Events - Concerts & GigsInterpol 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. 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. 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. 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: 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:   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. 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.   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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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... 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.   Stoker City Roving Festival: Smithfield the Stoker City Roving and Bram Stoker Festivals' final club night, get your creep on at The Generator in Smithfield, Dublin 7, and dance like a devil at the official Macnas after-party. Festival artists and audiences join together in seeing the festival out in Stoker style, with blood-curdling cocktails, heart-pounding tunes, lip-smacking treats and as always, the dark and macabre lurking around every corner.   As the final fright night, it’s set to be a howl that might just raise the dead.   Goth Karaoke the tribe among us that are the pale-faced Goths via some great gothic karaoke, at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square on 26th October. Part of the city-wide Bram Stoker Festival celebrations, croon your emotional versions of the sincerest of songs thanks to Glasgow-based artist Claire Biddles’ Goth Karaoke. Claire has replaced all the usual songs on the karaoke machine with the ultimate hairspray-sodden, dyed-black classics including The Cure, Nick Cave, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and plenty more to get your eye-liner smudged and your shoes gazed. Come along for the chance to live out your teen goth fantasies by performing live on stage, or just watch others sing along to the tunes, baring their darkest of hearts. This event is free with no booking necessary. The Cure: In Orange close to seeing The Cure and Robert Smith’s kohled eyes this Halloween season, get your hairspray and smudge your lipstick for an unmissable screening of the concert film, The Cure: In Orange. Performed against the backdrop of the ancient Roman venue; Theatre Antique d’Orange, it captures band’s incredible performance in the French Countryside in 1986. This rarely shown concert film features 23 songs in a now legendary performance, and having only been released on VHS and laser disc, true fans will appreciate this outdoor ‘concert’ of sorts, screened in Meeting House Square. Admission is free but booking is essential. Over 18s only. Stoker City Roving Festival: Camden Quarter gloriously gothic in Dublin 2’s Camden Quarter with The Weekend of The Dead, part of the spine-tingling Stoker City Roving and Bram Stoker Festivals. Happening across Camden Street’s vibrant venues including Opium Rooms, Whelan’s, Ryan’s, and Camden Row’s St. Kevin’s Park, the area will be transformed into a veritable realm of hell. With plenty of free on-street live music, thrill-seekers can participate in Ireland’s biggest seance in St Kevin’s Park, do the monster mash at the Silent Disco, and indulge in the official Bram Stoker Festival Club’s showcase in Opium Rooms with Nightmares On Wax, Breakbot, Martinez Brothers, Gui Boratto, Jamie Jones, and many more performing till the wee witching hours. Admission to all shows is free except the festival club gig in Opium Rooms, where tickets can be bought on the door.   Body&Soul Present: The ShapeShifter's Ball for an atmospheric evening of immortal proportions, presented by Body&Soul in association with the Bram Stoker Festival, The ShapeShifter's Ball promises nothing less than gothic tales, dark veils and all things wonderfully macabre on Saturday 25th October. Dimming the lights and taking over the incredible venue of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Body & Soul are stirring the cauldron in preparation for an intimate, slightly twisted, and Gothic-themed soirée. Casting creepy creative shadows throughout the many rooms of IMMA, a very limited number of lucky guests will enjoy a spectrum of chilling live, theatrical performances by a carefully selected line-up. In keeping with Body&Soul tradition, guests will be encouraged to arrive in costume, and those that don’t, will be able to rent something suitably ostentatious from the expansive, on-site wardrobes. With the open-air opera Der Vampyr performed in the Courtyard, unparalleled music filling the Baroque Chapel, and a heady mix of electronica in the more shadowy depths of The Vault, dark and mysterious mischief awaits. Stoker City Roving Festival: Alfie Byrne's in to Alfie Byrne’s at the Conrad Hotel for a petrifying pint as the Bram Stoker Festival Club unveil a fright night of craft beer, gothic interactions and otherworldly happenings, on 24th October. Artists and freaky festival-goers will mingle with the macabre, indulging in a signature, truly blood-curdling Bram Stoker Cocktail, some craft beers and tasty bites. Expect nothing less than dark and unsettling occurrences around every corner including Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Class, and maybe... Dracula himself. Scéalta na Samhna: Music, Stories & Song Halloween’s Celtic origins with Scéalta na Samhna, traditional music, song and storytelling at The Gleeson Theatre, DIT, Kevin Street, Dublin 8 on 24th October.   Showcasing the DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and the DIT Early Music Ensemble, the audience will revel in these unique Celtic New Year festivities. The origins of what we now as Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the start of winter and the new year. Celebrate these ancient traditions with wonderful entertainment courtesy of directors Odhrán Ó Casaide, Kieran Hanrahan, Tom Doorley, and Laoise O'Brien. Tickets Full price €10 Concession €5 Stop Making Sense: 30th Anniversary your boom boxes out and have your biggest white suits at the ready for a very special Talking Heads evening at The Lighthouse Cinema this October. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dublin’s first screening of Talking Heads’ seminal concert film Stop Making Sense, be prepared to dance in the aisles, throw some shapes, and sing along with David Byrne and co, just as the capital’s cinema-goers did in 1984. Practically a Lighthouse Cinema tradition, Stop Making Sense palpably captures the enormous energy and joyous highs of the Talking Heads live performance. Band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison are joined by Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt in this ground-breaking concert film packed with Talking Heads most memorable songs and renowned stage innovations. Looking for a party, a musical extravaganza and some beautiful cinematography? Well, this must be the place. Tickets Full price €9 Concession €7.50 Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra 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:   Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Dublin-born, fiddle virtuoso Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh as he sets off on a unique journey to the heart of Irish music this October at the Pavilion Theatre. With a mission to boldly explore the beauty, depth and humour of traditional music, Ó Raghallaigh aims to demonstrate all these elements as if explaining it to someone who’s never even heard it. Armed with his trusty 10-string Hardanger d’Amore fiddle and a film projector, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh performs for audiences his unique and wonderful take on just what makes Irish traditional music so captivating. “The most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad” Irish Echo Titled In My Mind – A Solo Fiddle & Film Show, Ó Raghallaigh’s projector hosts a barrage of intriguing “virtual guests”. Friends whom he has filmed - musicians, dancers, singers, poets and the landscape, all of which form the other half of a live duet with the virtuoso. For an insightful glimpse at what goes on inside a musician’s head, Ó Raghallaigh’s performance is simply fascinating. One of the most acclaimed traditional musicians of his generation, Ó Raghallaigh also performs duos with accordion player Brendan Begley and Dublin uilleann piper Mick O'Brien, plays in a trio with Martin Hayes and Peadar Ó Riada, and is a member of two groups: The Gloaming and This Is How We Fly. Lingo: Spoken Word Festival ready for Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival, Lingo, and experience the country’s incredible underground spoken word scene as it rises to the occasion, from 17th - 19th October. Enjoy a weekend of lyrical festivities across three superb Dublin venues, Smock Alley Theatre, The Workman’s Club and the Liquor Rooms, as a light is shone on this burgeoning creative scene. Presenting a wonderfully eclectic programme that ably showcases the quality and diversity of contemporary performance poetry in Ireland, festival highlights include: Slam poetry sensation Polarbear Inaugural Lingo Poet Laureate John Cummins Derry poet Abby Oliveira Liberties based Karl Parkinson Current Chair of Irish Poetry Paula Meehan. Poetry brunch Panel discussions Poetry Bingo Mini showcases of well-known Irish spoken word events such as The Brownbread Mixtape, Nighthawks, and The Monday Echo. Lingo’s open mic events and the Lingo UNESCO City of Literature Poetry Slam, also provide a megaphone for new voices on the scene, with the highly coveted prize of opening for Damien Dempsey at the London Irish Centre up for grabs. By night the festival club will bring hip-hop and spoken word together for ‘The Late State’ in the Liquor Rooms, co-curated by Another festival benchmark looks set to be  ‘Hero Hour’, a charity event in aid of Childline, which will see a panel of public figures such as Rick O’ Shea and Senator David Norris, share their favourite poem and then be interviewed by broadcaster Sean Rocks about their choice. Tickets Individual events €10 Day passes €16 Weekend pass €35 Hero Hour event €15   The Beatyard celebrating it’s 10th edition, The Beatyard Festival returns from 16th - 26th October with a whopping 10 days of gigs, clubbing, expos, film, talks, workshops and a generous helping of good vibes. With the aim of bringing music, media and culture enthusiasts together so they can meet like-minded aficionados and make exciting, great discoveries; Beatyard passionately showcases the capital’s best and brightest. From the brains behind two of the city’s most beloved venues The Twisted Pepper and The Bernard Shaw, revellers will not be disappointed by the festival’s 10th outing. Taking place across vibrant city-wide venues such as Indigo & Cloth, Bernard Shaw, The Sugar Club, Whelan’s, 3Fe, Wall&Keogh, The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club, MVP and more, the stellar line-up includes: Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani exhibition Stephen Kellog Moanments of Happiness exhibition This Greedy Pig DJs Jacques Renault The Ha’penny Flea Souleymane ‘Cobra’ Camara drumming workshop Moon Boots Shabazz Palaces Tickets €5 - €22.50 depending on the event. We Cut Corners duo We Cut Corners bring their second album Think Nothing to The Academy this October as part of their Irish tour. Lauded for their short drum and guitar-based songs, the pair boast an unparalleled lyrical dexterity that sits atop their dense, harmony-rich, rock/pop sound. With their debut record having been nominated for 2012’s Choice Music Prize, its follow-up has seen fevered anticipation and was released to universal acclaim in May of this year. The latest album also showcases supreme string arrangements by award-winning, renowned Irish classical composer, John Buckley. With a well-earned reputation as one of the most dynamic, distinctive and exciting live bands in Ireland, thanks in no small part to their musical precision and injection of dark humour, fans can expect their Dublin date to be quite a spectacular one. Jake Bugg troubadour Jake Bugg brings his jangling tunes and youth-infused lyricism to the intimate Olympia Theatre this October. At just 20 years old and with two critically acclaimed albums under his belt, Bugg still brings his experiences of life in native Nottingham, but now possesses a much sharper focus, ably capturing the emotional intensity of finding your feet as a teenager.   With the release of Shangri La last November, Jake brought lauded producer Rick Rubin on board resulting in a mighty musical match. A much more fully-formed piece of work than its self-titled predecessor, Shangri La has been hailed as 2014’s stand-out release, which Dublin audiences will be delighted to hear live in the flesh. Having sold over a million records across his two albums and with nominations for two Brits, a Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello Award, as well as a Q Award win to his credit - catch this young fella in the cosy Olympia while you can.   Redemption Songs: The Bob Marley Project the exceptional Liam Ó Maonlaí and acclaimed Belfast reggae band Bréag for a celebration of the legendary Bob Marley, innovatively translated into the Irish language. One of the 20th century’s most charismatic performers and still a beacon for change long after his death, Bob Marley’s songs advocated social reform and spiritual revolution, all while allowing his listeners to forget their troubles and dance. “Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others and you will live again”. The evening will feature the very best of Marley’s music, from the cutting edge politics of So Much Trouble in the World to the hymnal No Woman, No Cry, and the sweet pop of Is this love? and Three little birds. Translated into exquisite Irish by renowned writer Gabriel Rosenstock, the performance will include stunning screen projections of Marley’s lyrics, created by Margaret Lonergan. Experience the power of Bob Marley’s soulful music and the beauty of the Irish language at this captivating performance. (A)pollonia unique two-day theatrical event combining Polish dramaturgy and Irish theatre makers, (A)pollonia presents new dramatic forms that ably tackle complex historical and current issues. Part of the unrivalled Dublin Theatre Festival, catch the performance and its accompanying discussions at the Project Arts Centre and the Workman’s Club, 10th-11th October. 10th October, Project Arts Centre, 4pm Poland, with its war trauma, political upheavals, romantic megalomania and brutal neoliberal transformation for centuries used theatre to define its identity, to challenge the heroic foundation myths, to exercise empathy and to ignite revolutions. Now the most powerful Polish dramas reflecting the permanent crisis of modern times are available in an anthology, (A)pollonia – Twenty First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage. Join the editors – Joanna Klass, Krystyna Duniec – and the authors – Pawel Demirski, Dorota Maslowska, Sebastian Majewski – in the discussion about theatre’s political role and obligations. What new narratives are possible in the world of absurd standards of political correctness, Postmodern uncertainty and horrific social and political conflicts? How to disarm clichés, fight political cynicism and apathy? The discussion will be concluded with an abstract from (A)pollonia directed by Ronan Phelan, new Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre. 11th October, Project Arts Centre, 2.30pm Then experience a medley of topics, scenes and questions based on (A)pollonia, directed by the last year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee, Rosemary McKenna. 11th October, Workman's Club, 9pm Finally the Workman’s Club will host Ireland Talks Back - The Party, a club night of music, spoken word, live action role-playing games and Irish writers’ responses to Rosemary McKenna’s afternoon medley. These events are free but ticketed, early booking is advised. Wheatus York rockers Wheatus take to the cosy confines of Dawson Street’s Cafe en Seine on 9th October. Best known for their smash hit Teenage Dirtbag and their cover of Erasure’s A Little Respect, this accomplished six-piece have been steadily on the go since 1995. Renowned for their energetic performances, great audience rapport and their practice of regularly allowing the crowd to dictate the ever-changing set list, their Dublin date promises to be a lively, unpredictable and most definitely memorable affair.   Tickets €18.50   Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin Romania’s rich music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts and intellectual culture from 7th - 25th October with Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin. Created through a collaboration between London’s Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland, festival-goers can enjoy this diverse programme as internationally-acclaimed artists and intellectual luminaries promote the discovery and appreciation of the country. Indulge in a festival line-up that boasts film director Stere Gulea, composer Shaun Davey and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, actors Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu, historian Adrian Cioroianu, writer Peter Hurley, poet Ioan Es. Pop, director Dieter Auner, curator Roxana Gibescu, DJ Nico de Transilvania, and the Male Choir of Sibiu University, among others. Programme Present Immemorial Free 7th October, 6pm, The National Library of Ireland Acclaimed poet Ioan Es. Pop and travel writer and cultural animator Peter Hurley read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the inexhaustible, mysterious appeal of Transylvania’s ancient ways in a conversation moderated by Stephen Collins of The Irish Times. The readings are preceded by the screening of Dieter Auner’s documentary Off the Beaten Track, an elegiac homage to the old rite of transhumance. The Sound of Afterlife €13 - €40 8th October, 8pm, The National Concert Hall As the opening event of Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin, Irish composer Shaun Davey presents his haunting exploration of one of Europe’s eeriest places, the Merry Cemetery of Sapânta, Maramures, located in one of the most unspoiled and archaic corners of Romania. A presentation by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, this performance is conducted by David Brophy. Special guests include The Male Voice Choir of Sibiu University, vocalist Rita Connolly, uilleann piper and whistle player Liam O'Flynn, solo percussionist Noel Eccles, and Members of Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. Communism as Curriculum Vitae €10 10th October, 6.30pm, Irish Film Institute Enjoy a special screening of I’m an Old Communist Hag, a bittersweet tale of survival and redemption in the most adverse times, starring legendary actress Luminita Gheorghiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu, Child’s Pose). The screening is followed by a Q&A with its veteran director Stere Gulea. The Blouse that Changed the World Free 14th - 24th October, 6pm, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street Made famous by Matisse and exalted to global fashion status by the hippie generation, the traditional Romanian blouse is the seductive conclusion of centuries of craftsmanship and chromatic imagination. The 'Maiastra – The Untold Story of the Romanian Blouse' exhibition is produced by Galateca Gallery from Bucharest, and exposes the sartorial, symbolic, and artistic connections of this iconic artefact.   Romania Revealed Free 23rd October, 6pm, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Historian, TV personality and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu examines the last 100 remarkable years of Romania’s past in a rollercoaster journey that starts in the trenches of the World War I and ends in the corridors of Brussels. Chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock, Director of The Centre for European Studies, Cioroianu’s 2013 documentary A Century for Romania will also be screened. Play Ionesco €14 - €16 25th October, 8pm, Project Arts Centre Experience an incredible, multi-award winning production of Eugène Ionesco’s famous play, The Chairs, with a star-studded ensemble directed by stage virtuoso Felix Alexa. A production of Bulandra Theatre Bucharest, the cast includes Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu. This is performed in Romanian with English subtitles. Vampirology Free 25th October, 9pm, The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street As expected from a nation that knows how to party, The Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin concludes with an extravaganza of music, imagery and delicious food and drink sampling. With entertainment from the inexhaustible diva of Balkan electro, DJ Nico de Transilvania, this event is also part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Sunday Open Session a lively afternoon of music with like-minded individuals at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre’s Sunday Open Session on 5th October. A wonderful opportunity to meet up and jam with the area’s array of talented musicians, songwriters and performers, it’s a completely informal session allowing all participants to perform together in a relaxed environment. If participating isn’t for you, then do come along and listen to the jams, or indulge in tasty cakes and coffee from The Cottage Café. Long established as a great afternoon’s entertainment and platform for local talent, the centre’s Sunday Open Sessions welcome all singers, performers, musicians and listeners, and of course, children too.        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:       Ace & Deuce of Piping Concert ideal opportunity to experience traditional Irish music at its very finest, get down to Liberty Hall for Na Píobairí Uilleann's annual Ace & Deuce of Piping Concert on 4th October. Boasting a stellar line-up of musicians, singers and dancers from all over Ireland and beyond, the evening’s performers include: James Kelly (Fiddle) Padraig McGovern and Peter Carberry (Pipes and Accordion) Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman (Harp and Guitar) Mickey Dunne (Pipes) Barry Gleeson (Songs) The Mulcahy Family (Accordion, Flute and Concertina) Mary Beth Taylor (Dancer) Vincent Woods (MC) Tickets Full price €25 Concession €20 Family tickets (four people) €60       Kíla world-renowned Kíla are bringing their own special brand of hip-shaking, smile-making, funky trad music to one of Ireland’s best loved venues – The Pavilion Theatre by Dún Laoghaire’s scenic harbour. Not content with just getting the grown ups’ toes tapping, Kíla also play their unique, interactive and eclectic show for kids in the afternoon. Having spent 2014 globetrotting between summer festivals in Ireland and gigs in the far-flung corners of Croatia, Austria and France, the band’s highlight so far was their incredible appearance at the Opening Ceremony of Ireland’s Special Olympics in People’s Park Limerick. Carrying the baton from acts such as Paddy Casey, they played a rousing set, culminating in a 10-minute piece that saw the Olympic flame being carried through the crowd to light the cauldron while the music built to an unforgettable uplifting crescendo. “Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kíla have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles. Brilliant!” Hot Press. Adults and children alike are assured an innovative, experiential and infectious performance from this incomparable ensemble. Matinee show Adult €10 Child €7 Family (4 people) €25 Evening show €16-18 Cloud Castle Lake the atmospheric sound of Dublin-based Cloud Castle Lake as part of the excellent Hard Working Class Heroes festival on 4th October. The three-piece, which often feature a periphery of additional collaborators, take to the Button Factory stage on the final day of the festival. Having supported touring acts like Glasser, Lisa Hannigan and Nigel Godrich’s Ultraísta, as well as wowing at the likes of Electric Picnic and Body & Soul, their Button Factory gig promises to be as compelling and enveloping as you’d expect. Fresh from a sold-out performance with the Trinity Orchestra in Dublin’s Unitarian Church and a performance in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for designer Simone Rocha's London Fashion Week show, catch these boys while you can. Saturday tickets €20   The Boxer Rebellion but internationally-membered, alt-rockers The Boxer Rebellion take to The Academy’s intimate surroundings this October. Lauded for their rule-book rewriting ethos for the past decade, music magazine NME once vividly proclaimed that “This band can alter your life.” With the epic and ambitious, yet melodic nature of their output, Irish fans will be delighted to finally hear their fourth album, Promises released earlier this year, live and stamped with their signature soaring sound. Ghost Estates of this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes line-up, Dublin four-piece Ghost Estates take to Bad Bob’s, Temple Bar on 3rd October. Enjoy tracks from the Northsiders’ critically acclaimed self-titled debut, as well as their forthcoming second album, in this lively city centre club. Having stormed the likes of CastlePalooza, Forbidden Fruit, Other Voices and Electric Picnic with their indie-rock-synth fare, revellers won’t be disappointed by these hometown heroes. With the festival being Ireland’s leading music showcase and convention, music lovers can indulge in 100 bands playing across seven city venues and discover a diverse array of ‘next big things’. Friday tickets €20   Liza Flume but Dublin-based Liza Flume performs in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square as part of this year’s Hard Working House Heroes on 2nd October. With her heartfelt lyrics and innovative melodic instrumentations, Liza has received a remarkable response from the music press. “Liza’s songwriting ability is something many new artists should aspire to emulate, the kind of honesty that many longstanding artists fail to bring across in their music. The collection is beautifully simple and raw, quirky in places with an arrangement that leaves you longing for more but not feeling cheated when it comes to a close” Don’t miss Liza in these atmospheric, outdoor surroundings on the opening night of 2014’s festival. Thursday tickets €20   Hard Working Class Heroes 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. Steeple Sessions the best of Irish talent from every genre, spanning trad to world music, at the atmospheric Steeple Sessions this autumn.    An enigmatic series of acoustic candlelit concerts held in the beautifully ornate Catholic University Church on St Stephen’s Green, this are musical evenings with a difference. Every concert boasts a different line-up of Ireland’s very best musicians; including haunting unaccompanied sean nós singers, uilleann pipers, harpists, fiddlers and more. The venue’s incredible acoustics also add an extra dimension to these captivating performances. The calibre of Steeple Sessions’ programme never disappoints, and 2014’s autumn line-up is no exception: Frankie Gavin and De Dannan - 5th September Máirtín O'Connor Trio - 12th September No Crows - 26th September Seán Keane - 3rd October The Voice Squad - 10th October De Dannan - 17th October Kila - 24th October 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