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Satur­day 1

Some­body’s Child

Grand So­cial, Dublin

This time two years ago, Some­body’s Child was a stand­alone song­writ­ing project for other artists. There were no images of the song­writer and singer, and his name (Cian Goddo) was un­der wraps. All of th­ese closely guarded iden­tity is­sues changed in 2019: as the mu­sic fil­tered out it be­came abun­dantly clear that people wanted to see the face be­hind the vi­brant tunes (a good ex­am­ple of which is the lat­est track, Love That Sound). This sold-out head­line show kicks off the year in a good way for him – his next gig this month is at Dublin’s 3Arena, where he’ll be sup­port­ing Kaiser Chiefs, Fe­bru­ary 23rd. TCL


Up­stairs at Whe­lan’s, Dublin

Elkae is the elec­tronic-soul project of Dublin artist Laura Keane. Putting in the graft, she has per­formed at Elec­tric Pic­nic, In­de­pen­dence, We’ve Only Just Be­gun and Bloom in re­cent years while re­leas­ing her mu­sic in­de­pen­dently. Her third sin­gle, Con­flic­tus, fol­lows on from the richly lay­ered and synth-heavy I Feel and the snappy Sold. She re­cently per­formed at Whe­lan’s Ones To Watch fes­ti­val along­side Ky­oto Love Ho­tel, MA-KA and Pixie Cut Rhythm Orches­tra, and no doubt she’ll soon have a sum­mer filled with fes­ti­val ap­pear­ances. LB

Waste­fel­low presents: The Win­ter Olympics

The Bernard Shaw, Dublin

If or­gan­ised messin’ is your thing, then Waste­fel­low from the Ir­ish hip-hop la­bel Soft­boy Records is yer man. Pre­sent­ing the Win­ter Olympics, he calls on people to come to­gether af­ter dry Jan­uary to warm each other in the glow of Olympic spirit and good tunes. Pitch­ing some of Ire­land’s finest DJs against each other, in­clud­ing Lady­hips, Kean Ka­vanagh and Waste­fel­low him­self, to com­pete in cat­e­gories like curl­ing, bob­sleigh­ing and fig­ure skat­ing, they aim to take home and de­liver the gold. LB

Mon­day 3


Lost Lane, Dublin

Cel­e­brat­ing five years of show­cas­ing new Ir­ish mu­sic and hav­ing pre­vi­ously given the likes of Soulé, AE Mak, Laoise, Thumper and Erica Cody their first Dublin gigs, We Bloom is back with a deadly line-up for 2020. You can catch Ir­ish-Libyan artist Farah Elle, who blends R&B with North African in­flu­ences, Dublin artist KYNSY, who uses her wit and dry hu­mour to push a cross-sec­tion of in­die, rock and elec­tronic mu­sic and, last but not least, the alt-pop stylings of St Bishop on the night. LB

Tues­day 4

Kim Pe­tras

The Academy, Dublin

Kim Pe­tras is ev­ery­thing you want in a pop star. Tak­ing bub­bly melodies with dark sub­ject mat­ters that come drip­ping in ref­er­ences to hor­ror movies, the Ger­man singer cre­ates mu­sic for people who love Brit­ney Spears and miss Katy Perry’s early work. How­ever, she has been crit­i­cised for choos­ing to work with Dr Luke, the pro­ducer who was ac­cused of ha­rass­ing and as­sault­ing Ke­sha (the claims were dis­missed in court), and her mu­sic sparks a de­bate among pop fans on whether you can sep­a­rate mu­sic from the artist. LB

The Lo­cal Honeys

Whe­lan’s Up­stairs, Dublin

Not many people know this, but in 2015 Linda Jean Stok­ley and Mon­tana Hobbs were the first women to grad­u­ate with Bach­e­lor of Arts de­grees in Tra­di­tional “Hill­billy” Mu­sic from Ken­tucky’s More­head State Univer­sity. Both women grew up in ru­ral ar­eas, where char­ac­ters for song sto­ries were never dif­fi­cult to un­cover, which means their beloved blue­grass/ Ap­palachian mu­sic is lit­tered with vivid, rugged, real people. TCL

Wed­nes­day 5

Black Pu­mas

Academy, Dublin

Texan duo Eric Bur­ton and Adrian Que­sada formed Black Pu­mas about three years ago, but they re­ally came to the fore at last year’s South by South West con­fer­ence/ mu­sic in­dus­try show­case event, when they nabbed a Best New Band gong. A nom­i­na­tion for Best New Artist at the re­cent Grammy Awards has fur­ther in­creased recog­ni­tion for the funk/soul/Latin/ hip-hop pair, who plug their well­re­ceived self-ti­tled de­but al­bum. TCL

Thurs­day 6


But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin

Some groups re­side so far out­side the main­stream that it is of­ten sheer luck they break into some form of pub­lic aware­ness. So it is with Beak>, a group formed in Bris­tol more than 10 years ago by Por­tishead mem­ber Ge­off Bar­row, and who have kept such a low pro­file for so long that it is only re­cently they are emerg­ing as an in­trigu­ing Krautrock-in­flu­enced force to be reck­oned with. Special guest is Radie Peat, who steps out of Lankum’s in­vig­o­rat­ing, ex­per­i­men­tal trad for what prom­ises to be a treat of a solo show. TCL

Quar­ter Block Party

Var­i­ous venues, Cork

In what’s known as Cork city’s His­toric Spine, the North and South Main Streets will host Quar­ter Block Party for a long week­end of mu­sic, par­ties and art. Call­ing on some of the best per­form­ers from Ire­land’s con­tem­po­rary mu­sic scene, in­clud­ing The Bonk, Myles Man­ley, CMAT, Autre Monde,

Ton­nta, God Alone, Maija Sofia and Aoife Nessa Frances, and some of our finest party starters such as Dublin Digital Ra­dio and the Lords of Strut, this fes­ti­val is the tonic to com­bat the last days of win­ter. LB

Bed­lam Suit­case

Sugar Club, Dublin

Born in 2016, via a trib­ute night to the mu­sic of David Bowie, Bed­lam Suit­case devel­oped apace, even­tu­ally gather­ing some years later in up­state New York, at the home stu­dio of Dublin guitarist (and Bowie as­so­ciate) Gerry Leonard. Here, the Ir­ish band recorded their de­but al­bum, The Fourth Wall, with Leonard pro­duc­ing and play­ing on it. Tonight’s launch gig is a suit­able val­i­da­tion for the group as they per­form songs that (as they say in their press re­lease) con­sti­tute “a ner­vous laugh in the face of calamity”. You have been duly ad­vised. TCL

Fri­day 7 Kim Pe­tras The Academy, Dublin, Tues­day


Grand So­cial, Dublin 8; Also Satur­day 8, same venue

From gui­tar shred­ding to some­thing more ap­prox­i­mat­ing melody, Dal­las, Texas in­stru­men­tal band Polyphia first started to gain recog­ni­tion via their post­ings of gui­tar cov­ers on YouTube. As years passed, the band re­leased al­bums such as Muse (2014), for which they re­ceived pos­i­tive re­views (“in­stru

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