The Best Irish Gigs In June 2016
It’s actually, properly summer. It’s sunny outside and everything. Really, it is. Go and have a look. See? So what better way to celebrate, than to get out and head to some gigs. There’s plenty to choose from this month and below you’ll find a selection of the best June has to offer.
I Have A Tribe, better known to his friends as Patrick O’Laoghaire, brings his earnest, intimate brand of folk to Whelan’s on Friday 3 June. Hot on the heels of his atmospheric debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon, it should be a triumphant evening for the Dublin native.
The grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art will play host to a selection of great acts, Irish and international, as Forbidden Fruit runs in Dublin City from Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June. Diverse headliners like Tame Impala, Dizzee Rascal and Underworld are accompanied by Flume, Skepta, Pusha T and many more over the course of the weekend.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Forbidden Fruit, take a trip down to Beaulieu House & Gardens in Co. Louth where Vantastival will take place on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June. Badly Drawn Boy, King Kong Company, The Hot Sprockets, The Young Folk and more will take to the stage over the two days.
Canadian folk legend Neil Young takes his tour to Dublin on Wednesday 8 June, appearing at the 3Arena. The US leg of this tour received widespread acclaim, with Young’s career-spanning sets unearthing hidden gems and long-lost rarities. There’s even a support slot from one of the Canadian’s contemporary descendants, the award-winning Laura Marling.
Also on 8 June, across town in Whelan’s, seminal Seattle rockers Mudhoney will bring their riotous brand of blues-infused grunge to Dublin. Though they never achieved the kind of commercial success enjoyed (or loathed) by some of their peers, Mudhoney stand as a precursor to the explosion of Nirvana and others, with their live set sure to be a scintillating taste of early 90s alternative rock.
Longford outfit Brave Giant have been steadily growing in stature since becoming a five-piece in early 2015, releasing their first EP, The Lordy Lordy EP just over a month ago. They’ll be celebrating their success with two gigs in Whelan’s this month, on Friday 10 June and Wednesday 15 June, showcasing catchy indie-pop with a smattering of country and folk.
The second series of True Detective might have been a bland, forgetful comedown from the wonderful first, but you may recall the haunting voice of Lera Lynn echoing around a dive bar frequented by Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. Lynn will be in another bar, Whelan’s, on Friday 10 June as she tours in support of her latest album, Resistor.
There’s been a lot of folk recommendations so far this month, but it’s time for something just a wee bit different. Thrash metal heavyweights Slayer, with support from Anthrax, will be shredding the roof off the Olympia Theatre on Friday 14 June, playing tracks from last year’s Repentless as well as breaking out all the classics from their lengthy career.
Frontman Anton Newcombe brings The Brian Jonestown Massacre to The Academy on Thursday 16 June. The Newcombe-led project is still going strong in its twenty-eight year, growing from shoegaze origins into a psych-rock beast, even releasing two albums in 2015. Also, if you haven’t seen it, Dig! is a great rockumentary featuring the chaotic relationship between The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols.
It’s festival time again as Body & Soul takes over Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath from Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June. A cracking line-up of acts, global and local, is led by the likes of The Gloaming, Floating Points, Sun Kil Moon and Girl Band as well as many more. Of course, Body & Soul is about more than just the music and there are plenty of other visual and aural attractions over the three days.
Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will be flaunting his six-stringed prowess in Vicar Street on Monday 20 June. The legendary guitarist has had an illustrious career, tutoring others who have gone on to great things, as well as releasing a steady stream of his own music, continuing to receive acclaim with the release of his fifteenth studio album, Shockwave Supernova, in 2015.
One of the biggest shows of the summer arrives to the Aviva on Tuesday 21 June as Rihanna brings her ANTI world tour to Dublin. Unfortunately, The Weeknd will no longer be performing in the support slot, but it’s sure to be an energetic evening nonetheless, as one of pop’s biggest stars runs through a back-catalogue of chart-topping hits.
It’s a month jam-packed with quality festivals and if you’re looking for something with sea, sand and music, look no further than Sea Sessions, taking place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal from Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June. Gavin James,
Primal Scream (update: Ash) and Tinie Tempah are the headliners this year, with some other great Irish acts like King Kong Company, Daithí and HamsandwicH also on the bill.
Back in Dublin, Icelandic post-rock giants Sigur Rós will bring their atmospheric show to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Sunday 26 June. This unique venue should serve as the ideal backdrop for the ethereal sound of the Scandinavian outfit, and with the wonderful voice of James Vincent McMorrow opening the evening, this one has all the makings of a Two days later, we’re back in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, on a totally different vibe, as British electronic duo Disclosure round out this month’s recommendations. Siblings Howard and Guy Lawrence exploded onto the scene with Settle in 2013 and they’ve only grown since then, following it up with number one album Caracal last year. Supporting Disclosure is young Californian rapper Vince Staples, who released his own critically acclaimed debut Summertime ‘06 last year.
With festival season in full swing, it’s a brilliant month for gigs. Some of the biggest names in the music industry are coming to town and there are plenty of smaller Irish acts keeping things ticking over as well.
See also: Gigs in Dublin this month