Before we dig into the highlights of Cork’s gigging calendar for the weekend, shout-out to Sam and the crew at Connolly’s of Leap, dealing with the wrath of Ex-Hurricane Ophelia and whose events have been postponed owing to same. We’re told they’ll be good to go for October Bank Holiday weekend, great news for those living beyond the Leap (and beyond the law).
TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18TH)
Deep Sky Objects @ An Spailpín Fánach (9pm, €5)
Cork/Kerry alt-rockers launch their second, eponymously titled extended-player. Support from Kill ’em Charlie and Andy Killian.
TOMORROW NIGHT (THURSDAY OCTOBER 19TH)
Hermitage Green @ Cork Opera House (8pm, €25)
Limerick folk five-piece take their largest swing into the city yet, ahead of the release of their next extended-player this winter.
Giant Baby @ An Spailpín Fánach (8.30pm, €5)
The debut of a new regular live night, upstairs in the Spailpín. The ever-prolific Laurie Shaw and his Swamp People headlines, with support from youngfellas Damsel.
GOOD Music @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €5)
Stevie and the lads are joined this week by the live debut of Oscar Benso, the mastermind behind oddball viral hit ‘Polos is Life’.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 20TH
A Night of Anti-Fascist Music & Song @ An Spailpín Fánach (6pm, €5)
A mixed-media night of music, poetry and performance for anti-fascist and community organisations. Spoken-word open mic (starting at 6), acoustic sets from Sam Clague and Rosanna Byrne, full-band sets from Land Crabs, KOA and Paradox, and DJ sets from Gadget and the Cloud, numbertheory & Doubt.
Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life @ Crane Lane Theatre (7pm, €20)
Crass man celebrates forty years of anger, direct action and social commentary in the only appropriate fashion: a nice, early-doors acoustic gig. Support from the Audible Joes.
Badly Drawn Boy @ Live at St. Luke’s (7.30pm, €26.50)
Mercury-winning singer-songwriter and soundtrack artist Damon Gough returns to St. Luke’s after previous sellout excursions.
Ailbhe Reddy @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €12.50)
Dublin singer-songwriter hits the road following the May release of E.P. ‘Attach to Memory’.
The Ocelots @ The Village Hall (9pm, €8)
Twins Brandon and Ashley bring their Dylanesque strain of folk to the Listening Room series at the Village Hall.
Rich City Vultures @ Fred Zeppelin’s (9pm, €2)
Self-proclaimed “weird grunge” lads from Cork launch their ‘Cool Boy’ E.P. in the red room upstairs. Support from Order of the Mess and Kill ’em Charlie.
Blue Moon @ The Friary (9.30pm, free)
New hip-hop night in the biggest little venue in the city, curated by local social media tastemakers TheLabTV. Kestine, Ophelia McCabe and Bubba Shakespeare performing, with an open mic doing the rounds on the night for spoken-word artists and rappers too.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST
Sonic Vigil 10 @ St. Peter’s Cork (2pm, free)
The tenth anniversary of Cork’s annual sound-art exposition takes the form of a six-hour marathon of sound and improvisation. The list of performers in full: Tomomi Adachi, John Godfrey, Elizabeth Hilliard, Anthony Kelly, Solamh Kelly, Danny Mc Carthy, Harry Moore, Irene Murphy, Katie O Looney, Mick O’ Shea, Robin Palmer, Inma Pavon, Karen Power, Eimear Reidy, Cathal Roche, Nick Roth, Catherine Sikora, David Stalling, Dan Walsh, Ian Wilson, Olesya Zdorovetska.
Fangclub @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €10)
Dublin pop/grungers do a post-album lash of headline gigs, following the festival season and a brace of big-name alt-rock supports including the Pixies, Biffy Clyro and Muse.
zhOra @ The Poor Relation (9pm, €7/10)
A weighty four-band lineup headlined by Tipperary prog/sludgers zhOra, launching new album ‘Ethos. Pathos. Logos.’ Also on the billing: Limerick tech-metallers Shardborne, Cork doomers Partholón and proggers Aponym.
African Fiction @ PLUGD/The Roundy (9pm, €5)
Chris Somers’ solo techno adventures continue off the back of debut single ‘Heat’. GASH Collective’s Lolz and Plugd’s own GYM in a rare live appearance supporting.
County Vinyl @ The Bridge (9pm, free)
The residents of County Vinyl open a brand-new venue on Bridge Street (the former BAR BOQ, next to Gourmet Burger Bistro. More on the new venue in this column in the coming weeks.)
RAVE MOOD @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €10)
Installment number two of a new techno night upstairs at Cyprus sees Chaz and Shee from Limerick collective Touch of Techno at the decks for the night.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 22ND
Sing Along Social @ The Roundy (7pm, €5)
Aoife and crew continue on their ‘Mostly Coastal’ Irish sojourn after a storm-related cancellation for Connolly’s on Saturday night. Singing starts by 7.45, and finishes really early, so you know what to do.
Sunday Times @ The Bowery (8pm, free)
The residents of the Bowery’s monthly night are back on the roof for this month’s installment. Eight ’til late.
Joey Wright @ Coughlan’s (9pm, €10)
Ontario, Canada countryman swings into Coughlan’s as part of an Irish tour.