February Gig Guide: Crywank, Pinkpantheress & more
Words: Dylan Murphy
We’re coming out of January hibernation in the midst of a flurry of festival announcements and going headfirst into a busy month of gigs across the capital. From enduring GRAMMY-nominated MCs to the folk band with the best name in the business, there’s something to appeal to music heads on every pocket of the music spectrum. Tap in.
Few MCs had a year quite like Flowdan last year. Go to any electronic festival and you will definitely have heard ‘Baddadan’ and ‘Rumble’. Now, he’s bringing his sinister flow to the Button Factory on 2 February alongside another equally legendary act – The Bug.
Last November, Crywank’s gig in Dublin was abandoned due to the riots in the city centre, fortunately, the band with possibly the best name in the game have announced their return to Ireland and they head to The Button Factory on 3 February.
A unique and fascinating story in music, Irish native Signs Crushes Motorist performs under a number of different aliases (that house different genres) that all perform insanely well across TikTok and streaming. His Signs Crushes Motorist alias largely delves into the world of slowcore, but expect sounds to spiral wherever he pleases across his other pseudonyms. With his first ever headliner taking place in Belfast in January, he’s continuing his hard launch in the realms of live music with a show in Workman’s this month.
Four times GRAMMY nominated, collaborations with hip hop royalty and an iconic photoshoot that involved a real bear for his debut album cover, 6LACK is an RnB artist that needs little introduction. He performs in The 3Olympia Theatre on Monday 12 February.
A new showcase highlighting some of the best emerging acts from across the UK and Ireland, Borderline has nailed it with their 2024 lineup. Featuring acts like EFÉ, SPIDER, Miso Extra and more, this is one for the heads looking to stay on top of the next wave of future shaping acts.
Tickets: Sold Out
As expected, Pinkpantheress has already sold out her biggest Irish headliner to date. Having had pop culture in her grip during 2023, this is an early contender for one of the most anticipated gigs of the year.
Irish artist, The Line, AKA Brian Dillon shared his highly collaborative album Red Blood Cells & Righteousness at the tail end of 2023. Featuring emotive production and a lineup of heavy hitting collaborators, ranging from God Knows to Gilla Band’s Dan Fox, it’s a record that has stayed in our rotation since. Catch him in the Workman’s Cellar on Feb 22.
If you aren’t familiar with Masego’s iconic Colors show, you’re missing out. However, since then, he’s proved he’s anything but a viral sensation, continuing to routinely produce soul-stirring music and expertly collaborate with a carefully curated lineup of likeminded musicians. While the recorded music is phenomenal, this is the kind of voice that slaps harder live.
Galway outfit have impressed with their debut album MADRA. Following a couple of standout EPs they’ve honed their sound and established themselves as one of the most exciting acts in the country right now. This is probably the last time you’ll be able to catch them as a headliner in an Irish venue of this size.
Image credit: Megan Doherty
Venue: Vicar Street
Tickets: SOLD OUT
A folk supergroup of sorts, ØXN brings together Lankum’s Radie Peat along with Katie Kim, Eleanor Myler of Percolator, John ‘Spud’ Murphy. It’s unclear how often they’ll create and perform after this show. So, if you nabbed tickets, count yourself lucky!