Now that Christmas is done and dusted, many of you might be tempted to hibernate for the entirety of January. Understandable.
However, the bad news (or good, if you're tempted to keep the party vibe going for another month) is that there's simply too much on to stay at home.
Below you'll find the best gigs happening around the country this month.
REBEL REBEL – The Academy | January 10th
If you're a fan of David Bowie, best block-book your calendar from January 8th – 12th – that's when the Dublin Bowie Festival takes place. Amidst the various exhibitions, plays, talks, quizzes, screenings and more, there are some stellar gigs. This one – by reputedly one of the best Bowie tribute bands in the business – is not to be missed.
DAVID KEENAN – Olympia Theatre | January 13th
He's about to release his long-awaited debut album 'A Beginner's Guide to Bravery', and David Keenan is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with live. The Co. Louth native brings his passionate folk-rock to the Olympia for his biggest headline show to date.
SLIPKNOT – 3Arena | January 14th
If there's one way to blast away any cobwebs that may be lingering from Christmas, this gig ought to do it. The metal stalwarts – who scored a #1 album in Ireland with 'We Are Not Your Kind' last year – roll into town with Behemoth in support.
SNOW PATROL – Olympia Theatre | January 15th
If you were disappointed about Snow Patrol cancelling their Dublin through illness late last year, this one should make up for it. Gary Lightbody and co. will play a fully-seated acoustic gig at the same venue (certainly an intimate one for them) that should be quite special.
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS – The Button Factory | January 18th
Wanna see a soul legend in the flesh? Head along to The Button Factory on the 18th, where Lee Fields (who earned the nickname 'Little JB' for his resemblance to James Brown) will be playing. Across his lengthy career, he's worked with everyone from Dr. John to BB King to Bobby Womack.
TURIN BRAKES – Empire Music Hall, Belfast | January 24th and Lost Lane, Dublin | January 25th
Remember these lads? This English folk-pop band, led by harmonising duo Olly Knight and Gale Paridjanian, came to prominence in the early noughties with songs like 'Save Me' and 'Painkiller'. They're still going strong, with their most recent album 'Invisible Storm' released in 2018.
MABEL – Olympia Theatre | January 28th and 29th
She may be Neneh Cherry's daughter, but dismiss Mabel at your peril. Since releasing her debut album 'High Expectations' last summer, she's scored multiple hits – not least the absolute banger that is 'Don't Call Me Up'. At just 23, she's one of the new breed of young female pop stars killing it – and we can't wait to see what she does live.
DAUGHTER OF SWORDS – The Grand Social January 30th
A daughter of another kind plays a more intimate and low-key gig at The Grand Social at the tail-end of the month. Daughter of Swords is the solo pseudonym of Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, a member of fabulous folk trio Mountain Man (if you don't know them, check 'em out). Her solo material is equally gorgeous, as evidenced by last year's 'Dawnbreaker' album; if dreamy folk with a pop slant is your thing, you'd be mad to miss this glint of summertime.
JONAS BROTHERS – 3Arena | January 31st
AAAAAAAAARGHHHHHH! Sorry, lost the run of ourselves momentarily. But The Jonas Brothers? In Ireland?! It's happening (spit on me, Joe.) The pop bros have enjoyed a pretty successful comeback thanks to songs like 'Sucker'; if nothing else, this one should be a bit of fun. Maybe bring your earplugs for the screaming, though.
DAN DEACON – The Grand Social | January 31st
You need to bring your dancing shoes to this one. Baltimore electro-whiz-popster Dan Deacon is a man renowned for bringing the fun; his music mixes singalong indie anthems with electropop and a whole lot of feelgood dancing. With new album 'Mystic Familiar' due later this month, he'll also have plenty of new material in his setlist.