From Dylan to Hannigan, from Take That to Nick Cave...there's bound to be some event taking place this week in Ireland to suit your musical tastes. We here at entertainment.ie have chosen a brief selection of our recommended gigs for the coming week and presented them here, along with some audio/visual media, so you can better plan any musical escapdes you may be considering this week.
Bob Dylan returns for what seems to be his yearly trip to Ireland. The Birthday boy (he recently turned 70) was last seen playing Limerick's Thomond Park last Summer and, while he doesn't have the voice anymore, he's still very capable of putting on an awe-inducing show.
Owner of one of the most stunning singing voices in Ireland, Lisa Hannigan is about ready to release her second solo album and is playing a series of gigs in the lead up to it. Hannigan's first album, Sea Sew, was greeted with glowing reviews by critics and musos alike, especially in the United States and it will be interesting to see just how her second album will further her impact and profile abroad.
Whokill, the second album by New England native Merrill Garbus' tUnE-yArDs, is a jaunty upbeat offering, fusing Garbus' afrobeat sensibilites with a synthy, delay pedal heavy mix of...well...just about everything. If the last tUnE-yArDs show in Whelan's is anything to go by then this is definitely not to be missed.
The boys are back in town. Take That will play to a sold out Croke Park crowd, with Robbie Williams in tow, in what is one of the most anticipated gigs of the year. It'll be interesting to see all the original Take That fans, most of whom are in their thirties by now, crying and screaming at the sight of Gary Barlow and Jason Orange. That's what we assume is going to happen anyway.
Nick Cave is something of a mystical figure for a lot of music fans. His name is spoken reverentially, in the sort of whispered tones usually reserved for those with last names like Waits or Cohen. You will have a chance to see why when Cave brings his Grinderman band to Vicar Street this week and you can make your mind up for yourself. Even if Cave's taste in music doesn't align with yours, watching the man play live for even five minutes crytallises why so many see him to be such a compelling figure on stage.