Five Essential Gigs To Ensure You Have A Brilliant Bank Holiday Weekend

Celebrate in style!

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Sadly Sunday isn't going to involve another trip to Cardiff, but on the upside, the government has decided to give us all an extra day to chillax. And, bunch of very creative people have decided to run quality music events on this extended weekend for your enjoyment. Magic!

This week we've got new local talent performing in aid of Oxfam, a monumental gig for a hotly-tipped Irish duo, one of indie music's stars of 2015, an all-day boogie extravaganza and one of the best American acts of the decade so far.

Friday

Oxjam Takeover @ Sugar Club

This is the type of gig that ticks pretty much every box: a diverse range of emerging Irish talent, comfy seating overlooking the stage, and all the fun is in aid of a brilliant cause.

Following on from Oxfam's Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic, this gig will see Corner Boy, Simi Crowns, Heroes in Hiding, The Witch Trials, and District Daze take to the stage.

Each act brings something quite different to the table, so you'll be guaranteed to encounter a surprising local act if you pop by this Friday.

€10

Cry Monster Cry @ The Button Factory

Irish brothers Richie and Jamie Martin have had a whirlwind six months touring UK and Ireland, performing on The Imelda May Show and appearing across major Irish festivals including Indiependence and Electric Picnic.

In the midst of all this they've released their newest album, "Rhythm of Dawn", which explores the magical hour of night changing into day.

The brothers' elegant songwriting style is bolstered by an impressive range of instruments, with the likes of banjos and mandolins featuring alongside hypnotic African percussion.

Tickets are almost gone for this one, so grab one on the double to be there for the lads' biggest headline act to date.

€15

Saturday

Father John Misty @ Vicar Street

A modern legend in the making with a recent album to help cement this status.

Father John Misty's expressive performances, dark humour and meticulous attention to detail in songwriting have made him a critic's darling. Yet he's clearly an artist wary of treading familiar ground.

His immense gig a few months back encouraged everyone involved to run another Misty gig, so this is a great chance to catch him on a triumphant return and maybe convince that friend of yours to get into his music by dragging them along.

€25

Sunday

Telephones: Ringside Disco All-Day Party

Another tasty looking gig from the Telephones crew; this time in the peculiar but most intriguing location of an old boxing stadium with the promises of "1980s school hall + big PA + lights + TLC + vibes".

Alongside bank holidays favourites like live DJs and BBQ food (as well as Doughkitchen wood fired pizza), there'll also be some badminton on the go.

These all-day bank holiday parties are always mighty craic, and this new location makes it sound all the more appealing; get your boogie shoes on and get on down on Sunday!

€8-12

Beach House @ Vicar Street

Baltimore, MD duo stop by our shores this weekend for a very tasty looking bank holiday Vicar Street gig, before moving on to play in Belfast.

With six albums under their belt (their most recent actually being the surprise release "Thank Your Lucky Stars" just last week), Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand are experienced performers who very much appear to be hitting their creative peak. Needless to say, this gig is emphatically recommended! Pick of the weekend.

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Written By

Evan Musgrave

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