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Music / December 14, 2021

‘Merchy Christmas’ announces 20+ new bands + day-by-day breakdown

Artwork by Emily Hawkins
Music / December 14, 2021

‘Merchy Christmas’ announces 20+ new bands + day-by-day breakdown

Words: Eva O’Beirne

Over 50 Irish artists and bands are bringing their merch to an IRL market in the Grand Social this weekend.

Due to new restrictions, many gigs and concerts have been cancelled last minute, leaving those in the entertainment industry left in a lurch just before Christmas. Indie artists need support more than ever, and what better way to do it than by buying their merch?

The second annual ‘Merchy Christmas’ market, presented by One Stop Band Shop, is taking place 10am-4pm, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December.

Featuring Pillow Queens, NewDad, Kneecap, Tebi Rex, The Mary Wallopers, Celaviedmai and more, this merch market is a must-see this weekend.

Started last year during lock-down, it was the brainwave of Conor Cusack and Saint Sister. Chatting about ways to create a personal connection with their listeners and thank them for their support over the year, they had the idea of a public merch stall.

Working with Keiron Black and the folks at The Grand Social they hatched plans for this two-day event. Check out the day-by-day line-up below.

Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation on the door of €5 to Dublin Simon Community. You can donate online here.


In line with current public health guidelines all attendees must provide either proof of full vaccination or that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months.

Venue staff will check COVID-19 vaccination and recovery certificates on entry. Young people under the age of 18, accompanied by adults, are not required to show proof of vaccination or recovery.

You may be asked to show a photo ID. In line with current Government guidelines, we ask that patrons practice social distancing and wear a face coverings while attending the market.

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