Boxed Off headlines the Irish gigs list

Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 23.16.57BOXED OFF: Fairyhouse Racecourse, Meath, tomorrow, SOLD OUT

IT’S impressive selling thousands of tickets to a dance music festival at the end of September, but Boxed Off is further proof that Ireland’s love affair with big room techno isn’t slowing any.

Big names tomorrow include The Martinez Brothers, Len Faki, Dubliner Mano Le Tough and house legend Armand Van Helden (pictured).


Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 23.20.43JAMES LAVELLE, The Sugar Club, Dublin, tomorrow

One of the highlights of the summer’s Vinyl Dublin festival at Kilmainham was Donal Dineen in conversation with James Lavelle — DJ, promoter, producer, writer and founder of Mo’ Wax, one of the most influential labels of the modern era.

The London raconteur has a world of stories about iconic releases, from DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing, to Unkle’s Psyence Fiction, and they’ll be explored in the film The Man From Mo’ Wax, screened early tomorrow in the Sugar Club.

After that, expect some critical atmospheric hip-hop and breaks from the man himself into the early hours.

Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 23.21.32EVERLAST: Sugar Club, Dublin, Sunday & Monday, €25

House of Pain frontman Everlast is on tour for the 20th anniversary of his 1998 album Whitey Ford Sings the Blues – a departure from classic boom bap hip-hop. The LP was a left turn from the likes of Jump Around, instead an acoustic, bluesy album with hip-hop flavours, taking a few cues from Beck, if we’re being generous.

But rap fans aren’t being left out – the tour is called Whitey Ford’s House of Pain, so you can predict what’s coming. And if Jump Around isn’t the last song you can probably get a refund.


Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 23.22.13CROWBAR: Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Tuesday, 20; Limelight, Belfast, Wednesday, £17.50

Veteran sludge metal act Crowbar bring their snail’s pace, downtuned riff rage to Belfast and Dublin next week, with live reports that they haven’t lost any of their menace over the years.

The New Orleans act have been dishing out the venom since 1990, with a long-time fan in Pantera icon Phil Anselmo, who’s prone to wearing Crowbar t-shirts on stage.

Latest album The Serpent Only Lies is another uncompromising headbutt of a record that stands up against their other 10, but expect a career overview at these gigs.