SUNDAY: Africa Day@ Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin (Free, 11pm – 6pm)
A family and world-music-friendly Sunday afternoon affair featuring music from nine-piece Afro-fusion band K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade, upcoming Irish bands Barq & AikJ and a hip-hop stage too.See here for full listings.
Tonight three of Ireland’s finest and very different bands in the genres of rock (Girl Band, above), rap (Rusango Family) and trad (Lynched) play in Vicar Street in aid of Pieta House. There’s also a DJ sets from James Vincent McMorrow Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) & Aisling O’Riordan….
Irish music blog The Last Mixed Tape celebrates three years of hanging around and writing about Irish music with a FREE SHOW of Irish bands featuring Limerick post-punks Slow Riot, Dublin psych-experimentalists Beach and the early ’80s indie vibe of Montauk Hotel (top and streaming above with ‘Black Dress’).
As part of the Dublin Bowie Festival, which takes over venues across Dublin this week with singalongs, discussions, screenings and gigs, I Heart Bowie features a cast of Irish musicians paying tribute to the Starman. Previous editions included appearances from Glen Hansard, who performed Ashes To Ashes (above), Bell X1, The Young Folk, Sinead White, Nanu Nanu and Fiach Moriarty. All proceeds to Home Sweet Home..
Young Hearts Run Free’s annual Yule event serves as a fundraiser for the Simon Community and a BYOB knees up to some of the best Irish talent around. This year’s gig in the Co-Op in Dublin 8 starts early and goes late with performances by hahaman David O’Doherty, Booka Brass Band, Sligo rappers This Side Up, Dublin electronic duo Le Boom, Scottish songwriter Alaisdair, indie songwriter Paddy Hanna and more…
Thursday November 3: DJ Shadow, Mount Kimbie, Kormac live AV @ The Shelbourne Hall, RDS(€39.50)
There’s lots of good music on offer of an electronic, alternative and hip-hop nature at the second annual Metropolis festival (Moderat, Clams Casino, Jessy Lanza, Sugar Hill Gang, Grace Jones, Booka Shade) but the opening party’s standalone lineup is solid with DJ Shadow headlining with a set drawn from new album and Endtroducing remixes along with UK duo Mount Kimbie and Dublin’s own DJ Kormac doing his live A/V thing.