December 1, 2023

Galway is buzzing with exciting events this Friday May 5th, and there is something for everyone! Head over to Monroe’s Live to experience the electrifying sounds of Columbia Mills.  If you’re in the mood for drag, check out Club GASS at Róisín Dubh, or enjoy a night of laughs with Emma Doran’s debut stand-up show ‘Mad, Isn’t It’ at Town Hall Theatre. Those who love live music can head to The Skeff to catch Evoke, followed by DJ Dave G, or check out Footloose, the party band, at The Quays Music Hall. For a traditional twist on classic tunes, catch Billy and the Kids at The Cellar Bar. Don’t miss out on these fantastic events in Galway!

Monroe’s Live

8pm: Electrifying Indie-Rock Band Columbia Mills to Perform at Monroe’s Live

With comparisons to the National and Joy Division, Irish indie-rock band Columbia Mills are storming ahead with their fusion of electronica, dance and pop. Having performed across Ireland and the UK, and on the festival arena at Indiependence, Longitude, and Electric Picnic, the dynamic group will bring their signature sound to Monroe’s Live on Friday, May 5th at 8pm. 

Their critically acclaimed latest album ‘Heart of a Nation’ has the driving drum beats, rhythmic guitar riffs and raw honest lyrics the band are renowned for. Described as a post-punk band with an electronic heartbeat, the fusion of members from Bray, Meath and Dublin formed in 2014, adopting the moniker of the long-gone club ‘Columbia Mills’ in Dublin’s docklands.

Don’t miss your chance to see this powerful performance by Columbia Mills at the award-winning Monroe’s Live on Dominick Street on Friday, May 5th.  Tickets cost €14 and are available from

Róisín Dubh

8:30pm:  Club GASS

Club GASS is back for Galway’s favourite drag club night. Join Kiki and the Galway queens as they tear up the Róisín Dubh stage with their striking diva performances and spectacular hijinks. Resident DJ John joins the queens on stage while upstairs, dance it out together with DJ Lil’ Monica from 10pm. Tickets to Club Gass at the Roisin Dubh

Town Hall Theatre

Róisín Dubh Comedy present:

8pm: Emma Doran: Mad, Isn’t It

Described as one of the hottest young stars in Irish comedy, Emma Doran is making waves on the circuit after amassing a strong following on social media.  Renowned for her quips and witty observations on her life experience, Emma shares her life through the screen. Now, fans of the witty “mother, comedian and chancer” have the opportunity to catch her in real time on Galway soil as she takes her solo stand-up show, Mad, Isn’t It, to the Town Hall Theatre this Friday.

Starting at the age of 9 with a jealousy for the famous Billy Barry kids that led her to perform at the Ha’penny bridge Inn, Emma, has since gone on to appear on the popular Bridget and Eamonn, Republic of Telly and Callans Kicks. Most recently Emma was part of the fab five that made up RTE sketch show No Worries If Not. Emma confirmed her spot on the national broadcaster after achieving huge success with her online comedy sketches.

Mad, Isn’t It is the debut solo stand-up show from Emma Doran with some of your favourite characters from her social media. It’s a brilliant reflection on how one minute she was an 18-year-old stumbling off the waltzers in Courtown, and now she’s hurtling through her late thirties with a 19-year-old daughter and two other kids.

Ticket Link to Emma Doran at the Town Hall Theatre

The Skeff

10pm: Evoke followed by DJ Dave G

If you have ever been to an Evoke gig, you will have felt the passion and energy emanating from every corner of the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen.  This upbeat band bring the rhythm, maintaining a fast pace with their dynamic covers, that keeps the crowd wanting for more. Delivering music from a range of decades and genres, the set list ties in seamlessly, building to a crescendo that has the audience on their feet. Expect to find a vibrant and bustling experience, as Evoke bring their unique twist on classic covers, rock anthems and more with gusto. It’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.

The Quays Music Hall

11pm: Footloose

Party band Footloose are set to shine at the Quays Music Hall this Friday night.  A Galway staple, the reviews for this dynamic and flawless cover band speak for themselves. Described as one of the city’s “best bands” their rousing renditions of classic hits and rock anthems have secured their place as one of the city’s most beloved cover groups. Their ability to deliver back to back tunes with flair and panache is the reason so many return to see Footloose in action time and time again.  Don’t miss your chance to catch Footloose in the heart of the Latin Quarter at the ever popular Quays Music Hall.

The Cellar

Live Music with Billy and the Kids

For a traditional twist on classic tunes, discover Galway based band Billy and the Kids tonight at The Cellar Bar on Eglinton Street.  These talented musicians deliver their acoustic sound with flair, bringing the best of folk and rock to the popular venue.  It’s set to be a toe-tapping night of music and song with audience interaction at the fore.  Expect an up tempo, boisterous evening of rousing melodies and crowd-pleasing covers. The Cellar is the place to be for food, fun and festivities.  Known for free live music every weekend, The Cellar gastropub at 12 Eglinton Street is the home of delicious dishes, fine cocktails, and the best of home-grown talent. Not only that, but this cosy pub is located just off Eyre Square, ensuring it is always bustling with locals and visitors alike. Offering a warm welcome every time, The Cellar continues to delight with high end service, cuisine, and craic.

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