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  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019
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    21
    Apr
    2019

    Free Gaff:

    Red Bull Free Gaff, Ballsbridge

    Dublin

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    After a hugely successful inaugural event last year, Red Bull Free Gaff returns over Easter Bank Holiday Weekend with parties across three floors across three nights - Friday 19-Sunday 21 April in Ballsbridge.

    Featuring some of Ireland's best producers, hip-hop & electronic artists, this year will also see a Garden Stage & immersive Bedroom Installation. Performing are Le Boom, Boots & KatsJYellowLÆ Mak, Quinton Campbell, ColleranHandsome Paddy & BobofunkWhy-AxisShy MascotGeorge FeelyKavanaghDartAdamantCailínBobby BasilMarcus Woods, Matt FinneganHuvaJill StaxxRTLBoyw1dr, LeeumLooptownKarl Guest and Hannah O'Connell.

    Tickets are available here, priced €20 per day. Doors open at 7pm, with each night hosting a different (BYOB) experience.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Conjurer & Bailer

    Fred Zeppelin's

    Cork

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    As part of their four-date joint Irish tour, UK post-metal outfit Conjurer play Fred Zeppelin's in Cork on April 20. Listen to their 2018 LP, Mire.

    Cork metallic hardcore outfit Bailer support throughout the tour - check out their eponymous EP on Bandcamp.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Vulpynes

    The Academy 2

    Dublin

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    Dublin-based sludgy two piece Vulpynes headline the Academy 2 on April 20.

    Offering up raw gelatinous chunks of Mudhoney, Melvins and L7, they've been gigging heavily around the island and beyond as of late, sharing stages with the likes of Marmozets, Deap Vally & Misfits' Doyle. Watch the video for 'Silica'.

    Tickets cost €13.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Dead Witches, Elder Druid, Venus Sleeps & Worst

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    As part of their run of Irish tour dates, Dead Witches headline the Bello Bar in a fairly appropriate 4/20 bill. The latest project from Electric Wizard founder Mark Greening, check out their second album, Ouija.

    Supporting are Belfast-based stoner-doom merchants Elder Druid - check out debut album Carmina Satanae - Dublin stoner doom act Venus Sleeps - check them out on Bandcamp - and krauty psych-noise project Worst - listen to MMXVII.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Fox Jaw

    Sin É

    Dublin

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    Alt. rock quintet Fox Jaw are set to play a headline show at Dublin's Sin É on April 20. Watch the video for 'Madeline'.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Sonja Sleator, Glass Wings, Ethan Hanna & Sarah Buckley

    The Pavilion

    Belfast

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    Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator plays a headline show at Belfast's Pavilion on April 20 to launch her third EP, Violent Strawberry - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka'.

    Supporting is Limavady-born Glass Wings - have a watch of the video for 'For A Little While' - singer-songwriter Ethan Hanna and Cork-born, Dublin-based indie-folk songstress Sarah Buckley - check her out on Soundcloud.

    Tickets are available for £5 here. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    DIY LK: Maija Sofia & more

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Otherworldly, folk-rooted singer-songwriter Maija Sofia plays a headline set at Pharmacia for DIY LK on April 20. Check out 'Flowers', which DIY Magazine named Best New Music. Her debut album is set for release later this year.

    Admission costs €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Bastion, Romeo Indigo Romeo, Victim Royal & The Zang

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Belfast rockers Bastion headline SONI's showcase on April 20 at the Empire. 

    Also performing are Romeo Indigo Romeo, Belfast metal quintet Victim Royal and Lurgan power-pop act The Zang.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    The Elephant Room, Easy Tide & Father!

    The Thomas House

    Dublin

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    The Thomas House holds a bill of indie rock with some various strains of psych on April 20. Playing are The Elephant Room and Slane indie-psych power-pop masters Easy Tideboth of whom were compiled on new independent LP Live @ Fennor LaneOpening things is the lo-fi indie-pop project from Sean Brunswick, complete with full band, Father!

    Admission costs €5.60 from Eventbrite or €6 on the night. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Rodrigo Y Gabriela

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Acoustic instrumental duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Dublin for an Olympia show on April 21, five days ahead of the release of their latest album, Mettavolution.

    Three years in the making, the album is their most ambitious conceptual album to date. Tying together their interest in Buddhism, human evolution & nature, it was written & recorded in their studio on the Mexican Pacific Coast. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets, priced at €34 from Ticketmaster, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Agalmatophilia Closing Party w/ Nervvs & Jake Regan

    Private Bar, The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    From the people behind Agalmatophilia: A tragedy in three acts comes a night of tunes, visual art and a thank-you night at the privately-booked Button Factory Bar  those who helped during the crowdfunding campaign of the film, hosted by C-47. 

    Performances come from borderline-telepathic noise-punk duo Nervvs - check them out on Bandcamp - and incredibly gifted indie rock singer-songwriter Jake Regan, whose wonderful debut single 'Over It' we recently premiered. The night will also feature visual art and sculpting exhibitions along with a private bar.

    Admission costs €10 - donations are welcome here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Prima Volta Presents: Five To Two & Spekulative Fiktion

    The Record Room

    Limerick

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    The Record Room hosts a night of hip-hop & vibey jazz on Sunday, April 21, when Prima Volta hosts a bill of some of the finest.

    Dublin Soft Boy Records' piano, double bass & drum trio Five To Two play - check them out live in session for RTÉ 2XM - as well as Cork-based rapper & beatmaker Spekulative Fiktion, who has performed with the likes of Danny Brown, Immortal Technique & Shabazz Palaces. Check out his 2018 EP Effigies.

    DJ sets on the night come from 2XM's Peter Curtin and Bill Baramus.

    Admission costs €10, or €7 for students & unwaged. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Mon
    22
    Apr
    2019

    DJ Seinfeld

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Two years on from his last Belfast show for Twitch, DJ Seinfeld returns, playing the new Speakeasy Bar on April 22, featuring the Bunatee soundsystem. Check out his Boiler Room session.

    Twitch residents will accompany him on the night.

    Tickets are priced from £9-£13 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Opera House

    Cork

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    Celebrating his four decades in music, Joe Jackson plays a pair of Irish dates, starting with the Cork Opera House on April 23.

    His twentieth album, Fool accompanies this fourth decade, made in the immediate aftermath of a tour. Beloved for his idiosyncratic voice & diverse, shapeshifting Warren Zevon/Randy Newmanesque ability - listen to new single 'Fabulously Absolute', which brings in some surprisingly angular guitar. And then listen to 'Steppin' Out'.

    Tickets cost €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    An Grianán Theatre

    Letterkenny

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a run of shows as part of his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour. He'll play Letterkenny's An Grianán Theatre on April 23.

    The poet, cultural commentator, movie star, comedian & rock star has had his imprint on everything from early post-punk to modern pop, with the Arctic Monkeys turning his 'I Wanna Be Yours' into a hit on A:M. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets cost €26.50 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
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    25
    Apr
    2019

    Limmy's: Surprisingly Down to Earth and Very Funny

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    One of the most brilliant, surreal minds in comedy today Limmy, makes a journey over to launch his autobiography at The MAC on April 24 & 25.

    Following on from his Daft Wee Stories and That's Your Lot short story collections, this night will feature a night of anecdotes & chit-chat, as he introduces his first work of non-fiction, Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny . It will feature the "true stories of how this permanent tripper ended up on the telly", including an audience Q&A and book signing.

    Tickets cost £16-£18 from The MAC. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Joe Jackson

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Celebrating his four decades in music, Joe Jackson plays a pair of Irish dates, the latter at the Olympia on April 24.

    His twentieth album, Fool accompanies this fourth decade, made in the immediate aftermath of a tour. Beloved for his idiosyncratic voice & diverse, shapeshifting Warren Zevon/Randy Newmanesque ability - listen to new single 'Fabulously Absolute', which brings in some surprisingly angular guitar. And then listen to 'Steppin' Out'.

    Tickets cost €36 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Bowling For Soup

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Classic pop-punk outfit Bowling For Soup headline the Limelight 1 on April 24. This looks to be their final tour - after 2013's 'last ever' - following ten albums, a run of noughties hits, and 25 years together.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar, priced £24. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Haley Heynderickx

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Oregon singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx is set for a show at Whelan's on April 24. This follows the release of her jazz & folk-fused debut album, I Need To Start A Garden. Check her out NPR Tiny Desk.

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

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    The Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    To launch her debut album Idle Mind, Homebeat bring Anna Mieke to Dundalk's Spirit Store for a free show on April 24. 

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free and doors open at 9pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Zeropunkt

    Arthur's

    Dublin

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    Having recently changed their name from ¡NO! - more info on that here - free psychedelic improvisers Zeropunkt play Arthur's on Thomas Street on April 24 in their only Dublin date of the year.

    In its various incarnations, the project features sax, guitar, keys, clarinet, synth, piano, flute, drums, percussion, bass & vocals. Stream their free-download latest single 'Bitch Nails'.

    They kick off at 9pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a pair of shows. He's set to bring his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour to the Ulster Hall on April 25.

    The poet, cultural commentator, movie star, comedian & rock star has had his imprint on everything from early post-punk to modern pop, with the Arctic Monkeys turning his 'I Wanna Be Yours' into a hit on A:M. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets are priced from £28.50 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Bowling For Soup

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Classic pop-punk outfit Bowling For Soup headline the Academy on April 25. This looks to be their final tour - after 2013's 'last ever' - following ten albums, a run of noughties hits, and 25 years together.

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Terry & Gyan Riley

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Returning after a two spellbinding sellout shows together in 2018, master of minimalism, Terry Riley, performs the Sugar Club on April 25 alongside Gyan Riley.

    If you know who he is, you don't need us to tell you how essential this performance will be, but we will anyway. In a slight variation from their dates last year, Gyan will again perform on classical & electric guitar, with Terry this time perform on baby grand piano. The American composer was initially involved with jazz and fusion, gradually reaching great acclaim in the Minimalist branch of Western Classical music that reaches its apex in the 1960s. 

    Of these shows, Terry says "Nothing I have done in this life has given me more satisfaction than improvising on these songs with Gyan. Nothing I have done can match the intuitive synchronicity we have shared many times on the stage. Gyan supplies a brilliant counterpoint to the strands and moods of these pieces always surprising me with a virtuosity that serves and energizes his musical invention. I could not have dreamed up a better marriage of mind and spirit than this collaboration." We can only confirm this, as our review of their 2018 performance confirms.

    Tickets are available from The Sugar Club, priced €25.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    The Underground Youth w/Glossolalia

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Sparse, cinematic post-punk outfit The Underground Youth play a Paisley Promotions show at the Grand Social on April 25.

    This show comes in support of their ninth album Montage Images of Lust & Fear, one year after their Irish debut. If you like Girls Names, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Fall, you'll love them - have a listen to 2017's What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Ferals EP Launch w/Mosmo Strange & Gnarkats

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Belfast-based math-rock trio Ferals launch their debut EP Always Watching Never Watched at The Menagerie on April 25 through Zool Records - check out the video for new single 'Mystery'.

    Supporting are stoner-cum-alternative rockers Mosmo Strange - watch the video for 'Fumar' from their Dingus EP - and math-tinged indie outfit Gnarkats - watch the video for 'War Cry'.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Plug'd Records

    Cork

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays Plug'd upstairs at Cork's The Roundy on April 25.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs €7 on the door, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Robert Sarazin Blake w/Junior Johnson

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    US singer-songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake is set to play the Sunflower Bar on April 25, having been regularly touring here since 2001. 

    In 2010, he made an album entitled A Long Series of Memorable Nights Forgotten: The Belfast Sessions. His 2017 release Recitative received some praise from the Dean of Rock Criticism Robert Christgau, who said said "chants that riff on the titles WORK, COUPLES, and SINGLE WOMEN are as instantly indelible as the Springsteen, Weill, Reed, and Van Morrison lifts woven in".

    Supporting is roots singer-songwriter Junior Johnson.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Kneecap

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Mega-hyped Gaeilge/English hip-hop outfit Kneecap are set to play Derry's Sandino's on April 26 as part of an Irish tour. Check out 'Tá na Baggies ar an Talamh'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced £11.25. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Hefty #2

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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

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

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 10pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Wastefellow w/Fat Pablo

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Dublin psychedelic electronic glitchy auteur Wastefellow brings his live A/V show to the Button Factory on April 26. Watch the video for his wonderful 'On The Dry'.

    Electronic psychedelia act Fat Pablo support.

    Tickets cost €8 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays Dublin Unitarian Church on April 26.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Support comes from Al Reddan.

    Tickets cost €12, or €25 with vinyl, available via Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Eve Clague

    The Roundy

    Cork

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    Soulful urban folk artist Eve Clague is set to launch her new single 'Young Naive Me' with a show at Cork's The Roundy on March 31. Having kicked the year off with a well-received show at Cork's Quarter Block Party, it looks to be an exciting year for the Cork School of Music graduate. Check her out on Soundcloud.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Cha Cha Cha Ha Ha Ha - Pieta House Fundraiser

    Jaja Studios

    Dublin

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    Jaja Studios in Stoneybatter host a frankly unmissable fundraiser for mental health charity Pieta House on April 27.

    Entitled Cha Cha Cha Ha Ha Ha, the former half of its name comes from the stylings from an assortment of our favourite Irish independent artists Postcard Versions, SquareheadOh BolandMaija SofiaShrug Life & Robbie Strickland.

    The Ha Ha Ha comes from stand-ups like Bláithín de Burca, Sarah DevereuxMike RiceAoife O'Connor and Brian Gallagher.

    Tickets cost €13 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 2.30pm, and it's a BYO event.

     

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies, Jogging & DPM

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    On April 27, Bello Bar holds a headline show from Limerick insurgents & one of our 19 for '19 artists, Post Punk Podge and the Technohippies. One of the most vitriolic, well-humoured voices of dissent in Ireland at the moment, check out the incredible anti-domestic abuse anthem, 'Never Coming Home' - one of our tracks of 2018.

    Supporting are post-hardcore indie rock veterans Jogging - check them out on Bandcamp - and post-punk/noise outfit The Disco Participation Matrix, whose debut EP is expected later in the year.

    Admission costs €8 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Larry Album Launch

    M.A.D. Youth Theatre

    Dundalk

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    Breezy Dundalk alternative rock trio Larry are set to release their debut album in a hometown launch show at M.A.D. Youth Theatre on April 27.

    The record will be available on 12" on the night, and was recorded by Steve Albini. The night will feature a screening of that process, called Larry - The Full Bosco. Check out the video for 'Cocker Spaniel'.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm. It's a BYOB show.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays upstairs at Galway's Roisin Dubh on April 27.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €10 from the Roisin Dubh. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Crilli DnB Present: Dead Man's Chest

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Bristol's Dead Man's Chest is the next act to grace the Menagerie Stage for Crilli dnb on April 27.

    His own productions, as well as those on his Western Lore label are at the forefront of the current jungle revival, and on top of that is the label cover artist. Check out 'Tears (Fantazia Version)' and 'Liquid 94'.

    Tickets cost £8 here or £10 on the door. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Idaho indie rock heroes and TTA favourites Built To Spill will make their long-awaited return to Dublin next year.

    Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Doug Martsch-fronted band’s fourth studio album, Keep It Like a Secret, the band will play Workman’s Club on Sunday, April 28th. The band last played Dublin back in 2010. Revisit our Monday Mixtape with Doug Martsch here.

    Tickets for the show are priced at €21, available from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Dr John Cooper Clarke: The Luckiest Guy Alive

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    The original people's poet, John Cooper Clarke, returns to Ireland for a run of shows as part of his Luckiest Guy Alive book tour. He'll play Live at St Luke's on April 28.

    The poet, cultural commentator, movie star, comedian & rock star has had his imprint on everything from early post-punk to modern pop, with the Arctic Monkeys turning his 'I Wanna Be Yours' into a hit on A:M. These shows follow the release of his new book, and will blend its extracts with ponderings on modern life, gags, riffs & chat. Here's 'Chickentown'.

    Tickets cost €28 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Strange New Places, Sonif & Oisín Ó Scolaí and the Virginia Slims

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Sizeable Bear hold their second show at McHugh's on April 28, headlined by emo-punks Strange New Places. They're one of the finest young live acts around, and this is their first headline show since Halloween - listen to 'Trombone'.

    Lo-fi Dublin indie-electro project Sonif support - check him out on Bandcamp - as well as singer-songwriter Oisín Ó Scolaí and the Virginia Slims, who just released their debut album on Black Tragick Records.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 7.30pm.

     

  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Richard Ashcroft

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft plays Dublin's Olympia Theatre on April 29 in support of his latest album, Natural Rebel.

    This will be the fifth solo record for the Ivor Novello winner, each of whom's previous albums have reached top 3 chart positions. Watch the video for recent single 'Surprised By The Joy'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Stella Donnelly

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Fast-rising Perth singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly will play the Grand Social on April 29.

    The Wales-born artist – whose debut full-length album comes out on Secretly Canadian - check out 'Boys Will Be Boys'.

    Tickets for the show are €15.00 from Ticketmaster.

     
  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019

    The Antlers

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Making their first appearance in Ireland in five years, The Antlers are set to play the Sugar Club on April 30 in what will be an appropriately intimate, subdued setting for the cinematic outfit.

    Having not played together since 2015, following the release of their last album, Familiars, the band has announced a vinyl reissue of their career-defining album, Hospiceon its tenth anniversary. The album, which featured Sharon Van Etten on vocals, was one of the finest to come from the emotive rock movement of the noughties. Of the reissue, primary songwriter & vocalist Peter Silberman said:

    "We’re reissuing the Hospice LP on March 8th, 2019, in honor of its tenth anniversary. It will be newly pressed on double white vinyl, with deluxe artwork and packaging courtesy of the album’s original artist, Zan Goodman.

    We’ll be playing a limited number of acoustic shows to celebrate, too. But it will be a bit different this time as the core band now consists of myself and drummer Michael Lerner— longtime multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci is no longer with the band.

    Though we’ve pared down for the time being, these shows will feature some old friends and guests, and together we’ll perform Hospice in its entirety.We’re truly looking forward to revisiting these old songs in a new light."

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

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019

    Kojaque

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Possibly the most exciting, fast-rising Irish hip-hop artist Kojaque, is set to play Belfast's Limelight 2 on May 1. 

    It's over a year since the release of his game-changing debut LP Deli Daydreams - check out his statement on it: 
    "Deli Daydreams is a conceptual project chronicling a week in the life of a Deli worker. The project meanders through the daydreams of KOJAQUE, the main protagonist, as he contemplates love, life and loneliness in the lead up to the annual work Christmas party. The project is a vignette of working life in Dublin, mundanity, madness and escapism."

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

    Tickets, priced £11, are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Newton Faulkner

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner plays The Academy on May 2.

    Faulkner's debut album Hand Built By Robots was released in 2007 which saw him break out and reach number 1. He released Write It On Your Skin in 2012 and he made some history by live streaming the recording of his follow-up, Studio Zoo, for the 5 weeks it took to record in summer of 2013. He released his sixth & latest, Hit The Ground Running, in 2017, followed by a best of compilation in 2019. Watch the video for 'Hit The Ground Running'.

    Tickets are available for €30 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Hen Ogledd

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic outfit Hen Ogledd, featuring Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell & Sally Pilkington, are set to play Voodoo on May 2 in a show for Moving On Music & CQAF. Watch the video for 'Problem Child'.

    Their third album, Mogic, came out at the end of 2018, and imbues the esoteric Eastern inclinations of Dawson's solo work with a genuine bop-ability. The joyous pop of Pilkington, Davies' ethereal, fractured harp & guitar work, and the manipulated electronica of Bothwell.

    Tickets are available from Ticketsolve, priced £12.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    HAVVK

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    Atmospheric alt. rock outfit HAVVK - check out the video for 'Glass' are set to bring their Drawn Together tour to Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre on May 2. 

    Drawn Together is a series of dates working with inclusive venues, promoters & collectives who support female & non-binary artists.

     

    Tickets cost £6 here and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Teenage Fanclub

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Scottish power-pop legends Teenage Fanclub play the Festival Marquee at Custom House Square on May 2.

    Their heart-on-sleeve sincerity and masterful pop craft has seen the band elevated to deserved indie-god status over the years, with Bandwagonesque, Grand Prix and Songs from Northern Britain. Check out their recent single 'Everything Is Falling Apart'.  

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

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Howe Gelb

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Howe Gelb has been called one of the most resilient and consistently inventive American artists his generation, and he comes to Belfast's CQAF to play the Ulster Sports Club on May 2.

    Based in Tuscon, Arizona since 1972, Howe has collaborated with artists such as M Ward, PJ Harvey and John Parish, and with Giant Sand spawned and inspired bands such as Calexico, who make up part of Howe’s extended musical family. 

    The key question with any Howard Gelb show is what guise he will take on for the occasion - solo piano music, free jazz excursions, late night crooning, dusty acoustic Americana, flamenco, or another version of one of his songs, or something that he hasn’t done yet. Known for never playing anything the same way twice and always spinning a singularly wry yarn, he's a must-see. A Leonard Cohen for open spaces. Check out his latest KEXP session.

    Tickets cost only £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.15pm.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019

    Telephone Explosions

    Teacher's Club

    Dublin

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    Experimental dream-pop duo Telephone Explosions release their eponymous debut album with a show at the Teacher's Club on Parnell Square on May 2. Released a week prior, you can check it out on Bandcamp.

    Admission is free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Hen Ogledd & Percolator

    The Workman's Club

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic outfit Hen Ogledd, featuring Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell & Sally Pilkington, are set to play for Enthusiastic Eunuch at the Workman's Club on May 3. Watch the video for 'Problem Child'.

    Their third album, Mogic, came out at the end of 2018, and imbues the esoteric Eastern inclinations of Dawson's solo work with a genuine bop-ability. The joyous pop of Pilkington, Davies' ethereal, fractured harp & guitar work, and the manipulated electronica of Bothwell.

    Psychedelic, krauty, 'gazey cosmic voyagers Percolator - one of the best live acts on the island - support. Check out the video for single 'Crab Supernova' taken off Sestra, our Irish album of 2017.

    Tickets are available from Billetto, priced €16.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Jafaris

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Zimbabwe-born, Dublin-based singer/poet/rapper/actor/songwriter Percy Chamburuka, AKA Jafaris, is set to perform his first headline tour following the release of debut album Stride. In his biggest show to date, he'll play The Button Factory on May 3.

    Debuting with his Velvet Cake EP in 2017, he's went from strength to strength, playing every major festival in Ireland, and moving beyond. Watch the video for 'Found My Feet'.

    Tickets cost €15.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Nurse With Wound

    Droichead Arts Centre

    Drogheda

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    The primary outlet for the mordant explorations of Steven StapletonNurse With Wound play Droichead Arts Centre on May 3.

    Around for four decades, NWW has managed to mangle sounds and genres without straying from its core tenets. This has led to over 50 releases under the name, including collaborations with Stereolab, Sunn O))), Current 93 and beyond. NWW claim that each live appearance is a rehearsal for the next show and that no two shows have ever been the same, keeping themselves refreshed with an ever-evolving cast of musicians.

    Tickets cost €25 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Jason Lytle [Grandaddy] & Malojian

    Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church

    Belfast

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    Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist mastermind Jason Lyttle is set to play a headline show for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in the delightful surroundings of the Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church in the heart of Belfast. 

    Lytle embarked on a solo career after Grandaddy's split in 2005 having released five albums under his own name before their 2012 reunion. His most recent album was 2017's Last Place - check out recent single 'Colour of Dirt'.

    Support comes in the form of power-pop/folk master craftsman Malojian - listen to 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home'. Check out the documentary about the making of his This Is Nowhere album, recorded with Steve Albini. 

    Tickets cost only £12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Joshua Burnside

    Unitarian Church

    Dublin

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    NI Music Prize-winning alt-folk artist Joshua Burnside is set to play Dublin Unitarian Church on May 3 in what will doubtlessly be another spellbinder for a man who increasingly speaks as the conscience of a generation growing up in Northern Ireland.

    Having just announced new album Live at the Elmwood Hall, check out this captivating version of Ephrata closer 'The Good Word'.

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

     

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Off the back of a sold out UK tour, Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres play the Limelight 1 on May 3. The date comes a week after the release of their eponymous debut album - check out the video for 'Who's Been Having You Over', a collaboration with Art Collective Worship The Ground.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Lisa O'Neill

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Incredible Irish folk voice Lisa O'Neill plays Belfast's Black Box as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3.

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

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

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Kitt Philippa

    Upstairs @ The MAC

    Belfast

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    Fast-rising experimental pop artist Kitt Philippa is set to play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3. They last year won a public vote for Single of the Year at the NI Music Prize for 'Human'.

    Tickets cost £10 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Seminal British post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen play the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 3.

    Formed in 1978 by frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sargeant, who make up the creative hub of the band since their reunion in recent year. They released several essential post-punk records in their time together, peaking critically with 1984's Ocean Rain LP. They last year released new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.

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

     

     

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Reevah, Sonja Sleator & Ethan Hanna

    Sandinos

    Derry

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    Fast-rising young Derry indie-folk songstress Reevah headlines a hometown show at Sandinos on May 3. Check her out live in session.

    Supporting is Belfast singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator plays a headline show at Belfast's Pavilion on April 20 to launch her third EP, Violent Strawberry - check out the video for 'Pour The Vodka' - and singer-songwriter Ethan Hanna.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Distorted Perspectives Late Show: Sneaks, Secret State & Shammen Delly

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Mind-bending Letterkenny festival Distorted Perspectives holds a late gig at the Regional Cultural Centre on May 3. Headlining is Washington DC-based artist Eva Moochan, aka Sneaks. Have a listen to her new album, Highway Hypnosis on Bandcamp, which circles the hip-hop, pop, RnB & punk spheres without ever sounding constrained to any of them.

    Supporting are deep-fried conspiracy-fuelled electronic act Secret State, who have music out on Central Processing Unit & Varvet. Ambient electronic & soundscape artist Aengus Friel, aka Shammen Delly opens - listen on Soundcloud.

    Admission costs €8, or €5 with a Blindboy Podcast ticket stub from the night. Doors open at 10pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Jafaris

    Roisin Dubh

    Galway

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    Zimbabwe-born, Dublin-based singer/poet/rapper/actor/songwriter Percy Chamburuka, AKA Jafaris, is set to perform his first headline tour following the release of debut album Stride. He plays Galway's Roisin Dubh on May 4.

    Debuting with his Velvet Cake EP in 2017, he's went from strength to strength, playing every major festival in Ireland, and moving beyond. Watch the video for 'Found My Feet'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Dick Valentine [Electric Six]

    Katy's Bar

    Belfast

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    Dick Valentine, frontman of Electric Six, is set to play Katy's Bar in a free entry show on May 4.

    This follows the release of the fifth solo album from the troubadour himself, entitled I Am a Moth, I Am Starving, That's A Nice Sweater You Got There, Let's Do This

    Admission is free and doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Off the back of a sold out UK tour, Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres play the Academy on May 4. The date comes a week after the release of their eponymous debut album - check out the video for 'Who's Been Having You Over', a collaboration with Art Collective Worship The Ground.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €31. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Tribal Dance

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Tribal Dance are set to play their biggest Dublin headline show to date at The Grand Social on May 4. More than just another Dublin math-rock band, check out one of our Irish tracks of 2018, 'And All That Was Left Was A Physician And A Silhouette'.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    DIY LK: Anna's Anchor, Dylan Thomas & more

    Pharmacia

    Limerick

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    Limerick emo/punk-pop act Anna's Anchor headline a special DIY LK May Bank Holiday performance in a full-band performance. Watch the video for last year's 'White Washed Corridor', taken from third album Everybody's Welcome.

    Supporting is Limerick alternative pop artist Dylan Thomas. Watch the video for 'Soho'.

    Tickets cost €5 and doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Spiritualized

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Psychedelic space rock masters Spiritualized play Custom House Square on May 4 as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's 20th outing.

    Led by Spacemen 3's Jason Pierce, their drone-based hypnotic majesty has often come backed with gargantuan arrangements and that familiar Pierce signature pillow of sound. There are all-time classics like 1997's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, and his more personal And Nothing Hurt, which broadened the aperture again to distill gospel, Americana and rock'n'roll into the sound of his cracked-vocal psych. Listen to 'I'm Your Man'. 

    Tickets are available, priced £25 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    No Spill Blood

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Doom-laden, krauty synth-metal outfit No Spill Blood play a rare live show at Dublin's Bello Bar on May 4 to air some new material ahead of their trip to the studio to record the follow-up to their 2015 debut LP Heavy Electricity. Listen to their Sargent House-released, honestly fucking unbelievable EP & album on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel & Me

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Barb Jungr is renowned as one of the world's great cabaret singers. The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival bring her current show to the Black Box, where she'll perform music from two colossi of popular song, whose writing has helped define her whole career. The Village Voice called her "one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst-ridden planet today”.

    This performance comes alongside her new 2019 collection, which sees her reinterpret the likes of 'Les Cœurs Tendres, Voir un ami pleurer, Mr Tambourine Man & This Wheel's On Fire, as well as a number of her own songs.

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

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Sean O'Hagan w/Big Monster Love

    Rosemary Street 1st Presbyterian Church

    Belfast

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    Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and arranger Sean O'Hagan plays a solo afternoon show show at Rosemary Street First Presbyterian Church as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 4.

    O'Hagan currently leads avant-pop band the High Llamas, but started out with seminal Irish band Microdisney, which he co-founded in the 1980s, for several years being a member of StereolabHis work as an arranger in film, art & cultural events have led to collaborations with the likes of Brian Wilson, Paul Weller, Super Furry Animals, Doves and Mercury Rev.

    The concert is staged to remember Thomas McCabe, who opposed the formation of the Belfast Slave Ship Company in 1786. Proceeds will be given to the Northern Ireland Law Centre, with a brief introduction from historian Raymond O’Regan, author of Hidden Belfast.

    Supporting is the wonderful, trad-tinged lo-fi pop of historian & musician CJ McCanny, AKA Big Monster Love - have a listen to Game Over.

    Tickets cost only £8 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 2.45pm.

     

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Sneaks

    The Sunflower Bar

    Belfast

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    DIY post-punk artist Sneaks plays the Sunflower Bar on May 4.

    Based in Washington DC, Eva Moolchan's minimalist approach sees her rebel against over-embellishment. She uses only a drum kit, bass & whispered vocals - have a listen to her new album, Highway Hypnosis on Bandcamp, which circles the hip-hop, pop, RnB & punk spheres without ever sounding constrained to any of them.

    Tickets cost £8 from CQAF. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Naoise Roo Presents: Sick Girlfriend

    Project Arts Centre

    Dublin

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    Long one of our favourite songwriters & artists on the island, Naoise Roo has been on an extended hiatus for the last couple of years. Thankfully, she's just announced her return EP, Sick Girlfriendand is set to hold her first show in a number of years at Dublin's Project Arts Centre on May 4.

    The show will serve as a preview of the EP, with Sick Girlfriend's four tracks centred around themes of depression, the negative aspects of the music industry, and the stereotypes that burden women experiencing mental illness. Roo will be joined by producer/bassist Daniel Fox of Girl Band, as well as drummer Rian Trench, guitarist Karl Tobin and Jamie Hyland on synths. The EP follows up on one of our favourite albums of 2015, Naoise's multi-faceted debut LP Lilithwhich bore the dark, world-building imprint of the likes of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & Portishead. Needless to say, the prospect of new music from a Naoise Roo that's not just pursued, but taken new ownership over her vision is one that has us incredibly excited.

    The night will also see Naoise joined by a diverse range of musicians, artists and performers, showcasing their own work centred around the theme of mental health. Musical performances come from the beguiling art-folk of Maija Sofia, one of Ireland's finest lyricists in Shrug Life's Danny Carroll, singer-songwriter Laura Ann Brady, with more to be announced. Theatre actor Miriam Needham is set to perform a short piece, and artists Andrew Mooney and Roisín Blade promise to create an immersive visual experience within the venue.

    Very limited admission is free thanks to the Dublin City Council, who have supported this event with the aim of ensuring accessible art to all regardless of financial position. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Reserve your spot at the event here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Joshua Burnside

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    NI Music Prize-winning alt-folk artist Joshua Burnside is set to play the quaint space of Belfast's 1st Presbyterian Church on Rosemary St on May 5 for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. This will doubtlessly be another spellbinder for a man who increasingly speaks as the conscience of a generation growing up in Northern Ireland.

    The former CQAF artist-in-residence has just announced new album Live at the Elmwood Hall. Check out this captivating version of Ephrata closer 'The Good Word'.

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

     

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Hannah Peel & Will Burns

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of a collaborative show from both Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival & Moving On Music, The Black Box hosts an afternoon show from Hannah Peel & Will Burns on May 5, following the release of their collaborative album, Chalk Hill Blue.

    A new album of poetry and electronic music, it's a dislocated, slippery examination of memory, social and familial relations, landscape and our urge to both belong and move elsewhere - an anti-pastoral picture of a middle-England, it could be anywhere, lost, empty, and beautiful even in its decaying phase. Words come from poet Will Burns, spoken over the analogue electronic compositions of Hannah Peel and the overarching eye of producer Erland Cooper. All tracks were produced and recorded in its entirety within 12 hours.

    Scoring these strange worlds of electronic ruralism Peel says, “After only meeting Will at a few gigs before, we met at the studio to try out some ideas. Whenever he heard a sound or texture, he instinctively brought out a poem that he thought fitted the mood. It was like ‘Tone Poetry’. Equally when he read a poem to us in the studio, we reacted straight away with sound… casting away apprehensions, creating an album with no boundaries or expectations”. Check it out here.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 3.45pm.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Jerry Sadowitz: Make Comedy GRATE Again

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Scottish-American comic Jerry Sadowitz plays the Black Box on May 5 as part of the CQAF.

    The comedian has worked in the realm of black comedy over the years, and is incidentally one of the best close-up magicians in the world. Influenced by the likes of Lenny Bruce & Peter Cook, he has went on to be a crucial influence on acts like Eddie Izzard, Stewart Lee & the alternative comedy movement. 

    Tickets cost £19 here and doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Anna Mieke

    Nellie Fred's, Féile na Bealtaine

    Dingle

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    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke plays Dingle's Féile na Bealtaine on May 5 at Nellie Fred's.

    The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

  • Mon
    06
    May
    2019

    Whenyoung

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Indie-pop trio Whenyoung are set to play McHugh's on May 6 for Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. This accompanies the release of debut album Given Up - watch the video for 'Never Let Go'.

    Tickets are available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    06
    May
    2019

    Rufus Wainwright

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright plays a special intimate solo show at the Festival Marquee for CQAF on May 6.

    This is the 20-year anniversary of his eponymous debut which first burst him onto the music scene. Immediately beloved and critically acclaimed, both Rufus and the record were widely hailed as a breakthrough. It influenced many artists that came after him and set the path for his illustrious career ever since.

    One of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation, and the son of Loudon, Rufus Wainwright has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. Watch the video for 'Sword of Damocles'.

    Tickets cost £30 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Whenyoung

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Indie-pop trio Whenyoung are set to play Dublin's Eastbound New Music Festival with a performance at Whelan's on May 7. This accompanies the release of debut album Given Up.

    Tickets are available here, priced €13.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Anna Calvi

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    English guitarist & singer-songwriter Anna Calvi returns to Belfast for a solo performance at the CQAF Marquee on Custom House Square on May 7.

    This follows the August release of her third album, Hunter - watch the video for lead single 'Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy'. It marks a slight departure toward danceable indie pop à la St. Vincent. - understandable, given her 2014 collaboration with David Byrne. Hunter tackles queer & feminist themes, searching for liberation throughout. 

    Tickets are available here for £15. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Phil Taggart’s Slacker Guide to The Music Industry - Book Launch

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    "What do Biffy Clyro, Run the Jewels, Charli XCX, and George Ezra all have in common? Well, aside from selling a truckload of records, and defying all the gloomy predictions about the music industry, they’ve all given up their hard earned wisdom to contribute to the one-stop-shop for everything you’ll ever need to break into the frightening world of being a professional musician - Phil Taggart’s The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry.
    With contributions from some of the most successful names in the business, and the behind the scenes label bosses, managers, promoters, and marketers who made it happen, BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart has shared his considerable expertise within the business to give even the most basic beginner a road map that will hopefully lead to success."

    This is the blurb for our own Phil Taggart's curated guide to the industry. The book launch is set to take place at the Oh Yeah Centre on May 7, and will feature a Q&A with the Radio 1 DJ. Music comes from one of the island's finest electronic artists, ArvoParty - check him out on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £5 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Rufus Wainwright

    St. Anne's Cathedral

    Belfast

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    Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright plays his second date for CQAF at St. Anne's Cathedral on May 7, following a sold out date the night prior.

    This is the 20-year anniversary of his eponymous debut which first burst him onto the music scene. Immediately beloved and critically acclaimed, both Rufus and the record were widely hailed as a breakthrough. It influenced many artists that came after him and set the path for his illustrious career ever since.

    One of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation, and the son of Loudon, Rufus Wainwright has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums. He has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell to Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. Watch the video for 'Sword of Damocles'.

    Tickets cost £30 from CQAF. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Fat White Family

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Indie-psych band Fat White Family play the Button Factory on May 8 in support of their third album, Serfs Up!

    The degenerate outfit blend essentially every genre going - notably krautrock, post-punk, country, psych, glam-funk, disco - formed in a Peckham squat in 2011. Their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, was released in 2014, which showcased well their strong pinko squat-playing tendencies. Their second album, Songs For Our Mothers, developed everything more, and this show follows the April release of Serfs Up! Check out lead single 'Feet'.

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

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Mini Mansions

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    L.A. trio Mini Mansions have announced a show in Dublin's Whelan's on May 8, marking their first show in the city since 2015.

    The band, comprised of Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford, are touring third album, Guy Walks Into A Bar… - check out 'Gummy Bear'.

    Tickets cost €18.45 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    Nubya Garcia

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK. In a joint show from Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Moving On Music, she's set to play the Black Box on May 8.

    Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged Jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary Jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet.

    What makes her music so compelling is how she is able to weld together the various musical influences of her youth into a bright new sound. Whether it’s the gospel, soul and Latin that she grew up with at home, or the grime, garage and dub she used to dance to at London clubs; it’s all there. Listen to Nubya's 5ive.

    Tickets cost £14, or £10 concession, here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Kevin Smith & Ralph Garman

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Filmmaker Kevin Smith comes to Vicar Street for a night of conversation with Ralph Garman on May 9 as part of their Babbe Go Breã tour.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8.30pm. 

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Carla Dal Forno

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Australian singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Carla Dal Forno plays the Black Box.

    Based between London and Berlin, her debut album You Know What It's Like came out in 2016, with an EP released the following year. She navigates the emotionally-charged zones between post-punk, industrial, narcotic dub & dream pop, and is also known for work with Mole House & F Ingers. Check her out live at the Boiler Room.

    Tickets are available here, priced £12.50, or £10 for Black Box members. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Unloved

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia & Jade Vincent, Unloved, are set to play Whelan's on May 9.

    They released their debut album, Guilty of Love back in 2016, and their new album Heartbreak is out now - listen to the swooning, crepuscular 'Remember'.

    Tickets cost €17.45 from Ticketmaster & WAV, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Blank Banshee

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Vaporwave producer Blank Banshee plays an incredibly rare live show at The Grand Social on May 9. 

    The Canadian producer is a bona fide pioneer of the genre, and has recently released third album Mega. Check out Blank Banshee 0.

    Tickets cost €20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Peter Broderick w/Brona McVittie

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    American-born, Ireland-based multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter Peter Broderick is set to play the intimate 1st Presbyterian Church on Rosemary St for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 9.

    He's collaborated with M. Ward, Efterklang, Nils Frahm and many others, and has put out several solo albums that range from contemporary classical to homespun folk & voice recordings. Although his career is impossible to pin down, marked as it is with versatility, check him out live at the ARTE Festival.

    Support comes from hotly-tipped contemporary harpist & songwriter Brona McVittie - watch the video for 'Under The Pines'.

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

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    The eight horn-playing sons of jazz trumpeter/composer Kelan Phil Ohran of Sun Ra Arkestra, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, play CQAF Marquee on May 9.

    Together, they have formed a formidable reputation as one of the best live bands around, releasing three acclaimed albums on UK label Honest Jon’s Records. With a sound that calls to mind traditional New Orleans big-band jazz and nods to the avant-garde angularity of their father and his contemporaries, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are equally informed by rap, funk and hip-hop.

    They have worked alongside Mos Def, Prince, Ghostface Killah, Childish Gambino, Gorillaz (including 3 tracks on Plastic Beach), Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper and Tony Allen among others. Their stirring song War even featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack. Here's 'War'.

    Tickets are priced at £14 here. Gates open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019
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    12
    May
    2019

    Keep Telling Me Lies

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Of all the iconic buildings in Belfast, the now derelict Floral Hall stands as a monument to the life, love, loss and music of the Showband era. As part of CQAF, Keep Telling Me Lies is a play that runs at The MAC from May 9-12.

    It's the story of two Belfast women reminiscing about the lives they used to lead. Set against the backdrop of the crumbling Floral Hall and driven by the music of the Showbands, they recall the fateful night they met their future husbands.

    Tickets cost £22.50 from The MAC. Showings at 3pm & 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019

    Awesome Tapes From Africa

    Ulster Sports Club

    Belfast

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    Since 2006, Brian Shimkovitz's Awesome Tapes From Africa blog has been shedding light on obscure and wonderful sounds from across the continent. As a DJ he brings the blog to life with 2-3 hour sets blending folkloric pop, left-field dancefloor gems and hip-hop bangers he's collected on African marketplace finds, and the CQAF brings him to the Ulster Sports Club on May 9.

    Travelling from club to festival to DIY space, Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ sets celebrate the music and musicians whose cassettes Shimkovitz has collected over the years. Drawing on his vast African cassette archive—which includes highlife, fuji, benga, tsonga disco, soukous, hip-hop, rhumba and ethio-soul, among countless other genres—his role now combines that of educator, promoter and selector, finding him DJ across the world.  

    His DJ sets on twin tape decks explore deep, regional sounds using analog-anchored agility not heard/seen anywhere else.

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    It Takes A Village

    Trabolgan

    East Cork

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    Effortlessly one of Ireland's best, and most unique festivals, It Takes A Village runs for its second edition at East Cork's Trabolgan family resort over May 10-13.

    The 121 acre site will hold 3 main stages, with pop-up gigs, a swimming pool (with wave machine), 5-a-side, a golf course, arcade, go-karts, pool parties, bowling and much, much more - all organised by Ed O'Leary & Joe Kelly of The Good Room. Check out the video of 2018's edition here.

    Music includes Gilles PetersonKojaqueHerbertSister NancyJames Holden and the Animal SpiritsDonal DineenLe BoomThe HerbaliserDon LettsAwesome Tapes From AfricaLisa O'NeillSnapped AnklesNew Jackson (Live), ELLLL, Meltybrains?, mynamisjOhn, Katie Kim, Junior Bother, Colm K, Bantum, Ships, Silverbacks, Toby Kaar, Senior Infants, Anna-Mieke, Jinx LennonThumperExtravisionTPMHorseDowryGash CollectiveStevie GDJ Scope and many more.

    Other activities include synchronised swimming, Cork Harbour Boat Party, Arcade Parties, outdoor adventures, a Birds of Prey centre, some live podcasts from Gay Future, and The Point of Everything, wordsmiths & MCs, art installations and local food producers.

    Tickets are available from uTickets, priced for a variety of 3-9 person groups, with camper van options.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019
    Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    dEUS - The Ideal Crash 20th Anniversary Tour

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Belfian art-rock act dEUS celebrate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album The Ideal Crash with a stop-off at Dublin's Academy on May 10 & 11 - the latter being due to phenomenal demand.

    The tour accompanies a full remastering & reissue on deluxe CD & vinyl box-sets, as well as a European tour.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €42.05. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Crack Cloud

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, BC, set to play Dublin's Sound House on May 10.

    Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada, taking cues from the likes of The Fall. Watch the video for 'Swish Swash'.

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

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Final Ever God's Waiting Room: Unloved + DJ David Holmes

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia & Jade Vincent, Unloved, are set to headline Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival's Marquee at Custom House Square on May 10, in what's set to become the final ever edition of modern classic night out, God's Waiting Room.

    They released their debut album, Guilty of Love back in 2016, and their new album Heartbreak is out now - listen to the swooning, crepuscular 'Remember'. Visuals come from Julian House.

    They'll be accompanied by a DJ set from GWR organiser David Holmes.

    Tickets cost £15 from CQAF, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    The Emma Byrne Foundation Annual Fundraiser

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following on from massive success in 2017 and 2018, The Emma Byrne Foundation Fundraiser Gig is back at Whelan's. The headliners are sworn to secrecy, but past events have included Mundy, Ham Sandwich, Stephen James Smith, Orchid Collective and more. 

    The Emma Byrne Foundation was established in memory of Emma Byrne, who passed away due to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Over the last two years, special nights have been held in her memory, with Turning Pirate Mix Tape supplying a wealth of tunes.

    Tickets cost €25 from WAV Tickets. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    Daddy Long Legs w/Protex & The Sabrejets

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    As part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Brooklyn roots rock 'n' roll act Daddy Long Legs play Belfast's Black Box on May 10.

    Their third album, Lowdown Ways is out in May, broadening their horizons with more gospel, cajun & Mississippi hill music with the garage-blues they're known for, heavily influenced by Captain Beefheart, the MC5 and more. Check out 'Blood From A Stone'.

    Supporting are classic Belfast punks Protex and rock'n'rollers The Sabrejets.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Gwenno

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    The night before her show supporting the Manic Street Preachers at the Olympia, Welsh artist Gwenno plays a headline show at the Sound House on May 11.

    She (deservedly) received a great deal of attention for her 2018 album, Le Kov, recorded in her native language - watch the video for her psychedelic pop gem, 'Tir Ha Mor'.

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

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    A Certain Ratio

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    English post-punk act A Certain Ratio play the Black Box for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival on May 11.

    The show coincides with the release of ACR:BOX, marking the 40th anniversary of A Certain Ratio’s debut release, the Martin Hannett produced All Night Party (Factory Records’ first single release). A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in.

    Their dub-infused punk-funk recordings have proved massively influential over the past thirty years – their sound can be heard on everyone from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand to ESG, and Factory Floor. Five albums came out under their name, blending elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape-loops & technology, filtered into the pop format, dressed as post-punk. Check out 'Flight'.

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

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Say Sue Me

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Slack, surf-tinged indie act Say Sue Me play downstairs at McHughs on May 11 as part of CQAF.

    Compared to the likes of Snail Mail, Japanese Breakfast, Yo La Tengo & The Coathangers, the band were formed when childhood friends Jaeyoung Ha and Byungkyu Kim met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since winter of 2012, when they met Sumi Choi at a tea shop in Nampo-dong.

    Their second album, Where We Were Together, came out in 2018 - stream it here

    Tickets cost £10 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Manic Street Preachers w/Gwenno

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Manic Street Preachers make their return to Ireland on May 12 to play the Olympia on May 12, following the release of a 20 year Collector's Edition of their fifth album, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

    Released as a deluxe box set on cd & double vinyl/digital, it features remixes from Massive Attack, Mogwai & David Homes, with alternative artwork and everything else you'd want from the no. 1 giant that spawned their first chart-topping single, 'If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next'.

    Tickets cost €54.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm and under 14s must be accompanied by adults.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Jason Lytle [Grandaddy] & Malojian

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    Grandaddy singer-guitarist-keyboardist mastermind Jason Lytle is set to play a seated show at Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on May 12.

    Lytle embarked on a solo career after Grandaddy's split in 2005 having released five albums under his own name before their 2012 reunion. His most recent album was 2017's Last Place - check out recent single 'Colour of Dirt'.

    Support comes in the form of power-pop/folk master craftsman Malojian - listen to 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home'. Check out the documentary about the making of his This Is Nowhere album, recorded with Steve Albini. 

    Tickets are priced €15, or €12 concession, here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Crack Cloud

    Upstairs @ Dolans

    Limerick

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    Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective/post-punk outfit based out of Vancouver, BC, set to play upstairs at Dolan's on May 12 as part of their Irish tour.

    Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada, taking cues from the likes of The Fall. Watch the video for 'Swish Swash'.

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

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Just Mustard w/Odd Morris

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the best bands in the country, Dundalk's brooding, trip-hop-tinged noiseniks Just Mustard, play the Workman's Club as part of the Eastbound Festival on May 12. Nominated for a Choice Music Prize, listen to their excellent debut album, Wednesday.

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

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Yola

    Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Her star very much on the ascent, Yola Carter plays the final day of CQAF, performing at Custom House Square on May 12. Shooting to fame after her performance on Jools’ Annual Hootenanny, rounding off a 2018 that saw her record her long-awaited debut album Walk Through Fire.

    Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Walk Through Fire is a display of her incredible vocal and songwriting range that's led to acclaim from just about every outlet going. Check her out here.

    Tickets cost only £13 here. Doors open at 1.30pm.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019

    Gods of Rap: Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy & De La Soul

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Performing their most acclaimed and beloved albums, three of the most important acts in hip-hop history bring their Gods of Rap tour to Dublin's 3Arena on May 14.

    The sole Irish date of the tour, Wu-Tang ClanPublic Enemy and De La Soul will play, with the show hosted and presented by DJ Premier.

    The tour will mark the anniversary of three iconic records: Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) turns 25, and both Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising turn 30.

    Tickets are priced from €78, available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, the Limelight 1 hosts a night of conversation on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm, and it's an unreserved fully-seated show.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019

    Tropical Fuck Storm

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Austrialian art punk outfit Tropical Fuck Storm play Dublin's Sound House on May 15.

    They feature two members of the wonderful The Drones, pushing their more dischordant streak to its logical frayed end. Their debut album, A Laughing Death in Meatspace came out at the end of 2018 - watch the video for 'You Let My Tyres Down'.

    Tickets cost €15.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019

    Alex Lahey

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Australian alt rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey is set for two Irish dates, playing Belfast's Empire on May 15.

    Still only 26, the multi-instrumentalist's second album, The Best of Luck Club is out just a couple of days later. Check out 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself'.

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

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019

    Cormac Neeson 'White Feather' Album Launch w/Crow Black Chicken

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Accompanying the Belfast launch, The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson celebrates the release of debut album White Feather at Dublin's Grand Social on May 16.

    The LP sees him move into more rootsy, countrified pastures after spending some time in Nashville with their key songwriters and musicians - watch him perform 'White Feather' in The Live Room.

    Supporting are Crow Black Chicken.

    Tickets are available from The Grand Social, priced €13.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019

    Alex Lahey

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Australian alt rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey is set for two Irish dates, playing the Grand Social on May 16.

    Still only 26, the multi-instrumentalist's second album, The Best of Luck Club is out the following day - check out 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself'.

    Tickets cost €18 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Tony Law: A Lost Show

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Multi-award-winning surrealist comedian Tony Law brings A Lost Show to Whelan's on May 17.

    He sold out his entire run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience and every other essential UK panel show. Expect accents, observations, shouting, clowning, shadows, shadow puppets, a space bear puppet, music, bad music, falling and white face paint.

    Tickets cost €20 from the WAV Tickets.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Viagra Boys

    McHugh's Basement

    Belfast

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    Swedish punk band Viagra Boys play McHugh's on May 17. following the release of debut album Street Worms.

    You might like them if you love music made by madcap iconoclasts like Dead Kennedys, Suicide, Butthole Surfers & Screaming Jay Hawkins, watch the video for 'Sports'.

    Tickets are available here, priced £11. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Robocobra Quartet & Meltybrains?

    Black Box

    Dublin

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    Moving On Music hold a double-headline show at the Black Box on May 17 with two of the most uncompromising musical acts in Ireland. Avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet have long been one of the best live bands around - have a listen to their incredible second album Plays Hard To Get, which came in at #3 on our Irish albums of the year, and was nominated for the NI Music Prize. They've been described as Mingus-meets-Fugazi, and we'd be hard pushed to disagree, if you filter in some Robert Wyatt as a middle-ground.

    Meltybrains? have garnered a reputation for their unabashed creativity, with each member classically trained, while their live show hinges equally on the visual & performative element of their music. Genuinely uncategorisable, since 2012, the band has been creating incredibly imaginative electronic soundscapes, and performing highly theatrical live shows with an infectious, manic energy. Their fearless approach makes for music with endless possibilities, and is incredibly refreshing in a world bound by strict structure and harmony. A must see. Have a listen on Bandcamp.

    Admission costs £14, or £10 concession from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    Belwood EP Launch w/Flashpoint, Dugout & Sense Deficiency

    The Speakeasy

    Belfast

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    Belfast throwback punks Belwood are set to launch their debut EP Out of the Blue and single Sour with a show at the Speakeasy, Belfast, on May 17.

    Supporting are Flashpoint - check out Swing At The King - 90s-recalling indie rockers Dugout and Enniskillen ska-tinged punks Sense Deficiency.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Ed Motta

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Rio de Janeiro-based soul/jazz/funk musician Ed Motta plays the Sugar Club on May 18.

    Releasing his debut album ages 15, he's worked in every genre from jazz to Brazilian pop, making Hollywood soundtracks, and collaborating with the likes of Roy Ayers, Bo Diddley, Seu Jorge and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    BEAK>

    Whelans

    Belfast

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    Comprised of Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Will Young (no, the better one), Bristol’s BEAK> will play Whelans on May 18 following the release of their stellar third album, >>>  last year.

    Hands down one of the UK’s most consistently engaging electronic acts, the trio have released three excellent studio albums, an original score, and an EP of Kraut-tinged mastery since forming back in 2009. Watch the video for new single 'Brean Down'.

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

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Tony Law: A Lost Show

    The Mac

    Belfast

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    Multi-award-winning surrealist comedian Tony Law brings A Lost Show to the MAC on May 18 in his third annual Belfast show running.

    He sold out his entire run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience and every other essential UK panel show. Expect accents, observations, shouting, clowning, shadows, shadow puppets, a space bear puppet, music, bad music, falling and white face paint.

    Tickets are available from The MAC.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Bullitt Presents: Soul Jazz Records

    Bullitt

    Belfast

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    Independent label Soul Jazz Records is one of the most reliable tastemakers & uncoverers of across near enough every genre. through to electronic & southern rock.

    The label was founded in London in 1992, with the idea to draw “cross cultural connections” between soul, jazz and reggae through compilation albums. Almost three decades on, the label has expanded its style and breadth - still releasing landmark retrospectives, but also sending contemporary, underground vibrations into the world.

    Pete and Scott will be your musical guides at Bullitt, playing across funk, soul, jazz, ska, reggae, dancehall, Latin, disco, punk, hip-hop, house, electro, UK & worldwide beats on a night of unending vibes.

    Admission is free and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Robocobra Quartet & Trick Mist

    Bello Bar

    Dublin

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    Avant-garde jazz-punks Robocobra Quartet play a headline show at Dublin's Bello Bar for Enthusiastic Eunuch. Long one of the best live bands on the island, have a listen to their incredible second album Plays Hard To Get, which came in at #3 on our Irish albums of the year, and was nominated for the NI Music Prize. They've been described as Ornette Coleman-meets-Fugazi, and we'd be hard pushed to disagree, if you filter in some Robert Wyatt as a reference point.

    Support comes from another of Ireland's singular artists, Cork's Trick Mist, whose debut album also deserved its place on our Irish Albums of the Year. Blending a capella lyrical performances, found sounds, samples & traditional music, its experimental, almost electroacoustic quality puts Trick Mist ahead of much of the country. Listen to his debut album, Both Ends.

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

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Colm Mac Con Iomaire

    Vicar Street

    Belfast

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    Irish musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire, founder of Kíla & singer/violinist in Frames is set to headline Vicar Street on May 18.

    His new album, The River Holds Its Breath was recorded by composer Bill Whelan on tape, and is described by the artist as a series of short stories. 

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Montauk Hotel w/Laura Anne Brady

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dreamy Dublin jangle-pop outfit Montauk Hotel headline upstairs at Whelan's on May 18. Check out 'Hands'.

    Supporting is Dublin singer-songwriter Laura Anne Brady - check out her somnambulant new single 'Those Stars'.

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

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    Robert Forster

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Go-Betweens frontman Robert Forster brings his band to Dublin's Button Factory for a show on May 19 in his first full band shows in Europe in eleven years.

    Still one of the most energetic and vital men around, his memoir Grant & I was a Mojo & Uncut book of the year as he continues to write, perform & publish his work as a music journalist. Check out his 2017 album, Songs To Play.

    Tickets cost €25 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Robert Forster

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Go-Betweens frontman Robert Forster brings his band to Cork's Cyprus Avenue on May 20 in his first full band shows in Europe in eleven years.

    Still one of the most energetic and vital men around, his memoir Grant & I was a Mojo & Uncut book of the year as he continues to write, perform & publish his work as a music journalist. Check out his 2017 album, Songs To Play.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Thee Oh Sees

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Strange Victory - ever the bringers of top Belfast gigs - bring one of the world's greatest live bands, Thee Oh Sees to Belfast, to play the Limelight 2 on May 20.

    The John Dwyer-fronted garage-psych outfit have averaged about one album per year under the Oh Sees almost countless albums under various names. Check out their 21st album, 2018's increasinly proggy Smote Reverser.

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

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Alice In Chains

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    US grunge/metal legends Alice In Chains are set to play Dublin on May 20 at the Olympia.

    Taking place as part of a broader UK and Irish tour, they're currently fronted by William DuVall, who followed in Layne Staley's not-insignificant footsteps following his untimely passing. They've released as many albums now with DuVall as with Staley, the latest being last year's Rainier Fog. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €47.55. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Mon
    20
    May
    2019

    Beoga

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Now famous as the band who helped Ed Sheeran make some of the biggest global hits in the last couple of years, traditional group Beoga headline Whelan's on May 20. They played with Sheeran at Glastonbury, and have refined their focus to the intersection between trad & contemporary pop.

    Tickets cost €22.50 from Ticketmaster & WAV. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Thee Oh Sees

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Thee Oh Sees are set to return to Dublin at long last, playing The Button Factory on May 21.

    The John Dwyer-fronted garage-psych outfit have averaged about one album per year under the Oh Sees almost countless albums under various names. Check out their 21st album, 2018's increasinly proggy Smote Reverser.

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

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Big Thief

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Brooklyn indie rock quartet Big Thief play Vicar Street on May 21.

    Their humble 2016 debut, Masterpiece was quickly followed up in 2017 with Capacity - both of which are getting deserved attention, as well as vocalist Adrienne Lenker's wonderful solo work. Fragmented, delicate, watch them Live on KEXP

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

  • Tue
    21
    May
    2019

    Alice In Chains

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    US grunge/metal legends Alice In Chains are set to play Belfast for the first time in years, headlining the Telegraph Building on May 21.

    Taking place as part of a broader UK and Irish tour, they're currently fronted by William DuVall, who followed in Layne Staley's not-insignificant footsteps following his untimely passing. They've released as many albums now with DuVall as with Staley, the latest being last year's Rainier Fog. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Kikagaku Moyo

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    One of the best psychedelic rock bands in the galaxy right now, Kikagaku Moyo are set to finally play Ireland when Paisley Promotions & u:mack bring them to The Workman's Club as part of their European tour.

    From Tokyo, and based in Amsterdam, they've released much of their music through their own label, Guruguru Brain. Melding psychedelia, acid-folk & Krautrock groove into something that feels both free-flowing, yet articulate. Last year, they released the universally acclaimed Masana Temples, following up on House In The Tall Grass and 2018's Stone Garden EP - check out their KEXP session.

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

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019

    Brigid Mae Power & Peter Broderick

    1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street

    Belfast

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    In an intimate performance at Galway's Black Gate Cultural Centre on May 23, the immensely talented creative marriage of American-born, Ireland-based multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter Peter Broderick and one of Ireland's foremost, Brigid Mae Power - whose second album The Two Worlds we named 2018 Irish album of the year. 

    Broderick has collaborated with M. Ward, Efterklang, Nils Frahm and many others, and has put out several solo albums that range from contemporary classical to homespun folk & voice recordings. Although his career is impossible to pin down, marked as it is with versatility, check him out live at the ARTE Festival.

    Acclaimed by the likes of Uncut & The Guardian, Brigid Mae Power's her deeply expressive, hypnotic music has made her one of the finest purveyors of folk in the most human sense. She released her eponymous debut album in 2016, with its follow-up, The Two Worlds being named our favourite of last year. Watch the video for 'Don't Shut Me Up (Politely)'.

    Tickets cost €15. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Cormac Neeson

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Following sold out shows in Belfast last year, The Answer frontman Cormac Neeson plays a show to celebrate the release of debut album White Feather at the Black Box on May 24.

    The LP sees him move into more rootsy, countrified pastures after spending some time in Nashville with their key songwriters and musicians - watch him perform 'White Feather' in The Live Room.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster & Shine, priced £12.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Sorcha Richardson

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Somnambulant electro-pop artist Sorcha Richardson is set to release her first album later this year, and on May 24, she launches its first single at Whelan's. Listen to 'Petrol Station'

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

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019

    Daithí

    Duke of York, Upstairs

    Belfast

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    Galway-based electronic producer Daithí is set to play a headline show upstairs at Belfast's Duke of York. 

    The pop experimentalist has managed to combine seemingly disparate elements - field recordings, house music, old Irish music, analog synths and trad - into his unmistakable singular output. His live show is largely improvised, whereby he spontaneously creates dance music with looped fiddle, synths and drum machines. He last year collaborated with genre-spanning Irish artists to great success - check it out here - and used a recording of his elderly grandmother in a hugely successful single, 'Mary Keane's Introduction' last year.

    Tickets cost £10 from Shine & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Snow Patrol w/Foy Vance, Ash & more

    Ward Park

    Bangor

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    Snow Patrol play their third annual hometown return to Ward Park on May 25, with a supporting cast of NI's most lauded past, present & future acts. 

    Studded with NI Music Prize winners, there will be performances from Foy FanceAshSOAKJealous of the BirdsBrand New FriendJC StewartThe Wood Burning SavagesKitt Philippa and Roe.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    The Wedding Present 'Bizarro' 30th Anniversary

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their album Bizarro, playing the Academy Green Room on May 25.

    This follows up on anniversary tours for George Best and Tommy in recent years. Listen to single 'Brassneck', taken from the album.

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

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Beauty Sleep

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Woozy indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep play their biggest headline show at Belfast to date at the MAC on May 25.

    This accompanies the long-awaited debut album Be Kind, and will resonate particularly if you're into synth & guitar combo hookiness of Phoenix or Chvrches. Watch the excellent video for 'The Dark'.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019

    Amy May Ellis & Anna Mieke

    The Duncairn

    Belfast

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    Two traditionally-inclined contemporary artists are set to play a special double-headliner at the Duncairn on May 25. Firstly, Amy May Ellis, from the North York Moors, is set to play. Check her out in session.

    As part of the launch tour for debut album Idle MindAnna Mieke also plays. The folk-rooted songwriter & multi-instrumentalist comes from Wicklow and recorded the album in West Cork, featuring Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, piano & cello, featuring collaborations with Ye Vagabonds' Brían MacGloinn and ReDiviDeR/Clang Syne's Matthew Jacobson. Order it on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from The Duncairn. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    The Wedding Present 'Bizarro' 30th Anniversary

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Quintessential '80s British indie rock outfit The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their album Bizarro, playing Belfast's Empire Music Hall on May 26.

    This follows up on anniversary tours for George Best and Tommy in recent years. Listen to single 'Brassneck', taken from the album.

    Tickets cost £20, available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    27
    May
    2019

    The Bonnevilles

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Whiskey-loving thrashy garage-blue-punk duo The Bonnevilles play a headline show at Belfast's Limelight 2 on May 27 as part of their Long Runs The Fox UK Tour. Watch the video for '10'000'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    The Milk Carton Kids

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Americana outfit The Milk Carton Kids headline the Olympia in support of Grammy-nominated album All the Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn't Do.

    Following up on 2015's Monterey, this album follows the breakup of a seven year relationship and an unexpected cancer diagnosis & surgery. Heavily influenced by the likes of CSNY, it's much more plaintive & introspective. Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

    Tickets cost €29 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    Soak & Pillow Queens

    Live at St. Luke's

    Cork

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    NI Music Prize winner & Mercury Prize nominee, Derry's Soak plays live at St. Luke's, Cork on May 28.

    Still only 22, she's on Rough Trade, made Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World when her new single, 'Everybody Loves You' aired, taken from her second album, Grim Town.

    Supporting are Dublin indie-punk quartet Pillow Queens - listen to 'Gay Girls', one of our favourite tracks of 2018.

    Tickets cost €20 here. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    The Unthanks

    Spirit Store

    Dundalk

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks perform at the Spirit Store on May 29.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance celebrates and explores that idea as part of a vocal trio. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a forthcoming live album. 

    Tickets are now sold out. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Matthew & The Atlas

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    British songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hegarty aka Matthew and The Atlas plays Voodoo, Belfast on May 29.

    Hailed as a British Bon Iver, this date follows the release of new album Morning Dancer. His folk traditionalism is instilled with an embrace of electronics - check out 'Out of the Darkness'.

    Tickets cost £12.50 from Ticketmaster and Shine. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Filthy Friends

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    The new project from Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker & R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Filthy Friends, are set to play The Button Factory on May 29.

    Back with second album Emerald Valley, their soaring rock is refreshed with a fury at the state of things - check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €26.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    Lyra

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Dark Cork electro-pop artist Lyra plays The Grand Social on May 29. Compared to the likes of performance-heavy artists like Kate Bush & Lykke Li, she's having a real moment right now.

    Tickets cost €14.45 from Ticketmaster

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Soak

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    NI Music Prize winner & Mercury Prize nominee, Derry's Soak plays her biggest Dublin show to date at The Button Factory on May 30, following her sold out Grand Social in 2018.

    Still only 22, she's on Rough Trade, made Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World when her new single, 'Everybody Loves You' aired.  Her second album will be released next year.

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

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    The Unthanks

    Pepper Canister Church

    Dublin

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks perform at Pepper Cannister Church on May 30.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance celebrates and explores that idea as part of a vocal trio. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a forthcoming live album. 

    Tickets cost €28 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Matthew & The Atlas

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    British songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hegarty aka Matthew and The Atlas plays Dublin's Grand Social on May 30.

    Hailed as a British Bon Iver, this date follows the release of new album Morning Dancer. His folk traditionalism is instilled with an embrace of electronics - check out 'Out of the Darkness'.

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

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019
    Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Open Ear '19

    Sherkin Island

    Cork

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    In the beautiful off-coast sanctuary of Sherkin Island, the expansive Open Ear holds its fourth annual outing over the weekend of the June bank holiday. Melding the avant garde, ambient, techno, and all manner of electronic experimentation, as a festival of forward-thinking musical technologists, it's nigh-on-peerless in Ireland right now.

    The first part of the 2019 programme comprises the following acts:
    Garies / Radie Peat / Maria Somerville / Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands / Aaron Dilloway & Vicky Langan / Woven Skull / Jennifer Walshe / Club Comfort / Fran Hartnett / T-Woc / Áine O’Dwyer / Aoife O'Neill / Static. / Eliza / Prun / Ebauche / Bloom / Belacque / SIAS / Kenny Hanlon / The Digital Druids / Dabbledoo Feat. Amanda Feery & everyone. Much more is yet to be announced.

     

    Tickets are available here, priced at €155 for the weekend, or €165 for a 4-day pass.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Nnic

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Dublin's Naoise Nic, aka Nnic, plays upstairs at Whelan's on May 30 in her first headline show. Blending neo-soul & electronic music, check out 'Grow'.

    Tickets cost €11.80 from WAV Tickets.

  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019

    Zool Presents: No Great Loss EP Launch w/Congenital Abnormalities, Order Sixty Six & Bitter Pill

    The Menagerie

    Belfast

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    Belfast hardcore act No Great Loss are set to launch their new EP, the absolutely crushing The Dark Age at Belfast's Menagerie on May 30.

    Supporting are Dublin death metallers Congenital Abnormalities - check out Cleaver of Entrails - Dublin metalcore outfit Order Sixty Six - have a listen to Sirens - and Dublin hardcore quartet Bitter Pill.

    Admission costs £5 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
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    02
    Jun
    2019

    Vantastival

    Beaulieu House & Gardens

    Co. Louth

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    Back to celebrate its tenth anniversary festival, Vantastival takes place over the weekend of May 31-June 2 at Louth's Beaulieu House. 

    Live favourites King Kong Company headline on Saturday, with troubadour David KeenanCry Monster Cry, one of our noisy favourites Just Mustard and the reuniting Fight Gandhi.

    3-day camping costs €105, 2-day camping is €80, available from Vantastival.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
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    01
    Jun
    2019

    AVA Festival 2019

    Belfast

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    Returning for its fifth year to Belfast, AVA festival & conference that celebrates the current international state electronic music & digital visual arts, runs over May 31 & June 1.

    The lineup features a who's who of electronic music in 2019, including Avalon EmersonBen Simms, Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Blawan, Daniel Avery, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Len Faki, Mall Grab, Motor City, Drum Ensemble, Palms TraxRandomerRebekahSpecial Request and a cast of supporting figures that represent the Irish, and international stage.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Strand of Oaks

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Folk rock singer-songwriter & producer Timothy Showalter, AKA Strand of Oaks, is set to play Whelan's on May 31. 

    This show comes in support of the Indiana artist's sixth album, Eraserland. Check out 'Weird Ways'.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster or WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019

    Paddy Hanna & Junior Brother

    Duke of York, Upstairs

    Belfast

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    Orchestral pop auteur Paddy Hanna, whose wonderful second album, Frankly, I Mutate, came out last year, is set to play upstairs at Belfast's Duke of York on May 31. He's currently working on his third album - slated for a 2020 release.

    Supporting is phenomenal Kerry contemporary folk artist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother. A typical example of his grasp on the human condition, 'The Back of Her' was one of our Irish tracks of 2018.

    Tickets are available for £10 from Ticketmaster & Shine. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
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    03
    Jun
    2019

    Forbidden Fruit 2019

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Dublin

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    The annual Forbidden Fruit festival returns to Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin across the Bank Holiday weekend of June 1-3.

    It will welcome SkeptaDanny BrownMura MasaElbow, First Aid KitJon HopkinsPaul KalkbrennerMaribou StateMall GrabDaniel AveryPolo & PanHomeshakeRoss from Friends, Saint SisterJYellowLToucanHappyalone, Prymary ColoursJeremy UndergroundNightmares On WaxBiig PiigGlasshouse, with more to be announced.

    Day and weekend tickets are available here.

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019

    Jamie Lenman

    The Palm House

    Belfast

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    Former Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman is set to play his first Irish solo tour, performing at Belfast's Palm House on June 1.

    The show promises the heavier end of his output, playing as part of an electric duo - ie. the crushing first disc of his debut solo album Muscle Memory and its follow-up, 2017's Devolver

    Tickets cost £17.50 from WeGotTickets. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Drab Majesty & Melts

    Regional Cultural Centre

    Letterkenny

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    US LA-based project Drab Majesty is set to perform at Letterkenny's Regional Cultural Centre on Sunday, June 2 as part of Distorted Perspectives.

    Drab Majesty is the inter-dimensional androgynous alter-ego of musician Andrew Clinco and Mona D, with a combination of reverb-drenched guitars, synth bass lines, commanding vocals, and rhythmic drum machine beats. While inherently guitar-driven music in the vain of The Chameleons or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Drab Majesty's sound is often nuanced by ethereal washes of icy keyboards and arpeggiated synthesizers, backed by heavy mechanized percussion and forked pulsing synth bass, all adorned with reverb-laden vocals reminiscent of a hallowed cathedral. Listen to 2017 LP The Demonstration.

    Supporting are Dublin post-punk/kraut supergroup Melts, featuring members of The Things, The North Sea & Mighty Stef - check out their debut single.

    Admission costs €10 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Jamie Lenman

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Former Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman is set to play his first Irish solo tour, performing at Whelan's on June 2.

    The show promises the heavier end of his output, playing as part of an electric duo - ie. the crushing first disc of his debut solo album Muscle Memory and its follow-up, 2017's Devolver

    Tickets cost €21.50 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019
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    06
    Jun
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He'll play a 3-night run at Vicar Street from June 4-6.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. The show kicks off at 8.30pm.

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019

    Nile Rodgers & Chic

    Waterfront Hall

    Belfast

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    Becoming one of the most essential live draws in recent years, funk/disco/pop songwriter Nile Rodgers and Chic return to Ireland in June, playing Belfast's Waterfront Hall on June 4.

    Regarding themselves as a rock band in a disco movement, the group released an almost-inappropriate number of classic disco/funk/soul singles in their original run from '76-'83. Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards had been playing together for years, finally releasing Chic's debut single 'Everybody Dance' in 1977.

    These days, they're one of the naturally tightest live bands in the world, selling out practically everywhere they go, with setlists peppered with some of the instantly recognisable hits - from Madonna to Daft Punk - penned by frontman Rodgers from the '70s through until today.

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

  • Wed
    05
    Jun
    2019

    Jealous of the Birds, Roe, Blxxd & Gemma Bradley

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Fast-rising singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton, aka Jealous of the Birds headlines The Empire on June 5 as part of Women's Work Week 2019. Blending folk & indie rock and beyond, her debut album Parma Violets came out in 2016 - check out recent single 'Blue Eyes'.

    Supporting is fast-rising young alt. pop artist & multi-instrumentalist ROE - check out the video for 'Playground Fights' - Blxxd - check out 'sanguis' - and young soulful pop artist Gemma Bradley - check her out live here.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Beauty Sleep w/Montauk Hotel

    Upstairs @ Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Woozy Belfast indie-pop trio Beauty Sleep play upstairs at Whelan's on June 6.

    Their long-awaited debut album Be Kind comes out just a fortnight prior, and will resonate particularly if you're into synth & guitar combo hookiness of Phoenix or Chvrches. Check them out on Soundcloud.

    Support comes from jangle-pop outfit Montauk Hotel.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Fantastic Negrito

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    The winner of the first ever NPR Tiny Desk contest, Fantastic Negrito plays Dublin's Academy Green Room on June 6.

    His debut album won the 2017 Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy, with his latest, Please Don't Be Dead, winning it again in 2019. Watch the video for 'Plastic Hamburgers'.

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

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Ride

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    The recently-reunited shoegaze legends Ride play a few Irish dates over summer, kicking off at Dolan's Warehouse in Limerick on June 6.

    Formed in the tail end of the '80s by mostly-teenagers Andy Bell & Mark Gardeners and quickly snapped up by Creation Records, releasing three EPs in 1990, before their breakthrough album, Nowhere in the same year. Nowhere remains, alongside its follow-up, Going Blank Again, as classics of the genre in their '60s pop and psychedelia-inflected brand of shoegaze.

    Check them out playing 'Vapour Trails' live on KCRW.

    Tickets are available here, priced €25. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Getting To Know...Hannah Peel

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    As part of Women's Work NI, the incredible talent of Hannah Peel will be explored in the Oh Yeah Centre's Getting To Know... night on June 6, with performance, conversation between interviewer, artist & audience.

    She's just completed a collaborative album of poetry and electronic music with poet Will Burns, continuing down her theme of connecting science and nature, and consequently, electronic with classical & traditional music. She presented four BBC Radio 6 Music shows last year on outer space and the mind, based around her experimental album Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeiacheck it out live.

    Tickets cost £10 from Ticketsolve. Doors open at 3.45pm.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    I Heart Scott Walker

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The I Heart band assemble again to pay tribute to the singular genius of Scott Walker at Whelan's on June 6.

    One of the most distinctive literal and artistic voices of the last century, the band will perform perhaps his most acclaimed record, Scott 4, in its entirety, followed by a selection of his hits both solo & with the Walker Brothers.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Snow Patrol w/The Kooks

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Following a 2018 that saw the release of new LP Wildness, and an NI Music Prize lifetime achievement for Gary Lightbody the band have announced they'll join in on the run of massive names confirmed to play Malahide Castle this summer. The band marked their return with the video for new single 'Don't Give In', and are set to play on June 7.
    Also on the bill are indie-pop outfit The Kooks.
     
    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Low Cut Connie

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Anthemic piano-led outfit Low Cut Connie play The Grand Social on June 7.

    Allegedly having already made fans of Bruce Springsteen, Obama & Nick Hornby, they've been gigging relentlessly and making waves across the pond. Watch the video for 'Beverly'.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    The Twilight Sad

    Black Box

    Belfast

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    Scottish post-punk trio The Twilight Sad play Belfast's Black Box on June 7, the day before their Malahide Castle performance with The Cure.

    The revellers in misery have just returned with their first album since 2014's Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. More electronically-leaning than ever before without losing their wall-of-sound aesthetic. Check out 'Videograms'.

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

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Limerick’s Dolan’s on June 7.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Dolan's

     

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Matmos

    Sonic Lab, SARC

    Belfast

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    The pairing of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, AKA Matmos, are set to play the most advanced sonic space on the island, the Sonic Lab, at QUB's Sonic Arts Research Centre, on June 7.

    Currently based in Baltimore, the duo formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources and high concept ideas.

    Since their debut, Matmos have released over nine albums, and collaborated with some of the most respected artists working today including Bjork, Antony/Anohni, So Percussion, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, David Tibet, the Rachel’s, Lesser, Wobbly, Zeena Parkins, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. Matmos have also collaborated with a wide range of artists across disciplines, from the visual artist Daria Martin to the playwright Young Jean Lee to Berlin-based choreographer Ayman Harper. Their most recent release, Ultimate Care II, was recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore, and is constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine.

    Tickets are available from Moving On Music. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Axel Flóvent

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    Atmospheric Icelandic indie-folk singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent plays the Sound House on June 7.

    Rising to acclaim following his 'Forest Fires' release, he has released three EPs thus far, relocating to the Netherlands, then Brighton.

    Tickets cost €16 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Ride

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    The recently-reunited shoegaze legends Ride play a few Irish dates over summer, including a Limelight 2 show on June 7.

    Formed in the tail end of the '80s by mostly-teenagers Andy Bell & Mark Gardeners and quickly snapped up by Creation Records, releasing three EPs in 1990, before their breakthrough album, Nowhere in the same year. Nowhere remains, alongside its follow-up, Going Blank Again, as classics of the genre in their '60s pop and psychedelia-inflected brand of shoegaze.

    Check them out playing 'Vapour Trails' live on KCRW.

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

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2019

    Stranded: Alana Henderson

    Strand Cinema

    Belfast

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    One of the highlights of this year's Women's Work Festival in Belfast is sure to be Strand Cinema's Stranded night with cellist & composer Alana Henderson.

    Weaving pop, folk & classical elements into her craft, she's a truly singular artist in Northern Ireland. She spent two years touring with Hozier as a cellist, before returning to her own career. Check out the Let This Remain EP.

    Tickets cost £10 from The Strand, and doors open at 8pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Metallica w/Ghost & Bokassa

    Slane Castle

    Co. Meath

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    Continuing their Hardwired tour for their decent last album, Metallica are set to play Ireland's R'n'R HoF equivalent, headlining Slane Castle on June 8. Tickets will come with a free copy of Hardwired...To Self Destruct, for which each track was given a music video

    Supporting are metal's current anthemic it-boys Ghost - listen to 'Rats' from latest album Prequelle - and stoner punk act Bokassa - here's 'Walker Texas Ranger'.

    Tickets are priced from €89.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 2pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    The Cure, Ride, The Twilight Sad & Just Mustard

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Announced on the same day, set to take place on the same day, The Cure offer up an alternative to Slane on June 8 when they headline Malahide Castle.

    Having curated 2018's London Meltdown Festival, Robert Smith's dark, shapeshifting outfit make their long-awaited return. With an astonishing run of albums like DisintegrationPornography, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, FaithThe Head On The Door and beyond, it's a must-catch for post-punks, goths, and any husk with romantically nihilistic tendencies.

    Supporting are RideThe Twilight Sad and Dundalk's incredible young trip-hop-tinged noise-pop/gaze outfit Just Mustard.

    The show is now sold out.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Patton Oswalt

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having made press recently for donating money for the medical expenses of a man who Twitter trolled him, Patton Oswalt comes to Vicar Street on June 8.

    As well as his prolific voiceover & acting work, his stand-up career began in 1988, going to to write for MADtv. Repping nerd culture & atheism in his themes, he's released 8 albums and appeared in countless films, tv shows and games.

    Tickets are priced from €35 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Belfast's Empire on June 8.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

     

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Women's Work Showcase: Wynona Bleach, Molly Sterling, Kyoto Love Hotel, HAVVK, Gender Chores, Gemma Bradley & Dena Anuk$a

    Oh Yeah Centre

    Belfast

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    The biggest Women's Work Week Showcase yet takes place at the Oh Yeah Centre on June 8. Headlining are hotly-tipped shoegaze-flecked alternative rockers Wynona Bleach. Listen to their Sugar EP from last year.

    Dublin-based alt. pop singer-songwriter Molly Sterling performs -  check her in session here - as do atmospheric electro-pop act Kyoto Love Hotel - check them on Soundcloud - atmospheric alt. rock outfit HAVVK - check out the video for 'Glass' - minimal feminist punk trio Gender Chores - check out some demos on Soundcloud - fast-rising soul-pop songstress Gemma Bradley, young singer-songwriter, rapper & DJ Dena Anuk$a - watch the video for 'My G' - and Girls Rock School NI Graduates.

    Tickets cost £11.25 from Eventbrite. Doors open at 9pm.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    The Mad Dalton, Dirty Words & Folkadelic

    The Barge

    Belfast

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    Belfast Barge hosts alt. folk singer-songwriter The Mad Dalton. Watch the video for 'Seafaring Man'.

    Supporting are folk/psych outfit Folkadelic and indie rock/spoken word trio Dirty Words.

    It's a BYOB show, and doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from Skiddle, priced £13.45.

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Meat Puppets

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Arizona alternative rock heroes Meat Puppets will play three dates in Ireland in June. The band – who formed in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with Derrick Bostrom – will play Whelan's on June 9.

    The shows take place as part of a tour marking the band’s new album, Dusty Notes, which features the band’s original line-up for the first time since 1995. Starting out as a band too dogmatic in their hardcore roots to even rehearse, they gradually drew in desert psychedelia and country influence, helping to found the cowpunk sound on their flawless Meat Puppets II. They'd catch some fortune off the back of Kurt Cobain's love for that album, with 3 cuts ending up on MTV Unplugged, leading to a string of 90s alt. rock hits like 'Backwater'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets.

     

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Queen Zee w/Sugarwolf, Strange New Places & Problem Patterns

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Loud, proud indie-punks Queen Zee play their first ever Irish show in Belfast on June 9, thanks to Start Together Studios and Women's Work Festival. Check out recent single 'Loner', taken from their debut album, out in February, which has seen them earn acclaim across the board, including THE Iggy Pop, no less.

    Supporting are Derry alt. rock quartet Sugarwolf -  check out their live session version of new single 'Loose Ends' - emo-punks Strange New Places - listen to 'Trombone' - and instrument-swapping punk socially-conscious punk quartet Problem Patterns, who've recently proven themselves to be one of the most exciting live bands in Belfast. Check out debut single 'Allegedly'.

    Tickets cost £10 from Katy's bar & Ticketmaster, and 5% of proceeds will go towards Belfast Trans Resource Centre. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019

    The Interrupters

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Ska/pop-punk outfit The Interrupters play the Limelight 1 on June 11. Having shared stages with the likes of Rancid, Blind 182 & Bad Religion, their second album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong & Tom Lord-Alge. Check out 'She's Kerosene'.

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

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Elton John

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Elton John plays the 3Arena on June 12, 2019, as part of his gargantuan Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, after which he'll retire from road life.

    He really needs no introduction - there will be few songs in his sets even the most casual human will be unaware of. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, has sold more than 300 million records, 7 consecutive US number 1 albums, the list goes on. This tour marks 50 years of touring, and he's set to play over 300 shows across the world before astonishingly concluding in 2021. 

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators w/Blackberry Smoke & Screaming Eagles

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are set to play Ormeau Park on June 12 as part of what's set to be the biggest Belsonic yet.

    He most recently released Living The Dream alongside Kennedy & The Conspirators in 2018, following the hugely successful Guns N' Roses reunion shows.

    Support comes from Blackberry Smoke and Screaming Eagles.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £30.

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    The Interrupters

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The Academy hosts ska/pop-punk outfit The Interrupters on June 12. Having shared stages with the likes of Rancid, Blind 182 & Bad Religion, their second album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong & Tom Lord-Alge. Check out 'She's Kerosene'.

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

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is set to bring his current show, Larks In Transit, to Belfast after extensive touring across the world. He's set to play the SSE Arena on June 13.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Sophie Ellis Bextor

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of the most distinctive voices in British pop, Sophie Ellis-Bextor comes to Vicar Street on her Song Diaries tour.

    Accompanied with a full orchestra & band, this show will see her perform the hits, as well as songs from the canon of disco, the genre with which she's known for augmenting her pop in its breakthrough of 2001's Read My Lips. Sure listen to 'Murder On The Dancefloor'.

    Tickets cost €45 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Fleetwood Mac

    RDS Arena

    Dublin

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    Fleetwood Mac kick off a European tour with an open-air show at the RDS Arena on June 13.

    With Lindsay Buckingham having recently left, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie make up the core band, with newcomers Mike Campbell & Neil Finn rounding it out.

    Tickets are priced from €79.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, Liberty Hall on Eden Quay hosts a night of conversation on June 13 & 16, on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, including Kiki Camarena, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €36.50. 

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    One of the finest lyricists and songwriters around, Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts return to Ireland, playing Dublin's Grand Social on June 13.

    Veering from sincere to self-aware, sardonic to poignant, and perennially witty and referential, the anti-folk-cum-indie rock outfit are always exhilarating live. Jeffrey is a renowned comic book author and artist when not performing music, and has released countless albums on Rough Trade, K Records and beyond. Here's 'Back When I Was 4'.

    Tickets are available from The Grand Social, priced €16. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    13
    Jun
    2019

    Plaid [A/V Live]

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    U:mack once more come through with a special Live A/V show at Whelan's on June 13 from Plaid.

    The experimental electronic masters will have just released Polymer, their 10th studio album, drawing in themes of environment, synthetics and the way we're headed - listen to 'Recall' for a dose of Warp's finest.

    Tickets are available from Seat Advisor, priced €20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Bill Bailey's 'Larks In Transit'

    3Arena

    Dubin

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    Musical comedian Bill Bailey is set to bring his current show, Larks In Transit, once more back to Dublin after extensive touring. He's set to play the 3Arena on June 14.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced from €41.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Scala & Kolacny Brothers

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Described as an 'indie rock choir', Scala & Kolacny Brothers are a unique musical proposition, and play the Olympia Theatre on June 14.

    Comprising two brothers, Steven and Stijn Kolacny alongside Scala, their all-girl choir of 15-20 singers, aged 16- 30 drawn from a pool of more than 150 singers which allows to perfectly meet the ever growing demand for concerts.

    Scala & Kolacny Brothers revisit classic rock and indie songs and reinvent them as elegiac hymns, moving from earlier solo piano accompaniment to a full band of drums, sequencers and synthesizers - here's 'Creep'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €32.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Mgła

    Voodoo Lounge

    Dublin

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    Kraków-based black metal band Mgła headline Dublin's Voodoo Lounge on June 14. Their last album was one of 2015's most acclaimed albums in the genre, Exercises In Futility.

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019

    Skinny Lister

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    British folk-punk act Skinny Lister are set to play the Limelight 2 on June 14, following the March 1 release of fourth album The Story Is...

    Epitomising the kind of grounded punk Xtra Mile Recordings is known for, they've played every venue from folk festivals to Download Festival. Check out 'Thing Like That'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Doves, Blossoms & DMA's

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    Added to the run of huge Malahide Castle shows set for summer 2019 is Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on June 16.

    This follows the release of third album, Who Built The Moon?, which came out in late 2017, following on from their hugely successful first two post-Oasis LPs. This new album comes from a creative collaboration with our very own David Holmes.

    Supporting are the recently-returned Doves, up-and-coming indie rockers Blossoms and Aussie Britpop revivalists DMA's.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €49.90. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Hop Along

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Following the April release of third album Bark Your Head Off, DogHop Along play the Button Factory on June 16.

    The indie folk-rock outfit formed back in 2005, releasing an album as Hop Along, Queen Anleis, before shortening the name and establishing their sound as the acoustic rock they're known and loved for. Have a listen on Bandcamp.

    Tickets cost €16.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Narcos: Mexico

    Liberty Hall

    Dublin

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    Featuring DEA agents Javier Pena & Steve Murphy, who inspired the Netflix show Narcos, Liberty Hall on Eden Quay hosts a night of conversation on June 13 & 16, on the capturing of Pablo Escobar & the Cali Cartel, including Kiki Camarena, with a focus on the new Mexico series.

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

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €36.50. 

  • Mon
    17
    Jun
    2019
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    18
    Jun
    2019

    Glady Knight

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight plays the Olympia on June 17 & 18 - the latter date added due to demand.

    With the Pips - who included her brother Bubba, as well as cousins Edward Patten & William Guest - she won seven Grammies and is beloved for her Motown & Buddah hits from the 60s-80s. Here's 'Neither One Of Us'.

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

  • Mon
    17
    Jun
    2019

    DMA's

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Aussie Britpop revivalists DMA's are set to play the Limelight 1 on June 17, following their Malahide Castle support slot to Noel Gallagher. 

    Having shared bills with both Gallaghers, Richard Ashcroft, and every other UK mainstream indie band you care to name, they released their second LP For Now in 2018 - listen to 'Time and Money'.

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

  • Wed
    19
    Jun
    2019

    Billy Corgan

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan plays a fully seated show at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on June 19 as part of his European solo tour.

    Tickets are priced from €65.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    20
    Jun
    2019

    Stormzy

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    London-based, Ivor-winning, Glasto-headlining MC Stormzy plays Belsonic at Ormeau Park on June 20.

    Just a few years on from his debut EP Dreamers Disease, 3 years ago, his second album is on the way, which will doubtless launch him to even more stratospheric heights. Here's 'Big For Your Boots'.

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

  • Fri
    21
    Jun
    2019

    Jesse Malin

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    US singer-songwriter Jesse Malin plays Whelan's on June 21 in the first of two Irish dates.

    A former member of glam-punks D-Generation, his solo caereer has included duets with Springsteen, members of Green Day, and is respected by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon. Check out 'Broken Radio'.

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

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019

    Lana Del Rey

    Malahide Castle

    Dublin

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    The voice of cinematic American pop, Lana Del Rey plays Malahide Castle on June 22 in support of fifth album Normal Fucking Rockwell - obviously an allusion to her placement in pop culture in providing some commentary on ideas of relationships & people through the filter of Americana.

    Watch the video for 10 minute single 'Venice Bitch'.

    Tickets cost €69.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019

    Jesse Malin

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    US singer-songwriter Jesse Malin plays the Limelight 2 on June 22.

    A former-member of glam-punks D-Generation, his solo caereer has included duets with Springsteen, members of Green Day, and is respected by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon. Check out 'Broken Radio'.

    Tickets cost £14 from Ticketmaster & Katy's Bar. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019

    ASIWYFA play Debut Album in Full

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    In what's a definitely sell-out show, And So I Watch You From Afar are set to return to the album that brough them so much international success, and play through their 2009 debut album in its entirety at Voodoo on June 22.

    This comes on the 10 year anniversary of its release, which inspired a generation of bands not just locally, but globally. It will accompany a limited vinyl repress of the long out-of-print LP, which now fetches no small value. Listen to the local classic here.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019

    Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers

    Live at the Marquee

    Cork

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    One of the original outlaw country legends - and all around decent, cool person - Kris Kristofferson, is set to return to Dublin for the second year on the trot, playing Cork's Live At The Marquee on June 23, accompanied by Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers.

    The country music Hall of Famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot as well as being one of the most gifted lyricists in his genre, winning a bunch of Grammys & a cornerstones of The Highwaymen. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019

    Liam Gallagher

    Irish Independent Park

    Cork

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    Liam Gallagher is set to play Cork's Independent Park on June 23, having last year released his debut solo album As You Were. Watch the video for 'Wall of Glass'.

    Tickets are priced €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 5pm.

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019
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    25
    Jun
    2019

    Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers

    The Helix

    Dublin

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    One of the original outlaw country legends - and all around decent, cool person - Kris Kristofferson, is set to return to Dublin for the second year on the trot, performing The Helix on June 24 & 25, accompanied by Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers.

    The country music Hall of Famer has done a bit of something with his life, having boxed, acted, been a helicopter pilot as well as being one of the most gifted lyricists in his genre, winning a bunch of Grammys & a cornerstones of The Highwaymen. Never forget 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', from his incredible 1970 debut album.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2019

    Stereolab

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Re-emerging English-French avant-pop heroes Stereolab have announced two Irish shows, the former at Belfast's Empire Music Hall on June 24.

    Having went on hiatus in 2009, the band have returned to play a series of dates in 2019, their first activity since the post-hiatus release of 10th album, Not Music.

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

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019

    Hozier w/Maggie Rogers

    Irish Independent Park

    Cork

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    Platinum-selling, award-winning singer-songwriter Hozier is to play Irish Independent Park, Cork on June 25 following the release of his long-awaited second album.

    He released his Nina Cried Power EP in the interim in 2018, accompanied by a completely sold out run of shows. Check out the video for recent single 'Movement'.

    Support comes from Maryland indie folk/pop artist Maggie Rogers.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and gates open at 5pm.

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019

    Stereolab

    The Empire Music Hall

    Belfast

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    Re-emerging English-French avant-pop heroes Stereolab have announced two Irish shows, the latter set to take place at Vicar Street on June 25.

    Having went on hiatus in 2009, the band have returned to play a series of dates in 2019, their first activity since the post-hiatus release of 10th album, Not Music.

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

  • Wed
    26
    Jun
    2019

    Ms. Lauryn Hill

    Irish Independent Park

    Cork

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    Ms. Lauryn Hill is the latest act announced to play an open air show at Cork's Irish Independent Park on June 26.

    The multi-Grammy award winning artist will perform music from her seminal debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and more.

    Tickets are priced at €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 5pm.

  • Wed
    26
    Jun
    2019

    Tame Impala

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    Having just returned with new single 'Patience' from their forthcoming fourth album, psych-pop overlords Tame Impala are set to return to Dublin to play the 3Arena on June 26.

    Tickets cost €59.70 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Jun
    2019

    Hozier

    Ormeau Park

    Belfast

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    Platinum-selling, award-winning singer-songwriter Hozier is set to headline Belsonic at Ormeau Park on June 27 in his biggest Belfast show to date.

    He released his Nina Cried Power EP in the interim in 2018, accompanied by a completely sold out run of shows. This date follows the release of his long-awaited second album - check out the video for its first single 'Movement'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and gates open at 6pm.

  • Thu
    27
    Jun
    2019

    Elma Orkestra & Ryan Vail: Borders

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Two of Derry's most ambitious minds, Eoin O'Callaghan, AKA Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail bring their acclaimed collaborative project, Borders, to Workman's Club on June 27. The show takes place in updddspanning symphonic ambience to widescreen electronica; a confluence of genres and the country's foremost artist-producers.

    Its blurb reads as follows:
    Having both been releasing music independently of one another since 2012, the album is a project that has almost felt destined to happen. As two artists residing on either sides of the border in Derry/Londonderry, their paths have entwined several times in the past. Now, mirroring the spirit of the times — of grasping for unity and togetherness in an unpredictable, ultimately borderless world — Borders is a release that sees those creative paths meet head-on.

    Across eight tracks, from opener ‘Droves’ to the beat-laden outro ‘Arlene’, O’Callaghan and Vail masterfully blur the contours between contemporary electronic and classical realms. This breaking of new ground — of pushing boundaries and thwarting expectations via attention to detail and a joint penchant for analogue equipment — is what underpins Borders.

    They create a new continent of sound, a world where Borders don’t exist Though it was titled before the looming spectre of Brexit, Borders, as an album, encompasses much bigger universal themes about belonging in a world where division is more rife than ever. And yet, there’s a uniquely personal aspect that runs throughout the release.

    The show features video mapping, lazers, lights coming together in a fully immersive sound and audio experience.

    Tickets are priced from €10.35-€15.80 from Eventbrite. Show at 7.30pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2019

    Elma Orkestra & Ryan Vail: Borders

    The MAC

    Belfast

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    Two of Derry's most ambitious minds, Eoin O'Callaghan, AKA Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail join forces for a Belfast performance of their collaborative project, Borders. The show takes place downstairs at The MAC, spanning symphonic ambience to widescreen electronica; a confluence of genres and the country's foremost artist-producers.

    Its blurb reads as follows:
    Having both been releasing music independently of one another since 2012, the album is a project that has almost felt destined to happen. As two artists residing on either sides of the border in Derry/Londonderry, their paths have entwined several times in the past. Now, mirroring the spirit of the times — of grasping for unity and togetherness in an unpredictable, ultimately borderless world — Borders is a release that sees those creative paths meet head-on.

    Across eight tracks, from opener ‘Droves’ to the beat-laden outro ‘Arlene’, O’Callaghan and Vail masterfully blur the contours between contemporary electronic and classical realms. This breaking of new ground — of pushing boundaries and thwarting expectations via attention to detail and a joint penchant for analogue equipment — is what underpins Borders.

    They create a new continent of sound, a world where Borders don’t exist Though it was titled before the looming spectre of Brexit, Borders, as an album, encompasses much bigger universal themes about belonging in a world where division is more rife than ever. And yet, there’s a uniquely personal aspect that runs throughout the release.

    The show features video mapping, lazers, lights coming together in a fully immersive sound and audio experience.

    Tickets cost £16 from The MAC. Show at 8pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019

    The Mother Pride Block Party

    The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

    Dublin

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    The phenomenal bill for this year's Mother Pride Block Party takes place on June 29 and will be held outdoors at Collins Barracks in Dublin, and will be the biggest yet. Taking place after the parade, it will have 2 areas, 2 stages and full bars, food stalls & art installations.

    The bill comprises Danish pop start Mother DJsDaithíPillow QueensPanti BlissKelly-Anne ByrnePaul RyderConor Behan, Kate Brennan Harding, Claire Beck, Miss Kate, with bonus drag aerobics, a singalong social & Dublin Pride stage.

    Tickets are priced from €18 from Eventbrite. Things kick off at 4pm.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019

    The Living End

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Back with their eighth album Wunderbar, Australian psychobilly/punk rock'n'roll outfit The Living End play Dublin's Academy on June 29.  Fondly remembered for their preference of double-bass over electric, listen to 'Prisoner of Society'.

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

  • Mon
    01
    Jul
    2019

    Vampire Weekend

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    Adding to the likes of New Order & Paul Weller in the already-stellar Trinity Summer Series, Vampire Weekend are set to play the Dublin College on July 1. This show follows the release of their fourth album, Father of the Bride.

    Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    02
    Jul
    2019

    Foals

    Trinity College

    Dublin

     

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    Math-influenced indie rock outfit Foals headline Trinity Green on July 2 as part of their summer series.

    This follows the release of the first part of their dual album project, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, with the following set for release in Autumn. Watch the video for 'Exits'.

    Tickets cost €52 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Tash Sultana

    The Marquee

    Cork

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    Young Australian multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Tash Sultana plays a pair of Irish shows, the former being Live at the Marquee on July 3.

    Self-taught, she began playing at the age of 3, mastering over 15 instruments, with her Notion EP achieving a huge number of plays. Check out 'Jungle' live.

    Tickets cost €47 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Janelle Monáe

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    Janelle Monáe will play the Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin on July 3.

    Monáe released one of the albums of 2018, Dirty Computer, back in April. Check out the video for 'Make Me Feel',

    Tickets for the show cost €54.65 from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Eddie Vedder w/Glen Hansard

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of Pearl Jam frontman's forthcoming European dates, Eddie Vedder returns to the 3Arena on July 3.

    His debut solo album, the Into The Wild soundtrack in 2007, was followed up in 2012 with Ukulele Songs. He was inducted into Rock & Roll HoF, and this show takes place two years on from his last acclaimed show here, which broke curfew and cost him a reported €25,000.

    Support comes from Dublin's troubadour-in-chief Glen Hansard.

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

  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019

    Tash Sultana

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Young Australian multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Tash Sultana plays a pair of Irish shows, the latter at Iveagh Gardens on July 4.

    Self-taught, she began playing at the age of 3, mastering over 15 instruments, with her Notion EP achieving a huge number of plays. Check out 'Jungle' live.

    Tickets cost €52 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019

    Paul Weller

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    Brit-rock icon Paul Weller returns to Dublin to headline the July 4 edition of the Summer Series 2019 at Trinity College Green.

    Known for his work with The Jam, before forming The Style Council, he's often called The Modfather for his contributions to the revival of Mod culture in the '70s & '80s. His 26th album, True Meanings was broadly acclaimed - here's 'Gravity'.

    Tickets are priced at €49.90 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Fri
    05
    Jul
    2019
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    07
    Jul
    2019

    Longitude

    Marlay Park

    Dublin

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    Chance the RapperA$AP Rocky and Future are among the first names announced to play next year's Longitude, which returns to Dublin's Marlay Park from Friday June 5 to Sunday July 7.

    With more acts to be revealed, BrockhamptonRae SremmurdLil Uzi VertJuice WRLD, VersatileAminéDenzel Curry$uicideBoy$Lil BabySheck WesClairoSlowthai and Flohio were also announced.

    Weekend tickets - which are charged at €189.50 - are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    New Order

    Trinity College

    Dublin

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    New Order are set to close the Summer Series 2019 at Trinity College Green on July 7.

    Emerging from the ashes of Joy Division, their iconic synth-led sound led them to greater commercial heights. This show will be conducted by Joe Duddell, curated by Dave Haslam & Mark Beasley and are a collaboration with conceptual artist Liam Gillick.

    Tickets are priced at €60.45 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    National Opera House

    Wexford

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He'll perform at Wexford National Opera House on July 7.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Tue
    09
    Jul
    2019
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    10
    Jul
    2019

    Moving Hearts

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Star-studded celtic rock band Moving Hearts play over July 9 & 10. 

    Formed in 1981 when bouzouki player Dónal Lunny and Christy Moore decided to explore bridging contemporary music with traditional in the vein of Horslips. The resulting three studio albums came out from 1981-85, with the band going on a break for two decades before reforming in 2007. The current lineup features Donal Lunny on bouzouki, Davy Spillane on uilleann pipes and low whistles, Keith Donald on sax and bass clarinet, Eoghan O’Neill on bass, Noel Eccles on percussion,  Anthony Drennan on guitars, Liam Bradley on drums, Graham Henderson on keyboards and Mick Hanly on vocals. Check out some live footage.

    Tickets are priced from €41.50 from NCH.ie.

  • Tue
    09
    Jul
    2019

    Stevie Wonder

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    The one and only Stevie Wonder will play Dublin's 3Arena on July 9.

    The legendary singer, songwriter, musician, and producer will bring his The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love and Music to the venue as he approaches his 70th birthday, having been in the music world since 1961. He's recorded over 30 US top-ten its and received over 25 Grammy Awards, as well as selling over 100 million records, which include the sheet perfection of Innervisions Songs In The Key of Life.

    Tickets are priced from €99.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Jul
    2019

    Idles

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Truly one of the most essential bands of the moment, Bristol-based punk quintet Idles are set to return to Dublin on July 11 to play Iveagh Gardens in their biggest show to date, following a string of immediate sellouts.

    Their 2017 album Brutalism finished high on many year-end lists, and its follow-up Joy As An Act of Resistance was unanimously loved. Tackling toxic masculinity, nationalism and issues of social conscience, it's a genuinely unbelievable album - here's 'Colossus'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Fri
    12
    Jul
    2019

    Villagers & Aldous Harding

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Conor O’Brien’s Villagers play Iveagh Gardens on July 12 as part of their summer series. The band released one of the Irish albums of 2018, The Art of Pretending to Swim, in September - watch the video for 'A Trick of the Mind'.

    Supported by Aldous Harding

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    14
    Jul
    2019

    Bob Dylan & Neil Young

    Nowlan Park

    Kilkenny

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    Making their one Irish stop on one of the biggest ever co-headline tours, Bob Dylan and Neil Young headline Nowlan Park on July 14.

    These will be their first shows together since 1994, with Young bringing no doubt a cosmic voyage into his back catalogue, adeptly backed by his current band, Promise of the Real, featuring two of Willie Nelson's sons - both phenomenal musicians.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    14
    Jul
    2019

    Mac DeMarco

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Incumbent king of slacker indie-pop Mac DeMarco plays his biggest Irish headline show to date at Iveagh Gardens on July 14.

    He'll be touring his sixth album, following up on 2017's This Old Dog. Have you watched 'Pepperoni Playboy: A Macumentary' yet?

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €46.65.

  • Mon
    15
    Jul
    2019

    Vieux Farka Touré

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Often known as the Hendrix of the Sahara, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré returns to the Sugar Club on July 15.

    The son of legendary player Ali Farka Touré, and was initially a drummer & calabash player, eventually moving to guitar in 2001. He and his father recorded together before his passing, and performed the opening concert at the 2010 World Cup. Check him out live.

    Tickets are available from the Sugar Club, priced €25. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    16
    Jul
    2019

    MONO

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Japanese post-rock collective MONO finally return to Belfast, playing Voodoo on July 16.

    Back with their tenth album Nowhere Now Here, recorded by Steve Albini, it's another panoramic foray into the space between post-rock and contemporary classical, with some moments of crushing Russian Circles-esque sludge. Listen here.

    Tickets cost £16.50 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    17
    Jul
    2019
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    18
    Jul
    2019

    Huun-Huur-Tu

    The Sugar Club

    Dublin

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    Tuva - a republic situation on the Mongolian-Russian border - group Huun-Huur-Tu play The Sugar Club on July 17 & 18.

    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, priced €20. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    18
    Jul
    2019

    Garbage

    Iveagh Gardens

    Dublin

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    Scottish-American alt rock outfit Garbage make a much-anticipated return to Ireland, playing Iveagh Gardens on July 18.

    Formed in 1993, the Shirley Manson-fronted act were formed by drummer/master producer Butch Vig and guitarist/keyboardist Duke Erikson in Wisconsin. Always built with pop in mind, they dabble in electronica, trip-hop, Big Rock Anthems, besides their alternative/grunge backdrop. After a brief hiatus from 2007-2011, they regrouped with two new albums. Here's the classic 'I Think I'm Paranoid'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2019

    Kevin Morby

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    Coinciding with the release of new double album Oh My God, Texan indie folk rock singer-songwriter Kevin Morby is set to play The Grand Social on July 19.

    Prior to his solo career, he released six records with Woods & The Babies between 2009-2012. His first four solo albums have achieved unanimous acclaim, noted for their deft use of space and masterful grasp of prose. Check out the sprawling American Gothic epic that put him in the critical eye 'Harlem River'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €22.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Jul
    2019

    The Wailers

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The one and only The Wailers play Vicar Street on July 23. Featuring bassist & founder Aston 'Familyman' Barrett and original guitarist Donald Kinsey, and many of the original Wailers' family, the Wailers keep the name alive, as was Bob Marley's wish. 

    Tickets cost €33.65 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Jul
    2019

    Action Bronson

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Queens, New York rapper Ariyan Arslani aka Action Bronson, returns to play Dublin's Academy on July 23.

    Active as a hip-hop artist since 2008, he's released several albums, written books, and became a reality television star with his talk show The Untitled Action Bronson Show and Viceland food show Fuck, That's Delicious. Watch the video for 'White Bronco'.

    Tickets, priced at €42.50, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    23
    Jul
    2019

    Ezra Furman

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Art-pop auteur Ezra Furman plays a pair of Irish shows following last year's release, Transangelic Exodus, a partly-fictionalised road trip & queer outlaw saga. First up is a Cyprus Avenue show on July 23.

    Singing about love, gender, sexuality, religion, and injustice, he's the social barometer for 21st Century America. Expect an amazing performance from him and current touring band The Visions. Watch the video for 'I Love You So Bad'.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced €20. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Wed
    24
    Jul
    2019

    Ezra Furman

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Art-pop auteur Ezra Furman plays a pair of Irish shows following last year's release, Transangelic Exodus, a partly-fictionalised road trip & queer outlaw saga. The latter takes place on July 24 at the Button Factory.

    Singing about love, gender, sexuality, religion, and injustice, he's the social barometer for 21st Century America. Expect an amazing performance from him and current touring band The Visions. Watch the video for 'I Love You So Bad'.

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

  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2019

    Kerbdog w/Duellists

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Classic Cormac Battle-fronted alt. rock out Kerbdog play a rare Belfast show at the Limelight 2 on July 26.

    Releasing a string of EPs & singles, the band were Dublin's answer to Gen X rock, releasing their Alice In Chains-recalling debut in 1994 & one of the all-time Irish classic albums On The Turn three years later. Listen to 'Sally'. They had a short number of shows after the dissolution of Battle & Darragh Butler's next project Wilt, leading to a full-blown reunion and live album, Congregation in 2014. 

    Support comes from Belfast-based riffers Duellists.

    Tickets cost £19.50 from Katy's Bar & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019

    Kerbdog w/Wolff

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Classic Cormac Battle-fronted alt. rock out Kerbdog play Whelan's on July 27.

    Releasing a string of EPs & singles, the band were Dublin's answer to Gen X rock, releasing their Alice In Chains-recalling debut in 1994 & one of the all-time Irish classic albums On The Turn three years later. Listen to 'Sally'.

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

  • Mon
    29
    Jul
    2019
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    31
    Jul
    2019

    Billy Bragg

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Legendary English voice of protest Billy Bragg is set to bring his One Step ForwardTwo Steps Back show to Whelan's on July 29, 30 & 31.

    The tour will see Bragg perform three unique shows on consecutive nights in each town. The first performance will feature Bragg's 35-year-spanning current set, the following night will see him erform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). His third performance, will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: Workers Playtime (1988), Don't Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke(1996).

    Tickets are available here, priced €35 for a single night, and €95 for all three. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    02
    Aug
    2019
    Sun
    04
    Aug
    2019

    All Together Now 2019

    Curraghmore Estate

    Waterford

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    The National have been confirmed to headline the second edition of Waterford festival All Together Now, which runs from August 2-4.

    This year's event will feature 16 stages that incorporate music, spoken word, poetry, plus plenty of arts & crafts. Many more announcements are set to come.

    Early tickets are priced €199.50, before going up to €208, available here

  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2019

    Monolith Festival 2019

    Cyprus Avenue

    Cork

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    Cork all-day metal festival Monolith takes place this year at Cyprus Avenue on August 3. Confirmed so far are Welsh death metal trio Desecration, their fellow countrymen, Sodomized Cadaver and Irish dark ambient & drone-tinged black metallers From The Bogs Of Aughiska.

  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2019

    Bombay Bicycle Club

    Cork Opera House

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    It's five years since their Novello-winning last album, but Bombay Bicycle Club are back, set to play Cork Opera House on August 3 following their set at All Together Now.

    Tickets cost €30 from Cork Opera House & Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Wed
    07
    Aug
    2019

    The Dwarves w/The Bonnevilles & Mosmo Strange

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Chicago garage-punk outfit The Dwarves play Voodoo on August 7. Formed in the mid 80s, while they're broadly a punk band, have taken in elements of hardcore, surf rock, hip-hop and beyond, and are a beloved bastion of punk rock ethics. Have a listen to 'Anybody Out There?'.

    Supporting comes from whiskey-loving thrashy garage-blues duo The Bonnevilles - watch the video for '10'000' - and stoner-tinged alt. rock quartet Mosmo Strange.

    Doors open at 8pm.

  • Fri
    09
    Aug
    2019

    The Human League

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Returning for the first time in years, classic Sheffield synth-pop act The Human League play Custom House Square on August 9.

    Formed in the late 70s by computer programmers Ian Craig Marsh & Martyn Ware, they became the sound of the 80s electro-pop movement and influencing a countless number of huge acts today. 1981's Dare remains one of the 80s' ubiquitous, era-defining albums.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2019

    Richard Thompson [Solo]

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    London folk rock icon Richard Thompson OBE returns for a short run of solo acoustic performances in Ireland, kicking off at Vicar Street on August 10. 

    Influential across the entire musical spectrum for his contributions to folk, rock and alternative music, he earned his recording chops with Fairport Convention. 

    Among his finest albums are 1974's I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight, recorded alongside his wife Linda, as well as their run of '70s albums until their split, documented on Turn Out The Lights. His hybrid picking, alternate tunings, droning techniques and preference for Stratocasters have been hallmarks of his sound over the years, and last year returned with acclaimed 19th studio album, 13 Rivers

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €37.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019

    Gerry Cinnamon

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    One of Scotland's most successful independent artists Gerry Cinnamon returns to Belfast on August 11 to play Custom House Square after his sold out Ulster Hall Show.

    Off the back of winning several Scottish Alternative Music Awards for self-produced & released debut album Erratic Cinema, Cinnamon has earned an incredible live reputation, selling out his recent shows immediately. Check out the indie folk act live at Glasgow's TRNSMT.

    Tickets cost £27.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019

    Richard Thompson [Solo]

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    London folk rock icon Richard Thompson OBE returns for a short run of solo acoustic performances in Ireland, playing Ulster Hall on August 11.

    Influential across the entire musical spectrum for his contributions to folk, rock and alternative music, he earned his recording chops with Fairport Convention. 

    Among his finest albums are 1974's I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight, recorded alongside his wife Linda, as well as their run of '70s albums until their split, documented on Turn Out The Lights. His hybrid picking, alternate tunings, droning techniques and preference for Stratocasters have been hallmarks of his sound over the years, and last year returned with acclaimed 19th studio album, 13 Rivers

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

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019

    Richard Thompson [Solo]

    Town Hall Theatre

    Galway

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    London folk rock icon Richard Thompson OBE returns for a short run of solo acoustic performances in Ireland, playing Galway's Town Hall Theatre on August 13.

    Influential across the entire musical spectrum for his contributions to folk, rock and alternative music, he earned his recording chops with Fairport Convention. 

    Among his finest albums are 1974's I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight, recorded alongside his wife Linda, as well as their run of '70s albums until their split, documented on Turn Out The Lights. His hybrid picking, alternate tunings, droning techniques and preference for Stratocasters have been hallmarks of his sound over the years, and last year returned with acclaimed 19th studio album, 13 Rivers

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced at €36.20. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019

    Durand Jones & The Indications

    The Grand Social

    Dublin

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    R&B/soul outfit Durand Jones & the Indications play The Grand Social on August 13.

    Heavily influenced by classics like Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, the young students of 70s soul look outwardly at the current climate to deliver something wholly appropriate for our time. Watch the video for recent single 'Morning In America'.

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

  • Wed
    14
    Aug
    2019

    Killing Joke

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Industrial post-punk pioneers Killing Joke return to the Academy on August 14.

    They released their debut album, Killing Joke, in 1980, followed by the similarly excellent What's THIS For...! before a gradual shift into more commercial music. Fronted by Jaz Coleman, they described their sound as 'the sound of the earth vomiting' and 'tension music' to soundtrack the atomic age. They've influenced bands from Nirvana to My Bloody Valentine, releasing a highly successful second self-titled album in 2002 with Dave Grohl behind the kit. To great success they've run the gamut from crushing industrial, through to new wave synth-pop. The current lineup features all four original members, and are a visceral, repetitious tour de force.

    Tickets cost €27.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Fri
    16
    Aug
    2019
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    18
    Aug
    2019

    Another Love Story 2019

    Killon Manor

    Co. Meath

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    Hands down of the country’s finest small summer festivals, the incomparably scenic and always wonderfully curated Another Love Story will return to Killon Manor in Co. Meath across August 16-18.

    Doubling up as its sixth edition, organisers have said they will “continue our commitment to delivering a festival experience at a scale that allows a sense of freedom, personality and an unparalleled attention to detail to shine through, and we want you there with us to continue the dream.”

    A self-proclaimed summer celebration of music, art, discussion, food, fun & frolics”, the festival’s line-up will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2019

    Broken Social Scene

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Canadian alternative rock collective Broken Social Scene return to Dublin after last year's sold out show, playing Vicar Street on August 17.

    Containing experimental, noisy & baroque pop elements, the collective fell under the post-rock ideology early on, breaking through with You Forgot It in People. Their collective featured which featured a massively extended lineup in addition to the band's core members. Their last album, Hug of Thunder, was nominated for a JUNO Award, and this date accompanies the release of new EP Let's Try The After Vol. 1. Check out new single 'Can't Find My Heart'.

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

  • Mon
    19
    Aug
    2019

    Foo Fighters

    Boucher Road Playing Fields

    Belfast

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    Six years on from making their debut at the same festival as part of their 2012 Wasting Light tour, Foo Fighters will play Belfast's Boucher Road Playing Fields for T Vital on August 19.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 4pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Aug
    2019

    Madness

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Ska legends Madness return to Belfast to play Custom House Square on August 20.

    Formed in the mid-70s, they're one of the UK's best-selling acts of all time and the most successful of the two-tone ska movement. They're currently touring best-of compilation Full House with six of their seven classic lineup members, so expect a full-scale career retrospective.

    Admission costs £30 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Tue
    20
    Aug
    2019

    The Chats

    Limelight 2

    Belfast

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    Self-described pub-punk shed-rock trio The Chats headline the Limelight 2 on August 20.

    Another explosive Australian band, watch the video for 'Smoko' from their second EP. They're set to release their debut album later in the year.

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

  • Wed
    21
    Aug
    2019

    The Chats

    The Academy Green Room

    Dublin

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    Self-described pub-punk shed-rock trio The Chats headline the Green Room @ The Academy on August 21.

    Another explosive Australian band, watch the video for 'Smoko' from their second EP. They're set to release their debut album later in the year.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €17.45. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    22
    Aug
    2019

    Post Malone

    RDS Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the world's biggest hip-hop stars Post Malone plays the RDS on August 22.

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

    Tickets are available from €75.75 from Ticketmaster. Gates open at 6pm.

  • Fri
    23
    Aug
    2019

    Stiff Little Fingers

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Belfast punk legends Stiff Little Fingers play Dublin's Academy on August 23.

    Stiff Little Fingers are hugely responsible for enabling and encouraging a voice of dissonance against the divisions caused by the Troubles, as their near-perfect debut Inflammable Material remains one of the finest to emerge from Northern Ireland - not to mention it was the first independently-released album to make the UK charts.

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

  • Fri
    23
    Aug
    2019

    Villagers

    First Bangor Church

    Bangor

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    Villagers are set to play this year’s Open House Festival in Bangor on August 23. Doubling up as the only Northern Irish date on the band’s current European tour, Conor O’Brien and co. will play in First Bangor church (a new venue for the festival this year) on Friday, August 23.

    “We’re thrilled to be bringing Villagers to Bangor for this year’s festival,” said Kieran Gilmore, Open House Director, “and First Bangor Church will be the perfect setting for this very special concert. Dating back to the 1830s, it’s one of the town's most beautiful and historic churches with a circular auditorium, wooden balcony and divine acoustics.

    “The gig will be a full band show finishing at 10pm,” he continued, “leaving people plenty of time to check out the local pubs and help support our night time economy. But for those that need to leave town earlier, the last train to Belfast departs from Bangor station at 10.27pm.” Listen to 'A Trick of the Light', taken from his latest album.

    Tickets, priced £29.50, are available here.

  • Sat
    24
    Aug
    2019

    Stiff Little Fingers, New Model Army, Therapy? & The Toy Dolls

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    Back for the third edition of Putting The Fast In Belfast, iconic & still excellent live band Stiff Little Fingers headline Custom House Square in their hometown on August 24 with a fantastic supporting cast.

    Stiff Little Fingers are hugely responsible for enabling and encouraging a voice of dissonance against the divisions caused by the Troubles, as their near-perfect debut Inflammable Material remains one of the finest to emerge from Northern Ireland - not to mention it was the first independently-released album to make the UK charts.

    Supporting are Bradford post-punk legends New Model Army, Downpatrick alt. metal legends act Therapy? and classic English punks The Toy Dolls. The ineffable Terri Hooley will also DJ the event.

    Tickets cost £27 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm.

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    Feel My Bicep: BICEP [DJ], KiNK [Live], Hammer & more

    Custom House Square

    Belfast

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    One of the biggest electronic outfits worldwide, the Belfast-born, London-based Bicep are set to curate a Shine for their biggest ever Feel My Bicep event on August 25 at Custom House Square.

    In 2018, the duo debuted at Coachella, played Glasto, Pitchfork, Primavera and all the big names. An immersive live show, they're placed amongst the visuals for a pulsing, visceral sense of togetherness. Watch the video for 'Glue'.

    Techno live act KiNK performs, as does rising star Hammer, with more to be announced.

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

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    The Specials

    The Seafront

    Bangor

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    The greatest ska band of them all, 2-Tone legends The Specials, play Bangor's Seafront on August 25 as part of the Open House Festival.

    Reuniting in 2009, they've been back for a decade now, selling out & garnering live acclaim at every turn, the seven-piece Coventry outfit combined the disaffection of punk with reggae in the cultural melting pot of their 70s environ. They were over within two years, but left 'Ghost Town' as a swan song. This is a must-see. Listen to new single 'Vote For Me'.

    Tickets cost £45 and are available here.

  • Mon
    26
    Aug
    2019
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    27
    Aug
    2019

    Beirut

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Returning for his first Irish shows in 7 years, Beirut is set to play Vicar Street on August 26 & 27.

    Masterminded by Zach Condon, Beirut's fifth album, Gallipoli, came out at the start of February, marking an new understated, nostalgic turn for the act - watch the video for 'Landslide'.

    Tickets are priced from €37.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    04
    Sep
    2019

    The Last Podcast on the Left

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Spanning everything from Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves and Jonestown to iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes and more, Last Podcast on the Left has established itself as a supreme go-to for all things horror in the world of podcasting.

    Hosted by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski, the series will stop off at Dublin’s Vicar Street for a live show on September 4th. 

    Tickets cost €30.00 from Ticketmaster. Things kick off at 8.30pm.

  • Thu
    05
    Sep
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    University Concert Hall

    Limerick

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He performs at Limerick University Concert Hall on September 5.

  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019
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    07
    Sep
    2019

    Dylan Moran's 'Dr Cosmos'

    Cork Opera House

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    Have a dose of musings on misery, love & politics as Dylan Moran returns with new show Dr Cosmos for a few shows in his homeland. He plays Cork Opera House on September 6 & 7.

    Tickets are available here.

  • Thu
    12
    Sep
    2019

    Peter Hook & The Light Play 'Technique' & 'Republic'

    Dolan's Warehouse

    Limerick

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist/guitarist, Peter Hook & the Light, continue their working through of his discography with a run of 3 Irish dates, kicking off at Dolan's, Limerick on September 12.

    The act are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies over the years. This time around, they'll be performing 1989's Technique and 1993's Republic, kicking off with a set of Joy Division material.

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

  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2019

    Peter Hook & The Light Play 'Technique' & 'Republic'

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist/guitarist, Peter Hook & the Light, continue their working through of his discography with a run of 3 Irish dates, playing Dublin's Academy on September 13.

    The act are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies over the years. This time around, they'll be performing 1989's Technique and 1993's Republic, kicking off with a set of Joy Division material.

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

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019

    Peter Hook & The Light Play 'Technique' & 'Republic'

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    The current project of the erstwhile Joy Division & New Order bassist/guitarist, Peter Hook & the Light, continue their working through of his discography with a run of 3 Irish dates, playing Belfast's Limelight 1 on September 14.

    The act are best known for performing entire albums from Hook's back catalogue live in their entirety, including Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Power, Corruption & Lies over the years. This time around, they'll be performing 1989's Technique and 1993's Republic, kicking off with a set of Joy Division material.

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

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019

    Stephen Malkmus

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Stephen Malkmus will return to Dublin to play Whelans on Saturday, September 14.

    Set to take place almost a year after Malkmus (with the Jicks) played Vicar Street last October, the show is part of a series of solo shows in UK and Europe across September. Revisit Zara Hedderman’s interview with Malkmus from October here. Malkmus recently released his latest solo album, the Berlin-influenced Groove Denied - check out 'Viktor Borgia'.

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

     

  • Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019
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    25
    Sep
    2019

    Ariana Grande

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    One of the biggest names in the pop world right now, Ariana Grande, plays the 3Arena on September 22, 23 & 25.

    Tickets are priced from €82 on Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019

    Pixies

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Boston indie rock legends Pixies will return to Ireland to play two shows in September. Coinciding with the release of their new album in the autumn, the Black Francis-fronted quartet will play Belfast’s Ulster Hall on September 25.

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

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019

    Jethro Tull

    Cork Opera House

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    Progressive rock legends Jethro Tull this year celebrate their 50th anniversary. They're set to play a pair of Irish shows as part of their extensive tour, the former taking place at Cork Opera House on September 25.

    They've release over 30 albums, selling more than 60 million copies since debut This WasAqualung and Thick As A Brick are perhaps their best-known, drawing in whimsical surreal English folk to lengthy compositions, featuring the vocal & trademark flute of frontman Ian Anderson.

    Tickets are available, priced €45 from Cork Opera House.

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019

    Spiral Stairs [Pavement]

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Pavement co-founder Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, is set to play Belfast's Voodoo on September 25.

    The third solo album, We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized, came out in March - check out the video for the title track.

    Tickets cost £17 from Ticketmaster and doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019

    Pixies

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Boston indie rock legends Pixies will return to Ireland to play two shows in September. Coinciding with the release of their new album in the autumn, they play the Olympia Theatre on September 26. 

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

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019

    Jethro Tull

    National Concert Hall

     Dublin

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    Progressive rock legends Jethro Tull this year celebrate their 50th anniversary. They're set to play a pair of Irish shows as part of their extensive tour, the latter at Dublin's National Concert Hall on September 26.

    They've release over 30 albums, selling more than 60 million copies since debut This WasAqualung and Thick As A Brick are perhaps their best-known, drawing in whimsical surreal English folk to lengthy compositions, featuring the vocal & trademark flute of frontman Ian Anderson.

    Tickets are available, priced €45 from NCH.ie.

  • Fri
    27
    Sep
    2019

    Extreme Noise Terror w/Desecration

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Down By Law bring Ipswich crustgrind pioneers Extreme Noise Terror to Belfast's Voodoo on September 27.

    The band have the distinction of being one of the earliest and most influential European grindcore bands, and were an early adopter of dual hardcore vocals. The band famously recorded a number of sessions with John Peel, and started as a crust punk band, characterising the early grindcore sound with its calling cards of fast tempos, short runtimes, political lyrics and grinding guitar scuzz. Listen to 'A Holocaust In Your Head'.

    Also playing are Welsh death metal act Desecration.

    Tickets cost £15 and doors open at 8pm.

  • Mon
    30
    Sep
    2019

    Nitin Sawhney: 'Beyond Skin' Revisited

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Twenty years on from his Mercury-nominated album, Nitin Sawhney performs at the National Concert Hall on September 30.

    Growing up in an area with a strong far-right presence, the British-Indian musician grew up as one in London as a minority, with his music taking on a strong social slant. He has collaborated and written for with Paul McCartney, Sting, the London Symphony Orchestra, Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor and many more. This performance will see him revisit his powerful, urban trip-hop-influenced classic - listen to Beyond Skin.

    Tickets cost €35 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019

    The Divine Comedy

    Bord Gais Energy Theatre

    Dublin

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    Neil Hannon-led outfit The Divine Comedy accompany the release of their latest album Office Politics, with a run of Irish dates, kicking off at Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre on October 6.

    Since their formation in 1989, Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, winning the NI Music Prize for his Lifetime Achievement. Listen to 'Queuejumper'.

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

  • Mon
    07
    Oct
    2019

    Penguin Café

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Musician, composer & producer Arthur Jeffes is the founder of Penguin Café. The outfit are set to play the National Concert Hall on October 7, performing material from their fifth studio LP, amongst others.

    Having studied archaeology at Cambridge, they went on to explore the Arctic. These studies and their prolonged silence ultimately forming the band. The band features Gorillaz' Cass Browne, Suede's Neil Codling, Oli Langford of Florence & The Machine, and Darren Berry of Razorlight. Check out their Tiny Desk.

    Tickets cost €35 from NCH.ie.

  • Mon
    07
    Oct
    2019

    The Divine Comedy

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Neil Hannon-led outfit The Divine Comedy accompany the release of their latest album Office Politics, with a run of Irish dates, playing Belfast's Ulster Hall on October 7.

    Since their formation in 1989, Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, winning the NI Music Prize for his Lifetime Achievement. Listen to 'Queuejumper'.

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

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019

    The Divine Comedy

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Neil Hannon-led outfit The Divine Comedy accompany the release of their latest album Office Politics, with a run of Irish dates, playing Cork Opera House on October 8.

    Since their formation in 1989, Hannon has continued to remain one of the most revered songwriters across the UK and Ireland, winning the NI Music Prize for his Lifetime Achievement. Listen to 'Queuejumper'.

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

  • Wed
    09
    Oct
    2019

    Jesca Hoop

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    California-born singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop comes to The Sound House on October 9.

    Growing up as a Mormon, she shed the faith and created music as a teenager without ever taking it seriously until she moved to LA in 2000, becoming a nanny to Tom Waits' children. She released her seventh album, Memories Are Now, to great acclaim in 2017, followed by her latest this year. Watch the video for 'The Lost Sky', from Memories Are Now

    Tickets, priced €17, are available from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Thu
    17
    Oct
    2019

    Hot Chip

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Following the release of their seventh album, A Bath Full of EcstasyHot Chip play the Olympia on October 17.

    Recorded in Paris & London, the act have worked with outside producers for the first time, while bridging their euphoria & melancholy with pounding electro-pop as ever. Watch the video for recent single 'Hungry Child'.

    Tickets cost €31 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    23
    Oct
    2019

    OMD

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    English electronic pop act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark play Belfast's Ulster Hall on October 23 as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour.

    Formed in 1978, based around Andy McCluskey & Paul Humphreys, they released their influential debut single 'Electricity' in 1979, followed up by 1980 anti-war song 'Enola Gay'. Their Architecture & Morality LP solidified their status as one of new wave's premier acts. They continued on in 1989 after the departure of long-term members, before reuniting in 2005, during which time they've released three more albums. This tour will see them joined by Martin Cooper & Stuart Kershaw, and follows the anniversary reissues of their first four classic albums.

    Tickets are priced £39 here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019

    Amanda Palmer

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer is set to return to the National Concert Hall on October 24 following the release of new solo album, There Will Be No Intermission.

    Check out recent single 'Voicemail For Jill', written following her trip to Ireland last year in the wake of the Repeal movement.

    Tickets are available from NCH.ie.

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019

    OMD

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    English electronic pop act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark play The Olympia on October 24 as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour.

    Formed in 1978, based around Andy McCluskey & Paul Humphreys, they released their influential debut single 'Electricity' in 1979, followed up by 1980 anti-war song 'Enola Gay'. Their Architecture & Morality LP solidified their status as one of new wave's premier acts. They continued on in 1989 after the departure of long-term members, before reuniting in 2005, during which time they've released three more albums. This tour will see them joined by Martin Cooper & Stuart Kershaw, and follows the anniversary reissues of their first four classic albums.

    Tickets cost €45.20 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    27
    Oct
    2019

    Philip Glass: Music in 12 Parts & Koyanaanisqatsi

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    There’s gig announcements, then there’s this. It’s been announced that Philip Glass and his ensemble will take up a special residency at Dublin’s National Concert Hall across October 26-27. The legendary American composer will perform two of his most seminal works – Music in 12 Parts and Koyaanisqatsi – as well as curate with the venue one-off events as part of this one-off weekend in the city.

    Music In 12 Parts takes place on October 26 from 6pm, whilst Koyaanisqatsi live takes place on October 27 from 8pm. Tickets for both events are available from NCH.ie. Do not miss this.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019

    Amanda Palmer

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Former Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer is set to return to Belfast, playing the Ulster Hall on October 26 following the release of new solo album, There Will Be No Intermission.

    Check out recent single 'Voicemail For Jill', written following her trip to Ireland last year in the wake of the Repeal movement.

    Tickets are available here, priced £25.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019

    a-ha

    3Arena

    Dublin

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    As part of their Hunting High And Low tour, a-ha play a pair of Irish dates, starting at Dublin's 3Arena on October 29.

    Following their 2018 Unplugged tour, Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket & Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be following An Evening With format. The first half of the set will see new, old & some unfamiliar songs, and following an interval, they'll play their 10-track 1985 debut album Hunting High and Low album in running order for the first time since special 2010 shows. This tour celebrates the 35th anniversary of the original version of 'Take On Me', issued in 1984 to sales of just 300. After its rerecording and the iconic video everything changed, and it hit big on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €57.50.

  • Wed
    30
    Oct
    2019

    a-ha

    SSE Arena

    Belfast

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    As part of their Hunting High And Low tour, a-ha play a pair of Irish dates, the latter at Belfast's SSE Arena on October 30.

    Following their 2018 Unplugged tour, Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket & Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be following An Evening With format. The first half of the set will see new, old & some unfamiliar songs, and following an interval, they'll play their 10-track 1985 debut album Hunting High and Low album in running order for the first time since special 2010 shows. This tour celebrates the 35th anniversary of the original version of 'Take On Me', issued in 1984 to sales of just 300. After its rerecording and the iconic video everything changed, and it hit big on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced £49.

  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019

    The Selecter w/DJ Rhoda Dakar

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    One of the most important acts in the 2-Tone ska movement, The Selecter, have announced a return for their 40th anniversary, performing at Belfast's Limelight 1 on November 1.

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

    They'll be joined on the night by DJ Rhoda Dakar, best known as the singer for 2 Tone act The Bodysnatchers.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019

    Cassia

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    The afrobeat-influenced indie-pop of Cassia play Whelan's on November 1. Reminiscent of early Vampire Weekend & Paul Simon, watch the video for 'Small Spaces'.

    Tickets cost €15 from Ticketmaster

  • Sat
    02
    Nov
    2019

    The Selecter w/DJ Rhoda Dakar

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    One of the most important acts in the 2-Tone ska movement, The Selecter, have announced a return for their 40th anniversary, playing The Academy on November 2.

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

    They'll be joined on the night by DJ Rhoda Dakar, best known as the singer for 2 Tone act The Bodysnatchers.

    Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

     

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019

    The Unthanks: The Emily Brontë Song Cycle w/The Bookshop Band

    National Concert Hall

    Dublin

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks return for the second set of Irish shows in 2019. They'll be performing at the National Concert Hall on November 3, inviting us into Emily Brontë's darkly passionate world.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance has been commissioned to mark Brontë's 200th birthday, and using her original cabinet piano, Unthanks' composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song. These have been recorded by the Unthanks in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily worked, and released as part 3 of Lines - their trilogy of albums recorded by historic female writers.

    Supporting are The Bookshop Band, formed between a pair of English folk singer-songwriters & multi-award winning independent bookshop Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights. They write and perform songs directly inspired by books, having released 13 albums featuring many of the authors with whom they've worked.

    Tickets cost €28 from NCH.ie. Doors open at 7.45pm.

  • Mon
    04
    Nov
    2019

    The Unthanks: The Emily Brontë Song Cycle w/The Bookshop Band

    Cork Opera House

    Cork

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    Folk-singing siblings Rachel & Becky Unthank & Niopha Keegan, The Unthanks return for the second set of Irish shows in 2019. They'll be performing at Cork Opera House on November 4, inviting us into Emily Brontë's darkly passionate world.

    The Mercury-nominated folk act grew up singing unaccompanied harmonies, and in keeping with their themed tours, this performance has been commissioned to mark Brontë's 200th birthday, and using her original cabinet piano, Unthanks' composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song. These have been recorded by the Unthanks in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily worked, and released as part 3 of Lines - their trilogy of albums recorded by historic female writers.

    Supporting are The Bookshop Band, formed between a pair of English folk singer-songwriters & multi-award winning independent bookshop Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights. They write and perform songs directly inspired by books, having released 13 albums featuring many of the authors with whom they've worked.

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

  • Wed
    06
    Nov
    2019

    Imperial Wax

    The Sound House

    Dublin

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    The longest-serving and last Fall lineup, Imperial Wax are set to play a run of Irish shows, playing the Sound House on November 6.

    These dates fall on the back of the release of their debut album, Gastwerk Saboteurs. Check out their single 'No Man's Land'.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, priced €14. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019

    James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    One of the comedy world's brightest talents, the self-deprecating James Acaster, plays a 3-night stint at Whelan's from November 7-9.

    Earlier in 2018, Netflix commissioned a set of four specials called Repertoire, and this current tour will be titled Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, for the alleged following reason: 

    "One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bitof it and it wasn't very nice so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin and then later on I ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because I was drunk and it was absolutely delicious. It was 4am. I then changed the name of a WhatsApp I was a part of to COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 because I had been thinking a lot about how 1999 was the best year of my life and also about how much I hate myself sometimes. The next day I was asked to name my new show."

    Tickets are available from WAV Tickets, priced €21.50. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2019

    Machine Head 'Burn My Eyes' 25th Anniversary

    The Telegraph Building

    Belfast

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    On the 25th anniversary of their classic debut album, Burn My EyesMachine Head are set to play Belfast's Telegraph Building on November 7.

    Following up on their An Evening With... series, this show will be comprised of 2 parts. Firstly, they're to play a set of their more modern tunes featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn & bassist Jared MacEachern alongside two TBA members. Part 2 will see the Bay Area act's Burn My Eyes played in its entirety, featuring the original lineup rounded out by drummer Chris Kontos & guitarist Logan Mader. Watch the video for 'Davidian'.

     Tickets cost £27.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2019

    Imperial Wax

    Kasbah Social Club

    Limerick

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    The longest-serving and last Fall lineup, Imperial Wax are set to play a run of Irish shows, playing the Kasbah Social Club on November 7.

    These dates fall on the back of the release of their debut album, Gastwerk Saboteurs. Check out their single 'No Man's Land'.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2019

    The Tallest Man On Earth

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Following the release of his first album in four years, Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth plays Vicar Street on November 8.

    It's called I Love You. It's A Fever Dream., and was written, performed, produced & engineered by the singer-songwriter almost exclusively in his Brooklyn apartment.

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

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2019

    Machine Head 'Burn My Eyes' 25th Anniversary

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    On the 25th anniversary of their classic debut album, Burn My EyesMachine Head are set to play the Olympia Theatre on November 8.

    Following up on their An Evening With... series, this show will be comprised of 2 parts. Firstly, they're to play a set of their more modern tunes featuring frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn & bassist Jared MacEachern alongside two TBA members. Part 2 will see the Bay Area act's Burn My Eyes played in its entirety, featuring the original lineup rounded out by drummer Chris Kontos & guitarist Logan Mader. Watch the video for 'Davidian'.

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

  • Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019

    Imperial Wax

    The Speakeasy Bar

    Belfast

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    The longest-serving and last Fall lineup, Imperial Wax are set to play a run of Irish shows, finishing up at Belfast's Speakeasy Bar on November 9.

    These dates fall on the back of the release of their debut album, Gastwerk Saboteurs. Check out their single 'No Man's Land'.

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

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019

    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 November 10.

    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.

  • Mon
    11
    Nov
    2019

    Snarky Puppy

    Ulster Hall

    Belfast

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    Funk-laden jazz fusion outfit Snarky Puppy headline the Ulster Hall on November 11 as part of the tour for new album, Immigrance.

    Formed in 2003 by bassist & composer Michael League, the band emerged from the University of North Texas' Jazz Studies program. They, alongside Vulfeck, have spearheaded a resurgence in a form of genre fusion that holds danceability alongside musicianship. Check out the first track to come from Immigrance, 'Xavi'.

    Tickets are priced £35 and available here. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019

    Snarky Puppy

    The Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Funk-laden jazz fusion outfit Snarky Puppy headline Dublin's Olympia Theatre on November 12 as part of the tour for new album, Immigrance.

    Formed in 2003 by bassist & composer Michael League, the band emerged from the University of North Texas' Jazz Studies program. They, alongside Vulfeck, have spearheaded a resurgence in a form of genre fusion that holds danceability alongside musicianship. Check out the first track to come from Immigrance, 'Xavi'.

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

  • Wed
    13
    Nov
    2019

    She Drew The Gun

    Voodoo

    Belfast

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    Hypnotically-charged psych-pop artist She Drew The Gun is set to play Voodoo on November 13 as part of her Trouble Everyday tour.

    Loaded with impassioned social resistance, watch the video for 'Resister', from new album Revolution of Mind.

    Tickets cost £12 from Ticketweb. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    16
    Nov
    2019

    Eddie Izzard Presents Wunderbar

    Olympia Theatre

    Dublin

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    Five years on from his last mammoth tour, Force MajeureEddie Izzard brings new comedy set Wunderbar to the Olympia from November 14-16. 

    With a more personal show that delves into his presumably surreal views on life, love, history & his 'theory of the universe', ahead of the time he's promised to leave comedy to take up more political duties.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

  • Wed
    20
    Nov
    2019

    The Mountain Goats

    The Button Factory

    Dublin

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    Cult indie folk rock act The Mountain Goats are set to return to the Button Factory on November 20.

    Formed initally in the early '90s as a lo-fi solo project for singer-songwriter John Darnielle's eccentric and often emotionally charged sensibilities, the Mountain Goats turned into a full band, developing a more polished sound around the turn of the century. This show follows the release of their 'partial rock opera' In League With Dragons, which self-describes as pioneering the new genre, 'dragon noir'. Listen to their early classic, 'The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton'.

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

  • Fri
    22
    Nov
    2019

    Elder Island

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Following the release of their debut LP, The Omnitone Collection, Bristol outfit Elder Island headline Whelan's on November 22. Watch the video for 'You & I'.

    Tickets are priced €18 from WAV Tickets.

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2019

    Robert Forster

    Whelan's

    Dublin

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    Go-Betweens frontman Robert Forster returns to Dublin for the second time in 2019 to play the special An Evening With Robert Forster acoustic night at Whelan's on November 25, featuring Karin Baeumler on violin.

    Still one of the most energetic and vital frontmen around, his memoir Grant & I was a Mojo & Uncut book of the year as he continues to write, perform & publish his work as a music journalist. Check out his 2017 album, Songs To Play.

    Tickets cost €27.50 from Ticketmaster and WAV Tickets. Doors open at 8pm.

  • Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019

    The Darkness

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Glammy hard rockers The Darkness' return to Belfast, playing the Limelight 1 on November 26 in support of sixth album, Easter Is Cancelled.

    Formed in 2000 by Lowestoft brothers Justin & Dan Hawkins, the lineup is completed by charismatic bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Rufus Tiger Taylor. The Darkness made waves playing on the pomp & showmanship of classic rock & roll at its peak, releasing only 2 albums during their initial run (Permission To Land & One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back) and are now onto their fourth since their reunion.

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for £26.50. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Wed
    27
    Nov
    2019

    The Darkness

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Glammy hard rockers The Darkness' return to Dublin, playing the Academy on November 27 in support of sixth album Easter Is Cancelled.

    Formed in 2000 by Lowestoft brothers Justin & Dan Hawkins, the lineup is completed by charismatic bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Rufus Tiger Taylor. The Darkness made waves playing on the pomp & showmanship of classic rock & roll at its peak, releasing only 2 albums during their initial run (Permission To Land & One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back) and are now onto their fourth since their reunion.

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

  • Fri
    29
    Nov
    2019
    Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019

    Bell X1 Acoustic-ish with Dowry Strings

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    Having now been together for 20 years, Bell X1 play a pair of 'Acoustic-ish' dates accompanied by composer Éna Brennan's Dowry Strings on November 29 & 30.

    Having last year played a sold-out five night stint at the venue, the trio's last release was seventh album, Arms. Check out their 360 video of 'Tongue', accompanied by Dowry Strings.

    Tickets cost €38.50 from Ticketmaster.

  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2019

    Whitney

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Chicago-based soulful rock outfit Whitney play the Academy on December 1.

    Led by vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich & guitarist Max Kakacek, this accompanied the release of their follow-up to debut album Light Upon The Lake, which was widely heralded upon its 2016 release. Check them out Live on KEXP.

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

  • Thu
    05
    Dec
    2019

    We Were Promised Jetpacks

    The Workman's Club

    Dublin

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    Following the release of fourth album The More I Sleep The Less I DreamWe Were Promised Jetpacks play the Workman's Club on December 5.

    The Scottish outfit have just returned after 4 years away, after the release of 2014's Unravelling. Produced by Jonathan Low - known for The National, Sufjan Stevens & Kurt Vile - after a long time spent re-evaluating their music. Check them out Live on KEXP.

    Tickets cost €18 from Ticketmaster

  • Fri
    06
    Dec
    2019

    Devin Townsend

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Heavy music virtuoso/savant Devin Townsend plays Dublin's Academy on December 6.

    This comes as part of the tour for latest album, Empath, out at the end of March. Known for his work in the technically complex, almost clinical Devin Townsend Project & Strapping Young Lad, this tour will see no click tracks, and a performance geared more towards fluidity and improvisation.

    Tickets cost €32 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Dec
    2019

    Devin Townsend

    Limelight 1

    Belfast

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    Heavy music virtuoso/savant Devin Townsend plays the Limelight 1 on December 7.

    This comes as part of the tour for latest album, Empath, out at the end of March. Known for his work in the technically complex, almost clinical Devin Townsend Project & Strapping Young Lad, this tour will see no click tracks, and a performance geared more towards fluidity and improvisation.

    Tickets cost £24 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7pm.

  • Sat
    07
    Dec
    2019

    Fontaines D.C.

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    One of the most stratospheric rises we've seen in some time has been the success of Fontaines D.C., and this looks to be calcified with a show at Vicar Street on December 7 - their only 2019 Dublin gig.

    They've released four incredibly well-received singles, been championed by Steve Lamacq, 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 cost €26 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2019

    The Blades

    The Academy

    Dublin

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    Dublin new wave band The Blades, having reunited in 2013 to sellout crowds, play their seventh annual Christmas show at The Academy on December 14.

    Formed at the height of punk in 1977, the trio released pair of  7" singles in the early eighties on Energy Records, and played a six week residency at the Baggott Inn with U2, regularly swapping headline slots in an attempt to make it. Their frontman and bassist Paul Cleary was named Songwriter of the Year ahead of Bono and Van Morrison, and Single of the Year for 'The Bride Wore White' back in 1982's Hot Press awards.

    Check out their new material on Bandcamp.

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

  • Sat
    28
    Dec
    2019

    The Dublin Legends

    Vicar Street

    Dublin

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    The supergroup of Sean Cannon, Paul Watchcorn, Gerry O'Connor & Shay Kavanagh play Vicar Street on December 28.

    The Dublin Legends were born out of the untimely passing of founding member Barney McKenna & John Sheahans' decision to retire. In 2017, guitarist & founder Eamonn Campbell passed away while on tour, replaced with Irish folk stalwart Shay Kavanagh, with Sean Cannon fronting The Dubliners for over 30 years. Expect many of the standards to reel in the year at this Christmas show.

    Tickets cost €36.50 from Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8.30pm.

  • 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.

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