September Gig Recommendations
It might be time to head back to school, college, work and all those other boring things, but if you want to cling on to that summertime freedom for just a little bit longer, there are lots of great gigs to look forward to throughout September.
First of all, there’s one last Irish festival to wrap things up for the year and it’s the granddaddy of them all, Electric Picnic. Running from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September in its familiar home of Stradbally, County Laois, Picnic plays host to an eclectic mix of acts including LCD Soundsytem, Lana Del Rey, New Order, The Chemical Brothers any many more. As well as these international heavyweights, festival-goers can look forward to some great Irish acts including the likes of Walking On Cars, Bell X1 and Overhead, The Albatross.
Back in Dublin, the National Concert Hall is the setting for an evening with legendary songwriter Albert Hammond on Saturday 3 September. A lot of younger music fans might know Hammond as the father of Strokes member Albert Hammond Junior, but the senior Hammond has had his own glittering career in music spanning multiple decades. The award-winning singer will be running through his back-catalogue of hits, including ‘The Air That I Breathe’, ‘Down By The River’ and many more.
Across town in Vicar Street, also on Saturday 3 September, you can find more music royalty as British icons Squeeze take to the stage. Led by acclaimed songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, the group reformed eight years ago and have since produced their first new material in nearly two decades, with the release of Cradle To The Grave in October 2015.
Glen Hansard will be taking over Vicar Street on both Monday September 5 and Tuesday September 6 for a couple of intimate solo shows. The Oscar winning singer-songwriter has become something of an institution in Irish music and these shows come ahead of a trip to America for some stripped-back performances. He will be joined by The Lost Brothers on Monday 5 and David Keenan on Tuesday 6.
Hot on the heels of an appearance at Electric Picnic, Cavan’s Áine Cahill will be performing at The Grand Social on Friday 9 September. Having won lots of admirers for her performance at Glastonbury earlier this summer, Cahill has been compared to the likes of Lana Del Rey and Amy Winehouse, as a result of her nostalgic lyrics about doomed youth and the America of yesteryear, alongside some jazz-leaning melodies.
Another young Irish singer-songwriter will be gigging in Dublin on Friday 9 September, with Niamh Crowther scheduled to appear in Whelan’s. The Meath woman released her self-titled EP just a few months ago, and this headline show will give her the opportunity to showcase her powerful voice and a burgeoning talent for crafting lyrics.
Sticking with the theme of Irish women, we’re heading back to The Grand Social on Saturday 10 September for an evening with Wallis Bird. Bird has been a part of the Irish music scene for the best part of ten years now and this gig comes ahead of an upcoming new release, and a big European tour in 2017. The award-winning musician is known for her energetic stage presence and she’s sure to put on a great show as ever.
The meteoric rise of James Vincent McMorrow has been one of the great success stories of Irish music in recent years and on Wednesday 14 September you’ll have the chance to catch an intimate performance from the Dublin native, followed by an interview about his new album We Move, scheduled for release on Friday 2 September. To get yourself into this event, just pre-order the new album from Tower Records and your wristband will be waiting for you on the day.
An icon of music, film and fashion, Grace Jones will play a much anticipated gig at The Olympia Theatre on Wednesday 21 September. The influential singer is currently filming the documentary ‘Grace Jones – The Musical of My Life’ with director Sophie Fiennes and this Olympia show will feature prominently in the finished product, set to be released in 2017.
On Tuesday 27 September, English singer-songwriter Jamie T returns to Ireland for a show at The Olympia Theatre. Acclaimed for his distinct style and unique lyricism, Jamie T is touring in support of his hotly-anticipated new album Trick, scheduled for released on Friday 2 September.
Recently named our Irish band of the week, alt-pop duo Hvmmingbyrd will be launching their EP Know My Name at The Grand Social on Thursday 29 September. Their recent single ‘If Love Was Enough’ has been getting a lot of traction on Irish radio stations and the pair will also be a part of the line-up at this year’s Electric Picnic.
For sheer energy, few acts rival King Kong Company and you can catch the chaotic six-piece live at The Academy on Friday 30 September. The Waterford outfit released King Kong Company – The Album just a few months ago and it’s an album packed full of songs that are ready-made for the dance-floor.
So, that’s it for September’s recommendations. It’s a particularly strong month for home-grown artists and with Electric Picnic kicking things off, it’s another exciting month for music in Ireland.
See also: Gigs in Dublin this month