Joyce Dignam recommends the best gigs on around town this month.
Alice Phoebe Lou
South African singer-songwriter, Alice Phoebe Lou takes to Whelan’s this month on her Paper Castles album tour. Lou began to build up a following by bringing herself, her guitar and her dreamlike voice to the streets of Berlin where she would busk her latest songs. Nowadays, fans follow her social media intently, in the hopes of catching which street corner she will be performing next on. If you’re interested in a blend of folk and electronics, this gig is not to be missed.
For fans of: First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Saint Sister
Sinéad O’Connor has had a colourful and controversial career and recently has announced her comeback tour. After just one week, O’Connor has sold out a Vicar Street show and has added an extra date due to popular demand. The nation watched her powerful and emotional rendition of ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ recently on The Late Late Show, where she proved she still has the ability to captivate us with her lyrics and voice. O’Connor is a national treasure and music lovers across the country will be flocking to see her live this month.
For fans of: Kate Bush, The Cranberries, Dido
The Workmans Club
After taking a break from the spotlight, Dublin indie-rock band Squarehead are back with their High Time album launch party this month. Squarehead have been making music for nearly ten years. Since they formed in 2010, the trio have produced a plethora of albums, EP’s and singles. In 2017, they appeared on Paper Trails compilation of singles, with the likes of Mac de Marco, in aid of the Abortion Support Network. With special guests, Soft on Crime, this night is looking like one of the best value indie-rock gigs this month.
For fans of: Oh Boland, Mac De Marco, Silverbacks, Hot Cops
Fullee Love Collective
Soup, founder of the 90’s hip-hop group Jurassic 5, is bringing his new project to BelloBar this month. This collective merges many genres focusing on soul, funk and disco but also with Soup’s hip-hop background running throughout it. For what promises to be a lively night of crowd participation and experimental music, be sure to get your tickets.
For fans of: Jurassic 5, De la Soul, A Tribe Called Quest