Music Scene

Louise McQuade

Big gig announcements just keep on coming

Kendrick Lamar

Music lovers are being spoilt with all the major live gig announcements in the past fortnight. Well, this week they just keep on coming.

Billy Joel
Billy Joel gave us plenty of advance warning that he’s playing the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on June 23 next year. Tickets for what will be his only Irish performance of the year go on sale next Monday, October 9.


Kendrick Lamar with James Blake
Well isn’t this a treat?
Kendrick Lamar has announced a run of European dates in support of his highly acclaimed ‘DAMN.’ album.
The original, North American leg ‘The Damn Tour’ ran this summer from July to September.
The European leg will begin in Dublin on February 7.
Tickets now on sale.

Game of Thrones
The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will bring the world of Westeros to The SSE Arena, Belfast on Friday, May 25, 2018 giving fans the opportunity to watch in wonder as famed composer Ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the iconic, Emmy Award-winning HBO series.
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will include new music and footage from Season 7, as well a new custom stage design and mesmerising visuals courtesy of state of the art video technology.
Tickets now on sale.

Imelda May

The Joshua Tree remake

Universal Music Ireland last week announced full details of The Joshua Tree – New Roots, the Irish artists update of U2’s classic album, which is benefiting the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice.

Due for release on the October 27, it will feature: Gavin James ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, Imelda May ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, Picture This ‘With Or Without You’, All Tvvins ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’, Kodaline ‘Running To Standstill’, Aine Cahill ‘Red Hill Mining Town’, The Academic ‘In God’s Country’, The Strypes ‘Trip Through Your Wires’, The Coronas ‘One Tree Hill’, Fangclub ‘Exit’ and Lyra ‘Mothers Of The Disappeared’.

Arctic Monkeys working on new album


THE follow-up to AM is on its way. In an interview with motorcycle magazine ‘For The Ride’, bassist Nick O’Malley (pictured) let it slip that the band started recording the album earlier this month.

He also said that he expected the album to be released in 2018, adding that “if it isn’t [out by then], we’ve got problems.”


RADIOHEAD and Hans Zimmer provide a new track for BBC’s Blue Planet II.
Some of the fruits of Radiohead’s collaboration with Hans Zimmer have been revealed.
The music is a reimagining of Radiohead’s King of Limbs 2011 track ‘Bloom’.
The seven-part second season of Blue Planet will begin airing later this year.

Arcane Roots


ARCANE Roots are a three-piece alternative rock band from England. 2012’s debut EP release, Left Fire, swiftly followed by debut album ‘Blood & Chemistry’ in 2013, saw the band grow into one of the most exciting acts to come out of the UK in years, drawing immediate comparisons to Biffy Clyro.

Their highly-anticipated second album, Melancholia Hymns, was released in September and following on from the band’s recent triumph at Reading and Leeds Festival, and due to overwhelming demand, they have also announced an extra six UK headline dates including a date at The Empire Hall, Belfast next Monday, October 9. Tickets still available.

I’ve had their music on via Spotify quite a bit this week, go check it out for yourself.

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