Hey, what year is it? Roll back the clock several years and then back again as you realise The Killers are as big as ever. They sold out the 3Arena last year and in 2018, they’ll be back for an outdoor gig with guests Franz Ferdinand.

It happens at the RDS Arena gig on June 26th this year.

Tickets are €69.50 plus fees from Ticketmaster and they go on sale Friday 23 February at 9am.

Posted on February 16th, 2018

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Eight new acts have been announced for this year’s BBC Biggest Weekend in Belfast which takes place from May 25th to 26th.

Acts added include:

  • Orbital
  • Young Fathers
  • The Breeders
  • Ash
  • First Aid Kit
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Little Dragon
  • Goldie

They will be joined by Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting.

Four-weekend shows in four UK and NI cities of Perth (Scotland), Swansea (Wales), Coventry (England) and Belfast (Northern Ireland) from May 25 – 28th this year under The Biggest Weekend.

Tickets for Belfast go on sale on Monday February 12th at 10am and are available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on February 7th, 2018


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Once Upon a Time Back West returns to Galway this February 8th-11th. The festival will feature music, comedy and club culture across four venues in Galway’s West End.

Line up includes:

Thursday 8th February

Le Boom @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
Oisa D’Preto Massino @ Massimo (Free)

Friday 9th February

Daithí, Slow Place Like Home, Elaine Mai, Paddy Hanna @ Róisin Dubh (Free)

Glenn Wool, Karl Spain @ Róisin Dublin – Upstairs
Rowdy Brothers @ Massino (Free)
Mix and Fairbanks @ The Blue Note (Free)

Saturday 10th February

Franz Ferdinand@ Leisureland
Andy Zaltzman @ Róisin Dubh
110th Street @ The Blue Note (Free)
DJ Mac @ Massimo (Free)

Sunday 11th February

Sing Along Social @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
John Conneely Inc. @ Róisin Dubh
The Blue Notes @ The Blue Note (Free)
Jade and The Goodies @ Massimo (Free)

Posted on January 24th, 2018


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Franz Ferdinand have returned. The arch Scottish rock band will release a new album called Always Ascending on February 9th next year on long -standing label Domino. It’ll be their first in five years since Right Thoughts, 2013’s Right Words, Right Action.

The band have also announced an extensive world tour with two Irish dates in Dublin and Galway on 10th February Leisureland, Galway and 11th February Olympia, Dublin. Tickets for shows in Ireland, UK and Europe will be available to purchase from 9am on Friday the 3rd of November, Japan from the 11th of November and US and Canada from 10am local time October 27th. More information can be found on the band’s website:

‘Always Ascending’ is the album’s first taster, which has the old Franz Ferdinand style updated with some psychedelic electronic touches. Perhaps that’s the fault of producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix). The album was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris.

You can get a preview of the band’s album tonight at 8.30pm when they broadcast some new songs live from Paris’s Point Ephémère on the Franz Ferdinand Facebook page from 8.30pm BST tonight, Wednesday October 25, during which the band will preview a selection of their new recordings.

Franz Ferdinand Tour Dates

Thursday 25 January Tokyo, Japan Shinkiba Studio Coast

Saturday 10 February Galway, Ireland Leisureland
Sunday 11 February Dublin, Ireland Olympia Theatre
Tuesday 13 February Manchester Albert Hall
Wednesday 14 February Nottingham Rock City
Friday 16 February Newcastle 02 Academy
Saturday 17 February Glasgow 02 Academy
Monday 19 February Leeds 02 Academy
Tuesday 20 February Birmingham 02 Academy
Wednesday 21 February Bristol 02 Academy
Friday 23 February Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 24 February London 02 Brixton Academy
Sunday 25 February Brighton Dome
Tuesday 27 February Paris, France Zenith
Wednesday 28 February Brussels, Belgium Forest National

Thursday 1 March Hamburg, Germany Mehr! Theater
Saturday 3 March Utrecht, Netherlands TivoliVrendenburg
Sunday 4 March Groningen, Nlands De Oosterpoort
Monday 5 March Cologne, Germany Palladium
Wednesday 7 March Berlin, Germany Tempodrom
Thursday 8 March Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Friday 9 March Prague, Czech Rep. Forum Karlin
Sunday 11 March Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
Monday 12 March Munich, Germany Tonhalle
Tuesday 13 March Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Thursday 15 March Bologna, Italy Unipol Arena
Saturday 17 March Madrid, Spain La Riviera
Monday 19 March Toulouse, France Zenith
Tuesday 20 March Montpellier, France Zenith Sud
Wednesday 21 March Lyon, France Amphi 3000
Friday 23 March Rennes, France Liberte
Saturday 24 March Caen, France Zenith

Sunday 8 April Toronto, ON Rebel
Tuesday 10 April Boston, MA House of Blues
Wednesday 11 April Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Friday 13 April Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Monday 16 April Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
Friday 27 April Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Saturday 28 April Kansas City, MO The Truman
Monday 30 April Milwaukee, WI The Rave

Wednesday 2 May St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Monday 7 May Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tuesday 8 May Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
Friday 11 May Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
Sunday 13 May San Diego, CA North Park @ The Observatory
Tuesday 15 May Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Thursday 17 May Oakland, CA The Fox Theatre

The tracklisting for Always Ascending Tracklist

1. Always Ascending
2. Lazy Boy
3. Paper Cages
4. Finally
5. The Academy Award
6. Lois Lane
7. Huck And Jim
8. Glimpse Of Love
9. Feel The Love Go
10. Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

Posted on October 25th, 2017


BNQT (pronounced “Banquet”) , the group made up of Eric Pulido of Midlake, Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy will play Vicar Street on November 2nd this year.

The indie supergroup, released their debut album Volume 1 in April via Bella Union. The introductory set includes ten new, original songs and features five vocalists. It’s not entirely clear if all members will be present.

Tickets priced €26.50 go on sale this Friday 21 July at 9am through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on July 18th, 2017

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The best new music/artist picks of the last week. As published in today’s Day & Night Magazine. Follow Day & Night on Twitter and Facebook.


Early ’90s indie euphoria is one way to describe the sound of this Washington DC band’s standout new single ‘Sinking Stone’. Its shimmering delayed sweeps conjure up the best of indie power ballads of times past.

All new music picks →

Posted on July 26th, 2013

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franzblood Remember those archaic days when you picked up a magazine or a free newspaper and saw a playlist of what people were into that week and you would then immediately check it out if you thought it was interesting. The Aussie street press magazines reminded me of the power of those subjective charts. I’ve always got loads of great stuff from them so I’m going to re-introduce them here. No great fanfare or descriptions just ten of the best song around right now you should know or you might already know.

  1. Franz FerdinandNo You Girls (Trentemoller Remix)Blood (Domino)
  2. Dirty ProjectorsCannibal ResourceBitte Orca – (Domino)
  3. Mos DefAuditorium feat. Slick RickThe Ecstatic (Downtown)
  4. Grizzly BearSouthern PointVeckatimest (Warp)
  5. Various ProductionTrycycleEP (Self-released)
  6. See the full chart >>

Posted on June 23rd, 2009


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