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2020

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  • Sat
    11
    Jan
    2020

    Tony Visconti & Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Now into its fifth year, the Dublin Bowie Festival has announced its 2020 headline act. Holy Holy features an all-star lineup of long-time Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti on bass, '70-'73 Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, with the band set to play the Olympia Theatre on January 11. 

    Vocals come from Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory, keys/sax from Berenice Scott & Jessica Lee Morgan, while Scott Walker/Cult guitarist James Stevenson and Ian Hunter/Geldof guitarist Paul Cuddeford join them. They'll be performing Bowie's third album, The Man Who Sold The World, and Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars. As well as the former, Visconti produced some of Bowie's most acclaimed work, like the Berlin trilogy, Blackstar and Diamond Dogs - not to mention his work with some of the biggest rock artists of the 20th Century: Thin Lizzy, Iggy Pop, Morrissey & beyond.

    Tickets are priced from €45.20, available at Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    13
    Jan
    2020

    David Keenan

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Young Dundalk singer-songwriter David Keenan plays the Olympia on January 13 in what's his biggest headline performance to date.

    An artist who very much lives in the shadow the great Irish tradition, he's a performer of incredible charisma. Check him out on the Late Late Show.

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

  • Wed
    22
    Jan
    2020

    The Felice Brothers

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Following the May '18 release of their new album UndressThe Felice Brothers headline Belfast's Limelight 2 on January 22.

    The band take rootsy songwriting, and, informed by the political and social milieu, create a harmonious, thoughtful takes on it. Based around the writing of upstate New Yorkers Ian & James Felice, who began in 2006 with subway & sidewalk performances, they've released nine albums and backed Conor Oberst's 2017 LP, Salutations. Stream 'Poor Blind Birds'.

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

  • Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020

    The Felice Brothers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

     

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    Following the May '18 release of their new album UndressThe Felice Brothers headline Whelan's on January 23.

    The band take rootsy songwriting, and, informed by the political and social milieu, create a harmonious, thoughtful takes on it. Based around the writing of upstate New Yorkers Ian & James Felice, who began in 2006 with subway & sidewalk performances, they've released nine albums and backed Conor Oberst's 2017 LP, Salutations. Stream 'Poor Blind Birds'.

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

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020

    Amigo The Devil

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Murder-balladeer Amigo The Devil is set to play the Sound House on January 29. A member of the indie horror rock scene, with elements of alt. Americana, folk and punk, watch the video for 'Cocaine and Abel'.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2020

    (Sandy) Alex G

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    U.S. indie rock hero (Sandy) Alex G will play Dublin's Button Factory on February 8.

    This date follows the release of the singer, songwriter and musician's ninth album, House of Sugar, via Domino. Watch the video for 'Hope'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €16.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020

    Explosions In The Sky

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Texan post-rock quartet Explosions In The Sky play Vicar Street on February 13 as they tour in celebration of their twentieth anniversary.

    Formed in the Austin scene in 1999, the band were the product of an independent scene that included the likes of Lift To Experience, getting signed after their Austin-based friends The American Analog Set submitted a demo to Temporary Residence Limited. The often-triple guitar & drum crescendo masters haven't released any official studio albums since 2011, but have soundtracked a number of films in that time. They're a borderline-transcendental live show at their peak, so be sure to check them out if you can.

    Tickets cost €36.15 and are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020

    Sleater-Kinney

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Five years on from their last Irish show and album, Sleater-Kinney are back with their St. Vincent-produced ninth studio album, The Centre Won’t Hold.

    Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss will stop off at Vicar Street on March 1st - watch the video for recent single 'Hurry On Home'.

    Tickets cost €33.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2020

    The Stunning

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    It's thirty years since Galway's The Stunning released their debut album, Paradise In The Picture Housewhich was the first Irish debut LP to go straight to Number 1, where it remained for five weeks. Formed in 1987, the band became a household name in Ireland, before splitting in 1994 for a decade. Have a listen to 'An Empty Feeling'.

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

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2020

    The Lost Brothers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Irish songwriters & musicians Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, aka The Lost Brothers, are set to play their biggest headline show to date at Vicar Street on March 21.

    It's over a decade since the release of their debut album, Trails of the Lonely. Five albums on, with collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello & M Ward in tow, this show will be a wonderful gathering of song and friends.

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

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020
    Sun
    29
    Mar
    2020

    Laurie Anderson

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    National Concert Hall's Perspectives is a now-unmissable staple for Dublin music heads, and this year's programme is no different. Laurie Anderson will be presenting two special works over Saturday March 28 & Sunday March 29 at the venue.

    The former is Radio Play, a mix of songs, stories, sound effects and electronics that combines the power of poetic language, music and visualization. Like radio, this piece is about using the imagination and interpreting the meaning of ambiguous sounds. Anderson will be joined by an ensemble of musicians headed by bassist and music director Greg Cohen.

    The latter show, Here Comes the Ocean, is an evening of improvisation against the backdrop of the drones, a guitar feedback work by Lou Reed performed by his collaborator Stewart Hurwood. Both loud and intimate, the music includes songs by Reed and Anderson as well as improvisation by an ensemble led by bassist and music director Greg Cohen. 

    Tickets, priced from €27.50-€37.50, are available from NCH.ie. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2020

    Blade Runner Live

    Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner is set to be scored by the 14-piece, synth-led Avex Ensemble at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on March 29.

    They'll perform one of the all-time great original scores, composed by Vangelis for the 1982 release, live to Scott's 2007 Final Cut of the film. The soundtrack was nominated at the 1983 BAFTAs & Golden Globes for Best Original Score, and its influence has run more broadly into the electronic genre.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    31
    May
    2020

    Damon Albarn - The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Blur, Gorillaz & The Good, The Bad and the Queen founder Damon Albarn is set to bring a new conceptual show to Dublin's National Concert Hall on May 31.

    These days, he spends as much time as possible in Iceland, his spiritual home from home where he gains respite and inspiration from the landscape and its surroundings. With this fascination in mind he will perform this new piece with an ensemble and specially commissioned visuals. What can be more fascinating than the signs of the passage of time and the fragility of nature.

    Tickets are priced from €55-€65, available from NCH. Doors open at 8pm.

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