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 […]

Stormzy – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 30th, 2017 by

After releasing his acclaimed debut Gang Signs and Prayer, which shot to number one in the charts almost instantly, Stormzy is finally ready to take his show back on the road. Having already been announced as a Longitude headliner, probably due to the speed at which this gig sold out, it only makes sense that […]

Warpaint – Vicar St, Dublin

March 29th, 2017 by

Appropriately returning to Dublin during the sunniest spell the city has seen in 2017 so far, Los Angeles based dream pop outfit Warpaint seem to have attracted a crowd that retains a sense of festival buzz camaraderie – Vicar Street’s bar is packed and there’s a spill over from the smoking area onto Thomas Street before […]

Dialogue 1st Birthday – White’s Tavern, Belfast

March 29th, 2017 by

There’s underground, and then there’s Dialogue. While most events throughout major cities boast a wide and diverse range of underground talent, there are few that go to the lengths and depths that Belfast’s Dialogue do. Each member of the party throwing crew maintains a unique gift, never quite satisfied with the abundance of euphoric noise […]

Napalm Death – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin

March 28th, 2017 by

Napalm Death are a band with a hefty legacy behind them, and a packed venue shows that they have fans who have followed the British grindcore band through their various incarnations of lineups throughout the years. With three different bands opening for them this evening, the Voodoo Lounge venue is swiftly filling up by 7pm. The house […]

Ride – the Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 27th, 2017 by

When My Bloody Valentine re-emerged in 2008 to play a series of acclaimed shows and festivals, it appeared to have sparked a resurgence of interest in the shoegaze scene they inadvertently spawned in the late 80s. Since then, other stalwarts of the scene such as Swervedriver, Lush and Slowdive have all resumed touring and recording […]

Cat Power – Vicar St, Dublin

March 20th, 2017 by

Vicar Street on the eve of St Patrick’s Day was in many ways an unorthodox setting for a solo show from one of the most critically acclaimed, if flawed, songwriters of recent times. A shelter from the madness on surrounding streets, a simple set up alternating between electric guitar and piano is the scene as […]