George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic – Vicar St, Dublin

May 19th, 2017 by

The last time we had the pleasure of the company of this multi-instrumental, all-singing all-grooving hydra it was as night fell over Dunlaoire’s Beatyard festival in 2016. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s blend of funk, soul, pop, hip-hop and all-out metal was well-served by the balmy sea air and festival atmosphere on that occasion, but […]

Take That – 3Arena, Dublin

May 17th, 2017 by

If Take That once thought they weren’t invincible, the events of the last few years might beg to differ. Having taken what was surely a massive gamble by returning in 2005, they launched themselves on a commercial and creative path that managed to eclipse that first run of boyband success – peaking with the success […]

Bob Dylan – 3Arena, Dublin

May 15th, 2017 by

Things have changed for Bob Dylan. This current branch of the Never Ending Tour – endlessly moving since 1988 – is the first since his award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. He and his five man band are definitely enjoying it in Dublin tonight. Having attended Dylan gigs twice during the past fifteen […]

Iron Maiden – 3Arena, Dublin

May 9th, 2017 by

“Scream for me Dublin!” The words that a full house at the 3Arena have been waiting seven years to hear. Few metal bands have the pulling power to sell out Dublin’s largest indoor music venue, but Iron Maiden have done just that, with attendance boosted by the absence of a Belfast show luring busloads of […]

The Winter Passing – Whelan’s, Dublin

May 2nd, 2017 by

Given how keen the Irish music industry is to shout about those bands from home doing great things overseas, you’d think that The Winter Passing – signed to a US label and frequent touring visitors both there and in the UK, as well receiving love from some pretty heavyweight media outlets – would be a […]

Happyness – Whelan’s, Dublin

April 26th, 2017 by

Happyness arrive in Dublin in support of recent album Write In. The self-produced album was recorded for a measly £500, the majority of which went towards an 8 Track tape recorder. Write In, recorded in an abandoned bookshop is lo-fi DIY college rock, reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, Sparklehorse, Pavement, and almost every fuzzy grunge slacker […]

Weyes Blood – Workman’s Club, Dublin

April 18th, 2017 by

There are few musicians with an ability to enthral the room long before they even enter it. The atmosphere in The Workman’s Club prior to Weyes Blood’s  arrival to the stage was one of heightened anticipation. An affection for the musician and affinity to her music was evident throughout the audience that filled the cosy Dublin […]

AVA Castle Party – Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint

April 18th, 2017 by

The hills that surround the Clanrye River are still. A magnificent building, built in 1212, stands tall, its empty corridors soaked in silence. The low grumble of basslines and the chatter of an ecstatic crowd grow ever louder. As we drive up the winding lane that leads to Narrow Water Castle, a wave of excitement […]

Alejandro Escovedo – Errigle Inn, Belfast

April 17th, 2017 by

“There we go!” Alejandro Escovedo laughed into the microphone at the sound of a glass hitting the deck. “The party’s started – it sounds like Texas.” He was on stage in Belfast’s Errigle Inn on the Irish leg of his Burn Something Beautiful 2016-2017 Tour. Flanked by his touring compatriots Don Antonio from Italy, Escovedo […]

Ed Sheeran – 3Arena, Dublin

April 14th, 2017 by

If there were those who thought, or even hoped, that the wheels would come off the Ed Sheeran juggernaut following his rapid rise to stadium status will clearly have to wait a little longer. It seems that nothing – million dollar court cases, the distractions of a celebrity lifestyle, a fairly rubbish third album – […]

Craig David – 3Arena, Dublin

April 13th, 2017 by

Zara Hedderman: 15 years ago, the prospect of going to a Craig David arena concert would not have been such a shocking occurrence. In a short space of time, he released several singles that dominated charts and clubs. Think of ‘Re-Rewind’, ‘What’s Your Flava?’ and ‘7 Days’; songs that proved instant hits. Infectious, if you […]

PWR BTTM – The Workman’s, Dublin

April 12th, 2017 by

PWR BTTM’s debut show on Irish shores is a Monday night sell-out at the Workman’s Club. A buzz has slowly been building around the New York duo’s maiden trip making for an array of desperate pleas for last minute tickets wallpapering Twitter throughout the day. Dealing in brash, bold and sometimes chaotic music, the pair […]

Samantha Crain – Whelan’s, Dublin

April 10th, 2017 by

Samantha Crain is nothing if not versatile, churning out albums as if they were selling them in Tiger. But this is no one trick pony. With six albums under her belt, her catalogue spans a range of styles and genres but her Oklahoman roots run deep and branch out from the heart of every song. […]

Run The Jewels – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

April 5th, 2017 by

Over three records of ever increasing scale, Run The Jewels have returned to play shows in Dublin on a regular basis. Christmas Eve 2016 saw RTJ3 unleashed into the world – the gift no one was expecting – and now Killer Mike and El-P return to Dublin to yet another sold-out room, and another rabid […]