Don’t miss out on live music events in Galway this Friday, June 23rd! Experience the energetic performance of New Zealand’s The Chills at the Róisín Dubh, enjoy a night of classic anthems with the Evoke flair at the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen and dance the night away with Ireland’s leading DJs at DNA nightclub. It’s all happening and more right here in Galway city. The scene is rocking.
8pm: The Chills
Following the release of landmark albums ‘Scatterbrain’ (2021) and ‘Snow Bound’ (2018), the Dunedin songsmiths from New Zealand, The Chills, fronted by the enigmatic Martin Phillipps will perform music from their new albums for the first time since their release. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “what a living legend looks and sounds like” Phillipps’ turn of phrase is pure pop music, viewed from the perspective of a man understanding his own mortality. After four decades in the industry, this is the night to experience the legacy that is The Chills and Martin Phillips.
Their work is a mature and honest reflection on life, destiny and the fate of our times delivered in beautiful melodies from one of today’s great modern songwriters.
12am: Strange Brew presents: Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes with support from Yawning Chasm
Combining modern folk stylings with an indie rock heart that weaves between the tender and the uplifting, Pearse McGloughlin has been honing his song writing craft since before his debut record ‘Busy Whisper’ appeared in 2009. His writing speaks to the personal and the nostalgic, with his latest work and his sixth studio album – Keg- providing an upbeat melting pot of personal experiences. It is a fusion of drum machines, grief, media overwhelm, quiet country roads and giddy highs.
Pearse has provided soundtracks and music for film, his work has featured in the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and in commercial advertising. Described as “captivating, elegant and nuanced”, this album is a multi-layered collection that delves into the “rag and bone of the psyche”.
The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen
10pm: Evoke followed by DJ Dave G
Experience the passion and energy of Evoke at the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen this Friday night. This lively band create an electric atmosphere, bringing an upbeat and invigorating rhythm to the stage. Together, they captivate the crowd with their dynamic covers, delivering a diverse range of music from various decades and genres. Their carefully curated set list flows seamlessly, building up to an unforgettable crescendo that will have you on your feet.
Whether it’s rock anthems or timeless classics, Evoke’s unique twist on these familiar tunes adds a new dimension. With a bustling atmosphere, Evoke know how to entertain and engage the crowd. Their performances are guaranteed to create a night to remember. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness Evoke’s exceptional talent at the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen.the
10pm doors open: Ultraviolet Glow Party with DJ EC and DJ Jesse in the Basement
With tickets in high demand, this Friday’s Ultraviolet Glow Party at DNA celebrates the end of exams with the ultimate glow experience. Be prepared for UV glasses, paint, cannons and so much more as the confetti blasters rock the house to the tunes of Ireland’s best DJs. The atmosphere will be electric as DJ EC spins the decks with the top club anthems at this full festival production.
Not only that, but the Basement will be hopping with DJ Jesse’s urban grind, showcasing hip hop, R n’B and more from the international, multi-genre maestro. Fresh from his set at Longitude, DJ Jesse brings the beats with that world class vibe.
4:30pm: West Sessions Trad Music
This cosy venue on the corner of Dominick Street comes alive to the sound of traditional Irish music every Friday afternoon from 4:30pm. As the music spills out on to the streets, the beat of the bodhran echoes the call of the fiddles and the strum of guitars as the West Sessions celebrates the very best of Irish culture and song. And you never know who will take their seat at the session, from the world renowned Sharon Shannon to the venue’s very own Gary Monroe. It’s a toe-tapping celebration of Irish music at it’s finest.