What’s on in Galway This Weekend
Your Weekend Galway City Gig Guide from Friday Sep 2nd to Sunday 4th
Oh lads! It’s September. And what a way to start the month than with the SiG Galway city gig guide. If you are not one of the 70,000 plus at Electric Picnic this weekend, then fear not. The festival atmosphere continues in the city of the tribes. We’ve hit the city hotspots for the low down on what’s happening this weekend. Read on to discover what’s on offer in Galway’s Westend and the Latin Quarter
Friday Sept 2nd
8pm: The Galway Street Club: Like the city itself, the Galway Street Club is a vibrant mix of local and international musicians. Expect an energetic mix of blues, rock, trad, ska, folk and Americana vibes. Formed on the streets of the city, this band gig to happy audiences across the globe. Now, they are back to their birth place of Galway at the famous Róisín Dubh stage.
4:30pm: The West Sessions: What can we say about The West Sessions at Monroe’s Tavern ? It’s as though words can’t capture this lively trad session. As the music spills out into the streets, onlookers stop and are swept away by the melody of traditional Irish music and song. From the slow and lyrical to the lively and upbeat, expect the unexpected. And you may come across world renowned musicians, such as Sharon Shannon, on their home turf performing with talented friends. Not only that, but it’s absolutely free.
10pm: The Good Life: This has got to be the Good Life. Certainly, if you head to Monroe’s Tavern this Friday, you will find the resident band in situ playing the best of rock, covers and classics with their own inimitable flair. Ultimately, the team at Monroe’s Tavern know how to select the best bands to get you into the weekend mood. Here, you can sit back and enjoy the tunes from the stage. But be warned, you may end up on the dance floor in front of the band, as you are swept away by the beat. Join the Good Life this Friday and it’s absolutely free.
11pm: The Red Hot Copy Peppers: The Red Hot Copy Peppers are the definitive tribute band. Fans of the original Red Hot Chilli Peppers are guaranteed a rocking night out. With a strong stage presence and dedication to their craft, what better way to dream of Californication this Friday. And you can find this all upstairs at Monroe’s Live. Tickets €10 + booking fee.
11pm: Urban Fridays: The award winning Monroe’s Live venue is renowned for bringing a feast of different genres of music to the stage. While the Red Hot Copy Peppers are storming ahead on the main stage, the backstage area moves to a different beat. This Friday, Join DJ BlazeHitta and DJ Ozz G for a night of afrobeat and hip hop, Spanish, Brazilian and Reggaeton.
Saturday Sept 3rd
The King’s Head:
11pm: Pyramid: A weekend in Galway couldn’t be complete without a few tunes by the legendary Pyramid. A staple on the music circuit in the city, Pyramid bring their experience and love for live music to the stage at the historic King’s Head in the Latin Quarter. With old school tunes and modern covers, this band are set to have you on your feet this Saturday night.
8pm: Club GASS: It’s the return of Galway’s famous drag club night at the Róisin Dubh. Think wild, think crazy, and you are in for a night of pure entertainment. This Saturday, Kiki and the Galway Queens are set to bring colour to the stage. With fabulous costumes and witty one liners, dance the night away in the company of DJ John downstairs and DJ Monica upstairs from 10pm. Always packed to the rafters, it’s set to be another night to remember. Furthermore, they have lip syncing and rousing routines galore. As a result, Club Gass sets the scene for a fantastic Saturday night out.
10pm: Feedback: Ollie Keogh and the crew of Feedback will take to the stage at Monroe’s Tavern this Saturday night. Always guaranteed to have you up on your feet, Feedback will take you from Aslan to Tina Turner in style with their take on the very best of covers and classics. Essentially, Monroe’s Tavern is the friendly local with a fiery side. Here, you can pop in for a pint and stay for a night of song, socialising and craic. And it’s free.
11pm: Weightless Astronauts: This stylish four piece band bring the house down time and time again with their non-stop party hits. A favourite on the Irish music landscape, the Weightless Astronauts play a different set each time from their extensive repertoire. Don’t let your Saturday go without a night of top hits at Monroe’s Live. Here, the atmosphere is always electric, taking you through the weekend with their timeless tunes. Additionally, there’s free entry before midnight. €10 afterwards.
11pm: Flashback: Here at the Scene in Galway, we love a bit of retro. Consequently, Flashback is a bit of us, bringing the best from the 80s and 90s to the backstage bar. Join DJ Flako for a nostalgic step back in time. At the end of the day, this is the appeal of Monroe’s Live. At this one stop venue, you can step into the mainstage for the best of live, then step around to the backstage bar for a twist to a different beat. It’s up to you. The night is yours.
Sunday Sept 4th
1pm-3pm: The Galway Bay Jazz Band: What better way to swing, jive and jump into Sunday than with the Galway Bay Jazz Band. In essence, this high rhythm, energetic band are a guaranteed floor filler. Here, you can fly to the moon and back as the riff of the sax, the high notes of the trumpet and the beat of the drums take you to a time when popular jazz classics topped the charts. The Sunday lunch crew find themselves on their feet and partner dancing as this traditional Irish bar and lounge is transformed into a speakeasy from a different era. Enjoy two hours of top class free live music at Monroe’s Tavern. It’s bound to set your toes tapping and your heart thumping.
8pm: Donohue: Galway’s Tom O’ Donohue returns to his native city for this landmark first ever Irish gig. The 19-year-old was born with a love for music. Inspired by the R n’ B genre, he is now based in the UK where he pursues his passion. This talented multi instrumentalist has an extensive back catalogue thanks to his dedication to his career. From a studio in his attic at home to the AO arena in Manchester, this budding artist is set to go from strength to strength. Expect soul and pop with strong R n’ B vibes and catch this Galway great at the beginning of his international career.
The King’s Head:
9pm: Pyramid: Galway’s all time favourite band Pyramid are back this Sunday at the King’s Head. The olde world vibes at this historic venue in the heart of the Latin Quarter are transformed into a hub for dancing and craic. From classic covers to modern hits, Pyramid are note perfect as they deliver a seasoned and professional performance. The weekend may be coming to a close, but the party continues with this engaging showcase of popular tunes. With special guest Bernard “Keep on Rockin” Naughton on bass. Bernard, is not only well known in county circles, but is known nationally as well.🤘😎🤘
11pm: John Conneely: If you are in Galway this weekend, make sure you stay for the incredible John Conneely and co. His hard edged bass tones are unique to the Galway scene and he is a true musical craftsman. From swing to soul, this is musicianship at it’s finest. With a talented supporting team, including the vocal might of the amazing Barbara Vulso, John Conneely Inc is a rhythmic succession of well known tunes, delivered with a jazzy vibe. Whether it’s slow and sultry or fast paced and upbeat, this set is a treat. With a strong following who arrive at the Róisín Dubh week after week for this late night jam, let John Conneely and co take you away from the Monday blues.