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TONY CLAY­TON-LEA &LOUISEBRUT­ON

SATURDAY12 THE BIG GIG

Tram­line, Dublin 8pm ¤12 first­fort­night.ie One of the ma­jor sec­tions of the First Fort­night Fes­ti­val is the “Big Gig”, which al­ways pulls a few rab­bits out of the ma­gi­cian’s hat. This year’s out­ing is no ex­cep­tion, as it fea­tures three solid-gold Ir­ish acts aim­ing to make 2019 big­ger and bet­ter for them­selves: singer-song­writer Molly Ster­ling, in­die-folk group Brave Gi­ant and song­writer/per­former Paddy Hanna (whose 2018 al­bum, Frankly, I Mu­tate, has raised his pro­file sky­wards). TCL

SHEPUNKS

Black Box (Green Room), Belfast 7.15pm£5cqaf.com Run­ning for the next few weeks, Belfast’s Out to Lunch Fes­ti­val pro­vides real cul­tural shel­ter and com­fort for the cold Jan­uary weeks ahead. One of the many high­lights is the screen­ing of Sto­ries from the She Punks, a doc­u­men­tary that looks at the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in UK punk bands from the mid-late 1970s on­wards. Co-di­rec­tors Gina Birch and He­len Red­ding­ton know their stuff – they were once mem­bers of, re­spec­tively, The Rain­coats and The Chefs – and re­flect on what it was like for those in­volved. As well as rare ar­chive footage, the doc­u­men­tary fea­tures in­ter­views with the likes of Gaye Black (The Ad­verts), Shanne Bradley (The Nips), Jane Munro (Au Pairs), and Pal­mo­live (The Slits). Fol­low­ing the screen­ing, Birch and Red­ding­ton will take part in a pub­lic Q&A. TCL

2MANYDJS

District8,Dublin¤16.64-¤27.73 dis­tric­t8­dublin.com Bel­gian brothers Steven and David De­waele might be bet­ter known as Soul­wax, but they have also been work­ing un­der the name of 2ManyDJs for more than 15 years. Mix­ing and mash­ing any song un­der the sun that gets peo­ple mov­ing, they’re one of best live acts to go see if danc­ing is your favourite ac­tiv­ity and you’ve no genre snob­bery to be­hold. Some of their lat­est sets fea­ture The Chem­i­cal Brothers, Donna Sum­mer, Ri­ton fea­tur­ing Kah-Lo, MGMT and Tech­notronic. In the drudge of win­ter, this gig might be the quick fix to the Jan­uary blues you so badly need. Doors are from 11pm. LB

UTOPIAwith­DMXKREW

Ya­mamor­iTengu,Dublin ¤10-¤12 ya­mamori.ie/tengu It’s been five years since Ed­ward Upton – aka British acid and elec­tro DJ DMX Krew – played in Dublin, but he plans on mak­ing up for that ab­sence. Dublin DJ Vlad is first up on the line-up and Adam McCrorie and Billy Iland will take over for a back-to-back set be­fore DMX Krew hits the decks. In an un­usual twist, there’s a no-phone pol­icy here so you can dance like no one is record­ing and sneak­ily up­load­ing it to In­sta­gram. LB

JC STE­WART

Whe­lan’sUp­stairsDubl­in8pm¤11.75 (sold­out)whe­lanslive.com Co Derry-born song­writer JC Ste­wart has long since earned his stripes by toil­ing in the un­der­growth of the North­ern Ir­ish mu­sic scene. From cov­ers bands to orig­i­nal bands to sup­port­ing acts, Ste­wart has worked his tail off. Such labour has paid off, as cru­cial sup­port slots to Kodaline, Snow Pa­trol, and Lewis Ca­paldi have upped the game some­what. His mu­sic chan­nels the ra­dio-friendly soul/pop styles of James Bay and our own Hozier, so ex­pect big­ger venues than this one for his next few shows, as feed­back and buzz in­creases. TCL

SUNDAY13 AM­PLIFY HER

The Sugar Club, Dublin ¤12.50 the­sug­ar­club.com This event is cel­e­brat­ing all as­pects of women in elec­tronic mu­sic. Doors open at 6pm and there will be a CDJ and Vinyl work­shop hosted by the deadly Gash Col­lec­tive. The Dublin pre­miere of Am­plify Her, the film doc­u­men­tary that cap­tures the rise of women in this mu­sic scene, will start at 8pm and it will be fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion fea­tur­ing Blondtron, Ap­pleCat and Lux

PHO­TO­GRAPH: JIMMY HUB­BARD

Mastodon, Ul­ster Hall, Belfast, Mon­day; Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Tues­day.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: ROB WALBERS

2ManyDJs, Dis­trict 8, Dublin, tonight.

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