eWe’re coming up to one of the most historical weekends of our generation with the referendum and polling taking place this Friday and Ireland’s bound to be out and about celebrating the only way they know how. Life 2018 is happening this weekend and Forbidden Fruit is just around the corner but if you’re not going, you’re not entirely missing out. Gigs are happening in Dublin and all over the country despite the massive and impressive line up appearing at this years edition of Life, proving the strength and genuine passion for the authentic electronic scene in Ireland.
Leftfield at Vicar Street
Leftfield is returning to Dublin for Neil Barnes’ first headline indoor show after gracing Metropolis last year. The British electronic music group formed in 1989 however split since then to be resurrected by Barnes. Leftfield have heavily guided electronic music today and have been described as one of the most influential production teams in British dance music.
Crackazat at Wigwam
TeaParty are getting Crackazat over for his Irish debut in Wigwam for a live jazz house set with support from Haiku. Crackazat boasts being a multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer recognised for his unique fusion of jazz and house music. Music upstairs will come from Dave Taylor and Lamaj.
All City at The Bernard Shaw
All City are taking over The Bernard Shaw this Friday for a lengthy evening of quality local acts. Sage will be playing representing Argot and All City alongside Matt Finnegan representing Softboy Records and DC FSLMan representing FSL and All City.
Drew & Friends with Quinton Campbell at Wah Wah Club
Andrew Colgan is back with his next Drew and Friends party after a while and he has none other than Quinton Campbell joining him on the night. Quinton boasts a future AVA boiler room set, releases with Extended Play Recordings and plenty of club and festival appearances around Ireland. On support is Drew.
Roxanne Roll at Button Factory
LA’s Roxanne Roll co-founded Fleetmac Wood creating exclusive mixes and re-edits of classic Fleetwood Mac songs. Her solo career, however, entails of melodic and ethereal dance music described as romantic techno and power disco. She’s known to mix disco, techno and house with just about anything, and it works surprisingly well. Joining her will be Smooth Sailing.
This year’s Life festival boasts arguably one of the best line ups yet. Much more diverse than other years, the line up features an array of genres, artists and DJs including anything from industrial techno to the more pop influenced electronic sounds of Yaeji and many more across the weekend.
Nktrnl [Live] at Hangar
Joining the crowd in Hangar this Friday night is Dublin producer nktrnl with the aim of curing your blues if you’re missing out on Life 2018. Supporting him in the warehouse will be Theologue, Gary Kavanagh and Eoin Donovan for a night of seriously industrial techno.
OCD vs SafeHaus at The Art Department
Young Dublin collective SafeHaus are heading to Belfast to team up with OCD, Belfast’s Friday night underground party, for a night full of feel good house, disco and techno. The SafeHaus DJs will be joined by OCD’s Genesis, a regular for the OCD decks for the past year, and OCD residents.
Roman Flügel at Yamamori Tengu
Nightcap are responsible for bringing one of the biggest names in the German electronic music realm to Tengu this Saturday night along with support acts Simon Conway, Sexshop and Ferg Lohan. The Berlin club scene stalwart is known for a few different styles but overall, he’s said to be able to make a rave out of any venue he plays in.
Harrison BDP at Sandinos, Derry
Harrison BDP is making his Derry debut this Saturday night thanks to Wilma and Jelly Red. A notable DJ from the lo-fi scene, Harrison BDP’s music and his warm melodies are the perfect soundtrack for what’s meant to be a sunny weekend.
Scuba at Sugar Night Club
Paul Rose aka Scuba will be returning to Derry this Saturday night. The Hotflush Recordings head was central to London’s bass scene however recently describes his style as less specific with recent releases focusing more on house and techno. Resident guests will be joining him on the night.
Marcus O’ Laoire at Hangar
Hangar are hosting a ‘I voted YES’ party hoping to celebrate a positive outcome from the referendum and are welcoming Marcus O’ Laoire to their warehouse this Saturday night for plenty of house and disco and an all night long set from Marcus. Free entry for everyone wearing repeal gear.