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American rapper and singer, Melissa Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, is a founding member of indie hip-hop groups The Chalice, Grrrl Prty, The Clerb, Ellypseas, and Absynthe. Born into a musical family, she listened to a diverse range of musical genres whilst growing up from Björk to Radiohead, Elton John to Queen as well as a lot of gospel music. Her own style is described as a mix of pop, R’n’B and neosoul. Following the success of the album, Cuz I Love You, Lizzo is getting ready to go on tour this autumn. Her Cuz I Love You Too tour will include two UK dates in London and Manchester.

Conscious Concert is an immersive, open, creative space of love that celebrates connection, integration and exploration. This year’s international line-up features: Nagual Uchu, a South American shaman from Mexico (his tradition of Nagual Shamanism has been made famous by the best-selling book of Carlos Castaneda in the 1970’s & 80’s. Sacred World Music from Sudha. Sudha has headlined events all over the world. Her music is very popular and receives millions of views on YouTube. Sacha Stone founder of the New Earth Project which focuses on planetary sovereignty, consciousness and sustainability. Jasmuheen a self-help author from Australia has written 22 books on how to live a more harmonious life by using the power of our breathing as advocated in Yoga. Bee Global Music is a new Irish music artist who makes electro dance songs that have messages about sustainability, climate change and awareness. The concerts organizers promise “blissful vibes” and “a joyful escape from the daily-grind” to all those attending. Conscious Concert is set to be an inspiring day of wisdom talks and healing music that creates a safe space for attendees to connect with like-minded people who share a vision for a better world and society. Conscious Concert is […]

After 9 albums and over 1400 concerts throughout the world, the band return in 2019 for tours of Europe and North America. During the last 18 years Tinariwen have become globally loved and revered for their creation of a new music genre as well as the integrity and tenacity with which they defend their culture. Hugely attractive to both audiences and musicians who find in it some kind of truth and spiritual depth. On recent albums they have been joined by many guests including TV On The Radio, Kurt Vile, Matt Sweeney, Flea, Mark Lanegan, Josh Klinghoffer, Cass McCombs Warren Ellis and Saul Williams among others…

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indy label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

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With just her sax and a suitcase, Zandra Mitchell joined a jazz band and toured the world.Born in Phibsborough, Dublin in 1903, she was Ireland’s first female saxophonist.While the twenties roared she found her way through Europe to Berlin. The dictators rose; the books burned; the bombs dropped…and Zandra played her sax. Darn Skippy Productions present Zandra, Queen of Jazz — a play with original music, based on an extraordinary true story. The early development of this piece was supported by an Emerging Artist Bursary from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office; with further support from dlr LexIcon Library. Written and Performed by: Roseanne Lynch Directed by: Katherine Soloviev Original Music, Arrangements and Sound Design by: Richard Lennon Poster by: Eugene Korolkov About the company Roseanne Lynch and Richard Lennon, artistic directors of Darn Skippy Productions, also happen to be married. When we first started dating, Richard (a New Yorker) used the phrase “Darn Skippy” in a sentence, and Roseanne (a Dubliner) was completely bewildered. Was he referring to a kangaroo who needed his socks mending? What was he talking about? Richard explained that saying “Darn Skippy” is like saying, not just “yes”, but “YES!!!!” It is now something we say to each […]

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to see Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical, starring Louise Redknapp and Amber Davies! Tickets from €21.00. Fresh from 5* reviews and sold-out houses in London’s West End, 9 to 5 the Musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the women manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit? With an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, and a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick, this hilarious new production is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business! Star casting to be announced. Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. Please note: Age recommendation 12+. This production contains comic sexual references, light drug use and the occasional curse word. Dolly Parton will not be appearing live in this production. Tuesday 19th November 2019 Show 7:30pm Wednesday 20th November 2019 Show 2:30pm Wednesday 20th November 2019 Show 7:30pm […]

Rex Orange County is set to release a new album, Pony, in late October 2019. It will be his third studio album, following his 2016 debut release bcos u will never be free and his 2017 effort Apricot Princess. Containing the singles Untitled and Never Enough, Apricot Princess was well received by critics and earned the musician a place on the annual BBC Sound of Poll in 2018, where he finished runner up to Norweigein pop powerhouse Sigrid. Shortly after the release of the LP, Rex Orange County was featured on the enigmatic Tyler, The Creator’s fourth studio album Flower Boy, contributing vocals to the tracks Boredom and Foreword. In June 2019 the musician performed at Glastonbury, drawing a huge crowd to the festival’s Park Stage. Rex Orange County will hit the road this autumn, in celebration of his forthcoming album

The Mountain Goats (Duo) come to Button Factory Wednesday, Nov 20th! Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15th at 10am local. https://www.ticketmaster.ie/venueartist/198299/934115

After supporting Metallica in Slane Castle last May, Ghost return to Ireland and will bring “The Ultimate Tour Named Death” to 3Arena on Wednesday November 20th. All Them Witches and Tribulation will support on all dates. Limited VIP packages will be available. Log on to ghost-official.com for all ticketing and VIP information. The tour is in support of Ghost’s critically-acclaimed album Prequelle that earned Top 10 status in 15 countries, received a Best Rock Album GRAMMY nomination in the U.S., a Swedish Grammis nomination as Best Hard Rock/Metal Record of the Year, and was named Best Album of 2018 in Kerrang!, Revolver, and Metal Hammer, with Kerrang! readers themselves echoing this sentiment, voting Prequelle winner of Best Album at the annual Kerrang! Awards ceremony held in central London just last month. Meanwhile, album track ‘Faith’ is currently A-listed at both Kerrang! and Planet Rock radio – the third single in row to make A-List across both stations.

Scotland’s surefire one to watch, Lewis Capaldi released his beautifully stripped back single, ‘Someone You Loved’. The new release follows on from an incredible run of events that has seen the singer-songwriter not only shortlisted for the Brits Critics’ Choice award, but also perform on Top Of The Pops over the new year. Released as part of Capaldis emotionally driven ‘Breach’ EP, ‘Someone You Loved’ currently sits at number 16 in the iTunes singles charts, has surpassed 23 million streams on Spotify and was chosen as Scott Mills’ ‘Track of The Week’ on BBC Radio 1. Previous single ‘Grace’ was performed by Lewis in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, as well as spending weeks on the station’s A List.

Award-winning comedian Brendan O’Carroll presents Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical? which will tour UK arenas from March until December 2019. Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical? promises to take audiences on an exhilarating, side-splitting and musical adventure across a string of UK dates, with both matinee and evening shows across the weekend. In March, the show will be at The SSE Arena in Glasgow, followed by Newcastle and Manchester in April, Cardiff, Birmingham and Leeds in June, London in July, Belfast and Liverpool in November, and Sheffield in December 2019. Mrs. Brown’s Boys appeared first on Irish radio station RTÉ 2fm in 1992, followed by a series of books written by star O’Carroll from the mid 1990s onwards. The multiple award-winning television series Mrs. Brown’s Boys launched on the BBC in early 2011, and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie was released in 2014. In addition to the musical, their BBC One series All Round to Mrs. Brown’s will continue next year, with record-breaking viewing figures since its launch in 2017, and a third series on the way in 2019.

The ground-breaking Norwegian pop star this month also released the highly-anticipated new single Sucker Punch, following her critically acclaimed RAW EP and incredible jam-packed festival performances at Electric Picnic and Longitude this Summer. Highlighting the breadth of Sigrid’s maturing talent and aptitude for song writing, Sucker Punch cements the 22-year-old’s rise to pop prominence.

Electric Six has often used The Devil as subject matter for its songs because of that last bit, the part about corruption and adulteration. That’s what Electric Six has been trying to do with its music now for quite some time!!!! We want to corrupt young women….just like The Devil!!! There’s nothing more rewarding than the seduction of a young innocent maiden, forcing her to wear demonic dresses, levitating her towards the great fiery skull and watching her eyes turn black as she gives into evil and becomes the bride of The Devil!!!! That….is why we started this band….to help women realize their potential as sexy evil maidens with eyes reflecting the utter darkness of a corrupted soul.

In 1989, The Stone Roses released their seminal debut album ‘The Stone Roses’. In 2019, The Total Stone Roses (UKs no1 Stone Roses tribute) from Manchester celebrate the 30th anniversary of that release by performing the entire album live at Button Factory, Dublin on Saturday 23rd November 2019 plus a second set of B-sides and other hits. If you love I Am The Resurrection, Made Of Stone, Fools Gold, Waterfall, She Bangs The Drums and many more then do not miss this exclusive opportunity to hear your favourite album played in full! Tickets €20adv + €2.25bf 18+ Event Box Office: www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-total-stone-roses-button-factory-dublin-tickets-54655544204

Liam Gallagher has confirmed details of a forthcoming UK arena tour, in support of his new album Why Me? Why Not. due for release on 20 September 2019. Liam rose to fame as the frontman and lead vocalist of the Manchester rock band Oasis from their formation in 1991 to their heated break up in 2009. One of the biggest British exports of all time, Oasis sold over 75 million records and regularly sold out stadiums across the globe. After the dissolution of Oasis in 2009, Liam founded the band Beady Eye who released albums in 2011 and 2013 before calling it quits in 2014. After a period out of the spotlight, Liam Gallagher returned to music in 2017 deciding to release material under his own name for the first time. He released his solo debut album As You Were in September 2017. The record saw Gallagher return to the sound that first made him famous and was a hit with critics and fans, topping the Official UK Albums Chart on release and receiving praise from the likes of NME, Rolling Stone and Q. Earlier this year the documentary As It Was was released, chronicling the iconic singer’s struggle to […]

Foy Vance will follow the release of two very special new albums this year – ‘From Muscle Shoals’ & ‘To Memphis’ – with an extensive headline North American and UK/Ireland tour throughout October and November. This includes a stop off at The Olympia Theatre for a fully seated show on Wednesday 13th November. The award-winning Northern Irish singer-songwriter will be accompanied by his band for the tour, his first live dates in over two years. Foy Vance: The Tour begins in Woodstock, NY on 12th October and culminates with a hometown show at Belfast Waterfront Hall on 23rd November. Tickets priced from €28 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy

Just announced, Krept & Konan will play an Over 14’s Olympia Theatre show on 23rd November 2019! Tickets priced from €24 including booking fee and €1 restoration levy on sale NOW via Ticketmaster.ie, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330. The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.

The album boasts an impressive and diverse list of guest guitarists, all personal favorites of Mayall’s including Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland who will be joining the band on tour. Also, on hand are Mayall’s dynamic Chicago rhythm section of Greg Rzab on bass guitar and Jay Davenport on drums, along with Billy Watts (Lucinda Williams) on rhythm guitar and Mayall’s regular horn section, moonlighting from their day job in The Late Show with Conan O’Brien’s house band.

Alec Benjamin simply refers to himself as a ​“narrator​.” Inspired by Eminem, Paul Simon, and Citizen Cope, the Phoenix-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter fashioned a cinematic, lo-fi sound that stirred up a buzz online right out of the gate, landing him a major label deal by the age of 18. A day after he turned in his first album, he was dropped by the label he thought would take his artist project to the moon. However, it was going to take a lot more to stop him. Alec immediately hit the road for a self-booked European tour in May 2016. He performed ​“parking lot shows”​ for fans outside of Shawn Mendes and Troye Sivan concerts, handing out business cards to leave a tangible keepsake for those listening and building his brand from the ground up.

Björk announces the European premiere of Cornucopia with 8 upcoming shows including 3Arena on 28 November 2019. According to Björk, this is her “most elaborate stage concert yet, where the acoustic and digital will shake hands, encouraged by a bespoke team of collaborators. Cornucopia is probably as expansive as I will get … an effort to find an equilibrium between all areas.” Cornucopia is digital theatre crafted around Björk’s most recent album ‘Utopia’. The show is created and produced by Björk, with music co-produced by Arca, and the staging directed by film director Lucrecia Martel. The digital visuals are by media artist Tobias Gremmler, co-creative.

A conceptual album presented across three chapters, ‘III’ is audacious: every note, every syllable, and every moment of silence in between is emotionally charged. The album is darker in tone anything they’ve done before, with each part centering on one main character from a fictitious family known as The Sparks, who span three generations in the album’s storyline. Mixing raw emotional themes with their ear-catching melodies, expressive vocals and trademark acoustic sound, ‘III’ moves masterly in artistic directions not yet travelled by the band. Written by the two founding members, Wesley Schultz and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites, the album sees violinist/vocalist Lauren Jacobson officially joining the band, after playing on their previous two albums. Lauren completes the touring lineup that includes pianist Stelth Ulvang, bassist/backing vocalist Byron Isaacs and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller.

Dido is back! The multi million-selling singer has announced her first tour in 15 years for May 2019 ahead of the release of her first new album in five years, Still on My Mind, out 8 March 2019. The shows will see Dido perform new songs along with her classics such as Thank You, Here with Me, White Flag and Life for Rent. The tour will be stopping off in the Ireland in May 2019 and December

For a girl raised on the coast of Southwest England, where she did not fit in and life was hard, finding herself in the easy camaraderie of Dan Auerbach’s studio was the realization of a childhood dream. For the last three years, Yola (who previously performed as Yola Carter) has been a standout at the Americana Fest in Nashville. She released a debut solo EP in 2016 after the dissolution of her band Phantom Limb. She also toured as a vocalist with Massive Attack, among other acts. Yola’s debut album Walk Through Fire, produced by Dan Auerbach, is a genre-bending release from one of the most powerful emerging British voices in music today. The singer/ songwriter first came to the attention of Auerbach (The Black Keys) after a chain of people, starting with her manager, forwarded a video of her performing in Nashville that eventually found itself in Auerbach’s inbox.

Rod Stewart is a British musical icon, who has been performing for over fifty years. He’s announced his return to the road in May and winter 2019, celebrating the release of his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses. The live dates mark Rod’s first UK tour in three years, having sold out venues on his 2016 The UK Hits Stadium Tour and his From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits run. Rod Stewart recently unveiled the video for brand new track Didn’t I featuring New York raised singer Bridget Cady.

Atlantic recording artist Melanie Martinez has announced plans to present a unique theatrical performance on a major world tour. “The K-12 Tour” gets underway 13th October in Washington, D.C. at the All Things Go Fall Classic and then travels North America through late November; European dates follow, beginning 2nd December at Dublin, Ireland’s Olympia Theatre and then continues through mid-December.

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. Les brings back the all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many many more as well as introducing new songs from the upcoming new Bay City Rollers album. Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits.

Extra data added 5th December. Rod Stewart is a British musical icon, who has been performing for over fifty years. He’s announced his return to the road in May and winter 2019, celebrating the release of his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses. The live dates mark Rod’s first UK tour in three years, having sold out venues on his 2016 The UK Hits Stadium Tour and his From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits run. Rod Stewart recently unveiled the video for brand new track Didn’t I featuring New York raised singer Bridget Cady.

Following on from a triumphant sold out 2017 premiere tour, Love Actually will once again be screened live across the UK with a full orchestra performing its enchanting score – just in time for Christmas! Kicking off the holiday season and getting many into the Christmas spirit, the tour will begin in Poole on 25 November, before travelling onto an array of cities up and down the country, including the iconic London Palladium. After the hugely successful sold-out first run in 2017, the Liverpool Echo commented that the orchestra had given the film “a new lease of life” as “audiences laughed, sang, and even cried as the live band helped bring the film to life”. Directed by Richard Curtis and originally released in cinemas in 2003, Love Actually tells 10 separate yet interweaving stories of love around Christmas time. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley Rowan Atkinson, Martin Freeman, and many more. A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score at these shows, with the film being projected onto a huge screen. Armstrong is one of the UK’s […]

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers is a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. Les brings back the all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many, many more. Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits.

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is delighted to announce the return of internationally acclaimed Soprano Celine Byrne for her annual Christmas Gala after previous years’ sell out concerts. For one night only on December 5th, Celine will perform her “Christmas Celebration”, packed full of captivating Christmas Carols as well as Viennese favourites. Celine will be accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy. All prices include a €1 facilities fee per ticket. Telephone & Internet bookings are subject to a maximum s/c of €7.15 per ticket/ Agents €3.40.

“A lot of this new record was written in transit,” says Eoin French, the Irish artist better known as Talos. “Being away from the safety of my home and my studio allowed me to really take the shackles off and create in a different way. It was a terrifying feeling sometimes, but it was also really rewarding.”While Talos will always be deeply connected to his native Ireland, his stunning sophomore album, ‘Far Out Dust,’ draws on a far wider perspective, melding tracks written and recorded in New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Cork, and Reykjavik. The influence of the unknown runs deep here, invigorating French’s haunting blend of organic and electronic music with a gorgeous sense of discovery and wonder. But where Talos’ acclaimed debut, ‘Wild Alee,’ was a solitary affair about isolation and escape, ‘Far Out Dust’ finds French and his longtime production partner, Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1), branching out to explore new sounds and spaces, teaming up with a slew of collaborators including producers Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet) and Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Feist), drummer Ian Chang (Son Lux), and mixer Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire).

This phenomenally popular show returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share the magic of Christmas. Featuring Walking in the Air, and a selection of popular Christmas Songs, bring your jingle bells, wear your fancy dress, and make sure you book early! Shay Byrne (RTÉ Radio 1’s Risin’ Time) will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on the big screen. This family Christmas show will also feature seasonal favourites from the talented children of several stage schools, adding to the spirit and excitement of Christmas. Friday 6th December 2019 Show 3:30pm Friday 6th December 2019 Show 5:30pm Saturday 7th December 2019 Show 11:30am Saturday 7th December 2019 Show 1:30pm Saturday 7th December 2019 Show 3:30pm Saturday 7th December 2019 Show 5:30pm Sunday 8th December 2019 Show 11:30am Sunday 8th December 2019 Show 1:30pm Sunday 8th December 2019 Show 3:30pm Sunday 8th December 2019 […]

Multiple award-winning composer, songwriter and reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman will be bringing Disney’s timeless classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to life for two very special UK arena shows in December 2019 as part of the movie’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Elfman, performing his role of Jack Skellington, will be joined by other original cast members Catherine O’Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie with a full orchestral accompaniment by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow and London Philharmonic Orchestra at The SSE Arena, Wembley. First released in 1993, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Henry Selick and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Tim Burton’s fantastical tale was a box office smash which received rapturous reviews across the board has become a staple part of the extended holiday season.

Featuring the unmistakeable rich and plaintive voice of Dennis Locorriere, known for the global hits Sylvia’s Mother, When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman and more, experience how Dr Hook continues to go strong since the 70s and 80s. This spectacular show is presented in an evening of not only great music, but one that also brings to audiences all the fun and humour that was synonymous with the name Dr. Hook. DR HOOK’s 50th Anniversary Tour is a musical event simply not to be missed!  

Over the past three and a half decades, Primal Scream have embraced everything from psychedelic pop to degenerate rock’n’roll; euphoric rave to industrial gloom. They have made records with George Clinton and Kate Moss, invited Mani of the Stone Roses and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine into the fold, survived narcotic oblivion, personal trauma and the death of beloved guitarist Robert “Throb” Young, and captured the mood of the nation several times over. Throughout it all, they have always sounded like Primal Scream. And they have always made great singles.

It’s been a busy summer for the band, which included two sold-out shows in Croke Park supporting Westlife, performing at the sold-out Longitude Festival and their main stage slot at this year’s Electric Picnic! Continuing on from the massive success of Wild Youth’s EP ‘The Last Goodbye, which debuted at #5 in the Irish Albums Charts, the Dublin pop-rock superstars went on to sell-out their first ever headline show in The Olympia Theatre in March, support The Script in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall and perform to a packed-out house in London’s OMEARA, run by Mumford & Sons member Ben Lovett. In addition to a string of live shows, their outrageously catchy song ‘Can’t Move On’ has earned them over 2 million streams and was the most played Irish song on Irish radio in 2018! Recently, Wild Youth shared the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons and Dermot Kennedy at this year’s Malahide Castle, and Clean Bandit and Jax Jones at Sea Sessions. Wild Youth consists of David Whelan, Conor O’ Donohue, Ed Porter and Callum McAdam.

The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will return to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin for a 4 week run from 10th December 2019 – 5th January 2020 as part of a UK and International Tour celebrating 20 years since MAMMA MIA! premiered in London in April 1999. From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll. To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China. MAMMA MIA! became the 8th longest running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years. MAMMA MIA! continues to thrill audiences in London’s West End at the Novello Theatre where it will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on 6 April 2019. The hugely successful first International Tour premiered in Dublin in September 2004 and visited 85 cities across 38 countries, selling over 5 million tickets over 9 years. Produced […]

The tour of Dublin will cap off a very successful year for the band. The single ‘Find The Water’, taken from their upcoming sixth album, topped the airplay charts throughout the summer. Their ‘Long Way Home’ Festival gigs in Cork, Limerick, Belfast and Galway were sold out and upcoming gigs in Wexford and Kilkenny had second dates added, all of which are now sold out. The band are due to head to New York in November where a fourth date has been added to their The Mercury Lounge residency due to the phenomenal demand. Thursday 12th December 2019 – SOLD OUT Friday 13th December 2019 – SOLD OUT Saturday 14th December 2019 – SOLD OUT

Award-winning comedian Brendan O’Carroll presents Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical? which will tour UK arenas from March until December 2019. Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical? promises to take audiences on an exhilarating, side-splitting and musical adventure across a string of UK dates, with both matinee and evening shows across the weekend. In March, the show will be at The SSE Arena in Glasgow, followed by Newcastle and Manchester in April, Cardiff, Birmingham and Leeds in June, London in July, Belfast and Liverpool in November, and Sheffield in December 2019. Mrs. Brown’s Boys appeared first on Irish radio station RTÉ 2fm in 1992, followed by a series of books written by star O’Carroll from the mid 1990s onwards. The multiple award-winning television series Mrs. Brown’s Boys launched on the BBC in early 2011, and Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie was released in 2014. In addition to the musical, their BBC One series All Round to Mrs. Brown’s will continue next year, with record-breaking viewing figures since its launch in 2017, and a third series on the way in 2019.

Downmarket celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year ahead of The Blades first gig in 27 years which will be held in the Olympia Theatre on Friday 13th of December, this is sure to be as nostalgic to the fans that were there as it will be mesmerizing to the generation of new fans they have gained since. The Blades were formed in 1977 at a time where punk ruled Dublin, with bands like The Radiators from Space being among the talk of the Irish music scene. Originally with Paul Cleary on Bass, his brother Lar on Guitar and drummer Pat Larkin completing the lineup.

Björn Again was created and founded by Rod Stephen (director and musician) in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia. Seen as a light-hearted satirical parody of ABBA and a brand in its own right, the show rapidly achieved cult status. Rod’s production company based in North London employs top class professional performers having done over 10,000 shows in 70 countries in 25 years. With good wishes from ABBA’s blonde vocalist Agnetha Fältskog the ultimate aim, as always for Rod, is to keep his iconic brand at the top and continue for as long as people want to hear ABBA’s songs performed only the way Björn Again does them. Björn Again.com personnel are comprised from a pool of performers from throughout the Northern Hemisphere who are overseen by Rod who often plays Bass guitar and sings with onstage. Having been acknowledged by Björn Ulvaeus as being the show that single-handedly initiated the ABBA revival in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Björn Again show is hailed as the most popular and successful show of its type.

The new tour is announced as Sam commences his sold-out UK Spring tour in Manchester on Friday, which includes two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on the 6th & 7th May. Sam will play a string of festivals across the UK and Europe throughout the Summer including Glastonbury, TRNSMT, a huge outdoor headline show at Tynemouth Castle, and performances in both Victoria Park (All Points East) and Hyde Park (Bob Dylan + Neil Young). All announced dates are listed below including his first shows in Japan. The debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, is released on the 9th August via Polydor Records.

2FM and MCD are delighted to announce the return of The 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of The ISPCC, which will take place at 3Arena on Saturday December 21 2019. Following the success of last year’s event, which raised almost €500,000 RTÉ 2FM and MCD have come together again to host the biggest Xmas Ball yet in aid of ISPCC. Picture This will headline on the night along with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and many more to be announced. The 2FM Xmas Ball will be hosted by various 2FM presenters. Caroline Downey, President of The ISPCC and producer of the 2FM Xmas Ball, said: – The ISPCC is extremely grateful to 2FM, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, 3Arena and in particular Picture This and the other artists who will be taking part in the Xmas ball to raise over half a million euro to provide support for vulnerable children in Ireland who need our services. We Will Never Give Up On A Child. Ever. Head of RTÉ 2FM and Radio Strategy, Dan Healy, said – “2FM is delighted to once again partner with the ISPCC for the fifth consecutive year. To date this annual concert has raised over €2 million for […]

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are delighted to present an enchanted evening of classical delights for all the family. Presented by Marty Whelan, The Magic of Christmas with Claudia Boyle and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will feature much-loved favourites from the concert hall, opera stage and cinema screen. Claudia will be joined by very special guests including the Oscar- and Olivier Award-nominated, BAFTA Award-winning actor Stephen Rea reading The Night Before Christmas and the Arabella Voice Choir. Celebrate the magic of Christmas in sumptuous, glamorous style with Claudia Boyle’s ‘stupendous coloratura sophistication and radiance’ (Neue Musikzeitung) as the internationally acclaimed soprano joins the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Arabella Voices choir and conductor David Brophy for a festive celebration for all the family. Claudia will be joined by the brilliant RTÉ National Symphony orchestra and the programme will include: Tchaikovsky Russian Dance (Trepak) from The Nutcracker, Andrew Lloyd Webber Pie Jesu, Hess A Christmas Overture, Gruber Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Adeste Fidelis, Away in a Manger and Williams ‘Somewhere in My Memory’ (Theme from Home Alone). From the blazing orchestral brilliance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Overture and swooning romance of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo to emotion-laden operatic […]

LONDON ASTROBEAT ORCHESTRA PLAY TALKING HEADS THE BUTTON FACTORY 5TH JANUARY 2019 Tickets on sale now Aiken Promotions proudly present, London Astrobeat Orchestra performing songs from the iconic Talking Heads live at Button Factory 5th January 2019. Tickets on sale now. ‘Stop Making Sense’ movie, live. Focusing on tracks from the cult classic albums ‘Remain In The Light’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ the ‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ are a funky, rhythmic, hypnotic, anthemic, uplifting, groovy, percussive, smack on point, earth-shatteringly tight, live band. “This is The Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense delivered live & with a degree of raw, cosmic, human energy that will totally, utterly & completely blow your wig off..!”…..(World Headquarters) London Astrobeat Orchestra have sold out their first 4 debut shows at The Jazz Café, London, the band were affectionately nicknamed the ‘African Talking Heads’. When you consider the afrobeat vibes, that run through all the best Talking Heads albums, it’s both appropriate & correct that this collective of musicians, from West Africa, Europe & beyond should offer this completely unique, razor sharp, liquid funk & jaw-droppingly tight take, on the finest of Mr David Byrne & Co’s timeless compositions. They comprise, quite honestly of the finest […]

ELF, the hit West End and Broadway musical based on the Hollywood blockbuster movie starring Will Ferrell, is to be supersized into a Christmas spectacular which will play 3Arena Dublin this December. Don’t miss this Christmas spectacular on 28 & 29 December 2019, tickets go on sale this Thursday 11 April at 9am from Ticketmaster. The show will star award-winning Coronation Street actress and singer Kym Marsh as Buddy the Elf’s girlfriend, Jovie, and Shaun Williamson (Barry Evans in EastEnders, Extras) as Buddy’s dad Walter Hobbs. Kym Marsh’s daughter Polly will also be part of the cast. In her first acting role, eight year old Polly will play a naughty child who shares a scene with Santa. Reprising his role as Buddy the Elf will be comedy actor Tam Ryan, who counts Priscilla Presley amongst his past leading ladies. The cast also features Father Christmas and a line- up of 70 performers, including children.

Dublin Bowie Festival held annually each January. Live Music, Q&A’s, Memorabilia & Merch, Movies, Concert/Documentaries, Quiz & more.

The Sound of Music returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, and of course, the title song – ‘The Sound of Music’.

The Sound of Music returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, and of course, the title song – ‘The Sound of Music’. Friday 10th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Saturday 11th January 2020 Show 2:30pm Saturday 11th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Tuesday 14th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Wednesday 15th January 2020 Show 2:30pm Wednesday 15th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Thursday 16th January 2020 Show 2:30pm Thursday 16th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Friday 17th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Saturday 18th January 2020 Show 2:30pm

As the Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s landmark album ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ in 2020, its fitting that we welcome the men who performed on this memorable album; NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray have said of The Man Who Sold the World, “this is where the story really starts.” Holy Holy are the authentic sound of David Bowie’s early songs, starring Woody Woodmansey, legendary Spider from Mars & David Bowie’s drummer from 1970-1973 and Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime producer, friend and bass player on The Man Who Sold The World.  The all star lineup also features Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory on lead vocals, Scott Walker/Cult guitarist James Stevenson, Ian Hunter/Bob Geldof guitarist Paul Cuddeford, Heaven 17s Berenice Scott on keys and Jessica Lee Morgan on keys/saxophone. The Man Who Sold The World and Tony Visconti. Bowie’s third studio album is frequently regarded as a turning point for him – the first flowering of his maturation as an artist. Perhaps the most (and indeed, only) straight-forward “rock” album in the Bowie repertoire, it was a great influence on subsequent artists working in harder rock genres, like gothic, industrial, and metal. Kurt Cobain listed […]

Creating an inner world through narrative song-writing while leaving the door slightly ajar for us to enter and act out scenes, His live shows have been described as visceral, spiritual and communal events where Keenan moves between a one man and his guitar monologue to fronting a band whose sound only acts as a carrier for the songs further solidifying their intent. “Not just another young lad with an acoustic guitar, Keenan is the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down.” – Pat Carty, Hotpress Having been asked to play alongside the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard David is fast becoming one of Ireland’s most talked about young Artists.

Jan 16 – Belfast Waterfront £28+ Whitney – Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance from rising West End star Shanice Smith as Whitney. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s, Shanice, winner of Brit Idol and graduate of the world famous Brit School (where the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis cut their teeth), has triumphed in the role and has astounded audiences wherever she plays.

Friday 17th January 2020 €31+ Olympia Whitney – Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance from rising West End star Shanice Smith as Whitney. Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hit’s, Shanice, winner of Brit Idol and graduate of the world famous Brit School (where the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis cut their teeth), has triumphed in the role and has astounded audiences wherever she plays.

Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the worlds leading vocalists playing homage to the legendary Roy Orbison. He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny similarity and ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this music giant. Barry Steele is quite simply unmissable, as he takes you on this specially produced musical journey in time. Not only does the Barry bring the music of The Big O back to the centre stage, the show also features chart busting hits originally performed and made famous by George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, ELO, The Spencer Davis Group, The Traveling Wilburys and of course, the Big O. The show is backed by a big screen and phenomenally talented musicians resulting in an incredible fusion of ‘60s solid gold classics and ‘80s contemporary musical genius all on one stage.

TradFest Presents Hothouse Flowers Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings Screaming Orphans The Olympia Theatre Wednesday 22nd January 2020 **Tickets onsale NOW** Trad Fest Dublin 2020 have announced an incredible lineup at The Olympia Theatre on Wednesday 22nd January 2020, Hothouse Flowers, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, and Screaming Orphans. Tickets priced from €42.19 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy on sale NOW via Ticketmaster.ie, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330. The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers. Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult. Standing tickets are recommended only for those over 14 years of age. Over 18’s ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.

Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings the festival has gone from strength to strength. The past decade has has seen the festival grow in terms of size, ambition and musical breadth, with a line-up that now appeals to the purist and the merely curious alike. Although TradFest today is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music we now also feature a