Gig Guide

2019

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  • Fri
    04
    Jan
    2019

    The London Astrobeat Orchestra Interpret the Music of Talking Heads

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch programme, the Black Box hosts a special performance from the London Astrobeat Orchestra, in which they'll be performing the music of Talking Heads.

    They're some of the finest West African musicians on the planet, and the show will feature a unique interpretation of the band's infinitely mutable Afrobeat-inspired work. Check out 'Burning Down The House'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced £13. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    04
    Jan
    2019

    Overoth, Astralnaut, Nomadic Rituals & Wildheat

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    To ring in 2019 in decibel-crushing celebration, Voodoo holds a free gig from some of the finest metal outfits in NI on January 4. Headlining are Belfast death metal quartet Overoth. Check out their most recent album, The Forgotten Tome.

    Making their return to the live circuit after a few years away are Armagh-based sludgy stoner-metal titans Astralnaut - check out their sprawling 9+ minute last release, Parasitic. One of Belfast's most crushing propositions, Nomadic Rituals share the bill - listen to their second LP, Marking The Day - with Wildheat opening.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019

    The Adventures

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Playing their final ever live show, Belfast band The Adventures headline the Empire Music Hall on January 5.

    Featuring Terry Sharpe, Pat Gribben & Eileen Gribben, they were one of the most successful bands of the 80s, with 'Broken Land' being the most played record on Radio 1 in 1988. They'd go on to tour with Fleetwood Mac & Tears For Fears.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced £17.50. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019

    King Kong Company

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Beloved Dublin live act King Kong Company play Belfast's Black Box on January 5 as part of the Out To Lunch Festival.

    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 £16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019
    Sun
    06
    Jan
    2019

    Women's Christmas w/Katie Kim, Maria Kelly, Dowry, Maija Sofia & more

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

    In aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the Workman's Club holds a special Women's Christmas music & comedy event over January 5 & 6.

    Performing are some of Ireland's finest artists, with the first wave of announcements including ethereal drone-folk artist Katie Kim, atmospheric Dublin/Berlin-based alt. folk artist Maria Kelly, incredible multi-instrumentalist & composer Éna Brenna, aka Dowry, the folk-leaning otherworldly Maija Sofia, Dublin comedian Ruth Hunter.

    Tickets are priced €12.

  • Sun
    06
    Jan
    2019

    Cate Le Bon [Solo Piano Performance]

    Pavilion Theatre

    Dun Laoghaire

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    Welsh avant-pop singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon will play a solo piano show at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire at the start of next year.

    The critically-acclaimed artist - who is currently working on her fifth studio album - will play the venue on January 6, and if it's anything like her similar performance at 2017's Le Guess Who?, the room will be awe-struck silence. Check out her Tiny Desk Concert.

    Tickets are priced €22 here.

  • Wed
    09
    Jan
    2019

    Scott Matthews

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Wolverhampton-born musician Scott Matthews plays The Grand Social on January 9.

    The Ivor Novello winner's sixth album The Great Untold has won acclaim in its sparse production, recorded mostly acoustically at home and in churches. Comparable to the folk dreamers of the 60s & 70s like Simon, Buckley, Drake & Martyn, check out new single 'Cinnamon'.

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

  • Wed
    09
    Jan
    2019

    The 1975

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Having firmly established themselves as one of the biggest bands in the UK and beyond, Mancunian electronic-hued indie-pop quartet The 1975 play the SSE Arena on January 9.

    Formed in Manchester in 2002 as teenagers, this tour follows the release of the hugely acclaimed third album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships and precedes the (also very nineteen seventy fively-named) Notes on Conditional Form.

    Support comes from Pale Waves and No Rome.

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

  • Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019

    The 1975

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Having firmly established themselves as one of the biggest bands in the UK and beyond, Mancunian electronic-hued indie-pop quartet The 1975 return to Dublin's 3Arena on January 10.

    Formed in Manchester in 2002 as teenagers, this tour follows the release of third album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships and precedes the (also very nineteen seventy fively-named) Notes on Conditional Form.

    Support comes from Pale Waves and No Rome.

     

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

  • Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019

    I Am An Instrument: Blue Transmissions

    Edge Hunters

    Dublin

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    The second instalment of experimental night I Am An Instrument takes place at 18 Camden Street Lower on January 10, featuring three improv noise sets. The night is centred around outsider, unusual, avant-garde and otherwise subversive styles, with an interest in visual art, photography, film & poetry. 

    Performing is Dublin-based multi-disciplinary artist Stuart Geelon, aka harsh noise/ditch electronics project Luxury Mollusc, which utilises and processes heavily the sounds of voice, scrap metal, bones and other on-site implements. Listen on Bandcamp.

    Multidisciplinary Dublin artist and Alien She member Katie O'Neill also performs. Check her lo-fi, analogue/digital hybrid music out on Bandcamp. The third artist is yet to be announced.

  • Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019

    Zool Radar: No Great Loss, Sex Hardcore & THVS

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Young Belfast-based independent label & collective Zool hold their first Radar of 2019 at the Menagerie on January 10.

    Performing are hardcore act No Great LossSex Hardcore and the noise-rock-tinged riff-metal of THVS - listen to single 'Squid Plural'.

    Admission costs £5, doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019

    Scott Matthews

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Wolverhampton-born musician Scott Matthews plays Belfast's Black Box on January 10 for the Out To Lunch Festival in association with Moving On Music.

    The Ivor Novello winner's sixth album The Great Untold has won acclaim in its sparse production, recorded mostly acoustically at home and in churches. Comparable to the folk dreamers of the 60s & 70s like Simon, Buckley, Drake & Martyn, check out new single 'Cinnamon'.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Jan
    2019

    Rudeboy Screens w/Don Letts DJ Set

    The Belfast Barge

    Belfast

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    Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records tells the story of Jamaican & British youth culture through that most iconic of labels, and gets a screening at CQAF's Out To Lunch programme at the Belfast Barge on January 11.

    Combining archival footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of the British underclass in the late 60s and early 70s, the integration of which revolutionised popular music & culture. Featured are Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots Hibbert, Neville Staple and many, many more.

    Radio 6Music DJ Don Letts, founder of Big Audio Dynamite and man largely responsible for bringing punk & reggae audiences together, is set to DJ the event.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.15pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Jan
    2019

    Problem Patterns, Reevah, Gemma Bradley & Jess Edlin

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    An all-women lineup comes to Gifted on January 11, featuring four eclectic artists that are on the ascent. 

    Making their debut are punk six-piece Problem Patterns, joined by fellow Derry songstress, the dreamy folk-pop of Reevah, soulful pop artist Gemma Bradley and leftfield, electronica-laced multi-instrumentalist Jess Edlin.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Jan
    2019

    Mina

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The Menagerie hosts an NRP night on January 11, headed by Mina.

    She's released EPs through Enchudada, remixes for Mixpak, NLV & Man Recordings, and sets for Boiler Room, Rinse FM and NTS. Check out her Boiler Room set - she's a must for fans of dancehall, reggaeton & UK funky.

    Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    11
    Jan
    2019

    Peachface 'You Never Saw Me Dance' Single Launch w/Dott & Darragh McCabe

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Dreamy synth-pop outfit PeachFace launch their new single with a show at Bello Bar on January 11. Watch the video for 'You Never Saw Me Dance'.

    Supporting are punk-pop quartet Dott - who released their excellent album Heart Swell in 2018 - and the debut non-pseudonym performance from drummer with Alien She, and singer/songwriter/producer Jon Dots, Darragh McCabe.

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

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    Brass Eye Night with Director Michael Cumming

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Put together from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his own archive, Brass Eye director Michael Cumming's presents a new film, Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes, once more in Ireland. 

    The film is part documentary, part art, designed purely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never-before-seen footage, with the blessing of Chris Morris. The Sugar Club hosts a Brass Eye evening & night on January 12 featuring Oxide Ghostsone of Brass Eye's six episodes - voted for by the audience - as well as a Q&A with Michael Cumming himself - also known for his work on Toast of LondonSnuff Box.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced at €15. The evening show runs from 5-8pm, and night show at 8-11pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    The Dodge Brothers

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Another coup for the Out To Lunch 2018 programme of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is star-studded roots act The Dodge Brothers in afternoon and evening shows at the Black Box on January 12.

    They'll be performing from their long-awaited new album Drive Train, bringing their hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband & skiffle. The band features Mike Hammond, Mark Kermode - yep - Aly Hirji & Alex hammond on electric & acoustic instruments, each with an American twang. Frontman Mike Hammon was raised in Alabama and has performed across the south & west of the US.

    Tickets, priced £10 and £12 for afternoon & evening shows respectively, are available from Ticketsolve. Doors open for each show at 1.45pm & 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    JC Stewart

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young pop singer-songwriter JC Stewart plays upstairs at Whelan's on January 12. Check out the live session of his single 'Medicine'.

    Tickets cost €11.75 from WAV Tickets.

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    Peachface 'You Never Saw Me Dance' Single Launch w/Dott

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Dreamy synth-pop outfit PeachFace hold the Galway leg of their new single launch with a show upstairs at the Roisin Dubh on January 12. Watch the video for 'You Never Saw Me Dance'.

    Supporting are punk-pop quartet Dott - who released their excellent album Heart Swell in 2018.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    Hell Hole IV: Ewuagh, Lloyd Christmas & Son Zept

    341 Newtownards Road

    Belfast

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    The fourth Hell Hole night takes place at 431 Newtownards Road on January 12.

    The lineup features a live set from Son Zept, who put out one of our favourite EPs of 2018 in Q2BEwuagh, and Lloyd Christmas.

    Tickets are available here, and must be bought online, priced £6. Doors open at 9pm, with last admission at midnight.

  • Sun
    13
    Jan
    2019

    Oxide Ghosts - The Brass Eye Tapes

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Put together from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his own archive, Brass Eye director Michael Cumming's presents Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes, once more in Ireland. Following on from prior sold-out runs, it's screening at the Black Box on January 13 as part of CQAF's Out To Lunch Festival.

    The film is part documentary, part art, designed purely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never-before-seen footage, with the blessing of Chris Morris. A Q&A with director Michael Cumming himself will take place post-screening - who is also known for his work on Toast of LondonSnuff Box.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced at £10. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Mon
    14
    Jan
    2019

    Mastodon, Kvelertak & Mutoid Man

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Progressive, sludgy metaller Mastodon play the Ulster Hall on January 14, featuring Neurosis' Scott Kelly.

    One of the world's biggest heavy rock bands, their latest album, Emperor of Sand, won a Grammy, following on from their solid run of critical & commercial successes. Here's 'Steambreather'.

    Supporting are Norwegian black 'n' roll act Kvelertak and supergroup Mutoid Man, who feature members of Converge & Cave In.

    Tickets are available, priced £33 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    15
    Jan
    2019

    Mastodon, Kvelertak & Mutoid Man

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Progressive, sludgy metallers Mastodon play the Olympia on January 15, featuring Neurosis' Scott Kelly.

    One of the world's biggest heavy rock bands, their latest album, Emperor of Sand, won a Grammy, following on from their solid run of critical & commercial successes. Here's 'Steambreather'.

    Supporting are Norwegian black 'n' roll act Kvelertak and supergroup Mutoid Man, who feature members of Converge & Cave In.

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

  • Wed
    16
    Jan
    2019

    Neil & Liam Finn

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Father & son duo Neil & Liam Finn have just released their first collaborative record, Lightsleeper, and are set to play the Olympia Theatre on January 16.

    Neil is best known for his time with Split Enz & Crowded House, as well as becoming the latest member of Fleetwood Mac, while his son is a experimenter in sonic arts with three albums under his belt. During the creation of the album, Liam had a son, and an unwitting generational shift was spawned. Listen to 'Back To Life'.

    Tickets cost €39.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    16
    Jan
    2019

    Adrianne Lenker

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker is set to headline the Button Factory on January 16.

    Writing since she was 10 years old, she's been occupied with Big Thief activities over the past three years, until the October release of abysskiss. Check out 'Cradle'.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster, with doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019

    Doolittle Revisited

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch festival,  on January 17, the Oh Yeah Centre holds the return of their Revisited series, with three Belfast-based bands covering tracks from the Pixies' seminal Doolittle LP.

    Now in its thirtieth year, Mark McCambridge's alt. folk project Arborist, indie rockers Hand Models and Shannon O'Neill-led alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost will cover and reimagine songs from the record.

    Tickets cost £7 from CQAF. Doors open at 6.45pm.

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019

    Gorilla Troubadour & Sky Atlas w/Strawman and the Jackdaws

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Funk rock outfit Gorilla Troubadour and jazz & blues-influenced outfit Sky Atlas co-headline The Workman's Club on January 17.

    Alt folk quintet Strawman & the Jackdaws support.

    Admission costs £5

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019

    Death Culture Blues @ The Big Romance

    The Big Romance

    Dublin

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    Our own Loreana Rushe hosts the second instalment of our new monthly night at The Big Romance on Parnell Street in Dublin, based on our weekly radio show on Dublin Digital Radio. Expect an all vinyl selection box of experimental, cosmic and eclectic sounds.

    Admission is free, and doors open at 8pm. You can book at table at info@thebigromance.ie.

  • Fri
    18
    Jan
    2019

    An Evening With: Electric Octopus & Rab McCullough Blues Band

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Groovefinder generals & Belfast's premier jam band Electric Octopus hold one final 'Evening With' event before a few months of break for the band ahead of a new album & lengthy European tour.

    The free-flowing night is set to take place at the Menagerie on January 18. The musical cabal will no doubt collaborate with a few heads at the show, having over a full working week of recorded output which has incredibly amassed streaming figures in the millions. In 2018 alone, they've been on a month-long European tour, played Portugal's Sonic Blast Festival. Blending funk, blues, psychedelia, and the unfuckwithable alchemy of Tyrell Black, Dale Hughes & Guy Hetherington, check out 'Driving Under The Influence of Jams'.

    Supporting is regular collaborator & Belfast institution, the Rab McCullough Blues Band.

    Tickets cost £5 from Eventbrite and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    18
    Jan
    2019

    Mathman Presents: Beat Club

    The Bernard Shaw

    Dublin

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    The first Beat Club of the year takes place this Friday at the Bernard Shaw. The beat-maker & producer battle series will feature over 20 of Ireland's best, featuring, for the first time ever, some live performances from Rebel P & 303 OGOn The Low and a live MPC performance from Major Grave.

    Beat Club does a wonderful job of casting a light and raising the profile of some of Ireland's leading beat-making talent in the world of street music.

    Admission is free and doors open 8pm.

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019

    Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats w/Blood Ceremony

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Classic doom/sludge metal quartet Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats return to Belfast, playing the Limelight 2 on January 19 as part of their Wasteland tour.

    The Cambridge psychedelic fuzz lords are set to release their fifth album following up on 2016 album Lord of Misrule - check out the acid-fuelled first wave sludge/doom of 2014 single, 'Runaway Girls'.

    Support comes from occult rockers Blood Ceremony.

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

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019

    Fucked Up

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    One of the more forward-thinking punk bands of this century, Fucked Up, return to Ireland for the first time in almost four years, playing The Grand Social on January 19.

    This follows the news that they've signed a new deal with Merge to release new album Dose Your Dreams, which invites psych rock elements to their sound - another incredible evolution for a band who've built their name on am within the broad spectrum of punk rock.

    Watch the video for 'Raise Your Voice Joyce',

    Tickets, priced €22, are available from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019

    Plain Sailing Presents: Cailín

    White's Tavern

    Belfast

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    Long time resident of Irish techno collective Subject, Cailín performs Plain Sailing at White's Tavern on January 19. She has lined up alongside the likes of Sunil Sharpe, 999999999, Fjaak, Bjarki and Octave One, creatively and technically spinning on vinyl with a sound that floats perilously between rave and industrial. 

    The Waterford selector featured in the Moving The Needle documentary, which highlighted the many women in Ireland encouraging female activity within the DJ circuit. This show will be a more intimate opportunity to check out someone who's played the likes of AVA Castle Party, Electric Picnic, Berlin's Somewhere In The Distance, Boxed Off & Life Festival. Check out an interview and mix here.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019

    Yorkston Thorne Khan

    Upstairs @ Dolans

    Limerick

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    Experimental multi-traditional trio Yorkston Thorne Khan return for a run of Irish shows, performing

    James Yorkston is renowned as one of the most influential singer-songwriters on the Scottish folk scene, Suhail Yusuf Khan is an award-winning sarangi player & classical singer from New Delhi, and Jon Thorne plays jazz double bass with electro outfit Lamb. The Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music hybrid lays in a warped dimension parallel to indie-folk & art music, touching on acoustic drone, 60's folk and Indian classical, amongst others. Their widely revered most recent album, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars came out in 2017 on Domino. Check out 'Sufi Song'.

    As we predicted in 18 for '18, Kerry experimental folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother had an incredible year, with 2019 looking even brighter. Check out 'The Back of Her'.

    Tickets are available from Dolans, priced €16. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    20
    Jan
    2019

    Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats w/Blood Ceremony

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Classic doom/sludge metal quartet Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats return to Dublin, playing The Academy's Green Room on January 20 as part of their Wasteland tour.

    The Cambridge psychedelic fuzz lords are set to release their fifth album following up on 2016 album Lord of Misrule - check out the acid-fuelled first wave sludge/doom of 2014 single, 'Runaway Girls'.

    Support comes from occult rockers Blood Ceremony.

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

  • Sun
    20
    Jan
    2019

    Kathryn Joseph w/Brona McVittie

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the CQAF Out To Lunch programme in association with Strange Victory, Scottish singer-songwriter & musician Kathryn Joseph plays the Black Box on January 20.

    Her debut album Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled won the 2015 Scottish Album of the Year award, and her 2018 follow-up delves deep into sounds that evoke the ethereal likes of Aldous Harding, Talk talk, Joanna Newson & Kate Bush. Tying her minimalist approach to piano playing with character-inhabiting vocals, watch the video for 'Tell My Lover'.

    Supporting is Brona McVittie.

    Tickets are available here, priced £10. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Tue
    22
    Jan
    2019

    Yorkston Thorne Khan

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Experimental, multi-disciplined trio Yorkston Thorne Khan return to Dublin to play the Workman's Club on January 22.

    James Yorkston is renowned as one of the most influential singer-songwriters on the Scottish folk scene, Suhail Yusuf Khan is an award-winning sarangi player & classical singer from New Delhi, and Jon Thorne plays jazz double bass with electro outfit Lamb. The Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music hybrid lays in a warped dimension parallel to indie-folk & art music, touching on acoustic drone, 60's folk and Indian classical, amongst others. Their widely revered most recent album, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars came out in 2017 on Domino. Check out 'Sufi Song'.

    Tickets cost €18.70 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019

    Steeleye Span 50th Anniversary

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1969 formation, British folk rock legends Steeleye Span play the Black Box on January 23.

    Led by Maddy Prior, their current seven piece lineup looks to draw from their wealth of classic material, which started as an idea to electrify traditional music. Check out some 'All Around My Hat'. 

    Tickets cost £20 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019

    Marc Rebillet

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    Musical comedian & online phenomenon Marc Rebillet comes to the Tivoli - following phenomenal demand for his original Whelan's slot - on January 23.

    Described as 'Reggie Watts on bath salts', his unconventional rhymes, melodies & beats function as Good Music and have earned him a huge fanbase through his YouTube channel.

    Tickets cost €18 from WAV & Ticketmaster

  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019

    The Beths

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    New Zealand indie rock quartet The Beths are set to play the Grand Social on January 23.

    Jaunty, melancholic, they're all you want from a 90s-flecked guitar band - watch the video for 'Future Me Hates Me' from their debut EP Warm Blood.

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

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019

    Death Cab For Cutie

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    With their new album Thank You For Today out in August, indie rock darlings Death Cab For Cutie are to play the Olympia Theatre on January 24.

    Fronted by one of the voices of his generation, Ben Gibbard, Thank You For Today will be the band's ninth album in a career that started back in 1997. Check out the official video for 'Gold Rush'.

    Tickets priced €33.50 are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019

    Yorkston Thorne Khan

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    CQAF's Out To Lunch, in association with Moving On Music, bring the experimental trio of Yorkston Thorne Khan back to Belfast, where they play the Black Box on January 24.

    James Yorkston is renowned as one of the most influential singer-songwriters on the Scottish folk scene, Suhail Yusuf Khan is an award-winning sarangi player & classical singer from New Delhi, and Jon Thorne plays jazz double bass wwith electro outfit Lamb. The Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music hybrid lays in a warped dimension parallel to indie-folk & art music, touching on acoustic drone, 60's folk and Indian classical, amongst others. Their widely revered most recent album, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars came out in 2017 on Domino. Check out 'Sufi Song'.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019

    Stefan Murphy

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin-born artist Stefan Murphy, formerly of The Mighty Stef, returns from his base of Atlanta to play upstairs at Whelan's on January 24. The singer-songwriter is moving on from rootsy music onto more intimate solo performances, bordering on folk & punk.

    Tickets cost €12.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019
    Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Brand New Friend

    The American Bar

    Portrush

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    Having released their debut album through English indie label Xtra Mile and immediately selling out their recent shows, hotly-tipped emo-tinged pop-rockers Brand New Friend play a three-night residency at the American Bar from January 24-26.

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

    Tickets cost £8 from Ticketmaster & Shine. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019

    Reception Presents: Eva-Maria Houben & Jorge Boeringer - Performed by Aonghus McEvoy

    St. Finian's Lutheran Church,

    Dublin

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    On Dublin's Adelaide Road, St Finian's Lutheran Church holds a double bill of conceptual pieces performed by experimental musician and Woven Skull guitarist Aonghus McEvoy, by composers Eva-Maria Houben and Jorge Boeringer.

    2014 piece 'Talking To A Friend' by Houben, features a vocal performance with a tone close to speaking, and an instrumental performance with a speaking expression, in which the guitar becomes a voice - talking to a good friend. Houben, from Krefeld, has been composing for the organ for over 3 decades, and is involved with international group of musicians & performers Wandelweiser.

    'as blackmail, I have photo evidence that you can levitate (for Aonghus)' was written by Jorge Boeringer, an electro-acoustic musician, composer, sound designer and installation artist from the US. His work incorporates minimalism, intuitive performance art & American folk traditions through a heremetic, inward-looking psychedelia.

    Boeringer said of the piece: "Individuals must float above many limitations to be creative.  Limitations of the body are resisted through training and augmentation when not by sleight-of-hand, limitations of cognition and imagination can be broken down though exploration and the feedback from experimental practices, and limitations of memory transcended through the interactions of number and word that include notation, interpretation, and improvisation with word and number. I have performed with Aonghus McEvoy many times in different contexts and we have literally spent days talking to each other.  As a friend, he has helped me float above many limitations. He doesn’t make it obvious, but I have blackmail evidence that he can levitate." 

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Ben Howard

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    English singer-songwriter Ben Howard returns to the 3Arena for a 14+ headline show on January 25.

    His debut was a massive success, shifting a million copies and being nominated for a Mercury Prize. He has since picked up two Brit Awards for British Breakthrough and best British Male Solo Artist. He's just released third album Noonday Dream, marking it with an extensive tour.

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

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Michale Graves [Ex-Misfits]

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Former Misfits member Michale Graves is set to play Voodoo for Shizznigh on January 25.

    The New Jersey man is best known for his time in the Misfits as lead singer from 1995-2000, as well as his many solo albums since 2005, some of which have featured classic horror readings. Watch the video for 'Dig Out Her Bones'.

    Support comes from Irish horror punks So Long Until The Séance and Cadaver Club.

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

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    The Rapparees: 'Recharged' Album Launch

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based traditional outfit The Rapparees launch their fourth album, Recharged, at the Crescent Arts Centre on January 25.

    Expect foot-stomping standards and ballads from the band who formed in 2006 as students, acquiring a following that built as they continued to gig every night.

    Tickets are priced £16 here. Doors open at 8pm. and it's a BYO event.

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Shredd & The Dreads

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    The Menagerie hosts a cross-sea Glasfast union on January 25 when Glasgow garage rock band Shredd come over to play. Check their second EP, Eat Your Enemy.

    Garage-psych five piece The Dreads support, having last year released 'Know Your Name' - featuring a handmade cover from Spacemen 3's Will Carruthers.  Blending the influence of 60s R&B, garage rock and neo-psych with frontman Ben Harris' onstage vigour, they're one of Belfast's most captivating and vital live outfits.

    Admission costs £5 on the doors. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Mosmo Strange, Lugosi, Belwood & The Thrash Blues

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    Stoner-rock-tinged alt. rock outfit Mosmo Strange headline Shizznigh's first Live Free Dublin show of 2018 at Fibber Magee's on January 25.

    Sharing the bill are Dublin stoner-punk outfit Lugosi, melodic skate punks Belwood and the self-explanatory The Thrash Blues.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Little Gem Band & N.Sphynx

    Anseo

    Dublin

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    The record store & label's cosmic project Little Gem Band return to Dublin to play Anseo on Camden Street. Expect extended space exploration - check out their debut album Freenix 2.

    Supporting is N.Sphynx. Music will be accompanied by visual projections.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    The Delines

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Accompanying the release of their third LP, Portland alt. country outfit The Delines play the Black Box on January 26 as part of CQAF's Out To Lunch Festival.

    The Imperial is set to be released in early 2019, following up on their acclaimed 2014 & 2015 albums Colfax and Scenic Sessions. Check them out live on KEXP.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced £15. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Good Vibrations: A Night with Terri Hooley

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    A special screening & club night of Good Vibrations, as well as a Q&A with the King of Belfast punk himself, Terri Hooley, takes place at the Sugar Club on January 26.

    First up, an hour-long chat with Hooley is set to take place from 8-9pm, followed by the universally-acclaimed film, which will suitably closed out with a Good Vibrations Disco from 11pm onwards.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Hedfuzy Waves Album Launch w/Zombie Picnic & Third Island

    The Kasbah

    Limerick

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    Prog-metal outfit Hedfuzy launch debut album Waves at the Kasbah on 26th January. 

    Support comes from Limerick progressive post-rock outfit Zombie Picnic - listen to their second album, the excellent Rise of a New Ideology - and doomy post-metallers Third Island - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Rebellious Jukebox YEAH! No. 5: A Celebration of The Fall

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Solo Ensemble has announced Rebellious Jukebox YEAH! No. 5, which is set to be a celebration of The Fall's music, in memory of Mark E. Smith, who passed away last year. 

    Taking place on January 26 at the Grand Social, the night will feature a host of bands & artists - including Oranges, Eileen Gogan, Brian Brannigan of A Lazarus Soul, and Canice Kenealy of Engine Alley - performing live music, video, spoken word, poetry and DJs. Doors open at 8pm.
  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    The Final District 8 Dance at the Tivoli

    Tivoli Theatre

    Dublin

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    One of Ireland's all-time great night club venues District 8 at The Tivoli Theatre, holds its last hurrah on January 26, and we'll eat our sweat-drenched tees if it's not one of the best bills the venue has ever seen.

    The lineup features some of D8's favourite international & local artists, all of whom have played a part in their story to day. All areas, including the main room and theatre will be open for the even. Dave ClarkeKiasmos in a DJ set, Sunil SharpeBrame & HamoDeFeKT [live]DJ DeeceMode_1Jon HusseyModuseCailínHidden Agenda DJsLee KellyNathan Jones, and Aeron.

    Curators Hidden Agenda & Subject will also be selling a limited run of 12" records of notable artists to play the venue.

    Tickets, priced from €22, are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019

    Mull Historical Society

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Colin MacIntyre, aka Mull Historical Society, performs at Belfast's Black Box on January 27 for CQAF's Out To Lunch Festival.

    A writer of both memoir & fiction, as well as children's books, he's recently released his eighth album, titled Wakelines. A feat of jouyous, quirky, epic pop, check out the title track.

    Tickets are priced £14 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019

    Radie Peat

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    One of Irish folk's most distinct voices today, Lankum & Rue's multi-instrumentalist singer Radie Peat plays the Pepper Canister Church on January 27 as part of Tradfest 2019.

     

    The show is now sold out.

  • Mon
    28
    Jan
    2019

    Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The neurotic, sardonic internalisation of our fears, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers play Vicar Street on January 28.

    A smirking, more hip-hop millennial Jeffrey Lewis, he got his title from the time he spent writing music living in a '94 Toyota Corolla. His Tiny Desk performance has been lauded and each single has accumulated more attention - watch the video for the delightfully disarming 'Peach Scone'.

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

  • Tue
    29
    Jan
    2019

    Paul Chuckle DJ Set w/Meet & Greet

    Filthy's

    Belfast

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    C'mon lads. £6 in - tickets are available here.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    The Dead South

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Neo-bluegrass/folk quartet The Dead South play Whelan's on January 30. 

    Debut album Good Company squeezes guitar, cello, banjo kick drum & mandolin through a prismic sound that encompasses classical, punk, rock, bluegrass, folk and country - "We are definitely closer to the Pogues than Alison Krauss". Listen to 'In Hell I'll Be In Good Company".

    Tickets cost €20 from WAV Tickets.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    Ozzy Osbourne & Judas Priest

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    A gargantuan bill of featuring 2 of the most acclaimed heavy metal acts of all time is set to come to Dublin's 3Arena on January 30. Kicking off his No More Tours 2 tour in Europe, Ozzy Osbourne is joined by a band of collaborators that includes Zakk Wylde on guitar, Blasko on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keys.

    Looking back on 5 decades of music, this will be the farewell global tour for Ozzy - who has sold more than 100 million records - following Sabbath's final date last year. 

    Supporting are none other than Judas Priest, whose latest album has been heralded as a return to form by many.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €59. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    Rosie Carney

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    One of the most hotly-tipped rising Irish stars, Rosie Carney, is set to headline the Grand Social on January 30.

    Spending much of her life so far in the music industry, she left school at 13 to showcase in New York & LA, before getting signed. Watch the video for 'Awake Me'.

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

     

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    Invaderband, Les Pantalons & Dean McKay

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    NI Music Prize nominated garage-tinged art rock outfit Invaderband - listen to their debut album - play McHugh's Basement on January 30.

    Supporting are Les Pantalons - check out their and Picnic EP - Dean McKay.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9. An afternoon performance sees the multi award winning Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra play the Black Box on March 3.

    The orchestra was formed in 1993 after a series of workshops held at the Crescent Arts Centre by Ken Jordan. The 2018-19 Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the best young musicians in Northern Ireland. The concert will present a mostly new repertoire, ranging from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, kicking off a week of incredible music in Brilliant Corners 2019.

    Tickets are available here, priced £7 - or £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The aptly-named Public Service Broadcasting have announced another Irish date. They're set to play the Olympia Theatre on January 31, as the continue to tour their most critically & commercially successful album to-date.

    Every Valley achieved No. 4 placing in the UK charts - impressive for a band that relies on its eclectic instrumentalism & samples from old public service broadcasts as vocals. Just last year at BBC Biggest Weekend on Belfast's Titanic Slipway, their set was specially accompanied by nostalgic footage of the ship's construction from the industrial era, with a hopeful, kraut-lite soundtrack. Watch the evocative suite here.

    Tickets, priced at €31.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    The Old Firm Casuals, The Defects & United Bottles

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Lars Fredriksen of Rancid's street-punk outfit The Old Firm Casuals are set to return to Belfast, playing the Empire on January 31.

    They've become a crowd favourite and one of the few flag-flyers of Oi! in this day & age. Check their stuff out on Bandcamp.

    Joining them are veteran Belfast punks The Defects and ex-Runnin' Riot Oi! band United Bottles.

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

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Malcolm Middleton

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Arab Strap's Malcolm Middleton plays Voodoo for Strange Victory on January 31, back with another studio album Bananas.

    Self-billed DPR$$N-CORE, he plays with members of King Creosote & Withered Hand, diving into the misery with aplomb. Here's 'The Ballad of Fuck All'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketweb, priced £12.65, Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Epicycle: Gyda Valtysdottir (mūm) w/Fears

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Founding member of Icelandic music's greatest successes, mūm, Gyða Valtýsdottir, brings her new live project Epicycle, to the Black Box on January 31, thanks once more to Moving On Music.

    Epicycle is drawn from her teenage years of muūm and the time since, completed by collaborators Shazad Ismaily on synths and Julian Sartorius on drums, complimenting her open-ended cello playing and effortless voice. Listen to Epicycle here.

    Supporting is the atmospheric pop of Fears, who'll bring visuals to a vocal & electronics set. Check out her collaborative new video for 'Blood'.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music, priced £12, or £8 for concession

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Black Midi

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Underground London frenetic noiseniks Black Midi play the Workman's Club on January 31. Formed only a year ago, they're hotly tipped with only a live session to their name for some time. 

    Tickets are priced €12 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    DIY LK: Bouts, Monday Villains & Kayleigh O'Brien

    Pharmacia

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie rock stalwarts Bouts are set to play DIY LK - Limerick's now-institution - at Pharmacia on January 31 as part of their Irish tour.

    Based between Amsterdam, London and Dublin, Bouts include Ash, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Pixies, Yo La Tengo and Weezer amongst their influences. The show coincides with the re-emerging quartet's stellar second album, Flow - check out 'Face Up'.

    Supporting are Limerick's Monday Villains - listen to 'Soapbar' - in their first show in two years, and singer-songwriter Kayleigh O'Brien.

    Admission is just €5. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Stupid Son 'Bread' Single Launch w/Angular Hank

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Stupid Son release their debut single 'Bread' at Drop Dead Twice on January 31.

    Supporting are slack indie rock outfit Angular Hank.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The aptly-named Public Service Broadcasting have announced their third Belfast show in about a year. They play the Limelight 1 on February 1, as they tour their most critically & commercially successful album to-date.

    Every Valley achieved No. 4 placing in the charts - impressive for a band that relies on its eclectic instrumentalism & samples from old public service broadcasts as vocals. Just last year at BBC Biggest Weekend on the Titanic Slipway, their set was specially accompanied by nostalgic footage of the ship's construction from the industrial era, with a hopeful, kraut-lite soundtrack. Watch the evocative suite here.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Cockney Rejects & The Old Firm Casuals

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The Button Factory holds multigenerational night of Oi! punk, headed by East London originals Cockney Rejects on February 1.

    The West Ham supporters formed in 1978, singing about football hooliganism and the likes. They've been through a long string of lineups, with the constant being vocal/guitar pair Jeff & Mick Geggus. Here's Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

    Lars Fredriksen of Rancid's street-punk outfit The Old Firm Casuals share the bill. They've become a crowd favourite and one of the few flag-flyers of Oi! in this day & age. Check their stuff out on Bandcamp.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Malcolm Middleton

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Arab Strap's Malcolm Middleton plays The Grand Social on February 1, to accompany new album Bananas.

    Self-billed DPR$$N-CORE, he plays with members of King Creosote & Withered Hand, diving into the misery with aplomb. Here's 'The Ballad of Fuck All'.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Gyda Valtysdottir (mūm)

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    Founding member of one of Icelandic music's greatest successes, mūm, Gyða Valtýsdottir comes to Dublin's Unitarian Church on February 1 for Homebeat.

    Her current life show, Epicycle, is drawn from her teenage years of muūm and the time since, completed by collaborators Shazad Ismaily on synths and Julian Sartorius on drums, complimenting her open-ended cello playing and effortless voice. Listen to Epicycle here.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €18.50, or €22 on the door. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Bouts, Any Joy & Laurie Shaw

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Dublin indie rock stalwarts Bouts make the Cork stop-off of their Irish tour at the Roundy on February 1 for Alliance Promotions.

    Based between Amsterdam, London and Dublin, Bouts include Ash, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Pixies, Yo La Tengo and Weezer amongst their influences. The show coincides with the re-emerging quartet's stellar second album, Flow - check out 'Face Up'.

    Psych-infused indie rock act Any Joy support - listen to debut album Cycles - as well as the rising, madly prolific Laurie Shaw check him out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €7. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Susie Blue, Ferals & Cherym

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of Independent Venue Week 2019, on February 1, the Oh Yeah Centre hosts three young outfits in the form of Derry-based punk-pop outfit Cherym - the first date on their Irish tour in support of new single 'Super Queens'.

    Also performing is Derry alternative pop-rock songstress Susie Blue - watch the video for 'Didn't Mean To Care', taken from her debut album - and post/math-rock outfit Ferals - listen on Bandcamp

    Tickets cost £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Belfast Guitar Festival: Flip

    Crescent Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of the Belfast Guitar Festival, a new quarterly night called Flip holds its inaugural bill at the Crescent Arts Centre on February 1. The night aims to celebrate daring, inventive players who emphasise new and unusual approaches to the guitar and composition. On stage for the first event will be guitarists Hornby, Chris McCorry, Bill Campbell, Then Man Made A Machine and Richard Davis.

    Guitar explorer Hornby is a critically lauded musician best known as the lead guitarist/composer in the band The Continuous Battle Of Order . His recording and performing career — spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental - has over 20 years of recorded experience.

    Chris McCorry has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Oppenheimer and more recently, Hiva Oa. Chris will perform original ambient pieces on 12-string electric with loop & delay pedals, through a pair of Fender Princeton amps.

    Composer extraordinaire Bill Campbell's album Concorde was voted CD of the month by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland. He has composed music for film, theatre, installations and story books. He can be found performing with the likes Brian Irvine Ensemble and his own solo projects across the world. Bill is currently residing in Northern Ireland where he is associate lecturer in music at the Belfast Metropolitan College.

    Then Man Made A Machine, are a musical collaboration between festival founder Paul McMordie, Neil Hughes (both from Ossia Studios) and many sound effects. Although only together for over a year they already have performed live scores throughout Europe for several silent films, to great critical acclaim.

    Richard Davis, aka Heliopause, derives from folk and singer/songwriter acoustic styles, the music of Heliopause entering the realms of subtle pop, creating epic soundscapes with elements of electronic backing tracks, soaring ethereal vocals, guitars and pop-conscious melodies.

    Tickets, priced £8, are available from Crescent Arts. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Red House, Psyphony, Buffalo Bay & The Zang

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    SONI's first show of 2019 takes place at the Pavilion on February 1, headed by Belfast indie rock quartet Red House.

    Sharing the bill are Armagh's Psyphony, synth-pop/rock outfit Buffalo Bay and Lurgan's Chris Molloy, aka The Zang.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    The Messthetics & Robocobra Quartet

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The Messthetics are set to play Voodoo on February 2. They're the current project from Fugazi's alchemical rhythm section of Brendan Canty & Joe Lally, as well as experimental jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog. 

    Taking that post-hardcore Dischord sound, with the hallmarks of early post-rock, their eponymous debut album came out this year - check it out here.

    Supporting are avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet - listen to their incredible second album, the NI Music Prize-nominated Plays Hard To Get.

    Tickets cost £12.65 from TicketWeb. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Nicki Bluhm

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Following a decade spent with the Gramblers and collaborations with the likes of Ryan Adams & Phil Lesh, west coast singer-songwriter Nicki Bluhm plays the Grand Social on February 2.

    She's just released new album To Rise You Gotta Fall, documenting a split from husband/musical mentor & life changes from a relocation to Nashville. Watch the video for 'To Rise You Gotta Fall'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Cherym, Hiva Oa & Gender Chores

    Atlantic Bar

    Portrush

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    To kick off what looks like an incredibly exciting year to top an already-noteworthy 2018, Cherym embark on an Irish tour, playing the Atlantic Bar on February 2.

    Alternative/electronic act Hiva Oa support - listen to latest single 'Souvenir' - as well as young feminist punk outfit Gender Chores - check their demos on Bandcamp.

    Doors open at 9pm and admission costs £5.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Bouts, Silverbacks & Shrug Life [Solo]

    The Underground

    Dublin

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    On February 2nd, Dublin indie rockers Bouts make the hometown stopoff of their Irish tour at the Underground.

    Based between Amsterdam, London and Dublin, Bouts include Ash, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Pixies, Yo La Tengo and Weezer amongst their influences. The show coincides with the re-emerging quartet's stellar second album, Flow - check out 'Face Up'.

    Fast-rising Dublin art-rock five-piece Silverbacks support - check them on Bandcamp - and a solo show from Danny Carroll, frontman of garage-indie Dublin outfit Shrug Life, whose immense lyrical prowess has them as one of our favourites on the island - check out their debut album, ¯​​\​​_​​(​​ツ​​)​​_​​/​​¯.

    Admission is just €8. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Cockney Rejects w/Takers & Users

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    English oi punk veterans & East London originals Cockney Rejects play Belfast's Limelight 2 on February 2.

    The West Ham supporters formed in 1978, singing about football hooliganism and the likes. They've been through a long string of lineups, with the constant being vocal/guitar pair Jeff & Mick Geggus. 'Oi! Oi! Oi!' was the street-punk anthem of a generation.

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

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Daniel John Paxton Single Launch w/Galants

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Daniel John Paxton headlines upstairs at Whelan's on February 2 to launch debut single 'Railway Line'.

    Supporting are noise-pop/shoegaze quartet Galants - listen to their excellent 2018 single, 'In Vain'.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    The Pale w/Strange By Nature

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Long-established Dublin outfit The Pale play Whelan's on February 2 in support of 'Ursa Minor', from the release of new album Merciful Hour, due out in April.

    Watch the video for 'Dogs With No Tails' from their first run, back in 1992. 

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets.

  • Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019

    Malcolm Middleton

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Arab Strap's Malcolm Middleton plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 3 to accompany new album Bananas.

    Self-billed DPR$$N-CORE, he plays with members of King Creosote & Withered Hand, diving into the misery with aplomb. Here's 'The Ballad of Fuck All'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €16.35, Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019

    The Messthetics & Robocobra Quartet

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    The Messthetics are set to play Dublin's Grand Social on February 3. They're the current project from Fugazi's alchemical rhythm section of Brendan Canty & Joe Lally, as well as experimental jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog. 

    Taking that post-hardcore Dischord sound, with the hallmarks of early post-rock, their eponymous debut album came out this year - check it out here.

    Supporting are avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet - listen to their incredible second album, the NI Music Prize-nominated Plays Hard To Get.

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

  • Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019

    Bouts, Hot Cops & Silverbacks

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    On Sunday, February 3rd, we'll host the Belfast leg of Dublin indie rock band's Bouts Irish tour at the Menagerie.

    Based between Amsterdam, London and Dublin, Bouts include Ash, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Pixies, Yo La Tengo and Weezer amongst their influences. The show coincides with the re-emerging quartet's stellar second album, Flow - check out 'Face Up'.

    Support comes from two of the country's very best bands: Belfast threesome Hot Cops - watch the video for 'Decay' - and fast-rising Dublin art-rock five-piece Silverbacks - check them on Bandcamp.

    Also: nice visuals, TTA DJs, a nice alternative to Sunday Night Doom™

    Admission is just £5. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    04
    Feb
    2019

    Ar an tÁbla & Tuath

    The Glassworks

    Derry

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    As part of the IMBOLC International Music Festival, a pair of North-Western Gaelic/English speakers are set to perform at the Glassworks on February 4. Ar an tÁbla are a trip-hop & fried-folk duo from Derry. The band comprises Conor Mc Clean  on guitar, synths & vocals, and Cara Park on vocals, flute & synths.

    Tuath are a Donegal-based experimental trip-hop/psychgaze band, tinged with brass & electronics. Watch the video for 'Youth' from their EP of the same name.

    Tickets cost £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019
    Wed
    06
    Feb
    2019

    Steel Panther

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Comedic hair metal band Steel Panther return to Ireland, playing Vicar Street on February 5 & 6 - with the former added due to demand.

    Profane, debauched, and devoid of moral compas, they were initially called Metal Skool, before changing their name and releasing debut album Feel The Steel, which featured guest spots from apt figures like Justin Hawkins, Corey Taylor & M Shadows. Their latest album, Lower The Bar was released in 2017. Here's 'Gloryhole'. 

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

  • Wed
    06
    Feb
    2019

    The Lemonheads

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Evan Dando’s Lemonheads make their long-awaited return to Dublin on February 6 when they play the Academy two days before the release of the band’s new covers album, Varshons 2.

    Formed in Boston in 1986 as a scrappy, energetic college rock outfit, they matured into a band that operated as an alt. rock vehicle for the phenomenal wry pop & Americana craftsmanship of Dando.

    Tickets are priced €25.40 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    Steel Panther

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Comedic hair metal band Steel Panther return to Ireland, playing Belfast's Ulster Hall on February 7.

    Profane, debauched, and devoid of moral compas, they were initially called Metal Skool, before changing their name and releasing debut album Feel The Steel, which featured guest spots from apt figures like Justin Hawkins, Corey Taylor & M Shadows. Their latest album, Lower The Bar was released in 2017. Here's 'Gloryhole'. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    Sleaford Mods

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    In Steve Albini's words, "the greatest band in the world", Nottingham electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods return to Ireland for three shows in February. They kick off at Belfast's Limelight 1 on February 7.

    Comprised of the voice & words of Jason Williamson and beats of Andrew Fearn, this show comes in support of fifth album Eton Alive. They manage to be one of the most engaging live acts in the world without frills, lacking so much as a proper stand for their laptop - beer crates, normally.

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

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    The Lemonheads

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Evan Dando’s Lemonheads make their long-awaited return to Ireland, playing Cork's Cyprus Avenue on February 7 just a day before the release of the band’s new covers album, Varshons 2.

    Formed in Boston in 1986 as a scrappy, energetic college rock outfit, they matured into a band that operated as an alt. rock vehicle for the phenomenal wry pop & Americana craftsmanship of Dando.

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    Cherym, Dott & Velvet Orchid

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Kicking off a year of exciting possibilities after an already-noteworthy 2018, Cherym embark on a February Irish tour, playing Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 7. Check out their debut EP Mouthbreatherz.

    Galway punk-pop quartet Dott - who released their excellent album Heart Swell in 2018 - and Velvet Orchid.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

     

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    Landless

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Unaccompanied four-part vocal harmony group Landless play the Sunflower Bar on February 7. Their debut album, Bleaching Bones, out on the new-fangled Humble Serpent Records, was one of our favourites of 2018.

     

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Bastion, Hail To The Thieves, MOSA & Mickey Madden

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    The Black Box hosts an eclectic four-act bill on February 8. Featured are BastionHail to the Thieves, progressive post-rockers Mosa - check out their debut EP, Mind Open Soul Awake and Mickey Madden.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Shabazz Palaces

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces return to the Sugar Club for a ChoiceCuts show on February 8.

    Comprising Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets and multi-instrumentalist Tendai 'Baba' Maraire, they've been active since 2009, recently a sci-fi hip-hopera, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star.

    Tickets, priced €20, are available from The Sugar Club. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    David McSavage: National Treasure

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Self-proclaimed National Treasure, Irish comedy stalwart David McSavage plays the Olympia on February 8. Known for the nationally-renowned Savage Eye, and roles in Calvary, Traders, Gold, he's returning with an all-new comedy show at the event.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Sleaford Mods

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    In support of their forthcoming fifth album Eton Alive, Nottingham electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods return to Ireland for three shows. They play Dublin's Academy on February 8.

    Comprised of Jason Williamson's words & voice, and Andrew Fearn's beats, they are, in the words of Steve Albini, "the greatest band in the world". They manage to be one of the most engaging live acts in the world without frills, lacking so much as a proper stand for their laptop - beer crates, normally. Here's 'Jolly Fucker'.

    Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 5 at 9am from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    The Lemonheads

    Elmwood Hall

    Belfast

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    Evan Dando’s Lemonheads make their long-awaited return to Belfast on February 8 when they play Belfast on the same day as the release of new covers album, Varshons 2.

    Formed in Boston in 1986 as a scrappy, energetic college rock outfit, they matured into a band that operated as an alt. rock vehicle for the phenomenal wry pop & Americana craftsmanship of Dando.

    Tickets are priced £22.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    Quarter Block Party 2019

    Various Venues

    Cork

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    Cork's Quarter Block Party has yet another phenomenal for its 2019 instalment, which takes place in various venues citywide over the weekend of February 8-10.

    Presented by Southern Hospitality & Makeshift Ensemble for the fifth year running, the lineup features a blend of music, public art & live art. Some highlights are Sacred Bones' Hilary Woods - who released one of the Irish albums of 2018 - Scottee's show Fat Blokes, about being fat-shamed in the gay community - Lords of StrutLe Boom, traditional vocal group LandlessBeats and SweatTrans Live Art SalonAnna MiekeAllie Hankins & Rachel DichterBarry WilsonCáitCommon WingsComposing Our (S)paceExtravisionJunior BrotherHopscotchGhostking Is DeadLaurie ShawMaija SofiaPost Punk PodgeSam ClagueSilverbacksTrick MistYenkee, and many more.

    Tickets are available from uTicket, priced €25 for a 3-show pass, or €50 for a 6-show pass.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Story Mode: A Night of Tony Hawk's Soundtrack Nostalgia

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Bravo to the folks at Daddy Presents for their ingenious theme night, Story Mode: A Night of Tony Hawk's Soundtrack Nostalgia. The Workman's Club plays host to a night celebrating the formative soundtracks to a generation, from Pro Skater 1 through to American Wasteland.

    Expect acts like The Violent Femmes, NOFX, NAS, The Offspring, Run DMC, Dead Kennedys, Frank Black, Fatlip and more. They'll be showing skate visuals on the night, including Flip's Extremely Sorry, CKY, and Tony Hawk's featured skaters like Eric Koston, Mike V & Bam Margera. The organisers are kindly taking pre-requests over here.

    Tickets cost €6 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Just Mustard, Cruiser & Hunting Hall

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    One of the hottest bands in Ireland right now, Dundalk trip-hop, noise & electronica-influenced quintet Just Mustard play a hometown show at the Spirit Store on February 8. Last year, they released one of the Irish albums of the year in their debut LP, Wednesday.

    Limerick second wave emo-tinged indie rock outfit Cruiser support - watch the video for 'Gram' - as well as Dundalk producer & singer-songwriter Tim Shearwood, aka Hunting Hall.

    Tickets cost €10 from the Spirit Store. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    John Murry

    The Record Room

    Limerick

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    Mississippi native John Murry is set to play Limerick's Record Room on February 8 in a one-off Irish show ahead of his Italian & US tour.

    The Americana artist most recently released A Short History of Decay, an ambitious Southern Gothic fable, and in recent years has settled in Kilkenny. Check him out live on BBC.

    Tickets cost €8 from Eventbrite, or €10 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    SONI: Ethan Hanna, Petty Youth, Wild Heat & Matt McCrum

    Hague's Bar

    Lisburn

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    SONI hold their 11th birthday bash at Lisburn's Hague's Bar on February 8. Performing are Ethan Hanna in a full band performance, garage rock'n'rollers Petty Youth, hard rockers Wild Heat and an acoustic set from the Couth's Matt McCrum.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    God Is An Astronaut

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Electronica-tinged post-rock quartet God Is An Astronaut play Dublin's Academy on February 9.

    Formed by Wicklow twins Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002, the act have proven an increasing depth of scope as their discography progresses. Their most recent album was 2018's ninth record, Epitaph - watch the video for the title track.

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

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    White Denim

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Texas indie-pych band White Denim play the Limelight 2 on February 9.

    With flecks of garage rock, prog, punk, blues, dub and southern rock, theirs is an interesting concoction. Their seventh album, Performance is out now - check out the title track. Recorded over eight weeks at their own studio, it's as eclectic and filthy an album as they've made yet.

    Tickets cost £17.50 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    David O'Doherty

    Whitla Hall

    Belfast

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    Irish musical comic David O'Doherty brings his You Have To Laugh tour to Belfast's Whitla Hall on February 9 & 10.

    The music-based comedian (or the 'Ryanair Enya') is one of Ireland's finest, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered 1986 keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' won multiple awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as appearances on every panel show going.

    Doors open at 7pm, with the show kicking off at 8.15pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    God's Waiting Room: The Liminanas

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    God's Waiting Room, courtesy of Strange Victory, takes over both rooms of the Black Box on February 9, and will be headlined by French psych duo The Liminanas.

    Comprising of drummer/vocalist Marie & Lionel on guitar/bass/keys/vocals, they blend psych, shoegaze and yé-yé. Defined by its French & new wave characteristics, their latest album I've Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2 is just out, following up on their 2014 debut. Listen to 'The Gift', featuring Peter Hook.

    Tickets are available for £16.50 from TicketWeb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Sleaford Mods

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    In support of their forthcoming fifth album Eton Alive, Nottingham electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods return to Ireland for a run of shows. They play Galway's Roisin Dubh on February 9.

    Comprised of Jason Williamson's words & voice, and Andrew Fearn's beats, they are, in the words of Steve Albini, "the greatest band in the world". They manage to be one of the most engaging live acts in the world without frills, lacking so much as a proper stand for their laptop - beer crates, normally. Here's 'Jolly Fucker'.

    Tickets are available from the Roisin Dubh, priced €26.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Crilli DnB Presents: Calibre & DRS

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    In celebration of their 13th Birthday, Belfast drum'n'bass institution Crilli bring internationally renowned artist Dominick Martin, aka Calibreto the Menagerie on February 9.

    He's currently released 16 albums, held an incredibly consistent mix record for the likes of BBC's Essential Mix & Fabric's FABRICLIVE. He'll be joined by long-time collaborator MC DRS.

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

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Whale Talk, A Happy Accident & Whim

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Trad-tinged indie act Whale Talk headline The 343 on Newtownards Road on February 9. Listen to 'Fingertips'.

    Dublin indie-folk act A Happy Accident support - listen to Waiting to Happen - as well as Portland's Sarah DiMuzio, aka Whim, who makes her first Belfast appearance. Listen to 'Mouth'.

    Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Postcard Versions Album Launch w/Angular Hank

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Recorded over the course of the last few years, Postcard Versions are set to launch their debut album at Bello Bar on February 9. Listen to debut single 'Sunday Morning With Nate'.

    Supporting are slack indie rock outfit Angular Hank.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Ghostking Is Dead, Extravision & Post Punk Podge

    Coughlan's Live

    Cork

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    As part of the Quarter Block Party, Coughlan's hosts a strong triple bill of independent artists on February 9. Performing are Cork producer & multi-instrumentalist Ghostking Is Dead - check out his work on Bandcamp.

    Punk trio Extravision - check out their Demo - and one of our 19 for '19, Limerick's Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies - listen to one of our tracks of 2018, the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home'.

    Tickets are available from uTicket, priced €10. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Wynona Bleach & Molto Vivo w/Somnamulist

    Chez Nobody

    Lurgan

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    The unique Lurgan venue of Chez Nobody hosts a double headliner of two of Belfast's hotly-tipped alternative rockers in the form of nu-gaze quintet Wynona Bleach and Molto Vivo.

    Wynona Bleach just released their excellent new EP Sugar - check it out on Bandcamp. Molto Vivo recently released their scuzzy latest, riot grrl-recalling single 'Brainwashed'.

    £5 is the suggested donation, and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Disguise, Pozoga, Worst, Badb & Mana

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Karate Klub Punx presents five-strong bill of DIY artists at Belvedere Court's Jigsaw gig space on February 9.

    The show features Dublin punks DisguisePozoga, krauty psych-noise project Worst - listen to MMXVII Badb and Mana.

    Admission costs €8 and it's a BYOB show. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    Behemoth w/At The Gates & Wolves In The Throne Room

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Polish blackened death metal act Behemoth play Vicar Street on February 10. 

    Starting out in 1991 playing traditional black metal, they gradually became more occult, incorporating Middle-Eastern influences and death metal from the late nineties onwards. Their is called I Loved You At Your Darkest - watch the video for 'God=Dog'.

    A serious bill, the Unholy Trinity on the night is completed by At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room.

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

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    White Denim

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Texas indie-pych band White Denim play Whelan's on February 10.

    With flecks of garage rock, prog, punk, blues, dub and southern rock, theirs is an interesting concoction. Their seventh album, Performance is out now - check out the title track. Recorded over eight weeks at their own studio, it's as eclectic and filthy an album as they've made yet.

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

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    Sleaford Mods

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    In Steve Albini's words, "the greatest band in the world", Nottingham electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods return to Ireland for a run of shows in February. They play Dolans, Limerick on February 10.

    Comprised of the voice & words of Jason Williamson and beats of Andrew Fearn, this show comes in support of fifth album Eton Alive. They manage to be one of the most engaging live acts in the world without frills, lacking so much as a proper stand for their laptop - beer crates, normally.

  • Tue
    12
    Feb
    2019

    She Drew The Gun

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Having recently released new album Revolution of Mind, psych-pop artist She Drew The Gun plays The Workman's Club on February 12.

    Watch the video for 'Resister'.

    Tickets are available for €13.20 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Feb
    2019

    Mob Wife, The Skanks, Dimer & Frans

    Bennigans

    Derry

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    Belfast post-hardcore trio Mob Wife make their debut Derry appearance on February when they headline Bennigan's on February 12.

    Supporting are young Strabane outfit The Skanks and Dimer & Frans.

    Admission costs £4 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019

    Electric Eel Shock w/Sister Ghost & Gender Chores

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Japanese stoner rock-tinged garage trio Electric Eel Shock are to play Belfast's Voodoo on February 13.

    Formed in Tokyo in the late '90s before setting off to the US in 199, Electric Eel Shock recently released a Best Of & Covers album which is made up of some of fan-chosen tracks.

    Supporting are the Shannon O'Neill-fronted garage alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost - watch the video for recent single, 'The Final Grrrl' - and lo-fi punk duo Gender Chores - check out their demo tracks on Soundcloud.

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

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019

    TOY

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Krautrock-influenced indie-psych outfit TOY play the Empire on February 13 in the first date of their European tour in support of their fourth album, Happy In The Hollow.

    Watch the video for 'Sequence One'.

    Dublin influenced indie-psychers Melts support. Check out the video for 'Skyward'.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019

    20:20 Presents: Conor Mason, Emma Ní Fhíoruisce & Joel Harkin

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    With all proceeds going to WaterAid, stripped-back singer-songwriter night 20:20 brings three new artists in its ninth iteration at the Oh Yeah Centre on February 13. 

    The night will see sets from Conor Mason - we were big fans of his 2018 album, On The Surface - Gweedore singer-songwriter Emma Ní Fhíoruisce - check her Soundcloud - and atmospheric lo-fi folk artist Joel Harkin - watch the video for 'Meredith'.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Post Malone

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Kicking off his tour with the ultimate Valentine's gift, Post Malone plays Dublin's 3Arena on February 14.

    The multiplatinum Texas-based rapper has been a global sensation, both critically and commercially, being commended for blending genres and ultimately charted nine songs in the top 20 of the US Hot 100. His second album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, came out in 2018 - watch the video for 'Better Now'.

    Tickets costs €55.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm, and the standing area will be 14+.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Decapitated, Dyscarnate & Baest

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Treat your bloody Valentine to some Polish death metal when Decapitated make the trip over to play Voodoo on February 14 as part of their Killing The European Cult tour. Watch the video for 'Kill The Cult', taken from their seventh album, Anticult.

    Supporting are Horsham death metal act Dyscarnate and Danish act Baest.

    Tickets cost £18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Luluc

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Australian indie-folk duo Luluc play The Grand Social on February 14.

    They recently released third album Sculptor - check out 'Heist', which features a guest appearance from J Mascis, Dirty Three's Jim White & The National's Aaron Dessner.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Gum Takes Tooth & BB84

    The Taproom @ Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    A gift for your special sweetheart, some experimental landscaping will take place at Drop Dead Twice on February 14, when London-based duo Gum Takes Tooth come to Dublin.

    Blending triggered electronics, psych-noise, polyrhythms & experimental dynamics, they're a captivating live act - check out the video for 'Borrowed Lies' from third album Arrow.

    Opening is heavy electronic/drone project BB84, featuring Paddy Shine from Gnod, Wild Rocket's chief noise wizard Cian Moose, Cholera House's George Brennan & Rian Trench - also of Solar Bears.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €11.09. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    TOY

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Krautrock-influenced indie-psych outfit TOY play Dublin's Workman's Club on February 14 in the second show of their European tour in support of their fourth album, Happy In The Hollow.

    Watch the video for 'Sequence One'.

    Tickets cost €15.62 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Professor Brian Cox Live

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    One of the world's foremost communicators of scientific knowledge to the masses, Professor Brian Cox OBE, performs at Belfast's SSE Arena on February 15, following his Guinness World Record-setting sellout last run of shows.

    The former keys player for D:Ream takes audiences on a journey through space and time, hitting on high science and the cosmos. Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society University Researcher, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and is a professor at the university of Manchester. He's also responsible for much of the popularity in subjects like astronomy in physics, with his shows for the BBC heralding a huge amount of acclaim and spreading the conversation on physics to a household level.

    This 2019 show will see him go a step beyond his previously huge projections and images from space, while being once more joined by his Infinite Monkey Cage co-host, comedian Robin Ince, for an audience Q&A.

    Tickets are available, priced from £38-£49 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Kevin Krauter

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Fiercely experimental, referential and eclectic indie pop artist Kevin Krauter is set to play upstairs at Whelan's on February 15.

    His debut LP Toss Up features woozy synths, delicate vocals, all from the self-contained project, an aside to his other band Hoops. Watch the video for 'Keep Falling In Love'.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Decapitated, Dyscarnate & Baest

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Polish death metal masters Decapitated make the trip over to play Voodoo Lounge on February 15 as part of their Killing The European Cult tour. Watch the video for 'Kill The Cult', taken from their seventh album, Anticult.

    Supporting are Horsham death metal act Dyscarnate and Danish act Baest.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Ennio Morricone - Last Ever Irish Concert

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The 3Arena hosts iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone - who reshaped the sound of cinema - on Saturday, September 23, in the return Irish leg of his final farewell 60 Years of Music as he turns 90 years old.

    He'll be conducting, accompanied by over 200 musicians and singers onstage, as with previous tours, performing classics and originals from his Oscar-winning scores.

    Known best for his work alongside Sergio Leone in his spaghetti Westerns - although he's composed for over 500 films - his scores are synonymous with the genre; most notably through arguably his all-time finest work in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, and Once Upon A Time In The West. More recently he finally won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, which also earned him his sixth BAFTA & third Golden Globe.

    Tickets, priced from €107, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Blackfish Collective w/Evans Junior & Damola

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    London-based, Dublin-formed Blackfish Collective play the Sound House on February 15. Their members have roots in Nigeria, Angola & Zimbabwe, and the outfit runs the gamut from experimental hip-hop to pop, with members comprising Prettyboy Francis, Caleb Kunle, Demigosh, Princs$, Mo Tabs & The Vice. Check out 'Zobo'.

    Supporting are Evans Junior - check out 'Fake Friends' - and Damola.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Endless Swarm, Wardomized, Zombified, Deathgrip & Sex Hardcore

    Unit 40, Westlink Enterprise Centre

    Belfast

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    A suitably sweatbox show at Unit 40 of Belfast's Westlink Enterprise Centre is set to go forward on February 15, headed by Scottish powerviolence facemelters Endless Swarm. Check them on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are grindcore quintet Wardomized - check their music - death metallers Zombified - check out 'The Diminishing Light' - Belfast d-beat hardcore act Deathgrip - listen to their demos - and Sex Hardcore.

    Admission costs £5 and it's a limited capacity show, so first come, first served. Doors open at 9pm - and it's BYOB.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Galentines Party: Problem Patterns, Christine Tubridy, DJ Time of the Month & Jenna Daley

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Following on from the Drone Mansions brand of live music and infamous house parties, a female led BYO party, entitled Galentine's Day, on the day after its Hallmark waste-of-time patriarchal namesake. Featuring a hot roster of local artists that showcases the vibrancy and versatility Belfast's art scene has to offer, there are two live sets and two DJ sets.

    Brand new punk outfit Problem Patterns play a stripped back, yet chaotic set - listen to 'Allegedly' - Christine Tubridy of Hiva Oa promises music from house & Afrobeat through to disco & Arabic funk. DJ sets come from newcomers in the form of the eclectic DJ Time of the Month, and Jenna Daley, who will bring banging house & techno.

    Tickets cost £5 from Skiddle, and proceeds and donations will be given to The Homeless Period . Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Dead Horse Jive & Nerves

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    As part of their Hard Rock Soft Border tour, Galway rock n' roll outfit Dead Horse Jive headline Whelan's on February 15.

    Supporting are Dublin pop-rock outfit Nerves.

    Doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    The Altered Hours & Jogging

    A4 Sounds Gallery

    Dublin

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    Art collective A4 Sounds on St Joseph's Parade holds a pairing of Ireland's finest independent bands. Headlining are Cork psych outfit The Altered Hours - watch the video for 'Over The Void' from latest EP On My Tongue.

    Supporting are post-hardcore indie rock veterans Jogging - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €16 Doors open at 8pm. It's a BYOB event.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Professor Brian Cox Live

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the world's foremost communicators of scientific knowledge to the masses, Professor Brian Cox OBE, performs again at Dublin's 3Arena on February 16, following his Guinness World Record-setting sellout last run of shows.

    The former keys player for D:Ream takes audiences on a journey through space and time, hitting on high science and the cosmos. Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society University Researcher, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and is a professor at the university of Manchester. He's also responsible for much of the popularity in subjects like astronomy in physics, with his shows for the BBC heralding a huge amount of acclaim and spreading the conversation on physics to a household level.

    This 2019 show will see him go a step beyond his previously huge projections and images from space, while being once more joined by his Infinite Monkey Cage co-host, comedian Robin Ince, for an audience Q&A.

    Tickets are available, priced from €40 from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    GoGo Penguin

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    GoGo Penguin are set to play the National Concert Hall for ChoiceCuts on February 16.

    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 follows the release of new album, A Humdrum Star. Here they are live from Old Granada Studios.

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

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Bodega

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    New York art-punks Bodega play Whelan's on February 16.

    This follows the release of their acclaimed debut album Endless Scroll, which, in a similar fashion to Parquet Courts & Omni, draws from post-punk, pop, krautrock, with poetic lyrical prowess. Watch the video for 'Charlie'.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Neneh Cherry

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Swedish hip-hop artist Neneh Cherry plays the Academy on February 16.

    A former member of The Slits & Rip Rig + Panic, she's had a serious run of hits ever since 1989 debut album Raw Like Sushi - listen to 'Buffalo Stance'. She's has a major string of collaborations and now returns with fifth solo LP Broken Politics, which moves further into electronic pop.

    Tickets cost €35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Nik Void

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Nik Void, known for Factory Floor & the incredible Carter Tutti Void project, plays the Workman's Club on February 16 for Dhalgren Sound.

    The experimental electronic artist & producer is known for her cut-up sampling & techniques, blurring techno, ambient, avant-garde & noise in her aleatoric composition. At one end, she can border on contemporary classical, on the other, dance. Check her music out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €16.81 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Just Mustard w/Tribal Dance

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the hottest bands in Ireland right now, Dundalk trip-hop, noise & electronica-influenced quintet Just Mustard headline the Workman's Club on February 16. Last year, they released one of the Irish albums of the year in debut album, Wednesday.

    Tribal Dance support. More than just another Dublin math-rock band, check out 'And All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette'.

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

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Dead Horse Jive, Ferals & Gnarkats

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    As part of their Hard Rock Soft Border tour, Galway rock n' roll outfit Dead Horse Jive headline McHugh's, Belfast on February 16.

    Supporting are math-rock outfit Ferals - listen to their new single on Bandcamp, taken from The Low EP - and math-tinged indie outfit Gnarkats - watch the video for 'War Cry'.

     

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Comfy Coffin, Mob Wife & Nervvs

    Anseo

    Dublin

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    To launch issue 24 of poetry 'zine This Is Not Where I Belong, a three-strong bill play Anseo, Camden Street on February 16.

    On support, Belfast punk band Mob Wife hold the Dublin leg of their launch tour for new release 'Captain Care A Lot / Hellsong' - check them out on Bandcamp. The borderline telepathic garage-noise duo Nervvs open things - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €10, which includes a copy of the zine. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Craig Taborn

    Sonic Lab, SARC

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9. On Saturday, February 16, a kickoff show takes place in the acoustically-perfect Sonic Lab in Belfast's Sonic Arts Research Centre, featuring a solo piano performance from Craig Taborn.

    The Composer, pianist & electronic musician was born and raised in Golden Valley, Minnesota. While Studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Craig had the good fortune to play in the illustrious Detroit jazz community as well as playing and recording with some of the biggest names around. Hailed as the “#1 rising Star Keyboardist” in the 55th and 56th Downbeat Critics poll, Taborn has established himself as one of the most interesting musicians working today. Check out this solo performance.

    Tickets are available here, priced £14 (£10 concession) - or £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    DIY LK: Cruiser 'No More Parties' Single Launch w/Pinhole & Evil

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Limerick second wave emo-tinged indie rock outfit Cruiser launch their new single 'No More Parties' with a hometown DIY LK show at the Pharmacia on February 16. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are artful, idiosyncratic Kate Bush-influenced Cork quartet Pinhole - 'check out 'Oh No' - and members of Evil, a local performance art collective.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019
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    19
    Feb
    2019

    David O'Doherty

    Pavilion Theatre

    Dun Laoghaire

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    Irish musical comic David O'Doherty brings his 2018 You Have To Laugh tour to Dun Laoghaire for a pair of shows on February 17 & 19 at the Pavilion Theatre.

    The music-based comedian (or the 'Ryanair Enya') is one of Ireland's finest, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered 1986 keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' won multiple awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as appearances on every panel show going.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    A.J. Croce

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Son of singer-songwriters Jim & Ingrid Croce, A.J. Croce is set to play Whelan's on February 17.

    His ninth album Just Like Medicine is out now, having sat on the Billboard Blues and European Americana charts for months. A pianist, he blends New Orleans, soul, with some Reedian New York tendencies. Have a listen to 'I Got A Name'.

    Tickets are available from Seat Advisor. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    Electric Eel Shock

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Japanese stoner rock-tinged fuzz trio Electric Eel Shock are to play The Workman's Club on February 17

    Formed in Tokyo in the late '90s before setting off to the US in 199, Electric Eel Shock recently released a Best Of & Covers album which is made up of some of fan-chosen tracks.

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

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    Neuromusicology

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Niamh Kennedy hosts an event for NI Science Festival at the Black Box alongside Belfast harpist Ursula Burns on February 17.

    The two will be exploring the neuroscience of music and how the brain controls movement, building on Kennedy's research of imaging the brains of harpists. The interactive demonstrations shows how the brain works while playing instruments, featuring a new piece from Ursula Burns in which she simultaneously plays piano & harp, while Niamh live images her brain with data visualisation.

    Tickets cost £5 here. The event runs from 4pm-5.30pm.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    Danny Forde

    The Fumbally Stables

    Dublin

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    Composer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Danny Forde plays his debut Dublin show at the Fumbally Stables on February 17.

    A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he'll be accompanied by a five-piece band of Dublin musicians ahead of the release of his debut EP What Else Is There?, recorded across New York, California, Cape Town, Stockholm, London & Dublin. Forde has performed with some of Ireland's best-known artists, including Bill Whelan, Loah, I Have A Tribe, Hozier, Trinity Orchestra & more.

    Tickets are available here, priced €13. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019

    Mike & The Mechanics

    The National Stadium

    Dublin

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    Over 10 million-selling pop-rock supergroup Mike & The Mechanics play Dublin's National Stadium on February 18, as part of their Looking Back Over My Shoulder tour.

    Formed in 1985 as a side-project by Genesis bassist/rhythm guitarist Mike Rutherford, they're best known for their global hit 'The Living Years', going on to sell over 10 million records worldwide.

    Tickets cost €44.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019

    Jungle

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Neo-soul outfit Jungle are set to play The Olympia Theatre on February 18, following the September release of For Ever.

    The seven piece released their debut in 2014, with this having a long gestation period to arrive at these 13 tracks detailing a 'post-apocalyptic radio station playing breakup songs'. Watch the video for 'Happy Man'.

    Tickets, priced €27.50 are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019

    Microdisney

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following their reunion in June at the National Concert Hall, performing seminal album The Clock Comes Down The Stairs, Cork cult alternative rock heroes Microdisney play Vicar Street on February 18.

    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 were moved by the response to last year's shows and will revisit their material.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €45. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

    Chvrches

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Pop outfit Chvrches celebrate the release of their third album Love Is Dead with a UK tour that includes a show at the Ulster Hall on February 19. Their third successive top 10 UK album, watch the video for recent single 'Miracle'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, with doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

    Jungle

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Having just released their much-hyped album For Ever, London neo-soul act Jungle make their first headline Belfast appearance at the Limelight 1.

    The killer live outfit are widely described as the sound of an aspirational young London, led by production & multi-instrumentalist duo of J & T - Josh Lloyd-Watson & Tom McFarland. Check out 'Heavy, California'.

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

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

    Microdisney [Last Ever Show]

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Following their reunion in June at the National Concert Hall, performing seminal album The Clock Comes Down The Stairs, Cork cult alternative rock heroes Microdisney return to their hometown to play Cyprus Avenue on February 19 in what will be their last ever show.

    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 were moved by the response to last year's shows and will revisit their material.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €36.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019

    David Duchovny

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    (The actual) David Duchovny will play Dublin’s Academy on Wednesday, February 20.

    Having released his debut album Hell or Highwater in 2015, and its follow-up, Every Third Thought, earlier in 2018, the actor, writer, director and – more recently – recording artist will make his Irish gig debut at this show. Check out his silken-throated 'Hell or Highwater'.

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

  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019

    Mob Wife Single Launch w/A Bad Cavalier & Hand Models (Acoustic)

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Belfast punk band Mob Wife hold the Belfast leg of their launch tour for their new double A-side 'Captain Care A Lot / Hellsong' at McHugh's on February 20. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Niall Kennedy-fronted indie rock project A Bad Cavalier - check out 'On My Side' - and acoustic set from indie slackers Hand Models.

    Admission costs £3, doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019
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    22
    Feb
    2019

    Chvrches

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Pop outfit Chvrches celebrate the release of their third album Love Is Dead with a European tour that includes a stop-off at Dublin's Olympia on February 21 & 22. Their third successive top 10 UK album, watch the video for recent single 'Miracle'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €29-€36, with doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Bill Ryder Jones

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Former Coral founder & guitarist-cum-indie rock multi-instrumentalist, producer & composer Bill Ryder-Jones plays Belfast's Black Box on February 21.

    His Steve Malkmus-with-emotion tones and full band setup will be sugar to the ears of any Courtney Barnett, Elliott Smith or Richard Hawley fans. His fourth album, Yawn, is just out in November. Check out the absolute glory of 'Two To Birkenhead'.

    Tickets cost £13.50 from Ticketweb, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Bill Frisell Trio

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    One of America's most meditative miners of tradition, Bill Frisell, brings his trio to Dublin's National Concert Hall on February 21.

    Although his style is rooted predominately in jazz, he's explored rock, bluegrass, country and sparse American Primitivism. Check out his NPR Tiny Desk.

    Tickets are priced from €27-€40 from NCH.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Output Showcase 2019

    Various Venues

    Belfast

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    Some of the finest propositions across Northern Ireland and beyond have been selected for 2019's Output Showcase on Thursday, February 21. Following a day of conferences, workshops and talks, there'll be a genre-spanning showcase of free gigs, from pop & indie to metal. Things run between 8pm-midnight, with the official afterparty taking place at Bullitt, with Public Service Broadcasting DJs.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Peachface 'Killing Kind of Love' Single Launch w/Autre Monde & Cable Boy

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dreamy synth-pop outfit PeachFace launch their new single with a show at Workman's on February 21 Watch the video for the wave-inspired 'Killing Kind of Love'.

    Supporting are Dublin-based indie supergroup Autre Monde - check them out on Bandcamp - and dream-pop act Cable Boy - check them out on Soundcloud.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019

    Aminé

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of the fastest-rising names in hip-hop & leftfield pop, Aminé, plays the Academy on February 22.

    Based in Portland, Aminé released a string of huge-selling records last year, New York Times giving him a major profile & plaudits, appearances on Tiny Desk, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and more. Check out his NPR Tiny Desk session.

    Tickets cost €26.40 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and it's a 14+ show.

  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019

    Insurrectionary Neo-Futurism vs Belfast

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Dark electronic outfit Jan Doyle Band bring their Insurrectionary Neo Futurism to Belfast on February 22, joined by some of the city's foremost experimental electronic performers at The 343 on Newtownards Road. Check out their vast body of work on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are:
    Girls Names' Philip Quinn's electronic post-punk project Gross Net play a live set- have a listen on Bandcamp.
    The mercurial, ineffable Ruth Bate - if you're a fan of absolute conviction, John Maus & noirish experimental art-pop, go, check him out on Soundcloud. We assure you that seeing him live is the real way to experience it.
    Dark electronic performer Die Hexen's rescoring of a Kenneth Anger film will also be screened on the night.

    Admission costs £7, Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019

    Breezeblock: DVS1

    Botanic Inn

    Belfast

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    Midwest 90s rave scene staple DVS1 performs Breezeblock at the Botanic Inn on February 22.

    As a resident DJ of Berlin’s infamous Berghain/Panorama Bar, he moves floors of the world’s most prestigious venues, crafting the art of DJing through always being in the mix, pushing his own boundaries and sensitively reacting to the people’s energy. Moulded by massive sound systems composed of walls of speakers, DVS1’s vision of techno is based on the physical power of music. Zak’s pure approach of sound being his personal channel to capture the very moment in time is as dedicated as his continuation to shape the electronic scene in his hometown Minneapolis – from throwing illegal warehouse parties to owning a nightclub to running his own sound company for two decades.

    Tickets cost £13.74 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019

    The Pale

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Long-established Dublin outfit The Pale play Dundalk's Spirit Store in support of 'Ursa Minor', from the release of new album Merciful Hour, due out in April.

    Watch the video for 'Dogs With No Tails' from their first run, back in 1992. 

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019

    The Big Help Musicians NI Quiz

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    Help Musicians NI are set to hold a fundraiser at the Sunflower Bar on Friday, February 22. The quizmaster will be Mick McCullagh, aka Son of the Hound & host of the Mad Notions podcast.

    Prizes look extremely exciting, having been gifted from Stendhal Festival, AVA Festival & Dawson's music shop.

    Entry costs £5, with all proceeds going to the wonderful work of Help Musicians NI. Tickets are available here.

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    Lisa O'Neill Album Launch

    Liberty Hall Theatre

    Dublin

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    Incredible Irish folk voice Lisa O'Neill  at a seated show at Liberty Hall Theatre on February 23.

    Her fourth LP, Heard A Long Gone Song came out in 2018, her first on Rough Trade imprint River Lea Records. Featuring a broad cast of musicians in Cormac Begley, Christophe Capewell, Libby McCrohan and Radie Peat, it's a blend of traditional songs & original compositions. Often described as folk with a punk sensibility, her earthy poetry is evocative not just of the past but of the deeply subjective now. Watch her play 'Rock The Machine' live.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €25.

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    Seek Warmth & Hiva Oa

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Bristol indie rock act Seek Warmth make their Irish debut at Voodoo on February 23. Check out the jangly post-punk of 'Pillar To Post'.

    Supporting are Belfast alternative electronic act Hiva Oa - check them out live in session at Smalltown America.

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    Dead Horse Jive & The Skanks

    Bennigans

    Derry

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    As part of their Hard Rock Soft Border tour, Galway rock n' roll outfit Dead Horse Jive headline Bennigan's in Derry on February 23.

    Young Strabane outfit The Skanks support.

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    Tiny Magnetic Pets

    Tramline

    Dublin

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    Collecting krautrock grooves, ’70s electronica and oddball pop, Dublin outfit Tiny Magnetic Pets – named after the Japanese collectable toy – play Dublin's Tramline to launch their new EP The Politburo Disko on February 23.

    Sounding at times like a prime-era William Orbit electronic pop production, featuring the kosmische space race synth sounds of the likes of Harmonia and Neu! they've collaborated with Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür, and supported icons like Visage, OMD,and Neu!’s Michael Rother. Watch the video for 'Control Me'.

    Supporting are Embrace The Crisis.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €11.53. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    DIY LK: Hot Cops, Blue Whale & His Fathers Voice

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Belfast indie rockers Hot Cops stop off in Limerick's Pharmacia on February 23 for a DIY LK show in the first of their run of Irish spring dates. Watch the video for the NI Music Prize-nominated single, 'Decay'. 

    Making their first trip down to Limerick are experimental rock quartet Blue Whale - check out their debut album, Process, which earned the no. 2 spot on our 2018 Irish albums of the year list. Opening are new Limerick dream-pop outfit His Fathers Voice.

    Admission costs €5 and music kicks off around 10pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    Kojaque 'Deli Daydreams' 1 Year Anniversary Show w/Kean Kavanagh

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of his debut album album, Deli Daydreams, Irish hip-hop artist Kojaque performs an intimate, full-band playthrough of the LP at Whelan's on February 23. 

    "Deli Daydreams is a conceptual project chronicling a week in the life of a Deli worker. The project meanders through the daydreams of KOJAQUE, the main protagonist, as he contemplates love, life and loneliness in the lead up to the annual work Christmas party. The project is a vignette of working life in Dublin, mundanity, madness and escapism."

    Nominated for a Choice Music Prize, and placing high on near enough every Irish 2018 end of year list - including our own - the Soft Boy Records release is very much a zeitgeist-capturer. A filmmaker and visual artist, the videos for his singles have been as essential as the music in his upward growth - take 'White Noise', for example.

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

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019

    Massive Attack: Mezzanine XX1

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Bristol trip-hop legends Massive Attack will stop off in Dublin next as part of a tour celebrating their seminal 1998 album, Mezzanine.

    Promising a "totally new audio/visual production" the show at Dublin's 3Arena on Sunday, February 24 will also feature Elizabeth Fraser, the Cocteau Twins singer who lent her vocals to the album's second single 'Teardrop'.

    The show will re-imagine Mezzanine via "custom audio reconstructed from the original samples and influences”, and is described by Robert Del Naja AKA 3D as “a one off piece of work; our own personalised nostalgia nightmare head trip”.

    Tickets are priced €49.50 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019

    Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & Dave McGuinness w/Landless

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Scottish singer Aladair Roberts performs with Amble Skuse and keyboardist David McGuinness in support of their collaborative album What News on Drag City. Listen to 'The Fair Flower of Northumberland'.

    They perform a co-headline set at Whelan's on February 24, alongside unaccompanied four-part vocal harmony group Landless - whose debut album, Bleaching Bones, was one of our favourites of 2018.

    Admission costs €16, with tickets available from Billetto. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    26
    Feb
    2019

    Meltybrains? Presents: ?

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Those absolute headers, Meltybrains?, play the Button Factory on February 26. After a fairly quiet period, they're back with the glitchy R&B-tinged -wave nugget 'Roger Federer'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    26
    Feb
    2019

    Laura Gibson

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Laura Gibson plays upstairs at Whelan's on February 26.

    Her last album, Empire Builder, received plaudits from Pitchfork, uncut and the likes, and she performed NPR's first ever Tiny Desk concert. Check out 'Domestication'.

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

  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2019

    Brass Against

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Having made fans out of Tom Morello and more, politically-charged brass-led rock & hip-hop troupe Brass Against headline the Button Factory on February 27.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Steely Dan w/Steve Winwood

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Smooth jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan return to Ireland to play 3Arena on February 28. Led by Donald Fagen, they've sold over 40 million albums worldwide, with classics including Can't Buy A ThrillAjaTwo Against Nature and the list goes on. 

    Pristine production, perfect precision & tight songwriting drew them out of hipness for a time, but things have come full circle, with devotees like Mac Demarco giving them a new life. Here's 'Do It Again'.

    Composer/producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood joins them, performing classics from Blind Faith, Traffic, The Spencer Davis Group & his many solo hits.

    Tickets cost €89.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    The Stranglers w/Dr Feelgood

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play Ulster Hall on February 28.

    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. 

    Support comes from classic rhythm & blues band Dr Feelgood.

    Tickets are priced £33 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm, and it's a 14+ show, with standing restricted to 16+.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Hayseed Dixie

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The pioneers of rockgrass, Hayseed Dixie return to Ireland, playing Dublin's Button Factory on February 28 in support of new album Free Your Mind and the Grass Will Follow.

    Formed in 2000 as an idea to record AC/DC songs in an Appalachian Mountain hillbilly tradition, they've taken the cornerstones of rock and reimagined them with fun, care and respect, not to mention tremendously accomplished musicianship. Here's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €22. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Alan Marshall & The Party Faithful

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based Scottish troubadour Alan Marshall is set to perform at The Grand Social on February 28.

    Drawing together both Gaelic traditions, this show comes in support of second album, A Beautiful Brawl. Marshall will be joined by his band, The Party Faithful, featuring Cyril O'Donoghue, Matt Bashford, Joseph McNulty and Guy Rickarby, amongst others.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Kneecap & JyellowL w/Dirty Faces

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Mega-hyped Gaeilge/English hip-hop outfit Kneecap come to Belfast's Empire on February 28 as part of their Irish tour. Check out 'Tá na Baggies ar an Talamh'.

    Joining them on their tour is Dublin rapper JYellowL, who forms part of the Word Up Collective. Check out his latest single 'True Colours'. Opening are Derry duo Dirty Faces.

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

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Valeras w/Cherym

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Reading five piece Valeras headline Whelan's on February 28.

    Supporting are Derry punk-pop trio Cherym - check out new single 'Super Queens'.

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced €13.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    The Stranglers w/Dr Feelgood

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English new wave punk rock outfit The Stranglers play 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. 

    Support comes from classic rhythm & blues band Dr Feelgood.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Hayseed Dixie

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    The pioneers of rockgrass, Hayseed Dixie return to Ireland with a show at Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 1 in support of new album Free Your Mind and the Grass Will Follow.

    Formed in 2000 as an idea to record AC/DC songs in an Appalachian Mountain hillbilly tradition, they've taken the cornerstones of rock and reimagined them with fun, care and respect, not to mention tremendously accomplished musicianship. Here's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Spinn

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

    Liverpool jangle dream-pop quartet Spinn play Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre on March 1.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    The Comet Is Coming

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Choice Cuts bring London-based space-jazz-funk-psych-electronic trio The Comet Is Coming to Dublin's Sugar Club on March 1.

    Meeting in a London warehouse in 2013, the three musical cosmonauts in question are Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet & Melt Yourself Down, Danalogue and Betamax (known for Soccer96). Blending mindbending new sonic languages in the vein of Sun Ra, Zappa & the BBC Radiophonic Workshops, the band's themes revolve around an impending apocalypse. Check out their Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced €20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies w/Drastics

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Limerick's Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies return for what's sure to be another packed Whelan's on March 1.

    One of the most potent voices of dissent in Ireland at the moment, check out the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home'.

    Supporting are Drastics.

    Admission is free, if you add yourself to the guestlist here. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Casavettes, Fox Colony & Gender Chores

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Limerick emo/post-hardcore act Casavettes play their first ever Belfast show at the 343 on March 1 - listen to them on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are fellow emo-tinged indie rockers Fox Colony - listen on Bandcamp - and lo-fi feminist punk duo Gender Chores - check out their demo tracks on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Stranded: Ex-Isles

    Strand Arts Centre

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based singer-songwriter Peter Devlin & composer James Joys, aka Ex-Isles are set to play the Strand Arts Centre on March 1.

    Having worked together in the past on various projects over the years, they returned to Belfast after 15 years of living away, leading to their own singular exploration of pop, in the form of debut LP Luxury Mass. Blackly comic, the album comes the vein of iconoclasts like Scott Walker, ANOHNI, John Grant and the likes, with Joys arranging and producing. We called it one of the best albums to emerge from Ireland in some time last year. Check it out on Bandcamp.

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

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Junk Drawer & Jake Regan

    International Bar

    Dublin

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    Collective 47 holds an exhibition of some of the finest in independent music videos coming out of Ireland at the International Bar on March 1, accompanied by performances from a pair of Irish independent acts, both with new material on their way.

    Indie-psych outfit Junk Drawer headline ahead of the release of their debut album, and use the night to premiere their new music video for single 'Year of the Sofa' - check them out on Bandcamp. Also playing is former Segrasso member Jake Regan in his debut live performance.

    If you have a video to submit, contact collectivefourtyseven@gmail.com.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Advance Base

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Lo-fi pop auteur Owen Ashworth, AKA Advance Base plays the Sound House on March 1.

    Formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, his nostalgic yearning has been well-documented on Bandcamp, where Advance Base's prolific output of drum-machine collection of electric pianos, autoharps, Omnichords & loops can be heard.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €15.10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Crome Yellow, Nudy Boy Nature & Footnotes

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Waterford experimental act Crome Yellow make their first Cork appearance at the Roundy on March 1, ahead of their debut release the following week.

    Also performing are lo-fi space-pop project Nudy Boy Nature and Footnotes.

    Admission costs €6 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Ruts DC w/The Professionals

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

     

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    Remaining members of classic reggae-influenced British punks The Ruts, Ruts DC, are set to play the Button Factory on March 2.

    This show comes in celebration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of their classic album The Crack, and they'll be playing it in its entirety.

    Supporting are The Professionals, founded by Paul Cook & Steve Jones following the dissolution of the Sex Pistols. 

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

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Fatboy Slim

    3Arena

    Dublin

     

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    Fatboy Slim brings his In The Round tour to Dublin's 3Arena on March 2.

    The tour aims to create the UK's biggest dance floors via turning gargantuan arenas into unique club night experiences, with a revolving stage, rave ushers & a live smiley face experience.

    Tickets cost €49.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    The Armed

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Detroit experimental blackened noise-punk outfit The Armed play The Workman's Club on March 2.

    Hailed by The Quietus, Noisey and Pitchfork for their originality, their second LP Only Love came out in 2018 to rave reviews. Have a listen, then imagine how it brutal and invigorating it could sound live.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Hayseed Dixie

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    The pioneers of rockgrass, Hayseed Dixie return to Ireland for a short run of dates in support of new album Free Your Mind and the Grass Will Follow. The third show takes place at Belfast's Empire on March 2.

    Formed in 2000 as an idea to record AC/DC songs in an Appalachian Mountain hillbilly tradition, they've taken the cornerstones of rock and reimagined them with fun, care and respect, not to mention tremendously accomplished musicianship. Here's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

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

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Spinn

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Liverpool jangle dream-pop quartet Spinn play the Academy 2 in an over 14s show on March 2.

    Tickets cost €12.75 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    The Comet Is Coming

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Once again, Moving On Music bring London-based space-jazz-funk-psych-electronic trio The Comet Is Coming to Belfast, when they play the Black Box on March 2.

    Meeting in a London warehouse in 2013, the three musical cosmonauts in question are Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet & Melt Yourself Down, Danalogue and Betamax (known for Soccer96). Blending mindbending new sonic languages in the vein of Sun Ra, Zappa & the BBC Radiophonic Workshops, the band's themes revolve around an impending apocalypse. Check out their Bandcamp.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music, priced £16, or £12 for concessions. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation w/Lance Bangs & Steve Shelley

    Irish Film Institute

    Dublin

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    On Saturday, March 2nd, Dublin’s Irish Film Institute will host a special screening of Lance Bangs’ Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation.

    Celebrating the recent thirtieth anniversary of the seminal album, the event will also feature Bangs (director of Slint documentary Breadcrumb Trail) and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley presenting programme of films related to the album, which will include excerpts from the Bangs-directed concert film along with documentaries Put Blood In The Music and On Rust. Check out the trailer.

    Tickets are priced at €16 and can be bought here.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Donna Leake

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Perennial dancefloor tastemakers Low Profile are set to bring London's Donna Leake of Brilliant Corners to Bullitt on March 2 - check out her NTS show. Support comes from Bullitt resident Jonny Carberry.

    Entry is free, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Blue Whale & Jogging

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    A couple of our perennial favourite singular guitar-led outfits joint forces at the Whelan's Midnight House on March 2. Headlining are Belfast experimental rock quartet Blue Whale, who late last year released their debut album Process.

    Their cadenced, angular and atonal compositions tread fine lines between dance and discord, chaos and intricacy, with the resultant aural tension unique in its capacity to simultaneously provoke mental confusion and physical movement. Their sound has been compared to the likes of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Television, Swans, Sonic Youth and Slint. Listen to single 'Shortbread Fingers'. 

    Also playing are recently-resurfaced post-hardcore indie rock veterans Jogging - check them out on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free with a comment on the event page, and the first act begins at midnight.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    BC Camplight

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    In support of his second album through Bella Union, BC Camplight plays a rescheduled show - due to his loss of voice - at The Workman's Club on March 3.

    The New Jersey native released two acclaimed in the throes of mental illness & addiction, ultimately ending up squatting in an old church. Relocating to Manchester, he wrote a new album but was exiled due to immigration law just two days before its release. Eventually he made his way back and his latest album, Deportation Blues documents it. Check out How To Die In The North.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    Kamasi Washington

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Saxophonist and jazz master Kamasi Washington, returns to Dublin to play the Olympia Theatre on March 3 in support of his latest album Heaven and Earth.

    Having released of the best albums of the last few years in 2015's sprawling, three volume - and very aptly-titled The Epic, as well as collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Run The Jewels, he's been going from strength to strength as of late. 

    Revisit or discover The Epicand indeed The Epic In Concert.

    Tickets, priced from €45, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Izumi Kimura

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9; on March 3, the Black Box hosts an afternoon performance from pianist Izumi Kimura, who explores the space between improvisation & composition.

    Born in Yokohama, Japan Izumi moved to Ireland in 1995 studying with Ray Keary at the Royal Irish Academy of Music before performing extensively throughout the country and abroad as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. Though classically trained, Kimura has spent much of her time in Ireland exploring jazz music, working with many of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians. Her heroic levels of technical fearlessness, stamina and strength make for a breathing, slow-burn performance. Watch this performance of 'Gaspard de la Nuit'.

    Tickets are available here, priced £6 - or  £45 for the entire festival. It's an afternoon concert, so doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Scott Flanigan Trio w/Ant Law

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9. The Black Box hosts a joint performance from Scott Flanigan Trio with Ant Law. Two of the most exciting improvisers working today, they'll be joined by prolific Irish musicians Dave Redmond on bass and Stephen Davis on drums.

    The innovative new quartet reimagines traditional repertoire alongside new commissions by Moving on Music. Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene, performing regularly across the Europe, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Larry Coryell and Jean Toussaint to name but a few.

    Described as “an innovator” and “gamechanger” by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant Law lives in London and leads his own group. His debut Entanglement was released in 2013 to great acclaim, followed by Zero Sum World in 2015. They have toured extensively and the third album Life I Know was released in November 2018 on Edition Records.

    Tickets are available here, priced £12 (£8 concession) - or £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    Cruiser, Buí & Myles McCormack

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Limerick second wave emo-tinged indie rock outfit Cruiser hold the Belfast leg of the tour for new single 'No More Parties' at Belfast's McHugh's on March 3. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Young indie rockers Buí share the bill - check out their excellent debut album Eugene. Opening is Myles McCormack.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7pm.

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    04
    Mar
    2019
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    2019

    The Gloaming

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Trad super band The Gloaming play another huge string of nights at Dublin's grandest venue, the National Concert Hall, on March 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.

    Comprising Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Thomas Bartlett and Matt Purcell, the show follows the release of The Gloaming 3 on February 22 via Real World Records. Produced by Thomas Bartlett, the album was recorded last autumn at New York’s Reservoir Studios. They've had a Choice Music Prize for album of the year, won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and had a #1 Irish album. Listen to 'Sheehan's Jigs'.

    Tickets are available from NCH.ie priced from €45-€65. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2019

    KT Tunstall

    Elmwood Hall

    Belfast

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    Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall plays Elmwood Hall on March 5.

    With her sixth album Wax out in October, it was penned alongside producer Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand. She's been up to all sorts of cool stuff, like covering Tom Petty with Peal Jam's Mike McCready. This new album is the second in her thematic trilogy which explores themes of spirit, body & mind, and is a far cry from her early-noughties Radio 2 fare. Here's new single 'The River'.

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

  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2019

    Denver McCord w/Justin Meechan

    The Railway Bar

    Cookstown

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    Cookstown troubadour Denver McCord plays a hometown show at the Railway Bar on March 5, accompanied by guest musicians in a night of rock & blues - check out his debut album Confessions, Questions & Tales

    Support comes from Justin Meechan.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    06
    Mar
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Brian Irvine Ensemble

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9, and on Wednesday, March 6, the Black Box hosts Northern Irish avant-garde composer Brian Irvine's ensemble.

    His 13 piece ensemble mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity. Think a mutant cocktail of Zappa and Icebreaker, Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the world’s leading festivals.

    Brian Irvine was born in Belfast. His huge body of work includes operas, orchestral works, large-scale participatory work, films, multi-media installations, dance works as well as ensemble, solo, and chamber pieces. He has won two BSACA British Composers Awards as well as the Radio 3 Jazz Award for best new work.

    Tickets are available here, priced £14 - or £10 concession -  £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019

    Peter Bjorn and John

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having recently released new studio album Darker Days, Swedish indie-pop act Peter Bjorn and John play Whelan's on March 7.

    Known for bringing soft psychedelia into their indie pop-rock sound, and 2006 single 'Young Folks', which became a household hit. Darker Days is their eighth album, going back to their harmony-driven Simon & Garfunkel influenced sound.

    Tickets are priced €20 from WAV Tickets & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019

    Spectrum Festival: Brötzmann & Leigh

    Fumbally Stables

    Dublin

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    As part of Dublin's Spectrum Festival by the Improvised Music Company European new jazz living legend Peter Brötzmann performs alongside Heather Leigh at Dublin's Fumbally Stables on March 7.

    Exemplifying European improvised music for over 40 years and participating in countless international collaborations, sax/reed player Brötzmann is pretty much mandatory if you’re a fan of free jazz, noise-rock or extreme music - check out our recent profile.

    Heather Leigh is a Scotland-based American pedal steel guitar player, who plays spontaneous compositions with a powerfully physical and spectral approach. Check out an excerpt from their collaboration, Crowmoon.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced from €15 early bird to €49 for the entire festival. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Liane Carroll Trio

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9. Singer, pianist and composer Liane Carroll plays the Black Box on March 7 with her trio of Cormac O'Brien on bass and Dominic Mullan on drums.

    Winner of Best Vocalist and the Best of Jazz at the BBC Jazz Awards 2005 (the only person ever to win two awards in one year) and pretty much every British jazz award around in recent years including accolades at the British Jazz Awards, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards and The Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Liane is held with high esteem. She has worked with everyone from Paul McCartney and Gerry Rafferty to live d'n'b outfit London Elektricity. Check her out live.

    Tickets are available here, priced £14 (£10 concession) - or £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019

    Getting To Know...Arborist

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Mark McCambridge, aka Arborist is one of Northern Ireland's finest songsmiths, and the next artist to be featured in the Oh Yeah Centre's illustrious Getting To Know... series. Taking place on March 7, it will feature a live performance from the NI Music Prize nominee, as well as conversation about his artistic process, influences and beyond, in order to better understand the artist. Watch the video for 'Twisted Arrow', featuring Kim Deal.

    Admission is free from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    David O'Doherty

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Irish musical comic David O'Doherty brings his extensive You Have To Laugh tour to Dolans for a 2 night stint on March 8 & 9.

    The music-based comedian (or the 'Ryanair Enya') is one of Ireland's finest, bringing a freshness to stand-up comedy with only his battery-powered 1986 keyboard. To date, he's had his own show 'The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty' won multiple awards for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as appearances on every panel show going.

    Tickets are available from Dolans.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Æ MAK

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Aoife McCann-led art-pop project Æ MAK plays the Grand Social on March 8, having recently released new single & video 'Too Sad To Sing'.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Spectrum Festival: Brian Irvine Ensemble

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    As part of Dublin's Spectrum Festival by the Improvised Music Company, The Button Factory hosts a show from Northern Irish avant-garde composer Brian Irvine on March 8.

    His 13 piece ensemble mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity. Think a mutant cocktail of Zappa and Icebreaker, Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the world’s leading festivals.

    Brian Irvine was born in Belfast. His huge body of work includes operas, orchestral works, large-scale participatory work, films, multi-media installations, dance works as well as ensemble, solo, and chamber pieces. He has won two BSACA British Composers Awards as well as the Radio 3 Jazz Award for best new work.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced from €15 early bird to €49 for the entire festival. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Hefty

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast is low on excellent rock & metal club nights, so by the grace of its best heavy music venue, Voodoo, we've got the first edition of Hefty.

    Expect an eclectic, tactful mix of the likes of Sabbath, Slayer, Electric Wizard, Soundgarden, Eyehategod, Sleep, Acid Bath, Bad Brains and more.

    Admission costs £5, or less on Eventbrite and doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Pocket Billiards Album Launch w/United Bottles, The Skallions & Tonic All-Stars

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    It's been seven long years, but finally Belfast ska-punk figureheads Pocket Billiards are set to release their third album, and it will be launched at the Empire Music Hall on March 8.

    Formed in 2001, they've released two excellent albums to date in their 2009 eponymous debut and 2012's Last Chance To Dance, which veered further into reggae & dub influences. The band's wry sense of humour captures the Belfast zeitgeist, and you can check it all out on Bandcamp, including their December single 'Viva El Santo'.

    Belfast punks United Bottles, NI-based ska eight-piece The Skallions and skinhead reggae & ska act Tonic All-Stars.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orchestra

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9. The Black Box hosts Pauli Lyytinen's Magnetia Orchestra on Friday, March 8.  

    Acclaimed by The Wire, intense musical magnetism is the driving force for the multi award winning quartet Finnish saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen has put together. With his Magnetia Orkesteri, he has assembled four of the best Finnish jazz musicians working today Verneri Pohjola  on trumpet, bassist Eero Tikkanen and drummer Mika Kallio.

    With a sound that could be described as Art Ensemble of Chicago meets Henry Threadgill, this is a fierce and controlled explosion of 21st century free jazz meets western chamber music. This, mixed with Lyytinen’s tightly woven compositions, creates a framework for the Magnetia Orkesteri to make unforgettable music. Check them out performing 'Triangulum'.

    Tickets are available here, priced £12 (£8 concession) - or £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Hot Cops, Larry & Handsome Eric

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Belfast indie rockers Hot Cops headline Dublin's Sound House on March 8 as part of their run of Irish spring dates. Watch the video for the NI Music Prize-nominated single, 'Decay'.

    Supporting are the apt pairing of breezy Dundalk alternative rock trio Larry, whose debut album is set for release in the coming months, recorded by Steve Albini - check out the video for 'Cocker Spaniel' - and lo-fi indie rockers Handsome Eric.

    Tickets cost €11.80 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Bicurious

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Irish-French math-rock duo Bicurious launch their new single witha  show at The Workman's Club on March 8 - watch the video for 'Sleep', from their debut EP, I'm So Confused.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €12. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Whelans Midnight Hour: Easy Tide & Grandad's Infected Fudge

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Navan-based indie rock trio Easy Tide headline the Whelan's Midnight Hour on March 8. Watch the video for 'Vacation'. Supporting are alt. punk trio Grandad's Infected Fudge.

    Admission is free before 10.30pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Subversion Soundsystem: Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies, Jimmy Penguin, Sebi C &

    Club Áras na nGael

    Galway

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    Limerick's Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies headline Áras na nGael on March 8. One of the most potent voices of dissent in Ireland at the moment, check out the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home'.

    Supporting are Skratch Community-founding electronic producer Jimmy Penguin, rhymer Sebi CCrux.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Mary Ocher

    The Vintage Room, Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Ahead of the recording of her new album, Mary Ocher returns play the Workman's Club's Vintage Room  on March 8 for our perennial faves, Enthusiastic Eunuch.

    Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms.

    The West Against The People was released on the German label Klangbad and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust - more information & an essay on the album are available to read here.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Volume Control x International Women's Day: Sister Ghost, Gemma Bradley & GRSNI Graduates

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    In celebration of International Women's Day, the Oh Yeah Centre hosts an all-ages gig from Volume Control, headlined by Shannon O'Neill-fronted, grungy alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost - check out the video for new single 'Backwards'.

    Also playing is fast-rising soul-pop songstress Gemma Bradley and the graduates from this year's Girls Rock School NI class.

    Tickets cost £5, available from Young At Art. It's a 13+ event, and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Spectrum Festival: Alarmist & Magnetia Orkestria

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    As part of Dublin's Spectrum Festival by the Improvised Music Company, Saturday night is a double-header of two live bands, one from Ireland, one from Finland, held the Grand Social.

    Dublin-based math-rock outfit Alarmist make a welcome return to the scene with their quasi orchestral blend of experimental rock, jazz, math and electronic sounds. Meanwhile Pauli Lyytinen’s Helsinki based Magnetia Orkesteri present a fierce and controlled cornucopia of 21st century free jazz meets western chamber music, with tightly woven compositions in an all star quartet that also features celebrated trumpeter Verneri Pohjola.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced from €12 early bird to €49 for the entire festival. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Extravision & 96 Tears

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    One of our 19 for '19 acts, post-punk trio Extravision - check out their Demo - headline Sin É on March 9.

    Supporting are 96 Tears.

    It's free before 9pm and €5 thereafter. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: The Joseph Leighton Trio

    Black Box Green Room

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9. Acclaimed young Derry guitarist Joseph Leighton brings his trio to the Black Box for an afternoon performance in the Green Room on March 9.

    One of the finest young jazz guitarists to emerge on the Irish jazz scene, he was selected as one of Moving On Music’s ‘Emerging Artists’ in 2016. He was one of the youngest musicians ever to be awarded a place at the Banff Centre, Canada, and having since studied with the likes of David Lyttle, Mike Walker, Vijay Iyer and Jesse Van Ruller, Leighton has swiftly developed his own voice mixing traditional and contemporary approaches and performing a combination of jazz standards with original material. This concert will see Joseph joined by fellow Moving on Music ‘Emerging Artist’ Jack Kelly on bass and Joel Waters on drums.

    Tickets are available here, priced £6 - or £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 2.45pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival: Get The Blessing w/Chris Guilfoyle

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Moving On Music's annual major highlight, the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, returns once more from March 2-9. Blending their mutant jazz sensibilities with spacey electronics and post-rock atmospheres, Get The Blessing close the festival at the Black Box on March 9.

    Their latest album Bristopia ventures into new, unexplored territories, setting the pace for the current UK Jazz revival, demonstrating how the early pioneers of the scene are still at the forefront. Formed in 1999 by bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer (rhythm section of Portishead) alongside Jake McMurchie - on sax and electronics - and Pete Judge - trumpet and electronics - the Bristol-based four-piece have forged a signature sound that defies easy classification.

    Despite several short breaks for other projects over the years – most recently in 2018 when drummer Clive Deamer was on tour again with Radiohead – they have never lost sight of thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, or joyous collective spontaneity. Watch the video for 'Phaenomena'.

    Dublin-born musician Chris Guilfoyle supports.

    Tickets are available here, priced £16 (£2 concession) - or £45 for the entire festival. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Primordial w/The Crawling, Senzar & Death The Leveller

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Veteran Irish blackened celtic metal act Primordial make a welcome return to Belfast, playing the Limelight 2 on March 9.

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

    Supporting are death metal outfit The Crawling, Dublin's Senzar and Death The Leveller.

    Tickets cost £17.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    DIY LK: Casavettes 'Senselessness' Album Launch

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Co-founders of Limerick's wonderful, all-encompassing collective DIY LK, Casavettes are set to launch their debut album Senselessness at their hub, Pharmacia, on March 9, the final date in a nationwide tour.

    A delicate blend of emo and post-hardcore, the band have restlessly toured stages around the country, with their long-awaited debut LP, Senselessness, released at the end of February. Get familiar on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Mary Ocher

    Plug'd

    Cork

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    Ahead of the recording of her new album, Mary Ocher plays Cork's Plug'd on March 9

    Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms.

    The West Against The People was released on the German label Klangbad and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust - more information & an essay on the album are available to read here.

    Supporting are Elaine Malone & Sam Clague in a live collaborative set.

    Tickets cost from €10, or €15 for a weekend ticket that includes Maria Somerville on Friday 8th, from uTicket. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    MOSA, Modern Rome, Ember Trails & DYAD

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Progressive post-rockers Mosa headline the Pavilion on March 8 for SONI. Check out their debut EP, Mind Open Soul Awake.

    Melodic alternative rock outfit Modern Rome - check out debut single 'Work In Progress' - progressive alt rock outfit Ember Trails and grungy alt. rockers DYAD support.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019

    Spectrum Festival: DJackulate & Guests

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    As part of Dublin's Spectrum Festival by the Improvised Music Company, world freestyle scratch champion, Dublin-based multi-instrumentalist, turntablist & sample artist Djackulate, aka Jack Dempsey McMahon, will perform a unique live collaboration with two special guests at the Workman's Club on March 10.

    With a wide range of musical influences stemming from a life time of mining records for odd samples, and experience playing various musical instruments like saxophone, uilleann pipes, kaval and musical saw, McMahon has recently began to try distil this knowledge and apply it to his performances focused around a turntable, with striking results.

    Djackulate is a member of Dublin improvising experimental jazz outfit "OKO". He is also a core member of international high octane skratch music loons "The Skratch Lords".

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced from €12 early bird to €49 for the entire festival. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019

    Colter Wall

    Whelan's

    Dublin

     

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    Highly revered by Rick Rubin & Steve Earle, Canadian singer-songwriter Colter Wall plays Whelan's on March 12.

    Still only 23, trust us when we say you have to hear his voice. His eponymous debut album is out now - check out the genuine outlaw country of 'The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie'.

    Tickets, priced €17.35, are available from WAV Tickets and Ticketmaster

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019

    Interference

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Based around singer-songwriter Fergus O'Farrel, a celebration of the music of cult Irish act Interference takes place on March 12 at Whelan's.

    After being a heavy influence on the likes of Glen Hansard, they were around for over three decades before the untimely passing of O'Farrel in 2016. With a documentary in the works, this run of celebratory performances will see appearances from Hansard, Liam O'Maonlai, Mundy & Jerry Fish, with songs from across their back catalogue. Check out 'Sail On', live at Other Voices.

    Tickets are available, priced €23, here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019

    Greta Van Fleet

    Olympia Theatre

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    Classic rock revivalist band Greta Van Fleet headline the Olympia on March 13.

    This date comes following their much-hyped debut album March of the Peaceful Army in October. The band comprises four young musicians, with an average age of 21, based in Michigan hamlet Frankenmuth. Here's 'When The Curtain Falls'.

    Tickets cost €31 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019

    P.O.D. & Alien Ant Farm w/'68 & New Valley Wolves

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Shizznigh Promotions bring classic Californian nu-metal bands Alien Ant Farm and P.O.D. to Belfast's Limelight on March 13.

    Support comes from '68 New Valley Wolves.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar.

  • Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019

    Brian Finnegan, Aidan O'Rourke, Ian Stephenson, Jim Goodwin & Niamh Farrell

    DC Music Club

    Dublin

    The DC Music Club on Camden row sees the unique melding of the flute virtuosity of Brian Finnegan from Armagh with his colleagues from the contemporary trad group KAN, including the expressive deftness of Aidan O’Rourke from Scotland’s Isle of Seil on fiddle, with the organic and intuitive drumming of Harrogate’s James Goodwin and the unfettered guitar reinventions of Ian Stephenson from Selby in Yorkshire with the singing of Niamh Farrell from Sligo.

    Admission costs €15 in advance from Musiclee or €17 on the door. Things kick off at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Mar
    2019

    Feet

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Indie band Feet play Belfast's Voodoo on March 14 as part of their UK & Irish Tour.

    Still barely out of university & picking up where acts like the Libertines left off, watch the video for 'Backseat Driver' as they write their debut album.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Mar
    2019

    A. Smyth

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Anthemic singer-songwriter A. Smyth headlines upstairs at Whelan's on March 14. Taking cues from the likes of Springsteen, Big Thief and the likes, watch the video for 'Coming Back To You'.

    Tickets cost €11.40 from WAV Tickets and Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    Nicki Minaj & Future

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of the pair's forthcoming NICKIHNDRXX tour, Nicki Minaj and Future will play Dublin's 3Arena on Friday, March 15.

    Minaj will be touring off the back of her forthcoming new album, Queen, which is set for release on August 10. Watch the video for 'Chun-Li'.

    Tickets for the show are priced at €66.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    Feet

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Indie band Feet play upstairs at Whelan's on March 15 as part of a UK & Irish tour.

    Still barely out of university & picking up where acts like the Libertines left off, watch the video for 'Backseat Driver' as they write their debut album.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    Pizza Pizza Records Presents: Hot Cops, Larry & Handsome Eric

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Belfast indie rockers Hot Cops headline Dublin's Spirit Store on March 15 as part of their run of Irish spring dates. Watch the video for the NI Music Prize-nominated single, 'Decay'.

    Supporting are the apt pairing of breezy Dundalk alternative rock trio Larry, whose debut album is set for release in the coming months, recorded by Steve Albini - check out the video for 'Cocker Spaniel' - and lo-fi indie rockers Handsome Eric.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    Interference

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    Based around singer-songwriter Fergus O'Farrel, cult Irish act Interference are set to play what will be a captivating show live at St. Luke's in Cork on March 15.

    After being a heavy influence on the likes of Glen Hansard, they were around for over three decades before the untimely passing of O'Farrel in 2016. This run of celebratory performances will see appearances from Hansard, Liam O'Maonlai, Mundy & Jerry Fish, with songs from across their back catalogue. Check out 'Sail On', live at Other Voices.

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

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    New Pagans, Sister Ghost & Reevah

    Bennigans

    Derry

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    Post-punk/alt. rock outfit New Pagans - who feature Fighting With Wire & Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin - headline Bennigan's in Derry on March 15 in the first of four spring dates. Check out 'Bloody Soil'.

    Supporting are Derry alt. folk singer-songwriter Reevah and a solo set from Sister Ghost's Shannon O'Neill - check out her latest single, 'Backwards'.

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    Daniel John Paxton w/Sonja Sleator

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Anthemic indie singer-songwriter Daniel John Paxton - formerly of Irish acts Buffalo Sunn & Sweet Jane - headlines Sin É following the February release of single 'Railway Line'.

    Supporting is Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka' - ahead of the release of her third EP.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019

    Shine Presents: Patrick Topping Takeover

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    One of the faces of modern global house music, Patrick Topping is set to curate a bill at the Telegraph Building on St. Patrick's Eve.

    Northern Irish outfits Dense & Pike and Kettama join him, as well as his friends Man PowerAlex Virgo.

    Early bird tickets cost £23 from Shine and Ticketweb, or £28 for general admission.

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019

    Maria Somerville & Gross Net

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Following on from her European tour in support of Girls Names, Maria Somerville plays The 343 on March 16 with her three-piece band. This date coincides with the release of debut LP All My People.

    Drawing on post-punk, folk, pop & drones, her idiosyncratic music draws from its environment, as well as some sense of 'other'. Check her out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting is Girls Names' Philip Quinn's electronic post-punk project Gross Net - have a listen on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £8 and doors open at 8pm. It's a BYO event.

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019
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    18
    Mar
    2019

    Dodie

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    23 year old Essex songwriter Dodie plays two nights at Vicar Street on March 17 & 18 due to demand. Her new Human EP follows up on 2016 & 2017 EP releases, the latter of which managed to chart despite, and because of, her independent work as a YouTube performer. Watch the video for 'Human'.

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

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019

    Scary Éire

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    It's never been a better time for hip-hop in Ireland, and so, in timely fashion on St. Patrick's day, Irish hip-hop pioneers Scary Éire are set to headline the Sugar Club.

    The first Irish rap act to be signed to a major label with Island Records, their music is a melting pot of styles, blending hip-hop, reggae, jazz, punk, ska, and traditional Irish. They played with U2, the Beastie Boys, and countless others - check out 'The Dole Q'.

    Tickets are available from Sugar Club Tickets.

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019

    Woweembeem: St Patrick's Night at the Button Factory

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    In what will doubtlessly be an incredible night of seamless groove and musicianship, a pair of the most soulfully rhythmic acts in Dublin share the bill, which also features DJ sets throughout.

    Headlining are 12-piece Afrobeat act Yankari - check out 'Enyimba' - and soul/RnB quartet Super Silly - check out 'Here'. On DJ Duties are Meruteria's Pablo Santos, Watermelon's Moving Still and Papa Lou of Woweembeem.

    Tickets are available in a tiered system on Eventbrite, priced from €10 early bird. Door open at 10pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019

    UFO - Last Orders

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    UK classic rock outfit - long a fan favourite outside the mainstream - UFO return to Dublin as part of their Last Orders 50th Anniversary Tour on March 19.

    This will be the final tour with frontman Phil Mogg, after which point the band will presumably cease to exist. Formed in London in 1968, Mogg is now 70, and drummer Andy Parker is the only other remaining founding member. They've seen success in recent years with charting positions for albums recorded in the last decade - a rarity for a band with its reputation so tied to its beloved underground status. Perhaps their most beloved album is 1979 live record Strangers In The Night.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a pair of shows. He's set to bring his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour to Vicar Street on March 19.

    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. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets cost €40.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019
    Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The incredible talent of LA's Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 19 & 20 as part of Andy's Beach Club World Tour.

    He released one of the albums of 2016 with his second LP, Malibu, fusing hip-hop, funk & soul with finesse. This show follows third LP Oxnard, which features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg & J. Cole - check out 'Tints'.

    Tickets cost €48 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019
    Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Drake

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Drake will play three dates in Dublin in March as part of his Assassination Vacation European tour. The Canadian rapper plays the 3Arena on March 19, 21 and 22

    Support on all three nights comes from Tory Lanez.

    Tickets cost €76 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    UFO - Last Orders

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    UK classic rock outfit - long a fan favourite outside the mainstream - UFO play Belfast's Limelight 1 as part of their Last Orders 50th Anniversary Tour on March 20.

    This will be the final tour with frontman Phil Mogg, after which point the band will presumably cease to exist. Formed in London in 1968, Mogg is now 70, and drummer Andy Parker is the only other remaining founding member. They've seen success in recent years with charting positions for albums recorded in the last decade - a rarity for a band with its reputation so tied to its beloved underground status. Perhaps their most beloved album is 1979 live record Strangers In The Night.

    Tickets cost £23.50 from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    Beans On Toast

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Celebrating the release of his 10th studio album in as many years, Beans On Toast plays Belfast's Voodoo on March 20.

    Called A Bird In The Hand, it was recorded with Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett, who produced his debut. One of the UK's finest lyricists, he's taken on a big cult following, cutting through the shit with fine humour in his anti-folk/folk-punk way. Check out the pointed 'Alexa'.

    Tickets cost £14.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    Nerve Centre

    Derry

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    Therapy? are set to kick of their 5-date Irish tour by playing their first Nerve Centre performance in 10 years on March 20, as they approach their 30th anniversary, and the release of 15th album, Cleave.

    Tickets are available from the Nerve Centre. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    Touts & Inhaler

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts go on a four-date Irish tour in the midst of a UK jaunt, kicking off at Dublin's Academy Green Room on March 20. They recently released their new Analysis Paralysis EP - watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Supporting are new wave & Manchester scene-inspired quartet Inhaler - watch the video for 'I Want You'.

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

  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    Landless

    The Little Museum of Dublin

    Dublin

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    Unaccompanied four-part vocal harmony group Landless play a completely acoustic performance in the suitable surroundings of the Little Museum of Dublin on March 20. This comes as part of the Santa Rita Concerts set to take place in the intimate museum, beginning at 7pm with a Santa Rita wine tasting and a fireside interview with the artists, followed by a performance at 8pm in the resonant, candlelit gallery.

    Their debut album, Bleaching Bones, out on the new-fangled Humble Serpent Records, was in our top 10 albums of 2018 for good reason. If you want an example, check them out Live in St. Joseph's Church, Sailortown, Belfast.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €10-€15. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns to live performance, playing the Button Factory on March 21.

    This show comes in support of his third album, which promises to delve further into the electronics hinted at on his recent EP. Check out 'Gratitude'.

     Tickets cost €17.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    Beans On Toast

    Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Celebrating the release of his 10th studio album in as many years, Beans On Toast plays the Academy 2 on March 21.

    Called A Bird In The Hand, it was recorded with Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett, who produced his debut. One of the UK's finest lyricists, he's taken on a big cult following, cutting through the shit with fine humour in his anti-folk/folk-punk way. Check out the pointed 'Alexa'.

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

  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Therapy? play Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 21 as they play a 5-date Irish tour ahead of their 30th anniversary and the release of 15th album, Cleave.

  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    Touts & Inhaler

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts go on a four-date Irish tour in the midst of a UK jaunt, playing Belfast's Voodoo on March 21. Watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Supporting are new wave & Manchester scene-inspired quartet Inhaler - watch the video for 'I Want You'.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Best-selling Birmingham reggae/pop crossover act UB40 have announced that they're set return to Belfast on March 22 as part of their A Real Labour Of Love 40th Anniversary Tour.

    Formed in 1978, they released plenty of hits in their three-decade existence, most notably the chart-topping 'Red Red Wine' and 'I Can't Help Falling in Love'. Being the closest to the classic lineup that the band's many reunions has seen in recent times, they're fronted by original vocalist Ali Campbell, as well as trumpet player/vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. UB40 will be backed by an 8-piece band, smashing through their greatest hits.

    Tickets are available for £43 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Best-selling Birmingham reggae/pop crossover act UB40 have announced that they're set return to Belfast on March 22 as part of their A Real Labour Of Love 40th Anniversary Tour.

    Formed in 1978, they released plenty of hits in their three-decade existence, most notably the chart-topping 'Red Red Wine' and 'I Can't Help Falling in Love'. Being the closest to the classic lineup that the band's many reunions has seen in recent times, they're fronted by original vocalist Ali Campbell, as well as trumpet player/vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. UB40 will be backed by an 8-piece band, smashing through their greatest hits.

    Tickets are available for £43 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Rotten Sound w/Scimitar & THVS

    The Palm House

    Belfast

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    Finnish grindcore quartet Rotten Sound play Belfast's Palm House at 1 Bankmore Square on March 22.

    Formed in 1993, they've released eight albums and remain one of the most intense bands on the Scandinavian death metal & grindcore scene. Stream Exit

    Supporting are thrash outfit Scimitar and sludgy, riffy trio THVS - check out their Plague Widows EP.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced £22. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Therapy? play Dolans Limerick on March 22 as part of a 5-date Irish tour ahead of their 30th anniversary and the release of 15th album, Cleave.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Molly Sterling

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young Dublin-based alt. pop singer-songwriter Molly Sterling  has announced her biggest headline show to date, upstairs at Whelan's on March 22. She's set to have a huge 2019 - check her in session here.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns to live performance, playing Cork's Cyprus Avenue on March 22.

    This show comes in support of his third album, which promises to delve further into the electronics hinted at on his recent EP. Check out 'Gratitude'.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Touts & Inhaler

    Dolans

    Limerick

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts go on a four-date Irish tour in the midst of a UK jaunt, playing Dolan's Warehouse on March 22. They recently released their new Analysis Paralysis EP - watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Supporting are new wave & Manchester scene-inspired quartet Inhaler - watch the video for 'I Want You'.

    Tickets are available from Dolans.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Maria Somerville

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Following on from her 2018 European tour in support of Girls Names, Maria Somerville plays Dublin's Bello Bar on March 22. Alongside her three-piece band, this date is part of her Irish tour in support of debut LP All My People.

    Drawing on post-punk, folk, pop & drones, her idiosyncratic music draws from its environment, as well as some sense of 'other'. Check her out on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €10 from Eventbrite and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Nacht Und Nebel, Blackcloudsummoner, Luxury Mollusc & Otterans

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Fungal Flute present a night of experimental assorted noise, drone & lo-fi mysticism at Jigsaw on March 22 - "the full spectrum of Sisyphean society will be on show". As part of their UK & Irish tour, the Nottingham-based Nacht Und Nebel brings his fractious cello-dissections - check his work out on Bandcamp.

    Sharing the bill are multidisciplinary artist & chaos master Blackcloudsummoner - listen to Returns To The Womb - Bray harsh scrap-metal-utilising sample-heavy artist Luxury Mollusc  and a rare live appearance from 'underground legend & champion mystery wizard JG' Otteranswho specialises in dispiriting, nauseous guitar drone.

    Two TORCH members will be available/identifiable at the gig if anyone needs support. The T.O.R.C.H. collective is a non-profit organisation established in 2018, based in Dublin, Ireland. Our goal is to engage the DIY music & art community in workshops and projects that promote healthy relationships, consent, sexual health, and community accountability. They hope to challenge beliefs and actions that enable violence, sexual assault, misogyny, and homophobia in our community.

    It's a BYOB show and admission costs €8. Doors open around 8.26pm.

  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Reevah & Sonja Sleator

    Babushka Kitchen Cafe

    Portrush

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    Fast-rising young Derry indie-folk songstress Reevah headlines an intimate night-time show at Portrush's Babushka Cafe on March 22. Check her out live in session.

    Supporting is Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka'.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    UB40

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Best-selling Birmingham reggae/pop crossover act UB40 have announced that they're set return to Dublin on March 23 as part of their A Real Labour Of Love 40th Anniversary Tour.

    Formed in 1978, they released plenty of hits in their three-decade existence, most notably the chart-topping 'Red Red Wine' and 'I Can't Help Falling in Love'. Being the closest to the classic lineup that the band's many reunions has seen in recent times, they're fronted by original vocalist Ali Campbell, as well as trumpet player/vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. UB40 will be backed by an 8-piece band, smashing through their greatest hits.

    Tickets are available for €49.50 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Blue Planet II: Live In Concert

    SSE

    Belfast

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    The gargantuan success of Blue Planet II has led to another Attenborough live in concert series, bringing a full symphony orchestra performance of music by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming to Belfast's SSE Arena on March 23.

    The concert will present a selection of visuals from the television series, highlighting some wonders on a 200 metres squared 4K ultra HD LED screen, accompanied by a music score by Bleeding Fingers Music. Check out the trailer.

    Tickets, priced from £38-£65, are available from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Sharon Van Etten

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following the release of new LP Remind Me Tomorrow on Jagjaguwar, Sharon Van Etten plays March 23.

    She's had a wild year, appearing on Twin Peaks & the OA, scoring Katherine Dieckmann's Strange Weather, and her new album follows the hugely acclaimed 2014 album Are We There. Check out 'Comeback Girl'.

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

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Therapy? play Cork's Cyprus Avenue on March 23 as part of a 5-date Irish tour ahead of their 30th anniversary and the release of 15th album, Cleave.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Wild Youth

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Dublin indie-pop act Wild Youth make their biggest headline appearance to date at the Olympia on March 23 as they write their debut album.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €18.50.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Slomatics & 7.5 Tonnes of Beard

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    In their first show of 2019, Belfast's premier heft titans Slomatics, headline Voodoo on March 23. Following high profile slots at Roadburn Festival & shows in Las Vegas and beyond, they've recently been confirmed for the soundtrack of the star-studded metal-based animated film Planet Of DoomThey'll be fresh out of the studio, so new material may surface - but make sure you get acquainted.

    Supporting are sludge outfit 7.5 Tonnes of Beard - check out 'A Warning To God'.

    Admission costs £7 and doors open at 6.30pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Toucan

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Conor Clancy-led funk-pop act Toucan headline The Grand Social on March 23 in what'll be an irresistable night of feelgood grooves.

    The ten-piece band have went from strength to strength since the release of their debut EP, packing shows across Ireland and becoming one of the country's bona fide institutions. Watch the video for 'We Fell For Miles'.

    Tickets cost €18.95 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Mob Wife, Cruiser & Gender Chores

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Belfast post-hardcore/punk band Mob Wife play a headline show at The Speakeasy on March 23. They recently released new double A-side 'Captain Care A Lot / Hellsong' - a must for fans of Pile & Fugazi.

    Supporting are Limerick second wave emo-tinged indie rock quartet Cruiser - watch the video for 'No More Parties' from their forthcoming second album - and the wonderfully minimal feminist punk trio Gender Chores - check out some demos on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    DIY LK: Autre Monde, His Father's Voice & Hey Rusty

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Featuring Paddy Hanna & members of Ginnels, No Monster Club & Land Lovers, Dublin-based indie rock band Autre Monde headline DIY LK at Pharmacia on March 23. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Exciting new Limerick post-punk act His Father's Voice support, following the release of debut EP Context and Perspective - watch the video for 'No Room For Romantics' - with moody lo-fi indie singer-songwriter Hey Rusty.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Nao

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following the release of her second album, Saturn, R&B artist Nao plays Vicar Street on March 24.

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns to Belfast, playing the Empire on March 24.

    This show comes in support of his third album, which promises to delve further into the electronics hinted at on his recent EP. Check out 'Gratitude'.

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

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Therapy?

    The Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    As part of a five-date Irish tour, Therapy? are set to play Dundalk's Spirit Store on March 24.

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

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Daoirí Farrell

    The Duncairn

    Belfast

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    Dublin-born traditional singer & bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is set to play The Duncairn Arts Centre on March 24.

    Originally working as an electrician, Farrell dropped everything after seeing Christy Moore perform, as he went on to become one of Ireland's most vital singers in recent years. He won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Newcomer & Traditional Track after the release of LP True Born Irishman. Watch him perform 'The Mickey Dam'.

    Tickets cost £14 - or £10 for concessions - from Moving On Music. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Alex Zhang Hungtai [Dirty Beaches] & Senior Infants

    Plug'd Records

    Cork

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     Los Angeles-based avant-garde musician Alex Zhang Hungtai performs at Plug'd Records on March 24. 

    Formerly known as Dirty Beaches, he's grown in maturity and stature as an artist in the years since Beaches' breakthrough Badlands in 2011. Adept at performing meditative piano, or violent free jazz, he's even popped up in an episode of the third season of Twin Peaks. 

    The concept of 2018 album Divine Weight, derives from Zhang’s “failed” attempts of saxophone compositions and recordings accumulated over the last 3 years. In his words, "From there it became the actual stem tracks that were heavily digitally disfigured until it no longer resembled the sound of saxophones. Like dreams, visions often come to us without us having the capability to measure or understand fully what they mean. Similar to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic, dreams and visions take on the roles of witnesses inside the uncharted labyrinth of the personal sub-conscious. To witness, is to believe. To believe, is to project a certain reality onto the external world. The projection then, has nothing to do with reality. Perhaps it’s where dreams go, after it dies."

    Supporting are Cork experimental electronic duo Senior Infants.

    Admission costs €12. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Touts & Inhaler

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts go on a four-date Irish tour in the midst of a UK jaunt, finishing up at Galway's Roisin Dubh on March 24. They recently released their new Analysis Paralysis EP - watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Supporting are new wave & Manchester scene-inspired quartet Inhaler - watch the video for 'I Want You'.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Keuning

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Killers guitarist Dave Keuning plays the Limelight 2 on March 24.

    This follows his debut album, Prismism, which is selection of synth-pop-meets-rock'n'roll tunes, in the vein of The Cars and the likes. Check out 'Boat Accident'.

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

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    John Blek w/Niamh Regan

    Coughlan's Live

    Cork

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    Having released 5 albums in 5 years, folk singer-songwriter John Blek is preparing album no. 6 Thistle & Thorn. Accompanying its release are a series of Irish spring dates, including a hometown performance at Coughlan's on March 24. Watch the video for recent single 'The Blackwater'.

    Supporting is Galway-born Niamh Regan, who has drawn comparisons to This Is The Kit & Laura Marling. Check her out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available, priced €12 from Coughlan's. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    25
    Mar
    2019

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Back with their first Irish show in 12 years, The Cinematic Orchestra play Vicar Street on March 25 following the release of their first album in as long.

    The electronic nu jazz outfit released their debut album Motion, in 1999, followed by a series of soundtracks & remixes, including a rescoring classic Soviet documentary Man With A Movie Classic. Fourth studio LP To Believe is out via Ninja Tune - check out 'A Caged Bird/Limitations of Life', featuring Roots Manuva.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €34.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    25
    Mar
    2019

    Keuning

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Killers guitarist Dave Keuning plays the Academy Green Room on March 25.

    This follows his debut album, Prismism, which is selection of synth-pop-meets-rock'n'roll tunes, in the vein of The Cars and the likes. Check out 'Boat Accident'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2019

    The Internet

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising Burbank five piece The Internet play the Olympia on March 26, supporting the release of new album Hive Mind.

    The album was written & produced by the band, following up on their acclaimed third album Ego Death - check out 'Roll (Burbank Funk)', blending funk, soul, R&B, pop and hip-hop like they so effortlessly do in their role as the hottest prospects in urban contemporary music.

    Tickets cost €29.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    27
    Mar
    2019

    John Grant

    University Concert Hall

    Limerick

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    Art-pop & nu-disco master John Grant performs at Limerick University Concert Hall on March 27 following his excellent latest album, Love Is Magic, just the next in line in a string of acclaimed, enchanting records.

    Evolving with even more of the fizzing synths he's been incorporating, the new album was a collaborative effort with analogue synth expert Benge. Check out the video for the title track, 'Love Is Magic'.

    Tickets cost €35 from UCH. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    27
    Mar
    2019

    Chinese Newspaper w/Hales Lake

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Navan fuzz-pop trio Chinese Newspaper play upstairs at Whelan's on March 27. Have a listen to their It Follows EP.

    Supporting are Hales Lake - check them out on Soundcloud - and Nerves.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    Sundara Karma

    The Academy

    Belfast

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    Madcap indie quartet Sundara Karma play The Academy on March 28.

    Reminsiscent of a broad range of fizzing indie like The Maccabees and Arcade Fire, with some disco for good measure. The Reading-based band formed in 2014, with their second album Ulfilas' Alphabet out now. Watch the video for 'One Last Night On This Earth'.

    Tickets cost €26.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019
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    31
    Mar
    2019

    Cork Sound Fair

    St. Peter's Church & Cork City Gaol

    Cork

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    The second annual Cork Sound Fair takes place from Thursday 28th-Sunday 31st March across the city's striking settings of St Peter's Church, The Crypt at St. Luke's, The Kino, Millennium Hall, Nano Nagle Place & more. with installations and live performances.

    The non-profit weekender follows the successful first edition, and will feature a host of emerging & established artists working in experimental music, sound art, electronic music, field records & video art. Opening things is Cork audio-visual artist Darren Kirwan's Diaphone; Diaphane installation. Friday sees experimental hip-hop from the Japanese puroresu mask-wearing Naïve Ted, industrial beats & glittering ambient backdrops from Lighght, a tape-centred project from Mark Waldron-HeydonUnderling, an experimental digital & video composition by Eoghan HorganRachel Ní ChuinnRenata Pekowski's improvised halogen-light-centred project Mare TenebrosumLast Eden by Aileen WallaceUCC Javanese Gamelan Orchestra, on their tuned bronze percussion instruments, and UCC's Sound Sound Day, a full programme of established experimental sound artists & graduates from UCC Experimental Sound Practice Masters.

    Also performing are Bliss Signal - featuring James Kelly of Wife & Altar of Plagues - CreviceDream-Cycles and Repeater.

    Tickets are available from Eventgen, priced €10 for the opening concert and €60 for the weekend pass.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    Concept NULL

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    In a collaborative effort between Irish DJs & artists, the first ever Concept NULL is set to take place at Limerick's Pharmacia on March 28, and will combine abstract elements of visual perception with left-field club music.

    Performing muscially are experimental electronic artists TensionDoubt from the Irish Flood collective, a Liv3 b2b AmadawnDJ EGGAdam Dee. Visuals come from Shmalt NeedRóisín BergJordan Donworth and Prokop Lukáš.

    Tickets cost €5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    CupcaKKe

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Chicago hip-hop artist CupcaKKe plays Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on March 28 as part of the tour for her latest album Eden. Bass-heavy and breaking through back with her dirty rap mixtape - check out 'LGBT' and 'Hot Pockets'.

    Tickets are available here. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    Over The Hill Nerd Night

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Over the Hill Music Collective is introducing 'Nerd Night' an evening of esoteric talk an interesting factotums at Oh Yeah Music Centre, on March 28. It will feature David Robb QUB (waxing lyrical on German Protest Songs), Michael Linden (building guitar pickups, and how they work) and finally from SARC's Kurt Werner (talking about the TR 808 which caused a revolution in Dance and EDM). Bar available, this event welcomes everyone with an interest in the enigmatic and mysterious world of music.

    Admission is free and you can register your interest here. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019

    Cherry Glazerr

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Noise-pop garage rockers Cherry Glazerr play Whelan's on March 29.

    Formed in 2013, they released a couple of albums before their 2017 breakthrough Apocalipstick. Out in February is their new LP Stuffed & Ready - listen to 'Daddi'.

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

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019
    Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Woweembeem Weekender

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    In what will doubtlessly be an incredible weekend of seamless groove and musicianship, the latest weekender from Afro/world music promoters Woweembeem takes place over the weekend of March 29 & 30 at Bello Bar.

    Live music rolls 8pm-12:30am each night, with DJs & local crews spinning at Hang Dai afterwards until late. Dublin 8-piece soul-jazz hotshots Cooks But We're Chefs headline the Friday, with OJO & Jackie Beverly on support, as well as Farah Elle, who performs both nights. On Saturday, there's  Congolese music royalty in the house with Pepe Felly performing alongside the Elikya Band. Support on Saturday comes from Guadeloupean singer Ines Khai. Expect afrobeat/jazz/folk/reggae/soul & world music throughout.

    Tickets for each day cost €10/15, available here and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019

    The Eskies

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Dublin-based five piece The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to the intimate stage of McHughs for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 10.

    Meandering from seasoaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep-along Klezmar knees-up, and from chaingang holler to ragtime finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with no small amount of tongue in cheek. Check out 'Jesus Don't Save Me'.

    Tickets cost £10 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Gama Bomb, Mental Deficiency, Scimitar & Thunderwolf

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The 80s thrash love-in comes to Belfast's Voodoo with a return show from Gama Bomb on March 30.

    Supporting are comedy-metal act Mental DeficiencyScimitar and Thunderwolf.

    Doors open at 6pm as it's an early show.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
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    31
    Mar
    2019

    Ryan Adams

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Americana icon Ryan Adams returns to Dublin for a pair of shows at the Olympia Theatre on March 30 & 31.

    Breaking out with his 2000 solo debut album, Heartbreaker in 2000, and consolidating this commercial and critical success with his bestselling album, Gold the following year, the North Carolina native started out with alt. country band Whiskeytown. He's also produced Willie Nelson, Jenny Lewis and Fall Out Boy, and has collaborated with countless acts in a variety of genres. 

    Check out recent single 'Do You Still Love Me?'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Vicky Langan

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Multidisciplinary artist Vicky Langan has been announced as the artist-in-residence for Belfast's Imagine Festival of Ideas & Politics, and will perform at The 343 on March 30. She topped our list of the the best Irish tracks of 2018 with 'The Palms', a field recording at the grotto in Granard, Co. Longford on the 30th anniversary of Ann Lovett's death, whose proceeds went to the Together For Yes campaign in May 2018.

    Vicky Langan is a Cork-based artist whose practice operates across several often-overlapping fields – chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with raw sensuality, personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. Her work is resolutely personal and rooted in the internal processing of intense private feeling. At a moment in Irish society where long repressed voices are taking centre stage, Langan’s insistence on articulating a private space of disturbance and trauma is a stark reminder that, beyond the public discourses, a legacy of submerged wounds remains.

    Tickets are priced £8.80 here, or £10 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Chris Shiflett

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett plays The Grand Social on March 30. Expect country rock of a mellowed, Petty-esque vintage from the LA man - here's 'West Coast Town'.

    Tickets cost €19.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    John Grant

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Art-pop & nu-disco master John Grant plays the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on March 31, following his excellent latest album, Love Is Magic, just the next in line in a string of enchanting acclaimed records.

    Evolving with even more of the fizzing synths he's been incorporating, the new album was a collaborative effort with analogue synth expert Benge. Check out the video for the title track, 'Love Is Magic'.

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

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    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 31.

    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 still performing into his 80s, it's been over 40 years since its release, but he can still go with the best of them - an unverified claim posits him as the only 80+ year old who can dance on one leg for an hour - listen to Super Ape.

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

  • Mon
    01
    Apr
    2019

    Idles w/Crows

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Truly one of the most important bands of the moment, Bristol-based punk quintet Idles are set to play their first Belfast date at the Empire on April 1.

    Their 2017 album Brutalism finished high on many year-end lists, and its follow-up Joy As An Act of Resistance even moreso. Tackling toxic masculinity and issues of social conscience, it's an incredible album - here's 'Colossus'.

    Support comes from Crows.

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

     

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    The Waterfront

    Belfast

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    Ireland's adopted son David Gray is set to play Belfast's Waterfront on April 2 in the first of three dates supporting his latest album, Gold In A Brass Age.

    Out in March, it's his first album in four years and explored electronic textures & more atmospheric techniques. The multi-platinum White Ladder remains Ireland's best-selling album of all time. Check out new single 'The Sapling'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    Idles w/Crows

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Truly one of the most important bands of the moment, Bristol-based punk quintet Idles are set to return to Dublin in what will be a sellout show at Vicar Street on April 2.

    Their 2017 album Brutalism finished high on many year-end lists, and its follow-up Joy As An Act of Resistance even moreso. Tackling toxic masculinity and issues of social conscience, it's an incredible album - here's 'Colossus'.

    Support comes from Crows.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

     

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    Watsky

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Spoken word artist Watsky performs at The Academy on April 2.

    A product of San Francisco's spoken word poetry scene, he's been on HBO Def Poetry, NPR & the likes.

    Tickets cost €19 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and it's an over 14s show.

  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019

    Son of the Hound Album Launch

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Rootsy singer-songwriter Son of The Hound launches his debut album Cheers, Sound, Good Luck with a show at the Limelight 2 on April 3 - which will also function as the Series 2 finale of his show, The Also Rans.

    Support comes from the Shannon O'Neill-fronted, grungy alt. rock quartet Sister Ghost - check out the video for new single 'Backwards'.

    Tickets cost £5 from Eventbrite.

  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019

    ROE

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Off the back of a support slot with Snow Patrol, fast-rising young alt. pop artist & multi-instrumentalist ROE plays a headline show upstairs at Whelan's on April 3. Check out the video for 'Playground Fights'.

    Admission costs €12.80 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    Royal Theatre

    Castlebar

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    Ireland's adopted son David Gray is set to play the Royal Theatre Castlebar on April 4 supporting his latest album, Gold In A Brass Age.

    Out in March, it's his first album in four years and explored electronic textures & more atmospheric techniques. The multi-platinum White Ladder remains Ireland's best-selling album of all time. Check out new single 'The Sapling'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Gifted: ROE, Munky, Susie Blue & Alice La

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Off the back of a support slot with Snow Patrol, fast-rising young alt. pop artist & multi-instrumentalist ROE headlines The Empire for Gifted on April 4. Check out the video for 'Playground Fights'.

    Supporting are Munky, Derry alternative pop-rock songstress, Susie Blue - watch the video for her debut album's lead single 'Didn't Mean To Care' - and pop artist Alice La - check out 'Swipe Right'.

    Admission costs £3 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Xylouris White

    The Wild Duck

    Dublin

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    Drummer Jim White of Dirty 3 and Cretan lute player George Xylouris, AKA Xylouris White, return to Dublin once again on April 4 to play the Wild Duck on Sycamore Street, thanks once more to the wonderful Enthusiastic Eunuch Promotions.

    They released third album Mother last year, produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, utilising their panoramic backgrounds after first meeting in Melbourne in 1990. They combine free jazz, avant-rock and Greek folk to tell tales rooted in history and mythology, unveiling truths along the way. Check out 'Forging' live in Dublin's Guerrilla Studios.

    Tickets cost €16.50 concession from Billetto. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Hot Cops, Junk Drawer & His Father's Voice

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    One of the best in the game today, Belfast indie rockers Hot Cops headline Dublin's Sound House on March 8 as part of their run of Irish spring dates. Watch the video for the NI Music Prize-nominated single, 'Decay'.

    Supporting are Belfast instrument-swapping indie-psych quartet Junk Drawer - watch the video for 'Year of the Sofa' - and exciting new Limerick post-punk act His Father's Voice - watch the video for 'No Room For Romantics'. We'll be throwing down tunes before, between & after, too.

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

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Jacob 'Tulips' Launch w/Rob Flynn & Hales Lake

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based singer-songwriter Jacob launches his Tulips EP with a full band show upstairs at Whelan's on April 4.

    Support comes from Rob Flynn of emo-punk-pop act The Winter Passing and Hales Lake.

    Advance tickets are available here, priced €4.80. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Black Tragick Records Showcase

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    One of Belfast's newest independent labels, Black Tragick Records, holds a showcase night at Voodoo on April 4, headlined by 'An Auld Lad', presumably Robyn G Shiels.

    It will function as a launch for the debut album from Oisín ó Scolaí & The Virginia Slims - watch the video for 'Holiday Homes' - minimal banjo & vocal human nature observer, Hatchet Field, riff-rockers Calling All Horses, indie rock project Franklyn with a DJ set from Michael McKeegan, aka the Evil Priest.

    Admission costs £7. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019
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    06
    Apr
    2019

    David Gray

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Ireland's adopted son David Gray is set to play the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on April 5 & 6 supporting his latest album, Gold In A Brass Age.

    Out in March, it's his first album in four years and explored electronic textures & more atmospheric techniques. The multi-platinum White Ladder remains Ireland's best-selling album of all time. Check out new single 'The Sapling'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €39.50.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    Dan Mangan

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Vancouver-based songwriter Dan Mangan plays The Grand Social on April 5.

    A writer for The Guardian's Arts section, and a two-time Juno Award winner, his latest album, More Or Less, brought in some major heads. Producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck, Blonde Redhead), Joey Waronker, Jason Falkner & Darrell Thorpe were involved in his first album after non-stop touring for six years. He's returned with a newfound maturity - check out 'Cold In The Summer'

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

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    The GZA

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    The most technically accomplished wordsmith of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is set to return to Ireland, playing Cork's Cyprus Avenue on April 5.

    He'll be performing cuts from his classic 1995 second album Liquid Swords, as well as some new solo work & classic Wu-Tang material. Accompanying him will be some kung-fu visuals on the cinema screen.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    Swimming Tapes

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Jangle-pop act Swimming Tapes play a headline show upstairs at Whelan's on April 5.

    Born in Northern Ireland, based in London, their woozy, breezy guitar pop is reminiscent of the likes of Real Estate & Wild Nothing - look no further than 'Easy Strand'.

    Tickets cost €13 from WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    Fears w/Steven Henry

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Ethereal artist Fears is set to perform a headline show at The 343 on April 5. Expect visuals alongside a set that blends electronic, acoustic samples & vocals - watch her collaborative visual companion for single 'Blood'.

    Supporting is Documenta guitarist Steven Henry in his new solo guise.

    Tickets are available from Skiddle, priced £5. It's a BYO show, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    SONI: Afterlight, Conjecture 42, A 1000 Days Gone & Revue

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Winners of the winter '18 Bulleit Battle of the Bands in the Pavilion, Afterlight, are set to headline on April 5. Expect straight up rock'n'roll from the outfit.

    Also playing are Conjecture 42A 1000 Days Gone, and debuting duo, Revue.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    The GZA

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    The most technically accomplished wordsmith of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is set to return to Ireland, playing Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 6.

    He'll be performing cuts from his classic 1995 second album Liquid Swords, as well as some new solo work & classic Wu-Tang material. Accompanying him will be some kung-fu visuals on the cinema screen.

    Tickets cost €30 from Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Etta Bond

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Soulful British singer Etta Bond is set to play the Sound House on April 6.

    Acclaimed by the Guardian as a 'skinhead soul princess', she has been hotly-tipped in the R&B world. Check out the video for 'Let Me Hit It'.

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

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Touts

    An Cultúrlann

    Derry

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    Young Derry punk-pop trio, Touts finish up their UK & Irish headline tour with a hometown show at An Cultúrlann on April 6. Watch the video for 'Bombscare'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced £11. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Homebeat Presents: Davy Kehoe & Paddy Mulcahy

    The Project Arts Centre

    Dublin

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    Homebeat returns to the Project Arts Centre in the heart of Dublin to bring a rare live performance from Irish artist Davy Kehoe on April 6.

    Mixing elements of jazz, krautrock and electronica, Kehoe established himself at the vanguard of a new Irish musicality with the highly celebrated 2017 release, Short Passing Game.

    Supporting is emerging contemporary classical Limerick artist Paddy Mulcahy

    Tickets cost €13-€20, available here. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Buí, Laurie Shaw & Any Joy

    The Poor Relation

    Cork

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    Indie rock/power-pop collective Buí - based around the talent of Josh Healy - headline Cork's Poor Relation on April 6. Check out their excellent debut album Eugene.

    Supporting are psych-infused indie rock act Any Joy support - listen to their excellent debut album Cycles - as well as the rising, insanely prolific Laurie Shaw check him out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    DIY LK: Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies, Silverbacks & DPM

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    On April 6, hometown heroes Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies play their first DIY LK since August at the Pharmacia. One of the most potent, and hilarious, voices of dissent in Ireland at the moment, check out the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home'.

    Supporting are fast-rising Dublin post-punk five-piece Silverbacks - watch the video for their excellent 'Dunkirk' - and post-punk/noise outfit The Disco Participation Matrix, whose debut EP is expected later in the year.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    Easy Life

    The Workman's Club

    Belfast

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    R&B & indie hip-hop outfit Easy Life headline the Workman's Club on April 7  following a breakthrough year that featured an appearance on Jools Holland. Watch the video for 'Nightmares'. 

    Tickets cost €13 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    GZA

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The most technically accomplished wordsmith of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA is set to play the Button Factory after being upgraded from The Sugar Club on April 7.

    He'll be performing cuts from his classic 1995 second album Liquid Swords, as well as some new solo work & classic Wu-Tang material. Accompanying him will be some kung-fu visuals on the cinema screen.

    Doors open at 7.30pm

  • Mon
    08
    Apr
    2019

    Problem Patterns, Buí & Gender Chores

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Sizeable Bear Promotions holds a three-strong bill at McHugh's on April 8, headlined by instrument-swapping punk socially-consciou quartet Problem Patterns, who've recently proven themselves to be one of the most exciting live bands in Belfast. Check out debut single 'Allegedly'.

    Young indie rockers Buí share the bill - check out their excellent debut album Eugene - wonderfully minimal feminist punk trio Gender Chores - check out some demos on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019
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    Apr
    2019

    Glen Hansard

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    At this point effectively a resident, Glen Hansard returns to Vicar Street for the first time since December, playing April 9 & 10 as part of an extensive European tour.

    He became a national treasure for his 25 years in The Frames, then his actor/musician role in the film Once and its accompanying folk project, The Swell Season, which earned him a number of awards and nominations. Hansard quit school at 13 to busk on Dublin streets, forming the Frames in 1990 and appearing in The Commitments the following year after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting.

    His first solo album came out in 2012, followed up by the aforementioned Didn't He Ramble, with Between Two Shores coming out in January. His fourth solo album is set for release in early 2019.

    Tickets cost €35 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019

    Gabriel Kahane

    The Studio, National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    In his debut Irish show, composer, pianist & singer Gabriel Kahane plays the Studio, Dublin's National Concert Hall on April 9.

    The singer-songwriter has received huge acclaim from the New Yorker, NPR & plenty more, travelling across the US after the 2016 presidential election to chat to strangers without any telephone or internet access to understand his countrymen. The resulting album was called Book of Travelers - check out the video for 'November'.

    Tickets cost €15 from NCH. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019

    Bear's Den

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Folk rock act Bear's Den return to Dublin, playing The Academy on April 10.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk, releasing their debut album Islands in 2014, winning an Ivor Novello along the way. Their third album, So that you might hear me, is out at the end of April - check out 'Fuel on the Fire'.

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

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019

    20:20: King Cedar, Kippysmuse & La Fours

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    20:20 is a regular charity songwriter night taking place in the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast. Each night features twenty minute sets from three of the best songwriters from Northern Ireland and beyond in an intimate, listening environment. The tenth installment features King Cedar, Kris Marsden, aka KippysmuseLa Fours.

    Admission costs a minimum £5 donation - with all proceeds going to WaterAid - and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    The Specials

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The greatest ska band of them all, The Specials, play the Olympia from April 11-13, with the latter dates added due to demand.

    Reuniting in 2009, they've been back for a decade now, selling out & garnering acclaim at every turn, the seven-piece Coventry outfit combined the disaffection of punk with reggae in the cultural melting pot of their 70s environ. They were over within two years, but left 'Ghost Town' as a swan song. This is a must-see.

    Tickets cost €55.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Nick Olivieri w/ New Valley Wolves & Mosmo Strange

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Former QOTSA & Kyuss man, and generally dangerous human being Nick Olivieri plays Voodoo on April 11 in a solo set.

    Support comes from Dublin guitar-drum duo New Valley Wolves and Belfast-based sleazy, grunge-tinged outfit Mosmo Strange.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets, priced £15. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Marc Maron

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The acerbic, neurotic Marc Maron brings his unguarded self to Vicar Street for the second year running on April 11.

    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 €35, available from Ticketmaster. The show begins at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Bear's Den

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Folk rock act Bear's Den return to Belfast, playing the Limelight 1 on April 11.

    Formed in London in 2012, the infectious, rootsy trio blend their pop sensibility with indie-folk, releasing their debut album Islands in 2014, winning an Ivor Novello along the way. Their third album, So that you might hear me, is out at the end of April - check out 'Fuel on the Fire'.

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

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    'Scuse Me Opening w/GIRL DJs

    The Naughton Gallery, Lanyon Building

    Belfast

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    ‘Scuse Me is an international group exhibition exploring body politics, self-care, inclusivity, representation, diversity, and (both mental & physical) health in the age of social media. They hold an exhibition

    ‘Scuse Me will feature work by boundary-pushing artists, illustrators, writers, and photographers, in addition to highlighting key social media personalities and influencers who utilise social media to promote LGBTQ+ visibility, mental and physical health, and body positivity.

    Those involved include The Angelinos / Laura Callaghan / Mark Francis Fenning / Karen Louise Flynn / Wayne Francis / Penelope Gazin / Joshua Going / Britteney Black Rose Kapri / Thom Kerr / Fiona McDonnell / Miguel Martin / Taylor Miller / Nicky Minus / Tara O’Brien / Rokudenashiko / Christopher Sherman

    The event runs from 5.30pm-8pm, with refreshments and music from GIRL DJs.

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019

    New Pagans Single Launch

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Post-punk/alt. rock outfit New Pagans - who feature Fighting With Wire & Jetplane Landing's Cahir O'Doherty & Girls Names' Claire Miskimmin - hold the Belfast single launch for new track 'Its Darker' at feminist queer-space The 343 on April 12. Check out 'Bloody Soil'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Eventbrite, and it's a BYO show. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019

    Fixity Album Launch

    Plug'd

    Cork

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    Cork-based experimental outfit Fixity launch their new album with a hometown show at Plug'd in Cork on April 12, followed by an extensive tour. The album, titled No Man Can Tell Led by drummer/composer Dan Walsh. Check it out and pre-order it on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €8 from Eventbrite and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    All Tvvins w/Sorcha Richardson

    The National Stadium

    Dublin

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    Math-tinged indie-pop duo All Tvvins, play Dublin's National Stadium on April 13.

    Formed of former members of Dublin underground heroes Adebisi Shank & Cast of Cheers, the pair have taken their 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. Check out 'Infinite Swim' taken from their second album, Just To Exist.

    Support comes from Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson.

    Tickets cost €27 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Glen Hansard

    St. Columb's Hall

    Derry

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    At this point effectively a resident, Glen Hansard plays Derry's St. Columb's Hall on April 13 as part of an extensive European tour.

    He became a national treasure for his 25 years in The Frames, then his actor/musician role in the film Once and its accompanying folk project, The Swell Season, which earned him a number of awards and nominations. Hansard quit school at 13 to busk on Dublin streets, forming the Frames in 1990 and appearing in The Commitments the following year after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting.

    His first solo album came out in 2012, followed up by the aforementioned Didn't He Ramble, with Between Two Shores coming out in January. His fourth solo album is set for release in early 2019.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Yak

    Whelans

    Dublin

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    London trio Yak headline Whelan's on April 13 in their first Dublin show, following the release of second album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness. Check out the video for 'Bellyache'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Badhands

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The latest project from Dublin songwriter Dan Fitzpatrick - formerly of The Mighty Stef & The Last Tycoons - AKA Badhands, headlines Whelan's on April 13. He recently released debut album Predictable Boy - check it out.

    Tickets are available €13 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Dublin Is Sound: Pillow Queens, Squarehead, God Knows & Tebi Rex

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Nialler9 & Seven Quarters present a daytime show at the Grand Social, aimed at bringing the best in Irish music to a 14+ audience on  Record Store Day, April 13

    Performing are the pointed hooks of Dublin indie rock quartet Pillow Queens - listen to 'Gay Girls', one of our favourite tracks of 2018 - jangle-pop trio Squarehead, a solo MC set from Rusangano Family's God Knows and Maynooth R&B/hip-hop/pop duo Tebi Rex.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite for €10, or €12 with a limited edition 12" record. The show runs from 1pm-4.30pm.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    The Slowest Lift & Kelly Jayne Jones

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    The pairing of experimental artists bring their first co-headline performance of a short Irish tour to the Roundy on April 13. Todmorden/Huddersfield wunderkinder of drone/noise/folk dreamscapes Sophie Cooper - also of Tor Invocation Band + Leopard Leg - and Julian Bradley - also of Vibracathedral Orchestra - AKA The Slowest Lift, get together to forge a ghostly tapestry of earthen whirring, phantasmal resonances, sheets of textured skree and touching, hazy vocals, which stir the waters of the soul and evoke strange landscapes in the mind. Listen to their 2017 eponymous LP.

    Manchester-based artist Kelly Jayne Jones supports. Making use of varying combinations of prepared recordings, text, rocks, found sounds and flute, she has collaborations with Sam Weaver (Cusp Editions), Andie Brown and Hannah Ellul from Psykick Dancehall (White Death). She has a solo cassette release on the label Winebox Press in an edition of 63, hand made wooden boxes. KJJ has had residencies at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and Kunstalle Bergen, Norway, and commissioned works for Haris Epaminonda at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Frankfurt, Point Centre Nicosia. She has worked on various projects, solo and part wild horses mane on both sides, at CCA Glasgow, Trieze Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival & Kunsthalle Bergen Norway, Tectonics contemporary music festival Reykjavik, Hangar Bicocca gallery, Milan and for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in Nov 2016.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Strange Victory Records Opening Day

    22 Berry Street

    Belfast

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    Over the last couple of years, Belfast has suffered the loss of two much-loved record shops, Sick Records and Head Records. It was looking a bit grim for a minute there but fear not: on Saturday, April 13th – Record Store Day 2019 – a new independent record store will launch.

    The brainchild of Darren Smyth of local promoters par excellence Strange Victory, Jeff Doherty of Belfast’s Dragon Records and Sinead Green, Strange Victory Records will be Belfast’s only indie store stocking new releases alongside, in their words, “a plethora of curiosities and classic used vinyl.”

    Situated at 22 Berry Street, the store will launch on RSD19 with a stacked line-up with sounds from the likes of Timmy Stewart, Chris Frieze, Explosion Sound System and more to be revealed.

    It’s never been more imperative to support your local wax dealers, Belfastians, so get down for the launch of Strange Victory Records from 11am on Saturday.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Record Store Day: Bangor

    Bending Sound Records & MG Car Showroom

    Bangor

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    Bangor holds its second annual Vinyl Day, based at High Street's Bending Sound Records and across the road at the MG Car Showroom. Proceedings are as follows:

    Bending Sound will be selling RSD releases from 9am-5pm. At the same time, a record fair takes place just across the road from Bending Sound in the MG car showroom from 9am until 3pm with vinyl playing all day. Away from High Street there is the Record Store Day Hamilton Road Pop Up organised by Mustang’s Barbershop featuring record sellers, haircuts, tattoos, art, food, drink and live music.

    In the evening, Soul Digging presents a huge selection of vinyl only DJs at Record Store Day at Hop House Bar across from Bending Sound, with performances from alt rockers New Pagans at 2pm, indie singer-songwriter Jealous of the Birds at 4pm and singer-songwriter Malojian at 5.30pm.

    Prior to that, Hop House hosts a Bending Sound Music Quiz on Thursday April 11, with major prizes including tickets for Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol & vinyl.

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    The Shaker Hymn EP Launch w/Dowry

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Launching their new The Shape of the Sea EP, Cork alternative rock outfit The Shaker Hymn headline the Workman's Club on April 13.

    This follows the hiatus of the band in 2017 due to health concerns as they prepared their third album. Watch the video for 'Dead Trees'.

    Supporting is incredible multi-instrumentalist & composer Éna Brenna, aka Dowry.

    Tickets cost €10 here amd doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    Lucy Rose

    The Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Back with her fourth album No Words Left, English indie-folk singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is set to play Liberty Hall on April 14. Listen to 'Conversation'.

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

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    The Slowest Lift, Kelly Jayne Jones, King Snif & Rachel Ni Chuinn

    Jigsaw

    Dublin

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    Piss Rainbow bring another night of experimental music to Jigsaw on April 14.  Todmorden/Huddersfield wunderkinder of drone/noise/folk dreamscapes Sophie Cooper - also of Tor Invocation Band + Leopard Leg - and Julian Bradley - also of Vibracathedral Orchestra - AKA The Slowest Lift, get together to forge a ghostly tapestry of earthen whirring, phantasmal resonances, sheets of textured skree and touching, hazy vocals, which stir the waters of the soul and evoke strange landscapes in the mind. Listen to their 2017 eponymous LP.

    Manchester-based artist Kelly Jayne Jones supports. Making use of varying combinations of prepared recordings, text, rocks, found sounds and flute, she has collaborations with Sam Weaver (Cusp Editions), Andie Brown and Hannah Ellul from Psykick Dancehall (White Death). She has a solo cassette release on the label Winebox Press in an edition of 63, hand made wooden boxes. KJJ has had residencies at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and Kunstalle Bergen, Norway, and commissioned works for Haris Epaminonda at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Frankfurt, Point Centre Nicosia. She has worked on various projects, solo and part wild horses mane on both sides, at CCA Glasgow, Trieze Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival & Kunsthalle Bergen Norway, Tectonics contemporary music festival Reykjavik, Hangar Bicocca gallery, Milan and for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in Nov 2016.

    The duo of Aoife Nessa Francis and Cian Nugent, King Snif, features droning, interweaving guitars, and opening is Rachel Ni Chuinn, whose improvised performances recall Pauline Oliveros, combining sound, movement, text & electronics.

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

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    The Shaker Hymn EP Launch w/Dowry

    Coughlan's Live

    Cork

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    Launching their new The Shape of the Sea EP, Cork alternative rock outfit The Shaker Hymn headline Coughlan's, Cork on April 14.

    This follows the hiatus of the band in 2017 due to health concerns as they prepared their third album. Watch the video for 'Dead Trees'.

    Supporting is incredible multi-instrumentalist & composer Éna Brenna, aka Dowry.

    Tickets cost €10 here amd doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019
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    18
    Apr
    2019

    Dropkick Murphys

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Boston Irish folk-punks Dropkick Murphys make a return to Dublin on April 17 & 18.

    Now in their third decade together, they've released new album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, singing about the messy, bipolar world in which we live. 

    Tickets cost €32.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Apr
    2019

    Junior Brother & PowPig

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Sometimes described as an Irish Richard Dawson, Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother plays a co-headline date at Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 17 as part of a quadruple A-side release tour. A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018.

    Sharing the bill are another act who we think are in for wonderful things, having released one of the tunes of last year in 'Birds of Paradise' as well as 2 excellent EPs in 2018 alone, young Limerick quartet PowPig,

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Crypt of the Riff Vol. 3

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The third instalment of bi-annual metal festival Crypt of the Riff takes place at Voodoo on April 18. Headlining are Dead Witches, the latest project from Electric Wizard founder Mark Greening, following their second album Ouija. UK post-metal outfit Conjurer co-headline in the first of their four-date Irish tour. Listen to their 2018 LP, Mire.

    The bill is an eclectic and top-to-bottom showcase of the finest heavy music in Ireland, comprising Cork metallic hardcore outfit Bailer - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp - the blackened sludge of Owlcrusher - their debut album is phenomenal - Lisburn stoner-doom act So Much For The Sun - check their debut album out here - Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - check out debut album Carmina Satanae - Belfast doom act Tome, and veterans Bad Boat.

    Tickets are priced £15 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Junior Brother & PowPig

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Sometimes described as an Irish Richard Dawson, Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother headlines The Grand Social on April 18. A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018.

    Also playing are another act who we've tipped for wonderful things this year, and released one of the singles of last year in 'Birds of Paradise', young Limerick quartet PowPig.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Under My Garage: A Night With Bob Gallagher

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Under My Garage is an evening of discussion, music and live visuals exploring the work of Irish music video director Bob Gallagher, set to take place on April 18 at the Button Factory.

    Described by Werner Herzog as “a good soldier of cinema”, Gallagher’s work to date has won him wide critical praise, a host of international awards and a unique place in the Irish music scene, working with acclaimed acts like Villagers, Saint Sister, Girl Band, Soak, Myles Manley and more, his darkly comic style inviting such descriptions as “lyrical, as well as forensically evil” from Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis.

    Now, for one night only, Gallagher will bring you on a journey through his subconscious, transforming the Button Factory into the set of a fictional late night talk show to meet some of his closest collaborators, dissect his work, watch some never-before-seen footage and find out where the bodies are buried.

    Featuring:
    Conor O'Brien (Villagers)Pillow QueensMyles Manley, Cal Folger DayBryan Quinn and more TBA, with music from the Under My Garage House Band.

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

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Vicky Langan

    The Big Romance

    Dublin

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    Multidisciplinary artist Vicky Langan performs at Dublin's The Big Romance on April 18. She topped our list of the the best Irish tracks of 2018 with 'The Palms', a field recording at the grotto in Granard, Co. Longford on the 30th anniversary of Ann Lovett's death, the proceeds of which went to the Together For Yes campaign in May 2018.

    Vicky Langan is a Cork-based artist whose practice operates across several often-overlapping fields – chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with raw sensuality, personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. Her work is resolutely personal and rooted in the internal processing of intense private feeling. At a moment in Irish society where long repressed voices are taking centre stage, Langan’s insistence on articulating a private space of disturbance and trauma is a stark reminder that, beyond the public discourses, a legacy of submerged wounds remains. She curated Belfast's Imagine programme, and will be using the custom built soundsystem at the Big Romance for some experimental sounds.

    Admission is completely free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019

    Chewing On Tinfoil w/Cherym

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Irish folk-pop-punk kings Chewing On Tinfoil return to the Workman's Club for a Really Good Friday on April 19 - listen to their 2016 album Moving The Goalposts.

    Supporting are young Derry punks Cherym, who look set to have a huge year - listen to their 2018 debut EP Mouthbreatherz.

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

  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019

    Conjurer & Bailer

    Fibber Magee's

    Dublin

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    As part of their four-date joint Irish tour, UK post-metal outfit Conjurer play Fibber Magee's on April 19. Listen to their 2018 LP, Mire.

    Cork metallic hardcore outfit Bailer support throughout the tour - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

  • Fri
    19
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    2019
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    21
    Apr
    2019

    Free Gaff:

    Red Bull Free Gaff, Ballsbridge

    Dublin

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    After a hugely successful inaugural event last year, Red Bull Free Gaff returns over Easter Bank Holiday Weekend with parties across three floors across three nights - Friday 19-Sunday 21 April in Ballsbridge.

    Featuring some of Ireland's best producers, hip-hop & electronic artists, this year will also see a Garden Stage & immersive Bedroom Installation. Performing are Le Boom, Boots & KatsJYellowLÆ Mak, Quinton Campbell, ColleranHandsome Paddy & BobofunkWhy-AxisShy MascotGeorge FeelyKavanaghDartAdamantCailínBobby BasilMarcus Woods, Matt FinneganHuvaJill StaxxRTLBoyw1dr, LeeumLooptownKarl Guest and Hannah O'Connell.

    Tickets are available here, priced €20 per day. Doors open at 7pm, with each night hosting a different (BYOB) experience.

  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019

    Haley Heynderickx

    Plug'd

    Cork

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    Oregon singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx is set to play Plug'd, upstairs at The Roundy, Cork on April 19. This follows the release of her jazz & folk-fused debut album, I Need To Start A Garden. Check her out NPR Tiny Desk.

    Tickets cost €12 from uTicket. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Conjurer & Bailer

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    As part of their four-date joint Irish tour, UK post-metal outfit Conjurer play Fred Zeppelin's in Cork on April 20. Listen to their 2018 LP, Mire.

    Cork metallic hardcore outfit Bailer support throughout the tour - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Vulpynes

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based sludgy two piece Vulpynes headline the Academy 2 on April 20.

    Offering up raw gelatinous chunks of Mudhoney, Melvins and L7, they've been gigging heavily around the island and beyond as of late, sharing stages with the likes of Marmozets, Deap Vally & Misfits' Doyle. Watch the video for 'Silica'.

    Tickets cost €13.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Dead Witches, Elder Druid, Venus Sleeps & Worst

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    As part of their run of Irish tour dates, Dead Witches headline the Bello Bar in a fairly appropriate 4/20 bill. The latest project from Electric Wizard founder Mark Greening, check out their second album, Ouija.

    Supporting are Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - check out debut album Carmina Satanae - Dublin stoner doom act Venus Sleeps - check them out on Bandcamp - and krauty psych-noise project Worst - listen to MMXVII.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Fox Jaw

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Alt. rock quintet Fox Jaw are set to play a headline show at Dublin's Sin É on April 20. Watch the video for 'Madeline'.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Sonja Sleator, Glass Wings, Ethan Hanna & Sarah Buckley

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator plays a headline show at Belfast's Pavilion on April 20 to launch her third EP, Violent Strawberry - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka'.

    Supporting is Limavady-born Glass Wings - have a watch of the video for 'For A Little While' - singer-songwriter Ethan Hanna and Cork-born, Dublin-based indie-folk songstress Sarah Buckley - check her out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available for £5 here. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    DIY LK: Maija Sofia & more

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Otherworldly, folk-rooted singer-songwriter Maija Sofia plays a headline set at Pharmacia for DIY LK on April 20. Check out 'Flowers', which DIY Magazine named Best New Music. Her debut album is set for release later this year.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Bastion, Romeo Indigo Romeo, Victim Royal & The Zang

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Belfast rockers Bastion headline SONI's showcase on April 20 at the Empire. 

    Also performing are Romeo Indigo Romeo, Belfast metal quintet Victim Royal and Lurgan power-pop act The Zang.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    The Elephant Room, Easy Tide & Father!

    The Thomas House

    Dublin

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    The Thomas House holds a bill of indie rock with some various strains of psych on April 20. Playing are The Elephant Room and Slane indie-psych power-pop masters Easy Tideboth of whom were compiled on new independent LP Live @ Fennor LaneOpening things is the lo-fi indie-pop project from Sean Brunswick, complete with full band, Father!

    Admission costs €5.60 from Eventbrite or €6 on the night. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Rodrigo Y Gabriela

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Acoustic instrumental duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Dublin for an Olympia show on April 21, five days ahead of the release of their latest album, Mettavolution.

    Three years in the making, the album is their most ambitious conceptual album to date. Tying together their interest in Buddhism, human evolution & nature, it was written & recorded in their studio on the Mexican Pacific Coast. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets, priced at €34 from Ticketmaster, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Agalmatophilia Closing Party w/ Nervvs & Jake Regan

    Private Bar, The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    From the people behind Agalmatophilia: A tragedy in three acts comes a night of tunes, visual art and a thank-you night at the privately-booked Button Factory Bar  those who helped during the crowdfunding campaign of the film, hosted by C-47. 

    Performances come from borderline-telepathic noise-punk duo Nervvs - check them out on Bandcamp - and incredibly gifted indie rock singer-songwriter Jake Regan, whose wonderful debut single 'Over It' we recently premiered. The night will also feature visual art and sculpting exhibitions along with a private bar.

    Admission costs €10 - donations are welcome here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Prima Volta Presents: Five To Two & Spekulative Fiktion

    The Record Room

    Limerick

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    The Record Room hosts a night of hip-hop & vibey jazz on Sunday, April 21, when Prima Volta hosts a bill of some of the finest.

    Dublin Soft Boy Records' piano, double bass & drum trio Five To Two play - check them out live in session for RTÉ 2XM - as well as Cork-based rapper & beatmaker Spekulative Fiktion, who has performed with the likes of Danny Brown, Immortal Technique & Shabazz Palaces. Check out his 2018 EP Effigies.

    DJ sets on the night come from 2XM's Peter Curtin and Bill Baramus.

    Admission costs €10, or €7 for students & unwaged. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Mon
    22
    Apr
    2019

    DJ Seinfeld

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Two years on from his last Belfast show for Twitch, DJ Seinfeld returns, playing the new Speakeasy Bar on April 22, featuring the Bunatee soundsystem. Check out his Boiler Room session.

    Twitch residents will accompany him on the night.

    Tickets are priced from £9-£13 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Celebrating his four decades in music, Joe Jackson plays a pair of Irish dates, starting with the Cork Opera House on April 23.

    His twentieth album, Fool accompanies this fourth decade, made in the immediate aftermath of a tour. Beloved for his idiosyncratic voice & diverse, shapeshifting Warren Zevon/Randy Newmanesque ability - listen to new single 'Fabulously Absolute', which brings in some surprisingly angular guitar. And then listen to 'Steppin' Out'.

    Tickets cost €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    An Grianán Theatre

    Letterkenny

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a run of shows as part of his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour. He'll play Letterkenny's An Grianán Theatre on April 23.

    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. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets cost €26.50 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
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    25
    Apr
    2019

    Limmy's: Surprisingly Down to Earth and Very Funny

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    One of the most brilliant, surreal minds in comedy today Limmy, makes a journey over to launch his autobiography at The MAC on April 24 & 25.

    Following on from his Daft Wee Stories and That's Your Lot short story collections, this night will feature a night of anecdotes & chit-chat, as he introduces his first work of non-fiction, Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny . It will feature the "true stories of how this permanent tripper ended up on the telly", including an audience Q&A and book signing.

    Tickets cost £16-£18 from The MAC. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Celebrating his four decades in music, Joe Jackson plays a pair of Irish dates, the latter at the Olympia on April 24.

    His twentieth album, Fool accompanies this fourth decade, made in the immediate aftermath of a tour. Beloved for his idiosyncratic voice & diverse, shapeshifting Warren Zevon/Randy Newmanesque ability - listen to new single 'Fabulously Absolute', which brings in some surprisingly angular guitar. And then listen to 'Steppin' Out'.

    Tickets cost €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Bowling For Soup

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Classic pop-punk outfit Bowling For Soup headline the Limelight 1 on April 24. This looks to be their final tour - after 2013's 'last ever' - following ten albums, a run of noughties hits, and 25 years together.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced £24. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Haley Heynderickx

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Oregon singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx is set for a show at Whelan's on April 24. This follows the release of her jazz & folk-fused debut album, I Need To Start A Garden. Check her out NPR Tiny Desk.

    Tickets cost €13.50 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    The Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    To launch her debut album Idle Mind, Homebeat bring Anna Mieke to Dundalk's Spirit Store for a free show on April 24. 

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Zeropunkt

    Arthur's

    Dublin

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    Having recently changed their name from ¡NO! - more info on that here - free psychedelic improvisers Zeropunkt play Arthur's on Thomas Street on April 24 in their only Dublin date of the year.

    In its various incarnations, the project features sax, guitar, keys, clarinet, synth, piano, flute, drums, percussion, bass & vocals. Stream their free-download latest single 'Bitch Nails'.

    They kick off at 9pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a pair of shows. He's set to bring his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour to the Ulster Hall on April 25.

    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. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets are priced from £28.50 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Bowling For Soup

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Classic pop-punk outfit Bowling For Soup headline the Academy on April 25. This looks to be their final tour - after 2013's 'last ever' - following ten albums, a run of noughties hits, and 25 years together.

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Terry & Gyan Riley

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Returning after a two spellbinding sellout shows together in 2018, master of minimalism, Terry Riley, performs the Sugar Club on April 25 alongside Gyan Riley.

    If you know who he is, you don't need us to tell you how essential this performance will be, but we will anyway. In a slight variation from their dates last year, Gyan will again perform on classical & electric guitar, with Terry this time perform on baby grand piano. The American composer was initially involved with jazz and fusion, gradually reaching great acclaim in the Minimalist branch of Western Classical music that reaches its apex in the 1960s. 

    Of these shows, Terry says "Nothing I have done in this life has given me more satisfaction than improvising on these songs with Gyan. Nothing I have done can match the intuitive synchronicity we have shared many times on the stage. Gyan supplies a brilliant counterpoint to the strands and moods of these pieces always surprising me with a virtuosity that serves and energizes his musical invention. I could not have dreamed up a better marriage of mind and spirit than this collaboration." We can only confirm this, as our review of their 2018 performance confirms.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced €25.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    The Underground Youth w/Glossolalia

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Sparse, cinematic post-punk outfit The Underground Youth play a Paisley Promotions show at the Grand Social on April 25.

    This show comes in support of their ninth album Montage Images of Lust & Fear, one year after their Irish debut. If you like Girls Names, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Fall, you'll love them - have a listen to 2017's What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Ferals EP Launch w/Mosmo Strange & Gnarkats

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based math-rock trio Ferals launch their debut EP Always Watching Never Watched at The Menagerie on April 25 through Zool Records - check out the video for new single 'Mystery'.

    Supporting are stoner-cum-alternative rockers Mosmo Strange - watch the video for 'Fumar' from their Dingus EP - and math-tinged indie outfit Gnarkats - watch the video for 'War Cry'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Plug'd Records

    Cork

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays Plug'd upstairs at Cork's The Roundy on April 25.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Robert Sarazin Blake w/Junior Johnson

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    US singer-songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake is set to play the Sunflower Bar on April 25, having been regularly touring here since 2001. 

    In 2010, he made an album entitled A Long Series of Memorable Nights Forgotten: The Belfast Sessions. His 2017 release Recitative received some praise from the Dean of Rock Criticism Robert Christgau, who said said "chants that riff on the titles WORK, COUPLES, and SINGLE WOMEN are as instantly indelible as the Springsteen, Weill, Reed, and Van Morrison lifts woven in".

    Supporting is roots singer-songwriter Junior Johnson.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Kneecap

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Mega-hyped Gaeilge/English hip-hop outfit Kneecap are set to play Derry's Sandino's on April 26 as part of an Irish tour. Check out 'Tá na Baggies ar an Talamh'.

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

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Hefty #2

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast is low on excellent rock & metal club nights, so by the grace of its best heavy music venue, Voodoo, we've got the first edition of Hefty.

    Expect an eclectic, tactful mix of the likes of Sabbath, Slayer, Electric Wizard, Soundgarden, Eyehategod, Hüsker Dü, Sleep, Acid Bath, Bad Brains and the like.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Wastefellow w/Fat Pablo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Dublin psychedelic electronic glitchy auteur Wastefellow brings his live A/V show to the Button Factory on April 26. Watch the video for his wonderful 'On The Dry'.

    Electronic psychedelia act Fat Pablo support.

    Tickets cost €8 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays Dublin Unitarian Church on April 26.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Al Reddan.

    Tickets cost €12, or €25 with vinyl, available via Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Eve Clague

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Soulful urban folk artist Eve Clague is set to launch her new single 'Young Naive Me' with a show at Cork's The Roundy on March 31. Having kicked the year off with a well-received show at Cork's Quarter Block Party, it looks to be an exciting year for the Cork School of Music graduate. Check her out on Soundcloud.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Cha Cha Cha Ha Ha Ha - Pieta House Fundraiser

    Jaja Studios

    Dublin

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    Jaja Studios in Stoneybatter host a frankly unmissable fundraiser for mental health charity Pieta House on April 27.

    Entitled Cha Cha Cha Ha Ha Ha, the former half of its name comes from the stylings from an assortment of our favourite Irish independent artists Postcard Versions, SquareheadOh BolandMaija SofiaShrug Life & Robbie Strickland.

    The Ha Ha Ha comes from stand-ups like Bláithín de Burca, Sarah DevereuxMike RiceAoife O'Connor and Brian Gallagher.

    Tickets cost €13 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 2.30pm, and it's a BYO event.

     

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies, Jogging & DPM

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    On April 27, Bello Bar holds a headline show from Limerick insurgents & one of our 19 for '19 artists, Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies. One of the most vitriolic, well-humoured voices of dissent in Ireland at the moment, check out the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home' - one of our tracks of 2018.

    Supporting are post-hardcore indie rock veterans Jogging - check them out on Bandcamp - and post-punk/noise outfit The Disco Participation Matrix, whose debut EP is expected later in the year.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Larry Album Launch

    M.A.D. Youth Theatre

    Dundalk

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    Breezy Dundalk alternative rock trio Larry are set to release their debut album in a hometown launch show at M.A.D. Youth Theatre on April 27.

    The record will be available on 12" on the night, and was recorded by Steve Albini. The night will feature a screening of that process, called Larry - The Full Bosco. Check out the video for 'Cocker Spaniel'.

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

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays upstairs at Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 27.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €10 from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Crilli DnB Present: Dead Man's Chest

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Bristol's Dead Man's Chest is the next act to grace the Menagerie Stage for Crilli dnb on April 27.

    His own productions, as well as those on his Western Lore label are at the forefront of the current jungle revival, and on top of that is the label cover artist. Check out 'Tears (Fantazia Version)' and 'Liquid 94'.

    Tickets cost £8 here or £10 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Anto & The Echoes Single Launch w/Paul & The Meanie, Don't Fear The Natives & Caimin O'Shea

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Anthemic rockers Anto and The Echoes are set to launch their new single 'Little Voice' with a headline show at the Pavilion on April 27. Check out the video for previous single 'Hollywood Baby'.

    Supporting are Armagh indie-rockers Paul & The Meanie, Donegal alt rock sextet Don't Fear The Natives and Fermanagh singer-songwriter & poet Caimin O'Shea.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Idaho indie rock heroes and TTA favourites Built To Spill will make their long-awaited return to Dublin next year.

    Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Doug Martsch-fronted band’s fourth studio album, Keep It Like a Secret, the band will play Workman’s Club on Sunday, April 28th. The band last played Dublin back in 2010. Revisit our Monday Mixtape with Doug Martsch here.

    Tickets for the show are priced at €21, available from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a run of shows as part of his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour. He'll play Live at St Luke's on April 28.

    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. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets cost €28 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Strange New Places, Sonif & Oisín Ó Scolaí and the Virginia Slims

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Sizeable Bear hold their second show at McHugh's on April 28, headlined by emo-punks Strange New Places. They're one of the finest young live acts around, and this is their first headline show since Halloween - listen to 'Trombone'.

    Lo-fi Dublin indie-electro project Sonif support - check him out on Bandcamp - as well as singer-songwriter Oisín Ó Scolaí and the Virginia Slims, who just released their debut album on Black Tragick Records.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Richard Ashcroft

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on April 29 in support of his latest album, Natural Rebel.

    This will be the fifth solo record for the Ivor Novello winner, each of whom's previous albums have reached top 3 chart positions. Watch the video for recent single 'Surprised By The Joy'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Stella Donnelly

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising Perth singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly will play the Grand Social on April 29.

    The Wales-born artist – whose debut full-length album comes out on Secretly Canadian - check out 'Boys Will Be Boys'.

    Tickets for the show are €15.00 from Ticketmaster.

     
  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019

    The Antlers

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Making their first appearance in Ireland in five years, The Antlers are set to play the Sugar Club on April 30 in what will be an appropriately intimate, subdued setting for the cinematic outfit.

    Having not played together since 2015, following the release of their last album, Familiars, the band has announced a vinyl reissue of their career-defining album, Hospiceon its tenth anniversary. The album, which featured Sharon Van Etten on vocals, was one of the finest to come from the emotive rock movement of the noughties. Of the reissue, primary songwriter & vocalist Peter Silberman said:

    "We’re reissuing the Hospice LP on March 8th, 2019, in honor of its tenth anniversary. It will be newly pressed on double white vinyl, with deluxe artwork and packaging courtesy of the album’s original artist, Zan Goodman.

    We’ll be playing a limited number of acoustic shows to celebrate, too. But it will be a bit different this time as the core band now consists of myself and drummer Michael Lerner— longtime multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci is no longer with the band.

    Though we’ve pared down for the time being, these shows will feature some old friends and guests, and together we’ll perform Hospice in its entirety.We’re truly looking forward to revisiting these old songs in a new light."

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

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019

    Kojaque

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Possibly the most exciting, fast-rising Irish hip-hop artist Kojaque, is set to play Belfast's Limelight 2 on May 1. 

    It's over a year since the release of his game-changing debut LP Deli Daydreams - check out his statement on it: 
    "Deli Daydreams is a conceptual project chronicling a week in the life of a Deli worker. The project meanders through the daydreams of KOJAQUE, the main protagonist, as he contemplates love, life and loneliness in the lead up to the annual work Christmas party. The project is a vignette of working life in Dublin, mundanity, madness and escapism."

    Nominated for a Choice Music Prize, and placing high on near enough every Irish 2018 end of year list - including our own - the Soft Boy Records release is very much a zeitgeist-capturer. A filmmaker and visual artist, the videos for his singles have been as essential as the music in his upward growth - take 'White Noise', for example.

    Tickets, priced £11, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Newton Faulkner

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner plays The Academy on May 2.

    Faulkner's debut album Hand Built By Robots was released in 2007 which saw him break out and reach number 1. He released Write It On Your Skin in 2012 and he made some history by live streaming the recording of his follow-up, Studio Zoo, for the 5 weeks it took to record in summer of 2013. He released his sixth & latest, Hit The Ground Running, in 2017, followed by a best of compilation in 2019. Watch the video for 'Hit The Ground Running'.

    Tickets are available for €30 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Hen Ogledd

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic outfit Hen Ogledd, featuring Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell & Sally Pilkington, are set to play Voodoo on May 2 in a show for Moving On Music & CQAF. Watch the video for 'Problem Child'.

    Their third album, Mogic, came out at the end of 2018, and imbues the esoteric Eastern inclinations of Dawson's solo work with a genuine bop-ability. The joyous pop of Pilkington, Davies' ethereal, fractured harp & guitar work, and the manipulated electronica of Bothwell.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced £12.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    HAVVK

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Atmospheric alt. rock outfit HAVVK - check out the video for 'Glass' are set to bring their Drawn Together tour to Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre on May 2. 

    Drawn Together is a series of dates working with inclusive venues, promoters & collectives who support female & non-binary artists.

     

    Tickets cost £6 here and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Teenage Fanclub

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Scottish power-pop legends Teenage Fanclub play the Festival Marquee at Custom House Square on May 2.

    Their heart-on-sleeve sincerity and masterful pop craft has seen the band elevated to deserved indie-god status over the years, with Bandwagonesque, Grand Prix and Songs from Northern Britain. Check out their recent single 'Everything Is Falling Apart'.  

    Tickets cost £20 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Howe Gelb

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Howe Gelb has been called one of the most resilient and consistently inventive American artists his generation, and he comes to Belfast's CQAF to play the Ulster Sports Club on May 2.

    Based in Tuscon, Arizona since 1972, Howe has collaborated with artists such as M Ward, PJ Harvey and John Parish, and with Giant Sand spawned and inspired bands such as Calexico, who make up part of Howe’s extended musical family. 

    The key question with any Howard Gelb show is what guise he will take on for the occasion - solo piano music, free jazz excursions, late night crooning, dusty acoustic Americana, flamenco, or another version of one of his songs, or something that he hasn’t done yet. Known for never playing anything the same way twice and always spinning a singularly wry yarn, he's a must-see. A Leonard Cohen for open spaces. Check out his latest KEXP session.

    Tickets cost only £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.15pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Telephone Explosions

    Teacher's Club

    Dublin

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    Experimental dream-pop duo Telephone Explosions release their eponymous debut album with a show at the Teacher's Club on Parnell Square on May 2. Released a week prior, you can check it out on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Ships, Katie Kim & Margie Jean Lewis

    Lost Lane

    Dublin

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    Lost Lane hosts three of Ireland's finest ethereal artists on May 2. Performing are Ships - check out their Choice Music Prize-winning album, Precession - ethereal drone-folk artist Katie Kim - check out the contemporary classical rendition of her debut album, Salt InterventionsOpening the bill is Dublin-based atmospheric songstress Margie Jean Lewis - listen to her on Soundcloud.

    Each act will play a 40-45 minute set, followed by DJ Mango Dassler until the wee hours.

    Tickets are available from Lost Lane

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Hen Ogledd & Percolator

    The Workman's Club

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic outfit Hen Ogledd, featuring Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell & Sally Pilkington, are set to play for Enthusiastic Eunuch at the Workman's Club on May 3. Watch the video for 'Problem Child'.

    Their third album, Mogic, came out at the end of 2018, and imbues the esoteric Eastern inclinations of Dawson's solo work with a genuine bop-ability. The joyous pop of Pilkington, Davies' ethereal, fractured harp & guitar work, and the manipulated electronica of Bothwell.

    Psychedelic, krauty, 'gazey cosmic voyagers Percolator - one of the best live acts on the island - support. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' taken off Sestra, our Irish album of 2017.

    Tickets are available from Billetto, priced €16.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Jafaris

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Zimbabwe-born, Dublin-based singer/poet/rapper/actor/songwriter Percy Chamburuka, AKA Jafaris, is set to perform his first headline tour following the release of debut album Stride. In his biggest show to date, he'll play The Button Factory on May 3.

    Debuting with his Velvet Cake EP in 2017, he's went from strength to strength, playing every major festival in Ireland, and moving beyond. Watch the video for 'Found My Feet'.

    Tickets cost €15.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Nurse With Wound

    Droichead Arts Centre

    Drogheda

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    The primary outlet for the mordant explorations of Steven StapletonNurse With Wound play Droichead Arts Centre on May 3.

    Around for four decades, NWW has managed to mangle sounds and genres without straying from its core tenets. This has led to over 50 releases under the name, including collaborations with Stereolab, Sunn O))), Current 93 and beyond. NWW claim that each live appearance is a rehearsal for the next show and that no two shows have ever been the same, keeping themselves refreshed with an ever-evolving cast of musicians.

    Tickets cost €25 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Jason Lytle [Grandaddy] & Malojian

    Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church

    Belfast

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    Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist mastermind Jason Lyttle is set to play a headline show for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in the delightful surroundings of the Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church in the heart of Belfast. 

    Lytle embarked on a solo career after Grandaddy's split in 2005 having released five albums under his own name before their 2012 reunion. His most recent album was 2017's Last Place - check out recent single 'Colour of Dirt'.

    Support comes in the form of power-pop/folk master craftsman Malojian - listen to 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home'. Check out the documentary about the making of his This Is Nowhere album, recorded with Steve Albini. 

    Tickets cost only £12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Joshua Burnside

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    NI Music Prize-winning alt-folk artist Joshua Burnside is set to play Dublin Unitarian Church on May 3 in what will doubtlessly be another spellbinder for a man who increasingly speaks as the conscience of a generation growing up in Northern Ireland.

    Having just announced new album Live at the Elmwood Hall, check out this captivating version of Ephrata closer 'The Good Word'.

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

     

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Off the back of a sold out UK tour, Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres play the Limelight 1 on May 3. The date comes a week after the release of their eponymous debut album - check out the video for 'Who's Been Having You Over', a collaboration with Art Collective Worship The Ground.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Lisa O'Neill

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Incredible Irish folk voice Lisa O'Neill plays Belfast's Black Box as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3.

    Her fourth LP, Heard A Long Gone Song came out in 2018, her first on Rough Trade imprint River Lea Records. Featuring a broad cast of musicians in Cormac Begley, Christophe Capewell, Libby McCrohan and Radie Peat, it's a blend of traditional songs & original compositions. Often described as folk with a punk sensibility, her earthy poetry is evocative not just of the past but of the deeply subjective now, and her latest received universal acclaim. Watch her play 'Rock The Machine' live.

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

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Kitt Philippa

    Upstairs @ The MAC

    Belfast

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    Fast-rising experimental pop artist Kitt Philippa is set to play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3. They last year won a public vote for Single of the Year at the NI Music Prize for 'Human'.

    Tickets cost £10 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Seminal British post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3.

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

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

     

     

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Reevah, Sonja Sleator & Ethan Hanna

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Fast-rising young Derry indie-folk songstress Reevah headlines a hometown show at Sandinos on May 3. Check her out live in session.

    Supporting is Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator plays a headline show at Belfast's Pavilion on April 20 to launch her third EP, Violent Strawberry - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka' - and singer-songwriter Ethan Hanna.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Distorted Perspectives Late Show: Sneaks, Secret State & Shammen Delly

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Mind-bending Letterkenny festival Distorted Perspectives holds a late gig at the Regional Cultural Centre on May 3. Headlining is Washington DC-based artist Eva Moochan, aka Sneaks. Have a listen to her new album, Highway Hypnosis on Bandcamp, which circles the hip-hop, pop, RnB & punk spheres without ever sounding constrained to any of them.

    Supporting are deep-fried conspiracy-fuelled electronic act Secret State, who have music out on Central Processing Unit & Varvet. Ambient electronic & soundscape artist Aengus Friel, aka Shammen Delly opens - listen on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €8, or €5 with a Blindboy Podcast ticket stub from the night. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    The Wormholes w/Zeropunkt, Soft On Crime & DJ PCP

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

    A night of experimental music takes place at Bello Bar on May 3. Headlining are Dublin experimental trio The Wormholes. The bill is rounded out by free psychedelic improvisers Zeropunkt - who feature sax, guitar, keys, clarinet, synth, piano, flute, drums, percussion, bass & vocals. Stream their free-download latest single 'Bitch Nails' - Soft On CrimeDJ PCP closes the night.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8.45pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Jafaris

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Zimbabwe-born, Dublin-based singer/poet/rapper/actor/songwriter Percy Chamburuka, AKA Jafaris, is set to perform his first headline tour following the release of debut album Stride. He plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on May 4.

    Debuting with his Velvet Cake EP in 2017, he's went from strength to strength, playing every major festival in Ireland, and moving beyond. Watch the video for 'Found My Feet'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Dick Valentine [Electric Six]

    Katy's Bar

    Belfast

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    Dick Valentine, frontman of Electric Six, is set to play Katy's Bar in a free entry show on May 4.

    This follows the release of the fifth solo album from the troubadour himself, entitled I Am a Moth, I Am Starving, That's A Nice Sweater You Got There, Let's Do This

    Admission is free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Off the back of a sold out UK tour, Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres play the Academy on May 4. The date comes a week after the release of their eponymous debut album - check out the video for 'Who's Been Having You Over', a collaboration with Art Collective Worship The Ground.

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

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Tribal Dance w/Alex Smyth

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Tribal Dance are set to play their biggest Dublin headline show to date at The Grand Social on May 4. More than just another Dublin math-rock band, check out one of our Irish tracks of 2018, 'And All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette'.

    Supporting is atmospheric instrumentalist Alex Smyth - check him out on Soundcloud.

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

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    DIY LK: Anna's Anchor, Dylan Thomas & more

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Limerick emo/punk-pop act Anna's Anchor headline a special DIY LK May Bank Holiday performance in a full-band performance. Watch the video for last year's 'White Washed Corridor', taken from third album Everybody's Welcome.

    Supporting is Limerick alternative pop artist Dylan Thomas. Watch the video for 'Soho'.

    Tickets cost €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Spiritualized

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic space rock masters Spiritualized play Custom House Square on May 4 as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's 20th outing.

    Led by Spacemen 3's Jason Pierce, their drone-based hypnotic majesty has often come backed with gargantuan arrangements and that familiar Pierce signature pillow of sound. There are all-time classics like 1997's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, and his more personal And Nothing Hurt, which broadened the aperture again to distill gospel, Americana and rock'n'roll into the sound of his cracked-vocal psych. Listen to 'I'm Your Man'. 

    Tickets are available, priced £25 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    No Spill Blood

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Doom-laden, krauty synth-metal outfit No Spill Blood play a rare live show at Dublin's Bello Bar on May 4 to air some new material ahead of their trip to the studio to record the follow-up to their 2015 debut LP Heavy Electricity. Listen to their Sargent House-released, honestly fucking unbelievable EP & album on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel & Me

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Barb Jungr is renowned as one of the world's great cabaret singers. The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival bring her current show to the Black Box, where she'll perform music from two colossi of popular song, whose writing has helped define her whole career. The Village Voice called her "one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst-ridden planet today”.

    This performance comes alongside her new 2019 collection, which sees her reinterpret the likes of 'Les Cœurs Tendres, Voir un ami pleurer, Mr Tambourine Man & This Wheel's On Fire, as well as a number of her own songs.

    Tickets are available here, priced £15. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Sean O'Hagan w/Big Monster Love

    Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church

    Belfast

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    Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and arranger Sean O'Hagan plays a solo afternoon show show at Rosemary Street First Presbyterian Church as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 4.

    O'Hagan currently leads avant-pop band the High Llamas, but started out with seminal Irish band Microdisney, which he co-founded in the 1980s, for several years being a member of StereolabHis work as an arranger in film, art & cultural events have led to collaborations with the likes of Brian Wilson, Paul Weller, Super Furry Animals, Doves and Mercury Rev.

    The concert is staged to remember Thomas McCabe, who opposed the formation of the Belfast Slave Ship Company in 1786. Proceeds will be given to the Northern Ireland Law Centre, with a brief introduction from historian Raymond O’Regan, author of Hidden Belfast.

    Supporting is the wonderful, trad-tinged lo-fi pop of historian & musician CJ McCanny, AKA Big Monster Love - have a listen to Game Over.

    Tickets cost only £8 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 2.45pm.

     

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Sneaks

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    DIY post-punk artist Sneaks plays the Sunflower Bar on May 4.

    Based in Washington DC, Eva Moolchan's minimalist approach sees her rebel against over-embellishment. She uses only a drum kit, bass & whispered vocals - have a listen to her new album, Highway Hypnosis on Bandcamp, which circles the hip-hop, pop, RnB & punk spheres without ever sounding constrained to any of them.

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

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Naoise Roo Presents: Sick Girlfriend

    Project Arts Centre

    Dublin

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    Long one of our favourite songwriters & artists on the island, Naoise Roo has been on an extended hiatus for the last couple of years. Thankfully, she's just announced her return EP, Sick Girlfriendand is set to hold her first show in a number of years at Dublin's Project Arts Centre on May 4.

    The show will serve as a preview of the EP, with Sick Girlfriend's four tracks centred around themes of depression, the negative aspects of the music industry, and the stereotypes that burden women experiencing mental illness. Roo will be joined by producer/bassist Daniel Fox of Girl Band, as well as drummer Rian Trench, guitarist Karl Tobin and Jamie Hyland on synths. The EP follows up on one of our favourite albums of 2015, Naoise's multi-faceted debut LP Lilithwhich bore the dark, world-building imprint of the likes of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & Portishead. Needless to say, the prospect of new music from a Naoise Roo that's not just pursued, but taken new ownership over her vision is one that has us incredibly excited.

    The night will also see Naoise joined by a diverse range of musicians, artists and performers, showcasing their own work centred around the theme of mental health. Musical performances come from the beguiling art-folk of Maija Sofia, one of Ireland's finest lyricists in Shrug Life's Danny Carroll, singer-songwriter Laura Ann Brady, with more to be announced. Theatre actor Miriam Needham is set to perform a short piece, and artists Andrew Mooney and Roisín Blade promise to create an immersive visual experience within the venue.

    Very limited admission is free thanks to the Dublin City Council, who have supported this event with the aim of ensuring accessible art to all regardless of financial position. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Reserve your spot at the event here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    SX-70, Sit Tight, The Peculiar & Lonely Astronauts

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Belfast indie outfit SX-70 are set to headline SONI's latest show on May 4 at the Pavilion. Check them on Bandcamp.

    Also playing are soulful, funk-laden bluesy rock'n'rollers Sit Tight, 'funk-punk street jazz bonanza' The Peculiar and Belfast alt. rockers Lonely Astronauts.

    Entry cost £5 & doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Joshua Burnside

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    NI Music Prize-winning alt-folk artist Joshua Burnside is set to play the quaint space of Belfast's 1st Presbyterian Church on Rosemary St on May 5 for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. This will doubtlessly be another spellbinder for a man who increasingly speaks as the conscience of a generation growing up in Northern Ireland.

    The former CQAF artist-in-residence has just announced new album Live at the Elmwood Hall. Check out this captivating version of Ephrata closer 'The Good Word'.

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

     

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Hannah Peel & Will Burns

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of a collaborative show from both Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival & Moving On Music, The Black Box hosts an afternoon show from Hannah Peel & Will Burns on May 5, following the release of their collaborative album, Chalk Hill Blue.

    A new album of poetry and electronic music, it's a dislocated, slippery examination of memory, social and familial relations, landscape and our urge to both belong and move elsewhere - an anti-pastoral picture of a middle-England, it could be anywhere, lost, empty, and beautiful even in its decaying phase. Words come from poet Will Burns, spoken over the analogue electronic compositions of Hannah Peel and the overarching eye of producer Erland Cooper. All tracks were produced and recorded in its entirety within 12 hours.

    Scoring these strange worlds of electronic ruralism Peel says, “After only meeting Will at a few gigs before, we met at the studio to try out some ideas. Whenever he heard a sound or texture, he instinctively brought out a poem that he thought fitted the mood. It was like ‘Tone Poetry’. Equally when he read a poem to us in the studio, we reacted straight away with sound… casting away apprehensions, creating an album with no boundaries or expectations”. Check it out here.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 3.45pm.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Jerry Sadowitz: Make Comedy GRATE Again

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Scottish-American comic Jerry Sadowitz plays the Black Box on May 5 as part of the CQAF.

    The comedian has worked in the realm of black comedy over the years, and is incidentally one of the best close-up magicians in the world. Influenced by the likes of Lenny Bruce & Peter Cook, he has went on to be a crucial influence on acts like Eddie Izzard, Stewart Lee & the alternative comedy movement. 

    Tickets cost £19 here and doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Nellie Fred's, Féile na Bealtaine

    Dingle

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays Dingle's Féile na Bealtaine on May 5 at Nellie Fred's.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

  • Mon
    06
    May
    2019

    Whenyoung

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Indie-pop trio Whenyoung are set to play McHugh's on May 6 for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. This accompanies the release of debut album Given Up - watch the video for 'Never Let Go'.

    Tickets are available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    06
    May
    2019

    Rufus Wainwright

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright plays a special intimate solo show at the Festival Marquee for CQAF on May 6.

    This is the 20-year anniversary of his eponymous debut which first burst him onto the music scene. Immediately beloved and critically acclaimed, both Rufus and the record were widely hailed as a breakthrough. It influenced many artists that came after him and set the path for his illustrious career ever since.

    One of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation, and the son of Loudon, Rufus Wainwright has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. Watch the video for 'Sword of Damocles'.

    Tickets cost £30 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Whenyoung

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Indie-pop trio Whenyoung are set to play Dublin's Eastbound New Music Festival with a performance at Whelan's on May 7. This accompanies the release of debut album Given Up.

    Tickets are available here, priced €13.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Anna Calvi

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    English guitarist & singer-songwriter Anna Calvi returns to Belfast for a solo performance at the CQAF Marquee on Custom House Square on May 7.

    This follows the August release of her third album, Hunter - watch the video for lead single 'Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy'. It marks a slight departure toward danceable indie pop à la St. Vincent. - understandable, given her 2014 collaboration with David Byrne. Hunter tackles queer & feminist themes, searching for liberation throughout. 

    Tickets are available here for £15. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Phil Taggart’s Slacker Guide to The Music Industry - Book Launch

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    "What do Biffy Clyro, Run the Jewels, Charli XCX, and George Ezra all have in common? Well, aside from selling a truckload of records, and defying all the gloomy predictions about the music industry, they’ve all given up their hard earned wisdom to contribute to the one-stop-shop for everything you’ll ever need to break into the frightening world of being a professional musician - Phil Taggart’s The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry.
    With contributions from some of the most successful names in the business, and the behind the scenes label bosses, managers, promoters, and marketers who made it happen, BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart has shared his considerable expertise within the business to give even the most basic beginner a road map that will hopefully lead to success."

    This is the blurb for our own Phil Taggart's curated guide to the industry. The book launch is set to take place at the Oh Yeah Centre on May 7, and will feature a Q&A with the Radio 1 DJ. Music comes from one of the island's finest electronic artists, ArvoParty - check him out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Rufus Wainwright

    St. Anne's Cathedral

    Belfast

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    Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright plays his second date for CQAF at St. Anne's Cathedral on May 7, following a sold out date the night prior.

    This is the 20-year anniversary of his eponymous debut which first burst him onto the music scene. Immediately beloved and critically acclaimed, both Rufus and the record were widely hailed as a breakthrough. It influenced many artists that came after him and set the path for his illustrious career ever since.

    One of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation, and the son of Loudon, Rufus Wainwright has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. Watch the video for 'Sword of Damocles'.

    Tickets cost £30 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Fat White Family

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Indie-psych band Fat White Family play the Button Factory on May 8 in support of their third album, Serfs Up!

    The degenerate outfit blend essentially every genre going - notably krautrock, post-punk, country, psych, glam-funk, disco - formed in a Peckham squat in 2011. Their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, was released in 2014, which showcased well their strong pinko squat-playing tendencies. Their second album, Songs For Our Mothers, developed everything more, and this show follows the April release of Serfs Up! Check out lead single 'Feet'.

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

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Mini Mansions

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    L.A. trio Mini Mansions have announced a show in Dublin's Whelan's on May 8, marking their first show in the city since 2015.

    The band, comprised of Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford, are touring third album, Guy Walks Into A Bar… - check out 'Gummy Bear'.

    Tickets cost €18.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Nubya Garcia

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK. In a joint show from Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Moving On Music, she's set to play the Black Box on May 8.

    Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged Jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary Jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet.

    What makes her music so compelling is how she is able to weld together the various musical influences of her youth into a bright new sound. Whether it’s the gospel, soul and Latin that she grew up with at home, or the grime, garage and dub she used to dance to at London clubs; it’s all there. Listen to Nubya's 5ive.

    Tickets cost £14, or £10 concession, here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    The Fretless

    The Duncairn

    Belfast

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    The Fretless is a Canadian fiddle foursome playing an essential part in the traditional Irish folk music movement. Through the deconstruction and transformation of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles around the world, pushing traditional music into new plains. They are set to play Belfast's Duncairn for Moving On Music as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 8.

    Debuting in 2012 the band has steadily moved into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Award, along with a Juno award for their 2016 album Bird’s Nest - listen to the title track. They harbour all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering expectations.  Their approach takes string music to fascinating new places as it transforms traditional tunes and folk melodies into intricate, high-energy arrangements.

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

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Filmmaker Kevin Smith comes to Vicar Street for a night of conversation with Ralph Garman on May 9 as part of their Babbe Go Breã tour.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8.30pm. 

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Carla Dal Forno

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Australian singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Carla Dal Forno plays the Black Box.

    Based between London and Berlin, her debut album You Know What It's Like came out in 2016, with an EP released the following year. She navigates the emotionally-charged zones between post-punk, industrial, narcotic dub & dream pop, and is also known for work with Mole House & F Ingers. Check her out live at the Boiler Room.

    Tickets are available here, priced £12.50, or £10 for Black Box members. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Unloved

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia & Jade Vincent, Unloved, are set to play Whelan's on May 9.

    They released their debut album, Guilty of Love back in 2016, and their new album Heartbreak is out now - listen to the swooning, crepuscular 'Remember'.

    Tickets cost €17.45 from Ticketmaster & WAV, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Blank Banshee

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Vaporwave producer Blank Banshee plays an incredibly rare live show at The Grand Social on May 9. 

    The Canadian producer is a bona fide pioneer of the genre, and has recently released third album Mega. Check out Blank Banshee 0.

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

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Peter Broderick w/Brona McVittie

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    American-born, Ireland-based multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter Peter Broderick is set to play the intimate 1st Presbyterian Church on Rosemary St for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 9.

    He's collaborated with M. Ward, Efterklang, Nils Frahm and many others, and has put out several solo albums that range from contemporary classical to homespun folk & voice recordings. Although his career is impossible to pin down, marked as it is with versatility, check him out live at the ARTE Festival.

    Support comes from hotly-tipped contemporary harpist & songwriter Brona McVittie - watch the video for 'Under The Pines'.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    The eight horn-playing sons of jazz trumpeter/composer Kelan Phil Ohran of Sun Ra Arkestra, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, play CQAF Marquee on May 9.

    Together, they have formed a formidable reputation as one of the best live bands around, releasing three acclaimed albums on UK label Honest Jon’s Records. With a sound that calls to mind traditional New Orleans big-band jazz and nods to the avant-garde angularity of their father and his contemporaries, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are equally informed by rap, funk and hip-hop.

    They have worked alongside Mos Def, Prince, Ghostface Killah, Childish Gambino, Gorillaz (including 3 tracks on Plastic Beach), Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper and Tony Allen among others. Their stirring song War even featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack. Here's 'War'.

    Tickets are priced at £14 here. Gates open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019
    Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Keep Telling Me Lies

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Of all the iconic buildings in Belfast, the now derelict Floral Hall stands as a monument to the life, love, loss and music of the Showband era. As part of CQAF, Keep Telling Me Lies is a play that runs at The MAC from May 9-12.

    It's the story of two Belfast women reminiscing about the lives they used to lead. Set against the backdrop of the crumbling Floral Hall and driven by the music of the Showbands, they recall the fateful night they met their future husbands.

    Tickets cost £22.50 from The MAC. Showings at 3pm & 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Awesome Tapes From Africa

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Since 2006, Brian Shimkovitz's Awesome Tapes From Africa blog has been shedding light on obscure and wonderful sounds from across the continent. As a DJ he brings the blog to life with 2-3 hour sets blending folkloric pop, left-field dancefloor gems and hip-hop bangers he's collected on African marketplace finds, and the CQAF brings him to the Ulster Sports Club on May 9.

    Travelling from club to festival to DIY space, Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ sets celebrate the music and musicians whose cassettes Shimkovitz has collected over the years. Drawing on his vast African cassette archive—which includes highlife, fuji, benga, tsonga disco, soukous, hip-hop, rhumba and ethio-soul, among countless other genres—his role now combines that of educator, promoter and selector, finding him DJ across the world.  

    His DJ sets on twin tape decks explore deep, regional sounds using analog-anchored agility not heard/seen anywhere else.

    Tickets cost £8 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Lonely Walk, Shifting & Celebrity Power Couple

    Plug'd

    Cork

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    Coldwave post-punk act Lonely Walk from Bordeaux make their first outing to Ireland, playing Cork's Plug'd on May 9. Have a listen through their rich discography on Bandcamp.

    One of the finest noise rock outfits in Ireland, Shifting, support - listen to 'Spudgun' - as well as Celebrity Power Couple.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    It Takes A Village

    Trabolgan

    East Cork

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    Effortlessly one of Ireland's best, and most unique festivals, It Takes A Village runs for its second edition at East Cork's Trabolgan family resort over May 10-13.

    The 121 acre site will hold 3 main stages, with pop-up gigs, a swimming pool (with wave machine), 5-a-side, a golf course, arcade, go-karts, pool parties, bowling and much, much more - all organised by Ed O'Leary & Joe Kelly of The Good Room. Check out the video of 2018's edition here.

    Music includes Gilles PetersonKojaqueHerbertSister NancyJames Holden and the Animal SpiritsDonal DineenLe BoomThe HerbaliserDon LettsAwesome Tapes From AfricaLisa O'NeillSnapped AnklesNew Jackson (Live), ELLLL, Meltybrains?, mynamisjOhn, Katie Kim, Junior Bother, Colm K, Bantum, Ships, Silverbacks, Toby Kaar, Senior Infants, Anna-Mieke, Jinx LennonThumperExtravisionTPMHorseDowryGash CollectiveStevie GDJ Scope and many more.

    Other activities include synchronised swimming, Cork Harbour Boat Party, Arcade Parties, outdoor adventures, a Birds of Prey centre, some live podcasts from Gay Future, and The Point of Everything, wordsmiths & MCs, art installations and local food producers.

    Tickets are available from uTickets, priced for a variety of 3-9 person groups, with camper van options.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    dEUS - The Ideal Crash 20th Anniversary Tour

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Belfian art-rock act dEUS celebrate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album The Ideal Crash with a stop-off at Dublin's Academy on May 10 & 11 - the latter being due to phenomenal demand.

    The tour accompanies a full remastering & reissue on deluxe CD & vinyl box-sets, as well as a European tour.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €42.05. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Crack Cloud

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, BC, set to play Dublin's Sound House on May 10.

    Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada, taking cues from the likes of The Fall. Watch the video for 'Swish Swash'.

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Final Ever God's Waiting Room: Unloved + DJ David Holmes

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia & Jade Vincent, Unloved, are set to headline Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Marquee at Custom House Square on May 10, in what's set to become the final ever edition of modern classic night out, God's Waiting Room.

    They released their debut album, Guilty of Love back in 2016, and their new album Heartbreak is out now - listen to the swooning, crepuscular 'Remember'. Visuals come from Julian House.

    They'll be accompanied by a DJ set from GWR organiser David Holmes.

    Tickets cost £15 from CQAF, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    The Emma Byrne Foundation Annual Fundraiser

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following on from massive success in 2017 and 2018, The Emma Byrne Foundation Fundraiser Gig is back at Whelan's. The headliners are sworn to secrecy, but past events have included Mundy, Ham Sandwich, Stephen James Smith, Orchid Collective and more. 

    The Emma Byrne Foundation was established in memory of Emma Byrne, who passed away due to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Over the last two years, special nights have been held in her memory, with Turning Pirate Mix Tape supplying a wealth of tunes.

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Daddy Long Legs w/Protex & The Sabrejets

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Brooklyn roots rock 'n' roll act Daddy Long Legs play Belfast's Black Box on May 10.

    Their third album, Lowdown Ways is out in May, broadening their horizons with more gospel, cajun & Mississippi hill music with the garage-blues they're known for, heavily influenced by Captain Beefheart, the MC5 and more. Check out 'Blood From A Stone'.

    Supporting are classic Belfast punks Protex and rock'n'rollers The Sabrejets.

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Queen Bonobo Album Launch w/Comrade Hat

    Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

    Derry

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    Idaho singer-songwriter Maya Goldblum's Queen Bonobo is set to launch her debut album Light Shadow Boom Boom at Derry's Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on May 10.

    She'll be backed by an impressive cast of musicians in performing new arrangements of its ten album tracks, featuring double bassist Jack Kelly, Neil Burns on keyboards & vocals, Andrew McCoubrey on drums & Arthur Goldblum on trumpet & flute, with some surprise guests. Her live show is a wilder, semi-improvised, charged interpretive journey - listen to most recent single, 'The Lord Does What He Wants'.

    Supporting is Neil Burns' loungey, surrealist alternative pop project Comrade Hat - check out 'Old Amsterdam', ahead of the release of his new EP.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    A Scene In Between

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Old Fang and The Thin Air hold a night of music community chat entitled A Scene In Between - Putting Community And Pushing Forward At The Heart Of Your Manifesto. It takes place at the Ulster Sports Club on May 10.

    Hosting is Old Fang's Thomas Camblin, with Rory Friers (And So I Watch You From Afar), Alice Kearney (Go Girl / Mirador), Nolan Donnelly (Zool Records) and Cheylene Murphy (Beauty Sleep / Honeymoon PR)

    Admission costs £3, doors open at 8pm, and the panel discussion will run from 9-10pm. We'll be DJing from 10pm until closing.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Lonely Walk, Shifting & Alps

    The Cellar Bar

    Galway

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    Coldwave post-punk act Lonely Walk from Bordeaux make their first outing to Ireland, playing Galway's Cellar Bar on May 10. Have a listen through their rich discography on Bandcamp.

    One of the finest noise rock outfits in Ireland, Shifting, support - listen to 'Spudgun' - as well as Ballina melodic punks Alps - listen to Planet of the Alps.

    Admission costs €7 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Gwenno w/A Ritual Sea

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    The night before her show supporting the Manic Street Preachers at the Olympia, Welsh artist Gwenno plays a headline show at the Sound House on May 11.

    She (deservedly) received a great deal of attention for her 2018 album, Le Kov, recorded in her native language - watch the video for her psychedelic pop gem, 'Tir Ha Mor'.

    Supporting are folky dream-pop outfit A Ritual Sea - watch the video for 'Seasons (Like You)'.

    Tickets cost just €13.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    A Certain Ratio

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    English post-punk act A Certain Ratio play the Black Box for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 11.

    The show coincides with the release of ACR:BOX, marking the 40th anniversary of A Certain Ratio’s debut release, the Martin Hannett produced All Night Party (Factory Records’ first single release). A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in.

    Their dub-infused punk-funk recordings have proved massively influential over the past thirty years – their sound can be heard on everyone from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand to ESG, and Factory Floor. Five albums came out under their name, blending elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape-loops & technology, filtered into the pop format, dressed as post-punk. Check out 'Flight'.

    Tickets cost £20 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Say Sue Me

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Slack, surf-tinged indie act Say Sue Me play downstairs at McHughs on May 11 as part of CQAF.

    Compared to the likes of Snail Mail, Japanese Breakfast, Yo La Tengo & The Coathangers, the band were formed when childhood friends Jaeyoung Ha and Byungkyu Kim met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since winter of 2012, when they met Sumi Choi at a tea shop in Nampo-dong.

    Their second album, Where We Were Together, came out in 2018 - stream it here

    Tickets cost £10 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Up Sh*t Creek! Fundraiser

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    "Belfast's feminist-led, Queer art-space have nouns to spare but only one crapper. Hey, we are all in to working that pelvic floor but in order for us to keep delivering our hefty program of events we need to install Europe's first urinal that can be used by all genders (aye-it's a thing- keep-up Grandad)."

    The Menagerie hosts a fundraising night for The 343 on May 11, featuring Room For Rebellion, DJ Time Of The Month, Jenna Daley, Natural Numbers, Queertopia and The 343 Residents.

    Admission costs £7, or £5 unwaged. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Rage Fest: Yur Mum, Cherym, Drastics & more

    Drop Dead Twice

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Drop Dead Twice hosts an all-day festival on May 11 centred around female artists of Ireland & the UK. Headlining are Yur Mum - check out 'Outtadaway'.

    Sharing the mixed bill are punk quartet Drastics hotly-tipped young Derry pop-punk trio Cherym, who are having a cracking year - listen to their 2018 debut EP Mouthbreatherz - alternative ska outfit Swall Monkey, darkwave-inspired Sugarplum Suicide -  check out 'Somniphobia' - the instrument-swapping punk socially-conscious Problem Patterns, who've recently proven themselves to be one of the most exciting live bands in Belfast - check out debut single 'Allegedly' - Toronto/Galway act Darc and progressive rock'n'roll act Red Sun Alert.

    Admission is donation-based before 7pm, and €10 after 7pm. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Squarehead

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Jangle-pop trio Squarehead headline the Workman's Club on May 11. Have a listen to their comeback single 'Always On'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketweb for €11. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Lonely Walk & Shifting

    The Underground

    Dublin

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    Coldwave, post-punk act Lonely Walk from Bordeaux make their first outing to Ireland, playing The Underground at Peadar Kearney's on May 11. Have a listen through their rich discography on Bandcamp.

    One of the finest noise rock outfits in Ireland, Shifting, support. Listen to 'Spudgun'.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Manic Street Preachers w/Gwenno

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Manic Street Preachers make their return to Ireland on May 12 to play the Olympia on May 12, following the release of a 20 year Collector's Edition of their fifth album, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

    Released as a deluxe box set on cd & double vinyl/digital, it features remixes from Massive Attack, Mogwai & David Homes, with alternative artwork and everything else you'd want from the no. 1 giant that spawned their first chart-topping single, 'If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next'.

    Tickets cost €54.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and under 14s must be accompanied by adults.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Jason Lytle [Grandaddy] & Malojian

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist mastermind Jason Lytle is set to play a seated show at Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on May 12.

    Lytle embarked on a solo career after Grandaddy's split in 2005 having released five albums under his own name before their 2012 reunion. His most recent album was 2017's Last Place - check out recent single 'Colour of Dirt'.

    Support comes in the form of power-pop/folk master craftsman Malojian - listen to 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home'. Check out the documentary about the making of his This Is Nowhere album, recorded with Steve Albini. 

    Tickets are priced €15, or €12 concession, here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Crack Cloud

    Upstairs @ Dolans

    Limerick

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    Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective/post-punk outfit based out of Vancouver, BC, set to play upstairs at Dolan's on May 12 as part of their Irish tour.

    Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada, taking cues from the likes of The Fall. Watch the video for 'Swish Swash'.

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

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Just Mustard w/Odd Morris

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the best bands in the country, Dundalk's brooding, trip-hop-tinged noiseniks Just Mustard, play the Workman's Club as part of the Eastbound Festival on May 12. Nominated for a Choice Music Prize, listen to their excellent debut album, Wednesday.

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

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Yola

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Her star very much on the ascent, Yola Carter plays the final day of CQAF, performing at Custom House Square on May 12. Shooting to fame after her performance on Jools’ Annual Hootenanny, rounding off a 2018 that saw her record her long-awaited debut album Walk Through Fire.

    Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Walk Through Fire is a display of her incredible vocal and songwriting range that's led to acclaim from just about every outlet going. Check her out here.

    Tickets cost only £13 here. Doors open at 1.30pm.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019

    Gods of Rap: Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy & De La Soul

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Performing their most acclaimed and beloved albums, three of the most important acts in hip-hop history bring their Gods of Rap tour to Dublin's 3Arena on May 14.

    The sole Irish date of the tour, Wu-Tang ClanPublic Enemy and De La Soul will play, with the show hosted and presented by DJ Premier.

    The tour will mark the anniversary of three iconic records: Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) turns 25, and both Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising turn 30.

    Tickets are priced from €78, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, the Limelight 1 hosts a night of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

    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.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm, and it's an unreserved fully-seated show.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019

    Tropical Fuck Storm

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Austrialian art punk outfit Tropical Fuck Storm play Dublin's Sound House on May 15.

    They feature two members of the wonderful The Drones, pushing their more dischordant streak to its logical frayed end. Their debut album, A Laughing Death in Meatspace came out at the end of 2018 - watch the video for 'You Let My Tyres Down'.

    Tickets cost €15.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019

    Alex Lahey

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Australian alt rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey is set for two Irish dates, playing Belfast's Empire on May 15.

    Still only 26, the multi-instrumentalist's second album, The Best of Luck Club is out just a couple of days later. Check out 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself'.

    Tickets cost £15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019

    ReGroovanation Single Launch w/Bobby and the Blunts

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dublin funk-rockers ReGroovanation launch their new politically charged single 'ATM'  (All That Money) with a show at the Workman's Club on May 15. 

    Supporting are funk quartet Bobby & The Blunts.

    Tickets are priced €7 early bird from Eventbrite or €10 full price. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019

    Cormac Neeson 'White Feather' Album Launch w/Crow Black Chicken

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Accompanying the Belfast launch, The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson celebrates the release of debut album White Feather at Dublin's Grand Social on May 16.

    The LP sees him move into more rootsy, countrified pastures after spending some time in Nashville with their key songwriters and musicians - watch him perform 'White Feather' in The Live Room.

    Supporting are Crow Black Chicken.

    Tickets are available from The Grand Social, priced €13.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019

    Alex Lahey

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Australian alt rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey is set for two Irish dates, playing the Grand Social on May 16.

    Still only 26, the multi-instrumentalist's second album, The Best of Luck Club is out the following day - check out 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself'.

    Tickets cost €18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019

    ReGroovanation Single Launch

    Crane Lane

    Cork

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    Dublin funk-rockers ReGroovanation hold the Cork launch for their new politically charged single 'ATM'  (All That Money) at Crane Lane on May 16.

    Admission is free and it's a midnight show.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Tony Law: A Lost Show

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Multi-award-winning surrealist comedian Tony Law brings A Lost Show to Whelan's on May 17.

    He sold out his entire run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience and every other essential UK panel show. Expect accents, observations, shouting, clowning, shadows, shadow puppets, a space bear puppet, music, bad music, falling and white face paint.

    Tickets cost €20 from the WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Viagra Boys

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Swedish punk band Viagra Boys play McHugh's on May 17. following the release of debut album Street Worms.

    You might like them if you love music made by madcap iconoclasts like Dead Kennedys, Suicide, Butthole Surfers & Screaming Jay Hawkins, watch the video for 'Sports'.

    Tickets are available here, priced £11. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Robocobra Quartet & Meltybrains?

    Black Box

    Dublin

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    Moving On Music hold a double-headline show at the Black Box on May 17 with two of the most uncompromising musical acts in Ireland. Avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet have long been one of the best live bands around - have a listen to their incredible second album Plays Hard To Get, which came in at #3 on our Irish albums of the year, and was nominated for the NI Music Prize. They've been described as Mingus-meets-Fugazi, and we'd be hard pushed to disagree, if you filter in some Robert Wyatt as a middle-ground.

    Meltybrains? have garnered a reputation for their unabashed creativity, with each member classically trained, while their live show hinges equally on the visual & performative element of their music. Genuinely uncategorisable, since 2012, the band has been creating incredibly imaginative electronic soundscapes, and performing highly theatrical live shows with an infectious, manic energy. Their fearless approach makes for music with endless possibilities, and is incredibly refreshing in a world bound by strict structure and harmony. A must see. Have a listen on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £14, or £10 concession from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Belwood EP Launch w/Flashpoint, Dugout & Sense Deficiency

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Belfast throwback punks Belwood are set to launch their debut EP Out of the Blue and single Sour with a show at the Speakeasy, Belfast, on May 17.

    Supporting are Flashpoint - check out Swing At The King - 90s-recalling indie rockers Dugout and Enniskillen ska-tinged punks Sense Deficiency.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Psychic Eyes, Benjamin Smith Whittington, Cu Culann & Many A Son

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    The next SONI show takes place on Friday, May 17 at the Pavilion, headlined by heavy rockers Psychic Eyes.

    Supporting is former BRØR and How man Benjamin Smith Whittington in a 3-piece band, indie-pop act Cu Culann and alt. folk duo Many A Son.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Ed Motta

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Rio de Janeiro-based soul/jazz/funk musician Ed Motta plays the Sugar Club on May 18.

    Releasing his debut album ages 15, he's worked in every genre from jazz to Brazilian pop, making Hollywood soundtracks, and collaborating with the likes of Roy Ayers, Bo Diddley, Seu Jorge and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

    Tickets are available from the Sugar Club. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    BEAK>

    Whelans

    Belfast

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    Comprised of Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Will Young (no, the better one), Bristol’s BEAK> will play Whelans on May 18 following the release of their stellar third album, >>>  last year.

    Hands down one of the UK’s most consistently engaging electronic acts, the trio have released three excellent studio albums, an original score, and an EP of Kraut-tinged mastery since forming back in 2009. Watch the video for new single 'Brean Down'.

    Tickets are priced €22 from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Tony Law: A Lost Show

    The Mac

    Belfast

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    Multi-award-winning surrealist comedian Tony Law brings A Lost Show to the MAC on May 18 in his third annual Belfast show running.

    He sold out his entire run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience and every other essential UK panel show. Expect accents, observations, shouting, clowning, shadows, shadow puppets, a space bear puppet, music, bad music, falling and white face paint.

    Tickets are available from The MAC.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Bullitt Presents: Soul Jazz Records

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Independent label Soul Jazz Records is one of the most reliable tastemakers & uncoverers of across near enough every genre. through to electronic & southern rock.

    The label was founded in London in 1992, with the idea to draw “cross cultural connections” between soul, jazz and reggae through compilation albums. Almost three decades on, the label has expanded its style and breadth - still releasing landmark retrospectives, but also sending contemporary, underground vibrations into the world.

    Pete and Scott will be your musical guides at Bullitt, playing across funk, soul, jazz, ska, reggae, dancehall, Latin, disco, punk, hip-hop, house, electro, UK & worldwide beats on a night of unending vibes.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Robocobra Quartet & Trick Mist

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet play a headline show at Dublin's Bello Bar for Enthusiastic Eunuch. Long one of the best live bands on the island, have a listen to their incredible second album Plays Hard To Get, which came in at #3 on our Irish albums of the year, and was nominated for the NI Music Prize. They've been described as Ornette Coleman-meets-Fugazi, and we'd be hard pushed to disagree, if you filter in some Robert Wyatt as a reference point.

    Support comes from another of Ireland's singular artists, Cork's Trick Mist, whose debut album also deserved its place on our Irish Albums of the Year. Blending a capella lyrical performances, found sounds, samples & traditional music, its experimental, almost electroacoustic quality puts Trick Mist ahead of much of the country. Listen to his debut album, Both Ends.

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

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Colm Mac Con Iomaire

    Vicar Street

    Belfast

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    Irish musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire, founder of Kíla & singer/violinist in Frames is set to headline Vicar Street on May 18.

    His new album, The River Holds Its Breath was recorded by composer Bill Whelan on tape, and is described by the artist as a series of short stories. 

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Montauk Hotel w/Laura Anne Brady

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dreamy Dublin jangle-pop outfit Montauk Hotel headline upstairs at Whelan's on May 18. Check out 'Hands'.

    Supporting is Dublin singer-songwriter Laura Anne Brady - check out her somnambulant new single 'Those Stars'.

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

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Podracer, Duellists & Jobseekers

    The Underground

     Dublin

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    This Saturday, May 18, The Underground at Peadar Kearney's hosts a 3-band, cross-island veritable riffathon.

    Dundalk grungy punks Podracer play - check out 'Honey' from new album Maskenfreiheit - alongside Belfast-based noise rock trio Duellists - check out their latest single, 'Perspective' - and political hardcore skate punks outfit Jobseekers - listen to 'Countdown To Landfill'.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Strange Victory In-Store: Beauty Sleep

    Strange Victory Records

    Belfast

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    Woozy indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep are set to play a special half-hour in-store performance at Belfast's Strange Victory on Saturday, May 18 to launch their debut album, Be Kind through Quiet Arch Records, out the day prior.

    It'll particularly resonate if you get down to the synth & guitar combo hookiness of Phoenix or Chvrches. Watch the video for 'The Dark'.

     

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Neighbourhood #3.2

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    The next night of Neighbourhood takes place upstairs at the Sunflower on May 18. Ai Messiah plays a live set, taking Eastern drones, processed guitars and field recordings, all channelled into an absorbing AV show, with visuals from Aimee Williamson. Their debut album, Sentience & Sapience, came out through Touch Sensitive last year.

    Also performing are Mr Chuck, A. Cue and Touch Sensitive's Mark Reid.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

     

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    Robert Forster

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Go-Betweens frontman Robert Forster brings his band to Dublin's Button Factory for a show on May 19 in his first full band shows in Europe in eleven years.

    Still one of the most energetic and vital men around, his memoir Grant & I was a Mojo & Uncut book of the year as he continues to write, perform & publish his work as a music journalist. Check out his 2017 album, Songs To Play.

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

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Robert Forster

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Go-Betweens frontman Robert Forster brings his band to Cork's Cyprus Avenue on May 20 in his first full band shows in Europe in eleven years.

    Still one of the most energetic and vital men around, his memoir Grant & I was a Mojo & Uncut book of the year as he continues to write, perform & publish his work as a music journalist. Check out his 2017 album, Songs To Play.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Thee Oh Sees

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory - ever the bringers of top Belfast gigs - bring one of the world's greatest live bands, Thee Oh Sees to Belfast, to play the Limelight 2 on May 20.

    The John Dwyer-fronted garage-psych outfit have averaged about one album per year under the Oh Sees almost countless albums under various names. Check out their 21st album, 2018's increasinly proggy Smote Reverser.

    Tickets are available from Ticketweb. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Alice In Chains

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    US grunge/metal legends Alice In Chains are set to play Dublin on May 20 at the Olympia.

    Taking place as part of a broader UK and Irish tour, they're currently fronted by William DuVall, who followed in Layne Staley's not-insignificant footsteps following his untimely passing. They've released as many albums now with DuVall as with Staley, the latest being last year's Rainier Fog. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €47.55. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Beoga

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Now famous as the band who helped Ed Sheeran make some of the biggest global hits in the last couple of years, traditional group Beoga headline Whelan's on May 20. They played with Sheeran at Glastonbury, and have refined their focus to the intersection between trad & contemporary pop.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Ticketmaster & WAV. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Thee Oh Sees

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Thee Oh Sees are set to return to Dublin at long last, playing The Button Factory on May 21.

    The John Dwyer-fronted garage-psych outfit have averaged about one album per year under the Oh Sees almost countless albums under various names. Check out their 21st album, 2018's increasinly proggy Smote Reverser.

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

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Big Thief

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn indie rock quartet Big Thief play Vicar Street on May 21.

    Their humble 2016 debut, Masterpiece was quickly followed up in 2017 with Capacity - both of which are getting deserved attention, as well as vocalist Adrienne Lenker's wonderful solo work. Fragmented, delicate, watch them Live on KEXP

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Alice In Chains

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    US grunge/metal legends Alice In Chains are set to play Belfast for the first time in years, headlining the Telegraph Building on May 21.

    Taking place as part of a broader UK and Irish tour, they're currently fronted by William DuVall, who followed in Layne Staley's not-insignificant footsteps following his untimely passing. They've released as many albums now with DuVall as with Staley, the latest being last year's Rainier Fog. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Tim Hecker

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Experimental composer, and one of this century's finest & most successful at it, Tim Hecker, is set to play the Button Factory on October 14.

    Following ninth studio LP Konoyo in 2018, Hecker released Anoyo in May, a companion piece, which translates roughly as 'the afterlife' in Japanese.

     Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €22.27. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Kikagaku Moyo

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the best psychedelic rock bands in the galaxy right now, Kikagaku Moyo are set to finally play Ireland when Paisley Promotions & u:mack bring them to The Workman's Club as part of their European tour.

    From Tokyo, and based in Amsterdam, they've released much of their music through their own label, Guruguru Brain. Melding psychedelia, acid-folk & Krautrock groove into something that feels both free-flowing, yet articulate. Last year, they released the universally acclaimed Masana Temples, following up on House In The Tall Grass and 2018's Stone Garden EP - check out their KEXP session.

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

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Brigid Mae Power & Peter Broderick

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    In an intimate performance at Galway's Black Gate Cultural Centre on May 23, the immensely talented creative marriage of American-born, Ireland-based multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter Peter Broderick and one of Ireland's foremost, Brigid Mae Power - whose second album The Two Worlds we named 2018 Irish album of the year. 

    Broderick has collaborated with M. Ward, Efterklang, Nils Frahm and many others, and has put out several solo albums that range from contemporary classical to homespun folk & voice recordings. Although his career is impossible to pin down, marked as it is with versatility, check him out live at the ARTE Festival.

    Acclaimed by the likes of Uncut & The Guardian, Brigid Mae Power's her deeply expressive, hypnotic music has made her one of the finest purveyors of folk in the most human sense. She released her eponymous debut album in 2016, with its follow-up, The Two Worlds being named our favourite of last year. Watch the video for 'Don't Shut Me Up (Politely)'.

    Tickets cost €15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Sarah Buckley w/Sonja Sleator

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Cork-born, Dublin-based singer-songwriter Sarah Buckley is set to play her first headline show upstairs at Whelan's on May 23, featuring a full band. A unique voice, and most certainly one to watch, check out the video for recent single 'Wedding Bells'.

    Supporting is Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator plays a headline show at Belfast's Pavilion on April 20 to launch her third EP, Violent Strawberry - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka'.

    Tickets cost €7 online or €10 on the door.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Lisa O'Neill

    Upstairs @ Dolans

    Limerick

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    Incredible Irish folk voice Lisa O'Neill plays upstairs at Dolan's, Limerick on May 23.

    Her fourth LP, Heard A Long Gone Song came out in 2018, her first on Rough Trade imprint River Lea Records. It got a 5/5 from the Guardian, and was hailed as Best Folk Album of 2018. Featuring a broad cast of musicians in Cormac Begley, Christophe Capewell, Libby McCrohan and Radie Peat, it's a blend of traditional songs & original compositions. Often described as folk with a punk sensibility, her earthy poetry is evocative not just of the past but of the deeply subjective now, and her latest received universal acclaim. Watch her play 'Rock The Machine' live.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €16.45. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Ferals, Paul and the Meanie, Vale, Ghost Office & Cloakroom Q

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Following on from their recent EP launch, math-rock trio Ferals are set to top a five-strong bill at Voodoo on May 23. Watch them play 'TwoSeventyOne' in session.

    Sharing the bill are funky Armagh indie trio Paul and the Meanie, alt rock quintet VALE, Belfast post-punk trio Ghost Office - check out 'Here Come The Elders' - and Newry art-rockers Cloakroom Q - check out their latest EP Going For A Walk and I'm Not Coming Back.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Cormac Neeson

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following sold out shows in Belfast last year, The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson plays a show to celebrate the release of debut album White Feather at the Black Box on May 24.

    The LP sees him move into more rootsy, countrified pastures after spending some time in Nashville with their key songwriters and musicians - watch him perform 'White Feather' in The Live Room.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Shine, priced £12.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Sorcha Richardson

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Somnambulant electro-pop artist Sorcha Richardson is set to release her first album later this year, and on May 24, she launches its first single at Whelan's. Listen to 'Petrol Station'

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

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Daithí

    Duke of York, Upstairs

    Belfast

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    Galway-based electronic producer Daithí is set to play a headline show upstairs at Belfast's Duke of York. 

    The pop experimentalist has managed to combine seemingly disparate elements - field recordings, house music, old Irish music, analog synths and trad - into his unmistakable singular output. His live show is largely improvised, whereby he spontaneously creates dance music with looped fiddle, synths and drum machines. He last year collaborated with genre-spanning Irish artists to great success - check it out here - and used a recording of his elderly grandmother in a hugely successful single, 'Mary Keane's Introduction' last year.

    Tickets cost £10 from Shine & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Zvukee 4: Elaine Howley & Natalia Beylis // Eimear Reidy

    The Dock Arts Centre

    Carrick on Shannon

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    This Friday, the experimental Zvukee night holds its fourth iteration at Carrick-on-Shannon's Dock Arts Centre. Zvukee is a series of performances, films & talks by artists who work with self-acquired sounds, field recordings and noises gathered from the seen and hidden world around us. It has been curated by artist Natalia Beylis as part of her 2019 residency at The Dock, with  Zvukee No. 4 being the final in the series.

    Elaine Howley, vocalist for Altered Hours and one third of Crevice, will perform a collaborative set with Natalia Beylis, who performs with Woven Skull as well as being a successful experimental artist in her own right. Their performance is a one-off, using cassette tapes, vocals and live electronics.

    Eimear Reidy presents Groundless, a set of three pieces for solo and pre-recorded cello, and sounds from Cork city, centred around the groundlessness of being human and how we confront that daily. She has performed across Europe with Irish baroque orchestra Capella Cracoviensis, the RTE concert orchestra, the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and more.

    Tickets are available here, priced €10. Doors open at 8.45pm.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Snow Patrol w/Foy Vance, Ash & more

    Ward Park

    Bangor

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    Snow Patrol play their third annual hometown return to Ward Park on May 25, with a supporting cast of NI's most lauded past, present & future acts. 

    Studded with NI Music Prize winners, there will be performances from Foy FanceAshSOAKJealous of the BirdsBrand New FriendJC StewartThe Wood Burning SavagesKitt Philippa and Roe.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    The Wedding Present 'Bizarro' 30th Anniversary

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their album Bizarro, playing the Academy Green Room on May 25.

    This follows up on anniversary tours for George Best and Tommy in recent years. Listen to single 'Brassneck', taken from the album.

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

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Beauty Sleep

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Woozy indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep play their biggest headline show at Belfast to date at the MAC on May 25.

    This accompanies the long-awaited debut album Be Kind, and will resonate particularly if you're into synth & guitar combo hookiness of Phoenix or Chvrches. Watch the excellent video for 'The Dark'.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Amy May Ellis & Anna Mieke

    The Duncairn

    Belfast

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    Two traditionally-inclined contemporary artists are set to play a special double-headliner at the Duncairn on May 25. Firstly, Amy May Ellis, from the North York Moors, is set to play. Check her out in session.

    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke also plays. The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from The Duncairn. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    The Wedding Present 'Bizarro' 30th Anniversary

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their album Bizarro, playing Belfast's Empire Music Hall on May 26.

    This follows up on anniversary tours for George Best and Tommy in recent years. Listen to single 'Brassneck', taken from the album.

    Tickets cost £20, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    Lisa O'Neill

    Coughlan's Live

    Cork

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    Incredible Irish folk voice Lisa O'Neill plays Coughlan's, Cork on May 26.

    Her fourth LP, Heard A Long Gone Song came out in 2018, her first on Rough Trade imprint River Lea Records. It got a 5/5 from the Guardian, and was hailed as Best Folk Album of 2018. Featuring a broad cast of musicians in Cormac Begley, Christophe Capewell, Libby McCrohan and Radie Peat, it's a blend of traditional songs & original compositions. Often described as folk with a punk sensibility, her earthy poetry is evocative not just of the past but of the deeply subjective now, and her latest received universal acclaim. Watch her play 'Rock The Machine' live.

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

  • Mon
    27
    May
    2019

    The Bonnevilles

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Whiskey-loving thrashy garage-blue-punk duo The Bonnevilles play a headline show at Belfast's Limelight 2 on May 27 as part of their Long Runs The Fox UK Tour. Watch the video for '10'000'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    The Milk Carton Kids

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Americana outfit The Milk Carton Kids headline the Olympia in support of Grammy-nominated album All the Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn't Do.

    Following up on 2015's Monterey, this album follows the breakup of a seven year relationship and an unexpected cancer diagnosis & surgery. Heavily influenced by the likes of CSNY, it's much more plaintive & introspective. Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

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

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    Soak & Pillow Queens

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    NI Music Prize winner & Mercury Prize nominee, Derry's Soak plays live at St. Luke's, Cork on May 28.

    Still only 22, she's on Rough Trade, made Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World when her new single, 'Everybody Loves You' aired, taken from her second album, Grim Town.

    Supporting are Dublin indie-punk quartet Pillow Queens - listen to 'Gay Girls', one of our favourite tracks of 2018.

    Tickets cost €20 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    Health

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    LA-based experimental noise/electronic outfit Health are set to play the Grand Social on May 28.

    Formed in 2006, they released their eponymous debut a year later. They've released four albums to date, the most recent being February's Vol. 4: Slaves of Fear. They've completed countless collaborations and soundtracked the likes of Grand Theft Auto & Max Payne 3. Their noise & raw synth sound is sometimes described as crimewave, coming from LA's DIY underbelly, and comparing their sound as evocative of a past programme of 'busy and sustained serotonin depletion'. Check out the video for 'Slaves of Fear'.

    Tickets cost €18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    The Unthanks

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks perform at the Spirit Store on May 29.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance celebrates and explores that idea as part of a vocal trio. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a forthcoming live album. 

    Tickets are now sold out. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Matthew & The Atlas

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    British songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hegarty aka Matthew and The Atlas plays Voodoo, Belfast on May 29.

    Hailed as a British Bon Iver, this date follows the release of new album Morning Dancer. His folk traditionalism is instilled with an embrace of electronics - check out 'Out of the Darkness'.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from Ticketmaster and Shine. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Filthy Friends

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The new project from Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker & R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Filthy Friends, are set to play The Button Factory on May 29.

    Back with second album Emerald Valley, their soaring rock is refreshed with a fury at the state of things - check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €26.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Lyra

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dark Cork electro-pop artist Lyra plays The Grand Social on May 29. Compared to the likes of performance-heavy artists like Kate Bush & Lykke Li, she's having a real moment right now.

    Tickets cost €14.45 from Ticketmaster

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Buí Single Launch w/Shrug Life & Larry

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Young Belfast indie rock/power-pop act Buí  are set to launch their new single with a show for Sizeable Bear at the Oh Yeah Centre on May 29. Check out their excellent debut album Eugene.

    Supporting are Dublin indie rock outfit Shrug Life, whose immense lyrical prowess has them as one of our favourites on the island. They also launch their new single '2009'//'You're Such A Good Looking Woman' - their Joe Dolan cover that's been winning over crowds for the past year. Check out their debut album, ¯​​\​​_​​(​​ツ​​)​​_​​/​​¯. Opening up are Dundalk slacker indie rock trio Larry who just released their wonderful, Albini-recorded debut album.

    Tickets cost £7 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Soak

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    NI Music Prize winner & Mercury Prize nominee, Derry's Soak plays her biggest Dublin show to date at The Button Factory on May 30, following her sold out Grand Social in 2018.

    Still only 22, she's on Rough Trade, made Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World when her new single, 'Everybody Loves You' aired.  Her second album will be released next year.

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

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    The Unthanks

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks perform at Pepper Cannister Church on May 30.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance celebrates and explores that idea as part of a vocal trio. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a forthcoming live album. 

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Matthew & The Atlas

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    British songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hegarty aka Matthew and The Atlas plays Dublin's Grand Social on May 30.

    Hailed as a British Bon Iver, this date follows the release of new album Morning Dancer. His folk traditionalism is instilled with an embrace of electronics - check out 'Out of the Darkness'.

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

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019
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    02
    Jun
    2019

    Open Ear '19

    Sherkin Island

    Cork

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    In the beautiful off-coast sanctuary of Sherkin Island, the expansive Open Ear holds its fourth annual outing over the weekend of the June bank holiday. Melding the avant garde, ambient, techno, and all manner of electronic experimentation, as a festival of forward-thinking musical technologists, it's nigh-on-peerless in Ireland right now.

    The first part of the 2019 programme comprises the following acts:
    Garies / Radie Peat / Maria Somerville / Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands / Aaron Dilloway & Vicky Langan / Woven Skull / Jennifer Walshe / Club Comfort / Fran Hartnett / T-Woc / Áine O’Dwyer / Aoife O'Neill / Static. / Eliza / Prun / Ebauche / Bloom / Belacque / SIAS / Kenny Hanlon / The Digital Druids / Dabbledoo Feat. Amanda Feery & everyone. Much more is yet to be announced.

     

    Tickets are available here, priced at €155 for the weekend, or €165 for a 4-day pass.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Nnic

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Naoise Nic, aka Nnic, plays upstairs at Whelan's on May 30 in her first headline show. Blending neo-soul & electronic music, check out 'Grow'.

    Tickets cost €11.80 from WAV Tickets.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Zool Presents: No Great Loss EP Launch w/Congenital Abnormalities, Order Sixty Six & Bitter Pill

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Belfast hardcore act No Great Loss are set to launch their new EP, the absolutely crushing The Dark Age at Belfast's Menagerie on May 30.

    Supporting are Dublin death metallers Congenital Abnormalities - check out Cleaver of Entrails - Dublin metalcore outfit Order Sixty Six - have a listen to Sirens - and Dublin hardcore quartet Bitter Pill.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Health

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    LA-based experimental noise/electronic outfit Health are set to play the Black Box on May 30.

    Formed in 2006, they released their eponymous debut a year later. They've released four albums to date, the most recent being February's Vol. 4: Slaves of Fear. They've completed countless collaborations and soundtracked the likes of Grand Theft Auto & Max Payne 3. Their noise & raw synth sound is sometimes described as crimewave, coming from LA's DIY underbelly, and comparing their sound as evocative of a past programme of 'busy and sustained serotonin depletion'. Check out the video for 'Slaves of Fear'.

    Tickets cost £12, or £10 for members, from the Black Box. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Shrug Life, Larry & Buí

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Famously witty Dublin indie rock outfit Shrug Life, whose immense lyrical prowess has them as one of our favourites on the island, play their first headline show of 2019 at the Workman's Club on May 30. This launches their new single '2009'//'You're Such A Good Looking Woman' - a Joe Dolan cover that's been winning over crowds for the past year. Check out their debut album, ¯​​\​​_​​(​​ツ​​)​​_​​/​​¯.

    Supporting are Dundalk slacker indie rock trio Larry - listen to their debut album - and young Belfast indie rock/power-pop act Buí - check out their excellent debut album Eugene.

    Admission costs €10. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Stefan Murphy & The Athletes of Soul w/ The Rackets

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Rootsy songsmith Stefan Murphy plays with his band The Athletes of Soul on May 30 at Voodoo for Shizznigh Promotions.

    Support comes from garage outfit The Rackets.

    Tickets cost £6 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    SONI Class of '19: Afterlight, Ethan Hanna, Modern Rome & A 1000 Days Gone

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    The third part of SONI's Class of 19 run at the Empire is headed by winners of the late '18 Bulleit Battle of the Bands, Afterlight.

    Supporting is Lisburn-based singer-songwriter Ethan Hanna with his band, ambitious power-pop outfit Modern Rome and alt rock act A 1000 Days Gone.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Smooth Sailing: A Voyage Through Yacht Rock

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    ‘Smooth Sailing: A Voyage Through Yacht Rock’ is a loving tribute to all things yachty, docking on Thursday the 30th of May in Cork’s recently revamped Cyprus Avenue. An homage to the music of Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins and the undisputed Lord High Admiral of yacht rock, Michael McDonald, all proceeds from the concert go to Noah’s Wish To Walk

    Appropriately located in Cork (home of the oldest yacht club in the world, no less), the show features a twelve­piece crew including members of Choice Music Prize­winning O Emperor, Shookrah, Fixity and The Bonk. The once­-maligned ‘smooth music’ genre has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years thanks to efforts such as JD Ryznar’s ‘Yacht Rock’ web series (for which the sobriquet was coined) and Thundercat’s ‘Drunk’ album, and includes such classics as Steely Dan’s ‘Peg’, The Doobie Brothers’ ‘What a Fool Believes’ and the inimitable Christopher Cross’s ‘Ride Like The Wind’. Lesser­known pearls from Boz Scaggs, Ned Doheny and other yacht­rockers will further feature on the night. 

    Tickets are priced just €10 in what promises to be a riot of chinos, deck shoes and moustaches. They're available here or on the screen door, which opens at 9pm.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
    Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Vantastival

    Beaulieu House & Gardens

    Co. Louth

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    Back to celebrate its tenth anniversary festival, Vantastival takes place over the weekend of May 31-June 2 at Louth's Beaulieu House. 

    Live favourites King Kong Company headline on Saturday, with troubadour David KeenanCry Monster Cry, one of our noisy favourites Just Mustard and the reuniting Fight Gandhi.

    3-day camping costs €105, 2-day camping is €80, available from Vantastival.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
    Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019

    AVA Festival 2019

    Belfast

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    Returning for its fifth year to Belfast, AVA festival & conference that celebrates the current international state electronic music & digital visual arts, runs over May 31 & June 1.

    The lineup features a who's who of electronic music in 2019, including Avalon EmersonBen Simms, Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Blawan, Daniel Avery, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Len Faki, Mall Grab, Motor City, Drum Ensemble, Palms TraxRandomerRebekahSpecial Request and a cast of supporting figures that represent the Irish, and international stage.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Strand of Oaks

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Folk rock singer-songwriter & producer Timothy Showalter, AKA Strand of Oaks, is set to play Whelan's on May 31. 

    This show comes in support of the Indiana artist's sixth album, Eraserland. Check out 'Weird Ways'.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster or WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Paddy Hanna & Junior Brother

    Duke of York, Upstairs

    Belfast

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    Orchestral pop auteur Paddy Hanna, whose wonderful second album, Frankly, I Mutate, came out last year, is set to play upstairs at Belfast's Duke of York on May 31. He's currently working on his third album - slated for a 2020 release.

    Supporting is phenomenal Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother. A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018.

    Tickets are available for £10 from Ticketmaster & Shine. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Madness

    Live At The Docklands

    Limerick

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    Ska legends Madness are set to play Limerick's Live at the Docklands on May 31.

    Formed in the mid-70s, they're one of the UK's best-selling acts of all time and the most successful of the two-tone ska movement. They're currently touring best-of compilation Full House with six of their seven classic lineup members, so expect a full-scale career retrospective.

    Admission costs €53 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
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    03
    Jun
    2019

    Forbidden Fruit 2019

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    The annual Forbidden Fruit festival returns to Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin across the Bank Holiday weekend of June 1-3.

    It will welcome SkeptaDanny BrownMura MasaElbow, First Aid KitJon HopkinsPaul KalkbrennerMaribou StateMall GrabDaniel AveryPolo & PanHomeshakeRoss from Friends, Saint SisterJYellowLToucanHappyalone, Prymary ColoursJeremy UndergroundNightmares On WaxBiig PiigGlasshouse, with more to be announced.

    Day and weekend tickets are available here.

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019

    Jamie Lenman

    The Palm House

    Belfast

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    Former Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman is set to play his first Irish solo tour, performing at Belfast's Palm House on June 1.

    The show promises the heavier end of his output, playing as part of an electric duo - ie. the crushing first disc of his debut solo album Muscle Memory and its follow-up, 2017's Devolver

    Tickets cost £17.50 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019

    Madness, The Lightning Seeds & Something Happens

    Dun Laoghaire Pier

    Dun Laoghaire

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    Ska legends Madness are set to play the At Dun Laoghaire Pier series on June 1.

    Formed in the mid-70s, they're one of the UK's best-selling acts of all time and the most successful of the two-tone ska movement. They're currently touring best-of compilation Full House with six of their seven classic lineup members, so expect a full-scale career retrospective.

    Also playing are The Lightning Seeds and Something Happens.

    Admission costs €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 4pm.

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Drab Majesty & Melts

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    US LA-based project Drab Majesty is set to perform at Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on Sunday, June 2 as part of Distorted Perspectives.

    Drab Majesty is the inter-dimensional androgynous alter-ego of musician Andrew Clinco and Mona D, with a combination of reverb-drenched guitars, synth bass lines, commanding vocals, and rhythmic drum machine beats. While inherently guitar-driven music in the vain of The Chameleons or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Drab Majesty's sound is often nuanced by ethereal washes of icy keyboards and arpeggiated synthesizers, backed by heavy mechanized percussion and forked pulsing synth bass, all adorned with reverb-laden vocals reminiscent of a hallowed cathedral. Listen to 2017 LP The Demonstration.

    Supporting are Dublin post-punk/kraut supergroup Melts, featuring members of The Things, The North Sea & Mighty Stef - check out their debut single.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Jamie Lenman

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Former Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman is set to play his first Irish solo tour, performing at Whelan's on June 2.

    The show promises the heavier end of his output, playing as part of an electric duo - ie. the crushing first disc of his debut solo album Muscle Memory and its follow-up, 2017's Devolver

    Tickets cost €21.50 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019
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    06
    Jun
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He'll play a 3-night run at Vicar Street from June 4-6.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. The show kicks off at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019

    Nile Rodgers & Chic

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Becoming one of the most essential live draws in recent years, funk/disco/pop songwriter Nile Rodgers and Chic return to Ireland in June, playing Belfast's Waterfront Hall on June 4.

    Regarding themselves as a rock band in a disco movement, the group released an almost-inappropriate number of classic disco/funk/soul singles in their original run from '76-'83. Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards had been playing together for years, finally releasing Chic's debut single 'Everybody Dance' in 1977.

    These days, they're one of the naturally tightest live bands in the world, selling out practically everywhere they go, with setlists peppered with some of the instantly recognisable hits - from Madonna to Daft Punk - penned by frontman Rodgers from the '70s through until today.

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

  • Wed
    05
    Jun
    2019

    Jealous of the Birds, Roe, Blxxd & Gemma Bradley

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Fast-rising singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton, aka Jealous of the Birds headlines The Empire on June 5 as part of Women's Work Week 2019. Blending folk & indie rock and beyond, her debut album Parma Violets came out in 2016 - check out recent single 'Blue Eyes'.

    Supporting is fast-rising young alt. pop artist & multi-instrumentalist ROE - check out the video for 'Playground Fights' - Blxxd - check out 'sanguis' - and young soulful pop artist Gemma Bradley - check her out live here.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Beauty Sleep w/Montauk Hotel

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Woozy Belfast indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep play upstairs at Whelan's on June 6.

    Their long-awaited debut album Be Kind comes out just a fortnight prior, and will resonate particularly if you're into synth & guitar combo hookiness of Phoenix or Chvrches. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from jangle-pop outfit Montauk Hotel.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Fantastic Negrito

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    The winner of the first ever NPR Tiny Desk contest, Fantastic Negrito plays Dublin's Academy Green Room on June 6.

    His debut album won the 2017 Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy, with his latest, Please Don't Be Dead, winning it again in 2019. Watch the video for 'Plastic Hamburgers'.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Ride

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    The recently-reunited shoegaze legends Ride play a few Irish dates over summer, kicking off at Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on June 6.

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

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

    Tickets are available here, priced €25. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Getting To Know...Hannah Peel

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of Women's Work NI, the incredible talent of Hannah Peel will be explored in the Oh Yeah Centre's Getting To Know... night on June 6, with performance, conversation between interviewer, artist & audience.

    She's just completed a collaborative album of poetry and electronic music with poet Will Burns, continuing down her theme of connecting science and nature, and consequently, electronic with classical & traditional music. She presented four BBC Radio 6 Music shows last year on outer space and the mind, based around her experimental album Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeiacheck it out live.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 3.45pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    I Heart Scott Walker

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The I Heart band assemble again to pay tribute to the singular genius of Scott Walker at Whelan's on June 6.

    One of the most distinctive literal and artistic voices of the last century, the band will perform perhaps his most acclaimed record, Scott 4, in its entirety, followed by a selection of his hits both solo & with the Walker Brothers.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    The Bonk & Cian Nugent

    Yamamori Tengu

    Dublin

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    Two of our favourite artists on the island are set to play a show for Good Name at Yamamori Tengu on June 6. Experimental, psychedelic outfit The Bonk, centred around the compositions of Phil Christie, take vintage, twisted rhythm & blues of the 60s, blended with psych, jazz, and a bit of some otherness entirely. Listen to The Bonk Seems To Be A Verbone of our favourite albums of 2017.

    Sharing the bill is one of Ireland's finest guitar players, the Dublin-based Cian Nugent, who takes coastal blues, traditional styles, late 60s/70s singer-songwriters, jazz & the Takoma Records school of playing - think John Fahey and the likes. Both organic and tastefully virtuosic, his music is both playful and ethereal - check out his debut album, Night Fiction.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Crazy P Live

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Nottingham-based disco/funk/deep house legends Crazy P play a live set in Belfast's latest and greatest venue, the Ulster Sports Club, on June 6.

    Finding that sweet spot between perfect pop and club music, they've been around for a quarter-century, their latest album, Age of the Ego, is their eighth LP to date. Watch the video for 'The Witness'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced £15. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Elixir Belfast Presents: Women of Irish Hip-Hop

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Elixir Belfast presents an all-female hip-hop showcase special at the Oh Yeah Centre as part of this year’s Woman's Work Festival. The event will feature live PA from Limerick's Kaka Mollz alongside Abby Oliviera from Derry.

    DJ Zakia from Belfast will hold down DJ duties, while the showcase will be hosted by Belfast's MC Sister Kush.  

    Tickets cost £6 from Eventbrite or £8 on the door. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Snow Patrol w/The Kooks

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Following a 2018 that saw the release of new LP Wildness, and an NI Music Prize lifetime achievement for Gary Lightbody the band have announced they'll join in on the run of massive names confirmed to play Malahide Castle this summer. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In', and are set to play on June 7.
    Also on the bill are indie-pop outfit The Kooks.
     
    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Low Cut Connie

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Anthemic piano-led outfit Low Cut Connie play The Grand Social on June 7.

    Allegedly having already made fans of Bruce Springsteen, Obama & Nick Hornby, they've been gigging relentlessly and making waves across the pond. Watch the video for 'Beverly'.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    The Twilight Sad

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Scottish post-punk trio The Twilight Sad play Belfast's Black Box on June 7, the day before their Malahide Castle performance with The Cure.

    The revellers in misery have just returned with their first album since 2014's Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. More electronically-leaning than ever before without losing their wall-of-sound aesthetic. Check out 'Videograms'.

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

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Limerick’s Dolan’s on June 7.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Dolan's

     

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Matmos

    Sonic Lab, SARC

    Belfast

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    The pairing of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, AKA Matmos, are set to play the most advanced sonic space on the island, the Sonic Lab, at QUB's Sonic Arts Research Centre, on June 7.

    Currently based in Baltimore, the duo formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources and high concept ideas.

    Since their debut, Matmos have released over nine albums, and collaborated with some of the most respected artists working today including Bjork, Antony/Anohni, So Percussion, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, David Tibet, the Rachel’s, Lesser, Wobbly, Zeena Parkins, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. Matmos have also collaborated with a wide range of artists across disciplines, from the visual artist Daria Martin to the playwright Young Jean Lee to Berlin-based choreographer Ayman Harper. Their most recent release, Ultimate Care II, was recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore, and is constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Axel Flóvent

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Atmospheric Icelandic indie-folk singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent plays the Sound House on June 7.

    Rising to acclaim following his 'Forest Fires' release, he has released three EPs thus far, relocating to the Netherlands, then Brighton.

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

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Ride

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The recently-reunited shoegaze legends Ride play a few Irish dates over summer, including a Limelight 2 show on June 7.

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

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

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

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Stranded: Alana Henderson

    Strand Cinema

    Belfast

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    One of the highlights of this year's Women's Work Festival in Belfast is sure to be Strand Cinema's Stranded night with cellist & composer Alana Henderson.

    Weaving pop, folk & classical elements into her craft, she's a truly singular artist in Northern Ireland. She spent two years touring with Hozier as a cellist, before returning to her own career. Check out the Let This Remain EP.

    Tickets cost £10 from The Strand, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies, SHITHäTT, Döppelskangers & Jobseekers

    Boh's Bar

    Dublin

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    The Boh's Bar hosts a headline show from one of our 19 for '19 artists, and one of Ireland's finest live acts Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies. One of the most vitriolic, well-humoured voices of dissent in Ireland at the moment, check out the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home' - one of our tracks of 2018.

    Sharing the bill are Ballina post-punks SHITHäTT, Galway punks Döppelskangers and skate-punks Jobseekers.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Night Shift 002: Sister Ghost

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    The latest Night Shift at the Ulster Sports Club takes place on June 7. The night will be headed by Shannon Delores O'Neill's alt. rock quartet, Sister Ghost. Off the back of loads of BBC 6Music acclaim, check out her latest single, 'Backwards'.

    Admission costs £6 and doors open at 11pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    FairPlé @ Women's Work: Rising Tides #1

    The Duncairn

    Belfast

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    As part of Belfast's Women's Work Festival, the FairPlé initiative are set to host a pair of Rising Tides talks & workshops at the Duncain Arts Centre. On June 7, they'll host the first of these, entitled Doing It Yourself: How To Be a Self-Sufficient Musician.

    FairPlé was set up to address gender balance in traditional & folk music, and this workshop gives an opportunity to discuss how to develop a career in Irish folk/trad music and how to look after yourself in the process. The session will be an intimate forum for asking two experienced female musicians about how they have pursued their own careers and to discuss the opportunities for and obstacles facing women in the music industry. The discussion will be driven by participants: anything from how to organise gigs/work with promoters/negotiate fees/arrange recording sessions to understanding what promoters and managers do. 

    The workshop is particularly aimed at those who are in the early stage of their career and those returning to music after a break. Speaking are indie-folk multi-instrumentalist & songwriter Inni-K and HAVVK's Julie Hough

    Admission is free, and you can register your interest on Eventbrite. The event runs from 11.30am-1.30pm. Attendees will be given contact details on registration and can send in suggested discussion questions and themes, so that the workshop is as relevant as possible to those in the room.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Delush & October Fires, Feat. Mankyy & Strange Boy

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Berlin-based, Irish-born R&B singer-songwriter Delush is set to play a double headliner, accompanied by Limerick rapper Strange Boy from his latest single 'It's Alright'.

    Sharing the bill at the Bello Bar is anthemic Kildare quartet October Fires.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Metallica w/Ghost, Stiff Little Fingers, Bokassa & Fangclub

    Slane Castle

    Co. Meath

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    Continuing their Hardwired tour for their decent last album, Metallica are set to play Ireland's R'n'R HoF equivalent, headlining Slane Castle on June 8. Tickets will come with a free copy of Hardwired...To Self Destruct, for which each track was given a music video

    Supporting are metal's current anthemic it-boys Ghost - listen to 'Rats' from latest album Prequelle - and stoner punk act Bokassa - here's 'Walker Texas Ranger'.

    Tickets are priced from €89.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 2pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    The Cure, Ride, The Twilight Sad & Just Mustard

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Announced on the same day, set to take place on the same day, The Cure offer up an alternative to Slane on June 8 when they headline Malahide Castle.

    Having curated 2018's London Meltdown Festival, Robert Smith's dark, shapeshifting outfit make their long-awaited return. With an astonishing run of albums like DisintegrationPornography, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, FaithThe Head On The Door and beyond, it's a must-catch for post-punks, goths, and any husk with romantically nihilistic tendencies.

    Supporting are RideThe Twilight Sad and Dundalk's incredible young trip-hop-tinged noise-pop/gaze outfit Just Mustard.

    The show is now sold out.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Patton Oswalt

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having made press recently for donating money for the medical expenses of a man who Twitter trolled him, Patton Oswalt comes to Vicar Street on June 8.

    As well as his prolific voiceover & acting work, his stand-up career began in 1988, going to to write for MADtv. Repping nerd culture & atheism in his themes, he's released 8 albums and appeared in countless films, tv shows and games.

    Tickets are priced from €35 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Belfast's Empire on June 8.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

     

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Women's Work Showcase: Wynona Bleach, Molly Sterling, Kyoto Love Hotel, HAVVK, Gender Chores, Gemma Bradley & Dena Anuk$a

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The biggest Women's Work Week Showcase yet takes place at the Oh Yeah Centre on June 8. Headlining are hotly-tipped shoegaze-flecked alternative rockers Wynona Bleach. Listen to their Sugar EP from last year.

    Dublin-based alt. pop singer-songwriter Molly Sterling performs -  check her in session here - as do atmospheric electro-pop act Kyoto Love Hotel - check them on Soundcloud - atmospheric alt. rock outfit HAVVK - check out the video for 'Glass' - minimal feminist punk trio Gender Chores - check out some demos on Soundcloud - fast-rising soul-pop songstress Gemma Bradley, young singer-songwriter, rapper & DJ Dena Anuk$a - watch the video for 'My G' - and Girls Rock School NI Graduates.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    The Mad Dalton, Dirty Words & Folkadelic

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    Belfast Barge hosts alt. folk singer-songwriter The Mad Dalton. Watch the video for 'Seafaring Man'.

    Supporting are folk/psych outfit Folkadelic and indie rock/spoken word trio Dirty Words.

    It's a BYOB show, and doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from Skiddle, priced £13.45.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Soda Blonde

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Following the dissolution of Little Green Cars, four of its five members have announced their new band Soda Blonde, who are set to headline the Grand Social on June 8.

    Tickets cost €14 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Women's Work Festival: Rising Damp

    The 343

    Belfast

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    Rising Damp is the solo project of Dublin based visual artist and musician, Michelle Doyle. Originally a punk bass player in Sissy, Damp expanded her practice to include drum machines, synths and spoken word, and she's set to perform The 343 on June 8 as part of the Belfast Women's Work Festival 2019.

    Included are materials from residencies in military harbour town, Cobh and Damp’s Sleep Concert on Dublin Digital Radio. She collaborates frequently with art/techno collective, Repeater and has been featured in their publications and tapes in 2018 and 2019. This is an industrial set inspired by data, innovation and control. The performance will include an informal pre-concert talk. Check her music here.

    Tickets cost just £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Ride [Intimate Late Show]

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    The recently-reunited shoegaze legends Ride are set to follow their main support slot with The Cure on June 8 at Malahide with an intimate full-band show at Workman's Club later that night.

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

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Whelan's on June 9.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets.

     

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Queen Zee w/Sugarwolf, Strange New Places & Problem Patterns

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Loud, proud indie-punks Queen Zee play their first ever Irish show in Belfast on June 9, thanks to Start Together Studios and Women's Work Festival. Check out recent single 'Loner', taken from their debut album, out in February, which has seen them earn acclaim across the board, including THE Iggy Pop, no less.

    Supporting are Derry alt. rock quartet Sugarwolf -  check out their live session version of new single 'Loose Ends' - emo-punks Strange New Places - listen to 'Trombone' - and instrument-swapping punk socially-conscious punk quartet Problem Patterns, who've recently proven themselves to be one of the most exciting live bands in Belfast. Check out debut single 'Allegedly'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Katy's bar & Ticketmaster, and 5% of proceeds will go towards Belfast Trans Resource Centre. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Chapo Trap House

    Liberty Hall Theatre

    Belfast

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    Political comedy podcast-cum-vulgar socialist satire Chapo Trap House is on tour, stopping off at Dublin's Liberty Hall on June 9.

    Its Brooklyn-based collective features leftist writers, artists & satirists Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, Amber A'Lee Frost, Will Menaker & Virgil Texas. Skewering right wing, liberal & centrist figures, they've released a bestseller in the form of last year's The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Dani 'The Mother Within' Single Launch

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    This year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Artist in Residence, DANI, will launch new single ‘The Mother Within’ with a full band as part of the Women’s Work Festival at the Black Box on June 9.

    It was recorded during her ‘Our Future Roots’ residency programme with Indonesian percussionists KunoKini in August 2018 at Half Bap Studios. Expect special guests and tales from her experiences in Palestine and Indonesia rooted firmly in the context of Irish folk music.

    Admission costs £8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019

    The Interrupters

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Ska/pop-punk outfit The Interrupters play the Limelight 1 on June 11. Having shared stages with the likes of Rancid, Blind 182 & Bad Religion, their second album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong & Tom Lord-Alge. Check out 'She's Kerosene'.

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

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019

    Junk Drawer, Ghost Office & Special Guest

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

     

    The Ulster Sports Club hosts an eclectic, but decidedly DIY bill on July 25, headlined by Belfast indie-psych instrument-swappers, Junk Drawer. Ahead of the release of their debut album later this year, check out the video for 'Year of the Sofa'.

    Post-punk indie rock trio Ghost Office support - check out their Desire Lines EP - as well as the high-energy Norwich-based Special Guest, a duo who need to be seen to be believed.

    Admission costs £6, with tickets available from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Elton John

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Elton John plays the 3Arena on June 12, 2019, as part of his gargantuan Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, after which he'll retire from road life.

    He really needs no introduction - there will be few songs in his sets even the most casual human will be unaware of. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, has sold more than 300 million records, 7 consecutive US number 1 albums, the list goes on. This tour marks 50 years of touring, and he's set to play over 300 shows across the world before astonishingly concluding in 2021. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators w/Blackberry Smoke & Screaming Eagles

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are set to play Ormeau Park on June 12 as part of what's set to be the biggest Belsonic yet.

    He most recently released Living The Dream alongside Kennedy & The Conspirators in 2018, following the hugely successful Guns N' Roses reunion shows.

    Support comes from Blackberry Smoke and Screaming Eagles.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £30.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    The Interrupters

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The Academy hosts ska/pop-punk outfit The Interrupters on June 12. Having shared stages with the likes of Rancid, Blind 182 & Bad Religion, their second album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong & Tom Lord-Alge. Check out 'She's Kerosene'.

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

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Help Musicians NI Presents: Managing & Planning an Album Campaign w/Domino Records

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    As part of Help Musicians Northern Ireland's 3:3 Three Bands in Three Years Programme, the NI-based service host Chloé van Bergen from Domino Records as she discusses Managing & Planning an Album Campaign in conversation with Lyndon Stephens of Champion Sound Music & Quiet Arch.

    Some of the topics that will be covered include presenting the different actors and agents in an album cycle, creating a timeline, generating assets, understanding the promo machine, building ‘moments’, and exploring available tools and platforms for the harvesting of online and offline fanbases. The event takes place at the MAC on June 12.

    Admission is free, but you need to register your interest here. The event runs from 4.45pm-6pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is set to bring his current show, Larks In Transit, to Belfast after extensive touring across the world. He's set to play the SSE Arena on June 13.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Sophie Ellis Bextor

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of the most distinctive voices in British pop, Sophie Ellis-Bextor comes to Vicar Street on her Song Diaries tour.

    Accompanied with a full orchestra & band, this show will see her perform the hits, as well as songs from the canon of disco, the genre with which she's known for augmenting her pop in its breakthrough of 2001's Read My Lips. Sure listen to 'Murder On The Dancefloor'.

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

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Fleetwood Mac

    RDS Arena

    Dublin

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    Fleetwood Mac kick off a European tour with an open-air show at the RDS Arena on June 13.

    With Lindsay Buckingham having recently left, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie make up the core band, with newcomers Mike Campbell & Neil Finn rounding it out.

    Tickets are priced from €79.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, Liberty Hall on Eden Quay hosts a night of conversation on June 13 & 16, on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, including Kiki Camarena, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

    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.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €36.50. 

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    One of the finest lyricists and songwriters around, Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts return to Ireland, playing Dublin's Grand Social on June 13.

    Veering from sincere to self-aware, sardonic to poignant, and perennially witty and referential, the anti-folk-cum-indie rock outfit are always exhilarating live. Jeffrey is a renowned comic book author and artist when not performing music, and has released countless albums on Rough Trade, K Records and beyond. Here's 'Back When I Was 4'.

    Tickets are available from The Grand Social, priced €16. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Plaid [A/V Live]

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    U:mack once more come through with a special Live A/V show at Whelan's on June 13 from Plaid.

    The experimental electronic masters will have just released Polymer, their 10th studio album, drawing in themes of environment, synthetics and the way we're headed - listen to 'Recall' for a dose of Warp's finest.

    Tickets are available from Seat Advisor, priced €20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Junior Brother

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    One of the most hotly-tipped artists on the island right now - he's made fans of Blindboy & Cillian Murphy - is Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother. He's set to play the Roisin Dubh on June 13 as part of his album launch tour.

    A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018, and he's set to deliver this year with debut album Pull The Right Rope.

    Tickets are available for €12.50 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Sam Wickens Album Launch w/Master & Dog and Pale Lanterns

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based singer-songwriter Sam Wickens is set to launch his debut album, All I've Seen with a Black Box show on June 13. Often compared to Jeff Buckley and Death Cat For Cutie, check out his poignant latest single, 'Ravens & Crows'.

    Supporting are masterful alt. folk outfit Master & Dog - listen to them on Bandcamp - in a rare outing, as well as young indie folk project Pale Lanterns - check out 'Sunburn'.

    Tickets, priced £10, are available here. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    3Arena

    Dubin

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is set to bring his current show, Larks In Transit, once more back to Dublin after extensive touring. He's set to play the 3Arena on June 14.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €41.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Scala & Kolacny Brothers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Described as an 'indie rock choir', Scala & Kolacny Brothers are a unique musical proposition, and play the Olympia Theatre on June 14.

    Comprising two brothers, Steven and Stijn Kolacny alongside Scala, their all-girl choir of 15-20 singers, aged 16- 30 drawn from a pool of more than 150 singers which allows to perfectly meet the ever growing demand for concerts.

    Scala & Kolacny Brothers revisit classic rock and indie songs and reinvent them as elegiac hymns, moving from earlier solo piano accompaniment to a full band of drums, sequencers and synthesizers - here's 'Creep'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €32.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Mgła

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Kraków-based black metal band Mgła headline Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on June 14. Their last album was one of 2015's most acclaimed albums in the genre, Exercises In Futility.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Skinny Lister

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    British folk-punk act Skinny Lister are set to play the Limelight 2 on June 14, following the March 1 release of fourth album The Story Is.