Top October Gigs Recommended By Dublin Concerts
Here’s the October’s instalment of the Dublin Concerts’s recommended gigs of the month. To kicks us off, we have the return of the always entertaining Hard Working Class Heroes Festival. With stages in some of the best live venues in Dublin, the festival comes back for three days across seven locations in Dublin city centre.
HWCH begins on Thursday the 1st, and our ones not to miss would be Galway outfit Hawk who play Hangar on Andrews Lane at 8.10pm, followed by a couple of minutes walk to see Pale Rivers who play the Mercantile at 9.20pm, and then the short trip around to The Workman’s Club for Tell No Foxx at 10.40pm.
Friday begins with the superb Kobina who will grace The Academy (Main Room) at 7.35pm and a little later, and a hop to the Green Room, to see the wonderfully named Florence Olivier at 8.55pm. To top off the night, take a stroll to The Workman’s Club once again and see the wonderful I Have a Tribe at 10.40pm.
Saturday, the 3rd and the final night of the festival, will see us start off with a bit of Mere Moths who play Bad Bobs at 8pm, afterwards heading to The Workman’s Club for another wonderfully named band Frankenstein Bolts at 9.20pm. After this, we can’t quite decide between Buffalo Sunn who play Bad Bobs at 10.40pm and This Other Kingdom who play The Mercantile at 10.40pm.
After it’s all said and done, head down to The Grand Social, where from midnight, there is a special Dublin Theatre Festival performances including Teleoke (R.S.A.G & Cosmo Vitelli) and DJ until late.
Apart from the above festival, the first three days of the month also brings some superb gigs elsewhere in the capital, including on Thursday, Fall Out Boy at the 3Arena, whilst Whelan’s hosts Alabama 3. Friday sees Dublin Gospel Choir play Vicar Street to celebrate the 20 years since their inception. On Saturday in Whelan’s, The Minutes play their second night in a row at the famous Dublin venue, and will be supported on the night by New Valley Wolves.
A heap of nostalgic concert-goers will fill The Academy on the 5th as Boston rockers The Lemonheads play the Dublin venue. The ‘Mrs Robinson’ singers are currently on their one week Ireland and UK tour which sees them play seven cities in eight days.
Saturday, 10 October, looks to be a busy one. We start with the return of English Indie Rockers Editors to Irish shores who are scheduled for one date in the historical Dublin venue, The Olympia Theatre, and to promote the release of their new album In Dream, which will be released on 2 October.
Also on the 10th is London’s finest Beardyman, who plays The Opium Rooms. He’s known for his hilarious sets including unbelievable beatboxing skills and live looping to create a massive live experience for the audience. This is one definitely not to be missed.
Known for his numerous facial tattoos and high percentage body coverage of tattoos, Kid Ink comes to Vicar Street on Tuesday, the 13th. The Los Angeles rapper is known for high profile collaborations including Chris Brown and Usher.
On Thursday, the 15th, in Whelan’s comes songwriting duo Little Hours. Hailing from Donegal, this is the first stop on their first headline tour having released their debut, self-titled EP earlier this year. Also at Whelan’s are Cork’s finest Notify on the 16th who bring their crazy brand of Irish Traditional music (or aptly put ‘folktronica’) to Dublin. Fronted by concertina player Padraig Rynne, the band have looked to the future to revolutionise the Irish Trad scene.
We obviously couldn’t let this month go by without mentioning the goodbye tour, sorry hiatus, of One Direction (or 1D to their fans!). They play three sold out shows in Dublin’s 3Arena from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th. Many tears will be shed on the night as the Irish crowd says one last goodbye to the most successful pop group of their generation, at least for now.
The beautiful Walking on Cars play two nights in The Olympia Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 20th and 21st. Patrick Sheehy and co. have been working tirelessly on releasing their debut album which they’ve kept the release of under wraps.
On Thursday, the 22nd, we have Dublin feel good band Penrose who play the Academy 2. The gig is set to coincide with their release of their single ‘Melody’, which will be released the following day. Also, the 22nd sees a trio of great musicians Ireland has to offer in Rosie Carney, Orla Gartland and Ryan Sheridan all taking to the stage as part of the Sunday Sessions in Whelan’s.
One for the music connoisseur now, for two nights Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra play the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on the 23rd and 24th. The English band leader is famous the world over for his entertaining shows.
Starting off the final week of the month we have Deathcrusher 2015. A Heavy Rock/Metal extravaganza featuring Carcass (UK), Obituary (USA), Napalm Death (UK), Voivod ( Canada) and Herod (Brazil).
If a bit of Jazz is more your thing, magnificent Jazz songstress Dana Masters plays The Sugar Club on Thursday, the 29th. From the deep south of America, to the deep north of Ireland, Dana met her Irish husband on her travels across the United States and, while performing in LA, their paths crossed. Since moving to Ireland, the music took a back seat until 2012 when she was convinced to set that wonderful voice free once again.
So there we have it, our picks for the coming month. Let us know what gigs you’re looking forward to in October. Over and out…
Words by Pat Byrne