ROCK DJ Robbie Williams
Aviva Stadium Dublin 6pm ¤69.50 (sold out) ticketmaster.ie 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).
THREE COLOURS RED Dave Clarke
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.
LOUTH MOUTH Jinx Lennon
An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co Louth. ¤10. 8pm. antain.ie 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.