James Vincent McMorrow is playing Ireland’s first live gig since lockdown – and it’s free to stream

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James Vincent McMorrow headlining Ireland’s first live gig since the pandemic will be livestreamed

James Vincent McMorrow headlining Ireland’s first live gig since the pandemic will be livestreamed

James Vincent McMorrow at the Iveagh Gardens
Thursday, June 10th, 7pm, free, nch.ie
James Vincent McMorrow has always been at the cutting edge of indie rock, so it’s no surprise that he’s the chosen one to headline Ireland’s first concert with a live audience since the pandemic shut down the music scene. He’ll perform at the Iveagh Gardens, in Dublin, in front of 500 lucky punters, who will have to jump through hoops to attend the pilot gig, but will be rewarded with what is bound to be an emotional, uplifting concert. As the gig sold out faster than you can say its headliner’s name, the National Concert Hall (NCH) has announced that it will be livestreaming it free on its website. McMorrow’s set will feature songs from such acclaimed albums as Post Tropical and We Move, and preview tracks from his forthcoming album Grapefruit Season. With luck this will be the start of live music’s long-awaited return and not just a one-off experiment.

Brightening Air, Ar Ais Arís. Photograph: Julia Dunnin
Brightening Air, Ar Ais Arís. Photograph: Julia Dunnin

Brightening Air (Coiscéim Coiligh)
Friday, June 11th, to Sunday, June 20th, brighteningair.com
Billed as 10 days of incredible arts experiences in surprising locations, the Brightening Air festival should blur the lines between media so effectively that you won’t know whether it’s live, virtual, augmented or all three. Among these experiences are In the Magic Hour, by CoisCéim Dance Theatre, taking place in handball alleys in four counties; Ar Ais Arís, a dramatic virtual-reality experience taking place in Gaeltacht communities along the Wild Atlantic Way; and PanPan Theatre’s surreal, vaguely voyeuristic Mespil in the Dark, a streaming event exploring the lives of artists and actors living in the eponymous block of flats.

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