Where to go: Alternative Events
John Cooper Clarke @ Irish tour
Thursday May 15 – Wednesday May 21
Punk poet, rock star, satirist, comedian and The Bard of Salford as he's also known, Cooper Clarke has been closely aligned with alternative culture since the 70s. He has released records with The Invisible Girls, toured with The Clash and The Sex Pistols, and most recently, his poem I Wanna Be Yours, was used as the lyrics for the song of the same name from Arctic Monkeys' album AM. Cooper Clarke plays The Mac, Belfast (tonight) Vicar Street, Dublin (Saturday May 17), Hawkswell, Theatre, Sligo (Sunday May 18), Dolan's, Limerick (Tuesday May 20) and The Pavilion, Cork (Wednesday May 21).
Culture Vultures @ The Odessa Club, Dublin (€10)
Thursday May 15
This new monthly club curated by Tony Clayton-Lea takes its cue from a salon, with music, talk, art, poetry and comedy jostling for stage space on the same night. Previous guests include Cavan folk singer Lisa O'Neill and film director Lenny Abrahamson. Tonight features electro-house fiddler Daithí, Father Ted writer Arthur Mathews and comedian Sean Nolan.
ATLANTIC I/O Irish tour (Free)
Thursday May 22 – Sunday May 25
This transatlantic collective delves into the sounds of Irish trad, jazz, funk, pop and electronic. They feature acoustic post-rockers The Olllam, concertina player Pádraig Rynne, runner-up on the US version of The Voice last year, Michelle Chamuel and Brooklyn-based fiddle player Jeremy Kittel. The band have been writing material for the last six months and they will be showing off their compositions in The Sugar Club, Dublin (Thursday May 22), Dolan's, Limerick (Friday May 23), Monroe's, Galway (Saturday May 24) and Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (Sunday May 25).
Badbadnotgood Irish tour
Thursday May 22 – Saturday May 24
A young Toronto jazz trio who devour the music of their peers and translate it into effervescent live grooves. They have collaborated with rapper Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins. The live result is a band who are able to provide jazzy hip-hop productions for rappers but who are doing dynamic things with old music. They play Roisin Dubh, Galway (Thursday May 22), The Pavilion, Cork (Friday May 23) and The Sugar Club, Dublin
(Saturday May 24).
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent