Mar 05

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Bandwagons Podcast Live

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Fionnuala Jay and Bríd Browne are here to get you up to speed on the watercooler moments everybody is talking about” – RTÉ Lifestyle

Bríd Browne and Fionnuala Jones are the hosts with the most” Virgin Media

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Following two sold-out shows at the Dublin Podcast Festival 2019, Bandwagons is back! Self-confessed armchair experts Bríd Browne and Fionnuala Jones boasting over 170,000 listens get to the bottom of the biggest bandwagons in Ireland and beyond – from what they are to why people are on them.

Whether it’s pop culture or political movements, the gals are here to get you up to speed in this dynamic live show, brought to you by Aiken Promotions.

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Bandwagons Podcast Live
Mar 06

DJ Krush

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DJ Krush. Born in 1962 in Tokyo. Gifted producer & DJ with a superb sense in Mixing and composing his sound who’s been well-received in the international club scene. ... Gifted producer & DJ with a superb sense in Mixing and composing his sound who’s been well-received in the international club scene.

DJ Krush
Mar 07

Idle’s Joe Talbot in conversation at The Sugar Club

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The most important band on the planet right now, Idle’s frontman Joe Talbot in conversation about music, life and tings

A self-proclaimed “angry band” from Bristol in Southwest England, Idles take the fury of punk rock and wed it to a muscular but moody instrumental attack that matches the literate, purposeful menace of their lyrics.

Idle’s Joe Talbot in conversation at The Sugar Club
Mar 14

Bronagh Gallagher at The Sugar Club

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“One of the purest, clearest talents I know, a fabulous singer, bursting with raw Irish soul. Striking and original songs and an effortlessly brilliant band”. – Brian Eno

Rightly regarded as one of the great soul voices in Ireland, Bronagh Gallagher was raised in Derry and now lives in Dublin. At the age of 17, whilst still a St Mary’s schoolgirl,
she was cast as Bernie McGloughlin in Alan Parker’s film about a Dublin soul band, The Commitments. Since then her music has alternated with film roles
(Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes) plus theatre work (Girl From The North Country, War Horse, The Street Of Crocodiles)
and TV drama (Pramface, The Street, You Me And the Apocalypse). However she maintains a special place for singing, writing and performing music.

Bronagh will be performing live with her band and debuting some brand new material for this show in The Sugar Club

Bronagh Gallagher at The Sugar Club
Mar 14

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Daedelus - Brainfeeder

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Legit pioneer, standard bearer for experimental electronics, and newly minted faculty at Berklee College of Music, Daedelus (aka Alfred Darlington) returns on Brainfeeder with a new album titled “The Bittereinders” sounding of ancient requiem with evocations of Township Jazz, but still modern electronic music by way of drone, pipe organ wheezing and incessant beats.

Daedelus - Brainfeeder
Mar 16

Irish Hip Hop Against Homelessness

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Lineup on the night:

Jafaris
Why Axis
JYellowL
Erica Cody
Nealo
Dubzeno
Rebel Phoenix
Celaviedmai
Malaki
Aaron J
Shiv
Nonzus Magnus
Fynch
Jehnova
Local Boy
C.O.B.
Sick Nanley

Plus major surprise guests & DJ Sets.

Strength in Numbers.

Irish Hip Hop Against Homelessness is an idea to bring everyone in the hip hop scene together to do something positive about the worsening homeless situation in Ireland. The housing crisis, gentrification, and poor government management have left 10,000s of people without the basic necessity of a place to call home.

Inner City Helping Homeless have 200 volunteers on the streets helping people who are sleeping rough and bringing them hot drinks, sandwiches, clothing and sleeping bags. On top of this they run an advocacy program assisting homeless families and individuals as to how to navigate their way out of their situation.

Needless to say this is an incredible organisation and I am so delighted that everyone from the Irish hip hop scene has decided to come together to attempt to make a positive change in our community.

Irish Hip Hop Against Homelessness
Mar 25

Tony Cantwell Pure Grá

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Fresh from sell-out shows at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe, cult-comedian Tony Cantwell is taking to the road for his first-ever Irish tour. Join the comedian for a new night of standup, sketches, and songs all based on his meme-soaked social media page.

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Over 5 million views online.


“The funniest Irish sketch of all time. Simple as.” - JOE.ie

“His unconventional take on comedy belongs on the Adult Swim network” - The Irish Times.

“One of the city’s most exciting emerging comics.” -Totally Dublin

Tony Cantwell Pure Grá
Mar 26

Tony Cantwell - Pure Grá #2

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Fresh from sell-out shows at the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe, cult-comedian Tony Cantwell is taking to the road for his first-ever Irish tour. Join the comedian for a new night of standup, sketches, and songs all based on his meme-soaked social media page.

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Over 5 million views online.

“The funniest Irish sketch of all time. Simple as.” - JOE.ie

“His unconventional take on comedy belongs on the Adult Swim network” - The Irish Times.

“One of the city’s most exciting emerging comics.” -Totally Dublin

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Tony Cantwell - Pure Grá #2
Mar 27

Michael Walsh and the Fundraising Machine

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Michael Walsh and the Fundraising Machine are back! Following their sold out performance in Dartmouth Square, Michael Walsh and the Fundraising Machine will take to the stage of The Sugar Club for one night only.

A winner of Dublin’s Got Talent, Michael Walsh and the Fundraising Machine will take you through a nostalgic showcase of the best hits, accompanied by a live band and very special guests. This is a “not to be missed!”, unforgettable night with 100% of ticket proceeds being donated to charity – BeLongto and Breakthrough Cancer Research.

Stick around for the afterparty!

Michael Walsh and the Fundraising Machine
Apr 05

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Lowkey - Soundtrack for the Struggle III Tour

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Lowkey is a British-Iraqi Hip-hop artist, campaigner and playwright who has appeared on BBC TV and Radio, Channel 4, ITV, Al Jazeera, MTV BASE, SBTV and Novara Media. He has written for the Guardian and Ceasefire Magazine.

His critically acclaimed music has received millions of streams on Spotify, sold over 25k albums digitally and garnered over 45 million YouTube views. His independently released album Soundtrack to the Struggle (2011) charted #6 in the UK RnB chart, #9 in the UK Indie chart, #14 in the UK Download chart and #57 in the UK Albums chart. He has worked with Immortal Technique, Wretch 32, Akala, Dead Prez and The Outlawz. He is part of the super group Mongrel alongside members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and the Makers. The band released their album Better than Heavy in tandem with the Independent newspaper. The band were invited to Venezuela by then President Hugo Chavez, with Lowkey eventually travelling to Caracas and performing at the Community of Latin American States and Caribbean States (CELAC) celebration in 2011.

Lowkey has been lauded in the Houses of Parliament by the MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad as a “poet laureate for Grenfell Tower.” This praise was in recognition of his release Ghosts of Grenfell, which featured on BBC Radio 4’s World at One and enjoyed public support from Russell Brand, Frankie Boyle, Lilly Allen and JME. His community work around the Grenfell fire led to his recent appointment as director of performing arts for the Kids on The Green charity, assisting rehabilitation of children in the area.

Lowkey is a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and an active supporter of Stop the War Coalition. He accompanied George Galloway on his siege breaking Viva Palestina convoy bringing aid to Gaza in 2009.

He has also lectured alongside academic Norman Finkelstein during their tour of universities in the United States in 2010 to mark the release of his book, This Time We Went Too Far. Lowkey was commissioned by Theatre Royal, Bath to write a Hip Hop version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which was performed there and was also performed as part of the Edinburgh Festival. He is currently completing a MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Lowkey - Soundtrack for the Struggle III Tour
Apr 05

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Lowkey - Soundtrack to the Struggle 3

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Kareem Dennis (born 23 May 1986),better known by his stage name Lowkey, is a British Iraqi Rapper and activist based in London, England. He first became known through a series of mixtapes he released before he was 18, before taking a hiatus from the music business. He would return in 2008 with wider music coverage, featured on BBC Radio and appearing at various festivals and concerts. He released his second solo album, Soundtrack to the Struggle, independently on 16 October 2011.
After a five-year hiatus, Lowkey released a string of singles between 2016 and 2018 to precede the release of his third album, Soundtrack to the Struggle 2, released on 5 April 2019

Lowkey - Soundtrack to the Struggle 3
Apr 18

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Mezerg

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Mezerg is the creator of PianoBoomBoom, a genuine mix of piano and… boom boom. Hands and feet linked to his instrument, his whole body is in use.

Merging electronic and acoustic music, the Frenchman creates an organic new sound, that he loves to disrupt by adding weird stuff to the chords of his piano.

Somewhere between techno and world music, this one-man nightlife act draws equally from jazz and trance.

Mezerg
Apr 22

Baby Bushka - Kate Bush Tribute

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THE MUSIC AND MAGIC OF KATE BUSH REACHES FAR AND WIDE ACROSS THE SEAS AND SKY TO SAN DIEGO WHERE EIGHT WOMAN GATHER TO CREATE AMERICA’S ONE AND ONLY KATE BUSH COVER BAND, BABY BUSHKA.

THE BAND CONSISTS OF SOME OF CITY’S MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS, NATASHA KOZAILY, NINA DEERING, LEAH BOWDEN, DANI BELL, SHELBI BENNET, LEXI PULIDO, NANCY ROSS AND BATYA MACADAM SOMER.

FILLED WITH 4 PART VOCAL HARMONIES AND EPIC CHOREOGRAPHED DANCING THIS IS THE KATE BUSH COVER BAND YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.

Baby Bushka - Kate Bush Tribute
Apr 23

Baby Bushka - Kate Bush Tribute II

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THE MUSIC AND MAGIC OF KATE BUSH REACHES FAR AND WIDE ACROSS THE SEAS AND SKY TO SAN DIEGO WHERE EIGHT WOMAN GATHER TO CREATE AMERICA’S ONE AND ONLY KATE BUSH COVER BAND, BABY BUSHKA.

THE BAND CONSISTS OF SOME OF CITY’S MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS, NATASHA KOZAILY, NINA DEERING, LEAH BOWDEN, DANI BELL, SHELBI BENNET, LEXI PULIDO, NANCY ROSS AND BATYA MACADAM SOMER.

FILLED WITH 4 PART VOCAL HARMONIES AND EPIC CHOREOGRAPHED DANCING THIS IS THE KATE BUSH COVER BAND YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.

Baby Bushka - Kate Bush Tribute II
Apr 30

Presented by ChoiceCuts

Shabaka & The Ancestors

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Shabaka & the Ancestors is a modern avant-jazz octet led by British/Caribbean tenor saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings. ( The Comet is Coming, Sons of Kemet )

Shabaka & The Ancestors
May 06

Presented by Music Network

10 String Symphony

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Take ten strings, add two seductive voices, one shared sense of social justice and that all tots up to a dynamic duo in the best tradition of Guthrie and Seeger. Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman are artists whose roots are firmly in the old-timey Americana tradition, but whose musical explorations take them fearlessly into the present and beyond, creating songs and sound worlds that are immediate and compelling. These are musicians whose prime inspiration is our world and how we live in it. Their engagement with life, with art, with nature, with global challenges, is delivered with stunning musicianship, wit, humour and warm communication. They are champions of change and though just two in number, their sound and impact is massively amplified by their bright and brilliant use of technology and clever arrangements. These are truly musicians of our time.

Christian Sedelmyer fiddle, vocals
Rachel Baiman fiddle, banjo, vocals

10 String Symphony
May 09

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Altin Gün

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Altın Gün is an Anatolian rock and Turkish Psychedelic Folk band from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was founded by bassist Jasper Verhulst. Their debut album was On, released in 2018. In 2019, they released Gece.

They are essential interpreters of the Anatolian rock and folk legacy and a leading voice in the emergent global psych-rock scene.

“We do have a weak spot for the music of the late ‘60s and ‘70s,” Altın Gün bass player and founder Jaspar Verhulst admits. “With all the instruments and effects that arrived then, it was an exciting time. Everything was new, and it still feels fresh. We’re not trying to copy it, but these are the sounds we like and we’re trying to make them our own.”

Altin Gün
May 13

Flook

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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
May 15

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Kitt Philippa - Eastbound Dublin

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Kitt’s debut album “Human” was released in October 2019, and featured the singles ‘Human’, ‘Grace’ and ‘You’. The album is an outstanding and emotive work from the winner of the prestigious Northern Irish Music Prize – Single of the Year 2018 (‘Human’).

Dublin’s New Music Festival 2020 in association with RTE 2FM

Featuring the very best new and breaking artists over six nights in some of Dublin’s best music venues: Vicar Street // The Sound House // The Workman’s Club // Grand Social // Whelan’s // Button Factory // Sugar Club.

May 12-17th 2020

Aiken Promotions are delighted to announce the return of EASTBOUND for its second year running, the festival which creates a live space for the best in new and breaking to Irish and International artists. Aiken Promotions have teamed up with RTE 2FM as the media partners for 2020. RTE 2FM are known for championing new and breaking acts, providing air play and a platform for fresh talent to be heard on National radio.

EASTBOUND – a six-night stand at venues across Dublin taking place May 12-17th 2020 is about capturing the spirit of new and breaking artists and capturing the imagination of a devoted, music-hungry city like Dublin and bringing it all together to create making meaningful beginnings.

EASTBOUND - Brought to you by Aiken Promotions in association with RTE 2FM

Kitt Philippa - Eastbound Dublin
May 26

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Huun Huur Tu May 26

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Tue 26th May 2020 Doors 7:30pm
Wed 27th May 2020 Doors 7:30pm

After two sublime sellout performances at The Sugar Club we are very happy to welcome the return of our favourite Tuvan Throat singers..

Huun–Huur–Tu are a music group from Tuva, a republic of Russia located on the Mongolia–Russia border.

The group perform indigenous Tuvan folk music mixed with traditional throat singing, in which the singers sing both the note and an overtone, thus producing two or three notes simultaneously.

Native Tuvan instruments such as the igil khomus [Tuvan jaw harp], doshpuluur, and dünggür [shaman drum] compliment their sound. They have collaborated with many musicians including Frank Zappa, The Chieftains, The Kronos Quartet and the Kodo Drummers.

Limited unreserved seating. Ages 18+

Huun Huur Tu May 26