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Gig news roundup: Matthew E. White, Young Wonder, Henrik Schwarz, Bell X1, Saint Etienne, regional news and more

Gig news roundup: Matthew E. White, Young Wonder, Henrik Schwarz, Bell X1, Saint Etienne, regional news and more

Already announced this past week? Manu Chao, Sufjan Stevens, Amanda Palmer, Valentia Island, Body & Soul additions

One-off shows

Matthew E. White is coming for a show and a chat with Banter on Monday 4th May in Twisted Pepper. The talk begins at 6pm with Jim Carroll in conversation with White and a solo performance. Tickets €5 + fee from the Banter website.

Matthew E. White - Rock & Roll Is Cold (Official Video)

Culture Vultures returns to Odessa Club on Wednesday 27th May with the solid lineup of Donal Dineen (interview), Somerville (music) and Colm O’ Regan (comedy). Tickets are €10+fees.

Bodytonic favourite Henrik Schwarz is back for a show in Twisted Pepper on May 2nd. Tickets €15.

Henrik Schwarz Boiler Room Berlin Live Set

From Funkineven’s Apron Records comes Brassfoot who has been described as “acid technoid” for a gig in Turk’s Head basement in Dublin on May 1st. Event page.

Brassfoot - Dogenzaka (Official Video) Apron15


Young Wonder’s new album Birth comes out on May 18th on Feel Good Lost and the Cork duo have some dates upcoming to tie-in. They are

07.05: Electrowerkz, London
16.05: The Savoy, Cork (€15)
22.05: Whelan’s Dublin (€13)
29.05: Roisin Dubh, Galway
30.05: Dolan’s Upstairs, Limerick
10.07: Valentia Isle Festival, Kerry
19.07: Longitude Festival, Dublin

Bell X1 are going on a 17-date acoustic Irish tour in October. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 24th from all usual outlets.
Thu 1st – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Fri 2nd – INEC Acoustic Room, Killarney
Sat 3rd – Cork Opera House, Cork
Sun 4th – Debarras, Clonakilty
Thu 8th – Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Fri 9th – Backstage Theatre, Longford
Sat 10th – Theatre Royale, Waterford
Thu 15th – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Fri 16th – Belfast (venue TBA)
Sat 17th – The Guildhall, Derry
Sun 18th – Balor Theatre, Ballybofey
Thu 22nd – Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Fri 23rd – Spiegeltent, Wexford
Sat 24th – Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Sun 25th – National Concert Hall, Dublin
Fri 30th – Glor Theatre, Ennis
Sat 31st – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) & Tess Parks play The Sugar Club, Dublin on July 15th. Tickets €20 +fees.

mama - tess parks and anton newcombe

Festival news

The National Concert Hall’s ESB Live series of gigs this summer features Emmylou Harris, Saint Etienne, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and more.

19 July 8pm – An Evening with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Tickets: €65, €55, €45
2 July 8pm – Ladysmith Black Mambazo as part of ESB LIVE 2015 Tickets: €50, €45
8 September 8pm – Saint Etienne performing Foxbase Alpha.Tickets: €30

Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etienne

Bray’s The Harbour Bar is curating a stage at Groove Festival at Killruddery House, Co Wicklow on July 4th and 5th. They have added:

Saturday 4th July
Toasted Special, Bunoscionn, Mark Geary, Corner Boy & The Cujo Family.

Sunday 5th July
Stomptown Brass, The Bionic Rats, Maud in Cahoots, Tucan & The Eskies

Other artists for the festival include The Darkness, The Riptide Movement, Wallis Bird, Wyvern Lingo and Kila.

The Harbour Bar Stage @ Groove Festival 2014

Bray Jazz Festival is back for its 16 year over the May Bank Holiday weekend and on the lineup are young American trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Quartet, Brazilian soul and jazz legend Ed Motta, and the 17-piece Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, who will be joined by a number of visiting guests for a musical tribute to the late Kenny Wheeler.

Doolin Folk Festival is happening in Clare from June 12-14 and features music from Mick Flannery, Declan O’Rourke, Sharon Shannon, Stockton’s Wing, O Sahara, Moxie, Colm Mac Ion Iomaire and more.


The 9th annual Ireland’s primary improvisation and sound art event Sonic Vigil takes place in St. Anne’s Church in Shandon, Cork City on May 2nd from 2pm to 8pm. The event features German composer Christina Kubisch along with Arif Ayab, David Bremner, Mikael Fernstrom, John Godfrey, Paul Hegarty, Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, miXile, Harry Moore, Irene Murphy, Katie O’Looney, Mick O’Shea, Robin Parmar, Karen Power, Caroline Pugh, Nick Roth, David Stalling, Sean Taylor.
Tickets are €5.

Southern Hospitality Board present Dublin alt-rock band Tandem Felix and Galway folk singer Brigid Power Ryce at Mother Jones Flea Market on Saturday 9th May. Tickets are €10.

​Bastardo Electrico have ​Neil Landstrumm in Cypress Avenue this Saturday night. Tickets €12+.


May Day at The Model is a late night, access-all-areas event to mark Model anniversary and it features Somerville, Chequerboard, Katie Kim, Myles Manley Conor Walsh and live DJs, with visuals and curation by Donal Dineen. Tickets are €10.

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