Gig Guide: December 2016

Sinead Mulcahy gives you the run down on what’s going down around Dublin this December.[br]WYVERN LINGO - December 3rd - The Button FactoryThe Bray pop trio will play a live show in the Button Factory as part of their nationwide tour. Fans of Hozier will be familiar with Wyvern Lingo, as they supported him on his most recent tour, and feature as backing vocalists for some of his music. The band use vocals, guitar, bass synth, keyboards, and drums to create a fresh sound, drawing on the genres of pop, R’n’B and rock. The three childhood friends share writing and vocal responsibilities, which allows for passionate and personal live performances. Much of their music features complex vocal harmonies, a highlight of their live shows as the three voices blend effortlessly together to create a rich, haunting sound. At €17.50, it’s well worth it to see one of Ireland’s most exciting new talents.HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE - December 11th - The Sugar ClubHBE, an eight-piece brass band, are set to return to this intimate setting, their “home away from home”, for four shows this December. These eight Chicago brothers, who grew up in an extraordinarily musical family, offer a hip-hop influenced style of jazz. Hot Press hailed the loud, resonant sounds of the band’s live performances as “bordering on a culture shock.”Each night, the band will perform a set based on their roots and new release Sound Rhythm & Form, which is inspired by the energy of the stars, planets, and galaxies. Regardless of musical preference, the night promises to be an incredible, mesmerising experience as their “spiritual jazz set” will be performed against a backdrop of live visuals of the universe. Certainly one not to be missed.RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS - December 20th-21st - 3ArenaOn the foot of their eleventh studio album The Getaway, RHCP will make a much-anticipated return to Ireland as part of their massive world tour. RHCP are one of the most successful rock bands of all time, with 6 Grammy awards and a place in the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’. Their new album, which was produced by Danger Mouse, has not disappointed with generally favourable critic reviews and huge commercial success.Their funk-rock musical style draws on psychedelic rock and punk rock, and with a career spanning over three decades, RHCP concerts draw a multigenerational crowd of fans lucky enough to have gotten tickets. Set-lists from their latest shows indicate those fortunate few will be treated to a mixture of new singles like ‘Dark Necessities’ and older classics like ‘Dani California’ and ‘Can’t Stop.’