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 […]

Joan As Policewoman – The Button Factory, Dublin

March 20th, 2017 by

In a dark room a diverse crowd of all ages gathers for Joan As Policewoman. Last year Joan collaborated with Benjamin Lazar Davis on the experimental album Let It Be You. An anxious crowd bubbles with excitement for their appearance, Joan and Benjamin take to the stage to a roar of applause. Without a word, […]

Hamilton Leithauser – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

March 19th, 2017 by

The Workman’s Club is humming tonight. Hamilton Leithauser has a fan base with more than a few diehards in their ranks and considering he has only visited these shores on a handful occasions, they have good reason to be excited. Coming off the back of his excellent ‘I Had a Dream That You Were Mine’, […]

The Gloaming – NCH, Dublin

March 10th, 2017 by

The eccentric pianist is positioned to the left of the stage, hunched over a glistening grand piano. To the right, the three traditional musicians sit in a circle, instruments at the ready. Centrestage is singer Iarla O Lionard, sitting upright at an ornate harmonium, marrying the contemporary and the traditional. Over the course of the […]

Rews – Whelan’s, Dublin

March 6th, 2017 by

Playing Whelan’s tonight as part of their first ever headline tour, London-based indie pop duo Rews (Shauna Tohill and Collette Williams) have been making waves over the last year with their infectiously catchy brand of punkified pop. Singles like ‘Shake, Shake’, ‘Can You Feel It?’, and ‘Miss You In The Dark’ have dented various levels […]

Bonobo – Vicar Street, Dublin

March 3rd, 2017 by

Even before Simon Green and his band have taken to the stage, there’s a sense that those who have gathered here in a sold out Vicar St are in for a treat tonight. Since making the decision to trade in his one-man-band status and enlisting a group of musicians with the chops to bring his […]

Elbow – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 3rd, 2017 by

Elbow are a band with a hefty history behind them, and twenty-five years together means that they are professionals when it comes to touring. Playing in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, a venue that’s been in use since 1879, is a suitable showcase for a band that has immense prestige and isn’t afraid to admit their […]

Pleasure Beach – Roisin Dubh, Galway

March 1st, 2017 by

Fresh out of the studio with loads of new material to show off are Belfast’s Pleasure Beach. The four piece rock outfit spent last year gracing Ireland’s radiowaves with their stadium rock hit ‘Go’ and making a solid name for themselves in venues and festivals across the country. With a small but absorbing repertoire they […]

The Divine Comedy – Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

March 1st, 2017 by

Pitching up at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Neil Hannon with his band of merry, Napoleonic men are set for the last night of their European tour on this Sunday evening. Hannon bounds on to the stage dressed as the complex one himself as his excellent band play the bombastic overture of ‘Sweden’. Immediately, a […]