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
He’s back, but the 80,000-plus fans (and celebs in baseball caps who went along for the crack) who went to see him at Slane Castle last month know that already. The comeback album is called MMLP2 and it arrives on November 1st. The big question: will it be a return to form or simply more “woe-is-me” self-pity without any decent tunes?
THE BEATYARD FESTIVAL
The Beatyard has been building in size and heft over the past few outings and this year sees its most impressive and wide-ranging to date. A huge collaborative city-wide festival, it will feature acts such as Raekwon the Chef, Hot 8 Brass Band, Efterklang, Waxahatchee, David Rodigan, Sam Amidon, Henrik Schwarz, Blondes and many more playing and performing in 11 venues across Dublin from October 19th to 27th.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
Josh Homme and friends finally got their act together after six years and countless side projects and production gigs to release their sixth album earlier in the year. It was worth the wait, though, as …Like Clockwork is a heavyweight freak scene of tasty riffs, rock gallops and guest turns from the likes of Trent Reznor, Alex Turner and Elton John. The latter three will be absent when the Queens play Dublin’s O2 on November 17th and Belfast’s Odyssey Arena the following night.
Remember Pearl Jam? With all the recent nostalgic focus on grunge and Nirvana, thoughts now turn to the other big Seattle band from that era. Pearl Jam haven’t released an album in a few years, but their 10th release Lightning Bolt might well be something to savour. The first track from the album, Mind Your Manners, sounds like the return of 1994, and producer Brendan O’Brien has been talking the album up too. “If you like Pearl Jam, you’ll love this,” he said. “And if you haven’t listened to Pearl Jam in awhile, I think it’s going to bring you in.” Sure, who knows, there might even be some Irish shows in the offing.
Like them or loath them, it has been impossible to ignore Kodaline in 2013. It appears as if they haven’t stopped all year long, but such work has helped push sales of debut album In A Perfect World, increase radio play for singles such as High Hopes and grow their fanbase. Their three-night stand at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on November 21st, 22nd and 23rd may have seemed a tad ambitious when first announced, but all the shows are now sold out. It’s certainly a long way from appearing on TV’s You’re A Star as 21 Demands.