A big part of the Irish music industry is community. Getting out there and supporting your fellow musicians at gigs is one of the most important things you can do. Through this, you’ll make connections and it’s good to get out of the practice room from time to time! There’s always something happening in the city, so check out this list of the top five gig nights which should be experienced at least once in Dublin City Centre.
We Bloom, run by BIMM Dublin alumnus Steven McCann, happens twice a month on Monday nights at The Workmans Club. Since the first gig just over two years ago, many up-and-coming talented acts have graced the We Bloom line-up including Molly Sterling, Farah Elle, Ailbhe Reddy, LAOISE and many more. Doors are at 8pm each week and entry is free. We Bloom also hosts gigs in venues around Dublin City Centre. To find out more, follow them on Facebook.
Established in 1999 and one of the longest-running gig nights in Dublin City, the Ruby Sessions takes place every Tuesday with an acoustic set-up in Doyle’s Pub on College Street. Hosting four acts each week, you can catch the best of Irish and international music, including both up-and-coming and established acts.
Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Picture This and Lisa Hannigan have all played the Ruby Sessions. And if weekly stellar line-ups aren’t enough to entice you, the cover charge of only €7 is donated to the Dublin Simon Community, a charity providing services for the homeless.
The WindowSeat Sessions take place in the intimate surroundings of Crowbar, just around the corner from The Button Factory in the heart of Temple Bar. Every Thursday sees a host of talented acts perform acoustic, stripped back sets. The aim of the WindowSeat Sessions is to promote emerging Irish talent, which we have in abundance! Head to a session to see for yourself – entry is free and the show kicks off at 9pm.
WOW, or Women on Wednesdays, takes place upstairs in Whelan’s and showcases music from a variety of talented women across a mix of genres. A collaboration between Whelan’s, Aidlink Ireland and Born Optimistic, WOW is new to the Dublin music scene, having only started in 2017, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. An excellent showcase of talented women, it doubles up as a fundraiser for Aidlink’s Girls’ Education Programme in rural Kenya. Doors are at 8pm each night and student tickets are only €6, available in advance.
Finally, singer-songwriter showcase The Zodiac Sessions runs every Wednesday at Bruxelles on Harry Street, just off Grafton Street. With its supportive and attentive crowd and friendly atmosphere, The Zodiac Sessions is definitely worth a visit, whether you’re there to play or just enjoy some new music. Entry is free and performances start at 9pm. You can check out some of the awesome acts that have performed in the past here.