Tune up for a spectacular season of music
From rock legends Pearl Jam and Queens of the Stone Age to young guns Haim and Kodaline, the music calander is brimful of exciting happenings over the next few months. Here are 20 of the best upcoming shows and releases
Danielle Haim of Haim
Eddie Vedder of Pearl JAm
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age
The summer of 2013 was a season of stellar musical highs from David Byrne and St Vincent at the Electric Picnic to Bruce Springsteen’s Irish tour to Chic at Forbidden Fruit. But the end of the summer doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. After all, isn’t live music more suited to indoors than outdoors anyway?
For music fans, there’s a lot happening between now and the end of the year (we’re not allowed to mention the “C*****mas” word in The Ticket until early November) so it’s time to pull on your boots and dive in. Here’s our guide to 20 upcoming events – shows, tours and releases – which we think will rock your world and get you away from the couch and the telly.
It seems as if we’ve been waiting for Days Are Gone for aaaages. The Los Angeles trio hit the new music radar at SXSW 2012 and it’s been onwards and upwards for them over the past 18 months. Thanks to a rake of pumped-up live shows, the sisters’ fresh, sunny, vibrant sound has quickly gained an audience. The debut album Days Are Gone is released on September 27th and the band play Dublin’s Academy on December 13th (sold out).
They’re back. The Canadian band’s last album The Suburbs set them firmly on the path to supernova status and also saw them refinding their creative feet as a band (ie, it was a whole better than Neon Bible). It will be interesting to see what changes parenthood has had on Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, but we’re more interested in what LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has brought to the party as producer. He describes the album as “really fucking epic”. Consider us super-psyched. Reflektor is out on October 25th; expect live shows to be announced for 2014.
There are influential acts and then, there’s Television. If you were to line up all the musicians who went on to form bands after hearing Television’s seminal Marquee Moon, the queue would stretch for miles. In terms of astonishing playing and rich, imaginative guitar heroics, no-one came close to what Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Fred Smith and Billy Ficca did on their 1977 album. Television play Dublin’s Vicar Street on November 21st.
If you saw Chic win over the delirious masses at Forbidden Fruit in June, you won’t need any further persuasion to catch these dates. Riding high thanks to his vital part in Get Lucky and Daft Punk’s album, Nile Rodgers and co will be demonstrating with great panache that disco- pop never goes out of date. They play Belfast’s Ulster Hall (October 23rd), Limerick Big Top (25th), Cork’s Opera House (26th), Galway’s Radisson Hotel (27th) and Dublin’s Vicar Street (29th and 30th).
HUNTERS MOON FESTIVAL
A three-day fest highlighting the “unusual, minimal, free, outer psychedelic and strange” in sound and vision, Hunters Moon takes place over the October bank holiday weekend in and around Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Acts on the slate for 2013 include Rhys Chatham, Zomes, Jennifer Walshe, Control Unit, Bird People, Zom, Cathal Roche and many more.
For many, one of the summer’s live music highlights was The National’s triumphant appearance at Live at the Marquee in Cork. The band behind this year’s excellent Trouble Will Find Me album return to Ireland later this year for dates at the Odyssey, Belfast (November 9th) and The O2, Dublin (10th).