Gig Guide

2018

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  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018

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

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018

    DJ Yoda Presents...Stranger Things - The Mixtape

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018

    Fern Brady

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Mon
    08
    Jan
    2018

    Topia Presents: Unyielding Love, No Great Loss & Nolan

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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

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

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Any Joy, Ghost Accuser, Vllns & Sean OB

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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

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

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Wolfgang Flür

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Wolfgang Flür

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Redneck Manifesto & Margie Jean Lewis

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

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

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018

    Perspectives: Shane MacGowan 60th Birthday Celebration

    NCH

    Dublin

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

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

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018

    6LACK

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018

    Steel Panther w/Wayward Sons

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Wayward Sons.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    UCC Bar

    Cork

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

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

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Steel Panther

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from Wayward Sons.

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Three Trapped Tigers, Blue Whale & Wasps

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Brand New Friend

    The Duke of York

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    GoGo Penguin

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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

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

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

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018

    God Mother & Ilenkus

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Wed
    24
    Jan
    2018

    Public Service Broadcasting

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2018

    Moon Duo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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

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

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Moon Duo w/Documenta

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    The Menzingers, PUP & Cayetana

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets.

  • Mon
    29
    Jan
    2018
    Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    Erasure

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    29
    Jan
    2018

    The Menzingers, PUP & Cayetana

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Tue
    30
    Jan
    2018

    Jeff Tweedy w/James Elkington

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from James Elkington.

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

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    Pale Waves

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Rat Boy

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    An Evening With Electric Octopus

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Shed Seven

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Rat Boy

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Shed Seven

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Beth Orton

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Beth Orton

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Mon
    05
    Feb
    2018

    Beth Orton

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Tue
    06
    Feb
    2018

    British Sea Power

    Whelans

    Dublin

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

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

    Watch the video for 'Remember Me'.

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

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    Kendrick Lamar

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    British Sea Power

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

    Watch the video for 'Remember Me'.

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

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Ed Byrne

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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

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

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Franz Ferdinand

    Leisureland

    Galway

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Franz Ferdinand

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018
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    14
    Feb
    2018

    Paul Weller w/Touts

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from young Derry indie-punks Touts.

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

     

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    Anvil

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

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

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    The Front Bottoms

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Anvil

    Green Room, The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    The Lost Brothers

    Black Box

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Paul Weller w/Touts

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from young Derry indie-punks Touts.

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

     

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Jake Bugg (Acoustic)

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    Wild Beasts

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    JK Flesh [Godflesh, Jesu]

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018

    Morrissey

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Electric Six

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

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

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Electric Six

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Elbow w/John Grant

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Connolly's of Leap

    Cork

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

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

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

  • Mon
    26
    Feb
    2018

    Nils Frahm

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018

    Nils Frahm

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    Everything Everything

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Manchester art-pop act Everything Everything are set to play the Olympia Theatre on February 28, having released fourth album, A Fever Dream in August.

    Formed in 2007, the band have received nominations for the Mercury Music Prize & 3 Ivor Novellos. Ever-eclectic, they meld R&B rhythmic conventions with stream-of-consciousness Radiohead-esque vocals, with A Fever Dream more dynamic than ever before - check out the video for 'Can't Do'.

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

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    Nicole Atkins

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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

     

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

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

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play 3 Irish Dates in spring, kicking off in Dublin at the Olympia Theatre on March 1.

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Skid Row w/Toseland

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Toseland.

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

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Big Top

    Limerick

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play 3 Irish Dates in spring, stopping off at Limerick's Big Top on March 2.

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Django Django

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets for the Tivoli show are available here.

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Mist

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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

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

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

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Skid Row w/Toseland

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from Toseland.

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

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    The Stranglers w/Therapy?

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play 3 Irish Dates in spring, finishing up at the Ulster Hall on March 3.

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

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

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

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Mist

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets cost €19.90 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    St. Luke's Church

    Cork

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

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

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

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018

    Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline

    The MAC

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018
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    10
    Mar
    2018

    Randy Newman

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Alabama 3

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Search Party Animal

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

     

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather w/Dave Hause

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Support comes from Dave Hause.

    Tickets are priced €31.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Bob Log III

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather w/Dave Hause

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

    Support comes from Dave Hause.

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

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Wyvern Lingo

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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

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

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

  • Tue
    13
    Mar
    2018

    The Wombats

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018

    Death From Above

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in 2015, Toronto bass & drums punk rock duo Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger AKA Death From Above will play Dublin’s Olympia on March 14.

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

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

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

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018

    The Wombats

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    Karl Blau

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    The Selecter & The Beat [Co-Headliner]

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

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

     

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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

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

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

    Support comes from Handsome Paddy.

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

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    Karl Blau

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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

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

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    Steven Wilson

    Mandela Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Mon
    19
    Mar
    2018

    Steven Wilson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Alabama 3

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Dolans Warehouse

    Limerick

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

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

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

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Feeder

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €28.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Nada Surf

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    New York alternative rock band Nada Surf play Whelan's on April 21 in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their acclaimed Let Go LP.

    Having formed in 1992, they're best known for 'Popular', from their 1996 debut album, High/Low, as well as 2002's Let Go, which will be played in its entirety, followed by a second set.

    Tickets, available from Ticketmaster, are available from €21. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Electric Octopus, Mosmo Strange, Black Chapels & Ember Trails

    The Art Department

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018

    Open Mike Eagle

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from SugarClubTickets.

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Cannibal Corpse

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Feeder

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Little Hours

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    Monroe's

    Galway

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

    Perry gets much credit for his part in the pioneering of dub music, both as an artist and for his studio techniques and production values, and has a guiding figure since the late '50s ska movement. Super Ape, his 1976 album with The Upsetters still stands up as one of, if not the definitive dub album. Incredibly, Perry is in his 80s, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them, as recent shows have proven. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

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

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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

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

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

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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

    Perry gets much credit for his part in the pioneering of dub music, both as an artist and for his studio techniques and production values, and has a guiding figure since the late '50s ska movement. Super Ape, his 1976 album with The Upsetters still stands up as one of, if not the definitive dub album. Incredibly, Perry is in his 80s, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them, as recent shows have proven. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

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

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Rews

    McHugh's Bar

    Belfast

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

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

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018

    Flight of the Conchords

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    HBO musical comedy duo Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzie, AKA Flight of the Conchords, have announced their first date on these shores in 7 years, and it's their biggest, headlining the 3Arena on March 25.

    The hit series of the same name was a surprise hit, with their debut single, half-hour show One Night Stand commissioned after a performance at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2005. Their sitcom, 2 albums, and voice & music work - notably, Bret winning an Oscar for Best Original Song in the Muppets - has seen them individually go from strength-to-strength.  This date also promises to feature some new material. Here's 'Jenny'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at just €28. 

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018

    Lee 'Scratch' Perry

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Legendary Jamaican frontiersman of reggae & dub Lee 'Scratch' Perry makes another return to Ireland to play Whelan's on March 25.

    Perry gets much credit for his part in the pioneering of dub music, both as an artist and for his studio techniques and production values, and has a guiding figure since the late '50s ska movement. Super Ape, his 1976 album with The Upsetters still stands up as one of, if not the definitive dub album. Incredibly, Perry is in his 80s, making it 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them, as recent shows have proven. 

    Listen to Super Ape.

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

  • Mon
    26
    Mar
    2018
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    27
    Mar
    2018

    Belle & Sebastian

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018

    Phoenix

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    Young Fathers

    The Academy

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    Gary Numan

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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

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

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018

    Gary Numan

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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

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

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    The Altered Hours w/The Barbiturates & Aul Boy

    RCC

    Letterkenny

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

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

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

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

     

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    All Tvvins

    INEC

    Killarney

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

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

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Big Thief

    Whelans

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    The Altered Hours & Documenta w/The Thin Air DJs

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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

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

    Door tax £7. The Thin Air DJs throughout.

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Testament, Annihilator & Vader

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Testament, Annihilator & Vader

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

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

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018

    Toto

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018

    Dr John Cooper Clarke w/Mike Garry

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Arcade Fire

    3Arena

    Dublin

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Toto

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Black Label Society

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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

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

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

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    Black Label Society

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018

    Marmozets [14+]

    Green Room at The Academy

    Belfast

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

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

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Little Hours

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Donegal's Little Hours play the Roisin Dubh in Galway on April 13.

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

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Marmozets [14+]

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    English alternative rock outfit Marmozets play a 14+ show at the Oh Yeah Centre on April 13.

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

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

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018
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    15
    Apr
    2018

    It Takes A Village: Young Fathers, Andrew Weatherall, Talos & more

    Trabolgan

    Cork

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    For all the country has to offer in the way of festivals, Ireland has largely lacked one properly centred around its non-camping accommodation.

    That’s where new festival It Takes a Village comes in. Set for its inaugural outing in Trabolgan in East Cork across April 13-15, the Good Room-curated festival offers an ATP-esque alternative in the form of 150 self-catering houses and apartments, as well as 35 fully-serviced campervan sites in Trabolgan Holiday Village.

    Better still, with the village featuring three main venues, as well as a multitude of pop-stages across a 120 acre site, the festival’s first line-up announcement is promising something special. As well as names including Young FathersAndrew Weatherall and krautronica-laced art-rockers Fujiya and Miyagi, the bill also features some of the country’s best acts including TalosThe Altered HoursRyan VailLe BoomBitch Falcon and Anna Mieke.

    Tickets – which go on sale from Thursday, December 7 – range from €205 – €255. Full information is here.

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Goat Girl

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Slacker indie rock quartet Goat Girl play Dublin's Grand Social on April 13. Borrowing from the Courtney Barnett school of drawling about the minutia, watch the video for 'Cracker Drool'.

    Tickets cost €12.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
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    17
    Apr
    2018

    The Streets

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having announced The Streets would reform for a six-date UK greatest hits tour, Mike Skinner has been kind enough to extent the run, named The Darker the Shadow the Brighter The Light tour, to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 16 and 17.

    This year marks the 15th anniversary of debut album, Original Pirate Material, the breakthrough for their huge string of successful singles throughout the mid-noughties spearheaded by vocalist and Streets visionary Mike Skinner.

    Tickets for the show cost €49.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
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    19
    Apr
    2018

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Soulful, rootsy Colorado singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play The Olympia Theatre on April 18 & 19, with the former added due to demand.

    Developing a following early on in the Denver community as a folk-pop hero, he's released albums with The Wheel, as well as two solo LPs, before following up with the self-titled Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in 2015 on Stax. They supported the Kings of Leon earlier in 2017, and played slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Monterey & Newport Folk Festival - check out 'I Need Never Get Old'.

    Tickets are priced €30.90 and are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Little Hours

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Donegal's Little Hours play the Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on April 20.

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

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

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Soulful, rootsy Colorado singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play the Ulster Hall on April 20.

    Developing a following early on in the Denver community as a folk-pop hero, he's released albums with The Wheel, as well as two solo LPs, before following up with the self-titled Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in 2015 on Stax. They supported the Kings of Leon earlier in 2017, and played slots at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Monterey & Newport Folk Festival - check out 'I Need Never Get Old'.

    Tickets are priced £28 and are available from Ticketmaster

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018

    Marc Maron

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    As part of a short run of European dates, A Few Parts of the World, the acerbic, neurotic Marc Maron brings his unguarded self to Vicar Street's hallowed stage on April 26 for the first time in almost three years.

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

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

    Tickets are out now, priced at €33.50, available from Ticketmaster. The show begins at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    The Alarm

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Welsh new wave act The Alarm, play The Academy Green Room on April 27, following the release of their first album in some time, Blood Red Viral Black.

    The alternative/new wave act formed in 1981 as punk band The Toilets, but went on to open for the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, the band will pull from their substantial back catalogue as well as from the new record, penned by frontman Mike Peters. Check out their highest chart placement, 'Sixty Eight Guns'.

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

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Gomez

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    It's been 20 years since the release of Gomez' Mercury Prize-winning debut album, Bring It On, and the quintet are set to bring the anniversary tour to Dublin's Olympia on April 27.

    Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Ben Ottewell - a respected solo artist in his own right - the 1998 LP beat the hefty Urban Hymns, Massive Attack's Mezzanine, and Pulp's This Is Hardcore for the prize, and its experimental

    Tickets cost €32.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    The Alarm

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Welsh new wave act The Alarm, play Belfast's Limelight 2 on April 28, following the release of their first album in some time, Blood Red Viral Black.

    The alternative/new wave act formed in 1981 as punk band The Toilets, but went on to open for the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, the band will pull from their substantial back catalogue as well as from the new record, penned by frontman Mike Peters. Check out their highest chart placement, 'Sixty Eight Guns'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar, priced at £19.50. Doors open at 7pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    Yo La Tengo

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Having last played the city back in 2015 at National Concert Hall, it’s been announced that New Jersey indie rock legends Yo La Tengo will return to Dublin on Saturday, April 28 for a show at the Olympia Theatre.

    The show kicks off the band threesome’s UK and European spring tour, and marks their first fully-fledged tour since the release of 2015’s Stuff Like That There. Accompanying the news is a hint that a new album might well be in the works: “keep your eyes peeled for more Yo La Tengo news coming soon in what promises to be a busy 2018 for the band.” Here's 'Sugarcube'.

    Tickets for the Olympia show are priced €30.90, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    Brand New Friend

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Having just announced their signing to British label Xtra Mile and almost immediately selling out their January Duke of York gig, the hotly-tipped emo-tinged pop-rockers Brand New Friend play The Black Box on April 28.

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

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

  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018

    METZ

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Two years on from their barnstorming show in the same venue, Canadian noise rock trio METZ have announced that they’ll return to Dublin’s Whelan’s on May 1.

    The Toronto-based band released their third, Steve Albini-produced album, Strange Peace, via Sub Pop back in September. In his review of the album, TTA’s Cathal McBride said, “What it all adds up to is the band’s most complete and rewarding work to date.”

    Tickets for the Whelan’s are priced €17.50 from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    Tears For Fears w/Alison Moyet

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    If you haven't already spent your life savings on the deluge of must-attend shows being announced for next year, here's another one for the calendar.

    Supported by Alison Moyet, English new wave maestros Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith AKA Tears For Fears will headline Dublin's 3Arena on May 2. The pair - who release their new Greatest Hits album Rule The World on November 10 - have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and over the years, their pristinely-delivered nuanced pop still rings true - here's 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play the SSE Arena on May 9 to finish off the UK leg of their new album tour.

    This follows the release of their third album, Who Built The Moon?, out in late 2017, following on from their hugely successful first two, following the breakup of Oasis. This new album comes from an experimental creative collaboration with our very own DJ, producer & composer David Holmes.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, starting at £30.

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play the 3Arena on May 10, rounding out their UK & Irish dates in support of their latest album.

    This follows the release of their third album, Who Built The Moon?, out in late 2017, following on from their hugely successful first two, following the breakup of Oasis. This new album comes from an experimental creative collaboration with our very own DJ, producer & composer David Holmes.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, starting at €45.05.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Ben Folds

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Ben Folds returns to Dublin, playing Vicar Street on May 12.

    Fronting his alt. rock outlet Ben Folds Five from 1995-2000, he went on to become a prolific arranger and composer, collaborating with acts like William Shatner, Regina Spektor & Weird Al Yankovic. He's also undertaken experimental projects with authors like Nick Hornby & Neil Gaiman, as well as helping soundtrack many animated films.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018

    Narcos: Capturing Pablo and the Cali Cartel

    The Opera House

    Cork

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, Cork Opera House on May 15 hosts a night of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel.

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

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    Narcos: Capturing Pablo and the Cali Cartel

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, The Telegraph building hosts a night of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel.

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

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018
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    18
    May
    2018

    Narcos: Capturing Pablo and the Cali Cartel

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, The Olympia Theatre holds two nights - due to popular demand - of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel.

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

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah return to Dublin to play the Tivoli Theatre on May 18.

    It's the tenth anniversary of their second album, Some Loud Thunder, and the show will see the band play it in its entirety, alongside some other hits. At this point, only frontman Alex Ounsworth is the only original member, with the rest of the core lineup departing in 2004. Check them out Live on KEXP.

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

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Crypt of the Riff: Zhora, Elder Druid, Molarbear & more

    Bar Sub

    Belfast

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    The first Crypt of the Riff all-dayer, by Plain Living Promotions, brings together some of Ireland's finest purveyors of heavy music to Bar Sub on May 18.

    Confirmed so far are Tipperary progressive sludge outfit Zhora - check out their Bandcamp - occult stoner-doom five-piece Elder Druid - check out debut LP Carmina Satanae - and noise-punks Molarbear.

    Tickets cost £8 from WeGotTickets or £10 on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah make their long-overdue return to Belfast to play the Empire on May 19.

    It's the tenth anniversary of their second album, Some Loud Thunder, and the show will see the band play it in its entirety, alongside some other hits. At this point, only frontman Alex Ounsworth is the only original member, with the rest of the core lineup departing in 2004. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets are available, priced at £19.50, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018

    Beck & Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his most overtly pop album to date, Colors Beck plays the 3Arena on May 23. His first appearance in Ireland since 2015's Kilmainham headline date, he's joined by the recently-reunited NYC dance-punks Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

    Having broken through with '94 single, 'Loser', Beck's chameleonic tendencies have seen him stride through funk, folk, hip-hop, indie rock, and almost every point between, finally taking the plunge into chart-bothering pop on Colors.

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed in 2000, fronted by New York Cool icon Karen O, the art-rock trio blended post-punk kudos with dancefloor groove, releasing four albums until their 2014 hiatus. This year, they announced a deluxe remastering of debut album Fever To Tell, as well as their first live shows in several years - here's 'Maps', off their landmark debut.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €59.50-€69.50. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    Ham Sandwich

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Irish indie-pop outfit Ham Sandwich play the Olympia Theatre on May 26, after selling out three consecutive Whelan's shows at the end of 2017.

    Having released their debut album Carry The Meek back in 2008, which led to Glastonbury and Electric Picnic appearances, they followed it up with 2010's White Fox. They were silent for a while, resurfacing last year to release their third album, Stories From The Surface, which was nominated for Best Album in the Choice Music Price 2016. They're set to release their fourth album - check them out on the Late Late Show performing new single 'Bodies'.

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

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018

    Father John Misty

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter and major onstage persona Father John Misty makes his return to Ireland after the release of his mammoth Pure Comedy LP of 2017, when he plays Vicar Street on May 28.

    Having released many albums under his real name of Joshua Tillman and spending some time in Fleet Foxes, his real breakthrough was his second album under the Father John Misty moniker, I Love You, Honeybear. 2017 saw the development of the cynical cultural commentary of FJM in the lengthy musings of Pure Comedywhich headed in a more Elton John by-way-of '70s Laurel Canyon direction.

    Tickets, priced at €36.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
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    Jun
    2018

    AVA Festival & Conference 2018

    S13 Warehouse

    Belfast

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    For its fourth edition, the AVA Festival & Conference returns to Belfast on the first weekend of June, this year at S13 on the Boucher Road - formerly the B&Q.

    The Audio Visual Arts event is an unmissable night of the European festival calendar, broadcast live through partners Boiler Room online with this year featuring the addition of a fourth stage. The conference taking place on June 1, and the nights of both June 1&2 will see the S13 complex transformed into a world of electronic music and vibes.

    Tickets are on sale now and go up to £75 - buy early for lower priced ones from AVA

     

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
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    04
    Jun
    2018

    Forbidden Fruit Festival 2018

    Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    The June Bank Holiday weekend returns, and with it comes Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival from June 2-4. Amongst the excellent, indie-heavy first announcements are Monday headliners, mellowed-out stadium-fillers The War On Drugs, following the release of their latest album, A Deeper Understanding.

    Sharing the bill on the bank holiday are Grizzly Bear - just off the back of 2 tremendously well-received dates at Vicar Street - WarpaintThundercatSpoon and Superorganism.

    Tickets for 1, 2 & 3 days are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €64.50, €109 & €162.50 respectively.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    Microdisney

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Cork cult alternative rock heroes Microdisney are to get back together after 30 years to perform their seminal album, The Clock Comes Down the Stairs and more, at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on June 2, 2018.

    The duo of Cathal Coughlan and Sean O’Hagan disbanded in 1988, having released several albums by the likes of Kabuki, Rough Trade and Virgin. Once described by John Peel as “the iron fist in a velvet glove”, the reunited band will also feature Jon Fell and Tom Fenner for the NCH show.

    Tickets are priced €38, €34 and €29.50 from NCH.ie.

    In other Microdisney news, Paul McDermott has just unveiled a 60-minute radio documentary on the seminal Cork band titled Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove. Featuring contributions from Coughlan and O’Hagan, Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens, Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis and more, you can stream that in full here.

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    LCD Soundsystem

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Following all the rumours, LCD Soundsystem are set to return to Dublin to play Malahide Castle on June 5, marking the first of a series of gigs at the beautiful landmark.

    Having played an acclaimed residency at Olympia Theatre in September, James Murphy and co. released their critically-acclaimed fourth studio album American Dream earlier in 2017 - listen to one of the testaments to their enduring greatness, 'Someone Great'.

    Tickets are priced €69.50, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds w/Patti Smith

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    In what's in no uncertain terms the finest outdoor show Ireland will probably see in 2018, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play their first date on the isle in over a decade at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Wednesday, June 6.

    This follows a select few UK dates that managed to previously avoid us, in support of his latest album, the universally acclaimed Skeleton Tree. It was accompanied with a deeply moving documentary film, One More Time With Feeling, created to promote the album without having to talk about the tragic circumstances surrounding it.

    That The Bad Sees are on the bill is triumph enough, but they'll be accompanied by art-punk pioneer Patti Smith, whose debut album, Horses, remains one of the most righteous and enduring battle cries of counterculture to this day.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, and are priced at €69.50. Gates open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Gorillaz

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Further to the rumours, an absolutely unmissible live proposition has been confirmed at Malahide Castle. Damon Albarn's collaborative audio-visual band alongside comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz are set to play on June 9.

    Formed in 1998 by the pair, they've had a huge number of musical collaborators, with Albarn the only constant as they've plumbed the depths of alt. rock, trip-hop, alt. hip-hop, electronic, dub, soul, dance-rock and pop, having been called all of the aforementioned at some stage or another throughout their five album span. Their latest, Humanz, came out earlier in 2017, and these look to be the first dates they band have played since their Plastic Beach run that saw them headline Glastonbury in one of the most uniquely memorable sets in its history, with guests including Snoop Dogg & Lou Reed.

    Initially envisaged as a comment on the banality and vacuous nature of MTV, their performances are projected performances of the band's animated members in the style of cartoonist Hewlett's style, known for the likes of Tank Girl. Watch the video for 'Garage Palace'.

    Tickets are priced at €79.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    The National

    Donnybrook Stadium

    Dublin

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    Following their first Irish number 1 album and two sold-out Vicar Street shows, The National play two massive dates at Donnybrook Stadium on June 15 & 16.

    The indie rock band from Cincinnati, formed in 1999 breaking through in a big way from fourth album, Boxer and everything afterwards. Check out the video for recent single 'The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness' from Sleep Well Beast. Full lineups for the bills will be unveiled shortly.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €76 and €136 for single & two-day passes respectively.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Liam Gallagher

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Liam Gallagher will play Dublin's Malahide Castle on Friday, June 15.

    Having just released his debut solo album As You Were, The Malahide Castle show will be Gallagher's bigger Irish headline show, having already sold out dates at The Olympia Theatre and Weston Airport this year. Watch the video for lead single 'Wall of Glass'.

    Tickets are priced €49.90 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Liam Gallagher

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Liam Gallagher is set to play Belsonic on June 16 at Ormeau Park.

    Having just released his debut solo album As You Were, The Malahide Castle show will be Gallagher's bigger Irish headline show, having already sold out dates at The Olympia Theatre and Weston Airport this year. Watch the video for lead single 'Wall of Glass'.

    Tickets are priced £40 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    Future Islands

    Donnybrook Stadium

    Dublin

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    Baltimore retro synth-pop trio Future Islands return to Ireland to play their biggest headline show here to date on June 17 at Donnybrook Stadium.

    Breaking in 2014 with their fourth album, Singles, their fifth album, The Far Field, came out in 2017. Watch their now-legendary breakthrough performance of 'Seasons' on Letterman, in which frontman Samuel T. Herring captured the hearts of a nation.

    Tickets, priced €63, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    Roger Waters

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Pink Floyd bassist & songwriter Roger Waters brings his Us & Them tour to Dublin's 3Arena on June 26.

    The show will see Waters perform songs from Floyd favourites Dark Side of the MoonThe WallAnimalsWish You Were Here and much from his successful solo career and beyond.

    Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018

    Alanis Morissette

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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    Ten years on from playing Dublin’s Marlay Park as part of her Flavors of Entanglement tour, it’s been announced that Alanis Morissette will return to Ireland for two shows next year, the former at Cork's Live at the Marquee series on July 4.

    The multi-platinum selling Canadian-American musician has released eight studio albums, most recently 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. Her international 1995 debut album, Jagged Little Pill, topped the charts in in ten countries, with sales of over 33 million units worldwide, essentially equating to being the soundtrack of the mid-to-late '90s.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018

    Alanis Morissette

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Ten years on from playing Dublin’s Marlay Park as part of her Flavors of Entanglement tour, it’s been announced that Alanis Morissette will return to Ireland for two shows next year, the latter at Dublin's Iveagh Gardens on July 5

    The multi-platinum selling Canadian-American musician has released eight studio albums, most recently 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. Her international 1995 debut album, Jagged Little Pill, topped the charts in in ten countries, with sales of over 33 million units worldwide, essentially equating to being the soundtrack of the mid-to-late '90s.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018

    The The

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    One of the most groundbreaking acts to emerge from the post-punk & new wave scene The The, have followed up on their reunion dates in Britain with a Iveagh Gardens on July 7.

    Formed in 1979 from an NME advert by songwriter Matt Johnson at the age of 17, he's the only constant member of the band - which at various points included Johnny Marr, Sinead O'Connor and Marc Almond. Their debut album, Soul Mining, came out in 1983, and is a bona fide synth-noir classic. Their prime run lasted as a vehicle for Johnson until 1993's Dusk, before slowing down and disbanding in 2003. Check out 'This Is The Day'.

    Tickets, priced at €55.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018

    Iron Maiden w/Killswitch Engage

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Having played Dublin’s 3Arena back in May, heavy metal overlords Iron Maiden have announced that they will play Belfast’s SSE Arena as part of their Legacy of the Beast European Tour on August 2.

    Speaking about the tour – which kicks off in Estonia in May and concludes at London’s o2 Arena on August 10 – Maiden manager Rod Smallwood said, “For this History/Hits tour we decided to base the theme around the Legacy Of The Beast name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! I don’t want to give too much away at the moment but we’re working on a number of different stage sets, all in keeping with the Maiden tradition and we hope to give our fans a fantastic experience when they come to see this very special show.”

    Support on the night is from Killswitch Engage

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    Beatyard: Kamasi Washington, Orbital, Little Dragon, The Sugarhill Gang & more

    Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    Dublin

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    Although they’ve always delivered in the past, 2018's Beatyard at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is shaping up to be something rather special across the Bank Holiday Weekend of August 4 & 5.

    The festival has revealed Kamasi Washington, Little DragonThe Sugarhill GangThe SkatalitesJohn TalabotJoy OrbisonModeselektor (DJ Set)Le BoomI Am The CosmosBad Bones and Bodytonic DJs on the bill so far.

    With more acts still to be announced, see the full current line-up below. Go here to buy tickets.

  • Mon
    20
    Aug
    2018

    Kasabian

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    One year after their cancelled their headline show minutes before hitting the stage at Belfast's Custom House Square due to alleged sickness, English lad-rockers Kasabian play August 20. Tickets from the original event can be used for this show, or a refund is available from the point of purchase.

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

  • Tue
    18
    Sep
    2018
    Wed
    19
    Sep
    2018

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    Olympia Theatre

    Dubin

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is once again set to perform at his favourite venue in the world, The Olympia Theatre, on September 18 & 19.

    He'll be bringing his current show, Larks In Transit, here after a year of polish to one of his favourite venues.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €27 - if they're not already sold out.

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018

    Ross Noble: El Hablador

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Northern English improvisational comic Ross Noble brings his El Hablador show to the Olympia Theatre on September 29.

    The 38 year old Northumberland stand-up comedian performs mostly improved, surreal work onstage, powered by his stream-of-consciousness delivery style. He's notably prolific and generally tours the UK and Australia extensively, averaging almost one tour per year since 1999.

    Tickets are available from €27-€34.50 from Ticketmaster. The show starts at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018

    King Kong Company

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Winners of best live act award, the act many felt was the highlight of Electric Picnic 2017, King Kong Company headline the Olympia on October 13.

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

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

  • Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018

    Jeff Lynne's ELO

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following their incredibly well-received dates last year, Jeff Lynne's downright legendary ELO have announced shows in Ireland, playing the 3Arena on October 25.

    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 disbanded in 1986 initially. ELO 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 are priced (loftily upwards) from €80.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018

    Jeff Lynne's ELO

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Following their incredibly well-received dates last year, Jeff Lynne's downright legendary ELO have announced shows in Ireland, playing the Belfast's SSE Arena on October 26.

    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 disbanded in 1986 initially. ELO 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 are priced (loftily upwards) from £68 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Nov
    2018

    Deacon Blue

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Deacon Blue play Belfast's Ulster Hall on November 13 as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

    Over the last 5 years, the band has released its highest charting album in 23 years, and with revolving setlists, it's safe to say this will be a treat for long-time fans.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    2018

    Deacon Blue

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Deacon Blue play a pair of Irish dates, performing at Dublin's Olympia on November 14 as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

    Over the last 5 years, the band has released its highest charting album in 23 years, and with revolving setlists, it's safe to say this will be a treat for long-time fans.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €47.

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