Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th July 2017
Last week was a big one regarding festivals with Glastonbury taking place over in England! It really was a spectacle, as Ed Sheeran amazed a packed out crowd with his one man performance that included people being very confused by him using a loop pedal. Radiohead, The XX, The National, even the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn was on-stage for a speech! It was a fantastic weekend all around. Over on our shores however we had Sea Sessions up in one of the best surfing spots in the country, Bundoran in Co. Donegal! With performances from Primal Scream, The Coronas, Sigma, All Tvvins, Badly Drawn Boy, as well as surfing, BMX’ing and many other activities! It really is one of the countries most unique festivals! This week on the gig front it seems to be fairly quiet throughout the week, but then starts to get busy towards the weekend with gigs at Trinity College as part of the Summer Series Gigs, Iveagh Gardens and Croke Park!
Let’s kick off the week as always with Monday night we have the old familiar, Once, The Musical. A musical adaption of the 2007 movie of the same name staring The Frames frontman Glen Hansard and The Swell Season singer and pianist Marketá Irglová. a fantastic night of music and drama, it’s on until August so if you want to go see be sure to snap up some tickets! Next up on Tuesday night we have The Robert Glasper Experiment! Robert Glasper is an American keyboard player and plays a mix of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Soul and R&B. the Robert Glaspser Experiment have been described as an electronic act that defies any genre norms from any single description, doors from 8PM for this one! So that’s happening downstairs in Whelan’s but meanwhile upstairs we have Irish Folk singer songwriter Roesy! Roesy has appeared on Other Voices for RTÉ and has shared the stage with Paul Brady, Billy Bragg, Ron Sexsmith, Donovan and many more! Doors from 8PM.
Wednesday night we have Irish rock band The Deans who will be playing at Whelan’s. The trio will be performing as part of a tour that has seen them play Ireland, the UK and Europe! They will be supported by Charlie Lawlor, who is a up-and-coming singer-songwriter. Thursday night we have American synth-pop band Future Islands playing the Iveagh Gardens! As part of a worldwide tour including shows in Belgium, Australia, Portugal, Netherlands, United States and many more! After hitting the big time in 2014 with their lead single “Seasons (waiting on you) was considered the best song of 2014 by Pitchfork and their performance on the David Letterman show became the most viewed videos on that channels page! If synth-pop is your thing, then be sure to get on down! Elsewhere on Thursday night we have Gregory Porter performing in Trinity College as part of the Trinity College Summer Series Gigs! Porter is one of the coolest Jazz cats around. He released his first solo album Water in 2010 to critical acclaim and gained mainstream attention and Kevin LeGrand from the BBC once said, “Porter has a voice and musicality to be reckoned with.” Tickets are still available at €44.05 not including booking fee.
Easing us into the weekend on Friday night is Lisa Hannigan! She will be performing two shows in Whelan’s on Friday, one at 3PM which is an all ages show so you can bring the little ones along! She performs again later at 8PM which is an over 18’s gig! Hannigan began her career as part of Damien Rice’s band, but quickly began her own solo career in 2007. Since then she has released three albums, toured extensively and picked up quite a following from around the globe. This double header of shows is part of a European tour which includes gigs in Antwerp, Iceland, Germany and Sweden. she also has won four of the four nominations she received in 2009 for the Hot Press readers poll awards! The old familiar face of Christy Dignam and Aslan will be playing at the Iveagh Gardens for their Made In Dublin Revisited gig series of which they sold out three nights of in Vicar Street! they will be performing their most successful album in its entirety and will be accompanied by a string quartet, percussion and a keyboard player for this once off gig! Tickets are still available for this at €35 so be sure to grab one while you can because Aslan usually sell out their shows and this should be no different! We also have James Vincent McMorrow performing as part of the Trinity College Summer Series. JVM recently released his fourth album to date, “True Care” which took away form the conventional JVM we were used to. A much more deep album it has had widespread acclaim, he really has established himself as one of the best Irish acts of recent years. He always draws a huge crowd and this gig at Trinity should be no different! And finally for a very busy Friday night, we have Italian Techno maestro Francesco Visconti, better known as VSK. Playing a ranging style of Techno from dark and industrial to deep and mental, it’s sure to be a serious night of hard techno music so if that’s what you’re into then be sure to head down to Hangar and check it out, tickets on the door for only €10!
Saturday is another busy might of music with Iveagh Gardens, Croke Park and Trinity College all holding gigs! First off we have X-Factor runner-up, Olly Murs who will be playing at the Iveagh Gardens! Murs made a name for himself with a good voice and some very cool moves that I think anyone who saw it on the X-factor will remember! He then landed a record contract and then got himself a gig hosting the X-factor, not bad for a runner-up! We also have Coldplay playing on Saturday night! Croke Park will play host to Chris Martin and Co. as part of a 13 stadium shows across 9 countries! The tour is in promotion of “A Head Full Of Dreams” which was released in December 2015 and the tour began in March 2016. They might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but they always give 110% when performing ad their live show is one to see before you die! The Trinity College Summer Series gigs are the first of their kind this year and with such great acts that have been booked! On Saturday we have Irish rock band Bell X1. The only Irish act other than U2 with the most airplay in their native country! Being inspired by The Flaming Lip and Talking Heads, they create their own version of alternative rock they have been of the front runners of Irish Rock over the past 15+ years Fairing quite well with their 9 album releases and tours that have spanned across the world they return to their homeland to play the Trinity College Summer Series.
Finally closing out the weekend and this week’s gigs is none other than Pixies! Pixies were one of the leading grunge rock bands that came out of Massachusetts during the late 80’s and consisted of Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Dave Lovering and Kim Deal. They disbanded in 1993 but reunited in 2004. Bassist Kim Deal left the band in 2013 to focus on her solo career and her work with The Breeders. The band then enlisted the help of Kim Shattuck from The Muffs for their European tour in 2013 but they soon replaced Shattuck with Paz Lenchantin for a 2014 tour. Lenchantin has worked with the likes of A Perfect Circle, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Billy Corgan’s project Zwan. With 6 albums under their belt and with infamous albums like Doolittle and their 1988 debut Surfer Rosa it’s sure to be a great night and can hopefully bring some of us back to our youth! Gates are at 7PM so Pixies will be due onstage around 9PM or so!
So that’s it for another week of gigs, hopefully there is something on that suits everyone and with the selection we have this week it would hard to think otherwise! Just one last thing is our GIG OF THE WEEK! With so much to choose from it really was a tough decision this week but it has to be PIXIES at Trinity College. Pixies are one of the best bands around and it’s great to have them (although not the original lineup but still good) performing in our wonderful city! See you next week for more of the Dublin Gig Guide!
Monday 3rd July