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Gig Guide 15th – 21st July

Written by on 14/07/2019

Summer Concerts In The Park

In collaboration with Dublin Concert Band and Dublin City Council Events, we are delighted to sponsor this wonderful series of concerts in Dublin’s beautiful parks. Each concert is free, just bring along something to sit on and be entertained with classic film scores and jazz standards!

Sunday 21st July @ 12:00-2:00pm
Wood Quay Amphitheatre

Info  – dublincityfm.ie

MONO (Japan)


U:Mack and Whelan’s bring experimental Japanese space-rock collective MONO to Dublin on Monday 16th July to celebrate the release of their 10th studio album Nowhere Now Here.

Recorded in Chicago’s Electrical Audio with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey) MONO employ tension, release and riffs to produce some of the most stunningly emotive music of the 21st Century.  Miss this one at your peril – you’ve got nothing to lose but your mind…

Monday 15th July @ 8pm
Whelan’s, Wexford Street

Info / Tickets – whelanslive.com



Steeped in the heroic myths of their Austrian heritage, ARNOCORPS take the traditional VHS tales of Predator, Commando, Terminator and Total Recall and set them to a sonic onslaught they dub ‘Action-Adventure Hardcore Rock‘n’Roll’.  Seeking to expose the shameless exploitation of their native folklore at the hands of Hollywood, ARNOCORPS tell these cherished Austrian legends as they were meant to be told.

Empowering listeners to unlock their own Schwarzeneggerian potential to become “goddamn heroes and sheroesARNOCORPS bring these classic tales of Austrian heroism, bloodshed and one-liners to The Grand Social on Monday 15th July.  Hasta La Vista, baby.

Monday 15th July @ 
The Grand Social, Liffey Street

Info / Tickets – thegrandsocial.ie

SYRENS - Single Launch


Fusing multiple genres such as pop, folk and jazz, Dublin duo SYRENS lure you into their world with a not-to-be missed performance upstairs at Whelan’s on 16th July.

Having met on the songwriting course at Dublin’s BIMM, Ella Berke and Bríd Lyons merged their not-inconsiderable talents to become SYRENS, quickly generating a buzz amongst the city’s music cognoscenti.  Fusing Ella’s classical music background with Bríd’s 1960s folk-influenced lyricism, SYRENS offer a beguiling take on modern pop music.

SYRENS celebrate the release of new single Room For Two with a launch party upstairs in Whelan’s.  Support on the night comes from CASA and Paul Harrington.

Tuesday 16th July @ 8pm
Upstairs at Whelan’s, Wexford Street

Info / Tickets – whelanslive.com


Gamelan Orchestra

Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, predominantly made up of percussive instruments.  The National Concert Hall GAMELAN ORCHESTRA originally formed in 2014 with rehearsals in UCD, before moving to the NCH to play on the specially-built set of gamelan instruments donated as a gift from Sultan Hamengkubuwono of Java.

In August 2018, the orchestra represented Ireland at the International Gamelan Festival in Java. This year, they perform once again in the beautiful surroundings of the National Botanic Gardens.  Seating will be on the grass outside (weather permitting). You may wish to bring a rug or a low-backed chair. Maybe a cushion too.

Wednesday 17th July, 6pm – 8pm
National Botanic Garden



judah and the lion

Aiken Promotions bring Nashville-based trio JUDAH & THE LION to Dublin with an intimate show on Wednesday July 17th at The Workman’s Club on Wellington Quay.

Touring in support of the group’s fourth album Pep Talks, Judah Akers (vocals, guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin, vocals) and Nate Zuercher (banjo, vocals) offer a unique sound – a heart-pounding whirl of folk, bluegrass, rock, hip-hop and electronic production – whilst taking the listener on a ‘bracingly candid, surprisingly anthemic journey from the kind of pain that tears your whole world apart to the sort of hard-won hope that can bridge the deepest of rifts’ apparently.

Wednesday 17th July @ 7.30pm
The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.com



Having sold over 17 million albums worldwide and performed in more than thirty-five countries, GARBAGE will take to the stage at Iveagh Gardens on Thursday 18th July.  GARBAGE (Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker & Butch Vig) have been together for 25 years – their eponymous debut album spawned inescapable mid-90s enormo hits Stupid Girl and Only Happy When It Rains whilst topping charts and winning awards worldwide.

GARBAGE hit the road again in 2018 touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s second album, the imaginatively titled Version 2.0.  The band spent early 2019 in the studio working on their 7th record (Version 7.0?) and visit Dublin as part of Aiken Promotions Live at Iveagh Gardens series of Summer shows.  Support comes from London-based Limerick natives whenyoung so get down early and show them some love.

Thursday 18th July @ 6.30pm
Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.com


crystal skull session

CRYSTAL SKULL SESSIONS returns once again to celebrate the music that surrounds us here in Dublin with a magical, one of a kind evening at Sin É celebrating the diversity and wonder of the Irish music & arts scene.  9 astonishing artists have made it through to the GRAND FINAL with a €1000 prize and the mystical, magical Crystal Skull trophy up for grabs!

As we connect, appreciate and marvel together in this community based event we grow stronger as artists and people ‘ they cry!  Rebecca Locke, Cara Ward, Paj,  Ritual Effect, San Rocco, Félim, Warped Minds, Jesuit Drips and Blue Fish Diamond will all perform on the night, with the glorious victor decided by an audience vote.  There will also be pizza.

Thursday, 18th July @ 7:30pm
Sin É, Ormonde Quay

Info / Tickets – sin-e.ie



THE VERCETTIS formed in 2016 and have spent the last few years gigging around Cork City, writing songs, experimenting with different styles and flexing their muscles. The result is a unique alternative sound that encompasses many genres – seamlessly ranging from chilled hip-hop influenced indie to heavy, groovy, potentially danceable rock.

Band members Dylan, Peter, Colm and Turlough have all publicly adopted the Vercetti name, despite protestations from friends and family alike.  Collectively, THE VERCETTIS own Ireland’s largest collection of Hawaiian shirts (although trolls, rivals and haters dispute the veracity of this bold claim).  THE VERCETTIS launched their debut EP Starfish Island with gigs in Dali, Cork and Galway’s Róisín Dubh.  Finally they bring their songs, sounds and shirts to the Big Shmoke and will play their first Dublin gig upstairs in Whelan’s on Friday July 19th.

Friday 19th July @ 8pm
Upstairs at Whelan’s, Wexford Street

Info / Tickets –  whelanslive.com

Run iN Red

Run in Red

Honing their live skills on the Dublin circuit RUN iN RED have been described as ‘urgency transcribed into music’ delivering indie rock through a wall of harmonic layers and instrumental dynamics. So far this year the band have supported Makings in Whelans, taken the main stage at The Button Factory, opened for Jamie Adam in Belfast and the group released their latest  single ‘Dirty Spirits Design’ on June 14th. Support on the night comes from Strawman and The Jackdaws.


Saturday 20th July @ 8pm
The Lost Lane, Grafton Street
€10 door /  €7  ticket 

Info / Tickets – lostlane.ie

TRANSMISSION - The Sound of Joy Division


Suffering from Joy Division fatigue (Factigue) yet?  Transmission aren’t and neither are the good people of Dublin by the looks of things.  Devoted to recreating the Atmosphere of a live Joy Division gig, Transmission emulate the sights, sounds and smells of one of the most influential groups of recent Decades.

Formed in Salford in 1976, Joy Division – under the watchful eye of manager Rob Gretton – were soon spotted by local newsreader (and arguably the greatest facilitator of late-20th Century culture) Tony Wilson.  Launching the now legendary Factory Records and going on to release the ‘Unknown Pleasures‘ and ‘Closer‘ albums, Joy Division’s career was tragically cut short in May 1980 following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis.

The remaining members of course, went on to form New Order but that’s a whole other story.  The influence of Joy Division however, was far reaching.  Forty years on from the release of the seminal ‘Unknown Pleasures‘ LP now you too can relive the heady days of post-industrial Manchester in the company of Transmission – ‘the UK’s number one Joy Division tribute act’.  I wonder what Tony Wilson would make of that?

Saturday 20th July @ 8pm
Whelan’s, Wexford Street

Info / Tickets – whelanslive.com


trevor lock

Trevor Lock’s brand of spontaneous stand-up – mixing cleverly crafted wordplay with stream of consciousness improvisation, true stories, one-liners and wild flights of fancy – has gained him a worldwide cult following.  With no two shows the same, he has appeared on Comedy Central and as warm-up to both Stewart Lee and Russell Brand.

In addition to his one-man shows, Trevor Lock has written, directed & acted on British radio, stage and screen.  Most notably, he followed in the footsteps of the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton and Kermit the Frog in addressing the Oxford Union on the meaning of life – apparently refuting Descarte’s maxim ‘Cogito ergo sum’ by tipping a glass of water over his head.  Whether this is your cue to chuck pints of stout at him remains to be seen.

21st July @ 8pm
The Grand Social, Liffey Street

Info / Tickets – thegrandsocial.ie

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