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Gig Guide 5th – 11th August

Written by on 04/08/2019

Angie McMahon

Angie McMahon is an Australian musician who loves honest songwriting and romantic melodies, with songs that ruminate on life, love and takeaway food. Angie loves to write and perform across the full dynamic spectrum, shifting between gravelly intimacy and pounding rock.

Angie dove into the Australian music scene with her first single Slow Mover which quickly connected to enthusiastic audiences, landing herself #33 in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2018.

Having recently completed her first Australian headline tour, she’s working on an album release in 2019, drawing inspiration from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Lianne La Havas and Big Thief.


5th August
7:30pm, The Workman’s Club

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions


The Summer Sessions Takeover of the Intercollective has arrived. Starting Sunday 9th of June and running for the duration of the summer months, doors will be open @ 8pm, located in the basement of The International Bar on Wicklow Street.

Don’t miss out, there will be Poetry, Music, Comedy and whatever else we can fit into the basement. Come along slap your name down for the open mic and perform or simply pop in and support local talent. We will have some super feature acts lined up for you each week. We also have some great surprises lined up for the next few weeks, we are all about promoting artists.


5th August
8pm,The International Bar

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

National Concert Hall Master Course 2019

July sees a special summer edition of IMC’s Signal Series, featuring some of the brightest lights in jazz from Northern Ireland. The Tommy Halferty Organ Trio make this their only Dublin stop on a nationwide tour which celebrates the late guitarist John Abercrombie. Jazz vocalist, Katharine Timoney, joins them on the bill with her quintet, which includes some of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians. Part of their commitment to celebrating Irish-based jazz talent in 2019 and beyond, the Signal Series is a live monthly double-header concert series from IMC presenting the best emerging and established jazz acts from across Ireland.


6th – 10th August
8pm, National Concert Hall

Info / Tickets – nch.ie

Zach Winters Music

Zach Winters is a naturalist—his work and life often woven together. Winters’ songs resonate with the sacred and the commonplace—companionship, wrestling with the divine, passing seasons, and the pursuit of a tangible beauty. His music has more kinship to the poetry of Frost and Tagore than to his contemporaries.

Winters’ efforts have most recently culminated in a more luxuriant variety of indie-folk on his new crowd-funded record, To Have You Around. The 12-track album features everything from generous string arrangements to groovy bass lines to his first foray into horns, and most notably, Winters’ yearning, gentle, and sometimes playful vocal layering.

6th August
7pm, Doyles Pub

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

Haiku Hands

Haiku Hands, the elusive crew of artists who’s in influence can be felt across live performance, visual art and production have exploded onto the scene with their irresistibly danceable single “Not About You”.

The unapologetic Australian trio have quickly earnt a fierce reputation for themselves from their formidable and rambunctious live performances that lead audience after audience into utter pandemonium.


7th August
8pm,The Grand Social

Info / Tickets – thegrandsocial.ie



Airbourne formed in the band’s hometown of Warrnambool, Victoria, 10-years ago. Their first album Runnin’ Wild was one of the most talked-about and best-reviewed debuts in recent rock history, winning the band a Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best Debut Album.

The band has since released No Guts, No Glory and their most recent album, Black Dog Barking, which debuted at #17 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The album has also been extremely successful around the world, charting in the top 30 of many countries, including #5 in Germany, #9 in Switzerland and #11 in Austria.


7th August
7pm, The Academy

Info / Tickets – ticketmaster.ie

Russian Circles

Following a sell-out show in Whelans in March 2017, Instrumental Math rock trio Russian Circles return to Dublin for a headline show in The Button Factory, 8th August 2019.

With their sixth album Guidance, Russian Circles carry on in their quest to conjure multi-dimensional dramatic instrumental narratives and to scout out new textures from their respective instruments. Songs aren’t constructed out of highbrow concepts; they’re forged out of gut instinct and base emotional response.


8th August
7:30pm, The Button Factory

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.com


Luke, Conor and David first had the idea for the band in 2013, but Otherkin did not coalesce until they found drummer Rob later that year, drawn together by a shared love of bands like The Clash, QOTSA, Ramones and Blur.

Early gigs in college dorms and house parties gave way to regular shows on Dublin’s vibrant live venue circuit, which in turn blossomed into a step up to the Irish festival carousel – Longitude, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices – in 2014.

After a couple of hand-made, self-released tracks, OTHERKIN hit their stride with the rambunctious grunge-pop single “Ay Ay”, which came to the attention of leading Irish indie label Rubyworks in early 2015.


8th August
8pm, Workmans Club 

Info / Tickets – theworkmansclub.com

Oren Ambarchi

Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar. He has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, Pimmon, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Rizili, Voice Crack, Jim O’Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Dave Grohl, Gunter Muller, Evan Parker, z’ev, Toshimaru Nakamura, Peter Rehberg, Merzbow and many more.


8th August
8pm, The Sound House

Info / Tickets – thewileyfox.ie

Opera in the Open

This much loved annual opera season takes place for the first 4 Thursdays of the month of August at the Dublin City Council Civic Office Amphitheatre, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Each performance of opera is undertaken in an abridged format, is narrated in English and lasts one hour during lunchtime from 1 to 2pm. There is no fee for attending these performances.

The 2019 programme details are below and everyone wishing to keep up to date with the season should log onto:  Opera in the Open on Facebook

The Rakes Progress (Stravinsky) – August 8th

1pm to 2pm, Wood Quay Amphitheatre 

Info / Tickets – dublincityartsoffice.ie

John Spillane

At a special event in Dublin’s newest and most exciting live music venue, Lost Lane, John Spillane, the well-loved Cork songwriter will preview songs from his forthcoming album, 100 Snow White Horses.

This album, produced by John Reynolds in London, and featuring backing vocals by the ethereal voice of Pauline Scanlon, is made of melodic and magical fairy-tale songs rich in mythology and wonder.

8th August
8pm, Lost Lane 

Info / Tickets – lostlane.ie

Esker Festival Orchestra Irish Summer Tour

Be part of Ireland’s most exciting and established peer-led orchestra made up of Irish and international young professionals and advanced students.

This year’s performances will include:

  1. Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 “Classical”,
  2. Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 featuring Hannah Miller as soloist (Julliard School of Music, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra)
  3. and the World Premiere of ‘Water Music’ by young Irish Composer Donagh Marnane

The orchestra will be conducted by Paul McCusker (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, winner of the Hugh S. Roberton prize and the 2018 Feis Ceoil Conducting Competition)

10th August
5pm, – Capuchin Friary
From €10

Info / Tickets – .eskerfestivalorchestra.com

Fat Pablo

Fat Pablo, a six piece neo-psychedelic space band from Dublin. Taking influence from 60’s psych rock, modern hip-hop and post-punk, they have created a sound that is akin to bands like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Grizzly Bear & King Krule.

An underbelly of hip-hop inspired bass and drums, psych guitars, a body of synth and cinematic visuals create a compelling space for Dave Barrett’s lamenting soulful vocals.


9th August
8pm, Wigwam

Info / Tickets – www.facebook.com

We've only Just Begun

This August, We’ve Only Just Begun festival returns for it’s second year.
3 nights showcasing incredible talent in the heart of the city centre.

1 Weekend // 3 Nights // 2 Stages // 26 bands

Friday 9 August 
Wyvern Lingo, Elkae, APRIL, Toshin, Lydia Ford, Kynsy, NNIC, Hvmmingbyrd, Gemma Dunleavy

Saturday 10 August 
Pillow Queens, ROE, Cherym, Beauty Sleep, Havvk, Laura Duff, Naoise Roo, Fears, Jealous  of the Birds

Sunday 11 August 
Soda Blonde, Ailbhe Reddy, Jackie Beverly, Sacred Skin, Elkin, Fia Moon, Anna Mullarkey,


9th – 11th August
8.30pm, Whelan’s
€10 per night and €20 for the weekend 

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

Lethal Dialect

Paul Alwright remembers the first time he stepped on a stage as Lethal Dialect. It was 2006 with Urban Intelligence in Eamonn Doran’s in Dublin’s Temple Bar and he was raw.

That was then. Eight years on, Alwright is still standing, but the accent is his own, the beats are no longer second-hand and the confidence is something to behold. Three albums in four years have seen him do a great deal of finessing about what he’s about and what he has to say.


9th August
8pm,The Workman’s Club

Info / Tickets – theworkmansclub.com

Richard Thompson

Ivor Novello Award-winning and GRAMMY® Award-nominated legend Richard Thompson  has announced a solo show for Vicar Street, Saturday 10th August 2019.

Richard gave himself up to the music itself. Picking up a guitar, emotions echoed through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic song writing, impassioned picking. Those transmissions comprise his nineteenth solo album, 13 Rivers.

10th August
7:30pm, Vicar St

Info / Tickets – aikenpromotions.com

Wax White

Kick-off your summer with another great night of local Hip Hop. FlutterTone and The Grand Social present a new exciting night in Dublin which will take place each month with a fresh selection of acts.

Saturday 10th August will see Wax White headline the night with the release of their brand new single. Other acts on the night will be Lovemedantè, Sub-Rhyme and LafDah.

There will be a special guest DJ set from Double Screen who will be DJing on the night.

10th August
9pm, The Grand Social

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

Bronagh Gallagher

Bronagh Gallagher is a singer, songwriter, and actress from Northern Ireland. At the age of 17 she was cast in Alan Parker’s The Commitments. Since then her music has alternated with film roles (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I).

Bronagh maintains a special place for singing, writing, producing and performing her music. Her first album was the Meteor-nominated ‘Precious Soul’, followed by her second album ‘Bronagh Gallagher’. Bronagh and her band have recently released their third album ‘Gather Your Greatness’ and are currently on tour.

10th August
9:30pm, The Purty Kitchen 

Info / Tickets – purtykitchen.com

Magic Box Festival

Function Entertainment and Vibez Emotion, the teams behind the Lake Sessions and Summer Sessions present Magic Box Festival, a brand new concept, and the first time the Brazilian-Irish labels will come together to throw an 8-hour indoor festival with two stages in the heart of Temple Bar, Dublin.

The chosen location is the Button Factory club and the festival goes from 7 pm to 3 am, where clubbers will be able to party through the daytime and sunset going to trough the night at one of Dublin’s truly lovable venues.

Expect a unique and awe-inspiring production created especially for this event and the first 8-hour, indoor festival of its kind on Dublin.

10th August
7pm, Button Factory 
From €18

Info / Tickets – facebook.com

Organ Freeman

Organ Freeman specialises in the music of the bebop and hard bop idioms of the early 1950s and 60s. Playing standards by composers such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, and many more in the classic organ trio format.

The trio are organist Darragh Hennessy, guitarist and singer Charlie Mooney, and drummer Faolán Collins.

11th August
4pm, The Big Romance 

Info / Tickets – facebook.com