by / September 8th, 2017 /

Guide: Five Gigs to See in September

With the arrival of each passing month comes the promise of plenty more concerts to catch around the country for any and all music heads, so let’s take a look at the best options you’ve got this month and see if you can’t find something to suit your needs. Below we’ve got a list of the finest musical entertainment you can find over the next month around the capital and elsewhere.

Ryan Adams
Where & When: Ulster Hall Belfast (08/09), Cork Opera House (09/09), Olympia Theatre (11 & 12/09)
Tickets: €40.05 – 45.05

The alternative country rock star hits Ireland for four nights this weekend following his sixteenth studio album Prisoner which arrived back in February to general acclaim. The former Whiskeytown leader has a prolific and highly varied discography that he’s sure to dive deep into over the course of his four evenings in Belfast, Cork and Dublin. Particular highlights from Adams’ catalogue include the epic country rock masterpiece Gold (2001), acoustic folk record 29 (2005) and his debut release, Heartbreaker (2000).

Roots Manuva
Where & When: The Sugar Club (16/09)

Any hip-hop fans in Dublin won’t want to miss London rapper Roots Manuva in The Sugar Club this month. Renowned for his layered rhymes and experimental sound, Manuva’s unique blend of electronica, dub, grime and hip-hop has spanned nine studio albums, most notably debut Brand New Second Hand (1999) and Awfully Deep (2005), two pillars of the underground British rap scene. Once dubbed ”the voice of urban Britain”, the rapper-producer is sure to deliver in one of the best venues for hip-hop gigs in the capital.

The National
Where & When: Vicar Street (17 & 18/09)

The endlessly consistent Ohio indie rockers are in Vicar Street this month to support their widely anticipated seventh release Sleep Well, Beast which is due for release this weekend, after a four year gap between albums. The new album is reported to feature electronic influences and will explore a possible new direction for the band, however they can surely be expected to perform classics such as ‘I Need My Girl’, ‘Mistaken For Strangers’ and ‘Karen’, taken from their classic earlier records.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Where & When: 3Arena (20 & 21/09)
 €59.50 – 89.50

The legendary LA funk rock quartet return to Dublin for what is sure to be another spectacular appearance, following their fantastic showing in Croke Park back in 2012. The Chili’s have released new material since then, with their eleventh record The Getaway garnering favourable reviews last year, but it will be classic tunes that Irish fans will want to hear from the iconic group. The 3Arena may be charging a steep price to witness the psychedelic rockers, but the band’s immortal sound and onstage antics deserve to be experienced first hand.

LCD Soundsystem
Where & When: Olympia Theatre (27, 28 & 29/09)
€54.50 – 64.50

Recently reunited indie dance act LCD Soundsystem finally dropped American Dream this past week, their first album in seven years. After re-banding back in December 2015 following their 2011 break up, James Murphy and company hit the road last summer, headlining the likes of Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonaroo before taking to the studio to record their fourth album. Thankfully, following numerous delays, fans expectations have been more than met as the new album was greeted by rave reviews and widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike, proving Murphy hasn’t lost his touch in the interim. These series of shows in the intimate setting of the Olympia Theatre are going to be the hottest ticket in town this September, as fans clamour to hear the innovative electronic superstar perform the hits and introduce some new classics on top of them.