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.   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.   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. 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. 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.   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   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. 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 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. 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 at the festival’s Food Village. Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day Fun Run, or bring beloved pooches to the Family Fun Dog Walk. A host of mind, body and fitness events will also take place to make sure 2015 gets off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st.   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. A televised event with music, revelry and plenty of good cheer, this is one New Year’s Eve you won’t forget. Enjoy entertainment from five top secret music acts, boogie the night away with the festive crowd and say goodbye to 2014 in style at this unmissable outdoor event on College Green. This event is ticketed, price to be confirmed. 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.     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.   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.   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 December. 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 12th December.   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: 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. 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.   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. 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   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 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   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   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   Passenger Tour By the start of last year, Mike Rosenberg knew his life was about to change. To what extent, he had no idea, which was probably just as well. Had someone told the Brighton-born singer/songwriter, familiar to millions as Passenger that he would top the charts in 20 countries during 2013, he might have gone out of his mind. That his bewitching, break-up ballad Let Her Go took its time to win over the world – it became a hit in mainland Europe in the autumn of 2012 and reached the Top 5 of the Billboard chart in February 2014 – allowed Passenger to process his success, get used to the size of crowds coming to see him and, crucially, continue to write and record heartbreakingly beautiful music. Whispers is Passenger’s sixth studio album. Its oldest songs date back to before the mayhem began. Although he didn’t know it when he wrote it, the title track captures the chaos in his head when Let Her Go started to snowball. Even the songs most recently written have evolved by being played live dozens of times, at shows and on streets everywhere from Amsterdam to Australia.  With Whispers, you could talk tales all day, but it’s better to just listen to the songs. Let Her Go’s success continues to spiral – in 2013, it was the ninth most Shazamed song in the world and the best selling British single; it recently soundtracked the most popular ad at the Superbowl; at last count it had 222 million views on YouTube – but for Passenger, it has simply opened some doors. Thousands, rather than hundreds, now come to his shows and know all of the words to most of his songs. He even continues to busk, as he has since he went solo in 2009. Price: €33.50 Booking: The Fureys legends of Irish music and song, The Fureys take to Draiocht’s stage on 21st November. Renowned for their hits such as I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, and The Green Fields Of France, this family band have been entertaining audiences for 36 years. Having performed for the likes of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Irish President Mary McAleese, the late Pope John Paul II, and current Irish President Michael D Higgins; The Fureys’ audience is in fine company. Tickets Full price €25 Concession €23 James Blunt spotted playing at the South by Southwest Music Festival, James Blunt was quickly signed up and went on to record his first album, Back To Bedlam, with Tom Rockrock in LA. The third single released from the album was You’re Beautiful. What followed was one big hit, two more albums, three world tours, four number one singles, five Grammy nods (plus two BRITS, two Ivor Novellos and a host of MTV awards) and lots more. To date he has sold nearly 17m albums and 20 million singles worldwide and reached an astonishing 257m YouTube views. In October 2013 James Blunt released his fourth studio album, ‘Moon Landing’ of which he said “It’s a much more personal album, about us finding where it all started, and where we are now.  This is the album I would have recorded if ‘Back To Bedlam’ hadn’t sold anything.”    Speaking of his upcoming tour dates James said, “I am so excited for me and my band to get back on the road and play these new songs live, along with some of the older hits. My fans have never let me down, and there’s nothing better than playing for them at the shows. They have been incredibly supportive of me over the years.” Price: €44.05 Booking: Harlem Gospel Choir the uplifting music of the world-renowned Harlem Gospel Choir at Draiocht, Blanchardstown this November. Having performed for Nelson Mandela at the Yankee Stadium, for the Pope in Central Park, with the Chieftains on their US tour, and on U2's Rattle and Hum album, film and tour; the Harlem Gospel Choir once again return to Ireland for an extensive tour. Formed in 1988, the choir made its highly successful debut at New York's Cotton Club that same year, and draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture. Founder member, Allen Bailey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, as promotional director for major recording artists including Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. With their inspiring songs touching the depths of the soul and raising spirits to angelic heights, the choir devotes it’s time to spreading the joy of faith throughout the world. Promising to be a feel good performance by an incredible act, their Draiocht date is not to be missed. La Roux wunderkind La Roux brings the sounds of her new album Trouble in Paradise to the intimate environs of The Academy on 20th November. Hailed as “The sound of the summer” by The Observer, the flame-haired musician returned after a five year absence with a record that ably follows her two-million-copy-selling debut. The video for the album’s lead single, Let Me Down Gently, garnered a whopping 250,000 plays in less than 24 hours, proving in one fell swoop music-lovers’ appetites for La Roux’s synth stylings. Tickets €21   Chet Faker electronica mogul Chet Faker brings the music of his debut album, Built On Glass, and his latest single, 1998, to the intimate surrounds of The Academy this November. Melding Faker’s luxurious RnB vocals with analogue instruments and early dance music influences, don’t miss the opportunity to see this electronic wunderkind in such close quarters. “Slick, modern electronic pop” – The Guardian. Having sold out shows across Australia, the US, and the UK, Faker has enjoyed innovative collaborations with Say Lou Lou, Kilo Kish and Flume, and won Best Independent Release at the Rolling Stone Awards. For laid back sounds and a dynamic atmosphere, an evening with the Australian-maestro is just the ticket. “Sultry, smouldering R&B-rooted easy-listening” – Loud & Quiet. Caladh Nua great Irish music in an iconic Irish setting with Bewley’s @ 6, a series of music events hosted by Gael Linn, promoters of the Irish language and arts. Take a seat in Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street, and enjoy a fantastic performance from a trad band with contemporary flair - Caladh Nua. Captivating and vibrant, the group boast banjo, whistle, fiddle, accordion, guitar and incredible voices in a tight-knit line-up that sees audiences marvel time and time again. The admission price of €15 also includes complimentary finger food. Booking is essential due to the venue’s limited space.   Lykke Li mesmeric and powerful Lykke Li brings tracks from her critically acclaimed third album, I Never Learn, to Vicar Street’s stage this November. Co-produced by long-time collaborator Björn Yttling, Greg Kurstin and for the first time by the Swedish songwriter herself, the album stands as the third and final part in a trilogy. Inspired by her LA surroundings where much of the it was recorded, Lykke views the album as a slow burner that grows on the listener. Like all the great works, her latest output evolved out of a heartbreak, making Li’s lyrics and verse all the more devastating for it. Expect a haunting atmosphere, epic sounds and a soul laid bare. Back to the Future: Enchantment Under the Sea Dance you love all things Back to the Future, then it’s time to power up the flux capacitor and hop in the DeLorean to get back to 1955 via The Sugar Club, on 15th November. The intimate Dublin venue will be transformed for a reimagining of Back to the Future’s 1955 Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. Now in it’s third year, this excellent event includes a screening of Robert Zemeckis’ hilarious time-traveling comedy-caper, followed by the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance - where audiences can experience the 1950s at Hill Valley High School’s Prom. Have your photo taken in a real DeLorean time machine, and get swing-dancing to live band Marvin and The Starlighters, who’ll blast out the movie’s awesome soundtrack. Retro DJs The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers will also have you jiving with their party hits from 1955 to 1985. Get into Marty McFly mode by dressing up in 50s or 80s prom style. Have your photo taken in the nautical-themed photo booth or in a DeLorean (!), and see who gets crowned Prom King, Prom Queen or Class Clown. Be there or be square! Schedule Screening 7.30pm Dance 10.30pm Tickets Screening & Dance €19 Dance €10 Vyvienne Long the superb sounds of cellist Vyvienne Long in the unique surroundings of the Freemason’s Hall on 15th November. Returning home from her US debut in New York, this will be the first and only opportunity for her hometown fans to hear Vyvienne perform this year. Limiting her 2014 performances to just a handful of arts festivals while she works on new material, audiences were nevertheless enthralled by Vyvienne’s shows. Having recorded, produced and released her critically acclaimed album Caterpillar Sarabande in 2010, followed by Vyvienne Long Live with the Balanescu Quartet in 2013, her music is described as beautifully disarming and intensely personal. "Long's sprightly harmonies and incandescent cello work are beyond beautiful.” - Hot Press Long admired as a compelling vocalist and songwriter of incisive wit, critics have drawn comparisons between Vyvienne and renowned artists such as Björk, Tori Amos and Joanna Newsom. At her Freemason’s Hall show Vyvienne will perform her latest material with a new line-up of musicians: Neil O’Loghlen on bass (Ensemble Ériu), Raoul Empey on keys, Miriam Cahill on violin and the Blunnie Sisters on backing vocals. Acclaimed Irish comedian Eleanor Tiernan will provide support on the night. “Tiernan has a uniquely oblique angle on the word, and her routines have a touch of whimsy while grounded in astute observation. It means her set sounds fresh and original, without being so wilfully strange it will alienate all but the most dedicated followers.” - Chortle   Catwalk for Crumlin high fashion for a great cause with Catwalk for Crumlin at Dublin’s iconic Christ Church Cathedral on 15th November. The stunning Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral will be bursting at the seams with the great and the good of Irish fashion coming together to raise money for Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin. A host of top designers and models will take to the catwalk in aid of this worthy cause, including models Alison Canavan, Sarah Morrissey, Vivienne Connolly and Thalia Heffernan, and featuring the designs of Joanne Hynes, Peter O’Brien couture, Umit Kutluk and Helen Cody. This glamorous evening begins with a prosecco reception, with the fashion show followed by a fork supper and dancing in the unique surroundings of the cathedral’s atmospheric crypt.   We Banjo 3’s award-winning but not quite aptly named quartet, We Banjo 3, fuse Irish music with the American and bluegrass elements of yesteryear, to showcase the humble banjo’s deep roots.   Experience their virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre; as they reveal the rich legacy of the instrument and how it influences and has been influenced by, other musical genres. Brothers Enda and Fergal Scahill, and Martin and David Howley, are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today; once they start plucking the feet get tapping and the pulses simply race. With a set featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, enjoy We Banjo 3’s innovative musical statement at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre on 14th November. With their own illustrious careers prior to the band, Martin holds seven All Ireland music titles, Enda has four, and Fergal and David each hold All Ireland titles for banjo, fiddle, bodhrán and guitar; audiences are in for a treat with this wonderfully accomplished group. Gatehouse terrific traditional Irish music from a newly formed group of stellar musicians with Gatehouse at the Grand Social, 12th November. With a line-up that boasts experienced and exciting up-and-coming musicians, audiences won’t fail to be impressed by their thoughtful musical arrangements. With renowned fiddle player John McEvoy, Jacinta McEvoy on guitar/concertina, Rachel Garvey on vocals and John Wynne on flutes/whistles, discover the beautiful North Connaught traditions of music on which the group’s stylings are based, including the works of O’Carolan and Josie McDermott. Don’t miss this vibrant and accomplished group take to the stage in such an intimate setting.   Phil Coulter songwriter Phil Coulter takes to the Pavilion Theatre’s stage this November for an unforgettable evening of music and song. Having performed with the greats such as James Galway, the London Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Quincy Jones, Nanci Griffith and the Blue Moon Orchestra, audiences are in for a treat at this one night only appearance. One of the biggest selling recording artists of all time in Ireland, Coulter has to his credit at least four titles considered part of the great Irish songbook. Phil will be joined on the evening by special guest Geraldine Branagan for nostalgic ballads like The Town I Loved So Well, the anthemic Ireland’s Call and the haunting Scorn Not His Simplicity and Steal Away. Audiences are sure to be impressed all over again by this treasured songwriter’s stunning repertoire. Dublin Beatles Festival the 51st anniversary of the Fab Four’s only Dublin performance, the Dublin Beatles Festival returns to the capital for its second year allowing fans to revel in all things John, Paul, George and Ringo. Taking place on the very date of their 1963 Adelphi performance, local and international Beatle-maniacs will celebrate the world’s most influential band with an exciting programme of music, talk, art, memorabilia and more from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November, in various city centre venues. Enjoy great music from Irish and international acts and an exclusive Irish appearance by Neil Innes, Monty Python collaborator and member of The Rutles - Innes and Eric Idle’s hilarious Beatles parody group. See Neil in conversation with broadcaster Tom Dunne at the Twisted Pepper on Sunday 9th November at 5pm and enjoy an acoustic set of Rutles songs. Festival Highlights Fab Friday The Beatles Show at 7.30pm at the Twisted (Sgt) Pepper featuring the short play Death and The Beatles Fan, and music from Dundee band Revolver. Jonathan Ward and Vyvienne Long; the free Beatles Session at 9.30pm in the Oval Bar, where John Lennon and Ringo Starr enjoyed a pint on 7th November 1963, featuring a host of top performers including Enda Reilly, The Statics, Biggles Flys Again and Keith Grogan. Sadie Saturday The Beatles Table Quiz, 2.15pm at the Workman’s Club. The Big Gig with Revolver and The Newspaper Taxi Men, 8pm at the Workman’s Club. Strawberry Sunday Free screening of The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash at 3pm in the Twisted (Sgt) Pepper. The film features Neil Innes, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. Festival Finale Show with Beatles For Sale and The Rockets, 8.15pm, Twisted (Sgt) Pepper. Tickets The limited availability Crème Tangerine Festival pass for €50 covers entry to all events except the  Beatles Quiz. The Beatles Quiz is €40 for a team of four. Tickets for individual gigs and shows range from free to €17.50. Venues The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Oval Bar, 78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Paolo Nutini’s favourite crooning Scottish heart-throb Paolo Nutini is bringing his belting brand of soulful rock to the incredible 3Arena this November. With his acclaimed third album Caustic Love having almost immediately gained platinum status, Paolo’s Dublin date is the biggest on his autumn tour. Enjoying a fantastic 2014, including sensational Glastonbury, T in the Park and V Festival performances, fans can celebrate his success in style and hear tracks from the album critics hailed as “his best album to date” and “a modern day soul classic”, at this Dublin show. Tickets €44.05 - €54.65   Future Islands Islands are more than a buzz band. More than an overnight sensation. More than a dancing meme tossed around Twitter. Much, much more.  However, for those unsuspecting members of the public not already included the quietly growing Future Islands fan-base that has nurtured them through three albums over the last six or so years, the globally celebrated Letterman appearance must have been something of a shock to the system. It’s a perfect piece of heartbreak pop music, beautiful, serene, performed by three deeply concentrated musicians and a very emotive figure at the centre of it all reaching, stretching, bending, shaking, quivering, not just his body but his voice also. It was a moment, a moment of brilliant and heartening unselfconsciousness that continues to domino its way around the world while a new album Singles, a gorgeous collection of spacious synth-pop nuggets, full wrought reminiscence, soul-searching and the wise remnants of broken relationships, reveals itself to the world. Price: €20.00 Booking:   Rocky Horror Picture Show Extravaganza’s do the time warp again at The Sugar Club’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza on 1st November. Indulge in the sheer depravity and debauchery of the Rocky Horror Picture Show Ireland’s wild live show complete with gruesome Halloween trimmings, total audience participation and complimentary props that make for quite the night to remember. Special guest Miss Dotty Potts will also be on hand for further fun, frolics and mischief. Enjoy delicious cakes and cocoa while you queue, served by an array of foxy phantoms, and maybe even take home a prize for best dressed. For cult, camp, tricks and treats you know where to go... Dirty Jazz Club of the Dublin jazz scene for well over a decade now, Dirty Jazz Club take their explorative music to the Centre of Creative Practices, Pembroke Street Lower, this November. Focusing on the deconstruction of songs, the group put a huge emphasis on creating a depth and textural soundscape on the melody, form and feel of the tunes they play. The Centre for Creative Practice’s regular jazz nights showcase musicians from backgrounds spanning traditional, experimental and improvisation. The appearance of this accomplished Dublin six-piece looks set to enthrall all manner of jazz fan. Man in the Mirror the fifth anniversary of music icon Michael Jackson's untimely death, Man in the Mirror, a live musical tribute to the King of Pop comes to the Olympia Theatre for one night only. Ireland’s premiere live Michael Jackson show, audiences are led by the breathtaking talent of Anthony Walker, in this unique and completely live tribute show. Boasting a superb five-piece backing band, four backing singers, a six-piece dance troupe, numerous costume changes, awesome stage props and a spectacular visual display dedicated to the pop legend; fans will be delighted to celebrate Jackson’s stunning catalogue of song and dance.   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