Gig Guide

2021

  • Tue
    12
    Jan
    2021

    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 Tuesday, January 12, following The Event. Support on the night comes from Aaron Dessner's Big 37d03d Machine, Vernon’s side-project with the National member.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2021

    Blanck Mass w/Hillary Woods

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Ben John Power, founder of Fuck Buttons, brings his experimental electronic project Blanck Mass to the Ulster Sports Club in his first Belfast show in a few years on January 22.

    He went solo and has been working under the moniker since 2010, working on a great deal of collaborations (including for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony), EPs and albums, with the most recent being Animated Violence Mild.

    Supporting is Irish Sacred Bones-signed songstress Hillary Woods.

    Tickets are available from Ticketweb, priced at €16. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    06
    Feb
    2021

    Primordial w/Mourning Beloveth

    Opium

    Dublin

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    Celtic black metal outfit Primordial will play Opium, Dublin on Saturday, 6th February.

    Supporting are Athy death-doom merchants Mourning Beloveth. Both bands will perform sets including rarely (if ever) played tracks. Check out Dust.

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

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2021

    Black Country, New Road

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Jazz-influenced, spoken word post-hardcore outfit Black Country, New Road play Whelan's on February 27 in their first Irish show. Riding the same kind of wave of hype as Black MIDI and the likes, we're rather excited by the prospect of a debut LP. Check out 'Sunglasses' live. 

    Tickets are available from Flowte.

  • Tue
    02
    Mar
    2021

    Hans Zimmer

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of this era's most distinguished film composers Hans Zimmer returns to the 3Arena on March 2.

    The show will feature a choir and full band & orchestra, showcasing the highlights from a career that recently includes The Lion KingInterstellarDunkirk, and goes back to GladiatorThe Thin Red Line and Thelma and Louise. He has scored more than 200 projects, grossing more than $28 billion worldwide.

    Tickets are priced upwards from €77.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    05
    Mar
    2021

    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 5, following its postponement from Coronavirus. 

    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
    17
    Mar
    2021

    Dublin Gospel Choir w/Kitt Philippa & U.M.A.N.

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    Ireland's foremost expression of gospel music, the Dublin Gospel Choir perform at Pepper Canister Church one year on from the originally scheduled dates of St. Patrick's Day. All tickets remain valid.

    The group can expand from small ensemble to a 40 piece choir, and have shared the stage with the likes of Rod Stewart, Outkast & Ennio Morricone. On the night, they'll be joined by Kitt Philippa, whose debut album Human came out at in October to huge acclaim. Also playing is Brian Flanagan, aka U.M.A.N.

    Tickets are available here, priced €20. The show begins at 8pm on both nights.

  • Thu
    18
    Mar
    2021

    Mount Alaska w/Slow Moving Cloud

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Pepper Canister Church holds a Selective Memory show headed by Mount Alaska on March 18, a year on from its originally-intended date in 2020.

    The ambient electronic outfit wrote their latest album with the concept in mind to create a soundtrack for a TV show that doesn't exist. It was written, recorded & produced by duo Stephen Shannon & Cillian McDonnell, who've worked on film soundtracks over the last number of years. Check them out on Bandcamp.

    Supporting are Slow Moving Clouds.

    Tickets are available from Selective Memory, priced €15. 

  • Sun
    28
    Mar
    2021

    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 March 28 (rescheduled from 2020).

    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.

  • Fri
    23
    Apr
    2021
    Sat
    24
    Apr
    2021

    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 April 23 & 24 - rescheduled from his original May 8 & 9 2020 dates respectively.

    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.

  • Fri
    07
    May
    2021
    Sun
    09
    May
    2021

    It Takes A Village

    Trabolgan

    Cork

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    The 2020 edition of It Takes A Village at Trabolgan has been rescheduled until the following year, running from May 7-9, 2021. The first run of international include NYC house DJ Joe Claussell, Cork's Fish Go Deep, UK dub pioneer Mad ProfessorRomareScary ÉireHappyness, Amsterdam-based psych band Altin GünLynks Afrikka, alongside some of the best Ireland has to offer, including Junior BrotherThe Mary Wallopers, PercolatorPost Punk Podge & The TechnohippiesPillow Queens and more.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Wed
    12
    May
    2021

    Joan As Police Woman

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    As part of the tour for her Cover Two album, Joan As Police Woman plays Dolan's, Limerick on May 12 following rescheduled Irish dates from 2020.

    A cover album, she's rework cuts from the likes of Neil Young ('On The Beach'), The Strokes, Talk Talk, Outkast, Gil Scott-Heron & Prince in the intimate setting of the Georgian church.

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

  • Thu
    13
    May
    2021

    Joan As Police Woman

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    As part of the tour for her Cover Two album, Joan As Police Woman plays Live at St. Lukes on May 13 following rescheduled Irish dates from 2020.

    A cover album, she's rework cuts from the likes of Neil Young ('On The Beach'), The Strokes, Talk Talk, Outkast, Gil Scott-Heron & Prince in the intimate setting of the Georgian church.

  • Fri
    14
    May
    2021
    Sat
    15
    May
    2021

    Joan As Police Woman

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    As part of the tour for her Cover Two album, Joan As Police Woman will play two dates at Pepper Canister Church on May 14 & 15, following rescheduled dates from June 2020.

    A cover album, she'll rework cuts from the likes of Neil Young ('On The Beach'), The Strokes, Talk Talk, Outkast, Gil Scott-Heron & Prince in the intimate setting of the Georgian church.

    Tickets cost €24.50 from Selective Memory, and all tickets remain valid.

  • Sat
    22
    May
    2021

    Jonathan Bree

    Lost Lane

    Dublin

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    New Zealand alt-pop troubadour Jonathan Bree is set to play the Lost Lane on May 22 for Selective Memory, following the release of fourth solo album After The Curtains Close. Watch the award-winning video for 'You're So Cool'.

    Tickets are priced €16 from Selective Memory. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    27
    May
    2021

    Hamilton Leithauser

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser returns to Ireland to play the Button Factory on May 27, postponed from June 2, 2020. 

    Following US indie rock band The Walkmen's 2011 hiatus, Leithauser released his debut solo album in 2014, followed up with 2015's Dear God alongside Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon. He worked with former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij to release the acclaimed I Had A Dream That You Were Mine. Check out 'Here They Come'.

    Tickets, priced at €24, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    01
    Jun
    2021

    OM

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Featuring bassist & vocalist Al Cisneros of Sleep, Emil Amos & Tyler Trotter, OM are one of the finest mantra-driven drone acts in the world. They're set to return to Dublin on June 1. Listen to 'State of Non-Return'.

    Tickets cost €28 from Tickets.ie. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    02
    Jun
    2021

    Dope Lemon

    Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Angus Stone's stoned slacker project Dope Lemon comes to the Button Factory on June 2 in his debut peformance. 

    Also of Australian folk-pop duo Angus & Julia Stone, his new album Smooth Big Cat came out last year. Check out 'Hey You'.

    Tickets are available from Selective Memory, priced €24.50.

  • Tue
    08
    Jun
    2021

    Jawbox

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Post-hardcore legends Jawbox make their first ever Irish appearance at Whelan's on June 8.

    Formed by J Robbins & Kim Coletta in Washington DC in 1989, they released a string of 7"s and four studio albums, ultimately breaking up in 1997. Its members continued to work - to varying degrees - in the music industry, with Robbins & guitarist Bill Barbot forming Burning Airlines, and Coletta co-running a label. In 2019, the band announced they would officially reunion. Check their recent Live at KEXP session.

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

  • Sun
    20
    Jun
    2021

    Crypt of the Riff Vol. 5: Stoned Jesus & more

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    The fifth volume of Belfast's foremost riff-based megabill takes place at Voodoo on June 20, a year on from its postponement. Ukrainian stoner-doom giants Stoned Jesus play their first ever Northern Irish show, as part of their Xth Anniversary Tour, playing highlights of their decade together. Watch the video for 'I'm The Mountain'.

    Making up the rest of the bill are Elder Druid, just off the back of their second album, Cork sludge quartet Coroza, stoner-rock quartet Psychedelenaut, occult stoner-doom quintet Gravity Well - check out their debut EP - and new Belfast progressive post-metallers Soma.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced from £15. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Sep
    2021

    Bright Eyes

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Vicar Street hosts the first show in 19 years from Bright Eyes on September 1.

    Back after a 9 year hiatus, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis & Nathaniel Walcott have regrouped to tour and record in 2020. Their nine albums were, for many, generation defining, burrowing across emo, Americana, folk and alternative rock.

    Tickets are priced €37.50-€42.50 from Selective Memory & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    09
    Sep
    2021

    Margaret Glaspy

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Young Californian singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy is set to play Whelan's on September 9.

    Her second album, Devotion came out in March to positive reviews - check out 'Stay With Me'.

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

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