Top February Gigs Recommended By Dublin Concerts
Hello and welcome to the February instalment of the Dublin Concerts monthly gig recommendations. It’s not a busy month for concerts, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality.
Kicking off the month we have English musician Joe Jackson who plays the Olympia Theatre on Friday the 5th. Jackson burst onto the scene in 1979 with the hit ‘Is She Really Going Out with Him’ and release 20 studio albums later. He embarks on a 30 date European tour.
Following the release of their latest album, What Went Down, Oxford band Foals return to Ireland for a special gig at the 3Arena on Wednesday the 10th. The second single from the album, ‘Mountain at my gates’, has received widespread acclaim, including a top 10 on the US Billboard charts and it’s addition to the latest outing of one of the most popular console games FIFA 16.
If a bit of nineties nostalgia is more your scene, on the same night in the Olympia Theatre, BritPop sensations Suede play the intimate venue. Having released their latest album, Night Thoughts, just last week, the London band look to be back to their nineties best. Keeping with the nineties theme and at the same venue just 24 hours later, Irish songstress and one half of dance pop group Moloko, Róisín Murphy plays the Dublin venue as part of her ongoing European tour.
Also on the 11th, Irish Country/Folk band, (and a previous Dublin Concerts Irish Band of the Week) I Draw Slow play Whelan’s. Formed in 2008 by siblings Louise and Dave Holden, they rose to success with the release of their second album Redhills and their subsequent third album White Wave Chapel.
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If you’re looking for something a bit intricate and classical, look no further than Italian composer and musician Ennio Morricone who plays the 3Arena on Valentine’s night. The ‘Maestro’, who has been active for almost 70 years, is known as one of the most influential composers of all time.
Legendary Irish singer-songwriter Paul Brady will play a very intimate gig at Dublin’s Vicar Street venue on Thursday the 18th February. I’m sure we all know that Brady could easily sell out bigger venues but there’s just something about his voice and a smaller venue that makes it extra special.
On the same night as the above, American pop-rock outfit Walk the Moon play just down the road in the Olympia Theatre. Formed in 2008, the band’s name is derived from a song by The Police of a similar name (Walking on the Moon).
Skipping back to the nineties, the epitome of soft rock, fronted by Marti Pellow, Wet Wet Wet play the 3Arena on Tuesday the 23rd. The Scottish band continues to work the circuit despite having no new studio album in nine years. Despite this, they are almost sure to sell out.
Closing out the month and set for a five night stint at the wonderful National Concert Hall (two nights in February and three nights in March), Irish contemporary super group The Gloaming return with their distinct brand of Irish Traditional music. Their self-titled debut album was also named the winner of the 2014 Meteor Choice Music Prize album of the year.
So there we have it, an interesting mix we can all agree. Let us know what gigs you are looking forward to this month. Until next time…
Words by Pat Byrne