The Best Gigs In October | Dublin Concerts
The spookiest month of the year is upon us and there are plenty of great gigs to see you through to Halloween.
On Friday 7 October, the National Stadium will play host to one of the great Irish success stories of recent times. James Vincent McMorrow has brought his falsetto vocals and clever production around the world and now he’s back home, playing in support of the hip-hop influenced We Move.
The biggest gig of the year takes place at the 3Arena on Sunday 9 October. Nickelback will be… Just kidding. I’m not actually recommending Nickelback.
The incendiary Death Grips will bring their raucous live set to The Academy on Thursday 13 October. The trailblazing hip-hop outfit have released a steady stream of quality albums since their formation in 2010, despite ‘breaking up’ after pretty much every album.
Formed from the ashes of groups like Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople, Bad Company are one of rock n’ roll’s most acclaimed live acts. The long-serving rockers will bring their energetic set to the 3Arena on Friday 14 October.
There’s a highly-awaited album launch taking place in Tower Records on Thursday 20 October. Bell X1 will be performing a number of tracks from the hotly-anticipated Arms, as well as a few old favourites spanning their lengthy career to date.
It’s time for another exciting Irish album launch the following night, as The Riptide Movement perform live at the Olympia Theatre on Friday 21 October. Since the success of Getting Through in 2014, the group have being going from strength to strength and they’ll be looking to kick on even further with the release of their third album Ghosts.
Keeping it Irish, we’ve got The Young Folk at The Academy on the very same night, Friday 21 October. The Dublin outfit released their debut album First Sign of Morning earlier this year and they’ve been getting lots of buzz in the Irish music press over the past few months.
Brooklyn-based indie-rock darlings We Are Scientists will be making the trip across the water to play a show at Opium Rooms on what is shaping up to be a very busy night in the capital, Friday 21 October. The group have been making music for nearly sixteen years, releasing their fifth studio offering Helter Seltzer back in April.
It’s an Irish affair again at the Olympia Theatre on Saturday 22 October, with folk singer-songwriter Mick Flannery bringing his intimate show to Dublin. The Corkman will play to an all-seated crowd at the Olympia, showcasing his deeply personal style of songwriting.
Now, for something completely different. You can find The Dan Band at The Workman’s Club on Tuesday 25 October. Perhaps best known for the appearances in movies like Old School and The Hangover, Dan Finnerty and Co. will provide a great night’s entertainment with their foul-mouthed set.
Legendary film director, maestro of horror and acclaimed composer John Carpenter will bring an evening of dark synthy goodness to Vicar Street on Tuesday 25 October. Performing themes from classic films like Halloween, Escape From New York and They Live, as well as a number of tracks from his recent solo albums, Carpenter is sure to create an atmosphere straight from his cinematic back-catalogue.
Another maestro of electronic music, thought not quite as long-serving as Mr. Carpenter, is James Blake. The Englishman will be playing a show at The Olympia Theatre on Thursday 27 October, as he tours in support of his recent third studio album The Colour in Anything.
Comedians, musicians and social commentators Rubberbandits will bring their eclectic sense of humour to Vicar Street on Friday 28 October. The Limerick duo have released a number of hilarious, and often very well produced, tracks over the past few years. In particular, ‘Double Dropping Yokes With Éamon De Valera’ is sure to be a cracker in a live setting.
Dublin duo All Tvvins are having a barnstorming 2016. They’ve gotten both critical acclaim and plenty of radio play following the release of their debut album IIVV, so they should be in the mood to celebrate with some electro-pop jams when they perform at The Olympia Theatre on Friday 28 October.
So, that’s it for the month of October. A very eclectic mix of artists, Irish and international, will be performing in Dublin, and there’s even a bit of comedy in there as well.
See also: What’s on in Dublin this month