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The Grand Social

The Grand Social

The Grand Social

35 Lower Liffey Street,
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Wednesday 24th April - Devlin

Devlin returns to Dublin for headline show at the Grand Social "If being an outcast means to live on the fringes, refusing to follow the herd, Devlin might be the definition of the word. The mercurial MC, 15 years into a career that’s spanned gold-selling albums and Top 10 hits without straying from his underground roots, has never been interested in trends, a fact underlined on his take-no-prisoners grime riot of a new record.

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  • “I called it The Outcast ‘cos I just do me. I’ve never really been ‘in’ or part of something bigger than myself. I’m not like anything else out there. I play by my own rules. It’s not me to be a sheep,”. The album is made up of 13 breathless tracks long, it’s a lean, mean musical Molotov cocktail that, after the emotional purge of 2017’s acclaimed The Devil In, sees the 29-year-old returns to the punishing high-velocity flows and menacing beats of his early days.

    “No glitz, no glamour, just venomous lyrics and dirty beats made in a dark, smoky room, just getting in the booth and doing what needs to be done,” the Dagenham master grins. Follow the herd? Devlin has spent his decade and a half in the game leading it.

    Devlin will play the Grand Social on Wednesday 24th April with tickets from €16.45 incl. booking fee on sale now from Ticketmaster

    Strictly over 18’s

Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €16.45 - Get Tickets
Thursday 25th April - Paisley Presents: The Underground Youth

Paisley Promotions are delighted to announce the return of The Underground Youth after last year's blistering Irish debut
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €13.19 - Get Tickets

Friday 26th April - Old Hannah - Borealis Album Launch - Dublin

Old Hannah will mark the release of their debut album 'Borealis' with a Dublin launch gig in The Grand Social on Friday 26h April. Quite the departure from their early work, this album marks an important transition in Old Hannah's form. It sees them expand their creativity and appeal far beyond the bounds of the Irish and North American folk and country traditions that coloured their early work. Their highly anticipated album "Borealis" is a glowing critique of what’s achievable with a strong background of traditional instrumentation, accomplished songwriting, and the will and ability to bring that foundation to a whole other place.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €13.19 - Get Tickets

Saturday 27th April - Loyle Carner - SOLD OUT

New single ‘Ottolenghi’ is named after, and loosely inspired by, the pioneering chef Yotam Ottolenghi. The song came to life when Loyle was quizzed by a family on a commuter train about the “Bible” he was reading, which was in fact the aforementioned chef’s cookbook ‘Jerusalem’.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: SOLD OUT

Saturday 27th April - Grand Social Saturdays

Grand Social Saturdays is proud to present RobbieG & Friends. We will have 7 of Dublin's best DJ's spinning the very best of House Music all night long !
DJ's on the Night - RobbieG | Derek Healy | Sean Sutcliffe | Conor Thompson | Bob Courtney | Daryl Ellis | Jordan Doody - Doors 10:30pm - Strictly Over 18s
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 10.30pm 3am  Admission: €12 before 11pm

Sunday 28th April - HENGE


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  • 'Attention Earth!' Album Reviews

    Louder Than War - 5* - “Henge have reinvented space rock for the 21st century… five stars” - https://louderthanwar.com/henge-attention-earth-album-review-21st-century-space-rock/

    Buzz Magazine - 4/5 - “surely the first of many brilliant, eccentric outings” - OCT ISSUE, SEE CLIPPING http://www.buzzmag.co.uk/music/albums-october-reviews/

    The Cheshire Chronicle - “it’s music like you’ve never heard before… instantly likeable”- 18 OCT, SEE CLIPPING

    The Grey Lantern - 7/10 - “. Its melodies and hooks will burrow deep into your brain and have you long repeating its cosmic mantras. Maybe one day in future, people will ask “Where were you the day Henge landed?”” - https://thegreylantern.com/henge-attention-earth/

    On: Yorkshire Magazine - 8/10 - “Henge are like your great aunt Mildred: Mad as a box of frogs, but fun and with interesting stuff to say” - https://www.on-magazine.co.uk/arts/music/album-reviews/attention-earth-ep-henge/

    PROG Magazine (Nov Issue) - “Any band that play shows dressed as alien aristocrats replete with masks, headresses and chaos are alright by us… welcome them to your planet with open arms”

    Review Corner - https://reviewcorner.org/2018/10/31/henge-attention-earth/

    Listen with Monger - https://listenwithmonger.blogspot.com/2018/11/henge-album-review.html

    The Meteor - https://www.themeteor.org/2018/10/20/henge-attention-earth-album-review/

    Single Review

    The Grey Lantern - Single Review - https://thegreylantern.com/henge-have-landed-new-single-indigo-dust/

Venue: The Ballroom  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €8 - Get Tickets
Monday 29th April - STELLA DONNELLY

Donnelly’s voice soars through the chorus, bright, powerful but brittle, tired and husky too, the vibrato spinning slightly off-kilter. An astonishing contrast.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €15.62 - Get Tickets

Tuesday 30th April - Jazz Jam - Tuesday's

Join us every Tuesday for the explosive Jazz Jam. Each week we have some of the hottest jazz players in the country get together and go off like a firecracker on the 4th of July. Become one of the lucky listeners and jump onto the exploration of the world of great jazz. The best part is there is no cost to be in the circle of fifths. Players come early!
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm - 11pm  Admission: FREE

Wednesday 1st May - BLAENAVON

BLAENAVON will make their Dublin debut on Wednesday My 1st at the Grand Social. Tickets from €16 incl booking fee on sale now.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €16 - Get Tickets

Thursday 2nd May - BLACK HONEY

Black Honey is a British four-piece indie rock band formed in Brighton, England in 2014. The band is composed of lead singer and guitarist Izzy Baxter Phillips, guitarist Chris Ostler, bassist Tommy Taylor, and drummer Tom Dewhurst.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 7.30pm  Admission: €13.50 - Get Tickets

Friday 3rd May - A Lazarus Soul Album Launch Party

ALS launch their new album, "The D They Put Between the R & L" out May 3rd on Bohemia Records. Very Special Guest Dave Long (Into Paradise)
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €12.14 - Get Tickets

Saturday 4th May - MCD Presents ~ A Tribal Dance

MCD proudly presents Tribal Dance Saturday May 4th 2019 The Grand Social Tickets from €10 incl booking fee on sale Tuesday 5th March at 11am from Ticketmaster Strictly over 18’s
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €12 - Get Tickets

Saturday 4th May - Grand Social Saturdays

Grand Social Saturdays is proud to present RobbieG & Friends. We will have 7 of Dublin's best DJ's spinning the very best of House Music all night long !
DJ's on the Night - RobbieG | Derek Healy | Sean Sutcliffe | Conor Thompson | Bob Courtney | Daryl Ellis | Jordan Doody - Doors 10:30pm - Strictly Over 18s
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 10.30pm 3am  Admission: €12 before 11pm

Monday 6th May - Dick Valentine -Electric Six mastermind!

Dick Valentine of hit-machine Electric Six rides into town on a Satanic horse to break it down for you. He will be playing stripped down acoustic versions of songs from the Electric Six catalogue as well as songs from his three solo albums. His newest solo release, "Here Come The Bags" is much bigger in sound than his first two solo releases and can be purchased directly from Valentine at the shows. The acoustic experience with Dick Valentine is low-pressure, high-stakes, medium-rare. Come feel Dick Valentine feeling you. He's an American music legend and he's seeking political asylum in your Irish mind. Let Dick Valentine have access to your shit. One night only.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €12.50 + €1 BF - Get Tickets

Tuesday 7th May - HALFNOISE ~ EastBound Festival

EASTBOUND proudly presents HalfNoise live at The Grand Social
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €13.50 + €1 BF - Get Tickets

Friday 10th May - SAY SUE ME (Korea)

Adm: €12 + €1BF (in advance online www.thegrandsocial.ie). South Korea’s Say Sue Me have been charming the music world, including everyone from Stereogum to Elton John, with their delicious surf-toned indie rock. After a standout set at this year’s SXSW, the quartet issued their stunning new album, Where We Were Together, through London’s Damnably and Seoul’s Electric Muse labels, gathering critical acclaim from Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard and BBC Radio 6 in the process. We are delighted to host their debut Dublin show.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €12 + €1 BF - Get Tickets

Saturday 11th May - STEAM DOWN ~ EastBound Festival

Occupying a bold centre-point between Afrofuturism, grime and future soul - all fused together with the fearless spontaneity of jazz – STEAM DOWN’s weekly sessions at London’s Buster Mantis club are already the stuff of legend.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €13.50 + €1 BF - Get Tickets

Monday 13th May - DESSA

Dessa returns to Dublin, promising a night of amazing music. Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her album Parts of Speech.

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  •  She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape; her track, "Congratulations," notched over 5 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times Magazine, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, published two literary collections of her own, and is set to release her first hardcover collection, My Own Devices, with Dutton Books in the fall of 2018. She's been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one- woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by a ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. Dessa’s third full-length album Chime (Doomtree Records) was listed by NPR as one of 2018’s most anticipated albums. In March, she embarks on a world tour through the US, Europe, and Asia.

    twitter: @dessadarling


    instagram: @dessa
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2CQAfzpwwaMxj3YNlb4Gbj

    Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dessa/281439497

    Support: Aby Wolf and Anti-One

    Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/344350629527528/

Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €16.87 – €22.20 - Get Tickets
Thursday 16th May - ALEX LAHEY

Alex Lahey is a songwriter based in Melbourne, Austrailia. Her website says she enjoys cats, Coopers Sparkling, her blue 1999 Corolla, Allen's Party Mix, fuzz pedals and soft poached eggs. Singles You Don't Think You Like People Like Me, Let's Go Out and Air Mail were produced by Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy, Ali Barter) and are taken from her debut EP, B Grade University.
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €18 - Get Tickets

Thursday 16th May - Cormac Neeson + Crow Black Chicken

Singer-songwriter and The Answer front man, Cormac Neeson has announced his album release at the Grand Social. Currently promoting the release of his new single, Broken Wing, the poignant new single from the forthcoming 2019 debut album, White Feather - released on April 26th 2019. Cormac Neeson and Mencap NI are delighted to announce a new relationship that will see Neeson become an ambassador for the learning disability charity and will see Mencap fully support his new forthcoming single Broken Wing and album White Feather.

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  • The new partnership stems from an instant connection with the lyrics of Neeson’s new song Broken Wing. In 2014, his son Dabhóg was born three months prematurely and with Down’s Syndrome. The impact of that life changing experience had such a lasting and profound effect that Neeson sought solace in penning an autobiographical and emotional account of his inner thoughts and what it’s like to bring up a child with disability.

    Commenting on the track, he says “I’ve never written a song like Broken Wing before. Even though I’ve heard it hundreds of times now, I still get emotional every time I sing it back because of just how relevant the lyric is to my life and my family’s life. It’s my hope that maybe when people hear this song they can relate to the message. I can’t speak highly enough of the Mencap Children’s Centre who have provided invaluable support and advice to us and played a major role in my son’s development”

    Cormac’s son Dabhóg attended the Mencap Children’s Centre in Belfast when he was two years old. The Centre is a unique specialist learning environment for children with a learning disability, autism and developmental delay, which is run in partnership with the Belfast Health Trust. The charity also provides programmes and family support services to help parents and carers of young children with a learning disability.

    Margaret Kelly, Director of Mencap NI and the team at the Children’s Centre were immediately taken with the power of the song, Margaret said: “We are very excited to be working with Cormac Neeson on this new project, the very emotional song ‘Broken Wing’, inspired by his son Dabhóg who attended the Mencap Children’s Centre last year. The song and Cormac’s family story will help raise awareness of learning disability and Mencap’s early intervention work to give all children the best start in life. The lyrics in this song are very special and will connect with so many parents, we are delighted to be involved.”

    Co-written by Neeson and Tennessee legend Blue Miller, the track was recorded in Nashville and mixed in Belfast. It features an emotional arrangement that combines the best of both those rich and diverse cultures, including beautifully crafted Nashville pedal steel by John Heinrich (who has performed with artists such as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Tammy Wynette) to a magical blend of choral backing vocals from some of the finest Northern Irish singers, hand-picked by Neeson. The production and sound of the finished recording conveys the vulnerability that such a delicate subject matter demands.

    In support of the single, Neeson has also made a short mini documentary about the making of Broken Wing in which he himself gets the extra chromosome 21 that forms the genetic ID of Downs Syndrome, tattooed on his shoulder. The documentary, lyric video and main music video for Broken Wing will be released in the lead up to World Down’s Syndrome day, March 21st 2019.

    In the reprised words of the chorus, Neeson captures his feelings with the very powerful lament “Perfectly beautiful, Beautifully perfect….I wouldn’t change a thing”.

    Crow Black Chicken

    This power trio combine elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov’t mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. The band was formed in 2009 in Cork city when lead singer Christy O’Hanlon met the former rhythm section of Clonmel Punk Rock outfit Aural Ammunition, Stephen McGrath ( Bass ) and Gev Barrett ( Drums ). The band immediately jelled and went on to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2011. The band released their first raw blues rock and roll album in 2012 which was produced by Producer Philip Magee ( Kodaline, Aslan, The Blizzards ). The bands second album Rumble Shake was released in 2014 and debuted at number 12 in the Irish album charts. Recorded in Westland Studios Dublin, this album was a more roots and blues affair than the first record, heavily influenced by the bands work with Texan Americana singer Ray Wylie Hubbard and legendary Austin Producer the late George Reiff. In 2015 the band went on to release their first live album entitled Deep South which was voted top 5 live albums of 2015 by Classic Rock Blues. In 2016 Crow Black Chicken opened for ZZ Top at the Marquee in Cork which brought them face to face with the Texan compatriots whom they often drew so many comparisons to. Always determined to create a sound all of their own the band continues to tour all over Europe and have since released a 4th studio album Pariah Brothers in 2017. The bands is currently working on a 5th studio album and the release of another Live CD in 2018.

    “These guys do the nasty blues like the devil hisself was hurting and rock like they’ll skate come judgement day” Ray Wylie Hubbard

    “CBC could save rock and roll” Alvin Youngblood Hart

    Media Quotes

    “With their debut album Electric Soup the band shows steely intention to throw away comparisons and make their own mark.” Classic Rock Blues Magazine

    “Loving the album, Rumble Shake is stunning”. Classic Rock Blues Magazine

    “It is not often these days for a band to lay down a complete track as a track but that’s exactly the approach taken by Crow Black Chicken. This is a very honest album with a lot of feel and solid playing throughout and is a strong promise of things to come.” Guitar Techniques.

    “Electric Soup is not only a promising debut, it’s a savage beast of a record: grimy, lean, mean, and soulful.” Allmusic.com

Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 7.30pm  Admission: €12.50 - Get Tickets
Friday 17th May - In Their Thousands

In Their Thousands launch their eagerly awaited album 'Acrasia' on May 17th at the Grand Social. Ticket Price: €15 + €1 Service Charge. Support: TBC. Four piece alternative rock band from the north-west Atlantic coast of Co. Donegal, Ireland. Two brothers, their first cousin, and a lifelong friend making deep, epic but accessible stadium alt-rock. A desperately beautiful rural place with dramatic landscape and a history of emigration, the sound is deeply influenced by the surroundings. Imagery from the natural world is blended with modern Americana-esque sounds, and sits on top of a pounding rhythm section and modern dance grooves. The sound has acoustic instruments, big electric guitars, alt-country influenced pedal steel, spacey synthesizers and spiritual, sometimes trippy, sometimes raw lyrics that have a search for meaning and an emotional, honest and simple take on the everyday. New album ‘ACRASIA’ was written in sheds in the countryside, recorded and produced by Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK), for release on May 17th 2019
Venue: The Grand Social  Doors: 8pm  Admission: €15 + €1 BF - Get Tickets

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