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HUDSON TAYLOR  ::  Thur 29th March   :: @ Cork Opera House
8pm Tickets €22.50  
Irish duo, brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, today announced they will be performing in Cork Opera House as part of their 2018 Irish tour. Hudson Taylor released their debut album “Singing for Strangers” in 2015. The multi-talented siblings having honed their craft busking on the streets of their hometown of Dublin as well as cities all over Europe. The album, which was produced by Iain Archer (James Bay, Jake Bugg), featured three big hits - ‘Chasing Rubies’, ‘Battles’ and ‘Weapons’. Hudson Taylor are currently putting the finishing touches to their second album, which has been produced by Ryan Hadlock, best known for his work with The Lumineers and Vance Joy, and is being mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Son, Ed Sheeran). The band have had a very successful year in Ireland. They played to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend at the Electric Picnic festival in September, and their lead-off Irish single “Feel It Again” is one of the biggest national airplay hits of 2017. 2018 looks very exciting indeed for Harry and Alfie, as they head out on tour across Europe in January in support of their forthcoming new single “Run With Me”, before crossing the Atlantic for an extensive US tour in the spring.

BRITISH SEA POWER :: Mon 5th Feb
Doors 9pm Tickets €17.50  
Catch British Sea Power live next February as they perform tracks from their new albumLet The Dancers Inherit The Party, as well as bold anthems from across their influential career.

ALAN FITZPATRICK :: Wed 13th December
Doors 10pm Tickets €25  
Having enjoyed a breathlessly successful 2016 & 2017, there can be no doubting Alan Fitzpatrick’s position as one of the most influential electronic artists of the moment.

REVELATION SOUNDSYSTEM + WORLD BASS CULTURE
:: Sat 16th Dec
Doors 10pm Tickets € 8 / 10  
Revelation Sound are celebrating twenty years of hosting sound-system events. On a visual and technical level, Revelation have made leaps in terms of reproducing the quality of the full sound spectrum reproduction. New Drivers (speakers) have been upgraded in all sections alongside newly constructed boxes and bass bins. Back stage the system's electrics and amplifiers have also been updated to the latest technological capabilities. Making the operation of the system much more stable and easier on the ear in the mid and top ranges. As the sound and equipment is modernising, the clearer sound is moving the audience to deeper levels of aural & bass experience. The Revelation crew plan to make year twenty on the roots and culture road the best yet!
 

AUGUST WALK :: Sun 17th Dec
Doors 8pm Tickets € 8  
4 lads from East Cork playing a style of hard hitting Irish Gritty Rock.

VIPER HIGGINS - An Inconvenient Bollocking :: Wed 20th Dec
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €15  
Viper Higgins (Hardy Bucks/World News) is Mayo's answer to David Icke. Join Francis and guests for an unparalleled Powerpoint demonstration on who really controls the world. Featuring unseen videos.
 

PATRICK TOPPING :: Thur 21st Dec
Doors 10pm Tickets €25  
In a short space of time, Patrick Topping has become part of the top tier of dance music. Part of the new wave of electronic music producers coming from the north of England. Recently voted 11th in Resident Advisors Top100 DJ's of 2016. Hes one of the most in demand artists in the scene and for the last couple of years has been playing all over the world; and makes his Cork debut this December!
 

LIVE FOREVER - Oasis tribute :: Sat 23rd Dec
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €15  
They recreate songs from every era of Oasis from the timeless hits of the 90's when brit pop was at it's height, to the hits off their final album! Having toured Ireland extensively playing many of it's major venues and festivals, live forever have a wealth of experience when it comes to stagecraft. The audience continues to sing their hearts out to the classic Oasis anthems that we all know and love.

BASTARDO ELECTRICO XMAS PARTY:: Tues 26th Dec
Doors 10pm Tickets € 5 / 8  
 
 

KíLA :: Wed 27th Dec
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €18.50  
‘Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kila have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles, Brilliant!’- Hot Press (Latest Album) Suas Síos ratings - 9/10 Hot Press, 4/5 Irish Times, 4/5 The Independent

ROBBIEG :: Wed 27th Dec
Doors 11pm Tickets €10  
This kid doesnt need a big long description on how talented he is, you are not here to read a description, just click play on any of RobbieGs work and that will tell you how talented this 19 year old Dublin based Producer is.

MYLES GAFFNEY :: Thurs 28th Dec
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €12.50  
Well-known Cork ballad performer Myles Gaffney, originally from Redemption Road, has had two songs picked up by American record label Rian Music and they have put them forward as their nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards.

STEPHEN MURPHY :: Fri 29th Dec
Doors 11pm Tickets €10  
Cork producer Stephen Murphy returns for what is sure to be another sold out night

AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR :: Sat 30th Dec
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €18.50  
And So I Watch You From Afar have applied to their fourth album the same rigorous work ethic that has seen them touring nearly non-stop all over the world in recent years — including less common tour stops like China, Russia, India and Africa. Heirs is both the band’s most painstakingly created album as well as its most personal and meaningful. “Its central theme is about the inheritance of ideas,” the band says. “In that we’re all heirs to other peoples’ passion, which in turn inspires ourselves.”

HUXLEY :: Sat 30th Dec
Doors 11.30pm Tickets €20  
Huxley, born Michael Dodman, is a name you're sure to continue to hear more and more off after firmly cementing his place in the UK house scene this past two years. Raised on a diet of UK & US Garage, House and early rave music- Huxley has moulded his music into what is his can be called his own distinctive mark on house music.

WIRED DEEP :: New Years Eve - Sun 31st Dec
Doors 10pm Tickets €10/12.50  
Steve Forde, Joe Logue & Dan O'Sullivan once again join forces to ring in the new year with the freshest house and techno.
 

ABBAesque :: Sat 6th Jan :: Women's Little Xmas
Doors 8pm Tickets €15  
ABBAesque are undoubtedly Ireland’s number one tribute show ever! Their success over the past 21 years has been phenomenal making them without question Ireland’s most successful tribute show performing in excess of 250 sell out concerts each year. In May 2014 ABBAesque were honoured to be asked to appear on national television by RTE's The Late Late Show to pay homage to Abba who were celebrating their 40th anniversary of winning the Eurovision song contest. Most recently being asked to join with the RTE Concert Orchestra to perform the music of ABBA in the National concert hall has been ABBAesques most treasured engagement to date! It’s the combination of energy and excitement together with a great night of up tempo entertainment that make ABBAesque the definitive choice for Womens Little Christmas.

SHAWN MICHAELS - Inside The Ropes Live! ::
Mon 15th Jan - Dublin, Vicar St Tues 16th Jan - Belfast, Whitla Hall  
An evening of stories with Mr Wrestlemania himself, WWE Legend Shawn Michaels
 

THIS IS THE KIT :: TUES 16th JAN
Doors 8pm Tickets €17.50  
This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, ‘Moonshine Freeze’, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, ‘Bashed Out’, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into Geoff Barrow’s Invada studios in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.

UMAN :: Fri 19th Jan
Doors 8pm Tickets €10  
New Irish soul acts U.M.A.N released his soul single “Flamin’Day” earlier this year and after receiving it first ever play on the Ian Dempsey show, the single shot to No.4 on the iTunes singles chart! Since then the single went onto break the top 30 radio chart and reach top 10 on Shazam. The single continuing to grown and is already heading towards a quarter of a million plays on Spotify. U.M.A.N which is an abbreviation for U. Must. Act. Now is the new artists name for singer songwriter Brian Flanagan who had perviously released an album that featured a duet with Folk Blues Legend Eric Bibb and joined Bibb on his Irish Tour. Brian also wrote the charity single for Sile Seoige and celebrity choir which included Jack L, Mary Black, Roisin O etc which reached No. 6 in the Irish charts over Christmas and earned 25K for charity, Brian also composed a song for Easter Rising anniversary featuring Finbar Furey. After joining with Collective Management early this year, Brian has been focused on finding a new sound and directions which they have found with the first single from the U.M.A.N project Flamin’Day! Earlier this mont U.M.A.N sold out two headline show in Whelans Dublin.

PEARL JEM :: Sat 20th Jan
Doors 8pm Tickets €12.50  
Pearl Jem are a 100% Irish tribute to the greatest band on the planet. As Pearl Jam fans first and foremost, we have taken a great amount of time and effort to ensure that our show is nothing but a marker of love and respect to the source material. The energy from a crowd is vital to the effect of the live show, and without our fellow Pearl Jam fans we would just be 5 guys in a room playing songs that we love.
 

VERSATILE :: Fri 26th Jan
Doors 11pm Tickets €12.50  
Versatile are Eskimo Supreme and Casper Walsh: who bring their daily routine on the streets to life through their music. These lavish-living, hoop-loving, Ringsend natives paint a vivid picture of day-to-day occurrences of inner city Dublin. As the co-founders of Outburst Productions, they are responsible for hits such as She Goes Out with a Redhot, Mad Scene, We Sell Brown, Who Robbed the Hash From the Gaf and their most recent banger Dublin City G’s, Versatile are taking their hype-filled live show to Cyprus Avenue, Cork this January 2018.

HAYSEED DIXIE :: Mon 29th Jan
Doors 8pm Tickets €17.50  
Hayseed Dixie began one day in 2000 when John Wheeler and Mike Daly drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back and decided to play around in John’s studio. Having spent the previous few years touring around with assorted country hat-acts, John had assembled a proper pile of recording equipment. Thus when he and Mike discovered in their drunken epiphany that the Lost Highway of Reverend Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell of Bishop Bon Scott were indeed the same identical stretch of tarmac, they were well and truly prepared to document this revelation in situ. Now, 17 years and 14 albums later, with global physical sales in excess of half a million and over 1,200 live shows in 31 different countries under their belts, Hayseed Dixie are the undisputed creators of the musical genre, Rockgrass. There are many copycats, converts, and disciples out there. Accept no imitations. Free Your Mind And Your Grass Will Follow is out now on Hayseed Dixie Records.

NEWTON FAULKNER :: Sat 10th Feb
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €22.50  
Newton Faulkner is back to release his 6th studio album later this year, following a string of top 10 albums (including two at no.1).

KARL BLAU :: Fri 16th March
Doors 7pm Tickets €15  
Sequestered away in rural bliss, 90 minutes north of Seattle on the Washington state coast, Karl Blau has been making records for 20 years, but never with European distribution. So, when Bella Union released Introducing Karl Blau in 2016, it shone a belated and deserved light on “one of the great hidden treasures of music,” claimed album producer Tucker Martine. But given Introducing’s specific agenda – a set of gorgeous, lush cover versions drawing mostly on vintage Nashville’s country-soul with Blau concentrating on his rich, reverberating voice, his latest album Out Her Space is so different that it could be titled Reintroducing Karl Blau. Out Her Space, released 17th November on Bella Union, features all Blau’s own material, production and multi-instrumental skills, and forges a gorgeous, languid and hook-infested gumbo of soul, funk, some jazzy blowing and Afro-pop, to arrive somewhere else entirely.

DAVE CLARKE :: Fri 16th March
Doors 11pm Tickets €20  
As a DJ, Clarke plays out three weekends a month across Europe and the world, living up to his nickname, the Baron of Techno, a moniker given him by the late, great BBC Radio DJ John Peel. There’s the same attention to detail each time, his sets swooping whip-smart along the cutting blade of techno and electro, backed up by a seasoned bag of DJ tricks in which his early hip hop roots clearly show. Techno’s first and original “Man in Black”, Clarke blends into the background upon arrival and lets his music do the talking. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart. From small, sweaty clubs to the likes of Fabric, Fuse or Tresor, Clarke nurtures an extraordinary relationship with the crowd.

LEE SCRATCH PERRY :: Thur 22nd March
Doors 8pm Tickets €22.50  
Regarded with awe throughout the music world Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in Kingston Jamaica through to his production of some Wailers classics and lots more, Perry’s innovative style marks him out as one of Reggaes true originals. He’s worked with everyone form The Skatalites to The Clash and he can even be credited with pairing Peter Tosh with Bob Marley and The Wailers. Sometimes credited with the invention of DUB his groundbreaking use of sound effects, echo reverb and rewind added a new dimension to Reggae. With thumping Bass and a tight knit backing band his live shows contain Bass heavy versions of classics such as “War Ina Babylon” “Chase the Devil” and even a lively version of “Exodus”. At the grand old age of 81 Lee “the Upsetter” Perry is still going strong, still touring Europe and beyond. Indeed he’s celebrating his 82nd birthday this time around. His Irish shows last year we’re all sell-outs this coming March should be no different.

ALL TVVINS :: Fri 30th March 2018
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €20  
The duo announced they will release their second track since ‘IIVV’ was released. Following on from “Alone Together” feat. James Vincent McMorrow, comes “Anything”, a clear step beyond anything that featured on ‘IIVV’ and a development on “Alone Together” When ‘IIVV’ was nominated for Album of the Year at the Choice Music Awards, it heralded the end of the album’s campaign. After a minimal break, the duo soon “turbo-boosted” their writing process where they amassed a group of new singles they plan on releasing over the coming months. Whereas they previously painstakingly crafted each song together, they instead found themselves creating almost completed ideas individually before allowing the other partner to put their stamp on it. Most of the new tracks emerged on piano and synths before being fleshed out into a band dynamic. Inspired by a whole world of influences, Lar describes them as being “varied and extreme” and “emotionally charged”, while Conor notes that his interest in keys means that he has been writing a lot more on piano. All Tvvins have previously shared stages with bands including Arcade Fire, Pixies and Foals, and have played events as diverse as the VICE House Party and the huge 2FM Xmas Ball in Dublin.

DELORENTOS :: THUR 5th APRIL
Doors 8pm Tickets €15  
Over 10 years and five albums Delorentos have proved themselves to be one of Ireland’s most enduring, creative, imaginative and exciting bands. Together they have experienced much that a life in music has to offer, from the thrill of playing live shows and making new friends all around the world to the challenge of surviving in an ever changing industry. Delorentos will be releasing new music in 2018!

LITTLE HOURS :: FRI 6th APRIL
Doors 7.30pm Tickets €20  
Donegal’s Little Hours keep things cooking with the release of their new video for “Later On”, taken from their number 1 EP “Too Much Patience”. The video was directed by Sean James Garland and shot in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The latest offering from Little Hours comes along with the announcement of fresh Irish dates in Spring 2018. Led by vocalist / pianist John Doherty, Little Hours enjoyed a busy summer of festivals around Ireland, including playing Main Stage at Electric Picnic and were special guests of both Birdy and Rodrigo y Gabriela in the UK as well as playing a string of their own sold out headline shows across Ireland and the UK in October.