Ailbhe Reddy

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Irish singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy, fresh off an acclaimed set at Other Voices in Dingle, plays the Sugar Club on February 22.

    After finding success when a demo of her song 'Cover Me' soundtracked a Today FM radio advert, she's went on to play most major Irish festivals in 2016. With over 1 million streams of her debut EP Hollowed Out Sea and her first UK shows happening in 2017, it looks to be a promising year for Reddy. Check out the video for single, 'Distrust'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €14.85. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Feb
    2017

    Tonstartssbandht

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Experimental psych duo Tonstartssbandht play the Workman's Club on February 23. 

    Comprising brothers Edwin & Andy White, the endlessly touring pair were raised in Florida and are based in Brooklyn. Check out their mammath discography - much of which is live - on Bandcamp, especially their incredible Overseas

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

  • Thu
    23
    Feb
    2017

    August Wells

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    August Wells, the outlet of singer-songwriter & pianist Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger, play Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 23 as part of a series of Irish spring tour dates.

    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.

  • Thu
    23
    Feb
    2017

    SOMA #005: Nervvs & Pleasure Beach

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    For the fifth instalment of Whelans' SOMA Indie clubnight on February 23, garage-punks Nervvs play - check out their excellent new EP, A Mixtape of Love Vol. One.

    Also playing are anthemic indie-pop outfit Pleasure Beach, who kick off their Irish tour. Last year, they released the Choice Song of the Year-nominated 'Go', and 'Magic Mountain', both of which can be streamed on Soundcloud.

    The rest of the night will be soundtracked by SOMA, which originated as a series of house parties in Dublin featuring live bands.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017

    Pleasure Beach

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    After a very strong 2016, anthemic indie-pop quintet Pleasure Beach play a series of Irish dates, playing a hometown date in Belfast's Limelight 2 on February 24. 

    The act are due to release a new single soon, following up on last year's Choice Song of the Year-nominated 'Go', and 'Magic Mountain', both of which can be streamed on Soundcloud.

  • Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017

    Volume Control: Surf Green, Rainclub & Brand New Friend

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    February 24 sees the next Oh Yeah Centre youth volunteer-run Volume Control show, headlined by their Clash of the New Breeds winners, young punk trio Surf Green. They recently released their Eighty Percent EP. Check out single 'Stay'.

    Also playing are emo-tinged indie-poppers Brand New Friend, who released their American Wives EP last year to great success, and Rainclub. Visuals will be provided by Oh Yeah Centre company Guerrilla Shout.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm. It's an all-ages show, over at 10pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017

    The Thin Air Presents: Hot Cops, Oh Boland & Junk Drawer

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    A veritable triptych of kickass Irish indie rock, Hot Cops, Oh Boland and Junk Drawer will play our first Friday night show at Lavery's Belfast on February 24.
    Check out the video for Hot Cops' latest single, 'Dumbbo', Galway ragtag power-pop/indie rock merchants Oh Boland's video for the Replacements-esque 'Take Me Back to Mutton Island' and Belfast instrument-swapping quartet Junk Drawer's latest EP, For The Cult Fat Guy.

    Thin Air DJs will be providing beats long into the night. Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9.30pm.
     
  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    The Answer

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Following the release of their sixth album Solas, Co. Down bluesy hard rock outfit The Answer play the Limelight on February 25 to officially launch it, having just passed the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Rise.

    With early acclaim coming from the likes of Classic Rock magazine, and getting a track on Guitar Hero, the band toured constantly for around two years with AC/DC on their Black Ice World Tour. Check out the video for early single 'Under The Sky'.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Alien She, Sister Ghost, Slouch & Junk Drawer

    The Mercantile

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Mercantile hosts a cross-border lineup of four acts, one week on from the Belfast date, on February 25.

    Performing on the bill are the Shannon O'Neill-fronted alternative rock noiseniks Sister Ghost, who just released their new EP, In A Spell - check out their Sonic Youth & Sleater-Kinney-tinged current tunes on Bandcamp.

    Dublin alt. rock riffers Slouch are also on the bill, having recently put out their Feminine Elbows EP, and feminist experimental trio Alien She - check their Bandcamp - and Belfast-based instrument-swapping indie rockers Junk Drawer - who recently put out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Bitch Falcon

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Louder-than-hell alt. rock riff machine Bitch Falcon play Dublin's Workman's Club on February 25 as part of their first headline Irish tour.

    This coincides with the release of their latest single, 'Clutch'. Here's the video for 'TMJ'.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Pleasure Beach (Free Show)

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    After a very strong 2016, anthemic indie-pop quintet Pleasure Beach play a series of Irish dates, including a free show at Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 25.

    The act are due to release a new single soon, following up on last year's Choice Song of the Year-nominated 'Go', and 'Magic Mountain', both of which can be streamed on Soundcloud.

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Life Goals Single Launch w/Brash Isaac & BDBR

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast indie-punk trio Life Goals launch their new single, 'Alright' at Voodoo on February 25. Comprising 3/4 of Gascan Ruckus, they're a heartfelt, emo-tinged catchy outfit armed with strong tunes. Check out their debut tunes on Bandcamp.

    Also playing is Andrew Cameron of New Ancestors' current project Brash Isaac - check the video for 'In The Dark' - and lo-fi bedroom indie-pop artist Ryan Mills, aka BDBR - check out his debut Bedroom Demo.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Oh Boland LP Launch w/No Monster Club & Lie Ins

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Having released their debut album, Spilt Milk last year, Tuam garage rockers Oh Boland play Dublin's Bello Bar on February 25 to launch the LP, having recently finished off their second album, Cheap Things

    Also playing jangly art-pop act No Monster Club - they're releasing an EP on the 1st of every month this year, so check their Bandcamp - and thrashy lo-fi songwriters Lie Ins, who've recently expanded to become a trio - check out their latest tunes.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    With their eleventh album out in September, The Divine Comedy play Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre on February 26.

    Since their formation in 1989, Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, with projects including the cricket-based Duckworth Lewis Method. The latest album is called Foreverland.

    Tickets cost from €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017
    Mon
    27
    Feb
    2017

    Elbow

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Mercury Price-winners Elbow have announced their long-awaited live return in Ireland after the success of The Seldom Seen Kid, playing February 26 & 27 at Dublin's Olympia Theatre.

    Their seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2014's The Take Off and Landing of Everything, comes out at the start of February. It will be 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'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €54.50. 

  • Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017

    Vant

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    British indie rock band Vant play a 14+ show at The Academy 2 on October 26.

    They've just released their debut album, Dumb Blood after a string of singles. Check out new single 'Do You Know Me?'

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

  • Mon
    27
    Feb
    2017

    Bonobo

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Simon Green, aka Bonobo comes to Vicar Street as part of a European tour on February 27.

    This follows the January release of Bonobo's latest album, Migration - check out the first single from it, 'Kerala'. Deftly DJing and performing across trip-hop, acid jazz, chillwave and soulful, downtempo electronic since his 2000 debut LP Animal Magic.

    Tickets cost €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    27
    Feb
    2017

    Vant w/The Wood Burning Savages

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    British indie rock band Vant play a 14+ show at The Oh Yeah Centre on February 27.

    They've just released their debut album, Dumb Blood after a string of singles. Check out new single 'Do You Know Me?'

    Tickets are available from Shine & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and doors open at 14+.

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    Drive By Truckers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Alt. country rockers Drive-By Truckers play Vicar Street on February 28.

    Based out of Athens, Georgia, home of fellow groundbreaking weirdos R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel, they've been kicking around for two decades now, making music in the vein of Uncle Tupelo and Neil Young & Crazy Horse Ragged Glory-era gritty country, with singers/songwriters/guitarists Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood being the progressive social commentators of a different kind of Southerner. Their latest album, American Band, is their most overtly political, tackling Islamophobia, police brutality, the NRA, inequality, race and abuse.

    Check out 'What It Means'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    Kehlani

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Oakland R&B singer/songwriter Kehlani brings her Sweetsexysavage tour to The Academy on February 28.

    After formative years that included a stint on America's Got Talent, ith You Should Be Here, her 2015 mixtape, Kehlani was acclaimed as one of the best albums in its genre that year, following the Cloud 19 debut mixtape building hype. She signed to Atlantic in 2015 and her debut album SweetSexySavage is out at the end of January. Here's the video for 'CRZY'.

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

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    Wild Nothing

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    American indie rock/dream-pop act Wild Nothing play Whelan's on February 28.

    Based in Blackburg, Virginia around Jack Tatum, they've released four albums to date, debuting with the hugely acclaimed Gemini in 2010, most recently releasing Life of Pause in 2016.

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

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    Dinosaur

    Triskel Christchurch

    Cork

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    British jazz supergroup Dinosaur come to Cork's Triskel Christchurch on February 28.

    Following in the footsteps of the likes of Polar Bear and Phronesis, Dinosaur weave electric-jazz, Celtic folk melodies and north African drumming styles into a sound reminiscent of late-1960s Miles Davis. The group is led by trumpeter, synth player and composer Laura Jurd. Check out 'Sebswing'.

    Tickets cost €16/€18 from Triskel Arts Centre. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017

    Kreator, Sepultura, Soilwork & Aborted (14+)

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Kreator and Sepultura co-headline Vicar Street on March 1 in a 14+ show as part of a European tour.

    The German thrash veterans are touring in support of their forthcoming new record, and promise a great stage stow, as ever. This will be their first album since 2012's Phantom Antichrist.

    Brazilian-American metal outfit Sepultura were formed by Max & Igor Cavalera in 1984, releasing their debut album two years later. Their best-selling album Roots came out in 1996 - check out 'Roots Bloody Roots'.

    Support comes from Soilwork and Aborted.

    Tickets cost €40 from Ticketmaster, and doors open at 5.30pm as it's an early show.

     

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017

    Night Music 2: Carolyn Dobbin & Christopher Glynn

    Ulster Museum

    Belfast

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    In the second of Moving On Music's 3-date Night Music series, the Ulster Museum hosts Carolyn Dobbin & Christopher Glynn on March 1.

    Currently based in London, mezzo soprano Carolyn Dobbin has a keen interest in composers from Northern Ireland ever since seeing Carmen in the Grand Opera House sixteen years ago as a young art teacher. She has spent her time researching and collecting songs for many years. She has found many unrecorded pieces and many in manuscript form, leading to a collaboration with Delphian records and Iain Burnside to produce a series of three CDs of music by Northern Irish composers to be launched in 2017.

    This concert will see Carolyn joined by renowned pianist Christopher Glynn, as they perform a selection of these works, including Hamilton Harty, Howard Ferguson & Charles Woodand, as well as new works.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music and Eventbrite. The pre-concert talk begins at 8.15pm, with the performance at 9pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017

    Shadow Police, CM88, Casion & Meadowlark

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Darkwave-tinged synth-pop duo Shadow Police headline Voodoo on March 1. Check out their Soundcloud.

    Supporting is cinematic electro soundscaper CM88, Gameboy musician Casion - check the Soundcloud - and eclectic project Meadowlark - check out his Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Mar
    2017

    The Pigeon Detectives

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Remember twangy Leeds indie outfit The Pigeon Detectives? As one of the more enduring of the NME-championed noughties indie/garage rock revival acts, they gladly return to Dublin to play Whelan's on March 2.

    The platinum-sellers have recently returned with their fifth album, Broken Glancesand signifies a new, more eclectic direction for the quintet. They've just released their new single, 'Lose Control'.

    Tickets cost €18, available from Ticketmaster and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Mar
    2017

    Pleasure Beach

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    After a very strong 2016, anthemic indie-pop quintet Pleasure Beach play a series of Irish dates, playing Cyprus Avenue on March 2.

    The act are due to release a new single soon, following up on last year's Choice Song of the Year-nominated 'Go', and 'Magic Mountain', both of which can be streamed on Soundcloud.

  • Thu
    02
    Mar
    2017

    No Encore Live: We Cut Corners, Bantum, Windings & Farah Elle

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Marking its 50th episode, Irish podcast No Encore has a live extravaganza at the Workman's Club on March 2, with live performances from Choice Music Prize nominated acts We Cut Corners and Cork/Dublin-based electronic act Bantum. Check his Soundcloud.

    Also playing are Limerick indie rockers Windings - check out their latest album, Be Honest and Fear Not - as well as pianist & singer-songwriter Farah Elle - check out her Soundcloud. There will be bonus appearances on the night, with Le Galaxie's Michael Pope, Fight Like Apes & Other Voices' MayKay, and some surprises over the night.

    The show has been hosted by Dave Hanratty, Colm O'Regan & Craig Fitzpatrick, and had a host of great appearances including Wallis Bird, Girl Band, Holy Fuck & Sage Francis, amongst others.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at €8 and €10. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017

    The Pigeon Detectives

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Remember twangy Leeds indie outfit The Pigeon Detectives? As one of the more enduring of the NME-championed noughties indie/garage rock revival acts, they gladly return to Belfast, playing Limelight 2 on March 3.

    The platinum-sellers have recently returned with their fifth album, Broken Glancesand signifies a new, more eclectic direction for the quintet. They've just released their new single, 'Lose Control'.

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

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017

    Dutch Kills Presents: Waldorf & Cannon and New Pagans

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Inventive simultaneously-multi-instrumental garage-blues duo Waldorf & Cannon headline Sandinos Back Bar for Dutch Kills Records on March 3. They just released their debut album, Old Dogs New Tricks. Check out the video for lead single, 'Rise Up'.

    Alt. rock/post-punk outfit New Pagans make their debut live appearance too. Featuring Fighting With Wire & Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin, they've released a couple of singles, available on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017
    Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    A Gig With A Twist: Pine The Pilcrow & Tide Riders

    Smock Alley Theatre

    Dublin

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    Theatre and live music collide at a special double-bill in Smock Alley Theatre's main room on March 3 & 4. Piano, violin & cello trio Pine The Pilcrow combine live music and dance with their two shows, Something In The Way She Moves and Tide Riders. Check out their debut EP, released March 2016.

    The two live music experiences are part play, plart storytelling & part live show by the atmosfolk three-piece. Last year they lullaby-evoking act played to projected images, with them being accompanied by a dancer in the former play. The latter, Tide Riders, is a tale of a sea monster and an exorcism, accompanied by a six piece band and team of actors and storytellers.

    Tickes cost €12 or €10 (concession) from Ticketsolve. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    Black Star Riders

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Hard rock supergroup Black Star Riders play Dublin's Academy on March 4 in one of two Irish dates for the quintet.

    Comprising Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robbie Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso, the Black Star Riders, having spent several years under the name of Thin Lizzy beforehand. They're to release their third album, Heavy Fire in 2017. Check out their single, 'The Killer Instinct'.

    Support will come from Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes.

    Tickets, priced from €30.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns to the live circuit following his long-awaited second album, the critically acclaimed After The RainHe headlines Whelan's on March 4.

    He trades some of his acoustic sound found on his 2011 debut, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm for layered electronics and gospel-tinged vocals. Check out the video for After The Rain's lead single, 'Tilikum'.

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

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    Strike 4 Repeal - Striking Sounds: Everything Shook, Naoise Roo, Flecks & BARQ

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Dublin Digital Radio holds a benefit show for Repeal the 8th organisation Strike 4 Repeal at Jigsaw (at 10 Belvedere Court) on March 4. Headlining the musical acts is dark electropop trio Everything Shook, who released their debut album Drinking About You last year.

    Also performing is Dublin-based eclectic songstress Naoise Roo - check out her debut album Lilith - electro-pop act Flecks and BARQGash Collective and DDR DJs perform, and the night will feature guest speakers from Strike 4 Repeal.

    The Strike 4 Repeal is a direct action that takes place on March 8. Their demand is that the Irish Government call a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment by the 8th of March, and if not, they strike.

    Admission costs €10 and things kick off at 8pm, with all proceeds going to support Strike 4 Repeal.

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    Orchid Collective

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based atmosfolk act Orchid Collective headline Dublin's Unitarian Church on March 4. The cross-border act recently released their Courage EP. Check them out on Soundcloud

    Tickets are priced at €15 and available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    A Musical Celebration of Stevie Martin: ASIWYFA, The Wood Burning Savages, Making Monsters, Waldorf & Cannon and more

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    To celebrate the life of the hugely talented Stevie Martin, aka Rainy Boy Sleep in 2016, Derry's Nerve Centre hosts a very special hometown show on March 4 in aid of Pieta House, the suicide & self-harm prevention charity.

    A testament to the strength of his music and personality, an incredible lineup has been arranged for the show, with performances from instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar, Derry politically-charged indie-pop outfit The Wood Burning Savages, metalcore quartet Making Monsters, garage-blues duo Waldorf & CannonRosborough, Limavady's FurloJohn Deery & The HeadsAllie BradleySusie Blue and Shoot The Messenger,

    All profits go towards Pieta House. Watch the videos for his singles, 'Manchester Post' and 'Ambulance'.

    Tickets are selling fast, but are available from Ticketsolve.

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    Hot Cops, Thumper, Shrug Life & Chinese Newspaper

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Belfast's current indie slacker kings Hot Cops headline the Grand Social on March 4 in a Retro Revival Indie Club show. Check out the video for their latest single, 'Dumbbo'.

    Supporting are Dublin indie/alt. rock quartet Thumper - check out the video for recent single 'Dan The Man' - indie rock trio with some of the finest lyrics in Ireland, Shrug Life - check out their Repeal the 8th-themed tune 'Your Body' - and garage-rock band Chinese Newspaper - check their Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €8, or €6 with a comment on the event page. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    Black Star Riders

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Hard rock supergroup Black Star Riders return to Belfast's Limelight on March 5.

    Comprising Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robbie Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso, the Black Star Riders, having spent several years under the name of Thin Lizzy beforehand. They're to release their third album, Heavy Fire in 2017. Check out their single, 'The Killer Instinct'.

    Support will come from Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes.

    Tickets, priced from £22.50, are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Following their packed previous outings in Ireland, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox returns for a few Irish shows, playing Belfast's Waterfront Hall on March 5

    Scott Bradlee, from Long Island, is known for his viral videos on Youtube, reworking popular contemporary songs into classic styles, beginning with the likes of ragtime interpretations of '80s hits on piano & Nickelback songs transformed into '60s R&B for 2012 release, A Motown Tribute To Nickelback.

    In 2013, Postmodern Jukebox was assembled, who are a rotating group of musicians producing covers of contemporary pop songs in jazz, swing and ragtime styles. Check out their frequently-updated Youtube channel.

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

  • Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    Benoît Pioulard & Somadrone

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Young Hearts Run Free brings experimental ambient folk-tinged American artist Benoit Pioulard from Kranky to the Bello Bar on March 5. He's a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, photographer and writer. Check out his latest album, Radial.

    Support comes from Dublin's Neil O'Connor's electronic project Somadrone - watch the video for 'Invitation'.

    Tickets cost €12/€15 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    06
    Mar
    2017
    Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017

    The Gloaming

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Trad supergroup The Gloaming play another run of a record-breaking  shows at Dublin's National Concert Hall between March 6 - March 14.

    They won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year in 2014, which they followed up on in 2016. The band formed in 2011 and feature musicians Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and New York pianist & producer Doveman. As well as their obvious Irish traditional pedigree,they blend modern jazz tones, contemporary classical and experimental music.

    Here's an Introduction to The Gloaming.

    Tickets are priced at €35 from NCH.ie.

  • Mon
    06
    Mar
    2017
    Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following their packed previous outings in Ireland, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox returns for a few Irish shows, playing Vicar Street on March 6 & 7.

    Scott Bradlee, from Long Island, is known for his viral videos on Youtube, reworking popular contemporary songs into classic styles, beginning with the likes of ragtime interpretations of '80s hits on piano & Nickelback songs transformed into '60s R&B for 2012 release, A Motown Tribute To Nickelback.

    In 2013, Postmodern Jukebox was assembled, who are a rotating group of musicians producing covers of contemporary pop songs in jazz, swing and ragtime styles. Check out their frequently-updated Youtube channel.

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

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns to the live circuit following his long-awaited second album, the critically acclaimed After The RainHe headlines Belfast's Limelight 2 on March 7.

    He trades some of his acoustic sound found on his 2011 debut, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm for layered electronics and gospel-tinged vocals. Check out the video for After The Rain's lead single, 'Tilikum'.

     Tickets cost £16.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017

    Brilliant Corners #5: SIRENE 1009 w/FAINT+

    Sonic Arts Research Centre

    Belfast

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    One of the country’s most reliably consistent and forward-thinking jazz festivals, the line-up has been revealed for the fifth outing of Moving on Music’s Brilliant Corners. The first show of the 6-gig lineup takes place at QUB's Sonic Arts Research Centre on March 7.

    The experimental show features Sirene 1009, which has improviser, guitarist & constructor Han-Earl Park, the musical core being virtuoso bassist, composer & sound artist Dominic Lash, and hugely acclaimed avant-jazz & free improvisation drummer Mark Sanders. Experimental folk singer & electronic performer Caroline Pugh adds a layet to the trio on the night. Check them out here.

    Also performing are free improvised trio FAINT+, who will be joined by Lisbon-based improviser Ricardo Jacinto.

    Tickets for the show are available from Brilliant Corners, priced at £10, and festival tickets, priced at £40, are available here. The show kicks off at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017

    The Amazons

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Reading rock quartet The Amazons play Whelan's on March 7.

    They have a strong, growing live reputation - check out their recent single 'In My Mind'.

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

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017

    Zig-Zags, Guilty Optics & Exploding Eyes

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Castle Face Records, Ty Segall-produced LA trio Zig Zags play Dublin's Grand Social on March 7 for the Retro Revival Indie Club.

    This is the band's debut Irish performance, channelling space noise, caveman sounds, even having Iggy Pop on vocals on an early single. Check out their new single, 'Ripping Death'.

    Support comes from Dublin indie rock/classic post-hardcore outfit Guilty Optics  - check their Soundcloud - and proggy psych/garage rock Dubliners Exploding Eyes, who just launched their self-titled debut album. Check them on Bandcamp.

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

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017

    Blossoms w/Touts

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play the the Limelight 1 on March 8 as the first of four Irish dates.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK. Their eponymous debut album was released this year,topping the UK album charts in August. Check out the video for 'Charlemagne'. 

    Support comes from young Derry punk-pop merchants, Touts.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar, priced at £16. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017

    Grails w/Majeure

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Experimental Portland outfit Grails return with their sixth album Chalice Hymnal, their first in six years, and play Belfast's Empire on March 8 as part of a European tour.

    Initially going by the name Laurel Canyon, the band played their first show on a whim, and the band continued after positive feedback. They self-released two EPs in 2000 & 2001, before releasing their debut LP in 2003. Their last album, Deep Politics, was, as ever for the band, an instrumental foray into exploratory genre-spanning, cerebral composition loosely filed under psychedelic post-rock. Check out the title track off their new album, 'Chalice Hymnal'.

    Support comes from Moog-laden space/krautrock project Majeure, the pseudonym under which Pittsburgh musician Anthony E. Paterra plays. Check out 'Teleforce'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017

    Brilliant Corners #5: Ronan Guilfoyle's 'Hands'

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of the country’s most reliably consistent and forward-thinking jazz festivals, the line-up has been revealed for the fifth outing of Moving on Music’s Brilliant Corners. Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle brings his project Hands to the Black Box on March 8.

    Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle is one of the major figures in the Irish jazz scene, with an international reputation as both a musician and composer. Bringing together two of New York’s finest musicians; saxophonist Dave Binney and drummer Tom Rainey, and up-and-coming young Irish guitarist Chris Guilfoyle, Hands is a project that combines composed music with freewheeling improvisation. The result is a brew of interweaving lines, deft counterpoints, and improvisational power – laden with groove, rhythm, and surprise.

     

    Tickets for the show are available from Brilliant Corners, priced at £10/£14, and festival tickets, priced at £40, are available here. The show kicks off at 8pm.

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017

    The Amazons

    Voodoo

    Dublin

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    Reading rock quartet The Amazons play Voodoo on March 8.

    They have a strong, growing live reputation - check out their recent single 'In My Mind'.

    Tickets cost £11.50 from Ticketmaster and Shine.net. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Mar
    2017

    Blossoms w/Touts

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 9 as one of four Irish dates.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK. Their eponymous debut album was released this year,topping the UK album charts in August. Check out the video for 'Charlemagne'. 

    Support comes from young Derry punk-pop merchants, Touts.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €14.85. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Mar
    2017

    Grails w/Majeure

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Experimental Portland outfit Grails return with their sixth album Chalice Hymnal, their first in six years, and play Whelan's on March 9 as part of a European tour.

    Initially going by the name Laurel Canyon, the band played their first show on a whim, and the band continued after positive feedback. They self-released two EPs in 2000 & 2001, before releasing their debut LP in 2003. Their last album, Deep Politics, was, as ever for the band, an instrumental foray into exploratory genre-spanning, cerebral composition loosely filed under psychedelic post-rock. Check out the title track off their new album, 'Chalice Hymnal'.

    Support comes from Moog-laden space/krautrock project Majeure, the pseudonym under which Pittsburgh musician Anthony E. Paterra plays. Check out 'Teleforce'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Whelanslive.

  • Thu
    09
    Mar
    2017

    Brilliant Corners #5: I Am Three - A Tribute To Charles Mingus w/Joseph Leighton Trio

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of the country’s most reliably consistent and forward-thinking jazz festivals, the line-up has been revealed for the fifth outing of Moving on Music’s Brilliant Corners. March 9 sees a tribute to the most macho of bandleaders, Charles Mingus at the Black Box.

    Featuring I Am Three saxophonist Silke Eberhard, the three strip his music down to the trio of sax, trumpet & drums, leaving his bass & piano by the wayside, so as less to replicate, but to pay homage and reimagine and move forward. They group believe that "only with real understanding and originality can a genuine tribute really be made" as Mingus was an icon of progressive jazz and too enigmatic a figure ever to replicate. They're available to check out on Spotify.

    Supporting are the Joseph Leighton Trio - the group behind one of the finest young jazz guitarists currently on the Irish jazz scene. He was one of the youngest musicians to be awarded a place on the Jazz course at the Banff Centre and is a recipient of Moving On Music's first Emerging Artist Programme.

    Tickets for the show are available from Eventbrite, priced at £10/£14, and festival tickets, priced at £40, are available here. The show kicks off at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017
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    11
    Mar
    2017

    The Saw Doctors

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Irish folk-rockers The Saw Doctors perform on March 10, 11 & 15 in their first Dublin shows in over three years at the Olympia Theatre, following the postponement of their November dates due to frontman Davy damaging his vocal chords.

    Starting out in the '80s in local pubs, the band were invited out on tour with The Waterboys, in 1989. They went from strength to strength after single 'I Useta Lover' spent nine weeks as the Irish number one, becoming Ireland's top-selling single of all time. They also wrote the theme tune to Give My Head Peace.

    Tickets for the 3 original dates are valid for the 3 new shows, in respective date order. 

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    LA Guns

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    LA hard rock band LA Guns have reunited, with original members Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns performing at the Limelight 2 on March 10.

    One half of the band that eventually formed Guns N' Roses along with Hollywood Rose in the LA's notorious Sunset Strip scene, they existed as two separate entities under Phil Lewis' & Tracii Guns' LA Guns until 2012. This year, it was announced that they would both play together for the first time in 14 years under the name. Check out their eponymous 1988 debut album here.

    Tickets cost £22.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, or £25. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Blossoms w/Touts

    Dolans Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play Dolans Warehouse in Limerick on March 10 as one of four Irish dates.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK. Their eponymous debut album was released this year,topping the UK album charts in August. Check out the video for 'Charlemagne'. 

    Support comes from young Derry punk-pop merchants, Touts.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €14.35. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Bicep

    District 8

    Dublin

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    Belfast-based DJ duo Bicep play Dublin's District 8 on March 10 as part of an Irish tour. They've been quickly established on the international festival & club circuit through deep digging DJ sets and record label, Feed My Bicep. 

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Bicep

    District 8

    Dublin

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    Belfast-based DJ duo Bicep play Dublin's District 8 on March 10 as part of an Irish tour. They've been quickly established on the international festival & club circuit through deep digging DJ sets and record label, Feed My Bicep. 

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Brilliant Corners #5: Dans Dans & Hedvig Mollestad Trio

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of the country’s most reliably consistent and forward-thinking jazz festivals, the line-up has been revealed for the fifth outing of Moving on Music’s Brilliant Corners. Playing on March 10 at the Black Box are musical collective Dans Dans and Hedvig Mollestad Trio.

    Featuring Bert Dockx (frontman of the acclaimed Flying Horseman), Frederic Jacques (bassist for the great Mark Lanegan and songsmith and singer under the Lyenn moniker) and Steven Cassiers (a sought-after instrumentalist who has collaborated with the likes of Dez Mona and DAAU). Dans Dans take the long tradition of twangy guitar-slingers mixing blues, jazz and early rock & roll and add a gothic stew of brooding melodies and voodoo rhythms. Since their debut in 2012, the trio has been astounding listeners with music impossible to pin.

    Comparing musicians to forces of nature is often the first refuge of the uninspired, but it’s difficult to know how else to describe Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen. There’s something elemental about her guitar playing, the way it weaves and swoops between the bass of Ellen Brekken and the drums of Ivar Loe Bjørnstad, creating sonic currents and eddies in the air as she passes through. Since 2009 the Norwegian three piece has steadily released album after album to critical acclaim, meshing the boundaries between jazz, rock, throw-back, and sludgy blues. Live, their performances are something else; expansive moments, full of rhythmic textures, backed by the tight, kicking rhythm section. Check her trio out live here.

    Tickets for the show are available from Eventbrite, priced at £10/£14, and festival tickets, priced at £40, are available here. The show kicks off at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Mid Ulster Madness IX: Mons Olympus, Mosmo Strange & Gnarkats

    The Underground Bar

    Draperstown

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    Riffy progressive quartet Mons Olympus come to Draperstown for Dead Wing Promotions' ninth Mid Ulster Madness show on March 10. Check out their Bandcamp.

    Supporting are groove-laden alt. rockers Mosmo Strange - check their Soundcloud - and mid Ulster/Bangor mathy indie outfit Gnarkats, who just released their new EP, Waves Collide.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Field Trip EP Launch w/Dott, Skinner & Shrug Life (Solo)

    Tivoli Backstage

    Dublin

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    Retro Revival Indie Club bring Galway garage-pop quartet Field Trip Tivoli Backstage on March 10 to launch their new EP Evenings Over. It comes out through Citóg Records & Little L Records - check out Youth In Asia.

    Fellow Galwegian garage pop act Dott support - hit up their Beverly Baldwin EP - along with jangly indie outfit Skinner - check out Skint - and a solo set from one of Ireland's finest wits, Shrug Life's Danny Carroll.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Dr Crippen's Waiting Room 2017

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Hands down the most happening annual psychedelic event on this small green island, Dr. Crippen’s Waiting Room will return to Belfast’s Voodoo on March 10 with a first-rate cosmically-inclined bill.

    As well as live sets from Blumehaus - check out their EP. The Mystery of Sleep - and Schreinein, a host of DJs from across Europe will congregate and serve up the very best psych sounds for one night only. 

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017

    Blossoms w/Touts

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play the Academy in Dublin on March 11 as one of four Irish dates.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK. Their eponymous debut album was released this year,topping the UK album charts in August. Check out the video for 'Charlemagne'. 

    Support comes from young Derry punk-pop merchants, Touts.

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

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017

    Brilliant Corners #5: Organ Failure featuring Jean Toussaint

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of the country’s most reliably consistent and forward-thinking jazz festivals, the line-up has been revealed for the fifth outing of Moving on Music’s Brilliant Corners. On March 11, the final day of the festival, the Black Box hosts a daytime show from Ireland jazz band Organ Failure, featuring master saxophonist Jean Toussaint.

    Nigel Mooney is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading jazz singers and guitarists. A charismatic figure on the Dublin jazz and blues scenes since the early 1980’s, his Gripewater Blues Band spearheaded the blues movement in Ireland and drew many fans of both jazz and the blues. A self-taught musician, Mooney was influenced by the blues from an early age and his hard-bop style of guitar playing is expressive and melodic with a bluesy groove.

    Organ Failure features Scott Flanigan on organ and Dominic Mullan on drums and for this concert they will be joined by one of the world’s greatest saxophonists, Jean Toussaint.

    Tickets for the show are available from Eventbrite, priced at £10/£14, and festival tickets, priced at £40, are available here. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017

    Brilliant Corners #5: Strobes w/Robocobra Quartet

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of the country’s most reliably consistent and forward-thinking jazz festivals, the line-up has been revealed for the fifth outing of Moving on Music’s Brilliant Corners. The final day of the festival sees highly complex trio Strobes at the Black Box.

    Formed of keyboardist Dan Nicholls (Squarepusher and Matthew Herbert), drummer Joshua Blackmore (Troyka) and guitar and synth man Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers, Heritage Orchestra), Strobes create a sound that eschews genre and feels free from time-stamps. Intensely high-octane, the group fire off frantic tempos and intricate complexities, yet somehow manage to retain accessibility through fluid grooves and an engaging sense of melodic intuition. Check out 'BrokeSpeak'.

    Support comes from Belfast avant-garde jazz-punk outfit Robocobra Quartet, who just released their incredible debut album, Music For All Occasions. Here's the video for 'Correct'.

    Tickets for the show are available from Eventbrite, priced at £10/£14, and festival tickets, priced at £40, are available here. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Sun
    12
    Mar
    2017

    The Suffers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    10-piece Houston ensemble The Suffers play Whelan's on March 12.

    Having last year played over 150 shows in North America, playing an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, appearing on Letterman and releasing their debut album in February. Check them out live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €23 from Ticketmaster & Whelanslive. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    12
    Mar
    2017

    Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Following their collaborative album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and Vampire Weekend's Rostam play the Workman's Club on March 12.

    Following the news of American indie rock band The Walkmen's hiatus, Leithauser released his debut solo album in 2014, followed up with 2015's Dear God alongside Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon. Joining with former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij to release the acclaimed I Had A Dream That You Were Mine in September.

    Watch the video for 'A 1000 Times'.

     

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

  • Mon
    13
    Mar
    2017

    Monster Truck

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    March 13 sees Canadian hard rockers Monster Truck play Belfast's Limelight 2.

    This follows on from a recent arena support slot with Nickelback. With plaudits from the likes of Slash and Guitarist magazine, they released their second album, Sittin' Heavy in 2016. Check out the video for 'For The People'.

    Tickets cost £14.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017

    Joan As Police Woman

    Dolans Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman is to play Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on March 14.

    Having played with the likes of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sparklehorse, Elton John, Antony & The Johnsons and many more, Joan released her first album - Real Life  as a singer-songwriter in 2006. She also recorded an album with Jeff Buckley's band called Black Beetle - she was his partner at the time of his death - which never saw the light of day. Her latest album, Let It Be You, came out in 2016. Check out her song with Benjamin Lazar Davis, 'Broke Me In Two'.

    Tickets are available for €22.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017

    Monster Truck

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    March 14 sees Canadian hard rockers Monster Truck play the Academy 2 in Dublin.

    This follows on from a recent arena support slot with Nickelback. With plaudits from the likes of Slash and Guitarist magazine, they released their second album, Sittin' Heavy in 2016. Check out the video for 'For The People'.

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

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017

    Joan As Police Woman

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman is to play the Button Factory on March 15.

    Having played with the likes of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sparklehorse, Elton John, Antony & The Johnsons and many more, Joan released her first album - Real Life  as a singer-songwriter in 2006. She also recorded an album with Jeff Buckley's band called Black Beetle - she was his partner at the time of his death - which never saw the light of day. Her latest album, Let It Be You, came out in 2016. Check out her song with Benjamin Lazar Davis, 'Broke Me In Two'.

    Tickets are available for €24.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017

    The Saw Doctors

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Irish folk-rockers The Saw Doctors perform on March 10, 11 & 15 in their first Dublin shows in over three years at the Olympia Theatre, following the postponement of their November dates due to frontman Davy damaging his vocal chords.

    Starting out in the '80s in local pubs, the band were invited out on tour with The Waterboys, in 1989. They went from strength to strength after single 'I Useta Lover' spent nine weeks as the Irish number one, becoming Ireland's top-selling single of all time. They also wrote the theme tune to Give My Head Peace.

    Tickets for the 3 original dates are valid for the 3 new shows, in respective date order. 

  • Wed
    15
    Mar
    2017

    Claire's New Chair Fundraiser: Hot Cops, Shadow Police, The Parish Band and The Crying Scene

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Belfast's current indie slacker kings Hot Cops headline McHugh's Bar on March 15 in a fundraiser for paralympic athlete and charity worker Claire Taggart. Check out the video for Hot Cops' latest single, 'Dumbbo'.

    Noir-tinged synth-pop duo Shadow Police support - check out their Soundcloud - as well as The Parish Band and Taylor Johnson's two-piece project The Crying Scene - check out their album.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7.30pm. Check out Claire's GoFundMe page

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 16 for Strange Brew.

    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 80, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still perform, as his recent shows prove. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

    Ticket are available priced at €22/€24 from Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017

    Cat Power

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power has announced a date at Vicar Street on March 16. 

    Discovered in 1994 by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley opening for Liz Phair, she blends genres like no-one's business, including but not limited to blues, folk, soul, punk and electronic. Her last album, Sun, came out in 2012.

    Tickets cost €30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017

    Jameson Bow St. Sessions: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, All Tvvins and Brian Deady

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Jameson's Bow Street Sessions has a pre-St. Patrick's Day show on March 16 at Dublin's Academy, headlined by Colorado singer songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Also playing are math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, formed of members of Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers - check out 'Unbelievable' - and singer-songwriter Brian Deady.

    Tickets to the show are free from Jameson Whiskey

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017

    Napalm Death

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    The finest metal promoters on the island in MAD Tour Booking, The Distortion Project & DME have come together to bring west-Midlands grindcore/death metal act Napalm Death to Limerick's Dolan's Warehouse on March 17.

    Formed in 1981, they're credited as pioneers of grindcore, bringing elements of crust punk & death metal, and still have the shortest song ever recorded in 'You Suffer' from their classic 1987 debut, Scum. They've released fifteen albums to date. 

    Tickets cost €24.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry plays Belfast's Limelight 2 on March 17 in an early-finish show.

    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 80, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still perform, as his recent shows prove. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

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

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017

    Hornets, Words That Burn, Drakonis, Towers & Judas Wolves

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions' St. Patrick's Day showcase takes place on the Belfast Barge, and is a strong bill of metal & hardcore, headed by Belfast sludgy hardcore quartet Hornets

    Also playing are melodic alt. metal act Words That Burn - check their Bandcamp - Lisburn black death metal outfit Drakonisyoung progressive hardcore act Towers - check out 'Arise The Red Sun' and Judas Wolves.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced at £10. It's a BYOB event and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017

    Emerald Armada's St. Patrick's Day Show w/Franklyn, Joshua Burnside & No Oil Paintings

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop act The Emerald Armada play their sixth annual St. Patrick's Day show in Belfast at the Mandela Hall. You can check out their most recently-released single, 'This House' on Bandcamp.

    Also playing are ex-General Fiasco & Oh Volcano indie-pop act Franklyn - check out their new tune 'Friends' - indie-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside and rootsy folk/country five piece No Oil Paintings - check out their eponymous EP.

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

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017

    Napalm Death

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    The finest metal promoters on the island in MAD Tour Booking, The Distortion Project & DME have come together to bring west-Midlands grindcore/death metal act Napalm Death to Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on March 18.

    Formed in 1981, they're credited as pioneers of grindcore, bringing elements of crust punk & death metal, and still have the shortest song ever recorded in 'You Suffer' from their classic 1987 debut, Scum. They've released fifteen albums to date. 

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

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    The Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry plays Derry's Nerve Centre on March 18.

    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 80, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still perform, as his recent shows prove. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

    Ticket are available priced at £20 from The Nerve Centre.

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017

    Wasps Single Launch w/R51, Mosmo Strange & Before Munich

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Anthemic math-rock duo Wasps launch their new single 'Future Endeavours' at Voodoo on March 18. 

    Support comes from nugaze quintet R51 - check out their latest EP, No Chill -bluesy, grungy Omagh four piece Mosmo Strange and Belfast riffers Before Munich.

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017

    Young Blood - The Beats and Voices of Our Generation

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    The St. Patrick's Festival holds a night on March 18 at the National Concert Hall, entitled Young Blood, featuring some of Ireland's most expressive and articulate young musicians, rappers and poets.

     Featured on the night are hip-hop acts Rusangano FamilyHare SqueadKojey Radical, spoken word from Emmet Kirwan, John Cummins, Natalya O'Flaherty and Stephen James Smith - a central figure in the spoken word scene in the country today.

    Tickets cost €18 from NCH.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017

    Napalm Death

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The finest metal promoters on the island in MAD Tour Booking, The Distortion Project & DME have come together to bring west-Midlands grindcore/death metal act Napalm Death to the Limelight 1.

    Formed in 1981, they're credited as pioneers of grindcore, bringing elements of crust punk & death metal, and still have the shortest song ever recorded in 'You Suffer' from their classic 1987 debut, Scum. They've released fifteen albums to date. 

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017

    Bear's Den

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Alternative-folk/rock act Bear's Den return to Ireland, playing the Whelan's on March 19.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk, releasing their debut album Islands in 2014, following up in 2016 with Red Earth & Pouring Rain. They received an Ivor Novello award for 'Above The Clouds of Pompeii' in the 'Best Song Musically and Lyrically' category.

    Tickets cost €20.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017

    Ears Open Presents: Meljoann & Everything Shook

    Tivoli Backstage Bar

    Dublin

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    In the first of a series Ears Open concerts, Meljoann headlines the Tivoli in Dublin on March 19. Check out her latest single, 'Personal Assistant'.

    Sharing the bill is dark electropop trio Everything Shook, who released their debut album Drinking About You last year.

    Admission costs €10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    20
    Mar
    2017

    Bear's Den

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Alternative-folk/rock act Bear's Den return to Belfast, playing the Limelight 2 on March 20.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk, releasing their debut album Islands in 2014, following up in 2016 with Red Earth & Pouring Rain. They received an Ivor Novello award for 'Above The Clouds of Pompeii' in the 'Best Song Musically and Lyrically' category.

    Tickets cost £18 from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    Rick Astley

    The Olympia

    Dublin

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    Rick Astley is playing the Olympia Theatre for his 50 Tour of 2017 on March 21.

    He made his first number one album in 29 years this year with 50, and is his first album in over a decade. C'mon, it's Rick Astley.

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

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Former Gallows & Pure Love frontman Frank Gallows returns with The Rattlesnakes at the Oh Yeah Centre on March 21 in a 14+ show after playing Voodoo last year.

    Formed in 2015 after Pure Love's hiatus, their debut album, Blossom in 2015. It's straight, no-frills hardcore punk rock - check out 'Juggernaut'. They've followed up Modern Ruin.

    Tickets cost £17 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    Ride

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The recently-reunited shoegaze legends Ride play a pair of Irish dates as part of a spring tour, stopping off at Belfast's Limelight on March 21.

    Formed in the tail end of the '80s by mostly-teenagers Andy Bell & Mark Gardeners and quickly snapped up by Creation Records, releasing three EPs in 1990, before their breakthrough album, Nowhere in the same year. Nowhere remains, alongside its follow-up, Going Blank Again, as classics of the genre in their '60s pop and psychedelia-inflected brand of shoegaze.

    Check them out playing 'Vapour Trails' live on KCRW.

    Tickets cost £26.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    Tuesday Throwdown: Mons Olympus & Nomadic Rituals

    Mister Tom's Lounge Lavery's Bar

    Belfast

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    We return to Lavery's Belfast on Tuesday, March 21 for a live Throwdown in Mister Tom's Lounge, headlined by Belfast space-prog masters Mons Olympus. Check 'em on Bandcamp.

    Support on the night comes from one of the country's very best heavy propositions, sludge-doom three-piece Nomadic Rituals. Check out their universe-crushing latest album, Marking The Day. TTA DJs will also be spinning a heap of riffs on the night.

    £3 entry, doors at 9pm. Bring earplugs.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    January, Via: Barvikha & Conor McCann

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    January headline McHugh's on March 21. ahead of their Swell EP coming up soon, but in the meantime, check their Bandcamp.

    Also playing is alt. folk/sadcore artist Chris Leckey, aka Via: Barvikha - also currently working on new material, check out his music on Bandcamp - and Conor McCann.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017

    Russian Circles w/Cloakroom

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    U:mack bring progressive, sludgy post-rock trio Russian Circles to what will be a rammed show at Whelan's on March 22.

    Formed in Chicago in 2004, their debut album Enter is a classic of the genre, with the band touring for years with the likes of Boris, Isis & Tool. They most recently released another strong album with 2016's Guidance.

    Support comes from Indiana alternative rock 'shroomgaze' act Cloakroom, whose debut album, Further Out came out in 2015.  Check out 'Starchild Skull'.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017

    Ride

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The recently-reunited shoegaze legends Ride play a pair of Irish dates as part of a spring tour, stopping off at the Olympia Theatre on March 22.

    Formed in the tail end of the '80s by mostly-teenagers Andy Bell & Mark Gardeners and quickly snapped up by Creation Records, releasing three EPs in 1990, before their breakthrough album, Nowhere in the same year. Nowhere remains, alongside its follow-up, Going Blank Again, as classics of the genre in their '60s pop and psychedelia-inflected brand of shoegaze.

    Check them out playing 'Vapour Trails' live on KCRW.

    Tickets cost €34.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017

    Gala Hala: Gus White, Colonel Chocolate and the Justice Triange & Joel Harkin

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    In the first show from Gala Hala Promotions, London & Belfast-based singer-songwriter Gus White plays McHugh's Basement on March 22 as part of the UK tour in support of his new EP, True Really Do Come Dreams.

    Supporting are Colonel Chocolate and the Justice Triangle - check out their Soundcloud - and Derry singer-songwriter Joel Harkin - check out his video for 'Meredith'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017

    Russian Circles w/Cloakroom

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Solid Choice Industries and Shizznigh have combined forces to bring progressive, sludgy post-rock trio Russian Circles to the Empire on March 23.

    Formed in Chicago in 2004, their debut album Enter is a classic of the genre, with the band touring for years with the likes of Boris, Isis & Tool. They most recently released another strong album with 2016's Guidance.

    Support comes from Indiana alternative rock 'shroomgaze' act Cloakroom, whose debut album, Further Out came out in 2015.  Check out 'Starchild Skull'.

    Tickets are available from Billetto, priced at £18. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    The Boomtown Rats

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    The Boomtown Rats have returned to the live circuit, playing Belfast's Mandela Hall on March 24 following appearances at Electric Picnic & the Olympia Theatre in recent years.

    The quartet who were once banned from playing in their home country, the 'licentious, festering reprobates' and 'leprous anti-establishment scumbags' exploded in 1976 after connecting with the ever-questioning youth of Ireland in the mid-70s. They earned numerous Brit, Ivor Novello & Grammy awards and were the first Irish band to attain a UK number 1 hit with 'Rat Trap'. They released 6 albums in their time, with Bob Geldof then, embarking on a humanitarian career after Band Aid. 

    Have a wee listen to 'I Don't Like Mondays'.

    Tickets are priced at £35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    The Moonlandingz

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Featuring two of Fat White Family, The Moonlandingz play Whelan's on March 24.

    Starting off as a fictional band, edging towards conventional existence, two of Fat White Family and more, the London collective fuse acidic psych and punk rock. They've enlisted members of the Human League, The Village People, as well as Yoko Ono for their debut album, Interplanetary Class Classics, released on the same day as their Whelan's show. Check out new tune 'Black Hanz'.

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

  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    Dialogue 007: First Birthday

    White's Tavern

    Belfast

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    White's Tavern club night Dialogue holds its first birthday on March 3, bringing Tom Cottrell to the club for the first time.

    Also playing is the returning Jake Hodgkinson, as well as dialogue residents Thomas FaulknerGraySeb Munroe and T.R.I.

    Admission costs £5/£7. Things kick off at 9.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    Mistake #03: Beauty Sleep, Bad Sea & Shrug Life

    The Hut, Phibsboro

    Dublin

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    The third night of Dublin gig night Mistake takes place upstairs at The Hut in Dublin's Phibsboro on March 24. Headlining are dreamy indie-poppers Beauty Sleep - check their Soundcloud for a taster.

    Supporting are Phibsboro natives Bad Sea - check their Soundcloud - and jangly indie trio, featuring some of the finest lyrics in Ireland, Shrug Life - check out their Repeal the 8th-themed tune 'Your Body'.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017

    The Boomtown Rats

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Boomtown Rats return for a Dublin show at the Olympia once more on March 25, following their return in 2015 to Electric Picnic & the live circuit.

    The quartet who were once banned from playing in their home country, the 'licentious, festering reprobates' and 'leprous anti-establishment scumbags' exploded in 1976 after connecting with the ever-questioning youth of Ireland in the mid-70s. They earned numerous Brit, Ivor Novello & Grammy awards and were the first Irish band to attain a UK number 1 hit with 'Rat Trap'. They released 6 albums in their time, with Bob Geldof then, embarking on a humanitarian career after Band Aid. 

    Have a wee listen to 'I Don't Like Mondays'.

    Tickets are priced at €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    26
    Mar
    2017

    Warpaint

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    LA indie/art rockers Warpaint play Vicar Street on March 26.

    RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer played on the band's debut EP, before they went off in their own direction for debut LP The FoolIncorporating elements of dream-pop, psych & art rock, they released their third album, Heads Up in 2016. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets are priced from €26.50-€34.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    26
    Mar
    2017

    The Lemon Twigs

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Psych-pop act The Lemon Twigs play Dublin's Workman's Club on March 26.

    Teenage brothers Brian & Michael D'Addario make up the Long Island band, who released their debut album, Do Hollywood in October. The youngsters have been playing rock music since they could walk and talk, both being multi-instrumentalists. Check out the baroque-pop of 'As Long As We're Together'.

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

  • Mon
    27
    Mar
    2017

    Car Seat Headrest

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Will Toledo, aka Car Seat Headrest plays The Academy - upgraded from Whelan's on March 27, following a huge 2016 that saw him release his 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 'Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales'.

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

  • Mon
    27
    Mar
    2017

    Thundercat

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    LA multi-genre bass virtuoso, and member of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder family, Thundercat plays Dublin's Vicar Street on on March 27, following his Sugar Club appearance last year.

    Having won a grammy this year for best rap/sung collaboration for 'These Walls' from Kendrick Lamar's now-classic album To Pimp A Butterfly - for he was a major contributor & at the creative epicenterHe's best known for his work with producer Flying Lotus, Suicidal Tendencies, and has released three solo album. Check out 'Them Changes'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    27
    Mar
    2017

    Cine Concert: Torrey Pines

    Irish Film Institute

    Dublin

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    Animator and musician Clyde Petersen’s debut film, Torrey Pines is premiered in the IFI on March 27, accompanied by some live performances. Check out the trailer.

    Torrey Pines is an autobiographical stop-motion animation, touching on issues of mental health and gender identity. Recounting the time when 12-year-old Clyde, uncomfortable in the body in which he was born, was brought on a road trip across America by his schizophrenic mother, who had done so without the knowledge of Clyde’s father, who reported the child kidnapped.

    The event will begin with a short set from Dublin band Pillow Queens. Live accompaniment to the film will be provided by members of Your Heart Breaks, director Clyde Petersen’s musical collective.

    Tickets, priced €10, are available from IFI. The screening takes place at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017
    Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017

    Ricky Gervais: Humanity

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Ricky Gervais brings his first stand-up show in seven years, Humanity, to the Waterfront on March 28 & 29.

    Acclaimed obviously for his comedy writing, his original four stand-up shows Animals, Fame, Politics and Science also earned acclaim, even assuring an in-exile Stewart Lee that he should return to stand-up comedy.

    Tickets cost £30 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017

    Jens Lekman w/The Dove and The Wolf

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Swedish indie-pop singer-songwriter Jens Lekman plays Whelan's on March 28.

    Born in Gothenburg, he's recently released his fourth album Life Will See You Now to great acclaim, and draws sounds from, as well as guitar, samples & strings, infusing his considerate wit in his work in a way that recalls the likes of David Byrne. Watch the video for 'What's That Perfume You Wear?'

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

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017

    Run The Jewels

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Hip-hop tag team El-P & Killer Mike, aka Run The Jewels, play Belfast's Limelight 1 on March 29.

    Being the righteous pair that they are, they released their third album, RTJ3, on Christmas Day for free. The album features appearances from Danny Brown, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, BOOTS, Trina & Kamasi Washington, and follows up on its critically acclaimed predecessor, RTJ2. Check out 'Legend Has It'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017

    Run The Jewels

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Hip-hop tag team El-P & Killer Mike, aka Run The Jewels, play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 30.

    Being the righteous pair that they are, they released their third album, RTJ3, on Christmas Day for free. The album features appearances from Danny Brown, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, BOOTS, Trina & Kamasi Washington, and follows up on its critically acclaimed predecessor, RTJ2. Check out 'Legend Has It'.

    Tickets, priced at €36.50, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017

    Anna's Anchor & Life Goals

    Roisin Dubh (Upstairs)

    Galway

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    Emo-tinged punk-pop act Anna's Anchor play a full-band show upstairs at the Roisin Dubh on March 30 as part of a joint tour with Belfast-based Life Goals. Watch the video for lead single, 'Hampton' from their 2016 debut album, Nautical Miles.

    Belfast-based indie-punks Life Goals share the bill - check out their debut tunes Bandcamp.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    The Blades

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin new wave band The Blades, having reunited in 2013 to sellout crowds, play Whelan's on March 31 to promote the vinyl release of new album, Modernised.

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

    Check out their new material on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available, priced from €28, from Whelanslive.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    Rotten Sound

    On The Rox

    Dublin

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    Finnish grindcore quartet Rotten Sound play Dublin's On The Rox on March 31.

    Formed in 1993, they've released eight albums and earned a reputation as one of the most intense bands on the Scandinavian death metal & grindcore scene - which is saying something. Stream Exit

    Tickets are available from Into The Void Records, priced €14. Doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    No Spill Blood, Jogging & Horse

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Dublin's foremost purveyors of doom-laden spacescapes, No Spill Blood play Dublin's Bello Bar on March 31. They released their debut album Heavy Electricity in 2015 - you should check it out.

     

    Supporting are Dublin indie post-hardcore act Jogging after a long stint away - check out their 2012 album Take Courage - and Cork alt. hardcore act Horse - check them on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €10, and tickets are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    Stormzy

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    London-based MC Stormzy plays Belfast on March 31 in an early show.

    Releasing his debut EP Dreamers Disease, 3 years ago, he's won two MOBOs, sold almost a million records, sending two grime freestyles into the UK Top 20 for the first time in history. Check out 'Big For Your Boots', the first single off his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

    Tickets are now sold out. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Empty Lungs EP Launch w/Chewing On Tinfoil, Anna's Anchor & Life Goals

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    Alt-punk trio Empty Lungs release their new Don't Get It EP on Canadian label Hidden Pony Records on March 10 during a UK tour, before coming back to Belfast and launching the show on April 1 at the Belfast Barge. Check out the video for 'Medicine'.

    Also playing are DIY melodic punk quintet Chewing On Tinfoil - check out Bandcamp - Limerick emo-tinged punk-pop act Anna's Anchor in a full-band set - watch the video for lead single, 'Hampton' from their debut album, Nautical Miles - and Belfast-based indie-punks Life Goals - check out their Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available, priced at £11, from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Retro Revival Indie Club: Windings + The Nose & Girlfriend

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Limerick indie rockers Windings - check out their latest album, Be Honest and Fear Not, the follow-up to their Choice-nominated 2012 debut LP - play the April 1 Retro Revival Indie Club night at the Grand Social.

    Joining them on the night are The Nose, who feature members of Land Lovers with Dublin alt. punk quartet Girlfriend opening the bill. Check out their 3AM rituals EP from last year.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    BEAK>

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Comprised of Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Will Young (not this guy, no), Bristol’s BEAK> will play Belfast’s Limelight 2 on Saturday, April 1.

    Hands down one of the UK’s most consistently engaging electronic acts, the trio have released two full length albums and one EP of Kraut-tinged mastery since forming back in 2009. Listen to their immense instrumental 'Battery Point'.

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

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Chordblossom Kickstart 2017 Final: BRØR, Sam Wickens, Glass Wings & Claire Louise

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Help Musicians NI & Chordblossom have teamed up together for this year's Kickstart Competition final at the Oh Yeah Centre on April 1. The four acts on the bill come from a shortlist of 20 acts, narrowed down by a panel of NI music heads to just four battling it out for the prize.

    Performing are Modest Mouse-esque alternative rock sibling duo BRØR - check out their excellent debut single, 'Something New' - Bangor singer-songwriter Sam Wickens,  Glass Wings and Claire Louise.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Feast Presents: Guilty Optics Album Launch w/Mons Olympus & Doppelskangers

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Feast hosts the Galway leg of Dublin act Guilty Optics' album launch at the Roisin Dubh on April 1. Their album, Colossal Velocity, comes 6 years after their last album, and is released on March 31.

    Support comes from Mars-obsessed fuzzy neo-proggers Mons Olympus, whose new album, Vampyroteuthis, comes out soon. Check out their prior tunes on Bandcamp. Opening are Galway punks Doppelskangers.

    Admission costs €7, or €17 with LP. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017

    Tuesday Throwdown: Mosmo Strange & Alpha Twin

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    We return to Mister Toms at Lavery's Belfast on April 4 for a live Tuesday Throwdown headlined by fast-rising Omagh alt-rock quartet Mosmo Strange. Check their Bandcamp.

    Based in Belfast, the band will be supported on the night by Alpha Twin - here's their Soundcloud.

    Doors at 9pm, admission £3, The Thin Air DJs to late. 

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017

    Night Music 3: Alex Petcu & Ioana Petcu-Colan

    Duncairn Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    In the third and final of Moving On Music's 3-date Night Music series, Alex Petcu & Ioana Petcu-Colan perform at the Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre on April 5.

    Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex Petcu has established himself as a percussionist of the finest calibre.

    One of the few Irish percussionists to focus on solo and chamber music, Alex has recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious international percussion competitions.

    For this concert Alex will be joined by his sister, and one of Ireland’s finest musicians, Ioana Petcu-Colan.

    The programme is as follows: 
    Tom Lane Oh Mistress Mine Chorale, Keiko AbeDream of the Cherry Blossoms, Franco DonatoniOmar II, Paul Lansky Hop, John Cage Dream, Alan Barclay new work, Sam Perkin Prelude and Fugue, Komitas Yerkinkn Ampel A

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music and Eventbrite. The pre-concert talk begins at 8.15pm, with the performance at 9pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017

    Isaiah Rashad

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    In support of his new album, The Sun's TiradeIsaiah Rashad makes his first Irish appearance at The Academy on April 6.

    Having released his excellent debut coming-of-age concept album, Cilvia Demo in 2014, he's went from cult blogosphere champion to bona fide hip-hop star with his second LP. Never intellectualising on the same level as the likes of Kendrick Lamar, he nonetheless projects a more humble wisdom and vibey production across his music. Check out 'Free Lunch'.

    Tickets cost €26.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017

    Gifted: Hot Cops, Hello Casanova, Sleeping Outside & Whale Talk

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Belfast's current indie slacker kings Hot Cops headline the next Gifted at Belfast's Empire Music Hall on April 6. Check out the video for Hot Cops' latest single, 'Dumbbo'.

    Also playing are pop-punk act Hello Casanova - formerly Foreign Affairs, check out their latest single, 'I'll Be Waiting' - emo quartet Sleeping Outside - check out their debut EP - and young indie-folk violin & guitar duo Whale Talk.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017

    Big Giant Head Tour: Barq, Hawk & Harbouring Oceans

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Veta Records bring their Big Giant Head tour of three acts to Whelan's on April 6, with no set headliner.

    Performing on the shows are grungy indie act Hawk - check out the video for 'Take It Away' from their latest EP - soulful rock quartet Barq - check out single 'Bear' - and soulful Kilkenny five-piece Harbouring Oceans.

    Tickets cost €10 from WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017

    John Prine

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    One of, if not country music's finest wordsmith, John Prine does a 4-date Irish tour in April, kicking off at Cork Opera House on April 7.

    Having been heralded as one of the best from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and countless more, his eponymous debut album is in the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. He's also one of the key members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with his songs being covered by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, The Everly Brothers. It's not easy to argue that there's a better lyricist in all of the genre.

    Listen to the timeless 'Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore'.

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017

    Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory brings the new project from Stereolab vocalist & solo artist Laetitia Sadier with her new Source Ensemble to the Black Box on April 7.

    They released their debut album, Find Me Finding You recently, and it's simultaneously experimental but accessible, and features that trademark charm she's made a career out of. Check out their debut single, 'Undying Love For Humanity'.

    Tickets are available from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017

    Bosco Ramos EP Launch w/Junk Drawer, Vulpynes & Gnarkats

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Drum/bass riff-laden duo Bosco Ramos launch their debut EP, Signs of Life at McHugh's Basement on April 7. Check out their debut single, 'SNKSWM'.

    Supporting are Belfast-based instrument-swapping indie rockers Junk Drawer - who recently put out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP -  female Dublin counterparts to Bosco Ramos, drum'n'bass duo Vulpynes - check them out on Soundcloud - and Belfast-based alt. rockers Gnarkats.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017

    Anna's Anchor, Empty Lungs, Life Goals & Casavettes

    The Loft

    Limerick

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    Emo-tinged punk-pop act Anna's Anchor return to Limerick's The Loft in a limited-capacity full-band set on April 7. Watch the video for lead single, 'Hampton' from their 2016 debut album, Nautical Miles.

    Alt-punk trio Empty Lungs support, having just released their new Don't Get It EP on Canadian label Hidden Pony Records - check out the video for 'Medicine'. 

    Also playing are Belfast-based indie-punks Life Goals - check out their Bandcamp - and emo/alt. rock outfit Casavettes.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    John Prine

    Seapoint Ballroom

    Galway

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    One of, if not country music's finest wordsmith, John Prine does a 4-date Irish tour in April, playing the Seapoint Ballroom in Galway on April 8.

    Having been heralded as one of the best from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and countless more, his eponymous debut album is in the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. He's also one of the key members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with his songs being covered by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, The Everly Brothers. It's not easy to argue that there's a better lyricist in all of the genre.

    Listen to the timeless 'Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore'.

    Tickets cost €55 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    King Kong Company

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    After a year that saw them win a best live act award, and release some new material, King Kong Company play The Academy on April 8.

    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.

    Check out the frankly, quite unreal, video for 'Spacehopper'.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    The Jesus & Mary Chain

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Scottish noise-pop legends The Jesus and Mary Chain play the Limelight 1 on April 8.

    Formed in East Kilbride, just outside Glasgow, by brothers William & Jim Reid, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie brought them to the attention of Creation Records' Alan McGee. The band's debut album Psychocandy came out in 1983, which went on to be a quintessential album, helping create noise-pop & shoegaze. Here's the video for 'Just Like Honey'. This show comes following the announcement of their first album in almost 2 decades, Damage and Joy.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse Screening & Performance

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    On April 8 we will co-host a special, two-part event The MAC as part of Belfast Film Festival celebrating the life and music of the sadly-missed Mark Linkous, aka Sparklehorse.

    Following a screening of Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass' new documentary ‘The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse’, the evening will also feature a Q+A with the filmmakers, as well as a live, one-hour performance, ‘A Night of Sparklehorse’ with Belfast-based singer-songwriters Tom McShane, The Mad Dalton, Heliopause, Pixie Saytar and more.

    Tickets are available from The MAC, priced at £10.50 & £12.50. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    Katie Kim and Crash Ensemble: Salt Interventions

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Waterford artist Katie Sullivan, aka Katie Kim, plays her collaboration Salt Interventions, with the Crash Ensemble to the Grand Social on April 8 in her first headline show since her sold out performance at the Unitarian Church last October.

    Recorded in self-built recording & artist space Guerrilla Studios, her 2016 album Salt is a more drone-oriented release, produced with John 'Spud' Murphy - you can check out her ethereal, slowcore, ambient folk out on Soundcloud. This follows up on her last album, Cover and Flood from 4 years ago. Listen to Salt on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    Ilenkus 'Hunger' EP Launch w/ Rest & Destriers

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Galway progressive hardcore act Ilenkus play the hometown show of their 7" release tour at the Roisin Dubh for Feast. Their new EP, Hunger, moves the famously diverse - within their genre - act into more noisy hardcore territory. Watch the brilliant, notorious video for 'Over The Fire, Under The Smoke'.

    Also playing are instrumental post-metal tinged Cork act Rest - check out their Bandcamp - and experimental punk outfit Destriers.

    Tickets are available for €10 from the Roisin Dubh on €12 on the door. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    Guilty Optics Album Launch w/Realistic Train & The Whole Sick

    Tivoli Backstage

    Dublin

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    The hometown leg of Dublin post-hardcore noiseniks Guilty Optics' album tour takes place at the Tivoli Backstage on April 8. Their album, Colossal Velocity, comes 6 years after their last album, and is released on March 31. Check out 'The Kayapo Ghosts'.

    Support comes from Realistic Train - check out this video - and The Whole Sick.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    10
    Apr
    2017

    PWR BTTM

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Glammy-punk queercore trio PWR BTTM play The Workman's Club on April 10.

    Formed in 2013 in New York around the DIY, performance & drag scene by guitarist Ben Hopkins & drummer Liv Bruce, PWR BTTM appeared in 2014 with their Cinderella Beauty Shop and live appearances creating a buzz from their raw pop-punk & garage rock sound. Check out their latest album, 2016's New Hampshire.

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

  • Tue
    11
    Apr
    2017

    John Prine

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    One of, if not country music's finest wordsmith, John Prine does a 4-date Irish tour in April, playing the Ulster Hall on April 11.

    Having been heralded as one of the best from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and countless more, his eponymous debut album is in the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. He's also one of the key members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with his songs being covered by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, The Everly Brothers. It's not easy to argue that there's a better lyricist in all of the genre.

    Listen to the timeless 'Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore'.

    Tickets cost £46.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017

    Palace

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Bluesy alternative rock band Palace play a pair of Irish shows, kicking off Upstairs at Whelan's on April 12.

    Influenced equally by experimental traditional musicians like Nick Drake & John Fahey, as well as modern acts like Foals and the Maccabees. Their debut album, So Long Forever  came out in 2016. Check out the video for 'It's Over'.

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

  • Thu
    13
    Apr
    2017

    John Prine

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    One of, if not country music's finest wordsmith, John Prine does a 4-date Irish tour in April, playing the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on April 13.

    Having been heralded as one of the best from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and countless more, his eponymous debut album is in the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. He's also one of the key members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with his songs being covered by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, The Everly Brothers. It's not easy to argue that there's a better lyricist in all of the genre.

    Listen to the timeless 'Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore'.

    Tickets cost from €44.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Apr
    2017

    Palace w/The Holy Innocents

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Bluesy alternative rock band Palace play a pair of Irish shows, kicking off at Voodoo on April 13.

    Influenced equally by experimental traditional musicians like Nick Drake & John Fahey, as well as modern acts like Foals and the Maccabees. Their debut album, So Long Forever came out in 2016. Check out the video for 'It's Over'.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Apr
    2017

    No Monster Club, Alien She, Switzerland & Nervvs

    Tivoli Backstage

    Dublin

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    The Retro Revival Indie Club's Easter Egg Hunt takes place at the Tivoli Backstage on April 13, headlined by Popical Island stalwarts No Monster Club. Check their extensive back catalogue here.

    Experimental feminist garage-punk trio Alien She - check their Bandcamp - support, along with jangly indie-pop act Switzerland - check out their album Long Gone - and garage punks Nervvs - check out A Mixtape of Love Vol. One

    Easter eggs will also strategically placed around the venue, available for hunting while the bands play.

    Entry costs €10, or €8 on the cheaplist. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Apr
    2017

    An Evening With Electric Octopus

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    Following their recent packed Voodoo show, funk, psych, blues (and more) jam band Electric Octopus continue their live momentum with another A Night Of... show at the Belfast Barge on April 14, to kick start their debut UK tour. 

    Listen to their latest release, the 35-minute, 3-track Smokyhead.

    Admission costs £10 and admission is limited to 100. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Apr
    2017

    Ilenkus, Unyielding Love & Molarbear

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Galway progressive hardcore act Ilenkus play the Belfast date of their 7" release tour at Voodoo on April 14 for Solid Choice Industries. Their new EP, Hunger, moves them into more noisy hardcore territory. Watch the brilliant, notorious video for 'Over The Fire, Under The Smoke'.

    Blackened noisy outfit Unyielding Love support - check out their debut EP - and Molarbear - check their singles.

    Tickets are available from Billetto, priced £8. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show, over by 11pm due to Good Friday.

  • Fri
    14
    Apr
    2017

    Lost Avenue, Sister Ghost, Wasps & Foreign Owl

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Good Friday sees an altogether riffier affair than usual at McHugh's Basement, where Rock Therapy NI & Slops Records bring Derry punk/post-hardcore outfit Lost Avenue up. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Performing on the bill are the Shannon O'Neill-fronted alternative rock noiseniks Sister Ghost, who just released their new EP, In A Spell, math-rock-tinged duo Wasps - check out the video for 'Future Endeavours' - and Irish indie trio Foreign Owl - check out the video for 'Like A Beast'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm. It's an early show because our licensing laws are bullshit.

  • Sat
    15
    Apr
    2017

    Chelsea Wolfe w/Wife

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Oneiric singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe plays Whelan's on April 15.

    The daughter of a country musician, the Californian songstress has a genuinely unique sound, incorporating neo-folk, metal and electronica, hugely renowned for her huge atmospheres, made up of piano, guitar, electronic textures and her incredible voice. Her sleep paralysis and the unconscious has had an effect on the music, with her most recent album being 2015's Abyss.

    Watch the video for 'Feral Love'.

    Support comes from Wife - check out 'Bodies'.

    Tickets are available from Whelans and Tickets.ie, priced at €20.

  • Sat
    15
    Apr
    2017

    And So I Watch You From Afar

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Belfast-based instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar play Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 15 in a long-awaited return show.

    They've been working on new material lately, following on from their 2015 fourth album, Heirs, on Sargent House. Blending upbeat pop sensibilities with crushing heaviness and ambience, the band are one of Ireland's finest live.

    Admission costs €18, or €16 for members from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Apr
    2017

    The Seige of Limerick 2017

    Dolan's Pub

    Limerick

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    The annual Limerick Seige returns to Dolan's for an all-day metal festival on April 16. Headlining are exlusive Irish performances from Belgian act Possession and Dutch act Herder.

    Also on the bill are Vircolac, Belgian band Thurisaz, Slovenia's CvingerShardborneIlenkusTen Ton SlugAeternum ValeWe Come In PiecesAeSect and Tension Head, with more to be announced. 

    The Seige spans 3 stages, 4 bars. Admission is free and doors open at noon.

  • Mon
    17
    Apr
    2017

    Author & Punisher w/Touch Sensitive DJs

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    San Diego one-man industrial doom band Author & Punisher plays a Solid Choice show on the Belfast Barge on April 17.

    Mechanical engineer/artist Tristan Shone operates under the name, and began the project in 2004, with instrumentation & controllers - 'drone machines' - designed by Shone himself from raw materials and open source circuitry. Check out Author & Punisher live at Elektron Studios.

    On DJ duties for the night are Touch Sensitive Records.

    Tickets, priced £12, are available from Billetto. Doors open at 9pm, and it's a BYOB show.

  • Tue
    18
    Apr
    2017

    Ro Gang 'H.E.R.' Album Launch w/5 to 2, Dachau Giftshop & Kean Kavanagh

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Formerly known as Mr Rosso, Dublin lo-fi bedroom duo Ro Gang launch their album H.E.R. with a launch show at the Grand Social on April 18. Check out the video for lead single 'Boys Club'.

    Supporting are 5 to 2Dachau Giftshop and Kean Kavanagh.

    Admission costs €6. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    19
    Apr
    2017

    Future Proof #2: Shookrah, Rosie Carney & Laoise

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Alt soul six piece from Cork, Shookrah headline the second edition of Nialler9 & Homebeat's new Future Proof night. Check out their video for 'Gerascophobia'.

    Young Donegal songstress Rosie Carney also plays, as well as Galway electropop artist Laoise - check out the video for 'You'.

    The night is sponsored by O'Hara's Irish Craft Beer, and the first 40 people through the door earn a free pint. Early admission is €8, with it €10 later, and €13 at the latest.

  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017

    Jafaris 'Velvet Cake' EP Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin hip-hop singer-songwriter Jafaris - formerly ProFound - launches his new EP Velvet Cake at Whelan's on April 20. Check out the video for last year's single, 'Lucid'.

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

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017

    New Pagans, Via:Barvikha & The Crying Scene

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Indie rock outfit New Pagans play the Empire for Shizznigh Promotions on April 21. Featuring Fighting With Wire & Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin, they've released a couple of singles, available on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is Chris Leckey, formerly of PigsAsPeople in his current sadcore-tinged outlet, Via:Barvikha - check out 'Lucifer/Red' - and Brand New Friend & Fox Colony side project The Crying Scene - check out their DIY album, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017

    Peter Silberman (The Antlers)

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    The Unitarian Church hosts a show from Antlers frontman Peter Silberman on April 21.

    He recently released his first solo album, Impermanence, taking some of the emotional & spiritual elements of his trio's output. The album was made after a prolonged time dealing with a massive hearing impairment which left Silberman in a state of temporarily total hearing loss, extraordinarily loud tinnitus and a painful sensitivity to everyday noise.

    Forced to leave his Brooklyn apartment for a quieter setting in upstate New York, he rested and ultimately wrote this album to offer comfort and themes to offer an alternative way to deal with changing circumstances.

    Check out 'Karuna'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €17.50.

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017

    Talos

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Cork's Eoin French, aka atmosfolk act Talos, plays nine Irish dates in support of his debut album, Wild Alee, with the launch night happening at the Button Factory on April 21, the day of release.

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

    Tickets cost €15.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017

    Happyness

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    London alternative rock trio Happyness make their first appearance in Ireland, playing upstairs at Whelan's on April 21.

    Formed in late 2013, they released their debut EP shortly after, moving onto a couple of LPs, and most recently put out their Tunnel Vision On Your Part EP. Check out their new single, 'Through Windows'.

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

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017

    Cat Palace, Junk Drawer, Autre Monde & Oh Joy

    Tivoli Backstage

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Tivoli Backstage hosts a four-strong bill of hotly-tipped cult Irish bands on April 21, headlined by David Blaney's mighty Cat Palace. Check out their psychedelic recently-unveiled video for 'Peddle It'.

    Supporting are Belfast-based scuzzy indie rock instrument-swappers Junk Drawer - check out their EP For The Cult Fat Guy - Paddy Hanna-fronted CBGBs-esque supergroup/quartet Autre Monde - listen to new single, 'Customs' - and scuzzy trio Oh Joy - check out their new video for 'So Swell'. 

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm. The Thin Air DJs provide sounds in between sets.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    This Other Kingdom Album Launch

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dublin garage-psych trio This Other Kingdom launch their second album, Rêveur at the Workman's Club on April 22.

    Watch the video for 'Plasticine Dream', taken from their 2015 debut album, Telescopic.

    Admission costs €8. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Kasabian

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Kasabian play the Olympia on April 22, just a week before the release of their latest album. 

    Tickets are priced from €48.90-€69.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Hot Cops & Junk Drawer

    Crane Lane

    Cork

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    Alliance Promotions host their first fully Northern Irish bill at Cork's Crane Lane on April 22. Headlining are Belfast indie slacker power trio Hot Cops - check out the video for Hot Cops' latest single, 'Dumbbo'.

    Supporting are Belfast-based instrument-swapping indie rock magpies Junk Drawer - who recently put out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP.

    Admission is free and it's an early show.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    This Side Up, t-woc & Bleak Stack

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Sligo hip-hop trio This Side Up play The Grand Social on April 22 - check out their music on Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill is dub & electronic-influenced t-woc in a vinyl set and Bleak Stack - check out 'When We're Whole One Day'.

    Tickets cost €8 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Hiva Oa 'MkII' EP Launch w/Fears

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Belfast alternative electronic act Hiva Oa launch their second EP, MkII on April 22 with their first hometown show of 2017 at The Pavilion. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is alt. pop artist & former noisemaker with Mhaol, Constance Keane, aka Fears. Check out her new single, 'Blood'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Four Acre: Brash Isaac, Jamie Neish & Benjamin Hamilton

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Four Acre Music holds its first Basecamp night for emerging artists at McHugh's Bar on April 22, headlined by indie folk-pop singer-songwriter Andrew Cameron, formerly of New Ancestors, in his hotly-tipped current project, Brash Isaac - check the video for 'In The Dark'.

    Supporting are Belfast-based singer-songwriter Jamie Neish - check his Bandcamp - and Benjamin Hamilton.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sun
    23
    Apr
    2017

    Ash Borer, Vanum & Vircolac

    On The Rox

    Dublin

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    Droning, atmospheric Californian black metallers Ash Borer come to Dublin's On The Rox on April 23. They released their latest album, 2016's The Irrepassable Gate, at the end of last year.

    Also playing are fellow US blackened death-doom act Vanum - check out Realm of Sacrifice - and Dublin death metal quintet Vircolac - here's their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €15 on the night. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    25
    Apr
    2017

    The Big Moon

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    London indie quartet The Big Moon play the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast on April 25 following Irish shows with the Maccabees and at Workman's last year.

    Check out new single 'Formidable' from their debut album, Love In The 4th Dimension.

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

  • Tue
    25
    Apr
    2017

    Therapy? Acoustic Tour

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    NI alt. metal legends Therapy? continue their Wood & Wire acoustic tour throughout this spring, kicking off at Whelan's on April 25.

    In 2016, the band released a new single and completed their first acoustic tour, with them also currently working on their 15th album. Check out their NvTv acoustic session from a few years back.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster, priced at €25. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    25
    Apr
    2017

    Tuesday Throwdown: Gross Net & DIE HEXEN

    Mister Tom's, Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Our next live Tuesday Throwdown at Lavery's will take on Tuesday, April 25 and feature two of our favourite Irish acts at the minute: Philip Quinn (also of Girls Names) AKA Gross Net and the truly inimitable DIE HEXEN. The show takes place in Mister Tom's Lounge on the first floor of Lavery's.

    The darkly techno/post-punk Gross Net released their debut album, Quantatitive Easing, came out in November. Expect a captivating show from all-encompassing dark, experimental synth-led performance artist Die Hexen - check their Soundcloud.

    Doors are at 9pm, admission is £3, and there'll be all kinds of sweet drink offers. Our DJs will be spinning sounds before, between and after.

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017

    The Big Moon (14+)

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    London indie quartet The Big Moon play the Dublin's Academy 2 on April 26 following Irish shows with the Maccabees and at Workman's last year.

    Check out new single 'Formidable' from their debut album, Love In The 4th Dimension.

    Tickets cost €13 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm. It's a 14+ show.

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017

    Therapy? Acoustic Tour

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    NI alt. metal legends Therapy? continue their Wood & Wire acoustic tour throughout this spring, playing the Empire on April 26.

    In 2016, the band released a new single and completed their first acoustic tour, with them also currently working on their 15th album. Check out their NvTv acoustic session from a few years back.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at £20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017

    Steve Hackett

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Former Genesis axe-slinger Steve Hackett plays Vicar Street on April 26.

    Playing guitar in Genesis' prime years from 1971-1977, Hackett played on all the essential '70s genesis albums. He's become a huge influence on the finest players in the genre and beyond, including Brian May, Alex Lifeson and Eddie Van Halen. He released his debut solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte in 1975, and has been incredibly prolific since, with this year seeing the release of his 25th solo album, The Night Siren.

    Tickets cost €48.85 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017

    Hand Models 'TV Kids' Single Launch w/BDBR & LetGo Dive

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Fuzzy young indie upstarts Hand Models launch their debut single 'TV Kids' at McHugh's Basement on April 26. You can download it for free from Bandcamp.

    Support comes from lo-fi bedroom indie-pop artist Ryan Mills, aka BDBR - check out his debut Bedroom Demo - and young atmospheric indie band LetGo Dive.

    Admission costs a mere £3 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017

    The Optimists 'Not Her' Single Launch

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dublin alt-pop act The Optimists launch their second single, 'Not Her' at The Workman's Club on April 26 following its April 21 release. Check out their first single, 'Nobody's Watching'.

    Admission is priced from €3.50-€7 from Eventbrite, and at the door from €4 on the night. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    26
    Apr
    2017

    Heck, Employed To Serve & Bailer

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Extreme punk act and outstanding live band, Nottingham's Heck play The Poor Relation in Cork on April 26.

    They've been nominated for a Kerrang! Best Live Band award, as well as having performed at Download & 2000 Trees. Originally called Baby Godzilla, they released their debut album Instructions last year, which blends thrash, mathcore, hardcore, prog-metal, punk and crust, amongst other subgenres. Check out the video for 'Good As Dead'.

    Support comes from Woking self-described 'miserable post-hardcore' act Employed To Serve, whose new album comes out in May - and opening the show is Cork metalcore quartet Bailer - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Therapy? Acoustic Tour

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    NI alt. metal legends Therapy? continue their Wood & Wire acoustic tour throughout this spring, playing Dundalk's Spirit Store on April 27.

    In 2016, the band released a new single and completed their first acoustic tour, with them also currently working on their 15th album. Check out their NvTv acoustic session from a few years back.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €25.40. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Robert Cray

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    One of the greatest guitarists of his generation Robert Cray plays the Festival Marquee in Custom House Square for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on April 27.

    The five-time Grammy winner has performed with every living bluesman of his era, including Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Lee Hooker, steering the course of blues & soul as he goes. 

    Tickets cost £25, and are available from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    K-X-P w/Skymas

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    As part of the spring Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Voodoo hosts Helsinki kraut-tronica act K-X-P on April 27.

    Blending the likes of trance, glam-punk, rock'n'roll, krautrock and cosmische, they released their debut in 2010, followed up by II in 2013. Check out 'Cymbalism'.

    Support comes from repetitious electronic outfit Skymas. Check out 'No Easy Way Out'.

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

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Æ MAK w/Laoise

    Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Art-pop duo Æ MAK play their biggest headline show to date at the Sugar Club to launch new single 'I Walk', on April 27.

    Having the visual approach to their live performance completely down, the pair's sound is stamped with percussive vocal harmonies, choreography & visuals. Check their Soundcloud.

    Supporting is Galway electropop artist Laoise - check out the video for 'You' - with Lumo Club DJs playing until late.

    Tickets cost €12, or €10 for students from The Sugar Club. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Oh Yeah Presents: 'For Emma, Forever Ago' Revisited

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based musicians Joshua BurnsideRosie Carney and Owen Denvir come together for a special night returning to their 'Revisited' series of shows, in the tenth anniversary of both the album and the Oh Yeah Centre on April 27.

    Self released in 2007 and later through indie label Jagjaguwar, the critically acclaimed debut album from Bon Iver, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ inspired and impacted on a whole generation of song-writers. The Oh Yeah reimagines the album with local artists.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Heck, Employed To Serve & Bailer

    The Loft

    Galway

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    Extreme punk act and outstanding live band, Nottingham's Heck headline Galway's Loft (above Seven Bar) on April 27.

    They've been nominated for a Kerrang! Best Live Band award, as well as having performed at Download & 2000 Trees. Originally called Baby Godzilla, they released their debut album Instructions last year, which blends thrash, mathcore, hardcore, prog-metal, punk and crust, amongst other subgenres. Check out the video for 'Good As Dead'.

    Support comes from Woking self-described 'miserable post-hardcore' act Employed To Serve, whose new album comes out in May - and opening the show is Cork metalcore quartet Bailer - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €12 online and €14 on the night. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Wolff w/Jaxson

    The Sky & The Ground

    Wexford

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    Hefty Wexford-based trashy garage/blues rock outfit Wolff headline The Sky & The Ground in Wexford on April 27 as part of a 7-date Irish tour with full band. Check him out on Soundcloud, and the new video for single 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Tickets, priced €7 from Wolff. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Hot Cops, Oh Boland & Crude

    Club Áras na nGael

    Galway

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    Galway's Club Áras na nGael hosts a fine indie rock bill, headed by Belfast slackers Hot Cops and Tuam garage rock trio Oh Boland on April 27.
     
    Check out the video for Hot Cops' latest single, 'Dumbbo', Galway ragtag power-pop/indie rock merchants Oh Boland's video for the Replacements-esque 'Take Me Back to Mutton Island.
     
    Opening are young Galway indie upstarts Crude - check them out on Bandcamp.
     
    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.
     
     
  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Snarky Puppy

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Thanks to ChoiceCuts, Brooklyn-based instrumental funk/jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy return to Vicar Street on April 28.

    Led by Grammy-winning bassist, composer & producer Michael League, the group are a collective of almost 40 musicians, many of whom are University of North Texas alumni. Often in flux, the band often perform alongside other artists like Marcus Miller, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and many others. 

    Their first album won best R&B performance in the 2014 Grammys, followed up by the second Family Dinner - and their incredible technical ability never overshadows their remarkable ability to craft something catchy and soulful. Their eleventh album, Culcha Vulcha came out in 2016. Check out this incredibly tight live version of 'Lingus' from their live studio show, 'We Like It Here'.

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

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017
    Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Distorted Perspectives Festival: K-X-P, Exmagician, SlowPlaceLikeHome, Robocobra Quartet & more

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    The Distorted Perspectives festival in Letterkenny returns this year over April 28 & 29, with an incredibly strong bill over the weekend at the Regional Cultural Centre.

    Performing are Finnish kraut-tronica act K-X-P, who blend trance, glam-punk, rock'n'roll, krautrock and cosmische - check out 'Cymbalism' - an appearance from Spacemen 3 legend Will CarruthersExmagician, Donegal psychtronica SlowPlaceLikeHome.

    Hannah PeelRobocobra QuartetTuath, Aul Boy, The Barbiturates, Free Sunshine Acid and The Gatefolds.

     

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Percolator 'Sestra' Album Launch w/The Sunshine Factory

    Coughlan's

    Cork

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    Krautrock/shoegaze-loving cosmic voyagers Percolator launch their debut album Sestra on Penske Recordings with a three-date Irish tour, playing Coughlan's in Cork on April 28. 

    Taking cues from My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab and the likes, their textures and tones are next-level. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' and their previous work on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from The Sunshine Factory.

    Tickets cost €8 from Coughlan's or €10 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Heck & Employed To Serve

    On The Rox

    Dublin

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    Extreme punk act and outstanding live band, Nottingham's Heck play Dublin's On The Rox on April 28.

    They've been nominated for a Kerrang! Best Live Band award, as well as having performed at Download & 2000 Trees. Originally called Baby Godzilla, they released their debut album Instructions last year, which blends thrash, mathcore, hardcore, prog-metal, punk and crust, amongst other subgenres. Check out the video for 'Good As Dead'.

    Support comes from Woking self-described 'miserable post-hardcore' act Employed To Serve, whose new album comes out in May.

    Admission costs €10 from Tickets.ie and €12 on the night. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Psychotic Reaction Presents: Exploding Eyes, Petty Youth, Dawn Chorus & Evil Echos

    The Mezz

    Dublin

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    Psychotic Reaction's show at the Mezz on April 28 is to be headlined by psych/garage rock Dubliners Exploding Eyes, who recently released their self-titled debut album. You can check them out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are garage rock 'n rollers Petty Youth - check out 'Take Me Away' - Dawn Chorus and Evil Echos.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Morgan Buckley & Omid Geadizadeh, Touch Sensitive & Jonny Carberry

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Bullitt holds its next music night on April 28 in the courtyard, featuring Morgan Buckley and Omid Geadizadeh from Dublin imprint Wah Wah Wino, known for its off-kilter electronic music, headed by Irish producer Davy Kehoe.

    Check out the krauty tape-hiss of Buckley's 'Shout Out To All The Weirdos In The Rathmines' and the pair's first Wah Wah Wadio on Soundcloud.

    As ever, Touch Sensitive will be going post-punk & house, and there'll be disco & electronic oddities from Bullitt resident Jonny Carberry.

    Admission is completely free, and tunes begin at 8pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Wolff w/Long Tail

    Mike The Pies

    Listowel

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    Hefty Wexford-based trashy garage/blues rock outfit Wolff headline Listowel's Mike The Pies on April 28 as part of a 7-date Irish tour with full band. Check him out on Soundcloud, and the new video for single 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Supporting are alternative rockers Long Tail.

    Tickets, priced €7 from Wolff.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Paper Trail Presents: Hot Cops & Just Mustard

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Irish indie label Paper Trail brings Belfast slacker indie rock power trio Hot Cops to Whelan's in a free show on April 28 - check out the video for their latest single, 'Dumbbo'.

    Supporting are shoegaze-loving Dundalk five piece Just Mustard - check out them in live session.

    Admission is free and doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Rejjie Snow

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Hip-hop artist Rejjie Snow plays a 16+ show at the Academy on April 29.

    Releasing his first mixtape in 2013, snow released his first single in 2015, followed up by a debut album on 300 Entertainment. Check out the video for 'Pink Beetle', produced by Rahki - best known for his work on Kendrick Lamar's music.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Therapy? Acoustic Tour

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    NI alt. metal legends Therapy? continue their Wood & Wire acoustic tour throughout this spring, playing the Roisin Dubh on April 29.

    In 2016, the band released a new single and completed their first acoustic tour, with them also currently working on their 15th album. Check out their NvTv acoustic session from a few years back.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €25.40. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    The Winter Passing 'Double Exposure Record Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Launching their new album, Double Exposure, at Whelan's on April 29 are Dublin indie/emo-pop outfit The Winter Passing.

    This time around, the band went to Jawbox/Against Me producer J Robbins. Check out 'Daisy' from their 2015 album A Different Space of Mind. The band are led by sibling writing duo Rob & Kate Flynn.

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

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Percolator 'Sestra' Album Launch w/Ten Past Seven

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Krautrock/shoegaze-loving cosmic voyagers Percolator launch their debut album Sestra on Penske Recordings with a three-date Irish tour, playing Dublin's Bello Bar on April 29. 

    Taking cues from My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab and the likes, their textures and tones are next-level. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' and their previous work on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Ten Past Seven. Check out their Black Box Recordings.

    Tickets cost €10 or €20 with LP, available from Billetto. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    God's Waiting Room: Group Zero, Ruth Bait, David Holmes, Chris Frieze

    Maple Leaf Club

    Belfast

    The next God's Waiting Room at East Belfast's Maple Leaf Club takes place on April 29, headlined by Girls Names frontman Cathal Cully, with his current solo project, Group Zero. Check out his debut album, Structures and Light.

    Ruth Bait will play live and on DJ duties, Jam Master Chris Frieze with a 3-hour DJ set from David Holmes.

    Tickets cost £11 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Heck, Employed To Serve & Destriers

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Extreme punk act and outstanding live band, Nottingham's Heck play a Solid Choice Industries show at Belfast's Voodoo on April 29.

    They've been nominated for a Kerrang! Best Live Band award, as well as having performed at Download & 2000 Trees. Originally called Baby Godzilla, they released their debut album Instructions last year, which blends thrash, mathcore, hardcore, prog-metal, punk and crust, amongst other subgenres. Check out the video for 'Good As Dead'.

    Support comes from Woking self-described 'miserable post-hardcore' act Employed To Serve, whose new album comes out in May - and opening the show are Irish metal/hardcore act Destriers - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £12 from Billetto. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Wolff w/Blaming Hannah

    Fred Zeppelins

    Cork

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    Hefty Wexford-based trashy garage/blues rock outfit Wolff headline Fred Zeppelin's on April 29 as part of a 7-date Irish tour with full band. Check him out on Soundcloud, and the new video for single 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Supporting are Kingsale quartet Blaming Hannah.

    Tickets, priced €7 from Wolff.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    K-X-P

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    Helsinki kraut-tronica act K-X-P play the new DBD Venue at the Mezz on April 29.

    Blending the likes of trance, glam-punk, rock'n'roll, krautrock and cosmische, they released their debut in 2010, followed up by II in 2013. Check out 'Cymbalism'.

    Tickets cost €8 from Tickets.ie, and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Therapy? Acoustic Tour

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    NI alt. metal legends Therapy? continue their Wood & Wire acoustic tour throughout this spring, playing Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on April 30.

    In 2016, the band released a new single and completed their first acoustic tour, with them also currently working on their 15th album. Check out their NvTv acoustic session from a few years back.

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

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Booker T Jones

    CQAF Marquee

    Belfast

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    Memphis R&B/soul legend Booker T Jones plays Belfast's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee on April 30.

    Best known for the iconic 'Green Onions' with the MGs, as well as receiving just about every award in music he's eligible for, he lent his keyboard work for everyone from Ray Charles to Neil Young, as well as producing the likes of Bill Withers, Rita Coolidge and Willie Nelson. 

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

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals [Live PA]

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Following his support performance for Bruno Mars at the 3Arena on April 30, the incredible talent of Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals play a short 3-song set, plus a DJ set.

    He released one of the albums of 2016 with his second LP, Malibu, fusing hip-hop, funk & soul. Check out 'Come Down'.

    Tickets cost €26 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    K-X-P w/The Sunshine Factory

    Connolly's of Leap

    Leap

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    Helsinki kraut-tronica act K-X-P play Connolly's of Leap on April 30.

    Blending the likes of trance, glam-punk, rock'n'roll, krautrock and cosmische, they released their debut in 2010, followed up by II in 2013. Check out 'Cymbalism'.

    Support comes from The Sunshine Factory.

    Tickets cost €13 on the night, and doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Tony Law

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Multi-award-winning comedian Tony Law performs for Belfast's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival at the Black Box on April 30.

    His current nonsense comedy show is called A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome.

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

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Wolff w/Brand New Dead Things

    Brewery Corner

    Kilkenny

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    Hefty Wexford-based trashy garage/blues rock outfit Wolff play Kilkenny's Brewery Corner on April 30 as part of a 7-date Irish tour with full band. Check him out on Soundcloud, and the new video for single 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Supporting are Brand New Dead Things.

    Tickets, priced €7 from Wolff.

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Joshua Burnside w/Alana Henderson

    The Duke of York

    Belfast

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    Experimental indie-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside launches his debut album, Ephrata at the Duke of York on April 30 as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    Ephrata is due to come out on May 5 through Quiet Arch Records - home also of Ciaran Lavery, Ryan Vail & Tucan - and was written allegedly during a creative spurt in Colombia. His only prior EP, If You're Goin' That Way was released in 2013. Check out the first single from Ephrata, 'Tunnels Pt. 1'.

    Support comes from the world-conquering as of late cellist & songstress Alana Henderson.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced at £8. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017

    Booker T Jones

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Memphis R&B/soul legend Booker T Jones plays a seated show at Vicar Street on May 2.

    Best known for the iconic 'Green Onions' with the MGs, as well as receiving just about every award in music he's eligible for, he lent his keyboard work for everyone from Ray Charles to Neil Young, as well as producing the likes of Bill Withers, Rita Coolidge and Willie Nelson. 

    Tickets cost €45.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017

    Wheatus

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Following their last sold out Belfast show in 2015, Wheatus play the Limelight 2 on May 2.

    Best known for 'Teenage Dirtbag', the New York power-pop band formed in 1995 and released their eponymous 2000 debut LP.

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

  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017

    The Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown: Exmagician w/ Waldorf & Cannon

    Mister Tom's Lounge, Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Just over a year from unveiling their stellar, Bella Union released debut album, Scan The Blue, we will host a live Tuesday Throwdown with one of the country's finest acts, exmagician, in Mister Tom's Lounge, Lavery's Belfast on Tuesday, May 2.  Check them out on Soundcloud.

    The Belfast psych-pop band - formed by ex-Cashier No.9 main men Danny Todd and James Smith - will be supported on the night from one of Derry's best live propositions, the simultaneous multi-instrumentalism of Waldorf & Cannon. Check out the video for 'Rise Up'.

    Admission to the show in Mister Tom's (Middle Floor) on the night is just £5, doors are at 9pm and The Thin Air DJs will be spinning a veritable rake of psych-tinged tunes throughout.

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017

    The Comet Is Coming

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music & CQAF team up to bring sonic explorers The Comet Is Coming to Belfast's Black Box on May 3. 

    Meeting in a London warehouse in 2013, the three musical cosmonauts in question are Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet & Melt Yourself Down, Danalogue and Betamax (known for Soccer96). Blending mindbending new sonic languages in the vein of Sun Ra, Zappa & the BBC Radiophonic Workshops, the band are based on the impending apocalypse. 

    Check out their Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost £12 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017

    Cabbage

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Socialist post-punk/indie rock band Cabbage play Belfast's Voodoo on May 3 in one of 3 Irish dates.

    The five piece's most recent release, Young, Dumb, and Full of...Cabbage is out now, and you can check out their previous EPs on Bandcamp.

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

  • Thu
    04
    May
    2017

    Strange Victory Presents: The Parrots w/The Penny Dreadfuls

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Coming over from Madrid, garage rock trio The Parrots come to Belfast to play a Strange Victory show at Voodoo on May 4.

    The primordial, loose-hipped rock'n'rollers recently released their debut album, Los Niños Sin Miedo on Heavenly Records. Check out the video for 'I Did Something Wrong'.

    Support comes from Belfast garage-psych act The Penny Dreadfuls. Check out their Soundcloud.

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

  • Thu
    04
    May
    2017

    Gifted: Mons Olympus (Album Launch) w/Mosmo Strange, Ravens & Newt

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    May the Fourth be with you at the launch of Mars-obsessed fuzzy space-rockers Mons Olympus' album, Vampyroteuthis, at Gifted at the Empire. Check out their prior tunes on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are groove-driven QOTSA-esque rockers Mosmo Strange - check out Bandcamp - post-rock quintet Ravens and math-tinged alt. rock act Newt - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £3, with doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    May
    2017

    Fox Colony EP Launch w/Life Goals, Brash Isaac & Whale Talk

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Emo-tinged indie rock trio Fox Colony launch their new EP, Patterns at McHugh's Bar on May 4. Check their Soundcloud.

    Supporting are emo-tinged indie-punks Life Goals - check their 'Wreck Less Nature/Between The Lines' single - New Ancestors' Andrew Cameron, aka Brash Isaac - check out the video for 'In The Dark'  - and young guitar/violin duo Whale Talk.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017

    The Selecter & The Beat [Co-Headliner]

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Two of the most important acts in the ska/2-Tone movement, The Beat and The Selecter, have announced a show at the Academy on May 5 as part of a co-headline tour.

    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 €30.

     

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017

    The Parrots

    The Loft, The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Coming over from Madrid, garage rock trio The Parrots come to Dublin to play their debut Irish performance in The Grand Social's Loft in May 5.

    The primordial, loose-hipped rock'n'rollers recently released their debut album, Los Niños Sin Miedo on Heavenly Records. Check out the video for 'I Did Something Wrong'.

    Support comes from Belfast garage-psych act The Penny Dreadfuls. Check out their Soundcloud.

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

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017

    Paddy Hanna

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Eclectic singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna headlined Whelans' Upstairs venue on May 5, following the release of his latest in a string of strong singles, 'Bad Boys'. Accompanied by a full band, he's one of Ireland's most accomplished songwriters, full of honesty, yet elusive.

    Tickets cost €13 from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017

    William Basinski

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Musical pioneer, composer and all-round innovator William Basinski makes his Belfast debut at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in what is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the festival. He plays the Black Box on May 5.

    Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, Basinski’s haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time.

    Since the seminal work The Disintegration Loops, he has constantly pushed boundaries of contemporary music. Basinski’s new album A Shadow in Time was released to universal acclaim in January, widely regarded as one of his finest works yet, and his best for some years.

    This performance will feature the Irish Premiere of Basinski’s appreciation of Bowie: A Shadow In Time – For David Robert Jones.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced £12. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017

    Mistake #04: Oh Boland, Cat Palace & Regret Will Come

    The Hut, Phibsboro

    Dublin

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    The fourth edition of Phibsboro promotion Mistakes at The Hut on May 5 is headlined by Tuam garage rockers Oh Boland. Having released their debut album, Spilt Milk last year, they're to release the follow-up, Cheap Things this year. 

    Support comes from David Blaney's mighty, moody Cat Palace - check out their psychedelic recently-unveiled video for 'Peddle It' - and lo-fi noise-pop bedroom project Regret Will Come - check their free Baby, Demonise Me EP.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017

    Cabbage

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    Socialist post-punk/indie rock band Cabbage play Limerick's Kasbah Social Club on May 5 in one of a run of Irish dates.

    The five piece's most recent release, Young, Dumb, and Full of...Cabbage is out now, and you can check out their previous EPs on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Iron Maiden w/Shinedown

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Continuing on in their mammoth Book of Souls tour, metal behemoths Iron Maiden play Dublin's 3Arena on May 6.

    The band has now existed for over 40 years, having formed in 1975 and sold over 90 million albums worldwide. The pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal released their sixteenth album, The Book of Souls, in 2015 and have been touring it ever since. Check out recent single, 'Speed of Light' for proof the band still has it.

    Shinedown support.

    Tickets are priced from €73.50-€78.50, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Mons Olympus, Slouch & That Snaake

    Sine É

    Dublin

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    Belfast space-prog masters Mons Olympus hold the Dublin leg of the launch tour for debut album Vampyroteuthis at Sin É on May 6. Check 'em on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are slack fuzz-loving trio Slouch - check out their new single - and schizoid post-punk noiseniks That Snaake - listen to Blinded By The Smell.

    Admission is free and music starts at 9pm.

     

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    The Urges 'Time Will Pass' Launch

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    The Retro Revival Indie Club brings us the launch show of psychedelic rock 'n rollers The Urges' new single, title track of their album, Time Will Pass on May 6. 

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Sugarhill Gang

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Old-school hip-hop/disco group The Sugarhill Gang play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Marquee on May 6 in Belfast.

    With 'Rappers Delight', their first hit, being acknowledged as the first ever hip-hop song, and biggest selling hit in the genre of all time. Following the 2014 passing of Big Bank Hank, the remaining members of the original lineup embarked on tour in 2016, performing across the world.

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

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Cabbage

    Green Room @ The Academy

    Dublin

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    Socialist post-punk/indie rock band Cabbage play Dublin's Academy Green Room on May 6 in one of a run of Irish dates around their Kasabian support slot at The Olympia Theatre.

    The five piece's most recent release, Young, Dumb, and Full of...Cabbage is out now, and you can check out their previous EPs on Bandcamp.

    Tickets, priced €13, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Wolff w/D Day

    Monroes

    Galway

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    Hefty Wexford-based trashy garage/blues rock outfit Wolff headline Monroes in Galway on May 6 as part of a 7-date Irish tour with full band. Check him out on Soundcloud, and the new video for single 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Supporting are D Day.

    Tickets, priced €7 from Wolff.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Mary Ocher & Cobra Truth

    Tivoli Backstage

    Dublin

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    Berlin-based Russian artist Mary Ocher plays the Tivoli Backstage on May 6, thanks to Enthusiastic Eunuch Promotions.

    Having made Karen O a devout fanatic, she's got the credibility, and with challenging music about authority, identity & conflict and her latest album, The West Against The People perpetuates this - read her essay on it. Check out the video for 'The Endlessness'.

    Also playing is The Jimmy Cake & Molossus' Cobra Truth, moniker of Thomas Parks, in his audio-visual performance, 'The Archaeoslogist', blending theatre and drone jazz.

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

  • Sun
    07
    May
    2017

    Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Multi-award winning comic Bridget Christie returns to Belfast to play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival at the MAC on May 7.

    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 and £13 concession from CQAF. Doors open at 7.15pm, with the show kicking off at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
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    10
    May
    2017

    Deftones

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in 2006, Deftones have announced they will play Dublin’s Vicar Street on May 9 and 10.

    Posting on their Facebook page, the Sacramento alternative metal five-piece band said they were “finally returning” after “many years”. Formed in 1988 by four of the 5 current members, they have released 8 albums since their lineup settled in 1993. Back in April, Deftones released their eighth studio album, Gore. Stream it here.

    Tickets cost €50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017

    Cherry Glazerr

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Noise-pop garage rockers Cherry Glazerr play Whelan's on May 9.

    Formed in 2013 by Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe & Sean Redman, they released a couple of albums before their breakthrough this year, Apocalipstick. Check out 'Told You I'd Be With The Guys'.

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

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
    Wed
    10
    May
    2017

    Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Multi-award winning comic Bridget Christie makes her Dublin debut appearance over two nights at the Sugar Club on May 9 & 10.

    On this tour, she's bringing her Because You Demanded It show, based around the feminist 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. 

    The show will be followed by a book-signing of her first, A Book For Her

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced at €23. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017

    Steven Wilson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 19, in support of 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 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    10
    May
    2017

    Ian William Craig

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Enthusiastic Eunuch brings critics' favourite, Edmonton, Canada's Ian William Craig to Dublin for his first ever Irish show, when he plays Bello Bar on May 10.

    His latest album, Centres, was released through Fat Cat Records last year. A swirling melding of drone, manipulated drones, ambient shoegaze and noise-pop, synth & tape-hissed textures, it earned high placements on 2016 end-of-year lists from the likes of Wire and The Quietus. While Centres is closer to the world of pop than its predecessors, it remains firmly on the outskirts, seemingly commenting on and wearing today's popular conventions as another flesh-suit to further Craig's own art. Listen to it here.

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

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017

    Bob Dylan

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of a UK & Irish tour, Bob Dylan comes to Dublin's 3Arena on May 11.

    There's not much more be said about the 75 year old folk singer, other than this has the potential to be his last show on the isle, having just been awarded a Nobel Prize for literature.

    Tickets are priced from €65.50-€121 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017

    Salad Boyz EP Launch w/Wasps, Parapa Palace & Pandora Ills

    Voodoo

    Belfast

     

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    Belfast pranksters Salad Boyz launch their new EP, Silly Guys Having A Fun Time with a show at Voodoo on May 11 - check out the video for new single, 'Crocodile'.

    Supporting are math-rock-tinged duo Wasps - check out the video for 'Future Endeavours' - jangly indie-pop act Parapa Palace and Pandora Ills.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017

    AMOON w/Vestigial Head

    Anseo, Camden Street

    Dublin

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    Dublin outfit Amoon give their first live performance of the year at Anseo on Camden Street on May 11. The genre-spanning psychedelic act have been recently composing music for VR experiences - check them out on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from improvisational act Vestigial Head.

  • Fri
    12
    May
    2017

    Discharge w/Hornets, Suckin' Diesel & Lawfucker

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    British hardcore pioneers Discharge play the Empire in Belfast 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 Belfast sludgy hardcore quartet Hornets, Belfast punks Suckin' Diesel and Lawfucker.

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

  • Fri
    12
    May
    2017

    Wolff w/Anna-Liese

    Central Arts

    Waterford

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    Hefty Wexford-based trashy garage/blues rock outfit Wolff play Waterford Central Arts as part of a 7-date Irish tour with full band, on May 12. Check him out on Soundcloud, and the new video for single 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Supporting is Anna-Liese.

    Tickets, priced €7 from Wolff.

  • Fri
    12
    May
    2017

    KnockanStockan Presents: Mescalito, New Secret Weapon, Beach, Robocobra Quartet, Farah Elle & Djackulate

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    As part of KnockanStockan Festival's regular Presents shows across Ireland, they bring 6 diverse acts to the stage on May 12, headlined by funk-leaning trio Mescalito, who launch their new EP, Lure, on the night - listen to it on Soundcloud.

    Sharing the bill are alt. rockers New Secret Weapon - check them out Live at the Meadow - eclectic Dublin psychedelic outfit Beach - who recently put out single 'Bram Toker' - arguably Belfast's finest live proposition, the jazz-punk Robocobra Quartet - who released their debut LP last year - pianist & singer-songwriter Farah Elle - check out her Soundcloud turntablist, producer & sample artist of OKO, Djackulate.

    Early bird tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €10, with the price rising to €12.50 on the night. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Discharge

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    British hardcore pioneers Discharge play Dublin's Voodoo Lounge in Belfast on May 13.

    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.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Clean Cut Kid (14+)

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Academy 2 hosts fuzz-pop quartet Clean Cut Kid on May 13 in a 14+ show, following the release of their debut album, Felt, on May 5. Check out the video for 'Leaving You Behind'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €13. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Arborist, Pixie Saytar, Heliopause & Stoker Ray

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh brings a strong bill of songwriters to Voodoo on May 13, headed by masterful singer-songwriter Mark McCambridge, aka Arborist. He's just off the back of his acclaimed debut album, Home Burial. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is alternative singer-songwriter Pixie Saytar, who released her second album, In Hindsight, 2016, veteran folk-pop act Heliopause, who released their third album, How Can We Laugh After This in 2016 too. Opening the night is Stoker Ray.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced at £6. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Ducking Punches, Anna's Anchor, Hostile Smiles & Natures

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    As part of a short joint Irish tour, Norwich band Ducking Punches play The Workman's Club on May 13. Normally a four piece punk act, their frontman will be stripping back their tunes to their core. Check out the video for 'Greedy Bones' featuring Frank Turner, off their latest album, Fizzy Brain, out on Xtra Mile.

    Limerick emo/punk-pop act Anna's Anchor share the bill - watch the video for lead single, 'Hampton' from their 2016 debut album, Nautical Miles - as well as acoustic emo/folk act Hostile Smiles and emo singer-songwriter Dáithí Murphy, aka Natures.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Lauren Bird 'The Inbetween' Album Launch

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Saturday, May 13 sees the launch of young Strabane ukulele-wielding songstress Lauren Bird's debut album, The Inbetween. She won Chordblossom's Kickstart competition in 2015, and her debut EP went to the top of the Bandcamp acoustic chart. You can check her album out here.

    Supporting are indie folk act Runabay, young guitar/violin duo Whale Talk and Katie Armstrong.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    14
    May
    2017

    Ducking Punches, Anna's Anchor, Empty Lungs & Life Goals

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    The Sunflower Bar hosts a solo acoustic show for Norwich band Ducking Punches on May 14. Normally a four piece punk act, their frontman will be stripping back their tunes to their core. Check out the video for 'Greedy Bones' featuring Frank Turner, off their latest album, Fizzy Brain, out on Xtra Mile.

    Limerick emo/punk-pop act Anna's Anchor share the bill as part of their 3-date joint Irish tour - watch the video for lead single, 'Hampton' from their 2016 debut album, Nautical Miles - as well as alt-punk trio Empty Lungs, who've just released their new Don't Get It EP on Canadian label Hidden Pony Records - check out the video for 'Medicine'. Opening the show are Belfast-based indie-punks Life Goals - check out their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017

    Howe Gelb Piano Trio

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Giant Sand frontman Howe Gelb returns to Whelan's on May 16 to perform as part of his piano trio.

    The Tucson-based singer-songwriter last year called it a day after over 3 decades of his eclectic alt. country-tinged outlet Giant Sand, having relentlessly released solo albums since the early 90s. He released Future Standards last year, taking a jazz-tinged outsider take on early gospel and R&B music.

    Check out Future Standards.

    Tickets, priced at €30, are available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017

    George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    P-Funk innovator George Clinton returns to Dublin on May 16 for a show at Vicar Street alongside his two most heralded projects, ParliamentFunkadelic.

    Revolutionising R&B, soul, funk, and crossing over into the acid-rock audience in the late '60s & '70s like no-one ever had before, influenced by the likes of Hendrix, Sly Stone, Zappa & Ash Ra, he released a huge number of essential albums throughout his career, especially both bands' '70s purple patches - memorably on the likes of Maggot Brain, Mothership Connection One Nation Under A Groove.

    His P-Funk philosophy heavily inspired by the latter, stood for Parliament-Funkadelic, Psychedelic Funk & Plainfield Funk, amongst others. Clinton's long-term influence really started to rear its head towards the early '90s with the popularity of funk-leaning hip-hop like Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Warren G, as well as the obvious debt owed from funkier rock acts like Primus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €39.50 & €45.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    17
    May
    2017

    The Cranberries

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Limerick irish Celtic-tinged alternative outfit The Cranberries play an acoustic show at the Waterfront Hall on May 17.

    Formed in 1989 and fronted by Dolores O'Riordan, the act incorporated indie-pop, post-punk, pop rock and tradition and jangly indie elements. They sold over 40 million albums throughout the 90s. They debuted with Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? which brought the band international success, with one of their biggest hits, 'Linger'.

    Tickets cost £38-£52.50, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017

    Limmy: 'That's Your Lot' The Book Tour

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Glaswegian alternative comedian Brian Limond, aka Limmy, brings his book tour for his second collection of stories, That's Your Lot to Dublin's Vicar Street on May 18.

    He's known for his Vines and most importantly, sketch comedy Limmy's Show - one of the most unique & best sketch shows ever to come from the UK. This will be a night of storytelling and chit chat as he introduces his second book, featuring stories that are dafter and darker than before.

    Includes audience Q&A and book signing. 2015 saw him release his first book, Daft Wee Stories. His approach to comedy has become increasingly challenging on the topics of mental health, society & politics, using absurdism & his 'World of Glasgow' as the filter through which he views the world.

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017

    The Cranberries

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Limerick irish Celtic-tinged alternative outfit The Cranberries play an acoustic show with a string quartet at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on May 18.

    Formed in 1989 and fronted by Dolores O'Riordan, the act incorporated indie-pop, post-punk, pop rock and tradition and jangly indie elements. They sold over 40 million albums throughout the 90s. They debuted with Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? which brought the band international success, with one of their biggest hits, 'Linger'.

    Tickets cost €49.65, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017

    San Fermin

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    San Fermin play the Sugar Club on May 18.

    The Brooklyn-based band, based around bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone, released their third album, BelongThe project initially performed a single concert from sheet music and proceeded to sign a record deal in December 2012. Their eponymous debut was released one year later to rave reviews, going on to open for the likes of The National, Arctic Monkeys & St Vincent.

    Check out recent single, 'Open'.

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

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017

    Jooce 'Nostalgia//Trip' Single Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Alternative psych quartet Jooce launch their debut single 'Nostalgia//Trip' with a show at Whelan's on May 18.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017

    Matua Trap Album Launch w/Les Pantalons & Mark Loughrey

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based alt. prog-rockers  Matua Trap launch their long-awaited debut album with a show at McHugh's on May 18. Check out their prior tunes on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Les Pantalons and singer-songwriter Mark Loughrey.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017

    Angel Olsen

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having released easily one of the albums of the year in My Woman, Angel Olsen has announced she will return to Ireland for three dates in May as part of a forthcoming European tour, playing Vicar Street on May 19.

    After working alongside the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, her first two albums gradually gained her momentum, with Burn Your Fire For No Witness ending up on almost every end-of-year lift that mattered. Check out the video for 'Shut Up Kiss Me'.

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

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Limmy: 'That's Your Lot' The Book Tour

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Glaswegian alternative comedian Brian Limond, aka Limmy, brings his book tour for his second collection of stories, That's Your Lot to Belfast, playing two now sold out dates at Mandela Hall on May 19 & 20.

    He's known for his Vines and most importantly, sketch comedy Limmy's Show - one of the most unique & best sketch shows ever to come from the UK. This will be a night of storytelling and chit chat as he introduces his second book, featuring stories that are dafter and darker than before.

    Includes audience Q&A and book signing. 2015 saw him release his first book, Daft Wee Stories. His approach to comedy has become increasingly challenging on the topics of mental health, society & politics, using absurdism & his 'World of Glasgow' as the filter through which he views the world.

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017

    Hornets Album Launch w/Destriers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Belfast sludgy hardcore quartet Hornets complete the Dublin leg of the launch of their debut album, Witch Hunt at Whelan's on May 19, the date of release. The LP which blends black metal, crust & general heft as they've evolved since their early, more hardcore-tinged early days - check it out on Bandcamp.

    Opening the night are Irish metal/hardcore act Destriers - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free if you post 'guest list' on the event page, and doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017

    Sirene 1009: Noise and All That Jazz

    CIT Cork School of Music

    Cork

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    Cork's CIT School of Music hosts a show from avant-jazz improvisational group Sirene 1009, based around spontaneous musical interaction between local & international artists, on May 19. Check out their album.

    The band features Han-earl Park on guitar, Dominic Lash on double bass, Mark Sanders on drums and Caroline Pugh on vocals and electronics. Also performing are saxophonist Catherine Sikora and and drummer Dan Walsh.

    Tickets are available from Buster & Friends. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Angel Olsen

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Having released easily one of the albums of the year in My Woman, master songwriter Angel Olsen has announced she will return to Ireland for three dates in May as part of a forthcoming European tour, playing Cork Opera House on May 20.

    After working alongside the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, her first two albums gradually gained her momentum, with Burn Your Fire For No Witness ending up on almost every end-of-year lift that mattered. Check out the video for 'Shut Up Kiss Me'.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    The Velvet Underground and Nico

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the - for once, justified use of the word - seminal debut album, Belfast's The MAC hosts a playthrough of The Velvet Underground & Nico on May 20. 

    Performing at the show are guests including The Answer's Cormac Neeson, VerseChorusVerse, aka Tony Wright, Dan Gregory, Alana Henderson, Dean Stevens, Michael Mormecha, Fiona O'Kane, David Preston, Chris McCorry, with more to be announced.

    Released in March 1967 by Verve Records, The Velvet Underground & Nico is now widely recognised as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of popular music.

    Accompanied by vocalist Nico, the album was recorded in 1966 while the group were featured on Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, which gained attention for its experimental performance sensibilities and controversial topics, including drug abuse, prostitution and sexual deviancy.

    Brian Eno famously stated that while the album initially only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

    Tickets are available from The MAC, priced from £12.50-£25. Door open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Wolff w/Sub Motion

    Upstairs, Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Hefty Wexford-based trashy blues outfit Wolff headline upstairs at Whelan's on May 20. Check him out on Soundcloud, and the new video for single 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Supporting are Sub Motion.

    Tickets, priced €8, are available from Seat Advisor and Wolff. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Feast: Hibagon, Slowboke & Bicurious

    Upstairs @ Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Heavy mathy instrumental duo Hibagon play Feast's night at the Roisin Dubh on May 20. Born in Italy, their second album Polyposmic is out nowcheck it out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Slowboke and Dublin math-rock duo Bicurious.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Hornets Album Launch w/Slomatics, 7.5 Tonnes of Beard & Elder Druid

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast sludgy hardcore quartet Hornets hold the hometown launch for their debut album, Witch Hunt at Voodoo on May 20. The LP, which blends black metal, crust & general heft and is released through Solid Choice Industries, sees an evident evolution from their early, more hardcore-tinged early days - check it out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is an all-star bill of sludge & weight, featuring Slomatics - who recently put out their fifth album, Future Echo Returns, check it out on Bandcamp - crushingly heavy five piece 7.5 Tonnes of Beard - check them out on Bandcamp - and young stoner metal/doom act Elder Druid.

    Tickets cost £10 from Billetto, with doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Disturbance #4: Junk Drawer, Lunch Machine & All The Cannibals

    No. 58

    Letterkenny

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    Letterkenny gig night Disturbance holds its fourth bill at No.58 on Upper Main Street on May 20, headlined by genre-nodding Belfast-based indie rock instrument-swappers Junk Drawer - check out their EP For The Cult Fat Guy.

    Sharing the bill are experimental Letterkenny quartet All The Cannibals and Lunch Machine.

    Entry costs €5 and doors open at 9.30pm.

     

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017

    Angel Olsen w/Tim Darcy

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Having released easily one of the albums of the year in My Woman, master songwriter Angel Olsen has announced she will return to Ireland for three dates in May as part of a forthcoming European tour, playing Belfast's Empire on May 21.

    After working alongside the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, her first two albums gradually gained her momentum, with Burn Your Fire For No Witness ending up on almost every end-of-year lift that mattered. Check out the video for 'Shut Up Kiss Me'.

    Supporting is Ought frontman Tim Darcy - check out his new single, 'Tall Glass of Water'.

    Tickets cost £17 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017

    Werner Herzog

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    One of cinema's greatest figures Werner Herzog comes to Dublin's National Concert Hall on May 21 as part of the International Literature Festival events.

    Filmmaker, cult icon and resounding proclaimer of the obscenity of nature, his masterworks include documentaries and films alike, such as Grizzly ManAguirre, The Wrath of GodFitzcarraldo and a great deal more over a career spanning over half a century. Here's a video of him getting shot during an interview and continuing with the conversation.

    Tickets, priced €22.50-€25, are available from NCH.ie. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    22
    May
    2017

    Homeshake w/KeithCharles

    Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Canadian singer-songwriter Peter Sagar's project Homeshake plays the Sugar Club on May 22.

    Best known as the former guitarist for Mac DeMarco's live band, the bedroom, downtempo R&B laced Homeshake put our their third album Fresh Air this year - check out 'Every Single Thing'.

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

  • Tue
    23
    May
    2017

    Professor Brian Cox Live

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    One of the world's foremost communicators of scientific knowledge to the masses, Professor Brian Cox OBE, performs at Belfast's 3Arena on May 23, following the near-instant sellout of his 2016 Irish shows.

    The former keys player for D:Ream takes audiences on a journey through space and time, hitting on high science and the cosmos. There will be an interview conducted by his Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince. Cox is technically a particle physicist, a Royal Society University Researcher, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and is a professor at the university of Manchester. He's also responsible for much of the popularity in subjects like astronomy in physics, with his shows for the BBC.

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

  • Tue
    23
    May
    2017

    DoublePlusGood

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Portland electronic alternative singer-songwriter Erik Carlson, aka DoublePlusGood plays Whelan's on May 23.

    In the vein of Ariel Pink, Black Moth Super Rainbow and many before him, he straddles electronic dream-pop with '60s melancholic crooner delivery. Check out his Soundcloud.

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

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017

    Professor Brian Cox Live

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the world's foremost communicators of scientific knowledge to the masses, Professor Brian Cox OBE, performs at the 3Arena on May 24, following his near-instant sellout of his 2016 Irish shows.

    The former keys player for D:Ream takes audiences on a journey through space and time, hitting on high science and the cosmos. There will be an interview conducted by his Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince. Cox is technically a particle physicist, a Royal Society University Researcher, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and is a professor at the university of Manchester. He's also responsible for much of the popularity in subjects like astronomy in physics, with his shows for the BBC.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €40.

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017

    Damo Suzuki w/The Wood Burning Savages

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Presented by Distorted Perspectives, the legendary Damo Suzuki, vocalist of pioneering Krautrock group CAN, comes to play the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, backed up by Derry politically-charged indie-pop outfit The Wood Burning Savages.

    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”, 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 €10 plus booking fee from Ticketsolve. Doors are at 8pm.

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017

    Seu Jorge Presents The Life Aquatic: A Tribute To David Bowie

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge comes to Europe over summer to bring his tribute to David Bowie in the form of his music for the soundtrack to Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic. He plays Vicar Street on May 24.

    In the film, he plays singing sailor Pelé dos Santos, performing several Bowie songs in Portuguese on acoustic in his own contempory-traditional style. Bowie himself said: “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”

    Check out The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions.

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

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017

    Aaron Shanley & The Horrortongues Album Launch w/No Oil Paintings & Bronagh Broderick

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley releases his long-awaited debut album in a Shizznigh show at McHugh's Basement on May 24, accompanied by backing band The Horrortongues. Check out the video for 'My Mind Ain't Pretty (At The Minute)'

    Supporting are rootsy folk/country five piece No Oil Paintings and Belfast-based modern folk singer-songwriter Bronagh Broderick.

    Tickets, priced £5, are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    24
    May
    2017

    Brand New Friend

    Katy's Bar

    Belfast

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    Emo-tinged indie-pop quartet Brand New Friend play a headline show at Katy's Bar on May 24.

    Last year, Brand New Friend released their American Wives EP.

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

  • Thu
    25
    May
    2017

    The Unthanks - How Wild the Wind Blows

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Folk-singing sisters Rachel & Becky Unthank, The Unthanks come to Dublin's Vicar Street on May 25 with their unique show displaying the songs and poems of Molly Drake.

    In the 1950s, wistful mother Molly Drake made some simple home recordings in her family sitting room, and decades later her son Nick Drake would become one of the most beloved and revered folk singers of all time, with the dust blown off her own songs - which were themselves as bittersweet and pensive as Nick's. Her work was released in 2013, and The Unthanks found it so strong on its own merit, that they have brought their show to fruition, with the permission of the Drake estate and full blessing of her daughter, actress Gabrielle Drake.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act, as they did with Robert Wyatt and Anthony & The Johnsons, will be accompanied with the release of an album of Molly Drake's work - Diversions Vol. 4. Their latest in a line of projects.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    25
    May
    2017

    Talos

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Cork's Eoin French, aka atmosfolk act Talos, plays nine Irish dates in support of his debut album, Wild Alee, coming up north on May 25 to play Belfast's Voodoo.

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

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

  • Thu
    25
    May
    2017

    Sea Pinks & Silverbacks

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Dreamy Belfast-based jangle-pop trio Sea Pinks kick off their European tour for new album, Watercourse, with a show at Galway's Roisin Dubh for Strange Brew on May 25, the day before the LP's release.

    Being their sixth album since their 2010 inception, the trio, fronted by singer/guitarist Neil Brogan – also of Cruising – recorded the album at Belfast’s Start Together Studios with Ben McAuley, released through CF Records.

    Generally evocative of the minimal, retro indie-pop, like that plied by Beat Happening and their ilk, Watercourse is another progression in a series of recent upward steps, with their signature sound giving way to a punk-edged power-pop-inspired as the record progresses. Stream lead single ‘Into Nowhere’ and the pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are Dublin lo-fi indie rockers Silverbacks - check out their Soundcloud.

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    The Skids

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    As part of their 40th anniversary UK & Irish tour, Scottish punk legends The Skids play Dublin's Academy on May 26.

    The Dunfermline band comprises  former members Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson & Mike Baillie, as well as Big Country's Bruce & Jamie Watson. Having formed in 1977, they supported the Clash before signing to Virgin for a string of huge singles, most notably 'Into The Valley'. The band released four albums before their split, with guitarist Stuart Adamson achieving huge success with Big Country, before he unfortunately took his own life in 2001.

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

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    Damo Suzuki & Blue Whale w/Robocobra Quartet

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Presented by The Thin Air and Moving On Music, the legendary Damo Suzuki, vocalist of pioneering Krautrock group CAN, will return to Belfast for a fully improvised show with experimental rock maestros Blue Whale, and Californian improviser, sound artist, inventor and writer, Paul Stapleton.

    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”, 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.

    Support on the night comes from one of the country’s very best bands, Robocobra Quartet. Check out their debut album, Music For All Occasions, on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are £13 plus booking fee from Eventbrite. Doors are at 9pm, with The Thin Air DJs before and after.

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    George Ezra

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    English pop singer-songwriter George Ezra plays Belfast's Limelight 1 on May 26 as part of his Top Secret Tour.

    Following his string of sold-out Belfast shows, this one will be a fast-seller. His 2014 debut album went to number 1, and there's no doubt his next release will do much the same. 

    Tickets are available, priced at £22.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    Sea Pinks, September Girls & Cat Palace

    The Loft, The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dreamy Belfast-based jangle-pop trio Sea Pinks kick off their European tour for new album, Watercourse, with Irish Shows, playing the Grand Social's Loft on May 26, the same date as the LP's release.

    Being their sixth album since their 2010 inception, the trio, fronted by singer/guitarist Neil Brogan – also of Cruising – recorded the album at Belfast’s Start Together Studios with Ben McAuley, released through CF Records.

    Generally evocative of the minimal, retro indie-pop, like that plied by Beat Happening and their ilk, Watercourse is another progression in a series of recent upward steps, with their signature sound giving way to a punk-edged power-pop-inspired as the record progresses. Stream lead single ‘Into Nowhere’ and the pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Dublin Fortuna Pop act noise-pop quintet September Girls and eclectic lo-fi auteur David Blaney, aka Cat Palace, who just released his excellent new album - check it on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €12 from The Grand Social. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    Psychotic Reaction Presents: The Statics, The Dead Sets & Bullet Girl

    The Mezz

    Dublin

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    The latest free entry Psychotic Reaction show takes place at the Mezz on May 26. It features Dublin indie trio The Statics  - check out new single 'Say'.

    R&B rockers The Dead Sets share the bill, with post-punks Bullet Girl opening the show.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    The Skids

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    As part of their 40th anniversary UK & Irish tour, Scottish punk legends The Skids play Belfast's Limelight on May 27.

    The Dunfermline band comprises  former members Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson & Mike Baillie, as well as Big Country's Bruce & Jamie Watson. Having formed in 1977, they supported the Clash before signing to Virgin for a string of huge singles, most notably 'Into The Valley'. The band released four albums before their split, with guitarist Stuart Adamson achieving huge success with Big Country, before he unfortunately took his own life in 2001.

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

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    Guns N' Roses

    Slane Castle

    Co. Meath

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    The (mostly) reunited Guns N' Roses come to Ireland to play Slane Castle on May 27 as one of 35 massive stadium shows across Europe & North America this year.

    This show comes 25 years after they first played in Slane. The band formed in 1985, releasing Appetite For Destruction in 1987. The reunion includes Axl, Slash & Duff, with Dizzy Reed & Melissa Reese on keyboard, Richard Fortus on rhythm guitar, Frank Ferrer on drums.

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

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    Damo Suzuki

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Presented by the Retro Revival Future Club, the legendary Damo Suzuki, vocalist of pioneering Krautrock group CAN, comes to play The Grand Social on May 27.

    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”, 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 €15 from Tickets.ie. Doors are at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    Feast: Hornets, Bisect & Leechmouth

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Belfast sludgy hardcore quartet Hornets make their first Galway appearance in 4 years for Feast Promotions at the Roisin Dubh on May 27. The show coincides with the release of their debut album, Witch Hunt, which blends black metal, crust & general heft as they've evolved since their early, more hardcore-tinged early days.

    Supporting are Cork's sludgy, groovy Bisect - listen to their latest split with Horse - and Galway act Leechmouth - check out their demo.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    Silverbacks 'Sink The Fat Moon' EP Launch

    Upstairs, Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Lo-fi post-punk indie rock peddlers Silverbacks launch their new EP, Sink The Fat Moon on May 27 upstairs at Whelan's.

    Check out their new single, 'Dirty Money', which follows up on their 2015 debut album, Hot Bath.

    Admission is free and things kick off at midnight.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    Women's Work Showcase: September Girls, New Pagans, Masha Qrella & DJ Jen Long

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the international Women's Work 2017 festival, the Oh Yeah Centre run two stages in their main room, with the night starting early and running on until late on Saturday, May 27. Dublin Fortuna Pop act noise-pop quintet September Girls play a set - check out their Bandcamp. DJing the event is Radio 1's Jen Long.

    Also playing are indie rock outfit New Pagans, who feature Fighting With Wire & Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin - they've released a couple of singles, available on Bandcamp - and rounding out the bill are Berlin's Masha Qrella, performance artist Die HexenGoldie FawnBeauty Sleep and more Berliners Party Fears.

    Tickets, priced at £8, are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    NEO NEO: Fears & TONN Recordings

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Alt. pop artist & former noisemaker with Mhaol, Constance Keane, aka Fears plays the return night of experimental music & visual arts night Neo Neo. Check out her latest single, 'Blood'.

    The evening features a series of short films commissioned by independent Belfast electronic label  TONN Recordings, who hold some DJ sets with their guests, Crystalline Stricture. Neo Neo's KwaME, Pleasure Belle & SV5 also DJ throughout the night.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    28
    May
    2017

    Afghan Whigs w/Ed Harcourt

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    '90s Cincinnati alternative rock icons Afghan Whigs, return to Ireland after a long time away to play the Dublin's Academy on May 28.

    Starting out in 1986 as a garage band, before signing to Sub Pop and becoming one of the prominent figures of the grunge movements, with their major-label debut and fourth album, 1993's Gentlemen being a classic of the genre. Fronted by Greg Dulli - also of the Twilight Singers & Gutter Twins - they broke up in 2001 before a full reunion in 2012. They're about to release In Spades, the second post-reformation album. Watch the video for 'Gentlemen'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €24. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Mon
    29
    May
    2017

    Women's Work Go Girl Showcase: Making Monsters, R51, The Sea Close By & Documentary Screening

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of this year's Women's Work festival, Belfast women's collective Go Girl hold a showcase at the Oh Yeah Centre, headed by the hugely successful Derry metalcore quartet Making Monsters. Check out the video for 'Call Me Out'.

    Supporting are Belfast shoegaze-pop quintet R51 - check out their latest EP, No Chill - and alt. punks The Sea Close By.

    Admission costs £3. There will be a drinks reception from 7-8pm, during which time they'll screen the first instalment of the new Go Girl documentary. Music kicks off around 8pm.

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017

    Clean Cut Kid

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Voodoo hosts fuzz-pop quartet Clean Cut Kid on May 30.

    Their debut album, Felt, has a May 5 release - check out the video for 'Leaving You Behind'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at £11. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017

    George Ezra

    The Big Top

    Co. Limerick

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    English pop singer-songwriter George Ezra plays Limerick's Big Top on May 30.

    Following his string of sold-out Belfast shows, this one will be a fast-seller. His 2014 debut album went to number 1, and there's no doubt his next release will do much the same. 

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

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017

    Tropic of Cancer

    DBD at The Mezz

    Dublin

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    DBD and U:mack brings the Irish debut of Carmella Lobo-led project Tropic of Cancer, in which she'll be joined by Joshua Eustis on electronics and Dva Dama's Taylor Burch on guitar. She plays the new DBD Venue at The Mezz on May 30.

    Check out their Boiler Room set.

    Admission costs €15 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017

    Swans [Final Irish Date]

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Consistently deemed the loudest band ever, experimental six piece Swans play the Button Factory on May 30 in what's expected to be their final Irish show with the current incarnation, before they become a Gira-led vehicle with a revolving cast of collaborators.

    The ritualistic genre-spanning act are led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. Initially active from 1982-1997 in the no wave and noise scene, they reformed in 2010, releasing their comeback My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky in the same year. They followed it up with 2012's The Seer and double album, To Be Kind - the quality of which has ensured the band are currently at their critical peak - with The Glowing Man released in 2016. 

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie, priced at €25. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    31
    May
    2017

    Minus The Bear w/Joan of Arc

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    May 31 sees the return of Seattle indie rock act Minus The Bear to Dublin, when they play Whelan's to promote their sixth album, Voids, their first in five years.

    Formed out of members of Botch, Kill Sadie & Sharks Keep Moving, they've dabbled in math-rock and experimentation in their time together since 2001. Their most successful record, Infinity Overhead, came out in 2012, as the band have gradually built on their popularity as time goes on. Check out Voids.

    Supporting are Chicago emo/indie rock band Joan Of Arc, who have been together since 1996, and had members in bands like American Football, and were formed in the wake of Cap'n Jazz' dissolution in 1995.

    Tickets are available from Seat Advisor and Ticketmaster, priced at €20.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017

    The Staves

    The Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    British folk sister trio The Staves are to play The Limelight 1 on June 1.

    The Staveley-Taylor sisters began performing open nights in their native Watford but eventually attracted some attention. They released their 2012 debut album Dead & Born & Grown to good acclaim, and have grown in maturity since then, with strong Laurel Canyon influences growing throughout.

    Check out their pristine, Fairport Convention-recalling single 'Blood I Bled' from their 2014 EP of the same name, for some evidence of their growing harmonic prowess. They released their third album If I Was in 2015, with their most recent release being last year's Sleeping In A Car. They look to be gearing for a new release - check out new single 'Tired As Fuck'.

    Tickets, priced at £19, are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    Kraftwerk 3D

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following hugely successful worldwide concert tours, German electronic legends Kraftwerk will bring their career-distilling 3-D show to Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre on June 2 & 3. 

    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 €62.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    AVA Festival & Conference

    T13

    Belfast

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    AVA Festival takes place in Belfast's T13 venue in the Titanic Quarter across Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd June.

    During the days there will be conferences from 11am. Amongst the first announcements are Jeff Mills & Guillaume Marmin: Close Encounters of the Fourth KindMarcel DettmanBicepFatima YamahaMidland, Job Jobse, Ben UFO, Rebekah, Tinfoil: Sunil Sharpe, Tinfoil: Defekt, New Jackson (Live), Ejeca, Denis Sulta, Myler, Jordan, OR:LA and many more.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017

    Ron Sexsmith

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Prolific Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith plays Dublin's Academy on June 2, following the release of his thirteenth album The Last Rider, his first to be self-produced.

    Sexsmith rose to prominence following the 2010 documentary, Love Shines, which followed the musician as he was on a last-ditch effort to achieve a hit. His songwriting prowess has made fans of the likes of Elvis Costello, Steve Earle and Elton John.

    Check out this 2013 live set from Sexsmith for Paste Magazine.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €28.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017

    Arts Degree Show Afterparty: Blue Whale, Bad Fit & Manu Louie

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following the Belfast School of Art Degrees Shows finish up on June 2, the Black Box hosts a night of righteous entertainment. Mathy art-rock quartet Blue Whale play - check out the video for 'Jack Irons'. Shoegaze-tinged power pop act Bad Fit share the bill - check out their video for 'In The City'. 

    They'll be tastefully followed by a krautrock disco courtesy of Stuart Watson, and the Green Room playing host to electronic musician Manu Louis over from Berlin.

    Tickets cost only £3, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017
    Mon
    05
    Jun
    2017

    Forbidden Fruit Festival: Orbital, Aphex Twin & Bon Iver

    Irish Museum of Modern Art

    Dublin

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    Set to return for its seventh instalment on the June Bank Holiday Weekend (June 3-5), it's been revealed that will Richard D James will headline the Sunday night of this year's Forbidden Fruit festival in Dublin. With Orbital headlining the Saturday, Bon Iver topping the bill on Monday night.

    Sharing the bill is Flying Lotus, Lisa Hannigan, The Staves, Gordi and Paul Thomas Saunders amongst the acts for set for the Monday installment, it's shaping up to be the strongest Forbidden Fruit line-up to date.

    Tickets can be bought here, priced €145.50 for a 3-day weekend ticket.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    Ben Ottewell (Gomez) & Winter Mountain

    Upstairs, Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter and guitarist of British indie rockers Gomez Ben Ottewell returns for some Irish dates, playing upstairs at Whelan's on June 3.

    He went solo in the same year Gomez released their final album, releasing LPs Shapes & Shadows in 2011 and 2014's Rattlebag. Now with some new material, he'll play a few from the Gomez canon, with plenty of established and new efforts. Check out Rattlebag.

    Supporting is Cornwall outfit Winter Mountain - check him out.

    Tickets cost €17 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    An Evening With Electric Octopus & The Rab McCullough Band

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following their recent series of sold-out shows including at the Belfast Barge & Voodoo, funk, psych, blues (and more) jam band Electric Octopus continue their live momentum with another A Night Of... at Belfast's Black Box on June 3.

    Listen to the 35-minute, 3-track Smokyhead.

    Also playing are blues rock roots legends, the Rab McCullough Band.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    The Scene Is Shit: Cat Palace, Nervvs & Junior Brother

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The Workman's Club hosts This Scene Is Shit on June 3, featuring three of Dublin's finest lo-fi & garage bands. David Blaney's mighty alt. rock vehicle Cat Palace headline - check out their psychedelic recently-unveiled video for 'Peddle It'.

    Supporting are garage punks Nervvs - check out A Mixtape of Love Vol. One - and anti-folk culchie Junior Brother - listen to Fuck Off I Love You.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    04
    Jun
    2017

    Kraftwerk 3D

    The Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Following hugely successful worldwide concert tours, German electronic legends Kraftwerk will bring their career-distilling 3-D show to Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre and Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on June 2 and 4 next year.

    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 £49.

  • Sun
    04
    Jun
    2017

    Ben Ottewell (Gomez) & Winter Mountain

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Singer-songwriter and guitarist of British indie rockers Gomez Ben Ottewell returns for some Irish dates, playing in McHugh's Basement on June 4.

    He went solo in the same year Gomez released their final album, releasing LPs Shapes & Shadows in 2011 and 2014's Rattlebag. Now with some new material, he'll play a few from the Gomez canon, with plenty of established and new efforts. Check out Rattlebag.

    Supporting is Cornwall outfit Winter Mountain - check him out.

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

  • Mon
    05
    Jun
    2017

    Forbidden Fruit: Bon Iver, Flying Lotus, Lisa Hannigan & more

    Museum of Modern Art

    Kilmainham, Dublin

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    Having returned in style back in September with 22, A Million, it’s been announced that Bon Iver will headline and curate the Monday line-up the Forbidden Fruit Festival 2017 on June 5. 

    Taking place, as ever, on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Justin Vernon’s bill will feature special guests Flying Lotus, Lisa Hannigan, The Staves, Gordi and Paul Thomas Saunders, with more to be announced in the new year.

    The festival runs from Sunday, June 3-Monday, June 5. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €59.50 for day tickets and €159.50 for the whole weekend. Gates open at 3pm.

  • Mon
    05
    Jun
    2017

    Limmy: 'That's Your Lot' The Book Tour

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Glaswegian alternative comedian Brian Limond, aka Limmy, brings his book tour for his second collection of stories, That's Your Lot back to Ireland following May sellout dates, returning to Vicar Street on June 5.

    He's known for his Vines and most importantly, sketch comedy Limmy's Show - one of the most unique & best sketch shows ever to come from the UK. This will be a night of storytelling and chit chat as he introduces his second book, featuring stories that are dafter and darker than before.

    Includes audience Q&A and book signing. 2015 saw him release his first book, Daft Wee Stories. His approach to comedy has become increasingly challenging on the topics of mental health, society & politics, using absurdism & his 'World of Glasgow' as the filter through which he views the world.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017

    Airbourne

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Australian hard rock quartet Airbourne play Dublin's Academy on June 6.

    The 'DC worshippers released their debut album in 2007, with each follow-up achieving increasing popularity. They released their fourth album in September, Breakin' Outta Hell. Check out the video for 'Rivalry'.

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

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017

    Limmy: 'That's Your Lot' The Book Tour

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Glaswegian alternative comedian Brian Limond, aka Limmy, brings his book tour for his second collection of stories, That's Your Lot to Belfast playing another run of shows following his sellout May dates, performing at the Mandela Hall on June 6.

    He's known for his Vines and most importantly, sketch comedy Limmy's Show - one of the most unique & best sketch shows ever to come from the UK. This will be a night of storytelling and chit chat as he introduces his second book, featuring stories that are dafter and darker than before.

    Includes audience Q&A and book signing. 2015 saw him release his first book, Daft Wee Stories. His approach to comedy has become increasingly challenging on the topics of mental health, society & politics, using absurdism & his 'World of Glasgow' as the filter through which he views the world.

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017

    Agnes Obel

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Agnes Obel plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on June 6.

    The Berlin-based Danish songstress released her third album, Citizen of Glass in October, which was broadly acclaimed and attained her highest UK chart position to date. Watch the video for 'Familiar'.

    Tickets cost €32.50 from Ticketmaster

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017

    Mitski

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Following a sold-out Workman's show in her Irish debut last year, indie rock auteur Mitski plays 3 Irish dates, starting with Cork's Cyprus Avenue on June 6.

    She released Puberty 2, one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016, a mainstream breakthrough and fourth album altogether, building on the success of her third record, Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Check out the video for 'Your Best American Girl'.

    Ticket are available from Cyprus Avenue.

  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017

    Airbourne

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Australian hard rock quartet Airbourne play the Limelight on June 7.

    The 'DC worshippers released their debut album in 2007, with each follow-up achieving increasing popularity. They released their fourth album in September, Breakin' Outta Hell. Check out the video for 'Rivalry'.

    Tickets cost £19.50 from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017

    Saint Sister

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Cross-border atmospheric-folk-pop duo Gemma Doherty & Morgan MacIntyre, aka Saint Sister, play their biggest headline slot to date following their Dublin Christchurch performance last year, appearing at the National Concert Hall on June 7.

    The pair draw from Celtic harp traditions, '60s folk and electronic pop to create what they describe as 'atmosfolk'. They've had a fast-moving year, having played Electric Picnic and the Ulster Hall. Check out their debut EP on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from NCH.ie.

  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017

    Mitski

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Following a sold-out Workman's show in her Irish debut last year, indie rock auteur Mitski plays 3 Irish dates, playing Belfast's Empire Music Hall on June 7.

    She released Puberty 2, one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016, a mainstream breakthrough and fourth album altogether, building on the success of her third record, Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Check out the video for 'Your Best American Girl'.

    Ticket are available, priced at £14, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017

    Chris Jericho: Live

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Iconic WWE/WCW/ECW superstar Chris Jericho comes to Belfast & Dublin on June 7 & 8, bringing The Words of Jericho to the Mandela Hall & Vicar Street, respectively.

    Known as one of the best wordsmiths in the history of the business, as well as his recent run in the WWE - one of his finest yet - he currently hosts his own successful podcast, Talk Is Jericho, which he'll be recording live at these shows. Expect Jericho to relive some stories from his early years in Mexico & Japan, before moving onto the major American wrestling companies. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    The Dillinger Escape Plan

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    New Jersey mathcore act Dillinger Escape Plan play a pair of Irish dates, starting with the Limelight 2 on June 8. 

    Formed from a hardcore punk trio called Arcane in the last nineties, they released their sixth and final album in 2016, to great acclaim as the band wish to go out while they're still on top. Listen to 'Symptom of Terminal Illness'.

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    Mitski

    Whelan's

    Dublin

    mitski

    Following a sold-out Workman's show in her Irish debut last year, indie rock auteur Mitski plays Whelan's on June 8.

    She released Puberty 2, one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016, a mainstream breakthrough and fourth album altogether, building on the success of her third record, Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Check out the video for 'Your Best American Girl'.

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

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    Chris Jericho: Live

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Iconic WWE/WCW/ECW superstar Chris Jericho comes to Belfast & Dublin on June 7 & 8, bringing The Words of Jericho to the Mandela Hall & Vicar Street, respectively.

    Known as one of the best wordsmiths in the history of the business, as well as his recent run in the WWE - one of his finest yet - he currently hosts his own successful podcast, Talk Is Jericho, which he'll be recording live at these shows. Expect Jericho to relive some stories from his early years in Mexico & Japan, before moving onto the major American wrestling companies. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    Waldorf & Cannon 'Old Dogs New Tricks' Launch w/The Crossfire Hurricanes, The Holy Innocents & Dandy's Loft

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    One of Derry's best live propositions, the simultaneous multi-instrumentalist DIY garage-blues of Waldorf & Cannon, hold the Belfast launch of their debut album, Old Dogs New Tricks at the Empire on June 8. Check out the video for 'Rise Up'.

    Supporting are rock n' rollers The Crossfire Hurricanes,  The Holy Innocents and Lurgan indie band Dandy's Loft.

    Admission to the show is just £3, and doors are at 9pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    Michael Bolton

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Master of the anthem, Michael Bolton plays the 3Arena on June 8.

    Starting out as a hard rocker in the '70s, he went on to huge soft rock FM fame in the late '80s, which caused him to sell over 75 million records, and winning multiple American Music & Grammy Awards. This year, he released Songs of Cinema, which includes his own renditions of the likes of 'Stand By Me' and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.3

    Tickets cost €59.95-€69.95 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    Bullitt Presents: Bad Fit

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Shoegaze-tinged power pop act Bad Fit play a live show at Bullitt on June 8 in the first of four 'Baaaaad Thursdays' in the plush new bar - check out their video for 'In The City'. 

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017

    The Dillinger Escape Plan

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    New Jersey mathcore act Dillinger Escape Plan play a pair of Irish dates, playing Dublin's Academy on June 9. 

    Formed from a hardcore punk trio called Arcane in the last nineties, they released their sixth and final album in 2016, to great acclaim as the band wish to go out while they're still on top. Listen to 'Symptom of Terminal Illness'.

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

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017

    Eddie Vedder w/Glen Hansard

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of Pearl Jam frontman's forthcoming European arena dates, Eddie Vedder comes to the 3Arena on June 9.

    His debut solo album, the Into The Wild soundtrack in 2007, was followed up in 2012 with Ukulele Songs and it's expected he'll be prepping new material for a forthcoming third. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year as a member of Pearl Jam. 

    Support comes from Glen Hansard.

    Tickets cost €61.45 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017

    Molly Nilsson & Sean Nicholas Savage w/Naoise Roo

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    The Grand Social's Loft hosts a co-headliner by independent artist Molly Nilsson and Sean Nicholas Savage on June 9.

    This show follows the May release of Nilsson's latest album, Imaginations - watch the video for the low-key anti-capitalism warcry of 'Money Never Dreams'.

    Canadian singer-songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage has put out several releases out on Bandcamp.

    Opening the show is Dublin-based songstress Naoise Roo - listen to her debut album, Lilith.

    Tickets are available for €15 from The Grand Social. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017

    Liam Gallagher

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The lesser, yet more charistmatic of the brothers Oasis, Liam Gallagher plays the Olympia Theatre on June 10.

    This is his debut solo tour, coinciding with the announcement of debut single 'Wall Of Glass', taken from forthcoming album As You Were

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster priced €30.90-€36.90. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017

    Homebeat Presents: Sun Collective Album Launch

    D-Light Studios

    Dublin

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    Irish eight-piece Sun Collective launch their debut album, Snarky Puppy-style, with a show at D-Light Studios at 46 North Great Clarence Street, Dublin on Saturday June 10.

    Led by songwriter & composer Caimin Gilmore - who plays as the double-bassist with Lisa Hannigan - they're comprised of classical and jazz musicians from some of Ireland's leading groups, including Crash Ensemble.

    Written by Gilmore and Shane Sugrue and crafted over four years at studios in London, Dublin and Australia. The ensemble features string strio, two pianos, three high male voices, double bass & percussion, filtered through the lens of contemporary indie-folk and modern classical.

    Tickets are priced upwards of €12.50 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a BYOB event.

  • Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017

    Helmet w/Cpnhgn

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Whelan's hosts alt. metal legends Helmet on June 10 at short notice following their unfortunately cancelled festival date in Cork.

    Led by guitarist/vocalist Page Hamilton, Helmet were formed in 1989 in New York, releasing their Amphetamine Records debut Strap It On the following year. 

    Support comes from CPNHGN.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets priced €20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Jun
    2017

    Gojira

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    French technical progressive metal outfit Gojira return to Dublin's Academy on June 11 as part of a busy summer tour schedule.

    Having formed in 1996 under the name Godzilla, they released a series of demos, changed their name to Gojira and released their debut album, Terra Incognita in 2001. The quartet release have so far released six albums, with the most recent being last year's Magma

    Check out the video for 'Stranded'.

    Tickets, costing €25, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    12
    Jun
    2017
    Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017

    Jackson Browne

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    West Coast soft folk-rock icon Jackson Browne plays four nights at Vicar Street on June 12, 13, 15 & 16.

    The 68 year old has sold over 18 million records and comes from the same Laurel Canyon folk scene that made stars of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds and The Eagles, releasing his eponymous debut album in 1972. He wrote many songs that would go on to become hits for other bands, backing Tim Buckley and Nico in the late '60s before going solo. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017

    The Stone Roses

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Manchester legends The Stone Roses play Belfast's SSE Arena as one of just 3 UK tour dates on June 13.

    They've already sold out two nights at the Etihad Stadium and played Marlay Park in 2016, as well as dates at Hampden Park & Wembley Stadium making up the other 2 shows scheduled for June - impressive, considering they only released two albums in their time together. They formed in 1983, pioneering the Madchester scene in the late '80s and early '90s. The classic lineup consists of Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani & Reni, with these appearances reuniting the four. They're most beloved for their 1989 eponymous debut, which influenced an entire generation and beyond, most notably Oasis.

    Tickets cost are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017

    Hans Zimmer

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Hugely successful film composer Hans Zimmer returns to the 3Arena on June 13 as part of his 2016 live tour.

    The show will feature a choir and full orchestra, showcasing the highlights from a career that includes the soundtracks to over 120 films, grossing over $24 billion in total. He has won an Academy Award (with 10 nominations in total), two Golden Globes, three Grammys, a Tony and American Music Award. The performance will be accompanied by a spectacular visual & light show. Most recently, he's provided the soundtrack for Planet Earth II and Netflix's The Crown.

    Tickets are priced upwards from €65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017

    The Devin Townsend Project

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Eccentric, prolific Canadian virtuoso Devin Townsend brings his primary outlet to Belfast's Limelight 1 on June 13.

    This comes following the 2016 release of their seventeenth album, Transcendence. Formerly of Strapping Young Lad, the progressive, electronic-tinged metaller was discovered by a record label in 1993 and invited to perform on Steve Vai's Sex & Religion album.  

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017

    Belsonic: Arcade Fire

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    To say the 2017 Irish Summer festival calendar is already bursting at the seams with unmissable shows would be underselling it a bit. Adding to the is the highly-anticipated return of Arcade Fire, who play Belfast’s Belsonic at Ormeau Park on Tuesday, June 13 and Dublin’s Malahide Castle on Wednesday, June 14.

    Breaking through with their critical and commercial success in 2004 with Funeral which became regarded as one of, if not the indie album of the noughties. The six piece have said their fifth album is due to come out this year, and they rarely put too many feet wrong. Watch 'The Suburbs'.

    Tickets are priced £45 including booking fee and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017

    Wintersleep

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Montreal-based indie rock quintet Wintersleep play Whelan's on June 13.

    Formed in 2001, they won a Juno Award from New Group of the Year in 2008 after their third album, which signified their push to the mainstream as their records started to chart. Wintersleep released their sixth album, The Great Detachment last year. Stream 'Amerika'.

    Tickets, priced at €17.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017

    Aerosmith

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    After about a decade since their last show here at Marlay Park, Aerosmith return to Dublin to play the 3Arena as part of their huge farewell tour on June 14.

    The spiritual successors to the Stones' mantle and precursors to the world-beating hard rock of Guns N' Roses, 'Smith's '70s run stands as one of the finest runs of records of any rock 'n roll band in history. 

    Tickets are priced from €89.50-€109.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017

    The Devin Townsend Project

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Eccentric, prolific Canadian virtuoso Devin Townsend brings his primary outlet to Dublin's Academy on June 14.

    This comes following the 2016 release of their seventeenth album, Transcendence. Formerly of Strapping Young Lad, the progressive, electronic-tinged metaller was discovered by a record label in 1993 and invited to perform on Steve Vai's Sex & Religion album.  

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

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017

    Arcade Fire

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    To say the 2017 Irish Summer festival calendar is already bursting at the seams with unmissable shows would be underselling it a bit. Adding to the is the highly-anticipated return of Arcade Fire, who play Belfast’s Belsonic at Ormeau Park on Tuesday, June 13 and Dublin’s Malahide Castle on Wednesday, June 14.

    Breaking through with their critical and commercial success in 2004 with Funeral which became regarded as one of, if not the indie album of the noughties. The six piece have said their fifth album is due to come out this year, and they rarely put too many feet wrong. Watch 'The Suburbs'.

    Tickets are priced €69.50 including booking fee and are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017

    Clutch w/Duellists

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    As part of their Psychic Warfare tour, Maryland stoner-tinged hard rock quartet Clutch play Belfast's Limelight 1 on June 14.

    Formed in 1991 and fronted by Neil Fallon, they've released eleven albums, with the the most recent being 2015's Psychic Warfare on their own label, Weathermaker. Fallon recently announced they went to Texas to record in their current producer 'Machine''s new studio.

    Check out the video for 'The Mob Goes Wild'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced at £22.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017

    Clutch

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    As part of their Psychic Warfare tour, Maryland stoner-tinged hard rock quartet Clutch play the Academy on June 15.

    Formed in 1991 and fronted by Neil Fallon, they've released eleven albums, with the the most recent being 2015's Psychic Warfare on their own label, Weathermaker. Fallon recently announced they went to Texas to record in their current producer 'Machine''s new studio.

    Check out the video for 'The Mob Goes Wild'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €26.

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017

    The Avalanches [Cancelled]

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Australian electronic outfit The Avalanches play Belfast's Limelight 1 on June 22, following its weeklong postponement. 

    Breaking through with their neo-psychedelic, hip-hop sample-heavy 2000 debut album Since I Left You, which quickly became one of the most critically revered albums of its decade. Core members Robbie Chater & Tony Di Blasi remain with the band, who put out their long-awaited follow-up Wildflower, last year to much acclaim, and boasted collaborators including Danny Brown, MF Doom, Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue, Toro y Moi and many more.

    Watch the video for 'Frontier Psychiatrist'.

    Tickets cost £24 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017

    Paramore

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Emo-pop act Paramore return to Ireland to play the Olympia Theatre on June 15.

    Breaking through in 2005 with debut album, the more emo-tinged All We Know Is Falling, they've turned into a bona fide arena rock act, releaseing their fifth album, After Laughter in May.  Check out the video for their new single, 'Hard Times'.

    Tickets are available, priced at €29, from Ticketmaster

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017

    The Peacers

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    U:mack bring Drag City's The Peacers to Dublin's new DBD Venue on June 15. The band features Mike Donovan of Sic Alps, Mike Shoun of Thee Oh Sees, Shayde Sartin of Fresh & Onlys and Bo Moore of Bozmo.

    Firmly rooted in '60s Stonesy roots fare, they released their debut album Peacers in 2015, followed by Introducing The Crimsmen, which comes out the day after the show. Check out the garage-psych of 'Laze It'.

  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017

    The Thin Air Presents: Rory Nellis & Philip Watts d'Alton [Free]

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    On Thursday, June 15 we will host a free live show at Lavery's Belfast with one of the country's finest songwriting voices, Rory Nellis. Listen to 'Crossed Out', taken from Nellis' forthcoming album, There Are Enough Songs In The World.

    The first of three forthcoming Throwdown shows across June and July, this full band show is an unmissable opportunity to catch one of the country's most naturally gifted artists in a limited capacity space of the Back Bar. Full band support on the night comes from another master songsmith, Philip Watts d'Alton of Master and Dog.

    Doors at 9.30pm. The Thin Air DJs throughout. Admission is free.

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017

    Belsonic: The 1975

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Following their exponential growth and constant touring over the last couple of years, Mancunian art-pop quartet The 1975 have confirmed their biggest Belfast show to date, playing the Ormeau Park on June 16 as part of 2017's Belsonic.

    Formed in Manchester in 2002 as teenagers, the four piece have, to date, released 3 EPs in Facedown, Sex and Music For Cars, followed by their number one debut album and its acclaimed follow-up, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, named Q & NME's album of the year. 

    At the time of announcement, the band have announced that production of their follow-up is underway and promises some fresh sounds from The 1975. In the meantime, have a listen to 'Girls'.

    Tickets cost £33 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017

    Paramore

    The Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Emo-pop act Paramore return to Ireland, playing the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on June 16.

    Breaking through in 2005 with debut album, the more emo-tinged All We Know Is Falling, they've turned into a bona fide arena rock act, releaseing their fifth album, After Laughter in May.  Check out the video for their new single, 'Hard Times'.

    Tickets are available, priced from £32.50-£41, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017

    The Avalanches

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Australian electronic outfit The Avalanches play The Olympia Theatre in Dublin on June 22, following its weeklong postponement and upgrade from the Academy.

    Breaking through with their neo-psychedelic, hip-hop sample-heavy 2000 debut album Since I Left You, which quickly became one of the most critically revered albums of its decade. Core members Robbie Chater & Tony Di Blasi remain with the band, who put out their long-awaited follow-up Wildflower, last year to much acclaim.

    Watch the video for 'Frontier Psychiatrist'.

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

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017

    Todd Terje

    District 8

    Dublin

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    Norwegian house/nu-disco DJ and producer Todd Terje plays Dublin's District 8.

    Making a name for himself in Scandinavia as one of the dance scene's prominent figures with several remixes & re-edits in the mid-noughties, his house track 'Inspector Norse' became a major favourite. He released his debut LP, It's Album Time in 2014.

    Tickets are priced €18 and upwards from Eventbrite, depending on how early you get there. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    The 1975

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Following their exponential growth and constant touring over the last couple of years, Mancunian art-pop quartet The 1975 have confirmed their biggest Irish show to date, playing Malahide Castle on June 17.

    Formed in Manchester in 2002 as teenagers, the four piece have, to date, released 3 EPs in Facedown, Sex and Music For Cars, followed by their number one debut album and its acclaimed follow-up, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, named Q & NME's album of the year. 

    At the time of announcement, the band have announced that production of their follow-up is underway and promises some fresh sounds from The 1975. In the meantime, have a listen to 'Girls'.

    Tickets cost €49.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    Sea Pinks w/Oh Boland

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Dreamy Belfast-based jangle-pop trio Sea Pinks return from an European tour for new album, Watercourse to play the Black Box on June 17.

    Being their sixth album since their 2010 inception, the trio, fronted by singer/guitarist Neil Brogan – also of Cruising – recorded the album at Belfast’s Start Together Studios with Ben McAuley, released in May through CF Records.

    Generally evocative of the minimal, retro indie-pop, like that plied by Beat Happening and their ilk, Watercourse is another progression in a series of recent upward steps, with their signature sound giving way to a punk-edged power-pop-inspired as the record progresses. Stream lead single ‘Into Nowhere’ and the pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Tuam garage rock trio Oh Boland - watch the video for the ragtag power-pop/indie rock merchants' video for the Replacements-recalling 'Take Me Back to Mutton Island.

    Tickets are available from the Black Box, priced at £7. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    Via: Barvikha EP Launch w/Junk Drawer, Hand Models & Brash Isaac [solo]

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Brooding alt. folk singer-songwriter Chris Leckey's Via Barvikha launch their debut EP, Chengdu, with a show at McHugh's on June 17. Released on Abbreviated Records on June 16, it's an excellent piece of work, alluding to the all-too-familiar sense of going somewhere and not quite finding what you were looking for - check it out.

    Providing support are his former PigsAsPeople bandmate's fellow current outfit, Belfast-based kitchen sink indie rockers Junk Drawer - check out their EP For The Cult Fat Guy - fuzzy young indie upstarts Hand Models - check out 'TV Kids' - and a solo acoustic set from singer-songwriter Andrew Cameron, aka Brash Isaac - check his stuff out here.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Mon
    19
    Jun
    2017

    Ho99o9

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    New Jersey electronic hip-hop punk act Ho99o9 play the Workman's Club on June 19.

    The aggressive outfit have been lending credibility to the conjunction between punk & rap over the last few years, and this gig follows the release of their new album, The United States of Horror. Coming to prominence after tips from Rolling Stone and the Guardian in 2014, they've played Body & Soul here - check out the video for new single 'United States of Horror'.

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

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017

    Radiohead

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Ireland is lucky enough to have one of the few nearby arena shows from Radiohead in 2017 at Dublin's 3Arena on June 20.

    Tickets will almost definitely be sold out within minutes of their 9am sale. 

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017

    Elton John

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Elton John plays Cork's Live at the Marquee series on June 20.

    He really needs no introduction - there will be few songs in his sets even the most casual human will be unaware of. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, has sold more than 300 million records, 7 consecutive US number 1 albums, the list goes on. He released his 33rd album this year, Wonderful Crazy Night, which is, as expected, written & composed by Elton and his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin.

    Tickets are priced from €70, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017

    Alter Bridge

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Hard rock/alt. metal outfit Alter Bridge play the Olympia Theatre on June 20 as part of the tour for their fifth album.

    Formed from the band members of Creed after their 2004 dissolution, they snapped up incredibly talented singer Myles Kennedy - who went on to sing with Slash's solo project. Their fifth album, The Last Hero came out in 2016. Check out the video for 'Show Me A Leader'.

    Tickets are priced from €33.95, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017

    Melt Banana

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    Japanese noise-punk outfit Melt Banana play Dublin's new DBD Venue on Eustace Street on June 20.

    Paces bordering on grindcore, the band dabble with electronics, experimental and pop-structures, operating like Boredoms on a heavy dose of amphetamines. They combine lead singer Yasuko O.'s piercing vocals with effects-laden guitar playing of Agata, and their immensely tight rhythm section. Last year, they released their latest album, Fetch.

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

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017

    Zu & Jessica Moss w/Iron Mountain

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Experimental Italian trio Zu play Galway on June 20 for Feast.

    Formed in 1997 in Rome, the three members were composers & players for the theatre, fusing drum, bass & baritone saxophone. They've so far released 14 albums, and have collaborated with guests on many of their own albums, including esteemed figures like Mike Patton, Buzz Osbourne, Mats Gustafsson and Nobukazu Takemura. Check out 'Carbon', featuring Mike Patton, an appropriately off-kilter math-rock tinged slice of noise rock.

    Sharing the bill with Zu is A Silver Mt. Zion violinist and vocalist Jessica Moss - who's also been a part of albums by fellow Canadian acts Arcade Fire & Broken Social Scene.

    Opening are multi-instrumentalists Iron Mountain from Limerick. Based around guitar, drums, flute & Uilleann pipes, they've incorporated synths, brass, woodwind and other percussion, taking into influence krautrock, post-rock, folk, metal, psychedelia and beyond.

    Tickets cost €12 or €10 for members. Doors open at 8pm as it's an early show.

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017

    Jealous of the Birds, R51 & Augustus Allen

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Portadown-raised songstress Jealous of the Birds plays her biggest Belfast headline show to date at Limelight 2 on June 20. Having released her NI Music Prize-nominated album Parma Violets last year, she's quickly on her way up - check out 'Goji Berry Sunset'.

    Supporting are nugaze-pop quintet R51 - check out new single 'Heavy Friends' - and Augustus Allen.

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

  • Wed
    21
    Jun
    2017

    Alter Bridge

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Hard rock/alt. metal outfit Alter Bridge play the Ulster Hall on June 21 as part of the tour for their fifth album.

    Formed from the band members of Creed after their 2004 dissolution, they snapped up incredibly talented singer Myles Kennedy - who went on to sing with Slash's solo project. Their fifth album, The Last Hero came out in 2016. Check out the video for 'Show Me A Leader'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    21
    Jun
    2017

    Melt Banana

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Once more, Strange Victory bring a fine rarity to Belfast, when Japanese noise-punk outfit Melt Banana play Voodoo on June 21.

    Paces bordering on grindcore, the band dabble with electronics, experimental and pop-structures, operating like Boredoms on a heavy dose of amphetamines. They combine lead singer Yasuko O.'s piercing vocals with effects-laden guitar playing of Agata, and their immensely tight rhythm section. Last year, they released their latest album, Fetch.

    Tickets cost £11 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017

    Melt Banana

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Japanese noise-punk outfit Melt Banana play the Roisin Dubh on June 22 as part of their Irish tour.

    Paces bordering on grindcore, the band dabble with electronics, experimental and pop-structures, operating like Boredoms on a heavy dose of amphetamines. They combine lead singer Yasuko O.'s piercing vocals with effects-laden guitar playing of Agata, and their immensely tight rhythm section. Last year, they released their latest album, Fetch.

    Tickets cost €12 from the Roisin Dubh or €14 on the night. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017

    Zu & Jessica Moss

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    Experimental Italian trio Zu return for their first Dublin show in 9 years on June 22 on DBD Venue for U:mack.

    Formed in 1997 in Rome, the three members were composers & players for the theatre, fusing drum, bass & baritone saxophone. They've so far released 14 albums, and have collaborated with guests on many of their own albums, including esteemed figures like Mike Patton, Buzz Osbourne, Mats Gustafsson and Nobukazu Takemura. Check out 'Carbon', featuring Mike Patton, an appropriately off-kilter math-rock tinged slice of noise rock.

    Sharing the bill with Zu is A Silver Mt. Zion violinist and vocalist Jessica Moss - who's also been a part of albums by fellow Canadian acts Arcade Fire & Broken Social Scene.

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017

    Cat Palace at Good Name

    Good Name - The Bernard Shaw

    Dublin

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    Following their postponement recently, David Blaney's mighty alt. rock vehicle Cat Palace play live at Good Name at The Bernard Shaw on June 22. Check out their psychedelic recently-unveiled video for 'Peddle It' from his debut album, Why Don't You // Why Don't You, Go Off?

     

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017

    Electric Octopus, Junk Drawer & Autre Monde

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    The fast-rising, intoxicatingly funky, soulful, psychedelic jam trio Electric Octopus headline McHugh's Bar on June 22. Check out their music, which is gaining serious traction across the internet.

    Supporting are Belfast-based scuzzy indie rock instrument-swappers Junk Drawer - check out their EP For The Cult Fat Guy - Paddy Hanna-fronted CBGBs-esque supergroup/quartet Autre Monde - listen to their debut single, 'Customs'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017

    Bullitt Presents: Bad Sea

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    As part of Bad Fit's month-long takeover of Belfast club Bullitt, Dublin pair Bad Sea play on Thursday, June 22.

    Their 'verb-soaked, Angel Olsen-recalling noise pop can be checked out on Soundcloud.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017

    Sketchy: Belsonic Aftershow with Martin Jensen

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Belfast club night Sketchy holds a big post-Belsonic show at the Limelight with Danish DJ Martin Jensen on June 22, following his support slot with Jess Glynne.

    Admission costs only £5, with tickets available from Shine

  • Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017

    Zu, Jessica Moss & Robocobra Quartet

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Experimental Italian trio Zu return to Belfast for a show at the Limelight 2 on June 23 for Solid Choice Industries

    Formed in 1997 in Rome, the three members were composers & players for the theatre, fusing drum, bass & baritone saxophone. They've so far released 14 albums, and have collaborated with guests on many of their own albums, including esteemed figures like Mike Patton, Buzz Osbourne, Mats Gustafsson and Nobukazu Takemura. Check out 'Carbon', featuring Mike Patton, an appropriately off-kilter math-rock tinged slice of noise rock.

    Sharing the bill with Zu is A Silver Mt. Zion violinist and vocalist Jessica Moss - who's also been a part of albums by fellow Canadian acts Arcade Fire & Broken Social Scene - and Belfast avant-garde jazz-punk act Robocobra Quartet - check out 'Correct' from their debut album, Music For All Occasions.

    Tickets, costing £12, are available from Billetto. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017

    Mistakes #05: Autre Monde, Postcard Versions & Spongebob Eyelashes

    The Hut, Phibsborough

    Dublin

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    Paddy Hanna-fronted CBGBs new-wave/indie rock quartet Autre Monde headline the fifth instalment of Phibsborough night, Mistakes on June 23 - listen to new single, 'Customs'.

    Supporting are Postcard Versions and lo-fi slacker type thing Spongebob Eyelashes - check Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    Ricky Gervais: Humanity

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Ricky Gervais brings his first stand-up show in seven years, Humanity, to the 3Arena on June 24.

    Acclaimed obviously for his comedy writing, his original four stand-up shows Animals, Fame, Politics and Science also earned acclaim, even assuring an in-exile Stewart Lee that he should return to stand-up comedy.

    Tickets cost €42 and are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    Walking On Cars

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    Headlining the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 24 is Irish indie-pop band Walking On Cars.

    The Kerry five piece released their successful debut single, 'Catch Me If You Can' back in 2012, and have went from strength to strength, having a huge 2016. Their debut album, Everything This Way went to double platinum status last year. Check out the video for 'Speeding Cars'.

    Tickets, priced at €39.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    Joshua Burnside, Son of the Hound, Lauren Bird & Hungergrumps

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Experimental indie-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnsidehaving just launched his debut album, Ephrata, plays Belfast's Empire Music Hall on June 24. Check out the first single from Ephrata, 'Tunnels Pt. 1'.

    Support comes from rootsy outfit Son of the Hound, fast-rising songstress Lauren Bird - who recently fully crowdfunded her forthcoming debut album - and lo-fi punk-pop duo Hungergrumps.

    Admission costs £6. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    Coscradh, Apostate Viaticum, Zombified, Owlcrusher & Neamhní

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Serious Heft comes to town at Bar Sub in the QUB Students' Union on June 24 in a varied metal band headed by Coscradh - check out their Demo MMXVI.

    Sharing the rich bill are old school death metal quartet Apostate Viaticum, Belfast fellow death metallers Zombified, Blackened doom band Owlcrusher - listen to their eponymous track - and Belfast black metallers Neamhní.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    God's Waiting Room: Sons of Raphael, Modern Blond w/David Holmes & Jeff Doherty DJs

    Maple Leaf Club

    Belfast

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    June 24 sees David Holmes' last God's Waiting Room of the summer takes place at East Belfast's Maple Leaf Club, headlined by Sons of Raphael.

    Also playing is Ruth Bait's alter ego Modern Blonde, with David Holmes himself and Jeff Doherty DJing on the night.

    Tickets cost £10 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    DMTV: R51, Joel Harkin & Hand Models

    Drone Mansions, Unit 2

    Belfast

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    Drone Mansions hold another DIY show in their space on June 24, headlined by nugaze-pop quintet R51 - check out new single 'Heavy Friends'.

    Supporting is Derry lo-fi ambient folk artist Joel Harkin - check out the video for 'Meredith' - and fuzzy young indie rock upstarts Hand Models - check out 'TV Kids'.

    Admission costs £5 and it's a BYO event. Doors open at 6pm. To reserve your place at the event, email names to rsvp@dronemansions.fm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    Mother - Pride Block Party: Loreen, Daithi, Faune, Panti Bliss & more

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Old-school LGBT club night Mother holds a Dublin Pride Block Party outdoors at the Tivoli Theatre on June 24. 

    Featuring a strong bill that includes Scandinavian 10x platinum Eurovision 'Euphoria' star Loreen, Choice Music Prize-nominee & electronic/fiddle maestro Daithí, Dublin synth-pop duo Faune, plus DJ sets from Irish icon Panti BlissMother DJs, and Veda & Her Witches.

    As well as installing a major main stage, indoor & outdoor bars, food stalls, interactive installations and everything else necessitated by a Block Party.

    Tickets are available, priced at €20 from Eventbrite. The party runs from 4pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Jun
    2017

    Phil Collins w/Blondie and Mike & the Mechanics

    Aviva Stadium

    Dublin

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    The Phil Collins brings his Not Dead Yet: Live show to Dublin's Aviva Stadium on June 25.

    Including his solo material, collaborations & work with Genesis, Collins achieved more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the '80s, with 100 million record sales to his name. He announced his retirement from music in 2011, but after releasing his Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography and reissuing all his solo albums in 2016, he's made a bombastic return.

    Here's 'Another Day In Paradise'.

    Blondie support at the show.

    Tickets are priced from €89.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Mon
    26
    Jun
    2017
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    27
    Jun
    2017

    BADBADNOTGOOD

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    June 26 & 27 sees ChoiceCuts bring genre-hopping outfit BadBadNotGood to Dublin's Sugar Club.

    The band come from Toronto, and are known best for their jazz & electronica-laced interpretations of hip-hop songs, having collaborated with Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown & Ghostface Killah. They released one of 2015's great albums Sour Soul with Ghostface Killah, and most recently put out their fourth album, IV

    Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced at €23.

  • Mon
    26
    Jun
    2017

    Walking On Cars

    The Marquee

    Cork

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    Headlining the June 26 instalment of Cork's Live At The Marquee series are Irish indie-pop band Walking On Cars.

    The Kerry five piece released their successful debut single, 'Catch Me If You Can' back in 2012, and have went from strength to strength, having a huge 2016. Their debut album, Everything This Way went to double platinum status last year. Check out the video for 'Speeding Cars'.

    Tickets, priced at €39, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017

    Green Day w/Rancid

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    As part their ongoing Revolution Radio tour this year, stadium punks Green Day play Ormeau Park on June 28. 

    They released their 12th studio album in Revolution Radio this year, being something of a return to form after the few missable records after American Idiot. At this point they're one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling more than 75 million records worldwide, winning Grammys for best album for their classic Dookie and major breakout album, American Idiot. Here's recent single, 'Still Breathing'.

    Support comes from Lars Frederiksen-fronted punk quartet Rancid.

    Tickets cost £49 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017

    Green Day w/Rancid

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    As part their ongoing Revolution Radio tour this year, stadium punks Green Day play Dublin's Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 29. 

    They released their 12th studio album in Revolution Radio this year, being something of a return to form after the few missable records after American Idiot. At this point they're one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling more than 75 million records worldwide, winning Grammys for best album for their classic Dookie and major breakout album, American Idiot. Here's recent single, 'Still Breathing'.

    Support comes from Lars Frederiksen-fronted punk quartet Rancid.

    Tickets cost €59.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017

    Kamasi Washington

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Having released of the best albums of the last few years in 2015's sprawling, three volume - and very aptly-titled The Epic - it's been announced that L.A. saxophonist, bandleader and collaborator with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Run The Jewels, Kamasi Washington, will play Dublin's National Concert Hall on Thursday, June 29. 

    Revisit or discover The Epicand indeed The Epic In Concert.

    Tickets - which range from €27.50 to €36 - are available from the National Concert Hall. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017

    The Thin Air Presents: Hiva Oa & Fears

    Mister Tom's Lounge, Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Two of our favourite Belfast-based acts play Mister Tom's Lounge in Lavery's on June 29. Alternative electronic act Hiva Oa play, having recently released their excellent new EP, MkII - check it out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is alt. pop artist & Mhaol noisemaker Constance Keane, aka Fears. Check out her stirring recent single, 'Blood'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017

    Pandora Ills, Public House, Viper Wine & Haypark

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Voodoo hosts four acts on June 29, headlined by ska-punks Pandora Ills.

    Supporting are scene newcomers, alt. rockers Public House - check out 'Call Me In The Morning' - Viper Wine and the grungy Haypark.

    Admission cost £5. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017
    Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017

    Kings of Leon w/Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Southern indie-pop stadium-fillers Kings of Leon play Dublin's 3Arena on July 1, 2 & 4 due to popular demand.

    Debuting in 2003 with their incredible Strokes-meets-Creedence of Youth and Young Manhood, they've sold over 18 million albums and 24 million singles. They most recently released Walls last year.

    Support comes from Colorado's Nathaniel Rateliff.

    Tickets cost €85.50 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017

    Our Back Yard: The Bonnevilles, The Emerald Armada, Gascan Ruckus, No Oil Paintings, Hello Casanova & more

    The Yard, 67 Plantation Road

    Craigavon

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    Craigavon holds its third annual music festival with some of NI's finest for the third annual Our Back Yard 2017 on July 1 at The Yard, 67 Plantation Road. Headlining are Lurgan whiskey-loving garage-blues duo The Bonnevilles. Watch the video for 'No Law In Lurgan'.

    The lineup comprises indie-folk-pop act Emerald Armada, indie-punks Gascan Ruckus, No Oil PaintingsPetty YouthGypsy's WishHello CasanovaThe Twisted Sisters and Willoware Jackson.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £21. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017

    Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Head Hands, Catscars & Everything Shook

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Three of Ireland's top electronic acts come together at the Bello Bar on July 1, where there'll doubtlessly be some gothic electropop and performance art. 

    Performing are Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Head Hands, which sees the Dublin singer, songwriter & producer work with musician Brian Conniffe, drawing inspiration from '80s new wave, and more recently, darker acid house & European techno. 

    Dark electropop trio Everything Shook, who released their debut album Drinking About You last year, play the show. Check out their Soundcloud.

    Dublin trio Catscars, featuring Patrick Kelleher and Brian Conniffe, fronted by Robyn Bromfield, also play - check out the Kraftwerk-recalling 'B-Song'.

     Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017

    SONI Presents: Alpha Twin, Anto & The Echoes, BRØR & Bear Skin

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The next SONI show at the Pavilion takes place on July 1st, headlined by Alpha Twin - check their Soundcloud.

    Supporting are Anto & The EchoesBRØR - watch the video for 'Backburner' - and Antrim alternative band Bear Skin.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    02
    Jul
    2017

    The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse Screening

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    On July 2, we will co-host a special event at Whelan's, celebrating the life and music of the sadly-missed Mark Linkous, aka Sparklehorsefollowing the April screening in Belfast.

    Following a screening of Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass' new documentary ‘The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse’, the evening will feature a live, one-hour performance, ‘A Night of Sparklehorse’ with Belfast-based singer-songwriters Tom McShane, The Mad Dalton, Heliopause, Pixie Saytar and members of Junk Drawer.

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

  • Mon
    03
    Jul
    2017

    Future Islands

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Baltimore retro synth-pop trio Future Islands return to Ireland in July, kicking off with a show at Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on July 3.

    Breaking in 2014 with their fourth album, Singles, they're to release their fifth this year. Watch their now-legendary breakthrough performance of 'Seasons' on Letterman, in which frontman Samuel T. Herring captured the hearts of a nation.

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

  • Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017

    Future Islands

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Baltimore retro synth-pop trio Future Islands return to Ireland, playing Cork Opera House on July 4.

    Breaking in 2014 with their fourth album, Singles, they're to release their fifth this year. Watch their now-legendary breakthrough performance of 'Seasons' on Letterman, in which frontman Samuel T. Herring captured the hearts of a nation.

    Tickets, priced €35, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017

    Future Islands

    Black Box

    Galway

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    Baltimore retro synth-pop trio Future Islands return to Ireland, playing the Black Box in Galway on July 5.

    Breaking in 2014 with their fourth album, Singles, they're to release their fifth this year. Watch their now-legendary breakthrough performance of 'Seasons' on Letterman, in which frontman Samuel T. Herring captured the hearts of a nation.

    Tickets, priced €38.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017

    Future Islands

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Baltimore retro synth-pop trio Future Islands return to Ireland to play the Iveagh Gardens on July 6.

    Breaking in 2014 with their fourth album, Singles, they're likely to release their fifth this year. Watch their now-legendary breakthrough performance of 'Seasons' on Letterman, in which frontman Samuel T. Herring captured the hearts of a nation.

    Tickets, priced €45, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017

    Gregory Porter

    Trinity College Park

    Dublin

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    Grammy-Award-winning jazz crooner Gregory Porter plays Dublin's Trinity College Park to open MCD's Summer Series of shows from July 6-11 in the historic grounds.

    He last year released Take Me To The Alley, the follow-up to his breakthrough 2014 Grammy Jazz Award-winning Liquid Spirit. Check out 'Hey Laura'.

    Tickets cost €44.05 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017

    James Vincent McMorrow

    Trinity College Park

    Dublin

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    Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow plays a hometown show at Dublin's Trinity College Park on the second day of MCD's Summer Series from July 6-11 in the historic grounds.

    He broke with his platinum-selling number 1 debut album, Early In The Morning, then gained massive critical acclaim with his second album, Post Tropical, which made numerous end-of-year top 10s, followed by almost two years of continuous touring and appearances and his 2016 follow-up, We Move. Check out 'Rising Water'.

    Tickets cost €44.05 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017

    BelFest: Alpha Twin, The Crossfire Hurricanes, Mosmo Strange, Part Time Pilots, Mosa, Gnarkats, The Pottingers & Surf Green

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    A selection of Belfast's up-and-coming talent play an all-day indoor BelFest event on July 7 at Bar Sub. Topping the bill are Alpha Twin - here's their Soundcloud.

    Omagh alt-rock quartet Mosmo Strange - check their Bandcamp - rock n' rollers The Crossfire Hurricanes Part Time Pilots, alt. psych outfit MOSA - check out their debut EP, Mind Open Soul Awake - Belfast-based alt. rockers Gnarkats, Belfast indie band The Pottingers and pop-punks Surf Green.

    Admission costs £10 on the door and doors open at 4pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    Coldplay

    Croke Park

    Dublin

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    As part of their extensive 2017 stadium tour for their latest album, Coldplay play Croke Park in what will probably be Ireland's largest gig of the year on July 8.

    It's a huge show they have planned for arenas, with them having already played four sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium. Their seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams, came out in December 2015, and has sold over 4 million copies so far. Expect a 'planet-sized visual spectacle' from the world-conquering bands, who have played to many tens of millions of people across the globe at this point. 

    Here's the video for single 'Hymn For The Weekend'.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    Bell X1

    Trinity College Park

    Dublin

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    Irish indie quintet Bell X1 perform at Dublin's Trinity College Park on the third day of MCD's Summer Series from July 6-11 in the historic grounds.

    The trio just released their seventh album, Arms, in October, following on from their 2013 LP, Chop Chop, which was their third Irish Number 1 album and fourth consecutive Choice Music Prize nominee. Check out the video for their single 'The Upswing'. 

    Tickets cost €44.05 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    Femi Kuti

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Son of afrobeat demigod Fela Kuti Femi Kuti plays Dublin's Academy on July 8.

    Fusing funk, jazz and African folk, the Nigerian-born musician started out in his father's band, before forging his own career. His last album was his seventh, 2013's No Place For My Dream. He just this year broke the Guinness world record of a single note held on sax via circular breathing, at a time of 51 minutes 35 seconds.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    Disguise, Cyborg and Droids, Worst & more

    The Hut, Phibsborough

    Dublin

    Dublin hardcore punks Disguise play Phibsborough's The Hut on July 8. Check out their Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are Cyborg and Droids and psych/noise-punk Worst - check out their MMXVII EP.

    Admission is a suggested donation of €8. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    The Jimmy Cake 'Tough Love' Album Launch w/Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Experimental kosmiche post-punks The Jimmy Cake, release new album Tough Love with a show at the Grand Social. Formed as a 10-piece in Dublin back in 2000, check out 'Observatory Destroyer'.

    Supporting is electronic musician, singer & songwriter Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands. His synthy, new wave music has led him to receive a Meteor Choice Music Prize nomination back in 2012, with him working on new material.

    Tickets, priced €13 are available from Billetto, or €25 with the album. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    United Bible Studies

    Framewerk Gallery

    Belfast

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    Psych-folk outfit United Bible Studies play Belfast's Framewerk Gallery on July 8 in an evening of experimental noise & exploratory folk. They'll be joined by special guests and will perform alongside a specially commissioned folk horror compilation film on the night.

    Fuelled by trad, drone and krautrock, the outfit have featured over 200 people from across the world since its 2001 formation. Check out their Bandcamp.

    James Robert Moore, aka Black Mountain Transmitter, is a visual artist & musician from Northern Ireland. Specialising in horror soundtracks and early industrial music, check out his music.

    Admission costs only £5 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    09
    Jul
    2017

    Pixies

    Trinity College Park

    Dublin

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    Seminal alternative rockers Pixies return to Dublin to play Trinity College Park on the fourth day of MCD's Summer Series from July 6-11 in the historic grounds.

    The blueprint for almost the entirety of alternative rock, the Boston, Mass. quartet are currently with 3 of their constant lineup, with Paz Lenchantin currently on bass duties. Their fusion of surf, psych, noise-pop, hard rock and classic rock, amongst countless others, created a foundation off which Black projected his surrealist ramblings, for four glorious albums.

    They reunited a few years back, releasing their fifth album, the fairly disappointing Indie Cindy in 2014 and its follow-up, Head Carrier in September last year.

    Tickets cost €54.65 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    10
    Jul
    2017

    Two Door Cinema Club w/Circa Waves

    Trinity College Park

    Dublin

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    Bangor indie pop act Two Door Cinema Club play Trinity College Park on the penultimate day of MCD's Summer Series from July 6-11 in the historic grounds.

    They released their hit-laden debut album Tourist History in 2010 through Kinsuné Records, followed by Beacons in 2012. After four years, they returned with their excellent new record, Gameshow. Check out the video for 'Bad Decisions'. 

    Support comes from Liverpool indie rock band Circa Waves, whose second album, Different Creatures, came out this year.

    Tickets cost €44.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    10
    Jul
    2017

    Chick Corea & Béla Fleck

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Master musicians, bandleaders and songwriters Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, play the National Concert Hall in Dublin on July 10.

    Mixing jazz & pop standards, the Grammy-winning duet combine some of their most recognisable tunes, joining piano with banjo. The combination has yielded Latin Grammy-winner The Enchantment and live set Two. Corea is a jazz & fusion master, with Fleck often considered the world's finest banjo player, being nominated in more categories than anyone in Grammy history.

    Tickets are priced from €32.50-€45 from NCH.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    11
    Jul
    2017

    Alt-J

    Trinity College Park

    Dublin

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    Art-pop trio Alt-J play Trinity College Park on the final night of MCD's Summer Series from July 6-11 in the historic grounds.

    Having won the Mercury prize in 2012 for their debut An Awesome Wave, they returned in 2014 with This Is All Yours. With a run of shows over this summer, the third album is expected. Watch the video for 'Breezeblocks'.

    Tickets cost €54.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017
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    14
    Jul
    2017

    Fleet Foxes

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Having just emerged from a 4-odd year unofficial hiatus, indie-folksters Fleet Foxes return to Ireland to play as part of the Live at the Iveagh Gardens series on July 13 & 14.

    They released their eponymous debut album and its follow-up, Selflessness Blues in 2008 & 2011 respectively as well as a couple of EPs on Sub Pop & Bella Union. Drummer Joshua Tillman left in 2012, and became Father John Misty. Here's their big early tune, 'White Winter Hymnal'.

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

  • Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017

    Percolator

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Krautrock/shoegaze-loving cosmic voyagers Percolator play Galway's Roisin Dubh on July 13, following the release of debut album Sestra on Penske Recordings, in a show run by Strange Brew and Feast.

    Taking cues from My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab and the likes, their textures and tones are next-level. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' and their previous work on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Jul
    2017

    Parapa Palace 'Subterrane' EP Launch w/Mosa & Ghost Office

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Jangly indie rockers Parapa Palace launch their new EP Subterrane with a show at Voodoo on July 14. Check out 'Before The Dark Times'.

    Supporting are alt. psych outfit MOSA - check out their debut EP, Mind Open Soul Awake - and lo-fi indie rock/post-punk trio Ghost Office - listen to their debut EP.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    14
    Jul
    2017

    Wild Rocket 'Dissociation Mechanics' Album Launch w/Crowhammer & R.A.Z.O.R.

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    Eclectic Dublin psychedelic groove-laden space rock outfit Wild Rocket have announced their second album is called Dissociation Mechanics through Irish DIY record label & distro Art For Blind. The offical launch takes place at DBD in Dublin on July 14 in a U:mack show. This follows up on their 2014 debut LP Geomagnetic Hallucinations.

    Exploring themes of deep sea & space, the cycles of depression both in people and society's inherently cyclical nature. Watch the video for lead single 'The Future Echoes'. Listen to the album on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Dublin narrative-driven sci-fi/fantasy stoner krautrock act Crowhammer - check their Bandcamp - and R.A.Z.O.R., aka Riots Across Zones Of Reality.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Jul
    2017
    Sun
    16
    Jul
    2017

    Longitude 2017

    Marlay Park

    Dublin

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    Set to return to Dublin’s Marlay Park across July 14-16, the bill for this year’s Longitude is yet another mix of hip-hop, pop and indie. Headlined by StormzyThe Weeknd and Mumford and Sons, the focus is on some big names, divvied by some more under-the-radar acts and some homegrown sounds. Check out our mixtape, and the full lineup here.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    Ludovico Einaudi

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Alt. classical composer Ludovico Einaudi has announced a show at the 3Arena, following a hugely successful 2016. on July 15.

    Gradually building his name with work on the likes of the This Is England TV series - for which he was nominated for a BAFTA - his minimalist, ambient work defies the usual trademarks of classical, although he was trained classically at the Milan Conservatorio. He released his latest album, Elements in 2015.

    Tickets are priced from €49.65-€91 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    Rodrigo Y Gabriela

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Acoustic instrumental duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Dublin to play two headline shows to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their eponymous debut breakthrough album, the first being at the National Concert Hall on July 15.

    Having spent the last year performing across 25 countries, including the Hollywood Bowl with Rob Trujillo, Megadeth's Marty Friedman & an 80-piece orchestra, they'll be playing old material as well as new tracks from their forthcoming new album, due in 2017. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets, priced at €30 & €37, are available from the NCH.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    Retro Revival Indie Club: Jogging, Oh Boland, Nome King & more

    Tivoli Backstage

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie post-hardcore act Jogging play their first headline show after a long stint away for Retro Revival Indie Club's night at the Tivoli Backstage on July 15. Check out their 2012 album Take Courage.

    Supporting are Tuam garage rockers Oh Boland. Having released their debut album, Spilt Milk last year, they're to release the follow-up, Cheap Things this year. As well as that, lo-fi musical project Nome King performs, with vibes of early Beck and Elliott Smith and the likes - check his Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €10, or €8 on the cheaplist. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    The Dickies, Stop Stop Start Again & ARSE

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    In their 40th anniversary year, Californian punk pioneers The Dickies play Voodoo on July 15.

    Famously one of the early purveyors of bubblegum punk, they were heavily influenced by the Ramones and wrote some classics, soundtracking the B-movie Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Here's 'Nights In White Satin'.

    Support comes from veteran punks Stop Stop Start Again and A.R.S.E.

    Tickets cost £15 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    Disturbance #6: Wild Rocket & more

    No. 58

    Letterkenny

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    Eclectic Dublin psychedelic groove-laden space rock outfit Wild Rocket hold the Letterkenny leg of the launch tour for their second album, Disassociation Mechanics on July 15 at No. 58 above the Central bar.

    Exploring themes of deep sea & space, the cycles of depression both in people and society's inherently cyclical nature, it's a sprawling note from the future. Watch the video for lead single 'The Future Echoes'. Check out Disassociation Mechanics.

    Doors open at 9.30pm and admission costs only €5.

  • Sun
    16
    Jul
    2017

    Rodrigo Y Gabriela

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Acoustic instrumental duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Dublin to play two headline shows to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their eponymous debut breakthrough album, the latter being at the Academy on July 16.

    Having spent the last year performing across 25 countries, including the Hollywood Bowl with Rob Trujillo, Megadeth's Marty Friedman & an 80-piece orchestra, they'll be playing old material as well as new tracks from their forthcoming new album, due in 2017. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets, priced at €37, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Jul
    2017

    Lemuria 'Get Better' 10th Anniversary Tour

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Buffalo indie punks Lemuria play Belfast's Voodoo on July 16 for Solid Choice Industries as part of the 10 year anniversary tour for their personal classic album, Get Better

    The band have helped shape the recent wave of emo, punk & indie/alternative bands, and the album - a touchstone for many bands in today's scene - will get a UK anniversary reissue. Have a listen to it.

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

  • Mon
    17
    Jul
    2017

    Sunn O)))

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    It’s been announced that American drone metal masters Sunn O))) will play two Irish shows in July, the former being brought to us by Solid Choice Industries at the Limelight 1 on July 17.

    Formed in Seattle in 1998, seemingly with the intent to shatter each venue's sound limit, they dabble in drone, doom, black metal, dark ambient and noise rock, with the lineup based around founding members Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson. Sunn O))) have released eight studio albums, and countless demos, live albums, mini-albums and collaborations - including Soused, with Scott Walker in 2014 - and have just released their original score to horror film The Devil’s Candy.

    Check out Black One.

    Tickets for the show are priced £25, available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017

    Sunn O)))

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    It’s been announced that American drone metal masters Sunn O))) will play two Irish shows in July, the latter at Dublin's Button Factory on July 18.

    Formed in Seattle in 1998, seemingly with the intent to shatter each venue's sound limit, they dabble in drone, doom, black metal, dark ambient and noise rock, with the lineup based around founding members Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson. Sunn O))) have released eight studio albums, and countless demos, live albums, mini-albums and collaborations - including Soused, with Scott Walker in 2014 - and have just released their original score to horror film The Devil’s Candy.

    Check out Black One.

    Tickets for the show are priced €25, available from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Jul
    2017

    Belle & Sebastian

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Scottish indie-pop outfit Belle & Sebastian play Dublin's Iveagh Gardens series of concerts on July 20.

    Led by Stuart Murdoch, the Glaswegian outfit formed in 1996, in the year they released the first LP in a string of incredible strong albums, Tigermilk. They most recently released their more synth-driven, upbeat Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. Here's 'The Boy With The Arab Strap'.

    Tickets cost €45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    20
    Jul
    2017

    The Thin Air Presents: Sister Ghost & Bosco Ramos

    Mister Tom's Lounge, Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Following Rory Nellis and Philip Watts d'Alton on June 15 and Hiva Oa and Fears on June 29, we will host a live throwdown with two of Belfast's finest alternative rock bands at Lavery's Belfast on Thursday, July 20.

    Sister Ghost, a blistering garage/punk quartet fronted by Derry artist Shannon Delores O'Neill, headline the show. Check out their debut EP, In A Spell. The show will also feature riff-fuelled, Belfast bass-and-drums duo Bosco Ramos watch the video for 'Rolling Sea'.

    Admission costs £5, and doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Jul
    2017

    Mantilla, Vena Cava & eXtravision

    Bohs Bar

    Phibsborough, Dublin

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    Glaswegian Romani/queer punks Mantilla play Dublin's Bohs Bars in Phibsborough on July 20. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Dublin hardcore band Vena Cava and melodic post-punkers eXtravision.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    21
    Jul
    2017

    Mons Olympus, Black Chapels, Mongol Gentleman's Club & We Were Thieves

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Having just released their debut album, riffy space-prog masters Mons Olympus play Voodoo on July 21. Listen to the sprawling LP, Vampyroteuthis.

    Supporting are alt. rock quartet Black Chapels, Mosmo Strange side-project Mongol Gentleman's Club and We Were Thieves.

    Admission costs £5.

  • Fri
    21
    Jul
    2017

    Mama Kasbah & Mongrel State

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Mediterranean rag-tag rumba-reggae, punk, ska band Mama Kasbah play Whelan's on July 21 in a joint-headliner show.  Check out their album, La Vida Da Vueltas.

    Co-headlining are Dublin-based multi-national Americana outfit Mongrel State, who released their debut album last year - check them out live on the Ray D'Arcy Show.

    Tickets cost €8.50 from WAV Tickets or €12.50 on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017

    U2: Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary w/Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Croke Park

    Dublin

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    U2 return to their stadium-bothering antics this year with their The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in this, the 30th anniversary year of their most beloved, career-defining statement that catapulted the band to new heights - which sold over 25 million units and gave the band many of their biggest hits. They're to play the album in its entirety at Croke Park on July 22.

    Supporting are Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, starting at €77 and going vastly upwards from there. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017

    Cavalcade Festival

    INF Club

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    HenCav productions holds an all-day show at Omagh's INF Club on July 22. Headlining are hometown QOTSA-riffers Mosmo Strange - check their Bandcamp.

    Also playing are Part Time Pilots, Derry Punks Lost AvenueAlpha Twin - here's their Soundcloud - OneLungJudas WolvesSLTCherym and Floyd. The event will feature full catering from Philly's Phinest Diner.

    Admission costs £10 and doors open at 4pm, with the first band on at 4pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017

    Vulpynes 'Silica' Launch Show w/Stitch Jones & Long Tail

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based sludgy riff-heavy two piece Vulpynes launch their new single 'Silica' with a show at Workman's in Dublin on July 22.

    The scuzzy, raw pair have gelatinous chunk of Mudhoney, Melvins and L7 and have been gigging heavily around the island and beyond as of late. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from Dublin noise rockers Stitch Jones - check them out - and alt rockers Long Tail - check out their latest EP.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    23
    Jul
    2017

    Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds

    The Big Top

    Galway

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    One of popular music's most revered figures of all time, Brian Wilson, returns to Ireland, playing The Big Top on July 23 as part of the Galway Arts Festival.

    On this tour, he marks the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys' iconic album Pet Sounds by playing it in its entirety. Started out as a young surf-pop songwriter, by 1966, he had a sustained period of creative growth, producing the 'pocket symphony', ensuring the Beach Boys' reputation as the American Beatles. On this tour he'll be accompanied by Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin.

    Tickets are priced from €65 from the Roisin Dubh. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    23
    Jul
    2017

    Mantilla, Out Straight & Doppelskangers

    The Cellar

    Galway

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    Glaswegian Romani/queer punks Mantilla play Galway's Cellar on July 23 as part of their UK tour. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are Dublin two-stepping hardcore band Out Straight - check their Bandcamp - and Galway punks Doppelskangers.

    Doors open at 9pm and admission costs €5.

  • Tue
    25
    Jul
    2017

    Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    One of popular music's most revered figures of all time, Brian Wilson, returns to Ireland to play the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on July 25.

    On this tour, he marks the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys' iconic album Pet Sounds by playing it in its entirety. Started out as a young surf-pop songwriter, by 1966, he had a sustained period of creative growth, producing the 'pocket symphony', ensuring the Beach Boys' reputation as the American Beatles.

    Tickets are priced from €75-€89 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    26
    Jul
    2017

    Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

    The Errigle Inn

    Belfast

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    Californian alt. country project Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express comes to play Belfast's Errigle Inn on July 26.

    First noticed in the '80s for psych/desert rock act Green on Red, he has released countless albums, with the most recent being this year's Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins. Check out 'Bad Year From Rock and Roll', from, you guessed it, 2016.

    Ticket, priced £18, are available from Ticketsource. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Jul
    2017

    Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

    Whelan's

    Dublin

    Chuck Prophet's new album, Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins, comes out February 10

    Californian alt. country project Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express comes to Whelan's on July 27.

    First noticed in the '80s for psych/desert rock act Green on Red, he has released countless albums, with the most recent being this year's Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins. Check out 'Bad Year From Rock and Roll', from, you guessed it, 2016.

    Tickets, priced €19.10, are available from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Jul
    2017

    Tuath, Zeros & Ones, Cranky Face & Crude

    The Loft

    Galway

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    As part of Galway Fringe Festival, multilingual experimental progressive psych/shoegaze outfit Tuath headline a show at The Loft on July 27. Watch their new video for 'Youth', taken from their forthcoming EP of the same name.

    Galway grungy alt. rock act Zeros & Ones play - check their Bandcamp - as do ska outfit Cranky Face. Opening are young Galway punk rock 'n rollers Crude - check out their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8, with concessions €5. Tickets are available from Eventbrite and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017

    ZZ Top

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Almost into their fifth decade together, Texan rockers ZZ Top play Dublin's 3Arena on July 28.

    As part of their Tonnage Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have recently released their Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album. Selling over 50 million records and releasing 15 studio album worldwide, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard started out in Houston in 1969 as a blues-rock trio, with classics like Tres Hombres and Degüelloreally breaking through with their biggest album, Eliminator, which yielded their hits 'Sharp Dressed Man' and 'Gimme All Your Lovin''.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017

    Unyielding Love & Destriers

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    Experimental blackened hardcore/grind noise outfit Unyielding Love play their first headline show in Dublin's new DBD Venue under the Mezz on July 28. 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. 

    Irish metal/hardcore act Destriers - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017
    Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017

    Balearic Weekender: Apiento, Space Dimension Controller & more

    Bullitt Courtyard

    Belfast

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    Bullitt and Pabst host a Balearic Weekender  - based around the idea of music openness, originally conceived in the Balearic islands, and Ibiza specifically - over July 28 & 29 in the courtyard. The festival is headlined by Apiento, from Test Pressing - check out Soundcloud - and Space Dimension Controller - check his Soundcloud.

    Further DJ duties come from Belfast Music ClubKen Burrell and Friday opens up from 8pm with a b2b between Jonny Carberry and Marion Hawkes as a 5 hour Balearic special warm-up, with Saturday running from 2pm.

    Admission is completely free.

  • Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017

    Aislinn Logan w/Mark Loughrey

    Town Square

    Belfast

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    The excellent Botanic Avenue coffee shop Town Square hosts an intimate show from local songstress Aislinn Logan on July 28. Listen to her new single 'So Loud'.

    Belfast-based alt. rock singer-songwriter Mark Loughrey - check out 'Analemma'.

    Tickets cost £5 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm, with support kicking off at 9.30pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017

    Plague Artists EP Launch w/Rosco's Riot & The Crossfire Hurricanes

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast alt. rockers Plague Artists launch their Comes Down Like Stones EP with a show at Voodoo for Chordblossom on July 28. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Heavy rockers Rosco's Riot, who are currently working on their second album and rock 'n' rollers The Crossfire Hurricanes.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017

    Rock 4 Choice

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Following up on the Rock 4 Choice ten year series of benefit concerts in the US between 1991-2001, the Irish branch hold an all-day show at the Grand Social on July 29 to support the Abortion Rights Campaign in Ireland, ahead of increasing public pressure to repeal the 8th amendment. In the first edition, Polish gothic act Closterkeller headline in one of three Irish dates.

    The bill includes acts from Ireland and abroad, including gothic industrial rockers Sugarplum SuicideMythKiss My Acid, UK thrash metallers Kemakil, melodic death metallers Xerosun.

    Early bird tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €19 or €15 for students, with it increasing on the door to €20/€25. Doors open at 3pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017

    The Winter Passing, Aaron Shanley & The Horrortongues, Vokxen & Jess Edlin

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Having recently released their new album, Double Exposure, Dublin indie/emo-pop outfit The Winter Passing play their first Belfast headline show at the Empire on July 29.

    This time around, the band went to Jawbox/Against Me producer J Robbins. Check out 'Daisy' from their 2015 album A Different Space of Mind. The band are led by sibling writing duo Rob & Kate Flynn.

    Supporting is Aaron Shanley & The Horror Tongues, who recently released their first album, pop-rockers Vokxen and eclectic, hugely talented Jess Edlin - check her Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    02
    Aug
    2017

    Frankie Cosmos

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Greta Kline, aka Frankie Cosmos plays Whelan's on August 2. 

    Formerly of Porches, she's heavily involved in the New York anti-folk scene, and into the DIY ethics of K Records. As well as the huge number of Bandcamp releases she put out under various pseudonyms from 2009 onwards, her latest album, 2016's Next Thing propelled her up another rung of the indie rock totem pole.

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

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017

    Easy Tide, Alien She & Elephant Room

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Sin É holds an inevitably garagey great-looking night on August 3, headed by Easy Tide - watch the video for new single, 'Chasing The Sun'.

    Experimental feminist garage-punk trio Alien She play - check their Bandcamp - as well as Elephant Room.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017

    Silverbacks 'Sink The Fat Moon' EP Launch

    Harbour Bar

    Bray

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    Lo-fi post-punk indie rock peddlers Silverbacks play Bray's Harbour Bar on August 3 - check out their new EP, Sink The Fat Moon.

    Supporting are the fuzzy, scuzzy, wisecracking trio Slouch - check out whiteboyfilingcabinetfaxmachinestapler

    Admission is free and the first band are on at 9.30pm.

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017

    Pieta House Fundraiser: Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory Singalong

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    In troubling times, it’s to great, and kind minds such as Glenn Fitzpatrick to whom we should turn. Following the tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington on Thursday, Fitzpatrick (with help from Dublin musician and former Overhead The Albratross member Joe Panama) will host a Hybrid Theory singalong to raise money for suicide and self-harm charity Pieta House at Dublin’s Fibber Magees on Thursday, August 3.

    Over at the fundraiser’s Facebook event page, the organisers said:

    “Linkin Park are a band that meant so much to so many of us during our formative years. Hybrid Theory in particular had a a near permanent residency on our CD players (remember those?) and seeing the videos for Crawling, Papercut and In The End on Kerrang every 20 minutes was something of a rite of passage for anyone lucky enough to have the channels back in the day! This singalong will be a chance for us to say goodbye to Chester and raise a toast to the impact Hybrid Theory has had on us. It’s a singalong. We’ll be playing Hybrid Theory from start to finish and we want to encourage everyone to sing and shout along to their heart’s content. We know all the words, let’s sing them together.

    All proceeds from the night will go directly to Pieta House. Pieta House provide a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. In what could be seen a mental health crisis in Ireland, Pieta House have taken up the mantle as the first and last lines of defense for a lot of people, it’s important we support them.”

    We couldn’t be more behind this. Get on down for a great night for an even greater cause. Tickets cost only €5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017

    Live: Shadow Former & Amoon

    Anseo

    Dublin

    Camden Street's Anseo hosts a night of heady improvisation on August 3, presented by Edge Hunters. Performing are Shadow Former, who feature sound artist Ed Devane, modular synth, percussionist & turntablist Fionn Wallace and music & sonic artist with games, television, VR and so on Andy Mooney.

    Opening are improvisational act Amooncheck out their Soundcloud.

    Admission is free & doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017

    Voodoom 2: Elder Druid, Electric Octopus, Zlatanera, Mother Mooch, Bad Boat & On Parole

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Young stoner metal/doom act Elder Druid headline the second edition of Voodoom, held in the Belfast venue on August 4. Check out their latest Magicka EP.

    The bill also features the intoxicatingly funky, soulful, psychedelic jam trio Electric Octopus - check out their music - Belfast groove metallers Zlatanera, psych-doomsters Mother Mooch - check their Bandcamp - returning heavy riffers Bad Boat and rock 'n rollers On Parole.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017

    Over The Top Presents: Wrestlerama

    National Stadium

    Dublin

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    Irish pro wrestling promotion Over The Top bring their Wrestlerama show to Dublin's National Stadium August 5 in a card that features hardcore legend Mick Foley.

    Also featured are some of the finest names in indie wrestling, including Joey RyanRicochet, Matt Sydal, Candice LeRae, Lio Rush, the return of Jeff Cobb, Session Moth Martina and OTT Champion Ryan Smile.

    The event is to be recorded and tickets are priced from €20 upwards, from Eventbrite. Things kick off at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017

    Overblown 3rd Birthday: Robocobra Quartet, The Magnapinna & Eraser TV

    An Spailpin Fanach

    Cork

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    Our friends at Cork-based music publication Overblown host their third birthday party alongside Cosmonaut Music at An Spailpin Fanach on August 5. Headlining are avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet. Check out their debut album, Music For All Occasions, on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are hefty alt. metallers The Magnapinna - check out the video for 'Charm Offensive' - and Limerick trio Eraser TV.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    06
    Aug
    2017

    Regina Spektor

    Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Songstress Regina Spektor returns to Ireland to play the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on August 6.

    Born in the Soviet Union, she studied classical piano from a young age, moving to America in 1989, ultimately ending up writing pop songs, self-releasing her debut album, 11:11 in 2001. She went on to release music until her 2006 breakthrough, Begin To Hope, which went gold and each subsequent album gained her more of a following. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    06
    Aug
    2017

    Over The Top Presents: Wrestlerama

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Following their night at the National Stadium, Irish pro wrestling promotion Over The Top bring their Wrestlerama show to Mandela Hall on August 6, in a show that features hardcore legend Mick Foley.

    Also featured are some of the finest names in indie wrestling, including Joey RyanRicochet, Matt Sydal, Candice LeRae, Lio Rush, the return of Jeff Cobb, Session Moth Martina and OTT Champion Ryan Smile.

    The event is to be recorded and tickets are priced from £16.50 upwards, from Eventbrite. Things kick off at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    06
    Aug
    2017

    Six Brew Bantha, Famine & Deathbus

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Solid Choice Industries bring another outsider band over to Ireland, this time having Vancouver grindcore band SixBrewBantha at Belfast's Voodoo on August 6. Check out their Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Leeds grind act Famine and Belfast grind band Deathbus - here they are live at the Warzone.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Aug
    2017

    The Undertones

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Iconic Derry punk-pop hitmakers The Undertones are to play the Roisin Dubh in Galway on August 11.

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

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

  • Fri
    11
    Aug
    2017

    Megacone & Zombie Picnic

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Cork's Poor Relation hosts a show on August 11, headlined by instrumental 5-piece Megacone. Dabbling in the classic, glistening Irish strain of post-rock, check out the video for 'Absolute Magnitude', from their second EP of the same name.

    Limerick progressive post-rockers Zombie Picnic also feature on the bill - check out their debut album, A Suburb of Earth from last year, released on UK progressive label Burning Shed. They're currently working on their second record. 

    Admission costs €10, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Aug
    2017

    Open Deck w/Will Carruthers [Spacemen 3/Spiritualized] & Joe Greene

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The newly reopened Menagerie holds a fairly special Open Deck night, featuring none other than Spacemen 3 & Spiritualized bassist Will Carruthers holding a DJ set. As well as that, Documenta's Joe Greene also works the decks.

    Admission costs £3 before 11pm and £5 after. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Aug
    2017

    Casavettes & Eraser TV

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Upstairs at Limerick's Pharmacia hosts a double-header from emo/post-hardcore outfit Casavettes and post-punk/noise rockers Eraser TV on August 11 for Limerick's DIY LK collective.

    Casavettes launch their new single 'Falling' on the night - check out 'Reunion' for a snippet of what they're about. Eraser TV have just unveiled their excellent, and phenomenally titled Buzzfeed Depression Quiz.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017

    Walking On Cars

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Making their biggest appearance in Belfast so far are Irish indie-pop band Walking On Cars, when they play Custom House Square on August 12.

    The Kerry five piece released their successful debut single, 'Catch Me If You Can' back in 2012, and have went from strength to strength, having a huge 2016. Their debut album, Everything This Way went to double platinum status last year. Check out the video for 'Speeding Cars'.

    Tickets, priced at £27.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017

    I Am Sitting In A Vault

    Framewerk Gallery

    Belfast

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    Saturday 12th August sees a live collaborative adaptation of Alvin Lucier's 'I Am Sitting In A Room', entitled I Am Sitting In A Vault at Framewerk Art Gallery at 431 Newtownards Road.

    Featuring local sound artists Christopher Steenson & Richard Bailie, with musician Constance Keane performing the piece on the night, the event is intended to highlight how positive feedback systems shape our everyday circumstances. The original piece used positive feedback looks as a compositional device, with a performer narrating a text alone in a room while the audio is recorded. This is then played back into the room and recorded, with the process repeating until the sound of the voice is overpowered by the resonant frequencies of the room, transforming the voice into a time-evolving drone.

    Systems of positive feedback are present in various aspects of everyday life. Present in the principles of the free market, as well as in the mechanics of social media algorithms, feedback systems encourage the accumulation of excessive wealth and the storage of copious amounts of private data. In turn, this process increasingly hands power to a privileged few. By using the unique setting of bank to stage the performance, I am Sitting in a Vault will invite the audience to reflect on how endless accretion of money and data, and the feedback systems that underpin these activities, influence our socioeconomic world and the present hierarchies within it.

    The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of £5 pounds for the event to help the artists cover costs. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017

    The Emerald Armada & Franklyn

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop act The Emerald Armada co-headline Voodoo on August 12 for FourAcre Music in a night that pays homage to local, independent music venues.

    Sharing the bill are General Fiasco/Oh Volcano members' indie rock project Franklyn.

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

  • Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017

    So Much For The Sun Album Launch w/Nomadic Rituals & Molarbear

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Lisburn sludgy stoner rock outfit So Much For The Sun launch their eponymous debut album on August 12 with a show for the Distortion Project. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are crushingly heavy Belfast doom trio Nomadic Rituals - check out their pulverisingly heavy second album, Marking The Day - and sludgy noise-rock tinged hardcore riffers Molarbear - check out 'Party McFly'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 5pm.

  • Mon
    14
    Aug
    2017

    Holy Fuck

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Toronto electro-industrial outfit Holy Fuck play a few Irish shows, including Galway's Roisin Dubh on August 14.

    Using live instrumentation and distinct electronic non-instruments (like a 35mm film synchronizer) to achieve the desired sounds, the band formed in 2004 out of Dependent Music, a Nova Scotian label & artist collective. They released their fourth album, Congrats, last year after six years of silence. Check them out Live On KEXP.

    Tickets cost €20 from Roisin Dubh, or €18 for members. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Tue
    15
    Aug
    2017

    Holy Fuck

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Toronto electro-industrial outfit Holy Fuck play a few Irish shows, including Cork's Cyprus Avenue on August 15.

    Using live instrumentation and distinct electronic non-instruments (like a 35mm film synchronizer) to achieve the desired sounds, the band formed in 2004 out of Dependent Music, a Nova Scotian label & artist collective. They released their fourth album, Congrats, last year after six years of silence. Check them out Live On KEXP.

  • Wed
    16
    Aug
    2017

    Holy Fuck

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Toronto electro-industrial outfit Holy Fuck play a few Irish shows, including Dolan's Warehouse on August 16.

    Using live instrumentation and distinct electronic non-instruments (like a 35mm film synchronizer) to achieve the desired sounds, the band formed in 2004 out of Dependent Music, a Nova Scotian label & artist collective. They released their fourth album, Congrats, last year after six years of silence. Check them out Live On KEXP.

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017

    Holy Fuck

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Toronto electro-industrial outfit Holy Fuck play Belfast's Empire Music Hall on August 17.

    Using live instrumentation and distinct electronic non-instruments (like a 35mm film synchronizer) to achieve the desired sounds, the band formed in 2004 out of Dependent Music, a Nova Scotian label & artist collective. They released their fourth album, Congrats, last year after six years of silence. Check them out Live On KEXP.

    Tickets cost £16 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017

    Joey Gavin & Band w/Leili Jane

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Just as he releases his new single 7" through Little L Records, experimental singer-songwriter Joey Gavin - also of Dublin indie rockers Thumper - plays the Whelan's Midnight Hour on August 17. Check out his latest release, Rolf/Runwhich uses Rolf Harris' fall from grace as a thought for deeper inspection.

    Support comes from indie-folk singer-songwriter Leila Jane - check her Soundcloud.

  • Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017

    Stop Making Sense [Screening]

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of the late, incredible Jonathan Demme's finest works, and arguably the greatest concert film of all time, the Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense is screening for one night only at Belfast's Black Box on August 18.

    Don your oversized suits and greyest sweats for a special screening of the 1984 classic - which will have a late bar on the night and is followed by a new wave disco.

    Tickets are available for £7 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017

    Tricot

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Japanese alternative rockers Tricot play Whelan's on August 18 for Venture Presents.

    Formed in Kyoto in 2010 by three founding members, they formed Bakuretsu Records as soon as a drummer was recruited. Using hook-laden second-wave emo melodies and the typical intricacy of math-rock, they're a force to be reckoned with live. Check out their latest single, 'Melon Soda' from new album 3.

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

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017

    Foy Vance, Amy MacDonald, Ryan McMullan & David C Clements

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Singer-songwriter Foy Vance plays his biggest headline show to date at Custom House Square on August 19, having released his third album, The Wild Swan last year.

    He has to date released 3 albums, with a large number of EPs coming in between, since his 2000 debut Blueprints EP. His second album, 2013's Joy Of Nothing won the Northern Ireland Music Prize, and last year he worked with Ben Affleck on his latest film, Live By Night for the credits song - check out the video for new single, 'She Burns'.

    Support comes from Radio 2 favourite Amy MacDonald, and local singer-songwriters Ryan McMullan and David C Clements.

    Tickets are priced from £27-£43.50, available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017

    Gascan Ruckus BBQ w/The Emerald Armada,

    QUB Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    The second annual Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ will be headed by the Middletown alt. punks themselves, across two stages QUB's Speakeasy Bar on August 19.

    19 acts play the day overall, with folk-pop act The Emerald Armada being co-headliners. On the bill are emo-tinged punk-pop act Anna's Anchor, Belfast-based Life Goals, an acoustic Empty Lungs set, Limerick's Fox JawFranklynGoldie FawnJoshua Burnside, Leeds outfit Kamikaze Girls, Larks, Making MonstersNo Oil PaintingsPillow QueensSusie BlueTuskanyVia:Barvikha and The Wood Burning Savages.

    Early bird tickets cost £10 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 1pm.

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017

    Rews, Jealous of the Birds, Anto & The Echoes & Pandora Ills

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Shauna Tohill & Collette Williams, aka Rews play the Empire Music Hall on August 19. The pop-rock duo are based in London & Belfast - check them on Soundcloud.

    Sharing the bill are Portadown-raised songstress Jealous of the Birds - check out 'Goji Berry Sunset' from her NI Music Prize-nominated album Parma Violets from last year - anthemic pop-rockers Anto & The Echoes and ska-punks Pandora Ills.

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

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017

    Blackwater Conspiracy Album Launch w/Safire & Philip McCarroll

    The Pavilion

     Belfast

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    Classic country-tinged blues-rockers Blackwater Conspiracy launch their new album Shootin' The Breeze with a show at the Pavilion on August 19, which has seen the former Million Dollar Reload members' play this year's Download festival.

    Support comes from hard rock act Safire and Philip McCarroll.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017

    Boris

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    U:mack do Dublin the fine service of hosting Japanese experimental outfit Boris as part of their 25th anniversary tour on August 20.

    Named after the Melvins song of the same name, they formed in 1992, releasing debut LP Absolutego in '96. Traversing the paths of noise rock, the avant-garde, metal, psychedelia, stoner metal, and occasionally pop. They release their twenty-third album, Dear, this year. The amplifier apostles' latest sees them venture back towards slower and heavy ventures, in what was initially supposed to be a constraint-free final goodbye to fans but ultimately saw them find a new sense of vitality. Here's 'Pink'.

    Tickets are available via Tickets.ie and WAV Tickets.

  • Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017

    Listener, Michael Mormecha, Sleeping Outside & Weathered Hands

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Listener returns to Belfast, courtesy of Shizznigh Promotions, on August 20. The Arkansas trio began as an underground hip-hop project for vocalist & bassist Dan Smith, eventually growing into a spoken word emo/indie rock band. Check out this session of 'You Were A House On Fire'.

    Support comes from Mojo Fury frontman and hugely gifted songwriter Michael Mormecha - check out his debut album - Coleraine alternative/emo quartet Sleeping Outside - check their Bandcamp - Paddy Blaney, aka Weathered Hands.

    Tickets cost £12 from Eventbrite, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    21
    Aug
    2017

    Boris

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Cork's Cyprus Avenue hosts the southernmost leg of the 25th anniversary tour of heavy experimental Japanese outfit Boris on August 21.

    Named after the Melvins song of the same name, they formed in 1992, releasing debut LP Absolutego in '96. Traversing the paths of noise rock, the avant-garde, metal, psychedelia, stoner metal, and occasionally pop. They release their twenty-third album, Dear, this year. The amplifier apostles' latest sees them venture back towards slower and heavy ventures, in what was initially supposed to be a constraint-free final goodbye to fans but ultimately saw them find a new sense of vitality. Here's 'Pink'.

    Tickets are available from Cyprus Avenue.

  • Tue
    22
    Aug
    2017

    Oozing Wound

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    DBD below The Mezz hosts the first ever Irish show from Chicago thrashy stoner metal trio Oozing Wound on August 22.

    Check out the video for 'Welcome To The Spaceship, Motherfucker', from Retrash.

    Tickets cost €12 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017

    T Vital: Muse, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Fang Club

    Boucher Road Playing Fields

    Belfast

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    In one of the biggest Tennent's Vital bills ever, stadium space alt. rockers Muse play the Boucher Road Playing Fields on August 23. They've released seven albums so far, the most recent being 2015's Drones, and they're one of the most impressive and consistently epic live bands in the world

    Also playing are headliners in their own right, Scottish alt. rock trio Biffy Clyro, also a band who garnered huge cult fanbases from their first three albums before exploding on the fourth, having last year released their seventh album, Ellipsis.

    Opening are Nothing But Thieves and Fang Club.

    Tickets, priced at £49.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 4pm.

     

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017

    Defeater w/Stairwells & Destriers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Venture Presents bring Boston hardcore act Defeater to Whelan's on August 23 as part of their European tour. Featuring elements of emo & a heavy emphasis on melody, they've released four albums to date - check out 'Spared In Hell'.

    Supporting are melodic hardcore quartet Stairwells and Irish metal/hardcore act Destriers - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets, priced £18, are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017

    Boris

    Limelight 2

    Dublin

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    Solid Choice Industries and Shizznigh Promotions combine forces to do Belfast folk the fine service of hosting Japanese experimental outfit Boris.

    Named after the Melvins song of the same name, they formed in 1992, releasing debut LP Absolutego in '96. Traversing the paths of noise rock, the avant-garde, metal, psychdelia, stoner metal, and occasionally pop. They release their twenty-third album, Dear, this year. The amplifier apostles' latest sees them venture back towards slower and heavy ventures, in what was initially supposed to be a constraint-free final goodbye to fans but ultimately saw them find a new sense of vitality. Here's 'Pink'.

    Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017

    The Psychedelic Furs

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Iconic post-punks The Psychedelic Furs play Belfast's Limelight 1 on August 23 as part of their reunion singles tour.

    Born out of the UK post-punk scene, as well as feeling the benefits of the '80s US college rock radio scene, the band - led by vocalist & songwriter Richard Butler - had a great number of hits over the years since their 1980 debut LP. The current lineup comprises Richard and his brother, bassist Tim Butler, as well as Rich Good on guitar, Mars Williams on sax, Amanda Kramer on keyboards & drummer Paul Garisto.

    Check out 'Pretty In Pink', their hit from their most acclaimed album, 1981's Talk Talk Talk.

    Tickets are priced £26.50, available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017

    Langhorne Slim w/Malojian

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    August 24 sees Pennsylvanian folk rock singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim play The Empire.

    Support comes from hugely talented folk outfit Malojian.

    Tickets cost £13, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017

    Defeater, Death of a Salesman, Apartments & January

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh bring Boston hardcore act Defeater to the Empire on August 24 as part of their forthcoming European tour. Featuring emo & a heavy emphasis on melody, they've released four albums to date - check out 'Spared In Hell'.

    Supporting are metalcore band Death of a Salesman - download their music for free on Bandcamp, Leeds-Belfast-based mathy emo punk duo Apartments - listen to The Only Thing That Keeps Me Here, pop-punk/emo quartet January - check their Bandcamp.

    Tickets, priced £18, are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017

    The Psychedelic Furs

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Iconic post-punks The Psychedelic Furs play The Academy on August 24 as part of their reunion singles tour.

    Born out of the UK post-punk scene, as well as feeling the benefits of the '80s US college rock radio scene, the band - led by vocalist & songwriter Richard Butler - had a great number of hits over the years since their 1980 debut LP. The current lineup comprises Richard and his brother, bassist Tim Butler, as well as Rich Good on guitar, Mars Williams on sax, Amanda Kramer on keyboards & drummer Paul Garisto. Check out 'Pretty In Pink', their hit from their most acclaimed album, 1981's Talk Talk Talk.

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

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017

    The Tearaways (feat. Clem Burke)

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Santa Barbara cult indie outfit The Tearaways play Whelan's on August 24.

    Forming back in 1981, they've put out five records in the last five years,  and are currently touring with Blondie drummer Clem Burke.

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

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017

    Party Fears & Last Days of Elvis

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Formed by Cookstownian Maggie Devlin, and based in Berlin, feminist punk/classic pop act Party Fears play McHugh's Basement on August 24 following the release of their debut album. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Along with them are Berlin electronic-laced post-punk act Last Days of Elvis - check out their new album, Must Be A Mistake.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017

    Soma: Silverbacks

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Lo-fi post-punk indie rock peddlers Silverbacks play the 11th edition of SOMA, on August 24 - check out their new EP, Sink The Fat Moon.

    Doors open at 10pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017

    Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs w/Order Of The Mess

    Róisín Dubh

    Galway

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    Newcastle-upon-Tyne psych/stoner rock band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs play Galway's Roisin Dubh on August 24 for Feast.

    They're a heady of physically moving blend of space rock, the cosmische, doom and psych - listen to their latest album, Feed The Rats, on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Cork stoner rock duo Order of the Mess.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    Stiff Little Fingers 40th Anniversary w/Ruts DC

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Classic Belfast punk quartet Stiff Little Fingers play Dublin's Academy on August 25 as part of their 40th Anniversary tour.

    The band have recently released their last album in 2014, No Going Back, their first top 30 album in over twenty years. The Stiffs are best known for Inflammable Material, the seminal soundtrack to the Troubles, and the first independent album to chart in the UK. They followed this up with something of an evolution, releasing Nobody's Heroes and the criminally underrated Go For It.

    Check out 'Suspect Device' live on Ulster TV in 1978.

    Support comes from remaining members of classic reggae-influenced British punks The Ruts, Ruts DC.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    John Prine & Sturgill Simpson

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

     

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    Two of the finest country talents of disparate generations, Sturgill Simpson and John Prine play a show together at Vicar Street on August 25.

    Having been heralded as one of the best from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and countless more, his eponymous debut album is in the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. He's also one of the key members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with his songs being covered by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, The Everly Brothers. It's not easy to argue that there's a better lyricist in all of the genre - listen to the timeless 'Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore'.

    Sharing the bill is one of this generation's most heralded alt. country stars Sturgill Simpson, who has earned acclaim across the world for his 2016 masterpiece, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, which earned a Best Country Album Grammy, as well as a nomination for Best Album.

    Check them out live together at Grammy Pro.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    Ocean Colour Scene w/The Coral & Carl Barat

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Following a sold out show last year in Belfast, English rockers Ocean Colour Scene play their 1996 album Moseley Shoals in its entirety at Custom House Square on August 25.

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

    Support comes from retro Merseyside pop-rock act The Coral.

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

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    Search Party Animal

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young Irish math-rockers Search Party Animal - taken from the ASIWYFA song of the same name - play upstairs at Whelan's on August 25.

    Having released their debut single 'Evergreen' earlier in the year, the band have an average age of 19 and have been signed to Faction Records, the same label as Jape and Vincent James McMorrow.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets and Ticketmaster, priced €12. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    Wyvern Lingo

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Soulful pop trio Wyvern Lingo headline The Grand Social on August 25, following another strong year, ahead of their debut album.

    The Bray trio host this show to celebrate the release of new single 'I Love You, Sadie', taken from their debut album, and showcases an indie R'n'B style.

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

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    Bullitt x Pabst Presents: Andras, Touch Sensitive & Brien

    Bullitt Courtyard

    Belfast

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    Melbourne's Andrew Wilson, aka Andras plays a show in the Bullitt Courtyard on August 25 as part of the Bullitt x Pabst collaborative bills. He's an all-encompassing producer, who as well as being a soundtrack composer, radio host & DJ, makes tactile and imperfect electronic music, as well as playing some disco, world, library & oddball tunes. Check him out on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from local label Touch Sensitive and Brien.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017

    Mistakes #06: No Monster Club, Half Forward Line & Girlfriend

    The Hut, Phibsborough

    Dublin

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    The sixth Mistakes takes place at The Hut in Phibsborough on August 25, headed by Bobby Aherne's perennial indie-pop platform  No Monster Club.  Check their extensive back catalogue here.

    Sharing the bill are the recently-formed West Irish garage rockers Half Forward Line, featuring members of So Cow & Oh Boland, as well as the excellent young emo-tinged quartet Girlfriend - check out their debut EP 3AM Rituals.

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

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017

    Stiff Little Fingers 40th Anniversary w/The Stranglers, Ruts DC, The Outcasts & Terri Hooley

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Classic Belfast punk quartet Stiff Little Fingers return to their hometown's Custom House Square on August 26 as part of their 40th Anniversary tour.

    The band have recently released their last album in 2014, No Going Back, their first top 30 album in over twenty years. The Stiffs are best known for Inflammable Material, the seminal soundtrack to the Troubles, and the first independent album to chart in the UK. They followed this up with something of an evolution, releasing Nobody's Heroes and the criminally underrated Go For It.

    Check out 'Suspect Device' live on Ulster TV in 1978.

    Support comes from The Stranglers, the remaining members of classic reggae-influenced British punks The Ruts, Ruts DC, SLF cohorts & Belfast punk stalwarts The Outcasts and Terri Hooley.

    Tickets cost £25 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017

    Floorplan

    District 8

    Dublin

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    Subject brings Robert Hood, aka Floorplan, following his set in February at District 8, back to Dublin on August 26.

    He's a founding member of Underground Resistance with Mad Mike Banks & Jeff Mills, and is one of the founders of minimal techno.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017

    Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

    DBD Venue

    Dublin

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    The new DBD Venue below the Mezz hosts a U:mack show from Newcastle-upon-Tyne psych/stoner rock band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs on August 26.

    They're a heady of physically moving blend of space rock, the cosmische, doom and psych - listen to their latest album, Feed The Rats, on Bandcamp

    Tickets cost €10 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017

    RRIC: Chirps, Junk Drawer & Eat Your Lunch

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dublin institution Retro Revival Indie Club hold the first show from seldom seen indie rockers Chirps, who are soon to release their second album, the follow-up to their 2009 debut - check out the video for 'Asleep At The Wheel/Crunch The Numbers'.

    Belfast-based instrument-swapping indie rock magpies Junk Drawer support- check out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP - and fellow quiet singer-songwriter/occasional full band project Eat Your Book.

    Doors open at 10.30pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017

    Sister Ghost, The False and the Fair & Chinese Newspaper

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    The Minor Fall, The Major Lift bring to Dublin's Sin É Northern Irish outfit Sister Ghost, a blistering garage/punk quartet fronted by Derry artist Shannon Delores O'Neill. Check out their debut EP, In A Spell. 

    Dublin-based The False and The Fair play - check out their eclectic, enchanting strain of psychedelic, folky-at-times esoterica - and garage-rock band Chinese Newspaper - check their Soundcloud.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017

    Park After Dark Festival

    Oakland Park, Glaslough

    Monaghan

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    Glaslough Village's third annual Park After Dark takes place on August 26, having attracted over 1000 people last year. The voluntary charity festival is for the benefit of the Glasglough Development Association for community development, so funds go straight to refurbishments in the Glaslough Community Centre & Park.

    Performing at the festival are acts like Accidents In The WorkplaceCarronDaniFieldsKeith PlunkettLitehouseMegaconeMontauk HotelSun.Set.ShipsTanjier and Wee Bee

    Tickets cost €20 and gates open at 6pm.

  • Sun
    27
    Aug
    2017

    Shine: Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, Phil Kieran & Schmutz

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    NI's biggest dance institution Shine brings their biggest event to date, with a show at Custom House Square on August 27, headlined by king of underground dance, Carl Cox, veteran of acid house, techno & dance, and label-owner. Check out his Ibiza Boiler Room set.

    Also performing is Yorkshire-based DJ/producer Hot Since 82, as well as Shine residents local exports Phil Kieran and Schmutz.

    Tickets are priced from £33, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Mon
    28
    Aug
    2017
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    29
    Aug
    2017

    Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

     

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    As part of Perspectives in the National Concert Hall, Stephin Merritt, the master craftsman behind the Magnetic Fields69 Love Songs, is one of the great living songwriters, and plays two nights at the venue.

    Celebrating his 50th birthday and a new album on Nonesuch Records. Merritt and band perform two distinct programmes of new songs—one for every year of his melodious existence. In a spectacular staging featuring 50 instruments from Merritt’s formidable collection, the seven-member band recounts his five decades on planet Earth, covering everything from bedbugs and Buddhism to his conception by hippies on a houseboat in St. Thomas.

    Tickets are priced from €27.50-€37.50 for a single night, and €55 for both, from NCH.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Wed
    30
    Aug
    2017

    Xylouris White w/Rue

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Drummer Jim White of Dirty 3 and Cretan lute player George Zylouris perform as Xylouris White at the Workman's Club on August 30 for Enthusiastic Eunuch.

    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.

    Support comes from Irish drone-folk outfit Rue - check out the looming 'Katie Cruel'.

    Tickets cost €16 from Billetto.

  • Thu
    31
    Aug
    2017

    The Thin Air Presents: Gnarkats & Beauty Sleep

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    On Thursday, August 31, we will host a show with two of our favourite Irish acts at the minute: Belfast alt-rock quartet Gnarkats and indie-pop threesome Beauty Sleep. We will also be spinning tunes before and after.

    Check out Gnarkats' latest single 'Something To Say' on Soundcloud, and Beauty Sleep's 'The Dark'.

    Admission costs £5 on the night, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    02
    Sep
    2017

    Emerald Haze

    Voodoo Lounge & On The Rox

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Voodoo Lounge & On The Rox host a massive lineup over the weekend of September 1 & 2 for the heavy psych festival, Emerald Haze. Icelandic atmospheric metal act Sólstafir headline the weekend. Check out Berdreyminn.

    Also playing are Polish doom-fuzz act Belzebong, 7-piece psych/prog act Church of the Cosmic SkullLord Vicar, Primordial side-project Dread Sovereign, Glaswegian quartet The Cosmic Dead, Parisian heavy rockers Abrahma, Dublin's Wild RocketBad Boat, unbearably heavy sludge-doom trio Nomadic RitualsGorilla PulpWitchsorrowElectric TaurusBlaak HeatTen Ton SlugIron Void, Electric Octopus, Mother Mooch, King Witch, Elder Druid, Death The Leveller, Zlatanera, The Magnapinna, Mount Soma, Vulpynes, Gourd and Korvid.

    Tickets for the weekend are available from Tickets.ie, priced €38.50. Doors open at 5.30pm each day.

  • Sat
    02
    Sep
    2017

    Funeral Horse

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Texan stoner metal outfit Funeral Horse plays the Limelight 2 on September 2 for The Distortion Project. For fans of Melvins, Sleep, Cathedral and the like, check out their Bandcamp for more.

    Support comes from noise-rock tinged hardcore riffers Molarbear - check out 'Party McFly'.

    Tickets cost only £6 from BigCartel, and doors open at 5pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    02
    Sep
    2017

    Wild Rocket & Genuflection

    Róisín Dubh

    Galway

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    Eclectic Dublin psychedelic groove-laden space rock outfit Wild Rocket play Galway on September 2 for Feast, following the recent release of their second album, Disassociation Mechanics.

    Exploring themes of deep sea & space, the cycles of depression both in people and society's inherently cyclical nature, it's a sprawling note from the future. Watch the video for lead single 'The Future Echoes'. Check out Disassociation Mechanics.

    Doors open at 9pm and admission costs only €5.

  • Mon
    04
    Sep
    2017

    American Football

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Hugely influential to the current wave of indie-punk and emo revival, math-tinged emo outfit American Football come to Ireland to play the Button Factory on September 4.

    American Football formed in 1997 from members of Cap'n Jazz, and other star players of the scene at the time, releasing only one eponymous EP & album before splitting in 2000 due to members no longer living in the same city. Its reputation organically spread over the ensuing two decades, leading ultimately to their first UK shows and reunion in 2014 & 2015. They released their second album in 2016.

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

  • Mon
    04
    Sep
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Coinciding with the release of their eleventh album, ForeverlandThe Divine Comedy play the Cork Opera House on September 4 as the first date of their Irish tour.

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

    Tickets cost from €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Sep
    2017
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    06
    Sep
    2017

    Pet Shop Boys

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Electropop icons Pet Shop Boys play Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre on September 5 & 6.

    As part of a world tour, the duo will dig into their deep bag of hits from the '80s onwards, as well as their current album, Super. The show features laser-led audio-visuals from the act's longtime designer Es Devlin, and choreographer Lynne Page, with live arrangements created alongside the album's producer Stuart Price.

    Tickets, priced from €59.50-€69.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Sep
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    University Concert Hall

    Limerick

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

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

    Tickets cost from €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Sep
    2017

    Beatroot: Sue Rynhart & Cacao

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast leading promoters of jazz, roots and experimental music, Moving On Music will present the third annual installment of Beatroot Roots Music Week across September 6-9.

    The first night sees vocalist & composer Sue Rynhart play with bassist Dan Bodwell & Justin Carroll on keys. Sue has received huge acclaim since her debut album ‘Crossings’, featuring in international press and numerous ‘must see’ lists. Her music draws on folk, classical and jazz traditions with a pop sensibility.

    Sharing the stage is Cacao, who fuse Latin bossa nova rhythms with samba music. Led by Fermanagh-born multi-instrumentalist Gnanam Samuel, they play a mix of old and new Brazilian jazz songs and instrumentals as well as original compositions.

    Tickets cost £10, or £30 for the whole weekend, and are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Sep
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    Millennium Forum

    Derry

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

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

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

  • Thu
    07
    Sep
    2017

    Beatroot: Daoirí Farrell & Cup O'Joe

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast leading promoters of jazz, roots and experimental music, Moving On Music will present the third annual installment of Beatroot Roots Music Week across September 6-9.

     

    On September 7, Dublin traditional singer & bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell has picked up BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for best newcomer & traditional track. Championed by the likes of Christy Moore & Donal Lunny, this will be his debut Belfast solo performance. Check out 'Van Diemen's Land'.

    Cup O'Joe support, and are rising stars of the international bluegrass and gypsy jazz scene. They feature Reuben, Tabitha & Benjamin Agnew - check out 'Handsome Molly'.

    Tickets cost £13 (or £10 concession), or £30 for the whole weekend, and are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017

    Ryan Adams

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Following the February release of his sixteenth album, Prisoner, Americana icon Ryan Adams returns to Ireland to play a few dates, starting off with the Ulster Hall on September 8.

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

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

    Tickets, priced at £35 at Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017

    Beatroot: Hejira & Hive Choir

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast leading promoters of jazz, roots and experimental music, Moving On Music will present the third annual installment of Beatroot Roots Music Week across September 6-9.

     

    Hejira are an act of multi-national heritage, being Ethiopian, Chilean, German & Hungarian, based in London. The multi-instrumentalists switch between 2 guitars, two basses, 3 sets of keys, drums and electronics and vocals. They've worked with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Floating Points and Nitin Sawhney, and is a heady brew of sounds and textures making their first appearance in Belfast. Check out 'I Don't Belong To Anyone'.

    Supporting is new Belfast-based artist collective, Hive Choir, who inherit their members and ethos from experimental choral projects Bird on a Wire & Belfast City Choir, functioning as a testing ground for vocal improvisation.

    Tickets cost £13 (or £10 concession), or £30 for the whole weekend, and are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017

    Beatroot: Joshua Burnside w/Stephen James Smith

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Belfast leading promoters of jazz, roots and experimental music, Moving On Music will present the third annual installment of Beatroot Roots Music Week across September 6-9.

     

    September 8 sees experimental indie-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnsideplay the Black Box, having just launched his debut album, Ephrata. Check out the first single, 'Tunnels Pt. 1'.

    Supporting is Dublin poet & playwright Stephen James Smith, who has been crucial in the rise of the Irish spoken word scene, with his videos amassing over 1 million views online, with films commissionned by St. Patrick's Festival, and performing across the world.

    Tickets cost £13 (or £10 concession), or £30 for the whole weekend, and are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017

    Shelby Earl

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Whelans' Upstairs hosts the hugely gifted vocal talent of Shelby Earl on September 8.

    The Seattle singer-songwriter released her debut album, Burn The Boats in 2011, followed in 2013. She most recently released The Man Who Made Himself a Name, which flits between indie rock, folk, never forgetting a strong hook. Check out the video for 'James'.

    Tickets cost €15 on the door and €12 in advance from WAV. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017
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    09
    Sep
    2017

    The Divine Comedy

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Coinciding with the release of their eleventh album, ForeverlandThe Divine Comedy play two nights at The Olympia Theatre on December 8 & 9.

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

    Support comes from Pugwash.

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

  • Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017

    Ryan Adams

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Following the February release of his sixteenth album, Prisoner, Americana icon Ryan Adams returns to Ireland to play a few dates, hitting Cork Opera House on September 9.

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

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

    Tickets, priced at €44.05 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017

    R51 Russian Tour Fundraiser w/Matua Trap & Bosco Ramos

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Nugaze-pop quintet R51 go on a 3800-mile, 10-date Russian tour in September, and in order to raise funds, play McHugh's Basement on September 9. Check out the video for new single 'Heavy Friends'.

    Belfast alt. prog-rockers Matua Trap support - check them out on Bandcamp - and opening up are riff-fuelled, Belfast bass-and-drums duo Bosco Ramos watch the video for 'Rolling Sea'.

    They'll have custom Russian tour shirts on offer, with admission being donation based. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017

    Junk Drawer & The Great Balloon Race

    Crane Lane

    Cork

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    Alliance Promotions bring Belfast-based instrument-swapping indie rock magpies Junk Drawer to Crane Lane Theatre on September 9. Check out their For The Cult Fat Guy EP.

    Supporting are Cork alt. psych outfit The Great Balloon Race - check out latest single, the off-kilter groove of 'Chocolate Beans'.

    Admission is free and it's an early show - doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017

    Musicians Against Homelessness: Silences, Bassh & Mmode

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    In benefit of the Simon Community NI charity, Pop Up Music presents a Musicians Against Homelessness show at the Empire on September 9, featuring three acts.

    Performing are Silences - watch their video for 'Santa Cruz' - indie-pop act Bassh - check out 'Body' - and pop-duo Mmode - listen to their earworm of a debut single, 'Waiting In The Desert'.

    Admission costs £10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Sep
    2017

    Flogging Molly w/Blood or Whiskey

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    LA Celtophiles Flogging Molly play a pair of shows in Ireland, hitting Dublin's Olympia Theatre on September 10.

    Merging punk and Irish folk, their sixth album Life Is Good came out in June, the long awaited follow-up to their 2011 Speed of Darkness LP. Check out the video for 'Life Is Good'.

    Support comes from Dublin trad-punks Blood or Whiskey, who blend rock instrumentation with violin, mandolin & accordion - often described as The Dubliners meets The Clash. Watch the video for 'Dirty Aul War'.

    Tickets cost €27 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    11
    Sep
    2017
    Tue
    12
    Sep
    2017

    Ryan Adams

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following the February release of his sixteenth album, Prisoner, Americana icon Ryan Adams returns to Ireland to play a few dates, hitting Dublin's Olympia Theatre on September 11 & 12, with the second added due to demand.

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

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

    Tickets, priced at €40.05 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    11
    Sep
    2017

    Flogging Molly

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    LA Celtophiles Flogging Molly play a pair of shows in Ireland, hitting the Limelight 1 on September 11.

    Merging punk and Irish folk, their sixth album Life Is Good came out in June, the long awaited follow-up to their 2011 Speed of Darkness LP. Check out the video for 'Life Is Good'.

    Support comes from Dublin-based celtic punks Blood or Whiskey, who blend rock instrumentation with violin, mandolin & accordion - often described as The Dubliners meets The Clash. Watch the video for 'Dirty Aul War'.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017

    Steve Strong, Hiva Oa, Wasps & Hungergrumps

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions' free Thursday gignight returns on a monthly basis to Aether & Echo, its first instalment taking place on September 14. Headlining is Plymouth-based one-man-band, Steve Strong, who'll bring his own beats, tapped guitar and textural melodies, and constant genre-hopping - check out his Soundcloud.

    One of our favourite bands in NI right now, the electronic alt. rock trio Hiva Oa play, having recently released their excellent new EP, MkII - check it out on Bandcamp. Sharing the bill with them are math-punks Wasps and lo-fi punk-pop duo Hungergrumps.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017

    April Towers

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    The best Nottingham duo not named Sleaford Mods, April Towers play Dublin's Academy 2, bringing their electronic & techno pop.

    Watch the video for 'A Little Bit of Fear'.

    Tickets are priced at €10 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017

    Good Name Presents: Spacevolk

    The Bernard Shaw

    Dublin

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    Space-funk outfit Spacevolk headline the Bernard Shaw's Good Name night on September 14, which will no doubt yield some cosmic improvisation and subversive covers. Check out their cover of Bowie's 'Heroes'.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017

    Aidan Logan w/Kaz Hawkins, Lauren Bird & Ben Cutler

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    The Crescent Arts Centre hosts the EP launch from singer-songwriter Aidan Logan on September 14.

    Beloved blues singerl Kaz Hawkins is the special guest, with support from young songwriters, the uke-playing Lauren Bird and Ben Cutler.

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 8pm and it's a BYOB show.

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Friday September 15 sees Clap Your Hands Say Yeah play Whelan's.

    The indie rock band released their eponymous debut in 2005, and this year sees the release of their fifth album, The Tourist. At this point, only frontman Alex Ounsworth is the only original member, with the rest of the core lineup departing in 2004.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017

    King Kong Company

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    After a year that saw them win a best live act award, and have made a true event out of their live shows, electronic dance troupe King Kong Company play Belfast's Limelight 2 on September 15 as part of their European tour.

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

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

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017

    Elixir #3: Jehst w/Grim Pickinz, Jay Suttin, Sketch Nine & more

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    One of the UK's most acclaimed rap artists of all time, Jehst, plays Voodoo on September 15. He'll be performing his Billy Green Show, following his hugely acclaimed Billy Green Is Dead.

    Supporting are Irish-English hip-hop act Grim Pickinz - who have a residency in Amsterdam's Hill Street Blues - Jay SuttinSketch NineDJ ConceptMilitant Vinylist, with an open mic session.

    Admission costs £8 in advance from BTribal. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017

    Life Goals, WÄRHËÄDWÏNG & The Sea, Close By

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Belfast indie-punks Life Goals headline a show for Blackstaff Music at McHugh's on September 15. Check out their most recent single, 'Alright'.

    Supporting are mysterious glam rockers WÄRHËÄDWÏNG, and mathy alt. rockers The Sea, Close By - listen to them on Soundcloud.

    Admission is just a fiver, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017

    Albert Hammond with His Band & the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and Singers

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Dublin's 3Arena sees a performance from all-time-great Albert Hammond along with his band and the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.

    This year saw the release of new album In Symphony, a collection of some of his classic songs. He's had a career lasting over five decades, being the father of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., writing hits and award-winners for the likes of Diana Ross, Leo Sayer, Starship, Whitney Houston & The Hollies.

    Tickets are priced from €45-€55, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017

    Roots Manuva

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    English rapper & producer Roots Manuva plays The Sugar Club on September 16.

    Growing up around Stockwell, London, Rodney Smith was involved with sound systems early on. He debuted in 1994 under his real name, before swiftly changing to Roots Manuva, under which name he still works. His trip-hop-inflected work has earned much crossover appeal, and his most recent album, Bleeds, came out in 2015,

    Tickets are available for €25.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017

    The National

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Following the announcement of the seventh album from The National, they play the first date of