Ban Caplan | Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 30th July) | €10
Hirsute drama from the Canadian pianist and band.
Jimmy Cobb, Pee Wee Ellis & The Jazzheads | Sugar Club, Dublin (8pm, 30th July) €33.50
The jazz drummer and his cohorts take over the Leeson St venue for an evening.
Seamus Fogarty | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 31st July) | €10
The Irish wing of the Fence Collective returns to Ireland to peddle God Damn You Mountain.
Blur, Bats for Lashes, the Strypes | Royal Hospital, Kilmainham (4pm, 1st August) | €68.60
Damon, Graham, Alex AND Dave play their only British and/or Irish date of the year, with Natasha Khan and the Cavan rock-revivalists for company.
Peter Hook (DJ set) | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 1st August) | €11.95
Former New Order bassist, current New Order antagonist. In conversation with Banter at 6pm, also.
Ghosties, OKO | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (8pm, 2nd August) | FREE
A fun, energetic gig brimming with banjos and brass instuments alike.
Hot 8 Brass Band | Sugar Club, Dublin (8pm, 2nd August) | €20.40
After their visit on Paddy’s Day, the Bayou brass troupe return to Leeson St for a second helping.
CSS | Limelight, Belfast (9pm, 2nd August) | £17
Nu-rave: the Brazilian edition.
Heavy, Not Your Girlfriend (AV show) | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10pm, 2nd August) | €6-8
The hip-hop sessions and the venerable Galway club night combine forces for one night at the Pepper.
Butch | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 2nd August) | €8-10
There’s sure to be some Sundance-ing when Butch rolls up. I’ll show myself out.
We Are Scientists | Limelight 2, Belfast (7pm, 3rd August) | £18
Chris and Keith return to Ireland with their blend of comedy and great indie-pop.
Duke Special | Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth | €18.35
Peter Wilson continues his endless trek around the country.
The Mighty Stef | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 3rd August) | €8
The would-be rabble-rouser meets his people.
Raresh | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10pm, 3rd August) | €13-15
Giving everyone a taste of what Romanian house constitutes.
Derrick May | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10pm, 4th August) | €14-16
Detroit techno kingpin brings an end to Subject’s Rumbullion festivities.
David August | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 4th August) | €10-15
Some of August’s mellow house to kick off your August. It is unconfirmed as to whether he just changes his surname every month.
Castlepalooza | Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offally (2nd-4th August) | day ticket: €35/three-day weekend ticket (no camping): €65/three-day weekend ticket (moat camping): €50/three-day weekend ticket (castle camping): €79
A truly exhaustive line-up of Irish talent, with headliners Ghostpoet and CSS.
Indiependence | Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork (2nd-4th August) | day ticket: €45/weekend ticket (no camping): €79/ weekend ticket (camping): €99
Lots and lots of great Irish acts here too, plus Kodaline. Oh, and some great headliners like De La Soul and We Are Scientists.
Oxegen | Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown, Co. Kildare (2nd-4th August) | day ticket: €49.50/weekend ticket (camping): €149.50
The final part of MCD’s plan to take over the world. Formerly the indie kid’s rite of passage, Oxegen becomes Ireland’s EDM festival, with David Guetta, Calvin Harris and the like flocking to Punchestown.