Five live su­per­stars

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

The com­ing week sees shows from al­most half a dozen acts that by them­selves would be rea­son enough to go out. The fact that there are five bona fide gigs of the week means an em­bar­rass­ment of riches for con­cert­go­ers (as well as pos­si­ble em­bar­rass­ment in the fi­nances depart­ment).

Gig of the week for many peo­ple, per­haps, is Arc­tic Mon­keys (Wed­nes­day, Belfast; Thurs­day, Dublin), who re­turn to Ire­land on the back of their fine third al­bum,

Hum­bug. Also at those two cities is Bey­oncé (Sun­day/ Mon­day, Dublin; Tues­day, Belfast), whose shows back in May were a def­i­nite high­point, due to a stream­lined star brand and a classy blend of ur­ban, Las Ve­gas-style showstoppers.

If Bey­oncé doesn’t grab you, then maybe Mor­ris­sey (Mon­day, Dublin) will. Pro­mot­ing a B-sides al­bum might seem like a last-leg at­tempt at sell­ing prod­uct, but don’t for­get that Mozzer is a bit of a ge­nius, and al­ways value for money in a live set­ting (es­pe­cially when he’s belt­ing out the A-sides).

Mean­while, Ian Brown (Sun­day, Belfast; Mon­day/ Tues­day, Dublin; Thurs­day, Mayo) has a fine mu­si­cal legacy, but if Brown isn’t the man for you, then per­haps

Gary Numan (Tues­day, Dublin) is. Numan is plug­ging the 30th an­niver­sary of his clas­sic elec­tro-pop al­bum,

The Plea­sure Prin­ci­ple.


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