There’s so much on this weekend, you’re spoiled for choice no matter what part of the country you’re in. Continuing with its second week of goodies is Belfast’s CQAF, which features shows by Dexys (tonight), Adam Ant (tomorrow), and Thee Oh Sees (Sunday)
9pm £10 cqaf.com Christy Moore See Friday, Belfast. Waterfront Hall 7.30pm £35/£30 waterfront.co.uk
John Grant See Friday, Dublin. Cyprus Avenue 8pm 118.50 cyprusavenue.ie Also Sun, Kilkenny Saturday and Sunday, while Co Louth has its two main towns very much in action: Drogheda Arts Festival (featuring, oddly enough, Mundy on Sunday) and Dundalk (which gathers together the likes of Damien Dempsey, ASIWYFA, Jerry Fish, Altan, RSAG, Cat Dowling, Mark Geary and many more in Bellurgan Park as part of Vantastival).
And don’t forget Kilkenny
Thee Oh Sees Psychedelia/pop/ folk from California. Whelan’s 9pm 116.50 whelanslive.com Also Sun, Belfast Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 Tonnes of band play across Dublin. Various venues/times 155/120 Also Sun, Dublin camdencrawl dublin.com Roots, which provides classy roots/rock/folk music in the form of shows by John Grant, Chuck Prophet, Hurray for the Riff Raff and too many others to list.
And that’s just the festivals. Standalone gigs over the weekend include Alt-J (Dublin, tonight) and The Specials (Belfast, Sunday; Dublin, Monday). Hooligan Sturdy Irish punk rock – enjoy! Special guests include Jobseekers and Mohican Jack. Thomas House 8.30pm 15
Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express Classy rock/roots act, a highlight of the weekend, we reckon. As part of Kilkenny Roots Festival 2013. Set Theatre 10pm
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