Gigs - Who's playing
Mumford and Sons
Olympia, Dublin, tonight(€27)
Described by one UK journalist as “David Cameron’s idea of the Levellers”, these middle-class London folkies — blessed with the mysterious ability to send Irish rugby internationals into a girlish swoon — finish a short Irish tour. Yes, that is Tommy Bowe blocking your view.
O2, Dublin ,tonigh t(€49.50)
The Iberian heartthrob with the glazed-on tan performs songs from latest album Euphoria.
National Concert Hall ,tonight (€49.50)
With Midlake, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors and others working hard to make prog fashionable once more, what better time for one of the originals of the tribe to fetch up, lutes at the ready and conceptual songcycles primed for a dusting down.
Two Door Cinema Club
Fresh from their Choice Music Prize win, fresh-faced pop moppets Two Door Cinema Club bring their quick-footed synth-rock to the Olympia for a two-night whammy. Their spiky hair and puppyish complexions suggest a Busted covers band, but their music is brash, urgent and compelling.
The Commitments 20th Anniversary
The O2, Dublin, tomorrow (€59.80)
You probably have to be one of those Dubs who thinks the “boy-ez in a-blew” have a realistic chance of bagging an All Ireland in the next 10 years to fully appreciate the salty charms of Alan Parker’sThe Commitments.
Two decades since the movie made the cast vaguely famous they reunite for an anniversary shindig (aside from Mariah Doyle Kennedy, who is tending to her acting career). Yes, they’ve even managed to tempt Outspan (or, as he would subsequently become known, Glen Hansard).
Irritating Liverpool moppets still trying to make the world pay attention to their weedy indie sound. Imagine a less naively charming Fight Like Apes — and shudder.
Sugar Club, Dublin, Monday (€18)
An English waif of Irish extraction, Patrick Wolf used to sound a bit like David Bowie on a raggle taggle binge. Lately he’s shaken things up — new album Lupercalia is a windswept rocker unabashedly in the Arcade Fire mould.
O2, Dublin, Tuesday, Wednesday (€59.80-86.25)
A survivor, an icon, a princess and, above all, an old-fashioned pop star, Kylie has weathered the decades with wit, grace and humility. No danger of her being mistaken for Madonna then.
Or, indeed, for Lady Gaga whose laboured provocations stand in distinction to the aura of mystery that has always enveloped Kylie.
The very definition of a manufactured artist early in her career, she sloughed off the taint of Stock, Aitken and Waterman gradually, so as not to startle the fans who had been there with her since the start.
By the time the transformation was completed with 2001’sCan’t Get You Out Of My Head, she was one of the most compelling pop forces on the planet.
Granted, subsequent records can be seen as holding manoeuvres rather than brave leaps forward.
Nonetheless, the quality has never dipped and you can expect her live show, loosely inspired by Cirque du Soleil, to be an extravagant affair.