Planning your night out in Cork? Here's what you'll want to see!

While the post-Jazz temperature drop is firmly on, it’s definitely heating up inside of Cork’s gig venues over the next week or so, with a wide array of local and national artists taking centre-stage. MIKE McGRATH-BRYAN wraps up warm and braves the chill.
Planning your night out in Cork? Here's what you'll want to see!
Spekulativ Fiction: Live gathering at Alchemy.

Spekulativ Fiction: Live gathering at Alchemy.DEAD WRITE END-OF-YEAR SOIRÉEThursday, December 12, 7.30pm/freeAlchemy Coffee & Books, Barrack StreetHaving lashed on a load of gigs over the course of the year at McCurtain Street’s Brú venue/hostel, this live gathering of emcees also doubles as an exhibition opening for Dead Write Presents impresario Spekulativ Fiktion’s SCRBL CRYPT collage/visual art project (running through December). Joining him on the bill of live music are wordsmiths Benjamin Burns, Gatch, Calm D'Goolys and Pacino Brady.Otherkin: Bring garage rock sound to Cyprus Avenue.OTHERKINThursday, December 12, 7.30pm/€15Cyprus Avenue, Caroline StreetHaving put in the hard yards over the past couple of years, garage-rock exponents Otherkin have decided to call it a day, making the announcement earlier in the year via their social media presence. Their final tour sees them rifle through their catalogue of accessible indie bangers one more time, including a stop upstairs at Cyprus Avenue, making the most of the venue’s recent overhaul.TELETEXT RECORDS CHRISTMAS PARTYFriday December 13th (careful now!), 7pm/€12PLUGD Records, The Roundy, Castle StreetHolding down a monthly gig promotions residency, and overseeing a limited run of digital album releases this year, the Teletext Records lads are having a big aul’ session at PLUGD Records, upstairs in the Roundy, to benefit a charity voted for by those in attendance and at the label’s Facebook group. On the billing: indie man Ghostking is Dead, Galway/Cork math-rockers Bokotono, Cork prog-metallers Aponym, Limerick singer-songwriter Hey Rusty, and Hale’s Lake. Discount at the door with a Teletext Records badge, and/or office attire.Just Mustard: At The Kino on Saturday.JUST MUSTARD, CAREERIST & TRICK MISTSaturday December 14th, 7.30pm, €15The Kino, Washington StreetHaving created arguably the album of the year in 2018 with debut platter Wednesday, Dundalk alt-rockers Just Mustard have been carefully considering the next move, taking in the festival circuit, UK gigging and a pair of limited-run 12” singles. This careful approach is a reflection of their music in some indistinct ways, as the haunting melancholia of early-nineties shoegaze mingles with the rhythmic sensibilities of trip-hop to ferociously atmospheric effect. Also on the billing are Pizza Pizza Records labelmates Careerist and Trick Mist, the latter of whom now makes residence in Cork City.Kila: 30 years of gigging, on way to Cork.KÍLASaturday December 14th, 7.30pm/€20Cyprus Avenue, Caroline StreetSince coming together in secondary school over thirty years ago in Dublin, Kíla have represented the budding beginnings of the current revival of trad and folk music, crossing it over with a worldly sensibility informed by a multitude influences across its eight members. Having gigged in 35 countries across the world, and released a string of critically-acclaimed long-players, the band enjoys a long and rich legacy of innovation, including the scores and soundtracks to two Oscar-nominated animations in The Secret of Kells, and Song of the Sea.God Alone: Check them out at Fred Zeppelin's.YURT, GOD ALONE & SKELLIGSaturday December 14th, 9pm/€8Fred Zeppelin’s, Parliament StreetThe last instalment of the monthly Paranoid Pit gigs for the year sees a rare headlining set indeed: progressive instrumental metal journeymen YURT play a seldom-seen live set, following the tenth-anniversary reissue of their debut album, of which there’ll be one for the first few heads in the door. Also on the billing are post-metal maestros God Alone and experimental two-piece Skellig.Damsel: At Coughlan's.CAOILIAN SHERLOCK & DAMSELSunday December 15th, 8pm/€10Coughlan’s, Douglas StreetPsych-pop balladeer and ever-present facilitator/promoter Caoilian Sherlock has been back on the singles trail lately, his first new tunes since the 2017 release of his ‘The Faraway’ E.P. Newest single ‘Don’t Let Me Forget About Her’ is an earnest rumination on consumerism and the meaning of life. Says Sherlock: “(It) was a quick song to write, because I'm constantly anxious and worried about death, or a lack of meaning to life, who isn't, but I'm also very positive about the power of love - so this is a song that acknowledges the finality of life but the longevity of love. Also, the band was cooking when we recorded it." Support from Luke O’Neill, a.k.a. Damsel.Talos: Intimate show at The Kino.TALOSSunday December 15th, 8pm/€26.50The Kino, Washington StreetHaving ventured beyond Cork and travelled the world to write and arrange his new long-player ‘Far Out Dust’, frontman Eoin French is ready for an intimate show at the former arthouse cinema on Washington Street. Speaking on the album’s creation and themes, he says: “A lot of this new record was written in transit… being away from the safety of my home and my studio allowed me to really take the shackles off, and create in a different way. It was a terrifying feeling sometimes, but it was also really rewarding.” Ham Sandwich: Live at St Luke's.HAMSANDWICHThursday December 19th, 8pm/€26.50Live at St. Luke’s, St. Luke’s CrossHaving topped the Irish album charts on release week with their last full-length effort, Ham Sandwich, led by Niamh Farrell and Podge MacNamee, are gearing up for another round of Irish dates, including a big gig at St. Luke’s. Their hyperkinetic indie-pop and much-loved live chops ought to make for a spectacle, amid the lights and splendour of the Northside venue.DAVID KEENANFriday December 20th, 8pm/€22.50Live at St. Luke’s, St. Luke’s CrossIrish songwriter David Keenan describes himself and his emotive body of work as: “a young artist who uses (his) lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence… steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely (his) own”. He’s been rising quickly in the ranks: having been asked to play alongside the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard, this might be a chance to catch a new superstar in the making, amid the magisterial surroundings of the Northside’s sonic temple.

Spekulativ Fiction: Live gathering at Alchemy.
Spekulativ Fiction: Live gathering at Alchemy.

DEAD WRITE END-OF-YEAR SOIRÉEThursday, December 12, 7.30pm/freeAlchemy Coffee & Books, Barrack StreetHaving lashed on a load of gigs over the course of the year at McCurtain Street’s Brú venue/hostel, this live gathering of emcees also doubles as an exhibition opening for Dead Write Presents impresario Spekulativ Fiktion’s SCRBL CRYPT collage/visual art project (running through December). Joining him on the bill of live music are wordsmiths Benjamin Burns, Gatch, Calm D'Goolys and Pacino Brady.Otherkin: Bring garage rock sound to Cyprus Avenue.OTHERKINThursday, December 12, 7.30pm/€15Cyprus Avenue, Caroline StreetHaving put in the hard yards over the past couple of years, garage-rock exponents Otherkin have decided to call it a day, making the announcement earlier in the year via their social media presence. Their final tour sees them rifle through their catalogue of accessible indie bangers one more time, including a stop upstairs at Cyprus Avenue, making the most of the venue’s recent overhaul.TELETEXT RECORDS CHRISTMAS PARTYFriday December 13th (careful now!), 7pm/€12PLUGD Records, The Roundy, Castle StreetHolding down a monthly gig promotions residency, and overseeing a limited run of digital album releases this year, the Teletext Records lads are having a big aul’ session at PLUGD Records, upstairs in the Roundy, to benefit a charity voted for by those in attendance and at the label’s Facebook group. On the billing: indie man Ghostking is Dead, Galway/Cork math-rockers Bokotono, Cork prog-metallers Aponym, Limerick singer-songwriter Hey Rusty, and Hale’s Lake. Discount at the door with a Teletext Records badge, and/or office attire.Just Mustard: At The Kino on Saturday.JUST MUSTARD, CAREERIST & TRICK MISTSaturday December 14th, 7.30pm, €15The Kino, Washington StreetHaving created arguably the album of the year in 2018 with debut platter Wednesday, Dundalk alt-rockers Just Mustard have been carefully considering the next move, taking in the festival circuit, UK gigging and a pair of limited-run 12” singles. This careful approach is a reflection of their music in some indistinct ways, as the haunting melancholia of early-nineties shoegaze mingles with the rhythmic sensibilities of trip-hop to ferociously atmospheric effect. Also on the billing are Pizza Pizza Records labelmates Careerist and Trick Mist, the latter of whom now makes residence in Cork City.Kila: 30 years of gigging, on way to Cork.KÍLASaturday December 14th, 7.30pm/€20Cyprus Avenue, Caroline StreetSince coming together in secondary school over thirty years ago in Dublin, Kíla have represented the budding beginnings of the current revival of trad and folk music, crossing it over with a worldly sensibility informed by a multitude influences across its eight members. Having gigged in 35 countries across the world, and released a string of critically-acclaimed long-players, the band enjoys a long and rich legacy of innovation, including the scores and soundtracks to two Oscar-nominated animations in The Secret of Kells, and Song of the Sea.God Alone: Check them out at Fred Zeppelin's.YURT, GOD ALONE & SKELLIGSaturday December 14th, 9pm/€8Fred Zeppelin’s, Parliament StreetThe last instalment of the monthly Paranoid Pit gigs for the year sees a rare headlining set indeed: progressive instrumental metal journeymen YURT play a seldom-seen live set, following the tenth-anniversary reissue of their debut album, of which there’ll be one for the first few heads in the door. Also on the billing are post-metal maestros God Alone and experimental two-piece Skellig.Damsel: At Coughlan's.CAOILIAN SHERLOCK & DAMSELSunday December 15th, 8pm/€10Coughlan’s, Douglas StreetPsych-pop balladeer and ever-present facilitator/promoter Caoilian Sherlock has been back on the singles trail lately, his first new tunes since the 2017 release of his ‘The Faraway’ E.P. Newest single ‘Don’t Let Me Forget About Her’ is an earnest rumination on consumerism and the meaning of life. Says Sherlock: “(It) was a quick song to write, because I'm constantly anxious and worried about death, or a lack of meaning to life, who isn't, but I'm also very positive about the power of love - so this is a song that acknowledges the finality of life but the longevity of love. Also, the band was cooking when we recorded it." Support from Luke O’Neill, a.k.a. Damsel.Talos: Intimate show at The Kino.TALOSSunday December 15th, 8pm/€26.50The Kino, Washington StreetHaving ventured beyond Cork and travelled the world to write and arrange his new long-player ‘Far Out Dust’, frontman Eoin French is ready for an intimate show at the former arthouse cinema on Washington Street. Speaking on the album’s creation and themes, he says: “A lot of this new record was written in transit… being away from the safety of my home and my studio allowed me to really take the shackles off, and create in a different way. It was a terrifying feeling sometimes, but it was also really rewarding.” Ham Sandwich: Live at St Luke's.HAMSANDWICHThursday December 19th, 8pm/€26.50Live at St. Luke’s, St. Luke’s CrossHaving topped the Irish album charts on release week with their last full-length effort, Ham Sandwich, led by Niamh Farrell and Podge MacNamee, are gearing up for another round of Irish dates, including a big gig at St. Luke’s. Their hyperkinetic indie-pop and much-loved live chops ought to make for a spectacle, amid the lights and splendour of the Northside venue.DAVID KEENANFriday December 20th, 8pm/€22.50Live at St. Luke’s, St. Luke’s CrossIrish songwriter David Keenan describes himself and his emotive body of work as: “a young artist who uses (his) lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence… steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely (his) own”. He’s been rising quickly in the ranks: having been asked to play alongside the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard, this might be a chance to catch a new superstar in the making, amid the magisterial surroundings of the Northside’s sonic temple.HOPE IS NOISE, HORSE AND GOD ALONEFriday December 20th, 8.30/€15The Kino, Washington StreetThe godfathers of Leeside alternative rock follow up a quick tour of Ireland with London industrial outfit TAYNE by headlining a noisy holiday bash at the Kino, reopened after an overhaul and keeping steady under the watch of The Good Room promotions house. Expect to hear recently-aired material and enduring live favourites from over twenty years of melodic post-hardcore. Support from post-metal wunderkinder God Alone, and hardcore/noise iconoclasts Horse.

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