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Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd – 28th May 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd - 28th May 2017

It's Friday! So, that can only mean one thing here at Sound Training, it's time for our weekly instalment of our Dublin Gig Guide! This weeks guide comes to you with a heavy heart as this past Wednesday we lost Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and more recently Temple of The Dog. Cornell was a powerhouse vocalist and is widely recognised as the voice of a generation. Rising out of the grunge scene in Seattle in the late 1980's, Soundgarden quickly established themselves as one of the dominating forces, along with the likes of Alice In Chains, Nirvana & Pearl Jam. "Superunknown" was the band's breakthrough album and was released in March of 1994,the talented band, led by Cornell amassed a quintuple platinum selling album in the United States. He found more success with Audioslave, with comprised of Rage Against the Machine minus Zack De La Rocha. Audioslave released three albums all to critical acclaim but the band dismembered in 2007 due to Rage Against The Machine reuniting for a performance at Cochella, and for Cornell to focus on his solo music. Soundgarden were touring around the US when his death occurred. The band were currently working on a new album also. May he rest in peace.

Anyway this weeks gigs! We've got some interesting stuff lined up this week for you this week with some Trad, Techno, Rock, and Pop all over the city! Let's kick off with Monday night in Vicar Street, Paul Brady and Andy Irvine performing a trio of nights at the intimate venue. Brady & Irvine struck up a friendship after the demise of the infamous Irish trad band Planxty, and decided to become a duo. They will be joined by Donal Lunny and Kevin Burke on the night, tickets are still available for this gig at €45 a piece! Also on Monday evening over in the Sugar Club we have the solo music project of Montreal based singer-songwriter Peter Sagar, who is best known as the former guitarist of Mac DeMarco's band. Homeshake play a perfect blend of indie pop, R&B with elements cool smokey soul! Tickets at €15!

Tuesday night, we have Lyndsey Lawlor performing with her full band at the Workman's Club in aid of Pieta House a suicide prevention charity and all the money made on the door will be going towards Pieta House so be sure to get down and support a great cause! Over in The Academy, we have British rock band Enter Shikari playing a sold out gig! The lads from Hertfordshire rose to fame with their 2007 debut "Take to the Skies" and have a massive following due to their catchy songs and energetic live performances! Unfortunately this gig is sold out and is the only one they are playing in Dublin. They also play one gig in Belfast before embarking on a European tour.

Wednesday night we have a fantastic night of live electronic music as the Modem Collective takeover Crowbar in Temple Bar. We have featured Modem before on our Gig Guide when they took over the Button Factory in April of this year and that was a fantastic night! This should be no different with live performances on the night from Mero, Phásin and Enceladus! Spice up your Wednesday night, and admission all night is FREE! Over in the upstairs venue in Whelan's we have Canadian folk-pop singer Jenn Grant performing as part of a small tour that includes shows in Ireland, the UK and her homeland of Canada!

Thursday night in the Bello Bar in Portobello, we have a fantastic night of music when Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom and Soulé (who was recently featured on our Degrees of Light Charity album) perform as part of the Future Proof promotion. All artists performing on the night have all already established themselves as great live performers and very talented musicians who together, create an eclectic mix of all genres of music. More Irish talent on Thursday night with Darling launching their self-titled album in the main venue in Whelan's. Catchy Indie-Pop is the order of the day here and tickets are a very reasonable €10!


This weekend sees the festival season kicking off with the first being the mostly electronic Life Festival. Life takes place down in Mullingar so you might be thinking to yourself this isn't Dublin! Over the summer we will be covering all the festivals in our gig guide as they will have all the main headliners performing! The day-by-day lineup is yet to be announced but with acts like Ricardo Villalobos, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Eats Everything, Alan Fitzpatrick and much, much more it is going to be a serious weekend, weather permitting! Tickets are still available here! For those of you who don't make it to Life, we have Punk-rockers The Skids playing The Academy on Friday evening for their 40th anniversary with support from The Outcasts and up-and-coming Irish punk band Checkpoint!

We will be ending the weekend on a high as we have Guns 'n' Roses playing Slane Castle on Saturday evening! Axl, Slash and co. will be performing in Ireland for the first time in 25 years! The support acts have recently been announced as Brighton based drum and bass duo Royal Blood, and Irish rock-outfit Otherkin! For those not making the trip to Slane for Guns', we have Emma Blackery playing the Button Factory with doors at 8 PM. Emma Blackery is a singer-songwriter and vlogger from Essex, England. She released her first E.P in 2012 and has been gaining fans through both her music and her vlogs, with her YouTube channel amassing a following of 1.3 million subscribers and around 142 million total video views, a huge feet by any means! Tickets for the gig are €17!

So that's it for this week! Except for one more thing, the GIG OF THE WEEK! This week it has to be the Modem Takeover in Crowbar! The Modem Collective are something special and bring a sense of realism to live electronic music performance, everything is performed 100% live on the night and of course with FREE ENTRY it can't be beat! As always join us next week for another host of gig listings! Don't forget to click below for more info on the particular gig!

Monday 22nd May

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady @ Vicar Street - 8PM

Homeshake @ Sugar Club – 7.30PM

Tuesday 23rd May

Enter Shikari @ The Academy – 7PM (SOLD OUT)

Lyndsey Lawlor (In aid of Pieta House) @ Workman's Club – 8PM

Wednesday 24th May

Modem @ Crowbar – 9PM

Jenn Grant @Whelan's (Upstairs)

Thursday 25th May

Ailbhe Reddy / Le Boom / Soulé @ Bello Bar - 8PM

Darling @ Whelan's – 8PM (Album Launch)

Friday 26th May

Life Festival – Mullingar

The Skids @ The Academy – 7PM

Saturday 27th May

Guns & Roses @ Slane Castle - 6PM

Emma Blackery @ Button Factory – 7PM

Sunday 28th May

Life 2017 – Mullingar