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Gig Guide: 18th November- 24th November

Written by on 17/11/2019

Cherry Comedy

Cherry Comedy bring you a truly electric night in Whelan’s every Monday –

This is stand-up comedy brought to you by young, new and emerging talent on the Irish comedy scene.

One of the top comedy clubs in Ireland, favoured by acts new & old,

entertaining audiences from around the world.

As seen on RTÉ, TV3, Vodafone Comedy Festival & more.


Midnight River Choir
The story of Midnight River Choir is proof that sometimes great bands just happen.
One night, four strangers ended up
on a late night float trip down the Guadalupe River.
As they made their way down the river singing songs, the beautiful
harmonies floated into the heads of sleeping campers.
The next morning, the boys overheard a man telling a friend that he was
“awakened by a midnight river choir.” That was all it took.
Eric Middleton (lead singer and guitarist), Justin Nelson (lead guitarist),
Jeromy Yager (former bassist),
and Mitchell Pyeatt (drummer), realized the magic of their
combined talents and began writing and performing together
under that River-God given name!


Zandra, Queen of Jazz

With just her sax and a suitcase, Zandra Mitchell joined a jazz band and toured the world.

Born in Phibsborough, Dublin in 1903, she was Ireland’s first female saxophonist.

While the twenties roared she found her way through Europe to Berlin. The dictators rose;

the books burned; the bombs dropped…and Zandra played her sax.

Darn Skippy Productions present

Zandra, Queen of Jazz — a play with original music,

based on an extraordinary true story!


Kevin Neary
Kevin Neary is an energetic and honest Singer-Songwriter from Galway,
living in Dublin.
Kevin writes purely from the heart with lyrics that often tell a story when you
dare to read between the lines.
He writes and performs an eclectic mix of acoustic based songs that
will appeal to those with a taste for Soul,
Folk and Acoustic Rock.
In his music,
Kevin varies from using a strong, ferocious
voice to portray his most intense feelings all the way down
to the softest lyrics, barely heard.


Cass McCombs
Cass McCombs’ ninth full-length album,
Tip of the Sphere was released in February to widespread praise including
‘Album of the Week’ from The Observer and ‘Album of the Month’
from Uncut as well as high scores from Q,
The Line of Best Fit, DIY and more with features including
Mojo, hailing his continued position as one of the finest songwriters we’ve got.

Bluegrass Jam

Bluegrass Jam –

Hosted by The Dublin Bluegrass Collective

& friends, every Tuesday in Siné, Ormond Quay,

Dublin (in our fifth year) Music from around 9pm.

  • 8pm – Tues 19th, Sin é Bar
  •  sin-e.ie
  • Free 



Big Joanie

Big Joanie are a black feminist punk band.

Based in London, UK, Big Joanie formed in the summer of 2013

to play at​ ​First Timers at the close of the year.

The band also functioned as a space where its members

(Stephanie Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri)

could be completely themselves as black women,

and within it discover their own power in creativity.

In 2014 Big Joanie’s ​Sistah Punk​ EP was released on Tuff Enuff Records,

and in 2016 they self-released their haunting single ‘Crooked Room’.

Establishing themselves amongst London’s thriving DIY punk scene

they have since toured the UK and Europe supporting acts such as Downtown Boys,

Shopping, Parquet Courts and more.

One evening in June 2018 Big Joanie were discovered by Thurston Moore,

Eva Prinz and Abby Banks whilst supporting seminal Dutch punk band The Ex.

Numbers were exchanged, a coffee date was set – and by the next morning the trio

had confirmed they would release the band’s debut album ​Sistahs​,

and that they’d be launching a new label imprint called

‘The Daydream Library Series​’ in order to do so.



Sofi Tukker

SOFI TUKKER is the genre-defying duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern

celebrated for their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music

and their work’s themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment.

Their debut single “Drinkee” was nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy,

which was followed by a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy nomination for

their debut album Treehouse. Sofi Tukker’s records

have achieved Gold or Platinum status

on every continent other than Antarctica.

Their electric and energetic live show has sold out venues

and graced major festival stages across the planet,

and Sofi Tukker has also performed on major TV shows!



Rozi Plain

Plain has announced her first Irish show in three years at The Workman’s Club on 20 November 2019,

following the release of her latest album ‘What A Boost’ on Memphis Industries and a raft of sold out dates

on her UK tour. With an approach that’s intricate and quietly off-center,

Rozi Plain emerged with her solo debut, ‘Inside Over Here’, in 2008.

Over the course of the next decade, she expanded her intimate electro-acoustic

sound while touring with artists including Devendra Banhart, James Yorkston,

and This Is the Kit. Collaborators on her fourth LP, 2019’s ‘What a Boost’,

included, among others, Sam Amidon, Chris Cohen, and sir Was.



Tandem Felix

In celebration of the announcement of their debut album release date,

Tandem Felix will be headlining Bello Bar in Dublin on 21 November 2019!

The Dublin-based alt-country group re-emerged in 2017 with ‘Were You There

(When They Crucified The Birthday Boy)?’,

which was nominated for the Choice Music Prize Song of the Year.

They then opened for Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks at Dublin’s Vicar Street

before joining Saint Sister on their 2018 Irish tour.



!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) make a very welcome return to Dublin this November to headline Whelans,

marking 10 years since their last sold-out visit at the venue!

Their eighth full-length, Wallop, follows in the band’s grand tradition of plugging straight

into our collective nervous system and sending funky, rubbery shock waves through the body politic.

If you’ve found yourself rubbing your temples while contemplating the collapse of everything around us?

Well, !!! are bringing the soundtrack to your next nervous breakdown.




AikJ is an Irish R&B artist who has been an active participant

in the conversation surrounding the change of popular Irish music in mainstream media.

Previous releases ‘Hidden Agenda’, ‘Heights’, ‘Suite Life’ and recent release ‘Break it Off’

have gained AikJ over half a million streams on Spotify with Top 20 positions on the

Viral Charts and other curated Spotify playlists.

From the release of his EP 1992 he’s set to bring the experience to life at Lost lane!



Surf Curse

Surf Curse is the indie rock recording project of Los Angeles based

songwriters Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. Surf Curse’s initial songs were

frantic punk anthems about adolescent heartbreak and alienation, and the band quickly

developed an audience of young people who resonated with Rattigan and Rubeck’s anecdotal writing.

Early on Surf Curse frequently performed at landmark all ages venues like The Holland Project,

The Smell, and Pehrspace. Their new record, Heaven Surrounds You, is a coming of age epic,

inspired by the many cult films they’ve cherished throughout their young adulthood that are

referenced across the album’s track-list. Rattigan and Rubeck worked with veteran

indie producer Jarvis Taveniere, carefully crafting a their most lush and vulnerable record to date.



Miles Kane

Following a string of summer festival dates and currently working on a new album,

Miles Kane returns with his latest single ‘Blame It On The Summertime’ which is out now.

Miles has also announced he will head out on a special intimate run of UK & Irish dates

including a show in the Academy Dublin on Friday November 22nd!

Produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra,) and Jamie Biles and written by Miles Kane,

Jamie Biles and Paul Butler (The Bees), ‘Blame It On The Summertime’ is a feel good indie hit.

  • 7pm – Fri 22nd November, The Academy
  • mcd.ie
  • €25.50



The Politics of Dance

‘The Politics of Dancing’ was a one hit wonder for British band Re-Flex.

Released in 1983, it has inspired our very first Festival of Politics club night.

DJ Rob Smith will play an eclectic selection of politically motivated and issues based music …

for dancing to. You’ll be moving to two tone sounds, rap manifestos, riot girl anthems,

inspiring guitars and all sorts of fun stuff. Strictly no Billy Bragg and no serious faces please.

  • 11pm – Sat 23rd , The singer’s House and Lan
  • lostlane.ie
  • Free



Chief Keegan

Chief Keegan are an instrumental funk band from Dublin

who will be no strangers to seasoned gig-goers or Irish musicians alike.

Comprised of Luke Dunford on keys, Mark Dudley on guitar,

Alan Elliott on bass and Cian Hanley on drums.

Comprised of musicians deeply embedded in the Irish music scene,

band members have played with bands such as

Zaska, Loah, Laoise, Akora, Sive, CC Brez and many more.

  • 8pm – Sat 23rd , Sin é
  • sin-e.ie
  • €5



Band of Skulls

Band Of Skulls – Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) –

will embark on a headline show in Dublin’s Button Factory.

Earlier this year Band Of Skulls released their fifth album, the Richard X produced ‘Love Is All You Love’,

described as “prowling pop perfection….

the most harmonious clash of muck and melody in recent history”

by Classic Rock in their 8/10 review.




Aimée, born in Dublin, is a trained dancer and natural vocalist

and has walked a long road to get to where she is today.

Growing up listening to, and being influenced by nineties pop heavyweights such as

Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, Aimée is an artist who sounds completely in control

of her creative vision and her sound.

Embracing the early noughties production styles, influenced by the likes of Aguilera and Spears,

but coupling this with a love of modern artists such as Ariana Grande,

Charlie Puth and Demi Lovato, Aimée began working on her current material in early 2018,

after teaming up with Mark McCabe and Ovie for his track “Over me”.

  • 8pm – Sun 24th, The Grand Social
  • mcd.ie
  • €12.50







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