Dublin Concerts’ Top March Gigs
Hello and welcome to the March instalment of the Dublin Concerts monthly gig recommendations. We start off the month with one of the most anticipated and possibly the most popular gig of the year, as Adele plays two shows at the 3Arena on the 4th and the 5th. A Dublin gig has been a long time coming for fans of the English songstress and no doubt will be worth the wait.
Across the city on the 5th, Cork natives The Vincents take to the stage in The Workman’s club on Wellington Quay. The self-described ‘Death-Pop’ band were formed in 2012 and are currently signed to Cork label FIFA Records.
If neither of the above suit your fancy, Dublin has more to offer on the 5th, with 80s UK Rock/Metal band The Cult, who play Vicar Street. The ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ singers are currently on tour promoting their recently released album Hidden City.
Oakland CA’s finest metal band Machine Head return to Dublin for a single show in The Olympia Theatre. Be warned, this is an ‘An evening with Machine Head’ gig. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket to this event, you better get there early as there is no support band on the night and the band are due on stage at 8.30pm where they will play for approximately two and a half hours.
Back at Vicar Street on the 11th March, hailing from Mullingar and one of the hardest workers on the Irish music scene, The Academic have been hard at work for many years perfecting their sound. With many high profile support slots under their belt, the transition to big headline gigs certainly won’t affect them.
Dublin legends Aslan return to the Olympia for the return of their St Patricks Day celebration gigs on the 16th. Christy Dignam and gang have been through a rough few years with Christy’s deteriorating health a massive concern. Luckily, he was well enough to perform several gigs including a Late Late Show performance late last year, followed by two Christmas gigs. As usual, this will be one not to miss.
It seems that The Olympia is the most popular destination this month for gig goers. Former Westlife member Shane Filan hits the Dublin venue on Saturday the 19th, followed the next evening by UK Singer-Songwriter James Morrison.
At the 3Arena on Thursday the 24th are English Alternative band The 1975. It’s been a rocky few years for the band but it seems their perseverance has paid off with several sold out shows in UK and Ireland to look forward to, as well as a forthcoming European tour. They certainly have come a long way since winning the most unwanted gong of the NME awards, Worst Band of 2014 to being nominated for the best band category in 2016.
Pushing to the end of the month in the 3Arena and two of the most popular gigs of the month, Pop Rock outfit The Vamps play on Monday the 28th, whilst two nights later Simon Cowells X-Factor creation Little Mix play the same venue. It’s been a big 12 months for the four girls as 2015 saw them outsell One Direction making them one of the biggest acts on the planet right now.
To finish off the month, and back at The Olympia Theatre, is English singer Jess Glynne. The Londoner has had five number one singles already in her short career, three as a featured artist and two as the lead. A very promising career ahead for the 26 year old.
If you want to see the full list of March gigs, please go to our Gigs This Month page.
Let us know what gigs you are looking forward to this month. Here’s to another great month of live music.
Words by Pat Byrne