by / May 27th, 2013 /

Showtime: State’s gigs of the week, 27th May – 2nd June

Lana Del Rey | Vicar St, Dublin (8:30pm, 27th May) | €44.05

LDR returns for her second-ever Irish show the day after her first one.

Public Service Broadcasting | Stiff Kitten, Belfast (8pm, 28th May)/Cyprus Avenue, Cork (9pm, 30th May)/Button Factory, Dublin (7:30pm, 31st May) | £11.25/€11.75/€12

Samples, guitars and such from the Inform – Educate – Entertain creators.

Iron & Wine | Olympia, Dublin (7:30pm, 29th May) | €27.50

Sam Beam gets all maudlin on your asses, and he doesn’t give a shit what you think. Bitch.

This Is the Kit | Róisín Dubh, Galway (8pm, 28th May)/ Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 29th May) | €10

Kate Staples continues on her folkin’ journey. Support from Mossy Nolan and Twin Headed Wolf.

Cancer Bats | Pavilion, Cork (8pm, 29th May)/Academy 2 (7:30pm, 30th May)/Stiff Kitten (9pm, 31st May) | €15/€16/£14

You thought bats were kinda dangerous before, just wait until they hit you with level four pancreatic cancer/listenable punk.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble | Dolans, Limerick (8:30pm, 30th May)/Sugar Club, Dublin (9pm, 31st May and 1st June) | €17.35/€22.40/€22.40

“You know what all your favourite songs need? Brass!” – Mark Ronson, 2005.

OMD | Vicar St, Dublin (8:30pm, 30th May) | €33.50

Remember when ‘Enola Gay’ was played during the Olympics opening ceremony? That was mad.

Tieranniesaur, Dott | Róisín Dubh, Dublin (9pm, 30th May) | FREE

Popical Island mainstays put on a show for Strange Brew.

OKO | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (8pm, 31st May) | €5

No relation to Yoko and not fans of Oxo.

Peter Delaney | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 31st May) | €8

Album launch for the Limerick man. Here he is singing outside Coppers like a true original.

V.I.V.E.K. | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10pm, 31st May) | €8-10

Unnecessary acronyms are all the rage.

Gramme, Ships, TR-One | Button Factory, Dublin (11pm, 31st May) | €6-8

Nialler9 kicks off Forbidden Fruit in style with this year’s opening party.

Ben UFO | Bunatee, Belfast (10pm, 1st June) | £11.25

A Ben UFO sighting in Belfast. He’ll be behind the decks, you probably can’t miss him.

Steve Earle | Vicar St, Dublin (7:30pm, 1st June) | €44.50

Him who wrote ‘Galway Girl’ and was Bubbs’ sponsor in The Wire.

Analogue Cops | Twisted Pepper, Dublin (10pm, 1st June) | €20

Digital cops are so Minority Report-y.

Tyga | Vicar St, Dublin (8:30pm, 2nd June) | €28

He’s grrrrrreat.

Cajmere (Green Velvet) | Twisted Pepper (10pm, 2nd June) | €18

Veteran house producer comes to town.

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit is back for a third time, taking place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham as ever. With nearby Longitude siphoning off acts and punters, the POD-organised festival will be reduced to two days after its three-day iteration last year. Headliners come in the reliable, sturdy forms of Kasabian and Primal Scream, but the bill is filled out with an eclectic range of acts, including James Blake, Crystal Castles, Ghostpoet, Toro y Moi, Daughter, Girls Names, Four Tet, Everything Everything, Solar Bears and Chic, who apparently ‘feature’ Nile Rodgers these days. The full line-up with times and stages can be seen below.

Day tickets cost €54.90 and full weekend tickets coat €99.50, available from Ticketmaster and all the usual outlets.