MAXI JAZZ – 6 MAY – THE BOWERY
Faithless’ Maxi Jazz will play a personal DJ set in the intimate setting of the Bowery, Rathmines on bank holiday Sunday. Maxi uses the mic and a turntable to get the party going and his crowd interactions are always great at larger venues, so expect even more engagement here. Maxi blends reggae, funk, soul, and hip-hop from the last 30 years and of course big hits from Faithless such as ‘Insomnia,’ ‘We Come 1,’ and ‘Mass Destruction.’ Tickets are €22.50.
Check it out if you like: Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Damian Marley, Moby
ISLAND – 12 MAY – WHELAN’S
London four-piece, ISLAND, have just dropped their debut album Feels Like Air and will bring it to Upstairs at Whelan’s this May. The alternative band are guitar-driven, and the new album feels like it will put them on the map with potential anthems ‘Horizon’ and ‘The Day I Die.’ So far, the band have only sold out small venues, but they sound powerful live, and Upstairs at Whelan’s would be a great place for their sound. Tickets are €13.
Check it out if you like: Kings of Leon, Grizzly Bear, Kaleo
THE ROLLING STONES – 17 MAY – CROKE PARK
One of the biggest bands of all time hit Croke Park for one night only next month. Perhaps surprisingly, tickets are still available. This could be due to the high price or perhaps tastes have shifted towards Ed Sheeran, who is in the Phoenix Park on May 16th, 18th, and 19th. Either way, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the iconic Rolling Stones in what could be their last Irish appearance. This gig marks the start of a 14 gig European run. Expect to hear all the hits like ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ as well as a few surprises. Tickets from €70.
Check it out if you like: The Beatles, The Doors, The Kinks, Cream
CIGARETTES AFTER SEX – 22 MAY – OLYMPIA THEATRE
US ambient pop group Cigarettes After Sex make a Dublin pitstop at the Olympia Theatre before a summer filled with festival spots. The group make chilled music that’s perfect for relaxing, studying, or, err, as the name suggests, going to bed. Their breakthrough song was 2012’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.’ If you didn’t get tickets for The XX’s shows at the Tivoli Theatre next month then this could be what you’re looking for. Tickets from €27.
Check it out if you like: The XX, Mazzy Star, Beach House, Warpaint