SOUNDS FROM A SAFE HARBOUR Cork, September 14-17
Bon Iver, The National and Lisa Hannigan headline the second incarnation a festival that’s nicely positioned to ease us into autumn. Most of the big gigs at the city’s Opera House are sold out already, but in their wake comes a flotilla of smaller events at venues such as St Lukes, Coughlans and Cyprus Avenue. Safe Harbour also burnishes Cork’s reputation as a music city, with the jazz festival a few weeks later celebrating its 40th year.
3Arena, October 28 and 30
The recent death of Walter Becker robbed Irish fans of a chance to see the original duo in action, but Donald Fagen has pledged to fulfill the dates of what’s sure to be an emotional tour. He’ll also have a top-class band with him to play such classics as ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ and ‘Reelin in the Years’. There’s even a double bonus for fans of ‘70s rock in that support is from the Doobie Brothers.
ALISON MOYET October
While Alison Moyet does have a new album, the vast majority of fans who go to see her at Cork Opera House (Oct 27) and the Olympia (Oct 28) will be yearning for a concert filled with her classic hits. And the 56-year-old has no shortage of big tunes to choose from. Expect a mass singalong for the likes of ‘Don’t Go’, ‘Invisible’ and her cover of ‘That Ole Devil Called Love’.