POP Justin Bieber
RDS Dublin 6.30pm ¤136/¤100/¤76 ticketmaster.ie You’d forget that 23-year-old Justin Bieber and an acoustic guitar is how he started out as a teenager, but that’s exactly what endeared him to many casual observers two weeks ago, when he performed a song or two at the One Love Manchester event. No frills, no big production, no dancing troupes – just the basics. There won’t be much of the basics at this show, which is part of Bieber’s Purpose World tour. A sit-down “acoustic” break notwithstanding, expect all manner of high quality (if virtually scripted) mega pop star stage production elements, including glass cubes, steel cages, acrobatics, choreography, skateboards, backflips and – if the real thing doesn’t make itself felt - artificial rain.
Colette Cassidy & Nigel Clark Arthurs, Dublin, 8.30pm, ¤10, arthurspub.ie Vocalist Colette Cassidy had been singing other people’s words, and doing it very well, for more than a decade on the Dublin scene, but it wasn’t until she met Glasgow guitarist Nigel Clark that she began to write her own. Judging by the songs on the duo’s hugely impressive debut album, Confetti Falling in the Rain, she should have started years ago. Clark – who found fame in the late 1980s as guitarist with jazzy Scottish hipsters Hue and Cry and now tours internationally with Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis – provides a delicate acoustic guitar framework for Cassidy’s unflinching stories of love and loss, and the combination is electrifying.
CLÉ HOOLEY In Dublin’s Fair City
Liberty Hall 8pm ¤5 cleclub.wetpaint.com What better way to celebrate the shortest night of the year than in the company of the irrepressible Mick O’Connor, flute player, mentor, founding member of the Castle Céilí Band and recipient of the 2017 TG Gradam Ceoil Outstanding Contribution laurel? O’Connor’s encyclopaedic musical knowledge is ably matched by a garrulous wit and extraordinary capacity to make the music accessible to all. Tonight he will be joined by his family: fiddle players Liam, Donal and Darach, and concertina player Aoife. Fear an tí: Des Geraghty.