WED­NES­DAY 28.06.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

PUNK/POP Green Day Ormeau Park 6pm £49 Belfast tick­et­mas­ Also Thurs, Royal Hos­pi­tal Kil­main­ham Dublin 6pm ¤58.65 (sold out) tick­et­mas­ Ah, Green Day – what went wrong? For a band that started out more than 30 years ago, in­spired by punk bands such as Buz­zcocks, The Ra­mones and Stiff Lit­tle Fin­gers, the Cal­i­for­nian act hasn’t done it­self any favours by steer­ing a course to­wards the car­toon zone. Al­bums such as Amer­i­can Id­iot (2004) and 21st Cen­tury

Break­down (2009) cast the band as lat­ter-day punk/pop polemi­cists, but they weren’t patch on ear­lier records such as Dookie (1994) and Nim­rod (1997). At least these shows have a ter­rific sup­port act in Ran­cid, semi-con­tem­po­raries of Green Day, and eas­ily one of the best US punk bands still chew­ing out a rhythm on bub­blegum. TCL

SOLO Sad13 Whelan’s Dublin 8pm ¤15 whe­ Sadie Dupuis might be bet­ter known for her rock band Speedy Or­tiz, but she takes a side route here for a solo stroll and a de­cent plug for last year’s ac­claimed de­but al­bum Slug­ger. Want­ing to write pop songs that ac­tu­ally mat­ter, Sad13’s de­liv­ers ma­te­rial that ad­heres to the prin­ci­ples of con­tem­po­rary pop, cut­ting edge alt.pop, trip-hop, fem­i­nist in­die/punk and clas­sic fe­male-cen­tric folk. The re­sult is po­tent, po­lit­i­cal pop/punk mu­sic that packs a punch as well as high­light­ing the im­por­tance of, you know, girls just want­ing to have fun. TCL

FES­TI­VAL Cel­tronic St Columbs Hall Derry 9pm £15/£13 cel­tron­icfes­ti­ It’s a sign of the times that the two best elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­vals in Ire­land hap­pen up north. Af­ter AVA’s suc­cess­ful out­ing in Belfast ear­lier this month, all eyes are on Derry this week where Cel­tronic kicks off for the 17th year in a row. The big draw on the open­ing night is The Black Madonna, Chicago DJ and pro­ducer Marea Stampe who has made huge strides in the past 18 months with ap­pear­ances at such in­flu­en­tial haunts as DC10, Boiler Room, Dek­man­tel and Panorama Bar. The re­lease of the fan­tas­tic He Is the Voice I Hear ear­lier this year em­pha­sised her abil­ity to mint tracks full of heart, soul and groove. Sup­port from Ghostly’s New York con­nect Mike Servito and the Deep Fried Funk DJs. JC

AL­BUM LAUNCH Aoife Doyle Quar­tet United Arts Club, Dublin, 8pm, Adm free (tick­ets from Mu­sic Net­work), mu­sic­net­ Singer Aoife Doyle’s first re­lease, 2013’s This Time the Dream’s on Me, was a very ap­proach­able col­lec­tion of other peo­ple’s songs – in­clud­ing Rob­bie Robert­son’s Ophe­lia and Dy­lan’s Farewell An­gelina - but for some­one with such a pow­er­fully emo­tive voice, Doyle her­self re­mained per­haps a lit­tle in­scrutable be­hind all the cov­ers. This time round, she has writ­ten the songs her­self, and though we haven’t yet heard Clouds – pro­duced with sup­port from Mu­sic Net­work – Doyle’s con­vic­tion as a per­former, blend­ing the au­then­tic­ity of a folk singer with the mu­si­cal chops of a trained vo­cal­ist, prom­ises much, as does her tal­ented group which fea­tures first-call jazzers Johnny Tay­lor on piano, An­drew Csibi on bass and Do­minic Mul­lan on drums. CL

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