The Best Dublin Gigs In April 2016 – Dublin Concerts Recommends
Is it summer time yet? Well maybe not, but there are some scorching gigs coming up this month to get you ready for the real summer time. Welcome to the April edition of the Dublin Concerts monthly gig recommendations.
We kick off this month with ‘Little Ones’ singers Come On Live Long, who play The Unitarian Church on Saturday the 2nd. The Dublin band are due to release their second album this summer and have recently released a video for their latest single ‘For the birds’, which launches on the night.
On Tuesday the 5th, English Alt-Rock band Muse visit the 3Arena as part of the European leg of their Drones World Tour. The Grammy award winning album was released with critical acclaim a year ago and after a festival tour and a North American tour, the boys are back closer to home to thrill us once again with their exhilarating live shows.
Friday the 8th is a somewhat busy night of wonderful gigs, so you better get your calendars straight. At the Olympia are Australian Rock band Wolfmother. Having re-released their self-titled debut album on its tenth anniversary, a tour was always on the cards. A short hop around the corner, Folk duo and brothers Cry Monster Cry will be delighting the crowd in The Button Factory, whilst grunge band Otherkin play the main venue at Whelan’s.
On Saturday the 9th, formed in 1976, The Fureys play an intimate gig at the famous Vicar Street. Despite several releases predating the 1976 formation under different names and members, The Fureys were formerly called Tam Linn but eventually, through several name changes, settled on their current name 40 years ago. Known as one of the staples of Irish folk music, the brothers and et al have continued to make new music as recently as 2014.
After a sold out string of gigs Paul Heaton returns with Jacqui Abbott to the Olympia Theatre for what is sure to be another memorable evening from the duo. Originally members of English band The Beautiful South, Heaton and Abbott were successful in their previous exploits in the band with hits like ‘Perfect 10’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Rotterdam’. Abbott left the band in 2000 but reunited in 2013 to make two new albums, one released in 2014 and most recently Wisdom, Laughter & Lines in 2015.
A man who needs no introduction, Christy Moore, seems to be taking up residency in Vicar Street as he faces in no less than four gigs this month at the venue. Two gigs are due on Wednesday the 13th and Thursday the 14th, whilst two more are pencilled in for two weeks later on the 28th and 29th.
Doing three nights of their own in the 3Arena are none other than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who play on Friday the 15th, Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th. The ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Downtown’ singers return to Ireland, which is almost a second home to Macklemore at this stage and brings him closer to his Irish heritage he talks so much about.
It’s certainly a busy month at Vicar Street. On Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd, Dublin band Bell X1 return to the scene with their seventh studio album on the horizon. The album, titled Arms, will be released later this year, with the first single, ‘The Upswing’, being released in March.
Mark Lanegan must really love it here as he once again hits our stages, this time at The Academy on Dublin’s north side. Two shows on Tuesday the 26th (Win tickets) and Wednesday the 27th are bound to be packed going by previous outings. A seriously experienced vocalist and songwriter, Lanegan has been around the houses more than once. A career which includes stints in Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, add that to contributions to several artists albums over the years; what we have is a true living legend of the music world.
Honourable mentions for this month are Reef, who play The Academy on the 14th, The Lumineers, who play The Olympia on the 17th and 18th and the beginning of the Dublin Ska Festival at The Grand Social.
Well, that’s it for this month. Please do let us know what gigs you are looking forward to this April. Here’s a list of all Dublin gigs this month.
Words by Pat Byrne