Nialler9's guide to gigs, festivals and club nights
Delorentos Irish tour
Today - Friday December 12
There's a great sense of renewal around the Dublin band Delorentos. The indie-rock band released their fourth album Night Becomes Light this month with Irish major label backing after their third was bestowed the award for Irish album of the year at the Choice Music Prize. Their newest one is their best yet so they're setting themselves up for a great chance at wider renown. They play Spirit Store, Dundalk, tonight; Kavanagh's, Portlaoise, Saturday; Roisin Dubh, Galway, next Friday December 14; INEC, Killarney, Saturday December 15; and a big one in Vicar Street, Dublin, on December 12.
Kylie @ 3Arena, Dublin/Odyssey, Belfast (€65.70 / £55.00)
Saturday November 8/ Sunday November 9
Charlene, as we like to call her, is surely blessed with some kind of eternal youth. The Antipodean pop star has remained at the top of her game, drawing on a fanbase that continues to fills arenas around the world. Her latest, the Kiss Me Once Tour, finds her once again dressing up and dancing about with no sign of ageing and a catalogue of slinky pop hits.
SOAK @ Christ Church, Derry / Unitarian Church, Dublin (€15 / £11.25)
Friday November 7 / Saturday November 8
It's a rare young talent that is able to go from learning guitar to learning how to fill big venues but Bridie Monds-Watson is one such lady. The young Derry native has charmed anyone who has heard her play her expressive folk songs and heard her in-between song banter. Now signed to Rough Trade, the only way is up for SOAK.
Blood @ Science Gallery, Dublin (Free)
Until January 25
The gallery's latest exhibition is definitely their most provocative yet, as it forces you to look at a substance that you might take for granted. Find out your blood type, broadcast your pulse to the gallery, witness a sleeping baby sculpted from frozen animal blood, try black pudding made with the blood of a living pig or witness the project which enables leukaemia patients in isolation to use a robot in the gallery to navigate through the exhibition from their hospital beds.
Panti @ Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick (€22.90)
Rory O'Neill, performer and accidental activist, has a new stand-up show that promises an evening of "warm and wicked" tales. Panti will share stories of her brushes with infamy, near-misses with fame, trips into the seedy underbelly taking in the Mayor of New York, Maury Povitch, Pet Shop Boys and her faithful dog Penny. There's now a Panti book out called Woman in the Making too.
Dublin Burlesque Festival @ various venues, Dublin
Friday November 7 - Monday November 10
Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates the rebirth in interest in burlesque and cabaret with shows in The Sugar Club, The Mercantile, Fade Street Social and a secret location. There'll be a jazz speakeasy night, world-renowned burlesque performers, cheesecake burlesque acts, drag artists, comedy-dance duos, workshops and more.
The Gruffalo @ Black Box Theatre, Galway (€13 / €48 per family)
Thursday November 6
Julia Donaldson's children's book is brought to life on stage. The bedtime story will be familiar to many adults and children by now so a show featuring songs, laughs and scary funs for ages 3 and up is expected. Two showings today at 10.30am and 1pm.
Major Problems @ Opium Rooms, Dublin (€10)
Saturday November 8
If you're looking for an Irish electronic label with more than its finger on the pulse and rather its entire body in the scene, look no further than Major Problems, the label started by long-standing dancefloor expert Barry Redsettaz. For Saturday's gig, it's a label and friends showcase. There'll be a live set from David Kitt under his New Jackson project, who is just about to release another vinyl on revered label Permanent Vacation, a live set from Dublin electronic duo Terriers, Galway hardware space-cadets February & Mars and DJ sets from Barry himself along with Waterford disco edit dons Get Down Edits.
FMC Tour @ various venues, Ireland
Thursday 6 November - Saturday 15 November
The FMC tour is an opportunity to see some of the best Irish bands on the up in local venues. This year's bands are Sleep Thieves, Fight Like Apes and Kid Karate and they kick off their tour tonight in Dolan's, Limerick, before heading to Galway, Cork, Dundalk, Kilkenny and Dublin. Support on the tour comes from local acts like Neon Atlas, Imploded View and Plutonic Dust. www.fmctour.com
tUnE-yArDs @ Vicar Street, Dublin (€22)
Tuesday March 2
There can't be many in Ireland now who have managed to elude the charm of Merrill Garbus. Since she appeared in 2009 wielding a ukulele and a guttural harmonic voice, the music of tUnE-yArDs has morphed into a band-made exalted cacophony that is inspired by drums and Haitian dance moves. Your attendance at this event is highly recommended.