Baby Bushka - Kate Bush Tribute

Wednesday 23 June + Thursday 24 June 2021 | TICKETS

Erykah Badu DJ Set, 2018

Friday 23 March 2018 | TICKETS

Antibalas, 2019

Saturday 20 April 2019 | TICKETS

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Snarky Puppy, 2017

Sunday 30 April 2017 | TICKETS

Sep 08

Flook

7:30PM
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General Admission - On Sale Wednesday 13th November
€20 +booking fee

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Shortlisted for Best Folk Group in RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019

Ancora nominated as Best Album in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019

After a 14-year recording hiatus, phenomenal Anglo-Irish quartet Flook – flautists/whistle players Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd and bodhran wizard John Joe Kelly – released their dazzling fourth studio album Ancora in April 2019. It’s in the live arena, though, that their signature fusion of stunning tunes, uncanny ensemble precision and virtuoso improvisation truly comes into its own. Be sure to catch this rare live show if you can.

“Iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant” Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster

“Tour de force return after decade and a half – a luminous reunion ****” The Irish Times

“As vital as ever … Class is indeed permanent” fRoots

“Nothing short of transcendent… no other band sound like Flook and the new material has pushed them to new, exhilarating heights.” Songlines

Flook
Sep 09

The Amy Winehouse Experience

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The Amy Winehouse Experience - eight piece tribute band recreating the talent of one of the most iconic singers of the 21st century.

The Amy Winehouse Experience
Sep 30

Singular Artists present

Help I Sexted My Boss: The Boys Are Back Tour

7:30PM
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William Hanson and Jordan North are unlikely best friends. William’s a posh etiquette expert and Jordan’s an expert in all things common! In this brand new show, they take their hit comedy podcast on the road and help you navigate the everyday problems of modern life.

Help I Sexted My Boss: The Boys Are Back Tour
Oct 29

Presented by Selective Memory

Mad Professor

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Mad Professor is coming to The Sugar Club in Dublin to perform his dub reinterpretation of Massive Attack’s classic Mezzanine album.

Mad Professor was asked by Massive Attack to perform this Mezzanine show as part of the day at London’s All Points East festival that they are headlining and curating in late May. This will be the first time it’s performed in Ireland. The show at The Sugar Club on Friday 8th May this will be a 2 hour show in two parts, featuring both his Mezzanine show, and also the Mad Professor live Dub show featuring classics from throughout his 40 year career and other dub reggae classics. This is Mad Professor’s first Dublin show of any kind since 2014, and will feature a guest vocalist from his legendary Ariwa label.

Mezzanine was Massive Attack’s groundbreaking third album, originally released in 1998, and saw them broaden their signature trip hop sound to encapsulate other genres including new wave, electronica, rock and dub reggae. It featured the smash hits Teardrop, Angel and Inertia Creeps amongst others, and reached number 1 in the album charts of several countries including Ireland, UK and Australia. Publications that later listed it amongst the greatest albums of all time include Rolling Stone, NME and Q; while Pitchfork awarded it a very rare 9.3/10 rating.

These radical re-workings by Mad Professor invite the listeners to hear these classics through a different prism.

Enda from Dublin’s legendary Firehouse Skank will be the opening act on the night. This will be a late show, doors 11.30pm till late.

Mad Professor
Mar 03

The Sugar Club

Barbara Pravi

7:30PM
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€22.50 ex booking fee

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Presented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland as part of the Francophonie Festival 2022.

Barbara Pravi grew up in a harmonious and multicultural family: her parents were born in France,

her grandparents are Serbian and Iranian, North-African jews and Polish.
This open-mindedness lies at the heart of her education and ethos and is an important feature that
underpins her character, through which she very soon express e day earning independence.
However, her strong personality meant that her path to education wasn’t always as smooth as
hoped. After graduating from school thanks to the help of a literature teacher, she signs up to study
law at the Paris Sorbonne University, however with no definite plan in mind. Two years later,
she decides to drop her studies to follow a path that truly inspires and drives her: music.
Thanks to odd jobs working nights in bars and restaurants, she produces her own music: As she
turned 22, she posted her first video directed with the help of friends. It didn’t take long for her to
be spotted by Capitol, and sign her first record contract with the prestigious label. In 2016 she is
cast as one of the three main leads in the musical Un été 44. Barbara subsequently releases her
first EP ‘Pas Grandir’ in 2017 and lands her first rôle as an actress in a TV feature called La Sainte
Famille, directed by Marrion Sarraut. Shortly after she is picked by Florent Pagny to open for him
23 nights in a row during his 55 Tour show. At the end of 2018, she changes her management team
to work with Élodie Filleul. In February 2020, she co-produces, writes the lyrics and music for her
second EP “Reviens pour l’hiver”. She has since collaborated with many artists such as Yannick
Noah, Julie Zenatti, Chimène Badi, Jaden Smith and writes for Carla (Bim Bam Toi) and Valentina
(J’imagine), thanks to whom France won the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Sheregularly uses her platform to denounce violence to women and is very
vocal about defending women’s rights. In 2018, she took part with 38
women in the recording of Debout les femmes, the official song for the
French Women’s Liberation Movement (Mouvement de Libération des Femmes).
Ever since Barbara has been invited to speak during the celebration of
International Women’s Day on the 8th March. More recently she released
her own reinterpretations of “Kids”, “Notes pour trop tard ” as well as a
new song “Chair”. In 2021, she releases a collection of polyphonic
prayers and takes part in the “Eurovision you decide” contest with the
song “Voilà”.

She is voted the winner and is selected to represent France in the 2021 Eurovision Song Content.

“Voilà” is taken from Barbara Pravi’s first album to be released next fall.

This concert is presented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland as part of the Francophonie Festival 2022.

Barbara Pravi
Apr 08

Presented by ChoiceCuts

Mdou Moctar

7:30PM
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Mdou Moctar’s home is Agadez, a desert village in rural Niger.
Inspired by YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen’s six string techniques
and traditional Tuareg melodies, he mastered the guitar which he himself
built and created his own burning style. A born charismatic, Mdou went
on to tell his story as an aspiring artist by writing, producing &

starring in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain
called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai – which translates to “Rain The
Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It”, winning the approval of his
family and his community. The word and the sound travelled across West
Africa via mobile phone data cards, a popular form of local music
distribution. Gruelling DIY world tours and albums on the independent US
label Sahel Sounds followed, including 2019’s landmark Ilana: The
Creator album that earned Mdou Moctar an ecstatic international
audience.

Afrique Victime is result of the combined efforts of Mdou and the
members of the band that shares his name. Mdou’s crucial collaborator is
Ahmoudou Madassane, who’s been his rhythm guitarist since 2008- their
two guitars are an alchemical combination. As a songwriter, producer and
recording artist Ahmoudou is the premier musical ambassador to Tuaregs
in Niger, empowering young musicians with instruments, recording
opportunities, and visas. Masassane helped form the revolutionary first
woman-fronted Tuareg guitar band Les Filles De Illighadad, whose debut
album and tours caused an international sensation in 2019.

The band‘s youngest member is prodigal drummer Souleymane Ibrahim,
also a member of both the well-known Niger band Sultanat Star De L’air
and the longest running wedding band in Agadez, Etran De L’air.
Souleymane’s playing on this album ferociously sets a new standard for
the “rock” drumset.

Producer & bassist Mikey Coltun flies 20 hours from Brooklyn,
NYC, then takes a 28 hour bus ride to reach Agadez so the band can
practice and record. With no support from a major label or a manager,
they made this journey out of Niger every time they toured. In the past
three years, Mikey’s played over 500 shows on three continents as Mdou

Moctar’s bassist, road manager, producer/recording engineer, and
friend. Coltun recorded and produced Afrique Victime around the band’s
travels in 2019- in studios, apartments, hotel rooms, venue backstages,
and in field recordings in Niger.

Recording and honing songs as a touring outfit forged a livewire new
sound, and If Ilana was a late ’60s early ’70s ZZ Top and Black Sabbath
record – Afrique Victime is mid ’70s to early ’80s Van Halen meets Black
Flag meets Black Uhuru. The ferocity of Moctar’s electric guitar and
the band’s hypnotic rhythm section are on awe-inspiring display on songs

like “Chismiten” and the mournful yet incandescent title track.
Elsewhere, Moctar finds inspiration in highlighting lesser known facets
of the group: “While people have gotten to know Mdou Moctar as a rock
band, there is a whole different set of music with this band done on
acoustic guitars which we wanted to incorporate into this album in order

to go through a sonic journey,” he says. Mdou pays homage to one of his
heroes Abdallah Ag Oumbadagou, the legendary Niger musician and
political revolutionary, on songs “Habibti” and “Layla”. “Abdallah was a
contemporary of Tinariwen and helped to pioneer the sound of Tuareg
guitar music blended with drum machines and electronic sounds”.

“From prison to Nobel prize. They ceded to Mandela / Africa is a
victim of so many crimes / If we stay silent it will be the end of us /
Why is this happening?“ Moctar asks on the heartfelt and rallying title
track. “I want the world to know that we are making music to promote
world peace and be with everyone on the same level, fighting against

racism”, he says. “All colors and genders are equal. Women, Men and
children all suffer in the desert due to the colonization by France and
therefore there is a lack of the basics – hospitals, drinking water,
schools.”

The needs of Agadez are a major part of what drives Moctar as an
artist, and promoting the region’s youth through music is an especially
personal cause. “I know what it’s like to have been in that position,”
he says, “to not have the support of your family, or the money for
guitars or strings, it’s really hard. I have a lot of support from the
younger generation, because I help them out a lot. When I get back from
tour, I give them gear that I bought while I was away so they can go out
and form their own bands.”

Says Coltun: “In Agadez the music and feeling at Tuareg weddings is
exactly like the best of Western DIY/Punk shows. It’s loud, energetic
and powerful. There is a sense of everyone helping out. Tuaregs are a
tight community. If you’re Tuareg you’re considered family.” The music
listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful
do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar- the man and the band-
who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities
in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg
hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance
to get lifted.Recording and honing songs as a touring outfit forged a
livewire new sound, and If Ilana was a late ’60s early ’70s ZZ Top and
Black Sabbath record – Afrique Victime is mid-’70s to early ’80s Van
Halen meets Black Flag meets Black Uhuru. The ferocity of Moctar’s
electric guitar and the band’s hypnotic rhythm section are on
awe-inspiring display on songs like “Chismiten” and the mournful yet
incandescent title track. Elsewhere, Moctar finds inspiration in
highlighting lesser known facets of the group: “While people have gotten
to know Mdou Moctar as a rock band, there is a whole different set of
music with

this band done on acoustic guitars which we wanted to incorporate into
this album in order to go through a sonic journey,” he says. Mdou
payshomage to one of his heroes Abdallah Ag Oumbadagou, the legendary
Niger musician and political revolutionary, on songs “Habibti” and
“Layla”. “Abdallah was a contemporary of Tinariwen and helped to pioneer
the sound of Tuareg guitar music blended with drum machines and
electronic sounds”.

“From prison to Nobel prize. They ceded to Mandela / Africa is a
victim of so many crimes / If we stay silent it will be the end of us /
Why is this happening?“ Moctar asks on the heartfelt and rallying title
track. “I want the world to know that we are making music to promote
world peace and be with everyone on the same level, fighting against
racism”, he says. “All colors and genders are equal. Women, Men and
children all suffer in the desert due to the colonization by France and
therefore there is a lack of the basics – hospitals, drinking water,
schools.”

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