Get Ready Galway!
Get ready for an action-packed Friday in Galway! From award-winning investigative journalist Nicola Tallant bringing her thrilling live show, Omertà, to Monroe’s Live, to a vibrant Reggaeton extravaganza at DNA nightclub, there’s something for everyone. The Cellar promises an unforgettable night with The Good Life and Fornoth’s 4 Provinces Tour, while The Skeff will be pulsating with the energy of Evoke. At The King’s Head, Red Tape will rock the house with their powerful covers, while The Quays Music Hall will host the incredible White Water Band. And don’t miss Toucan’s captivating blend of pop, funk, and soul at The Roísín Dubh while the acoustic folk duo Niall Teague and Padriac Joyce launch their new album at An Taibhdhearc. And the mini Galway Brittany Festival is back in town. Join the excitement and make the most of your Friday evening in Galway.
7:30pm: Award Winning Investigative Journalist Nicola Tallant Brings Crime World Live Show Omertà to Monroe’s Live
Delve into the dark heart of Ireland’s criminal underworld, and the murders that shatter its sacred code, as award winning investigative journalist, Nicola Tallant, brings her new live show, Omertà, to Monroe’s Live on Friday, May 19th. Uncover the real stories, and real people, behind the grisly headlines, as Tallant reaches into the heart of Ireland’s gangland and discloses its secrets and betrayals. Through audio, video and conversation, Nicola dives into Ireland’s criminal underbelly in an informative and entertaining way, as she brings her wealth of experience to the Monroe’s Live stage. As such, Omertà is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the disruption, power and money that can lead to the ultimate betrayal, through the eyes of Ireland’s leading crime journalist, Nicola Tallant. This brand new production takes you behind the scenes to gain a deeper insight into the fascinating world of true crime and the workings of the recent Hutch-Dowdall trial that captured the nation. Tickets to Omertà, a Crime World Live Show with Nicola Tallant on Friday, May 19th cost €25 and are available from Nicola Tallant at Monroe’s Live
Reggaeton Friday with DJ Blaze Hitta
For a night of music filled to the rafters with Reggaeton, Brazilian, Spanish beats and more, head to DNA nightclub in the heart of Galway city centre. Join DJ Blaze Hitta for a spectacle of guest performances and professional dancers as the venue is transformed into a Reggaeton extravaganza. Promising an amazing party atmosphere, this is the place to shake off the week and start your weeked in style. DNA Nightclub is Galway’s premium late-night venue, located right at the heart of the city’s famous bustling nightlife. This stylish and plush club is the ideal place to party, dance and enjoy a brilliant night. With four bars, three levels, two dance floors, two outdoor terraces and a beautifully decorated, comfortable VIP Lounge named ‘The Attic’: DNA Nightclub defines the ultimate experience of Galway nightlife. Downstairs, join DJ Jack Lyons for his debut at the club as he spins the decks in the Basement!
The Good Life and 8:30pm Fornoth presents the 4 Provinces Tour
This has got to be the Good Life. Certainly, if you head to us this The Cellar this Friday evening, you will find this incredible band playing the best of rock, covers and classics with their own Good Life style. Dedicated to finding talented musicians to get you into the weekend mood, The Cellar have come up trumps with this high energy band. The Good Life fit the bill. Tune after tune, you will be singing along and dancing the night away. This band will take you from your seat to the floor with their rousing beats and energetic style. With the Good Life, the vibe is electric.
Downstairs, the metal vibe is strong as Fornoth presents the 4 Provinces Tour with the colossal metal group Grey Stag, as they headline off the back of their eminent album Call of the Mountain, with Black Shuck and Eternal Helcaraxe.
We know. We say it week in week out. 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 King’s Head
10pm: Red Tape
Red Tape will rock the King’s Head this Friday, May 19th with their powerful take on classic covers and anthems. It’s set to be a night of hard rock to the best beats, as Red Tape power through the ultimate setlist to ensure you will be on your feet and dancing. Described as Galway’s rockiest, funkiest and ‘poppiest’ band, this driving four-piece will entertain the night. As they say themselves, it’s guaranteed a night of great tunes and even greater craic.
The Quays Music Hall
11:30pm: WhiteWater Band
For two decades, the Whitewater band has been captivating audiences with their live shows, at major events, festivals, and renowned venues across Ireland and the UK. With their irresistible performances, they have become highly sought-after, particularly as a top corporate and wedding covers band in Ireland. Ed, the lead singer of the acclaimed group ‘Hurricane Highway,’ possesses an incredible stage presence, skilfully energising the crowd and ensuring a packed dancefloor. The Whitewater band stands out as a formidable force, playing the latest chart hits and delivering all your favorite tunes. Join one of Ireland’s most thrilling and dynamic bands at the Quays Music Hall this Friday night.
The Roisin Dubh
Described as ‘the brightest sound coming out of Ireland in a long, long time’ Toucan, the music project of Conor Clancy, is a captivating blend of pop, funk, and soul. With his debut single “We Fell For Miles, Toucan experienced immediate success on Spotify, garnering millions of streams and attracting a large audience in Ireland, The UK, USA, and Australia. Since the release of his debut EP, Toucan’s momentum has skyrocketed. He had the privilege of performing at Other Voices 2018, delivering sold-out shows across Ireland and London, and serving as a special guest for Nile Rodgers & CHIC in Dublin, as well as playing a supporting set at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The summer of 2019 saw Toucan’s electrifying presence at prominent festivals like Knockanstockan, Kaleidoscope, Love Sensation, and Electric Picnic, where a review by Hot Press described his performance as a “triumphant debut”. The momentum continued with a New York show at Mondo Music Conference, a successful UK and Ireland tour, appearances at the Cork International Jazz Festival and Coughlan’s Live Festival, the release of a second EP, and a sold-out concert at The Academy in Dublin. For tickets click here: Ticket Link Here for Toucan at the Roisin Dubh
2023 Galway Brittany Festival
Festival to celebrate the twinned regions of Galway and Brittany
The bond between Galway and Brittany is strong; having been formalised over forty five years ago with the twinning of Galway and Lorient. Galway Brittany Fest showcases and celebrates the strong connections between these two beautiful places.
2023 Galway Brittany Festival highlights
9pm: Traditional music played at the Claddagh Basin on one of the Claddagh boats
10pm: Strangely Familiar: Outdoor Photo Exhibition of Lorient, The Claddagh Basin
The annual INTERCELTIQUE festival takes place in the heart of the city of Lorient every August. Participants come from Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, Cumbria, the Isle of Man, Cape Breton Island, Galicia, Asturias, Acadia, and the entire Celtic diaspora. Galway Photographer Steve Scott was invited to represent Ireland with his solo photographic exposition, and while he was there he wanted to capture with his camera the traditional costumes that had been worn by the various participants.
Breton Flavors in Rouge
Rouge, 38 Dominic Street Lower.
Some Breton flavors will be added to the menu of Rouge together with some Breton atmosphere.
8pm: Niall Teague & Pádraic Joyce
Formidable Galway-based folk duo Niall Teague and Padraic Joyce launch their new album ‘What Will We Be’ on Friday 19th May live in An Taibhdhearc. This latest offering turns over new ground in folk, Americana and acoustic music with the best of past and present folk and traditional songwriting at its core.
‘What Will We Be’ is a perfect follow up to the duo’s successful 2020 album, ‘Taobh le Taobh’ as well as their recent successes at the Pan Celtic and Oireachtas Song Contests, both of which Teague and Joyce to record their new album which represents many years of their artistic development. The reception of ‘What Will We Be’ has been very positive, with it being listed in the Irish Top 20 Download Charts.
The album Features Niall and Padraic on commanding vocals, exquisite harmonies, and well married acoustic guitars, Maidhc O’hÉanaigh on double bass and a deft Neil Fitzgibbon on fiddle. Their catchy title track ‘What Will We Be’ features contributions from percussion wizard Jim Higgins (The Stunning, Christy Moore, Paul Brady ) and haunting, driving melodies on vocals, guitar, and fiddle.