July Gig Guide: Sza, Bloc Party, DJ Shadow & more

Words: Dray Morgan

Photo: Cass Meyers

We’ve got so much royalty in Ireland this July, you’d think the Brits were at it again. We’ve got Glasto headliners blowing in, acts that have been on repeat for two decades, forefathers of hip hop and much more. Here is July’s gig guide.

03 July


Doors: 17:00

Venue: Malahide Castle

Tickets available here

Straight off of the biggest stage in the world, headlining Glastonbury, SZA is gracing even more hallowed grounds. The Malahide gigs have been on fire this summer season and the artist who has a generation in a vice grip is a perfect addition.

05 July

Bloc Party

Doors: 18:30

Venue: 3Arena

Tickets available here

Hearing that ‘Helicopter’ riff is about to transport everyone in this crowd back to 2005. Trailblazers of their era, Bloc Party are touring Silent Alarm, 20 years after its inception. Their sound is one of those where you just had to be there. Anyone feel old yet?

06 July

Nicki Minaj

Doors: 16:00

Venue: Malahide Castle

Tickets available here

The blueprint. Nicki’s had some run-ins this tour, however, still is set to touch down at Malahide Castle early this month. Barbs from all corners of the country will converge to the Castle grounds. If Megan didn’t cancel her show we would’ve got Nicki, Sza and her all in one month and Ireland wasn’t ready for that.

06 July


Doors: 20:00

Venue: Project Arts Centre

Tickets available here

One of the most enigmatic artists in Ireland right now. Half art show and half musical performance. Pigbaby may have flown under your Irish artist radar purely due to the fact he’s been popping up all over the world recently. Recently dropping his debut album, we’re sure this one will be a feast for the senses.

07 July

DJ Shadow

Doors: 19:00

Venue: The Academy

Tickets available here

An absolute icon who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative rap. DJ Shadow adopted British hip hop and took it worldwide. The iconic album ‘Endtroducing’ was the first album ever to only be made up of samples. Also have to show love to Limerick’s B+ for shooting the iconic cover.