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19 gigs and clubs to see in Cork this weekend

19 gigs and clubs to see in Cork this weekend

Mike McGrath-Bryan

COMPETITION TIME: The Nialler9 Cork Gig Guide has three pairs of tickets to give away for Beardyman this Saturday at Cyprus Avenue (more info below)! To be in with a chance to win, simply email mikemcgrathbryan (at), subject header: ‘Beardyman Tickets’.


All Our Exes Live in Texas @ DeBarra’s of Clonakilty (9pm, €15)
Four-part folk shenanigans from Sydney, Australia, on their only Cork date.


Lisa O’Neill @ Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh (8pm, €15)
Cavan-born singer-songwriter heads out to Cobh for the latest in a run of shows after the release of latest album ‘Pothole in the Sky’.

Rowan @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (8.30pm, donations)
Dylan Howe and collaborators continue their run around the county’s venues in support of their debut E.P.

Undercurrent @ The Poor Relation (9pm, €5)
The Poor Relation becomes the Dub Hub for the weekend of Cork Ska and Reggae Festival, and the Undercurrent lads are holding it down. RiseUp SoundSystem in situ all weekend for the bass.

Hope is Noise @ Ocana’s, Mallow (10pm, free)
Cork alt-rock veterans lend their heft and melody to the third night of Mallow Arts Festival, opening its new-music programme.

Yan Cook @ Dali (10pm, €12)
The Carey’s Lane venue continues its Under the Rose residency with an appearance from Cooked Records honcho Yan Cook.

Beardyman @ Cyprus Avenue (10pm, €20)
Mouth-music master brings an array of sonic manipulation gear and a fair amount of charm to another headline gig upstairs on Caroline Street.


Elaine Malone + Fixity @ St. James’ Church, Mallow (3pm, free)
A double-header of psychedelia and experimentation in a church, as part of Mallow Arts Festival, including a rare solo set from Dan Walsh as Fixity.

County Vinyl + Cáit @ The Roundy (8pm, free)
The residents of County Vinyl return to the home of Plugd Records with Cáit, of Dublin night Dip and GASH Collective in tow.

The Olllam @ Cyprus Avenue (8pm, €20)
The lads from Vulfpeck team up with Belfast piper John McSherry for a lash of self-described ‘neo-acoustic Celtic post-rock’. Mad, Ted.

Dirty Casuals @ Fred Zeppelin’s (8.30pm, €5)
Heaviness abounds with the launch of these youngfellas’ debut EP. Support from Words That Burn, Selkies and Outsound.

Cian Finn + Bazza Ranks @ The Poor Relation (8pm, €tbc)
Dirty Dubcast podcast man and ex-Dirty Dubster keeps the Cork Reggae and Ska festival’s Dub Hub shaking, while Galwegian reggae vocalist Cian Finn supplies the good vibes.

Get Down Edits @ Connolly’s of Leap (9pm, €10)
Daz and Martin return with another night of remixes, edits and new cuts gleaned from 25 years of regular gigging and compilation releases.

Booka Brass @ Coughlan’s (9pm, €20)
Horns aplenty in the back room on Douglas Street from one of Ireland’s most popular summer bookings.

Cuttin’ Heads Collective @ Keppler’s, Mallow (10pm, free)
Cork’s hip-hop co-op brings beats and pieces to the North Cork town’s basement space for the Mallow Arts Festival. Live raps from Spekulativ Fiktion and collaborators.

Vinyl Below @ Dali (10pm, €12)
Another month, another longform expedition into house and techno with the residents of Vinyl Below.


Sunday Times @ The Bowery (5pm, free)
The residents celebrate their ninth anniversary with some lo-fi bopping, courtesy of pop-culture beatmaster jar jar jr.

God Alone @ Keppler’s, Mallow (7pm, free)
Some blackened, dancey metal to help close up Mallow Arts Festival from the Northside upstarts.

Chainska Brassika @ Crane Lane Theatre (9pm, free)
London ska outfit help close up the ongoing Cork Ska and Reggae Festival, hot off their victory at Poland’s World Reggae Contest.

To submit gigs for consideration to the Nialler9 Cork gig guide, email: mikemcgrathbryan(at), or slide into the DMs: @mike_mcgb.

While you’re here, check out Red on Red, your writer’s new podcast for Cork’s RedFM, spotlighting the city’s independent music community. This week: we’re talking to Cork’s magic music man, Dan Walsh. Listen, subscribe and catch up here, or find us on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more.


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