July’s Gig Recommendations | Dublin Concerts
We’re in the thick of it now, slap-bang in the middle of summer and the festivals are coming hard and fast. June was overflowing with great gigs and July looks set to be a cracker as well. So, here are some of the highlights from this coming month.
Castlepalooza kicks things off this month, running from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July in Charleville Castle, County Tullamore. This is their eleventh year in existence and the organisers have really upped the ante, with an enlarged capacity accompanied by some big names on the line-up. The likes of Caribou, Cat Power and Jurassic 5 will be joined by Irish acts such as Villagers, Lynched and Overhead, The Albatross.
On Friday 1 July, Mullingar’s finest, The Blizzards, will take to the stage in Whelan’s after a six year hiatus. This gig comes immediately in the wake of their new single, ‘Drop Down The Anchor’, which was released on Thursday 30 June. The lads had built up a reputation for their live performances before their split all those years ago and it’ll be interesting to see if they can recapture that energy this time around.
After reuniting last year to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, British electronica icons Faithless will join the stellar list of acts who have performed at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham this year, with a gig on Saturday 2 July. They’ll be joined by Dublin electro-pop outfit Le Galaxie, who will open proceedings on the night.
Down in Cork, Foals will perform Live at the Marquee on Tuesday 5 July. The Oxford indie-rockers announced this appearance in the immediate aftermath of their barnstorming gig at the 3Arena earlier this year and there are sure to be a few attendees from that night making the trip down south to do it all again.
Back in the capital, Bell X1 will appear at the Iveagh Gardens on Friday 8 July as they look ahead to their forthcoming seventh album Arms. The Dublin natives have already given a taster of their next release, unveiling ‘The Upswing’ last month, and one would imagine that a few more new tracks might get a run out on the night.
Also on Friday 8 July, there’s another big Irish gig just outside town as Kodaline take over Marlay Park with support from English singer-songwriter Jess Glynne and compatriots Walking on Cars. Kodaline have been one of Irish music’s big success stories over the last few years and they’ve continued their rise to stardom with the release of their sophomore album Coming Up For Air earlier this year. The group will undoubtedly be in a celebratory mood for this homecoming performance.
The very next day, Saturday 9 July, Marlay Park is the venue once more as The Stone Roses are joined by an impressive pair of support acts in the shape of Derry’s SOAK and former Dublin residents Rodrigo Y Gabriela. The pioneering Manchester group recently issued their first new music in over twenty years and fans should expect to hear these new tracks, along with all their iconic hits.
Remarkably, there’s an even bigger show in town on Saturday 9 July as Beyoncé brings her Formation World Tour to Croke Park. The former Destiny’s Child star is touring in support of her latest project Lemonade, which received rave reviews earlier this year, and she’s sure to put on a show unlike any other.
Saturday 9 July is a busy night in the capital and if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key than Beyoncé or The Stone Roses then you can find John Grant in the Iveagh Gardens. A frequent visitor to these shores, and an intense live performer, Grant will be joined on the bill by Norway’s Ane Brun and Galway’s Somerville.
It’s the Iveagh Gardens again on Sunday 10 July and an evening with indie stalwarts Wilco. The revered American band are touring in support of their ninth studio album Star Wars (nothing to with lightsabers or wookies) and they’ll be joined by another long-serving American artist, Lucinda Williams, who’s back in Ireland after a sell-out gig in Vicar Street earlier this year.
You might as well set up camp in the Iveagh Gardens with the wealth of great acts they’ve got booked for July. On Thursday 14 July it’s another legendary indie act in the shape of The Pixies. The seminal rockers need no introduction and they’ll be breaking out all the classics from a very impressive back-catalogue. Supporting The Pixies will be Bleeding Heart Pigeons, a Limerick trio who have undoubtedly taken some inspiration from the headline act.
Longitude is back again this year, running from Friday 15 July to Sunday 17 July in Marlay Park. One of the biggest festivals of the summer, the line-up includes some huge names like The National, Jamie xx and CHVRCHES and an impressive array of hip-hop acts with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels and Tyler, The Creator scheduled to perform.
It’s festival time again the following weekend, with KnockanStockan taking place in County Wicklow from Friday 22 July to Sunday 24 July. Celebrating its tenth year in existence, the three-day event has an eclectic mix of Irish artists on the bill. A diverse selection including Meltybrains?, Lisa O’Neill and Overhead, The Albatross, amongst many others, are set to perform.
We’re back in the Iveagh Gardens yet again on Saturday 23 July as Little Green Cars play their biggest show of the summer. The Dublin natives recently released their second album Ephemera, the follow-up to their chart-topping debut Absolute Zero, and they’ll be joined by special guests Damien Dempsey and Sam Messayeh.
Rounding out the recommendations for July is another festival. It’s back down to Cork this time, with Indiependence running from Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July. Irish artists are well represented in the line-up, with groups such as Bell X1, The Strypes and King Kong Company joined by international acts like Editors and The Kooks.
So that’s it for July’s recommendations, another action-packed month for live music, with festivals taking place all around the country and some big names coming to Dublin, there’s sure to be something that catches your eye.