UCD Battle of the Bands final- Whelans- Thurs 4/2
Six of UCD’s finest bands will compete in the final of the UCD Battle of the Bands 2016 for the chance to perform in Opium Rooms for the Rag Week headline concert and the UCD ball. So far the talent of all the entrants is phenomenal and varied encompassing all genres from rock to folk and everything in between. The night kicks off in Whelans at 8-pm.
Blossoms- The Academy- Fri 5/2
With black leather, skinny jeans and long hair in abundance low-key indie band Blossoms are a fast-rising band practising a tried and tested formula. Their songs are up-beat, catchy and neat but their sound is relatively generic and derivative. Notwithstanding this they have a certain energy and verve that could easily fill the Green Room at the Academy. If you want something trendy and different to do on Friday night then give these guys a go.
Foals- 3Arena- Weds 10/2
Indie superstars Foals hit the 3Arena to showcase their relatively new album ‘What Went Down’. Foals have headlined some of the greatest festivals worldwide such as Reading and Leeds, Coachella and Longitude and have an extraordinary stage presence. They have a knack for maintaining a persistent sound throughout their albums, fans will be able to enjoy both the new tracks and Foal’s earlier hits equally. Not one to miss!
Róisín Murphy- Olympia Theatre- Thurs 11/2
One of Ireland’s most understated, talented and inventive artists in recent years Róisín Murphy’s minimalistic sound is as entrancing as it is unique. Even if you don’t know the former Moloko singer you’ve definitely heard some of her compositions such as ‘Let Me Know’. I’m not exactly sure what happens at a Róisín Murphy gig or how one is supposed to behave but it’s well worth popping down to the intimate setting of the Olympia to find out.
Ennio Morricone- 3Arena- Sun 14/2
The veteran composer of the Spaghetti Western is cruising 87 and still going strong. He’s recently teamed up with legendary director Quentin Tarantino to compose The Hateful Eight soundtrack. His music is some of the most iconic in history having been used and reused endlessly in pop culture. Even if you’re not a fan of classical music this living legend will be sure to blow you away. The price range of tickets however is well out of range of most students unfortunately, but if someone does happen to offer you one, do take it!
- Kevin O’Reilly, Music Editor