Dublin Concerts’ Must See Gigs In May
It’s nearly summer! Not that you’d gather that from the bizarre Irish weather, but if you’re willing to brave the unpredictable elements, there’s plenty of great gigs this month to get you warmed up for festival season. So, without further ado, here’s a selection of the finest that May has to offer.
Christy Moore embodies a good, old fashioned Irish session like no other and you can catch the incendiary folk legend performing at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on both Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th.
Also on the 7th, just across the Liffey, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will take the stage at the 3Arena. Originally scheduled to perform on the 29th of April, the reformed English rockers will be keen to make it up to the inconvenienced fans with a mix of classic hits and newer tracks from 2015’s Alone in the Universe.
Three days later, on Tuesday the 10th, the 3Arena is the venue once again as Canada’s finest, Bryan Adams, runs through all the hits. On top of the radio classics, Adams will be performing material from his newest release Get Up, coincidentally produced by Jeff Lynne.
On Thursday the 12th, Cian Nugent, with support from his backing band The Cosmos, returns from a stint across the Atlantic for a hometown gig in Whelan’s. The instrumentalist turned singer-songwriter has been steadily growing in stature since the release of Night Fiction earlier this year, receiving critical plaudits for his evolving sound.
The Academy plays host to HamsandwicH on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th, with the indie rockers kicking off their summer circuit in the capital. The Kells natives are a captivating live act, likely still buzzing from the success of their number one album Stories from the Surface just over a year ago.
Also on the 14th, you can find The Young Folk just a stone’s throw away, at The Button Factory. Touring in support of their sophomore album, First Sign of Morning, The Young Folk will be showcasing their unique brand of indie-folk, rooted in Irish tradition and embellished with an eclectic range of influences.
You’re spoiled for choice on Saturday the 14th, with two more cracking Irish acts performing live in the city that night. Namely, Róisín O playing Whelan’s, and New Valley Wolves in Sin É. There’s something for everyone, be it the ever-evolving voice of Róisín O or the unshackled rock n’ roll of New Valley Wolves.
After you’ve managed to recover from a hectic weekend of Irish music, you can find internationally renowned electro house producer Steve Aoki at The Academy on Tuesday the 17th. Aoki has been branching into film recently, working on the soundtrack for 2015 horror The Hive, but he’s back behind the decks for a live show is sure to be as energetic as ever.
The antithesis to Aoki’s globe-trotting electro house can be found at Whelan’s three days later, as Cavan’s Lisa O’Neill performs on Friday the 20th. Nobody sounds quite like O’Neill, whose colloquial folk has blossomed even further on her latest album Pothole in the Sky, released just a few weeks ago. The impassioned vocal delivery found throughout Pothole in the Sky is sure to translate well to a live setting.
You’ll have two chances to catch The Last Shadow Puppets at the Olympia Theatre, on Wednesday the 25th, Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th, as the British supergroup tour in support of their second album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect. Led by the showmanship of Alex Turner and Miles Kane, the group have got infectious hooks and danceable choruses in spades and aren’t to be missed.
Hans Zimmer has, perhaps, shaped the music of contemporary cinema more than anyone else and on Thursday the 26th he brings his monumental body of work to the 3Arena. Zimmer will be joined by Inception collaborator Johnny Marr, as well as a studio band, orchestra and choir for what is shaping up to be a jaw-dropping evening of iconic film scores.
Life X1 marks the beginning of festival season, running from Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th, in Belvedere House in Mullingar. Hopefully, by then, the untimely snow will have subsided and attendees can enjoy sets from electronic artists like Bicep, 2ManyDjs, Cyril Hahn, Joy Orbison and many more.
Rounding out the recommendations for May we’ve got the biggest of them all, with Bruce Springsteen set to play two dates at Croke Park on Friday the 27th and Sunday the 29th. ‘The Boss’ needs no introduction, one of the most acclaimed, commercially successful artists of all time, those who have been lucky enough to attend a Springsteen show in the past can expect more of the same this time around, a tireless, lengthy set laden with highlights from a career spanning five decades.
So that’s it for May, with a great mix of talent on show, both Irish and international, there’s sure to be gig there for everyone.