September 27, 2023

Galway is rocking to the beat of original and cover artists this Saturday night with a feast of live entertainment across the city. Check our our listings below for a rundown of what’s happening in this vibrant, colourful and eclectic city of the tribes. 

Monroe’s Live

8pm: We Are Scientists

With strong 1980s synth pop tones, We Are Scientists are continuing to scale new heights with the release of their latest album ‘Lobes’.  For two decades, the American indie-rock band, who originated in Berkeley, California have brought their introspective and catchy lyricism to the masses, with a peppering of humour for good measure. 

And now they will bring their latest work and classic hits to Monroe’s Live on Saturday, August 5th at 8pm. From high powered dance rock to funky guitar rhythms, We Are Scientists continue to create feel good, free spirited, tracks.  Their carefree edge has endeared them to the masses, since vocalist Keith Murray, bassist Chris Cain and drummer Keith Carne burst onto the scene with the release of their debut album, Love and Squalor in 2005.

Support from Sick Love:

Support on the night is from four-piece high energy rock band, Sick Love, who garnered a strong following when their single ‘Gun In Your Pocket’ was featured on the hit TV Show ‘The Young Offenders’. This emerging band have toured across Ireland and the UK selling out headliners thanks to their no-holds-barred approach.

Described as one of the best acts on the Irish music scene at the moment, and fronted by the already iconic Rebecca Geary, Sick Love are back with their raucous sound and fearless lyrics.

Catch the dynamic musicality of We Are Scientists at Monroe’s Live, with support from Sick Love, on Saturday August 5th at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available from Ticket Link to We Are Scientists

Róisín Dubh

8pm: Wild Youth

No doubt a band currently in the midst of a stratospheric ascendance, Wild Youth have exploded onto the scene with their infinitely catchy and buoyant brand of indie-pop. Homegrown, humble fun is the main preoccupation of the Irish quartet – comprised of lead vocalist David Whelan, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Conor O’Donohoe, lead guitarist Ed Porter and drummer Callum McAdam – whose collective self-assured swagger has caught eyes and ears everywhere.

And their far-reaching influences are evident: from the kinetic funk- tinged arrangements of Prince, to the boundary-pushing angst of The Walkmen and Tame Impala’s hypnotic psych-pop – a melting pot of innovative sounds run through their tracks. And undeniably, their prowess lies in their live showmanship, a commitment to spectacle, energy, and good, good times.

Already making a major impact across streaming services, the band have also shared the stage with and supported the likes of Mumford and Sons, Niall Horan, The Script, and Zara Larsson on arena-sized shows, also attracting huge crowds to their festival slots across Ireland and the UK – even playing the likes of the Royal Albert Hall and selling out shows in Dublin’s legendary Olympia Theatre. Ticket Link to Wild Youth at the Roisin Dubh

The King’s Head

10:30pm: Tightrope

Galway band Tightrope are renowned across the city for their fun take on pop and rock classics. This experienced cover band can take you from Foster and Allen to ACDC with style.  Their ability to diversify is what makes them a standout band on the music scene, delivering party hits from Funky Music by Wild Cherry to Hey Ya by Outkast, Digital Love by Daft Punk to Mr Brightside by The Killers.

This versatile repertoire is what engages the band with their audience, as they play crowd-pleasers with flair. These five highly skilled musicians take their audiences on a musical journey through the decades with seamless transitions and clever medleys.

Their charismatic stage presence have made them the go-to band for anyone seeking a night filled with fantastic music. In a city renowned for its artistic spirit and love for music, Tightrope has found their footing and confidently walk the tightrope between paying homage to beloved classics and infusing each performance with their authentic style.

The Cellar Bar


Another staple to emerge from the Galway music landscape, Footloose continue to enthrall as a party band, playing much loved pop and rock hits from across the decades. The band’s repertoire is a carefully curated selection of dance floor fillers, ranging from classic funk and disco hits to contemporary pop and rock anthems. Get ready to dance, sing, and revel in the sound of these Galway stalwards. This fun, lively and professional band ensure a great night out is guaranteed, as the strong vocals of lead singer Liz will raise the roof of The Cellar bar on Eglinton Street this Saturday night. Always willing to go above and beyond, the reviews for Footloose speak for themselves.

The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen

9pm: Tobi Kaye

Describing himself as “Marvyn Gaye if he sang weird pop tunes”, Galway’s Tobi Kaye is set to perform tonight at The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen in the heart of Eyre Square. A regular at the bustling venue, Kaye writes original music, having played since he was 4-years-old. The singer-songwriter released his single ‘Another Love Song’ earlier this year to critical acclaim.  An artist with a vision, Kaye’s versatility is such that he channels the lyrical soundscapes of the likes of Coldplay and Sam Smith, with a searing emotional intensity and overtones of blues, rock and gospel influences. Kaye also gives classic songs his unique twist ensuring his audience is always calling for more.  Renowned for his work ethic, this rising star came to prominence following his appearance on ‘The Voice UK’ and has been busy behind the scenes, writing, and recording alongside his regular Galway gig appearances. Don’t miss your chance to catch Galway’s answer to Marvyn Gaye this Saturday night at the Skeff.

Seven on Bridge Street

Converse AllStars:

For the best of rock, blues and funk, the Converse Allstars are an alternative covers band with soul. With a wealth of experience gigging at venues across Ireland, this talented five-piece bring the alt to the party scene. Covering artists such as James Brown, Vampire Weekend, Tom Waits, Led Zeppelin, The Smyths, these professional musicians are passionate about music with heart. From Kiss by Prince to James Brown’s Get Up, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison to I’m a Believer by The Monkees, they want to play the music they love without compromise.  With rousing electric guitar riffs and driving drum beats, this is one of Ireland’s best alternative party bands. Join the Converse Allstars this Friday night at Seven on Bridge Street.

The Quays Music Hall

The Unusual Suspects:

Waterford based band, The Unusual Suspects are an energetic, fun group that are no strangers to the stage, both big and small. The Suspects are known as one of Irelands top touring bands. With a high octane fusion of music genres and the addition of thundering brass, they cater for all ears of all ages and leave audiences wanting. With hundreds of gigs under their belts here at home and further afield, they also landed themselves No.7 in the Irish Charts in 2013 with their version of Bruce Springsteens ‘The River’. You can be sure to have a great night in the very capable hands of The Unusual Suspects this Saturday night at the Quays Music Hall.

DNA Nighclub

Doors 10pm: We Love Saturday

It’s We Love Saturday at DNA with DJ KM and Philip Ryan bringing the best of pop hits, remixes and old school dance anthems. Celebrate the ultimate love for weekends with this electrifying event, and be swept off your feet as the dynamic duo, DJ KM and Philip Ryan, curate euphoric beats and pulsating rhythms that will have you dancing until the early morning. With a state-of-the-art sound system that elevates the club night experience to another level, DNA’s We Love Saturday event is fast establishing itself as a ‘go-to’ on the Galway nightlife calendar. . Expect the heaviest of dance music to the cheesiest of party hits. And there’s a VIP Lounge open all night with in house, handcrafted cocktails from their Race Week 2023 menu.

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