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.
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 of the Great Irish Beer Festival. Early doors for this one, don’t get bitten… once? Support from Cork’s Audible Joes.
Grant-Lee Phillips (9pm, €22.50)
Alt-country troubadour drops by while on tour to launch new long-player The Narrows.
FRIDAY AUGUST 25TH:
Le Galaxie @ City Hall (6pm, €13.50)
Re-manifesting themselves after an extended period away somewhere in the retro-future, Le Galaxie continue unveiling their next platter of floorfillers, ahead of the album’s release this autumn. Support from The Band Anna.
Ghetto Techno Friday @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €10)
Killekill’s DJ Flush and Cork veteran Jamie Behan come together to create DJ/production duo Cork Bangers. First up? A loving tribute to ghettotech. DJ Assault among others to figure prominently.
SATURDAY AUGUST 26TH:
Dim the Lights @ The Poor Relation (8pm, €5)
Dublin upstart r.kitt makes his Cork debut on decks as part of the latest Dim the Lights excursion.
Here We Stand @ Fred Zeppelin’s (9pm, €5)
BBC ATL- & The Thin Air-approved youngfellas resume ploughing a thankfully unpretentious brand of melodic crossover metal/hardcore, on a big bill that also includes metallers Conjuring Fate, Arjuna’s Eye and the Lonesome Dolemen.
SUNDAY AUGUST 27TH:
Cuttin’ Heads Collective @ The Vicarstown Bar (4pm, free)
Skratchology, beats and pieces. A no-foolin’ set from the CHC’s core membership to close out a busy summer.
Sunday Times! @ The Bowery (9pm, free)
The residents of Sunday Times hold it down for their summer-closer party, after their eighth-anniversary shindig last month.