Big Country, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Tonight, from €28.50 and Mandela Hall, Belfast, Tomorrow, £22.50
Scottish rockers Big Country have chosen these shores to kick of the celebrations for their 30th anniversary.
They’ll be playing their first album The Crossing in its entirety, and also a selection of newer songs.The Lemonheads, Roisin Dubh, Galway, Monday, €22/20 and The Academy, Dublin, Tuesday, €23
The Lemonheads are heading over our way to play the whole of their fifth album It’s A Shame About Ray.
Also expect a few surprises from Evan Dando et al in the later part of the evenings (the LP is less than 30 minutes long after all).Lostprophets, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Sunday, from €24.50 and Ulster Hall, Belfast, Monday, from €23.50
Get your best hoodie at the ready — emo elders Lostprophets are heading our way this week.
Listen out for moshpit-frenzy-inducing tunes like The Fake Sound of Progress and Last Train Home.RTE Concert Orchestra with Sharon Shannon, Opera House, Cork, Monday, €25-35 and the National Concert Hall, Tuesday, €25-38
Fresh from the release of their collaborative album Flying Circus, the high queen of trad Sharon Shannon joins forces with the RTE Concert Orchestra to bring their songs to life.Professor Green, Opera House, Cork, Thursday, €29
There’s no sign of Professor Green fever abating
following the release of his second album At Your Inconvenience last October.
But it’s not just hit singles he’s gained in his ascent — he’s also stepping out with Made In Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh. Will she be keeping him company during this visit to Ireland? Keep an eye out in the wings...Ryan Adams, The Olympia, Dublin, Thursday, from €44.05
The alt-country singer/songwriter heads over to play acoustic shows, which can only result in a
breathtaking, unforgettable experience.
Don’t forget he will also play a show in Belfast next Friday, to ensure all his loyal fans are catered for.The Dandy Warhols, Vicar Street, Dublin, Wednesday, €25-38
Best known for their Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia LP, which contained signature tune Bohemian Like You, The Dandy Warhols are hitting the capital.
Keep an ear out for hits Get Off, Boys Better and Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth.Bressie, The Palace, Navan, Tonight, €15 and Dolan’s, Limerick, Wednesday, SOLD OUT and The Pavilion, Cork, Thursday, SOLD OUT
The Voice judge Bressie takes time out from his main job to go back to the reason he earned the chair in the first place.
And it’s no surprise that tickets are selling like hotcakes, given the massive rise in exposure that the former Blizzards frontman has been given.
Fans can expect to enjoy power pop delights like Breaking My Fall, Animals and Can’t Stay Young Forever — taken from his solo debut LP Colourblind Stereo — at these concerts.THE BEST OF THE REST!!Phantom Live
: The Academy, Dublin, tonight, €5.Sea Of Bees
: McHughs, Belfast, tonight, £8.50 and The Academy 2, Dublin, tomorrow, €14.50.Deaf Havana
: Speakeasy, Belfast, tomorrow, £12.50 The Academy 2, Dublin, Sunday, €16.50.Bic Runga
: The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Tuesday, from €22.90 and Opera House, Cork, Sunday, €23.50/26.Don Williams
: The Hub, Kilkenny, Thursday, from €43.Sea Sessions present Crazy P
: Roisin Dubh, Galway, tonight, FREE BUT TICKETED.Not Squares
: Roisin Dubh, Galway, tomorrow, FREE.The Mandolas
: Cyprus Avenue, Cork, tonight, €5.The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock
: Whelan’s, Dublin, tonight, €12.We Cut Corners
: Whelan’s, Dublin, Tomorrow, €10.Cashier No 9
: Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Thursday, €10.Kopek
: The Academy 2, Dublin, tonight, €6.30.Riptide Movement
: Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Tomorrow, €10.Ryan Sheridan
: The Limelight, Belfast, Wednesday, £9.50.