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17 gigs and clubs to see in Cork this Bank Holiday weekend

17 gigs and clubs to see in Cork this Bank Holiday weekend

Mike McGrath-Bryan


CIT Battle of the Bands Final @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €3)
Red Sun Alert, Archáos, Sly Green Sky and The Slut Club battle it out for the CIT Music Society throne for 2018.


Gael Linn 65th Anniversary Comóradh @ The Imperial Hotel (8pm, €15)
Déanfar ceiliúradh ar 65 bliain de Gael Linn san Imperial Hotel. I measc na gceoltóirí a bheidh ann: Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé, Jackie Daly, Colm Murphy, Conal Ó Gráda, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Leoithne agus eile.

The Slut Club @ An Spailpín Fánach (8pm, €5)
Corkonian indie youngfellas play upstairs in the brewery-adjacent gig venue. Support from Ghostking is Dead and the fabulously-monikered Gilbert and the Unfathomable Loneliness of the Deep Space Prospector.

Warsaw Radio @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €8)
Indie boys done good help launch their debut album with a date upstairs in Caroline Street. Support from Rowan and Tiz McNamara.

Barry Wilson @ Coughlan’s Live (9pm, €8)
Corkonian Barry Wilson has spent the last year in studio collaborating with over 22 musicians around Ireland creating, writing and arranging music for his upcoming album in early 2018.


Cuttin’ Heads x Undercurrent Good Friday Spectacular (8pm, €7)
The Headcutters and the residents of Undercurrent come together for a bassy, beatsy blowout to celebrate the demise of the Good Friday alcohol ban.

Fish Go Deep: A Very Good Friday @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €15)
Greg and Shane’s first West Cork date of 2018 marks a celebration – Connolly’s will be partying for Good Friday licencing, but also to pay homage to decades of great Good Friday sessions off-the-radar.

Leftbank @ The White Horse (9pm, €15)
Leftbank is the latest musical project of musician/ record producer Declan O’Luasa, better known as a member of Cork band Rubyhorse. The current line up consists of O’Luasa on guitar and vocals, Marlene Enright on keys and vocals, and Humphrey Murphy on upright bass and vocals. New album ‘The Sky on my Birthday’ launches on the night.

Marc O’Reilly @ DeBarra’s of Clonakilty (9.30pm, €10)
Corkonian troubadour launches third album ‘L’Etre Politique’, and airs new material from same, having cooped himself up throughout the early part of last year to write and record.

GUBU @ Amp Venue (10.30pm, €10)
The city’s great Friday takes a turn for the grotesque/unbelievable/bizarre/unprecedented (delete as applicable) with a massive drag party hosted by MC Candy Warhol, with live tunes from funkers STINK and wordsmith Ophelia.


O Emperor @ Connolly’s of Leap (8pm, €15)
Emma Kelly’s magnificent Merakindie operation celebrates its first year in the company of some of its live regulars: O Emperor head under the hammers, joined by space cadet Arthuritis and psych-folker Elaine Malone.

Out of Space @ The Roundy (8.30pm, €5)
Galwegian record-slinger Eoin (resident of that city’s Electric and Alice clubs) heads upstairs in the Roundy for the latest in a new series of spacey electronic nights. Support from boys done good County Vinyl.

Wild Rocket & Bisect @ The Poor Relation (9pm, €10)
Dublin cosmonauts Wild Rocket touch down in Cork in a double-header with hardcore Corkonians Bisect, launching new album ‘Time the Bastards Fell’. Support from post-rockers Aerialist.

Distortion Easter TEGGno Rave @ Cyprus Avenue (10pm, €8)
A techno/house spectacular courtesy of the Distortion collective: Daxmak, Underground Ovation, SOM, Looptown, Reflux also on the billing.


Audible Joes @ Fred Zeppelin’s (9pm, €5)
Corkonian pop-punks return to the red room on Parliament Street, with support from fellow squallmakers Turfboy and The Turn.

Fish Go Deep’s Easter Sunday Rave @ AMP Venue (10pm, €12)
Greg and Shane’s Easter special returns. Say the lads: “The Easter Sunday rave has a long history here in Cork. Back in the very early 1990s it started as an all-dayer in Sir Henry’s called Out Of Your Shell and, in the years since, we’ve returned to the idea more than a few times.”

Wired Deep – Easter Boiler Session @ Cyprus Avenue (10pm, €11)
Wired Deep, Dylan and Rizz and Vica Versa maintain the decks across town at Cyprus Avenue as the Bank Holiday rages on into Monday.

While you’re here, check out Red on Red, your writer’s weekly podcast focused on Cork music and the personalities behind it, via Cork’s RedFM. This week’s episode drops tonight at 7pm, and this week, we’re talking to rapper, beatmaker and musician Spekulativ Fiktion about his Effigies EP, It Takes a Village festival and his roots in the city’s metal scene. Listen, download and subscribe in your favourite podcast software.

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