Gigs round-up: July 1-7


Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 23.26.11Faithless and Le Galaxie, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, tomorrow, €14.65
On paper it looks like Faithless could get their ass kicked on Le Galaxie’s home turf, as no amount of festival overkill can kill off enthusiasm for the Dubliners’ gaudy electro-pop hi-jinx. They’re bound to pull off something sufficiently ridiculous in Kilmainham too – I still can’t quite get the image of them on Segways at last year’s Electric Picnic out of my head.

Still, Faithless have years on them – there was a time when Faithless used to play more Irish festivals than Le Galaxie, so they know how to control that field.

Of course everybody will be waiting for God is a DJ and Insomnia, but that’s no bad thing, those songs are still chart trance belters.

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 23.28.39CELTRONIC, Various venues, Derry, till Sunday, various prices
A few weeks after AVA in Belfast, we hit the North again for another electronic music festival, but this time it’s a five-day stint, with DJs, live acts dotted around Derry venues.

There aren’t any afternoon talks to duck into with a hangover Lucozade, but judging from Phil Kieran’s crowdsurfing at his AVA Boiler Room set, it’ll be all about the ruckus again.

Kieran has already opened up the 10th edition of the city festival, at the launch show with Rodhad and others on Wednesday, and you may have already missed last night’s gigs featuring analogue synth expert Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Chicago’s The Black Madonna, but there’s plenty more left in the tank.

The highlight tonight is a deep house showcase with Ame, Barnt and New Jackson, while tomorrow, Resident Advisor’s live act of the year, KiNK rubs shoulders with local hero The Cyclist.

Sunday’s closing party features belfast sci-fi electro producer Space Dimension Controller (above) up against remix king Ewan Pearson.

I’ve only scratched the surface here – check celtronicfestival.com for full line-ups, venues and ticket details.

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 23.29.37MOVIE CLASSICS with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Dublin, €17.50-€40
I know events like these are a bit like pretend classical music shows, but this is populism wrapped up in euphoric nostalgia, so there’s no room for snide cynicism.

The NCH has done a brilliant job of curating these movie-themed events over the last few years. They’re often tied to directors or full scores, with the Hitchcock evening and Raiders of the Lost Ark notable events.

This show is just a run-through of cinema’s most hummable soundtracks, including Star Wars, Rocky, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Goldfinger and loads more that’ll make you go on a classic movie binge for a week or two as soon as the standing ovation is over.

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 23.30.14JERRY FISH, Sugar Club, Dublin, Tonight (midnight) and Tomorrow, €15
Gerard Whelan has just about battered the mud off his boots after Glastonbury, for two home shows in the more forgiving surroundings of the Sugar Club.

He’s bottled the festival buzz for the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow – a blend of rock’n’roll, Vaudeville, cabaret and circus capers that’s been inspired by his years of curating his own stage at Electric Picnic.

The Happy Dog Tour – named after his raucous latest single – will have hit every corner of Ireland by the end of the summer, and you’re guaranteed something different at each stop.

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 23.30.45IMELDA MAY, Live at the Marquee, Cork, tomorrow, €39
It’s been a quiet year for Dubliner Imelda – she’s usually got a few home shows behind her at this stage. She won’t be badly out of shape though, she’s been warming up with festivals in Europe, and will fill the Marquee tent just fine.

She’s been taking time out to finish her new album which wrapped up recording in May, so expect some new tunes in Cork tomorrow.

I guess she won’t be veering too much from her rockabilly belle act that’s turned her into a national treasure. Unashamedly retro, magpie Imelda mines the 50s to swipe elements of surf guitar, electric blues and shimmery tremolo rockabilly, and wraps it up with her all-powerful voice.

  • Originally published in Irish Daily Star