Recent winner of the 2FM Hope for 2009 award at this years Meteors, Wexford lass Wallis Bird has announced gigs in Dublin and Cork this July. She will play Whelan's on Friday 24th and Cypress Avenue on Saturday 25th.

Welsh metallic troubadours The Blackout play a special all ages show at The Academy on May 16th with special guests We Are The Ocean and The Urgency. Tickets €20 including booking fee are on sale this Tuesday 24th March.

Polly Scattergood will play Crawdaddy on April 21st. Her self titled debut album was released earlier this month earning her comparisons to Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, Tori Amos and even Bjork. Tickets priced €12 are on sale now.

Dublin band The Chapters have announced a special showcase gig at the Academy on April 30th, to give fans an early taste of their debut album, Perfect Stranger, which will be released on June 5th. Tickets priced €12.50 are on sale now.

Brighton’s brightest export The Maccabees have confirmed a Dublin date at The Academy on 27th May. Their eagerly anticipated second album, Wall of Arms, is set for Irish release on May 1st. Tickets are priced €16 on sale now.