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(clock­wise from above) Le Galaxie, Paul Wool­ford and fid­dler Danny Mee­han

LAST HUR­RAHS OF 2015 This is the fi­nal edi­tion of The Ticket for 2015, but to make sure you know what’s what for the next fort­night ,we’ve dou­bled down on our listings in the fol­low­ing pages. This means you’ve two weeks’ worth of sug­ges­tions for meet­ing with friends/es­cap­ing from fam­ily/ build­ing spe­cial mem­o­ries with rock’n’roll over the fes­tive sea­son.

Rather than pick one event for this time, we thought we’d pick out the best of what’s on just af­ter Christ­mas, es­pe­cially on that cru­cial New Year’s Eve night that in re­cent years has be­come worth leav­ing the house for. Have a great one and mind your­selves now.

The Opium Rooms are wast­ing no time in get­ting back into the groove with

rock­ing up on De­cem­ber 26th. There’s a whole lot more to Clarke than the John Peel-ap­plied Baron of Techno moniker might sug­gest. Clarke cel­e­brat-



ed the 500th broad­cast of his White Noise ra­dio show dur­ing 2015, while he con­tin­ued to tour and play at such clubs as Fuse and Berghain and fes­ti­vals such as To­mor­row­land, Awak­en­ings and Glas­ton­bury. Sup­port in the main room is from DeFeKT and Niall Clearly, while the Sub­ject gang run things in the Gar­den.

For some­thing a lit­tle more tra­di­tional,

Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dob­hair

kicks off on De­cem­ber 27th. This bou­tique win­ter school in Bun­beg, Gwee­dore, Co Done­gal is a fit­ting book­end to the year, with a be­spoke pro­gramme of work­shops, ses­sions and con­certs. This year’s ros­ter in­cludes lo­cal fiddle leg­end, Danny Mee­han, Al­tan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaon­aigh, Der­mot Byrne, But­tons and Bows and Téada with Sea­mus Be­g­ley in full flight (for the new year’s eve con­cert). With Mount Er­ri­gal as a back­drop, this is our mu­sic at its ab­so­lute best. See scoil­gheimhridh.com.

Back in the cap­i­tal there’s a host of nights to choose from for New Year’s Eve. The

Turn­ing Pi­rate NYE Mix Tape 2015

takes place in Vicar Street. This an­nual event con­tin­ues to be one of the best of the NYE bunch in Dublin, if not Ire­land. This year it has the likes of Lisa Han­ni­gan, Booka Brass Band, Niamh Far­rell of HamsandwicH (the band also has its own gig in Whe­lan’s on the same night), Ye Vagabonds, Two Fools, Old Hannah, The Young Folk, and more to be an­nounced. MC is co­me­dian Karl Spain.

Over in the Grand So­cial, they have three rooms on the lash un­til the wee small hours of 2016. host the main room with a live set from the ex­cep­tional Ter­ri­ers plus New Jackson, Barry Red­setta and DJ Deece. Sub­ject call on John Heckle, Tr One, Sias, Lee Kelly, Mode_1 and Ga­lac­tic Beat Club for their space, while Sim Simma keep it sweet and rootsy on the ter­race with Shabba Franks, Johnny Ham­mond, Slim Tim and guests.

Bar­gain of the night, how­ever, has to go to the New Year’s Fes­ti­val tak­ing place out­side on St Stephen’s Green with tick­ets just ¤7.50 a pop in­clud­ing book­ing fees with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the Na­tional Cen­tre for the Blind of Ire­land. De­spite the but­tons price, the line-up is more than de­cent, thanks to

Hid­den Agenda

Le Galaxie, All Tvvins and Wyvern Lingo

on the bill. See tick­et­mas­ter.ie for de­tails.

Across town the 3Arena is host­ing its own NYE party, with a lineup that cares not a jot for con­sis­tency. On the bill are

The Coronas, Fat­boy Slim, Kíla, Ryan Sheri­dan and Lit­tle Hours.

Tick­ets are ¤34.50 from the usual mer­chants. Down in the depths of the Pow­er­scourt Town­house, Pyg­malion are work­ing with Heineken Sound At­las to bring a taste of Space Ibiza to the city cen­tre venue. Play­ing on the night will be

Marc Houle, Ryan Crosson, Hito and Hybrasil.

Ex­pect some whop­per vi­su­als to go with the tunes. For tick­ets, see Pyg­malion’s Face­book page or fol­low @Heineken_IE.

Up in Belfast, Queen’s Stu­dents’ Union has a tasty offering. One of the big Belfast high­lights for many this year was the AVA fes­ti­val in May and here they are join­ing forces with Shine for this New Year’s Eve cracker to round off the club’s year-long 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. is the big draw, a man who had an­other cham­pion year not least with his rough­neck Spe­cial Re­quest work. Sup­port on the night from Space Di­men­sion Con­troller, Psy­ca­tron, Sch­mutz and Jor­dan with Belfast Un­der­ground Ra­dio broad­cast live from Room 3 with Holly Lester, JC Wil­liams, Deep City Groove and Dilly. That should keep all and sundry happy as an­other year kicks off.

Paul Wool­ford

Pal­las’s Pe­ri­od­i­cal Re­view is not a con­ven­tional ex­hi­bi­tion, more an ex­hi­bi­tion-sized, three-D mag­a­zine in which artists get the op­por­tu­nity to present as­pects of their work you would not nec­es­sar­ily see in a gallery set­ting. In­cluded are Rachael Camp­bell-Palmer, Liam Crichton, Mark Cur­ran, Cian Don­nelly, Caro­line Doolin, Brian Dug­gan, Gab­hann Dunne, Glenn Fitzger­ald, Gemma Fitz­patrick, Ti­mothy Furey, Eileen Gray, Seán Grimes, Siobhán Ha­paska, Jacqueline Holt, Kevin Lind­say, Eilis McDon­ald, Lucy McKenna, Eva Roth­schild and Gary Shaw. Anne Kelly, Daniel Jewes­bury, Gavin Mur­phy & Mark Cullen se­lected. TRAD Gerry Cullen & friends Cullen, a found­ing mem­ber of The Voice Squad, quite pos­si­bly the best male acapella ensem­ble ever to grace the tra­di­tion, joins mem­bers and visi­tors to An Góilín singers cir­cle for their an­nual ‘Pud­din’ Night’. It’s safe to ex­pect some sea­sonal favourites along­side some sur­prise in­ter­lop­ers.

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