Dublin Gig Guide: 29th January – 4th February 2018
Since releasing their first single in 1985, Erasure have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. Their 30th anniversary celebrations saw them deliver a Top 10 collection of singles, a 13-disc career-spanning box set and vinyl editions of their entire back catalogue. Since then, they’ve been busier than ever. In addition to recording World Be Gone, in 2016 Vince Clarke set up his own label, Very Records, releasing 2Square, his collaboration with Paul Hartnoll, and the Reed & Caroline debut, Buchla & Singing. Andy Bell continued to explore the character of Torsten through the critically acclaimed theatrical production Torsten The Beautiful Libertine and an album of the same name. A remix album, further detailing this “polysexual semi-immortal” character was released in 2016. Bell’s solo debut album, Electric Blue, has been remastered and repackaged for release in 2017. They play three sold out shows and there will be no more tickets available!
Also on Monday night Christy Moore returns to his old haunt Vicar Street. Not much to say there as by this stage in his career his audience will know exactly what to expect!
Jeff Tweedy, lead singer of rock band Wilco will be performing a solo show at the Olympia Theatre on Tuesday night! His newest solo venture, Together At Last was recorded in Tweedy’s Chicago studio “The Loft” and there is rumour it’s the first in a proposed series due to be called The Loft Sessions where Tweedy revisits his vast catalogue of work, which spans three decades and more than 20 albums! Support from Jame Elkington on the night!
Hayseed Dixie will be performing at Whelan’s also on Tuesday night! Advertising themselves as “Maximum Rockgrass” YouTube for a taste of what their all about, head over to their channel to check them out!
Wednesday night we have a special gig in Whelan’s as Duke special & Uliad will be performing together! When g contemporary songwriting and traditional Irish music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the new release ‘A Note Let Go’, a collaboration between traditional group Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Duke Special. The collaboration of these acts draws on two vastly different worlds of music. Through his skills in song writing, Duke Special injects drama and theatricality into the mix, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture. Ulaid’s mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole.
Thursday night, Heroes in Hiding in association with Bedlam Events proudly present Sharing Smoke, a brand new series of events providing a new platform for Irish acts to grow.a new night that promises to promote the best Irish independent acts. Kicking off this week we have Heroes In Hiding, Chasing Felix & Good Strangers who are all making waves across the city with their live performances and this night should be no different! Tickets only €5 for this one!
Start off the weekend right with some techno! We’ve got Belfast duo Bicep & Hammer playing at District 8 from 11PM! Nastia was due to play also on Friday at Index, however it has been revealed that her Visa has been refused so she will not be able to play. You can find a statement from the venue here! Meanwhile, Cult Called Man will be playing as they bring their own style of indie/alt rock sound to Whelan’s!
Saturday night at The Bowery in Rathmines, classic blues rock is the order of the day with Crow Black Chicken performing! The fantastic three piece will be embarking on a Spanish tour in March of this year so are using their time before to perfect their live show! Doors at 8PM for this one! Also on Saturday night, Rat Boy will be playing at The Academy! Rat Boy is the project of Essex native Jordan Cardy. After a few unsuccessful attempts at putting a pop-punk band together in his hometown of Chelmsford, Cardy turned himself into a one-man band, recording a shambling 23-minute mixtape that blended punk guitars and noisy samples with hip-hop, reggae, and plenty of cheeky attitude! Blending elements of hip-hop, indie and punk he has been compared to the likes of Jamie T, Beastie Boys and The Clash to name a few!
Last but not least, closing out the weekend we have Beth Orton playing at Whelan’s! Beth Orton is one of the most unique and beguiling voices in British music. Over two decades she has proved herself to be a peerless artist able to effortlessly bridge the previously unseen musical gaps between the Chemical Brothers and Bert Jansch. Pairing her inimitable voice to a synthesis of electronic and acoustic instruments, Beth started out as both an outlier for the nascent UK folk revival and a one of the few recognisable faces at the forefront of the mid ’90s dance scene. She earned a Mercury nomination with her first album ‘Trailer Park’ and won the Brit Award for Best British Female Artist with the follow up, ‘Central Reservation’.
Our picks : Hayseed Dixie @ Olympia Theatre, Sharing Smoke @ Whelan’s, Crow Black Chicken @ The Bowery!
Nastia @ Index – 11PM *CANCELLED*