September 26, 2023

Get ready to immerse yourself in a Friday filled with the enchanting sounds of traditional Irish music, eclectic genres, and high-energy performances. On July 7th, Galway comes alive with an array of live music events. From the authentic Irish music sessions at Monroe’s Tavern to the fresh sounds of Siúcra and Monotypes at the Róisín Dubh, and the dynamic performances by Dakota at The Quays Live Music Hall, there’s something for everyone. Explore the diverse line-up of talented musicians and the venues that make Galway a hub of music and culture. Get ready to tap your feet, sway to the rhythms, and let the music transport you on a memorable journey through Galway’s thriving live scene.

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Monroe’s Tavern:

4:30pm: The West Sessions

Experience the vibrant spirit of traditional Irish music at Monroe’s with The West Sessions where Friday afternoons come alive with an authentic Irish music session. Step into this cosy pub and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage that Galway is renowned for, as talented musicians gather to create a captivating atmosphere.

Every Friday afternoon, Monroe’s becomes a haven for traditional Irish music enthusiasts. The air is filled with the enchanting melodies of fiddles, flutes, tin whistles, accordions, bodhráns, and other traditional instruments. Musicians from near and far, both seasoned professionals and passionate amateurs, come together to share their love for Irish music and create a truly uplifting experience.

The session embraces the spontaneous nature of Irish music, with musicians taking turns leading and joining in, fostering a sense of camaraderie and musical exploration. Join fellow music lovers, tap your feet to the rhythms, and let the tunes transport you. It’s an afternoon filled with the authenticity that only a traditional Irish music session can offer.

Róisín Dubh:

8pm: Siúcra

Having released their debut single, ‘Travellin’ Song’ earlier this year, Siúcra are set to bring their eclectic brand of music to the Róisín Dubh this Friday, July 7.  Describing themselves as “four friends and music fans, whose passion is to play our favourite songs to anyone that’ll listen”, this five piece bring the introspective magic of Stevie Nicks and a touch of Irish trad to create a fresh new sound.

Together, they are a fusion of their range of influences, from BB King to Britney Spears. The emerging result is a wave of new music, inspired by acts such as Wings and Cream, NewDad and Mazzy Star. This Friday, these rising stars on the music scene will play tracks from their upcoming EP. And they will be supported on the night by Maximum Homosapien. Tickets can be purchased at the link here: Ticket Link to Siúcra at the Róisín Dubh

Midnight: Strange Brew present: Monotypes.

Galway based band, Monotypes, will bring loud and raucous alt-rock to the Róisín Dubh this Friday night and early into Saturday morning. With Donny on vocals, Tristus Boyd on guitar and vocals, Owen Guillot on bass guitar and Cal Jackman on drums, they are set to gig at the iconic venue following the release of their highly anticipated first EP titled ‘Hate Citing the Silent Films’. Their live show packs a punch, taking you from angelic harmonies and guitar melodies to heavy hard rock intensity with seamless musicianship and an emo grunge edge.

The Quays Live Music Hall:

11pm: Dakota

As one of Galway’s premier party and wedding bands, Dakota is renowned for their high-energy performances that have captivated audiences all across Ireland. Based in Galway, this four-piece band delivers an exhilarating blend of rock, pop, folk, and country hits that will keep you dancing all night long.

Featuring drums, bass, two guitars (including synth), and all four band members lending their vocal talents, Dakota offers a diverse repertoire of songs and singers, ensuring a dynamic and immersive experience for everyone. Their versatility shines through in their authentic renditions of music from every era, a testament to their extensive set list.

For a night filled with irresistible tunes and an experienced band that knows how to get the crowd moving, look no further than Dakota at the Quays Music Hall. Located in the heart of Galway’s vibrant Latin Quarter, this is the ultimate destination for an unforgettable evening of floor fillers.

The Cellar:

8:30pm: Fused Ion presents Live from The Cellar

This Friday at The Cellar on Eglinton Street, join Fused Ion as they present music from Screamh, String Cut Puppets and Mammoth Head. This is set to be a night of raw energy, distorted guitars, angst-filled lyrics, and a dark and rebellious attitude as three original alt-bands take to the stage for a live recording.

Live and loud, Screamh are a Galway-based four piece who put the punk into hard rock with a visceral sound and emotionally charged dynamism. With the talented Liath O’Connor on vocals, Ruaidhrí Grassi on guitar and vocals, Aidan McDonagh on drums and Meret on bass, expect a hard hitting showcase of stomping original anthems.

Currently working on their new album, Derry based String Cut Puppets are raucous and raw, delivering original alt tracks with power and a hard edge, while Mammoth Head are an atmospheric rock metal band with soul. With Juan Pablo, Alan Casey and Lucas Lourenco, Mammoth Head’s new single, ‘Keep ‘Em Coming’ is out this Friday, July 7th to coincide with this unmissable gig at The Cellar.

The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen:

10pm: Small Fish band

With Tony Forest and Luke Nesbitt on vocals and guitars, Stevey Cullen on bass and Bobo on drums, The Small Fish band  are set to rock the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen this Friday night. It’s time to give a warm Galway céad míle fáilte to the band who are playing in Galway for the first time. Not only that, but it’s drummer Bobo’s birthday! Join the alt-rock band from Tipperary in this double celebration at the bustling venue in the heart of Eyre Square.  Playing a host of originals and their own take on classic covers, the Small Fish band have echoes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and even Metallica and Jimi Hendrix. This unique four-piece formed in 2015 and bring a fresh new sound to the alt scene in Ireland.  It’s a nod to 1990s Seattle grunge rock as they deliver an eclectic mix with panache. Don’t miss your chance to support the Tipperary group in Galway this Friday night at the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen.


11pm: Urban Friday

Mayfair are back at Galway’s plush late night venue, DNA, for another club thumping Urban Friday featuring DJ Ahmed, DJ Jesse and MC Sika⁠. Expect nothing but the best of hip hop, afrobeats and amapiano. Not only that, but DJ KM will rock the The Basement with commercial hits, throwbacks and cheese.

Step into the electrifying atmosphere at DNA, where the pulsating rhythms will have you moving and shaking until the early hours. This is the go-to destination for urban music enthusiasts. With top DJs at the decks, be immersed in a sonic journey that blends the latest chart-toppers, underground hits, and timeless classics over two floors.

The club’s energetic ambiance, state-of-the-art sound system, and vibrant lighting create the perfect backdrop for an urban music experience. The dance floor becomes a melting pot of energy, as the thumping basslines, captivating melodies, and irresistible rhythms take control.

Seven on Bridge Street:

4 Mile Circus Band

From Led Zeppelin, to Talking Heads and Gloria Gaynor, Galway band 4 Mile Circus are ready to provide the perfect soundtrack to Friday night at Seven on Bridge Street. Having spent the last few years establishing themselves as one of the country’s most electrifying live acts, this dynamic party band specialises in classic retro disco hits that are guaranteed to have you on the floor and dancing. Fantastically fun and furiously funky, they understand how important music is.

4 Mile Circus is comprised of some of Galway’s most seasoned musicians and is led by show-stopping frontman Steven Sharpe. Lauded for his charismatic stage presence and virtuosic vocal abilities, Steven has all the skills when it comes to wowing crowds. He and his well-dressed ensemble have over fifty years of combined performing experience, and they put their heart and soul into every note until the very last song.

The King’s Head:

10:30pm: Red Tape

Red Tape will rock the King’s Head this Friday night with their rousing, raw and edgy 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 through at the historic King’s Head in the heart of Galway city.

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