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NATHAN FAKE :: Fri 23rd Feb
Doors 11pm Tickets €15  
Norfolk born and bred heir to the UK electronica throne Nathan Fake has kept fans of fuzzy-edged synths and pounding acidic techno beats alike guessing ever since his debut release at the tender age of 19. And now, having just reached his 29th birthday milestone, he is back with exuberant new album main event 'Steam Days', a breathtaking landmark on Nathan Fake's road to musical maturity which Nathan has rightly branded his “best work to date”, oscillating effortlessly between both ends of the electronic spectrum to reprise both the soothing melodic indulgence and heavy dancefloor assault of his albums of yore.

SOUNDGARDEN & CHRIS CORNELL tribute :: Sat 24th Feb
Doors 8pm Tickets €10  
One of the biggest rock bands out of Seattle, Soundgarden was formed in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band’s full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990. One of the creators of Grunge and the first to sign to a major label, they rose to stardom along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains in the early 90s. After achieving massive success with 1994’s Superunknown, the band decided to call it quits three years later. Eventually they reunited in 2010, releasing new album King Animal two years later. Frontman Chris Cornell died on May 17, 2017.
 

STIPE - a tribute to R.E.M. :: Thur 1st March
Doors 8pm Tickets €12.50  
R.E.M. by Stipe - R.E.M. recreated. Playing hits like Losing my Religion and the ever relevant It’s the End of the World Stipe are regular visitors to the festival scene, leading venues and with gigs into Europe. Stipe have earned the praise of “awesome” from R.E.M.’s own lead singer Michael Stipe. This is the definitive tribute to one of the biggest sounds in rock and they’ve performed the songs of R.E.M. to thousands of people worldwide.

STEPHANIE RAINEY :: Fri 2nd March
Doors 8pm Tickets €15  
Stephanie Rainey is the Irish singer songwriter who made the impossible happen. With no money, no manager, no contacts and no carefully calculated social media campaign, she created a music industry stampede of epidemic proportions with just one heart-stopping song – ‘Please Don’t Go’. Within 24 hours of the song being uploaded onto Facebook, Stephanie – who had spent a decade trying to break into the music business - had more than a million hits (it quickly rose to five million views across both Facebook and YouTube), offers pouring in from US and UK record companies and world-wide media attention.
Last year Stephanie signed to East West Records/Warner Music, opting for a deal which would give her the chance to develop her skills and collaborate with award winning songwriters, including Amy Wadge who has co-written with Ed Sheeran and won a Grammy for ‘Thinking Out Loud’. Her first release is self-affirming anthem, ‘100 Like Me’ where Stephanie opens up about her battle with self-consciousness. Further tracks to look forward to include the raw and honest, ‘Sorry’ and the wonderfully uplifting, ‘Nothing Of You Left To Love.’ “The dream to make the best, most wicked music I can possibly make is actually happening for me,” she says. “I thought my dream was over and really it was only just beginning and I can’t wait. “ 2018 is destined to be the year of Stephanie Rainey.

TECHNO FRIDAYS x MAREENA (TRESOR) :: Fri 2nd March
Doors 11pm Tickets €10  
Techno on a Friday = Techno Fridays!
 

LA FIESTA :: Sat 3rd March
Doors 11pm Tickets €10 includes a free drink  
Playing the best in spanish & latino music!
 

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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.

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.

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.