Dublin Gig Guide : 17th - 23rd July 2017
Another week in July and another quiet Monday evening for live gigs, but fear not! If you're looking for something to keep you going on Monday evening, check out Once the musical at the Olympia Theatre. Once has been mentioned a number of times before in our Gig Guide but we really can't recommend it enough! Let's kick off Tuesday with a bang, we've got American experimental metal band Sunn O))) playing at The Button Factory. Sunn O))) are a hard one to categorise as they dabble in experimental, doom, drone and sludge and noise metal. They really are a band you have to listen to to understand what stylistic form they fall into. Check them out live here! Over in Whelan's, we have American musical group Rising Appalachia who are led by multi-instrumentalist sisters Leah & Chloe. Rising Appalachia started out when the sisters had decided one day, to record an album which had planned to be a gift to their friends and families. But due to the support they received, they decided to continue with Rising Appalachia. With no permanent line up (apart from the sisters) the group have performed with people like Jan Smith, Maurice Turner and Forest Kelly, and have made a name for themselves nationally and internationally! Doors from 8PM for this one!
On Wednesday night, we have The Blind Boys Of Alabama performing at the National Concert Hall. The group from you guessed it, Alabama!, have been around since 1939 and only for a couple of line-up changes have been going strong ever since. Pleasing crowds worldwide with their brand of emotive and soulful gospel, and with some interesting mashups of pop songs with gospel such as Amazing Grace being sung to the music of "House Of The Rising Sun" which you can see here! While down the road on Wednesday at The Sugar Club we have poet, writer, actor, musician extraordinaire Saul Williams! Williams will be performing as part of the Beck's Rhythm Series which saw Lee Fields & The Expressions make a welcomed return to the venue recently. Williams made a name for himself with his unique blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop throughout the 90's. He has released 6 studio albums to date. Tickets only €22.50!
Thursday night we have a double header as The Riptide Movement will be playing at Leopardstown Racecourse and we have Scottish band Belle & Sebastian performing at the Iveagh Gardens as part of the summer gig series! The Riptide Movement are an Irish rock band that have become household names across the country and has included a tour around Ireland including a performance at the biggest festival in the country Electric Picnic and two shows in the US! The Leopardstown festival has been a huge success this year and having The Riptide Movement performing is just increasing the staple of Irish bands on the national gigging scene!
If you're looking to start your weekend off with some ska, on Friday night we have The Skatuesques! The Skatuesques are a 6-piece, all female band who specialise in playing all the best that Ska has to offer! They will be joined by JB from Ska Patrol on the night so expect a mixed bag of classic ska covers and originals at the Grand Social! Over in Whelan's, we have a big double header as Mama Kasbah and Mongrel State will be performing in the main venue from 8PM onwards. Mama Kasbah are a band or "community" of sounds with members from Spain, France and Italy! They play a mix of reggae, rumba, ska and throw in some Latin American vibes for good measure too! They share the stage with rock 'n' rollers Mongrel State who have made a big name for themselves in their own right. Covering all sorts of rock and rockabilly with some honky-tonk piano and four-part harmonies, they don't look too far removed from an old country western shoot em up movie! Tickets are only €8.50 for this one! We also have Florian Kupfer performing his own brand of Detroit techno which sounds like it's straight from Hitsville, USA. He's on at Hangar Dublin with doors from 10.30PM.
Saturday night, we have the old familiar faces of U2 who will be performing at Croke Park. 2017 is the 30th Anniversary of the bands seminal album 'The Joshua Tree'. They will be performing the album in its entirety and have support on the night from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. With the album selling in excess of 25 million copies it is one of the best selling albums of all time! All tickets are of course for any U2 show in Ireland, SOLD OUT! Elsewhere on Saturday night for those of you who are looking for some electronica we have Matthew Dear playing at Pygmalion! Dear has made a name for himself by producing many different types of electronic music, glitch house, house, techno, and R&B infused electropop! You never know what you're going to get with him so it's always a surprisingly good night! Tickets are flying out the door for this so be sure to grab them quick at only €10 a pop!
Finishing up an impressive week of gigs throughout the city, we have English singer-songwriter Passenger! Keeping the name Passenger from a previous band that had dissolved in 2009, Micheal Rosenberg began to perform under the same name. The folk rock artist hit the big time with single 'Let Her Go' (which has reached over one billion views on YouTube) from the album All The Little Lights which was released in 2012. Since then, Passenger has gone on to bigger and better things with another three albums released since 2012, there doesn't seem to be anything stopping him! With support on the night from Irish Trad-Folk band, Beoga who featured on the Ed Sheeran track 'Galway Girl'. Some tickets are still available at €40 including booking fee!
So we're left with just the Sound Training GIG OF THE WEEK! Another tough one this week, but we can't see past U2 at Croke Park. Love them or loathe them, they have been the forefront of Irish music for over 30 years! They always put on a great live show and this should be no exception, also with Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds providing the support it's no wonder that it is completely sold out and has been for a while now! So that's it for this week be sure to check back next week for more!