Sean Hayes offers a line-up of some of the best and most exciting talent playing around the city in the next few weeks.
Mano Le Tough — April 1st — District 8
Niall Mannion, known better under the moniker of Mano Le Tough, makes a welcome return to his homeland next weekend, where he’ll play an ‘All Night Long’ open to close set at District 8. Formerly based in Berlin, and now living in Zürich, Mannion has become an important name in the electronic music scene both at home and abroad. Since its founding in 2012, he runs the highly acclaimed record label, Maeve, which has released names such as Oxia, Shall Ocin and Baikal. From OTwo’s own experience, Mannion has been responsible for some of District 8’s most memorable nights over the past few years, and this set is sure to be no different. Tickets are currently priced at €18.
Dirty Hit Tour — April 4th — Academy 2
After spending the last few years cultivating a roster that features the best in upcoming, forward-thinking music from both sides of the Atlantic, Dirty Hit Records have announced a tour of their brightest talents, arriving in the Academy 2 on April 4th. Best known for cultivating global stars The 1975 and Wolf Alice, headlining the tour will be Superfood, armed with a strong collection of new songs, due to be released later this year. Other names on the roster include King Nun and Pale Waves, who we’re expecting to see a lot more of this coming year. Tickets from €15.
Honeyblood — April 8th — Whelan’s
Scottish duo, Honeyblood, have announced tour dates across the country this April in support of their latest album, Babes Never Die. The band that burst forth from Glasgow’s DIY underground scene, recording cassette tapes in their bathroom and hosting parties in disused hairdressers have come a long way. Their latest album was produced by the acclaimed James Dring, whose work also includes the likes of Jamie T and Gorillaz. This somewhat unlikely collaboration has resulted in an urgent, clattering sound, not completely removed from their previous releases, but certainly evolved and developed. Tickets are available online from WAV Tickets for €14, with Whelan’s Indie Club sorting you out for the rest of the night afterwards.
District Magazine’s 3rd Birthday — April 14th — Private Manor
District, Dublin’s leading arts and culture online magazine (after OTwo, of course), and having just launched their first physical issue a few months ago, is about to turn 3 years old. To celebrate, they’re doing what anyone else would do for their third birthday: throwing a sesh in a Southside gaff. The BYOB event, held on Good Friday, will play host to a number of both international and native names — names that have helped transform the Irish electronic scene into the burgeoning melting-pot it is today. KOJAQUE, Staxx Lyrical and Bobofunk are just some of the artists who will be making an appearance on the night. While tickets are a bit pricey, starting at €54, and the location is being a kept under wraps for now, the night will also feature spoken word, art installations, and did we mention it’s BYOB? A unique night not to be missed.