The Best Gig Prospects in August | Dublin Concerts

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Summer is already winding down and festival season, aside from a few exceptions, is wrapping up for another year. Don’t worry though, there are still plenty of great gigs to get you through the month and see out the summer in style. Below you’ll find some of most promising shows to look forward to in August.

You can start the weekend early on Thursday 4 August as Cavan foursome The Strypes take the stage at Leopardstown, as part of line-up of gigs organised by Bulmers Live. Since bursting onto the scene a few years ago as a precocious throwback to the glory days of rock n’ roll, the group have steadily matured, releasing two well-received albums and developing their reputation as a live act.

Young Dubliner Shane Nolan, better known as TADGH, brings his own brand of groove-laden pop to Whelan’s on Saturday 6 August. TADGH’s music is an infectious concoction of contemporary R&B, soul and electro-pop, topped off with smooth vocal hooks. Should be ideal for dancing away a Saturday night.

Having come to prominence in recent years for his collaborative work with a diverse range of acts, including the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and even Suicidal Tendencies, Thundercat will perform his solo material at The Sugar Club on Monday 8 August. The genre-crossing bass virtuoso will be striving to push the boundaries of contemporary hip-hop with his funky jazz-influenced rhythms.

The National Concert Hall is the venue on Wednesday 10 August as pioneering British hip-hop MC Roots Manuva comes to Dublin. Perhaps something of an unlikely combination of venue and performer, this gig looks to be one of the most unique prospects in the coming month. Roots Manuva is likely to draw on plenty of material from Bleeds, his dark, layered release from 2015.

Back at Leopardstown Racecourse, it’s another Irish act, albeit one considerably longer in the tooth than the aforementioned Cavan youngsters. The Boomtown Rats, still going strong since reforming in 2013, will be running through all their hits on Thursday 11 August. In addition to the music, you wouldn’t bet against a few politically-charged interludes from Bob Geldof between songs.

All Tvvins will be taking over Tower Records on Friday 12 August to celebrate the launch of their debut album IIVV. The Dublin synth-pop pairing have been making a name for themselves over the past year with a string of successful singles including ‘Darkest Ocean’, ‘Thank You’ and last month’s album taster ‘These 4 Words’. Incorporating elements of everything from pop to post-punk, the duo are one of Irish music’s most exciting new acts.

One of the most lauded bands in contemporary heavy metal, American titans Mastodon will play a sold-out show at The Academy on Monday 15 August. Masters of the complex, lengthy concept album, the group have won acclaim for meshing elements of progressive and sludge metal, often being referred to as one of the defining metal bands of their generation. If you’re one of the lucky few who managed to snap up a ticket, it should be a show befitting the epic stature of the group’s music.

California indie-rock outfit Grandaddy have been kicking about since 1992, releasing four critically acclaimed albums before splitting in 2006. Fortunately for fans of the cult indie icons, they’ve been back in business since 2012 and there’s even talk of a new record. On Thursday 18 August, they’re finally back in Ireland to perform at Vicar Street.

A few days later, on Sunday 21 August, we’re back at Vicar Street for a performance by Canadian post-rock institution Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The oft-mythologised experimental outfit are one of the most acclaimed, influential acts in post-rock and their live show is sure to be every bit as atmospheric, engrossing and cathartic as their studio recordings.

The next day, Monday 22 August, it’s back to The Academy as Travis Scott takes to the stage. One of the hottest young acts in hip-hop, Scott enlisted huge names like Kanye West, The Weeknd and Young Thug to appear on his debut studio album Rodeo, which was released last year. His live sets carry a reputation for their chaotic energy, as well as Scott’s wild stage presence and you can guarantee that this gig will be more of the same from the scintillating young performer.

The National Concert Hall plays host once again on Tuesday 23 August, as American indie group Warpaint bring their unique brand of dream-pop to Dublin. Having found the crystallisation of their style with eponymous second studio album Warpaint in 2014, the band have been celebrated for their atmospheric, cinematic compositions, making this gig an ideal opportunity to surrender yourself to some lush, ambient soundscapes.

Few bands are as iconic, or influential, as seminal British punk outfit The Damned, who are currently celebrating their longevity with a 40th Anniversary Tour. This celebration comes to The Academy on Friday 26 August, where the group will journey through their riotous back-catalogue with the same youthful exuberance that shot them to stardom and helped to define an era.

So, if you’re looking to hold off on the summer comedown for just a while longer, there are plenty of great acts, Irish and international, performing around the capital in August.


Shane Croghan

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