The Staves, the English sisters now based in the US in Minneapolis were already announced for Forbidden Fruit Festival but they’ve now got a few dates around the country as part of that Tired As Fuck Tour.
The trio will play headline shows in cities across the UK and Ireland this spring, following previously announced appearances at Forbidden Fruit Festival in Dublin and Bushstock in London. The tour, which commences on May 31 in Manchester, will make stops at venues in Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Glasgow, and Brighton – dates below.
Wednesday, May 31 Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Thursday, June 1 Limelight, Belfast, UK
Friday, June 2 Róisín Dubh, Galway, Ireland
Saturday, June 3 Dolan’s, Limerick, Ireland
Monday, June 5 Forbidden Fruit, Dublin, Ireland
Tuesday, June 6 The Art School, Glasgow, UK
Friday, June 9 The Old Market, Brighton, UK
Saturday, June 10 Bushstock, London, UK
Their Mercury Prize win sealed what many of us already knew, these Scottish alt-rappers are ones to watch and to see, especially live. Thanks Bodytonic, then for lining them up for a gig on Thursday March 26th in The Academy. The band will be launching their second album.
Masters At Work’s Kenny Dope is lined up for a Hidden Agenda gig in Opium Rooms on January 31st. Tickets are €12 from RA.
The Certain Three tour is back for 2015, taking three burgeoning Irish acts on the road. This year’s artists include Kentucky songwriter Joan Shelley, Pennsylvanian balladeer Vikesh Kapoor and Cork’s John Blek (of John Blek & The Rats).
Finally, as you are probably aware, the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish album of the year shortlist was announced and the list had no room for God Knows + MynameisJohn, Daithí or Lethal Dialect or other choices. The list is:
Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)
Delorentos – Night Becomes Light (Universal Ireland)
The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World)
Hozier – Hozier (Rubyworks/Universal)
James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical (Faction)
Sinead O’ Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Nettwerk)
Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Warner Music)
The Riptide Movement – Getting Through (Universal Ireland)
U2 – Songs of Innocence (Island)
We Cut Corners – Think Nothing (Delphi)
The overall winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin on Thursday, March 5th 2015 where many of the artists will play. Tickets are €24 plus fee from Ticketmaster. Don’t count on Richard D James turning up though – has he ever embraced his Irish heritage?
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona have announced its first act for its 15th year. The Strokes are the first on the team sheet on 28th to 30th May next year. Tickets €145 until the 14th November. and will rise to €160 after that.
Dutch Uncles are back with a new album next year called O Shudder and they hit The Workmans Club on Saturday 25th April. Tickets are €17 on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.
The ever reliable Homebeat have announced three shows of note:
As part of the Dublin Book Festival this Sunday, Songbook, the series about songwriting returns with Cathy Davey and Homebeats’s Emmet Condon in conversation with Hilary Woods and The Young Folk with music from each. It takes place in the Irish Writers Centre and is €10/BYOB.
Sam Lee is a Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter who collects music from off-beat places. Most recently, he’s been collecting songs from the traveller community in Ireland. He has an Irish tour coming up this month. Dates:
Aiken presents Glen Hansard with a full band at Vicar Street on Monday December 15th. All in aid of the Simon Community. Tickets are €30 on sale Thursday November 13th @ 9am from www.ticketmaster & outlets nationwide.
Seven Quarters, the quarterly club that offers a free 7″ with every entry returns for a Christmas show on December 19th with Not Squares and Percolator lined up. €10 in with a vinyl for first 150 people.
How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
There’s a cool night taking place in the RHA Gallery on Wednesday 24 September called Blue Moon Lost Wednesday. It’s curated by Orlaith Ross of Making Space and the RHA and features experimental live music, DJs and more in the gallery. Live bands include Ships, Lets Set Sail, Maria Somerville and Margie Lewis while DJs include This Greedy Pig and Sally Cinnamon and me, Nialler9.
Alex Ridha aka Boys Noize is collaborating with Chilly Gonzales as Octave Minds but he plays a solo show at The Academy on Friday 14th November. Tickets €22.90 plus fees.
KÖLSCH, the man behind ‘Goldfisch’ is playing a DJ set at the Button Factory on Friday November 7th. Tickets €15 plus any fees. 11pm show.
Amber Run, the Nottingham band responsible for the bootiful ‘I Found’ are making their Irish debut on November 12th at Whelan’s. Tickets €15 plus fees.
Folk trio The Staves are back in Whelan’s on Thursday October 23rd. Tickets are €22 plus fees on sale this Friday. A track from their new EP was produced by Justin Vernon. They’re also in Dolan’s Limerick on the 24th.
Krystal Klear is back in Dublin for a gig on 26th October, a Bank Holiday weekend. It’s at The Academy and tickets are €19.90 plus fees.
Gruff Rhys has added a second Peppercanister gig on December 17th.
English indie/pop musician Bipolar Sunshine is returning after Longitude to play Whelans next March 26th. Tickets are €14.35 plus fees.
London-based rockers Cheatahs play their first headline show at The Workman’s Club on Wednesday, 26 November.Tickets €11.75 on sale now.
For a different take on Electric Picnic, I went down to Stradbally with photographer Mark Duggan who shot a series of artist portraits on-site with the xx, Villagers, Heathers, The Jezebels, Young Wonder, The Cast Of Cheers, Milagres, The Staves, Croupier, Le Galaxie, Nightwave and Nanu Nanu. See the full gallery…