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Gig Guide 12th – 18th August

Written by on 11/08/2019

The Monday Club: Disco Heroes

Disco Heroes are Ireland’s best new weddings and corporate events band, playing the very finest in disco and soul from 70’s/80’s/90’s/00’s and 10’s. Quality, energy and outstanding musicality are guaranteed from this quintet. Compulsive dancing should be expected!

12th August
9pm, Lost Lane 
Free Entry

Info  – lostlane.ie

We-Bloom Presents - CC Brez / Paj / A Sleeping Giant

WeBloom presents a bi-weekly music showcase hosted on Monday nights at The Workmans Club

CC Brez is Cormac Breslin, a former member of supreme funksters, Republic of Loose. A man responsible for the eternally catchy “Comeback Girl” among others.

Support on the night comes from
Paj & A Sleeping Giant

12th August
8pm, The Workman’s Club
Free Entry 

Info – www.facebook.com

Zeropunkt | Eris 136199

Improvised Music Company in association with Note Productions are delighted to present a double header from Eris 136199 (Han-earl Park, Nick Didkovsky & Catherine Sikora) and Zeropunkt (Fergus Cullen, Jamie Davis & Damien Lennon)


12th August
8pm, The Fumbally Stables
From €12

Info / Tickets – eventbrite.ie

Cherry Comedy at Whealans

One of the top comedy clubs in Ireland, favored by acts new & old, entertaining audiences from around the world. As seen on RTÉ, TV3, Vodafone Comedy Festival & more.

Headlined by Damian Clark (Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award Winner)
Support from Davey Reilly (Comedy Cellar Dublin) & Ashlee Bentley (Electric Picnic Festival)
Featuring Liam Nugent (RTÉ Republic of Telly) & Ailish Mccarthy (Vodafone Comedy Festival)
Hosted by Richie Bree (The Laughter Lounge)

12th August
From €5

Info / Tickets – whelanslive.com

The Circle Sessions

A night of Spoken Word Poetry, Storytelling, Music and Performance and more a great experience for everyone to broaden the horizon. With amazing spoken word and music performers…from 8 to 12…first six acts, then an open mic to all


12th August
8pm,The International Bar 
Free Entry

Info / Tickets – international-bar.com

Durand Jones & the Indications

This young band of twenty-somethings are students of soul, including guitarist Blake Rhein, who moonlights doing research for The Numero Group. Even with that background, and an aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early ‘70s soul, the Indications are planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time.

A vibrant through-line helping flesh out the Indications sound is the band’s love of sonic mish-mashes. Rhein and Frazer initially bonded over a love of crate-digging for rare 45s, and that vast musical appreciation and flexibility injects an accessibility into the veins of new album American Love Call.


13th August
7pm, Whelans

Info / Tickets – mcd.ie

The Kila Sessions

Fresh from a whirlwind 2018 celebrating their 30th year, world famous Irish band Kíla take a break from their hectic touring schedule to bring you a more intimate musical experience…

Every Tuesday between 7.30-9.30 different members of Kíla will come together for an informal session in Whelan’s front window. Expect special guests and eclectic tunes and songs…


13th August
7.30pm, Whelans
Free Entry

Info / Tickets – whelanslive.com

The Battle of the Axe Comedy & Open Mic Club

The Battle of the Axe Comedy and Open Mic Club has been hosting events since 1996, making it over 22 years old – although it’s a bit like Peter Pan – it will never grow up. It has been a launch pad for some of the country’s most iconic masters of mirth and it remains one of the most friendly places for new would-be comedians to cut their teeth and perfect their jokes. Offer a little support to the newbies sweating behind the ears or lose your sense of public decorum altogether as you roar laughing at a well-known circuit comics trying their new jokes on for size.

13th August
9pm, Ha’Penny Bridge Inn

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

Folk Fest 2019

Whelan’s Trad and Folk Festival, in association with Smithwick’s Irish Ales, takes place from Wed 14th – Sat 24th August. Many of the concerts are free entry with a few ticketed headline events by the likes of Daoirí Farrell, Sharon Shannon, Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny and Gerry O’Connor, plus more to be announced.

Showcasing quality Irish music, you can expect some of Ireland’s most loved acts alongside some of Ireland’s brightest hopes. The festival will bring together over 20 acts across 2 stages in Whelan’s.

14th – 24th August
8pm, Whelans
Free Entry and from €15

Info / Tickets – whelanslive.com

Killing Joke

Heavy and slow, Killing Joke were a quasi-metal band dancing to a tune of doom and gloom. They eventually became less heavy and more arty and dance-able but early on they made some urgent slabs of molten dynamite that oozed with the power of thick guitars, thudding drums, and over-the-top singing.

The origins of Killing Joke lie in the Matt Stagger Band. Paul Ferguson was drumming for the group when he met Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards) in the late ’70s. Coleman joined the Matt Stagger Band briefly, but soon he and Ferguson split to form Killing Joke in late 1978. The duo recruited bassist Youth (born Martin Glover Youth), who had previously played with the punk group the Rage, and guitarist Geordie (born Kevin Walker) to complete the band’s lineup

14th August
7pm, The Academy 

Info / Tickets –theacademydublin.com

Unearth, Aesect & This Place Hell

After an awe-inspiring 15 years of blazing trails and dominating stages, Unearth is now institutionalized as a relentless force in heavy metal, standing the test of time with a consistently triumphant creative output, tireless road warrior resilience, blue-collar style workmanship and a resolute determination to deliver the goods.


14th August
6.30pm, The Voodoo lounge

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

DJ John “Quare Groove” Byrne, Quangodelic, Bobby and the Blunts

Over the years John Byrne has had residencies and run clubs all over Cork City including Crane Lane, The Pavilion, The Liquid Lounge. There has been every type of spinning scenario across the years, radio, festivals, weddings and a 1000 waterholes from the sublime to… all kinds of places.

Quangodelic are a huge Funk ensemble based in Cork City comprised of anywhere between 8-18 players united by a love of funk and fun. As their name suggests, they are heavily influenced by the music and approach of Parliament and Funkadelic.

Bobby and the Blunts are a four-piece power funk band who are influenced by Vulfpeck, The Red-Hot Chili Peppers, Republic of Loose and other heavy hitting funk bands. Collectively coming together to create some funky and abnormal instrumentals and bust out a few lyrical masterpieces.

15th August
8pm, Lost Lane 

Info / Tickets – lostlane.ie

Niall McGuigan & Friends - Album Launch - "Spiritual Anarchy"

After the successful release of Niall’s debut album “Awareness” in 2017, in St. Ann’s Church Dublin with the SUSO Gospel Choir, Niall returns to The Workmans Club in Dublin to perform his new album “Spiritual Anarchy” due for release on the 15th of August 2019.

The musical style is a return to Niall’s rock roots, in keeping with the eclectic world music feel of his last album mixing Mongolian throat singing, reggae, folk, and alternative rock. On the night he will be joined by Paul Mc Cabe (Bass), Clare Foley (Backing vocals), Rafal Szydlowski (Violin), Paul McElroy (Guitar), Karl Cosgrove (Drums)

15th August
8pm, The Workman’s Club

Info / Tickets – theworkmansclub.com





Dancers will have a shot at a €200 prize pool in an ALL STYLE 1v1 dance competition during the event!

The judges are the skilled and respected masters of dance;



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15th August
8pm, The Grand Social
From €5

Info / Tickets – www.thegrandsocial.ie

Fat Pablo

“Lala Belu” has been a long time coming and builds on Mergia’s remarkable career resurgence over the past few years.

Beginning in 2013 with the reissue of his dreamy Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument, followed by the enormous success of his seminal Ethio-jazz masterpiece, Tche Belew, and continuing with last year’s widely acclaimed Wede Harer Guzo, Mergia has received considerable accolades from listeners
and press globally, including The New York Times, Pitchfork and The Wire.

His old recordings are cherished revelations for Ethiopian music fans; however, Mergia’s return to the stage has been just as inspiring and electrifying.

15th August
8pm, The Sugar Club 

Info / Tickets – sugarclubtickets.com

Nuala Kennedy & John Doyle

Nuala is known for her direct and captivating traditional singing style and for a unique traditional flute sound. A composer and producer with four solo albums to her name, she has graced the cover of Irish Music Magazine and regularly appears on the mainstage at festivals around the world.

John Doyle is a singer and songwriter, producer, multi-Grammy nominee and an extraordinary master of the Irish guitar whose singular percussive style has influenced a generation of players. A founding member of the acclaimed group Solas, in 2009 John and Liz Carroll performed for President Obama at the Whitehouse. He has been featured on over 130 recordings of traditional Irish, folk, old time, and bluegrass music.

16th August
8pm, Lost Lane

Info / Tickets – lostlane.ie

Take Me to the Alley - A Night of Gregory Porter

Accompanied by a full live band, Irish Jazz singer Bobby Mc will pay tribute to Porter with his own take on this beautifully melodic music. Gregory’s first gig in Ireland was in The Sugar Club back in 2013, what a perfect venue for a tribute to him and his music.


16th August
7.30pm, The Sugar Club

Info / Tickets – sugarclubtickets.com

Candice Gordon

Berlin-based Irish singer songwriter Candice Gordon treads a musical line that intersects between gothic, punk, psych, and garage. With an arresting live performance she has toured extensively throughout Europe, and played festivals such as Reeperbahn, Bestival, Body and Soul, Truck, and Endless Daze in Cape Town.

The release of her debut EP ‘Before the Sunset Ends’, and her debut album ‘Garden of Beasts’ garnered her critical praise (“Woozy, immersive” – The Independent.), and attention from radio stations such as BBC radio 1, XFM, and Radio Eins. She will release her self-produced EP ‘The Sacramental Traffic Lights’ in 2019.

16th August
9pm, Sin-É Bar 

Info / Tickets – sin-e.ie

Aikens presents The Murder Capital

The Murder Capital have built a formidable reputation. In just over a year, they’ve sold out shows in their hometown of Dublin (to 400 people), played with Slaves, Shame, IDLES and fellow countrymen Fontaines DC and seen the likes of the NME, Loud & Quiet, Dork and DIY back them already – with The Irish Times calling them out as Ireland’s best new rock band.

16th August
7.30pm, The Button Factory

Info / Tickets – www.aikenpromotions.com

Gráinne Hambly (harp, concertina) & William Jackson (harp, tin whistle, bouzouki)

Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson are two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland. For this intimate Farmleigh concert, they will perform a selection of Irish and Scottish tunes, including 17th- and 18th-century harp pieces, lively dance tunes and recent compositions.

Combining their extraordinary talents on harp, as well as concertina, tin whistle and bouzouki, they perform all over the world, dazzling audiences with their artistry. With demanding solo careers that often have them performing on different continents, their combined show is a special treat.

17th August
3 pm, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park
€15/50 family ticket 

Info / Tickets – farmleigh.ie

Ukulele Hooley

A big birthday party is planned for the world-famous Ukulele Hooley which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Dun Laoghaire in August. Since its humble beginnings in the harbour town in 2009, the Ukulele Hooley has grown to become the leading ukulele festival in Europe attracting thousands of enthusiasts to Dun Laoghaire every summer.

Supported by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Hooley is a non-commercial, family-friendly, free festival which brings ukulele players and fans from home and abroad to the town every August.

17th & 18th August
The Eblana Club, Dún Laoghaire
Free Entry

Info – ukulelehooley.com

The Bionic Rats

This August marks the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album “Return of The Bionic Rats”, which will be on sale for the first time on vinyl for this celebration gig.

Since their debut they have also released another three albums “Should Be Seen and Not Heard”, “Another Fine Mess” and “TBR” with their fifth studio album well on the way. Come along to celebrate over a decade of The Bionic Rats original music on Saturday 17th August, with an epic 2+ hour set showcasing songs from all four albums, alongside plenty of as yet un-recorded new tunes as well!

17th August
8pm, Lost Lane
From €13

Info / Tickets – lostlane.ie

Love Sensation

A brand new shining beacon in the Irish festival scene. Love Sensation, brought to you by the team behind Mother, will pop its festival cherry this August 17th & 18th 2019 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. A next generation two-day music and arts festival aimed at the LGBT+ community and their many friends, Love Sensation sees Lily Allen, Clean Bandit, Gossip & Kelis top the bill across the weekend.

Who else could host the main stage for the weekend, there really is only one woman for the job, step forward Panti Bliss! Expect tons of surprises from The George stage, a Mother Dance Tent you won’t want to leave and a host of RuPaul Drag Queens brought to you by Dublin drag legends ‘Dragged Up’ including Monet X Change, Naomi Smalls, Jujubee, Laganja Estranja & Sonique!

17th -18th August
8am, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
From €65

Info / Tickets – lovesensation.ie


Listen to the swirling neo-soul melodies, contemporary electronic grooves and African rhythms of the awesome Fehdah. Her potent mix of West African music and contemporary electronic sounds makes for a rich, otherworldly sound, topped off by her gorgeous lyrics sung through English and Bambara.


17th August
8pm, The Workeman’s Club 

Info / Tickets – theworkmansclub.com

Danny Wang

Born in Northern California, Daniel Wang spent 8 years of his childhood in Taiwan, returned to California for high school, and attended university in New York and Chicago.

Instead of finishing his papers, however, he ran out to underground clubs and danced all night to early house music and disco classics, befriending and learning from a few old-school voguers and DJ’s along the way.

Dissatisfied with the increasingly unmusical soundtrack of modern nightlife, Danny started Balihu Recordsin 1993. The first release became a cult success.

17th August
11pm, wigwam
From €12

Info / Tickets – wigwamdublin.com

Don Baker Howth Solo Show

Born and bred in Dublin, Don Baker first learnt to play harmonica as a young lad in hospital recovering from a bout of TB. While convalescing, unable to go out like the other boys of his age, he immersed himself in The Blues and most especially Blues Harmonica listening to the recordings Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf.


18th August
8pm, Abbey Tavern Howth

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

Unhinged Comedy

Unhinged Comedy is a Stand up comedy show that takes place in The Ha’penny Bridge Inn every Wednesday and Sunday. Started on the 6th of May 2015. Each week there’ll be a seasoned, top-notch, line-up of comedians bringing laughter from the stage to the audience. The doors open at 21:00.

The show is managed, run, and organized by Connor McDonough-Flynn, a comedian who’s been performing around Ireland and Internationally since 2011. It’s a great night out. Laughs will be bouncing around the walls and the hinges will be blown off the place. Top-class laughs provided twice a week.

18th August
9pm, 42 Wellington QuayTemple Bar

Info / Tickets – unhingedcomedy.ie

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