Maybe like me you’ve been hit with pandemic fatigue pretty hard this week. The normal markers of my Irish summer – music festivals – can’t take place, and it’s looking very unlikely that we’ll get anything close to normality, especially with the constant clarifications on restrictions currently happening that change by the minute it seems, that no-one knows what capacity applies to what event or space. FUN!
So in a bid to offer some hope, here are some gigs coming up in the future that will give you a reason to look forward once again.
Of course, at time of writing, no-one is entirely sure what level of social distancing or protection will be required to attend one of these gigs, and whether they will actually take place as planned. But I’m trying to stay optimistic today.
Roosevelt @ Button Factory
March 7th 2021
Roosevelt is a long-time favourite around these parts with his sheenful electronic-disco pop music. After his recent single ‘Signs’, he’s just dropped the pew-pew disco buzz of ‘Echoes’ but he also has two albums plus Nite Versions of those tracks to delve into.
Tickets are €23 plus fees on sale tomorrow Friday August 21st at 10am on Ticketmaster.
Squid @ Button Factory
March 21st 2021
A Brighton post-punk band recently signed to Warp Records, Squid are inspired by Neu! and This Heat and have plenty of kinetic energy in their hypnotic rock tunes.
Tickets are on sale tomorrow Friday August 21st from €15 at 10am on Tickets.ie
Somebody’s Child – Irish Tour
March 18th – 26th 2021
Dubliner Cian Godfrey was one of the most exciting new live acts we’d seen in a while pre-pandemic. His shiny indie-jams are augmented by a captivating live show and he’s just dropped an EP 20-Something, which features the standout track ‘Hold Me Like You Wanna’. Tour dates below.
Mo’ov’us – @ Lost Lane
Friday March 19th 2021
One of our own events. Originally scheduled for March 12th 2020, it’ll now take place in March 2021 as part of St. Patrick’s Festival. We’ve got 14 performers on stage so with government restrictions on stages and with more than 100 tickets sold already, we had to move it to next year.
MO’OV’US (moreofus) is a celebration of Irish hip-hop and rap bringing an invasion of acts from across Ireland together on one stage. MO’OV’US (moreofus) is spearheaded by the Clare MC God Knows (Rusangano Family) and anchored by a full-length collaborative set between God Knows, rising Zambian-Limerick rapper/ spoken word artist Denise Chaila and Cork electronic producer and beatmaker Bantum.
The night will also guest appearances drawn from Ireland’s fertile city music scenes in Limerick, Cork and Dublin and includes names like Senita (Shookrah), Farah Elle, MuRli, Hazey Haze, Citrus, Outsider YP, Gavin Da Vinci, Aswell, Strange Boy Nature, Krome and Mankyy.
Ailbhe Reddy @ The Workman’s Club
Friday October 2nd 2020
A gig taking place this year! On October 21st, Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy is releasing her debut album Personal History. Check out album singles ‘Between Your Teeth’ and ‘Time Difference’.
Tickets from €19 from Tickets.ie
Fontaines D.C. @ Iveagh Gardens
July 3rd & 4th 2021
Having already had to reschedule an outdoor show and having since released their second album A Hero’s Death, a second show will go on sale tomorrow for the Dublin rock band.
CMAT @ Kino Cork
Friday October 30th 2020
One of the few Irish artists who managed to emerge in 2020 during lockdown is the Dubliner Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson whose two singles ‘Rodney’ and ‘Another Day (KFC)’ are fine examples of the artist’s fun pop-culture-referencing classic pop songs.
There is currently one show on sale in Cork (the other is sold out) and the Dublin shows at Whelans’ in October are already sold out.
Doves @ Olympia Theatre
April 6th 2021
Doves have announced The Universal Want, their first album in 12 years and the band have an Olympia gig on sale tomorrow.
Georgia @ The Academy
April 22nd 2021
UK electro-pop artist Georgia, who released one of my favourite albums of the year so far, has announced a date at Dublin’s Academy on Thursday April 22nd 2021.