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14 gigs and clubs to go to in Cork this weekend

14 gigs and clubs to go to in Cork this weekend

Mike McGrath-Bryan

DISCLAIMER: We know that’s there way more on than listed here for Coughlans’ Live Music Festival this week. For obvious reasons, we’re just not listing sold-out shows on top of the frankly preposterous amount of good stuff happening around the gaff.


Ganglions & Chancer @ The Poor Relation (9pm, €5)
A double-dose of math-rock goodness by the bus station, with Cork/Sheffield math-poppers Ganglions coming home and Dubland crowd Chancer making their Leeside debut.

Marc O’Reilly & Jasper Holby (9pm, €10)
Irish bluesman Marc O’Reilly pairs up with Danish double-bassist for a special event as part of Coughlan’s Live festival. David Hope supporting.

GOOD Music @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €5)
Cork’s weekly hip-hop gig, this week featuring Gadget and the Cloud as guest selector, right before the launch of her debut album.


Basciville @ The Roundy (9pm, €12)
The brothers Byrne head upstairs in the Castle Street venue for a headline show co-presented by the Cyprus Avenue crew.

WEISS @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €16)
Repping house’s Chicago sound, WEISS stops upstairs in Cyprus Avenue in the middle of something of a roll, including copious scene support, BBC Radio 1 airplay and a seeming omnipresence on Beatport.


Garden @ The Friary (6pm, free)
A whole, entire evening of good food, spoken word and live music, all for free, in the biggest little pub in the city. Musical guests: Suantraí, Laurie Shaw, Paul Curran and Liam Brick. Among the disc-jocks: the boys of County Vinyl.

Craic Inna Babylon @ The Sextant (6pm, free)
Strictly rub-a-dub inna de pub. Jive Al-Mestizo, Gwada Mike, Johan Arbraz and the boys hold it down in the beer garden by the quays. Extra servings of dancehall and techno for those what wants ’em.

44Seconds Exhibition Opening @ Alchemy, Barrack St. (8pm, free)
Zelen Tshabangu, formerly of Cork-based Afropunks Unwinding Cables, unveils an exhibition of visual art at the popular Barrack St. coffee spot. Playing live: Sara Ryan, Simply Chorded, Sello Moeketsi. Slam poetry from Rhia and more TBC.

Girls vs. Boys Silent Disco @ Coughlan’s (10pm, free)
Down in the side lane at the back of all the chaos of a festival in a small venue, Southern Hospitality Board continue to wage the war of the roses: Caoilian plays music by lads, Aisling plays music by girls. Two channels, one pair of headphones, awkward dancing.

John Blek & The Rats @ Coughlan’s (10.30pm, free)
A free CLMF show for John Blek and the band after a few long legs of solo European touring earlier this year. Americana aplenty, if you can get in.

Looptown Breast Cancer Fundraiser @ Cyprus Avenue (11pm, €12)
Breast Cancer Ireland presents a fundraiser in association with Looptown resident DJs, presenting house and related sounds to benefit sufferers and their families.

FEVER @ Church (11pm, €10)
Stevie G. minds the tunes on Saturday night on Hanover Street, while reprising his successful stage show with Andrea Williams and her dancers.


Secret Song 2017 @ Levis’ of Ballydehob (3pm, €32)
The third annual installment of everyone’s favourite mystery singalong. Big names, stripped-down tunes, every room in the gaff. The lineup, however, is all question-marks until you arrive.

Niall McCabe @ Coughlan’s (9.30pm, free)
Folk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll from Mayo troubadour, on excursion for the final show of Coughlan’s Live Music Festival 2017.

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