2018, lets get it, lets get it, lets get it. Happy New Year lets get down to it. Gigs first because more live music should be a new year’s resolution for everyone and booking tickets to a gig gives you a little buzz akin to booking flights.
I’ll seek my pleasures where I can Sir! (Yes I have stopped drinking)
So Electric Picnic tickets for the following year always go on sale at Christmas, at an early bird price. It’s always a good purchase, but Christmas has a lot going on so if you didn’t get one, the weekend tickets will go on sale in March at a yet to be decided date. These tickets are full price but you can avail of a payment plan. Body & Soul tickets are on sale, still one of the biggest bargains on the Irish festival scene, only €169 for a weekend camping ticket.
Coachella tickets are already sold out for those among us (myself included) with notions.
If it’s a more immediate high you’re after, Lord Huron is playing Vicar Street on Friday the 26th Jan, think Local Natives meets Bon Iver and they’re on a slice of buttery toast. The butter is melting. They’re from CalifornEEAH and all that entails. This is my favourite song of theirs.
The day after, on the 27th Sofi Tukker are playing in the Button Factory if you’re looking for a bop. The duo hail from New York and were grammy nominated for the bouncy Drinkee before even releasing a full- length album.
Bell X1 are celebrating twenty years ( I know right?) this year, and are playing all over the gaff in 2018, including a residency in Vicar Street in March from the 21st to the 25th. They never disappoint, this is definitely one to check out.
Forbidden Fruit has finally gotten tasty. Having years previous gone to see Flume and been surrounded with yoked up teenagers, muddy grounds and my friend being accosted on the way in by the security “lady” because a search of her bag revealed lollipops (we were given them with the receipt from dinner) and asked how many “bleedin’ pills she planned on taking”, I decided to forevermore give it a skip.
But also have you seen the lineup? I don’t think I have ever had all my eclectic tastes catered for under one roof before. Justice AND Bicep? Warpaint ? Thundercat ? Spoon? Glass Animals?
I actually need a sit down, and there is still more to be added.
Buy tickets here
2018 brought with it the news that Foals bassist has left after 12 years with the band to “persue a new life” but fear not as the band says they are currently creating their new LP.
And if you don’t like to wait, Yannis Phillippakis (lead singer, whopper name) is running a new club night called MILK in South London’s RYE WAX. Tickets are just seven pounds (but only 100 available) and each night will be recorded and pressed on to vinyl . This is what he has to say about it;
“I want to make a club night that me and my friends would want to go to. Where the night acts like a sort of dream collider of different musicians in the hope of the surprising, the life affirming & the down right dirty. A night that is liberating for both audience & musicians who’ll get to play outside of their usual confines. No night will be the same. Each time a surprise.”
Going to one of these nights is fairly high on my to do list for this year, he had me at the words “dream collider”. Keep an eye here, for tickets.
I’m going to leave you with my favorite tune of the moment, I’m still unable to cope with my love for Stormzy and this song is the only thing getting me through these decaying January days. This collaboration, with arguably one of 2017’s breakout stars, Jorja Smith is pure silk.
Author : Fenagh O’Mahoney