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New shows announced: Plaid, Novelist, Honeypot, Open Ear’s ZONE, ASIWYFA, Dali’s one-day Cork festival, Hibernacle & more

New shows announced: Plaid, Novelist, Honeypot, Open Ear’s ZONE, ASIWYFA, Dali’s one-day Cork festival, Hibernacle & more


It’s gig roundup time, as there’s been lots announced in recent weeks.

Night of The Living Dead is being screened with a live score by Stephen Shannon & Matthew Nolan @ Merrion Square Friday 30th September courtesy of Happenings.

Honeypot, a new electronic club night for gay girls and friends is back in The Sound House on Saturday October 1st for its third event 003: Slay Or Be Slain, featuring DJs Roo Honeychild (Club Comfort) and ALI, a resident at Dublin Digital Radio.

Ireland Music Week has announced its conference lineup for the new music showcase festival, from October 4th to 7th. The festival returns in October with the conference elements taking place across the four days, and the showcases taking place on Thursday and Friday night.

A new mini-festival for Clare? Fómhar in Fanore will see Daithí play a hometown show in O’Donohue’s Pub on Saturday 8th October 2022, with additional appearances from Strange Boy, Bog Bodies, Toshín and Dora Gola.

Meet Me at Sundown is a series of 100-cap gigs taking place ion Mondays and Tuesdays in October in Orlagh House, Rathfarnham, Dublin and ClareGalway Castle, Galway by Hibernacle, the brainchild of three experienced and diverse event organisers Úna Molloy, Pearse Doherty and Peter Kelly.

WEEK ONE – On Monday 10th October, Paul Noonan (Bell X1, HousePlants) and folk star Dani Larkin will play an intimate show at at Orlagh House before making their way to do it all over again the following night at the stunning Claregalway Castle on Tuesday 11th October. 

WEEK TWO – On Monday 17th October, acclaimed singer-songwriter Mick Flannery will be accompanied by Brooklyn-based ‘dystopian romanticist’ E.W. Harris at Orlagh House, with the pair playing Claregalway Castle the following night, Tuesday 18th October. 

WEEK THREE – On Monday 24th October, two of Ireland’s most powerful songwriters, Gemma Hayes and Cathy Davey, will join forces for a double-header at Orlagh House then moving to Claregalway Castle for a show on Tuesday 25th October. 

Orlagh House (Oct. 10th, 17th, 24th)
Claregalway Castle (Oct. 11th, 18th, 25th)

Irish jungle label Rua Sound is putting on a weekend of music to Galway this October 14th and 15th at Áras na Gael with the RiseUp Soundsystem.

The lineup will feature five international artists from Rua Sound roster – Arcane, Henry Greenleaf, Itoa, Sully and Sun People – as well as a fine selection of Irish DJ – Little O, Colm McGinley, Bé , Ema, Section Five and DJ Egg.

Rua Sound was launched in Galway in 2015 by Cormac McMahon and Rob Flynn. Since then, the platform has released 19 records on 12” vinyl and digital formats from artists such as TMSV, Lewis James, Sully, and Arcane.

SoFFT Productions presents All Rise: The Passing of The Poem, taking place in Kells Courthouse, on October 15th. Features artists Damien Dempsey, Perlee, An Chéad Ghlúin Eile, Michael Brunnock, Rema Hamid, and Nuala Leonard with host Clíona Ní Chiosáin.

Each artist will respond to Damien Dempsey’s ‘Colony’, a song about colonisation in Ireland and abroad – bringing poetry, dance, storytelling, and music into the acoustics of Kells Courthouse, a place built during harsh English rule and penal laws. Damien Dempsey will perform Colony at the event.

This special event seeks to reclaim and reaffirm Ireland’s indigenous methods of cultural preservation, where songs, poems, and stories were passed from person to person – linking artists, communities, and cultures together.

UK MC and producer Novelist is hitting Bodytonic’s new space at The Bernard Shaw, The Racket, on Saturday October 22nd.

October Nights Festival is a free event happening at Ballina Arts Centre in Mayo on October 20th & 22nd, 2022.

The all-Mayo lineup will feature country- folk singer Brigid Mae Power, Swinford native and harpist Alannah Thornburgh, Achill guitarist Graham Sweeney, Queer pop band Babylamb, London-based alt-folk artist Seamus Fogarty, London based, Westport native Uppbeat (Finn Costelloe) and Ballina hard rockers The Masterplan.

Open Ear has announced an off-season party weekend on Sherkin Island from 21st to 23rd October. Focusing on experimental electronic music, ZONE will feature performances from Bea Brennan, Flowers at Night, Lerosa, Lower Your Expectations, Mantua, Noisy Chilli and Oootini.

Tickets: €75 + fee from Eventbrite.

Púca Festival has announced its return for Halloween in Trim and Athboy in Co. Meath from 28th to 31st October 2022  

Music comes from The Academic, Imelda May, Gavin James, Sharon Shannon, Kíla and Seo Linn, joining the previously announced King Kong Company, Block Rockin’ Beats, Lisa Hannigan, Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Cabaret, Blindboy, Joanne McNally, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty, Jason Byrne and more.  

Cork promoters Dali are putting on a one-day BYOB festival on October 29th called Audio Assault celebrating seven years of parties with two stages of Irish and international electronic music including Giant Swan, Sunil Sharpe, Redshape, Manni Dee and Maedbh OConnor. More acts to be announced.

Autumn Air returns to Mitchelstown with Paul Noonan, The Scratch, Jerry Fish and more in November @ The Yard Bar in Walsh’s.

Nov 17 – The Scratch plus Ciarán O’Gorman

Nov 18 – Paul Noonan plus Lorraine Nash & Sean Joyce

Nov 19 – Jerry Fish plus Special Guests

Nov 20 – Very Special Guest TBA

Tickets on sale tomorrow.

Warp Records electronic pioneers Plaid are coming for a rare show in Dublin courtesy of Foggy Notions and U:MACK. The duo will play Whelan’s on Saturday 26th November. Tickets €28 plus fees.

And So I Watch You From Afar have been announced for the New Year’s Eve show at The Workman’s Club on December 31st this year.

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