SATUR­DAY 17.06.17

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ROCK DJ Rob­bie Wil­liams

Aviva Sta­dium Dublin 6pm ¤69.50 (sold out) tick­et­mas­ For some­one who started off his solo ca­reer with a tell­tale de­but sin­gle of a cover ver­sion (Ge­orge Michael’s Free­dom), fresh from the back of an im­mensely suc­cess­ful ca­reer in Take That, with lit­tle or no hope of en­gage­ment or cred­i­bil­ity, Rob­bie Wil­liams has ex­ceeded ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion of him as a pop star. You’d won­der, how­ever, whether he’s smart, lucky or just plain blessed. Fans view him as a God­send in­so­far as he came di­rectly out of a pack­aged pop prod­uct and dove head­long into a ca­reer where his con­fes­sional lyrics dove­tailed neatly into the start of celebrity cul­ture. De­trac­tors re­gard him as a pop star that has used his pop­u­lar­ity to ser­vice his ego – yet even those who keep him at a dis­tance ob­jec­tively ad­mit that he’s one of the best of his kind. Sup­port is elec­tro-pop duo, Era­sure, whose lat­est al­bum, World be Gone, is jus­ti­fi­ably pick­ing up rave re­views (and who re­turn to Ire­land next Jan­uary for their own head­line shows).


In­dex Dublin 11pm ¤18/¤15/¤12 It’s al­ways good to see Dave Clarke in these parts. He’s been at the fore­front of the techno game since the late 1980s when he started gain­ing at­ten­tion on the back of var­i­ous slots around Brighton. He be­gan his pro­duc­tion ca­reer with a re­lease for XL in 1990 be­fore his “Red” tril­ogy of re­leases set his name up in lights, Clarke didn’t rest on his lau­rels and has con­tin­ued to push on with new al­bums, re­leases, la­bels, shows and col­lab­o­ra­tions down the years (such as his Un­sub­scribe project with with Jonas Uit­ten­bosch). Be­sides this work as a peer­less techno DJ and pro­ducer, Clarke is also a broad­caster of note with his long-run­ning White Noise show run­ning on var­i­ous ra­dio sta­tions, in­clud­ing 2fm. Sup­port tonight from Niall Cleary.


An Tain Arts Cen­tre, Dun­dalk, Co Louth. ¤10. 8pm. an­ It’s fair to say that Jinx Lennon di­vides opin­ion. The Dun­dalk song­writer and spo­ken word artist has been us­ing words as worry beads for over 10 years now, re­leas­ing al­bums that not only defy con­ven­tion but also cat­e­gori­sa­tion. He has been de­scribed in this news­pa­per as “Mark E Smith crossed with Pat McCabe”, his words dis­in­ter­ring “macro in­sights from mi­cro re­al­i­ties”. Lennon will be de­liv­er­ing - in only the way he can – songs from his lat­est mu­tu­ally com­ple­men­tary al­bums, Stay Sane Past Pupil, and Magic Bul­lets of Mad­ness to Up­lift the Grief Mag­nets. In a re­ally good dou­ble-bill, spe­cial guests are Dun­dalk mul­ti­me­dia art-punk band, The Pe­ri­ods.

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