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
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
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
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
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
Mastodon, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Monday; Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Tuesday.
2ManyDJs, District 8, Dublin, tonight.