Where to go: the best guide to gigs and festivals
Where to go
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas @ Button Factory, Dublin (€28)
Thursday May 8
It was 50 years ago this year that Motown classic Dancing In The Street was first recorded by these soul legends. The song was famously covered by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, while Reeves and The Vandellas were also responsible for other well-known hits Nowhere to Run, (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave and Jimmy Mack. Certifiable classics in any language (there's a Spanish version of Jimmy Mack too), tonight is sure to be a vintage one.
Mick Flannery @ various venues (priced individually)
Saturday May 10 – Thursday May 29
Mumbly Mick with his stonemason hands and delicate voice is back with a fourth album, By The Rule this week, which was conceived while the man lived in Berlin. He says he doesn't know why he moved there but whatever the reason, it has worked. His new album sounds like his most accomplished yet, filled with hushed reverence and a burgeoning songcraft. Flannery tours Ireland for much of this month, kicking off this Saturday in the Spirit Store, Dundalk, and taking in venues in Navan, Wexford, Kilkenny, Limerick, Kerry, Kildare, Galway, Offaly and Cork.
See mickflannery.com/tour for full dates.
Dum Dum Girls @ Roisin Dubh, Galway / Button Factory, Dublin (€18.50)
Friday May 9 – Saturday May 10
There's a lot of female-centric indie-rock bands out there who take their major inspiration from '60s girls groups, surf pop and shoegaze. Dee Dee Penny's Los Angeles band of ladies have probably proven to be the most enduring so far in the recent renaissance. The band's second album Too True, released on seminal label Sub Pop earlier this year, is a fine collection of classic rock music with Dee Dee giving an arresting vocal performance. Recently, Dee Dee teamed up with Bret Easton Ellis for a short film/Dum Dum Girls music video. Support on both dates comes from close cohorts Crocodiles.
Best of Irish Weekend @ The Laughter Lounge Comedy Club, Dublin (€26)
Friday May 9 – Saturday May 10
If you want to check in on the pulse of Irish humour, there's not much better a place to be this week than on the quays of Dublin where for two nights, the Laughter Lounge will be hosting a search for the funniest person in Ireland. What's your best joke? Tweet us one @theinsidermag today and win the respect of your peers. laughterlounge.com
Jimi Goodwin @ The Black Box, Belfast / Whelan's, Dublin (€12-18)
Sunday May 11 – Monday May 12
The Doves singer has been on a break from the band for the last four years, but he's still been flapping his wings regularly. He last appeared in Ireland alongside the band Cherry Ghost at Other Voices but his solo record Odludek is the sound of a man reinvigorated. You'll likely have heard the pleasing Doves-sounding single Oh! Whiskey but the album reveals a much more varied collection of music taking in rock'n'roll rhythms, horn soundscapes and electronic funk wig outs. It'll be interesting to see how he pulls it all together in a venue.
Kasabian @ Various venues (€12-18)
Wednesday May 14 – Sunday May 18
Whether you think the English band were in the right place at the right time once Oasis split up to take on the yob-rock mantle or whether you think they are the best band in the world, there's no denying Kasabian are huge, hence they play four dates around Ireland next week: Cork Opera House (May 14); The Big Top, Limerick (May 16); Seapoint Ballroom, Galway (May 17); and Nerve Centre, Derry (May 18). The band just debuted a new song, Eez-Eh, from their new album 48:13. The title doesn't dispel the stadium chant comparisons, the tune itself is an electro-stomper featuring the lyrics "every day is brutal / Now we're being watched by Google."
Trócaire Live mini-festival @ The Grand Social, Dublin (Free before 7pm, €10 after)
Saturday May 10
Do your thing for charity with Trócaire's annual live music event. This year's lineup includes a mix of Irish and African musicians, with fiddle-house player Daithí, Colours Afrobeat Foundation, gypsy folk The Eskies, Dublin rappers The Animators, Ugandan folk singer Justine Nantale, Nigerian group Talking Drums and Dublin duo White Collar Boy doing a DJ set. Dan Hegarty is the MC on the night.
Dublin Arabic Film Festival @ Lighthouse Cinema and The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (free to €9)
Friday May 9 – Sunday May 11
Four days of films from Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Palestine and France including Monsieur Ibrahim, the story of a friendship between a young Jew and an elderly Muslim; Rags And Tatters, about a man who is set free from prison during the Egyptian revolution; Omar, the story of the titular character and his relationship with Nadia in the tumultuous Palestinian landscape; as well as a showing of the Peter O' Toole masterpiece Lawrence Of Arabia in the The Chester Beatty Library.
Giro d'Italia events @ various places, Dublin (free to €9)
Thursday May 8 – Sunday May 11
Dublin City Council is celebrating the arrival of the famous cycle race to Dublin with a series of events including Opera at lunchtime on Wood Quay (1pm, May 9), three free, top-secret bicycle tours by Le Cool (2pm, May 9 – 11), an Oxfam celebration with live bands at Dame District (5pm, May 10), a One4all Women on Wheels Giro Cycle in Merrion Square (8:30am, May 10) and two free bike-themed screenings in Temple Bar's Meeting House Square with The Bicycle Thieves (10pm, May 10) and Breaking Away (10pm, May 11).
For more see: dublincity.ie
Kronos Quartet @ Cork Opera House, Cork (€35)
Sunday May 11
The only gig from the revered string quartet in Ireland this year is also billed as a 40th anniversary gig. The group have worked with Terry Reilly, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Tom Waits, Amon Tobin, Sigur Ros and Steve Reich over the years and this weekend, they will be supported by Julianna Barwick, whose stunning Nepenthe album from last year featured glacial ambient choral soundscapes, fittingly produced in Iceland.
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First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent