Events - Concerts & GigsPaul Simon & Sting icons in their own right, but together a veritable tour de force, Paul Simon and Sting play Dublin’s 3Arena on 7th April 2015. Part of the duo’s On Stage Together tour of Europe, they first performed live together at the Robin Hood Foundation benefit in 2013. Boasting a 30-plus song setlist, Dublin fans can expect all-time favourites such as Boy In The Bubble, Fields of Gold, Driven To Tears, Mother & Child Reunion, Every Breath You Take, and The Boxer, among many others. This is a unique opportunity to see two very different artists in one incredible live setting.   The Unthanks the exquisite folk stylings of The Unthanks in the exceptional National Concert Hall on 12th March. "The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launch pad for exploring the wider possibilities” - Uncut Returning with their first new studio album in four years, their performances simply stop audiences, which include a legion of notable fans like Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds and Rosanne Cash, in their tracks. “Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence” - The Independent Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in The Guardian and Uncut’s list of best albums of the last decade, prepare for an arresting evening of music you’re sure to treasure.   Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ new album, Chasing Yesterday, set for release in March, Noel is bringing the whole outfit over to Dublin for a date in the 3Arena. Marking a new chapter and sound for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the new album is the first one to be produced, as well as written, by Noel and showcases the broadest array of instrumentation yet. The record’s first single is In The Heat Of The Moment, a hypnotic track inspired by a documentary in which an astronaut said that going into space for the first time feels like touching the face of God. Gallagher noted “If that’s not an opening line for a song I don’t know what is”. This album follows the huge success of Noel’s double platinum debut album that has sold 770,000 copies to date in the UK alone, and a live schedule that saw the group visit 32 countries and play 143 shows over a 15 month touring period. Known for the special relationship he has with Irish fans, any appearance by Noel Gallagher on these shores is destined to be a sell-out, rip-roaring affair.   The Gloaming and atmospheric in equal measure, don’t miss The Gloaming as they take to the National Concert Hall in February and March 2015. With their previous shows at the National Concert Hall having quickly become one of the fastest selling shows in the history of the venue, demand to see one of the country’s most renowned recent live acts is positively overwhelming. The Gloaming is an incredible group of extraordinary and virtuosic musicians, comprising Iarla Ó Lionaird (singing), Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman – piano), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger fiddle), Martin Hayes (violin/fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar). The five met in early 2011 to explore a new musical direction at the legendary Grouse Lodge Studios is Westmeath, and discovered they held a shared musical aesthetic that transcended the genres for which they’ve become known. Says Iarla “We came to the conclusion that our identities were more tied up in the individual sounds we made rather than any notion of being a culture bearer.” “Maybe The Gloaming works so well because I don’t recognise the lines that the rest of this band sees. They’re very happy to go outside of those boundaries, but the fact that I don’t even know the tradition helps make them disappear” says Thomas. The music they make is ephemeral yet furious, pairing memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style; a sound which always results in a captivating show that leaves audiences enthralled and hungry to hear more. Wyvern Lingo Wyvern Lingo, a trio of superb multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, as they take to the Sugar Club’s stage following a decade as session musicians and vocalists for some of Ireland’s internationally lauded acts. Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry, having been the ‘go to’ people for the likes of Hozier, are now a musical force to be reckoned with in their own right under the moniker Wyvern Lingo. “Bray trio Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry have been gaining plenty of props for their lush harmonies and striking melodic pop” – The Irish Times Boasting impeccable synchronicity and angelic harmonies, the group are renowned for their soulful, passionate and haunting live show, and are one of the very few bands who can get you dancing with a pumping full band – or make you melt when they strip the set back to a cappella.  With influences from R’n’B, bluegrass , gospel and beyond, catch this trio in such an intimate venue while you still can. “Colossal voices, echoing everyone’s favourite chart-topping wonder women Florence Welch and Adele Adkins.The result is, to be lazy, a female take on Mumford And Sons or Local Natives, and to be frank, an absolute treat.” - Hot Press. Jungle shaken the tent to storming success at this year’s Electric Picnic, London-based Jungle take to the superb surroundings of the Olympia Theatre on 24th February. With critical acclaim and a recently announced Mercury Music Prize nomination under their belts, this modern soul collective are making serious waves. The band themselves would attest that there’s no blueprint to their irresistible, dance-floor hitting magnetism, but there are a whole lot of ingredients. It’s P-Funk and Grand Theft Auto, it’s Curtis Mayfield and Tron, it’s the Beach Boys, Joy Division, Marvin Gaye and Can, all flung together and melted down in a London neighbourhood where anything can happen. With a palpable buzz around them, namely the BBC Sound of 2014 nomination, the 4 million plus YouTube hits and the US tour that sold out on the back of their SXSW appearance before their album was even released in America, Dublin audiences should lap up every minute of their intimate venue set while they can. A seven-piece band with a penchant for instrument swapping and killer hooks, Jungle will see the Olympia run wild.   The Coronas celebrate the forthcoming release of their brand new studio album, The Coronas will take to the stage of the 3Arena on Saturday 21st February, much to the delight of their legions of dedicated fans. Ireland’s repeat sellout rock band, The Coronas have sold out a wealth of headline shows across venues such as Marlay Park, The O2, The Olympia Theatre and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, throughout their incredible eight year reign. With their fourth album and major label debut, The Long Way, due on 21st November, fans will revel at the inclusion of the new single Just Like That, and previous hit, All The Others, on this highly anticipated record. These Dublin boys are sure to enthrall new and old fans alike, at their date in the city’s iconic 3Arena. Tickets €39 - €41   Echo & The Bunnymen’s finest Echo & The Bunnymen present tracks from their 12th studio album, Meteorites, in the intimate Olympia Theatre on 18th February. Their first album in five years, Meteorites contains 10 new songs written by frontman Ian McCulloch and performed with fellow original band-member Will Sergeant on guitar. With the album hailed as an exhilarating renaissance on par with the Bunnymen’s greatest 80s and 90s releases, fans will revel at this band doing just what they do best. On the go since 1978, Echo & The Bunnymen have been responsible for some of the most celebrated singles in indie rock history, including The Killing Moon, Lips Like Sugar, and The Cutter. With a string of classic albums to their credit, psych-pop debut Crocodiles (1980), the majestic Heaven Up Here (1981), and orchestral-rock masterpiece Ocean Rain (1984), their new record is set to be a key addition to their repertoire as they continue their reign as one of the most celebrated British rock acts in modern history. Piatti Quartet of @TheDrawingRoom’s superbly set concerts, enjoy the Piatti Quartet at 49 North Great George’s Street on 18th February. A renowned foursome, the Piatti Quartet are amongst the UK’s foremost young string quartets, with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to their name. No strangers to major venues, they have wowed audiences across Italy, Australia, Spain, Austria, Ireland, France, Switzerland and Holland. Winners of the St Martin in the Fields Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St. Peter’s Prize, the group continues to actively expand their repertoire with premieres of new commissions from acclaimed British composers Joseph Phibbs, Richard Birchall, and Jacques Cohen.   Don’t miss this captivating array of musicians in such an atmospheric setting this February. Time: 7.30pm Price: €15 Interpol a lauded performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, New York’s Interpol release their fifth album El Pintor this September and showcase its tracks at the Olympia Theatre in February. Their first album release in four years, El Pintor boasts a band thoroughly reinvigorated from their touring hiatus and ready to impress. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the album’s songs are taut and epic in equal measure, and destined to be showcased in a live setting - making audiences in the intimate Olympia very fortunate indeed. Ennio Morricone a maestro of music celebrate 50 years in the industry as Ennio Morricone returns to Ireland with a special one-off date at the 3Arena this February. Conducting a 100-piece orchestra with soloists, and a 75-person strong voice choir, the Dublin date of Morricone’s 50 Years of Music tour is not to be missed, not least as it’s the first chance Irish fans will have had to experience the master in a state-of-the-art indoor venue. Born in Rome in 1928, the Oscar and Grammy Award winner’s illustrious artistic career includes a wide range of composition genres, from absolute music, which he has always produced, to applied music, working as orchestrator as well as conductor in the recording field, and then as a composer for theatre, radio and cinema. On a global scale Morricone is best known for his stellar career as film music composer, a role he started in 1961 with the film Il Federale, directed by Luciano Salce. But it’s his relationship with director Sergio Leone and his iconic westerns - A Fistful Of Dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) and A Fistful Of Dynamite (1971) - that elevated his status in the film score field. As well as having scored over 400 films since 1960, Ennio Morricone has also conducted an array of acclaimed orchestras worldwide, including the Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy for a host of symphonic seasons. A winner of the Golden Lion and the Honorary Oscar, eight Nastri D’argento, five Baftas, seven David Di Donatello, three Golden Globes, one Grammy Award and one European Film Award; Ennio Morricone ably demonstrates the realms of possibility in one’s chosen field, and his accolades are all the more pleasing when one discovers that Morricone quit his music assistant’s post with an Italian television network in 1958 - on his very first day. Experience the master and embrace the music on 7th February.   TradFest 2015 Gala Concert the cream of Irish trad talent with TradFest 2015’s Gala Concert at the iconic Dublin Castle on 1st February. Celebrating 10 years of the fantastic TradFest, this gala showcase will feature special performances by leading Dublin musicians; John Sheahan, Declan O’Rourke, Susan McKeown and a host of renowned guests too.  See John Sheahan, member of legendary tradsters The Dubliners, as he’s joined on stage by acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke, and Grammy award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown at this spectacular showcase in a superb city-centre venue.  The ideal way to end this unbelievable celebration of Ireland’s rich traditional music heritage. Price: €40 Donovan the annual Temple Bar TradFest is folk-pop legend Donovan, in the superb surrounds of Dublin Castle on 31st January. With the festival now in its 10th year, Donovan is a suitably iconic performer to wow the crowds with. Spanning the genres of folk to psychedelic pop and back again, Donovan re-shaped the musical landscape with a rare individuality and utterly unique repertoire. Boasting an enviable back-catalogue that remains as relevant and vibrant today as any contemporary artist's, audiences will delight at hits such as Jennifer Juniper, Mellow Yellow, Hurdy Gurdy Man and Sunshine Superman. Having shared the stage with innumerable titans of modern music, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jimmy Page and the late great Pete Seeger, the TradFest is delighted to welcome this Scottish stalwart of music to the capital.   Family Trad Gig: Kila the whole family’s toes tapping with a family-friendly gig by incredible trad-groovsters Kila, on 31st January. With their hip-shaking, hand-clapping, and groove-making brand of trad, The Ark will be practically reverberating with the sounds of incredible Kila during Temple Bar’s TradFest.  Showcasing their wonderfully interactive and eclectic music that’s firmly rooted in Irish traditions, kids in particular won’t fail to be enthralled by their palpable energy and vitality. With eight multi-talented multi-instrumentalists, their performances boast a staggering array of instruments including: bodhrán, djembe, congas, bongos, guitar and vocals, tin whistle, low whistle, clarinet, bazouki, mandolin, bones, flute, saxophone, percussion, mandola, bass, double bass, fiddle, viola, hammered dulcimer, accordion, uilleann pipes, shakers and drums. Prepare to dance to Kila’s infectious rhythms this January. Tickets €9 - €12 Family ticket (four people) €40 Beoga & Big Band of Temple Bar’s infectious TradFest, catch the brilliant Beoga & Big Band at the Button Factory this January. On the go over a decade now, Beoga have come to be regarded as one of the most popular and influential ensembles in modern Irish music. Their unrivalled sound showcases the twin duelling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley, four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray and Niamh Dunne, one of Ireland’s premier young talents, on vocals and fiddle.  “The best traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century” - The Wall Street Journal With their sound firmly rooted within the Irish tradition, this is one band who have never shied away from infusing their music with other genres, resulting in a traditional sound brimming with vibrancy and adventure. Price: €25   Coda a superb fusion of Irish traditional music, folk and contemporary delivered with choral elements from Coda, performing as part of Temple Bar TradFest 2015. With a phenomenal a capella singing ability developed through classical choral music, Coda are seven superb singers from the west of Ireland who fuse Celtic and North American styles with original compositions resulting in utterly unique performances. With their diverse repertoire comprising a capella arrangements, as well as songs with instrumental accompaniment and trad standards, the opportunity to experience this acclaimed seven-piece in such a stunning setting as 12th-century church St Weburgh's, is not to be missed. "The West is wide awake and in full voice – or at least seven men from Mayo are. This confident, robust debut from Coda, an all-male a capella group, suggests a coalition of voices and personalities built not only on compatibility but on an appetite for diverse musical styles" Irish Times Venue St Werburgh's Church Werburgh Street Dublin 8   Cara Dillon music that transcends genres and crosses barriers, when Cara Dillon and her band take to the wonderfully atmospheric St Michan’s Church as part of the 10th annual TradFest on 30th January. Although she’s an incredibly accomplished trad musician, Cara always strives to make music that goes beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition itself.  “To me, you can go anywhere with every song. The melody and message is at the forefront of everything I do. I don’t really care where the song came from, how old it is, and who did it first. It’s whether it strikes a note in my heart, does it haunt me, do I need to sing it?”  Hailing from the small village of Dungiven, Northern Ireland, Cara has been singing all her life. After a five year hiatus she return, with husband and collaborator Sam Lakeman in tow, to showcase her most engaging collection of songs yet. “Some folk musicians want to know every detail about a song, and I really empathise with that,” says Cara. “But it’s not what’s important to me. I just identify with a song, I’m looking for something that touches me deeply, and I feel like I’m the vessel for letting it live on.” Don’t miss the chance to hear Cara’s superb voice in the unrivalled surroundings of 11th- century St Michan’s Church, Church Street, Dublin 7.   Price: €25 Danu the opportunity to experience an evening of music that “…stirs the blood and lifts the heart” with Waterford group Danu on 30th January. Taking to the spectacular environs of 12th-century St Werburgh’s Church as part of the varied programme of events for Temple Bar TradFest 2015, Danu mixing ancient Irish rhythms with an original repertoire to great renown. This lauded ensemble of virtuoso players has performed all over the world for more than a decade now, captivating and delighting audiences with their vibrant and immersive concert experiences.  A spectacular venue for a spectacular band. Venue St Werburgh’s Church Werbugh Street Dublin 8 Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Neil Martin & Micheal Ó Suilleabhain incredible opportunity to watch four legends of trad in action, catch this formidable foursome in the supreme surroundings of St Patrick’s Cathedral on 30th January. Legendary uilleann piper and founder member of Planxty, Liam O’Flynn, joins pianist and composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabhain - a musician credited with redefining how Irish traditional music is played on piano, renowned fiddle-player and Bothy Band founder Paddy Glackin, and Belfast-born cellist, uilleann piper and composer Neil Martin, at this incredible TradFest concert. With their St. Patrick’s Cathedral appearance marking only their second outing in Ireland since coming together in 2013 to celebrate 25 years of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, this should prove to be one memorable gig.  Price: €40 Irish Concertina Ensemble the lively sound of the concertina in a way like no other with the Irish Concertina Ensemble in City Hall this January. Comprising five internationally renowned and highly creative players of the anglo concertina; Tim Collins, Edel Fox, Caitlín Ní Gabhann, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Pádraig Rynne, the group are performing as part of TradFest 2015’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Integrating bass, baritone and piccolo concertinas with the standard treble concertina, Irish Concertina Ensemble showcase a new and highly innovative sonic template for concertina music in Irish traditional music today. Drawing on the wealth of experience and artistic creativity within the ensemble, the quintet explores and extends the melodic, percussive, rhythmic and harmonic boundaries of the concertina, creating in the process, a completely new performance trajectory for the instrument.   Drawing on a compelling repertoire of music, including established melodies within the canon of Irish traditional music, and melodies from other folk traditions, audiences won’t fail to be lifted by this vibrant instrument and the sheer skill of this quintet’s incredible playing.  Price: €20 Leonard Barry immersed in the mesmerising sound of the uilleann pipes courtesy of Leonard Barry, as he performs during Temple Bar’s TradFest this January. The Kerry-born piper began his musical tutelage at the tender age of eight under the guidance of his uncle, dedicating himself to mastering the complex uilleann pipes at the age of 15.  Influenced by renowned pipers such as Paddy Keenan and Liam O’Flynn, The Irish Times has described Barry as “a piper with an eye for cut-glass detail, he etches out a tune with enviable precision…”.  Having released his second collection, New Road, to mass critical acclaim last year, and collaborating with lauded musicians including John Carty, Cathy Jordan and the great Christy Moore; Leonard is one artist you won’t want to miss during this year’s stellar TradFest.   Leonard Barry immersed in the mesmerising sound of the uilleann pipes courtesy of Leonard Barry, as he performs during Temple Bar’s TradFest this January. The Kerry-born piper began his musical tutelage at the tender age of eight under the guidance of his uncle, dedicating himself to mastering the complex uilleann pipes at the age of 15.  Influenced by renowned pipers such as Paddy Keenan and Liam O’Flynn, The Irish Times has described Barry as “a piper with an eye for cut-glass detail, he etches out a tune with enviable precision…”.  Having released his second collection, New Road, to mass critical acclaim last year, and collaborating with lauded musicians including John Carty, Cathy Jordan and the great Christy Moore; Leonard is one artist you won’t want to miss during this year’s stellar TradFest. DeBarra third generation of performers in their family of illustrious musicians, DeBarra bring their rich trad heritage and Irish language culture to Dublin’s exquisite City Hall on 28th January. Performing as part of Temple Bar’s 10th annual TradFest, the six DeBarra brothers and their one sister were raised in Dublin and began their renowned performing careers as children. Showcasing a superb combination of lively dance tunes and airs, original compositions, old harpers’ tunes, and traditional songs in Irish, the group never fail to enthrall their diverse audiences.  Boasting an array of instrumentation including harp, whistles, flute, bodhrán, bouzouki, keys and concert piano, their skill and flair is quite something to behold. Hothouse Flowers you’re looking for Irish rock infused with the best elements of trad, soul, and gospel, then Hothouse Flowers are sure to tick all the boxes when they take part in Temple Bar’s TradFest on 28th January. Taking their infectious sound to Dublin’s spectacular St Patrick’s Cathedral, their shows have been known to last between two and three hours depending on the level of fever in the room on the night itself.  With their unpredictable energy, and extensive repertoire - having been on the go since the mid 80s, their flair for improvisation can come into play at any point in a concert, making for compelling viewing for their legions of avid fans. This stunning combination of performers and venue looks set to be a memorable one indeed. Temple Bar TradFest Temple Bar TradFest began in 2005. Prior to this Dublin City had been lacking a festival which celebrated Traditional Irish Music and Culture for over 20 years.  A voluntary membership based organization, Temple Bar Company, which is made up of business, cultural organizations and services in the Temple Bar area came together to start the Temple Bar TradFest . Since that time the festival has continued to grow in size, recognition and quality. The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland (and further afield) such as The Dubliners, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, Altan. These venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, St Michan’s Church, Dublin’s City Hall, The New Theatre and the Button Factory. It is an important part of the festival to support upcoming Irish talent, each year we host IMRO showcase and give upcoming bands the opportunity to partake in headline concerts. Our family programme features a Children’s Hub in the Ark, outdoor stages with free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. We also have a Music Trail with Irish musicians performing throughout the pubs of Temple Bar. The Temple Bar TradFest is organised and project managed by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit venture. We pump every cent into presenting musicians and performances of the highest calibre at the lowest feasible ticket price, thus opening up the festival to as broad an audience as possible   Visit for the full programme and ticket information. Jessie Ware tracks from her universally acclaimed second album to the intimate surroundings of The Academy comes the fantastic Jessie Ware. “Perfectly lovelorn, soulful songwriting” - Evening Standard Described by The Times as “accessible and classy”, the South-London star is set to wow Dublin with her renowned soulful style before she sets off on a European tour with her second release, the highly praised Tough Love. “Gorgeous minimalist songs” - Mojo “Stupendous” - The Sunday Times Jessie Ware tracks from her universally acclaimed second album to the intimate surroundings of The Academy comes the fantastic Jessie Ware. “Perfectly lovelorn, soulful songwriting” - Evening Standard Described by The Times as “accessible and classy”, the South-London star is set to wow Dublin with her renowned soulful style before she sets off on a European tour with her second release, the highly praised Tough Love. “Gorgeous minimalist songs” - Mojo “Stupendous” - The Sunday Times Booker T. Jones music innovator and general rock n’ roll legend Booker T. Jones graces The Sugar Club with his presence on 11th January. Arguably the creator of modern soul music, he is most definitely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity.  Crafting classic hit on the Stax label like the smooth Green Onions, Hang ‘Em High, Time Is Tight, and Melting Pot; Booker T. Jones has been an inductee of the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient to boot. Lauded for pushing music’s boundaries, refining it to its very essence and injected it into the nation’s bloodstream, the Hammond B3 organ master’s new album Sound the Alarm, sees him looking ahead yet again. Laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices, it’s a bold, creative step for the 69 year old. The new album also marks Booker T’s historic return to Stax Records, the Memphis soul label the instrumentalist, bandleader, producer, and songwriter helped put on the map during the 1960s, along with his brilliant band, the MGs. Catch this soul legend in the intimate Sugar Club surroundings and get 2015 off to a grooving start.   The Three Tenors an acclaimed reputation that precedes them, The Three Tenors are sure to mesmerise audiences this January as they take to the Mill Theatre on 10th January. With Declan Kelly, Ray O'Hare, and Dominic McGorian having wowed with a string of concerts across Ireland and the UK, their thrilling, fast-moving show is packed with a whole host of the world’s most beautiful, uplifting songs. This incredible Irish trio will be joined by a stunning star violinist on the night, so be prepared for a memorable, musical surprise. With their superb voices and friendly, casual approach, ease yourself into the new year with a fun night of beautiful music and great entertainment.   Session with the Pipers at The Cobblestone a Guinness, find a cosy nook and settle in for some of the finest traditional music the city has to offer at the charming Cobblestone pub, 77 North King Street, Dublin 7. Experience the unique sound of the uilleann pipes played by accomplished piper Eugene Lambe, and accompanied by Edel Fox on concertina, Neil Byrne on fiddle, and Charlie Piggot on accordion, at this authentic trad music session. Please note that the Cobblestone is an over 18s only venue. The Vibe for Philo 2015 one of Ireland’s favourite sons, Phil Lynott, at the 29th annual Vibe for Philo concert on 4th January. A unique celebration, wake, and convention of sorts, the Vibe for Philo is a much loved commemoration of all aspects of the iconic Thin Lizzy front man’s career, from its humble teen beginnings right up to super rock stardom. Beginning nearly three decades ago in the unassuming back room of a pub, the concert has steadily grown into an internationally recognised event drawing audiences from all over the world. A veritable mecca for anyone with an interest in Phil Lynott or Thin Lizzy, past performers of at the annual showcase have included the great and the good of Irish music, and a complete reunion of Thin Lizzy’s members too. So prepare for some Dancing in the Moonlight in his native Old Town at this awesome celebration of the Wild One himself.   New Year's Festival: Resolution Day all the celebrations, revelry and hootenanny hoolies; begin 2015 with a day of fun, fitness and fresh air at Resolution Day on 1st January. Get up, get out and get active to kick off the New Year as you mean to go on!  Part of the lively city-wide New Year’s Festival, get down to Dublin Castle and welcome the new year with great food, music and entertainment, along with a host of activites to help you kick start the year - focusing on renewal, health and wellbeing.  Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day 5km Fun Run through the city, starting at 12 noon; while a host of free mind, body and fitness events, including group exercise classes, will also take place in the city's green spaces.  And after New Year's workout, be sure to enjoy the feast of entertainment happening at the NYF Food Village in Dublin Castle too. With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st to get 2015 off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! More details on registering for these fantastic events are coming soon. Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year’s Eve Gala in 2015 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, renowned pianist Menahem Pressler and conductor Sir Simon Rattle with a live concert screened in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema on 31st December. Now in its fourth year, the New Year’s Eve Gala continues to grow, this year showcasing legendary pianist Menahem Pressler’s virtuosity and skill. Pressler has made recording and interpretation history for more than half a century with the Beaux Arts Trio, which he founded in 1955; and only last year made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut at the age of 90. For this year’s concert, Pressler has selected Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488, composed during Mozart’s prime in Vienna and one of his most beautiful contributions to the genre. Enjoy all this and more for a New Year’s Eve with a difference this December. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12.50 New Year’s Festival: Countdown Concert in 2015 in the heart of the capital with Dublin’s New Year’s Festival Countdown Concert on 31st December. Gather your friends and family together and enjoy the most exciting New Year's celebration Dublin has ever seen! NYF Dublin is delighted to invite you to ring in the New Year with our headline act Kodaline plus very special guests James Vincent McMorrow, The Dublin Legends, Walking on Cars and The Whereabouts. Celebrate in the heart of the city at College Green from 8pm – 12.30am and witness an utterly unforgettable New Year's Eve that will also be broadcast live on RTE television. Kodaline One of the biggest Irish bands to emerge in recent years, Kodaline are currently enjoying 3x Platinum Irish sales and counting, and have played to maximum capacity crowds at the former O2 Arena (now 3Arena), Electric Picnic and Longitude at Marlay Park. In 2013 they joined a distinguished group of artists to achieve nine weeks at No.1 – the last to do this was Adele with her album 21, in 2011. Don't miss these hometown heroes at this special festive concert. James Vincent McMorrow With his acclaimed debut album, Early in the Morning, having reached number 1, gone platinum and picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination upon its release in 2010, James Vincent McMorrow's star has simply risen and risen.  Along the way, there were shows everywhere from the Royal Festival Hall to BBC's Later… with Jools Holland. McMorrow released his highly acclaimed second album, Post Tropical, in Ireland in January 2014. Experience his pensive lyricism and unrivalled voice at this incredible concert. The Dublin Legends Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O’Connor and Paul Watchorn are all true legends of Irish folk music. With Sean and Eamonn having been members of The Dubliners for close to 30 years, Gerry having joined them for the final leg of their 50th anniversary tour, and Paul Watchorn earning the accolade of one of the Ireland's best banjo players; these are a quartet of considerable renown. 'The Lads' are looking forward to entertaining the crowds, and meeting all their old friends and fans at NYF Dublin and are set to showcase all the classic songs and ballads the genre's known for worldwide. Walking on Cars Hailing from the tiny Irish coastal town of Dingle with a population of just 1,500, these Irish chart toppers have been selling out shows in their homeland for the past year, and have amassed a huge live and online following. Their single Hand In Hand was an iTunes #1 and remained in the iTunes Top 10 for a number of weeks after its release. Catch these vibrant up and comers at the NYF Countdown Concert on 31st December. Tickets Tickets for the over 18s event are priced at €25.40 including booking fee and go on sale nationwide on Friday 7th November at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Buy Online at   New Year's Festival: Music Trail the live music and powerhouse performances that Ireland’s known for with the NYF Music Trail across superb city-centre venues from 30th - 31st December. An array of excellent bands, DJs, and choirs will perform across the city as revellers gather from all over the world to experience Dublin’s New Year countdown in style. Follow the trail which includes live performances from dance-frenzy inducing four-piece Le Galaxie at Meeting House Square, Ruby Works Sessions at Dublin Castle’s Chapel Royal, and unique pop-up live music and DJ sessions across the city’s pubs and bars. Christ Church Cathedral will also host a special Gala Concert with the renowned Dublin Gospel Choir ringing in 2015 at this atmospheric venue. Audiences can also enjoy a post-concert champagne reception in the cathedral’s crypt, followed by a countdown to the ringing of Christ Church’s iconic bells at midnight in the cathedral grounds. Tickets Tickets for Meeting House Square gigs go on sale mid-November at Tickets for the Christ Church Gala Concert are on sale now: Check back in here at the end of November for the full list of events, book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!   Little Green Cars a fantastic band in their prime when Little Green Cars take to the Pavilion Theatre on 28th December. An incredible two-year album cycle has seen Ireland’s acclaimed harmony-rock band Little Green Cars release their number one debut album, Absolute Zero, and perform a completely sold out run of nationwide dates. Gaining traction as a creative and lyrical force to reckoned with, the band released three singles, The John Wayne, Harper Lee, and My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me, to widespread acclaim and enormous radio coverage in Ireland. Voted Irish Act of the Year 2013 by The Irish Times and short-listed for the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year award, Little Green Cars are sure to captivate their avid fans at their anticipated December date.   Carols for Christmas Christmas with the international award-winning New Dublin Voices, as they create a cosy festive atmosphere with carols, songs, readings and poems at Draiocht this December. Young or old, audiences won’t fail to be in high spirits with laughs, stories, fun and festivities in the auditorium that’s set to be buzzing with good cheer. So pop in from the cold, and sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas and the cherished goodwill that it brings. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12 Family of four €40 Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny wonderful opportunity to see two giants of traditional Irish music in a superb live setting, see Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre on 19th December. Joining forces for an evening of great music, enjoy a mixture of traditional songs and Andy-composed originals. A combined trad tour de force, Irvine and Lunny have both been at the helm of lauded Irish bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Mozaik; with the duo’s unique style of accompaniment renowned for its ongoing influence in the wider Irish music genre. Having both in their own careers contributed to a palpable renaissance in Irish traditional music, this is one legendary pairing worth seeing up close.     Eimear Quinn once more after three consecutive years of sell-out festive shows at the Pavilion Theatre, don’t miss renowned singer and Eurovision winner, Eimear Quinn on 19th - 20th December. "A beautiful young woman with a cherubs voice that floats in an ethereal cloud of it's own making" - The Sunday Independent A lauded singer with a particular flair for choral music, since winning the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo for her performance of The Voice, Eimear has been composing and performing worldwide. In 2007 Eimear released O Holy Night, a collection of carols, ancient chants and new self-penned compositions. Her most recent accomplishments include a special performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to mark her State Visit to Ireland in 2011 and in April this year Eimear was honoured to be asked to sing at Ceiliuradh, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during President Higgins' State Visit to Britain. In this intimate evening, Eimear will bring her own special rendition of Christmas songs and carols that make for a memorable, festive treat. Eimear's ethereal voice will blend beautifully with the Mamisa String Quartet, featuring Maria and Michelle Mason, also performing on the night. "Her voice is soft and pure, yet full and strong." - The Celtic Cafe Sinead O'Connor of Ireland’s most innovative and outspoken singer-songwriters, Sinéad O’Connor rounds off a phenomenal 2014 with a date at Dublin’s Vicar Street on 16th December. Celebrating an astonishing 30th anniversary in the music business, Sinead’s latest album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, infuses the spirit of funky blues with a fresh exploration the age-old theme of romantic love. An absolute tour de force, the album showcases the very best of Sinéad and her unique, passionate and direct approach, and also reveals to stunning effect the overarching fragile beauty of her voice and lyrics, which are as powerful as they are tender. Expect stomping belters and pensive tracks from a formidable career that spans three decades and incredible multi-million global record sales. Sinéad always manages to surprise and delight making her Vicar Street appearance a real treat. Gruff Rhys his unique brand of music, storytelling and anecdotes from his extraordinary recent travels, Gruff Rhys comes to the intimate Pepper Canister Church for two nights this December. In 2012 the Super Furry Animals’ frontman embarked on an investigative concert tour of the American Interior, retracing the steps, and looking for the grave of his distant relative John Evans. John Evans left Wales for Baltimore in 1792 and walked into the wilderness of the Allegheny Mountains in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans, believed to be the descendants of Prince Madog. Over seven eventful years, with very little in the way of resources, he embarked on a series of incredible adventures, lived with several First Nation tribes and left a trail of political chaos from which America never recovered. Taking these incredible travels as his inspiration, Gruff himself navigated the Midwest playing gigs and writing songs. Then he powered up the Missouri River by boat, playing more shows on the shore, and even cut a record in Omaha, while filmmaker Dylan Goch documented it all along the way. So now with a documentary, album, book and even an app under the umbrella of this American Interior project, the compelling and always original Gruff will detail all and showcase the songs to avid audiences on 16th - 17th December. Venue Pepper Canister Church (St Stephen’s Church) 2 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2 Christmas Crooners: Baby It's Cold Outside! Christmas entertainment in that old schmoozing lounge-lizard style with Christmas Crooners at the Mill Theatre this December. The ultimate in suave and sophisticated performance, The Crooners give the audience a show full of swinging Christmas cheer and witty festive banter, getting you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers along in no time. Guaranteed to get you in the yuletide mood, come and sing along to great songs from cool Christmases past with seasonal hits from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year - and with The Crooners on stage, it’s the smoothest too.   Sean Keane: Christmas by the Hearth a sparkling evening with renowned Irish singer and musician Sean Keane, as he brings his hugely successful Christmas by the Hearth tour to the Civic Theatre on 14th December. Lauded for his sean-nós style, Sean will perform his much-requested favourites, as well as a host of new and old Christmas classics at this festive show. Sean will be joined by Fergus Feely on mandcello, Pat Coyne on guitar and Stephen Doherty on piano, flute and accordion. On the night Sean will also play tin whistle, low whistle, flute and harmonica, in this yuletide show that’s sure to delight all ages.   Manic Street Preachers unprecedented opportunity for Manic Street Preachers’ fans, the Welsh stalwarts of socio-political rock celebrate the 20th anniversary of their third album The Holy Bible, by playing it in its entirety to Dublin audiences on 13th December. This is the very first time the band have played the whole album live, and as a record that has justifiably achieved legendary status over the years due to its post-punk abrasive style, and fierce, uncompromising lyrics; the Olympia Theatre is the prime venue to experience it in.    The Holy Bible was also the last album that missing guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards was present for, with the band citing Edwards as the creative driving force behind the record’s searing style and aggressive attitude. Having just released their 12th studio album Futurology, which marks an impressive departure in style and sound, the Manics are as relevant now than ever and the showcase of their seminal 1994 album looks set to be just as exhilarating as the first time around. Delorentos indie darlings Delorentos headline Vicar Street this December in support of their brand new and hotly anticipated fifth album, Night Becomes Light. With their new single Show Me Love currently Top 20 in the National Airplay Charts, and the album itself having received widespread critical acclaim, this is one band rising the crest of a very big wave, with even bigger ones to come.   Delorentos’ previous album, 2012’s self-released Little Sparks, received a whole host of four and five star reviews and was described by the Irish Times’ Jim Carroll as: “The sound of a band who have found their musical and lyrical groove.” Finishing 2014 in flying fashion, don’t miss their triumphant hometown show this December.   The Strypes a stomping sold-out Dublin show last April, Cavan’s finest The Strypes return with a Christmas date on 10th December.   Boasting authentic rhythm and blues tunes and infused with that authentic rock n’ roll spirit, this young four-piece have taken the world by storm since their 2011 formation.  “The most thrilling live band in the UK” Q Magazine   With audiences and critics lapping up their explosive R&B rhythms and no-nonsense blues repertoire, the boys wow with originals from their debut album Snapshot, as well as reworkings of rhythm and blues classics by Bo Diddley, Nick Lowe, and Dr. Feelgood.   “A bowel-shaking rhythm’n’blues explosion delivered with humour and vim” The Observer   This festive date will get you rocking into Christmas spirit in no time. Carols by Candlelight into the true spirit of Christmas with Carols by Candlelight, sung by the renowned choir of Christ Church Cathedral, on 10th - 11th December. The acclaimed annual Christmas Concert showcases the stunning acoustics of the cathedral and the resonating force of its resident choir, under the direction of Ian Keatley. Accompanied by organist and composer, David Bremner, audiences won’t fail to be awed by the joy of these Christmas carols heard in such a magnificent and memorable setting. Singing a wide variety of classic carols and modern favourites, the renowned choir will inspire and entertain, and rouse the spirit with audience carols also included in the concert programme. Sing along with old favourites such as O Come, All Ye Faithful, be inspired by glorious choral gems such as Good King Wenceslas, all topped off with a magical selection of popular Christmas tunes, sung by the stellar voices of the Cathedral Choir in this beautiful candle-lit venue. With complimentary mulled wine and mince pies served during the interval, who could resist such a festive treat? This annual concert is known for selling out fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are €25, with proceeds going toward the Christ Church Cathedral Music Fund.   Peter Gabriel‘Age has enhanced his voice and the theatricality he brought to Genesis four decades ago still powers his shows……this show was about ideas: Peter Gabriel is still overflowing with them.’  Evening Standard 4/5 ‘British singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel was in exuberant mood as he delivered a delicious three-course meal of music at the O2 Arena’ Telegraph 4/5  ‘As the night's performance underlines, there were really strong songs underneath So's gloss. With the arena bathed in red light, Red Rain sounds more emotionally complex and ponderous than your average 80s album opener, while even without Kate Bush's heart-breaking guest vocal, Don't Give Up retains its emotional impact.’ Guardian 4/5 Following the phenomenal response to the recent ‘Back to Front’ tour dates, the latest honoured musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Peter Gabriel, has confirmed a further series of ‘Back to Front’  arena shows including a performance at the O2 Dublin.   Price: €44.05 & €65.50 Booking: Trio Con Brio Copenhagen the extraordinary sound of The Seafarer Trio, performed by Trio con Brio Copenhagen with narration by actor Barry McGovern and visuals by Jila Peacock, in a very special concert on 10th December. This highly anticipated performance also includes Haydn’s renowned Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob. XV/25, and one of Mendelssohn’s greatest chamber works – Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49. Korean sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong, and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer founded Trio con Brio Copenhagen in Vienna in 1999. Having won countless awards and performed in such significant venues as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and the Konzerthaus Berlin, this concert marks their Dublin debut. Composer Sally Beamish’s setting of 10th-century poem The Seafarer - perhaps the most famous of all Anglo-Saxon poems after Beowulf - is an evocative interpretation of the story of the first man in history on his quest for eternal life. The Seafarer Trio is the central work of three pieces composed by Beamish, based on Charles Harrison Wallace’s powerful translation of the ancient verse.  Written for piano trio and narrator, it depicts a metaphorical sea voyage with sounds of crashing waves, soaring birds and icy landscapes signified by the four performers. Game of Thrones actor Barry McGovern joins Trio con Brio Copenhagen as narrator for this performance of The Seafarer Trio. One of Ireland's most skilled and experienced performers, McGovern has had a long career in theatre, film, television and radio.  Prepare to be compelled by this unique and utterly memorable showcase of music, verse and theatre. Tickets Full price €25 Concession €20 A festive reception is included with admission. Elton John and his Band John has confirmed that he and the Band will return to Ireland later this year to play a Show at The O2 Dublin on 9 December.   Elton and the band will be playing classic album tracks from his incredible five-decade career, including many from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which will have its 40th Anniversary Special Edition release in March. Price: €65.45 - €106.00 Booking:   Lunchtime Concert: Love in a Cold Climate some delightful lunchtime music courtesy of the renowned RTE Symphony Orchestra this December with Love in a Cold Climate. Boasting a programme of composers including Glazunov, Mozart, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, the darkening December days provide the perfect excuse to be reminded of the chilly romance of Winter with these seasonal works. Enjoy the glistening beauty of Glazunov’s frosty portrait, marvel at the seasonal sparkles of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and the promise of warmer times ahead with Rachmaninoff’s Spring Waters. Three of opera’s larger than life characters are vibrantly brought to life by tenor Patrick Hyland, from Mozart’s libidinous Don Giovanni to earnest lover Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and the ill-fated suitor Lensky from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; audiences are in for quite a treat this lunchtime. Kasabian lads Kasabian make a highly anticipated return to Dublin with a date at the 3Arena on 8th December 2014. Five albums into their stomping career, 2014 has been a big year for Kasabian. Following a Sunday night headline slot at Glastonbury and an historic hometown show in front of 50,000 fans in Leicester, they’re embarking on a huge autumn tour on foot of their new record 48:13. With their acclaimed new record marking their fourth consecutive number one album, the band have received fantastic reviews across the board and have garnered some of the best live reviews of their career. With stadium songs just made for a setting like the 3Arena, fans will delight at seeing a band at their live and creative peak. Support on the night comes from special guests The Maccabbees.   David Gray staggering 21 years since his first studio album, David Gray brings his 10th and latest release, Mutineers, to Irish audiences with a December date at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The new record sees Gray veer into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. “You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go.” Having sold seven million copies of his 1998 album White Ladder, David has always been and continues to remain a favourite among Irish music lovers. New release Mutineers is an experiment that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly. It’s the sound of a musician making a clean break and boasts some sharp turns and serious tunes that in a live setting can only delight.   Drawing Room Opera Co: The Magic of Christmas an evening of popular classics and beloved Christmas carols with the renowned Drawing Room Opera Company at the Mill Theatre on 7th December. Ireland's first professional international concert opera company, they’ve been firmly established since 1997, and are delighted to entertain audiences with this lively festive concert. Sure to get you into that magical yuletide spirit, experience the stunning voices of Liz Ryan (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Linehan (Tenor), Kay Lynch (Soprano), and Rory Musgrave (Baritone) on 7th December.   Dublin Gospel Choir you in the feel good, festive spirit are The Dublin Gospel Choir, as they take to the Pavilion Theatre on 6th December. With fantastic collaborations as diverse as Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Riverdance, Rod Stewart, The Chieftains and Ennio Morricone under their collective belt, audiences can rest assured they’re in for an incredible show. Having formed in the mid 90s, this unique group boast the accolade of being the only gospel artist to break into the Top 20 Irish Chart, and the only act to play the Main Stage of the lively Electric Picnic festival every year. With a setlist that boasts the most uplifting and powerful gospel choir arrangements of songs by artists as wide ranging as Coldplay to Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder to U2, the choir also pull out all the stops with spiritual numbers that have a festive Christmas feel. Prepare for a fabulous show that will fill you with all the joys of the Christmas season. Printer Clips X1 front man Paul Noonan brings his unique new project Printer Clips to the intimate environs of Vicar Street on 5th December. Evolving out of a special collection of songs Paul wrote as duets, and a simplified recording set-up he’s carried out over the years in hallways, basements and bedrooms across Montreal, New York, Dublin and London; audiences won’t fail to be enamoured with the results. Duetting with a wonderfully diverse collection of female artists including Joan as Policewoman, Martha Wainwright, Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Julia Stone, Amy Milan, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison and Maria Doyle Kennedy, the collective played to a sold-out crowd at the National Concert Hall earlier this year. Dublin fans will be lucky enough to see Noonan duet with Cathy Davey, Lisa Hannigan, Danielle Harrison and Gemma Hayes, at the Vicar Street show.   Wilde Christmas Dinner a dinner with a difference this December in the atmospheric surroundings of 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, courtesy of event-organisers extraordinaire - Hunt & Gather. "After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relatives" Oscar Wilde On the 5th, 6th and 7th of December indulge in a ‘good dinner’ while ringing in the Christmas season at a sumptuous event that takes inspiration from the romantic notions of the great Oscar Wilde. “I drink to separate my body from my soul” Oscar Wilde Friday & Saturday On the night of Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, a complimentary Teeling’s Whiskey reception awaits you at 7pm. In the elegant drawing room by a roaring fire, experience just one of the many heartwarming performances of the night. After cocktails, climb the 300-year-old staircase to rooms, which have evolved from high society status, to tenements buildings and back to today’s sheer opulence, to find an incredible banquet. Indulge in a wholesome seven-course meal provided by the unrivalled foodie folks at Gruel Guerilla, while enjoying intimate recitals, poetry readings, acoustic music and romantic performances by PettyCash. Sunday Sunday’s proceedings begin at 2pm with a Teeling’s Whiskey Reception, followed by a delicious Christmas Brunch. Join Wilde lovers and fans of fun festivities for a relaxed day sipping drinks, eating food, and enjoying fantastic performances at this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets Friday & Saturday Menu €50 Sunday Brunch Menu €40   Handel's Messiah at Christ Church the joy and sheer power of George Frideric Handel’s renowned 18th-century oratorio, Messiah, in the exceptional environment of Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral this December. Performed by the Irish Baroque Orchestra and renowned conductor and baritone Eamonn Dougan, this is an unrivalled chance to hear Handel's masterpiece brought to life mere metres from the very first place it was ever heard on Fishamble Street, 13th April 1742. A stunning setting for a powerful and stirring piece of music, hear Handel’s extraordinary work on 5th December. Tickets Unreserved full price €30 Unreserved concession €25 Students €10 Children under-12 €5 Jack L his first visit to the superb Draiocht Blanchardstown, Jack L performs winter songs of times gone by in Northern Lights - Songs of The Season on 5th December.   "As with all great shows, it’s over too soon." Edinburgh Evening News   Conjuring up the atmosphere of winters and the anticipation of childhood Christmases, this show will have audiences feeling warm and festive in no time.   "Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature." The Irish News   Fresh from his record-breaking fifth consecutive year of performing at the Edinburgh Festival, Jack’s voice brings a powerful resonance to anything he sings, often bringing a new perspective on familiar songs.   "A gorgeous, versatile Baritone." The Washington Post   Festival of Carols and Readings the season with some festive cheer at the Chester Beatty Library on 4th December. The Occasional Singers, conducted by Robin Moore, return to the serene city-centre venue for a festive performance of music and words full of yuletide sentiment and good will. Aromatic mulled wine and tasty mince pies will be served after the performance. Booking is essential.   Hypnotic Brass Ensemble the festive season rolling in style, with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s three-night residency at The Sugar Club from 4th - 6th December. Returning with a brand new album, these eight Chicago brothers will be supported on the night by rising star Lauriana Mae. Coming from an extraordinary musical family of singers and professional musicians, from the late 90s the brothers started drawing on this background of musicianship, jazz roots and hip hop sensibilities by busking across Chicago to widespread acclaim. Crucial to the mix was their burgeoning skills as composers, which meant the music they played was truly their own. With some legendary gigs in New York and an array of European cities under their collective belt (including support slots with Mos Def and Erykah Badu), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have rightfully become known as one of the hottest and most unique bands around.   Hozier Wicklow’s most famous export, and the Irish musician of the moment, Hozier is coming to the Olympia for one night only on 4th December. With his newly released debut album having smashed 2014’s Irish album sales records to become the fastest selling album of the year, fans are advised to catch this innovative artist in an intimate venue like the Olympia while you still can. Hozier’s debut single, Take Me To Church, exploded over the airwaves over a year ago, the compelling video for which currently sits at over 12 million YouTube views. Hailed as one of Spotify’s most viral artists ever with over 21 million streams of the debut single, Hozier’s success is set to get stratospheric. Grab those tickets fast.   Annie Mac your dancing shoes on and prepare to tear up the dancefloor as BBC Radio One DJ Annie Mac spins the tunes at the Twisted Pepper on 3rd December. Purveyor of the very best in dance and electronica, Dublin-born Annie Mac has been setting the BBC airwaves alight for a decade now, and has attracted a host of loyal followers of her cutting edge selections. As big a hit in the radio studio and the DJ booth, ‘Annie Mac Presents’ is one of the most popular nightlife brands around, featuring the best of up and coming artists and established DJs in dance and electronic music. Don’t miss her return to home shores this December at the renowned Dublin venue.   The Magic Numbers with their superb sibling harmonies, infectious melodies and beautiful ballads, The Magic Numbers will take the stage of The Academy on 3rd December. Known for their knack of making music that lifts the spirits. they now cast a new spell on their fourth album outing. Their new record, Alias, showcases The Magic Numbers sound but heavier, sweeter, richer, and deeper than ever before.  Boasting influences from Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Dusty Springfield, and Roy Orbison, the band appear to have absorbed and transformed their influences into alchemical gold.  “There are some different reference points, but as soon as we start singing you know it’s us,” says member Romeo. Don’t miss their intimate Dublin date this December. Price: €20 Gala Christmas Concert ready for some festive cheer and yuletide tunes with Draiocht’s Christmas Gala Concert on 3rd December. The Blanchardstown Brass Band and the Dublin Male Voice Choir shall combine their talents once again for this seasonal showcase in aid of the Coolmine Therapeutic Community. Get the family together, sit back, relax and herald in the Christmas season at this lively evening of festive fun. With Zdenek Ondrousek and Áine Mulvey as musical directors, expect solo items and audience participation on an evening that will appeal to people of all ages. That much-loved sprinkling of cosy Christmas magic just might come a little early this year thanks to this feel good show.   The ESB Great Christmas Concert the family together and find yourselves spellbound by the festive entertainment at The ESB Great Christmas Concert presented by the Dublin Choral Foundation, on 3rd December. Sing along to all your favourite carols under the magic baton of Dr Ite O’Donovan with the Lassus Scholars, Piccolo Lasso Children’s Choir, The Orlando Chamber Orchestra and wonderful guest soloists including soprano Kim Sheehan. A fantastic way to kick off the festive season, this family event is suitable for children young and old, and is sure to have both entranced in the Christmas spirit.  With a programme of incredible choral performances; instrumental soloists, appearances by ESB Feis Ceoil winners; and plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along to those festive favourites - the Christmas cheer will be palpable throughout the National Concert Hall. Time: 8pm Price: €10 - €30 Morrissey with his first Irish show since 2011, acerbic-tongued and quick-witted Mancunian master Morrissey takes to the 3Arena on 1st December. Having released his highly acclaimed autobiography in October 2013, the most distinctive pop lyricist of his era is back doing what he does best, and tours his 12th UK top ten solo album World Peace Is None of Your Business, much to the delight of Irish fans. Support on the night comes from acclaimed British singer-songwriter Anna Calvi. Nominated for the BBC Sound of 2011, Mercury Music Prize and a BRIT award upon the release of her self-titled debut album, Calvi released the critically lauded follow up, One Breath, in late 2013.   Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def hop artist, actor and activist Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) takes to the Vicar Street stage this November for a 15th anniversary performance of his seminal album, Black on Both Sides. “Not since the emergence of A Tribe Called Quest and Q-Tip has hip-hop seen an MC as intelligent, as lyrically proficient, and as baby-butt smooth as Mos Def” – Pitchfork Highly acclaimed as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and the artistic medium. With a nod to the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres Titus, Mos Def has emerged as one of the more conscientious voices of new school hip-hop, alongside the likes of Common, Outkast, Goodie Mob and The Roots, to name just a few. Forming Black Star in 1997 with fellow Brooklynite Talib Kweli, a year later the duo released their only album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. While it didn’t garner commercial success, it did gain a huge underground following owing to its conscious lyrics marking a move away from the misogyny and degradation that had corrupted hip hop. Black Star’s work ultimately acted as a catalyst for Mos Def’s solo debut, Black on Both Sides, which was released the following year. Achieving the commercial success that Black Star didn’t quite reach, despite it being no less thought provoking; it ably tackles a wealth of social issues, racial profiling, corporate waste, water pollution and the appropriation of black music by white artists. Challenging and with a resonance still palpable today, the record’s importance has only grown over the years. Don’t miss an evening with the artist responsible for one of hip hop’s turning points. The Classical Connection incredible performances of classical masterpieces, opera favourites and jazz greats in the atmospheric surroundings of 25 Mountjoy Square on 23rd November. Three of Ireland’s premier performers come together as The Classical Connection, part @TheDrawingRoom’s project to create wider awareness of culture, heritage and architecture, in this fantastic venue. Performing beloved songs of stage, screen and beyond are mezzo soprano Norah King, trumpet player Niall O’Sullivan, and multi-award winning violinist Denice Doyle. Lauded as “outstanding” and “radiant”, Norah has enchanted audiences across Europe and Asia in both operatic roles and concert performances.  From the National Concert Hall, Dublin, to the Shanghai Concert Hall, China, Norah has become one of the most exciting mezzo sopranos to emerge from Ireland in recent years. Denice has also wowed audiences across Ireland and Europe with her virtuoso performances, and has worked with an array of acclaimed artists including Josh Groban, Michael Buble and George Michael. Niall has firmly established himself as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation. His self-titled album of classical, jazz standards, contemporary pop and traditional Irish songs entered the Classical iTunes chart at number one in Europe and his second release, Ballads, went straight to the top of the jazz charts too. Discover beautiful music in one of Dublin’s finest Georgian town houses at this memorable, intimate concert. Pre-booking is advised. Venue 25 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1   The Saturday Supper Club Saturday Supper Club runs every Saturday night and features entertainment from some of Ireland's top big bands. This Dinner and Show experience begins at 8pm with a selection from our award winning Gastro Pub menu, this is followed by your entertainment for the evening.  We specialise in Soul, Jazz, Folk and Traditional.  Check our listings on for updated band listings Weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at Café en Seine with Stella Bass"...a talented young singer" (Irish Independent) Stella Bass, one of Ireland’s top young jazz singers continues her weekly residency in the elegant surroundings of Dublin’s top café bar, Café en Seine. Each Sunday, her quartet plays swing and light jazz favourites from the Great American Songbook from 2pm - 4.00pm in the relaxed environment of this stylish and cosmopolitan venue - from Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong to Frank Sinatra…even Amy Winehouse and U2 have been given a jazz twist by this talented and entertaining quartet! This event occures weekly, every Sunday.   The Hot House Big Band Hot House Big Band are a full 17 piece big band comprised of some of the finest jazz and professional musicians in Ireland. Led by Dublin saxophonist and clarinettist Mark Wilde, they are complemented by a choice of leading Irish vocalist’s at every performance. The band play a regular gig every Monday night (except bank holiday Mondays) at the Mercantile on Dublin’s Dame St where they enthral their audience with their high energy and wide ranging repertoire. Tickets €5 available on the door