Best Gigs In Dublin This September
And here we have the Dublin Concerts recommended gigs for September 2015.
To kick start the month, we have legendary songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson who plays in Vicar Street on Tuesday the 1st. Touted as one of the best guitarists of all time, the Ivor Novello award winner hits Ireland for a single show before continuing a European tour.
The first weekend of the month brings the biggest festival of the year as Electric Picnic comes back into our lives. This year’s main stage will be headlined by Underworld, Blur and Florence & The Machine. Friday will see the return to Ireland of 90s progressive trance group Underworld. Despite remaining active over the years since, they will be best known for their 1996 single ‘Born Slippy’ (Nuxx) that also appeared in the movie Trainspotting.
In the 20 years since the evolution of the Brit Pop scene, Blur have remained at the top of the game, unlike their 90s counterparts. After several side projects by band members, including the uber successful Gorillaz by frontman Damon Albarn, the band reformed in 2009. Earlier in the year we saw the release of their latest studio album, the London boys have hit the nostalgia nail right on the head with this one as they play the main stage on Saturday.
Florence Welch and her esteemed band The Machine, will captain the main stage on Sunday. Off the back of their very impressive third studio album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, the weird but wonderful group will aim to wow the crowds at Stradbally as they have done in the past. To follow this up they play the 3Arena on Thursday 10th.
But it’s not all about the big names like those above, but several superb Irish acts also play this year’s festival including Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Hail The Ghost, Red Moon Bayonets, SOAK, Cry Monster Cry, The Academic, Le Galaxie, Dublin Gospel Choir, My Tribe Your Tribe, Stomptown Brass, Otherkin, Fight Like Apes, Mongrel State, The Eskies, I’m Your Vinyl, The Hard Ground, Meltybrains?, Booka Brass Band, Bitch Falcon, Heroes In Hiding, Aine Cahill, HamsandwicH, Just Mikey, Daithí, The Riptide Movement and loads more. Check out our Electric Picnic page for more.
Coming to the Workman’s Club on Wednesday 9th are Dublin band The Hot Sprockets. After being on the road all summer, the boys come back home to finish the summer off in style. The following two nights (10th & 11th) at the same venue will be occupied by another Dublin band, who have been touring non-stop since their number 1 debut album Absolute Zero, Little Green Cars.
If you need a bit of old school rock in your life, then get down to Tower Records on Dawson Street on the 16th at 6pm to see The Pretty Things. Formed in 1963 in London, Phil May and Dick Taylor, two founding members of the band, are still going strong with their latest album The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course…) released last month.
To celebrate the release of their new album, AALTARS, Codes come to Whelan’s on Saturday the 19th with the album set for release just 24 hours earlier. The London based Dublin band have been busy fundraising for the new album since the release of their excellent debut Trees Dream in Algebra and from live performances of the new tracks, they’ve taken their music in a new, more mature direction. Also coming to Whelan’s is former Canadian band Thrush Hermit’s vocalist Joel Plaskett. Plaskett, a solo artist since 1999, has an array of sounds and borders genres across tracks as well as albums, one not to be missed.
In the Academy on Abbey St on the 24th, The Strypes come to town. The release of their new album Little Victories and having scored a UK number one knocking Ed Sheeran off the top, it’s sure to be an excuse for a massive celebration for the youngsters from the Lake County.
If you like your music a little more traditional, then head down to the Unitarian Church on Saturday the 26th to catch The Henry Girls. The three sisters, Lorna, Joleen and Karen McLaughlin, released their debut album in 2003 and have enjoyed success with the following four albums including an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) nomination for the score on the movie A Shine of Rainbows, which included songs from their 2009 album, Dawn.
To close out the month, we have two big bands to see us out. First up we have New York rockers Wheatus. The ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ singers are set to play Whelan’s on Monday the 28th as part of their massive Irish and UK tour which began in early August. And finally, Bullet For My Valentine play the Olympia Theatre on Tuesday 29th. The band from Bridgend in Wales are currently touring their latest album, Venom, which was released earlier this month.
Some interesting gigs over the next four weeks to look forward to including the extremely popular Electric Picnic festival. Don’t forget to let us know what gigs you are looking forward to in the coming month.
To see all the gigs confirmed to happen this month, click here.
By Pat Byrne