Music / April 30, 2021

18 Irish gigs you need to buy tickets for

Photo: Faolán Carey
Music / April 30, 2021

18 Irish gigs you need to buy tickets for

Words: Dylan Murphy

Finally, some optimism! Things are looking up and it’s payday so what better time to give yourself something to look forward to and support Irish artists in the process.

It felt as though lockdown was genuinely going to go on forever. Though imperfect, the announcements from the government yesterday provided some sort of hope that we are finally on our way to some sort of normality again. Just say those three words Micheál, go on, you know you want to. Just say them: “Gigs are back”.

Spirits are the highest they’ve been in a while and once we rid ourselves of the lockdown bowl cuts and can head to the beach we’ll feel brand new. While there was no roadmap laid out for the live entertainment industry, it doesn’t mean we can’t have nice experiences to look forward to. Things can change very quickly and with the vaccination rollout speeding up, live music could be back sooner than you think.

We’ll likely not have anything this summer, but we’ve mapped out the gigs from Irish artists between September and this side of Christmas that you can buy tickets to.


The country-pop star we deserve has her own headline show in Whelan’s and is hitting the road with Declan Mckenna in November this year. Having produced some of the best music videos in the country during the pandemic, we can’t wait to see what she has prepared for the live arena. The Dublin date of Declan’s tour has been postponed and is yet to be rescheduled, but it’ll no doubt be announced shortly.

Click here to buy tickets for CMAT’s tour with Declan McKenna. Click here for tickets to her own headline show.


Soft Boy Records co-founder Kojaque is dropping his debut album Town’s Dead and to celebrate he’s breezing through Europe for his own headline tour.

Kojaque heads on Tour on November 6 – 27.

Click here to buy tickets to Kojaque’s tour.


I don’t think we can take these shows being postponed anymore, hopefully, the new dates for Nealo in the Workman’s are final, we need to hear that Choice Prize-nominated record in the flesh.

Nealo plays the Workman’s Club Thu Aug 12 2021.

Click here to buy tickets to Nealo’s shows in The Workman’s Club.

Soda Blonde

With a debut album in the crosshairs, it promises to be a huge series of live performances for Soda Blonde.

Soda Blonde head on tour on September 8 – 23.

Click here to buy tickets to Soda Blonde’s tour.

Smoothboi Ezra

Arguably, Ireland’s breakout star of lockdown, Smoothboi Ezra‘s sadboi anthems are going to hit different after a few cold ones in Whelan’s.

Smoothboi Ezra plays Whelan’s September 22 2021.

Click here to buy tickets to Smoothboi Ezra’s headline show.

Sorcha Richardson

Sorcha is heading out on Tour later this year, kicking off proceedings on September 23 at Kasbah Social Club in Limerick, followed by Roisin Dubh in Galway and The Button Factory in Dublin.

Click here to buy tickets to Sorcha Richardson’s headline Irish tour.

Jessy Rose

Former Hare Squead front man Jessy Rose has returned to the fray as a solo artist and with smooth vocals and a serious pen game, we’re buzzed to see how his heartfelt anthems translate live.

Jessy Rose plays Whelan’s 25 September.

Click here to buy tickets to Jessy Rose’s headline show.

Bobbi Arlo

One of our selections for the Future of Irish Music feature, Bobbi Arlo makes stupidly infectious pop music littered with candy cane hooks. Bobbi plays The Grand Social September 30.

Click here to buy tickets to Bobbi Arlo’s headline show.

Offica & A92

Ireland’s hottest drill crew are hitting the road on October 1 and racing across Ireland and the UK on their first tour.

Click here to buy tickets to Offica’s headline tour.


Anyone who hasn’t seen JyellowL in the flesh is missing out. Wicked flows and oozing charisma the Choice-nominated rapper is built for the big stages. He heads out on tour October 9 starting in Belfast.

Click here to buy tickets to Jyellowl’s headline tour.


Fresh home and with a bag full of hits Dubzeno is ready to take over the rap game, he plays Lost Lane 23 October.

Click here to buy tickets to Dubzeno’s headline show.


Making a name in lockdown, there’s a palpable demand to hear Newdad’s indie anthems live. They head out on tour on November 8.

Click here to buy tickets for Newdad’s headline tour.

Joshua Burnside

Northern Irish folk singer Joshua Burnside has a wealth of live performance experience under his belt and is a sure bet for an emotive live experience. Catch him on tour across the country in November.

Click here to buy tickets for Joshua Burnside’s headline tour.

Tolü Makay

A star in the making you won’t want to miss hearing Tolü’s soul cleansing vocals live.

Click here to buy tickets for Tolü Makay’s headline tour.


Dublin poet and rapper Malaki is a visceral performer with the ability to have the crowd hanging on his every word. He’s playing the Academy alongside a host of other gigs in December this year.

Click here to buy tickets for Malaki’s headline tour.

New Pagans

Picture the scene: You’ve just finished your Christmas shopping, mulled wine is on offer and New Pagans are playing around the corner – Life is good. The Northern Irish rock band play Dublin and Belfast in December this year.

Click here to buy tickets to New Pagan’s headline tour.

Ailbhe Reddy

Fresh off the back of her Choice Prize-nominated album, Ailbhe Reddy is preparing to whisk you away in the Button Factory ahead of the Christmas festivities.

Click here to buy tickets to Ailbhe Reddy’s headline show.

Pillow Queens

Pillow Queens hefty tour that sees them play 10 dates across Ireland this December is EXACTLY what the doctor ordered.

Click here to buy tickets to Pillow Queens’ headline tour.