A few great gigs to check out this summer

Posted: June 14, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music
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While it’s understandable that Oxegen and the Electric Picnic should be the main focus of live music in Ireland this summer, the prohibitive price of tickets may well stop a lot of people from making the annual pilgrimage to Punchestown or Stradbally. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of really good one-off gigs all around he country that are more affordable and promise to be a great session.

The Beach Boys are a major coup for the TF Royal Castlebar, the legendary popstars take to the stage on the 26th of June. The perfect band to see on a warm summer’s evening, tickets range between 50 and 60 euro. Imagine seeing the Beatles for that price – the Beach Boys aren’t far off the Liverpudlians in terms of legendary status.

From California to Castlebar - The Beach Boys play the TF on the 26th of June

Pantha Du Prince play the Twisted Pepper on the 7th of August, and Cyprus Avenue, Cork on the 8th. One of my favourite electronic acts of the moment, this would be a brilliant, and fairly cheap gig to go to. I couldn’t actually find any price information, but it would be roughly 20 euro to see one of the most interesting minimal techno outfits around.

Soul legend Stevie Wonder hits the O2 on the 24th of June, tickets are pretty dear – costing up to 96 euro, but to see one of the true masters of the genre, and one who has influenced so many others right up to the present day. It would be hard to pass up this opportunity, especially for the hardcore fans of the great man, who may well be playing his final Irish gig. Hopefully it’ll be as good as this:

Leonard Cohen plays the idyllic setting that is Lissadell House on the 1st of August. Naturally, these tickets are sold out, but keep an eye out for this event next year, because I would like to think that it would turn into the Slane of the West. For those lucky bastards that are going, (including my auld pair) it promises to be a really special occasion. The poetic septogenarian singing timeless songs in the spiritual home of WB Yeats – unreal, as Yeats would say.

Gorillaz They’re not even real, but Gorillaz impressive live show comes to the O2 on the 22nd of September. Their latest album “Plastic Beach” was really inventive, and packed with great tunes, To see these songs played live by Damon Albarn, a huge backing band, and a raft of special guests would be very cool indeed. It’s got to the stage where they are as good, if not better than Blur, not that there’s much point trying to compare the two.

Badly Drawn Boy plays the Radisson Hotel, Galway on July 17. He may not have the same high profile as he used to, but the 2000 Mercury Prize winner has plenty of great songs in his back catalogue. This to me, is another great example of smaller venues doing really well to attract well-known artists. Tickets are on sale now for 29 euro.

Mark Lanegan‘s primal blues sound has been doing the rounds since the mid 1980’s, and has won him a huge cult following – his work with bands like the Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Gutter Twins have given him plenty of scope when choosing a setlist for this gig. The intimate setting of the Academy is ideal for his dark and atmospheric songs. The bargain price of 24 euro makes this a must-see on August 25.

Steph and David Dewaele, the evergreen Belgian duo, are playing one of their frenetic 2manydj’s sets at the Olympia on the 2nd of August. Tickets will probably sell out pretty fast, and cost 33.60-39.20 euro. If you don’t make it to this gig, they’re also playing at the Belsonic festival in Belfast on August 26. One of the frontrunners of the electronic scene for many years now, they’re still hard to beat, as this tune so clearly shows:

Grunge pioneers Mudhoney are also coming to Belfast. They play Limelight, on Ormeau Avenue on the 3rd of October. It’s not strictly in summer but who cares. Any band that influenced Nirvana must be pretty good (except for the Pixies I suppose). They’ve got plenty of great tunes, and if ever there was a reason to go mental, it would be at a gig like this, and for £18, you would have plenty of money left over to spend on cheap cider and glue.


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