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Dublin Gig Guide : 15th – 21st May 2017

With some massive gig news recently as of one of the best alternative rock bands there has ever been announcing two headline shows later this year, The National will play Vicar Street in September as part of a worldwide tour and new album, 'Sleep Well Beast' which is also set for release in September! We can't hide our excitement! Anyway, moving on to this weeks gigs!

Two heavyweights kick off the week as we have Take That and Natalie Imbruglia! Take That were one of the most popular boy bands of their generation and probably all time. Performing as a three piece without the presence of Robbie Williams or Jason Orange, the band have still kept a massive following they have sold out the majority of their UK and Ireland dates thus far, they also have a number of gigs in Australia and New Zealand! Natalie Imbruglia has been out the of Music limelight for a number of years, after the release of her 2009 album 'Come To Life' the torn singer moved to Los Angeles and began a career in acting (which fans will recall from her days on the set of Australian soap "Neighbours". She released a cover album 'Male' in 2015, which consisted of covers songs she recorded from famous male singers and this 2017 Acoustic Tour is in promotion of that, she graces the stage of Vicar Street on Monday night!

American duo Overcoats will be performing on our little island before heading off for a few shows in the UK then a tour around Canada and the US. They play a mixed bag of electronic pop and the vocal pairing of Elion and Mitchell works perfectly together, as well as there clear friendship becomes apparent whilst performing onstage. These two ladies could be the next big thing and they've got all the credentials to be one of the best. Catch them upstairs in Whelan's at 8PM! American funk legend George Clinton brings his Parliament & Funkadelic show to Vicar Street. Alongside James Brown & Sly Stone, Clinton was one of the innovators or funk and was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll hall of fame in 1997. Parliament & Funkadelic gigs are known for being amazing spectacles and this show should be no different!  Over in the Grand Social we have Lisa Mitchell, an English-born Australian singer-songwriter who plays some tasty indie-pop. She released her most recent effort 'Warriors' last October to mostly posotive reviews. The album slowly brings Mitchell out of her comfort zone of acoustic guitars and piano, while adopting more synths and drums. Door from 8PM!

We Banjo 3 do exactly what they say on the tin. The lads from Galway will be playing in Whelan's on Wednesday evening, and are due to release their first single "The Fox'" in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that. Earlier this year we lost a musical legend in Prince, this Wednesday night, Vicar Street will play host to a celebration of his life . A fully live 8-piece band known as Purple Rain (lead by frontman, Jimi Love) is an absolute must for anyone who want to experience Prince's music once again!

Irish band The Cranberries are playing the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this Thursday night! The band hit the big time back in the early 90's with their album "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" which featured their hits "Linger" and "Dreams". Then released their second album in 1994 which had everybody's favourite track "Zombie" on it! This gig is SOLD OUT, doors open 8PM! Also on Thursday sending us nicely into the weekend, The Bowery in Rathmines will be hosting both Vernon Jane & Dreaming Of Jupiter from 8PM. Vernon Jane have just released their newest single in the past few weeks and have been gigging extensively over the last year. Dreaming Of Jupiter are a three-piece band and have been making waves with their live gigs and their new single release titled "Eyes Of Stone" which they will be launching on Friday night at the Bello Bar! Be sure to make it down for both gigs!

Contemporary french house DJ/Producer Dimitri From Paris will be dropping bangers from 11PM in District 8 on Friday night, expect cool and funky grooves long into the night! In The Academy 2 we have English multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna. McKenna rose to fame through the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in 2015, and since then has gone on to release two EP's and a hit single "Brazil". Upon first listen there is no way you would think this lad is only 18, also he wrote his popular hit Brazil at just 16! Tickets at just €15! Friday night also sees Mick Pyro bringing his Blues Cartel to Arthur's Bar in Christchurch. Pyro mainly known for his fantastic work with Republic Of Loose , Pyro know splits his time and performs some tasy blues numbers alongside his Cartel!


Saturday night we have pop sensation Arianna Grande who will be playing in the 3 Arena to a sold out crowd, early doors for this at 6.30PM, and over in Whelan's we have Paddy Casey playing the main venue. Paddy Casey once out-sold U2 in album sales so you know he means business! Always putting on a great show, doors are from 8PM and tickets are €20. For the electronic music heads we have two massive gigs to choose from. First off in Opium Rooms is the Brazillian born Gui Boratto. An Irish favourite, Boratto has frequented Ireland over the past ten years and it is always a fantastic night, although his last two albums weren't fantastic his live shows is something else, if you can get down to Opium to see him, DO IT! While over in District 8 we have one for the bass-heads as Skream will be spinnin' records long into the night! The London Dubstep producer helped propel Dubstep into the mainstream around in the earlier 90's and it gained a massive following which is still growing to this day. Doors for this one 11PM!


So finally are GIG OF THE WEEK ! This week was a tough one because there is so much variety to choose from but I think we are going to have to give it to GEORGE CLINTON! I mean, how could we not? He's one of the founding fathers of funk! It's going to be a great night! So that's it from us here at Sound Training, we will see you same place same time!



Monday 15th May

Take That @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM

Natalie Imbruglia @ Vicar Street – 8PM

Tuesday 16th May

George Clinton & Parliment / Funkadelic @ Vicar Street – 8PM

Overcoats @ Whelan's – 8PM

Lisa Mitchell @ Grand Social – 8PM

Wednesday 17th May

Purple Rain – A celebration of Prince @ Vicar Street – 7PM

We Banjo 3 @ Whelan's – 8PM

Thursday 18th May

The Cranberries @ Bord Gais Energy Theatre – 8PM

Vernon Jane w/ Dreaming Of Jupiter @ The Bowery – 8PM

Matt Andersen @ Grand Social – 8PM

Friday 19th May

Dimitri From Paris @ District 8 @ 11PM

Angel Olsen @ Vicar Street – 8PM

Declan McKenna @ The Academy 2 – 7PM

Mick Pyro Blues Cartel @ Arthur's Blues'n'Jazz Club – 8PM

Saturday 20th May

Ariana Grand @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM

Paddy Casey @ Whelan's – 8PM

Gui Boratto @ Opium Rooms – 11PM

Skream @ District 8 – 11PM

Sunday 21st May

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady @ Vicar Street – 8PM