Category: Gig News
quarter block party

After a successful inaugural year, Quarter Block Party, presented by Makeshift Ensemble and Southern Hospitality Board, returns to North and South Main Street, Cork City, on February 5-7, 2016. The likes of Elastic Sleep and Altered Hours starred on last year’s music programme and this second installment looks like being just as exciting. Here’s the […]

sunday sessions

The Sunday School Sessions is a music collective from Dublin. It grew from an idea by engineer and producer Ian McNulty In Dublin’s Charthouse Recording to record some folk and country tunes in homage to the old records that had inspired him over the years. Gathering together friends and members of the bands Hidden Highways, […]

The October bank holiday weekend is almost upon us which can mean only one thing – the Cork Jazz Festival. There’s always a great buzz on the streets and plenty of music – and possibly some alcohol – to go around. Below are some of my recommendations for Thursday to Sunday, though they are but […]

Girl Band

The amazing Girl Band were one of the acts affected by the closure of the Pavilion in Cork a couple weeks ago, but thankfully the gig has been rescheduled. Aisling and Caoilian, who used to work at the Pav, have formed the Southern Hospitality Board to put on gigs – and are doing a stellar […]

THIS WEEKEND: Hope is Noise play Bradley’s on Barrack Street on Saturday. They’re supported by a still relatively new local band, Partisan Crowds, who have been picking up plenty of fans and plaudits with their live shows to date. Tickets are a €5. Here’s the Facebook event page. Owensie plays the Cork Community PrintShop on […]

The lineup for Seoda Shows’ summer party in Dolan’s, Limerick, on Saturday, August 23, is pretty great, but the poster takes the event up a notch; it’s wonderful. MynameisJ0hn and God Knows are the big draw, with their live show winning over everybody this summer – hopefully their cancelled Pavilion show in Cork will find […]

The Cork-based record label MDR celebrates its first birthday this Saturday, Record Store Day, by presenting a show at the Pavilion featuring two excellent live bands, Meltybrains? (who feature in We Play Here issue 2) and Band of Clouds, who released their second album Appear to Float a couple of months ago. It’s a free […]


London band Palma Violets have picked up plenty of plaudits since they formed a couple of years back. Debut album 180 was released on Rough Trade and got people very excited for its strangled guitars, elements of Joe Strummer and the Clash, and most importantly, because some of the songs are choons in every sense […]


Faye O’Rourke wasn’t expecting Little Green Cars to become the biggest little band in Ireland last year. ” I think it’s beyond anyone’s comprehension,” she says on the phone from Wexford, where Faye and the other four members of LGC, Stevie Appleby, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch, are holed up regrouping and […]

girls names

As the title of this post might suggest, I’m quite the fan of Belfast/Dublin band Girls Names. They ply a relatively well-worn route, that early 1980s doom-laden pop path. But they leave a trail behind that proves so infectious that you want to walk up and down the path again and again. Though it took […]