Oct 05

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The Mystery Lights

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In an era when the city kvetches that there are no good NYC bands, when half of the music scene has split for sunny California, the Mystery Lights are an anomaly. Not only did these bold young men reverse the direction – optimistically migrating east against the tide from the west coast, but they also landed in the wormy apple to immerse themselves in the action and diversity of New York City. They all share an apartment in Ridgewood, Queens - the basement of which they’ve converted into a makeshift rehearsal space. Betting against the odds to live the archetypical 20th century downtown musician lifestyle in 2016, though inevitably further east of the bridge, they also play with the kind of conviction, immediacy, and raw power of their mighty ancestors – from the Velvets to the Voidoids and beyond. The Mystery Lights are living proof that vital contemporary music, in this case real-deal rock’n’roll, can still be dreamed, constructed, and performed in the Empire City.

Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano have been in many different versions of The Mystery Lights under assorted monikers since their teens. In a heroic jump from the small town of Salinas, California to NYC, the band solidified its lineup to also include Alex Amini, Kevin Harris, and Noah Kohll. The explosive live shows gradually became the stuff of legend as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery. Organically unfolding over the nights months and years, the Lights’ sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own.

2016 found these rock’n’roll knights embarking upon the next logical step - unleashing their own brand of kick out the jams on tour and in the studio. When Daptone Records launched their Wick Records rock imprint, they wasted no time approaching Mystery Lights as their inaugural act.owned and run, as much as we see our reflection in the sound of bygone powerhouses like Stax and Motown, we also feel special empathy and affection for the smaller independent soul artist and effort. Daptone owes a special debt and feels a warm kinship to the example and aesthetic of these past artists and their recordings. So, Daptone goes forward, anxious to use this new arm of our company to tell the story of some of Soulful music’s little known sounds that continue to guide us today.

The Mystery Lights
Oct 05

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Johnny Osbourne

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A DJ/MC show with support tbc… Johnny Osbourne is undoubtedly one of the most popular Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer of all time.

Rising to success in the late 1970s and mid-1980s, his album Truths And Rights was a huge roots reggae hit, featuring timeless tracks ‘Jah Promise’ and the titular ‘Truths and Rights’.

He also enjoyed big hits with covers of U.S. soul tunes like “Ready Or Not” and Earth Wind and Fire’s “Reasons”. Thanks to his nickname of ‘Dancehall Godfather’, Osbourne is the most in-demand vocalist for dubplates, best known for his mid-1980s dancehall reggae hits ‘Buddy Bye’ (based on King Jammy’s Sleng Teng riddim), ‘Ice Cream Love’ and ‘Water Pumping’.

Johnny Osbourne
Oct 11

Presented by Adam O'Brien

Spectrum

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Spectrum is a unique evening where living a life with autism is explained using the art of Magic. Expect to experience all the emotions as Adam delves into living on the Spectrum showing how he has used magic to help cope with social situations.

Spectrum
Oct 12

Whole Lotta Zepp perform Led Zeppelin II - LIVE

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Celebrating Led Zeppelin II’s milestone 50th birthday, join your favourite 10 piece, 3 drummer, 3 drum-set troupe of minstrels, in offering a hats off to this momentous work!

Following 9 annual sold out shows, grab your tickets fast, before they’re all bloody gone.

Whole Lotta Zepp perform Led Zeppelin II - LIVE
Oct 13

Whole Lotta Zepp perform Led Zeppelin II LIVE SUNDAY

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Celebrating Led Zeppelin II’s milestone 50th birthday, join your favourite 10pc / 3 drummer / 3 drum set collective, to offer a hats off to this monumental record, which brought us such classics as Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker and of course, Moby Dick.

It is an over 18s event. ID may be required.

Whole Lotta Zepp perform Led Zeppelin II LIVE SUNDAY
Oct 13

Whole Lotta Zepp perform Led Zeppelin II - LIVE ALL AGES MATINEE

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This is an ALL AGES GIG

Celebrating Led Zeppelin II’s milestone 50th birthday, join your favourite 10 piece, 3 drummer, 3 drum-set troupe of minstrels, in offering a hats off to this momentous work!

Following 9 annual sold out shows, grab your tickets fast, before they’re all bloody gone.

Whole Lotta Zepp perform Led Zeppelin II - LIVE ALL AGES MATINEE
Oct 15

Brian Horgan “From The Blue”

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After sold out shows in Smock Alley Theatre, The Peacock Theatre and No 10 Ormond Quay, Brian is bringing a new show to the Sugar Club.

Featuring a band of some of the finest musicians on the circuit led by David Wray, ‘From the blue’ is a show featuring Brian’s original songs inspired by storytelling singers such as Charles Aznavour, Bette Midler, Harry Chapin and Carol King.

The show consists of songs and stories told from the mid-life point; what new dreams do you make, how do you re-fuel yourself after loss, what have you learnt, if anything? All sung and told with Brian’s unique warmth and humour.

On the night Brian is joined by the wonderful Roisin Sullivan. Roisin has appeared in all the major venues in the city, performed in the London Palladium and in international tours of Evita and Riverdance.

It’s a night to sit back, forget your worries and celebrate where you’re at and how you got there.

Brian Horgan “From The Blue”
Oct 17

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The Souljazz Orchestra

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“An explosive clash of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards, and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion”

Since first arriving on the Canadian scene at the turn of the millenium, the Souljazz Orchestra has never stopped pushing the limits of its signature sound: an explosive clash of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards, and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion.

The Souljazz Orchestra
Oct 20

Presented by MCD

Craig Finn

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Perhaps best known as the singer of the Hold Steady, Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer, songwriter, and guitarist based out of New York City.

Combining literary influences like Jack Kerouac and John Berryman with the musical influences of Bruce Springsteen and fellow Minnesotan Paul Westerberg, Finn’s highly descriptive lyrical style has a focus on narrative, crafting whole worlds for the people in his songs to exist within.

After five albums with the band, the singer and songwriter tried his hand at a solo album during some downtime from his main project, and in 2012 released Clear Heart Full Eyes through Vagrant Records.

In 2015, Finn dropped his second solo album; Faith in the Future, released by Partisan Records, was drawn from a set of songs inspired by themes of loss and survival that Finn wrote in the wake of his mother’s death. His third record appeared in March 2017.

Craig Finn’s eagerly awaited new album, I Need A New War, arriving Friday, April 26 2019. The third album in a trilogy. I Need A New War once again sees Finn expertly chronicling our complex, often confusing, modern era, drawing deeply felt character studies about regular people trying to respond to extraordinary times, attempting to find connection whilst wondering how to keep pace with a world moving faster than they are. The LP further finds Finn focusing his lens on New York City – his home for the last 18 years.

Craig Finn will play the sugar club on Sunday October 20th with tickets from €25 incl booking fee on sale Wednesday 3rd April at 10am from Ticketmaster

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Craig Finn
Oct 21

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Bobby Oroza feat. Cold Diamond & Milk

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When Bobby Oroza and the Cold Diamond & Mink production duo first got together in the studio they cut “This Love”. That turned out to be a hell of a start. Since they originally released it in 2016 the tune has become somewhat of an underground hit. From the heavy air play at car shows and swap meets in the South West to being featured in numerous movies and tv shows, it even made it’s way to an Earl Sweatshirt mixtape. All of this has lead to a lot anticipation for Bobby Oroza’s debut full length which is appropriately named after the tune that started it all. Big Crown Records is proud to present the debut full length from Bobby Oroza, This Love.

Bobby was born in Helsinki, Finland into a family of musicians and artists where he would be exposed to a wide range of music early on. Frequent family parties at Bobby’s were thrown to the sounds of his grandfather playing Latin and Cuban classics on his guitar or to his parents record collection which was full of early jazz and blues, Motown, gospel hits, and doo-wops. The Soul records were balanced out by Brazilian, African, North and South American folk songs, and Nuyorican Salsa albums. All of these influences make appearances in Bobby’s music.

Bobby pushes the borders of soul and rock balladry and creates a sound distinctly his own. Cold Diamond & Mink provide a pitch perfect collec- tion of lo-fi, low-key classics on which Bobby’s smokey tenor floats atop, breaking hearts on some tunes and melting them on others. Maintaining the band’s signature dark and intimate aesthetic, they run the gamut of tempos, breaking hearts on some tunes and mending them on others. The group’s second single “Your Love Is Too Cold” is a stomper that blends the groovy soul drumming of early Motown records with guitar that could have been lifted from a James Bond score and has been getting heavy spins across the globe at soul parties and on radio shows. Bobby takes care of the dancers with a few up numbers, ranging from the northern soul nods on “Lonely Girl” & “Falling in Love” to the 70s jazz funk nod on “Keep On Believing”. However, the ballad lovers with the uncontrollable urge to two-step late into the night will be the real winners with “This Love”. Bobby thrives on the bed of dark and intimate sensuality found on tracks like “Alone Again”, “Down On My Knees”, and “Deja Vu”. The world is about bear witness, and surely be taken back by this strange and unique shade of Soul born in Finland but made for the whole world to enjoy.

Bobby Oroza feat. Cold Diamond & Milk
Oct 23

Presented by Music Network

Airelle Besson, Sebastian Sternal & Jonas Burgwinkel Trio

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Airelle Besson, trumpet

Sebastian Sternal, piano, Fender Rhodes

Jonas Burgwinkel, drums

Leading the new wave of young European improvising trumpeters, Airelle Besson is a formidable, compelling and frankly, astonishing talent. Sometimes embracing a baroque sense of form and lyricism, she can turn on a sixpence and send forth grooves that mark her out as a fine jazz presence and a thoughtful and articulate composer. With the elegant and lucid playing of pianist Sebastian Sternal and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel bringing his classic jazz and avant garde sensibilities to the table, this is a trio whose music is both considered and free, communicative and compelling. Listening to each other and to the moment, they build an architecture of eloquent and clean sound, without clutter, but with masses of heart.

Oct 25

Presented by ChoiceCuts

Karol Conka - Late Show

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Karol Conka is a Brazilian rapper, singer, composer, actress, record producer, model and television presenter. Born in Curitiba, Conka is one of the most prominent female rappers in Brazil today. Her music is a blend of modern hip-hop and rap with sounds from Brazilian pop and traditional music

Karol Conka - Late Show
Oct 26

Presented by BoBo Productions

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza

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“HALLOWEEN BABY”

Its coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rocky Horror Picture Show Ireland invites you to celebrate our Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday 26th of October from 8pm in our spiritual home at The Sugar Club, Dublin. Expect the CRAZIEST, WILDEST and most OUTRAGEOUS show yet!!

With prizes for best dressed, custom cakes, encourage audience participation, free props, feisty phantoms, complimentary hot chocolate, and new scenes performed live and unabashed for your pleasure!! And what would a Rocky Horror be without the fabulous Miss Dotty Potts, to wet your whistle before the main event!!!

So join us this Halloween weekend for our DOUBLE FEATURE and help us to celebrate one of the wildest nights in Ireland!!!
Its gonna be one hell of a party!!!

Now where else would you rather be?

Nov 01

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Gaye Sul Akyol

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Turkish psychedelic pop rock anyone? Yes Please!!

“Su Akyol’s voice is light but elegant, and her songs are by turns urgent, sultry and romantic and politically barbed. The new sound of Istanbul.”
—The Observer

“The Turkish singer Gaye Su Akyol has emerged at the fore of her country’s revitalized music scene… mixes Turkish modes and scales with surf rock, and psychedelia.”
—Pitchfork

With the release of her first international album “Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu” (2016), Gaye Su Akyol established herself as one of Turkey’s most compelling young voices and most exhilarating sonic explorers. Her work as a singer-songwriter, producer and audio/visual conceptualist, simultaneously navigates the storied past, the hyper-connected present and the unscripted future.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Istanbul listening to Anatolian music icon Selda Bağcan and Kurt Cobain in equal measure, Akyol skipped right over the tired Oriental/Occidental paradigmatic clichés. Gaye’s music was global in concept and local in spirit and nuance right from the very beginning.

Gaye Sul Akyol
Nov 02

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A Certain Ratio

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CELEBRATE THEIR 40TH ANNIVERSARY - WITH BOX SET AND TOUR

“Once you start listening to A Certain Ratio, it’s difficult to stop”.

LISTEN TO A NEWLY RECORDED STRING VERSION OF WON’T STOP LOVING YOU

Back sharing a label with Factory label-mates New Order, A Certain Ratio’s collaboration with Mute has seen their full studio album catalogue made available again and a new compliation, acr:set, featuring two brand new tracks, ‘Dirty Boy’ (with vocals from Barry Adamson and Tony Wilson) and ‘Make It Happen’.

The Guardian’s Dave Simpson paid tribute to the band, once described as “James Brown on acid” in a recent Cult Heroes piece: “Once you start listening to A Certain Ratio, it’s difficult to stop”.

A Certain Ratio
Nov 03

Presented by MCD

Tiny Ruins

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New Zealand Indie-Folk singer Tiny Ruins announces headline Dublin show at The Sugar Club

A warm swell of ambient sound precedes an arpeggiated rhythmic riff that springs into flight, exuberant and joyful. Sparkling electric guitar punctuates the relentless thrum of Hollie Fullbrook’s acoustic, as the potent lyricism she is known for cuts searingly through the noise - “Stirring, shaken, all of us waking under the same cover of sky”.

And so begins ‘Olympic Girls’, the title track of the third long-player from Tiny Ruins. Set for release on 1 February 2019, the group’s hotly anticipated next offering is replete with vital lyricism and galvanising rhythms.

Building on the sparse minimalism and mesmerising songwriting of earlier releases, Olympic Girls comprises a taut and agile quiver of songs, dancing with explorative instrumentation and a pop sensibility that springs with life.

The album was recorded during several intense weekends spanning many months in producer Tom Healy’s small Paquin Studio, nestled inside The Lab in Auckland’s Mt. Eden. With Healy playing electric guitar in the band since 2014, the tracking room doubles as a practice space for Tiny Ruins and other local bands, and is the same studio in which they recorded 2014’s Brightly Painted One, for which Healy was nominated for Producer of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards.

With Fullbrook at the helm and Healy producing, longtime bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alex Freer were vital sounding boards & leant their own creative flourishes toward an overall sound of confident exuberance, marrying the intricately woven poetics of Leonard Cohen, the shimmering dream-pop landscapes of Beach House or Mazzy Star, and the off-kilter experimental pop of Broadcast or John Cale.

The result is an expansive series of delightfully bold arrangements – the sound of a band so fluid, yet grounded; the hard-won trust and ease that comes with long months of touring. The burden of it taking so long was also its blessing, with no filler seeping through the bricks, nor beams blocking out the spaces. As Fullbrook says, quoting the lyrics of the somewhat sinister ‘School of Design’, “it was time to bust through the ceiling”.

Tiny Ruins will play The Sugar Club on Sunday November 3rd with tickets from €18 on sale Wednesday 24th July from 10am.

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Tiny Ruins
Nov 05

Presented by MCD

Tom Rosenthal

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Since being hailed as ‘Britain’s best unknown songwriter’ (Sabotage Times) in 2013, Tom Rosenthal has made significant movements to becoming something of a known entity.


With songs featuring a number of TV soundtracks (HBO’s Hard Knocks, Netflix’s ‘Kid Poker’, C4’s ‘Skins’), on big ad campaigns (Vodafone 2015), and a number of major film trailers including ‘Comet’ (2014), ‘Anesthesia’ (2014) and ‘The Odyssey’ (2016), Rosenthal has seen his audience grow rapidly since his last album release.


His YouTube channel, showcasing his award-winning music videos (Best Video at the European Independent Film Festival 2017), has now amassed well over 50 million views and his Spotify streams over 120 million.

“Gently epic ballads that channel Brian Wilson-esque whimsy through the mind of the classic British kook’’ The Guardian

Tom Rosenthal will play the Sugar club on Tuesday November 5th with tickets from €17.45 incl booking fee on sale Friday 29th March at 10am from Ticketmaster

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Tom Rosenthal
Nov 10

Presented by Aiken Promotions

A Gay and a Non-Gay Podcast

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THIS IS THE RESCHEDULED DATE FROM 23 JUNE. ALL TICKETS FROM 23 JUNE REMAIN VALID FOR THIS SHOW.

Gay and straight worlds collide, as unlikely friends James Barr and Dan Hudson plus special guests bring their award winning comedy podcast to Belfast – live! James (Gay) explores the “admin” behind gay sex, while Dan (NonGay) promotes his campaign for metal music fans to be recognised as a minority.

A Gay and a Non-Gay Podcast
Nov 12

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Jessica Pratt

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Aiken Promotions proudly presents Jessica Pratt live at The Sugar Club, 12th November 2019. Tickets €18.00 inclusive of booking fee, on sale now.

Jessica Pratt is not a loud performer. She does not have to be. In a club of a few hundred, even the bar staff are known to go quiet while she’s on stage. Her third album, Quiet Signs, feels like a distillation of this power.

The album leads off with ‘Opening Night’, a nod to Gena Rowlands’ harrowing, brilliant performance in the John Cassavetes film of the same name, as well as to where this spare, beautiful collection of songs falls within the course of the California artist’s career.

“On some level I considered an audience while making the last record (2015’s On Your Own Love Again),” she writes, “but my creative world was still very private then and I analysed the process less. This was the first time I approached writing with the idea of a cohesive record in mind.”

Quiet Signs is also Pratt’s first album fully recorded in a professional studio setting, her songs and guitar arrangements have been pared back to include only what is essential, while the home recorded haze of previous efforts parts to reveal the full scope of her vision.

Songs like ‘Fare Thee Well’ and ‘Poly Blue’ retain glimmers of On Your Own Love Again’s hazy day afternoon spells, yet delicate flute, string and organ arrangements and rehearsal room piano now gesture towards the lush chamber pop & longing of The Left Banke.

On the first single, ‘This Time Around’, Pratt hits on a profound, late-night clarity over just a couple of deep chords, evoking Caetano Veloso’s casual coastal brilliance. And before the curtain drops, Pratt provides a show-stopping closer, ‘Aeroplane’.

Finally at home in a plane above the illuminated city, she sings with a newfound resolve. Quiet Signs is the journey of an artist stepping out of the darkened wings, growing comfortable as a solitary figure on a sprawling stage.

The album was written in Los Angeles and recorded at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn, NY over 2017/2018. It was co-produced by Al Carlson, who contributes flute, organ and piano. Matt McDermott also played piano and string synthesizer.

Jessica Pratt
Nov 15

Presented by ChoiceCuts

Taylor McFerrin

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Taylor McFerrin is a jazz/soul/electronic musician and producer whose first recorded appearance was as a background singer on “Jubilee”, a song included on his father Bobby McFerrin‘s 1982 debut album.

Moving on 3 decades, following on from a series of singles and EPs, Taylor released his amazing debut album ‘Early Riser’ on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint in 2014.

The album featured guest appearances from Naipalm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Cesar Mariano, Marcus Gilmore and, returning a favour from 32 years prior, Bobby McFerrin.

Taylor continues to tour worldwide both as a solo act, and as a duo featuring jazz drummer prodigy Marcus Gilmore. In addition to headline shows, he has performed alongside artists such as Erykah Badu, The Roots, Nas and Talib Kweli.

Taylor’s latest musical venture sees him as part of Robert Glasper’s new jazz supergroup, R+R=Now, alongside Christian Scott, Terrace Martin, Derrick Hodge and Justin Tyson. The group released an album, “Collagically Speaking” via Blue Note Records in June 2018.

Taylor McFerrin