As we head into the colder winter months, Aiken Promotions bring you a whole host of amazing shows to keep your music loving heart warm! Read on to check out some of the brilliant shows coming up at venues near you
First up, rising singer-songwriter TREVOR SENSOR has announced a date for Dublin’s Bello Bar on Monday, October 2nd. From the first moments of his debut EP Texas Girls and Jesus Christ, the Illinois-born 22-year-old singer/songwriter’s distinctive burr of a voice sounds aged decades beyond his years. The rest of the young talent’s music follows suit, too, with timeless-sounding melodies and a sense of songwriting that exudes maturity while still feeling fresh. Tickets are €14 and are on-sale now via www.ticketmaster.ie. Image available here. Watch High Beams here. With support from Saramai on the night.
The Grand Social will see 22-year-old British musician ISAAC GRACIE take to the stage on Tuesday, October 3rd. Inspired by familiar greats in the Buckleys, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan, Isaac has an instinctive knack for writing a devastating melody, and a voice honed to precision. His self-produced debut track Last Words was picked up by the likes of Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and John Kennedy, and has hit over one million plays! Following an acclaimed spot at BBC Introducing SXSW showcase in Texas, he has also appeared at Glastonbury, Latitude and The Great Escape. His debut album “Darling I’m Not OK” is due over the coming months. Tickets are priced at €13 and are available through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. Image available here. Watch All In My Mind here. Support on the night comes from Wildes.
Welsh pop punk band NECK DEEP are going to hit The Tivoli Theatre on Thursday, October 5th. The band are fresh from releasing their 3rd LP, ‘The Peace and The Panic’, with producer Mike Green, who has credits for Paramore, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil. Expect a expect a full band show with tracks from both the new album and their previous releases! Tickets are €18 and are available here
Fifteen years ago, JOLIE HOLLAND and SAMANTHA PARTON – two founders of the wildly popular group The Be Good Tanyas – first joined forces. Now they come together once again, with a worldwide touring schedule and a new studio album coming in 2017. Their new project, as always, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. Don’t miss this duo perform on Thursday, October 5th in Whelans. It’s just been announced that Maria Kelly will support. Tickets priced €18 on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
Howling Bells leader JUANITA STEIN has just announced a string of Irish dates in support of her debut album ‘America’. Following a decade of touring the globe with her band Howling Bells, she’s seen the world Americanize, gentrify and divide like a broken heart. Juanita now returns with her first solo collection of songs about a pre-apocalyptic America. These are songs from a dark-hearted country, where the lights of Nashville twinkle in the distance as the siren song leads you into the eternal night. It’s that shattered dreamland Hunter S. Thompson went looking for… It’s somewhere beyond the pines of Twin Peaks at a crossroads where Badlands met Paris, Texas. She plays The Grand Social on Friday, October 6th. Tickets for The Grand Social are priced at €15. Her Irish tour also features shows at the following: CORK – 4 October – Fred Zeppelin’s | GALWAY – 5 October – Strange Brew @ Roisin Dubh | LIMERICK – 7 October – Kasbah Social Club. Grab tickets via www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. Image available here. Watch Dark Horse here. Chinese Newspaper will provide support ahead of Juanita.
HMLTD have announced some of their biggest shows to date with a UK tour and NOW their debut Irish show in The Workman’s Club, on Friday, October 6th. This year has seen the London based, multinational six-piece emerge as one of the most original and closely followed new acts, receiving acclaim as well as a rabid, glitter-clad following for their shape-shifting, genre-defying sonics and mesmerizing, all-encompassing live shows, where the lines between performers and audience are ever-blurred. This is one live gig you need to experience! You can watch ‘To The Door’ video right here. Tickets priced €15 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
LISA O’NEILL spent part of this year as special guest touring with The Divine Comedy throughout Europe. She has shared the stage over the years with Paul Brady, Glen Hansard, Peggy Seeger, Kevin Rowland and many more. Lisa will play Whelan’s on Saturday, October 7th. Her third album, Pothole in the Sky, was released in 2016 to critical praise. It follows 2013’s Choice Prize-nominated Same Cloth Or Not and her debut release Has An Album.Tickets priced €15 are on sale here. Lisa’s captivating track Pothole In The Sky.
London-based ULRIKA SPACEK have announced a date for The Workman’s Club, on Saturday, October 7th in support of their latest album Modern English Decoration. Music website The Line of Best Fit are fans of the art rockers “Experimental fuzz-rock like no other” and CLASH were quoted as saying “Sheer neolithic hedonism – lysergic, primitive and tribal”. Tickets priced €15 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
Primal blues-rock duo THE PICTUREBOOKS will perform their blues-saturated heavy rock on their “Home Is A Heartache Tour 2017” which hits Whelan’s on Saturday, October 7th. “We are so excited about our own headlining European-tour this year. It’s always fun supporting other bands like “Monster Truck”, “Kadavar”, “The Answer”, “Les Butcherettes” etc, but going out and headlining ourselves makes it so much more exciting. We can’t wait to meet the many friends we made along the way and to make new ones as we go!” says Fynn Claus Grabke, singer and guitarist of The Picturebooks. Check out their video for the latest track, ‘Zero F*cks Given’ here and a WAV file for ‘I Need That Oooh’ here. Support on the night comes from WOLFF. Tickets priced €13 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
American indie folksters THE MOUNTAIN GOATS are set to headline The Button Factory on Sunday, October 8th. Back with a brand new album Goths and of course led by the engaging singer-songwriter John Darnielle, now is your chance to catch these legends of lo-fi. With their unique sound, have a listen to Rain In Soho taken from their latest album Goths. Tickets priced €22 go on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
UK alternative rock trio ARCANE ROOTS have just released their stunning, brand new, 2nd album Melancholia Hymns, full of ambition, electronica, riffs, strings, darkness and light. They’ll be taking to the Whelan’s stage on Wednesday, October 11th. Check out the video for Matter, the lead track off the record, right here. Tickets priced €16 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
A.S. FANNING is a singer-songwriter from Dublin, currently based in Berlin. Previously frontman and chief songwriter of Dublin bands Porn Trauma and The Last Tycoons, he has recently announced the release of his debut album Second Life. The LP will be available on Friday, October 13th on Proper Octopus Records along with a show in Whelan’s on the same date. Watch the video for lead track Carmelita here
Hailing from the UK, from a family with both a strong pugilist history (his father an ABA champion) and musical heritage (his grandfather was a jazz guitarist with the BBC), JOSEPH J. JONES sings beautifully emotive songs that open up a window into his life. Citing main influences as Johnny Cash, Kanye West and West Ham United; Joseph J. Jones has spent the last year collaborating with writer / producer Richard Frenneaux. Uncompromising and gifted with an incredible voice, JJ.J’s work is both intimate and soulful. He will play Roisin Dubh, Galway on Wednesday, October 11th / Cyprus Avenue, Cork on Thursday, October 12 / The Grand Social, Dublin on Friday, October 13th. Tickets priced €13 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. Have a listen to his latest release, Gospel Truth right here.
SHAME have announced a new headline autumn UK and European tour including a stop-off at The Workman’s Club on Saturday, October 14th. “Our music is about wanting to provoke something,” says Charlie Steen, 19-year-old lead singer of London’s most talked-about young band. “It’s not about standing onstage and singing pretty love songs. It’s about confrontation, energy, adrenaline and anarchy.”. Their riotous two-year journey has included gate-crashing a Glastonbury stage, supporting The Fat White Family, Warpaint and Slaves, performances in Europe, Austin Texas, a nomination for best new artists at the prestigious Anchor awards, headlining their own UK tour and releasing the double A-side single, Gold Hole/The Lick. Tickets priced €13 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. Check out Tasteless here
THE DEARS emerged out of the early Noughties Canadian indie renaissance, cementing their orchestral-pop- noir sound with celebrated debut album End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. They recently released their seventh studio album, Times Infinity Volume Two. The album is the second installment of a two-album project from the Montréal band. Following a six-year absence, the band completed a run of sold-out UK and European live shows (the band’s first since 2011) and will hit Grand Social on Sunday, October 15th. Tickets priced €20 on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
PRIESTS are set to kick things off on Sunday, October 15th with their show in The Workmans Club. Their latest album Nothing Feels Natural is out now and is the culmination of two years’ writing, touring, tweaking, and refining. It’s the band’s most stylistically diverse set of songs to date, expanding on their lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, RandB, and industrial noise. The Guardian cites it as “a boisterous rampage through surf rock, savage cheerleader chants and dystopian murk’’ – Tickets priced €15 through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
American punk band DOWNTOWN BOYS have announced a date for The Workman’s Club, on Monday, October 16th. Downtown Boys use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism and boredom. Their new album Cost of Living is at once cathartic, and fun, melding the band’s revolutionary ideals with boundless energy. “… wild, bilingual, no-filler, can-still-throw-down punk rock.” – NPR. Tickets priced €15 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
23 year old singer/songwriter Alex Giannascoli better know as (SANDY) ALEX G plays Whelan’s on Tuesday, October 17. The Philadelphia indie artist has had comparisons to Elliot Smith but his ever-evolving song arrangements makes his sound unique. Rocket is the Philadelphia-based artist’s eighth full-length release – an album that effortlessly jumps from soundscapes to country pop to dreamy folk music. Have a look at his multi-instrumental track Bobby. Tickets priced €16.50 are on sale through www.whelanslive.com, www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
THE HORRORS release their fifth studio album ‘V’ on September 22nd. The ten track album, produced by Paul Epworth, will be followed by a full UK and Ireland tour which includes a date for the Tivoli Theatre on Tuesday, October 17th. The LP shows the UK rock group at the peak of their powers, exhibiting a freedom and sense of exploration that feels truly liberating. Have a listen to lead single Machine here. Tickets priced €24 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
It’s been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, who’s been spreading a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. Segarra, the creative force behind HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF The latest LP, The Navigator, features an interconnected set of introspective songs, grounded in Segarra’s eclectic rustic root style, yet adorned by elements of son montuno, plena, and a kind of Mink De Ville retro-doowop rock. Catch HURRAY at Whelan’s on Thursday, October 19th. Tickets are €18 via Ticketmaster or www.whelanslive.com
KOLARS is a band of two members. Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument. KOLARS has created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy. The Huffington Post “instantly fell in love with their tantalizing sonics, and their energetic, apocalyptic marvel” and you will too! Catch them live at Bello Bar on Friday, October 20th, with tickets priced at €15. Grab images and more right here
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JAKE CLEMONS has good news for Irish fans. The musician (who also serves as saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) has recently released his latest album and also announced Part Two of his “Fear and Love Tour – Ireland Edition”. He will play The Pavilion Theatre on Friday, 20 October. Other tour dates include: October 18 Spirit Store, Dundalk / October 21 Roisin Dubh, Galway / Oct 22 DeBarras, Clonakilty. Tickets are priced €25 right here paviliontheatre.ie.
Having toured the world as front man of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, acclaimed songwriter RODDY WOOMBLE recently toured UK in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of this debut solo album, My Secret Is My Silence. Having established himself as a leading voice in the thriving British contemporary indie folk music scene, with his anticipated new album, 2017 will see Roddy take a darker more lo fi direction held together by Woomble’s trademark poetic lyrics, “evocative vocals and consummate gift for a tune.” Catch him live at The Workman’s Club on Wednesday, October 25th. Tickets priced €18 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
THE YOUNG’UNS bring their Strangers album tour to the Sugar Club on Tuesday, October 24th. The Teesside trio have cemented their reputation at the forefront of the English folk scene in the last few years. Having taken their uplifting voices, powerful songs, spine tingling harmonies and raucous humour to audiences across the UK and around the world, they won the title of ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2015 and 2016. The harmonies are glorious; the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like?” The Guardian. Tickets priced €16.50 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.
Singer–songwriter AIMEE MANN has announced a date for Dublin’s National Stadium on Saturday, October 28th in support of her latest release Mental Illness, her first new solo album in five years. This record finds the woman who gave the world “Wise Up” again deciding to slow up. If you fell in love with earlier albums like Bachelor No. 2 and the Magnolia soundtrack, the gorgeous melodies and deliberate gait of this return to contemplative form will seem deliciously familiar. Special guest on the night is Jonathan Coulton.
Following last year’s incredible show, SKINNY LIVING return to Belfast to perform at the Oh Yeah Music Centre on Sunday, October 29th.This Wakefield, UK quartet feature a gorgeous blend of vocalists, songwriters and musicians. Check out the video for Only I’ right here. Tickets priced £12 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. This show is 14+
Manchester’s THE SLOW READERS CLUB embark on their biggest UK and Irish headline tour to date. This Winter they’ll kick start the tour at Dublin’s Button Factory on Tuesday, 31st October. If ever there was a band to currently embody the sheer tenacity of Manchester, it would be The Slow Readers Club. Having risen through their city’s ranks, the four-piece have rapidly gone from a best kept secret to one of its proudest exports. They supported James on a UK arena tour followed by a mainstage slot at Isle Of Wight Festival. Have a listen to their track I Saw A Ghost. – Tickets priced €16.50 on sale through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide.