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Gigroll: from Elvis Costello to The Gloaming via Paul Simon, Indiependence and Van Dyke Parks

It has been a hectic week for gig announcements. We’ve already given you the skinny below on new additions to the Body & Soul festival, Austra, Julianna Barwick and Janelle Monae, but there were plenty of other gig announcements too. …

Thu, Apr 14, 2011, 09:06


It has been a hectic week for gig announcements. We’ve already given you the skinny below on new additions to the Body & Soul festival, Austra, Julianna Barwick and Janelle Monae, but there were plenty of other gig announcements too. Let’s hope there’s enough cash to go around, eh?

Elvis Costello headlines this year’s Sligo Live festival with a show at IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena on October 29. Tickets for Costello’s only Republic of Ireland appearance in 2011 go on sale tomorrow at €40 a pop (“plus service charge”) from sligolive.ie.

It’s safe to assume that there won’t be many tickets hanging around for Paul Simon’s show at Vicar Street on June 20 after they go on sale tomorrow. Yes, they’re expensive – €81.25 plus Ticketmaster fees – but it’s fecking Rhymin’ Simon on Thomas Street so you know you’re getting class (anyone who saw him play Nowlan Park in Kilkenny in 2002 is still raving about the show).

The Indiependence festival returns to Mitchelstown, Co Cork over the August Bank Holiday weekend (July 29 to 31) and it will feature Editors, The Coronas, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Ham Sandwich, Sacred Animals, Whipping Boy, Gemma Hayes, Not Squares, Shouting At Planes, The Riptide Movement, Therapy?, Charles Webster, The Revenge, Todd Terje, The Minutes, The Danger Is, Miracle Bell and many more. Tickets range in price from €99 (three day camping) to €59 (two day non-camping) and are available from HMV Tickets and tickets.ie.

One of my highlights from Primavera 2010 was a beautiful show from the mighty Van Dkye Parks and he’s coming to Dublin for a show at the Button Factory on May 15. The composer, producer and artist who has worked with Brian Wilson, Joanna Newsom, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman and dozens more visits Dublin as part of a short European tour to plug a new series of seven-inch singles illustrated by such modern artists as Frank Holmes, Art Spiegelman and Ed Rushka. Tickets are now on sale at €27 (plus Ticketmaster fees) each. Support from Clare and the Reasons.

Laura Marling was supposed to play a show at Dublin’s Vicar Street back in December, but the gig was cancelled. It’s now been rescheduled for June 23 and tickets for this one are €25 (plus TM fees). Support from Louise and The Pins.

Hands up who wants to hear some folk classics given the punk rock treatment? Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour comes to Dublin’s Academy on September 29 and he’ll be joined onstage by The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano and The Loved Ones’ Dave Hause with Jon Gaunt on fiddle and Joe Ginsberg on upright bass. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and are priced at €20 (plus TM charges).

It’s the return of the Festival of the Fires which takes place at the Hill of Uisneach, Killare, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on April 30. You will remember this one from last year when security was supplied by lads and lasses on horses dressed in Celtic warrior gear. Well, they’re back along with performances from 100 acts including The Saw Doctors, Kíla, Paddy Casey, Republic of Loose, Mundy, Liam O’Maonlai, Rónán O’Snódaigh, The Aftermath, Preacher’s Son, Bi-Polar Empire, The Riptide Movement, Pete Courtney, Jukebox Gypsy, Touch the Earth, Ronan Leonard, The Revellz, Arrow in the Sky and many more. Tickets for this Bealtaine bash are €35 (plus TM charges and fees).

And finally, a debut gig from a new Irish trad supergroup. The Gloaming are Thomas Bartlett, Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionaird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and they play their first ever show at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on August 20. Expect “music that is at once both ancient and utterly new”. More Irish dates to be announced for August. Tickets for the NCH bash are €25 to €20 and are available for that price (ie no booking fees) from nch.ie. Other promoters, please note.

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