Gig Guide

2015

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  • Fri
    02
    Jan
    2015
    Sun
    04
    Jan
    2015

    David O'Doherty

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    David O'Doherty brings his David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything tour to Whelan's for his annual extensive stint, during which he'll do his acclaimed current show from December 12-18 with a 3pm matinee show on the 13th, as well as three further shows from January 2-4.

    The music-based comedian 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.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced at €16.50 (with the matinee costing €14). Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Jan
    2015

    The Whinge, The Nordie & The Geek Ride Again! featuring Shane Todd, Ruaidhrí Ward & Lorcan McGrane

    Black Box

    Belast

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    Three of the most well-regarded homegrown comedians come together for a lunchtime performance for the 2015 CQAF Out To Lunch Festival at the Black Box on January 2 in a show entitled 'The Whinge, The Nordie & The Geek' following their acclaimed show last year.

    The show is made up of comedian/actor Shane Todd - one half of online sketch act Harlem Gun Club - local observational comedian Ruaidhrí Ward and the titular geek, Monaghan's Lorcan McGrane - guaranteed to divulge his life's regrets and disappointments.

    Tickets, priced at £6.50 in advance and £7 on the door, are available from CQAF's Ticketsolve. The show begins at 1pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Jan
    2015

    Booka Brass Band & Tucan

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    The Black Box hosts another show for the 10th annual CQAF Out To Lunch Festival on January 2, headlined by eight piece Irish collective, the Booka Brass Band.

    The group formed in late 2012, playing festivals and every other venue in Ireland, and are a unique live proposition, playing sets brimming with self-penned tunes and masterful reimaginings of pop hits from the likes of Beyonce.

    Support comes from fellow instrumental eight piece troupe Túcan, who have morphed from a guitar duo to a fully-fledged acoustic funk-meets cinematic orchestrations. Expect some reworked dance classics as well as cuts from their most recent album, 2014's Towers.

    Tickets, priced at £10, are available from the CQAF's Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sat
    03
    Jan
    2015

    Nine Below Zero

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following the re-release of their first three albums from the '80s, pub-rock/R&B outfit Nine Below Zero play the 2015 CQAF Out To Lunch Festival at the Black Box on January 3.

    They've reformed the classic line-up from their Young Ones performance, featuring Dennis Greaves, Mark Feltham, Mickey 'Stix' Burney & Brian Bethel. The show will feature cuts from their 2 A&M studio albums Don't Point Your Finger and Third Degree, potentially drawing parallels to their Live At The Marquee set.

    Tickets are available from CQAF's Ticketsolve, priced at £12 - with a concession price of £10. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Mon
    05
    Jan
    2015

    Damien Dempsey

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Dublin singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey plays the Mandela Hall on December 5.

    Dempsey released his first album in 2000, but had been active since 1995. Mixing Irish traditional with contemporary folk, he comments heavily on the Celtic Tiger era of the Irish economy, and has recently released his compilation album, It's All Good - The Best of Damien Dempsey.

    Tickets, priced at £17.50, are available from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    07
    Jan
    2015

    Shizznigh Presents: Good Friend, Petty Youth, All Of Your Ruins & We Like The Echo

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    On February 20, at Voodoo, Shizznigh Promotions hosts the first Belfast headline show from north coast/formerly Newcastle-Upon-Tyne punk outfit Good Friend - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

    Garage-punk quartet Petty Youth, newly-formed alt rock act All Of Your Ruins - formerly Third Degree - and north coast post-hardcore youngsters We Like The Echo all play on the night.

    Entry costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Jan
    2015

    Wes Anderson Night

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    On Friday January 9, Belfast's Pavilion Bar hosts a screening of The Royal Tenenbaums as part of a night celebrating the unique universe and music of director Wes Anderson, one of the most distinctive figures in cinema of the past two decades, who has brought us the likes of Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fantastic Mr Fox. 

    Anderson is as famous for his film soundtracks as he is for the films themselves, so after the screening, Joe Lindsay of the Super Fuzz Big Muff club night at McHugh's will be playing music - we're talking Latin-American Bowie covers, quirky French pop, the Stones, the Velvet Underground & Nico - for dancing from the films and influences of Wes and his career.

    Doors open at 8pm, The Royal Tenenbaums will be screened at 9pm, and admission costs £5.

  • Sat
    10
    Jan
    2015

    Stars

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Montreal indie-pop act Stars play The Workman's Club on January 10, following the release of their seventh studio album, No One Is Lost, which came out back in October.

    The band formed in 2000, releasing their debut LP Nightsongs the following year, which led to their relocation to Montreal, touring and releasing alongside their friends, Broken Social Scene. 

    Check out their highest-charting single, 'Ageless Beauty', taken from their acclaimed Set Yourself on Fire album.

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

  • Sat
    10
    Jan
    2015

    TV Smith and the Bored Teenagers, Paranoid Visions, Barney & Ali-p Indahouse

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Tim Smith, aka TV Smith, performs with the Bored Teenagers at Voodoo on January 10.

    The singer-songwriter initially entered public notoriety through his late '70s British punk band, The Adverts. Since his time there, he has worked in a number of bands, and pursued a solo career. If you have time, check out 'We Who Wait', the BBC documentary about him and the Adverts.

    Support comes from Dublin anarcho-punk seven-piece Paranoid Visions, Newtownabbey punk quartet Barney and Ali-P Indahouse.

    Admission costs £10, doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sun
    11
    Jan
    2015

    Stars

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Montreal indie-pop act Stars play Limelight 2 on January 11, following the release of their seventh studio album, No One Is Lost, which came out back in October.

    The band formed in 2000, releasing their debut LP Nightsongs the following year, which led to their relocation to Montreal, touring and releasing alongside their friends, Broken Social Scene. 

    Check out their highest-charting single, 'Ageless Beauty', taken from their acclaimed Set Yourself on Fire album.

    Tickets, priced at £13, are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    12
    Jan
    2015

    J Mascis

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Perennial sigher and leader of Dinosaur Jr J Mascis, plays Dublin's Whelan's on January 12 as part of the tour for his most recent album, Tied To A Star, thanks to Harmonic Presents.

    Mascis is a diverse one, having drummed in punk & stoner-rock bands, as well as played lead guitar and sang in a number of acts, but expect a laid-back set compared to his usual melody-filled shredding. 

    Check out his most recent single from Tied To A Star, 'Every Morning'.

    Tickets are available for €25 from WavTickets, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Jan
    2015

    Slipknot w/Korn

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Multi-platinum-selling, angst-ridden soundtrackers to many an angry teenage year, Slipknot, play the newly renamed 3Arena in Dublin on January 14 as part of their 'Prepare For Hell' 2015 tour alongside their nu-metal associates, Korn.

    The Iowan 9-piece released their fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter - named after deceased bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010 - which is the first not to feature much-respected drummer Joey Jordison, who parted ways with the band last year.

    Check out the lead single from .5: The Gray Chapter, 'The Devil In I'.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster, priced at €59.50, from October 17 at 9am. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Jan
    2015

    Mark Lanegan Band

    Seapoint

    Galway

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    Following the October 21 of the release of his new album, Phantom RadioMark Lanegan plays Galway's Seapoint on January 15 as part of his winter UK tour.

    The Washingtonian began his career with grunge quartet The Screaming Trees, and has been musically involved with Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell, the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and Mad Season. He made his solo debut with 1990's The Winding Sheet, and his new LP follows up on 2013's Imitation.

    Check out 'Sad Lover', taken from Phantom Radio.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    16
    Jan
    2015

    Mark Lanegan Band

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Following the October 21 of the release of his new album, Phantom RadioMark Lanegan plays the Limelight 1 on January 16 as part of a winter UK tour.

    The Washingtonian began his career with grunge quartet The Screaming Trees, and has been musically involved with Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell, the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and Mad Season. He made his solo debut with 1990's The Winding Sheet, and his new LP follows up on 2013's Imitation.

    Check out 'Sad Lover', taken from Phantom Radio.

    Tickets are on sale for £16 from Ticketmaster, Katy's Bar and the usual outlets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Jan
    2015

    Young Fathers

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Edinburgh hip-hop three piece Young Fathers play the Black Box on January 16 as part of the CQAF's Out To Lunch Festival, which runs throughout the month.

    The 2014 Mercury Prize winners - for their debut album, Dead - formed in 2008, ini ally styled themselves as a psychedelic hip hop boy band, and are made up of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and 'G' Hastings, all of whom grew up mostly in Edinburgh. They broke through in 2008 with their first single, 'Straight Back On It', following it up with  their Tape One & Two EP's, before releasing Dead earlier this year.

    Check out their Live on KEXP session.

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

  • Fri
    16
    Jan
    2015

    Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn DJ, producer, keyboardist & beatboxer Taylor McFerrin performs at the Sugar Club in Dublin on January 16 alongside drummer Marcus Gilmore.

    Taylor's - son of vocalist and classical conductor Bobby McFerrin - debut album Early Riser came out earlier this year and took nearly six years to complete. This show will be a showcase before before their live debut at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide awards, and is the first show in ChoiceCuts' Future Jazz series.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club for €10 plus booking fee. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Jan
    2015

    Broken Melody Records Presents: No Oil Paintings, Kris D Marsden & Conor Phillips

    Whites Tavern

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based label Broken Melody Records holds its first of a number of showcases throughout 2015 on January 16 at Whites Tavern. Headlining are rootsy folk/country five piece No Oil Paintings

    Also on the bill is singer-songwriter Kris D Marsden - check him out on Bandcamp - and Conor Phillips, who makes his live Belfast debut on the night, accompanied by a full band.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Jan
    2015

    Modern Life Is Rubbish 9: In An Instant, This Is Me Dead & Mere Moths

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Recent up-and-coming gig night Modern Life Is Rubbish holds its ninth instalment in the Pavilion, tentatively titled 'Age of the Paranoid Android' on January 16. Headlining the show are anthemic Bangor indie-pop quartet In An Instant. Check out the video for debut single 'Something Right and Something Real'.

    Support comes from alternative noiseniks this is me deadfrom whom you should check out the recent Vega EP - and Mere Moths, the indie band-turned-side-project from Dromore's Patrick Wright.

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Jan
    2015

    Mr Scruff

    Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Eclectic Manchester DJ Mr Scruff is to perform a five hour DJ set at Dublin's Button Factory on January 16.

    Andy Carthy, the man behind the pseudonym, is to hire a special L'Acoustics sound system for the gig specifically. He arrived in 1995 with his first 12", 'Hocus Pocus', which came through a Manchester indie label. He moved to the larger Ninja Tune and went on to become a hugely prolific DJ, with his most recent album Friendly Bacteria coming out back in May 2014.

    Check out his most well-known hit, 'Get A Move On'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €20. The show will start at 10pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Jan
    2015

    Mark Lanegan Band

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Following the October 21 of the release of his new album, Phantom RadioMark Lanegan plays Dublin's Academy on January 17 as part of his winter UK tour.

    The Washingtonian began his career with grunge quartet The Screaming Trees, and has been musically involved with Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell, the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and Mad Season. He made his solo debut with 1990's The Winding Sheet, and his new LP follows up on 2013's Imitation.

    Check out 'Sad Lover', taken from Phantom Radio.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Jan
    2015

    Mr Scruff

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Eclectic Manchester DJ Mr Scruff is to perform a five hour DJ set at the Black Box on January 17 as part of CQAF's Out To Lunch Festival 2015.

    Andy Carthy, the man behind the pseudonym, is to hire a special L'Acoustics sound system for the gig specifically. He arrived in 1995 with his first 12", 'Hocus Pocus', which came through a Manchester indie label. He moved to the larger Ninja Tune and went on to become a hugely prolific DJ, with his most recent album Friendly Bacteria coming out back in May 2014.

    Check out his most well-known hit, 'Get A Move On'.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced at £12 - £10 for concessions - with door tickets costing £12. The show will start at 8pm and finish at 1am.

  • Sat
    17
    Jan
    2015

    Chromatic Presents: Sleep Thieves

    The Woodworkers

    Belfast

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    Dublin-dwelling electro-pop trio Sleep Thieves play Chromatic - the Saturday club night at Laverys' latest opening, The Woodworkers - on January 17 in their debut appearance in Belfast.

    The three met via Twitter, bonding over film soundtracks and vintage synths. They went on to release their 2012 debut EP Islands, before the release of their darkly seductive and aptly-titled debut LP You Want The Night

    Check out one of the finest Irish tracks of 2014, 'City of Hearts'.

     

  • Tue
    20
    Jan
    2015

    Jessie Ware w/Dornik

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Brixton electronic/r'n'b songstress Jessie Ware plays the Mandela Hall on January 20 following the release of her latest album, Tough Love

    Perhaps best known for her single, 'Wildest Moments', she released her debut album Devotion in 2012, and has been nominated for a multitude of awards, including the Mercury Prize, MOBO and Brit Awards.

    Support comes from London-based electronic singer-songwriter Dornik. Check out his Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union.

  • Tue
    20
    Jan
    2015

    King Creosote

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop bard Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, plays the 2015 CQAF Out To Lunch Festival following probably his biggest tour so far, for latest album From Scotland With Love. He plays the Black Box on January 20.

    His latest album was created as an accompaniment to a poetic documentary film of the same name, which came out during last summer's Commonwealth Games. Creosote will bring his full band over to perform new and old material.

    Tickets, priced at £12, are available from the CQAF Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Jan
    2015

    King Charles

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    West London based singer-songwriter King Charles plays the Limelight 2 on February 20.

    The multi-instrumentalist plays guitar, piano and cello as well as being a classically trained singer. His songwriting began at the age of 17, leading to him winning the International Songwriting Competition 2009 by unanimous vote for his song 'Love Lust', becoming the first Brit to do so. His debut album, LoveBlood, was released through Island in 2012.

    Tickets, priced at £14, are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Jan
    2015

    Punch Brothers

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    As part of the venue's Perspectives 2015 series of concerts, Punch Brothers play the Dublin National Concert Hall's main auditorium on January 21.

    Their bluegrass instrumentation channels modern classical in terms of structure and spontaneity, as well as American country-classical chamber music. Check out 'Movement and Location' for an example of their songwriting craft and musicianship.

    Tickets, priced at €25, are available from the National Concert Hall. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Jan
    2015

    Jape

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Electropop-rock artist Jape has announced a lengthy European tour for 2014, which includes 4 dates across Ireland. He plays Cork's Cyprus Avenue on February 22.

    Formed initially as a side project by Redneck Manifesto member Richie Egan, Jape have released four albums to date, with their 2008 third album Ritual providing a good starting point for anyone yet to get into them. His fifth LP, This Chemical Sea comes out in January.

    Check out his new single, 'The Heart's Desire'.

  • Fri
    23
    Jan
    2015

    Nathaniel Rateliff

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    US indie folk rock songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff plays the Academy 2 on January 23, accompanied by his band.

    He performed at McHugh's almost exactly a year since this upcoming show, in support of second album, Falling Faster Than You Can Run. Rateliff has toured with some of the biggest folk/singer-songwriters in the world today including the likes of  Bon Iver, Wilso, Tallest Man On Earth and Mumford & Sons.

    This time around, he releases his new EP, Closer, on January 27. Check out the excellent title track.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar for €12. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Jan
    2015

    Ranking Joe Meets Explosion Soundsystem & Irish Film Premiere: I Am The Gorgon

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Explosion Sound, the Belfast Reggae collective runs a feast of entertainment at the Black Box as part of CQAF Out To Lunch Festival 2015 on January 23.

    The night will kick off with the Irish film premiere of 'I Am The Gorgon: Bunny Striker Lee and the Roots of Reggae', the 2013 film which traces the rise of Jamaican music from its humble beginnings to a global phenomenon, told through reggae champion and pioneer, legendary producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee. Check out the trailer.

    Following the screening, Jamaican veteran DJ Ranking Joe will perform, accompanied by the Explosion Soundsystem rig. Joe broke through in the mid-70s, and went on to produce genre greats like Black Uhuru, King Tubby, Frankie Paul and many others. Check out 'I Love Jah'.

    Tickets, priced at £12, are available from CQAF Ticketsolve. The screening begins at 8pm, with music kicking off after 9.30pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Jan
    2015

    Breed: Paul Shevlin, The Late Twos & Callum Stewart

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The first Breed of 2015 features Next BRIT Thing award winner and pop songwriter Paul Shevlin. Joining him are Belfast indie pop stalwarts The Late Twos ahead of their Peace tour support slot. Young pop singer-songwriter Callum Stewart will open things, following a huge 2014 that included collaborations with Nile Rodgers and Rudimental.

    Visuals from films selected by the artists will also be broadcast during the performances.

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jan
    2015

    Charlie Simpson (Acoustic)

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Ex-Busted & Fightstar guitarist/frontman Charlie Simpson plays a series of acoustic shows in early 2015, with a stop-off at Dublin's Sugar Club on January 24.

    This comes as part of a series of more intimate acoustic shows throughout January and February. He recently released his first solo album Long Road Home, which reached the top 10. Check out the second single, 'Comets',

    Tickets are available, priced at €17.50, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jan
    2015

    Nathaniel Rateliff

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    US indie folk rock songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff plays the Limelight 2 on January 24, accompanied by his band.

    He performed at McHugh's almost exactly a year since this upcoming show, in support of second album, Falling Faster Than You Can Run. Rateliff has toured with some of the biggest folk/singer-songwriters in the world today including the likes of  Bon Iver, Wilso, Tallest Man On Earth and Mumford & Sons.

    This time around, he releases his new EP, Closer, on January 27. Check out the title track.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar for £14. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Jan
    2015

    RedBeard Presents: Katabolisis, By Conquest Or Consent, Cursed Sun, With Grace And Charm & Altus

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    The first RedBeard show of 2015 is a heavy one, to be headlined by Lurgan/Portadown death metal five piece Katabolisis, who released their Atrocity EP last year. Check out 'Act On Impulse'.

    Also on the bill are By Conquest Or Consent, scene veterans Cursed Sun, young Belfast metalcore act With Grace & Charm and the city's metal constants Altus.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Jan
    2015

    Charlie Simpson (Acoustic)

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Ex-Busted & Fightstar guitarist/frontman Charlie Simpson plays a series of acoustic shows in early 2015, with a stop-off in the Limelight 2 on January 25.

    This comes as part of a series of more intimate acoustic shows throughout January and February. He recently released his first solo album Long Road Home, which reached the top 10. Check out the second single, 'Comets',

    Tickets are available, priced at £15, from Katy's Bar and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Jan
    2015

    Raglans

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Dublin-based indie-folk quartet Raglans headline Belfast's Voodoo on January 25 as part of their winter Irish tour. 

    Raglans were formed in 2010 in a festival tent and since then, the band have recorded with Morrissey's co-writer/arranger/guitarist Boz Boorer in Sierra Alta Studio as a prize for winning the King Kong Club crown. They released their debut album in early 2014. Check out the single, '(Lady) Roll Back The Years'.

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

  • Wed
    28
    Jan
    2015

    Tweedy

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Wilco and Uncle Tupelo founding member Jeff Tweedy and his son play Vicar Street as Tweedy on January 28.

    Playing guitar and singing, Jeff will be accompanied by his eighteen year old son Spencer on drums as well as a full band. They released their debut double album, Sukierae, for which 90 songs were allegedly written, before it was cut down to 20. The show looks to be divided into two halves, with the first being the full band drawing for Sukierae and the second half working as a Tweedy acoustic set, drawing from wealth of other material.

    Check out the video for Tweedy's 'Low Key', directed by Nick Offerman.

    Tickets, priced at €40.55, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    28
    Jan
    2015

    Goons, PigsAsPeople, Loris and Waldorf & Cannon

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Ex-LaFaro/Fighting With Wire spin-off trio Goons make their live Belfast debut & headline show at the Limelight 2 on January 28 for Independent Venue Week 2015.

    On support are sludgy post-hardcore/noise rock three piece PigsAsPeople - who released their mini-album The Plot Against Future Plans in 2014 - Lisburn synth-pop trio Loris and Derry duo Waldorf & Cannon.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Thu
    29
    Jan
    2015

    Binkbeats Live

    The Twisted Pepper

    Dublin

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    Music wizard Binkbeats performs at the Twisted Pepper on January 29 in a show from Dublin promoters Bodytonic & Junior Spesh.

    Binkbeats broke through with his multi-instrumental, one-take live reimaginings of electronic songs in his Beats Unraveled series on Youtube. Surrounding himself with over 50 instruments onstage - vibraphone, guzheng, typewriter, etc. - which he samples, tweaks and arranges throughout his set, his shows are becoming increasingly centred around his original material.

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

  • Thu
    29
    Jan
    2015

    Gascan Ruckus Single Launch w/Race The Flux & His New Atlas

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Armagh-bred, Belfast-based quartet Gascan Ruckus play the first Radar of 2015 with a show in Bar Sub on January 29. The show will officially launch their new single, 'Goodbye', the first to be taken from their forthcoming debut album Narrow Defeats and Bitter Victories. Check out their previous singles & EPs on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from West Irish synth-based alternative rock act Race The Flux and prolific teenage ambient folk-pop singer-songwriter His New Atlas.

    Admission, as ever, is free. Doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Thu
    29
    Jan
    2015

    GoldenPlec Magazine Launch: Slow Skies, Staring At Lakes & Aoife Underwater

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Long-standing Irish music site GoldenPlec.com launches its monthly print edition with a strong bill at Workman's on January 29.

    Having released their Keepsake EP back in September, Dublin folktronic-pop quartet Slow Skies headline the show. Also on the bill are atmospheric folk-pop act Staring At Lakes - check them out live at Unit1 Studios - and Aoife Underwater, whose 'Cusp of Nothing' speaks volumes about her lush pop.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Jan
    2015

    The Undertones

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Iconic Derry punk-pop hitmakers The Undertones are to play The Button Factory on January 30. 

    This comes shortly after 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 which was released in June 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 for €27.99 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    30
    Jan
    2015

    Independent Venue Week

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Oh Yeah Centre join forces with ourselves for a stellar, genre-spanning four-act bill on January 30 to mark Independent Venue Week.

    Headlined by Belfast jazz-punk quartet Blue Whale - hands down one of the finest and most exciting live bands Belfast has ever produced - the show will also features sets from the fast-rising rap-jazz mastery of Robocobra Quartet, the indie-rock stylings of Hot Cops and Belfast-based experimental duo Allez Bartoli.

    Admissions costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    31
    Jan
    2015

    Shine: Last Night On Earth - Sasha, Huxley, Dark Sky & more

    QUB Students' Union

    Belfast

    shine jan

    Closing in on 2 decades of events at QUB Students Union, 2015 sees Shine mark the occasion with a series of special events. Kicking their year off is Sasha, who, on January 31, brings his 'Last Night on Earth' event to Northern Ireland for the first time.

    His hand picked lineup features guests Huxley, who has had a stellar 2014 as he cemented his name as one of UK House music's brightest new stars and Dark Sky, the London producers who had one the biggest underground Techno hits of 2014 with 'IYP' and who make their NI Dj'ing debut in room 2 with hosts Nocturne. Room 3 plays host to local House & Techno collective Ackright and Jamie Nelson.

    Tickets, priced from £18, are available from Ticketmaster, QUB SU reception and the usual outlets. Doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Sat
    31
    Jan
    2015

    Girl Band, Princess & Peaks

    The Twisted Pepper

    Dublin

    girl band princess

    One of the most hotly-tipped Irish acts in a while post-punk/noise quartet Girl Band, who've just signed to Rough Trade Records, play a late show in the Twisted Pepper on January 31. Check their music out for free on Bandcamp, and watch the video to 'Lawman'.

    Support comes from experimental indie rock shoegazers Princess - whose sprawling single 'Molly' topped our Irish songs of 2015 list - and Dublin techno duo PeaksCheck some of their mixes out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €15. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Sat
    31
    Jan
    2015

    At The Gates

    The Academy

    Belfast

    at the gates

    Gothenburg death metal five piece At The Gates play The Academy in Dublin on January 31. 

    Initially active in the early-to-mid 90s, At The Gates reunited in 2010 permanently, releasing their first album in 19 years At War With Reality just last year.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €26.50. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sat
    31
    Jan
    2015

    Feeling Nuts: Daniel James, Bronagh Monaghan, Conor Scott, Martha FFion, Emily Rose Conlon & Aaron Shanley

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The Bar With No Name hosts a charity show in benefit of Cancer Research on February 31. The dense bill is topped by singer-songwriter Daniel James, who unfortunately suffers from the illness Cancer Research hope to help eradicate. 

    Organiser and soulful, Glasgow-based artist Bronagh Monaghan, The Voice contestant Conor Scott - who recently released his debut Watch Me Go EP - Glasgow-based songstress Martha FfionEmily Rose Conlon and lo-fi London-dweller Aaron Shanley - check out his free Bedroom Tapes: Swiss Cottage Teal Roses EP.

    Admission costs £5, with all proceeds going to charity. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    01
    Feb
    2015

    Portrait, Rabid Bitch of the North & Terminus

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Swedish metal act Portrait play Voodoo for the Distortion Project on February 1. 

    The quintet formed in 2006 and have so far released three albums, with the most recent being Crossroads. Check out the NWOBHM-recalling 'In Time' from the aforementioned third album.

    Support comes from fellow NWOBHMetallers Rabid Bitch of the North and Belfast act Terminus - check out their single, 'Centaurean'.

    Doors open at 7pm and admission is £10.

  • Mon
    02
    Feb
    2015

    The Afghan Whigs

    The Academy

    Dublin

    afghan whigs

    '90s alternative rock icons The Afghan Whigs play a long-awaited Irish show at The Academy on February 2, having been moved from its original venue, Whelan's.

    The group was originally active from 1986-2001, after which point frontman Greg Dulli - known for his work alongside Mark Lanegan in The Gutter Twins - repeatedly denied that they would ever reunite, which he then rescinded in 2011 when they announced they were to return. The band are best known for their fourth album, and major label debut, 1993's Gentlemen.

    Check out 'Matamoros', from their 2014 return, Do to the Beast.

    Tickets are available for €23 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015

    Gifted: Conor Scott, The Jepettos & Kate Quinby

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    The second Gifted of 2015 sees Belfast city busker-turned-The Voice contestant Conor Scott play the Empire on February 5. The young singer-songwriter recently released his new EP, Watch Me Go late last year.

    Folk-pop five piece The Jepettos support, led by husband-wife songwriting duo Mike and Ruth. Opening up the night is Kate Quinby, who brings her experience of living in America, Uganda and Argentina together in her debut album, Tribute To Water. Kate donates half of the proceeds of album sales to the Dwon Madiki Partnership, a northern Ugandan educational program which she co-founded.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015

    The Beat

    The Academy

    Dublin

    the beat

    One of the most important ska/2-Tone movement, The Beat, have announced a show at Dublin's Academy on February 6.

    The act 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.

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

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015

    Stop:Motion Presents: Freak's, Foreign Affairs & The Titanics

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Indie quartet Freak's - yes, with an apostrophe - play The Bar With No Name in a Stop:Motion Promotions event on February 6. Check out their infectious 2014 indie-pop single, 'A Minute More'.

    Support comes from Armagh pop-punk four piece Foreign Affairs  - who just released their new EP, Prologue - and indie-rock'n'roll act The Titanics.

    Entry costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015

    Only In Dreams: The Blue Album vs Pinkerton

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    In tribute to the first two - peerless - Weezer albums, Strange Brew are hosting a themed night at the Workman's Club on February 6.

    Five bands will perform on the night, performing two songs from each album, with the lineup being the apt fivesome of:

    Windings
    Dott
    Me & My Dog
    So Cow
    Swimmers

    Tickets, priced at €10, are available from the Workman's Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015

    Ken & Ryu EP Launch w/Defcon, Jamie Nelson & Paul McCarthy

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Following the release of their latest EP through Belfast-based electronic label Rudimentary RecordsKen & Ryu headline a launch show at The Menagerie on February 6.

    The back2back night will also feature DefconJamie Nelson and Paul McCarthy.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    The Beat

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

    the beat

    One of the most important ska/2-Tone movement, The Beat, have announced a show at the Limelight 2 on February 7. 

    The act 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.

    Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar for £17. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

     

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    Ed Zealous' Final Show w/Wonder Villains, Meb Jon Sol & A Bad Cavalier

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Unfortunately, having released their long-awaited (not to mention, altogether stellar) debut album, Wired, back in February, Belfast-based electro-rock band Ed Zealous have announced they’re to split, and mark this farewell with a show at Voodoo on February 7. run by ourselves.

    The show will also feature a very tidy support bill in the form of Derry electropop quartet Wonder VillainsMeb Jon Sol - on the back of the release of debut album Southpaw Niños - A Bad Cavalier - check out his Ex Libris EP - and DJ Niall Kennedy (who is also, in fact A Bad Cavalier – just so we’re clear, you know?)

    Buy Wired via iTunes here and watch the video for ‘Medicines'.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    RedBeard Presents: MakingMonsters, MAW, Axecatcher & Molarbear

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    RedBeard Promotions' second show of 2015 is to be headlined by Derry alt. metal quartet MakingMonsters. Check out their name-your-price 2014 EP Attention.

    Support comes from fuzzy noise-rock duo MAW, Limavady hardcore act Axecatcher - their 2014 We Watch The Sun Burn EP is well worth a listen - and the debut live show from the sludgy Molarbear, born from members of Jackalfeud and The Big Grizzly.

    Entry costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    Girl Band & Robocobra Quartet

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    2014 was an extraordinary year for Dublin quartet Girl Band. From the release of the utterly bombastic 'Lawman' at the very start of the year, the band's psychotic, frenetic noise-rock has seen them support post-rock pioneers Slint on several dates, gain an ever-attentive fanbase in Ireland and far beyond, deliver a landmark performance at Electric Picnic 2014 and sign to Rough Trade RecordsWe implore you to check out all their material for free on Bandcamp.

    Supported by another of the country's most exciting acts, Belfast "baroque-punk hip hop jazz" band Robocobra Quartet, the Dublin band will bring their incomparably claustrophobic and forward-thinking craft to Belfast's Bar Sub at Queen's University Students' Union on Saturday, February 7.

    Admission £6 // Doors 9pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    Axis Of - Free In-store

    HMV

    Belfast

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    Belfast's Donegal Arcade HMV holds an in-store set from punks-turned-indie-pop trio Axis Of on February 7.

    Formed in 2007, the three north coast natives kicked off with debut single 'Brobdingnagian' in late 2009 and went on to become one of the most prolific and acclaimed live bands in the country. They released their 2013 debut album Finding St. Kilda through Smalltown America, and have only just released their second album The Mid Brae Inn, which saw the three radically change their sound. 

    Listen for yourself:

    Admission is free and the all-ages performance begins at 3pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    Twitch Presents Hessle Audio: Ben UFO, Pearson Sound & Pangaea

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    The label recognised as one of the most innovative and respected forces in electronic music Hessle Audio, take over the Mandela Hall for Twitch on February 7. 

    Performing at the show are Hessle co-founder Ben UFOPearson Sound and Hessle's decidedly techno member of the crew Kevin McAuley aka Pangaea - check out his XLR8R mix.

    Tickets are available from Resident Advisor and the QUBSU reception for £15. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    Ennio Morricone: My Life In Music

    3Arena

    Dublin

    morricone

    The 3Arena hosts iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone - who reshaped the sound of cinema - on February 7, as part of his My Life In Music world tour, which was rescheduled from 2014.

    This marks his 50th year of conducting music, following almost a year of recovery from a spinal injury. He'll perform with the 86-piece Czech National Symphony Orchestra, 76 singers from the polyphonic Kodaly Choir of Debrecen, Hungary, as well as with long-time Italian collaborator, soprano Susanna Rigacci and Portuguese singer/musician Dulce Pontes.

    Known best for his work alongside Sergio Leone in his spaghetti Westerns, his scores are synonymous with the genre; most notably through arguably his all-time finest work in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

    Tickets, priced from €86-€156, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    08
    Feb
    2015

    Bear's Den

    The Workman's Club

    Dubin

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    Indie-folk-pop act Bear's Den play in Dublin's Workman's Club on February 8, following the release of their debut album, Islands.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk - check out 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii' taken off Islands.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €14. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    09
    Feb
    2015

    Bear's Den

    Voodoo

    Belfast

    bear's den

    Indie-folk-pop act Bear's Den play a headline show at Belfast's Voodoo on February 9 following the release of their debut album, Islands.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk - check out 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii' taken off Islands.

    Tickets are available from Shine and Ticketmaster for £11.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    10
    Feb
    2015

    Interpol

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    New York post-punk revivalists Interpol, after just returning to a rapturous reception at Glastonbury, play February 10 & 11 - the latter added due to phenomenal demand.

    Their fifth album - their first completed without former bassist Carlos Dengler - is titled El Pintor and has a September release. The band broke in 2002 with debut album Turn on the Bright Lights, one of the essential indie albums of its era. Check out the video for the first single off El Pintor, 'All The Rage Back Home'.

    Tickets are on sale, priced €39.05 plus booking fees from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    10
    Feb
    2015

    A New International (Acoustic)

    Vintage Room @ The Workman's Club

    Dublin

    a new international

    Glasgow-based purveyors of continental European balladeering A New International play an acoustic set on Workman's Club's Vintage Room on February 10.

    This comes as a part of their UK & European tour to promote their debut single 'Valentino' and album Come To The Fabulon.

    The show kicks off around 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    11
    Feb
    2015

    The Decemberists

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Portland indie folk-rock band The Decemberists play Vicar Street on February 11.

    The five-strong group of multi-instrumentalists - led by main songwriter, and lead vocalist/guitarist Colin Meloy - have this date less than a month after the release of their seventh album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

    Check out 'Make You Better' from their new LP.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €25. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    12
    Feb
    2015

    Jarrod Dickenson

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following his sell-out show in the Open House Festival earlier in 2013 then 2 nights in the Sunflower Bar last year, Texas-born, NYC-based songwriter Jarrod Dickenson returns to Belfast to play a show at the Black Box for the Open House Folk Club on February 12, just 2 days short of a year since his last show ere.

    The rootsy Americana/folk singer released his first album Ashes On The Ground in 2009 and has since released Live At Roost House in 2010 and his second studio album, The Lonesome Traveller in 2012. Check out his live session from the City Winery in New York.

    Advance online tickets are available from Open House's Ticketsolve jafor £12. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Feb
    2015

    Dusky

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Electronic act Dusky plays the Limelight 1 as part of their upcoming UK/Ireland tour.

    The pair - Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman - have a hypnotic house/techno vibe, and are currently becoming one of the hottest acts in the genre scene. Check out 'Yoohoo' from their recent Yoohoo/Akebono release.

    Tickets, priced at £12, are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Feb
    2015

    Exposure #002: HOW, Aspen Pales & The Sea, Close By

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The second edition of Chordblossom's Exposure show - designed to give a chance to some acts currently under the radar - takes place at the Bar With No Name on February 13.

    Armagh alternative quartet HOW top the bill - check out their latest track, 'John' for a hint of their dynamic-heavy electric indie-folk leanings. 

    Joining them are atmospheric alt. rockers Aspen Pales and alt. peers, duo The Sea, Close By, formed by Alastair Greyson and Kate Cannon, formerly of Paperman.

    Admission is £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Feb
    2015

    Chromatic Presents: Go Wolf

    The Woodworkers

    Belfast

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    The second instalment of Chromatic at The Woodworkers sees electro-indie-pop quartet Go Wolf play.

    Having already supported the likes of The 1975, CSS and Wild Beasts, the four - whose rhythmically vibrant disco indie recalls Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club & Talking Heads - have attracted the likes of Kitsuné from early on, with their early single 'Voices' being featured on Kitsuné Maison 15. Check out their summer single, 'Talk To You' on Soundcloud.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Feb
    2015

    Retro Revival Indie Club Ballroom of Romance: Squarehead, Cruising, Sissy & GMG

    Sweeney's

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Retro Revival Indie Club hold their Valentine's Day special at Sweeney's Bar, with a more-than-modest selection of Irish Indie. Headlining are garage-pop act Squarehead, who blend surf-pop harmonies with old school jangly rock'n'roll, taking into account the happening of the underground '80s & '90s. Check out their second album, Respect.

    Support comes from post-punk quartet Cruising - who count members of Girls Names, September Girls, Sea Pinks & Logikparty among their ranks - garage punk act Sissy and brand new garage-pop act GMG.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Feb
    2015

    St. Valentine's Night Thrashfest: Scimitar, Saint Slaughter, Acid Age & Wardomised

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    Down By Law holds an alternative to the clichéd perennial disappointment Valentine's Day with a cure: thrash metal. Derry outfit Scimitar headline.

    Support comes from Dublin-based quartet Saint Slaughter - Check out 'Thrasher Crash (Jenny's Night Out)' - self-proclaimed hyper thrash act Acid Age and crossover thrashers Wardomized.

    Admission costs £10, with a BYOB policy - no glass allowed. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Feb
    2015

    The Australian Pink Floyd Show

    The Waterfront

    Belfast

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    Undisputed kings in their field, the Australian Pink Floyd show is brought to Belfast's Waterfront Hall for their 2015 'Set The Controls' tour on February 15.

    Formed in 1988, the band have played consistently successfully over the last few decades, having at this point sold over 4 million tickets in 35 countries. They've played to the Odyssey Arena on occasion and have released several live concert CDs and DVDs. This show is geared towards the performance of songs from Wish You Were Here, The Dark Side of the Moon and The Division Bell, along with select songs from the audience. They're renowned for their elaborate stage performances which have even went as far as to contain a stereoscopic 3D projection show.

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

  • Mon
    16
    Feb
    2015

    His New Atlas Single Launch

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Young singer-songwriter Eoghan O'Hagan, aka His New Atlas plays a 50-ticket intimate show at the Oh Yeah Centre to launch his new single, 'Broken Mirrors', on February 16. The show - which is sandwiched between and Irish and English tour - promises a small choir and accompaniment in the form of a string duo.

    Support comes from acoustic songstress Susie Blue and the young, talented Rebekah Wilson.

    Tickets are available from Bandcamp for £5, with a complimentary download of his latest EP, Torn Out Lungs. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Mon
    16
    Feb
    2015

    PigsAsPeople, Robocobra Quartet & Apartments

    The Goat's Toe

    Bangor

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    Belfast-based post-hardcore trio PigsAsPeople kick-start their February Irish tour with a show at the Goat's Toe in Bangor, following the release of their mini-album The Plot Against Future Plans, available from Bandcamp - along with their previous 2 EPs - on a name-your-price basis.

    Support comes from jazz-punk-hip-hop outfit Robocobra Quartet - check out our live session - and midwestern US-recalling Belfast emo-punk trio Apartments, whose demo EP is available for free on Bandcamp.

    Admission is completely free.

  • Tue
    17
    Feb
    2015

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Seminal British post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen play the Mandela Hall on February 17, following the release of their latest album, Meterorites in May through Pledgemusic.

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

    Tickets are available for £29 from Ticketmaster and the QUBSU reception. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    18
    Feb
    2015

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Seminal British post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 18 following the release of their latest album, Meterorites in May through Pledgemusic.

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

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

  • Wed
    18
    Feb
    2015

    Rumer

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    British singer-songwriter Sarah Joyce aka Rumer plays the Dublin's Academy on February 18 as part of her Into Colour tour.

    With a voice reminiscent of Karen Carpenter, the Pakistan-born songstress released her debut album in 2010, and has just released her third album, Into Colour, a soulful, laid-back pop affair. 

    Check out the first single from the album: the retro, disco-styled single 'Dangerous'.

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

     

     

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015

    Jape

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Electropop-rock artist Jape has announced a lengthy European tour for 2014, which includes 4 dates across Ireland. He plays the Academy in Dublin on February 19.

    Formed initially as a side project by Redneck Manifesto member Richie Egan, Jape have released four albums to date, with their 2008 third album Ritual providing a good starting point for anyone yet to get into them. His fifth LP, This Chemical Sea comes out in January.

    Check out his new single, 'The Heart's Desire'.

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

     

     

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015

    Rumer

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    British singer-songwriter Sarah Joyce aka Rumer plays the Limelight 1 on February 19.

    With a voice reminiscent of Karen Carpenter, the Pakistan-born songstress released her debut album in 2010, and has just released her third album, Into Colour, a soulful, laid-back pop affair. 

    Check out her 2014 retro, disco-styled single 'Dangerous'.

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

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015

    Pond

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Australian psychedelic pop/rock five piece Pond play Whelan's on February 19.

    Having released their debut album Psychedelic Mango in 2009, they achieved wider success following the breakthrough of Tame Impala, who share three members with Pond. Their most acclaimed album, Beard, Wives, Denim is the first port of call.

    Their current tour follows the January release of Man, It Feels Like Space Again, their sixth album, from which new single 'Sitting Up On Our Crane' is taken.

    Tickets, priced at €19, are available from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015

    Radar Presents: PigsAsPeople, Two Glass Eyes & R51

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Sludgy post-hardcore trio PigsAsPeople play Radar as part of their forthcoming Irish tour, to take place at Bar Sub on February 19. More recently, the band released their mini-album The Plot Against Future Plans, available for free on Bandcamp.

    Also playing the show are north coast post-hardcore trio Two Glass Eyes and shoegaze-pop five piece R51 - check out our recent session with them.

    As always, admission is completely free and doors open at 9om.

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015

    Lives, Havana House Party, Thee Penny Dreadfuls & DJ Shaun Bonner

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Having just released their debut track, 'Down By The Sea', which made ATL's Track of the Day, jangly rock 'n roll quartet Lives make their first live appearance at The Menagerie on February 19.

    Support comes from garage-psych quintet Thee Penny Dreadfuls and indie-pop-rock outfit Havana House Party, with DJing from Shaun Bonner following the sets.

    Doors open at 9pm and admission costs just £3.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015

    Death From Above 1979

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Ontarian drum-bass-vocal duo Death From Above 1979 play Dublin's Academy and Belfast's Limelight 1 on February 20 & 21 respectively.

    The pair - comprising Jesse F Keeler and Sebastien Grainger - released their second album The Physical World in September, almost exactly 10 years on from their contemporary classic debut LP You're A Woman, I'm A Machine. 

    Check out 'Trainwreck 1979' from The Physical World.

    Tickets, priced at €27.90 Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015

    Jape

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Electropop-rock artist Jape has announced a lengthy European tour for 2014, which includes 4 dates across Ireland. He plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 20.

    Formed initially as a side project by Redneck Manifesto member Richie Egan, Jape have released four albums to date, with their 2008 third album Ritual providing a good starting point for anyone yet to get into them. His fifth LP, This Chemical Sea comes out in January.

    Check out his new single, 'The Heart's Desire'.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015

    Shizznigh Presents: The Couth, Echo Raptors, The Racks & The Remedy

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The Bar With No Name hosts its first Shizznigh Promotions show on February 20, headlined by Lisburn indie band The Couth.

    On support are Britpop-influenced rock'n'roll acts Echo Raptors and The Racks, as well as indie quartet The Remedy - check out released their debut single 'Different Class'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015

    Shizznigh Presents: Good Friend, Petty Youth, All Of Your Ruins & We Like The Echo

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    On February 20, at Voodoo, Shizznigh Promotions hosts the first Belfast headline show from north coast/formerly Newcastle-Upon-Tyne punk outfit Good Friend - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

    Garage-punk quartet Petty Youth, newly-formed alt rock act All Of Your Ruins - formerly Third Degree - and north coast post-hardcore youngsters We Like The Echo all play on the night.

    Entry costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015

    Broken Melody Records Presents: The Sea, Close By, Jess Edlin, The Jury Disagree & Stef Campbell

    White's Tavern

    Belfast

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    Local independent label Broken Melody Records return with a showcase lineup at White's Tavern on February 20. Headlining the show are young alternative act The Sea, Close By.

    Having played this year's Other Voices, singer-songwriter Jess Edlin is on support, as well as harmony-driven acoustic trio The Jury Disagree and songstress Stef Campbell.

    Entry costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015

    PigsAsPeople, Old Bean & Psychopigs

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Belfast-based post-hardcore trio PigsAsPeople, as part of a week-long Irish tour, play the Roisin Dubh in Galway on the 20th. This follows the release of their mini-album The Plot Against Future Plans, available from Bandcamp - along with their previous 2 EPs - on a name-your-price basis.

    Support comes from Galway emo-tinged indie punk act Old Bean and punk  Psychopigs.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015

    Elastic Sleep & Other Creatures

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Currently featured as one of our 15 for 15 bands in our print issue of The Thin Air magazine, Cork-based fuzzed-out psych/dream-pop five piece Elastic Sleep play Whelan’s in Dublin this Friday, February 20.

    Check out the video for their new single, 'Slip'.

    Dublin act Other Creatures support on the night.

    Tickets, priced at €8, are available from WAV. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Billy Mitchell & Ray Laidlaw: The Lindisfarne Story

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Tyneside folk band Lindisfarne get a special night of celebration and storytelling at the Empire on February 21, when founder member/drummer Ray Laidlaw and former frontman Billy Mitchell get together for a special tour of their story.

    The show was devised, written and performed by the aforementioned pair, and throughout the night, they'll perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne songs, telling the inside story of the group's rise and early struggles to hunt down gigs through to their songwriting and tales from the top.

    Having just released a 40th anniversary edition of their Fog On The Tyne album, it's an apt time to revisit the legacy of one of England's most enduring folk bands. A taster of the event is available from this video.

    Tickets are available for £19.50 from Ticketmaster & The Empire. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Hudson Taylor (14+)

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Dublin-born folk-pop subling duo Alfie and Harry, aka Hudson Taylor, play the Mandela Hall on February 21 in a show for people aged 14+

    At just the ages of 19 and 21, they broke through with over three million views on their YouTube channel, and proceeded to spend the majority of 2013 on tour and on lineups with the likes of Jake Bugg, the Rolling Stones and Kodaline, as well as playing Glastonbury, Longitude, Bestival and many more. Having released three EPs to date, the pair are working on their debut album, planned for release soon.

    Check out their recent single, 'Chasing Rubies'.

    Tickets are available, priced at £11.50, from QUBSU reception, Shine & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Death From Above 1979

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Ontarian drum-bass-vocal duo Death From Above 1979 play Dublin's Academy and Belfast's Limelight 1 on February 20 & 21 respectively.

    The pair - comprising Jesse F Keeler and Sebastien Grainger - released their second album The Physical World in September, almost exactly 10 years on from their contemporary classic debut LP You're A Woman, I'm A Machine. 

    Check out 'Trainwreck 1979' from The Physical World.

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

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    King Charles

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    West London based singer-songwriter King Charles plays the Academy on February 21.

    The multi-instrumentalist plays guitar, piano and cello as well as being a classically trained singer. His songwriting began at the age of 17, leading to him winning the International Songwriting Competition 2009 by unanimous vote for his song 'Love Lust', becoming the first Brit to do so. His debut album, LoveBlood, was released through Island in 2012.

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

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Jape

    The Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    Electropop-rock artist Jape has announced a lengthy European tour for 2014, which includes 4 dates across Ireland. He plays the Kasbah Social Club in Limerick on February 21.

    Formed initially as a side project by Redneck Manifesto member Richie Egan, Jape have released four albums to date, with their 2008 third album Ritual providing a good starting point for anyone yet to get into them. His fifth LP, This Chemical Sea comes out in January.

    Check out his new single, 'The Heart's Desire'.

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Ben Folds

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Ben Folds will play Whelans in Dublin on February 21. He'll be accompanied with a full band for this most intimate of shows - by his standards. 

    Tickets for this show are now sold out.

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Encore!!! Presents: Talking Heads - Making Sense

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Iconic and era-defining Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense is to be given an airing following its 30th anniversary digital remaster. The film screening will begin at 11pm, and comes with complimentary popcorn on arrival.

    The movie is followed by an afterparty featuring NYC-influenced house, disco, post-punk, with both the main room and courtyard to be occupied by Billy Scurry, Johnny Moy & Martin McCann, and This Greedy Pig and Sally Cinnamon, respectively.

    Doors open at 10.30pm and tickets are priced €10  from the Sugar Club and €12 on the door.

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Dirt 2

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Dirt, the new night at The Bar With No Name, is a unique proposition, with one artist to perform live onstage at midnight with no fanfare or advance notice of their performance. The next instalment takes place on Saturday, February 21. Just show up to find out who's playing.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Feb
    2015

    Medium Presents: Turning Down Sex, Fierce Mild, PigsAsPeople & That Snaake

    Thomas House

    Dublin

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    Dublin music collective Medium Presents' next show at the Thomas House brings instrumental trio Turning Down Sex together with two other bands on February 21. Check out this live version of 'Masterflesh' for a good indiction of how blisteringly tight they are live.

    Also on the bill are Dublin noise rock quartet That Snaake and post-punk/riot grrl act Fierce Mild as well as Belfast-based noise rock/post-hardcore trio PigsAsPeople, who recently released their mini-album The Plot Against Future Plans, available free on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sun
    22
    Feb
    2015

    Father John Misty

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Father John Misty plays Whelan's on February 22.

    Having released a multitude of albums since his 2004 self-released debut, his second album under the Father John Misty Moniker, I Love You, Honeybear is released in mid-February through Sub Pop.

    Check out 'I'm Writing A Novel'.

    Tickets, priced at €20, are available from Ticketmaster & Whelanslive. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    22
    Feb
    2015
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    01
    Mar
    2015

    The Certain Three Tour 2015: Joan Shelley, John Blek & Vikesh Kapoor

    Clonakilty, Ballymore, Dublin, Belfast, Galways, Kilkee, Roscrea, Cork

    Ireland

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    With previous incarnations of the the tour featuring acts including The Altered HoursO EmperorWe Cut CornersThe Lost BrothersAlessi’s Ark and more, the sixth outing of The Certain Three Tour will see Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley - check out 'Electric Ursa', John Blek - normally accompanied by folk & country backing band, The Rats - and Pennsylvania-based folk artist Vikesh Kapoor  - who recently released his debut LP, the concept album The Ballad of Willy Robbins - take the road together together from February 22 until March 1.

    Presented by Word of Mouth Agency, the annual tour has grown to be a staple of the Irish music scene over the past few years, acclaimed for combining up-and-coming international and Irish acts and sending them out on the road, from West Cork to Northern Ireland and most places in-between.

    The dates are as follows:

    22 Feb: De Barra’s, Clonakilty
    23 Feb: Mick Murphy’s, Ballymore Eustace
    24 Feb: The Workman’s Club, Dublin
    25 Feb: The Errigle Inn, Belfast
    26 Feb: Kelly’s Bar, Galway
    27 Feb: The Greyhound Bar, Kilkee
    28 Feb: Leap Castle, Roscrea
    1 Mar: Coughlan’s, Cork

  • Tue
    24
    Feb
    2015

    Tuesday Throwdown: A Bad Cavalier & Slane Ticket Giveaway

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    The brainchild of And So I Watch You From Afar guitarist Niall Kennedy (ex-Panama Kings), A Bad Cavalier will play one of their very first gigs at our first ever monthly live gig as part of our weekly Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown at Lavery's Back Bar on Tuesday, February 24. Check out A Bad Cavalier's debut EP, Ex Libris.

    TWO tickets to Slane 2015 - and more rad free stuff TBC - will also be given away on the night (everyone through the door will get a ticket and we'll announce the winner at some point during our DJ set following the gig itself).

    Admission: £0

  • Wed
    25
    Feb
    2015

    Placebo

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having sold over 12 million albums, alt. rock trio Placebo tour their seventh album - 2013's Loud Like Love - with an extensive world tour, with European dates including a stop-off at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 25.

    Placebo were formed in 1994 in London by founding members Brian Molko - who recently released a retrospective lyric book on Halloween - and Stefan Olsdal - both of whom are still in the band, and have more or less remained touring since the release of their aforementioned 2013 LP. Ahead of their planned 2016 celebrations for their 20th anniversary, the band will look back across their seven-strong albums for setlists.

    Have a listen to their 1997 single, 'Nancy Boy'.

    Tickets are available, priced from €49.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    Hudson Taylor

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Dublin-born folk-pop subling duo Alfie and Harry, aka Hudson Taylor, play their hometown on February 26 at the Olympia Theatre.

    At just the ages of 19 and 21, they broke through with over three million views on their YouTube channel, and proceeded to spend the majority of 2013 on tour and on lineups with the likes of Jake Bugg, the Rolling Stones and Kodaline, as well as playing Glastonbury, Longitude, Bestival and many more. Having released three EPs to date, the pair are working on their debut album, planned for release soon.

    Check out their recent single, 'Chasing Rubies'.

    Tickets are available, priced €19, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    Placebo

    The Waterfront

    Belfast

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    Having sold over 12 million albums, alt. rock trio Placebo tour their seventh album - 2013's Loud Like Love - with an extensive world tour, with European dates including a stop-off at the Belfast Waterfront on February 26.

    Placebo were formed in 1994 in London by founding members Brian Molko - who recently released a retrospective lyric book on Halloween - and Stefan Olsdal - both of whom are still in the band, and have more or less remained touring since the release of their aforementioned 2013 LP. Ahead of their planned 2016 celebrations for their 20th anniversary, the band will look back across their seven-strong albums for setlists.

    Have a listen to their 1997 single, 'Nancy Boy'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    A Plastic Rose Album Launch w/Robocobra Quartet, Hot Cops & Michael Mormecha

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Having recently moved back to Belfast following a relocation to Nottingham, post-hardcore-influenced, emo-tinged pop-rockers A Plastic Rose headline the Radar at the Mandela Hall on February 26.

    This show functions as the launch for their second album, Flickering Light of an Inner War. Check out singles 'Autumn Eases You Into The Dark' and 'Move Islands' from the LP.

    Support comes from three of NI's finest artists in slacker indie-rock trio Hot Cops, avant-punk-hip-hop-jazz act Robocobra Quartet and Mojo Fury frontman Michael Mormecha.

    Admission is completely free.

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    Getting To Know...The Bonnevilles

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Lurgan garage-punk-blues duo The Bonnevilles are to be the basis of the latest instalment of the Oh Yeah Centre's Getting To Know... series of shows.

    Taking place on February 26, they will be interviewed about their creative process and vision, with feedback from the audience, and a general conversational tone. It will be followed by a live performance from the always-energetic bourbon-loving riffers, who have just returned from their UK Tape Saturation Overdrive tour.

    Admission is free, with the show running from 8-10pm. 

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    Astralnaut, Matua Trap & Bunny and the Banned Its

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Groove-laden stoner metal quartet Astralnaut play the Menagerie on February 26 as part of an upcoming Irish tour. Check their three EPs out on Bandcamp, starting with the recent doom-heavy Thieves, Beggars & Swine.

    Support comes from new Belfast alt. prog trio Matua Trap - comprising members of Kasper Rosa & Affleck - who just released their debut singles on Bandcamp. Opening the show are rap-rock group Bunny & The Banned Its - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £4 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    Sails, Participant & Elephant

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    Dublin chamber pop act Sails play a headline set in Whelans on February 26, just before the release of a new single in March. Check out the video for their 2014 single, 'Lakes'.

    On support are part-electronic atmospheric indie project from Stephen Tiernan, which has become a four piece live band, Participant - check out the video for 'Shelter'. Opening the night are Elephant - check out their new single, 'Little Ghost', taken from their debut album, Hypergiant.

    Tickets, priced at €8, are available from Whelanslive.

  • Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015

    Mastodon (14+)

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Monolithic riff-mongers Mastodon bring themselves - following their sellout Irish shows in November - to the Olympia Theatre on June 26 as part of their ongoing tour in support of new album Once More 'Round The Sun.

    Just out in June, it's the quartet's sixth album since they formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. Debuting at no. 6 in the Billboard album charts, it's the quickest seller to date, consolidating their position as one of the torchbearers in the new wave of American heavy metal.

    Tickets are available, priced from €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early, 14+ show.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015
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    28
    Feb
    2015

    The Kooks

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Brighten indie pop quartet The Kooks play a 2 night stint - 27 & 28 February - at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, less than a year after the release of their fourth album, Listen.

    The band broke through the post-Britpop indie-pop of the mid-noughties with their 2006 debut album Inside In/Inside Out, released on the same day as the Arctic Monkeys' debut. Check out the first single from Listen, 'Down'.

    Tickets are available, priced from €33.50, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015

    Seven Quarters #5: Alarmist & Somadrone

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having had a great first year in 2014, Dublin club Seven Quarters returns to Whelan’s, Dublin, for its fifth outing on February, 27 with Dublin jazz & math-influenced instrumental quartet The Alarmist and Irish electronic producer Neil O’Connor - of Jape & Redneck Manifesto - aka Somadrone.

    Very much setting itself apart from other Irish club nights, Seven Quarters gives away two exclusive tracks on limited edition 7?  vinyl - hence the idea of the word “seven” referring to the vinyl – the “Quarters” part is based on the fact the club will happen four times a year. Dig the Pal Magnet EP below:

    Limited advance tickets are available from Whelan's for €10, with the first 150 tickets coming with a limited edition vinyl. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015

    Halestorm w/Wilson (14+)

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Pennsylvania-based hard rock quartet Halestorm play a 14+ show at the Academy in Dublin on February 27 as part of their almost-perennial dedication to touring the world.

    The band, founded around siblings Lzzy & Arejay, released their debut album in 2009 and have more or less toured relentlessly since, taking occasional breaks to record new material. Their third album, Into The Wild Life, is released in April. Check out the new single, 'Apocalyptic'.

    Support comes from Detroit rockers Wilson.

    Tickets, priced at €23, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015

    Autumns Blonde EP & Gross Net Cassette EP Launch

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Lo-fi indie acts Autumns and Gross Net launch their forthcoming EPs at the Menagerie in a double-headliner on February 27. 

    Following on from their debut mini-album, the Christian Donaghey-led Derry garage/shoegaze duo Autumns release their new 4-track Blonde EP through CF Records - home to Sea Pinks. Check out 'Je Vous Être'.

    Donaghey & Girls Names' Philip Quinn's collective noise/post-punk side project Gross Net have just released their debut cassette EP through Art For Blind Records.

    Entry costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015

    Volume Control Presents: A Plastic Rose All-Ages Album Launch w/Paul Shevlin, The Radar & Ozymandias

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    On February 27, just one night after their Radar album release show at Mandela Hall, emo-tinged, post-hardcore pop-rock quartet A Plastic Rose take to the Oh Yeah Centre to play an all-ages night.

    This show functions as the launch for their second album, Flickering Light of an Inner War. Check out singles 'Autumn Eases You Into The Dark' and 'Move Islands' from the LP.

    Support comes from singer-songwriter and Next Brit Thing Award winner Paul ShevlinThe Radar and Belfast-based hard rock four piece Ozymandias.

    Admission is free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015

    Guinness Amplify Block Party: Cult Called man, Wild Promises, Garr Cleary & The Academic

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Aether & Echo plays host to a free-entry Guinness Amplify night, with live outdoor music. Set to take place on February 27, the show is headlined by eclectic, hotly-tipped Meat alt. pop five piece Cult Called Man. Check out the video for their latest single, 'Wickyr Mice' - also available on free download from Bandcamp, along with their 2014 debut EP.

    Sharing the bill are synth-pop act Wild Promises, who are soon to release their debut EP, acoustic singer-songwriter Garr Cleary & Mullingar indie quartet The Academic.

    Admission is free. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015

    The Co-Present & The Late Night Sessions Presents: This Other Kingdom & DJ Patrick Kelleher

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dwayne Woods, host of online alternative Irish radio show The Co-Present on Radiomade.ie - check their podcasts out here - has combined forces with show Niamh Farrell of Ham Sandwich to bring a monthly show at Dublin's Workman's Club, with the official launch taking place on Friday, February 27. 

    Headlining the night are neo-psych quartet This Other Kingdom, who release their debut album Telescopic on April 11. Check their sonic concoction out on Bandcamp -  they're sure to be one of the acts to keep an eye on throughout 2015, with new material being teased for their set.

    Following their set, singer & multi-instrumentalist electronica artist Patrick Kelleher will be spinning post-punk into the night, with the standards like Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division & Sleater-Kinney, among other indie legends, are to be expected.

    The event will be broadcast live on Radiomade.ie, and admission is a mere €6, kicking off at 12pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Feb
    2015

    Kickstart 2015 Final: Lauren Bird, Foreign Affairs, Death By Monkeys & Chase The River

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Chordblossom's 2015 Kickstart showcase takes place at the Bar With No Name on February 27, with the four finalists to perform in a free entry show.

    These four acts form the public-voted shortlist, with previous winners being SOAK, Those Ghosts & In An Instant. This year, performers are ukelele-playing songstress Lauren Bird, pop-punk quartet Foreign Affairs, alt/folk duo Chase The River - get a free download of their new single 'Everything's OK' - and Newcastle indie band Death By Monkeys.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Feb
    2015

    Grant Nicholas (Feeder)

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Former Feeder frontman/guitarist Grant Nicholas plays Whelan's on March 1.

    Having sold over 3 million albums in Feeder, his solo acoustic act sees him tour the UK and Ireland throughout February and March is a much less commercial affair. His debut album, recorded over fourteen months across the Atlantic, Yorktown Heights is very influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Nick Drake and James Taylor with a contemporary folk bent.

    Check out 'Soul Mates', the first single from Yorktown Heights.

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

  • Sat
    28
    Feb
    2015

    Halestorm

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Pennsylvania-based hard rock quartet Halestorm play the Limelight 1 as part of their almost-perennial dedication to touring the world.

    The band, founded around siblings Lzzy & Arejay, released their debut album in 2009 and have more or less toured relentlessly since, taking occasional breaks to record new material. Their third album, Into The Wild Life, is released in April. Check out the new single, 'Apocalyptic'.

    Support comes from Detroit rockers Wilson.

    Tickets, priced at £18, are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    28
    Feb
    2015

    Palm Tree Dynamite 'Get Loud' EP Launch w/Lipstik Lizards & Part Time Pilots

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Up-and-coming Bangor dance/funk act Palm Tree Dynamite launch their debut Get Loud EP with a show at The Bar With No Name on February 28. You can stream it on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from sleazo five piece Lipstik Lizards and Omagh punk act Part Time Pilots - check out their album, Tally Ho Amigo.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015

    Hudson Taylor (16+)

    Savoy

    Cork

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    Dublin-born folk-pop subling duo Alfie and Harry, aka Hudson Taylor, play Cork's Savoy on March 1 in a 16+ show.

    At just the ages of 19 and 21, they broke through with over three million views on their YouTube channel, and proceeded to spend the majority of 2013 on tour and on lineups with the likes of Jake Bugg, the Rolling Stones and Kodaline, as well as playing Glastonbury, Longitude, Bestival and many more. Having released three EPs to date, the pair are working on their debut album, planned for release soon.

    Check out their recent single, 'Chasing Rubies'.

    Tickets, priced at €17.35, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015

    The Kooks

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Brighten indie pop quartet The Kooks play the Mandela Hall on March 1, less than a year after the release of their fourth album, Listen.

    The band broke through the post-Britpop indie-pop of the mid-noughties with their 2006 debut album Inside In/Inside Out, released on the same day as the Arctic Monkeys' debut. Check out the first single from Listen, 'Down'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union reception. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015

    Grant Nicholas (Feeder)

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Former Feeder frontman/guitarist Grant Nicholas plays the Empire on March 1.

    Having sold over 3 million albums in Feeder, his solo acoustic act sees him tour the UK and Ireland throughout February and March is a much less commercial affair. His debut album, recorded over fourteen months across the Atlantic, Yorktown Heights is very influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Nick Drake and James Taylor with a contemporary folk bent.

    Check out 'Soul Mates', the first single from Yorktown Heights.

    Tickets, priced at £17, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    02
    Mar
    2015

    Europe & Black Star Riders

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Europe and ex-Thin Lizzy members' current band Black Star Riders together play the Olympia Theatre on March 2.

    Swedish 20-million-selling act Europe haven't released an album since 2012's Bag of Bones, making these their first Irish dates in years. Their entire Europe Live! At Shepherd's Bush, London show from 2011 is on Youtube for your viewing pleasure.

    Comprising Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robbie Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso play under the moniker of Black Star Riders, having decided to write their own music after several years as the official Thin Lizzy lineup.

    Tickets, priced from €26, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2015

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds w/Black Rivers

    Odyssey Arena

    Belfast

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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds return to the Odyssey for a show on March 3.

    The Irish dates of his European tour follow the release of his second album with the High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday - by mere days, and features an appearance from ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on the closing track/second single.

    Check out 'In the Heat of the Moment' from Chasing Yesterday.

    Support on his tour comes from Black Rivers, who partially consist of former Doves members. Check out 'The Ship'.

    Tickets are available, priced £30 & £33, from Ticketmaster and the Odyssey Arena box office. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2015

    Ryan Adams

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Adams plays the Cork Opera House on March 3 as part of the tour around his latest album.

    His eponymous new album was released in September on his own RAX AM label, and has been known for his prolificacy since 2000's Heartbreaker, which peaked with the release of three albums in 2005. Ryan Adams is his fourteenth album in as many years.

    Check out the single 'Gimme Something Good' from his latest LP.

    Tickets are available, priced at €39.05 and €44.05, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2015

    Europe & Black Star Riders

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Europe and ex-Thin Lizzy members' current band Black Star Riders play the Ulster Hall in a show with tremendous classic rock pedigree on March 3.

    Swedish 20-million-selling act Europe haven't released an album since 2012's Bag of Bones, making these their first Irish dates in years. Their entire Europe Live! At Shepherd's Bush, London show from 2011 is on Youtube for your viewing pleasure.

    Comprising Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robbie Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso play under the moniker of Black Star Riders, having decided to write their own music after several years as the official Thin Lizzy lineup.

    Tickets, priced at £30, are available from Ticketmaster and the Ulster Hall box office. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2015

    tUnE-yArDs

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Experimental alt. pop artist Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs plays Vicar Street on March 3.

    The New England native has just released her third album - Nikki Nack - to critical acclaim, following her phenomenal 2011 LP, w h o k i l l.

    Check out tUnE-yArDs' performance Live on KEXP for a hint of her tropically-inspired brand of pop.

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

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015

    Fozzy w/The Dirty Youth

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Chris Jericho-led metal act Fozzy play the Limelight as part of their 2015 European tour.

    Stuck Mojo member Rich Ward formed Fozzy initially as a cover band, but met Jericho - one of the world's most talented professional wrestlers ever - who sat in on some sessions. Following a severe injury preventing him from entering the ring Jericho became the frontman under the persona of Mongoose McQueen. Following their eponymous debut covers album, they released 5 further albums of original material, with the most recent being 2014's Do You Wanna Start A War.

    Check out their recent single, 'Lights Go Out'.

    Tickets, priced at £17, are available from Katy's Bar and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds w/Black Rivers

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play the 3Arena on March 4.

    The Irish dates of his European tour follow the release of his second album with the High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday - by mere days, and features an appearance from ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on the closing track/second single.

    Check out 'In the Heat of the Moment' from Chasing Yesterday.

    Support on his tour comes from Black Rivers, who partially consist of former Doves members. Check out 'The Ship'.

    Tickets are available, priced from €44.05, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015

    The Darkness

    Valentia Island Triathlon Club

    Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

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    It's been well over a decade now since The Darkness' breakthrough debut album, and the band have announced that they'll play a unique show on Valentia Island on March 4 as part of the decidedly lengthy intimate tour for their fourth album, Cliffhanger, due out in April.

    Consisting of brothers Justin & Dan Hawkins, charismatic bassist Frankie Poullain, and new drummer Emily Dolan Davies - for which this show will be the debut -  The Darkness made waves playing on the pomp & showmanship of classic rock & roll at its peak. They released only 2 albums during their initial run (Permission To Land & One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back) and one - 2012's Hot Cakes - following their reunion. 

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite for €25 - with €5 of each sale going to the island community hospital. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015

    Down To Level 'Snake Eyes' EP Launch w/Gone All Year & Part Time Pilots

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Young alt. rock quintet Down To Level launch their new Snake Eyes EP - their second to date - with a show at Bar Sub on March 4. You can check out the title track on Soundcloud.

    Up-and-coming pop-rock five piece Gone All Year and Omagh/Belfast punks Part Time Pilots.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015

    Ryan Adams

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Adams plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 5 as part of the tour around his latest LP.

    His eponymous new album was released in September on his own RAX AM label, and has been known for his prolificacy since 2000's Heartbreaker, which peaked with the release of three albums in 2005. Ryan Adams is his fourteenth album in as many years.

    Check out the single 'Gimme Something Good' from his latest LP.

    Tickets are available, priced at €39.05 and €44.05, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015

    Fozzy

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Chris Jericho-led metal act Fozzy play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on March 5.

    Stuck Mojo member Rich Ward formed Fozzy initially as a cover band, but met Jericho - one of the world's most talented professional wrestlers ever - who sat in on some sessions. Following a severe injury preventing him from entering the ring Jericho became the frontman under the persona of Mongoose McQueen. Following their eponymous debut covers album, they released 5 further albums of original material, with the most recent being 2014's Do You Wanna Start A War.

    Check out their recent single, 'Lights Go Out'.

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

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015

    10th Meteor Choice Music Prize

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The awards ceremony for the 10th annual Meteor Choice Music Prize takes place at Vicar Street on March 5, with the hour-long highlight programme being broadcast on Sunday, March 8.

    The main prize - for Irish album of the year - has 10 contenders, which are:

    Aphex TwinSyro
    Delorentos Night Becomes Light
    The Gloaming The Gloaming
    HozierHozier
    James Vincent McMorrowPost Tropical
    Sinead O'ConnorI'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss
    Damien RiceMy Favourite Faded Fantasy
    The Riptide MovementGetting Through
    U2Songs of Innocence
    We Cut CornersThink Nothing

    The shortlist for the best Irish song of 2014 is as follows:

    The Coronas - 'All The Others'
    Delorentos - 'Show Me Love'
    Hozier - 'From Eden'
    Kodaline - 'One Day'
    Kormac - 'Wake Up'
    Little Hours - 'It's Still Love'
    The Minutes - 'Cherry Bomb'
    Sinead O'Connor - 'Take Me To Church'
    The Riptide Movement - 'All Works Out'
    The Script - 'Superheroes'

    Votes can be cast through the Meteor site. 

    Very limited tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €24. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015

    Radar Presents: Hornets, Pariso & Employed To Serve

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Hardcore quartet Hornets play the March 5 instalment of Radar, this time at Bar Sub. This will be one of the first Belfast shows Hornets are to play with their new frontman, as part of a quick jaunt across Ireland. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from London hardcore five piece Pariso - check out 'The Huntsman' - and Woking act Employed To Serve, from whom you can download (for free) their debut Long Time Dead EP.

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

     

     

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015

    Hidden Machine 09: His New Atlas, The North Sea & Lives

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The ninth instalment of Hidden Machine at Voodoo takes place on March 5, to be headlined by fast-rising singer-songwriter Eoghan O'Hagan, aka His New Atlas, alongside full backing band. He's been touring relentlessly recently, and this will be O'Hagan's first show on home soil since yet another UK tour.

    Check out his recently released video for single 'Broken Mirrors', which is out now.

    Support comes from Dublin alt. rock quintet The North Sea and jangly rock 'n rollers Lives, who have only recently made their live debut.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015

    Pørts, Waldorf & Cannon, and Conor Mason

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Derry indie-folk outfit Pørts - formerly known as Little Bear - headline upstairs at Whelan's on March 5, having recorded their debut album.

    Check out 'Ancient Wave'.

    Support comes from excellent, newly-founded Derry superduo Waldorf & Cannon as well as singer-songwriter Conor Mason.

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

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2015

    The Answer

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    County Down's most reknowned blues-inspired hard rock act The Answer play the Limelight 2 on March 6 as part of their Raise A Little Hell tour.

    Breaking through in 2006 with their excellent debut album, Rise, the Answer rose to prominence in classic rock/hard rock circles, joining AC/DC as their tour support throughout 2008 & 2009 for much of the Black Ice world tour. This show comes just days before the release of their fifth album, Raise A Little Hell.

    Tickets, priced at £15, are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2015

    Franco Battiato & Joe Patti's Experimental Group

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    With the European tour kicking off at the Button Factory on March 6, Franco Battiato and Joe Patti's Experimental group bring their experimental electronic music to Dublin.

    Contemporary Sicilian-Italian musical figure Battiato is to bring forth and reimagine many of his classic '70s recordings alongside more recent material on this tour. As one of the most enduring figures in Italian pop, 'Il Maestro' has long painted lyrical pictures of the human condition, bringing daring philosophical and religious ideas to his art, making this more experimental, electronics-centric show more ear-watering.

    Consider his '96 single, 'La Cura'.

    Tickets are available for €25 from Tickets.ie and €30 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2015

    Hibagon, THVS, Molarbear & Berzerker Blood

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    Girthy lower-midrange riff-based Italian duo Hibagon play the Warzone Centre on March 8 as part of their Irish tour for Down By Law Promotions. Check out their latest EP, Hibagon and the Quest for the Creature Previously Known as Moughra the Guardian. They're, without a doubt, going to be intense, given their recorded output.

    Featuring members of Comply or Die & Tusks, sludge-rockers THVS are main support, with Jackalfeud/Big Grizzly side-project Molarbear - check out 'Our Glamorous Bones' - and Berzerker Blood to open, the latter of whom will be making their live debut on the night.

    Admission costs £10 and doors open at 9pm. There's a BYOB policy at the Warzone, and no glass is allowed.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    Chromatic Presents: Jape

    The Woodworkers

    Belfast

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    The latest addition to the Lavery's South Belfast bar scene monopoly, The Woodworkers, hosts new regular club/gig night Chromatic every Saturday, playing host to Dublin electro pop-rock master Richie Egan aka Jape on March 7.

    Formed initially as a side project by Redneck Manifesto member Richie Egan, Jape have released four albums to date, with their 2008 third album Ritual providing a good starting point for anyone yet to get into them. His fifth LP, This Chemical Sea came out in January.

    Check out the video for 'The Heart's Desire'.

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    The Answer

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    County Down's most reknowned blues-inspired hard rock act The Answer play Dublin's Whelans on March 7 as part of their Raise A Little Hell tour.

    Breaking through in 2006 with their excellent debut album, Rise, the Answer rose to prominence in classic rock/hard rock circles, joining AC/DC as their tour support throughout 2008 & 2009 for much of the Black Ice world tour. This show comes just days before the release of their fifth album, Raise A Little Hell.

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

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    The Darkness

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    It's been well over a decade now since The Darkness' breakthrough debut album, and the band have announced that they'll play the Nerve Centre on March 7, as part of the decidedly intimate tour for their fourth album, Cliffhanger, due out in April.

    Consisting of brothers Justin & Dan Hawkins, charismatic bassist Frankie Poullain, and new drummer Emily Dolan Davies. The Darkness made waves playing on the pomp & showmanship of classic rock & roll at its peak. They released only 2 albums during their initial run (Permission To Land & One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back) and one - 2012's Hot Cakes - following their reunion. 

    Tickets are available from the WeGotTickets and Ticketmaster for £16. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    'Make It Happen' for Women's Day

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    In celebration of International Women's Day 2015, the Oh Yeah Centre hosts a special event, titled 'Make It Happen' on March 7.

    To mark the occasion, a family-friendly series of events will run with a full afternoon of music, activities for children, interviews with local female artists, and a Q&A on women in the music industry, with the schedule running as follows:

    1pm-2pm - Ukulele Picnic 
    This will be an interactive workshop for all ages and abilities, working together to perform songs written by or made great by female artists.

    2pm-3pm - Getting To Know...
    A special instalment of Getting To Know, with performance and a Q&A featuring a local female artist.

    3pm-4pm
    Music Industry panel and discussion.
    Oh Yeah will invite speakers along to talk about their experiences, offer advice and encourage debate. There will be a live video link up with the Roundhouse in London who will be asking the same questions from an invited panel of experts. 
    Register your interest in the panel through Eventbrite.

    Entry to this event is completely free.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    RedBeard Presents: Weed Priest, Astralnaut, Nomadic Rituals & Wardomized

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The hazy night beckons with RedBeard's next show on March 7, co-headlined by Galway-based stoner-doom trio Weed Priest - check their overwhelming Worship EP - and their similarly sludgy Armagh counterparts Astralnaut as they release and tour their new split single.

    Also on the bill are two of the heaviest bands in Belfast, Nomadic Rituals - just off the back of their new split 7" with Tome - and crossover quartet Wardomized - check them out for free on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    Her World: An Evening of Björk - Katharine Philippa, Goldie Fawn, R51, Sister Ghost & Jai McConnell

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the Oh Yeah Centre's International Women's Day on Saturday March 7, five female & female-fronted acts will come together to perform a selection of Björk's hits. This comes following her new archives book, an exhibition of her career and latest album, Vulnicure, and her emphasis on often-overlooked contributions to women in the art community - a problem she successfully fights through leading by example.

    Each set will consist of 2 covers of songs by the iconic, innovative, Icelandic artist, and interpreting her music as well as performing their own material on the night are piano-playing songstress Katharine Philippa, Katie Richardson's latest project Goldie Fawn, shoegaze-pop five piece R51, Shannon O'Neill's - formerly of Vanilla Gloom - new project Sister Ghost and Jai McConnell

    The night will conclude with a Björk-inspired DJ set from Sage.

    Admissions is completely free, and doors open for the show at 8pm, following on from the early afternoon's family-friendly activities.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    Playground of Dreams: That Falling Feeling, Pethropia, Toxic Frost, Here We Stand & Damagegrows

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    Cork-based alternative & metal promotion Playground of Dreams have a free show at Fred Zeppelin's. Headlining are Midleton grungy alternative act That Falling Feeling.

    The four support bands on the night are progressive death metal five piece PethrophiaToxic Frost, metalcore quartet Here We Stand and Damagegrows.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    The Thin Air Cork Launch: The Vincent(s) & Hope is Noise w/DJ Jonny Rep & The Thin Air DJs

    Crane Lane

    Cork

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    The Thin Air, along with FIFA Records, present the launch of our magazine in Cork's Crane Lane on March 7. Headlining the night are Cork-based FIFA Records act The Vincent(s)

    Support comes from fellow Cork natives, the classic post-hardcore-recalling Hope is Noise.

    DJing between and after sets are Jonny Rep and ourselves.

    The night will also have an exclusive abundance of the March issue of The Thin Air magazine - featuring Cork shoegazers The Altered Hours on the cover.

    Admission is free, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    Supertonic Sound Club, Freedom 35's, The Dodgy Few & Beatfink

    Sweeney's

    Dublin

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    Retro Revival Indie Club have brought old school soul/funk/ska eight piece Supertonic Sound Club out of a 4-year live hiatus for a headline show at Sweeney's on March 7 in order to launch their new single, a double a-side of covers, with New Yorker Shelley Bukspan on vocals.

    Soulful rhythm 'n blues quartet Freedom 35's, reggae-ska six piece The Dodgy Few and Revival's regular Beatfink provide support, with a guest DJ appearance from The Josephs' Ray Gilligan.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    Project Zambia: Cusacks Well, The Quartel & Andy Bell

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The next edition of Modern Life Is Rubbish at the Pavilion on March 7 is to be headlined by Britpop-recalling alt. rock trio Cusacks Well. Check out the video for their new single, 'Mr Clean'.

    Support comes from rock outfit The Quartel and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Andy Bell.

    Doors open at 9pm, and the show will be to raise money for a team going to Zambia, so any donations are welcome.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015

    Sick Records Anniversary: Robyn G. Shiels, Bloomer White, Thee Penny Dreadfuls & Fabric

    Sick Records

    Belfast

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    Sick Records celebrates its first birthday on March 7 with an afternoon of proceedings i-store. NI Music Prizewinner Robyn G Shiels brings his brand of brooding folk to the show.

    This is their second in-store of 2015, with more to come throughout the year. Garage/psych-punk act Thee Penny DreadfulsBloomer White - aka Belfast space-jazz/p-funk on Champion Sound Music, for whom he's released his debut EP - as well as Derry bass & drums duo Fabric.

    As OneKnown, Chris Hanna’s beats soundtrack a typical night in the city, vibrant and soulful, and DJs at the show along with Jamie Nelson. Expect funk, jazz, hip-hop, house, footwork, garage & d'n'b.

    Admission is free and things kick off at 2pm.

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2015

    Royal Blood w/Mini Mansions

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Brighton bluesy garage rock duo Royal Blood play the Ulster Hall on March 8, an announcement made before they'd played previously announced October Belfast dates.

    Formed in 2013, they released their debut single 'Out of the Black' in November 2013, the same month in which they were selected to support the Arctic Monkeys at their May '14 Finsbury Park shows, and were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014 poll. They released their eponymous debut album in late August - check out the vintage fuzz of the Zeppelin-esque 'Figure It Out'.

    Support comes from LA-based indie act, Mini Mansions - check out their cover of Blondie's 'Heart of Glass'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2015

    The Darkness

    Whelans

    Dublin

    BIG DARKNESS LOGO 2011

    It's been well over a decade now since The Darkness' breakthrough debut album, and the band have announced that they'll play Whelans on March 8, as part of the decidedly intimate tour for their fourth album, Cliffhanger, due out in April.

    Consisting of brothers Justin & Dan Hawkins, charismatic bassist Frankie Poullain, and new drummer Emily Dolan Davies. The Darkness made waves playing on the pomp & showmanship of classic rock & roll at its peak. They released only 2 albums during their initial run (Permission To Land & One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back) and one - 2012's Hot Cakes - following their reunion. 

    Tickets are now sold out.

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2015

    Pre-Teenage Kicks: The Wonder Villains

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Seedhead Arts' Young At Art Festival, aimed at the promotion of art towards pre-teens, kicks off with a show titled 'Pre-Teenage Kicks', with a headlining performance from Derry pop-rock quartet The Wonder Villains at the Black Box on March 8. 

    Pre-Teenage Kicks aims to give the live music experience to kids, in an event specifically catered to their age group.

    Support is yet to be announced.

    Tickets are available for £5 & £7 from Ticketsolve. The show kicks off at 4pm.

  • Mon
    09
    Mar
    2015

    Royal Blood w/Mini Mansions

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Brighton bluesy garage rock duo Royal Blood play the Dublin's Olympia on March 9, an announcement made before they'd even played previously announced October Dublin dates.

    Formed in 2013, they released their debut single 'Out of the Black' in November 2013, the same month in which they were selected to support the Arctic Monkeys at their May '14 Finsbury Park shows, and were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014 poll. They released their eponymous debut album in late August - check out the vintage fuzz of the Zeppelin-esque 'Figure It Out'.

    Support comes from LA-based indie act, Mini Mansions - check out their cover of Blondie's 'Heart of Glass'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2015

    PHILM w/New Secret Weapon

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    PHILM make their Irish debut with a show for u:mack at the Button Factory on March 10, featuring quasi-immortal Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo joining the trio - also consisting of vocalist/guitarist Gerry Nestler and bassist Pancho Romaselli.

    Veering between haunting, desolate ambience and the kind of sinister heaviness you'd associate with anything bearing Lombardo's name, PHILM are unlike his other outlets. There's a light and shade dynamic present, with a much more finetuned sense of space. Most recently, they've released their album Fire From The Evening Sun

    Check out a 2014 live set at the Rainbow's 42nd Anniversary.

    Support comes from Irish alt. rock act New Secret Weapon, who have been spending time recently recording with Steve Albini.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie and are priced at €16. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2015

    More Than Conquerors, A Bad Cavalier & Travis Is A Tourist

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    More Than Conquerors headline a show at the Limelight 2 on March 11.

    This comes as they prepare to release new material, following up on their Smalltown America-released debut album, 2013 hook-laden post-hardcore LP Everything I've Learnt. This is to be their last show before their inaugural appearance at South By Southwest, yet another step in the right direction for the quartet.

    Support comes from Niall Kennedy's - ASIWYFA, Team Fresh & Panama Kings - new project A Bad Cavalier and singer-songwriter Travis Gilbert's pop vehicle Travis Is A Tourist - check out the debut EP on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £7 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2015

    The Continuous Battle of Order, Abandcalledboy & Hot Cops

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Polyrhythmic avant-rock duo - and two of Belfast's finest working musicians - The Continuous Battle of Order play a headline show at the Menagerie on March 12 in a Dobin PR bill.

    Post-hardcore-influenced noise pop-rock trio Abandcalledboy debut an entirely new set, and opening the night are slacker indie-rock trio Hot Cops, who just released their second EP for free on Bandcamp.

    Entry to the gig costs £5, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015

    The Unthanks

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Folk duo The Unthanks play Belfast's Empire Music Hall on March 13 with a 10 piece ensemble to coincide with the follow-up to their 2011 album Last.

    The pair are Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, who together with the Rachel Unthank & The Winterset's 2005 album Cruel Sister, leapt into the music-savvy public consciousness after winning Mojo Magazine's Folk Album of the Year. They had several releases together before their ambitious 2012, which saw the duo release three project albums within a year.

    Tickets are available from The Empire and Ticketmaster for £18.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015

    Shizznigh Presents: The Bonnevilles, The Monotonous Tone, Aspen Pales & Lives

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Lurgan whiskey-fuelled garage-blues duo The Bonnevilles headline a Shizznigh Promotions show at the Menagerie on March 13. To date, the pair have released two albums, Good Suits & Fightin' Boots and its 2012 follow-up Folk Art & the Death of Electric Jesus.

    Support comes from garage-psych act The Monotonous Tone, alt. rock quartet Aspen Pales and jangle-laden garage revival four piece Lives.

    Admissions costs £5 before 10pm and £6 afterwards. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015

    Naoise Roo Single Launch w/Aoife Underwater, Segrasso & Slouch

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based alternative songwriter Naoise Roo launches her new single - taken from her upcoming album, Lilith - with a show for Medium Presents at the Workman's Club on March 13. Check out her free downloadable single, 'Oh Son'.

    Support comes from local pos trio Segrasso - check their Soundcloud - songstress Aoife Underwater and indie alt. rockers Slouch - check their lo-fi musings on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015

    Linley Hamilton Quintet

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Experienced musician, broadcaster & educator Linley Hamilton plays with his quintet for Moving On Music as part of a short NI-wide tour, with a stop-off at the Black Box on March 13.

    Throughout his over two decades in the scene, he's played with more or less every big name NI has to offer - Van Morrison, Snow Patrol & Foy Vance, for example. The quintet are now in their fourth year, with a new album In Transition following up on their previous jazz originals and rearranged versions of songs from the New American Songbook.

    Check out the In Transition preview.

    Admission costs £12 (or £10 concession) from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 7.45, with the show kicking off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2015

    Sunglasses After Dark Presents: Cruising,

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The self-proclaimed wildest rock'n'roll club night in Belfast, Sunglasses After Dark, brings Irish post-punk supergroup of sorts Cruising together for a show at the Menagerie on March 14.

    Formed from members of Girls Names, September Girls, Logikparty & Sea Pinks, Cruising's lo-fi garage was first shown through their 2013 single 'You Made Me Do That'.

    Support comes from Los Bloody Rackets, purveyors of chicano/garage fuzz. Sunglasses After Dark will, as ever, DJ before, between and after sets.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2015

    The Emerald Armada, Houdini Day, New Ancestors & Runaway Go

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Havingolk-pop act The Emerald Armada play Belfast's Empire for a fourth annual St. Patrick's show, following sellout attendances at Voodoo for the last three years. This show inexplicably takes place on March 14, not the usual March 17 date, just to clarify.

    Support comes from Cardiff-based pop-rock trio Houdini Dax, fellow Belfast folk-pop act New Ancestors - formerly the 1930s - and anthemic indie-pop five piece Runaway Go.

    Admission costs £10 on the door and £8 in advance. Doors open at 8pm. All who attend will get a free poster, designed by Angel & Anchor.

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2015

    No Monster Club 'People Are Weird' Album Launch w/Soil Creep, Laurie Shaw & Mr Rosso

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Bobby Aherne’s lo-fi tropical indie-pop project No Monster Club launch their new album, People Are Weird, at Dublin’s Bello Bar on Saturday, March 14.

    People Are Weird is released through Irish indie label Popical Island and Mirror Universe Tapes in New York. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Soil Creep, Liverpudlian FIFA Records signing, making his first appearance in Ireland Laurie Shaw and lo-fi youngsters Mr. Rosso - check out their album, Doom On Denton.

    Admission costs €7, or a bargain €10 with the album (in a choice of CD or cassette). Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Mar
    2015

    Room 94 (14+)

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    London pop-rock quartet Room 94 play the Oh Yeah Centre in a 14+ gig, following the release of their debut album No Strings Attached.

    The foursome supported Lawson and Union J throughout 2013, and inexplicably have a rabid following in Poland, where their last single 'Superstar' reached number 2 in the charts - as well as number 5 in the UK indie charts. Check out 'When I Was A Teenager'.

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

  • Sun
    15
    Mar
    2015

    Angel Witch, Darkest Era, Rabid Bitch of the North & Stereo Nasty

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    English NWOBHM quartet Angel Witch play the Limelight 2 in a show for the Distortion Project on March 15. 

    Check out their eponymous, band-defining 1980 single.

    Support comes from celtic metal five piece Darkest Era, NWOBHM-worshipping trio Rabid Bitch of the North and Kildare metal act Stereo Nasty

    Tickets are available, priced at £18, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm as it's an early show.

  • Sun
    15
    Mar
    2015

    Linley Hamilton Quintet

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    Experienced musician, broadcaster & educator Linley Hamilton plays with his quintet for Moving On Music as part of a short NI-wide tour, with a stop-off at the Derry's Bennigan's on Sunday, March 15.

    Throughout his over two decades in the scene, he's played with more or less every big name NI has to offer - Van Morrison, Snow Patrol & Foy Vance, for example. The quintet are now in their fourth year, with a new album In Transition following up on their previous jazz originals and rearranged versions of songs from the New American Songbook.

    Check out the In Transition preview.

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Mar
    2015

    Muse

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Following the announcement of new album Drones, set for release in June, Muse play the Ulster Hall in what's to be an intimate show for the band on March 15, the first of a series of 6 UK dates this month.

    Tickets are now sold out.

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2015

    Franz Nicolay

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    March 16 sees The Bar With No Name host a show from former Hold Steady keyboardist and general multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay.

    Having left The Holy Steady following the release of career high Stay Positive, Nicolay recorded his debut LP, 2012's Do The Struggle, with the follow-up To Us, The Beautiful just being released in January. The Brooklyn-based songwriter was recently named one of punk's best accordion players, and his modern vaudevillian style lends itself well to the sentimental folk-punk/America he creates.

    Support comes in the form of a stripped back acoustic set from anthemic punks Empty LungsSon of the Hound (formerly Meb Jon Sol) and folk-punk Philthy.

    Tickets are available for £7 from WeGotTickets or £8 on the door, which opens at 8pm.

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2015

    ÉRIU: Lamb, Jape, R.S.A.G., Máirtin O'Connor Band, Katie Kim and more

    Irish Museum of Modern Art

    Dublin

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    Body & Soul's annual St. Patrick's Eve shoe, Ériu, takes place this year at IMMA in Dublin. Featuring 3 different rooms, music on the night will come from:

    Lamb
    Jape
    R.S.A.G.
    The Máirtin O'Connor Band
    Katie Kim
    Jennifer Evans
    Subplots
    Margie Lewis
    Landless
    Donal Dineen
    Tonie Walsh
    Macnas

    Visual accompaniment will come from Guerrilla Shout, with a limited-numbers Wild Irish feat, provided by members of Living Dinners, Dillish & The Fumbally.

    Tickets, priced from €39.50, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2015

    Fight Like Apes & Bitch Falcon

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    The night before St. Paddy's day sees synth-punk-pop quartet Fight Like Apes play a SXSW send-off party at The Sugar Club. They announce the details and release plan of their long-awaited studio third album before jetting off to Austin.

    Support comes from Dublin fuzzy riff-laden 3-chicks, 1 -dude act Bitch Falcon - check out their newest single, 'Wolfstooth'.

    Tickets are available from the Sugar Club in advance for €10, or €12 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2015

    All Time Low

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Maryland pop-punk quartet All Time Low play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. 

    Formed in 2003, they've released five albums with the sixth, Future Hearts, to be released in April. Check out the video for the album's lead single, 'Something's Gotta Give'.

    Very limited tickets, priced at €33, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2015

    Dropkick Murphys (Early & Late Shows)

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    It seemed inevitable, really. For the first time ever, celtic punk act Dropkick Murphys play two shows on St. Patrick's Day at Vicar Street as part of their Celtic Punk Invasion Tour. Their last Irish stint entailed 2 sold out nights at the same venue.

    Establishing themselves in the late '90s in the Boston, Massachusetts area, the ensemble used to play annual shows throughout the week of St. Paddy's Day. They've so far released eight albums, with their biggest hit by far being their musical rendition of Woody Guthrie lyric 'I'm Shipping Up To Boston'.

    Tickets for both the early & late shows - at 6pm & 9.30pm respectively - are available on Ticketmaster, priced at €29.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2015

    St Patrick's Day: Fox Jaw, Conor Mallon & Band, Gan Ainm

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The Bar With No Name hosts an early, free-entry St. Paddy's Day show to be headlined by bluesy alternative rock quintet Fox Jawformerly Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters. Check out the topical and poignant video for their new single, 'Siren's Call', for which they'll be touring around Ireland, coinciding with its March 13 release date.

    Also on the bill is Conor Mallon with his band, in a 2 hour set to be no doubt filled with staples. Gan Ainm, featuring Paul Fegan and more will kick things off early on in the day.

    Admission is free and Guinness is £2.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2015

    Paddy's Day Party: The Mighty Stef, Exploding Eyes, Fallen Rule, Kobina, The North Sea & Benihana

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The Workman's Club's Paddy's Day celebrations get underway early on in the day in a free-entry show, headlined by local rock'n'roll journeymen The Mighty Stef, led by Stefan Murphy. This comes a month before the release of their new album, Year of the Horse.

    Support comes from rock trio Exploding EyesFallen Rule, Dublin-based producer Sean Arthur, aka Kobina, alt. rock act The North Sea and electronic duo Benihana.

    Afterwards, indie anthems will be spun in the main venue by Workman's regular Brian Ashe, the first floor sees Kid Karate's Steven Gannon, This Other Kingdom's Del Kerton & Workman's Saturdays' D-Reills, with guilty pleasures elsewhere in the building. Oh, and there's a bison bar & BBQ with brisket sandwiches & 150 whiskies.

    Admission is absolutely free, and doors open at 3pm.

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2015

    Chuck Ragan and the Cameraderie

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Chuck Ragan - of Hot Water Music - plays with his mellower band, The Cameraderie to kick off his European tour at the Workman's Club in Dublin on March 18.

    His latest album with the Cameraderie - Till Midnight - is rooted in Americana and indie folk rock, and features a selection of collaborators. It's markedly different from his more electric material, but will appeal to fans of his current work, and those who appreciated his work with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon.

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

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015

    Chuck Ragan and the Cameraderie

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Chuck Ragan - of Hot Water Music - plays with his mellower band, The Cameraderie at Voodoo on March 19, as part of his 'The Pedal Down' tour.

    His latest album with the Cameraderie - Till Midnight - is rooted in Americana and indie folk rock, and features a selection of collaborators. It's markedly different from his more electric material, but will appeal to fans of his current work, and those who appreciated his work with Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon.

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

     

  • Fri
    20
    Mar
    2015

    Papa Roach

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Californian nu-metallers Papa Roach play the Academy on March 21.

    The band are best known for their modern rock hit 'Last Resort', taken from their debut major label release, the triple platinum, 8-million-selling Infest, from 2000. They release their eighth album, F.E.A.R. in late January.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, for €27.50 - with an option to purchase F.E.A.R. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Mar
    2015

    Idlewild

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The Limelight 2 hosts cult Scottish indie rock quintet Idlewild on March 20.

    Formed in 1995, the band have released six albums to date, moving from their early indie rock dissonance into a more melodic, straightforward sound. They released their sixth album in 2009 before going on hiatus until 2013, when they announced plans of a new album, the ambitiously titled Everything Ever Written, out in 2015.

    Check out 'You Held The World In Your Arms'.

    Tickets, priced at £19.50, are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    20
    Mar
    2015

    Kindred #1: ITAL Live

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    For the first instalment of Kindred, The Menagerie hosts Brooklyn-based producer Daniel Martin-McCormick, aka ITAL on March 20.

    Having started in underground, experimental punk acts like Black Eyes, Sex Worker & Mi Ami, Ital has existed since 2011, putting out electronica through the punk filter. He has to date released three LPs for Planet Mu, with various other releases through Workshop Records, 100% Silk and more.

    Support comes from one of the finest purveyors of house & techno in Belfast, Matthew Burns of Twitch.

    Doors open at 9.30pm and admission costs £8.

  • Fri
    20
    Mar
    2015

    The Co-Present: Women's Christmas, Segrasso & The Evolution Project

    The Mezz

    Dublin

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    The Mezz in Dublin hosts the next of The Co-Present on Radiomade.ie's monthly free Friday night shows on March 20. Headlining the night are '80s-style indie rock act Women's Christmas - who feature the members of No Monster Club. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from local young Joy Division-meets-early Sonic Youth shoegaze five piece Segrasso and the genre-spanning, contemporary folk & trad-inspired Evolution Project, who release their debut album Outta The Blue, in May.

    Admission is free & doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2015

    Sci-Fi Weekender: Metropolis Live

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Fritz Lang's 1927 German expressionist science fiction epic, Metropolis - widely regarded as the first sci-fi feature length - will be shown in its complete, 2010 digitally-restored version at the Ulster Hall on March 21, with Gottfried Huppertz's original score will be performed live to the film's screening by the Ulster Orchestra.

    Large portions of the film went missing in the decades following its release and numerous attempts to restore it were made until a damaged print of Lang's original cut was found in a museum in Argentina in 2008. Following this, the film was 95% restored and finally got a mostly-intact release in 2010.

    Tickets are available for £25 from the Ulster Hall. The show starts at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2015

    Papa Roach

    Limelight 1

    Dublin

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    Californian nu-metallers Papa Roach play the Limelight on March 21.

    The band are best known for their modern rock hit 'Last Resort' -  a staple of the Limelight 2's Tuesday night setlists - taken from their debut major label release, the triple platinum Infest, from 2000. They release their eighth album, F.E.A.R. in late January.

    Tickets are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster, for £21 - with an option to purchase F.E.A.R. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2015

    Idlewild

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Cult Scottish indie rock quintet Idlewild play Dublin's Academy on March 21.

    Formed in 1995, the band have released six albums to date, moving from their early indie rock dissonance into a more melodic, straightforward sound. They released their sixth album in 2009 before going on hiatus until 2013, when they announced plans of a new album, the ambitiously titled Everything Ever Written, out in 2015.

    Check out 'You Held The World In Your Arms'.

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

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2015

    'Galactic' Opening Night

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The Pavilion is the venue for Galactic, a new night celebrating the diverse cosmic expanse of electonic sounds, debuting on March 21.

    Aiming to showcase the best in new releases as well as old classics and hidden gems, Niall McKenna's night's main prerequisite is: as long as it expands your mind, soothes your soul and makes your feet move, we've got it covered.

    Admission costs £4 and it kicks off at 10pm.

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2015

    BeeMickSee 'The Belfast Yank' Album Launch w/Lethal Dialect, Goldie Fawn & Pocket Billiards DJ set

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Portland-born, Belfast-raised rapper BeeMickSee launches his long-awaited, aptly-titled debut album The Belfast Yank at his old haunt Auntie Annies, aka The Bar With No Name on March 21.

    Recorded in Start Together Studios with Rocky O'Reilly, there are appearances on the album from nerd-core artists MC Lars and Malibu Shark Attack's Tribe One, as well as his frequent collaborator, RTE The Voice contestant Ciara Donnelly, with some additional production from ASIWYFA's Rory Friers.

    Support comes from Dublin rapper Lethal Dialect, Katie Richardson's new project Goldie Fawn and a DJ set from Pocket Billiards.

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2015

    Concrete Soup Improv Music Afternoons: Dive Diver & ¡NO!

    Block T

    Dublin

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    Block T at Smithfield Square hosts the next improv music afternoon on March 21, with free jazz underground act Dive Diver - led by John Picardo & friends - who feature woodwind, electronics & brass sections. Their current set is based around repetitive riffs and sonic blasts, and this is a rare appearance from the group who've only intermittently performed over the last three years.

    The show will kick off with a set from Dive Diver, followed by a collaborative set by ¡NO!, the Dublin-based free experimental rock act. Check their no wave, krautrock & psych-inspired stuff out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8, with a free CD of the third instalment of ¡NO!'s Archive Series for the first 30 entrants. Doors open at 4pm with the first set beginning at 4.30pm.

  • Sun
    22
    Mar
    2015

    Sci-Fi Weekender: Star Wars In Concert

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    The Belfast Philharmonic Choir and Ulster Orchestra present an evening of music from Star Wars as part of its Sci-Fi weekend series of concerts at the Ulster Hall.

    The show takes place on March 22, just one night after Fritz Lang's 1927 epic Metropolis is to be performed. Ernst van Tiel is to conduct John Williams' legendary score.

    Coming in costume is encouraged.

    Tickets are available from the Ulster Hall, priced at £20 general admission, £15 for children and £60 for a family ticket. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2015

    Morrissey

    Odyssey Arena

    Belfast

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    Following his 2014 show at the 3Arena in Dublin, critically & notoriously self-proclaimed British indie royalty Morrissey is to play on March 24 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

    This follows the summer 2014 release of his first solo album in five years, World Peace Is None of Your Business, from which he's expected to draw much of the setlist. Have a listen to 'World Peace is None Of Your Business', the aptly derisive first single, and title track from Morrissey's new album.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster & the Odyssey Arena box office. 

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015

    The Handsome Family

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    The Handsome Family are to play Empire Music Hall on March 25 in an Open House Festival show, less than a year after their acclaimed CQAF sell-out Black Box show.

    The Chicago-formed, Albuquerque-based husband-wife duo play their own blend of alt. country & americana, and have recently released their tenth album since their 1993 formation, Wilderness as well as being the artists behind the True Detective TV theme tune.

    Tickets are available online in advance for £16 from Open House, or £20 on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015

    Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Opening the Brilliant Corners Belfast jazz festival from Moving On Music are Dublin City Jazz Orchestra at the Crescent Arts Centre on March 25.

    The 17-piece is led by Ciaran Wilde, and expect to hear compositions by Irish jazz composers, arrangements of music from the Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards. The big band began in 2007 as part of the Ballymun Wind Project in Dublin, and they've since grown to play major national arts & jazz festivals.

    Check them out, seriously.

    Admission costs £10, or £8 for concessions. Doors open at 8pm. The venue operates on a Bring-your-own policy.

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015

    All Tvvins

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Synth-pop with a difference: Dublin duo All Tvvins play a hometown headline show at Whelan's on March 25 as part of a short cross-sea tour at the end of the month.

    The pair are Conor Adams of The Cast of Cheers and Lar Kaye of Adebisi Shank & No Spill Blood. Check them out on Youtube.

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

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015

    R51 'Pillowtalk' EP Launch w/Sister Ghost, Exit Pursued By Bear & Kryptic State

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Shoegaze-inflected alt. pop quintet R51 launch their long-awaited debut Pillowtalk EP with a headline show in Bar Sub on March 25.

    Check out R51 live in a Thin Air Session.

    Supporting on the night are Shannon O'Neill's new project, the garage punk of Sister Ghost - who has just released a double a-side - Limavady alt. rock act Exit Pursued By Bear and Mid-Ulster-based grungy quartet Kryptic State.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2015

    Sleater-Kinney

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Newly-reunited riot grrrl/indie rock trio Sleater-Kinney play their first dates in years, including a Vicar Street show on March 26.

    Formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994, the band features Carrie Brownstein - now widely acclaimed for her part in Portlandia - Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss, this show follows the announcement of Sleater-Kinney's reunion and subsequent new album No Cities To Love, out in mid-January. The new LP will be their first since 2005's The Woods, their final before they split in 2006. 

    Check out their new song, 'Bury Our Friends'.

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

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2015

    Meilana Gillard Quartet & Scott Flanigan Trio

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the aptly-titled Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, which takes place in Belfast from March 25-28, there's a double header from the Meilana Gillard Quartet and the Scott Flanigan Trio on March 26.

    The newly-formed European quartet, entitled Balance, are led by Northern Irish saxophonist Meilana Gillard. The night sees their debut, in which they'll perform The Balance Playbook, a suite composed for a commission from Music On Music. Her second album is due to be released in May 2015. Check out some cuts from her debut album, Day One.

    The second headliner, Scott Flanigan, is a prominent keyboardist in the NI jazz scene, working with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra among others. The piano-based trio look to combine contemporary, yet accessible original material and fresh takes on jazz standards at the show.

    Tickets are priced at £8 concession and £10 general admission, and are available from the Crescent Arts Centre. Doors open at 8pm, and there's a BYO alcohol policy.

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2015

    Troyka

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Troyka play the Black Box on March 26 as part of Moving On Music's Belfast jazz festival, Brilliant Corners. 

    The English experimental, instrumental trio incorporate syncopated polyrhythmic beats, guitar loops, catchy melodies, with influences across the spectrum from Flying Lotus to King Crimson. The recently released their five-years-in-the-making third album, Ornithophobia.

    Check out 'Rarebit', live on Balcony TV.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets for £12 general admission and £10 concession. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2015

    Midnight Transmission Album Launch w/Smoking Tongue & St. Hellfire

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Voodoo sees Belfast alt. rock quartet Midnight Transmission launch their debut album, Face The Sun on March 26 in a Magill Promotions show, having recently upped their game with new vocalist Mark Penney.

    Support comes from Lisburn alt. rock act Smoking Tongue and St. Hellfire.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015

    Architects (14+)

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Brighton metalcore quartet Architects have had to reschedule their August Irish tour dates twice to unavoidable building work at one venue on the tour, and so their shows have been held back until February, with their Dublin Academy date taking place on March 27.

    This follows the release of their sixth album, Lost Forever // Lost Together on new label Epitaph Records - home to the likes of Every Time I Die, Converge and Bring Me The Horizon. The album was recorded in Sweden's Gothenburg.

    Tickets are available for €18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets from the previous show remain valid.

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015

    Handsome Family

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The Handsome Family are to play Whelan's on March 27, less than a year after their last sellout European tour.

    The Chicago-formed, Albuquerque-based husband-wife duo play their own blend of alt. country & americana, and have recently released their tenth album since their 1993 formation, Wilderness as well as being the artists behind the True Detective TV theme tune.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €23. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015

    Sixes

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Continuous Battle of Order & We Are Knives guitarist Hornby has composed two pieces for up to 12 musicians to keep track of in an experimental electric guitar night - Sixes - exploring overtones and repetition. This comes as part of the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, which runs in Belfast at the end of March, with Sixes taking place in the Black Box on March 27.

    Hornby's first piece - No. 1 - is for three, six, nine or more guitarists, and divides guitarists into three groups, each moving to a mathematical score while trying to maintain their own space. The second piece - No. 2 - is for a minimum of 6 guitarists, with each pair of guitarists setting off on a single path, with the whole group interconnecting and locking at various points.

    Composed by Rhys Chatham in 1977, 'Guitar Trio (Is My Life)' is a milestone in experimental music, influencing Sonic Youth and a generation of ‘no wave’ guitarists. Famously writing for hundreds of guitarists at once, Chatham’s score begins: ‘There are many ways to get overtones out of a guitar. Hornby leads a gang of guitarists through the perennially accomplished and entertaining avant-garde piece.

    Doors open at 8pm and tickets, costing £5, are available from WeGotTickets.

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015

    Lantern For A Gale Album Launch w/Hornets & Molarbear

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Melodic hardcore five piece Lantern For A Gale celebrate the release of their debut album, From Adversity, with a show at QUBSU's Bar Sub on March 27. Check out their previous material on Bandcamp.

     Support comes from Belfast-based hardcore quartet Hornets and Jackalfeud/Big Grizzly offshoot Molarbear - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Check out the video for 'Captain', taken off Lantern's new album:

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015

    Live at Smalltown America: Leo Drezden & Hot Cops

    Smalltown America Studios

    Derry

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    Irish progressive electronic jazz-inspired instrumental quartet Leo Drezdenwho have just released their debut album Multi-Moment - available on the night in yellow vinyl - play the next Smalltown America show on March 27. The venue is located at Unit 6 in the Bay Road Industrial Estate in Derry-Londonderry.

    Opening the show are indie-rock slackers Hot Cops, who have been one of the most consistently exciting new bands in Belfast as of late. Their two EP's and single & available from their Bandcamp for free, so you've no excuse.

    Tickets costs £10 from IndependentMusic.com, and doors open at 8pm. It's a bring-your-own-refreshments show.

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015

    The Co-Present & The Late Night Sessions Presents: Catscars & Twinkranes DJ Set

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The Co-Present - from Radiomade.ie, hosted by Dwayne Woods and Ham Sandwich's Niamh Farrell - have their next show at the Workman's Club on March 27. Headlining the night is the dark, experimental electronic pop project from Robyn Bromfield, Catscars. With her first LP, Construction, out in 2011, she's to release the follow-up this year. Check her out on Bandcamp.

    Anto & Chris from experimental krautrock-worshippers Twinkranes will perform a DJ set on the night, so expect psych, prog, avant garde noise, vintage electronica, space rock and of course, krautrock.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at midnight.

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015

    The Bonnevilles w/Ryan Fitzsimmons

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Lurgan whiskey-fuelled garage-blues duo The Bonnevilles headline a Shizznigh Promotions show at the Menagerie on March 27.

    To date, the pair have released two albums, Good Suits & Fightin' Boots and its 2012 follow-up Folk Art & the Death of Electric Jesus.

    Sunglasses After Dark's Ryan Fitzsimmons will be DJing on the night too.

    Admissions costs £5 before 10pm and £6 afterwards. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2015

    Architects (14+)

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Brighton metalcore quartet Architects have rescheduled their Irish tour dates due to unavoidable building work at one venue on the tour, and so their Belfast show has been pushed back until Saturday, March 28, with their Dublin Academy show taking place the previous night. 

    This follows the release of their sixth album, Lost Forever // Lost Together on new label Epitaph Records - home to the likes of Every Time I Die, Converge and Bring Me The Horizon. The album was recorded in Sweden's Gothenburg.

    Tickets are available for £18.50 from Shine.net and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets from the previous show remain valid.

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2015

    Brilliant Corners: Get The Blessing & Robocobra Quartet

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    The third helping of Brilliant Corners, the only Belfast jazz festival, has an immense selection of talent, with the final show to be headlined by Get The Blessing on March 28.

    Formed in 2000, the Bristol four piece are rooted around Portishead's rhythm section's Jim Barr and Clive Dreamer on bass and drums respectively, Pete Judge on trumpet  and Jake McMurchie on sax. Their jazzy post-rock say them release their debut All Is Yes in 2008, and 2014 saw them release their fifth album, Lope & Antilope.

    Watch the video for 'Corniche'.

    Admission is £12, with concessions costing £10. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2015

    RedBeard Presents: Matua Trap, Val Normal, Apartments, Over Being Under & Rosseau

    Secret Venue

    Belfast

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    RedBeard Promotions run another Belfast secret venue show on March 28 with a genre-spanning five band lineup. Headlining are progressive rock three piece Matua Trap, who count amongst their ranks members of Kasper Rosa & Affleck. Check out their two singles 'Cleave' and 'Meander Thralls' on Bandcamp.

    Irish mathy post-hardcore trio Val Normal - check out their new album Fly The White Flag of War - recently formed emo/hardcore three piece Apartments, Dublin emo six piece Over Being Under and Derry indie-emo duo Rosseau.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm. To find out where the venue is, register your interest via messaging RedBeard, as there are limited numbers for the venue. It's a BYOB event.

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2015

    All Tvvins

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Synth-pop with a difference: Dublin duo All Tvvins play a headline show at Voodoo on March 29 as part of a short cross-sea tour at the end of the month.

    The pair are Conor Adams of The Cast of Cheers and Lar Kaye of Adebisi Shank & No Spill Blood. Check them out on Youtube.

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

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2015

    Coltsblood, Ninkharsag, War Iron & Nomadic Rituals

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    English sludge-doom trio Coltsblood play Voodoo in a Distortion Project show on March 29. The band have just released their new album, Into The Unfathomable Abyss. Check them out.

    Joining them will be black metal quartet Ninkharsag, Belfast-based double-bass, no six-string doom act War Iron and their fellow heaviest-band-in-Belfast, Nomadic Rituals, who have just released a brilliant split with Tome.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2015

    Joanna MacGregor

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Pianist Joanna MacGregor - widely considered to be one of the world's most wide-ranging and innovative musicians - plays The MAC on March 29 for Moving On Music.

    Having appeared in more than 70 countries as a concert pianist - including Wigmore Hall, Southbank, Sydney Opera House & the Mozarteum - she will play a varied programme on the night, including works by Bach, Shostakovich, Chopin a new commission by an Irish composer, and six tangos arranged by MacGregor herself.

    Tickets, priced from £12, are available from The MAC. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2015

    A Place To Bury Strangers

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Psych-noise trio A Place To Bury Strangers play the Workman's Club in Dublin on March 31, having just released their fourth album, Transfixiation

    The Brooklyn-based band formed in 2002, building their name around New York, taking the wall of sound sonic aesthetic, before releasing their debut album after earning the title of the city's loudest band.

    Check out the video for 'Straight', taken from new album Transfixiation, which came out in February.

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

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2015

    Nicki Minaj w/Trey Songz

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Current rap sensation Nicki Minaj plays the 3Arena on March 31 in one of two huge Irish dates for her European Pinkprint Tour.

    Having garnered plenty of Grammy Nominations for her recent singles, including the massive 'Anaconda'. Her third album, The Pinkprint, as well as boasting the aforementioned hit, features chart-topping single 'Only', which features Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown.

    Support comes from Trey Songz, who recently released 'Touchin, Lovin' with Minaj.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster priced from €44.05-€70.45. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Apr
    2015

    A Place To Bury Strangers

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Psych-noise trio A Place To Bury Strangers play Voodoo on April 1, having just released their fourth album, Transfixiation

    The Brooklyn-based band formed in 2002, building their name around New York, taking the wall of sound sonic aesthetic, before releasing their debut album after earning the title of the city's loudest band.

    Check out the video for 'Straight', taken from new album Transfixiation, which came out in February.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Shine, priced at £10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Apr
    2015

    Nicki Minaj w/Trey Songz

    Odyssey Arena

    Belfast

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    Current rap sensation Nicki Minaj plays the Odyssey Arena on April 1 in one of two huge Irish dates for her European Pinkprint Tour.

    Having garnered plenty of Grammy Nominations for her recent singles, including the massive 'Anaconda'. Her third album, The Pinkprint, as well as boasting the aforementioned hit, features chart-topping single 'Only', which features Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown.

    Support comes from Trey Songz, who recently released 'Touchin, Lovin' with Minaj.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster priced from £35-£55. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2015

    Dave Lombardo Workshop

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo returns to Belfast for a drum clinic at Voodoo in Belfast on April 2, thanks to the Belfast Drum Academy. He's recently joined experimental rock act PHILM, who recently played the Button Factory.

    Tickets, priced at £14, are available from Matchett's and Voodoo. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2015

    The Thin Air Galway Launch w/Oh Boland, Spies, Paul Collins Beat & Daithí

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

     

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    We hold our official Galway launch on April 2 at the Roisin Dubh.

    Oh Boland are the first band on the bill - check out their split album, Delphiwith Me And My Dog, out on Irish indie label Popical Island. They're due to have their debut LP out later this year.

    Folktronica-tinged Dublin indie five piece Spies - their Sea Creature EP is available on Bandcamp - also play on the night, with an appearance from veteran New York power-pop artist Paul Collins Beat as part of his current European tour. You should be aware of his work with The Beat

    Finally, Galway math-rock-influenced fiddle-playing electronic-indie act Daithí. Currently signed to Sony, he's elevated and contemporised Irish traditional throughout his career, dropping his debut album. Check out his charting debut single, 'Chameleon Life'.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2015

    Shizznigh Presents: Death of a Salesman, By Conquest Or Consent, Scimitar & Figure Head

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The Bar With No Name hosts another Shizznigh Promotions show of the hardcore/metal variety on April 4. Headlining are metal trio Death Of A Salesman who have released all their material on Bandcamp for free.

    Joining them on the bill are five piece By Conquest Or Consent, Derry thrash act Scimitar and Banbridge three piece Figure Head.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2015

    Gifted: Hannah McPhillimy, Rachael Boyd, Robb Murphy & Chase The River

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    The Empire hosts, once again, Gifted on April 4. It's to be headlined by multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy. Check out her debut EP, Seeing Things and free Scratch My Progress single, 'Still'.

    Joining her on the bill is string, piano & electronic musician Rachael Boyd - who's currently signed to US label Abandon Building, releasing two 2 EPs and countless remixes - as well as Robb Murphy and Belfast-based duo Chase The River, who were formed late last year by Lauren Molloy and Stuart Lunn.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2015

    Alarmist & Leo Drezden

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Multi-instrumentalist quartet Alarmist headline The Workman's Club on April 4. The experimental math-rockers have recently released their new single, 'Morning, Kepler', taken from their forthcoming new album, due out later this year. This follows up on their acclaimed Pal Magnet EP.

    Irish electronic jazz-inspired instrumental quartet Leo Drezdenwho have just released their debut album Multi-Moment, also play on the bill.

    Tickets, priced at €10, are available from The Workman's Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2015

    Feast Presents: Lantern For A Gale Album Launch w/Rather Be Alive & Horse

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Galway promoters Feast Presents run the Galway leg of melodic hardcore five piece Lantern For A Gale, for the launch of their excellent debut album, From Adversity, with a show at the Roisin Dubh on April 4. Check out their previous material on Bandcamp.

    Check out the video for 'Captain', taken off Lantern's new album.

    Support comes from Catalonian metal act Rather Be Alive - their recent Resiliència EP is available for free download - and Cork act Horse - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available €4 from the Roisin Dubh or €7 on the night. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    05
    Apr
    2015

    Seige of Limerick: Solstice, The Wounded Kings & more

    Dolan's Pub

    Limerick

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    Annual all-day metal festival the Seige of Limerick takes place at Dolan's on April 5, and is to be headlined by English/Irish epic doom act Solstice - check them out on Bandcamp - and Devon doom quintet The Wounded Kings who are currently writing their fifth album, due to be recorded this summer.

    Also on the bill are some of the finest Irish and European metal talent, including - but not limited to - from the sludge-doom of War Iron, straight metallers Rabid Bitch of the North, groovy stoner-doom metal quartet Astralnaut, Galway hardcore act IlenkusSoothsayerWild RocketOverothElectric Taurus and many more.

    Admission is amazingly completely free, and doors open at 12pm.

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2015

    Catfish & the Bottlemen

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    North Wales indie quartet Catfish and the Bottlemen play the Limelight 2 on April 7.

    September saw the release of their debut album, The Balcony, which made the UK top 10 album charts, following their signing on to Communion Records, with subsequent singles throughout 2013, then an Island Records deal, which yielded their first single of 2014, 'Kathleen', which did well with MTV and Radio 1.

    Tickets, priced at £14.50, are available from Katy's Bar, Ticketmaster and the usual outlets. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2015

    Paul Simon & Sting

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    2 bona fide icons of popular music Sting and Paul Simon play the newly-renamed Dublin's 3Arena - formerly the Point and O2 - on April 7, as part of their On Stage Together 2015 European Tour.

    The long-time friends brought about this through a Robin Hood Foundation benefit gig last year, at which they performed together for the first time. Obviously with hits and classic albums to each of their names, expect a hugely crowd-pleasing set with some interesting takes on their individual songs' shared performance.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €39, with tickets going fast. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2015

    Thieves of Ennui, The Shout, 1440 & Lee Harvey Oswald

    Magnet Young Adult Centre

    Newry

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    A group of forward-thinking young bands have grouped together for the You Haven't Heard Of Us Yet tour, which takes place throughout April in NI. The four acts play the Magnet Young Adult Centre in Newry on April 7.

    The acts are as follows: hard rock quartet Thieves of Ennui, Warrenpoint pop-rock act The Shout, Armagh post-hardcore trio 1440 and well-named hardcore/post-hardcore three piece Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Doors open at 7.30pm and admission costs £4.

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2015

    Roo Panes

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Young British singer-songwriter Roo Panes comes to Belfast on April 8 to play McHugh's as part of an upcoming UK & Irish tour.

    Born in Dorset, he released his debut EP Once in 2012, following it up with two more within the space of a year, before releasing his 2014 debut LP, Little Giant. His 12-string acoustic guitar and use of string-players leads his music to be often compared to classical folk.

    Check out the video for 'Tiger Striped Sky' from Little Giant.

    Tickets, priced at £10, are available from Ticketmaster & Shine. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2015

    Not Squares & Robocobra Quartet

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    As part of their upcoming Bolts tour throughout April, indie-disco/dance trio Not Squares play Bar Sub on the 8th. Have a watch of their video for single 'Oops Said Hi'. The band are finally due to release their long-awaited follow-up to debut album, Yeah OK.

    Support comes from avant-jazz-punk act Robocobra Quartet, who are soon to release their debut EP. For now, check out their free-download singles & Thin Air Session. Our own supreme overlord, Brian Coney, will also DJ at the show.

    Tickets are available for £7 from the QUB Students' Union reception & Ticketmaster

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2015

    Thieves of Ennui, The Shout, 1440 & Lee Harvey Oswald

    Amplified Bar Recording Studio

    Newry

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    A group of forward-thinking young bands have grouped together for the You Haven't Heard Of Us Yet tour, which takes place throughout April in NI. The four acts play the Amplified Bar Recording Studio in Newry on April 8.

    The acts are as follows: hard rock quartet Thieves of Ennui, Warrenpoint pop-rock act The Shout, Armagh post-hardcore trio 1440 and well-named hardcore/post-hardcore three piece Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Admission costs £4 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    Roo Panes

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Young British singer-songwriter Roo Panes returns to Dublin to play the Academy 2 on April 9 as part of an upcoming UK & Irish tour.

    Born in Dorset, he released his debut EP Once in 2012, following it up with two more within the space of a year, before releasing his 2014 debut LP, Little Giant. His 12-string acoustic guitar and use of string-players leads his music to be often compared to classical folk.

    Check out the video for 'Tiger Striped Sky' from Little Giant.

    Tickets, priced at €13, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    New Ancestors 'Annabelle' EP Launch w/Callum Stewart

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Having just unveiled the video for its title track, recently-expanded folk-influenced pop-rock quartet New Ancestors - formerly The 1930s - launch their new Annabelle EP with a show at McHugh's Bar in Belfast.

    Support comes from young pop singer-songwriter Callum Stewart. Check out his most recent single, 'Gold'.

    Presale tickets cost £5, or it's £6 on the night. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    O Emperor

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Having unveiled their free-download single, 'Switchblade', in February, retro indie pop-rock outfit O Emperor play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on April 9.

    To date, the Cork band have released 2 albums, with a third on the way after their March EP, Lizard. Check out the video for 'Switchblade', storyboarded by the band and made by vocalist/guitarist Paul Savage.

    Tickets are available from Entertainment.ie for €12.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    Not Squares

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    As part of their upcoming Bolts tour throughout April, indie-disco/dance trio Not Squares play the Roisin Dubh on April 9.

    Have a watch of their video for single 'Oops Said Hi'. The band are finally due to release their long-awaited follow-up to debut album, Yeah OK.

    Tickets are available, priced at €10, or €5 online from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    Sam Duckworth

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Formerly the man behind the Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. pseudonym, Sam Duckworth plays The Bar With No Name on April 9.

    Releasing four albums in his decade as Get Cape., he decided to work under his actual name last year. He releases his new Amazing Grace LP with a 40+ strong cast of musicians after a near-fatal bout of waterborne parasites. 

    Check him out at his Amazing Grace studio, performing 'Get By'.

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

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    Getting To Know: Ciaran Lavery

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The next in line for a Getting To Know... night at the Oh Yeah Centre are folk singer Ciaran Lavery and Derry electronic soundscaper Ryan Vail, who are about to release their collaborative mini-album Sea Legs.

    Sea Legs was initially supposed to be a small project, but snowballed following a creative spurt in their recording base in Donegal. Check out our recent live session with Ciaran Lavery. You can pick up a copy of their record through PledgeMusic, released on Champion Sound non-electronic offshoot, Quiet Arch.

    Admission is completely free and the event runs from 8pm-10pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    Feast Presents: Human Cull, This Ends Here & more

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Feast Presents bring two UK grindcore acts to Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 9 for a night of blast beats, crusty riffs and all the filth to be expected from the genre.

    Check out Bristol act Human Cull's extensive back catalogue on Bandcamp, and their fellow citymates, This Ends Here. Check out their excellent name-your-price EP, Afterwards.

    Support is yet to be confirmed.

    Tickets are available from the Roisin Dubh for €4 or €7 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    Hidden Machine 10: Patrick Gardiner & Susie-Blue - Double EP launch w/The Sea, Close By & Jess Edlin

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    In the tenth instalment of Hidden Machine at Voodoo, on April 9, singer-songwriter Patrick Gardiner and songstress Susie-Blue co-headline in what's to be the launch of both of their new EP's.

    Check out the video for 'Trust Me', Susie Blue's new single from her forthcoming Midnight Cat Swaps EP. County Down native Patrick Gardiner launches his second EP, Carcassonne - stream it with us exclusively, here. Check out 'I'm Your Creation'. 

    Supporting on the night are young alternative act The Sea, Close By and singer-songwriter Jess Edlin.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015

    Thieves of Ennui, The Shout, 1440 & Lee Harvey Oswald

    Fa' Joes

    Lurgan

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    A group of forward-thinking young bands have grouped together for the You Haven't Heard Of Us Yet tour, which takes place throughout April in NI. The four acts play Lurgan's Fa' Joes on April 9.

    The acts are as follows: hard rock quartet Thieves of Ennui, Warrenpoint pop-rock act The Shout, Armagh post-hardcore trio 1440 and well-named hardcore/post-hardcore three piece Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Admission costs £4 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015

    Meltybrains? & Blue Whale

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Following an unforgettable show with Girl Band and Robocobra Quartet back in February, we return to Bar Sub at Belfast's QUBSU on Friday, April 10 for another unmissable pairing, bringing together two of Ireland's very finest, uncompromisingly forward-thinking bands.

    As part of a string of Irish dates and ahead of their jaunt to this year's SXSW, Dublin experimental/electronic five-piece Meltybrains? will headline on the night. Taking inspiration from hip-hop, IDM, rock and contemporary classic music, amongst other genres, the band's impossibly idiosyncratic and original sound and live show is completely at odds with much of what is on offer from the music scene right now. Check out their debut vinyl release, 'Donegal'.

    Support comes from quite possibly Belfast's most exciting band for a generation: jazz-punk/experimental rock quartet Blue Whale. Having played innumerable nigh on ecstatic gigs in Belfast and beyond, the band's bold, atonal yet extraordinarily tight and danceable craft must be heard and seen to be believed. With a new bassist in Andrew Melville, do not miss this band at the peak of their powers. For now though, check out their 2 EP's.

    The Thin Air DJs will also provide the pre, mid and post-show music on the night. 

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 9pm

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015

    This Ends Here, Human Cull, Subordinate & more

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    The Warzone Centre runs a show of touring punk acts on April 10, headlined by Bristol crusty d-beat quartet This Ends Here. Check out their (frankly, quite brilliant and eclectic for the genre) Afterwards EP.

    Filthy Exeter crust/grind act Human Cull support, as do local crust/d-beat peers, Enniskillen trio Subordinate. More acts are to be announced.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 9pm. There's a BYOB policy - no glass allowed.

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015

    Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail

    Smalltown America Studios

    Derry

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    The next Live At Smalltown America event takes place on April 10, with a double bill of gilded-throated folk singer Ciaran Lavery & Maiden City's own electronic artist Ryan Vail, who bring their latest collaborative release Sea Legs to the studios - located at Unit 6, Bay Road Industrial Estate in Derry.

    Tickets priced at £10 are available from Smalltown America. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a BYOB event.

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015

    Animal Disco: A Bad Cavalier

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    After years of absence, midnight gig night Animal Disco returns, this time to McHugh's Basement Bar, for a set from A Bad Cavalier on April 10.

    A Bad Cavalier is the brainchild of And So I Watch You From Afar guitarist Niall Kennedy (ex-Panama Kings), who has recruited some great local musicians for the project. Check out his early debut EP, Ex Libris. He's been writing new material in recent months, so expect more on that front.

    A Bad Cavalier take to the stage at midnight, and tropical/indie/electro/dance tunes will be, as ever, provided on the night by Animal Disco DJs.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 9pm. 

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015

    Volume Control: Abandcalledboy, Lost Avenue, Riot Upstairs, Shoot The Messenger, Foreign Affairs, Jason Flynn & Rebecca Mulhern

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Young music promoters Volume Control and Set The Stage have put together a pair of shows in Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre and Derry's Nerve Centre on April 10 & 11, respectively to showcase each others' talent.

    Headlining the Oh Yeah Centre show are recently-revamped noise-pop/post-hardcore quartet Abandcalledboy - check out their new single, 'George Best In Show' - with pop-punk quartet Foreign Affairs being the other Belfast act on the bill.

    Representing Derry on the bill are singer-songwriters Jason Flynn and Rebecca Mulhern, as well as indie four pieces Shoot The Messenger,  Riot Upstairs and alt. punks Lost Avenue.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm, with an early finish at 10.30pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015

    The Mighty Stef Album Launch w/Knoxville Morning & Fiction Peaks

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following a stint in the US recording their with producer Alain Johnannes - known for work with Mark Lanegan, QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys & more - blues-folk-rock act The Mighty Stef launch Year Of The Horse at in their hometown's Whelan's on April 10.

    Led by singer & songwriter Stefan Murphy, The Mighty Stef have spent nearly five years to finish off this, their LA-conceived new album. Check out 'Stella', the first single off Year Of The Horse.

    Check out the rootsy folk troupe Knoxville Morning's recent free-to-download 'Bridget', who support, alongside Dublin electronica-tinged indie trio Fiction Peaks, who just released their self-titled debut EP.

    Admission costs €14.15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2015

    Medium Presents: The River Fane, The Run Ons, The Grand Wake & Doxy

    The Thomas House

    Dublin

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    In the next in a long line of strong local lineups, The River Fane headline a Medium Presents show at the Thomas House, ahead of their new EP. Ah Here. Check out their excellent new single, 'Time Is Money'.

    Support comes from power pop/indie rock act The Run Ons - who have just released their new free-download EP, Doctors On Hold Doxy - again, check out their free EP - and indie act The Grand Wake, whose debut EP is due soon. Check out their debut single, 'Contact Sport'.

    Admission costs €5. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015

    This Other Kingdom 'Telescopic' Album Launch w/Shadow Boxer

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Neo-psych quartet This Other Kingdom, release their debut album Telescopic on April 11, with the launch to take place at Workman's on the same night.

    Check their sonic concoction out on Bandcamp -  they're sure to be one of the acts to keep an eye on throughout 2015, with new material being teased for their set.

    Support comes from eclectic north Dublin alternative act Shadow Boxer.

    Doors open at 8pm and tickets cost €7 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015

    Chromatic Presents: Princess

    The Woodworkers

    Belfast

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    Fresh off their UK tour with Ex Hex, Dublin duo Princess - on April 11- are to be the fourth band to play Chromatic at The Woodworkers.

    Princess consist of Aoife Frances and Liam Mesbur started to make music in the summer of 2013. They now write and produce all their music themselves, with a little help from their friends. 

    Mixing dream-like experimentation with elements of Krautrock, ambient-noise rock and psych-garage, Princess create simple song structures balanced against sonic rise and fall with a firm grounding in melody, rhythm and experimental noise, informed by artists like Stereolab, Silver Apples, James Holden, Pere Ubu, Television, Can and Suicide.

    We named the epic dream-pop of 'Molly' as the best Irish track of 2014 too, if that helps. Check them out on Bandcamp, where most of their music is free to download. They've just released new single 'Black Window.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm. Get down early to ensure entry.

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015

    Boss Sound Manifesto, Concrete Circus & The Vibes

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    A decidedly reggae & ska bill of local talent comes together for a show at The Bar With No Name on April 11, headlined by veteran rocksteady/ska five piece Boss Sound Manifesto.

    Their fellow funk-soul-ska-spanning quintet Concrete Circus support, with The Vibes opening.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015

    Set The Stage & Volume Control Present: The Wood Burning Savages, R51, Hurdles, Serotonin, The Clandestines & Cahal

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    Young music promoters Volume Control and Set The Stage have put together a pair of shows in Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre and Derry's Nerve Centre on April 10 & 11, respectively to showcase each others' talent.

    Headlining are Derry alt. pop quartet The Wood Burning Savages - check out the video for their most recent single, 'Boom' - with Derry elsewhere represented with opening acoustic songwriter Cahal and The Clandestines.

    Belfast is represented by indie act Hurdles, shoegaze-inflected alt. pop quintet R51 - who are just off the back of their successful debut Pillow Talk EP - and young alternative rock band Serotonin

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015

    Thieves of Ennui, The Shout, 1440 & Lee Harvey Oswald

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    A group of forward-thinking young bands have grouped together for the You Haven't Heard Of Us Yet tour, which takes place throughout April in NI. The four acts play Belfast's Pavilion on April 11.

    The acts are as follows: hard rock quartet Thieves of Ennui, Warrenpoint pop-rock act The Shout, Armagh post-hardcore trio 1440 and well-named hardcore/post-hardcore three piece Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2015

    Ben Howard

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following his two sold out shows at the Olympia in December, English singer-songwriter Ben Howard plays his biggest Irish headline show to date at the 3Arena on April 14.

    Howard released I Forget Where We Were, the much-anticipated follow-up to his 2011 debut album Every Kingdom, in October. His debut was a massive success, shifting a million copies and being nominated for a Mercury Prize. He has since picked up two Brit Awards for British Breakthrough and best British Male Solo Artist.

    Check out the title track.

    Tickets, priced at €39.05 & €44.05, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2015

    Thieves of Ennui, The Shout, 1440 & Lee Harvey Oswald

    The Atlantic Bar

    Portrush

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    A group of forward-thinking young bands have grouped together for the You Haven't Heard Of Us Yet tour, which takes place throughout April in NI. The four acts play the Atlantic Bar in Portrush on April 15.

    The acts are as follows: hard rock quartet Thieves of Ennui, Warrenpoint pop-rock act The Shout, Armagh post-hardcore trio 1440 and well-named hardcore/post-hardcore three piece Lee Harvey Oswald.

  • Thu
    16
    Apr
    2015

    Daniel Lanois

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having recently released his latest album, Flesh and Machine, Canadian producer & ambient pioneer Daniel Lanois plays Vicar Street on April 16.

    Best known for producing some of the biggest acts of all time (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2 alongside Brian Eno, Willie Nelson and many, many more) Lanois has also released soundtracks and albums of his original music.

    The aforementioned Flesh and Machine was released in October 2014, and is fully instrumental, consisting of atmospheric and process-based sounds alongside plenty of steel guitar and airy rhythm - which comes from a variety of sources.

    Check out album highlight, 'The End'.

    Tickets, priced at €44.05, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Apr
    2015

    Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail 'Sea Legs' Album Launch w/Liza Flume

    Smock Alley Theatre

    Dublin

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    To mark the launch of their collaborative mini-album, Sea Legs, folk singer Ciaran Lavery and Derry electronic soundscaper Ryan Vail play the Temple Bar's Smock Alley Theatre on April 16. 

    Sea Legs was initially supposed to be a small project, but snowballed following a creative spurt in their recording base in Donegal. Check out our recent live session with Ciaran Lavery. You can pick up a copy of their record through PledgeMusic, released on Champion Sound non-electronic offshoot, Quiet Arch.

    Support comes from Australian-born, Dublin-made indie songstress Liza Flume, who brings the dark folktronica ahead of the release of her new EP. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced at €17.50 & €14 concession. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Apr
    2015

    Thieves of Ennui, The Shout, 1440 & Lee Harvey Oswald

    Ma Kelly's

    Ballymoney

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    A group of forward-thinking young bands have grouped together for the You Haven't Heard Of Us Yet tour, which takes place throughout April in NI. The four acts play Ma Kelly's in Ballymoney on April 16.

    The acts are as follows: hard rock quartet Thieves of Ennui, Warrenpoint pop-rock act The Shout, Armagh post-hardcore trio 1440 and well-named hardcore/post-hardcore three piece Lee Harvey Oswald.

  • Thu
    16
    Apr
    2015
    Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    Off Key: An Evening With Ill-Advised

    The Twisted Pepper

    Dublin

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    The Ill-Advised Theatre Company fuses theatre with pop & rock music from underground New York composers in their new show, Off Key in a three-night run at the Twisted Pepper from April 16-18.

    The original muscal revue features the company's new ensemble, with some views on modern society - think the Bromance and pet-dressing, with self-parody. 

    The show is directed by James O'Connor, with music from: Joe Iconis, Drew Gasparini, Pasek & Paul, Carner & Gregor, Alexander Sage Oyen, Jonathan Reid Gealt and Duncan Sheik.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at €10 & €14 for general and premium admission respectively - premium coming with a mystery gift during the performance & complimentary drinks. The show runs from 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Shizznigh Presents: Hexxed 'Hidden Graphs' EP Launch w/The Continuous Battle of Order & more

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Belfast mathy progressive act Hexxed launch their new Hidden Graphs EP with a Shizznigh Promotions show at The Bar With No Name on April 17. This is the metal-tinged outfit's first release since 2010, and it's available from Bandcamp for a meagre £3.

    Support comes from math-rock duo - and two of Belfast's finest working musicians - The Continuous Battle of Order, with more to be announced.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Lower Than Atlantis (14+)

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Watford-based post-hardcore/alt. rock quartet Lower Than Atlantis play a 14+ show at Dublin's Academy on April 17.

    Having debuted with their Bretton EP in 2008, they've since released 4 albums, with the most recent being October's eponymous LP, which earned the album of the year from Rocksound Magazine. 

    Tickets, priced at €19, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    The Urges 'Passing Us By' Single Launch w/September Girls & Beatfink

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dublin garage-psych veterans The Urges launch their new single 'Passing Us By' on 7" vinyl with a show for Retro Revival at the Grand Social on April 17. Check out the video for their early single, 'The Urges Theme'.

    Support comes from the female post-punk quintet September Girls - check their debut album, Cursing The Sea and the title track to last year's Veneer EP - and Beatfink.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Alarmist, OKO & RedivideR

    Smock Alley Theatre

    Dublin

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    Three of the most acclaimed Irish 12 Points acts come together for a show at the inaugural Dublin MusicTown Festival, which runs in the city from April 10-19. Multi-instrumentalist, experimental math-rock quartet Alarmist headline the show in the Temple Bar's Smock Alley Theatre on April 17.

    Check out their new single, 'Morning, Kepler', taken from their forthcoming new album.

    Also on the bill are OKO, led by guitarist Shane Latimer, who use the jazz-rock blueprint to explore krautrock, electronics, ambience and funk with too much eclecticism to stay in the box for any considerable period of time. Check out their performance at 12 Points 2013.

    Finally, drum, bass, alto sax & trombone combine for RedivideR, the self-proclaimed 'free improv two-horns no-chords quartet'. 

    Tickets are available entirely free from Entertainment.ie. Things kick off at 6pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Albert Hammond

    Pavilion Theatre

    Dublin

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    Legendary hitwriter, performer and producer Albert Hammond - father of Strokes guitarist of the same name - plays Dublin's Pavilion on April 17.

    It's over forty years now since Hammond wrote his first hit, and not a decade has passed in which he hasn't scored the same feat with multiple singles. He's responsible for the sale of over 360 million records, with over 30 number ones.

    Have a listen to his classic early tune, 'It Never Rains in Southern California'.

    Tickets, priced at €22 concessions and €24 general admission, are available from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Anathema

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Liverpool progressive rock act Anathema play Dublin's Academy on April 17.

    Initially formed in 1990 as a doom band under the name 'Pagan Angel', they recorded some demos and EPs which garnered label interest and an ensuing tour with Cannibal Corpse. They went on to release their debut LP Serenades in 1993, and - such is their prolificacy - little over a decade later, released their tenth album, Distant Satellites, in 2014.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €26.50. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Feast Presents: No Spill Blood Album Launch w/Ilenkus

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Synth & fuzz-bass-led Dublin trio No Spill Blood have just released their debut album, Heavy Electricty, and it's a cracker. Feast Presents brings them to the Roisin Dubh on April 17 for the Galway leg of their Irish launch tour.

    Check out the live session for 'White Out', taken off Heavy Electricity.

    Support comes from Galway progressive hardcore act Ilenkus - you can check out their recent The Crossing EP on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available €8 from the Roisin Dubh or €10 on the night. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Thieves of Ennui, The Shout, 1440 & Lee Harvey Oswald

    Victoria Bar

    Armagh

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    A group of forward-thinking young bands have grouped together for the You Haven't Heard Of Us Yet tour, which takes place throughout April in NI. The four acts play the Victoria Bar in Armagh on April 17.

    The acts are as follows: hard rock quartet Thieves of Ennui, Warrenpoint pop-rock act The Shout, Armagh post-hardcore trio 1440 and well-named hardcore/post-hardcore three piece Lee Harvey Oswald.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Modern Life Is Rubbish: Sister Ghost, Serotonin & Hit The B Button

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The next instalment of Taylor Johnson's Modern Life Is Rubbish night at the Pavilion takes place on April 17, headlined by Shannon O'Neill's current project, the garage-punk Sister Ghost. She recently released her 'Spineless Whisper/Little Lamb' double a-side.

    Support comes from young alt. rock act Serotonin - one of the Oh Yeah Centre's recent Scratch My Progress graduates - and video game-themed part-Canadian alt. rock quartet Hit The B Button

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015

    Hangar Live Launch: MMOTHS, The Minutes, New Secret Weapon & more

    Room 2: The Building Society

    Dublin

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    Dublin’s Hangar team have announced the official launch party of their new venue, located on Andrews Lane, in the heart of Dublin City.

    Having been “hard at work creating a new space, a new cultural hub ready to cater to all types of music and events”, the venue – boasting a brand new, state of the art sound system – will kickstart on Aprll 17,with a MMOTHS DJ/AV set (featuring Slipdraft) with decidedly guitar-based acts The Minutes and New Secret Weapon, with The Building Society DJ’s taking over upstairs.

    Check out MMOTHS' 'Yago'.

    Tickets are extremely limited (300 advanced tickets) and only one ticket per person. RSVP here. First come, first served basis.

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor play Vicar Street in what's sure to be a a grandiose show on April 18.

    The atmospheric masters, who formed in 1994 in Montreal, have released 5 LPs, including the genre-defining Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven and F# A#?. Their most recent release was 2012's Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! 

    Check out 'Mladic', one half of its two hypnotic tracks.

    Tickets, priced at €27, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    Lower Than Atlantis (14+)

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Watford-based post-hardcore/alt. rock quartet Lower Than Atlantis play a 14+ show at QUB's Bar Sub on April 18.

    Having debuted with their Bretton EP in 2008, they've since released 4 albums, with the most recent being October's eponymous LP, which earned the album of the year from Rocksound Magazine. 

    Tickets, priced at £16, are available from the QUB SU reception and Ticketmaster. Doors open early at 6pm.

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    Delorentos

    The Savoy

    Cork

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    Dublin indie pop-rock quartet Delorentos headline the Savoy Theatre in Cork on April 18 as part of their upcoming Irish Tour.

    They released their fifth album, Night Becomes Light six months ago, following the Meteor Choice Prize-winning Little Sparks and their acoustic limited-run fourth album. Check out their new single, 'Forget The Numbers'.

    Tickets, priced at €17.50, are available from Ticketsolve and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail 'Sea Legs' Album Launch w/Arborist

    SS Nomadic

    Belfast

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    One of the most enticing collaborations we've seen in recent years sees golden-throated folk singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery and Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail join forces for their mini-album, Sea Legs. They launch the record onboard the SS Nomadic at Hamilton Dock on April 18.

    Sea Legs was initially supposed to be a small project, but snowballed following a creative spurt in their recording base in Donegal.

    Check out our recent live session with Ciaran Lavery. You can pick up a copy of their record through PledgeMusic.

    Support comes from Mark McCambridge's folk project, Arborist, who recently unveiled their new single, 'Twisted Arrow', featuring vocals from Pixies/Breeders founding member Kim Deal.

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

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    Record Store Day 2015: Skymas, Freedom 35s & Hot Cops

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    We've teamed up with Belfast's Head Records to bring a special Record Store Day lineup together on the annual event, this year on Saturday, April 18 at The Bar With No Name. Headlining the night will be electronic noise rock trio Skymas. Check out the video for last years single, 'Build'.

    Support comes from Armagh funk-soul-r'n'b act Freedom 35's and young Belfast slacker-indie three piece Hot Cops, who have all their material on Bandcamp, available as a free download.

    Before, between and after sets, Documenta & Belfast Music Club DJ's will be spinning tunes.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm, with a portion of the proceeds will go towards homeless charity Shelter NI

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    The Mighty Stef Album Launch w/Thee Penny Dreadfuls & The Whereabouts

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Following a stint in the US recording their with producer Alain Johnannes - known for work with Mark Lanegan, QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys & more - blues-folk-rock act The Mighty Stef play the Belfast leg of the launch for Year Of The Horse, at The Menagerie on April 18.

    Led by singer, storyteller & songwriter Stefan Murphy, The Mighty Stef have spent nearly five years to finish off this, their LA-conceived new album. Check out 'Stella', the first single off Year Of The Horse.

    Support comes from Belfast garage-psych act Thee Penny Dreadfuls and Cavan bluesy rock 'n' roll quartet The Whereabouts, with Sunglasses After Dark's Ryan Fitzsimmons  DJ'ing on the night too.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2015

    Concrete Soup Improv Music Afternoons: Gavin Prior & ¡NO!

    Block T

    Dublin

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    Block T at Smithfield Square hosts the next Concrete Soup improv music afternoon on April 18, featuring guitarist/producer Gavin Prior. Currently performing with free jazz/metal trio Tarracóir and acapella vocal group The Primer Barber Trio, as well as noise duo Toymonger.

    Playing acoustic and electric guitar with preparations and extended techniques, he's performed and improved with many musicians across Europe, America & Asia. Check out his label, Deserted Village, for an example of his talents.

    The show will kick off with a set from Dive Diver, followed by a collaborative set by ¡NO!, the Dublin-based free experimental rock act. Check their no wave, krautrock & psych-inspired stuff out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8, with a free CD of the third instalment of ¡NO!'s Archive Series for the first 30 entrants. Doors open at 4pm with the first set beginning at 4.30pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Apr
    2015

    Flying Lotus

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Vicar Street hosts a full live band show from Steven Ellison, aka experimental, genre-spanning electronic producer, rapper and musician Flying Lotus on April 19.

    His recently-released fifth album, You're Dead is one of his finest, and brings his more heavily jazz-oriented, psychedelic side to the fore.

    Check out his intense recent single, 'Never Catch Me', which features hip-hop's current hot property, Kendrick Lamar.

    Tickets are available from €30.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Apr
    2015

    The Mighty Stef & The Whereabouts

    The Atlantic Bar

    Portrush

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    Following a stint in the US recording their with producer Alain Johnannes - known for work with Mark Lanegan, QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys & more - blues-folk-rock act The Mighty Stef continue their Year Of The Horse launch tour at Portrush's Atlantic Live Lounge on April 19.

    Led by singer, storyteller & songwriter Stefan Murphy, The Mighty Stef have spent nearly five years to finish off this, their LA-conceived new album. Check out 'Stella', the first single off Year Of The Horse.

    Cavan bluesy rock 'n' roll quartet The Whereabouts support on this joint Irish tour with the pair of acts. Check out their recent I Don't Care EP on Soundcloud.

    Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    19
    Apr
    2015

    The Airborne Toxic Event

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    LA indie rock band The Airborne Toxic Event play The Academy on April 19.

    Known for their frequent orchestral accompaniment and electronic-infused anthemic indie with stadium-sized hooks, they released their eponymous debut LP in 2008, with albums in 2011 and 2013. Their fourth album, Dope Machines, was released earlier this year.

    Check out the video for recent single, 'Wrong'.

    Tickets, priced at €19, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    20
    Apr
    2015

    Hidden Agenda Presents: Portico & Snow Ghosts

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Formerly the Portico Quartet, now simply Portico, play a Hidden Agenda show at Whelan's on April 20, having recently signed to Ninja Tune.

    Made up of Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick & Jack Wylie, Portico's evocative song-based electronica swells with 'verb and well-programmed beats - check out the video for the gorgeous Atoms For Peace-recalling single, 'Bright Luck', featuring vocals from Jono McCleery.

    Electro-pop trio Snow Ghosts support on the night. Check out their single, 'Circles Out of Salt'.

    Tickets, priced at €15, are available from Hidden Agenda. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015

    UFO

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    English hard rock act UFO play Dublin's Academy on April 21, ahead of the release of their new album.

    Formed in 1969, they were something of a transition between classic hard rock and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, led by singer Phil Mogg. They've had a lengthy list of former members and reunions over the years, with the likes of Michael Schenker and Jason Bonham included in their various incarnations. For their new album, they team up with Chris Tsangarides, known for his work with Judas Priest, Anvil, Thin Lizzy and Depeche Mode, among others.

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

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015

    Arcane Roots

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    London indie/post-hardcore trio Arcane Roots play a pair of dates in Ireland as part of their forthcoming tour, with a stop-off at Dublin's Academy 2 on April 21. 

    They released their excellent math-rock infused debut mini-album, Left Fire in 2011, and followed it up with the more accessible alt. rock of Blood & Chemistry in 2013. Having last year released a non-album single 'Over & Over', a new release is expected soon from the three.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €12. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015

    Tuesday Throwdown: A Plastic Rose

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Following on from our packed-out show with A Bad Cavalier, we will host fast-rising Belfast-based alt-rock quartet A Plastic Rose in our next Tuesday Throwdown live show on Tuesday, April 21. 

    With admission completely FREE, this show in our limited-capacity Back Bar is set to be an intimate, unmissable performance from a band who have received rave reviews for their new album, A Flickering Light of an Inner War.

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015

    UFO

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    English hard rock act UFO play the Limelight on April 22 ahead of the release of their new album.

    Formed in 1969, they were something of a transition between classic hard rock and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, led by singer Phil Mogg. They've had a lengthy list of former members and reunions over the years, with the likes of Michael Schenker and Jason Bonham included in their various incarnations. For their new album, they team up with Chris Tsangarides, known for his work with Judas Priest, Anvil, Thin Lizzy and Depeche Mode, among others.

    Tickets are available for £22.50 from Ticketmaster, Katy's Bar and the usual outlets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015

    Dick Valentine

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Electric 6 frontman and lyricist Dick Valentine plays an acoustic show at Dundalk's Spirit Store on April 22

    He speaks for himself, really. His first solo album, Destroy The Children, came out in 2012, followed by 2013's Halloween Fingers, and it's just been announced that his third solo release will be Here Come The Bags!, which is accompanied by a full solo acoustic tour of the UK & Ireland.

    Check out the title track to 'Destroy The Children'.

    Tickets, costing €11.75, are available from Ticketmaster and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015

    Arcane Roots

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

    arcane roots

    London indie/post-hardcore trio Arcane Roots play a pair of dates in Ireland as part of their forthcoming tour, with a stop-off in QUB's Bar Sub on April 22. 

    They released their excellent math-rock infused debut mini-album, Left Fire in 2011, and followed it up with the more accessible alt. rock of Blood & Chemistry in 2013. Having last year released a non-album single 'Over & Over', a new release is expected soon from the three.

    Tickets are available from the QUB Students' Union reception desk and Ticketmaster, priced at £11.25. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015

    Blooms w/Carried By Waves

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    London-based electronic artist Louise Cunnane, aka Blooms plays Cork's The Roundy on March 22. This comes as part of her forthcoming Irish tour, coinciding with the release of her second EP, following up on her successful 2014 debut, If.

    Check out her recent single, 'Fall'.

    Support comes from electro-pop act Carried By Waves - check out their free-download single, 'The Sea Between'.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015

    Plan 9 Film Club Presents: Spaced

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Plan 9 Film Club, as part of the Belfast Film Festival, host a night at the Black Box on April 22 dedicated to cult UK sitcom Spaced.

    Running for two seasons from 1999-2001 on Channel 4, it was the big breakthrough for creative minds Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson & Edgar Wright, who, as we all know, have went on to write, direct and star in some of the finest comedies in recent years. It also gave early exposure to the likes of sitcom favourites Mark Heap, Nick Frost, Julia Deakin and NI comedian & actor Michael Smiley.

    Tickets are available from the Film Festival for £5. Doors open at 7pm, with the proceedings kicking off at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015

    Parapa Palace EP Launch w/Echo Raptors & Mere Moths

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Formerly known as Lives, jangly rock'n'roll quartet Parapa Palace launch their debut EP with a show at Voodoo on April 22. Check out their tunes on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from Belfast's Britpop-channelling Echo Raptors and Dromore indie rock singer-songwriter Patrick Wright, aka Mere Moths. Pure Savage DJs will provide tunes on the night too.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015

    Sharon Van Etten

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten plays Whelans for Harmonic Presents on April 23.

    The master harmoniser has just released her acclaimed fourth album. Check out the single 'Taking Chances'.

    Tickets, priced at €24, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015

    The Young Folk

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin alt-folk quartet The Young Folk play a hometown show in Whelan's on April 23, one of their biggest to date, and part of a short 3 date Irish tour.

    Formed as recently as 2012, last year saw them release their debut album, The Little Battle - check out lead single, 'Way Home', and read our very own Tara Thomas' Roving Eye feature on the band as they tour coffee shops across the UK.

    Tickets are priced at €12 and are available from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015

    Empty Lungs, Stygmate, Over Being Under &

    Tenterhooks

    Dublin

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    Folk-channelling punk quartet Empty Lungs play a BYOB show at New Market Square's Tenterhooks in Dublin on April 23 as part of their forthcoming Irish tour.  Check out their most recent single, 'From Russia With A Lack Of Love'.

    Parisian fellow punk rock four piece Stygmate are co-headliners, accompanying the band across Ireland. Check out the video for 'Crevez Tous'.

    Support comes from Dublin emo outfits Over Being Under - check out free single, 'Drawn' - and Stairwells.

    Admission costs €7 and it's a BYOB event. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015

    Christy Dignam & Joe Jewell: Some Songs & Stories

    Civic Theatre

    Tallaght, Dublin

    Aslan's Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell

    April 23 sees Aslan frontman Christy Dignam and guitarist/songwriter Joe Jewell bring their intimate acoustic show to Tallaght's Civic Theatre for a night.

    As well as classic Aslan material, they'll be doing covers and new material, interspersed with stories about the band and songs in their 30+ years together.

    Tickets, priced at €18 concession & €20 general admission, are available from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015

    Sonorities: Ed Bennett & Xenia Pestova and John Butcher

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Bangor-born composer Ed Bennett returns to his roots in more ways than one, with the Belfast premiere of a new large-scale work for piano, multiple keyboards and electronics at The MAC on April 23.

    Performed by colourful concert pianist Xenia Pestova, the work draws extensively on Irish folk music, transplanting these familiar sounds into the world of electronic processing. 

    Also performing on this double-header is John Butcher on his piece, The Geometry of Sentiment. His work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multi-tracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.

    This performance will focus on the extreme acoustics element, so virtuosic in its control of detail and structure that it often sounds as if he must be using electronics. Every sound is experienced with calligraphic clarity. Exact and deliberate.

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

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015

    Dutch Uncles

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    English indie-pop quintet Dutch Uncles play the Limelight 2 on April 24.

    Known for their math-influences rhythmic leanings, the arty five piece take influence from a huge range of places, with a decidedly accessible, new wave feel at times. Check out 'In n Out', the first single from their fourth album, O Shudder, out in February.

    Tickets are available from Katy's Bar and Ticketmaster for £14. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015
    Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    Le Galaxie Album Launch

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Ask any man and his dog, “What are Le Galaxie?” and they (ok, just the man) will invariably respond with a giddy spiel about a neon-soaked, party-starting machine, with the utmost collective ability to make even the most shy and retiring maladroit splay and flail like Techno Viking having a series of seizure-induced fits.  And he would be right.

    Yes, with their profound, cosmically-inclined fondness for hip and happening one-off happenings, Le Galaxie are very much at it again, with the announcement that they’re bringing Le Club to Dublin’s Academy on April 24 and 25.

    Set to coincide with the launch of their new album of the same name, the two-night residency will see The Academy transformed into a custom-made environment of Le Galaxie’s very own creation, inspired by the new fourteen-track album.  Better still, Lethal Dialect & Buffalo Woman support on night one, with Rarely Seen above Ground (R.S.A.G.) and young Irish hip-hop/soul Hare Squead - check out their new video for 'Bop With It' - making an appearance at the latter show.

    Have a listen to 'Humanise', taken off Le Club.

    Tickets for Le Club – €19 inclusive of booking fee - are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015

    Dick Valentine - Free Show

    Katy's Bar

    Belfast

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    Electric 6 frontman & Limelight favourite Dick Valentine plays a free acoustic show in Katy's Bar in the Limelight complex on April 24.

    He speaks for himself, really. His first solo album, Destroy The Children, came out in 2012, followed by 2013's Halloween Fingers, and it's just been announced that his third solo release will be Here Come The Bags!, which is accompanied by a full solo acoustic tour of the UK & Ireland.

    Check out the title track to 'Destroy The Children'.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015

    Blooms w/VOIDS

    The Factory

    Galway

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    London-based electronic artist Louise Cunnane, aka Blooms plays Galway's Factory on March 24. This comes as part of her forthcoming Irish tour, coinciding with the release of her second EP, following up on her successful 2014 debut, If.

    Check out her recent single, 'Fall'.

    Support comes from Galway electronic dream-pop duo VOIDS. Check out their Begin EP on Bandcamp.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015

    The Young Folk

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Dublin alt-folk quartet The Young Folk play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on April 24 as part of a short 3 date Irish tour.

    Formed as recently as 2012, last year saw them release their debut album, The Little Battle - check out lead single, 'Way Home', and read our very own Tara Thomas' Roving Eye feature on the band as they tour coffee shops across the UK.

    Tickets are priced at €11.75, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015

    Empty Lungs, Stygmate, Hot Cops & Different Ghosts

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Following their sellout show in April last year in the same venue, passionate, folk-channelling punk quartet Empty Lungs play the Menagerie on April 24.  Check out their most recent single, 'From Russia With A Lack Of Love'.

    Parisian fellow punk rock four piece Stygmate are main support, accompanying the band across an Irish tour. Check out the video for 'Crevez Tous'.

    Young Belfast slacker-indie three piece Hot Cops - who have all their material on Bandcamp, available as a free download - support, with Different Ghosts opening the show.

    Admission costs £6 before 9.30pm and £7 afterwards. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015

    Dimebag Sessions Presents: Tropical

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    The Warzone Centre on Little Great Victoria St. hosts a Tropical edition of the Dimebag Sessions on April 24. 

    The night will feature guest DJs, live drums, visuals and a range of tropical tunes in afrobeat, funk, latin, samba and tribal styles.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2015

    Exposure #5: Shoot The Preacher, Petty Youth & The Twenty

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The next night of Chordblossom's Exposure features three new up-and-coming acts to play at the Bar With No Name on May 24, headlined by anthemic alt. rock quartet Shoot The Preacher.

    Support comes from garage rock/post-punk quartet Petty Youth and garage-punks The Twenty, who soon launch their Surveillance EP.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    Dutch Uncles

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    English indie-pop quintet Dutch Uncles play the the Workman's Club in Dublin on April 25.

    Known for their math-influences rhythmic leanings, the arty five piece take influence from a huge range of places, with a decidedly accessible, new wave feel at times. Check out 'In n Out', the first single from their fourth album, O Shudder, out in February.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €17. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    Blues Pills

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Swedish psych-blues rock quartet Blues Pills play the Voodoo Lounge on April 26, following the release of their eponymous debut album last year.

    Formed in 2011, they met in America and recorded two demos, leading to a deal with Crusher Records. They subsequently released their Bliss EP, touring extensively before releasing their 2014 debut album. Check it out.

    Tickets, priced at €18, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    Delorentos

    Seapoint Ballroom

    Galway

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    Dublin indie pop-rock quartet Delorentos headline the Seapoint Ballroom in Salthill, Galway on April 25 as part of their upcoming Irish tour.

    They released their fifth album, Night Becomes Light six months ago, following the Meteor Choice Prize-winning Little Sparks and their acoustic limited-run fourth album. Check out their new single, 'Forget The Numbers'.

    Tickets, priced from €18-€20, are available from the Roisin Dubh and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    RedBeard Presents: No Matter, Eighty Four, Takers & Users and Tyrannasonic Deaf Rays

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Following RedBeard's recent alt. rock and stoner metal lineups, they're taking an altogether more punk direction for their showcase at the Bar With No Name on April 25, to be headlined by pop-punk quartet No Matter. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are '90s punk-influenced act Eighty Four, old school punk trio Takers & Users and Kilkeel alt. rock three piece Tyrannasonic Deaf Rays - check out their free Prehistoric Power EP.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    The Co-Present: Blooms, Laura Sheeran & Kobina

    The Twisted Pepper

    Dublin

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    The next Co-Present on Radiomade.ie show will be at the Twisted Pepper on April 25, headlined by London-based electronic artist Louise Cunnane, aka Blooms. This comes as part of her forthcoming Irish tour, coinciding with the release of her second EP, following up on her successful 2014 debut, If.

    Check out her recent single, 'Fall'.

    Support comes from Galway-born multi-layered gothic electronica-tinged songstress Laura Sheeran - who releases her new album, Spellbook, this year - and Dublin producer Kobina.

    Admission costs €10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    The Young Folk

    Kelly's

    Galway

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    Dublin alt-folk quartet The Young Folk play Kelly's in Galway on April 25 as the final part of a short 3 date Irish tour.

    Formed as recently as 2012, last year saw them release their debut album, The Little Battle - check out lead single, 'Way Home', and read our very own Tara Thomas' Roving Eye feature on the band as they tour coffee shops across the UK.

    Tickets, priced at €12, are available from Tickettailor. Doors open at 9.30pm.

     

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2015

    The Urges 'Passing Us By' Single Launch w/The Freedom 35's & Gavin and Thee Icons

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Dublin garage-psych veterans The Urges do the Belfast leg of the launch for their new single 'Passing Us By' - on 7" vinyl - with a show at the Menagerie on April 25. Check out the video for their early single, 'The Urges Theme'.

    Support comes from Dublin garage punk quartet Gavin And Thee Icons and Armagh funk-soul-old school r'n'b four piece The Freedom 35's.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    29
    Apr
    2015

    Little xs For Eyes 'Everything Else' Album Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin retro-chic indie-synth-pop sextet Little Xs For Eyes launch their second album, Everywhere Else with a show at Whelan's on April 29, just a fortnight after it's April 13 release.

    You can pre-order Everywhere Else on Bandcamp, and check out the video for single 'Love Gets Lost'.

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

     

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015

    Distorted Perspectives 2015 Launch: Autumns & Red Flare

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Derry no-wave now-duo - having replaced their drummer with a much more reliable machine - Autumns play Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre in the second annual Music & Art Festival on April 30 for the 2015 launch party for Distorted Perspectives.

    Stream their trademark 'verby, feedbacky & jangly new 7" Blonde EP.

    Also on the bill are experimental, melancholic artful soundscapers Red Flare.

    Admission costs €5 - with tickets available from Ticketsolve - and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015

    Ulrich Schnauss w/Nat Urametova Visuals

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    London-based German electronic producer Ulrich Schnauss plays the Belfast Barge as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on April 30.

    Filtering lush, ethereal shoegaze and Enoesque ambience through the electronic filter, he's best known for A Strangely Isolated Place - notably influenced by the likes of Slowdive's Pygmalion and the Cocteau Twins. 

    Visuals for the show come from Nat Urazmetova - check out the footage from their Oslo show for an example of what's to come.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve, and the show is a BYOB affair. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015

    Arborist 'Twisted Arrow' Single Launch

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The Menagerie hosts the Mark McCambridge-led folk project, Arborist, in the launch for their new single, 'Twisted Arrow', on April 30.

    Check out the video for 'Twisted Arrow', featuring wonderful vocal harmonies from Pixies/Breeders icon Kim Deal.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Moon Duo w/The Altered Hours

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Psychedelic Krautrock-inspired droney pair Moon Duo play the Workman's Club on May 1 in a show for Dolittle.

    Formed by Wooden Shjips' Erik 'Ripley' Johnson and Sanae Yamada in 2009, they have released three studio records to date, and the excellent 2014 LP Live in Ravenna, which accurately captures their sweltered, hypnotic energy. Their fourth album, Shadow of the Sun, is out in March.

    Check their performance for Live on KEXP.

    Support comes from psychedelic five piece The Altered Hours. Check out their latest EP, Outskirts, available for free on Bandcamp.

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

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    The Charlatans

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Indie/Britpop act The Charlatans play Dublin's Academy on May 1

    Having attained three number 1 UK albums in their time together, the Tim Burgess-led band released their twelfth album, Modern Nature back in January. It's their first in five years, and is widely lauded as their best album for quite some time.

    Check out the excellent, late-night vibes in 2015 single 'Come Home Baby'.

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

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Twin Atlantic

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Glaswegian alt. rock quartet Twin Atlantic play the Limelight 1 on May 1.

    Having become one of the milestone post-hardcore bands Scotland seem to be churning out these days, the band have now released three albums and are touring 2014's Great Divide. Check out 'Hold On', from their aforementioned new album.

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

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Le Galaxie

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    With their profound, cosmically-inclined fondness for hip and happening one-off happenings, Le Galaxie are very much at it again, with a tour across Ireland for their new album, Le Club, which sees them stop off, among other spots, at the Roisin Dubh on May 1 This comes just a fortnight after their huge pair of Academy launch shows.

    In the last 2 years, they've won Entertainment.ie's Irish Live Band of the Year and been nominated for the Choice Music Prize. Check out 'Humanise'.

    Tickets are available for €12.50 from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Rock Agus Roll Presents: Goons, The Wood Burning Savages & more - All Ages

    The Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    Having just recently made their Belfast debut, NI supergroup of sorts - counting members of Fighting With Wire, Jetplane Landing, LaFaro, The Rupture Dogs & Little Matador amongst their ranks - Goons make their Derry-Londonderry debut with a headlining slot at an all-ages Nerve Centre show for Rock Agus Roll on May 1.

    Derry alt. pop quartet The Wood Burning Savages - check out the video for their most recent single, 'Boom' - support on the night, with young Derry acts indie four pieces Shoot The Messenger,  Riot Upstairs and alt. punks Lost Avenue also on the bill.

    Admission costs £8 and tickets are available from the Nerve Centre box office. 

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Ulrich Schnauss & Nat Urametova, Shammen Delly & NYT Bloomer

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    London-based German electronic producer Ulrich Schnauss plays the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on May 1 for its second annual Music & Art Festival, presented by Distorted Perspectives.

    Filtering lush, ethereal shoegaze and Enoesque ambience through the electronic filter, he's best known for A Strangely Isolated Place - notably influenced by the likes of Slowdive's Pygmalion and the Cocteau Twins. 

    Visuals for the show come from Nat Urazmetova - check out the footage from their Oslo show for an example of what's to come.

    Support comes from Buncrana ambient electronic soundscaping duo Shammen Delly and fellow Buncrana producer Conor McNamee, aka NYT Bloomer, who samples records and field recordings, all the while evoking hip-hop & house vibes. Check him out on Bandcamp.

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

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Pleasure Grounds: PigsAsPeople, Hot Cops & Dinosaurs As Pets

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    A new alternative club night at The Bar With No Name, Pleasure Grounds - scheduled on the first Friday of every month - kicks off with a show from sludgy post-hardcore/noise rock three piece PigsAsPeople on May 1.

    Having released two EPs in 2012 & 2013 respectively, they launched their entirely free mini-album The Plot Against Future Plans in late 2014 at the Mandela Hall. Check out the video for new single, 'Dismemberments'.

    Support comes from fast-rising indie rock slackers Hot Cops, who have a pair of EPs and an excellent single, 'Origami' available - also for free - over on Bandcamp. Opening the show are former Common Bred Trigger grungy post-hardcore duo Dinosaurs As Pets. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Josh Rouse

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    May 1 sees Nebraskan singer-songwriter Josh Rouse playsa show for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival at the Black Box.

    The indie-folk began his musical days in Nashville, releasing his debut album in 1998. Following a nomadic lifestyle, he moved to Spain to be with his wife, with his music taking appropriate influence - definitively separating him from the oversaturated indie-folk market of today. He has just released his acclaimed eleventh album, The Embers of Time.

    Check out 'Some Days I'm Golden All Night' from Rouse's new LP.

    Tickets are available from CQAF's Ticketsolve, priced at £12. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    Rise & Vote Fundraiser: Watch The Sky, Fangclub, Val Normal, Glassgears, Homecomings & Versive

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    As part of the Yes Equality campaign, Rise And Vote takes place at Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on May 1, with 6 bands and 1 DJ on the night, as well as free pizza, cake & cupcakes.

    The bands playing are Bray alternative rock act Watch The Sky, Dublin pop-punkers Homecoming, grunge-tinged math-rock trio Val Normalanthemic garage-punks FangclubGlassgears and alt. rock quartet Versive.

    Admission costs €7 from Eventbrite or €10 on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2015

    The Co-Present: Grounds For Invasion w/Sleep Thieves DJ Set

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The next Co-Present on Radiomade.ie live show takes place at the Workman's Club on May 1 and is to be headlined by Galway electro-pop duo Grounds For Invasion.

    After releasing their debut EP last summer & playing the Body & Soul Main Stage at Electric Picnic, Grounds For Invasion released their debut album, Dying Stars, back in February. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Appropriately, they'll be supported by brooding electro-popmakers Sleep Thieves, in a DJ set. 

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at midnight.

     

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    The Twilight Sad

    Whelan's

    Dublin

    twilight sad

    Scottish indie rock trio The Twilight Sad play Dublin's Whelan's in a show for Harmonic Presents on May 2.

    They've just released their fourth album, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, a vast departure from their early experimental shows, comprising 30-minute noise jams with a host of old gadgetry. Their new album still hinges on the wall of sound with surprising subtlety, a solid progression from their  previous records.

    Check out the video for 'Last January' from their new album.

    Tickets, priced at €17, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    Calexico

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Tuscon, Arizona Americana-laced indie-folk collective Calexico play the Limelight on May 2.

    Based primarily around the two main members Joey Burns and John Convertino - who first played together in rootsy Americana act Giant Sand - Calexico have been around since the early nineties, having released eight albums to date, with the most recent being 2012's Algiers.

    Check out 'Two Silver Trees'.

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

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    Sinead O'Connor

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Sinead O'Connor, having last year released one of her most well-received albums in her tenth LP I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss, plays the Cork Opera House on May 2.

    Rising to prominence with her 2.5 million-selling 1987 debut The Lion and the Cobra, she peaked commercially with her reworking of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' and has went on to become an activist on religion, women's rights, war and child abuse. Her latest album was recorded by John Reynolds, her first husband, and really works as a fresh, multi-faceted pop album.

    Tickets are available from the Cork Opera House, priced at €39. The show's at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    The Thin Air's 2nd Birthday Bash: TBA, Robocobra Quartet, Night Trap, BATS & Little Gem DJ Set

    The Twisted Pepper

    Dublin

    no spill blood

    On May 2, we celebrate our second year on this earth with a show in Dubin's Twisted Pepper, to be headlined by fuzzed-out synth-mongers No Spill Blood, who've recently released their excellent debut album, Heavy Electricity.

    Supporting on the night are drum, bass & 2 sax jazz-punk act Robocobra Quartet - check our live session and their free-download singles - and electropop duo Night Trap - check them out on Soundcloud - as well as culturally diverse, Ireland-based hip-hop trio Rusangano Family.

    There will also be DJ sets from BATS and Little Gem Records.

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

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    The Charlatans

    Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee

    Belfast

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    Indie/Britpop act The Charlatans play the Marquee at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 2.

    Having attained three number 1 UK albums in their time together, the Tim Burgess-led band released their twelfth album, Modern Nature back in January. It's their first in five years, and is widely lauded as their best album for quite some time.

    Check out the excellent, late-night vibes in 2015 single 'Come Home Baby'.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced at £20. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    Twin Atlantic

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Glaswegian alt. rock quartet Twin Atlantic play Dublin's Academy on May 2.

    Having become one of the milestone post-hardcore bands Scotland seem to be churning out these days, the band have now released three albums and are touring 2014's Great Divide. Check out 'Hold On', from their aforementioned new album.

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

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    Moon Duo & Cian Nugent and the Cosmos

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    On May 2, psychedelic, Krautrock-inspired droney pair Moon Duo play Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre as part of the second annual Letterkenny Music and Art Festival.

    Formed by Wooden Shjips' Erik 'Ripley' Johnson and Sanae Yamada in 2009, they have released three studio records to date, and the excellent 2014 LP Live in Ravenna, which accurately captures their sweltered, hypnotic energy. Their fourth album, Shadow of the Sun, came out in March.

    Check their performance for Live on KEXP.

    Support comes from Dublin '60s/'70s singer-songwriter scene-channelling Cian Nugent & The CosmosCheck them out out on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015

    Stendhal Showcase: Join Me In The Pines, Katharine Philippa & Ryan McMullan

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2015, the Oh Yeah Centre and Stendhal Festival of Art combine forces to hold a Stendhal showcase on May 2, headlined by Join Me in the Pines, the side-project from David Geraghty of Bell X1. 

    He released Kill Your Darlings, his solo debut, in 2007 garnering a Choice Music Prize, with the follow-up being released in 2009 between hectic Bell X1 touring schedules. They just began touring in March with a season of theatre dates, following new album Inherit. Check out this intimate session of 'At First Light'.

    Support comes from Oh Yeah Centre favourite, the piano-playing songstress Katharine Philippa - check out her session at St Anne's Cathedral and acoustic singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan.

    Admission costs €8 - available from Ticketsolve - and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Sample-based duo Public Service Broadcasting play the Mandela Hall on May 3 as part of their upcoming tour of the UK and Ireland.

    Based in London, Public Service Broadcasting consist of  J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo, stringed instruments, sampling and electronic instruments, and Wrigglesworth on drums, piano and electronic instruments, the pair take samples from old public information films. They released their debut album, Inform - Educate in mid 2013, and this tour coincides with the follow-up, The Race For Space.

    Tickets, priced at £16, are available from Ticketmaster and the QUBSU reception. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    The Twilight Sad

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Scottish indie rock trio The Twilight Sad play Voodoo in a show for Strange Victory on May 3.

    They've just released their fourth album, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, a vast departure from their early experimental shows, comprising 30-minute noise jams with a host of old gadgetry. Their new album still hinges on the wall of sound with surprising subtlety, a solid progression from their  previous records.

    Check out the video for 'Last January' from their new album.

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

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    Mojo Fury, The Bonnevilles & Runaway Go

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Mojo Fury play their first show of 2015 on May 3 at Limelight 2, following European tours last year in support of their phenomenal second album, The Difference Between. This, their big return, sees them debut new material as well as the usual classics.

    Support comes from Lurgan garage-blues duo The Bonnevilles - check out the video for '10'000' as well as anthemic indie-pop act Runaway Go, who play an acoustic set with songs drawn from their upcoming new album.

    Tickets, priced at £8, are available from Ticketmaster, Katy's Bar and the usual outlets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    Le Galaxie

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    With their profound, cosmically-inclined fondness for hip and happening one-off happenings, Le Galaxie are very much at it again, with a tour across Ireland for their new album, Le Club, which sees them stop off, among other spots, at Cork's Cyprus Avenue on May 3 This comes just a fortnight after their huge pair of Academy launch shows.

    In the last 2 years, they've won Entertainment.ie's Irish Live Band of the Year and been nominated for the Choice Music Prize. Check out 'Humanise'.

    Tickets are available for €13.50 from the Ticketsolve. Doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    Rubberbandits - Continental Fistfight

    Town Hall Theatre

    Galway

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    Following recent sellout runs, Limerick musical comedy duo The Rubberbandits are to bring their highly successful 'Continental Fistfight' musical to Galway's Town Hall Theatre on May 3 as part of their current Irish tour.

    They broke with the single 'Horse Outside' but have since continued to rise in popularity, gaining a television series, winning the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's Malcolm Hardee award for being the most original act, with Continental Fistfight featuring a plethora of new songs and new routines.

    Check out 'Hey Mister', from the show.

    Tickets are available, priced from €15-€17 from the Town Hall Theatre. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    Clanns EP Launch w/Documenta Drone Pop & Robyn G Shiels

    Regional Cultural Centre,

    Letterkenny

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    As part of the second annual Letterkenny Music & Art Festival, Distorted Perspectives bring local ambient post-rock quartet Clanns to launch their debut EP in the town's Regional Cultural Centre on May 3.

    Support comes from shoegazing, spaced-out dream-pop act Documenta - check out their new single 'Idle Hands', taken from their next record, Drone Pop #1 - and brooding singer-songwriter Robyn G Shiels, who won the NI Music Prize for his excellent second album, The Blood Of The Innocents.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced at €5. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2015

    David Lyttle 'Faces' Album Launch

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Prominent NI musician David Lyttle performs at Aether & Echo as part of this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3.

    Lyttle has already received a rave review of his latest album, Faces, from the Rolling Stone for its genre-spanning characteristics. The album features collaborations with Talib Kweli, Duke Special and Grammy-winning jazz musician Joe Lovano. Interestingly, Lyttle's touring band will feature extra vocalists, keys, a rapper, and a saxophonist/flautist.

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

  • Mon
    04
    May
    2015

    Calexico

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Tuscon, Arizona Americana-laced indie-folk collective Calexico play the Dublin's Olympia Theatre on May 4.

    Based primarily around the two main members Joey Burns and John Convertino - who first played together in rootsy Americana act Giant Sand - Calexico have been around since the early nineties, having released eight albums to date, with the most recent being 2012's Algiers.

    Check out 'Two Silver Trees'.

    Tickets, priced from €27, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    04
    May
    2015

    Philip Glass: The Études

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Seminal American composer and pianist Philip Glass plays the main auditorium of the National Concert Hall in Dublin on May 4.

    The prolific artist will be joined by fellow pianists Maki Namekawa and Timo Andres to perform his now-complete twenty Études for Piano, which gives an introspective portrait of the last two decades of his career. He completed 16 of the études in the 1990s, each of which take a different approach to the piano, with the final four commissioned for his 75th birthday in 2012.

    Tickets, priced at €35 & €40, are available from the National Concert Hall

  • Mon
    04
    May
    2015

    The Staves

    Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee

    Belfast

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    British folk trio of sisters The Staves are to play their biggest NI show to date on May 4 at the Festival Marquee for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    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. Their new album If I Was was released in March.

    Tickets, priced at £12, are available from CQAF Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Mon
    04
    May
    2015

    The Pop Group

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having just released their first album in 35 years, iconic Bristol post-punk band The Pop Group play Whelan's on May 4.

    Best known for their 1979 debut album, Y, The Pop Group were a huge influence on post-punk & hardcore going forward, notably on luminaries like Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Thurston Moore, Nick Cave, bringing in a uniquely visceral approach, taking in dub & funk-influences along the lines of peers Gang of Four, PIL & Pere Ubu.

    Check out the title track from their new album, Citizen Zombie. They're still very relevant.

    Tickets, priced at €20, are available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2015

    Public Service Broadcasting

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Sample-based duo Public Service Broadcasting play the Button Factory in Dublin on May 5 as part of their upcoming tour of the UK and Ireland.

    Based in London, Public Service Broadcasting consist of  J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo, stringed instruments, sampling and electronic instruments, and Wrigglesworth on drums, piano and electronic instruments, the pair take samples from old public information films. They released their debut album, Inform - Educate in mid 2013, and this tour coincides with the follow-up, The Race For Space

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

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2015

    Amber Run (14+)

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Nottingham indie-pop act Amber Run play a 14+ show at the Oh Yeah Centre on May 5.

    Having formed in 2012, they ended up playing one of their first shows on the BBC Introducing stage. They've recently released the debut single, 'Just My Soul Responding' from their debut album, out this year.

    Tickets, priced at £12, are available from Shine, Musicglue and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2015

    Man Overboard

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Following their rescheduled shows in late 2014, pop-punk act Man Overboard play Bar Sub on May 5.

    Known for their 'Defend Pop Punk' motto, the ronseal five piece have been together since 2008, having released three albums to day, and a Passing Ends EP, out at the end of 2014. Have a listen to 'Where I Left You'.

    Tickets are available from QUBSU's reception desk and Ticketmaster, for £11.25. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015

    Amber Run

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Nottingham indie-pop act Amber Run play a show at Dublin's Academy 2 on May 6 as part of their UK & Ireland tour.

    Having formed in 2012, they ended up playing one of their first shows on the BBC Introducing stage. They've recently released the debut single, 'Just My Soul Responding' from their debut album, out this year.

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

     

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015

    The Staves

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    British folk trio of sisters The Staves are to play their biggest headline show in Ireland to date on May 6 at Dublin's Olympia.

    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. Their new album If I Was was released in March.

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

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015

    All-Ages: Man Overboard w/Moose Blood, Roam & Starters

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    Following their rescheduled shows in late 2014, New Jersey pop-punk act Man Overboard play an all-ages show upstairs at Fibber's on May 6.

    Known for their 'Defend Pop Punk' motto, the ronseal five piece have been together since 2008, having released three albums to day, and a Passing Ends EP, out at the end of 2014. Have a listen to 'Where I Left You'.

    Support comes from Canterbury emo act Moose Blood, pop punk five piece Roam, and Dublin pop-punk quintet Starters.

    Tickets for the last show are still redeemable, and more are available from WAV Tickets for €13. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015

    Race The Flux 'Olympians' EP Launch w/Val Normal & Gascan Ruckus

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    The hometown leg of Galway alt. rock quartet Race The Flux's Irish dates for the launch of their new, more experimental and math-influenced Olympians EP takes place at the Roisin Dubh on May 6.

    Check out the video for 'Big Fig', the second single from Olympians, the follow-up on their 2013 debut album, Dutch Buffalo. 

    Support comes from Dublin math-rock/post-hardcore trio Val Normal, who just released their second album, Fly the White Flag of War, and Armagh/Belfast-based alt. punk quartet Gascan Ruckus - check out new single 'Goodbye' from their forthcoming debut album.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015

    TOPS & Skelocrats

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The next show from Hidden Agenda at Whelan's on May 6 is headlined by Montreal indie pop-rock quartet TOPS.

    Check out the video for their '80s synth-fuelled 'Destination' from their second album, Picture You Staring.

    Support comes from members of the typically D.I.Y. fuzzy garage act Dublin Popical Island Collective, SkelocratsThey've just released their debut album, Bella Bella.

    Tickets, priced at €13, are available from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    The Staves

    The Everyman

    Cork

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    British folk trio of sisters The Staves are to play The Everyman in Cork on May 7.

    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. Their new album If I Was was released in March.

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

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    Laura Marling

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following the release of Short Movie, her fifth album, 25 year old folk songstress Laura Marling plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on May 7.

    Her career was jump-started when she was only 18 with a Mercury Prize nomination in 2008 for her debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim. Regarded as one of the most talented contemporary folk songwriters of her generation, she's been often credited as fuelling much of folk music's recent popularity.

    She soundtracked and co-wrote the 2013 award-winning short film, Woman DriverAlso, check out the wonderful animated video for the title track from Short Movie.

    Tickets, priced from €27 & €32 are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    Le Galaxie

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Ask any man and his dog, “What are Le Galaxie?” and they (ok, just the man) will invariably respond with a giddy spiel about a neon-soaked, party-starting machine, with the utmost collective ability to make even the most shy and retiring maladroit splay and flail like Techno Viking having a series of seizure-induced fits.  And he would be right.

    Yes, with their profound, cosmically-inclined fondness for hip and happening one-off happenings, Le Galaxie are very much at it again, with a tour across Ireland for their new album, Le Club, which sees them stop off at Belfast's Aether & Echo on May 7. This comes just a fortnight after their huge pair of Academy launch shows.

    Have a listen to 'Humanise', taken off Le Club.

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    Little xs For Eyes w/The Still Tide

    Munroe's

    Galway

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    Dublin retro-chic indie-synth-pop sextet Little Xs For Eyes released their second album, Everywhere Else on April 13, and play Munroe's in Galway just a few weeks later on May 7.

    You can pre-order Everywhere Else on Bandcamp, and check out the video for single 'Love Gets Lost'.

    Support comes in the form of US indie rock act The Still Tide, who are on a European tour for their new EP, Half Empty Rooms.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    Gifted Presents: The Clameens, His New Atlas, Oh Boland & Andrew Briggs

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Young Derry-based indie quartet The Clameens play Gifted - their first ever Belfast headline slot - at Empire Music Hall on May 7. Check out their intimidating video for last year's single, 'Don't Judge'.

    Support comes from Eoghan O'Hagan, aka His New Atlas, Galway garage rock act Oh Boland and pop singer-songwriter Andrew Briggs - check out 'Monument', featuring The Jepettos.

    Admission costs £3, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    Negura Bunget, GrimeGod, Northern Plague & Agamendon

    The Pint

    Dublin

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    Four European metal acts tour Ireland in May as part of a greater tour, with a stop-off at Eden Quay's The Pint in Dublin, for Sarlacc Productions. Headlining are Transylvanian black metallers Negura Bunget. Check out their recent single, 'Nametenie'.

    Also touring and performing on the night are veteran Romanian doom-death emotional metal quintet GrimeGod, Polish Black metal quartet Northern Plague and German death metal outfit, Agamendon.

    Admission costs €15 on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2015

    Race The Flux 'Olympians' EP Launch w/The Hip-Neck Blues Collective

    Cobblestone Joe's

    Limerick

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    The Limerick leg of Galway alt. rock quartet Race The Flux's Irish dates for the launch of their new, more experimental and math-influenced Olympians EP takes place at Cobblestone Joe's on May 7.

    Check out the video for 'Big Fig', the second single from Olympians, the follow-up on their 2013 debut album, Dutch Buffalo. 

    Support comes from Limerick hip-hop/bluesy folk-rock fusion troupe, The Hip-Neck Blues Collective. Check out their name-your-price debut Millie EP.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2015

    Laura Marling

    The Waterfront

    Belfast

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    Following the release of Short Movie, her fifth album, 25 year old folk songstress Laura Marling plays the Waterfront on May 8.

    Her career was jump-started when she was only 18 with a Mercury Prize nomination in 2008 for her debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim. Regarded as one of the most talented contemporary folk songwriters of her generation, she's been often credited as fuelling much of folk music's recent popularity.

    She soundtracked and co-wrote the 2013 award-winning short film, Woman Driver. Also, check out the wonderful animated video for the title track from Short Movie.

    Tickets, priced from £24-£26.50 are available from The Waterfront. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2015

    Gaz Coombes

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes performs at Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on May 8. 

    The Ivor Novello & Brit award-winner has recently released his second solo album, Matador, which focuses on drug-induced tour psychosis, self-doubt and personal loss, following up on 2012 debut Here Come The Bombs.

    Check out his folky new single, 'Detroit'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, for €22. Doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2015

    Race The Flux 'Olympians' EP Launch w/Val Normal & Oak Hollow

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Youth of a Nation Presents the Dublin leg of Galway alt. rock quartet Race The Flux's Irish dates for the launch of their new, more experimental and math-influenced Olympians EP. The show takes place at The Workman's Club on May 8.

    Check out the video for 'Big Fig', the second single from Olympians, the follow-up on their 2013 debut album, Dutch Buffalo. 

    Support comes from math-rock/post-hardcore trio Val Normal, who just released their second album, Fly the White Flag of War, and post-hardcore-influenced alt. rock four piece Oak Hollow - check them out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available for €7 from the Workman's Club and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2015

    Silences 'The Sea' Single Launch w/I Have A Tribe, Dandy's Loft & Jealous of the Birds

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Chordblossom and Hidden Machine combine forces to hold the launch show for ambient folk quintet Silences' new single, 'The Sea' at The Bar With No Name on May 8.

    Support comes from folktronica act I Have A Tribe - check their SoundcloudDandy's Loft and solo Portadown songstress Jealous Of The Birds, who has of late caught more than a few ears with her home-recorded debut EP, Capricorn.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2015

    Animal Disco: Thee Penny Dreadfuls

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    For its second instalment since its long-awaited return in new venue - McHugh's Basement Bar - on May 8, psych-tinged garage rock five piece Thee Penny Dreadfuls play Animal Disco at midnight.

    Check out 'Pop Song'.

    On the night, Animal Disco DJs will ply their trade - tropical indie electro dance tunes - as is tradition.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 10pm.

     

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2015

    Girls Names & Sea Pinks

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Announced just last minute, Belfast indie rock/post-punk quartet Girls Names and Neil Brogan-led jangle-pop trio Sea Pinks play the Menagerie on May 8.

    Check out Girls Names' experimental new krautrock-influenced single 'Zero Triptych', out now on 12" through Tough Love Records.

    Watch the '90s-as-fuck green-screened video for 'Dream Happening', from Sea Pinks' 2014 album, Dreaming Tracks.

    DJing duties rest upon the able shoulder of Dirty Talk's Johnny Carberry & Documenta's Joe Green.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015

    Gaz Coombes

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes performs at the Black Box on 2015 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 9. 

    The Ivor Novello & Brit award-winner has recently released his second solo album, Matador, which focuses on drug-induced tour psychosis, self-doubt and personal loss, following up on 2012 debut Here Come The Bombs.

    Check out his folky new single, 'Detroit'.

    Tickets are available from CQAF Ticketsolve, for £15 from April 2, as early release tickets sold out quickly. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015

    Sunglasses After Dark & Strange Victory Present: Daddy Long Legs

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Two of Belfast's finest independent showrunners Sunglasses After Dark & Strange Victory get together to bring rootsy New York blues trio Daddy Long Legs to The Menagerie on May 9 for a midnight performance. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Signed to Norton Records, the band's raw garagey blues has drawn comparisons to the likes of Captain Beefheart, the 13th Floor Elevators, Howlin' Wolf, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the usual big '50's-rooted names. They released their debut album, Evil Eye On You in 2012.

    Sunglasses After Dark DJ's will be spinning rock'n'roll wax on the night.

    Tickets are priced at £7 from WeGotTickets or £8 on the door. Doors open at 9pm, and the band start at midnight.

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015

    Negura Bunget, GrimeGod, Northern Plague & Agamendon

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Four European metal acts tour Ireland in May as part of a greater tour, with a stop-off at Cork's Cyprus Avenue on May 9. Headlining are Transylvanian black metallers Negura Bunget. Check out their recent single, 'Nametenie'.

    Also touring and performing on the night are veteran Romanian doom-death emotional metal quintet GrimeGod, Polish Black metal quartet Northern Plague and German death metal outfit, Agamendon.

    Admission costs €12.50 from Old Oak, Plugd and Cyprusavenue.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015

    Tandem Felix & Brigid Power Race

    Mother Jones Flea Market

    Cork

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    Dublin indie rock four piece Tandem Felix play a BYOB show at Mother Jones Flea Market for the Southern Hospitality Board in Cork on May 9 following the release of their forthcoming EP, Comma, out at the end of April through Trout Records.

    Check out the alt. country-tinged first single, 'Nothing I Do Will Ever Be Good Enough', and subsequently their previous material on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from singer/multi-instrumentalist Brigid Power-Ryce. Check out her ethereal folk by way of her recent EP, I Told You The Truth, recorded in a church in Galway. Her earthy, experimental acoustic playing treads many of the same paths as the likes of Bert Jansch and John Fahey.

    Admission costs €10 and door open at 9pm. The show is a bring-your-own-refreshments affair.

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2015

    Cave Ghosts, September Girls, Skelocrats, Shrug Life

    Sweeney's

    Dublin 

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     The next show from Dublin's Retro Indie Revival Club takes place at Sweeney's on May 9, and is headlined by vintage girl-pop revivalists Cave Ghosts - check them out on Soundcloud.

    Sharing the bill are Dublin noise-pop quintet September Girls, indie-folk act Skelocrats - who've just released their second album, Bella Bella - and new surf-pop outfit Shrug Life.

    There will also be a very very late show from Dublin beat combo The Pacifics and extra guest DJs on the night.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    10
    May
    2015

    Negura Bunget, GrimeGod, Northern Plague & Agamendon

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Four European metal acts tour Ireland in May as part of a greater tour, with a stop-off for the Distortion Project at Voodoo on May 10. Headlining are Transylvanian black metallers Negura Bunget. Check out their recent single, 'Nametenie'.

    Also touring and performing on the night are veteran Romanian doom-death emotional metal quintet GrimeGod, Polish Black metal quartet Northern Plague and German death metal outfit, Agamendon.

    Admission costs £10 on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    10
    May
    2015

    Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide)

    John Hewitt

    Belfast

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    As part of the 2015 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Israeli-born, New Jersey-raised & Nashville-based indie/alt. country artist Eef Barzelay plays the John Hewitt.

    Best known for his work with the still-underappreciated indie-folk act Clem Snide, Barzelay fell into film scoring after the band's dissolution in the mid-noughties, debuting with Sundance hit Rocket Science, and more recently, William H. Macy's directorial debut, Rudderless.

    Since then, anything bearing the Clem Snide moniker has been focused around Barzelay's solo, lyric-based work, with him just this year releasing his new album, Girls Come First

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced at £10. Doors open at 6.45pm.

  • Sun
    10
    May
    2015

    Tw!tch Sunday Sessions #1: Joy Orbison & Open Mind Live

    The Hudson Bar

    Belfast

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    Throughout summer, Twitch are to run a series of outdoor Sunday sessions, with the first taking place at the Hudson Bar's Yard, with its esteemed BBQ food for sale. 

    Headlined by London-based DJ/producer Peter O'Grady, aka Joy Orbison, and a live set from Open Mind, the inaugural Sunday Session is held on May 10.

     

  • Wed
    13
    May
    2015

    Viet Cong

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Canadian garagey post-punk revivalists Viet Cong play Dublin's Workman's Club on May 13.

    Formed in 2012 and featuring two members of Calgary art rock quartet Women, their eponymous debut album, released in January, has been one of the best-received albums released this year - check out 'Silhouettes' and 'Continental Shelf' - and has received innumerable comparisons to the like of Joy Division.

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

  • Wed
    13
    May
    2015

    Hipdrop Records Presents: Danny G & The Major 7ths and Kiethyfennsband

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin soul/funk/world label Hipdrop Records hold a tongue-in-cheek 'BFF Series' night at Whelan's on May 13 with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the YES Equality campaign. Headlining the show are eight piece soul group Danny G & the Major 7ths.

    Check out the video for 'Be With You', taken from their 2014 debut album, Love Joints, available on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from American/Irish cross-Atlantic act Keithyfennsband, fronted by local musician Keith Fennell, who dabble in neo-soul, hip-hop & funk.

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

  • Thu
    14
    May
    2015

    The Titanics & Rocket Propelled Gorillas - Double EP Launch w/Smoking Tongue & Sins of Flynn

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Groove-based rock-merchants Rocket Propelled Gorillas and indie band The Titanics both launch their new EPs with a SO:NI show at the Empire Music Hall on May 14.

    The Titanics' self-titled new EP is now available on their Bandcamp, and you can check out Rocket Propelled Gorillas' previous EP on their Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Lisburn alternative rock act Smoking Tongue folk-influenced alternative five piece Sins of Flynn.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Mark Knopfler

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Dire Straits songwriter, film composer, guitarist, singer and producer Mark Knopfler and his band play Dublin's 3Arena - formerly the O2 - on May 15.

    Known primarily for his work with Dire Straits and his solo material, he's worked with many of the biggest names in music, including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, The Chieftains, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Sting, James Taylor and many, many more. His fingerstyle of playing caught on in a big way and gave him much acclaim, along with his trademark Hank Marvin-style Stratocaster. 

    He, along with Dire Straits, sold over 120 million albums, and has won four Grammy Awards, the Edison, Steiger and Ivor Novello awards and three honorary doctorate degrees in music from various UK universities.

    His ninth solo album, Tracker, is to be released prior to tis show and he'll be performing with the seven piece band, most of whom have been with him for the last 2 decades.

    Go on, fire up 'Money For Nothing' or 'Sultans of Swing'. You know you want to.

    Ticket are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €54.65-€65.45. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Zombified, Astralnaut, Cursed Sun & Shrouded

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    May 15 sees Shizznigh Promotions hold one of its more metallic-inclined bills at the Bar With No Name. Death metal five piece Zombified headline on the night.

    Support comes from stoner-groove metal quartet Astralnaut - who just released a split with Galway brethren Weed Priest as well as Cursed Sun and melodic death metal quartet Shrouded.

    Entry costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Rae Morris

    Green Room at The Academy

    Dublin

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    Young Blackpool-born singer-songwriter Rae Morris plays the Academy's Green Room on May 15, having just in January released her debut album, Unguarded.

    Her first single, 'Don't Go', was released back in 2012 to soundtrack a Skins season finale, after which she released a couple of EPs before acting as support for several indie-pop acts, like Bombay Bicycle Club, George Ezra, Noah and the Whale & Tom Odell.

    Check out recent single, 'Under The Shadows'.

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

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Hollie McNish

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Spoken word poet Hollie McNish performs at the Roisin Dubh on May 15 as part of the Irish leg of her upcoming tour.

    She describes herself approach as straddling the boundaries between literary, poetic and pop scenes, having become the UK Slam poetry champion in 2009, and the first poet to ever record in Abbey Road Studios. Hollie has so far played the likes of Glastonbury and the Albert Hall, with national airplay.

    Check out her performance at Abbey Road.

    Tickets, priced at €16.35, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Shizznigh 200: Aggressors BC, BeeMickSee, Good Friend & Hello Newman

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    The two hundredth Shizznigh Promotions show takes place at the Empire on May 15, and will be headlined by ska-punk act - and frequent-flyers at Shizznigh shows - Aggressors BC. Check out their 2013 album, Belfast City.

    Support comes from US/Belfast rapper BeeMickSee - who just released his debut album, The Belfast Yank - as well as anthemic north coast punks Good Friend and ragged punk outfit Hello Newman. There will also be a DJ set from Cushla.

    Admission costs £5 before 10pm and £6 afterwards. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    War Iron, Astralnaut, Cursed Sun & Shrouded

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    On May 15, The Bar With No Name hosts one of the heaviest bills from Shizznigh Promotions to date. Detuned doom-sludge quartet War Ironwho come from the 'lower and slower' school of songwriting thought. Check out their 2013 Of Prophecy and Alchemy EP.

    Support comes from increasingly doomy, groove-laden Armagh stoner metallers Astralnaut - who just released an near-molten split with Galway's Weed Priest - veteran metal quintet Cursed Sun and melodic death metal trio Shrouded.

    Admission costs £5 on the night. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Tandem Felix 'Comma' EP Launch

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie rock four piece Tandem Felix play Dublin's Workman's Club on May 15 in a launch show for their forthcoming EP, Comma, out at the end of April through Trout Records.

    Check out the alt. country-tinged first single, 'Nothing I Do Will Ever Be Good Enough', and subsequently their previous material on Bandcamp.

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

     

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Duke Special w/Robyn G Shiels & Lisa O'Neill

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    In his biggest Belfast headline show in recent times, piano-toting singer-songwriter Duke Special brings his vaudevillian alt. folk-pop to Mandela Hall on May 15.

    These Irish dates are a late follow-up his last stint at the Belfast Empire in 2013, with themed performances throughout the year. Never quite stopping in his work in music - pop and theatrical - the 44 year old artist released his eighth studio album, Look Out Machines! earlier this year.

    Check out his charming recent single, 'Elephant Graveyard'.

    Tickets cost £19.50 and are available from Ticketmaster or the QUB Students' Union. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Little Gem Presents: Fierce Mild EP Launch w/Sissy, L/B/W & Ewa Gigon

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    To celebrate the release of Yes n Yes n Yes, the debut EP from up-and-coming groove-strewn Dublin post-punk/riot grrrl trio Fierce Mild, they play a show at The Grand Social on May 15, presented by new Irish indie label, Little Gem Records.

    Check out their demos on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from Sissy - check out their free debut EP on Bandcamp - Dublin electronically-inclined pop trio L/B/W and Polish singer, composer & multi-instrumentalist Ewa Gigon.

    Tickets are available from LittleGem.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    The Wood Burning Savages w/In Their Thousands

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Derry indie/alternative quartet The Wood Burning Savages play Whelan's on May 15, in a double bill of bands from the northwest of the island.

    Heralded by Tom Robinson as the greatest band he'd witnessed in 2014, they achieved great things with their single, 'America', playing Glastonbury and touring all corners of the UK.

    Eclectic folk/alternative rock act In Their Thousands support. Check out the video for their 2013 single, 'Tear It All Apart'.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Fri
    15
    May
    2015

    Whelan's Says YES: R.S.A.G., Delorentos, Elaine Mai, Wyvern Lingo, Plutonic Dust, Attention Bébé & Twinkranes

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Just 7 crucial days before the people of Ireland make history by being the first country in the world to put marriage equality to public vote Whelan’s​ have joined forces with the good folk at The Co­-Present On Radiomade.ie​, The Last Mixed Tape ​and Straight Up For Equality ​to bring special fundraising event to Whelan's on Friday, May 15.

    There will be also be an array of guest speakers discussing why it is they are pushing for a YES Vote on May 22

    Coming together in a display of solidarity with the ever growing number of YES voters around the country are some of Ireland's most beloved local acts, with performances from top indie act Delorentos​, R.S.A.G.​, fast-rising pop trio Wyvern Lingo, experimental space-kraut-rockers Twinkranes​, Elaine Mai, ​Attention Bébé and Plutonic Dustare all set to perform to make this a very special occasion, there will also be some surprises and guest speakers supporting a YES vote just 7 days before the referendum.

    The Event will be hosted by Dwayne Woods of R​adiomade.ie and Sinead Ni Mhorda of Nova.

    Tickets cost €15 and are available from StraightUpForEquality.org. The show runs from 8pm through until 3.30am.

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    O Emperor

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Having unveiled their free-download single, 'Switchblade', in February, retro indie pop-rock outfit O Emperor play The Workman's Club on May 16.

    To date, the Cork band have released 2 albums, with a third on the way after their March EP, Lizard. Check out the video for 'Switchblade', storyboarded by the band and made by vocalist/guitarist Paul Savage.

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

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    Rae Morris

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Young Blackpool-born singer-songwriter Rae Morris plays the Limelight 2 on May 16, having just in January released her debut album, Unguarded.

    Her first single, 'Don't Go', was released back in 2012 to soundtrack a Skins season finale, after which she released a couple of EPs before acting as support for several indie-pop acts, like Bombay Bicycle Club, George Ezra, Noah and the Whale & Tom Odell.

    Check out recent single, 'Under The Shadows'.

    Tickets, priced at £16.50, are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    Hollie McNish

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Spoken word poet Hollie McNish performs at the Dublin's Sugar Club on May 16 as part of the Irish leg of her upcoming tour.

    She describes herself approach as straddling the boundaries between literary, poetic and pop scenes, having become the UK Slam poetry champion in 2009, and the first poet to ever record in Abbey Road Studios. Hollie has so far played the likes of Glastonbury and the Albert Hall, with national airplay.

    Check out her performance at Abbey Road.

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

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    Jam City

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Hidden Agenda and Palisade bring one of the recently-established key electronic players in the scene, Jack Latham, aka Jam City upstairs at Whelan's for a live set on May 16.

    This will be a unique opportunity to experience Jam City expanded into a fully-formed live project, for his second album. Check out the lush new single, 'Unhappy', taken off his hot-off-the-presses new album, Dream A Garden, which offers a uniquely eclectic pop sensibility in a leftfield genre. Have a listen to his Soundcloud too.

    Tickets cost €10 and are available from TicketABC. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    Duke Special

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    In his biggest Irish headline show in recent times, piano-toting singer-songwriter Duke Special brings his vaudevillian alt. folk-pop to Vicar Street on May 16.

    These Irish dates are a late follow-up his last stint at the Belfast Empire in 2013, with themed performances throughout the year. Never quite stopping in his work in music - pop and theatrical - the 44 year old artist released his eighth studio album, Look Out Machines! earlier this year.

    Check out his charming recent single, 'Elephant Graveyard'.

    Tickets cost €25, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    Young Wonder 'Birth' Album Launch

    The Savoy

    Cork

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    Cork-based electronic pop duo Young Wonder launch their long-awaited debut album, Birth, with a show at the Savoy on May 16.

    Comprising the production & vocal combination of Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman, respectively, Young Wonder released EPs in 2012 & 2013 - available from Bandcamp - taking a couple of years to write and release their much-anticipated debut LP.

    Check out the video for 'Enchanted', taken off Birth.

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

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    Concrete Soup Improv Music Afternoon: The Corded Ware & Diode

    Block T

    Dublin

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    Block T at Smithfield Square holds the next Concrete Soup improv music afternoon on May 16, with two projects performing, featuring some more of Dublin's finest improvising musicians in The Corded Ware and Diode.

    The Corded Ware is based around Paddy Kiernan, a minimalist improvised solo bass & electronic artist. The project features a full band, featuring Tonguebundle trumpeter Shane Clear, guitarist Shane Litimer & drummer Shane O'Donovan (both of OKO). Check out their debut free-download release, In Defence of Envy.

    Diode comprises guitarist/composer/teacher Shane Latimer and saxophonist/composer/producer Nick Roth, and their work is, again, very improvised, exploring the liberation of improvisation from composition, and the impact of natural form on technology, as well as the contemporary interpretation of traditional music.

    The show will be missing its usual set from ¡NO!, the Dublin-based free experimental rock act. Check their no wave, krautrock & psych-inspired stuff out on Bandcamp, but there will still be a free instalment of their music for select attendees.

    Admission costs €8, with a free CD of the fifth instalment of ¡NO!'s Archive Series for the first 30 entrants. Doors open at 4pm with the first set beginning at 4.30pm.

     

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2015

    Dirt: Double Bill

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The next instalment of Dirt takes place on May 16, and is to be a one-off, two-band bill.

    For anyone not in the know, Dirt is a new regular gig night on Saturday nights upstairs at The Bar With No Name which sees a headline set at midnight from a mystery band. This time, we'll see two of the most active, hardworking touring acts from NI share the stage.

    As ever, admission is free and doors open at 10pm.

  • Sun
    17
    May
    2015

    Hollie McNish

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Spoken word poet Hollie McNish performs at Cork's Cyprus Avenue on May 17 as part of the Irish leg of her upcoming tour.

    She describes herself approach as straddling the boundaries between literary, poetic and pop scenes, having become the UK Slam poetry champion in 2009, and the first poet to ever record in Abbey Road Studios. Hollie has so far played the likes of Glastonbury and the Albert Hall, with national airplay.

    Check out her performance at Abbey Road.

    Tickets, priced at €11.75, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    18
    May
    2015

    Hollie McNish

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Spoken word poet Hollie McNish performs at McHugh's Bar on May 18 as part of a four-date Irish tour.

    She describes herself approach as straddling the boundaries between literary, poetic and pop scenes, having become the UK Slam poetry champion in 2009, and the first poet to ever record in Abbey Road Studios. Hollie has so far played the likes of Glastonbury and the Albert Hall, with national airplay.

    Check out her performance at Abbey Road.

    Tickets, priced at £10.50, are available from Shine, or an extra 2 quid from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    18
    May
    2015

    The Cribs

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having announced details of their sixth album - out in March - indie trio The Cribs have announced they'll play Whelan's on May 18.

    Formed in 2002 West Yorkshire by the three Jarman brothers, Gary, Ryan and Ross, they were lumped in with the likes of the Libertines and other post-Britpop indie rock acts from the start. They ploughed on, however, and Johnny Marr joined the band in 2008 until his departure three years later.

    Their new album is called For All My Sisters - check out the lead single, 'Burning For No One'.

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

  • Tue
    19
    May
    2015

    Brandon Flowers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Killers frontman Brandon Flowers releases his second album, The Desired Effect on May 15, with a show at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on the 19th. 

    The Desired Effect follows up on 2010 debut Flamingo, after a few years of sustained success in indie-pop act The Killers, who released their first greatest hits following their fourth consecutive no. 1 album in 2012.

    Check out the video for lead single, 'Can't Deny My Love'.

    Tickets are now sold out.

  • Wed
    20
    May
    2015
    Thu
    21
    May
    2015

    Villagers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following the release of their highly anticipated third album, Darling ArithmeticVillagers have announced a run of dates across Ireland this May. With the European tour starting in Rotterdam on April 11, the run will conclude with five - following the announcement of a second Olympia date - Irish shows:

    May 20-21 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
    May 23 - Opera House, Cork
    May 24 - Big Top, Limerick
    May 25 - Mandela Hall

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for 'Courage', the first single from Darling Arithmatic, the follow-up to acclaimed first two LPs, Becoming A Jackal and {Awayland}.

    Tickets for their Olympia shows are available from €27.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    20
    May
    2015

    Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Durham sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis play three Irish dates in May, starting off with a headline show at the Limelight 2 on the 20th. 

    The multi-instrumentalists have won fans like David Lynch, Ewan McGregor and the Eagles of Death Metal - the diversity of that trio hints at the eclectic, genre-spanning appeal of the three piece.

    They released Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third in March - check out the video for 'Baby Bye Bye'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced at £15.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015

    Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The comedian's comedian Stewart Lee will perform at Dublin's Vicar Street on May 21 in a show entitled 'A Room With A Stew', which he's been relentlessly touring throughout 2015.

    This new show will premiere material from the fourth series of his growing BBC2 show Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. The anti-populist writer & comedian has co-penned the controversial Broadway play Jerry Springer: The Opera, several novels, and a significant output for The Guardian and The Sunday Times, as well as maintaining a successful stand-up career over the last 2 decades.

    It's worth your while watching 'Context' for a Rosetta Stone of Lee, if you have the time. 

    Tickets are priced at €28 and are available from Ticketmaster. The show kicks off at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015

    The Cribs

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Having announced details of their sixth album - out in March - indie trio The Cribs have announced they'll play the Limelight 2 on May 21.

    Formed in 2002 West Yorkshire by the three Jarman brothers, Gary, Ryan and Ross, they were lumped in with the likes of the Libertines and other post-Britpop indie rock acts from the start. They ploughed on, however, and Johnny Marr joined the band in 2008 until his departure three years later.

    Their new album is called For All My Sisters - check out the lead single, 'Burning For No One'.

    Tickets cost £21 and are available from Katy's Bar and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015

    Hidden Machine & 45 Records Present: DANI 'A Whisker Away' EP Launch

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Voodoo plays host to the launch of young songstress DANI's new EP, A Whisker Away on May 21, in a collaborative show from Hidden Machine and 45 Records.

    Check out the video for 'Heartbeats', the first single from the EP.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015

    Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Durham sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis play three Irish dates in May, with a stop-off in Galway's Roisin Dubh on May 21.

    The multi-instrumentalists have won fans like David Lynch, Ewan McGregor and the Eagles of Death Metal - the diversity of that trio hints at the eclectic, genre-spanning appeal of the three piece.

    They released Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third in March - check out the video for 'Baby Bye Bye'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €18.35. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015
    Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew

    Grand Opera House

    Belfast

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    The comedian's comedian Stewart Lee will perform at Belfast's Grand Opera House on May 22 & 23 in a show entitled 'A Room With A Stew', which he's relentlessly toured throughout 2015.

    This new show will premiere material from the fourth series of his growing BBC2 show Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. The anti-populist writer & comedian has co-penned the controversial Broadway play Jerry Springer: The Opera, several novels, and a significant output for The Guardian and The Sunday Times, as well as maintaining a successful stand-up career over the last 2 decades.

    It's worth your while watching 'Context' for a Rosetta Stone of Lee, if you have the time. 

    Tickets, priced from £13.50-£26.50, are available from the Grand Opera House. The show kicks off at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Steve Gunn w/Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of Kurt Vile's Violaters Steve Gunn brings his strain of cosmic Americana to an Open House show at the Black Box on May 22 - his Northern Irish debut.

    The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, known for his axemanship, released Way Out Weather last year, a multi-layered LP, practically horizontal in its chillness. The prolific Gunn seemingly channels early '70s psych-folk along the lines of Fairport Convention & Led Zeppelin, filtered through a rosy western haze in ways that would make Jerry Garcia rest easy.

    Watch the video for title track, 'Way Out Weather'.

    Support comes from harpist Mary Lattimore and multi-instrumentalist/producer Jeff Zeigler, whose shared musical language was exemplified on their 2014 LP, Slant of Light. Check out 'The White Balloon', from the aforementioned album.

    Tickets are available from Open House for £12.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Ron Sexsmith

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Prolific Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith plays The Empire Music Hall on May 22 following the March release of his fourteenth album, Carousel One.

    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 £21. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

    Green Room at The Academy

    Dublin

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    Durham sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis play three Irish dates in May, with a stop-off in the Dublin Academy's Green Room on May 22.

    The multi-instrumentalists have won fans like David Lynch, Ewan McGregor and the Eagles of Death Metal - the diversity of that trio hints at the eclectic, genre-spanning appeal of the three piece.

    They released Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third in March - check out the video for 'Baby Bye Bye'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €16.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Fucked Up, Bitch Falcon & Strong Boys

    Hangar

    Dublin

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    U:mack bring arguably the most forward-thinking hardcore band in recent years, Fucked Up, to Dublin to play Hangar on Andrews Lane on May 22 - also Vote Yes Day.

    Support comes from Dublin fuzzy riff-laden 3-chicks, 1 -dude act Bitch Falcon - check out their newest single, 'Wolfstooth', as well as, absolutely appropriately, gay punk band, Strong Boys. Check out their raw-as-fuck LP, 2014's Riot Shock.

    Tickets cost €16 from Tickets.ie and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Owen McGarry 'South' EP Launch w/Sullivan & Gold and Callum Stewart

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Belfast pop singer-songwriter Owen McGarry plays at The Bar With No Name on May 22 in a show to launch his new EP, South.

    Support comes from former members of The Good Fight, Sullivan & Gold as well as young Magherafelt pop-rock singer-songwriter Callum Stewart.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Young Wonder 'Birth' Album Launch

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Cork-based electronic pop duo Young Wonder celebrate the launch of their long-awaited debut album, Birth, with a Whelan's show on May 22.

    Comprising the production & vocal combination of Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman, respectively, Young Wonder released EPs in 2012 & 2013 - available from Bandcamp - taking a couple of years to write and release their much-anticipated debut LP.

    Check out the video for 'Enchanted', taken off Birth.

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

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Grandmaster Flash

    Hangar

    Dublin

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    Recently-opened Dublin venue Hangar on Andrew's Lane hosts an old-school hip-hop set from from Grandmaster Flash on May 22.

    One of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting and mixing, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, such was their influence.  Check out his classics 'The Message' and 'White Lines'.

    Also on the bill are Dublin's DJ Flip - former World Scratch Champion - Mango & MathMan, and the RnB Club's Louis Scully.

    Tickets are available, priced at €15 & €20 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Gone All Year & R51

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Currently working on their debut album, pop-rock act Gone All Year play by far their biggest show ever on May 22 when they headline the Mandela Hall.

    Gone All Year's eponymous debut four-track EP was released late last year and is available on iTunes. You can download the band's new single, 'Easier' for free on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from alt. rock-inflected brooding pop quintet R51 - who have recently launched their new Pillowtalk EP.

    Tickets, priced at £5, are available from the QUB Students' Union reception & the band.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2015

    Val Normal, HeadStoned & Raum Kingdom

    Fibber's Basement

    Dublin

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    On May 22, Fibber Magees Basement sees Irish mathy post-hardcore trio Val Normal play a headline set for Carnage Metal Club. Check out their new album Fly The White Flag of War.

    Support comes from Swedish stoner-metal quartet HeadStoned in one of their three Irish tour dates. Check out 'Tear Down The Wall'. 

    Opening are Louth/Dublin sludgy metallers Raum Kingdom. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Villagers

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Ahead of the release of the highly anticipated third album, Darling ArithmeticVillagers have announced a run of dates across Ireland this May. With the European tour starting in Rotterdam on April 11, the run will conclude with four Irish shows:

    May 20 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
    May 23 - Opera House, Cork
    May 24 - Big Top, Limerick
    May 25 - Mandela Hall

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for 'Courage', the first single from Darling Arithmatic, the follow-up to acclaimed first two LPs, Becoming A Jackal and {Awayland}.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Toto

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of the best-selling groups of musicians of all time, Toto, play Vicar Street, following their huge 35th Anniversary tour and the March release of their new album, Toto XIV.

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

    Tickets are now sold out.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Rubberbandits - Continental Fistfight

    Lime Tree Theatre

    Limerick

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    Following recent sellout runs, Limerick musical comedy duo The Rubberbandits are to bring their highly successful 'Continental Fistfight' musical to Limerick's Lime Tree Theatre on May 23 as part of their current Irish tour.

    They broke with the single 'Horse Outside' but have since continued to rise in popularity, gaining a television series, winning the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's Malcolm Hardee award for being the most original act, with Continental Fistfight featuring a plethora of new songs and new routines.

    Check out 'Hey Mister', from the show.

    Tickets are available, priced at €18 from the Lime Tree Theatre. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Ron Sexsmith

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Prolific Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith plays Whelan's on May 23 following the March release of his fourteenth album, Carousel One.

    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 €25. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Chromatic presents: I Am The Cosmos (Live)

    The Woodworkers

    Belfast

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    Following recent packed-out shows from the likes of Jape, Princess, Go Wolf & Sleep Thieves, weekly Woodworkers Saturday club night Chromatic has its next live act, I Am The Cosmos, in on May 23.

    The Dublin-based duo consist of Cian Murphy and Ross Turner, and their music is an intoxicating blend of ambient electronica, Krautrock and heady house. Their debut album Monochrome was named the best Irish album of 2013 Nialler9, and the Chromatic show will be their first ever gig in Belfast.

    Choosing to make rare live appearances and having signed a deal with Faber Music, I Am The Cosmos focus on recording and ongoing collaborations with Irish artists Jape, Lisa Hannigan, Solar Bears and Ships. Currently Cian and Ross are working on a follow-up album in Dublin's National Concert Hall as part of the Artists in Residence project.

    Free entry and DJ support as usual.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Young Wonder 'Birth' Album Launch

    Dolan's Upstairs

    Limerick

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    Cork-based electronic pop duo Young Wonder hold the Limerick leg of the launch for their long-awaited debut album, Birth, with an upstairs show at Dolan's on May 23.

    Comprising the production & vocal combination of Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman, respectively, Young Wonder released EPs in 2012 & 2013 - available from Bandcamp - taking a couple of years to write and release their much-anticipated debut LP.

    Check out the video for 'Enchanted', taken off Birth.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Pity Sex w/The Winter Passing - CANCELLED

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Lo-fi indie rock quartet Pity Sex have had to cancel their Irish date due to logistical reasons. Full refunds are available from point of purchase.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2015

    Blue Whale & Autumns

    The Loft

    Belfast

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    On Saturday, May 23 we'll be ascending the stairs of Belfast's limited capacity The Loft for a night in the varyingly cacophonous company of two of the country's very best bands.

    Headlined by Belfast experimental party quartet Blue Whale (who are currently in the studio recording some scintillating new material) the show will also feature Derry noise-pop trio Autumns, fronted by the irrepressible Christian Donaghey. The Thin Air DJs will also provide the sounds (noise, psych, experimental etc.) before, during and after.

    Capacity for the show - which will be filmed - is strictly limited to 70 people. It's also BYOB, so be wise: save on bar queues and all that tawdry nonsense by coming here. First come, first served, so please get down early to avoid disappointment.

    Admission is £10. Doors are at 9pm. After-party: inevitable.

  • Sun
    24
    May
    2015

    Swans

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Consistently deemed the loudest band ever, experimental six piece Swans play the Mandela Hall on May 24 in what's to be their biggest Belfast show to date.

    The ritualistic genre-spanning act are led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. Initially active from 1982-1997, 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 last year's double album, To Be Kind - the quality of which has ensured the band are currently at their critical peak.

    Tickets, priced at £22.50, are available from Ticketmaster & the QUB Students' Union reception. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    24
    May
    2015

    Villagers

    The Big Top

    Limerick

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    Ahead of the release of the highly anticipated third album, Darling ArithmeticVillagers have announced a run of dates across Ireland this May. With the European tour starting in Rotterdam on April 11, the run will conclude with four Irish shows:

    May 20 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
    May 23 - Opera House, Cork
    May 24 - Big Top, Limerick
    May 25 - Mandela Hall

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for 'Courage', the first single from Darling Arithmatic, the follow-up to acclaimed first two LPs, Becoming A Jackal and {Awayland}.

    Tickets for their Limerick show are available from €27.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    24
    May
    2015

    Torche, Dott & Bitch Falcon

    Róisín Dubh

    Galway

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    Anthemic sludgers Torche play the Róisín Dubh on May 24 as part of four date Irish tour.

    The quartet have put the finishing touches to their fourth album - the follow-up to 2012's excellent Harmonicraft - and it's allegedly a return to their hard-hitting side after the melodic shift with Harmonicraft.

    Support comes from Galway garage-pop quartet Dott - check out the video for new single 'Car Song' - and fuzzy riff-laden 3-chicks, 1 -dude act Bitch Falcon  - who have just unveiled their new single, 'Breed'.

    Tickets are available from the Róisín Dubh, priced at €12 (or €10 for members). Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    24
    May
    2015

    The Bonny Men w/Garr Cleary

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Irish seven-piece The Bonny Men play Whelan's on May 24.

    Featuring several individual award-winning musicians - including a multiple World Bodhrán Champion & 2015 TG4 Young Musician of the Year - the globe-trotting troupe feature two sets of sibling, combining Irish standards with their own material.

    They released their second album, Moyne Road in February to strong reviews. Check out their performance of 'Cashmere' on TG4's 'Bosca Ceoil'.

    Support comes from Garr Cleary.

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

  • Mon
    25
    May
    2015

    Swans

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Consistently deemed the loudest band ever, experimental six piece Swans play the Button Factory on May 25.

    The ritualistic genre-spanning act are led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. Initially active from 1982-1997, 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 last year's double album, To Be Kind - the quality of which has ensured the band are currently at their critical peak.

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

  • Mon
    25
    May
    2015

    Villagers

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Ahead of the release of the highly anticipated third album, Darling ArithmeticVillagers have announced a run of dates across Ireland this May. With the European tour starting in Rotterdam on April 11, the run will conclude with four Irish shows:

     

    May 20 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
    May 23 - Opera House, Cork
    May 24 - Big Top, Limerick
    May 25 - Mandela Hall

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for 'Courage', the first single from Darling Arithmatic, the follow-up to acclaimed first two LPs, Becoming A Jackal and {Awayland}.

    Tickets for the Belfast show are available for £22.50 from Ticketmaster and the QUB Student's Union.

  • Mon
    25
    May
    2015

    Torche

    Crane Lane

    Cork

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    Anthemic sludgers Torche play a show at Cork's Crane Lane on May 25 as part of four date Irish tour.

    The quartet have put the finishing touches to their fourth album - the follow-up to 2012's excellent Harmonicraft - and it's allegedly a return to their hard-hitting side after the melodic shift of Harmonicraft.

    Tickets are available from Cork's Plugd Records or on the door, priced at €12. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015

    Torche

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Anthemic sludgers Torche play Dublin's Grand Social on May 26 as part of an extensive tour.

    The quartet have put the finishing touches to their fourth album - the follow-up to 2012's excellent Harmonicraft - and it's allegedly a return to their hard-hitting side after the melodic shift with Harmonicraft.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €15.

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015

    Little May w/Loris

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Australian folk-pop trio Little May play Voodoo on May 26.

    The three piece have been described as 'Australian Haim', but that title belies their melancholic folk tendencies. Check out the video for 'Dust', from their eponymous debut EP.

    Support comes from Lisburn synth-pop act Loris.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for £11.75. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015

    Tuesday Throwdown: Robocobra Quartet

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    True story: Robocobra Quartet are very easily one of the country's best up-and-coming bands. Melding sorcerous jazz forays with Beat spiel mastery and spasmodic punk overtures, the Chris Ryan-fronted, Belfast-based band sound unlike anything you'll hear in any bar or venue up and down the country.

    With that in mind, they will play our next Tuesday Throwdown live show at Lavery's Belfast Back Bar on Tuesday, May 26. Admission is £0.00, capacity is very limited and we'll also be DJing.

    Check out their Thin Air Live Session with us, along with their just-unveiled Bomber EP.

    Be there or be elsewhere.

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015

    The Bronx, Versive & Stairwells

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    LA punk quintet The Bronx play a headline show at Dublin's Academy 2 on May 26

    Formed in 2002, the Bronx have released four eponymous albums - not including their three as their Mexican folk-influenced alter-ego Mariachi El Bronx - since their 2003 debut record. Their last album as The Bronx came out in 2013, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect some new material.

    Check out 'Youth Wasted' from their excellent Bronx IV LP.

    Local support comes from alt. rock quartet Versive and emo/melodic hardcore quartet Stairwells - their debut album came out in March.

    Tickets are priced at €18.50 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015

    Switchfoot & Gungor (14+)

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    San Diego alt. rock quintet Switchfoot play the Mandela Hall on May 27 in a 14+ show. 

    Forming in 1996, they last year released their ninth album, Fading West. Check out recent single, 'When We Come Alive'.

    Support comes from Denver, Colorado fellow alternative act Gungor.

    Tickets are available, priced at £22.50, from MusicGlue. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015

    Little May w/Loris

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Australian folk-pop trio Little May play Dublin's Academy 2 on May 27, ahead of their Electric Picnic debut.

    The three piece have been described as 'Australian Haim', but that title belies their melancholic folk tendencies. Check out the video for 'Dust', from their eponymous debut EP.

    Support comes from Lisburn synth-pop act Loris.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €13. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015

    The Bronx & Torche w/Hornets

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    In one of the greatest accidental team-ups we've seen in Belfast, LA punk quintet The Bronx & sludge-poppers Torche have combined forces, making their previously-announced Belfast tour dates on May 27 in the Limelight complex now both moved to the Limelight 1 for a double-bill.

    Torche have put the finishing touches to their fourth album - the follow-up to 2012's excellent Harmonicraft - and it's allegedly a return to their hard-hitting side after the melodic shift with Harmonicraft.

    Formed in 2002, the Bronx have released four eponymous albums - not including their three as their Mexican folk-influenced alter-ego Mariachi El Bronx - since their 2003 debut record. Their last album as The Bronx came out in 2013, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect some new material.

    Check out 'Youth Wasted' from their excellent Bronx IV LP.

    Local support comes from Belfast sludgy hardcore quartet Hornets.

    Tickets are priced at £16.50 and are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    Little Hours

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    Following two sold out Pepper Canister Church shows, pop duo Little Hours play Whelans on May 28. 

    The pair - John Doherty & Ryan McCloskey - broke through with their free debut EP, hitting no. 3 on the official iTunes charts, with 'It's Still Love' being nominated for 2015's Meteor Choice Awards.

    Tickets are available from Whelans for €13.50 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss w/Derwood Andrews

    Green Room at The Academy

    Dublin

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    As part of their forthcoming Irish tour, vocalist Sean Wheeler and punk royal & multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss play The Academy's Green Room on May 28.

    Zander Schloss' punk credentials are nigh on peerless, having performed with the Circle Jerks, The Weirdos & Joe Strummer, with psychobilly punk Sean Wheeler known for his work with Throw Rag. You'd expect something hard-edged from the pair, then, but their rootsy Americana/folk has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Mark Lanegan, Tom Waits, and more straightforward contemporaries. 

    Check out their Take One Session.

    Support comes from veteran punk-turned-bluesman Bob Derwood Andrews, who played guitar in Generation X age 17 back in 1977. He formed Empire - hugely influential on post-hardcore & emo - and pop act Westworld. He shifted genres following a relocation to the Californian desert. Check out 'Killed A Man'.

     

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    David Kitt

    Odessa Club

    Dublin

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    Irish indie singer-songwriter David Kitt plays a rare solo show at the Odessa Club on May 28.

    The Dublin indie man has released six albums to date, with the most recent being 2009's The Nightsaver, and this intimate show will see him showcase some long-awaited new material from his forthcoming seventh album, alongside some of his most beloved work.

    The show has sold out. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    Hudson Taylor (14+)

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Irish folk-inflected pop-rock duo Hudson Taylor play their biggest Belfast show to date on May 28, headlining the Ulster Hall in a 14+ gig.

    Comprising brothers Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor, they're currently signed to Polydor Records. They started off humbly, busking in Dublin from a young age, and released their debut EP, Battles in 2012, which reached number 1 in the Irish iTunes chart. They released their debut album, Singing For Strangers earlier this year.

    Check out the video for 'Chasing Rubies'.

    Tickets are available for £17 from Ticketmaster & the Ulster Hall box office. Doors open at 7pm. 

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    GoldenBeck #14: Túcan & Leo Drezden

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The fourteenth GoldenBeck show takes place at the Workman's Club on May 28, headlined by instrumental eight piece troupe Túcan

    The act have morphed from a guitar duo into a fully-fledged acoustic cinematic funk orchestration with heavy rock, brass, classical and traditional. Expect some reworked dance classics as well as cuts from their most recent album, 2014's Towers. Check out 'Prelude'.

    Support comes from Irish progressive electronic jazz-inspired instrumental quartet Leo Drezdenwho have just released their debut album Multi-Moment.

    Tickets are available from Workman's and on the door before 8.30pm for €5, or after 8.30pm for €8. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    Modern Life Is Rubbish: Bloom, The Twenty & Salad Boyz

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Regular Pavilion Friday gig night Modern Life Is Rubbish has its next instalment May 28, and is headlined by progressive psych-blues quartet Bloom.

    Support comes from rock n' roll outfit The Twenty - check out 'Have You Seen Her?' - and Salad Boyz.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015

    Radar Presents: Blackbird Raum, Lynched & more

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    One final Radar of the academic year has been announced for Bar Sub on May 28. Headlining are Californian folk-punks Blackbird Raum.

    Formed in 2004 from the remnants of several squatting communities and musical groups spanning metal, ska, punk & beyond, the troupe are known for their frantic live shows and anarchist politics, constant touring and playing in squats. Check out their latest album, Destroying.

    Support comes from Dublin folk act Lynched and one more act, to be announced.

    Admission, as ever, is free. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    Ham Sandwich

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Irish indie-pop five piece Ham Sandwich play the Olympia Theatre on May 29.

    Having released their debut album Carry The Meek back in 2008, which led to Glastonbury and Electric Picnic appearances, they followed it up with 2010's White Fox. Following the departure of their bass player, they were silent until the release of 2014 singles 'Illuminate' and 'Apollo', the latter of which they toured just prior to Christmas. Their third album is on its way, and is likely to be released around the time of this, one of their biggest shows to date.

    Tickets, priced at €20 and €22.50, are available from Ticketmaster and the Sound Cellar. Doors open at 7pm. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    Mr Scruff

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following a sellout show in January in the same venue, eclectic Manchester DJ Mr Scruff is to perform another five hour DJ set at the Black Box on May 29.

    Andy Carthy, the man behind the pseudonym, is to hire a special L'Acoustics sound system for the gig specifically. He arrived in 1995 with his first 12", 'Hocus Pocus', which came through a Manchester indie label. He moved to the larger Ninja Tune and went on to become a hugely prolific DJ, with his most recent album Friendly Bacteria coming out back in May 2014.

    Check out his most well-known hit, 'Get A Move On'.

    Tickets are available from the Black Box, priced at £11 and £13. The show runs from 8pm-1am.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015
    Sun
    31
    May
    2015

    Forbidden Fruit Festival

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    One of the finest festival bills we'll see on the island this year, Forbidden Fruit returns to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on the weekend from Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31.

    Some of the highlights announced thus far are:

    Friday - The hugely successful Fatboy Slim, the immensely talented The Wire & Luther actor Idris Elba, who's been carving out a credible name for himself as an electronic & hip-hop artist between and during jobs, incredibly talented American-Chilean musician Nicolas JaarDisciples

    Saturday - seminal NYC hip-hop group Wu-Tang ClanJamie XXEarl Sweatshirt, a three-hour set from Mr ScruffMount Kimbiea DJ set from Groove Armada, Joey Bada$$TensnakeEjecaDamian Lazarus and the Booka Brass Band.

    Sunday - English/Canadian Detroit techno DJ and artist Richie HawtinMaya Jane Coles, incredible New York rap duo Run The JewelsAdam BeyerBooka ShadeDuskyWaze & Odyssey and Matador.

    Day tickets are priced at €49.50 for the Friday and €59.50 for Saturday & Sunday, or €119 for a weekend ticket, and they're available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss w/Derwood Andrews

    Sandino's

    Derry

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    As part of their forthcoming Irish tour, vocalist Sean Wheeler and punk royal & multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss play Sandino's in Derry on May 29.

    Zander Schloss' punk credentials are nigh on peerless, having performed with the Circle Jerks, The Weirdos & Joe Strummer, with psychobilly punk Sean Wheeler known for his work with Throw Rag. You'd expect something hard-edged from the pair, then, but their rootsy Americana/folk has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Mark Lanegan, Tom Waits, and more straightforward contemporaries. 

    Check out their Take One Session.

    Support comes from veteran punk-turned-bluesman Bob Derwood Andrews, who played guitar in Generation X age 17 back in 1977. He formed Empire - hugely influential on post-hardcore & emo - and pop act Westworld. He shifted genres following a relocation to the Californian desert. Check out 'Killed A Man'.

    Tickets are available from Cool Discs in Derry.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    Young Wonder 'Birth' Album Launch

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Cork-based electronic pop duo Young Wonder hold the Galway leg of the launch for their long-awaited debut album, Birth, with show at the Roisin Dubh on May 29.

    Comprising the production & vocal combination of Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman, respectively, Young Wonder released EPs in 2012 & 2013 - available from Bandcamp - taking a couple of years to write and release their much-anticipated debut LP.

    Check out the video for 'Enchanted', taken off Birth.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015
    Sun
    31
    May
    2015

    Life Festival: NAS, Squarepusher, Gold Panda, Skream & more

    Belvedere House Gardens & Park

    Mullingar

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    Now in its tenth year, the Life Festival takes place at Mullingar's Belvedere House & Gardens on the weekend of May 29-31.

    Headlining is hip-hop icon NAS, performing his out-and-out masterpiece, Illmatic.

    Also on the bill are the likes of:
    SquarepusherSiriusmodeselektor, Eats EverythingThe Underachievers, a live set from Gold PandaBen Klock, Jurassic 5's Nu-MarkOptimoSunil SharpeMotor City Drum EnsemblePantha Du PrinceSkreamTen WallsRatking, Derrick Carter, The Magician, Maceo PlexKölsch, Robert Hood, Alle Farben, Oneman, Luke Vibert, Jasper James, High Contrast, Ben UFOAme and many more.

    Tickets, priced at €145, are available from the Life Festival.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    Hudson Taylor

    Nerve Centre

    Derry-Londonderry

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    Irish folk-inflected pop-rock duo Hudson Taylor play Derry's Nerve Centre on May 29.

    Comprising brothers Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor, they're currently signed to Polydor Records. They started off humbly, busking in Dublin from a young age, and released their debut EP, Battles in 2012, which reached number 1 in the Irish iTunes chart. They released their debut album, Singing For Strangers earlier this year.

    Check out the video for 'Chasing Rubies'.

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

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    Underlying Form: Bruno Schmidt, Darren Allen, Conor Gray & Michael Bustard

    Bunatee Bar

    Belfast

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    Electronic promoters & label Underlying Form hold their next party at the QUB Students' Union's Bunatee Bar on May 29, following its postponement in March. It will be headlined by Louche's resident house man, Leeds' Bruno Schmidt, also a dabbler in disco, techno & garage. Check out his Soundcloud.

    Also performing are Underlying Form's own Darren Allen and Conor Gray & Michael Bustard.

    Admission costs £10, and £8 for concessions. Doors open at 10pm and the night goes on until 3am.

  • Fri
    29
    May
    2015

    Bad Vibrations: The Groundlings, Los Bloody Rackets, The Dirtbirds & Going Full Retard

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Time To Be Proud's latest rock n' roll night takes place at The Bar With No Name on May 29, to be headlined by garagey r'n'b trio The Groundlings.

    Support comes from Los Bloody Rackets, young Cork lads The Dirtbirds and Belfast psychobilly quartet Going Full Retard.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2015

    Slane '15: Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Hozier, Ash & The Strypes

    Slane Castle

    Co. Meath

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    Arguably rock's biggest band right now, Foo Fighters, headline 2015's Slane Castle event on May 30.

    Having just released their eighth album Sonic Highways, recorded in some of the finest studios across the span of America, they're at their commercial peak and just produced an excellent 8-part documentary series from HBO to accompany the album.

    Support comes from Leeds indie band Kaiser Chiefs and current hot property, Bray-born singer-songwriter Hozier.

    Tickets, priced at €79.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 2pm on the day.

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2015

    AVA Festival: Feel My Bicep, Phil Kieran, Optimo, Ejeca, Space Dimension Controller, Swoose & Cromby, Guerrilla Shout, John Daly, Timmy Stewart & Schmutz

    Boiler Room, T13 Titantic Quarter

    Belfast

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    The lineup for Twitch's day-long Audio Visual Arts Festival - on May 30 - at the Titanic Quarter's Boiler Room has been confirmed, headlined by Bicep.

    Also playing the show are EjecaPhil KieranSpace Dimension Controller, with a live laser show, OptimoSchmutzExtended Play/Timmy StewartTwitchSwoose & Cromby in a B2B set, Guerrilla ShoutHammer.

    There will also be a free AVA Conference from 11am-4pm on the day, with limited spaces accessible from the AVA site.

    Early tickets are sold out, but some tickets are available from AVA Festival, priced at £22, or £25 on the door. Last entry is at 10pm.

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2015

    The Rubberbandits w/Green Monkey, Bunny & The Banned-Its and Gerard i2

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Following recent sellout runs, Limerick musical comedy duo The Rubberbandits are to bring their highly successful 'Continental Fistfight' show to the Belfast Empire Music Hall on May 30.

    They broke with the single 'Horse Outside' but have since continued to rise in popularity, gaining a television series, winning the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's Malcolm Hardee award for being the most original act.

    They're supported on the night by Belfast rap-rock act Green Monkey, party-band Bunny & The Banned-Its and Strabane rapper Gerard i2.

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

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2015

    Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss w/Derwood Andrews

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    As part of their forthcoming Irish tour, vocalist Sean Wheeler and punk royal & multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss play McHugh's Bar on May 30.

    Zander Schloss' punk credentials are nigh on peerless, having performed with the Circle Jerks, The Weirdos & Joe Strummer, with psychobilly punk Sean Wheeler known for his work with Throw Rag. You'd expect something hard-edged from the pair, then, but their rootsy Americana/folk has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Mark Lanegan, Tom Waits, and more straightforward contemporaries. 

    Check out their Take One Session.

    Support comes from veteran punk-turned-bluesman Bob Derwood Andrews, who played guitar in Generation X age 17 back in 1977. He formed Empire - hugely influential on post-hardcore & emo - and pop act Westworld. He shifted genres following a relocation to the Californian desert. Check out 'Killed A Man'.

    Tickets, are available from £13.50 from Shine & £16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2015

    Hudson Taylor

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Irish folk-inflected pop-rock duo Hudson Taylor play a huge show at Dublin's Olympia on May 30.

    Comprising brothers Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor, they're currently signed to Polydor Records. They started off humbly, busking in Dublin from a young age. They released their debut EP, Battles in 2012, which reached number 1 in the Irish iTunes chart. They released their debut album, Singing For Strangers earlier this year.

    Check out the video for 'Chasing Rubies'.

    Tickets are available, priced at €19 & €22 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm. 

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2015

    SOAK Live In-Store Album Launch

    Tower Records

    Dublin

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    18 year old Derry singer-songwriter Soak launches her debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, with an in-store appearance at Dublin's Tower Records on May 30, just a week prior to her Irish launch tour.

    Check out the video for the excellent 'Sea Creatures', taken from her debut album - released on June 1 through Rough Trade.

    The performance takes place at 12.30pm.

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2015

    DJ Nu-Mark

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Classic '90s hip-hop group Jurassic 5's DJ Nu-Mark performs a set for Bobby Analog at Aether & Echo on May 30.

    Responsible for productions like 'What's Golden', 'A Day At The Races', 'Jayou' and 'Concrete Schoolyard', he'll take control of Aether's turntables and show why he's as respected as he is.

    Tickets are priced at £10, and doors open at 10pm.

  • Sun
    31
    May
    2015

    Rubberbandits - Continental Fistfight

    Everyman Palace

    Cork

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    Following recent sellout runs, Limerick musical comedy duo The Rubberbandits are to bring their highly successful 'Continental Fistfight' musical to The Cork Everyman on May 31 as part of their current Irish tour.

    They broke with the single 'Horse Outside' but have since continued to rise in popularity, gaining a television series, winning the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's Malcolm Hardee award for being the most original act, with Continental Fistfight featuring a plethora of new songs and new routines.

    Check out 'Hey Mister', from the show.

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

     

  • Sun
    31
    May
    2015

    Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss w/Derwood Andrews - Free Show

    Pine Lodge

    Myrtleville

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    As part of their forthcoming Irish tour, vocalist Sean Wheeler and punk royal & multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss play a free show at Myrtleville's Pine Lodge on May 31.

    Zander Schloss' punk credentials are nigh on peerless, having performed with the Circle Jerks, The Weirdos & Joe Strummer, with psychobilly punk Sean Wheeler known for his work with Throw Rag. You'd expect something hard-edged from the pair, then, but their rootsy Americana/folk has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Mark Lanegan, Tom Waits, and more straightforward contemporaries. 

    Check out their Take One Session.

    Support comes from veteran punk-turned-bluesman Bob Derwood Andrews, who played guitar in Generation X age 17 back in 1977. He formed Empire - hugely influential on post-hardcore & emo - and pop act Westworld. He shifted genres following a relocation to the Californian desert. Check out 'Killed A Man'.

  • Sun
    31
    May
    2015

    Hudson Taylor (16+)

    The Savoy

    Cork

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    Irish folk-inflected pop-rock duo Hudson Taylor play their biggest Cork headline show to date, performing at the Savoy on May 31 in a 16+ show.

    Comprising brothers Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor, they're currently signed to Polydor Records. They started off humbly, busking in Dublin from a young age. They released their debut EP, Battles in 2012, which reached number 1 in the Irish iTunes chart. They released their debut album, Singing For Strangers earlier this year.

    Check out the video for 'Chasing Rubies'.

    Tickets are available for €20.40 on Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm. 

  • Mon
    01
    Jun
    2015

    Patti Smith performing 'Horses', Spiritualized, Ariel Pink & New Secret Weapon

    Kilmainham Royal Hospital

    Dublin

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    Poet/musician/author and punk icon Patti Smith plays her 1975 magnum opus, Horses, at Kilmainham Royal Hospital on June 1.

    Support comes from '90s space-rock act Spiritualized - best known for their 1997 album, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space - multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Ariel Pink and Irish alt. rock act New Secret Weapon, who are fresh off recording their new album in France with none other than Steve Albini.

    Tickets, priced at €49.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 5pm.

  • Mon
    01
    Jun
    2015

    Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss w/Derwood Andrews - Free Show

    BDSM

    Cork

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    As part of their forthcoming Irish tour, vocalist Sean Wheeler and punk royal & multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss play a free show at Cork's BDSM on June 1.

    Zander Schloss' punk credentials are nigh on peerless, having performed with the Circle Jerks, The Weirdos & Joe Strummer, with psychobilly punk Sean Wheeler known for his work with Throw Rag. You'd expect something hard-edged from the pair, then, but their rootsy Americana/folk has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Mark Lanegan, Tom Waits, and more straightforward contemporaries. 

    Check out their Take One Session.

    Support comes from veteran punk-turned-bluesman Bob Derwood Andrews, who played guitar in Generation X age 17 back in 1977. He formed Empire - hugely influential on post-hardcore & emo - and pop act Westworld. He shifted genres following a relocation to the Californian desert. Check out 'Killed A Man'.

    Admission is free.

  • Wed
    03
    Jun
    2015

    Jagermeister Battle of the Bands Heat One

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The Pavilion kicks off its next Jagermeister Battle of the Bands competition on Wednesday, June 3 with the first of four cross-genre, five-act bills.

    With £1000 cash and a slot at this year's Sunflower Fest up for grabs in the competition, alt. rock act Hit The B Button, Warrenpoint pop-rock quartet The Shout, brand new all-women four piece Voxken, Newtownabbey punk rock four piece Barney and Thieves of Ennui will battle it out for two coveted places in the semi-finals.

    As ever, with each paying attendee getting a voting slip at the door, the crowd vote in each heat is very important to the overall result, counting for a quarter of the vote. The three judges are - Phil McCarroll from SONI, James Magill of Magill Promotions and Brian Coney of the Thin Air - make up the other three-quarters.

    Doors are at 9pm. Admission just £3.

  • Thu
    04
    Jun
    2015

    Gifted: Half of Me, Beulah Kim, Jess McAllister & Scorpion Jack

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Gifted's next four-band bill gets together at the Empire Music Hall on June 4. Irish indie trio Half Of Me are just one of the three acts to play on the night.

    Having formed in Brooklyn in 2013 before relocating back to Ireland after a lengthy writing bout, Half of Me released their debut EP 99 last year - check out its title track.

    Also performing are acoustic folk singer-songwriter Beulah Kim, folk songstress Jess McAllister and Belfast acoustic folk rock duo Scorpion Jack.

    Admission costs a mere £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Jun
    2015

    Hidden Machine Presents: Vokxen, Shadow Police & Jess Edlin

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The debut headline show from all-female indie pop quartet Vokxen takes place at Hidden Machine at Voodoo on June 4. They've just released their first single, 'Somebody'.

    Support comes from Matthew Duly-fronted synthy dream-pop duo Shadow Police - check out 'Sleep Tonight' - and singer-songwriter Jess Edlin, one of the more unique artists in her field in Belfast at the moment. Check out her Soundcloud for a hint of her eclecticism. 

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Jun
    2015
    Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Christy Moore w/Mairtin O'Connor & Band

    The Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Irish folk talisman Christy Moore plays June 5-6 in the Waterfront Hall.

    As one of the founders of Irish folk acts Planxty and Moving Hearts, Kildare-born singer, songwriter and guitarist has been releasing music for over 45 years, along the way being named Ireland's greatest living musician by RTE in 2007.

    Tickets, priced at £35, are available from the Waterfront and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    05
    Jun
    2015

    Wyvern Lingo

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following their massive support slot on Hozier's recent shows & quickly sold-out Sugar Club appearance, r'n'b-inflected alt. pop trio Wyvern Lingo play Whelan's on June 5.

    Raised on all the classics, the Bray act manages to incorporate gospel & bluegrass seamlessly into the confines of pop music. Check out the video for 'Used', from their The Widow Knows EP, available on a name-your-price basis on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    RedBeard Presents: Race The Flux 'Olympians' EP Launch w/The Stonemasons, Babysmokes & Mellow Dee

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    RedBeard Promotions host the Belfast leg of Galway alt. rock quartet Race The Flux's Irish tour for the launch of their new, more experimental and math-influenced Olympians EP. The show takes place at The Bar With No Name on June 9.

    Check out the video for 'Big Fig', the second single from Olympians, the follow-up on their 2013 debut album, Dutch Buffalo. 

    Support comes from Belfast-based grungy alternative trio The Stonemasons, alternative trio Babysmokes - check out their debut Eggplant EP - and Mellow Dee, an acoustic set from Mons Olympus/Chocolate Love Factory's Rory Dee.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Beatnik Hurricane, The Statics, David Keenan & The Dead Beat

    Sweeney's

    Dublin

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    The Retro Revival Indie Club returns to Sweeney's on June 6 for a show headlined by Beatnik Hurricane, who feature Barry Sutton - formerly of The La's, Cast, Walkingseeds & Smaller. They formed in 2010 and have a revolving cast of musicians.

    Support comes from Dublin indie-pop The Statics, young Dundalk folk/blues singer-songwriter David Keenan and The Dead Beat - check out their shoegazing, vaguely Britrock single, 'Chase The Sun'.

     

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Girls Names & School Tour

    Hangar

    Dublin

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    Belfast indie rock/post-punk quartet Girls Names play a rare Dublin show at Hangar on June 6 for U:mack.

    Check out Girls Names' experimental new krautrock-influenced single 'Zero Triptych', out now on 12" through Tough Love Records, and it's worth your while checking out their prior two albums.

    Support comes from Casio-led act School Tour.

    Tickets, priced at €12, are available from Tickets.ie & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Champion Sound Records: Trus' Me & Replete

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Champion Sound hosts Manchester DJ Trus' Me at Aether & Echo on June 6.

    Known for his eclectic DJ sets & unique productions, he was surrounded by music from an early age. He released his third and most acclaimed album in 2013 with Treat Me Right, which ended up with some heavy rotation on the club scene. 

    Support comes from Kilkenny's Replete. Check out his Soundcloud.

    Tickets cost £8 or £10 on the night. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Leo Drezden, Everything Shook & Joniiiiiiiii

    Mermaid Arts Centre

    Bray

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    Irish progressive electronic jazz-inspired instrumental quartet Leo Drezdenwho have just released their debut album Multi-Moment - headline a show at the Mermaid Arts Centre on Bray's Main St on June 6.

    Support comes from Dublin all-female trio Everything Shook and Irish vocalist/violinist Joniiiiiiiii.

    Tickets, priced at £10 & £12, are available from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Axis Of - Hometown Album Launch w/A Bad Cavalier & Small Hawk Orchestral

    Atlantic Bar

    Portrush

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    North Coast hardcore punks-turned-indie trio Axis Of hold the hometown launch for their second album, The Mid Brae Inn at the Atlantic Live Lounge in Portrush on June 6.

    Having released the sludgy punk-pop of their debut album, Finding St Kilda back in 2013, they completely changed direction with their latest material, venturing decidedly hook-laden avenues. Check out 'Wetsuit'.

    Support comes from ASIWYFA/Panama Kings' guitarist/vocalist Niall Kennedy's indie-pop project A Bad Cavalier and alt. metal quartet Small Hawk Orchestral.

    Doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Sinocence 14th Anniversary Show w/Screaming Eagles, By Any Means & Midnight Transmission

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The Distortion Project appropriately hold the 14th anniversary show for Belfast metal veterans Sinocence at the Limelight 2 on June 6. For this performance, the band will play a set consisting of half covers, and half of songs new and old, as well as a few rarities.

    Support comes from hardcore act By Any Means - check them out on Bandcamp -  Screaming Eagles and Lisburn alternative rockers Midnight Transmission.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Concrete Soup: European Sensoria Band

    Arthur's

    Dublin

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    Arthurs - at 28 Thomas St. - kicks off a nocturnal edition of Dublin's only improvised music residency, ¡NO's Concrete Soup on June 6.

    E+S=B, aka, European Sensoria Band, mainstays of the Dublin improv scene since the early '00s, are from Ringsend and formed around 2002-03. More recently, they've been taking a lot of influence from early free American Jazz, as well as the likes of The Residents and Can.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 7.30pm, with the first set kicking off at 8pm. The live music continues until 11pm, after which the final hour will be devoted to far out sounds.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015

    Parapa Palace

    HMV

    Belfast

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    Formerly known as Lives, jangly rock'n'roll quartet Parapa Palace play an in-store set on the 2nd floor of Belfast's branch of HMV on June 6. Check out their tunes on Soundcloud.

     

    It's a free entry show and starts at 3pm.

  • Sun
    07
    Jun
    2015

    The Gaslight Anthem

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Anthemic punk quartet - and bastard children of Springsteen - The Gaslight Anthem play the Belfast's Limelight 1 on June 2

    The New Jersey natives released their debut album Sink or Swim in 2007, before breaking through with their follow-up, The '59 Sound, and have since went from strength to strength. This, the first of two Irish dates in 2015, follows the release of their fifth album, 2014's Get Hurt. Check out signature hook "45".

    Tickets are now sold out & doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    07
    Jun
    2015

    Ash

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Iconic Downpatrick alt. rock/power-pop trio Ash play Whelan's on June 7.

    Since their 1992 inception, they've released two platinum-selling records, and in 1997 became the youngest ever Glastonbury headline act. Following frontman Tim Wheeler's recent solo album, the three piece have announced their sixth studio album, due in May. 

    Check out 'Cocoon' from their new album, Kablammo!

    Tickets have now sold out.

  • Mon
    08
    Jun
    2015

    The Gaslight Anthem

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Anthemic punk quartet - and bastard children of Springsteen - The Gaslight Anthem play the Olympia on June 8.

    The New Jersey natives released their debut album Sink or Swim in 2007, before breaking through with their follow-up, The '59 Sound, and have since went from strength to strength. This, their second of 2 Irish dates in 2015, follows the release of their fifth album, 2014's Get Hurt. Check out signature hook "45".

    Limited tickets are available for €29.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    08
    Jun
    2015

    Ash

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Iconic Downpatrick alt. rock/power-pop trio Ash make their return to Belfast with a show at the Limelight 2 on June 8.

    Since their 1992 inception, they've released two platinum-selling records, and in 1997 became the youngest ever Glastonbury headline act. Following frontman Tim Wheeler's recent solo album, the three piece have announced their sixth studio album, due in May. 

    Check out 'Cocoon' from their new album, Kablammo!

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

  • Tue
    09
    Jun
    2015

    Jagermeister Battle of the Bands Heat Two

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The Pavilion continues off its Jagermeister Battle of the Bands competition on Tuesday, June 9 with the second of four cross-genre, five-act bills.

    With £1000 cash and a slot at this year's Sunflower Fest up for grabs in the competition, alt. rock act Lost Avenue, In Brackets, Tempest FugitivesOn Parole and Derry symphonic metal quartet Selene will battle it out for two coveted places in the semi-finals.

    As ever, with each paying attendee getting a voting slip at the door, the crowd vote in each heat is very important to the overall result, counting for a quarter of the vote. The three judges are - Phil McCarroll from SONI, James Magill of Magill Promotions and Brian Coney of the Thin Air - make up the other three-quarters.

    Doors are at 9pm. Admission is just £3.

  • Wed
    10
    Jun
    2015

    Fleetwood Mac

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Fleetwood Mac return to Dublin to play the 3Arena on June 10 - ten days before their previously announced date - as part of their 'On With The Show' continent-spanning world tour of 2014-15.

    Having reunited with Christine McVie for the first time since 1997, Fleetwood Mac now has its iconic Rumours lineup fully in place for the mammoth tour, a lineup consisting also of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

    Tickets, priced from €55, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    10
    Jun
    2015

    Soak Album Launch w/Rainy Boy Sleep & Rosseau

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    18 year old Derry singer-songwriter Soak launches her debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, with a headline show at Belfast's Empire Music Hall on June 10.

    Check out the video for the excellent 'Sea Creatures', taken from her debut album - released on June 1 through Rough Trade.

    Support on her launch tour dates comes from singer-songwriter Rainy Boy Sleep and Derry emo/indie rock duo Rosseau.

    Tickets, priced at £14, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    10
    Jun
    2015

    The Winter Passing & Playlounge

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Irish Midlands indie pop/rock five piece The Winter Passing play three Irish shows as part of a UK & Irish tour in June, starting with a Galway's Roisin Dubh on June 10.

    These shows follow the scheduled, but unfortunately delayed release of their debut album, A Different Space of Mind, now slated for a September drop. 

    Check out the video to 'Fruits of Gloom'. 

    Support on the tour comes from London fuzzy, punk-lite noise pop act Playlounge. Check out their Pilot 12".

     

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015

    Getting to Know...And So I Watch You From Afar

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    World-beating instrumental titans And So I Watch You From Afar get more intimate about their processes at the Oh Yeah Centre's Getting To Know... night on June 11.

    They launched their fourth album, Heirs with a pair of huge shows in the capitals of Ireland just a fortnight before its early May release through Sargent House Records

    Having released some of the finest music ever to be recorded on these isles, ASIWYFA have to-date released 3 EPs and 3 albums, progressing from the instrumental post-hardcore & post-rock of their eponymous debut LP through to more math-based sounds as a three piece on their last album, All Hail Bright Futures

    Heirs, from early snippets, sounds like an updated (yet still consistent) statement of what the band is about - check out the first full track to be unveiled, ‘Run Home’.

    Admission is free and the show runs from 8pm-10pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015

    RedBeard Presents: The Winter Passing, Playlounge, Hot Cops & Hello Newman

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Irish Midlands indie pop/rock five piece The Winter Passing play three Irish shows as part of a UK & Irish tour in June, with a stopoff in Belfast's Bar With No Name on the 11th.

    These shows follow the scheduled, but unfortunately delayed release of their debut album, A Different Space of Mind, now slated for a September drop. 

    Check out the video to 'Fruits of Gloom'. 

    Support on the tour comes from London fuzz-laced, garage-gaze act Playlounge. Check out their Pilot 12".

    Local comes from indie rock slackers Hot Cops - check out their free EPs on Bandcamp - and lo-fi punks Hello Newman - check them out on Bandcamp too.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015

    Soak w/Rainy Boy Sleep & Rosseau

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    18 year old Derry singer-songwriter Soak plays Dublin's Pepper Canister Church on June 11 as part of her debut album release tour.

    Check out the video for her new single, 'Blud', taken from her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream - released on June 1 through Rough Trade.

    Support on her launch tour dates comes from singer-songwriter Rainy Boy Sleep and Derry emo/indie rock duo Rosseau.

    Tickets, priced at €17, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015

    FUSED Night 1: Grumbling Fur & Helena Hamilton

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    For the first night of Moving On Music's FUSED Electronica Weekend - which is curated by NI electronic master Phil Kieran and runs from June 11-13 - London-based duo Grumbling Fur play the Black Box.

    Born out of a 2011 daylong improv session which was trimmed and edited into their debut album, Furrier, Grumbling Fur have went increasingly pop-oriented with their three follow-on LPs.

    Check out the Blade Runner paean 'The Ballad of Roy Batty' from 2013's phenomenal Glynnaestra, and the full-on Eno & Depeche Mode-inflected science pop of 'Secrets of the Earth', from 2014's Preternaturals.

    Support comes from Helena Hamilton, a visual & sonic artist who works through interactive digital, installation, performance, live drawing & sound. Check out her overhead projector-based piece 'The Butterflies In My Brain'.

    Single tickets cost £10, and it's £22 for the full weekend of Thursday, June 11 through to Saturday, June 13. Tickets are available from WeGotTickets.

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015

    KnockanStockan Festival & Sound Training College Presents: Growing Home - Festival & Album Launch Party

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    KnockanStockan Festival and the Sound Training College have joined forces to raise some money in aid of the Dublin-based charity, the Peter McVerry Trust, which tackles homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage. They've gathered together an impressive selection of homegrown talent to record Growing Home, a charity album of covers, recorded at Temple Lane Studios.

    The album is launched along with the festival at the Button Factory on June 11. 

    The tracklisting is as follows:

    1. Tucan & Sarah Red - For What it's Worth (Buffalo Springfield), 
    2. Kingston - The Last Living Souls (Gorillaz) 
    3. Val Normal - Help (Beatles), 
    4. Rob Walsh - Ghosts of Dublin (Original), 
    5. Ájo Arkestra - Mother Father (Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble), 
    6. Mama Kasbah - Dirty Old Town (Luke Kelly), 
    7. Leo Drezden - I Feel Good (James Brown), 
    8. Alright You Restless - Alright You Restless (Ages and Ages), 
    9. New Secret Weapon - It Ain't Easy (David Bowie), 
    10. Mongoose - Old Town (Phil Lynott), 
    11. Interskalactic - What's Going On (Marvin Gaye), 
    12. Pockets - Iron Sky (Paolo Nutini), 
    13. The Hot Sprockets vs. Fox Jaw - With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles)
     
    Performing at the show are several of the aforementioned -Ájo Arkestra, Mongoose, Rob Walsh, Fox Jaw - as well as White Chalk, Cork shoegaze favourites Elastic Sleep, Travis Oaks, Cult Called Man , Kicking Bird, Twin Headed Wolf, Sinead White, Miriam Donoghue with some very special guests.

    Tickets are priced at €10 - and include the album - from KnockanStockan, with further donations welcome. Doors open at 6pm and the show runs until 3am.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    Animal Disco: WeAreKnives

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Animal Disco, following their recent return to Belfast's Friday nights, appropriately hold a tenth anniversary show for Belfast progressive math-rock act We Are Knives at McHugh's Basement on June 12.

    Featuring Hornby & Craig Kearney of The Continuous Battle of Order, the trio haven't played together as We Are Knives for years, but their influence and reputation within the scene is unquestionable - just listen to the Redneck Manifesto, ASIWYFA or Adebisi. Their debut album WeHaveBecomeLikeKnives is now available completely free on their Bandcamp, along with the rest of their phenomenal back catalogue.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    Television

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Seminal New York art-punk quartet Television play their iconic 1977 debut, Marquee Moon, in its entirety at Dublin's Academy - one of two Irish dates - on June 12.

    Playing regularly in NYC in the early '70s, Television, through frontman Tom Verlaine and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd's melodic jazz-rock lead interplay, inspired post-punk and art rock alike. Marquee Moon remains their most influential work on everything that would follow, featuring its surreal allusions to classic poetry & literature, as well as an examinations of the youthful self - go on, give it a spin.

    Tickets, priced at €32, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    Soweto Spiritual Singers

    Civic Theatre

    Tallaght, Dublin

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    South African Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble the Soweto Gospel Choir perform at Tallaght's Civic Theatre on June 12.

    Drawn from the best talent in and around Soweto, they sing in eight different languages including Zulu, Swazi, English & Xhosa, blending tribal, traditional and popular African and Western gospel with earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a capella & energetic choreography.

    They recently performed at Carnegie Hall, drawing rave reviews from followers and non-followers of gospel music, unanimously lauded for being hugely inspirational. Check them out here.

    Tickets, priced at €20, are available from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    Soak w/Rainy Boy Sleep & Rosseau

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

    soak

    18 year old Derry singer-songwriter Soak plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on June 12 as part of her debut album release tour.

    Check out the video for her new single, 'Blud', taken from her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream - released on June 1 through Rough Trade.

    Support on her launch tour dates comes from singer-songwriter Rainy Boy Sleep and Derry emo/indie rock duo Rosseau.

     

    Tickets, priced at €12 (or €10 for members), are available from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    Green Monkey EP Launch w/Gerard i2, Bunny and the Banned-Its & Josh Hamilton

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Belfast rap-rock act Green Monkey launch their debut EP on June 12 at The Bar With No Name.

    Support comes from Strabane hip-hop artist Gerard i2, comedy-rockers Bunny and the Banned-Its and Josh Hamilton.

    Shizznigh will be DJing at the show. Check out the gig teaser.

    Admission costs £5 and comes with a free EP. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    The Winter Passing, Fangclub, Playlounge & Stairwells - All-Ages

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    Irish Midlands indie pop/rock five piece The Winter Passing play three Irish shows as part of a UK & Irish tour in June, finishing up their Irish dates with an all-ages show at Fibber's Basement on June 12.

    These shows follow the scheduled, but unfortunately delayed release of their debut album, A Different Space of Mind, now slated for a September drop. 

    Check out the video to 'Fruits of Gloom'. 

    Support on the tour comes from London fuzz-laced, garage-gaze act Playlounge. Check out their Pilot 12".

    Also playing are garage punk trio Fangclub and emo/melodic hardcore quartet Stairwells - their debut album came out in March.

    Admission costs €5. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    FUSED Night 2: Andrew Weatherall

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    For the second night of Moving On Music's FUSED Electronica Weekend - which is curated by NI electronic master Phil Kieran and runs in the Black Box from June 11-13 - Andrew Weatherall performs a solo DJ set on June 12.

    The pioneering DJ and producer is a key figure in UK dance culture, present for early club culture nights in the late '80s alongside a young Paul Oakenfold. Best known for his remixes for Primal Scream, New Order, Björk & My Bloody Valentine.

    Have a listen to his iconic remix of Primal Scream's 'Come Together' and and watch this recent interview & session with Weatherall.

    Single tickets cost £10, and it's £22 for the full weekend of Thursday, June 11 through to Saturday, June 13. Tickets are available from WeGotTickets.

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    Modern Life Is Rubbish: Owen Denvir & Chase The River

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The next Modern Life Is Rubbish even takes place on June 12 at its usual venue of the Pavilion, headlined by Belfast folk-pop singer-songwriter Owen Denvir

    Check him out live at Millbank Studios.

    Belfast acoustic duo Chase The River support.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2015

    Let's Set Sail

    The Cobblestone, Smithfield

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie-pop quartet Let's Set Sail play a show at Smithfield's The Cobblestone this Friday, June 12.

    Check their Five of Trumps EP on Bandcamp, from which they this week release double a-side 'Five of Trumps/Leon'.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    Waxahatchee

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Waxahatchee, the indie project from Alabama singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, plays Dublin's Button Factory on June 13.

    Check out the indie-folk of 'Air' from new album Ivy Tripp, her third acclaimed album in her four years under the Waxahatchee name.

    Tickets are available for €14 from Ticketmaster, and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    Television

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

    television limelight

    Seminal New York art-punk quartet Television play their iconic 1977 debut, Marquee Moon, in its entirety at the Limelight 1 on June 13.

    Playing regularly in NYC in the early '70s, Television, through frontman Tom Verlaine and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd's melodic jazz-rock lead interplay, inspired post-punk and art rock alike. Marquee Moon remains their most influential work on everything that would follow, featuring its surreal allusions to classic poetry & literature, as well as an examinations of the youthful self - go on, give it a spin.

    Tickets, priced at £26, are available from Katy's Bar and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    The Restarts, Suckin' Diesel, Paranoid Visions & Klusterfux

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Voodoo hosts an out-and-out punk show on June 13, headlined by thrashy Hackney punk-ska trio The Restarts. They formed back in 1995, and have gigged across Europe's finest squats and pubs since. 

    Check out the seemingly crack-fuelled 'Backwards'.

    Support comes from Dublin anarcho-punks Paranoid Visions, who've been together since 1981 in some form or another and launch their new album shortly. Also on the bill are Belfast Punks Suckin Diesel and Tullamore punk trio The Kluster-Fux.

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

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    An Evening With Amanda Palmer - The Art of Asking

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer has just released her new book, The Art of Asking, and she'll perform at Dublin's Academy on June 13 as part of her tour in support of its release.

    The title of the book refers to her 'Don't make people pay for music. Let them.' ethos of her TED Talk, which led her to be one of the most vocal supporters of crowdfunding, after she left her record label several years ago to release the world's most successful Kickstarter.

    Part manifesto, her book explores the emotional, philosophical and practical aspects of asking. 

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

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    Columbia Mills

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Reverb-soaked Bray indietronica quartet Columbia Mills play Whelan's on June 13.

    Check out 'Headlights' from their debut EP, Factory Settings - available from Bandcamp for free download. From the onset, you'll hear the brooding spectre of New Order, The Jesus & Mary Chain & early Primal Scream.

    Tickets cost €12.50 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    Soak w/Rainy Boy Sleep & Rosseau

    Triskel Christchurch

    Cork

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    18 year old Derry singer-songwriter Soak rounds out her debut album launch tour with a show at Cork's Triskel Christchurch on June 13.

    Check out the video for her new single, 'Blud', taken from her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream - released on June 1 through Rough Trade.

    Support on her launch tour dates comes from singer-songwriter Rainy Boy Sleep and Derry emo/indie rock duo Rosseau.

    Tickets, priced at €14.85 & €17, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    FUSED Night 3: Phil Kieran [Live], Perc [PERC TRAX] & Koichi

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    For the third and final night of Moving On Music's FUSED Electronica Weekend - which is curated by NI electronic master Phil Kieran and runs in the Black Box from June 11-13 - Phil Kieran & Perc headline.

    Belfast-based, internationally reknowned DJ Phil Kieran aptly plays a live set to close the FUSED electronica weekend he's curated at the Black Box. Having worked with the likes of Gary Numan, Peter Hook, David Holmes & being handpicked by Martin Gore to remix Depeche Mode's 'Sweetest Perfection', his reputation precedes him. He's co-soundtracked Steven Soderbergh's 'The Girlfriend Experience' but is most frequently acknowledged for his contributions to techno.

    London-based Ali Wells, aka Perc, fuses current techno with some selections from electronica's forefathers. Check out 'Tension'.

    Support comes from up-and-coming Belfast techno artist Koichi.

    Single tickets cost £10, and it's £22 for the full weekend of Thursday, June 11 through to Saturday, June 13. Tickets are available from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    Dogs

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin band Dogs release their new EP later in the year, but launch its first track, 'Drift', with a headline show upstairs at Whelan's on June 13.

    Check their synth & guitar-driven electronica out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €10 on the door or free if you comment on the event page. Doors open at 11.30pm, with Dogs going onstage at midnight.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    An Áit Eile: That's How It Starts

    Nuns Island Theatre

    Galway

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    Saturday, June 13 hosts a showcase for Galway's local arts, crafts and music at the Nuns Island Theatre, organised by the grassroots not-for-profit organisation, An Áit Eile, who wish to foster the creative community of the west of Ireland.

    Teaming up with see many of Galway's local organisations like Access Music Project, Citóg Records, Jamaica Joe's, there will also be a series of acoustic artists performing at the show,  including My Fellow SpongesRivers and CrowsSteven SharpeDylan MurphyMajestic Bears and Tracy Bruen, as well as an indoor marketplace featuring locally-produced arts, crafts and food. Performances will be accompanied by DJs Ray WingnutStroller and Fuz. 

    Later on in the evening, there is a BYOB show in the theatre, featuring indie rock act Canaries, fellow indie rockers Boyfights and Thin Air favourites, garage rock quartet Oh Boland.

    Admission during the day is free, with the BYOB gig costing €10. All profits from the event go towards the facilitation of a Galway platform and marketplace of the city's artists & musicians.

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    Dirt

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Dirt, at The Bar With No Name, is a unique proposition, with one artist to perform live onstage at midnight with no fanfare or advance notice of their performance. The next instalment takes place on Saturday, June 13. Just show up to find out who's playing.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 10pm.

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015

    Waxahatchee

    McHugh's

    Belfast

    waxahatchee

    Waxahatchee, the indie project from Alabama singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, play McHugh's Basement for Strange Victory on June 14.

    Check out the indie-folk of 'Air' from new album Ivy Tripp, her third acclaimed album in her four years under the Waxahatchee name.

    Tickets are available for £9 from WeGotTickets, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015

    Corrosion of Conformity

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    North Carolina metal act Corrosion of Conformity have announced a pair of Irish dates, with the former at Dublin's Academy on June 14.

    Forming in the early eighties by bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin, they were a hardcore act, before crossing over into thrashier territory, staking their claim in the crossover market with 1987's Technocracy

    Dean left the band shortly after, only to return in 1993, with the band moving into sludgier and more groove-based territory. After a hiatus from 2006-2010 before returning with Dean. They reunited with former guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan to record a new album earlier this year, and these will be his first shows with the band on these shores in a decade.

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

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015

    An Evening With: Amanda Palmer - The Art of Asking

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

    amandapalmer

    Former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer has just released her new book, The Art of Asking, and she'll perform at the Limelight 1 as part of a book tour.

    The title of the book refers to her 'Don't make people pay for music. Let them.' ethos of her TED Talk, which led her to be one of the most vocal supporters of crowdfunding, after she left her record label several years ago to release the world's most successful Kickstarter.

    Part manifesto, her book explores the emotional, philosophical and practical aspects of asking. 

    Seated tickets, priced at £22, are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015

    Antemasque - CANCELLED

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Featuring Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodiguez-Lopez of At The Drive-In & The Mars Volta, Antemasque make their Belfast debut on June 14 with a show at the Limelight 2.

    Formed in 2014, they released their eponymous debut album in November, featuring Flea on bass - and recorded in his studio. From debut single, '4AM', it's an altogether more raw collection of post-hardcore-tinged alt. rock than anything its components have released in recent years.

    Check their performance of the post-punk/early goth of 'Providence' live in Philadelphia.

    The show has been cancelled. Refunds are available from the point of sale.

  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2015

    Black Stone Cherry

    The Pav

    Cork

    blackstonecherry

    Kentucky hard rock quartet Black Stone Cherry play The Pav in Cork on June 15.

    The Roadrunner Records act are still touring for fourth studio album, last year's more sludgy, smoke-billowing Magic Mountain, which has so far seen the band tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd & Bad Company, as well as other classic rock favourites Airbourne.

    For your groove-laden southern stoner rock fix, check out recent single, 'Me and Mary Jane'.

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

  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2015

    Corrosion of Conformity

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

    corrosion of conformity

    North Carolina metal act Corrosion of Conformity have announced a pair of Irish dates, with the latter at the Limelight 1 on June 15.

    Forming in the early eighties by bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin, they were a hardcore act, before crossing over into thrashier territory, staking their claim in the crossover market with 1987's Technocracy

    Dean left the band shortly after, only to return in 1993, with the band moving into sludgier and more groove-based territory. After a hiatus from 2006-2010 before returning with Dean. They reunited with former guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan to record a new album earlier this year, and these will be his first shows with the band on these shores in a decade.

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

  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2015

    Antemasque - CANCELLED

    Whelan's

    Dublin

    antemasque

    Featuring Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodiguez-Lopez of At The Drive-In & The Mars Volta, Antemasque make their Dublin debut on June 15 with a show at Whelan's.

    Formed in 2014, they released their eponymous debut album in November, featuring Flea on bass - and recorded in his studio. From debut single, '4AM', it's an altogether more raw collection of post-hardcore-tinged alt. rock than anything its components have released in recent years.

    Check their performance of the post-punk/early goth of 'Providence' live in Philadelphia.

    The show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Refunds are available from the point of sale.

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2015

    Beck

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Having recently won the Grammy Award for album of the year & best rock album with 2014's sublime Morning Phase - the spiritual and sonic successor to his universally acclaimed Sea Change - Beck plays Cork on June 16 as part of their Live At The Marquee season.

    Having broken through with '94 single, 'Loser', Beck's chameleonic tendencies have seen him stride through funk, folk, hip-hop, indie rock, and almost every point between. For a first point of reference, try his sample-heavy 1996 opus, Odelay. His recent live shows - accompanied by a full live band - have included spoken word, and cuts from across his rich back catalogue.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2015

    Black Stone Cherry

    The Academy

    Dublin

    blackstonecherry

    Kentucky hard rock quartet Black Stone Cherry play Dublin's Academy on June 16.

    The Roadrunner Records act are still touring for fourth studio album, last year's more sludgy, smoke-billowing Magic Mountain, which has so far seen the band tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd & Bad Company, as well as other classic rock favourites Airbourne.

    For your groove-laden southern stoner rock fix, check out recent single, 'Me and Mary Jane'.

    Tickets, priced at €20.40, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2015

    Chelsea Grin - All Ages Show w/Red Enemy, Call To Arms & Subsist

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    Salt Lake City deathcore sextet Chelsea Grin play an all-ages show upstairs at Fibber Magees in Dublin on June 16.

    Formed in 2007 by vocalist Alex Koehler, they've released three albums and two EPs, with the most recent being 2014's Ashes To Ashes. Check out 'Playing With Fire'.

    Support comes from Dublin metal act Red EnemyCall To Arms and Subsist.

    Tickets are available for €17 from WAV Tickets, Music Maker, ReINKarnated Tattoo and the Sound Cellar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015

    Beck & Johnny Greenwood

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    Having recently won the Grammy Award for album of the year & best rock album with 2014's sublime Morning Phase - the spiritual and sonic successor to his universally acclaimed Sea Change - Beck plays the Kilmainham Royal Hospital on June 17.

    Having broken through with '94 single, 'Loser', Beck's chameleonic tendencies have seen him stride through funk, folk, hip-hop, indie rock, and almost every point between.

    Also on the bill is Radiohead guitarist & film soundtracker (There Will Be Blood and more) Johnny Greenwood, accompanied by the London Contemporary Orchestra. His set is expected to include original material and compositions from his work in film.

    Tickets, priced at €57.50, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015

    Black Stone Cherry (14+)

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Kentucky hard rock quartet Black Stone Cherry play their biggest NI show to date with a 14+ show at the Ulster Hall on June 17.

    The Roadrunner Records act are still touring for fourth studio album, last year's more sludgy, smoke-billowing Magic Mountain, which has so far seen the band tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd & Bad Company, as well as other classic rock favourites Airbourne.

    For your groove-laden southern stoner rock fix, check out recent single, 'Me and Mary Jane'.

    Tickets, priced at £17.50, are available from Shine and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm. The standing area is restricted to 16+.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015

    Mogwai

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Glaswegian post-rock act Mogwai have just announced two Irish dates to celebrate their 20th anniversary, including their first ever live date in Cork taking place on June 17 at the Cork Opera House.

    This comes as part of their twentieth anniversary celebrations, having formed in 1995 by Stuart Braithewaite, Dominic Aitchison & Martin Bulloch, releasing their debut album Mogwai Young Team in 1997. They released their excellent, electronic-tinged eighth album, Rave Tapes, last year.

    Here's debut single, 'Tuner'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015

    Billy Idol

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Billy Idol brings his distinctly sleaze-fuelled '80s vibe to Cork's Live At The Marquee series, with a show on June 17.

    The punk-turned-rock star first appeared in the '70s, fronting seminal English punks Generation X, before turning his attentions to mainstream success. Late last year, he released his first album in almost ten years, Kings & Queens of the Underground, as well as his autobiography.

    'White Wedding'. You know you want to.

    Tickets, priced at €55, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015

    Steve Strong w/Megacone, WOB & more

    Sweeney's

    Dublin

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    One-man-band Steve Strong plays Dublin's Sweeney's in a FREE ENTRY Venture Presents show at on June 17 as part of his 'I Quit My Job For This' tour of Ireland, which runs from June 13-21.

    Based in Plymouth, Strong brings along his own beats, tapped guitar and textural melodies, and genre-hops constantly. Check out his Soundcloud.

    Support comes from instrumental five piece Megacone and fellow Dubliners, electronica & d'n'b trio WOB.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015

    Chelsea Grin (14+)

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    June 17 sees Salt Lake City deathcore sextet Chelsea Grin play a 14+ show at QUB's Bar Sub.

    Formed in 2007 by vocalist Alex Koehler, they've released three albums and two EPs, with the most recent being 2014's Ashes To Ashes. Check out 'Playing With Fire'.

    Tickets are available for £14 from Ticketmaster & QUBSU's reception. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015

    Sober Sessions: I am Niamh & We Raise Bears

    Harbour Playhouse

    Dublin

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    The next instalment of the Sober Sessions in Dublin takes place at the Harbour Playhouse on Avenue Road. Performing at the show are two of Ireland's up-and-comers in quirkily beguiling singer-songwriter Niamh Parkinson, aka I Am Niamh, who uses her classically trained voice to lead her piano-based compositions. Check her out on Soundcloud.

    Also playing are indie folk duo Conor Miley & Sharon Murphy, We Raise Bears. Check them out here.

    Admission costs €10 on the night. Doors open at 8.30pm with the show kicking off at 9pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2015

    Mogwai

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Glaswegian post-rock act Mogwai have just announced two Irish dates to celebrate their 20th anniversary, with a show at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on June 18.

    This comes as part of their twentieth anniversary celebrations, having formed in 1995 by Stuart Braithewaite, Dominic Aitchison & Martin Bulloch, releasing their debut album Mogwai Young Team in 1997. They released their excellent, electronic-tinged eighth album, Rave Tapes, last year.

    Here's debut single, 'Tuner'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2015

    Feast Presents: Steve Strong, Zinc & Ropemaker

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    One-man-band Steve Strong plays a show at the Roisin Dubh on June 18 for Feast as part of his 'I Quit My Job For This' tour of Ireland, which runs from June 13-21.

    Support comes from Galway electronica-tinged groove-based post-rock trio Zinc - check out the video for new single 'Waking' - and Laois instrumental fellow three-piece Ropemaker - check out their debut EP, Abyssinia, on Bandcamp

    Admission costs only €5. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2015

    Pleasure Beach - Debut Show w/Jealous of the Birds

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Anthemic dream pop five piece Pleasure Beach, formed from members of a myriad of local synth-pop acts, make their debut performance at Bar Sub on June 18.

    They recently released their debut single, 'Go', available on Bandcamp for free download.

    Support comes from hotly-tipped young songstress Naomi Hamilton, aka Jealous of the Birds. Check out her excellent debut EP for free on Bandcamp.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2015

    Monster Irish Music Auction Gig: Hudson Taylor, Gavin Glass, Cry Monster Cry & more

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Irish folk-inflected pop-rock duo Hudson Taylor headline a charity show at Whelan's on June 18, in which all proceeds go to The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul & Inner City Helping Homeless.

    Comprising brothers Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor, they're currently signed to Polydor Records. They started off humbly, busking in Dublin from a young age, and released their debut EP, Battles in 2012, which reached number 1 in the Irish iTunes chart. They released their debut album, Singing For Strangers earlier this year. Check out the video for 'Chasing Rubies'.

    Also performing at the show are Gavin Glass & The New Shakers, Cry Monster CryCarol Keogh and the City FathersBarry Jay Hughes.

    Tickets are available for €16.50 from Whelan's. Doors open at 8pm. 

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015

    The Stonemasons, Special Guests*, R51 & Death By Monkeys

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    June 19 sees Belfast-based alt. rock trio The Stonemasons headline a Shizznigh show at The Bar With No Name.

    Support comes from a TBA Special Guest, as well as alt. rock-inflected brooding pop quintet R51 - who have recently launched their new Pillowtalk EP - as well as Newcastle indie/alternative quartet Death By Monkeys.

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015

    Girl, Steve Strong, R51 & Death By Monkeys

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    June 19 sees the Bar With No Name holds another Shizznigh show, headlined by experimental rock duo Phil Brown & Calum McGeown, aka Girl. Check their dense, saturated riffage on Soundcloud.

    Plymouth-based one-man-band, Steve Strong is on main support, bringing his own beats, tapped guitar and textural melodies, and constant genre-hopping. Check out his Soundcloud. Also playing are alt. rock-inflected brooding pop quintet R51 - who have recently launched their new Pillowtalk EP - and the show will be kicked off by Newcastle alt. rock quartet Death By Monkeys.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015

    Black Grape

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of the best party bands of the 90's, Black Grape have announced their Dublin return, where they play the Academy on June 19.

    This follows what was to be a one-off Manchester reunion show, but the band have expanded their tour to take in some Irish & UK dates. Featuring members of the Happy Mondays and Ruthless Rap Assassins, their pill-fuelled, eclectic & groove-laden sample-based music - essentially a wilder Happy Mondays - yielded two albums, with 1995' It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah being the peak of their powers, reaching number 1 and going platinum.

    Check out 'Reverend Black Grape'.

    Tickets are priced at €30 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015

    The Go! Team

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Brighton garage indie-pop band The Go! Team play a pair of shows in Ireland, starting with a Limelight 2 show on June 19.

    Forming in 2000, the sextet formed through guitarist Ian Parton's desire to form a Sonic Youth-style band with double-Dutch chants, Bollywood soundtrack influences and old school electro & hip-hop. This led to their 2004 debut LP, Thunder, Lightning, Strike. The quirky reference-lovers have just released their fourth album, The Scene Between.

    Check out the trippy video for recent single, 'The Scene Between'.

    Tickets are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster, priced at £18. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015
    Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015

    Body & Soul Festival

    Ballinlough Castle

    Meath

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    Taking place, as per usual, during the Summer solstice weekend of June 19-21 at Ballinlough Castle, acts confirmed for the Body & Soul Festival so far are:

    A live set from LeftfieldFlight Facilities, ÁsgeirAustraDan Deacon, Goat, Savages, MMOTHSSOHNShit RobotKing Kong CompanyBrandt Brauer FrickAlo WalaOyMeltybrains?TalabomanLambClark and Matthew E White

    More are to be confirmed and are just amongst the first waves of acts set to play the annual festival at Clonmellon, Co. Meath.

    With many more acts yet to be announced, check out the full line-up below and go here to buy tickets.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015

    Nuclear Assault, Gama Bomb, Psykosis & Animator

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    July 19 sees New York thrash metal quartet Nuclear Assault play Dublin's Voodoo Lounge as part of their 2015 Final Assault On Europe tour.

    Formed after bassist Dan Lilker left Anthrax in 1984, Nuclear Assault released five albums in the '80s through to the early '90s before splitting in 1995. They reunited for 2005's Third World Genocide and have just released their first new music in a decade with their Pounder EP.

    Check out their 1989 performance live at the Hammersmith Odeon.

    Support comes from light-hearted & heavy-riffed Newry/Dublin speed-thrash quintet Gama Bomb - who look set to release their new album later this year - as well as Dublin & Wexford thrash acts (respectively) Psykosis and Animator, the latter of whom have their debut album Blacklisted out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €25. Doors open at 5pm, with the show going on until 10pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015

    Breaking Bands: Plague Artists, Venus Effect & Kryptic State

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Post-grunge quartet Plague Artists headline the latest edition of the Oh Yeah Centre's new talent showcase, Breaking Bands, on June 19. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from alternative trio Venus Effect - check them out on Bandcamp - and Mid-Ulster alt. rock quartet Kryptic State

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015
    Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015

    Music City 2015: Occupying Derry with Music

    Citywide

    Derry-Londonderry

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    Returning to Derry across the weekend of Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21, Music City is, according to its organisers, “the festival where everyone can play”. This year’s theme is Occupy Derry With Music, and organisers are encouraging individuals, groups, businesses, workplaces and anyone else to put on gigs and performances in their workplace, homes, streets and elsewhere.

    Hosted by Celtronic, the festival will also welcome some first-rate talent to the city across the weekend, including David Holmes, Christy Moore, Frames & The Swell Season member Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Jape, New York DJ Danny Tenaglia, The Lost Brothers, Scottish traditional group Battlefield Band. Classical musicians Gerard McChrystalRuth McGinleyMargaret Keys and choir Codetta also will feature as part of the Live BBC Ulster broadcast.

    The local acts won't be misrepresented either, with performances from the likes of Hot Cops - check out their slacker-rock stylings on Bandcamp free - Best Boy GripPaddy Nash & The Happy EnchiladasPØRTSTriggerman, The Clameens and Declan McLaughlin, with many more acts to be confirmed.

    Keep up to date over at the Music City Facebook page and go here for the official Music City website, with full info about times, travel, venues, times and more.

  • Fri
    19
    Jun
    2015

    Smalltown America Records All Dayer #6

    Smalltown America Studios

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    Held in association with yours truly, Derry’s Smalltown America Records will host and stream live its sixth All Dayer on Friday, July 31.

    Three years on from the label’s last All Dayer – featuring the likes of More Than Conquerors, General Fiasco and Fighting With Wire – this year’s outing will feature Northern Irish acts the American Football-esque duo Rosseau - who have just released their free debut EPFreak’s, sludge-metal-tinged alt. rockers Small Hawk Orchestral, sludgy noise rock/post-hardcore trio PigsAsPeople make their last appearance for the foreseeable future due to indefinite hiatus after the release of their free-to-download album, The Plot Against Future Plans last year, Humanshield, 'verb-loving avant-garde quartet Clanns, Lost Avenue and Paisley post-hardcore three-piece Carnivores.

    Capacity for the streamed/filmed, all-ages event – which takes place at STA’s HQ at 6 Bay Road, Industrial Estate from 5pm on the day – is limited.

    Tickets – which cost £1o – can be purchased here. Doors open at 5pm.

     

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015

    Fleetwood Mac

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Fleetwood Mac return to Dublin to play the 3Arena on June 20 as part of their 'On With The Show' continent-spanning world tour of 2014-15.

    Having reunited with Christine McVie for the first time since 1997, Fleetwood Mac now has its iconic Rumours lineup fully in place for the mammoth tour, a lineup consisting also of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

    Tickets, priced from €55, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015

    Andrew Jackson Jihad & Hard Girls - All-Ages

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    Arizonan folk-punk act Andrew Jackson Jihad play an all-ages show at Fibber Magees in Dublin on June 20 as part of a UK tour alongside Hard Girls.

    Formed in 2004, their lyrical and sonic content has been broad in scope throughout their five LPS, several EPsa and countless splits. Check out their most recent album, Christmas Island.

    San Jose's Hard Girls distil pop-sensibility into post-punk and classic '90s indie to create their own modern punk brew, as evidenced on their excellent second album, 2014's A Thousand Surfaces. Check out '996 Tears'.

    Tickets, priced at €13, are available from WAV Tickets, the Sound Cellar, Music Maker & ReINKarnated Tattoos. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015

    Black Grape

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    One of the best party bands of the 90's, Black Grape have announced a return to Belfast, where they play the Limelight 2 on June 20.

    This follows what was to be a one-off Manchester reunion show, but the band have expanded their tour to take in some Irish & UK dates. Featuring members of the Happy Mondays and Ruthless Rap Assassins, their pill-fuelled, eclectic & groove-laden sample-based music - essentially a wilder Happy Mondays - yielded two albums, with 1995' It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah being the peak of their powers, reaching number 1 and going platinum.

    Check out 'Reverend Black Grape'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced from £25.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015

    The Go! Team

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Brighton garage indie-pop band The Go! Team play a pair of shows in Ireland, with the latter being at Whelan's on June 20.

    Forming in 2000, the sextet formed through guitarist Ian Parton's desire to form a Sonic Youth-style band with double-Dutch chants, Bollywood soundtrack influences and old school electro & hip-hop. This led to their 2004 debut LP, Thunder, Lightning, Strike. The quirky reference-lovers have just released their fourth album, The Scene Between.

    Check out the trippy video for recent single, 'The Scene Between'.

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

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015

    The Organ Grinders, Cadaver Club, Cavehill & Tragedy Vampires

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The Distortion Project hold a show at the Limelight 2 on June 20 to launch Tales of a Cruel Heart, the new EP from first wave punks The Organ Grinders. Check out Tales of a Cruel Heart on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from funeral-punk quartet Cadaver Club, Cavehill and Enniskillen gothic death-wallowers Tragedy Vampires.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015

    Dead Rider & No Spill Blood

    Whelan's Upstairs

    Dublin

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    Experimental Chicago rock trio Dead Rider play their first Dublin show at Whelan's on June 20. 

    Formed by Todd Rittmann, guitarist from noise rock band U.S. Maple, Dead Rider have been around for five years. They're signed to Drag city, and most recently released their third album, Chills on Glass, last year. Check out its recent single, 'Blank Screen'.

    Support comes from Dublin fuzz-bass-led post-apocalyptic soundscapers-cum-riffers No Spill Blood, who recently released their  debut album, Heavy Electricity.

    Tickets are available from Whelanslive for €10, or for the same price before 9pm on the night, with the price rising €12 after 9pm. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015

    Rory Nellis 'Ready For You Now' Album Launch w/Rams' Pocket Radio

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    As the final show of a UK & Irish tour to promote his debut solo album, Rory Nellis holds his album launch upstairs at The MAC on June 20.

    The Seven Summits frontman released Ready For You Now - available on Bandcamp. Check out the video for 'Outdoorsman'. It's a great debut LP from the immensely gifted singer-songwriter, following on from his previous EPs & singles.

    Support comes from pop singer-songwriter Pete McCauley, aka Rams' Pocket Radio. Check out his recent single, 'Reservoir'.

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

  • Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015

    The Who Hits 50

    Odyssey Arena

    Belfast

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    The Who have announced the replacement dates for their 2014 50th Anniversary tour, simultaneously stating that this will be the start of their 'long goodbye'. The tour - dubbed 'The Who Hits 50' - takes in 9 dates including one at The Odyssey Arena on June 21.

    Formed in London in 1964, the Who's classic Daltrey, Townshend, Entwhistle & Moon quartet lineup is regarded as one of the iconic British rock bands of all time, having sold over 100 million records, including the essential Tommy, Quadrophenia and Who's Next.

    This tour promises to to include songs dating back to the original pre-Who band The High Numbers, and features hits and songs which Townshend describes as 'hits, picks, mixes and misses'. 

    Tickets are available, priced at £59.50 and £69.50, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015

    The Big Gig: A Plastic Rose, His New Atlas & more

    Sandino's

    Derry-Londonderry

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    Three Derry-based musicians & promoters have gotten together to organise The Big Gig in the Maiden City's  400-capacity Sandino's venue on June 21. So far, post-hardcore-influenced pop-rock quartet A Plastic Rose are confirmed, having just released their second album.

    Also on the bill is young, fast-rising contemporary folk singer-songwriter Eoghan O'Hagan, aka His New Atlas. More details will be confirmed as we get them.

  • Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015

    Donal Scullion 'Superpowers' Album Launch

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Donal Scullion, a regular in NI's music scene, launches his solo album Superpowers with a show downstairs at the MAC on June 21.

    Scullion has been the frontman with NI Soul Troop, Uncle Social, The Vibes and many more acts. The cross-genre singer-songwriter spans alternative rock, funk, soul, reggae, folk, jazz, country and beyond, and this show will be his most ambitious to date, which will see him accompanied by a 15-piece band featuring string & horn quartets, backing singers, and some TBA special guests.

    You can check out Superpowers on Bandcamp, and check out the video for the title track.

    Tickets are available for £10 from The MAC. Doors open at 7.45pm.

     

  • Tue
    23
    Jun
    2015

    Eyehategod

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    New Orleans sludge metal five piece Eyehategod play Dublin's Voodoo Lounge June 23 as part of their current spring European tour, following the release of their eponymous fifth album - their first since 2000.

    They formed in 1988, rising to prominence through their feedback-addled torturous brand of misanthropic metal, with riff of heft to match sludge pioneers like Melvins, Saint Vitus and Black Flag.

    Check out 'Medicine Noose' from their most recent album.

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

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015

    Eyehategod

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    New Orleans sludge metal five piece Eyehategod play a Distortion Project show at the Limelight 2 on June 24.

    They formed in 1988, rising to prominence through their feedback-addled torturous brand of misanthropic metal, with riff of heft to match sludge pioneers like Melvins, Saint Vitus and Black Flag. This show comes as part of their spring European tour, following the release of their self-titled fifth album, and the first since 2000. 

    Check out 'Medicine Noose' from their most recent album.

    Tickets cost £17. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015

    Counting Crows w/Seasick Steve

    Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    Following the release of their seventh album, Somewhere Under WonderlandCounting Crows play Kilmainham Royal Hospital on June 24.

    The Californian folk-tinged alternative/pop-rock outfit, fronted by singer/pianist Adam Duritz, formed in 1991, having now sold more than 20 million worldwide albums. They broke through with 1993 single 'Mr Jones' from their debut album, and have sustained their success with covers of the likes of 'Big Yellow Taxi', and their Academy Award-winning 'Accidentally In Love', from Shrek 2.

    Check out the Americana of 'Earthquake Driver', the lead single from their new album.

    Support comes from one-man-blues-band Seasick Steve - check out new single, 'Summertime Boy'.

    Tickets are available priced at €49.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015

    Frank Yamma

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The man regarded as the voice of Australia's Central Desert, Frank Yamma plays Whelan's on June 24 as part of a UK & Irish tour.

    This follows the release of his new album, Uncle, which has captured mind's of the world music scene, of which he's been a prominent part over the last decade and a half. Singing in both English and his native Pitjantjatjara tongue, he effortlessly ties together Western and indigenous culture.

    Check out 'Everybody's Talking'.

    Tickets, priced at €15, are available from Whelan's. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015

    Old Fang 1st Birthday Celebration: Travis Is A Tourist, Rosie Carney & Jessica Doherty

    McHugh's

    Belfast

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    Independent Belfast indie/folk/pop label Old Fang is now one year old, and celebrate this by taking two of its favourite acts on tour across the corners of Ireland, with a hometown show at McHugh's Bar on June 24. 

    Playing the show are pop act Travis Is A Tourist, based around guitarist & vocalist Travis Gilbert. Their new EP is out very soon, but you can download the debut for free on Bandcamp. Also playing is young folk act Rosie Carney. Opening the show is the also-ridiculously-youthful Derry-Londonderry singer-songwriter Jessica Dohertywhose new single, 'Wolves', is out now on Spotify & iTunes.

    Check out 'Needed It', the collaboration between Travis & Rosie Carney.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015

    Jagermeister Battle of the Bands Heat Four: Bloom, The Shout, Hindrance, EQ1NIX & Babysmokes

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The fourth and final heat of The Pavilion's Jagermeister Battle of the Bands competition takes place on Wednesday, June 24 with yet another cross-genre, five-act line-up.

    With £1000 cash and a slot at this year's Sunflower Fest up for grabs in the competition, Bloom, The Shout, Hindrance, EQ1NIX + Babysmokes will battle it out for the final two coveted places in the semi-finals.

    As ever, with each paying attendee getting a voting slip at the door, the crowd vote in each heat is very important to the overall result, counting for a quarter of the vote, with our own Brian Coney being one of the three judges.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015

    Kodaline

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Anthemic indie-pop quartet Kodaline continue their resoundingly successful run with a now-sold-out show at Cork's annual Live At The Marquee series of concerts on June 25.

    Kodaline released their debut EP in September 2012 which spread via word of mouth, and their debut album In A Perfect World was put out in June of 2013, just before an insanely busy summer for the band. The band have sold out most of their big Irish shows to date, and released their second album, Coming Up For Air, in February.

    Check out their recent single, 'The One', taken from their new LP.

    Tickets are now sold out on Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015

    Russian Circles

    Hangar

    Dublin

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    Chicago post-metal trio Russian Circles have announced a headline show for Dublin's Hangar on June 25 following their headline set at the Button Factory last year in a Sargent House Records showcase.

    Breaking through with their incredible 2006 debut album, Enter, the band have released five albums in total. We're currently in the longest period without any releases in the band's history, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect something more recent than material from their last album, Memorial.

    Check out '309' from Empros live in the studio.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015

    Red Enemy

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Dublin metallers Red Enemy play upstairs at the Roisin Dubh on June 25 in a show for Feast Presents. Stream their eponymous debut album here.

    Support is to be confirmed.

    Admission costs €5. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015

    Electric Eel Shock w/Bob Slayer

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Renowned for their ferociously energetic live presence, Japanese garage punk trio Electric Eel Shock play 5 Irish dates as part of a lengthy European tour. They play Galway's Roisin Dubh on June 25.

    Formed in Tokyo in the late '90s, Electric Eel Shock have recently released a Best Of & Covers album which is made up of some of fan-chosen tracks - household names and obscure favourites. 

    Support comes from comedian Bob Slayer.

     

    Tickets cost €12.50 - or €10 for members - from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015

    Old Fang 1st Birthday Celebration: Travis Is A Tourist & Rosie Carney

    Odessa Club

    Dublin

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    Independent Belfast indie/folk/pop label Old Fang is now one year old, and celebrate this by taking two of its favourite acts on tour across the corners of Ireland, playing Dublin's Odessa Club on June 25.

    Playing the show are pop act Travis Is A Tourist, based around guitarist & vocalist Travis Gilbert. Their new EP is out very soon, but you can download the debut for free on Bandcamp. Also playing is young Donegal folk songstress Rosie Carney.

    Check out 'Needed It', the collaboration between Travis & Rosie Carney.

    Admission costs €8 - or €6 with student ID - and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015

    Summer Soundwaves: High Sundays, Val Normal, Shadow Police & Porter

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Stop:Motion Promotions bring a pop-up show to Belfast's Bar With No Name on July 3. Headlining the show are funk-rock quartet High Sundays. Check out their newly-released debut tracks on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from Irish mathy post-hardcore trio Val Normal - check out their new album Fly The White Flag of War - the Matthew Duly-fronted synthy dream-pop duo Shadow Police - check out 'Sleep Tonight' - and the recently-appeared fuzz-riffer Porter.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Kodaline

    Kilmainham Royal Hospital

    Dublin

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    Anthemic indie-pop quartet Kodaline play a huge Irish headline show on June 26 at Kilmainham Royal Hospital.

    Kodaline released their debut EP in September 2012 which spread via word of mouth, and their debut album In A Perfect World was put out in June of 2013, just before an insanely busy summer for the band. The band have sold out most of their big Irish shows to date, and released their second album, Coming Up For Air, in February.

    Check out their recent single, 'The One', taken from their new LP.

    Tickets, priced at €39.05, are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6.30pm.

     

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Mastodon w/Bad Breeding

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Monolithic riff-mongers Mastodon play the Olympia Theatre on June 26 as part of their ongoing tour in support of new album Once More 'Round The Sun.

    Just out in June, it's the quartet's sixth album since they formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. Debuting at no. 6 in the Billboard album charts, it's the quickest seller to date, consolidating their position as one of the torchbearers in the new wave of American heavy metal.

    Support on all three of Mastodon's Irish dates comes from Stevenage post-punk/noise rock act Bad Breeding

    Tickets are available, priced at €28 & €30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Reschedules Not Squares 'Bolts' Album Launch w/DJ Le Michael Galaxie

    Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Following an unfortunate postponing of their initial album launch due to a problem with the vinyl pressing, Not Squares hold the launch for their second album, Bolts at the Grand Social on June 26.

    Have a watch of their video for single 'Oops Said Hi'. New LP Bolts is the long-awaited follow-up to their excellent 2010 indietronica debut album, Yeah OK.

    Michael from Le Galaxie DJs the night as support.

    Tickets, priced at €10, are available from Ticketmaster & Tickets.ie. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Diamond Head, Psykosis & BeltBuckle Overdrive

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    NWOBHM/thrash pioneers Diamond Head play Fibber Magee's on June 26.

    Most famously cited as a major influence on Metallica & Megadeth, Diamond Head have been led by lead guitarist Brian Tatler since their 1976 formation. They released their first three albums - Lightning To The NationsBorrowed Time, and Canterbury in 1980, '82 & '83 respectively, before taking a decade to release their next and go on hiatus before a reunion a further decade later.

    Check out their ominous classic, 'Am I Evil?'

    Support comes from Dublin thrash quartet Psykosis and BeltBuckle Overdrive.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie for €15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    The Sea, Close By, Kate's Party, We Collide & Dream Awake - All Ages Show

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    An all-ages show takes place at the Oh Yeah Cetnre on June 26, headlined by alternative rock trio The Sea, Close By. Check out their new free-download single, 'Duke'.

    Also on the bill are Dublin indie-punk-pop act Kate's Party - check out their album, Hollow - Belfast melodic metalcore quintet We Collide - check out the free single, 'Peacekeeper' and Lisburn melodic post-hardcore act Dream Awake, whose debut single is also available on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 on the night, and doors open at 7pm. 

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Electric Eel Shock w/Bob Slayer

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick 

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    Renowned for their ferociously energetic live presence, Japanese garage punk trio Electric Eel Shock are to play Limerick's Kasbah Social Club on June 26.

    Formed in Tokyo in the late '90s, Electric Eel Shock have recently released a Best Of & Covers album which is made up of some of fan-chosen tracks - household names and obscure favourites. 

    Support comes from comedian Bob Slayer.

     

    Tickets cost €9.30 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    The Co-Present Midnight Sessions: Cut Once & Fight Like Apes DJ Set

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Online Irish music radio show The Co-Present on Radiomade.ie, hosted by Dwayne Woods and Hamsandwich's Niamh Farrell have Cut Once as their latest coup for their midnight sessions at the Workman's Club on June 26.

    The electronic duo, comprising Michael Heffernan & Aisling Browne, can be checked out on Soundcloud.

    Following the band are May Kay and Pockets from Dublin electro-thrash-pop act Fight Like Apes to spin the wacky, weird, wonderful and obscure tunes on into the night.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at midnight.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    The North Sea Album Launch w/Red Queen Contest

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Having just released the video for new single 'Decay', Dublin alternative quartet The North Sea launch their eponymous debut album with a show at the Grand Social on June 26, the same day as its release.

    Support comes from Meath alternative act Red Queen Contest - you can check them out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €10 and are available from the Grand Social. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Old Fang 1st Birthday Celebration: Travis Is A Tourist, Rosie Carney & Jessica Doherty

    Grand Central

    Derry-Londonderry

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    Independent Belfast indie/folk/pop label Old Fang is now one year old, and celebrate this by taking two of its favourite acts on tour across the corners of Ireland, playing Grand Central at Derry on June 26

    Playing the show are pop act Travis Is A Tourist, based around guitarist & vocalist Travis Gilbert. Their new EP is out very soon, but you can download the debut for free on Bandcamp. Also playing is young folk act Rosie Carney. Opening the show is the also-ridiculously-youthful Derry-Londonderry singer-songwriter Jessica Dohertywhose new single, 'Wolves', is out now on Spotify & iTunes.

    Check out 'Needed It', the collaboration between Travis & Rosie Carney.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Exposure #06: Echo Raptors, The Racks & Venus Effect

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The latest Exposure instalment takes place at its usual Bar With No Name venue on June 26, headlined by contemporary Britpop-rock outfit Echo Raptors. Check out the video for 'Change My Way'.

    Sharing the bill are Lisburn garage-indie rock revivalists The Racks - check them on Soundcloud - and alt. rock act Venus Effect.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Jun
    2015

    Red Enemy, Bitch Falcon, Hornets & Death of a Salesman

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Dublin metal quintet Red Enemy play QUB's Students' Union's Bar Sub on June 26. Stream their eponymous debut album here and watch the video for 'Changing The End'.

    Also on the bill are Dublin's fuzzy riff-laden 3-chicks, 1 -dude act Bitch Falcon - check out their newest single, 'Wolfstooth' - Belfast sludgy hardcore quartet Hornets and metalcore trio Death of a Salesman.

     

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Mastodon w/Bad Breeding

    The Savoy Theatre

    Cork

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    Monolithic riff-mongers Mastodon play Cork's Savoy Theatre on June 27 as part of their ongoing tour in support of new album Once More 'Round The Sun.

    Just out in June, it's the quartet's sixth album since they formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. Debuting at no. 6 in the Billboard album charts, it's the quickest seller to date, consolidating their position as one of the torchbearers in the new wave of American heavy metal.

    Support on all three of Mastodon's Irish dates comes from Stevenage post-punk/noise rock act Bad Breeding

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

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Manu Chao

    Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    The Royal Hospital Kilmainham sees world music star Manu Chao play on June 27.

    The French-born, Spanish-origin is known for his multi-lingual lyrical content, starting off humbly busking and with touring acts in France, playing in a hugely eclectic mix of styles traditions. After his successful act Mano Negra broke up in 1995, he's been a solo artist, touring with his live band, Radio Bemba.

    Have a listen to 'Clandestino', from his highly revered 1998 album of the same name.

    Tickets, priced at €27.90, are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015
    Sun
    28
    Jun
    2015

    Killarney Festival of Music & Food

    Killarney House Demesne

    Killarney

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    The Killarney Festival of Music & Food takes place over the weekend of June 27 & 28 at the Killarney House.

    Already confirmed for the festival are Jools HollandDuran DuranTexasBurt BacharachThe ProclaimersABCFather John MistyDavid LyttleThe UndertonesWalking On CarMundy and a selection of fine Irish acts:

    Delorentos, Mick Flannery, Ham Sandwich, O Emperor, Sleep ThievesTucan, DaithiBooka Brass BandLittle HoursElastic SleepSteven SharpeGingerbeard Family, Tracy Bruen and Oh Boland.

    There will also be a series of comedians at the event, and a Chef's Kitchen Stage, to represent the food side of the festival.

    Tickets are priced from €30 upwards from Ticketmaster, and doors open at 12.30pm on both days.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Lionel Richie

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Five-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum recording artist Lionel Richie performs on June 27 as part of Cork's annual Live At The Marquee series.

    This comes as part of Richie's 'All The Hits All Night Long' tour, which is as it sounds, spanning from his work in the Commodores through to present day records. 

    Tickets, priced at €70.45 & €81, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Teddy Charles Jr, Dave McPherson (InMe), Jamie Neish & The Bearded Bastard

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions' show at the Belfast Empire Music Hall on June 27 is to be headlined by The Rupture Dogs' Allan McGreevy, aka Teddy Charles Jr.

    Completely different from his previous material, he's just released his debut EP six + one on Bandcamp, which features more electronics and a his excellent, almost Justin Vernon-esque falsetto, which contrasts nicely with his usual, more gravelled baritone.

    Support comes from former InMe frontman Dave McPherson in his experimental/folk project, More Than Conquerors' golden-throated drummer Jamie Neish and Fermanagh folk singer-songwriter - and Chocolate Love Factory/Mons Olympus bassist Luke Burns - The Bearded Bastard.

    Admission costs £6 before 10pm, and £7 afterwards. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Diamond Head, Rabid Bitch of the North & more

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The Distortion Project brings NWOBHM/thrash pioneers Diamond Head to the Limelight 2 on June 27 as part of their forthcoming tour.

    Most famously cited as a major influence on Metallica & Megadeth, Diamond Head have been led by lead guitarist Brian Tatler since their 1976 formation. They released their first three albums - Lightning To The NationsBorrowed Time, and Canterbury in 1980, '82 & '83 respectively, before taking a decade to release their next and go on hiatus before a reunion a further decade later.

    Check out their ominous classic, 'Am I Evil?'

    Support comes from Belfast NWOBHM trio Rabid Bitch of the North. Check out their latest single, 'Defending Two Castles', on Bandcamp.

    Tickets, priced at £17, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 5pm.

     

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Electric Eel Shock w/Bob Slayer

    The Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Renowned for their ferociously energetic live presence, Japanese garage punk trio Electric Eel Shock play 5 Irish dates as part of a lengthy European tour to celebrate their 21 years together. They play Dundalk's Spirit Store on June 27.

    Formed in Tokyo in the late '90s, Electric Eel Shock have recently released a Best Of & Covers album which is made up of some of fan-chosen tracks - household names and obscure favourites. 

    Support comes from comedian Bob Slayer.

    Tickets are available from the Spirit Store, priced at €11.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Mirador #001: Go Girl, Two Glass Eyes & Jealous of the Birds

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    All-girl group Go Girl play their debut live show - complete with full band - for new gig night Mirador at the Bar With No Name on June 27. Last week, they revealed the video for their single, 'Free The Nipple'.

    Support comes from alt rock trio Two Glass Eyes and the excellent young up-and-coming solo artist Naomi Hamilton, aka Jealous of the Birds - check out her debut EP, available for free on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Travis Is A Tourist & Rosie Carney

    The Caboose Club

    Fahan

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    Independent Belfast indie/folk/pop label Old Fang is now one year old, and celebrate this by taking two of its favourite acts on tour across the corners of Ireland, the final of which being Fahan's Caboose Club on June 27.

    Playing the show are pop act Travis Is A Tourist, based around guitarist & vocalist Travis Gilbert. Their new EP is out very soon, but you can download the debut for free on Bandcamp. Also playing is young Donegal folk songstress Rosie Carney.

    Check out 'Needed It', the collaboration between Travis & Rosie Carney.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Naoise Roo 'Lilith' Album Launch w/Laura Sheeran & Dani

    The Twisted Pepper

    Dublin

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    In the launch of what's certainly one of the finer Irish albums released this year, Naoise Roo launches her debut LP, Lilith at the Twisted Pepper on June 27 for the phenomenal Medium Presents & Little L Records.

    The beguiling, eclectic album is out now, available to stream on Spotify and the usual outlets, as well as Bandcamp. Clearly taking influence from the greats, it's a brooding album evocative of Nick Cave throughout, and Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine and Portishead with no shortage of alternative rock.

    Support comes from our current cover artist, Galway electronic alt. pop purveyor Laura Sheeran, who soon releases her new album, Spellbook, and young Armagh songstress DANI.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015

    Girls Names

    Lavery's Roof Terrace

    Belfast

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    Belfast indie/post-punk quartet Girls Names become the first band to play Laverys' new open-air roof terrace on June 27 following their appearance at the first ever live show at the Woodworkers.

    Ahead of their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2013's The New Life, they've recently released two singles, the sprawling 'Zero Triptych', and 'Reticence', the latter of which features on their new album. The band are ever-changing, starting off as a surfy noise-pop act, moving into more gothic, Berlin-evoking post-punk. 

    Early arrival to the show is recommended, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Jun
    2015

    Mastodon (14+) w/Bad Breeding

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Monolithic riff-mongers Mastodon bring themselves - following their sellout show at the Limelight 1 in November - to the Ulster Hall on June 28 as part of their ongoing tour in support of new album Once More 'Round The Sun.

    Just out in June, it's the quartet's sixth album since they formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. Debuting at no. 6 in the Billboard album charts, it's the quickest seller to date, consolidating their position as one of the torchbearers in the new wave of American heavy metal.

    Support on all three of Mastodon's Irish dates comes from Stevenage post-punk/noise rock act Bad Breeding

    Tickets are available, priced at £25 plus booking free from Ticketmaster and Shine.net. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early, 14+ show.

  • Sun
    28
    Jun
    2015

    Sissy 7" Launch w/Fierce Mild & Roslyn Steer

    Tenterhooks

    Dublin

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    Tenterhooks Gigspace in Dublin plays host to the launch of a new 7 inch from garage-punks Sissy on June 28. Check out their free-download debut EP on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from up-and-coming groove-strewn Dublin post-punk/riot grrrl trio Fierce Mild - who've just released their debut EP, Yes n Yes n Yes - and ambient Cork folk songstress Roslyn Steer - check her lushly-layered tracks out on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €7, or €10 with EP. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Jun
    2015

    Electric Eel Shock w/Bob Slayer

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Renowned for their ferociously energetic live presence, Japanese garage punk trio Electric Eel Shock are to play The Workman's Club on June 28.

    Formed in Tokyo in the late '90s, Electric Eel Shock have recently released a Best Of & Covers album which is made up of some of fan-chosen tracks - household names and obscure favourites. 

    Support comes from comedian Bob Slayer.

     

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

  • Mon
    29
    Jun
    2015

    Taylor Swift

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Pop icon Taylor Swift plays Dublin's 3Arena on June 29 as part of the mammoth tour for her fifth album, 1989.

    1989 is the only album to shift over one million copies in 2014, and created the biggest sales week since 2002. Having finally shaken the shackles of her country past with an increase in synth usage, Swift's full-on pop persona has gained momentum, amassing number one singles with 'Shake It Off' and 'Blank Space'.

    Tickets, priced from €70.45, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Jun
    2015

    Electric Eel Shock w/Bob Slayer

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    Renowned for their ferociously energetic live presence, Japanese garage punk trio Electric Eel Shock play 5 Irish dates as part of a lengthy European tour for their 21st anniversary celebrations. They play Fred Zeppelin's on June 29.

    Formed in Tokyo in the late '90s, Electric Eel Shock have recently released a Best Of & Covers album which is made up of some of fan-chosen tracks - household names and obscure favourites. 

    Support comes from comedian Bob Slayer.

     

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015

    Michael Cera & Alden Penner

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Bringer of mumblecore & indie comedy to the masses Michael Cera and The Unicorns/Clues man Alden Penner play Vicar Street on June 30, moved from Workman's Club due to huge demand - tickets from the previous show will remain valid.

    Penner releases his forthcoming Canada In Space EP at the end of June - check out 'Breathe To Burn' - which features fellow Canadian Cera, as well as some of his other Canadian pals. 

    Alden Penner was the co-founder & singer of Montreal art-pop act The Unicorns, beloved for their cult Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? album.

    Cera's reputation in the annals of awkward cinema & television is best shown through his roles in Scott Pilgrim, Superbad, Juno and particularly in his debut as George Michael Bluth in Arrested Development.

    Admission costs €14 from Ticketmaster, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015

    Lisa Mitchell

    Ruby Sessions, Doyle's Bar

    Dublin

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    The weekly Tuesday Ruby Sessions at Doyle's Bar on Dublin College Street hosts an intimate performance from singer-songwriter Lisa Mitchell on June 30. 

    The UK-born, Australian-raised has been active for eight years, winning the Australian Music Prize - the equivalent to our Mercury Prize - for her work. Her new album is out later this year, but check out her first song for the northern hemisphere, the delicate acoustic 'Wah Ha'.

    Admission costs €6, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Jul
    2015

    AC/DC

    Aviva Stadium

    Dublin

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    Arguably the biggest hard rock band of all time AC/DC play a huge show at the 50,000+ capacity Aviva Stadium on July 1 as part of their Rock or Bust tour of their new album of the same name.

    It remains to be seen whether or not drummer Phil Rudd will join them, following his recent brushes with the law, and Rock Or Bust is without Angus' brother Malcolm - one of the most underappreciated guitarists ever - on rhythm guitar due to his diagnosed dementia, unfortunately. This is the band's first show on Irish soil since their Punchestown outdoor gig in support of their previous album, Black Ice.

    Tickets, priced at €87.50, are available from Ticketmaster.

     

  • Thu
    02
    Jul
    2015

    Paloma Faith

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Retro styled soul & gospel-influenced English singer/songwriter/actress Paloma Faith plays a huge show at Dublin's Iveagh Gardens on July 2.

    Releasing her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? in 2009, she has since released two more albums, growing in success & acclaim with each record. with 2014's A Perfect Contradiction spawning several successful singles. 

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

  • Fri
    03
    Jul
    2015

    Goons, Oh Volcano, Dutch Schultz & Lives

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Having just recently made their Belfast debut, NI supergroup of sorts - counting members of Fighting With Wire, Jetplane Landing, LaFaro, The Rupture Dogs & Little Matador amongst their ranks - Goons play headline a Shizznigh Promotions show at The Empire Music Hall on July 3.

    Support comes from former General Fiasco members Oh Volcano, sleaze-grunge quartet Dutch Schultz and Parapa Palace - aka Lives.

    Tickets are available for £8 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Jul
    2015

    BUGGEDOut! w/Waze & Odyssey, Jonas Rathsman & Schmutz

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    One of the most iconic brands in dance music, BUGGEDOut! come to Belfast for the first time ever when they take over the Limelight 1 on July 3. 

    Performing are Waze & Odyssey, hotly-tipped Swedish export Jonas Rathsman - who recently released his Wolfsbane EP - and Belfast house duo, Schmutz.

    Tickets are on sale now, priced at £16 from Ticketmaster, or £14 from Shine or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 10pm. 

  • Fri
    03
    Jul
    2015

    The Pharcyde Performing Bizarre Ride II

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Following their show for the Beck's Rhythm Series last August in the same venue, alternative South Central LA hip-hop group The Pharcyde perform their landmark debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde in its entirety at Aether & Echo on July 3.

    The original 4 members are Imani, Bootie Brown, Slimkid3 and Fatlip -  the latter of whom unfortunately are no longer with the group - and have had DJs Mark Luv, J-Swift, then the ultra-talented J Dilla. Their aforementioned 1992 debut album yielded breakthrough single 'Passin' Me By', which helped establish alternative hip-hop on the West Coast, paving that which was to come.

    Tickets area available for £15 from Ticketsource. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Jul
    2015

    Spectrum Festival '15: The Emerald Armada, Joshua Burnside, New Ancestors & more

    Mandela Hall & Bunatee Bar

    Belfast

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    An incredibly strong lineup comes together on July 3 for this year's Spectrum Festival, which takes place in the Mandela Hall & Bunatee Bar in QUB's Students' Union. The bill is topped by folk-pop act The Emerald Armada. Check out the video for new single, 'This House'.

    Sharing the eclectic bill is experimental folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside - accompanied with band - newly expanded pop-rock quartet New Ancestors, Radio 1-playlisted synth-pop quartet Loris, slacker indie-rockers Hot Cops - check their brilliant free-download material on Bandcamp - alt. rock-inflected tunemakers R51, anthemic Bangor indie pop quartet In An Instant and Echo Raptors. A DJ set will come in the form of Go Girl, the all-female creative Belfast collective.

    Tickets are available for £8. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Jul
    2015

    Mares of Diomedes

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Fuzzed-out doom duo Mares of Diomedes play a Feast show upstairs at Galway's Roisin Dubh on July 3.

    The band feature members of Absolutist - check their saturated eponymous debut EP out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015
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    05
    Jul
    2015

    The Frames 25th Anniversary Shows

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    The Frames play two sold-out shows at Dublin's Iveagh Gardens on June 4 & 5

    The now-legendary indie-folk rock outfit are in their 25th year together, having first collected themselves in 1990, survivors of Dublin's prolific rock & rolls scene in that era, fronted by Glen Hansard. The group rose to prominence with Hansard's inclusion in the classic 1991 film, The Commitments. They've released six albums now, with a string of Irish number one records.

    Have a listen to 'Revelate'.

    Tickets are now sold out.

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015

    Paolo Nutini, Imelda May, Alabama Shakes & Gaz Coombes

    Marlay Park

    Dublin

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    Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini brings his brand of worldly pop to Marlay Park for a huge show on July 4.

    He got signed to Atlantic Records in 2005 following a demo sent shortly after turning 18, and first single 'These Streets' was released in 2006, which proved to be the title track of his debut album, released in the following month. He followed it up with the altogether more diverse and quirky Sunny Side Up.

    Check out the first single from his latest album Caustic Love, 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)'.

    Support comes from Dublin rockabilly artist Imelda May, US roots rock act Alabama Shakes and Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, who just this year released his second solo album, Matador.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €49.65. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015

    Beck's Rhythm Series: The Pharcyde Perform Bizarre Ride II

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Alternative South Central LA hip-hop group The Pharcyde perform their landmark debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde in its entirety at Dublin's Sugar Club as part of the Beck's Rhythm Series on July 4.

    The original 4 members are Imani, Bootie Brown, Slimkid3 and Fatlip -  the latter of whom unfortunately are no longer with the group - and have had DJs Mark Luv, J-Swift, then the ultra-talented J Dilla. Their aforementioned 1992 debut album yielded breakthrough single 'Passin' Me By', which helped establish alternative hip-hop on the West Coast, paving that which was to come.

    There will also be an outdoor BBQ, live art, cocktails & more, with TROY live mixing the show, which will also feature MTV oldies.

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

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

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015

    CBGB's & Max's Kansas City

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Time To Be Proud records have organised a special tribute to classic NYC rock bars CBGB's and Max's Kansas City on Independence day at The Bar With No Name.

    Performing at the show are rockabilly quartet The Sabrejets and early punk-worshippers Stop Stop Start Again. Ryan Fitzsimmons of Sunglasses After Dark provides the tunes on the night, so expect the usual New York proto-punk, new wave, post-punk & indie spawned by these beacons of creativity.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015

    Retro Revival Indie Club: Blades Club, Me and My Dog, Oh Boland & The Trash Blues

    Sweeney's

    Dublin

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    The ever-reliable Retro Revival Indie Club at Sweeney's Bar holds a special 4th of July show at this month's instalment, headlined by Dublin surf rock act Blades Club.

    Also on the bill are Westport band Me and My Dog, Galway garage-rock trio Oh Boland and The Thrash Blues.

    DJing on the night are Neil Mooney, The Pacifics and The Surfin' Surfers.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015

    Concrete Soup Presents: Dave Nuremberg & ¡NO!

    Arthur's

    Dublin

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    Arthur's on Thomas Street hosts the second in ¡NO!'s Concrete Soup's residency, which takes place on July 4, featuring Dave Nuremburg.

    Electronic writer and producer Trevor O'Reilly, aka Dave Nuremberg, is one half of Dublin act Ambulance. His live performances heavily involve the use of analog synthesisers with loose pre-determined structures.

    Dave's solo set will be followed by a collaborative set by ¡NO!, the Dublin-based free experimental rock act. Check their no wave, krautrock & psych-inspired stuff out on Bandcamp.

    Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015

    Sensorium's Block T 5th Birthday Party: Donal Dineen, I Am The Cosmos, Lasertom & The Blast Crew, Attention Bébé, Rusangano Family, Trinity Orchestra, RiZA, BANTUM, Haüer & SignA

    District 8

    Dublin

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    An all-day fundraiser for the fifth birthday of Dublin's Block T takes place on July 4, from Sensorium, with an impressive list of live & DJ sets scheduled at District 8.

    Performing live at the venue are Donal DineenI Am The CosmosLasertom & The Blast CrewAttention BébéRusangano FamilyTrinity OrchestraRiZABantumHaüer SignA.

    DJ sets on the day come from SomadroneAdultrockBenny Smiles DjackulateNialler9Rob Le-Nan.

    Light and visuals come from Slipdraft, The Light Fantastic & Glow Depot. Food will come from some of Dublin's finest eateries.

    Block T is an independent creative arts organization, an entrepreneurial hub and a one stop shop for all things creative, based in Smithfield, Dublin 7. We have been developing our own organizational model, which aims to be self-sustaining, providing subsidized support for our community of creatives, while generating jobs in the cultural sector.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie, with early bird tickets costing only €15. Doors open at 2pm and the show goes on until 3am.

  • Sun
    05
    Jul
    2015

    The Vals, Chris Keys, Chasing Perpetua & Damien J Brennan

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Veteran Belfast psych-pop act The Vals play a rare headline Belfast show, having been selected by Paul Weller as support on his European tour. The show takes place at the Black Box on July 5.

    They won best album at the Galaxy awards in London this year for their album, Wildflower Way. Check out the video for 'Quiet Part of Town'.

    Support comes from singer-songwriter Chris Keys - who releases his debut album later this year - harmony-driven duo