This instalment of the Nialler9 Cork Gig Guide assumes you’re not going festivalling this weekend. For a look at Indiependence Festival’s lineup, including Kojaque, ASIWYFA, Le Galaxie, Tebi Rex and more, check their website. If you’re heading to All Together Now, check out this parish’s look at twelve artists to go see.
THURSDAY AUGUST 2ND
Ciúnas @ Connolly’s of Leap (7.30pm, €20)
Moxie, Ye Vagabonds, Éna Brennan and Bear Bojack come together with Arbutus Yarns for a special day of quiet jamming, with a live performance of the results in the evening.
FRIDAY AUGUST 3RD
The Olllam @ DeBarra’s of Clonakilty (9.30pm, €18)
Vulfpeck members continue their live excursion with Belfast piper John McSherry, this time heading to Clon for a gig at DeBarra’s.
Epsilon @ Dali (10pm, €tbc)
Block promoter and the former XCIV assumes a new name and leans further into techno’s deeper recesses.
Wired Deep @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €10)
The Wired Deep boys go back to the Boiler Room setup, decks on the floor, for a Bank Holiday special.
SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH
The Monolith Festival @ Cyprus Avenue (2pm, €12)
The Paranoid Beast folks present an all-dayer showcasing the best of Irish metal: Yurt, Shardborne, God Alone, Molarbear and more ply the craft across a marathon billing.
Eirecore @ An Spailpín Fánach (5pm, €5/€10 after 7pm)
Sadly, not a live reunion of the old punk/hardcore message board, but a coming together of over a dozen techno DJs and producers, including UK speedcore lads Junkie Kuts.
Lúnasa and Natalie Merchant @ Live at St. Luke’s (7.30pm, €26)
Veteran Irish outfit team up with 10,000 Maniacs for a special run of collaborative gigs.
Stuart Wilde @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (8.30pm, donations)
Singer-songwriter with noirish tendencies plays a pass-the-hat gig at the village pub in Ballydehob.
Jerry Fish @ Connolly’s of Leap (8.30pm, €20)
An Emotional Fish man turned crooner and coraller of the arts heads under the Hammers for an intimate show.
One Horse Pony @ Crane Lane Theatre (9pm, free)
Cork folk outfit take centre-stage on Phoenix Street as part of Bank Holiday proceedings.
Gary Fitz b2b Deasy @ Dali (10pm, €10)
The lads go back-to-back for a five-hour haul upstairs on Carey’s Lane.
SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH
One Til One @ Connolly’s of Leap (1pm, €20)
Fish Go Deep, Colm K, Colm Motherway, Arveene and Bon Voyage head out to Leap for a 12-hour session for the Sunday Bank Holiday.
Sundown Sunday @ The Sextant (3pm, free)
Gwada Mike continues his open-decks series of reggae days at the Sextant.
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