CHECK YOUR STAGE TIMES
A rundown of the biggest musical acts coming to play Ireland, between now and high summer
3Arena, Dublin, January 14th
The menacing masked men of metal return to scare the children.
Various venues in and around Temple Bar, Dublin, January 22nd-26th Acts performing include Hothouse Flowers, Afro Celt Sound System, Ralph McTell, Stockton’s Wing, Turin Brakes, Seamus Begley, and The Henry Girls.
Olympia Theatre, Dublin, January 28th-29th UK singer plugs her acclaimed 2019 debut album, High Expectations.
Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin, February 1st Highly rated Scottish singer performs tracks off her forthcoming album, There Is No Other.
3Arena, Dublin, February 2nd
Black Sabbath singer celebrates (it says here) “five decades of the Prince of Darkness”. Special guests are Judas Priest. It’s a Brummie blitzkrieg and no mistake.
Quarter Block Party 2020
Various venues, Cork, February 6th-9th The sixth iteration of this invigorating arts/music festival features God Alone, The Bonk, Maija Sofia, Lemoncello, and Post Punk Podge. More acts tbc.
3Arena, Dublin, February 10th Actor/comedian/musician Jack Black and the other bloke get back to juvenile basics.
A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated National Concert Hall, Dublin, February 12th/13th/19th
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Eleanor McEvoy (who wrote the perennial title song), Wallis Bird, and Maura O’Connell perform the best-selling album live.
3Arena, Dublin, February 23th
UK pop/rock band return from the no-cred wilderness (as do special guests, Razorlight). Irish emerging act Somebody’s Child will open the show.
3Arena, Dublin, February 29th
Check the date, ladies – yes, it’s a Leap Year gig from the writer of many a tearjerker.
Vicar Street, Dublin, March 1st
Iconic indie rock band bring their new album, The Centre Won’t Hold, to their avid Irish fanbase.
3Arena, Dublin, March 2nd
One of X Factor’s biggest success stories, and no stranger to weepy ballads.
3Arena, Dublin, March 3rd
A glorious return to Ireland, following 2019’s success at Electric Picnic.
An Evening with Whitney Houston
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, March 3rd Is that a hologram I see before me? Yep, along with troupes of in-the-flesh musicians, singers and dancers.
The Words and Music of Leonard Cohen Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, March 4th/5th
Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery, Suzanne Savage, Phelim Drew (and others TBC) interpret selected songs of the dear, departed Mr Cohen.
3Arena, Dublin, March 5th-7th
Irish band promote latest album, Sunsets and Full Moons.
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, March 6th Inventive UK composer and musical alchemist.
3Arena, Dublin, March 8th/9th
Scottish singer-songwriter and purveyor of heartfelt tunes. God, we love him over here, as these sold-out shows confirm.
3Arena, Dublin, March 10th
American electro-pop singer unafraid to mess around with styles. That’s music, by the way, not Harry.
Country 2 Country
3Arena, Dublin, March 13th-15th Featuring US country stars young (Darius Rucker, Luke Combs, Eric Church) and not-so (Tanya Tucker).
3Arena, Dublin, March 18th
The vintage UK rock band refuse to f-f-f-fade away.
Mature rock/prog-pop for mature people. You have a problem with that?
3Arena, Dublin, March 29th
Guitar bliss from a guitar god – just for you.
3Arena, Dublin, April 2th/3rd/4th
UK singer-songwriter celebrates the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough album, White Ladder.
3Arena, Dublin, April 5th
The US group’s first Irish date in 10 years. You can’t wait, can you?
Beaulieu, Co Louth, May 29th-31st
One of the country’s neatest smaller festivals located in a truly picturesque setting. Line-up tbc.
National Concert Hall, Dublin, May 31st/ June 1st
As part of the venue’s Perspectives Series, the occasional Blur singer presents his latest music project, The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows, which is inspired by the landscapes of Iceland.
Live at the Marquee
Cork, various dates in June
Acts include Dido, Yusef/Cat Stevens, Jenny Greene, The National, Sinead O’Connor, Christy Moore, Orbital, Crowded House, and Diana Ross.
INEC, Killarney, June 2rd/3rd; St Anne’s Park, Dublin June 5th; Malahide Castle, Dublin, June 26th; Irish Independent Park, Cork, June 27th Is there no stopping the rise of this Irish singer-songwriter? Apparently not.
Botanic Gardens, Belfast, June 6th/8th Intense, edgy but eminently tuneful US band – they are friends of Ireland and we of them.
St Anne’s Park, Dublin, June 6th
An open-air gig, so there’ll be no dancing on the ceiling at this one, d’y’hear me now?
Botanic Gardens, Belfast, June 7th
She is back with a bang, and we’re good with that.
St Anne’s Park, Dublin, June 7th
The ever-ready Durannies are back in Ireland – lock up your mothers!
3Arena, Dublin, June 8th
The Cuban-American singer and former US X Factor alumni makes her headline Irish debut.
Punchestown, Co Kildare, June 13th-14th
A new (or revisited?) hard-rock festival. Featuring Faith No More, Deftones, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Killing Joke and many more. A strong Irish contingent includes Fangclub, Vulpynes, Thumper, Bitch Falcon, Paranoid Visions, and The Scratch.
Malahide Castle, Dublin, June 16th/17th Brandon Flowers and friends plug new album Imploding the Mirage. Special guest is Sam Fender.
Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast, June 17th
Pyrotechnics ahoy as the German metal band set off those summer crackers.
Irish Independent Park, Cork, June 18th;
Malahide Castle, Dublin, June 20th; Ormeau Park, Belfast, June 21st
From indoor shows in March to sold-out open-air summer gigs, the Scottish performer is the gift that keeps on giving.
3Arena, Dublin, June 18th/19th
Hugely successful UK singer delivers tunes from her new album Future Nostalgia.
Bundoran, Co Donegal, June 19th-21st Headline acts so far include Versatile, Sigrid and Gavin James.
Irish Independent Park, Cork, June 19th /Malahide Castle, Dublin, June 21st Another Scottish singer-songwriter that Ireland has adopted? Yep.
Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, June 20th Glen Hansard and old friends celebrate their band’s 30th birthday. Yeah – make us feel old, why don’t you?
Irish Independent Park, Cork, June 20th More climbing the White Ladder, this time outdoors and in the sunshine.
Irish Independent Park, Cork, June 23th More pop/rock/hip-hop hybrids from the immensely successful Dublin band.
Twenty One Pilots
RDS Arena, Dublin, June 25th
Columbus, Ohio pop/rock/hip-hop group force-land in Ireland. Special guests include Blackbear and Nothing but Thieves.
Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, June 26th As a gig billed “a Diamond Diana Music Celebration”, we’d expect nothing less from Tamla Motown royalty.
Irish Independent Park, Cork, June 26th; Malahide Castle, Dublin, June 27th
The rise of this Irish pop group continues.
Galway Airport, June 26th-27th
Another new music festival for the west of Ireland. Confirmed so far are The Kooks and The Coronas, with more acts to be announced .
Guns N’ Roses
Marlay Park, Dublin June 27th
US rockers return to Ireland for the final