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Sunday 9 December 2018

The ultimate Christmas stocking concert ticket gift guide

Tickets for the music lovers in your life

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Too slow to bag Spice Girls tickets? Missed out on Versatile? Bemoaning Westlife selling out in 0.5 of a second? Never mind. There are plenty of tickets on sale, or about to go on sale, for other great gigs, shows and concerts taking place across Christmas, into the New Year and beyond– here’s our take on the hottest tickets to fill those adults', kids', and big kids' Christmas stockings...

Boyzone

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Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch of Boyzone perform for the Boyzone 20th anniversary tour in Cardiff on December 1, 2013.

January 24, 2019, 3Arena, and January 23 Belfast’s SSE Arena

The lads are bidding farewell with a tour and a new album – Thank You and Goodnight - and there are still tickets available for both their Dublin and Belfast dates.  It’s your last chance to witness Ronan, Shane, Keith and Mikey perform hits from their quarter century career in the group including No Matter What, Love Me For A Reason, Key to My Life and Baby Can I Hold You. Plus, you just never know what extra value Shane is going to bring!

Tickets from €76 from Ticketmaster

 

The X Factor Live

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Brendan Murray earned the Golden X on X Factor

March 5, 2019, 3Arena

Our own Brendan Murray may have fallen at the semi-final hurdle on the hit ITV show last week but he’ll be among the acts performing on the X Factor Live tour.  The others are Dalton Harris, Scarlett Lee, Anthony Russell, Danny Tetley, Acacia & Aaliyah, Shan Ako and Bella Penfold.

Tickets from €46.05 from Ticketmaster

 

Shawn Mendes

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Shawn Mendes

April 14, 2019, 3 Arena

The 20-year-old singer already has three albums under his belt having been propelled to stardom thanks to his six second Vine videos of covers of songs by Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran etc.  His first date on April 13 has sold out but there are still a few available for April 14, if you're quick.

Tickets from €76 from Ticketmaster

 

Sophie Ellis Bextor

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor performs during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball (AP)

She's bringing her 'Song Diaries' tour to the intimate Dublin venue for one night only, accompanied by a full orchestra and band.  Expect orchestral versions of all her hits including Get Over You, Take Me Home and Murder on the Dancefloor.  Her Orchestral Greatest Hits album is coming next year.

June 13, 2019, Vicar Street

Tickets €45

 

Backstreet Boys

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Backstreet Boys (Mark Humphrey/AP)

June 11, 3Arena

Beginning on May 11, the group will set off on the DNA World Tour - their biggest arena tour in 18 years. Their tenth studio album, DNA, will release on January 25 on RCA Records and features songs written by Lauv (Charli XCX), Andy Grammer, Stuart Crichton (DNCE) and Mike Sabbath (J Balvin).

General admission tickets are sold out but there are a few VIP/Platinum options remaining.

 

Elton John

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Sir Elton John on stage (Greg Allen/PA)

June 12 and 13, 2019

The June 2019 Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates (sold out) were expected to be the legendary singer’s final ever Irish dates, but it was announced last week that he will play more dates at Belfast’s SSE Arena on November 30 2020 and the 3Arena on December 4 2020.  Snap up your tickets for the year after next now...

Tickets from €96 for Dublin.

 

Rod Stewart

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Rod Stewart performs on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in 2012 (Guy Levy/PA)

May 25, Pairc Ui Chaoimh

The concert will be his first return to Ireland in three years following two sold-out tours in 2016 - The Hits Stadium Tour and the arena tour From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits.  The new show will be a mix of his classic hits and new songs from Blood Red Roses, a personal 13-track collection of originals and three covers, including Grace, which was released almost 50 years to the date from when he signed his very first solo recording contract.

Tickets from €131 on Ticketmaster

 

Copper Face Jacks: The Musical

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Some of the cast of Copper Face Jacks: The Musical. Picture: Arthur Carron/Julien Behal Photography

July 10 – August 3, 2019, Olympia Theatre

If you missed the first run (you eejit) of this laugh-a-minute musical from Paul Howard, the creator of Ross O’Carroll Kelly, or even if you’ve already seen it, you might want to bag a ticket to the just-announced new run next summer.  It’s a love story set on the eve of a Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final when a sweet Kerry girl falls for the captain of the Dublin football team.  It got a standing ovation every night.

Tickets: from €26 plus booking and €1 restoration levy, on sale Friday Nov 30 at 9am

 

Glen Hansard

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Glen Hansard performed in the shop in the hit film Once

April 9 and 10, 2019, Vicar Street

One of the founding members of The Frames and one half of The Swell Season (with pianist Marketa Irglova), Hansard will hit Vicar St as part of a European tour early next year.  Earlier this year he released Between Two Shores, his third solo album, and there’s another one on the way for 2019.

Tickets €35 including booking – on sale Friday, 30 November at 9am

 

Tash Sultana

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Tash Sultana on stage at Vicar Street

July 3, Live at the Marquee Cork, July 4, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

She blew the roof off Vicar Street in the summer of 2017 and has since played Coachella and Lollapalooza as well as myriad arenas across the globe.  She'll return to Ireland for two dates in 2019.  The self-taught Aussie musician shot to fame thanks to homemade videos that went viral and she has mastered over 15 instruments.  She has to be seen to be believed.

Tickets for Live at Marquee, Cork €47.00, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin €52.00 inclusive of booking fee

 

Gerry Cinnamon

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Gerry Cinnamon
 

Friday March 8, 2019, Olympia Theatre

After the enormous success of his sold-out Academy show earlier this year, Scotland’s most successful independent artist is bringing his headline show back to Dublin for one night.  He was the first unsigned artist to sell out multiple nights at the famous Barrowland Ballroom, which he did with just one Facebook post, and his self-produced, self-released debut album Erratic Cinematic hit the top of the iTunes album charts when it released in September.

Tickets from €21 on sale this Friday 30th November at 9am from Ticketmaster

 

Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival

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Jerry Fish bringing happiness and joy with his uplifting music on the Monroe’s stage at Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival, Bundoran, Donegal. Photo: Michael Donnelly

June 21-23, 2019

Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have just revealed their three headliners for 2019 – Sigrid, Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club.  They will be joined by Wild Youth,Hermitage Green, Le Boom, DJ Hype, Columbia Mills and Montauk Hotel with more announced soon. Held in Bundoran over the weekend of June 21 to 23 it’s one of the highlights of the festival schedule.

Day and Weekend tickets from Ticketmaster from €109.90 for 3 days and €139.90 for 4 nights camping. There are also limited single day tickets available from €54.90. Check out  www.seasessions.com for more details.

 

The Gloaming

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The Gloaming hypnotise with melancholy and flashes of tender beauty

March 4, 5, 6, 11, National Concert Hall

They’ve already sold out three of their seven date run at The National Concert Hall but there are still tickets for March 4, 5, 6 and 11. Iarla O’Lionaird, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & Thomas Bartlett have, in seven years, had a number one album in the Irish charts and won many, many awards.  Earlier this year they released their live album Live at the NCH but you can’t beat actually seeing them live.

Tickets priced €45 now on sale from the www.nch.ie or the National Concert Hall Box office 01 4170000

 

Fast Love – A Tribute to George Michael

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Andrew Browning as George Michael

December 29, 3Arena

Andrew Browning was discovered on Stars in Their Eyes and is now recognised as Europe’s leading George Michael tribute act.  He performed with the late, great singer on the video for As alongside Mary J Blige and he played the star in Channel 5’s documentary, The Double Life of George Michael.  If you never got to see the man himself, this is closest you’ll get.

Tickets from €35.50 incl booking fees and €1 facility fee available from Ticketmaster

 

The Coronas

June 22, Irish Independent Park, Cork

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The Coronas

If you missed out on tickets to their sold out Olympia shows in December, you can still see them in Cork.  It will be their biggest show of 2019 and they’ve got Sigrid and All Tvvins playing support. 

Tickets €49.50 inclusive of booking fee on sale at 9am Friday, November 30 via Ticketmaster

 

Little Mix

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Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall, who have released their latest album (Ian West/PA)

Tuesday October 8, 2019, 3Arena

The foursome, who were formed on The X Factor, have already sold out two dates at the 3Arena (on October 10 and 11) so expect their third date on the LM5 tour to sell out soon.  The shows will see Little Mix perform songs from their brand new album LM5, alongside their greatest hits including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex', ‘Black Magic’ and 'Wings'.

Tickets for the third show go on sale at 9am on Friday 30th November and start from €37.50 including booking fee.

 

KT Tunstall

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KT Tunstall

March 4, 2019, Olympia Theatre

The Brit and Ivor NOvello Award winning singer and songwriter has just released her sixth studio album, WAX, which was produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Nick McCarthy with co-production from duo MyRiot.  In May she and Mike McCready, of legendary multimillion selling Pearl Jam, also released a cover of Tom Petty’s hit single ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with proceeds going to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation. 

Tickets on sale now.

 

Sean and Conor Price

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January to August 2019, venues nationwide

It’s been a phenomenal year for Blessington brothers Sean and Conor Price, who wowed on last year’s X Factor, before embarking on the arena tour, and then their own headline tour of Ireland and the UK.  They’ve also released three singles and a mini album, Dreamer.  Not bad going for teenagers who also tackled their Junior and Leaving Certs!  Now they’re gearing up for a show at The Helix in Dublin on December 28, followed by a nationwide tour next year. 

Tickets on sale on Friday November 30th at 10 am.

 

Paddy Casey

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Paddy Casey

December 27, Whelans

It’s been a whopping 19 years since he released his debut album, Amen.  He followed up with Living, Addicted to Company and The Secret Life Of... before releasing his best-of compilation Songbook in 2014.  With a catalogue of hits to choose from you could do a lot worse than a Christmassy Paddy Casey gig at Whelans.

Tickets on sale now via http://wavtickets.ie/

 

Mundy

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Mundy.

December 29, Whelans

He’s been touring the US, but he’ll be back for Christmas and a special gig at Whelans.  It has been a 22 year stretch since the Offaly singer songwriter announced his arrival on the scene with Jelly Legs -  the album that spawned To You I Bestow, which featured on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet.  In the intervening two decades he has manned his own ship, from setting up Camcor Records to release his sophomore album, 24 Star Hotel (boasting July, the track that has become synonymous with the Irish summer), to crowd-funding on Pledge for his sixth studio album, the self-titled Mundy, which he released in 2015. Whelans says, “expect plenty of favourites maybe a festive song or two”.

Tickets on sale now via http://wavtickets.ie/

 

Michael Bublé

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CROONER: Michael Buble in Croke Park in July. Photo: Anamaria Meiu/AMPhotoStar

June 6, 7, 2019, 3Arena, June 9 and June 10 SSE Belfast

He loves us and we love him.  The Canadian crooner performed to a sold-out Croke Park audience earlier this year, his first concert in two years after his two-year-old son was diagnosed with, and successfully beat, cancer. Bublé first played Ireland in 2007 to an audience of 1200 people before returning in 2013 for five nights at The Point.  And we still can’t get enough of him.

Tickets on sale now.

 

Foo Fighters

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Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (Yui Mok/PA)

Aug 21, RDS Dublin, and Aug 19, Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast

The Seattle band comprised of Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will return to Ireland for their first Irish shows in four years, having headlined Slane Castle in 2015. 

Tickets for Dublin from €79.50 including booking fees on sale now

 

David Gray

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Singer David Gray

Live at the Marquee, Cork, July 7, 2019, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, April 6

Much like Michael Buble, we have a special relationship with David Gray.  We cannot get enough of the man whose career spans 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three No.1 UK albums, including the multi-platinum White Ladder. He’ll release his eleventh album, Gold In a Brass Age in March next year.

Tickets for Cork on sale Thursday November 29 at 9am.  Tickets for BGE Theatre from €39.50 are on sale now via Ticketmaster

 

Mavis Staples

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Mavis Staples performs on stage during Gordon Parks Foundation: 2018 Awards Dinner & Auction at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Gordon Parks Foundation)

June 23, 2019, Olympia Theatre

The legendary rhythm and blues and gospel singer and civil rights activist is coming to Dublin.  She recently teamed up with Hozier to co-write and sing on Nina Cried Power, the title track on his new EP.

Tickets on sale Thursday

 

Tears for Fears

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Tears For Fears

Jan 30 INEC Kerry, Jan 31, 3Arena Dublin

They’ve sold more than 30 million albums since they arrived on the scene back in 1981 and have just released their first Greatest Hits collection, Rule the World. 

INEC: Tickets from €46 available from www.inec.ie and Ticketmaster, 3Arena: From €65.45 from Ticketmaster

 

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