5 Gigs You Need to See in Galway This Year
April 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

The beautiful West coast of our Emerald Isle has so much to offer this year and it’s no surprise that Galway will be named European Capital of Culture in 2020. The Galwegians have been adept in showing the rest of us how it’s done on the music and festival front, attracting those both local and abroad as a result. If you are planning on heading down this year, here are some great gigs you can’t miss along the way.

5) The Staves

the-staves

For a pub-goers night of acoustic folk-rock jams while you drink, this is one to keep your spirits high. Emily, Camilla and Jessica Stavely-Taylor started out by performing together at a local pub in Watford during open-mic night. They shortened their group name to The Staves and in 2010 Tom Jones recruited the sisters to feature in his album “Praise and Blame”. This led to the trio being signed to Atlantic Records which really boosted their singing careers. In 2011 the sisters released their first EP’s, including “Mexico” which had a distinct Americana style. In 2012 the trio gained a surge in American followers after supporting acts like The Civil Wars and Bon Iver. The band’s début album “Dead & Born & Grown” was released in 2012 and since then, their second album reached number 14 in the Official UK Album Chart.

Their sound is similar to the style of The Pierces and Laura Marling. Their album “If I Was” is out now so don’t wait around to get a taste of their tunes.

Where: Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway

When: Friday June 2nd 2017, 20:00

Price: From €22.90

Age: Over 18’s

4) WOLFF

wolff

If an upcoming Irish act is more up your street, look no further than rocker and ‘trashy-blues’ singer Johnny Stewart aka WOLFF. This Wexford native has been working hard, perfecting his craft over the years with band-mates Harvey, Richie and Tony in a dimly lit basement where some of the singer’s most raw tracks were sculpted. His style manages to incorporate both rock and blues while merging gritty emotion into the lyrics and an animalistic theme throughout. WOLFF has played both at home and abroad at gigs such as Electric Picnic, Spiegeltent Festival and Other Voices. He has also opened for artists such as Hozier, The Blizzards, The Strypes and Jamie Lawson. With more festivals to come in 2017 for WOLFF and his first Irish tour about to commence, there is no stopping this beast of a performer.

WOLFF’s acclaimed single, “Flesh Blood Skin & Bone” is out now.

Where: Monroe’s, Dominick Street, Galway

When: Saturday, May 6th 2017 9.00pm – 11.30 pm

Price:  From €10 at door, €7 if ordered online.

Age: TBA

3) Future Islands

future-islands

It’s been over a year since Future Islands graced Galway but this July, the boys are back in town. The Baltimore electro synthpop trio consist of William Cashion (guitar), Gerrit Welmers (keyboard) and lead vocalist Samuel T. Herring. The band met at East Carolina University in the US and by 2006 they had released their first EP entitled “Little Advances”, alongside former member and drummer, Erick Murillo. Their début album “Wave Like Home” was released in 2008 and the band were eventually signed to British indie label 4AD in 2014.  It has been an uphill journey for the trio with their 2010 album “On the Water” searing on the Billboard Heatseekers charts at number 12, their songs have also been featured on popular American TV shows such as Shameless. The band is also due to play at Coachella on Friday 14th of April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The lads have a sound that can be likened to that of Arcade Fire and their latest album “The Far Field” is available for download now.

Where: The Black Box, Dyke Road, Galway.

When: Wednesday, 5th July 2017 19:30

Price: From €38.70

Age: Over 18

2) Gavin James

gavin-james

A local legend, Gavin James is the 25 year old singer-songwriter from Dublin who has captured the attention of many with his raw talent since breaking onto the music scene in 2013. James started to forge a career in music at the age of 21, playing open-mic nights around the country before self-releasing his début single “Say Hello” in 2013, winning him the Meteor Choice Award for Song of the Year. 2015 was a particularly big year for James after signing on to Sony in Europe and Capitol Records in the US. He then performed on Dancing with the Stars US and toured as the opening act for some of the biggest British names including Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. His début album was released that November which was titled the same as his hit song; “Bitter Pill” and he even featured in Buzzfeed and RTÉ’s ‘One to Watch 2016’ lists.

Whilst currently on a world tour, there is no stopping James with his latest single “I Don’t Know Why” available on iTunes now.

Where: Absolut Big Top, Fisheries Field, Galway

When: Thursday July 20th 2017, 20:00 (Doors open 19.00)

Price: From €35.00

Age: TBA

1) Passenger with Guests Hudson Taylor

passenger

With a voice like butter, Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger is stopping by on the European leg of his tour and it looks promising indeed. The English singer-songwriter established his love of music at the age of 16, forming a band with a friend under the name /Passenger. The friends went their separate ways and after a spell of busking in Australia, in 2009 he got his first break as the support act for Lior and played at the One Movement festival in Perth. His début solo album, “Wide Eyes Blind Love” was released in the same year and his following gradually boosted as he supported Ed Sheeran on tour in 2013. The year 2014 was big for the singer after his song “Let Her Go” topped the charts in multiple countries and was nominated for a Brit Award for British Single of the Year.

Passenger will be joined by a live band and Dublin folk duo, Hudson Taylor on the evening. His latest album, “Young as the Morning Old as the Sea” is out now.

Where: Absolut Big Top, Fisheries Field, Galway

When: Saturday, July 22nd 2017, 20:00 (Doors open at 19:00)

Price: From €35.00

Age: TBA

There is so much to love about Galway, as depicted by the likes of Steve Earl and Ed Sheeran in the past. All of these gigs have tickets currently on sale and they are selling fast so start planning now before you miss the boat! If you’re looking for some more music inspiration check out these Upcoming Irish Gigs You Need To Get To or our 5 Gigs You Need to See in Cork This Year.

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5 Gigs You Need to See in Galway This Year
April 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

The beautiful West coast of our Emerald Isle has so much to offer this year and it’s no surprise that Galway will be named European Capital of Culture in 2020. The Galwegians have been adept in showing the rest of us how it’s done on the music and festival front, attracting those both local and abroad as a result. If you are planning on heading down this year, here are some great gigs you can’t miss along the way.

5) The Staves

the-staves

For a pub-goers night of acoustic folk-rock jams while you drink, this is one to keep your spirits high. Emily, Camilla and Jessica Stavely-Taylor started out by performing together at a local pub in Watford during open-mic night. They shortened their group name to The Staves and in 2010 Tom Jones recruited the sisters to feature in his album “Praise and Blame”. This led to the trio being signed to Atlantic Records which really boosted their singing careers. In 2011 the sisters released their first EP’s, including “Mexico” which had a distinct Americana style. In 2012 the trio gained a surge in American followers after supporting acts like The Civil Wars and Bon Iver. The band’s début album “Dead & Born & Grown” was released in 2012 and since then, their second album reached number 14 in the Official UK Album Chart.

Their sound is similar to the style of The Pierces and Laura Marling. Their album “If I Was” is out now so don’t wait around to get a taste of their tunes.

Where: Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway

When: Friday June 2nd 2017, 20:00

Price: From €22.90

Age: Over 18’s

4) WOLFF

wolff

If an upcoming Irish act is more up your street, look no further than rocker and ‘trashy-blues’ singer Johnny Stewart aka WOLFF. This Wexford native has been working hard, perfecting his craft over the years with band-mates Harvey, Richie and Tony in a dimly lit basement where some of the singer’s most raw tracks were sculpted. His style manages to incorporate both rock and blues while merging gritty emotion into the lyrics and an animalistic theme throughout. WOLFF has played both at home and abroad at gigs such as Electric Picnic, Spiegeltent Festival and Other Voices. He has also opened for artists such as Hozier, The Blizzards, The Strypes and Jamie Lawson. With more festivals to come in 2017 for WOLFF and his first Irish tour about to commence, there is no stopping this beast of a performer.

WOLFF’s acclaimed single, “Flesh Blood Skin & Bone” is out now.

Where: Monroe’s, Dominick Street, Galway

When: Saturday, May 6th 2017 9.00pm – 11.30 pm

Price:  From €10 at door, €7 if ordered online.

Age: TBA

3) Future Islands

future-islands

It’s been over a year since Future Islands graced Galway but this July, the boys are back in town. The Baltimore electro synthpop trio consist of William Cashion (guitar), Gerrit Welmers (keyboard) and lead vocalist Samuel T. Herring. The band met at East Carolina University in the US and by 2006 they had released their first EP entitled “Little Advances”, alongside former member and drummer, Erick Murillo. Their début album “Wave Like Home” was released in 2008 and the band were eventually signed to British indie label 4AD in 2014.  It has been an uphill journey for the trio with their 2010 album “On the Water” searing on the Billboard Heatseekers charts at number 12, their songs have also been featured on popular American TV shows such as Shameless. The band is also due to play at Coachella on Friday 14th of April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The lads have a sound that can be likened to that of Arcade Fire and their latest album “The Far Field” is available for download now.

Where: The Black Box, Dyke Road, Galway.

When: Wednesday, 5th July 2017 19:30

Price: From €38.70

Age: Over 18

2) Gavin James

gavin-james

A local legend, Gavin James is the 25 year old singer-songwriter from Dublin who has captured the attention of many with his raw talent since breaking onto the music scene in 2013. James started to forge a career in music at the age of 21, playing open-mic nights around the country before self-releasing his début single “Say Hello” in 2013, winning him the Meteor Choice Award for Song of the Year. 2015 was a particularly big year for James after signing on to Sony in Europe and Capitol Records in the US. He then performed on Dancing with the Stars US and toured as the opening act for some of the biggest British names including Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. His début album was released that November which was titled the same as his hit song; “Bitter Pill” and he even featured in Buzzfeed and RTÉ’s ‘One to Watch 2016’ lists.

Whilst currently on a world tour, there is no stopping James with his latest single “I Don’t Know Why” available on iTunes now.

Where: Absolut Big Top, Fisheries Field, Galway

When: Thursday July 20th 2017, 20:00 (Doors open 19.00)

Price: From €35.00

Age: TBA

1) Passenger with Guests Hudson Taylor

passenger

With a voice like butter, Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger is stopping by on the European leg of his tour and it looks promising indeed. The English singer-songwriter established his love of music at the age of 16, forming a band with a friend under the name /Passenger. The friends went their separate ways and after a spell of busking in Australia, in 2009 he got his first break as the support act for Lior and played at the One Movement festival in Perth. His début solo album, “Wide Eyes Blind Love” was released in the same year and his following gradually boosted as he supported Ed Sheeran on tour in 2013. The year 2014 was big for the singer after his song “Let Her Go” topped the charts in multiple countries and was nominated for a Brit Award for British Single of the Year.

Passenger will be joined by a live band and Dublin folk duo, Hudson Taylor on the evening. His latest album, “Young as the Morning Old as the Sea” is out now.

Where: Absolut Big Top, Fisheries Field, Galway

When: Saturday, July 22nd 2017, 20:00 (Doors open at 19:00)

Price: From €35.00

Age: TBA

There is so much to love about Galway, as depicted by the likes of Steve Earl and Ed Sheeran in the past. All of these gigs have tickets currently on sale and they are selling fast so start planning now before you miss the boat! If you’re looking for some more music inspiration check out these Upcoming Irish Gigs You Need To Get To or our 5 Gigs You Need to See in Cork This Year.

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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