Lex Woo is back for monthly helping of Afrolatin jazzsouldiscohouse at his old stomping ground. Hogan’s 10pm Adm free 01-6775904
Pogo Ostgut mania in the Pepper with Prosumer and the awesome Steffi. Pogo & Subject DJs stand around looking busy. Twisted Pepper 10.30pm 115/112 01-8734800 Mother Ghostboy and KellyAnne Byrne keep it in the family with disco, electro and synth-pop for all. Copper Alley 11pm 15 before 11.30pm/ 110 01-6796500 Toejam Frankie Grimes takes it to the (Portobello) bridge. Bernard Shaw 8pm Adm free Last Saturdays at Hogan’s Basement NYE The Not Saying Boo and Hidden Agenda crews join forces for a monster bash featuring MMOTHS, Forrests. Frankie Grimes, CLU, Barry Redsettaz, Quigo, Frank B, Joma and dozens more. Twisted Pepper 8pm 115/112 01-8734800 Ollie Cole: surprisingly, no mention of CC Rider Phil Kieran, Pyscatron, Samaan & Graeme, JC Williams, Swoose, Chris Hanna and many more. QUSU 9.30pm £14/£12
NYE Flight 2012 Nightflight say goodbye to ’12 and hello to ’13 with live sets from New Jackson, Ships and I Am the Cosmos, plus White Collar Boy, Get Down Edits, Handsome Paddy and the What’s on your rider? The usual: coke, strippers, whiskey, mints.
Definitely not Sean Rider – he’d be my least favorite rider. After that it’s between Knight Rider and Easy Rider. Oh! And Winona Ryder. What’s your pre-gig ritual/ routine? Four hours of tantric sex, vocal warm-ups and a mint. What’s the best gig you’ve been to? Probably an Oliver Cole solo gig. Have you heard that guy? Seriously, he’s frickin’ awesome.
All gigs are amazing and all the music that artists make is majestic. I love Nightflight attendants. Grand Social 8pm 115 01-8740076 2013 Dubd Out and Ronan O take you into the new year. Kitchen 11pm 115 085-1394016 Funky Seomra Spend the biggest night of the clubbing year at the alcohol- and drugfree nightclub for body, heart and soul RDS 8pm 115
Whippy New Year Say hello to 2013 in the company of Mr Whippy’s Soundystem, which pulls up to the bumper with funk, disco, house, hip-hop, reggae and more. J McGings, Westport 9pm Adm free 098-29743 all gigs equally and life is beautiful. What are your favourite and least favourite venues? I love all the venues and all the people who run them and all the promoters. I love them all equally and life is beautiful. Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs? I know this seems like a joke because I mentioned her earlier, but actually it’s Winona Ryder! Most embarrassing on-stage moment? A dream I had where I was naked. You know the one? Groupies. Would you? What kind of groupies are we talking here? Irish groupies? How many roadies does it take to change your lightbulbs (in other words, how big is your entourage)? I leave it to my Irish groupies to twist my bulbs. Have you a special stage wardrobe? Yes. Sketchy Across the Line’s Rigsy and Paul McClean join Mark O’Reilly, Donna Legge and Paul Hamill for two rooms of highoctane hip-hop, electro, house, indie & dubstep. Stiff Kitten 9pm £3 before 11pm/£4 048-90238700
Junior Spesh Juice take over the basement with house to grime, Frat House make their bow in the Box and the Spesh kids rule the roost in the main room. Twisted Pepper, Mid Abbey St 10pm 17/15 01-8734800 Housewerk/Provider Hip-hop bangers from the underground from the Provider crew with Housewerk on a deep, tech and soulful house tip. Grand Social 11.30pm 18/16 01-8734332 Throwing Shapes Bar-room blitz with rock, soul, Motown, breaks and hip-hop from bygone eras with Lisa Moore and friends. Little Green, Café High St 8pm Adm free Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig? No. I have nothing in common with those weirdos. Any useful stage tips? Always play to the back of the room. The people up the front? You have them already What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you? A positive pregnancy test with a note attached. spinning electronic sweetness in the main room, plus Sean Merrigan and Colin Devine playing disco, synth-pop and no-wave in the bar. Twisted Pepper 11pm 15 01-6709202
Thursday 3 BELFAST
Freakscene Emmett and Johnny Freak play alt classics and indie hits in the main room, DJ Nico is at the helm of the Danascene, and guest DJs on an electronic tip play the roof garden. The Roxy, Sth Main St 11pm 14 before 11.30pm/ 16/15 087-2710710 Club Poison Rock and metal for the headstrong and the headbangers from Road Dogg and Helmut. Andrew’s Lane Theatre 10pm 15 before 11pm/ 17
Strange Brew Indie beats, alternative rock, new faves and good vibrations with Gugai and guests. Róisín Dubh 11pm Adm free 091-586540 If you could be in any other band, which one? Pixies, Pixies, Pixies. Or, if that can’t work, One Direction. I can be like the “dad” guy on the end. Something for the older ladies. Who’s invited to your aftershow party? Snoop, Jay Z, P Diddy, Fiddy Cent. AfricanAmerican dudes know how to get down. What’s your best tour story? I seriously doubt you guys will print most of these answers, never mind my best tour story. Let’s just say that Led Zeppelin and Mötley Crüe had nothing on us.
In conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea. Turn play Dundalk Co Louth on Sunday Roots listings: Tony Clayton-Lea firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 28 DUBLIN
Ben Reel Band Blues/roots act from Monaghan, well worth your time and attention. JJ Smyths 9pm 110 01-4752565
Two Time Polka Goodtime roots/bluegrass/Americana band aiming to get us all into the seasonal mood. Boyles Bar, Slane 10.30pm Adm free 041-9884747 Also Mon, Dublin; Tues, Waterford
Saturday 29 BELFAST
Bap Kennedy & Band Rugged Belfast roots singer-songwriter celebrates the success of his recent The Sailor’s Revenge, voted one of 2012’s 10 best albums by Mojo mag. Guests are The Hard Jets. Empire Music Hall 8pm £16 048-90249276
Monday 31 DUBLIN
Two Time Polka See Saturday, Meath. Mastersons Steakhouse, Swords 11pm 110 01-8903855 Also Tues, Waterford
Two Time Polka See Saturday, Meath. Spinnaker Bar, Dunmore East 4pm Adm free 051-383133
Thursday 3 DUBLIN
Kevin Doherty’s Telegraph Acclaimed songwriter draws on Irish and American folk styles; expect to hear material from his new album, Seeing Things. Leeson Lounge 8.30pm 112 01-6603816
What would be on your fantasy rider?
And the worst?