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TONYCLAYTO­N-LEA & LOUISE BRU­TON

Satur­day 14

Pry­mary Colours

But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin

This Dublin-based au­dio-vis­ual duo know how to get the party started and then keep it on its col­lec­tive feet – blame, if you will, pro­ducer Daz’s smart use of elec­tronic beats and vo­cal­ist Cay­isha’s soul­ful tones. From be­ing a sup­port act to the likes of Kelis and Daithí to per­form­ing at festivals such as Body & Soul and Elec­tric Pic­nic, Pry­mary Colours bring their Sil­ver Ball show to the pub­lic. Those ex­pect­ing a glitzy, glammy evening of old and new mu­sic and as­so­ci­ated dance moves will not be dis­ap­pointed. TCL

Dis­trict 8: Maceo Plex & Ellen Al­lien

Jam Park, Dublin

Af­ter the thud­ding suc­cess of his head­line set at Elec­tric Pic­nic, Cuban-Amer­i­can house and techno DJ Maceo Plex is mak­ing his Dis­trict 8 de­but. With a res­i­dency in Ibiza and a sum­mer filled with fes­ti­val ap­pear­ances, he knows how to put on a show­stop­per. He will be joined by Ber­liner Ellen Al­lien, who will whip out a set loaded with acid, hyp­notic house and techno clas­sics. Sup­port on the night comes from De­cid­u­ous and tick­ets are priced at ¤20-¤25. LB

Sun­day 15

Ta­los

Kino, Cork. (Also Thurs­day 19, Róisín Dubh, Gal­way, Satur­day 21, INEC, Kerry and Fri­day 27, Con­nolly’s of Leap, Cork)

Writ­ten and recorded be­tween New York, Los An­ge­les, Lon­don, Dublin, Cork and Reyk­javik, Ta­los’s sec­ond al­bum Far Out Dust takes on a more ex­pan­sive tone than his de­but Wild Alee, but home will al­ways be at the heart of what he does. With a head­lin­ing show in the Olympia freshly wrapped up, he’s re­turn­ing to the sod of Cork for the fi­nal run of his 2019 tour. LB

Mon­day 16

SamFender

Olympia Theatre, Dublin. (Also Tues­day 17, Ul­ster Hall, Belfast) About 10 years ago, North Shields singer Sam Fen­der was work­ing part-time in a lo­cal bar, the owner of which en­cour­aged his staff to par­tic­i­pate in open mic ses­sions. By 2011, Fen­der had signed a man­age­ment con­tract, and soon af­ter a de­vel­op­ment record deal with a ma­jor la­bel. It is only in the past two years, how­ever, that he has achieved main­stream recog­ni­tion, hav­ing honed his live show skills in small mu­sic venues within the UK and be­yond. Fen­der’s rise over the past year in par­tic­u­lar has been swift, as­sisted in no small way by a batch of songs (mostly from his de­but al­bum, Hy­per­sonic Mis­siles) that match so­cial is­sues with a keen aware­ness of rock’n’roll dy­nam­ics. Both shows are sold out. TCL

Tues­day 17

Hud­son Tay­lor

Whe­lan’s, Dublin. Also Wed­nes­day 18/Thurs­day 19/Fri­day 20/Satur­day 21/Sun­day 22, same venue

for 5½ years (May 2014 to De­cem­ber 2019), Sim Simma know that 5½ is an age worth cel­e­brat­ing. Tak­ing over the en­tirety of Wig­wam, in­clud­ing the smok­ing area where it all started, the Dublin-based dance­hall col­lec­tive has Toby Kaar, Born Cheat­ing, Pablo San­tos, Denise Chaila, Breezy iDeyGoké, God Knows and the Sim Simma DJs on hand to en­ter­tain you all night. LB

Sun­day 22

Der­mot Kennedy

3Arena, Dublin; also Mon­day 23, same venue

You don’t have a ticket for these 3Arena shows? You can say good­bye to get­ting a seat, then. You don’t have a ticket for next year’s open-air shows at Malahide Cas­tle, Co Dublin (June 26th) and Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Park, Cork (June 27th)? You can say adieu to se­cur­ing stand­ing room only, then. There is no doubt what­so­ever that Der­mot Kennedy is well on his way to be­com­ing a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional pop star, so you might as well sit back and watch him as he rises ever sky­wards. If you’re not a fan of emo­tive power bal­lads, then you’ll be happy at home wash­ing your hair, but tonight and to­mor­row, at least, you’ll be in the mi­nor­ity. The special guest for the two nights is North­ern Ir­ish singer Lilla Var­gen, who you are ad­vised not to miss. TCL

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