5 gigs to see instead of Garth Brooks

Five gigs to see instead of Garth Brooks

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Five gigs to see instead of Garth Brooks

Despite pursuing all possible solutions, the five Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park are cancelled, the promoter announced.

If you have a ticket to Garth Brooks, or if you are not a Garth Brooks fan, here are five gigs to see those days.

1. Nashville Comes To Dublin – The gigs have been cancelled
If you’re looking for a fix of country jamming, this is for you. Taking place on all the same dates as Brooks was meant to play you would barely have to adjust your mental schedule! The shows feature acts who have written for a score of well – known acts from Taylor Swift and The Band Perry to Bon Jovi.
The Lineup includes: two time Grammy nominee Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsay (writer of ten #1 Country music singles) and Alabama duo John & Jacob.
All three acts will play the Sugar Club on July 25th, 26th and 27th and Whelan’s on the 28th and 29th. Tickets are onsale now for just 10euro.

See also: Upcoming gigs in Dublin

2. KnockanStockan

On July 26th and 27th Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow will be taken over by one of DC’s favourite festivals. More than 50 acts are set to play the festival including such homegrown talent as Conor Linnie, Otherkin and the Barley Mob.

One act not to be missed is the Booka Brass Band – they’re not a country music act but their take on New Orleans style jazz has been taking audiences by storm and they have plenty of experience on the festival stage including performances at Electric Picnic, Longitude and Down With Jazz. Check out their cover of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’ below to get an idea of the atmosphere these guys create.

See also: KnockanStockan 2014 Lineup

3. Another festival that can fill the hole Garth Brooks has left in your life is Dublin City Soul Festival. This celebration of soul takes place in Merrion Square on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of July and has been described as ‘Ireland’s feel good festival’ (if that can’t cheer you up after the Garth Brooks cancellation what will?).

The acts include: Dublin and Maynooth’s acclaimed gospel choirs, a number of other homegrown acts and culminates in a head-to-head ‘soul off’ on Sunday night between the bands Soul Power and The Goods.

While the event is free to attend, organisers request a minimum €5 donation to their charity the Musical Youth Foundation which provides free musical education to at risk young people.

See Dublin City Soul Festival 2014 Lineup.

4. Swords

Dublin 3 piece alternative band Swords will play The Button Factory on Friday 25th of July. The venue always provides intimate gigs and is the perfect setting to enjoy their unique blend of haunting vocals, synth, guitar and piano. Check out the title track from their debut album Lions and Gold.

5. The New Emperors

Another Dublin act worth checking out will play The Workman’s Club on Friday 26th of July to celebrate the release of their debut EP under their new name. The New Emperors (formerly Morgan La Faye) are an indie-alternative 4 piece who just last year won the Budweiser Future Sounds Competition. Under their old name they have a wealth of gigging experience in Dublin’s best loved venues. Check out their tune The Emperor’s New Clothes. on their Soundcloud.

By Kat Clinch


Lucy Ivan

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