So, that’s official, then: Plugd Records survives and lives to thrive another day, reopening as part of Cork gig venue The Roundy next weekend with a brace of gigs. Since opening in the old Comet Records building on Washington Street in 2001, PLUGD Records has been integral to Cork music. Working extensively with local artists… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2017

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THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER Cassidy Club @ An Spailpín Fánach (8.30pm, €5) Debut single launch gig for brand-new Cork outfit, kicking off early-ish upstairs in the Spailpín. Support from Elaine Malone. Lankum @ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty (9pm, €15) Irish folk explorers play DeBarra’s ahead of their new album’s release as part of Clonakilty Guitar Festival. FRIDAY 22ND… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2017

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The last fortnight of August is traditionally slim pickings in the Southern capital, but as ever, the city’s musical underbelly has something to serve up for everyone. TONIGHT: Stiff Little Fingers @ City Hall (6pm, €13.50) Ulster punk icons continue celebrating their fortieth anniversary with a stop at the city’s former big-gig venue, as part… Read more »

Posted on August 24th, 2017

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FRIDAY AUGUST 18TH: This is How We Fly @ Sirius Arts Centre, Cóbh (7.45, €15) A coming together of members of bands like The Gloaming, The Chieftains, Darol Anger and Gjallarhorn, as well as experiences with interdisciplinary work in theatre, dance and contemporary music. Major Grave @ The Poor Relation (9pm, €7) From Dublin’s first… Read more »

Posted on August 17th, 2017

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Scrobarnach might be out, but the county remains a hotbed of activity this weekend. TONIGHT: Simon Community Fundraiser @ Fred Zeppelin’s (8pm, €3) Young Cork artists line out in the red room upstairs on Parliament Street to raise spons for Simon Community. On the bill: Little Indigo, Drift, Andy Killian. THURSDAY AUGUST 10TH: Hermitage Green… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2017

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Update: The festival due to take place this weekend was cancelled, “due to roadblocks set in our path.” Scrobarnach Electronic Music and Arts Festival has announced extended details of its third annual instalment, at its new home at Ballindenisk House, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork on August 11th-12th. Taking its name from the Irish for “undergrowth”, the… Read more »

Posted on August 8th, 2017

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THURSDAY AUGUST 3RD: Saint Caoilian @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €10) The handsomest biy in Cork music brings himself and his band out under the hammers as his world tour continues. Support from Ballydehob native Muireann Levis. GOOD Music @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €5) Stevie G brings Ian Ring in on his shenanigans at the… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2017

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Sounds From A Safe Harbour Festival in Cork in mid-September has already announced its big names The National and Bon Iver for the festival and today it’s revealed a prominent Aaron Dessner collaborator Lisa Hannigan as the next performer. Hannigan will perform with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and The National man (who produced her… Read more »

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

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TUESDAY JULY 11TH: Fleet Foxes @ Cork Opera House (7.30 pm, SOLD OUT) The first of a double-header at the Opera House for the US folk outfit, which filled up in fairly short order. WEDNESDAY JULY 12TH: Zolala Klub #10 @ Siopa Gan Ainm (7pm, donations) The tenth instalment of the quay-bound home of all… Read more »

Posted on July 10th, 2017

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Following a successful maiden voyage last year that raised over €1600 for animal welfare charity D.A.W.G., some of Cork music’s best and brightest rejoin forces for the return of Guilty Pleasures, a live and living tribute to nu-metal’s angriest, angstiest, most over-earnest moments. A multiple-headed beast, including numerous guest vocalists, Guilty Pleasures is comprised of… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Irish festival staples King Kong Company and Corkonian masters of mayhem Lords of Strut, have been added to the line-up at this summer’s Townlands Carnival. Taking place at Rusheen Farm Estate in Macroom, Co Cork on July 21 -23, they join announced headliners The Rubberbandits, Hermitage Green, Brushy One-String and Jeru Da Damaja. King Kong Company… Read more »

Posted on June 27th, 2017

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The second annual Great Irish Beer Festival has announced its musical line-up for this August at Cork City Hall, headlined by, among others, Dublin synth-poppers Le Galaxie and Ulster punk legends Stiff Little Fingers. Following last year’s inaugural event, The Great Irish Beer Festival will feature 24 Irish craft brewers and one distillery; as well… Read more »

Posted on June 27th, 2017

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So, it’s ‘goodbye for now’ this week for Plugd Records and Gulpd Cafe, with the shop and cafe staying open until Friday. Aside from the below gigs, the shop is having a clearance sale with 20% off vinyl and all CDs down to half-price. Get in and support them while you can. Thank you to… Read more »

Posted on June 26th, 2017

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After his show at Forbidden Fruit, Justin Vernon and his band Bon Iver will return on September 15th to play the Sounds from A Safe Harbour festival for a special show in the Cork Opera house. Tickets (TBC on price) on sale Wednesday 21st June at 10am from Cork Opera House website. Sounds from A… Read more »

Posted on June 13th, 2017

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After weeks of rumours surrounding the status of Cork vinyl institution Plugd Records and its sister café Gulpd, the shop this morning announced that it would not be renewing its agreement with its current headquarters, at the Triskel Arts Centre. Plugd, widely regarded as the home of Irish independent music and general wax-bound esoterica in… Read more »

Posted on June 13th, 2017

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