Gig Guide

2020

  • Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020
    Sun
    05
    Jan
    2020

    Lankum

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Dublin’s finest experimental folk miscreants Lankum play Dublin's Vicar Street on January 4 & 5, just a few months after their last show there, and the release of new album, The Livelong Day.

    Combining four-part harmonies with tradition instruments that include uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordian, fiddle and guitar, the group have an incredible knack for melding traditional folk with contemporary underground influences - black metal & drone, for example - to create something truly transcendental. Their sets give and take from the peoples' songbook - listen to our Irish song of 2017, the hauntingly poignant 'What Will We Do When We Have No Money?'.

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

  • Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020

    Nine Below Zero

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    One of Britain's most enduring R&B outfits, Nine Below Zero, are set to play the Black Box for Out To Lunch on January 4.

    Forty years on from their inception, they're one of the best blues bands around, with their 1980 Live At The Marquee album breaking them into their most popular era. Check out 'Three Times Enough'.

    Tickets cost £16.50 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • 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.

  • Tue
    14
    Jan
    2020

    Slipknot w/Behemoth

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Coinciding with their lauded sixth album hitting Number 1 on UK & Irish charts, Slipknot play the 3Arena on January 14. Taken from their new album & return to form We Are Not Your Kind, watch the video for 'Birth of the Cruel'.

    Supporting are Behemoth.

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

  • Fri
    17
    Jan
    2020

    Elder Druid 'Golgotha' Album Launch w/Slomatics, Nomadic Rituals & So Much For The Sun

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Belfast stoner-doom outfit Elder Druid have been consistently one of the hardest working bands in Irish metal over the last couple of years, regularly hitting the UK & Europe. They're set to launch their second album, Golgotha, with a show at Voodoo on January 17 with 3 of their finest peers.

    Supporting are sludge-doom trios Slomatics - check out their latest album, Canyons - Nomadic Rituals - listen to second album, Marking The Day - and sludgy stoner rock act So Much For The Sun - check out their debut album.

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

  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020

    Lee Fields & The Expressions

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    ChoiceCuts bring Lee Fields & The Expressions to Dublin's Vicar Street on January 18.

    The legendary soul frontman has been around since the 60s, when he was a teenager in North Carolina, sweating it out in juke joints. Now in his sixties, his legend has grown in stature, having given the likes of Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley early career breaks. Check out his wonderfully warm soul-funk of It Rains Love.

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

  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020

    Badly Drawn Boy

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    UK singer-songwriter & Mercury Prizewinner Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy returns to Belfast to play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Out To Lunch January programme at the Black Box. This will be an intimate solo show featuring only Gough.

    It's been almost 2 decades since the release of his award-winning debut album, The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, and since then he's soundtracked About A Boy and Being Flynn, totalling seven studio albums now. Check out the video for 'Year of the Rat'.

    Tickets are available from CQAF, priced at £20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020

    Petrol Girls

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Feminist post-hardcore punks Petrol Girls play McHugh's in the first of 3 Irish dates.

    The quartet, rooted in DIY ethos, released new album Cut & Stitch in 2019, and feature members from Austria, Lithuania & the UK. Check out recent single 'Big Mouth'.

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

  • 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.

  • Wed
    22
    Jan
    2020

    Petrol Girls

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Feminist post-hardcore punks Petrol Girls play Whelan's on January 22 as part of their 3-date Irish tour.

    The quartet, rooted in DIY ethos, released new album Cut & Stitch in 2019, and feature members from Austria, Lithuania & the UK. Check out recent single 'Big Mouth'.

    Tickets cost €14 from WAV TicketsTicketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • 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.

  • Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020

    Xylouris White

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Drummer Jim White of Dirty 3 and Cretan lute player George Xylouris, AKA Xylouris White, return to Belfast to play the Black Box on January 23 as part of the Out To Lunch Festival, courtesy of Moving On Music.

    Meeting in Melbourne back in 1990, the pair seamlessly combine free jazz, avant-rock and Greek folk to tell tales rooted in history and mythology, unveiling a few truths along the way. This show follows the November release of new album The Sisypheans. Check out 'Forging' live in Dublin's Guerrilla Studios.

    Tickets cost £13 concession from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    24
    Jan
    2020

    Tim Burgess DJ Set

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    As part of the Out To Lunch Festival in association with Howl, lead singer of The Charlatans & entrepreneur behind Tim Peaks coffee, Tim Burgess is coming to belfast Belfast for an all-out, knees-up, thigh-slapping, head-spinning, body-shaking DJ set.

    Following a year journeying across Europe’s glittering cities and UK festivals including Field Day, Latitude, Reading, Leeds, Festival No.6 and of course, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess returns with his signature mix of Indie Disco, Electro, Acid House and Britpop. Dropping anything from New Order to Factory Floor, The Clash to De La Soul, with a rare cut here and a re-rub there, Tim works the dancefloor with the deft touch of a master.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from Ticketsolve. Things kick off at 10pm.

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020

    The Teskey Brothers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Australian blues rockers The Teskey Brothers play Whelan's on January 25. 

    Crafting their own take on the blues & soul of Motown with a Foals-esque sheen, they've recently released debut album Half Mile Harvest, which was self-recorded & produced. Watch the video for 'So Caught Up'.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020

    Jane Weaver w/Documenta

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Electronic kraut-pop artist Jane Weaver headlines Ulster Sports Club on January 25 as part of the Out to Lunch Festival.

    The English singer-songwriter, producer & label-runner is currently touring Loops In The Secret Society, which reimagines and combines elements of previous albums The Silver Globe Modern Kosmology.

    Psych outfit Documenta support - check out their recent Lady With The Ring, alongside Dr Crippens and Friends DJ set.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020

    Cassetteboy VJ Show

    The Black Box

    Belfast

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    Cassetteboy are a duo from Chelmsford, Essex. They re-edit footage of TV shows to make celebrities talk about sex and drugs, and are rather successful at it. They’ve released five albums including The Parker Tapes, which was widely acclaimed. They play the Black Box as part of the Out To Lunch festival on January 25.

    Their smash hit The Bloody Apprentice, in which Alan Sugar talks about sh*tting frying pans, has been watched five and a half million times. They have also tackled David Cameron, Downton AbbeyHarry Potter, and The Only Way is Essex.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Mon
    27
    Jan
    2020

    James Yorkston

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Scottish folk musician, and one third of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, James Yorkston plays the Workman's Club on January 27.

    Having released new album The Route To The Harmonium, his first in five yearsmarking a period of huge creative prolificacy - two albums with Yorkston/Thorne/Khan and his debut novel came out in the interim. Recorded almost entirely by Yorkston in his loft studio in small Scottish fishing village Cellardyke, watch the video for 'Shallow'.

    Tickets are priced €19.80 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020

    Robyn Hitchcock

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Poet, artist & musician Robyn Hitchcock plays for Selective Memory at Whelan's on January 28.

    Since founding art rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, he's recorded over 20 albums, starred in Storefront Hitchcock by Jonathan Demme, with his later solo material blending folk & psychedelia. He also writes short stories, paints and draws cartoon strips. Check him out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €15 from Selective Memory. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • 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.

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020

    The Wildhearts, Backyard Babies & CKY

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    A hard rock trifecta takes place at the Limelight on January 29, headlined by The Wildhearts. They've just released mini-album Diagnosis, following their first LP in a decade with the original lineup - check out 'Dislocated'.

    Sharing the bill on the UK tour are Swedish sleaze rock outfit Backyard Babies - they've recently released new album Silver and Gold - and Philly riff-rockers CKY.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and Katy's Bar. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020

    Daughter of Swords

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Daughter of Swords plays the Grand Social on January 30. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig started writing solo LP, Dawnbreaker in 2017 as she regrouped her other harmony-driven act Mountain Man. Watch the video for 'Shining Woman'. 

    Tickets cost €12.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    31
    Jan
    2020

    Odd Morris

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Hyped act Odd Morris play upstairs at Whelan's on January 31.

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

  • Fri
    31
    Jan
    2020

    Dan Deacon

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    American singer, composer & electronic music iconoclast Dan Deacon plays Dublin's Grand Social on January 31.

    An artist with the uncanny ability to morph pop and madcap electronica, he's scored for Francis Ford Coppola, his live shows encourage a major audience interaction, and this won't be one to miss. His new album, Mystic Familiar comes out the same day - check out 'Sat By A Tree'.

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020

    Isobel Campbell

    Liberty Hall Theatre

    Dublin

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    Scottish songstress Isobel Campbell plays Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre on February 1. The Glasgow-born former Belle & Sebastian singer-songwriter & cellist has just released new album There Is No Other14 years on from her last solo album outright - not including her work with Mark Lanegan. Check out the video for 'Ant Life'.

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

  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020

    Sturgill Simpson

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of his generation's most gifted alt. country songwriters, Sturgill Simpson, who has earned crossover acclaim for his 2016 masterpiece, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, returns to Vicar Street for a show on February 1 in support of new album Sound & Fury. His music has moved more into electonic rock territory, while holding onto his roots.

    A Sailor's Guide... earned a Best Country Album Grammy, as well as a nomination for Best Album, and his latest LP has an accompanying Netflix anime film, directed by Jumpei Mizusaki. Check the video for 'Sing Along'.

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

  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020

    Elkae

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising electronic soul-pop artist Laura Keane, aka Elkae, plays upstairs at Whelan's on February 1. Check out the video for 'Sold'.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Feb
    2020
    Sun
    09
    Feb
    2020

    Quarter Block Party 2020

    Various Venues

    Cork

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    Quarter Block Party has announced the first wave of artists for its sixth edition, which will take over venues across Cork city from Thursday 6-Sunday 9 February.

    Shows are as follows: 

    Friday 7th February, 8.30pm
    The Bonk & Soft Focus
    Kino, Washington Street


    Saturday 8th February, 4.00pm
    Lemoncello & Maija Sofia
    Coughlans, Douglas Street

    Saturday 8th February, 9.00pm
    God Alone, Melts & Pretty Happy
    Spailpín Fánach, South Main Street 

    Saturday 8th February, 8.30pm
    Post Punk Podge & Jar Jar Jr. + more TBA
    Kino, Washington Street

    Sunday 9th February, 4.00pm
    Aoife Nessa Frances & Elaine Howley 
    Coughlans, Douglas Street

    Shows are individually priced, with options for a Bundle Pass for 3 shows priced at €25.  Tickets are available from uTicket.

  • 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.

  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2020

    Algiers

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Socially active post-punk/gospel quartet Algiers return to Dublin, playing Whelan's on February 8.

    Oft-described as dystopian soul, their recent input has been instilled with the principles of the Black Panther movement, challenging systematic oppression with recent collaborative audiovisual piece Can the Sub_Bass Speak? as part of web installation There Is No Year.

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

  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2020

    Polyphia

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Virtuosic instrumental trap outfit Polyphia play the Grand Social on February 8 in one of two Irish dates following the release of new album New Levels New Devils. Watch the video for 'G.O.A.T.'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €18. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    09
    Feb
    2020

    Polyphia

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Virtuosic instrumental trap outfit Polyphia play the Empire on February 9 in the latter of two Irish dates following the release of new album New Levels New Devils. Watch the video for 'G.O.A.T.'.

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

  • Mon
    10
    Feb
    2020
    Tue
    11
    Feb
    2020

    Bombay Bicycle Club

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    It's over half a decade since their Mercury-nominated last album, but Bombay Bicycle Club are back, playing a short of Irish shows, kicking off with two shows on February 10 & 11 at Vicar Street - the latter added due to demand.

    Recorded with John Congleton, the date follows the January release of their fifth album. Watch the video for 'Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)'.

    Tickets cost €34.15 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    10
    Feb
    2020

    Tenacious D

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Kyle Gass & Jack Black's comedy rock duo Tenacious D headline the 3Arena on February 10 as part of their Post-Apocalypto tour for their animated film & album - released in 2018 with the film completely hand-drawn by Black.

    Supporting are Wynchester.

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

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2020

    Bombay Bicycle Club

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    It's over half a decade since their Mercury-nominated last album, but Bombay Bicycle Club are back, playing a pair of Irish shows, with the latter at the Ulster Hall on February 12.

    Recorded with John Congleton, the date follows the January release of their fifth album. Watch the video for 'Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)'.

    Tickets cost £31.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • 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.

  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2020

    Supergrass

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Supergrass are set to play two Irish dates as part of their forthcoming reunion tour. The Gaz Coombes-fronted Britpop legends will play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on February 14.

    Band member Danny Goffey said, “Everything aligned for us to make this happen for 2020. It was the first time that we collectively felt the buzz to get back in a room together and play the songs. We’re extremely excited to get out there and bring a bit of Supergrass joy to all our fans… and their extended families.” This comes off the back of the release of their 1994-2008 career-spanning Greatest Hits. 

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

  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2020

    Black Midi

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The UK's most hyped guitar band, Black Midi, play their debut Dublin date at The Button Factory on February 14. The mathy, krauty, genre-hopping London-based quartet released their debut album Schlagenheim to a Mercury Nomination. 

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

  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2020

    Fionn Regan

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Having just released sixth album, Cala, Bray-based songwriter Fionn Regan headlines Whelan's on February 14. The Mercury, Choice & Meteor Award-nominee, was recently made an honorary member of the Trinity College Literary Society. Check him out live in session.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets, priced €23. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Feb
    2020

    Black Midi w/Ill Japonia

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    The UK's most hyped guitar band, Black Midi, play the Ulster Sports Club on February 15. The mathy, krauty, genre-hopping London-based quartet released their debut album Schlagenheim to a Mercury Nomination. 

    Supporting is Bo Ningen bassist/frontwoman Taigen Kawabe, aka Ill Japonia.

    Tickets are priced £13 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    15
    Feb
    2020

    The HU

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Mongolian metal outfit The HU play the Limelight 1 on February 15 following the release of their acclaimed debut album The Gereg.

    A unique blend of heavy rock & metal with Mongolian throat singing, they've exploded online - check out 'The Great Chinggis Khaan'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced £17.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020

    The Hu

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Mongolian metal outfit The Hu play the Academy on February 16 following the release of their acclaimed debut album The Gereg.

    A unique blend of heavy rock & metal with Mongolian throat singing, they've exploded online - check out 'The Great Chinggis Khaan'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020

    Kindness

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Electronic indie artist Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness plays a live show at Whelan's on February 16. Equally capable of performing as a DJ or with a live band, he's also an accomplished video director for the likes of Grizzly Bear & William Onyeabor. Most recently, Kindness released third studio album Something Like A War.

    Tickets are available from Ticketbooth, priced €20.

  • Mon
    17
    Feb
    2020

    Supergrass

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Supergrass are set to play two Irish dates as part of their forthcoming reunion tour. The Gaz Coombes-fronted Britpop legends will play Belfast's Ulster Hall on February 17.

    Band member Danny Goffey said, “Everything aligned for us to make this happen for 2020. It was the first time that we collectively felt the buzz to get back in a room together and play the songs. We’re extremely excited to get out there and bring a bit of Supergrass joy to all our fans… and their extended families.” This comes off the back of the release of their 1994-2008 career-spanning Greatest Hits. 

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

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2020

    HMLTD

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    London art-pop outfit HMLTD play Dublin's Sound House on February 18, following the release of their album West of Eden. Watch the video for 'The West Is Dead'.

    Tickets are priced €18, available from Ticketmaster.Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020

    Richard Dawson

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    The most singular modern English songwriter, the absolutely incredible Richard Dawson plays his biggest Belfast show yet at the Empire on February 20 with his band for Moving On Music.

    Richard Dawson has been described by The Guardian as the 'English folk equivalent of Captain Beefheart's deconstruction of the blues'. No small feat for the rootsy, imperfect, heartfelt - without ever breaking into cliché - singer-songwriter, who has gained some impressive, reputable fans in the last few years, including the likes of Stewart Lee. Check out this incredible session performance of 'Wooden Bag'. His latest album, 2020, is his most acclaimed yet, unafraid to throw pop sensibility and modern day kitchen sink commentary into the heteroglot cauldron of influences. Watch the video for 'Jogging'.

    Tickets cost £17.50 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    21
    Feb
    2020

    Richard Dawson

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The most singular modern English songwriter, the absolutely incredible Richard Dawson performs for Enthusiastic Eunuch at Whelan's on February 21 with his band.

    Richard Dawson has been described by The Guardian as the 'English folk equivalent of Captain Beefheart's deconstruction of the blues'. No small feat for the rootsy, imperfect, heartfelt - without ever breaking into cliché - singer-songwriter, who has gained some impressive, reputable fans in the last few years, including the likes of Stewart Lee. Check out this incredible session performance of 'Wooden Bag'. His latest album, 2020, is his most acclaimed yet, unafraid to throw pop sensibility and modern day kitchen sink commentary into the heteroglot cauldron of influences. Watch the video for 'Jogging'.

    Tickets cost €18.95 from Whelans. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    25
    Feb
    2020

    The Growlers

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Having been together for almost 15 years, garage rock outfit The Growlers play Dublin's Button Factory on February 25. They've moved from psychedelic tinges through to more recent forays in new wave funk on latest LP Natural Affair

    Tickets cost €24 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    26
    Feb
    2020

    Franc Moody

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Hefty on the sweaty basement bassline, funk-pop quintet Franc Moody return to Dublin, playing the Button Factory on February 26.

    The London outfit has amassed quite the following over the few years, with singles like 'Dopamine' making cool the grooves of Jamiroquai in 2019.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €20.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Feb
    2020

    Damien Jurado

    The Liberty Hall Theatre

    Dublin

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    Master songwriter Damien Jurado gives a solo performance at the Liberty Hall Theatre on February 28.

    He debuted back on Sub Pop in the mid-90's with his Motorbike and Trampoline albums, and has maintained a shockingly consistent run of records exploring the esoteric and mundane. His latest album, In the Shape of a Storm is easily his sparsest yet. Recorded over two hours on one afternoon, it features Jurado's voice & acoustic guitar, with occasional accompaniment with some Nashville guitar peppered in. Check out his recent Paste session.

    Tickets are available, priced at €25, from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020

    Clannad - Farewell Tour

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    In their 50th Anniversary year, 15 million-plus selling folk & traditional Irish act Clannad are bowing out with a run of Irish shows, including a performance at the Waterfront Hall on February 29.

    Tickets are priced from £40, available from the Waterfront.

  • Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020

    Blossoms

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play Cyprus Avenue on February 29, following the release of new album Foolish Loving Spaces.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK - check out the video for 'Your Girlfriend'.

    Support comes from The Lathums.

    Tickets are available here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020

    Dave Robinson: The Stiff Records Story

    Liberty Hall Theatre

    Dublin

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    The teenage photographer who would go on to open the first Beat Club in Ireland, and create Stiff Records, Dave Robinson holds a night of conversation at the Liberty Hall Theatre on February 29.

    He managed bands, opened a studio above the legendary Hope & Anchor pub, and signed the likes of The Damned, Motorhead, elvis Costello & more. He was president of Island Records, compiled Bob Marley's Legend, represented Rich Rubin with Def Jam Records and the list goes on.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster

  • 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.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020

    Blossoms

    Dolan's

    Limerick

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play the Dolan's, Limerick on March 1, following the release of new album Foolish Loving Spaces.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK - check out the video for 'Your Girlfriend'.

    Support comes from The Lathums.

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

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020

    Hot 8 Brass Band

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    New Orleans Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band play Dublin's Academy on March 1.

    Their old-school street brass approach has seen them shoot to huge international success with covers of classics - check out 'Ghost Town'.

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

  • Mon
    02
    Mar
    2020

    Editors

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Editors celebrate the release of their greatest hits collection with a show at Vicar Street on March 2. 

    The album will include 13 hits from across their 15 year career and 6 studio albums, as well as some new material. Check out the video for one of those new singles, 'Frankenstein'.

    Tickets are priced €37 from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    02
    Mar
    2020

    Clannad - Farewell Tour

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    In their 50th Anniversary year, 15 million-plus selling folk & traditional Irish act Clannad are bowing out with a run of Irish shows, including a performance Cork Opera House on March 2.

    Tickets are priced from €49.20, available from the Cork Opera House.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020

    The 1975

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Mancunian electronic-hued indie-pop quartet The 1975 return to the 3Arena on March 3 following the release of their fourth album, Notes On A Conditional Form.

    Formed in Manchester in 2002 as teenagers, this tour follows the release ofthird album, they've grown to become possibly the UK's biggest band - check out the video for 'People'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €46.20.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020

    The Aristocrats

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Rock/fusion outfit The Aristocrats are set to play the Button Factory on March 3 as part of their European Tour.

    Featuring the virtuosic trio of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann, they've released several acclaimed albums blending jazz, rock, pop, metal, and at times country, in a playful, yet seriously accomplished brew. Check them out live.

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

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020

    A Winged Victory For The Sullen

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Alongside the release of their new album, titled The Undivided FiveA Winged Victory For The Sullen, the band play Dublin's National Concert Hall on March 3. It's the duo's first album in three years - stream their new double A-side here. Expect an ethereal, deeply immersive performance.

    Tickets are available from NCH.ie, priced €27.50.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020

    Blossoms

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play Belfast's Limelight on March 3, following the release of new album Foolish Loving Spaces.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK - check out the video for 'Your Girlfriend'.

    Support comes from The Lathums.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced £20. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020

    JPEGMAFIA

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    LA rapper JPEGMAFIA is set to play the Academy Green Room on March 3. His 2018 album Veteran was a huge critical hit, with All My Heroes Are Cornballs following it up with greater acclaim still for the artist, who's still just 30, has a journalism degree and spent time with the US military at 18. Check out new single 'Free The Frail (feat. Helena Deland)'.

    Tickets cost €17.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2020

    The Bay Strikes Back: Testament, Exodus & Death Angel

    National Stadium

    Dublin

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    DME Promotions bring an incredible incredible West Coast thrash package to Dublin's National Stadium on March 4. Berkeley's Testament headline, having formed back in 1983. Selling over 14 million albums worldwide, they're one of the biggest bands of the thrash era, yet somehow overlooked by many who don't look beyond the 'Big Four'. 

    Supporting are Richmond's Exodus, who formed in 1979, releasing one of thrash metal's seminal albums in 1985 debut Bonded By BloodOpening are Death Angel from Daly City, California, who ran from 1982, and are regarded as part of thrash metal's 'Big Eight' - as are the rest of this stacked bill.

    Tickets are priced €45 from Ticketmaster & the Sound Cellar.

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2020

    A Winged Victory For The Sullen

    First Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    Alongside the release of their new album, titled The Undivided FiveA Winged Victory For The Sullen, the band have announced an all-ages show at Rosemary Street's wonderfully intimate First Chirch on March 4. It's the duo's first in three years - stream their new double A-side here. Expect an ethereal, deeply immersive performance.

    Tickets are available from TicketWeb, priced £22.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2020
    Thu
    05
    Mar
    2020

    RTÉ Concert Orchestra Perform Leonard Cohen

    Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    The world-class ensemble that makes up the Rté Concert Orchestra, following a well-received All Together Now performance, bring the songs of Leonard Cohen to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on March 4 & 5. Special guests will be Lisa HanniganMick FlannerySuzanne Savage, and Phelim Drew.

    Tickets are priced from €59.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2020

    Blossoms

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Manchester psych-pop quintet Blossoms play the the Olympia Theatre on March 4, following the release of new album Foolish Loving Spaces.

    Their glistening, technicolour indie-pop has struck a chord, selling out shows across the UK - check out the video for 'Your Girlfriend'.

    Support comes from The Lathums.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2020

    Jon Hopkins

    Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    As part of his Polarity tour of 2020, Jon Hopkins will return to Ireland to play the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on March 6.

    Following on from his Singularity tour, shaped by his experiences with meditative and trance-like states, this tour will tether together “the two disparate elements of harsh and fragile in my music. By going between the two, we’ll hopefully create some profound moments of stillness.” He'll be playing grand piano at points, and joined onstage by a group of musicians & long-time friends, including producer/guitarist Leo Abrahams, vocalist/arranger Emma Smith, and cellist Laura Moody.

    Tickets are priced €40 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2020

    Toygirl

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Dublin synth-pop outfit Toygirl play Dublin's Sound House on March 6. Check them out live.

    Tickets cost €11.80 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.3opm.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2020

    YBN Cordae

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Young hip-hop artist YBN Cordae headlines the Academy on March 7. The hotly-tipped rapper recently performed on the Tonight Show with Anderson Paak - check it out.

    Tickets, priced €25, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and it's a 14+ show.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2020

    George

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Percussive, spiky electronic pop artist Georgia plays the Sound House on March 7. This follows the release of new LP Seeking Thrills - watch the video for 'Never Let You Go'.

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

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2020

    The Regrettes

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    LA indie-pop trio The Regrettes play The Academy 2 on March 12 in a 14+ show. Check out recent single 'I Dare You'.

    Tickets cost €15.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • 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
    14
    Mar
    2020

    Nada Surf

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    New York alternative rock band Nada Surf play the Button Factory on March 14.

    Having formed in 1992, they're best known for 'Popular', from their 1996 debut album, and they've recently been celebrating the 20th anniversary of North 6th Street, a long-unavailable collection of early demos from their initial formation. They're currently working on their ninth studio album.

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

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2020

    Andy Irvine & Paul Brady: A Celebration of a Classic Album

    The Hub

    Kilkenny

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    Master musicians & songwriters Andy Irvine & Paul Brady revisit one of the greatest Irish folk & traditional albums ever written with a short run of dates, starting at The Hub, for Kilkenny TradFest on March 14.

    Released in 1977, it quickly became a landmark of the genre, with these performances being accompanied by Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke, both of whom performed on the original LP - which was produced by Lunny.

    Tickets cost €46.50.

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2020
    Sun
    15
    Mar
    2020

    Martin Hayes and the Common Ground Ensemble

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    One of the world's most celebrated fiddle players & highly influential Irish musician Martin Hayes brings the first outing of his Common Ground Ensemble to the National Concert Hall for their Perspectives series on March 14 & 15.

    Rooted in traditional Irish music, they draw in musicians cut from various cloths - improvisors, arrangers, jazz, avant-garde & contemporary classical. “Even though there’ll be plenty of space for people to develop their own parts, the larger picture will be driven by my vision for the music. We’ll be seeing what the tune wants to say and seeing how the band can support that. With years of performing I have a sense of what brings me the deepest joy and what gets to the heart of the music” says Hayes, who founded The Gloaming, and has worked with Bill Frisell, Yo-Yo Ma & Paul Simon.

    As well as Hayes, the lineup features Cormac McCarthy on piano, Kate Ellis on cello, Kyle Sanna on guitar, Brian Donnellan on bouzouki, harmonium & concertina, with special guests David Power on uileann pipes & Síle Denver as sean-nós singer & harpist.

    Tickets, priced from €27.50, are available from NCH.ie. Things begin at 8pm.

  • Sun
    15
    Mar
    2020

    Wolf Parade

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Canadian indie rock trio Wolf Parade play the Button Factory on March 15, having just released their first music in three years - watch the video for 'Against The Day'.

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

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2020

    Andy Irvine & Paul Brady: A Celebration of a Classic Album

    Royal Theatre

    Castlebar

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    Master musicians & songwriters Andy Irvine & Paul Brady revisit one of the greatest Irish folk & traditional albums ever written with a short run of dates, playing the Royal Theatre, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.

    Released in 1977, it quickly became a landmark of the genre, with these performances being accompanied by Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke, both of whom performed on the original LP - which was produced by Lunny.

    Tickets cost €46.50.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2020

    Horslips

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Johnny & Ray Fean, Jim Lockhart & Barry Devlin are Horslips, Ireland's quintessential celtic rock band. They play their first Dublin show in a few years at the Olympia, aptly enough on St. Patrick's Day.

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

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020

    The Who

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following the November release of their first album in 13 years, WhoThe Who headline the 3Arena on March 18. Drawing together themes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, music theft, spirituality and beyond, the band have renewed their creative juices and written & recorded the album over the last two years.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020

    Andy Irvine & Paul Brady: A Celebration of a Classic Album

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Master musicians & songwriters Andy Irvine & Paul Brady revisit one of the greatest Irish folk & traditional albums ever written with a short run of dates, playing Vicar Street on March 18.

    Released in 1977, it quickly became a landmark of the genre, with these performances being accompanied by Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke, both of whom performed on the original LP - which was produced by Lunny.

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

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020

    Andy Irvine & Paul Brady: A Celebration of a Classic Album

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Master musicians & songwriters Andy Irvine & Paul Brady revisit one of the greatest Irish folk & traditional albums ever written with a short run of dates, finishing up at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on March 19.

    Released in 1977, it quickly became a landmark of the genre, with these performances being accompanied by Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke, both of whom performed on the original LP - which was produced by Lunny.

    Tickets cost £38 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020

    King Krule

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    King Krule will play the Olympia Theatre on March 19. Taking place as part of his 2020 Northern American and EU tour, the English artist and multi-instrumentalist, born Archy Ivan Marshall, has just released new single/short film ‘Hey World!’.

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

     

  • Fri
    20
    Mar
    2020

    The Lost Brothers

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Irish songwriters & musicians Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, aka The Lost Brothers, are set to play Belfast's Ulster Sports Club on March 20.

    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 are available from Ticketweb. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • 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.

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2020

    William Duvall

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his first solo album, One Alone, current Alice In Chains frontman William Duvall headlines Whelan's on March 25. His solo material thus far entirely accoustic, there's an air of Laurel Canyon folk and gospel - check out ''Til The Light Guides Me Home'.

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster & WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2020

    Princess Nokia

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising hip-hop star Princess Nokia plays Vicar Street on March 25. The New York-born, Puerto Rican MC/singer/songwriter/actress & activist has been earning global praise, being featured in everything from Vogue to Rolling Stone. Watch the video for 'Balenciaga'.

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

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2020

    Jay Som

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Dream-pop singer-songwriter Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som is set to play the Workman's Club on March 26, following a rescheduled November date..

    The DIY bedroom pop artist & multi-instrumentalist released her debut album Everybody Works in 2017, with its follow-up out in August, Anak Ko. Check out the nostalgic wash of recent single 'Superbike'.

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

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020
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    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.

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020

    Elbow

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The Guy Garvey-fronted Elbow are set to play the 3Arena on March 28 as part of the tour for their latest album, Giants of All Sizes, which came out in October. Check out the video for 'Empires'.

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

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020

    Scarypoolparty

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dark pop artist Scarypoolparty headlines Whelan's on March 28 following the release of debut album Exit Form. Watch the video for 'Tonight'. 

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster. 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
    29
    Mar
    2020

    Agnes Obel

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Singer-songwriter Agnes Obel plays Vicar Street on March 29, accompanying her latest album. Expect music from her award-winning & platinum-selling PhilharmonicsAventine and Citizen of Glass. Check her out live in Berlin.

    Tickets cost €32 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2020

    Elbow

    The Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    The Guy Garvey-fronted Elbow are set to play Belfast's Waterfront Hall on March 29 as part of the tour for their latest album, Giants of All Sizes, which came out in October. Check out the video for 'Empires'.

    Tickets are available from The Waterfront.

  • Mon
    30
    Mar
    2020

    Night Cafe w/Dreamers & Roman Lewis

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Liverpool quartet The Night Cafe play the Academy 2 on March 30 following a sickess-related rescheduling. August saw the release of debut album 0151, following a string of singles & the Bunkbed EP.

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

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2020

    Night Cafe

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Liverpool quartet The Night Cafe play Belfast's Voodoo on March 31. This August saw the release of debut album 0151, following a string of singles & the Bunkbed EP.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2020

    Snoop Dogg w/Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Obie Trice & D12

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The one and only Snoop Dogg plays Dublin's 3Arena on April 9 as part of his I Wanna Thank Me Tour, with appearances from D12Warren G and Obie Trice, amongst others.

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

  • Fri
    10
    Apr
    2020

    Snoop Dogg

    The SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    The one and only Snoop Dogg plays the SSE Arena on April 10, just ten days before his spiritual birthday. This comes as part of his I Wanna Thank Me Tour, with appearances from D12Warren G and Obie Trice, amongst others.

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

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2020

    Confidence Man

    Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Australian dance-pop act Confidence Man play the Button Factory on April 25.

    Heavily influenced by the golden era of disco, 90s house, and repetitious vocal hooks, they're one of the most striking bands of this era. Watch the video for 'Out The Window'.

    Tickets cost €16 from Selective Memory. Doors open at 11.30pm.

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020

    The Lone Bellow

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Earthy, harmony-driven trio The Lone Bellow come to Dublin to play Whelan's on May 1, following the release of Half Moon Light. Check out 'Count On Me', the first track taken from the Brooklyn-based Americana/alt. country act's new LP.

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

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2020

    Lanterns On The Lake

    Lost Lane

    Dublin

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    Newcastle Upon Tyne indie band Lanterns On The Lake are set to play Lost Lane on May 2, following the release of their fourth album. Titled Spook The Herd, it tackles the manipulative tactics of ideologues.

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

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2020

    Leif Vollebekk

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Atmospheric singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk plays the Sound House on May 2. Check Leif out live for Paste Magazine.

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

  • Sun
    03
    May
    2020

    Bon Iver

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver is set to return to Dublin. Having last played the venue back in 2012, the Wisconsin artist and his band will play 3Arena on Sunday, May 3. Support on the night comes from Big Red Machine, Vernon’s side-project with the National’s Aaron Dessner.

    Tickets range from €49.50-€54.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    04
    May
    2020

    Fat Freddy's Drop

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    As part of the tour for their latest album, New Zealand seven piece Fat Freddy's Drop play Vicar Street on May 4th - rescheduled from their November date.

    Blending funk, soul, dub, jazz, r&b, they kicked off as a jam band in the late 90s. They've toured the world, hitting Europe regularly since 2002, with a strong emphasis on live performance. Check them out

    Tickets are priced €36.50 from Ticketmaster, and all tickets remain valid.

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2020

    The Handsome Family

    Liberty Hall Theatre

    Dublin

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    Brett and Rennie Sparks, aka The Handsome Family, are set to play the Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin on May 6.

    They've been covered and an inspiration to a huge range of artists, including Jeff Tweedy, Jason Lytle, and even Christy Moore. This year, they reissue their 1994 & 96 albums Odessa & Milk and Scissors. Check out early classic, 'Arlene'.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2020
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    09
    May
    2020

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his hugely acclaimed GhosteenNick Cave & The Bad Seeds return to Dublin, playing the 3Arena on May 8 & 9 - with the latter added due to demand.

    Ghosteen is the seventeenth album from Cave & the Bad Seeds, and is their most unanimously well-received yet. A rare gem of a double album, it explores ideas of empathy and faith, with subtle beauty. Listen to the title track here.

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

  • Sat
    09
    May
    2020

    Bambara

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Recalling the dark alternative rock of Afghan Whigs and their ilk, Bambara headline the Sound House on May 9. Making fans of like Daughters, Idles, Steve Lamacq, their gothic-tinged work is well worth checking out - watch the video for 'Serafina'.

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

  • Sun
    17
    May
    2020

    Flook

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    BBC & RTÉ Folk Award nominees Flook have been around for 25 years, and are set to perform at the Black Box on May 17 for Moving On Music.

    Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. The band will perform music from new album Ancora, which came out in 2019 after a 14 year recording hiatus. Check out 'Wrong Foot Forward'.

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

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2020

    Steve Ignorant: Crass Songs 1977-1984

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Co-founder of anarcho-punk band Crass, Steve Ignorant goes on tour to perform Crass classics from 1977-84, as well as his solo material. He plays with his band on May 22 at the Button Factory.

    The entire Crass catalogue has recently been remastered & reissued, revitalising a worldview that's still very much relevant. Expect visuals and samples - check out Stations of the Crass.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2020

    Sun Kil Moon

    Wesley Centenary Church

    Bangor

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    Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon plays Bangor’s Wesley Centenary Church on Friday, May 22 in the first of two Irish dates.

    The Californian artist, who is also a founding member of Red House Painters, will play a fully-seated show. Expect a typically confrontational rapport as only Kozelek knows how, following the release of tenth Sun Kil Moon studio album, I Also Want To Die In New Orleans. Listen to Benji, arguably his finest hour.

    Tickets cost £30, here.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2020

    Steve Ignorant: Crass Songs 1977-1984

    The Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Co-founder of anarcho-punk band Crass, Steve Ignorant goes on tour to perform Crass classics from 1977-84, as well as his solo material. He plays the Limelight 2 on May 23.

    The entire Crass catalogue has recently been remastered & reissued, revitalising a worldview that's still very much relevant. Expect visuals and samples - check out Stations of the Crass.

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

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2020

    Sun Kil Moon

    Liberty Hall Theatre

    Dublin

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    Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon plays Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre on Saturday, May 23.

    The Californian artist, who is also a founding member of Red House Painters, will play a fully-seated show. Expect the kind of confrontational rapport as only Kozelek knows how, following the release of tenth Sun Kil Moon studio album, I Also Want To Die In New Orleans. Listen to Benji, arguably his finest hour.

    Tickets cost €29.50 from Selective Memory. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    24
    May
    2020

    Tindersticks

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Following the release of new album No Treasure But Hope, Nottingham alternative rockers Tindersticks are set to play the National Concert Hall on May 24.

    The famously eclectic act are known for their orchestral backing, lounge jazz and soul influence, with No Treasure But Hope being their twelfth album to date. Watch the video for new single 'The Amputees'.

    Tickets are available from NCH.ie.

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2020
    Wed
    27
    May
    2020

    Huun-Huur-Tu

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Tuva - a republic situated on the Mongolian-Russian border - group Huun-Huur-Tu play The Sugar Club on May 26 & 27, following a pair of hypnotic sold-out shows in 2019.

    They're characterised by their multi-tonal throat singing, sometimes accompanied by native Tuvan instruments like the igil khomus (jaw harp), doshpuluur & dünggür (shaman drum), which has led to collaborations with Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, Kronos Quartet and many more. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club and Ticketmaster, priced €21. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2020

    JC Stewart

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Young Northern Irish pop singer-songwriter JC Stewart plays his biggest Irish show to date at the Academy on May 27. Check out latest single 'Bones'.

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

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2020

    JC Stewart

    The Limelight

    Belfast

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    Young Northern Irish pop singer-songwriter JC Stewart plays his biggest Irish show to date at The Limelight on May 28. Check out latest single 'Bones'.

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

  • Sat
    30
    May
    2020
    Sun
    31
    May
    2020

    Forbidden Fruit 2020

    The Royal Hospital, Kilminham

    Dublin

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    Now in its tenth anniversary, Forbidden Fruit festival returns to Kilmainham Royal Hospital grounds on the weekend on May 30 & 31. First announcements are UnderworldLoyle CarnerFatima Yamaha (Live) and park hye jin.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced upwards of €110.

  • 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.

  • Sun
    31
    May
    2020

    Bird On The Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen by Pauline Scanlon & The Whileaways

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following sellout shows at the likes of Pepper Canister Church, Pauline Scanlon & The Whileaways bring their tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen to the Olympia Theatre on May 31.

    The Whileaways and Pauline Scanlon will celebrate many of Cohen's best-loved live works, leading a masterful collective including Will Merrigan on bass, Dave Clancy on keys, Beoga legend Eamon Murray on drums, alongside string and brass sections. The Whileaways are Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce, who combine to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies.

    Tickets cost €31.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    03
    Jun
    2020

    Drive By Truckers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Alt. country rockers Drive-By Truckers return to Vicar Street on June 3.

    Based out of Athens, Georgia, home of fellow groundbreaking weirdos R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel, they've been kicking around for two decades now, making music in the vein of Uncle Tupelo and Neil Young & Crazy Horse Ragged Glory-era gritty country, with singers/songwriters/guitarists Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood being the progressive social commentators of a different kind of Southerner. Their new album, The Unravelling picks where where their phenomenal last album, American Band, left off. Their most overtly political and rawly emotional, it came out around the last US election, with this looking back on the US' societal breakdown. Check out 'Armageddon's Back In Town'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €30.

  • Sun
    07
    Jun
    2020

    Yes

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of prog's all time greats, Yes, bring their album series to Vicar Street, where they'll perform 1974's Relayer in its entirety.

    The current lineup will feature drummer Alan White & Steve Howe from the Relayer lineup, accompanied by Geoff Downes on keys, Jon Davison on vocals & bassist Billy Sherwood. Yes have sold over 50 million records, with their 70s album streak one of the great fecund stretches of classic rock.

    Tickets cost €55 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2020

    Iron Maiden

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden are set for a Belfast return.

    Having last played the city in August 2018 as part of their Legacy of the Beast tour, the Bruce Dickinson-fronted band will play Belfast’s Ormeau Park as part of Belsonic on Monday, June 15th.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2020
    Sun
    21
    Jun
    2020

    An Evening With Randy Newman

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Pianist and masterful singer-songwriter Randy Newman returns to Dublin to play Vicar Street on June 20 & 21, with the latter added due to demand.

    Debuting back in 1968 with his eponymous debut album, he's become a master of wry, self-deprecating and socially astute storytelling in pop music's confines, earning a universal respect over the years. Commercially, he's known for his Grammy-winning work on Toy Story & A Bug's Life, among others, but look to Sail Away and Good Old Boys. Watch him perform 'Political Science' from the Old Grey Whistle Test, and his sensational NPR Tiny Desk concert from 2018.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €81. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Mon
    29
    Jun
    2020

    Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer

    RDS Arena

    Dublin

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    Green DayFall Out Boy and Weezer are set to team up for a show in Dublin as part of their global Hella Mega stadium tour. The three bands will play RDS Arena on June 29th.

    Tickets cost €79.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2020

    Chemical Brothers

    Irish Independent Park

    Cork

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    Iconic English electronic duo The Chemical Brothers play Cork's Irish Independent Park on June 30.

    Stephan Bodzin & James Holroyd formed the band in Manchester 1989, and have redefined live electronic music over two decades. Their psychedelic live show has taken on a life of its own, as 2012 film Don't Think captured. Their most recent album, Born In The Echoes was their sixth consecutive number 1. Check out their 2019 Essential Mix.

    Tickets cost €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 5pm.

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2020

    Fontaines D.C.

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    One of the most stratospheric rises we've seen in some time has been folk-punks Fontaines D.C., and they've announced their biggest show to date at Iveagh Gardens on July 4.

    Their debut album Dogrel was Mercury-nominated, they've toured endlessly with labelmates Idles, and although worldly in influence, distinctly allude to Irish vernacular in everything they've done thus far. Check them out Live on KEXP.

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

  • Sat
    11
    Jul
    2020

    Caribou

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    The ever forward-pushing Dan Snaith aka Caribou makes his return to Dublin in the first announcement of the Iveagh Gardens' summer series. The Canadian artist will play on Saturday, July 11th in the penultimate date on a string of 2020 dates. Stream new track ‘Home’.

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

  • Fri
    17
    Jul
    2020

    Pixies

    Festival Big Top

    Galway

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    Boston indie rock legends Pixies make their return to Ireland, having recently played Dublin & Belfast. The seminal quartet will return next summer to play the Big Top at Galway Arts Festival on July 17th, coinciding with the release of their new album in the autumn.

    Tickets are available from GIAF, priced €52.50.

  • Sat
    18
    Jul
    2020

    Pixies

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Boston indie rock legends Pixies make their return to Ireland, having recently played Dublin & Belfast. The seminal quartet will return next summer to play Dublin's Iveagh Gardens on July 18th, coinciding with the release of their new album, Beneath the Eyrie.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €59.50.

  • Sun
    30
    Aug
    2020

    John Prine

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    One of, if not country music's finest wordsmith, John Prine plays the Olympia Theatre on August 30.

    Having been heralded as one of the best from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and countless more, his eponymous debut album is in the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame. He's also one of the key members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with his songs being covered by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, The Everly Brothers. It's not easy to argue that there's a better songwriter in all of the genre. He'll be celebrating 20 years of his beloved In Spite of Ourselves, which included his iconic duet with Iris DeMent, which has become possibly his best-known song.

    Listen to the timeless 'Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore'.

    Tickets cost from €69 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    05
    Oct
    2020

    Status Quo

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Returning at long last as part of their Backbone tour, Status Quo play the Waterfront Hall on October 5.

    Quo will be performing hits from across their five decade career, including their latest album, Backbone, their highest charting album of new material for 37 years. This tour sees the band’s return to the stage, as part of a major European tour, after largely taking a break in 2019. 

    Tickets are available from the Waterfront.

  • Tue
    06
    Oct
    2020

    Status Quo

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Returning at long last as part of their Backbone tour, Status Quo play the Olympia Theatre on October 6.

    Quo will be performing hits from across their five decade career, including their latest album, Backbone, their highest charting album of new material for 37 years. This tour sees the band’s return to the stage, as part of a major European tour, after largely taking a break in 2019. 

    Tickets are priced from €56, from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Oct
    2020

    Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Following his sold out 2018 show, Jools Holland brings his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to the 3Arena once more. Just like his previous Dublin shows, Jools will be joined on vocals by Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall and his fellow Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums. The TV host & masterful pop craftsman & musician will be performing many of his classics, as well as big band interpretations of a broad range of hits.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and doors open at 8pm.

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