May Listings At The Grand Social
Just when you think there's not much going on The Grand Social is bringing new meaning to the word
Thurs May 4th: Versatile Doors: 8pm. Adm: €10 (www.eventbrite.ie)
Debut show from Dublin hip hop duo who’s spate of gritty Love/Hate styled videos has seen them garner a massive fan base in a very short time.
Fri May 5th: The Parrots (MCD presents) Doors 8pm. Adm: €13.00 (www.ticketmaster.ie)
Highly regarded Spanish Garage Rock trio roll into town as part of an extensive European tour. Sunshine vibes with an Iggy/13th Floor Elevators foundation.
Fri May 5th: The Selector & The Beat After Show with The Bionic Rats (live) Doors: 11pm. Adm: Free
Join us for the official aftershow party for the biggest Ska bands in the world.. We have The Bionic Rats on stage at midnight and it’s absolutely FREE.
Sat May 6th: The Urges (RRIC presents) Doors: 8pm. Adm: €8
Five piece Dublin garage/psyche band The Urges celebrate their ‘Time Will Pass’ single launch w/ support from the excellent Freedom 35’s who perform originals in the style of Booker T & The MGs, The Meters & JTQ.
Weds May 10th: Dan Owen (MCD presents) Doors: 8pm. Adm: €13 (www.ticketmaster.ie)
UK internet sensation Dan Owen showcases his new album Open Hands And Enemies, which sees Dan straddling swooning soul, throaty blues and carefully crafted pop sentiments. Recent support slots to Birdy throughout Europe have galvanised the young man's talents so this is a must see.
Fri May 12th: Daft As Punk (Late) Doors 11.30pm. Adm: €15 (www.eventbrite.ie)
Fresh from an appearance at the infamous Snowbombing Festival in Austria, Daft As Punk return to The Grand Social for another night of helmet clad dance music. These shows sell out every time so don’t be disappointed!
Sat May 13th: Manel Doors: 7pm. Adm: €20
Spanish indie/pop 4 piece from Barcelona who regularly top the charts in their native land.
Tuesday 13th May: Lisa Mitchell (MCD Presents) Doors: 8pm. Adm: €13 (www.ticketmaster.ie)
Aussie singer/songwriter showcases her recent album Warriors which sees her underpin her acoustic based songs with synths and electronic beats to great effect. Special guest on the night is Italian born, Irish raised Fila Bo Riva who peddles a tasty line between folk and soul.
Thurs May 18th: Matt Andersen (MCD) Doors: 8pm. Adm: €15 (www.ticketmaster.ie)
A Juno Award winning Blues powerhouse from Canada, Andersen’s gritty soulful voice recalls the original maestros and with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship this promises to be a night to remember.
Fri May 19th: State Lights (Aiken Promotions presents) Doors: 8pm. Adm: €12 (www.ticketmaster.ie)
Dublin band whose sound aims for stadiums and arenas with bracing, assured rock/pop tunes announce their hometown headline show and it’s sure to be a belter. Already picking up lots of prime time radio airplay, their new single I Need Time looks set to see them on bigger Summer Festival stages so check out this intimate gig before it all goes ballistic.
Sat May 20th: The London Boys - 50th anniversary of release of David Bowie album
Doors: 8pm. Adm: €12 (www.tickets.ie)
After their brilliant debut show as part of the Dublin Bowie Festival in January, The London Boys return to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s eponymous debut album. With a selection that encompasses the rock n roll icons oft neglected 60’s material, the 6 piece band play tunes from his Lower Third R&B/Mod period up to 1969’s Space Oddity with the debut albums vaudeville/cabaret noir tracks providing the main body of the set.
Sun May 21st: Liroy Doors 7pm. Adm: €25
Regarded as one of the pioneers of Hip Hop and Rap in his native Poland, Liroy (who is also a sitting politician) comes to Dublin with full band in tow.
Weds May 24th: Frank Quintero Doors: 8pm. Adm: €25 (www.eventbrite.ie)
Grammy award winning and Venezuelan national icon/singer/composer/producer/musician plays a special, intimate performance tonight.
Fri May 26th: Sea Pinks (RRIC presents) Doors: 8pm. Adm: € 12 (www.tickets.ie)
Critically acclaimed Northern Ireland based indie 4 piece showcase their new album Watercourse tonight as part of a European tour. The brilliant September Girls and Cat Palace support.
Fri May 26th: Catch A Fire (Late) Doors: 11.30pm. Adm: €10
Superb reggae band play the early music of The Wailers, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer live, loud and late in The Loft.
Sat May 27th: Damo Suzuki Doors: 8pm. Adm: €17 (€15 online: www.tickets.ie)
Legendary Can lead vocalist returns from a recent illness to perform with his ‘sound carriers’ (local musicians versed in the nuances of Krautrock). Tonights carriers are Math + Math = Maths featuring members of Meltybrains? and Girl Band so quality is guaranteed. Opening act Awkwardness feature members of Female Hercules and The Idiots so this is shaping up to be an occasion.
Sat May 27th: Macht das Ohr auf - The Man Machines - From Krautrock to Techno (Late)
Doors: 11.30pm. Free admission.
Following on from the early Damo Sukuzi show, Ben Bix (Meltybrains?) presents a musical journey from Kraut to Techno with a live performance from Cork Techno-ists Oose and DJ sets from Frankie Grimes and Gúlly Docktah Irie.
Thurs June 1st: Cuban Uilleann Pipers Fundraiser w/ Liam O’Maonlai & Guests
Doors: 7.30pm. Adm: €20 (www.eventbrite.ie)
Fantastic line up for this worthy fundraiser sees Hothouse Flowers front man O’Maonlai joined by some our country's greatest trad players - Noel Hill, Liam O’Connor, Sean McKeon and John Blake - onstage, with a host of special guests to be announced.
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