5 Gigs You Need To See in Dublin This December
December 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

The countdown to Christmas is officially underway and whilst many are fully embracing the festive cheer, a distraction from the chaos is no doubt welcome too. If you’re hitting the town in Dublin this month and you’re looking for some quality entertainment, then you won’t be disappointed with the local musical line-up in store.

As always, we at The Sharpe are keen to help spread the word regarding emerging and talented names so don’t miss the opportunity to check out their tunes live!

5) Level Heads

Level Heads

Tallaght natives and five-piece Indie-Rockers Level Heads are on our must-see list this month with their Autumn/Winter tour in motion. Chris Keeley, Mick Keeley, Mark Donoghue, Liam McDonnell and Simon Dignam are five friends whose love of music inspired them to form a band in 2012 with the lads playing various covers of popular hits in venues across their hometown.

In June 2017, the band finally unleashed their first killer EP entitled ‘Vol.1’ which they débuted in a sold out gig at the Sound House. Their second EP ‘Simplicity’ even managed to give Harry Styles a run for his money on the iTunes charts as it entered at just two positions below Harry’s ‘Sign of the Times’. Not bad for their first big musical venture!

The band has a heavy guitar-based sound which merges old style Indie-Rock with a contemporary Pop twist. They incorporate stylistic elements reminiscent of legends like Thin Lizzy and The Strokes. For a preview of their latest content, their new single ‘Lawless’ is available to stream on Spotify now and gives a great insight!

When: Saturday December 23rd 2017, 8pm

Where: Sound House at The Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Tickets: €11.50 per person

4) Daithí Ó Drónaí

Daithí Ó Drónaí

Next up we have Western talent in the form of Irish Indie/Trad singer, Daithí Ó Drónaí. Many may recognize Daithí from the first series of the All Ireland Talent Show where he represented the West during his first year in college. He made it all the way to the final of the show and the following year he auditioned for Sky 1’s Must Be The Music. There he once again reached the final and performed to a crowd of 10,000 at Wembley Arena. From here, Daithí’s music career skyrocketed and his début single ‘Carraroe’ reached sixth place in the UK Indie download charts.

Then in 2014 he released his first album ‘In Flight’ which adopted a Pop/Electronic approach and was well received in Ireland and the UK. He parted ways with Sony two years later to go back to his Western roots with his single ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ receiving critical acclaim at home.

Daithí’s sound could be considered a contemporary mesh, similar to Danny O’Reilly and The Riptide Movement. His latest EP ‘Holiday Home’ is available to download now.

When: Thursday December 21st, 11.00pm 2017

Where: The Button Factory, Curved Street, Dublin 2

Tickets: Between €8 and €10 per person

3) I Draw Slow

 I Draw Slow

If some authentic Folk vibes are your preference, then this group is definitely one to watch. Louise and Dave Holden are siblings and the lead vocalists of the ensemble. They are accompanied by Konrad Liddy on double bass, Adrian Hart on fiddle and Colin Derham on banjo. The group have been involved in the music scene in Ireland for ten years after initially playing small local venues and festivals. Soon they went professional and their second album ‘Redhills’ garnered them the No.2 slot in the Irish album charts.

For the last five years, the group have set their sights on North America and completed an impressive thirteen tours in twenty-one states. They are re-establishing themselves on the Irish music scene with a tour this year, following the release of their fourth album.

I Draw Slow can be likened in style to that of Beoga and Nathan Carter with their slick Country melodies. Their latest album ‘Turn Your Face To The Sun’ is available to download on iTunes now.

When: Sunday December 17th 2017 at 8pm

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1

Tickets: €15.00 per person

2) Fruitz

Fruitz

Don’t be fooled by the quirky name as this Rock n’ Roll/ Indie band from Dublin work an extremely edgy style. James Keegan radiates in lead vocals whilst his striking bandmates Jamie Bond, Adam Whelehan and Conor Wallnut accompany with bass, guitar and drums respectively. The lads are brand new on the music scene with their first EP ‘5ive A Day’ released in August 2017 – receiving thousands of streams in a matter of hours worldwide.

The EP received critical acclaim overall and the following month they were invited onto Dublin’s Near FM to perform some acoustic tracks live. Currently they are gigging around some of the top venues in Ireland whilst working on their next set of tunes so the sky is the limit for these lads!

The four members have often had their daring sound compared to big anthemic names such as Oasis and U2. To hear more about this new exciting group, check out the band’s début EP ‘5ive A Day’ which can be streamed on Spotify now.

When: December 9th 2017, 8pm

Where: The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Tickets: €5.00 per person

1) When Young

When Young

This Alternative Pop trio knows how to shake things up and we anticipate big things for them on the Irish music front. Their story starts with Aoife Power, Niall Burns and Andrew Flood sneaking into a bar as teenagers in Limerick and bonding over some cheap booze and punk tunes playing in the background. This led to a spontaneous jam-session and the three merged their music and moved to Dublin to see how far they could go with it.

They then decided to branch out and moved to London where When Young became official. In 2016 the group launched their début single ‘See How They Run’ and they are currently working on more tunes and are performing around Ireland also.

The band can be likened in style to that of The Smiths and The Cure with their bold lyrics and sound. Their single ‘See How They Run’ is available to download now on iTunes.

When: Saturday December 9th, 7.30pm

Where: Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 6

Tickets: €9.30 per person

If you find yourself strapped for cash on the run up to Christmas but still fancy a great night out without the fuss, then check out one of these great, affordable gigs. 2017 may be coming to a close, but it is never too late to open yourself up to some of the local talent that is quite literally sitting on our doorstep. Just make sure you get out early to see one of these outstanding Irish acts and don’t get left in the cold.

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5 Gigs You Need To See in Dublin This December
December 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

The countdown to Christmas is officially underway and whilst many are fully embracing the festive cheer, a distraction from the chaos is no doubt welcome too. If you’re hitting the town in Dublin this month and you’re looking for some quality entertainment, then you won’t be disappointed with the local musical line-up in store.

As always, we at The Sharpe are keen to help spread the word regarding emerging and talented names so don’t miss the opportunity to check out their tunes live!

5) Level Heads

Level Heads

Tallaght natives and five-piece Indie-Rockers Level Heads are on our must-see list this month with their Autumn/Winter tour in motion. Chris Keeley, Mick Keeley, Mark Donoghue, Liam McDonnell and Simon Dignam are five friends whose love of music inspired them to form a band in 2012 with the lads playing various covers of popular hits in venues across their hometown.

In June 2017, the band finally unleashed their first killer EP entitled ‘Vol.1’ which they débuted in a sold out gig at the Sound House. Their second EP ‘Simplicity’ even managed to give Harry Styles a run for his money on the iTunes charts as it entered at just two positions below Harry’s ‘Sign of the Times’. Not bad for their first big musical venture!

The band has a heavy guitar-based sound which merges old style Indie-Rock with a contemporary Pop twist. They incorporate stylistic elements reminiscent of legends like Thin Lizzy and The Strokes. For a preview of their latest content, their new single ‘Lawless’ is available to stream on Spotify now and gives a great insight!

When: Saturday December 23rd 2017, 8pm

Where: Sound House at The Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Tickets: €11.50 per person

4) Daithí Ó Drónaí

Daithí Ó Drónaí

Next up we have Western talent in the form of Irish Indie/Trad singer, Daithí Ó Drónaí. Many may recognize Daithí from the first series of the All Ireland Talent Show where he represented the West during his first year in college. He made it all the way to the final of the show and the following year he auditioned for Sky 1’s Must Be The Music. There he once again reached the final and performed to a crowd of 10,000 at Wembley Arena. From here, Daithí’s music career skyrocketed and his début single ‘Carraroe’ reached sixth place in the UK Indie download charts.

Then in 2014 he released his first album ‘In Flight’ which adopted a Pop/Electronic approach and was well received in Ireland and the UK. He parted ways with Sony two years later to go back to his Western roots with his single ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ receiving critical acclaim at home.

Daithí’s sound could be considered a contemporary mesh, similar to Danny O’Reilly and The Riptide Movement. His latest EP ‘Holiday Home’ is available to download now.

When: Thursday December 21st, 11.00pm 2017

Where: The Button Factory, Curved Street, Dublin 2

Tickets: Between €8 and €10 per person

3) I Draw Slow

 I Draw Slow

If some authentic Folk vibes are your preference, then this group is definitely one to watch. Louise and Dave Holden are siblings and the lead vocalists of the ensemble. They are accompanied by Konrad Liddy on double bass, Adrian Hart on fiddle and Colin Derham on banjo. The group have been involved in the music scene in Ireland for ten years after initially playing small local venues and festivals. Soon they went professional and their second album ‘Redhills’ garnered them the No.2 slot in the Irish album charts.

For the last five years, the group have set their sights on North America and completed an impressive thirteen tours in twenty-one states. They are re-establishing themselves on the Irish music scene with a tour this year, following the release of their fourth album.

I Draw Slow can be likened in style to that of Beoga and Nathan Carter with their slick Country melodies. Their latest album ‘Turn Your Face To The Sun’ is available to download on iTunes now.

When: Sunday December 17th 2017 at 8pm

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1

Tickets: €15.00 per person

2) Fruitz

Fruitz

Don’t be fooled by the quirky name as this Rock n’ Roll/ Indie band from Dublin work an extremely edgy style. James Keegan radiates in lead vocals whilst his striking bandmates Jamie Bond, Adam Whelehan and Conor Wallnut accompany with bass, guitar and drums respectively. The lads are brand new on the music scene with their first EP ‘5ive A Day’ released in August 2017 – receiving thousands of streams in a matter of hours worldwide.

The EP received critical acclaim overall and the following month they were invited onto Dublin’s Near FM to perform some acoustic tracks live. Currently they are gigging around some of the top venues in Ireland whilst working on their next set of tunes so the sky is the limit for these lads!

The four members have often had their daring sound compared to big anthemic names such as Oasis and U2. To hear more about this new exciting group, check out the band’s début EP ‘5ive A Day’ which can be streamed on Spotify now.

When: December 9th 2017, 8pm

Where: The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Tickets: €5.00 per person

1) When Young

When Young

This Alternative Pop trio knows how to shake things up and we anticipate big things for them on the Irish music front. Their story starts with Aoife Power, Niall Burns and Andrew Flood sneaking into a bar as teenagers in Limerick and bonding over some cheap booze and punk tunes playing in the background. This led to a spontaneous jam-session and the three merged their music and moved to Dublin to see how far they could go with it.

They then decided to branch out and moved to London where When Young became official. In 2016 the group launched their début single ‘See How They Run’ and they are currently working on more tunes and are performing around Ireland also.

The band can be likened in style to that of The Smiths and The Cure with their bold lyrics and sound. Their single ‘See How They Run’ is available to download now on iTunes.

When: Saturday December 9th, 7.30pm

Where: Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 6

Tickets: €9.30 per person

If you find yourself strapped for cash on the run up to Christmas but still fancy a great night out without the fuss, then check out one of these great, affordable gigs. 2017 may be coming to a close, but it is never too late to open yourself up to some of the local talent that is quite literally sitting on our doorstep. Just make sure you get out early to see one of these outstanding Irish acts and don’t get left in the cold.

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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