Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd – 29th October 2017
It’s time for another weekly Dublin Gig Guide! Loads on this week, and just a note for last week, due to Hurricane Ophelia around the country, The Breeders gig in Vicar Street was cancelled and it’s not looking likely that it will be rescheduled as refunds were being offered at point of sale and the remainder of their European tour was coming up quick and fast. Unfortunate as it was their first tour in three years so who knows where we’ll get to see them again. Anyway, let’s get started as we’ve got a great line up this week!
Monday we have The Academy hosting the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club! BRMC are an alternative rock outfit with elements of shoegaze thrown in! Off the back of a whole host of albums, 2018’s Wrong Creatures is shaping up to be one of the best. The first single off the album “Little Thing Gone Wild” is classic BRMC, plenty of distorted guitars layered beautifully against one another, if you’re a fan it gives you the perfect teaser for the upcoming album! The gig is completely sold out!
Tuesday night we have Ghostpoet! Real name Obaro Ejimiwe, Ghostpoet captivates his audience when he performs, you can see him build a relationship with the crowd. He has played here a number of times over the years and it’s always a treat to see him live. With the release of his most recent effort “Dark Days + Canapés” last month to critical acclaim, he is embarking on a European tour and plays The Button Factory on Tuesday evening! Tickets priced €16 for this one. Elsewhere on Tuesday night we have Train performing at Vicar Street! Fans will have a chance to witness the band perform tracks from the latest album – including their newest and current hit single “Play That Song,” which continues to ascend the charts – along with a number of their signature Billboard Hot 100 hits like “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Drive By”!
Wednesday night, CHIC Feat. Nile Rogers & Chaka Khan will be back in Dublin performing at the 3 Arena as part of the BluesFest which also sees Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers come to town! CHIC’s sound was anchored by the scratchy, James Brown-style rhythm guitar of Nile Rodgers and the indelible, widely imitated bass lines of Bernard Edwards, combined with Chaka Khan who is international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists and continues to do so it’s going to be a serious night of music & tickets are still available!!
Thursday we have The Waterboys playing at the 3 Arena and with a new album due for release later on this year, be sure to hear some new material as well as the old classics! Few bands have changed as much as The Waterboys. Formed in 1983, on their first three albums Mike Scott sculpted a layered post-punk sound, culminating in 1985’s sky-scraping This is the Sea. Since then the music has never ceased to evolve, from the influential mix of Celtic, gospel, country and rock on the classic Fisherman’s Blues, to the fired-up poetic passion of 2011’s An Appointment with Mr Yeats and 2015’s acclaimed return to prominence, the rootsy, funky Modern Blues. Over in Whelan’s we have Marc O’Reilly, the Irish songwriter attacks his muse with a bipolar verve that swings from reflection to sheer riotous joy. Backed by the tightest band in Christendom, rare and beautiful songs slam into wild blues fragments and effortlessly back to clean vocal harmonies! Catch him with doors from 8PM!
Kicking off the weekend, we have a great line up we start with the multi-platinum selling Emeli Sande who will be playing at 3 Arena on Friday night, touring in light of her hugely acclaimed second studio album “Long Live The Angels” which was released last month, Sande achieved the biggest week one sales for a British female solo artist this year! Very impressive! While in Whelan’s we have Brass Phantoms, a four-piece indie/post-punk band from Dublin, Ireland. Since forming in 2014 the band has released two EPs, most notably their second EP, ‘City of Wolves’, which has received strong reviews from Hot Press Magazine and the Last Mixed Tape, as well as gaining radio play on major stations such as RTÉ 2fm and Radio Nova!
Saturday we have the Metropolis festival taking place at the RDS in Dublin, featuring a whole host of world-class performers and DJ’s. Acts include Richie Hawtin, Todd Terje, Leftfield, Laurent Garnier, Adam Beyer, Krystal Klear, Trinity Orchestra and many more! Taking place over the course of three days! This 3-day festival is an absolute must for any fan of electronic music, very very VERY limited tickets remain at €119.50 each! With the passing of the great Walter Beckett of Steely Dan this past September there was some speculation as to what the future held. They had upcoming gigs booked, however this unfortunate event hasn’t stopped them! They play the 3 Arena on Saturday! Also on Saturday, we have Aimee Mann playing at the National Stadium, and Mundy performing at The Academy!
And finally for Sunday, as well as Metropolis festival in the RDS, we have Mick Thomas performing at Whelan’s! Thomas formerly of the band Weddings Parties Anything (WPA), has been playing solo in recent years, albeit regularly with his old WPA colleague, Mark “Squeezebox Wally” Wallace on piano accordion. In March 2017, Mick released a compilation album called “These are the Songs”, covering the best of his solo work post WPA as well as a book called “These are the Days”, that includes stories about the songs and chords for each of them! Doors from 8PM!
That’s it for this week folks! As usual for more info on any of the gigs just click the links and we will see you here next week!