PICKS OF THE FORTNIGHT
(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
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.
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.