Friday 24 November 2017

Summertime gigs

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Queens Of The Stone Age perform Rated R

Olympia Theatre,Thursday, May 18 (€44.50)

Rated R blew the world and its wife away in 1998 when it topped many album-of-the-year polls. Josh Homme and co are keeping up the current trend for an act to play their best album in full, which seems to be very much in vogue in the Olympia this May. Perhaps they’ll do Songs for the Deaf next year.

Suede perform Suede, Dogman Star and Coming Up

Olympia, Dublin, Tuesday, May 24, Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 (€44.20-€55.80)

If you’re a Suede fan, your own personal festival happens in the last week of May, as Brett Anderson’s black leather-clad band of cheekboned axemen run through their first three albums in their entirety. A potential expensive series if you want to attend all three, and bizarrely they’re not doing a season ticket deal as they have done for Brixton Academy the previous weekend.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Button Factory, Dublin, Wednesday, June 1 (€18)

The Kings, and Queen, of sun-kissed lovelorn indie rock (right) finally get round to playing their Irish headline debut. They opened for The Wedding Present once in Andrew’s Lane when they weren’t on anyone’s radar and had yet to release an album. It’s been a long time coming.

Public Image Limited

Tripod, Dublin, Friday,June 10 (€44.50-€48.50)

Never mind the Sex Pistols, Public Image Limited are John Lydon’s ‘true love’. They were exceptional at Electric Picnic, except there was a nagging suspicion that the intensity of the great indoors would suit this seminal band better. Prayers have been noted and answered.


Vicar Street, Dublin, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 (€49.20); Marquee, Cork, Monday, June 20 (€49.20)

A true-blue gig of the year contender. Nick Cave played three nights with a pared-down version of the Bad Seeds and a bizarre reading-meets-gig performance on the publication of The Death of Bunny Munro. Grinderman have authored two albums of dazzling diversity and intensity, but the bets are on No Pussy Blues to be the primal blast to shake Vicar Street to its foundations.

Janelle Monae

Black Box, Galway, Monday, June27 (€37.70); Savoy, Cork, Tuesday, June 28(€31); Tripod, Dublin, Wednesday, June29 (€28-€32.50)

While I’m still not convinced on the merits of her album, only a fool could not enjoy the colourful live spectacle of Janelle Monae last December, playing her heart out on her birthday, temporarily melting the big freeze and generally being pretty amazing. She spreads the love to Galway and Cork this time around.

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