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
New-music tipsters have been raving about this talented New Zealand teenager all year long and it’s now time for everyone else to get behind Ella Yelich-O’Connor. She releases her debut album Pure Heroine on October 28th and, until that comes along, you should check out her dramatic, hooky and idiosyncratic pop on tracks such as Royals.
HARD WORKING CLASS HEROES
It’s the 11th run-out for the annual showcase for new Irish acts, which has become a reliable barometer regarding musical talent here over the past decade. From the acts playing various venues in central Dublin from October 3rd to 5th, we recommend Daithí, Come On Live Long, Tieranniesaur, September Girls, Leanne Harte, Myles Manley, little xs for eyes and Conor Walsh. Do yourself a favour and go along and watch some random band you’ve never heard of before.
The second outing for the music documentary festival will feature such big screen eye-candy as Mistaken for Strangers (Tom Berninger’s film about his brother’s band The National), This Is Spinal Tap, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (one of the best live music flicks ever), Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me and many more. Lighthouse, Dublin, from October 3rd to 6th.
CORK JAZZ FESTIVAL
It’s not just for jazzers, you know. While stalwarts such as Portico Quartet, Courtney Pine, Billy Cobham, Mingus Big Band and Snarky Puppy will draw the jazz cats, the eclectic booking policy also means you’ve also a clutch of other acts including Efterklang, Chic, Primal Scream, Bilal and Soul II Soul to see over the October bank holiday weekend. Various venues Cork from October 25th to 28th.
It’s been a busy 12 months for the Other Voices TV show since they last lined out at St James’ Church in downtown Dingle. With trips to Derry and London under their belt and many new experiences in the can, Other Voices returns home in December for its 12th run in Co Kerry. Acts and exact dates for the event to be confirmed.
CALVIN HARRIS AND TIESTO
No surprise that this two-mega-DJsfor-the-price-of-one big night out is already sold out. When it comes to chart-friendly, big-room dance music in 2013, you don’t get any bigger than the Scottish lad behind Thinking About You and the Dutch trance master. Playing Belfast’s Odyssey on
December 18th and Dublin’s O2 the following night.
Whatever about their footballers, Cavan are having much better fortune these days with their musicians. The Strypes are already up and running, The Would Bes are on their way back and now comes Lisa O’Neill’s new record to represent the county. We have a feeling a lot more people are going to be raving about O’Neill’s spellbinding voice, smashing songs and powerful live performances when Same Cloth Or Not is released on October 18th.
FISH GO DEEP
Cork deep-house fans and Sir Henrys
survivors Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson mark 25 years in business this year and they’ve a couple of special events planned for the occasion. Aside from a turn in the big smoke at Dublin’s Twisted Pepper on October 19th, they also have big bashes planned for the real capital on November 29th and 30th.
She’s back, but then again, did Lady Gaga ever actually go away? That’s the thing about pop stars in 2013 – they don’t seem to take a break and dial things down a little at any stage. Anyway, Gaga’s third album is called ARTPOP and it’s released on November 8th. She says she doesn’t “feel the need to prove anything anymore” so we can expect fireworks, risktaking, unicorns, duets with Daniel O’Donnell and massive neon-lit pop spectaculars.