Five of the Best Gigs in Dublin this October

Posted 8 months ago in Gig Previews

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Time for lights on your bikes heading to and from these choice gigs.

James Holden & The Animal Spirits

You spin me right round, baby right round

Holden’s path to improv folk trance has seen him lead his own “rebellion against dance music,” yet trance remains in the DNA of his output even if it’s now more whirling dervish than enraptured pill head. Thom Yorke is a “massive fan” and cited Holden as an influence whilst writing the soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s forthcoming Suspiria. Summon the spirits!

The Sugar Club, Thursday October 11, €22.50 

David Byrne

Absolute legend pays a visit.

The ever restless and inventive Byrne is most content when pushing against the tide of lazy expectation. And live, with his Talking Heads numbers, countless collaborations and a few choice numbers from American Utopia, Byrne will step up to the mark and burn down the house. Support from Benjamin Clementine.

3Arena, Wednesday October 24, €49.50


D4 gets energised

Metropolis has anchored itself on the bank holiday weekend. Villagers, Roisin Murphy, Grandbrothers and The Black Madonna make it to the city after appearing at All Together Now, its sister festival which made a very promising debut. And while we really do love Mac DeMarco too, it’s Blood Orange who win the mantle of Most Anticipated.

RDS Arena, Saturday October 27 & Sunday October 28, €49.50 – €119.50



Millennial mash-up

Superorganism are a millennial mash-up consisting of international members from England, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand who only formed at the start of last year. We heard everything from Lemon Jelly to Giant Drag on their excellent indie pop debut but it’s really a roulette of so many acts you once loved and have possibly forgotten about.

The Academy, Thursday October 18, €18.50


Sister Nancy & Brigadier Jerry

Bam bam dilla, bam bam

Sister Nancy is a Jamaican dancehall DJ and singer. And whether you know her or not, you’ve heard, sang or bopped to Bam Bam at some stage of your life to date. Her 1982 track has been sampled over 80 times across genres. For example Kanye sampled it on Famous off Life of Pablo and Jay-Z used it on Bam in a collaboration with Damian Marley off 4:44.

The Sugar Club, Sunday October 28, €22.50



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