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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

BLUES/ROCK Royal Blood Ul­ster Hall, Belfast 8pm £21.50 ul­ster­hall.co.uk Also Mon/Tues, Dublin They’ve only been around since 2013, yet Brighton duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher have, as they say on The X Fac­tor, smashed it right out of the park. The duo’s pro­file is bound to get higher: this year they sup­port Foo Fighters on dates in the US and UK. Spe­cial guests for all of Royal Blood’s Ir­ish dates are Mini Man­sions. TCL GLAM!

The Dark­ness Whe­lan’s, Dublin 8pm ¤22 (sold out) whe­lanslive.com We re­mem­ber the heady days of 2003, when The Dark­ness’s

Per­mis­sion to Land de­but al­bum caught many un­awares with its mix of gar­ish glam and broad, span­dex-tight hu­mour. Ten years later? While the high-pro­file gloss may be chipped, we’d safely bet that the band is still good for a laugh – for all the right rea­sons. TCL

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