6 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This May
May 4, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

With the summer just around the corner and the evenings getting brighter, it’s time to start enjoying the longer days. Dublin has some top class gigs lined up this month that will leave you feeling exhilarated without breaking the bank.

So forget the Ed Sheerans and Demi Lovatos that usually tour around this time because you can still listen to some great music for a fraction of the cost and support home-grown talent along the way!

6) Philip Dunne

As we have said before, The Sharpe is not shy about promoting deserving Irish talent and Philip has earned his spot on our top 6 this month. The 25 year old Dublin native is a dab hand at the piano and guitar and he has been writing and performing his own music for a year and a half. A Cork School of Music alumnus, Philip made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent 2017 auditions where he performed an original piece called ‘Another Life’, dedicated to his late sister.

philip-dunne-music

Appearing on the show gave him the boost he needed to progress with music professionally and he put together an accompanying band called ‘Waiting for May’. His latest EP Empire will be launched at The Grand Social publicly and you can catch his live recordings of it on FM104 and LMFM also.

Philip’s casual style and versatility can be likened to that of Bon Iver and John Mayer and if you want to check out more of his sound, we recommend the tracks Bring Me Home and I Found You which are available to be streamed on Spotify now.

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin

When: May 27th from 8pm – 11.30pm

Tickets: €10.00

5) Super Silly

Yes you read that right, these lads are super and they’re silly! This four-piece Soul/R&B group from Dublin are injecting some light-hearted and fresh vibes into Ireland’s music scene, prepping everyone for the holidays. Hudis, Grvz, Solbas and Glory first met through their passion for Gospel music and performing together in their local church.

super-silly

They started gigging for enjoyment in 2017 and penned all their own tunes, including their smash hit No Pressure which helped to establish them on the music scene. They have performed at some of Ireland’s biggest festivals including the Cork Jazz Festival and one of their biggest fans is music critic Nialler 9.

Super Silly has a sound that echoes that of The Temptations only with a more up-to-date twist and their killer beats and suave lyrics show great potential for their future. The lads are gearing up for another busy year ahead with their cracking summer anthem Dubai due to be released this July. You can stream their single Not Ready to Leave on iTunes now as a taster!

Where: Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

When: May 19th from 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Tickets: €13.00

4) No Spill Blood

A drastic change from being silly, with a name like that it’s fair to say they mean some serious business! Matt, Ruadhan and Ror are three friends from Dublin who decided to get together and experiment with a blend of Metal, Electronica and Rock music and soon enough No Spill Blood was born. It is a new form of Metal music that merges the old style with the new in a creative and rapturous way.

no-spill-blood

They are probably one of the most unique and fresh Irish music groups to date due to the formula that they have invented. For example they can take horror movie scores, blend, edit and alter it to create a completely new sound. Their music is apocalyptic and mind-numbing with an intention to blow every other thought out of your mind.

They are very much their own innovation however some of their style elements are similar to Alpha Male Tea Party and Metallica. Their tracks White Out and Back to Earth were particularly resonant among critics and these are available to purchase on iTunes now.

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin

When: May 19th from 11.30pm – 2.00am

Tickets: €10.00

3) Hermitage Green

Limerick lads and acoustic Folk-Rockers Hermitage Green are next in our line-up of top acts to watch out for this month. Barry Murphy, Darragh Griffin, Darragh Graham, Dermot Sheedy and Dan Murphy go way back as best pals and they decided to go into music together in the year 2010.

hermitage-green

After spending 5 years doing local gigs here and there and penning their own tunes, they were eventually spotted and signed by Sony Music Ireland in 2015. One of their favourite hot spots to perform at was their local pub in Limerick which inspired their EP: Live at the Curragower. The lads have a 3 night residency in Whelan’s running from Thursday 31st May to Saturday June 2nd at Whelan’s, tickets are already sold out for the 2 opening shows so act fast to catch them on their final night in Dublin.

Their début album was also released in 2015 and was entitled Save Your Soul. It’s onwards and upwards for the lads as they continue to build up their style and their music. They stand amongst some fantastic Irish acts of similar tones including The Riptide Movement and Walking on Cars but their twist on Folk and Rock is entirely their own. You can listen to their latest EP Gold and Rust on Spotify now.

Where: Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2

When: May 31st at 7.30pm

Tickets: €26.00

2) Primordial

These lads are veterans on the Irish Heavy Metal/Rock scene and Primordial are rising up once again to take the title as headliners of this year’s Redemption Festival in Dublin where they will be joined by fellow big-name Rockers such as Asphyx and BattleroaR. Alan, Ciarán, Micheál, Pól and Simon created the very first Black-Metal band to come out of Skerries and the whole of Ireland with their love of mythology mixed with metal, an unlikely combination that ended up going down a treat!

primordial

The band was originally formed in 1987 but they have been making music ceaselessly ever since, appealing always to their niche fan-base. Only in the year 1995 was their first album Imrama released and from there they made their mark, producing new music every couple of years and performing at festivals in the US.

In terms of what to expect, think Ozzy Osbourne meets KISS and their brand new 2018 album Exile Amongst the Ruins can be downloaded on iTunes now.

Where: Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

When: May 26th at 1pm

Tickets: €36.50 (For the Redemption Festival)

1) I’m With Her

It’s rare that we get to give a proper tribute to the fierce Irish females shaking up the global music scene so this fantastic three-piece are getting our top spot this month. Aoife O’Donovan is flying the flag for Ireland with a Bluegrass/Folk set-up alongside fellow members Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz.

Each of the members had an early interest in American Folk/Country music and they became successful performers respectively. Watkins was a founding member and fiddle player in the group Nickel Creek, Jarosz is a Grammy Award-Winner for ‘Best Folk Album’ and O’Donovan previously sang on world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s album Goat Rodeo Sessions.

As a group the ladies are unstoppable which they initially discovered in 2014 after collaborating for a music festival. Realizing that they all had something of value to contribute, they continued to make music together and their début album See You Around was critically acclaimed.

Their style resembles that of Irish Folk/Trad group Perfect Friction and Country powerhouse Lady Antebellum and you can listen to their latest track, a cover of Adele’s Send My Love (To Your Lover) which is out now on Spotify.

Where: Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2

When: May 12th at 8pm

Tickets: €20

It’s interesting to think that people might just be investing in what could be a hugely successful act whose prices won’t always remain that generous for long!

So if you’re heading out this May and want something different, attend a local gig or two. There’s no better to keep the local music scene alive than by simply showing up on the night and supporting these talented artists.

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6 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This May
May 4, 2018 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

With the summer just around the corner and the evenings getting brighter, it’s time to start enjoying the longer days. Dublin has some top class gigs lined up this month that will leave you feeling exhilarated without breaking the bank.

So forget the Ed Sheerans and Demi Lovatos that usually tour around this time because you can still listen to some great music for a fraction of the cost and support home-grown talent along the way!

6) Philip Dunne

As we have said before, The Sharpe is not shy about promoting deserving Irish talent and Philip has earned his spot on our top 6 this month. The 25 year old Dublin native is a dab hand at the piano and guitar and he has been writing and performing his own music for a year and a half. A Cork School of Music alumnus, Philip made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent 2017 auditions where he performed an original piece called ‘Another Life’, dedicated to his late sister.

philip-dunne-music

Appearing on the show gave him the boost he needed to progress with music professionally and he put together an accompanying band called ‘Waiting for May’. His latest EP Empire will be launched at The Grand Social publicly and you can catch his live recordings of it on FM104 and LMFM also.

Philip’s casual style and versatility can be likened to that of Bon Iver and John Mayer and if you want to check out more of his sound, we recommend the tracks Bring Me Home and I Found You which are available to be streamed on Spotify now.

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin

When: May 27th from 8pm – 11.30pm

Tickets: €10.00

5) Super Silly

Yes you read that right, these lads are super and they’re silly! This four-piece Soul/R&B group from Dublin are injecting some light-hearted and fresh vibes into Ireland’s music scene, prepping everyone for the holidays. Hudis, Grvz, Solbas and Glory first met through their passion for Gospel music and performing together in their local church.

super-silly

They started gigging for enjoyment in 2017 and penned all their own tunes, including their smash hit No Pressure which helped to establish them on the music scene. They have performed at some of Ireland’s biggest festivals including the Cork Jazz Festival and one of their biggest fans is music critic Nialler 9.

Super Silly has a sound that echoes that of The Temptations only with a more up-to-date twist and their killer beats and suave lyrics show great potential for their future. The lads are gearing up for another busy year ahead with their cracking summer anthem Dubai due to be released this July. You can stream their single Not Ready to Leave on iTunes now as a taster!

Where: Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

When: May 19th from 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Tickets: €13.00

4) No Spill Blood

A drastic change from being silly, with a name like that it’s fair to say they mean some serious business! Matt, Ruadhan and Ror are three friends from Dublin who decided to get together and experiment with a blend of Metal, Electronica and Rock music and soon enough No Spill Blood was born. It is a new form of Metal music that merges the old style with the new in a creative and rapturous way.

no-spill-blood

They are probably one of the most unique and fresh Irish music groups to date due to the formula that they have invented. For example they can take horror movie scores, blend, edit and alter it to create a completely new sound. Their music is apocalyptic and mind-numbing with an intention to blow every other thought out of your mind.

They are very much their own innovation however some of their style elements are similar to Alpha Male Tea Party and Metallica. Their tracks White Out and Back to Earth were particularly resonant among critics and these are available to purchase on iTunes now.

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin

When: May 19th from 11.30pm – 2.00am

Tickets: €10.00

3) Hermitage Green

Limerick lads and acoustic Folk-Rockers Hermitage Green are next in our line-up of top acts to watch out for this month. Barry Murphy, Darragh Griffin, Darragh Graham, Dermot Sheedy and Dan Murphy go way back as best pals and they decided to go into music together in the year 2010.

hermitage-green

After spending 5 years doing local gigs here and there and penning their own tunes, they were eventually spotted and signed by Sony Music Ireland in 2015. One of their favourite hot spots to perform at was their local pub in Limerick which inspired their EP: Live at the Curragower. The lads have a 3 night residency in Whelan’s running from Thursday 31st May to Saturday June 2nd at Whelan’s, tickets are already sold out for the 2 opening shows so act fast to catch them on their final night in Dublin.

Their début album was also released in 2015 and was entitled Save Your Soul. It’s onwards and upwards for the lads as they continue to build up their style and their music. They stand amongst some fantastic Irish acts of similar tones including The Riptide Movement and Walking on Cars but their twist on Folk and Rock is entirely their own. You can listen to their latest EP Gold and Rust on Spotify now.

Where: Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2

When: May 31st at 7.30pm

Tickets: €26.00

2) Primordial

These lads are veterans on the Irish Heavy Metal/Rock scene and Primordial are rising up once again to take the title as headliners of this year’s Redemption Festival in Dublin where they will be joined by fellow big-name Rockers such as Asphyx and BattleroaR. Alan, Ciarán, Micheál, Pól and Simon created the very first Black-Metal band to come out of Skerries and the whole of Ireland with their love of mythology mixed with metal, an unlikely combination that ended up going down a treat!

primordial

The band was originally formed in 1987 but they have been making music ceaselessly ever since, appealing always to their niche fan-base. Only in the year 1995 was their first album Imrama released and from there they made their mark, producing new music every couple of years and performing at festivals in the US.

In terms of what to expect, think Ozzy Osbourne meets KISS and their brand new 2018 album Exile Amongst the Ruins can be downloaded on iTunes now.

Where: Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

When: May 26th at 1pm

Tickets: €36.50 (For the Redemption Festival)

1) I’m With Her

It’s rare that we get to give a proper tribute to the fierce Irish females shaking up the global music scene so this fantastic three-piece are getting our top spot this month. Aoife O’Donovan is flying the flag for Ireland with a Bluegrass/Folk set-up alongside fellow members Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz.

Each of the members had an early interest in American Folk/Country music and they became successful performers respectively. Watkins was a founding member and fiddle player in the group Nickel Creek, Jarosz is a Grammy Award-Winner for ‘Best Folk Album’ and O’Donovan previously sang on world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s album Goat Rodeo Sessions.

As a group the ladies are unstoppable which they initially discovered in 2014 after collaborating for a music festival. Realizing that they all had something of value to contribute, they continued to make music together and their début album See You Around was critically acclaimed.

Their style resembles that of Irish Folk/Trad group Perfect Friction and Country powerhouse Lady Antebellum and you can listen to their latest track, a cover of Adele’s Send My Love (To Your Lover) which is out now on Spotify.

Where: Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2

When: May 12th at 8pm

Tickets: €20

It’s interesting to think that people might just be investing in what could be a hugely successful act whose prices won’t always remain that generous for long!

So if you’re heading out this May and want something different, attend a local gig or two. There’s no better to keep the local music scene alive than by simply showing up on the night and supporting these talented artists.

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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