There is nothing better than hearing live music you know and love in a city you’ve never been in before. Dublin is a city full of live music and pretty much any place with taps and a bartender could be considered as a viable music venue. If you’re looking for a live music venue with a little more to offer than off key singer/songwriters and cringe worthy karaoke sessions, these five live music venues are for you
This place looks great and with its old fashioned theatre vibe, it’s perfect for everything including music, movie screenings and DJ sets. The sugar club has everything coming up in the next month including a screening of one of my favourites Total Recall on June 30th. Anton Newcombe Former front man of The Brianjohnstown massacre takes to the stage on July 15th with hopefully hilarious repercussions. This, after all is the man who is most known for kicking a fan in the face in the middle of a concert, so strap yourself in and wear a helmet. There are a whole host of movie screenings, DJ sets and live music from now until the end of Summer
What this place lacks in size it more than makes up for in variety. You can usually tell what day of the week it is by what music is being pumped out into the cobbled streets of Temple bar. I would usually advise people to steer clear from drinking in Temple Bar, this and The Old Storehouse are the two exceptions to my rule. The Mezz won’t have as prestigious names performing as some of these other venues but seven days a week they will have a selection of bands playing each night that span all genres. Keep an eye out for the face meltingly talented “Soul Power” who are to cover bands what James Brown was to funk. I also feel it’s worth mentioning that the soulful sounding splits pulling front man of the band is in fact a mathematician, go figure
Whelan’s off Camden is a little bit of marvel. From outside you wouldn’t imagine anything more than a small atmospheric snug but this place never seems to end. It has seating areas with their own fire places, a massive dance floor equipped with a Dj in the back, an upstairs open air smoking area and finally the intimate little area where most of their live music is held. The Growlers will be playing there on the 15th of July so if you like sounds soaked in reverb then you need to see these guys. Gemma Hayes and her universal appeal will be performing on the 27th of June and much to my surprise my next door neighbour is playing as well. I’ve only ever heard her through the wall but check out this little music dynamo Niamh Crowter on the 29th of June
This is my favourite venue in Dublin, it’s mainly known and revered for being the best venue to see comedy in Dublin. I’m a little biased about this place because most of the greatest gigs I have ever attended have been held here. I’ve drunkenly shouted abuse at Kevin Smith in this venue, grooved away to Jurassic 5, laughed my ass off at Dylan Moran and been stunned into silence by post rock legends Television. There isn’t much on in Vicar St in the next month or so for whatever reason there isn’t a single event scheduled for the month of July but Dara O’Brien will be playing us out till the end of June. If you are a fan of comedy then this man is a must see, he usually performs most of his shows in England so this is a nice opportunity to catch him on his home turf
Olympia has functioned as a venue for just about everything since 1835. This is one of the most loved theatres and venues in Dublin. The majority of people living in this city, young and old have seen at least one performance they will never forget in this prestigious theatre. For me I’ll never forget seeing one of my all time heroes James brown being led of the stage only to jump back up continue making my day. If you want to make memories for yourself of the Olympia there are plenty of opportunities coming up. If your into the harder stuff mastodon will be storming the stage on June the 26th. For the more sentimental types I recommend the musical of the Oscar winning Irish sort film “Once”. Actually screw all that Michael Palin is playing!
Dan (aka Fluffy )