by / August 12th, 2013 /

UPDATE: Showtime: State’s gigs of the week, 12th-18th August

Fucked Up cancelled Monday’s show at Whelan’s due to illness.

Exodus | Button Factory, Dublin (7pm, 12th August) | €25

The second biggest thrash band to play in Ireland this week.

Fucked Up | Whelan’s, Dublin (7:30pm, 12th August) | €17.50

Hardcore punk with a cerebral edge from Pink Eyes and the gang.

Midlake | Róisín Dubh, Galway (12th August)/Cyprus Avenue, Cork (13th August)/Dolan’s, Limerick (14th August)/The Windsor, Bangor, Co. Down | €24/€22.50/€25/SOLD OUT

Eric Pulido struck out on his own and came to Dublin earlier in the year, now the Midlake guitarist takes over from Tim Smith on vocals as the Texas indie-folk band make their return.

Slayer | Limelight, Belfast (7pm, 13th August) | €38

Having played Dublin a few months back, Slayer return to demolish northern ears.

Happy Mondays | Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin (4:30pm, 14th August) | €17.35

Shaun, Bez, there’s the paycheck – now, fetch! Good boys! Good, good boys!

Kings of Leon | Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast (4:30pm, 14th August) | £49.50

The Brothers (and Cousin) Followill hit the comeback trail. Maybe it won’t be as shit as it was last time, and the time before that… Lads, just play Because of the Times – be grand.

Simonetti Horror Project (feat. Claudia Simonetti of Goblin) | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 16th August) | €24.50

Simonetti of Italian prog band Goblin will perform scores from classic horror films. Sound interesting.

Swans | Limelight 2, Belfast (8pm, 14th August)/Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 15th August)/Cyprus Avenue (9pm, 16th August) | £20/€26.50/€27.90

Like an old man telling you to get off his lawn but doing it through the medium of drone, and possibly wearing the hell out of a stetson.

Snow Patrol | Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast (4:30pm, 15th August) | £44.50

Lightbody and his legion of bedwetters hit Tennent’s Vital.

Go Swim, the Notas, Thieves | Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (11:30pm, 15th August) | FREE

It’s free, and the Notas are always worth checking out.

Avicii | Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast (4:30pm, 16th August) | £39.50

I’m sorry, but he just looks like a serial killer waiting to happen.

Basement Jaxx | Custom House Square, Belfast (6pm, 16th August) | £30

Simon and Felix are still knocking about, and they can still play their myriad hits from a decade ago.

MacKa B | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 16th August) | €10-12

Like Rastamouse but human and probably not as good.

Eminem | Slane Castle, Co. Meath (3pm, 17th August) | €79.50

Slim will either turn up or he’ll pull a Death Grips and this will be the biggest gig of Plan B’s career. Chance the Rapper also makes his Irish debut.

Ben Howard | Custom House Square, Belfast (6pm, 17th August) | £30

Like Ed Sheeran but not him.

Toby Kaar, I Am the Cosmos, Daithi, Nialler9 (DJ set) | Connolly’s Leap, Co. Cork (6pm, 17th August) | €12

Nialler9 and Feel Good Lost gather with some fine artists from Dublin, Cork and Galway at the edge of the country.

The Fall | Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 17th August) | €22.50

30 albums in, still going strong.

Eats Everything | Stiff Kitten, Belfast (10pm, 17th August) | £11.25

Can’t say he didn’t give fair warning.

Ame | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10:30pm, 17th August) | €10-12

The latest German house producer to roll into town.

Andrés (DJ set) | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 17th August) | €5-10

Detroit house man steps behind the Hidden Agenda decks.

Archie Hamilton | Cyprus Avenue, Cork (11:30pm, 17th August) | €10

Bringing Cork through to morning, it’s the London DJ and ample support.

Lord Huron | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 18th August) | €16

I’d say they’re popular with Mojo AND Uncut.