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

Well, the summer is officially upon us folks, we made it! After experiencing some fine weather lately and with the longer evenings taking hold, what better way to accompany the beginning of the summer holidays than a celebratory gig or two? If you’re in Dublin this month there is something for everyone.

From Jazz to Pop, young and old, groups and solo artists, there are so many great musicians taking to the stage soon and at a price that thankfully won’t likely break the bank!

So get planning and ordering those tickets as we countdown are top musicians to look out for when they’re in the capital this month.

6) PictureHouse

picture house band

An edgy Pop/Rock band hailing from Dublin, PictureHouse are the first of the must-see musicians on our list.

Dave Browne is the mastermind behind the formation of the group which currently has eight members in total. They are the epitome of nineties nostalgia after finding their fame in 1994 following a trying time in London and a move back to Dublin.

Back home, Browne and co. took control and self-released their debut album Shine Box. In particular their track “Heavenly Day” from the album became a smash hit and it set the ball rolling for the lads to become the Irish Beach Boys of Pop/Rock!

Larger acts took an interest in the band and they have collaborated with and/or supported huge names in the industry such as The Saw Doctor, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf and The Corrs. I998 was when they managed to peak with their second album Karmarama and single “Sunburst” helping them to amass a huge dedicated following.

After taking a break the band reunited in 2014 and released another album entitled Evolution. The lads have proved that they are able to move with the times, adapt and stay relevant while still producing some catchy tunes and now you can catch them on tour in Dublin. If you want to check out any of their tunes in the meantime you can find them on Spotify now.

Where: The Civic Theatre, Tallaght Dublin 24.

When: Friday June 8th at 7pm.

Tickets: €24.00 per person.

Where to buy: There are still some tickets left and you can get them on the Tallaght Civic Centre website here.

5) Freddie White

Freddie White

Freddie is a Cork singer-songwriter who specialises in Contemporary/Jazz music and he has contributed greatly to the Irish music scene since the 1970’s.

By the tender age of 17 he was playing music professionally and in 1974 he established a group in London called ‘The Sunday Night Band’ which inspired him to experiment further until he eventually formed ‘The Freddie White Band’, taking the reins.

1978 was White’s breakout year as he became the opening act for Clannad and released his first official album entitled Recorded Live On Tour 1978.

Since then, Freddie has relocated twice and currently resides in Sydney, Australia and he has produced an album almost every other year successfully.

His style can be likened to that of Tom Waits and Guy Clarke and he continues to tour internationally and make a huge impact on Ireland’s music legacy. His most recent album Prodigal Songs launched in 2016 can be downloaded on iTunes now.

Where: The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Main Street, Naul Co. Dublin.

When: Friday, June 29th at 8pm.

Tickets: Tickets are sold out, but keep your eyes on the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre website here as tickets may become available closer to the event date. Tickets cost €20.00-€22.00 per person.

4) Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley

Keeping with the theme of Jazz we have yet another of Ireland’s top Jazz musicians taking to the stage this month in the form of Michael Buckley.

Buckley is a self-taught flautist, saxophonist and composer who had been playing professionally since the tender age of 6 as an exceptionally gifted child. He was born in Dublin in 1971 and became noticed worldwide at only 10 years of age when he got the opportunity to play the flute with the famous saxophonist George Coleman in the National Concert Hall.

In 2012 Buckley had represented Ireland by collaborating with the World Jazz Orchestra and performing in the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra also.

Buckley is currently in the peak of his career, making various appearances and composing scores for various TV and film productions.

He has also collaborated with huge names such as The Cranberry’s and Glen Hansard and he remains a very modern and influential composer.

He is truly a one of a kind Jazz composer both in Ireland and internationally and succeeds in keeping Jazz relevant and alive. If you are curious as to his style and past work then check out some of his music on Spotify including the track “Long Time Coming”, all of which are out now.

Where: Bruxelles, 7 Harry St. Dublin 2.

When: Thursday 28th June at 8pm.

Tickets: TBA

3) The Flag Listeners

The Flag Listeners

This group of Indie Pop/Rock veterans have merged old with new in the form of The Flag Listeners. Based in Limerick, Eamonn Hehir was the founding father of the group and was joined by fellow band members Sean Fox and Tony Brennan from a group called Toucandance but they are now joined by John Steele to complete the new line-up.

Toucandance had been making music since the eighties whilst John had more recently come on the music scene and released two independent singles prior. The four-piece then began to find their rhythm together in by honing their talents in Limerick’s The Kasbah Club.

Then in late 2016 they released their debut single “Well Played Mr. Lemmon” which led to the final album being released in 2017 entitled And Other Short Stories. Their album is aptly named because they carefully construct every song to play like a short story.

The opportunity to merge into a new band has allowed the four members to grow in style and stay relevant with an overall sound that echoes other well-known artists such as Damien Rice. Their album And Other Short Stories can be downloaded on iTunes now for those who might like a preview of their work.

Where: Whelan’s, Wexford St. Dublin 2

When: Sunday 17th June at 8pm

Tickets: €10.00 per person

Where to buy: Tickets are available at Whelan’s on the night.

2) Riley Pearce

Another act that can’t be missed this month is Australian singer/songwriter Riley Pearce. Hailing from Perth, the 25 year old singer specialises in folk vibes not dissimilar to that of James Bay or Tom Odell.

As a child he learned how to play the guitar left handed by mirroring his idols on TV and he started out busking at local farmers markets and at open mic nights around his hometown.

He writes and produces his own songs and released them all onto a CD in 2013 which is ultimately what set the ball rolling for his professional success.

His breakout single “Brave” was launched in 2017 and it amassed over 10 million plays on Spotify alone and was also featured on the US TV shows Shameless and Shadowhunters. The song also won him the ‘WA Music Folk Song of the Year Award 2017’ and it encouraged him to keep making more music, some of which he livestreams if a new release is due.

On top of that he has toured internationally and supported other names in the industry such as Lord Huron and Kim Churchill.

It is onwards and upwards for this young star whose journey has just begun and if you wanna check out any of his tunes including hit single “Brave” then you can stream them on Spotify now.

Where: East Side Tavern, 104-105 Leeson Street Lower

When: Monday June 25th at 8pm

Tickets: €13.00 per person

Where to buy: Tickets for the gig can be purchased here.

1) Una Healy

Una Healy

Our selection wouldn’t be complete this month without adding some Irish girl power and there is no better woman to bring it to the table than Una.

The 36 year old Tipperary songwriter first shot to fame in 2008 as a member of the five-piece British/Irish girl-band The Saturdays.

This led to international success where she got to perform in the US and collaborate with artists like Flo Rida. A fun fact however is that Una also represented Ireland in The Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 alongside Brian Kennedy where they finished in 10th place overall. Many may also recognise her as being a former judge on The Voice of Ireland in the 4th and 5th series.

Now however after settling down and starting a family, Una is going solo with her music for now and is abandoning the typical R&B/Pop sounds of The Saturdays for a more Country/Folk vibe that is closer to home and suits her voice well.

Una’s debut solo album The Waiting Game was released in 2017 with her latest single “Never See Me Cry” released in March of this year. If you want to check out Una’s solo tunes they are available to download on iTunes now.

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

When: Sunday 17th June at 8pm.

Tickets: €22.50 per person.

Where to buy: Get your tickets here.

 You couldn’t ask for a better variety of acts this month so if you are curious and fancy popping along to a gig or two, make sure to get your tickets in advance if possible and enjoy some quality me-time this month!

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

Well, the summer is officially upon us folks, we made it! After experiencing some fine weather lately and with the longer evenings taking hold, what better way to accompany the beginning of the summer holidays than a celebratory gig or two? If you’re in Dublin this month there is something for everyone.

From Jazz to Pop, young and old, groups and solo artists, there are so many great musicians taking to the stage soon and at a price that thankfully won’t likely break the bank!

So get planning and ordering those tickets as we countdown are top musicians to look out for when they’re in the capital this month.

6) PictureHouse

picture house band

An edgy Pop/Rock band hailing from Dublin, PictureHouse are the first of the must-see musicians on our list.

Dave Browne is the mastermind behind the formation of the group which currently has eight members in total. They are the epitome of nineties nostalgia after finding their fame in 1994 following a trying time in London and a move back to Dublin.

Back home, Browne and co. took control and self-released their debut album Shine Box. In particular their track “Heavenly Day” from the album became a smash hit and it set the ball rolling for the lads to become the Irish Beach Boys of Pop/Rock!

Larger acts took an interest in the band and they have collaborated with and/or supported huge names in the industry such as The Saw Doctor, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf and The Corrs. I998 was when they managed to peak with their second album Karmarama and single “Sunburst” helping them to amass a huge dedicated following.

After taking a break the band reunited in 2014 and released another album entitled Evolution. The lads have proved that they are able to move with the times, adapt and stay relevant while still producing some catchy tunes and now you can catch them on tour in Dublin. If you want to check out any of their tunes in the meantime you can find them on Spotify now.

Where: The Civic Theatre, Tallaght Dublin 24.

When: Friday June 8th at 7pm.

Tickets: €24.00 per person.

Where to buy: There are still some tickets left and you can get them on the Tallaght Civic Centre website here.

5) Freddie White

Freddie White

Freddie is a Cork singer-songwriter who specialises in Contemporary/Jazz music and he has contributed greatly to the Irish music scene since the 1970’s.

By the tender age of 17 he was playing music professionally and in 1974 he established a group in London called ‘The Sunday Night Band’ which inspired him to experiment further until he eventually formed ‘The Freddie White Band’, taking the reins.

1978 was White’s breakout year as he became the opening act for Clannad and released his first official album entitled Recorded Live On Tour 1978.

Since then, Freddie has relocated twice and currently resides in Sydney, Australia and he has produced an album almost every other year successfully.

His style can be likened to that of Tom Waits and Guy Clarke and he continues to tour internationally and make a huge impact on Ireland’s music legacy. His most recent album Prodigal Songs launched in 2016 can be downloaded on iTunes now.

Where: The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Main Street, Naul Co. Dublin.

When: Friday, June 29th at 8pm.

Tickets: Tickets are sold out, but keep your eyes on the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre website here as tickets may become available closer to the event date. Tickets cost €20.00-€22.00 per person.

4) Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley

Keeping with the theme of Jazz we have yet another of Ireland’s top Jazz musicians taking to the stage this month in the form of Michael Buckley.

Buckley is a self-taught flautist, saxophonist and composer who had been playing professionally since the tender age of 6 as an exceptionally gifted child. He was born in Dublin in 1971 and became noticed worldwide at only 10 years of age when he got the opportunity to play the flute with the famous saxophonist George Coleman in the National Concert Hall.

In 2012 Buckley had represented Ireland by collaborating with the World Jazz Orchestra and performing in the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra also.

Buckley is currently in the peak of his career, making various appearances and composing scores for various TV and film productions.

He has also collaborated with huge names such as The Cranberry’s and Glen Hansard and he remains a very modern and influential composer.

He is truly a one of a kind Jazz composer both in Ireland and internationally and succeeds in keeping Jazz relevant and alive. If you are curious as to his style and past work then check out some of his music on Spotify including the track “Long Time Coming”, all of which are out now.

Where: Bruxelles, 7 Harry St. Dublin 2.

When: Thursday 28th June at 8pm.

Tickets: TBA

3) The Flag Listeners

The Flag Listeners

This group of Indie Pop/Rock veterans have merged old with new in the form of The Flag Listeners. Based in Limerick, Eamonn Hehir was the founding father of the group and was joined by fellow band members Sean Fox and Tony Brennan from a group called Toucandance but they are now joined by John Steele to complete the new line-up.

Toucandance had been making music since the eighties whilst John had more recently come on the music scene and released two independent singles prior. The four-piece then began to find their rhythm together in by honing their talents in Limerick’s The Kasbah Club.

Then in late 2016 they released their debut single “Well Played Mr. Lemmon” which led to the final album being released in 2017 entitled And Other Short Stories. Their album is aptly named because they carefully construct every song to play like a short story.

The opportunity to merge into a new band has allowed the four members to grow in style and stay relevant with an overall sound that echoes other well-known artists such as Damien Rice. Their album And Other Short Stories can be downloaded on iTunes now for those who might like a preview of their work.

Where: Whelan’s, Wexford St. Dublin 2

When: Sunday 17th June at 8pm

Tickets: €10.00 per person

Where to buy: Tickets are available at Whelan’s on the night.

2) Riley Pearce

Another act that can’t be missed this month is Australian singer/songwriter Riley Pearce. Hailing from Perth, the 25 year old singer specialises in folk vibes not dissimilar to that of James Bay or Tom Odell.

As a child he learned how to play the guitar left handed by mirroring his idols on TV and he started out busking at local farmers markets and at open mic nights around his hometown.

He writes and produces his own songs and released them all onto a CD in 2013 which is ultimately what set the ball rolling for his professional success.

His breakout single “Brave” was launched in 2017 and it amassed over 10 million plays on Spotify alone and was also featured on the US TV shows Shameless and Shadowhunters. The song also won him the ‘WA Music Folk Song of the Year Award 2017’ and it encouraged him to keep making more music, some of which he livestreams if a new release is due.

On top of that he has toured internationally and supported other names in the industry such as Lord Huron and Kim Churchill.

It is onwards and upwards for this young star whose journey has just begun and if you wanna check out any of his tunes including hit single “Brave” then you can stream them on Spotify now.

Where: East Side Tavern, 104-105 Leeson Street Lower

When: Monday June 25th at 8pm

Tickets: €13.00 per person

Where to buy: Tickets for the gig can be purchased here.

1) Una Healy

Una Healy

Our selection wouldn’t be complete this month without adding some Irish girl power and there is no better woman to bring it to the table than Una.

The 36 year old Tipperary songwriter first shot to fame in 2008 as a member of the five-piece British/Irish girl-band The Saturdays.

This led to international success where she got to perform in the US and collaborate with artists like Flo Rida. A fun fact however is that Una also represented Ireland in The Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 alongside Brian Kennedy where they finished in 10th place overall. Many may also recognise her as being a former judge on The Voice of Ireland in the 4th and 5th series.

Now however after settling down and starting a family, Una is going solo with her music for now and is abandoning the typical R&B/Pop sounds of The Saturdays for a more Country/Folk vibe that is closer to home and suits her voice well.

Una’s debut solo album The Waiting Game was released in 2017 with her latest single “Never See Me Cry” released in March of this year. If you want to check out Una’s solo tunes they are available to download on iTunes now.

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

When: Sunday 17th June at 8pm.

Tickets: €22.50 per person.

Where to buy: Get your tickets here.

 You couldn’t ask for a better variety of acts this month so if you are curious and fancy popping along to a gig or two, make sure to get your tickets in advance if possible and enjoy some quality me-time this month!

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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