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Dublin Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th January 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 22nd - 28th January 2018

There aren't many events that unite a City, whether it's with visitors, tourists or natives of the land, but one of those events that does, is the Temple Bar TradFest! The TradFest runs every year towards the end of January and this year the running dates are 24th-28th January. There is so much on over the course of the four days that's it too difficult to pick out favourites. Many of pubs around Temple Bar and surrounding areas will have an abundance of trad music on. There is so much on for everyone so your best bet would be to head over to their website for a comprehensive list of what's on and when! Find out more here!
Kicking off the week we have Lau performing at Whelan's. A pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Marting Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later... With Jools Holland TV show (BBC 2 TV). Doors at 7.30pm for this one!

The Academy will host Witt Lowry also on Monday evening. The American born rapper got his degree in Graphic Design but wasn't content. It wasn't until he began rapping that he found his true passion in life. Hailing from Connecticut, Lowry is know for his speedy, manic delivery mirrored the crassest and most puerile Eminem (in his early days), while at the heart of his music, the focus on a hopeful message and indie D.I.Y. spirit reflected that of Macklemore! Doors 7pm for that one!

Mick Flannery will be performing a sold out gig at Whelan's! Known to be a songwriting force, Flannery will be playing this spontaneous gig before he sets out on tour for a number of months. Dates will include shows in Canada, UK, Austria, & Germany. But unfortunately this gig is completely sold out!

On Wednesday night we have Irish superstar Wallis Bird performing at Whelan's in support of TradFest. After moving to Germany for a year and enjoying the success of her single "Blossoms In The Street" which spent 20 weeks in theGerman airplay charts which secured her a deal with Island Records in the UK! €21.99 available online from

Also on Wednesday evening, the unique Public Service Broadcasting will be performing at The Academy. PSB is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe! PSB's uniquely spell-binding live AV Transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics - beaming our past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projection devices. A serious live show to see so be sure to make your way down if you can!

The Workman's Club will host Elder Island on Thursday night, Elder Island have been described to offer a rich and unique sound. Katy’s sweet and soulful tones flow over multi-layered synths, beats and melodic broodings that combine to stir up any crowd to get up and dance. Sonically placed somewhere between the likes of The XX, Sylvan Esso, Mount Kimbie & Maribou State, there is no denying Elder Island are carving out a home for themselves in our musical landscape. Grab tickets from usual outlets for €13!


Busy night on Friday with loads on across the city! First off Lord Huron will be taking the stage at Vicar Street.  Ben Schneider conjured Lord Huron from the depths of Lake Huron during a trip to his family home in northern Michigan in 2010. Ancient memories, smoke over the moon and nights full of perilous laughter all bolstered the brew from which Lord Huron emerged. Support from Flyte on the night! Moon Duo will also be performing on Friday night at Button Factory in Temple Bar. Moon Duo who are known for their psychedelic formula as Pitchfork describes them "corroded guitars, loopy keyboard lines, krautrock rhythms, and psychedelic strains conjuring both the whirling cosmos and droning abyss." Their latest album doesn't veer too much away from that, Occult Architecture Vol. 1 & 2 were released in 2017 and have embarked on a tour which includes shows in Portugal, Turkey & UK!

Finally for Friday, deep tech/house wizard, Claptone will be playing at District 8! After a very successful last few years Claptone returns to Dublin for what is gearing up to be a fantastic night. The masked German producer/DJ has been at the forefront of the deep tech/house scene for the past number of years. In 2015, Mixmag described Claptone as "one of the most visible characters in the global deep house scene” and his music as “crisply produced and effortlessly infectious”. Some tickets still available!

Saturday evening is another one for the electronic music lovers as Huxley & Méle will be performing at District 8 and The Field will be playing a live set at the Button Factory. And closing out the weekend we have American rock band The Menzingers performing a sold out show in the main room in Whelan's! With support on the night from PUP and Cayetana!

Our picks this week : Wallis Bird @ Whelan's, Claptone @ District 8, and The Field (live) @ Button Factory!       



Monday 22nd

Witt Lowry @ The Academy - 7PM

Lau @ Whelan's - 7.30PM


Tuesday 23rd

Mick Flannery @ Whelan's (Upstairs) - 8PM (SOLD OUT)


Wednesday 24th

Wallis Bird @ Whelan's - 8PM

TradFest 2018

Public Service Broadcasting @ The Academy - 8PM


Thursday 25th

Elder Island @ The Workman's Club - 8PM

TradFest 2018


Friday 26th

Lord Huron @ Vicar Street - 8PM

Moon Duo @ Button Factory - 7.30PM

TradFest 2018

Claptone @ District 8 - 11PM


Saturday 27th

Huxley & Méle @ District 8 - 11PM

The Field (live) @ Button Factory - 11PM


Sunday 28th

The Menzingers @ Whelan's - 8PM