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Arthur's Day: Who's playing, when and where?

Which bands are playing near you?

IT’S ARTHUR’S DAY today, and the country is coming alive with a wealth of live music and festivities.

You can find our picks from the known listings below, but rumours still surround the big headliners.

They include Bobby Womack, Biffy Clyro, Emeli Sande, Iggy Azalea, James Vincent McMorrow, Janelle Monae, Kodaline, Le Galaxie, Manic Street Preachers, The Original Rudeboys and The Script.

But where are they playing? It’s a surprise.

Rumours have been rampant on social media for the past few days:







The Odeon? W– Whelan’s? Waterloo Bar and Grill? Christ, somebody think of the children.

So we can gather that Emeli Sande is probably in Reardens in Cork, Biffy Clyro will most likely play in Belfast, we’re reliably informed that they won’t be in Dublin despite strong rumours. Lavery’s have begun following them on Twitter (just sayin’) and the Empire had this to say:


But, you can take the Manics out of that equation, they’ll be in Galway by the looks of it.


Iggy Azalea is probably a good bet for Whelan’s, with Kate’s Party and Toy Soldier confirmed already.

What’s for certain though? Goldenplec.com have put together a hugely comprehensive directory of who’s playing and where in most counties.

We’ve picked out a few highlights.


The Stag’s Head:

  • Jerry Fish and Frank & Walters
  • Raglans
  • The Hot Sprockets

 The Old Schoolhouse in Swords:

  • The Cast of Cheers
  • We Were Giants
  • SoundCheck
  • Celtic Fusion

Oliver St. John Gogarty’s:

  • Dirty Epics
  • This Club
  • This Lonely I

The Grand Social

  • Raglans
  • Shadows & Dust
  • Sample Answer
  • Krystal Klear


  • The Minutes
  • September Girls
  • DJ Moses

The Mercantile

  • O Emperor
  • Radio Room
  • Republic of Loose
  • Jerry Fish with RSAG
  • The Village
  • Republic of Loose
  • Gypsies on the Autobahn

The Palace, Camden Street

  • Bressie (DJ Set)
  • Kapitals
  • Peter Byrne

And if you like your music heavier… Fibbers, Parnell Street

  • Radio Room
  • Chewing on Tinfoil
  • Kate’s Party



The Kings Head

  • Kila
  • The Complete Stone Roses
  • DJ Will Softly

Rosin Dubh

  • Rudy Trixx
  • Mikey & The Scallywags
  • Kormac’s AV show



Dick Mac’s

  • The Promise
  • Neon Wolf



The Roost

  • Shadowplay

Naas Court Hotel

  • Keywest



Bourkes Bar

  • Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters

Dolan’s Warehouse

  • The Minutes
  • Slow Riot
  • Library
  • Japanese Popstars



Garovogue Bar

  • Snow Patrol DJ Set



Victoria House, Tramore

  • Kodakid

Front Lounge

  • Solar Taxi
  • Fighting Spiders


West Meath

Danny Byrnes, Mullingar

  • Wallis Bird



Metro 17

  • The Rubber Bandits

Centenary Stores

  • Heathers
  • Hermitage Green

Missing your county or favourite watering hole? To see the full list of what’s happening, head on over to Goldenplec.

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