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2016

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  • Thu
    17
    Dec
    2015
    Sun
    10
    Jan
    2016

    David O'Doherty

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    David O'Doherty brings his We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us are Looking at David O'Doherty tour to Whelan's for his annual extensive stint, during which he'll do his acclaimed current show from December 17-20, then January 1-3 & 8-10.

    The music-based comedian - or the 'lidl Enya' - is one of Ireland's finest acts at the moment, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' and won two awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced at €17. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    04
    Jan
    2016

    30th Annual Vibe for Philo

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Vibe For Philo, the annual celebration of the life of Thin Lizzy legend Phil Lynott takes place on January 4 at Vicar Street.

    The show always contains an impressive cast of performers, with this year being no different. In a nod to the past, Thin Lizzy founder Eric Bell performs with his band will go through Lizzy's power trio years. Lynott's most commonly-used drummer Brian Downey will play, as will Vibe favourites The Hoodoos, Dublin jazz/folk act Mongoose, who are to explore the more sensitive side of the songbook.

    Fiach Moriarty will take a jazz/pop take, and the solo years will be looked after by The Soul Brothers, featuring Jerome Rimson and Gus Isadore, formerly of the Phil Lynott Soul Band. The Low Riders, who regroup only every Vibe, will anchor the show, and Dutch favourites Parris also play for the first time since early years of the show. 

    Tickets are priced at €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Jan
    2016

    Gifted: Wolf Like Me, Sullivan & Gold, No Oil Paintings & The Aos Sí

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    The first Gifted at The Empire of 2016 takes place on January 7, hosted by Shizznigh Promotions. Headlining are eclectic Belfast folk troupe Wolf Like Me - check out their L.E.A.D. EP. written after their formation at QUB's always-successful music performance class.

    Also playing are former members of The Good Fight, Sullivan & Gold, Belfast folk-rockers No Oil Paintings and Irish mythology-infused acoustic-dance quintet The Aos Sí

    Admission costs only £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Jan
    2016

    Luxury Mollusc, Black Spring & Cholera House

    Tenterhooks Gigspace

    Dublin

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    A night of experimental noise takes place at the TenterHooks Gigspace on Dublin's Newmarket Square takes place on January 8. Playing the show is, firstly, highly experimental effects-laden 'harsh scrap metal abuse' project Luxury Mollusc - check out this performance in Enniskillen, of all places.

    Also playing are Dublin existential sludge act Black Spring - download their demo for free on Bandcamp - and George Brennan, aka dark ambient electronic-laced project Cholera House.

    Two more acts are yet to be announced.

  • Fri
    08
    Jan
    2016

    Gigantic Presents: Sea Pinks Album Launch

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Ever-prolific Neil Brogan-led jangly indie-pop outfit Sea Pinks release their fifth album, Soft Days on January 8 through CF Records. To celebrate, they're to launch the LP with a show at Lavery's on Friday, January 8.

    The album is available to pre-order on Bandcamp at a very affordable price, and following the live performance, the Gigantic club night will begin. 

    Check out the video for 'Depth of Field', the first single from Soft Days.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jan
    2016

    Beardyman

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the CQAF's Out To Lunch FestivalBeardyman plays the Black Box on January 9.

    The project brought together some of the UK's finest MCs with Beardyman in the centre of things. He released his debut album in 2011 after ten years in the circuit and has sold out his recent shows nearby.

    You can check out Beardyman - if you haven't already heard him on Fatboy Slim's 'Eat Sleep Rave Repeat' - with his latest album, Distractions. It's available to stream at KCRW.

    Tickets, priced at £12, are available from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Jan
    2016

    Ciaran Lavery & Emily Barker

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    For the eleventh annual Out To Lunch Festival, which takes place in January, a double-header lunchtime show takes place at the Black Box on January 10.

    Performing at the show is the prolific and fast-rising Ciaran Lavery, who has somehow racked up over 11 million plays on Spotify over the last couple of years, solely based on his unpretentious, incredible voice and significant songwriting skills. Most recently, he released his Ryan Vail collaboration, Sea Legs. Check him out on Soundcloud, or watch the video for 'Left For America'.

    Americana/folk songstress Emily Barker also plays. Check out the Fairport Convention-recalling 'Little Deaths' from her new album, The Toerag Sessions.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 1.45pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Jan
    2016

    Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Voice of Jurassic 5 Chali 2na plays the Sugar Club with his current outfit, The Funk Hunters on January 14.

    The Funk Hunters are one of Canada's busiest electronic acts - the duo comprising Dunks and The Outliers - well-known for performing high-energy DJ sets and AV shows. The 6-and-a-half-foot baritoned Chali is one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in hip-hop, releasing his debut solo album, Fish Outta Water in 2009, after over a decade in Jurassic 5.

    Check out the video for Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters' 'Do This For You'.

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

     

  • Thu
    14
    Jan
    2016

    James Yorkston, Withered Hand & Pictish Trail

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Three of Scotland's most acclaimed and distinct songwriters play The Black Box on January 14 as part of the Out To Lunch Festival.

    James Yorkston, who started out as a solo artist in 2001, having now released eight albums, is a member of Fife's folk-leaning 'Fence Collective'. He most recently released The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

    Johnny Lynch is The Pictish Trail, a self-deprecating chap capable of making tastefully catchy folk, and rounding out the bill is Edinburgh-based Withered Hand, also known as singer-songwriter Dan Willson - check out 'King of Hollywood'.

    Tickets cost £12, or £10 for concessions, from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Jan
    2016
    Sun
    17
    Jan
    2016

    Whelan's Ones To Watch 2016

    Whelan's Dublin

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    In its sixth year, Whelan's One To Watch Festival returns with an incredible strong lineup of over 60 of the brightest Irish acts, held over 4 stages, over 4 days from Thursday, January 14 - Sunday, January 17.

    - THUR 14th

    NAOISE ROO
    TRAVIS OAKS
    THIRD SMOKE
    PORTS
    M(H)AOL
    TUATH
    THE SHAKER HYMN
    BISHOP
    POLYGLOVE
    NIAMH CROWTHER
    VAMEEL

    - FRI 15th

    ELM
    MONSTER MONSTER
    BITCH FALCON
    LE BOOM
    CONTOUR
    JONI
    YOUNG PHANTOM
    AIK.J
    THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES
    TOO FOOLS
    KATIE LAFFAN
    PRETTY BEAST

    - SAT 16th

    LOOP CULTURE
    SHRUG LIFE
    ROSA NUTTY
    IVY NATION
    THE WITCH TRIALS
    THUMPER
    SILENCES
    NOT MONSTERS
    HAWKLION
    SLOW RIOT

    - SUN 17th

    CANCI
    IN THE WILLOWS
    AINE CAHILL
    ORCHID COLLECTIVE
    TASHKA
    MARIA KELLY
    FOX OWL CROW
    CARRON
    JUNIOR BROTHER
    DAVID KEENAN
    AILBHE REDDY
    BASCIVILLE

    Check out Whelans' playlist on Soundcloud.

    Tickets, priced at €10 for the weekend and €5 per day, from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.45pm each night, with last entry before midnight due to capacity restrictions.

  • Fri
    15
    Jan
    2016

    Angel Haze

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Detroit-born rapper Angel Haze takes the 'Back To The Woods' tour to The Academy Green Room on January 15.

    The storyteller, since releasing mixtapes from 2009, has grown hugely in reputation and most recently released the Back To The Woods EP in September. Check out 'The Woods', from the aforementioned EP.

    Born Raee'n Roes Wilson to a military family, she openly discusses mental health, depression, rape, the self and other personal topics uncharacteristic of the genre, breaking down lyrical boundaries as they approach.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €18.35. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Jan
    2016

    Sea Pinks Album Launch w/Ginnels

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Ever-prolific Neil Brogan-led jangly indie-pop outfit Sea Pinks release their fifth album, Soft Days on January 8 through CF Records. As part of their launch dates, they play a show for Skinny Wolves at the Bello Bar on January 15.

    The album is available to pre-order on Bandcamp at a very affordable price - check out the video for 'Depth of Field', the first single from Soft Days.

    Support comes from Popical Island indie-pop act Ginnels.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2016

    The Maccabees

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Olympia Theatre hosts London indie band The Maccabees on January 16 when they come to town in support of their most recent album, Marks To Prove It.

    Their first album was released in 2007, after a debut single 'X-Ray' came out in 2005 and later gaining some airplay from Steve Lamacq. They've stayed consistent and have evolved since their NME-championed days - check out the title track from Marks To Prove It.

    Tickets cost €27.90-€29.90 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2016

    The Late Twos, Echo Raptors & Salford Lads Club

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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    A completely free triple bill of Britpop-fuelled indie bands takes place for Shizznigh Promotions' second showcase at 39 Gordon Street on January 16. Belfast indie pop act The Late Twos headline.

    Lad-rock quartet Echo Raptors - check their new video 'Believe In Love' - and young Britpop/indie band Salford Lads Club make one of their first live outings to open things. Shizznigh DJs will also play all night.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2016

    Rabid Bitch of the North 'Green Eyes' Single Launch w/Astralnaut & Caustic God

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    NWOBHM-influenced heavy metal trio Rabid Bitch of the North launch their long-awaited new 7" single, 'Green Eyes' at Voodoo on January 16. Check out their last single, 2014's 'Defending Two Castles'. Along with Green Eyes, they'll be releasing an anthology CD with everything they've previously recorded. 

    Support comes from sludgy-doom-groovers Astralnaut and heavy stoner metallers Caustic God - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Jan
    2016

    Henry Rollins

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Former Black Flag frontman, writer, journalist, actor, publisher, comedian, activist & tv/radio host Henry Rollins - gasp - performs a spoken word set at Vicar Street on January 17 as part of his 'Charmingly Obstinate' tour.

    Known for his controlled vitriol and militaristic demeanour, the workaholic Rollins is always a guaranteed enthralling show and just last year won the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism & importance on the maintenance of books & libraries.

    Tickets, priced at €28, are available from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Jan
    2016

    Saint Sister, Prima String Quartet & Saint Sister

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the CQAF's Out To Lunch Festival, a triple bill of various folk acts play the Black Box for a lunchtime performance on January 17.

    Performing are cross-border atmospheric-folk-pop duo Gemma Doherty & Morgan MacIntyre, aka Saint Sister, who draw from Celtic harp traditions, '60s folk and electronic pop to create what they describe as 'atmosfolk'. Check out their debut EP on Bandcamp.

    Joining them is fast-rising young Portadown songstress Jealous of the Birds, aka Naomi Hamilton, whose excellent debut self-recorded EP, Capricorn, is available on Bandcamp. The Prima String Quartet use electronics and viduals to perform contemporary and classical works.

    Tickets cost only £6 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 1.45pm, with the show kicking off at 2pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016

    Ron Pope

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn country-tinged pop/rock singer-songwriter Ron Pope plays Whelan's on January 19 in an early 2016 tour.

    He broke through in 2005 with internet hit 'A Drop In The Ocean', which went on to be released following his signing to Universal Republic. He now works as an independent musician and all-round renaissance man, and released his most recent album, Calling Off The Dogs in 2014, and it looks like there may be a new LP lurking on the horizon.

    Have a listen to new single, 'Southern Cross'.

    Tickets, priced at €20, are available from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016

    Massive Attack w/Young Fathers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Legends of trip-hop Massive Attack make their live return to Dublin, when they kick off a European tour at the Olympia Theatre on January 19.

    The Bristol duo - which comprises Robert '3D' Del Naja and Grant 'Daddy G' Mashall - last released music in 2010 with their fifth album, Heligoland. Their debut album, 1991's Blue Lines is hailed as a classic and along with its subsequent 2 albums, are essential listening for any trip-hop aficionado.

    Massive Attack's last update came in 2014, when they spoke of a large amount of unfinished material they'd been working on. 3D confirmed that their sixth album would be inspired by work alongside documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, and we'd hear new material before the end of 2015. In the meantime, reacquaint yourself with 'Unfinished Sympathy'.

    Support comes from Edinburgh hip-hop trio Young Fathers, who won the 2014 Mercury prize for their debut album, Dead. Watch the video for 'Shame'.

    Tickets go on sale Friday, October 9 at 9am, and they're priced from €49.65-€60.45 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2016

    Bill Ryder Jones

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Lo-fi indie rock multi-instrumentalist, produce & composer Bill Ryder-Jones plays the Workman's Club on January 20 following the release of his third album, West Kirby County Primary.

    His Steve Malkmus-esque tones and full band setup will be sugar in the ears of any Pavement, Wilco or Elliott Smith fans, and when he's not playing his own music, he plays live guitar with the Arctic Monkeys or production for the likes of The Wytches.

    Check out the ragged slacker glory of 'Two To Birkenhead'.

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

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2016

    Matthew E. White

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    US singer-songwriter-producer & label founder Matthew E. White comes to Ireland for 3 dates, playing Galway's Roisin Dubh on January 20.

    He formed his own label, Spacebomb Records in 2011, and his debut album Big Inner the following year, which was hailed as an eclectic pop-gospel album, receiving acclaim from the likes of Paste, The Guardian, Uncut and Consequence of Sound. His new album, Fresh Blood, came out last year.

    Check him out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €20.90 from Ticketmaster, or for less from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Jan
    2016

    Galantis

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Electronic production duo Galantis play the Academy on January 21. 

    The pair are Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw, and recently released their anthemic feelgood debut album, Pharmacy. Check out 'In My Head', taken off Pharmacy.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €24.90. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Jan
    2016
    Sat
    23
    Jan
    2016

    Gavin James

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Massively rising Irish star Gavin James plays three sold out Olympia Theatre shows from January 21-23, due to phenomenal demand.

    Following his sellout show at the Olympia in 2015, he's been with indie-pop world-beaters Kodaline this year on a US tour, with many more no doubt still to come. He also performed at Ed Sheeran's Croke Park date during the summer.

    Check out the video for 'For You'.

    Limited tickets, if any, remain, priced at €24-€26 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Jan
    2016

    Night Beats, Twinkranes & September Girls

    Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Seattle psych trio Night Beats play the Grand Social on January 21 ahead of the release of their third album, Who Sold My Generation. Check out the new video for 'The Seven Poison Wonders'.

    Support comes in the form of Dublin electronic/krautrock duo Twinkranes and scuzzy psych-noise-pop September Girls - check out the Veneer EP.

    Tickets cost €14 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Jan
    2016

    Matthew E. White

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    US singer-songwriter-producer & label founder Matthew E. White comes to Ireland for 3 dates, playing The Button Factory on January 21.

    He formed his own label, Spacebomb Records in 2011, and his debut album Big Inner the following year, which was hailed as an eclectic pop-gospel album, receiving acclaim from the likes of Paste, The Guardian, Uncut and Consequence of Sound. His new album, Fresh Blood, came out last year.

    Check him out Live on KEXP.

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

  • Thu
    21
    Jan
    2016

    Brilliant Corners Launch: David Lyttle

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    OBO and UMA nominated drummer David Lyttle launches his Musician-In-Residence post with Moving On Music at the MAC on January 21.

    At the debut performance in this own intimate MAC venue, he’ll be playing some of his jazz compositions featuring Meilana Gillard (saxophone/flute) and Neil O’Loghlen (bass). This follows his biggest year so far, releasing third album, Faces, in 2015, which looks to be bettered once more with tours of the UK, Germany and Canada already scheduled, and more studio work promised.

    Tickets are free, but very limited, available from Brilliant Corners. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2016

    East India Youth

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One man band East India Youth plays Belfast's Black Box on January 22 as part of the CQAF's Out To Lunch 2016 lineup.

    The Bournemouth electronic synth-pop musician released his debut album Total Strife Forever in 2014, leading to nominations for the Mercury Prize & AIM Independent Music Award for album of the year. The follow-up was released this April on XL Recordings.

    Check out his performance for Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost £10 on Ticketsolve and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2016

    Matthew E. White

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    US singer-songwriter-producer & label founder Matthew E. White comes to Ireland for 3 dates, playing Belfast's Voodoo on January 22.

    He formed his own label, Spacebomb Records in 2011, and his debut album Big Inner the following year, which was hailed as an eclectic pop-gospel album, receiving acclaim from the likes of Paste, The Guardian, Uncut and Consequence of Sound. His new album, Fresh Blood, came out last year.

    Check him out Live on KEXP.

  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2016

    Seven Summits, Junk Drawer, I <3 The Monster Hero & Shrug Life

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    Do birds pee? Do Siamese twins pay for one ticket or two tickets at the cinema? Which is the superior sub-genre: indie-pop or indie rock? One of those great unanswered questions will (probably) be answered, once and for all, at Belfast's The Bar With No Name on Friday, January 22. Joining forces to banish said uncertainty is headliners Belfast quartet Seven Summits (the hookiest foursome this side of Superchunk).

    Also playing are Belfast quartet Junk Drawer (J Mascis said, "Not awful.") - check out their debut double B-side on Bandcamp and a pair of downright unmissable Dublin acts I ♡ The Monster Hero ("made from crystals, rams blood, holy candle wax and casio keyboard circuit boards") and Shrug Life (genre: "¯\_(ツ)_/¯").

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Jan
    2016

    Donum Dei, S.L.U.T.S., The Organ Grinders & Cavehill

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Thrash metal act Donum Dei play the Pavilion in a Distortion Project show on Saturday, January 23.

    Also playing are So Long Until The Seance, old school punk quartet The Organ Grinders and Cavehill.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    25
    Jan
    2016

    Kris Kristofferson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The 76 year old outlaw country legend himself, Kris Kristofferson, plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on January 25, following the release of his 28th album, Feeling Mortal.

    The country music hall of famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot, Grammy-winner, and iconic career screw-up. This album follows his 2009 & 2006 albums Closer To The Bone and This Old Road in his examination of the hard-won grace that retrospectively characterises his career. 

    Check out 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album, Kristofferson.

    Tickets are priced from €44 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    25
    Jan
    2016
    Wed
    27
    Jan
    2016

    Kris Kristofferson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The 76 year old outlaw country legend himself, Kris Kristofferson, plays three dates at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on January 25-27, following the release of his 28th album, Feeling Mortal.

    The country music hall of famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot, Grammy-winner, and iconic career screw-up. This album follows his 2009 & 2006 albums Closer To The Bone and This Old Road in his examination of the hard-won grace that retrospectively characterises his career. 

    Check out 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album, Kristofferson.

    Tickets are priced from €44 from Ticketmaster, if any remain. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    26
    Jan
    2016

    Villagers

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Fresh off their 2015 album, Darling Arithmetic, folk act Villagers have announced a series of Irish dates in January, following the sharp release of their fourth album, Where Have You Been All My Life? at the start of the month. The dates are as follows:

    January 26 - The MAC, Belfast
    January 28 - Vicar Street, Dublin
    January 29 - Black Box, Galway
    January 30 - Savoy, Cork

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for a new recording of 'Memoir', written for Charlotte Gainsbourg. This collection of songs follows up on the Mercury & Choice Music Prize nominated & winning previous three albums, Becoming A Jackal, {Awayland} and the sexuality-tackling 2015 opus Darling ArithmaticWhere Have You Been All My Life? brings together the five years and three albums of Villagers into a flowing narrative.

    The LP was recorded in one day at London's RAK Studio, and reimagines older material alongside present material from Darling Arithmatic. The band present for the recording besides O'Brien are Cormac Curran on grand piano & analogue synth, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llewelyn on harp, mellotron & vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn & vocals.

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

  • Tue
    26
    Jan
    2016

    Tuesday Throwdown: The Wood Burning Savages

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Currently in the studio working on new material, Derry quartet The Wood Burning Savages have steadily built up their reputation as one of the country's finest and most frenetic live outfits over the last couple of years.
    Ahead of what’s set to be a breakthrough year for the band, the anthemic alt. pop-rock four-piece will play our next Tuesday Throwdown live show in the Back Bar of Lavery's Belfast on Tuesday, January 26. Check out the video for 'Lather, Rinse, Repeat'.
    Admission is free, doors are at 9.30pm. The Thin Air DJs before and after.
  • Wed
    27
    Jan
    2016

    John Grant

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Colorado singer-songwriter John Grant headlines Belfast's Mandela Hall on January 27.

    Former frontman of the Denver-based alternative band The Czars throughout the '90s and '00s, he released his debut solo album, Queen of Denmark in 2010, featuring him coming to terms with his sexuality and struggles with alcohol & drug addiction. He followed this up with the acclaimed Pale Green Ghosts, which delved further into his deeply personal lyrical content, singing about being HIV-positive in 'Ernest Borgnine'.

    This date is announced just off the back of the release of his third album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, which sees Grant explore further his fizzing electro-pop side. Check out the video for his new single, 'Disappointing', feat. Tracey Thorn.

    Tickets are available for £25 from Open House or £30 on the night. Doors open at 8pm

  • Wed
    27
    Jan
    2016

    I Heart Bowie

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    With all money raised going to the Irish Cancer Society, Dublin’s Whelan’s will host I Heart Bowie on Wednesday, January 27, a night of celebration and song in which “friends of Whelan’s” will get together to perform some of Bowie’s best loved songs.

    Speaking of the line-up, Whelan’s said, “We’re finalising the line up at the moment but we have Choice Music Prize nominees, a really slick houseband and some very special treats planned! If you’re a Bowie fan (who isn’t) it’s unmissable.”

    Our curiosity is certainly piqued. Tickets are €15 and are available here.

  • Thu
    28
    Jan
    2016

    Villagers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Fresh off their 2015 album, Darling Arithmetic, folk act Villagers have announced a series of Irish dates in January, following the sharp release of their fourth album, Where Have You Been All My Life? at the start of the month. The dates are as follows:

    January 26 - The MAC, Belfast
    January 28 - Vicar Street, Dublin
    January 29 - Black Box, Galway
    January 30 - Savoy, Cork

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for a new recording of 'Memoir', written for Charlotte Gainsbourg. This collection of songs follows up on the Mercury & Choice Music Prize nominated & winning previous three albums, Becoming A Jackal, {Awayland} and the sexuality-tackling 2015 opus Darling ArithmaticWhere Have You Been All My Life? brings together the five years and three albums of Villagers into a flowing narrative.

    The LP was recorded in one day at London's RAK Studio, and reimagines older material alongside present material from Darling Arithmatic. The band present for the recording besides O'Brien are Cormac Curran on grand piano & analogue synth, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llewelyn on harp, mellotron & vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn & vocals.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Jan
    2016

    Paddy Hanna

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    With his latest single, 'Underprotected', out in December, Paddy Hanna plays a headline show upstairs at Whelan's on January 28.

    The acclaimed singer-songwriter will be accompanied by his band, having recently captured the collective taste of many in the land with his 'Austria', 'Camaraderie' and 'Underprotected' singles from 2015. 

    Tickets cost €12 from Whelanslive & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Jan
    2016

    Jarrod Dickenson

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Following his sell-out show in the Open House Festival earlier in 2013, as well as nights in the Black Box & Sunflower Bar, Texas-born, NYC-based songwriter Jarrod Dickenson returns to Belfast to play the Empire Music Hall for Open House on January 28.

    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. His new album is due for release in early 2016, coinciding with his UK headline tour.

    Advance online tickets are available from Open House's Ticketsolve for £12. Doors open at 8pm. It's a fully-seated show.

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Gascan Ruckus Album Launch w/The Emerald Armada, BeeMickSee & DANI

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Tune-savvy now-veteran Armagh punks Gascan Ruckus launch their long-awaited debut album, Narrow Defeats & Bitter Victories, at the Empire Music Hall on January 29 for Shizznigh Promotions.

    To date, they've released several EP's & singles - check out the new album. 

    Support comes from folk-pop quintet Emerald Armada, who recently launched their new EP, rapper BeeMickSee - who released his debut album, The Belfast Yank in 2015 - and songstress DANI. Check out her A Whisker Away EP.

    Admission costs £6 before 10pm and £7 afterwards - and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Villagers

    Black Box

    Galway

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    Fresh off their 2015 album, Darling Arithmetic, folk act Villagers have announced a series of Irish dates in January, following the sharp release of their fourth album, Where Have You Been All My Life? at the start of the month. The dates are as follows:

    January 26 - The MAC, Belfast
    January 28 - Vicar Street, Dublin
    January 29 - Black Box, Galway
    January 30 - Savoy, Cork

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for a new recording of 'Memoir', written for Charlotte Gainsbourg. This collection of songs follows up on the Mercury & Choice Music Prize nominated & winning previous three albums, Becoming A Jackal, {Awayland} and the sexuality-tackling 2015 opus Darling ArithmaticWhere Have You Been All My Life? brings together the five years and three albums of Villagers into a flowing narrative.

    The LP was recorded in one day at London's RAK Studio, and reimagines older material alongside present material from Darling Arithmatic. The band present for the recording besides O'Brien are Cormac Curran on grand piano & analogue synth, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llewelyn on harp, mellotron & vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn & vocals.

    Tickets cost €27.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Lanterns on the Lake

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bella Union-signed indie rock quartet Lanterns on the Lake headline a pair of Irish shows in January, performing at Belfast's Voodoo on January 29.

    Having formed in 2007, they self-released a pair of EPs and a single before getting snapped up in 2010. They released their debut album, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home in 2011, and its even better received follow-up Until The Colours Run in 2013.

    Their third and latest album, Beings, was released in November 2015.  Check out 'Faultlines'.

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

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Marc Ribot

    DeBarra's

    Clonakilty

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    As part of the Clonakilty Guitar Festival, guitarist on Tom Waits' 1985 classic Rain DogsMarc Ribot plays DeBarras on January 29.

    He has went on to play with a list of musicians that includes Elvis Costello, Norah Johnes, John Mellencamp, Wilson Pickett, Chuck Berry and the award-winning Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Lau

    Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts

    Belfast

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    North Belfast's Duncairn Centre plays host to a Moving On Music show from Lau on January 29.

    Having been crowned Best Folk Group at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards four times, Lau are widely regarded as one of the most inventive bands around. This show comes on the back of their new album, The Bell That Never Rang. Lau comprise three gifted musicians in Martin Green on accordion/electronics, Aidan O'Rourke on fiddle & electronics & Kris Drever on vocals and guitar.

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

    Admission costs £16, or £12 concession, available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Discharge

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    British hardcore pioneers Discharge play Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on January 29.

    Formed in 1977, their initial run lasted for a decade, characterised by a slew of lineup changes, furiously impassioned anarcho-pacifist vocals married to raw, thick, guitar-driven attacks. Described most concisely as high-speed noise overload, they sounded like very little else when they released their debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say nothing, in 1982 - the hardcore crossover trademark drumbeat, the d-beat, was even named after the band.

    Listen to Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing.

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

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Tim Burgess DJ Set

    Love and Death

    Belfast

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    Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess performs a DJ set at Belfast's Love & Death on January 29.

    This follows a year of touring the likes of Latitude, Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury with his new solo material. Expect to hear a mix of indie disco, electro, acid house and britpop.

    Early bird tickets are available for £6 from Seetickets. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    The Strypes

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Cavan indie/blues rock quartet The Strypes play the Black Box on January 29 as part of the Out To Lunch Festival 2016, following a year that saw them become the youngest band to ever play Slane.

    This show follows the July release of their second album, Little Victories, the successor to 2013's Snapshot. The band have toured relentlessly over the last couple of years, and Little Victories looks to broaden the youngsters' scope, incorporating more psychedelia, new wave and sixties British rock & pop.

    Check out the lead track, 'Get Into It'.

    Tickets are priced at only £14 from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016

    Girls Names - Sounds Around A Vision

    The Dockers Club

    Belfast

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    Following their third, and finest, album, Arms Around A Vision, the eleventh annual Out To Lunch Festival brings Belfast post-punk quartet Girls Names to Pilot Street's The Dockers Club for a special Sounds Around A Vision show on January 29, which features a live performance and a DJ set.

    With each release, they've gotten more self-assured, moving from lo-fi noise-pop through to the post-punk behemoth they currently are, seamlessly dipping in and out of the kind of experimental ethos krautrock embodied. Check out their sprawling, 'Zero Triptych'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    The Strypes w/Bitch Falcon & Travis Oaks

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Cavan indie/blues rock quartet The Strypes, following a 2015 that saw them become the youngest band to ever play Slane, have announced an Olympia Theatre show on January 30.

    This show follows the July release of their second album, Little Victories, the successor to 2013's Snapshot. The band have toured relentlessly over the last couple of years, and Little Victories looks to broaden the youngsters' scope, incorporating more psychedelia, new wave and sixties British rock & pop.

    Check out the lead track, 'Get Into It'.

    Tickets are priced from €29-€31.50 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    They Might Be Giants

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    US alternative/indie rock duo They Might Be Giants are playing the Limelight 1 on January 30.

    This show will be the band's second Belfast show of their career, which began in 1982. To date, the band has released 17 studio albums, with the most recent being Glean. It came out in April 2015, composed of released from the first four months of the band's Dial-A-Song project, which originally ran from 1983-2006 and was brought back this year online as a service. It was originally available as a call to Brooklyn, but instead of an answering machine, it would play back a song instead.

    Check out 'End of the Rope', from Glean.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    Villagers

    Savoy

    Cork

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    Fresh off their 2015 album, Darling Arithmetic, folk act Villagers have announced a series of Irish dates in January, following the sharp release of their fourth album, Where Have You Been All My Life? at the start of the month. The dates are as follows:

    January 26 - The MAC, Belfast
    January 28 - Vicar Street, Dublin
    January 29 - Black Box, Galway
    January 30 - Savoy, Cork

    The group, led by Conor O'Brien, have just released the video for a new recording of 'Memoir', written for Charlotte Gainsbourg. This collection of songs follows up on the Mercury & Choice Music Prize nominated & winning previous three albums, Becoming A Jackal, {Awayland} and the sexuality-tackling 2015 opus Darling ArithmaticWhere Have You Been All My Life? brings together the five years and three albums of Villagers into a flowing narrative.

    The LP was recorded in one day at London's RAK Studio, and reimagines older material alongside present material from Darling Arithmatic. The band present for the recording besides O'Brien are Cormac Curran on grand piano & analogue synth, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llewelyn on harp, mellotron & vocals, and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn & vocals.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    Izzy Bizu

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Following her performance with Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse's band at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Event, South London songstress Izzy Bizu has announced a show at the Sugar Club on January 30.

    She has recently released her debut EP, Coolbeanz - check out the video for 'White Tiger'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €17.

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    Lanterns on the Lake

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bella Union-signed indie rock quartet Lanterns on the Lake headline a pair of Irish shows in January, performing at The Workman's Club on January 30.

    Having formed in 2007, they self-released a pair of EPs and a single before getting snapped up in 2010. They released their debut album, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home in 2011, and its even better received follow-up Until The Colours Run in 2013.

    Their third and latest album, Beings, was released in November 2015.  Check out 'Faultlines'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    John Grant

    Seapoint Ballroom

    Galway

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    Colorado singer-songwriter John Grant headlines Galway's Seapoint Ballroom on January 30.

    Former frontman of the Denver-based alternative band The Czars throughout the '90s and '00s, he released his debut solo album, Queen of Denmark in 2010, featuring him coming to terms with his sexuality and struggles with alcohol & drug addiction. He followed this up with the acclaimed Pale Green Ghosts, which delved further into his deeply personal lyrical content, singing about being HIV-positive in 'Ernest Borgnine'.

    This date is announced just off the back of the release of his third album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, which sees Grant explore further his fizzing electro-pop side. Check out the video for his new single, 'Disappointing', feat. Tracey Thorn.

    Tickets are available for €33.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    Discharge

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    British hardcore pioneers Discharge play Voodoo in Belfast on January 30.

    Formed in 1977, their initial run lasted for a decade, characterised by a slew of lineup changes, furiously impassioned anarcho-pacifist vocals married to raw, thick, guitar-driven attacks. Described most concisely as high-speed noise overload, they sounded like very little else when they released their debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say nothing, in 1982 - the hardcore crossover trademark drumbeat, the d-beat, was even named after the band.

    Listen to Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing.

    Tickets are available from Voodoo for £15.

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016

    Ports, Robyn G Shiels, Strength & Dani

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    A strong lineup of folk talent comes together for a show at the Oh Yeah Centre on January 30, headlined by Derry indie folk-pop act Ports. Check out the video for recent single 'Gameplay'.

    Support comes from NI Music Prize winner & purveyor of doom folk tales, Robyn G. Shiels, Derry synth-pop act Strength and Armagh songstress Dani.

  • Sun
    31
    Jan
    2016

    Augustana

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Californian alternative/pop-rock act Augustana play come to Ireland, playing the Academy 2 on January 31.

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

  • Mon
    01
    Feb
    2016

    Augustana

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Californian alternative/pop-rock act Augustana play come to Ireland, playing the Limelight 2 on January 1.

    Tickets cost £14 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    01
    Feb
    2016

    TV Smith (The Adverts)

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Former Adverts man TV Smith plays Voodoo in an acoustic show on September 9.

    He formed The Adverts in 1976, as singer & songwriter, before forming TV Smith's Explorers in the early 80's. His solo career began in the '90s, with a series of well-received albums, continually playing live ever since. Recently, BBC made a documentary called 'We Who Wait: TV Smith & The Adverts', which is well worth a watch. 

  • Tue
    02
    Feb
    2016

    Soulfly

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Phoenix metal act Soulfly play The Academy on February 2.

    Fronted by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera, they have released ten albums, each incorporating Brazilian and world music influence. Their latest, Archangel,  came out last year - check out the title track.

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

  • Wed
    03
    Feb
    2016

    Soulfly

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Phoenix metal act Soulfly play The Limelight 2 on February 3.

    Fronted by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera, they have released ten albums, each incorporating Brazilian and world music influence. Their latest, Archangel,  came out last year - check out the title track.

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

  • Wed
    03
    Feb
    2016

    Paper Trail Presents: Hot Cops & Me and My Dog

    Sweeney's Bar

    Dublin

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    Indie slackers Hot Cops launch their first 7" single of the year, 'Passive Passive' with a show for Paper Trail Records at Sweeney's Bar on February 3. 

    Supporting are Westport indie surf-pop act Me and My Dog - check out their Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €5 from Eventbrite and €7 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    03
    Feb
    2016

    Satanic Panic: Kier-La Janisse & Evilspeak

    Triskel Christchurch

    Cork

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    Kier-La Janisse is co-editor and author of new publication Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s and in Cork Wednesday 3 February giving her first ever Irish appearance, at Triskel Christchurch, delivering lecture on the cultural hysteria around Satanic Panic in the 1980s. The 75 minute lecture will be followed by a screening of 1982 Weston film Evilspeak – an infamous 'video nasty' banned in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

    Janisse's publication delves into the 1980s, a time when it seemed impossible to escape Satan's supposed influence. Everywhere you turned, there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the "Satanic Panic," not only sought to convince us of devils lurking behind the dials of our TVs and radios and the hellfire that awaited on book and video store shelves, it also created its own fascinating cultural legacy of Satan-battling VHS tapes, audio cassettes and literature.

    Evilspeak is the tale of a bullied military academy student who, driven to desperate measures, taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer. The revival of this ancient satanic ritual and unleashs everything from flesh-hungry pigs to heart-tearing demonic forces in this garish, gruesome rollercoaster ride. 

    Tickets are available from Triskel Arts Centre priced at €15. The lecture takes palce at 6.30pm, before Evilspeak begins at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Feb
    2016

    Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Contemporary Celtic pipe pairing, Scotland's Ross Ainslie (Radio 2 Musician of the Year nominee) and Tyrone's Jarlath Henderson (BBC Young Musician of the Year) play a show for Moving On Music at the Black Box on February 4. 

    They've been together since 2003, unveiling their 2009 debut album, Partners In Crime to acclaim, after honing and perfecting their partnership of Scottish bagpipes, border pipes and Irish uilleann pipes, as well as several whistles. They recently released their second album, Air-Fix. Have a little watch of them live.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £13, or £10 concession. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Feb
    2016

    Live Free #1: Vokxen, Jess Edlin & The Racks

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The very first edition of Shizznigh Promotions' new free Thursday show, Live Free, takes place at the Eglantine Bar on February 4, to be headlined by Belfast all-women pop trio Vokxen

    Support comes from the excellent electronica-tinged guitarist/pianist/violist Jess Edlin, who is soon to release her debut EP, Daze - but in the meantime, check her Soundcloud - and Lisburn garage The Racks - check their garage rock on Soundcloud.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016

    Blossoms w/The Vryll Society

    Green Room @ The Academy

    Dublin

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play The Academy's Green Room on February 5 in their biggest tour to date.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struct a chord, selling out shows at Manchester's The Ritz & London's Village Underground as well as performing at our own Phil Taggart Presents' show, and shortly an Albert Hall headline date. Their latest EP, Charlemagne came out at the end of October.

    Check out the video for 'Blown Rose'.

    Support comes from Liverpool psych-garage-krautrock outfit Vryll Society. Check out 'Beautiful Faces' for a dab.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €10.25, plus booking fee Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016

    Crilli Drum & Bass Presents: Dom and Roland

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    February 5 sees a show from long-standing Belfast drum'n'bass night Crilli at the Black Box, headlined by Dom & Roland.

    Consisting of Dominic Angas, a darker, heavier figurehead of drum and bass' last 20 years, Dom and Roland has been around since the first release in 1996, amassing countless remixes, solo releases and engineering credits. Check out Crilli's Dom and Rolan Classics.

    Also performing will be some local drum and bass DJs, including Crilli's Bad Operator.

    Tickets cost £8 from Ticketsolve or £10 on the night. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016

    Rosa Nutty

    The Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Fresh from Whelan’s Ones to Watch, Rosa Nutty plays The Bello Bar on Friday, 5th February with a full band.

    Following the release of her debut EP, Bunny, in Summer 2015, Nutty will be introducing some new material and showcasing the band’s new backing-vocalists. Check out the video for 'Fine Print'.

    Support comes from Drawn By Dogs.

    Doors open at 8pm, and tickets cost €6 on the door.

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016

    David Bowie Tribute Night: Rebel Rebel (Live), The Man Who Fell To Earth (Screening) & DJ Joe Lindsay

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    One of a number of special fundraisers spawned in the wake of his passing last week, Belfast’s Limelight 1 will celebrate the legacy of David Bowie with a special one-off event to raise money for the NI Cancer Fund for Children.

    Featuring Rebel Rebel – “Ireland’s premier Bowie tribute” – performing after a screening of Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth at 8pm, the night will also feature host and DJ for the night Joe Lindsay, who will play the hits, obscurities, remixes, influences and influenced.

    Tickets are on sale here and here, priced £12 alongside booking fee. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Feb
    2016

    Youth Lagoon

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Idaho musician Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon plays Whelan's on February 6.

    His lo-fi psych/dream-pop debuted on Fat Possum Records in 2011 with his debut album, The Year of Hibernation. He just released his third album under the pseudonym, Savage Hills Ballroom - check out the video for new single, 'The Knower'.

    Tickets are available from Whelanslive and Ticketmaster, and cost €22. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Feb
    2016

    An Evening With Greg Dulli

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Frontman & guitarist with The Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers & The Gutter Twins, Greg Dulli plays the Roisin Dubh on February 6 as part of the European leg of his 'An Evening With...' intimate solo tour across eleven countries. 

    Dulli is to lead his band through a selection of songs spanning his entire career, along with several new ones. His original band, grunge/alt. rock act The Afghan Whigs are currently working on their new album, due out in late 2016. Download his cover of Sharon Van Etten's 'A Crime' for free from GregDulli.com.

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

     

  • Sat
    06
    Feb
    2016

    Blossoms w/The Vryll Society

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play the Limelight 2 on February 6.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struct a chord, selling out shows at Manchester's The Ritz & London's Village Underground as well as performing at our own Phil Taggart Presents' show, and shortly an Albert Hall headline date. Their latest EP, Charlemagne came out at the end of October.

    Check out the video for 'Blown Rose'.

    Support comes from Liverpool psych-garage-krautrock outfit Vryll Society. Check out 'Beautiful Faces' for a dab.

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

  • Sat
    06
    Feb
    2016

    Parapa Palace, Viper Wine & The Flims

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Having launched their 'Myopic/Vision' single back in August, jangly pop-rock outfit Parapa Palace headline the Pavilion on February 6.

    Support comes from pop-punk trio Viper Wine and Carryduff alt. punks The Flims.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Feb
    2016

    The Thin Air Medium Presents: Dublin Lo-Fi World Fair 2016

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Mediumpresents & The Thin Air in conjunction with Little L and Paper Trail Records cordially invite you to spend an evening in the company of some of the most exciting and intruiging acts emerging from the Dublin Lo-Fi scene.

    In the first in a series of Pyskick Dancehall events coming to Bello Bar in 2016, Medium presents and The Thin Air have hand-picked the cream of the crop in terms of the newly booming scene of Irish bedroom pop with exciting rare live appearances from the most hotly tipped deadbeats such as bedroom pop virtuoso handsome ericTobi The Dog and Stephen Star, with further surprises to be unveiled.

  • Sun
    07
    Feb
    2016

    An Evening With Greg Dulli

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Frontman & guitarist with The Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers & The Gutter Twins, Greg Dulli plays Whelan's on February 7 as part of the European leg of his 'An Evening With...' intimate solo tour across eleven countries. 

    Dulli is to lead his band through a selection of songs spanning his entire career, along with several new ones. His original band, grunge/alt. rock act The Afghan Whigs are currently working on their new album, due out in late 2016. Download his cover of Sharon Van Etten's 'A Crime' for free from GregDulli.com.

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

     

  • Tue
    09
    Feb
    2016

    Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Former Gallows & Pure Love frontman Frank Gallows plays with his latest band, The Rattlesnakes at Voodoo on February 9.

    Formed in 2015 after Pure Love's hiatus, their debut album, Blossom last August. It's straight, no-frills hardcore punk rock - check out 'Juggernaut'.

    Tickets cost £15.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    09
    Feb
    2016

    Sous Le Monde, Ronan Kearney & Ciaran Stevenson

    The Atlantic Bar

    Portrush

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    Derry-based quartet Sous Le Monde play the Atlantic Bar on February 19.
     
    Support comes from  acoustic/ukelele singer-songwriter Ronan Kearney and folk troubadour Ciaran Stevenson.
    Admission costs £4 and doors open at 9.30pm.
  • Tue
    09
    Feb
    2016

    The Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown: Hot Cops & Katharine Philippa

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Almost certain to be their breakthrough year, Belfast indie rock slackers Hot Cops return to play our Tuesday Thowdown at Lavery's Belfast for the launch of their stellar new single 'Passive Passive' on Tuesday, February 9.

    Support comes from Belfast-based pianist/singer-songwriter Katharine Philippa, easily one of the most thrilling live prospects in the country right now. Check out her Soundcloud.

    Admission is free. Doors are at 9.30pm. The Thin Air DJs before and after.

  • Wed
    10
    Feb
    2016

    Foals

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Oxford indie rock band Foals play a 3Arena show on February 10.

    They released their fourth album, What Went Down, last summer and are one of the most impressive live bands on the circuit. Check out the awesomely impressive virtual reality video for Foals' single, 'Mountain At My Gates'.

    Tickets are priced from €30.40-€34.50, and are available through Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    10
    Feb
    2016

    Suede

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    London alternative/Britpop band Suede play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 10.

    Suede's self-titled first album was released in 1993 and was credited with helping to foster the Britpop genre, while its followup - Dog Man Star - helped solidify the band's legacy. After about a decade off, they reunited and released Bloodsports in 2013, their first album since 2002. Their seventh album, Night Thoughts is out in January, accompanied by a feature film directed by photographer Roger Sargent.

    The show will be divided into two sets, with the first half being their new album, Night Thoughts and the second half being a regular Suede set. There will be no support act. 

    Check out the trailer for the film/album package.

    Tickets are priced from €45.05 - €55.65 from Ticketmaster, which includes a €1 Olympia Theatre restoration levy, which will go towards maintaining and enhancing the theatre. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    10
    Feb
    2016

    Axis Of 'Companions' Album Launch w/Joshua Burnside & Little Neddy Goes To War

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Punks-turned-heavy pop trio Axis Of launch their live album, Companions - a live counterpart to their second album, The Mid Brae Inn at Limelight 2 on February 10. Collected over a year of the band's touring their 2015 LP, this will collect material from across their UK & European dates, released alongside the limited 7" single of 'All Of My Bones', featuring a live version performed with Frank Iero and The Cellabration & the Homeless Gospel Choir

    Support comes from experimental/alt. folkie Joshua Burnside and alt. rock act Little Neddy Goes To War, with DJ duties falling upon Go Girl.

    Admission costs £7 in advance from WeGotTickets or £10 on the night. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Feb
    2016

    Róisín Murphy

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Mercury prize-shortlisted Roisin Murphy plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on February 11.

    Originally rising to prominence as one half of electronic duo Moloko with her then-boyfriend Mark Brydon, she went solo and released her debut album in 2005, which further drew out the theatrical and artistic elements present in her presentation. She has recently released her third solo album, Hairless Toys, after an eight year absence and gained a Mercury Prize nomination for it.

    Check out new single, 'Unputdownable'.

    Tickets are available, priced at €28.90 from Ticketmaster, with an additional Olympia restoration fee of €1 to help preserve and enhance the venue.

  • Thu
    11
    Feb
    2016

    Live Free #2: Petty Youth, Buffalos Bay & Rotten Royalty

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions' new free Thursday show, Live Free, has its second bill on February 11 at the Eglantine Bar, headlined by garage rock 'n rollers Petty Youth.

    Support comes from psychedelic pop/rock band Buffalos Bay and hard rock/blues outfit Rotten Royalty.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2016

    Old Fang Presents: Runaway[GO] Album Launch (14+)

    Redeemer Central

    Belfast

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    Longstanding Belfast anthemic indie-pop act Runaway[GO] launch their long-awaited debut album, Alive, in a 14+ show at Redeemer Central on Donegall St. on February 12.

    Four years and a string of short releases in, Belfast-based duo Dave Jackson and Fiona O’Kane AKA Runaway[GO] have cultivated a carefully considered, wonderfully delivered pop sound that has grown so innately distinctive that the release of their debut album, Alive, feels every week worth the wait.

    As much about poise and restraint as it is unabashed, nigh on ridiculously infectious melodic bombast, it’s a consistent and solid release (in both senses of the word) for the hotly-tipped twosome. Stream the album via Soundcloud.

    Support is yet to be announced.

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

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2016

    Mystery Jets

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The Mystery Jets play Whelan's on February 12, following the January release of their fifth album, Curve of the Earth.

    The indie rockers formed in Twickenham, London back when several members were still in school, releasing their debut album in 2006. Check out the first single from the new album, 'Telemere'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Whelanslive, priced €17.35.

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2016

    Cian Nugent 'Night Fiction' Album Launch w/Al McKay & Bad Sea

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Soulfully virtuosic guitarist & singer-songwriter Cian Nugent launches his third album, Night Fiction, on February 12 at The Grand Social.

    He's previously displayed his indie-folk-blues tinged sound on his two prior instrumental albums, influenced by the likes of Richard Thompson, Kurt Vile & Neil Young with his band, The Cosmos. He debuts his vocals on 'Things Don't Change That Fast', the first single from Night Fiction, in all its Velvet Underground & Mac DeMarco-channelling sweetness.

    Support comes from Australian indie rock/power-pop band Dick Diver's Al McKay - check out 'Waste The Alphabet' - and Dublin duo Bad Sea.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2016

    Pleasure Beach

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Hotly-tipped Belfast anthemic alt. pop act Pleasure Beach, who released one of the most highly-praised Irish EPs of 2015, play a headline show at Workman's Club on January 12. Recalling the War On Drugs, Arcade Fire and Springsteen - check out the video for 'Go'.

    Tickets cost €11.75 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2016

    Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls w/Waldorf and Cannon

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Contemporary folksman Frank Turner plays The Academy on February 12 with his band, The Sleeping Souls following his sixth solo album, Positive Songs For Negative People.

    Formerly of post-hardcore upstarts Million Dead, Turner has eclipsed his cult following and become a bona fide contemporary voice of folk in the UK, carving out a massive live reputation and following with every subsequent release. Check out the video for new single, 'The Next Storm'.

    Support comes from Derry/Donegal duo Waldorf and Cannon.

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

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2016

    Lavery's & Gigantic Present: Autumns

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Dark, noisy Derry project Autumns, led by Christian Donaghey, plays a live set at Lavery's for Gigantic on February 12. Autumns have released several things through Downwards Records, Soft Power & CF Records, amongst others, drawing frequent comparisons to The Jesus & Mary Chain.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2016

    Mr Scruff

    Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Eclectic Manchester DJ Mr Scruff is to perform his classic five hour DJ set at Dublin's Button Factory on February 12.

    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 9pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Feb
    2016

    Wolff & Exploding Eyes

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Fuzzy, trashy blues outfit Wolff play upstairs at Whelan's on February 13. Check out 'Flesh Blood Skin & Bone'.

    Support comes in the form of proggy psychedelic rock Dubliners Exploding Eyes, who can also be checked out on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free before 10.30pm, or via this link, otherwise entry will cost €10.

  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016

    Ennio Morricone: 60 Years of Music

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The 3Arena hosts iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone - who reshaped the sound of cinema - on February 14, as part of his 60 Years In Music world tour.

    This marks his 60th year of conducting music professional, following his rescheduled tour after a year of recovery from a spinal injury. He promises to include not just the classics, but a suite with music from seven different films, each of which won Oscars. He'll be accompanied by over 200 musicians and singers onstage, as with previous tours - and it kicks off in Prague.

    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
    14
    Feb
    2016

    August Wells

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    August Wells, the outlet of singer-songwriter & pianist Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger, play The Workman's Club on February 14 as part of a series of Irish spring tour dates.

    The New York-based composer/songwriter duo played this year's Electric Picnic and are set to open for Glen Hansard in the Big Apple soon. 

    Check out the video to new single, 'Alice, Dear Alice', the segue from their debut album, A Living and a Dying Game, now available in Ireland through FIFA Records. They're to follow it up in spring 2016 on the label. Check out their Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016

    Suicidal Tendencies

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Classic LA crossover thrash act Suicidal Tendencies play Dublin's Academy on February 14.

    The band are often credited along with DRI as the fathers of crossover. They're currently playing with only one original member in vocalist Mike Muir. They broke through in 1983 with their debut album, which featured their biggest hit, 'Institutionalized'. The band's last album 13 was released in 2013, and they're currently allegedly working on tracks for new material in a potential compilation album.

    Tickets cost €26 from Ticketmaster

  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016

    Funk Actually: Danny G & the Major 7ths, Zaska

    Bello Bar

     Dublin

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    Dublin soul-merchants Danny G & The Major 7ths return to Bello Bar for a Funk Actually night on Valentine's Day.

    Support comes from Dublin soul supergroup Zaska - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8/5. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    15
    Feb
    2016

    Slipknot

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Multi-platinum-selling, angst-ridden soundtrackers to many an angry teenage year, Slipknot, play Belfast's newly renamed SSE Arena on February 15.

    The Iowan 9-piece released their fifth studio album, in 2014 .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 in 2013. The band headlined Download Festival for the third time in 2015.

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

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster, priced at £43.50. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016

    Kerrang Tour 2016 featuring: Sum 41

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Ontario pop-punk legends Sum 41 play The Academy on February 16 ahead of the launch of their new album, headlining as part of the 2016 Kerrang Tour.

    Reaching peak popularity with their 2001 pop-punk classic All Killer, No Filler, which yielded mainstream hits like 'In Too Deep' and 'Fat Lip'. The band have recently announced their official reunion with former lead guitarist Dave 'Brownsound' Baksh. They band successfully launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their comeback album

    Here's a bit of 'Fat Lip'.

    The rest of the bill is yet to be confirmed.

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

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016

    All Time Low & Good Charlotte

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Maryland pop-punk quartet All Time Low play Dublin's 3Arena on February 16.

    Formed in 2003, they've released five albums with the sixth, Future Hearts, coming out last year, reaching number 1 in the UK album charts. Check out the video for the album's lead single, 'Something's Gotta Give'.

    Also playing are their Maryland pop-punk forefathers, Good Charlotte as part of their Back To The Future Hearts joint Tour. They've recently announced their sixth album, and first since 2010's Cardiology. The band recently unveiled the album's debut single, 'Makeshift Love', which doesn't stray too far from their tried-and-tested formula.

    Tickets, priced at €36, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Feb
    2016

    Boy & Bear

    The Academy, Green Room

    Dublin

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    Sydney indie-folk act Boy & Bear return to Dubin to play the Academy Green Room on February 12.

    Check out the video for 'Walk The Wire', the first single taken from their new album, Limit of Love

    Tickets cost €17.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    17
    Feb
    2016

    Julia Holter

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Just off the back of one of the most acclaimed albums of 2015, art-pop musician Julia Holter comes to the Button Factory on February 17 for a headline show.

    The LA-based singer, songwriter, producer and composer released her debut album, Tragedy, in 2011, and really broke through with her signing to Domino Records and the release of her 2013 third album Loud City Song, continuing on into last year's Have You In My Wilderness. 

    Check out 'Feel You'.

    Tickets cost €18.50 from Ticketmaster, and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    ChoiceCuts Present: Shuggie Otis

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Reclusive Los Angeles R&B/funk-soul genius Shuggie Otis plays the Sugar Club on February 18 for ChoiceCuts.

    Best known for writing the now-standard 'Strawberry Letter 23', the multi-instrumentalist - and incredible guitarist - is a primary touchstone for neo-soul, influencing heavily many future artists & producers like Prince, David Byrne, Outkast, Flying Lotus, J Dilla & D'Angelo. He released three solo albums - 1969's Here Comes Shuggie Otis, 1971's Freedom Flight and 1974's Inspiration Information.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Jungbluth, Axecatcher, No Great Loss, Warcrime & Towers

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    Germany anti-fascist hardcore punks Jungbluth - named after German resistance fighter Karl Jungbluth, who was executed by Nazis in 1945 - play the Warzone Centre on February 18. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Also playing are a series of varying degrees of hardcore: Limavady melodic hardcore outfit AxecatcherNo Great LossWarcrime and young hardcore band Towers.

    Admission costs £6, doors open at 8.30pm, and it's BYOB, with no glass allowed.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Live Free #3: Foreign Affairs, Eighty Four, Hit The B Button & Ethan Hanna

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    Armagh pop-punk trio Foreign Affairs' headline the latest edition of Shizznigh Promotions' new free Thursday show, Live Free at the Eg on February 18.

    Also playing are punk quartet Eighty Four, alt. rock act Hit The B Button and Ethan Hanna.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Feast Presents: Alright The Captain, Steve Strong, A Werewolf! and more

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Galway promotion FEAST Presents holds its second anniversary night in an appropriate math-rock lineup topped by Nottingham touring addicts Alright The Captain at the Roisin Dubh on February 18.

    The instrumental trio of workhorses come to Ireland on the back of their latest album, Contact Fix, which draws influence from all the right places. The act have, by this point, shared stages with every major post-rock luminary, including Mono, Tera Melos, ASIWYFA, Holy Fuck, This Will Destroy You and beyond.

    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 UK midlands math-rock outfit A Werewolf! - check out their Bandcamp. The opening act is yet to be confirmed.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Ozric Tentacles, Project RnL & Hexxed

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Somerset psychedelic space rock outfit Ozric Tentacles ply their DMT-fuelled trade at The Empire on February 18. 

    Formed in 1983, with guitarist & keyboardist Ed Wynne remaining the sole constant member of the band in their years together, selling over a million albums despite no major label backing int heir time together. The band have a rabid cult following, with rumours that in the band's early days, fans would send blank tapes onto which the band would record music and return to the sender. Check out their latest (double) album, Technicians of the Sacred.

    They double-headline with prog rock act Project RNL, who are to release their new album in spring. Taking influence from the classics - Yes, Zappa, King Crimson - and contemporaries like Dream Theater, they have been around since 2010. Check out 'Twisted Truth'.

    Opening the show are Belfast mathy progressive act Hexxed, who released their Graphs EP last year - the metal-tinged outfit's first release since 2010, and it's available from Bandcamp for a meagre £3.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at £13. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Mirador & Electric Mainline Present: The Wood Bunrning Savages, Rews, Wake America & CM88

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    As part of the February 18 Output Showcase, Mirador & Electric Mainline run a show at Aether & Echo, headlined by Derry quartet The Wood Burning Savages. They have steadily built up their reputation as one of the country's finest and most frenetic live outfits over the last couple of years. Check out the video for 'Lather, Rinse, Repeat'.

    Also playing are alt. pop-rock act Rews - formerly Silhouette - Wake America - formerly Best Boy Grip - and Limavady electronic act CM88 - check his Bandcamp.

    Admission is free!

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Hidden Machine & Chordblossom Present: Tuskany, Travis Is A Tourist, Rachael Boyd & Ryan McMullan

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the annual Output showcase around Belfast, Hidden Machine & Chordblossom team up to bring a free show at the Black Box Green Room on February 18. Headlining are brand new indie-pop trio Tuskany. Check out their debut single, the disco-flavoured 'Better Time'.

    Sharing the bill are anthemic indie-pop act Travis Is A Tourist - check out last year's Weakdays EP - classically & electronically influenced songwriter Rachael Boyd - check her Bandcamp - and singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan.

    Admission is free, and doors open at 8pm. Acts perform on the hour from 8pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Nialler9 & The Thin Air Present: Exmagician, Paddy Hanna, Katie Laffan & A Bad Cavalier

    The Duke of York

    Belfast

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    As part of the Belfast Output festival,  exmagician - formerly Cashier No. 9 - play the Duke of York for the Thin Air & Nialler9 showcase on February 18. Check out their Soundcloud. Their most recent EP was released on Bella Union, following up on Cashier's debut album with the label, To The Death Of Fun.

    Also playing is alternative/indie master songwriter Paddy Hanna - check out his recent string of excellent singlesKatie Laffan and ASIWYFA member Niall Kennedy's project A Bad Cavalier - who recently released his latest EP, Moving On in August.

    Admission is totally free.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    PRS & Scratch My Progress Present: R51, Silences, Hot Cops & Abandcalledboy,

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Scratch My Progress & PRS For Music host a show at the Oh Yeah Centre on February 18, headlined by Belfast 'gaze-pop quintet R51 - check out their Pillow Talk EP on Bandcamp

    Almost certain to be their breakthrough year, Belfast indie rock slackers Hot Cops support - They most recently released their stellar new single 'Passive Passive' - ambient folk quintet Silences' - check out 'The Sea' - and noise-pop-loving alt. rockers Abandcalledboy. Check out their latest, and greatest, www.com PC World EP

    Admission is free.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    SARC & Sentric Music Present: Robocobra Quartet, Blue Whale, Albuquerque & Susie Blue

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Another free showcase for Belfast's Output Festival night takes place at McHugh's Basement Bar on February 18, with the bill headed by avant-punk-jazz act Robocobra Quartet. Check out their new single 'Kikazaru'.

    Experimental party-jazz-art-math-rock *gasp* quartet Blue Whale also play - check out recent single, 'Jack Irons' - as well as new band Albuquerque and a full-band performance from Derry singer-songwriter Susie Blue.

    Admission is entirely free. Each act starts on the hour, with Susie Blue kicking things off at 8pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    The Tipping Point Presents: Arborist, Ciaran Lavery, The Clameens & Jealous of the Birds

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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    Generator NI & The Tipping Point's showcase on Output's Belfast Night of Gigs, takes place at 39 Gordon Street, and features a stellar lineup.

    On the bill are Mark McCambridge-led folk outfit Arborist, fast-rising young songstress Jealous of the Birds - who just released the first single from her debut album, 'Goji Berry Sunset' - golden-throated singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery and Derry indie outfit The Clameens.

    Admission is free. The running order is Arborist @8.30pm, Ciaran Lavery @ 9.30pm, The Clameens @ 10.30pm & Jealous of the Birds @ 11.30pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Good Name: Shrug Life & Walpurgis Family

    The Bernard Shaw

    Dublin

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    Free gig night Good Name hosts a decidedly indie night at The Bernard Shaw on February 18, headed by indie-pop outfit Shrug LifeCheck out their EP from last year, The Grand Stretch - for fans of Weezer, Graham Coxon & The Buzzcocks.

    Also playing are indie chamber pop group Walpurgis Family, consisting of members of Popical Island-signed acts. They've only sporadically recorded, with albums in 2010 & 2012. Check their Bandcamp.

    Admission is free, with Good Name DJs before and after. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016

    Bitch Falcon, Jess Edlin, Lilla Vargen & Eve Belle

    The Dirty Onion

    Belfast

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    The Dirty Onion's lineup for Belfast's Output night on February 18 features indie-riffers Bitch Falcon, electronica-laced singer-songwriter Jess Edlin, pianist Lilla Vargen and Eve Belle.

    Eve Belle opens things at 8.30pm, with each act playing on the half-hour until 11.30pm. Admission is free.

  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016

    Hero In Error, Dead Label!, Murdock, Death of a Salesman & Jenova

    On The Rox

    Dublin

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    Dead End Music brings a riff-heavy metal & hardcore show to Coke Lane's On The Rox - upstairs of Voodoo Lounge - on February 19, when Dublin tech-metal act Hero In Error headline. 

    Supporting are Celbridge metal trio Dead Label!, mathy noise hardcore trio Murdock - who released their latest album, Dead Lung, in April this year, check them out on Bandcamp. Belfast metal quartet Death of a Salesman and Jenova.

    Admission costs €8 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016

    Pleasure Beach

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Hotly-tipped Belfast anthemic alt. pop act Pleasure Beach, who released one of the most highly-praised Irish EPs of 2015, play a hometown show at Bar Sub on January 19.

    Recalling the War On Drugs, Arcade Fire and Springsteen - check out the video for 'Go'.

    Tickets cost £9 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016

    Altered Hours Album Launch

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    Cork psych/garage/shoegaze outfit The Altered Hours headline the Kasbah Social Club in Limerick on February 19 to launch their debut album, In Heat Not Sorry, through Art For Blind Records.

    Download their Outskirts EP entirely for free on Bandcamp - check out 'Silver Leather', the second single from In Heat Not Sorry, which was recorded in Berlin and is released on January 29.

  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016

    Lethal Dialect

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Irish hop-hop artist Lethal Dialect plays Whelan's on February 19, having released his debut LP, 1988, in 2014- with 2FM's Dan Hegarty proclaiming it as his favourite album of the year.

    He has recently toured and played with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Maverick Sabre & Le Galaxie. He even makes his acting debut in 2016 with a lead role in the forthcoming Irish film, 'Cardboard Gangsters'.

    Check out the video for 'New Dublin Saunter' to support Dublin's 2020 bid to become the European Capital of Culture.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016

    Jungbluth, Bacchus & more

    Tenterhooks Gigspace

    Dublin

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    Germany anti-fascist hardcore punks Jungbluth - named after German resistance fighter Karl Jungbluth, who was executed by Nazis in 1945 - play Dublin's TenterHooks Gigspace at Newmarket Square on February 19. Check them out on Bandcamp.

     

    Support comes from sludgy post-metal Bacchus - check out their Bandcamp. More support is to be announced.

  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016

    Alright The Captain, Steve Strong, A Werewolf! and We Come In Pieces

    Cobblestone Joe's

    Limerick

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    An assorted lineup of UK math-rock comes to Ireland for a few February dates, and they stop at Limerick on February 19 for a show at Cobblestone Joe's. The bill is headed by Nottingham touring addicts Alright The Captain.

    The instrumental trio of workhorses come to Ireland on the back of their latest album, Contact Fix, which draws influence from all the right places. The act have, by this point, shared stages with every major post-rock luminary, including Mono, Tera Melos, ASIWYFA, Holy Fuck, This Will Destroy You and beyond.

    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 UK midlands math-rock outfit A Werewolf! - check out their Bandcamp

    Opening are Limerick alt. punks We Come In Pieces - check out their Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    20
    Feb
    2016

    Gabrielle Aplin

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    February 20 sees a show at the Olympia Theatre from Gabrielle Aplin, having been moved from Whelan's due to phenomenal demand following the success of her debut album, English Rain, which reached #1 chart positions in the UK & Australia.

    The guitarist & pianist wrote the album with long-term collaborator Luke Potashnick, and has influenced and sonic similarities to the kind of contemporary indie rock & folk-leanings of Feist & Cat Power. 

    Check out the video for new single, 'Sweet Nothing', from her second album, Light Up The Dark.

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

  • Sat
    20
    Feb
    2016

    Altered Hours Album Launch

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Cork psych/garage/shoegaze outfit The Altered Hours headline the Workman's Club on February 20 to launch their debut album, In Heat Not Sorry, through Art For Blind Records.

    Download their Outskirts EP entirely for free on Bandcamp - check out 'Silver Leather', the second single from In Heat Not Sorry, which was recorded in Berlin and is released on January 29.

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

  • Sat
    20
    Feb
    2016

    A Northern Light, Go Swim, R51 & Palaces

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Anthemic alt. rock trio A Northern Light play The Empire Music Hall on February 20 having recently regrouped, refreshed and gearing up for the release of their new EP, Kingdoms: One You can check their previous work out on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from glistening indie pop-rock act Go Swim - listen to their Soundcloud - Belfast 'gaze-pop quintet R51 - check out their Pillow Talk EP on Bandcamp. Young electronic quartet Palaces open the night.

    Tickets cost £6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Feb
    2016

    Alright The Captain, Steve Strong, A Werewolf! and Punch Face Champions

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    An assorted lineup of UK math-rock comes to Ireland for a few February dates, and their Dublin stop-off takes place on February 20 at Sin É. The bill is headed by Nottingham touring addicts Alright The Captain.

    The instrumental trio of workhorses come to Ireland on the back of their latest album, Contact Fix, which draws influence from all the right places. The act have, by this point, shared stages with every major post-rock luminary, including Mono, Tera Melos, ASIWYFA, Holy Fuck, This Will Destroy You and beyond.

    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 UK midlands math-rock outfit A Werewolf! - check out their Bandcamp

    Dublin instrumental act Punch Face Champions open the show - check out their Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    20
    Feb
    2016

    Sweet Taste, Cross Eyed Mary, Paper Dogs & Philip McCarroll

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The latest SONI Saturdays Rock night at the Pavilion is headlined by Sweet Taste on February 20. Classic, groove-laden rockers Sweet Taste make their first headline performance in years.

    Sharing the bill are hard rock act Cross Eyed Mary, who make their anticipated return from a break, Paper Dogs and a solo set from Philip McCarroll.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2016

    Alright The Captain, Matua Trap, Steve Strong & A Werewolf!

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    An assorted lineup of UK math-rock comes to Ireland for a few February dates, and they stop at Belfast on February 21 for a show at the Empire. The bill is headed by Nottingham touring addicts Alright The Captain.

    The instrumental trio of workhorses come to Ireland on the back of their latest album, Contact Fix, which draws influence from all the right places. The act have, by this point, shared stages with every major post-rock luminary, including Mono, Tera Melos, ASIWYFA, Holy Fuck, This Will Destroy You and beyond.

    Main support comes from Belfast alt-prog trio Matua TrapWith influences as diverse as Snarky Puppy, Animals As Leaders, Opeth and Peter Gabriel, the trio combine heavy grooving prog rhythms with meandering melodic vocal lines to create an original take on the prog rock genre. You can check out their debut pair of singles on Bandcamp.

    Also playing are Plymouth-based one-man-band, Steve Strong - who'll be bringing his own beats, tapped guitar and textural melodies, and constant genre-hopping - check out his Soundcloud - and UK midlands math-rock outfit A Werewolf! - check out their Bandcamp

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    22
    Feb
    2016

    City & Colour w/Lucy Rose

    The Helix

    Dublin

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    Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green aka City and Colour is to play The Helix on February 22.

    Having formerly been the vocalist and guitarist of post-hardcore act Alexisonfire, he's changed his style considerably towards acoustic, folk-influenced music. His fifth album, If I Should Go Before You came out in October - check out the 9-minute 'Woman'.

    Young English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose supports at the show.

    Tickets are available, priced at €30, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Tue
    23
    Feb
    2016

    City and Colour (14+)

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green aka City and Colour is to play a 14+ show at Belfast's Mandela Hall.

    Having formerly been the vocalist and guitarist of post-hardcore act Alexisonfire, he's changed his style considerably towards acoustic, folk-influenced music. His fifth album, If I Should Go Before You came out in October - check out the 9-minute lead track, 'Woman'.

    Tickets are available, priced at £26.50, from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Feb
    2016

    Foxes

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Young electro-pop singer-songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes, plays the Limelight 1 on February 23, just after the release of her new album.

    The former open mic night-turned-superstar was noticed after the likes of German producer Zedd, Katy Perry and Rudimental - with whom she also collaborated on 'Right Here' - heard her debut 7" single 'Youth'. She released her debut album, Glorious in 2014, and her follow-up, All I Needis due for release in February.

    Watch the video for 'Better Love'.

    Tickets are available for £16.50 from Ticketmaster, Katy's Bar and the usual outlets. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Feb
    2016

    Shearwater

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Austin indie outfit Shearwater play The Button Factory on February 23.

    This date follows the release of their second album on Sub Pop, Jet Plane and Oxbow. Check out 'Quiet Americans'.

    Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    23
    Feb
    2016

    Fat White Family

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    DIY degenerates Fat White Family play Whelan's on February 23.

    The band, who blend essentially every genre going - notably krautrock, post-punk, country, psych, glam-funk, and even some disco, formed in a Peckham squat in 2011. Their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, came out in 2014, and as well as their strong pinko squat-playing tendencies, they've managed to break through to play Glastonbury & Electric Picnic, among others. Their second album, Songs For Our Mothers, is out on their own label, Without Consent.

    Check out 'Whitest Boy On The Beach'.

    Tickets cost €19 from Ticketmaster and Whelanslive.

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2016

    Foxes

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young electro-pop singer-songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes, plays Whelan's on February 24, just after the release of her new album.

    The former open mic night-turned-superstar was noticed after the likes of German producer Zedd, Katy Perry and Rudimental - with whom she also collaborated on 'Right Here' - heard her debut 7" single 'Youth'. She released her debut album, Glorious in 2014, and her follow-up, All I Needis due for release in February.

    Watch the video for 'Better Love'.

    Tickets are available for €20 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Feb
    2016

    Girls Names

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Strange Brew bring Belfast post-punk quartet Girls Names to the Roisin Dubh on February 25, following the release of their third album, Arms Around A Vision, in October.

    With each release, they've gotten more self-assured, moving from lo-fi noise-pop through to the post-punk behemoth they currently are, seamlessly dipping in and out of the kind of experimental ethos krautrock embodied. Check out their sprawling, 'Zero Triptych'.

    Tickets are available from the Roisin Dubh, priced at €10, or €12.50 on the night. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Feb
    2016

    Fat White Family

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    DIY degenerates Fat White Family play the Limelight 2 on February 25, in a homecoming of sorts as 2 members went to Cookstown High School, bizarrely.

    The band, who blend essentially every genre going - notably krautrock, post-punk, country, psych, glam-funk, and even some disco, formed in a Peckham squat in 2011. Their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, came out in 2014, and as well as their strong pinko squat-playing tendencies, they've managed to break through to play Glastonbury & Electric Picnic, among others. Their second album, Songs For Our Mothers, is out on their own label, Without Consent.

    Check out 'Whitest Boy On The Beach'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    25
    Feb
    2016

    Altered Hours

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Cork psych/garage/shoegaze five-piece The Altered Hours headline the Roisin Dubh on February 25 as part of the Irish leg of the European tour for their debut album, In Heat Not Sorry, through Art For Blind Records.

    Download their Outskirts EP entirely for free on Bandcamp and check out 'Silver Leather', the second single from In Heat Not Sorry, which was recorded in Berlin and is released on January 29.

  • Thu
    25
    Feb
    2016

    Live Free #4: No Oil Paintings, Orchid Collective, Paper Dogs & Bronagh Broderick

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The fourth edition of Shizznigh Promotions' new free Thursday show, Live Free, takes place at the Eglantine Bar on February 25, to be headlined by rootsy folk/country five piece No Oil Paintings

    Support comes from ambient indie-folk-pop quartet Orchid CollectivePaper Dogs and Bronagh Broderick.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following their packed 2014 showing in Ireland, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox returns with heightened ambitions & expectations, playing four Irish shows, kicking off on February 26 at Vicar Street.

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

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

    Tickets, priced at €33.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016

    Hannah Wants

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Massively acclaimed DJ Hannah Wants plays the Academy 2 on February 26.

    Having receiving honours from DJ Mag and Mixmag as the 2014 Best Breakthrough DJ, as well as the Mixmag Star of the Year, Hannah has been working tirelessly since she picked up the decks at a young age, known notably within the house and bass music scene.

    Tickets cost €19.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016

    Altered Hours, Documenta & Autumns

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Cork psych/garage/shoegaze outfit The Altered Hours headline the Black Box on February 26 as part of the Irish leg of the European tour for their debut album, In Heat Not Sorry, through Art For Blind Records.

    Download their Outskirts EP entirely for free on Bandcamp and check out 'Silver Leather', the second single from In Heat Not Sorry, which was recorded in Berlin and is released on January 29.

    Sharing the bill are drone-pop space cadets Documenta - riding on the back of their latest album, Drone Pop #1 - and Autumns.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, with admission costing £7 on the night. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016

    Dimebag Sessions Presents: David Kitt DJ Set (New Jackson)

    McHugh's Basement Bar

    Belfast

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    David Kitt, in his new incarnation, New Jackson, performs a DJ set promising nocturnal house jams with a 'ghostly disco tint' at McHugh's Basement Bar on February 26. 

    Tickets cost £10 from Skiddle. Doors open at 9pm, with the show running on until 1.30am.

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016

    The Altered Hours, Documenta & Autumns

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    With their highly-anticipated debut album IN HEAT NOT SORRY set for release via Art For Blind/Penske Recordings on January 29th, Cork psych five-piece The Altered Hours make their return to Belfast on Friday, February 26 for an unmissable show at the Black Box.

    Hands down one of the country's best live acts, the group recorded IN HEAT NOT SORRY to Berlin in 2014 and spent three weeks exploring, experimenting and recording with Fabien Leseure at the controls. The resulting ten tracks are representative of the group’s evolution – beginning with a lush psychedelic sound and pushing towards a stark headspace.

    This album has been influenced by the beautifully dismal surroundings of the 1950s Funkhaus studio building (a former DDR radio center). In many ways the album's sound and atmosphere encapsulates the band’s ongoing fascination with testing and sometimes disrupting that fine balance between tranquility and chaos.

    Making for an immersive noise trifecta, first-rate support on the night comes from the cosmic conspirators in arms, Belfast drone-pop masters Documenta and Derry's Christian Donaghey AKA Autumns, each of whom have incredible recent releases in Drone Pop #1 and the Blonde EP.

    Doors at 9pm. Tickets/admission £7.

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016

    Mirador: Beauty Sleep, Franklyn & Strength

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    The latest show from Mirador takes place at Bar Sub in the QUB Students' Union on February 26, headlined by brand new dream-pop trio Beauty Sleep.

    Featuring Ryan & Cheylene of the Wonder Villains as well as bassist Aimee Williamson, the trio only just debuted their first single, 'The Dark', which features nighttime synths and vibes.

    Support comes from some ex-General Fiasco members in new indie rock guise, Franklyn, and Derry synth-pop act Strength.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    Seapoint Ballroom

    Galway

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    Following their packed 2014 showing in Ireland, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox returns with heightened ambitions & expectations, playing four Irish shows, stopping off at Galway's Seapoint Ballroom on February 27.

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

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

    Tickets, priced at €29, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016
    Sun
    28
    Feb
    2016

    The Gloaming

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Trad supergroup The Gloaming play a pair of shows at Dublin's National Concert Hall on February 27 & 28.

    They won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year in 2014, which they're to follow up on in 2016 with their forthcoming second LP. The band formed in 2011 and feature musicians Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and New York pianist & producer Doveman.

    Here's an Introduction to The Gloaming.

    Tickets are priced at €27.50 & €32.50 from NCH.ie.

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016

    Primordial, Mgła & Urfaust

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Veteran Irish black celtic metal act Primordial play the Button Factory on February 27.

    Primordial have released eight studio albums to date, with the most recent being 2014's Where Greater Men Have Fallen through Metal Blade Records. Check out the video for their most recent single, 'Babel's Tower', taken from said LP.

    Kraków black metal band Mgła have recently released their third album, Exercises In Futility and support on the night, as well as black metal duo Urfaust.

    Tickets cost €27.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016

    ICW - The Big Elbowski

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Having become the UK's biggest pro wrestling promotion - with good reason - ICW hold 'the Big Elbowski', the Belfast date of their biggest tour to date at the Mandela Hall on February 27, as part of their tour ahead of their forthcoming Fear & Loathing VIII.

    Glaswegian promotion Insane Championship Wrestling were founded in 2006 with small shows in a community centre, growing organically through their strong roster of characters and in-ring talent, as well as Vice & BBC documentaries in 2012 & 2014 respectively.

    The company has developed and recruited various international stars pre and post-WWE and run their own streaming service. They recently held their biggest show to date at the Barrowland Ballroom for Fear & Loathing VII

    Tickets cost £22 from Ticketmaster & the QUB Students' Union reception. Doors open at 5.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016

    Heliopause & Pixie Saytar Double Album Launch

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop act Heliopause and Pixie Saytar both release their long-awaited albums with a double-headlining show at The MAC on February 27.

    How Can We Laugh After This will be the third album from Heliopause, bringing in electronic esoterica, with shimmering guitars and melodies. Pixie Saytar's second album, In Hindsight, features influences from European traditions, eclectic instrumentation, as well as her powerfully emotive vocals.

    Tickets cost £10, available from The MAC. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016

    CC Brez

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Former Republic of Loose man CC Brez launches his debut album, The Nightfall, upstairs at Whelan's on February 27.

    Recorded last year with Ger McConnell - whose past collaborations include U2, Manic Street Preachers, The Cure & Kasabian - it's a soul-pop album, released on Brez's own label, Fat Burrito on the day of the launch. 

    Check out 'When It Feels Good' live at Electric Picnic.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets and Ticketmaster, priced at €12.5o. Doors open at 7.30pm. 

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016

    Shizznigh Showcase #3: Thee Penny Dreadfuls, Gavin & Thee Icons & Bloom

    39 Gordon Street

    Belfast

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    The third Shizznigh Showcase at 39 Gordon Street in Belfast takes place on February 27, to be headlined by garage-psych act Thee Penny Dreadfuls.

    Also playing are Dublin garage-punks Gavin and Thee Icons and progressive psych-blues outfit Bloom.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Feb
    2016

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Following their packed 2014 showing in Ireland, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox returns with heightened ambitions & expectations, playing four Irish shows, stopping off at the Cork Opera House on February 28.

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

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

    Tickets, priced at €29, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Feb
    2016

    ICW - It's Just a Big Stereo Hangin' From a Tree

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Having become the UK's biggest pro wrestling promotion - with good reason - ICW hold the Dublin date of their biggest tour to date at the Academy on February 28, as part of their tour ahead of their forthcoming Fear & Loathing VIII.

    Glaswegian promotion Insane Championship Wrestling were founded in 2006 with small shows in a community centre, growing organically through their strong roster of characters and in-ring talent, as well as Vice & BBC documentaries in 2012 & 2014 respectively.

    The company has developed and recruited various international stars pre and post-WWE and run their own streaming service. They recently held their biggest show to date at the Barrowland Ballroom for Fear & Loathing VII

    Tickets cost €26 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Feb
    2016

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Following their packed 2014 showing in Ireland, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox returns with heightened ambitions & expectations, playing four Irish shows, rounding the dates out with one at Belfast's Mandela Hall on February 29.

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

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

    Tickets, priced at £25, are available from the QUB Students' Union & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Feb
    2016

    Exodus

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Seminal thrash band Exodus come to Ireland to play a pair of dates, including a show at the Limelight 2 on February 29.

    Having formed in 1979, the band has went through many chops and changes, and are ultimately best-known for the first three albums from the mid-late '80s, especially their 1985 debut, Bonded By Blood. Their tenth album, Blood In, Blood Out, was released in 2014. The band don't look to release anything else until at least 2017 due to their forthcoming touring commitments & guitarist Gary Holt's Slayer commitments.

    Check out the title track from Blood In, Blood Out.

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

  • Mon
    29
    Feb
    2016
    Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016

    Adele

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Current Queen of Pop Adele comes to the Belfast's SSE Arena - formerly the Odyssey - to play in what will certainly be among the most in-demand shows of 2016.

    This comes on the back of her highly successful third album, 25, the follow-up to the mammoth-selling 21.

    Tickets - if any remain - are available from Ticketmaster, priced between £38-£100. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016

    The Gloaming

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Trad supergroup The Gloaming play a third show at Dublin's National Concert Hall on March 1 following unprecedented demand.

    They won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year in 2014, which they're to follow up on in 2016 with their forthcoming second LP. The band formed in 2011 and feature musicians Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and New York pianist & producer Doveman.

    Here's an Introduction to The Gloaming.

    Tickets are priced at €27.50 & €32.50 from NCH.ie.

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016

    Exodus

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Seminal thrash band Exodus come to Ireland to play a pair of dates, including a show at the Button Factory on March 1.

    Having formed in 1979, the band has went through many chops and changes, and are ultimately best-known for the first three albums from the mid-late '80s, especially their 1985 debut, Bonded By Blood. Their tenth album, Blood In, Blood Out, was released in 2014. The band don't look to release anything else until at least 2017 due to their forthcoming touring commitments & guitarist Gary Holt's Slayer commitments.

    Check out the title track from Blood In, Blood Out.

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

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016
    Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016

    The Gloaming

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Trad supergroup The Gloaming play five sold out shows at Dublin's National Concert Hall on February 27 & 28 and March 1-3.

    They won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year in 2014, which they're to follow up on in 2016 with their forthcoming second LP. The band formed in 2011 and feature musicians Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and New York pianist & producer Doveman.

    Here's an Introduction to The Gloaming.

    Tickets are priced at €27.50 & €32.50 from NCH.ie.

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry plays the Academy in Dublin on March 3 as part of his Super Ape 40th Anniversary Tour

    Perry gets much credit for his part in the pioneering of dub music, both as an artist and for his studio techniques and production values. Super Ape, his 1976 album with The Upsetters still stands up as one of, if not the definitive dub album. Incredibly, Perry will be turning 80 on this year of his fortieth anniversary, but he can still perform, as his recent shows prove. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

    Ticket are priced at €26.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016

    Live Free #5: New Ancestors, Wolf Like Me & Jamie Neish

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The fifth instalment of Shizznigh Promotions new free gig night at the Eglantine Bar, Live Free, takes place on March 3 and is headlined by folk-tinged pop-rockers New Ancestors. Most recently, they released the single, 'We Were Made To Love'. Check out the video.

    Support comes from Wolf Like Me and former More Than Conquerors man Jamie Neish.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016

    Joanna Newson w/Robin Pecknold

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Captivating harpist & singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom returns to Dublin to play the Olympia Theatre on March 3.

    The Californian avant-garde indie folk act is currently touring her fourth album in eleven years, Divers - check out the video for 'Divers' - having broken through after Will Oldham was given an early home-recorded EP, which he passed on to Drag City Records' owner, leading to her signing. She remains signed to the label currently.

    Support comes from Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold.

    Tickets are priced from €40-€45 from Ticketmaster, including the Olympia restoration levy. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016

    Sabaton, Alestorm & Bloodbound

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The Limelight 1 hosts a double-headlining bill of fantastical metal acts Sabaton and Alestorm on March 4 as part of a UK & Irish tour.

    Swedish metal act Sabaton play speed-power metal themed on war and historical battles, notably both world wars. The band are currently touring their seventh album, 2014's Heroes.  Check out '40:1'.

    Most accurately, Alestorm are a pirate-themed power/folk metal act. Formed in 2004, they debuted in 2008 with Captain Morgan's Revenge, and their fourth album Sunset On The Golden Age came out in 2014 on Napalm Records. Check out the video for recent single, 'Drink'.

    Opening the show are Swedish power metal sextet Bloodhound, who've released 6 albums since their 2005 debut, Nosferatu. Listen to the title track to their most recent album, 2014's 'Stormborn'.

    Tickets, priced at £25, are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016

    Wolf Alice (14+)

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    London alt. rock quartet Wolf Alice play a pair of dates in Ireland as part of their forthcoming European tour. They hit the Mandela Hall on March 4 in a 14+ show. 

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

    Check out 'Bros'.

    Tickets cost £18 from Ticketmaster and the QUBSU Reception. Doors open at 7pm, and under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016

    Adele

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Current Queen of Pop Adele comes to the 3Arena on March 4 & 5 to play in what will certainly be among the most in-demand shows of 2016.

    This comes on the back of her highly successful third album, 25.

    Tickets - if any remain - are available from Ticketmaster, priced between €54 & €121. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016

    No Monster Club Album Launch

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Almost exactly a year after the release of the last album, the Bobby Aherne-led lo-fi tropical indie-pop project No Monster Club launch their new album, I Feel Magic, at Dublin’s Bello Bar on March 4 through Popical Island.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016

    Verb T, Moreone & This Side Up

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Having recently performed her with Ill-Informed - check out the video for 'Foggy Eyes' - one of the most prolific names in UK hip-hop, Verb T, comes to showcase his new label, In The Balance Records, at The Grand Social as well as premiering his collaboration with This Side UpCheck out This Side Up's debut, the 3075 EP.

    Moreone is the first In The Balance signing, having just dropped his Turn Back EP. Check out the video for 'Turn Back', produced by Verb T. The night will also feature an open mic competition.

    Admission costs only €5 and doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016

    An Evening With: Machine Head

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Californian thrash/groove metal act Machine Head play Belfast's Limelight 1 on March 5 as part of their extensive - and amazingly titled - 'An Evening With...' spring tour. This means there will be no support for the band throughout the tour, and longer sets with some deep cuts from their back catalogue.

    Having been around since 1991, breaking through with their monster debut album Burn My Eyes, Machine Head most recently released their eighth LP, Bloodstone & Diamonds, which came out in November.

    You can stream the album through Nuclear Blast Records here.

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

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016

    Wolf Alice

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    London alt. rock quartet Wolf Alice play a pair of dates in Ireland as part of their forthcoming European tour. They hit the Olympia Theatre on March 5. 

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

    Check out 'Bros'.

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

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016

    The Cult

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    British post-punk-cum-hard rock outfit The Cult come to Ireland for a pair of shows, playing Vicar Street on March 5. 

    Starting out at a gothic act in Bradford in 1981, they broke the mainstream in the US with their more hard rock direction, with the likes of 'Fire Woman'. Their output slowed in the nineties due to alcohol abuse and tensions, reuniting in 1999. Although frontman Ian Astbury stated they would record no new albums, their tenth album, Hidden City, is released a month prior to their Irish dates.

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

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016

    Enemies

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Dublin math-rock act Enemies make a long-awaited (after over two years!) return to Dublin before they head off to the US for a tour. The show will be a limited capacity Bello Bar performance on March 5. 

    They've spent much of their time in a studio, writing for their forthcoming third album, much of which will be performed at this sure-to-be-sold-out show. Check their Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at €13.80. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016

    Galants & Borders of Sleep

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Fuzzy noise-pop/shoegaze outfit Galants play upstairs at Whelan's on March 5. Check out their free material on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Dinosaur Jr-influenced indie rock outfit Borders of Sleep - check out Keep Yr. Regrets for free.

    Admission is free before 10.30pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Mar
    2016

    Sister Ghost & Mhaol - Live Session

    Start Together Studio

    Belfast

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    Start Together Studios in Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre hosts a special raw, live punk session on March 5 as part of its Women's Work Festival.

    The two acts performing are Shannon Delores O'Neill-led Belfast alt. garage-punk quartet Sister Ghost - check out their stuff on Bandcamp - and socially-conscious Dublin noise punk outfit Mhaol. Watch the video for their debut single, 'Clementine' with Girl Band's Dara Kiely.

    Admission is completely free, but you must register for your ticket by emailing info@womensworkni.com as space is extremely limited. The session runs from 1-3pm.

  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016

    Sabaton, Alestorm & Bloodbound (14+)

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Vicar Street hosts a double-headlining bill of fantastical metal acts Sabaton and Alestorm on March 6 as part of their joint UK & Irish tour.

    Swedish metal act Sabaton play speed-power metal themed on war and historical battles, notably both world wars. The band are currently touring their seventh album, 2014's Heroes.  Check out '40:1'.

    Most accurately, Alestorm are a pirate-themed power/folk metal act. Formed in 2004, they debuted in 2008 with Captain Morgan's Revenge, and their fourth album Sunset On The Golden Age came out in 2014 on Napalm Records. Check out the video for recent single, 'Drink'.

    Opening the show are Swedish power metal sextet Bloodhound, who've released 6 albums since their 2005 debut, Nosferatu. Listen to the title track to their most recent album, 2014's 'Stormborn'.

    Tickets, priced at €30, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm, and it's a 14+ show, with under 18's to be accompanied by an adult.

  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016

    An Evening With: Machine Head

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Californian thrash/groove metal act Machine Head play the Olympia Theatre on March 6 as part of their extensive - and amazingly titled - 'An Evening With...' spring tour. This means there will be no support for the band throughout the tour, and longer sets with some deep cuts from their back catalogue.

    Having been around since 1991, breaking through with their monster debut album Burn My Eyes, Machine Head most recently released their eighth LP, Bloodstone & Diamonds, which came out in November.

    You can stream the album through Nuclear Blast Records here.

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

  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016

    The Cult

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    British post-punk-cum-hard rock outfit The Cult come to Ireland for a pair of shows, playing Belfast's Mandela Hall on March 6. 

    Starting out at a gothic act in Bradford in 1981, they broke the mainstream in the US with their more hard rock direction, with the likes of 'Fire Woman'. Their output slowed in the nineties due to alcohol abuse and tensions, reuniting in 1999. Although frontman Ian Astbury stated they would record no new albums, their tenth album, Hidden City, is released a month prior to their Irish dates.

    Tickets cost £35 from Ticketmaster & the QUB Students' Union. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016

    Women's Work Showcase: Jessica Hopper Keynote & Æ MAK, Rachael Boyd, Naoise Roo & Goldie Fawn

    The Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    A free Women's Work Showcase, organised by Go Girl & Hidden Machine, takes place at the Oh Yeah Centre all day on March 6 for the Women's Work NI festival. 

    Throughout the day, there will be panels, workshops, crafts, photography exhibitions & more, with a keynote speech from MTV, Pitchfork & Rolling Stone's Jessica Hopper at 3pm.

    Music kicks off at 8pm, where indie-pop act Æ MAK - check out this live performanceRachael Boyd, Dublin alternative/indie rock songstress Naoise Roo, who released her debut album, Lilith, last year and Goldie Fawn.

    Seats for the keynote speech are available to reserve from Eventbrite. Doors open at noon.

     

  • Tue
    08
    Mar
    2016

    Brilliant Corners: A Tribute To Ornette Coleman

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Ornette Coleman is one of the most influential and innovative figures in jazz history, and Brilliant Corners pays tribute to him with a tribute show at the Black Box on March 8.

    The program will mainly draw upon Ornette’s early ground breaking albums from ’58 to’61 – Something Else!!!, The Shape of Jazz to Come, This Is Our Music, Change of the Century, Tomorrow is the Question, Beauty is a Rare Thing and Soapsuds recorded in 1977 in a duo with Charlie Haden.

    The performance will feature Congeniality, Free, Ramblin, Peace, Invisible, Lonely Woman and Humpty Dumpty. Ornette is a big inspiration having brought a new vocabulary to jazz, where melody, instrumentation and technique were all taken in different directions in his music.

    Tickets cost £13/£10 concessions, available from Brilliant Corners - alternatively, festival tickets cost £35. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    08
    Mar
    2016

    Women Aloud NI

    Nationwide

    NI

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    For this year's International Women's Day on March 8, Women Aloud NI seeks to raise the profile of the women's writing scene in Northern Ireland via a one-day initiative. 

    Despite speakers at the events being women due to the nature of the events, both men & women alike are welcome to attend. Over 100 writers will be reading their work over 14 events in the country - at bookshops, libraries, museums, theatres, town halls, pubs & arts centres.

    Full details of each event are available here.

  • Wed
    09
    Mar
    2016

    The Wonder Stuff

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    As part of their 30th Anniversary tour, late '80s/early '90s English alternative rock act The Wonder Stuff stop off at Belfast's Limelight 2 on March 9.

    The band first got together in the Black Country thirty years ago in 1986 for their first practice, and have went on to sell millions of albums worldwide. Aside from their number 1 track 'Dizzy' with Vic Reeves, the band were most prominent from their 1988 debut album, The Eight Legged Groove Machine, growing through until their fourth album, Construction for the Modern Idiot in 1993.

    Check out 1991's 'The Size of a Cow'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, Katy's Bar and the usual outlets.

  • Wed
    09
    Mar
    2016

    Brilliant Corners Launch: Vein Trio

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    A piano trio with a difference, Vein make exciting, dynamic and innovative music with a nod to deeply held traditional values. Expect a night of classy, powerful, music played with passion, drive, superb interplay and improvisational finesse, at the Crescent Arts Centre on March 9 for the fourth annual Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival.

    The trio features drummer Florian Arbenz at the helm - arguably one of the best in Europe, and European Culture Award-Winner - alongside brother Michael on piano, and bassist Thomas Lähns. This will be their first trip to Ireland - check out this trailer for their rhythmically, melodically and dynamically complex.

    Tickets cost £13/£10 concessions, available from Brilliant Corners. Festival Tickets cost £35. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a bring-your-own event.

     

  • Wed
    09
    Mar
    2016

    In Their Thousands

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    To launch their new single, 'The Woodcutter', alt. folk trio In Their Thousands play Whelan's on March 9.

    Watch the video for 'Woodcutter'.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    09
    Mar
    2016

    Women Who Rock: I Am Niamh, Naoise Roo, Hvmmingbyrd, Nella, Bern & Rachael Lavelle

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    The Grand Social on March 9 hosts Women Who Rock, headlined by Dublin solo project I Am Niamh - the moniker under which multi-instrumentalist and classically trained singer Niamh Parkinson plies her avant-garde songwriting. She recently released her debut album, Wonderland. Check out her Soundcloud.

    Also playing is Dublin alternative/indie rock songstress Naoise Roo, who released her debut album, Lilith, last year. Lush Maynooth indie pop trio Hvmmingbyrd, whose debut album came out in 2014 - check it on Bandcamp - singer/songwriter/poet BeRnRachael Lavelle and Nella.

    Tickets cost €10 on the door or from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016

    The Wonder Stuff

    The Academy

    Dublin 

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    For one night only at the Academy for their 30th Anniversary tour, alternative rock act The Wonder Stuff headline. 

    The band first got together in the Black Country thirty years ago in 1986 for their first practice, and have went on to sell millions of albums worldwide. Aside from their number 1 track 'Dizzy' with Vic Reeves, the band were most prominent from their 1988 debut album, The Eight Legged Groove Machine, growing through until their fourth album, Construction for the Modern Idiot in 1993.

    Check out 1991's 'The Size of a Cow'.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016

    Ulrich Schnauss

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    London-based German electronic producer Ulrich Schnauss plays Whelan's on March 10.

    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. His last album was Tomorrow is Another Day with Mark Peters in 2013. 

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

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016

    Brilliant Corners: Cacao

    Belfast Barge

    Belfast

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    10 March sees a performance at the Belfast Barge for Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, headed by Cacao, fusers of latin bossa nova, samba, and other Brazilian traditions.

    Multi-instrumentalist Gnanam Samual, from Fermanagh plays alongside partner and co-writer, Belfast's Phil Smyth, spent years in London's jazz scene and various residencies before returning home. The pair have recently formed a quartet, blending old and new Brazilian jazz songs and instrumentals, as well as some originals.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £13/£10 and Festival tickets cost £35. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a bring-your-own event.

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016

    Lucy Spraggan

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    English acoustic folk/hip-hop artist Lucy Spraggan plays a pair of Irish shows, first stopping off at the Limelight 2 on March 10.

    The 24 year old recently released her third album, We Are, after years of accolades in competition-based shows like Live & Unsigned and the X Factor  

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

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016

    The North Sea

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin alternative quintet The North Sea play their biggest headline show to date on March 10 with a date at Whelan's.

    This follows the successful launch of their eponymous debut album Anniversary last year. They return with new single, 'Belong'.

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

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016

    Gifted: Heroes Before The Fall, Nasa Assassin, Salad Boyz & The Shout

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    On March 10, Gifted takes place at The Empire, headlined by Belfast trio Heroes Before The Fall.

    Also playing are Nasa Assassin - you can check out their eponymous song here -  Salad Boyz and Warrenpoint indie band The Shout - check their Bandcamp.

     Admission costs £3. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016

    Bitches Brew III

    Sine É

    Dublin

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    As part of the International Women's Day events on March 10, Dublin's Sin É hosts a night of music by some of Ireland's finest, in aid of the non-profit White Ribbon Campaign, the world's largest - and Ireland's only - male-led movement to end violence against women.

    Playing the bill are Dublin Sarah RedQueevaLaura Ann Brady, alt./indie quartet Spines - check out the video for their 2015 single 'The Void', eclectic soul/funk troupe Fox E. and The Good HandsBuzz Cagney, Brona Keogh and Farah Elle.

    Admission is by way of suggested donation on the night. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016

    The Beat

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of the most important ska/2-Tone movement, The Beat, have announced a show at the Academy on March 11, their first since their February 2014 return. 

    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. Their current iteration includes Ranking Roger and  Ranking Junior onstage.

    Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster for €22.

     

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016

    Brilliant Corners: OKO & Tim Berne

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    OKO Tim Berne play the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival on March 11, at the Black Box in a joint performance as a single entity.

    OKO are led by guitarist Shane Latimer, who use the jazz-rock blueprint to explore krautrock, free jazz, noise, vintage TV, muzak, d'n'b, dubstep, electronics, ambient and damn near anything, with too much eclecticism to stay in the box for any considerable period of time. Check out their performance at 12 Points 2013, and their debut album, I Love You Computer Mountain, came out in 2014. 

    Tim Berne is a pillar of modern jazz - having placed in Time Out New York's Essential Jazz Icons Top 10 - and a stalwart of the NYC downtown '80s jazz scene, helping to turn some younger players into alt. jazz stardom. Check out this 2002 album, Science Friction.

    Tickets cost £13/£10 from Eventbrite, with festival tickets available for £35. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016

    Wyvern Lingo

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Following the March release of their Letter To Willow EP, soulful alt. pop trio Wyvern Lingo play by Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 11.

    With an increasingly growing profile, the three from Bray are clearly influenced by the greats - they released their The Widow Knows EP in August 2014, leading to slots at Electric Picnic and supporting Hozier, and a host of successful shows at Whelan's and elsewhere across the country.

    Things are looking almost vertically up for the three, who have been friends and bandmates since school. Check out the video for their recent single, 'Subside'.

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016

    Lucy Spraggan (14+)

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    English acoustic folk/hip-hop artist Lucy Spraggan plays a pair of Irish shows, playing Dublin's Academy 2 on March 11 in a 14+ show.

    The 24 year old recently released her third album, We Are, after years of accolades in competition-based shows like Live & Unsigned and the X Factor. Check out 'Tea & Toast'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016

    David C. Clements Album Launch

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Alt. folk singer-songwriter David C. Clements launches his debut album, The Longest Day In History, with a show at the Limelight on March 11.

    The album is released on February 19, available here, following the release of his My Dear Mother EP and subsequent sellout launch at The Empire. Expect more swooning crescendos and epic alt./indie folk.

    You can check out 'My Dear Mother' live in session.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Mar
    2016

    Ulrich Schnauss w/Nat Urazmetova - Free

    The Hudson Bar

    Belfast

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    London-based German electronic producer Ulrich Schnauss plays a free show at Belfast's Hudson Bar on March 11.

    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. His last album was Tomorrow is Another Day with Mark Peters in 2013. Check out this live performance from 2014.

    Visuals for the show come from Nat Urazmetova.

    Admission costs nothing, but doors open at 8.30pm - we recommend getting down sharpish.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    The Beat

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    One of the most important ska/2-Tone movement, The Beat, have announced a show at the Limelight 2 on March 12, their first since their February 2014 return. 

    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. Their current iteration includes Ranking Roger and  Ranking Junior onstage.

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

     

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016
    Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Country & bluesy soul rockers Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats plays the Olympia Theatre on March 12 & 13, following a massive growth of support after their October Workman's Club show, with the latter date having been added due to demand.

    Formed by the Missouri folk balladeer, he's built up a solo reputation with his two albums, touring alongside Wilco, Bon Iver and some of the world's biggest folk acts. 7-piece band, The Night Sweats, have recorded their debut album with Rateliff, out in August, following several ecstatic live reviews of the band. In recent months, the band has gained a lot of momentum, notably after showing up on Later...With Jools Holland

    Check out the video for 'S.O.B.'.

    Tickets, priced at €24, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    Oh Wonder

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Electro indie-pop duo Oh Wonder have announced a pair of Irish shows, playing Belfast's Empire Music Hall on March 12.

    Anthony & Josephine are a London songwriting pair, and released a single every month for a period from 2014 onwards on Soundcloud. Check out their new single, 'Without You'.

    Tickets cost £14 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    Dinosaur & Alarmist

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the fourth annual Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, Dinosaur, formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, play the Black Box on March 12.

    Formed in 2010, Dinosaur have performed extensively in the UK and beyond having recently appeared at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz Sur Son 31 in Toulouse and 12 Points Festival 2015. Led by multi-award-winning, BBC New Generation Artist trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, the band plays music influenced by a wealth of musical traditions including folk, minimalism and rock music. These four powerhouse musicians of their generation never fail to create seismic shifts with the perfect blend of groove, melody and abandon in their trumpet-improv.

    Sharing the bill are Dublin post-rock/jazz/electronic outfit Alarmist, who recently released their long-awaited debut album, Popular Demain, following years of gigging - where they've earned an incredibly strong reputation for their presentation - around the nation and several acclaimed EPs. Check it out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £13/£10. Festival tickets cost £35, and doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Two of Scotlands greatest jazz artists, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, team up for a show at the Black Box on March 12, as part of Moving On Music's fourth annual Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival.

    Smith has won three British Jazz awards in the last three decades, and the pair will perform a variety of uptempo classics and ballads from the great American and European songbook, including the likes of Duke Ellington, Chick Corea & Stan Getz.

    Check out this live performance from the Catstrand, in Scotland.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £13, or £10 concession. Doors open at 2.30pm.

     

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    BICEP (4 Hour Set) & Tw!tch DJs

    QUB Students' Union

    Belfast

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    Following one of the gigs of the year for Tw!tch last year, Bicep return to Belfast for a four hour set at the Mandela Hall on March 12.

    The Bunatee Bar will feature the usual Twitch DJs.

    Tickets are available from Resident Advisor and the Students' Union. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone

    Waterstones

    Belfast

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    At 2pm on Saturday, March 12, The Undertones' Michael Bradley performs a reading and signing at Belfast's Waterstones of his new book, Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone.

    Admission is completely free.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    F_Festival

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    The Grand Social's stage as part of Dublin's F_Festival on March 12 is headlined by Niamh Parkinson, aka I Am Niamh.

    Also playing are alt./indie quartet Spines - check out the video for their 2015 single 'The Void' - Bairbre AnnTwin Headed WolfKevynFara Elle and Hvmmingbyrd.

    Admission to this, and all F_Festival events, is free. The festival aims to celebrate women in the arts and focus on equality.

  • Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016

    Cradle of Filth

    The Academy

    Dublin

     

    cradle of filth

    Extreme metal band Cradle of Filth play a pair of Irish shows in March, at Dublin's Academy on the 13th and Belfast's Limelight 1 on the 14th. 

    They formed in Suffolk in 1991 with more niche black metal tendencies before moving onto gothic and symphonic styles, with a more 'produced' sound. They're currently touring their eleventh album, Hammer of the Witches, which came out in July.

    Check out 'Right Wing of the Garden Triptych' from their latest LP.

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

  • Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016

    Oh Wonder

    Whelan's

    Dublin

    oh wonder

    Electro indie-pop duo Oh Wonder have announced a pair of Irish shows, playing Whelan's on March 13.

    Anthony & Josephine are a London songwriting pair, and released a single every month for a period from 2014 onwards on Soundcloud. Check out their new single, 'Without You'.

    Tickets cost €14.90 from WAV Tickets or Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    14
    Mar
    2016

    Cradle of Filth

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

     

    cradle of filth

    Extreme metal band Cradle of Filth play a pair of Irish shows in March, at Dublin's Academy on the 13th and Belfast's Limelight 1 on the 14th. 

    They formed in Suffolk in 1991 with more niche black metal tendencies before moving onto gothic and symphonic styles, with a more 'produced' sound. They're currently touring their eleventh album, Hammer of the Witches, which came out in July.

    Check out 'Right Wing of the Garden Triptych' from their latest LP.

    Tickets, priced at £21.50, are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016

    Grimes w/Hana

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Singular electronic pop artist Grimes plays the Olympia Theatre on March 15 as part of the Ac!d Reign tour in support of her upcoming fourth album.

    She's spoken out about her latest album, which again bridges the gap between experimental music and popular music. She pens and performs everything it, except, interestingly, some samples from Japanese '80s compilations as well as some guest stars, like Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes.

    Check out 'Oblivion'.

    Support comes from HANA - check out 'Clay'.

    Tickets cost €30.90 and are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016

    Reverberation Launch: Holy Wave, The Urges & This Other Kingdom

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

    holywave

    The launch night for the Reverberation Psych Weekend takes place at the Grand Social on March 15, and is to be headlined by Texan psychedelic outfit Holy Wave. Check out their sun-baked 2014 album, Relax, on Bandcamp as they release their third album, Freaks Of Nurture, in March.

    Support comes from Dublin garage-psych veterans The Urges - check out the video for their early single, 'The Urges Theme' - and neo-psych quartet This Other Kingdom check out their Soundcloud.

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

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016

    Live Free #7: Good Friend, No Matter, The Bayonettes & So Long Until The Seance

    The Eglantine

    Belfast

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    The seventh Shizznigh Promotions instalment of Live Free takes place at the Eglantine Bar on St. Patrick's day, headlined by North Coast-born/Newcastle, England-based alt. punk outfit Good Friend. Check out the video for 'The Return of Fionn and The Fianna'.

    Supporting are pop-punk act No Matter, Coleraine post-rock-tinged indie act The Bayonettes - check out their latest single - and sleazo-goths So Long Until The Seance.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016

    Live Free #8: Bunny & The Banned Its, DBMC's, Steve-Loc & Juma

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The eighth Live Free show at the Eglantine Bar takes place on St. Paddy's Day, headlined appropriately by comedy rockers Bunny & The Banned Its. Check out their Bandcamp.

    Support comes from DBMC'sSteve-Loc and Juma.

    As ever, admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    18
    Mar
    2016

    Loris, Tuskany, The Wood Burning Savages & Conor Scott

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Lisburn synth-pop quartet Loris headline a Shizznigh show at the Empire on March 18. The act have so far made the Radio 1 playlist - check out the video for their most recent single, 'Crazy'.

    Supporting are new indie-pop outfit Tuskany, Derry quartet The Wood Burning Savages, who have steadily built up their reputation as one of the country's finest and most frenetic live outfits over the last couple of years - check out the video for their most recent single, 'Lather, Rinse, Repeat'. Opening the show is young singer-songwriter Conor Scott - best known from his appearance in The Voice. Anna-Rose McGrady will DJ on the night.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    18
    Mar
    2016

    Gigantic Presents: Solar Bears

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    The March edition of Gigantic at Lavery's features Dublin/Wicklow electronic duo Solar Bears in a live set.

    John Kowalski and Rian Trench make cinematic, atmospheric records and for their live show the intensity is ramped up to make it an intense sonic experience. This comes highly recommended for fans of Boards of Canada, John Carpenter and Fuck Buttons, amongst others.

    Check out the video for 'Wild Flowers', from Advancementwhich is released on March 18, the day of the gig.

    Admission costs £5 on the door, and includes entry to the Gigantic club night afterwards. 

  • Fri
    18
    Mar
    2016
    Sat
    19
    Mar
    2016

    Little Green Cars

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Indie-folk quintet Little Green Cars play Whelan's for two nights on March 18 & 19 as part of an Irish tour.

    They formed as The Revolts in the mid-noughties, which evolved into Little Green Cars, releasing their debut album Absolute Zero in 2013, leading to shows with Jake Bugg & Neil Young, and an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Their second album, Ephemera, came out in March this year.

    Check out the video for 'Easier Day'.

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

  • Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016

    Amorphis w/Textures

    Button Factory

    Belfast

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    Finnish metal band Amorphis play The Button Factory on March 20.

    Forming in 1990 as a death metal act, they evolved into a metal machine, incorporating progressive and folk metal elements. They often use the Kalevala, the Epic Poem of Finland as a lyrical source. They most recently released their twelfth album, Under the Red Cloud. Check out 'Sacrifice'.

    Support comes from Textures.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster and the Sound Cellar. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Tue
    22
    Mar
    2016

    Battles

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Experimental New York art-math-rock trio Battles play Dublin's Button Factory on March 22 in what's going to be no doubt one of the most frenetic shows the city will host all year.

    Formed in 2002 by Don Caballero member and guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams, they released their highly successful debut album Mirrored in 2007, which yielded the minor surprise hit of sorts, 'Atlas'. Battles released their third album, La Di Da Di in September. 

    Check out the video for 'The Yabba', from La Di Da Di.

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

  • Tue
    22
    Mar
    2016

    Tuesday Throwdown: Empty Lungs & The Penske File

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Having recently been recording a new album at Start Together Studios, Belfast alt-punk band Empty Lungs will headline our next free, live Tuesday Throwdown in the Back Bar of Lavery's Belfast on Tuesday, March 22.

    Check out the video for their most recent single, 'Bernadette'.

    Support on the night comes from Ontario punk three-piece The Penske File. Check their latest LP, Burn Into The Earth on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free. Tunes kick off at 9.30pm. TTA DJs before and after.

  • Thu
    24
    Mar
    2016

    The 1975

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following their exponential growth and constant touring over the last couple of years, Mancunian art-pop quartet The 1975 have confirmed their biggest Dublin show to date to be at the 3Arena on March 24.

    Formed in Manchester in 2002 as teenagers, the four piece have, to date, released 3 EPs in Facedown, Sex and Music For Cars as the size of their shows over the last year continues to grow, followed by their eponymous debut album in 2013, which went straight to number one in the UK.

    At the time of announcement, the band have announced that production of their follow-up is underway and promises some fresh sounds from The 1975. In the meantime, have a listen to 'Girls'.

     

    Tickets cost €34 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm, and under 16's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Thu
    24
    Mar
    2016

    Natalie Merchant

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    On March 24, former 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant plays an intimate, fully seated show at Dublin's Olympia Theatre as part of the international tour for her new album, Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings.

    The new album is accompanied by a new documentary film, Paradise Is There, celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut solo album Tigerlily. The songs are re-recorded with different arrangements, inspired by how they had evolved in a live setting over two decades, with the film being a memoir-style look at the impact of those songs. 

    Check out her recent performance of 'Texas' on Jools Holland.

    Tickets are priced from €34.50-€40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Mar
    2016

    Rolo Tomassi

    Atlantic Bar

    Portrush

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    Sheffield mathcore act Rolo Tomassi play three shows as part of their March UK & Irish Tour. They headline Portrush's Atlantic Bar & Lounge on March 24.

    The D.I.Y. act have dabbled in numerous genres in their decade together, incorporating jazz, math-rock, screamo, experimental, even grindcore and prog, with frontwoman Eva Spence's vocal style manically drifting between melodic, poppy shoegaze and screamo. 

    Check out the video for 'Opalescent', from their 2015 album, Grievances.

    Tickets are available from Solid Choice.

  • Fri
    25
    Mar
    2016
    Sun
    27
    Mar
    2016

    Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You've Never Been Loved

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Black-hearted comic Frankie Boyle performs his 'Hurt Like You've Never Been Loved' shows in a sold out run at the Olympia Theatre from March 25-27

    Having progressed from his easy targets and transgressive series of laugh-based shows, Boyle has become a dark horse spokesperson for the underprivileged and disadvantaged in recent times with his Guardian columns and televised appearances. This show bears a more pronounced arc, and 'point' than his prior shows, and has been well-reviewed so far.

    Tickets cost €34.50-€36.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    25
    Mar
    2016

    Rolo Tomassi

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Sheffield mathcore act Rolo Tomassi play three shows as part of their March UK & Irish Tour. They headline Belfast's Voodoo on Friday, March 25th.

    The D.I.Y. act have dabbled in numerous genres in their decade together, incorporating jazz, math-rock, screamo, experimental, even grindcore and prog, with frontwoman Eva Spence's vocal style manically drifting between melodic, poppy shoegaze and screamo. 

    Check out the video for 'Opalescent', from their 2015 album, Grievances.

    Tickets are available from Solid Choice.

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016

    Wyvern Lingo

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Following the March release of their Letter To Willow EP, soulful alt. pop trio Wyvern Lingo play by Cyprus Avenue on March 26.

    With an increasingly growing profile, the three from Bray are clearly influenced by the greats - they released their The Widow Knows EP in August 2014, leading to slots at Electric Picnic and supporting Hozier, and a host of successful shows at Whelan's and elsewhere across the country.

    Things are looking almost vertically up for the three, who have been friends and bandmates since school. Check out the video for their recent single, 'Subside'.

    Tickets are available from Cyprus Avenue.

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016

    At The Drive-In w/Le Butcherettes

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    As one of only two dates in the British Isles, post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In play Vicar Street on March 26

    Most beloved for their 2000 swansong and breakthrough album, Relationship of Command, having briefly reunited in 2012 for a series of festival appearances, before returning to their private lives. They just announced their reunion for a tour and new record.

    The show is now sold out.

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016

    Pocket Billiards, Jeff Rosenstock, Chewing On Tinfoil, Great Cynics & Hello Newman

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Belfast ska-punk troupe Pocket Billiards make their first appearance in their beloved hometown on March 26 at the Empire Music Hall, for Shizznigh Promotions. The band released two excellent albums in their 2009 eponymous debut, and the follow-up, 2012's Last Chance To Dance, available via Bandcamp. Reacquaint yourself with 'Belfast Town'.

    Support comes from Long Island ska-punk frontman Jeff Rosenstock - of The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Bomb the Music Industry & Kudrow! - Tallaght punks Chewing On Tinfoil - check their Bandcamp - English folk-punks Great Cynics and Belfast punks Hello Newman.

    Tickets cost £8 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016

    Blood Or Whiskey w/Trouble Pilgrims

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Irish folk-punks Blood Or Whiskey play an Easter Rising centenary show at the Workman's Club on March 26, featuring the Pogues' Cáit 'Rocky' O'Riordan.

    Blood or Whiskey formed in 1994, described as a Dubliners/Clash hybrid, and have released four albums over the years, with the most recent being 2014's ska/reggae-tinged Truth and Shame The DevilCheck out 'Dirty Aul War'.

    Support comes from Dublin's Trouble Pilgrims.

    Tickets cost €12.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016

    Rolo Tomassi

    Whelan's

    Dublin

    rolo tomassi

    Sheffield mathcore act Rolo Tomassi play three shows as part of their March UK & Irish Tour. They headline Whelan's in Dublin on March 26.

    The D.I.Y. act have dabbled in numerous genres in their decade together, incorporating jazz, math-rock, screamo, experimental, even grindcore and prog, with frontwoman Eva Spence's vocal style manically drifting between melodic, poppy shoegaze and screamo. 

    Check out the video for 'Opalescent', from their 2015 album, Grievances.

    Tickets are available from Solid Choice.

  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2016

    Jeff Rosenstock

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Long Island ska-punk frontman Jeff Rosenstock - of The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Bomb the Music Industry & Kudrow! - headlines Whelan's on March 27.

    Support comes from Tallaght punks Chewing On Tinfoil - check their Bandcamp - English folk-punks Great Cynics and Belfast punks Empty Lungs.

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

  • Mon
    28
    Mar
    2016

    Sunset Sons

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Following their support slot with Imagine Dragons through their late 2015 European tour, Sunset Sons play The Limelight 2 on March 28.

    This show accompanies the release of the band's debut album, Very Rarely Say Die, after making BBC's Sound of 2015 longlist and a summer that saw them play Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and T in the Park. Check out the video for 'On The Road'.

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

  • Tue
    29
    Mar
    2016

    Sunset Sons

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Following their support slot with Imagine Dragons through their late 2015 European tour, Sunset Sons play The Academy on March 29.

    This show accompanies the release of the band's debut album, Very Rarely Say Die, after making BBC's Sound of 2015 longlist and a summer that saw them play Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and T in the Park. Check out the video for 'On The Road'.

    Tickets are available for €17.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    29
    Mar
    2016

    The Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown: Dutch Schultz

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    With a stellar new studio album just around the corner, Belfast-based alt-rock quartet Dutch Schultz will play an intimate Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown live show in the Back Bar of Lavery’s Belfast on Tuesday, March 29.

    This is most definitely one for those that riff at the altar of Kerbdog, Helmet, Therapy?, Melvins and Clutch.

    Admission is free, doors are at 9.30pm. The Thin Air DJs before and after. 

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016

    Protomartyr

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the finest in the current generation of post-punk acts, Protomartyr play the Workman's Club on March 31.

    The moody Detroit quartet are led by the acerbic self-deprecation of frontman Joe Casey, and their excellent third album, The Agent Intellect, was released in October 2015, the follow-up to 2014 breakthrough Under Color of Official Right.

    Stream their new album here.

    Tickets cost €14 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016

    Live Free #9: Abandcalledboy, Bosco Ramos & Rosen

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    Noise-pop-loving alt. rockers Abandcalledboy headline the ninth edition of Shizznigh Promotions' free Thursday show, Live Free at the Eg on March 31. Check out their latest, and greatest, www.com PC World EP

    Support comes from riff-heavy Torche/Death From Above 1979-inspired drum & bass duo Bosco Ramos, formerly Girl - check out their debut single on Soundcloud - and grungy stoner-rock outfit, Rosen.

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

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016

    Peter Hook & The Light

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Seminal Joy Division & New Order bassist Peter Hook plays the Mandela Hall on March 31, with his band, The Light. This follows the postponed Irish shows in November.

    Peter Hook & The Light are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies. This tour is based around full playthroughs of New Order's 1985 album Low-Life and 1986's Brotherhood, preceded with some Joy Division material.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union, priced at £25. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016

    Paddy Hanna

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    As part of his March/April 2016 tour, following his December single, 'Underprotected'Paddy Hanna plays the Roisin Dubh on March 31.

    The acclaimed singer-songwriter will be accompanied by his band, having recently captured the collective taste of many in the land with his 'Austria', 'Camaraderie' and 'Underprotected' singles from 2015. 

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Girl Band

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following their unfortunate cancellation of late 2015 dates due to illness, Dublin noiseniks Girl Band have made up for it by announcing their biggest show to date at Vicar Street on April 1.

    This is the band's biggest Dublin headline show to date, following January's sellout gig at the Twisted Pepper and what would've been a sellout Button Factory show, with their debut album being released to phenomenal reception in autumn 2015. One of the fiercest & most intense live propositions this country has to offer, this is not one to be missed.

    Check out their free downloads on Bandcamp, and the Rough Trade session for 'Baloo' from their debut album.

    Tickets are priced at €19 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Meatbodies & Thee Penny Dreadfuls

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Californian garage rock act Meatbodies, who hail from the same scene as the likes of Ty Segall, Fuzz, and Mikal Cronin, play an early Sunglasses After Dark/Strange Victory show at Voodoo on April 1.

    They're fronted by Chad Ubovich, who has doubled, even tripled as guitarist for Mikal Cronin and bassist for Fuzz. Check out the video for 'Tremmors'.

    Support comes from Belfast's garage-psych favourites, Thee Penny Dreadfuls.

    Tickets cost a mere £7 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 6pm as it's an early show.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Wyvern Lingo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

    0001 WEBRES - Wyvern Lingo

    Following the March release of their Letter To Willow EP, soulful alt. pop trio Wyvern Lingo play by far their biggest Irish headline date at The Button Factory on April 1, following a great year for the threesome. 

    With an increasingly growing profile, the three from Bray are clearly influenced by the greats - they released their The Widow Knows EP in August 2014, leading to slots at Electric Picnic and supporting Hozier, and a host of successful shows at Whelan's and elsewhere across the country.

    Things are looking up - check out the video for their recent single, 'Subside'.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Exmagician Album Launch w/Waldorf & Cannon

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    exmagician - formerly Cashier No. 9 - launch their debut album under the title in the intimate setting of McHugh's Basement on April 1.

    Their most recent EP was released on Bella Union, following up on Cashier's 2011 debut album with the label, To The Death Of Fun. Their debut album as exmagician, Scan The Blue, is on March 25. Check out the single, 'Job Done'.

    Tickets cost £8.50 from Ticketmaster and Shine.net. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Blanck Mass w/Skymas

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Ben John Power of electronic/drone outfit Fuck Buttons, aka Blanck Mass, plays a Strange Victory show at the Black Box in Belfast on April 1.

    He went solo and has been working under the moniker since 2010, releasing a few albums since then, the last being 2015's Dumb Flesh. Check out his most recent release, The Great Confuso EP.

    Support comes from Skymas - check out 'Hey Porter'.

    Tickets are available from the Black Box.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Peter Hook & The Light

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Peter Hook and the Light play Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on April 1, after November's cancelled dates.

    Peter Hook & The Light are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies. This tour is based around full playthroughs of New Order's 1985 album Low-Life and 1986's Brotherhood, preceded with some Joy Division material.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €24.90. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Boat Rich #1: Unyielding Love, Last Wishes, Apartments, No Great Loss & January

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast noise/grind outfit Unyielding Love headline the first Boat Rich night at the Warzone Centre on April 1.

    Also playing are Dublin hardcore act Last Wishes, emo-punks Apartments, heavy hardcore/beatdown No Great Loss and emo/pop-punk quartet January.

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 9pm and it's a BYOB drink policy, with no glass allowed.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    My Fellow Sponges

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Eclectic Galway minimal indie folk/electronic outfit My Fellow Sponges play a series of dates across the island over the next couple of months, including a date on April 1 at the Roisin Dubh.

    Check out their free single, 'Air'.

     

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Pat Dam Smyth & Jealous of the Birds

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Back in Northern Ireland to record his long-awaited second album, Pat Dam Smyth plays the MAC on April 1, bringing his new live show that has been working across Europe in recent times.

    He released his debut album, The Great Divide, a few years ago, blending '60s pristine pop with a folksy troubadour warmth. His second album has been described as sounding somewhere between Beck, Lou Reed & David Bowie.

    Support comes from hotly-tipped young songstress Jealous of the Birds - check out the first single from her debut album, 'Goji Berry Sunset'.

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

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016

    Matt Corby

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Following a 2 year hiatus, Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby plays Belfast's Limelight 1 on April 2, having just released his eagerly anticipated debut album, Telluric.

    Corby was facing lofty hype a couple of years ago, even recording an album which was ultimately canned after he realised he didn't like what he heard. He spent the next 18 months learning how to play several instruments to become self-sufficient in every aspect of the recording process. He first appeared back in 2007 as a 16 year old runner up on Australian Idol, but despite that, has aimed for credibility since.

    Check out the first single from Telluric, 'Monday'.

    Tickets are priced at £17, available from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016

    Medium & The Thin Air Present Psykick Dancehall 2: Laura Sheeran, Bad Bones & Katharine Philippa

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    The Bello Bar hosts the second Medium collaboration with ourselves in Dublin on April 2, headlined by our recent cover feature artist, chameleonic electro alt. pop auteur Laura Sheeran.

    Also playing is Dublin-based electronic producer Bad Bones, and Belfast pianist & singer-songwriter Katharine Philippa.

    Admission costs €6/7, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016

    Kormac - Live AV Show

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

    kormac

    Known for his big live performances with Kormac's Big Band - which features brass, strings, drums, electronics, etc. - Kormac performs a live AV show at Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 2.

    His last album saw him receive a Meteor Choice Music Prize nomination, and has played the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival, Electric Picnic, Sonar, and alongside Portishead, Nas, Flaming Lips and more. This show will see him perform alongside a drummer, guest vocalists & he'll be playing his own material, as well as some remixes.

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016

    Blanck Mass

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Ben John Power of electronic/drone outfit Fuck Buttons, aka Blanck Mass, plays a u:mack show at the Grand Social on April 2.

    He went solo and has been working under the moniker since 2010, releasing a few albums since then, the last being 2015's Dumb Flesh. Check out his most recent release, The Great Confuso EP.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie, priced at €16. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016

    Peter Hook & The Light

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist & guitarist, Peter Hook and the Light, play Dublin's Academy on April 2, following their postponement last November

    The act are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies. This tour is based around full playthroughs of New Order's 1985 album Low-Life and 1986's Brotherhood, preceded by some Joy Division material.

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

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016

    Over Being Under (Last Show), The Winter Passing, Stairwells & January

    Tenterhooks Gigspace

    Dublin

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    Dublin emo six piece Over Being Under play their last show at Tenterhooks on April 2.

    Support comes from emo-pop act The Winter Passingemo/melodic hardcore quartet Stairwells - check their debut album - and emo/pop-punk act January, who recently put out their debut 2-track, Sad Songs.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016

    Hvmmingbyrd Single Launch w/I Am Niamh, Saramai & Lauren Ni Chasaide

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin alt. pop duo Hvmmingbyrd launch their new single 'Out of My Head' upstairs at Whelan's on April 2. The pair comprises founder Deborah Byrne with singer, songwriter & pianist Suzette Das, using loops and samples as well as complex vocal arrangements. 

    Support comes from Dublin solo project I Am Niamh - the moniker under which multi-instrumentalist and classically trained singer Niamh Parkinson plies her avant-garde songwriting. She recently released her debut album, Wonderland. Check out her Soundcloud. Also playing are Meath baroque/dream-pop act Saramai and Lauren Ní Chasaide

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite priced at €5. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    03
    Apr
    2016

    Matt Corby

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following a 2 year hiatus, Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby plays the Olympia Theatre - following an upgrade from The Academy - on April 3, having released his eagerly anticipated debut album, Telluric.

    Corby was facing lofty hype a couple of years ago, even recording an album which was ultimately canned after he realised he didn't like what he heard. He spent the next 18 months learning how to play several instruments to become self-sufficient in every aspect of the recording process. He first appeared back in 2007 as a 16 year old runner up on Australian Idol, but despite that, has aimed for credibility since.

    Check out the first single from Telluric, 'Monday'.

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

  • Mon
    04
    Apr
    2016

    The Big Moon w/Virgin Kids

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    London indie quartet The Big Moon play Belfast's Bar Sub on April 4 as part of their forthcoming tour. Check out their debut single, 'Sucker'.

    Support comes from London garage-punks Virgin Kids.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Ticketmaster and the QUB Students' Union reception. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Apr
    2016

    Muse

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of, if not The most impressive live bands in the world Muse play the 3Arena in Dublin on April 5 as part of an extensive world tour in support of their seventh album, Drones.

    Drones is a concept album about the protagonist's journey from abandonment to indoctrination as a 'human drone' and defection, and is slightly more true to the earlier Muse sound in its musical format. It's hard to believe that the band have now been together for over two decades, having released modern classics like 2001's Origin of Symmetry and it's ensuing pair of albums. Yes, it's all a bit overblown, but their live show justifies it. 

    Check out the video for 'Mercy'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €65.40. 

  • Tue
    05
    Apr
    2016

    The Big Moon w/Virgin Kids

    Workman's Club

    Dublin

    bigmoon

    London indie quartet The Big Moon play Dublin's Workman's Club on April 5 as part of their forthcoming tour. Check out their debut single, 'Sucker'.

    Support comes from London garage-punks Virgin Kids.

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

  • Tue
    05
    Apr
    2016

    Exmagician

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    exmagician - formerly Cashier No. 9 - play a headline show upstairs at Whelan's on April 5.

    Their most recent EP was released on Bella Union, following up on Cashier's 2011 debut album with the label, To The Death Of Fun. Their debut album as exmagician, Scan The Blue, is released a shy of a fortnight prior to the show. Check out the single, 'Job Done'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster & Whelan's. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Apr
    2016

    Lucius

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The 'I Can't Believe They're Not Siblings' indie pop band, based around the pairing of Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig, aka Lucius, play The Academy on April 5.

    Described as the meeting point between Arcade Fire & Haim, they have elements of '90s power-pop, with the pair even contributing vocals on The Rentals' last album. Check out the video for 'Born Again Teen' from their second album, 2016's Good Grief.

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

  • Wed
    06
    Apr
    2016

    Conan, Slomatics & more

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The Distortion Project runs a night of heavy sludge-doom with a triple bill at Voodoo on April 6, headed by Merseyside trio, Conan. Check out the video for 'Foehammer', from their 2014 album, Blood Eagle.

    Supporting are Belfast heavy rock favourites, Slomatics, They released their fourth album, Estron, in 2014. If you haven't heard it, hear it.

    1 more support act is to be confirmed.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Apr
    2016

    Sons of Kemet

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Double-drumming quartet Sons of Kemet, led by saxophonist/clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, play a pair of Irish shows in Dublin & Cork, playing the former at the Sugar Club on April 6.

    Sons of Kemet erupted onto the scene in 2013 with their album Burn, securing rave reviews and scooping up a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Their newest album Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do, has been received with equal acclaim and the band are now ready to bring their hypnotic tunes on tour.

    Check out 'In The Castle of My Skin'

    Tickets cost €15/€17.50 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Apr
    2016

    Newton Faulkner

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner plays the Olympia Theatre on April 7.

    Faulkner's debut album Hand Built By Robots was released in 2007 which saw him break out and reach number 1. He released Write It On Your Skin in 2012 and he made some history by live streaming the recording of his follow-up, Studio Zoo, for the 5 weeks it took to record in summer of 2013. He recently released his fifth album, Human Love in November.

    Tickets are available for €27 & €29 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Apr
    2016

    This Is The Kit

    McHugh's Basement Bar

    Belfast

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    As part of a 3-date Irish tour, English-born, Paris-based Kate Stables project This Is The Kit plays McHugh's on April 7.

    She last appeared on these shores supporting José Gonzáles in late 2015 after her album, Bashed Out - which was named as one of BBC6Music's albums of the year. She returns with carefully hand-picked musical friends as a live shape-shifting entity, which ranges from a female duo through to psychedelic electric quintet.

    Check out the video for 'Silver John'.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    Newton Faulkner

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner plays the Limelight Belfast on April 8.

    Faulkner's debut album Hand Built By Robots was released in 2007 which saw him break out and reach number 1. He released Write It On Your Skin in 2012 and he made some history by live streaming the recording of his follow-up, Studio Zoo, for the 5 weeks it took to record in summer of 2013. He recently released his fifth album, Human Love in November.

    Tickets are available for £22.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    This Is The Kit

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

    thisisthekit

    As part of a 3-date Irish tour, English-born, Paris-based Kate Stables project This Is The Kit plays Whelan's on April 8.

    She last appeared on these shores supporting José Gonzáles in late 2015 after her album, Bashed Out - which was named as one of BBC6Music's albums of the year. She returns with carefully hand-picked musical friends as a live shape-shifting entity, which ranges from a female duo through to psychedelic electric quintet.

    Check out the video for 'Silver John'.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    Wolfmother

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Australian retro hard rock act Wolfmother play Dublin's Olympia on April 8 in their first return to Irish shores in recent years.

    Formed in 2000 by vocalist & guitarist Andrew Stockdale, the only remaining founding member, the trio released their eponymous Sabbath/Zeppelin-worshipping debut in 2005, which catapulted them to stardom. After ditching and replacing the rhythm section, the follow-up, Cosmic Egg came out in 2009. Their fourth album, Victorious's release precedes this show, released in February, produced by Brendan O'Brien.

    Check out new single 'City Lights'.

    Tickets cost €28-€31 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    Sons of Kemet

    Triskel Christchurch

    Cork

    kemet

    Double-drumming quartet Sons of Kemet, led by saxophonist/clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, play a pair of Irish shows in Dublin & Cork, playing the latter's Triskel Christchurch on April 8.

    Sons of Kemet erupted onto the scene in 2013 with their album Burn, securing rave reviews and scooping up a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Their newest album Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do, has been received with equal acclaim and the band are now ready to bring their hypnotic tunes on tour.

    Check out 'In The Castle of My Skin'

    Tickets cost €15/€18 from the Triskel Arts Centre. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    The Rusangano Family Album Launch w/Lakerama

    Kino Entertainment Ltd

    Cork

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    Limerick hip-hop trio The Rusangano Family launch their LP, Let The Dead Bury The Dead at Cork with a show at Kino Entertainment Limited on April 8.

    We're big fans of the act, and they're one of the best live acts on the circuit at the moment, conjuring almost tangible energy in an Irish music scene that often feels like an aloofness contest. They've attracted attention from all corners, including the likes of NPR. Check out 'Wasteman'.

    Also playing are Lakerama, comprising Irish producer Graeme S and singer-songwriter Senita. 

    Tickets are available from Uticket. priced at €11. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    Kormac Live AV Show

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Known for his big live performances with Kormac's Big Band - which features brass, strings, drums, electronics, etc. - Kormac performs a live AV show at McHugh's on April 8.

    His last album saw him receive a Meteor Choice Music Prize nomination, and has played the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival, Electric Picnic, Sonar, and alongside Portishead, Nas, Flaming Lips and more. This show will see him perform alongside a drummer, guest vocalists & he'll be playing his own material, as well as some remixes.

    Supporting on the night will be Dimebag DJs.

    Tickets are available from Skiddle, priced at £10. Doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    Paddy Hanna

    Connolly's of Leap

    Cork

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    As part of his March/April 2016 tour, following his December single, 'Underprotected'Paddy Hanna plays Connolly's of Leap in Cork on April 8.

    The acclaimed singer-songwriter will be accompanied by his band, having recently captured the collective taste of many in the land with his 'Austria', 'Camaraderie' and 'Underprotected' singles from 2015. 

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Apr
    2016

    Our Krypton Son

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    Featuring his brand new backing band, eclectic Derry alt. folk singer-songwriter Chris McConaghy, aka Our Krypton Son, plays a hometown show at Bennigan's on April 8. He promises songs both old and new ahead of his new record. Check out his excellent penmanship on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is singer-songwriter Simon Murphy.

    Admission costs £5 on the door. Doors open at 9pm, with the first act on at 10pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Apr
    2016

    Overkill

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Thanks to the Distortion Project, thrash legends Overkill play a pair of Irish shows, with the Belfast date on April 9.

    Formed in New Jersey in 1980, the band - typically enough - has undergone several lineup changes and have released eighteen studio albums over the years and were one of the early thrash bands to sign to a major label, reaching popularity in the late eighties with the rise of the genre. Their last album was released in 2014, with plans for another very soon. 

    Check out 'The Years of Decay'.

    Tickets cost £22 from Ticketmaster, Katy's Bar and the usual outlets. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Apr
    2016

    This Is The Kit

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    As part of a 3-date Irish tour, English-born, Paris-based Kate Stables project This Is The Kit plays Cork's Cyprus Avenue on April 9.

    She last appeared on these shores supporting José Gonzáles in late 2015 after her album, Bashed Out - which was named as one of BBC6Music's albums of the year. She returns with carefully hand-picked musical friends as a live shape-shifting entity, which ranges from a female duo through to psychedelic electric quintet.

    Check out the video for 'Silver John'.

    Tickets are available from Cyprus Avenue.

  • Sat
    09
    Apr
    2016

    The Rusangano Family Album Launch w/Ben Bix & Feather

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Limerick hip-hop trio The Rusangano Family launch their LP, Let The Dead Bury The Dead with a show at The Sugar Club on April 9. We're big fans of the act, and they're one of the best live acts on the circuit at the moment, conjuring almost tangible energy in an Irish music scene that often feels like an aloofness contest.

    Support comes from Ben Bix & Feather (with full live band).

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

  • Sat
    09
    Apr
    2016

    Kate's Party & Kevyn

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Socially-conscious Dublin alt./pop-punk quartet Kate's Party play Whelan's on April 9. Check out their My Other Girlfriend EP, available for a name-your-price download.

    Support comes in the form of indie rock Dubs Kevyn. You can hear their single, 'Scars' on Soundcloud.

    Admission is free if you get on the guestlist via Facebook. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Apr
    2016

    Solar Bears Album Launch w/Mmoths [DJ] & Sunken Foal [Live]

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin/Wicklow electronic duo Solar Bears launch their new album, Advancement, with a show at Whelans on April 9.

    John Kowalski and Rian Trench make cinematic, atmospheric records and for their live show the intensity is ramped up to make it an intense sonic experience. This comes highly recommended for fans of Boards of Canada, John Carpenter and Fuck Buttons, amongst others. Steam Advancement.

    Mmoths join the bill with a DJ Set, and Sunken Foal perform live on the night.

    Tickets cost €14 from Tickets.ie and www.whelanslive.com/index.php/wav-tickets. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2016

    Overkill

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Thrash legends Overkill play a pair of Irish shows, with the latter taking place at the Academy on April 10.

    Formed in New Jersey in 1980, the band - typically enough - has undergone several lineup changes and have released eighteen studio albums over the years and were one of the early thrash bands to sign to a major label, reaching popularity in the late eighties with the rise of the genre. Their last album was released in 2014, with plans for another very soon. 

    Check out 'The Years of Decay'.

    Tickets cost €27.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    13
    Apr
    2016

    Giant Sand & Jason Lyttle

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    With a catalogue box set in the works, Giant Sand & Jason Lyttle tour Europe in April 2016, in what will be a bargain of cult indie loyalty - generously stopping for three shows in Ireland, with the Dublin leg at Whelan's on April 13. 

    The Tuscon, Arizona alt. country/rock act are led by singer-songwiter Howe Gelb, and the act have had a huge quantity of alumni and material at this point. Their first album, Valley of Rain, came out in 1985, with the most recent being 2015's Heartbreak Pass, for which they were scheduled to play Dublin before an unfortunate cancellation. 

    Also playing is Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist Jason Lyttle, who embarked on a solo career after their dissolution, having released five albums under his own name before they reformed in 2012 for a few live appearances.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016

    Reef w/Mundy

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Glastonbury Britpop quartet Reef return to Ireland to play The Academy and the Limelight on April 14 & 15 respectively.

    Having not released any new material since 2003's Together, the band are best known by their 1997 LP Glow, which topped the UK album chart and ended up on numerous end of year lists. You'll remember them for 'Place Your Hands'.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016

    Giant Sand & Jason Lyttle

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

    giantsand

    With a catalogue box set in the works, Giant Sand & Jason Lyttle tour Europe in April 2016, in what will be a bargain of cult indie loyalty - generously stopping for three shows in Ireland, with the Cork leg taking place at Cyprus Hill on April 14. 

    The Tuscon, Arizona alt. country/rock act are led by singer-songwiter Howe Gelb, and the act have had a huge quantity of alumni and material at this point. Their first album, Valley of Rain, came out in 1985, with the most recent being 2015's Heartbreak Pass, for which they were scheduled to play Dublin before an unfortunate cancellation. 

    Also playing is Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist Jason Lyttle, who embarked on a solo career after their dissolution, having released five albums under his own name before they reformed in 2012 for a few live appearances.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie.

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016

    Live Free #11: Civil Simian, The Aos Si & The Flims

    The Eglantine

    Belfast

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    The eleventh Shizznigh Promotions instalment of Live Free takes place at the Eglantine Bar on April 14, headlined by Belfast alt. rock outfit Civil Simian, along with indie-folk quintet The Aos Sí and Carryduff alt. punks The Flims.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016
    Sat
    16
    Apr
    2016

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of their first European tour in almost two years, the neo-retro hip-hop vibes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis play their hitherto biggest shows on these shores, with dates at Dublin's 3Arena on April 15 & 16

    In a generous move, the duo partner with Plus 1 so that a euro from each ticket will go towards supporting Partners in Health, Equal Justice Initiative, Youth Speaks & the 30/30 Project.

    Check out the video for their late-summer single and third hit so far, 'Downtown'. It's the first single from their second album, the follow-up to platinum, multi-Grammy winner, 2012's The Heist, which yielded tracks like 'Thrift Shop'. The producer-rapper combo formed in Seattle in 2008,

    Tickets are priced from €45-€50 on Ticketmaster, and doors open at 6.30pm. Under 16's are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    Reef

    The Limelight

    Belfast

    reef

    Glastonbury Britpop quartet Reef return to Ireland to play The Academy and the Limelight on April 14 & 15 respectively.

    Having not released any new material since 2003's Together, the band are best known by their 1997 LP Glow, which topped the UK album chart and ended up on numerous end of year lists. You'll remember them for 'Place Your Hands'.

    Tickets cost £19.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    Troye Sivan

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Friday, April 15 sees the first headline performance at the Olympia Theatre by chart-topping Australian Troye Sivan.

    Born in South Africa, he's also an actor and YouTube filmmaker. His debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, was released in December, conceptually  preceded by a mini-album, Wild. The album is accompanied by three music videos following the story of two male childhood friends involved in a relationship. Check out the first part here.

    Tickets cost €22 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    Giant Sand & Jason Lyttle

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    With a catalogue box set in the works, Giant Sand & Jason Lyttle tour Europe in April 2016, in what will be a bargain of cult indie loyalty - generously stopping for three shows in Ireland, with the Galway leg taking place at the Roisin Dubh on April 15. 

    The Tuscon, Arizona alt. country/rock act are led by singer-songwiter Howe Gelb, and the act have had a huge quantity of alumni and material at this point. Their first album, Valley of Rain, came out in 1985, with the most recent being 2015's Heartbreak Pass, for which they were scheduled to play Dublin before an unfortunate cancellation. 

    Also playing is Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist Jason Lyttle, who embarked on a solo career after their dissolution, having released five albums under his own name before they reformed in 2012 for a few live appearances.

    Tickets cost €31.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016
    Sun
    17
    Apr
    2016

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of their first European tour in almost two years, the neo-retro hip-hop vibes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis play their hitherto biggest shows on these shores, with dates at Dublin's 3Arena on April 15, 16 & 17.

    In a generous move, the duo partner with Plus 1 so that a euro from each ticket will go towards supporting Partners in Health, Equal Justice Initiative, Youth Speaks & the 30/30 Project.

    Check out the video for their late-summer single and third hit so far, 'Downtown'. It's the first single from their second album, the follow-up to platinum, multi-Grammy winner, 2012's The Heist, which yielded tracks like 'Thrift Shop'. The producer-rapper combo formed in Seattle in 2008,

    Tickets are priced from €45-€50 on Ticketmaster, and doors open at 6.30pm. Under 16's are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    Damien Jurado

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Master singer-songwriter Damien Jurado comes to Whelan's on April 15 for his first Irish show since 2013.

    The Seattle indie/folk writer announced his new album, Visions of Us on the Land due for release in March. Check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert. He debuted back on Sub Pop in the mid-90's with his Motorbike and Trampoline albums, and has maintained a shockingly consistent run of records since.

    Tickets are available, priced at €20, from Whelans and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    September Girls 'Age of Indignation' Launch w/Fierce Mild & Spines

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dublin noise-pop band September Girls (of Fortuna POP / Kanine Records) launch their second album, Age of Indignation, at The Grand Social on April 15, a week after its official release.

    The quartet released their Veneer EP in 2014, with their debut album, Cursing The Sea being included in Rough Trade's Top 100 albums of the year. Check out the video for the first single from their new LP, 'Love No One'.

    Support comes from danceable, feminist post-punk trio Fierce Mild, who recently released their excellent debut EP, Yes n Yes n Yesas well as alt./indie quartet Spines - check out the video for their 2015 single 'The Void'.

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    Silences, Son of the Hound & Brand New Friend

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Ambient folk quintet Silences play Bar Sub on April 15, to coincide with the release of their third EP, Luna. Check out 'The Sea'.

    Support comes in the form of folk act Son of the Hound - check out 'Galway Rain' - and Castlerock-based indie-pop outfit Brand New Friend, whose debut single, 'I Was An Astronaut', has been very well-received.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    Paddy Hanna w/Scary Holiday

    Brewery Corner

    Kilkenny

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    As part of his March/April 2016 tour, following his December single, 'Underprotected'Paddy Hanna plays Kilkenny's Brewery Corner on April 15.

    The acclaimed singer-songwriter will be accompanied by his band, having recently captured the collective taste of many in the land with his 'Austria', 'Camaraderie' and 'Underprotected' singles from 2015. 

    Support comes from Kilkenny band Scary Holiday.

    Admission costs €5. Doors open at 9.30pm.

     

  • Fri
    15
    Apr
    2016

    Hidden Machine Presents: Blue Whale, Via:Barvikha & Weathered Hands

    The Bar With No Name

    Belfast

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    The Bar With No Name hosts the latest, excellent Hidden Machine bill headlined by experimental quartet Blue Whale on April 15 - making their first headline appearance since last year. Check out the video for their latest single, the math-poppy 'Jack Irons', and their music on Bandcamp.

    Both support acts make their debut shows on the night, with PigsAsPeople frontman Chris Leckey's alt./sadcore project, Via: Barvikha - download his debut, 'Pearl/Lucid Ferries' for free - Stonemasons drummer Paddy Blaney's solo project Weathered Hands. There will be DJing from KatoKato throughout the night.

    Admission costs only £4, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Apr
    2016

    Ham Sandwich, A Bad Cavalier, Franklyn & New Portals

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Irish indie five piece Ham Sandwich make a Belfast appearance at the Empire Music Hall on April 16.

    Having released their debut album Carry The Meek back in 2008, which led to Glastonbury and Electric Picnic appearances, they followed it up with 2010's White Fox. They were silent for a while, resurfacing last year to release their third album, Stories From The Surface. Check out the video for recent single 'In Perfect Rhymes'.

    Also playing are ASIWYFA member Niall Kennedy's project A Bad Cavalier - who recently released their latest EP, Moving On in August - new ex-General Fiasco indie rock band Franklyn and indie/electropop outfit New Portals - listen to 'Skyline', their new single, which has been making waves on Radio 1 lately.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Apr
    2016

    Head Records Presents: Freedom 35's, MOSA & Owen Denvir

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    McHugh's hosts Head Records' Record Store Day show on April 16, headlined by Armagh funk/soul/r'n'b outfit Freedom 35's.

    Also playing are alt. psych outfit MOSA, who have just released their debut EP, Mind Open Soul Awake, and singer-songwriter Owen Denvir.

    Admission costs £5, with profits going to mental health charity, MindWise. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
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    2016
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    Apr
    2016

    The Lumineers w/Andy Shauf

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Just a week after the release of their new album Cleopatra, Denver indie-folk rock trio The Lumineers return to Dublin to play a pair of shows at the Olympia Theatre on April 17 & 18.

    Formed by Wesley Schultz as a way to deal with loss after the drug overdose of his best friend, and bandmate Jeremiah's brother, Josh Fraites. They released their eponymous debut LP in 2012, which went platinum in the UK & Ireland. Check out new single, 'Ophelia'.

    Support comes from Andy Shauf.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €35.50, including a €1 restoration levy for the Theatre. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    18
    Apr
    2016

    Mission of Burma

    Opium Rooms

    Dublin

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    As part of their forthcoming European tour, US indie art rock act Mission of Burma play Dublin's Opium Rooms on April 18.

    Known as one of the underground D.I.Y. benchmark acts of the early '80s America, they were a big influence on the likes of R.E.M., Sonic Youth and Nirvana, forming in Boston Massachusetts in 1979. They released one album - the seminal Vs. - in their original stint together, as well as the the EP Signals, Calls & Marches, which featured their calling card, 'That's When I Reach For My Revolver'. They have released four albums since their 2002 reunion, each of which have been well received. 

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

  • Mon
    18
    Apr
    2016

    Kimya Dawson & Little Wings

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Strange Brew brings The Moldy Peaches frontwoman Kimya Dawson to the Roisin Dubh on April 18. 

    The anti-folk Grammy-winner and platinum-seller, best known for her work on the Juno soundtrack, has released six solo albums. Her last album Thunder Thighs features Aesop Rock, Strokes members, Mountain Goats and more.

    Have a listen to 'Loose Lips'.

    Tickets cost €14 from the Roisin Dubh and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Apr
    2016

    Flamin' Groovies & Female Hercules

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    U:mack bring over garage/rock'n'roll legends The Flamin' Groovies for a gig at Whelan's on April 19.

    Formed in 1965 in San Francisco by Cyril Jordan & Roy Loney, they were major influences on punk rock and power-pop in the subsequent decade. Their most prolific years were between 1969-1971, when Loney left, followed up eventually in 1976 with Shake Some Action after their relocation to England with a mostly-different lineup.

    Reforming for one night only are underground Irish '90s band Female Hercules on support duties.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Apr
    2016

    The King Khan & The Shrines

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Harmonic Presents brings The King Khan & The Shrines to Whelan's on April 19.

    The Montreal garage rock duo mix doo-wop and punk, and comprise Spaceshits bandmates Mark Sultan & Blacksnake - also known as King Khan. Check them out Live On KEXP.

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

  • Tue
    19
    Apr
    2016

    Kimya Dawson & Little Wings

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The Moldy Peaches frontwoman Kimya Dawson to the Workman's Club on April 19.

    The anti-folk Grammy-winner and platinum-seller, best known for her work on the Juno soundtrack, has released six solo albums. Her last album Thunder Thighs features Aesop Rock, Strokes members, Mountain Goats and more.

    Have a listen to 'Loose Lips'.

    Support comes from California outfit Little Wings.

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

  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2016

    Explosions In The Sky

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Texan post-rock quartet Explosions In The Sky play Vicar Street on April 20.

    Formed in the Austin scene in 1999, the band were the product of an independent scene that included the likes of Lift To Experience, getting signed after their Austin-based friends The American Analog Set submitted a demo to Temporary Residence Limited. The often-triple guitar & drum soundtrack crescendo masters play this show with having not released any official studio albums since 2011, despite some a number of soundtracks in 2013 & 2014. 

    Tickets cost €25.10 and are available from Explosions In The Sky and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2016

    R.A. The Rugged Man, AFRO & Mr Green

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    R.A. The Rugged Man comes to Dublin to play the Sugar Club on April 20.

    New York legend R.A. the Rugged Man has lived up to such a moniker by simultaneously inspiring generations of rappers while being banned from every major record label’s offices and even barred from performing during the late-90s underground explosion. But by combining the authenticity of his undeniably rugged life with his undisputed mic skills and understanding of the genre as a Hip-Hop historian, his music has both survived and thrived off the strength of bootlegs and word of mouth through high profile collaborations and high quality official releases, setting a standard for “Real MCs” that few have ever attempted to match. Frequent collaborator The Notorious B.I.G. was once quoted in reference to R.A. by stating “And I thought I was the illest.”

    After years of being banned, forgotten and left behind, he released his album, Legends Never Die in 2014, featuring the likes of Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli and more.

    Teenage freestyle prodigy James Dutierrez, aka A-F-R-O supports, having been taken on and mentored by R.A. Check out his incredible flow.

    Also playing is Mr Green, DJ/Producer, who has worked with acts from Masta Ace, Snoop Dogg, Matisyahu and Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

    Tickets cost €20.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2016

    The King Khan & BBQ Show

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory & Sunglasses After Dark bring The King Khan & BBQ Show to Belfast's Voodoo on April 20.

    The Montreal garage rock duo mix doo-wop and punk, and comprise Spaceshits bandmates Mark Sultan & Blacksnake - also known as King Khan. Check them out Live On KEXP.

    Tickets cost £11 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8pm

  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2016

    In Case of Fire, Gascan Ruckus & Duellists

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    It's been five years since their last Belfast show, but alt. rock trio In Case Of Fire return from their hiatus with a show at the Limelight 2 on April 20.

    The onetime Kerrang award-winners are back with brothers Steven & Colin Robinson, and a new member in Adam Booth. They're to play their debut album, Align The Planets, in its entirety. Watch the video for 2008 single 'This Time We Stand'.

    Supporting are alt. punks Gascan Ruckus, who just released their debut album Narrow Defeats and Bitter Victories, and Duellists.

    Tickets are available for only £6 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Apr
    2016

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    As part of their first European tour in almost two years, the neo-retro hip-hop vibes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis play their hitherto biggest shows on these shores, with a date at Belfast's SSE Arena on April 21.

    In a generous move, the duo partner with Plus 1 so that a euro from each ticket will go towards supporting Partners in Health, Equal Justice Initiative, Youth Speaks & the 30/30 Project.

    Check out the video for their late-summer single and third hit so far, 'Downtown'. It's the first single from their second album, the follow-up to platinum, multi-Grammy winner, 2012's The Heist, which yielded tracks like 'Thrift Shop'. The producer-rapper combo formed in Seattle in 2008,

    Tickets are priced from £34.20 on Ticketmaster, and doors open at 6.30pm. Under 16's are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Thu
    21
    Apr
    2016

    SONI Presents: Rosen, Salad Boyz, Paper Dogs & Fox Colony

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    SONI's Class of '16 show at the Empire on April 21 is headlined by grungy stoner-rock outfit, Rosen.

    Also playing are  Salad Boyz - check their Soundcloud - funk/blues rock outfit Paper Dogs and garage-pop outfit Fox Colony - also check their Soundcloud. 

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Apr
    2016
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    Apr
    2016

    Bell X1

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following their mammoth slot on Ed Sheeran's Croke Park bill and sold out shows last year, Bell X1 play two nights at Vicar Street on April 22-23.

    The trio have been busy recently finishing their seventh album, following on from their 2013 LP, Chop Chop, which was their third Irish Number 1 album and fourth consecutive Choice Music Prize nominee. 

    Tickets are priced at €30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Apr
    2016

    My Fellow Sponges

    Brewery Corner

    Kilkenny

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    Eclectic Galway minimal indie folk/electronic outfit My Fellow Sponges play a series of dates across the island over the next couple of months, including a date on on April 22 at the Brewery Corner

    Check out their free single, 'Air'.

    Support comes from Emlyn Holden of folk band The Southern Fold.

    Admission costs €5.

  • Fri
    22
    Apr
    2016

    Shakey Graves

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Austin Americana musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, plays Belfast's Empire Music Hall on April 22.

    Best known in the beginning for his one-man-band setup, with most of his debut album 2011, Roll The Bones, he's since progressed to include a full band. He's most recently released Nobody's Fool, which was available for just 3 days in 2015. Check him out Live On KEXP.

    Tickets cost £11.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Apr
    2016

    Korpiklaani & Moonsorrow

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The 'Finnish Folk Metal Mafia' tour, comprising Korpiklaani Moonsorrow, comes to The Button Factory on April 22.

    Both bands are staples of Finnish folk metal, with Moonsorrow forming back in 1994, bringing extreme metal and prog into their folk metal. Korpiklaani have existed in some form since 1993 as Shaman & Shamaani Duo, and just last year released their ninth album, Noita.

    Tickets cost £25 from Ticketmaster, the Sound Cellar & Into The Void Records. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Apr
    2016

    UB40

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Best-selling Birmingham reggae/pop crossover act UB40 have announced that they're to play a massive show at Dublin's 3Arena on April 23.

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

    UB40 will be backed by a 14 piece band through their greatest hits and covers of their biggest inspirations, performing their Labour of Love 1 & 2 albums.

    Tickets are available for €44-€46 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    23
    Apr
    2016

    Ought w/Autumns & Junk Drawer

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Canadian post-punk/indie rock quartet Ought stop off in Ireland for shows at Belfast's Voodoo & Whelan's on April 23 & 24 respectively.

    They formed in 2012, living together in a communal practice space while they recorded their debut EP. Their their first LP, the subtly anthemic Talking Heads-esque More Than Any Other Day, came out in 2014, followed up by Sun Coming Down, a more 90s-influenced indie rock affair.

    Support comes from Derry's Christian Donaghey, aka post-punk act Autumns - check Soundcloud - and Belfast indie rock quartet Junk Drawer - check out Their Self-Loathing Debut.

    Tickets cost £11 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Apr
    2016

    The Rusangano Family

    DeBarra's Folk Club

    Clonakilty

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    Limerick hip-hop trio The Rusangano Family hold the Clonakilty date of the launch of their LP, Let The Dead Bury The Dead on April 23.

    We're big fans of the act, and they're one of the best live acts on the circuit at the moment, conjuring almost tangible energy in an Irish music scene that often feels like an aloofness contest. They've attracted attention from all corners, including the likes of NPR. Check out 'Wasteman'.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie. priced at €10. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Apr
    2016

    Chris Cornell

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, as well as eclectic, daring solo artist Chris Cornell plays a pair of dates in Ireland as part of his solo acoustic tour, with a show at the Ulster Hall on April 24.

    The multiple Grammy winner brings his Higher Truth tour for his new album of the same. His solo career began with 1999's Euphoria Morning, followed up in 2007 by Carry On, featuring his Bond theme for Casino Royale, which was followed up by the controversial Timbaland-produced Scream. Hidden Truth is his most intimate and intricate album to date, produced by the masterful Brendan O'Brien.

    Check out the video for 'Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at £46.

  • Sun
    24
    Apr
    2016

    Ought

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Canadian post-punk/indie rock quartet Ought stop off in Ireland for shows at Belfast's Voodoo & Whelan's on April 23 & 24 respectively.

    They formed in 2012, living together in a communal practice space while they recorded their debut EP. Their their first LP, the subtly anthemic Talking Heads-esque More Than Any Other Day, came out in 2014, followed up by Sun Coming Down, a more 90s-influenced indie rock affair.

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

  • Mon
    25
    Apr
    2016

    Chris Cornell

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, as well as eclectic, daring solo artist Chris Cornell plays a pair of dates in Ireland as part of his solo acoustic tour, with a show at the Olympia Theatre on April 25.

    The multiple Grammy winner brings his Higher Truth tour for his new album of the same. His solo career began with 1999's Euphoria Morning, followed up in 2007 by Carry On, featuring his Bond theme for Casino Royale, which was followed up by the controversial Timbaland-produced Scream. Hidden Truth is his most intimate and intricate album to date, produced by the masterful Brendan O'Brien.

    Check out the video for 'Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €49 & €51.65 - this price includes a restoration levy for the venue.

  • Mon
    25
    Apr
    2016

    Mark Lanegan w/Duke Garwood

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Alt. rock shaman and Tom Waits' & Leonard Cohen's bastard sonic child Mark Lanegan plays The Empire in a solo show on April 25.

    The journeyman was frontman of Screaming Trees, formed in 1984, releasing his first solo album, The Winding Sheet in 1990, performing alongside the likes of Isobel Anderson and QOTSA. His most recent release was 2014's Phantom Radio.

    Tickets cost £25 from Ticketmaster or the Empire. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    26
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    2016
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    2016

    Mark Lanegan w/Duke Garwood

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Alt. rock shaman and Tom Waits' & Leonard Cohen's bastard sonic child Mark Lanegan plays a pair of shows at Dublin's Academy on April 26 & 27.

    The journeyman was frontman of Screaming Trees, formed in 1984, releasing his first solo album, The Winding Sheet in 1990, performing alongside the likes of Isobel Anderson and QOTSA. His most recent release was 2014's Phantom Radio.

    Tickets cost €27 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    27
    Apr
    2016

    The Gories w/The Number Ones & Sissy

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dublin institution The Retro Revival Indie Club bring Detroit punks The Gories to the Grand Social on April 27.

    The trio reinvented garage rock alongside the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the likes in the 80s & 90s, forming in 1986. Check out Detroit Punks Episode 2: The Gories.

    Support comes from Dublin pub pop act The #1s - check out 'Heartsmash' - and garage-punk trio Sissywho put out their excellent Giving Birth To A Mum EP in June last year.

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016

    Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    New York anti-folk/indie rock favourite - and self-published comic book writer with Fuff - Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts play McHugh's on April 28 for Strange Victory & the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    Lewis is best known for his playful, reference-laden brand of antifolk and released his first album The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane in 2001 on Rough Trade. To solidify his credentials, he's toured with the likes of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Jarvis Cocker, Daniel Johnston, Frank Black, The Fall, Thurston Moore, the Mountain Goats, Super Furry Animals and many, many more.

    His album with Los Bolts, Manhattan, is out now - watch the video for the Lou Reed/VU-tinged 'Back To Manhattan'.

    Tickets cost £10 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016

    Richmond Fontaine

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Touring for the first time since 2012, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival brings Portland alt. country quartet Richmond Fontaine to Belfast's Voodoo on April 28.

    They've released their new - and final - album, You Can't Go Back if There's Nothing To Go Back To just recently, to universal acclaim. This is their eleventh LP, supposedly tying their back catalogue and lyrical contents together.

    Ticket cost £12/10 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016

    The Zombies

    CQAF Marquee

    Belfast

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    Endlessly influential '60s pop masters The Zombies play a rare Irish date at the Festival Marquee for this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on April 28.

    Formed in St. Alban's back in 1962, the founder members Rod Argent & Colin Bluntstone are back at the helm since their 2004 reunion. Making a hit with the zeitgeist-capturing 'She's Not There' in 1964, their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle remains one of the finest albums of any genre put to tape. They released their sixth album, Still Got That Hunger, last year.

    Tickets, priced at £14, are available from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016

    Be Curious, Kid Single Launch w/Late Night Troubles

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Post-rock/math-rock outfit Be Curious, Kid launch their first single with a show at the Bello Bar on . Download 'Gun Running For Gandhi' for free.

    Support comes from alt. rock act Late Night Troubles.  

    Admission costs €5. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016

    Hookworms

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having released one of the albums of 2014, garage-psych noiseniks Hookworms headline Whelan's on April 29.

    Their second LP, The Hum was released in late 2014, and incorporates elements of drone, howled, maniacal vocals, waveriding organs. It made many end-of-year lists following on from their debut LP, 2013's Pearl Mystic.

    Check out their Guardian Session.

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

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016

    Gigantic & Lavery's Present: September Girls

    Mister Tom's Lounge

    Belfast

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    Lavery's Belfast have announced an April edition of their Gigantic live shows, to take place on April 29. Following exmagician, Sea Pinks and Autumns are Dublin noise-pop band September Girls (of Fortuna POP / Kanine Records).

    The quartet released their Veneer EP in 2014, with their debut album, Cursing The Sea being included in Rough Trade's Top 100 albums of the year. Check out the videos for 'Veneer + Black Oil'

    NB: this is an early show. Entry is £5 on the door, which includes admission to the Gigantic club night afterwards.

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016

    Explosion Meets Channel One

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    London sound system Channel One come to Mandela Hall on April 29 for the next Explosion Soundsystem.

    The group comprises selector Mikey Dread playing roots reggae and conscious steppas with Ras Kayleb on MC duties, and have been one of the world's most prominent soundsystems for at least three decades.

    Admission costs £10 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016

    Æ MAK & Naoise Roo

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Fast-rising indie-pop act Æ MAK - check out this live performance - play Dundalk's Spirit Store on April 29. They've featured on many national best-of lists, playing last year's Electric Picnic. 

    Support comes from Dublin alternative/indie rock songstress Naoise Roo, who released her excellent debut album, Lilith, last year. We're big fans of both acts.

    Tickets cost €9.50 from SpiritStore.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016

    Harvester, Tusks, Lawfucker, Neamhní & Deathgrip

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    Galway sludgy stoner-metal outfit Harvester headline the Warzone on April 29. They're currently touring the new tracks from their forthcoming release, Harmonic Raptures - check their Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are fuzz-riffers Tusks, punk act Lawfucker, Belfast black metal act Neamhní - check out their eponymous demo - and d-beat punks Deathgrip.

    Admission costs £6, and it's a BYOB show with no glass allowed. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016

    Crevice, David Cohohan, Kate Carr & Gavin Prior

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Valerian presents a show at the Bello Bar on April 29, headlined by Crevice. The trio comprise Irene Buckley, Elaine Howley & Roslyn Steer, who collaborate on it as an experimental sound and voice project. This show is their Dublin debut - check out this mix.

    Also playing are multi-instrumentalist David ColohanKate Carr of Flaming Pines, and field recording & improv enthusiast Gavin Prior.

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

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016

    Aidan Moffat: 'Where You're Meant To Be' Screening & Live Performance

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Cult pop raconteur Aidan Moffat sets out to explore Scotland’s past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs, meeting 79 year old force of nature Sheila Stewart, a travelling balladeer who upturns Moffat’s folk assumptions. He believes the old songs are ripe for updating. She does not. Moffat made a film about this called Where You're Meant to Be, about music and death. 

    The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival airs it on April 29, accompanied by a live performance from Moffat himself at the Black Box.

    Falkirk’s bearded bard Aidan Moffat has been dubbed “Scotland’s Bukowski” for his brutally frank, and often hilarious, tales of relationships, drinking and depression.

    Since the amicable disbanding of Arab Strap in 2006, Aidan has struck out in a number of directions, releasing a spoken word album, producing the boozy jingle for a musical bottle opener and continuing to release electronic music under the L.Pierre alias.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Shonen Knife

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Legendary Japanese all-female punk-pop trio Shonen Knife play Whelan's on April 30 as part of their UK & Irish tour.

    Now celebrating the 35th anniversary of their formation in Osaka, the trio went from DIY independent beginnings to playing along with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Breeders, and every important tour going including this year's ATP, curated by Stewart Lee. They have acquired fans like Kurt Cobain, John Peel, Thurston Moore, Dan Hegarty amongst others and have played over a thousand show at this point and show no signs of letting up their bouncing, uplifting songs, making the delightful sound even cuter, from cats to cake. Their debut album, Burning Farm was released on K Records, which was followed by Sub Pop deals and many others. Their twentieth album is due to be released at some point in 2016.

    Tickets are available for €16.50 from Ticketmaster and Whelanslive. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Mac Miller

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his third album, GO:OD AM in September, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller plays the Academy on April 30.

    The young hip-hop artist has made a huge 11-strong series of mixtapes, featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross. Rapping from his earliest teenage years, his debut album was released in 2011, and he formed his own label, REMember Music, in 2014.

    Check out the video for 'Brand Name'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Frau, Sissy & more

    Tenterhooks Gigspace

    Dublin

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    London feminist punk act Frau play TenterHooks Gigspace in Dublin on April 30. They so far have 3 releases, available on a name-your-price basis, via Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Dublin garage-punk trio Sissy. Check out their awesome Gave Birth To A Mum EP.

    Admission is a €8 suggested donation. There's a BYOB policy and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Sunglasses After Dark Presents: Guadalupe Plata

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Sunglasses After Dark bring Spanish punk-blues outfit Guadalupe Plata to Belfast's Voodoo on April 30, in association with CQAF.

    The leather and stench of cigar smoke is almost tangible on their brand of fuzzed-out, freakout blues, born in Úbeda - common Spaghetti Western location in Granada, Spain.

    Check out their sweaty, saturated valve-pummelling 'Lorena'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    New York anti-folk/indie rock favourite - and self-published comic book writer with Fuff - Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts play upstairs at Whelan's on April 30.

    Lewis is best known for his playful, reference-laden brand of antifolk and released his first album The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane in 2001 on Rough Trade. To solidify his credentials, he's toured with the likes of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Jarvis Cocker, Daniel Johnston, Frank Black, The Fall, Thurston Moore, the Mountain Goats, Super Furry Animals and many, many more.

    His album with Los Bolts, Manhattan, is out now - watch the video for the Lou Reed/VU-tinged 'Back To Manhattan'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Corrosion of Conformity

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    North Carolina metal act Corrosion of Conformity have announced a pair of Irish dates, with the former on April 30, following their shows last year.

    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.

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016

    Steve Mason

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Beta Band founder and folktronica visionary Steve Mason plays the Black Box on April 30 as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    He comes to Belfast with his excellent third solo album, Meet The Humans, following a couple of decades of his lush, melancholic pocket symphonies. It's an accessible, assured album from the niche master. "Bet I can sell 5 copies of the Three EPs by the Beta Band".

    Check out the video for 'Planet Sizes'.

    Tickets cost £12 from CQAF. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016

    Stonemasons, Knuckle Dragger & Bosco Ramos

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Quarantine Collective return after a couple of years of silence to bring increasingly impressive alt. rockers Stonemasons to Voodoo for a headline show on May 1. They released their best work so far in last year's Lost Layers EP.

    Thrashy, filthy, noise rock merchants Knuckle Dragger support, avec new drummer in LaFaro's and occasionally Therapy?/Ash's rather amazing Alan Lynn. Made up partially of Yourcodenameis:milo members, the Newcastle-based act have toured with Meshuggah & the Dillinger Escape Plan. They've released 2 albums to date, with the first headlined by the ineffable Steve Albini, and the follow-up by Ross Robinson of Glassjaw, At The Drive-In & Deftones production fame. Check out the video for 'Bunch of Mutants'.

    Opening the show are riff-heavy Torche/Death From Above 1979-inspired bass & drum duo Bosco Ramos, formerly Girl. Check out their debut single on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016

    Corrosion of Conformity

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    North Carolina metal act Corrosion of Conformity have announced a pair of Irish dates, with the latter at the Limelight 2 on May 1, following their shows last year.

    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 7pm.

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016

    Guy Garvey

    CQAF Marquee

    Belfast

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    Elbow frontman Guy Garvey returns to Irish soil to play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 1.

    His debut solo album, Courting The Squall came out in October last year, and features long-time friend Pete Jobson of I Am Kloot on guitar, as well as Nathan Sudders of The Whip, completed with Elbow's brass section. For the album, he essentially invited his favourite players and friends to write alongside him. Check out the lead single, 'Angela's Eyes'.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced at £20. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Mon
    02
    May
    2016

    Shonen Knife

    Crane Lane

    Cork

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    Legendary Japanese all-female punk-pop trio Shonen Knife play Cork's Crane Lane on May 2 as part of their UK & Irish tour.

    Now celebrating the 35th anniversary of their formation in Osaka, the trio went from DIY independent beginnings to playing along with Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Breeders, and every important tour going including this year's ATP, curated by Stewart Lee. They have acquired fans like Kurt Cobain, John Peel, Thurston Moore, Dan Hegarty amongst others and have played over a thousand show at this point and show no signs of letting up their bouncing, uplifting songs, making the delightful sound even cuter, from cats to cake. Their debut album, Burning Farm was released on K Records, which was followed by Sub Pop deals and many others. Their twentieth album is due to be released at some point in 2016.

  • Mon
    02
    May
    2016

    Making Monsters, Death of a Salesman, Heels of Achilles & Black Chapels

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Derry metalcore quartet Making Monsters headline a show at the Empire on May 2, having just last year finished full UK tours with Fightstar & Arcane Roots.

    Support comes from fellow hardcore/metal act Death of a Salesman - check out their new song 'Another Day' - progressive metalcore band Heels of Achilles  - watch the video for 'Scarecrows' - and new alt. rock four piece Black Chapels.

    Admission costs £6. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    03
    May
    2016

    Tuesday Throwdown: The Groundlings

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Belfast rock n' roll three-piece The Groundlings will bring their hard-hitting blend of blues, garage, surf and psych soul to the next live installment of our Tuesday Throwdown at Lavery's Belfast on Tuesday, May 3. 

    For fans of everyone from Howlin' Wolf and The Flying Burrito Brothers to Dr. Feelgood and MC5.

    Admission is free. The Thin Air DJs before and after to late.

  • Wed
    04
    May
    2016

    Hiatus Kaiyote w/Feather

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    ChoiceCuts bring the Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote to the Sugar Club on May 4.

    The quartet formed in Melbourne, with the sonic aspirations of singer-songwriter Nai Palm being rooted in future soul. They've yielded comparisons to the likes of Snarky Puppy, and most recently released their second album, Choose Your Weapon, last year. It featured 'Breathing Underwater', for which they were nominated for Best R&B Performance at the Grammys.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club and Ticketmaster, priced at €22.90. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2016

    Gifted: New Ancestors, Travis Is A Tourist, Chrisy McCullagh & Hannaway

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Folk-tinged pop-rockers New Ancestors play their last show for a while for Gifted, on May 5 at the Empire Music Hall. Check out the video for their single, 'We Were Made To Love'.

    Support comes fromanthemic indie-pop act Travis Is A Tourist - check out last year's Weakdays EP -  Chrisy Mc Cullagh and Hannaway.

    Admission costs only £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2016

    Kula Shaker

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    '90s psychedelic (Britpop in a loose sense) act Kula Shaker play the Academy on May 5.

    Formed in 1988, they broke through in the mid-90s, selling over a million copies of their debut. They were unfairly lumped in with the rest of Britpop, but have as much in common with Eastern philosophies. They've returned with their new album, K 2.0, sounding as vital as ever - check out 'Infinite Sun'.

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

  • Thu
    05
    May
    2016

    Sam Lee & Friends

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of folk's most important figures at the moment, Sam Lee, plays Belfast's Black Box as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 5.

    The Mercury-nominated artist appeared in 2012 with his debut album Ground of its Own, garnering instant acclaim, and many folk and roots awards and nominations. The London-born Sam has travelled across the British Isles, seeking out and recording ancient songs from the last of the Gypsy travellers, resulting in new interpretations of traditional songs.

    His latest album, Fade In Time encompasses Japanese court music and Tajikistan wedding marches alongside his staple British folk -  check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

    Tickets cost £12/10 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016

    Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton w/Gabrielle Ross

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Having been rescheduled from Hangar in December, The Academy hosts a show on May 6, headlined by Cleveland songstress Kate Voegele and former One Tree Hill/Walk The Line actor Tyler Hilton in a rare acoustic performance

    Support comes from Gabrielle Ross.

    Tickets, priced at €20 upwards, are available from Ticketmaster. Tickets for the original gig remain valid. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016

    Jack O'Rourke

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Cork singer-songwriterJack O'Rourke released his debut EP, The Other Side of Now last year, which contained the song 'Silence', which was used for the Yes Campaign by Amnesty International in the landmark 2015 Marriage Referendum. He plays the Academy 2 on May 6.

    He's due to release his debut album, Dreamcatcher, later this year. Check out his performance of 'Silence', live on the Late Late Show.

    Tickets cost €13 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016

    Hannah McPhillimy EP Launch w/Beulah Kim & The Rhythm Rascals

    101 Donegall Street

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy  plays Redeemer Central at 101 Donegall Street on May 6 to launch her latest EP. You can check out her Bandcamp for free EP Disappear Here, released last July.

    Sharing the bill are Beulah Kim and Castlerock swing jazz outfit The Rhythm Rascals.

    Admission costs £8/£6 concessions from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016

    Kula Shaker

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    '90s psychedelic (Britpop in a loose sense) act Kula Shaker play the Limelight 1 on May 6.

    Formed in 1988, they broke through in the mid-90s, selling over a million copies of their debut. They were unfairly lumped in with the rest of Britpop, but have as much in common with Eastern philosophies. They've returned with their new album, K 2.0, sounding as vital as ever - check out 'Infinite Sun'.

    Tickets cost £25 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016

    Sample Answer

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Eclectic Dublin singer-songwriter Sample Answer plays The Grand Social on May 6.

    Check out the video for 'Collision', the title track from his new EP, following the two he put out in 2015, garnering attention from BBC's Zane Lowe & Annie Mac.

    Tickets cost €10 from Tickets.ie

  • Fri
    06
    May
    2016

    SONI: HOW, The Late Twos

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The latest SO:NI Four Band Friday takes place on May 6, featuring HOW, indie-pop act The Late TwosDahlia and The Hidden Above.

    Admission costs £5. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016

    Jeff Lynne's ELO

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As one of a short series of European dates for their Alone In The Universe tour, Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra play the 3Arena on May 7, having had to postpone their April 29 show due to illness.

    This announcement follows the November release of ELO's fourteenth album, and first in 14 years. They first disbanded in 1986, following iconic albums like 1977's Out of the Blue, and a series of timeless hits - 26 UK Top 40 singles, to be precise.  They have sold over 50 million records worldwide, with Lynne also a prominent member of The Travelling Wilburys and a producer and collaborator with the most highly-revered figures in music.

    Tickets cost €80.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016

    The Frank & Walters

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Cork 90s indie/alternative band The Frank & Walters play Whelan's on May 7.

    Grouping together in 1990, they released six albums in their time together, with the most recent being 2012's Greenwich Mean Time. Check out their single, 'After All'.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016

    The Unthanks

    St. George's Church

    Belfast

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    Folk duo The Unthanks play St. George's Church in Belfast on May 7 as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    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. They featured as the only British folk act between Uncut & The Guardian's best albums of the decade, and have been credited for their unique approach to folk, especially of the Northumbrian tradition.

    Tickets are available from CQAF for £12. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    CQAF Marquee

    Belfast

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry plays Belfast in the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee on May 7 as part of his Super Ape 40th Anniversary Tour, and his own 80th birthday.

    Perry gets much credit for his part in the pioneering of dub music, both as an artist and for his studio techniques and production values, and has a guiding figure since the late '50s ska movement. Super Ape, his 1976 album with The Upsetters still stands up as one of, if not the definitive dub album. Incredibly, Perry will be turning 80 on this year of his fortieth anniversary, but he can still perform, as his recent shows prove. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

    Ticket are priced at £12.50 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016

    Malcolm Holcombe

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Country-folk hero Malcolm Holcombe plays Belfast's recently-saved Sunflower Bar on May 7 as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    He released his debut album, A Hundred Lies in 1996, and remains peerless in his authenticity. Check out 'Another Black Hole' from his new - fourteenth - album of the same name.

  • Sun
    08
    May
    2016

    Richard Herring - Happy Now?

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, cult comedian - and longtime friend & collaborator of Stewart Lee - Richard Herring plays the Black Box on May 8.

    This is Herring's twelfth solo stand-up show, and you might know him from the '90s show This Morning With Richard Not Judy and Fist of Fun. Now he's settled with a wife and child, is he finally happy? Or does this responsibility come with its own terrors? Does being happy mean a comedian loses his edge and true belly laughs only come from depression?

    Tickets are available from CQAF for only £10, as part of the Black Box 10 Year celebrations - 10 of the best shows over 10 years for £10. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sun
    08
    May
    2016

    Grandmaster Flash

    CQAF Marquee

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory works with the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival to bring hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash to Belfast on May 8.

    As a DJ with his group the Furious Five, he transcended the party-music origins of hip-hop, developing cutting, back-spinning and phasing - essentially creating the fundamentals of DJing which still remain standards.

    DJ Chris Caul supports.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced at £15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    08
    May
    2016

    Northern Lights: Ben Glover, Malojian & Matt McGinn

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    David Hull Promotions brings three of the country's finest songwriters get together for a special collaborative show in a tour, celebrating the art of songwriting. Their Belfast date takes place at the Black Box on the afternoon of May 8, as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

    Playing the show are rootsy Americana singer-songwriter Ben Glover - check out his music -  Steven Scullion, aka Malojian - who recently went over to Chicago to record his new album with Steve Albini, check out his second, LP, Southlands - and Matt McGinn.

    Tickets cost £12, available from CQAF. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Tue
    10
    May
    2016

    Those Lions EP Launch w/Brand New Friend

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Indie/alternative quartet Those Lions launch their new EP at Bar Sub on May 10, currently available on Spotify, iTunes and the rest.

    Support comes from indie-pop act Brand New Friend - check out their Soundcloud.

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016

    The Shambolic Curiosity of Robin Ince

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince makes one of only five live shows of 2016 at the Black Box, where he brings The Shambolic Curiosity of Robin Ince to Belfast on May 11.

    The multi-winner of the Chortle Award, Sony Gold Award & Time Out Outstanding Achievement, he's best known for presenting BBC comedy & science radio series The Infinite Monkey Cage.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Thu
    12
    May
    2016

    Live Free #15: Hot Cops, Mons Olympus & Brand New Friend

    The Eglantine

    Belfast

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    Almost certain to be their breakthrough year, Belfast indie rock slackers Hot Cops headline the fifteenth edition of Live Free on May 12. They most recently released their stellar new single 'Passive Passive' in February.

    Support comes in the form of progressive space cadets Mons Olympus - check out their Bandcamp - and Castlerock lo-fi pop trio Brand New Friend - check out their Soundcloud.

    Admission is free. Doors are at 9pm.

  • Thu
    12
    May
    2016

    Little Green Cars

    Seapoint Ballroom

    Galway

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    Indie-folk quintet Little Green Cars play Galway's Seapoint Ballroom on May 12 as part of a short Irish tour.

    They formed as The Revolts in the mid-noughties, which evolved into Little Green Cars, releasing their debut album Absolute Zero in 2013, leading to shows with Jake Bugg & Neil Young, and an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Their second album, Ephemera, came out in March this year.

    Check out the video for 'Easier Day'.

    Tickets cost €26.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    12
    May
    2016

    The Mighty Stef, Thee Penny Dreadfuls, Petty Youth & Buffalos Bay

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Rootsy alternative outfit The Mighty Stef are calling it a day after a decade, and they'll be making their last hurrah at Dublin's Button Factory on May 13. The night prior, they make their final Belfast appearance at the Empire Music Hall.

    The band had released four albums and two EPs, with the most recent being 2015's Year of the HorseCheck out the lead single, 'Stella'.

    Support comes from garage/psych rock'n'roll outfit Thee Penny Dreadfuls, garage indie band Petty Youth and psychedelic pop-rock sextet Buffalos Bay.

    Tickets are available, price £10. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    12
    May
    2016

    Cian Nugent w/Nap Eyes

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie rock/folk troubadour and guitar virtuoso Cian Nugent, who released his third album Night Fiction this year, plays Whelan's on May 12. Check out his Soundcloud.

    Support comes from Canadian slacker-rock act Nap Eyes, following a successful SXSW and US Tour for their Lou Reed-worshipping, acclaimed second album, Thought Rock Fish Scale.

    Tickets cost €10 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016

    The Sex Pissed Dolls

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    All-girl glam-punk act The Sex Pissed Dolls come to the Ireland for the first time, stopping at the Academy 2 for a show on May 13 as part of their Daughters of Anarchy tour.

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

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016
    Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    Hamsandwich

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Irish indie five piece Ham Sandwich headline the Academy on May 13, with an extra date added on May 14.

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

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

    Neon Wolf support on the first night, and Pleasure Beach on the second.

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

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016

    The Mighty Stef's Final Show w/Knoxville Morning & A Lazarus Soul

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Rootsy alternative outfit The Mighty Stef are calling it a day after a decade, and they'll be making their last hurrah at Dublin's Button Factory on May 13. The band had released four albums and two EPs, with the most recent being 2015's Year of the HorseCheck out the lead single, 'Stella'.

    Support comes from Knoxville Morning and A Lazarus Soul.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €17.75. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016

    Little Green Cars

    The Big Top

    Limerick

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    Indie-folk quintet Little Green Cars play Limerick's Big Top on May 13 as part of a short Irish tour.

    They formed as The Revolts in the mid-noughties, which evolved into Little Green Cars, releasing their debut album Absolute Zero in 2013, leading to shows with Jake Bugg & Neil Young, and an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Their second album, Ephemera, came out in March this year.

    Check out the video for 'Easier Day'.

    Tickets cost €22.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016

    Paper Trail Presents: Hot Cops

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Slacker indie rock trio Hot Cops play Dublin's Bello Bar on May 13.

    They recently released their 7" single 'Passive Passive' through Paper Trail Records, with further 7" records due for release throughout the year, following a successful 2015 that saw them play Radio 1's Big Weekend and more.

    Tickets cost €5 from Eventbrite & €7 on the door. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    The Bonnevilles Album Launch w/The Crossfire Hurricanes, Los Bloody Rackets & Waldorf & Cannon

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh run the launch of Lurgan garage-punk-blues duo The Bonnevilles' new album, out on Alive Natural Sound Records. The show takes place at the Empire Music Hall on May 14. The always-energetic, bourbon-fuelled pair are touring regularly, having released two albumswith the most recent being Folk Art & The Death of Electric Jesus.

    Support comes from Belfast r'n'b outfits The Crossfire Hurricanes Los Bloody Rackets, Derry/Donegal duo Waldorf and Cannon. There will be a DJ set from Sarge.

    Admission costs £8 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    The Sex Pissed Dolls

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    All-girl glam-punk act The Sex Pissed Dolls come to the Ireland for the first time, stopping at the Limelight 2 for a show on May 14 as part of their Daughters of Anarchy tour.

    Tickets are available from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    The Young Folk

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Just a month after the release of their new album, First Sign of Morning, alt. folk act The Young Folk headline the Button Factory on May 14

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

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    Little Green Cars

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Indie-folk quintet Little Green Cars play the Cork Opera House on May 14 as part of a short Irish tour.

    They formed as The Revolts in the mid-noughties, which evolved into Little Green Cars, releasing their debut album Absolute Zero in 2013, leading to shows with Jake Bugg & Neil Young, and an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Their second album, Ephemera, came out in March this year.

    Check out the video for 'Easier Day'.

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

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    Red Enemy & The Winter Passing

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The Workman's Club hosts a co-headline show on May 14, featuring hardcore/metal five piece Red Enemy and indie/emo-pop outfit The Winter Passing.

    Both artists released their debut LPs last year via US independent record labels - check out the videos for Red Enemy's single 'Anchorless' from their eponymous debut, and The Winter Passing's 'Flowerpot'.

    Tickets cost €10 from The Workman's Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    Feast Presents: Race The Flux, Robocobra Quartet & Onwards Upwards

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Galway promotion Feast bring local math/alt. rockers Race The Flux, who most recently released their new single 'Matty Rusko', to the Roisin Dubh on May 14.

    Also on the bill are avant-punk-jazz act Robocobra Quartet - check out their frankly flawless back catalogue on Bandcamp - and Onwards Upwards - check out their new EP, Kore Kosmou.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    15
    May
    2016

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    York singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich plays the main room of Whelan's on May 15.

    Formerly of indie-pop outfit The Nicoles, Leftwich released his solo debut EP in 2010, and the debut album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm the following year, carving out a folk pop sound in the vein of Damien Rice or José González. He has spent the last year writing and recording the long-awaited follow-up, it's due to be released soon. Have a listen to 'Shine', Spotify's most replayed song in 2014.

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

     

  • Sun
    15
    May
    2016

    The Telescopes

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Influential noise/space rock/psych/dream-pop outfit The Telescopes play Dublin's Workman's Club on May 15.

    Formed in 1987, influenced by the likes of Suicide, the 13th Floor Elevators & the Velvet Underground, they released their debut album Taste in 1989,  taking a long break in the '90s before regrouping for their 2002 return, Third Wave. They proved to be a big influence on Ride, Slowdive, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and other Creation bands. Last year, they released Hidden Fields - check out the video for 'You Know The Way'.

    Check out 'The Perfect Needle'.

    Tickets cost €12 from The Workman's Club. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    16
    May
    2016

    D.A.R.K.

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    D.A.R.K. is a collaboration between The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, Andy Rourke & Olé Koretsky, and they play Whelan's on May 16.

    In 40+ million album-shifter O'Riordan, Smiths Bassist Rourke & New York-based little-known songwriter, producer & DJ Koretsky, the group met gigging in Washington DC, before Rourke & Dolores had a chance encounter. This all led up to their debut album, Science Agrees. Check out 'Curvy'.

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

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016

    The Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown: A Northern Light

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Having released their stellar latest single 'Paranoia' back in February - and with a two-part album, Kingdoms, on the horizon - Belfast-based alt-rock trio A Northern Light will play a live Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown in Lavery's Belfast Back Bar on Tuesday, May 17.

    Check out the video for 'Paranoia'.

    Admission is, as ever, free and doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2016

    Brand New Friend EP Launch w/The Late Twos & Fox Colony

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Indie-pop outfit Brand New Friend release their new EP, American Wives at McHugh's on May 18. They've put a few demos & their excellent first outright single, 'I Was An Astronaut' on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from indie pop-rock quartet The Late Twos - check out their most recent video, 'Sierra Leone' - and garage-pop outfit Fox Colony - check their Soundcloud.

    Admission costs a mere £3. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016

    Mike Peters Presents The Alarm's Declare Your Strength

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Mike Peters, frontman of Welsh act The Alarm, plays The Academy 2 on May 19 as part of the 30th anniversary tour of their second album, Strength.

    Their highly acclaimed Strength has been entirely rearranged and rerecorded by lead singer & songwriter Peters for its 30th anniversary, following on from the reissue of their debut last year. The alternative/new wave act formed in 1981 as punk band The Toilets, but went on to open for the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan. 

    Check out their highest chart placement, 'Sixty Eight Guns'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016

    Matua Trap, Albuquerque & Jamie Neish

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast alt-prog trio Matua Trap headline at Voodoo on May 19. With influences as diverse as Snarky Puppy, Animals As Leaders, Opeth and Peter Gabriel, the trio combine heavy grooving prog rhythms with meandering melodic vocal lines to create an original take on the prog rock genre. You can check out their debut pair of singles on Bandcamp.

    Support comes in the form of Albuquerque, a piano-led rock quartet in one of their first shows to-date, as well as the heartfelt strains of singer-songwriter Jamie Neish.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016

    The Undertones

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Iconic Derry punk-pop hitmakers The Undertones are to play Belfast's Limelight on May 20.

    This comes as part of the band's 40th anniversary tour. It's been over 35 years now from 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 £19.50 from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    20
    May
    2016

    Beauty Sleep

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Fast-rising Belfast indie/dream-pop act Beauty Sleep play Lavery's in a Gigantic night on May 20.

    The trio - comprised of members of The Wonder Villains, Pleasure Beach & A Bad Cavalier - have made a big impact with debut single, 'The Dark'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    The Undertones

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Iconic Derry punk-pop hitmakers The Undertones are to play Dublin's Academy on May 21. 

    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 €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    Triggerman, Hornets & Venus Sleeps

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Derry straight-up riff lords Triggerman play a rare Belfast show for The Distortion Project on May 21 on Limelight 2. Have a listen to the no-BS 'The Riff Holds Sway'.

    Also playing are hardcore quartet Hornets, who recently went into the studio to record their first material with their new frontman - and psychedelic doom band Venus Sleeps - check out their Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    David C. Clements

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Alt. folk singer-songwriter David C. Clements plays Whelan's on May 21, following the release of his debut album, The Longest Day In History.

    The album was released on February 19, available here, following the release of his My Dear Mother EP and subsequent sellout launch at The Empire. Expect more swooning crescendos and epic alt./indie folk.

    You can check out 'My Dear Mother' live in session.

    Tickets cost €12.50 from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    Paper Trail Presents: Hot Cops

    Secret Location

    Belfast

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    Slacker indie rock trio Hot Cops play a secret location in Belfast on May 21 - with the location to be revealed closer to the date.

    They recently released their 7" single 'Passive Passive' through Paper Trail Records, with further 7" records due for release throughout the year, following a successful 2015 that saw them play Radio 1's Big Weekend and more. 

    Tickets cost £4 from Eventbrite & £5 on the door. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016

    G-Eazy

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Californian hip-hop artist-producer G-Eazy plays the Academy on May 22 as part of his European tour.

    He released his successful major label debut album, These Things Happen in 2014, which was his third in total. Check out the video for 'Me, Myself & I', featuring Bebe Rexha.

    Tickets cost €21 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016

    Highasakite w/Gordi

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Norwegian indie-pop act Highasakite come to Dublin to play Whelan's on May 22.

    This comes as part of their most extensive run of UK & Irish headline shows. The band's debut album, Silent Treatment, spent 94 consecutive weeks in the top 40 - a Norwegian record - and it's to be followed up soon. Check out the video for 'Since Last Wednesday'

    Support comes from Gordi.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster

  • Wed
    25
    May
    2016
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    27
    May
    2016

    The Last Shadow Puppets

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Miles Kane and Alex Turner's project The Last Shadow Puppets came out of hibernation last year to release the follow-up to their debut album, 2008's The Age of Understatement. They play three nights at the Olympia Theatre on May 25-27.

    This date follows the April release of their second LP, Everything You've Come To Expect, out on Domino & teased frequently by both key members in recent years. The band have framed it as the second instalment within a trilogy of albums to be released. The band have stated their influence by the likes of Isaac Hayes & the Style Council this time around, as opposed to their most Scott Walker baroque pop of the first. 

    Watch their video for'Bad Habits', the first single from the new LP.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €45.05-€50.65, including a €1 Olympia restoration levy. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016

    Hans Zimmer

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Hugely successful film composer Hans Zimmer plays the 3Arena on May 26 as part of his 2016 live tour.

    The show will feature a choir and full orchestra, showcasing the highlights from a career that includes the soundtracks to over 120 films, grossing over $24 billion in total. He has won an Academy Award (with 10 nominations in total), two Golden Globes, three Grammys, a Tony and American Music Award. The performance will be accompanied by a spectacular visual & light show.

    Tickets are priced upwards from €65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016

    Live Free #17: Apartments, No Great Loss & Little Arcadia

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The Shizznigh Promotions' new free Thursday show, Live Free, has its seventh instalment on May 26, headlined by Belfast emo-punk duo Apartments. Check out their Rush EP from late last year.

    Support comes from Belfast hardcore act No Great Loss and Coleraine alt. rockers Little Arcadia - check out their Anywhereelse EP.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016

    Parapa Palace, The Grand Wake, Samyel & The Temps

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Belfast jangly indie rock act Parapa Palace play their first Dublin show at the Bello Bar on May 26 to launch their new single, 'Cruel Hands'. Check out their spaghetti western-channelling 'Ballad of the Brack'.

    Support comes from indie rockers The Grand Wake, lo-fi indie folk singer-songwriter Samyel - check out 'West Always West' - and The Temps.

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

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2016

    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Croke Park

    Dublin

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    The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, makes his return to Dublin to play Croke Park on May 27.

    This appearance comes as part of his tour celebrating his excellent fifth album, 1980's double album The River. You need no reminding that Springsteen is one of the most beloved live acts worldwide, playing three hour sets that leave no corner of his discography left unexplored, even going so far as to take requests.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2016

    The Dandy Warhols

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Garage-neo-psych rockers The Dandy Warhols play a pair of Irish shows, stopping on May 27 at Limelight 2 to promote their new album, Distortland.

    The band formed in Portland in 1994 - their career trajectory being well documented in the essential rockumentary Dig! - and really broke in 2001 with 'Bohemian Like You'. 

    Tickets cost £19, from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2016

    Saint Sister

    The Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    Cross-border atmospheric-folk-pop duo Gemma Doherty & Morgan MacIntyre, aka Saint Sister, play Dublin's Unitarian Church on May 27.

    The pair draw from Celtic harp traditions, '60s folk and electronic pop to create what they describe as 'atmosfolk'. Check out their debut EP on Bandcamp.

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

     

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2016

    Papapa Palace Single Launch w/Salad Boyz & Paper Dogs

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Belfast jangly indie rock act Parapa Palace launch their new single, 'Cruel Hands' with a show in Belfast's McHugh's Bar on May 27. Check out their spaghetti western-channelling 'Ballad of the Brack'.

    Supporting are Belfast's Salad Boyz & funk/blues rock outfit Paper Dogs.

    Support comes from Admission costs £5, and doors open at 9pm

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2016

    Pika of Afrirampo vs Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple w/Mhaol

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Japanese legends of psych Pika - drummer of Afrirampo and many others - and Makoto - guitarist of Acid Mothers Temple - play a show together at the Grand Social on May 27. Check out this video for an example of what they do - it's unconventional.

    Support comes from noise-punks Mhaol.

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

  • Sat
    28
    May
    2016

    The Dandy Warhols

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Garage-neo-psych rockers The Dandy Warhols play a pair of Irish shows, stopping on May 28 at Dublin's Academy to promote their new album, Distortland.

    The band formed in Portland in 1994 - their career trajectory being well documented in the essential rockumentary Dig! - and really broke in 2001 with 'Bohemian Like You'. 

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

  • Sat
    28
    May
    2016

    CC Brez

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Former Republic of Loose man CC Brez plays the Academy 2 following his sold-out album launch at Whelan's earlier in the year.

    His debut album was, The Nightfall, was recorded last year with Ger McConnell - whose past collaborations include U2, Manic Street Preachers, The Cure & Kasabian - it's a soul-pop album, released on Brez's own label, Fat Burrito on the day of the launch. 

    Check out 'When It Feels Good' live at Electric Picnic.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €13.5o. Doors open at 7pm. 

  • Sat
    28
    May
    2016

    Robert Forster

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist & music critic Robert Forster plays Whelan's on May 28.

    He co-founded indie rock band The Go-Betweens in 1977 - their biggest hit being 'Streets of Your Town'. After six albums, the band broke up in 1989, and he went on to release a succession of albums, known for their crafty form of pop-songwriting noticeable throughout his career. The Go-Betweens re-formed in 2000, releasing three more albums with Quasi as backing band, before his co-founder Grant McLennan died in 2006.

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

  • Sun
    29
    May
    2016

    Scala and Kolacny Brothers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Belgian women's choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers play the Olympia Theatre on May 29 as part of their 20th anniversary tour.

    They're known for their indie and classic rock reinterpretations, best known for their hymnal arrangements of songs by Oasis, Björk, Radiohead, U2, Nirvana, Depeche Mode, Muse, Rammstein and beyond. The act is a 20-30-strong all-female choir aged between 16-26, conducted by the Kolacny brothers, Steven & Stijn. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, for €32.50-€33.50, which includes a €1 Olympia restoration fee. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016

    Listener, Via: Barvikha, January & Weathered Hands

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    June 1 sees an unexpected performance from Listener courtesy of Shizznigh Promotions at the Eglantine Bar. The Arkansas trio began as an underground hip-hop project for vocalist & bassist Dan Smith, eventually growing into a spoken word emo/indie rock band. Check out this session of 'You Were A House On Fire'.

    Support comes from PigsAsPeople frontman Chris Leckey's alt./sadcore project, Via: Barvikha - download his debut, 'Pearl/Lucid Ferries' for free - emo-punk quartet January - check out their stuff on Bandcamp - and former Stonemasons drummer Paddy Blaney's acoustic project, Weathered Hands.

    Admission costs £10 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Jun
    2016

    Getting To Know: The Wood Burning Savages

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The ‘ Getting To Know…’ feature is returning to Oh Yeah on June 2. The event is a mixture of live music, feedback and discussion, as songwriters and bands perform and discuss their work with an audience.

    The Wood Burning Savages come from Derry. Their current single ‘We Love You’ was BBC Introducing’s Tip Of The Week. 6 Music broadcaster Tom Robinson calls them "the most amazing live band I have seen all year- bar none, end of!”. They played the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2014.

    ‘Getting To Know…’ is designed to appreciate songwriters and to give their audience a fresh understanding of the work. By providing a constructive critique, the audience is also encouraged to participate in the artist’s creative process.

    Thus far, the sessions have involved the Ivor Novello Award-winning Tim Wheeler of Ash while SOAK took part on her 17th birthday, long before she won the NI Music Prize and the Choice Music Prize for her debut album. Duke Special, Ciaran Lavery, And So I Watch You From Afar and Ryan Vail have all contributed.

    Admission is completely free, with the show running from 7-9pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Jun
    2016
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    05
    Jun
    2016

    Forbidden Fruit 2016

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    Tame Impala, Jungle and Underworld are amongst the first acts announced to play this year’s Forbidden Fruit.

    Set to return to Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham during the June Bank Holiday of June 3-5, Flume, Groove Armada, Kiasmos, ÂmeBattles, Tale of Us, Tiga, George Fitzgerald & Maya Jane Coles are among the first wave of confirmed acts.

    Tickets are available, priced from €99.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    03
    Jun
    2016

    The Answer

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Ahead of the October release of their sixth album, Co. Down bluesy hard rock outfit The Answer play the Limelight 2 on June 3 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Rise.

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

    Tickets cost £16 from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Fri
    03
    Jun
    2016

    Slough Feg, Venus Sleeps & Snowblind

    On The Rox

    Dublin

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    San Fran legends Slough Feg return to Ireland for a show at Dublin's On The Rox on June 3.

    They formed in Pennsylvania in the early '90s, taking influence from Celtic folklore, and traditional hard rock and metal bands. Check out their most recent LP, 2014's Digital Resistance.

    Support comes from Dublin psychedelic doom band Venus Sleeps - who recently released their debut album, Dead Sun Worship - and Snowblind - check out their free single, 'The Split of Oak'.

    Tickets are available from Into The Void Records, priced at €15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    Jun
    2016

    I Have A Tribe

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Indie-folk singer-songwriter I Have A Tribe headlines Whelan's on June 3, having released his debut album, Beneath A Yellow Moon just a week prior.

    Check out his Soundcloud and the video to 'Scandinavia'.

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

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016

    Slough Feg, Woven Skull & Terminus

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    San Fran legends Slough Feg return to Ireland for a couple of shows, with Belfast's Yoshiwara Collective bringing them to the Warzone Centre on June 4.

    They formed in Pennsylvania in the early '90s, taking influence from Celtic folklore, and traditional hard rock and metal bands. Check out their most recent LP, 2014's Digital Resistance.

    Support comes from Leitrim psych-drone outfit Woven Skull - check out their album from last year, Lair of the Glowing Bantling - and epic heavy metal band Terminus - who released one of the best Irish metal albums in recent memory last year, available on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £13, doors open at 8pm. It's a BYOB show, with no glass allowed.

  • Sun
    05
    Jun
    2016

    June Bank Holiday Sunday Party: Twinkranes, Autumns & Easy Tide

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The Workman's Club holds its June Bank Holiday Sunday special on June 5, headlined by krautrock/space/psych outfit Twinkranes.

    Also playing are Derry post-punk project Autumns and Irish alternative rock band Easy Tide. The bands will be followed by the Workman's Karaoke Club, with house and disco jams and some guilty pleasures upstairs after 11pm.

    Admission is free, doors open at 5pm and the first act is on at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016

    Neil Young & Promise of the Real

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Wizened son of Canada and Mother Nature, Neil Young returns to Ireland to play Belfast's SSE Arena & Dublin's 3Arena on June 7 & 8 respectively. He'll be accompanied by his current backing band, Promise of the Real, who feature among their ranks Willie Nelson's sons Lukas & Micah, and recorded on Young's thirty-sixth (released) album, The Monsanto Years.

    Young last played in Ireland with Crazy Horse in 2013, featuring a mixture of hits, deep cuts and extended jams. Expect a different flavour of a similar blend here, as the band have been playing the likes of 'Cowgirl In The Sand', 'Cortez The Killer', 'Walk On', 'Vampire Blues'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016

    Dropkick Murphys

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Celtic-American punk band Dropkick Murphys return to their spiritual home isle to play Cork's Live At The Marquee series on June 7.

    Formed in 1996, the band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, constantly touring and playing St. Paddy's Day shows in Boston annually. They started to break after around four albums, really making waves in their fifth album with 'I'm Shipping Up To Boston', famously used in Scorsese's The Departed. Their last record was 2013's Signed and Sealed in Blood.

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

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016

    Mudhoney & Bob Log III

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Perpetual tastemakers Strange Victory have done it again, bringing grunge icons Mudhoney to the Black Box on June 7.

    Formed in the ashes of proto-grunge forebearers Green River (who also featured future members of Pearl Jam) Mudhoney's 1998 debut single 'Touch Me I'm Sick' was one of the defining songs of the Seattle sound, both aesthetically and musically. Frontman Mark Arm - grunge's Iggy Pop - still has it, as you can see Live on KEXP.

    Support comes from Bob Log IIIthe one-man band. He plays slide on old Silvertone guitars, dons a full body human cannonball suit, and a motorcycle wired to a telephone receiver, allowing him to use his feet for drums. His live reputation precedes him.

    Tickets are available from the Black Box.

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016

    Eel, The Wankys, Disguise & Gaze

    Tenterhooks Gigspace

    Dublin

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    Pittsburgh classic hardcore band Eel play Dublin's Tenterhooks Gigspace on Newmarket Square on June 7. Check out their stuff on Bandcamp.

    Also playing are Leicester noise punks The Wankys - check their Noise Punk EP - scuzzy, crusty Dublin punks Disguise and d-beat noiseniks Gaze - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission is a suggested donation of €10 - as it's their only Irish show. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a BYOB event, with no glass allowed.

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016

    Neil Young & Promise of the Real

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Wizened son of Canada and Mother Nature, Neil Young returns to Ireland to play Belfast's SSE Arena & Dublin's 3Arena on June 7 & 8 respectively. He'll be accompanied by his current backing band, Promise of the Real, who feature among their ranks Willie Nelson's sons Lukas & Micah, and recorded on Young's thirty-sixth (released) album, The Monsanto Years.

    Young last played in Ireland with Crazy Horse in 2013, featuring a mixture of hits, deep cuts and extended jams. Expect a different flavour of a similar blend here, as the band have been playing the likes of 'Cowgirl In The Sand', 'Cortez The Killer', 'Walk On', 'Vampire Blues'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016

    Bryan Ferry

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

    bryanferry

    Former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on June 8.

    The set is likely to include hits from Roxy Music and his successful solo career - including from his latest album, Avonmore, heralded as his best album in 30 years.

    Tickets are priced from €71.50, from Ticketmaster, and price includes an Olympia restoration levy.

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016

    Candi Station

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    The First Lady of Southern Soul, Candi Staton, returns to the Sugar Club on June 8.

    Her cuts of the like of 'Stand By Your Man' and 'In The Ghetto' earned her the reputation she has now, becoming a bona fide disco icon by the end of the '70s, with numerous R&B hits. She exclusively sang gospel music for twenty years, before launching her 2006 album, His Hands - with the title track written by 'Bonnie' Prince Billy. 

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

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016

    Mudhoney & Bob Log III

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    U:mack bring grunge icons Mudhoney to the Whelan's on June 8.

    Formed in the ashes of proto-grunge forebearers Green River (who also featured future members of Pearl Jam) Mudhoney's 1998 debut single 'Touch Me I'm Sick' was one of the defining songs of the Seattle sound, both aesthetically and musically. Frontman Mark Arm - grunge's Iggy Pop - still has it, as you can see Live on KEXP.

    Support comes from Bob Log IIIthe one-man band. He plays slide on old Silvertone guitars, dons a full body human cannonball suit, and a motorcycle wired to a telephone receiver, allowing him to use his feet for drums. His live reputation precedes him.

    Tickets are available from the Tickets.ie, priced at €23. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2016

    A Litany of Failures: Junk Drawer, Shrug Life, Oh Boland & That Snaake

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

    Digital Cover (with text)

    Presented by esteemed vanguards of lovely noise Little L Records, Belfast will be brought to a standstill on Wednesday, June 8 at McHugh's for the NI leg launch of A Litany of Failures, a new four-track cassette split featuring Belfast indie rock quartet Junk Drawer - check their free tunes on Bandcamp - Dublin bands Shrug Life & That Snaake and Galway garage noisemakers Oh Boland - who have a video for their contribution, 'Where's The Beach?'.

    Doors are at 8pm. Admission is £5. The Thin Air DJs.

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016

    Live Free #19: High Sundays, Pandora Ills & Palm Tree Dynamite

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The nineteenth instalment of Shizznigh's Live Free night at the Eg takes place on June 9, headlined by funk rock quartet High Sundays.

    Also playing are Pandora Ills and fellow Bangor funkateers Palm Tree Dynamite.

    As ever, admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016

    A Litany of Failures: Shrug Life, Oh Boland, That Snaake & Junk Drawer

    Sweeney's

    Dublin

    Digital Cover (with text)

    Presented by esteemed vanguards of lovely noise Little L Records, Dublin will be brought to a standstill on June 9 at McHugh's for the capital's launch of A Litany of Failures, a new four-track cassette split featuring new tunes from Belfast indie rock quartet Junk Drawer - check their free tunes on Bandcamp - Dublin bands Shrug Life & That Snaake and Galway garage noisemakers Oh Boland - who have a video for their contribution, 'Where's The Beach?'.

    Doors are at 8pm. Admission is €5.

  • Fri
    10
    Jun
    2016

    Norma Jean, 7.5 Tonnes of Beard, Hornets & Last Wishes

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Georgian metalcore band Norma Jean play The Empire Music Hall on June 10.

    They have released six albums over the almost two decades they've been together, with another due this year, following last year's 10 year anniversary of O God, the Aftermath.

    Support comes from sludge/doom act 7.5 Tonnes of Beard, Belfast hardcore quartet Hornets, and Dublin hardcore outfit Last Wishes

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

  • Fri
    10
    Jun
    2016

    Gavin James, Picture This & Craig Gallagher

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Singer-songwriter Gavin James headline's the June 10 show of Cork's Live at the Marquee series.

    Kildare pop duo Picture This support, as well as Craig Gallagher.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    Jun
    2016

    Saxon

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    As part of their Battering Ram World Tour, heavy meatal icons Saxon come to Ireland, playing Belfast's Limelight on October 30.

    Battering Ram was released in 2015, and is their 21st album to date, as they celebrated their 40th anniversary alongside Motorhead before Lemmy's untimely passing. Saxon have achieved over 15 million in sales over the years, inspiring the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and the likes. Check out the title track, 'Battering Ram'.

    The NWOMBH legends have brought along support from Fastway - featuring members of Motorhead & the Mamas Boys - and Girlschool.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced at £28.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    Norma Jean, Ilenkus, 7.5 Tonnes of Beard & Bailer

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Georgian metalcore band Norma Jean play Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on June 11.

    They have released six albums over the almost two decades they've been together, with another due this year, following last year's 10 year anniversary of O God, the Aftermath.

    Support comes from Galway hardcore/metal outfit Ilenkus - check out, The Crossing - sludge/doom act 7.5 Tonnes of Beard, and Cork metalcore act BAILER - check their new EP.

    Tickets cost €22.50, available from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    Neon Wolf

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Kilkenny indie-pop act Neon Wolf play upstairs at Whelan's on June 11, with the band having topped the iTunes charts with their debut EP.

    Tickets cost €10 from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    Murmur: Goldie Fawn, Æ MAK, Beauty Sleep & New Portals

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Downstairs at the MAC hosts a brand new night called Murmur, in which the worlds of live music, theatre, film, dance & visual art combine in an immersive performance on June 11.

    Performing are Goldie Fawn, Dublin indie-pop outfit Æ MAKNew Portals and Beauty Sleep.

    Admission costs £12/£15, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    A Litany of Failures: Oh Boland, Shrug Life, That Snaake & Junk Drawer

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

    Digital Cover (with text)

    Presented by esteemed vanguards of lovely noise Little L Records, on Saturday, June 11, Galway's Roisin Dubh hosts the launch of A Litany of Failures, a new four-track cassette split featuring new tunes from Galway garage noisemakers Oh Boland - who have a video for their contribution, 'Where's The Beach?' - Dublin bands Shrug Life - they're - & That Snaake (also deadly) and Belfast indie rock quartet Junk Drawer - check their free tunes on Bandcamp.

    Doors are at 8pm. Admission is €5.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    Buille

    An Droichead

    Belfast

    Buille Flyer front copy

    The ever-reliable folk of Moving On Music bring the exciting, innovative traditional music of Buille to NI over June, with a show at Antrim's Old Courthouse on June 11.

    Led by Armagh born brothers Niall and Caoimhín Vallely (Concertina / Piano), the formidable line up includes Ed Boyd (Guitar) along with special guests Jim Higgins (Bodhrán) and Neil Yates (Trumpet). Buille formed in 2004 as a vehicle to perform a body of new music composed by Niall, resulting in three critically acclaimed albums to date. The music is based on traditional forms but freely borrows stylistic elements from various genres including jazz, blues, and contemporary music.

    Buille have toured extensively across Ireland, the UK, Europe, America, and Russia, earning the reputation as a must see live act, and one of the contemporary Irish bands helping bring new ears to traditional music.

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

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016

    Slayer & Anthrax

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

    LEFT TO RIGHT:  Tom Araya, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King

    Half of thrash metal's Big Four play a pair of Irish shows in June as part of their joint UK tour. Slayer and Anthrax hit the Olympia Theatre on June 14.

    Having been been together for the past 3 decades, Slayer really broke with their third album, 1986's Reign In Blood. Their recent Irish shows have been instant sellouts, and in the mighty shadow of Dave Lombardo & the late Jeff Hanneman are Exodus' Paul Bostaph & Gary Holt. Most recently, they released their twelfth LP, Repentless.

    Anthrax were the east coast band of the Big Four, and are largely responsible for helping hip-hop & metal form something of an alliance. Their early albums like '85's Spreading The Disease and '87's Among The Living are thrash classics, and the band this year released their eleventh album, For All Kings.

    Tickets are priced at €39 & €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016

    David Cross - Making America Great Again!

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    US alternative comedy icon David Cross performs his new show, Making America Great Again!, at Vicar Street on June 14.

    The '90s saw Cross, along with Bob Odenkirk, break ground in comedy with HBO's Mr Show, a satirical, black & at times surreal sketch show. He pops up all over television and film - and even GTA: San Andreas -  perhaps most beloved for his role in Arrested Development as Tobias Fünke. 

    Tickets cost €36.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016

    De La Soul

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

    delasoul

    Long Island hip-hoppers De La Soul return to Belfast to play the Limelight 1 on June 15

    They last came here to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their iconic debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, which helped introduce jazz and eclectic sampling into the hip-hop lexicon, laying the foundations for alternative hip-hop. They recently Kickstarter-funded a new album - their first since 2004. Check out 'God It', featuring Nas, from last year.

    Support comes from Nik Muzka.

    Tickets are available for £34 from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016

    Slayer & Anthrax

    The Marquee

    Cork

    LEFT TO RIGHT:  Tom Araya, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King

    Half of thrash metal's Big Four play a pair of Irish shows in June as part of their joint UK & Irish tour. Slayer and Anthrax hit Cork's Live At The Marquee series on June 15.

    Having been been together for the past 3 decades, Slayer really broke with their third album, 1986's Reign In Blood. Their recent Irish shows have been instant sellouts, and in the mighty shadow of Dave Lombardo & the late Jeff Hanneman are Exodus' Paul Bostaph & Gary Holt. Most recently, they released their twelfth LP, Repentless.

    Anthrax were the east coast band of the Big Four, and are largely responsible for helping hip-hop & metal form something of an alliance. Their early albums like '85's Spreading The Disease and '87's Among The Living are thrash classics, and the band this year released their eleventh album, For All Kings.

    Tickets are priced at €35-€44 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016

    Brian Jonestown Massacre w/Documenta

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

    brianjonestownbel

    US psych-rock outfit The Brian Jonestown Massacre return to Ireland, stopping off on June 15 to Limelight 2.

    Their last album, Revelation, was released in 2014, with frontman Anton Newcombe touring and collaborating with Tess Parks throughout the following years, finishing off with a Brian Jonestown Massacre mini-album, Mini-Album Thingy Wingy - each of which were recorded in his Berlin studio.

    Check out their latest track, 'Fingertips'.

    Support comes from Belfast drone-pop Documenta, who recently put out their second album, Drone Pop #2.

    Tickets cost £16 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2016

    De La Soul

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Long Island hip-hoppers De La Soul return to Dublin, where they're to play the Olympia Theatre on June 16.

    They last came here to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their iconic debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, which helped introduce jazz and eclectic sampling into the hip-hop lexicon, laying the foundations for alternative hip-hop. They recently Kickstarter-funded a new album - their first since 2004. Check out 'God It', featuring Nas, from last year.

    Support comes from Nik Muzka.

    Tickets are available for €40-€41 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2016

    Live Free #20: January, Rosseau & Hello Newman

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh's Live Free night's twentieth, and first out-and-out emo/punk instalment takes place on June 16, headlined by emo trio January. Check out their debut release, Sad Songs.

    Derry indie-emo duo Rosseau also play - check their Bandcamp - as well as punk outfit Hello Newman.

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

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2016

    Brian Jonestown Massacre

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    US psych-rock outfit The Brian Jonestown Massacre return to Ireland, stopping off in The Academy on June 16.

    Their last album, Revelation, was released in 2014, with frontman Anton Newcombe touring and collaborating with Tess Parks throughout the following years, finishing off with a Brian Jonestown Massacre mini-album, Mini-Album Thingy Wingy - each of which were recorded in his Berlin studio.

    Check out their latest track, 'Fingertips'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    17
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016

    Body&Soul 2016

    Ballinlough Castle

    Co. Westmeath

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    This year's Body&Soul Festival takes place from June 17-19 at Co. Westmeath's Ballinlough Castle, with some noteworthy acts including SantigoldSt GermainFloating Points (live), Mercury RevBADBADNOTGOODWolf ParadeSun Kil Moon, Junior BoysCassy, Mbongwana Star,

    Also playing are Ibibio Sound Machine, Tanya Tagaq, Slow Magic, Jambinai, Ho99o9, Ninos Du Brasil, NAH, Rusangano Family, FJAAK, EMBRZ, Bitch Falcon, Talos, Saint Sister, Elm, Toofools, Forrests. Many more are to be announced.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced up to €169.50.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016

    Natty Wailer & The Reggae Vibes

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Reggae artist Natty Wailer comes to the Academy with his band, The Reggae Vibes on June 18.

    Natty spent nine years with Bob Marley & the Wailers as keyboardist, before leaving to form his own project. He migrated to Ireland in 2000 after launching his Lifted album. Check out 'Let's Come Together'.

    Tickets are available, priced at €25, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    20
    Jun
    2016

    Joe Satriani

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

    satch

    Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani takes his shockwave tour to Vicar Street on June 20.

    The man who taught Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Kirk Hammett, Alex Skolnick and many, many more. His past speaks for itself, playing as part of the G3 guitar tours, playing with supergroup Chickenfoot since 2008, being active since 1970. He most recently released his fifteenth album, Shockwave Supernova.

    Check out this live version of 'Flying In A Blue Dream'. He plays with his collaborators, Bryan Beller, Marco Minneman & Mike Keneally.

    Tickets cost €47 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016

    Blackberry Smoke

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Atlanta roots rock outfit Blackberry Smoke play Dublin's The Academy on June 21 as part of their international Holding All The Roses tour. 

    They released their Brendan O'Brien-produced fourth album, Holding All The Roses last year. 

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

  • Wed
    22
    Jun
    2016
    Thu
    23
    Jun
    2016

    Starboard Home

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    The National Concert Hall hosts the rich bill of Starboard Home on June 22 & 23, accompanying the full-length album of the same name.

    Commissioned by Dublin Port as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, it features 12 songs written and performed by some of the leading songwriters in Ireland about the river and port, and its key role in Dublin's resonant past into the present. On the bill & album are Bell X1's Paul Noonan, The Blades' Paul ClearyCathy DaveyDuke SpecialGemma HayesJapeColm Mac IomaireLisa O'NeillDeclan O'RourkeJohn Sheahan and Catriona Lally.

    Tickets are available from NCH.ie, priced from €22.50-€27.50. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Jun
    2016

    Belsonic: Foals

    Titanic

    Belfast

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    Oxford indie rock band Foals play return to Ireland for the second time this year to play Belfast's Belsonic at their Titanic venue on June 23.

    They released their fourth album, What Went Down, last summer and are one of the most impressive live bands on the circuit. Check out the awesome virtual reality video for Foals' single, 'Mountain At My Gates'.

    Tickets are priced from £32.50, and are available through Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    Jun
    2016

    Live Free #21: Gnarkats, Salad Boyz & Dandelion Tea

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The 21st instalment of Shizznigh's new gig night, Live Free, at the Eglantine Bar in Belfast, takes place on June 23rd, and is headlined by young Mid-Ulster band Gnarkats. Check out their Soundcloud.

    Also playing are Belfast act Salad Boyz and alt. pop act Dandelion Tea.

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

  • Thu
    23
    Jun
    2016

    Bad Fit & Franklyn

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    New Belfast pop-rock band Bad Fit play their debut show at McHugh's Bar, Belfast on June 23, after a year of practising and writing.

    Support comes from former General Fiasco members' new indie rock band, Franklyn.

    Admission costs £4. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Jun
    2016

    Bad Manners

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    English ska band Bad Manners play the Academy on June 24, following successful Irish shows in December '15.

    They rose to popularity in the early '80s, along with the likes of The Special and Madness for their first four albums. They disbanded in 1987, regrouping sporadically before releasing their first single with original founding members, who met for the first time in decades. 

    Listen to 'Lip Up Fatty'.

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

  • Fri
    24
    Jun
    2016

    Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Best known as a member of The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, garage punk legend Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds will play Voodoo Belfast courtesy of Sunglasses After Dark and Strange Victory Presents on Friday, June 24.

    The horror-punk/garage/broken blues/surf melting pot can be seen on their Live at KEXP session.

    Tickets cost £13.75 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    Belsonic: Biffy Clyro

    Titanic

    Belfast

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    Underground post-hardcore heroes-turned-stadium rockers Biffy Clyro play Belsonic on June 25, in the brand new Titanic Belfast venue.

    Formed in Kilmarnock in 1995, the band's mathy post-hardcore made them one of the most championed acts in alternative rock until their fourth album Puzzle, which broke through into chart territory. They most recently released their sixth album, the double LP, Opposites.

    Tickets cost £32.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Best known as a member of The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, garage punk legend Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds will play Voodoo Belfast courtesy of Sunglasses After Dark and Strange Victory Presents on Friday, June 24.

    The horror-punk/garage/broken blues/surf melting pot can be seen on their Live at KEXP session.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    Ceaseless Blight, Korvid, Neamhní & Valpurga

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The Distortion Project brings a night of blackened metal to Belfast's Limelight 2 on June 25, where NI black metal quartet Ceaseless Blight headline.

    Doom metal five piece Korvid also play - check their Soundcloud - as well as Belfast black metallers Neamhni, and Valpurga.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    CW Stoneking

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Hailing from the northern territory of Australia, bluesman C.W. Stoneking comes to Black Box to play a Strange Victory show on June 25.

    He discovered the blues from a compilation of his father's when he was 11, kicking off a life of it. His first album of original blues compositions, King Hokum, came out in 2005, followed most recently by his third, Gon' Boogaloo, from 2014. Check him out Live With Jools Holland.

    Tickets cost £16.50 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    Overhead, The Albatross

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Having released their debut album Learning To Growl, Dublin instrumental band Overhead, The Albatross play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on June 25.

    The six-piece are known for their intricate musicianship and exploration within what's loosely defined as post-rock. They combine strings, electronics and spacious synths with the usual guitars and drums. Check out the video for 'Indie Rose'.

    Tickets cost €12.50 from Cyprus Avenue. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    Psykick Dancehall #3: Kojaque, God Creative & Crimes Against, Young Phantom

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Medium Presents & The Thin Air's third instalment of Psykick Dancehall at the Bello Bar takes place on June 25, featuring some of the best in the emerging Irish hip-hop scene.

    Performing the show are God CreativeCrimes Against together, Kojaque and Young Phantom.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016

    Sigur Rós w/ James Vincent McMorrow

    Royal Hospital

    Kilmainham

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    Icelandic post-rock masters Sigur Rós headline a summer show at Kilmainham Royal Hospital on June 26. 

    This follows the announcement of a long-awaited 2016 tour. They have been around since 1994, characterised by their ambience, minimalism & classical influences, and are fronted by the falsetto'd Jónsi Birgisson. They look to be currently working on new material, following up on 2013's Kveikur. Have a listen to their incredibly powerful 1999 LP Agaetis Byrjun.

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

    Tickets cost €49.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016

    Bad Manners

    Limelight

    Belfast

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    English ska band Bad Manners play the Limelight in Belfast on June 26, following successful Irish shows in December '15.

    They rose to popularity in the early '80s, along with the likes of The Special and Madness for their first four albums. They disbanded in 1987, regrouping sporadically before releasing their first single with original founding members, who met for the first time in decades. 

    Listen to 'Lip Up Fatty'.

    Tickets, priced at £21, are available from Ticketmaster or Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016

    Earth, Wind & Fire

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Soul-funk fusion powerhouse Earth, Wind & Fire come to the 3Arena for a show on June 28 as part of their 2016 European tour.

    The act has earned more than 50 gold and platinum records, selling over 90 million ablums worldwide. They're America's seventh top-selling musical group of all time, born in Chicago in 1969. They have released 23 albums over the years, eight number 1 R&B singles and eight double platinum top 10 pop albums in their time together. 

    Check out 'September'.

    Tickets cost €55.50 & €60.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016

    Disclosure & Vince Staples

    Kilmainham Royal Hospital

    Dublin

    disclosure vince staples etc

    Electronic duo Disclosure have announced a huge open-air show at Kilmainham Royal Hospital on June 28.

    The pair of brothers - Howard and Guy Lawrence - released their second album Caracal last year. Check out 'Magnets', featuring Lorde.

    Also playing is young Californian rapper Vince Staples, whose debut album, Summertime '06, came out last year to some of the most unanimous acclaim in hip-hop all year. Check out 'Lift Me Up'.

    Tickets cost €49.85 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016

    The Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown: Bloom

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Our next live, totally free Tuesday Throwdown at Lavery's Belfast on Tuesday, June 28 will feature fast-rising psychedelic/experimental quartet BLOOM. Counting the likes of The Doors, Tame Impala, Yes and Brian Jonestown Massacre amongst their influences, the band's craft is an increasingly distinctive, varyingly cosmic blend of the prog-inclined texture and attack.

    No door charge. The Thin Air DJs before and after.

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016

    Belsonic: Stereophonics & The Vaccines

    Titanic

    Belfast

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    Belsonic once more plays host to anthemic Welsh indie rockers Stereophonics on June 29 at its new Titanic Belfast venue. They released their ninth album last year, and the band themselves are only the eighth band to achieve five consecutive number 1 albums in the UK charts.

    Also playing are indie band The Vaccines, who released their third album, English Graffiti, last year.

    Tickets cost £32.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016
    Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016

    Joe Bonamassa

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa plays a pair of shows at Vicar Street on June 29 & 30.

    Opening for BB King when he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa has been at the forefront of the blues scene for over a decade, with 11 of his 15 solo albums reaching #1 on Billboard Blues charts. He's currently touring his album Blues of Desperation. He's also been a part of Black Country Communion, the hard rock supergroup featuring Jason Bonham and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple.

    Tickets, priced from €54.65-€76, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016

    Rosa Nutty 'Sea Salt' Single Launch w/Ailbhe Reddy

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Rosa Nutty releases her new single, 'Sea Salt' with a show at the Grand Social on June 29 featuring her full band. This is their first release since last August's Bunny EP.

    Support comes from Ailbhe Reddy.

    Admission costs €8 on the night, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016

    Stereophonics & The Vaccines

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    Kilmainham Royal Hospital, as part of its ongoing series of summer gigs, plays host to anthemic Welsh indie rockers Stereophonics on June 30. They released their ninth album last year, and the band themselves are only the eighth band to achieve five consecutive number 1 albums in the UK charts.

    Also playing are indie band The Vaccines, who released their third album, English Graffiti, last year.

    Tickets cost €44.05 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

     

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016

    Live Free #22: Yonen, Ink Spelt Death & Men of Mountains

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh's Live Free #22 takes place on June 30 at The Eg, headlined by the recently-formed atmospheric, electronica-tinged instrumental quartet Yonen. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Also playing are the newly revamped indie death pop act Ink Spelt Death - 'When Are Friends On Time?' - and Mid-Ulster mathy post-rock quartet Men of Mountainscheck out their Demo.

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

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016

    Michael Mormecha - LOFi LiFE Album Launch w/Strength & John Kerr

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Mojo Fury frontman and artist in his own right, Michael Mormecha launches his debut solo album LOFi LiFE with show at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast on June 30.

    The record was funded through PledgeMusic and logically follows his work from projects like the alt. rock or Mojo Fury and eccentric folksy-alt. pop of Clown Parlour. Check out lead single 'Family'.

    Support comes from Derry synthpop band Strengthwith an exhibition from collage artist John Kerr.

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2016

    Hiva Oa 'A Great Height' Single Launch w/Rachael Boyd

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    New Belfast act Hiva Oa play their debut show at the Black Box to celebrate the release of their single, 'A Great Height' earlier in the month. The single is available to download for free from their website.

    Support comes from Belfast-based singer-songwriter Rachael Boyd, who uses piano, strings & electronics to create contemporary, textured folk-leaning pieces. Check out her Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016

    Castlepalooza

    Charleville Castle

    Tullamore

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    Offaly's Castlepalooza in Tullamore takes place from July 1-3, with headliners including Caribou, Villagers, alt. hip-hop icons Jurassic 5 and Cat Power.

    Also performing are Romare (in a live AV set), Tiger & WoodsAlle FarbenColm Mc Con IomaireCian NugentThe Altered HoursOverhead, The AlbatrossBadlandsSomerville, with many more acts to be announced.

    Tickets cost €134 with camping and €115 without, from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016

    The Blizzards

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The Blizzards return after a 6-year-long hiatus with a show at Whelan's on July 1. 

    The Mullingar power pop act released their debut album A Public Display of Affection in 2006, which achieved double platinum status. They played with the likes of Oasis, AC/DC & The Prodigy over the years, and the five piece have big things planned for the upcoming months.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016

    Thumper 'Magnum Opuss' EP Launch w/Æ MAK & Walpurgis Family

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Lo-fi garage punks Thumper launch their new EP, Magnum Opuss at the Workman's Club on July 1, with the EP out a fortnight earlier. Check out the EP.

    Support comes from indie-pop act Æ MAK and Popical Island indie-pop outfit Walpurgis Family.

    Admission costs €5, or €10 with an EP. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016

    God Is An Astronaut

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Electronica-tinged post-rock quartet God Is An Astronaut play Whelan's on July 2 - originally postponed due to illness in May.

    Formed by Wicklow twins Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002, the act are broad in scope, with each album revealing a deeper layer of where they are at the time. Their last album was last year's Helios | Erebus.

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

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016

    September Girls

    Brewery Corner

    Kilkenny

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    Dublin noise-pop band September Girls (of Fortuna POP / Kanine Records).

    The quartet released their Veneer EP in 2014, with their debut album, Cursing The Sea being included in Rough Trade's Top 100 albums of the year. Check out the videos for 'Veneer + Black Oil'. They've just released their follow-up, Age of Indignation.

    Doors open at 9.30pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016

    War Iron, Nomadic Rituals & Molarbear

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The Distortion Project brings together a strong, low-end heavy lineup for a show entitled Heaviness Can't Wait - Midsummer Murdered at the Limelight 2 on July 2, headlined by doom-sludge metal band War Iron.  Check out their recent full-length, Precession of the Equinoxes.

    Also playing are doom titans Nomadic Rituals, who have a second album ready to go. In the meantime, listen to their 2015 split with Tome. Opening the show are riffers Molarbear - check out 'Rad Pitt'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 5pm as it's an early show.

     

     

  • Tue
    05
    Jul
    2016

    Foals, All Tvvins

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Oxford indie rock band Foals play return to Ireland for the second time this year to play Cork's Live at the Marquee on July 5.

    They released their fourth album, What Went Down, last summer and are one of the most impressive live bands on the circuit. Check out the awesome virtual reality video for Foals' single, 'Mountain At My Gates'.

    Support comes from All Tvvins.

    Tickets are priced from €36, and are available through Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Jul
    2016

    Megacone, Onwards & The Dyatonics

    Roisin Dubh

    Dublin

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    Feast's next show upstairs at Galway's Roisin Dubh takes place on July 6, headlined by Dublin instrumental progressive & post-rock tinged quintet Megacone. Check out their video for 'Absolute Magnitude' from their latest EP of the same name, released on Dimestore Records.

    Instrumental Galway outfit Onwards Upwards support - check out their new EP Kore Kosmou - as well as Dublin noise/alternative band The Dyatonics. Check out their new single 'Replicana'.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Jul
    2016

    Rick Astley

    The Waterfront Hall

    Dublin

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    Rick Astley plays Belfast's Waterfront Hall on March 20 for his 50 Tour of 2017. 

    He deservedly made his first number one album in 29 years in 2016 with 50, and is his first album in over a decade. C'mon, it's Rick Astley.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016

    Kodaline w/Jess Glynne & Walking On Cars

    Marlay Park

    Dublin

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    Anthemic indie-pop quartet Kodaline play a massive date at Marlay Park on July 8, following packed shows at the 3Arena and across the UK last year. 

    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 2015

    Check out 'Love Will Set You Free', taken from their new LP.

    Support comes from Jess Glynne.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €49.50. Gates open at 4.30pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016

    Funeral Suits

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Irish alternative rock outfit Funeral Suits play Whelan's on July 8 after several years of silence.

    Formed in 2008, they self-released some singles before Smiths & Blur producer Stephen Street came into contact, after which their debut album Lily of the Valley was released in 2012. They've just released their first music in almost four years in single 'Tree of Life'.

    Tickets cost €14 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016

    Bell X1

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Following their mammoth slot on Ed Sheeran's Croke Park bill and sold out shows last year, Bell X1 play Iveagh Gardens on July 8.

    The trio have been busy recently finishing their seventh album, following on from their 2013 LP, Chop Chop, which was their third Irish Number 1 album and fourth consecutive Choice Music Prize nominee. Check out this recent performance of new single 'The Upswing' on the Ray D'Arcy Show.

    Support comes from Mullingar indie band The Academic.

    Tickets are priced at €38.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016

    John Grant

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Colorado groove-strewn singer-songwriter John Grant headlines the Iveagh Gardens on July 9 as part of their summer concert series.

    Former frontman of the Denver-based alternative band The Czars throughout the '90s and '00s, he released his debut solo album, Queen of Denmark in 2010, featuring him coming to terms with his sexuality and struggles with alcohol & drug addiction. He followed this up with the acclaimed Pale Green Ghosts, which delved further into his deeply personal lyrical content, singing about being HIV-positive in 'Ernest Borgnine'.

    This date follows several successful shows in Ireland after the release of his third album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, which sees Grant explore further his fizzing electro-pop side. Check out the video for single, 'Disappointing', feat. Tracey Thorn.

    Tickets are available, priced at €40, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016

    The Stone Roses, Rodrigo Y Gabriela & Soak

    Marlay Park

    Dublin

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    Manchester legends The Stone Roses play a massive show at Marlay Park on July 9.

    They've already sold out two nights at the Etihad Stadium - impressive, considering they only released two albums in their time together. They formed in 1983, pioneering the Madchester scene in the late '80s and early '90s. The classic lineup consists of Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani & Reni, with these appearances reuniting the four. They're most beloved for their 1989 eponymous debut, which influenced an entire generation and beyond, most notably Oasis.

    Support comes from Rodrigo Y Gabriela and young NI songstress Soak.

    Tickets cost €74.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 5.30pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016

    Walking On Cars

    Live At The Marquee

    Cork

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    Following a sold out nationwide Irish tour, Walking On Cars headline on July 9 as part of Cork's Live At The Marquee series.

    The Kerry five piece released their successful debut single, 'Catch Me If You Can' back in 2012, and have since went from strength to strength. Their debut album, Everything This Way was quick to reach platinum status, sitting at number 1 on the Irish charts for three consecutive weeks. 

    Check out the video for 'Speeding Cars'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €28. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016

    So Cow, Hot Cops, Junk Drawer & Shrug Life

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Formed in South Korea in 2004, it has often been said that Galway indie-rock band So Cow have "more hooks than a Peter Hook-curated pirate convention, where I Know What You Did Last Summer, Candyman and Steven Spielberg's Hook are played on repeat against a big wall to drive the "hook" point home because there's really little else to go on there." They ply their jangly trade at Voodoo in Belfast on July 9.

    Also playing are "arresting" slacker indie kids Hot Cops - check them on Bandcamp - "band with quite decent outros" Junk Drawer - check their tunes - and Dublin's Shrug Life - listen - a band who "make music and fight first world problems." 

    Doors at 8pm. Admission £5. The Thin Air DJs before and after.

  • Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016

    Wilco

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Chicago alternative act Wilco play Dublin on July 10 as part of the Live at the Iveagh Gardens series of summer shows.

    The band was formed by Tweedy in 1994 following the dissolution of Uncle Tupelo, and progressed from alt. country to a more eclectic form of indie rock, most notably on their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which got them dropped by their own label yet proved to be their real breakthrough. They released their ninth album, Star Wars in July 2015.

    Check out their recent 'Live on KEXP' session.

    Tickets cost €50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Wed
    13
    Jul
    2016

    Pixies

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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    Pixies come to Ireland for a pair of summer dates, playing Cork's annual favourite series, Live at the Marquee, on July 13. 

    The blueprint for almost the entirety of alternative rock, the Boston, Mass. quartet are currently with 3 of their constant lineup, with Paz Lenchantin currently on bass duties. Their fusion of surf, psych, noise-pop, hard rock and classic rock, amongst countless others, created a foundation off which Black projected his surrealist ramblings, for four glorious albums. They reunited a few years back, releasing their fifth album, the fairly disappointing Indie Cindy in 2014 - but expect the unexpected from the foursome on these dates.

    Tickets cost €53 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Jul
    2016

    Pixies

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Pixies come to Ireland for a pair of summer dates, playing at the Iveagh Gardens on July 14. 

    The blueprint for almost the entirety of alternative rock, the Boston, Mass. quartet are currently with 3 of their constant lineup, with Paz Lenchantin currently on bass duties. Their fusion of surf, psych, noise-pop, hard rock and classic rock, amongst countless others, created a foundation off which Black projected his surrealist ramblings, for four glorious albums. They reunited a few years back, releasing their fifth album, the fairly disappointing Indie Cindy in 2014 - but expect the unexpected from the foursome on these dates.

    Tickets cost €53 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016

    Longitude Festival 2016

    Marlay Park

    Dublin

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    This year's Longitude at Marlay Park takes place from July 15-17, with an appropriately impressive lineup, headlined by the world's greatest hip-hop artist Kendrick LamarMajor Lazer and Ohioan indie rock band The National on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

    Also playing is a diverse selection of national and international acts like Jamie XXFather John MistyChvrchesRoisin MurphyTyler, The CreatorAction BronsonCourtney BarnettA$AP FergAll TvvinsRejjie SnowOtherkinPleasure Beach and Saint Sister.

    Gates open at 1.30pm, with day tickets priced €64.50, and weekends €159.50,  Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016

    Gama Bomb, Rabid Bitch of the North, Scimitar & Wardomized

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Light of heart and heavy of riff Newry/Dublin speed-thrash quintet Gama Bomb make their awaited return to Belfast to play the Empire on July 16.  They released their latest album, Untouchable Glory, last year - check out the video for 'Ninja Untouchables'.

    Support comes from Belfast NWOBHM trio Rabid Bitch of the North. Check out their latest single, 'Defending Two Castles', on Bandcamp - Derry thrash act Scimitar and crossover act Wardomized - check out their new single, 'Strained'.

    Admission costs £12 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016

    Bell X1

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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    Following their mammoth slot on Ed Sheeran's Croke Park bill and sold out shows last year, Bell X1 play Galway's Festival Big Top on July 16.

    The trio have been busy recently finishing their seventh album, following on from their 2013 LP, Chop Chop, which was their third Irish Number 1 album and fourth consecutive Choice Music Prize nominee. 

    Tickets are priced at €39.05 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016

    Richard Dawson w/Robyn G. Shiels

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    The Earagail Arts Festival in Donegal, on July 16, brings arguably the finest and most unique modern English folk singer Richard Dawson to Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre.

    Richard Dawson has been described by The Guardian as the 'English folk equivalent of Captain Beefheart's deconstruction of the blues'. No small feat for the rootsy, imperfect, heartfelt - without ever breaking into cliché - singer-songwriter, who has gained some impressive, reputable fans in the last 3 years, including the likes of Stewart Lee. Check out this incredible session performance of 'Wooden Bag'. His last album, Nothing Important, is incredible.

    Supporting is brooding Kilrea veteran Shiels, who won the Northern Ireland Music Prize last year for his long-awaited The Blood of the Innocents album. Check his dark brand of folk via the rich back catalogue available on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €15 or €12 concessions, available from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016

    Ainriail Album Launch w/Disconnect, Ruairi O'Baoighill & ɗʉɭʈ

    The Cellar Bar

    Galway

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    Sludge/doom band Ainriail launch their debut album My Heart is a Knot of Blood with a tour, first playing Galway's Cellar Bar on July 16, where they'll play the album in its entirety. Check out their previous EP, Wasteland, which includes influences from further afield, taking in grungy & progressive elements.

    Support comes from Belfast industrial/extreme metal act DisconnectGalway dark ambient artist Ruairi O'Baoighill and drone project ɗʉɭʈ

    Admission costs €5, or €9 with a cassette tape of their debut album. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016

    The Smith Street Band w/Stairwells, Old Bean & January

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    Melbourne folk-punks The Smith Street Band play an all-ages show at Fibber Magees on July 16. The band formed in 2010, and have  released three albums, with the most recent being their underground breakthrough Throw Me In The River. Check out the video for 'Surrender'.

    Support comes from Dublin emo/melodic hardcore band Stairwells, Galway punks Old Bean - check their latest album, Creatures - and Belfast emo/pop-punk quartet January - check their Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €13 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016

    Sam Lee's "Other Voices"

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    One of folk's most important figures at the moment, Sam Lee, plays Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on July 17 for the Earagail Arts Festival.

    The Mercury-nominated artist appeared in 2012 with his debut album Ground of its Own, garnering instant acclaim, and many folk and roots awards and nominations. The London-born Sam has travelled across the British Isles, seeking out and recording ancient songs from the last of the Gypsy travellers, resulting in new interpretations of traditional songs.

    His latest album, Fade In Time encompasses Japanese court music and Tajikistan wedding marches alongside his staple British folk -  check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert. This show will bring together some of the singers Lee has discovered across the Irish Traveller Community, hosting a sing-around to share some of these voices and unheard songs.

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

  • Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016

    Owen Denvir 'Green Light' Single Launch w/Jess Edlin & Stephen Macartney

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Sunday July 17 sees folk-pop singer-songwriter Owen Denvir launch his new single, 'Green Light' at the Sunflower Bar in Belfast.This follows his October Daydreamer EP.

    Support comes from the electic and original electronica-laced songstress Jess Edlin and local singer-songwriter Stephen Macartney.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016

    The Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown: Apartments

    Lavery's

    Belfast

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    One of the featured "ones to watch" acts in our 16 For '16 feature at the start of the year, Belfast duo apartments will play a live Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown in the intimate space of Lavery's Belfast Back Bar on Tuesday, July 19.

    Having released their six-track debut EP, Rush, back in October of last year, the emo/hardcore pair have quickly established themselves as a live act very much worth checking out. 

    Admission is free. The Thin Air DJs before and after.

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016

    The Dead Daisies w/Inglorious

    Green Room @ The Academy

    Dublin

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    Australian-American hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies make their first appearance on Irish soil at Dublin's Academy on July 20.

    Featuring a revolving lineup of stars of classic & hard rock, their current lineup features members of Whitesnake, Dio, former Mötley Crüe frontman John Corabi, and more. Their new album, Make Some Noise is out in August - check out 'Midnight Moses', from last year's Revolución

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

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    Thu
    21
    Jul
    2016

    Dan Deacon (Exclusive Irish Dates)

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    American singer, composer & electronic music iconoclast Dan Deacon plays his only two Irish shows of the year at Galway's Roisin Dubh on July 20 & 21.

    His latest studio album, Gliss Riffer came out last year, once more morphing pop and madcap electronica into one. He has toured with Arcade Fire & written a film score for Francis Ford Coppola. He has released  a large number of singles, EP's and albums since 2003. His live shows incorporate a major level of audience interaction, and this won't be one to miss. 

    Tickets cost €25, or €22.50 for members from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Jul
    2016

    The Dead Daisies w/Inglorious

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Australian-American hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies play the Limelight on July 21.

    Featuring a revolving lineup of stars of classic & hard rock, their current lineup features members of Whitesnake, Dio, former Mötley Crüe frontman John Corabi, and more. Their new album, Make Some Noise is out in August - check out 'Midnight Moses', from last year's Revolución

    Support comes from Inglorious.

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

  • Thu
    21
    Jul
    2016

    Live Free #25: Candy's Eyes, Plasticine Porters, Siobhan Day, Matt O'Reilly & Joel Harkin

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions 25th instalment of their free weekly slot, Live Free, takes place on July 21, headlined by Candy's Eyes.

    Also on the bill are Plasticine PortersSiobhan DayMatt O'ReillyJoel Harkin in a strong bill of singer-songwriters.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016

    God Is An Astronaut

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Electronica-tinged post-rock quartet God Is An Astronaut play Galway's Roisin Dubh on July 22.

    Formed by Wicklow twins Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002, the act are broad in scope, with each album revealing a deeper layer of where they are at the time. Their last album was last year's Helios | Erebus.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016

    The Defects, Suckin Diesel, Buck Eejit and Steven VX & the Art Rats

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

     

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    Shizznigh Promotions' bring back classic Belfast punks The Defects for a headline show at The Eg on July 22 with an apt support cast of local punk. Check out their album Defective Breakdown, now approaching its 35th anniversary.

    Supporting are Suckin DieselBuck Eejit, Steven VX & The Art Rats, with DJ duties from Cushla.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016

    Ainriail Album Launch w/Nomadic Rituals, Subordinate & Disconnect

    The Warzone Centre

    Belfast

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    Sludge/doom band Ainriail play the Belfast leg of their debut album launch tour on July 22 at the Warzone Centre. Check their previous EP, Wasteland, which includes influences from further afield, taking in grungy & progressive elements.

    Support comes from Belfast doom trio Nomadic Rituals - check their Bandcamp, Enniskillen d-beat/crust trio Subordinate, and industrial/extreme metal act Disconnect.

    Admission costs £5, or £8 with a cassette tape of their debut album My Heart is a Knot of Blood. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016

    Documenta

    Mister Tom's Lounge, Lavery's

    Belfast

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    Lavery's present a very special headline show by Documenta at Mister Tom's Lounge on the 1st floor on July Belfast seven-piece 'drone-pop' outfit led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Greene.

    Over the last few years, the band have gone from strength to strength, confirming their status as one of Belfast's best live acts. Meanwhile their latest album Drone Pop #1 (they are contrarians...) was one of the best to come out of Northern Ireland in 2015. This summer, they take their place on several festival bills around the UK and Ireland, making Mister Tom's an unusually intimate environment for a rare hometown gig. Don't miss it.

    Check out 'Idle Hands'.

    Admission costs £5, and the band starts at 10pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016

    Little Green Cars

    The Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Indie-folk quintet Little Green Cars play their biggest Irish headline show to date at The Iveagh Gardens on July 23 after a hugely successfully year so far.

    They formed as The Revolts in the mid-noughties, which evolved into Little Green Cars, releasing their debut album Absolute Zero in 2013, leading to shows with Jake Bugg & Neil Young, and an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Their second album, Ephemera, came out in March this year.

    Check out the video for 'Easier Day'.

    Tickets cost €33 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016

    God Is An Astronaut

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Electronica-tinged post-rock quartet God Is An Astronaut play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on July 23.

    Formed by Wicklow twins Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002, the act are broad in scope, with each album revealing a deeper layer of where they are at the time. Their last album was last year's Helios | Erebus.

    Tickets are available from Cyprus Avenue, priced at €18.50. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016

    Ainriail Album Launch w/Raum Kingdom & Katie O'Neill

    Tenterhooks

    Dublin

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    Sludge/doom band Ainriail launch their debut album My Heart is a Knot of Blood with a tour, stopping off a Tenterhooks at Dublin's New Market Square on July 23, where they'll play the album in its entirety. Check out their previous EP, Wasteland, which includes influences from further afield, taking in grungy & progressive elements.

    Support comes from Irish sludgy blackened post-metal outfit Raum Kingdom - check out their live set from The Seige of Limerick - and experimental lo-fi singer-songwriter Katie O'Neill. Check her stuff out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €6, or €10 with a cassette tape of their debut album. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016

    Daithi, Mmoths & Toby Karr

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Unique Galway looping, fiddle-playing electronic wizard Daithi headlines the Roisin Dubh on July 23.

    His debut album, In Flight, was met w after first appearing on The All Ireland Talent Show and reaching the final. He then appeared on Sky's Must Be The Music and went on to sign for Sony Ireland. His trad-tinged dance music has seen him play some huge shows and all the main Irish festivals in recent years. This year, he released the Tribes EP, written about the West of Ireland.

    Check out the video for 'In Flight', featuring Danny O'Reilly.

    Also playing are Mmoths and Toby Karr.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016

    Dylan Tighe w/Everything Shook

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    July 23 sees Dylan Tighe plays with a full band at the Grand Social in what's his only full-band gig of the summer, following the recent release of his second album, Wabi Sabi Soul. Check out the single & free download, 'Never That Simple'.

    Support comes from darkly electropop trio Everything Shook - check out the video for 'Come Back To Mine'.

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

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016

    CC Smugglers

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    'New roots music' outfit CC Smugglers play upstairs at Whelan's on July 28.

    The band first raised the attention of their forebearers by busking outside Old Crow Medicine Show concerts, leading to the old country act inviting them to play on sold out shows. They've played all the major UK festivals, released an EP last year, with more music due for release this year. In the meantime, check out 'How Long'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets, priced at €14. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016

    Blue Oyster Cult

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    In the year of the 40th anniversary of Blue Oyster Cult's platinum-selling fourth album Agents of Fortune, they're to play a celebratory tour, stopping off at Dublin's Academy on July 28.

    This is the band's first ever appearance in Ireland, and they'll play the 1976 LP Agents of Fortune in its entirety - an album which features some of their calling cards, most notably '(Don't Fear) The Reaper'. The band includes the core original members and co-founders Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser & Eric Bloom, with fellow early member Richie Castellano.

    Tickets cost €40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016

    Coasts

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Anthemic Bristol indie-pop five-piece Coasts play the Limelight 2 on July 29.

    For fans of Kodaline and the likes, check out their single, 'Oceans'.

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

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016

    Headless Kross, Slomatics & Wild Rocket

    On The Rox

    Dublin

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    Glasgow psychedelic doomsters Headless Kross come to Dublin's On The Rox on July 29 on their annual pilgrimage.

    Support comes from Dublin psych-doom act Wild Rocket - check their Bandcamp - and Belfast sludgers Slomatics, whose fifth album is available for pre-order. Check out first single, 'Electric Breath'.

    Admission is €8, and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016

    Mirador 1st Anniversary: Wood Burning Savages, Brash Isaac & Brand New Friend

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    Mirador bring some of their favourite acts together to play QUBSU's Bar Sub on July 29 for their first birthday party. Headlining are indie-art-rockers The Wood Burning Savages. Check out the video for their single, 'We Love You'.

    Supporting is Brash Isaac, formerly of New Ancestors/1930s, as well as indie-pop quartet Brand New Friend.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016

    Nocturnes 'The Soft Animal' Album Launch

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    The project from songwriter Pearse McGloughlin, Nocturnes, release their fourth album, The Soft Animal at Dublin's Bello Bar on July 29.

    The album interweaves intentionally lo-fi recordings with some richer production in an album that checks Sufjan Stevens and the like as key influences. The album is released on the day of the show, and will be available from Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Choice Music Prize-nominee & Irish Times Album of the Year-winner, ambient folk-pop singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Valerie Francis. Check out her album, Slow Dynamo, on Bandcamp.

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

     

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016

    Coasts

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Anthemic Bristol indie-pop five-piece Coasts play Whelan's on July 30.

    For fans of Kodaline and the likes, check out their single, 'Oceans'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016

    The Beatyard 2016: Night 1

    The Beatyard, Dún Laoghaire

    Dublin

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    The first night of Beck's Beatyard festival at Dublin's Dún Laoghaire Harbour on July 30 is headlined by instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy, and legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry - listen to Super Ape.

    Also on the bill are TensnakeTheo ParrishDaniel WangStomptown BrassAd Bones, and Galway garage rockers Oh Boland.

    There'll be an assortment of food, drink & coffee stands, guest speakers and activities over the weekend too, including flea markets and games - the full list of guests is available here.

    Ticket are priced at €49 for one day, or €79 for the weekend, from The-Beatyard.com.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016

    Headless Kross, Wild Rocket & Slomatics

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Glasgow psychedelic doomsters Headless Kross come to Belfast's Voodoo on July 30 on their annual pilgrimage, thanks to The Distortion Project.

    Support comes from Dublin psych-doom act Wild Rocket - check their Bandcamp - and Belfast sludgers Slomatics, whose fifth album is available for pre-order. Check out first single, 'Electric Breath'.

    Admission costs only £6 and doors open at 6.30pm as it's an early show - over by 9.15pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016

    Idlewild

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Scottish indie legends Idlewild play Belfast's Limelight 2 on July 30.

    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, Everything Ever Written, which came out in 2015.

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016

    Popicalia: Squarehead, Land Lovers & Ginnels

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie label Popical Island's gig night Popicalia makes its return on July 30 at the Bello Bar, headlined by retro-pop outfit Squarehead. Check out their Bandcamp.

    Dublin indie pop band Land Lovers - Check out their latest album, The Rooks Have Returned - and lo-fi indie band Ginnels - check out their incredible, underrated album 'A Country Life'.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016

    The Beatyard 2016: Night 2

    The Beatyard, Dún Laoghaire

    Dublin

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    The second night of Beck's Beatyard festival at Dublin's Dún Laoghaire Harbour on July 31 is headlined by p-funk pioneer and all-around legend George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic. 

    Also on the bill are Roy AyersCharles Bradley & His ExtraordinairesReeps OneDJ RahaanBen Bix & Feather, and the Imaginosity Kids Museum & Draw with Don Conroy.

    There'll be an assortment of food, drink & coffee stands, guest speakers and activities over the weekend too, including flea markets and games - the full list is available here.

    Ticket are priced at €49 for one day, or €79 for the weekend, from The-Beatyard.com.

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016

    Tenterhooks Last Show: Una Bèstia Incontrolable, Disguise, No Form, Unyielding Love, Sissy, Strong Boys, Worst & Scrap Brain

    Tenterhooks

    Dublin

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    Dublin's D.I.Y. venue Tenterhooks says goodbye to a good run with its last show taking place on July 31, headlined by Barcelona hardcore/noise rock/post-punk band Una Bèstia Incontrolable on their last date of the Irish tour. Check them out on Bandcamp for a touch of their visceral power. 

    They're joined on the not-insignificant bill by Dublin hardcore outfit Disguise, Leeds hardcore band No Form, Belfast noise act Unyielding Love, Dublin garage-punks Sissy, Dublin hardcore act Strong Boys, structureless, songless noise band Worst and London's Scrap Brain.

    Doors open at 3pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016

    PigsAsPeople Final Show w/7.5 Tonnes of Beard, Bosco Ramos & No Great Loss

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Sludgy post-hardcore/noise rock trio PigsAsPeople return from their hiatus for one final show at the Limelight 2 on August, before their members relocate to other countries. In their time together, they released 2 EPs and an album, all of which are available on Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-like basis. 

    Supporting are sludge band 7.5 Tonnes of Beard - featuring members of ASIWYFA - Belfast duo Bosco Ramos and No Great Loss.

    Admission costs £5 before 9.30pm, and £7 after. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016

    Live Free #27: In An Instant, Dandys Loft & Jess Edlin

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The August 4 edition of Shizznigh's Live Free at the Eglantine Bar is headlined by Bangor indie-pop band In An Instant, having just released their new single, 'Where the Demons and the Devil Speak'.

    Support comes from Lurgan indie band Dandys Loft and the electic and original electronica-laced Jess Edlin - check her Soundcloud.

    As ever, admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016

    Getting To Know: Jealous of the Birds

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    August 4 sees the incredibly fast-rising Portadown songstress Naomi Hamilton, aka Jealous of the Birds have a chat & live set at the Oh Yeah Centre as part of their Getting To Know... series.

    The event features a blend of live music, feedback and discussion about their influences, technique and more, by way of interaction and critique with the audience. Her debut album, Parma Violets, was released in April to acclaim, after her self-recorded debut Capricorn EP came out in 2015.

    Admission is free and the event runs from 7-9pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016

    Voodoom: Nomadic Rituals, Elder Druid, Molarbear, Korvid, Maw & Goatschlager

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    A seriously riff-heavy bill of doom, sludge and the like takes place at Voodoo on August 5, topped by Nomadic Rituals - check their Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Elder DruidMolarbearKorvidMAW and Goatschlager.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm, with the first act on at 9.30pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016

    Chewing On Tinfoil EP Launch w/Driveway & Orangutan

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Tallaght punks Chewing On Tinfoil - check their Bandcamp - release their new (free!) EP Moving The Goalposts gets its launch at Whelan's on August 5 before the band head on tour the next day.

    Support comes from Irish emo five piece Driveway - check their extensive back catalogue on Bandcamp - and hardcore act Orangutan - check their Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016

    Sunflowerfest

    Tubby's Farm

    Hillsborough

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    This year's Sunflowerfest runs from August 5-7 at Tubby's Farm, just outside Hillsborough. The lineup features over 120 acts across 6 stages.

    It features the likes of The StrypesLe GalaxieEmerald ArmadaJealous of the BirdsJika JikaKing Kong CompanyMalojian, Tw!tch DJsTrucker Diablo and many more. For the full lineup, check out the site.

    Tickets are available from Sunflowerfest.co.uk, priced from £69.95 for the weekend, and  £28 for single day passes.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016

    Yorkston/Thorne/Khan

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music bring the experimental trio of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan to the Crescent Arts Centre on August 6.

    James Yorkston is renowned as one of the most influential singer-songwriters on the Scottish folk scene, Suhail Yusuf Khan is an award-winning sarangi player & classical singer from New Delhi, and Jon Thorne plays jazz double bass wwith electro outfit Lamb. The Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music hybrid lays in a warped dimension parallel to indie-folk & art music, touching on acoustic drone, 60's folk and Indian classical, amongst others.

    Tickets cost £12 or £8 concession from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016

    Pride 16: Brand New Friend, Bad Fit & Worm Hears

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The Oh Yeah Centre celebrates Pride '16 in Belfast on August 6 with a bill headlined by indie-pop quartet Brand New Friend, who recently released their debut EP, American Wives, which you can check out on Bandcamp.

    Also playing are new Belfast pop-rock four-piece Bad Fit, who just unveiled their debut single, 'Strong Forever', and Worm Hearsaka Charlie Loane - check out 'I'm Cold' - with DJ Venus Dupree seeing the evening out.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016

    Junk Drawer, Nomadic Rituals & Mons Olympus

    The Underground

    Draperstown

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    Dead Wing Promotions return with their next mixed bill at the Underground, Draperstown on August 6, headlined by Mid-Ulster bojrn, Belfast-based indie rock quartet Junk Drawer, ahead of the release of their second EP. Check their stuff out free on Bandcamp.

    Also playing are easily one of NI's heaviest bands in Belfast doom band Nomadic Rituals - check their Bandcamp - and space-prog four piece Mons Olympus.

    Admission costs £5, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016

    Woven Skull, Vatican II, Shifting, Katie O'Neill, Be Honest & Native

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    A six-pack of Ireland's more unique acts collect themselves at the Bello Bar on August 6. Playing are Leitrim psych-drone outfit Woven Skull - check out their album from last year, Lair of the Glowing Bantling - crusty punk from Native, rural lo-fi act Be Honest, Dublin experimental lo-fi singer-songwriter Katie O'Neill - check her stuff out on Bandcamp - Shifting and slowcore/noise rock outfit Vatican II 

    Admission costs €10 and doors open 7pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016

    The Foxes Rock Series #1: The Jafaris

    The Bernard Shaw

    Dublin

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    Manma Saor and The Foxes Rock combine forces to bring a series of live shows at the backyard of Dublin's Bernard Shaw. August 6 sees a live set from Dublin MC duo Jafaris - formerly ProFound - with a full live band, who are just off the back of a Knockanstockan set. Check out the video for recent single, 'Lucid'.

    Support comes from extremely young Irish rapper Sam Ojo. There will be beer sampling and a flea market from 1pm-6pm.

    Admission is free and doors open at 6.

     

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016

    Red Moon Bayonets Single Launch w/Butterfly Cloud Club & more

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Coming from a similar measured, alternative songcraft of Mark Lanegan and the likes, Dublin quartet Red Bayonets launch their new video & single, 'Bayonets', with a show at the Workman's Club on August 6. The band released their debut EP last year and have another set for release this year.

    One man band and busker across the world, Kevin Douglas, aka Butterfly Cloud Club supports, with one more act to be announced.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016

    Yorkston/Thorne/Khan

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Experimental trio of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan come to Dublin's Workman's Club on August 7 as part of an Irish tour.

    James Yorkston is renowned as one of the most influential singer-songwriters on the Scottish folk scene, Suhail Yusuf Khan is an award-winning sarangi player & classical singer from New Delhi, and Jon Thorne plays jazz double bass wwith electro outfit Lamb. The Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music hybrid lays in a warped dimension parallel to indie-folk & art music, touching on acoustic drone, 60's folk and Indian classical, amongst others. They're to release their debut album soon on Domino Records.

    Tickets cost €15 from The Workman's Club. Doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Mon
    08
    Aug
    2016

    Thundercat

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    LA multi-genre bass virtuoso Thundercat plays Dublin's Sugar Club on August 8.

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

    Tickets cost €25.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016

    The Slackers, Aggressors BC, Boss Sound Manifesto & more

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    American ska/reggae act The Slackers headline The Empire on August 10 for Shizznigh Promotions. Founded in 1991 in Manhattan, they're fronted by Vic Ruggiero and have toured prolifically over the years, signing to punk label Hellcat Records. 

    Support comes from Belfast ska-punks Aggressors BC - check out their debut LP, The Tone of the Times - and veteran reggae/dub/ska act Boss Sound Manifesto

    Admission costs £17, and tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

     

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016

    Live Free #28: Sister Ghost, Mosmo Strange & The Left Backs

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The 28th instalment of Shizznigh's Live Free night takes place on August 11, and is headlined by the Shannon O'Neill-fronted alternative rock/garage-punk quartet Sister Ghost. Check out her Bandcamp, as well as the video for 'Growing Pains'.

    Also playing are grungy alt. rock act Mosmo Strange - check out the video for 'Dark Sunglasses' - and Belfast indie band The Left Backs - check their Soundcloud.

    Admission costs nothing, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016

    Dick Valentine - Free Show

    Katy's Bar

    Belfast

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    Electric 6 frontman & Limelight favourite Dick Valentine returns to play a free acoustic show in Katy's Bar in the Limelight complex on August 12.

    He speaks for himself, really. His first solo album, Destroy The Children, came out in 2012, followed by 2013's Halloween Fingers, and his third solo release was be Here Come The Bags!, 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 6pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016

    All Tvvins In-Store Album Launch

    Tower Records

    Dublin

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    Irish indie-pop supergroup All Tvvins launch their new album live at Dublin's Tower Records on August 12. 

    They release their debut album, IIVV, which will be brimming with anthemic hooks and massive riffs. It's something of a sonic detour for members of Dublin cult favourites Adebisi Shank & The Cast of Cheers, and they've taken a more noticably synth-fuelled avenue towards indie-pop perfection, working up a massive live reputation in the process. Check out their recent single, 'Unbelievable'.

    Admission is free and the event runs from 1-2pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016

    That Snaake, Cat Palace & Floor Staff

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    'Here Are 14 Ways To Belong' releases its new zine at the Bello Bar on August 12. Playing the show are recessionary post-punks That Snaake. Check out their Go Bricker EP.

    Also playing are dreamy Irish indie bubblegum-pop band Cat Palace  - check out their free 2015 Slime EP - and Anthony Donnelly, aka alt. pop project Floor Staff - check his Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016

    Out To Lunch Weekender

    Yamamori Tengu

    Dublin

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    The 2 day party in Dublin City Centre at Yamamori Tengu throughout four rooms indoor & out runs from midday until late on August 13 & 14, with an opening party on Friday, August 12. Performing are the following acts:

    Ben UFO [Hessle Audio - Four hour set]
    DJ Sprinkles [Comatonse - Four hour set]
    Mr.Ties [Homopatik - Four hour set]
    Traxx [Nation - Four hour set]
    Laurel Halo [Honest Jon's]
    Mark Ernestus [Basic Channel - Four hour set outdoors!]
    Lena Willikens [Coméme - Four hour set]
    Call Super [Dekmantel - Three hour set]
    Steve Davis [The Crucible - Four hour set outdoors!]
    Lovefingers [Esp]
    András [House of Dad - Three hour set]
    Peggy Gou [Rekids - Three hour set]
    The Lost Trax [Shipwreck]
    Lerosa [Uzuri]
    Lumigraph [Major Problems]
    Compassion Crew [Rush Hour]
    Wino Wagon [Wah Wah Wino]
    Damien Lynch [ESP - live]
    Kenny Hanlon [Apartment - 60 minute set]
    Melly [Where To Now]
    Cáit Fa [Dip]
    Sage [Subject]
    Lolz [Bap]
    Barry Redsetta [MPR]
    Simon Conway [Forza]

    With additional activities being: Repeater music/art zines, the Firehouse Skank Soundsystem, Sound by Hertz-U, Venue production by Algorithm and Food by Yamamori.

    Tickets are priced from €6 up to €69, available from Eventbrite.

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016

    Everything Shook Album Launch

    The Co-Op, Newmarket

    Dublin

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    Dark electropop trio Everything Shook launch their debut album, Drinking About You, gets its Dublin launch at Newmarket Square's Co-Op on August 13. Check out the video for 'Come Back To Mine'. Their new LP follows the 2015 EP Argento Nightsand offers a fresh, more nihilistic take on a usually oversaturated, saccharine genre.

    Tickets cost €12 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a BYOB event.

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016

    Hot Cops & Oh Boland

    Studio

    Belfast

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    As part of their joint Slumber of '69 Irish tour for Paper Trail Records, Belfast slacker indie-rockers Hot Cops and Tuam garage rock trio Oh Boland play an intimate BYOB event in Belfast on August 13.

    Check out Hot Cops' "arresting" latest single, 'Passive Passive', and the honestly, feckin' fantastic video for Oh Boland's new single, 'Where's The Beach?'. You can't go wrong.

    Tickets and details are available from Eventbrite, with prices being £8 in advance and £10 on the door. Doors open at 8pm, and it's a BYOB event.

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016

    Franklyn, Arborist, Past Victories & Brash Isaac

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Comprising former members of General Fiasco & Oh Volcano, indie-pop act Franklyn play Belfast's Voodoo on August 13. Check out their new tune, 'Tongue Tied'.

    Supporting are folk act Arborist, alt. rock outfit Past Victories and Andrew Cameron of New Ancestors, aka Brash Isaac.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016

    Susie Blue & Rebekah Wilson

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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    Derry singer-songwriter Susie Blue plays an early show at Belfast's McHugh's on August 13 as part of her People Like Us tour. Check out the video for last year's single, 'Trust Me'.

    Support comes from young songstress Rebekah Wilson.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 5.30pm.

     

  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016

    O'Rappa

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The Academy sees a performance from Brazilian fusers of hip-hop, dub, reggae and rock from O Rappa on August 14.

    Formed in 1993 when reggae artist Papa Winnie came to Brazil without a band, they released their eponymous debut locally in 1994. They went on to get nominated for Latin Grammy Awards, performing at Live Earth, Lollapalooza and all the big names.

    Tickets cost €41 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016

    Mastodon w/The Raven Age & Harvester

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Purveyors of magnitude as a sonic trait, Mastodon play the Limelight 1 on August 14, two years on from the release of their sixth album, Once More 'Round The Sun.

    With their sixth album,  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.

    Watch the video for 'The Motherload'.

    Support comes from The Raven Age and Irish metal act Harvester.

    Tickets are available, priced at £27.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    15
    Aug
    2016

    Mastodon w/The Raven Age & Harvester

    The Academy

    Belfast

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    Purveyors of magnitude as a sonic trait, Mastodon play the Dublin Academy on April 15, two years on from the release of their sixth album, Once More 'Round The Sun and its accompanying successful Irish dates.

    With their sixth album,  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.

    Watch the video for 'The Motherload'.

    Support comes from The Raven Age and local outfit Harvester.

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

  • Mon
    15
    Aug
    2016

    Battles

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Experimental New York art-math-rock trio Battles play the Roisin Dubh on August 15.

    Formed in 2002 by Don Caballero member and guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams, they released their highly successful debut album Mirrored in 2007, which yielded the minor surprise hit of sorts, 'Atlas'. Battles released their third album, La Di Da Di last September. 

    Check out the video for 'The Yabba', from La Di Da Di.

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

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016

    White Denim w/Wyvern Lingo

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Texas indie-pych band White Denim play Whelan's on August 16.

    With flecks of garage rock, prog, punk, blues, dub and southern rock, theirs is an interesting concoction. Their seventh album Stiff was released this year, the first without drummer Josh Block and guitarist Austin Jenkins - check out the video for recent single 'Holda You (I'm Psycho)'.

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

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016

    Battles

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Experimental New York art-math-rock trio Battles play Belfast's Black Box on August 16.

    Formed in 2002 by Don Caballero member and guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams, they released their highly successful debut album Mirrored in 2007, which yielded the minor surprise hit of sorts, 'Atlas'. Battles released their third album, La Di Da Di last September. Their electronica-laced live show is an intense spectacle of technicality and forward-thinking.

    Check out the video for 'The Yabba', from La Di Da Di.

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

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016

    Heliopause Acoustic Fundraiser w/Stephen Macartney & Hatchet Field

    Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    2 members of Heliopause return to play an acoustic show in benefit of The Rainbow Project in Belfast. 

    The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in Northern Ireland. 

    Supporting are Stephen Macartney and Hatchet Field.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016

    White Denim

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Texas indie-pych band White Denim play Belfast's Limelight 2 on August 17.

    With flecks of garage rock, prog, punk, blues, dub and southern rock, theirs is an interesting concoction. Their seventh album Stiff was released this year, the first without drummer Josh Block and guitarist Austin Jenkins - check out the video for recent single 'Holda You (I'm Psycho)'.

    Tickets cost £16 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016

    Gun Outfit

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Olympia indie rock/alt. country band Gun Outfit headline Whelan's on August 17, having recently released their excellent fourth LP, Dream All Over.

    With inspiration equally drawn from alternative groundbreakers like the Velvet Underground & Sonic Youth and country in the vein of Uncle Tupelo and Lucinda Williams. On paper, it could be messy, but things are held together by the band's sincere emotional heft - Dream All Over is their finest record to date. 

    Here's the video for 'Legends of My Own'.

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

     

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016

    Sick of It All w/Bailer & Breed The Killers

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Voodoo Lounge hosts Sick of It All in their 30th anniversary tour on August 17. Formed in Queens, NYC in 1986, they were a major part of the New York hardcore scene.

    Support comes from Bailer and Breed The Killers.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Ticketmaster & Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016

    Grandaddy

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having split in 2006, lo-fi indie rock five piece Grandaddy return to play Vicar Street on August 18.

    Best known for their breakthrough hit, 'A.M. 180', the band have alt. country tendencies but are characterised by frontman Jason Lyttle's analog synthesiser sound - much of their music is written and recorded by Lyttle in solitude - with 2000's The Sophtware Slump sealing their place in indie's hall of fame. Having only released four albums, it was reported last year that the Californian band are recording a fifth, following their 2012 reunion.

    Tickets cost €31.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016

    Live Free: Brash Isaac EP Launch, Foldinglights & Brown Dog Black Rake

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The 29th weekly Live Free Shizznigh show at the Eg takes place on August 18, headlined by Andrew Cameron, aka Brash Isaac, formerly of New Ancestors/1930s. Check out his live session of 'When I Go'.

    Supporting is Newtownabbey singer-songwriter Michael Ball, aka Foldinglights and bedroom pop act, the Mac DeMarco-recalling Brown Dog Black Rake, aka Ryan Mills. Check out his Bedroom Demo.

    Admission is free, and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016

    Oh Boland & Hot Cops

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    As part of their joint Slumber of '69 Irish tour for Paper Trail Records, Belfast slacker indie-rockers Hot Cops and Tuam garage rock trio Oh Boland play a hometown show of sorts for the Boland boys at the Roisin Dubh on August 18.

    Check out Hot Cops' "arresting" latest single, 'Passive Passive', and the honestly, feckin' fantastic video for Oh Boland's new single, 'Where's The Beach?'. You can't go wrong.

    Opening are Cork neo-psych act The Sunshine Factory.

    Admission is completely free. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016

    Midnight Madness: Hot Cops & Oh Boland

    Whelan's Upstairs

    Dublin

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    As part of their joint Slumber of '69 Irish tour for Paper Trail Records, Belfast slacker indie-rockers Hot Cops and Tuam garage rock trio Oh Boland play upstairs at Whelan's on August 19.

    Check out Hot Cops' "arresting" latest single, 'Passive Passive', and the honestly, feckin' fantastic video for Oh Boland's new single, 'Where's The Beach?'. You can't go wrong.

    Admission is free - comment on the event page for entry to the show. Doors open at 11.30pm and the first band are on at midnight.

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016

    The Old Firm Casuals, The Defects, Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies, The Jollars & Takers and Users

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    One of Rancid frontman Lars Frederiksen's projects, Oi! project The Old Firm Casuals have announced a show at Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on August 19, co-headlined by classic Belfast punks The Defects - check out their album Defective Breakdown, now approaching its 35th anniversary.

    The Old Firm Casuals band have released many songs & EPs on split 7" for Indiana's Oi! the Boat Records. They've just released their latest 12" EP A Butcher's Banquet - check out the video for the title track.

    Sharing the bill are Liverpool Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies, Cork oi! band The Jollars and Takers and Users.

    Tickets are available from Tickets.ie for €15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016

    Explosion Soundsystem Summer Scorcher

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    Reggae, roots & dub night Explosion Soundsystem returns to Belfast's Mandela Hall on August 19 for their Summer Scorcher. Expect some special guests.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 10pm.

     

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016

    Wriggle Presents: Commodo

    The Wiley Fox

    Dublin

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    Dublin promotion Wriggle brings Commodo to the Wiley Fox on August 19. 

    Building a reputation on his innovative sampling & sound design filtered through the bass-focused rhythm of hip-hop, he released his debut album, How, What Time? earlier this year on Black Acre. Check out his Soundcloud.

    Also performing are ShriekinSam FitzpatrickOzwaldDaddys Girl, with live visuals on the night from Z Machine.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at €10. Doors open at 11pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016

    Toe, This Town Needs Guns, Steve Strong & Yonen

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Japanese instrumental math-rock act Toe play their debut Irish show at the Button Factory on August 20.

    Sharing the bill is an all-star cast of math-rockers, including This Town Needs Guns, multi-instrumentalist & looper Steve Strong, and recently-formed atmospheric, electronica-tinged instrumental Dublin quartet Yonen. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Early bird tickets cost €20 from Tickets.ie, with standard price going up to €25. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016

    X-ile Project Fundraiser: September Girls, Sissy & M(h)aol

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    The Bello Bar hosts a benefit gig for the X-ile Project on August 20, headlined by noise pop quintet September Girls and featuring some of the finest, most politically astute bands on the island. 

    The X-ile project is a a grassroots, ongoing online gallery of women who have accessed abortion services to provide links between women who have been forced to travel for services, and the project falls under the Co-alition to Repeal the 8th Amendment. Check them out.

    Support comes from garage-punks Sissy - check their EP - and dark garage noise quartet M(h)aol - check out their single, 'Clementine'.

    Admission costs €5, with all proceeds going to X-ile. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016

    First Annual Gascan Ruckus BBQ

    QUB Students' Union

    Belfast

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    On August 20, across two stages, the Speakeasy at QUBSU brings one of the biggest all-dayers Belfast has seen from local bands since ASIWYFA's A Little Solidarity festival in the form of the first annual Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ - following the release of their debut album last year.

    The lineup so far features anthemic indie-punks Empty LungsHot Cops, Anna's AnchorBeauty SleepBrand New FriendBrash IsaacFox JawGoldie FawnLife GoalsMylkNo Oil Paintings and The Wood Burning Savages.

    Tickets cost £11 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 2pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016

    R51, Elder Druid & Maw

    The Underground

    Draperstown

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    Dead Wing Promotions returns with another strong bill to bring local music to Mid-Ulster in its fifth instalment of Mid Ulster Madness at Draperstown's Underground Bar, formerly The Cellar. Headlining are shoegaze-inflected alt rock quintet R51, ahead of the release of their new EP No Chill. Check out their crushingly awesome new single 'Elephant'. They've played Reading and are one of Belfast's most consistently compelling live acts.

    Supporting are doomy Ballymena stoner rock band Elder Druid - check them out on Bandcamp - and garagey sludge-punk duo Maw, who have just released their first tracks in ages in the form of the Harmatone EP.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Canadian post-rock collective 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 last year's Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress.

    Check out 'Mladic' while you're at it.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016

    Charlie Parr

    De Barras

    Clonakilty

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    Minnesotan country/blues/folk musician Charlie Parr plays De Barras in Clonakilty on August 21.

    He's best known for playing a resonator guitar, a fretless banjo & 12-string guitar. Last year, he released his album, Stumpjumper, but his release schedule is relentless, as well as taking part in a huge number of collaborations. Check out his Live at KEXP.

  • Mon
    22
    Aug
    2016

    Travis Scott

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Young Houston hip-hop producer and musician Travis Scott plays The Academy on August 22.

    He's been producing beats since the age of 16, releasing his first EP with The Graduates on Myspace, which then led to his relocation to LA, connecting with T.I. His debut album, Rodeo, came out in September. Check out 'Antidote'.

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

  • Tue
    23
    Aug
    2016

    Airbourne

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Australian hard rock quartet Airbourne play Dublin's Academy on August 23.

    The 'DC worshippers released their debut album in 2007, with each follow-up achieving increasing popularity. They're due to release their fourth album this year, which has been in the works since 2014. Check out 'Live It Up'.

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Aug
    2016

    Suuns

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Dark Montreal electronic art-rock band Suuns play the Button Factory on August 23.

    The band incorporate elements of krautrock, neo-psych & punk to their electronic brew, and formed in 2007, releasing their debut album, Zeroes QC in 2010. This was followed by Images Du Futur, then this year's Hold/Still. Check out the video for 'Translate'.

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

  • Tue
    23
    Aug
    2016

    Warpaint

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    LA indie rock quartet Warpaint play Dublin's National Concert Hall on August 23.

    Formed in 2004, the band released their debut album, The Fool in 2010 and are massively eclectic, drawing comparisons to post-punk, krautrock, prog, folk rock & dream-pop acts.

    Tickets are now sold out.

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016

    Airbourne

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Australian hard rock quartet Airbourne play the Limelight 1 on August 24.

    The 'DC worshippers released their debut album in 2007, with each follow-up achieving increasing popularity. They're due to release their fourth album this year, which has been in the works since 2014. Check out 'Live It Up'.

    Tickets cost £19.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016

    The Damned

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    British punk pioneers The Damned play Cyprus Avenue on August 24.

    Best known for the first British punk single, 'New Rose', in 1976, followed by debut album, Damned Damned Damned the following year. Their first show was supporting the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club in London. They've released some of the quintessential albums not just in punk rock, but in goth & post-punk, including goth precursor Machine Gun Etiquette and the likes of Phantasmagoria. Just last year, there was a documentary released about the band, called The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead.

    Tickets cost €25 from Cyprus Avenue. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016

    Charlie Parr

    Monroe's

    Galway

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    Minnesotan country/blues/folk musician Charlie Parr plays Monroe's in Galway on August 24 as part of an extensive Irish tour.

    He's best known for playing a resonator guitar, a fretless banjo & 12-string guitar. Last year, he released his album, Stumpjumper, but his release schedule is relentless, as well as taking part in a huge number of collaborations. Check out his Live at KEXP.

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016

    T Vital: Red Hot Chili Peppers & Fall Out Boy

    Boucher Playing Fields

    Belfast

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    Former funk rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers perform a long-awaited open-air show in NI for Tennent's Vital on August 25 at the Boucher Playing Fields. This appearance coincides with their latest album, and Josh Klinghoffer's second RHCP album as replacement for John Frusciante.

    Also playing are recently-reformed Chicago emo/pop-punk act Fall Out Boywhose sixth album came out last year.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016

    Charlie Parr

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    Minnesotan country/blues/folk musician Charlie Parr comes to Derry in an extensive Irish tour in August, playing Bennigans Bar in Derry on August 25.

    He's best known for playing a resonator guitar, a fretless banjo & 12-string guitar. Last year, he released his album, Stumpjumper, but his release schedule is relentless, as well as taking part in a huge number of collaborations. Check out his Live at KEXP.

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016

    Live Free #30: Ghost Office, Electric Octopus & Newt

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The 30th edition of Shizznigh's Live Free night at the Eglantine Bar takes place on August 25, headlined by Ghost Office

    Supporting are experimental blues/funk/jazz/psych jam band Electric Octopus - check out their extensive This Is Our Culture EP - and opening are Derry math-rock act Newt - check out the video for 'Climax'.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016

    Village of the Damned [Screening]

    Ulster Folk Museum

    Cultra, Holywood

    Village of the Damned (1995) Directed by John Carpenter Shown from left, foreground: Thomas Dekker (as David McGowan), Lindsey Haun (as Mara Chaffee)

    Presented by Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive, National Museums Northern Ireland, the British Film Institute and FilmHubNI, classic British horror movies come to rural Northern Ireland for a few unique events.

    Shown in the atmospheric setting of the Folk Museum, each night the audience will have an opportunity to wander through the beautiful parkland on which the museum is situated and discover the charming period cottages, farms, schools and shops. Before the feature, there will be a screening of footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. Focusing on the theme of folk traditions, this material will include films newly digitised as part of the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage project.

    25 August brings a screening of Wolf Rilla's Village of The Damned (1960). In the isolated village of Midwich a brood of blonde-haired children, eyes glowing like burning coals, exhibit frightening powers. The screening will be introduced by writer and historian, Dr Robert Curran, who will discuss the strange lore and legends that influenced the film.

    Doors open at 7pm, with the screening running on until 9.30pm. Tickets cost £7 and are available from Ticketsource.

     

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016

    The Damned

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    British punk pioneers The Damned play Dublin's Academy on August 26.

    Best known for the first British punk single, 'New Rose', in 1976, followed by debut album, Damned Damned Damned the following year. Their first show was supporting the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club in London. They've released some of the quintessential albums not just in punk rock, but in goth & post-punk, including goth precursor Machine Gun Etiquette and the likes of Phantasmagoria. Just last year, there was a documentary released about the band, called The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016

    Amy Schumer

    3Arena

    Dublin

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     America's current favourite comedienne Amy Schumer performs at Dublin's 3Arena on August 26.

    Since the start of own sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer - one of the finest in comedy today - she's been on a solid upward trajectory, having starred with Bill Hader in the hugely successful Judd Apatow vehicle Trainwreck. She's a highly revered stand-up comic in her own right too,, subverting gender tropes, tackling rape culture & social issues in a confrontational way, unfraid of turning the gun on herself. She's won countless awards for stand-up, televison & her writing, often along with her sister Kim.

    Tickets are priced from €49.65-€55.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016

    Charlie Parr

    Downstairs @ Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory brings Minnesotan country/blues/folk musician Charlie Parr to Voodoo in a free show on August 26.

    He's best known for playing a resonator guitar, a fretless banjo & 12-string guitar. Last year, he released his album, Stumpjumper, but his release schedule is relentless, as well as taking part in a huge number of collaborations. Check out his Live at KEXP.

    Admission is free and Parr is onstage at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016

    The Garden

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Experimental punk rock outfit The Garden play upstairs at Whelan's on August 26.

    The Californian band formed in 2011 by twins Wyatt & Fletcher Shears, releasing their debut LP, The Life and Times of a Paperclip, in 2013, shortly followed up by another the same year, Everything Is Perfect.

    Check out the video for 'Egg'.

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

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016

    Extreme Noise Terror w/Desecration & Unyielding Love

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory & Down By Law bring Ipswich crustgrind pioneers Extreme Noise Terror to Belfast in an exclusive Irish show at Voodoo on August 27.

    The band are widely regarded as one of the earliest and most influential European grindcore bands, and uses of dual hardcore vocals. The band famously recorded a number of sessions with John Peel, and started as a crust punk band, characterising the early grindcore sound with its calling cards of fast tempos, short runtimes, political lyrics and grinding guitar scuzz. Listen to 'A Holocaust In Your Head'.

    Also playing are Welsh death metal act Desecration and Belfast blackened noise band Unyielding Love - check out their demo.

    Tickets cost £13 from WeGotTickets or £15 on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016

    The Damned

    Marine Court Hotel

    Bangor

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    British punk pioneers The Damned play Bangor's Marine Court Hotel on August 27 as part of the Open House Festival.

    Best known for the first British punk single, 'New Rose', in 1976, followed by debut album, Damned Damned Damned the following year. Their first show was supporting the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club in London. They've released some of the quintessential albums not just in punk rock, but in goth & post-punk, including goth precursor Machine Gun Etiquette and the likes of Phantasmagoria.

    Just last year, there was a documentary released about the band, called The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead.

    Tickets cost £25 from Open House. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016

    Charlie Parr

    The Cobblestone

    Dublin

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    Self-taught Minnesotan country/blues/folk musician Charlie Parr comes to Dublin in an extensive Irish tour in August, playing the Cobblestone in Dublin on August 27.

    He's best known for playing a resonator guitar, a fretless banjo & 12-string guitar. Last year, he released his album, Stumpjumper, but his release schedule is relentless, as well as taking part in a huge number of collaborations. Check out his Live at KEXP.

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

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016

    Block Party 2016

    Bennigan's

    Derry

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    Derry's Bennigan's holds an all-day show featuring some of the city's finest musical talent on August 27, headlined by indie folk-pop act Ports. Check out the video for recent single 'Gameplay'.

    The full lineup consists of metalcore quartet Making MonstersWake AmericaScenery, garage-punks ToutsThe DocsOisin O'Scoilai & The Virginia SlimsLuke Mac and Reevah.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced £10. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016

    Swimming Tapes w/In An Instant

    The Goat's Toe

    Bangor

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    London-based five-piece dreamy guitar-pop outfit Swimming Tapes play Bangor's Goat's Toe on August 28 near the end of the Open House Festival of August.

    The band features members of Bangor indie-pop favourites Kowalski - check out their Soundcloud. Also playing are young anthemic electro-pop outfit In An Instant.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016

    Beat BBQ - Bank Holiday Block Party: Blawan, Nocturne, JC Williams, Inside Moves & more

    Aether & Echo

    Belfast

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    Aether & Echo hosts a Bank Holiday Beats & BBQ Block Party, headlined by techno producer Blawan on August 26.

    Also playing are JC Williams in a live set, NocturneInside MovesKev Lovski and residents.

    Tickets cost £10 in advance from Ticketsource, or £12 on the door. Doors open at 6pm, with the free block party on from 6pm-11pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016

    JamJar #4: Gnanam Samuels & Laura Sheeran

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    The second season of the JamJar series continues with the fourth instalment, curated by Belfast musician/sound artist/improviser, Úna Monaghan

    Performing is South American guitarist & vocalist Gnanam Samuel - check out 'For Hall' - as well as our recent cover feature artist, the Galway-born, Dublin-based chameleonic electro alt. pop auteur Laura Sheeran. Check out 'Forever Love'.

    Tickets cost £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016

    Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) & Jesca Hoop

    Marine Court

    Bangor

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    Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, and Jesca Hoop play a show together at the Bangor's Marine Court Hotel on August 29 for the Open House Festival.

    The show will be fully seated, and this comes ahead of their highly-anticipated collaborative album, Love Letter For Fire. Beam approached Hoop after listening to her album, Kismet, with neither having co-written anything previously. The proposition turned into a full-blown LP.

    Tickets are priced from £30 from Open House. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2016

    Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, and Jesca Hoop play a show together at the Olympia Theatre on August 30.

    The show will be fully seated, and this comes ahead of their highly-anticipated collaborative album, Love Letter For Fire. Beam approached Hoop after listening to her album, Kismet, with neither having co-written anything previously. The proposition turned into a full-blown LP.

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

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2016

    Witchfinder General [Screening]

    Ulster Folk Museum

    Cultra, Holywood

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    Presented by Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive, National Museums Northern Ireland, the British Film Institute and FilmHubNI, classic British horror movies come to rural Northern Ireland for a few unique events.

    Shown in the atmospheric setting of the Folk Museum, each night the audience will have an opportunity to wander through the beautiful parkland on which the museum is situated and discover the charming period cottages, farms, schools and shops. Before the feature, there will be a screening of footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. Focusing on the theme of folk traditions, this material will include films newly digitised as part of the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage project.

    On August 30, Vincent Price takes centre-stage in the Witchfinder General (1968). Almost half a century after its release, Michael Reeves' cult classic continues to divide audiences. Championed by some as one of the greatest British films of all time, dismissed by others as “a disgrace to the producers and scripters and a sad commentary on the art of film-making," and described by Alan Bennett as making him "feel dirty". Whatever your opinion, Witchfinder General remains a once-seen, never-forgotten film experience.

    Before the screening of Witchfinder General, bestselling author Martina Devlin will discuss the research for her novel The House Where It Happened, a fictionalised account of the events of 1711, at Ireland’s only mass witchcraft trial.

    Doors open at 7pm, with the screening running on until 9.30pm. Tickets cost £7 and are available from Ticketsource.

     

  • Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016

    Dilly Dally

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Breeders-recalling alternative quartet Dilly Dally play Dublin's Workman's Club on August 31.

    Toronto-based musicians Katie Monks & Liz Ball worked musically together for years, bonding over the likes of Pixies and early '90s alternative rock with nods to the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Distillers, eventually forming Dilly Dally. Their debut album Sore plays on the melody & dissonance - check out their set from Live at KEXP.

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

  • Thu
    01
    Sep
    2016

    Live Free #31: The Wood Burning Savages, Petty Youth & Buffalos Bay

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The thirty-first instalment of Live Free at the Eglantine Bar takes place on September 1. Headlining are indie-art-rockers The Wood Burning Savages. Check out the video for their single, 'We Love You'.

    Supporting are Downpatrick garage-rock act Petty Youth - check their Soundcloud - and psych pop/rock outfit Buffalos Bay.

    As ever, admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2016

    Modern Baseball w/The Winter Passing & Vicky Speedboat

    Fibber Magees

    Dublin

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    Philadelphia emo/pop-punk act Modern Baseball come to Ireland in September for three dates, kicking off in Dublin with a show at Fibber Magees on September 2.

    This follows the May release of their third album, Holy Ghost. Check out new single 'Wedding Singer'.

    Support comes from Dublin indie/emo-pop outfit The Winter Passing - check out 'Daisy' from their album A Different Space of Mind - and Modern Baseball member Sean Huber's side-project Vicky Speedboat.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced €15.

  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2016

    Volume Control Exit Summer: In An Instant, Lost Avenue, Gemme Bradley & Chris and Tom

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Young music event organisers Volume Control have their final show of the summer headlined by Bangor indie-pop act In An Instant on September 2 at the Oh Yeah Centre. In An Instant have just released their latest single, 'Where the Demons and the Devil Speak'.

    Derry punk trio Lost Avenue support, coinciding with another UK tour for the young threesome - check out their latest single, 'Killing Time' - as well as the increasingly tipped upbeat reggae-tinged pop singer-songwriter Gemma Bradley and young acoustic duo Chris and Tom.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Sep
    2016

    Squeeze

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Classic London new wavers Squeeze come to Ireland for a couple of shows, with the former being at Vicar Street on September 3.

    First formed in 1974, before breaking up in 1982 for just a few years, they spawned a handful of the era's most zeitgeist-capturing tunes, like 'Up The Junction' and 'Cool For Cats', featuring Jools Holland, for the most part.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €45. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Sep
    2016

    Modern Baseball w/The Winter Passing & Vicky Speedboat

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Philadelphia emo/pop-punk act Modern Baseball come to Ireland in September for three dates, coming to Galway on September 3.

    This follows the May release of their third album, Holy Ghost. Check out new single 'Wedding Singer'.

    Support comes from Dublin indie/emo-pop outfit The Winter Passing - check out 'Daisy' from their album A Different Space of Mind - and Modern Baseball member Sean Huber's side-project Vicky Speedboat.

    Tickets are available from the Roisin Dubh, priced €13. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016

    Squeeze

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Classic London new wavers Squeeze come to Ireland for a couple of shows, with the latter being at Belfast's Ulster Hall on September 4.

    First formed in 1974, before breaking up in 1982 for just a few years, they spawned a handful of the era's most zeitgeist-capturing tunes, like 'Up The Junction' and 'Cool For Cats', featuring Jools Holland, for the most part.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from £37-£40. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016

    Modern Baseball w/The Winter Passing & Vicky Speedboat

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Philadelphia emo/pop-punk act Modern Baseball come to Ireland in September for three dates, finishing up at Belfast's Voodoo on September 4.

    This follows the May release of their third album, Holy Ghost. Check out new single 'Wedding Singer'.

    Support comes from Dublin indie/emo-pop outfit The Winter Passing - check out 'Daisy' from their album A Different Space of Mind - and Modern Baseball member Sean Huber's side-project Vicky Speedboat.

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

  • Mon
    05
    Sep
    2016
    Tue
    06
    Sep
    2016

    Glen Hansard

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Glen Hansard released his second solo album, Didn't He Ramble in last year and plays a pair of seated shows at Vicar Street on September 5 & 6.

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

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

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

  • Wed
    07
    Sep
    2016
    Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016

    Beat Root Festival 2016

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's 4-night Beat Root Festival runs from September 7-10 this year at the Crescent Arts Centre, with an, as expected, stellar lineup of roots music in every direction.

    The nights are as follows:

    Wednesday, September 7 - folk musician Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh  of The Gloaming & This Is How We Fly w/Amy McAllister. Doors 8pm.

    Thursday, September 8 - Psychedelic samba, distorted jazz & Afro-punk act Metá Metá. Doors 9pm.

    Friday, September 9 - English folk artist Chris Wood w/Conor Caldwell and Danny Diamond. Doors 8pm.

    Saturday, September 10 - finishing up with a double-headline bill of Colorado Josephine Foster and Scottish psych-folk outfit Trembling Bells - check out 'Wide Majestic Aire'. Doors 9pm.

    A full weekend pass costs £30, and single event tickets cost £13/£10, from Eventbrite. Each night is a bring-your own affair.

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016

    Plaid & Boxcutter

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    IDM duo Plaid perform a show for Strange Victory at the Black Box on September 9.

    Warp Records' finest sit at the heart of global electronica, alongside early WARP labelmates Autechre, Aphex Twin and so on. They return with their latest album, The Digging Remedy, which is their 15th in 25 years, returning to their early detroit techno roots, said to be "broader in scope, more luxuriant, more gleaming with detail". Check out 'Do Matter'.

    Support comes from Belfast's Boxcutter.

    Tickets cost £11 in advance or £12.50 on the door.

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016

    Retro Revival Indie Club: The Urges, The Organauts & The Pacifics

    Sweeney's

    Dublin

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    The Loft in Sweeney's - long live! - hosts the September 9 edition of the Retro Indie Revival Club, headlined by The Urges. Expect plenty of garage, soul, '60s influence on the night.

    Also playing are The OrganautsThe Pacifics and more to be confirmed.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016

    Social Sounds: Duke Special, The Bonnevilles, Ryan McMullan, Goldie Fawn & R51

    Cotton Court

    Belfast

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    Belfast's Social Sounds Music Festival takes place in the Cathedral Quarter's Cotton Court - next door to 21 Social - on Hill Street during September. Friday, September 9 sees Belfast-based pianist alt. pop songwriter Duke Special headline. 

    Also playing are Lurgan garage-punk-blues duo The Bonnevilles, who just put out a new album, singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan, Katie Richardson's Goldie Fawn and shoegaze-influenced alt. rock quintet R51 - check out 'Elephant' from their forthcoming new EP.

    Tickets are priced at £16.50 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016

    Spines, Papa Rua & Callous Crows

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Alt./indie rock quartet Spines headline at Dublin's Sin É on September 9. Check out the video for their 2015 single 'The Void'.

    Supporting are Meath funk/jazz/soul act Papa Rua - check out Soundcloud - and heavy rock duo Callous Crows.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016

    Plaid & Boxcutter

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    IDM duo Plaid perform a show for U:mack at Whelan's on September 10.

    Warp Records' finest sit at the heart of global electronica, alongside early WARP labelmates Autechre, Aphex Twin and so on. They return with their latest album, The Digging Remedy, which is their 15th in 25 years, returning to their early detroit techno roots, said to be "broader in scope, more luxuriant, more gleaming with detail". Check out 'Do Matter'.

    Tickets cost €16.99 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016

    Royal Wood

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Canadian multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood launches his latest album Ghost Light with a show upstairs at Whelan's on September 11.

    Ghost Light has its Irish release just 2 days before the gig, and this release was written partly in Wood's ancestral home of Slane, Co. Meath, which he performed almost every instrument on. iTunes gave him the title of Songwriter of the Year, as well as his number of Juno award nominations and songs on the likes of Grey's Anatomy.

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

  • Mon
    12
    Sep
    2016
    Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016

    Bill Bailey's 'Limboland'

    Olympia Theatre

    Dubin

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey plays a run of six consecutive nights at Dublin's Olympia Theatre from September 12-17. 

    He'll be bringing his current show, Limboland, here after a year of polish to one of his favourite venues.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €27.

  • Tue
    13
    Sep
    2016

    Segrasso, Brett Newski & Maija Sofia

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Dublin alternative outfit Segrasso play the Bello Bar on September 13. Check out their Soundcloud for a hint of their vaguely Talk Talk/Radiohead-recalling tunage.

    Wisconsinite Brett Newski stops by as part of his latest record tour for Land Air Sea Garage, as well as Galway-born, Dublin-based singer-songwriter Maija Sofia. Check out the video for recent single, 'Stains'.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Sep
    2016

    The Thin Air Tuesday Throwdown: Brand New Friend

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    Having released their spirited, five-track debut EP, American Wives, back in May, Castlerock lo-fi pop quartet Brand New Friend will play the next live installment of our Tuesday Throwdown at Lavery's Back Bar on Tuesday, September 13. With their youthful brand of breakneck power-pop winning fans by the day, this is an opportunity to catch the Taylor Johnson-fronted foursome in an intimate, limited capacity space.

    Admission is free, with The Thin Air DJs before and after. Things kick off at 9.30pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2016

    Moon Hooch

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The Workman's Club plays host to Brooklyn jazz fusion act Moon Hooch on September 14.

    The trio met at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, busking at NYC Subway stations. They're known for their fance-oriented percussion and sax-led melodies. They released their third album, Red Sky, this year. Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

    Tickets cost €16.50, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2016

    James Vincent McMorrow Live Performance and Q&A

    Tower Records

    Dublin

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    Tower Records and Culture Vultures come together for a live album launch on Dawson Street on September 14 in support of James Vincent McMorrow's third album, We Move.

    As well as a live performance from McMorrow, he'll be interviewed by Irish Times music writer Tony Clayton-Lea. He broke with his platinum-selling number 1 debut album, Early In The Morning, then gained massive critical acclaim with his second album, Post Tropical, which made numerous end-of-year top 10s, followed by almost two years of continuous touring and appearances, including his cover of 'Wicked Game' making the trailer for the latest Game of Thrones season.

    To gain admission to the performance, you must pre-order a copy of We Move here or in person at Tower Records. It's a one wristband per purchase and space is very limited. The event takes place from 6.30pm.

     

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2016

    Vulfpeck

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    After being moved from the Sugar Club, Vicar Street hosts US funk group Vulfpeck on September 14, ahead of the release of their second album, The Beautiful Game.

    Formed in 2011, the group goes for a minimal, raw performance, having released four EPs, and an album to date. In 2014, they released a ten-track silent album on Spotify in order to raise funds for an admission-free tour, which generated $20,000 in royalties over 2 months. This gave the band international press and its fourth EP, Fugue State

    Check out their new single 'Back Pocket'.

    Tickets cost €25.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2016

    Alexis Taylor

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor brings his solo show to Dublin's Workman's Club on September 15.

    The London native, normally known for his synth-pop work, released his latest solo album, Piano, earlier this year, which is much more of a private recital than prior offerings, based around Taylor's vocal & piano performance captured live. Check out 'I'm Ready'. 

    Tickets cost €22 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2016

    D.A.R.K.

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    D.A.R.K. is a collaboration between The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, Andy Rourke & Olé Koretsky, and they play Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on September 16.

    In 40+ million album-shifter O'Riordan, Smiths Bassist Rourke & New York-based little-known songwriter, producer & DJ Koretsky, the group met gigging in Washington DC, before Rourke & Dolores had a chance encounter. This all led up to their debut album, Science Agrees. Check out 'Curvy'.

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

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2016

    Culture Night '16 at Oh Yeah: R51, Junk Drawer, Brand New Friend, Touts & Gnarkats

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The Oh Yeah Centre's Culture Night 2016 lineup features five acts, headlined by shoegaze-influenced alt. rock quintet R51 - check out 'Elephant' from their new EP, No Chill, released just days before the show. 

    Also playing are Belfast-based indie rock quartet Junk Drawer - ahead of the release of their For The Cult Fat Guy EP - check their video for 'Song 3' - Castlerock emo/indie-pop quartet Brand New Friend - check their great stuff on Bandcamp - Derry act Touts and fuzzy indie act Gnarkats - check out 'Problems'.

    The Ulster String Quartet perform from 4pm-6pm & admission is free.

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2016

    Après Culture w/Sea Pinks and Gross Net

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Sunglasses After Dark & Strange Victory come together for a post-Culture Night gig upstairs in Voodoo. Performing are jangly indie-pop Neil Brogan-led Sea Pinks, who released their excellent, latest album Soft Days.

    Also playing are Girls Names' Philip Quinn's solo industrial-tinged post-punk project Gross Net, Check out the debut EP on Bandcamp. The gig will be surrounded by tunes from Strange Victory's Darren Smith.

    Downstairs will host a DJ set from Sunglasses After Dark DJs, with a B-movie Silent Sinema showing outside.

    Admission is free.

  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2016

    Culture Night @ The Black Box: Beauty Sleep, Bad Fit, U.N.I.T.Y. & more

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    The Black Box's contribution to Culture Night sees a range of acts perform, headed by U.N.I.T.Y. Bounce NI, with DJ Kwame at 11pm. 

    At 10pm, it's late-night indie-poppers Beauty Sleep - check their Soundcloud for the new single - alt. pop-rock quartet Bad Fit - check the video for debut single, 'Strong Forever'. Earlier in the evening, the bill is as follows:

    11-4pm Hit the North – Street Art conference

    5-6pm Driftwood Bay – Screening of Lily’s Driftwood Bay with live music and songs played by the show’s band – and get your photograph taken with Lily!

    6.30pm Creating Connections Performance – Experimental performance to lift the soul!

    7.30pm The Black Star Beat Conductors Drumming workshop with Thomas Tettey Annang & Kwame Daniels

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016

    The Rubberbandits, Dsgrace, Cull, Steve Loc & James Kirkpatrick

    The Empire

    Belfast

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    Limerick's finest musical comedy duo, The Rubberbandits, once more to Belfast to play a Shizznigh show on September 17 at the Empire.

    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 feature Mr Chrome and Blindboy Boatclub, and have become Ireland's finest satirists at this point, having made an acclaimed 1916 documentary. Check their loaded Youtube channel.

    Support comes from Belfast hip-hop artist dsgraceCullSteve Loc and DJ James Kirkpatrick.

    Tickets, priced at £15, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016

    Áine O'Dwyer

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    Dublin Unitarian Church plays host to a unique pipe organ performance by the hugely talented Áine O'Dwyer on September 17. 

    Her albums, Music For Church Cleaners Volumes 1 & 2 were written over the course of several months in St. Mark's Church, Islington while the cleaners were at work. O'Dwyer was originally primarily a harpist, but her talents have expanded, experimentally incorporate elements of drone, folk, and traditional, playing & recording organ improvisations live, using loosely a graphic score. You can check out her music on Bandcamp.

    She has written new albums Locusts Gegenschein, with the forthcoming Gallarais on its way, which experiments with acoustic decay, developed during a self-made residency at the Brunel tunnel shaft in London. Each of these albums take into account her interest in acoustic phenomena, deep listening, and the search of alternative scores through a combined performance of instruments, drawings, space, time, memory & the body. 

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

  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016

    Saramai, Son of the Hound & Amanda Agnew

    Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    As part of their Autumn tour, Meath dream-pop trio Saramai play Belfast's Sunflower Bar on September 18 as part of the tour for their new EP Magnetic North. Check out their Bandcamp for more.

    Support comes from Son of the Hound - check his Soundcloud - and Amanda Agnew.

    Tickets are available for £5 from Bandcamp, with a free copy of their new EP.

  • Mon
    19
    Sep
    2016

    D.A.R.K.

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    D.A.R.K. is a collaboration between The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, Andy Rourke & Olé Koretsky, and they play Whelan's on September 19.

    In 40+ million album-shifter O'Riordan, Smiths Bassist Rourke & New York-based little-known songwriter, producer & DJ Koretsky, the group met gigging in Washington DC, before Rourke & Dolores had a chance encounter. This all led up to their debut album, Science Agrees. Check out 'Curvy'.

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

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016

    Flatbush Zombies w/A$ap Twelvy

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn hip-hop act Flatbush Zombies play Dublin's Academy on September 20.

    The group channel the best of '90s East Coast rap through their atmospheric and lyrically dense compositions. Having formed in 2010 by Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick 'The Architect' Elliott, some of whom were in high school together, freestyling together. They released debut record 'Thug Waffle' in 2012,  followed by mixtapes and their recent debut album this March, 3001: A Laced Odyssey

    Check out the recent single from 3001, 'Smoke Break/Fly Away'.

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

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016

    Tuesday Throwdown: Bloody Gold

    Lavery's Back Bar

    Belfast

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    On Tuesday, September 20, new-fangled Belfast indie-rap duo Ryan McGroarty and Brendan Seamus AKA Bloody Gold will play their debut show at our Tuesday Throwdown in the intimate Back Bar of Lavery's Belfast. Both band members have went under the names of Wonder Villains, Beauty Sleep, BeeMickSee & Bomb City 7 at various points, among many others.

    In the words of the band: After 2 years of soul searching and heartache Brendan met Ryan (Beauty Sleep/Wonder Villains). Ryan was able to turn all of Brendan’s sadness into happiness. Bloody Gold make happy, upbeat music about sometimes sad and sometimes happy moments in life.”

    Come witness the sonic culmination of that tale. Free entry. Kicks off at 9.30pm. The Thin Air DJS before and after.

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016

    Grace Jones: The Musical of My Life

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The legendary Grace Jones performs at the Olympia Theatre on September 21 with her band, featuring the forthcoming documentary Grace Jones - The Musical Of My Life.

    The film is a collaboration between Jones & director Sophie Fiennes, which began in 2005. Grace Jones was born in Jamaica, and has achieved huge success over the years as a singer, songwriter, producer, supermodel & actress. As well as appearing in Bond movie A View To A Kill, her albums Nightclubbing & Slave To The Rhythm are classics of the dancefloor. Special guests for the show are Mother DJs. 

    Tickets are priced from €45, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016

    Picture This

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Kildare pop duo Picture This play the Dundalk's Spirit Store on September 22 in an Irish tour featuring some of their biggest shows to date.

    Featuring songwriter Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford, they've been rightly tipped to be one of the top Irish acts to watch in 2016. Check out the song that made them famous, 'Take My Hand'.

    Tickets cost €14.35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016

    Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO w/Scenery

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Thanks to Distorted Perspectives, Japanese psychedelic legends Acid Mothers Temple come to Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on September 22, which should be nothing short of galaxy-crushing.

    There are many offshoots of the act, who perform often in robes, and formed in 1995. Now a collective, they have their own record label to document their activities, and genre touchstones include experimental rock, psych, space rock, drone, noise and prog. The outfit is formed around Kawabata Makoto, with over 30 members, some famous, some unknown, some musicians, artists, dancers and farmers.

    Supporting are Derry soul, jazz & blues quintet Scenery, who formed in late 2015.

     

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016

    Anna's Anchor, Losing Sleep, Homecomings, Dream State & Padraig Jack

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    September 22 sees a full band performance from anthemic emo-tinged punk-pop act Anna's Anchor as part of their launch tour for new album Nautical Miles at Galway's Roisin Dubh. The album comes out on Struggletown Records in the UK & Never Meant Records in Ireland. Watch the video for lead single, 'Hampton'.

    Supporting are UK emo/punk outfit Losing Sleep, who have already toured with fellow Irish act The Winter Passing and make their first Irish appearances supporting Anna's Anchor on this tour - check out their album, Fear of Missing Out. Also playing are acoustic emo band Homecomings, who just released their debut EP, emo/pop-punk band Dream State and Arran Island-born Padraig Jack.

    Admission costs €5 on the door, with doors opening at 8pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016

    Pocket Billiards w/Gascan Ruckus & MYLK

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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    After much too long away from the gigging circuit aside from their recent Belsonic support slot with Madness, ska-punks Pocket Billiards headline Mandela Hall on September 22.

    Formed in 2001, they've released two excellent albums to date in their 2009 eponymous debut and 2012's Last Chance To Dance, which veered further into reggae & dub influences. The band's wry sense of humour captures Belfast's zeitgeist, and you can check it all out on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Armagh pop-punks Gascan Ruckus and new band MYLK.

    Admission is a mere £5 with tickets available here and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016

    Live Free #34: Born Only Yesterday EP Launch w/Gone All Year & Men of Mountains

    The Eglantine Bar

    Belfast

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    The 34th edition of Shizznigh's Live Free night at the Eglantine Bar takes place on September 22 in a special launch show for the new EP from Born Only Yesterday. You can check their video for '2 Miles For Me is 1000 For You'.

    Supporting are pop-rock quartet Gone All Year and Mid-Ulster mathy post-rock quartet Men of Mountainscheck out their live session of 'Big Trouble'.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2016

    Star Parks

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie label Paper Trail Records bring Austin, Americana-tinged '60s/'70s revivalist indie outfit Star Parks to Dublin on September 22 in a show at the Bello Bar, joined by members of Cloud Castle Lake & Participant in the band too.

    The project is based around Andy Bianculli in the wake of his last band, The Preservation, breaking up. Check out this year's single, 'Theoretical Girls'.

    Tickets cost €6 from Eventbrite and admission on the night is €8. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016

    Bad Fit

    Mister Tom's Lounge

    Belfast

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    Following Documenta's gig in July, Lavery's bring hotly tipped indie-pop quartet Bad Fit to Mister Tom's Lounge on September 23.

    Founding members Grace Loughrey, Danny McConaghie, Pando and Megan O’Kane are all members of diverse Belfast acts Lantern For A Gale, Vanilla Gloom, BeeMickSee & The Salt Flats. Check out the video for their debut single 'Strong Forever'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016

    Anna's Anchor, Losing Sleep & Homecomings

    Bru Bar

    Cork

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    September 23 sees a full band performance from anthemic emo-tinged punk-pop act Anna's Anchor as part of their launch tour for new album Nautical Miles at Cork's Bru Bar. The album comes out on Struggletown Records in the UK & Never Meant Records in Ireland. Watch the video for lead single, 'Hampton'.

    Supporting are UK emo/punk outfit Losing Sleep, who have already toured with fellow Irish act The Winter Passing and make their first Irish appearances supporting Anna's Anchor on this tour - check out their album, Fear of Missing Out. Also playing are acoustic emo band Homecomings, who just released their debut EP.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016

    Skirmish Presents: Trevor Wilkes & Nez

    Amp Venue

    Cork

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    Cork-based promotion Skirmish run their next show at Amp on September 23, featuring techno, electro, acid & bass, courtesy of Trevor Wilkes of Fun In The Murky/Bleep Radio as well as Belfast's Nez, acclaimed as one of the finest DJs on the island.

    Admission costs €7 before 11pm and €10 after. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016

    Mother Fuzzers Ball: Mother Mooch, Two Tales of Woe & more

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Mother Fuzzers Ball takes place upstairs at Whelan's on Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th. Headlining the Friday are heavy, fuzzy psych band Mother Mooch - check out their debut album, Nocturnes, from 2015, and Saturday is headlined by Dublin sludge/doom quintet Two Tales of Woe - have a listen to the free 2016 single, 'Burning Lands'.

    Friday's lineup is filled out with Cork dissonant alt. rockers The Magnapinna - listen to Sex Tape - and post-metal act Ealadha. Saturday's bill includes young Ballymena stoner-metallers Elder Druid and Galway sludgy groove-metal act Ten Ton Slug

    Admission is free and doors open at 11pm each night.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016

    Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Japanese psychedelic legends Acid Mothers Temple come to Whelan's for U:mack on September 23, which should be nothing short of galaxy-crushing.

    There are many offshoots of the act, who perform often in robes, and formed in 1995. Now a collective, they have their own record label to document their activities, and genre touchstones include experimental rock, psych, space rock, drone, noise and prog. The outfit is formed around Kawabata Makoto, with over 30 members, some famous, some unknown, some musicians, artists, dancers and farmers.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016

    Retro Revival Indie Club & Canalaphonic Present: New Valley Wolves, Thumper & The Fontaines

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    As part of Canalaphonic, the Retro Revival Indie Club hosts a 3-band bill upstairs at Whelan's on September 23, headlined by rock 'n roll outfit New Valley Wolves - check the Soundcloud.

    Also playing are fuzzy garage-rockers Thumper - check out their latest Magnum Opuss EP - and Dublin r'n'r quintet The Fontaines - check their Soundcloud.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 7.30pm, with the first band on at 8pm.

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016

    Naoise Roo & A l i s

    Roisin Dubh