EDM/POP The Chainsmokers Ormeau Park Belfast 6pm £33 ticketmaster.ie US production/DJ lads Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart hooked up more than five years ago in New York City and started out initially as remixers of music acts such as Phoenix and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros fame). Without too much time passing, however, the pair decided to position themselves as centre-stage stars instead of background boys; they also decided that to make it really worth their time and input, their songs had to arrive from a point of honesty. Taggart has said that the act’s massive hit song Closer (on which they collaborated with Halsey), was about the regret he felt after getting back with an ex-girlfriend. The life lesson he learned allied to his and Pall’s knack of writing infectious tunes laid down the ground rules. The result is one of the major music hybrid success stories of the past year. No Dublin date, sadly. (As part of Belsonic 2017.) TCL
SONGBOOK LAUNCH By Dobbin’s Flowery Vale Áras na bPíobairí 43 Scotch Street Armagh 8pm Adm free wkpf.org Another intriguing project from Armagh Pipers Club. This is a collection of more than 40 songs with words and music transcribed by Eithne Vallely, and accompanied by a double album of recordings by tutors and past pupils of the club, along with current club members, both young and not so young. The collection is based on decades of promoting the singing tradition through the Armagh Pipers Club classes, concerts, singing sessions and master classes organised in the series of ‘Trad at the Trian’ and ‘Fonn Friday’. Featured singers include the late Frank Harte, Áine Ní Cheallaigh, Len Graham, Cathal McConnell, Rosie Stewart, Rita Gallagher, Róisín White, Karan Casey, John Doyle, Jimmy Crowley and Maurice Leyden.