SUPERSTAR DJs Groove Armada
Here’s a statistic to make some readers feel their age: it’s over 20 years since Andy Cato and Tom Findlay (right) first hit the road and began putting together a great run of things. Though their 1998 debut album Northern Star pitched them as downbeat and chillout kings thanks to At the River, it was what happened next which turned them into worldbeaters. A run of tracks, I See You Baby, Superstylin’ and If Everybody Looked the Same, upped the tempo, took them into the big leagues and made them one of dance music’s reliable festival draws. They even got into the festival business themselves, playing a big part in establishing London’s Lovebox first as a club night and then as a festival on Clapham Common and then Victoria Park. Jim Carroll
JAZZ LAUNCH Umbra
Whelans (upstairs), Dublin, 11pm, No CC (tickets via Facebook), facebook.com/ umbradublin In 2015, Dublin guitarist Chris Guilfoyle (right) travelled the length of America’s west coast by public transport, writing music along the way. The result is West, the new album from his Umbra quintet, which is due for release later this year. A taster from the album, Seattle, is being released as a single and here’s a chance to hear it first and live, as part of the free Midnight Hour series, upstairs at Whelans. Guilfoyle, scion of an illustrious jazz dynasty and son of bassist Ronan, is one of the rising stars of Irish creative music scene. In Umbra, he has assembled a powerful group that could hold its own on any jazz scene in Europe, playing a brand of fresh original music that combines satisfying complexity with an immediacy and energy that requires no explanation. See also Thursday. Cormac Larkin
TRANCE Ben Nicky
The Wright Venue Dublin 11pm ¤20/¤15 thewrightvenue.ie They’re still making trance superstars. Ben Nicky’s north Dublin appearance is in the middle of a run of dates in Montreal, Ibiza, Dallas and Las Vegas showing the international appeal of the dude behind “Cobra” and other drop-tastic bangers. Over the last couple of years, the Weston-Super-Mare DJ and producer has gone from receiving the thumbs up from such heavyweights as Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk to leading the way in his own stead with a slew of appearances on those trance compilatons which still sell by the bucketload. Support from See O See and Aaron Cullen, with classics in Room 2 from Adam Collins, Craigo, Graemzy Byrne, Jonny Quigley and Paul Coonan.
TRAD HEAVEN Willie Clancy Summer School
Various venues, Miltown Malbay scoilsamhraidhwillieclancy.com Truly the Mecca for traditional music each summer, Willie week draws to a close with a brace of concerts, sessions, songs and dance steps from Spanish Point to Miltown Malbay and all points in between. Now in its 45th year, this is the melting pot where musicians encounter one another, forge friendships and find themselves hitting the road together, with tunes and instruments in tow. A magical happening that hasn’t lost its sheen after all these years.
RUNNING BACK TO FRONT Gerd Janson
There are many reasons to salute this German mover and shaker. For a start, he runs the Running Back label, an imprint which has provided room for acts like Leon Vynehall, Tornado Wallace, Syclops, Redshape and many more. He’s also a long-running member of the team behind the Red Bull Music Academy and Janson appears on countless RBMA videos interviewing DJs and musicians. He’s also a producer of note working with Phillip Lauer as Tuff City Kids with releases for Unterton, Delsin and Terre Des Pommes. As a DJ, he’s been found on the decks at such premier league spaces as Frankfurt’s Robert Johnson and Berlin’s Panorama Bar. Support from Colin Perkins and Sage. JC
SINGERS UNITE An Góilín Club
The Teacher’s Club, 36, Parnell Square 9pm ¤3 goilin.com Local and visiting singers, or those who are partial to a singing session, are all welcome to this weekly singing circle, a mainstay of Dublin’s traditional singing scene. Jerry O’Reilly, Fergus Russell, Frank Nugent, Antaine Ó Faracháin, Mick Keeley, Helen Diamond & Máire Ní Chróinín are the weekly keepers of the flame, but their arms are open to all comers, with songs in any language.