September 26, 2023

It’s been a week of glorious Salthill sunrises, September showers and an acceptance that we are finally welcoming autumn – albeit reluctantly.  What is certain is Galway’s continuing dedication as the ultimate venue for live music. Whether it’s a Nirvana tribute at Monroe’s, bopping to Bollywood at DNA, sashaying the night away at Club GASS at the Róisín, or enjoying the very best of local live bands with Evoke at The Skeff and Dakota at The Quays, it’s non-stop here in the city of the tribes this Friday night. Read on to find out more about what’s happening right here with our gig guide.

Monroe’s Live

11pm: Relive the Grunge Rock of Nirvana with Negative Creeps at Monroe’s Live

With a ferocious blend of screaming guitars, thunderous drums, and pulsating basslines, Negative Creeps capture the essence of Nirvana’s music, transporting audiences back to the raw, rebellious spirit of the 90s.  The Newry based three piece are looking forward to their return to the award-winning Dominick Street venue, as they are back once again to deliver the explosive live experience that honours the iconic grunge legends.

 “We always look forward to playing in Monroe’s,” says bass player with the band Patrick Campbell. The crowd is always well up for a Nirvana show and we love playing there.”

Patrick is joined by Seán McAlinden on guitar and Del McParland on drums to bring the work of the grunge rockers to life.

From searing guitar riffs to pulsating rhythms and the surge of alt-rock lyrics, this is a chance for fans old and new to revel in the nostalgia of Nirvana’s heyday.

“We all grew up listening to Nirvana and have been together as a band recreating their music for ten years,” continues Patrick.  “They made a global impact on the music scene in such a short space of time, writing classic songs which everyone loves.”

 “It’s hard to believe that next year is the 30th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s untimely death.  He was one of the best songwriters of all time and the band were the Beatles of their day.  We are delighted to play their timeless songs live on stage in Galway this September,” he concludes.

Tickets cost €13 and are available from Ticket Link to Negative Creeps

Róisín Dubh

8:30pm: Club GASS

Get ready to paint the town fabulous because Club GASS is back at the Róisín this Friday night, and it’s about to sashay its way into your heart once again! Galway’s favourite drag club night will be filled with unforgettable diva performances and spectacular hijinks. Join Kiki and the sensational Galway queens as they’re all set to steal the spotlight with their dazzling acts. From jaw-dropping lip-sync battles to mesmerising dance routines, these entertainers know how to serve up the glitz, glamour, and charisma that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.

Not only that, DJ John will be spinning the hottest tracks. The party continues upstairs to the sounds of DJ Lil’ Monica starting at 10 pm. Put on your fiercest outfit, gather your squad, and prepare to be swept away by the electrifying energy of Club GASS. Don’t miss out on this night of unadulterated fun and fabulousness.

Ticket Link to Club GASS


Doors Open 10pm: Light up the night at DNA’s Bollywood Neon Party

Galway’s premier late-night venue DNA Nightclub will host the ultimate Bollywood Neon Party this Friday, September 15th. After the resounding success of their Independence Day Bollywood special with DJ Neville, he is back once again and joins the talented DJ Tushar for a celebration of the vibrant and diverse beats of Bollywood.

From Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and more, DJs Neville and Tushar will be spinning the hottest anthems that will keep you grooving all night long. But that’s not all; get ready for an immersive experience with UV glowsticks, dazzling confetti cannons, and an array of other special effects that will transform DNA into a neon wonderland.

And if you need to change gears from bopping to Bollywood, DJ Jack Lyons will be on basement duty dropping the very best of commercial bangers, heavy hitters and old school anthems.

DNA Nightclub is renowned for its opulent ambiance and unparalleled nightlife experience. With five bars, four floors, three levels, and two outdoor terraces, it’s a playground for partygoers. The VIP Lounge, known as ‘The Attic,’ offers a luxurious escape for those aged 23 and over, making it perfect for private functions, birthdays, hen parties, and corporate events.

The Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen

10pm: Evoke followed by DJ Dave

Always a great night of classic anthems from this vibrant band, talented four-piece Evoke are set to raise the roof at the Skeff Late Bar and Kitchen. With the strum of acoustic guitars and the rhythm of the drums, this Loughrea band will set the beat thanks to their captivating mix of banjo leads, layered vocals, and harmonious melodies.

Together, they have a strong reputation for their fresh and innovative approach to music, blending various sounds and genres. Their fusion of folk roots with Motown-style rhythm and soul has earned them a growing fan base.

They are set to entertain as they storming through pop and rock classics with flair. With their energetic and engaging stage presence, they always leave a lasting impression on the crowd.

The Quays Music Hall

11pm: Dakota

Another band to emerge from the eclectic and vibrant city of the Tribes is celebrated party group Dakota. Known for their high-energy performances all over Ireland, this four-piece band delivers an electrifying mix of party hits, covering various genres from rock, pop, folk, and country.

With drums, bass, two guitars (including synth), and all four band members contributing vocals, Dakota offers a diverse range of songs and singers, creating a dynamic and engaging performance.

The band’s versatility shines through with their authentic renditions of music from every era. If you’re looking a night of floor fillers from this experienced band, look no further than Dakota at the Quays Music Hall in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter.


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