Events - Concerts & GigsTemple Bar TradFesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Temple_Bar_TradFestThe 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 www.templebartrad.com for the full programme and ticket information. Peter Gabrielhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/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: www.ticketmaster.ie Elton John and his Bandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Elton_John_and_his_BandElton 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: www.ticketmaster.ie   Passengerhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/PassengerWhispers 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: www.ticketmaster.ie James Blunthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/James_Blunt_O2First 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: www.ticketmaster.ie Future Islandshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Future_IslandsFuture 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: www.ticketmaster.ie   Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestrahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jools_Holland_and_his_Rhythm_and_Blues_OrchestraRaglane Entertainment presents JOOLS HOLLAND and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring GILSON LAVIS and guest vocalists RUBY TURN  In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band – comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 20-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and four trombones.  Jools and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra play to audiences in excess of 300,000 each year.  As well as formidable live performances, Jools has maintained a prolific recording career since signing to Warner Music in 1996, which includes the multimillion selling Jools and Friends series. Notable 'friends' have included Sting, Chrissie Hynde, George Harrison, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Bono, Joe Strummer, KT Tunstall, Robert Plant, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Solomon Burke, and many more. Price: €49.50 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Ed Sheeranhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ed_Sheeran  Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old’s debut “+” entered the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening week figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x platinum in the UK. The singer/songwriter is also a two-time BRIT Award winner (Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist), recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ for The A Team and has gone on to become a genuine global phenomenon.  “+” has enjoyed multi-platinum, platinum, and gold sales in different countries, including the U.S. where his international smash “The A-Team” has been certified 2x-platinum and received a prestigious “Song Of The Year” GRAMMY nomination. His ever-growing stateside fan base has resulted in back-to-back, sold-out headlining tours of North America.  After hitting arenas and stadiums around the country as main support on Taylor Swift’s North American RED Tour, Sheeran returned to New York City for a trio of sold-out headlining shows at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.  Hand-picked by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, Sheeran wrote, produced, and recorded “I See Fire,” an original song for the New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures film “The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug.”  Sheeran capped off his amazing year with a pair of nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, including one for “Best New Artist’’ Says Sheeran: “I can't wait to tour this new record, it's been a long time coming. Looking forward to touring the UK and Ireland once again!’’ Price: €42.55 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie       Hard Working Class Heroeshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Hard_Working_Clas_HeroesHard Working Class Heroes is a music festival with a difference. No porta-loos, no leaky tents and no trying to watch your favourite band through a sheet of bone-chilling rain. Last year saw the inclusion of HWCH Digital to the festival, an initiative that aims to give support to creative tech start-up companies. With the launch of HWCH Digital ticket holders were able to avail of convention panels and creative technology sessions adding a bonus element to the already jam packed festival. Need to be convinced of the credentials of this festival? Recent alumni include The Strypes, Villagers and Fionn Regan. Highlilghts from last year’s crop of exciting new talent included Daithí: the fiddle-house fusion boy wonder, Choice Music Prize nominees: Tieranniesaur, who brought their own blend of indie disco pop to the table, and Hozier who exploded onto the scene this year and managed to pack out The Button Factory for his stellar set. If you take pleasure from boasting about seeing an act 'before they were famous,' then this is the festival for you. An Evening with Joan Baezhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/An_Evening_with_Joan_BaezJoan has been as busy as ever in the five years since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. In addition to multiple tours of the US and abroad, the recent past has included the induction of Joan’s 1960 debut Vanguard LP by the National Recording Academy into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame and the presentation to her of the inaugural Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights at Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary gathering in 2012. She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable – marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty Interna­tional tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park.  She shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war.  Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, beginning a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues to this day. Amongst the many honors bestowed upon her, she is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the greatest honor that the Recording Academy can bestow (2007).  Day After Tomorrow, her 2008 album was praised by critics and nominated for a Grammy. Its release was followed by the PBS American Masters premier of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound. Price: €49.65 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie James Taylorhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/James_TaylorOver the course of his song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired.  Taylor last played the UK & Ireland in the Summer of 2011 to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. Price: €60.45 - €86.00 Booking: www.ticketmaster.ie   Classical Concerts Marlay House Walled Gardenhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ClassicalConcertsMarlayHouseWalledGardenVenue: Marlay House, Rathfarnham Treat yourself to an intimate concert in this idyllic setting. Join us this Summer to celebrate Heritage Week in August '14 with our Summer Classical Concerts in the Walled Gardens of Marlay House, Rathfarnham Dublin 16. 'Vladimir and his musicians' 28, 29th Aug and 'Pat Coldrick' virtuoso Classical guitarist Sat.30th Aug. 7.30pm. Marquee provided. Tickets €20 per night.   Booking at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire Tel. 01 2312929 www.paviliontheatre.ie  This is a ticketed event sponsored by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council but booking in advance is essential for evening concerts. Further details available on the Council’s event website.  www.dlrevents.ie   NB As this event is taking place in a Heritage Property there is limited wheelchair access. These artists are both famed for Sell Out Concerts in the National Concert Hall and have appeared several times on the Late Late Show. The 18th Century Marlay House is situated in one of DLR’s Flagship Parks and hosts a range of family friendly events throughout the year. The state of the art Children’s Playground, Walled Garden and Coffee Shop (OPEN ON CONCERT EVENINGS FOR REFRESHMENTS) have greatly added to the experience of the many visitors to the Park. The well attended weekend Market is the ideal location to find organic fresh Farm Produce and the Council are in the process of restoring the adjoining courtyard buildings to encourage a range of new craft enterprises into this location. We hope that you will come along and enjoy what is expected to be some wonderful evenings in a very special setting.  The Bash for Philohttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/bash_for_philoCelebrate what would have been the 65th birthday of one of Dublin’s most beloved sons, Phil Lynott, at the annual Bash for Philo in The Button Factory. Join Phil’s family members, friends and fans for a night dedicated to the music, lyrics and irrepressible charisma of the Thin Lizzy frontman. With acclaimed tribute acts such as Dizzy Lizzy, Just Lizzy, Black Rose and singer-songwriter Stina O’Neill on the bill, audiences can rock out to the band’s classics and party in true Philo style in his native Old Town. Ukulele Hooley by the Seahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ukulele_HooleyDun Laoghaire will host the Ukulele Hooley by the Sea. It brings together some of the world's best ukulele talent and entertainers to celebrate their love and passion for the tiny instrument that is currently the world's biggest selling instrument. There will be ukulele master classes, a "Grand ukulele public busk" and open air ukulele open mic concert for players who want to show their skills. But the show piece event of the weekend is a FREE day long ukulele concert on Sunday at the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire featuring the some of the best ukulele performers from round the World. For more details check out our website ukulelehooley.com Its a fantastic day out for the whole family and you might win yourself a ukulele in a raffle! O Rappahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/o_rappaNominated for a multitude of Latin Grammy awards, O Rappa (pronounced “U Hah-pah”) take to The Academy’s stage for what promises to be an all out reggae/rock fusion affair. Lauded for their combination of styles from funk to hip hop, rock and reggae to samba, the Rio de Janeiro outfit defiantly use their music to protest against Brazil’s social problems and proudly support an array of socially minded projects. Gaining popularity in the working class suburbs throughout the 90s, their unique cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe boosted them to a wider audience and marked the beginning of their success. With eight albums, including two live ones, under their collective belts they’re sure to whip the Dublin crowd into quite the Latin-inspired frenzy. Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tourhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Riverdance_20th_Anniversary_TourOf all the preformances to emerge from Ireland- In rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  20 years ago in May 1994 Riverdance was first performed as the interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin before being developed into a full length stage show. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances being increased to 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely successful tour to New York, Belfast and Cork. Since then, it has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and most recently South America. Riverdance has up to three companies on the road at any one time. All of the touring companies are named after Irish rivers and 2014 sees theLiffey Company touring throughout Europe including a major returntour throughout the UK, the Foyle Company perform in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre for the successive 11th year, while the Moy Company embarks on a ground breaking 60 city tour of China. With music and lyrics by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven-minute interval act.It is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Each of the companies consists of up to 55 cast and crew members, with the remarkable Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians in the Riverdance Band and a spectacular array of talent from Spain and America, performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music.The wave of public enthusiasm is not only reflected by show attendances but by massive commercial success as demonstrated in phenomenal sales of the DVD, video and CD. Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: www.gaietytheatre.ie     The Saturday Supper Clubhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Saturday_Supper_ClubThe 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 www.purtykitchen.com for updated band listings Weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at CafĂ© en Seine with Stella Basshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Weekly_Sunday_Jazz_Brunch_at_Cafe_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 Bandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Hot_House_Big_Band_MercantileThe 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