Homegrown Gigs To Look Forward To In 2017
Some of the biggest names in the business are making their way across the water to perform in Ireland this year, but there’s no shortage of homegrown talent on display either. Irish music has been going from strength to strength over the past few years, making waves at home and abroad, and these are just some of the most exciting native acts you can catch live in 2017.
Sharing a record label with the likes of Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes and John Grant, exmagician have landed themselves in the company of indie royalty, and they don’t look a bit out of place. Scan The Blue, a debut album characterised by raucous, psychedelic production, is nearly a year old and the duo have been touring in support of the album since its release. They’ll kick off a mini Irish tour in Whelan’s on Thursday 2 February.
Interference & Glen Hansard
Fresh from his admirable solidarity with the occupation of Apollo House, Glen Hansard will take on the role of lead vocalist for Interference at Vicar Street on Sunday 5 February. The frequent collaborators are coming together to celebrate the life of Interference frontman Fergus O’Farrell on what promises to be an emotional occasion.
Propelled into the spotlight by the success of debut single ‘Go’ all the way back in October 2015, Belfast five-piece Pleasure Beach have released a steady stream of singles since then. Shortly after they open for Bell X1 at their aforementioned Olympia dates, the group will be back in the capital for their own headline show at Whelan’s on Thursday 23 February.
The Gloaming will carry on their unique relationship with the National Concert Hall in 2017, playing a staggering seven sold-out shows at the venue from 6 – 8 March and 11 – 14 March. The band’s mesh of traditional Irish music, jazz and contemporary classical, laced with a hint of the experimental, earned them an Irish Number 1 with The Gloaming 2 last February and these shows will surely carry special meaning for the group.
One of Dublin’s most colloquial and enduring acts, Aslan will be leading us into St. Patrick’s Day at the Olympia Theatre on Thursday 16 March. The group have shown an uncanny knack for crafting a melody over their lengthy career, resulting in some of the greatest Irish songs ever composed. I can can think of few better acts to ring in a national holiday.
The Riptide Movement
Following a string of dates in Germany throughout the early stages of 2017, The Riptide Movement will return to Ireland for a St. Patrick’s Day show at the Olympia Theatre on Friday 17 March. The lads from Lucan released their fourth album Ghosts, a slow burning, reflective piece of work, back in October of 2016 and they’ll be winding their way through that collection of songs at the Olympia.
The Boomtown Rats
The Olympia is the venue once again on Saturday 25 March as another long-serving Irish act, The Boomtown Rats, celebrate forty years since the release of their debut single ‘Lookin’ After No. 1’. Having written some of the most memorable tracks in Irish music history, Bob Geldof and company feel that the time is right to break out all their anti-establishment anthems once again. Looking around, I’d be inclined to agree.
King Kong Company
Having enjoyed a cracking year in 2016, stealing the show at Electric Picnic and releasing their self-titled debut album, one of Ireland’s most celebrated live acts will be breaking out a new stage show at The Academy on Saturday 8 April. After taking a well deserved break for a few months, this show will see the group explode back into life as only they can.
Perhaps the face of Ireland’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, Rejjie Snow stepped into the limelight with the release of his first mixtape Rejovich in 2013. Snow has been working steadily in the years since Rejovich, honing his craft and making a name for himself, and it looks like he’s finally ready to release his long-awaited debut album in the coming months. He’ll be breaking out plenty of new material, as well as tracks from the past few years, on Saturday 29 April at The Academy.
With her new album Life, Love, Flesh, Blood scheduled for release on Friday 31 March, Imelda May will play two shows at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 May. May ditched her signature style for something more low-key and lyrically inward with the release of her latest single ‘Call Me’ in November and these two shows should make for a fascinating look at an artist in transition.
Update: Imelda May adds an extra date at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Wednesday 31 May.
It’s looking like another wonderful year for Irish music, with emerging talents, old stalwarts and everything in-between performing around the capital throughout 2017.