Dublin Gig Guide: 19th – 25th March 2018
Starting off the week, we have Steven Wilson playing at the Olympia Theatre! His album “To The Bone” is a pop-rock album filled with tastes of his all his influences and has been described as “Fusing driving futurist rock and spectral electronics to elegiac hyper-space ambience and dizzying, squalling guitars, To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth.” Catch him at the Olympia from 8PM.
Tuesday night sees Vance Joy place the first of his two sold out shows this year! Due to this show being sold out, Vance Joy has announced the he will be playing again in November. Introduced to the world via the ukulele-led charm of instant classic ‘Riptide’, Vance Joy (born James Keogh) consolidated on that first impression with further anthems ‘Mess is Mine’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Fire and the Flood’ and ‘Straight Into Your Arms’. Support on the night is from Lily Moore!
Wednesday evening Vicar Street plays host to Bell X1 for the first of their completely sold out five-show run! In celebration of their 20-year anniversary Paul Noonan states “20 years! Jaysus! It’s kinda snuck up on us, but we thought it might be a chance to revisit the early records, in a room where we feel we’ve grown up and made friends.” They promise to make each night as special as the previous, with no two nights being the same! Also on Wednesday evening, English rock band Feeder will be playing at the Olympia Theatre! The 2018 UK & Ireland Tour, the bands biggest for 10 years, proving their popularity is showing no signs of slowing down, kicked off on 7th March and saw the band play in Bristol, Nottingham & Belfast and will end in London at Brixton Academy on St. Patrick’s Day before the head off to Europe for the rest of the dates! The tour will see the band playing tracks from the new “Best Of”, spanning an impressive 21 years of releases, and Feeder first played Brixton Academy in October 1999 with this being bands first time back there since their sold-out headline show 5 years ago, so there’s no better place to finish up!
Thursday night, Whelan’s will host The Secret Sisters. The Secret Sisters have had a roller-coaster career as they went from touring with Bob Dylan to losing their label, purging their team, filing bankruptcy and almost permanently trading harmonies for housecleaning! However they pulled through and now sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers have left their old life behind and came out with a biting and beautiful third LP, produced by Brandi Carlile, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore”. “We are more proud of these songs than we have ever been,” says Laura. “Some of the songs are a little more cryptic, but some of them are very pointed and honest and direct. And we had to let those songs happen. We had to let ourselves be angry again, and bring up things we wanted to forget.” Meanwhile, Jason Derulo will be playing at the 3 Arena also on Thursday night. Tickets still available so be sure to snap one up!
Friday night we have All Tvvins performing at the Olympia Theatre! When ‘IIVV’ was nominated for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Awards, it heralded the end of the album’s campaign. After a minimal break, the duo soon “turbo-boosted” their writing process where they amassed a group of new singles they plan on releasing over the coming months. Whereas they previously painstakingly crafted each song together, they instead found themselves creating almost completed ideas individually before allowing the other partner to put their stamp on it. This gig is SOLD OUT!
Norwegian pop sensation, Sigrid will also be performing on Friday night at The Academy! Only hitting the bigtime in 2017, Sigrid has established herself as one of the hottest acts around at the moment. Hailing from a small Norwegian town, Sigrid has quietly been creating a world which emboldens her followers, displaying amazing song writing ability with hard-hitting and empowering words, laced over unexpected and daring melodies! This gig is SOLD OUT!
Saturday night we have BARQ performing at Whelan’s. BARQ played at our Charity Gig last year in aid of Aware and they killed it. Marked as one of the bands to watch in 2017 they certainly were, and 2018 who knows what they’re capable of! Over The Academy, Greywind will be performing. Upon first listen you would be mistaken thinking that singer Steph was American, however she & they are Irish! Located on the heavy side of instrumentation, (think distorted guitars and heavy drums) there is something fresh about Greywind and there is not many like them at the moment on the Irish Music Scene! Be sure to check them out!
Finally, closing out the week is the comedy/music duo Flight Of The Conchords who are playing at the 3 Arena and Lee Scratch Perry who is playing at Whelan’s! Previously featured on the STC Dublin Gig Guide, Lee Scratch Perry needs no introduction as he holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in Kingston, Jamaica through to his production of some Wailers classics and lots more, Perry’s innovative style marks him out as one of Reggae’s true originals! Doors at 8PM!
Sigrid @ The Academy – 7PM (SOLD OUT)
All Tvvins @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM (SOLD OUT)