5 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This January
January 3, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

You guessed it, it’s that time of year once again – the unavoidable January blues have arrived. With Christmas now only a fading memory and the New Year in full swing, the celebrations have nearly come to an end. If spirits are low this month, a great cure can be found in the capital with some cracking shows on the way.

There are fantastic gigs in Dublin this January, including a huge tribute show in Whelan’s and some great local names ready to entertain. So if you still can’t decide on that New Year’s resolution, supporting home-grown talent in 2018 is certainly a good place to start!

5) The Avant Gardaí

the-avant-gardai

First up on our gig guide list is Avant Gardaí, the Sceptabilly Irish Rockers who are no strangers to the Dublin music scene. Laura, Sarah, Vincent, Dan, Eliot, Tim and Jim founded this seven-piece group in 1988 in Dublin whilst experimenting in a spontaneous free gaff jam-session. The band began performing locally and adopted a different take on Rock music by adding a satirical twist. Their showmanship is one of their stand-out features in a unique spectacle that combines quality music and comedy.

Elements that you can expect to encounter at one of their gigs include Chris De Burgh masks, extravagant costumes, Air Hostess backing singers and some unbeatable Irish craic conveyed through Indie-Rock. The personas adopted by the members, bring to life an odd but creative genre of music that makes this truly one to watch out for.

The band’s influences are a wild mix that includes Pixies and Rolf Harris and their recently released album Think Happy Thoughts is available to download on iTunes now.

When: Thursday January 18th 2018, 8pm

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

Ticket Price: €10.00

4) RobotRock

robotrock

If you’re aiming to party hard this month, then Electro-Pop four-piece RobotRock could be just the gig you need. Ruth, Adrian, Mark Murphy and Mark Colbert were originally members of the group Elektrobank, before deciding on a fresh revamp as Robotrock. The band’s specialties include remixing and mashing up top dance tracks. Once you hear the distinct stamp they put on top electro tunes, you’ll be quickly falling in love with their futurist style.

RobotRock combine the old with the new. This has garnered them a strong following of those nostalgic for the days of supreme halcyon clubbing and anyone who was raised on modern mixtapes. Having performed at big festivals around the country such as Electric Picnic and Castlepalooza, RobotRock are making huge waves across the nation which are only set to get bigger as they continue to light up dance-floors in 2018.

The group’s sound draws similarities with artist’s such as Daft Punk and Gorillaz. You can check out some of their most popular remix’s like Clubbed to Death by by Rob Dougan on iTunes now.

When: Friday January 19th 2018, 11.30pm

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Co.Dublin

Ticket Price: Free

3) Ulaid and Duke Special

ulaid-duke-special

The Belfast quartet consisting of Dónal, Duke, John and Séan Óg will be coming to Dublin this month to spread some Irish-Trad and Folk vibes for all those with a penchant for a good sing-song. Ulaid and Duke Special began their journey as independent artists. However, the two have been performing together since 2016 and combining their style through a love of Folk and Trad.

The collaboration has resulted in theatrical storytelling elements of Irish folklore and history implemented by Duke Special mixed with Ulaid’s modern Folk beats which manages to fit together nicely. It offers listeners something truly unique and original. The group are currently touring Ireland and the UK with their music as the opportunities continue to grow in their favour.

The lads style is best compared to that of powerhouse group Beoga. Their album titled A Note Let Go is available to stream on Spotify now.

When: Wednesday January 31st 2018, 8pm

Where: Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Co. Dublin

Ticket Price: €22.00

2) The Bionic Rats

the-bionic-rats

If some Ska and Reggae jams are right up your street then you can’t miss The Bionic Rats when they take to the stage. Graham, John, Donagh, Mason and Del Man forged the group after leading Irish Ska group Kingsativa disbanded in 2005. The group are self-made, writing and recording all their own material and acting as the leading representation for Ska and Reggae music currently in Ireland. The group released their first official album in 2009 entitled Return of the Bionic Rats. It was in 2013 however that they earned their first big break, by representing Ireland in the UK’s top ‘One Love’ Reggae festival.

Continuing to break boundaries, they were the first Irish group to attend the massive London International Ska festival in 2014. Following their success, the group made countless Irish television appearances, including ‘The Imelda May Show.’ The lads have also performed at some of the top local venues around the country, trying to spread their love and appreciation for Ska and Reggae with the help of other top Irish acts along the way.

The group’s sound draws influences from legends in Ska and Reggae such as Bob Marley, The Specials and Madness. You can stream their latest album *T.B.R* on Spotify right now.

When: Friday January 12th 2018, 11.30pm

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Co. Dublin

Ticket Price: Free

1) The Vibe For Philo – Here I Go Again

5-gigs-you-need-to-see-in-dublin-this-januaryOne of the most anticipated nights of the Irish rock calendar takes place again this January in Dublin. The Vibe For Philo is a tribute show to Philip Lynott, former front-man of legendary Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy.

Whelan’s will play host to this years Vibe on Thursday the 4th of January. The gig sold out months in advance, however the Pre-Vibe event takes place the night before on Wednesday the 3rd of January and tickets are still available here. It’s described as a live dress rehearsal for the Vibe itself but in a more intimate and relaxed setting which guarantees a fantastic evening.

Lynott was an active musician for 20 years, commencing his musical journey in 1965 at the age of 16 where he soon rocketed into stardom with Thin Lizzy. During his glittering career, Lizzy had giant hits which have become classics in the modern day including Dancing in the Moonlight and The Boys are back in Town, garnering him international success. Lynott finished performing in 1985 and died only a year later, aged 36.

The Vibe for Philo is an annual commemoration which is described by Whelan’s as “part celebration, part wake, part convention”, honouring Lynott’s career. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of Philip’s passing and also pays homage to his long time friend and tour manager, Frank Murray. Fans can anticipate special performances from the likes of The Low Riders, John Conlon and Jimmy Coup. Other acts on the bill include the mega talented Xerath and Dublin’s hometown heroes, Stone Trigger.

phil-lynott

Surprise international guests will also be performing in memory of Lynott along with some local Irish acts. The showcase slot has given a platform to talent such as Damian Dempsey and Paddy Casey in recent times.

Many of Philip’s family members and bandmates have also attended in past years to celebrate his memory with the fans that he adored. For a taste of what to expect, watch Brian Downey’s Alive and Dangerous performing Massacre at the 31st Vibe for Philo last year in the The Workmans Club Dublin.

When: Wednesday January 3rd 2018, 8pm

Where: Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Co. Dublin

Ticket Price: €15.00

We have plenty of music madness to keep you occupied this January, no matter what your musical taste or budget is. However, our advice as always would be to hurry and snap up those tickets so you aren’t left disappointed!

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5 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This January
January 3, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

You guessed it, it’s that time of year once again – the unavoidable January blues have arrived. With Christmas now only a fading memory and the New Year in full swing, the celebrations have nearly come to an end. If spirits are low this month, a great cure can be found in the capital with some cracking shows on the way.

There are fantastic gigs in Dublin this January, including a huge tribute show in Whelan’s and some great local names ready to entertain. So if you still can’t decide on that New Year’s resolution, supporting home-grown talent in 2018 is certainly a good place to start!

5) The Avant Gardaí

the-avant-gardai

First up on our gig guide list is Avant Gardaí, the Sceptabilly Irish Rockers who are no strangers to the Dublin music scene. Laura, Sarah, Vincent, Dan, Eliot, Tim and Jim founded this seven-piece group in 1988 in Dublin whilst experimenting in a spontaneous free gaff jam-session. The band began performing locally and adopted a different take on Rock music by adding a satirical twist. Their showmanship is one of their stand-out features in a unique spectacle that combines quality music and comedy.

Elements that you can expect to encounter at one of their gigs include Chris De Burgh masks, extravagant costumes, Air Hostess backing singers and some unbeatable Irish craic conveyed through Indie-Rock. The personas adopted by the members, bring to life an odd but creative genre of music that makes this truly one to watch out for.

The band’s influences are a wild mix that includes Pixies and Rolf Harris and their recently released album Think Happy Thoughts is available to download on iTunes now.

When: Thursday January 18th 2018, 8pm

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

Ticket Price: €10.00

4) RobotRock

robotrock

If you’re aiming to party hard this month, then Electro-Pop four-piece RobotRock could be just the gig you need. Ruth, Adrian, Mark Murphy and Mark Colbert were originally members of the group Elektrobank, before deciding on a fresh revamp as Robotrock. The band’s specialties include remixing and mashing up top dance tracks. Once you hear the distinct stamp they put on top electro tunes, you’ll be quickly falling in love with their futurist style.

RobotRock combine the old with the new. This has garnered them a strong following of those nostalgic for the days of supreme halcyon clubbing and anyone who was raised on modern mixtapes. Having performed at big festivals around the country such as Electric Picnic and Castlepalooza, RobotRock are making huge waves across the nation which are only set to get bigger as they continue to light up dance-floors in 2018.

The group’s sound draws similarities with artist’s such as Daft Punk and Gorillaz. You can check out some of their most popular remix’s like Clubbed to Death by by Rob Dougan on iTunes now.

When: Friday January 19th 2018, 11.30pm

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Co.Dublin

Ticket Price: Free

3) Ulaid and Duke Special

ulaid-duke-special

The Belfast quartet consisting of Dónal, Duke, John and Séan Óg will be coming to Dublin this month to spread some Irish-Trad and Folk vibes for all those with a penchant for a good sing-song. Ulaid and Duke Special began their journey as independent artists. However, the two have been performing together since 2016 and combining their style through a love of Folk and Trad.

The collaboration has resulted in theatrical storytelling elements of Irish folklore and history implemented by Duke Special mixed with Ulaid’s modern Folk beats which manages to fit together nicely. It offers listeners something truly unique and original. The group are currently touring Ireland and the UK with their music as the opportunities continue to grow in their favour.

The lads style is best compared to that of powerhouse group Beoga. Their album titled A Note Let Go is available to stream on Spotify now.

When: Wednesday January 31st 2018, 8pm

Where: Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Co. Dublin

Ticket Price: €22.00

2) The Bionic Rats

the-bionic-rats

If some Ska and Reggae jams are right up your street then you can’t miss The Bionic Rats when they take to the stage. Graham, John, Donagh, Mason and Del Man forged the group after leading Irish Ska group Kingsativa disbanded in 2005. The group are self-made, writing and recording all their own material and acting as the leading representation for Ska and Reggae music currently in Ireland. The group released their first official album in 2009 entitled Return of the Bionic Rats. It was in 2013 however that they earned their first big break, by representing Ireland in the UK’s top ‘One Love’ Reggae festival.

Continuing to break boundaries, they were the first Irish group to attend the massive London International Ska festival in 2014. Following their success, the group made countless Irish television appearances, including ‘The Imelda May Show.’ The lads have also performed at some of the top local venues around the country, trying to spread their love and appreciation for Ska and Reggae with the help of other top Irish acts along the way.

The group’s sound draws influences from legends in Ska and Reggae such as Bob Marley, The Specials and Madness. You can stream their latest album *T.B.R* on Spotify right now.

When: Friday January 12th 2018, 11.30pm

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Co. Dublin

Ticket Price: Free

1) The Vibe For Philo – Here I Go Again

5-gigs-you-need-to-see-in-dublin-this-januaryOne of the most anticipated nights of the Irish rock calendar takes place again this January in Dublin. The Vibe For Philo is a tribute show to Philip Lynott, former front-man of legendary Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy.

Whelan’s will play host to this years Vibe on Thursday the 4th of January. The gig sold out months in advance, however the Pre-Vibe event takes place the night before on Wednesday the 3rd of January and tickets are still available here. It’s described as a live dress rehearsal for the Vibe itself but in a more intimate and relaxed setting which guarantees a fantastic evening.

Lynott was an active musician for 20 years, commencing his musical journey in 1965 at the age of 16 where he soon rocketed into stardom with Thin Lizzy. During his glittering career, Lizzy had giant hits which have become classics in the modern day including Dancing in the Moonlight and The Boys are back in Town, garnering him international success. Lynott finished performing in 1985 and died only a year later, aged 36.

The Vibe for Philo is an annual commemoration which is described by Whelan’s as “part celebration, part wake, part convention”, honouring Lynott’s career. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of Philip’s passing and also pays homage to his long time friend and tour manager, Frank Murray. Fans can anticipate special performances from the likes of The Low Riders, John Conlon and Jimmy Coup. Other acts on the bill include the mega talented Xerath and Dublin’s hometown heroes, Stone Trigger.

phil-lynott

Surprise international guests will also be performing in memory of Lynott along with some local Irish acts. The showcase slot has given a platform to talent such as Damian Dempsey and Paddy Casey in recent times.

Many of Philip’s family members and bandmates have also attended in past years to celebrate his memory with the fans that he adored. For a taste of what to expect, watch Brian Downey’s Alive and Dangerous performing Massacre at the 31st Vibe for Philo last year in the The Workmans Club Dublin.

When: Wednesday January 3rd 2018, 8pm

Where: Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Co. Dublin

Ticket Price: €15.00

We have plenty of music madness to keep you occupied this January, no matter what your musical taste or budget is. However, our advice as always would be to hurry and snap up those tickets so you aren’t left disappointed!

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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